Saturday, January 24, 2015

weekend shopping :: steals + deals

:: weekend  lusts :: 
first c. wonder announces they are closing shop and now piperlime.
I am seriously so devastated about Piperlime.  They are my #1 favorite online site to shop.  ughhhh. 

some lusts for the weekend…. 
// floral pencil skirt //  floral dress // embellished flats // 

this is not a steal. or a deal.
but Why GOD Why!!!! 
// floral dress //
ughhhhh I just know it would fit like a dreammmmm. 

Gap is offering $50 off a purchase of $100+ today only! Use code 24HR online! 
// colorblock sweater // trench coat (also in navy!) // striped dress //

and some random little picks : 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

coffee talk

discuss amongst ya-selves…..

:: The Bachelor :: 
I for one totally appreciated Jimmy Kimmel's jokes about polygamy, sex with everyone and this television show.  Still completely clueless as to why ABC thought this was a good idea, especially because we heard Chris's less than masculine laugh 97 times, but I loved it. 

ONE ON ONE DATE : Kaitlyn at Costco.

Kaitlyn could NOT be less excited about Costco as their date. 
 um, I would be THRILLED.  Do you know how much a Costco runs cost? Of course you don't! You are like 18 years old; you don't grocery shop! AND they probably used your professional Bachelor headshot on your Costco card for you so you look amazing……. everyone else walks into Costco looking like its their first time seeing daylight after a night of binge drinking and late night mexican and they couldn't find a hairbrush, thought their makeup from the night before still looked decent enough, and a puffy coat would cover their jammies ……. 

…….oh wait….. thats just me? oh. 

Chris is a moron. or a man with a penis.  Same thing. 
 because here is his response to the day date at Costco: "I don't know a girl that could handle this date with such class!"

Group Date: Milking animals and making people drink the goats milk and all kinds of stupid stuff. 

"it tasted salty and warm…..not something I want in my mouth" 
is REPULSIVE.  Your mothers should slap you, ABC Producers. GEEZ. 
Lock it up!

Kale's Mom on group date : "Wait remember when we kissed ? Why are you kissing everyone else?"
Good Lord, Go back to the play group Kale's Mom!!   
All Kale's Mom does is follow around the Promiscuous-Virgin with the hideous Princess Belly Ring. 
Seriously…. it's all she does. She had got to be 16. I think she lied on her Bachelor application. 
and as MTV has shown us, 16 year olds CAN have babies. 
 I'm crying foul - she's totally a teen. 


only positive from group date : the chiropractor assistant, Becca, is adorable.
I miss seeing crazy pants this episode.
oh BUT WAIT.  chris OF COURSE gave her a rose so we'll have her back for next week.

I really love the fertility nurse girl.  She is cute and sweet and nice and normal and way too much personality for boring Prince Farming.  She seems to be one of the only good girls on here, so we will pretend her voice is TOTALLY FINE.  What voice? I didn't even notice. Totally fine. 

Favorite line of the night :: Promiscuous-VIrgin crying to Kale's mom when Chris Harrison says there will be no cocktail party before the rose ceremony 
"WHAT????!!! I  was so excited to do my Kardashian look tonight!!!?? And Now!?? Ugh…."  
She is seriously DE-VA-STATED. 
Ya hear that Chris ? Your perfect farmer dream girl!!!! 
annnnnnnnd of course there's a rose for Promiscuous-Virgin-Belly-Button-Girl.

oh, and for those that don't watch that are still reading and wondering,
they blurred the cross fit girls nether regions this entire episode AGAIN. (inset emoji of monkey covering its eyes with its hands) 
 I did not laugh and shriek at all when they blurred it out whilst she jumped over a fence.  I did not.  Because this is awful that they are doing this to her on national TV.  so I swear….. I didn't laugh and rewind.  Nope. 

