Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
This is me with Kristen's other little girl - Audrina. Isn't she precious? (Photo cred belongs to Erik Deckers)
I got back at midnight on Sunday night from this event and was back in the office early Monday to prep to leave again Friday to head to Minneapolis, MN - for the first time. So I got to check off another state in my pursuit of 50 states which is a bucket list item for me and it was my first time working a Minnesota Vikings event for work (All Pro Dad).
So a few photos I brought back from my first Vikings FKE & trip to Minnesota:
Vikings office - via Instagram.
Me with Victor the Viking.
Practice facility where the event took place.
And me, on a boat!
It's good to be home and I'm ready to have my feet on the ground for over a week! But this will be short lived. My best friend, Candy, and her husband will be headed down here Saturday for a long weekend and some Monday Night Football and then I will jet off to Baltimore for my next work event the following Friday.
September is crazy!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Get ready DC, you have no idea what's coming your way in 2012. This girl is ready to take the city by storm.
One of the things I appreciate most about this season of my life is that it has opened up opportunies to experice life more freely than ever before. I have a job I can still sneak away from for vacation (just not during event season, right?). I am racking up frequently flier points like I've never done before. And I've fallen in love with travel, for fun. I am so excited about my life and all the next year has to offer. Stay tuned.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Please excuse my lack of updates to my 2011 reading list and my lack of contributions to book club. I actually have been keeping up with my reading, though it's been mostly on the go lately (why yes, that include reading at stoplights and on planes).
I finished my study of Ruth with Kelly Minter followed by the next two books in the James Patterson's women's murder club (they're on the list too, now) and have moved on to read simultaneously the following two books:
Found this book at the closing of a bookstore for 75% off and after being told for a long time by many people I would love it - I have begun! I'm only a few pages into this but I have to say, I'm impressed so far. I like his style of writing, the heart behind his message, and the level of inspiration I'm feeling from what I've read, only a chapter in!
You may remember that last year I read 'The Weight of Silence' by this author and so when I found this book (also on crazy sale at the closing of a bookstore) I picked it up thinking I could probably devour it in a few days and pass it on to my best friend while she's in Tampa in 2 weeks. I started it Tuesday and I've been trying to read 50ish pages a day so hopefully by the end of this weekend of travel, I will be finished.
Gudenkauf has a way with words that keeps you intrigued and on the edge of your seat. Amazon has the following posted:
From Publishers Weekly -
Gudenkauf's scintillating second suspense novel (after The Weight of Silence) opens with the release of 21-year-old Allison Glenn from prison, where she has served five years for an unspecified but particularly horrible crime. Allison is reluctant to enter a halfway house in her hometown of Linden Falls, Iowa, where "even a heroin-addicted prostitute arrested for armed robbery and murder would get more compassion than I ever will." Allison, her family's former golden girl, secures a job at a local bookstore, but her efforts to resume some sort of normal life are undermined by her well-to-do parents' indifference, her sister's hatred, and the stigma of her conviction. Meanwhile, one little boy holds the key to the tragedy that led to Allison's imprisonment. The author slowly and expertly reveals the truth in a tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines. (Feb.)
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Doesn't that make you want to grab it off the shelves?
I love book club, it feels good to be back!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Blue trench at the Colts game in Lucas Oil Stadium - you all know I love me a good trench.
Finally wearing a scarf - with my sweet friend Sean after the event and before going out to dinner on Saturday night.
Sporting my new reddish-orange Kenneth Cole I found at Nordie Rack from $22 - marked down from 150!
Quite possibly my new favorite shirt - at least until I went shopping with Mom this weekend. Getting ready for the Colts game at my parents house in Carmel (hince cool lookin mirror).
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
1. I was in my best friends wedding.
2. I successfully completed my first year of homeownership!
5. I added Missouri to my list of states I've been too, putting me one closer to my goal to visit all 50.
9. I kissed a camel, no really I did.
11. I went to New York City for the first time!
12. Saw my blog hit 40,000 views.
13. Finished reading 50 books in a year.
14. Found out I was becoming an Aunt!
15. Met Justin Bieber ...oh wait, he was made of wax.
16. Took dances lessons.
17. Completed a 21 day Daniel Fast. (and broke it with a giant chicken sandwich, obvi)
18. Learned to cook.
19. Got my wisdom teeth pulled, sans drugs (but somehow still looking quite drugged).
20. Got a roommate (for the first time since being a homeowner -does that make me a landlord?)
21. Went to Berns for the first, second, and third times.
22. Sold my first item on Craiglist (and lived to tell about it).
23. Spoke in front of my whole church (that's thousands of people, by the way)
24. Survived my first real injury (a torn romboid - how do you spell that?)
25. Grew up.
This has been a year of learning, growing, friendship, love, and spiritual maturing. I'm so grateful to everyone who has been a part of it. I wouldn't trade it for anything - it has truly been my best year yet. Looking forward to the next one, starting tomorrow.
