Thursday, December 30, 2010


So, I have been slacking on taking pics of what I've been wearing. DON'T FRET. I have been dressing my best. I am not embarrassed or anything. It is just that I am SO BUSY at work that I forget about things like bracelets and boots and documenting them. However, I have two photos saved from a few weeks ago. It has been SO COLD AND SNOWY here, and I have been a little irritated to be quite honest. But, it hasn't prevented me from putting a little extra effort in. I mean we don't want a repeat of baggy jeans/TOMs/no makeup. That would be pretty devastating and I might lose all my friends. I mean, I wouldn't LOSE them, but I'd be forced to go to Starbucks alone.

SO here is outfit ONE:
Grey J. Brands, boots, black tee, and my amazing scarf from the Merida Family. Of course, I have a side braid, because as far as I know they are still super in and I am still super lazy...

and Outfit TWO:
Holy Macaroni, my hair is down. WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. However, I AM wearing Uggs, there was a foot of snow on the ground. Ok maybe the ground was just cold and there wasn't actual snow, but I am not really sure how that is applicable to this conversation. I have an old F21 sweater on and a FABULOUS necklace my friend Stephanie gave me in July for my bday! I love it... I'll have to post a close up pic sometime because it is realllllllly cute.

Anyways, I was really proud of myself for a) getting out of bed early enough to put thought into my appearance, b) not getting too caught up in flow charts to forget to document it, and c) finally sitting down and writing about it now. ENJOY!


This blog has brought me a lot of things.

It has brought me confidence. It has made me realize I have unbelievable will-power and self control. It has made me realize I can basically do anything I set my mind to. It makes me really, really proud of myself.

It has brought me some cute gifts :-) For example, over Christmas I was really blessed with a new blazer (thanks Ash) and a GREAT blouse (thanks Rach) and a SUPER great Style book (thanks Lindy) and of course lots of cute new sweaters (thanks Mama)! My birthday? I got hooked up then too. Now, when people may think to buy me a gift card to Bardenay, I get new threads instead. JACKPOT. Seriously, nicest people ever in my life.

It has also brought me a lot of new people. I don't mean to sound like I am really, really popular or something. I mean that a lot of people I wouldn't really talk to are reading my blog, and because of that, I've met some great new friends. It is SO cool to see girls in the bar who I've never really talked to- and be told "Hey Kelli! I LOVE your blog!" or to have guys at work say "My girlfriend LOVES your blog." It makes me really overwhelmed and really joyful. I seriously appreciate the people who take the time to read this, and who are enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy writing.

I have one new friend in particular, and she is amazing for real. Like you guys, she is probably my long lost twin. Let me tell you about BELLA. She is such an inspiring girl, and I am so glad that she found my blog and
that we've become close. Now--- we've never met in person, which is a bummer. But we are from the same small town and have a TON of mutual friends. However, while I'm still typing away in Idaho, girlfriend has gone on to bigger and better and huger things- and is living the American dream in LA. She LOVES the beauty industry, and has been fortunate enough to be able to tie her passion of writing to her LOVE of beauty products. I seriously am clueless about beauty stuff, as I mentioned in my Clumps of Mascara post. Seriously, I don't know what goes where and why. Even though I worked for Aveda for 2 years, I still stumble into salons and and Sephora and just kind of blink. SO why would miss Bella be able to help me with this??? Because she has her VERY own blog: ColorMeBella. She writes ALL about different makeup brands, hair products- everything I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. And she does it well. She has an AMAZING voice and I thoroughly enjoy her writing. If she has taught me anything through our emails and texts- it is to STAY TRUE to your voice and people will enjoy reading. So that is EXACTLY what I've done. And I am proud to say, I've done something for her too. She has decided to take her blog in a HUGE DIRECTION. Bella, a beauty addict, is going to go SIX MONTHS without coloring, cutting, or even STRAIGHTENING her hair.

Holy. Mack. I mean, I might be able to go a year without shopping- but you better believe that my buns are seated firmly in my stylist's chair every five weeks. And that my GHD flat iron is plugged in promptly at 8 every morning.

I honestly don't know how she is going to do it-- but I have found in my own journey that public accountability is huge. If I didn't have readers, I would have broken down and got myself some new J. Brand's MONTHS ago. I wouldn't have made it 2 weeks in the summer without new sandals, but I knew I had readers who wanted to see my succeed. With that, I not only ask, I beg, all of your to venture over to ColorMeBella and support my girl. I am 150% positive that she will succeed, and I want all of you to cheer her on. This is a huge, HUGE deal. And if anything, you'll get to learn about all the new makeup and beauty trends... which for me, is enough to read this blog until the day I die.



Monday, December 27, 2010


SO, I have 10 drafts. 10. That is ridic, mostly beacuse I haven't posted any of them... but have all of these ideas. I really need to get it together and WORK on them. I guess the holidays swept me away (or was it being bed-ridden and coughing all over everything??).

I need to get better time management and get some posts POSTED for your reading pleasure. My goal? All 10 by the New Year.

Wish me luck :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sick Day.

I have gotten SO MANY texts and emails asking why I haven't updated my blog. Well, that is because I have been on my deathbed. Literally, SO sick. It is almost gross. I think I have H1N1. Is that still going around? Who am I kidding, of course it is because I have it. Yuck.

Anyways, today I finally emerged from my deathbed because work called. Literally, they called and were wondering if I was alive. It is hard to keep up with all of your emails from an iPhone. I realized I didn't want to get SO far behind that I needed to work on Christmas. Granted, no one would ever make me work on Christmas because I work for a pretty legit company. BUT I am OCD and if my work isn't done, I don't rest. Plus, my brother is coming home for Christmas (wahoo!) and how rude would it be to be making flow charts instead of drinking hot buttered rums?? SO I got myself out of bed and crawled to work.

Fun Fact: When I am sick, I dress up. It makes me pretend I'm not sick. SO this is my "sick day outfit..."

Boots, skinny jeans, and a fancy Urban blouse that may or may not have come from Lindy's closet. It is super weird that I dress nice when I am sick, because I am telling you if I felt like a million bucks, I'd have NO PROB wearing leggings, flip flops, and a sweatshirt. I guess it is kind of reverse to what you're supposed to do. Oh well!

Either I am highly medicated or I am starting to feel better. I am hoping that I am starting to feel better! Plus, I have a ton of new posts DRAFTED. I just need to add pictures and edit the text. For those loyal readers- I bet you know that one of them is about the BOOTS in the picture! (I didn't have boots before... did I?!? Don't worry, I didn't buy them). So come back OFTEN during the next few days, lots of posts are en route.

