Friday, July 29, 2011

Fashion Friday: Birthday Dresses

I came up with this fun inspiration board for ideas for going out for my birthday. Heather and I didn't do anything to celebrate our birthdays last year with our friends. This year we're going out to The Matador with some of our local friends. Then we're hoping to celebrate with our Seattle friends when we visit in October. We're going out tomorrow night and I'm not quite sure what to wear yet. My only ideas include these Jeffrey Campbell heels, because really, what other reasons do I have to wear them in Boise? haha. So that's what I'll probably style my outfit around. We'll see what I come up with!

birthday dresses

Sheer lace dress
$230 -

Diane von Furstenberg metallic dress
£134 -

TopShop body con dress
$110 -

Jane Norman layered dress
£75 -

Platform shoes
$89 -

DKNY clutch hand bag
$132 -

Clutch hand bag
$150 -

Tasha clutch hand bag
$98 -

Miss Selfridge clutch hand bag
£16 -

Thursday, July 28, 2011

SexyBack Challenge - Week 6

Is this challenge really almost halfway over?

I may not be doing this challenge to lose weight or for any of the other reasons other people are. But I am thankful for it because it helping me to make my fitness, food, lifestyle, etc. a priority in my life. Maybe I'm not taking it as seriously as I should. I don't even want to tell you how many times I did [or didn't] workout this week. But I'm thankful it's there to remind me of my goals every week.

In the next week I'll be posting my 26 goals before 27. I'm very serious about achieving them and I'm excited to see how incorporating them into my life will hopefully help me achieve my SexyBack Challenge goals. I want to live a well-balanced life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I'm excited to share them with you [on Monday]. Overall, I want to be more disciplined in my life and give everything I have into accomplishing the goals I set for myself.

I don't have a picture this week, but I do want to share this video.

Xiomara is incredible! Her current goal is to lose 25 lbs a month so that she can go to New York in December. She is inspirational! If she can complete 3-4 workouts a day, I should be able to do one, RIGHT?!

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Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

It's been a while since I've done a Wardrobe Wednesday post. I wore this on Sunday to church. I was running a little late and so I had to decide on an outfit fast. I love this pencil skirt from Target, partly because it has pockets and partly because it's an extra small. Don't ask me how I fit in it, but it sure makes me feel good when I wear it. Haha.

Yellow Tank Top: Forever21
White Tank Top: Forever21
Skirt: Mossimo by Target
Heels: Marc Fisher
Necklace: Forever21
Bracelet: Forever21
Rings: Forever21 & Premiere Designs

After church I changed into some boyfriend jeans, a white tank and a lace top with some black t-strap sandals. It was the perfect outfit to see Harry Potter 7 Part 2. I just with I had taken a picture of it too. Guess I'll have to save it for another post.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

the sky is everywhere

I wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, which I recently read.

Grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors how to reflect us
the walls how to contain us
grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping
grief is a house where no one can protect you
where the younger sister
will grow older than the older one
where the doors
no longer let you in
or out.

When I’m with him,
there is someone with me
in my house of grief,
someone who knows
its architecture as I do
who can walk with me,
from room to sorrowful room,
making the whole rambling structure
of wind and emptiness
not quite as scary, as lonely
as it was before.

If this doesn't change out lives,
I don't know what will - this,
Lennie, is the color of extraordinary.

I look into his sorrowless eyes
and a door in my heart blows open.
And when we kiss,
I see that on the other side
of that door
is sky.

I told him I was looking up at the sky.
He said, "That's a misconception,
Lennie, the sky is everywhere,
it begins at your feet."


Monday, July 25, 2011

Music Monday: Steve Martin

As you know, Saturday night the fam saw Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. The parents took Heather and I as an early birthday present. We had such a great time at the show. Steve is a fabulous performer! He's so funny and has great comedic timing. The Steep Canyon Rangers were truly amazing!

Here are just a few pictures from the show. I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Fashion Friday

Tomorrow night we're going to see Steve Martin in concert! It's an early birthday present from the parents for Heather and I. I'm excited to see him and spend a fun evening with the fam. I put together an outfit inspiration board on Polyvore for tomorrow night's concert. I'll definitely be referencing this when choosing an outfit for the show. I especially like the necklace I chose to go with either outfit. :)

outdoor summer concert

Sheer top
$35 -

TopShop floral shirt
$25 -

Current/Elliott short shorts
$148 -

One teaspoon shorts
$100 -

Nine west shoes
$50 -

Leather shoes
£55 -

$20 -

Ray-Ban black shades
£60 -

Jane Norman trilby hat
£14 -

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SexyBack Challenge - Week 5

Here's my SexyBack Week 5 check-in!

