Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Tale of Two Crossbodies

My search for the perfect crossbody has ended. The problem? I'm having a love affair with two bags, but only one is in my possession.

He is just perfect, practical, fits all of my size and safety requirements, is soft and buttery and has come home with me.

Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Crossbody in Marigold

She is allusive, a bit cheaper, fun and tasseled, soft and buttery with an edgy demeanor. She is a crossbody but can double as a clutch or shoulder bag. She is for daytime, but can moonlight with the best of them. She is slender and sleek and therefore, less practical for me. I love her, but had to let her go. She remains on my mind and I wonder, will I forget her?

Rebecca Minkoff Classic Multi Zip Clutch/Crossbody in Metallic Taupe

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Replenishing of Sorts

Do you all have that problem when everything runs out all at once? It seems this happens to me often and I can't seem to break the cycle. Shampoo, conditioner, foundation, eyeshadow, etc etc. The cycle goes on and on..

This Sunday, I'm heading off to SD for a much needed shopping trip alone (hubs: that doesn't mean I won't miss you or want/need your expert advice at some point, but I am just looking forward to being free as a bird for just a short while). Anywho..I have many items to replenish and I've already started a list.

Here are a few of the items that I will be perusing the isles for:

MAC's Tinted LipGlass in PopMode: looks much more plum in the picture, when actually it has a much lighter pink tone to it.

MAC's Mascara ProLash or Mascara X: love this stuff . Doesn't flake or clump.

MAC's Brush Cleaner: I use this stuff every day on my eyeliner brush. Must have!

Undies!! Yep, you got it! I need undies and a bra or two. Although I haven't actually run out (that would be an unfortunate turn of events), husband tells me its time to retire some of my old favs (and by old, I mean: worn often, not old as dirt old). Does everyone have favorite underwear that they gravitate towards more than others or is it just me??

I got measured at VS last summer for a new brassierre, shortly after having the kid and was disturbed at how much the girls had changed (and not in the good kind of way). Now, that new smaller size is getting too big! Time to get measured again and buy a few more. Hopefully there won't be any more shrinkage after this!

Crossbody Bag: I need a cute, Goldilocks (not too small, not to big, but juuuust right), functional with some visual interest, good for all seasons, crossbody bag to take on some upcoming trips (Seattle in a few weeks, Napa at the end of July and Wales in September). I've looked at this one online at Anthro and another by Tory Burch but will need to see both in person. Have any suggestions?

I also have a list of items to try on at Anthro and a TON of returns (oh, how I feel for the poor SA that gets stuck with me)! I will save that entry for another day!!

Cheers and Happy Friday !


Friday, June 3, 2011

My Plate is Full and My Cup Runeth Over

Hello Ladies (and Gents? husband). I hope all is well with you! I took a little hiatus from blogging to take care of things going on here in good ol' Arizona. However, I was not completely absent from the blogging world as I did stalk read through your blogs almost daily. I even tried to comment on a few, but had the stupid issue with adding comments, that luckily Jenni posted the fix on. Thanks Jenni!

Anywho... as my first *day* back, I'm not going to have any inspired OOTD's for you or a list of my latest Anthro purchases. I'm just going to update you on my exhilarating, never dull, rather normal life that has had some exciting events happen in it.

Hmmm...where to start! I guess I'll start in April, since that's where I left off! (don't worry, I won't make this a novel...I lied, it's a novel. Sorry!).

1) Easter weekend we went to the Railroad Revival Tour in Tempe, AZ to see Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Although I had only really listed to M&S, I'm now a fan of all bands. Old Crow and Edward Sharpe are a little 'folkier' than I'm used to, but I have to admit, my toe was a tappin! I left there on a high that was induced by all of the marijuana smoke around us fabulous music and a great time with friends!

2) We sold our house. In this market. For the price we were asking!! Woop Woop! We thought we had until the end of May to find a rental and get out...BUT, on Tuesday May 10th, we were told we were closing on Friday, the 13th and that the owner wanted to take possesion right away. WHAT? SCRAMBLE SCRAMBLE (that's us on the phone, desperately searching for a rental home that would accept our dog, cat and 6 month lease requirements that wasn't a big $hit hole, cockroach infested dump). DING (that's us finding a two story home of a Dr (he's in Chicago) in a gated community, across the street from my oldest childhood friend, and within budget!). Yay...So Friday the 13th, we packed up and moved out! House didn't actually close until the following Weds (shoulda known it never closes on time), BUT we were thankful it was over with.

