grits (on the side)

Southern Class. City sass.

  • 1st July
    2013
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  • 30th June
    2013
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  • 26th June
    2013
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File under “most prized possessions”. Best side effect of moving is coming across the good stuff you haven’t seen in a while. #nostalgia #memories

File under “most prized possessions”. Best side effect of moving is coming across the good stuff you haven’t seen in a while. #nostalgia #memories

  • 25th June
    2013
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Forgot how great this is until heard it a couple of times recently…

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 99, if I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen… - Baz Luhrmann

  • 17th June
    2013
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  • 16th June
    2013
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One final brunch. Sad that come tomorrow, Alejandra won’t be cooking for me! Been spoiled by so much amazing food this weekend.

One final brunch. Sad that come tomorrow, Alejandra won’t be cooking for me! Been spoiled by so much amazing food this weekend.

  • 6th May
    2013
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This is an amazing assortment of sparkle-soultastic swag! Props to Ms Anna O on this major accomplishment - now go forth and reshare for your chance at this awesomeness :)
glitternlazers:

I am giving a bunch of awesome stuff away when I hit 100 lbs down. 
Reblog this photo for a chance to win.
You can receive additional entries for each of the following actions:
Commenting on my blog post here
Entering the competition via this facebook app.
Liking my facebook page 
Tweeting an entry to @annaobrien using the hashtag #100lbsdown
Sharing the contest from facebook
The prize package is freaking awesome:
A complete set of Heavy Metal Eyeliners donated by team Urban decay. Give them some social love here
A ridiculously fabulous race skirt from Team Sparkle. Give them  some social love here.
A blinging head band to glitz up your workout from Sparkly Soul. Give them some social love here. 
Nike relay capris. Donated by moi. They’re my favorite!
SoulCycle shirt of awesome, again donated by moi. Because I could not do a giveaway with out a little SoulCycle up in the house.

This is an amazing assortment of sparkle-soultastic swag! Props to Ms Anna O on this major accomplishment - now go forth and reshare for your chance at this awesomeness :)

glitternlazers:

I am giving a bunch of awesome stuff away when I hit 100 lbs down. 

Reblog this photo for a chance to win.

You can receive additional entries for each of the following actions:

The prize package is freaking awesome:

  1. A complete set of Heavy Metal Eyeliners donated by team Urban decay. Give them some social love here
  2. A ridiculously fabulous race skirt from Team Sparkle. Give them  some social love here.
  3. A blinging head band to glitz up your workout from Sparkly Soul. Give them some social love here.
  4. Nike relay capris. Donated by moi. They’re my favorite!
  5. SoulCycle shirt of awesome, again donated by moi. Because I could not do a giveaway with out a little SoulCycle up in the house.
  • 29th April
    2013
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So when you let go of the bar too early, you end up flying sideways. Fail. (And of course, I caught on the next turn.)

  • 26th April
    2013
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Watching the craziness at #TOTEM makes me feel like I gotta get over the hump on the blind catch on the layout at #trapeze. Gotta happen on Monday. Goal!

Watching the craziness at #TOTEM makes me feel like I gotta get over the hump on the blind catch on the layout at #trapeze. Gotta happen on Monday. Goal!

  • 26th April
    2013
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  • 22nd April
    2013
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So close… #trapeze

  • 16th April
    2013
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I couldn’t have asked for a better balance to everything that happened yesterday than catching with our guest catcher in from Brazil, including a bit of mid-air impromptu “salsa”. File under reasons I usually find #trapeze is the best possible start to my week.

  • 14th April
    2013
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  • 13th April
    2013
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#Butterflies butterflies everywhere! A must-see at @amnh.

  • 8th April
    2013
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Couple of fluke catches tonight (unfortunately not caught on video). Goal = proper catch next week… #trapeze