After the Fray of Black Friday

Oh my gosh, you guys. After a weekend full of selling clothing, doing freight, working at the register, and eating tons of pizza and candy (yeah, that’s how Black Friday rolls in retail), I’m needing to get back on track with eating veggies and lean protein and start hitting the gym after my teeny tiny hiatus, so that’s what this post is going to focus on this week – healthy food and working out.

Tasty Eats

My eats weren’t so healthy at first this week, and no, I didn’t document all of the pizza that I ate over the Black Friday weekend … probably 5 or 6 pieces? Ugh. But that’s fine, I needed sustenance to last on the damn sale floor for nearly 14 hours times two (Friday and Saturday). But back to my (healthy) meal plan which I started on Sunday ~

Meal Plan #1

Eggs with roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and red onion dressed in EVOO, honey, and balsamic vinegar (I’m becoming obsessed with that homemade dressing).

Raw cauliflower with low calorie honey mustard ….… a sandwich with a spot of ranch.Meal Plan #2

Two eggs with two slices of honey wheat toast spread with butter and jam.

Fresh salad with chicken breast …Greek yogurt with strawberries and honey. 🙂

My “after work out” dinner – chicken, salad greens, light honey mustard and ranch dressing, pickles, heirloom tomato, and a sprinkle of bleu cheese … yum!

Meal Plan #3

Greek yogurt with banana and golden kiwi + a drizzle of honey.

Chicken with fresh greens, pickles, broccoli, a bit of bleu cheese, and jalapeno ranch and honey mustard …

New York strip with spinach, Brussels  sprouts, a few pickles, radishes, and honey mustard dressing. (I ate the veggies and about half of the steak.)Black Friday/Birthday Purchases

Eddie Bauer Women’s Evertherm Down Hooded Jacket in Dark Berry

I officially spent about $115 of my b-day money on this jacket today – it’s WARM AF and light as a feather. If you know me, you know that I’m always cold … this should do the trick for the rest of fall and then winter. I decided on a size large because of how narrow these jackets are in the shoulders – usually I’m a small or an x-small at Eddie Bauer, but I sized way up for this cute look. I also chose the jacket with a hood for windy days – these do come without hoods.

(Don’t ask what I’m doing with my hand here.)

Eddie Bauer Printed Women’s Trail Tight Leggings

I have these, and although small fits fine, I like the roominess of the medium (my hips are 35″ for reference). These are also long enough!

Express Drinks List Boyfriend Corset Tee

Free People Heart Strings Tunic in Mahogany Free People Olivia Midi Dress

Free People Serefina Rhinestone Dangle Earrings


(Why yes, I am wearing my Evertherm jacket as a house coat in this picture with my fresh-faced-ness and Calliope kitty.)

~ M


Lately: Food + Working + Fashion

Hey there, my friends! I’m trying a new format on the blog today … hope you enjoy because I’ll probably be employing it often. 🙂

Tasty Meals

Egg ‘n’ toast, egg ‘n’ toast!

On Friday, I texted Luke about how hungry I was at work! He responded “Let’s meet at Torchy’s Tacos at 2 when you’re off!” … I started drooling immediately. We shared the Hillbilly Queso, and we both ordered two Trailer Park Tacos (TRASHY, OF COURSE!). The green chiles were especially delicious on them, and oh that perfectly fried chicken and dressing!

On Saturday night, I was exhausted from working at Express, and we were direly low on food, so I just gave in and asked Luke if he’d like pizza. I ordered two pizzas from Papa John’s – a custom with pepperoni, beef, mushroom, and black olive, and I wanted to try the BBQ meats one (although I added a few more veggies). And yes, I had more than one piece – the pic below was just my starter. 🙂 We *rarely* have pizza, y’all, band this was simply a last-ditch effort to have something easy for dinner.

(While waiting for the pizza, my kitty friend Calliope was wanting attention!)

Honeycrisp + PB

And, of course, one cannot live without a bite of sweet, gooey goodness. 🙂

Working Gal

One downside to working retail? Your feet hurt! I stupidly wore some heels that rubbed my toes and heels, thus creating dreaded blisters. It was AWFUL, y’all. I wore my Free People Laguna mules for a few days after the blister incident, and they allowed my poor heels to breathe … but soon I discovered that my damn toes were getting rubbed a bit too hard by the mules.

Desperate, I dug into my old shoe pile, armed with a pair of black socks. I figured that a sandal would be the best option for my blistered feet. SURPRISE! I discovered that, indeed, my practically unworn Kork-Ease platforms and my neglected white Anthropologie Sandro Rosi’s were just the ticket for my blisters. (And bonus, they make me 6’2″!)

Outfits and Fashion

Just a few What I Wore’s for ya …

And let’s face it, Express and Express Factory Outlet are having some *amazing* sales right now in preparation for Black Friday *ugh*- I snagged these two items for 40% off ~

The Side Stripe Fitted Ribbed Sheath Dress

Ornate Stone Earrings

More of my picks from Express include ~

Faux Fur Leopard Coat

The Cable Knit Split Back Pullover Sweater (SUPER CUTE with a bralette, I bought it in gray)

Faux Leather Leggings

The Ruffle Elastic Waist Wrap Dress (this runs a touch small)

And a personal favorite jean legging that I own and love is the High Waisted Perfect Jean Legging (and don’t worry, tall ladies, these jeans are long enough for me … if you’re 6’0″ and taller, you may need a size tall, but if you’re 5’10” to 5’11” like me, the regulars are a good length … one reason that I really love Express pants is that the regulars are long enough!)

And don’t forget about Eddie Bauer for sportswear and warm clothing – currently 40% off everything!

My picks from Eddie Bauer ~

The Women’s Microtherm 2.0 Stormdown Jacket

The Women’s Sandstone 2.0 Soft Shell Jacket (my fav color is Cinder)

The Women’s Movement Leggings

The Women’s Camp Fleece Sherpa Cardigan (perfect for lounging in style and comfort!)

And, of course, my personal favorite (I’m hinting for a Christmas or B-day gift, ha!) is the Women’s Trail Tight Leggings in Printed.

Now I don’t spend all of my earnings on clothing, ha! We have bills, just like the rest of the world. I’m just advertising what I think is fashionable and comfortable sold by the stores where I work. 🙂


~ Mandy