Thursday, October 30, 2014

#IWYP Shirt



I ordered one of Whitney's, from I Wore Yoga Pants To Work, long sleeve shirts because let's get real the saying is just perfection! The shirt fits great, and I love the material. It's not super heavy and not super thin. I would say it's the perfect light weight yet sturdy material. It was a limited time shirt, so I do not think you can get it anymore :( BUT you can shop her Etsy store for some other really cute shirts and koozies.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So Unknown About Jo Malone


While I was in Austin, I made a little time for shopping. I went to The Domain, which is about 20 minutes away from downtown. Normally, I wouldn't take a 20 minute cab ride to go shopping, but there were so many stores that we don't have in Mississippi or anywhere close for that matter. For instance, they had a Zara! The closest Zara to us is in Texas or Florida, which is much further than a cab ride or day trip. I did take a stroll through Neiman Marcus and stopped by the Jo Malone counter. 


I've been reading how amazing the new scent, Wood Sage and Sea Salt, smells, so I wanted to smell it for myself. I was a little apprehensive because the ever so popular Peony and Blush Suede smells like an old lady to me. But I ended up loving the Wood Sage and Sea Salt! Unfortunately they were sold out of the candles, so the nice salesman let me smell another scent that is similar to it called Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. He was definitely spot on! This scent smells like a man's cologne in the winter time. I ended up buying the home candle, which was ridiculously expensive. If I would've known how much it was in the very beginning than it would probably still be sitting in Texas. But overall, I am glad I got it.


I had also just missed their sale by a day, but the salesman gave me the free gift anyway. So nice! All three of the smells are amazing as well. I almost like them more than my candle. Needless to say, I do like Jo Malone smells, just not very many of them because they smell like old people going on a date.

What is your favorite Jo Malone scent?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Roaming Traveler: Gone Country in Austin


I just got back from a four day work trip to Austin, Texas, and let me just tell you, the people there were some of the friendliest people I have ever met! Hotel staff, taxi drivers, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, museum workers.. EVERYONE! It made my trip 100 times more enjoyable!



I stayed at the Hilton in Downtown Austin which was magnificent. My room was extremely nice and updated. The staff was phenomenal and would help you in anyway possible. And I loved my view of the city. I would definitely stay here again if I ever make a trip back to Austin.

I went to Austin for a convention, so I wasn't inside all day. I actually had a good bit of down time and was able to go explore the city. I did find Austin to be a bit small compared to the other major cities in Texas, especially since it is the State Capitol. But I still enjoyed every bit of it!

The blisters currently on feet tell me that I did a lot of walking this trip, but I feel like that is how you can really see the city!









My first walking adventure was to Congress Avenue then to walk across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, more commonly known as The Bat Bridge. There are more than 750,000 bats that live under the bridge, and they fly out around sunset every night. I didn't get to see them, but I could hear them! It's the largest urban bat colony in North America!




My next adventure was the Texas State Capitol. The Capitol was massive and very pretty. There is a park on the back side of the Capitol that was huge and relaxing.

Three blocks away from the Texas State Capitol was The Bullock Texas State History Museum which was pretty cool. To be honest, I got tired of reading and just started looking at the artifacts and descriptions. I did go see D-Day IMAX film, and I highly recommend everyone to see it. It personally helped me understand a little bit more about D-Day and the events during that time.



I would definitely recommend going to Austin, Texas for a visit.!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Can't Help-Its

The Can't Help-Its - being unable to think of something to do when you want to do something; describes type of mood

Lately I've been having a major case of the can't help-its. I want to do something, but I'm not really sure what I want to do. Nothing sounds fun, or I am too tired. I feel blah and whiney 70% of the time, and during the other 30% I feel like I could "cut somebody". Now let's get real here, I would never actually cut someone - unless they started it, then I would have to intervene and finish it. Duh!

John and I talk about the can't help-its often. It usually occurs on a Friday or Saturday night and begins a little something like this:

John: "Hey boog, what do you want to do tonight?"
Me: "I don't know, but I know I want to do something."
John: "Okay! Would you like to go eat or see a movie?"
Me: "No, not really, but I think I am hungry."
John: "Okay! What would like to eat? Pizza, sushi, McDonalds.."
Me (whiney voice): "No. I can't think of anything that I want. Boog? I just got the can't help-its."

It makes for a long, unproductive night that usually leave you hungry as hell!


These are my can't help-it shoes that I wear whenever I decide what I want to do or eat because by that time it's around 10:30pm.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Fairy

In the past couple of years, I have been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a carving pumpkin. So this Saturday, after I got off of work, I decided I was going to go. I Googled pumpkin patches in Mississippi then looked to see what the first pumpkin patch website came up. I knew this pumpkin patch had to be perfect since it was the first one on Google's list.

John was hanging out with a friend, so I went with my parents to Mitchell Farms.



I wanted to go on a hayride. So while we were standing in line I was think we would be riding on a trailer hitched to a big truck. Never did I expect that we would be riding in the mac daddy of all hayrides.


