Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Well I must admit - I was not very spirited this year as far as celebrating Halloween - I did buy a pumpkin but... there was no carving of the pumpkin....no roasting of the pumpkin seeds (yet!)..... no costumes and no passing out candy this year. Boooooo. In fact, Chad and I ended up furniture shopping Friday night for couches instead of participating in spooky festivities. Will have to be better next year for sure! I think our vacation threw me off this year :)

I did manage to buy these very cool Day of The Dead skulls for the mantle.... I am not going to lie though, I would love to keep these out year round! Each sugar skull is about the size of my palm - love!


Now, furniture shopping was kind of a last minute decision - I still had candy that we had planned on handing out - but truthfully we don't get very many trick-or-treaters here in our hood and really wanted to look for a new couch :) so... i have these leftovers. Not cool to have this bowl of goodies sitting around! I am sending this to work with Chad tomorrow :)


I did spy this decked out golf cart in the hood for Halloween - love it, made me laugh for sure - can't wait to see what Christmas looks like :) I snapped this as he was rounding the corner....


I finally dug out my dark MAC lipstick this weekend.... getting in touch with my 9th grade self here! It's been a long time since I have rocked the dark lipstick but - was fun and brought back some memories... can remember all my parliament ciggies with my trademark dark lipstick on the filter - ha


Goofy smoochy face - gotta get my bangs trimmed this week (note to self)!


I also gave in and had Panera grilled cheese & tomato soup this weekend... it was the first real cold snap and this just felt right :)


Today has been a trip to Lowes, grocery shopping, food prep for the week, laundry and oh yeah cleaned our ceiling fans - feeling accomplished and ready for bed at 7pm! Looking forward to another week in my new role - so far so good - hope it continues :) Oh and I also see a few trips to the gym in my future this week - gotta work off that Halloween candy - Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Back from Bahamas!

We just got in this afternoon from the Bahamas - had a great time although I will say 7 days is a long time to be away - I missed the girls so much - had a very relaxing, low key trip but - we are very happy to be home with Honey & Bebe :)

I was not so great with the pics this trip! Here are some that I snapped...

So yes.... I somehow managed to pack everything under the sun for the beach....minus flip flops for the pool....der. Picked these up at the gift shop - had to laugh! 


Chad and I at the piano bar at the resort - the bartender here was the best - always had a laugh and a smile and remembered my special drink :)


We had two days of rain and cloudiness - booooo! But, we made the best of it & had fun in the rain :) We decided a rainy Wednesday in the Bahamas beats sitting at work any day.


I pretty much let my hair air dry the entire trip with zero hair product - 
it was so nice to just take a break and relax


I did manage to squeeze in three workouts while there - go me! Now trust me - any calories I burned were easily consumed in excess this week - I threw healthy eating out the window for sure lol.

I must say though - the view from the elliptical made it pretty easy to get motivated to sweat :) One day I watched several large sting rays swim by as I got my workout on - was so cool :) And this water is just gorgeous.... such beautiful shades of blue & green


My post workout selfie - I loved this little balcony off the gym - had a great view & perfect place to cool down after sweating my butt off


A few more random pics.... this is us at the same spot from when we were here for our honeymoon... hard to believe it has been five years! My how time flies....I would not change one thing over the years...so very content and happy with life these days :)


The part you can't see in this pic... we were sitting in front of a nice fire pit watching the sun set - beautiful!



And our final sunset from last night.... was just oh so beautiful!


I am very happy to say - no sunburn for me! I lacquered myself in spf 90 & wore my wide brimmed straw hat at the pool and it was perfect -  just got a smidge of color and no burn YAY! No sun damage for this fair skinned girl. 

While we were gone - our dog sitter stayed at our house and took care of the girls - she was walking them 3-5 times a day!!! Wow - I don't think I can live up to that but, can't wait to take the girls out for a walk tomorrow - happy to be home - off tomorrow to get the house in order, laundry & food prep (need to reverse vaca damage!) and then Tuesday....start in my new position at work - so much change ahead - excited, scared and anxious all at once! :) Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beer 30 & Fall

I have not really been in the blogging mood lately - or the picture taking mood - must be the weather - it has been chilly and wet here the past five days or so - yuck - i love the cooler weather but need some sunshine! Guess I will be getting that Sunday as we head out for vaca - YAY!! I of course am making a list of last minute items - sunscreen being #1 on that list!! Gotta have my 90 spf for the beach :) Such a nerd....but gotta protect my white skin!

