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Jordan Burroughs: Gold Medal Interview

10 Aug

Hey athletes of the world, come talk to me, you’ll win a medal.

Yesterday I posted my interview with Carli Lloyd, the US Woman’s midfielder, before the gold medal match. Lloyd went on to score the only two goals of the game and secure the win for the USA.

And here’s my newest interview with Jordan Burroughs from June, a South Jersey wrestler who just won gold in the 74kg freestyle. I had a great time talking with Jordan: he was hilarious. At the same time when it came to talking about competition you could tell that he was in it to win it and would take no prisoners.

Meet Jordan here from my magazines website, or read below for the full interview: Continue reading

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200th Post about 200 Things About Me

30 Apr

Well here I am at my 200th post. Crazy to think that a lack of employment and a need to complain about life has gotten me here. And by ‘here’ I mean about as broke and weird as I was when I started this, but now with a job that makes me wake up early (I understand that 8 o’clock isn’t really early, but I still hate it)

I decided to celebrate my 200th post by posting 200 random things that haven’t made it into posts and probably never will, but are still pretty significant parts of my life. Included in that are: websites I love, things in general that I hate, places I want to go to, favorites, a bunch of weird stuff.

So check out my list of 200 Erica Things:

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National Princess Week: Kate Middleton

28 Apr

It all comes down to my main princess, the only living, breathing princess of my posts: Kate Middleton.

Last spring, just before I graduated from college, my boyfriend and I stayed up to watch the Royal Wedding on April 29. Unfortunately, as much as I fought I ended up passing out about 2 minutes before the big, famous kiss at Buckingham Palace, but I got to see the glamour of the entire wedding. Kate Middleton’s wedding style stuck with me. Elegant and timeless. On a day when literally the entire world was looking at one misstep to continuously repeat all over the tabloids and she got it perfect. She didn’t miss a beat. And she still hasn’t. I love this girl. I love her style. She is the perfect princess.

Ronni Nicole Dress
Kohl’s, on sale! $54
When I was looking for a dress for my Kate inspiration my mind went right to her engagement photos. She had on a beautiful blue dress, similar to the one here but much more expensive.

The Duchess of Cambridge has the most perfect body in the world. It’s not even fair. She gets the prince and the body? Come on, universe! Anyway, in almost every dress I’ve ever seen her in she finds a way to accentuate the thinnest part of her waist, then has the bottom  hem flow out widely. And I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her wear something sleeveless. Pretty much the exact same shape as the dress here. I don’t know if I could ever wear a dress like this; I’m pretty sure you have to have a damn-near perfect body to do it, but I can dream right?

Diana’s Engagement Ring
Amazon, $49.99
Since Will and Kate got engaged I have come close to buying this ring or one of the other million replicas available online way too many times. I really need to own it. Walk around with this giant rock, and when no one is looking slip it on my left hand ring finger and pretend that I’m a soon-to-be-princess. Don’t pretend that you don’t want to do that too. I respect the princess like crazy, because she knows exactly what to do in her situation. She is the next big thing in the media, while trying to balance pleasing her royal family and pleasing the public who is still madly in love with her husband’s late mom, who her in-laws weren’t too crazy of. Can you spell soap opera? Having lived in England I can tell you that the British press is totally ruthless. Kate hasn’t missed a beat. She must drive the paparazzi crazy.

Nude Heels
Payless, $29.99
Kate was my inspiration for my nude fashion obsession. She makes conservative and old-fashioned look so good. She has been rocking nude heels like nobody’s business for the last year and I needed to get in on that action.

Since then my life has been nude heels and nude nail polish and non-flashy jewelry and cardigans. I feel like a Republican’s wife sometimes with the crazy amount of neutrals I have filled my life with. But I love it. You can never not feel classy and sophisticated in a pair of nude heels. I might be giving the princess a run for her money, if I do say so myself.

Nude Stockings
Pretty Polly, £5.25
I feel like Kate’s stockings are one of her biggest claims to fame. I remember how crazy people went when she showed up in Los Angeles, the land of all things skimpy, last summer with them on. I, for one, loved it. I am crazy pale, and I don’t tan, so really good stockings add an extra bit of color to my disgustingly pale legs. Anything that gives me an excuse to hide my sheer skin is good for me. These are the stockings that Kate is alleged to wear. The cost comes to about $8 (maybe a little bit more, I’m still used to converting in the year 2009) and best of all, they are actual nylons. If you’re a vintage lover, this website is for you. They have nylons with the seems still stitched up the back of each leg! Not to mention all their other really unique designs.

