Friday, February 27, 2009


I have a much needed hair appointment today and I am so excited. Since September I have been having dark red hair and today, I think I'm gonna make a change. I think that I am gonna go a little lighter. Think Isla Fisher. Here is another picture. I have been wearing it wavier lately, too. It's so much easier and feels more natural to me. I think I'm gonna let it grow out a little and just get my layers trimmed up.

I also need some new brown, gold, neutral eye makeup. I think that I am going to be making a trip to Seph0ra this weekend to see what I can find. I own lots of great shadows but nothing that I love for everyday. Someone told me to try Bobbi Brown cream shadows so I might go look at those. Crissy told me she likes this in the Bronze Trio. I am gonna look at that when I go to S.

What is your favorite brand of eye shadow? What colors do you love?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just Some Bloggy News- Update

Updated- Ok, The Biggest Loser recap and opinion post is up. Go tell me what you think. Next is Top Chef's finale.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Summer Maternity Dresses for Liza

Liza (who quit blogging) asked for my help in finding a summer maternity dress. She agreed to letting me post it here and get your opinions, too. It was fun for me! If you have a beauty, skin care, shoe or clothes related question that you would like my help on, email me at shoeaddict17 (at) blogspot (dot) com.
Liza needs a dress to wear for her brother's May wedding in Las Vegas. She told me that she wants to spend about $50, doesn't want anything too low cut or floral. With those things in mind, I went hunting. Some people do not believe in wearing black to a wedding. I tried to find other colors.
From Gap Maternity:
(all their dresses are 30% off)
Gap Maternity
Braided sash dress
Gap Maternity
Jersey tie-belt in button down blue (the only color for the price)

Gap Maternity
Twist neck drop-waist
sale $42.65
(not everyone can get away with a drop waist)
Gap Maternity
shirred yoke dress in demre (shown) or sea glass
sale $31.65

From Old Navy Maternity (all the other ones were low cut): Old Navy
cap-sleeve trapeze in coral or black

From Destination Maternity:
(there were more but these are the ones that I liked)
Motherhood Maternity
short-sleeve flutter sleeve
Pea in the Pod/Mimi Maternity
short-sleeved smocked detail
I love this one

Motherhood Maternity
pleated dress in teal
Motherhood Maternity
short sleeved babydoll
Motherhood Maternity
3/4 sleeve smocked dress

From Target:
(spend $50 and get free shipping)
Liz Lange for Target
Smocked-Front dress in grey

Liz Lange for Target
Smocked front dress in red
Liz Lange for Target

Liz Lange for Target
colorblock dress in lead/sea grape
Let us know which are your favorites in the comments. I hope that Liza will tell me what she picks! Good luck.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Shoeaddict Asks

Did you watch the 81st Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars?
Have you seen some/any/all of the nominated films? For whom were you rooting (ha)?
I did watch and I liked them a lot. What I did not like was that it ran over and my DVR stopped right as they were introducing the nominees for Best Actress. If you watched then you know that I also missed Best Actor and Best Picture. I knew who won all of them because of the Internet (Actress- Kate Winslet; Actor- Sean Penn; Picture- Slumdog). I couldn't get away from the coverage. I was rooting for my girl, Kate Winslet, and the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I have only seen that one so far. Oh, and I kinda half watched The Dark Knight which was not nominated for Best Picture but for other awards.

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I am awake at 3 am, again! Blue and I went to bed at around 6:30 and watched a movie. We turned off the lights and went to sleep for 9 but I woke up at 12:30 or so. I looked at my phone and saw a text message from a friend. The message had upsetting news and I have not been able to fall asleep again. I finally just gave up and came to the living room.

I watched The Amazing Race and I'm now watching all last week's General Hospitals. I DVR'ed the Oscars but I did that in my room so I have to wait. My heart is racing and my stomach feels empty and fluttery. I feel both restless and tired, anxious and worn out. I am fighting the urge to eat. It's times like these that I wish I still smoked. But I don't.

I ask that you pray for a family that I know. They have a very, very young baby girl who is fighting to live. This is a DIFFERENT baby from before. Life is just so unexpected and fragile and scary.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Rhianna

I have been thinking about the "Rhianna/Chris Brown" incident a lot. I didn't have my computer when it happened but I sure wanted to discuss it. Today, a photo has popped up on the Internet of her after she was beaten. It is disturbing so look at your own risk. I'm not putting it here so you'll have to search for it.

