Rob Lowe Fever

If we are FB friends, you know I am in the midst of a Rob Lowe revival. A few weeks ago, I posted an excerpt from his newest book, Love Life, in which he talks about sending his oldest son off to college. It was poignant and well written and I totally cried. This brought forth a Rob Lowe reawakening in me. I have loved this guy for about 20 years. I mean, I do not believe there is a male specimen more gorgeous, but I have also come to love him as an actor. Plus he’s aged like nobody’s business. In college, I remember Farrah and I in our room at Pi Phi’s watching About Last Night many, many times. Sure, I liked St. Elmo’s Fire, but About Last Night is far and away the best Rob Lowe movie, and one of the my fave all time movies. I just watched again last night, still love (currently streaming on Netflix).

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If you know me, you know that when I get into something, I’m all in. Felicity was last year. 2 very enjoyable weeks reacquainting myself with my friends at UNY and rekindling my love of Ben. Parenthood was this year. Can Julia and Joel just get back together already?! Right now, clearly, it’s Rob Lowe on the brain. This week, I read (devoured) his first memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends in about 3 days (which has also driven me to finally watching The West Wing). Easy read, thoroughly enjoyable. You can’t not like this guy after you read his book. He is self deprecating, funny, not an asshole, a great husband and father, an all around fantastic person, who just happens to have some of the best stories about his past.

For example, he went to high school in Malibu with Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr. and Sean Penn. That’s pretty crazy. His first movie was The Outsiders, where he worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze at age 19 and shot on location in Louisiana for a few months. This was one of my favorite stories in the book. Fascinating business!

He dated so many famous ladies too (Melissa Gilbert, Demi Moore, Princess Stephanie of Monaco). He got into his trouble with the underage girls in the video scandal and ended up in rehab, but now he’s been sober for 25 years, married to his wife for 23 years and has 2 sons whom he adores and is a very active and involved dad. He is most definitely not the typical Hollywood actor. He has ended up have a pretty decent acting career, while being a great family man. Rob Lowe is a total stud. In every way.

I’m now about halfway through his second book, also loving it. He has a refreshing attitude, is open and honest about his career and his past, and has lead a life that I, for one, can’t seem to read enough about. If you’re looking for a new book, pick up one of his. And please, do yourself a favor and check out About Last Night if you missed it 20 years ago.

One more pic of Rob, just for good measure. Seriously, could he be more handsome?

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Faves of 2013 – Here’s What Worked for Me

I’m back at work after what seemed like a very long, almost too long, break for Christmas and New Years. Oliver is also back in school this week, my routine is being revived, my weight will hopefully go back down, and I’m ready to conquer 2014. As we kick this year off, I have been doing some deep soul searching and reflecting on 2013, but I’ll save that for my therapist. For you, I present my list of what worked best in 2013!

Books – both on the heavier side, stories that completely immerse you and characters that are deep and layered. My kind of reading.

Songs – Clearly, I like pop music. I swear, I have more depth in my musical repertoire than my selections show. For example, when my collection is on shuffle, you might hear Pearl Jam followed by Miley Cyrus followed by Led Zeppelin. But these are my fave jams of the year. Sorry not sorry.

TV Shows (New) – I know, I know, I had a really hard time narrowing down to 1 here, and this is limited to new shows only! Ray Donovan is really the top of my list, and not just because Liev Schreiber is the hunkiest man I’ve seen in a long time. Jon Voight is amazing, as is the rest of the supporting cast, it’s gritty and violent and funny and dark. Love it. The rest of the list are also must-watches. There is so much good TV to be seen! Get out there and do something about it!

Binge TV ShowI couldn’t not mention this show. If you are a human being with a heart and a family, you should watch this show because you will love it. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t cry every single episode. Note, I do not recommend watching multiple episodes during Christmas when you don’t celebrate and your son is with his dad. Just sayin.

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Denim – Jeans are my favorite article of clothing and I never seem to have too many pairs. I am lucky enough to dress casually for work, which only makes my habit worse. These were my fave pair of the year. Love the light rinse after all of my dark denim. Skinny, not too skinny. Can wear with Nikes or booties or heels.

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Citizens of Humanity Racer

Restaurant – I had 2 of my best meals here this year with friends. One sitting outside in the summertime on their lovely patio and one with a larger group of ladies inside. Both fantastic. The Roasted Chicken and the Filet are both musts as entrees, they are staples on the menu.

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Recipe Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad – I discovered this Bon Appetit salad via my friend Jenny and it has been such a hit, it has been all over Pinterest lately too. I made it for the Pi Phi Christmas party and several of my friends ended up making for their Christmas dinners. This salad impresses and even makes for good leftovers! NOTE – I subbed toasted hazelnuts for the almonds and highly recommend.

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Accessory – I’m not gonna lie, this bag has brought me some legitimate happiness and I have no regrets about the splurge.

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Balenciaga Giant 12 Velo

Movie – I. loved. this. movie. I watched it twice in 48 hours, it’s that good. It might have something to do with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and that he is ridiculously hot/adorable and talented to boot. He wrote, directed, starred. Impressive. The story ends up being a really sweet love story and it got me.

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Beauty – This has been the year of Laura Mercier. Skin, lips, eyes – all my new fave beauty products are Laura.

 

I am so excited to see what works in 2014 and hope you will be coming along for the ride!

