Tuesday, January 31, 2012

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

Below is my itinerary for the trip of a lifetime, I am so thankful that my parents are taking Mark and I (and the rest of my immediate family to Ireland this summer!
Day 1 – Arrive Dublin
Day 2 – Dublin / Powerscourt Gardens & Falls /  Kilkenny
Day 3 – Kilkenny / Old Midleton /  Cobh / Killarney
Day 4 – Ring of Kerry Excursion
Day 5 – Dingle Peninsula Tour
Day 6 – Killarney / Burren / Cliffs of Moher / Galway 
Day 7  – Galway / Inishbofin Island excursion / Clifden
Day 8 – Clifden / Croagh Patrick / Westport / Slieve League Cliffs / Donegal
Day 9 – Donegal / Giant’s Causeway / Carrick-a-Rede Rope / Templepatrick
Day 10 – Templepatrick / Newgrange / Dublin
Day 11 – Depart Dublin

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hair styles of the rich and the famous

Another item from the “List”

  1. Get a hair style
I bought a Living Social deal a while ago for $60 to spend on salon services and an eye brow wax at Blis Salon (9848 Rea Road Suite F). The deal expires on February 4, 2012, and I scheduled my appointment for this Friday at 5:00pm.  I have been searching the internet, checking out some of my favorite celebrity’s hair to get an idea of what I want.

I want a hair style that is low maintenance, keeps most of my length, doesn’t require use of many products or tools more than a brush and hair dryer…mostly because I don’t know how to use any other tools (I am willing to learn though), has option to part to the side or down the middle and have an everyday easy look and a night out look.

Here is what I have narrowed it down to, what do you think?

How I wish I dressed...

The top item on my "List" (which is in no particular order) is:

  1. Dress for my body type
I just completed the second half of my closet organization/style sessions with Kim, owner and fashion consultant from The Style Files http://thestylefiles.onsugar.com/

We completed the first session on December 4, 2011.  Kim gave me some style tips and we looked through my closet and made a few outfits and a shopping list of items I can focus on,

Style Tips:
-Raised waistlines
-Tunics with a belt or statement necklace
-Pants with back packets
-Boot cut jeans
-Tailored jackets that hit just below the waistline
-Mix up fabrics but stay with same colors to elongate
-A-line, fuller skirts: try pattern/brighter full skirts and solid darker tops
-Wrap tops, v-necks
-A-line dresses
-Light fabrics- silk, cotton, etc.
-Create slimming effect with belt or gathered waistline
-Chunky shoes- help create balance and slimming effect
-Nude shoes- elongate legs/body

Shopping List:
-Chunky necklaces
-Skinny belts
-Three quarter shirts and dresses
-Scarf’s (for color and texture)
-Fuller skirts, prints with solid tops
-Long shirts and tanks (include v-neck)
-Nude flats
-Sweater dresses
-Champagne/nude tanks

Since our first session, I have been kept an eye out for items that fit into the categories and have picked a few things up along the way. I have also focused on my outfits and tried following the tips.

Today’s session we went shopping to find some items to complete my closet.  We went to the new Burlington Coat Factory and TJ Maxx (
South Blvd.
at Woodlawn).

Today’s trip was a great success. I was able to get pick up 10 new pieces that will open up a lot of opportunities in my wardrobe. Best of all…all but two pieces were on sale!

Check out my great finds below (the photo quality is not great):

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today was a horrible, no good, very bad day!


Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Bring it on 2012

Michael (or whoever wrote Man in the Mirror) was right when they said, "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change"

2012 is the year that I turn 30, and hopefully a year full of change. Out with the old and in with the new. Most of the change I am talking about is stuff that I have been saying I am going to do but never do. This year I think I will be "forced" into doing them, and I hope that it goes smoothly.

Every year I talk about eating out less, eating healthier, making recipes, meal planning, losing weight, not spending so much money on frivolous stuff, etc. The list goes on and on.

We are currently in the process of building a home and hope to be moving in February/March.  We will be "forced" into obeying the above list once we move because we will need all the extra money we can do all of the things we want to for the new house: build fence, build shed, garden, buy furniture and decor, etc.

So this year my New Year's Resolutions list is as follows:
Eat out 2-3 times a month
Menu plan, make new recipes, grocery shop using coupons
Continue adding to savings account
Lose 30 pounds
Volunteer regularly
Go to church regularly
Train Jax
Work on my 30 list

any other suggestions??