Loved ya 25,
Friday, September 9, 2011
This week I'm sharing a book ALL about making the most out of what you've got hanging in that closet (or lining the floor, in your makeup bag, and under your sink). This is the book that covers it all from skin care to what handbags go best with your height and build to how to wash your face.
I posted earlier this month some ideas from the book I saw in a magazine and then I quickly hopped online and reserved this baby at the library. I picked it up a couple days ago and started flipping through and I have to say she knows what she's doing! A great book for working on the wardrobe you already have - what to keep that's still fabulous, what needs to go, and what you can redeem with a little tailoring.
This book should be on all our shelves - but especially those budget savvy working girls, this bookw as made for us!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hey it's ok...
... to untag all unflattering pictures of you from facebook when you're friends post them (I don't want fat arm, my bangs unruly, or to be tagged in photos of me in my bathing suit, thanks).
...to dedicate an entire month to Style on the blog and then suddenly have serious things to say (October may be deep, ya'll)
...to reserve a style book from the library to browse for blog ideas because you've almost exhausted your magazines for this month.
...to schedule your blog posts a week out so you can take a week off...and then show back up because you can't go a week without reading other peoples blogs.
...to blow dry your hair and go from time to time (to work, at least). No flat iron, no curlers, just rollin' it with it. (hey, it's event season people - something had to give)
...to desperately want a boyfriend watch but be non commital on color, brand, and metal so just keep lookin.
...to buy your friends present from time to time - just because it would look great on them.
...to want people to know you loved zebra print before it was cool.
...to have a 'style' to your stationary, not just your wardrobe.
...to obsessively buy office supplies for at home, even though you don't work at home. I like stylish office supplies, sue me.
...to tote books around in your giant purses everywhere because you never know when you might have 5 minutes to read.
...to also tote a Kindle in addition to your library book in said giant purse in case you have tons of time to read, randomly.
What's ok with you this week?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
When I was working as a relationship educator (my first year out of college) we were always explaining to people that you 'teach people how to treat you'. When you're a kid, your behavior is met with one of two responses - the kind that affirms your actions and encourages you to repeat that action (say, taking your dish to the sink) and the kind that makes it clear you better shape up or ship out (say, drinking out of the milk carton).
I was pondering that over the holiday weekend. How am I teaching people to treat me? Let's just say the light bulb really clicked on for me and I said goodbye to some facebook friends, cut some ties, and burnt a few bridges. Alas, I'm dragging no unnecessary baggage from 25 to 26 on Monday. I'm starting fresh and I'm giving my best, and having reasonable but firm expectations of the people in my own life. We'll consider this my giving the necessary people the 'shape up or ship out' look.
No one's perfect BUT everyone needs their standards. I'm not unwilling to extend grace but I have a feeling you all know the kind of people I'm talking about...sometimes you just have to cut em loose. I'm not going to teach anyone to treat me poorly. In my mind cutting people out of your day to day life doesn't have to mean that you are rude, mean, or treat them poorly - it means you create some necessary distance from certain relationships.
Please don't mistake the tone of this blog as being negative. I have never felt more excited about my life and future or more grateful for the incredible people the Lord has placed in this season. I had a perfect weekend followed by a day off that cleared my head and got me pumped for the next year. I'm welcoming 26 (in 6 days) with passion, love, excitement, fun, laughter, and purpose.
I challenge you not to be afraid to shape people up or ship them out - teach people how to treat you right.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
•Thou shalt never let your outfit outshine your work. (Yes, creatives and fashionistas, this applies to you as well!)
•Thou shalt abstain from clothing with obnoxious logos. (Besides Bebe logo tops being so 1999, no one wants a walking billboard in their office.)
•You shall avoid all sexy and revealing clothing. Never show more than 1 inch of cleavage or wear a skirt that skims your bum. For most offices, skirts that hit more than 3 or 4 inches above the knee are considered inappropriate (If you want to wear shorter skirts, or even dress shorts, pair them with opaque tights to temper the higher hemline). Also, no tank tops unless you have something layered over it to cover your shoulders.
