Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gameday {UNC vs. ND}

Hey y'all,

Today, UNC has headed up to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish. Since the high there is pretty cool I decided to keep the looks for both teams casual. All you would need is a nice coat and you can head to the stadium for tailgates and the big game.

Notre Dame vs UNC

I am such a jeans and sweatshirt girl whenever it gets cold so this is a typical fall outfit for me. Who doesn't love the little pops of Carolina blue especially with this gorgeous tote which can be embossed with your initials.

For Notre Dame I tried to keep the traditional colors of blue and gold, although I know that green is prevalent when talking about the fighting Irish. I love the Kate Spade watch I was able to find and it would be stacked perfectly with this Alex & Ani bangle that shows some team spirit. I always love simple accessories for football games since you will be outside and standing for a couple of hours you want to be comfortable and dressed for a game not a gala.


Who are you cheering for this weekend?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday & Book Club Friday {Tudor Rose Series}

Hey y'all,

It has been a while since I have written a five on Friday post so what better way to come off a mini-series and get back to lifestyle posts than a nice link up about five things as we gear up for the weekend. Thanks again Darci, April, Christina, and Natasha for organizing this link up weekly (and for the awesome giveaway!) Here we go:

one. Phantom of the Opera. I think Phantom of the Opera is considered one of the quientessential broadway productions and I am so excited to be seeing it tomorrow. I have loved the music for years and have watched the movie adaptation and many documentaries about the show. I can't fully explain the experience of seeing a musical live. Now for

two. the SkinnyTaste Cookbook & Fresh20. I don't know about you but I love being in the kitchen. It might have been how I was raised but the kitchen has always felt like home. I have been following the SkinnyTaste blog for a while and I just recently picked up the cookbook. My nutritionist also told me about the website, Fresh20. It is a subscription service similar to e-Meals that focuses on 20 fresh ingredients to make 5 dinners a week. Also, they have specific "for one" plans! I am trying it out and will keep you updated.

three. Flywheel. They recently opened up a flywheel studio in Raleigh and I am excited that I have planned to go a few times towards the end of this month. I think some classes will be the perfect thing after my half in 9 DAYS! I wish I was able to go to the ride on Oct 15th since Ruth, the creator of Flywheel, will be leading the ride. However, I have work stuff at 5pm that evening in Pittsboro so I hope some readers are able to go and enjoy the ride. I will be over here being jealous. If you ride in Raleigh let me know! You can sign up for classes here.

four. Boo Bags. I don't know about your neighborhood or office but October means boo-ing to me. Every year our office participates in the tradition of anonymously giving bags of Halloween and Fall decor and candy to one another. The boo ghost started on the first and a few offices have already been given goodies but hopefully in the next week or so I will be receiving and giving a bag away.

five. Book Club Friday. Tudor Rose Series by Susan Wiggs. I recently found the Tudor Rose series through the North Carolina Digital Library and I have read the first two books of the trilogy. This historical romance series connects with the Tudor family in England with the first book including Henry VIII and the second book has Elizabeth's coronation at the end.

Frustrated by his own failures at matrimony, King Henry VIII punishes an insolent nobleman by commanding him to marry the vagabond woman caught stealing his horse. Stephen de Lacey is a cold and bitter widower, long accustomed to the sovereign's capricious and malicious whims. He regards his new bride as utterly inconvenient...though undeniably fetching.
But Juliana Romanov is no ordinary thief—she is a Russian princess forced into hiding by the traitorous cabal who slaughtered her family. One day she hopes to return to Muscovy to seek vengeance.
What begins as a mockery of a marriage ultimately blossoms into deepest love.
 I actually read this book after reading the second in the series so some of the mystery in the first book was kind of ruined. This book begins with Juliana losing her family in a horrible murder. I thought it was interesting that she was a Romanov and no one thought to go looking for her for years. It was a cute story and I love the temperamental nature of both of the characters. They are stubborn and want various things but together they heal one another of their past burdens and tragedies.

