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Romper Madness

You guys, I’m afraid the unthinkable has happened: I want to buy a romper.

The first time I saw somebody wearing a romper in the wild, I remember thinking that there was NO WAY that they would ever catch on as a trend. (Although to be fair, I remember having a heated discussion with a high school classmate about how nobody would ever replace all of their VHS tapes with DVDs, so it appears that my trend prediction skills are not great.)

Anyway, rompers. My head says that they’ll probably give me saggy-diaper-butt and I’ll have trouble finding one to fit my pear-shaped body and do I really want to jump on a trend that requires you to distinguish between “toddler” and “women’s” when you search online? But my heart says, “look how pretty!”

I think this one is cute too, although I’m alarmed that it is giving the model a serious case of pancake ass, when she is literally a professional nice-ass-haver:

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Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 8.41.11 AMDave is totally making this face right now:

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I think I might test my romper love with an inexpensive, simple version from Forever 21 (perhaps this one). That way if I wind up feeling like a 5’5 toddler when I put it on, I’m only out $17.

Tell me your thoughts about rompers: Do you wear them? Do you have a favorite romper that you wear every weekend that you want to tell me about? Should I run away screaming and pretend this post never happened?

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Oh Hey There

Things I did last week instead of blogging:

Worked, a lot.

Last week was a big one for my staff. We hosted our first event, participated in a two-day technical training for our grant project, and I started writing my very first grant application(!). I was kind of nervous when I woke up on Monday morning, but everything went perfectly. Someday I will learn that worrying is a big fat waste of my time. Just kidding, I totally won’t.

Scored this kickass mid-century sideboard.

Sideboard

A couple in my town started up an online auction last year, and mostly I just look at it and laugh at all the crap people are trying to get actual money for. Thirty dusty seed packets from 1992. A cast iron pot missing its lid. A pile of filthy boards titled, “Rustic Barrel Project: You Assemble.” But every once in a while I come across something awesome, like that sideboard up there, for which I paid a grand total of $43. The auctioneer says it’s from the ’40s, and it still has the original tags on the inside of the top drawer. Now comes the fun part: styling it. I’m thinking a cool lamp (like this or this), some pretty framed prints (I love this), and a few decorative accents will  make all the difference. (If you listen really hard, you will probably be able to hear Dave’s eyes rolling in their sockets the second he reads the phrase “decorative accents.”) I was thinking about painting it like this, but it’s so pretty as-is that I think I’ll leave it alone for now.

Reading.

Confession: I’m kind of a book snob. If you tell me you like, say, Nicholas Sparks, I will not necessarily write you off as a terrible person, but I will definitely question your judgment.

Nicholas Sparks

I’ve always kind of lumped Stephen King into the “overrated” category, probably because of his mass appeal, but I picked up “The Stand” a few weeks ago and SOMEBODY SEND HELP BECAUSE I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN. It’s so good, and now I’m totally kicking myself for waiting 30 years to pick up a Stephen King book. I only have a few chapters left, so I’m trying to line up what to read next – please let me know if you have suggestions. (Unless you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan.)

Shopping.

I was perusing the Anthropologie sales section this week and discovered this dress, which I obviously need to own because polka dots:

Maeve Orange Dot Dress

Only I went to order it, and they didn’t have any left in my size. After some sleuthing I was able to find it in my size on eBay for only slightly more than the sale price on Anthro’s site. Between this dress and the sideboard, I’d say last week was one of the better shopping weeks of my life.

I was going to wrap this post up with an eloquent ending, but Dave just turned on a Lifetime movie about stalking, and I’m powerless before terrible actors pretending to commit crimes. Happy Tuesday!

Best Buys of 2014

Best Buys of 2014So, I did quite a bit of shopping in 2014. I know, shocking. Below are some of my favorite purchases of the year, with links so that you can buy them too. So really, you might say that all that shopping was a selfless act to benefit my blog readers. YOU’RE WELCOME. (Heads up: some of these are affiliate links, so Google the product name instead if that bugs you!)

1. Old Navy The Rockstar Mid-Rise Super Skinny Black Jeans

Black skinny jeansConfession: I used to be super snobby about Old Navy jeans. I tried to love them back in 2006 when I was a poor college student, but even the super affordable price tag didn’t make up for the frumpy fit and cheap quality. Fast forward to a few months ago: I was hanging out with my sister, and she was wearing some really cute black skinnies. I asked where she got them, and she told me Old Navy. Naturally, I had to try some on, and I was sold – the slight stretch makes them super comfortable, and the mid-rise allows me to eat as much cheese dip as I want with nary a muffin top in sight. Good on you, Old Navy.

