Less Than Graceful Monday

A Less-Than-Graceful Monday!

1st September 2014

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Happy Labor Day to you from me and this scantily dress friend of mine! I hope you took this holiday opportunity to skip showering and dressing yourself. Labor Day is for waking up late, neglecting to change out of your pajamas, and eating a whole lot of frozen pizza. Of course, if you were forced to work today, I hope that you treat yourself to at least two donuts on your way home. No matter the time of day. You obviously deserve at least two {frosted and sprinkled} donuts.

Our weekend has been busy! There’s been work and research, shopping and birthday celebrations, and I bought two sticks of deodorant for the price of one {thanks Target}, so life’s been good over here. I’m hoping to clean our apartment today {there may or may not be at least 8 DVD cases scattered in front of our television cabinet…}, but that’s already starting to sound like a little too much labor for this girl. I wouldn’t want to ruin the holiday or anything. icon wink A Less Than Graceful Monday!

Anyways, here are a few less-than-graceful moments from the past week!

  1. Whoever thought that it’d be a good idea to have one, single, skinny bathroom mirror that ran horizontally above all the restroom sinks apparently didn’t account for women shorter than 5’5. While the women on either side of me applied their lipstick or fixed their hair, I had a great time staring at my forehead while I washed my hands. There’s nothing like a mirror placed at “average height” to remind me of my lack thereof.
  2. Darrin and I {or maybe just me} neglected to go grocery shopping last week because, well, grocery shopping {ugh}, so we decided to order Chinese food and end our week watching episodes of The Big Bang Theory. An hour and a half later, our order finally arrived, and I was so hungry that I practically inhaled my meal. This, of course, made me incredibly sick. The if-I-move-one-muscle-I-may-just-hurl-all-over-our-couch kind of sick. And I most definitely regretted our decision to have overpriced Chinese food for dinner. Let this be a warning to everyone who avoids going grocery shopping…
  3. You know that you watch too many crime shows when you assume that the necklace your sweet husband left for you on your desk is actually a creepy gift left by someone who has been following you for weeks and broke into your apartment just to leave you a present. I sent messages to both of my sisters and to Darrin, telling them that somebody broke into our home and left me a creepy gift…Darrin responded, “The necklace was from me…I thought you’d like it…”…….sorry Darebear. No more CSI and Criminal Minds for this girl.
  4. My bathroom stall door popped open twice while I was taking care of business. TWICE. The world is filled with scientists and engineers building robots and skyscrapers, but apparently the mechanics behind the bathroom stall door has yet to be mastered.

 

Make sure you check out a few of my favorite Labor Day Sales that end today! The best kind of shopping, according to Darrin, is shopping that can be done from your computer while you sit in your pajamas watching Batman cartoons and drinking Mountain Dew. So if you’re a fan of discounts, pajamas, and lounging on your living room couch, then celebrate this Labor Day with a little online shopping. icon wink A Less Than Graceful Monday!

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Labor Day SALES!!

30th August 2014

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Old Navy: 40% off the entire store!

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LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles!

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J. Crew: Extra 40% off Final Sale with code WEEKEND and Free Shipping on orders over $100!

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High fives and three cheers for long weekends! And for Labor Day sales! There are plenty of stores that are hosting major Labor Day discounts, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces from three of my favorite companies! Comfy tees, cozy sweatshirts, and simple dresses seem to be at the top of my fall fashion list. icon smile Labor Day SALES!!

Here are a few more rockin’ Labor Day Sales happening this weekend!

Anthropologie – EXTRA 20% off Sale Items! Ends 9.1

DSW – So many sandals up to 50% off!

Fossil – Free two-day shipping on orders $100 + ! Ends 9.4

GAP — Up to 40% off! Ends 9.1

Baublebar — Jewelry starting at 50% off! Ends 9.1

Have any travel plans or relaxing itineraries scheduled for this Labor Day weekend?

Have a great rest of your day!

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Sometimes Gracefully Weekend

Over On Instagram!

29th August 2014

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Happy Weekend! Darrin and I are utterly exhausted from our long day working at the Minnesota State Fair. We were there from 8am to 10pm and experienced all sorts of weather patterns throughout the day. Sunshine, cloud coverage, light drizzles, heavy downpours, chilly winds….it’s weird feeling both cold and sunburned at the same time. But we managed! Our dear friends at the cheese curds stand soon knew us by name, and I’ll unashamedly admit to drinking more than one overpriced plastic cup of beer during the course of the day. You do what you gotta do {insert fist bump}.

This weekend marks our last “summer weekend” before classes begin next Wednesday. And Darrin has apparently got something planned for my birthday on Sunday, so we’re just feeling all sorts of excitement over here in Minneapolis!

