Buying | Trying | Reading | Watching

Ok, so I will start off saying that I totally ripped this prompt off from Teaching Sam & Scout. It is absolutely the perfect writing prompt for my life right now, as I am itching to write, but can’t figure out where/how to start.

..Buying..

In the search for the perfect casual summer dress, I have purchased and returned at least half a dozen. LOFT was a huge disappointment, as they have some adorable dresses this season. Too bad none of them worked on my super short, super curvy frame. Womp, womp. Lands End had a REAL winner, though, with their Fit & Flare Dress. I got the green/navy print, and am going back for the solid black. It’s kind of a holy grail dress- can be worn with a regular bra, super forgiving while still giving you a good silhouette, not too low cut, you can bend over without showing your rear. I’m 5’3, and the petite still came down to my knees. It’s a winner, for sure. Also, Old Navy had a Jersey Fit & Flare dress that at $11 (was on sale) I figured was worth a shot. I got a size larger than I normally would, and it was breezy and basically felt like pajamas. I like it a lot (especially for the price point,) but it is definitely a thin material that I don’t expect to hold up for more than a summer’s worth of wash/wear.

..Trying..

This past Monday, I signed up for the 3-Day walk. If you’re not familiar, it’s a 60 mile walk over the course of three days to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research. Now, I have conflicted feelings about Komen, BUT I do feel like if you look at the big picture, they provide an insane amount of awareness to breast cancer. There isn’t a 3-Day walk in Memphis, but when I noticed the walk in Dallas starts on November 6th, I knew that’s the one I needed to do. My mom’s twin, my Aunt Laurie, died from breast cancer two summers ago. My maternal grandmother, my Nana, and her sister, my Aunt Nancy, both are breast cancer survivors. All three of these ladies’ birthday is November 6th. Coincidence, sure, but it also was a sign. SO, I’m desperately trying to get back into an exercise routine, and gearing up for training for walking 60 miles!

..Reading..

I’m a big, fat fail on reading lately. After three months, I finally read Amy Poehler’s book, “Yes, Please” and loved it. It was a great insight to her life, and I loved and appreciated that she didn’t sugar coat stuff. She talked about some tough times in her life, and it was very relatable. Plus, she’s absolutely hilarious. #leslieknopeforprez As an alternative to reading (which, face it, #aintnobodygottimeforthat at home with dirty dishes and laundry staring at me), I have taken to listening to audio books at work. Especially on days when I’ve got a lot of paperwork to do, audio books are my savior. I listened to Jim Gaffigan’s “Dad is Fat” and really enjoyed it. I loved his fun stories about his kids, and it basically just made me want to have another baby. After that, I went for Chelsea Handler’s book “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea”. I was never a huge fan of her show, and her book was just as crude, but it did make me laugh. I doubt I’ll listen to more of her books, but I certainly don’t regret it. Just yesterday, I started Giuliana Rancic’s new book, and really love it so far. I LOVED her & Bill’s reality show, and what I’ve listened to so far has been really hilarious.

 

..Watching..

B bought an Apple TV a few months ago, so we went on a HBO Go kick. We watched Band of Brothers, which neither of us had seen, and I just adored it. I’m a huge war/history geek, so it was just perfectly up my alley. After that, we watched The Newsroom. I’d started watching it when it first came out, but stopped halfway through season one. Let me just say, I LOVE THE NEWSROOM. It’s fast paced, intelligent, and witty. The characters are so great. I just… I just love it. I hated the last episode (it was too predictable), but I ain’t even mad about it. I’ve pretty much just been mourning the fact that we’re done with The Newsroom, and haven’t been watching much TV since.

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day…

Purging clothes. It’s something I love to do. There is such a satisfying feeling brought on by organizing a closet by item and color. (No, really, I’m serious!)  I am the worst about popping into Target and picking up clothing I don’t need (or even really like that much) just because it’s on sale or catches my eye (without giving a thought to whether or not it will actually work on my body type.) This little habit gets to be a problem, not only because I spend money that could be put to better use somewhere else, but because I end up with all these clothes that I know I will only wear once (or not at all.)

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks deciding how to best manage my wardrobe going forward. Warm weather clothes have flooded the stores, and I am so ready to ditch the sweaters. Typically, I wouldn’t need to buy much of anything for a new season, but this past year has been, well, stressful. And I have packed on the lbs. And none of my clothes from last summer will fit. (Womp, womp.) I am trying to get my head in the game and commit to a cleaner eating/exercise plan, but in the meantime, I’m still gonna need some clothes!

My mantra is quality over quantity – to a point. I will not be spending $100 (or even $50) on a pair of white jeans. Or anything else, for that matter. (At least until I drop some weight.) The goal is to find things that will work now and as  I lose weight. I don’t want to buy a bunch of items that will look sloppy when I’m down a few pounds. Specifically, I’m looking for looser-fitting tanks and tees (to wear under cardigans and jean jackets until I get this upper-arm situation somewhat in check), fit & flare dresses, and some easy pants. My office is very casual, and as the only female, I have settled into a “jeans everyday” rut. I know warmer temps will help me out of it (Memphis summers and jeans… No. Just no.), but I also want to make sure the tops I get will work with white jeans/summery pants, and that the dresses/skirts are work-appropriate.

I popped over to the Old Navy site earlier this week, and placed a pretty substantial order, including the following items. I ordered most things in fairly neutral shades, to give some flexibility to the mixing and matching.

First up, these linen-blend pants. Boo Mama talked about them on her blog the other day. After reading her praises for these pants, I had a “What the hell” moment, and added them to the cart. I got them in black and in the amalgam (greyish khaki) color. I think they have potential to look great with tees and tanks, and the thin fabric will help me stay cool in the heat, while still being work appropriate. (Also, pants will be my friend until my old shorts fit. I am 5’3 with a 27″ inseam. My legs are tree trunks, which makes shorts depressing enough. I just can’t bring myself to go up a size.)

I have some issues with Old Navy tops. All of them seem to shrink like crazy, and after a few washes I’m left with a closet full of glorified crop tops. I LOVE the idea of these shirts, though, so I ordered a tall and am going to hope for the best. This first one is just pretty. I love the style, and the blush color will coordinate with pretty much anything. As I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of my arms, so the sleeves are nice. Also, fabric is thin enough that it won’t be too hot.

I picked up this tank in the blush and white. They look to be pretty flowy, but not so much so that it looks like a sack. The eyelet detail on top is just enough to keep it from being too boring, and I can see these being great basics for the spring/summer.

The blue and red versions of this top are on their way but I don’t have very high expectations for them. I love the idea of a wrap-style top, and when they’re done right, can be incredibly slimming. We’ll see.

really, REALLY want this dress to work. The reviews are not good, but I love the shape of it so much. I ordered a couple of sizes, so fingers crossed that one of them will look great! We go to our share of outdoor events (concerts at the Levitt Shell, festivals, Redbirds games) where I like to look pulled together, and let’s face it, nothing is more comfortable in the heat than a sundress. I also have this dress in black in my Lands End cart, just waiting on a coupon code to pull the trigger.

What about y’all? Are you set for warm temps and sunshine?