The Dresses I DIDN’T Get

Hellooooo everyone.

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Happy Friday! I could not be more ready for the weekend. Before I gallivant away into a food-fueled-pajamas-only weekend (that’s a lie, I have a thousand wedding appointments that require real people clothes instead of my Doctor Who boxers) I wanted to share a little something something with you guys.

I got the dress! 

I actually bought it a few weeks ago, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned that here yet. Obviously I can’t show you guys the dress I got because my wonderful fiance, JD, reads my blog (and is also the kind of person who searches the house form top to bottom just to find his Christmas presents early- so obviously he would still read this even if I told him not to). BUT I will show you a bunch of dresses that I didn’t get. Some are very pretty and some are…not, but that’s all part of the fun. So without further ado:

Here’s the first two dresses I tried on (before I was engaged…in my defense we had been talking about it and we had already picked the wedding date).

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I LOVED this one, but the fit wasn’t quite right. I’m sure it would have looked great after tailoring it though.

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I went to BHLDN after this because I’ve been drooling over their dresses for forever, but didn’t end up finding anything I loved. I did love the back on this one, but the front looked a little too much like a flower girl’s dress for my taste:

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Then I went with my sister and tried on a TON of dresses at a boutique close to our house.

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I loved a couple of the dresses, but I did not love the boutique itself. They didn’t let you take pictures of the dresses… which we promptly ignored, because why on EARTH would I drop thousands of dollars on a dress when I don’t know how it will look in pictures??? … uh yeah, no. So we snuck all the pictures, which is why they’re all at awkward angles.

I LOVED the back of this one, but totally hated the front:

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I lost all this weight and the dress made it look like I gained weight haha. No thank youuuu. Adorable back though.

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This dress was also, without a doubt, a definite no. I cannot even begin to explain to you how sparkly it was (I would most likely blind people if I bought this one) and my butt could literally not look any bigger. I have no problems with my big butt, but maybe let’s not play up that asset (pun fully intended) on my wedding day, kthanks. FullSizeRender (1)

Most of the dresses were duds at this boutique, but I actually ended up finding my dress (THE dress if you will) here though so I’m glad I went. I didn’t buy it from this boutique because they were really shady and wouldn’t give us a straight answer for anything. Which brings me to my last dress boutique.

After finding the dress at that boutique, I searched for other boutiques that carried that designer and dress and ended up finding the cutest place in Lemont called Martellen’s. I went with my mom, grandma and soon to be mother-in-law since I was pretty certain I was going to make a purchase that day. Here’s some of the other ones I tried on there (just to make sure I was making the right choice)

This dress was gorgeous and actually somewhat similar to the dress I ended up buying (sortttt of).

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And I simply had to try on this dress because I couldn’t not try on a giiiant princess dress, could I? I actually think it looks pretty good, but that’s because it was the only dress in the store that wasn’t ten times my size haha. Gotta love sample dresses.

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These pics seriously don’t even do it justice, this dress was the size of a minivan and I couldn’t even sit down in it. IMG_3034

Also it was a bit too gypsy bride for me.

I ended up buying my wonderful dress from this last boutique and I cannot wait until it comes in!

That’s all I got for now! I can’t wait to show you guys my actual dress. Only 6 months until the wedding, so you do’t have to way toooo long.

Have a great weekend!

Easter Recap & Weight Loss

Two posts in one week??? Look at me goooo. Not promising I’ll blog as much as I used to, but I’m definitely going to be updating more regularly. Especially with wedding details!

Speaking of wedding, for those of you who missed it, I’m engaged to this wonderful man:

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You can read about the engagement here.

Now that I’ve got this beautiful rose gold engagement ring, I’ve had to keep my nails pretty. I even bought rose gold nail polish (Penny Talk by Essie) to match my ringy:

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Color coordinating like a dooork.

Anyway, I want to write a little bit about my weight loss in this post. As you probably know from reading my blog, I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with losing weight. I even tracked my calories on my blog in the very beginning. However, nothing I did really helped me lose much weight. Sure, there were times that I lost a big chunk of weight, but it always ended up coming back.

I was always trying new diets, increasing and decreasing my calories, different workouts and basically just pushing myself too hard. With the craziness that’s been happening in my life the past year (I got Lasik, got a new big girl job, moved out of my apartment early, then I graduated college, dealt with the apartment from hell and moved into a new apartment with my now fiance) I haven’t really been able to focus on diet or exercise at all. And you know what? It’s one of the best things to happen, because it turns out I was focusing on those thing too much.

