Personal Attendant: Dress Options

I’m linking up with Becky today because I’m treating myself to a new dress! The only problem is….I need your help. I’m one of the personal attendants for a friend’s wedding in October and my closet doesn’t have quite what I want. (The bride rocks and didn’t give us any “rules” but I really want a navy dress).

Here’s what I’m looking for… Comfortable, Flattering, Appropriate.

Personal Attendant Navy Dress Forgive the selfies, I don’t have a live in photographer. All the dresses are from Nordstroms, they offer free shipping and free returns. None of this is sponsored, I just thought I’d let you know!

#1 Painted Threads Floral Hem: If this were a spring wedding, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. But the bottom die cut flowers is too spring for an October wedding.

#2 Frenchi Tulip Sleeve Dress: The only dress with pockets! But is it the most flattering?

#3 Black Swan “Naomie”: The belt is included, the thickest material, but the skirt is huge, could I get it altered in time?

#4 Lush Lace Skater Dress: Is lace something I can wear other than at a wedding?

navy model 1234Just in case you want to see better details, with a real model, photographer and editing.

Which dress should I pick?

 

Peace Perspective XXXVII: Goals and Methods

It’s Sunday! Last Fall my Pinterest was full of people pinning cute photos of “Fall To-Do lists” this year I haven’t seen many, and I hope its because everyone is out doing things instead of pinning them.

Goals and MethodsMy personal goals for the Fall are to continue on the path I’m on. September has every weekend booked with something fun, and while that meant I had to turn down some events, I was able to spend time with a great mix of people.

My 2015 workout goal is still a mystery (usually I know what it is by now). I hope to complete a Half Ironman by the time I turn 30. Which means I have three summers to do it. I’m not stubborn about the goal yet, but I am definitely flexible with which methods I go about getting there.

What are your favorite methods for getting stuff done?

 

 

Thursday Things from the Internet

It’s Thursday! I hope you are having a great week, it’s been a roller coaster for me, but I’ve found some good things around the internet that I thought I should share!

  • Kindness seems to be the theme of 2014, I loved Galit’s orginial 12 Secretes Happily Married Women Know. But her rebuttal is even better. Check it out here.
  • Kim posted about Unfollowing, its such a tricky spot to be in. But I think its important to remember to “have a thick skin and an elastic heart” especially for those in blogging.

Thick Skin Elastic HeartThe blog world has so many people in it, there is no way to read and love everyone, but you can appreciate them for what they are and what they put out in the world. And if they don’t make you happy in your newsfeed, feel free to unfollow them. Or just take a full on social media break like Katie is doing.

P.S. As a flashback to the last time I specifically posted on a Thursday, “Typical Thursday Thankfulness” was fun to re-read. So many friendships have grown in the last year!

 

#BlendDSMtakeover (Weekend Recap)

Happy Monday My Friends! I spent the weekend with blog friends (aka Blends) in Des Moines, Iowa. The only place I had been in Iowa prior to this weekend was Luther college, and that was only to play rugby, so it was great to explore more of the Southern State!

Roadtrip to Des MoinesI left work at 11 am Friday to drive to Emily’s house. From there we drove to Des Moines, with a necessary ice cream stop about half way. We made sure to be hungry when we came into Des Moines because dinner was at BBQ joint Jethros. I loved the Pulled Chicken Philly. The evening was wrapped up with Cards Against Humanity, the best game to get to know friends better.

Des Moines Saturday PlansSaturday morning we went to the Farmers Market, Mullets, Jasper Winery and dinner at Bar Louie. If it seemed like all we did was eat and drink…..you’d be right! I had coffee, grilled cheese and kombucha at the farmers market. Mullets atmosphere was very interesting, many people on bikes (pedal not motorcycle) were there, and I would love to do a long ride and finish there! Jasper Winery had a 11 wines which we tasted for $10 everyone had a different favorite. Bar Louie had delicious drinks, I would definitely recommend going there for a happy hour!

The Machine Shed Brunch BuffetSunday Alex, Amanda, Katie and I went for a run/walk and talk, it felt amazing to get up and get moving, especially as we then settled down for one last meal. Brunch Buffet at The Machine Shed. While I was sad to leave all my friends, I was very happy to sleep in my own bed.

What did you do this weekend? Have you had a blend trip lately?

Have you met my blends? Mollie graciously hosted us and has the coolest daugther. Katie is about to take off for 50 States, Amanda is a sweetheart originally from Omaha, Emily‘s heart is shared between Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota (even if I force the Minnesota love), Alex is crazy busy between graduate school and wedding planning, Traci I met this weekend and am so excited to watch her house progress, and finally Kristin who I also met for the first time this weekend, and just scrolling through her posts I already love her writing.

*Thank you Amanda for the Cards Against Humanity Photo, and Emily for the photo of me eating Grilled Cheese.