Monday, December 13, 2010

7 Ways to Wear a White Tshirt.

So, readers, I've got some good news and some bad news. I'm sure if you're Facebook friends with me, you've seen a lot of pictures from my session with AmmoPhotog (who, by the way, is an AMAZING photographer and PUH-LEASE go visit her site). Basically, I was given an assignment to showcase SEVEN ways to wear ONE item. I, obv, chose a white v-neck tee from Madewell. Because that is my GO-TO item. Unfortch, the article is not going to be published. DEVASTATING, right? My first "shut down" moment that is writing related. Boo.

BUT, do not fear. I mean, I did for a second, but then... would rather have me as a weekly columnist. And the article was not suited for a weekly column! So... while it is sad that the article won't be on the site- OTHER articles will. Every single week. And of course, all of you will be the first ones to know.

However, I HATE wasting things. So, I wanted to publish the article here so everyone could see. It is really long... Sorry. Hope you enjoy:

You know that girl who always tells the BEST stories and can make a simple visit to the pet store sound funny? Apparently, that’s me. You see, I was the world’s most awkward teenager. I quickly realized I’d never, ever get dates to the Valentine’s Dance, so I decided to be funny instead. I also was really, really clueless about clothes. I dedicated my time to reading fashion magazines and imagining myself as a young, twenty something who was so super stylish and awesome. I was actually quoted, numerous times, saying I just couldn’t wait for a credit card and I was just going to CHARGE IT. Being awesome was the goal.

Well, thankfully as the years passed I kind of grew into my ears and figured out how to put together an outfit. I think. I still spend hours studying fashion magazines, and thank the heavens- I still can be funny. My friends have been begging me to start blogging for years, because rumor has it that no one can recap the night before like me. I love to tell stories and I love to write. So I caved, and I started a blog. However, I figured out in about 3.4 days that my life is fairly boring. After a post about how pretty my town is (Boise, Idaho) and another about how soft my cat is (seriously, I should probably get her coat insured)… I realized I was not creating anything anyone wanted to read. I needed a topic, a story, SOMETHING other than just my miscellaneous thoughts. I mean, my thoughts are legit- just not really entertaining. So, I decided I would stop shopping for a year and created StopShop on April 1, 2010. Boom. I think since I’ve made my own money, I have been playing junior high catch up and just making up for all of the years I didn’t shop or know how to shop. So, I’m an addict. I’ve found that really nothing brings me more joy than sale signs, dressing rooms, and the thrill of walking out of the store victorious. It seemed impossible- because no shopping means no new clothes, no new accessories, and no new shoes. That scarf on sale at Target for like $3.80? The amazing, sequined vintage jacket at the thrift shop by my house? Or the once in a lifetime deal on J. Brand’s? Yeah. I can’t have any of those. It legitimately hurts my heart. Like, I should probably be on some sort of medication to handle this. But, I have my writing topic, and I am happy to be writing. I am not really happy with the fact the year is still 4 months from ending… but I feel pretty awesome having made it this far. And like I said, being awesome was the goal.

So, if you can’t shop for a year… you gotta work with what you got. How annoying, right? Trust me, it has been an ordeal. Those mornings where you feel like you have nothing to wear… is how I start my day, EVERY day. It is seriously a miracle that I don’t break out into hives in the middle of my walk-in closet. But, it is all in the styling. So, when I study those magazines, I pick out what I like and do my best to re-create it. I wanted to show you, my new readers, that it is possible to create many looks with one item. My particular weakness is white v-neck t-shirts. For real, I am going to buy 900 when I can shop again. So, I grabbed my favorite white v-neck from Madewell and put together 7 different looks. I also grabbed my favorite photographer, Amanda of AmmoPhotog  for some help showing you the outfits of a reformed shop-a-holic. Let’s all give her a moment of silent appreciation before I dive into my outfits because otherwise, we’d all be staring at blurry iPhone pictures… and for all you’d know I’d be wearing the same outfit in each picture.

I feel like this look says “Hi! I write a blog!” because that is absolutely what I do. So, this is one of the most common looks you’ll see me in. Jeans. Wedges. White v-neck. Sequin bracelet. But let’s mix it up… a vest! Voila. Like three million times different than if I had no vest. Well, is that technically a vest? I feel like it is. Now I want to be super honest with you… the vest is borrowed. You see, my bank account informs me on a regular basis, shopping or not, that we’re in a recession. (Seriously, who is Chase, and why does he keep texting me about my account balance??) So, if I could buy new things… I’d probably decide not to, and I’d saunter over to my best friend Rachel’s house and borrow her yellow vest. SHOP YOUR CLOSETS folks. Shop your friend’s closets! Be smart. Look how smart I look in those glasses? If you don’t have a piece you need, surely someone else does. And surely if you’re ballsy enough to ask them to borrow it, they’re going to be nice enough to consider your mental health and they’ll lend you what you need. Just carry around a little laundry pen to avoid any stain disasters.

With the holidays FASTLY approaching, I am losing an uncomfortable amount of sleep trying to plan my holiday party outfits. Do you even understand that I can’t buy a new dress for New Years Eve??? Disaster. Seriously. I always buy a new dress for NYE! But, why does every fancy event need to be celebrated in a dress? Here, I paired the t-shirt with a very sparkly (and very short) skirt. I am a party girl, it’s true… but I am a responsible party girl. I don’t drink on work nights. I don’t drink and drive. And I don’t drink and wear super short skirts. No one wants to be that girl who slipped in the snow in her super short skirt. But if you want to rock it, then rock it. Pair it with some hot pumps and don’t forget to moisturize your legs. I always do that, and then have to end up asking randoms in the bar bathroom if they have lotion in their purse. At least I’m bold about some things…

This is another example of basically… how I look every day of the week. I work in a super casual office and am able to wear denim. I consider skinny jeans, flats, a cardigan, and a cute scarf my ‘work uniform.’ So, so, so comfy it should be illegal. This look includes the obvious… a white v-neck. And my every day look always includes a white v-neck. This is why I sometimes would invest in those Hanes 3-packs you get in the men’s underwear section. In addition- I forgot to tell you that just because I can’t shop doesn’t mean I can’t accept gifts. It would be RUDE to not accept gifts. So, my dear friend Lindy and her mother picked out this amazing H&M scarf for me and it was just in time for a blizzard, for real. I love the contrast of it against the white top and the pink cardigan.

