Encore, Encore!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Whew!  Yesterday, I spent a total of 6 hours of hard labor in my front yard cleaning up the flowerbed.  I'm so sore today, especially in my back and hands, from all the digging and scooping and attacking of the liriope with the little shovel-pick tool my mom brought over.  Still, I think the results are worth it, and in about two years, I think I will have some truly gorgeous beds!

The Before

Those are wildly overgrown compacta hollies on the left.  This photo is from June and shortly after it was taken, my mom came over and literally cut the things in half.  They looked so sad, but at least they weren't blocking the windows anymore.  Twenty years of tenant neglect resulted in that mess.

Then, on Monday, I had the guys from the gardening center come and pull them out as well as plant my sweet Natchez crepe myrtle:

It may look small now, but in about ten years, this thing will tower 30 feet in the air, providing lovely white blossoms in the spring and much appreciated shade in the summer.

And because, in a strange intersection of circumstances, I didn't have class yesterday, I decided to get that flowerbed into shape.  On Tuesday, my mom and I went to Lowes and picked out 4, 1-gallon Encore Azaleas of the "Autumn Twist" variety.

I know I had dithered here about what variety to plant, but honestly, the Twist have been my favorites since day one.  And at $10 a plant (1-gallon, that is), it was hard to be the price at Lowes.  So I (or rather my mom) took the plunge and whipped out the card.  Our supplies totaled around $150 and I acquired:
4 Encore Azaleas in "Autumn Twist"
6 small variegated (clumping) liriope
2 "Razzle Dazzle" Crape Myrtles in "Sweetheart Dazzle" (These are going next to the shed in the back.)
6 bags of locally manufactured mulch
75 ft soaker hose
1 package of WeedFree weedblocking cloth
1 package of WeedFree clips (to hold the cloth down/in place)
I'm thinking I'll need to spend/my mom will need to spend another $50 (which, by the way, I think is fair because I'm doing the hard part and as property owner, my mom reaps all the benefits of my improvements to said property) on metal edging to keep the mulch from washing away/help keep the grass from creeping into my newly weed-free bed, but it can wait until this weekend.

Anyway, I started my little adventure by pulling up all the old bricks that had been crammed in the ground and used as edging.  This was so tiring, as there were a total of 76 bricks half-buried in the dirt.  Did I mention I have clay soil?  It's this terrible mix of hard clay (think dried potter's clay) and dirt, so when it's dry, it's nearly impossible to get stuff out of it.  Seriously back-breaking work!

The little pile I formed with my newly excavated bricks.

Each spring and each fall, my neighborhood brings in a big dumpster for people to toss all their trash that isn't picked up by the garbage collectors.  That's where those bricks will be heading as soon as that dumpster arrives!

After I pulled the bricks up, I went to work pulling all the patches of grass, vines, ferns, and oak trees (?!) that had set up shop beneath and behind the compactas.  This was the hardest part, especially since there were two very menacing bees that kept buzzing around me.  Eventually, once the grass was gone, they left too.  I had all sorts of nasty vines growing up and under my siding, so I pulled those suckers out, as well as some toxic baby pokeweeds (you know you're in the South when...).  This was the hardest, least rewarding part because the beds looked worse when I'd finished than when I'd started.  It took about 3 hours.  Then the fun began!

I dug my holes for my new azaleas, spacing them four feet apart and two feet from the house and either end of the bed, as they have a mature circumference of 4 feet.  I popped those babies in the ground and covered the whole bed with the Weed Free cloth.  Cutting an X over each plant, as per the instructions, I then tucked the cloth around the  base of the plants.  My bed was too wide to use a single strip, so I used the Weed Free tacks to tack down a second length, overlapping the two sheets to prevent weeds from creeping through a gap.

Then I went back and planted the liriope (both the storebought and the clumps I stole from the overgrown liriope near my driveway).  This was stupid of me.  If you're going to try to rehab your own flowerbeds and you want to use the Weed Free cloth, be sure to plant all your plants before rolling it out and tacking it down.  It makes it much much MUCH easier than having to lift and retuck over and over again.

After the plants were all in place, out came the mulch.  I started with just two bags but eventually had to go back and buy 4 more to cover all the cloth so it didn't show.  After that, I twirled the soaker hose around the plants and turned it on for about three hours.  I would have snapped photos yesterday, but by the time it was finished, it was too dark outside.  I really love my new flowerbed and think that it will look amazing in about two years.  The Autumn Twist variety is supposed to be a rapid grower and a natural attraction to butterflies.  I can't wait for next year, especially since the Encore Azaleas grow from spring to fall, giving me about six months of pretty flowers!

