January 27, 2012



A couple of days ago, Jessica, did a someday post and I thought it was such a good idea. Today I'm going to take that idea and put a little spin on it. Before I do know that I'm feeling a little inspired and thankful today. Don't you love those days?


...I hope to be as courageous and strong as my mother. She's an inspiration daily and doesn't even know it. If I become half the mother she has been I'll be one lucky lady.

...My brother will realize his undeniable potential to be anything he wants to be. And, someday everyone will realize what a good heart he has always had. He'll realize it too.

...I will learn to stand up for myself like Evan [boyfriend] does. That boy knows how to speak his mind. I love it!

...I hope my children learn what it's like to have a friend like this lady. She's the kind of friend everyone deserves to have. Trust me on that one!

...I'll be married to the guy of my dreams and live happily ever after. With puppies. There will definitely be puppies.

...I wish to travel and see all the things the world has to offer. There is so much to see, I just know it.

...I'll be as willing as my father. There has never been a time that I have really needed him that he hasn't been there. Yeah that's a dads job but I think I've got one of the best ones there is even in his mishap moments.

...I'll have one kick butt playlist and movie collection. I've started. I don't think I'll ever completely finish but that could be a good thing.

...I'll make a difference in someone's life like all of the people I have mentioned have effected mine.

...A roadtrip will take place with no destination in mind.

What do you all hope to do someday?

Happy Weekend.

January 25, 2012

notes to ...

this is my little brother, Kyle. he is pleased to meet you all.

This post is most definitely inspired by TJ over at Mr. Taylor and his lady. I love her weekly little notes and decided I would try it myself.

dear self,
get of your lazy tooshy and do your laundry and clean that messy room of yours. no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

dear saturday,
please hurry up and get here. my sleeping patterns are inhibited due to the anticipation of your arrival in two VERY long days.

dear 2006 altima (my car),
drive yourself down the street to the car wash. wash and pay for yourself. and, while you're at it clean out all the junk in my backseat.

dear kentucky weather,
cold? hot? luke warm? make up your mind about your desired temperature. if you wanna skip winter and go straight to spring that is fine by me. just make a decision my head will appreciate it. headaches be gone.

dear creators of JBD (jane by design),
you are a bunch of pure geniuses. thank you for creating such a fine show. I am one happy lady during that hour of television.

dear boyfriend,
all of those back scratches and apartment cooked meals are much appreciated. without you I would have one itchy back and fast food infested stomach.

dear favorite jeans,
you finally ripped and I was not prepared at all. I will continue to wear you until you tarnish into one big pile of denim. eek! that is one sad thought.

dear strawberry buttercream candle,
my nose thanks you for your unbelievable smell. so so much.

January 23, 2012

a few days of firsts

The past few days have been some exciting ones for me. I've went, saw, ate, and drank all kinds of new stuff. And I think I should share ALL of those things with you. Especially since I'm having severe writers block today.

1. Take me out to Suggins'
via Suggins' website

Last Friday my gracious cousin took me and boyfriend out for dinner as a belated Christmas gift and the boy did not disappoint. He took us to a place here in Lexington called Suggins. It's a local joint so check it out if you're ever here. I had never been to or heard of this place before which made it double exciting. I don't know about you guys but the local joints special to your town are some of the best places to get your eat on at. So homey and good cookin'. This girl was in a food coma from a hot brown when she left. What are some of your favorite local restaurants?

2. Smoothie Lovin'
via their website

I have always loved smoothies. Who doesn't? But, this weekend I found this place via my iPhone and it is uh-mazing! It is called Tropical Smoothie Cafe and there is, lucky for you, locations all over the place. Check it out and love it like I do. It is never to cold for a smoothie. Trust me!

3. George and Ryan

Also this weekend I rented the Ides of March movie. The main reason that I wanted to watch it is because it was an hour and some change of nothing but George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. Basically I could've muted it and it would've been worth the $3 I spent to rent it. But in reality it was an OK movie. Kinda slow but good. I will say that the movie poster picture is one of the neatest I've ever seen. Has anyone else seen this movie? I also realized that this was the FIRST movie I've ever seen with George in it. Crazy!

Before I let you go I just have to tell you a few quick things:

1. I got accepted into 4paws. Puppy this weekend. Happy Dance.
2. Twilight Breaking Dawn (Part 1) on February 11. Happy Dance again.
3. Did anyone see Reese Witherspoon at the Academy Awards? Best Dressed. I'm jealous. That was awhile back I know.


