Monday, December 31, 2012

What I want from 2013.

Hola amigos y amigas! Today is my birthday!!! Have a cupcake for me! =)



I don't necessarily believe in resolutions because I feel like resolutions are always failed. But I do believe in trying to make the next year better than the last. Here are 5 things I want to work on in 2013.
  1. Document our lives. 
    • Blog more regularly, take more photos.
    • I'll be joining in on Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day Challenge and this year, this year I am going to stick to it! Join Me? 
  2. Spend quality time with my husband. 
    • I already have our dates planned out and reserved through April.
    • Be that fun loving, carefree, silly girl he fell in love with. 
  3. Travel. 
    • Day trips around the Houston/Galveston area.
    • See more of the great state of Texas. 
    • Work towards visiting all 50 states. 
  4. Do things for me. Be a little selfish.
    •  I started at a younger age than normal putting others needs/wants before my own. ( and I wouldn't change a thing, it made me who I am today) Now that I am at a stage in my life that I can do things for others needs/wants and do things for myself. I want to do things for me without feeling guilty.
  5. Open up. 
    • Let loose a little more. Learn to enjoy myself. 
    • Shake my shyness / be more social. 

Linking up with:

Party of One




Perception Is Everything

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Best of 2012

January: We traveled to Dallas with some of our best friends to watch University of Houston take on Penn State in a bowl game!


March: I took a leap of faith and accepted a position at a new company with a slightly different role!

April: Hard work paid off fitness wise and I was able to fit into my little black dress for a date night with Mychael! I had the opportunity to sit with the President of the Houston Aeros for #AerosGirlsNightOut thanks to the lovely Stephanie Joplin.

August: Linda sparked my interest in Vox Culture. If you know me at all you know that I love to help others. But, I want to know that my money and/or time is being used honestly. Vox uses their money for great causes, and everyone is a volunteer yet treats the organization as if it is their money making job. I went to my first event as their Social Media Voice and fell in love with the people, their causes, and the organization as a whole.

September: I tried on my wedding dress for the final time before the wedding.
October: I married my best friend!!! ...and with the help of a certain blogger, any stresses I had about us having a nontraditional wedding helped our day run smoothly. I'll fill you in on the details when I blog about the wedding.

November: We had our very last tailgate and game at Robertson Stadium. Holding back the tears as they shut off the lights after the last game was hard.


December: We had our very first Christmas as a married couple. =)

What were your best moments of 2012?











Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!




I leave you with one of my favorite Trans Siberian Orchestra performances. I hope you're able to spend this holiday with your friends and family!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

#TheMessyProject

HELLO!!!!! Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to The Messy Project Round: 6 !!!!

The Messy Project

 The brain child behind The Messy Project is the ever so lovely, Kelly from Messy.Dirty.Hair. She loves fashion, and if I could afford to pay for her flight and services for a weekend to help me with my next shopping spree I would! I don't think "Wardrobe Counseling" entered into the monthly budget would make the new husband very happy.

So you've been living under a rock and don't know what The Messy Project is? Let me explain.

The Deal: 
1 Top 
5 Girls
5 Different Looks
1 Major Blog Post Day


Kelly wanted a fun new way to interact with bloggers, something completely different than anyone else. Something to get others to put their creative minds to work, and express themselves in a fashionable way. This is when The Messy Project was born!

I love that Kelly doesn't judge, she doesn't care that you aren't a fashion blogger. If you want to participate she's happy to have you. I wasn't scared to receive my item. In fact when I opened my package and it was "something with sparkles" I squeeeeeed in my office. No worries, my company knows that I blog and they know that I have a thing for all things glittery and sparkly.

Then I realized... I've never worn a vest before. Ever. Hmm. I googled ways to wear a vest. I paired it with a t shirt and jeans. Kelly wasn't going to let me get away with it that easily. She said it was cute, but try something a little more dressy.  

Here is what I came up with, and Kelly loved it!
I paired it with a layered spaghetti strap, navy shorts, navy opaque tights (first time wearing tights since I was about 5!), sparkly flats, teal bangles and teal drop earrings!