Okay, since we’re still being honest, I don’t love this look. So reader I ask you to give me a moment to explain. As I mentioned, I like to get outfit ideas from magazines, and copy them. Well the idea for this was legit, but the execution… or copying… was not my best. I am not sure if it has to do with the fact that the shorts don’t really fit me as they should, or that the blazer is the wrong length. Regardless, I wanted to make a cute, but dressy, shorts look. I know a lot of the fashion world has been up in arms over this fancy shorts thing, but I am all for it. I am pro-shorts. I hope that shorts stick around a long time. And then I may call them longs. Probably not, but still. The point is that with a plain white t-shirt, you have a blank canvas to do with what you like. If you have shorts that fit you properly and a long sleeve blazer, then PLEASE wear the crap out of this look because done right- is amazing. So chic.

As I mentioned, I live in Boise, Idaho. I am going to bet my favorite pair of earrings that you don’t know where that is. Thank you, Google. But really… we’re not known for our cutting edge level of fashion. I mean, we got the skinny jean tread like 3 years late, and it changed my life. I wasted 3 years not knowing about skinny jeans. So, you can imagine faux fur vests aren’t really sweeping the college campus here. I, obviously, have one. I have had it for over a year. And I never wear it because… no one wears it. That is not the point of fashion though, as I’ve learned spending a year being FORCED to create outfits. So, I layered it over my white tee and paired it with some amazing knee high DKNY boots. When I look at this photo, this is how I imagine I am dressed all of the time. In reality, I am often in this exact outfit, just minus the vest. Silly me. If you see trends that you KNOW look good in magazines and online, then go for it. Make that trend your full time job when you wear it. Otherwise, you’ll spend a great portion of your early twenties feeling like that awkward 8th grader at the Valentine’s Dance alone. If you’re like me, you remember events based on what you wore- so better make some gorgeous memories.

Shortly after the awkward 8th grade phase of my life came the punk rock freshman year. Those who’ve read my blog have been blessed with the photo of me in Dickies, a Jesus is my Homeboy t-shirt, and a slicked back ponytail. Luckily I found out what flat irons were later on, and dodged a lifetime of terrible hair. In addition, I found out you don’t have to be cliché to create a certain look. I didn’t need to wear literal skateboarding clothes because I liked a certain type of music. So, here we have a basic faux leather jacket with some grey J. Brand skinnies. My shoes are fairly plain as well, and instead of huge hoops or gauged earrings, I’ve just got some simple studs. When wearing a piece like the jacket, there is not really a need to go overboard with anything else. The best part is, I don’t actually have to wear this to a literal concert. I can wear it to the bars with my friends, and not look like I’m trying too hard. I absolutely hate the ‘try too hard’ look. I feel like just hugging people who tried too hard. Fashion should always be fun, not strained or uncomfortable.

I saved this look for last because it has my absolute favorite item EVER. My leopard print scarf. I got this so long ago, and suddenly leopard scarves are everywhere again. I think the fashion gods felt super sorry for the poor girl who had to wear old clothes all the time and they did her a favor. The scarf is big time too, super vibrant and pretty. None of that half-assed ‘fade to leopard’ crap. No way. If you’re going to do leopard, don’t half-ass it. The softness of the scarf paired with the softness of the t-shirt totally outshines the pain of the cage shoes. Those are hot, but seriously so not me. I bought them impulsively before a Vegas trip because I thought I was a Kardashian and it just isn’t me. However, when put together as a military look… they are gorgeous. What I love about this the most is how it really wraps up how many different looks you can create using ONE basic. Don’t worry, you’re already welcome.

Hopefully this has given you all some new outfit ideas, but more so I hope it has shown you that you really don’t need all new things ALL the time. You can mix and match and make any look you want with a few basics, and some unexpected pairings. Anyone can wear a white v-neck with a pair of jeans and sneakers, but I am nearly 800% positive that with a little extra thought and planning, you can be totally awesome. My 8th grade self would be SO jealous (though probably disappointed that I don’t have a BMW yet). For more outfit ideas FULL of old clothes, you can follow me on twitter @kelliryder or always catch my blog, StopShop. And to all the other normal girls out there, don’t worry- you really don’t have to be boring no matter where you live. Wear what you want, and be happy… because I swear, happy is always in style.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


SERIOUSLY TARGET? Seriously?? I am flat out confused right now. You probably are too... Why don't we start from the beginning?... SO: My roomie, Katie, wanted some help picking out a fun "leggings" outfit, which often times is my favorite kind of outfit. Leggings are the closest thing possible to not wearing pants, and still looking like you have pants on... and not wearing pants is super comfortable. I mean really. If I am in my home, pants are rarely in the equation. TMI? Maybe, but not worried about it. This isn't even about my pants preference, it's about our trip to Target. SO I had just gotten done at the gym (yeah, I started working out again, weird, more on that later), hence the yoga pants, Uggs, and big sweatshirt. To elaborate on those, I'd like to mention that both the pants and the sweatshirt are LOCAL COMPANIES! (my employer) and of course, MT Theory, a local skate/snow/awesome company. Anyways, we're perusing through the clothes section at Target. Around every corner, I had a heart attack. SO MANY CUTE THINGS. And then there were overalls. Are we serious?? I'm just wondering. Is this a joke, or are these really for sale? Literally, I just want to know. And they aren't even just overalls, they are like... destructed overalls, with patches, like something that a scarecrow would wear. I honestly don't understand. And the worst part? There was a shorts version on the other side. I seriously just don't know. I mean, overalls are bad enough but are people literally going to buy these and like, wear the shorts version with Uggs? I am just asking. Who knows, maybe this summer I'll eat my words and wear overalls straight through to next Halloween. I doubt it, but maybe.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

J. Crew...

Well, WOW. I don't know why I looked at this, I shouldn't have. I mean I really need to get some sort of self control. Because J. Crew is going to be my biggest weakness when my shopping handcuffs are off. I recently heard we're getting one in Boise... contain yourselves. Anyways, the styling on this is seriously on an entirely different level. I can't even handle how ME this is. Monochromatic tones, sparkles, layers, I COULD DIE RIGHT NOW. The very worst part of all of this is that I literally have NOTHING IN MY CLOSET similar to ANY OF THESE THINGS. So I can't even fake it! Regardless, I feel like each look book J. Crew comes out with is substantially better than the last, so at least I have a lot to look forward to once I am shopping!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


A few posts ago, I told you about the Sista Shout Out from Clumps of Mascara. That was set up by none other than one of my closest friends in the world, Annelise (which is pronounced ana-lisa) (which is stinking cute). From the beginning of my blog, Annelise has been one of my biggest supporters. She is always checking up on the posts, commenting, and keeping me accountable. She also emailed B from CoM and got my blog showcased, resulting in a TON of new readers.