January 19, 2012

awkward and awesome


1. The fact that despite wearing gloves my hands STILL felt like they were going to fall off from the coldness. slowly but surely!
2. "Sperm is cheap" - professor in my class so gladly pointed this out this morning and that statement was followed with "eggs are expensive". need I say more?
3. I haven't posted since last Friday? School stinks!
4. The looks I get when I say, "I'll take a house salad no onions or tomato, with ranch." Yes, people that means all I want is lettuce, cheese, cucumbers, and croutons. That's my kinda salad.
5. The lady bus driver that has oh, maybe 15 inch nails. Not really. But, they are so long they're curling. Maybe gross instead of awkward?

1. Went to Malone's this past weekend. Mini chicken cordon bleu sandwiches. Awesome!
2. Steven Tyler is back on TV courtesy of American Idol. Explains itself.
3. Tomorrow is Friday. I feel like I've been waiting years for that good ol' day. I don't know what I'll do when I actually have to go to school 5 days a week.
4. 4Paws interview this weekend. Next week maybe a puppy? Hello fabulous. Are your fingers crossed?
5. This little crazy lady in this video.

January 13, 2012

blue blooded lady

gif maker at gickr.com

The past three days have marked the first week of the last semester of my college career. Can I get a hooray? HOORAY! Normally the first day of any class is very awkward in my opinion. You've got that bitter taste in your mouth of having to actually come back and attend school and for me having to play those 'get to know you games' is one huge nightmare. They always seem to ask what are my after college plans are? Heac if I know I'm just trying to get through college first.

But, the first couple of class days this semester have been full of pleasant surprises guys. I don't know if I've mentioned this as many times as I should but I am absolutely OBSESSED with UK basketball. Did I say obsessed? I am obsessed. Up to this point I have had zero classes with any basketball players or any players for that matter.

So you can imagine my annoying excitement when yesterday I walk in and there one sits. In my class. I'm sure I made a stupid shocked looking face but that situation is just to exciting not too. Needless to say I was completely satisfied with having one class in the four years I've been here with one basketball player. Then this morning walk in class and there is ANOTHER ONE. Can we say lucky me or really lucky me?

Yes, this is a childish and weird thing I've got going on here but anyone that knows me well has come to terms with the fact that this is just how I am. I love college basketball and think it is the best time of the year!

Go Cats!

Happy Friday everybody. I hope you're weekend is full of (good) surprises.

January 12, 2012


I am most definitely and without a doubt a color blocking newbie. I'm obsessed with this trend though - when it is done well. It is a perfect way to wear solids and only solids and make an outfit interesting and bright. My wardrobe, admittedly, needs to be expanded a bit before I attempt this ever so fabulous trend again.


I did a post recently just on color blocking and how fashion guru's such as Kendi and Sydney are fabulous at making the blocking of color look like pure perfection. You can go here and see what I mean.

For my outfit, on the last day of our StyleBusters, I chose a red shirt and paired it with a scarf of mine from Old Navy tied around my waist. I would have to say that red and pink are two of my favorite colors that are blocked alongside seafoam green and blue.

While I did red and pink Jessica took her very own spin on color blocking so be sure to go take a sneak peek at her over here.


I hope you all have enjoyed our StyleBusters challenge because I know that we have. I personally have been trouble dressing myself the past few days with no such guidelines. I stand in front of my closet for minutes and get nothing. School kinda restricts me because it's getting cold and I don't dare put on my cute shoes and murder my feet like that. Make sure you put some color blocking in your life and shake it up.

January 11, 2012

toes like to party too.



Normally in the winter I do enjoy the types of shoes that provide coverage for my toes but Jessica so graciously convinced me that letting my toes have a party and be seen in the winter time can be perfectly OK. Especially since down here in the bluegrass state I don't think winter has actually hit us, technically. It's been kinda warm for this state. So I broke out a pair of my open toe shoes and let my toes say hello to January and temperatures below 70. It felt kinda good.

I honestly would rather not wear shoes than wear them. So any excuse to have as much of them exposed as possible - I'll take it. Socks are the devil to me. Constricting little suckers they are. Now mark my words as soon as the temperature here hits below 50 my toes are closed up and don't appear again until warmer weather. I wouldn't want them to so called 'freeze' or nothin'.


