Thursday, October 31, 2013


Hi kids. It's me - remember? The person who writes this blog? And by "write" I mean "apparently only writes one time a week lately." Sheesh. I ain't gonna lie - I have had the fleeting thought to stop doing it, because I'm annoyed with my half-assed attempts the past several months. I haven't made that decision yet, but it's there every now and then.

Enough of that talk though - let's talk zombies. I mean, it IS Halloween, after all. Granted, where I am, it's a rainy, nasty, thunderstormy Halloween, but it's Halloween nonetheless. So. Zombies.

Recently, Tom and I started watching The Walking Dead. I held out for a long time - I mean, it was ZOMBIES after all. How good could it be? OHHHHH how wrong I was. Let's just say I am a wee bit OBSESSED with it now.

I wish I was lying when I say that we will sit down once the kids are in bed and watch 3 - 4 episodes a night. We're mid-way through Season 3. Gulp. Ya'll - I am SCURRED at what is getting ready to happen at the point we are right now in the story.

This show is wearing me OUT, but in a good way. Does anyone else watch it? NO SPOILERS if you do, I just want to know who my fellow zombie freaks are. 

And while you're sharing, let me know what other favey faves you like to watch. We started Breaking Bad just around the time the series finale hit, but that's on hold now until we catch up to Season 4 of Walking Dead. 

So. To recap this post...I'm lame, I'm obsessed, I'm WORN OUT BY ZOMBIES. Happy Halloween, yo.

Jacket: Costa Blanca, Macy's
Tee: F21
Jeans: Marshall's
Boots: Zara
Bracelet: TJ Maxx


Friday, October 25, 2013

Random (p)Inspirations

Let's do this.

Chair? I wanna be on you NOW.

You know me - I always love a good art wall, especially if there is a skull involved.

I'm not Jada Pinkett Smith's biggest fan, but hear me now and believe me later when I tell you I WILL recreate this look. Oh yes I will.

Awesome reclaimed wood artwork? I want to marry you.

If ONLY I had the guts (and let's be honest, the mad braiding skillz) to wear my hurr like this.

Oh my - kiss your mother with that mouth, Bambi?

I wuv you, Chunky Blankey. Yes I DOOOOOOO...


Yup Yup.

Urrrrrebody hode onto yo BALLS!!!

Happy Friday, kids!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello Moto

Things that must be said:

1. This jacket is by far my favorite consignment find, maybe ever. I know. Them's bold words. But surrsly - WHO gave this up? A fekkin eejit, that's who. Let's break it down: White. Leather. Moto jacket. $57. You KNOW I wasn't leaving it behind.

2. All the Stevie Nicks on this season of American Horror Story makes me happy. And because I was YouTubing a bunch of Fleetwood Mac before work this morning, Imma just go ahead and say that nobody rocks a white man 'fro like Lindsey Buckingham back in the day. WEARING A KIMONO, no less. Go on witcho bad self, LB.

3. Speaking of American Horror Story - I am LOVING this season so far. What is NOT to love about Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and my renewed girl crush - Angela Basset. For real. Check this out:

Shut up. Look at those arms. Or this:

She can rock a turban like no one else. Or this:

Straight up Pam Grier/Foxy Brown fab-u-lous.

As for AHS, I DIG the witchy woman/voodoo priestess theme of this season, and so far it hasn't kept me up at night like last season because SERIAL KILLER NAMED BLOODY FACE. Blargh. Sheesh. Ryan Murphy REALLY messed up my sleep schedule last season. 


Let's see...what other random things must be said...oh yeah...

4. I need a pair of red suede pumps in my life. As well as these boots from Tar-jay:

and like I told Amy yesterday:

5. I think it is ridiculous that I don't have a pair of black moto style skinny jeans in my wardrobe.

But Shaaaaannnn, you might be saying, aren't you WEARING BLACK SKINNIES IN THESE VERY PICS?  Well, yes I am, but they are COATED denim, and I want slightly distressed non-coated skinnies, so HMMMPFH.

