Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Mishmash - All Things California!

The fun has continued all week.  This morning we will relax and energize with another yoga class (strange that it does both, but trust me, it happens), work on perfecting our outfits for the Big Sur race (would you expect anything less?), and then go watch Theresa perform a Capoeira dance with her class, followed by packing for Big Sur (we will be spending the night before the race in Monterey) and then a nice dinner out at the Crow's Nest - another jam-packed day!


Speaking of fun, I had the pleasure of meeting Janelle and Bella on Tuesday afternoon!  She pulled up to Barbara's house in her convertible VW Bug, with Bella standing on her back legs, poking her head out the window - what a happy greeting!  We went to dog beach, where Bella had a blast running around, swimming, and surprising sunbathers with puppy kisses, while Janell and I got to talk.  It was like we've known each other for a long time - we pretty much just continued our last email conversation, only this time it was in person.  Love that about meeting blogger friends - the connection you make online really carries through in person.

Janell is such a caring mama to Bella - here she is giving her girl some water:
And here we are, back at Barbara's house, after the beach, a trip to See's Candies (yum, chocolate!), and a lovely chat sitting outdoors at Zizzo's Coffee while Bella greeted her many admirers:
Stealing Janell's caption:  Shelley, Belly and Janelly

Of course, the first attempt at a picture with Bella wasn't quite successful:
Hey, at least we got her ears in the picture!

Also, look at this face...I think Janell shows remarkable restraint in not posting a gazillion pictures of Bella:


Speaking of the beach, Barbara and I took a walk on Wednesday morning - it was low tide, so I had the brilliant idea to go stand on some rocks and have my picture taken:
A lovely day at the beach
Wait for it, wait for it...
 Don't let your eyes deceive you - I was NOT attempting the "warrior" pose from yoga - this was the "stay upright" pose when a wave comes in!

We were at Capitola beach - the favorite hangout from our high school days.  One difference?  When we were walking back through the sand, I was watching where I was stepping, to avoid hurting my feet on any sharp driftwood or other debris.  Back in the day?  I would have been watching the cute surfers!  Funny how priorities change...
Barbara and I, out getting our Vitamin D the natural way!


I'm hoping to get a Mini Cooper in the distant future.  We decided to pop into the dealership in Santa Clara (at Kiely and Steven's Creek Blvd., where I believe the old Smythe Buick dealership used to be - this really isn't of import to anyone but my parents who bought a car there long ago but I thought I'd mention it) where I hopped into a convertible for a quick picture:
Not my color, but it was fun to check it out.  I left with a "wish book" catalog - hey, a girl can dream, right?


And now, it's time for Fashion Friday!  As usual, we've been shopping like crazy.  Theresa has been an excellent helper and picked out several items that we actually bought!  Plus she's a great runner to go get different sizes when we're in the dressing room, and she also is a handy price-checker, using the self-scanner to see what the sale prices are for us.

First up, one of her picks:
I really liked how this blouse fit me, but was hemming and hawing about buying it because it was a little more than I usually spend (read: over $10) on tops.  Theresa liked it so much on me that she offered to "kick in $5" - how sweet was that?  Of course I bought it.  And I made her give me the money.

Next up is a fun shirt that we all had to try on:
 The Three Musketeers!

Theresa and I bought the top - she paired hers with some white leggings and a white cami and looked adorable.  I wore mine with jeans and looked adorable fine.  The sides are slightly longer than the middle and I love that style, but very few tops like that work for me - they are usually too long.  This was a petite, so that must have made the difference in the length.

Another day, more dressing room fun - this was at the Ann Taylor Loft outlet (pardon the washed out look - the sun was bright in the dressing room (strange, I know)):
We were working on an opposite look - If the green sweater had been really cheap, I would have bought it for the few instances each year when that bright color would be fun...but it wasn't.  I liked the ruffled top under it (the better to camouflage my belly!) but just wasn't completely sold on it.  Barbara did buy the printed shirt under her purple sweater - she had a purple sweater at home so didn't get the one she was trying on, although the ruffled edge was super-cute!  (and while I'd like to blame the use of that phrase on hanging around a 9-year-old, I sadly have to own it)

While we were at the outlets (Gilroy Outlets, to be exact), we had a good time at the Van's store:
Theresa got the lace-ups and I got the pink, white and black plaid slip-ons, while Barbara was a party-pooper and did not get the pink, purple and black plaid shoes.  What can I say - I think I'm a teenager when I come out here! 

