15 January 2013

Helping Myself

green & pinks

Though I like to think of myself as a fairly independent modern working woman with a passable set of "urban assault" skills, I can't help but to turn into helpless girl mush when it comes to certain things and almost always ask for help. Like opening jars. Programming anything that uses a battery or has a remote. Grilling. Assembling items that require a multi-page instructional book. Flipping any sort of switch in the utility room. Things that live under the hood of the car.

green & pinks  green & pinks

However, as "damsel in distress" that I can be sometimes, there are also things that somehow pride overrides and refuses to let me budge on, so I go on alone without a whimper. Like hauling around stuff - packages, groceries, rearranging furniture. Losing my way - men aren't the only ones who don't ask for directions. Making a meal - unless it involves grilling, I'll do everything except that. Doing the laundry - maybe I am a sucker for punishment, or maybe I am so Type A no one else knows the right (i.e., my) way of folding towels.

(What I for sure never need help with? Finding anything on the Internet. I have a black belt in Google kung fu - if it's on the Internet, I will find it somehow).

What things do you often finding yourself asking for help with? And are there things you're too proud to ask for help with? 

green & pinks

green & pinks

green & pinks

Sweater: J.Crew jackie pullover (worn here - same cardi, same striped, sim)
Shirt: Loft henley two pocket (sim, sim, B/W version, solid)
Jeans: J.Crew destroyed vintage matchstick (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: J.Crew factory chandelier (worn here - sim, sim, modern)
Bracelets: Asos pyramid spike & stone (silver), Target (sim)
Clutch: H&M (worn here - look-alike, sim, sim, solid pricey & steal)
Shoes: KC Reaction swim n fool (worn here - sim, sim, platform)

92 comments:

  1. The number one thing I ask for help with is killing bugs!! I'm such a baby when it comes to that! Really loving your mix of color here :)

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    1. Ooh, bugs! I remember having to leave for a biz trip one morning when I saw the world's biggest inset - I had not idea what it was, but it was walking around the floor, so I grabbed the plunger, put it over the bug, and let a post-it note to please kill. I know.

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  2. I love this casual look today! I also love google, and am not sure how I got by without it. I'm really pretty good at asking for help, but I have a whole class of 7th graders who look to me for answers. Thank you google for coming to my aid. :)
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    1. I used to make fun of Wikipedia, but it's totally become my go-to for info, secondary to Google!

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  3. Love the bright colors in this outfit!

    Since I'm so petite, the things I ask for help with usually involve reaching things up high like changing light bulbs (which I couldn't reach even if I stood on a chair). And my hubby is the one that does the laundry which I'm perfectly okay with :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  4. Love the bright colors and the yellow pop of your necklace! I have gotten pretty good at the jar opening thing. (I have the plastic grooved thingy that opens anything!) But I completely hate taking out the trash...so I wait till my Husband is home, so he will do it. Even if said trash is almost overflowing...

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    1. Ooh, I need one of those grooved plastic things. I've tried a thick rubber band before and it has worked.

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  5. For the life of me I cannot seem to ever open a stupid spaghetti sauce jar or a jar of pickles! My boyfriend has issues with spiders so I always roll my eyes and kill them for him.

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  6. The bright pops of color, distressed denim, and leopard are such a fun combo!

    I can't open jars, either. Like Sharon, I'm petite so usually need assistance with reaching things :). Thank goodness for my tall husband!

    xoxo

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    1. I can't reach things either, but at home, I'm a climber, hehe. Totally all over the counters if necessary.

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  7. ha, this reminded me of what my mom does with cans (and i'll do too if i need to). she bangs on the top corners of the cap with the back (heavy) end of a knife to make dents in the top. it breaks the tight seal allowing the top to come off more easily. it still goes on fine after and keeps just the same

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    1. I've tried that but totally has never gotten it to work for me.

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  8. I love all the bright colors in this look - they just leap off the page! And your shoes are darling!

