Thursday, December 26, 2013

And The Days Go By


______Welp, another week has zoomed by and I didn't even realize it. I hope you all had a most excellent holiday, ate lots of things, saw lots of family, blah, blah blah, I'm sure you've heard this from every blog so I'll spare ya. My Christmas was more wondrous than I could have imagined, as was having everybody (including our spoiled wirehair pointer pup) under the same roof. The parental units cooked a meaty turkey on the Big Green Egg to celebrate our togetherness, and we opened the gifts up on Christmas Eve, as per tradition. I received a lovely number of cycling goodies and a limited edition gold Zelda 3DS.

______Yes, I am twenty years old. Yes, I was ecstatic to get Pokemon X and the newest Animal Crossing. Yes, I stayed in my fluffy robe all day and played my handheld nonstop.

______Huzzah, adulthood!


______Thinking it was over, and more than thankful for what I had already been given, I moseyed on over to our cookie counter to suck the white chocolate off some pretzels doused in the sweet stuff. When I turned around, I heard a soft clicking noise, and to my astonishment, witnessed my dad wheeling out a brand new Specialized road bike. It possessed a dazzling black frame that boasted a carbon fork, and the curved handlebars were taped off in a fiery red.

______Such divine. So much unexpect. What pretty. How English?

______Somehow my dad snuck this into the house and hid it under a big old tarp from me for two weeks, even though I was mere inches away from it from time to time. I don't question the big old tarps. Oblivion is a beautiful thing.

______For those of you who don't know, I'm super into biking and have been seriously for about three or four years now, doing at least ten miles a day, even if that means braving the cold winter air at 5 in the morning before college classes. Now, I'll be able to better that tradition and train more smoothly on roads with this bad boy, who I have named Sir Spider. Pre-Sir Spider, I tried to convince myself that I didn't need a shiny new road bike, but after receiving this one on Christmas morning and easing through my usual routine in record time, along with feeling faster than a cockroach in a brightly-lit room, I quickly erased that notion from my mind.


Cape jacket: via Lotus Boutique (similar)
Dress: Charlotte Russe
Booties: Lucky Brand, secondhand (similar)
Bow gloves: via Target
Socks: also via Target
Necklace: land down under naw naw jp Charming Charlie


bashashhazbaz said...

this is a very cute red/yellow combo! love this outfit you put together!

Katie Aman said...

Eee! That's wonderful! A new bike is always as fun to receive as when you're a kid and get your first trike, etc. You're going to put so many miles on it I bet you biking fiend! I wish the roads here were more bike friendly or that we lived closer to a trail, because I really do enjoy a good bike ride.
You look as lovely as a present yourself! That cape is just beautiful, as are the dainty red gloves!

Jacqueline Stewart said...

Merry Christmas and yay on receiving all that cool stuff. :D I'm liking the poncho coat thingy, really nice colors. cute gloves too. xoxoxo

Frannie Pantz said...

Wow Pokemon and a bike?!!??! A lucky girl indeed! Glad you had a great holiday! The red and yellow here are divine. I love those gloves!

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Linda B said...

Ahhh, Pokemon X??? AND an awesome bike? I saw it on Facebook and was excited for you, I know how much biking is a part of what you do. So exciting! Sounds like a wondrous Christmas indeed for you, glad it was :)
Anyway, can I just say I absolutely love those adorable gloves? So pretty with your outfit. And your hair! Curly and beautiful, like yourself <3

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LyddieGal said...

That is a fabulous new ride you've got miss Ali! What a wonderful gift to receive as well. Those are some pretty sweet red bow gloves too - do you wear them riding?

I can totally relate to your feelings that the days are just flying by and I feel as though I can barely keep up.

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jess said...

Those gloves are adorable. Sounds like you had a great Christmas.

Keit said...

NEEEERD! :D Wow, your parents are cool! :D New bike, woohoo, can't wait to see some photo shoots with it :D
You look divine in here, the boots kick ass, and that plaid coat looks masculine, but quite feminine at the same time ^_^

esosandraUTD said...

I love everything about this look, the styling, colouring is amazing. AnD Its so cool that You got a bike.

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Lily Fang said...

Oh my goodness! What a sleek and rocking bike. I'm so excited for you Ali! I remembered you had mentioned you were into biking in another post, and I can definitely tell this present means a lot. Haha, so sly of your dad to keep it such a good secret! And haha, no shame in finding joy in video games. We all need to embrace our inner child.

As for this look, ah, I'm always so enamored by your ability to balance a look so well. Those pretty gloves are perfect with those edgy boots. And that yellow dress is so bright and sunny! A great combo with the red. Happy early new year, Ali!

Ivana Džidić said...

congrats on the new bike, hope you have many adventures together. Lovely outfit, that yellow dress is a ray of sunshine!

megcasson said...

You look so cute in that dress, you've styled this perfectly.

Jamie Rose said...

Yay your new bike sounds awesome and so does your 3DS! I'm glad you had a great Christmas. Big Green Egg turkey sounds pretty glorious.

Also this outfit is glorious. I love your plaid cape jacket so so much. The pattern looks wonderful with your yellow dress. Those boots are fantastic too!

Marlen said...

haha don't feel so bad about the adult thing- I'm 24 and still leave cookies for Santa and my mom writes a thank you note from him every Christmas morning :) And that bike present is amazing!! I love super thoughtful gifts like your that- your dad is a star!

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Jodie said...

You look great I love your gloves. Glad you had an awesome Christmas- yay for the new bike- such a perfect gift.

Sonya Mann said...

you're so good at color coordination, and I love seeing blondes pull off yellow! it gives me hope, haha. congrats on the new bike--I had no idea you were an athlete as well as an artist! kudos

Rin Handika said...

in lovw with your bow glovs, you are so cute in red and yellow! <3

mochaccinoland said...

i love this outfit esp. the cute tartan coat & your cool shoes!! i didn't know u are such a serious biker!! i cycle once in a blue moon & i'm really bad at it.

happy holidays <3


Elana said...

Well, that sounds like a successful Christmas indeed! You're never too old for Pokemon.

So glad you had great holiday, and you're looking lovely, as usual! I'm seriously digging this plaid jacket!

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Tallia said...

That outfit is so cute! I love the plaid.


Rachel said...

Congrats on the brand new bike!! That's an awesome gift, and it sounds like you're sure to get a lot of use out of it. I like biking too--but not in the winter, I chicken out. And, by the way, those red boots are stunning!

Christina said...

Love the dress!