I'm disgusted by this whole incident. I love Rhianna but even if I didn't, I would still be disgusted. I really liked Chris Brown, too. He is attractive and talented and so young. I don't understand this kinda behavior. Maybe I am very naive, I admit that, but how can you inflict that much pain on someone you claim to love? How can this happen?

I think that he should be punished. It was easy for him to pay the $50,000 in bail (or whatever the amount was) and we all know how (some) people treat celebs. I'm thinking OJ Simpson, helllllooooo! We all know how that abusive relationship ended for Nicole Brown. I am not saying that Chris Brown is the same as OJ Simpson, but maybe I am. Abuse starts somewhere, right? Where do people like this draw the line?

I am a firm, firm, firm believer in abuse awareness. I believe that boys need to be taught from an early age that it is NOT OKAY to hit a woman. It's not okay for a woman to hit a man either. Girls need to be taught about self-worth early on, even though it doesn't always help. I was always loved and cared for and appreciated and I still allowed someone to mistreat me. I was not beaten but I was severely mistreated. I want to help promote awareness for this. I don't want anyone to suffer in silence.

I don't know all the answers. I don't know why some men do this and I certainly don't know why women allow it. I spent a long, long time trying to figure out why I allowed someone to treat me badly and I cannot say that I found a good enough answer. I was deeply ashamed of myself. I didn't want my parents or friends to know and I didn't know why I stayed. I felt sorry for him and I always had an excuse.

I hope that Rhianna finds strength. I hope that she can be an inspiration and that she will bounce back from this. I hope that Chris Brown gets the serious help that he needs and is treated like every abuser should. Beating up a person like that is a big deal. It's not funny, it's not okay and it should not be overlooked.

Happy 21st Birthday, Rhianna!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lovin These!

So, this was fun! Read what this is all about here. Shoes are first!

I need these in black. I am definitely getting these. Maybe in the yellow, too.
Victoria's Secret

I need a strap because I have a narrow heel. These are perfect! I love metallic. I think that I will get these, too.
Victoria's Secret

I had a pair of these last year in a different color. I love them but I don't love the light color. It might grow on me. There is a pair in hot pink but they have skulls on them. I don't want skulls because 1) they are over (I think) 2) skulls are not summer-y to me.

These are just cute!

Okay, on to dresses! The casual-beachy ones first:

This is something that I would like to be able to pack for the beach and wear. I don't know though because of my arms and shoulders. I love the look of it though.
Old Navy

This is so cute for the summer. I like that it has sleeves. I don't know if the sleeves are too long though- maybe so.
Old Navy

This is better. I don't know if my legs can handle it but I love this color!
Old Navy

I want one like this so bad. I doubt it'll happen though- refer back to upper body problems.
B & Lu
Now dresses for the events:

I like this look for any of the events that I have.
B & Lu

I love this. It would be great for a night wedding.

I LOVE this! It's perfect for day or night. I couldn't get a bigger picture.

This looks like me. I don't know about my legs though.
What do you think?

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I have to buy dresses/skirts/outfits for upcoming bridal showers, luncheons, parties and weddings. I am not looking forward to it. I'd love to shop for someone else, someone that looks better. That is fun. Me, not so much.

I don't know really what I want. I am co-hosting Gus' bridal shower and I want to look nice but not old. I feel like sometimes I look too old because I can't wear certain things. I am working on my arms because if I could wear sleeveless, that would help. The dress that I am wearing to the wedding is (very) open and sleeveless. It is very cute and comfy, just not cute on me.

The other kicker- I have to have a few different outfits because the same people will be there for most events. It also doesn't help that I am not a perfect size. Before I lost any weight, I was big but I knew what (large, very large) size I was. I recently bought some tops from two different places and they are big on me. Most of my current clothes- jeans, tops and dresses are too big for me.

I don't think that any of my old summer clothes fit me either. We are going to St Thomas on May 28th and I need clothes for that. I also need some shoes, of course. No! I seriously do. I have ONE pair of semi-acceptable Volatile ones that are not gonna last the summer. Layla chewed two pairs (of shoes) when we first moved here.

Sooooo, I not only need clothes and shoes (and sunglasses, necklaces, etc) but to get all of that- I need money! I'm all worked up about it. I am thinking of going to the mall to see if I can get a job at L'occitane, maybe. I don't want to work at night though. Or weekends. So, maybe a mall job won't work. But, where? A salon, maybe? I don't know. I can't work Saturdays- I have tons to do on lots of upcoming Saturdays.

