The Curse

As per usual, the minute I make up my mind to do some serious money saving, I get in the mood to do some serious shopping. Of course, with Paris being just more than a month away, I’ll have to do my best to refrain.
Therapy Thursday

I’ve been dreaming of owning a Burberry scarf for years. And these Tory Burch boots have been on my radar from the first day I discovered Pinterest and subsequently Polyvore. A pair of legit Ray Ban wayfarers would make me jump for joy. And don’t even get me started on Kate Spade. I’m basically in love with everything they have.

Tory Burch black leather boots
520 CAD – jildorshoes.com

Kate Spade black leather handbag
240 CAD – saksfifthavenue.com

Kate Spade bag
150 CAD – piperlime.gap.com

Burberry shawl
425 CAD – my-wardrobe.com

Ray-Ban black sunglasses
150 CAD – barneys.com

Things I’ve Learned from Carrie and the Girls

Today I want to talk about Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. The women who taught me so much about friendship, love, life, sex and shoes.

I was a little late discovering the series, but I was obsessed immediately. My friends and I identified ourselves as the characters we closest resembled (I was Carrie, duh), we had SATC marathons, did the weekend meal thing, and of course, bought the movie package that came with a tshirt (I still have and wear mine).

Those fabulous ladies bestowed some brilliant life lessons on me and I’m here today to share them with you. You’re so welcome, in advance.

I know it should go without saying, but you wouldn’t believe the number of women who can’t wrap their minds around the concept of hoes before bros. The fabulous foursome never let the men in their lives interfere with their friendship. Of course there was the occasional squabble about douche bag exes, namely Big. But they never lasted long because the friendship always came first.

Which leads us to always being honest with your girls, even when the truth isn’t easy. Sometimes your friends really need to be told when the dude in their life is a loser. Or when they are acting a little bit pathetic over a guy. Or even when they need to spend less time with the Rabbit, ahem Charlotte.

Choose the nice guy, for the love of God, choose the nice guy. I know it didn’t work out this way in the movies, but lets get real, this is where the ball was dropped. Carrie should have chosen Aidan. The nice guy won’t have you as his mistress, or let you get caught in his apartment by his wife. The nice guy doesn’t stand you up at your own wedding. No, the nice guy forgives your indiscretions, buys the apartment next to yours, and refinishes your floors.

Sometimes you just need to embrace your singleness. Spend time with the girls, enjoy being able to do the things you love whenever it suits you. And use the space to find yourself. One of the wisest things Carrie ever said was, “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

Lastly, the most important thing you should take away from this post is that pre-marital sex is a good thing. You can’t tell if a guy has issues “getting it up” just by looking at him. So don’t marry him without taking him for a test drive first. Otherwise you run the risk of finding yourself your very own Trey McDougall.

I know, so much wisdom for one post. I told you you’d be thanking me.
Have a fabulous day!

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Lazy Lazy

This was the first relaxing weekend I’ve had since my layoff. I spent it exactly the way I wanted to…flaked out on the couch watching tv. But I’m feeling pretty guilty because I was home visiting my parents and after all they’ve done for me, I should have been more helpful. My mom asked me to dust her furniture and sweep the floors, and I didn’t do it, for no other reason than when I am preoccupied with tv and being lazy, I forget about everything else. And that isn’t really fair, my parents work long hard days, and I should do as much as I can to help them out when I’m home.

But alas, as much as I am ashamed of my actions, or lack there of, I can’t change this past weekend, all I can do is make a conscious effort to do better in the future.

Alright, enough seriousness for this post. Lets move on.

one. I read the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in one week. And I liked it. Honestly, I thought it was kinda hott.

two. In an extreme contrast to number one,  I watch ABC Family. Seriously, I PVR Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and Baby Daddy. And I was super bummed out when The Lying Game was cancelled.

three. There’s a One Direction song on my iPod.

four. I dance around the house belting Spice Girls songs into my hairbrush.

five. I don’t shave my legs unless I’m going to be wearing shorts…or dragging a boy home from the bar obvs.

six. I like Nickelback.

seven. I’m seriously considering buying a pair of comfy Dr. Scholls from Naturalizer for walking around Paris.

eight. I don’t really like Twitter. gasp.

nine. The only time I make my bed is when I change the sheets, or I have company coming.

ten. I don’t think that all babies are cute. Some are downright ugly.

bonus. I’m back to being employed for three weeks. And I’m not thrilled about it. Paycheques are great. Having my tv watching interrupted sucks.