Now, go visit my partners in crime!!!! 
Tabitha - My Cliffnotes
Carole - Pipley Vintage
and the Queen Bee herself



Not bad for my first time ever! I've already signed up for The Messy Project for October 2013!! I had so much fun with this and by that time my favorite accessory will be back (my super long hair! miss it so much!)

Here is what I learned this round:
  • When Kelly says you can text her and she is happy to help. She really means it. 
  • Pay attention to the weather if you plan on taking pictures outside. I had big plans to have Mychael take my pictures down by the docs but the day of it stormed all day. Had we of taken photos a day earlier the weather would have been perfect. I was so upset. 
  • Have fun, don't stress. I was so wound up, and when Kelly told me she really loved my outfit I felt so much relief!



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

overwhelmed.




What happens when:
  • You wake up feeling ill. 
  • You take medication to make you feel better, but makes you have anxiety.
  • Traffic sucks so you show up late to work. 
  • You're so busy at work that you don't get to take any mini breaks. 
  • Traffic sucks so you get home close to 630p 
  • You and your husband try to shove days worth of conversation over dinner and clean up... 
You feel like throwing everything out the window and saying screw it! We're a bit overwhelmed over here! We will have a surprise for you all just after the New Year! So we are excited for the holidays coming up for two reasons. 1) days off of work! 2) our surprise! 

Now. TOMORROW is the REVEAL of #TheMessyProject !!! I am SO nervous!!! =( I've already signed up for The Messy Project late next year so I know that this is just the beginning of my new turned leaf to fashionista! See you tomorrow!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Its a brand new week.

Hello lovely readers! It's Monday again, bleeeeh.

I'm sharing my holiday nails again with At the Pink of Perfection for #MerryManicures, if you have some festive fingers I'd love to see your pretty nails too so go ahead, snap a picture and link up!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear - 30 Red Carpet
JULEP - Bombshell Collection - Cindy




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I'm also participating in a new link up today called {5 for Five}. The goal is to list 5 things you wish to accomplish within the next 5 days, then next week recap and set another 5 goals. Lets get started.

PartyOfOne

1.) I hope to pop out of bed every day at 5am when my alarm goes off. 
I have a nasty habit of resetting my alarm for 520am, then shutting that off and getting out of bed at 615am when Mychael's alarm goes off.

2.) Go running at least twice this week. 
I took two months off running. My legs and feet took a beating, from nasty shin splints (I couldn't even walk back to my starting point of a run), to almost falling down a flight of stairs and scrapping the top of my foot on cement stairs, to banging my foot so hard in to a wall that my toe nail went into my skin.

3.) Start taking any clothes out of my closet that I won't be wearing over the next week or so. 
We'll be renovating our closet over the Christmas break!

4.) Wrap presents. 
I have 99% of my Christmas shopping done... but none are wrapped. This needs to happen... and I need to remember to bring Mychael's presents home from my office. 

5.) Blog all 5 days this week. 
I want to get back into my blogging habits. I need to find a balance of when I can write. I won't take away time from my friends, family, and husband just to be active here, so I need to find that sweet spot of time. =)

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Also, lets take a moment to talk about "not everything I tweet is about you". See tweet below. 

I made a typo there should be "help" between can't and but. Oopsies. Here's the deal y'all. I follow about 1700 people. 99.9% of the time I don't view it with my lists, I also don't scroll through to look at every single tweet. I have a job that doesn't allow me to sit on social media all day. Sure I take little breaks here and there and may respond to whichever tweet may be there when I launch the app. 
As bloggers and tweeters you have to have thick skin and you can't think that every single tweet is in direct response to YOUR tweets. I had a friend who thought that it may be towards her. She did the right thing and asked me, allowed me time to respond and that was that. I took a look at her timeline and saw that she was part of a group that was organizing some type of awareness for the school shooting in CT. I didn't really look into it, but great for them.

Then I received a DM from another blogger 
 When I tried to respond, I couldn't. I figured it was just twitter being a pain in the behind and needed to be updated. This wasn't the case, I had been blocked. Wow. I was away from my phone maybe 5 minutes. I was informed this blogger just knew I was talking about her. When I told them she wasn't who I was talking about, especially since I hadn't seen her tweets I was told she didn't believe me. Okay. Since I don't really know her in real life, I just let it roll off my back. I'm not going to shed any tears, or try to beg and plead.  That's just ridiculous.

