12 Day Blogger Challenge – Day 11: I used to be _____

Just a quick Day 11 here. Yesterday all my time was taken up by creating my budgeting post, so, sadly, #12DayBloggerChallenge got neglected.

<<<I used to be painfully, painfully shy.>>>

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The truth is, I still am to some extent. But I’m getting better! Growing up, I always had the same core group of friends, but once we all went to college, I pretty much only had my boyfriend at the time to rely on. After a year of really feeling like I had no identity of my own (other than being so-and-so’s girlfriend), the last straw was realizing that I had no one to live with my sophomore year. At my college, freshman year was the year of the dorms and then by the end, you’d met your future apartment roomies. Not for me. I finally made it my mission to meet some friends! I knew that I had to start putting myself out there in order to not continue to feel miserable. So while I wasn’t thrilled that I had to spend another year in the dorms, it ended up not being the worst thing in the world because since I was newly single, I was forced to get to know the girls on my floor and start to make plans. This really helped me start to gradually chip away at my shell. Eventually, by the end of college, I had made some close friends and was working at a restaurant full of cool people, so there was never a shortage of parties and get togethers to attend. I still never really felt like I fit in anywhere, but I did meet a best friend or two out of my whole college experience!

Now, I’m living in a brand new city, and I sort of feel like it’s freshman year of college all over again. Now, I’m married, but just like in college, all my friends seem to stem from Brett. Part of me feels like I’m “so-and-so’s girlfriend wife” again. And while I know that it’s perfectly normal to not know a soul when you move to a new city, let alone across the country, I’m still trying to fight my way out of that shell. Just like in college, I still don’t really fit in anywhere, and even though I’ve met a couple of cool ladies, I still don’t have those “bestie” girlfriend relationships yet. And it’s totally my fault. I could join a gym. I could volunteer somewhere. I could get a “normal” office job. But like a true introvert, I value my alone time. It doesn’t bother me….until it does bother me. If that makes sense. Obviously only time will tell, and ultimately, it’s up to me to keep chipping away at that damn shell.


What about you? What are you working on? What have you conquered? Any other shy sistahs out there?

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Budgeting Bloggers // October 2014

Time for another Budgeting Bloggers post! As with most things on QB these days, it’s been awhile, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy putting these posts together.

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What I Bought

1. Merona Knit Shift Dress // $12.49 (orig. $24.99 – on clearance)

2. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – multicolored // $8.49 (orig. $16.99 – on clearance)

3. Mossimo Texture Moto Vest // $22.39 (orig. $27.99 – 20% off Cartwheel deal)

4. Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf – blue // $16.99

5. Mossimo Boyfriend Cardigan // $15 (orig. $19.99 – sale)

6. Merona Leopard Tassle Flats // $21.99

7. Mossimo T-shirt Dress // $9.98 (orig. $19.99 – on clearance)

8. Seychelles Sophia flats // $13 (orig. $78 – amazing score on Poshmark!)

Total Spent = $120 (orig. $227)

Savings = $107


Thoughts

Pretty typical month for me. Most items were bought on a whim on random Target trips, and of course I had to hop on the plaid scarf bandwagon this year since I missed out last year. None of the items I purchased were necessity with the exception of the mustard cardigan and leopard loafers, two items I’ve been wanting for awhile now. The real score of the month was the Seychelles flats! I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have much experience with buying on Poshmark because my objective is to purge and make money, not shop; however, I saw the flats for $15 and thought maybe. When I got a notification one evening (after a few pumpkin ales, I will admit) that they had dropped to $13, I pulled the trigger. I’m not sure how much I’ll wear them before spring (though we’ve had some pretty gorgeous days here this week), but I just couldn’t resist. Other than what’s listed above, the only other items I’ve purchased have been from Stitch Fix, but that’s for another post.


What about you? Are you loving mustard this season like I (always) am? Have you hopped aboard the Plaid Scarf Express, too?? 

As always, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other fab budgeting wizards!