Loving…

Polyvore is becoming an obsession. I find tons and tons of outfits that I’m in love with. Every time I type the url in to my browser my credit card gets nervous. Theres just sooo many cute things on there.

Its no secret that I love to shop, that I love clothes and shoes, and that I’ll never have enough. I like to think that I’m got pretty good style, but sometimes I need a little help coming up with ideas. I love walking into a store and seeing a great outfit on a mannequin. If I love it, I’ll probably buy the entire thing, or at least keep it in mind and create my own version of it. Polyvore is alot like a digital mannequin or like admiring someone elses outfit from afar. I get to cruise the different posts, find outfits I like, and easily find out where to buy the pieces.

coral and aqua

This outfit is bright and sophisticated. Perfect for a summer night out. I’m really loving the scalloped top. The color is fabulous, and the detail is fun yet classy.

Business Attire.

I’m not loving the jeans in this compilation, but they could be easily switched out for something without an elastic waist. This outfit is very well put together. It would be great for work. And the teal shoes add little punch of color and fun.

Evening Glam

Is it becoming terribly obvious that I love blazers? Because I do. But what I’m really loving about this outfit is the bling! Hello glittery tank. I think you would look lovely in my closet.

Summer country outfit

This outfit screams tailgate party/outdoor concert. Its a great way to look put together but that your ready to let loose at the same time. I pride myself on being a girl who is just as comfortable all dressed up in heels as I am in casual clothes. Unfortunately just because I’m comfortable, doesn’t mean I’m one of those girls who looks bangin’ when I’m dressed down. But, I’m pretty sure an outfit like this would fix that problem a little. Its a little badass and girly at the same time.

Puffer Vest & Boots

I know fall isn’t here yet, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one. Its warm and cozy, yet extremely well put together. I love it when you can wear a hoodie and still rock some stellar pieces like those boots and pearl earrings. Can’t beat an outfit in which you can be super comfortable and not look like a slob.

Because I’m Feeling Less Than Inspired…

I think one of the most difficult things about being laid off, besides the impending unemployment, lack of paycheques, and uncertainty about the future, is having to work through your two weeks of notice.

Here in Newfoundland employers are required to give employees two weeks notice of lay off. What this means is that once you get your notice, you are entitled to two more weeks of pay. Sometimes employers expect you to work during this time, and other times, they waive the notice, pay you out, and send you on your merry way.

My employer expects me to work. And it sucks. Seriously, as if getting up early in the morning for work isn’t hard enough on a regular morning, take it from me, its eleventy billion times harder when your employment is coming to an end. Its hard to motivate yourself to do things to insure a positive future for a company that’s letting you go. I keep having to force myself to do more than the bare minimum.

This lack of motivation is starting to spill over into my ‘tude towards everything. Hence why this post is so damn depressing and unoriginal. But at least I posted something, right?

Without further ado, currently I’m…

Eating – Silver Hills Bakery Mack’s Flax Bread with Crofter’s Organic Apricot Spread. I’m not someone who eats super healthy grained bread or organic food on the reg. But when I visited Shell Bell this is what she ate, and my white bread lovin’ self decided to suck it up and eat her rabbit food so that she wouldn’t spend more money on groceries just for me. And well, as much as I hate to admit this, I really liked it. So when I got home I took my ass to the store and bought some.

Drinking  – A French Vanilla Cappuccino from Timmies

Purchasing – Bahahaha….given the pending unemployedness I won’t be doing much purchasing for a while.

Looking forward to – My cousin is getting married this weekend, which means dancing and booze, obviously. It also means a mini family reunion. Can’t wait to see these faces…

Watching – Obviously since I’m at work I’m not watching anything at this exact moment. But I can’t wait for the next episode of Rookie Blue. Seriously, I’m obsessed. Its not your typical cop show, its more like the Grey’s Anatomy of police shows. And if you’ve never watched it, you should start. But I would suggest starting from the beginning. Rookie Blue marathon anyone?

Loving – This pins from Pinterest

Listening to – Runnin’ Outta Moonlight – Randy Houser. This song makes me happy.

Reading – I’ve been reading the Beautiful Bastards trilogy. I’ve got two out of three read and I would have the third read by now if I wasn’t doing the whole saving money thing.

Craving – Pepsi. Its my go to guilt food.

Feeling – Unsure and uneasy. About life. About what to do next.

A Bloggy Idea

One of the hardest things about blogging is finding ways to get traffic to your little piece of the dot com. Sure, some of us like to pretend that traffic is no big deal, and that we don’t care if we get 10 visits or 1,000. But the truth is whats the point of writing if no one gets to see it.

