Oct 28, 2010

Feeling a little...I don't know...dead maybe?

I'm lost. I want to do this too. Just like Kendi. And no...I don't mean become a zombie. It's just that...this zombie girl I took a photo of a couple of weeks ago has the exact expression on her face of how I felt when I read Kendi's blog post.
I wonder how she can do it...how can she afford to quit her job and do the things that she has always wanted to do, just hasn't actually took the plunge until now? AND she is 5 years younger than me. Shouldn't I have had this worked out by now?? Shouldn't I be ahead of the game on this one?? The one glaring difference is I have a child...so I do have to make sure he is fed, watered and paid for. And the more important factor is that she has talent - she can write, she has a great blog, great outfit photos, has been in lookbooks and websites...Ok ok so she is like eons past me on doing what she wants and making it happen and looking good doing it. But THAT isn't the point. Of course I am jealous in all the good ways for sure!!!!! But sheesh I have got to figure out a way to get out of the corporate rat race that I find no creativity in whatsoever and get out and live life. I seem to forget about it for a while and go on with life, especially when I am busy with actual life, like moving or something and I don't think about it. Then I get reminded when I see someone doing some really awesome things. Hmm. I think I may have to come up with an actual solid plan. What? Yes. An actual plan with actual goals and a this thing called a timeline. Savings and paying things off. To where I can work at a job that pays a hell of a lot less because it is more creative, more interesting, more down right FUN to do. Fashion...photography...florist...shop owner...baker...candlestick maker...this is probably me whining and complaining about what I can't be. Exactly what Kendi said she couldn't do anymore.

Oct 23, 2010


Finally...back in the world of the living. Last week's cold was topped off with what was suppose to be a hour and a half trip down to Charlotte, NC for some training with work turned into a 5 hour ride back home. Horrid. My sweet sweet coworker drove us down and we sat through what seemed to be an utterly useless class of boring information that we actually had already heard in some of our earlier online training. So when our overly zealous teacher let us out at 4:00 we were all too eager to get on the road. Not more than 20 minutes on the highway we came upon some yucky traffic. While we were sitting, we got rear ended by an SUV. No one was hurt but it did put a dent on her brand new Chevy Camaro that she just bought 4 days before. Needless to say she was pretty frazzled. We waited forever for the highway patrol to show up as the traffic became worse and worse. Onstar sent us in circles trying to get us around the traffic. After much debate and several u-turns we found another route that her husband came up with over the phone while we were driving to what seemed to be no man's land. We made it home by 10pm. Being on the road for that long makes Jessica a cranky girl. I mean - I could've made it down to the beach in the 5 hours it took me to get home from the city that I hate to go to the most. Eck.
These little photos are some that I took about a week ago...back when I was feeling healthy and strong! I have a lingering stuffy nose but I am almost 100%...

Photos by me

Skirt: thrifted & hemmed
Cardi: Urban Outfitters
Tank: Avon
Tights: Target
Sandals: Kmart

Oct 21, 2010


Slowly scratching my way back to the surface after a second cold attacked me while we were on our festival weekend vacation. :( I didn't let it spoil my weekend, but it got worse on Monday when I got back to work. YUCK. I went to the doc because this is the 2nd cold for October and about the 10th cold for 2010. Not sure whats up...we talked about how my son just started preschool and how he could be bringing lots of new germs home. We talked about the possibility that maybe there was some sort of an attacking medieval germ living in my apartment that is preying upon my immune system. I told her that I was moving in 2 weeks so we are going to see if that might be the source. I have changed jobs within the past year so it might be getting used to new office germs too. WHO KNOWS! She said that if the new living quarters didn't help then we need to do some allergy testing. Yay! She also gave me a NetiPot which is AWESOME. I've heard about them but never got around to actually trying them. Now I am a firm believer after one try. Its definitely kind of weird and I got timid at first and actually pulled it out of my nose (ewwww!) and thought "Really?" is this it? But I forced myself to try it and it did make my sinuses a lot clearer.
Anyway! I will be back to outfits soon. As you can imagine, I have been wearing nothing but soft, warm and furry clothes while I am wallowing in the depths of sickness. I don't have an energy and I can't think in complete thoughts. Although, today I do feel better - I can see a ray of hope!
Thank you everyone for all your sweet comments - you guys are awesome! Back in action soon!

Oct 16, 2010

New House Decorating Dreams

Full on dreaming I tell ya. I am so excited about moving into our new house and having a blank slate to work with. Super excited.

most comfortable and beautiful pillows (via decor8)

design your own wallpaper (via apartment therapy)
sweet little framed vase! (via decor8)
relaxing Sunday afternoons... (via styleathome)
Organization makes me a happy girl!!! (via livingetc)
Iron beds... ♥ (via decor8)
creativity is what makes the world go round (via livingetc)

Oct 15, 2010

The Go-To for Sexy

Everyone here (except Mischa Barton) has me convinced that the Smoky-Cat-Eye is one trend that will never die. And that makes me a happy kitten.

