29 April 2011

I, Comment

I know I'm not the only one it happens to - you spend time reading and responding to each one of your comments from a post so you end up with a looooong response. And then when you click "post comment," something within Blogger freaks out and you end up with a whole bunch of nothing. No posted comment, no going back to what you've just typed, it all just disappeared into the great electronic ether. And of course, you're left with twenty minutes you'll never get back.

This is pretty much what happened to my last post, and I am frustrated becauseI haven't left you feedback when I wanted to and because I think I wrote some darn witty things that'll never get recouped.

So my mind is having thoughts to upgrade to a better commenting system, but I need one that the technologically stunted, like me, can use. I know some of you gals use IntenseDebate or Disqus or similar - was it difficult for you to load the system onto your blog? Is it hard to manage? What do you like (and don't like) about it and what do you recommend?

And for you gals who post comments via those commenting systems, what do you consider good or bad about being users of those systems, or should someone like me just stick with Blogger and not trifle with the blogee gods?

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Sweater: J. Crew celosia (worn here before - similar here)
Top: Forever 21 effortless calm tunic (worn here before - similar here or cheaper here)
Skirt: NY&Co. abstract print (worn here before - similar here as dress, here)
Belt: Anthropologie bow & angle (worn here before - similar here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here before - similar here or luxe here)
Necklace: fuzzyelephant via Etsy (worn here before)

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I've been remiss in keeping up with these, but there are still some cool giveaways of the week to be had by some of your fave bloggers, check them out:

♠  Kim from Anthroholic is giving away a pearl cluster necklace from Silver Lining Decor. Contest ends tonight!

♠  Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky is giving away a bike watch necklace and camera card stand from Ruche. Contest ends May 1.

♠  Steph from Anthro-esque is giving away a custom-made blue pattern skirt. Contest ends May 1.

♠  Carrie from this free bird is giving away the amanda dress from kendall k. Contest ends May 2.

♠  Keiko Lynn is giving away a $50 store credit to The Rabbit Hole vintage. Contest ends May 2.

♠  Elaine from I'm clothed much. is giving away $100 worth of products from Fresh Face. Contest ends May 3.

♠  Fabulous Florida Mommy is giving away a copy of Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange. Contest ends May 3.

♠  The gals at Free Honey are giving away a $100 gift certificate to Aveda. Contest ends May 3.

♠  Chiara from The Blonde Salad is giving away a small Balenciaga bag. Contest ends May 4.

♠  Sara from You, Me & Anthropologie is giving away a mega makeup medley. Contest ends May 6.

♠  Audrey from Audrey Allure is giving away the two worlds ring from Purpose. Contest ends May 8.

♠  Nina from alltumbledown is giving away a $25 gift certificate to SkinCareRX. Contest ends May 9.

♠  Urban Sherp is giving away a $100 gift card to Target. Contest ends May 10.

♠  Natalya from Natalya's Closet is giving away a $100 gift certificate to ShopBop. Contest ends May 12.

♠  Marie from All Things Marie is giving away a marie bracelet from BehindThese-Walls. Contest ends May 15.

♠  Tara from Little Girl Big Closet is giving away the sautoir necklace and voluminous scarf necklace, both from Anthropologie. Contest ends May 16.

♠  Kristina J is giving away three $25 gift cards to Anthropologie. Contest ends ?

♠  Debby from Inspired Design is giving away a Kate Spade bangle in the winner's choice of color. Contest ends ?

Lastly, please check out my blog sale HERE - loads of new items added, thanks!

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27 April 2011

Hope in a Jar

I'm a bit over a week into my new morning beauty routine and though I can't say that I see an incredible overall difference, I do have an awful lot of bottles cluttering my counter now. A few of you asked last week, so here's the mish mash I've been using recently: pore redefining scrub, clinical dark spot corrector, brightening eye treatment, moisturizer with SPF, multi-tasking minerals for eyes in well rested, sheer matifying compact, and some blush, gloss and mascara, if I'm feeling particularly peckish.

Pretty much all this to look like I don't really have any makeup on. I have to admit though, that I think the eye brightener and concealer powder are working for me, when I can apply the concealer correctly! I guess these are the types of products I need to consider using more frequently as I find myself not getting younger day-by-day. So between that nagging thought and copious amounts of Real Housewives on Bravo this past weekend, I can't help but to wonder - if it is this hard to try to look "youthful, put-together and like I'm not trying" right now, how am I going to handle it five, ten, twenty years down the road?

