Thursday, September 27, 2012

iPhone and Instagrams

Just another day at the Office

Babysitting is hard work.

Being a dog is hard.

See that dent? Yeah, I accidentally put that there. My car was fine.

On our way to the park!

Do you think they could have gotten any closer?

Baby Benjamin again!

A new dress always makes me feel awesome.

A pinterest inspiration. I managed to score all the candle holders on clearance. Everything cost me under 20 bucks.

My new favorite pair of shoes.

Brad rescued this grill from the dumpster and rebuilt it. I was dubious of it's safety at first, but it hasn't blown up yet.

This makes me happy.

Baby Benjamin!

It's boot weather (sort of).

I wish!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Style File 9-10-12

 So. Please excuse my wild hair in these photos. I have yet to master the top knot that doesn't involved a million little fly-aways. Any suggestions for that?

 Do you have an outfit that just makes you feel really BA? This is that outfit for me. I feel very myself in this outfit and very confident. I don't know what it is about it. I suspect its the shoes.
 I also like this outfit because it's easy, but the oomph is in the details.
 Oh, this might also be the first time you've seen my new glasses! I love them. A lot.

 This is my quick attempt at a detail shot. I just picked up this lace shirt from the Limited, off the clearance rack. I like it a lot, it's comfy, girly, and something that I can dress up or down for work. Since I spend most of my time in the office, it's important for me to get pieces that work well in the office AND on the weekend.
Can we talk about these shoes for a minute? They make me swoon. The bow. The lopard print. The low comfy heel. The pointed toe. I basically love everything about them. I'm not usually an animal print type of gal, but these just called to me from the DSW clearance rack. I think my husband was slightly less than thrilled about them. He has some funny "shoe rules" that I generally disregard.

So what have we been up to lately? Our church recently launched a second campus, and Brad is pretty involved with the sound side of that. So he's been busy setting things up, researching, and making recommendations to purchase things. Plus he's been busy with his class. I've started school too and trying to settle into a new routine. I've struggled with the motivation side of things this time around. Oops.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Roman Holiday (Style File 9-01-12)

 Ok, so... I'm way behind on this, but here is one last style file from our vacation. These photos are primarily from the Colosseum.

 It was super HOT in Rome. My strategy was to dress cool, so for me that means dresses. Plus dresses are easy to pack and wear with little thought in the morning. Who wants to spend precious Rome time figuring out what to wear? Not me! You've seen this dress probably multiple times; it's a workhorse in my wardrobe and I wear it a lot.

 I also chose to pack flat sandals. Now, by the end of our time in Rome, my sandals had rubbed some raw spots on my toes...but for the most part they worked for me. I chose sandals because they're fairly comfortable, kept my feet cool, and looked good with my dresses.
  In addition to it being hot, we did a lot of outdoor sightseeing. This made a hat necessary, because I have fine hair and fair skin. Sunburnt head is the worst! I actually bought this hat from a street guy, so it's probably of dubious legality... but it was cheap and kept my head from being burnt. Which is very important to me! Also, this photo is from the Castel de St Angelo
Lastly, my sunglasses were also a must. So sunny all the time! This photo was taken near the Spanish Steps.

So to wrap up my thoughts about vacation, I thought I would give some tips for each place.
  • Bring an umbrella and a jacket, no matter the time of year. It was pretty cool and rainy when we were there!
  • It takes longer than you might think to travel around, so make sure you have extra time.
  • Take a tour first thing!
  • I found the food to be kind of so-so. I know good food in London exists, we just didn't have much luck finding it!
  • Umbrella again!
  • Be prepared for some people to be rude about not speaking French. Don't take it personally and don't let it bug you. It's just the way it is there! learn a few phrases, showing you tried will help! 
  • Try to stay somewhere centrally. 
  • The Metro can be confusing, but using it is way less expensive than the taxis. That said, during rush hour, don't expect to be able to just zip around the city. It takes a lot of time and is very crowded.
  • There are pick pocket schemes out there. If anyone wants you to sign a petition (esp. in a tourist area) don't do it. They work in teams, one is distracting you with the petition, the other is picking your pockets. Think about it, why would they want a bunch of tourist signatures anyway? Another scheme is a street vendor coming up to you and braiding a bracelet on your arm, but then not letting you leave until you pay a lot of money.  
  • The Paris pass was wonderful if you're going to a lot of the monuments and museums.
  • Pickpockets are also out in Rome, but if you keep your stuff close to you, you'll be fine.
  • Don't be afraid to use the bus system. They don't have an extensive Metro system, so the buses are actually way more accessible. 
  • Get the Roma Pass. You can use any of the public transport for free. Plus you can skip lines and get discounted entrances.
  • Eat a lot of gelato. Drink Ceasanase wine; it's only grown in Rome.
  • The Trevi Fountain is always always busy. Just one of those things!
  • Walk around a lot. Explore. That's the point of Rome!
All Three Places:
  • Sunblock. Why ruin your vacation with a wicked sunburn?
  • Public transportation is the cheapest option, always.
  • If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb (as a tourist), dress nicely. People in Europe don't wear t-shirts and jeans the way we do in the States. Tennis shoes are also not really something they wear. That said, no matter what you do, you're going to look like a tourist. Especially in places where English is not the language.