12 Day Blogger Challenge – Day 10: 10 Randos from my Brain

Today’s post is all about the random thoughts I can muster from my brain.

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1. I’m currently listening to “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. What else is new?

2. I’ve been doing some research on moving servers for my blog, but it’s basically making my head swivel. I found this great tutorial, but the pictures are broken. I’m more of a visual learner. Times like this are when having a techy friend (or husband) would come in handy! Any tips??

3. As of right now, 8:49am on Wednesday 10/29, I lack plans for Halloween. If I have to end up dressing up, I have NO idea what I’ll be.

4. Yesterday when I got a manicure, the manicurist basically told me I picked a color that wouldn’t look as good. I disagree, but gee, thanks.

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5. I’ve already started making a mental list of the places we need to visit when we go home for Christmas. On the list so far: Recess/Room Four (where I used to work), Milktooth (owner is the former sous chef at Recess – so excited that his new restaurant is doing well!), Eat + Drink, Patachou, Bakersfield, and more, I’m sure. Will I have enough time to visit all of those places? I’m going to try!

6. Macgyver is the cutest. But we all knew that already.

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7. I won a contest at work, which is weird because I never win anything. I’m redeeming my “prize” today, which is a tour of our warehouse (more exciting than it sounds). I realize I’ve yet to really talk about my job, but I have plans to soon. Promise.

8. I’m not ashamed to admit I wore a “Canadian Tuxedo” for half a day yesterday, and I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that that’s probably exactly what I’ll wear for the tour today, which I have to leave for soon.

9. I have this scarf and this scarf, but if I don’t get this scarf, resulting in the Target scarf trifecta, then I feel like I will be a blogger failure. :P

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10. I’m been slaaaaaacking on the fitness end. Like hardcore slacking. Tony, Shaun, Cassey, and all the other work out gods would be ashamed.


Indy friends, any other new restaurants I need to try?? Also, can someone please recommend a new song for me to listen to??

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How to Make Bourbon Apple Cider + some cheese love (12 Day Blogger Challenge Day 9)

If you’re anything like me, then you LOVE food, drink, and everything in between. You also love seeing photos of other people’s get togethers and parties. Day 9 of the 12 Day Blogger Challenges requires me to teach you how to do something, so I decided to show you how I made a delicious Bourbon Apple Cider cocktail for a get together we had on Saturday.

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But first, a little chacuterie action! Because let’s be honest: what’s a party without cheese and prosciutto?

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Triple Cream // Flory’s Truckle // Challerhocker

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We purchased the food from a local shop called Cheese Plus. One of the employees was nice enough to walk us through some cheeses to find some crowd pleasers. And please they did. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I think I’d have to go with the Truckle. It was a little bit salty, a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, but all delicious.

Now for the cocktail…

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I found this basic recipe on Pinterest and adapted it to fit our needs. In my opinion, the original recipe was a bit weak in the booze department for this particular get together, so I changed it up a bit. First, round up your ingredients.

bourbon apple cider ingredients

You can use regular apple cider or sparkling cider. We went with sparkling for a lighter beverage; however, if you wanted more of a heartier drink, I’d go with real cider. Next, keep it classy and measure your booze.

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Add bourbon (I like Bulleit), Grand Marnier (I would suggest this over straight Triple Sec because it’s mixed with congac), cider, and ginger ale to a shaker of ice.

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Because the ginger ale is carbonated (and the cider I used was sparkling), you probably don’t want to shake this cocktail (unless you want a mess); instead, give it a few vigorous stirs. Meanwhile, prepare your glasses each with a large ice cube (I’ll be adding a post on this ice cube hack in the next couple of days!) and cinnamon stick garnish.

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Pop the lid onto your shaker and pour evenly into each glass.

pouring the drink

Voila! Autumnal goodness! I would suggest being careful with this cocktail; it’s super delicious and can lead to wanting multiple glasses. Proceed with caution!

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Here’s the recipe! Enjoy!


