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I Finally Bought an Erin Condren Life Planner


I love my Erin Condren 2014-2015 Life Planner. I am trying to become more organized this year and into the next, and this is a start. There are so many pages for me to write down different dates, and it comes with stickers!!!! The covers are interchangeable, so you can buy one for each of your moods, seasons, or holidays.

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I Shot My First Fashion Film For Lexis-Style!!!

Lexis-Style

Lexis-Style

Over the weekend, I did something I never thought I would ever do. I have always dreamed of shooting a fashion film, but I never had the opportunity to do so. One of my friends asked me to shoot her styling videos for her. She is going by Lexis-Style, so be sure to check her out. I love the outfits she wears to school everyday. She really lets her personality shine through her outfits. Follow her here. I have to thank her for this experience because it was fun and challenging. Moving from location to location. Shooting guerrilla style in the streets. I loved it! I can’t wait to do it again. Photo from here. View the short and long versions below.
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Blogger Launches Joanie Totes for TTP Awareness

Joanie Totes

Joanie Totes

Family friend and friend to the blog, Staci Rutherford of the Handbag Report just launched Joanie Totes for TTP Awareness in honor of her mother who passed away from the disease last year. TTP, or Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, is a disease that is strange and unknown. I myself didn’t know much about it until last year when her mother got ill. The fact that not much is known about this devastating disease is very scary.

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Happy 5th Birthday The Fat and Skinny on Fashion!

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blog birthdayHappy 5th Birthday The Fat and Skinny on Fashion! I am so proud of what you have become. I started this blog as a graduate school project 5 years ago today. I still can’t believe I have stuck with it. This blog has helped me graduate from graduate school, meet new people, and learn new skills. I am a computer whiz now!

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How The Noshery Got My Dad To Eat Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts with onions

Brussels sprouts with onions

So I decided to make some Brussels Sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner, and they were so good my dad wanted me to make them again. He doesn’t even eat Brussels sprouts! I usually cook my sprouts a little differently than I did on Thanksgiving, but I am glad I made a change. I was shocked how everybody that came over to the house for dinner were eating them. Most people don’t like Brussels sprouts. I loved them as a child, then hated them, and now I’m back to my one true lurve!
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My Natural Hair Journey – One Year Without A Relaxer

My Natural Hair Journey

My Natural Hair Journey

 

I just have to share my natural hair journey with you. I can’t believe that this weekend marked one whole year without a relaxer. My last relaxer was on November, 15th 2012. Crazy to think about it. This is my second time going natural, and I am really committed to it. Transitioning to natural hair hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. To be quite honest, I had heard all of these horror stories. I thought I was going to have the hardest time combing my hair and taking care of it, but I haven’t. Praise the lord! Clearly I’m doing something right.

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Five Festive Holiday Food Apps

five festive holiday food apps

five festive holiday food apps

Here are five festive holiday food apps to get your holiday meal planning underway. Actually you can use most of these apps year-round, but this is a season of baking and cooking. I have been baking something or another almost every week for the past few weeks now. Baking and cooking are super fun to me. I’m already trying to figure out what I am going to make next week. These food apps are great for helping you bake cute little fall treats or plan dinner and snacks for those intimate family gatherings. With Hanukkah coming early and Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the time to plan out all the sweet and savory items that make you go “Yummy yum yum! Photo from here.

 

Five Festive Holiday Food Apps:

  1. BigOven is great because it has a couple hundred thousand recipes that you can search through with vivid images. I love the food apps with great pictures.  BigOven also has a menu planner and a grocery list. This app is available on the Apple and Android systems, and it is free.
  2. How To Cook Everything by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and based on his bestselling cookbook is a treasure trove of menus. While you do have to pay for the app, it makes up for it with a shopping lists, favorite recipes list, and the option to share recipes among friends and family. This is one of the best food apps for both beginners and experienced foodies. Not bad for $4.99. It is only available on the Apple App Store, and it looks great on my iPad.
  3. Allrecipes.com has several apps available like their DinnerSpinner – which my friend Jesika loves- and their Your Kitchen Inpsiration app-which I love. With five different apps for  Apple, Android, Kindle, and Windows, it is super easy to get your cook, bake, and eat on this holiday season.
  4. Pinterest is the one app that I keep going back to on my Android phone,  iPad tablet, and Macbook, because it has oodles and oodles of recipes. I can find recipes for baking on there. I can find recipes for jolly cocktails or look for food recipes by holiday or time of day. The fact that I can easily organize them by board or send them to friends. I love the sharing feature. My hair dresser and I share pins all day every single day.
  5. Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving app is only available in the Apple App Store, but it is free. I wish my Android sisters could see this app in all of its glory because it is really great. You can look through tasty recipes, use the already planned menus, customize your own menu, look at foodie and cocktail tip guides, use the timer to manage your Thanksgiving planning/cooking more wisely, and watch informative videos. Whoo!! Popped a pie in the oven I’m sweatin’!! That’s a lot of good stuff.

