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September 19, 2014

Statement Coats

I'm not really a trendy person so if you were to ask me what's in style for this fall I couldn't even pretend to tell you. I don't shop by what's popular, but instead by what I like and what I know I'll wear on repeat. 

What I do know is that I love color. The bolder, the better. So when I was browsing Polyvore a few weeks ago this coat caught my eye and I immediately styled this outfit. 

All Work

The outfit may be basic, although great for work, but the coat speaks volumes! I get so tired of seeing the same black trench or pea coats every season. Winter is dreary enough, our clothes don't need to be as well. Here are 6 other styles I'm currently loving. 

Winter Wonderland

1) As soon as I saw this Orla Kiely coat I immediately thought of Jackie O. It's structured and still so very feminine. I really like the double pocket look. 

2) If you know anything about me you'll know that I love plaid. I don't know what it is about this print but I'm always drawn to it. This plaid TIBI coat is screaming my name. 

3) I think this Bobbi aztec printed coat is just fun. I need it. Not want, need. I'm a sucker for that oversized fleece-lined collar. 

4) I have yet to wear or own a cape coat but I'm pretty sure it's moving closer to the top of my list. This Rose Gal cape is not only affordable but super cute. I envision myself all bundled up walking around while it snows sipping on a skinny peppermint latte. 
5) I'm always on the lookout for color in the winter so this Alice + Olivia red jacket is killer. 

6) This mod-inspired wool coat from Black Five is trendy and perfect with any outfit. 

What about you? Do you stick with the basics or opt for something fun?

September 17, 2014

Turn the Page

Vodka and Soda

I've been keeping a secret for quite a while. It's been hard to keep it to myself but October will be my last month in my apartment. My semi-Type A personality had been happier than a clam with all the lists I've been making.

Side note... I wish I hadn't stopped watching this. 
The thing is... I'm moving.

And if I didn't admit that I feel a little like Carrie as she leaves her apartment for the last time, I might as well tell you that unicorns aren't real because I'd be lying.

I've lived in this apartment for four and a ½ years. I thought it was 5 years  but I'm dumb and miscalculated. Either way this place has been home for a long time.

I've drunkenly stumbled up all 53 steps like a pro. I've left for dates, had people over, walked around nude, cried myself to sleep, and most importantly grew.

As I've begun to itemize my life, pack it up into boxes or purge in these past few weeks I'm feeling very bittersweet. From the day I first saw this place I knew it was perfect and was going to be mine. And it was.

It's funny how we get attached to things. Although there's nothing remarkable about my apartment, it's mine. My comfort, my quiet, my stuff. But isn't that what life is about? Moving on to the next chapter?

So even though it's going to be new and different, and require some major adjustment on my part, I'm turning the page.

September 15, 2014

About Me

I’ve been trying to come up with a new about me section for the past few days and really, it’s a difficult task. Which, if you think about it, is kind of ridiculous given that this entire blog is about me.

How is it that we have such trouble describing ourselves to other people? I think my current tab is a good length but I wanted it to say something different. It’s a tall order to be witty and creative and lure people in {now it sounds like a cult}. 
Can you be carefree and neurotic at the same time? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

I’m addicted to working out and going to the gym so I can eat more burgers without feeling like a heifer. 

Hi, I’m Michael and I love to eat. Just give me all the food and we won’t have any problems. 

Although those things didn't make the cut, here are 6 things you may not know about me. 

+ I have a really hard time deciding what to order when I go out to eat. It's ridiculous really. I never know what I want and I'm always the last to order because everything always sounds so good. 

+ I collect old books. Anything before 1960 is game and the oldest book I currently own was published before 1916. (the publication pages at the front of the book are missing but there's an inscription dated 1916... from Aunt Esther.)

+ Ask any of my close friends, before meeting me, or when they first met me, they thought I was a bitch. I've pretty much just accepted it. I suffer from acute BRF and I'm looking at the positives.

+ I've never eaten a McDonald's hamburger. Or one from BK for that matter. I was always a chicken nugget kind of girl. Plus, I didn't start eating red meat until I was 21. Now I'm just trying to make up for lost time. Steak, burgers and filet mignon for the mu'fuckin' win!

That's enough about me. How about you? What's something not many people may know?

September 12, 2014

Friday's Facts

I'm pretty sure I blogged on Monday. Actually, I know I did but then school started so any type of steam or mojo I had was shot to smithereens (such a great word).

I'm realize I'm super late to the party but have I mentioned that Scandal is the greatest show in the history of tv? No... well it is. I'm in so deep with Olivia Pope there's no turning back. I just started Season 3 on Wednesday so don't say a word! I'll be ready by September 25th.

Ohemgeeeeee you guys! Seriously, the best thing popped up on my Facebook feed last week. If you've been around here for longer than a month you may know I have a serious obsession with old/classic movies. Think Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and Some Like it Hot. Well my most favorite of favorites is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. And its being shown in theaters. 

So what movie am I do hopelessly in love with?

It's going to be the greatest Sunday ever. Sorry not sorry football. 

Happy weekend peeps!

