Friday, November 30, 2012

Random (p)Inspiration

First of all let me say thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. The crap thing is when I got to the doctor's office, they said, "Oh, the doc may want you to come back in for a biopsy." "Uhhhh, I thought that's what I was here for today..." I said. Nope. Not so much. It was a consult. So my REAL biopsy is now set for December 6. Good thoughts, everyone. Anyhoozle, I thought I'd share some of my favorite pins as of late.




I am sorry, but I NEED tiny foxes in my ears. 



And speaking of foxes, AWWWWWW. 


I have been debating getting another tattoo (I have a salamander on my arse), and love these three little birds for my OWN three little birds. I would have it put on the inside of my wrist. 

Source: rstyle.me via Shannan on Pinterest


Crinkly gold metallic booties are a big fat YES in my book. 



Um, hiya hot new boyfriend from Dexter. Ray Stevenson definitely has the George Clooney old school vibe goin for him. Homina homina. 



The next DIY I'd like to attempt. 



What is prettier than sparkly Christmas macarons? Nothing, that's what. 



Gorgeous. 

Happy Friday, ya'll.
Merci,
Shan

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All You Need Is Love


Love and reassurance. And maybe a prayer, if you're the praying kind. So I have this lump in my neck that I had checked out on Monday. The doc did an ultrasound, and it's a nodule on my thyroid.


Personally, I think it's something wacky going on because I have been sick so much lately. Once several years ago I got thyroiditis after a virus, and I really think that's what it is this time too. 


Still, there is the potential for it to be something more. Something bigger. Something like The C Word. I just can't let myself think about that right now, but I DO go in later today to have a biopsy on it.


I don't relish the thought of having a needle stuck in my neck, but if it rules out the big bad wolf, then so be it. Has anyone else ever had this done? If so, please reassure me that it won't be too painful. I mean, for the love of Dog the Bounty Hunter, I gave myself shots in the stomach when I went through invitro, and Tom gave me intra-muscular shots in my ass during that same time. It CANNOT be more painful than those shots. 


From what I read, it's a pretty small needle, but still, it's a needle nonetheless. In the NECK. Blech. Neck, blech. So. Here's where you come in. Please reassure me. Tell me a funny story. Distract me. Tell me anything that will take my mind off what is REALLY on my mind. I need you to be a little strong for me when I'm feeling kind of puny today. I love ya'll.


Sweater: Old Navy (last season)
Pants: Target
Boots: Libby Edelman, TJ Maxx
Belt: Old Navy
Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner

Merci!
Shan

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Curl Up and Dry


Before Barfpocalypse, we still had our Halloween decorations up, had some gorgeous 70 degree days, and I decided to dress like Ellen Degeneres.


In other news, I also have realized in the last year that my hair is SO much easier to deal with if I just let it do what it wants to do (be curly). What a revelation. If we ever get to go to Europe again, no more messing with stupid converters - I can just let it dry on its own and go.


Of course, in the damp Irish climate, this means my hair would possibly NEVER be dry for the length of our stay. Or I would have to get up at 3 a.m., wash it and give it a chance to dry before we leave for the day.


This does not sound like the most relaxing use of a vacation, no? Of course, if we were there for a wedding, chances are at 3 a.m., I would still be awake for the festivities. Oh, who am I kidding - I couldn't hang with the Irish grannies the last time I was there for a wedding. I had to leave the party at midnight to go to bed. Tom rolled in at 6 a.m. the next morning. I don't know why I'm even discussing it - I don't foresee a European vacation in the near future with the kiddos. Sigh. Maybe someday we'll make it over again.


This has officially been The Most Random Post Ever, and is brought to you by Lack Of Sleep. Night-night.

Tee: Hand me down from my sissie
Vest: The Limited
Pants: T.J. Maxx
Shoes: Converse, Target
Cuff, Turquoise Necklace: Charming Charlie's
Belt as Bracelet: Target
Short Necklace: TJ Maxx

Merci,
Shan

Monday, November 26, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle


Welcome to the Jungle, aka Barfageddon 2012 (aka Casa de BlahBlah for almost an entire week last week). Yup. I hesitate to even write it, because I think you all must think a) DANG, does she ever clean her house, or does she just recycle sick germs? b) Her kids are ALWAYS sick, or c) some variation of both of those.


