Partying with Puma

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Puma Fall 2011 Collection Preview.  And I have a confession:  When I originally planned today’s post I thought it would fit directly into my workout themed week here on NoH.  After all, Puma is workout gear?  Right.  But also wrong.  Apparently they have everything.  And that isn’t an exaggeration.  Okay, maybe it is.  But barely.

Back to the event.  Honestly, my words can’t do all my discovries justice, so instead of loads of talking I think I will share photos & caption them.  It will be like a picture book of my night…

Let me start by saying the event was a blast!  Lukus and Noah (my dear friend and Puma contact) enjoyed the food, which included Patron popsicles.  Yep.

Like I said.  They have great workout gear.  Especially these shoes (I loved these shoes!)  They are the Faas 500 running shoe and they are crazy lightweight.  Runing Network named them the best new shoe and they come in a plethora of colors.  Lukus and I were lucky enough to each be gifted a pair of the Faas 500.  I went with turquoise and he went with red!

These are some of the awesome items for Puma’s Project Pink.  I love that this project helps to raise money and awareness for breast cancer charities.

Remember how I said that Puma wasn’t limited to workout gear?  Yeah.  These bad boys are part of the Alexander McQueen for Puma Fall 2011 Collection.  These are from the men’s line, but there are women’s shoes as well.  Honestly, my photo doesn’t do the justice.  And they are so new, they aren’t even on the website yet!

Okay, these are both men’s shoes from Sports-fashion collections and, well, they are pretty cool.  If you can’t tell I am especially fond of the second pair!  It is by Puma’s creative director Hussein Chalayan and he is behind their Urban Mobility line.  Fun fact:  He also worked with Lady Gaga to design her “egg” vessel.

Another Puma collaboration is with Ducati motorcycles.  The collection includes clothing and shoes, perfect for riders!

They also have great street clothing!  Plus they have a watch line (the one on the bottom right is my favorite!)!  All these surprises!  Who knew?!?!?

Hope you guys enjoyed the look at the latest fashion/gear from Puma!  If you liked it as much as I did I suggest you make sure to stop by North On Harper on Friday!!!






Game Day Behavior

Last night Lukus and I went to the Staples center for the Clippers vs Bulls game.  While the home team lost, we still had a wonderful time.  We had great seats and it was all in all a fun date night.  On the ride home the whole experience got me thinking about the rules/ behaviors that are observed at sporting events.  You know, the things that are okay when you are cheering on your favorite team, but not when you are in the grocery store?  Or the things that apply within the confines of those stadium walls, but not on the sidewalk?  Yes, what your parents taught you is true: there is a time and a place for things.  And here are two stellar examples:

Lukus and myself, enjoying the game.

Jerseys. Jerseys or any form of game day attire are just that- only appropriate for game day.  So if the game has come and gone, but you still want to celebrate or show your allegiance, keep it simple.  Wear a hat with your team’s emblem.  Do not wear a jersey for the next week.  First off, by day three you probably stink.  Second, guys (or girls) in jerseys just look shlumpy.  Please, step it up a notch people!  You are more than your favorite sports team!  I am OBSESSED with the Steelers, but I have not worn one team inspired outfit this entire week—and they are playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday!  If I can contain myself, you can as well.

Hotdogs. There are very few settings where, as an adult, it is appropriate to eat hotdogs.  Now, it is important to emphasize that I am only talking about hotdogs here, not proper sausages (otherwise the entire country of Germany would have some explaining to do!).  One of those occasions is while watching a sporting event.  So pile on the ketchup, the mustard and the relish.  But, when the final buzzer sounds or the final whistle is blown put down the hotdog.  (Lukus wants me to add that barbecues are also appropriate- I am not sure that I agree with him here.  I mean for kids, sure, but if you are an adult I say step it up at least a little and go for the brat.)

Lukus, enjoying his hotdog.

What are the things you find only acceptable while watching the game?

The End Of An Era

Yesterday I mentioned that it was my husband Lukus’ 29th birthday.  (Yep, that’s right.  He’s nearly thirty, one foot in the grave.)  We have a tradition in our household in which the birthday is a complete surprise from start to finish.  I love it because it makes the whole day special!

Now that I have spent time building it up, I figured it only fair I share some photos from the day’s activities. (Don’t judge my photography skills- for some reason the camera was acting odd- lots of sploches in photos?!)

