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Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased

Linen-Blend Roll-Up Dress from Old Navy

The last item that I purchased, besides drinks or food over the weekend, was this cute olive green shirt dress from Old Navy.  We went to a St. Patty’s Day festival on Saturday, and I wanted something new and green to wear.  The weather was super nice, so I thought a dress would be great.

Since I’m so tall, it was more of a long shirt than a dress.  But paired with black leggings and some flats, and it was perfect.  It’s a little boxier than it looks in the picture, so I may need to get a belt to wear with it at some point.

It seriously blows my mind how short dresses and skirts have become.  I have crazy long legs, so things look short to begin with.  Most of the clothes that are labeled as dresses end up having to be something that I have to wear with leggings because my coslopus or ass would be hanging out if I didn’t.  It’s sort of annoying.

A few weekends ago, I had a pretty fun-filled weekend.  It consisted of cookie making, movie watching, tacky Christmas sweaters, and Cavalia.  As the weeks have passed, I just realized I never updated you guys on all that fun that was had.

Let’s just say, our Christmas cookie baking and movie extravaganza turned out to be a little more like get hammered and have the worst hangover of your life on Saturday.  We did bake cookies, and some of us tried to watch movies, while the rest of us sat on the patio in 30 degree weather drinking and smoking like champs until 2 a.m.  We were frozen.

I’m sure the hangover wouldn’t have been so bad if I had not decided to try a new festive holiday cocktail – the poinsettia.  This lovely beverage is a mixture of equal parts cranberry juice, champagne, and vodka.  Let me tell you, adding vodka to champagne is a bad choice.  It seriously intensifies the normal champagne headache by about 10,000.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good…damn good.  But I was hurting the next day.

I finally did recover from the living hell I was in.  This was aided by copious amounts of Gatorade (red, the flavor of champs) and a KFC extravaganza that included the grilled and original recipe bucket (the grilled is super tasty), mac-n-cheese, coleslaw, green beans and biscuits.

After JD and I bounced back, we got to work on updating covering up the stains on our Christmas sweaters.  Since they are handmade and include an assortment of non-washable items – ornaments, gift bows, foam gingerbread people – they can’t be washed.  And they are white.  This means that stains are very visible.  And what do you do when you can’t remove a stain?  You cover it with more festive decorations.  After we updated them and covered ourselves in gold glitter hairspray, we were definitely the tackiest people at the party.  Gotta love it!

JD and me in all of our tacky glory.  I even went extra festive with red and green coordinating pieces.

That’s one thing about JD and me, we don’t do anything theme related half-assed.  Along with our sweatshirts, we also made shoes, bought socks with Santa faces on the back, yard candy canes as accessories, and holiday gift bags as purses.  Our earrings are also homemade – candy cane ornaments attached to earring backs!

Would it be weird to take my sweater to get dry cleaned?  I’m just saying….

That Sunday we went to Cavalia, which was really amazing.  Some of the acts included a woman commanding 10 white horses to move in a variety of synchronized moves.  They would all run around the stage, horse hug each other (one horse put his muzzle on the next horse’s back), they would run in concentric circles in opposite directions (I always worried they’d crash), and they’d all stand in a straight line and bow.  It was cool.  Other tricks included guys standing on 2 horses at a time as they ran full speed around the ring – one even jumped off the horses’ backs, over a pole and landed again.  One act featured 2 girls on white horses mirroring each other’s movements.  It was so in-sync, that in the beginning I didn’t realize that they weren’t performing in front of a mirror.  The show also included a lot of cool Cirque-esque acrobatics.  Trapeze work and ribbon and rope work.  If the show comes to you, I recommend that you go see it.  It was one of the coolest things I have witnessed performance wise between humans and animals.

I’m wishing all of you a wonderful weekend!  Got anything exciting planned?

This has been a long week!  I haven’t made it to bed before midnight this whole week.  I’ve been crawling, half-dead, into bed between 12:30-1 a.m. at the earliest.  I’m too old to not be sleeping more!  Anyway, I’m so glad it’s Friday.

As I stare the first weekend of December in the face, I realize that I have a lot of stuff planned in the next few weekends, starting with this one.  Tonight we have decided to have a little holiday film festival chez moi.  We’re picking out some of our favorite Christmas movies and will watch them while we create some delicious holiday-themed cocktails and bake some cookies to munch on.  We’re talking about making hot buttered rum, but I just don’t know how I feel about butter in my drink…ick.

