Monday, March 23, 2015

Things I am Liking Right Now

I hit up the mall today for the first time in a long time. I was actually shopping for a birthday gift for a friend, but found a few things that I needed/wanted.

Up first, are my MOST AMAZING, MOST COMFORTABLE JEANS IN THE WORLD!! .   Technically, they are legging jeans, but I bought a pair in blue a while back.  Then I liked them so much, so I went back to the mall and they were sold out, so I bought them in black (which fit a bit differently and tighter).  Then I went to a different mall today and they had them so I bought a few pairs!

If you are built anything like me - short and a little curvy on your bottom half - you might also find these to be absolutely amazing.  I am pretty sure I am going to buy a pair or two of these every 2 weeks until they stop carrying them, because I am terrified they are going to stop carrying them!

 
 
For the last several months, I have been sporting this fragrance and think it is officially my new signature scent since I haven't really worn anything else since!

 
 
I spotted this dress tonight and it reminded me of a top I had.  But I wasn't really shopping for a dress so I passed it by and went along my way.  On my way back to my car, I decided to just try it on to see.... and of course fell in LOVE!!  The color looks great with my light skin.  The cut is super flattering and for $68, I really couldn't pass it up!  I have a wedding to attend in 2 months and am trying to convince myself that neon pink is an appropriate color to wear! 

My favorite part is actually the back, with this pretty slit back!

 
 
 
 
I have been eyeing up this python bag  for a while.  It's currently on sale so I think it's time!
 
 
 
Last year , a few of my platform sandals were ruined eaten so I need to replace a few pairs.  I really love these ones in both colors!
 
 
 
What are you loving lately?  I 've already picked up most of the above and will most likely be getting the rest very soon - now if only the weather will cooperate!
 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Masculine Bedroom: A Birthday Gift Idea

Tomorrow is my best friend (who also happens to be my ex-boyfriend...)'s birthday.  I had absolutely NO idea what to get him, until I saw this piece of at the store where I work part-time:

(sorry, they don't sell online, so I can't link)

As an avid outdoorsman who fishes and recently started hunting, this reminded me a lot of him.  The fact that he works in Construction and it's made to look like a pallet, was even better. 
Plus I know he had recently re-decorated his room and figured this would fit right in!
 
For those of you avid DIYers out there who are going to tell me that I could have made this piece myself for practically NOTHING.... I realize that.  Yes, I could very well have fished a pallet out of pile from any nearby construction site,  attempted stencilled a stag head on it and distressed it.   However, I have been working 3 JOBS lately people!!! So for me, it's less about how much the stinkin' thing cost, and more about the fact that I had barely enough time in my life to take these photos and document this, let alone creating an original piece of art!!  :)
So, buying pre-made this time around was the best option - Plus, I used my employee discount so, it's no biggie!
 
 
As I mentioned, he had recently purchased new bedding - red and black buffalo check plaid.  While I haven't actually seem it in person, I believe the picture was similar to something like this (except the white):
 
via this Pinterest page , which I believe he might have purchased at  
 
Last year, he painted his room a warm chocolate brown and added some pine wainscoting similar to and while it's typically not my style, really suits him and the space.
 
 
 
Since he's a guy, he of course has all sorts of  techy/audio visual/video gamey stuff in his room and since the space is pretty small, he needed a way to organize all his things. Luckily, a friend had an old bookshelf from Restoration Hardware bookshelf for which she had taken out and was getting rid of some shelves.  He snatched the wood planks up and simply retrofitted some brackets to the wall to hold his gaming consoles and it worked perfectly under his wall-mounted TV without taking up valuable floor space. 
 
I believe this was the shelving.
 
 
 I have to say, that for a guy, he has pretty good taste and while it's all pretty manly and not my typical blue and grey, it's a pretty cozy space and he's done a good job!

So, what do you think?  Will my stag head pallet artwork be a hit?  Do you think it's a good fit with the items I've described?  I'm also so worried about what I get him as he's pretty stylish and particular.

Thoughts?



Monday, March 9, 2015

Techy Things: Apple TV

When it comes to techy things and gadgets, I am probably one of the last of my friends to get on board with things.  Maybe it's the fact that I no longer have a guy living with me, or possibly I'd just much rather spend my money on clothes, shoes or accessories, I don't know, but that has never been an area that I am one-step ahead on.

