Sunday, January 30, 2011


Daydreaming.... by kblumsack featuring short shorts

A reflection of my mood this weekend thanks to beautiful weather! Plus discovering how addicting polyvore can be!

"I'll never stop stop chasing, and dreaming and wishing on shooting stars"

Today I realized I truly am a grown-up. In a month and a half, I will be 25 years old. And like many people I know, have no idea what I am doing with my life. Or what I want to do. Why is it that we rush and rush to decide in school what we are going to do for the rest of our lives? I have a degree in chemistry, and to be honest I can't remember what made me decide that was going to be my future. By the time I graduated, chemistry wasn't any fun, I just figured it was easier to finish than to start all over. Plus, I had the added stress of my parents wanting me to have a major that was worthwhile degree. Am I currently using that degree? Are any of my classmates using their chemistry degree, let alone able to get a good job in chemistry? No. Isn't it ironic?

For so long I have been doing what others want. I am a people pleaser. I have always placed unobtainable expectations upon myself, on top of trying to achieve their expectations of me. It sucks, its tiring and it causes enormous stress and anxiety. All too often I am a giant ball of nerves, I worry about everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything. This blog, among other things is a way I deal with it all and a way to de-stress. I have been thinking a lot about my life lately and have discovered some goals for myself that I would like to achieve.  I don't consider them resolutions, but things I would like to accomplish in 2011.

A few things I would like to accomplish in 2011....

1. Be happy, healthy, and carefree- I would like to conquer my anxiety, learn to relax and get back in shape. I think doing these things will make me a happier girl.

2. Start saving, set a monthly budget, and stick to it.

3. Take a vacation. A real vacation.

4. Find a job that pays me what I am worth.

5. Decide what career I really want to have.

6. Enjoy my beautiful little family that I have been blessed with. I am thankful to have the most wonderful boyfriend in the world- he is the best part of my life. Adding Annie to my life only made it better! I can't wait to see what the future brings for us!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Hello Hello!

This Wednesday I'm loving.....

NO SNOW!!!! They have been warning of snow/wintery mix the past few days and the weather man has been WRONG!!! Yay! It's been cold, but no snow :)

I am also loving....
(well actually I have the chocolate version, I just couldn't find that picture) It tastes super yummy for soymilk and its cheaper than Silk!

I will have a good post tomorrow, its been a crazy busy week! What are you all loving this wednesday??


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oh, is it really Sunday?

Sunday. My least favorite day of the week. Why? I'll tell you why. First, it means laundry. A word both Ben and I are beginning to despise. Our apartment as great as it is did not come with W/D. Which sucks. So sometime in the near future we will be purchasing a washer and dryer. I am not excited about spending that money. However, it will be a worthwhile investment. Sunday also typically involves deep cleaning the apartment, which is not fun either. But it will make the week much better with a clean house.

So far its been a relatively quiet weekend in our house. Friday night I went to bed at 9:15. Yes, that is correct. I am officially a grown up. I have frequently been going to bed before 10. And I love every minute of it! Saturday night was a little bit more fun. We met up with some of Ben's fraternity brothers for dinner and a Thrashers game! They came down with some PNM's (potential new members) as part of their rush week. It was a fun night. We met them at the Varsity for dinner, which as usual, was crazy. Its an Atlanta staple that with the exception of the Frosted Orange is a little over-rated. The Thrashers game was quite the adventure. I have never been that high up for anything! But regardless we still had a great view for the game. I am definitely interested in going again!

Today I have been very unmotivated to do anything. My mental list of things to do is not getting any shorter, with the exception of doing laundry. So instead I have been perusing my favorite fashion sites and getting inspiration (one of the things to do today is to organize my closet and rediscover things I already own!) I have definitely discovered a style crush on Rachel Bilson, as an actress I don't know how I feel about her. But as a stylist she rocks! I love her column in InStyle and I love a lot of her fashion choices. Her look seems so effortless yet put together- most of them I could totally see myself wearing.
This is my favorite!

Aren't her looks great? Another fabulous look I found was of Katie Holmes. Simple, yet classy.

Anyways, I hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday! I am off to work on my closet and wardrobe while Ben watches football!

All images from Google

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Terrific Thursdays!

So I am asking for everyone's prayers for a possible job improvement that may open up for me. More details to come.. I just don't want to count my eggs before they hatch :)

Ironically, I have discovered a source of distraction when it comes to my daily blogging issues.... and its none other than Miss Annie Dog! Lately, whenever I bring out my laptop she immediately jumps in my lap preventing me from using it or else I run the risk of danger to it. So its a challenge I am working to find a solution to! (Currently Annie is sulking on the floor next to me as I type from the breakfast bar.)

