Archive for January 2010

31 January 2010

Weekend recap: delicious food and sales

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food, shopping

Happy Sunday everyone!! Tonight I’m taking about food!

I love going out to eat but I don’t do it very often because I’m cheap. Depending where you go, dinner plus drinks can become an expensive night out. So I save most of my “dinner nights out” for the weekend. I look at it as my treat after bringing my lunch and making my own dinner Sunday – Thursday.

I get so excited about it that I’ve been known to make lists of restaurants I want to go to. So yeah, going out to eat is a big treat.

And after I was told that I had to lose some weight, I stopped going out to eat because it was harder to track my food and find the right items to order on the menu.

But lately, I’ve had the urge to dine out again and this time, I embraced it. I’ve been really good at going to the gym, so a little treat is necessary.  And it was all delicious.

Here’s a weekend food recap:

Wakomono: Stone crab, spicy salmon and Peter Parker maki rolls (my friend Ryan was getting fussy so he started eating while I took the picture)

DMK Burger: Angus beef with Jack cheese, fried egg and bacon with a side of Parmesan truffle fries. Seriously, it was incredible.

Tarantino’s: Rigatoni with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, proscuitto, peas, cream and parmesan cheese

On top of all this deliciousness and a healthy amount of walking to work part of it off. I took advantage of the extra 25 percent off at Gap, Banana and Old Navy with my card so….I went in and picked up two cute things for summer. Love the bold color on the shirt.

Silk blend V-neck

Colorblock striped scarf (I know, I’m obsessed with scarves)

Oh and I put together my Wii/Wii Fit all by myself! I’m not very good at wiring or setting up stuff like this so it was amazing that I did it, and promptly celebrated by sucking at Wii Tennis. Looks like I’ll be practicing a lot more.

How was everyone else’s weekend? Do you love to go out to eat? What are your favorite places? (Doesn’t have to be a national chain).

Shoe envy: Glad everyone liked the shoes I posted on Thursday! I plan to stalk the blue pearl/diamond ones to go on sale. They are too cute to pass up!

28 January 2010

Spring shoe love

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Fashion, shopping

I’m not a shoe girl, I’m a purse girl. But lately, I’ve been cheating on purses with shoes because when I see a row of shoes, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

But I have a love/hate relationship with high heels so I’ve been loving flats. They are much more comfortable!

And now that every store has spring stuff out (bathing suits when it’s 10 degrees outside? REALLY?), I’m out mentally shopping for new flats (that I don’t need) that are tres cute.

So last weekend I went to the happiest shoe place on earth, Nordstrom, and used my Blackberry to take some paparazzi-like photos. Turns out, sales associates are not fans of that, so I had to go rogue.

Here’s what I saw that I loved!

Kelsei Dagger “Tansy” flat. I love pearls, diamonds and layered necklaces. And this incorporates all of my loves in one place. I die!

Linea Paolo (link unavailable). Zipper accents seem to be pretty popular lately and i love that it’s a great accent without being too overwhelming on the shoe

Sperry Boat Shoe. Love the bold color and shine. Perfect for casual workday and weekend. Boat not necessary, but could be cute with straight leg jeans and a loose top

B.P “Frankie” Flat. Love the color, stitching and shine. Plus it looks super close to these JCrew flats that I adore but these are much more affordable

I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to adopt one or two of these into my closet for spring. That’s just the humane thing to do.

I even found these Burberry beauties for Valentine’s Day. SO CUTE.

Are you a fan of high heels or flats? What do you prefer to wear on a daily basis?

26 January 2010

I cannot find my pants (size)

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Fashion, shopping

Lately, I’ve noticed that my pants size is becoming extinct in stores.

Really? Size 12s becoming extinct? Yes it’s true, and no that’s not crazy talk.

I’ve never had trouble finding size 12 pants in stores I frequent because few people wear it. And I’m okay with that because I feel like the store is stocking it JUST for me :)

But now the laws of supply and demand have shifted because size 12s are selling out fast.

For example, a few weeks ago, I went to JCrew to pick up some pants as a treat and couldn’t find my size, so I had to talk to the sales assistant. First, she tried to convince me that I wore a smaller size. Yes, it’s sweet, but when she persisted, even after telling her I’ve worn these pants before, thus knowing my size, I got a little annoyed. Please don’t make me scream out loud that I’m bigger than a size 10, it doesn’t make me feel great.

Finally, she “believes” me and enters that code into the computer to see what other stores have it. After a few minutes, she tells me that ALL JCrew locations nationwide are sold out of a size 12 in the pants I wanted.

I was totally stunned.