Sapphire Solitare Necklace
Target, on sale! $31.99
The princess had a very similar necklace to this in her engagement photos, and it’s so fitting of her. Simple, but stunning. Enough to shine in a crowd, but not enough to actually draw a crowd.

Kate proves with almost everything she wears that you don’t need to be glitzy and over-the-top to look phenomenally good. You just need to learn how to rock a few well-selected items. I always try to be inspired by her, which is why she makes the perfect princess to end my princess week with. There’s no better princess out there.

National Princess Week: Jasmine

25 Apr

Who didn’t want to grow up in Jasmine’s palace? I would have had no problem hanging out with my pet tiger and my weird, bearded dad in the Taj Mahal shuttin’ down suitors left and right.

When I was picturing what Jasmine would wear today, I definitely pictured something a little on the risky side. I mean, she’s kind of a badass chick, am I right? Definitely one of the toughest Disney princesses out there.

Mini Dress
American Apparel, $40
Homegirl definitely needs a kick into the modern world. Parachute pants? Even with so many vintage trends thriving right now, no one can rock those again. Like I said, I think Jasmine’s a risk taker. She’s not afraid to kick butts to get to her dream guy, and she definitely helped save the day when Jafar went all nutso. She walks around in shoulderless crop tops while a bunch of suitors are dragging their tongues behind her with no shame. So obviously she would have the hootspa to rock such a sexy dress.

Jasmine would be that girl that you walk past that is super hot and super confident and she knows it and so you do you and you can’t help but hate her a little for it. But it’s okay, because she’s Jasmine and she’s awesome.

Gold Belt Buckle and Accessories
Macy’s, $27.99
Some big, gold accessories are more than necessary for this princess. Bordering on the edge of gaudy? That’s Jasmine to me. I fell in love with this belt buckle when I saw it. A perfect accessory right at the top of her waist where the light blue meets the darker blue in that dress. The pattern reminded me of the design of the royal palace, with a clean design that formed something really beautiful.

Jasmine is a girl about town, and she needs something that screams “Arabian Night.” Pair this with some big gold hoops, bangles and layered gold necklaces and you’ve got a pretty sexy day-to-night outfit

Metallic Wedges
Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s, on sale! $44.99
You’re not going to see Jasmine in a coat and UGGs anytime soon. She’s a summer girl with some mighty fine summer style. And these sandals scream hot and sunny.

Let me just say that I am completely obsessed with these sandals (which is hard for me to admit since I can’t stand Jennifer Lopez). I think I might need them. They’re the perfect color to match with a million things, and they’re sexy without going trashy, which is pretty hard to come by in cork wedges. A great little pinch of metallic for any outfit without looking too flashy.

Tiger Purse
Michael Kors, $178
You’ve got to represent everyone’s favorite tiger Rajah right? I was surprised by how hard it was to find tiger print anything. Apparently cheetahs are cooler or something… whatever.

I have wanted one of these Michael Kors totes for forever. Chic and practical and totally wonderful. Plus, tiger print? Sign me up! It’s the perfect bag for transitioning from spring to summer, and maybe even the fall if you’re feeling dangerous.

Rajah would approve.

National Princess Week: Ariel

24 Apr

Happy Princess Week, everyone! I don’t really know why it’s National Princess Week, but obviously I love it.

To celebrate I’ve decided to piece together items that I think my favorite princesses would wear and own out and about town today. My first pick? Ariel, of course! I feel like she automatically takes the cake for best Disney princess out there, mainly because she’s just the best and she gets to be a mermaid half the time and a princess the other half.

So here are my Ariel picks. Very natural and fresh, and perfect for a summer night out at the shore with your Eric!

Broken-in Straight Khakis
Gap, $49.95
Trust me, I’m just as depressed as you that I don’t have fins. And, yes, at 22 years of age when I still squeeze my feet together and swim like I have fins when no one is watching me at the beach. We as fin-less humans can never be as amazingly wonderful as Ariel  (unless there’s a surgery I don’t know about…) but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like her!

