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Finally

Oh hai, Friday.  Thanks for all your comments on yesterday’s post.  I feel better knowing that I’m not the only one who suffers from Sorryitis.  Is it bad that knowing other people deal with the same problems always makes me feel better?  Don’t answer that.

So back to yay, Friday! commentary.  This was a 4 day week for me and it feels like it was 12.  I don’t know if it’s the looming winter months, or the fact that it’s dark before I make dinner, but I feel like the days have been dragging lately.  Either way, it’s finally Friday, some of my favorite ladies are coming over tonight for some wine, gossip and a nosh or two, and that my friends, makes me very happy.

You know what else makes me happy?

I got my red pants!


I know, fantastic quality picture, right?  Yeah it was early and I hate taking pictures of myself.  Just feels weird.  But if someone else has a camera, I am all up in that piece.  I’m a complex lady, people.

But it’s true.  My red pants and I have finally been united and I love them.  They’re a little big, but I figured it’s best not to have red pants painted on oneself, when one doesn’t have stick thin model legs, so slightly baggy it is.  Also they are from Forever 21 (as was the sweater jacket thing) and both were under $20.  Doin’ cheap work.

Oh and the shirt I’m wearing?  Greatest shirt ever.  Seriously.  Go buy one.  I might go buy a second third.  It’s the softest fabric I’ve ever touched, and has a super flattering fit, and there’s this really cute little button detail on the neckline.  It’s from Banana Republic and I think you have to find them in the store because I couldn’t find one online.  (Similar here.)

So yeah, I clearly broke down and finally made a few purchases in the last few weeks, but I deserve it, and I’m not slurpies about it.   So with that, I wish you all a wonderful long relaxing weekend.  Mac concurs and sends lots of puppy kisses.  I suppose I will share them.


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Currently Obsessing Over…

One of my favorite things to do when I read magazines is meticulously comb through the pages of recommendations for the best beauty products. (Confession: I am a self-admitted beauty product whore.) When I was younger, I had no less than 2 Caboodles fully stocked at all times with hundreds of creams, shadows, lip glosses and mascaras. Granted they were all mostly Wet’n’Wild brand or Bonne Bell, but nonetheless, they were plentiful. My Caboodles runneth over.

Since my early days of cheap beauty product hoarding, I’ve since raised the bar on quality, and more importantly, gotten (somewhat of) a grasp on quantity. I still fall victim to the occasional ZOMGYOUMUSTTRYTHIS recommendation along with the “It’s Gift Time!” promotions at the expensive makeup counters in the mall, but for the most part it’s under control. However, there have been a few new introductions into my regimen lately that I am really loving, so in an effort to take you all down with me, I thought I’d share. I know, I’m very generous.

Let’s begin.

1. The perfect eye shadow. I’ve become much more of a minimalist in the last year when it comes to makeup. For a few reasons. A. I’m lazy and I’d rather sleep in 10 minutes longer in the morning. B. My lunchtime gym routine has me looking a hot mess by 1pm, anyways. And C. I just find it an overall more attractive look. For me. (Just my opinion.) So in exchange for my bright purples and rich charcoal browns I used to slather across my sleepy eyelids every morning, I’ve opted for more muted tones as of late. This one below is great because it not only adds just the right amount of shimmer, but it’s also really versatile, and I think would look great on any skin tone.

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe (Source)
Price: < $4

2. Much-needed hairapy. If you are anything like me, your hair has been through the ringer. Highlights, heat (my God, the heat!), flattening irons and tightly wound rubber bands are all contributing factors. It’s a miracle I even have any hair. Thankfully I do, but what I’ve got is certainly damaged and desperately in need of some TLC. So after my 20th time hearing about Moroccan oil and it’s magical healing powers, I decided to test it out for myself. And although I’ve only used it a few times, I love it. I can already see that my hair looks shinier and healthier, and it cut the air-dry frizz I’m normally left with in half. And it was only sale at Giant for only $4.99. Holler.