:: RHOBH :: 
WOAH.  things are getting REAL on RHOBH
but first….. check out 18 (gifs) Reasons Lisa Rinna Is The Best Part of RHOBH on buzzfeed
because, well, she is. and you know it. 
This week, before kim goes a little bonkers, 
they all go wine tasting with kim.  because clearly thats what friends do with their friends that are addicts. 

not cool girls. not cool.  just planning a whole afternoon of wine tasting with even a pregnant woman would be cruel and unusual punishment, but for a recovering addict? ummmmm yeah. nice one ladies. 

so THEN the episode proceeds to show Kim out of her mind whack a doodle, clearly on something in the car with Lisa Rinna…. bless her Heart, Lisa tries to handle it as best she can when inside she is thinking what we all are
it was…. uh….. an interesting ride. 
as in….. the old Kim was back…. 
the old Kim we all missed but we can't say that because we want a healthy sober Kim but lets be honest Kim is boring as hell and has no story line except for when she is crazy off her rocker I love Turtles lushable Kim. 
no but seriously…. her ex-husband apparently gave her pain killers/pills and she took them before the poker party.
Kimmmmmmmmm. noooooo. it was painful to watch.  and INFURIATING to watch BRANDI of all people sit there and act like she is totes there for Kim and knows what she's going through.
really? are you a recovering addict whose dying ex husband is living with her?
Brandi, being a bad drunk who drinks like a fish and insists its totally normal is not the same thing as a recovering addict but nice try. 
in between being all bitchy and acting like she is Kim's AA advocate,  Brandi makes inappropriately sexual comments about eileens husband.  Eileen has got to be so DONE with this group. at least Brandi.  I don't know how she restrains herself around her. 
Im recapping way too much right now and annoying myself. 
SO kim tries to leave and kyle is asking to talk to her and Brandi puts herself in between the two of them and shoves 5 foot nothing Kyle.  
hey brandi - you don't step in between two sisters. ya just don't.  
add this to the list of 19 zillion things brandi needs to learn. 
but lets focus on the important things : 
the saddest thing about all of this is that because of Brandi shoving Kyle, THE PIZZA FLIES ONTO THE FLOOR. 
I saw the pizza flying in slow-motion, I swear, and my face was saying "NOOOOOO!!! The recovery car ride home treats are the best part!!!"
if I were Kim I would have gotten in the car to leave and been like "THE REAL TRAVESTY HERE IS THE FACT THAT I NO LONGER HAVE PIZZA PEOPLE! SCREW YOU!"  

anyways I want to make way more comments about this but I am torn between rock and hard place about jokes and mocking sobriety.
but lets be honest, the only fun thing sober kim has done on camera was make that damn chicken salad on prom night.
pah-reah you know you were DYING watching her make that chicken salad. 
but BRANDI NEEDS TO GO.  I am real, real sick of her.
(I hope you're listening My Boyfriend Andy Cohen!) 

speaking of Brandi, are any of you watching Celebrity Apprentice?

that man is the most obnoxious thing I've ever seen and he is absolutely insane.  and damn he and half these people are so egotistical. 

second runner up : clearly Kate.  who wants to ever see that face and hear her voice? who? WHO?????? 

:: vanderpump rules :: 
I can't wrap my finger around it, but I just don't have enough energy to bitch about this show.  Because every scene I have something to bitch about.  So I'll pick my favorite, which is technically from last week in Miami on the Bach Weekend. 
Jason Cauchi
Jax Taylor totally hooked up with that guy in miami when he lived with him when he was  young and starting out in modeling and the whole thing is so painful to watch.
on WWHL, my boyfriend Andy Cohen polled the audience and 96% said that YES Jax hooked up with him. 

my favorite line :
old model agent guy about naked photo of jax : 
 "oh yeah…. I think I still have that print hanging in my apartment?? "
Oh….. Yeah….Maybe???? 
 I just FORGOT about a HUGE NAKED PHOTO of someone hanging in my place until just now, he says nonchalantly.

