Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's all about the Gamecocks, baby!

I wouldn’t say I’m a sports fanatic. But I have my teams, and I keep up with them. I have the ESPN app on my iPhone and check it almost daily. Baseball, NASCAR, football—and most recently, college football.

You see, moving from the North to the South is more than just a geographic change of location. It’s practically an entirely different lifestyle. Not that we didn’t have college football in New England—but we didn’t have college football there like they have it down here. And the first time I lived in the South, I learned two things: first, when in the South, do as Southerners do—and a big part of doing as they do is watching college football. (Which in South Carolina means you watch Clemson or USC.)

Second, I quickly learned that I just don’t take kindly to Clemson fans.

Therefore, I named myself a USC Gamecocks fan sometime back in 2007…and I never looked back.

Last year, I caught snippets of the game when USC beat Clemson over Thanksgiving weekend. This year, we made greasy Buffalo Chicken dip, brought out the Tostitos, had a few friends over and drank our fair share of beer while we watched the game...and of course, I used my outfit to show my Gamecocks spirit! (that, I've always been good at)

I'm happy--we WON! (And beat the pants off Clemson)
Please note that I am not one to wear shirts short enough so that you can see my bum...I know that looks to be the case in the picture above, but rest assured that when my arms were in a normal position my jersey covered what it needed to cover ;o) And also, yes, the way I'm standing makes the fit (or something) of these leggings look bad. But it is just the way I'm standing.

USC Gamecocks Jersey: Adidas, the biggest size from the boy's section of Kohl's
Black leggings: Yoga leggings from Victoria's Secret
Shoes: black faux patent leather ballet flats, Target
Headband: locally made, from a little gift shop in my city
Earrings: large black hoops, Forever 21

I owned everything else that I was wearing long before this particular game, but my headband was actually a special purchase made on Saturday. We were browsing downtown with some friends and it being game day, I couldn't pass it up!
And because it's pretty usual colors--a dark red, along with black and white--I already have other shirts lined up to wear it with. These are the best kind of purchases...I try not to buy accessories unless I can think of at least two different ways to wear them/outfits to match them with, off the top of my head.

(And yet somehow, I still have simply too many accessories. Not that I'm complaining.)
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Wednesday: Out on the Town!

I feel as if I'm going to be using the same pose in all of these outfit pictures, but I'll try my best to change it up.

Regardless, of course we went out for Black Wednesday--especially considering we had friends in town. The outfit I wore is one I donned a few months ago and I just love the way it looks...comfortable and put together and chic. Or at least...I hope that's the way it looks ;o)

I'm not sure about my hair, but whatever.
Black sweater: from Target
Purple print shirt: Lauren Conrad, from Kohl's
Matching necklace & earrings: from Kohl's
Button Bracelet: from Holly & Sage on Etsy
Black skinny pants: Lauren Conrad, from Kohl's
Shoes: Purple faux snakeskin, Steve Madden, from Off Broadway (sorry you can't see them, it annoys me too--but this is the only picture that came out at all despite numerous attempts)

Silly picture, I know (I'm, uh, pretending to call the number of the DUI lawyer on my bar wristband) but you can see my jewelry much better!
Anyway, it was a very long long weekend. I do have another outfit post (sort of) but that will have to wait until tomorrow or the next day :o)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Learn to Let Go

I wrote this earlier in the year. Some things have changed since I wrote it (mainly that just a couple days after I did so, I was engaged and have since re-married), but as I ended up going through my closet last weekend (and getting rid of three large bags of clothes!) I figured it couldn't hurt to post it here :o)

"I found myself with some free time this week, which meant...LAUNDRY! Excitement abounds. (okay, not really) Unfortunately, I had so much laundry to do (thanks to my bad habit of putting it off until I'm down to my last pair of socks or I'm out of clean running clothes) that I didn't have room to hang up all of the clothes that can't go in the dryer.

And suddenly I was reminded of some friends of mine who recently mentioned the objective of cleaning out their closets and getting rid of things that they didn't need/like/wear anymore.

