April 14th, 2014

daily outfit: the “Baby B’s Baby Shower" edition.

yesterday morning, i had the honor of attending Ashley's baby shower at Rick’s Boatyard Cafe.

close to thirty ladies came together to celebrate the baby boy who will be lovingly welcomed this July.

it was a beautiful celebration…one where floral pants seemed totally necessary.

March 24th, 2014

at 6:30 this morning, i arrived at the office.

we drove thirty minutes to a Fuel Up to Play 60 school & then headed about an hour south to Kelsay’s Dairy Farm in Whiteland.

with an intern from Chicago in tow, we witnessed one of the smoothest breakfast in the classroom routines followed by the first hours of seven calves’ lives.

from little humans to little animals, it was a beautiful start to the week.

even with the chilly temperatures and the smell of milk still stuck in my hair,

i wouldn’t have wanted my week to start out any other way.

(via)

March 22nd, 2014

Clinton Kelly at Macy’s

For many years I knew Clinton Kelly from “What Not To Wear” fame, but over the last two years, I’ve watched him on ABC’s “The Chew.”

The man not only has great style, but gives some of the most useful advice.

Last night, i had the privilege of attending Mr. Kelly’s “Girls Night Out” event at Macy’s here in Indianapolis. Joined alongside 75+ fashion-loving women, we watched a mini fashion show highlighting five of the top Spring trends (think: moto jackets, lace, florals).

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The show lasted about forty minutes & was quickly followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

When the question arose, “How did you get into this whole fashion advice field?" Kelly responded in one of the classiest ways possible,

Honestly, I fell into it and for the first year of ‘What Not to Wear’ I kept on wondering, ‘why me? what’s the point of all this?’” Then Kelly continued, “I realized that I really have no interest in celebrities & their fashion choice. I don’t…it’s why I will never do a red carpet show. Each celebrity has a team behind them allowing them to look more fabulous. Sure, there are celebrities who nail it time and time again, but I realized that I wanted to help real women, the everyday women who want to feel more beautiful through clothes they can afford, through looks they can achieve, and with bodies that aren’t made thanks to hired trainers & chefs. After one year alongside Stacy London, I get so much more pleasure from helping real women find style that works for them.

His response earned quite the applause.

After the show, I went backstage and met with Clinton. “Do I know you?" he asked. "Well, you tweeted me the other day,” I remarked. “That must be it, I recognize you from your picture on there.”

I was flattered, but not delusional, guys. I think he took me for someone else.

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& so i digress, first topic of discussion between me & CK? Our mutual love for Chrissy Teigen, of course, shortly followed by Clinton being the most charming man—so easy to talk with, so tall, & so handsome!

We posed for a picture, I introduced him to Mama, & then he went into to “What Not To Wear” mode.

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I mean, come on!

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After our impromptu fashion session, I was handed a copy of his new book “Freakin Fabulous on a Budget,” Clinton left me a yearbook-styled note, & we parted ways.

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My hour-long evening with Clinton Kelly was one of the most entertainingly random nights in a long while, but I would do it again in an instant— next time, i’d probably wear more fabulous shoes.

(I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.)

March 21st, 2014

speaking of contract negotiations

did you know Jim Irsay owns a 1st edition Catcher in the Rye?

did you know Peyton didn’t keep the first football he threw as a Colt?

did you know Marvin Harrison really is that petite? feisty but petite.

(picture taken inside of the Colts memorabilia room)

March 21st, 2014
in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)
City walks/runs. there’s something about walking and/or running through the streets of the city as a cohesive clan. regardless of pace, the ability to look through windows & take in views otherwise dismissed is a wonderful thing.
Doggy drugs. without the added prescriptions from our beloved vet, Bentley would still be absolutely miserable. fortunately, we finally found a few (yes, a few) that seem to be doing the trick. (t-3 days til staples are removed!)
Hoosier Hospitality. i suppose living in the suburbs can have its ups & downs, but here lately, i’ve experienced more ups than downs. last night, while rolling out my trash cans, my neighbor lady invited me on a tentative walk date. she also invited me on a tentative wine date. now, whether or not we can coordinate these two events to take place at the same time is beyond me, but i’m more than willing to try if it means hanging out with my fifty-something neighbor who possesses a better fashion sense than yours truly.
Kind men. there’s something about a genuine compliment, a solid laugh & a particular look into a guy’s eyes that easily captures attention—the best kind at that. it’s rare, but definitely not overrated. 
Mama J. another year older, but another year filled with support on the deepest level. it’s always been interesting to me that your lowest point often reveals the true colors in those who you once thought meant the most, & this last year, when i was at a lower than i would’ve care to be low, Mama shined when i needed her the most. i am so proud to be her daughter & have always admired her heart for others…& for me.
Simple favors. the smallest actions often have a greater impact than you ever could expect.
Zest. their scrambled Uptown omelet is divine. as is their made-from-scratch strawberry jam.

in an effort to truly recognize the simple pleasures in my life, i have compiled a list of random happenings that made the last seven days a lot brighter. (& trust me, they were all very much appreciated.)

