Saturday, July 31, 2010
And I truly believe it's what is best for me right now.
Thank you all so much for your thoughts and advice on this situation...Your comments really hit home and made me come to some major realizations. I don't know what I'd do without you.
Back to real blogging once all of my stuff is moved, situated, and unpacked.
See you soon, dolls.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
T-Shirt: Torrid, $28 before coupon
Alright so apparently it's an all Torrid day! I'm alright with that.
Monday, July 26, 2010
For the past 7.5 years I've been dating J. J and I have always had a TON in common. We get along really well for the most part, but we have one huge issue: he is totally and completely irresponsible. As in, he does not have a job, nor does he try to get one, doesn't answer his phone a majority of the time, never calls me when he says he will, doesn't follow through, sleeps until 1pm in the afternoon, and plays lots of video games. Recently he's been taking classes to get a degree, but that is his only commitment. He doesn't have any problem paying bills, though, because his mother sends him $1000 every month to pay for his living expenses. J is 26. Anyway, we've had this problem for years. I'm overly ambitious and he has next to no ambition. And it gets in the way of us being a happy couple.
So there is your background info. Earlier this month I decided that J and I need to separate- get our own apartments and live on our own- until he can prove to me that he cares enough to fix this major problem.
Or so I thought.
Now, the week of the move (I am supposed to move into my new apartment this coming Sunday) I am totally unsure of my decision and feel like I am constantly on the verge of tears. I really, really don't want to live in separate apartments...its really going to be rough on my finances...and his. Not to mention, I will really miss him. We've lived together for about 15 months now, so this is going to be a huge change.
I feel like all of my friends will be mad at me and think I'm weak if I change my mind and stay with him...but why should I put myself through so much pain and financial strain when I could be content just leaving things as is? I guess my friends would say because most of the time I'm not "happy" in this relationship because of J's immaturity. And they're right, but right now I do feel happy with the relationship. When it's just he and I, and nothing else in the world matters, he's my very best friend and I do love him on some level.
That's another part of the story, too. I'm always unsure of whether or not I'm "in love" with J. Most of the time I feel like I'm not, but I wonder if I would feel like this about anyone after being together for so long. Maybe him being my best friend is more important than all that lovey-dovey stuff. Maybe that's what a soulmate really is.
Or maybe there is someone out there that will make me feel lovey-dovey always...I don't know.
Aside from this irresponsible behavior, J treats me very well. He would do anything for me at the drop of a hat and has stood by my side through A LOT of crazy life occurrences. He isn't very romantic or thoughtful, but he is always kind and caring.
Anyway, I'm scared. I'm outrageously sad. I'm confused and uncertain. It almost feels like the him being irresponsible issue doesn't matter anymore. But I know that if I stay with him, sooner or later I will become upset again that he is being immature and irresponsible.
Everyone says if things are meant to be, he and I will get back together later.
I'm just not sure if I'm even willing to take that chance anymore.
I don't know what to do.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Here's what I wore tonight...it has been SO hot lately that these photos literally look hazy.
I have always been anti-black&brown, but I actually really like this cognac color with black. I think it is a great, interesting combination. What do you think? Do you wear black and any shades of brown together?
Also...do you guys notice that I hardly ever wear earrings/necklaces/bracelets? Well, I need to start because I own LOTS of jewelry. I am thinking of doing a "must wear accessories" challenge for 15 days in hopes that I will just get in the habit of accessorizing a little more. Anyone else interested in joining?
Alright, I'm off to bed! Night lovies!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I tried on several other things that I was not super impressed with. :(
I had very high hopes for this line, especially because I am such a huge fan of Lane Bryant. My reaction to the line as a whole was "meh...nothing special." It is definitely very appropriate for the teenage crowd. I have a strong feeling that as the line grows, they will come out with items I like better.
Have you been able to try Loop 18 yet? What do you think?
So...the final verdict...for the price of $29.99, I would most definitely recommend purchasing this dress. It is perfect for any end-of-summer weddings, dates, or other semi-dressy events you may have going on. Now I just need to decide where I can wear the dress!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Anyway, here is my want-it for the week. This jacket was pictured on the insanely gorgeous Ashley Graham in a recent mailer sent out by Lane Bryant:
I may or may not have drooled a little when I saw it.
In frugal news, one of my favorite retailers, Torrid, has an extra 50% off their clearance items right now...and this stuff usually goes fast, so get it while it's still there!
I also have a review of a dress from Sizes to Fit coming soon...stay tuned, loves.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
And, not that I don't love my dress (and everything else for that matter) from Torrid, but this dress is VERY similar and is less than half of the price of the one from Torrid.
I'll be around more regularly as all of the craziness dies down over the next few days (I swear I just drive in loops around central/northeast Ohio...)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
T-Shirt: Old Navy, $5
Saturday, July 10, 2010
As mentioned in this post, I am on the hunt for the perfect pair of skinny jeans. The ones from Old Navy arrived...I had high hopes for Old Navy, but alas, it was a fail. I've got some great ideas now on places to try...I'll keep you posted!
My brother is flying in from Alabama tomorrow! He's been living down there for about 2 months now and I miss him so much! I cannot wait to see him!!
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I start by mixing together some Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer and some Fresh High Noon Freshface Glow and applying it all over my face with my fingers. Then I apply Urban Decay Primer Potion to my eyelids, mark. Eyemarker Eyeliner in Java to my top & bottom lashlines, and some Maybelline Great Lash BIG to make my lashes pop. Then I put Benefit Benetint on my cheeks and lips and blend.
