Merry Monday…

Merry Monday

I decided that Monday’s are the worse. Really the hardest days of the week, Monday’s even trump the Friday’s when I’m excited to leave work to visit my boyfriend and the time ticks away slowly. Monday’s are the days when I’m dragging myself out of bed, even though I went to bed around the same time the day before, and I can’t seem to get enough coffee in my system to function properly before 10am.  Because of all this, I decided I’m going to dedicate a post on Monday’s to share something happy or good in the world to make these days a little more bearable.


Today I want to touch upon love and friendship. My Facebook news feed has blown up on the past few weeks of people getting in relationships or getting engaged. I also was able to attend the wedding of a friend two weekends ago. As of right now, I can say love is in the air. In a world where people are worried about divorce or breaking up of a relationship, it’s nice to see that love, new love and mature love, is strong.


However, I want to say that love with your significant other is not the only type of love out there. Yes, I am lucky to be in love, but I receive love from more than just my boyfriend, I receive it from my family and friends. I recently had someone comment on how lucky my high school friends and I are that we’ve remained close since graduation and college. I truly agree. Everyone comes into your life for a reason, and some people stay longer than others. It’s a bond or friendship and love that hold us together.


Love with friends is not better or stronger than love with a significant other, just as love with is significant other is not better or stronger than love with friends, they are just different. One doesn’t equal more self-worth than the other, and that’s something I’ve been able to come to terms with over the years. Love is love. I wouldn’t trade my friends from high school, my friends from college, my boyfriend or my family for anything else in the world.


I’m going to end on a cheesy note, I do believe in soul mates. I, however, don’t believe in just one. I think there are people who come into our lives to mean something, it could be 1 or 15, but they have a purpose. It could be someone who will love you no matter what and have children with you, or maybe a group of friends who love Harry Potter, sushi and froyo just as much as you do, or even a group of friends who share your values, morals and secrets with. Those who leave a mark on us and stand the tests of time are our soul mates.


And that’s my spiel about love and friendship. I hope your Monday was smooth sailing.




Why Lauren Bacall should be the Everygirl Fashion Icon


image from Google

image from Google

For anyone who has been living under a rock these past few days, we’ve experienced a loss of some wonderful talented actors. The passing of Lauren Bacall had me thinking about how potentially a few people my age don’t know who this woman is or have had the great joy of watching her movies. I’m a fan of classic films, Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses and I count Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Arsenic and Old Lace as two of my top favorite movies, so Lauren Bacall was not a stranger to my radar. I won’t pretend I’ve seen all of her movies, I believe only three or four, but in my opinion she is one of the most underrated actresses of her time.

I don’t think she was a good girl as Audrey Hepburn or Debbie Reynolds (or how the studios wanted you to think she was), or as sex goddess as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but she had a sex appeal and mystery to her. She was a dark beauty with striking features and a deep slightly raspy voice that had men falling in love. Something that I’ve found amiss with her is that she didn’t stand out as a style icon. Bacall rocked suits and menswear:

Lauren-Bacall-portrait To-Have-or-Have-Not  enhanced-20455-1407939960-5But could also wear soft feminine, sexy stunning pieces:

Lauren Bacall 131 Lauren Bacall

She could do it all, not be put in a category, and still go on rocking it like it was her job. I nominate Lauren Bacall to be the every girl style icon. The girl who likes wearing menswear and womenswear style clothing. Who wants to be glamorous and laid-back at the same time.

She was a champ. An underrated style icon and fabulous actress who will be celebrated even in death. I suggest you go and watch The Big Sleep, To Have and To Have Not, and How To Marry a Millionaire, to enjoy yourself some great Bacall.



I’ve been gone…

Hellooooo Interweb!


Sorry for the total and complete lack of posts for…over a month…

Well, you see, I got caught up with Whole30 (I finished it and feel great! It definitely has changed how I look at food, might do another soon) I got caught up in the summer….OH YEAH AND I GOT A JOB. Sorry, I’ve been exited about that. I’m still worried it’s going to be taken away from me…so I’ve been enjoying the feeling while I can. So i can cross that off my 23X23. So now I am back to promise I will have more upkeep of this bad boy, even though I’m sure not many of you out there missed me. This is just an update post, I’ll be back later with more.



oh yeah, and Monday’s still suck.

Summertime Sandals

I took some time today to shop for some new shoes. The shoes to have right now are sandals, and I especially love those sandals with thick heels. I need thick heels though, I tend to walk on my heels and need to extra support, but I also like the way they look.

Sandal heels add a little freshness to an outfit. A little more exciting than a pair of heels, but nothing as outrageous as a set of stripper heels. I haven’t found my pair yet, but once I do you’ll be sure to know!

I looked through more of the internet and I found some of my favorite finds. Enjoy!


Just Fab-Rozalia//JustFab-Titania//ASOS- Faith//ASOS- Harlesden//Steve Madden- Sneeky//




Whole30 Day 2

I have lasted two days! Woohoo! To be honest it hasn’t been that bad. I have eggs and veggies or fruits in the morning, chicken and veggies for lunch and then some form of protein and veggies for dinner. I have some nuts for a snack if I get hungry and then fruit for dessert! I’m not hungry as long as I keep making sure I have enough protein, and the only ‘bad foods’ I want is chocolate. My mom thinks that craving will subside…but I don’t think so.

I made some roasted almonds with rosemary, they turned out alright but I’ll have to work on them before I share the recipe.