Being so preoccupied mentally allowed me to break free of all the stupid food rules I used to have and the NEED to workout nearly every day. Taking a break from counting calories and working out less has actually helped me lose weight. I thought I was eating enough calories because I followed a nutritionist’s advice and did a copious amount of research myself, but I don’t think it was enough for my body. I’m eating more that I used to and working out less and it’s making me realize that I was being too hard on my body. I was too busy during this time to really read blogs, which turned out to also be a good thing, I think I needed a little break from the blog world.

Anyway, I’m officially 20 lbs down from my heaviest weight. Which is insane. Who knew you could do this without a crazy diet?? Listen to your body, folks.

Here’s a little before and after for those of you who are curious:

Before:

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I think I was as pretty than as I am now, but I just wasn’t comfortable in my skin. Here’s the after:

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Side by side:

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I know I’m probably going to sound like a broken record soon, but listen to your body and not other people’s advice. Everyone has something different that works for them.

That’s all I have to say about that, so on to the Easter recap! It was a fun little Easter this year.

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I realized that I’m wearing a dress that is almost identical to the one I wore last year last year on Easter

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but that one is MUCH too big for me now. I have it saved in the back of my closet in case I gain all the weight back (is it bad that I don’t really care about my weight much anymore? So liberating.)

We went to Easter brunch like we always do, but this year my lovely fiance joined us:

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(Of course the boys ruined every picture we tried to take hahahaha. At least me and my sis look good. I know for sure I was laughing at one of them in the second pic.)

Another difference from last year is that this year Easter fell on my brother’s birthday! My baby brother turned 18 this year (holy crap). Love my sibs❤

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We also had an Easter egg hunt around the house, which I don’t think we’ve done since we were really little. My mom was worried that none of us would be interested in it because we’re “too old for it”, but nothing could be further than the truth. It was a BLAST. Of course, JD won. I was not pleased hahaha.

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But all was forgiven in the end, just in time for birthday dinner.

I’ve got to run, but hopefully I’ll talk to you wonderful people soon!

Weight Loss and Wedding Rings

If that title doesn’t pique peoples’ interest, I don’t know what will.

Seriously though, if anyone is reading this (especially blog friends I’ve lost touch with), thank you so much for bearing with me! I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger so far in 2015… in fact I’ve only written one blog post this year. Shame on me! To be fair I’ve had a LOT going on and the break was much needed.

One reason I’ve been to busy to blog is that this handsome fella right here

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Decided to propose!

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He took me to our favorite restaurant Chez Moi on March 13th. You can see the first time we went to Chez Moi here… in fact I just realized I wore a very similar dress the first night we went there and the night he proposed. I should probably frame that.

I really should have seen it coming, as we’ve been talking about getting married for a while now and I even knew he talked to my dad, but somehow he pulled it off. He actually told me he had ordered a ring, but it wasn’t coming in for another month (liar!) so I was completely unaware he was going to pop the question that night.

We ate dinner as normal but then as we were waiting for dessert he started getting really smiley and acting weird. I literally said “why are you so happy?” and he signaled the waiter over who brought us champagne and he got down on one knee. He actually wrote a whole little speech for me, but as soon as he got on one knee I basically blacked out haha (don’t worry, I made him repeat it when I regained use of my brain- I was so stunned lol).

I shouted “yes!” before he even asked and he said “wait wait let me ask!” which of course made us both crack up. I let him finish his speech and actually say the words “will you marry me?” before shouting yes a second time and the whole restaurant started clapping. I hate being the center of attention in a crowd, but knowing this he made sure we were in the back room of the restaurant where there were only a few other tables filled. It was absolutely the best way he could have asked.

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We enjoyed another couple hours at dinner before we called anyone (it was kind of fun to keep it a secret, even though it was just for a little bit). Then as soon as we got home we made ALL the phone calls. It’s funny how you don’t even realize how many people there are in your life that care about you until you have big news like this to tell everyone.

There’s been a lot of stressful things happening in my life (career and health things I’d rather not go into detail about on the ol’ blog), but I could not be any happier at the same time.

I’m so glad this crazy, loyal, hilarious, nerdy, fun, loving goofball wants to spend the rest of his life with me (because I sure as hell want to spend it with him!)

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Expect SO many wedding posts in the next few months. We’ve already chosen a venue, a date (this November- eek!) and I’ve gone dress shopping a few times. I’m making a final decision on a dress this weekend and then I’ll post all the pics of the runner up dresses that I didn’t end up choosing.

