I totally understand...

 If you've given up on me. It makes sense really. Who reads a blog when there are no postings for over six months? Honestly, I wouldn't. So here I am, begging for your forgiveness and understanding. The last six months I needed to just disappear and wrap my head around things. A lot had happened in 2010, some amazing and some tragic, and I wanted to have a little time to myself for things to soak in and figure out what my next move might be. And sometimes life has a way of figuring things out for you.

I have just recently accepted a new job. (Side note: I know I can be pretty vague about who I work for on here, but basically it's so that I can continue to blog without being shut down by my employer) I have my last day at my old job on Wednesday and I start my new job on July 11. It's a big title change so I'm super excited about that, but I know that it will be an amazing quality of life change. A fashion stylists job is glamorous and amazing, but it also can be really physically taxing. At my new job I will be a Style Director so I will be more behind the scenes as opposed to onset. It will be a transition for me to go from the studio to an office but I welcome the change. I've been at my current job for nearly 4 years so I am really excited to shake things up and learn something new.

I can wait to be more present on here with you guys. And again, if you're still with me, thank you so much for your understanding. It means the world to me.

HAPPY 2011

 Happy 2011 my lovely readers. As most of you have noticed, my blog posts have been, should we say, sporadic (slash non-existent) and I want to apologize for that. Life got busy and blogging dropped off my radar, but I'm happy it's a new year and I've had a few weeks to relax and refresh. I've got plenty of awesome things to blog about and I always love to hear all of your feedback.

I've never been a fan of New Years resolutions because I inevitably create lofty goals that I never accomplished and I often spend part of the year feeling bad about my failure, so this year I'm creating a list of goals that I would like to accomplish and hoping that I'll be more successful with those.
1. Run a half marathon. I know, it's a big one but I think with proper training I can do it. Two years ago I ran a race with two girlfriends and loved it, I need to tap back into that energy.
2. Take better care of my skin. Growing up I had terrible skin so by the time I got out of my teens and I didn't have to mess with my skin so much I got lazy. I rarely wash my face at night and sleep in makeup, I don't use moisturizer, and I never wear sunscreen. It's officially time to remedy those three bad habits. Pronto.
3. No more fast food. Before I got married I would have fast food once in a blue moon. Now it seems that Jeff and I grab it once or twice a week. I had my last taco bell tonight. That's it.
4. Put more effort in styling my own life. I think I style so much for work that often my outfits and home get thrown aside. I need have more pride in my home and my own projects. 

What are some of your New Years goals?

Stepping Out

Now, let it be know that I'm all about individual style. I love people who march to the beat of a different drummer, and their off-beat style. I'm all for a different looking top or a cool pair of pants. But this my dear readers, is a look that I cannot support...

No, no. I am not referring to the scantily clad woman gardening who is destined for a terrible ankle injury and a nasty sock tan. I am referring to her horrendous footwear. 
Just when you thought that the haunting memories bounding off to summer camp in the newest sweetest pattern of Teva's were behind you, the designers over at Grey Ant decided it would be a good idea to team up with Teva to create, and I quote, "the most daring mash-up of the decade." Daring, perhaps, but only due to the fact of the horrible heckling and possible rotten tomatoes thrown your way due to said mash-up. And adding insult to injury, did I mention that they're $330?!? Ok, I'm done.

Banged Up

For the last few years I've had serious hair envy...

 I fell in love with fringe bangs but have had enough bad haircuts (e.g. a mullet) to understand that my naturally frizzy & wavy hair had it's limitations...

 But still, I pined away at how girlish yet flirtatious fringe bangs are...

Until I took my hair destiny into my own hands (or a very capable hair stylist's hands) and got a brazillian blowout...

 And my very own fringe bangs to match...

So my dear readers, what do you think?

Honestly, I kind of think that I look like a different person. And I like it.

Have you ever taken a major hair leap and loved the results?

Music Monday

Hello blog friends, I'm jumping right back into the saddle today with Music Monday because basically it's a good distraction. Here's the music that I'm loving now.

Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Up From Below
Hysteric - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs on It's Blitz!
World Sick - Broken Social Scene on Forgiveness Rock Record
Just Breathe - Pearl Jam on Backspacer
We Used to Wait - Arcade Fire on The Suburbs

What music are you loving? 

An Incredible Love

 I apologize for my absence from blogging. Honestly, last week I was just being a lazy blogger. This week I've been supporting my best friend who is going through one of the most awful things imaginable. On Sunday her husband was suddenly killed in a hunting accident. I want to respect her privacy during this difficult time but what do want to talk about is the amazing love that existed between Bianca and Clinton. I have known Bianca for 7 years and I can say, without a doubt, that the last three years with Clinton have been her happiest. He was a cowboy from Ft. Worth and she was a city girl from Jersey, who had very little in common except for their immense love for each other, but honestly they didn't need anything more. Clinton was an absolutely wonderful guy and it is tragic to lose somebody so caring and so full of life at a young age. So friends, I ask that you keep my sweet sweet friend Bianca and Clinton's family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this incredibly difficult time. There has also been a scholarship created in Clinton's name at Texas Tech (his alma mater) for any of you who wish to donate in his memory. Any bit would help and Clinton would love that somebody else could go to the school that he loved so much because of donations. Clinton James Colgin Memorial Scholarship, Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. PO Box 41081, Lubbock TX 79409-1081

Friday 5

I haven't done a Friday Five in a while but so much has happened in the past week that I wanted to share with you all.

Today is the first day that I've had to wear a coat to work. It never fails that it starts to get cold in Dallas right around Halloween. We've slept with the windows open the last few nights and it's been glorious. I love being all curled up in bed all warm and snugly but I know that the air in the room is chilly.

I moved desks at work and I have a MUCH bigger space now. I love it but it doesn't feel mine yet. I feel a cube transformation brewing...

Mr. Social Thread quit his job on Wednesday and I couldn't be happier. His boss was a complete jerk (for example, he gave Jeff only 1 day off so we could get married) and made life miserable. He is doing sales in interim while he finds the dream job. He's quit 36 hours ago and has already gotten so much encouragement from colleagues and recruiters. I'm so proud of you for making the jump babe!

My sweet nephew is being christened this weekend so a lot of my family is coming in town. I can't wait to see everybody and get hugs from my mom and dad. Hugs from them just seem to recenter me.

How was your week?

A Study In Contrast

A friend forwarded me images of this photo shoot that Australian graphic artist turned style blogger Amy Moss did. I think the images are really compelling. They took a typically unpretty thing like fast food and turned it into high-designer gorgeousness. Very very cool. The rest of her blog is pretty amazing as well. Check her out at EAT DRINK CHIC.

I Can Go For That

When I heard that Indie duo the Bird and the Bee did an entire album of Hall & Oates covers called I Can't Go For That I honestly thought it was too good to be true. Could somebody loved the ever tallented Darly Hall and John Oates as much as I do? Well friends, it's a glorious reality. Seriously, I'm listening to it now and I can't help but do the shoulder jig. My top picks are Kiss On My List, Rich Girl, and Maneater. It was really hard to pick just three because this album is truly magic. Ch-ch-check it out!

Birds of A Feather

 Hello my blog friends! Sorry for the lack of posts, I had a nasty stomach flu at the end of last week that pretty shut me down for 48 hours. Not. Fun. Enough about that. Check out these AMAZING pieces of jewelry above by Elisabeth Bell.  The creator, Beth Kaltman, was a model from Wilhelmina who had extra time while living in NY so she would go to the MET and would stare at ancient jewelry collections for hours (try not to hate her). She took classes learning metal smything so that she could make her own jewelry and her love of animals had her creating the talon necklaces. I've always been a fan of cool gold claws and horns and these are exceptional. I'm especially in love with the Great Horned Owl Talon with a diamond and the Peregrine Falcon talon with the emerald.
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