This week can be summed up with one word, VEGGIES! You can tell that our garden is in full bloom with all the fresh veggies we’ve been eating this week. Okay, so maybe it’s just the zucchini and cucumbers, but still.

Here's a picture of our garden.

One of my favorite things to have for lunch is a veggie sandwich. I make it with a sandwich thin, a little Chipotle Lime Mayo (à la Wildtree Herbs), a thin slice of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and lots of spinach. It’s easy and quick to make and the ingredients are usually in the fridge.

My physical activity this week has mostly been work. I’m constantly walking, moving, squatting, lifting my camera and so on. I’ve also gotten a few evening walks in as well.

At the Canyon County Relay For Life [last month] I ended up winning one of the raffles, which just so happened to be 4 months free at a local fitness center. I’ll probably be splitting the fourth months with Heather so that we can go together. I need to go on the website and sign up, but hopefully I’ll be able to start this next week if things don’t get too busy.

My goals for next week are to step up my exercise game [5 days - 30 minutes minimum/day] and continue to drink lots of water. I feel I’m at a good place with my food and I’m continuing to cut back [or cut out] pop. What are you goals this week?

Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It


My family finally got around to watching this after my dad got home from Texas. He loves animated movies, let's face it, I like them too. It was super cute and definitely would be one to own!

Pretty Wild

I had a sick day last week, or the week before, and I ended up in bed all day watching this. It's just one of those good, but bad reality tv, trash shows. It kept me entertained and helped keep my mind off not feeling well. Side note: after watching the show I googled Alexis and Tess and ended up finding Alexis' Youtube channel. She recently started doing video blogs about how much her life has changed since she's been in rehab. It's pretty inspiring and really awesome to see how much she's grown.

Country Strong

This was one we watched right before dad got home, because we weren't sure if he'd like it or not. It was such a great movie and definitely nothing like I expected [in a good way]. I like how the music was incorporated into the movie, there was a great balance between the music and the story.

Just Go With It

I had a free rental from Redbox and this is what I ended up getting. I had fairly low expectations, but since I like Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler [occasionally] I figured I'd give it a shot. Heather, my mom and I laughed through the whole thing! I really want to get it again so my dad can see it because I'm sure he'd love it. I think it's probably worth owning.

How Do You Know

I kind of regret watching this. I'd definitely call it a dud. The story just didn't seem to flow and during parts of it I would ask myself "what is going on?" and "why is this happening?". I was pretty bummed and will [hopefully] never watch it again.

What If...

The cute Debby Ryan tweeted a month or so ago that this movie she was in was on instant Netflix. I looked it up and after reading the brief description I immediately added it to our queue. It's a sweet story about the "What if..." in this man's life. It has a lot to do with faith and spirituality, but does so in a way that doesn't portray Christians as outrageous or crazy. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Heard It

Brett Dennen: Loverboy

I'm still mourning the fact I missed seeing Brett when he was in Boise at the beginning of June.

Lenka: Two

I was thrilled to finally get Lenka's new album. Remember that one time I met her? Oh yeah, that was awesome.

Steve Martin: The Crow

I can't wait to see him on Saturday night! I'm trying to convince him via twitter that he needs to give Heather and me backstage passes as a birthday present.

Death Cab For Cutie: Codes and Keys

I don't know if I could really say that I've truly listened to this. I've had it playing in the car since about Friday because I've been driving all over the place lately. I guess if I play it long enough it might stick in my head.


On Friday I opened an account with Spotify because I have a Klout account. I still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing with it. Maybe I should read/watch the tutorial, ha! I think it'll be cool once I figure it out.

Read It

When Joy Came To Stay by Karen Kingsbury

This was the second to last stand-alone book by Karen that I had left to read. It was difficult to read because of the spiral of despair that one of the characters is experiencing. I love that Karen is not afraid to approach tough subjects, such as depression and faith. I appreciate that her stance in this book is that Christians do experience depression and just because they do it doesn't make them any less of a believer.

Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury

This book seemed a little bit different than some of Karen's other books, maybe because it was one of her first ones. It's a story of a woman going home after her father passes away. She looks for solace while dealing with arguments with her siblings and distance from her husband.

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

When we went to Whistler last summer [ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE] Janelle was reading this book. I've had it written down on a sticky note so I'd remember to read it when I found time. Heather read it last fall and wrote THIS POST about it. I absolutely loved it!

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

I decided to take a little break from reading through all of Karen Kingsbury's books, so I started at the beginning of Jodi Picoult's books. It was definitely a different pace than Karen's books, so it took me a while to get into it and find a rhythm. It's told through 5 different voices, some in the past and some in the present. I found it really interesting and, at times, heartbreaking. I'm starting another book by her today.