“Yeah our size 12s sell really fast lately. We get them in and they’re gone right away.”

“Maybe that’s because size 12s or normal sizes are what most people wear instead of zero or double zero, which I see you have a full sale rack of.”

Okay, that was a little rude, but I was perturbed that I had to buy them online and pay for shipping.

At another store, I couldn’t find the usually untouched size 12s and was told they are considered “special” or “extended” sizes, which are stocked more online.

That’s right, she called them “special sizes.” My size does not need to ride the short bus.

And since when is size 12 is considered “extended?” I call that normal! I’m not ashamed at the size I wear and lately, while my size is popular, I see tables full of sizes double zero through four that haven’t been purchased. Doesn’t it make sense to balance that out a bit? The demand is for sizes 10 and up, maybe…you should stock more of those?

What about you? Do you have trouble finding your size in stores or have you noticed that it’s easier to find things online?

Blog drama: Thanks everyone for the kind words on yesterday’s post about the blog/IRL drama. I loved hearing your thoughts and stories, many of us have been in this spot :/

Sherlock Holmes movie review is still up at the review blog too.

25 January 2010

When the blog bites real life

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Random

Oh blogging. I love it but sometimes I feel like it does more harm than good.

When I started blogging, I shared the link with some family members so they could be a part of my life in Chicago, mostly because I didn’t see or speak to them often.

Then it bit me in the a** a few times. People took offense to what I was writing about or what I wasn’t writing about and that they were mentioned on the blog.

And to them I said, “if you don’t like it, don’t read it.”

But recently, I found out additional people started reading my blog, unbeknownst to me, and found in the archive some posts about my behavior and themselves that they didn’t like.

Part of me wants to say again, “if you don’t like it, don’t read it,” but a part of me feels that exasperation like, OMG I can’t make ANYONE happy.

Blogs evolve and so do the things we talk about on them. And what we write about won’t make everyone happy. For me, blogging is a creative outlet that allows me to talk about things I feel and want to in my own voice. Sure, I may come off b*tchier, lazier or crazier on here, but hopefully for those who know me IRL and have read this for awhile, you know that’s not the case (I’m actually 10x awesomer in person).

But now that I find myself with unhappy IRL people again and I feel very unsure about how to proceed. Do I let myself be censored on a blog that is about me and my life/challenges? Or do I stay the way I am now and maybe be more mindful. Or do I say, f*ck it?

It’s a tough call.

I do know that this blog isn’t about trashing people or saying anything crazy, super, hyper negative. But maybe I need to redefine what I consider “blogworthy.”

What about you? Do you have topics you never discuss on your blog? Or how have you handled situations where your blog has upset family or IRL friends?

New movie review: I love period pieces with some scenes of shirtless men, so I’m reviewing Sherlock Holmes!

Oh and I promise the review blog isn’t becoming all movie reviews. Shopping stuff is coming up soon!

24 January 2010

Weekend recap: Sensible shoes and an elevator note

By: Jessica B.

Happy Sunday everyone! It was a “balmy” 40 degrees in Chicago this weekend, but before I could enjoy it that much, we’re going back into the 20s this week. Figures.

Anyhow, the weekends are usually pretty productive for me. I dedicate Saturday to running errands that I don’t get to during the week and usually, I get around the city pretty well, but the no car thing can slow me down.

That is until this weekend when I had out-of-town company and access to a car. We were unstoppable in making trips around the city. I even was diligent in logging into Foursquare to track everything. And here’s everywhere we went:

I was super tired at the end of it. And I was reminded that sensible shoes are necessary for this much walking. That’s right, everything from Nordstrom to Nordstrom was all walking. Normally, I will pick my footwear based on the amount of stops and walking I will have to do, but I was a little aspirational this time and wore my flat riding boots. Which are lovely but aren’t really made for this level of activity.

The lessons I learned: invest in Dr. Scholl’s insoles for the boots and/or wear the Uggs. Ouch.

And when I got home, I saw a passive aggressive note in the elevator. Okay maybe it’s not traditional passive aggressive but it definitely got my attention:

And the response says:

“Ellen it’s too bad there are people who steal. That being said, I would not leave my detergent in that room unattended for that reason. I hope you at least learned a lesson.”

I feel bad for Ellen, but sadly, I’ve had it happen to me too and learned my lesson that way.

How was everyone else’s weekend? Was it full of football, Grammy’s or SAG awards?

I have to say, the SAG fashion was much better than the Globes. By like, a lot. Most improved?  Tina Fey and Lea Michele from Glee. LOVED both of those dresses.

I couldn’t even pick a best dressed because I loved so many of the outfits!