Jammin’ Wednesdays

I am feeling Ed Sheeran’s new song, Shape of You. I heard it recently while at Zumba class and the instructor used it towards the end, near the cool down. Its a saucy little number. If you are listening to the words, it sounds like how college elite live on the weekends.

Also, I did not imagine Ed Sheeran to look as he does in his photo background for this song. I imagined him to be taller, thinner, darker, less hair on his head. Oh, well! Its still a great song! Enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT: Men are the Devil

So I took a break from trying to find love by swiping left or right or whichever direction its supposed to go. I let luck take its course and as luck would have it, a mutual friend fixed me up with someone that she knew.

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So after she did the whole number swap, it began with a phone call that very same night.

I was taken by surprise by how much he made an effort to get to know me or at the very least, talk to me. He called. A. Lot. And I would call sometimes, too–but not to the same degree he did. I think he was a caller rather than a texter—and that is perfectly fine. But I am of the texting generation. Its easier for some things, quicker, more efficient, just to name a few positives that come to mind. Do I use the phone—yes, of course.

So we made plans to go out to dinner and a drink the very next night after our first talk on the phone. He initiated all the talking, btw. Dinner was very nice, as were the drinks that followed. In the words of my mother, “It sounds like you hit it off famously.” It was fun there for a bit.

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The mutual friend checked in to see how things were going right at the beginning and then slipped away into the background. She reported that the feedback she got from the He-Devil was all positive and if it kept up, there’d be wedding bells. Well, now—I wasn’t going to get ahead of myself.

But, we would get together when he had a day off or at the very least keep touch. We went to the movies, got breakfast, went out to eat a several times. We were having a great time—at least I thought. I mean, one would think so when they continue to get asked out. Or get messages like this…

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Then all of a sudden and seemingly out of nowhere, the He-Devil started to disappear without word or warning and for no apparent reason. Thinking that maybe he was just busy, I stayed optimistic and open. I even called and left a message that never got returned.

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So I grabbed life by the balls and cut to the chase.

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And wouldn’t you know it….that son of a bitch is still “taking it easy” and didn’t even have the common courtesy to say “You’re really nice and I think you are really great, but it’s not going to work out right now.” I would have been okay with getting a message like that—a little disappointed maybe, but at least its being honest. And for someone who is 40, where the hell was he raised that he thinks its okay to blow someone off without some kind of explanation.

AND…..what is his operational definition of having “just met”? The other day I just met the UPS guy who delivered my meal prep box. He was new. THAT is an example of having just met. We started this thing at the end of January. I would go so far as to say it’s still new-ish….but we didn’t JUST MEET. Good Lord…if he can’t decide if I’m someone he wants to pursue, at least for a little while longer after that length of time, I’d hate to see him make any other big decision in life. I am sensing major COMMITMENT ISSUES. Which is why he is probably 40 and still single. Sheeesh!

If you are reading this, shame on you, sir. SHAME. ON. YOU. You’ve got a special seat in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks with your name on it.

Good Bye and Good Riddance.

End Rant.

Almost. If you are the mutual friend and reading this—you are still awesome and I’m sorry it didn’t work. Thanks for thinking of me and I’ll be in to get my hair done very soon. I’m going to need highlights STAT by April. 🙂

The End.

Jammin’ Wednesdays

Sometimes as I am driving, I press the figurative “Feelin’ Lucky” button on my Bluetooth and see what the music gods want to tickle my eardrums with….and on this particular day they surprised me with a little Canaan Smith.

His song painted a smile on my face as I thought ahead to warmer, brighter days.

One Of Those by Canaan Smith!

Fix #8

I had been doing my regular, routine pinning when I came across some Fix inspiration to request for my upcoming fix. After seeing other fellow Fixers show off their recent athleisure fixes, I knew it was something that I wanted to request next. All my new pins must have helped, because Katherine was able to pull out a 5/5 fix. My regular stylist, Nicole, was unavailable, so a brand new stylist viewed my Pinterest boards, my fix note and hit the ground running.

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My fix arrived sooner than expected and as usual, I excitedly tore through it! Let’s see what great pieces Katherine put together for me.

As I opened my fix, I was excited to find a shoe bag and a carefully wrapped stack of lovelies for me to take out, muse over and try on.

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Right out of the gate, I was loving the color palette of this fix. It screamed cozy as I unwrapped the stack of clothes Katherine put together for me.

I had some fun pairing and styling the pieces of this fix. Let’s take a look.

Lucky Brand Emmie Round Toe Ballet Flat

Katherine found a cute pair of grey-tone flats. When I tried them on, they fit perfectly. I was mildly skeptical of their elastic heel because I was not sure if they would leave me blistered. Much to my surprise, they were comfortable and did not dig in along the elastic line. The sole of the flat is very thin, so these would be optimally worn on a calm, dry, warmer spring day. If New England gets lucky, we might see one of those days by the end of March. The lion is surely getting in his jollies this year.