Hopefully I can figure out some recipes this weekend!





Emily Does Whole30!



For those of you who haven’t heard about it, though it would be hard not to, one of the newest diets to try is Paleo. Paleo, sometimes referred to as the ‘caveman diet’, is a diet the involves cutting out all grains, legumes, processed foods and sugars, dairy, and anything that is basically bad for you. The whole idea of the diet is to eat foods that are ‘whole foods’ that are good for you and basically were not available during the Paleolithic age.

Now, I have a hard time using the word ‘diet’ with this…well diet. I believe if done right this could turn into a lifestyle change with some adjustment for special treats…all in moderation, ya’ feel me?

But anyways, the big news is that I am going to be starting the Whole30 Program beginning tomorrow!



The Whole30 is a stricter version of paleo that challenges you to stick to a strict diet for 30 days. During the program you are not allowed to have any dairy, sugar (except fruits), legumes, grains, white potatoes or alcohol. Nothing. No cheat days. No “weekends don’t count”. Nothing.

I’m looking at this as a body reset. I’m hoping to g back to better eating habits than what I picked up in college. I won’t say weight loss isn’t an added bonus, but getting healthy and making my body stronger and healthier is a big reason.

I’m lucky that my mother will be doing this with me, so there will be a support group. So far I’ve read “It Starts With Food” by Melissa and Dalla Hartwig, and they offer a lot of good feedback and support. I know I’ll need that as a crutch for some of this experience. However, think of me blogging about it as a first hand experience for you all out there!


My program will begin June 3rd, 2014 and end July 2nd, 2014.

Get ready for pictures of meals and laments about how much I miss chocolate.




Short Season Is Upon Us!

It’s that time of the year; Skies out Thighs Out!

Now I don’t know about you all out thee, but I don’t like my shorts too short on me. I’ve never been a fan of my underwear stopping where my shorts starts. I like my shorts to have an inseam of anywhere between 4-6 inches. I used to wear Bermuda shorts when I was younger a lot, but recently I’ve been shying away from them. I just recently found a nice pair of Sonoma shorts at Kohls the other day. I’d share those but the website doesn’t have the shorts up now.

For those of you who don’t like short shorts I’ve searched the Internet for some shorts that might appeal to others too!

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First Shorts// Second Shorts// Third Shorts (So many colors!)// Fourth Shorts// Fifth Shorts (All the colors!)// Sixths Shorts

Loft is having a sale on and some of the shorts are marked down! Loft usually has a sale though, so I don’t buy things from there unless it is on sale.

Happy Shopping!

The Most Delicious Smoothie: Coffee, Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate.

Guys. Seriously. I made the most delicious smoothie today. I’ve been playing around with smoothies for the last week or so. I’ve used frozen berries (yum), I’ve made ‘green smoothies’ (still working on the perfect one), and last night I decided to try one with my favorite ingredients: chocolate, peanut butter, coffee and bananas!

I took some coffee from the pot made yesterday and put it in an ice tray and let it freeze overnight. This morning I added a banana to the freezer to get a little frozen. Then I grabbed my protein powder, peanut butter, and my mixer and started up the party!

 The Ingredients: 


1/2 frozen Banana (can use a whole one if you love the taste)

4 Coffee Ice cubes

1 Tablespoon of smooth peanut butter

1 Scoop of chocolate protein powder. (If you don’t have protein powder I say use Chocolate skim milk)

A splash of water (If you use the skim milk you won’t need water.


The Result:

photo1(1)Go Hokies!

It is SO GOOD. It taste pretty sweet, so I might save it for treats or special days. If I ever get the green smoothie right I’ll share that too!



My Mind was Blown because of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Holy crap.

That’s pretty much what I thought at the middle and end of this book, with a few other ‘special’ words thrown in too.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, who I now plan to read all of the books by her, is the story of missing Amy Elliot Dunne and her husband Nick. Nick begins to act elusive, aloof, and not very helpful during the early days of Amy being gone. Much like the world today, everyone suspects Nick of killing his wife. But did he really do it?

My sister-in-law told me that I had to read this book. She’s pretty on point about books I like, so I went ahead and bought it. I’ll admit, the beginning of the book was a little slow, but then BAM. You learn secrets and delve deeper into the life of Nick and Amy. Then when you think everything is making sense….BAM again. You can’t believe what you’re reading. My mind was completely blown by this book. If this is how her other books are then I’m hooked.

This book is dark and twisted. I’ll admit I don’t see it being everyone’s cup of tea, but I think people should give it a chance. This will be a book I will recommend to anyone who asks. I have Dark Places by the same author and it will be one of the next books I read.

I might have to take a sabbatical from reading….haha who am I kidding, I can’t do that.

What are your thoughts on Gone Girl?




Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore


This book had been on my list for a while and when I finally got around to it I finished in about 2 days. The book is about a young man, Clay, who loses his job and find work at a strange bookstore that is open for 24-hours run by Mr. Penumbra and has no customers except for those who borrow and trade books from the back of the store. Soon Clay starts to uncover the books secrets and goes on an adventure.

The book was interesting and a light read. I do wish there had been more action, but I was still captivated by the story.

I would suggest this book for those who like books that are different. It wasn’t something I would say I read all the time, but I’m glad I did!   There is a prequel, Ajax Penumbra 1969, an origin story of the sorts, that I want to read next. I added it to my goodreads!