Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Emmy Fashion 2017

I didn't watch much of the Emmy's because I don't watch that much TV anymore {am I 37 or 87, not sure}, but I did catch maybe the last hour or so and was excited by Sterling K. Brown's win {I watch This is Us!} and The Handmaid's Tale/Elizabeth Moss since that was a book club book {even if I haven't seen the show}, and Nicole Kidman's win for Big Little Lies {another one where I've read the book but haven't yet watched the show...but plan to!}. 

However, you know I was scouring the internet for the Red Carpet pictures! And sadly, I didn't recognize a lot of the people...I felt like my granny who had a subscription to The National Inquirer until the day she died, but as she got older she didn't know a lot of the celebrities, ha. So I decided to just focus on who I think was Best and Worst Dressed. The one caveat was I had to either know your name or recognize you - if I had no clue who they were, I just didn't care enough to include them! It's my list, so it's my rules.

Best Dressed
{In no particular order, except my #1 pick}

The Top 10 Runners Up

10. Claire Foy
The Emmy's is the place to go out on a limb a little. I like that Claire wore pants but also wasn't doing something crazy. Love the sparkly knot and her red lips for some color.

9. Emmy Rossum
This dress fits her so well - she looks super feminine and just pretty. I love the green accessories that don't take away from the simple beauty of the gown but add just a little something. 

8. Issa Rae
At first the sleeves threw me off, and I didn't love it. But with time, it grew on me {again this is the place for something unique}, and it fit her perfectly and the color couldn't have been better.

7. Jane Fonda
She's in her 80s people. She looks amazing. I love the bright color!

6. Kiernan Shipka
I am a sucker for a Grecian-inspired dress. She looks so beautiful - the dress is simple, I love the little bit of sparkle, no issues with cleavage, simple hair. Love.

5. Lea Michele
She was the first picture I saw and I just thought 'Bam, nailed it.'

4. Millie Bobby Brown
If she just isn't the most adorable little thing, I don't know what is!

3. Nicole Kidman
I think she looks really good, but I also think she's looked so bad for so many awards shows I got excited by this for NOT being bad! I like that it is a bit shorter, I like how it fits her, love her hair and the little details. 

2. Thandie Newton
Very feminine, love the little bit of sparkle, mostly happy with the fit {small boob issue}, looks amazing with her skin, very nice.

1. Yara Shadidi
Again just a great fit, color looks great on her skin, a little unique, simple hair and make-up...overall just very nice!

And my absolute favorite of the night...
Jessica Biel!

This was so unique, fit her AMAZING, love her hair {simple yet not}, make-up is awesome, leg is gorgeous, no boob issues, clutch and accessories are perfect. Totally 100% flawless!

And now...

Worst Dressed

10. Ariel Winter
We do not need 2 leg slits that go ALLLL the way up - WE GET IT, YOU AREN'T THE NERD YOU PLAY ON TV. PUT YOUR BODY AWAY.

9. Ellie Kemper
The sheer panel at the bottom kills me. I think I would have been happy if it had just been knee-length - it's still too busy at the top but at least it wouldn't have been so bad.

8. Heidi Klum
She's becoming the new J. Lo for me - if I see this much of her body again...I might lose it.

7. Kathryn Hahn
This is just a sack that does nothing for her.

6. Reese Witherspoon
Something about this isn't right. It's like the material is too thick to really work as a dress? I just felt like this doesn't fit right. And I HATE her hair - her roots are bad and her hair looks yellow. So sad.

5. Uzo Aduba
The boobs kill me. It's like torpedo boob overflowing the top. It's how I look in some of my nursing tanks, so trust me, I know it's not a good look!

4. Zoe Kravitz

3/2/1. Sarah Paulson, Priyanka Chopra, Tracee Ellis Ross
Sarah's 1980s prom dress married Priyanka's feather dress and together they birthed Tracee's metallic feather disaster! Yuck, yuck, yuck!

There you have it...my highs and lows for the Emmy's! What made YOUR lists?