I realize that a lot of what I am saying is contradictory and bumbly. I'm kinda thinking as I am writing. I am going to try and compile a post of the shoes and dresses that I've seen online that I like, so far. I'm laying a little low today because of a sore throat and headache.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm Back (And A Question)

I got my computer back! I feel like it's been gone forever. I'm too busy (paying bills, laundry, reading all of your blogs, etc) to write anything of substance. Maybe later.

So, um, hypothetically, if an ex-boyfriend's sister finds you on FB and requests that you be there friend, what do YOU do?

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Checking In

Hi, friends!

Sorry that I have been MIA for over a week but I don't have my computer. Layla chewed the power cord- again- and I had to order a new one. It won't be in until this Friday. It's amazing how lost I am without it. I don't know what is going on in the world!

Right now, I'm catching up on Blue's computer but it's not always easy for me to use it. It's his work laptop and he takes it with him during the day and is on it when he gets home. He does a lot of work on it and he plays too.

I will be back as soon as I can. Don't forget about me!

For now, tell me what you did for Valentine's Day.
-Blue sent me flowers and a teddy bear and candy on Friday. Friday night, my family went out to eat (13 of us because one was missing). I had the spicy tuna and shrimp boil soup. I had never had a tuna steak and it was ok. I think that more sauce would've been better.

Saturday morning, I got some flowers from my dad. SIL, mom and I went shopping at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond. First, we had to go to Sarah T's and it was so great to see her. It was only for a minute or two, though. I was there to pick up her bag of goodies for baby Kate's family. Then, we went to an old high school friends' house to bring all of the stuff to her. Then, we went shopping.

Saturday night, Blue grilled hamburgers for Justin, SIL and me. It was very low key but fun. I forgot about the french fries and started cooking them late. We had them for dessert. I still feel guilty about it. Then, we watched a little of Christopher Titus' comedy special on Comedy Central. I love stand-up comedy. Then, I watched some more of my DVR'ed shows from last week.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

My Favorite Color

This is late because I'm sure that you are reading this at work. I presume that if you are at work, you are dressed for the day. I wanted to do this post earlier this week and kept forgetting. Oh, well, maybe if you go out later? Or maybe we can all do this every Friday this month?

Anyway, February is National Heart Health and today, February 6, is National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women today. Wear red to show your support of those with the disease and to raise awareness.

My mom's family has very high blood pressure. Blue's family has it too. Both of our families have mostly cancer-related deaths but this is very important, too. Do you know what your blood pressure is right now? Is it too high?

My blood pressure is usually way too LOW. I have a bp machine to monitor it. I had to get it a long time ago when I was sick all the time. My cholesterol is pretty low, too.

If you don't know what your numbers are, make an appointment with your doctor, right now! And check out Andie and Wordnerd's posts on the subject. These two fabulous ladies are also fellow Louisianians.

I'm sorry this post is late! Tell me if you heard about this and you wore red today. Or if you are wearing red by coincedence.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Diet

I have been doing poorly and today that changes. In an effort to "begin again", I've decided to start posting again on the diet blog. I have not done that in awhile so I just wanted those of you who read it to know.

It's a private blog so if you want to read it, let me know. I have to send you an invitation.

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Baby Buzz

January Babies!

I have not done celeb (or any other) babies lately. So, I am doing January babies. I also want to discuss baby names and situations. Like, can someone call "dibs" on a name? What do you consider rules in naming? Alls fair?

Tuesday, January 6, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck welcomed their second child. The baby, a girl, SERAPHINA ROSE ELIZSBETH, joined sister Violet Ann.

Monday, January 12, Alison Sweeny (Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives) and husband, Dave Sanov, welcomed their second child. A daughter they named, MEGAN HOPE, joined big brother, Benjamin Edward.

Thursday, January 15, Bear Grylls (Man vs Wild) and wife, Shara, welcomed their third child and son. HUCKLEBERRY EDWARD JOCELYNE joined big brothers, Marmaduke and Jesse. When asked about the interesting name choices, Grylls laughed and said, "Jesse, Duke and Huck! Won't that be great when they are 18?"