On to terrific Thursday! Today we acquired FOUR dining room chairs!! Ben bartered with one of his coworkers and he traded his old TI-83 for some chairs! How exciting is that?? We have continuously been blessed with opportunities to acquire furniture for our apartment with little or no expense to us. I am very thankful for that! I will post pictures later this week, they need a little tlc but I know they will be amazing! Finally I have a use for all that HGTV knowledge I have gained :)

I thought I would end this post by sharing a video of one of my new favorite songs, which also happens to be from Country Strong! Its just a great song and I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Every day is a new day!

Hello readers!

I hope you are all having a fabulous week, obviously I am not keeping up with my "one post a day" just yet...I am finding out that life, well happens. However, I am dedicated to doing my best to post on a regular basis. Blogging is a learning experience and I am starting to master it. 
FYI, this post is a little bit of a hodgepodge of topics, but hopefully fun :)
First, I saw Country Strong with my sister on Sunday evening. I have been waiting for this movie to come out fooooorrever!! Since the first preview way back in November! I am happy to report, it didn't let me down! So worth it! And I'm going again to see it with Ben later this week! YAY! p.s. the soundtrack=AMAZING. I bought both parts, the originally released one, and the 2nd edition which has songs from the moving. Garrett Hedlund is awesome!

Second, I thought I would share a little bit about me.. I stole this from one of my favorite reads.. Buckhead Belle. I thought it was fun and not your typical questions.

Your favorite qualities in a woman:
Polite, caring and having compassion, but being able to speak your mind and stand up for what you believe in.

Your chief characteristic:
Being driven and a total planner. I love my agenda :)

What you appreciate the most in your friends:
Being there for me no matter what

Your idea of happiness:
Good food, better drinks, being with Ben and my best friends and sorority sisters.

Your idea of misery:
Being completely alone. 

If not yourself, who would you be:
I agree with Buckhead Belle, it would be awesome to be Kate Spade!

Where would you like to live:
Charleston, SC

Your favourite colour and flower.
PINK! The brighter the better, and navy blue. Favorite flower- tie between a lily and the carnation

Your favorite heroines in fiction:
This is so hard! Seeing as Pride and Prejudice is one of my fav books, Elizabeth Bennett(Darcy)

What characters in history do you most dislike:

Your favorite food and drink:
Champagne. Mexican and Margs from Soccer Taco or El Pac. Yum!

What I hate the most:
Rude people!

World history characters I hate the most:
Adolf Hitler

The military event I admire the most:
World War Two

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with:
Knowing what to do in every situation. I can be awkward. 

What is your present state of mind:
Positive. Excited about my future!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Inspiration, Disappointment, and Entertainment

So I failed at posting yesterday, yes I know I am disappointed too. However, today will be a two post day to make up for yesterday's busy day! 

Yesterday was spent browsing online, running errands, training with Annie and finally seeing Country Strong! I got up yesterday morning anticipating Rue La La's Lilly Pulitzer sale. Their last sale was pretty great, and competitive- lots of stuff sold out asap! This time the sale turned out to be a major disappointment, everything was just blah, nothing I had to have. I am scoping out a dress for this year's Carolina Cup and have yet to find anything inspiring!

While the Lilly sale was uninspiring I did come across something that was.... 
photo from people.com
How awesome is Jessica Biel's monogrammed LV????!!!! I am in love! (well not some much with the stripe) I am not a big purse person. I am a shoe girl, my closet contains an ever growing collection of shoes; however lately I have been itching for a great new bag. Finding a great bag has been a difficult challenge for me. I currently have two bags that I rotate on a regular basis (plus a new purchase yesterday that I will share in a minute) . Bag #1 is a vintage Louis Vuitton Alma bag purchased at a consignment boutique here is the Atlanta Area. Its probably my best consignment purchase ever!! Find the Alma here. Bag # 2 is a Dooney and Burke Champosa in yellow. Find it here. While I love both of these bags they are begging for a break. I have been carrying my Alma almost consistently for the past few years and it is in desperate need of reconditioning. Which is why I am leaning towards paying for the reconditioning and perhaps the monogram to make her like new! What do you think about the monogram LV? Classy? Or too much? 

Another possibility I have been thinking about is the monogrammed Longchamp Le Pliage. Its affordable, classy and good quality. While ideally I would love to have a new LV. My budget at the moment is not ok with a new LV. Betsy (my lovely car) will be requiring some work next month in order to pass emissions this year. Work which equals the cost of a new Louis! :( So not cool. 

