Thursday, June 26, 2014

Brands I Buy: Forever 21+

Lulu grabbed up my favorite sunglasses the other day and chewed on them. It was only a few seconds, but she wore those suckers out. Luckily, it was a pair of cheapos from Forever 21, so I wasn't totally devastated. In fact it was a good excuse to do a little shopping! (Sidenote: Does anyone ever need a good excuse to go shopping?!)

I don't shop very often at Forever 21, mostly because the clothes there are clearly marketed for a younger crowd and are often too casual for the workplace. However, over the years I have gotten a few casual summer pieces from their plus-size line, including this great maxi dress, this fun tank top, this floral dress, and this lemon-print tank. Forever 21 is a great way for me to add a couple of casual pieces to my summer wardrobe without spending a lot of money on something that may not be acceptable for work wear.

This time around I grabbed up another pair of sunglasses along with this sweet dress with a peek-a-boo back cut-out (but still plenty of coverage for a real bra!). I also got this super cute Forget-Me-Not swimsuit and a cover-up (which apparently is no longer available, so I'm not even going to show you how frigginn' cute it is), as well as another elephant-print tank.  We are headed to the beach next month, and I know all these pieces will definitely get packed up.

Remember, if you click on or scroll over the pictures below you can get price and buying info! So tell me, do you ever shop at Forever 21 or do you avoid it?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Taking Stock: June Edition

Stolen from Sometimes Sweet

Making:Plans for a few small (and cheap) getaways during this all-too-short summer break. It's hard to coordinate schedules with Sean and my family, and someone to watch Lulu, but I need a couple of days with my toes in the sand!
 Tons of healthy food as I try to continue on my no-sugar (well, low-sugar) journey to health. More on that later this week!
 water. A veritable butt-ton of water. Sometimes I get crazy and throw a bag of tea in there or some fresh fruits and herbs (here's my favorite recipe!, but it's all water, all the way. Cutting soft drinks out of my life was hard, and I still try a sip now and then,but it was so worth it!
 I am so excited to be teaching a Creative Writing course next year at school, and I bought a ton of books for YA writers, as well as prompts for writing and Stephen King's epic and awesome memoir On Writing. I've read it twice before, but it's still so great to read. And while it has way too much cursing to use as required reading for the class, I know I will use anecdotes and his advice extensively.
 To take a nap. It's rainy here right now, and that always makes me tired!
 at Lulu humping one of Sean's stuffed animals! This is a fairly recent activity as my little lady reaches adolescence and I guess it will be curbed (maybe?!) when we get her spayed next month.
 A ton of Castle Clearout on Mario Party 9. Sean and I have a deal- we play a party round and then I get to feed my Castle Clearout addiction. It's not as bad as some people's dependency of Candy Crush, but it's bad enough that I KNOW I don't need Candy Crush on my phone.
 Lots of time. I make myself a daily to-do list so I don't just fall down the internet rabbit hole, but it's so tempting to spend all day reading blogs and finding recipes and stalking social media....
Sewing:The Seeds of Love (Ha!!! Puns!)
 Not having to get ready for work every day! I love staying in my pajamas all day. No fixing my hair. No putting on make-up. It's wonderful!
 For the premiere of Girl Meets World. I loved Boy Meets World, so I am way more excited than I really should be about this incarnation. I'm really hopeful that Sean will get into it, too! 
 If Sean's end-of-season soccer party and trophy presentation is going to get rained out today!
The Cosby Show on repeats on TVLand
 I can cheat and eat a Little Debbie cake soon. We were talking about them at lunch and now it's all I can think about!
 At how much Sean has learned this year at school. He graduated from kindergarten 2 weeks ago, and he has grown so much. He is reading like a champ, which makes me so happy! He is obsessed with Harry Potter and we just started the 4th book, The Order of the Phoenix. We usually read every night before bed.
 The motivation to take more blog photos. It's so tough this time of the year: 1. because as I've already mentioned, I don't have to pretty up for work, and 2. it's so hot and sticky- it's really tough to want to put on a lot of clothes and go outside
 Wet dog. It's raining, but Lulu's doing great with her house training, so it's outside we go, even in the pouring rain! Wish I had something more glamorous for you!
 An old black and white striped dress from Eloquii (seen here)
 My latest Zulily shipment. Am I the only person totally obsessed with their deals??!!! My most recent purchase is actually a Father's Day gift for Curtis, but I am expecting an herb grinder any day now!

Feeling: Not to "vague-blog" (I really hate when people do that), but there are several people close to me, weighing heavily on my mind. And not necessarily in a good way!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Feeling Blue

I'm pretty sure that I already have a blog post titled "Feeling Blue" somewhere in the archives, but If the shoe fits, I will wear it again. I love being a teacher, and there are many perks to the job, including said summer break, but it is stressful and time-consuming. Every summer I like to do a little something to break lose, to physically disconnect myself from the school year.

A coupe of years ago I decided to put some purple chunks in my hair; last year I chopped it super-short; this time around I decided to try out more hair dye. Growing out my pixie is a long, boring process, and many times I have just wanted to say "Chop it all off! It's not worth it!" I also get really bored with it, so getting my stylist/BFF to throw some blue and green in there was just what I needed to feel fresh and fun for summer!

Summer is always a hard time for me to be motivated to blog because I have no "real" reason to get dressed, fix my hair, out on make-up, you know- normal things that the rest of you are still doing every day. It's really easy for my to stay in pajamas on shorts and a t-shirt all day, so blogging will probably be sporadic. I have a few recipes to share with you, a health update, school-related news, my views on burlesque, and probably more blue hair. If that's okay with you, it's okay with me. If it's not okay with you, well.... I guess we are both in trouble!
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