Peace Perspective XXXVI: Waiting Dating

It’s been a while since I’ve disagreed, so you’ve got one today. Pinterest is full of inspiration. If you want to be told a certain thing, there’s a pretty quote and picture to fit the bill.

waiting datingWhile this quote may connect with some, I am not one of them. At this point in my life I would rather wait to date someone I can connect with, versus fill time with someone who isn’t right for me. This doesn’t mean I have a super serious checklist and won’t go out until someone has filled all the boxes. In reality there is no checklist. It is more about the feeling. I want to be with someone who makes me feel safe, secure and less stressed.

This also doesn’t mean I’m sitting at home, waiting for things to happen. Instead it means I’m out doing what I want, when I want. Hopefully sometime while I’m out with friends I’ll find the person that is meant to be my more than friend. This also means that I am a huge proponent of “the more the merrier” you never know who might be just around the corner.

Did you find your person by waiting? Or were you a “sample all the flavors” dater? No judgement either way of course!

#bestdayever

The weekend is here!! Remember back in my July Recap I wanted to focus on more fun less structure? So when I got invited to attend Maurices Corporation #bestdayever I couldn’t think of a reason not to attend!

Tavern on the HillI met up with my friend Kayla who happens to work for Maurices, and our group decided to have a drink at Tavern on the Hill, its in a completely new development near the UMD campus. At first the menu seemed over priced, but I had a beer and sushi for $15. So it wasn’t that bad.

Sam Hunt and Bret Eldridge Sam Hunt opened the concert, and I loved his 90’s country cover medley, as well as the songs he rapped on. Bret was awesome, his smile lit up the stage, and I was so happy to have made the drive over and see the show.

I got home about 11:30 and was up at 5 to teach my Yoga Sculpt class. On the drive home I was rewarded with this sunrise.

Hwy 169 SunriseNow I’m off to Iowa for #blendDSMtakeover (check out all the fun on Instagram and Twitter if you’re curious!)

*nothing was sponsored here, I mentioned Maurices and Tavern on the Hill because I wanted to!

 

Couch to 5k Week 1: The Best Apps

Welcome to the Off Season! I don’t have any big race plans until 2015, which means the next 4 months are for conditioning! #1 on the agenda, increasing my run speed! I’m using two apps to help me with this. The first being Couch to 5k Free!

Couch 2 5k AppWhile I’ve been aware of the idea of couch to 5k, I cannot look at a watch and do the splits myself (you start with run for a minute, walk for 90 seconds). With this app, a lovely voice tells you when to start running or switch to walking, and tells you when you’re half way done with your workout. There is also a 5 minute warm up and cool down, which I use to run, as I’m able to do the distance, but am working on speed.

Run Keeper AppThe second app I use is Run Keeper. Every 10 minutes it tells me my current distance and pace. Plus at the end of the workouts, it tells me if I’ve hit a new goal for speed or distance which is a great motivator!

What apps do you like to run with? What are you working on for fitness?

 

Weekend Wedding Shower

Happy Monday My Friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I was with close friends celebrating a bride to be!

Katie Cummings friendWe had a lovely fall theme, with the creative mother daughter duo making a fall tablescape for our lunch. We talked, ate, laughed, repeat for 24 hours.

Fall Wedding Shower DecorationsBuzzfeed’s 25 Things…..Fall list made us laugh. We decided our mason jar drinks should be #26.

Cabin SunsetWhat did you do this weekend?

Peace Perspective XXXV: Hands Full

I love this one. I’ve got a crazy busy September, something every weekend, and I had a little miscommunication about a commitment. Thankfully everything should work out. I’ve got a lot going on, but it is all good things!

Hands FullWith the changing of the season comes change in other areas of our lives. Maybe you have a school schedule to adjust to, or something you still want to accomplish before the year is over.

No matter what it is going on, keep your heart open, there’s always a little room for one more thing.

Do you think your hands are as full as your heart?

 

Easing Into Fall

Does anyone else feel like this “short week” was extra hard? Occasionally I work on Sunday afternoons to make the week easier. I wish I had taken the time on Sunday or Monday at the office so this week wouldn’t have been so hard. Oh well, at least it is Friday now!

We got some nasty rain this week which made getting dressed a little more challenging, this is what I came up with on Thursday.

Summer to Fall OutfitSkirt, long sleeve, scarf. Wet pant legs are the worst, and the black skirt felt more fall like than a pair of khaki shorts.

Traders Joe's Mushroom MochiI recently stocked up on goodies at Trader Joe’s. I have now fallen in love with the Mushroom Mochi. So chewy and delicious. I served them along with Pad Thai, but next time I’ll make quinoa with extra veggies to pair it with.

I have a wedding the first weekend of October, there are 2 dresses in my closet that would work, but I really want a maxi. So I picked this one up for half off on Macys.com.

Black Maxi Personal Attendant DressWhile the model and I are exact opposites, brown hair vs. blonde, tall vs. short. I’m still hoping that it will be flattering! (I’m a little concerned about the v-neck, but we will see what happens there.)

I’d love to share my current nail polish color, but I’m not ready for the darker colors, and pastels seem too light. What color are you rocking these days?