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Lazy Saturday... And a late to the party outfit post.

Today has been the epitome of a lazy Saturday off work. I admit I've spent most of my day sleeping, watching Netflix, and surfing the interwebz. As a fashion addict, here's a few goodies that caught my eye!

My first pair of glasses from Coastal were by Kam Dhillon and I am SMITTEN with these! I've professed my love of Coastal here and hands down they are THE BEST for ordering glasses online!

Also, can we say these Joseph Marc frames are indeed FABULOUS? Totally digging the combo of black and tortoise shell!

A couple months ago, I splurged on a Pietro Alessandro "Manhattan" purse in black and I adore it. Now I have my eye on this lovely one. Want it? Yes. Need it? Probably not. But isn't that chevron pattern adorable?

And last but not least, here's an #OOTD post I work for date night a couple weeks ago! It went up on Instagram but somehow missed blogging about it!

Jacket - Blank NYC via South Moon Under (also available at Bloomingdales)
Dress - H&M (similar here)
Seamless Slip - Free People via South Moon Under (also available at Zappos)
Tights - H&M
Scarf - Evelyn K via South Moon Under
Boots - Clarks "Lida Sayer" (also available at Zappos)

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

As an experienced retail professional extraordinare, I am still very "old school" when it comes to holiday decorations and the like. So many malls and retailers start decorating quite early. Halloween's over?! Let's put up the faux-evergreen and some sparkly lights y'all. It's not even Thanksgiving and there's a tree lighting event in just over a week... say what?!? The one thing I thoroughly enjoyed about working for Nordstrom is that our holiday decor didn't go into effect until the day after Thanksgiving. I guess the one perk about the holidays "arriving early" is that one gets to experience all the amazing holiday/party themed merchandise. Case in point, I am LOVING this Collective Concepts metallic sparkle sheath dress! It just arrived in stores at South Moon Under and I don't know if it will be online but if you really want one, you can also purchase it online at Nordstrom!

I promise it's a matte/soft gold sparkle on a black fabric base! I swear it's not silver/gunmetal - pinky promise! I love the stretch of the fabric and the sleeve length. A very classic dress with a unique twist that you could easily edge up with a leather jacket (my favorite) or make it very classy with pearls and pumps! While I don't have any holiday parties on my radar yet, I think this might be a must-have for the season. 

Happy Hump Day! And my vintage obsession...

It's hump day y'all! Happy Wednesday my loves!

Least I don't have a camel lurking over my shoulder though my cat is meowing in attempt to get my attention and giving me the death stare.

First and foremost, my custom TheRetailista.com custom domain is FINALLY working... Jeebus. It wasn't that hard but I missed adding the www in something and messed the whole darn thing up. That being said, go and follow me on Bloglovin - I love their app for my iPhone as a way to "read on the go."

Second, I had a chance to do a whirlwind tour to go back home to #RVA this weekend. I haven't been home since February so it was well-deserved and fabulous to go to ol' Virginia for a little bit. I scored this AMAZING vintage coat from my BFF Michelle and I am straight up OBSESSED.

This fits like a glove around my waist and I love how it flares out. I've dubbed it my "Mary Poppins" coat or my kickass coat.

Here's a close-up of the ahhh-mazing tweed fabric. Love it.

There's been a lot going on my radar (will go into that more later) but wanted to at least put up a post!

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Current obsessions.

When in doubt, Pinterest it out. Or something like that. There's a little bit of comfort to be hanging out in bed or in your comfy chair with your ChromeBook, lurking on Pinterest, and building your fall wardrobe electronically. Some things I pin, I buy. Then there are some things I pin and lust after and think to myself "ooooooooohhhhhhhh, pretty."

I'm realizing my fall wardrobe is pretty bad off. I've added a couple plaid shirts and my cardigan collection consists of two that fit. Mind you, I have no idea how much I actually weigh but I know I've lost enough weight since last fall for some of my pieces to be too big. My last official weigh-in last November was some where around 133 lbs. if I remember correctly and I am apparently getting smaller. Sigh. Yeah, weight loss is good but there's a point where I need to quit losing. But anyways, Pinterest is my source to remember what to buy or what I'd like to buy...