Monday, January 19, country singer Jo Dee Messina gave birth to her first child. Messina and husband, Chris Deffenbaugh, welcomed a son, NOAH ROGER.

Monday, January 19, David Eigenberg (Steve on Sex and the City) and wife, Chrysti, welcomed a son. They named the boy, LOUIE STEVEN EIGENBERG.

Thursday, January 22, Lizzie Grubman (publisist and former reality star) and husband, Chris Stern, welcomed their second son. JACK ALEXANDER was born two months before his due date but is said to be doing well. He joins big brother, Harrison "Harry" Irving.

So, let's discuss the names, shall we?
SERAPHINA ROSE ELIZABETH- I don't like Seraphina. I just don't. I like Rose and Elizabeth and I even like two middles names. I like big sister's name, Violet. I don't think I'd use either for a first name though.

MEGAN HOPE- Megan is not my style and seems a little outdated for a 2009 baby. I love the name Hope though.

HUCKLEBERRY EDWARD JOCELYNE- I think that it's a lot. I like the "cool" sentiment behind it and I like Huckleberry better than Marmaduke. Huckleberry is a better middle name. Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Brad Paisley (who I love, both of them) have a son named William Huckleberry. They call him Huck.

NOAH ROGER- Noah is too popular for me. I like the name though.

LOUIE STEVEN- I think that Louie is cute. The name has meaning for Blue and me. I doubt we will use it though. I think that it's funny that his middle name is Steven.

JACK ALEXANDER- I love, love, love the name Jack. I don't know why I just love it but I do. My little brother wants to name his son that. I think that Alexander is a nice middle name. Harrison is GREAT, too. It's on my long list of boy names.

Names that are currently on my radar-
Evalyn/Evelyn nicknamed Evie- Blue likes Evie and I really do too. I like Eva but SIL's mom's name is Eva pronounced Ava. I also like Eve and Evangeline.
Audrey- I HAVE to always so this one because it's my favorite
Vivienne- and this one
Daisy- it's Blue's grandmother's first name but she goes by Ruth- bringing me to
Helena- Hel-lane-ah, right?
Cecilia/Cecelia- Cece- cute! This name has grown on me a lot. A LOT!
Sadie- I LOVE this. Do you think it's too "dog name" ?

Those are just some that I've heard/read/thought of lately. There are no boy's names because I love tons of them. TONS. Plus, we pretty much (99.999) have a boy's name ready.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday

Everyone knows that I am not a fan of Barack Obama. I also think that it gets a little worse at times because of the "messiah" thing. I have but ONE Lord, Messiah, Savior and He is Jesus Christ.

However, I am charmed by the sweet-faced, darling Obama daughters. I do fear for them and their safety. I think that they are really precious and I think that they should be protected. I pray for them a lot. I do pray for President Obama, too. I do not agree with almost everything that comes out of his mouth but he is a human being and a father.

I think that we should be able to have a pre-game Super Bowl show without an interview with him. However, I am watching it, the interview. He says that Sasha and Malia are making friends and joining clubs at school. I talked about their first day of school and how that must have been really hard. The president says that his daughters have friends over today. That is just amazing to me. Can you imagine watching the Super Bowl at the White House? As pals of the first daughters? Or as the first daughters?

I am just sitting down for the first time today. I tried to sleep late because I didn't sleep well last night. Blue and I went to my grandparents' house for a little while this afternoon. They have some outdoor furniture that I want so we went to measure it. We ended up staying there for a little while, just visiting. I am always blessed to spend time with them.

When we got home, I went to wash my hair and get re-dressed. I was just wearing something "blah" to their house. After I got all gussied up, I came into the kitchen to begin my party prep. I cleaned the house yesterday but I needed to cook. Blue is grilling cheeseburgers. I also cooked our favorite dip, some chocolate chip and pecan cookies and some oatmeal raisin cookies. I also have some green onion dip.

Blue invited a friend from work to come over. We also invited my little brother and SIL but she cannot come because of homework. He is not feeling well but might make an appearance. We also invited a few of our friends but I'm not sure who is coming. We are prepared though.

I have no real feelings for either team. Blue says that he is going for the Steelers. I don't know why but I'll ask him. I usually root for the opposite team from him if we watch a game where I really don't care about either team. I am going to follow that tradition today because I like the Arizona Cardinals story.

Are you having or attending a Super Bowl party? What will you be eating, making or bringing? Who are you and your household rooting for today?

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