I buy all my khaki pants from Gap. They come in lengths which is perfect for the 99 percent of women that somehow don’t fit in that annoying “Average” category, they don’t stretch out, and they last forever. So yeah, they may not be fins, but they’re still pretty fantastic.

Strapless Top
Victoria’s Secret, $24.50
This purple top is just the right color to match Ariel’s sea shell bra, but you most likely won’t get really weird stares if you wear this in public. Victoria’s Secret makes some really great quality tops and blouses available online, and they are always on sale or available for some deal. Best of all, this shirt has a built-in bra, which might help you avoid that annoying strapless shirt/dress habit of having to yank the top of every two minutes, so often that it just makes your shirt totally unattractive. Yeah, that’s the reason I hate wearing strapless anything too. The jeans and top combined are so fun and funky, really out-of-the-ordinary in a good way. Like our favorite mermaid!

Starfish Hair Clips
Etsy, $22.50
I have been starfish obsessed over the last few months, and I’ve just been sitting waiting quietly through the spring until I can pounce at the opportunity to wear some myself. I love the way these starfish clips sit in this model’s hair, but if you think I’m about to spend $22 on hair clips you are crazier than Ursula. Craft stores like A.C. Moore and Michael’s sell starfish in bags for $2-$3 in all shapes and sizes. Take those, go buy some bobby pins that match your hair color, and hot glue the starfish to the bobby pin. It’s as simple as that! Ariel was always collecting knick knacks and trying to be resourceful, and seeing as this is National Princess Week why not live like her?

“Little Mermaid” Braided Multicolor Bracelet
Disney Couture, $60
Disney Couture is this fantastic company that makes higher end jewelry basedentirely around Disney princesses and Disney characters. This bracelet is particularly fantastic. I have been seeing gold chain linked bracelets with strings woven into them all over Pinterest lately, and I’ve been totally obsessed ever since. As soon as I saw the bright colors I started humming “Under the Sea,” I can’t help it, the whole bracelet is so sunny and cheery! But the best part of this bracelet is, without a doubt, the little Flounder chain. Who isn’t completely and totally in love with Flounder? I mean, come on, look at that little face!

Metallic Sandals
Old Navy, $18.94
Yes, those are metallic starfish with rhinestones on those flip flops. And yes, I am freaking out as much as you are! A month or so ago I saw these Miu Miu seahorse and crab sandals that I fell in love with, but since I don’t have $950 to spend on a pair of sandals (I’m sorry… who thinks they can charge almost a grand for sandals? Seriously? You know what you could do with that much money? So many more beneficial things than wear sandals.) I just stared from afar. Fortunately, my favorite store, Old Navy, makes a more-sanely priced version, perfect for all the land-locked mermaids like me.

Coral Bib Necklace
Coach, $298
Obviously no one I know is about to drop $300 on a necklace, but it is so perfect that I couldn’t resist. Besides, Ariel is a princess, so I’m sure she could shell out a few bucks on this splurge. Plus, Coach has a ton of sea-inspired pieces in all of their collections right now that are moderately more affordable, like a single coral disk necklace for $128 and a shell and rhinestone chain for $88. The shell necklace is the perfect gift for any Prince Charmings out there that might happen to be reading my blog and need to find a gift to get me for our anniversary gift… I mean… what?

Happy Opening Day!

9 Apr

To all my wonderful Phillies fan readers out there, Happy Opening Day. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one bitter about sitting behind a desk instead of watching the game.

To all those who don’t like the Phillies, it’s okay. We can’t all be awesome.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!

2 Mar

If you didn’t grow up reading Dr. Suess, I feel sad for you. The man who provided children all over the world with so many amazingly wacky and fantastic stories, like “The Cat and the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” would have been 108 today.

Dr. Suess made it okay for kids like me to turn the world into a colorful world of craziness every once in a while. He brightened up life in his stories, and through that he inspired me to be more creative in writing and drawing. I was genuinely driven to live life a little more uniquely because of him.

I think the world is better off because of the his books. They did so much while saying so little, and in a world full of blabber I can really appreciate that. Happy birthday, Dr. Suess!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”