Well, pretty Annelise has embarked on her own blogging journey. But I must say, hers has a LOT more substance than mine. First, let me tell you about Annelise:

She is literally one of the perkiest people I've ever met, but she isn't annoyingly perky. I don't really know how that is possible, but it is. She is so full of joy and life, and being around her makes everything so fun. I know it is so gross and cheesy to say someone "lights up a room," but I am going to drizzle queso all over this blog and say it. She literally lights up a room.

Annelise and I met at my work,, and we became fast friends. In the picture above, we were out dancing. I've had a rough couple of months, and I've spent a lot of time trying to think about the last time I was "really, really happy." To be honest, that night we were dancing is one of those memories. I was SO happy to finally be out with my friend OUTSIDE of work, and we had a great time.

Annelise was recently engaged, and I am so, so, so (SO) excited to help her start planning her wedding. The picture above is Annelise, our friend Paula, and myself at a fun little photoshoot we did a few months ago. I must say we had some wine and I also must say that these photos are absolutely framed in my house. Paula is an amazing woman in her own, and with them my life would be a lot worse. Just being honest. Anyways, you're probably wondering why I am gushing about my friend right now... so I guess I better get to it.

Annelise has started her own blog called LastLash... and to be honest she updates it WAY more than I do so you ALL should start following it. Annelise has trichotillomania. Now is when you all ask "what is trichotillomania?"... right? Because I didn't know either. Basically, trichotillomania is defined as a compulsion to pull out one's hair. Annelise does not pull out her cute little blonde haircut, but instead is compelled to pull her eyebrows and eyelashes. This is something extremely personal to her, and something she struggles with daily. However, she has found that blogging about it helps keep her accountable and prevents her from pulling. With her blog, she has found a ton of suggestions for lash-growth stimulators... and they definitely seem to be working! She also will show what makeup she uses and tell beauty-idiots like myself how to acheive the look... because her makeup always looks so pretty.

May I just say... there are no words to describe how proud I am of her. My blog is a silly little quest to stop buying clothes I don't need. I'll be honest, sometimes it makes me feel fairly superficial. Annelise's blog is a real issue that she struggles with all the time. She is SO incredibly courageous to post her journey to stop pulling, and it says so much about her character. Annelise told me that while a blog seems like a strange way to approach it... it is really, really helping her. So I need all of you to do me a favor- and go follow my bestie's blog. I promise you won't be let down. If you didn't catch the link before... here is the URL:

Thursday, December 2, 2010


This funny cartoon went around work the other day, and I thought it would be a perfect addition to my blog. (If you're having trouble viewing the icons, you can click the image to see it larger). A lot of people (boys) are wondering why not shopping would be so hard? Well, the above diagram showcases it perfectly. Say a guy asked me out for drinks...or the girls wanted to go catch Happy Hour. I would first evaluate whether or not I'd want to. Then, of course, I'd have to pick out an outfit. What I love about this diagram is it shows "bottoms" first. I ALWAYS do that! I mean, OK... am I going to wear a dress or pants? Do I want to wear tights? Do I want to be casual or cute? Are skinny jeans weird? Do I have shoes to go with boot cut jeans? Seriously, its a huge dilemma. If I was a boy, I'd have the luxury of wearing whatever I wanted... and I'd look the same. Boys suck. Really, not fair. Seriously they're all stupid and like "oh hey, let me just wear WHATEVER because I look hot anyways." And they do, they look hot. No matter what they're wearing. Well that is not completely true, my girlfriends know how I feel about boy style. That is a whole different issue. But seriously, if they just throw on clothes that fit, they look super cute and precious and to be honest that is RUDE.. Anyways, then I move to the problem of what to wear on top. This always is dependant on if you're going out with the girls or with a guy- there is girl cute, and guy cute. Way different. Guys don't really understand or appreciate things like sleeves or sequins, and girls don't really care how low cut your shirt is. Then shoes. Is it snowy? Is it hot? Did you paint your toenails? How tall are the people you're with? Do you want to feel taller or shorter? Will you be walking a lot? I'm not kidding. It is seriously a miracle I even get out of bed some days.

So, after I've been through this exhausting flow chart and finally am clothed, I realize my hair is a rats nest and by that time it is too late to do anything about it, and I think crap! What a waste of a good outfit... I still look like crap.

AND THEN, if I even make it out the door to the bar (don't worry, I rarely don't make it to bars)... it is time to decide what to drink. If you're like me, you may drink just about anything. But if you're on a diet, or you have to work early, or you don't want beer bloat... holy mac you might as well tell the waitress to come back in 30 minutes or so. Seriously, what a disaster.

To be honest, I'm EXHAUSTED just having typed this. Luckily, my social life is PITIFUL right now. Oh wait what did I just say? I meant to say that I am like... really popular. But I am just choosing to sit at home in sweats gazing at my Christmas tree. ;-) However, I did join a gym again... more to come on that later... so tonight I don't have to worry about Happy Hour outfits, or what to order... I just have to find some gym shorts and get on the treadmill (yuck). If anyone happens to be going out tonight, feel free to use the chart and go to town. I bet you'll look awesome! And boys: (do boys even read this??) Please, just once, be grateful for the fact that you get to wear whatever the heck you want, and you'll still look perfect. Rude.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Last week was a short work week, and I fully took advantage of the long weekend by FULLY disconnecting. SO that is where I've been, but don't worry- I documented last weeks outfits. As you can see by photo 1- there is NO WAY I am more comfortable with these pictures. I am seriously the most awkward girl that has ever lived. I am like on an episode of MADE on MTV and I need like a life coach to get me out of my shell or something. Or maybe, I need to drink a bottle of wine each day before I take pictures. Because as Facebook will show you, I am grossly photogenic when I've been drinking. However, as Facebook will also show you, I am not really that productive when drinking and I tend to nap. So I wouldn't get any work done at ALL. I guess I'll just keep being awkward...


So Monday, I wore an Old Navy Tunic, a white Hanes undershirt, Forever 21 "jeggings," and my Uggs. BECAUSE THERE WAS LIKE A FOOT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND. Yuck. Winter is ruining my life. Also, my necklace is from Anthopologie and was a gift from Rachel... I screamed when I got it. It's super cute.

Tuesday I awoke to EVEN MORE SNOW, which is CRAP. So I wore a basic white V-neck from Madewell, an Express sweater from like 19 years ago (or 3 years ago, who can be sure), skinny jeans and my fuchsia Uggs... I am not sure if they're cute or not. I like them though...