On that note, I will take my moto jacket, non-moto jeans and bid you ADIEU.

Linked here.

Jacket: Consignment
Shirt: F21
Jeans: JC Penney
Boots: Mango
Necklace: F21


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Good Reads

Okay kids - I need you to listen up, put your thinking caps on, and share with the class, cuz mama needs some good book suggestions. I feel like I spent the summer listening to one amazing book after another (Life by Keith Richards, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless....)

I'm listening to The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and actually reading Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona right now, but I like to have a few more books in my back pocket so I can dive immediately into the next one.

So what say you? Any suggestions?

Tell me about the best books you've read lately. Or your favorite book of all time. Or the book you could read overandoverandover again. Can't wait to hear your suggestions!!

Jacket: Macy's
Tee: F21
Pants: Hmmmm....don't remember...maybe TJ Maxx or Marshall's???
Shoes: Zara
Bracelet: TJ Maxx


Monday, October 21, 2013

Yup, the Griswolds Are Back.

Brace yourselves. I'm about to take a dump. A camera dump. We got home Saturday after 2 days on the road driving back from our trip to Maryland. I say TRIP and not VACATION, because I'm pretty sure a vacation involves palm trees, adult beverages on the beach, and a brief plane ride to your destination, as opposed to a Toyota Sienna full of stickers, kindergarten workbooks, Crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, notebooks, coloring books, four DVD players, 37 kid-friendly movies (only two of which were watched routinely - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Despicable Me). Oh, and headphones. Thank GOD for headphones.

Look, it was great to see my sis and her family, and it really was a beautiful drive on the way back, but I am in NO hurry to load up the family truckster again anytime soon.

Not to mention that sharing a hotel room with my mom is, well, CHALLENGING. The woman snores. I mean, she snores like she is PISSED OFF. She snores aggressively. 

I learned some things about myself, though. I learned that I really do think I belong to the best gym in the world. I mean, my sister's gym is good, but her instructor did not make me feel like I wanted to vomit in the middle of class.

I learned that, God help me, I love cheese in a can. 

I realized that my niece penned the best birthday card EVER for her brother while we were there:

I learned that Annapolis knows how to keep it classy:

I learned that they also have the Best Playground Ever. 

Seriously. And sadly, we didn't go there until the day before we left. OH THE HUMANITY.

I learned that I REALLY did not need to pack everyone's pillows, because apparently my children do not need to sleep, EVER, on what amounted to two 12-hour driving days. OH THE HUMANITY. 

I learned that Scarlett is afraid of heights, as evidenced by the lack of her presence in the photos below, taken along Skyline Drive in West Virginia.

I learned that no matter what anyone else says, John Denver will ALWAYS be my co-pilot on a drive like this.

I learned that the all you can eat Amish buffet is NOT worth the $9.95/person for me. I do not need that much country cooking EVER. It was like paying my mom $9.95 to eat Sunday dinner at her house. The Amish DO have a ginormous pumpkin in their entry, however.

Finally, I learned that I REALLY need to clean my windshield. Still, even through the grime, Kentucky was also a beautiful state. 

Hope you're still checking in on me. Oh, and stay tuned for the Best Shopping Score EVER later this week. I'll give you a hint - TWO LEATHER JACKETS FOR UNDER $100. Okay - that was more than a hint, but JUST YOU WAIT. 

Happy Monday, yo!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit - American Horror Story: Coven starts tonight. Not only that, but last week, my favorite reality show - Top Chef - started again. Both are set in New Orleans.

I am HOPING that AHC does not scare the BEJEEZUS out of me this time like last season's Asylum did. Holy HELL. 

Howevaaaah, since this season is about witchcraft and not serial killers in an insane asylum, how scurry can it be? Okay - I'm sure since it's Ryan Murphy, it can be MUY scurry.

You know what else happens today? Our first parent/teacher conferences. Let's hope those don't roll out like they were directed by Ryan Murphy either. 

Jacket: NY&Co
Shirt: JC Penney
Pants: F21
Boots: Zara