I was sent screenshots of her tweets from that day and from yesterday. Which, to me just looked like cries for attention. To each their own. (honestly, I don't need screenshots people. i appreciate you trying to look out for me...BUT I don't form that strong of bonds with people I rarely make contact with) I know others were tweeting a message similar to me, if they were talking about her and her group I have no earthly idea. That's their business not mine. Its really a shame that people take things so personally. In my opinion if any one thought I was speaking about them and whatever they were writing, that's their guilty conscience. If I thought every tweet was about me, I'd be a paranoid mess. And a little full of myself....

It seems like this tragedy has created such hostility on Twitter. 
You're a horrible person if you didn't dedicate your whole weekend to tweeting or blogging about what happened. I don't operate that way. I saw people tweeting about being up all night crying, and crying all weekend who have on numerous occasions said they hated children and/or never wanted kids. Makes no sense to me.

I didn't watch ANY coverage on what was going on. (I didn't need to anyway, my whole twitter timeline was full of updates as well as my facebook) I can't stand watching the news about disasters or tragedies. And after having my own horrible experience I know that some people don't want to turn on the TV and have their current issues shoved in their faces.The media goes way overboard.
Now I know that there is a National Day of Silence today by half of blog world, and a National Day of Silence tomorrow by half of blog world. Participate if you want, but don't judge others if they don't. Not everyone has the same beliefs or deals with things in the same way.
I won't apologize for what I tweet. My timeline, my tweets and nothing is ever completely astonishing.

I used to let things on Twitter/Blog world get under my skin. I learned quickly that people pretend to be much bigger in the internet and some people only have this pretend world they have created. Its sad. I'm lucky I'm not one of them. 

That is all. Hope everyone has a happy happy joy joy day! I know I will! Mwah! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2 months.

Today marks 2 months of married life! I've had our wedding photos back for a little while now and still haven't written our wedding story on here. Boo. I feel like I suck at blogging lately. Do know that I'm not giving up on this little blog of mine, I just haven't felt like sitting at a computer when I come home. Womp womp. 

Someone come and write my blog for me? I'm kidding. On to the reason why I opened this little post up. 

Happy 2 month wedding anniversary Mychael!! How does it feel now that you are stuck with me foreverrrrr? Mwah!

Here are some things that have changed within the last two months. 
  • I legally changed my last name to his. (but professionally speaking I work under my maiden name) 
  • We combined all financial accounts after realizing how much stronger we would be this way.
  • I had a payment kicked back by our bank because my new last name and maiden last name didn't match. Boo-hiss! (pay with a debit card instead of checking account to bypass this. you're welcome.)
  • We were going to combine our auto insurance... but the day before we did, I got into a wreck. Yea... more on that later. 
  • We've attended events as Mr & Mrs and I now get to introduce him as my husband and he gets to introduce me as his wife. 
  • We've found ourselves talking more about children... but we still aren't quite ready for those things yet. 
  • Even though we had been together nearly 8 years, after saying "I do." the relationship feels even more solidified.
Are you married? How did you feel things change? 
Do you have any long term relationship but newly-wedded advice?

Photo by: Fleurish Imagery

Monday, December 10, 2012

#MerryManicures

Good morning! I've been so busy with everything I forgot that this is my birthday month!! Feel free to send me cupcakes, candy, nail polish, kittens and anything with sparkles. Wheeeee

I'm here today to show off my holiday manicure! 

I love the holidays! LOVE them! Some people express themselves with tattoos and piercings... I'd rather express myself with nail polish, I change my mind way too much!. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking at the hands of others and I think they can tell you a lot about a person. Do you agree? 

As soon as Thanksgiving was over I was ready for some Christmas nails!

OPI Happy Holly Days & Julep Oscar for my accent nail.

I'm not sure if I will do this manicure for Christmas week, I'm thinking I may need some candy cane stripes, or perhaps a little Santa. What do you think?

I'm linking up with At the Pink of Perfection and you should too! Do IT!