That picture is really, really gross. Anyways, I am wearing a white shirt from who knows where, a vintage sweater I got at a thrift store, I added on the cute broach. My necklace is from Urban, I am wearing Rich and Skinnies, and weird... Uggs. Bless it.

Hopefully the next episode of "outfits" will not have Uggs in it. But seriously no promises. I live in IDAHO. And every time I look outside, snow is dumping. And TOM's were not made for snow, nor were ballet flats. Which is ridiculous. It is just simply too cold and icy to wear anything but Uggs and there is nothing I can do about it. I am sorry, but not that sorry because at least I was warm.

In addition, if any California/Arizona based magazines want to fly me out for an interview, my sandals are already packed. I literally cannot do this winter thing for much longer.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Is this me??

Has anyone else been seeing these Target "Black Friday" 2 Day Sale ads? The lady is hilarious. PUH-LEASE click on the YouTube link or click HERE for easier access to the funniest videos of all time. She basically is me, the night before April 1- and so many people have been telling me that... so I had simply no choice but to put it on my blog. Just watch the video, and you'll understand.

The best part is I am ABSOLUTELY not disagreeing- I am her, she is me... and neither of us CAN WAIT TO SHOP!!


So, I cannot shop for myself. BUT, I can shop for others!! The woman in the picture is none other than my amazing mother. She is so amazing. I adore her! She is so strong, funny, talented, and sweet. I am so glad that we live in the same city so that we can go to yummy breakfasts (where we were in the picture). Plus she always takes care of me and is always there for me. Really, I adore her. Her birthday was in October... on 10-10-10! What a lucky lady. I'll never get a cool birthday like that. Oh well.. for her birthday, I got her the scarf she is wearing in the photo. It is this beautiful knit scarf with multi colored flowers. I wanted it for myself... but no no. That'd be breaking the rules! However, to spoil my momma with a cute scarf is totally acceptable. I hope she loved it :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010


A lot of you have been asking how I've gotten by without new clothes. SO here is another edition of "Outfits" and it is thoroughly as awkward as the last one.


So this day I went up to McCall, ID with my best friend for a little "friend weekend" away. This is what I wore to work, but the flats weren't really a good call when we got up to the snowy mountains. I am wearing a Forever21 sweater, a cute Old Navy embellished tank, Forever21 jeans, and Steve Madden flats (which I wear... a LOT).  The second picture showcases how much I really feel AWKWARD taking these photos. NOT thrilled. I could never ever be a model.

Back to work I go! First off- my hair is super long! That's pretty cool. Anyways, here I've got an Old Navy camp shirt, a Hanes tank (you know, of the 3 pack variety), Rich&Skinny jeans, and some cute wedges. The necklace is from my momma and up close has cute leopard detail. I love it!

Ahh, side braid... day 1. My military jacket is F21... which wow, I wear stuff from there every day it seems! Anways, the shirt is literally my pajama shirt. As in, I definitely slept in that shirt the night before. I am fairly certain it was once purchased in a "pajama section" of a store. The jeans are James Jeans- which HOLY MOLY when I was like 18 I found them in a mysterious pile of denim in a cute boutique in Fremont (Seattle) and bought them instantly. I don't know if they were actually for sale but the girls totally let me buy them and they are SO comfy. And they were half off. And there are those Steve Madden flats... sigh. I want boots!

Least favorite outfit this week. I have my Rich&Skinnies on again, an Anthro basic black tee... wow a F21 sweater (which sometimes is mistaken to be Juicy, so I'll take it). I obviously didn't want to do my hair, hence the high pony. So I put on some Jessica Simpson shoes in hopes to rebound the hair issue but alas, I look stupid here. Just being honest.


I don't know what compelled me to be so sparkly here but I love it. As you can see, I rocked a side braid again. Am I 11? My necklace is actually a belt... and the sequiny sweater is F21. Wow. Next week, I vow to wear other brands. My jeans are Genetic and the shoes are from Kohl's but I don't remember the brand. I can tell you I also wore a lot of makeup that day and I felt silly. But I love those jeans so much and I was in my braid-comfort-zone so I was pretty stoked.


AHH FRIDAY! Finally. To me, casual Friday means Ugg Friday, and Lindy totally was on the same wavelength because we were twinners. That sweater is absolutely my favorite. I got it at a Ross like a million years ago and I would probably die if I lost it. The scarf is that Miley Cyrus brand from WalMart, this is the RVCA shirt from my PINK POST, I forget what jeans those are... and I cannot tell from the photos. But I can tell you my feet were frumpy and COZY in those Uggs. I know they look dumb... but they are the greatest thing to ever happen to feet. I love them! 

WELP that is it for the last week. I'll try to do it again this week, but no promises I'll look awesome. It is supposed to be like 27 degrees all week. And to me, 27 degrees says "wear a blanket." So we'll see. 

3 Shades of Pink

I have a new roommate as of November 1. She is so much fun, and such a great addition to my life and my home. We are totally having a marathon viewing party of The OC: Season 1. We rush home from work and try to get about 3 episodes a night. Right now, Oliver is about to go bat-sh*t crazy and try to kill Marissa Cooper. He will fail. He basically is to the OC as Georgina is to Gossip Girl. SO nuts, and irritating to watch... and to be honest, totally takes away from the series.

Anyway- Katie and I work together. However, she is an early riser and I am... not. It isn't my fault that my cat is so snuggly in the morning, and my bed is so warm, and that outside is so cold. I just like to be cozy and cubicles are not cozy. The other morning, she knocked on my door to see if I wanted to swing by Java Coffee & Cafe before we went to work. This is what she looked like:

Annnnnd... this is what I looked like:

Katie had the cutest top on... I should have taken a better picture so you could see the stitching. Plus she had her cute boots that I adore... as we all know I am dying without boots. AND THEN THERE IS ME. I literally am (accidentally) wearing 3 shades of pink. Bless my heart, big time. I am wearing a HUGE RVCA v-neck, WalMart $4 sweats... that are definitely tight at the ankles, and my slippers. So... this may be why I am single. Just a thought. However, I did spruce up a bit before leaving the house... so Katie (and now all of you) are the only ones to see this travesty. Just... bless. 


SO what do you be for Halloween if you can't shop? Obviously, a cat. Because I am always a cat. Because I truly wish I was a cat. WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO BE A CAT? You just sleep on soft blankets... ALL DAY. Gosh that'd be... magnificent. Anyways, I wanted to be different this year... believe it or not. And I was not a cat. Literally this is groundbreaking.

