Halloween at Work: Villains

31 Oct

I honestly don’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween at work.

Maybe never?

Well at my current job, apparently they do Halloween. And by *do* Halloween, I mean they have a Halloween-themed movie playing in one of the conference rooms at lunchtime AND they pick a costume theme for the year.

The theme for this year is… villains.

I thought it would be fun to participate, so I racked my brain for a good villain. Preferably something I could do with normal clothes and maybe a couple accessories.

And I came up with:

  • A black top and skirt
  • Red shoes
  • Fuzzy jacket (off Poshmark for $18)
  • A wig (off Amazon, also $18)

Cruella de Vil!

Source: www.style.disney.com

I mean, come on… the girl loves a little black dress with a pop of color. Sure, she has an unfortunate obsession with harming puppies… but I do try to nibble on Ollie every so often!

Here’s my take:

Did somebody say PUPPIES?!

And here I am at work today… chillin’ like a villain:

The wig is just okay, but the rest of the outfit is simply fabulous baby!

Happy Halloween!

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Family Time with the Cares Foundation

29 Oct

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to participate in a 5k walk at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The walk was a fundraiser for the Cares Foundation and specifically benefited those with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). A friend of mine’s daughter has CAH and when she told me that they were doing the fundraising walk, I practically begged her to send me the information so we could sign up.

I know, I know… who has to beg their friend to send them fundraising information?!

However, I’ve actually seen this happen time and time again over the years. So many people are asking for money or business on their Facebook pages, that other people don’t even want to share an organization they are passionate about because they feel like they are just adding to the gimme-gimme noise. But here’s the thing when your friend is passionate about something – like an organization that has helped her navigate a disorder like CAH – we WANT to show up for them. Really!

And we had such a wonderful time!

There were a bunch of fantastic raffles, so we went ahead and donated $20 for raffle tickets and put a few in each of the baskets we liked. Jack had the opportunity to draw the ticket for the very first prize… and it was our ticket!

We now had board games coming out the wazoo and Jack is already obsessed with the mini Etch-a-Sketch from “What’s My Sketch.” We took it with us to dinner over the weekend and it kept all three of us busy competing with each other.

Here are Jack (left) and Travis’ (right) pictures for “make a picture of Ollie”:

And here is “make a smilie face” (Travis on left and Jack on right):

We can’t wait for the next rainy weekend day so we can break into some new games!

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October Thrift Haul

28 Oct

I spent the first weekend of October at my friend Lindsey’s house, so we made sure to take some time to visit some new-to-us thrift and consignment shops. I think we visited 3 or 4 shops within two days? And I found some fabulous scores for fall!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Bird and bowl canvas, original price $80, paid $16.50

Do I need another canvas for my house…? Probably not. But when I see something I immediately love, I buy it and figure out where it will fit in later! This cute little bird canvas still has the original $80 tag on the back and I paid $16.50. It found a home on one of my kitchen wall pretty much as soon as I got home.

Lucky Brand perforated black booties, $17.50

I love Lucky Brand booties and have a brown pair from a couple years ago that I have worn time and time again. This black perforated pair are super soft with the same low heel I like on my brown pair. Similar boots sell on the Lucky website for around $120, so to score these for less than $20 is pretty fabulous. I’ve already worn these a few times and plan to wear them many more times this fall and winter.

Loft blue slub cardigan, $15

I love a slouchy oversized cardigan and this one has fun floppy sleeves. I pretty much wear this type of cardigan over a t-shirt every weekend, so this will get plenty of wear. I like the nubby fabric and this might even look kind of fun over a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves poking out.

Soft Surroundings gray cardigan, $20

I keep finding Soft Surroundings lately! This super soft open cardigan was priced up at $20, but it is perfect for my daily get-home-and-immediately-change loungewear and/or for a top pajamas layer when I’m chilly. I’ve already worn it a half-dozen times and plan on wearing it out over the winter.

Chicos leopard cardigan, $7

I’ve been on quite an animal print kick lately, which I guess it good since all the style bloggers are saying animal print is “in” right now. I couldn’t resist this Chico’s cardigan for just $7. It is super lightweight and I think I’ll pair it with a solid dress to wear to work. I can also see it topping a graphic tee shirt and jeans for a cute weekend look.

Pottery Barn vase, original price $29, paid $12

Another item from the home section that I just couldn’t resist. Once again the original price was still on this for $29 and I bought it for $12. I already  bought a pretty spring of fake flowers and added it to my dresser.

90 Degrees striped zip-up, $15

I love stripes, so when I saw this zip-up hoodie with stripes AND thumbholes, I had to give it a try. It is a nice thick fabric which will make it a great layer for the colder weekends.

All in all, I had a pretty wonderful thrifting weekend. Basically ever single item I bought this month has already been put into rotation in my closet!

I’d love to hear your thrifting stories! Did you find a diamond in the rough (literally or figuratively)?

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Do You Have a Favorite Overnight Oatmeal Recipe?

24 Oct

I’ve been trying to start my day better with a healthy and filling breakfast and I need some ideas! Usually in the summer, I tend to do a protein shake because I like the cold milkshake kinda thing when it’s a hot day. However, now that the weather is getting cooler, I’m craving warm stick-to-you-ribs type of food.

On weekends I like to make eggs and a bagel, or a ham, egg and cheese bagel sandwich, but I need something that I can take with me on workdays.

Which brings me to oatmeal.

Instant oatmeal is just kind of blegh. The instant brown sugar cinnamon kind is yummy, but full of sugar and not very good for you. I’ve tried other *less sugary* packets and they just turn into a tasteless mush that I have to force myself to eat.

In my imagination I want to make something over the weekend and put it into single serving containers for me to grab and take to work each morning.

There are certainly hundreds of make-ahead oatmeal recipes out there on the internet, but I wanted to see if you all had some you actually REALLY like. Maybe something with oatmeal in the crockpot? Perhaps with some bananas or maple syrup or something?

Leave me a recipe or link in the comments!

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