Another day, we shopped for swimsuits.  Barbara is going to Hawaii in June and needed some new suits, and I was hoping to find a one-piece that provided a little better coverage so I could swim my laps without having to wear a rash-guard over it.  That might not look strange normally, but my gym's pool is indoors, so wearing something to prevent a sunburn looks a little strange.  We tried on A LOT of suits.  There were no tears!  There was some laughter, and some horror, but we both found great suits.  No dressing room pictures - I'm not crazy!  But this is what I got:
I found this at a real swim store - a Speedo suit, a teal pearlescent swim cap, and some swim gloves that I wanted to try - these should give me more resistance when I swim, which I'm hoping will help strengthen my arms and propel me through the water better.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend - sorry I haven't been able to keep up with your blogs.  Thank you for continuing to read mine while I'm off gallivanting around in sunny California!


  1. Thank you for gallivanting! I miss the sunshine and appreciate your posts.
    Though I do wonder what you're doing up at this hour. Hopefully this was auto-posted? Or did you also have too much coffee today?

  2. Hahahaha, last weekend I bought that very LOFT ruffled top, in purple no less! (And that sweater in yellow. Surprised? I thought not.) But I am not sure yet if I am keeping it so it the tags are still on! Too funny.

    Looks like you are having a great time! Enjoy, enjoy.

  3. Enjoy sunny California!

    I've given you a blog award. I just wanted you to know how much you inspire me.

  4. So nice to see you having such a great time on vacation! Thanks for taking time out of your busy, busy schedule to share it with us lowly readers. Good luck to everyone involved on the race!

  5. Good luck at Big Sur! It's going to be a great weekend for a race.

  6. the gloves are excellent at resistance... I do not use them or paddles swimming because I am trying to save my shoulders long term... but I do use them in aqua exercise quit a bit

    like if you do cross country scoop your arms opposite or stand straight up in armpit depth water and reach back and swoop all the water to your front hands touching. They are great for tricep push downs and bicep lift ups etc...

    nice suit! and have fun!

  7. Galavant away! What fun you are having! Bella is a doll, and I'm glad you got to meet Janell this time.

    I want a mini cooper too! And I love that ruffled top.

    What did you get at See's? I can live vicariously...

  8. Looks like y'all are having a blast :) Loved your fashion :)

  9. What fun! Love Speedo swimsuits (especially now that I can fit into them again). Enjoy the rest of your West Coast time.

  10. Glad you are having a great time out west! I LOVE the dog picture captions! So fun! Look out Paco, Mommy smuggle a little 'sister' named Bella in her bag when she comes home! :) Have a wonderful weekend Shelley!!!

  11. Looks like such a fun time! I hope we get to meet in real life sometime and have so much fun :D

  12. Nothing beats Fashion Friday with Barbara.
    Love the bathing suit.

  13. What a fun filled post to read (and to comment on). Love those photos of Janell and her gorgeous dog, Bella, who is outside wandering around while she's typing this comment.

    She has gotten incredibly thin for her. I wonder if she should lose any more weight??

    I can't believe her dog pooped so much on the beach. What a mess! (not that you wrote about that or the barf in the sandmobile).
    Love you in the mini.
    I have found lots of old people driving those. I looked at them when I was looking for used cars. Very cute cars. But old people are the ones who can afford them. haha

    You're old enough and you'd look fantastic in one, even the orange color.

    When you used the caption "hey, at least we got her ears in the picture" I thought for sure you meant me.

    Keep enjoying this beautiful weather and have a blast this weekend. Also, the crows nest is where a bunch of barflies hang out so stay out of the bar.
    Love ya!

  14. Glad you are having so much fun Shelley!

    When I actually bought clothes in a store (i.e. before I only thrift shopped!) I loved Ann Taylor Loft because they had the perfect petite sizes - no long pants to hem!

    There are several people at my gym who use those water gloves - now you will be a bad ass in the pool! :D

    Have a great weekend!

  15. How fun for you to be able to get all the girl time and shopping done. You know Capitola is my fave place too! Have a wonderful weekend and looking forward to hearing about the race.


  16. Glad you're having a blast! That blouse looks great on you; glad you bought it!

  17. Shelley what a wonderful, fun and great time you're having. Loved reading about it.

    And of course Bella is cute, it's all in the name right? :)

    Like the things you've bought, especially the swimsuit because I usually go for safe black but I love this much more.

    And of course I keep reading your blog. You will catch up on mine when you get back, not worried about that.

    Have fun for the rest of your stay.

  18. I absolutely LOVED my Mini Cooper - I know, being in Texas, you're gonna love it!

  19. Looks like you are having a blast in sunny California! So much fun!

  20. Shelley you look SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!! I'm so glad you are having fun and turning into a pro swimmer! :)

  21. Sounds like a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing all the great pictures. You look wonderful!


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