Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cuckoo for Banana

I went to Banana Republic today to take advantage of their sale and the twenty dollar coupon I received a few days ago. I was in the need for shorts and cardigans and am glad to say I found some of both! The dresses kept calling my name but I was able to tunnel vision and walked out with just one unplanned item. Plus, they gave me more coupons for June so I will definitely be back.

From left to right: Anna crew cardigan in mythic blue, Anna crew cardigan in white, Piped pink cotton blazer, Roll-up short in pink sand, Roll-up short in boulder.

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We went shopping for The Husband yesterday at Men's Warehouse and it was an eye opener. I did not realize what went into a man looking sexy in a suit. The measuring and altering were amazing. I wish everywhere I shopped did that. In the end, he got two suits that are sure to make him look very Mad Men in the office.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekend Adventures

This weekend was pretty great! I got to do some shopping and had a much needed date night with The Husband. The weather was rainy so our Saturday plans had to change. We were going to go to a baseball game but the wind and on and off rain changed our minds.

Instead, we decided to go to the movies and for some fro yo. I love iTop it and usually get the same thing every time but I expanded my horizons and went for something different. As for The Great Gatsby, I was very pleased. The book is my absolute favorite and it's definitely better than the movie but I was impressed with the acting and I love the way Baz Luhrmann plays with color and detail. Plus, I have been listening to the soundtrack all weekend. I love how they put modern music to such a specific time and made it work.

Today was filled with shopping. I have made it my goal to accessorize more and not spend the summer in flip flops. Today I wandered into Payless just to browse and found these fun shoes for summer and these bracelets. Yellow gold has never caught my attention before but I have started to try and incorporate it into my wardrobe and thought these bracelets would be a good start.

I also stopped by Old Navy and ended up buying these three dresses. I already have the eyelet dress in white and navy but the yellow was so happy that I had to get it! It didn't hurt that it was on clearance. The one at the end I got in a coral color and thought it would be fun for a casual lunch or to run errands. I love the striped one (mine has thin yellow stripes as well) and can't wait to put it on.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Fashion Friday- Carmen Sandiego

I bought this trench coat a few years ago at Old Navy but never wore it because I thought I couldn't pull it off. I decided to wear it today and am kind of obsessed with it. It has been perfect for all the rain we've been having lately. However, I did get called Carmen Sandiego a few times. Luckily, I loved that show. 


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Penne Sausage Alfredo

I call this my "Single Lady" dinner. Why you may ask? I am obsessed with pasta (any Italian food really). However, even though I could eat it every single day, The Husband will not allow it. When he first started traveling for work I made this all the time. He was gone so much he joked that I was single and I started telling him this was my dinner when he was gone.

It's so easy but something about it makes it seem like a legit Pinterest meal. I've made it for people who tell me it's delicious and ask for the recipe. Although I would like to pretend it was full on gourmet and I'm just that much of a domestic goddess, I can't lie very well so there's no point.

Penne Sausage Alfredo
1 box Barilla pasta (I use the bow tie kind)
1 16oz jar alfredo sauce (I use classic by Ragu)
1 package of sausage links (I use Johnsonville links) 

1. Cook pasta to your liking. I usually let it boil a few minutes so it's super soft. Drain.

2. At the same time cook sausage in a separate pan until done. Drain. I usually cut up the sausage into circles.

3. Warm sauce.

4. Mix everything together and serve. Add some shredded parmesan for extra deliciousness!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

New Kitchen Toy

I feel dorky because I am so excited about this! I think it's a sign of growing up when you start getting excited about things like home decor or, in this case, kitchen appliances. As I had mentioned before, I've really been into smoothies lately. They are such a perfect and easy way to eat healthy and still enjoy something delicious. Plus, I love that I control what goes into it.

Unfortunately, my blender did not feel the same way. It had been making weird noises and the other day it threw in the towel. It was 5:00 a..m. when it decided to stop working and instead shoot parts of itself at me as I tried to control the noise out of fear The Husband (or neighbors) would slaughter me. I was left with no smoothie and a mess of black dust and chunks to clean up.

Yesterday, we decided to take the plunge and buy a Vitamix blender. Although it was pricey, it does so much that I feel the cost is justified. It can knead bread and make hot soup right in the blender. Plus, the blades are made for handling whole fruits and chunks of ice.

It came with this cookbook full of delicious looking recipes and has a seven year warranty. I really am so excited to start using it and step up the healthy eating. I've never been a huge fan of fruits (i just barely had grapes and strawberries for the first time in like eight years) but I can drink a smoothie with almost anything in it. 

The best thing is that it's so easy to clean! After use, you just add warm water and a little soap to the blender and turn it on. It basically cleans itself. Now that I sound like a Vitamix sales representative, I'm going to stop this post. Before that, please let me apologize for the floor picture. My kitchen is basically a cave so pictures there are always weird.


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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring Time Saturday

Today has been such a wonderful day. I got my first ever massage and it was AMAZING! I have never been that relaxed in my life. It was the perfect Saturday activity after a very hectic week at work (but I loved every minute of it). The woman that did it was great and she got the pressure perfect from the start.

Another wonderful thing about today is the weather. As previously mentioned, Colorado weather is pretty bipolar so we have to enjoy the nice days as much as we can. Here's what our Colorado Springs weather has been. The bottom one is today!

Left is Wednesday night, right is Thursday morning

Shirt: Target, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Banana Republic, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana
We decided to venture out and I bought some stuff that I was out of. However, the CC cream is brand new. I've been hearing so much about CC cream and BB cream and decided to stop by my local Clinique counter and ask some questions. Although I want to eventually try the BB cream, I chose the CC cream in light medium because I was told the coverage is a little less intense and it's not as heavy. Hopefully it's as amazing as people say it is. I did buy something else that I'm SUPER excited about but will write a separate post for it.

After the shopping and massage, The Husband and I enjoyed some delicious lunch at Noodles & Company. Noodles always reminds me of my college days and it was the first place The Husband and I ate when we moved to Colorado Springs!

Pesto Cavatappi
The Husband is going out of town tomorrow so I am trying to get in as much couple time as I can. This month will be crazy for both of us (he'll be gone most of it) but at the end is a much needed vacation. Hope you enjoy your weekend!