I won't go into the graphic details, but suffice it to say I now realize I hadn't truly parented until I was running back and forth between numerous sick kids, and had to stop to barf myself. Add to that fun about 1,987 loads of laundry (for each time someone got sick on their bed, towel, clothing, the cat, whatever), and you have a shitastic Thanksgiving holiday week.


Because NO ONE was in a mood to eat anything (besides soda crackers and flat ginger ale) on Turkey Day, we celebrated yesterday. It's a good thing I had these photos from a week or two ago to post, because had I felt like taking any photos last week, you would have seem the same big grey sweat pants and sweatshirt for several days in a row. Glamorous.


Don't hate the playa.


I'm not even going to say "thankfully everyone is over it," because anytime I say that, the Sick Gods strike again, and it seems to be with something worse than the time before. At this rate, we're all going to end up with malaria. Instead, let's just watch my pretend girlfriend Pink cover a little G-n-R. It's just what the doctor ordered.



Stop over and see everyone at Visible Monday and Monday Mingle!

Jacket: NY& Co
Tee: Thrifted
Pants: Zara
Boots: Libby Edelman, TJ Maxx
Earrings: Standard Style Boutique
Cuff: Charming Charlie's

Merci!
Shan

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Day Prep

Okay ya'll, I FINALLY got my menu set for Thanksgiving Day. I really love to cook, and have a sliiiiight control issue when it comes to letting anyone else help - sort of. I mean, I have my list of things I plan to cook, but don't mind asking for another dish here or there if I need (for instance, my mom makes The Best Homemade Bread EVER, so she'll bring homemade rolls, and a sweet potato casserole that is more like dessert. For the rest of my menu, check out the links below.



 Alton Brown's Roast Turkey
I have never brined a turkey before (anyone else done that?), so I'm always concerned when I'm trying something new on Thanksgiving no less. Still, the reviews on this were pretty stellar, so I'm sure it'll turn out fine.

 

Paula Deen's Apple Cranberry Stuffing 
NORMALLY I stay away from Paula Deen recipes, because they are typically laden with fat, but this is T-Day, so I figure I'm not going to worry about that for one day a year (becept I will switch out dried cherries for the cranberries, just cuz I like them mo bettah).

Roasted Green Beans with Pancetta and Yogurt
Nothing earth-shattering here, but I feel compelled to put something green on the table.

 
Mashed Potatoes and Mascarpone and Chives
As I was saying, I feel compelled to put green on the table, espesh when I'm cooking mashed potatoes with frigging mascarpone cheese. NOM NOM NOMMMMMM.

  
Cranberries with Cointreau 
My whole life I have never liked cranberries, but for the last few years, I have really enjoyed them. The last 2 years, I made a cranberry ginger relish that was pretty good, but decided to switch it up this year with cranberries and cointreau. Um, yum.

And now for the big daddy. The Turkey Day Desserts. I'm doing two, one this Macadamia Nut Cream Pie with Coconut that looks heavenly. For my second, I initially planned on a ShooFly Pie, which I have never made before, but it looks pretty yummy, but then came across a recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Tart over the weekend. The both look yummy, but I can't decide, so I'm leaving it to you, dear readers, to cast your vote in the comments and make the decision for me. What say you? The ShooFly Pie, or something a wee bit more classic (but not TOO classic), the Bourbon Pumpkin Tart? Vote, please!!! Here ye! Here ye!! And while you're at it, tell me what YOU'RE making for the big day.

Sweatshirt: Thrifted
Jeans: The Garment District
Shoes: Vince Camuto

Merci!
Shan



Monday, November 19, 2012

Quick Peek

Okay - I'm posting a craptastic photo just so you can see that I am in the midst of my first DIY, and that I did not flake out on it. Can I just say OUCH??? Those studs are little bastards. They are slippery as hell, and hurt like a mofo. 

Sadly, this is all you're getting for a post today, cuz guess what? I had a sick kid AGAIN this weekend. This time stomach crap couldn't be worse. Or could it. I'm writing this Sunday night, and have been up with Gavin since 4 a.m. barfing about every 20 minutes. He FINALLY stopped around 1 p.m., but has been puny all day long. I actually think he has so much sinus drainage that it made him completely nauseous. Anyone else ever dealt with this? I pray to God that he is better tomorrow and that NO ONE ELSE GETS IT. 

