Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly Goal Update: August 13 - 19

August 13 - 19

What a week!  Incredibly busy and stressful so I’m going to make this week’s update as brief as possible so I can squeeze in some much needed relaxation before the start of another busy week.

1. Make healthier food choices.
 This week was about a 50/50 split between good choices and terrible ones.  I think when I am really stressed, I have so much more of hard time with self control.

2. Exercise five days a week for thirty minutes (or a total of 150 minutes per week, 2.5 hours).
🚫  I started out the week well and as work got busier, my goals got further and further from view.  It’s hard when I come home from work late and then work more from home.

Sunday: 33 minute walk
Monday: 24 minute walk
Tuesday: 25 minute walk
Wednesday: - - 
Thursday: - - 
Friday: - - 
Saturday: - -

Total: 1 hour, 22 minutes

3. Get 10,000 steps six days a week.
 Much like last week, I got to my goal of 10,000 steps six days this week but it wasn’t easy.  However, I also made an effort to get to my weekly goal of 70,000 steps as well.

4. Go to sleep earlier.
🚫  Goal: Weeknights between 9:00PM and 9:30PM
My actual average bed time for weeknights was 9:31:20 PM.  So close!  I really tried and I guess one minute off is close enough.

🚫  Goal: Weekends between 10:00PM and 10:30PM
My actual average bed time for weekends was 10:33:06PM.  Again, close but no cigar!  At least I did better this week than last.

5. Leave some wiggle room.
 I really need to stop eating so much junk!  But everyone I work with is so stressed too so all my friends want to go out to eat and we are all bad influences on each other, sharing in the fried foods and providing each other with chocolate.  Bad habits all around.

6. Progress towards goal?
 I gained 0.3 pounds this week but I’m right at my goal weight.  Now I really need to buckle down and get back to working at my goals and taking better care of myself.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Outfits of the Week: August 14 - 18

This week was another crazy one and I think the next few will be as well so last weekend I made a point to select outfits for the next four weeks.  That's just one less thing to worry about and right now, anything that can remove stress is welcome in my life.

Oh, Mondays!  Why are you so awful?  This was another start to the week where I was up way too late the night before and then just tossed and turned all night and was exhausted the next day.  But I was so happy that if I had to be exhausted, at least I was incredibly comfortable in this elastic waist skirt.  If I could wear an elastic waist skirt every Monday, life would be a better place.  

pink sleeveless blouse - Kohl's
black cardigan - Banana Republic Factory
crystal flower necklace - Papaya
khaki elastic waist skirt - Kohl's
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

I really loved this outfit!  There's just something about a collared shirt, pointy toe shoes, and a statement necklace that makes me feel so put together.

blue button down shirt - Kohl's (sleeves shortened by me)
beige faceted gem necklace - Body Central
white 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Belk
beige belt - Walmart
mineral blue essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe shoes - Payless

I don't know why, but every time I wear this blouse, I feel like I can only pair it with black and grey because those colors are both in the blouse.  Next time I wear this, I'm going to challenge myself to wear it with olive because pink and olive always look lovely together.  I just feel rather uninspired by the pattern on this blouse and never feel like going to much effort to style it.

floral pink blouse - Kohl's
grey blazer - Papaya
skinny black belt - Walmart
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

I just can't decide if I love a collared shirt or a tie neck blouse better.  Don't make me choose, okay?

cadet blue tie neck blouse - Papaya
white stripe cuff blazer - Papaya
brown skinny belt - Walmart
walnut essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

I purposely picked out this outfit thinking that it would be really comfortable but I was so wrong.  The white top is just a little too long and wide so it was riding up all day and the skirt is just a little too big as well so it was also riding up.  That meant all day long I was yanking at my clothes and feeling annoyed with them.  It looked fine but you better believe the first thing I did when I got home was change into some pajamas.  Happy weekend!

white button down shirt - Beall's Outlet (sleeves shortened by me)
purple shell - JC Penney
deathly hallows necklace - gift
denim skirt - Kohl's
black cardigan - Banana Republic Factory
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Monday, August 14, 2017

Casual Outfits

I've been saving photos of my casual outfits on the weekend for awhile now.  Since they were all taken in the old house, it seemed like it was time to share them with the world and move on to pictures at the new place.  It wasn't until I put all the pictures in one post that I realized I'm wearing the same jeans in every photo!  I guess if it works, why mess with it?  These are definitely my favorite casual jeans for summer time in Florida.  Since they are capris, they're a little bit cooler and more practical for the constant afternoon thunderstorms of Floridian summer.  Since they aren't full length, you don't end up with soaked pants at the bottom.