    I ask for help frequently when it comes to cooking, it's just not one of my strong suits. I don't mind asking for help on that, my husband loves to cook, so we often do it together.

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  9. I adore those shoes! You look fab.

    I was trying to open some cough syrup and after hearing me struggle for about 5 minutes the hubs got out of bed and opened it for me. I kill bugs, open jars and do many things. I let the hubs grill... Not interested in mastering that skill.

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    1. People shouldn't have to open their own cough syrup bottles - it means they're sick, and sick people should be taken care of and swaddled, hehe.

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  10. The green and pink together is great, love it! I admit to playing the damsel in distress as long as the bf is around, but he's 6'4" so I'm gonna take advantage of it! But on my own, I'm self-sufficient. One of the things I do and won't ask help for is carrying those giant water-cooler bottles from the grocery store to the car. I'm strong, I can do it. I think it confuses people (and maybe impresses them) to see a 5'2" girl carrying one of them. :)

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    1. Wow, giant water cooler bottles? I'M impressed!

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  11. I am the same way, my only claim to fame is Google searching :) Love these colors, brightens up these cold days we are having!

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    1. Oh it's been so wet and dreary in the SE lately, so bleh ...

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  12. I am in love with this color combination!

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  13. So bright! I love the color combo, but I'm not ready for spring yet!!! We've only had like two weeks of actual winter so far!!!!!

    Taylor

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    1. I don't care if it's cold, but I'd love to see another sunny day! This warm-ish wet dreary SE weather is getting to me!

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  14. OMG I am the same way!!! Having Patrick gone showed me a lot about what I had forgotten when I was a single woman. I love your bright colors today Lisa!

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  15. I have learned that it's far easier, less frustrating and sometimes much cheaper for me to just ask for help with computer and any related technology! I love that green sweater and the color is fab on you! I also love the color combo with the shirt and those jeans were made especially for you I just know it! Please wear that green more often! It's a great color for you but it's also a happy color and seems to match your personality!

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    1. Oh yeah, me and technology - I just mainly leave it alone if I don't get it, hehe.

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  16. Green, pink and yellow! Lovely! :) I am wearing mint today and somehow felt weird wearing color since it's so dreary outside! You look awesome. Anyway, after meeting Chris, my instinct is to ask him for everything!!! He even taught me how to use my camera. But the one thing I ask most for is about computers and internet. Don't even want to deal with it! :)

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    1. Oh yeah, I am def not the one who gets the Internet set up - I try to avoid over-the-pone tech support if possible, because I feel like they need to speak to me like I'm a idiot - because I can be!

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  17. cleaning out the fridge. that is the one chore i hate doing. :P

    the yellow with the green is just gorgeous!

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    1. I don't mind cleaning out the fridge - I just don't clean the fridge itself, hehe.

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  18. I LOVE how you accessorized this outfit - the clutch, your necklace, those bangles - it's just perfect! My husband travels (a LOT) for work and instead of asking for help from others, I usually wait until he gets home and then give him a list of honey-dos. :)

    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  19. I love the bright mix of colors! I will never let anyone help me cook!

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  20. Oh god, I'm worse than any of the guys I know about asking for directions. I just...it hurts my pride too much. Also, you always have the best accessories! That necklace is awesome!

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    1. For directions, I figure if I'm close, I get figure out the rest of the way somehow ...

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  21. The colors you're wearing make me smile - such a cheerful mix! :)
    I rely on the boyfriend for computer stuff ... he picked out the computer, set up the modem so it's not publicly accessible, etc. I know nothing about cars and how they work. When I was teaching, I also asked for help setting up my classroom - I have no spatial planning skills at all, and one of my colleagues loved that stuff and was good at it.
    Like you, I like to haul my own stuff. I like to think I am a pretty good cook, too. :)

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    1. Oh yeah, don't put me in front of a computer or other electronic equipment and make me call tech support - nothing good comes out of that, haha!

