Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fashion, baby.

I completely abandoned one of last year’s goals which was to change up my wardrobe and style. I’ve kind of lost myself in casual office-wear since starting this job. At Sony, we had to wear black or white button-up shirts (I had some button-up shirts and a polo, mostly black, because I look AWFUL in white) with dark jeans or black pants. I got used to that uniform so I started with those kinds of clothes in the office, but eventually I realized it wasn’t a big deal for me to branch out a little as long as I wasn’t wearing anything inappropriate (read: revealing or with suggestive graphics), torn, or super casual. Now that it’s cold out, I cycle between the same 3-4 sweaters throughout the week, alternating pairs of jeans (and now some slacks that fit me again), paired with my mukluk-style faux-fur boots, combat boots, or flowery skater sneaks. It gets boring.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Things I’d like to thrift

  • Tea cups – to make tea cup candles! I’d love to have some little espresso cup candles to put around the apartment.
  • Mugs – I only need one, to keep at the office. I hate throwing out those paper cups at work after one use, and I usually have at least one cup of tea a day. Alternatively, I bring my clay teapot w/ strainer & matching cup to work & get some loose leaf tea.
  • Frames – I don’t really care what kind, I just need frames! I have an arrangement of approximately eight 8x10” black and white photos (taken and printed by me) in the dining room and it pains me to see them just tacked up there with painters tape (it comes off finished surfaces like photos and posters very easily). I would love to get a variety of frames and paint them all either matching colors or complementary colors to use around the apartment. I’m tired of it looking like a college kid’s place with posters on the walls, I’m done with that. I’ve graduated, literally.
  • Shoes – I am falling in love with minimalist shoes. After years of looking for shoes with proper “arch support” for my elegant high arches (read: pain in the ass, sometimes literally), I did some reading on the minimalist shoe movement (is it really a movement?) and am finding that I can stand and walk for much longer and much more comfortably in simple shoes. My skate sneaks are pretty comfortable, but I could really use some plainer and more easily match-able shoes to wear from day to day in the office. Perhaps ideally I’ll get some shoes to leave in the office so I can show up in boots (if the snowy season ever gets here) and swap for the day. I’m also really going to need some better walking shoes for our vacation to Washington DC in March.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Srsly. Vain.Yes, I’m petty, vain, and whining about my hair.

van·i·ty

1. excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities,achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity.

 

vain

1. excessively proud of or concerned about one's own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited: a vain dandy.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Keeping myself accountable

There’s a mentality I’m trying to break with my modified Whole 30 (also excludes tomatoes, citrus, vinegar, and eggs, to try to find food allergies) that I’m doing this January, and that is the “just this once” mentality. Just one candy and it won’t really count as cheating because calorically and nutritionally it’s so minor. Just one book and I’d probably buy it at the end of the month when I’ve saved some money anyway. Just one bookcase because I could really use it now or soon for aesthetic purposes as well as practical. Just this one time, I’ll buy this thing, and it’s no big deal because it’s cheap, right?

NO. NO NO NO NO. NO. NO.

It’s hard to let go of. Last night I picked up a tin of delicious candies that my grandmother gave me for Christmas and thought “Just one.” I was shocked! Here I am, gearing up for this whole month of accountability by starting a thread to get other people on board, and I’m already ready to cheat on the evening of day 1! How can I make this lifestyle last a lifetime if I can’t last one day? Don’t worry, I’m not really down on myself because ultimately, I didn’t buy the bookcase or book, and I didn’t eat the candy (my boyfriend did though and I enjoyed it vicariously). I have a new sense of pride, even from that one single day of success (so far) because I haven’t let myself or my fellow Whole 30-ers down. I proudly posted today about yesterday’s success and am looking forward to consuming the rest of today’s success (chicken thighs with something else delicious) when I get home from work.

Even Mark is talking about accountability today. Sweet! I am going to send in my own bathing suit photo with the hope that I will have more muscle definition to show off later in the year.

End of month goals:

-Strive for 100% compliance with my diet for 3 weeks and start introducing eliminated foods for a few days at a time to monitor for symptoms (eggs, tomatoes, citrus, vinegar, in that order). If symptoms have not improved after 3 weeks, continue for whole month until appointment.

-Save money! I can’t set a real amount here because this is my base month, to see how much I can realistically save while paying loans, bills, groceries, and rent. At the end of the month, I may buy myself one new book, or something for the apartment (like a tall bookcase). No matter what, I WILL be getting a pull-up bar!

-Be able to do 10 girly push-ups in a row without collapsing at the end. Go, go, go!