Bourbon Apple Cider

Adapted from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Ingredients

*Yields 4 cocktails

4 oz. bourbon

2 oz. Grand Marnier

1 cup apple cider or sparkling apple cider

1 cup ginger ale

4 large ice cubes

4 cinnamon sticks

Directions

Add first four ingredients to a shaker of ice. DO NOT shake. Add one large ice cube to each glass. Stir contents of shaker vigorously. Add shaker lid and pour evenly into each glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.


Do you think you’ll try this yummy cocktail? Let me know if you do!!

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12 Day Blogger Challenge – Day 8: One Day I Want to ____ + An Outfit

Here’s another random outfit I found on the camera the other day. Figured I may as well let is have its moment in the (internet) sun. Warning: grainy iPhone photos and pasty legs ahead!

striped bag leopard sandals navy fit and flare

printed scarf cardigan navy dress striped bag

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Yet another brunch outfit for you because what else do I do besides blog, work, and brunch? Answer: not much. But you knew that.

similar dress // similar cardigan // similar scarf (mine was gifted to me from Bamboo Blossom from South Africa!) // bag // similar sandals


Speaking of not doing much on a day to day basis, what a great segue into Day 8 of the 12 Day Blogger Challenge, which is “One day I want to ____.”

This one is kind of hard, which is funny because I wrote it. One day I want to do a lot of stuff, but I guess ultimately, one day I want to feel like I’m doing something meaningful with my life. That includes a job and doing worthwhile things like more traveling of the world. That includes working on something I’m passionate about. That includes getting more involved with volunteering. That includes just waking up every day knowing that I’m making some sort of difference. Now, I know that as a teacher, I was making a difference in students’ lives, but I didn’t really feel like was growing as a person, too. I felt sort of stagnant doing the same thing year after year. That seems sort of selfish, I know. Teachers are amazing individuals, and I just started to feel like sort of a fraud.  It took me awhile to gather the courage to finally realize that doing what other’s perceive as a “noble” job is great (though I hate when people call teaching noble), butt if I’m not 100% happy with what I’m doing, that’s a disservice to not only myself but to my colleagues and students as well. And that’s not fair to anyone. Don’t get my wrong, there’s a chance a few years from now that I may realize how much I truly miss teaching, and I’m completely fine with going back (I DO miss teaching Etymology like woah); I just feel like my current “What am I doing with my life?” stint right now is okay. I’m still young. I still have time (hopefully). San Francisco is also the perfect city for someone like myself who is just trying to figure it out. But one day, one day I hope I figure it out.


What about you? What do you want to do one day? Let me know! 

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Sunday Funday 07 // 10.26.14 + 12 Day Blogger Challenge – Day 7: Top 3 Fav Songs of the MOMENT

Haven’t done a Sunday Funday in awhile!

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A dinner outfit from last week. Ignore the messy room! To see more photos of my daily life, follow me on Instagram!

 

What You May Have Missed on QB in the past week

1. #12DayBloggerChallenge Day 1 – why I blog + 5 random facts about me

2. Day 2 – talking awkward moments with sea urchins, a high dog, and another awkward massage

3. Day 3 – I filmed a vlog to highlight 3 snacks and a drink that I love

4. Day 4 – my day in just 4 snapshots

5. Day 5 – discussing 5 things I’m currently loving

6. Day 6 – pet peeves + an outfit!

Blog Love

1. My (real life) friend Lauryn over at Fit Awakening blogged about her experience shopping at Lorna Jane. Check out the fantastic photography as well (I may be a bit biased, since I took them)!

2. Not So Korean Bride has been killin’ it with the #12DayBloggerChallenge

3. Loooove this editorial calendar template that Bookworms in Dresses made!

Pinteresting Finds

1. I may have to make these grilled buffalo chicken quesadillas one day this week.

2. This is pretty much life these days.

3. Amazed that this pin pretty much encapsulates my perfect casual fall outfit

On the Interwebs

1. Seeing Jim Carey dress and dance like the dancer from Sia’s Chandelier video made my day.

2. After talking about my love for Twin Peaks the other day, I kiiiiind of want to go as a Twin Peaks character for Halloween.