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I've never been a beauty queen but I've always been afraid of getting old and all the things (yes, yes, mostly superficial appearance-related - I am that shallow sometimes) that go with it - like grey hair, wrinkles, sagging, paunching, jowling. And I'm not doing all, or much of anything, of what I can to keep myself from aging - but the eating healthier and having a better skincare routine should help. But what about when that is no longer enough?

Am I going to dye my hair to keep away the greys? Yes, I full plan on being one of those 70yo women with a head full of black hair. Am I going to have purchase increasing-expensive creams, serums, ointments to keep the facial sag away? As long as my income continues to go in the same direction as those products costs, yes to that too. Will I supplement my days away with handfuls of colorful little pills, mixers, elixirs? Literal *gag* but I'll probably have one of those massive dated pill boxes on my counter once I take the time to figure out what everything does - mm, mm, vitamin cocktails. Do I have to reassess my closet and toss out the remnants of Forever 21? Say it'll never be so ... even though it probably already is. Will I consider even going under the knife to help myself in a way that Mother Nature can't? I don't know about this one ... but it is probably too soon to say "no way" at this point.

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I'm not going to ask you gals how you feel about getting older because I think it is apparent that none of us are thrilled over the aspect of our fine lines developing into deep crevices. However, have you thought yet, even briefly, about where or not you would do anything to "battle" it?

Would you be like my mom and choose to age naturally and gracefully, and take all the salt-and-pepper hair and crow's feet with a shrug? Or would you be like my big sis, who still looks like she's in her twenties with her perfectly made-up features and trendy (but still working mom appropriate) ensembles? Or shoot, do you think you'll go full-bore Real Housewives style and get the fancy docs to help you kick Time's butt?

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Jacket: Anthropologie Coquille cobbled lanes (I literally just wore this - but having no time will do that to a gal, worn here before - similar in grey here)
Top: Anthropologie Edme & Esyllte rose is a rose (worn here before - similar here or here)
Skirt: Ruche bold as love (similar here or as dress here, here)
Shoes: Sofft vivian (worn here before - similar here or here)

26 April 2011

Colorblock

I know that I am borderline channeling a cruise ship director here, but it being spring break season, what better time to break out some bold and bright solids? All I need is a clipboard and megaphone (do people still use megaphones, or am I behind the times?) and I'm ready! All aboard for colorblocking! 

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Jacket: Anthropologie Coquille cobbled lanes
Top: Ann Taylor silk (similar patterned here or solid here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Odille drawing parallels (worn here before - similar midi here)
Shoes: Bandolino peep-toe bow (worn here before - similar here or here)
Shoe clip worn as brooch: Lilywinkel via Etsy (worn here before)

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Pacey wants you to know that in honor of it being Tuesday, it is time for the next Respect the Outfits reader feature! This time, at my pup's request because she wants proof that she is not the only pet made to wear funny pins and to pose in front of a shiny flashing box, we're going to feature You & Your Pets (check out the last reader/pets feature here)!

Send in an outfit pic with you and your adorable animal(s) - tell me your outfit details, your pet name and your blog link, if applicable. And it doesn't have to be a specific new outfit/pet pic either - if you have a great fashionable pic of you and your dog/cat/snake/fish/hamster/ant farm, send it in! We all love checking out each other's great style and cuddly companions!

Feature will go up next Thursday, May 5, so please send me your pics by Wednesday evening! Pics can be sent to respecttheshoes(at)live.com. Thanks for keeping this great feature going, ladies!

25 April 2011

Ruffly Striped Noodles

I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend, ladies! To start things out, here are some of my outfits from this weekend:

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Dress: Anthropologie Eloise stormy seas chemise (check stores, similar less here or here or here)
Sweater: J. Crew featherweight cardigan (worn here before - similar here or pattern here)
Shoes: Toms kenya stripe wedge (size 7.5 available in my blog sale here)
Necklace: gift from friend (similar-ish here)

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Top: Crewcuts dazzle (similar tank here)
Skirt: J. Crew linen mini (similar here)
Shoes: Indigo by Clarks edamame (worn here before - similar here)

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As for my Easter dinner, I didn't cook the "great American Easter version of Thanksgiving" dinner. Seemed like too much hassle for just two people. Plus I was just clueless and didn't feel like making a whole ham. So we grilled some meats and had them with salad and some dinner rolls.

However, on Saturday night, I did try out a new-to-me recipe I stumbled onto from The Pioneer Woman - her sour cream noodle bake. When I first read the ingredient list, I was a little dubious about the flavor combo, but the yummy food photography swayed me and I am glad I tried it. BF even had seconds! which is typically a sign of recipe success - BF is worse than Mikey!

