Monday, April 29, 2013

Namesake Polish: Drew


Julep 'Drew' is by far my absolute favorite nail polish, and has become my go-to polish when I can't decide on a color.  I know for a fact it's for sentimental reasons as it's my husband's name, but the color has grown on me too. I did laugh that the only 'Amy' polish I have is blue, and the 'Drew' polish is pink, opposites for us!



This color is absolutely impossible to photograph accurately, even using my trusty iphone.  Julep describes Drew as a "fabulous fuchsia cream," but there are hints of orange in it, I don't see it as a true fuchsia. It's currently out of stock, so I am assuming it's a popular color!




I've gone through half the bottle since February, and considering it's out of stock, I need to cool my jets and start using some of my other colors!

Hope you had a great weekend, happy Monday to you!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thirty: Over The Hill



Thirty. 30. Oh my god I’m going to be 30. I have less than a month before I leave my 20’s behind me and become old. Isn’t 30 like the beginning of the end? I remember when I thought 26 was old- when I was 19 and dating a 26 year old. Obviously I am struggling with this milestone birthday, which is only slightly made better with gifts. Slightly.

About a year ago I came across an article on Huffington post about 30 things woman “should have and should know” by the time they turn 30. The article was actually from Glamour magazine in 1997, later to become a book after it went viral. I have said book on my nook unread by the way. You can see the Huffington Post article here 

By 30, you should have ...

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
 

By 30, you should know ...

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30

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So, how do you stack up? I would definitely say I’m 30 for 30, even if I don’t think some of these are actually that important by 30. 

When I think of what I accomplished in my 20’s, and the goals I have for my 30’s, I can sleep at night, I can look forward to the days to come, even if I can no longer “relate” to the style posts in People StyleWatch divided up by 20’s, 30’s, and the grave. Haha, just kidding.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think



 
 
I know I'm a bit late to this, but I wanted to share this with you regardless. A friend of mine posted this on her Facebook wall, and I happened to see it right before going out to dinner with new coworkers. Tears and all. I would say they probably thought I was nuts, but I'm sure they had already come to that conclusion and didn't expect anything else.
 
"We spend a lot of time as women analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren't quite right, and we should spend more time appreciating the things we do like."
 
You are more beautiful than you think.
 


Monday, April 22, 2013

You're Such a Budapest


'You're Such a Budapest' and 'Polka.com' are both from the 2013 OPI Euro Centrale collection, consequently 2 of my 3 favorites from the collection.  I have actually made a few trips to Ulta and other OPI retailers looking for Budapest, and lucked out this past weekend on an impromptu trip to Ulta. And by impromptu I mean I was at Old Navy, right next door to Ulta, and couldn't waste a trip to the mall without going to Ulta, I mean seriously!


 

Don't you just love how the colors bounce off my husband's ratty old Nike sweatshirt that I have commandeered? He's had this Nike sweatshirt for over 10 years and it's seen better days, but I love it and refuse to give it back to him. It's been washed so many times the chocolate brown is fading in spots, the word Nike is barely legible on the front, the hood is practically hanging on by a thread, and you can't put anything in the pocket due to the gaping hole. And I love it.




My favorite musical by far is My Fair Lady, and every time I think of this nail polish I think of this song, 'You Did It,' with the line about the hairy man from Budapest. I've had this song in my head for hours now:


Earth Day

 
I have decided to begin talking about Sustainability a little more here on my blog, and I don't think there's a better time to start than Earth Day. Believe me, you don't have to be the granola, tree hugging stereotype to be more sustainable, just start with baby steps: turn out the light when you leave the room, recycle your soda bottles, or just plant a tabletop garden. Sustainability is sexy!
 
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Around These Parts


So yeah, I wrote this whole post about the future of my blog and then posted nothing for a week. My bad. I figured I'd catch up what's going on around these parts with a personal blurb today.

