What I’m Wednesdays {Week 3}

What I’m…

Wearing ~ a fabulous kitten tee.
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that’s right, it’s a really lil kitten. hahaha this was too cute to pass up and since I had the sweater on all day no one even noticed the kitty (until I completely pointed it out of course! haha)
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Eating ~ Some classy Taco Bell for lunch one day when I was famished and polished off 2 chalupas AND a soft taco… hahaha whoooops! Then some fatty McDonald’s for breckie, some delicious eggs I’ve been making, and my brand new CROC POT!!!! I picked it up from Target this past weekend and I am so excited to finally be able to make recipes in a slow cooker! : )
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Excited About ~ the fact that I FINALLY cleaned and organized my closet, and now Phase1 in there is complete… getting dressed in the morning literally takes maybe 2 minutes now instead of before when I spent what it seemed like forever trying to find clothes in a huge mess. The way I lined up my heels on the top shelf makes me smile every time I go in my closet : )
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Michael decieded to mount the TV in the living room, along with getting us a couple shelving units. This big black one was only $37 from Target! We also got a white one and we are stocking our DVD’s, CD’s, books, pictures, etc. Just nice to finally have these things! I love the way our place looks now : )
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The fact that my kitty Charles spends every morning in the closet roaming around and approving of my outfits….
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….. and this is Dexter, the crazy kitty who I keep catching in the toilet!!!
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Listening To ~ Eminem’s new single, “Rap God”. I have it on repeat on my walk to/from work. I love me some Eminem!
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all love & smiles,

Sig3

What I’m Wednesdays {Week 2}

soooo this post is a day late… woooops…

What I’m……

Wearing ~ We continued to have casual week last week, also didn’t include pictures of my stupid black outfits I have to wear to work on the weekends… A little Blackhawks, a winterized summer dress, mr. rogers sweater, and my favorite pair of jeans with my fanciest Tory Burch flats : )

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Always wearing my white Michael Kors watch & my 2 silver bracelets from Links. Those are also some beads from Vietnam from one of my bff's. : )

Always wearing my white Michael Kors watch & my 2 silver bracelets from Links. Those are also some beads from Vietnam from one of my bff’s. : )

favorite jeans & favorite flats!

favorite jeans & favorite flats!

Eating ~ Cold pumpkin spice from Corner Bakery, an example of my always random lunches full of goodies from my boxes and a delicious 3 Cheese Ziti of course! … a free plate of breakfast I snagged from the office, some panda express for a late dinner, my FIRST TIME at Freshii’s and OMG I am in love! You get to make your own concoctions and add as many ingredients as you want and it was just SO DELICIOUS! Also some goodies we picked up from the store the other night when we were feelin’ like fatties hahaha ; )

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Listening to ~ The Pop Underground by Andrew McMahon!! This little LP only has 4 songs on it, but I have had them on repeat to and from work for the past couple of days, over and over and over again. I just can’t get enough of Andrew’s voice, I’ve loved him since his Something Corporate days and I am just overly obsessed. I loved Jack’s Mannequin and I also like what he can do on his own. This album is from April, but in my haze of job applying and lost direction, I somehow didn’t even notice that he had released this LP. I am for sure making up for that with all the listens I am giving it. This week there were SO MANY amazing albums that also came out, however I haven’t had time to really listen and go over them, so that will be a post for another day.

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Listen to Synesthesia right NOW!

Looking Forward To ~ I finally decided on a pair of boots from my JustFab credit, so eager to get them (and see if they actually fit!!!). I hate returning things in the mail so I really hope these puppies are as big as people commented they were because I bought a size down in hopes that they will fit the right way since they don’t have a 9.5, only 9 or 10… I went with the 9 and hope that’s the right choice!! IT ALSO CAME WITH A YEAR AND HALF SUBSCRIPTION TO US WEEKLY! I didn’t even have to pay for anything! I though that was completely crazy because I know how expensive those tabloids are but I just started subscribing to Us Weekly when there was a Groupon or something for it…. Now mine will be extended for  1.5 years! Yayyy : ) Here are the boots I ordered:

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Can’t wait to see how they look in real life! : ) Also looking forward to receiving my October boxes, I got my Taste Trunk in the mail yesterday and it is FULL of goodies! Can’t wait to review it!

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Autumn Shopping

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What could be more positive and fantastic than shopping???

I wanted to make sure to stay full of good vibes, so I thought the best way to start off this fabulous month of October was to do some good shopping. Woooop!