:: jackhole of the week :: 
 for trying to google to use that picture that is hanging on the model agents wall in this post.
just because they showed it 97 times on the show does NOT mean that will be what comes up in the search bar.  no sir. 

as always, ignore my own blatant grammatical errors whilst I make fun of others poor grammar during coffee talk on a weekly basis.  
#hypocrite  #sorryimnotsorry
I write these posts late at night while simultaneously watching Bravo, taking snapchats of my snoring husband, and making to do lists of everything I was supposed to do and didn't do that day and likely won't do the next day either.  or the day after that.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I like the way you work it.

a lot of you asked for some posts about fitness shtuff in the survey,
and I'm happy to oblige because I love reading health + fitness websites/pinterest links and seeing what workout stuff works from other people.
I think we all can agree with the statement above. 
Ugh, but life sucks and unfortunately chewing doesn't burn as many cals as it needs to. 

Today I really only want to share the one and only thing that works for me above everything else
 and the one thing I am DAMN GOOD at. 
I promise I am talking about working out here people. 
About 5 years ago is when I "fell in love" with working out.
The thing is…. I don't love working out at all…. but I somehow think that I do, my family thinks I do, and my friends think I do. 

here's the trick: I started working out and watching my shows on DVR.
 and bam, a workout lover was born.
see…. Im not as dumb as I look…. or sound…. or act…… 
 I watch my shows from the night before, or wait at least 20 minutes into a show airing before hitting play.
Yes, I am that lazy that I lose all motivation if I have to sit through the commercials…. I'll convince myself Im tired and stop.  That is in no way surprising to you all Im sure.
Anyways….. I now associate working out as one of my favorite things and my me time and what I look forward to because I obviously am ALWAYS looking forward to watching what I have saved on my DVR.  If you have time for TV, you have time to workout.  I combine them so that I have no choice in the matter and I love it.

Even if its only laying on the floor and doing abs, do it.  For 10 minutes while I watch TV and laugh my head off at my boyfriend Andy Cohen, I do it.  I will always make time for TV, so I always make time to work out.  Very rarely do I skip two days in a row of doing at least SOMETHING.  Even if my plan is just 15 minutes, if the show keeps going, I usually do too.  And an hour long program once you fast forward through commercials is 45 minutes, so its the perfect amount of time if you are able to

Do I want to go for a run? 
Um, am I being chased?? Hell No!? 
Do I want to go to the gym and have people stare and judge while I do my thang? Uh. No.
For me, gyms are unnecessary.  I use my laptop for almost everything.  I set it up on the floor, grab a yoga mat, a couple hand weights. and MY BFF MY REMOTE CONTROL.  YouTube is all you need for incredible + free workouts (and I pay for Tracy Anderson DVDs at times, but if you search on YouTube you can find pretty much everything she hason there.  Whenever I link to my favorite workouts in posts they get taken down by YouTube, so just get on there and search and trust me you'll find awesome stuff.  Also, Tone It Up's workouts are a favorite). 

so….. the things I am not good at : the eating.  but we'll discuss that another week because right now I'm all high on talking about TV and stuff.  
the best things for disguising the eating and feeling good when working out? 
cute workout clothes. 
everyone has STRONG opinions about Lululemon, and for the most part, I agree with all of them.  But I have a firm stance that TWO items and only TWO need to be purhcased : a pair of black leggings or pants, and a long sleeve top or hoodie or zippie.  One for the top and one for the bottom.
I have worn the same pair of their pants for OVER FIVE YEARS, MULTIPLE TIMES PER WEEK, EVERY WEEK and they are still PERFECT.  its the only pair of pants I have from them because theres no need for a new pair STILL.  (well…. my husband would say otherwise, but what does he know?! he wears the same gingham button down 97 times in a row and I don't make a peep).  I hate the price too, but good lord I have never in my life loved an article of clothing more, worn it more, or had it last as long.  
and the hoodies or long sleeve tops….. you'll live in them.
for everything else : go cheap.  I go to Marshalls or TJMaxx theres always TONS of stuff to choose from (especially cute sports bras). 

my favorite zippies are below. 
one of my best friends was wearing the last one the last time I saw her and let me tell ya something, for under $100 I am sprinting to find that thing and buy it and live in it for the next 10 years of my life.  
I am totally "bitch stealing her look" and buying the one below that my friend has.
the time has come……. I've lasted 3 years without buying one (the one I live in was a gift) and dammit I deserve it! 

also, h&m has really, really cute and crazy inexpensive adorable workout clothes to motivate ya.  like this tank for $9. 95!!! 