3. Texts From Your Ex is my new favorite Instagram account to follow (maybe NSFW).


And finally…..Day 7 of the 12 Day Blogger Challenge is three songs I love at the MOMENT, so not my all-time favorites but just what I’ve had on repeat lately. Enjoy!

1. “Work” by Iggy Azalea (warning: explicit lyrics)

2. “Lost Stars” by Keira Knightly (from the movie Begin Again)

3. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (ARE you surprised? #basicwhitegirlanthem)


What about you? Love any of these? Hate them? What are you favorite songs of the moment?

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Classic Print Mixing + 12 Day Blogger Challenge – Day 6: Pet Peeves

Throwing an OOTD into the mix today. I haven’t posted an outfit in awhile, and this one is from a few months back (hence back to the summer’s ombre hair).

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striped top abstract print skirt statement necklace retro sunglasses 2

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striped top abstract print skirt statement necklace retro sunglasses 3

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As we were unpacking the last of the lingering boxes, I found these sunglasses that I’ve had for awhile. I never wear them, but for some reason on this day, I just had an itch to throw these retro shades on before we left the house. Speaking of retro, when is Mad Men coming back?? For reals. #randomthoughtoftheday

similar top // Loveappella Kacie swing skirt via Stitch Fix (similar optionalso, here’s the same pattern from Loveappella in a midi pencil skirt) // somewhat similar flats // similar sunglasses // bag // similar necklace // lips: Revlon Lip Butter in “Cherry Tart

PS: These shades are currently for sale in my Poshmark closet.


 

Now for Day 6 of the 12 Day Blogger Challenge: a quick list of what makes me tick aka pet peeves.

1. Unnecessary quotation marks. I was reading reviews of Sonoma hotels a few weeks ago, when I came across this: “At the club lounge, “Mike” was both entertaining and helpful – he was the highlight of our stay.” Why? Like did the writer believe that Mike was allegedly the employee’s name? I don’t get it, and I can’t stand it.

2. Incorrect apostrophe usage. The other day there was a sign in my apartment building that said, “Heads up: Camera’s were installed in the parking lot.” A of all, yay for the cameras, but B of all, apostrophes indicate possession. What exactly belongs to the cameras, pray tell?

3. When Brett doesn’t lock the door. I’m such a paranoid person. Like ridiculously so. Whenever I happen to pass to the front door and realize that it’s unlocked, I get so mad. I mean, we live in a secure building; one must have a key to enter, so there’s really no reason to be paranoid, but old habits die hard.

4. When someone responds to an email I send and he/she spells my name wrong. I’ve lived with people misspelling my name my whole life, so I’m used to it; however, when I send an email and sign it with the correct spelling, and the person replies to the email by addressing me with the wrong spelling, I just don’t get it.

5. “Dear Diary” Facebook posts. It’s super great that you woke up, had breakfast, washed your car, went to work, and oh, darn it, McDonald’s got your order wrong. Such a tough day you had, huh? I get wanting to vent, but that’s what blogs are for. Start a blog if you want to write about your day. Or hell, even Tweet it. Tweets are fleeting. Facebook page are pretty inescapable. Let’s be honest: most of us just want to see pictures of cats on Facebook.

6. When someone tells me I can’t do something. Unfortunately, I can be somewhat apathetic about some things, including my current quest for a new career path. Sometimes I’m just like, “Meh, que sera sera.” However, if someone tells me that I can’t do something, that I’m not capable, a flip switches, and I have to prove that person wrong. The same thing goes for if someone tells me I’m wrong about something, such as a piece of trivia. I immediately have to turn to the internet to prove that person wrong. Sometimes I am misinformed, but usually, I’m right. I’m always right.


What about you? Do you identify with any of my pet peeves? I know that I have so many more, but it’s funny that when you’re put on the spot, you can’t think of anything!

If you’re participating with me, link up below! 

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4. Unfortunately, WordPress does not allow me to install a Widget, but make sure you check out the other fabulous bloggers through the link below!


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