Five Things Friday

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It’s been a few weeks since my last Five Things Friday, and to be honest, I’ve missed it! This post is a fun way for me to talk, in real time, about my life ūüôā Plus, it gives you guys an idea of what goes on in this absurd brain of mine.

1. I am NOT on team Irene. This stupid little hurricane is really starting to piss me off. For one, we were supposed to go to NYC this weekend for a wedding. I was excited about the wedding (my first Orthodox one!) but I was super pumped to see my friend Raleigh-Elizabeth.

[via Richard Israel]

As you can tell, Ms. Raleigh-Elizabeth is very fun, full of¬†sweet Southern charm¬†and personality and really, just rocks. We met at my wedding (if you classify that as meeting) and have become quick friends. I’m pretty sure the day we meet again in real life will be VERY bad for E & B (her fianc√©) because we’ll be gabbing, gushing and chugging mimosas. This girl is SO funny and¬†crazy smart, so for daily musings, sarcastic jokes and tons of gorgeous inspiration, check out her blog. You will not be disappointed.

2. I’m kind of obsessed with tofu (can you believe it Katie?!) Not too long ago, I wouln’t be caught dead with the non-meat jelly stuff anywhere near me. Now? I can’t get enough of it! A few weeks ago when I was visiting Granger, IN (wedding + family) I had it in a salad (it was fried, bad me) but marinated in this AMAZING Greek seasoning.

I would have eaten 14,000 little nuggets of that fried perfect tofu, luckily, the restaurant only put about a cup on the salad. Thanks Uptown Kitchen for ensuring my pants still fit.

3. ModCloth is the place my dreams are made of.

If you’ve never been to the site, it’s like a retro/vintage inspired Forever 21. The¬†styles are AMAZING and the¬†prices are¬† even better. It’s so Mad Men-esque. (Plus expentionally cheaper than BR‘s line!) I’m treating myself to three new dresses (back to “school” shopping, duh) and it’s SO HARD trying to pick just three. If I could, I would buy them all. Oh, dreams dreams, dreams, dreammmmms.

4. I miss HLS, especially my fabulous roomies, my bloggy bff and my new blog friends. I don’t know if I can wait another year to see them all again!

Myself and the fANNEtastic Anne! (Picture stolen from Anne, haha)

The gawgeous DC bloggers, Gretchen, Beth, myself and Katie! (picture from Beth)

Another pic of my favorite DC ladies! (picture from Gretchen)

2 of my ADORABLE roomies, Caitlin and Ashley.

Plus, we ate some MEAN guacamole in Philly at this place called El Vez. I honestly haven’t found a place around me that has guac THAT good.

The drinks weren’t too bad either ūüôā

5. I’ve listened to ya’lls suggetsions and I’m HAPPY to say I’ll now be doing outfit recaps! (Okay so 2 people responded, but hey, that’s an overwhelming majority in my book!) Fashion is SUCH a big part of my life (if you follow me on twitter ya’ll know this) so not including it in my daily blogging is kind of hard.

I think about fashion (from clothes to shoes to handbags) about as much as I think about food. Like I tweeted yesterday, envisioning outfits and putting together the perfect ensemble gives me heart flutters. It’s a rush, really. I love that¬†I can express myself through¬†my clothing choices, I love how a gorgeous dress makes me feel, I love how a new pair of shoes can INSTANTLY brighten my mood. I love that when I’m down, a shopping trip will always pick me up. I love mixing and matching what I already own to create something entirely new. Fashion wasn’t something I always loved, though. Growing up, clothes were just that, clothes. Things I had to put over my body because it’s illegal to walk around nude. Then in college I really started to find myself and find my style. Now, every single outfit takes careful consideration. SO. There’s my love of all things fashion. I just hope ya’ll aren’t too bored with it. Now, here’s my outfit for today!

This is one of those outfits where the shirt makes it. I got this blouse at forever 21 TWO years ago and I still wear it ALL THE TIME. It has such a flattering fit and pairs well with  jeans!

Top: Forever 21, $17.90
Jeans: Banana Republic outlet, $42
Caridgan: The Limited, $49.50
Necklace: Loft, $45
Shoes: Target, $12.99


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  1. Posted by Anonymous on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    um i am overly flattered.  i also feel like i now need to spiffy up my blawg a little... but i'm currently trying to get our photoshoot stuff for our save the dates ready.  because i'm not letting irene TOTALLY ruin my weekend.  (only partially.) COME BACK TO NEW YORK SOON PLEASE
  2. Posted by Erin*Sparkle&Hay on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    oh claire you are too cute!  & i love that blouse too!  (& guacamole... & tofu.... :)  ) xo
  3. Posted by Gretchen on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    I know we only live approximately .001 minutes from each other, but I already miss you.

    Please try not to drown this weekend so we can have much hangoutage.

  4. Posted by Daria on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    That Uptown Kitchen dish looks AMAZING.  What else was in it?  I think I need to recreate it!
    • Posted by claire gallam on
      Friday, August 26th, 2011
      avocado, sprouts, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce. it was so good.
  5. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    You always have the cutest outfits and I can see you in every one of those ModCloth outfits.
  6. Posted by Jennifer on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    So, I like your outfit. Be my stylist?

    I have never tried tofu...I've seen Katie use it on her blog, but I don't know if I can stomach it!

    Go for the Modcloth dresses!
  7. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Friday, August 26th, 2011
    Cute outfit! Really like the top and cardigan. I also want some of that guacamole and a margarita!!
  8. Posted by Ann on
    Saturday, August 27th, 2011
    Great outfit...and Fab FIVE!  I'm not a fan of Irene, either and I'm so sorry it's going to interfere with your friends wedding plans....
  9. Posted by Lauren on
    Saturday, August 27th, 2011
    I love the outfit! Especially the cardigan, my friend as one similar which I always borrow haha. Happy Friday/weekend :)
  10. Posted by Keelie Sheridan on
    Saturday, August 27th, 2011
    My husband is from Granger, IN! We're going there for Christmas this year- if you're there when I'm there, LET'S PARTAY GRANGER STYLE! (Whatever that means...)
  11. Monday, August 29th, 2011
    Omg look at your teenie tiny waist.  You had lots of stuff rockin in this post that I was just dyin to comment on, but omg... just look at it!  Nice belting :)  So sorry you missed out on NYC and your super fun lookin friend.  Okay, I'd prattle on but gotta go look at ModCloth now
  12. Monday, August 29th, 2011
    I love the ruffle thing you've got going on!  Funny you bought that shirt 2 years ago and ruffles are totally in style now.  That alwayssss happens though right?!?!
  13. Posted by Katie C on
    Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
    I am still shocked that you're eating tofu. Just sayin. Have you made that pie yet? You really should if you haven't.

    And um, that cardigan is to die for! I want one, stat.
  14. Monday, September 5th, 2011
    I love that picture of Caitlin and I. I don't even remember it being taken. I may snag it from you if that's okay.
    I've eaten a lot of tofu this passed week too. I've had it baked and stuffed with red peppers and green onion, Silken with mushroom, Pan fried. I'm not even upset about it. Love tofu. 
    Oooh and I'm going to be in DC November 10-16! I hope I will get to see you and Gretchen, Beth, Katie and other DC bloggers.
  15. Posted by Caitlin on
    Monday, September 5th, 2011
    First, that photo is ridic. I think I was trying to showcase the swag but really I'm just showcasing my awesomeness. Obviously.
    Second, I miss you! :( BUT am so excited we get to reunite in San Fran! 
    xoxo you cutie patootie