August 22, 2014

Fix Me Up

I guess I was a little too eager to try Stitch Fix again because I accidentally ordered 2 different fixes because apparently I have 2 accounts... Oops. Leave it to me to get two great boxes when I need to hang on to every penny.




This Fix was completely different from last week’s. It was all tops.


41Hawthorn BRYDON TWISTED SEAMS STRIPED TANK
I need tank tops like Mike Tyson needs another tattoo. Although the print on this was fun, and it fit like a dream I wasn't going to add another, especially for $48.




Market and spruce COLIBRI FLORAL PRINT SLEEVELESS TOP
This is the exact same top I received last week, but in a floral print. That’s a sign if I've ever seen one. Clearly I need this top.



41Hawthorn ABRIANNA LIGHTWEIGHT KNIT CARDIGAN
I adore cardigans. They’re perfect for layering and beating the office chill. I don’t have one like this so it caught my attention pretty quick. The fabric wasn't soft but it was still very comfy. This was worth the $48… I guess. I know I can find something exactly the same for less though.



Market and Spruce CORINNA STRIPED DOLMAN TOP
I’m really not into dolman tops so I was immediately hesitant about this. As soon as I put it on I knew I was wrong. Leave it to stitch Fix to send me the only dolman top I’d actually like. The sleeves aren't overly droopy so it was comfy, didn't feel in the way and it fit perfect. I seriously considered throwing fiscal responsibility out the window for this. And yeah, I regret not keeping it. 




Fun2Fun ISABELLE CROCHET TANK TOP
Didn't we already cover how much I need tank tops? I liked that this was sheer, but I think we covered my love/hate feelings on tanks with last week’s fix too. Not to mention I didn’t like the high-low aspect to this. It was an immediate no. 



August 20, 2014

Can You Stomach It?

It's Wednesday,  although I think it should be Friday, and it's been a while since I've showed up to confession. Forgive me Blogger, for I have sinned...


+ I want to just stop paying bills. They're ruining everything. I get paid on Friday and want to go do something fun. Meanwhile my bills are getting ready to be all



+ I tried tripe a few weekends ago. It's by far the craziest thing I've ever eaten and ironically enough... I didn't hate it after I added a little salt since it's kind of bland. I should have added more cheese and I probably would have devoured it. Next time... what?!



+ I have no idea how much I weight right now other than what the gym scale tells me. If it's too be believed, I'm not happy about it. No, I don't care what the number is per say, but I care because it's not moving.

+ Last week when it was raining, I actually missed my old job. Only because I wouldn't have hesitated to call out, stay home on the couch all day watching Netflix and listening to the rain.

+ I considered closing up shop 2 weeks ago. I doubted whether I could, or even wanted to, keep up with this place with where my life is right now. And then I remembered I'm a writer. Not published, not famous, but a writer nonetheless. I need this space.



+ I'm ready for fall to be here. Overall the last week has been perfect weather. Cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon. I need this blended climate 24/7. San Diego needs to be in my future.


+ I need some scandal in my life. The good kind though.


+ I love when people leave their curtains open. Then I can see what they're watching. Highlight of my evening walks!



This is more of a current event but...

+ I think the NFL wanting to get paid by the halftime acts is absolute bullshit. Seriously NFL? I'm pretty sure that if you stopped only suspending player's who drag unconscious girl friend's around two games, and actually fining them, then you wouldn't need to charge the entertainment to... entertain.


And that's it for today. Seriously.... I need some scandal. Then these confessions might be better.

Vodka and Soda


August 19, 2014

21 Questions

A funny thing happened on the way to the gym last week. And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share it.


So I'm sitting at the bus station waiting for my transfer. This guy walks over toward me and I was immediately on an interview I don't recall setting up.


Him: Good morning beautiful
Me: Hi
H. Imma hit you with some questions I need to know

(Silence)

H. What are you? How old are you? Where are you going, work or the gym? How old are you? Where do live? What's your mother's name?

(Silence, and then because I cant be rude)

M: A bunch of stuff
H: Like what
M: Mixed
H: So if you were filling out an application.what would you say
M: Other

(This went on for a bit longer but wait... it gets better...)

H. So where you headed
M. Gym (because that's not clear by me being dressed in gym clothes and having my gym bag with me...)

H: Where do you go
M: Blink
H: Where's that.. I go to spa 21

(And then I broke my own rule and asked a question)

M: Where's that?
H:  ......
(some long answer about locations and amenities that I was ignoring while texting my friend)

H: I just got approved for section 8, moving into a place in Bergenfield once the paperwork is complete so like mid September
M: Silence
H: You drive
M: Yes and no
H:You got a license
M: Yup
H: Yeah I gotta pay $300 in fines and then I'll get mine back. But I ain't driving. I'm letting my little brother hold down my car cuz the cops know me, they know my truck and it ain't worth getting more tickets (someone has common sense?)