Outfit 1
blue button down - Kohl's
black 3/4 cardigan - Boscov's
capri jeans - Kohl's
black and white boat shoes - Amazon

Outfit 2
green tee - Vanity Fair Clearance Outlet
necklace - free with shirt at Papaya
pink skinny belt - Walmart
capri jeans - Kohl's
black and white boat shoes - Amazon

Outfit 3
gray and white striped hair bow - Dollar Tree
dried mulberry blouse - Vanity Fair Outlet
capri jeans - Kohl's
cognac braided sandals - Rack Room Shoes

Outfit 4
navy blouse - Vanity Fair Outlet
capri jeans - Kohl's
nautical striped boat shoes - Amazon

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weekly Goal Update: August 6 - 12

August 6 - 12

This week was time to start getting back to a more normal routine.  I worked really hard to go to bed earlier and try to get back on track.  I’m not where I want to be yet but I feel like I’m headed in the right direction.

1. Make healthier food choices.
 I’ve been eating okay but I definitely need to make more of an effort to buy more fruit and eat less sweet junk food.  This week’s healthy choices included watermelon, oranges, bananas, carrots, salad, and sandwiches on whole grain bread.

2. Exercise five days a week for thirty minutes (or a total of 150 minutes per week, 2.5 hours).
🚫  Again, I didn’t get to my exercise goal but I’m slowly getting better each week.  I’m also considering getting a desk cycle because there are days (like Tuesday) where I am so swamped at work that I barely even get up from my desk or chair at meetings and by the time I get home, I’m so mentally exhausted that all I want to do is shower and go to bed.  But for the hours that I’m sitting at my desk, I could be using a desk cycle so that at least I burn more calories than I would if I were just sitting.

Sunday: 10 minutes on stationary bike; 32 minute walk
Monday: 10 minute walk
Tuesday: - -
Wednesday: 20 minute walk
Thursday: 16 minute walk
Friday: - - 
Saturday: - -

Total: 1 hour, 28 minutes

3. Get 10,000 steps six days a week.
 I got 10,000 steps six days this week but some days it was a real struggle.  The past week was a long one at work, with three hours of training to attend every afternoon and mornings filled with meetings and pounding at the keyboard at my desk for hours on end.  This coming week isn’t looking any better so I really don’t know how I’m going to get my steps in.  There were days this past week where I purposely got up earlier than I needed to so I would have time to get in some steps before I left for work.  And even on those days, I still struggled to get my steps in.

4. Go to sleep earlier.
 Goal: Weeknights between 9:00PM and 9:30PM
My actual average bed time for weeknights was 9:30:44 PM.  This week I really made an effort to go to bed early during the week.  It definitely made a big difference in the rest of my day.  There were far less days where I was sitting in a meeting struggling to stay awake.  I really need to keep it up for next week too.

🚫  Goal: Weekends between 10:00PM and 10:30PM
My actual average bed time for weekends was 10:53:43PM.  I wasn’t so successful at going to bed early on the weekend.  I just don’t keep track of time as well on the weekend and before I know it, it’s already late.  I need to focus on this for next week.

5. Leave some wiggle room.
 Having a really stressful week at work didn’t really help with the junk food cravings.  By the end of the week, I was looking for better ways to handle my stress, like doing something nice for someone else instead of gorging on chocolate and ice cream.  

6. Progress towards goal?
 I gained 0.7 pounds this week but I’m still 0.3 pounds under my goal weight.  On Friday when we went grocery shopping, I made an effort to buy more fruit instead of chocolate this time but I also picked up some frozen yogurt for those days when I just really need something sweet and cold.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag: August 2017

My Ipsy Glam Bag for August came in the mail today, which is weird because I wasn't expecting it.  I'm not sure if my shipping email got lost in my junk mail or if it just never came but it's always a pleasant surprise to find my Ipsy Bag has arrived.

Good Vibes Bag
Let's start by looking at the bag.  When I got the notification that there were three different bag styles available this month, I was really hoping that this would be the one I would get!  I just love the saying as well as the pretty purple and pink color combination.  The other two were equally pretty but this one was just my favorite.  The bag is also really well made with a really nice inner lining.

Seraphine Botanicals
Ginger + Gold Illuminating Peach Gold Blush
I think this has potential to be an amazingly beautiful blush, though upon first swatching, it didn't seem super pigmented because it is so shimmery.  But on my fair skin, that's okay.  I also think it would make a lovely and subtle eyeshadow.  I can't wait to try it out tomorrow!

