Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sorry for the homemade pics. : ] But I couldn't find these online. This dress also from NY&Co got my oodles of compliments both at work and out on the town last week. : ] One of my new coworkers even wanted it so bad I gave her my other coupon so she could get herself one. Sarah decided after seeing it on when we hit Soho that she wanted it as well. I promise it's better on than it looks flung on my bed.
THIS little darling was my most excited find of September 09 - an Italian leather Abro bag! These are hard to find and especially for a good deal. But I snagged this on Clearance and I'm in love. The pictures makes it look brighter than it appears in person (great new camera - can't help it) but it's really a Magenta-ish leather. I've been wanting one this color since I found out this color was going to be big this fall and finally found one I could justify spending the $ for. Yay.
These I found at the DSW clearance this weekend. They were on the sidewalk sale rack and I love them. Thank you Nine West & DSW. I have a few great outfit ideas for these babies.
certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of
keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an
animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid
all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your
selfishness. But in the casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it
will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable,
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tennessee (v. Houston)
New England (eck - over Jets)...I hate NE but I do think they'll win.
Oakland (v. KC)
Jags (v. Arizona)
New Orleans (v.Phi)
GB (v. Cinci)
Skins (v. STL)
ATL (v. Carolina)
Min (v. Det)
Buffalo (v. TB)
Seattle (v. SF)
SD (v. Baltimore)
Chicago (v. Steelers)
Denver (v. Cle)
Giants (v. Dallas)...this I was iffy on but I'm going Manning.
Indy (v. Mia)...obvi.
Let me know your thoughts.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Most of what I know about makeup I learned from magazines. I'm a religious In Style reader and over the past year have been enjoying my free subscription to Glamour courtesy of Smartbargains.com. I always flip immediately to the makeup sections to see what's hot, what's not, and how the heck they do that.
I want to do a series for the next few mondays about makeup. This week, I'll tell you my ow personal favorites. Here's your insider scoop...
I use the only foundation I've EVER loved, Mac's face & body foundation. It's really heavily based in water and therefore when you sweat it doesn't get all crazy. It doesn't bead or run, it just reabsorbs. For me, being a heavy sweat-er and living in the sunshine state, this is essential.
Mac is one of the best companies I've found in general for my face BECAUSE being part Hawaiian and living in Florida, I'm not exactly white but I'm not quite black. This may sound funny but when it comes to makeup, many companies don't work hard on the in betweens! In past consultations with several companies I've been encouraged to buy from the African American collections. Which is fine, but often times there not quite right. I get plenty dark enough, especially in the summer but I'm more of a bronzey, glowy color. And in the winter for obvious reasons, I don't stay quite as dark. I'd rather wear African American make than qhite though. Better than having a Casper the friendly ghost face on my suntanned neck and bod but still leaving much to be desired.
Mac meets me in the middle with their N5 foundation and NW35 loose powder. Now, I know there are plenty of you mineral freaks out there as well. Let me clarify, I did TRY using Mac's mineral powder for a bit. My biggest complaint was that it came in this stupid container that had a horribly designed shape that made you dump a large portion out all over the counter every time you used it. What a waste! Also, I didn't see much difference. I didn't think it was superior and it cost more, so for me it wasn't worth the extra expense. They also (when I tried it) were more limited in color options for minerals than regular powders. This was a barrier.
Blush. I love blush. For those of you who have naturally rosy cheeks or manage to work up a good blush on your own several times a day, I envy you. I love the healthy glow of color in a girls cheeks. Short of going sunscreen-less for an hour or two in the blazing sun, I rarely get that look naturally. I keep several blush options for the day to day. My absolute favorite, which I found because In Style recommends it as THE blush for the medium to dark skin tones, is made by Nars and come in a color (I'm embarrassed to write this) called Orgasm. Yeah, sorry about that name, I think I just blushed naturally. Also note that this is the color recommended for fair to medium skin as well.
