Monday, June 26, 2006

My day as a mannequin

This past weekend, my mother and I began the search for the perfect wedding dress. We decided to make an appointment at what is probably the most famous wedding dress store in New York, Kleinfelds. As you can probably tell by these photos, we took it very seriously......or not. We only got these two photos in before a woman pointed to a sign on the wall that said no photographing or sketching allowed... Oops! Fortunately, they didn't kick us out into the rain, and Rosario, although not the most enthusiastic consultant, did end up finding us one very good possibility. It was a great way to shop, being able to say what I wanted, and then having someone there to find it and bring it right to me with several other options. But it was a bit strange to be standing on a pedestal in front of my mom, a stranger, and several full length mirrors, in just my Honeydews. Does not leave much to the imagination. At least I have some time though as the nuptials are not till next spring, so I'll try one or two more stores (and hopefully lose a few more pounds) before making the final decision.
posted by Danielle @ 12:06 AM | 8 comments

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Please leave a message

Why is it so hard to make an outgoing answering machine message? I mean, seriously, how hard is it to say, Hi this is danielle, please leave a message...?

Evidently, if you are anything like me, it is brain freakin' surgery. I don't think I've ever done it in less than five tries. Sometimes ten or fifteen.

Today's episode went something like this (abridged version): Hi this is Danielle, please leave a... wait, where's the stop button on this thing? Beeeep. Shit. Take two. Hi this is Danielle... Beeeep. Did I say my name weird? Let me listen to that back. Hi this is Danielle...Hi this is Danielle...Hi this is Danielle... Yes, I said my name weird. Do I actually say my name like that? Dañielle. Da-NI-elle. DAN-ielle. Dani-ELLE. How do I say my name again? Uggh, I just need to spit it out. HithisisDaniellepleaseleaveamessage...Beeeep. Woah, slow down Danielle. Wait, did I just talk to myself in third person? I need some serious therapy. HI.this.IS.Dan.ielle.PLEASE.leave.A.mess.age... Beeeep. No, no, no. What am I, a robot? NEXT. One more. Too depressing sounding. NEXT. Too quiet for Grandma. Really, one more this time. NEXT. Too peppy. What's my motivation? Last one, I swear. NEXT. Rrrrgh, what is that strange rustling noise? Screw it! I'm done. Rustling noise it is. Perfect.

So if you call and you hear something like, shcihr-HI-THIS-shctfyhsh-IS DAN-schs-IELLE scthfchhrsh-MESSAGE...Beeeep... You probably have the right number, and if you don't like it, then don't leave a message, 'cause chances are I won't get back to you anyway.
posted by Danielle @ 12:03 AM | 6 comments

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Reliving the same Day

I'm not usually one to point out observations about other magazines, but this one I just had to share.

Here is last year's July issue of one particular magazine...And here is this July's issue of that same magazine...Hmmm... Now why didn't I think of just flipping things over to make them new? Very creative. I should try it out... How do I look?
posted by Danielle @ 9:36 PM | 12 comments

Thursday, June 15, 2006

HNT skin

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

the egg-ccentricity of embassy suites

This morning at work, two of the top food gurus from Embassy Suites (including chef Roy Choi whose name is so fun to say RoyChoi RoyChoi RoyChoi) came in to give a demonstration on making the "perfect omelet." There were four omelet stations with 10 toppings, fresh fruit, pastries, juice and coffee. Plus, they gave us huge mugs and goodie bags with a frying pan, spatula, apron, recipes, and a luggage tag. Evidently, the hotel chain is re-eggniting their complimentary cooked-to-order beakfast to heighten the breakfast experience. Seriously? They can heighten my experience any day. In fact, I'm open to anyone else who wants to join on that bandwagon too. I prefer egg whites to whole eggs, with spinach and well-done onions please, fruit on the side, and dry wheat toast. Anyone want to heighten my lunch experience? Dinner? Now, if only they gave away free stays at their hotels, that would really make me feel egg-static.
posted by Danielle @ 12:13 AM | 9 comments

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

This is what it looks like...

...when I am doing my photo thang (although usually not in pink)....when Audrey is being stroked by my cousin's baby girl Isabella, who was rockin' the Juicy couture....when my nephew and I say cheeeese....when a bunch of Jerz Jews get together in the 'burbs to celebrate the engagement of a Jersey girl and her man.
posted by Danielle @ 12:17 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

This used to be my playground a.k.a. female bonding

Today was our second monthly art/photo department pot-luck style cubicle lunch. Last month, our first lunch was supposed to be a one-time thing to celebrate Ocho de Mayo (our Art Director was out on Cinco De Mayo, so we decided to extend the holiday). Everyone brought in something related to the theme to contribute to the meal. Unfortunately, we could not partake in any mid-day margaritas, but there was still lots of other deliciousness (including homemade guac and quesadillas). I took the easy route and brought the chips, salsa, and salsa con queso. The lunch went over so well that we decided to make themed lunches a monthly thing. We are such dorks, I know, but at least we are creative dorks... The best kind!

For this, our second monthly, we decided to have our theme be based on a movie, so everyone wrote their choices on little folded pieces of paper, and one was picked out of a bowl. My movie idea was Splash, which was not chosen, but we did get a good one, one of my all-time favorites, A League of Their Own. My contributions to the meal were Rocbleu cheese, which is a stinky but delicious melding of Roquefort and Brie cheeses. Get it? Roquefort, as in the Rockford Peaches team from the movie? I also brought Carr's Whole Wheat Crackers to compliment the cheese, which happen to be the best crackers EVER. Anyway, a good time was had by all. We had sweet and sour hotdogs, baseball shaped mozzarella salad, baseball field dirt (made from Rice Krispies, Whole Wheat Cheerios, chocolate chips, and marshmallow), and of course, there was a heaping supply of Betty Spaghetti.

After the meal, we decided on July's theme (again based on movie suggestions in a bowl), and the next theme will be (drumroll please)... Chocolat... Starring the delicious combo of Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, France, and chocolate. So, does anyone have suggestions for easy to make/buy contributions to fit the theme? Emphasis on the easy, mind you... It still may be a while before I can jump from a frozen meal to a molé masterpiece.
posted by Danielle @ 12:29 AM | 5 comments

Monday, June 05, 2006

Walk on through the rain

The Walk to D'Feet ALS was a success!It was a bit damp out, so Audrey stayed home, but I, along with hundreds of others, braved the rain in support of the ALS Associations efforts.Thank you to those who contributed and helped my Walk team, FOR MERRILL, to raise over $2100 for ALS research and programs.
posted by Danielle @ 12:43 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Blogalicious birthday wishes

Sunday, June 4th, marks a very special occasion. It is the birthday of one of the most amazingly talented and beautiful women I have ever met, not to mention the most fun roommate ever. Please make sure to stop by and wish the fabulous Franco-American a very happy birthday!
posted by Danielle @ 12:09 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, June 01, 2006

HNT blurred vision

I'm feeling a bit fuzzy this week... Have not been sleeping very well, and have been feeling a bit out of sorts.At least I am pretty happy with my new 'do (not that you can really tell in these pics). I chopped off a few inches and put some highlights in. But I'm definitely wishing I could just hang out under my blankets. At least until my ALS Walk this weekend in memory of my dad (there's still time if you would like to support the Walk).

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posted by Danielle @ 12:04 AM | 24 comments