5 Random Things That I’m Loving Lately…And Some Epiphanies

Happy Friday, y’all! TGIF! Friday, Friday, everybody’s glad it’s Friday! (Am I the only person who gets Rebecca Black stuck in her head every single week?)

As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to get really excited about random little things. New shampoo? Excited. New songs on my workout playlist? Excited. New coffee mug? Practically crawling out of my skin with excitement.

I’ve occasionally been told that I’m too easily amused, but I see it a bit differently. As far as I’m concerned, my low threshold for happy dancing makes it easy to do what so many happiness and self-help gurus keep talking about: appreciating and being grateful for the little things in life.

So, with that in mind, here are 5 random things that have induced more than a few happy dances around here.

1) On a whim earlier this week, I picked up some Goody Spin Pins from CVS. I’d run out of hair ties, and I was re-stocking when the Spin Pins caught my eye.

Image source: makeupandbeautyblog.com


Considering that I spend all summer abandoning all hope of doing my hair — heat and humidity turn my tresses into a hot mess, and I don’t like spending four months looking like my head was mauled by a misshapen shrubberyI rely on loose chignons and buns to get me through those oppressively hot months.

And, wouldn’t you know, that’s exactly what the Spin Pins were made for.

After using them, I can say this much: my gawd, these things are awesome. They worked like a dream, which is really saying something considering that virtually nothing works like it’s supposed to on my hair. I twisted them into the loose bun I’d pulled up, et voila:


I must say, I’m seriously excited about these bad boys. Summer hairstyling is going to be a breeze with these things in my arsenal!



2) Wearing my favorite pink jacket to work, DC fashion rules be damned.

Five years ago, I was shopping with my mom when a fabulous pink jacket from the Gap made me gasp audibly in delight. (I know that as an ardent feminist I’m not supposed to love pink, girly things and blah blah blah, but the fact is –as you may have discerned from the color schemes on this blog — I love pink.)

I bought the jacket as a graduation present for myself, only to never wear it upon arriving in DC. I was worried that no one would take me seriously if I rolled up in such a bright, feminine statement piece. Black pant suits are ubiquitous here, and there seems to be an unspoken rule that if you want to be respected and taken seriously, you can’t wear bright or overtly feminine clothes. And, y’know, this jacket is both bright and feminine. Trepidation ensued.

Recently, though, I’ve reached the point where I’ve just plain had it with all the unspoken rules about how to look and behave in DC. I am, by nature, goofy, funny, creative, innovative, expressive, and girly — all of which are big no-nos here.

Judy Garland I don't care

However, last few weeks I’ve found myself repeatedly thinking “F**k it. I can’t keep pretending to be someone I’m not in order to conform to cultural norms here. I can’t keep suppressing all these key elements of my personality. If I’m never taken seriously, then ok — but I’m tired of not being myself.”

When I opened up our coat closet this week, I saw my beloved pink jacket, and I knew: it’s time. Loud and proud, baby.



3) The spate of gorgeous, spring-like weather we’ve had — and are supposed to continue having through the weekend — and the fact that the trees are now fully leaved.

Last night I was finally able to talk to my best friend (it’s tough to make our schedules work, since she’s in Seattle and thus three hours behind DC), and I decided to walk home from work in order to spend time outside while talking to her. It’s a four-mile walk along a gorgeous path, and I loved every second of it.

Some scenes from my walk:





4) I luuuurve the new ring toneΒ  on my phone. I was less than thrilled by the factory-setting ring tones on my iPhone, and I decided this week to see what other options are out there. I was sampling the most popular ones on iTunes when I thought “Waaaaaaaait a second. I wonder if they have Monty Python ring tones. Let’s check that out.”

A moment of context here: I love Monty Python. I come from a family of Monty Python (and British humor) devotees, and it’s to the point where we’ll all spontaneously re-enact scenes from our favorite movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Lo and behold, there’s a Monty Python and the Holy Grail ringtone! You’d best believe I downloaded it immediately, and now I do this whenever my phone rings:


5) Using egg white protein powder and almond milk in my morning smoothies, which gives me a luxuriously thick and creamy breakfast treat each morning.

This is a big deal for me for two reasons: first, I’ve been on a search for good protein powder that has, at times, felt like a scene from The Odyssey. My Greek epic novel-length quest has been frustrating, either in dealing with protein powders that taste awful or leave my stomach in a state of open rebellion — so I was profoundly happy when I found Jay Robb’s Egg White Protein Powder. This stuff is delicious, not chalky, and it hasn’t provoked any backtalk from el estomago.

Then we have the almond milk: I freaking love that stuff, but I haven’t been using it in my smoothies because, y’know, it has calories. I’d been using water instead, which — shockingly — lead to watery and decidedly meh smoothies. Just like my realization that I’m tired of conforming to DC cultural norms, I realized that I’m also tired of looking for every possible way to cut calories.

I love my almond milk, it’s good for you (all that calcium!), and I’m just plain tired of cutting myself off from foods I love — foods that are nutrient dense and actually really good for you — simply because they might be calorically dense as well. I want my granola, I want my pistachios, I want my GF bread with flax seeds, and dang it, I wantΒ  almond milk in my smoothies.

So, for the second time in recent weeks, I said “F**k it! I’m doing what I want in spite of all the nutritional advice to just use water and save calories. Almond milk it is!” Not surprisingly, using almond milk has turned my daily green smoothie into a thing of delicious glory. It’s thick, smooth, creamy, and generally mouthwatering.