// h&m tank //

anyways, the worlds greatest workout friend : your TV.
some of you may be thinking this is the stupidest thing to ever read, but don't knock it til you try it.  the next episode of WWHL or Real Housewives, lay on the floor do a 20 minute workout video and when your done you'll think it was the easiest thing you ever did. AND its free. soooooooo YEAH. 
and everyone knows working out is only, like, 15 or 20% of the battle and eating is the other 80%…… soooooo I'm screwed on the 80 but I'm KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES with the rest.  its the little things, people. 
and if you need motivation, do what every trainer tells you NOT to do that I do all the time?  use food as motivation. 
I'll do anything for fries.  even workout. 

what are your favorite workouts??!! what are your tricks??!! 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

healthy crack of the week :: skinnytaste slow cooker soups

AsI said yesterday, I have been loving my Skinnytaste cookbook. 
Today, I'll be sharing TWO soup recipes that we made in the last week! 
p.s. yes. these are both mexican themed soups.
we have a bit of a mexican obsession in this household :) it can't be stopped. 
The Santa Fe Chicken could not have been easier to make.
I made it when I had been awake for all of 3 minutes, and other than dropping an entire can of chicken broth on the floor, and then spilling the can of black beans, it took mere minutes.
…. clean up took a bit longer…. and black beans went down the sleeves of my all white fuzzy robe…. it was HIGH-larious except that it was not. 
it tasted even better the next day on top of brown rice (some of the liquid had evaporated so it was the perfect fix). 

this photo was from the next days leftovers, so some of the liquid had evaporated :)
I served it over brown rice and topped it with some cheese and scallions. 

Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken 
recipe from Skinnytaste


24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
15 oz can black beans, reduced sodium 
2 cups frozen corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
3 scallions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
salt to taste
    Combine chicken broth, beans (drained), corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock potSeasonchicken breast with salt and lay on top.  

    Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, removechicken and shredReturn chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

    Calorie information : 
    Servings: 8 servings  Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts  Points+: 4 pts

    Calories: 190 • Fat: 1.5 g • Fiber: 5.6 g • Carbs: 23.1 g • Protein: 21 g

    Next up ::  Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
    The Chicken Enchilada Soup was a wonderful healthy soup, that was fine without all the delicious toppings when I had it for lunch at work.  However, it's 10x better for dinner once we added some cheese, scallions, diced avocado and a big dollop of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (I promise in this dish it tastes just like sour cream, and for making creamy and rich it was a delicious necessity!) 

    Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup 
    recipe via skinnytaste 


    2 tsp olive oil
    1/2 cup onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 cups low sodium fat-free chicken broth
    8 oz can tomato sauce
    1-2 tsp chipotle chili in adobo sauce (or more to taste)
    1/4 cup chopped cilantro (plus more for garnish)
     15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
    14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
    2 cups frozen corn
    1 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp dried oregano
    2 8 oz skinless chicken breasts (16 oz total)
    1/4 cup chopped scallions, for topping
    3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
    fat free sour cream (optional) I use 0% Plain Greek Yogurt 


    Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, 3-4 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth, tomato sauce and chipotle adobo sauce and bring to a boil. Add cilantro and remove from heat. Pour into crock pot.
    To the crockpot, add drained beans, diced tomatoes, corn, cumin, oregano and stir.Add the chicken breasts; cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.

    Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Add chicken back into the soup, adjust salt and cumin to taste. Serve in bowls and top with fat free sour cream, cheese, scallions and cilantro. You can also top with avocado or crushed tortilla chips. Enjoy!

    Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups + cheese • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts

    Calories: 260.9 • Fat: 6.6 g • Protein: 25.4 g • Carb: 29.9 g • Fiber: 6.7 g • Sugar: 4.1 g

    Sodium: 572 mg (without salt)

    what are some of your favorite healthy blogs or cookbooks? I'd love to know some of your favorite recipes to try out! 

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    Monday, January 19, 2015

    weekend things + monogram monday

    hope you all had a great weekend!! 

    kevin harts SNL episode was one of the best so far this season (so many this season have been so, so bad).  I love me some SNL.
    as always, kate mckinnon KILLS IT as beiber. 
      I adore her. 

    the skinny taste cookbook has been on heavy rotation for the past week. I've never made so many recipes from a cookbook so quickly (probably because Im usually cooking from my BFF Ina's cookbooks and don't let myself make recipe after recipe from there or else our waistlines will suffer). 
    don't tell ina I just said that, it is a sin. 
    there are so many recipes earmarked that I need to get to!
    so far I've made two tasty slow cooker meals, and we also made skinny sweet potato fries and cauliflower mashed potatoes with our steaks last night for dinner! 
    recipes to come this week or next! 

    weekend outfits : 
    dinner at one of our favorite casual italian spots, Frasca
    I decided wine will be part of all of my outfit posts since it is the most important :) 
    this one was Chloe Pinot Grigio in the cutest bottle ever that a friend brought over with dinner this week and I loved it! 

     Frasca is in Lakeview and is one of our absolute favorite places.  We love parking up at the bar, having some drinks and some yummy food.
    Kip always gets calamari, but we also tried the Goat Cheese Fonduate and it was incredible.
    Their pizzas are always to die for. we had their special for the night, a brussel sprouts pizza with bacon. um. no explanation needed. 

    Saturday night we went out for the KU basketball game with friends
    wait, wheres my wine?
    oh phew here it is. 
    I love, love this nordstrom pleione blouse (great price and so comfy!)
    it comes in solids and other prints as well, this pink version being my favorite
    and it looks great when you get home from the bar and are digging through the pantry for treats with your husband ….. whoops. 

    Sunday, I watched Parenthood all day, 
    while some soup cooked up in the slow cooker for the week.
    don't worry.  I diversified with an episode of Project Runway All Stars, two trashy magazines, and a couple chapters from Liane Moriarty The Last Anniversary.
    oh. and lots and lots of Pinterest. 

    Netflix is SO judgey.  ugh,RUDE. know your audience, Netflix! (image via my instagram account
     Oh, and I can't forget to share Sundays (all day long) sexy ensemble.
    I mean….. my husband is. so. damn. lucky.  

    a monogrammed favorite for the week:
    my tory burch sandals with initials to personalize them. 
    they arrived the day that we left for the caymans, so sadly i want unable to wear them, and since I live in freezing cold chicago, I won't be wearing them for quite some time. 
    how cute is the shoe bag they came with!? I'm like the child that likes the box better than the gift inside of it. 
    I have a total white-girl-first-world-problem question, so prepare to laugh your head off.
    I keep looking at them thinking "wait, are people going to think my shoes are trying to spell Tory, for Tory Burch, when they see these, or think its my initials"
    and then my second thought is "ew… i have really ugly feet so I hope people don't look at my feet long enough to realize there are even letters on there!"
    but then I'm like "WAITTTTT but I WANT them to look long enough to be thinking "oh my gosh so cute she has her initials on her shoes'"
    and then the vicious cycle continues.  
    when your feeling crazy at some point today, just think about me and feel better about yourself. 

    I can't tell if I want to switch them out for the red color, but that is the beauty of nordstrom - I can wait an eternity and decide when I feel like it. 
    {im also in love with these tory burch sandals, and my favorite price point of under $100) 

    hopefully most of you are off work today.  I am not…. so have a glass of vino for me.
    woof. mondays. 

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