The After

I love my little plants (please excuse the siding, which is in desperate need of replacement), and I'm slowly but surely turning this little house into a home I can be proud of!

Guestroom Update

Sunday, September 26, 2010

 (a close up of the curtain fabric)

I finally have curtains for the guestroom!  Yay me!  And the best part is, I actually helped!  I cut the panels, I cut the tabs at the top, I zig-zag stitched then regular stitched the sides, and I hung the curtain rods.  I left the hemming and the actual attaching of the tabs to the professional (aka my mom!) and I'm so happy with how they turned out.  We still have to make another set, and I need to find a bench (sort of like this one from Ticking and Toile to go at the foot of the bed as well as bring over my great-grandmother's dresser (which is presently residing in my old bedroom at my parents' house) and then I'm done!  Except for art...and making the pillows...

Whatever.  Ain't nothing going to get me down!  I love completing a project.  Feeling so accomplished!

P.S.  I love that my old iBook (on the shelf of the nighstand) matches the color scheme!  Perfect for allowing guests to check e-mail during their stay!

Fall Front Porch

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today was the perfect autumn Saturday. I went to bed early last night (meaning asleep by 11:15) but I had a bit of a stomach ache. :( I knew that because I was going to bed so early, I didn't need to set an alarm to wake up around 9. I was right, though honestly, I think the only reason I woke up was because Lilly stepped on my stomach. Regardless, I had a lovely, lazy morning, culminating in my mom coming by to clean my bathroom, and I mean clean, like with chemicals and stuff. I can tidy my own house, but when I'm busy with school and stressed out, the proper cleaning falls by the wayside. We had lunch midway through and, because my mom is my mom, she also tidied my bedroom and cleaned the front bath too (that I never use).

About the time she left, I turned on the TV to watch the Hogs battle Bama (so sad about the loss, by the way) when I realized...it's September 25...the pumpkin patch opens today!

I checked the website and got the directions and hopped in the car.  I never was a football girl, anyway.  For $20, I walked out with four small (and by small, I really mean medium sized - the pumpkin patch had AWESOME prices) and two medium (the perfect size for jack-o-lanterns once Halloween is a little closer) pumpkins.  Since I was out in the area anyway, and I'd been dying to try the Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Leaf Hurricane Centerpiece Stephanie Lynn posted, I ran by Michael's and the Dollar Tree to pick up the supplies.  Here's what I ended up with, perfect for bringing a bit of autumn style to my porch:

The two pumpkins on either side are the $2 "small" pumpkins and the one in the back is the $6 "medium" pumpkin.  I'm actually sitting on my porch right now, enjoying the cool weather (finally!).  The leaves aren't exactly like the ones Stephanie Lynn used, but I got 150 for $1.  They're really thin, but I was able to glue one on top of the other to give them a little more heft.  I don't know if I'll leave it out overnight, because I would hate for yuck to get in it, but then again, it's covered by the porch roof and I doubt anyone would steal it.

Either way, sitting out on my porch as the sun sets, listening to the crickets chirp and watching everything take on a golden hue...truly, Heaven on earth.

In Honor of Le Poo: Pink and Green Thursday

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My poor poodle Bear may have a brain tumor that's causing him to have seizures.  :(  At this point, we're hoping for epilepsy (something I never thought I'd say), but he's going to see the doggie neurologist, which I didn't even know there were, let alone in Capital City, and he'll be getting some sort of scan, either CAT or MRI.  He can be a grumpy son of a gun, and sometimes he bites, but other times, like when I come over to visit (he lives with my parents), you've never seen a more loving and excited dog.

So here's to hoping, wishing, and praying that Le Poo is okay.

New Fall Decor!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm lately addicted to Under The Table and Dreaming.  Stephanie Lynn has the BEST crafts and seriously, I would love to poke around her house and just marvel at all the decorative goodness.  Her recent post, Creepy Crow's Nest Wreath inspired me.  At first I was going to attempt to copy hers.

Cool, right?  And so fun for Halloween!  Unfortunately, I couldn't find any crows in any of the local crafting stores.  I was actually really surprised.  Nevertheless, I decided to forge ahead.  I've never tried gluing moss to anything, and actually, I've never played with moss, Spanish or reindeer.  I gave it a shot though and I'm really satisfied with the end result:

I love fall and went on a fall decorating shopping spree yesterday afternoon.  I drove up to Nearby College Town (which didn't feel so nearby when I was driving to and fro) to visit the Home Goods there.  Apparently it's actually a TJ Maxx 'n' More, but seriously, I've never been and they had some really great stuff!