Glamour Dolls
Romantic Rose Blending Brush
This little blending brush seems awesome!  Mine did come a little bent from shipping but I think with washing and then drying it upside down, it should flatten out just fine.  It's a really good size for blending or even applying shadow to the crease if it isn't something that needs a precise application.  I'm really happy about it and it's also really cute as well.

The Balm Cosmetics
The Balm Voyage Vol II Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha
$?? Really hard to get a price on this because it seems to be only sold in  palette form. 
This pretty little eyeshadow seems to be really great - pigmented and shimmery.  I just wish it wasn't so similar to so many other products that I've received from Ipsy.  This is the third shimmery beigey-gold eyeshadow/highlight that I've gotten.  But I think it's the nicest one so far and the one I'm most likely to actually use.

Promise Organic
Nourishing Coconut Milk Face Lotion with Hibiscus
$4.41 (Face Lotion is $14.99 for a 1.7 oz bottle.  I received 0.5 oz.)
I can't even pretend to get excited about getting lotion or moisturizers in my Ipsy bag.  My skin is very sensitive and I don't like to experiment with things like this on my face.  Maybe if I start giving them all one star reviews they'll stop sending me dinky little lotions?  The only one I really liked was the one with SPF.  More SPF, please!

Steve Laurant
Precision Tip Liner in Black
The link on Ipsy for this product does not actually take you to a page where this product is for sale and doesn't even take you to the page it says you're going.  No clue what's up with that.
Other than the super fishy website business, this product seems pretty good.  It swatched out a nice matte rich black color and seemed to be water resistant but not water proof.  We'll see how it works in the end.

Total Value: $22.40 + bag + eyeshadow + eyeliner

Conclusion: I really have no idea how much this bag was worth since I couldn't find any pricing on two major items.  But you're definitely still getting much more than what you're spending.  Besides the face lotion, I'm really pleased with everything I received and I'm really excited to do my makeup tomorrow and try several items out!  Overall, this bag so far was definitely worth it for me and I'm pretty excited about it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Outfits of the Week: August 7 - 11

I still don't really feel like I've gotten the hang of photographing my outfits in the new house.  The lighting is weird and casts a shadow on the wall behind me.  You always end up seeing just a piece of the artwork on the wall but not all of it.  And the lavender wall with light switches and cable and phone jacks is not the best for outfit photos.  But then I remind myself that this is real life and I live in a house that is set up as a house and not a photography studio and I guess I just feel okay about the pictures because real life has an imperfect beauty of its own that perfect blogger outfit photos just don't have. #imperfectlyperfect

Oh, Monday.  This day was such. a. Monday.  I accidentally kicked my cat while getting ready in the pitch black and she ran away and hid for the rest of the morning so I felt horrible all day.  Don't worry, she was fine and we made up as soon as I got home.  My blood sugar was all out of whack Sunday night and I tossed and turned and barely slept and felt awful all night.  Don't worry, by four in the morning, I had things back on track but just got no sleep.  And instead of being able to leave work at 3, I ended up being there until 4:15.  #mondayfreakingsucks but at least my outfit didn't!  I was comfortable this day since I wore shorts under my skirt instead of tights and the elastic waistband made an awful Monday a little more bearable.

denim jacket - Kohl's
neon pink blouse - Papaya
time turner necklace - gift
black casual skirt - Kohl's
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Tuesday was better than Monday but not any less busy or harried.  I'm trying to remind myself to not get stressed about it and to just take one day at a time but it's not always easy.  But my outfit was comfortable and easy and that's always a bonus to your day.  I've decided this week to handle my stress in a different way.  When I get stressed out, I stop what I'm doing, take a couple of deep breaths, and then do something nice for someone else.  I delivered some personalized chocolate bars, made a phone call to tell someone their hard work is appreciated, and wrote two notes to send to friends telling them to have a great first week with students.  Yup, it was a really stressful week but it just was such a great way to make myself and my other also stressed coworkers feel better.  I've really been enjoying it and today at the store I bought some mini candy bars (100 calorie ones) to use for this purpose.  Tomorrow I'm hoping to get to Target's Dollar Spot to buy some pretty cards to write people encouraging notes.  What are healthy ways you handle stress?

burgundy floral blouse - Papaya
black open blazer - Charlotte Russe
boulder grey essential chinos - Amazon
black skinny belt - Walmart
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

