Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Remember to Smile with MonsterCakes

Day breaking is so magical and peaceful to me - This is my ride to work

Another ride to work
HA this reminds me that my daughter does not like to see these pictures I take driving :)

Heathen - tore of throw covers and appears to not appreciate the lights turned on at 6:00 AM :)

This flash didn't allow the great view I saw - I love the way day break looks behind these sheer curtains as I'm leaving the house - so peaceful

The view of the parking lot at work - I almost thought I was at the beach :)
I hope you remember to smile this week even if you are fighting the blahs aka blues like me :) Leap year and all!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hanging in There

This is another Ross score both the dress and the jean jacket
You will be seeing that jean jacket quite a bit this summer :)
Tuesday is upon us and I am just hanging in there. Time seems to be flying, I mean it's almost March already, WOW but the past few days I feel like I am just going through the motions of living. Hit alarm clock, trudge to the shower, drive almost an hour to work, sit at my desk staring at two computer monitors forcing myself to do my work (totally unengaged), go to gym for lunch, come back to desk and repeat, walk outside for afternoon break (at least the weather has been gorgeous for that), come back to desk and repeat, drive another hour home, eat dinner, read bible lesson, do math work, facebook, bathe, go to bed, back to hit alarm clock and repeat. BLAH BLAH BLAH SIGH I've just fallen into a rut or got a huge case of the Spring Fever. What do you do get out of the rut?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Blah to Content

I LOVE this outfit - the blouse is Jason Wu's Target
Skirt - I scored at Ross and this outfit looks like I bought them together
I felt too cute wearing this
The weekend started out pretty blah, I struggled with depression all day Saturday. Spent the day wasting it away Facebooking and surfing just to kill time, not a whole lot else accomplished. Mr Man must have recognized I was down as he suggested we have a date night. He grilled and then he and I went to the movies, we went to see Safe House with Denzel Washington. The movie was okay but previews did reveal that my man, Bruce Willis, has two movies coming out. YAHHH Sunday took me from blah to content - the weather on Sunday was perfect for walking. So after church I went to the Greenway and it was exactly what I needed. The Greenway was packed with families and doggies :) very uplifting. Mr Man and I had finished off his ribs and I made roasted cauliflower and broccoli which I absolutely love. I am craving rice pudding so I am going to go out Weight Watchers to see what they have. Happy Monday and hope you have a FAB week :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gorgeous Weather

I am sooo tired and plan to get in bed early tonight. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful!!! Going to be a cold one today and Saturday but Sunday will be near 60. I think on Sunday I am going to walk on the Greenway after Church. I haven't been there in  awhile and I am looking forward to visiting it again. I am thankful it is Friday and need some good rest. The days are lasting longer and it's daylight now when I leave for work. I think it looks so pretty in the house when day is breaking, peaceful. The outfit above is ok - the blouse is shorter than I prefer but it's a Liz Claiborne - my favorite :) Hope you have a great weekend!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Black on Black

<POUTING> I just got my first bad grade on  a math quiz - so I'm all bummed out - some were stupid mistakes others well.......graphing isn't my thing. Going to have to buckle down and get serious as I CANNOT end this class without an A - I do not want my GPA to go down... I finished my BA with a 3.8 and was hoping to get my MBA with that or better <SIGH> <DEEP BREATH> It was just one quiz - average of the 3 puts me at a B but I still have my other assignments to balance it out. This outfit looks like a freaking graph to me too......LOL Tomorrow will be a better day

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Smiling with MonsterCakes

This week I smile as I think about more renovations I want to do the house and all the different places that I can get ideas:

Possible kitchen flooring this one is at Lowes:
Slip Covers found on E-Bay:

And trim bathroom mirror found on Pinterest:

What has made you smile this week? Hope you continue to find things to smile about :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Works as Intended