I put together my fall centerpiece and as pathetic as this may make me sound, I couldn't stop staring at it after I was finished.  I drew inspiration from Adventures in Decorating, who I found through UtTaD, and her recent post on cloches.  They are super cute, and if I had more surfaces in my house, I'd pile some beauties like hers on them.  As it is, I still managed to put together some cute looks, even if I lack proper cloches.


My McCarty raccoons are playing in the pumpkin patch!

Festive candle on my coffee table!

All of these make me feel like fall!  Happy autumn everyone!  :)

A Little Bit in Love

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm in love.  With a baby name, that is.  Yes, I'm That Girl.

No, no, not that That Girl.  I'm That Girl who has picked out her future children's names with at least four backups on the off chance that she has more of the gender she didn't anticipate.  I, for example, want two girls and am open to the idea of a boy, if it's crucial to my future Mr. Biz (that's what I've decided to refer to him as, by the way).  Apparently that's the thing to do in the blogosphere - refer to your significant other as Mr. or Mrs. "Reference to Blog".  The sad thing is, my mister probably will have to be Mr. Biz, because I'm just too bossy to be Mrs. Soandso.  (Okay, I'm not being totally serious.  He won't have to take my name.  It would probably be more of a Monica-and-Chandler or Lynette-and-Tom relationship, where I need to be in charge so Mr. Biz lets me.  Did anyone else swoon a little when Tom explained to the neighbor how Lynette needs to be in charge to feel safe and he lets her boss him around because it's his job as her husband to make sure she feels safe??  I totally did!!)

But I digress.  As I said, I want two little girls and possibly a little boy.  My son's name will either be Jack Tucker Lastname, after my dad, or Mr. Biz, Jr.  Unless Mr. Biz has an unfortunate name like Boris or Zeus, in which case it's back to naming him for my dad.  My daughter's names are a little more flexible, though I'm currently loving Della Mae, after my great-grandmother.  I mean, come on!  How classic but unique is that?  The thing is, if I only want three kids tops, that means that if I use Della Mae for one, then I only have one more shot to use all the other family names I like, such as Cauthron, Ferguson, Sarah, and Elizabeth.

Of course, if I follow through with Fantasy B, which is the one where I marry a very sexy Spaniard and we move to Madrid to raise our fabulous bilingual children, I'll get to use my grandmother's name, Alma, which is Spanish for soul.  Beautiful, right?

But what if I end up with the more likely Fantasy A, where I marry a local American who lets me boss him around?  I'll want to use my other names.  I refuse to give my daughters more than one middle name, largely because of the whole monogramming quandary it induces, though I remember reading somewhere that if you can't monogram all your initials properly, you just shouldn't do it.  I refuse to push that sad, sad fate onto my innocent little baby.  (Seriously, babies in monograms are precious - check out Sweet Southern Prep if you don't believe me.  Her W and E are too, too cute!)

So, if I want to have all the family names I want (and let's totally ignore the non-family names I love, like Ava and Ada and Addalyn) I'm going to have to have at least 3 girls.  I just don't think I can manage to have 3 girls and a boy.  I'm pretty sure I'm stopping at three, no matter the gender.  Unless they're all boys...  I have too many Lillys not to have at least one sweet baby girl.  Then again, I can't help but remember the family friend who kept trying for a boy and ended up having twins with her third pregnancy.  Twin girls.  Of course, all four of those sweet girls are just wonderful, and I would be beyond delighted to have twins (another strange love of mine - redheaded twins would be divine, thank you!), but with my luck, it would be boy, boy, twin boys, and my Lillys would go unloved by the next generation.

Now I've gone and depressed myself...better go shopping.  :)

Dilemma: The Junk Room

So I have three bedrooms in my house, right?  Right.  One is my room, one is a proper guestroom and the other...well, the other's door stays closed most of the time because I'm ashamed of it.  It's full of boxes, shelving, tools, paint cans, and all the other stuff that doesn't have a proper spot in my home.  My goal this winter break is to clean it out and tidy it up.  The question then becomes, well, what do I do with it?