Here's a few of my current obsessions:

What are you obsessing over for fall?

p.s. If anyone wants to set up my custom domain on Blogger, please let me know! The directions are more confusing than necessary!

p.s.s. If anyone wants to buy me a fall wardrobe, I'm your girl! Hahaha. I can dream, right?!?!

What's in my shower?

Nothing says beauty blogger fail like standing in my shower (with the water not running, mind you) trying to get a legit photo of what's in my shower and all the iPhone filters in the world won't to get a good picture. So much for trying to get a "hey, this is how I roll with my awesome shower goodies" photo. Womp-womp.

 So here's the break down of what I use to be Lindsaylicious...

T.I.G.I. Catwalk Fashionista Shampoo (pictured all the way on the left but really not visible) - I scored a nice liter size bottle at T.J. Maxx recently. It seems that T.I.G.I. updated their packaging to this but I am not sure if the formulation is the same.

The color of the shampoo itself has a slight violet tinge to it but I'm not 100% sure if affects my hair color or not. All I know is it safe for color treated hair and leaves my hair soft (I've accidentally forgotten conditioner before so I know this doesn't leave my locks brittle). I wash my hair "as needed" - it usually equates to every few days or when it starts to look dingy (#blondeproblems).

H20 Plus Hair Repair Seaweed Masque - Another TJ Maxx find... Love that you can use as a conditioner (leave on for 2-3 minutes) or as a masque (leave on for 5-10 minutes)! I tend to reach for this more as my conditioner when I do shampoo.

L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm - This stuff is creamy golden goodness for my hair. Love love love. I grab this stuff any time I color my hair or any time I know I will have to blow-dry vs. letting it air dry as much as possible. Any time I've done a complete bleach out, I leave this stuff on my hair overnight for some extra TLC.

Confession time, I use a combo of cold cream and head-to-toe baby wash to remove my makeup and cleanse my face. Sometimes I remember to use my Clarisonic, sometimes I don't. Which reminds me, I need to charge that thing up! The cold cream breaks down my mascara/eyeliner really well and the baby wash cleanses without stripping my skin yet still leaves me free of residue. Winning!

Ivory Soap - Sometimes I prefer to not go the body wash route and go plain and simple.

Suave Naturals "Everylasting Sunshine" Body Wash - Smells yummy, the scent isn't too overpowering and sometimes you need a little sunshine in your day. Also works well as a bubble bath when you wanna get your soak on!

And hold up, when did T.J. Maxx start the option to shop online?!? The two T.J. Maxx's near me are sort of meh in their collections so kind of stoked to see what's new online! Are you a Maxxinista? I love a deal for sure!

Falling in love with fall... And mad for plaid.

There's something lovely about fall... The colors changing in the leaves, the crispness in the air, and of course fall fashion. Autumn is awesome, y'all. I often identify fall as a new beginning and there's something in me that yearns to walk around crunching leaves with my Frye Carmen Harness Short boots, wearing plaid, and holding hands with my sweetheart (perhaps with a soy pumpkin spice latte in my other hand).

I'm a little mad for plaid as of late... I've added two plaid shirts to my wardrobe and realizing their both of the green color palette but one pops more than the other. Plaid is that perfect mix of punk and preppy which I tend to blur lines with regarding my current wardrobe choices.

This Cloth & Stone plaid shirt from South Moon Under was my first plaid addition to add to this year's fall wardrobe. I love the longer length and that I can also pair with leggings or tuck it into a skirt. I personally wear mine with the sleeves rolled up. I cannot wait to add a cardigan or a sweater when the weather gets cooler. The color palette could either go more punk or prep with this one. Definitely a favorite item of mine!

