Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Not So White Wedding

My sister is getting married. I received the invite in the mail today and I am so freaking excited! I can't wait to go and see her say I do to a guy who I believe truly is her soul mate! That being said, it inspired this post about wedding dresses! I created a collage below of some of my favorites that I have come upon over the last few months, and some that I just found and love! 

The first dress isn't even a wedding dress, but a gorgeous slip dress from Free People that I happen to have in my closet. I'm all about wearing something unusual on your big day! As long as you love it, who cares? I don't care if you want to wear a white bikini on the beach, as long as you top it off with a sweet little veil or some flowers in your hair it's cool with me! You don't need my approval anyway, so don't wear a veil or flowers if that makes you happy! Although I don't know that I can be your friend if wearing a veil or flowers in your hair doesn't make you happy. Just one flower maybe? Either way...

I'm no expert when it comes to wedding dresses, but I do follow fashion. Wedding dresses are clothes, and clothes are a pretty major part of fashion, so I'm pretty much just as good as those girls on Say Yes to the Dress, right? No matter how you look at it, you have to feel comfortable in your dress and be happy with the way you look. If you are a soon to be bride, please don't let anyone tell you what to wear. Not your mother, father, sister, brother, dog, cat, ferret, or heaven forbid your fiancĂ©! Pick whatever you want that makes you feel sexy, beautiful, and perfect on your big day! You won't regret it! 

Now here is a very public congrats to my sister Misty and her fiancĂ© Joe! I'm so happy for you both and I wish you all the happiness in the world! Marriage is super awesome when you find the right person, so hold on to each other, and love each other unconditionally! Just don't pick out each others clothes! 


*All photos were taken from Google images*

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vintage Vibes

Today was the most glorious of days! It was so beautiful and so warm that I just wanted to run around in circles like a dog. Specifically our dog, Moose. He does that when it's warm. He also farts a lot, which I try not to do. Not in front of strangers at least. I mean, hold. it. in. 

I have been (im)patiently waiting for Spring to arrive. I love warm weather and I think I'm one of those people with that SAD disorder where you get all bummed out in the winter time. In the Spring I can take fun pictures in a fun dress and have my husband make them just the slightest bit vintage and trippy. Its way better than cold and no trippy. 
Also yesterday I think I made a customer uncomfortable with the amount of times I used the word fun. I called her fun, and the bag she wanted fun, and then something else was fun...I didn't think it was all that bad until she looked at me all squinky. You know when your face does that thing...squinks up...

Other than the Biggest Loser, I have been obsessed with quite a few things lately. I always like to share those things with you so that you can become obsessed with me...
1. Taking quizzes on Buzzfeed like this one.
2. Planning a vow renewal that probably won't happen for at least another year. 
3. The fact that biotin seems to be making my eyelashes about one million miles long, and I worry I may have to braid them or something. 
4. Eye makeup. Specifically this from Avon. 
5. Katy Perry
6. The new fall line from Coach! (We have a new creative director! SQEEE!!) 
7. Our Keruig. Its the best thing we have ever purchased. Ever. 
8. Wearing two different earrings. 
9. Midi rings!!!
10. The Spring editions of all my favorite magazines! 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and that it's warm and fun, and totally fun...What? Don't get all squinky on me! 


Dress: TJ Maxx 
Belt: Target
Tall Socks: Free People
Boots: Nine West
Earrings: Hot Topic
Rings: Coach and Aldo
Bracelet: Thrifted
Sunglasses:  Nine West

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ice Ice Baby

These may very well be the most unoriginal photos that I have ever done. And that may possibly be the most unoriginal title that I have ever written. Maybe...

We took these pics in a parking lot near our house. There was ice on the rock and it looked pretty cool, but it's not as cool to me now. I kind of hate it. But you know what, that is what blogging is all about! You go places, take some pictures, be a bit narcissistic for a bit and then hate everything about it when you start typing. Not always. But sometimes. 

This brings me to my next point. I hate winter. I hate it so bad that if it were in front of me in human form I would poke it. In the eye. With a chopstick. That's how much I hate winter. And I am not a poker! I don't even poke people on Facebook when they poked me first! Seems so violent, poking. I like my shoes though. They have dots on them and you all know I loooooove a dot. 