Oct 14, 2010

Modcloth makes me want to learn the art of money laundering...

Oct 13, 2010

Packing before I start Packing

First of all, just wanted to say a quick thanks for all the wonderful comments that you guys leave!! I never thought my little blog would ever be something that anyone else would enjoy - much less receive such sweet comments as yours. You guys are great inspirations! :)

Sorry for the lack of posts - it's not because I'm not taking pictures! I went ahead and canceled my internet at home because I will be moving in 2 weeks. That means I have to grab some internet time when I'm over at the ol' bf's house but I've not been over there in a few days. Plus whatever computer time I have it is uploading pics from my brother's wedding last Sunday. Over 600 of them! I made photo cd's today until I thought I was going to turn into one. And NOW I am going camping all weekend at the Lake Eden Arts Festival. It is a weekend full of food, fun, tons(!) of music, performers, art, crafters, healing arts, classes, relaxation therapy, vendors, ziplines, boating, swimming (if you're crazy. There's snakes AND might I add that the water is freezing this time of year). This time I am taking my son, Riley. It won't be his first time camping but it will be his first time at LEAF. I am very excited because they have a whole section of the festival dedicated to the younger peeps. It's called LEAFlet Village and it is jam packed with kids stuff. That way the adults that aren't interested in that kind of thing or just get freaked about by kids, they don't have to even set foot in that part of the festival. If you're that freaked out by kids then us parents don't need you to be around them anyway, right? It's a win-win. I don't have my photos from the last LEAF I went to in May 2010 (they have 2 a year) but here are a few so that you get the gist....

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Anyway, I say all that to say that the outfit posts might be a little scant right now. I will try my little darnedest to get some up because I like to keep things fresh here. Don't like it stale - ya know?

As soon as I get 15 followers I am planning a giveaway. Don't know what the giveaway will be for...just yet but I will make sure its something that you would want! :)

See you later! Have a great Wednesday evening everyone

Oct 11, 2010

I'll take a double shot please sir

Let's exaggerate the animal print trend and wear two different kinds of them! Yeah woo. The scarf (the lonely little one I was talking about having since high school and he just keeps on sitting in my drawer until I find him again) and the tank were cat-calling out to each other for me to wear them together. I finally said OK OK! Chill. They clawed their way up and cuddled just like this. Ok fine - I will stop the cheesy animal references. This was fun and although I would have liked to wear it with skinny jeans, well...skinny jeans hate me. Because I'm what you call...umm...curvy? And why do I wear blood red with animal print? Habit. Or Animal Planet reruns. One or the other. Happy happy Monday.
Also gave the teased pulled back look a try. No bumpit. There for a hot minute I thought I was Snooki.

Photos by Brian - thanks babydoll cakes!

Top, tank, belt, watch: Thrifted
Jeans & Lace top: Family Dollar
Shoes: Target

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Oct 9, 2010

Fall Festivals and Stroller Adventures

My son and I went on a walk around the neighborhood and came upon a sweet little fall festival at one of the churches nearby. Clowns...magician...rummage sale (!)...bake sale...games....I love fall festivals!! Just needed a caramel apple and it would've been complete! This time of year is always so packed full of fun times that are simple and intimate. Riley reminded me that he didn't like clowns so that didn't go over so well but he actually found a new-to-him toy airplane that he fell in love with at the rummage sale. We've started to call it a "stroller adventure" when we take off from the house and see where we end up. Sometimes its the park, sometimes its the bakery, and sometimes its something as special as a church fall festival. Good times to be had by all! I have been itching to wear my lace up Minnetonka boots and this was the perfect day. A bit chilly when we started out and then it warmed up quite nicely. I dressed in layers so I could slowly shed my second skin while the air grew warmer. Enjoy the season! Winter is around the corner and winter and I are not friends!

Riley wanted to make a silly face for the camera :)
Photos by me

Top, belt & denim shirt underneath: Thrifted; Goodwill
Jeans: NY&Co
Boots: Minnetonka

Oct 5, 2010

Rainy Day Jumper

Stacey of Goodwill Huntingg made me look at my jumpsuit a little differently. I hadn't really thought about a way to style it for the fall but after seeing her wear her thrifted find with heel booties and a thick belt, I decided to give it a try too. I love the crazy pattern on this jumpsuit! Also, navy is so classic and I feel that helps ground this piece a little bit and keep it from being too obnoxious. My favorite go to cardigan for fall is my creme one with the lace back. It keeps it from being just a boring cardigan when you get the lace peek on the back. The rainy day flattened my hair to pieces, but it was good to get some rain. Hope you guys had a great Monday!

Photos by me

Jumpsuit: Thrifted; Goodwill
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Kohls ?
Boots: Restricted
Necklace: Thrifted, local resale shop