Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teacher OOTD #6

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Week's Worth of Teacher Outfits

Here are some cute, fun, and colorful outfit ideas for teachers.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, here are some of the items I use to help cut down on the environmental impact with the purchases I buy and use.

Cherry Lane Bag 4 Optimistic Bag 2 Origami Bag 3 Paris Paper Dolls Carousel

Envirosax reusable shopping bags. I don't just use these for my groceries; I also use them whenever I am out shopping (like at the mall, bookstore, etc.).

Satire Flat Elastic

Simple brand sneakers. They are vegan friendly, made with recycled parts, and the inside cushion is biodegradable.

Yellow Birdseed and Ava Eco Friendly Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bag Set Green Lawn Art Gnome Eco Friendly Reusable Sandwich Bag Apples and Pear Eco Friendly Reusable Handmade Sandwich Bag Little Green Owl Eco Friendly Reusable Sandwich Bag

Reusable baggies. I probably haven't used plastic baggies in almost a year. These work great for taking sandwiches and snacks to school, and are so super cute to boot. My favorite place to get them is from this etsy seller.

What are your favorite earth-friendly products?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Modest Bathing Suits

Could it really be that time of year already? Is bathing suit season really this close?!

As much as I hate wearing a bathing suit, I had to give in and buy one this weekend, because Mike just booked our summer vacation ... to Aruba!! I am so very excited to being going to a tropical island for two weeks, and, even though I wish it weren't the case, tropical islands go hand in hand with bathing suits.

When thinking of buying a bathing suit, I am so glad that there are so many stores out there that carry really cute swimsuits that don't require showing a lot of skin. After all, no one wants to see my pasty skin flashing all over the place. Here are some of my favorites.

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All of these swimsuits are from their new (as if you couldn't tell from the pics) summer line. Tops are about $40 and bottoms are around $30.

These cute tankinis are all available on Down East's website. Tops are about $40 and bottoms are around $30.

Rainbow Graph One Piece Beach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Black

In addition to loving Modcloth's retro inspired clothes, they also have adorable retro inspired bathing suits. So cute!

Vintage Swimwear "The Grace" Red White One Piece Bathing Suit Jantzen Vamp Women's One Piece Bathing Swimsuit Black Jantzen Swimwear Vamp Maillot | One Piece Bathing Swimsuit Flower

Popina is a boutique in Oregon that sells retro-inspired swimsuits. I love that they carry Jantzen suits - a great mix of vintage and modern.

So with all of these cute options, which suit did I pick?

Jantzen Swimwear Vamp Bathing Suit | Red White Polka Dot

Aruba, here I come!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Break in Baltimore

Over my Spring Break I went home to visit family and friends in Baltimore. It was so, so fun! Instead of writing out all of the great things we did, I thought I would just narrate through my pictures. Enjoy!

My stepmom Charlotte and me at a Rockabilly party with our Sloe Gin Fizzes; Dad and Mr. David about to dive in to the nachos at the Dundalk Moose Lodge (location of said Rockabilly party); Dad and me outside of my favorite restaurant in Baltimore, The Mount Vernon Stable.

The shrimp salad sandwich at The Stable; a house in Hampden, my Dad's neighborhood; Charlotte, me, and Dad eating at The Dizz, which is located on top of an old age home. Seriously.

My friend Nicole with her Curtis Mayfield menu at Golden West; me after taking a sip of her Jack and Root Beer (which was mainly Jack); Dawn and me with our Cream Sodas.

Dawn about to dig in to her Elvis pancakes (although since she got the small size they call them the 'Lisa Marie' size); Berger cookie pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies; Charlotte and Dad at Sprinkles cupcakes in D.C. Luckily they had the pumpkin cupcakes available, or there might have been a riot. ;)

Our Sprinkles run; baby ducks in the D.C. canal (and I mean baby babies, like just born babies!); Patrick, Nicole, and me at Dawn's play.

Dad and Charlotte at Dawn's play; Dawn rocking the stage; Crabtowne for breakfast with my MomMom (I know, I was surprised a place called 'Crabtowne' served breakfast, too).

My MomMom with her boyfriend, Scotty from American Idol. :)

My favorite part of the whole visit, besides getting to spend time with my family and dear friends? Game night!! Dawn, Nicole, my Dad, Charlotte, and their friends Craig and Melissa played Time's Up. So much fun!!! The best clue of the night? "Steam" for Marilyn Monroe. That was mine, by the way. The best charade? I think a tie between my dad's Henry the VIII clue (pointing to himself (his name is Henry) and then putting up 8 fingers) and Dawn's Lady Godiva (fake galloping on horse as she pretended to take clothes off).

I also got to catch up with my friends Cindy and Laura and her two beautiful babies, and I got to see my brother and meet his new girlfriend. This trip will be hard to top next year!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Weekend Review

This weekend was so much fun. On Saturday night, Mike, Sharon, and I went to see an improv murder mystery show. It was soooo funny! The audience got to suggest aspects of the story that had to be worked into the plot. The actors were great, and at one point I was silent laughing. Is there anything better than silent laughing? I think not. :) This is the same troupe who performed the improv Star Trek episode that we saw awhile back ... that was my favorite, I have to say. In the one we just saw, it was a murder mystery set on a hog farm in England in the 1940's. The murder weapon was a set of pearls, and the killer was the son, Chuckie Jr. Fantastic!

Sharon and me outside of the theater. Want to see a show for yourself? Info is at www.improv.org

After the show, we went to Bistro Central Parc for dinner. It was a-maz-ing. We feasted. We gorged. We even ordered in French ... oh wait, that was just me. The waiter made me. He was even gracious enough to say that I did "perfect." If only it were true!

Here are pics of our starters, mains, and desserts. We will for sure be going back very soon!

Starters: Mushroom risotto and Kobe tartar. Mains: Scallop risotto, Duck confit, and Seared duck breast. Dessert: Creme brulee and profiteroles

On Sunday I went out to brunch with a great group of girls to celebrate my friend Jen's birthday. You could feel the love at that table for Jen - she is one fabulous lady. Did I mention that there were also wheat grass shots? I myself did not partake, but they looked very ... grassy. And fun. :) We had a ball.