Friday, January 19, 2018

Friends, Fashion, Forty & Football!

Linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

Happy Friday!
I am looking forward to the weekend, but before I get to that let me back up and review some of our favorites from the past week.

We woke up last Friday morning to this...
And we got a message that school was cancelled.
By the end of the school day all that land above was covered in snow and ice.
It was almost 60* when I took that picture above and by the time I got home on Friday after work things were covered and the temp was about 40* lower :(
While I still thought it was kind of nuts they cancelled things, X was living the best life!
He has now declared that snow days are his favorite ;)

We spent the long weekend doing a whole lot of nothing honestly.
I mean, this kid was still in his pj's at 3pm on Saturday!
But he didn't care as long as he was doing one of his favorite activities...popping bubble wrap!

Nordstrom Rack had quite a few of my favorite brand of jeans on sale for less than $36 a pair!
So I ordered a few and they arrived over the weekend :)

Neither of my guys were hungry for lunch, so I did what any logical person would do.....I ate some of my favorite veggies in the pot I cooked it in to help out the person who does the! ;)

I know some of you swear by leggings and such when you are at home, but this is my favorite/go-to outfit when I am not in dress clothes...
Give me a graphic tee and distressed jeans any day of the week over leggings and yoga pants!

My mail box was frozen shut on Saturday, so when I checked things on Sunday I found this new super cozy and soft sweatshirt/sweater had arrived!
Jen actually pointed this out on her blog/instagram as a similar and much cheaper option to the coveted one from A&F.
I ordered mine on Amazon for about $22.
I followed her link, and while everyone else said their order arrived super fast...mine shipped from China!
It did get here before the expected date, but definitely caught me by surprise.
With that said....I still love it!
I typically where a medium in tops/sweaters, but I ordered a large based on the reviews.
So glad I did because it fits perfect!
I would size up two sizes if I were going to wear it with leggings though for more length.

We were going a bit stir crazy (well, really it was just me), so we hopped in the car and decided to go for a ride.
We ended our little trip with some dinner before heading home.
He wanted me to take his picture with his eyes closed so it looked like he really was enjoying his food. lol!

On Tuesday I brought more truth to the blog and shared some confessions.
Check it out here and let me know if you are with me or against me :)

So I posted this on my stories the other day, but no one responded.
Not sure if they were too scared to do so, or if they couldn't really see the question.
What do you think of this skirt?
I love the look of it and it is only $20!
Should I get it?

I actually have a few lefty's in my life, but this one is my favorite!
Love watching him write his name and do his homework!

I assume you have all heard this new song by Bruno Mars, but if you haven't yet take a listen....

Now check out my question below...
Am I right?
Don't get me wrong, I like it a lot but WOW does it sound like Bobby Brown to me!
And throw in the girls from TLC and I would have thought they were back! lol!

And now for my Instagram favorites of the week...

That is it for the week!
Due to the weather last week basketball was cancelled, so we are looking forward to X going to his first basketball practice tonight.
And then we are hanging out with some of our best friends for a fun evening of pizza, laughs, and more!

And then tomorrow we are celebrating this guy turning the big 4-0!!!!
We are of course keeping it super low key because he doesn't care.
So fingers crossed I can get him to at least go out to dinner!

And then Sunday is playoff football!

New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings

Who are you cheering for?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fashion Link Up | Vests

When I hear the word vest it immediately takes me back to my middle school/early high school days when this was what all the girls wore...

My 19 year old cousin actually wore one like the floral one above a couple years ago and I about died!

And don't forget how they were paired with an awesome turtle or mock neck shirt! lol!

Fast forward too many years to count and I am wearing vests again.
However, they are not like the ones above.
The only ones that hang in my closet these days are puffer versions or my favorite cargo camo vest.
Camo Puffer on sale for under $15 (only size small left online)

I have this thinner vest from Old Navy as well and love it!

I also have a few from Land's End too!

I picked up my camo cargo vest at TJ Maxx last year and I love it!

I pair any of my vests with striped shirts, solid tees, etc and jeans :)

What is your take on vests?
Love them or hate them?
What style do you prefer?

Linking up with The Blended Blog today :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Don't Hate Me, But...

That title works because I hope that you won't hate/dislike me after I reveal a few things about myself.

Like....I am not a fan of Mexican food.
I can eat some chips and salsa, and have some super basic crunchy tacos but that is it for me.
Guac? No thank you.
Queso? I'll pass.
Margaritas? Nope.
I hope all my Southern/Texan friends don't leave me now.
Just think of it is this way...more for you!

Another thing that I apparently don't think the same as everyone else...Oprah.
She does nothing for me.
Never has.
I just don't get why people are so enthralled with her.
I don't enjoy talk shows of any kind (TV or Radio) so maybe that is why.

I just can't get into to reality TV.
Especially The Bachelor or any of the Real Housewives.
I just can't deal with all the fakeness and drama.
Honestly, sports rule our house and I am totally OK with that.
There is some sort of football or basketball game on the TV most the time when we are at home.

When I do watch reality TV, it is The Voice.
And even then I fast forward through all the talking.
I can't stand to listen to the "stories".
So I fast forward through the coaching, etc until they are on the stage ready to sing.
I don't even listen to the coaches comments afterwards because it drives me nuts.

