Monday, January 31, 2011

Wardrobe Staple: Stripes

There are a few things that stay constant in my closet. The colors white, black, gray, and blue, and STRIPES! I love wearing stripes. I think horizontal stripes look good on anyone. Basic cotton striped tees can be dressed up or down so they make the perfect transition from day to night. Wear with jeans, flats, and a scarf for a day of lunch and shopping. Or pair with heels, dark jeans, and a leather jacket for a night out on the town.

Here is a little compilation of striped apparel I found:

1. Indigo-stripe Boatneck Sailor Tee--J.Crew
2. Navy Stripe Snood--TopShop
3. Navy Frill Band Stripe Bikini Top--TopShop
4. Whistles Marilyn Silk Stripe Dress--Asos
5. Joie Soft Sagitarius Stripe Top--Piperlime
6. Tory Burch Stripe Espadrille--Piperlime

I obviously have a few striped shirts in my closet.

Though most of the tops I have are no longer available, there is no shortage of striped tees out there! Remember to stick with horizontal striped. Vertical striped look good on no one!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


My weaknesses:
1. Clothes
2. Shoes
3. Purses

Yes, it's all stupid materialistic stuff...AND I LOVE IT. Judge all you want but if I won the lottery, I would probably spend most of the money on those three things. (We all think we would put it in the bank, give it to charity, buy our parents a house because we've been sucking the life and money out of them for the past--in my case--22.5 years, but let's get real. We like STUFF. I LOVE stuff).

So this post is about the stuff I love and I'm happy to write about it.

Last night I watched Pretty Little Liars, so naturally as soon as it was over, I headed to Possessionista's blog about everything we covet in Hollywood. I am in love with this top that Hannah wore. Although I would never spend the money on it, I hope I can find something similar. (Picture found by Possessionista).

I wanted to by a pair of Frye boots. I have heard that they are super comfortable and really worth the money. I want a pair of long lasting boots, but I am hard-pressed to hand over $300. I found this at Aldo for only $50. They look almost identical to the style that I wanted from Frye (Harlow Campus), yet they are a fraction of the price.
And lastly, it is time for me to get a new purse. I am always torn between black and brown (boring I know), but I don't like to constantly switch my stuff from purse to purse to match an outfit (cleaning out my purse is a whole other story), so that's why I tend to keep in neutral. I found this bag (also from Aldo, my go-to handbag store) and it's a little expensive so I'm going to try and find a very similar bag. I have had a cross body bag for a while, but I am ready to go back to a regular shoulder tote.

So, although I am trying (really, I'm trying) to save money, I am going to invest in a new purchase soon. I'll let you know what it is!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Workin' on my Fitness

I am currently at work, waiting for my experiment to finish. I am bored so I started reading about the exercises I will have to do tonight according to my Jillian Michaels Making the Cut book. On January 3rd, I began working out 4 days a week, and (at least trying) to eat better. I have done pretty well so far, as the workout goes at least. I am now able to run 1.5 miles without stopping, which is something I have never been able to do, because for some reason I have the lung capacity of and 80 year old with emphysema.

When is started the program, I stuck close to the meal plan. However, in the past week or two, I have strayed a bit because I can't afford to spend $150 at the grocery store every week. Dieting is burning a hole in my wallet! I thought I would share with you a couple of the things I have learned from this book--good and bad.

1. EAT BREAKFAST (how many times have you heard someone say that?? It's so true!!), and have a healthy snack between lunch and dinner. This is especially important if you plan to work out before dinner. I have found that I work much harder and have more energy when I have an apple or some crackers and PB around 3:00 and then start my workout between 4:30 and 5:00. It makes a huge difference when it comes to running long distances without stopping because you have energy from the food, but not a super full stomach.

2. Drink a lot of water. I never used to drink water, maybe a glass before bed sometimes but that was it. Now I drink at least 48oz a day. I bought this cute water bottle from target that holds 24oz. I don't drink soda anymore (at least at work), so I just make sure to drink 2 of these throughout the day.

3. Write in a food journal. It sounds really stupid and OCD, but it has helped me watch what I eat. And if I eat something not so good (like every time I'm with Emily), I am more motivated the next day when I work out to make up for it.

4. And lastly, the book is helpful, however some of the exercises are really tough. If there is something I can't do, I try to modify it in a way to my fitness level. And I wish I would have known that some of the exercises that I am supposed to perform require weight and cable machines. I wanted to do this 30 day plan at home, but it is proving to be quite difficult.

Anyway, I am just getting the hang of this blogging thing. This blog is going to be a record of every day things I think about, so the sky is the limit I guess. I hope it doesn't bore anyone too much! See you next time...

And to leave you a quote from the Duchess herself:

"My body stay vicious, I be up in the gym just working on my fitness"


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Well Hello There...

So I have decided to jump on this blog bandwagon. I have a habit of starting projects and not finishing them, so we'll see how this goes. I am not a newlywed, new mom, an expert in anything, and I am not currently embarking on a new adventure. I am simply looking for a place to post anything and everything. I am a movie and television show critic, a fashion enthusiast, a celebrity gossiper, a scientist (geek-alert), an animal lover, and a rambler. Expect this blog to be a potpourri of topics. Anything that is on my mind is a potential entry.

With that said, I welcome you to my blog. I hope you enjoy my sarcasm and nerdiness. More interesting entries to follow--I am currently more concerned with the layout and theme of this blog (<---easily distracted).

And to end, the my favorite quote and the inspiration for the name of this blog:

"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
-Jane Austen