On the lines of affordable, check out this great bag I got yesterday! Super cute, functional, and cheap in price. I have been trying to find a great cross- body bag and I finally found it at Forever 21 !
photo credit: Forever 21

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hello to the Blogging World!

So I have finally committed to not only being a avid blog reader but to also being a avid (hopefully) blog writer. My goal for this blog is to share a little bit of my life, a little bit of my interests, and little of my adventures with Annie ( my dog) and Ben. Hopefully you (my non-existent, soon to be existent, readers) will enjoy, share and contribute to my blogging experience!

They say that if you do something consistently for 30 days that it will become a habit so I am on mission to blog a little something everyday for the next month! I am asking that y'all hold me to it! So without further delay, say hello to my Annie!

(yes she is a girl, but for some reason certain boys....aka Ben... can't resist putting bow ties on her) Still, she is my adorable four-legged baby!

Annie loves her toy. And the snow. And being outside! Having a dog of my own has been quite an adventure. Ben and I adopted Annie right after Thanksgiving and in the past month and a half I have learned quite a lot. A whole lot!!

Ten Things I have learned since adopting Annie. And things you should consider if thinking about getting a dog!

1. I am all about purebred dogs. They are beautiful, yet beauty comes with a price. They cost BIG BUCKS $$$!! Money that was not in my budget to spend on a dog. Plus, there are so many dogs in shelters that need a home. Good dogs, including purebreds, as well as every kind of dog you could imagine. Adoption is the way to go!

2. When we adopted Annie we got her for free. But she didn't stay free for long. Having a dog is making an investment. Food, toys, leashes, collars, shots, vet bills. They all add up. Prepare to spend a good chunk of change on your furry friend.

3. The Vet Bills. Oh the vet bills! Annie's first visit to the vet occurred the day after we got her. Unfortunately coming out of the shelter Annie came with Kennel Cough. Kennel cough is a common occurrence with shelter dogs, and is easily treatable with medication and care. Care comes free. Medication does not- one shot, two prescriptions later Annie was cough free. I was out $60.
The average visit to the vet will cost between $30-60.

4. Having a dog is like having a child. So if you don't like children... don't get a dog! They require patience, lots of love, and lots of attention. Annie is a very active dog. Loves to play. ALL. THE. TIME. She never tires out to our knowledge. I think she accepts the fact at a certain point that we are tired, therefore unwilling to play any more. Weather willing Annie goes to our local dog park every day. We are so fortunate to be so close to a great park that Annie can play in with other dogs and run free since we live in an apartment currently. Thank you to the City of Kennesaw, GA for providing us with this!

5. Dogs get cabin fever. Annie is a great dog for being adopted. We have only had a few accidents, and very little bad behavior. What I have figured out is that when Annie is bad, it revolves around bad weather. Bad weather means no dog park. No dog park means Annie gets cabin fever. Annie bored results in bad bad bad things. For example... Annie ate my favorite shoes. ATE my shoes. You can't tell they were shoes. Grrr... if I didn't love her already! So make sure when you leave an active dog alone that you put EVERYTHING away. It is worth the effort.

6. When dogs eat things they aren't supposed to, they usually don't feel good later on. About two days after Annie ate my shoes. She threw up my shoes. At 5:30 in the morning. (Sorry if thats tmi, I'm just being honest)

7. Just because you like to sleep in that doesn't mean your dog will. Annie gets up almost every day at 7. Yes, thats right 7 am. Regardless if its the weekend and we want to sleep in. She will lick us (actually Ben lol) until he takes her out. Then she expects me to get up and feed her. After that, she wants to play. Only if we are lucky and she feels like being nice to us does she go back to sleep after going out.

8. They are great companions. Annie is my little shadow as I call her. When I get ready for work in the morning she hangs out with me. She is great for lying on the couch and watching tv. We have "our time" in the morning when we sit on the couch and watch the news, weather or CMT (usually CMT!) and she curls up in my lap.

9. Even though you get them a doggie bed, they are still going to sleep in your bed. Actually, more like take over the bed and steal your pillow. Annie is a bed hog. She starts out the night in her bed, but once we fall asleep she sneakily climbs in the bed and weasels her way into the middle of the bed.

10. Despite all the craziness of owning a dog, they are worth every penny, every early morning and the chewed up shoes (I can't believe I just said that!) I love having my Annie dog and she has brought great joy to my life. I will proudly say that as Annie's mommy I spoil her rotten. And will continue to do so!