Lukus opening his gifts. (Please note the scruffy beard that he is sporting.) The card said something like "For your birthday I am going to give you something you've never had. 24 hours of being right." Ha!

The major activity of the day: Indoor Rock Climbing!!! This was a blast. I surprised Lukus by meeting a group of our friend's at the gym. I must give it to him- he was probably the best climber in the group (he told me to write that, but it is true!).

Check out my fantastic climbing skills! No, but seriously this was crazy challenging but a ton of fun. By the end we were aching from our forearms to our finger tips! This was a really an excellent group activity- highly recommend.

This photo is in here with the singular atempt to ellicit "awws" from the readers. Oh! And to show me from the front side 😉 Notice also that Lukus is now clean shaven. I guess he was going for a youthful look in his old age.

Our friends Robert and Sean threw a little surprise dinner for Lukus. Clearly it was a massive success! Thanks, guys!

The cake Sean's presenting? Monkey Bread! Extremely simple but, a big hit!!

Alright, I hope you enjoyed a peek into our day!  And if all you got out of this was that there is a yummy dessert known as “Monkey Bread,” well then check out the recipe here!  I especially like it for groups as it pulls apart easily making it a great finger food.

The Taste Of Victory

FLORIDA STATE: 31, FLORIDA: 7!!!  The Florida State Seminoles have beaten the University of Florida Gators… VICTORY IS SWEET!!!!  This success marks the first Seminoles win over the Gators since 2003.  The two teams have a major instate rivalry, so this is a major triumph.  To make the day even better, FSU has clinched a spot in the ACC championship game. WOOHOOO!!

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Chad Abram , Ty Jones , Vince Williams , and Lonnie Pryor  of the Florida State Seminoles celebrate a win against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
To celebrate, I have gathered several Gator recipes for your enjoyment, after all victory tastes great!  NICE WORK NOLES!!!!

  • Fried Gator:  This dish makes an excellent appetizer or game day snack.  Similar to calamari in style, Fried Gator is a tasty treat for any Seminole shindig.
  • Mardi Gras Gator Meatballs:  Like the name suggests these meatballs are perfect for a party!  And if you are a Seminole fan you have a lot to celebrate!
  • Broiled Alligator Tail with Lemon Butter Sauce:  This dish is perfect for the more refined Seminole.  And seeing as Seminole fans don’t come from the swamp, refinement is a given!
  • Citrus Glazed Gator Ribs:  Florida Citrus and Gator-  the perfect combination.  These ribs are so tasty and just like UF, they beg for a lickin’.
  • Alligator Jambalaya:  The difference between this alligator recipe and the Florida Gators is that this jambalaya offers a good kick (something UF can’t claim).  Perfect for the Seminole palate.


Playing Games

When I was very little my mom used to teach me from flashcards.  One particular set had the images of North American birds on one side and on the reverse there was the name of each bird along with some general information about the species.  She would show me the image and in turn I would tell her about the bird.  I found this fun.  I am a strange girl, clearly.

So, while you laugh at my unusual childhood hobbies, I will share some youthful activities worth bringing back.

  • Puzzles:  Of course it has to be appropriately challenging (don’t bother me with anything below 1000 pieces).  Puzzles are great for maintaining and developing cognitive skill, including everything from spatial awareness to problem solving.  I am a big fan of doing them with your partner or roommates and leaving the puzzle out to be worked on over several days.
  • Board Games: Okay, confession first, I am not allowed (per Lukus and my parents) to play board games with others (apparently I am a little too competitive). But for those of you who can, games like Scrabble and Scattegories are great for developing vocabulary and memory.
  • Manhunt or Capture the Flag:  Both these games are a blast to play.  This is especially true now that I am no longer limited by a curfew and can play at any hour.  These games are great for developing teamwork and strategic planning skills.
  • Kickball:  There seems to be adult kickball leagues all over the place- and with good reason!  Like the previous games, kickball is ideal for teamwork.  Additionally, its physicality is perfect for an active lifestyle.
  • Coloring:  Seriously, grab a coloring book or a paint-by-numbers and get to it.  By coloring for the joy of it, you are able to tap into creativity that otherwise gets stifled by everyday adult monotony.