25 July 2016

Life Lately

Happy Monday Y'all!  The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind with two work trips.  Summer hours end this week and I am ready to go back to normal 8-5 hours.  So what have we been up to lately?

So I recently discovered Poshmark.  On the left side of the blog you can see the link to my items.  It's a great website/app where you can sell items you no longer want or use.  I've sold a few wallets and purses as well as some dresses and tops.  Some of which I've never worn and still had tags.  I've also brought stuff to Clothes Mentor, but I find I make more using Poshmark.

Two weeks ago I was off to Austin for a work meeting.  I've been to this meeting probably 5 times now and the food options at break time are never very good.  I wanted to make sure I ate as well as I could so I packed a couple of these kind bars for snacks.  I also avoid the breakfasts by bringing Quest protein bars.

The meeting is generally an update from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and includes any rules changes or items to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session.  Riveting, I know.  What is always nice is to be in the same room for 2 days with your peers to hear how they are tackling the same issues you are. #winwin

tee (similar) | jeans | necklace | shoes | watch (similar)

I've never really been a camo person, but fell in love with the pairing of the camo tee with the white jeans.  Such a cute outfit to run errands in.  It's definitely one of my new favorites.

Typically before I leave for a trip, Phillip and I go out to dinner.  Saturday night is our usual date night and we headed out to The Ranch.  We never order an appetizer, however the fried green tomatoes jumped out at us, so we skipped the alcoholic beverages and went for the appetizer instead.  It did not disappoint.  The breading on the tomatoes was so light, it didn't feel heavy or greasy.  For dinner, he opted for the chipotle meatloaf and it was so delicious.  I went with the sausage and goat cheese flatbread and thought it was very tasty too.

The next day it was off to Albuquerque for another work meeting.  This one is a yearly meeting for those individuals in education who work with veteran students.

Such topics include things like refunds and debts when a student withdraws from school or drops a class.  There are so many rules, it is not an easy process at all.

When you are out of town and committed to staying in shape, you bring the workout gear.  I hit the treadmill for a run one two of the days I was there and also had brought my resistance bands and dvds with me.

 I appreciated the workout options after a colleague and I had dinner at this place.  El Pinto had such delicious food.  I think it was my favorite meal of the week in Albuquerque.  Becki opted for ribs and I went for the pork tamales with chili.  The chips and salsa were the best I've had at any restaurant and they had this really cute back seating area where they had live music.  If you are ever in ABQ, you should definitely check it out.

And then this happened #neededtoworkoutafterthefoodchoices #andthemargarita


And not to gross anyone out or anything, but for real none of the stalls at the convention center had toilet paper holders.  #whatwhyhow

I hopped on a plane for the 1.5 hour trip home on Thursday.  I like attending conferences because I always learn so much but it's always a good feeling to come home. 

Thursday night we relaxed on the couch and Kate took her customary spot next to me on the couch.  Never in my lap, because why not.  She likes to sit next to me with her front legs dangling over the edge.

 On Friday, I had a girls' day with this cutie.  She's one of Phillip's nieces.  She's five and I let her pick lunch so of course we ate at McDonald's.  i figured it was going to be that or Chik-fil-A.  #fiveyearoldpriorities.  
Then we went to the movies and wandered around for a bit before she had her nails and toes painted.  It was an exhausting day I'm sure as she talked the entire time until she fell asleep in the back seat on the way home.

Saturday we had a party at a friend's house during the afternoon and afterwards we stopped in Southlake for dinner at a restaurant I have been wanting to try for weeks.  If you get the chance, check out Lolo's Chicken and Waffles.  Oh. My. Goodness.   I can't even describe the deliciousness.  The chicken was fried to perfection and was not heavy or greasy.  It paired perfectly with the waffles and syrup.  I've always been a bit dubious of the combination, but boy was I wrong.  Go eat there!

That's a peek into our life right now.  What have y'all been up to?



22 July 2016

Friday Favorites - Curly Girls

And we made it to another Friday y'all!  Give yourselves a round of applause.  I apologize for the lack of blogging this week but I only had my work laptop with me and for some reason the photos I was trying to upload were uploading sideways and no matter how I edited them, they still popped into the post sideways.  #sigh

Moving on...

NORDSTROM -  Shop the Anniversary Sale through August 7NORDSTROM.com Just a reminder, last Friday I highlighted my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  Up until yesterday, the sale was only for Nordstrom card holoders.  Today the sale opens for everyone, so if you've been waiting now is the time to shop!

 Some of my favorites that I picked up were:
the plaid Treasure & Bond top, the Stila All Day make-up set, this Natori bra, and this Lush t-shirt.

Added bonus, my sweetie bought me this dress by Cynthia Steffe.  When I discovered it, it was sold out, but a few sizes came back in stock and I snapped one up. 

Did you find anything good in the sale?  There were lots of great boot options, but I have plenty of boots and they all have good wear left in them so it felt foolish to spend the money on a pair this year.

So, back to our regularly scheduled posting...this week's Friday Favorites is devoted to you curly haired girls out there.  I have (and have always had) naturally curly hair.  When I was in high school it was very long.  Since my early twenties though it has alternated between being bob length and shoulder length.  I had been cutting it just to my chin as of late and straightening it a lot, leading to a lot of damage.  Now I'm getting ready to get married and I'm trying to grow out my hair which means keeping it as healthy as possible, which means laying off the heat styling.  After a lot of trial and error, I have settled on this routine which works really well for me.

1.  Pre-wash

Before I get in the shower I use a wide-tooth comb and starting at the bottom, start combing my hair gently all the way to the roots taking small sections at a time.  That's it.  After that, I don't touch it again with a comb or brush.

