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


One Sexy Dress

When your husband exclaims enthusiastically that “YOU’RE SEXY,” you know you’re wearing an AWESOME dress.

I bought the Anthropologie Gitana Tiered Dress by Azulu for $59 … and it was originally in the high $250’s. I fell in love with the girly play on camo, and I wanted to give it a try … and it’s A SCORE. I bought the size 6, and it fits more like a size 4 – PERFECT.

Anthropologie and I have a complicated relationship, y’all. I am a fan of some of their pieces, obvi, and I LOVE the brand Saturday Sunday (plus it’s on the cheaper end of Anthro). I used to wear exclusively Anthropologie, but now with Luke in school, Anthropologie is a TREAT, not a NECESSITY for my wardrobe. I wait for the sale to go on extra sale, and then I strike … that’s what happened with this dress!

I styled the dress with Keds Ace Sneakers … I bought these suckers from Anthro at full price because I needed some sneakers for residential treatment, and these are absolutely comfortable. I am picky about shoes, so buying them online is very hit or miss, but these were happily a HIT.

Side view! (YES, my husband is in the bathtub behind me, HAHA!)

It is SO amazing to feel sexy, powerful, and strong! I’m so thankful for ED recovery … it’s truly fantastic to feel comfortable in my own body. 🙂

Currently am waiting on ~

Anthropologie Striped Colorblock Dress

Modcloth Across Town Shorts in Black and Black Spots

Modcloth Planetary Proclamations Graphic Tee

Free People With You Crop Long Sleeve Top

Modcloth From Star to Finish Oversized Cardigan

Free People Laguna Mule

Free People One Adella Bralette in Nude

Free People Know You Crop Top

I’ll review these items once they arrive!


~ Mandy