Friday Thoughts

1. My iphone finally bit the dust yesterday. I've dropped it easily 100 times and I had to hold down the home button for like six seconds for it to go home, but it worked. I sure as heck wasn't going to be lining up outside for the new iphone 5. But, last night, on the 101th drop, the screen cracked and home button completely gave out.  I'm hoping because my phone does work, they'll be able to transfer contacts and pictures. Fingers crossed! 

2. I bought this dress at Target and I am obsessed. It's the best $27.99 I've spend in a long time. And I can totally see this with leggings and boots for when the temps around here cool down.

3. Joel and I have decided to plan a few date nights for each other for the next few months and so the first date was one that I planned. I wore the Target dress and found the BEST wine bar ever.

All thanks to Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos from Flipping Out.

I searched for a screenshot, but with no avail - however, this is the place that Jenni hosted her engagement party. The wine bar looked right up my alley on the show, and so I thought I'd give it a try for our date night.

As you sit at your table, the server presents you a "hotel" key card. They have machines set up, like the picture, that when you insert the card, you can pick your wine and it will pour exactly 1.7oz of wine.  The card constantly shows you your balance so you don't end up getting totally surprised at the end, which I thought was a smart touch.

They have about thirty or so bottles to taste, and what I loved was that it kept Joel and I walking around the bar, trying different wines, and talking about different flavors. It was a unique bar, that served just the right amount of food and I can't wait to go back. I highly recommended it for a date night, or low key girls night if you are in the Mid-City area. *Parking was $5 for valet.

4. I finished the new Jenifer Weiner book, The Next Best Thing, and was totally underwhelmed. By far the slowest, dryest, and least interesting book I've ever read by her.

5. I've been looking forward to Saturday night all week long. Dawn is hosting a girls night where everyone is bringing wine and cheese to share. Girlfriends, cheese, and wine....what more could you need?
wine and good friends - good comboFunny Friendship Ecard: If I ever go missing, put my photo on wine bottles instead of milk cartons, so my friends and family know to look for me...
I feel sorry for the people who don't drink, they wake up and that's the best they are going to feel all day.


  1. I love date nights! And wine bars like that one in the photo. They're so much fun. :)

  2. OMG, do you love Flipping Out as much as I do?! Cause I love it SO much. My goal is to be rich enough to hire Jeff to flip my life.

    And why would you post that dress?! I have a weakness for leopard-printed things. DAMN YOU.

  3. So my friend's brother married Jenni from Flipping Out. And my hubs and I went to a resort in Costa Rica with the hotel key thing and loved it! :)

  4. So my friend's brother married Jenni from Flipping Out. And my hubs and I went to a resort in Costa Rica with the hotel key thing and loved it! :)

  5. That wine bar looks amazing. I've been to one once and it was fantastic.

  6. Love the dress Tess! It looks SO good on you!

    And that's so sad about the book! I have it on my to read list, but I guess I'll cross it off.

  7. I completely agree with you about Jennifer Weiner's new book! I was so bored and it took me forever to finish! Very unlike me...

  8. That bar sounds amazing! I love all the pictures, too true.

  9. I am looking forward to Saturday too!!!! I am sorry to hear about your phone! My Iphone is just about ready to die too - that is if I don't throw it out the window first. Hope you were able to transfer all your numbers!

  10. Love that dress! What a good find! I haven't been to a Target in ages. Clearly I am long overdue. So excited for tomorrow!!

  11. See watching reality tv does come in handy!! I need to remind the hubs of that! Super cute place!

    I'm loving that last wine card...perfect!

  12. What is the name of the wine bar? My husband and I are planning our first anniversary trip out west and would love to go there. Love your blog and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!