Happy March! The husband and I had a super fun date night last week. Since that seems to be the only time I get dressed up I thought I would snap a few photos. Hey, look, These were shot with my cell phone! I don't even bother with the big Canon camera anymore!
These days, THIS is dressed up! Ha! We were headed out to a business dinner, that we actually weren't able to make because our babysitter fell through. Before I traded this outfit for slippers and a robe I though...why waste a great outfit? Take blog photos!
Rocking my new Triple Decker Gold Keds that I got for Christmas! I love them. They are so comfy but have a little bit of height on them. Cause this 5'4" shorty loves to be a little taller sometimes without having to wear heels!
Now, ya'll, this is a Michael Kors leather jacket that I got for $4.20! I got it at my favorite consignment store; Etc Consignment. It was originally priced at $60 but was on sale. I then had money on my account from selling some of my own clothes. I ALSO got 10% off for using my seller money in store. In the end, I paid under $5 for a jacket that cost over $100 brand new. Gotta love that clothing recycling circle!
My new gold sneakers that I got for Christmas are just the thing I needed to complete my casual outfits. Honestly, I just don't wear the high heels that I used to when I worked in the corporate world. These are the Triple Deckers which are basically a wee bit higher sole than a regular sneaker.
I've written about my favorite podcasts before but today's post is strictly about those that stick to one topic - pop culture! Let's face it, I'm all about keeping up with what's going on in the celebrity world and I love it when someone else can break it down for me in an entertaining way. I would like to say I am in training for becoming an unbeatable pop culture trivia contestant but really, I'm just doing it for fun and as a way to decompress. They're great during a workout or grocery shopping. Hey, I always have my earbuds in when I'm grocery shopping because I hate it so much! A good, juicy podcast makes it bearable!
Here are a few juicy, NSFW, pop culture podcasts that will help you not take life too seriously. Probably shouldn't let your kids listen though :)
(I use the Overcast app to organize all of my podcasts but you can find all of these on Itunes!)
Now this one is dedicated to making fun of everything that is Bravo. Ronnie and Ben recap some of the most popular shows on the Bravo network like all of the Real Housewives, Top Chef and Below Deck. These guys give me life! Most of the time, these podcasts are just as good if not better than the actual show! Be ready for some silliness, awesome impressions, lots of laughter and hilariousness.
Perez gets a bad wrap for his reputation for being pretty snarky in the past. He has a website dedicated to everything celebrity, music and hot topics. I really have never followed him much before finding this podcast other than the occasional scandal that warranted a juicy google search. I love this podcast though! He has a cohost, Booker, who doesn't let Perez get away with too much and keeps him in check. The back and forth between the two are what makes the show. They talk about music, celebrities, politics, anything that is in the news that isn't a snooze fest. LOVE IT. This is a good way to get caught up with pop culture all in about 30 minutes. You will have just enough tidbits of hot topics for a good conversation starter!
Heather is a comic and a former writer on Chelsea Lately. Each episode she talks about what's happening on the latest Real Housewives episode (not a full recap like Watch What Crappens), the drama in her own life (she has a series called Serial Sister dedicated to how insane her sister is), and what her comedian friends are doing. There is really nothing Heather won't talk about. O.J., Jon Benet Ramsey, the Kardashians (she's friends with Kris). She usually has some pretty good guests on too. I've listened to the Tamara Judge interview, Kelly Dodd interview and several others that were super juicy. She really goes in for the inside scoop!
Bobby and Lindsey discuss everything that is celebrities-that-no-one-knows. Their tagline is "Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don't." These two keep it short and sweet and answer all of your questions for those no-name people in Hollywood that you know nothing about but hear their names from time to time. They are like pop culture detectives!
Brendan and Dan talk about all of their favorite reality shows including RuPaul's Drag Race. They also gab about news topics, celebrity scandal, Real Housewives, and all the hot gossip. They spill the tea! You can count on these two guys to give you the scoop.
Please share with me if you have a favorite one too so I can add it to my list!
You guys!!! I made this top! I finally checked an item off of my bucket list!
Learn how to sew.
I took a class at our local community college and six weeks later I walked out with this cute, flowy tunic top. We met every Tuesday and worked off a pattern that the instructor gave us. She had about 4 patterns to chose from and this pattern was the most like me. She chose patterns that were beginner, easy and quick. I did chose a difficult fabric but I thought, if I'm taking the time to make a top then I want it to be the closest to what I would wear for REAL.
I had thought that when I was finished I would maybe dye it a mint green because I have another top that is similar colors. But in the end, I decided to keep it black and white. Maybe I will dye the other one mint green! I think I just couldn't stand the thought of screwing it up after all that work!
It may not have been the pattern I would've chose if I could make anything I wanted, but, I am very happy that I have a dressy top that covers my booty when I'm wearing leggings.
I think it would look great with a pair of high heeled black boots and a blazer for winter.
I chose the "C" option. I also chose not to use two different fabrics. I figured I had enough on my plate without adding any more complications to it. Maybe next time! I would like to try either "A" or "D" for summer in a very airy crochet or lace.
Top: Simplicity pattern 8052, Fabric from JoAnn Fabrics