Silence

H: So you gonna be my designated driver
M: No  (Then he offered to take me out to outback and a movie)
M: I'm not single so no
H: You're not. Guess I should have asked that
M: Maybe that should have been one of your first questions
H: So what's he like, you live together, how long y'all been together.
M: 3 years
H: Ooohh so you gonna get married have some kids
H: What's your name

(And because I can never pass up the fun of that question)

M: Michael
H: Michael... but Michelle
M: No
H: Michael?
M: Like Jordan.
H: That's kind of cute.  Oh and you got the nose ring....oooh I need to get away from you

(Smartest thing he's said this whole time... and then, by the grace of God, his bus came)

H: I'm Arthur. I'll see you again And ask  you some more questions. It was nice meeting you.
M: You too



August 18, 2014

Challenge Accepted

The weekend is over, Monday is here because it doesn't get the hint that it can't sit with us, and since I did something other than watch Netflix.... let's recap!


Friday night K and I watched About Last Night with Michael Ealy (swoon) and Kevin Hart. It was definitely a rom-com, but we liked it.


I haven't stepped on a scale in forever so I went to WW hoping to just weigh in and stay for the meeting. The receptionist told me it would be $34. I obviously turned around and left.

Then I headed over to my blood donation appointment and wooo!, I got to donate. 


Then K and I headed down to our friends house for the rest of the weekend. I have to say, sometimes adult sleepovers are kind of awesome.

And because I'm all about doing something for charity, we all did the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS. I made sure to donate monetarily as well.





Sunday morning included a trip to Denny's. I don't care what you say, Denny's is the greatest breakfast diner on the planet.

Remember the meltdown from a couple weeks ago? With the insurance and tuition and student loans? I finally got a handle on some of it and although I'm not out of the woods yet, I'm feeling much better about it. Everything is planned and budgeted for and it will all be taken care of.  BOOM!

I'm rested, I'm ready to take on the week and then play all weekend with Little Miss! I just love when she's here.

And with that, over and out!




August 12, 2014

Life's A Bitch

Today’s not a typical post day, but really, I think I’ve about had it with a blogging schedule. Sometimes it works, but lately it’s just making me feel like I suck at life. So for awhile we’re saying sayonara to the schedule.


Today you’re getting a glimpse at what’s been wreaking havoc in my life lately. I definitely wasn’t securely fastened for this ride.



K’s grandmother died last Monday. She had just turned 94 the Friday before. I only knew her for a short time but the respect I had/have for that woman is immeasurable. I absolutely believe she’s at peace now.


Two weeks ago my semester bill came up. It was saying I owed over 7 G’s. Since it’s a new academic year the charge for student health insurance was there. All $1,502 of it. Ordinarily I just print the waiver form since I have insurance through my job. Queue meltdown. I don’t have insurance anymore because of my job change. Soooo, now I need to get out-of-pocket insurance for the month of September because my new work insurance kicks in mid-October and let’s be real here, I’ll be damned if I’m going to hand over 1500 for insurance when I’ll have it soon. Instead I’m forking over $200 to enroll through the gov’ment, which I fully intend on cancelling before the 2nd month’s premium is due.

Oh, and because my final student loan won’t cover all of my tuition, even after the insurance thing gets worked out, I need to shell out $238 to pay the difference.




Sallie Mae, being the whore that she is, decided that now is a good time for me to start repaying my loan. With no notice given. So when I get a phone call telling me that I’m past due and owe $227 immediately, I kind of start to freak out. Apparently they “mailed” me invoices back in June and July. Both of which I never received. So now I have to add another 116/mo to my budget. Dancing is becoming more and more of a reality I tell ya.


Given the shock I had because of that I figured I’d be really proactive and find out what my estimated payment for all my other loans would be. So I call Fedloan and since they’re sweet like candy, they make things easier. There’s already this nice little e-letter that says what my approximate payment will be.... $198/mo. As much as I don’t like this, I’ll take it. A) It’s lower than I was anticipating; B) that’s on $49k worth of loans; and C) that bad boy doesn’t come into effect until next summer. Goal:  squirrel away money NOW.

And just because this is my life we’re talking about here. All last week... dealt with a head cold. For anyone who knows me personally, I do NOT handle congestion well. 




It was a rough week.










August 11, 2014

Stitched

Since it's been a really long time, and I've lost a small child, I thought I'd give Stitch Fix another try. I'd apologize for the non-DSLR quality photos but.... well, IDGAF. 



One of the first things I saw was this green Tenessy Chevron Print maxi dress. 



The dress fit great and was super comfortable. It hugged in all the right places but I needed it to be about 2" longer. 

Next up was the Colibri paisley sleeveless top. 



This was perfect because it was great for work and play. I wore this around the house a lot trying to decide how I felt about it. It's long in the back which was fun, but it was about half an inch too big in the underarm area. 

