WIAW (Two Days Late) + OOTD + Fashion Reviews

Hey friends! How are you today? I have the day off, which is super nice – it’s taking me a ton of energy adjusting to having a full time job instead of just being part time, but I do enjoy my work at Express! My colleagues are so awesome, and they make my job a joy. Admittedly, I sometimes still doubt my ability to do my job, but this comes and goes … it usually waxes when I’m off and wanes when I’m actually at work.

I did a What I Ate Wednesday but forgot to post it – so here it is, two days late ~

Breakfast salad with eggs and salsa …

Light vanilla yogurt with a small orange …

Sauteed bacon and broccoli with avocado green goddess ….

… and chicken salad for dinner at work!

My OOTD ~

I’m working on getting a full length mirror to help with my OOTDs – today I wore SPACE BUNS with Express tee, Express Outlet leggings, Forever 21 cardigan, and Free People heels (reviewed below). This is most certainly a “minimal makeup, crazy hair” day off work! πŸ™‚

A few fashion reviews ….

The Juniper Jumpsuit in a size 6 … KEEPER! I find it runs TTS. This jumpsuit is proving very popular on FP as it is nearly sold out (I was lucky to snag one). My one complaint is that the rung/holes on the straps aren’t nearly short enough – I tightened them bypassing all of the three holes and not using the rung – and thankfully the straps are snug enough not to need a hole to hold them in place.

For fun, I styled the jumpsuit with an Express sweater, and I love the look!

And the Walk On By Heel in red, size 9, is … a KEEPER! Guys, these shoes are super comfortable for being 3″ heels. I have some 2″ heels that aren’t as comfortable as these.

… and I have a few more things on the way in the form of two leotards that I snagged for $19.99 each …. I want to incentivize myself to work out more often, so I thought buying a few cute leotards would be a good idea! We shall see, ha!

(In all seriousness, I need to keep hitting the weights with my hubs! I’ve got about 10-15 vanity pounds to lose, or rather about 2 inches to lose in my waist.)

AAAAAAND you guys! My insurance is FINALLY paying for my Vraylar and my Trintellix (for my bipolar I and depression) after having to take samples from the doctor’s office for about a year … MAJOR WIN!

Alrighty, that’s my spiel! Have a great day, my friends! πŸ™‚

~ M

Purchases + What I Ate III

Hey guys, long time no post! I’ve been settling into my full time position with Express and have made a relatively smooth transition, and I do hope to keep blogging. πŸ™‚

Food-wise, I’ve been eating a little less (which is nice because I’d like to lose 10 – 15 vanity pounds) …. for instance, I had an orange for breakfast, a few veggies with dressing for lunch, and ….

… STEAK DINNER WITH SALAD AND SCOTCH!

… oh wow, y’all … that steak … just blue rare perfection!!! SOOO GOOD!

Annnnd a few purchases from Free People … the Walk On By Heel in Red, the Juniper Jumpsuit size 6, and a white Miss Dazie Bralette …

I’d like to review these products once they come!!

~ M

What I Ate II

WIA today on 2/11, aka my first day as a Full Time Sales Lead at Express AND my first day attempting a 10-15 lb weight loss (this is *not* intended to be triggering to ED people, but *IF* it is, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU PROBABLY WILL, YOU ASSHOLES 😑 ). Yes, I’m trying to lose 10 lbs. No, I’m not going to do it in an eating disordered way, damn it. I’ve learned so much and don’t need my ED behaviors anymore! So here we go ~

Pacific Rose apple in the a.m…

An egg with a piece of French bread + black bean and jalapeno hummus + sriracha for breakfast.

Ready to go into work today as my first day as Full-Time Sales Lead!

My delightful little lunch – salad with chicken breast, “chicken dipping sauce,” and Sesame Ginger dressing. So good!

AND after work and lookin’ wild, ready for a hot toddy (which my husband sweetly made me as I have a very sore throat and the sniffles).

… and tea, soy milk, and honey to follow (yes, that’s my face drinking the tea … horrid pic lol!) …

I had a snick snack of bell pepper and hummus while hubs started our very special dinner … πŸ™‚

While I chilled out, Luke made us lamb chops Italian Style for the first time with a rosemary lemon garlic sauce and said it was our Valentines Dinner since both of us will be working on the 14th. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Awww I love my hubs!

Y’all …. I’m one lucky girl – Luke cooked a perfect lamb chop (medium rare) and made a delightful sauce … I could taste the garlic, the lemon, the rosemary, the butter … soooo good! I added half of a cucumber and some broccoli with ranch to my plate. And pinot noir rounded the meal out! Happy (Early) Valentines Day to us!

Dessert was apple with some smoked Gouda cheese and Tajin … easy peasy, yummy yummy …

… and I captured a picture sequence which I’m calling “The Evolution of Persephone” …

… I drank soy milk tea (Caramel Apple Spice Slim Down Tea … sooo good! I can’t believe it’s supposedly for weight loss, ha!) too. Soo good, so soothing to my poor throat, all while Persephone looked on in a silly manner!

That’s a WRAP for tonight, my friends! I hope you had a lovely Monday – mine was great despite being pretty sick!

~ M

Updating Our Digs Part I

Oh my goodness, y’all – we moved into this apartment in August of 2016 and have only done minimal decor … Luke and I both think it’s time to change things up in here, seeing as we’ll probably be here a few more years.

Idea #1: Paint the walls a fresh coat of white paint. Yes yes yes, we’re in one of “those” apartments that doesn’t allow you to paint a color on the wall – you have to stick to the approved white (I’m giving you the stink eye, Residences at Town Square). BUT – white is a color with which I can easily work by adding pops of color and texture in art. Our walls have gotten a few stains and are generally gross from living here for about 2 and a half years (thanks in part to our three fluffy friends!) … it would benefit everyone to wipe down the walls and paint a fresh coat.