For me, the highlight of the Emmys is it means Oscar season is right around the corner, so Allison and I have lots of ecxiting movies to see in the coming months...yay!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Deep Thoughts on Work Travel

In my former life at my company, I traveled some. When I first started out, I was on the road quite a bit. In my first 18 months, I traveled to Scottsdale, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Dallas, New London, WI, podunk Kansas...that's what I remember at least. As I progressed, my travel typically stayed in-state and got less frequent. By the time I became a mom, I only traveled in-state and was never away for more than 1 night at a time.

In my current role, I have traveled only a handful of times. 2-3 times a year for day trips to Dallas and Houston. HOWEVER, this week I am going to Chicago for 2 days with my WHOLE TEAM. This is significant because I've worked on this team for 3 years and have met 2 people in person {our team is now 11 people} - my boss once when she was in Dallas for a meeting and a teammate when I was in NYC on vacation {she used to live in the City and met us for dinner}.

Risa and me

We are all so excited to be getting together, and I absolutely love Chicago! BUT as a working mother who is the primary parent, it is tough to leave! Here are all the thoughts I've had and planning I've been doing/thinking about in preparation - notice that none of this relates to me, ha.

  • Organizing pickup and dropoff - I do 99% of the shuttling to and from school. Brent leaves for work by 7:00 and is home no earlier than 5:00. If he doesn't work, he doesn't get paid, so that is not typically what we try to do and the fabulous grandparents are always happy to step in. But adding Paige and her infant carrier adds another layer. Brent is having to take off Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons to get the kids, and Brent's mom is going to take them Wednesday morning.
  • Lunches - I am super anal about what the kids eat 90% of the time {don't ask me what they ate this weekend though}, so I make their lunches always. So Monday night I will make double lunches and have to organize them in the fridge so Brent knows which containers belong to who. I'm thinking they will need post-its??
  • Breastmilk for Paige - I have done a great job of not pumping like a maniac for Paige like I did for Trent and Drew. But now that she's in school, I am obsessed with making sure I keep up with what she eats during the day and pump exactly that or slightly more each day. I probably only have AT MOST 200 ounces in the freezer, and I've been giving some of that to our neighbors who adopted a baby 2.5 weeks ago {and is just the cutest little guy}. I really don't want to getting into the freezer stash because I want to make sure my supply is matching her demand. I know that sounds a bit psycho since she's 3 months shy of 1, but my goal is 2 years, so she and I still have a ways to go! {Sidebar: it's just so crazy how different of a nurser she is compared to Drew. Drew nursed alllllll the time - even when she was 2, I bet she was nursing 8-10 times a day. I have to nurse Paige in an empty room with no one around and if it isn't before or after she sleeps it is quite likely not going to happen. Sunday she nursed 3 times, that's it! When she woke up, when she took her nap, when she went to bed.} Anyway, I am super rambly here, so let me try and get to the point - I am trying to do the math of what she'll need while I'm gone - I'm guessing about 40 ounces. So I want everything already in bottles and all ready for Brent. And yes, I'll be pumping while I'm gone. I'm exhausted thinking about breastmilk!
  • Paige's sleep - Until a week ago, Paige had slept through the night a whopping 3 times, and I was the only person to ever go in her room at night. I have been stressing about her waking up while I was gone overnight {my first time away!!!} and not being happy to see Brent in the middle of the night. Yes, she loves her daddy...but he's not the one to come to her in the night! But...but...BUT she has slept through the night the past FIVE NIGHTS! All the praise hands emojis!!! We'll see if the streak continues, and I really hope it does!
  • Kids after-school activities - Tuesday afternoon Trent has Ninja Zone and Drew has gymnastics, Tuesday evening Trent has soccer practice at 6:30, but Paige will need to go to bed about 6:30. I need to ask Brent's dad to take Trent to soccer!
What I haven't thought about for this trip:
  • What to wear since nothing work-related fits
  • How to get to the office from the airport - my co-worker in Chicago says I need to take the L...I also don't know the address of the office as of yet
  • Packing - will I need to check a bag or not? I will be taking my breast pump, laptop and suitcase - can I squeeze it all into 2 bags?
  • What time I need to leave on Tuesday for the airport
  • I need a fridge in my hotel room
All of these thoughts for being gone not even 48 hours. I'm exhausted!