 

I know I said “weight loss” in the title, but this post is getting quite lengthy, so I’ll post about that later this week (I promise I actually will). Here’s a little sneak peak though:

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Have a lovely day everyone❤

Not Very Bloggable

Hello peeps! I’ve been in a bit of a writing rut. Truth be told, I haven’t been doing many bloggable things. I work all day and then I hop straight into clothes like this when I’m not working:

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Soooo, well I’ve been enjoying my laid back little life, I feel like it’s kind of a snore to other people. I actually have been cooking a lot again though and really need to write those recipes down and take pictures to share with you guys. I’ve got a few crockpot recipes that are winners, but by the time I sit down to eat dinner after work I have no desire to snap pics before I inhale my food. Plus, I have such a hard time motivating myself to measure and write down said recipes. Fun fact: I don’t really use traditional recipes. Unless it’s baking, I almost always wing it. If I’m using someone else’s recipe I’ll glance at it and make about a thousand modifications. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for good blogging haha. Ah, well, I’ll get to writing them down eventually.

I did follow (most of) the directions for this recipe I made at Christmas though! (Don’t judge, it’s been a long time since I took food pictures.) They’re called cookie dough billionaire bars and holy frickonastick they’re amazing. Like I said before, I always make modifications to recipes so for this one I just used plain sugar cookie mix for the base and skipped the caramel layer. You can see the original recipe here.

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Mmmmmmmm.

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I realized in my last post I said I would do a Christmas recap and then never did… woops! It feels a little late for a full Christmas recap (although, I do have all my Christmas decorations and tree still up at my apartment… don’t judge), but these pics should sum it up nicely:

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A lovely little shot of my family opening presents. For those of you who don’t know, Christmas is my mom AND my sister’s birthday, so we party hard on Christmas. This one was particularly special because my (crazy, purple-hair) baby sister turned 16 (and got her license, holy crap, watch out world).

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After the holidays I babysat my brother and sister (by babysit I mean make sure the house didn’t burn down and no parties were thrown). Truth be told, they were mostly out with friends when I babysat, so it was just me and this idiot:

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I mean, he looked like an alien.

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A very cute alien.

We usually wash him in the sink because he’s so small, but I couldn’t resist seeing how he reacted to being in a bathtub. My siblings could not resist watching that. We discovered that Nike can indeed swim even though he’s never been swimming in his life before. It was very entertaining. I actually don’t think he hated it as much as normal baths too!

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I mean I look insane and he looks like a rat, but it was a fun time.

Turkey Trot, Decorating the Tree & Christmas Parties

Seasons greeting everyone!
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(Why yes I do have that hanging up in my office ^)

I cannot believe I haven’t posted anything here since Halloween- whaaaaaaaaat. Although to be fair it is really hard to write all day for work and then go home and write some more for the blog… buuuuut I love you guys too much to not write every once in a while🙂.

So, the big question is what have I been up to? Pretty much the exact same things I was up to at this time last year. Remember Christkindelmarkt last year? Well my family and I went again this year. C’mon how can you resist mulled wine and cinnamon roasted pecans?!

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This year was a little different from last year though because the next day was Thanksgiving. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I took a grand total of three pictures the whole day, which is definitely part of my excuse for not blogging. I did take a pic at the turkey trot that morning though!

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To be honest I’m not sure I’m going to do the turkey trot next year. I like the running portion but my GOD it was freezing. I’d rather do something indoors haha.

After that picture I just laid low at home for Thanksgiving, but the following week JD & I had my parents over to help decorate our first Christmas tree in the new place, which was an absolute blast.

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I adore our little tree❤

I also ended up cooking us such an amazing dinner. I used Christine’s (from Apple of my Eye) recipe for brown sugar Asian glazed beef and served it with Trader Joe’s Japanese fried rice, roasted asparagus & mushrooms

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Yeah that picture is awful, sorry not sorry, but ohhh mannnnn it was amazing.

Remember when I said I was repeating last year essentially? Well that includes having Friendsgivingmas with my college friends… except this year it was Christmas brunch, pajamas required. We kept the same pose as last year though. A little refresher if you don’t remember.

Last year:

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This year:

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By the way I am OBSESSED with the slippers I’m wearing in that picture. They’re $7 and you can get them here.

This post is getting a little lengthy, so I’ll try to write another one later this week to catch you crazy kids up. Talk to you all soon!

Where To Begin

Ah, yes, concerning hobbits.

Ok, I’m not really going to chat about hobbits, but it’s been forever since I blogged and I’ve got Lord of the Rings on the brain. Instead I’m going to chat about Halloween, Harry Potter, and a banana dog (obviously, what else would I talk about?)

First off, are you guys as in love with my new shirt as I am?! I’ve been obsessed with buying Harry Potter stuff on Etsy lately (what else is new, though) and this is my latest purchase:

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You can get the shirt here.