4) One week later, we headed off for a much needed 10 days in our most favoritest place on the west coast: Durango, CO. Boutiques, art galleries, fabulous restaurants, mountains, greenery, NICE PEOPLE, specialty grocery stores and a most wonderful rec center that caters to children. Sigh.....we look for land every time we go and...dream. Some day, we will live there.
Sunday we drove back in some herendous wind (the entire 10 hr drive) with 50 mph gusts. It actually almost ripped the truck door off it's hinges at a pee pee stop. It did bend the door a bit and gave us some noise and a pissed off husband all of the way home, but $100 later, door is fixed and husband is happier.

5) The build on our new home is set to start soon. We've picked out most of our fixtures, cabinetry, etc and I'm SO excited. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to some of things we've found with similar kitchens, etc. I've just started using Pinterest, so I don't have a lot on there, but will be working on it more now.

I feel TRULY blessed by GOD with my health and everything going on, esp during this time of tornadoes, wars and the shooting here in Yuma yesterday that killed 6 people. In a small community like ours, it was a huge, sad, day. I didn't know any of the victims but know people who do. It has been a rough month for our community. A few weeks ago, two Border Patrol agents were killed when they collided with a train while chasing illegals/drug smugglers. This was less than 24 hours after our President was mocking the border and those asking for better border control. I will not go into politics on this blog and I respect everyone's opinions, although I may not agree. I will just say, that being this close to the southern border (5 minutes) gives one a perspective that some may not completely understand. More needs to be done and our agents need to be supported. Nuff said....

On a much happier note, I'm super excited for next week's Anthro Event in San Diego. I'm so looking forward to meeting the ladies from In Pursuit of Pretty Things, along with other fellow bloggers. I'm sure there will be a ton of pics and blogs about it.

I hope you all have a wondeful weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekend Purchases and Reviews

Happy Hump Day to Everyone! I just can't believe how quickly these weeks fly by.. seems just yesterday I was training myself to write 2011 instead of 2010 and now we're already in April!

As mentioned in my last blog, the hubs, kiddo and I headed over to San Diego on Saturday for some fun and shopping at Bloomingdales, Anthro and Nordy's, amongst a few others. The hubs is a sucker for Bloomingdales, but other than bedding, I don't usually buy much, unless it's on sale. I tried on some jeans, but they didn't have the sizes I needed so off to Nordstroms I went and had a very helpful SA named Kate who knew her denim products like the back of her hand. I ended up leaving with two pairs instead of the one that I had intended.

I don't have dressing room pictures of all the products I tried on, but I will give a quick run down of the items that did NOT come home with me.

Brickwork Tee: size S, Gray. This tee was okay. Comfortable and nice print that would go with many things, but even the small was a little loose and the hubs said I needed something more form fitting. I guess I could've gotten the XS, but it really wasn't worth it in the end. Maybe wishlisted for sale?

Silver City Top: size S, Black. YUCK! Not only did it have the same 'too big' factor, it reminded me of the old ladies that roam these parts in the summer. I guess I was hoping for something more... not sure what it is that made me pick it up. I'm sure it will look cute on someone else, but to me, it looked like a top I can get 5 minutes away across the border and haggle for $5.

Amplified Stripes Blouse: size 4, Orange. The hubs brought this back with him to the dressing room, but it was one of his few fails. Again, it was too boxy for my shape and did nothing for me. I think it will look amazing on the right person as it's nice material and well made.

Go For the Win Bermudas: size 12, Pearl. These were far too big for me. I could have sized down to a 10 or 8. I actually really liked the print and length and so did the hubs. They print is pearlescent without being overdone or tacky. I almost wish I would have gotten them. They could be dressed up or down and they are very lightweight, which will be great for the AZ summers. Wishlisted!

Now, on to the fun part! Here is the list of items that came home with both last month and last weekend:

San Diego Purchases
San Diego Purchases by Peacockmeg featuring vintage jeans

March Purchases

Finally, here are some pics of how they actually look

The items/pictures are pretty self-explanatory. I think they all work on my pear-shaped body (but some of you may beg to differ and that's okay, I don't really care because I'm comfortable in them!!). The shorts are "No Name" shorts from Anthro that I got at the Fashion Valley store on Saturday. I can't find them online yet, so no links yet. They are super comfy and a good length for me.

