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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚


~ Mandy


Puppy + Patience

Hey guys, and Happy Tuesday!

Let’s talk about puppies and patience.

Obviously puppies needs *lots* of patience from their owners – potty training, accidents, chewing, nipping, early mornings, etc. Serina is certainly no exception, although at times it’s hard not to get frustrated, I’m the first to admit. Does this mean she’s a bad puppy? Absolutely not! She’s only been alive for 7 weeks and is sooo very new to the big ol’ world! Saying “off” and “no” are just part of the process – did you know that it can take puppies 4-6 months or longer to become potty trained? Yes, it’s true! (And can I get an “amen” for concrete floors in the apartment – they make cleaning up SO much easier than on carpet, tile, or wood.)

Serina is a giant reminder to exercise patience and grace … just as I should with myself, as I learned in residential this summer! I’ve had a terrible cold to boot, so it’s been difficult to be patient and practice grace at times with her, especially when I’m literally feeling like the walking dead. But the joy I feel from her in my life FAR outweighs any rough moments, and I gotta admit, she is an amazing cuddle buddy for when I’m feeling especially icky! (And thankfully, I work on Friday and Saturday this week, so I have plenty of time to recover before heading out into the world again.)

Onto my eats for the day!

For breakfast, I fried two eggs, toasted a slice of bread and spread it with butter … I topped my eggs with black bean and corn salsa, and cut up a few cherry tomatoes as a side. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yummy and just about right for a girl with a cold and little appetite.

Soon after breakfast, I proceeded to have a mini-panic attack, boo. It subsided about an hour later. I put puppy in bed with Luke to hang while it happened, and thankfully they both slept through it. (Yes, that lump below is my sleeping man!)

By about 1:00 p.m. I was over my attack, thank goodness! And around 2, I was definitely hungry for a real lunch, so I make a sandwich (turkey, pepper jack cheese, spinach, whole wheat bread, ranch) and sliced up a small Honeycrisp apple and added a dab of PB.

I made my usual snack of carrots, salsa, and ranch dressing around 5 after a long nap with the pup, and I drank some Earl Gray tea – tea is my life when I’m sick.

Dinner was a nice big chicken salad with chicken breast, tomatoes, bleu cheese, pepper jack cheese, spinach, ranch, and of course some salsa. ๐Ÿ™‚ I topped it all with a fried egg.

After dinner, I took Serina for a nice walk, probably the longest one she’s ever been on in her little life, to work out some of that puppy energy! It did the trick, and I enjoyed taking her out! I foresee long walks in our future.

Now we’re off to rest after that long walk!