October 31 OOTD

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Top: Gap

Sweater: Plato’s Closet

Khakis: Gap

Necklace: Jewelmint

Flats: F21

Today starts the most sleep-deprived day/weekend of my life…

I know I should’ve taken off from work today…or at least taken half of the day off.

I’m going to be working all day (like I do everyday); then, as soon as I’m done, I have to head over to my church for our Youth All-Nighter.  It’ll be a night full of fun and games, good people and good times.

I’m excited about it because I love working with youth and since I’m home full time now, I’m able to get more involved in church activities and ministries.

However, I’m not going to be able to get sleep until 7 am the next morning because we plan on having the kids up the whole time participating in various activities (I mentioned it’s called an all-nighter right??).  So at 7 am, I should be able to collapse into my bed and sleep the day away right?

Wrong!!

As soon as I get home, I have to feed my dogs and cat because my dad will be at work. I purposely planned on working on my costume today during the day because I didn’t want to rush it tomorrow (stay tuned for tomorrow’s OOTD post as it’s my costume for a Halloween party I’m attending!).

I’m going to sleep as much as I can tomorrow, but you know when you just want to sleep, the world won’t let you? Yeah, I’m planning on getting distracted by something…I just know it’ll happen =0P

Losing sleep all in the name of good fun right? Absolutely =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

October 30 – Exfoliating Soaps

Ever since I’ve taken on the responsibility of taking care of all the animals in our house (four of them), the number of times a day that I wash my hands is up there…

Right now, I’ve been using Palmolive dish detergent, simply because it’s the first thing that I come in contact with after dealing with them.  However, that has been drying out my hands and causing my fingernails to develop more hang nails then ever!

I went to my trusty sidekick, Google, and decided to search for some exfoliating soaps that will help get rid of the extra skin, including the dead stuff, and leave my hands soft and supple.  I always follow up with a lotion of some kind, so moisturizing wasn’t my main concern – cleanliness was.

I came across this blog post (I’m a sucker for great pictures and crisp blog layouts) and fell in love with the soaps (I instantly subscribed because, well, just check out the blog…you’ll see why).

Now, I don’t know how likely it is that I’ll make cold-pressed soaps, but I do have some Dr. Bronner’s soap that I acquired a long time ago that I’ve never used.  I figured I could find some recipe that uses it, make it and see if that helps with cleaning my hands and keeping those hang nails at bay.

We’ll see how it goes! =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

October 29 – Do you ever get the feeling…

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re just stuck?

Stuck at work, stuck at church, stuck in traffic, just stuck in life?

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That’s how I’ve been feeling lately…

Don’t know why, and as far as I know, nothing really triggered it…

But, sometimes I sit in my chair or my couch or my bed and just feel like I’ve hit a wall.

Sometimes it feels like that wall is becoming more malleable, with the intent that I can simply break through it, but then it becomes solid again…

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I’ve been feeling like that mainly creatively.  I’m not creative by nature, but I try =0)

I’m inspired by many things and when my brain is buzzing with ideas, it tends to go into overload mode and shut down.

When I was at work for our long meeting, we had a speaker talk about energy (physical, spiritual, emotional and mental) and how it’s translated into our work and our everyday lives.

I realized that my energy level is what fuels my creativity and my ability to break through those walls and those moments where I feel stuck.  The most pertinent point that the speaker made is the fact that our brains can only process one thing at a time.  I took that as, it’s ok to do one thing at a time and not try to do everything at once.

I think that that is our main problem, especially in today’s age running rampant with technological advances and such.

I’m trying to make better choices so that I don’t feel stuck or feel overwhelmed.  It all won’t be settled overnight, but I’m willing to put in the time if it means more energy and more time.

It was such a great presentation and really ‘stuck’ with me (see what I did there =0P )

Until next time…

FashionD

P.S. How appropriate that this post is presented on “Hump Day”? heheee

October 29 OOTD

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Tee: Gap

Blazer: Gap

Pants: Gap

Necklace: Thrift Store

Flats: H&M

Had to break out my ‘pearls’ today. I’ve had this necklace for a few years now and I love wearing it.  I don’t know how I miss it sometimes because it’s quite long and the beads are quite large =0).

Wanted to add a classy bit to the outfit for today =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

October 28 – Healthy Breakfast Ideas

One of the great things about Facebook is that it allows its users the opportunity to access a multitude of information in one place – regardless of the subject.

One of the subjects that I come across often is food. I follow Food & Wine and let me tell you…best thing I could have done…

I love food (we all know this)… thankfully I have no food allergies so I can pretty much devour whatever is in my path.

I have talked about my gluten sensitivity and how I have to monitor how much I consume or else I’ll feel like the devil took over my body and is trying to destroy it from within…

Lately, I’ve been really bad with curbing my cravings for all things bread related.  I’ve been feeling horrible and realized that I need to take back the control over my eating habits.

Luckily, throughout this whole ordeal, I have been eating more breakfast. I used to eat breakfast everyday up until high school graduation. Cue college and 8 am classes….

I had to be up early for class and breakfast was the last thing on my mind.  The only time I’d eat it would be if one of my brave friends was willing to get up early and go.  Needless to say, when I graduated, I still didn’t each much in the morning.

Fast forward 5 years since graduating college, I now eat breakfast multiple times a week. I sometimes don’t feel like making the effort to eat something, but I’ve definitely gotten better with it than I have in the past.  Right now, my breakfast consists of smoothies and/or oatmeal or cereal.  However, I’ve been wanting to venture out a bit more with my breakfast options, especially those that are not so gluten-laden.

Cue the Cinnamon Polenta Pancakes

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I saw this on the F&W FB page and had to check it out.  Right now, as I write this post, I believe I have everything in the cupboard that is needed in the recipe and am drooling all over the keyboard…

I will certainly be making these but will replace the flour with more cornmeal or gluten-free flour. I’m stoked! I may use a bit of maple syrup (I don’t like to use much of it anyway) and pair with my typical smoothie.

If I could get paid to eat…boy, would I be a happy gal =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

October 27 OOTD

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Sweater: Gap

Skirt: eShakti

Necklaces: Jewelmint, F21

Booties: Oldnavy

Anytime I’m back in the office, I wear a dress or skirt…

We have a pretty important meeting today so I’m schlepping myself into the office.

This is the perfect outfit to wear when you want to be comfortable sitting in a chair for 2-3 hours straight…

Welcome to the 9-5 office job… =0)

Until next time…

FashionD

October 26 OOTD

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Dress: H&M

Blazer: Gap

Scarf: My mother

Bracelet: Gift

Flats: Oldnavy

Today at my church we are celebrating the lives of people who either survived cancer or have died from cancer.

Everyone will be sporting their pink in support of breast cancer research.

This obviously has a strong place in my heart because two wonderful women that I cared about died from cancer in the past few months.

I pray that we expose the cure (I’m the type that thinks we’ve found the cure for cancer and labs are keeping it under wraps…conspiracy theory? Maybe…) so that people can stop suffering and live their lives fully.

Cancer seriously sucks, especially when you’re a family member of someone afflicted with it and can’t do anything about it. But, today is not about being sad; it’s about remembering how those people fought, whether they are here physically or not.  The most important thing is that they fought…they didn’t give up – much like our approach should be in stopping this illness.

Until next time…

FashionD