The skirts don't have the "poofy bubble butt" look that a few of the other Anthro skirts lately have had, so that is a big bonus. The Eureka is a size 6 and will fit a little better once I get a few more lbs off.

After seeing these pics, I realized I'm in desperate need for some self-tanner. YIKES!

P.S. The top I'm wearing with the Eureka Cargo is a Leiffsdotir blouse I scored two (?) years ago for like $30.. I love that I'm finally able to fit in it again~!

Sorry for the long post. I will have some more reviews for you later, but I thought that was good enough for now!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weigh-Ins, Foodie Favs and Weekend Travels

Good Monday Morning Everyone! Hope you all had a wondeful weekend! We headed over to San Diego on Saturday (a short 2.5 hrs away) for a quick getaway. Living is a small town often leaves much to be desired, so we try to get out of town a few times a month.

We're on the hunt for some dining room chairs, Louis XIV preferably, like these, but are having a hard time finding some in our price range with a dark stain. Ethan Allen has what we're looking for, but WAY beyond our budget, so the hunt continues...

Before heading off, the morning started with a 4 mile run and a WW weigh-in. I lost a little over a pound this week, weighing in at 145. I was hoping for a bigger loss, but I had eaten out both Thurs and Friday night, so I also wasn't too suprised. This week is all about discipline and exercise and cooking at home. Especially b/c I picked up this little goodie while were in SD. I've been wanting a mortar and pestle for a while for herbs/rubs/garlic, etc so I finally bit the bullet and got one.

Before leaving, I also had to pick up our Bountiful Basket, which is a fruit/veg co-op. Each week, you order a 'basket' of conventional or organic produce and each Saturday you pick it up. You never know what items you will get, but it is made up of local (as local as they can get it) produce. It costs $15 for the conventional (non-organic) and an extra $10 for the organic. It is great quality produce and you couldn't get the same quantity for the same price at the grocery store. They have pick-ups in the following states: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA and WY. I highly recommend, esp if you can't always make it to a local farmer's market. This week our organic box consisted of: oranges, pineapple, pears, sweet potatoes, cabbage, golden beets, romaine, tomatoes, zucchini and apples.

I'm super excited about the golden beets. A few weeks ago, I made this Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese salad for the first time. I'm in love and think I will add some chicken breast or thigh to it to make it a full meal and substitute some golden beets this week. Here is a pic of the first night I made it for the hubs birthday dinner that I served with Roasted Leg of Lamb and Roasted New Potatoes with rosemary. I didn't care for beets too much before having the Moroccan salad at CPK, but now I'm a fan. Anyone else have some fun beet recipes or healthy salad ideas?

That's it for now. We did make a stop at Fashion Valley mall and of course, went to Anthropologie, Nordstroms and a few other places. I got a few items and will post those later. Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anthropologie and the Mother-in-Law I Never Met

It was November 24, 1988, RP (the hubs) was 16 and in a swim meet that would decide whether he could compete for Wales and qualify to train for the Barcelona Olympics. Not wanting to tell him, his father tried to hide his sadness as he met RP in the locker room shortly before the meet. RP knew something was wrong and probably knew instinctively what it was. He convinced his father to say it...it was her...she was gone.

She passed away that day of ovarian cancer that she had been battling for the past few months. RP swam that race for her and won. Unfortunately, it was decided by the family that olympic schooling was not the plan for RP. A mother and a dream were lost that day.

Her name was Katharine, Kay, for short. Our daughter's middle name is Katharine after her. Although I was not fortunate enough to meet her, the stories and memories told about Kay are numerous and full of love. I almost feel, at times, like I lost a mother-in-law, like I missed out on knowing a very special person. In the 60's and 70's, Kay and RP's dad lived in Colorado with dual citizenship as teachers. They helped start the first Outward Bound program in the U.S. and were avid climbers and outdoorsmen. Adults loved her, children loved her, animals loved her and RP loved her.

RP's dad has since remarried to an old college sweetheart that both he and Kay knew at Cambridge University in Great Britain. J is a wonderful woman and a great mother-in-law, but RP's dad still admits that Kay was the love of his life. The void is present, the pictures of her that light the room are still around and a son misses his mother.