Hopefully you live somewhere where you can exercise your right to wear open toe shoes as much as you like. They even look good with tights. Blogger girl promise. Give your toes a chance to breath in the winter months and try out your open toes and don't forget to check out Jessica's sassy red open toe shoes. They're great and I'm jealous.

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January 10, 2012

blazers are for boys (and girls)





Disclaimer: Before you think or say anything I know I am wearing the same shirt from yesterdays post. And there IS an explanation for that. Jessica and I had to shoot two StyleBusters in one, yes one, day. School is starting and we ran out of time sorta. Forgive us. If anything it shows how to wear the same shirt two different ways.

Moving on to bigger and better things though. Men have been wearing blazers and sports jackets for years and years now. It's about time that the ladies get some blazer lovin'. I do confess that I have only one blazer at this time mainly because I'm a shorty and can never find one that satisfies me and my body type. I found this one I'm wearing at Kohl's for a $15 bargain. I loved its cropped length and the little pleats in the back. Cute right?

Since I chose black, it gave me one more reason to wear my sassy suede mary janes just one more time. Although you could definitely pair it with a cute pair of flats or boots and be set. You can dress a blazer up or down and it looks great both ways. No wonder those guys have been keeping those things to themselves. Bad news bears for them us ladies have invaded this trend and aren't turning back. Blazers + girls = a great combination.

I hope you've tried this trend and if you haven't please do.

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January 9, 2012

glitter me pretty.


What girl doesn't love glitter? It comes in all shapes and sizes and can go from your ears to your toes. Quite possible the greatest invention ever from a ladies perspective. You can dress it down for work and then with a couple modifications it can be jazzed up for night time.

Friday I chose to dress it down. Basically because we have casual Friday where I work and I didn't wanna come in looking like I just stepped out of a cloud of glitter. I found this plaid but ruffly shirt at Kohl's the night before and HAD to wear it. So I did. My glittery cardigan I paired it with is from Express. They never disappoint in the glitter department. Plaid and glitter? I think it worked. Although plaid sometimes makes me feel like a lumberjack. Especially if it's red for some reason? Weird girl reporting here.


Did I mention the shoes I was wearing yet? No? Well, I will then. They are my NEW favorite thing minus the fact that walking in them is a challenge still. The air is different 5 inches above my normal height. But beauty is pain and I guess I'll bear it.

Don't forget to go check out Jessica's glitter and her nice pops of color today.


And, I know you're probably getting sick of this reminder but link up with us. You'll make our day.

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January 6, 2012

wearing my big girl braids tonight.


When I was younger I jumped at the chance for my mammaw to braid my hair. It made me feel SO cool. And, yes I was one of the young ladies, once upon a time, who got her hair braided. With the beads. My family had gone on a cruise and I insisted I get that done. Most painful experience to date. Well at least one of the most painful. But for some reason, I think, people believe at some age you get to old for braids. Disagree! Yes, I may be to old to braid my hair in pig-tails and go on the town but I am not to old for braids in general.

I tend to enjoy putting random ones in my hair just for a little 'hair icing' if you will. It gives it that bed hair don't care kinda thing in my opinion. So yesterday that is what I did. I'm sure all of you can agree that we can have good braid days and bad braid days. Yesterday was a good one for me.


Jessica and I ventured over to Starbuck's yesterday to take pictures and for the free smells. It's heaven in there! Plus, they always have the neatest little chairs you can sit in and relax. Luckily we had an audience number of zero. And an added bonus was that we got two peanut butter chocolate cupcakes for $2.50. That's a good deal at Starbucks.

One thing that was hard about the braids day was it was very hard for me to pose showing my whole face. It always ended up feeling awkward. This is why you mostly see my profile.


Don't forget to go check out Jessica's braids. And, link link link it up.

P.S Jersey Shore. Who watched it?

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January 5, 2012

flats ARE fancy.


I have always been (almost) the shortest one in the lot since I haven't had a growth spurt in about, give or take, nine years. Yes, I am the same height I was in middle school. So if you took a guess - heels are one of my best friends. They give me height, make me 'appear' slimmer, and they look cute. All around, they treat this shrimpette pretty well. But sometimes I'd rather be a hare instead of a tortoise. On the days I feel like a hare I wear .... FLATS. That way I can walk fast(er) and not look like a dumby while doing it.