We used fat free cottage cheese and sour cream to lighten the load, and next time will try this with some ground turkey or chicken. I did toss in some fresh basil, but pretty much kept true to the recipe. And of course I made enough to feed a small army.



So because I am nosy and a total food addict - what did you all have for Easter dinner?

22 April 2011

Classic Meets Lisa

I know what you're thinking. It would have been a real easy winner of an outfit for me if I had just whipped out some dark denim to go with the rest of my ensemble. It would have been classic yet chic, two things I strive for every day when I get dressed - followed quickly by mental head games of "is this look too young?", but that's probably for another blog post. Throw in some killer heels and a fun necklace, and I probably would have hit one out of the fashion ballpark.

But that is not at all what I did. And I don't know if this outfit is now considered a fashion blogging win or meh, but I am having a hard time keeping myself from this spring's "modern red" color from J. Crew. Something about the vibrant orange really speaks to me, and shorts always makes me think of glorious weather and lazy loungy days, especially because it is dreary overcast today.

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Pacey pup projectile!

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Jacket: Boden fringed tweed (if you have broader shoulders, order one size up)
Top: J. Crew max & molly gallery (similar-ish here in color or here)
Shorts: J. Crew chino
Necklace: J. Crew ribbon marble (similar here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (check stores, worn here before - similar here or lux-ier here)

FYI - I'd added some new items to my blog sale - click the "My Shop" button on the right or click HERE.

Happy Easter and Passover, ladies!

20 April 2011

My Picnic Tablecloth Shirt

Thanks for your feedback and advice yesterday on my less-than-stellar eating habits, ladies. I've only kept a food journal for two whole days now, but I've consciously been cutting back on my consumption of random junk - though it's so hard when you're a bored eater like me, and when your live-in wants to have cheese sticks, Buffalo wings and fries for dinner!

I think I may need to take some more drastic measures and do a cupboard cleanout (do we need to keep four bags of chip crumblies, probably no ...) - I'm not so ambitious that I want to get rid of all junk in my home, but to clear away clutter to make room for some better foods. If I have fewer bags of chips or sweets and more good stuff, maybe I'll reach for that more.

The whole drinking something in place of eating something is a bit more difficult for me to get over, though. I commend you guys who can drink some tea after dinner and be satisfied and I am trying to abide by the not eating after 8pm thing, but it is hard. Only recently have late-night sugar cravings been kicking in and drinking juice won't satiate them. Somehow a spoonful of Cool Whip did the trick - but I don't think there's one naturally-occuring ingredient in there?

And that is a really random lead-in for what I really want to know - with Easter Sunday approaching, what are you gals planning for dinner? The BF and I want to do something special for dinner that evening (it is the springtime version of Thanksgiving - or am I the only one that thinks like that?) but I've done zero planning so far - and it always difficult for me to make a special meal for just two people.

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Shirt: Lands' End Canvas gingham poplin (similar here)
Skirt: Armani Exchange pencil cargo (I know it's a pencil skirt - but look at the front slit, I can walk with that! worn here before - similar here or here)
Necklace: lucie0ellen by Etsy (worn here before - similar-ish here)
Shoes: Mossimo by Target (worn here before - similar here)

19 April 2011

Full Disclosure: Eat Me

I have always been a gal who has loved food - I watch the Food Network all the time, Anthony Bourdain is one of my personal heroes, I love to try new recipes, new foods, new restaurants. I'll try any new food at least once. Second to fashion, I think about food all the time.

I am definitely a bored eater and a compulsive snacker. If you're eating, I want to eat too. If I am bored, I want to eat. If it is meal time, I want to eat, regardless of whether or not I am hungry. My body doesn't listen to the "feeling full" signals, it listens to the "am I satisfied" signals - and I am rarely satisfied when it comes to food.

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I guess I've always had a hang-up about food but I hadn't started noticing it until a few years ago. I've always loved to eat and except for a period during junior high where I was quite a bit overweight, I've always been able to consume what I want and mostly "absorb" it. And through high school and college, I've dabbled with eating disorders but have never been a very "successful" at it - I loved food too much to deny myself.

As I am getting older, I am noticing that this eating what I want business is catching up with me. My diet is mostly unhealthy and it is getting out of control. I need to take charge of what I put in my own body. This is stuff I realized on Sunday night, after mentally recapping my day's indulgences ...