•Thou shalt not wear any ripped, torn, or sloppy clothing. This includes anything that can be worn to the gym or the beach (gym shoes and flip-flops etc.).
•Thou shalt dress like my female boss. If you do not have a female boss, emulate the highest-ranking female in your company. This doesn’t mean steal her style. Rather, base your office attire on what she considers appropriate. Is she casual? Always dresses to the nines? Take a cue from the people in positions you aspire to have someday. They don’t say, “dress the part” for no reason.
•You shall always dress to impress—even on “casual Fridays.” Don’t let casual Fridays fool you. Jeans may be okay, but that old tee reserved for lazy Sundays and those hot pink flip-flops are just not going to cut it… Casual Friday attire should be based on your weekly work wear, but taken down a few notches.
•Thou shalt not don underwear as outerwear. Ever. This is pretty self-explanatory…
•You shall always use your best judgment. Consider your work environment and dress accordingly. Anything you can wear to a club should never step foot in an office. If you’re unsure about an outfit, it’s best to err on the side of caution and go with something else.
(full article here)
Here's a few example of Casual Friday done right:
I've read many times to dress for the job you want, not the one you have - and I do love that idea as well. For my job, I have to be aware of how physical my job will be that day as well. If I'm packing 40 boxes to mail to our Rams event in St. Louis - it's not a skirt or dress day. If I'm going to have to sweat in out washing water coolers as part of my post event routine, I'm not going to wear 5 inch heels. So I'm a firm believer in wearing what works for you - but that doesn't mean a compromise on dressing to impress.
Monday, September 5, 2011
1. A trench coat. I agree with this one! I have several. My advice would be to pick them in shades that flatter you. Kim is frequently seen in khaki colored trenches but I'd got to tell you, khaki doesn't do much for me. My top 3 are:
This teal Lauren Conrad trench. I bought it on sale at Kohl's in the spring and sported it the majority of my time in NYC in May. It was a great go-to item because even when I had to covere up my outfit, I felt put together. The color could work almost year round, and works well with my skin tone and my then-burgundy-hair.
Cobalt blue. Fun, bright, and also versatile - I love this coat!
My third trench is probably my favorite but I couldn't find a picture of myself in it. It's red. Red is probably one of my favorite colors to wear - other than kelly green it's one of the most flattering for my coloring and it just has that needed umph. My red trench is by London Fog and I actually found it (no lie) at Sam's Club. It was $29 well spent (I was the same one at Nordstrom for 98).
2. A Black Blazer. Kim says 'You can dress it up or down, wear it with pants or over a dress—a black blazer works with everything.'. I agree! I do have a black blazer my halogen but I'm in the market for one a bit dressier than the one I currently have on my racks.
3. High waisted pants. Hmm, I don't have any of these. Do you? I'm not sure they would be flattering on my build.
4. A wide belt. Yes! I'm all for things that cinch the waist. I couldn't agree more on this one.
This next one may give you a giggle if you read my 'It's Ok Thursday' about style, but Kim says:
5. Leggings. See, I have to beg to differ from the queen of style on this one - I don't think everyone should wear leggings. I have/do on rare occasions with certain outfits but they're really not the best look on me and I think there's probably more people than not who fall into my catagory. Now IF I had her body - yes.
6. Super High Heels. Check. Done and done.
I don't wear heels regularly -because with my currently lifestyle, they just don't make the most sense. I'm too mobile at work for them, and right now I spend more time doing church things and fro yo dates and workout classes then I do dress up events. But I have a few great go to pairs and when the occasion arises - I (literally) rise 6 inches to the challenge.
7. Jumpsuits. Yikes. I would venture to say that in my opinion only about 10% of people should really ever try this trend. They would be awful on me. Again, IF I looked like Kim - yes. Well, actually I might just walk around in a bikini if I looked like her. But still - jumpsuits on Kardashians - yes. Jumpsuits on this girl - not so much.
What would be your 7 must haves?
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
So I thought I'd share with you all MY fall hit list (the ones I've bought and the ones I haven't)...
Fun Scarves. I've bought one so far - at Old Navy. I also bought a fun one in Chinatown while I was in New York City in May. There were tons of great scarves in Chinatown - and actually, Thomas bought me two while he was in NYC the week before me what I will be wearing this fall as well. I'd like a few brightly colored ones to add to the rotation so I'll be keeping my eye out for good deals on them as we enter true fall shopping season.