Last but not least I use one of my mark. mini brushes to apply some Smashbox Baked powder (can't find this online anywhere- must be a retired product...I got mine for $5) over my entire face to create a more bronzy glow.
If I'm feeling saucy, I also add some eyeshadow from my Smashbox Eyelights Palette in Strobe to make my eyes appear brighter.
I curl my eyelashes, throw on a little gloss and there you have it! A quick and easy daytime summer beauty routine!
I am curious- what are your go-to summer beauty products?
Also...I thought I'd share I got these shoes today for $12.48!
Hooray Target clearance section! And they're still full price online! I'm telling you- always check out the clearance section, even if you're not looking for anything specific. :)
Going to brunch tomorrow with S&S- can't wait to show you all my outfit! I have been wanting to wear this outfit for days! I just hope it works in real life as well as it works in my head.
So, without further ado, the WINNER of my very first giveaway is (drunmroll please)...
CHRISTINA!!!!!! She is such a lucky duck! Congrats girlie! Please contact me with your e-mail address so we can get the gift card to you :)
Thank you ALL so much for following my blog and taking the time to enter! You're all winners in my heart! ;)
P.S.- I have another giveaway planned for when I hit 100 followers...or maybe I'll even do it before then...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The first is the Stylish Blogger Award, from the gorgeous and very stylish Christina!
For this award I am supposed to list 5 random things about myself...so here goes:
1.) I LOVE school and office supplies. Like, I have a sick obsession with them. Might just be the teacher in me but oh MAN I love them. Back to School shopping has always been my favorite thing, EVER.
2.) I have a very eclectic taste in music. For example, I love alternative/indie/emo stuff but little makes me feel happier (or cooler) than listening to rap/hip-hop music. I could also probably win the world series of "Name that Tune"...I listen to a LOT. And music never leaves my head.
3.) I am the oldest of 3 children...and I love my brothers more than life itself. My family is pretty tight-knit.
4.) When I'm with the people I am closest to (parents, brothers, BFF, etc.), I tend to use a lot of cuss words. The F word is certainly not a stranger to my vocabulary...and yet I never slip up around my students. lol If you didn't know me well you would probably be surprised. I also tend to use improper grammar and I get a little twangy when I return to my very small, country-ish hometown.
5.)I have a tendency to leave partially full bottles of water around the house. I just drink some and then leave them around. I don't know why I always do it, but I always do.Now I will tag a few incredibly stylish bloggers that really inspire me:
Big Beautyful Mess
Curves and Chaos
Fab Finds Under $50
Next Award is the Versatile Blogger Award, given to me by the lovely Lianna. It requires that I list 7 more random things about myself, so I'll try to keep these more brief.
-I hate mustard and swiss cheese.
-I put vaseline on my lips every night before bed.
-I love Coach everything, a trait I inherited from my Grandmother.
-My favorite color is pink.
-When I was younger I had to have braces and several dental surgeries.
-I love the read but apparently it takes me forever to get through a book.
-I love to travel, and if I could I would do it constantly.
Now I have to give this award to some fabulous blogs I've recently discovered:
Texas Love, Life and Fashion
T Minus, T Plus
In other news, my 4th of July was spent with the BFF, Vi, and some other friends at the beach. Afterwards, we had a little cookout and went to the fireworks. This is what I wore after the beach (and I let the beach do my hair...lol):
I felt like being cutesy, so I went for the American-themed Hello Kitty. I even got a compliment from a little girl at the fireworks. :)
T-Shirt: Torrid, $25.60 with discount
Tank: Torrid, $12 on sale
Skirt: mark. reversible skirt, $ 18.20 (rep discount)
Shoes: Oh yeah, I was at the beach, so they were unnecessary ;)
Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Ends tonight! Winner tomorrow!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thanks again for helping me choose my hairstyle! I felt SO glam all night!
Dress: Torrid, $38 on sale
Shoes: Torrid, $39 before coupon (I can't remember how much I actually paid for them)
Best Strapless Bra I've Ever Worn: Cacique, Lane Bryant, Free w/their B2G2 Sale
Bracelet: NY&Co, $14.95
Silk Flowers: Joann Fabrics, $2.99
I also wore a little black lace shrug over the dress for a small bit of time I was at the wedding to tie the outfit together a little more, but it was just so unbearably hot that the shrug ended up on the back of my chair for most of the evening...and I didn't even feel self conscious about my arms! I felt great. What a confidence boost!
Don't forget to enter my first giveaway! Ends tomorrow! Winner on Wednesday!
Friday, July 2, 2010
1.) First, be/become a follower, visit any of the fabulous CSN websites, and leave a comment telling me about which products you like (I'm curious!), with your name and e-mail or blog address (so simple!)
2.) Post on your blog about this giveaway, come back and leave me a comment with the link to your post.
3.) Make a Twitter post about the giveaway, come back and leave me a comment with the link to your tweet.
Giveaway will close on July 6th and I will choose a winner on Wednesday, July 7th, via Random.org.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Before you see my 3 options, I am going to tell you that I am really bad at doing hair. It's just not my thing. So please be honest and tell me what looks good and what looks like a hot mess! Oh! And please excuse my lack of makeup in these photos...my face is horribly broken out all over for some reason and I don't want to irritate it by putting anything on it :(
Bangs a little swoopy-er with a piece on each side pulled back
Thanks in advance for your advice! I am super indecisive. ;)