Is it Monday already? + an amazing house in NYC

I have been busy figuring out a new blog layout….hopefully you can see it all in a few days (eek!). I’m still just dabbling with the whole coding/html/css thing but even so, the new layout  will be leaps and bounds better than this template.

I LOVE creative people! People that do things differently–that think outside of not just the square, but the circle, the triangle, and the octagon. I would never in a million years have thought to do what these people did… have you seen this video? Did you love it or hate it? I had to watch it like five times. Whether you like it or not, you have to admit it was pretty darn creative. Hope this brightens your Monday!


hello weekend: “Should I workout today?”

wpid-20140110_110311.jpgTaken right before my mat pilates class, in which I totally get my but kicked ^^

 I always look forward to catching up on sleep during the weekends, but I also always book-up my weekends with things to do!  I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

How many of us ask ourselves the question, ” Should I workout today??” Most of the time, I answer with something like “sure…but later” and a lot of times I don’t end up going…oops. For January I really wanted to get a workout 3-4 times a week because it makes my whole body/mind/spirit feel better. So how did I conquer that question with a resounding “YES!”? Well, I didn’t ask it in the first place. Here’s what has helped me, and maybe it can help some of you:

  • Tell yourself the answer before asking the question. In fact, don’t ask yourself that question at all. Set a realistic short term goal like, workout 2 times a week (you can always add on from there). Stick to that goal like gum on a side walk. Then tell yourself, “I”m going to workout today because tomorrow I’m busy with _____.” Do that X amount of times during the week and you’ll not only meet your goal, but you’ll feel soooo good inside and out.
  • Switch up your workout. My pre-gym days were filled with running, lots of running, and the occasional rock climbing. I hated my workouts because I got sick of just running all the time! Now that I have a gym membership, I go to about 2 or 3 classes a week, and run at least once a week. Now I never get bored with my workouts.
  • Do it with someone. Austin and I love to do outdoorsy stuff together, and made a goal to workout 1-2 times a week together (yes I also count that as one of my workouts!). By “workout” we don’t always mean “go to the gym”. We switch it up with activities like playing tennis, going mountain biking, climbing…just about anything that gets us using our muscles.

My next problem: how will I get in a workout with babies and kids!? I have no idea. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

What do you guys do to get yourself moving?

hugs, hanalei

DIY: Fake a Headband

foggydress_headband Does anyone else get head aches when they wear headbands? I hardly ever wear them because they’re not worth the pain I get! If you have the same problem, just fake it like I do. I usually like to wear these when my hair is up in a bun, but they work great with your hair down–totally pain free! Thanks Mackenzie, for being my pretty model! Keep reading for the tutorial. Continue reading

Giveaway Results {CLOSED}

Happy Monday!

I’m hanging with family today and don’t have much time to post, so I just wanted to let you all know the results of the HoBags giveaway…


The winner for Sage is Jessica Coburn!

The winner for Sienna is Danielle Stratford!

Congrats ladies, please email me at: foggydressgirl at gmail dot com, with your mailing address. Thanks for all who entered… I really hate giveaways because I want everyone to win. So I guess I’ll just have to set up  shop or something…!

What are your plans today? (if you say work, then you should buy yourself this little treat for working on a holiday :))

hugs, hanalei

hello weekend + something new to learn

It’s Friday! I woke up thinking it was Thursday, but was happily mistaken.

mlk-speech_1389076510Image via Trend Images

This week at my mom’s book club, we read Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Stowe. I’m really glad we read it prior to this weekend because it helped me better appreciate the amazing heroes who contributed to the abolishment of slavery. What a terrible tragedy, and how grateful I am for people like Martin Luther King Jr. and many others throughout history. I almost couldn’t finish the book for fear of my heart breaking, it was so tragic, but it was also hopeful and triumphant. I definitely recommend that you put it next on your booklist. (You can listen to the audiobook for free here or download it -free- to your kindle here.)

On another note, I just had an epiphany… let me share it with you! As you know, this blog is about stuff I do & learn–my journey through learning to sew is documented here, as well as little projects around my house. Cooking is something I want to work more on this year, and so you might see it creeping up on the blog a little more than usual (ok a lot more than usual, since I hardly post about food here!). I’ve been looking up videos on the internet and learning a few new tricks, and I’d like to share some of those with you on my “Hello Weekend” posts. They won’t always be about cooking (like last’s week’s post about learning ways to jazz up a resume). But hopefully you might learn a thing or two with me, along the way.

This video helped me perfect the art of cracking an egg with one hand. I know it’s not necessary for cooking but it sure does speed up the process! Previously, if I did crack an egg with one hand, it was always accidental. I followed these little exercises and now I almost have it down perfect!

Have a fabulous weekend…

PS Tonight at midnight is the deadline for the HoBags Giveaway! Enter this one or this one. Winners will be announced Monday.