Roguishly handsome Oliver de Lacey has always lived lustily: wine, weapons and women are his bywords. Even salvation from the noose by a shadowy society provides no epiphany to mend his debauched ways.
Mistress Lark's sole passion is her secret work with a group of Protestant dissidents thwarting the queen's executions. She needs no other excitement --— until Oliver de Lacey drops through the hangman's door and into her life.
As their fates become inextricably bound together in a struggle against royal persecution, both Oliver and Lark discover a love worth saving ... even dying for.
This is the first book in the series and I got sucked in and wanted to read the rest right away. I loved that Susan Wiggs writes women characters with some feisty personalities and ones that are intelligent and contribute to society. Lark has had an interesting past and is very resistant to Oliver but together they work to help various individuals in the rebellion to keep England as a protestant nation under the inevitable death of Mary and ascension of Elizabeth.

I am about to start the third book in the series after I finish my two book clubs' books.

How is your Friday going? Any big weekend plans? 
Have you ever tried Flywheel?
Favorite musical? 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Birds of a Feather {Critter Couture}

Hey y'all, 

We have almost made it through the work week! Today was a tough day but I am lucky to have plans with one of my grandlittles tonight. We have a tradition of hanging out watching Scandal while drinking wine and eating cookies. Yep, we are those kind of friends. Really, I haven't seen this girl throughout the summer since she has been so busy graduating college and becoming a teacher!

Today ends my critter couture series. It has been a nice change of pace for my blog but do not worry we will be back to more lifestyle posts soon as my life will be calming down after my half marathon on the 19th! 

I think most people have wondered what it would feel like to fly, while I'm not able to give you that superpower I can give you some great items for your closet that highlight our fine feathered friends.

Birds of a Feather

If all over bird prints are not your style, you can check out this sweater or this one from Ann Taylor.

As always, you can check out all my critter couture posts here.

Would you rock animal critter prints?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Zealous Zebras {Critter Couture}

Hey y'all, 

Do you ever feel that you are stuck in a rut. I think that I wear way to many black clothes to work every week so I am starting to explore other options. However, black and white are such classic staples and even found in nature, such as in today's featured animal for my critter couture series. Yes, this mini series is almost over and while it might have been a bit lackluster, it did jump start me back into posting regularly.

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on your favorite posts! Come back Thursday for the conclusion of my critter couture series!

Black & White

Black & White by postgradprep featuring stud earrings

You can catch up with the rest of the critter couture series here.

Also, today I found out who my great-great-great-grandlittle is! Yes, there are some benefits for being an advisor to your sorority including meeting all of you family members! I am so happy for my ggglitte since she is so excited to craft and welcome her little in two weeks!

 Do you have a favorite color palette for work?
Do you ever feel like you are in a rut for work outfits? 
Any favorite work appropriate pieces on your wishlist? 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Horsing Around {Critter Couture}

Hey y'all,

My Mom grew up riding horses all the time so I have always had a soft spot for the magnificent beasts. However, you will never find me riding one. They are kind of scary for me and my Mom had a bad fall when I was little so I have been wary ever since. I mean, I will brush them and spend all day at a farm with them but if you ever see me on a horse it might be the end of the world.

It seems like horse items are slowly coming into the world of fashion. Here are some things you can add to your closet that show you love the magnificent beauty of horses without wearing a costume:

Horsing Around

You can click on the image to find all the items, and you can check out the other critter couture posts here.

What are your feelings on horses? Have you ever gone riding?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Sayings

Hey y'all,

As usual, Sundays for me are for getting ready for the week. It is a day of meal prepping and going on a nice long run in prep for my half in TWO WEEKS! So here are a few quotes and verses to help you regroup and get motivated for the week ahead.

Does anyone else think this would be such a cute print in a house? I think this is something we should all abide by.
What do you do on the weekend to prepare for the week? What inspires you?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gameday {UNC vs. VTech}

Hey y'all

It is another Saturday in the Fall which means it is time for some football. Today my beloved Heels take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech. I am lucky that the game is this afternoon and I have time to watch the game before I head off to teach some Pre-schoolers about the Miracles of Christ at church. I even decided that this week I would include some game day outfits for the team on the other side of the field so no matter who you are rooting for during this Military Appreciation Game you can look great!

Since the weather will be in the high 60s, I thought this skirt from Olly Oxen would look great paired with a white long sleeve top and boots. Throw on some more carolina blue accesories like this tassel scarf from Francesca's, this gorgeous tote bag from Barrington Gifts and your trusty pearls before heading out to a tailgate or climbing the Bell Tower.