Here is the purple brooch again used for what I had bought it for. I got this duster at Dillards a few many years ago and it tied in the front with leather strings. The strings broke so I was inspired by Kristine to purchase this brooch and use as a "button". It works as intended, that does not ALWAYS happen. As a matter of face, my "Master Plan" usually does fall short of what I had thought would happen. I am excited though that Wednesday and Thursday are going to be above 65, which means I wear short sleeves and pull from Spring/Summer closet. I am going to pair that Jason Wu pink/tie tee with a black and white skirt I found at Marshalls. The cool thing about the skirt is that is has this fabulous belt that I intend to wear with other outfits :) I am  soooo ready for Spring, funny this is that we really haven't had much of winter here in Tn but I don't really mind, at least, not right now. This summer when I'm a bug buffet I will be complaining about how the winter wasn't harsh enough to kill'em. (I had to put in little southern twang for yall) What are you looking forward to sporting this spring? Any new fashions that you can't wait to get your body in?

Monday, February 20, 2012


Shiney blouse :)
I spent the weekend eating  everything sweet I could get my hands on. I blame this on the "funk" that Mr Man has that my body is trying to fight and the cycle. Needless to say I feel like I've put on some weight and that depresses me a tad bit. It has turned cold in Tn but the forecast shows it will be warming up a little over the week YAHHHH!! I gave my house a good disinfecting Saturday, it is always sooo nice to get up Sunday morning to a clean house :) Mr Man got rid of the dressers in my daughters old room and WOW I think I really like the minimilist look :) Really makes the room look larger HA Nothing really exciting happened over the weekend - kinda a humdrum but I like those kind of weekends too. Mr Man was sick so he just kinda floated through all weekend, not a whole lot of intereaction. Wish me luck on shedding my sweetfest before my weigh-in on Wednesday. Happy Monday, hope you have wonderful week!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine Attire

 Soooo, I know the first thing you see is that FAB scarf...NO? Well, that my friends is a homemade scarf from my friend Kristine. I absolutely LOVE it and got so many compliments on it. I am spoiled rotten to have such creative friends :) Mr. Man gave me the below flowers which was very sweet. I must say I am very happy it is the weekend. I have also been pleased that I have gotten to walk at work the past few days. The temp looks like it will be good for the Greenway but they are calling for rain...Keeping my fingers crossed. Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Have a great one ;)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Brooch and/or Charm

So here is that Fabulous brooch that I won on E-bay. I have worn it as a pin and now as a necklace. I LOVE it as necklace, I got alot of compliments on it. This brooch has been a much used purchase - if you would have asked me before I got this brooch how often I wore purple - I would have replied, every now and then, which is NOT true at all. I bet I have this brooch at least once every other week. As a matter of fact, I am planning to wear it again tomorrow as a "button" for my sweater/duster. I wonder if I should get me a another brooch....mmmmmmmm Do you wear brooches? I really like the vintage pieces. My friend Kristine has gotten some REALLY cool ones on E-Bay. I think I am going to have to talk her into letting me showcasing her pieces to share with you. My favorite so far of hers is the peacock. Do you like brooches and how do you wear yours?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Smile with MonsterCakes

I smile with MonsterCakes this week because:

Son putting in my new flooring being goofy

Son working hard

Love this flooring

Mr Man sitting in the new office working hard :)

office with curtains - still a little messy but I love how this room turned out

My cool circle sheers -  JcPenney

My circle mirrors to match my circle curtains - set at Walmart - going to buy a second set to expand the look

Another pic of my office
I love this chest - got it at Sam's
I have a really good pic that was David's mother's of an old timey flower arrangement
Can't wait to get that up

My finished hard wood in the floor
It's so nice that I'm thinking it's too nice for me :)

Old floor in foyer - UGLY
you know I LOVE the German culture - Mr Man's mother was from Germany
this is a metal map of where she grew up - I LOVE IT and it looks FAB in my office

Closer look

Hope you guys find many many things to smile about it :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

This outfit was okay but I do love those cords and the scarf. The scarf is especially dear to me since it was a gift from my daughter. Mr. Man and I do not have anything special planned for today as a matter of fact I have class tonight so I won't see him all day. I leave for work at 6:00 am and won't get home until 11:00 pm -romantic uh? I am extremely blessed nonetheless, I am surrounded by people that I love.