September 8, 2014

Summer Blues & Tattoos

With Labor Day behind us summer is officially over in my book. And although that title up there says otherwise, I’m not all that sad about it. I had a very busy summer and have a lot going on in the next 8 months and I’m excited to get it going.

This weekend K and I had another wedding for one of his cousins. This time we were in Scranton/Moosic. As before, we had an absolute blast.

Since it was closer to drive to my parents’ house then to drive home on Saturday we headed up there to spend time with them and Little Miss.

I’m all about multitasking when possible so this was also a sort of a business trip. I've been itching for tattoo #6 forever and after delaying it for just as long, I finally set up the appointment and got it started.

I prefer to go to NY for my tattoos because a) it’s cheaper than NJ, and b) I like Ron and his work. This will be the biggest piece I have so I figured I’d do it in two sessions.

I've loved tiger lilies for the longest so it was only logical that they be a permanent part of me. I've also wanted a thigh piece so obviously, that’s where I planted them.

I plan to have it all colored in within the next few months. 

How was your weekend?

September 3, 2014

Life Lately

Since I didn't labor on Monday I figure now is as good a time as any to give you a brief recap of the weekend and play catch up with what's been going on lately. And in typical CTAM fashion... it's out of order :)

You guys, school starts TO-DAY. No tomorrow, not next week, To-freakin-Day. I’ve been anticipating this day for weeks, months even, and now that it's here, I'm sooo not ready. I already have homework due next Monday... the first day of that class. I don't care if this is senior year, that shit is bull. But this is it... the home stretch. I just need to keep my head until December...

I've been delaying getting into yoga forever. I want to go to a studio but they're soo expensive that I never do it. I have 1 DVD but I never take the time to do it. {maybe this should have been one of my September goals?} The thing is, I know I would really benefit from it. Working out is so addicting....

Last Friday I went to the mall across from my job while I was waiting for K to get to the gym. I immediately went into Gap because, hello, everything was 50% off. He talked me out of buying a pair of $20 jeans. Points for him. I liked them but didn't love them. They fit but I never have time for jeans. I'm in dress clothes all week long. 

Instead I found myself in Old Navy, which I hate. But I do love their athletic stuff. And when everything is 40% off, you don't say no. I left with 2 new pairs of pants, in a smaller size I might add, and a new shirt. Can't wait to wear this!

It only took me all summer but I finally went kayaking. On Labor Day no less. I brought K with me and since it was his first time he wanted to use the tandem kayak. I always go alone so this was new to me. I’m pretty sure he’ll never go again. We were doing fine, padding together and after we had gone a ways we decided to turn around and explore the other way. The problem? Every 4 feet or so no matter which side we paddled on we’d turn to the left and would go in a circle. It was the most frustrating thing. It took us some time to get back and by then we were both done. I’m pretty sure he’ll never go again.

Last Wednesday was our 3 year anniversary. It feels like longer. He went above and beyond this year in the gift department but I was equally shocked and happy by his choice.

I wasn’t expecting that pretty black box at all, but I really love it.  

And that's been life lately. There's no sign of it slowing down any time soon either.

September 1, 2014

Hot For Teacher | September Goals

I've been waiting for September to get here since May. Trust me, I would never wish away a summer but this is my final semester of school. And finally, it's time.

A new semester, or school year, has always signified a fresh start to me. Hopefully this one holds much bigger and better things. In the mean time, I have a few things I'd like to accomplish.

Start school with a bang
Every year I'm all gung-ho to start the semester and then as the weeks wear on I get irritated and start procrastinating. This is the end of the marathon and I want to finish strong. I need to stay focused, be proactive, and keep my eye on the prize.

There is something I find insanely gratifying about getting rid of things. Maybe because it's an excuse to buy new stuff or maybe it's just because I hate clutter and truly believe less is more.

I'm still dedicated to being the best me when I turn 30.  I've been working out consistently but I want to work out with a personal trainer this month to change things up.

I'm keeping it super light this month since I've been majorly slacking on doing these. It's a new month, a new season, and a new semester, wish me luck!

I don't know about you but this hot tamale has been one of my favorites forever. That sexy southern drawl, his hair, that cat who caught the canary smirk. I mean, did you see Fool's Gold?! Those abs! Say hello to September's Man Candy!

August 30, 2014

I Had a Face Lift

I love change. It seems like forever ago that I had a short convo about having some digital plastic surgery done. It was time to say goodbye to my first official design.

I wasn't in a hurry but added my name to the wait list because I knew I needed something. It worked to my advantage as I'm sooo indecisive when it comes to decór in any sense.

I filled out the questionnaire and sent Sarah some color palettes I liked. And then D-Day came (D for design if you're not following) She sent something that wasn't like anything I had mentioned. And if you're here, you're seeing the finished result. The bandages are off, and we're ready to party!

Personally, what jumped at me was the header font. And then the orange/purple colors... and then the fun character letters. I remember seeing the header and knew it was perfect. It kind of matched the pattern on my palazzo pants.

Click around, check out the pages, grab a button, and let me know what you think! Oh, and if you're in need of a design or looking to freshen up, let Sarah know and she'll make you look brand spankin' new!