Planning Around It

Good morning! Happy Friday to you!

You ready for a little bit of fashion action this morning?

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I’m not here to talk about learning to accept your chubby, wrinkly toes (feet are always funky-looking in one way or another – I’ll live with the sausage toes!)

I’m here to talk about the beauty of an icon.

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The teeniest, tiniest detail on a shoe that can make any woman salivate: the little red sole.

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I scored my first pair of Louboutins the other day (far far FAR from retail price!) and have been dying to wear them. I’m not the kind of person to hide away something “nice” for a “special moment” – if I pay good money for them, the hell if I’m going to tuck them in my closet where they gather dust!

That’s why, for this regular, ordinary Friday, I broke them out and built my entire outfit around them:

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 Tank: Rebecca Beeson; Skirt: Anthropologie (Maeve); Shoes: Christian Louboutin.

Shall way say that today will not be a day that I walk to work?

Since I had almost half a container of blackberries in my fridge, teetering on the verge of being lost to the too-old-to-eat-fruit monster, I planned my entire breakfast around them.

organic cereal with fruit

  • Whole Foods 365 Organic Honey Crunch cereal
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Almond slivers
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond Milk

fruit and cereal breakfast

I have a feeling the rest of my day will be planned around coffee runs and mini meetings. Good stuff!

See ya when it’s the weekend!

 Do you prefer to save your “nicer” things for fancy occasions, or are you a wear-whenever kind of person? And do you ever plan an entire outfit around a single piece?


When Best Friends Are Coming to Town

You wake up at the buttcrack of dawn (which in your world equates to 6 AM), excited for work to come and go.

You assemble the quickest breakfast possible – maybe if you eat fast, 7 pm will get here sooner.

Chobani bowl

You cram in all the fresh fruits and nutrients possible, knowing that tonight’s dinner won’t exactly be health-conscious.

fruit nuts flax chia

You knock over empty planters in your excitement, trying to quickly clear a place for breakfast photography.

plain yogurt with fruit and nuts

You choose your lunch specifically because you know you have an older, not-yet-posted photo of it and can spend the extra two minutes finding the perfect outfit.

vegan taco salad

You abandon said perfect outfit because you remember – just as you’re walking out the door – that your office is FREEZING and that bare legs and arms will lead to curling up under your desk in a ball with a cup of coffee, wondering where you can build a bonfire for warmth.

We don’t really need conference room A, right?

You grab quickie snacks to keep your energy up until it’s time for burger assembly and massive face-stuffing to go down at Fuddruckers.

banana snack

Veggie burger with the works, here I come!


Chicken Fingers for Breakfast

As a kid, when I went on road trips with my grandparents, every breakfast we didn’t get at the hotel was eaten at Huddle House. They tried to steer me towards the pancakes and toast, but I had my mind made up on my order before I even walked in the door: chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks.

I argued that fried chicken and fried cheese were really no different than cheese toast and chicken sausages. After all, breakfast was just another meal in the morning and anything on the menu should be fair game!

Waking up with a serious savory tooth attack called for me to bring the untraditional breakfast back – vegetarian style, of course ;)

fake chicken and eggs

Gardein seven grain crispy tenders to the rescue!

I scrambled a serving of egg beaters to make it feel more like a traditional breakfast.

chicken and eggs

I’ve always been skeptical of faux meats – the texture of most fake chicken products usually freaks me out. I was pleasantly surprised by the Gardein chicken tenders. They were very similar to real chicken, but in a good way!

Gardein crispy chicken tenders

I only wish that the nuggets were a little less greasy. I know chicken fingers are oily by nature, but these felt a little over-the-top, even though two nuggets only contained a respectable 3.5 grams of fat. It’s nothing a little blotting can’t fix!

Are you a fan of untraditional breakfasts? If you’re vegetarian, what are your thoughts on fake meat products?


Oh Hell No

It’s Monday?

No more beaches, no more swimming, no more “sleeping in” until 8?

Oh HAELL no.

Over the weekend, I’d met up with Katy at The Grape, a wine bar in Jacksonville, for a fun night of drinks, running talk and gossip. The camera stayed in the car, but the Sweet Tooth Flight was the most delicious trio I’ve had in….well…ever!