The most obvious answer is to turn it into a home office.  Problem is, I don't need a home office right now.  In my bedroom, there is a little nook that is perfect for my desk and bookcase.  If I turn the junk room into a home office, what do I do with the nook?  Also, I think my little vanity/desk and bookcase will look mighty silly in that big room all by themselves.  Of course, once I get a proper job and do my great big renovation (details below), I won't have that nook anymore, so maybe the room will be turned into an office at that point.  But for now, what do I do?


In case you were wondering what I meant by the great big renovation, here's what it entails:
1) Walling off the study nook in the master bedroom and turning it into a pantry and laundry room.
2) Turning the window in the newly created pantry/laundry room into a door leading to the backyard.
3) Walling up the door presently in the master bedroom.
4) Getting new siding for the whole house to cover up the newly solid wall.
5) Getting new windows installed throughout the house because apparently the time to get new windows is when you get new siding.
6) Central heat and air because the new windows won't allow window unit air conditioners.
7) Patching the holes in the wood floor from removing the floor furnaces (in the living room and master).
8) Installing hardwood in the master bedroom.
9) Refinishing the hardwoods in the living room.
10) Installing new cabinets and counters in the kitchen to coordinate with the pantry and fill in the space that is currently occupied by my stackable washer/dryer.
11) New flooring that is the same in both the pantry/laundry room and kitchen.

You can't really do one part of that without doing all of it, which is why it has to go on the "When I Get a Job" list.  It's probably going to cost around $50,000 to $60,000 to do, which means I'll have to take out a loan to do it and oddly enough, banks want to see evidence of income before they give you money.  Strange, really.

C'est ma petite.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Je l'adore.

Fall Means Football: Pink & Green Thursday

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love that the majority of these photos are from football teams supporting breast cancer. Breast cancer affects entire families, not just women, and I think it's just fabulous that even manly men like football players can support patients, survivors, and families who are battling this disease.

So T Got Me Thinking...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My new blog friend, T, at Desperately Seeking Seersucker, wrote about going on a fun hike with her pup that turned into something scary.  I can totally relate.  Like, completely.
"At approximately 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, January 24, 2008, UPD received
a report from a female who stated that someone had attempted to force her
into a vehicle while she had been walking back to campus on University
Avenue near the Ford Center some 10 to 15 minutes earlier.

The female said an older model 4-door sedan occupied by 2 males pulled up
beside her as she was walking near the Ford Center on University Avenue.
The occupants attempted to engage her in conversation – she attempted to
ignore them and continued walking. They pulled the vehicle to the side of
the street at the Ford Center and stopped. The passenger exited the
vehicle and grabbed the female’s arm in an attempt to pull her into the
back seat of the vehicle. The female resisted physically and began to
scream. The driver of the vehicle then called for the passenger to get
back in the vehicle as he saw headlights of another vehicle approaching
them. The passenger released the female.

The suspects fled the area in the vehicle towards Ford Boulevard into
Oxford. The female ran to the Inn at Ole Miss to request UPD be
contacted. The female was not otherwise physically harmed. The suspects
have not been located.

The vehicle is described as an older looking, dark colored 4-door vehicle
– possibly a Cadillac or Lincoln Town Car.
The passenger in the vehicle was described as a heavy set black male,
approximately 20-25 years old, with stubble facial hair, wearing dark
colored baggy pants and hoodie sweatshirt, and wearing a do-rag or bandana
on his head. No description could be given for the driver."
That girl was me.  This e-mail was sent out across the campus mail the next day.  It was also reported in the Daily Mississippian, the campus newspaper.  I was never named and for the longest time, I only told a few people.  My dad still doesn't know, and I plan to keep it that way.  Somethings he just doesn't need to hear about.  He hovers enough as it is.

Apparently later, there were some suggestions sent in to the paper that I had been drinking, which was not true.  My friends, however, had been, which probably explains why they let me leave my roommate's cousin's apartment and walk back to campus while they continued on to the bars.  I'm not sure exactly what was said in the paper, as I didn't read it.  I do recall, however, that UPD issued a statement to the effect that I had not been drinking, and I appreciated it.  However, I also think that it's terrible that being under the influence of alcohol would somehow have made what happened to me less of a crime or somehow my fault.

It was stupid.  It was dangerous.  It could have turned out very badly.  I was lucky.  I know for every girl like me, who makes a stupid decision and doesn't listen to her mother's voice in the back of her head but still manages alright, there is another girl who doesn't manage.