  • City walks/runs. there’s something about walking and/or running through the streets of the city as a cohesive clan. regardless of pace, the ability to look through windows & take in views otherwise dismissed is a wonderful thing.
  • Doggy drugs. without the added prescriptions from our beloved vet, Bentley would still be absolutely miserable. fortunately, we finally found a few (yes, a few) that seem to be doing the trick. (t-3 days til staples are removed!)
  • Hoosier Hospitality. i suppose living in the suburbs can have its ups & downs, but here lately, i’ve experienced more ups than downs. last night, while rolling out my trash cans, my neighbor lady invited me on a tentative walk date. she also invited me on a tentative wine date. now, whether or not we can coordinate these two events to take place at the same time is beyond me, but i’m more than willing to try if it means hanging out with my fifty-something neighbor who possesses a better fashion sense than yours truly.
  • Kind men. there’s something about a genuine compliment, a solid laugh & a particular look into a guy’s eyes that easily captures attention—the best kind at that. it’s rare, but definitely not overrated. 
  • Mama J. another year older, but another year filled with support on the deepest level. it’s always been interesting to me that your lowest point often reveals the true colors in those who you once thought meant the most, & this last year, when i was at a lower than i would’ve care to be low, Mama shined when i needed her the most. i am so proud to be her daughter & have always admired her heart for others…& for me.
  • Simple favors. the smallest actions often have a greater impact than you ever could expect.
  • Zest. their scrambled Uptown omelet is divine. as is their made-from-scratch strawberry jam.
March 18th, 2014

this morning was the second of our two #schoolbreakfast events.

in my current role, i have the opportunity to tape “School of the Week” segments for the Colts that air during the fall.

each segment provides me the opportunity to deliver a message that would make our dairy farmers proud while also improving my own skill set.

there are many aspect of my job that i enjoy & this one is definitely darn near the top of the list!

March 15th, 2014

this morning, our communications team shuffled our way through hundreds of shamrocks.

4 miles later & i could really use a nap.

March 12th, 2014

daylight saving is not for everyone, but i will say that on Sunday, i had a pretty decent kick off to the spring event.

granted, i was up well before i would have liked to rise, i soaked up the peaceful time while i could. i headed outside in my pajamas to retrieve the paper, i brewed a massive cup of coffee & i read & clipped some coupons before hopping in the car for pedicures with Mama. turns out, Sunday morning is one of the best times of the week to get a pedicure if you’re not into crowds. we were two of five clients and we relished in that hour of time together. however, in true nature, after a calm must come a storm and we found the storm of people out & about at brunch. no surprise to anyone, we followed suit at one of my favorites, Ruth’s.

a twenty minute wait & we were in for the most delicious egg white omelet & made-from-scratch bread & jam. the rest of the afternoon was spent soaking up time with family, disregarding all the grading i should’ve been doing, & catching up on GIRLS from the previous few weeks. i headed home after a solid family dinner, & couldn’t believe the sun setting to the west. it was the right way to end the day— using the fifteen minute drive home to reflect on recent events, recent heart tugs, & recent norms. 

even though Sunday was primarily planned out, the unexpected gratefulness of the day, & of the last couple weeks, was most definitely not something i could have predicted,

but that’s when you know it’s good, right? the genuine nature of a day’s happenings. that’s the stuff life is all about.

March 7th, 2014

you deal with the bad & you celebrate the hell out of the good.

(at least, most of the time, that’s what i choose to do)

today, Bro #1 received some great news,

& i could not be more proud.

so proud, in fact, that Party City was my first stop before heading home—

who doesn’t love a champagne bottle-shaped balloon bouquet?

it’s been a gorgeous day in Indianapolis, & getting pulled out of a meeting to take a mid-day call from my brother was the proverbial cherry on top.

March 5th, 2014

one of my favorite aspects of blogging is the opportunity to meet great bloggers in real life.

last night, Emily & i met up for dinner, & i’ll speak for the both of us when is say, we had a ball.

first of all, the meal was amazing— braised pork belly, smoked salmon crab cakes, smoked corn puree, skuna bay salmon & boar bolognese,

but more than that, our conversation never stopped, never got awkward, never tired of topics.

my day had started super early, but this was the perfect way to end it— a delicious dinner w/ a new [in real life blogger] friend.

thank you, again, Emily!

until next time…

Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B