Hopefully all of these apps help you get your grub on this holiday season. Now I’m off to plan my next big meal.

 

I Finally Went to Motor Supply Company’s Make Your Own Bacon Workshop

motor supply company make your own bacon workshop

I’ve wanted to go to the see what Motor Supply Company’s  Make Your Own Bacon Workshop or the awesomely titled #baconrumpus was about for so long. I missed the event so many times I thought that I would never get there, or they would cancel it before I could find time in my schedule to go. A lot of people myself included say that there is nothing to do in Columbia. For the most part, this is true…but things are changing. When in the last decade have you heard of a make your own bacon event with complimentary cocktails and appetizers in Columbia?

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Feeling Accomplished-How I Learned To Sew

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pjs

I’ve been feeling accomplished lately, so so very accomplished lately. I have to tell you all the story of my sewing dilemmas, and how I finally got it right. I have been trying to learn how to sew just about all of my life. I have been breaking machines and wasting material on fruitless projects and futile dreams, but now that it all in the past. You all know my mantra, “It’s my time and I’m ready for the next step.” Well it is true.

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Facing Rejection

facing rejection

facing rejection

I have a love/hate relationship with facing rejection. Like most people I hate rejection, but unlike some people I love it a little bit too. Rejection can be hard to take and digest. It can hurt you and leave you confused. There are so many times that I’ve sent in a request for something or a pitch to a website for an article and then get turned super down. The waiting part can be just as nerve racking as the rejection itself. The feeling my nerves get from just the thought of rejection can be like sitting on a small boat on a stormy sea. When it starts to happen more and more frequently, you begin to forget about all those times in between the rejections that you actually got accepted or a great and mighty YES!

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Do I Need To Downsize My Life?

downsize my life

downsize my life

So I am sitting here at what is basically 2am in the morning trying to figure out how to downsize my life. I try to keep a clean rooms clean. I try to put things back in their place and not let things pile up on me, but here I am feeling like I am overcrowded and the walls are caving in.

My room looks a mess, and no matter how much I clean the mess comes back the next day. Now I am looking at the Phillip Lim for Target bag that I own that looks just like the Celine bag in the photo. It is so small and I want to carry it, but I haven’t yet because I had carried huge bags for years. I am tired of carrying huge bags though.

I’m currently perusing Target’s website to find the smallest wallet I can find. I feel like buying a tiny or at least a smaller one will force me to start carrying a smaller bag, which will in turn help me downsize my life. Since I am moving at the end of this year, I feel like now is the time to plan my apartment with a minimalist point of view. Even though I have kitchen supplies already boxed up waiting for the day I move, I really am going to try and get back to my clean and minimalist living style.

I am starting with baby steps to get my life back on track. What are you doing to downsize your life? Photo found here.

Ignoring the Skeptics

Bob van Aubel

 

Bob van Aubel

So now that I am on this new life journey I have started encountering the skeptics. Now I am also ignoring those skeptics, but it is so hard to do when you are constantly hearing doubt in people’s voice and seeing doubt in their faces. Then they want to question your life. Hey look! I don’t have it all figured out. Clearly I don’t, but I’m trying to make moves and make it right.

The skeptics also get on my nerves because they have a way of trying to show their skepticism in subtle ways that are actually not so subtle. URGHGHGH!!! I hate that! It is so hard to ignore that skeptics, but that is really what I am trying to do. I just keep telling myself my new mantra, “It is my time, and I am ready for the next step!” It keeps me from feeling doubt and helps me to move on with my day. It is really hard, but I seem to be doing a better job than I thought I would. What are you ding to ignore the skeptics?

Photo by Bob van Aubel at Unsplash.com

Is Fashion Racist?

Is Fashion Racist

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Is fashion racist? Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell seem to think so, and I do too.  Fashion people are always trying to say that it is about aesthtics or that this season’s collection needs a certain look. That is complete and utter bullshit, and they know it! Choosing not to use a black girl for looks is a hot mess! Everyone blames everyone, but every single person is to blame. I blame the casting directors, the editors, the model scouts, the designers. They have the opportunity to hire great models from all colors, yet they don’t.

I remember being left in tears after a person in fashion told me to forget about racism in the industry. They shouted me down, and made me feel horrible. He told me that even though he had experienced racism, I should should ignore it and move on.  They fact that he could openly admit to being the victim of racism and not see the need to fight still boggles my mind.

I have no idea what can be done to fight the deep seated ignorance in the industry. I feel like the most important people don’t care enough and see the efforts of Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell as a huge nuisance. They statements they issued these past few days after Hardison sent out her letter demanding action shows me that they really just don’t give a hoot. It isn’t surprising, but it is still very sad. Even though she lists designers by name, I feel like nothing will get done. What do you all make of all this?