The Leya thermal knit top was an instant favorite. 





I'm a sucker for anything open knit. I blame it on my inner hippie. And that cute cutout in the back? Love. Unfortunately, my relationship with open knit, or knit anything for that matter is love/hate. I just knew I'd snag this shirt, and with my cats... it just wasn't worth the money I'd be paying. 

These Just Black ankle pants in Cantaloupe are my everything right now. 



I actually wore these Saturday to a party and they were so insanely comfortable. Best part, while the rest of me was hot, my lower half was nice and cool. The tag on these said they were "moisture absorbent, anti-bacterial, great for sensitive skin, versatile, and durable" Umm... what?! All I know is they're comfy as shit and make my butt look good. 

Since there's usually an accessory, I was excited for this Preston carved crescent bib necklace. 





Annnnnd I wore this to another party on Sunday. I have a few statement necklaces, mostly pendants, but they're all colored. So this was a nice neutral, go-with-everything necklace to have. 


Darien, who was the stylist on this Fix nailed everything. I wonder if I can just hire him away as my own personal stylist. I was so tempted to keep everything but the maxi but since I’m trying to be budget conscious right now so some things just had to go back. 

What do you think I kept?



August 8, 2014

Shopping Makes Me Smile

Friday. One of my favorite F-words.

I don’t know about you but I can’t help but associate Friday with Fun. And since this week was anything but, I think I’m well deserving of some.

I mentioned forever ago that I had bought some new duds but I figured, why not share the goodies. And since Wednesday was a lovely mail day, I'll share some of that as well.

So here’s a look at that I picked up at Marshalls recently.

  
Since I bought the blue ones a few months ago, I’ve fallen in love with Saucony sneakers. They fit awesome. Here’s another one of those Mom was right subjects...





Would you believe this girl didn't own a black handbag? I know! (Say it in your Monica Gellar voice, it's better that way) I mean, I had a few black tote bags I've picked up in recent years but no nice, structured, go-with-everythang bag. Then I ended up with two. 

Just Fab sucked me in a few weeks ago promising my first purchase for less than a Manhattan lunch. Obviously this couldn't be passed up. I chose this Birkin-inspired one. It holds a lot and it looks great. (See #ootd)


And then I picked up this lovely lady at TJM. It's roomy inside, comes with a shoulder strap and it's sturdy. #notsorry



I’m not sure why everyone isn’t in love with Cynthia Rowley, but I know I sure am. Her stuff fits like a dream. Granted I only buy what I find at Marshalls or TJM but a hot find is a hot find. I bought this skater dress (is that what this is?) because it fit like a dream. I see it with a cute red or gold belt. Now I’m kind of wishing I had bought that gold bow belt from Target last year. Damn me for not being a follower!



I remember wearing palazzo pants as a kid. I loved them then and I still do, so I’m glad this is a trend again. Plus, I’m tall enough to wear them. Here's today's #ootd



Happy Friday!

August 6, 2014

Label Maker

The other day I was thinking about myself. Vain, I know,  but there was a point. We all remember the labels from high school: the jocks, the preps, the band geeks, the stoners, etc. And in some way or another we all probably had our place in one of those groups. I, however, did not.


That's not to say I was a loner, I was incredibly social. Rather than devoting all my time to one set of friends though, I had friends in all the groups.

That led me to thinking about how I have eleventy billion interests and not nearly enough time to fully engage in them all. Other than blogging, here are a few things that I enjoy.

Fitness: This is my current #1 obsession. My inner jock has been coming out in full force lately. I'm so hopped up on lifting, eating clean, and taking care of myself and I love it. Sometimes I think about what I need to do in order to get paid to be in shape. Fitness Jesus is in the hiz-ouse. 

Culinary: I love food. Like, really love food. Eating it, making it, experimenting in the kitchen. I don't care what our parents taught us, I have fun with food. Part of me wishes I had discovered this passion a long time ago. Maybe I would/should have gone to school for it. It beats sitting at a desk all day!

Animals: This is one of my huge soft spots. I want to rescue all the strays. And I do mean all  of them. If I could live on a million acres just caring for animals, I'd be all like



Decorating: I'm really not someone that's into trends but I'm loving the DIY obsession that everyone seems to have lately. There's something really bad ass and awesome about knowing you took a pile of shit and turned it into something pretty. 

No, I didn't do this. I wish.

Kayaking: I completely fell in love with kayaking over 10 years ago. It's one of the best summer activities to me. A day on the water, catching sun, and working out all at the same time? I long for it. I'd have my own but they're so expensive... and I have nowhere to store it. 

See what I mean? And that's not even all of them. I need to find a long lost trust fund, quit my job and live out my days mastering all of my hobbies. Idyllic.

What hobbies do you not have enough time to fully enjoy?