All in all, I’m amazed by how good I feel after both the pink jacket and almond milk epiphanies. Deciding to dispose of generally ridiculous DC fashion rules and less-than-helpful nutritional advice made me feel like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. After trying so hard to be the round peg who contorts herself in an effort to fit into the square hole, calling it like it is made me feel really effing awesome.

So, with that in mind, I hope everyone has an awesome Friday! Here’s to the weekend being within reach, y’all. πŸ™‚ Some questions for you:

What do you like to use in your smoothies?

Do you have favorite movies that you quote, like, all the effing time?

Have you ever tried to ignore or suppress parts of your personality in order to fit in?

21 thoughts on “5 Random Things That I’m Loving Lately…And Some Epiphanies

  1. musingsoftheamusingmuse May 3, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    Spin pins? MAGIC! I have the big AND little ones. I have a lot of hair. Remember that word I just used? Magic? They are MAGIC!!

    Pink! Woo Hoo! I wear… mostly black. I used to hate pink. Now I have a lot of pink – which really, is like black in that it goes with everything. Why did I not like pink sooner?

    Oh yeah… one more thing: Hooray for F*CK IT!!

  2. Alex @ therunwithin May 3, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    I am a big fan of egg white protein. It tastes pretty awesome and does add a thicker texture. the weather in dc has been amazing. I break all fashion rules because I have no fashion sense. People probably look at me and are like really? come on….

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 / 4:38 pm

      Eh, fashion rules are totally overrated! And my mom is the same way when it comes to fashion sense, so you’re in excellent company. πŸ˜‰

  3. ATA May 3, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Have you tried the unsweetened almond milk? I think it’s only 30 calories per serving, which let’s face it, is basically nothing. πŸ™‚

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 / 4:37 pm

      I have tried the unsweetened kind — but I have to admit, I didn’t especially love it. My sweet tooth has an inordinate degree of influence over my beverage choices! πŸ™‚

  4. chasingchels May 3, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Yayyyyy!! This makes me so happy πŸ™‚ I love that you’re embracing who you are and showing it to everyone else…doesn’t get much better! The fact that that’s been my attitude recently lets me know that I’m in good company πŸ˜‰ keep rocking the pink and enjoying almond milk in the gorgeous weather!

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 / 4:36 pm

      Here’s to my partner in crime for saying “screw what people think — I’m doing things my way!” πŸ™‚ Have an awesome day, love!

  5. OneMotherofaDay May 3, 2013 / 2:02 pm

    I usually put a banana, 1/2 avocado, gelatin (protein), spinach and coconut water in my smoothies. Yummy!!

  6. Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles May 3, 2013 / 4:44 pm

    wow, I want that hair thing!!! my favorite smoothie combo is just spinach, banana, blueberries and pineapple

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 / 5:26 pm

      Ooh, I haven’t tried adding pineapple — but that sounds delicious. I’ll have to try it! πŸ™‚

  7. Taryn May 3, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    My boyfriend laughs at me ALL. THE. TIME. for how easily amused I am. I think it makes life more fun – doesn’t take much to make me happy πŸ™‚

    Definitely want to try those spin pins once my hair grows out a bit more. I can never make up-dos work, so if those work for me, I would be soooo happy.

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 3, 2013 / 5:27 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Taryn! πŸ™‚

      And the spin pins are freakin’ fabulous — as soon as your hair gets long enough, I highly recommend them. In the meantime though, have an awesome weekend!

  8. Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness May 3, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    You just blew my mind those spin pins! Ah i can’t wait to try those! This is my first time visiting your blog and I’ve already gotten life changing tips, I’m hooked πŸ™‚

  9. Kate May 4, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Got to the auto shop at 7a on a Saturday and let me tell you, I needed this post! My morning is better now. How can it not be after watching some Monty Python? And that pink coat is lovely on you!

    Grace and I are obsessed with quoting Clueless. It’s probably disturbing to others how easily we can fit them into conversations…

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 4, 2013 / 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Kate! I feel your pain about the early morning auto shop run (that’s what El Hub is doing right now, actually), so I’m glad this post brought some levity to the whole situation. πŸ™‚

      And OMG, Clueless quotes are the best. I’ve found the same thing: it’s disturbing how easily they fit into everyday conversations. The number of times I’ve said “I totally paused!” or “Where did you park, Kuwait?” or “It’s like searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie” is either distressing or awesome.

  10. Jorie May 4, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    Girl, you rock that pink jacket! I love when I see people wearing bright, cheery colors around the office. It livens up a drab space. Thanks for the Monty Python laugh. I haven’t watched that scene in a few years. Gold.

  11. Meredith May 6, 2013 / 7:01 am

    A perfect bun, it looks great! I need those spin pins in my life!
    Love your pink jacket, keep rocking it! When I started my first corporate job, people said to never wear any suits other than navy or black. I stuck with that for about 4 months and just got plain tired of it! Clothes are a way to express yourself and I think we all have a right to do that πŸ™‚

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 6, 2013 / 11:28 am

      Thanks, Meredith! I completely agree that we all should be able to express ourselves through our clothes, and I’m impressed that you started bucking the black pant-suit dress code so quickly after entering the corporate world. It’s taken me over four years, but I’m finally ready and willing to rock the bright colors! πŸ™‚

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