Comfy Gray. I love gray - because combined with the right accessories it's the perfect 'backdrop', if you will. I found one I loved at Old Navy actually (rare for me, but I had a coupon). I've also seen a few from Caslon I love, but they're a little pricier - maybe later in the season? Gray with jeans and fun accessories is one of my favorite looks, though.
Navy Purse. I've been wanting to a navy purse for a while, but I haven't been able to find one I love within my budget. This Steven by Steve Madden bag has been at Nordstrom Rack this summer and I have been stalking it, regularly (yes, stalking). A few weeks ago it was the only one left but still not on sale and I talked myself into waiting it out. When I got a postcard in the mail about the end of summer sale for Nordie Rack - I determined if this bag was still there and on sale it would my my birthday present to myself. For 60% savings - this bag came home with my last Tuesday on lunch. This is not a great pic - so watch for some after my Indy trip because I plan to carry this then. But the color is called Blueberry. Love it.
Riding Boots. I love the look of riding boots. The ones pictured above are by Coach and if you follow the link you can find that exact pair or several cheaper versions. After my birthday if I have money left over from my grill, I'm totally splurging on some riding boots. Otherwise, I guess I'll have to save up in the clothing catagory of my budget for a while. I consider these a great investment piece - you can dress them up or down in so many ways.
Navy Fedora. I want a navy fedora to pair with a comfy great sweater and my new bag. Seriously, I think they're so cute and fun.
So there you have it - my fall hit list. What's on yours?
Friday, September 2, 2011
On page 224 there was an article by Amy E. Goodman, she's the author of the book - 'wear this, toss that'. She made a list of the four pieces every woman needs ( my list would include more than 4 items BUT props to her for keeping it simple). So I'm including her list along with the items from my own closet that make up that list.
Amy says about her list in the article, 'These items will end up saving you money - because you'll wear them all the time'.
1. A Super Soft Sweater.
Please excuse the self portraits via blackberry and mirrors as well as the lack of makeup and the pre-workout headband look. This dress was another find at Nordstrom Rack - courtesy of the clearance rack for $22. I love it. It's a great shade of red that I find to be complexion flattering, it's empire waisted which is ideal for people with my build, etc.
This was actually my favorite item on Goodman's list. I think every girl should have more than one perfect fitting go-to-dress for special occasions (or dates!). I bought this one recently after returning to singlehood thinking it would be the perfect date dress and well, I might just be going on some of those.
3. Sexy heels.
4. A Sparkly Piece of Jewelry.
This Stella & Dot necklace was one I fell in love with, couldn't afford, and literally hosted a party to get a sick discount on. I don't wear it often but I have to say, I've loved having it. It's an easy want to dress up a simple dress but it's equally fun paired with a simple jeans, tee, and blazer combo. Versatile,comfy (not too heavy on my neck), and always eye catching.
This isn't the list I would have made (hmm, maybe I'll feature mine later this month) BUT I have to admit after thinking it through, I do feel like having these four items has given my wardrobe a little umph. They're great go to piece to spice up an outfit. I think the trick is to have statement pieces but to know how to combine them with simple, no frills pieces so as not to look 'overdone'.
Welcome to Septemeber which for this blog will be primarily about style. We're off to a great start, don't you think? Do you have these 4 items in your closet? What would be on your list?
Thursday, September 1, 2011
...to jump on a trend bandwagon and later think ' that looked terrible on me'.
...to recognize, in advance, that some trends just weren't ment for you - *ahem* - leggins.
... to refuse to dress 80s, again, because you were around for the first time and you weren't that keen on neon then.
... to have a totally awesome wardrobe, and still prefer sweatpants.
...to shop at high school stores after high school (but not so much ok to still wear graphic tees everyday).
...to own at least 5 pairs of heels you never wear because they aren't comfortable and you're not sure if you'll have to stand for more than 5 minutes.
... to borrow a friends clothes and accept all the compliments without giving them credit.
...to brag about how good a deal you got on a piece someone loves. (I'm so glad you love this dress - I got it for 38 bucks - marked down from 298...exact example of my Rebecca Taylor silk dress).
...to want to blog about style for a month even though you're not an expert.
...to secretly judge the 60 year old women of Tampa who wear bikini's to gas stations.
...to want to buy you niece rediculous kids things like baby uggs and burberry sundresses - even though she's not yet born and will probably urp on them.
...to wear $20 tees with $300 handbags because accessories make the outfit.
I love it's ok Thursdays and I'm excited for a month of Style on the blog.