Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Thoughts No. 3

Brrr! Baby it's COLD outside! 

Remember two weeks ago when I talked about the silence of winter? Well, I actually got to experience it for like fifteen seconds yesterday when I walked outside to get a quick pic of our snow covered home. Stark whiteness, sheer silence. It's like the world stood still.

And then I walked back inside the house to a blaring TV, the dog barking, and soup overflowing on the stove. 

Life goes on.


  • A co-worker with twins has talked me into using Walmart's app for grocery pick up. She says it has changed her life. Lord knows I need all the change (for the better of course!) in my life right now, so I downloaded the app. However, because we were out of town this past weekend - and I absolutely hate going to the grocery store after work - I haven't used it yet. We've eaten out of the freezer and pantry this week, but I'll keep you posted about how I like it once I try it.
  • I was so excited to learn that "ultra violet" aka purple was chosen as Pantone's color of the year. Y'all know purple is my favorite color and to celebrate, I'm furiously trying to find something new in that shade. Looks like even the Queen is getting in on the action. Simply beautiful. 
  • And speaking of the Queen, how come NOBODY told me about the LPB series, "Victoria"? Oh my gosh! I just happened to see the previews for the second season last week and recorded the first episode. It comes on Sundays at 8pm.
  • I'm really missing Chic-Fit-a's chicken salad these days. If you didn't know already, late last summer, SOMEBODY made the executive decision to take it off the  menu. With little time between meetings on Tuesday, I swung into the cafeteria to order a cs sandwich. Bad decision. I hate when I'm disappointed thinking something is going to taste good and it doesn't.
  • I have a question about Instagram Stories. Love 'em or hate 'em? I don't do much on IGS, preferring mostly to stick to Snap Chat, but even now, I've decided to take a break from that, too. I'm really trying to "rein in" my time on social media. Having said that, I have some IG peeps that I follow and I really love their stories, but some people just go on and on and on with the talking. It's like a marathon to get through and I don't like that. I like shorter versions and prefer pics on IGS next to excessive monologues.
  • We've been enjoying some Sneaux Days here the last few days and so my road trip was cancelled. I am extremely grateful for that! However, Alise did wake up running fever yesterday morning, so I'm keeping my eye on her and praying it's not the flu. 
  • Speaking of my tween, she's binge watching Beverly Hills 90210. The 90s version. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. She keeps asking me about certain characters and episodes and even though I've seen them all, I have no idea what she's talking about. 
  • I had a crown put on the tooth that I had a root canal on this time last year. That office visit may have required xanax. I'm still hurting.
Have a great weekend, Peeps! I'll be celebrating for the next five days! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Five Recent Purchases

I've decided to make it my goal to shop my closet as much as possible until March. Gasp! I know, right? I'm shocked, too. But the reality of it is, I simply don't need any more fall and winter clothes (Truth be known, I probably don't need any more spring and summer clothes, either, but that's a different season). It's all part of that "contentment thing" I've got going on this year. Having said all that, I thought I'd take some time today to share just a few miscellaneous purchases I've made recently. And Instagram is mostly to blame!

Plaid Blouse// I shared in the fall that my best friend, Jennifer, is in love with plaid. And then I saw Narci sporting this cute top on IG from J. Crew so I decided to add a little plaid to my own closet. Speaking of plaid, Kelly, had on the cutest Buffalo Print Dress recently, but see? I have a thing about plaid. I have to keep it above the waist or I end up looking just like a buffalo. But that's me, y'all. No offense to you plaid wearing babes out there. 
Printed bell-sleeve top
Lace Up Cardi// Alise and I were Christmas shopping at a local retailer when I came across the cutest lace up cardigan. And now they seem to be everywhere! My thoughts for buying the cardi was to wear it to basketball games and to the office on Fridays. This one is similar to mine. I love the light weight waffle weave and the lace up on the back. 

