Friday, February 24, 2017

Winter Layers

Morning, friends! Can you believe it's almost March? It felt like January was never ending but man did February fly by. We had to make sure we squeezed in this very on trend winter theme before it was too warm to pull it off.  Spring is showing up pretty early this year around here.  The day we shot these it was cold AF if you can't tell by our red noses and body language but was very fitting for our theme.  But we wanted to try to inspire cuteness even when the weather is against us.  We each deal with fighting the winter temps while maintaining looking cute and stylish in different ways.

If I have to go outside in the winter and looking cute is a priority, this would be a go to outfit for sure.  I'm all about feeling cozy at all times during the winter and the scarf and socks really help me to attain that.  I've actually had this outfit for a few seasons and I still love it, which feels like a rarity sometimes. It just feels so simply and muted with just a pop of color.  Plus, plaid is one of my favorite winter prints.  For an outfit that looks so pulled together, it really feels effortless to wear.

Outfit Details
Dress (Rue 21-old) / Cardigan (Target-old) / Scarf & Tights (Rue 21-old) / boots (GoJane-old)

Like Jen said, it was so cold on the day we took these photos it’s kind of ridiculous. And now it’s like 70 degrees here when we are finally posting them. Global warming, amirite? I'm kind of worried that this super early spring weather means super early summer weather and I'm just not ready for the humidity to hit yet. Also I got bit by a mosquito the other day, and like chill. It's still February, stop biting me! Anyway, luckily we were able to fit in some winter looks before the weather went too crazy. 

Being cute and cozy in winter is all about layers. Most of the time I’m just focusing on cozy, because I have to walk like 2 blocks from my parking spot to my job, so wind is never my friend when I wear dresses. But tights/dresses/scarves are my go to winter cute look for going out or weekend brunches. I’m a big fan of Spring/Fall looks but I’m trying to enjoy the different seasons and not wish them away, since I know before I know it we will all be complaining about the heat and humidity. 

Outfit Details
Hat (Handmade by me) / Scarf (Modcloth) / Dress (Forever 21-old) / Sweater (Target) / Booties (Forever 21-old) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentines Babes

First of all, it was so cold when we took these blog photos, you would not believe it. Hopefully our red noses aren't too obvious. Second, this month we are linking up with the lovely ladies of Diversity Chic!  I've been following along with Diversity Chic since the beginning and have been inspired each month by the different styles the ladies come up with. It's all about Valentine's looks this month, so Jen and I busted out our best V-Day looks for your guys.

For me, Valentine's Day is pretty chill. For the past two that I've spent with my boyfriend, we spent them moving (year one into my house I shared with a roommate, and last year we moved in together). No moving plans this year, but I have my kids so I think we will just exchange cards and hang out at home. If I was going out, I'd totally rock this outfit. Florals and a floppy hat. My casual date night go to. If I was going to celebrate it would be a really casual thing so this whole outfit feels perfect for Valentine's and checks all my outfit boxes. 

Side note, do anyone besides bloggers wear these hats? I've worn it out a few times and I'm always the only one but I see them all over Instagram all the time. Where are you hiding with your floppy blogger hats ladies? 

Outfit details
Hat (Target) / Dress (Roolee...I actually shortened this myself) / Faux Leather Leggings (Nordstrom)/ Booties (Target

Oh Valentine's Day.  I feel like I've always harbored a little undeserved resentment for this day.  Nothing detrimental has ever happened. I just think it is commercialized and silly. You should show your "valentine" love all year round and not just on a specific day so I personally do not engage. If it's your thing, that's great and celebrate away! No judgment! But dressing up is my jam so I can always get behind a outfit theme! I think the theme is very transparent in this outfit pick.  The skirt itself is kind of bulky and would work better with a petticoat, but who has time, or energy, for that nonsense?!

Outfit details
Hat (Rue 21) / Top (Rue 21) / Skirt (Modcloth)/ Converse (Famous Footwear

Emily and Morgan got in on the outfit fun this month. They chose all their red/pink clothes and just had to bring their Pokemon with them for these photos. I think I might need to take some posing tips from them! 

Happy Valentine's Day babes! 

3 Reasons You Should Read My Lady Jane

Hey book friends! It's time again for another round of 3 Reasons! I picked My Lady Jane for January mostly because we both had bought it on sale and it's been all a buzz in the book world.  

Review time!

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

1.  Historical Fiction with a Comedic Twist
Jen Says:
I always enjoy a book loosely based on history.  I think it stems back to my Little House on the Prairie Days.  The authors do a great job of keeping the story super silly and entertaining.  I found some of the jokes to be laugh out loud funny and very mocking of culture of the time.  My favorite quote was "She was a woman who wears pants.  She couldn't be trusted". 

Heather Says:
This was definitely the book to read for a fun, lighthearted take on history. Despite it being set in the time of queens and kings, it felt pretty feminist and fun. The ladies were totally in charge in this one, wearing pants and kicking ass.

2.  MAGIC!
Jen Says:
I'm also a sucker for magic and fairy tales.  This story definitely has a bit of a Princess Bride feel to it.  There's some wicked curses running about.  Jealous sibling hierarchy. Royal Backstabbing.  Poisonings.  It was the perfect recipe for kick ass fairy tale.

Heather Says:
It was so interesting to have there be a struggle with magic and what it means for the world in this book. I loved that people were turning into animals left and right, there was betrayal and intrigue and lots of royal shenanigans. Definitely everything you want in a fun royal romp through (revised) history.

3.  Book Loving Heroine
Jen Says:  I absolutely loved Jane.  I loved how much she valued books. I love how she completely ignored her social standing and always made reading a priority.  She was definitely a feminist before her time.  I also enjoyed her character arc and watching her finally develop feelings for her husband, which was a result of an arranged marriage. I'm always a sucker for a happy ending.