Oh UNIQLO, how I love your well made yet affordable pieces. I had a last minute wardrobe malfunction of sorts this week and needed something appropriate to wear. So here we go... A green and fuschia plaid shirt with a touch of sky blue. This is totally preppy McPrepperson but I kind of dig it. The flannel is super soft yet lightweight on this one.

I'm still having issues with getting my domain back, it is a big ol' pain in the booty. Can I pay my $10 and get my domain again?! Too much work, perhaps I shall become TheRetailista.net or something along those lines? I am not a happy camper with Google Apps and Enom. Womp womp.

And last but not least, I am in the market for new job opportunities... Business is business and I'm living in the fashion capital of the East Coast so why not embrace it? If you know of any amazing fashion jobs in #NYC, please let me know! Feel free to reach out at theretailista [at] gmail [dot ] com if you know of any leads or feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn. Let's #HireLindsay and find me something amazing!

Adventures in non-blogging...

Who has two thumbs and let her blog domain expire? THIS GIRL. And that lovely little message below is making me want to hurl my Chromebook down four stories to the pavement.
  1. If you have transferred your domain, you may need to modify your DNS settings to work correctly with Google Apps. Please visit our help center at http://www.google.com/support/a/ for more information.
  2. If you mistakenly let your domain expire, you can still renew theretailista.com with enom for an additional year by clicking here: (insert link that took me nowhere other than this message)
Domain has already expired, please contact customer support. 

Yeah. Except how the heck am I supposed to contact Google support because my "free Gmail account" won't let me e-mail the support for Google apps. DAFUQ?!

Apparently PMS causes me to have anger problems and to become an even more snarktastic sassy gal. Sigh. Forget Shark Week, it's Snark Week.

Other than my tech issues and my lack of blogging, life is good. Like really good.

Case in point, my job rocks... I start my new adventure of store manager for South Moon Under located at Westchester's Ridge Hill officially on Monday. Wheeeeeee!!!! I've got a great team, a great staff, and the awesome support of my company. I'm pretty stoked. Hooray for adventures!

I've been pretty lucky too that I'm dating a pretty awesome fella. Who rocks a bowtie like no other and makes me pretty darn content when I'm around him.

My cat still drives me crazy and I don't have enough art up on my walls... Work's been my priority as of late. I'm still learning balance.

And now regarding balance, I think I'm due to put some laundry away... A necessary evil I suppose...

5 Under 50 Bucks - My NYLONshop picks

I've always loved the edge of NYLON and I'm loving their #NYLONshop even more! Cute, quirky, edgy, fun apparel and accessories? Yes please! I love even more that they have an under "$50 collection." I love adding a little sass to my wardrobe but hate spending a ton of money on something trendy.

Here's my five of my faves for under 50 bucks. Your wallet will thank you later!
(photos via shop.NYLONmag.com)

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OOTD 06.11.13

As promised earlier today on Instagram, here's my outfit breakdown...

Slim Fit Stripe Dress (via Garage, similar here and here too)

ADA Collection Tan Wrap Belt a.k.a. THE BEST BELT EVER (via South Moon Under)

Frye Carmen Harness Short Boots (via South Moon Under but available on Amazon, Zappos, and Shoes.com)

I'm quite sure that bodycon tank dresses are going to be my summertime essential. I ended up purchasing this dress from H&M this afternoon. Can't wait to wear it solo, belted, or layering a tee or a tank over it! I was between sizes but went down because I really wanted it to be a body conscious fit and to have a Spanx like ability. Despite all the weight loss, I'm still a smidge self conscious of some of my squishy bits (i.e. my stomach). #weightlossproblems

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What I've been wearing... Instagram style.

99.9% of the time I post my #OOTD's (outfit of the day) directly to Instagram. Quick, easy sharing and cross posting to Twitter and Facebook. But here's a breakdown of what I've worn recently...