5 Good Reads

Ding, ding, ding. Round two of 5 Good Reads is here! As you all know, I certainly enjoy my TV time, but when I go on vacation, the TV is off and my Kindle is on. I turn into a readaholic, devouring 3 or 4 books in a week and I love that feeling where you can’t wait to pick it back up when you have to put it down! I am also trying to be better about calling it quits on a book that I am not enjoying, which I had to do with one of my selections from the Mexico trip, Mary Coin, although very well reviewed by critics, not my bag.

1. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman – this is on the of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Katie Peterson, thank you for the recommendation! The writing is fantastic, the story hooks you immediately, I couldn’t put it down and you will cry. My mom read it right after I did and loved it as well. I’m not going to bother summarizing the plot, just go read it, it’s that good. But if you insist, the full description at Amazon here.

2. Doctor Sleep – Stephen King – I need to preface by saying I have been reading Stephen King since middle school and I am a huge fan. I loved this book and I totally dig Stephen King as a storyteller. This is his follow up to The Shining, 36 years later, telling the story of adult Danny Torrance, who is now a “flawed middle-aged man with a tragic past — his special gift, ‘shining,’ dulled with age and alcohol. He’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ now, a hospice worker who eases the end of patients’ lives. He also happens to be the only one who can help a little girl with her own special gift. This is not simply The Shining II. Not only does this story stand on its own, it manages to magnify the supernatural quality that first drew us to young Danny, expanding its mystery and its intensity in a way that might even reach beyond this book into the rest of the King-iverse… and beyond.” Full description at Amazon here.

3. 11/22/63 – Stephen King – OK, since we are on the subject of Stephen King, I have to include one of my favorite reads of 2012. This book was just awesome! The gist of this book is “On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.” I mean, who isn’t fascinated by Kennedy’s assassination? I cannot say enough good things about this guy, 4.5 stars on Amazon with 5,000+ reviews. Full description at Amazon here.

4. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes – Thank you for the rec Joanna Beals! This is a sweet love story, a total tearjerker, but not sappy or cookie cutter like a Nicholas Sparks novel. I read it in 24 hours. “A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?” Full description at Amazon here.

5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt – My current read and super enjoyable. A tale of an orphan’s survival, “The story begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum that kills narrator Theo Decker’s beloved mother and results in his unlikely possession of a Dutch masterwork called The Goldfinch. Shootouts, gangsters, pillowcases, storage lockers, and the black market for art all play parts in the ensuing life of the painting in Theo’s care.” I am about halfway through, but it is competing with my DVR for attention right now, so it might take me a bit to finish. Full  description at Amazon here.

I love getting referrals on books you’ve loved, so please keep ’em coming!! Happy reading and here is the link to the last 5 good reads.

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¡Viva México!

Hola! I’m back, yay! We flew in last night and I am still basking in the vacation glow. My house is a mess and there is a huge pile of laundry I am avoiding. It is worth noting that I completely unpacked both of us last night, after getting home from a 10 hour travel day at 10pm. Thanks OCD! You come in real handy some days. I was determined to cook something healthy today and the cold Seattle weather meant one thing – soup. I’m making chicken stock and Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup, but other than that, I don’t feel like doing anything.

Oliver and I went with my parents to quite possibly one of my favorite places on earth, Punta de Mita, Mexico, about a 4.5 hour non-stop flight from Seattle. Seriously, if you are looking for a new vacation destination, I cannot say enough good things about this place. The Four Seasons & St. Regis both have hotels about 10 minutes away, so you know it’s a prime location, but the actual town where we stayed is quaint and quiet and undeveloped. Punta de Mita is about an hour outside of Puerto Vallarta, a sleepy little town, and it is absolutely lovely. We rented a huge 3 bedroom condo, all of the amenities, gorgeous pool, right on the beach, it was perfect. You don’t need a car and it is a quick walk on the beach to about 15 restaurants. For only $400/night, it’s a pretty sweet deal, especially compared to somewhere like Hawaii, where you could never get this much for your money and be right on the beach! (Note – my parents treated us to this vacation, I never could have swung this on my own. I’m a lucky, but very appreciative, lady.)

Food – Mexican is my favorite ethnic cuisine, hands down, I never get sick of it. We made a huge grocery store run and got the essentials – tons of fresh fruit, avocados, eggs, tortillas, chips, cerveza, etc – my family definitely likes making breakfast and not eating all of our meals in restaurants. Every morning began with fried eggs on avocado toast or on top of a quesadilla (I am obsessed with Oaxaca cheese, I can only find it there and it is so mild and perfect for quesadillas) with some papaya or mango. Ceviche or fish tacos for lunch with chips and guac/pico. Dinner consisted of fresh fish or or some version of meat/tortillas/guac/beans. And drinks, oh the drinks. I also never seem to get sick of margaritas!

Restaurants

  • Serendipity Restaurant & Mezcaleria
  • Casa Teresa Ristorante Italiano – fantastic Italian, a really nice change of pace
  • Si Senor – my favorite, we ate there twice, traditional Mexican, so good!
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Blue Shrimp
  • Sufi
  • Sea Breeze (at the St. Regis) – the best red snapper ceviche I have ever eaten
  • Oscar’s (best fish tacos ever!)

Books (full post to come, but here is the list) – I read voraciously when my parents are there to watch Oliver.

  • The Light Between Oceans – ML Steadman (thank you for the rec Katie Peterson, this was one of the best I have read in a long time!)
  • Dr. Sleep – Stephen King
  • Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (thank you Joanna Beals!)
  • Mary Coin – Marisa Silver
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Swimming in the warm, clear ocean is one of my happiest joys in the world, nothing is better. Read, eat, swim, relax, REPEAT. That’s what I did for eight glorious days and now I’m back, re-engergized and ready to blog!