Heather Says:
Jane was a total Hermione, always reading and having the answer to any obscure questions. One of my favorite parts of this book were the titles of the books Jane was reading like The Unabridged History of Beets in England: Volume 5. Seeing what book Jane was reading next was fun, and any girl who takes so many books on vacation they take up valuable seat space is my kind of book heroine.

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Small Goals

January is over and is finally February. January felt hard, I'm not that sorry to see it go, even though a lot of good happened too. February is a short month, so it's time to get some goals accomplished. I have a trip planned at the end of the month that I'm really looking forward to and it feels like once we get through February we are on our way to Spring and warmer temps. As always, we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl, so go check out everyone's small goals! 

Jen's January Small Goals 
1.  Read 1 book a week.  Major fail. I read a couple of books this month but I didn't hit one book a week stats. I've been in a weird reading space recently.
2.  Follow Blogilates January Calendar.  I did pretty ok with this goal.  I consistently worked out 2-3 times every week for the entire month which is exactly what I was aiming for.  I'm feeling strong again and very happy with this accomplishment.
3.  Dress up more.  I did pretty great with this goal.  My dress up clothes got way more loving this month. 
4.  Start a winter themed cross stitch pattern.  Yaaaaas! I have the cross stitch portion of this project about half way done. 
5.  Make a 2017 Crafty To Do List.  Eh, does making one in your head count? I never put anything on paper but I did make short "Catch Up On & Finish These Projects" list which I'm seriously knocking out. I had a hard time planning projects I wanted to complete by the end of the year because I was more focused on finishing up a few works in progress from last year.  I have several almost finished up though and it feels really good so I'm calling this a win!

4/5 completed.  I feel like this month's goals were really easy to accomplish. 
February Small Goals 
1. Buy fabric to sew a top.  In January I bought a couple of patterns that you can use separately to make shirts or skirts or use together to make a dress.  It even has different sleeve variations.  I've only made one skirt my entire crafting career and I really want to make more of my wardrobe.  This month I will figure out the fabric situation for this project. 
2.  Pay off credit card.  Whew, now that the holidays are over and tax season is upon us I'm making a goal to pay off my credit card that accrued a balance over the holiday. It's nothing crazy, but I'll love to eliminate it from my monthly bills.
3.  Call my Representatives weekly.  I feel like Heather and I have an united front on this one.  We are both very passionate about what is going on and we acknowledge that we can always be doing more. We aren't going to be able to attend every rally or meet and great but we really have to keep making the political process a priority.
4.  Schedule a Haircut.  I'm very willy-nilly with get haircuts. I usually just wait until it gets so long it gets in my way and then I cut it.  It's now halfway down my back when straight and starting to become very annoying.  Plus, it's blocking my graphic tee messages.  I'm thinking about cutting it off a little past my shoulders, but we'll see what I end up deciding.
5.  Replenish Cat Toys.  The kitties toys are in sad shape. I mean sad.  It is time to order them some new ones! I keep dreaming about making some, and I might still, but I really want them to have some new, fresh stuff to play with so I'm going to buy them some new toys and toss out the old stuff.

Heather's January Small Goals 
1. Make some delicious curry Done! I think I'm mostly happy about accomplishing this, because I love me some curry. It took me two tries but I think I'm on to something here. 
2. Updated my resume  Done! I have a snazzy new resume on deck. 
3. Send 6 pieces of snail mail  Another one bites the dust! I was able to send out 8 pieces of snail mail in January. 
4. Wash my face nightly  Big fail. I forgot this was a goal honestly. I think I washed my face twice a week on average which is not great. 
5. Work on a blog schedule (something Jen and I can both edit and contribute to!)  So there is now a Google Drive with shared blog related documents that Jen and I can both edit. The schedule part isn't done yet but it's close. 

February Small Goals 
1. Spend zero money on clothes So I'm going to Arizona for 5 days at the end of the month and need to be careful with my spending until then. The only exception is buying a pair of Converse because I've had plans to purchase those in February for weeks. 
2. Plan my week & meals on Sunday nights My word of the year is "intentional" and I've been doing morning intentions almost everyday. I notice a huge difference in my day when I set my intentions vs. when I don't. I'd like to start doing a weekly intentions setting thing on Sundays to start my week off right. 
3. Call my Representatives once a week I don't want to lose the fire and momentum I've had since the Women's March. My job is answering phones 8 hours a day so I usually avoid talking on the phone in my downtime. However I think it's important to fit these kinds of calls in. I think everyday is unrealistic but twice a week is totally doable. 
4. Plan a girls trip Some friends at work have been talking about taking a weekend girls trip to Nashville soon and I want to hammer out some solid plans with that. I love traveling and spending time with my friends, so I'm really looking forward to this trip. 
5. Work out 3 times a week I'm a serious slacker. I have good intentions to work out but never follow through. I need to be more proactive (and dare I say, intentional) with this goal and make it a priority. I don't have to be at work until 9:30 so morning workouts need to happen. No excuses. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

February Book Club

Is it just us or does it feel like we are living in a Dystopian YA novel? Like the part where to main character tells the back story on how things fell apart? Things in the US are totally nuts right now, and it's getting hard to balance staying informed and active in change with self care. One of my favorite self care things is losing myself in a book. Jumping into another world helps take me out of whatever I'm dealing with. This month I chose The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood for our book club selection. It's kind of as departure from our usual reads, but as neither of us have read it before, we felt this was the perfect time to do so.

What's it about?
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

So totally a terrifying dystopian world we are about to dive into here. I've heard so many good things about this book and I'm excited to read it. I know Hulu has turned it into a tv show that premieres in April, so it's the perfect time to read it for the first time, or brush up on it if you've read it before.

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