So - baseball season is in full effect in STL with the Cards being in the playoffs....a friend snapped this picture of a fella at the game and I must say - love this! It's beer 30 someplace peeps! :)


Last Wednesday - had such a fun girls night - we went shopping and ended the evening on Ernesto's patio - this is such a charming little wine bistro in Benton Park - right down the street from us - oh and guess what...Wednesday is half off bottle night...holla!!! We ended up just splitting a bottle as it was a school night but - was delish and such a fun night with my ladies! Here is the view from Ernesto's patio - likely the last "patio night" of the year due to fall/winter weather.


Chad and I checked out a new pizza place that just opened in Soulard....again, right down the street from us. It is wood fired neapolitan pizza place called Pizzeoli - it was really good! We will be back for sure - the crust was really fantastic!


Here is a funny shot from work... Miss Boo was calling me this week! Of course, this was not her legal name but pretty damn funny she had her caller ID changed to say "Miss Boo" - and yes, she was quite the character! :)


 OK so we may have gone to Pastaria on Saturday for lunch... I die for their kale salad! And we split the tiramisu....I mean since we were there and all ;) it was fantastic! Not too sweet - just perfect!


And here is the race t-shirt for the race that never was..... Sunday morning, the alarm went off and it was cold and rainy. We decided to stay in bed! The tshirts were cool this year though :)


I did make some healthy turkey white bean chili this weekend for us.... the favor was great but, i think it could have used some veggies... maybe add some corn or spinach for next time I make it


Fall is here - the leaves are starting to change and I love it! Our park has such amazing fall foliage - here are some pics from Bebe's walk on Saturday...



still a lot of green but - starting to change! Have to pay attention or, you can miss it in a flash.  OH and check out this cute cookie a coworker of mine made this week.... I swear she needs to figure out a way to do this professionally - she makes the cutest iced sugar cookies and cakes - amazing! I loved this skull one of course! Halloween is just around the corner!


I will try and post again this weekend before we head out on vaca but... we shall see if I have time! Soooo excited for beach and relaxation for 7 nights! YAY!!!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shopping!

This has really been a fun, relaxing weekend - first one in a while where it feels like I've been home without stress from either work or travel - I do love to travel but - all the planning, packing, waiting, rushing, etc that goes along with it - not so fun. So nice to just have a long weekend at home to spend QT with Chad and friends :)

My workout Friday was brutal... I was completely and totally exhausted by the end....which means success!  Lots of lunges, squats, upper body plate circuits, etc. I have to share my post workout selfie I send to my sisters as it is such a gorgeous pic of me - ha! I had to sit in my car for about 10 minutes so that I could feel my arms and legs so I could drive home...I think this pic captures how completely smoked and sweaty I was :) Now THAT is a good workout! I am a firm believer of no makeup at the gym :)


Later that night - we watched the Cards game at 21st Amendment with Will - we each had a different style of beer - I tried the Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis - it is an Abbey Dubbel weighing in at 8% so - needless to say, only had one! But - was really delicious


We met up with our friends Jess, Amber & Jordan and moved to Venice Cafe to celebrate the Cards victory - such an awesome game Friday night! Cheers to the Cards!


Every time we go to Venice Cafe - I always wonder why we don't hang out here more - very close to our house and so much to explore - I love how funky and eclectic the decor is. They just reopened the upstairs again and it is amazing the level of detail and weirdness in there. I need to really go back and take a ton of pics to capture everything - it is really amazing. Here is the view from upstairs on the band that was playing below...

Outside bar... Jesus Saves...you a beer for later!


You cannot put your finger on a spot that doesn't have mosaic, mirror, tile, marble, etc etc etc.... so funky!


Love my new Cards hoodie... perfect for this time of year :)


More funkiness.... entire wall filled with license plates from all over...


I've taken a pic in this spot before - the bathroom off the patio is encased in stained glass and mirrored mosaic.... so so cool!


awwww aren't we cute

Super fun night! Saturday was a shopping day with Laura... we decided to drive out to the outlet mall in the burbs and wow - so glad we did. I can't wait to go back and spend more time as we were on a mission for purses and didn't really look at any clothes.... I hit the hat and purse jackpot!

Much to fashion's dismay... I found a cute fedora!  It was so cute I could not resist.... perfect for our vaca coming up!


And I needed a hat for the beach.... wider brim to protect my fair skin


 Got both of those hats for under $30 total! SCORE! Now on to the major purchases of the day.... I found not one but TWO amazing purses :) Love this color and perfect for fall... I love this cognac color as it goes well with black also....