The rest of the weekend was spent beachside, and waking up Monday morning was a touch difficult, to say the least. I’d be perfectly happy spending every day of my life with my toes buried in the sand, so dragging those toes to the office needed an extra-tempting breakfast:

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Nothing says tempting like a bowl of pond sludge, no? ;)

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I tossed a banana into the blender along with:

  • 1 cup frozen kale
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate soy protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 3 ice cubes

For toppings:

  • 1 handful 365 Honey Crunch and Oats cereal
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

As I ate the smoothie, I tossed together a quick pair of sandwiches for lunch:

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Twin whole wheat English muffins stuffed with hickory smoked tofurkey, romaine, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes and mustard – packed into a repurposed empty strawberry carton. I recently started rinsing out and reusing my berry containers for lunches and snacks – saves a plastic baggie!

Despite my best efforts to make Monday revert to Sunday, I don’t suppose it’s quite working. Time to bounce – see ya latah!


Hey Look, There’s a Hole in my Body

In contrast to Fridays, Thursdays are so boring.

Fridays bring the promise of an entire weekend of shenanigans. Fridays are bright and fun and a little bit crazy. Thursdays, on the other hand, are quite tame. You’re so close to the weekend – but not close enough to celebrate. Your brain is entirely over your week’s to-do list, but you still have to power through eight more hours on the clock before unwinding.

Unless, of course, your Thursday evening is spent at a tattoo parlor…

pierced navel

Oh hey, there’s a rhinestone in my navel. How did that happen?

I suppose the spontaneity began earlier on in the day, when I decided on a whim to swing by Cafe Annie’s for a mid-work snack (and leftovers to pack for lunch tomorrow!)

pita bread

As much as I love Cafe Annie’s authentic Mediterranean food, their pita bread is always underwhelming. Too much density, not enough puffiness!

That didn’t stop me from eating several slices though, along with the miniature salad doused in tzaziki!

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After work, I stopped at the Bloodmobile to do the blood donation thang:

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Apparently, having a needle in my arm for 10 minutes triggered the desire to have a needle in my navel for 10 seconds.

I can’t stop looking at the sparkliness! Top that, Friday!

Do you have any tattoos or piercings? Have any of them been a spontaneous idea, or were they all thought out and planned? Would you ever consider another? I love how tattoos look on other people, but I’m too big of a wuss to get one myself. With three ear piercings and the new belly ring, I’ve run out of things I’m willing to pierce!


Make me a Sammich!

For the purposes of this post, I’ll call myself a feminist. We may not be better than men, but we sure can kick ass. We have so many opportunities waiting to be rocked – in stilettos, much less!

Yep, we’re ballers.

If a man told me to make him a sammich, heads would roll. Of course, it’s a whole different story when my body tells me to make one for lunch!

lunch sandwich

The contents of said sammich:

  • Whole wheat hot dog buns (we women are rather resourceful creatures)
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Garbanzo Hummus
  • Mustard
  • Hickory smoked Tofurkey slices

Plus a few cherry tomatoes on the side for my veggie action!

Gotta love these quick toss-together lunches. After all, does this really look like a woman who should be barefoot in the kitchen?

J.Crew, Current/Elliot/Prada

Shirt, J.Crew. Pants, Current/Elliott. Shoes, Prada.

Didn’t think so.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bowl of power oatmeal to eat…

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…And a full-time job to attend to. I’m working on a super interesting article and I’ve got a long day of interview-chasing ahead! Lez do dis!

When was the last time you felt incredibly empowered as a woman?


And Then It Got Gross

This Casey Anthony trial has me hook, line and sinker! For those of you with a life not obsessing over the case, the prosecution is presenting the forensics evidence right now, and I find it unbelievably fascinating.

Chloroform, bones and cadaver dogs? SO much better than any episode of CSI!

Somehow, despite the goriness of crime scene investigations, my appetite was still raging at lunchtime. I started with a seemingly gorgeous bowl of raw spinach…

spinach

And then it got gross!

health valley lentil couscous

I warmed up a container of Heath Valley Lentil Couscous soup and beefed it up with mushrooms and organic yellow carrots, then slapped it on top of the greens.

Does it not look….appetizing? For those of you who have yet to eat dinner, let’s not even begin to discuss what it resembles.

I rolled with a slightly more appealing dinner – grilled tofu steaks with honey mustard:

tofu steak

tofu steaks with honey mustard

With a happy little side salad of romaine, carrots and tomatoes:

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Much more aesthetically pleasing, no?

Gotta bounce – the evening awaits :) Have a great Wednesday night!


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