Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lazy Day

You  know when you see something at a store and instead of thinking about how cute it would be out, you think of how comfy it would be to lounge around the house in? That’s how I feel about this Madewell sweater. It obviously would be really cute to wear out in public, but that is not the purpose I intend for it. Also, how cute are those oxfords? I want them.

September is getting closer and over at Let’s Go Sunning it’s wedding month! If you have a  DIY project from your own wedding you’d like to share, send an email to

From top left: Madewell Bicycle Scarf/ Rag and Bone Legging Jean/ Madewell Shagstripe Cardigan/ Bakers City Jazz Oxfords/ Bodum H20 Travel Mug/ Two Tone Zig Zag Beanie 

R & R

This past weekend we got some much needed rest. We had some amazing food. I made kale chips on the BBQ, that was a first, but they were amazing! I found sliced gouda at Trader Joe’s it was crazy delicious on the turkey burgers we made and we tried s’mores with Reece’s. Best decision ever. I might be 10 pounds heavier, but it was so worth it.

My New Coffee Table!!!

I have been obsessively working on this coffee table for the past week and a half and it’s finally finished! I found it at Salvation Army for $25 and though it looked pretty disgusting it was real wood and I loved the details. I nabbed it, somehow made it fit in my tiny car, and brought it home.

Now, this would have been a lot easier if I had a yard, so I could use a stripper or a power sander. I had none of these things. So I had sanded this whole freaking thing. It was probably for the best, the legs were complicated to sand around and I imagine that I could have easily ruined it.

After a week of wanting to throw this stupid table out of the window I finally finished sanding. I originally wanted to keep the natural wood color, but it was really too much so I decided to stain it Golden Oak, gave it two coats and used this varnish to finish it off.

I’m so happy with the way it turned out! I’m also very glad I will have my life back!

Hitting the Gym

I’ve been working out a long time. I was raised in a house where we played sports and my parents worked out. Recently, I left my favorite work out pants at home (400 miles) and my running shoes gave out. I figured I had Soffe shorts left over from high school (9+ years ago)  and I could manage until my shopping goal was over. Um, no. Maybe I’m a creature of habit, but one thing different in my routine and I can’t manage. Here are some things I try to stick with to make my workout easier.

Leggings: I love capri leggings to work out in. I super love the Nike Legend Capris and the Zella Live In Capris. The Soffe shorts I used to work out in ride up and when doing some exercises, I’m pretty sure everyone could see everything. So it makes me much more comfortable in leggings. When shopping for leggings aim for a flat banded top, not and elastic banded.A good pair hugs you, but isn’t too tight.

Cheap Racerback Tank Tops: I usually wear American Apparel Racerback Tanks, but I lucked out on a trip to Forever 21 and stocked up on similar tanks for under $6.

Solid Shoes: I wore old cheer shoes for years to exercise in. What an idiot I was. Right now I’m loving the Nike Free Running Shoes. Be aware they last for about 150 miles, so if you are an avid runner or and want to keep your cost down, these might not be the shoes for you. Mine lasted quite a while, but when they are done, you know it.

Athletic Socks: For the longest time I wore gross socks to the gym. Socks with holes in the heel or toe, sometimes even socks that were too big. It just ended up irritating me and made my gym experience less enjoyable. It was an easy fix to get athletic socks, they aren’t too expensive and they make a huge difference. I like the one that hug your foot. Under Armour makes the BEST socks ever.

Quality Sports Bra: This might be a given, but what you probably don’t realize is that most sports bras really last for about 6 months to a year, depending on how often you wash it. They say 72 washes is the magic number, but you’ll know when the elasticity starts to wear that it’s time for a new bra. I used to get my sports bras at Target, but ditched those when I was spending more money replacing them. I also aim to have 3-4 sports bras in rotation so I don’t have to wash one everyday. My faves are the Under Armour Essential Seamless Bra and the Nike Pro Sports Bra.

Water Bobble: I love this water bottle. I used to use a water bottle with an open top and would attempt to run and drink out of it at the same time. It was stupid, I looked really dumb. This water bottle is amazing.

Good Tunes: Has a bad playlist ever ruined your workout? I update mine regularly and switch between types of music and podcasts. I published a  Let’s Go Sunning Work Out Playlist on Spotify if you wanted to check it out

Busy Busy Bee

I can’t believe it’s Monday already! I actually can’t believe it’s so far into August! The summer just flew by! The lest two month have been so busy. We’ve had birthdays, anniversaries and weekend trips all over the place. I’m so proud of myself for pre-planning and did not have to once, run out to Target to get a card last minute. (The cards above came from Hello Lucky! and Rifle Paper Co, if you were wondering, they are kind of super beautiful.)

Also, I went to the mall on Saturday and stayed strong on my shopping goal. So I decided to reminisce about my last shopping trip. Which was at Fashion 5 in San Marcos. I’ve literally been shopping there since middle school, because they had those amazing mini butterfly clips and I wanted my hair to look like this. These were the last two things I bought and I heart them.

I’ve been hard at work on quite a few projects. I’ve been hoarding them all for now, but there isn’t a day where I am not working on a project with is  pretty awesome. Not so awesome for my hands, though, which have seem to have taken a beating from paint and sand paper and hot glue.


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