Pajama Pants// These babies were all over IG during the holidays and I was fortunate enough to snag a pair in my size after Christmas. When Alise saw them, she said, "Mom? Did you get me a pair, too?" Uhhh?? 

Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo// This has absolutely nothing to do with my wardrobe, but everything to do with becoming one of my favorite products. Hi. My name is Laura and I've never used dry shampoo (cue all the gasps). I took Alise to Ulta to spend her gift cards after Christmas and saw this on the Philosophy aisle. Y'all already know how much I love their AG fragrance so of course I had to try it and I love it. Simply amazing.

MAC Viva Glam Lipglass// Another IG purchase thanks to Susie from For Whom The Belle Tolls. Such a sweet person and I won't blame her that she's a Clemson fan. Ha! She recently posted a selfie and her lipstick was on point so I asked her what brand and shade she was wearing and she told me it was a combination of shades and included this product. I love it and I promise it's not as nearly as bright as the picture. I put it on over my regular lipstick shade for some extra "glass" and it stayed on for a while.


Okay. No more purchases until spring! I can do this!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Five Things That Say "ME"


I am so glad that today is Friday! I knew this week was going to be tough trying to get back into a five day routine, but wow! When you mix in a little drama, things can get crazy and hectic fast! Besides the fact that I haven't felt good this week and a co-worker went home yesterday with the flu, I'm just looking forward to snuggling on the couch in front of a warm fire later tonight. Yes, once more, the temperatures have dropped here in Louisiana and winter is here again.

Today I'm sharing five things that just say me. My go to items. My top picks. My favorite favs. 


Leopard Flats// I have absolutely, positively worn out a pair of Sam Edelman leopard flats. Never fear! Another pair is on their way to my house, thank goodness!  These are my favorite go to flats all year. Who else is thankful that leopard is a neutral?

Amazing Grace// I have worn this fragrance for years, y'all. Most perfumes do not stay on me for very long and I have to be careful with scents because of my migraines, but I absolutely love this one. I bought my girlfriends their own bottle for Christmas and now Stephanie is wearing it, too. When she smells it in the stores, she says, "That's my Mama."

Sonic Diet Coke// Every day. All day. Large Diet Coke with extra ice. Not the Route 44 size. That's entirely too big. I love it when I find Alise's teacher behind me in the drive thru. I treat her by paying for her large sweet tea. 

Faux Leather Leggings// These leggings are by far my favorite purchase of the season! They are like butter (tend to run a size big) and I have worn them to work, to Christmas parties, on Christmas day and New Year's Eve, to church, to basketball games, to Walmart, and yes, date night! I prefer them to jeans, they are just that darn comfortable. One of my favorite IG bloggers, Brighton The Day, recently posted about what to wear with leather leggings. 

Lisa Leonard Necklace// Wayne gave me this necklace two years ago for Christmas and I wear it nearly every day. Some days I'll switch up and wear my monogram or Kendra Scott necklace, but most of the time, I wear this one. The great thing is that this necklace can be customized, which is what I did. One side has everyone's name and on the other side is "#familyfirst." It is one of my most treasured pieces of jewelry.

What plans do you have for the weekend? Besides staying warm, Alise has a basketball game tomorrow afternoon (which we fully expect her to play in since Coach Daddy took care of things!) and then on Sunday {if I'm feeling better}, we are traveling to Starkvegas - as my friend Angela likes to say - to watch the Alabama ladies take on Mississippi State. For you lucky peeps that have a three day weekend, enjoy!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Thoughts No. 2

I'm on a roll this week! My fourth post in four days! Go me!