As I peruse and window shop on Anthro's website, I keep coming across a gingham blouse that to the average looker may appear to be the typical blue/white gingham button-down. I look to the right of my monitor and there she is..smiling with RP's dad as they cross-country ski in the Colorado wildnerness, lighting up the room. She is wearing an almost identical blouse. Should I get it, I ask her? You obviously like it. Will RP think I'm crazy taking fashion cues from his mother, a woman that's been gone for almost 23 years? I hope not, but the verdict's still out.

Dad and Kay, Colorado 1962

Cissus Button-Up Gingham Blouse - Anthropologie

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sushi and the Lincoln Lawyer

Carambola Peasant

Good Monday Morning!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We had a warm weekend full of the fair and fun. Yesterday we went to church where we dropped the kiddo off at the church nursery for the first time. **GASP** I know this sounds like small potatoes for everyone else, but this child has not been in the care of strangers...EVER. Since I work from home, she is with me 85% of the time and is with my parents/family the other 15%, so this was a step for us. I'd say, less for me than the hubs (b/c let's face it, I'm the one that has the deal with the little monster most of the time, so a reprive is NECESSARY). He was a bit hesitant, but we both knew it was the best thing to do if we were to get anything out of the day's message. All was going well until we got a little page and found that our little angel had pinched her little finger in a door jam. So much for the nursery this week...

Anyway, later that afternoon and kid free, the hubs and I went to sushi for lunch and to the movies to see The Lincoln Lawyer, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Nothing like a nice date-day to rejuvinate a relationship!

The above polyvore set is what I wore all day yesterday. I wasn't really interested in the Caramobal Peasant top online or in the store, but the hubs grabbed it, so I thought I'd appease him and try it on. At first I thought it was just this spring's run-of-the-mill peasant top with a nice print, but not for my pear-shape..but thought I'd try it belted anyway. I ran outside the dressing room, found this Sliver Belt (myself b/c the SA's left a lot to be desired at this Anthro location) and WA-LA **LOVE~heart goes pitter patter***, it was transformed! We didn't take any pictures, so this polyvore set will have to do, but I'll take some pics for you to see later. Some might wonder if it's too short once belted, but mine is a size small and I think is still plenty long. Did I mention it's super lightweight, so it will be a great shirt to transition into our summer months and 100+ degrees?

One thing to note...the Sliver belt is not a sliver, nor is the color pink, as described online. It's a light corally-orange color and works perfectly with the orange in the shirt. I think anything purple would go too...

Here is a pic of what I ended up wearing to the fair on Friday afternoon. Sorry for the bad pic...this is the best I have, although it gives me motivation to stick to the diet and exercise regimen this week b/c ugghh... look at that PIG!! Oh, I mean the real pig.. just kidding! (but I obviously do need to do a bit of arm work and fix my bangs..what was I thinking??) Anywho...I decided against a long necklace for fear that the animals would think it was a tasty morsel and I'm glad I did. The goats were all over us and would have nibbled on the beads for sure!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pinch Punch, 1st of the Month!

You've just been pinched and punched~it's the 1st of the month! This is a monthly tradition the hubs has with his family which has now become a tradition in ours. I'm usually the one being pinched/punched, so I get to say/do "Pinch and kick for being so quick". No April Fool's today..just Happy April!

So, I know, it's been quite a while since my last blog. Since I don't have many followers, I honestly don't feel too bad. However, I do apologize to the 9 of you for my little hiatus from blogosphere. Anyway, a lot has been going on in my little Peacock world. All good things too..

1) My hubs completed his first Half Ironman last Saturday. Yep, that's a swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. We were in Vegas last weekend for a very cold and windy race day. I'm so very proud of him, he did great! He also took me to Anthro, which was next to our hotel at Green Valley Ranch (highly recommend if you want to be off the strip) and bought me a few items! He was quite the personal shopper and helped me pick out almost everything we bought!! Cute, athletic and likes to shop = KEEPER!!

Hubs as he is coming into the finish!

2) We closed on our acreage on Tuesday! We have always dreamed of building our own dream home on acreage and to not have neighbors 20 feet away. Well, we now have 2 acres of land surrounded by lemon trees! 2 acre lots were going for 1/2 price, so we thought we'd jump on the occasion while interest rates were low. It's not a load of land, but a nice manageable size. Our house is now on the market and we've had some lookers. Fingers crossed and prayers sent upstairs for the perfect buyer to come soon! Bleh to the news for announcing that the housing market is going to take another dive...

