February 27, 2009

And we're back!

I promise to make my sincerest apologies and lots of excuses later. It's been way too long, lovelies, and I'm absolutely dying to hear what you've been up to. I haven't been blogging, I haven't been reading; I'm totally removed from what's going on with y'all!

Expect details tonight and a back-to-Anne schedule starting tomorrow. :) I'm sure everyone can survive without me, but I miss our chats!!

To jump start things, I have to tell you that I dread formal photos. The only photographs I've ever truly loved of myself were from my wedding day. And how can anyone be that happy and not look great?

That being said, it's unfathomable to me how much pressure I'd feel if I were taking a portrait the world would be looking at for centuries to come. Take a peek below and see what you think.



Double-stranded pearls, a simple black dress, evidence of push-ups by the thousands. What I see is timeless.

There is an argument that the bare arms might not be entirely appropriate for a portrait this formal, but if I had those arms I'd be waving them all over America year-round. Perhaps a well-draped pashmina could have done the trick?

Can't wait to hear your thoughts! I don't talk politics, but I do love fashion - so get to chatting!!

So happy to be back,
A.

February 11, 2009

Choose Joy

I saw this earlier today and it spoke to me at just the right moment. It says "God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him. Choose joy." I love it!

February 8, 2009

My Dream Spring Wardrobe



Just because I'm not clicking "buy" doesn't mean I've stopped browsing!

So far, so good...

You may know by now that I am very anti-New Year's resolutions. While I adore the idea of a clean slate, a fresh start and a reason to get motivated, I hate the "let's overhaul everything immediately" urgency that seems to come with the territory.

That being said, B and I have made a very conscientious effort to step up our game in terms of exercising, recognizing the genius of the Food Pyramid, sleeping plenty (never my problem, of course) and staying hydrated as much as possible.

My trick? A cute bright blue water bottle that holds 32 ounces. Two those per work day and I'm set! I bribe myself by figuratively dangling a Diet Coke at the bottom of that good morning bottle of H2O. I'll do anything for that bubbly goodness...including downing a whole bunch of water first!

So in the name of accountability, and the hope that public shaming and/or support will keep me moving in the right direction, here's what's going well - and could use a bit of stepping up.

Yay:
*I'm drinking lots o' water.
*I'm getting plenty of sleep. (It's probably not fair to list this, as it's hardly ever NOT the case.)
*I'm taking a fabulous new weight lifting class on a regular basis.
*I'm cooking more, steaming vegetables and buying lots of fresh foods.
*We signed up for Mint.com and my days of shopping online willy-nilly (stupid click click clicking - feels so easy!) are over. Lots more thought is going into it. Not entirely my choice, but the computer doesn't lie!


Eh:
*As a cheese-hater, I need to make eating yogurt a habit. Every day. It's in the fridge for good reason, self. Let's get to grabbing it!
*Bradley and I are supposed to be running a 5k the first Saturday in March. (There's also a 10k option but I'm not going to push my luck.) While I've been lifting regularly, I've been avoiding the treadmill and need to do some cardio several times a week.
*My housekeeping skills are becoming a bit questionable. While the sheets are always clean and nothing's ever moldy by any means, I need to make a habit of sweeping, Swiffering and wiping things down more regularly. Blech, I hate cleaning.

Did you have any New Year's (non-)resolutions? How are they going?

February 1, 2009

Lilly P stationery giveaway!!


Okay, y'all. Calm yourselves. If you love the art of letter-writing, collecting fun Lilly patterns and getting things for free, you need to scoot on over to Misadventures of a Newlywed right away. She's giving away a set of the stationery listed above and you should definitely put your name in the hat!

I love the Patchtastic pattern on the left, but the Lillywood design at right is also adorable. Can't wait to start sending these pretty papers off to y'all in the mail... (When I buy a set, that is. Y'all know I never win anything but talk-offs!)

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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