Category Archives: Shopping

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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Dishes are done, man.

Exciting news: this week we made the final payment on our stove! Now that it’s a year old, I’m sure it’ll kick the bucket any day now. In fact, I hope it DOES break because I bought the super mega extra extended warranty. This is probably the most fundamental change that home ownership has made in my life: Pre home-purchase, I used to think warranties were for suckers. These days, I’d buy a warranty on a pair of used gym socks if somebody offered it to me. Because guess what? EVERYTHING BREAKS. Everything breaks, and one day you’ll wind up dying alone in the gutter because Social Security ran out and you spent your retirement savings on replacing the same kitchen appliance every three years.

Anxiety is fun, guys.

Anyway, we’re  being good Americans and celebrating our financial win by purchasing more stuff. That’s right, we’re getting a dishwasher! Whee! If you’ll recall, when we moved in there was a big gaping hole where the dishwasher used to be. We patched up the wall when we moved in, and we have been living without a dishwasher for the last year and a half. We’re basically living like pioneers.

Oregon Trail

I should also note that Dave is adamantly against this purchase. He seems to be operating under the impression that dishwashers don’t get dishes clean enough, and I’m under the impression that he is insane because SRSLY, WHAT? All I know is, if we don’t get a dishwasher soon I may resort to alternative methods.

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Like this.

However, it did occur to me last night that a dishwasher isn’t really a plug-in-and-go appliance, so I’ll probably have to pay somebody to install it. And if that process goes like any of the other home improvement projects we’ve tackled, it’ll cost 10 times what we’ve budgeted and will conclude with me plotting the best way to burn the house down and make it look like an accident. You may think I’m overreacting, but I’m not and here’s why: I looked up some diagrams online, and apparently a hose has to connect to the garbage disposal. And while we technically have a garbage disposal, it doesn’t so much dispose garbage as it does take up unnecessary space under the sink, thanks to the previous homeowners’ less-than-stellar DIY skills. So already I’m looking at adding “garbage disposal replacement” to the list of project expenses, and I haven’t even set foot in a store. Guys, a lonely gutter death is looking likely. I’m at least sure of one thing: I’ll be getting the extended warranty on that sucker.

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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 Of: Valentine’s Day Decor

So, Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks. I love it, but not for the typical reasons – we don’t plan some huge date night or get each other heart-shaped boxes of chocolate or anything like that. I feel like if you need a holiday as an excuse to eat chocolate and do nice things for your significant other, you probably need to evaluate your life. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, if a stupid holiday gives you so much rage about being single that you have to flood everybody’s social media feeds with anti-Valentine’s Day posts, you probably need to relax a little. Have a drink and celebrate the fact that you don’t have to shave your legs on a regular basis.

I mostly love Valentine’s Day because I can’t resist a good cheesy holiday celebration. I’m the dork who wears pink and red and bakes treats to bring to the office every February 14.  I think I get it from my mom – in her world, no holiday is too small to celebrate. Every February she would decorate our house with hearts and set out festive foil-wrapped chocolates, and on Valentine’s Day we’d wake up to little boxes of See’s candy and pink heart-shaped pancakes. I haven’t really decorated my home for Valentine’s Day as an adult, but this stuff is making me want to start:

Valentine collageOne | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven

I actually think most of this stuff could be left out year-round (except for maybe the heart-print dish towel). Do you decorate for Valentine’s day?

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?

I just saved over $200!

I’m about to devote an entire post to nude wedges. If you don’t like shoes, you may want to stop here and use the five minutes you were going to spend reading my blog to examine your life choices because shoes are awesome and you should be excited about them.

(To be fair I should probably examine my life choices as well, on account of I don’t contribute to any sort of retirement fund but I don’t think twice about dropping a huge chunk of discretionary income on shoes every month.)

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Source    Somewhere, Dave Ramsey’s head is exploding.

Out of all my shoes, the ones I reach for the most are basic, nude wedges. They go with everything, they make my legs look longer, and wedges are so comfortable and easy to walk in. I wear them so often that I typically go through like a pair a year, so I recently decided to purchase some “investment wedges” to last me a little longer. That’s when I found these:

I love them. Only at $295, they were a tiny bit more of an investment than I was planning to make. After some waffling, I decided to search around for a more affordable option, which is when I found these:

I don’t love them as much as the DVFs, but I do really like these. Plus, I saved myself like $200. Suck on that, Dave Ramsey!

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Source   Dave will not.

Semi-coherent ramblings about my weekend

Confession: I only ran once last week, which is pretty dumb since I have a 10-mile race coming up on April 12. However, I did finally buy a flip belt, so at least I’ll have my phone with me to call for help if my legs give out halfway through.

Speaking of buying things, I made the mistake of going to Target without a list on Saturday and wound up buying these, even though I already own a pair of black suede wedges. (But these have ankle straps!) And this jean jacket even though I already own a jean jacket. (But this one is a totally different shade!)

Somebody needs to take away my debit card.

I had planned on going for a run when I got back from Target, but then Dave and his dad showed up with two truckloads of oak so I helped them unload it instead. My arms. They hurt.

Wood pile

I plan to be sick the day he decides to chop all of this.

I’m glad we are set for firewood next winter, but I’m not super stoked about the fact that our backyard is seven dancing backwoods bachelors away from a hoedown.

Wood pile dancing

Photoshop Seven Brides for Seven Brothers hoedown scene onto a picture of our wood pile instead of cleaning the house? Check. Also, my apologies to Frank for cutting off his right foot.

If I submit these photos to HGTV do you think they will come help us?