Since we moved into our home in 2009, we have planted 15-16 fruit trees, with 2 more sitting on our deck yet to be planted.  The above pictures are the blooms and buds on the trees sitting on our deck. When I looked out my window this morning, I was taken back at the beauty of them, as well as the symbolism of spring: changes, transformations, etc.  It's amazing to think of these trees over the winter- they were large sticks in pots of dirt. Yet every year they come back and bear fruit. It's just amazing. Here is a picture of one of our pear trees blooming:


I like to think that I am contributing to the green effort by planting more trees, plus I'm already planning the recipes I'll be making when these bear fruit. A late frost last year killed the (crop,) but the year before we had more pears than we knew what to do with. I did make this Pear Almond Torte for book club and it was delicious!

I got home late last night after spending the week in Milwaukee for work, and am ready to start my weekend. A few hours left of work and I will be lounging on the couch holding my husband's hand watching movies. I cannot wait.

Although I work from home, it was really nice to be back in an office environment, even if I accomplished little to no work. I was able to meet some of my coworkers face to face, and meet 9 new ones! I didn't see as much of Milwaukee as I would have liked, but was able to get out 2 nights for dinner, including a trip to the Safe House. The locals know of this place, a restaurant that requires a password to enter, those not knowing the password (word for word as I found out) are subject to ridicule and humiliation. It is all in good fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

On the home front, our washer died about 2-3 months ago, and I am just getting a new one delivered and installed today. I can't even begin to tell you how much joy this brings me.  Before I met and married my husband (and bought our first home,) I have lived in apartments since I was 19.  Let's just say I haven't had to worry about not having a washer and dryer since 2002.  I have been driving to my in-laws, but I have run out of clean sheets and towels. Let's just say I will be playing laundry maid all weekend. And I'm excited.

Other than that, not much going on. I lead a really exciting life, can't you tell?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Future Of My Blog


I have been thinking about the future of my blog for awhile now, and wanted to share with you some things I have been considering. This blog has become so much more than a hobby to me, and I want to continue with it, I have just run out of steam. I've become bored with what I've been posting- I want to branch out, but where do I start?  I know more of what I don't want it to be more than what I do want.

Lifestyle 

I like to think of my blog as a ‘topical’ blog, but is it too impersonal? I try not to overshare on here, but I've found that maybe sharing more about myself would be a good thing. I've found that I get the most interaction when I'm real about things, my struggles, my life, etc. I don't share much almost out of fear of rejection as silly as that sounds.  The funniest part of that is I have found more friends through blogging than any other area of my life, I finally found women just like me- fabulous, intelligent, stylish, humorous women that actually like me! I've always had difficulty finding friends, but I finally realized it's not me, but the women I was trying to be friends with. I have never felt as accepted as I have as a blogger!

Topical 

As much as I love my manicure posts, I've become bored with them. I have lost the initiative to come up with new manicures- I've noticed that I've been posting mainly my monthly polishes from Julep for example, and not coming up with anything new. I tried to find excuses for this, but it’s simply a lack of motivation.  A large contributor to the lower number of creative manicure posts has been returning to work full time- ugh, it takes away from my free time and hobbies! That being said, I need to manage my time off more wisely, and dive back into what makes me happy.


I love to cook and bake, but that too has been lacking. I have been experimenting with freezer-crockpot meals which I know you would love; I just hate the quality of pictures I take, so I don’t take them at all.  This is ridiculous, and if I budgeted some time into learning to use my camera, this would be different. The fact that I only cook for my husband and I has taken a toll on my creativity as well.  We’re pretty much alone here; we don’t have friends or family in the area, so dinners are him and I in front of the television.  I’m also afraid I’m boring you with too many breakfast and chicken recipes- but that’s pretty much the extent of what we eat! A perfectly good example- I had a bowl of cereal for dinner last night, and tonight I had Cadbury Mini Eggs, fabulous right?

Future

I have so many ideas floating in my head, but lack the motivation to pursue them. I struggle with depression at times, and there are days I have just enough initiative to get out of bed and work, let alone pretend to be positive and creative for the blog. I’ll talk more on this in the future, I am not ready to share this quite yet. I am sorry for the Facebook-vagueness of it, I will explain, I promise!