Mink Pink Cut Out Back Floral Sleeveless Button Down Top (via South Moon Under)
LA Made Cami (via South Moon Under)
Free People Denim (via South Moon Under, similar here and here)
Steve Madden Lunatic Sandals (via Steve Madden, similar here and here)

Forever 21 Chiffon Back Tee (sold out online but love this Red Haute one from South Moon Under)
ADA Collection Wrap Belt (via South Moon Under)
Steve Madden Lunatic Sandals (via Steve Madden, similar here and here)

Sunsets D-Cup Bikini Separates (via South Moon Under)

And no, I haven't purchased this yet but I want it some kind of bad... Finding a bikini that works with the girls is damn near impossible.

I'm so happy that warmer weather is showing up - bring on summer!

Confession time...

Fashion-beauty-life blogger confession time. I've never had a Brazilian wax before... In my almost 31 years, I've only had a traditional bikini wax once. I have some girlfriends that swear by their Brazilians. I don't know what all the fuss is about. I have attempted to shave it all off and it results in an itchy mess of razor bumps so I'm probably one of the few NYC ladies who actually has some fuzz below the belt.

I'm now at that point where I need to do some official upkeep again but there's enough there that I could go get waxed... And then comes the decision of do I get waxed or sugared? NYC and Westchester ladies, any suggestions on where to go if I decided to take the jump...

At least here's my current routine to keep things in check in case I need to randomly throw on a bikini. It is bikini season!

In order to prevent the 1970's from having a party in my pants, using a trimmer is crucial. I use a beard trimmer because the attachments allow me to control how much length I want. Screw that girly pink crap for hair removal, the dude stuff works so much better for keeping the fuzz in check.

And yet another dude product, the Schick Hydro 5 a.k.a. the best razor ever... Sharper and more blades equals closer shave. Obviously I use this razor for my underarms, legs, and keeping the bikini line smooth. Even if you use the clippers to "keep the bush at bay," chances are you're still going to need to shave some parts of your bikini line to rock a bikini or a Hanky Panky thong.

I'm lazy about using shaving cream. I have an el cheapo can of Barbasol that I sometimes remember to use but lately I've been using EO Everyone Soap in the lavender-aloe scent to shave with. I love that I can use it as a shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath.

I really need to go buy another bottle of Jack Black Beard Lube because this stuff is the mack-daddy for shaving. Funny name and yet another dude product but works like a charm with it's mix of jojoba, eucalyptus, and macadamia nut oils. The glide you get from your razor while using this is the shiznit. I promise!

Stuff Blonde (And Short Haired) Girls Like

DISCLAIMER: If you're planning on drastically transitioning to platinum blonde like I did, please consult a professional. If you don't do it right, you can do serious damage. Respect the hair!

I 100% admit that the transition to platinum/pale-pale-pale champagne blonde was not "easy" on my hair. Yes, I did have a little bit of breakage/damage. Luckily since my hair is so short it isn't as noticeable. I'm not sure if I could have pulled off a D.I.Y. bleach job to this capacity when my hair was long. Again, consult a professional unless you happen to have already been a member of the bleach club and didn't kill your hair.

There's a few products I've come to rely on after re-joining #TeamBlonde...

This leave-in conditioning spray is alcohol free and doesn't leave my hair greasy. I spritz this on as soon as I exit the shower (mind you, I maybe wash my hair once a week but it will get damp/wet in spots while showering on a daily basis), comb it through, and let my hair air dry. It oddly leaves my hair a bit "crunchy" sometimes but it's easily remedied with a quickie brush through with a natural bristle brush.

Can we say kickin' it old school?! A teeny-tiny-little dab will do ya with this stuff. Adds a nice sheen and it has a sheer purple/lavender tint to it so it cancels out any brassy/yellow tones. Do not over apply otherwise you will be resembling a slicked back version of John Travolta in Grease. But this stuff is perfect for split ends and keeping my over-processed hair shiny and happy.

Whether I've hawked the 'do or worn it messy chic, this is one of my short hair staples. It works really well if you warm it up between your palms/fingers first before working through your hair. But I love it for keeping my hair just a bit funky.