Moving right along, let's talk about my last 2 essentials which happen to be my favorites...mascara and bronzer! Honestly I've tried a vast array of mascara. Currently, I'm using that hot pink tube with the lime green cap from the drugstores for 4.99(ish). After trying a great many designer mascara's including but not limited too Dior's Diorshow mascara, Chanel, Clinique, and Bad Gal - Maybelliene really just has the corner on the market as far as I'm concerned. It's called 'Great Lash' and I prefer it in the non-waterproof, brownish black. I've also been known to sport Bad Gal's blue mascara which brightens the whites in your eyes on occasion. Blue is not for the everyday but if you're going to a wedding or somewhere you know you'll be photographed a lot, it's not a bad choice. I love to loud on the mascara, so using an inexpensive one just fits me better.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
One of the biggest debates bloggers face when they first start out is choosing their audience. Do you let people you know read what you write, knowing that you're opening yourself up to judgement? Do you lock your blog and pick your viewing audience carefully so you can say anything and everything you want? Do you pick a 'blogger name' and let anyone who wishes read your blog but no one know your true identity?
That is the million dollar question for us blogsphere dwellers. And I was not without my own debate. Shop Girl (check my noteworthy blogs) addressed this a few weeks back. And honestly, it IS a tough call.
Eventually I determined for myself, that I am who I am. I totally and completely understand why people don't want to subject themselves to the criticism of the people they know...but I deteremined I could handle it. While I'm sure people have had plenty of questions about my blog... Why doesn't she blog more 'Christian stuff'? She actually watches Gossip Girl? Why does she talk about fashion so much? Does she HAVE to talk about football all the time?
The beauty of the internet is that anyone can read what I write, but no one has too. I was honored to be recognized by Helen and really appreciate the props. Thanks girl. To the best of my writing ability I will continue to be honest with you all. I don't write deep, heart string tugging entries often but when I write about my own life I will try to use my heart, not my head. Or at least a combo of the two.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I'm only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun
Had a talk with my old man
Said help me understand
He said turn 68,
Don't stop this train
Don't for a minute change the place you're in
Don't think I couldn't ever understand
I tried my hand
John, honestly we'll never stop this train
John Mayer, Stop this Train
Today I am a year older. A year wiser? Perhaps. This year has certainly not been without it's share of stretching moments. I have grown up more in my year of being 23 than in any year prior. I suppose that's what living on your own, in the 'real world' does to one. But I admit that I'm sad to see 23 go. It has been an incredible year and I would relive it again & again.
When I started this blog I struggled to decide what I would name it...the theme over the past year of my life has been just that, I'm scared of getting older. While I got an amazing education at the Purdue University, no one prepares you e to struggle through your first big disagreement at work, or really budget when you're living on your first salary, or all the details that come with buying your first home (mine's been in the works a year and I still feel clueless). I've finally gotten good at being young. So now what? I'm 24. Who defines old? I feel so much older than I did at 21 or 22. I'm out of school, out of debt, and out of Indiana. I'm self aware, self sufficient, and self confident (usually).
The question remains now, am I still scared to get older? Sometimes. When I think that getting older comes with losing loved ones and leaving behind the carefree ways of youth. I've given up much of my childish ways but I've got a few I'm not ready too. I never want to be too old to curl up with my Daddy, even if I have to watch golf! I never want to outgrown watching movies with my parents and making my Momma scratch my back. I refuse to believe I'll ever be too old to lay on top of my baby sister while she's trying to ignore me and watch TV because she doesn't like to be cuddled. I will never be too old to make mixed CDs of radio songs and drive around singing with my Rae.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
My partners in crime.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Also, I'd like to wish a very Happy Birthday to my baby sister, Ruthie! I love you.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Where do you see me next?
- What do you think would make me happy at this point in my life?
As a 20-something we have to be thinking at least a little ahead. It seems for me and my friends at least, that there are always decisions to be made and changes to be faced. In that, it's important to seek council and most importantly wise council. Don't ask advice from those who will tell you what you want to hear! What's the point? If you're going to do things your own way, then don't waste their time and words. Seek advice from people who will give you open, honest, real responses.
I sent an e-mail to three ladies I most often seek life & career advice from and asked them in their own time, to answer these questions for me. Feeling that their insight would be beneficial as I'm making some life and career choices over the next month. Job related decisions are always difficult and for me, intimidating! Also, I'm facing some decisions about whether or not to move forward with purchasing my first home! This decision is uber exciting but again, intimidating.
