Puttin’ Gift Cards to Use

I worked up quite an appetite running errands, making returns and shopping (Thank goodness for Christmas gift cards)! 

I hit up Prime Outlets, an awesome array of outlets less than 20 minutes away from my apartment. 

The Goods


I left with: 

  • Short-sleeved turtleneck sweater from Banana Republic ($15!!)
  • Coral dress from J.Crew
  • Yellow sports bra (Nike Outlet)
  • Black Nike Dri-fit work out top

When you go shopping, what are you most likely to leave with?  

A.) Workout clothes B.) Casual clothes C.) Work attire D.) Dressy clothes 

I am a sucker for workout clothes. One time I counted all of my sports bras and it was embarrassing how many I had. Still, I always feel the need to buy more (Exibit A: The yellow sports bra I bought today). 


Since the free samples I munched on at le gourmet chef didn’t hold me over for too long, I was starving by the time I got home. 

I threw together a quick lunch because I had a puppy waiting on me for a walk in the beautiful Florida weather. 

I grabbed a crumbled box of MorningStar farms Italian Herb Chik Patties out of the freezer and microwaved one to enjoy in a bowl of veggies (broccoli + asparagus) with Emeril’s roasted gaaahlic pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese. 

MorningStar Italian Herb Chik Patties


Fortunately I had roasted asparagus and steamed broccoli leftover from yesterday’s lunch, so everything came together in a flash. 

Sauce Me, Puh-Lease


Ahh, That's Better



I was still a lil’ hungry, so I grabbed a handful of Emerald cocoa roast almonds to munch on during the beginning of my walk with Sadie. 

I took little Miss Sadie on a 40 minute walk, which involved navigating our way through the Farmer’s Market near our apartment. It seemed like everyone and their dog (literally) was there today. The 72 degree weather makes everyone wanna play outside, I guess! 

I’m off to see if Plato’s Closet will gimme some money for some of my nicer old clothes before taking a big load of clothing and books to Goodwill. After that: Dog park and dinner! 🙂

Bridesmaid Dress Unsuccess

After visiting two different bridal boutiques with my friend Laurel, we came up a little short on the bridesmaid dress front.

Pretty Dresses

The first boutique carried a bunch of Vera Wang dresses that were gorgeous (Hello $13,000 price tag!). Since I already have a dress and didn’t feel like selling my car to buy a different one, we bypassed the bridal gowns and headed toward the bridesmaid dresses. 

We specifically went to the first store to see the Liz Fields dresses I loved online (and posted about here).

Unfortunately they didn’t have two of the three dresses I wanted to see, but they did have the halter dress and Laurel slipped into it within 15 minutes of our arrival.

Halter Dress

Note: This print is AWFUL and I would never put my bridesmaids in Hawaiian print dresses. As I said before, they will all be wearing champagne dresses on the big day.

Terrible print aside, this dress just didn’t cut it. Laurel was a great model, but the dress itself felt really cheap. The material was very thin and it honestly seemed like a dress you could buy at Forever 21 for $19.99. Needless to say, this dress is no longer in the running. 🙂

We hopped in my car and headed to our second boutique where we had much better luck.

I really loved a one-shoulder dress, but think it’s a bit over the price range I’m hoping to stay within for my bridesmaids.

Cute Dress

I think Laurel’s boyfriend needs to plan a hot date so she can wear this dress out because it looked great on her!


After dress shopping, I dropped Laurel off at her apartment and swung by Starbucks for a cappuccino before heading home to take Sadie out so our landlord could show our apartment to potential tenants.


(I ❤ Starbucks gift cards! Thank you to my Aunt Laurie for this lil’ treat!)

First Timer

About an hour later I headed out to Marshall’s for some shopping that I definitely didn’t need to do, but wanted to do anyway. 🙂

You should all know that I succumbed to a trend today: the running skirt.

Pink Nike Running Skirt

White Nike Running Skirt

I ended up buying the white Nike running skirt because the pink one was a little big and I didn’t want it fallin’ down and my hiney hangin’ out as I run. Good reason, no?

I also purchased a banana bread Larabar at Marshall’s for $.70 which I promptly devoured in the car on my way home. Sch-weet!

Banana Bread Larabar

I think I’m the only one not on the whole “I love Larabars” kick because I haven’t found a flavor that I thought was suuuuper delicious yet. This one was definitely the best flavor I’ve tried so far though and I would buy it again if I found it on sale for $.70. 😉

One Last Thing

I totally forgot to post this picture last night, but it made me smile reeeeal big.

My mom is the cutest and for our dinner party with Ryan’s family she had place settings out for everyone with name tags. She even had one set for Sadie which I thought was hysterical and so adorable. 🙂

Sadie's Place Setting

The Beast

Hope you’re all enjoying the last of the weekend.

I’m off to the grocery store with Ryan to battle the Sunday crowd. Watch out!