3) We got tickets to go to Mumford and Sons Railroad Revival Tour in Chandler, AZ on April 22! Yip Yip!! Now to find a babysitter and decide what to wear... Any suggestions? It will be hot.

4) Two weeks ago, I had lost 8 lbs on Weight Watchers thus far!! Unfortunately, due to the "monthly visitor" and to last week's weekend in Vegas/hub's b-day, I'm up 3.5 lbs. That means that tomorrow's weigh-in will be a gain. However, I KNOW, I've worked hard and am satisfied with the current results. I expect next week's weigh-in to be fantastic!!! Does anyone else gain 2-3 lbs during their "visitor"? I find it highly annoying...

5) For lent, I didn't give up anything b/c I just started back on everything (addictive) last September after the pregnancy/breastfeeding bit. So, I decided to make a commitment to workout 5 times/week. So far, so good. I've been running 4 miles on the treadmill (fartleking) a few days a week and doing Insanity. Weds I was a bit frustrated with work/etc, so I ran 5 miles which I haven't done in ages. Felt good!

6) Today we are going to brave the heat and take the kiddo to the County Fair to see the animals. It's supposed to be 100 degrees today.. Yes, people, you read that right! 100 DEGREES IN APRIL!! While some of you are still donning sweaters and tights, I'm now wanting to wear my bathingsuit outside! It's just not right. It's far too early for this kind of torture and I'm in the same boat as Jenni from Found In My Closet and her dilemma on warm weather wear. I hate myself in any shorts that are shorter than bermudas, but don't want to look like an old lady either. Also, it was windy yesterday, which means that sundresses are out for today. I would live in jeans/crops if I could, but hello?? 100 degrees? I might just brave wearing my new J Brand crops today anyway... Here are some of my options:

Going to the County Fair
Going to the County Fair by Peacockmeg featuring summer sandals

Hope everyone is doing well and happy Friday!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In the Silence of My Mind

Is my mind ever silent? Well, no. I recently went to a Tots and Mom yoga class that began with an introduction to meditation. Sure, it was a nice relaxing 15 minutes, even while my 1 year old climbed on/around/over me, but in reality, this doesn't happen at home. I don't sit crossed legged on my living room floor meditating while the kid is banging and throwing her toys on the coffee table behind me. Nor do I rarely use her nap time to catch up on "me" time, at least not "me" time in the former-before-the-kid-arrived, sense of the word. When I'm not finishing up on my last few hours of work, getting the house straightened, planning/prepping dinner, exercising, getting ready or dealing with every day shit that comes up and I can't ignore, I read through your blogs or update my Anthro shopping cart. That has now become my new "me" time.

My tolerance for B. S. has significantly lowered. I used to be able to handle all kinds of crap without it getting to me. Now, I just can't do it. I don't have time to deal with petty issues of the past. I don't have time for people that say one thing and do another. I don't have time for empty promises. I don't have time for stroking people's egos. I don't have time for indecisiveness (except for my own, of course!), I don't have time for niceties and small talk when I'm not in the mood to talk at all. Sometimes I just want to curl up on the couch with a warm latte and watch some mind sucking television shows (any reality tv show on Bravo will do) and turn off my brain. To stopping worrying about what needs to be done around the house. Stop chasing the kid around and wondering which of these days is going to be the one that she falls head first into the corner of the table (we put safety corners on, but she peeled them off and wouldn't leave them alone). Stop worrying that I'm not paying enough attention to my husband, kid and family.

Today is one of those days. I'm tired, I feel worn out and it's only Tuesday. I'm going to lunch with a girlfriend and Mom is coming to get the kid. I couldn't be more relieved. After lunch I think I'll get a latte and treat myself to a peti/mani.
I'm already looking forward to the massage chairs and pretty red toes.

Monday, March 7, 2011

To Toile or Not to Toile

Anthropologie has done it again. They've made me obsessed with items I really don't need, but am truly convinced that I do. My latest obsession are these lovelies The Toile Landscape Wedges.

To try and convince myself that they are NOT needed, I headed over to Polyvore to put together some sets that included the shoes. I was originally thinking I wouldn't find much that I liked with them. Unfortunately, I was so wrong! I found a few different combos that I thought would be super cute and included items I already have (or are similar to items already in my closet) and I could have kept going! So what is a girl to do? They're a little pricey for a canvas wedge, but then again, they look comfortable and not too high, which I find more and more necessary while toting around a 1 year old and all of the baggage that goes with her!