So, for work- I was a crab. I had the crab hat and glasses from a previous costume oriented event, and my friend Rachel lent me the rest, as she used it all for a lobster costume the previous year. I am pretty confused as to why I didn't win the costume contest at work. In fact... not winning made me a little.... crabby...

Then for Saturday night, I went as a "Parisian girl." Mostly because I wanted to carry around the baguette. And eat it. And I totally did. Actually, I ate two baguettes... on the dance floor (as shown in the second photo). The dress was from WalMart- Rach bought it for me because it was like $3 and she said she would "be a bad friend to NOT buy it." It was the first time I'd worn it, and I definitely will wear it with some Vans during the summer.

All in all, I had so much fun this Halloween and I LOVE dressing up. I am quite honestly shocked that it is nearly Thanksgiving... I mean seriously? Wasn't it just June a second ago? My life has been a serious blur- but that is a good thing because now the year is nearly to an end. I've already crafted my next years costume idea--- and am quite looking forward to it. Guess you'll all have to keep reading my blog to see what it is!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On the Way:

HELLO friends!

I have been MIA for a few days. I've got a "real job" and I love it dearly... and I also love my income. So I've been busting my butt there this week.

And I won't lie, I've also been having a bit of a "The OC: Season 1" marathon with my new roommate, Katie. So the posts have slacked for a few days. Yes, I am embarrassed, thank you for asking.

I just wanted to give you a little preview of what's ahead so you don't all abandon ship. (and don't fret, new posts will be uploaded tomorrow and throughout the weekend!!!)
  • DIY section- I am still crafting away and have made some fun new accessories (and SHOES!), so I will be showcasing those.
  • Halloweenie! I bet you all are wondering what this little fashionista was for Halloween! Oh wait, you weren't wondering? That's cool. I'll still show you because both costumes (that's right, there were two) were AWESOME!
  • I have put my heart in soul in the last few weeks into RE-decorating my home, i.e. un-boy-ing everything. Yes, just think about those three things and it will make sense. MY ROOM IS SO GIRLY AND CUTE NOW!!! So I want to show it off, as I've truly been working pretty hard. I am taking some photos this weekend.
  • Roxy's fashion. Roxy is my cat. She is presh. And stylish!
  • The best thing that has ever happened to me since I started this blog, and...
  • Probably some rants about the new American Girl dolls and their pricing. I read the catalogue last night and can HARDLY BELIEVE that they are charging like $79 dollars for a doll's fondue set. It is not even real fondue. It is fondue for a doll. That isn't alive. I'm seriously pissed.
SO thanks for sticking around, and I'll do plenty of work this evening for you guys! If anyone wanted to send me hundreds of dollars for writing this blog, I totally would update more. But until then, I do have rent to pay. So my real job will always come first!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Before there was Twitter...

...there was Clumps Of Mascara. My favorite friend Annelise reads this blog religiously. It is a makeup blog, and as we learned in previous posts my face is usually frumpy. I don't really keep up with makeup trends, and I get overwhelmed in Sephora. I wish I knew what I was doing when applying makeup, but I typically smear some stuff around and call it good. I'm usually too focused on putting together outfits to have time to realized I only put mascara on one eye.

Luckily, Annelise introduced me to this fabulous blog. At CoM I can read up on new makeup releases, get reviews, and my favorite section: For Beauty Beginners. Seriously. This has helped me figure out what is what, what to do with it, etc... and I have found so many cute nail polish colors just by reading through her posts. Nail polish is clearly my therapeutic non-shopping activity.

The author, Brittany Thomas, does a post here and there called "Sista Show-Off."This is where she shows some love to other female bloggers who are "paving the way for women everywhere." Annelise was kind enough to submit my blog to B for the series- and you can read the story HERE!

I'd like to thank B for featuring my blog- as I know many of you readers found me through her! And anyone who has yet to check her out- PLEASE DO. She is wonderful and entertaining, and you can learn a LOT. It def has eased the pain of Sephora trips for me :-)

The Blogger Who Didn't Have Internet.

So, in the past few days... my blog has taken off like a G6 (I literally just learned on Friday that a G6 is a fancy airplane, and NOT a Pontiac... which makes sense because to be "fly" like a car is so silly, while being fly like an airplane makes ABSOLUTELY PERFECT SENSE). Anyways, I used a little tool called "Twitter" to send my blog out to a few worthy sources. Primarily, @InStyle, as in InStyle magazine. As in the magazine I've been reading since I was in the 6th grade and the magazine I use to come up with new outfit ideas. InStyle went ahead and re-tweeted my blog link... for those who aren't familiar with Twitter this means they sent the link out to their 1.8 MILLION followers. SO Friday was a HUGEY HUGE day for this girl. I got more hits in one day that I typically get in a month. I was contacted by a few e-magazines and blogs to write editorials (huge). I realized I could totally make something of this blog and utilize it to help me and my writing career. Needless to say, I'm so excited to write a ton, keep all of you new followers entertained, and make all of you old followers proud.

Here comes the prob: I def don't have internet at home. I had to make a few adjustments within my budget, and for the next two months, I have no internet. None. SO STUPID. So until then... I am an "internet cafe" kind of girl. The last two posts were so kindly typed at Java. Tonight- the Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks lured me in. And while we're talking Starbucks, I'd like to file my FORMAL COMPLAINT about this year's red cups. They are ugly, only partially red, and have terrible graphics on them. I sort of feel like Christmas is ruined because of these cups. Word on the street is Tully's went with  plaid cups- so clearly I'll be there tomorrow. Anyways, cups or no cups- I am going to do my very best to keep this blog current, entertaining, and stylish. I have a ton of new comments and a ton of new ideas--- so there is a LOT to come. 

Please--- keep the comments coming. I have gotten so many fresh ideas from you guys! And it helps me to know you're out there. Going from having only my Facebook circle read my posts- to about 1000 strangers? It has literally given me so much drive I can hardly think. In fact, I feel like this post sucks because I feel the pressure... or maybe it is just the anxiety from the gross red cups. Who knows. 

Signing off: 
Your loyal coffee-shop fashion blogger,

PS: For those who are interested in my Twitter account, you can find me there anytime... as my iPhone allows for continual Twitter updates. Sometimes they are fashion related, sometimes they are blog related, and a lot of times they're cheese related. @kelliryder is the name. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Life is Too Short!

For those of you who've read all of my posts, you know I've got a little thing for "basics." I love white v-necks, I love Uggs, I love jean shorts. Granted, not all together. I'm not really down with the Uggs and bare legs look, but still. I like plain things. I also make purchases based on how often I intend to wear the garment. "Where could I wear it?" "What shoes/pants/jewelry could I pair this with?" "Is it work appropriate?" "Do I have anything similar to it already?" This question/answer session each time I shopped has resulted in a PAINFULLY LACKLUSTER WARDROBE. I know, because I have been forced to pick and choose from the same items since April 1. Barf, dude.