Tomorrow we’re gathering with our other SEC friends to watch the SEC championship game.  Sadly I don’t like either team, but I guess I’d rather go Bama than Gator (ugh, Tim -Jesus- Tebow).  After that, we are going to a birthday party featuring my favorite holiday theme – tacky Christmas sweaters!  A few years ago, T, JD and I all made our own, and they’re always a big hit.  Since they are 2 years old, some of the tacky crap is falling off.  That just means we’ll have to glue some new stuff on them tonight!

My homemade tacky sweater complete with shoes – this is from 2 years ago when it was freshly made.  This year I will take some pictures in it!

On Sunday, the whole family is going to see Cavalia. I’m so excited because I am fascinated by people who can do crazy acrobatic tricks and I love animals.  What more could you want?

So, I’m just hoping the rest of this day will go by quickly so I can jump right into my fun-filled weekend!

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?  Are you going to any tacky Christmas sweater parties?

I just want to say thanks to TJ Maxx for helping spread the word about my little blog!  I truly appreciate it!  I am currently featured on the site as a new-found Maxxinista.  It’s pretty cool.  If you want to check it out, here is the link.

And since I talk all about my great finds in this post, I thought I’d share some pictures of me in my cute new dresses

The dress I saved a ton of money on for my friend’s wedding

Who’s says you can’t look cute while you make Thanksgiving dinner!

I participated in the Scarf Swap that Kate over at Simply Said by Simply Me organized, and now it’s time to show off my cute new scarf.

Nothing is greater than coming home from work and seeing a package waiting for you by the front door, especially on your birthday week!  My scarf swap partner was Jesse at Journey Through Life, and she sent me a pretty, soft and colorful scarf that will be perfect for cold winter nights and my trip to NY in December.

I know you are all dying to see what it looks like, so here are some pictures of me wearing it after getting home from dinner last night.

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Loving my new scarf – My dress was a little clashy, but I didn’t feel like changing

IMG_2304Another angle of me and my new scarf.  My favorite part of this picture is demonic-looking Fado on the kitchen counter.  He looks like he has lasers for eyes!

Thanks so much for the scarf Jesse!  I love it!

Kate – thanks for organizing such a fun swap!

A couple of days ago, I posted about all of the things that had me smiling this week.  One of those things was the cute dress I bought for my friend’s wedding.  I was super excited because I got the $180 dress for $130.  I thought to myself – what a steal!

Fast forward to last night…I went shopping with JD to help her pick out a dress for the same wedding.  We decided to start at TJ Maxx.  Growing up, I was never a fan of the store.  The store near my childhood house never had anything in my size nor anything I liked.  Now that I live in Atlanta, things are much different.  The discount stores have an awesome selection of designer clothes in a variety of sizes.  Can you say “Jackpot?”

So imagine my complete and utter shock when I saw my dress, in a slightly different color, for $90 less than I’d bought it a few days before!  I found it in my size, and in a slightly different design in black.  I tried it on, it looked great, so I bought it.  The super expensive one is going back to the store tonight!

Since I was saving money, I looked around to see if I could find a cute new dress to wear out for my birthday celebration this weekend.  I did, and it was fairly inexpensive as well.  I guess I have learned my lesson the hard way – I will not avoid the discount stores any longer.  They will be my first stop from now on.  And if I don’t find what I’m looking for, then I’ll hit the department stores.

So, are you a bargain shopper that can scour the racks for a deal?  Or do you need more practice, like me?

And in case you are curious, here are some pictures of my new dresses.

other dressThis was what the original dress looked like, only it was with different silver shades, not black and tan


black dressI went with the black one


b-day dressAnd this is the dress I bought to wear out tomorrow night for the bar crawl

**UPDATE:  Here are some photos of me in my new dresses.**

I don’t know if you are like me, but I love Halloween!  There is something so exciting about coming up with a fun costume idea, going to buy it or making it yourself.  Throughout the years, I’ve had some pretty creative costumes that I really loved.  Others years, I was grasping to come up with something clever.

I do remember some of my costumes that I had as a kid that I completely loved.