I don't know what those guys in the car were planning.  I doubt they even had a plan at all.  I learned a very powerful lesson, though, both about stranger danger in general and about myself.  What might seem like a safe situation can very easily turn into a scary one very quickly.  That was my stranger danger lesson.  My lesson about myself is that I think, should I be a victim of another violent crime (knock on wood) and that one didn't turn out as well, I think I wouldn't go down without a fight.  When that guy tried to pull me toward his car, I was most definitely not going with him.  I hit him with my purse like a little old lady, told him NO!, and then when he let go, I ran and hid in the bushes.  That's something I pride myself on now.  The fighting, I mean.  Not necessarily the bushes. 

As I said before, be careful, lovies!  It's a scary world out there with lots of scary people.  Listen to your gut (which sounds a heck of a lot like my mom) and if you feel like you're in danger, get out.  Don't wait, don't worry about looking like a fool.  Keep yourself and the ones you love safe and worry about the naysayers once you're comfortably situated in your bed with a comforting bowl of ice cream.

I'm feeling better already.

Moving Out(doors, that is)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I finally scheduled the gardeners to come and plant my new Natchez crepe myrtle!!!  Yay yay!

Why a Natchez Crepe Myrtle, you might ask?  Well, for starters, I wanted a crepe myrtle that would grow tall.  I want it to shade the front yard in the summer but drop its leaves in the winter to allow for the sun to hit the roof and warm the house.  The Natchez has a mature height of 20 to 30 feet.

According to these folks the Natchez grows very rapidly, between 3 and 5 feet per year, meaning I should be at full height between 6 and 10 years from now.  I'll also get 110 days of continuous blooming.  Pretty!  Even the bark is pretty:

If I'm going to have something in my yard and look at it day in and day out, you'd better believe the entire thing is going to be pretty.  It's also supposed to be tolerant of temperature changes, which bodes well for me during those random cold snaps in February and March.

I've seen the one they have tagged for me at the nursery, and it's a little over six feet tall.  While they are out here, they're also going to pull out the compacta hollies in the front bed.  They're not terrible, but I'm a flower kind of girl.  I can't afford to have them make up the beds right now, but I do have my eye on these as a replacement:

They're called Autumn Twist by Encore Azaleas.  White with purple stripes with the occasional solid purple blossom.  They grow to about 4.5 feet high and 4 feet wide, and I'm pondering pairing them with these:

Autumn Amethyst by Encore (4 feet by 4 feet).  Dark pink to purple blooms.

As an alternative, I also like the pairing of:

Autumn Chiffon (2.5 feet high by 3 feet wide).  Light pink with a dark pink center.


Autumn Empress by Encore (4 ft x 3 ft).  Medium Pink.

My reasons for selected two varieties are twofold:  1) I like variety, because I tend to bore easily.  2) My height requirements vary.  For the ones under the windows, I'd like them to be larger plants.  I also plan on carrying the bed around the porch, which is a concrete porch with steps up to the front door, rather than a porch that is built on the foundation.  I'd like to plan lower-growing shrubs in front of the porch to help define it without blocking the view.  Right now, the grass just runs up to it, and there is no definition to the space.

I like the size of the Autumn Chiffon for in front of the porch, but I prefer the color of the Twist and Amethyst.  I also think the Twist would look especially nice with the white crepe myrtle.  However, if there isn't going to be a marked difference between the two as far as height goes, would it look better to just have a single variety?  If so, I'm tempted to go with the Twist, though I know my mom doesn't like white azaleas.  But these aren't actually white, they're a combination.

Decisions, decisions!

My Guilty Pleasure Is BACK!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Disclaimer:  This post is full of fangirl gushing.  There is little to nothing of substance.  Read at your own risk.

Season 4 of the best show ever is back tomorrow at 8 CDT.  I can hardly stand it, I'm so excited.  I've been a fan of Gossip Girl for going on at least six years.  I read the books in high school and thought Blair was just too cool for words.  I also read a couple of the It Girl series, which focused on Jenny at boarding school.  I remember when the show first came out, I had to struggle to find someone to watch it with (I'm remembering in particular my friend Katie D was an early convert).  Now it seems everyone loves it, which is awesome because more fans means more viewers means higher ratings means more seasons!

The books are great, but the show is a gazillion times better.  I know they've taken liberties with the characters, but it's all so very wonderful.  I absolutely love the Lily-Rufus plot, and I'm not-so-secretly disappointed that the Valley Girls spinoff didn't happen.  I mean, the 1980s + Gossip Girl = PURE HEAVEN FOR ME.