After a bit of Google-ing, it seems that Garnier has discontinued this product. You *might* get lucky and find it tucked on a shelf at your local drugstore or to find it online. If you do, take a chance on it. It's that perfect mix of hold, texture, and scent. It is quite possibly a holy grail styling product for us awesomely short haired gals so it's a damn shame it's been discontinued.

So I'm sure you noticed I didn't mention shampoo. I have a sulfate-free Bumble & Bumble shampoo I've used before but I actually use a color safe conditioner to "wash" my hair. Take a glob of conditioner, work it in really well using your fingers (the same actions as if you were washing your hair), and thoroughly rinse. If you're prone to oily hair, this method may not work. I only "wash" my hair when it's really looking dingy and the blonde isn't bright. Otherwise the "dirt" makes it style so much better!

Fellow blondes and short haired gals, what are your fave picks to keep your hair looking fabulous?!

Makeup Monday: Back to an old favorite...

I sometimes get swayed by Sephora, by all the fancy primers and potions... I think I've tried every single silicone free primer they have there and none of them work quite right. I loved the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 and then towards the end of the bottle, my skin "adjusted" and suddenly the shiny face fairy rolled up and said "oh hai." Then I tried the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer and no suck luck... I even tried avoiding moisturizer (except around my eyes) and using the primer alone to see if the shine fairy would just chill. Nope. Stupid shine fairy. Makeup somehow doesn't like to wear well on my nose and since it's allergy season, I'm constantly blowing my nose and then having to re-powder my nose. That's a whole 'notha issue.

I've decided to go back to basics with my face primer - Clinique City Block SPF25. Yes, this is a physical mineral sunscreen that also acts as a face primer. It has a teeny tiny little bit of a tint which allows me to use less foundation and still have pretty good coverage overall. I've been using this product for years and I really just need to stick with it because it works the best with my skin out of everything I've ever tried.
Is there ever a product you've used multiple times and keep going back to after other makeup/skincare products have failed you!? Tell me in the comments!

Under $50 Friday - Two of my faves from Billabong at South Moon Under!

Happy Friday my loves! My apologies if my blog looks a little wonky over a few days... I've been trying to tweak my layout/design from Designer Blogs a bit. I love  my Devyn template (which originally came with the "Meddon" font used as "The Retailista" header) but I fell for a font font called "Kristi" that's also in a photo editing program I've used. Yes, both fonts have that cursive, handwritten feel but I've discovered that the size of the Meddon font is overall larger than Kristi so I'm trying to tweak my CSS and HTML to get my spacing/padding just right to make it look FABULOUS. Mind you, I have an eye for design but I'm not the best at coding.

So now after that technical-mumbo-jumbo, let's get down to the real talk about what this blog is about - FASHION. I was scrolling through Facebook on my iPhone this morning and saw photos from a fab fashion party that South Moon Under had last night in Ocean City, MD. Of course I saw something I absolutely had to have - this Billabong "I'm Staying Here" tank. Can we say PERFECT - paired with cut off shorts or with a bikini poolside? Umm, love it. Hi. I need you.

My last name has history of dealing with ships and sailing so I'm naturally drawn to anything with anchors. Come sail away with me!!! (Mind you, every time I think of this song I think of Cartman singing it from South Park - said link is NSFW unless you plug your headphones in.)

Also, if you're looking for the best pair of shorts to dress up or down, please do yourself a favor and get the Billabong "Step Outside" shorts. Perfect with an easy tank and flat sandals or dress it up with a silky camisole, a blingy necklace, and some heels for date night or a girls night out. Fab?! Yup. I also can't wait to rock them this fall with tights and boots. Cute, right?!?

While I've got too much boobage to rock a Billabong bikini, I can totally rock their apparel and I love that these two picks are under $50 a piece!