2. LOFT French Terry Zip Sweatshirt Jacket

Loft jacketThis jacket is magical – you look pulled together, but feel like you’re wearing a sweatshirt. (So basically it’s a work-appropriate version of Pajama Jeans.) On the weekends I often wear it with the black skinnies mentioned above, and on weekdays I’ll  throw it over my work dresses instead of a blazer. Boom. Stylish, easy, and comfortable.

3. Rogue Creamery Oregon Blue Cheese

Oregon Blue2014 will go down in history as the year I learned to like blue cheese. I’ve always thought I hated the stuff, and it wasn’t until I tried Rogue Creamery’s Oregon Blue that I realized not all blue cheese has to taste like crusty gym socks. Go figure. This stuff is super mild and buttery, and every time I’m at the creamery I pretty much eat an entire wheel in free samples. I’m honestly kind of shocked that they haven’t posted my picture with a DO NOT SERVE sign behind the counter.

4. Threshold Seersucker Comforter Set

White comforterI love me some crisp, white bedding, and I looked at comforters for months before settling on this set from Target. Between my habit of drinking coffee in bed and the fact that the cat likes to be all up in our grills when we’re sleeping, I was kind of afraid that it wouldn’t hold up well. Turns out, it washes up nicely and still looks nice and new almost a year later. Plus, it’s currently on sale for 30% off!

5. Converse ‘Shoreline’ Sneakers

Converse ShorelineI’ve been a lifelong lover of Converse, and the new Shorelines are the best. It’s amazing how some slight modifications make them so much better – I used to avoid wearing mine with crops or skirts due to the dreaded clown-feet look, but these look awesome with both. They’re the perfect classic, casual sneaker and I think everyone should have at least one pair.

6. Anthropologie Inside Out Bowls

Anthro bowlsI have several of these scattered throughout the house to catch all the clutter that randomly accumulates throughout the day: car keys, earrings, bobby pins, etc. I suppose it would be cheaper to just stop being a slob, but then I wouldn’t have an excuse to keep buying cute little bowls.

7. Slow Cooker Liners

Slow cooker linersMaybe everyone else already knows about these and I was the last person to find out, but OH MY GOD, do they make life easier if you use a Crock Pot often.

8. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color

Insta DriI have a really hard time sitting still while waiting for my nails to dry, so I picked up a bottle of this stuff at Rite Aid one day on a whim. This is now my new favorite polish; I even like it better than Essie (gasp!). It dries within a minute, and I never get those little air bubbles that always seem to form when I do my nails at home.

9. Elephant Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener

Elephant Bottle OpenerNo beer-lover’s home is complete without a wall-mounted bottle opener, and this whimsical little elephant makes me feel a little less bad about cracking open a second bottle on a weeknight.

10. Sugar Paper 2015 Daily Planner

Sugar Paper PlannerFor years I’ve used my Google Calendar to run my life, but I forgot how good it feels to cross things off a list. This sucker is big (8.5×11″), which means you have plenty of space to lay out your daily tasks. Plus, it’s pretty.

My wish list for 2015 involves some bigger ticket items – a new dining set and landscaping, for starters – so my plan is to nix the impulse buys a bit this year. What’s your favorite thing you bought in 2014?

Really Lazy Sunday

After feeling super lazy and sluggish last week (I blame the rain, and also the very essence of my being), I woke up on Sunday full of energy and ready to Get! Shit! Done!

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It was like this, except without the Flowbie haircut.

After going grocery shopping and getting some work done, I made the mistake of turning on Breaking Bad and then proceeded to watch 13 EPISODES. So let’s see … that’s one, two, three, four, NINE hours of TV in one day. I could almost feel my muscles atrophy as I sat there, yet I COULD NOT STOP WATCHING.

Note: If you have not seen Breaking Bad and plan to watch it, you should skip the next paragraph.

Prior to yesterday, I had only seen the first season. I was bragging to Dave about how I  successfully avoided spoilers last year when everyone was talking about the finale, and then he was all, “But you know that he dies, right?”

On a happier note, I ordered this sweater from LOFT during their Presidents’ Day sale, and it is awesome (and also currently 40% off!):

Sweater

That is the cat’s stuffed dog on the floor behind me, not a dead rat.

I also ordered this dress, but thanks to my dumb short waist it will need some alterations before I post a picture.

How was your weekend?

What to Wear on Valentine’s Day

So, confession: I kind of love Valentine’s Day. Not in the, “I’ll pout if my boyfriend doesn’t buy me a 10-lb. box of See’s and a diamond necklace” sort of way, but more of an, “I want to send valentines to all my friends and bake heart-shaped cookies and package them up in treat boxes” kind of way.