This purse! It is a delicious plum/ burgundy color.... so pretty and fun - love!


Also picked up these new Coach shades.... I really don't treat myself to expensive shades as I have a tendency to lose them or scratch them but - these were on sale - in fact everything was 50% off! So... I scored 2 purses and the shades for the price of the smaller Coach bag that I originally thought I would buy (the red haircalf) - awesome deal! :)


Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend - I am going to try and get a run in today - we shall see. I have to run some errands and wanted to try and hang with Erin & Laura and "watch some sports" as Erin says - lol - which really means having a few beers at our local watering hole and catching up :) Happy Sunday Funday Y'all!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Job News and Purses

So I can finally share some work news - I interviewed a few weeks ago for a management position in a different line of business - so basically same thing I am doing now but involving the injury piece as well. It was a tough decision to put myself out there again into the sea of vulnerability as I love my peers, my team, my boss and feel comfortable in what I am doing but... i know i need this piece to become more well rounded and marketable for the next level when that day comes. So... I had two nerve wracking interviews and found out this week that I got the job YAY! Same company, same location - just a different line. Very excited as there is so much for me to learn and new opportunities ahead but - also nervous and scared as there is so much to learn and new opportunities ahead HA. In a way I feel like this is tying a nice little bow around my career as I started out in injury claims a long long time ago when I was in my early 20s. I start the week we get back from vaca and will have 3 weeks of training in Florida - so yay on getting to spend some time with Joanne! This also means that the rest of the year is going to be hectic and fly by faster than normal with all that travel. But - very excited for change and new challenges ahead!

So... to congratulate myself I am going to buy myself a nice purse. I had a very funny epiphany with my friend Laura last week - we went to a nice event and I was dressed pretty sassy and we sit down and I throw my black shoulder sport purse I have been carrying all summer onto our table. She just looks at me and says "you know, you really should think about getting a new purse...that thing is awful" - LOL - i kinda was thinking that exact thing for a flash as I threw it on the table next to her beautiful purse and she just verbalized it. I agreed and we laughed. Here is a pic of said terrible purse....it was kinda my weekend/casual purse and somehow turned into my "i am too lazy to change purses so I am just gonna cram my shit in this bag" purse. You can see my wallet doesn't really fit so well in it :)



Thank goodness I have honest friends that keep me in check with fashion.... I have a tendency to get comfy these days and not focus on the details. I have a closet full of adorable stilettos/heels from years back that rarely see the light of day and have a tendency to wear a rubber band around my wrist at all times to swoop my hair into a ponytail at a seconds notice. This appalls my friend Tiff - she says it is very Midwestern of me - lol. Now - nothing wrong with any of this but - it is good to have friends that keep you in check - I was informed this spring that cargo skirts are unacceptable, fedoras for ladies are out, and most recently - ditch the ugly ragged out frumpy bag. OK!

So mission tomorrow is to find a new purse.... I have been looking online at some bags as I do want to get a fairly nice one as I am rewarding myself but - wow, apparently I have some expensive taste. Booo. Here is the coach bag that I really want that is WAY out of my price range....$1200! I am in love with the color.... it is haircalf though and not sure if that is versatile enough or durable enough? Obviously once I buy a purse it kinda becomes my "ride or die purse" so - i need one that can stick with me through busy, hectic times. Gorgeous but - i would feel terrible paying this much - the first time someone spilled beer on it I would snap.


Now here is a smaller one that is still pricey but - certainly more affordable - I adore this color!


 I checked out MK as well as I have had a few of his purses and they are really durable and good quality.... of course the one I fell in love with....$1300!!! WTH! But isn't it gorgeous?

Looked at this one too - fun color - different for me but I have kinda been wanting a jade colored purse - this is much more affordable at around $395 and betting I may be able to find it cheaper or on sale.
I checked out Kate Spade as well but, not really a huge fan - she is a bit plain jane for me but - she did have some cute kitschy stuff.... look at this adorable Hello Tokyo Cat clutch - so cute!

I did like this Kate Spade bag as well but... not good for an everyday purse. Love the pops of color

Anyway - tomorrow I have talked Laura into going purse shopping with me - hopefully it is a success :)
Today - is a welcomed day off - I train with Josh midday and then we are going out for a drink tonight at SOHA. Tomorrow night we are having friends over for soup/stew/beer bread/stout night around the firepit. Cooler temps are finally here so - tis the season! :) Love fall weekends!!