I have only had an iphone for a year and a half (and only after plowing through 3 Blackberries in about 8 months....).  I was also pretty resistant to the iPad trend for so long - I had an iPhone and a Laptop at this point, why did I need an iPad?  Then of course, I won one at my Curling Bonspiel and realized how handy they were!  Then of course there was Netflix , anyone who knows me, knows I watch a LOT of television and movies, so it was pretty surprising to most that I didn't even have an account until last summer! 

My biggest issue with it was, as I didn't have any sort of gaming console or a Smart Tv, I had to physically hook up my lap top to the tv with an HDMI cable and get out my wireless mouse and use that to control things if I wanted to watch Netflix while laying in bed.  It was fine, b ut kind of annoying if I am being honest.  Everyone was constantly harping on me to get Apple TV saying that it would be perfect for someone like me.  But of course, I didn't really understand it, and in my head could think of so many other things I could spend $100 on.



Until yesterday, when my Curling team was the first team to be called up for the pick-your-own-prize portion of the prize winning at our Bonspiel.   As I didn't think I was going to be getting a prize (since I was no longer working for the company and wasn't technically playing in the tournament- but was invited to attend the dinner and prizes), I hadn't really spent much time in advance, checking out the prizes.  I had taken a quick peek and seen the small apple box, but really hadn't checked anything out.  So you can imagine my excitement when I realized that I lucked out and the four of us were the first able to check our prizes... I knew exactly what I was wanting and snatched that box up RIGHT AWAY!!

Of course, the first thing I did when I got home was figure things out.  It was the easiest thing ever to get set-up.  I simply plugged it in, attached the HDMI cable and connected it to my account.  No lie, but I spent the whole evening binge-watching Nashville. 

If you haven't tried Apple TV before, I highly recommend it to anyone who, like myself don't have a device like a gaming console or Smart TV that allows you to access your programs. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

High vs Low: Feather Print Toss Cushions



Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I've been thinking of swapping out the living room toss cushions.  Of course, when I spotted these, I was absolutely in LOVE!!!  Anyone who knows me, knows feathers are my thing!
Of course, the colors of these are exactly perfect for my living room, so these immediately went on my Wish List.
 
 
 
This kidney shaped cushion has a good mix of colors and will be amazing on my sofa or my bed.  Available at Urban Barn  it sells for $29.00
 
This trio of plumes in shades of grey is also from Urban Barn  and is $32.00
 
Yikes!!  Maybe I'm just a cheap-skate but that seems like a lot to spend on a cotton toss-cushion.  But that would mean I'd be spending over $60 for 2 cushions!!!    I mean, I'll probably still be buying them both but I couldn't help but smile when I came across a very similar style for less than half the price!
 
 
At only $12.97 this stunner is from Walmart of all places!    I will definitely be snagging myself a couple of these very soon!
 
 
While this high vs low comparison isn't a huge price difference, I still like to identify any great steals when I find them.
What are your thoughts?  Found any great high vs low deals lately? 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Change...

To say the last month has been a rough one for me, is a bit of an understatement.  Firstly, I lost my job..  I would have been there almost 6 years this Spring so I am admittedly, a little sad. When it happened, I realized I wasn't sad about losing that particular company, just my job in general.  Plus, every single one of my best friends works there still.   The people were what made that company for me and I am heart-broken that I don't get to say I work with my best friends anymore.  That being said, I've actually kept in touch with a lot of them, even more since I have been gone... so I guess the saying that you try harder when you want something to work is true.

Thankfully, I never let go of the Part-time retail job I've had for just over a year, so they have been wonderful about accommodating me and actually had a girl quit on them the week prior, so had quite a few shifts for me to pick up.  They are also giving me pretty much full-time hours for next week so that's been a big blessing.   Not to mention the contract I have with a private client, that allows me to work from home on my own schedule.  It's a temporary contract but they have said that if need be, my manager will look at speaking to some of the other franchisees to see if they need assistance so that has been ideal.  I do have some interviews lined up, so that's promising but truth be told, there is not much available in my industry and overall, some pretty slim pickings!