#YouNeedThis: ADA Collection Wrap Belt

As your friendly neighborhood fashionista and seasoned retail professional, I firmly believe that the proper accessories can completely enhance any outfit. I love utilizing a belt to add a little pop or panache to my ensemble. Hands down my fave belt is the ADA Collection Wrap Belt. I first purchased this in black last summer and then recently decided I needed to add the tan into my life. I love that I can wear it with just about anything - it's especially great if you're wearing an article of clothing that has a defined waist or you need to create a waist! I've even worn this belt looped through my jeans and on my hips.

ADA Collection Wrap Belt via South Moon Under a.k.a. THE BEST BELT EVER
I've included a few examples below how I've styled my ADA Collection wrap belt. I think it's particularly nifty that ADA Collection has a YouTube channel showing you how to tie in wrap belt in a bunch of different ways (check it out HERE)!


#TuesdayShoesDay - Clarks Casslyn Paula Wedge

I love a fabulous pair of heels just as much as the next girl... But sometimes you have to be comfortable. Thankfully summertime is conducive to a bevy of wedges available...

I stumbled upon these at the local Clarks at Ridge Hill. A cork bottomed wedge says Hello Summer! and the nude color was just right for my "I need some color" pale skin...

The BEST part? They feel like I'm walking on air. Or pillows at least... Which is always a plus when you're on your feet for 8+ hours. I don't have to bring "commuter sandals" with me when I wear these which is always a perk. Considering I've upgraded to my fancy Rebecca Minkoff bag, I can't throw my shoes in my "man bag" anymore. So these are a welcome addition to my wardrobe!

Beauty - It's What You Make It

Disclosure: I've started this post a gazillion times in my head recently, but I finally had the nerve to do it... Please pardon this monologue of sorts regarding beauty and self-image. Sorry there's no pretty pictures. xoxo, L
The most beautiful thing a woman can ever wear is confidence.
So very true. Beauty is what you make it. I've run the gamut with changes to my appearance through the years... Multiple hair cuts and a bevy of colors, lots of changes in my weight, experimenting with different makeup styles, a couple small body mods, and developing my sense of fashion and style along the way have all been of aspects of how I've modified my appearance.

I've made the mistake of modifying my appearance to please significant others. I've had varying degrees of short and shorter hair most of my life. As a child I had a blunt cunt bob with bangs across my forehead. I remember for high school my hair was mostly short my freshman through junior year. My senior portrait (taken that summer before my senior year) was gosh awful. The manner in how my hair was cut was a bit horrifying (if you can imagine a bowl cut-pixie hybrid, that closely resembles my 'do). OUCH. After that incident, I promptly started growing my hair out. Part of it was the nagging of my boyfriend and part of it was that I had never had "long hair." I cannot remember the exact timing of when I first dyed my hair, I think I might have experimented with Sun-In first but either way, I had some gosh awful orange hair. By the time of the end of my relationship with him, I had long hair past my shoulders in some sort of brassy blonde shade. I think the breakup with him was the first time I had cut my hair - I vaguely remember going back a fail safe bob a few months post break up. Then I spent most of my 20's rocking some sort of variation of the bob- sometimes longer (a bit past my chin) and sometimes shorter (covering my ears and just barely grazing my jawline). Varying shades of blonde, strawberry blonde, and very light brown existed as my color palette. Right before my 25th birthday, I partially chopped my hair - one side was an extremely angled bob and the other side it was much shorter and tucked behind the ear. Thankfully said boyfriend at the time really didn't care what my hair looked like but oddly enough we parted ways less than a month later and my hair grew back into that fail safe bob.

I often change my hair for two things [a] something happened (life event in some capacity) or [b] boredom. Fast forward to July 2010, I had recently suffered a job loss and was devastated beyond belief. I needed a change, this was a new Lindsay. The salon around the corner needed a haircut model for an edgy, progressive style from someone willing to go short or shorter. It was a sign from the hair deities and snip, snip. Since then, I've had varying degrees of a pixie cut - sometimes the bangs a bit longer or a little longer on the sides but definitely not touching my ears.  I rocked quite a few colors, I went through a dark phase of sorts and rocked dark brown, burgundy, and various shades of dark red. I've had a lot of changes regarding my hair the past few months... After rocking the faux-hawk for quite a bit off and on, I took the gamble and completely mohawked it. Completely exhilarating feeling... Then after letting that grow, I went back to have the sides super short and the top long and no more mohawk "tail." I recently rocked the two-tone look of darker sides (embracing my natural color) and lavender-purple until I decided that blonde was what I needed. Yes, a couple life events (or potential life events) have spurred the change back into the blonde life.

