Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm not superstitious... and I don't believe in fortunes...

However, I will most certainly make an exception for this one:

xoxo, E

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Random, randomness

Not only is school cramping my style here with friends, but it also made me miss out on this...

My sweet, sweet cousins had a blast tubing at the lake. Couldn't you just eat them up?

I have to brag quickly... I got my best Flood It score this week before hitting the pillow. SO exciting... I had to do a screen capture and send to Mommacita!

Speaking of Mommacita... I got a care package from her yesterday with an adorable soap dish and toothbrush holder from Caswell Massey, new contacts, and this...

... think she's trying to tell me something?
Yes ma'am! =)
Looks like the etiquette book is already working!

My hair is the longest now that it has been in a while, and surprisingly enough, I'm not at that point where I'm feeling the need to chop it all off... However, this 102 degree Oklahoma heat is making me mucho caliente! Time for a hair cut... but of course this is the one time I can't get into my stylist for another week and a half. I'm thinking of this cut. Hmmm.

The first week of school is halfway through! Hip hip hooray! xoxo, E

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last & First Days....

It's weird. My last summer vacation is over. Celebrated in a big way by taking a road trip with M to Dallas on Saturday. We hit the road at 7am and headed straight for Highland Park Village.
Gotta love Dallas traffic

No secret that I'm a cupcake lover... I follow Sprinkles (as well as Crumbs, Georgetown Cupcake, and Cuppies & Joe) on Twitter. We had 30 minutes to kill before Sushi Zushi opened for lunch, and after seeing the secret phrase had be tweeted by Sprinkles for a free Vanilla cupcake, we thought, "why not?!" I love free stuff... especially a cupcake! Thank you Sprinkles Dallas!

Check out this sushi menu... yea that's not intimidating. And that's
just a list of the ROLLS!

My last first day of school went pretty well yesterday. Can't complain. The classes should be pretty manageable.

My MW Biology class is supposed to go from 6-9pm, but the professor told us last night that we will only stay late on Wednesday nights. Hooray for finishing at 7:15pm on Monday!!! =)

Also, I love being back in the office with Kimmy and Charlay. We had a lot of fun catching up yesterday. I have missed them terribly!

Charlay is the one that got me hooked on Dexter and One Tree Hill. He passed along season 7 of OTH for me to watch, so that'll be today's entertainment during lunch. Hooray!

I've bragged on Mommacita quite a bit with her recent re-decorating. Last night she sent me pictures of the new window treatments in my room at home. O-M-G have you ever seen anything cuter?! I'm so in love and wish I was actually home to enjoy them!! Way to go hottie!! =)

(p.s. I sent Momma a text full of pride that she installed the treatments herself, check out the drill at the bottom of the above picture!)

Off to the second day! Only 2 classes and 4.5 hours of work! xoxo, E

Friday, August 20, 2010

Woohoo Weekend!

Well, I'm off to Dallas tomorrow with M for a day trip. The plan is to hit up Highland Park Village, Northpark, Sushi Zushi, and Sprinkles.

I love M... he goes, "Just so you know, I'm not planning on buying anything."
"Oh, me either."

It's our final summer hurrah!

A quickie update to the wishlist... the outerwear series:
Love this wool iconic trench

So in love with this white coat!

Desperately seeking a leather jacket... Love this one... hoping to find a more affordable option.

Thank you JCrew for constantly keeping me broke!

xoxo, E

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My "teacher" fix

When I was little I played "school" all the time.

Growing up, I wanted to be a math teacher.

Once I got to high school, I wanted to be a dance teacher.

I've since changed my plan, but I got my teacher fix by helping the double-mint with the posters in her classroom.

xoxo, E

p.s. I spy a Belle of the Wall piece hanging by the window

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Whew, it's wednesday

You know how the end of summer flies by?
Well, that hasn't exactly been happening since I've returned to OKC.
I quite like this pace. I feel that I'm getting to relax a bit while still fulfilling my obligations. Good balance!

I must report that the no processed/packaged foods is going swimmingly thus far. I haven't really missed those foods. The RAs got food from my favorite sandwich spot yesterday and while it was a bit bummed I didn't get my BBQ Baked Lays fix, I didn't really miss it. I just might be able to do this!

As for the budget, it's going pretty well. I keep laughing in certain situations because all I can think is "who am I?!"

For instance: I worked at the J.Crew on Monday and we unpacked a bajillion (yes, I'm exaggerating) boxes of new product. This is always my favorite time to work because I drool over the new products and start making my "to buy" list. Well, I fell in love with a sweater, vest, jacket, skirt, and tights. During my 15-minute break I tried on the jacket (which I actually blogged about here) and it was too big... also, the wool around the neck was itchy. Rather than grabbing another size I simply said, "It's too big. I don't want it anymore." Budget success!!!!

Another example: I was driving over to the mall yesterday to pick up something for Mommacita and I noticed how tragically chipped my manicure had become. I was going to M's apt straight from the mall and knew that I wouldn't be able to stop fixating on my nails. I thought I could stop by Walgreens and pick up remover but didn't want to waste my budget money on that since I have two bottles at my apt. Instead, I went to the Chanel counter, tried some polish on 2 of my nails, and then asked if she had remover. Don't even worry, I made that one cotton ball last all ten nails! Hahaha.

