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Phoning it In

Last week I wasn’t really too concerned with getting dressed for class because I was preoccupied with my spring break tip to VEGAS!  I had never been to Vegas and I was extremely excited.  The last few days of the week were taken up with packing and shopping to get all the last minute things that you forget that you need.  When it came time to get dressed for class  on Wednesday and Thursday I must admit that I just threw some clothes on!

But, here are my outfits:

March 4, 2015 W (m)

These grey pants are such a staple in my closet!  I think that I tend to pull them out the way that some people do with black pants.  I can always make an outfit with these pants and last Wednesday was no exception.  I threw on a white tank top and a navy blue v-neck sweater to complete the look.

March 5, 2015 Tr (m)

I think I did a little better for Thursday–at least I think that there is a bit more interest to this outfit.  I am wearing a sleeveless v-neck blouse layered over a long-sleeved white t-shirt.  Over top, I went with a velvet burgundy blazer.  A pair of khaki trousers completes the look.

I know that these aren’t my best two outfits ever, but we’ve all been there: maybe we’re sick or tired or just don’t want to put the time and energy into our clothing.  So, we just put on clothes that are functional and call it a day.

Hopefully today or tomorrow I will have a post about my first trip to Vegas!  (Spoiler alert— it was tons of fun.)

-Carla

Spring Fever

I’ve got Spring on the brain!  I know that this isn’t any different from what anyone else is saying, but I am very much over this Winter.  I think that part of the problem is that even though Winter technically doesn’t start until December 21, it feels like it starts in at the end of November/early December.  And, it technically ends on March 21, but it doesn’t always start to be mild and warm until mid-April where I live.  It makes Winter seem like it lasts nearly twice as long as it does!

I’m so tired of being cold and trying to combat that by piling on layer after layer.  And, it’s hard to bundle up and be cute.  Everyday I find myself wanting to go to class in sweatpants rather than a cute dress or skirt.  I know, I know.  These are trivial problems compared to what other people have to deal with.  Because I’ve got Spring on the brain, I decided to go more blonde with my hair last week at my appointment.  I also went with a great transition dress for in-between seasons.  The flowers on this dress and the ruffled neckline make it feel Spring-y, but the dark background doesn’t make it seem out of place in the midst of snowdrifts.

March 2, 2015 M (m)

Tuesday morning I decided to wear a dress.  I didn’t pick out outfits for the week on Monday like I usually do, but I came up with an idea relatively quickly.  When I decide to wear a dress I pick one out that I haven’t worn in a while and then I look at my archives to see how I’ve styled it in the past.  Based off of that, I try to come up with a different way to wear it.  That’s what I did with this dress.

March 3, 2015 T (m)

I usually try to do something a bit more creative than just throwing a cardigan or blazer over a dress but when you try not to do something eventually that becomes the deviation from the norm.  So, that’s what I’ve done here.  I’ve layered a long-sleeved v-neck t-shirt under this shift dress and a black cardigan over it.  I originally didn’t want to go with black tights and shoes because I thought that it would be too dark, overall, but it isn’t.  In fact, I think that the black makes the blue pop more!  I added the silver necklace just to lighten/brighten the look up a bit more.

There you have it!  The first two outfits for this week from a girl who’s got Spring Fever!

-Carla

March-ing On!

Time is Marching on!  Today is the first day of March.  February is such a short month that it is usually come and gone before I feel like I can really get anything accomplished within the month!  Thankfully, some of the other, longer, months help to make up for it.

Last Thursday, I wore one of the outfits that I had created a few weeks back when we suffered a bitter cold spell.  But, since the weather was less harsh last week, I wore those outfits.  I have to admit that I was a bit cold all day on Thursday, though.  The dress and sweater that I wore are both thin articles of clothing and didn’t keep me very well insulated.  But, the arrival of March reminds us that the weather will break, soon.  (At least that’s what I keep telling myself.)

February 26, 2015 Tr (m)

Even though I was a tad chilly all day, I did receive a compliment from one of my peers.  They said that I looked Spring-like.  I don’t usually wear my hair pulled back to class, but I did that day.  I actually liked the way that it looked with the flower pinned in to my hair.  Throwing a sweater on over a dress is an easy way to get more wears out of dresses.  And, it makes it a bit different than the traditional cardigan or blazer as a completer-piece.

Since it is the beginning of a new month, I want to take a few moments and update you on my progress with my New Year’s Resolutions.  You can see the original list here.

Health and Well-Being

My goals for this category are pretty standard: drink more water, work out, be more active, lose 7 lbs., and brush teeth nightly before bed.  I didn’t focus as much on this area as I would have liked.  There are many factors, but the working out and weight loss didn’t happen.  The last time that I weighed myself (last week) I had lost half of what I wanted to– I’m about 2 lbs. away from my goal weight that I wanted to reach on 3/9.  I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am not going to hit my mark, but I can’t rule it out completely.   My FitBit has helped me understand how active I am normally and strive to increase my daily steps and what not.  I’m on the right path there.  I’ve done extremely well with brushing my teeth before bed, though!  I have missed a few nights, but only 4 I think since the start of the new year.  That’s huge for me!

Finances/Work

This section is an ongoing process for me and it involves continuing with my debt reduction plan, pay off my credit card by May and work on retirement planning and savings.  I have made some good headway in this category and feel really good about it.  I am paying on the student loans and am on-track to pay off that credit card by the goal date.  I also mentioned last update that I started payroll deduction for my 401k through my bartending job.

I also took advantage of one of my local bank’s marketing offers for a free $200 if you opened a checking account and used their online banking tool.  I’ve been wanting to switch banks for awhile now and this was just the push that I needed to do it!  I switched my direct deposit allocation through school to put 10% of my weekly check directly into my savings account.  Lastly, on the advice of a friend I met with a financial planner to make sure that I am taking the rights steps to meet the goals that I set for myself.  We’ve only had our initial meeting and we haven’t really started “working” yet, but the plan is in motion.

Misc.

Finally, this misc. category.  My goals here relate to my hobbies: travel more, improve blog, read, sew, and post to YouTube.  I did o.k. in this area.  I have two short weekend trips planned for the Spring.  One is to visit Vegas–a place that I’ve never been and the other is to Florida to hep my sister celebrate her Master’s degree.  I am reading a book but it’s hard for me to find a lot of free time so I plan to catch up on Spring Break with my pleasure reading.

I haven’t been posting on my schedule for the blog as much as I would like.  I am still trying to find time to balance everything, but I am cognizant of it and trying very hard.  The same is true with my YouTube channel.  As I mentioned, February is such a short month its hard to meet those goals within the span of 28 days.  I only put up 1 video during February instead of 2, which is my goal.  I guess that means that’s another thing to add to the Spring Break list of to-do’s!  Lastly, is the sewing goal.  I have not done any sewing so far this year.  I need to come up with a project that I can work on.  Perhaps I’ll try another skirt.  I’ve yet to nail that pattern from before.  It looks like Spring break is going to be filled with lots of work on my hobbies and (fun) to-do’s.

There you have it!  I’ve done well in many area’s, but I need to re-focus my attention on some of my goals in order to make progress in them.  How about you?  How are you doing with your goals?  It’s o.k. to slip up and take a step backwards.  The important thing is that you recommit and start taking steps forward again.  After all, to err is human.

-Carla