XOXO EmJoyable

Before today, I hadn’t seen an episode of Gossip Girl since January, when I was sleeping on a blowup mattress in my brother’s basement in NYC. So when I stumbled upon Season 4 on NetFlix this evening as my man was on his way out the door for the night, I knew exactly what was in store for my night: several solid hours of trashy TV served along with a side of cold pizza and a frosty glass of Grey Goose and Crystal Light.

As tempted as I was to push my blog aside for the night and indulge in a few of my guilty pleasures, I figured I’d just capitalize on my hours spent in front of the TV and post it here. I’ve decided to share with you the five most important things I learned from Gossip Girl over the years. 

5. Almonds with Yogurt 
I had heard of yogurt with granola, but yogurt with almonds was a GG gift. I never would have thought of the combo if it wasn’t for the episode when Jenny starts going crazy and sends her minions off to get her skinless almonds on her yogurt that she ends up dumping or Eric’s head. Either way, I came out with my new favorite breakfast — probably the best thing Jenny ever did for anyone.

4. Fashion 
I’ve never claimed to be very fashionable. I like simple things, like solids, stripes and bows. However, GG confirmed my beliefs that high-fashion isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes seeing the things these girls sport makes me feel like my navy cable-knit sweater (however boring it may be) reins superior. 

3. Tights
We all know how I feel about tights (and if you don’t, catch up here). So while I’ve always had a thing for this darling winter accessory, GG taught me to be a little more saucy with them. On top of my standard black, grey and sweater-knit tights, GG gave me the inspiration to add red, plaid and dark purple to the line-up. 

2. Fancy Cocktails
Since the GG bunch were sophomores in high school, they were sipping on top-shelf martinis in long-stem glasses on the steps of the Met. I’ve never quite had the pleasure of doing quite that, but I am such a sucker for anything that ends in -ini: appletini, frostini, flirtini, etc. A perfect night out requires a pair of black heels, freshly applied mascara and a drink with at least 3 different fruit-flavored liquors. 

1. Good friends
I know as well as anyone that best friends fight, sometimes even more than good friends. I have had my share of stay-up-crying-till-2AM, call-each-other-every-name-in-the-book, stomach-wrenching fights with really, really great friends, but it happens. But it shouldn’t happen weekly for five years. Even though Serena and Blair have had some really great friend moments, I would never push my best friend in a fountain. Sometimes you need to be around really crappy people just to feel better about your own life, and GG really fills that role for me. 

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Fave Fall Fashion: TIGHTS

I am a lot of things — but “fashionista” has never been one of them. Despite some of my best attempts to be fashionable, I very rarely stray too far from my skinny jeans and a solid top. But when the air gets crisp and trees burn red, it’s hard to come between me and a good pair of tights. I LOVE tights. (I find this only kind of odd considering one day as a child, I actually threw away every pair of tights I owned because I wanted nothing to do with them — I’m sure glad I got over that.)

Nothing pairs with a Starbucks caramel apple spice from better than a silky pair of tights, adorable heels and a flowy skirt. And I always dress to the occasion! While I do carry tights into the winter months, I prefer to get the majority of my tights wearing out of my system early. Not because I get sick of them, but simply because I hate being cold. As cute as tights are, they’re definitely not the most practical thing to wear when there’s snow up to your knees (and let’s be real, I live off Lake Michigan — that happens, alot). So I try to capitalize on my favorite trend between the temperatures of 35 and 60 degrees. I’m a fair-weather tights fan, I suppose.

So you can image my delight when I turned on Gossip Girl Season 1 last year (because I’m way behind in pop culture) and saw that the lovely Blair Waldorf adorned tights on a nearly weekly basis! Jackpot! I was officially “in.” And lucky for me, tights have been trending for the past few seasons, so I can only hope I’m still up to par this fall. But either way, I have every intention of wearing them every other day regardless.

I sported my second favorite fall outfit to work today. A high-waisted black skirt (Miley Cyrus’ line to be exact), solid black tights, my all-time favorite flats (courtesy of the lovely Kayiu), and tucked-in plain white T. Why my second fave outfit, you ask? Because Saturday is October 1 — my favorite non-holiday day of the year. It’s my annual day to idolize fall and all of its loveliness…straight down to the tights! So I’m saving my number one for Saturday. But more on that later!