On that note, may you have a barfless Monday.

Merci!
Shan

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stuff to Do - aka I Die DIY

Here's my goal, starting this weekend, I want to try to tackle at least one DIY project a week. There are so many things I've pinned (here and here), that it is time to get off my arse and get bizzy. My PROBLEM is that I am a procrastinator to the epic degree. I mean, none of the projects below are rocket science, but I have this mental block that if I don't start a project, I can't, well, f$ck it up. Stupid, no? Anyhoozle - I'm putting it out here today. If I don't have a post on Monday with some photos of something from the list below, call me out on it.

Studded army jacket


(Okay, maybe not quite that studded, but you catch my drift)

Studded trench



Skull tees - two: one with fabric paint, one with bleach pen


Don't know how well you can see the tee, but that is a quick and easy DIY paint job with fabric paints


Not the above design, but that's just so you get the ideer. I want to do a Day of the Dead type skull. 

Leather cuff


New fall/winter painting for the mantle



Metallic cap toe shoes


So what's on you own DIY to-do lists? Share. This is a safe place. Have a great weekend, yo!

Merci,
Shannan

Thursday, November 15, 2012

An Open Letter to Zara

Zara, meet me at camera three.

Look, I love you. Like, inappropriately love you. Your stuff is chic, dope, badass, and mostly affordable. That's like the quadrafecta of shopping perfection. Yes, I just coined the term quadrafecta. Feel free to use it - just give credit where credit is due.

Sadly, Zara, I have only ever been in an actual shop once in my life. Still, you fill an online void that I wish I could take advantage of more often. I have a few pieces, but need more. Specifically, these:

Source: zara.com via Shannan on Pinterest


If you would be so kind as to gift them to me (I have no shame) I will love you forever. Oh, while you're at it, you could throw in this too, and that'd be just ducky.


Source: zara.com via Shannan on Pinterest


Thanks. Love ya! Your Number One Fan. Kisses.

Merci,
Shan



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Random Letters


Dear Computer,
If you act like a little b!tch tomorrow, I'm going to throw you out the window.
Signed,
The Management


Dear Followers Icon On My Home Page,
You have read 280 followers since the dawn of time. Since my grandma fell off her dinosaur. It is killing me. Can't I hit 300 followers????? I know it shouldn't matter. I know I shouldn't check it, but I do. Lord knows I do. Please please pleeeeeze, Followers Icon - can't you just tick up a few more notches? Pretty please with a cherry, whipped cream, and Daniel Craig on top?
I'd be Ever so Grateful - signed,
You Know Who


To the Myriad Random Tiny Socks and Cartoon-Laden Underwear I Seem to Find In Virtually Every Room of My House,
Please kindly find your way to the hamper.
Thank You,
Signed,
Tired of Picking You Up




pleated poppy  

Jacket: Vintage, gift
Shirt: JC Penny
Cords: Old Navy
Necklace: Vintage, via eBay
Boots: Frye, via eBay

Merci!
Shan

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oh My Hell

Thank you to the fabulous Kim France of Girls of a Certain Age for sharing the link below. So. So. Funny.




You're welcome.

Merci!
Shannan

Sly As A Fox



Got home from the gym last night and saw what looked like a wound on the back of Simon's head. It was pretty substantial. I asked him what happened. He refused to answer.


I asked, "Did you fall down somewhere?" No, was his reply. "Did someone hit you with something?" Nuh-uh.


Looked again, and freaked my freak. SERIOUSLY SIMON, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HEAD????!!! I NEED TO KNOW SO I CAN DETERMINE EXACTLY HOW MUCH TO FREAK OUT HERE. 


He looked at me as if to say, "No comprende, senorita."


I was getting worried. I mean, it was a DIVOT in his head, for the love of Toni Tenille."Come here, Simon. I need to look again." He was utterly unphased. Tried gently to pull his hair aside (so as not to hurt the area anymore than it already was). Wait a minute, I thought. I smelled it.


Mystery solved: Ketchup.

Boots | Everybody, Everywear

Dress/Plaid Shirt/Legwarmers/Belt as bracelet: Target
Boots: Frye

May you have a condiment-free day.
Merci!
Shannan