The three ladies I chose love me and have been shown to tough love me when I need it and tell me what I may not want to hear but need to hear at that time. For them, I am grateful. Good friends are diamonds in the rough in today's society and I hope it will never be said that I take mine for granted. Having gone through a season of my life full of acquaintances and lacking true friends, I make it a priority to honor them!
Here is some of the advice they gave me... Note: I'm posting this a while after this advice was given as I was waiting until I determined what would happen with the new job. These ladies being some of my best friends knew about it before I could reveal the idea via the Internet, for obvious reasons.
From C: Okay, so where do I see you next. I feel like this is hard because I know what you want next but when I think about it I believe it's who you are and truly where your life is headed. I see you definitely staying in Tampa, and making roots there and finding a home for yourself-so you can be independent :) I see you taking a job with a bigger organization so that you can reach out to more people and feel more challenged and use your gifts fully. I see you possibly continuing your education so you can learn more and gain more knowledge about the world, maybe even in a different area than social work. Even if I knew nothing about the Family First deal I would see you going to something bigger than where you are now. It's who you are!
I think there are a few things that would make you happy right NOW! although i thought a new handbag may be one i decided maybe that's not pertinent :) anyway, i think being independent, financially, spiritually, and mentally is the number one for you. and i totally think you are doing that! I think you are happiest when you feel like you are accomplishing things and making it happen on your own! Although you work awesome with others and recognize what others contribute to your success you like to be free and make decisions on your own and feel confidant in your ability to do so. I think the second thing that makes you happiest is giving. Being able to make a difference for other people and give back to others makes you thrive. You have the most giving spirit of anyone I know, and I personally need to strive to be more like that. So with that said, being in a position (job) where you feel you are making a contribution to people and helping others find happiness would make you the happiest. Finally, learning and growth makes you happy. You are always looking for knowledge and wisdom, especially spiritually, to better yourself. Therefore, any opportunity for you to learn would make you happy.
She knows me so well, doesn't she? It is a blessing to have encouraging, wise, and insightful friends. She allows me to use her as a sounding board and let me just tell you I'm full of thoughts ALL the time. My brain feels like it's on speed sometimes, I can't keep up with all the ideas running through it. C is a fabulous friend and a joy to be around. I wish she was here in Tampa so that I could spend more time with her but of all my friends I moved away from she has probably done the most to ensure that our friendship hasn't suffered in the least from our distance. As you may have guessed, I'm taking much of this advice - including enrolling in a personal finance course for next month and increasing my involvement at church.
Mer as per her normal way had a short but sweet response that including being a 'baller' in the events field with Fam First (I will be pleased if I can just be a baller assistant ; ] ), buying my first home (which is somewhat in the works), and she recommends finding a rich, hot husband at one of the events while I'm at it....easy to see why I love her, huh?
White's book while offering some advice that doesn't sync with my belief and moral systems also gave some great advice about how to keep your life in balance, how to succeed in the workplace, and how to take full advantage of your resources including your best friends. If you're in a place where you have some life decisions coming up or even if you're not - I highly recommend asking these questions of those you trust to help provide guidance in your life. The responses will encourage you and perhaps shed light on your 'next step'.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I've decided that Tuesdays are entirely too boring. There's almost never anything exciting about Tuesdays. So at least until I run out of them Tuesdays are going to be for sharing guilty pleasures. I use that term loosely because if I really felt guilty about them a. I wouldn't do them and b. I wouldn't tell you about them here, now would I? : ] So maybe they're more quirky 'likes' of mine than legit guilty pleasures. Either way, this weeks is inspired by my Tuesday night activity...
GP #1 - Facials!
They are the single most relaxing 2 hours of my month! I haven't found anything that relaxes me like getting a facial. I look forward to them for the 29 days between. Having the world's best facialist (if you live in my area I'd be happy to pass on her info) certianly helps. I think it's a justifiable GP because it's a healthy outlet for my stress. It's great for your skin, especially when you live in a state like Florida that's murder on your skin to begin with. I would honestly get one every day if I had the option (and the money). But for now, this once a month GP tickles my fancy.
Feel free to share one of your GP's. : ]