I honestly don't think you understand how hard this is. I understand some people don't worry about clothes. But ever since I was little, I have had this desire to be that girl. The one who is impeccably dressed and fabulous. Sort of like my Grandma Edith :) And the fact of the matter is, I am just not that girl. I don't think I ever have been. I am pretty normal. I stay within the fashion bounds. I wear what is comfortable and basic and wearable. I AM BORING. And I am pretty sick of it.

I am so sick of it to the point where I literally hate what I am wearing every-day-of-the-week. Hate. Like, I leave the house miserable. I could not tell you the last time I thought, "I look awesome." You know the feeling- when you're rocking your favorite jeans, your tallest heels, and your hair looks like a commercial. I mean... thank you SO much Dez (@Graebers) for helping with the hair part. Because without that, I feel like I don't currently have much else. I am so sick of my boring clothes!

SO, here is my pledge...

After April 1, I refuse to make another boring purchase. I flat out refuse. Life is too short to hate what you're wearing, it really is. So bring on the embellishments, the impractical shoes, and the dress I may only wear once. My closet is BEGGING for some MAJOR MOMENTS and I promise you, dear closet, you'll get them. My first purchase is going to be oozing with glamour, and I am going to make fashion my full time job. Because clearly it makes me happy, and feeling awesome makes me happy... and right now, my closet is making me flat-out unhappy.

So HA.

P.S. OK OK OK. I probably will still buy white v-necks. But you bet your bottoms I'll be pairing them with over the top necklaces and some killer wedges. Particularly, these:

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Do you LOVE Gossip Girl? I sure do. In fact, my biggest regret in life is that I am not Blair Waldorf. Sure, she is immature and sometimes says really inappropriate things and also will mistake princes to be paupers... you know. But she speaks fluent French, has a great complexion, and I swear I've never seen the girl look frumpy. Guys, I completely understand she is fictional but is that really the point? I don't think it is. I mean, even for the brief part of Season 3 where she wore those HORRIBLE dresses and shoes that fully accentuated her cankles, she still was put together.

As for me, I cannot say the same. I am really sorry you guys. I really am. But this is what I wore to work last week:

A black hoodie that is just a smidgen too tight around the neckline, ultimately giving me a tension headache. Some wide leg jeans that, I'll be honest, just don't fit. I don't know why I keep insisting on wearing them. They do not fit me. The waist line is SO small and the butt is not fitted, and I mean ONE OF US (me or the jeans) is NOT proportionate. I am really hoping it is the jeans. I also have my TOMs on, which I love, but they only look good with skinnies or dresses- and that is an absolute fact. In addition, I clearly thought that I could go for hippie-hair and not even pin it up a bit... and I kept my makeup minimal. Which is great, most days. But for a day where THAT is what I felt compelled to leave the house in... I should have caked it on. At least done some blush or something. Idiot.

Here I am, the author of a "fashion" blog, and I look ridiculous. This photo was snapped by my paparazzi and frequent Starbucks partner, Lindy. She couldn't stop laughing. Most might think this makes her a bad friend... but we all should agree it makes her a good friend. She knew I was NOT happy with myself. I was so uncomfortable all day and felt gross and when you feel gross, your whole day is compromised. I know we've all been there. Anyways, I wanted to publish this because it will make me accountable and should never, ever happen again. Just need to pull it togethere here, bless my heart. SO from here on out, I shall channel Blair Waldorf (or maybe just someone who actually cares about their appearance) and never put myself through that again! And, to sign off in true G.G. fashion... xoxo!

The Breakdown

So, I nearly lost it. I almost (almost) broke down and bought some new clothes. Let me take you on the journey that nearly made this blog useless.

It was a bright October Saturday, and lets just be honest here: Someone made me cry. Not like I watched a Hallmark commercial and it was really heartwarming and I teared up. No no, I had snot halfway down my neck and all signs of mascara were on my cheeks. Granted, it is not that hard to get me to cry if you know me. People could pull out a few key aspects about myself and throw them in my face, and the tears will come flooding. Not something I'm proud of- but who are we kidding, the instigator should be the one who is embarrassed (idiot). Needless to say, I'm certain that it wasn't a hot look for me. It was rough, and pretty gross. In addition, I was wearing some STUPID Forever 21 jeans and a STUPID white T-shirt from Target and a STUPID scarf that I don't even like at all. I (obviously) stormed out of my house because I needed out of there ASAP. I didn't really have anywhere to go though, I couldn't get ahold of any friends and my mom was out of town. My dad was also out of town, which is because he lives out of town. Well, it is only about an hour away but still... it is "out" of "town."

So, given my state... the only place I could think of that would comfort me and make me feel better and bring me back to myself was the obvious- Anthropologie. DUH! Where do you think I'd go- a walk through a park? I thought that looking at all the fun dishes and the new fall window display would ease my nerves.

So, I must have cried so much that I was dehydrated and my brain wasn't functioning properly, because upon opening the doors I JETTED into the Sale room. It is not shopping if it is on sale... right? The nice little sales girl got me set up in a dressing room, and clearly... everything fit. The yellow blouse, the fitted blazer, the *multiple* pull over sweatshirts with bows and rhinestones and ribbon.

"I am fairly certain that no one would know if I bought this... and I could just say my mom got it for me. Or that I had it for awhile. These things ARE on sale... so they've been here for awhile. Technically, I could have bought these things 5 months ago. No one has to know...."

So, I text my wingman Rachel... and say "Do you think that I deserve a few new items of clothing because I was crying all morning?"

OKAY At&t really pulled their stuff together because I don't even think she received the whole message before my phone was ringing.

"NO DUDE. No. Put the blazer down and walk away. NO. I know you feel bad now, but think of HOW MUCH WORSE YOU'LL FEEL WHEN YOU BLEW IT. WHEN YOU THREW AWAY YOUR WHOLE BLOG FOR A BLAZER YOU'LL WEAR TWICE."

She was half right... I would feel like crap, but I would have worn the blazer more than twice. I'd probably be wearing it right now. I'd probably wear it on Monday. I'd probably wear it to Thanksgiving dinner with my family, and pair it with a dress for New Years Eve. Regardless, I would have been really upset with myself and it would not have been worth it. So, I told the cute salesgirl that nothing fit, and I walked out the door and went home.