... which included:
  • Breakfast: turkey & salami sandwich on sourdough baguette
  • Snack: small movie popcorn & cherry frosty
  • Lunch: turkey sandwich on sourdough baguette, handful of Jelly Bellies
  • Snack: slice of apple pie, handful of green bean chips
  • Dinner: NY strip steak with waffle fries, salad
  • Dessert: slice of apple pie
  • After-Dinner Dinner: leftover steak fried rice
  • After-Dinner Dessert: apple Toaster Strudel

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I think there's enough negativity about our body image in the world that I don't want to add to it, so please don't think I am being unecessarily vain and just whining about feeling fat because I know I'm not (though certain times of the month, I feel like the size of a zeppelin). But I was shocked at the amount and poor quality of food I consumed and I realized that I need to learn to eat healthier and be more conscious about what I am putting into my body.

However, I am also a realist and don't think I can turn myself into one of those "I eat local organic non-gluten vegan-only" chicks because I refuse to give up the dirty carbs which includes pizza, pasta, ooey chewey white bread, amongst other things. Plus I still think about food and trying food all the time, and live with a man who thinks of vegetables as a nasty four-letter word.

So what do I think will turn me around from decades of poor eating habits and a compulsion with food? I'm not really sure yet, I haven't done the research. But I am starting a food journal so I can keep track of what I am consuming, and I've bought a ton of gum so I can chew that when I am bored instead of stuffing Cheetos into my gullet.

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For you healthy eaters out there, what started you gals on your healthier eating path? And for everyone, can you please offer me some advice or tips so I can stay on the "straight and narrow" of food, while not feeling like I am denying myself?

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Sweater: Anthropologie Moth jewelers choice (check stores - similar in red here or ish in green here)
Skirt: H&M silky floral (worn here before - similar here or here)
Shoes: Nine West temani patent wedges (worn here before - similar here or here)

18 April 2011

No-Makeup Makeup

As far of the finer aspects of looking like a girl are concerned, I seemed to have gotten left behind in the beauty department. Makeup and I have never been friends, as we don't hang in the same crowds and haven't taken the time to know each other.

Dabs of concealer, a puff of powder and quick sweep of blush are about the only products I actually put on daily and mascara only gets applied on the days where I am bound to rub at my eyes a lot. I don't own eyeliner as I am scared of it, and I only recently purchased a set of eye shadows that I rarely use.

As for my skincare routine, I am just getting interested in that ('cause I am not getting any younger and fresh-looking here). My mom has been a life-long Olay devotee so I've been using their Total Effects 7-in-1 moisturizer for years now and have recently added Philosophy Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope to my routine. I haven't broken out or turned into a wrinkled hag yet, so I guess these new products are working?

My freckles and dark eye circles have always been "sore" facial items for me, though, so on an anti-dark eye circle beauty bender last night, I ordered a bunch of stuff from Sephora and Nordstroms, all in hopes of "brightening" my face. I haven't found a concealer or cream yet that has helped my eye circles, but I'd be happy with my stripped-down beauty and makeup if I can actually manage to look "fresh."

What is your everyday makeup routine? What makeup items can you not live without? Do you gals have a rec for a non-cakey, non-smudgy under-eye concealer?

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Blazer: Zara cotton (similar here)
Top: Anthropologie Fei buttondown cowlneck (similar here)
Jeans: J. Crew high heel flares (worn here before - similar here or here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (check in stores, worn here before - similar here or here)
Belt: J. Crew embossed (similar here)

16 April 2011

Bienvenidos a Miami

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Top: Anthropologie city cousin
Shorts: Loft metallic zebra jacquard
Sandals: Mossimo by Target wedges (worn here before - similar here or here)
Necklace: Overstock overlay camelia flower (worn here before - similar here)

I'm back, ladies! I don't know how you gals deal with blog absences, but as slammed as I was this past week and barely had the time to even go online at all, I couldn't help but feel twinges of blog break guilt over leaving you gals - no blogging and no blog reading makes Lisa something something ... I'll be catching up with all your blogs over the next few days!

I spent this past week in the sunny seashores of Miami Beach - and boy, is the locale awesome. I wish I could've spent more time enjoying myself but I had about two hours of combined free time this whole week and this lady is so not beachwear ready anyways. I did manage some sun-time though, except I didn't get any tanner and only managed to double the number of freckles on my face (is that just considered concentrated tanning?).

Above is a "recap" of one of my outfits during some downtime, and below are some random pics from the week:








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