Now if you are a VTech fan, I figured you might need something a bit more comfortable since you are making a drive down to the game. I love this J. Crew Factory Top and it is the perfect maroon color. All you need are a few orange accessories like these Reva Flats and this Hat from State Traditions. I mean, if you have an early morning driving, throwing your hair up in a pony tail and tossing it under a hat are a perfect combination for cute and casual. Also, this Alma Mater scarf from Peach Roots shows off Virginia Tech pride perfectly for early fall.

VTech vs. UNC

Who will you be rooting for today? 
Any favorite items for Football games in early fall?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Club Friday {Where'd You Go Bernadette}

Hey y'all,

My book club at work recently completed Where'd You Go, Bernadette as our September book. While I had had this on my GoodReads radar for over a year I had never sought the book out to read. Now I have finished the book and thought I would share some of my thoughts since I know a large number of you have read it! Please comment with your thoughts on the book as well! 
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

It took a while to get used to the format of the book since it changes perspectives often from an email to Bee's point of view to a letter, etc. But once you get into the book and later find out about the reason for the formatting it makes more sense. I thought that Bernadette herself was very funny as a character however, the handling of mental illnesses and drug abuse were pretty appalling. I also think the book ends abruptly and I would have loved to have had another chapter to finish it. It was a good quick read!
And, if any of you grew up with Pizza Hut's Book It program, it's back! As a BookIt Alum you can sign up and gain a free personal pizza! No reading required this time! 

What is on your to-read list? 
I am about to re-read The Best of Me in prep for watching the movie with my Mom in a few weeks.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday {October 2nd}

Hey y'all,

With a full day of meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday catching up on everything I am starting to finally get back to the swing of things and thought I would share my weekly wishlist today.
Wishlist Wednesday {Oct 1}

As the temperatures get cooler I am always on the lookout for cute throw blankets for the living room and I just added this Vera Bradley Ink Blue pattern one to my list! Who hates snuggling under blankets on a winter night?

Christmas is coming in less than three months, so I have started to look for some items to add to Santa's list and this Alex & Ani Arms of Strength bangle made the list. I love the meaning behind the bangle and I am always looking for more jewlery to add to my arm parties.

With Phantom of the Opera coming up next weekend I am eyeing great dresses to wear to the afternoon at the theater. I am still shocked whenever I go to the theater and people wear jeans! It is a sign of respect to dress up for a performance and plus, it is just fun to get all fancy and spend a few hours enraptured by the Opera. This lace number needs to hit my closet asap!

Does anyone else go on and just browse for hours? Well, I am excited that Captive, the sequel to Pawn (my review here) comes out in December but I personally would love a copy now! Please, pretty please Harlequin Teen I would love an ARC! I have been dying to get a copy on this book since I finished Pawn and it is now less than 2 months away!
Also, I can't wait until I get home since my copy of the SkinnyTaste cookbook should be waiting for me! I love the blog Gina writes and can't wait to look at even more recipes.

This sweater from Talbots is too cute! Who doesn't love rainboots. This is perfect for those rainy fall and winter days when you want to be cute, warm, and comfortable. This sweater also has elbow patches, a win in my book!

And lastly, I am in debate over which of these Benefit mascaras to put on my Christmas list. I have loved Bad Gal lash for years but with the introduction of They're Real and so many people recommending it, I am confused. Hopefully Santa will make a good decision and I will see one of these in my stocking.

What are you wishing for this week? Have you started your Christmas list?
What is your favorite mascara?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Under the Sea {Critter Couture}

Hey y'all, 

I am so sorry to have had a blog post hiatus this weekend. I was so busy with a work picnic Friday afternoon, a get together at LJ's house Saturday, and then hanging out with friends watching Guardians of the Galaxy Sunday that this little blog land got neglected.

I think it might be the fact that I competitively swam for most of my childhood but I have always loved the sea and the many creatures one can find in the ocean. I mean, I might have a whale toothbrush holder and soap dispenser in my bathroom since whales are one of my favorite animals. I think sea creatures are becoming more visible in the world of fashion especially with companies like Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines becoming more widespread nationally.

Here are some fun finds if a sea creature is more of your fancy:
under the sea

More Creature Couture: 
Did you ever fancy yourself a mermaid and want to have sea creatures as friends?
Little Mermaid fans?