I've actually worn this exact same outfit before but it was way back in April so I felt like I could get away with it, especially because I liked it so much the first time.  I did change it up by wearing my hair differently and wearing a coordinating orange and blue plaid bow in my hair.  Speaking of hair, I really need to put in an effort to wear some different hair styles.  I've gotten into a rut of hair down, hair in a bun, repeat.

short sleeve chambray shirt - Kohl's, made short sleeve by me
white drape front blazer - Papaya
cognac skinny belt - Beall's Outlet
chili red pants - JC Penney's
cognac pointed toe flats - Beall's Outlet
plaid hair bow - Rue21

I shook up the hair a little but repeated an outfit similar to last week.  I might just love this outfit even more!  I really need to swing by Kohl's soon and check for more blouses like this one.  Now that we've moved, there is a Kohl's just fifteen minutes away and I've driven past it every day for the last week.  I really need to just stop by one day after work or something... not that I need any more clothes though!  😜

coral blouse - Kohl's
white cami secret - Burlington Coat Factory
white cardigan - Kohl's
skinny white belt - Walmart
black essential chinos - Amazon
grey faux suede and snakeskin pointed toe flats - Payless

I was surprised when I realized I had never worn this blouse with olive before.  It's a great pairing!  Like a pretty little flower, which is perfect since that's what the pattern is.

pink tie neck floral print blouse - Papaya
khaki blazer - Goodwill (Talbot's brand)
brown skinny belt - Walmart
moss essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Goal Update: July 30 - Aug 5

July 30 - August 5

We are finally pretty much settled into our new place and I am loving it!  Life in a single family home is suiting us well.  We still have some organizing and decorating to do but we are all unpacked and moved in and it feels great.  Now it’s time to start getting back into my normal routine and it seemed like sharing a weekly goal update would be a great start.

1. Make healthier food choices.
 I’ve been overall eating pretty healthy now that we’re more settled and not on the go as much.  Healthy choices this week included corn flakes with a banana for breakfast, salads, and one night we had a homemade southwest pork bowl that was delicious.

2. Exercise five days a week for thirty minutes (or a total of 150 minutes per week, 2.5 hours).
🚫  Not even close!  While I’ve been really active lately, I haven’t done any formal exercise in weeks.  What I have done is pack, clean, unpack, clean some more, organize, decorate, and do tons of other work around the house where I’m up and moving in order to make this place a home.  So while my Fitbit may not have been registering it as exercise, I’ve been getting plenty of steps and burning lots of calories.  And side note: how cute is this image?  I made it with, which is free and my new favorite thing!

3. Get 10,000 steps six days a week.
 Here’s where I’ve excelled the last few weeks.  Check out the stats:

July 9th - 15th: 84,946 steps
July 16th - 22nd: 112,915 steps 😲
July 23rd - 29th: 81,152 steps
July 30th - August 5th: 74,021 steps

And I even earned the Great Barrier Reef badge for walking 1,600 miles total since getting my Fitbit!  💪

4. Go to sleep earlier.
🚫  Goal: Weeknights between 9:00PM and 9:30PM
My actual average bed time for weeknights was 9:57:31 PM.  Working four ten hour days has totally messed up my sleep schedule.  I still have chores and housework to do when I get home so by the time I’m done with everything, it’s already late.  Then having three day weekends gives just enough time to get totally off my routine.  I’m hoping since we go back to five day weeks this week, it will be easier to stay on my normal schedule.

🚫  Goal: Weekends between 10:00PM and 10:30PM
My actual average bed time for weekends was 10:59:13PM.  Again, I’ve got to do better here.  Especially because these days, no matter what time I go to bed, I can’t seem to sleep in past 7:00AM.  So if I stay up late, I’m just really tired the rest of the day and overall not getting enough sleep.  I need to really focus on going to bed earlier every day this coming week.

5. Leave some wiggle room.
 It’s never a good thing when work stress, home stress, and PMS hit all at the same time.  I need to eat all the fried things, all the ice cream (Sonic Blast, yum!), and all the chocolate!  😬   But since I’ve been so active, I think it’s sort of evened out.  I can’t keep going like this though or I’ll end up gaining a bunch of weight.

6. Progress towards goal?
 I’ve lost 1.2 pounds since my last weigh in, which was almost a month ago!  All that extra activity really helped.  I’m weighing one pound lower than my goal weight right now so I feel like that’s given me some wiggle room to not worry so much about what I eat but that’s probably not the best outlook.  This is the week I plan to get back on track though and get life back to normal.