Thursday, January 27, 2011

thanks for nothing anthro.

Things like this ALWAYS happen to me. What am I talking about?




Would I have LOVED to have a dress from my FAVORITE STORE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD?!?!?!


Not that I didn't LOVE my dress, but come on!!!

Here's a sneak peak of their new wedding gown line/brand "BHLDN"...

Here's the link to their site: BHLDN

Do you think I could talk Brent into marrying me again and my Dad into paying for it?!?!?!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

point counting.

So, I was REALLY good last week. I didn't even use any of my "flex" points...until Friday night.

Friday night consisted of: Garlic Bread, Greek Salad, Tiropita (feta pastries), half of a HUGE calzone, and half of a cannoli.

And wine.

Should have eaten: Greek Chicken Kabobs with Greek Salad.

Then came good in the morning. Two clemetines and Fiber One yogurt.

Then came lunch time...McDonald's. Number 4 combo.

Should have eaten: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Apple Dippers.

Then came afternoon ice cream snack. Reese's Sonic Blast.

Should have eaten: Small Ice Cream Cone.

Then came dinner. Mossy Grove School House in Troy--Sweet Tea. Hush puppies. Cole Slaw. Fried Pickles. Chicken Fingers. RANCH DRESSING.

Should have eaten: Grilled Chicken Fingers with BBQ Sauce and some veggies.

Sunday...a new day....WAFFLE HOUSE. Pecan Waffle and hashbrowns.

Should have eaten:  Egg White Omlet with Wheat Toast.

Lunch? Other half of the calzone from Friday night.

Just a sandwich for dinner.

Apparently, I need to work on my weekends and making decent choices when eating out.

I WILL NOT make these choices again this weekend.

With all of that said, I joined the Y yesterday.

And I went to spin class.

Now it hurts to sit down.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

some stuff.

1. Husband FINALLY got an assistant manager at work...SO. EXCITED.

2. Maybe he won't fall asleep on the couch at 7:00 every night and we can ACTUALLY hang out.

3. So, we have made a very "adult" decision not to take the Yellowstone trip this summer. A lot of things factored into this decision, some of which were:
      -It costs between $4k-$5k
      -I don't have a 'real' job...yet.
      -We want a house.....sooner rather than later.

4. It was not a fun decision, but I am proud of us.

5. We are still going to go somewhere...destination TBD. Suggestions--beach, cruise, etc.?

6. I have not been 'weight watching' very diligently these last few months. I recommitted myself this past Monday.

7. Meghan lost 6.5 lbs. last week.

8. She is clearly winning.

9. I will post my next weigh-in results on Monday. Stay tuned!

10. I am very ready for Spring--the colors, the weather, the clothes--all of it.

11. I am also very ready for the 'real' job I mentioned earlier. The job search has been pretty dismal lately and it is really hard not to feel extremely discouraged...hopefully things will get better soon!!!!

That is all for now! I have to get back to job searching now (aka sending unsolicited resumes to architecture/design firms).


Friday, January 14, 2011

ebay update.

All of my ebay "auctions" have ended. YAY! Here is what sold...and for how much!

Ann Taylor LOFT Dress, sold for $24
(I paid $6 two years ago)

Anthropologie Tabitha Sweater, sold for $20
(Exactly what I paid for it two years ago)

Gap sweaters, sold together $15
(The navy one I bought for $5 and the other was a Christmas present a few years ago)

Anthropologie Sitwell pants, sold for $40
(I paid $10 two years ago)
Anthropologie Moth Sweater, sold for $25
(I think I paid $20 four years ago)

Grand Total: $125


Thursday, January 13, 2011

bathroom treasure hunt.

I love a good shopping treasure hunt. Yesterday, I ventured out to TJ Maxx, Ross, and Target (I live in Montgomery, remember?).

Our apartment bathroom is very...apartmenty.



So, I was on a mission (and a budget) to find some excitement to add to our vanilla bathroom.