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Rune Glynn Faux Leather Detail Moto Legging

Item number two was a pair of edgy-meets-comfort black leggings. There were a couple of things that I loved about them as soon as I slid them on. First, I loved how smooth they felt on me. I felt as though they smoothed over some of my less appealing physical features. I also loved the diagonal pleats near the knee followed by the feax leather detailing down the side from mid-shin to the ankle.

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First, I styled them with the oatmeal colored RetroD Morrison Elbow Patch Pullover sweater from Fix #6 and the grey and black Tahari Palace Wedge from Fix #5.

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I got to see how I could dress up a simple pair of leggings with a pair of high heeled wedges and a dressier top. To recreate the look, I found some similar pieces that you could get on sites that I frequently shop. Amazon has a variety of reasonably priced Tahari Palace Wedge Pumps. Get them here. A quick search for sweaters with elbow patches revealed that Nordstrom Rack has several to choose from. The one linked here most resembled the one from my Fix.

 

Laila Jayde Carlique Raw Edge Neckline Knit Top

Katherine sent along an oversized, high-low knit top in light grey that I was unsure of when I held it up, but instantly loved when I put it on. I had some fun trying this top with some different options.

First, I paired the Laila Jayde Carlique knit top with the black Moto leggings and the Lucky Brand Ballet Flats. Needing a pop of color, I reached for the Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf by Octavia from Fix #1.

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Keeping the top and the leggings, I opted to change the scarf for a softer color and change the flats for black riding boots. Shop the look below.

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Black Riding Boot from Famous Footwear

Blue Infinity Scarf from Ann Taylor LOFT This particular scarf is on clearance right now—$4.84! What a steal!

Bobeau Winston Open Cardigan

Next, I tried on the open cardigan in light pink. It is more of a pastel pink color and very light. The material is very soft and stretchy. At first I tried it on with just a tank underneath and the leggings. I thought it might look better with a longer shirt under it. After styling it differently, I realized that long or short layering tops work just the same.

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Rune Donaald Cowl Neck Knit Hoodie

Perhaps one of my favorite pieces from this fix is the hoodie. It is an off-white color with black accents on the cuffs and some of the seams. It has an oversized hood in the back and the smallest, but best feature in my opinion, is the thumb-holes on the cuffs. Dressed up or dressed down, this hoodie is surely a versatile piece to add to the grand collection.

Here, I styled it ready to get active with my favorite pair of colorful Asics. Then, I dressed up the hoodie with a pair of my go-to jeans from LOFT.

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So, let’s review Fix #8.

  • Lucky Brand Emmie Round Toe Ballet Flat…..$59.00 (KEEP)
  • Rune Glynn Faux Leather Detail Moto Legging…..$58.00 (KEEP)
  • Bobeau Winston Open Cardigan…..$58.00 (KEEP)
  • Laila Jayde Calique Raw Edge Neckline Knit Top…..$54.00 (KEEP)
  • Rune Donaald Cowl Neck Knit Hoodie…..$64.00 (KEEP)

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Jammin’ Wednesdays

A girl can dream of spending an evening in Roma….I mean, its in the cards for one day in the future. And if I may continue dreaming, I would dream that there is a tall, dark and handsome guy there to spend it with and make a fury of memories with while there.

I am on a Michael Bublé. binge here…..and he has an old favorite from Dean Martin that he remade.

“Sott’er Celo De Roma” remade by Michael Bublé.

Food Therapy

Since embarking on a food journey through the world of pre-portioned meal subscription boxes, I learned something about myself.

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While I am not completely bogged down by the constraints of life and time, I enjoy gathering up all the ingredients, pulling out my food prep bowls, cutting board and fancy (and sharp) ceramic knife and get chopping.

There is something about following the recipe and putting a pinch of blind faith that at the end of all the washing, peeling, chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, and mixing something beautifully delicious awaits. And the other part to that is—it almost always is something that I would not have ordinarily have picked out or made for myself on any other ordinary day. There is some satisfaction in knowing that me and my amateur skills created something that didn’t make me violently ill.

The aspiring-chef within me wants to learn how to cut things more efficiently. I believe there is an art to chopping/slicing/dicing and mincing. The Food Network chefs make it look so effortless—I aspire to get there one day and chop my food prep time from 30-40 minutes down to under 20—no pun intended.

I realized there are a few kitchen accessories I was missing while cruising along this food journey. I took to Amazon to see if I can could fill in the gaps.

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First things, first. I needed a set of wooden cooking utensils. I have exactly one, solid wooden spoon, but once it hits the sink, its one and done. So, I ordered a set of Bamboo Cooking Utensils after reading about how they are made out of a renewable and sustainable resource.

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The next addition to the kitchen I plan on buying is a set of mixing and prepping bowls. I might hunt around for these, as I am certain that other retailers carry them and I might be able use one of the oodles of coupons I have depending on where I get them.

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And, where there are knives chopping, there should be a finger guard. I saw this one on Amazon. $6 to save my fingers from getting filleted sounds like a steal to me!

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The kitchen is calling—there’s one last yummy meal to be made this week. A Melty Monterey Jack Burger with Zucchini Fries. Better get chopping!

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