Besides spending too much money on nerdy and often unnecessary things, I’ve been enjoying Halloween season.

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Obviously our pumpkin is a dust bunny from Totoro and Spirited Away)

I can’t believe it’s already over though, time flies!

JD and I dressed up as Kiki and Tombo from Kiki’s Delivery Service (nerrrrds) :

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Obviously, Jiji needed to be included in the costume.

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Nike dressed up as a banana, of course. What else would he be?

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I also did some fall/winter shopping recently and will probably be posting about that later, but here’s a sneak peak of an outfit for now:

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Yay new clothes.

That’s about it on what I’ve been up to, to be honest. No shenanigans around here, just work, watch tv, eat and sleep. Ah well, I’ve been enjoying myself at least.

Or course, I can’t leave you without a recipe, so I’ll share this one I whipped up after work one day. It was SO DAMN GOOD.

I know it looks disgusting, but please please please don’t let the looks throw you off. It’s savory and creamy and oh my god I could eat it for every meal. I’ve been calling it hobbit food, since it’s got that rustic vibe. Plus, it has sausages in it, which always reminds me of the line “tomatoes, sausages, and nice crispy bacon”.

Hobbit Potato Hash (Sausage Potato Skillet Hash)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of basil chicken/turkey sausage (5), sliced
  • 1 pack Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 heaping cups fingerling potatoes
  • 3 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder
  • Dried chives
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Goat cheese

Directions:

  • Mix together the peppers and potatoes with a little salt and pepper and cook in oven at 450.
  • Cook the onion in a large cast iron skillet until translucent.
  • Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add in sausage slices and spices and cook for 10-15 minutes more.
  • Take the peppers and potatoes out of the oven and pour into the cast iron skillet. Add in spinach and more spices if desired.
  • Cook until spinach is wilted. Top with goat cheese.

 

I’m linking up to Katie’s MIMM, obvi😉

 

I Come Bearing Recipes & Selfies

Ohhello, ya miss me? Well I’m back for a bit. Just popping in as usual, but this time instead of random pictures of me and a few babbling paragraphs of nonsense you get recipes (with the random pictures and gibberish still included)!

I’ve got three recipes for you: Pumpkin Cherry Crisp Pie Bowl, Easy Crockpot Chicken Soup and Maple Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Donuts. Oh yeah, baby.

But first, what I’ve been up to lately: work, work, work, sleeping, eating, and work. Oh, and hanging out with this handsome fella:

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I jest, I have been out and about, but my life is pretty pleasantly uneventful right now.

I’ve been OBSESSED with fall clothes (I mean, I always am year round, but now it’s quasi acceptable.)

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Obsessed with these jeans from target. Got them in 3 different colors because they fit so well.

Also been doing my makeup a little differently. Peach blush + dark lips. Lovvviiin iiiiit.

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My hair has also been out of control lately because it’s been rainy lately. My hair basically tells the weather:

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Anywayyyy, on to food! Obviously I’ve been enjoying fall, as you can tell by my clothes and food…

This one is pure heaven. I’ve had it for breakfast basically every day this week. Soooo sweet and creamy, but pretty damn healthy too! Tastes like pumpkin pie and cherry crisp melted together.

Pumpkin Cherry Crisp Pie Bowl

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1/2 cup greek yogurt
3 tablespoons pb2 (or almond flour)
1 tsp honey
2 tablespoons toasted coconut
1/4 cup trader joe’s pumpkin spice granola cereal (a.k.a. heaven)
1/4 cup frozen berry blend with cherries, defrosted in the microwave (I like them a little warm)

Mix together the yogurt, pb2 and honey until smooth. Add in the toppings and you’re good to go!

This recipe has been an absolute LIFE SAVER with work. I never understood why people loved their crockpots so much until I got a full time job. I have zero time to cook so it’s insanely nice to dump everything in the crockpot and come home to a nice hot meal.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Soup

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1 can salsa verde
3 chicken breasts
1 chopped onion
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp minced garlic from the jar
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Toss everything in the crockpot and let it cook for 10 hours on low. Easy peasy! I love having it with roasted kabocha squash on the side:

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I’ve basically been eating pumpkin everything, so this next dessert makes sense. It tastes like fall in every damn bite, just how I like it.

Maple Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oat Donuts

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1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 egg
1/8 tsp of each: baking soda, baking powder, salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sweet pumpkin butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp maple extract

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Spray a donut pan (or mini muffin tin) and pour 1 heaping tbs of batter into each spot.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

I also made this vegetable tian recipe and have been diggin’ it lately:

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