They're currently on backorder until March 22nd, but If I order now and ask for overnight, I envision myself with a similar outfit (shown below) while in Vegas on the 26th cheering on my hubby as he competes in a half Ironman. All I'd be missing is a big floppy hat..

What do you think? Worth the $128.00?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My New Bling

No, I didn't get any new jewelry (well, I did actually order two pairs of earrings that were in my shopping cart and happened to show up in yesterday's Anthro sale), but that is not the bling in which I'm referring. Yesterday I got braces. Brace Face, Metal Mouth, Tinsel Teeth. That is ME. I've always been accused of being younger than I am, which is a good thing now that I am reaching my mid-30's, but now I feel like I look 14...that is until I squint or smile and you see my crow's feet. I really thought I had escaped these in my adolescence, but much to my surprise, I was wrong.

No, I'm not in any pain, they are just annoying and giving my jaw/gums an annoying light-dull ache. I want to rip them off, much like you want to rip off constricting pantyhose or tights at the end of a long day. I want to eat an apple and popcorn and rolled tacos (yes, I would even eat it all at one sitting if I could), but I had an issue eating sushi last night, so I think those items are out. I'll have these darn things on for about 2 years, but the Doc said if I'm a good little patient, it could take less time (fingers crossed). 729 days to go......... but who's counting?

Everything feels different: kissing my husband, putting on lipstick/gloss, brushing and flossing my teeth, eating (obviously) and smiling (and getting my top lip caught on the hook so I look like snaggle tooth). I know, teenagers across America have gotten used to these things, so I know I will too.... I just hope it's soon.

Yesterday's OOTD wasn't too exciting b/c I wanted to be comfortable.

Shirt: Anthropologie Soft Spectra Top (now on sale)

Jeans: 7 for All Mankind Dojos

Bracelet: Anthropologie Mountain Avens Cuff

Earrings: Anthropologie - gifted Christmas 2009

Friday, February 25, 2011

Holy Shnikies!! I Went a Little Nutso!

Birthday Purchases

Birthday Purchases by Peacockmeg featuring leather belts

So these are all of the items that I purchased this beautiful birthday month. A few of them (unfortunately, less than I would have liked) I purchased on a trip to Scottsdale earlier in the month with my b-day discount. Not knowing how much moola I would get from the fam, I held back (and the hubby was so kindly finding things to do at the mall while my heart pitter-pattered around the store trying to find the items that I had researched online..... afterall, this was a furniture shopping trip and I had coerced him into taking me to Scottsdale Fashion Square). Anywhooo... home I went with my items and back online I went a few days later. Adding to bag...adding to bag, thinking "I'll edit this later and only get what I REALLY want", well, sure I edited, but not quite as much as I had intended. I LURVE (a 2 year old I know says lurve instead of love and it's stuck with me) the shoes, the bracelet, I NEED some skirts/dresses to break my denim rut and a few nice tops to add to my collection.

Tuesday my items arrived and it was.....magical. Shoes = FABULOUS, Bracelet = fun, Tessera Dress - OMG, I LURVE and will be fabulous this summer in dreaded 100+ heat. Almost everything went well, EXCEPT two items I'm not sure of: The Amhara Skirt and the Voila Top. The skirt is shorter than I had hoped (I hate my legs) and the Voila top is looser than I would like. It's a pretty top (more fall color than spring, but nothing a chunky turquoise necklace can't fix) and will look great under cardi's, but let's face it: Cardi's, unless they're short sleeved and really lightweight, will be a thing of the past in a few short weeks here in AZ. So, I will take some pics, hopefully this afternoon, and have you all weigh in. P.S. I'm REALLY loving this new Eureka Cargo Skirt and think it would be a better length for me, but it's just so darn expensive for a cargo and I've already done enough damage (even though it was b-day $ and some other I had saved up, it still feels naughty!) . Hmmmm, decisions, decisions...

In the meantime, here's me in all of my dorkiness trying on a few of the items the other day. Please bear with the pics, I haven't braved asking my husband to take them for me and I don't have a tripod.....yet

Bathroom/Backyard/Living Room Reviews:

Lunar Cycles Top: This got some bad reviews, but as a pear shape, I lurve it. Sure, the material isn't silky smooth, but mine doesn't feel like sandpaper either. Here I have a basic white tank on underneath (Old Navy maternity top...So, what that I haven't been pregnant in a year...it's long and who cares?) Anyway, it makes me feel like an ethereal angel...okay, well, not the angel part, but I like the "wingy" sleeves. KEEPER

Loving the beach towel in the background. NICE!