Crisis averted. Given the chance... I would go back in time, have stolen the credit card of the person who made me cry, and had him pick up the Anthropologie tab. But, I still haven't perfected my time machine- and I'm still blazer-less. It was the closest I've come to ruining the entire project and am REALLY proud of myself (and thankful for Rach) for not ruining everything.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shoe Lust.

So, since my last post... all I can think about is shoes. Not just boots, no no... but heels, wedges, and my favorite- ballet flats. WHY can't I go on a shoe shopping spree? I can force myself to live without new sweaters and jeans, but living without new shoes might be the death of me. So, to make matters worse- I'd like to share a few things that are literally causing me physical pain to not own. My favorite site right now is I am literally obsessed. So all of the following are from Piperlime, hint hint... (really, I truly won't stop anyone from gifting me some new shoes).

These Cole Haan's are to die for. I would wear them every day of my life. Literally. Unless of course...

Unless of course I had these Kelsi Dagger wedges. I wouldn't even know how to get ready in the morning. Leopard flats or wedges? I can assure you Uggs would NOT be in the picture.

I may obviously need to go somewhere fabulous. And it would be no question that I'd want these Badgley Mischka pumps. Sigh.

Is anyone else getting the feeling that come April 1st I may spend like, $5000??? Crap.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Well Crap. This past week, fall has finally arrived. The leaves are changing, my life is changing, and it is about that time that my wardrobe needs to change as well. Time to stop cuffing my jeans and to switch from hot pink nail polish to greys, maroons, and blacks. (Who are we kidding, I will keep the hot pink for a few more months. Makes me happy!) Don't get me wrong, I am EMBRACING the change. I NEED the change. The leaves falling, the heat leaving... I am so ready. Bring it on, winter. Bring me some hot apple cider and piles of blankets and maybe like... a hay ride or something. The problem? I will eventually have to leave my house. Perhaps for said hay ride. And I'll need to look cute.


This NO SHOPPING has been fairly easy because I have more ballet flats and summer sandals than I can count. I have tons of shorts, WAY too many tanks, and in 100+ degree temps, a sweater is the last thing on my mind. Well this cold front has swept in and the realization that I have a bunch of sweaters that are SO last year is devastating. Luckily, I take REALLY GOOD care of my things, so everything is in brand new condition. It just would be really fun to go get some cute new sweaters, thermals, and scarves. But the worst thing? I need new boots. Particularly, I need THESE new boots:

I only have my Uggs, which are warm and cozy... and some cowgirl-ish boots. I need, not want, some sturdy flat boots. It is going to snow, my feet are going to be cold... and Uggs look really sloppy sometimes. I honestly don't know WHAT I am going to do.
Okay, okay... I know it is obviously not the end of the world. But I am working a more professional job now. I can still wear jeans, but I feel like Uggs are unprofessional. These would just be a more polished look and would go with more. I just really regret this whole year of not shopping... and really want to go to in search of the perfect boot.
Again... sigh.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Do you know what today is? TODAY, my friends, is the HALFWAY point for this blog! Can you even believe it??? 6 months, no shopping… I am literally halfway done. I never thought I’d make it!! Another great thing about this monumental day is… I now have a huge, beautiful, walk in closet ALL to myself. I don’t have to share or keep things in the coat closets… It is all mine. And it is so, so pretty.

In addition, Cambry Severe, owner of Passion Planning Photography, came to my house and did a fun photoshoot for the blog!! Here is a little preview of the shoot- and low and behold, my beautiful closet is the star of the shot:

Anyways, thank you to everyone who has been reading- I never would have lasted to the halfway mark if I didn’t have readers. I feel like I owe it to anyone who reads this to stick by my goal! So, thank you for being my motivator… and wish me luck on the home stretch!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kicking away the blues.

So, I apologize for my absence. I won’t go into specifics, because I don’t want to air my dirty laundry on here. Actually that’s funny: because I DO sort of “air my dirty laundry” on this blog, by showing you the outfits I’ve been wearing… get it? Ok, ok, I’ll try to stop being SO hilarious. Anyways, I’ve been going through some DRASTIC changes and things will continue to change for a little bit… but I assure you it is for the best. Took a few days to figure that out… but honestly, I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and I’ll look back on this time and laugh. Maybe not laugh… but I’ll definitely look back and be confident that my life is playing out EXACTLY as it is supposed to. If you’re insistent on finding out what’s going on with me- I am sure you can ask anyone in Boise, ID or just creep over to Facebook. Gossip travels fast… I normally keep my personal life, you know… personal, but apparently others don’t (thanks for that, by the way). So, you’ll be sure to find the answer. Regardless, I’ll be just fine… to be honest, I’ll be way better off. Eventually.

With the bad news comes the good… I lost my ten pounds!! Seriously… I understand how that is kind an awkward thing to be cheers-ing given the situation, but given the situation: HECK YES. I didn’t TRY to lose it… but I just haven’t been really hungry and I’ve been super stressed… so BOOM. 10 lbs gone. Seriously… jackpot. Sorry Mom, I know you don’t like that I’m excited about this, but I mean at least I get SOMETHING out of the deal! Fortunately my appetite has returned (as has my taste for beer) (and pizza) so it will eventually weasel its way back. Until then? I am going to enjoy wearing my wide leg Mavi jeans, because they were a little tight ten lbs ago.
So, like I mentioned- I’d normally shop away these blues. However, that is not an option. Luckily, I have an amazing (AMAZING) support system. My friends have been the most amazing girls I could ever ask for. My family, the same.. Regardless, I can assure you that right now, I’m very HAPPY. In a time where I feel really, really low… I’ve never felt more loved. In my entire life. I honestly have the most amazing people and I am humbled by how much they care. Luckily, my dad and stepmom wanted to make sure I knew I was loved… and often times the best way to show that is a material item. :-) At least I like to think so.
Some fancy shoes to kick away the blues.
They are TOMS- and I am so joyful each time I wear them. Literally, I like bounce around my house/office/everywhere just so thrilled that I am wearing such HAPPY shoes. Like a literal party on my foot. And the best part is, with each purchase of TOMS shoes, a pair is donated to a child in need in a third world country. So somewhere is the most precious young girl getting her FIRST pair of shoes. I hope she is bouncing around with excitement, too! (I also hope they gave her gold ones instead of boring white canvas ones).

Thank you so much to my stepmom (and to you too, Papa) for getting me these shoes. They really brightened my mood, they OBVIOUSLY brighten up my daily outfits, and were just the thing I needed to start walking forward, literally. Love you both.
And thank you to my readers for still reading this. Next week will be a momentous occasion- halfway done!