So I went to town. After all, who needs a blouse from 2002 that never fit properly in the first place (damn you, 36D's!)? Or a wool sweater from American Eagle that was cute in 1998 but looks mom-ish now? Or a baby-style tee from 2005 that is too short to wear with the super low-rise jeans that are all I have nowadays?

In the end, I didn't get rid of as much as I wanted to. I probably didn't get rid of as much as I should have. But the whole process certainly got me thinking.

Why do we keep things around when we know we no longer need them? For instance, I am a notorious packrat. I literally have tubs and tubs of crap that I doubt I'll ever look at again. And the worst part? Every time I move (which has been a lot in the past ten years) I get rid of trash bags and boxes full of stuff. Yet I somehow still end up with things to throw away at the next move, or clothes to send to Goodwill when I do random spring cleaning (like I did last night).

Why is it so hard to just let things go?

The thing is--this applies to people, too. Why is it so hard to let people go? I was writing about not knowing whether I was in love with my ex-husband just a couple of years into our marriage...but I was too afraid to throw him away, because if I did, then what if someone else picked him up (a la Oscar Wilde)? Yet the minute I decided that I was ready to let go, that I had to let go...in that minute, my life truly began. I never really looked back and the past year and ten or eleven months have been the happiest of my life--happier even than when I was still blissfully in love with him.

And years ago, I always tried to drag out friendships with people who treated me like shit. Sometimes for months, sometimes for years. In the end, letting go meant less drama in my life, and letting go was always for the best. I've been better about this lately. When my so-called friend--our so-called friend--Mikey screwed us over last year, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am I was DONE. Sometimes, there is no apology that can ever be good enough for the way one is betrayed, and if that's the case, why even bother pretending to be friends with a person?

So many times, I've watched my friends let other people--be they other friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family members--walk all over them, and I've kept my mouth shut. I don't do that anymore--keep my mouth shut, I mean. Of course, nowadays, it's still a bit about politics. I don't want to always take the harshest stand, because I know that not everyone finds it as easy as I do to just let go. And I've been there myself. I know that, especially in a long term relationship, it's hard to make the decision to walk away. But that doesn't stop me from telling my friends when I think they need to review a particular relationship in their lives and figure out where it is going...or where it is not going.

Honestly...get rid of the trash in your life! Whether it's that necklace from an ex that you never wear anymore, anyway; a boyfriend/girlfriend who you only keep around because doing so is the "easy" thing to do or because you're simply afraid to be alone; that glittery shirt that doesn't fit anymore, the one that you "can't" get rid of because you wore it to a party years ago and had a good time in it...if you can't think of at least three good, logical reasons why you are keeping something in your life, then it doesn't need to be there. Plain and simple.

As I hit my mid-20s and stopped worrying about whether or not everyone liked me, I've led a much more fulfilling life. I'd rather have an amazing boyfriend/relationship than a half-assed husband/marriage. I'd rather have a half-dozen best friends who I can trust with anything, than thirty people who talk shit about me and consistently don't include me in activities. I'd rather have a half-full closet of cute, flattering clothes than a stuffed-full closet of clothes that I don't even really like.

Some would look at my life right now and say that it's not good enough, because I'm not "popular", because I'm not married/not married anymore/divorced/"only" in a relationship, because I buy my clothes at Target and Old Navy and Kohl's rather than Guess and Banana Republic, because I'm healthy and fit but still not stick-thin, because I have allowed myself to become a spiritual person rather than a religious person, because I no longer need to smoke weed on a regular basis or experiment with God knows what other drugs in order to have a good time.

But me? My life is full. Almost too full. I am bursting with health and fun and friendship and love, love, love.

Me? I am a happy girl :o) Pin It

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Today's Entry, Brought to you by Alvin

Alvin & the Chipmunks, that is, because I've given new meaning to the word frump today. My work outfit consists of black faux patent leather ballet flats, black Express slacks that are again a size too big, and a red t-shirt with Alvin (yes, from Alvin & the Chipmunks) on it.

