Archive for December 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful, loving and amazing friend Victoria


Her only request was that we share this video as far and wide as possible. It was made by her nephew, and Noah’s older brother, he is a very talented young man.

It’s been one year and one day.

I would like to be able to say I am a better person than last year.

I would like to say I am more patient than last year.

I would like to say that I yell less at my children than last year.

I would like to say that I try to look past the outside of people to see what is really going on within.

I would like to say that my children are safer than last year.

I would like to say that I can’t still see, in vivid detail, the look of fear, pain, and grief on my friend’s face.

I would like to say I have become better at making popcorn and pancakes.

I would like to say I don’t think about it most days when I drop the girls in their shared classroom.

The truth is I still yell and burn popcorn and think about it all the time. I can still remember the sounds, and boxes of letters, and massive amounts of pain and love all coming together to form this strange tsunami of fear and affection.

I spent yesterday with old friends and new, texting with the lady who has a piece of my heart, a lady I will drop anything to be next to if she needs it… I have no doubt she would do the same, she would show up with a shovel, no conversation and no questions asked.

Speaking of conversations, there are ones that our country gave up on, conversations that still need to be had. I don’t care if you are pro this or anti that. Noah and the other twenty-five people who passed on that horrific day deserve to have these conversations continued. I don’t give a shit if you think they are hard or uncomfortable, try on the alternative for five minutes and you’ll never shut-up again. Trust me.

I’m pro-tiny-humans-going-to-school-and-coming-home-safely.

I’m pro-never-seeing-another-family-that-I-love-bury-their-tiny-person-because-he-went-to-school.

I’m pro-honest-love, because if you can’t be honest with love what can you be?

I’m pro-conversation, all conversations, even the yucky, vulnerable, scary kind.

I may not have accomplished all of those things above but the one thing I can say is that I love brighter and bigger and more loudly than I did 366 days ago.


Military Style Jacket *updated*

I’m not super trendy. I never have been one to race after a fad…with the exception of slap bracelets, I was all over that shit.  I tend to gravitate towards outfits that are functional as well as attractive, yup, just like every other fashion blogger out there, you can insert my snort laugh here. This post was supposed to be done last Friday but I was distracted by being sick and navigating my first single (that feels awkward to type) holiday, then there was something shiny and…..

HERE is my one week late short post about an outfit I found on Pinterest and decided to remake, this is the original picture I found on there:

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Seemed simple enough I already owned most of it, I just needed the jacket. Which I found at Old Navy for twenty bucks! The breakdown goes like this;

White tank (most ladies have a few of these lying around, amirite?!?) If not pick yourself up one from Target or Old Navy or my personal fave Nordstrom.

Military style jacket, similar style here.

Distressed jeans, I went cheap on these at first and then later upgraded to some fancy-schmancy ones, but truth be told I still love the originals Vigoss from Norstrom, at $58.00 bucks they are a stretchy steal.

the scarf came from Forever 21 accessories, I have them in almost every color which I find reasonable given how soft they are for $12.80

The earrings I purchased last year from Stella & Dot after being a hostess for a party. I will admit I went through a big, dangle, flashy earring phase but I just love,love, love studs. These feel fancy and the pop of green-blue is nice. While these original ones are no longer available these are cute and have the same color in them.

For day I wore a pair of Sam Edelman black leather flats but at night I added a black ankle boot, you know to feel saucy. The booties I have are from Target, as a side note I don’t usually buy shoes there,  I find they kind of suck, then again I have weird narrow feet so this could just be me. These Mossimo booties have been the rare exception to that feeling, I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to the whole ankle boot thing so I took them for a test drive and fell in love, a similar (and in my opinion cuter) version is available here .

I have worn this combo two or three times since finding it online, give it a whirl and let me know what you added or changed.

Happy Weekend!

**Updated with a Picture!!**