Wire shelf, TJ Maxx, $14.99 (Also at Urban Outfitters, $38)

Numbered Votives, TJ Maxx, $1.49/ea.

Rug with large scale pattern, Target, $19.99

Ornate lantern, Ross, $7.99

Artwork, TJ Maxx, $5.99-$12.99
  Approximate Total: $70

Now all that is left is to hang the artwork...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

one more.

One more option for Harper Girl--just because she is my FAVORITE Harper.

Existing paint...

PB Teen -- Double Dot Jacquard Rug, 5x8, $119

Etsy -- ManicMuffin, Owl Pillow

Land of Nod -- Show and Pastel Bedding, $12-$89

Land of Nod -- Swiss Dot Panel in Green, 84", $45/ea.
 Whew! What do you think?

harper's big girl room.

This big girl has out grown her nursery and needs something new!

Harper girl.
Ok, here we GO!
Sherwin Williams -- SW6912 Glisten Yellow
Existing Paint Color

Land of Nod -- With a Flourish Bedding, $12-$109

Land of Nod -- Sleepin' Safari Throw Pillow, $19

Land of Nod -- Petal Et Al Throw Pillow, $29

Land of Nod -- Better Floors and Gardens Rug (on top), 4x6, $199

Land of Nod -- Ruffle Panels (white, 84"), $39/ea.

Land of Nod -- Wallpaper Letters, $2.95/ea.

Land of Nod -- Nighty Nighty Table, $179

Harper's aunt (cough, cough) has vintage PINK lamps that would look great in this room....keep the existing chandelier!

What do you think Harper (and Mommy and Daddy)?

Monday, January 3, 2011

out with the old.

No, we're not talking about pets, siblings, spouses, or elderly family members.

CLOTHES. All those CLOTHES. You know, the ones you haven't worn yet this season and aren't planning to? I have two possible solutions to your problem.


2. EBAY.

Ok, there are really three options here.


There is no reason to hang onto clothes you are NOT going to wear. Chances are, if you have not worn the item this winter/fall, you probably did not wear it last winter/fall. Take it off the hanger and put it in one of two piles (if you are following option #3--which I recommend).

How do I know if it will sell on Ebay or if I should just send it to Goodwill?!?!?!?! HELP!

Ok. Calm down.

Ebay things from places like these:

-J. Crew
-Banana Republic
-Ann Taylor
-Ann Taylor LOFT
-Designer ANYTHING

Goodwill things from these places:

-Old Navy

Ok. Now that you've got your two piles. Let's determine the "worth" of your items in your Ebay pile (aka the lowest price you are willing to accept for it without crying).

-Sign onto Ebay (obviously make an account if you don't already have one)
-Search for other items like yours.

For example:

I have a sweater that I bought at Anthropologie. It's made by Moth. It's brown lace. I'm going to search "anthropologie moth lace" and see what pops up. It turns out, that there are two other people (how dare them) selling the SAME sweater I want to sell. SO, when it comes time to price my sweater, I price it lower than these two people, but still in the same ballpark.

Ok, now that you've searched, take photos of the items you want to list on Ebay.

Upload those photographic works of art.

Start listing!

WAIT!!! What info do I put in my listing?!?! Wah!

I suggest that you check out other items similar to your own and see what information those sellers are providing.

Shipping. Fun times. If it's one single clothing item, I like to go with USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Large Envelope option. I charge $6/$7--I always add a delivery confirmation number. Always save your proof of shipment--at least for a month or two.

You should know that there is a listing fee (unless Ebay is running some kind of promo) depending on the price you are listing your item for. These fees are usually around $1/item.

There is also a "sold" fee--this is roughly 10% of your profit.

So, give it a try--you will be AMAZED at what people will pay for your gently used (or even new) items!!

And, if your items don't sell, try changing the price or go ahead and haul them over to Goodwill.

Good luck!

I leave you with some things I listed today....

Ann Taylor LOFT Animal Print Dress

GAP Striped Sweaters

Anthropologie Moth Cashmere Blend Cardigan