Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Favorites!

2010 was far from my best year and I am happy it's now in the past- but I do have some favorite products, songs, movies and memories!

Songs: "Cosmic Love" by Florence + the Machine (It came out in '09 but I listened to it constantly this year), "OMG" by Usher, "Like a G6" by Far East Movement, "Terrible Love" by The National, "Everlasting Light" and "Next Girl" by The Black Keys, "Crown on the Ground" by Sleigh Bells, "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons, "Icarus" by White Hinterland, "Walk in the Park" by Beach House

Movies: There are still a handful of movies that were released in 2010 that I want to see! The Town, The Next Three Days, Sex and the City II, The Kids are Alright, Alice in Wonderland, She's Out of my League, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Up, Easy A, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Social Network

Concerts: Bonnaroo '10- The Dead Weather, Jay-Z, The Black Keys, The xx, The Temper Trap; The National at Carnegie Music Library, Portugal. The Man at Mr. Smalls

Sporting Events: Penguins vs. Sabres on my 24th Birthday! Sidney Crosby scored a hat trick! Steelers vs. Saints on Halloween in New Orleans- we didn't show up to play but the trip was amazing! WVU men's basketball in the final four- not a great outcome but still a great showing! WVU vs. Pitt, Backyard Brawl!

Drinks: After a year spent sampling "beers of the world", I have grown a deep appreciation for quality brews. My favorite beer of the year was Chimay Blue. Favorite alcoholic drinks included the famous Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's in NOLA and Hand Grenades on Bourbon Street. I also really liked kalimotxo's (red wine and coke- I first heard about them on The Real Housewives of New Jersey)

Television Shows: The Real Housewives of New Jersey, DC, Atlanta, New York and Beverly Hills, Jeopardy!, The Office, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Bachelorette, Chelsea Lately, Jerseylicious, Guiliana & Bill

Websites: Google, Twitter, YouTube,,,, Ebay,, The Sartorialist,, (Tarot)

Radio Stations/Programs:, WYEP, WQED-classical, Coast to Coast AM

Fondest Memories: Getting my dog, Ireland in January 2010 and celebrating her 1st birthday in November, Going to the Pens' game with my sister on my birthday, Bonnaroo with Valerie, Maggie's Engagement, New Orleans on Halloween, Seeing Bill Maher Live, Chelsea Handler and Heather McDonald (my first time at Consol Energy Center), Tammy's Wedding on New Year's Eve

Stores: I was very low on cash this year so I made the most of what I had and shopped at thrift stores a lot! I found so many things I loved :) My favorite thrift stores are Community Thrift in the North Hills, Goodwill (N. Hills, South Side), and Red, White and Blue in Bellevue. I also shopped online quite a bit this year. and Ebay were favorites.

Books: "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" by Chelsea Handler, "Official Book Club Selection" by Kathy Griffin, "You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again" by Heather McDonald, "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch

Magazines: Elle, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue

Perfumes: Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Addict 2 by Dior, Chance by Chanel, Dream Angels Desire by Victoria's Secret

Fashion Trends: Scarves, Trapper Hats, Ladylike bags (turnlock closures), Camels/Cognacs, Faux Fur, Gold

Beauty Products: Nails- Ski Teal We Drop by OPI, Glitzerland by OPI, Lollipop by Essie, Cotton Candy by Revlon; Makeup- MAC's Holiday Collection "A Tartan Tale". I got one of the cosmetic bags and I'm obsessed! I'll post a blog of all the products I got! NARS Albatross Highlighter Blush/Powder, Shimmer Pink Pool Blush by Lancome, Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Pop Culture Terms, Etc: "Hide ya kids, hide ya wife!" (Antoine Dobson), "Cabs are here!" (Jersey Shore)

Now Watching: The season premiere of yet another edition of The Bachelor, shhh.

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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!