FIRST OFF, to start my day off with awesomeness, I got this fabulous $20 gift certificate for RA Sushi (one of my fav places, sooo good!!!) because it’s my half birthday month! Thanks RA!! : )
(This also means that I need to go there ASAP, which brings me so much joy because I absolutely love everything they have on the menu!! Happy hour what whatttt!!)

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NEXT, I realized I had over 10,000 points on my AmEx account… which could only mean that I needed to get another “free” $100 Apple giftcard!! Yayy!! I’ve already gotten so many of these, I absolutely love that I can buy awesome apps for my iMac and of course so many songs in iTunes. I’m a few points shy of a $50 giftcard from my Visa too…. damn, I LOVE reward points! If you aren’t using yours or don’t have a card that offers them… GET ONE!!!

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On the online shopping front, I’ve had a cart going on F21 for the past couple of days and still haven’t added the last few items to reach the $50 mark (then it’s free shipping so of course I always feel like I HAVEEE to spend at least $50 haha). The main reason I wanted to buy anything there at all was because of this casual crazy messed up meow kitty cat dress — >

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…. I also added tons of jewelry to my bag too. Most of the items are under $4 so it’s easy to keep adding more to your bag, not realizing or even remembering the items I’ve been adding the whole time! Love surprise time!

And then there’s this little ol’ issue that I’ve been dealing with from JustFab… I hate that you have to cancel/decline the month within the first 5 days of the month, otherwise you are charged the $40 fee and basically can’t get your money back — however, the money counts as a credit towards 1 pair of shoes, so it’s not like you’re technically losing anything. Anyway, I’ve had this credit going on my account for 3 months now and still haven’t found a pair of shoes I’ve loved or really wanted/needed, but they just added some new styles and since it’s now boot season, I want a pair of some nice new boots for casual days at work and weekends. Here are some options…. hmmmm….

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And last, but certainly not least, I am lusting after this item right meow… the sterling silver beads, the beautiful blue heart, the way it will look fantastic on my wrist… I want it I want it! ; )

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PS: My impulsive need to shop also just made me add this, however, this is something that I have wanted and have been looking into for months and months now. The “subscription” type clothing service is called Golden Tote, and I learned all about it by reading reviews from My Subscription Addiction. She has one of my favorite websites and thanks to her I know about so many of the amazing boxes I get… ANYWAY, I am so excited to start this service! For either $49/month with 1-2 items or $149/month with 6-7 items (worth up to $600!!!!), you basically choose two of the items/clothing pieces (I am going to try the $149 option) and then they surprise you with the rest!

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You get to choose the first 2 items and I already want these 2 super bad so I am not ULTRA excited to see what else they surprise me with in my very first Golden Tote!!! : )

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Last Day of September (The Month from Hell)

Why does the world as I know it keep on bringing me down?
I do my best to hide it, but it keeps on bringing me down.
No matter how high I try to climb, I get pulled back down again.
Why does the world as I know it…. keep on bringing me down…. ?
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Ugghhhhh such a long month it has been. This song came on during my commute home from work this evening and I couldn’t help but just totally feel the words. This month I have had a total of 2 days off, otherwise working 7 days a week at both my full and part time jobs. I’m not complaining because I’m loving the money and need the new cash-flow, but even though things are looking up, it’s just been so hard for me to feel happy at my job on a day to day! Things/people are just SO DAMN ANNOYINGGGGG but I am trying to stay clam and think about all the super positive amazing things in my life, which I am going to do starting… NOW!!!!!!!!!!

Michael got his amazing new big-boy job so I am SO PROUD of him! This is something he’s been waiting a long time for and I am so happy he loves his position and he gets some great perks, aka he gets a FREE PARKING SPOT in the city of Chicago. That’s like, unheard of. Anyway, I am SO HAPPY for him!

October is starting tomorrow and that means more ghoulish decor in the house, along with themed black and orange everything! Yayyyy! This month I am also going to try SUPER HARD to actually post and review all my amazing boxes that I have been receiving to share with people my obsession that is subscription boxes 🙂 It’s a new month, and I have 2 WHOLE WEEKENDS and a SATURDAY off this month, which means that I will have some visitors whom I CANNOT wait to see, maybe some trips to the zoo, and for sure some fall shopping and dining out in the city!

ALL POSITIVITY FROM HERE ON OUT.