Do you have any plans with your sweetie? I pray that each of you know how special you are and feel much loved :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Until now..... :)

This is one of my favorite outfits that I have put together. The scarf my grandmother got me and I have loved the leaves on it but  have had trouble finding something to put with it until now... :)

The silk jacket is one my skinny suits tops and the wool gauchos I got a few ago from Chadwicks but haven't been able to wear them because the size was right but they are lined and they were too snug until now.... :) Although if I am not careful the "until now" will be "back in the day" I have not really worked out hardly at all. I have done my two days of weights but I usually get in at least 6 days of cardio and I have not gotten in any cardio. I am going to have to change my mindset to get back in the swings.

This weekend had a great change of events - so I'm sitting on the couch in my comfy clothes, laptop in my lap, getting ready to do some school work - my son calls and asks me to pick him up from work that he would love to see what I've done with the house during my week off.  He gets here and in the foyer I have one step down that the wood is showing, not so pretty, and he said he had a really nice piece of carpet for me that he saved from pulling up a carpet on one of his jobs, he says he may have a piece at the shop, so we go back (I'm still in my comfy clothes, no make-up,hair pulled on top of my head) I tell him I will wait in the car. Well, he comes out with a sample of hard wood that he says would look great in my foyer, I agree, and he gets it. I have new flooring in my foyer and halfway into my laundry room. I will share the pics on Wednesday. I thought I was going to have to live with the ugly floor for at least another year, until now.....:)
The floor is so nice that I can't believe it's my house - it's almost too nice for my house but I am loving it!! How was your weekend? Ready for the week? Hope you have a good one :)

Friday, February 10, 2012


This outfit is kinda Christmasy looking but I still adore it. I found this blouse at a yard sale and the pants were a gift from a set of friends that we drifted apart. I was way too heavy for them when I first received them but they are now in my pant rotation. I really need to get more slacks. So Kristine and I went to Target and this is what I bought from the Jason Wu collection, not to wear together, but still need the pleated black skirt:

Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Not much here :) gonna be cold. Haven't really gotten to walk since my stacey-cation. Have a great weekend

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Found a Match

I think I found the match to this sweater thingy I got at Target - I got this blouse at JcPenny and it matches it perfectly, as if they were made for each other. Love it when that happens. Speaking of Target - the one by my office has the CUTEST clothes. I went in there yesterday to buy a mechanical pencil and OH MY I need to go back. I think Kristine and I are scheduled for a Target lunch :) I really like the Jason Wu collection and the Merona, here are two that really jumped out at me below, what are your favorites?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I Smile with MonsterCakes

Here is what I was up to last week and I am still smiling:

This replaced the brass light in the kitchen - I really really like this light - Home Depot

This is the airplane in my dining room - way cool I just think too big
for my space - Home Depot

I love this piece - it's the leather that drew me plus the handles are the pewter/nickel I like I really dislike brass,
Perfect for my linen that used to stacked on a chair in my very messy laundry room
- got this at Sam's
Organized laundry room
I can see the floor in my laundry room

Brass door knobs - be gone - wanted new doors but budget said
knobs :)
98% completed office
New desk - Furnish 1 2 3
new computer - Sam's
new filing cabinet - Office Depot
Oops Paint $10 - Lowes
Brown blob - need to trim it in and have circle mirrors
curtains ordered - JC Penney
still need to finish putting all the paperwork
New light for office - Lowes
display light - got for $35 - Home Depot

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 1 Year Blog

Whew, I'm struggling getting back in the swing of things Monday was a hectic day - it went by extremely quickly. Amazingly though all prepared for class. Today is one year that I started my blog. It  has been a wonderful experience, I have especially enjoyed reading other blogs and getting idea on fashion and it has helped my style to see pictures of outfits that I have put together. I intend to keep blogging this year hopefully continue to grow my personal style

I start a new one tonight - Quantitative Reasoning for Business <scrunch nose> I ate like a little pig last night for dinner -  will prob regret when I get on the scale :( I'm still on my home improvement high - it was so nice to come home to clean laundry room and nice office. My daughter and son-in-law came over to see all the work and we had done and shared a pizza. I really love seeing my daughter and spending time with her.  How is your week going so far?