As a night owl though, I am not going to lie that the ability to sleep in, has been wonderful for me.  When I get up though, it's a quick breakfast and straight to job searching!  I've been working in the dining room (in lieu of my messy office) and despite the crummy job market right now, have been aiming for 15 - 30 resumes out a day.  It's actually been pretty tough cause of the few available jobs for me, they are either:  paying peanuts, or are looking for someone with far more education than someone applying for these jobs should ever have!  I mean really, if I had 3 degrees, I would be a doctor, NOT working in an office... some people really need to get with it!

Anyhow, I am definitely gonna take my time and try and find the right job and not just settle for a right now job, if I can.  In the meantime, if you need me, you can find me here:
 
 
In other sad news, at Christmas time, I learned I was going to be an auntie again.  Yesterday, I found out that my sweet future niece/nephew went to be an angel instead.  We are obviously pretty broken hearted and while I don't really know what to say to my sister in law to make her feel better, I just want her to know that we are thinking of her and here for them if they need it. 
 
It's times like these that really make me wish my family lived closer.  On that note, I have to work tonight, so I am off to get ready for that, but it's my goal to get together a post of some Interview Appropriate outfits, in honour of my job-searching, so look for that this week!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Splendies Review: January 2015

I had initially planned some big Valentines décor items for this week and then suddenly it's Friday night and I am exhausted from working late all week and am putting that to next week. But while I didn't accomplish much around here, house wise, I am always receiving packages of pretty things, so why not some reviews?

I must admit, I have been terrible about sharing my Splendies reviews lately.  Of course, I've had good intentions, and took all the photos and stuff, but then ended up having to delete them off my phone for legit photos of life before I got a chance to transfer them, and... such is life.

So, here we are. I thought about going back and re-shooting my December items but figured I'd just start fresh from here!  The good news is, after sizing up a few months back (since Splendies has a tendency to run small, I haven't had any issues!)

Splendies

Cost: $13.99/mth USD

Shipping:  US (free); Canada ($7.00); International ($9.00)

Here's what I got this month!
 
I was super excited to see a lot of fun color/patterns/texture!  This looked like the best lot yet :)
 
 
Rene Rofe Light Blue Lace Skirted Thong

Oh my goodness is this pair ever cute.  It's actually just a nice silky thong, but there's a cute little lace "skirt" over it.  I actually love the look of Brazilian cut underwear like these and these are even more fun since it's technically a skirt. 
 
 
 Hearts & Anchors Bikini

 
While not my ideal cut, these are just absolutely the cutest and will get a ton of wear anyhow.
 Love the print and these are nice and comfy.
 
Frederick's of Hollywood Seamless Thong

I've actually never tried this brand before, despite hearing a lot about it.  I am looking forward to these as a great everyday pair since they look like they are the seamless kind.  Love the bright orchid color and anticipate these will be super comfy and the fabric is nice and soft!
They are the only pair in the box with a price tag and are listed at $5.00
 
On average, I find this is a standard price for pieces in the box, but I've seen everything from $3 - 15 so it's a nice little mix usually.
 
Overall, I am very happy with this package!  I think it might be my favorite Splendies so far!  I am also looking forward to my February package as they said that most boxes would include some Valentine's undies from Spree Girl (another brand I have yet to try!)
 
Do you subscribe?  What did you get in your package?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Things I Am Loving Right Now... Edgy Feminine Decor via Urban Barn

Another day, another collection of things I have added to my Wish List.  Once again, everything had a pretty feminine vibe but I felt that quite a few items had a kind of edgier vibe, which seems to be my new thing.
 
Today's items are all from Urban Barn which is one of my favorite places for home décor.
 
I've been toying with changing up the artwork on the main floor and these items are really speaking to me!
 


 
I love adding coziness through a lot of layers in soft goods.  Both of these items are nicely textured which also adds another dimension to the space.
 
 
 
 
 
Cause you can never have too many fun objects!
 

 
 
 
 
 

















 
 
 
I don't actually have a space for this stunning light fixture in mind, but I really think it has to come home and live with me!!!   Maybe my stairwell??
 
 
Again, without even trying, everything I chose was in the same color scheme!  How crazy was that?
 
What have you been crushing on lately?