They also have two corn mazes, a day time and night time maze. We weren't waiting around for nightfall to do the night time maze, so we stuck with day time maze. The corn was mainly dead, and people had made their own paths through the maze. So we were less than impressed with this part.



My dad also did a 5 mile walk earlier that day then came to the pumpkin match with me and mom!



"Ridin' along in my automobile.."


This is where we got to pick out our pumpkins, except there was no patch to pick our pumpkins from.  Now, I wanted to go to a pumpkin PATCH to pick out my pumpkins, but instead we were told the Pumpkin Fairy already picked all of the pumpkins and put them in this area for us to choose. *insert disappointed Emoji face* 


Cinderella's pumpkin is still in the growing stages.


This was one of the best parts of the entire day, and I'm still sore two days later! A rope swing attached to a massive tree, my dad there to give me all of the pushes I needed, and my mom there to take photos! And despite what my mom thought, no one ended up at the emergency room.





Beautiful Sunflower fields!



And cotton fields!



When we were leaving the farm, we saw these cute guys giving us a stare down!

We had a great time at Mitchell Farms even if we didn't get to pick our pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. There was a ton of different things to do, and it was very well organized! I will definitely be going back - maybe to do the night time corn maze!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tory Burch Purse


Thanks to Southern Curls & Pearls, I found out about the Tory Burch sale! This is my very first Tory Burch purse (and phone case)! Say what you will, but I'm proud of myself for getting this purse and phone case.. on sale. I've been eyeing the Amanda Round Cross-Body since 2012. but have always made an excuse on why I didn't need it. This time I said, "screw it, I'm getting the purse." I'm so incredibly happy with my decision, and I know it's something that we be in my closet for a LONG time!

Did you take part in the Tory Burch sale?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Date Night: Onion Burgers and The Equalizer

John and I had a great, low key date night tonight. I cooked Onion Burgers. Sounds gross, but they are so good and easy and make great leftovers.

Onion Burgers:
1 pound of ground beef (browned) - makes about 6 burgers
2 cans of Campbell's French Onion Soup
Hamburger Buns

Step 1: Brown ground beef
Step 2: Pour 2 cans of French Onion soup into pan
Step 3: Turn stove on Medium heat and cook for about 20 minutes or until most of the juice is cooked into the meat
Step 4: Toast hamburger buns
Step 5 (optional): Add mayo and mustard to buns
Step 6: Put meat onto hamburger buns





YUM!


I use Wavy Lays to scoop my extra hamburger meat up.


After we ate dinner, we went to see The Equalizer. The movie was action packed and entertaining. I thought the entire movie was cast really well. Denzel Washington was awesome, as always! However, it was pretty gory, long, and left a lot of questions unanswered. I would recommend seeing it in the theatre but not rent or buy it.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Roaming Traveler: NOLA Baby!

Aaahh, New Orleans. It's practically my second home. My dad is from here and we still have family that lives there, so we are always going down for a visit.

For my and John's second leg of vacation, we met the other half of his family in New Orleans. You can read about the first leg of our journey here and here. His dad had never been, so I was excited to take part in touristy New Orleans.

We walked around the French Quarter and Jackson Square, and as many times that I have been to New Orleans, I always have to take a picture of the St. Louis Cathedral.



Cafe Du Monde. The best beignets in the world! If you get an "order" - which is three beignets - you must order a chocolate milk to go with it.



St. Louis Cathedral.



The Crescent City Connection, formerly known as / everyone else knows it as the Greater New Orleans Bridge, crosses over the Mississippi River.


Streetcars, mistakenly called trolleys, get you around a good portion of the city without having to get your car out of the hotel parking garage just to go park it in another $35.00 parking lot.




Visiting the cemeteries was John's dad's favorite part of the trip and partly mine. I do find it extremely creepy to take pictures of someone's grave, but it was just hard to pass up. When in New Orleans.. Since New Orleans is below sea level, the deceased must be buried above ground in stone crypts or mausoleums.

These pictures were taken at the St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.




City Park is a 1,300 acre public park in New Orleans. You could spend all day here. My favorite time to visit is around Christmas time for Celebration In The Oaks.  




These cemetery pictures were taken at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery. Some of my great grandparents are buried here, but this cemetery also houses 'Millionaire's Row'. Here are a couple of names you might recognize..

Al Copeland - creator of the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits fast food chain


Ruth Fertel - founder of Ruth's Chris Steak Houses


There is nobody famous that I know of buried in the tomb below, but John said the black running down the front of it looks like old blood. *insert Emoji frightened face*


Who else was obsessed with ABC Family's Ravenswood? I totally was but it did not get renewed after season 1. Damn them. Most of Ravenswood was actually filmed in New Orleans, so when I saw a raven/crow (I don't know my birds) sitting on top of a grave I had to take a picture of it!



Hard Rock Cafe on Bourbon Street.


We stayed at the Harrah's while we were in New Orleans, and it was very nice and a great location. I would definitely recommend it. My favorite was the Hoodoo Lounge that was in the casino. It was just different and suited my fancy.



If you have never been to New Orleans, I would highly recommend it! There is something for everyone to do! And despite what people think, you do not see boobies on every street corner. If you do, they are 99% of the time tourists.

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