"Heels are a male invention to make it harder for them to run away."
She's the Man

I don't know to many women who can run in heels gracefully and at the same speed as when they're wearing flats. Maybe Tyra Banks can? But it is very hard for me to walk any faster than the speed of smell when I've got those heel things on. Therefore, I am very happy to break the mold and say that the misconception that flats ain't fancy is nothing but a misconception, misunderstanding, stupid comment, and a joke. Shoutout to all of my coworkers who think flats aren't work appropriate. This post is for all those ladies. If paired properly flats can be just as dressy and work appropriate as any heel could be. Granted heels may be more flattering and appealing. Flats work too.

I personally get sick and tired and tired and sick of wearing heels day after day. A girls feet need a break to get reaquainted with the ground. So on the mornings that I am running late flats are my go to shoes. And my feet are always happy to see them.

For our shoot I chose to wear my favorite Steve Madden black flats that are completely broken in and SO comfortable. I paired them with a flutter skirt and statement tights to dress them up a little. Now this skirt is a little on the short side so flats always go perfect with it. Heels make your skirts grow shorter ladies. Or at least gives that illusion. Wearing it to work with heels might get me sent home. Jessica also gave flats a go so be sure to go over and check out her take on this StyleBuster.

And, don't you dare forget to link up with us and show us how fancy your flats can be. Help us prove all these anti-flat wearers wrong.

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January 4, 2012

black and brown. bff?




Scary Story: yesterday Jessica and I wore black and brown. together! the end.

I am sure that after hearing that some people are absolutely cringing at the mere thought of the pairing of those two colors. I'll admit that I used to be one of those people. But, if paired right it can actually be very fashionable and interesting. Don't get me wrong wearing solid black pants and a solid chocolate brown top together may not be the best styling decision in my opinion but it can be done.

I chose to wear black pants and a patterned top to incorporate my brown. This was the most nervewracking challenge for me and I think I could've done it better if I wouldn't have had to make it work appropriate. But I do. So a girl's gotta work with what shes got.

Normally I like a lot of black with a little touch of brown maybe in the shoes or with a sweater or leather jacket. Camel would ultimately be my brown of choice because it's not TO brown. Perfect. We had to get creative yesterday in our location for taking pictures because it was about 20 somethin' degrees here. So, freezing. Therefore, being the risk takers that we are we snuck into a hotel lobby and got the job done. They have a really pretty waterfall thing as you may see in the pictures.

Don't forget to go check out Jessica's take on the black and brown StyleBuster over at her blog AND to link up with us if you decide to do your own interpretation on it.

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January 3, 2012

metallic is in. on your nails.


Greetings from 2012. I hope you all had a happy and blessed New Year. Grandma here had a relaxing night with boyfriend while dogsitting. The more you get to know me the more you'll realize I'm a homebody and love nothing more than cuddling with that boy I love watching movies. Those are the best times. Take my word!

But, since we are back from our long (but too short) vacation from reality and work it is time to get back to StyleBusters. I know you're excited. Today is metallic nails day and boy am I glad we scheduled this before New Years. I didn't have to repaint my nails [we take the pictures the day before we post, fyi]. I think this trend is young, trendy, sophisticated, and chic.

I chose silver. And, that nail polish was courtesy of Jessica via her Christmas present to mwah. I love it! I have always been a silver kinda girl even though gold is starting to grow on me but only in moderation. It kinda scares me a little? But Jessica on the other hand embraces her gold and is sporting that as her nail color over here - check it out.

Metallic nails are a great way to start of 2012. They're fun and glittery. And, it is definitely a nice and appreciated change from the ol' boring pinks, reds, oranges, blah blah blah normal normal normal. I'm all for embracing change this year and daring nail colors is on my list. You should embrace it as well and link up with Jessica and I using the little link button at the bottom on this post. We don't bite [most of the time].


P.S If any of you are considering visiting Kentucky anytime soon you should definitely add Midway to your lists of stops. It's a teeny tiny little town in between Frankfort and Lexington filled with lots of small town charm. Jessica and I took pictures there last Friday and now I'm dying to go back and take more plus spend more time there. It's the cutest place.

P.S.S This morning I figured out that Aarean over at the Color Issue is treating one of her lucky followers to a free blog design in celebration of the new year. You should most definitely check that and her awesome blog out to get the chance to win a free blog design. And man can that girl design a blog. Head on over and check it out, today!

Happy 2012 y'all

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