  • I have a habit of literally pulling my hair out. Not the curls, but the stray hairs. For instance, last week, all the way to work, I had this one hair that kept bugging me and getting in my eye sight. On the way to the coke machine that morning in the office (because Sonic's drink machine was down...what the what?), I pulled said hair out of my head. Pluck! #problemsolved
  • Did you catch This Is Us Tuesday? I still haven't watched the last episode of last season (Randle's episode). I thought Justin Hartley gave a gut wrenching performance in his Kevin's episode and deserves an Emmy. Gosh, that man is fine!
  • The tree is down. Just thought I'd let y'all know.  I have never waited until January 5th to take down my Christmas tree. But from the comments and emails last week, I wasn't the only one. For all our sakes, I hope your tree is down now, too.
  • The next time my husband jumps out of the bed hollering at the end of a National Championship Football game while I'm snoozing away, I will CHOKE him!  Do you hear me?
  • I didn't watch the Golden Globe Awards and I haven't heard that much hoopla about the show except Oprah got an award for something and gave a speech and everyone wore black. 
  • Why is it that the item you try on in a store and then order the same exact thing online doesn't fit the same? Santa brought Alise Adidas joggers and the size I ordered were too big compared to the store size. 
  • We have the worst basketball coach in middle school history. And that's all I'm gonna say about that. 
  • I'm trying to jump on the podcast bandwagon, but it's too complicated. I'm overwhelmed (insert whiny voice). Sigh. Hey! But I'm listening to an AUDIO book, y'all! I don't do audio books. I have a hard time listening and driving at the same time. My mind starts to wonder. #blondeproblems
  • Got a road trip coming up for work and I'm dreading it like the bubonic plague. No audio books allowed. 
  • This is my kinda girl right here!
  • Eek!  I told y'all the 80's were making a comeback!

Linking up with Home of Malones and Penny's Passion

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winter Sweater Inspo

As I'm writing this, it is 26 degrees here in Louisiana. By the time I actually post this, it will probably be 80 degrees. In January. That's the wonder of living in "da boot." You never know what the weather is going to be like from day to day or even morning to evening. Right now, we're experiencing some really cold temps and so that's got me in the layering and snuggling mood. I actually made soup today!

Are you a sweater girl? I'm not. The very first sweater I ever remember getting was a Christmas present from my late grandmother. Remember back in the 80s when JCPenny's had the Hunt clothing line? The line's shirts, blouses, and sweaters had the horse on the upper left corner, similar to the Ralph Lauren logo today. Or was it right? I digress. The sweater was bold navy and red striped. I wore it, of course, but it wasn't my favorite. 

So why am I spending a day blogging about sweaters when I really don't wear them? I'm not sure. Blame it on the weather.

But THIS sweater is definitely something I would wear. Maybe it's that I like longer sweaters instead of shorter ones. Yea, I think that's it. I'm loving this black on black style. I'm not quite sure if the model is wearing leather leggings, but I would pair this sweater with mine for sure.   

#winter #fashion /  Black Knit Dress / Leather Leggings / Black Booties https://bellanblue.com

I would much rather wear a sweater with a huge cowl neck like this one than pair a sweater with a scarf. Oh my God, this peri-menopause Mama would DIE of heat stroke in a sweater and scarf! What am I saying? I don't wear scarves anyway. As long as I can breath in a large cowl neck, I'm a fan.

Black Leather Jacket + Dark Turtleneck + Black OTK Boots

My 80s Flashdance days are over (Some of you will have to google that movie) - especially in public. Now, I may wear off the shoulder pjs or lounge wear around the house, but I wouldn't wear this for the world to see. That's just me. My God, I'm nearly forty-five years old!
Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters to Shop Now

Yea, this is more my style. This style has got the long cardi to cover my back side, leggings, and a touch of leopard. This is a sweater and outfit that would be deemed office worthy, which is my primary focus when making purchases. 
Im much more into the "it goes with everything look" these days. So i could wear these pieces a million ways. black. white. camel. street style. animal print heels.

I would love to hear your thoughts about winter sweater fashion. In the meantime, I'm linking up with my beautiful friends over at The Blended Blog for their weekly style linkup. 


P.S. One of my favorite Boutiques has got this cute shirt in time for Valentine's Day!  I LOVE it!  Thought I'd link it here in case anyone was interested in ordering!