Mountain Avens Bracelet: Will go with a lot of things. Comfortable and adjustable. KEEPER

Winners Circle Tee: This is another that hasn't been a favorite among reviewers. However, since I'm a 'Stuck-at-home-WOW-I-get-to-go-to-the-Grocery-Store' kind of person, this is a nice shirt to throw on and look decent. This is an XS, which fit me better than the small that I tried on in the store. I love the color with my eyes and took a crazy-eyed picture to show that. KEEPER

It was another windy day...

I'm guessing this is the look my family gets when I'm annoyed at them?? Scary..

Thursday, February 24, 2011

OOTD: Birds of a Feather

I decided today was a good opportunity for me to wear my new Anthro Pionus Cardigan that I got from the Anthro ExchangeUp for Grabs. I absolutely love it because:

1) I love birds...my last name is Peacock afterall!!
2) It's short sleeved and that is weather appropriate right now
3) It's colorful and happy
4) I got it for a great price~!

I think I'll be able to wear it with a number of things, but today was Baby Reading class at the library. Since that entails crawling around on the floor and sitting indian style, jeans were the definite winner! However, I'd love to see some ideas and sets from you out there!

Pionus Cardigan- Anthropologie
Merona Tank - Target
Jimmy Jimmy Skinnies - Paige Premium Denim
Naturalizer Riding Boots - yeah, I know...so geriatric, but they came in wide calf!!

On another note, I received my birthday order on Tuesday. I got some really great items and a few that I'm not so sure of. I think they belong in a post on their own, so I will do that one later!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Harness The Bob

This is Bob Ross. In case you are unfamiliar with this wild-haired man, he was an artist that had a TV show on painting. "Happy Trees" and "Give this one a friend" was said in almost every episode in his calming-yoga type voice, as he painted a happy tree and then gave it a friend.

Good ol' Bob's lanscape paintings weren't always my cup of tea, but I watched and learned and was calmed by his voice. Bob is dead now and has been for some time but our local PBS station still plays his episodes. As a starving artist...okay, I lie, I'm not starving and if I was it might do me some good AND I'm not an artist. This weekend, however, I will try to be one. I will try to Harness the Bob and paint something happy. I have so many ideas I don't know which direction to go in. Because I'm not good enough to visualize things well enough in my head (at least things that can be painted), I copy pictures. Here are some of my ideas:

Both of these are from the September 2010 Anthro catalog

These are both by National Geographic photographers

Horse painting only, although I would love my house to have that door and an entry carpet like that. If only I could find a painting/picture similar to this that I could more easily go from....but I think this is too far away and I'm not yet good enough to improvise.

I've actually done the Pakistani girl (by Annie Griffiths Belt - an amazing photographer, check her out here: http://www.anniegriffithsbelt.com/) before by colored pencil, but would be willing to try again with oils/acrylics.

Right now I'm leaning toward the closer-up of the Anthro girl/horse. What do you guys think?

So, what else about Bob?? MY HAIR!!

I'm so sick of my bob, I could scream!! I have had some version of The Bob for years and because my hair is fine and thin, it doesn't grow into long, beautiful locks. Yes, I've had extensions, but they only lasted 3 weeks b/c the hair got weird on me and I also felt like some weird impersonator of myself. Short hair one day- thick, long hair the next. Anyway, I've got an appt in a few weeks and am trying to decide what I'm going to spring on my poor hairdresser next. Bangs? Shag? I don't know...

Well, TGIF everyone and Happy Weekend. It's a gray, "cold" day here with 70% chance of showers tomorrow. THAT makes me happy and excited (we get 355 days of sunshine a year, so a little rain does the desert good)!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wind Wind Go Away, Come Again Another Day!

As I look out of my home office window, I see our Bird of Paradise (tree) swaying in the wind. You'd think that was a nice thing, right? Wrong! Here in the desert, we have SO much wind and dust and dirt and wind. I love to have the windows open at this time of year, but sometimes have to close them for fear that my house will be covered in dust. It also means that my husband's bike rides (he's training for an Ironman) are either an extreme challenge or are postponed (grumpy husband). However, as I've typed, it seems to have died down for the moment...yip yip!