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  22. These colors look so good together. I love it! And I love your necklace!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  23. the colour combo here is stunning, Lisa. you always look like a ray of sunshine!!

    i'm that girl on the plane that can NEVER get her overhead luggage in, no matter how hard i try. *cue damsel in distress look in planes*

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

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    1. I've seen some chicks try to be so independent with their luggage on planes that they climb on the seat to haul their stuff in the overhead. That's cool that they can do so, but I think most people would prefer she just ask for help instead of treading all over someone's seat!

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  24. I like the pink and green together, and those are some really fun shoes.

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  25. Love all of the brighter shades together and that necklace is SO incredible!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  26. Hehe this is a great topic Lisa! I find I'm pretty determined so I usually try my hardest before giving up and asking for help. That being said I do know my limits and ask for help when I really do need it (aka those things that live under the hood!!). Cute color combination :)

    Tasia

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    1. Oh yeah, you want to see something get really messed up - just ask me to start unscrewing things and pulling wires!

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  27. I love this look! The combo is so great :)
    Annnnd, I'm a self-helper all the time, I hate asking for help, ha ha :p
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  28. Lisa,

    It's hilarious how you mentioned google kung fu. I can pretty much see myself as I read your post. not only jars but sometimes water bottle and other bottles with a cap....I can't seem to open them sometimes. love your neckllace and sweater combo.

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    1. I do pretty much do everything short of stretching and tying a headband around my forehead before I sit down in front of Google, hehe.

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  29. Lisa, you killed me with Google Kung Fu! HAHAHAHA You've got your black belt in that huh? I give it hell too. I can do pretty much everything except house fix it and car fix it stuff. Just last year, I learned how to change the shower faucet head. HAHAHA I have to keep a good car and maintenance, because I don't know how to change fluids nor change a flat tire. I keep AAA. Oh, and I'm not a good at sewing. I don't have a boyfriend or husband yet to do those things SOOOO I let my fingers do the walking in the yellow pages. HAHHAAHA Love that pink and green together.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  30. I'm not good at HGTV home repair stuff. When I first moved out I used the back of an ice cream scoop as a hammer for years. Love the colors and the proportions of this outfit. Every time I see one of your pics I think... must wear more color :)

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    1. When I first moved into my own place I got all these "fancy" hammers and screw drivers and stuff - and they are still around somewhere looking sleek and new because I never use them! Wanna see a screw head get stripped? Hand me a screw gun!

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  31. I love your shoes and how you have layered this look!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  32. I love when you wear green! It really is your color :). I need help opening jars too... and pretty much everything else you mentioned! I don't mind asking for help either, especially from my fiance. Because I know he can't really operate anything in the kitchen. It's a give and take ;)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  33. ohhh the kelly green mixed w/ the coral and yellow are beautiful together such a gorgeous combination!!

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  34. Love these colors together!! I tend to ask for help when it comes to home repairs ;) Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes! xo, Julie

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  35. love all these colours together, great look!

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  36. So many fun pretty colors! Beautiful necklace too...

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  37. Oh, my God! You were practically describing me! First paragraph is all me and I am 'anal' about folding things and they have to be in line and arranged according to color.. I think I need a shrink ;) Looking great as always and I might have to copy this look one day! Thanks for inspiring!

    Kisses from Dubai!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/



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    1. Oh Dubai! I have a work conflict, otherwise I would have gone to Dubai next week for a show - the shopping there is fantastic!

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  38. I love the necklace :) I think I may have to invest in one too :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  39. I LOVE all the colors in this outfit - it's so fun! And I hate asking for help...but I usually need it for most of the things you listed above...ah well :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  40. bugs. hate 'em. mice and similar vermin. ugh.

    I have reached the age where I'm going to have to learn to change tires. I used to be able to cause helpful guys to stop and do it for me, I'd just open the trunk and stand there and a trucker with a full set of tools would pull over and gallantly get to work. Not so much these days.