Today was my off day. I only wash my hair every other day at most to keep it from drying out, so no sweaty run--just a 3/4 mile walk with the dogs and about 20 minutes of yoga. Speaking of yoga, last week (or maybe the week before?) Groupon had a great deal on classes in my area and I hemmed and hawed over it too long. Silly me.

I've also over-eaten today. Not bad stuff, really, just too much food period. I don't know why but I've been starving all day long :-/

Speaking of food...I was originally going to do this challenge on my couple's blog, but the husband has been pitching a fit about it, because the first part of the challenge is to eat vegetarian for a week. As there have been mentions of some weeks involving fashion and whatnot, I figure this challenge probably doesn't fit on a couple's blog anyway and therefore here it is...
Hubs is just going to have to deal with vegetarian dinners for a week and he can eat whatever he wants for breakfast and lunch ::shrug:: And by vegetarian...there will still be milk, cheese, butter, etc. involved. I thought about trying to nix eggs but most of the recipes I have include those, so I'll just be going sans chicken, beef, fish, or pork for seven days. No biggie, really, and chances are that at certain points I've gone days in a row without eating meat anyway. Such as on my first Disney internship. There have to have been weeks where I lived off cereal, frozen cheese pizzas, grilled cheeses, bagels and ramen noodles. This time I'll be going a bit healthier than that, though ;o) Pin It

Monday, November 22, 2010

Today? Not so much.

I have to be honest, I almost always feel frumpy on weekdays. I rarely straighten or curl my hair, wear makeup, or pay much attention to the clothes I put on outside of them matching. Today is no exception to any of that.

Thing is, I got in a good workout this morning--a 1.8 mile jog with the pups and some time on the Bowflex as well. I've eaten decently, too: Corn Pops with 2% milk for breakfast, baked white cheddar cheese puffs and a chicken salad sandwich (homemade chicken salad, and on whole grain bread) for lunch. Unfortunately...none of this really combats yesterday, because I only walked the dogs twice (for a daily total of maybe 1.75 miles), and I allowed myself my once-a-month-or-so hangover McDonald's :-/

I won't even get into the fact that I ate nearly an entire [large] bar of Trader Joe's Swiss Milk Chocolate with whole hazelnuts. YUM...but also...BAD.

As for what I'm wearing? Let's just say there won't be any picture today ;o) Dark brown slacks from Express, and they're at least one size too big. Plus a yellow graphic T from Express. Round-toed brown Mary-Jane type heels to round it off, and the only jewelry I put on is my wedding and engagement ring. All that combined with the un-done hair and lack of makeup...blech.

Oh yeah, and one of our cats knocked Hubby's fancy bathroom glass off his counter last night and broke it.

Then this morning, she knocked my fancy bathroom glass into my sink and broke it.

Not a good cat.

Still, it's Thanksgiving week, so I am thankful for some things...in fact, a lot of things! And today I'm most thankful for the fact that I have enough leftovers hanging around so that I don't have to cook dinner ;o) Pin It

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Once Upon an Outfit...

The outfit pictured below is what made me decide that I needed another blog.

No, seriously! I got dressed last night and realized that I looked good. Maybe not gorgeous or hot or sexy, but I had on cute clothes and accessories and I was proud of myself for putting it all together. Take a look:
Yes, it's a silly pose.
Navy tank top: Sedona, from Kohl's
Striped navy and white 3/4 sleeve shirt: from Hamrick's
Jeans: Mossimo, from Target
Boots: from Baker's Shoes
Purse: from Target
Watch: Fossil brand
SC bottle cap necklace: from a booth at a local festival
Earrings: Dark gray metallic hoops, probably from Claire's

It's probably clear from the motley assortment listed above that I'm no fashion maven. But I do pride myself on once in a while putting together a cute outfit, and lately I've been inspired to try even harder to look presentable. No, more than presentable--to look good.

Also note that I am obviously not skinny. I'm fit, yes, but I haven't been skinny since I was about 16. That said, this journal will also be about keeping fit and healthy. Not dieting, not losing weight, but maintaining the status quo (which I'm quite happy with, by the way).

So there you have it...the beginning of this blog, in a nutshell. Maybe something more will someday come from it ;o)
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