Only caveat to my above story... I am now in love with "Dragon" and "Paradoxal" by Chanel. lol

Working the RA desk from 11-12 today then hopefully watching season 4 of Dexter!! xoxo, E

Sunday, August 15, 2010

TRULY trying this budget thing...

Today is the day I start my week-long attempt to remove processed and packaged food from my diet. It's no secret that it can be expensive to buy "the good stuff: - and on a $100/week budget for living expenses (food, entertainment, recreation, etc.) - I am a bit worried.

I have to share this story... my EB girl and I spent a great deal of today hanging out and catching up. We had lunch, browsed a (sketchy) warehouse on 23rd that was jam packed full of furniture for good prices, and enjoyed some froyo. She is currently looking for a job, so we are both in the "I'm soooo poor" frame of mind. We went into a paper store and I fell in love with this adorable notepad. The girl on the pad had on a ruffle top, a Burberry quilted coat with the collar popped, and a chanel clutch. Hello?! That is SO me! Chels told me that I didn't need it. Putting it down and walking away was so difficult. But can I tell you what the deciding factor was for me? The girl on the pad was blonde... and I am not. Hahahaha. Chels said, "Whatever it takes." True story chickadee.

I had a blast texting her tonight while shopping at Target. I didn't let myself spend time on the lamp aisle lusting over the base that I want ($24.99), and I stayed clear of the DVD section (White Collar was finally on the shelf - $44.99)

Here's a recap of my purchase:

I used my reuseable bags and got $0.15 back from Target ($.05 per bag)

The fridge is looking miiiiiighty healthy

Broccoli/Cauliflower, carrots, squash, zucchini, and cucumber

Granny Smith apples, red grapes, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries

Greek yogurt - my only "packaged" food, but it's healthy!

Salt, pepper, and seasoning for my chicken breasts

Raw almonds

The following purchases were "one time" expenses, so that makes me feel better about my total at Tarjey today:

I "splurged" and spent $3 on this binder and notebook pack. I think the bike notebook is the perfect way for me to document what I eat and my half marathon training (which also starts today... oy vey.)

My posts this week will probably include a recap of my healthy eating endeavor... I hope you don't mind!

xoxo, E

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wishlist update...

You might remember this post about my latest wishlist.

Papas sent me a text last week that said the following -

Yes, it's true... I splurged and got the Tory Burch messenger bag. No buyer's remorse here!

I'm adding one more thing to the wishlist.
My new roommate (who will affectionately be referred to as "Kell" on the blog) has this shower curtain, in yellow, hanging in her bathroom.

I really want to do a nautical-esque theme after graduation, but I think this will be really pretty... and I can always pair it with some navy accents. Plus, we know I love ruffles!

Wishing, hoping, thinking, and SAVING. xoxo, E

Friday, August 13, 2010

Belle of the Wall makes me a better friend

Starting Belle of the Wall has made me a better friend.

It's true.

Double-mint got her first "big girl job" as an elementary music teacher in OKC.

D-M is quite the creative teacher.
She has 5 rules for her classroom, and the first letter of each rule spells "music."

We went to Hobby Lobby today to pick up some supplies for her classroom; She has done some great work already!

I received a text this evening that said:

Turns out I've become quite the scissor aficionado thanks to all my time creating Belle of the Wall pieces.

There's a reason double-mint and I are double-mint twins... we are both crazy organized... and can we talk about how much of a teacher she is?! She brought me the following:

A diagram of the specific colors for each letter...

The ROY G B (no IV) construction paper...

I used the pen she got me from Disney to create the cut-outs...

And the finished product is complete!!

Glad I'm able to leave my mark in her classroom... plus it's great to help out a pal!!

xoxo, E

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My OK apt... for the last time...

Well, my room is complete. And it will only be my room for the next four months. I've made a few changes from previous years...

I incorporated frames with my crosses

I used extra circles from a JCrew window display to create a collage of photos from my trip to Swaziland

Love my desk decor: two photos of fashionable professionals (from the JCrew), my memo board, and gifts from double-mint and M.

Got my TV in my room this semester, which has been a great idea so far, and have already used the DVD player Mommacita got me.

One bathroom wall

The crazy closet... finally figured a way to store my bags in the closet... as opposed to under my bed where I often forget about them.

Welcome to my home for the next 4 months and 5 days. xoxo, E

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Travel days

Thursday, August 5, 2010
The day I moved out of the house for good (potentially)
Momma snapped a pic of me at the entrance to our neighborhood

And I snapped a picture of her while driving (hehe)

1-40 heading towards Knoxville

I-40 heading towards Nashville

After 13 hours of driving, we stopped in Little Rock

Finally!! I-40 towards Oklahoma City!!

OOOOOOOOOK-lahoma. Back in the OK!

We went to the storage unit after unpacking the car... and I realized how much junk I have. I use the term "junk" affectionately. I love my stuff. LOL

sidenote: the BEST time to throw out is when you are unpacking. No emotional ties at that point. It's all about getting it done!!

Mommacita (and probably Papas, too) will make fun of me posting this pic. I got my first blood blister as a direct result of our clothing rack. My oh my it hurt.

Some surprising updates about the apartment are to come! xoxo, E