When I lived in Germany, I didn’t celebrate Halloween with my German friends because they just don’t do that over there.  When I wanted to get into the spirit of ghosts and goblins, we had to trick-or-treat on the area army bases where many of the American families lived.  One year I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking, my favorite childhood character. My dad and I went to my school’s Halloween carnival where I sported my striped men’s t-shit as a dress, red and white striped socks, and sprayed orange pigtails with pipe cleaners helping them stick straight out.  I loved that costume so much, especially my fake freckles my mom drew on with her brown eyeliner.

Another year I dressed up as a cat.  In my black leotard, white tights, white tail and black cat mask, I felt like a real feline.  When we moved to America, I dressed up as a witch with a pointy hat that never quite stayed up and a long tattered gown.

One of my favorite family costumes was the year that my dad, Little S and I dressed up as the Addam’s Family.  I was Morticia, my dad Gomez, and Little S Wednesday, complete with a constant frown on her face.  My mom stayed behind that year and handed out candy while my dad traipsed through the neighborhood with us.  We sang the theme song as we walked up to each house.

I continued to dress up in middle school and high school, even though I don’t remember all of the things I dressed up as.  One year, ASP and I went as Thelma and Louise.  Unfortunately, I don’t think many people got that… In high school one year, I went as Courtney Love.  I sported a tiny red baby doll dress, white T, and black combat boots.  I had crazy hair and make up – people thought I was an angry, dead prom queen…not quite.

I don’t think I dressed up much in college.  But I do remember going trick-or-treating with Little S and her friends my freshman year.  I decided to go as Kelly Osbourne, eighties style.  I had blue and orange eye shadow, punky hair, a mini-skirt with white fold over ankle socks (like you wore when you were little) and high heels.  I guess my standby costume in college was always the eighties look – big hair, crazy eye make up, cut off tights, white lace ankle socks and heels.

The past few years I’ve actually worn real costumes.  In 2007, I wore my German dirndle and was a real beer wench.  T wore a keg costume, the perfect accompaniment.  Last year I was Chun Li, the best female video game character of all time.  Guys and girls loved my outfit.  We reminisced about our favorite video game while we ordered beers at the bar.  I even ran into another Chun Li.  I really wanted T to go as Ryu, but we couldn’t find a costume that wasn’t super expensive.  Instead he went as a redneck Gator fan – which got us tons of laughs at the bar.

This year, I have finally gotten T on board with a couples costume – we are going as Bill and Sookie from True Blood.  I can’t wait!  I am making myself a Merlotte’s waitress outfit.  I recreated the logo in photoshop, which I will iron onto a white T-shirt.  I’ve got black shorts, a green apron, and a long blonde wig.  I will definitely have some bloody bite marks on my neck.  Going as Bill won’t be too hard for T – he’s going to wear a black button up and jeans.  We’ll paint him all pasty pale, give him fangs, and a fluffy brown wig.  If I feel enterprising enough, I’ll even make a bottle of TruBlood.

For the third year in a row, JD and I are hosting our awesome Spooktacular.  It started as a joint birthday party for both of us, but has now turned into a pretty crazy Halloween tradition.  It seems to get crazier and crazier every year.

So, what are you going to be for Halloween this year?  What was your favorite costume that you’ve ever worn?  Got any special plans?

I was reading Adriana’s blog earlier today and she posted about a Scarf Swap that Kate over at Simply Said by Simply Me is organizing.  I thought it would be fun to participate because, honestly who doesn’t love a cute new scarf?

So if you want to join in, head to Kate’s page and post a comment with your e-mail address.  She’ll send you a form to fill out, and you’ll be ready to go!  You have until October 21st to sign up!

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This weekend I’m off to Knoxville, TN to watch my beloved Dawgs battle the TN Vols.  I hope the game is good.  We’ll have a kick-ass tailgate complete with awesomely delicious chicken drumsticks (T and I are the master drumstick grillers), chorizo sausage, homemade baked goods, Bloody Marys and of course beer pong.

I have a cute new outfit to wear – A red dress, black leggings, and cute new black riding boots.  In the South jeans and sweats don’t cut it for football games (don’t ask me why, cause I really don’t know).  It’s supposed to be rainy, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold off for the game.  At least we have a canopy to tailgate under!

My new outfit:

07708696_665Cute new dress

312aonspCaL._AA260_My cute new boots

Happy weekend lovelies! 🙂

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