Hope your weekend is relaxing! You can follow more of my weekend activities over here on Instagram! icon smile Over On Instagram!

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Top: Ruche; Dress: h&m {old; similar}; Heels: DSW

Summer Sleeves and Lawn Chair Stories

28th August 2014

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There comes a time, in every summer wardrobe, where the individual must decide whether or not to wear sleeves for a few of these final summer days. To sleeve or not to sleeve, my friends. That is both the question and the conundrum that’s been plaguing our lives over here in Minneapolis. And when I say “plaguing our lives,” I really mean just me {Darrin doesn’t dwell on sleeves}. And it’s been less of a plague and more of a is-it-fall-yet? mentality. This sheer top from Ruche pretty much solved my “should I wear sleeves in the summer” problem. It’s breezy, colorful, and has hints of lace. Yes, yes, and YES.

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Top: Ruche; Dress: h&m {old; similar in burgundy}; Heels: DSW

Speaking of conundrums {what a strange word to repeat twice in one post…}, Darrin and I ran smack dab into one yesterday before our date night with work friends at a local baseball game. We were all packed and ready to tailgate with our bags of popcorn, bottles of beer, and positive attitudes, when we realized that we don’t own lawn chairs. Nor did we bring along a bottle opener. Luckily we remembered that old American proverb, “When in doubt, go to Target,” so we booked it to Old Reliable for cheap lawn chairs and an even cheaper bottle opener. There’s nothing like buying what you need literally 30 minutes before you need it. I’m sure “future us” will be stopping at Target for a baby crib while I’m going into labor.

Face palm.

Our night spent watching the St. Paul Saints and meeting new colleagues was so fun and relaxing, even though we somewhat embarrassingly forgot to tear off the Target tags from our recently {to the extreme} purchased lawn chairs. I don’t think anyone noticed…probably because Darrin and I played the whole situation very “mobster-cool.”

Chair tags? Eh? Eh? You tellin’ me we got tags on our lawn chairs? Eh? I don’t see no tags. Honey, do you see tags? We ain’t got tags. Whadaya think we just bawght these chairs?! Hey honey! Getta load o’dis!

I suppose the above statements could be read as a 1920’s mobster…or just as a tough Canadian…

I say we end this before things get out of hand.

Happy Thursday!

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27th August 2014

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WARNING: MASSIVE PICTURE OVERLOAD.

{What else is new, am I right?}

Last week, Darebear and I ventured to the Great Minnesota Get-Together for a full day of unusual foods, booths, and people. My side of the family has been visiting the fair every summer for years. We always visit some of the same events, eat a lot of the same food, and my mom usually purchases a random item or food mix that she’ll promise to use all the time but then never actually does. It’s a day of excitement and nostalgia and a whole lot of calories that we justify by pretending we’ll workout the next day. And we love it.

Now. Pictures!

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We wandered up and down the fairgrounds last week, eating apple dumplings, pronto pups, corn on the cob, gator on a stick, deep fried olives {Darrin’s choice…not mine}, kettle korn, quesadillas, etc. etc. etc. People don’t come to the Minnesota State Fair for protein shakes and kale smoothies, folks. Fair food is not for the faint of heart. Or for faint arteries of really any kind.

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I’ll confess that Darrin’s favorite summertime activity is not visiting the Minnesota State Fair. I’ve been dragging him to the fair for years now, and, as much as he’s grown to appreciate our little summer ritual, crowds and cramped spaces just don’t appeal to him. During family parties or large get-togethers, Darrin will often “disappear” during the course of the evening, and I’ll find him hiding alone in some back room of the house, claiming that he’s bringing a bit of “diffusion” to the party…{scientific eye roll}. So you can imagine how he feels being surrounded by the Minnesota masses at the State Fair. Luckily Darrin’s also got a soft spot for cheese curds and deep fat fried anything, so we were able to focus his attention on the food rather than the fair fanatics in front of him {how’s that for alliteration?!}. What a spoiled trooper. icon wink The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

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Darrin takes turkey-leg eating very seriously.

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We had such a great time eating and laughing and talking with family throughout the day. By the time 7pm rolled around, our feet were sore, our stomachs were full, and we were all just a bit smellier sweatier than we would have liked. Darrin and I are heading back down to the fair again tomorrow to help the university run their medical booth, which {of course} means that we’ll be partaking in some more fair food and festivities. If you haven’t been down to the Minnesota State Fair, you most definitely need to walk, run, drive, hop, or fly on over to St. Paul for a visit. I’d be happy to show you the ropes…and maybe share a bucket of Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with ya. icon wink The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for reading!

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