On a positive note, here are some ideas I’ve had for future posts, tell me what you think:

-Chubby Girl Fitness: I’ve found it’s difficult to start a workout routine when you’re out of shape and/or overweight- you don’t know where to start, you get overwhelmed, you give up. Or maybe that’s just me?




-Saw, Pinned, Conquered: Continue sharing my Pinterest successes and maybe failures with you

-Hair: I get quite bored with my hair and frankly consider cutting it quite often. I’ve given myself a month (until my 30th birthday) to experiment with it and enjoy it as it is, and I’d love to start sharing with you.

-Fashion: I’d love to continue and improve my OOTD posts in an effort to embrace my body as it is, and to show that plus size doesn’t have to be frumpy.



-Eating Clean: This is something I want to do more of, and would love to share tasty, healthy and most importantly clean recipes with you.

-Green is the new Pink: My degree is actually in Sustainable Business, and that goes far beyond the recycling and solar I talk about so often. I’d love to start talking about sustainability, what it means, and how even a small effort on our parts could make a big difference.

-Pretty Perfection: I started these posts at a dark time in my life, where I was surrounded by depression, anxiety, and a deep sense of sadness. I needed these beautiful things to be a pick me up, does that make sense? Seriously, I live in the country, ok? Every once in a while I want to look at glamorous and pretty things!

-Basic Photography: I am completely clueless when it comes to my dslr. Seriously. I don’t know what any of the terminology means, let alone how to take a decent picture. I’m considering literally starting from scratch, and sharing with you what I learn.

-Blogging Networking: I'd love to start networking and sharing blogger profiles- let's get to know each other!

That being said, I am open to feedback! Is there anything you’d like me to start sharing more of on here? I am looking for my motivation, for a breath of fresh air…I would love to hear from you!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's In My Purse?


I've done this post before, but I am seriously nosy and love these kinds of posts, so why not do it again? Plus, I change out bags, wallets, and accessories pretty frequently, so it's pretty much different anyways.

I don't go many places, so I don't carry a purse much anymore. When I need to run for an errand, I'll grab just my wallet in which my phone fits perfectly, and be on my way. I had been watching this bag at Target for easily 2 months, and finally made the purchase Easter weekend. I love the shape of the bag, and the coral color just pops. Now to find somewhere to go so I can show it off? For now it looks great on top of my shelves in my office.

The cosmetic bag was free with Target beauty samples, I picked up the sunglasses on Amazon, and the wallet was a find at TJMaxx.


I'm a huge lipgloss/stick/balm fan, with these as my current favorites: YSL Cool Guava, Pixi Magic Tint, and an elf lip balm (colorless) that I picked up at Target on Clearance for a little over $1.


Above are the other essentials in my purse: my iphone (case: Tech Candy,) iPad (case: Target,) Starbucks coffee sleeve, and charger. Can you tell I like pink and rose gold?

I am linking up over at Pink on the Cheek, go be nosy with me and see inside everyone's purse!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Speckled Gold Eggs


How was your Easter? Mine was pretty much perfect- just my husband and I, a homemade pizza, and old movies on Netflix. We've had a pretty rough year, and as a result have decided to boycott holidays this year.  Christmas was a flop, and Easter was too. And that's ok. We have each other, that's all that matters to us. 


My favorite Easter candy is definitely Cadbury eggs- both the original cream eggs and the mini's...seriously good stuff.  The mini eggs are what gave me the idea for this manicure, speckled eggs.  And how do you make a speckled egg more fabulous? Use a gold leaf topcoat for a gold speckled egg!


To achieve this manicure, I used 2 coats of Julep 'Shenae' and 2 coats of OPI 'Man With a Golden Gun.' I don't know if it was just my bottle, but Shenae was goopy and not the usually smooth formula of Julep and I regret breaking the seal.


This manicure didn't last long this weekend, cleaning out closets and painting bathrooms doesn't do much for manicures.

Hope you have a great week!
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