Its pretty much a no brainer that one of the easiest ways to get your blog out there is to advertise on other blogs. But that can get expensive…fast. So I’ve been thinking for a while that there has got to be away for us beginner bloggers to help each other out. For that reason I’m offering $1 spots on my sidebar. I wanted to offer them for free but PassionFruit was havin’ none of that. The ads actually cost me $1.33, so after they’re purchased I’m still paying $0.33 out of my own pocket for every spot. Pretty sure thats a hard deal to beat.

Also, I’m offering free weekend guest post spots for anyone who is interested.

Now, I bet you’re all wondering what I get out of offering free & super cheap advertising for your blogs. All I ask is that if you purchase ad space or do a guest post spot that you link back to my blog and tell your readers about it. Or if you’re feeling as generous as I am, offer me the same deal on your blog.

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There’s a party goin’ on right here

This weekend was anything but relaxing. It was enjoyable though.

Saturday was crazy. I spent the afternoon at my monsters birthday party! They had a blast. And the food was yummy.

The Birthday boy! 

Momma and her two birthday girls. Loving the cupcakes.

Love this face!

Enjoying his new chair.

Look at those curls!

Such a cute idea. 
Om nom nom. So yummy!
Saturday night we celebrated my friend Megan’s birthday. Lots of pictures were taken, but all on her camera. So I’ll have to share those another time.
Sunday I got to visit with my cousin Amanda and her precious little man.
All in all it was an exhausting but great weekend. 
Sami's Shenanigans

My Freakin’ Weekend

Even though its taken me a few days to blog about it, I had an awesome weekend. It was pretty chill. And I got to spend it with some great people.

Friday I hung out with Rosalie and Victoria. We watched Glee and I dyed Rosa’s hair.

Saturday was spent being super lazy. I slept in and watched tv. I spent the evening at Pete and Suzanne’s with the extended fam jam. We were treated to homemade Thai and Greek pizza. Yum! I had the most adorable face sitting next to me. And enjoyed some rootbeer in a Guinness glass.

It was Oli’s cousin’s birthday. So he gave her a bunch of cupcakes. But I’m pretty sure they were mostly for him. He licked the icing off the candle and then dug right into the mini cupcakes.

Eventually he decided that mini cupcakes just weren’t cutting it and devoured a big one. Looks to me like he just couldn’t get enough. Seriously though, isn’t that face the cutest.
I even got to spend some quality cuddle time with my little buddy Jesse who’s five months old and still so tiny. And look at those big eyes! He’s such a pleasant little guy. I kinda wanted to steal him.

After supper I hung out with my friend George. We grabbed milkshakes at McD’s and did loser laps around town in his car. That is until the King of Pranks spotted a friends car at a hotel and decided to have a little fun. Vaseline under the door handles lead to a sticky situation for Deborah and Terrence in the morning 🙂
Sunday was Victoria’s 10th birthday. So we had a BBQ and yummy cake. She’s a kid who’s like a little old woman, so I gave her a cute little tea pot for David’s Tea, and some Red Velvet tea for her to try. And I did a pretty good job with the gift wrapping if I do say so myself.
I finished off the weekend by watching Letters to Juliet for the first time. Loved it!

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles an hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.”

The 80’s are quite possibly my favorite decade. I was born in the 80’s but unfortunately near the end of the decade, so I really wasn’t around long enough to enjoy its awesomeness as it was happening.

I love the music, and the movies. But I’m glad I missed out on that cray cray hair and make-up.

Ever since Whitney tweeted about it yesterday, I’ve been on a total 80’s kick. So this #BackThatAzzUp Friday is most definitely a throwback to the most interesting decade ever (in my opinion).
It’s #backthatazzup Friday!
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up at I Wore Yoga Pants and have a jam sesh with all of us!
There are so many great songs of the 80’s it was hard to choose. I mean come on. ACDC, Guns’N’Roses, Bon Jovi, and U2 are fantastic bands. But I decided to go in a slightly different direction with this one. So here we go. Songs from my favorite 80’s movies.

You may have noticed that I’ve been playing around with my blog design lately. New logo. New color scheme. And as of last night, new side bar that doesn’t work yet. I’m still figuring things out. I think this weekend calls for some really quick learning of html and Photoshop, all while watching some of those 80’s movies above.

p.s. If any of you know how to make my sidebar work. Please help a girl out!