I most relate to Blair and again, I not-so-secretly would jump Chuck's bones if given the chance.  I mean, Serena and Nate and Dan and Jenny are great and all, but I would just eat up The Blair and Chuck show.  Of course, I have to give props to Blake Lively for having a precious red poodle mix:
 Everyone knows red poodles (even mixes) are the bestest.

In an hour or so, after I get dressed, I'm going to head to Best Buy to pick up Season 3.  For some unknown reason, I got busy mid-season and am tragically behind.  Thankfully, Mondays are not busy, so I can go on a Gossip Girl watching marathon to catch up.  I mean, I know what's happened, but I want the full story.

Some favorite quotes from Season 2
Blair: "I turned over a new leaf.  A new, non-meddlingly leaf from the trust tree."

If you're not planning to tune in, just check out the promo video.  I'm sure it will change your mind:

In case you were wondering, the song on the promo is by Eileen and is a 1960s French cover of Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walking.  It's called "Ces bottes sont fait pour marcher" and is available on iTunes.  And yes, it has totally been on repeat on my iPhone for about three weeks now.

Come Fly With Me, Let's Fly Away!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Being the idiot that I am, I decided to go home for Spring Break my senior year of college instead of boogeying down to DisneyWorld with my amies.  Nor did I go anywhere over the summer.  I know, I'm super boring these days.  What I lacked in vacation in the first 3/4 of 2010 I'm making up for in the last 1/4 and I'm already planning all sorts of delightful adventures for the future.

1) Trip to DC to visit my sweet ex-roomie!  Booked the flight this evening!
2) Trip to Baton Rogue to visit my bff.  Booked the flight a month or so ago, but unfortunately we're having to reschedule, so I canceled the flight this afternoon.
3) Therefore, I will most definitely be flying Continental when I go to Morgan's wedding in January 2012, although by that time it won't be Continental, it will be United (with Continental's logo).  Ah, mergers.

I seem to be doing a large amount of Delta flying these days, so I decided I ought to look up my SkyMiles number.  I lost that sucker ages ago, but the friendly Bindi at Delta looked it up for me and got me all squared away.

I also discovered that the ladies of the local UDC chapter actually went to the nearby county where my grandparents' marriage certificate is filed and found it for me and finished my application, which was approved August 18th.  It's going to be presented to me October 6th.  I have mixed feelings about joining, mostly because I worry about the sort of message it might send to people who aren't brave enough to ask me about my reasons for joining.  That being said, I don't think I should not do something I want to do simply because I'm worried about what people might think or say.

I know who I am, and at the end of the day, I'm the one who has to sleep with my choices.

Exercise - Day 2

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just got back from the gym and was surprisingly there for a mere 30 minutes, as part of my 5 miles/1 hour deal.  I actually ended up doing 6 miles in the elliptical because I was watching the news and didn't want to leave before a particular story came on.  Well, remember how I did my first hour on Sunday and felt awful because the elliptical only read like 3/4 of a mile?  Apparently that machine's readings are screwy because on the elliptical beside it, on the exact same level, I did 6 miles in 30 minutes.

No wonder I was exhausted on Sunday.  I must have done about 11 miles!  Granted, I'm only on level 1 right now, but I think tomorrow I'll step it up to level 2.  I want to feel fatigued after my work out, but not completely exhausted.  Just got to find that happy medium.

Lilly wants me to be skinny too!

Monday, September 6, 2010

No, no, not my Lilly. The Lilly.

Clearly the folks at Lilly heard I was going to start getting active, so they created this line for me.  How kind!

The Vinyasa pants are certainly necessary.

I'm also very much enamored with the Stephanie shift.  The cut reminds me of my aforementioned Andrey from 2008.

Although I think I prefer it in the Turquoise Koi:

And while I know that this dress isn't from the fall collection, I've been obsessing over it for months.  Apparently the other Medium wearer in Capital City was too, because it was snatched up absurdly quickly from the Lilly department at Dillard's, and they only order one dress in each size in each design.  Le sigh.

I also feel that the Shayna dress is necessary for my continued happiness and well being:

I mean seriously, could this dress be any more Blair Waldorf, right down to the pose!

I would get it in white, as I already have a black eyelet dress similar to Blair's black lace dress, and the high neckline of the Shayna really is very reminiscent of Blair's dress from Season 1.

I think this one is my favorite of all the dresses available from Lilly at the moment.  It's just fabulous.