Classics: The Long Trench

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This past weekend I finally watched one of the most touted about 80′s movies – St. Elmo’s Fire. This isn’t a review on the movie, but I will tell you it didn’t change how I feel about the movies, most music and clothes from that time. Not. A. Fan. However there was one element to this movie that kept me watching, albeit with some mocking side commentary – the long trench. I’ve had my eye one of these longer trench coats for a while, and now that want has turned into a definite need. There’s something so effortless about the coat. And it has this chic, cool factor to it. It would also come in handy for those lazy days where you just don’t feel like trying. No one would even take notice you pulled your clothes back out of your laundry basket to throw on. They would be too in love with your coat. If a long trench is your thing, you can shop some of my favorites below.

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Monday Musings: All or Nothing

monday-musings-all-in-or-get-out  Happy Monday all! Did you have a great weekend? It was busy, busy, busy over here. After a Sunday full of errands and hours spent in the kitchen and picking up the homestead, it actually hurt to sit down Sunday evening. This week proves to be even busier as I’m playing hostess to a group coming in from all over the Globe. You can say I brought a bit of the weekend stress on myself, but as the quote above indicates, I’m an all or nothing kind of person. I’m either all in or all out. I wouldn’t say it’s the best way to be, but it’s hard to eradicate deep, seeded perfectionist issues. Going into the kitchen to make breakfast for the group ended with me whipping up three kinds of cookies, one breakfast casserole, some lemon-blueberry breakfast bread and a crockpot dinner ready to go for tonight. Yep, I don’t know how to half-ass anything. I’m working on it!

If you’re feeling a little all or nothing yourself this Monday morning, the below links make for good reading with your second cup of coffee. See I already know. It’s a multiple cups kinda Monday.

Saved By the Kitchen: One of my oldest girl crushes, Tiffani Thiessen, has a Cooking Channel special, and I hope it turns into an actual series. She is just adorable. Oh and P.S., she has perfectionist issues too! DVR it if you can catch it.

Shop Till You Drop: You still have plenty of time to throw all of your pennies towards the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I won’t be shopping this year, but I’m taking notes for next July. However if I was I’d be picking up this, this and these!

Can You Say Uncomfortable: While I was in the kitchen yesterday, I overheard my husband practically rolling on the floor, unable to catch his breath from laughing. You want to talk about all or nothing? How about Dating Naked. Leave it to VH1 to take reality, dating shows to the next level. Sidenote: The chick’s name was Wee Wee. Second Sidenote: VH1 is still on?

Maximize It: The Glitter Guide rounded up the best maxi dresses for the summer at all price points. Take it to the max with both comfort and style.

The Zero Cookie: These cookies are everything and made with practically nothing! You can whip the salted caramel goodness up with only five ingredients. No sugar needed. The perfect all or nothing dessert.

 

 

 

 

Weekend Playlist: High on Summertime

summer-weekend-playlist-18july Can you believe we have only two weekends left in July? This summer has gone by so fast. I barely have any resemblance of a tan. My grandmother always said once we were past the 4th of July, summer would be gone in the blink of an eye. As a kid, I thought she had lost some of her marbles. But now I get what she meant. So it’s imperative we take some time to slow down and enjoy these last two July weekends. The lazy days of summer, that’s what it’s really all about, right?

1. Drunk On You – Luke Bryan
2. Drive-In Movies – Ray LaMontagne
3. Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches – Son Little
4. The Weight – The Band
5. Come With Me Now – Kongos
6. Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band
7. Night Moves – Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
8. Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
9. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
10. Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band

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Comfy Shoe

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My husband and I have this thing when life starts to become routine and comfortable, when you begin to “expect” the other person to always do what they normally do. It’s easy to fall into, this predictability.  We call it the “Comfy Shoe”. Not always the best thing for a relationship. I mean I don’t want to be an old, worn comfy shoe on most days…do you? On some days I want to be this little number.

But you know when I do want this Comfy Shoe, this predictability? In the summertime when I want throwing on clothes to be as easy, breezy as possible. That’s where this Target high-low maxi comes into play. I picked it up last year and kick myself every day I didn’t buy multiples. I throw it on twice a week. It’s so worn in and faded from washing, and you can probably tell that from some of the photos. Oh well…this is real life, remember? For me this dress is the summer, yoga pant equivalent. In fact I’m sure I’ll be tossing it on Saturday morning for running errands.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress (similar here): Target
Buttondown (similar here): J.Crew
Hat (similar here): Urban Outfitters
Flats (similar here): Target
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Bracelets: Made With Love
Bag: Kelly Moore


The Daily Skimm

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If you like your morning news a little snarky with a sarcasm twist and written in a way that actually grabs and holds your attention, the Skimm is for you. The Skimm arrives bright and early every morning and provides the run down on the latest news, giving you just the highlights. If only all written communications could be as succinct (novel-length email writers, I’m looking at you).  Most mornings I receive evil looks from my coworkers for laughing out loud before 8AM. They don’t drink coffee or apparently receive The Skimm…suckers. You can sign up for the Skimm here if you don’t already subscribe. You should do it because then we can laugh out loud together while at the same time become a little bit wiser and piss off a few angry cube neighbors. A perfect day in my book!