I prefer a cocktail or beer over wine any day of the week.
I will have it, but it just doesn't do anything for me.
I know so many people that are so excited to kick their feet up at the end of the day or over the weekend and enjoy a glass of wine.
That is SO not me!
Honestly, I don't even need a drink.
I would prefer to workout :)

I've said this one before, but I will say it again....I am not an Apple fan.
I had an iPhone before my current Google Pixel and I couldn't stand it!
Everything about it just wasn't for me.
Unfortunately, I had that phone for 5 years!
Before it I had a Blackberry and other android phones.
I work on a computer dealing with Microsoft and such all day, so I want a phone that operates pretty close to that.
I would honestly have a Blackberry again if it could do everything I want it to!

Binge watching shows is not for me.
Especially if there are multiple seasons that I haven't watched.
I don't like not knowing what happened.
So I cheat and look ahead.
Like with Game of Thrones.
I don't know what happens in the last couple of seasons, but I have looked at pictures that indicate certain things.
It helps when you see someone die in a certain season, but you know they can't really die because you saw pictures of them in season 7 ;)
That probably goes along with why I can't stand scary/horror/suspense movies or shows.
I like to know what is coming before it actually does.

One more thing that I just can't seem to understand or get into...wearing beanies at home. The amount of photos I see on Instagram of girls wearing beanies around the house, in bed, etc just boggles my mind! 
What is the purpose?

So are you with me or against me on these topics?
I would love to hear what you think!

Linking up today with Erika and Ashley for Tuesday Talk :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Get your coffee, it's a Big One!

Linking up with Erika, Narci & Andrea for...

We made it through the first full work week of the year!
I feel accomplished this week.
I have been working out, eating better, blogging better, and just all around getting things done.
Just don't come over to my house or you won't believe anything you just read ;)

Maybe after this weekend I will have that taken care of too!

Anyway, let's get into my favorites for the week.

I started off the week joining The Blended Blog for their Ask series.
I had it typed and it went live by 5am!
Actually, I have had all my posts typed ahead of schedule this week!
That accomplishment right there is a FAVORITE!

Then on Tuesday I kept things real in my Just Being Me post :)

Wednesday was a double whammy day!
I posted my Goals for 2018

and my picks for the Pantone Color of the year.
Ultra Violet earrings from Willow Elizabeth

I mentioned in my Instastories the other day (if you aren't following me yet, you should! @xtremelyv) that I picked up a new curling iron and was gifted a new hair dryer.
Now remember, I am cheap people.
Curling irons break, hair dryers die, etc.
I am not going to spend a lot of money on them.
And I didn't have to!
I researched "cheap" hair dryers before my birthday and found this one.
My hair normally takes 25-30 minutes to dry even after I have towel dried it and let it air dry for a bit.
This bad boy dried my hair in 7 minutes on the warm setting and my hair was WET!
Are you kidding me?
That is LIFE CHANGING in my book!
And the even better part is that it is only $25-30!
Can you say FAVORITE?

And I ran into Ulta to pick up a new Hot Tools curling iron that I wanted as well.
I have a 1 inch barrel and I love it, but I wanted something a little bit bigger to create more waves than curls.
My local store had this one on sale for $37!
And it does exactly what I was shooting for!
Another FAVORITE for sure!
They don't have it online, but check out your local store for the deal.
And yes, I know some of you told me to get a wand instead of a clamp style iron but I just couldn't do it!
I need to multi-task and a wand just doesn't allow for that!

Another deal I scored was on these boots!
I have been looking for some new winter/snow boots but just couldn't justify the price tag on a pair of Sorel boots.
Well, I decided to go with every fashion blogger's advice and ordered these (which are about $107 with code SORHNY50) in my normal size 7.5 since they were on sale for only $67.50 at the time.
That is the main reason I ordered them.
They arrived super fast and I loved them, but realized I needed to go up to a size 8.
I hopped online to see how to exchange them, but I didn't see that option so I called customer service.
They were AMAZING!
By the time I called the 8 was sold out again in the above color, so they honored the price I paid and let me pick from one of the other 7 colors available that were not on sale!
Are you serious??????
I picked the Oatmeal/Winter White because those are the ones I originally wanted.
They arrived in 2-3 days and I am in love with them!
Definitely one of the best purchases I have ever made!
I have worn them every day this week to work and such and they keep my feet nice and warm.
I can't wait to play in the snow with X now, or go tubing, or even wear them to football games next year!

Solo runs to Target are a FAVORITE!
I picked up the few things I needed and came across these beauties!
I am now trying to figure out a reason why I need matte black flatware ;)

Instagram = FAVORITES galore!

 While winter snow storms are definitely NOT MY FAVORITE, looking out our bedroom window and seeing this was pretty awesome looking.... 

#winteriscoming #whitewalkersmustbenear
If you watch Game of Thrones you will understand those hashtags ;)

Last Friday Sheaffer had a link to these super cute leather bracelets on, so I checked them out and ordered two of them.
They were super cheap!
They arrived by Monday!
I love them and they are pretty nice quality considering they were only $7 a piece!
They are from Shamelessly Sparkly :)

And on that note I am calling it a week!
Looking forward to a 3 day weekend with my guys :)

Hope you all had a fantastic week!
Be sure to check back next week for more honesty, maybe a few new sale items, and more!

Happy Weekend!

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