2.  Shampoo

I use Devacurl No-Poo.  It doesn't lather.  You work it in at the scalp and then let it wash over the rest of your hair as you rinse it out.  And it smells wonderful.

3.  Conditioner

After I rinse out the No-Poo, I add the Devacurl One Condition.  I start at the lower half of my hair and work it back up toward the roots, since the ends are what need the extra moisture and conditioning.

4.  Towel

I do not use a regular bath towel on my hair.  I use a micro-fiber one.  This Devacurl microfiber towel does the trick nicely.  It dries my hair but doesn't pull at it which means less frizz!

5.  Styling

At this point I gently run my fingers through my hair and then I add curling cream.  I alternate between a few brands but my favorite is the Devacurl Styling Cream.  I use 2-3 pumps and work it into my hair, scrunching my curls as I go.  

And that's it.  After the styling product goes in, I let it air dry.  Done.  And I have gorgeous curls with very little frizz.  #embraceyourcurls

Curly haired friends - any recommendations on how you keep your curls gorgeous?



18 July 2016

Life Lately - a blogging break

On the road again...I was in Austin at the end of last week and after a brief 48 hours at home, I'm back on the road to Albuquerque...here's what we squeezed into last week.

My plan had been to blog from the road but the pictures won't upload properly, ugh.  I've edited them to be correct, but when I upload to blogger they're all sideways.  #sigh

So I'm going to let it be for the next few days, I'll be back on Friday with Friday Favorites.



15 July 2016

Friday Favorites - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Y'all.  I can't even.  It's here - my favorite shopping sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  It's open now to cardholders so I've been scoping out the sale and finding my favorites.  So grab a cup of coffee and join me...
1.  Tops

 I love these Pleione tops.  I wear them with jeans and fun jewelry, I dress them up with pants and skirts for work.  They are so versatile and elevate any outfit.  The length on the long sleeved version is enough that you can wear it tunic style with boots.  They are at a great price point so if you're looking for some good tops that can go from work to weekend these are for you.  Check out all the Pleione options here.

How cute is this sweater?  I am picturing it with skinny jeans and boots for the Fall and Winter months.  The crossover detail makes this not-just-another-sweater.

I'm a sucker for anything orange so this one may make it into my shopping bag as well.  Leith is a brand that I love.  That cute little racerback dress I have?  That's Leith as well.   Check out all of the Leith items here.

Treasure & Bond Plaid Shirt

I also cannot have too many plaid shirts it seems.  I am loving this one - just trying to decide which colorway I need to add to my collection.  It's light enough to get away with now with crops or shorts and sandals but will transition into Fall quite easily.

Oh this one is darling.  I'm picturing it with jeans and heels for dinners out with my guy or with a cute pencil skirt and fun jewelry for work.  

2.  Coats

I know, I know.  It's the middle of summer, I don't want to think about winter coats either but trust me that you should consider these.  I love a down vest.  They look so cute with jeans and boots and this Michael Kors ups the game with the fur trim on the hood.

If you've been wanting a pea coat raise your hand.  #mememe 
This one is a great option at under $40.  Yup, it's less than $40!  Go buy one right now.  I'll wait.  

Okay...now that you're back...

If you have a need for a coat that you can dress up a bit, this Guess coat is a great option, especially in the Winter White.  

3.  Work Out Wear

I've discussed my love of Zella before.  If you've been on the fence now is the time to try. #trustme 
There are several options in the Live In Crops that are under $30.  I love them for running or my 21 Day Fix workouts.  At under $30 you get a great quality pair of workout pants that will last and look great on.  For real.  My butt looks great in these pants #justbeinghonestwithmyreaders

4.  Accessories

Oh my favorite part!  Shoes and accessories and you can find some great options during this sale.  2 years ago I found my beloved grey leopard print Halogen pumps #restinpeace.  Due to a tragic accident with some bricks and gravel the heels were destroyed and I am hopeful to find my must have shoes during this sale again.  

I LOVE these sandals.  I usually shy away from the block heel, but these are too cute.  I could easily see wearing these into the Fall months.

I am not usually a bootie person but these might make me change my mind.  I love the deep wine color and the strap that wraps around the ankle.   

I know these are pricey.  I know.  But if you are looking for a good boot or you have been wanting to splurge on something from Tory Burch, might I recommend these?  They are 50% off their original price during the sale.  It's worth checking out.

TOMS Classic Slip-Ons

I know many of you are TOMS fans.  I can't wear this style due to my freakishly high instep but I wanted to highlight these.  At $45 it's a great find for those of you who can't get enough of them.

If there was one thing that I saw in perusing the sale that made me stop in my tracks it was this bag.  Want.  Oh I want this bag.  I'm saving for a wedding and a house though, so at this time, I don't think this particular bag is meant to be mine.  But that doesn't mean one of you couldn't snatch it up.  Other Rebecca Minkoff options here.  

I've spoken fondly of Kendra Scott before.  And this beauty would make a great Christmas gift - sister-in-law, babysitter, best friend...
It's at a great price point (under $50!) and comes in several color options. Shop all Kendra Scott here.

I told you I loved Leith.  And this is another great find at a great price - under $50.  Think how cute it would be with a little black dress for a night out.
I love kate spade Studs.  These Forever studs are a great option and again would make a great stocking stuffer, birthday present, or Christmas gift.  Might also recommend the kate spade Glitter studs?  Again a super cute option in the gift department.
I'm in the market for a new silver watch.  This one might fit the bill perfectly.  It's delicate but at the same time has the larger watch face which I prefer.
Whew...did you make it all the way to the end?  What are you loving?  Now I just need to decide what it most important..decisions, decisions, decisions!  Have a great weekend y'all!