I don't typically take much time to actually talk about the clothes that I am wearing, and you all know that. I do however need to take time to show some love for the scarf. I freaking love a scarf. I have so many that I could start a scarf store, but I would never, because I love them all so much. The one I am wearing here is one of my favorites and I always get compliments on it. The way I dress is so bipolar, and a scarf can toughen up a sweet outfit, or sweeten up a tough outfit and that is so fabulous to me. Not many things can do that. So here's to you, the mighty and beautiful scarf! May you continue to be used the world over by women for every reason there is except what you are made for. To keep our necks warm. Cause who cares about that? 


Cardigan: Forever 21
Scarf: Target
Tank: Target
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Old Navy
Bracelet: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Hot Topic 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunshine and a Parking Garage

These pics were taken in the parking garage of the hospital where I stayed. I kept thinking when I was in there that it would be a great place to do some blog photos and I was 100% correct. What I was not 100% correct about was the time that we chose to take them. The sun was so bright I almost ended up in the emergency room for burned retinas! 

Since taking these I have taken even more photos at a different location. I'm trying to finally stay on top of this blogging stuff. 

So I am obsessed with The Biggest Loser. Like completely obsessed. I love that show so much and my husband always asks me why because all I do is cry when I watch it. I'm like literally the biggest loser watching The Biggest Loser. Every time they so much as breathe the first letter of their husband/wife/child/parent/dog/alien creature living in the basement's name, I get all blubbery and have an overwhelming urge to eat Subway! It's quite sad and hilarious at the same time. 

And eating healthy sucks! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Pinterest is a big fat liar. I want chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a barbecue rib sticking out the side, not a low fat vanilla wafer with avocado cream cheese! The only problem is I need to eat healthy and so that is what I'm doing. The Biggest Loser motivates me to not suck at it as bad. 

Other than all that mess my week was been pretty good. We celebrated D's Birthday last weekend and it was a pretty calm week at work, other than all the poor men coming in to get last minute Valentine's day gifts! Its seriously fun to watch. 
I hope your week was wonderful and that you got all the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting you could handle for Valentines day. Or at least a piece of candy. No low fat vanilla wafers...

Oh and I cut off all my hair. 

The end. 


Top: Free People
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Leggings: TopShop
Shoes: Steve Madden
Scarf: Nordstrom
Ring: Two Old Hippies (Check them out!)
Earrings: Coach

P.S. This...

I think Miss Piggy is cheating on Kermit with Herman or Hermit....

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sob Story

    I've been through a lot this last year. 2013 sucked. I am not going to sugar coat it friends. It blew chunks and then came back for seconds just to blow them again. I love life. I love living it to it's fullest and doing things that make me happy and make my hubby happy and make my friends and family happy. I think that is the way it should be. Being miserable sucks and I don't have time for it. So when I started getting seriously ill this past Summer it put quite a damper on my plans. 
   I started getting sick at the end of July. I knew immediately that it was due to the condition I had written briefly about around a year ago and I wasn't too concerned. I have Ulcerative Colitis. It feels good to type that because I was always embarrassed to say exactly what it was that plagued me. 
    So immediately I started changing my diet. I wasn't really eating badly, but I knew I could clean it up. I started eating more fruits and veggies, and cutting back on pretty much everything else. I cut out all sweets, pasta, and milk products. I gave up my life force, aka coffee, and I kept getting worse...
   Being the stubborn person that I tend to be I didn't want to go to the doctor. I thought, "I can fix it myself!" "I'll be fine in a few days." A few days came and went and then a few more and my health continued to decline. I got to the point of not being able to eat hardly anything at all. I would be running to the restroom every 20 - 30 minutes sick and in horrible pain. I started getting a fever every single day, and headaches along with it. I made a doctor's appointment finally, but it was taking a while to get in so I went to an emergency walk-in clinic. They weren't much help (no fault of their own, it's just one of those things that's hard to treat) but they did draw my blood to see if I was anemic. A few days later while I was at work I felt especially awful and I received a call from the clinic that I needed to go to the hospital immediately because my blood count was so low. So I went...

