February 2015 Faves

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Contrary to that image, ice has NOT been one of my favorite things this month. The last week has basically had Nashville shut down – not fun. It’s mostly melted now, but the roads are all torn up with potholes and

IMG_6312Lipstick: I’ve been loving e.l.f.’s Studio Matte Lip Color in Rich Red for months now. It’s only the second lipstick I’ve ever repurchased (the other being MAC’s Viva Glam 2). I have long searched for the “perfect” red, and I’m lucky that my soulmate rouge is only $3 and can be found at Target, Walgreen’s, and other similar retailers.

App: VSOCam. It’s kind of an older app, but it’s still one of my favorite photo editors. I put almost everything through this bad boy and it makes me look great.

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TV: It’s no secret that I love trashy TV, but even I have always considered myself to have some basica morals. No longer do I feel that way, as I’ve recently broken my “I will never watch a Real Housewives series or spinoff!” Since I work in a restaurant now, my coworkers and I have become obsessed with Vanderpump Rules.

Fitness: For years, I’ve wanted to get into yoga. The closest I’ve ever really gotten is Blogilates, and while I do love that, I wanted something a little more “traditional.” I recently found Yoga With Adriene when a friend sent it a long, and we’ve really enjoyed it. Adriene is a great teacher and she makes everything feel very possible and not out of reach.

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Movie: I’m not a big movie fan at all, but last night I just felt like it was a great night to curl up under blankets and rent a movie on demand. We picked Gone Girl, and it was such a great movie. I hadn’t read the book first (I’m typically a stickler for that) but I wanted to see the film before I got spoiled on anything. Those kinds of psychological thrillers are my favorites, and this one DEFINITELY did not disappoint. And hey, Neil Patrick Harris played a character inspired by me! :) the film ended and Sixx and I had a great conversation about truth and relationships. It’s all very interesting and the movie is now one of my favorites.

Food: My favorite treat continues to be the pumpkin muffins I posted a recipe for last year. I make them for every party and occasionally just for days to take into the office. If you’re making them as mini muffins, pop them out of the oven about two minutes before the regular recipe calls for.

Podcast: After devouring and obessing over Serial with the rest of the world last year, I’ve gotten really into true crime podcasts. My BFF found Sword & Scale shortly after Serial ended and she quickly devoured the whole series. I’ve been slower to get into it, but I really enjoy it. The more Dateline I watch and true crime I read, I really question if music is right for me and if maybe I shouldn’t be in criminology!

What were your winter faves?

“My Liver Is A Beet”: #BasicBitchesDoAJuiceCleanse

My girlfriend and I did a juice cleanse last week. We ordered a StyleBlueprint voucher for my favorite Nashville juice bar, The Urban Juicer, and after some fumbles at the start (they aren’t great at answering their phones, and I may have gotten a little “angry mom” with them about insulated bags) we started on February 3. It’s important to me this year to try to reboot my health from head to toe and recover, so I thought this would be a great way to kickstart that. I also thought it would be fun to do a sort of running journal as we went to catalog how I feel and how things are going!

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February 3, Day 1: I’m not too concerned about how this is going to go because I was a juicer for two years until my juicer broke and I’ve just never gotten around to replacing it. We drink six juices and one elixir every day for three days – standard juice cleanse stuff. The first juice of the day is my go-to every time we go to Urban – The Well Being.

The worst juice of the day by far was the Liver Lover. I wasn’t struggling with it as much as much as Ram, but I did partake in power hour with her (we put on a 90’s Power Hour mix on YouTube to make her get through it.) Drinking 6 juices per day is hard because it’s just so much – I feel like I’m just constantly drinking. I did get a headache on my drive home (though it could have been from ridiculous Nashville suburb traffic) and ripped through my bag to find the Lemon-Aid elixir, which is supposed to be good for aches.

All in all I’m feeling good and staying strong on day one!

Captain’s Log, 9:19pm: I am so tired but I have to stay awake to drink all this stupid juice.

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February Goals

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the view from my current office ;)

  • Stay on budget
    • Pay off one credit card
  • February spending freeze!
  • Do my taxes
  • Work out four times/week
  • Blog three times/week
  • Save $1,000
  • Pick up one freelance client
  • Make sure all outstanding returns are in fact returned
  • 15 No Spend Days

After some pretty significant impulse buys in January (a $60 Ryan Adams ticket, $75 on a juice cleanse, a $200 birthday shop) it’s definitely time to rain it in. The only “splurge” I’m allowing myself is to get my Jason Isbell poster framed at if there’s a 60% off sale (and there’s always a 60% off sale.) I ordered a lot of things around the holidays, and many of them didn’t work out the way I’d hoped. I need to make sure that everything makes it back to its proper home. Basically – February is all about getting a grip on my finances. I’ve been trying to refrain from admitting it out loud, but I’m starting to finally accept that I’ll need a new car soon, so I’ve started researching cost, what I might like, etc. I’d really like to drive for Uber or Lyft on nights or weekends to supplement the cost and I’d like to sock away a considerable down payment this month.

Of course, I’m saying all of this with the assumption that my life is not going to fall out from under me again :) Cautious optimism is the name of the game.

What’s your biggest goal for this month?

tune tuesday: new music discoveries

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Since starting my (two) new jobs last year, I’ve been introduced to a LOT of new music. Some of it is terrible, most is mediocre, and some has been just mindblowing. (In both directions, actually…) For this Tune Tuesday, I wanted to share some of the new jams I’ve loved over the last six months!


“Wasteland City” Zach Hurd


“Los Angeles” Black Diamond Strings


“Born Again” Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons


“This is Gospel” Panic! At the Disco
(so this is kind of a cheat… but I’ve been obsessed with this version since my friend introduced me to it in October)


“Over” Johnnyswim