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1 -my 3 favorites ❤ // 2 -I crowned myself Queen Mary at work // 3 -been eatin more breckie // 4 -my lovely new planner

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1 -Dexypoo // 2 -casual days at work // 3 -segway tour!!! // 4 -burritos for breckie

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1 -what’s in the box???? // 2 -football season // 3 -my new Links piece // 4 -fall shoes ❤ //

HAPPY THOUGHTS, LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EXCELLENT OCTOBER ❤

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Brrrr, It’s Cold Over Here

Soooo it’s July 3rd in Chicago & it’s freezing outside. It was just pouring rain all day long, and it’ been cold for a couple days. What is going on!? Usually July is so hot and sticky it’s annoying, but this year mother nature decided to trick us all and just hop right to Fall! Crazay!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am sooooo happy and excited to announce that my terrible months of unemployment have come to an end. I am FINALLY employed and will be able to use my degree that I spent so much time and energy trying to earn. The coolest part of it all is that I’ll be working in the Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower! That tallest building in the nation! Woooooooop! I am so happy that after everything I went through and finally landing a part time job, all of it boiled down to me getting this extra amazing opportunity!  I can’t wait to go back to my normal shopping-fiend self!!!!!!!!!

JULY 2013

{I accidentally forgot to add this into my post yesterday, so 2 today for the July Photo A Day Challenge}

Day #2

Shoes

July 2 - shoes

…I used to think sandals like this were creepy and thought they looked weird, but now I want awesome summer sandals in every color! PS: Just got this adorable polka dot dress at Target! Love it!

Day #3

Cold

July 3 - cold

…We have basically been living on these things for the past several days when it was actually super hot out… Gotta love them freeze pops!

So tomorrow is the FOURTH OF JULY WOoOOOOOO WooOOOOO!!! Everyone knows how much I love AMURICAAAA so I am ecstatic that I get to wear red white and blue to work tomorrow! AMURICA!!!! THESE COLORS DON’T RUN!!! I’m actually about to go and paint my nails nice and festive for the 4th tomorrow!

PS: Little funny story: today is the day that I was super excited to make kale chips for the first time and after making a delicious spicy topping and attempting to cook them, I realized that it certainly was NOT kale, but dandelion. Yuuuuup. I laughed when I saw “dandelion” on our receipt thinking NOooooo I know I bought the kale… Wooooops. hahahaha

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This fabulous picture makes me laugh because it shows just far I go with my Amuricaness! I have shirts, clothes, headbands, phone case, jewelery, and the list goes on & on! LOVE ME SOME GOOD OL’ FOURTH OF JULY FUN!!!

Sig3

EW + a Little Shopping

Just a few quick tidbits from this week’s Entertainment Weekly, and then my fun new items I bought shopping this weekend. Haven’t really been shopping in a while, and I even stopped shopping online for almost a good 2 weeks. And for me, that’s crazy awesome because I usually purchase at least like, one Groupon a day and constantly checking out other sales and such online. Now that I had quit my job, however, things have changed & I’m trying to be more frugal (which really isn’t that hard for me because I already have so much, I don’t need anymore crap in our house!)………. but, there IS always room for more…. or so I tell myself :]

• Entertainment Weekly • March 1, 2013 • #1248

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EW 3/1/2013

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this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

can't wait to finally be able to see this!

can’t wait to finally be able to see this!

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

Aaaaaand now for the few things I got this weekend that make me smile :]

First, from Sephora:

4 piece flawless complexion set

4 piece flawless complexion set

comes with all this goodness!

comes with all this goodness!

retail: $30.00

retail: $30.00

LOVE benefit's packaging, always.

LOVE benefit’s packaging, always.

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the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

retail: $19.00

retail: $19.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

Next, from Payless Shoes: I just had to get these for a couple reasons. A) I just threw away my shorter heeled, pointy toed black pair of shoes the other day with the intention of buying a new pair, B) not only were these on sale, but they were from Payless, so they were cheap and I thought I would be paying a lot more for a pair, C) everybody needs a favorite pair of black heels that can go with just about everything and now I found my favorite ones :]

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75" heel

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75″ heel

And finally, from Marshall’s: I needed new special color treated shampoo & conditioner, so these were perfect! Half price & I love the packaging! The brush was needed as well because I have been using the same brush that is in 2 pieces that I constantly have to glue back together…. for the past 4 years! The beautiful blue color of this new brush didn’t hurt either :]

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

it was only $5!!!

it was only $5!!!

All in all I got some awesome deals & can’t wait to start using the awesome Benefit makeup set :]
Shopping always makes me so happpppppyyyyyy!!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse