Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Just a quick post today...
I love the subtle detail on both of these pieces. They are classic, but jazzed up enough to stand out on their own. I noticed that my shirt is getting a little too big though. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to wear with before I have to take it to get altered. It's kind of frustrating. I'm not sure how long I should hold off to get things altered. I already have some many great skirts I can no longer wear. Of course I will eventually get them altered and then it'll be like having new clothes all over again.
Hope everyone has a happy Monday!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ally, you are going to have to get you dog Maddy to show off her Britney pose too. They can be the canine Britney and Lindsey. Woof-woof!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Studio Max - TJ Maxx
Nine West skinny belt - Macy's
Hype lacy slingbacks - DSW
I really must teach Izzy how to pose better. Seriously, she must think she's Britney Spears dog. Still, she wanted to be in the pic and I can't deny her.
Last day to suggest a song for the new playlist. Can't wait to groove to your favorite tunes! Winners will be announced tomorrow.
Let's talk about dress days. If you see me in a dress, that means I didn't have a lot of time or I didn't want to think about getting dressed. Some people wear jeans and a t-shirts when they rush to get ready, I throw on a dress. In one fell swoop, you have an instant outfit and you're still dressed professionally. Of course I had to throw on these lacy shoes. They also went to the shoe hospital recently. The strap on the back stretched out and I had to have them cut and re sewn. They are still so fab!
Biggest Loser was on last night. I just love that show. Does anyone watch it? It's only the 2ND episode for the season and I am already crying. I am just amazed at what they can do in a matter of months. I told my trainer, Monica, that I want to look like the winner from last season. She and Kae from Season 4 are true inspirations. Of course I won't do it in 4 months, but I am on my way.
I have an awesome trainer! I know people think personal trainers are too expensive, but for me, it has been worth every penny. I used to be so intimidated by the gym. All those weights, machines, and equipment can be overwhelming when you don't really know what your doing. When I tried to do the gym on my own, I stuck to the cardio machines and the aerobic classes because those were the things I was familiar with. I'd lose a little weight, but never really stuck with doing it for more than a few months mostly because I got bored doing the same thing and I didn't see results fast enough. I also felt like a phony trying to fit in a place of sweaty, skinny, fit people. I had so many excuses to not go. When I joined 24 Hour Fitness, my new membership came with 5 personal trainer sessions. That's when I met Monica. She has really guided me, pushed me, and taught me a lot. She even taught me how to run on a treadmill (seriously I never thought that would happen). I've also gotten to know a lot of the staff. They keep up with me and always encourage me to keep going. I never knew a gym could be like this. I am no longer intimidated. I no longer feel like I don't fit in the gym. It's so liberating!
Thank you Monica for pushing me when I needed it. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for helping me change my life. I always look forward to the sessions no matter how much you kick my butt!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Worthington cowl-neck sleeveless knit - JCP
Isaac Mizrahi dark denim pencil skirt - Target
Gold beaded necklace - Target
Impo faux snakeskin pumps - Rack Room
I'm so happy to have my snakeskin shoes back from the hospital. I've had them for years and just love them because you can practically wear them with anything. Of course after a while, they were looking pretty sad, but after a minor face lift, they have sole again. Now I can slither through the office again.
Last night I finally got around to making E's cranberry applesauce. Well it didn't come out exactly the same, but it wasn't my fault. There wasn't a cranberry to be found. I guess the grocery stores aren't fully stocked just yet after all that Ike non-sense. Since I had some peaches at the house, I substituted the 6 oz of cranberries for 2 large peaches. I also added the orange zest. Because the peaches were pretty sweet, I added just a tad bit of brown sugar (little less than 1/4 c). It turned out so yummy! Thanks E for the fab recipe. Once they get the cranberries in, I'll be trying that out too.
Oh and don't forget to suggest a song for my next workout playlist. I see I already have some good ones. I'll be rockin' on that treadmill in no time. Thanks!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Black knit top - Express
H&M pink and red skirt - H&M Las Vegas
Purple and black jewel toned necklace - Gift from V
Silver mangled bangled bracelet - Charming Charlie's
Maripe peep-toe pumps - Rack Room
I really wish we had an H&M here in Houston. I first fell in love with the store when I was in Stockholm, Sweden (home of H&M). It's like Starbucks over there. There is one on every corner. I think my friend and I hit 4 stores over there and they all seem to carry slightly different things. Loved the clothes, loved the price! I've also shopped their stores in Helsinki and Nice. Some stores are multi-level with women's, men's, and kids wear. So when I went to Vegas I had to go. I have to admit, even though I found some great stuff (like this skirt for $10), it wasn't what I expected. It was a lot smaller and not a whole lot to choose from. This has been the only US H&M store I have been to. Maybe the New York store is bigger. In any case, they should still open one in Houston.
Okay, on to The Emmy's. I didn't really watch them, but I did check out the red carpet. Here were my fav's...
Brooke Sheilds looks stunning. My absolute favorite!
Love this print.
I think the butterfly earrings are fab!
So pretty and girlie!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Soooo needless to say, no cute outfits for a few days, but I thought I'd post a pic of some of my hurricane essentials. And incase you were wondering... Yes, gummy bears are essential!
I'll give you guys an update on how we're doing.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Pink tank with bow - Anthropologie
I love this top. It's comfortable and cute. Even the label is cute. No name, just a fortune cookie tag that says, "You are a traveler at heart. There will be many journeys." Funny how my fortune cookies are always way off, but my fortune shirt is dead on! Anyways, I bought this top back in my Anthro days. I worked there part-time for about a year or so to earn a little extra money and get a great discount. Well when you only work 4 hours a week, and all the clothes are must-have's, even the 40% discount couldn't save my pocketbook. Sadly, I had to quit the job to save money. Lesson learned.
In other news... It was back to the treadmill this week. I took a break and was spinning for a while, but honestly I get the best burn from the treadmill. My hour long inclined walk/run burned a total of 615 calories according to my Bodybugg. Burn baby burn!
Many thanks to those who are reading and for all the kind words. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and fabulous hump day!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Melissa's Shiny Happy Tuesday outfit!
Silver blouse - Dots
Halter vest - Dots
Black pants - NY & Co (I think)
Maripe buckle peep-toe - Rack Room
After months of working out and eating healthier, it was time to reward herself with some new wardrobe pieces. She looks great and her hard work shows!
This month, the lovely ladies at Cute on the Cheap, have a blogger challenge to show off your team spirit. My outfit today is inspired by The University of Houston (red white, and a little black). Go Coogs!
On the healthy side of things, I'm back on cooking mode. I actually made a couple of meals, divided them up, and now I'm set for lunches and dinners for the rest of the work week. I generally try to eat 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat in an overall day. It keeps me balanced and if I have an off day, I don't feel so deprived when I get back on track. It's all about a healthy lifestyle, not a diet :-) Here's today's lunch...