I of course had to get some pics for the blog...

    They checked me out, gave me some Prednisone and antibiotics and sent me on my way after about 4 hours. 

A couple of days later I was back. Worse. And I was admitted. 

   My blood pressure was dangerously low, my temp was at 102.7, and I was sick. Very very sick. My husband (who is like a fine wine and keeps getting better with age) was by my side, worried sick the whole time. He was my rock, and the only thing other than my belief that God had a plan for my life, that kept me sane. I honestly don't have a clue what I would have done without him there and I thank God for him every day. There's not another like him in the world. 

  I met my doctor, Dr. Price. He joked that I didn't need to keep my appointment with him for the following Monday since I would be spending the week with him in the hospital! He started my treatment and I realized I had met my second Godsend. He gave me a medicine that is typical for UC called Asacol. I was also given a ton of antibiotics and fluids. When I went home a week later I felt better, but not great. I had a fever again by that first night, but that was to be expected. I waited a few days and went back to work. I was miserable. I wasn't really getting better and I didn't know why. I had a follow up with Dr. Price about a week and a half later and I felt terrible (this coming off of a great weekend was severely disappointing). He upped my dose of Asacol thinking I wasn't getting enough. I waited a day while continuing to decline and by Wednesday of that week I was admitted to the hospital once again. This time was the worst by far and I thought I was going to die. Literally. 

   Dr. Price came to my room immediately after I was admitted. He looked me over and said that it appeared I was allergic to the Asacol. I'm one of 5% that is allergic to that medicine. I've never been allergic to any meds in my life, but all I could think was of course the one medicine that could give my life back I just HAD to be allergic to. Great...

    We discussed my options for medicine and settled on a treatment called Remicade. It's an IV infused medicine that I have to take for the rest of my life. If I stop taking it there is a chance my body could reject it the next time I start and that would defeat the purpose. Also when you are on it being pregnant is a no go. I had to make peace with the fact that if we ever wanted children we would more than likely have to adopt. They started the treatment. 3 days later I was eating pretty much normal and not having to run to the restroom. My fever was gone, and I felt better than I had in a long time. 2 days after that I was released from the hospital and I knew something was different. Darryl knew something was different. Something WAS different! I was better! It was so hard for me to believe at first, but when I got home I felt like me again. I was still weak and tired, but I wasn't this sad excuse for a human any longer. The medicine was working!!!! My dogs were also eternally grateful because they were super sad when I had to be in the hospital. It was like really pitiful! 

   So now fast forward to 3 month later. I have been through 4 infusions total (I have to go every 8 weeks now). I have a fairly healthy diet and I feel amazing! I take vitamins every day including extra iron and I have my life back. My only issue is that I have Telogen Effluvium. This isn't as bad as it sounds (actually it kinda sounds like a super power
soooooo). It's where you're body goes through an illness or stressful situation so your hair 
goes into the Telogen phase or the resting phase. Now that it's over all of that hair is in the 
Effluvium phase or the shedding phase. Yep you guessed it, my hair is falling out. Thank 
God I have thick hair to begin with so not as big a deal as it could be, but still. It will all grow 
back, but not for about 6 months. I got extensions last week to help with it because even if 
others don't see it I do and it was terribly bothersome. 

   So that's my story. It's long I know, but I wanted to share it. Some of you may be going 
through an illness and I want you to know that I've been there. Its not fun. It sucks. Don't
give up though. It's hard not to at times, but there is always going to be a better
day! I'm getting my life back now. I can do the things I missed and I know 2014 is going to be 
AWESOME!  It started great and it will continue to be great! I'm a new person and I plan on
making the most of every situation. God has given me another chance and I won't 
soon forget it. 

  My Birthday is this week. I have new hair, a man that loves me (and that 
I love more than words can ever express), friends and family that think I'm pretty coo,
and my guts aren't broken anymore. What else could a girl ask for?


P.S. This post only serves to give insight about what I've been through. If you have any
questions about Ulcerative Colitis please don't hesitate to ask! You can also click here for 
more info! 
I'll be back with clothes next time! ;)