When it comes to getting dressed on Valentine’s Day, I’m totally drawn to over-the-top, super-cutesy stuff like these and these … which is acceptable when you’re 12, but harder to pull off in your late twenties. Also, Dave would mock me until the end of time if I bought those shoes.

I’ve spent the last couple of evenings looking for Valentines-wear that is festive enough to satisfy my inner 12-year-old, but subtle enough that it can be worn the other 364 days of the year as well. Here are a few of the things I found:

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One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Our Valentine’s day plans are super low-key (dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant followed by a hockey game), so I decided to go the casual route and ordered the J. Crew Factory t-shirt (# 3). I’ll probably wind up wearing it with skinny jeans, heels, and my trusty red H&M cardigan, but I also think it would be cute tucked into a pencil skirt for more casual days at work.

Do you get into Valentine’s Day, or are you one of the many people who are annoyed by dorks like me who love it?

Things I’ve Bought Recently

I’m experiencing some serious writer’s block this week. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been spending my evenings numbing my mind with Netflix marathons of “The Following” instead of forcing myself to sit down and write. Which reminds me: You should be watching “The Following” if you’re not already. It’s really creepy, and I would not recommend watching it right before bed if you’re the type of person who assumes every faint creak is the sound of someone coming down the hall to murder you.

Anyway, if there is one thing I can always talk about, it’s shopping, so instead of subjecting you to my crappy writing I’m going to tell you about a few things I’ve bought recently.

Pink Boyfriend PantVictoria’s Secret PINK Boyfriend Pant

I love me some good lounge wear, and I’ve been looking for new around-the-house pants ever since I split the ass of my beloved Old Navy flannel pants wide open a few weeks ago. You’d think that would have inspired me to avoid the cheese dip on Super Bowl Sunday, but you’d be wrong. Anyway, these pants are super comfy and LONG, which is excellent because nothing is dorkier than too-short pajama pants. They’re super slouchy and loose-fitting, which I suppose is due to the “boyfriend” aspect of the pants, although I think it’s pretty presumptive of Victoria to assume that women are all delicate waifs compared to their boyfriends. Tip: Wait for them to go on sale, since they’re $44 full-price.

Banana hanger with fruit bowl

Banana hanger with fruit bowl

Every Sunday we buy a ton of produce for the week, and then it spends the week rolling around all over the counter on account of our kitchen is small and we don’t have space for a fruit bowl. Or, we didn’t think we did until we discovered this genius contraption. Target is sold out of the exact model we got, but this one is close. (Dave technically bought this, but I was there so I’m counting it.)

Combat Boots

Tanner Lace-Up Boot

I’ve been wanting a pair of combat boots forever, but I typically don’t like to drop a ton of money on trendy stuff. Enter: these boots from Payless. I picked them up during a recent buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, but I’m not sure I’m going to keep them. I liked how they looked in the mirror at the store, but when I put them on at home they made my legs look mega-stumpy. Maybe they will let me exchange them for one of their magic leg-elongating mirrors?

L'Oreal Youth Code

L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector

My skin is the worst. It gets super dry in the winter, but it breaks out whenever I use any kind of moisturizer. Plus, I turn 30 this year and think it’s time I get into the habit of taking better care of my skin. I heard good things about L’Oreal’s Youth Code line, and picked up the Texture Perfector cream a while back. It’s super thick, and I use a very tiny amount every morning and night. So far, it hasn’t caused me to break out, and my skin is noticeably softer. Bonus: The smell is fantastic, and the packaging is pretty.

December Photo Challenge Day 6: Favorite Sweater

SweaterMy current favorite sweater is this long, black, open cardigan that I picked up at Target a few weeks ago. It’s super soft and keeps me very warm, but its best quality is that if you were to, say, eat a pound of stuffing, two rolls, and two slices of pie on Thanksgiving, it would camouflage that shit no problem. Not that that happened or anything.

I was going to take a picture of me WEARING the sweater, but Dave took the camera with him to work this morning, so instead I drew my outfit in Paint. You’re welcome.

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Apparently my left tibia broke free from my bootie.

Although this particular sweater is currently sold out online (check your local store, though!), Target is kind of killing it right now with their open cardigan selection – my favorites are this and this. PLUS right now Target is running a buy 1 get 1 50% off deal on clothing, shoes and accessories, so basically you are just wasting money if you don’t take advantage of that deal.

Want to play along? Click here to see the December Photo Challenge.