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    1. *knock on the wood* I've been lucky enough that I've never had a flat before, but I've "helped" co-workers before when they've had flat tires (help, like stand there for moral support). I don't think anyone would pull over to help me if I ever had a flat - I do have my local tow company's card in my purse, just in case ...

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  41. Your outfit today reminds me of a watermelon! I'm awful with the technology stuff. I either get my boyfriend, dad (or now, little brother) to help me with anything laptop, camera, smartphone, tablet related.

    I have myself a good IT/support system.

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    1. Haha, I love it and never thought about it - I AM a total watermelon!

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  42. i love your outfit, you have such great style.
    and i totally feel the same way.
    somethings i always ask for help for, but somethings i refuse to ask for help for.
    thanks for stopping by my blog.

    K

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  43. i love your outfits like i always have! this is so neatly and cute put together! youre so colorful before the spring season already, love it.

    5ftandpetite.blogspot.com

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  44. I love your bright and colorful outfit! So I always make my husband do things like: kill bugs, reach things in high places so I don't need to get out my step stool, and anything car related.

    However, like you, the internet is my place. And technology related things too. My husband asks ME for help. And since you mentioned laundry, I agree. My husband tends to fold clothes while they are still inside out. Why would you do that? So folding is my thing. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  45. Color blocking like a pro!! xx

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  46. Striking color combo! Love the cheetah pumps!

    -Tiffany
    http://stylesidebar.blogspot.com/

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  47. I absolutely love how colourful this outfit is!! You paired the pink and green so wonderfully together. I am still a newbie at pairing colours together but you make it look so easy and effortless!

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  48. Oh man! for me it's killing bugs/spiders. I have gotten better at it because JB makes me do it myself sometimes as he says I'm a big girl and need to do it on my own, ha!

    great outfit!

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    1. I know! I get groans all the time when I see a bug and start whining - though I've gotten good at ignoring the ladybugs that come in sometimes to get away from the cold!

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  49. Oh wow, I loooove this outfit, anything that has pink or green together I love but both together is just calling my name, definitely something inspiring.

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  50. I love this bright mix!
    I don't usually like to ask for help obtaining things out of my reach. I'll get a chair or stool or package of spaghetti and get it down. (when I'm in the grocery store and can't reach something I hit it with spaghetti until its within reach. I bet I look so silly, but hey...)

    Chic on the Cheap

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  51. Love the pretty bright colors! I hate asking for help unless it's necessary, lol.

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable


    Enter my Necklace Giveaway!

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  52. Such a gorgeous outfit! I love your use of colours and your feature pieces with the necklace and those amazing shoes!

    xx Mandi
    www.findmeamuse.com

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  53. Love the look!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  54. I have that clutch and I absolutely love it!

    This outfit is perfection. Love your necklace!

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  55. Loving these bright colored layered together!

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  56. Seriously what did we do before the Internet???? Love this bright and cheery outfit - it makes me happy :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  57. The colours are super fly. I don't know if anyone says that anymore...but they are : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Haha - first thought that came to mind, those Fly Girls from "In Living Color" waaaay back in the day! I was probably too young to have been watching that show, but it was ridiculously funny!

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  58. I'm a Google ninja too :) And I had to stop by & say these colors are totally "super fly" (as Suzanne so perfectly pointed out above)

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  59. Look at all that color !
    I like how all of your clothes seem tailor made. DO you get them altered to fit so perfectly?
    and the shoes.. i love the shoes !

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Lorena! I know fit is important, especially when you're a shortie like I am, but other than hemming, I can wear off the rack for the vast majority of my clothes. I guess I can thank being proportioned like a boy with no many curves or a tiny waist! ;o)

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  60. I love how all the colors in your outfit combine to make a happy whole. Just looking at them makes me happy. :)

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