Idea #2: REMOVABLE WALLPAPER. Oh, my friends. How could I be so blind to the ingenious invention that is removable wallpaper? I was oh so damn blind, but now I SEE! I was thinking something along the lines of doing a wall decal, and then I thought “wouldn’t it be cool if they made wallpaper that works like a decal?” … sure enough, I found that this, in fact, is a popular thing to do in apartments! Ha!

My favorite websites thus far are Wayfair and Walls Need Love. Oh, and art.com. I also plan on checking out Pier One, Bed Bath and Beyond, and TJ Maxx (because DEALZ ppl!) in my spare time.

Here are the boring culprits which need glama-fying:

1) The bedroom (and I intentionally left my embarrassing clothing rack outta the picture πŸ™‚ ) – we’d like to do the wall behind the bed, perhaps find Luke a nicer nightstand, and find some wall art. We really don’t need a new bed set unless we’d like to upgrade to a King (it’s possible), and I’d like to update my linens and pillows too.

2) The bathroom – we’d like to at least do an accent wall by the toilet (because it’s the easiest wall to do), or we may go whole hog and attempt to do the entire thing (this seems a bit more difficult because we’d be navigating the bathtub and the vanity). Again, a fresh coat of paint is needed in here BADLY. Also added to the checklist is some interesting wall art.

3) The living room … I’m torn on which wall to do, so we might even consider doing both of them pictured … I’ll have to think hard about this, but the good thing is that one can always order more wallpaper if needed. If I absolutely had to choose, I’d do the wall to the right over the wall on the left because it’s the larger wall. And yep, we need a new chair, couch, and table but that’ll come in a few months. Extra desires are to add an accent rug under our table and to use to center our furniture … and, naturally, wall art which compliments the wallpaper.

Alrighty, now that I’ve introduced you to the sad spaces o’ mine, I’d like to play around with some ideas (feel free to leave feedback!).

I picked out quite a few samples of wallpaper to show Luke, and although we both liked some interesting wallpapers, we both decided to stick to options that are bright, light, clean, and more geometric. This is much to my heart’s delight because I ADORE Art Deco, and Luke liked my Art Deco samples the best.

I like this print for the bathroom …

…. this print for the bedroom (it’s a bit simpler than the other two) …

… and I adore this one for the living room. It’s opulent and elegant.

Idea #3: Framed artwork that’s meaningful and with pops of color – I want to take this opportunity to create some personalized art, such as my wedding portrait with Luke and our kitties! I love this picture with color, but I also have a black and white version … I think I’ll stick to color. πŸ™‚

And naturally, I want to make some prints/canvases of family! Here are a few options …

And, naturally, pics of the babies~

Idea #4: fun wall art and decor in the form of pictures, bobs and doodads, and fun shelving/storage pieces!

I’m in love with the Animal Print Shop, and I’d like to order a few prints from here. The problem is choosing which ones we like!

Graphic art ~

A set of picture frames … no pic because WP is being stupid with Wayfair pics … arg … wait, there we go …

Geometric objects would be an interesting addition to Art Deco wallpaper …

And, of course, I’d be remiss if some Anthropologie decor didn’t make this post ~ I’d love to spell something out in these letters (they’re pricey, so maybe just 3-4 letters like the word “LOVE”?).

Anthro provides some whimsical touches that can be hard to find unless you really get crafty or hunt-y around thrift stores. I love this little trinket dish … the colors would work well with the living room or the bedroom wallpapers.

Idea #5: A bar cart for storage. No, it doesn’t have to be used for alcohol (although ya never know!), and I’d probably use it as a piece that holds some cute trinkets, maybe a few unopened bottles of wine, some pretty glasses or mugs etc. I’ve always wanted a bar cart, so hopefully Luke will let me indulge a bit if I find one on the cheaper side.

Idea #6 – Area rug … okay so this is totally lame, but I plan on finding a cheap yet pretty rug locally. Why? Because we have puke-y, furry cats, and I don’t want to spend good money on a rug that’s going to be scratched and slowly destroyed. But here’s a sample of something that I’d like ~ a mint green …

… or even one that’s a little more boho …

… and perhaps a simple geometric pattern from Walmart …

… and those are my ideas for our apartment! I can’t wait to get the ball rolling and show you what we end up doing!

~ M

What I Ate I (Eats Recently)

Hey there, dolls and dudes! Sometimes I enjoy taking pictures of random meals over a period of time, and sometimes I like to simply document my daily eats. Today’s “WIA” is a compilation of notable meals over the past week or so – no, it’s not everything that I’ve eaten, but it’s a good sampling. So here’s a few yummies that I’ve enjoyed this week ~

The last pic is soy milk tea … SO GOOD! If you haven’t tried it, pour yourself a mug of soy milk, heat up with Egyptian Licorice tea, add sweetener as desired, and ENJOY!

~ M

 

Currently Coveting II

Howdy there, dolls and gents! It’s time for another installment of “Currently Coveting”! Since I work at Express, obvi, I don’t need *too* many clothes from other retailers, but I tend to look for striking shoes and accessories at other places; today, just for the hell of it, I’ve thrown in some cute clothing pieces that have caught my eye, particularly two denim jumpsuits.

Confession: I’ve *never* owned overalls except for once in the 7th grade … and that was a disastrous look because I was a very large child and they looked simply dumpy on me, so I immediately hated them and did for years! Insert picture of my awkward late middle school/Freshman self petting a donkey:

Anyway,Β onto my current covets of the fashion world!

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