So, yesterday was the big V-Day. I've never been a big celebrator of Valentines and this year was no exception. Luckily, my husband doesn't get into it either. After getting home from a meeting yesterday afternoon, I finished making dinner, gave the baby a bath, put her to bed and vegged on the couch and watched 'The Bachelor" (I know... it's an awful show with no educational or stimulating value whatsoever, but it's my 'Turn-Off-The-Brain-And-Wind-Down' time). Anyway, my husband didn't get a special card, dinner, dessert or even an extra dose of snuggles. As I read through other blogs and FB messages this morning, I realized how much I actually neglect him at times. This morning I was in ripe old mood and didn't want to do anything but sit in front of my computer, work and drink coffee. He was home, trying to talk to me and in my head I was thinking "Isn't it time for you to go to work and give me my space before Sophia wakes up?" I apologized to him this afternoon for my "funk" and he laughed it off. I guess after 7.5 years, he's used to my funks by now! So, I've decided tonight will be our belated Valentine's Day. No cards or anything like that, but I will give him the attention he deserves.

On another note, I work from home doing paralegal work for a law firm based in San Diego. I used to work for them when I lived there and they agreed to hire me back remotely last year!! Although I love working from home and being able to spend time with the kiddo, I really miss dressing up, talking to adults and leaving the house regularly. Sometimes I just run to Starbucks to get a coffee so I have the opportunity to leave the house! Today my big outing was to the orthodontist. I'm getting braces on March 2nd. Yay for me!! This is my OOTD. I smiled in one of them since I won't have this smile for much longer.

Neopolitan Cowlneck tank - Anthropologie
Super old cardigan from Marshall's, I think???
AG Angelina Petite cut jeans - Anthropologie
Tumbled and Forged Belt - Anthropologie
Ciao Bella Serenity leather thong - Bluefly

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunny Sunday

Anthro Outfit
Anthro Outfit by Peacockmeg featuring citizens of humanity jeans

This is basically what I wore to church today (not these COH jeans, but some wide-legs) and a similar Anthro necklace (that I don't have the name/picture of). It's a similar outfit that I'm wearing in the picture of me on my first blog. Guess I'm liking this shirt/belt combo these days!

Sunny Sunday Continued!

"Wear the type of clothes that let you be who you really are" - Alber Elbaz, from Lanvin.

This quote was Alber's style tip #1 featured in the March edition of 'In Style' magazine and I love it. I think so many times women (and men, I suppose) get swept up in the latest fashion trends and don't dress for who they really are, or for what is best for their body type. I don't know about you, but I'm really sick of seeing young girls and their muffin top. Don't they look in the mirror? Don't their parents or friends tell them that those pants are too tight? I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be judgemental..I just think that this "trend" of muffin top and butt crack needs to end!!!

I myself am not free from the dreaded muffin. Since having the baby (one year ago this past Tuesday), I have a new "friend" that I'm having a hard time getting rid of. Some of my pre-prego jeans are just still a wee bit tight and give me the lovely ring around the waistband. I am tired of it and want it to go for the last time....SOO... for the umpteenth time, I've joined Weight Watchers (my husband calls it Wobblies). I got up and went to the meeting yesterday morning and had the weigh in. I will do it this time. I have to. I'm sick of being 20# fatter than I should be. I want to wear cute jeans and tighter shirts again. On goes my diet crusade.

Day 1 has been completed and so far, so good. Tonight is my birthday dinner (it was the 2nd, but the family has had a lot going on, so we're just getting around to it now), so I know I'll be using my flex points (extra calories the program gives you per week) all up tonight. Leg of lamb, wine, layered brownie/whipped cream/toffee dessert....mmmmm... looking forward to it! Oh, what?? Sorry I got swept away in the land of food there for a minute! What was I talking about?? Oh yeah, the DIET! Well, I can only dream that all of the Anthro clothes in my Shopping Cart and Wish List will look Oh So Good on me when I've dropped the weight!! Oh yeah, and I'm getting braces in a few weeks, so I'm hoping that will curb my eating as well!

Anyway, on another note, today is a gloriously sunny day in AZ. I think the high will be around 75 degrees today. Since I haven't taken any good pics of me in my Anthro clothes, my first post today is what I wore to church. I'm now much more lazy in my AG jeans and Soldierly Sparkle shirt shown below.

Happy Sunday!