How My Blog Came To Be

I love blogs. I love wedding blogs and becoming inspired for the one special day every little girl looks forward to. I love lifestyle blogs filled with happy families and fun adventures that fill me with joy. I love style blogs and seeing how different people express themselves through fashion. I love food blogs because I mean, who does not love food?!

So, I thought, why not start a blog of my own? And now, I’m doing just that.

Once I decided to start a blog of my own, I was faced with lots of questions that I didn’t have answers to. What type of blog did I want to create? What did I want the design of it to be? What would I write about? What was I going to name it?

Well, one night my sister, Emily, brought up a story from a few years back. And the story goes like this…

When I was about 10 years old, Emily and I decided to go out to breakfast one morning. She threw some clothes on and was ready, waiting for me downstairs within minutes. I, on the other hand, was rummedging through my jewelry box to find the perfect accessory to “tie my outfit together”. Unfortunately, I was not having any luck. 

Emily became increasingly impatient. She yelled up the stairs at me to hurry up. I told her I could not leave the house until I found something to “tie my outfit together”. It was important to me. But… Emily was hungry. And therefore, angry (or as she calls it..”hangry”). So, we ended up fighting over how she thought I already looked cute and did not need anything else to complete my outfit. But, I assured her I did. 

I, eventually, completely changed my outfit into one I was satisfied with and we went to breakfast. By the time we arrived at the restaurant, she was over the fact that I took forever deciding what to wear, and we were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict and French Toast, just the two of us.

In this seemingly insignificant story, I found the answer to all of my questions concerning my blog. This story is about family (my sister and I), fashion (my struggle to find the perfect accessory to complete my outfit), and food (the Eggs Benedict and French Toast).

So, I decided my blog would be the kitchen sink type, meaning it won’t be subjected to only fashion or only food. Instead, it will be about all of the different aspects of my life that bring me joy. So here’s to celebrating just that!

Family, fashion, food and everything in between…It All “Ties Together”!

Struggle: All the single ladies… Get AAA!!

Normal day.  Just going to my car to go to the gym.  Car won’t start.  Panic.  Freak out.  What the H – E – double hockey stick do I do?  Call my boyfriend.. oh wait.. don’t have one.  Dad is all the way across the country. Don’t want to call the family freaking out/overreacting. Then I remembered… AAA.  I have never had problems with my car before (knock on the fake wood panel in my car…too late).  Let me tell you ladies… IT WAS SO EASY. They were here in a flash.  Jump started my car.  Gave me advice on what to do next.  Drove over to my car service place.  Pulled right up.  Jesus (Phonetic Pronunciation: HEH-soos) came over and ran a test.  Test came back…REPLACE battery.  Evidence.

They replaced the battery (and washed my car!).

Could have waited here….

Walked across the street. Waited here…

Moral of the story:

1. Get AAA

2. Don’t panic. There is always a solution. It’s never the end of the world.

(Unless, Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis are there boarding a spaceship to go drill a hole in a meteor.)

3. Open your eyes. Carpe Diem.

(I could have sat down and played on my IPhone in the waiting room.  Decided to go for a walk. Watched the sun setting on a beautiful day in LA. Met a seal playing in the water. He did not like getting his photo taken. Contemplated life. This is what life is about. Taking a lemon and making lemonade.)

4. I might be a grown up now.

5. LA really is beautiful.

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you”… Sing it like Julie Andrews!

Growing up, the Ott family did a lot of moving around…which meant a lot of new schools, new friends, new teachers, new houses, new bedrooms, new grocery stores, new addresses and phone numbers to remember, new… I’ll stop there.  I was not a big fan of starting new schools.  I would cry and cry and be sick to my stomach.  My poor mother.  Anyways, I vividly remember going to my first school assembly at my new school in the second grade and them playing this song (Getting to Know You from the King and I) over and over.  To this day, this song makes me sick to my stomach.  Just thought you all would like to know!

Over the next few days, I will be posting Getting to Know Allison entries (what do I call them? posts, diary entries, information only my mom and cousins are going to read?) … Get excited.  Julie might return as Fraulein Maria with These are a Few of My Favorite Things – Allison edition.