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil (source)
Price: < $5 on sale

3. Stay Put Polish. I used to only paint my nails for special occasions. Like my wedding. Or my birthday. Or any other day that would involve celebrating me. (Which in my personal opinion should be every day. But whatever.) Why? Because much like Hollywood marriages, manicures never last. But when I saw some of the fun colors from Sally Hansen earlier this summer, I couldn’t resist, and I bought 4 of them. And to my complete shock… they lasted. For like a week, no less! And I mean, they lasted. Through kickboxing, dish-washing, nail biting (I’m working on it), all of it. Best of all, the colors are fun and bold, which if you’ve been reading your fashion mags, is right on trend. It’s like a party for your hands.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away! (Source)
Price: < $3

4. Tool time. I love when my hair is curly… but I hate curling it. It takes forever, my arms fall asleep, half of my hair looks like a poodle while random sections get missed, causing me to look like a cracked out Sorority sister. It’s never a good time. But a few years ago, I learned that by holding the hair around the barrel, you get a more natural curl. It takes less time, and you don’t end up looking like you got a bad spiral perm. So After a few months of wondering about this fabulous little contraption below, I saw it on Amy‘s blog and I decided it had to be mine. A short trip to Target later and it was official: I was in love*.

Conair Infiniti You Curl (Source) Price: around $29.99

ooohhh...curly....

*Let me know if you want a quick how-to on using this thing. It’s easy, I promise!

So there you have it. 4 wonderful SSH approved beauty products that are currently sitting atop my bathroom counter. And all pretty affordable, which is even better. See? Saving money can be fun. Now if only Sephora would stop sending me so many emails…

What are your current favorites? Oh Lord, I might have to break out the Caboodle again…


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Crafts and Drafts

So I will start with a mid-week update on my efforts to turn my sloth-like lifestyle around:  so far so good.  Food-wise, I’ve been sticking to big veggie-loaded salads with lean proteins and hearty soups, and I’m avoiding evil mindless snacking, and of course, the booze.   (I’ve got another delicious soup recipe coming for you tomorrow, stay tuned.)

To my pleasant surprise, I had one of those really kick-ass workouts last night where you feel like you could just keep going forever (very rare occasion for me).  I did 30 minutes on the arc machine followed by 15 minutes on the stair climber, and I even banged out a bunch of strength training afterwards.  I started with squats with a 15lb body bar (3 sets of 8, pulsed for 3 sets of 8), squats on the bosu ball while holding an 8lb medicine ball (3 sets of 8, pulsed for 3 sets of 8), reverse lunges (3 sets of 8, pulsed for 3 sets of 8), wall-sits with an 8lb medicine ball (held 3 times for 30 seconds), and burpees with the bosu ball (3 sets of 8, held plank for 30 seconds in between sets).  And then I died.  But only momentarily.

Today should be super fun for me and my legs.

Speaking of super fun things…

pumpkin

Meet my new best friend.  Tommy Knocker Pumpkin Ale.  It was everything I dreamed of and more.  (I’m no beer professional, so I’ll give you my amateur but honest opinion.) Not too heavy, but filling enough that I probably could only drink 2 at most.  The best part is the smooth finish which is a rich natural pumpkin flavor with a touch of spice.  It was $5 for a 16oz draft at a local bar (Brewhouse Grille), and worth every penny.

Another delicious beverage I encountered this weekend was Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier.

sam adams

This was my first experience with a fruit beer.  I’d been wanting to try one forever, but I’m glad this was my first.  Very refreshing with a pretty strong fruit flavor, but not overpowering.  I definitely see a 6-pack of these in my future.  Not too near future… you know cutting out the booze during the week and all.

And now for the crafty portion of today’s program. I present to you…  the Halloween Ribbon Wreath:

wreath

I have to give credit to the lovely Kelly for this one.  I completely jacked the idea from her, but let me tell you, girlfriend wasn’t kidding when she said it takes a while.

wreath two

So. Much. Ribbon.  I showed it to my Mom (via text) and when she said, “I’d like to put my order in for one!” Words were mumbled that I’m glad she wasn’t able to hear.  Imma’ need a break from this little guy for a while.  Perhaps the rest of my life.  If you have the patience though, I definitely recommend making one.  It did turn out pretty adorable, right?

So how are those of you who decided to join me in “getting back on track” doing ?  Feel free to use me for support, I’m really good at yelling at people and using guilt as a weapon.

What…? At least I can admit it.  Happy hump day friends!

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