That brings us back around to "beauty is what you make it." In my life, I've been called cute quite a few times and pretty on occasion. Understandable, my looks are a little unconventional to some. My younger sister could be called the fairer of us two, she has perfect cupid bowed lips and sparkly hazel eyes - her bone structure is more defined than mine and gives her a certain Je nais se quoi... She has a classic, timeless beauty. I tend to favor my mother more for my appearance (there's a reason why cloning is illegal... ha) except I think I have a variation of my father's nose (which I think has thinned out the past year or so). Case in point, I've got really short hair that most girls won't rock, I wear glasses, and I've got a pierced nose. I'm to the left of quirky on the looks spectrum. And overall, I'm OK with that. Yes, I rely on some makeup because my lashes are blonde, my dark circles are horrendous, and I have to fill my brows in because I've been plagued with the same "ghost brow" syndrome as mother dearest. I've still yet to understand how I could grow a unibrow if I didn't own tweezers yet the hair doesn't quite grow with the bone structure where my brows should be. Oops. That's the least of my worries, right? I've learned what I do to make myself look presentable and pretty to the public. It still blows me away when someone tells me that I'm beautiful. It's happened to me twice in a week by two separate people. I know it's f**ked up but I don't see it. Perhaps I am beautiful because I'm trying to make my entire life into something amazing? Overall, I'm fairly confident about my life but I do have my self-doubts at times...

I am learning to love my new body... I've had some weight fluctuations before but I think I weigh less than I have in a long time. As I've mentioned before, I've lost at least 30 pounds in the last year. The real truth that comes with weight loss as a woman is that "the girls" would lose some of their "oomph" so to speak and there's that lower belly "pooch" that still lingers after losing some weight. Both of those things can't really be fixed with exercise. My genetics has me pre-determined to a degree to carry some weight in my middle so my lower belly will always have some squish (even when I had gym rat phases, I've never had "abs"). I don't mind being petite but having some curves. I'm still having some dilemmas dressing myself nowadays, a plethora of my clothes don't fit so I'm evaluating what can be could be tailored and what can be tied here, belted there, etc.

I moved to NY to make myself a better person. To be that girl that I always knew was there but I wasn't sure how to be her... And now I'm blossoming into that girl and enjoying this happiness of life. Isn't a beautiful thing, isn't it?
Vita est parum brevis esse nisi laeta.
TRANSLATION: Life is too short to be anything but happy. 

Big Girl Bag

Less than two months 'til the big 3-1 y'all... I'm going to be 31?! All seriousness aside, I may look no more than a day over 25 to most but I'm trying to be a grown up. I'm not "little Lindsay," I am the Lindsay with the kick ass job who resides in a cute NYC apartment (in the upper-upper-upper East Side... some may call it the Bronx) with an adorable fuzzy cat. Thus, it's about dang time I have a grownup designer bag (even though I sang ALL the words to "Redneck Woman"  by Gretchen Wilson last night... and I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me).


This bag has been sitting at my South Moon Under for quite some time and it was on sale and for Memorial Day all of our sale goodies are an additional 25% off so yeah... MINE. Thank you Mom for the early birthday and Christmas gift. I love it.

While I can't hug my family 7 hours away, I can hug my designer big girl bag. Priorities?! Yup.

#FryeFriday - "Carmen Harness Short"

Last summer I fell in love...

With a pair of Frye boots.

Yes, boots. I had been lusting for a pair for quite some time. Mother dearest had scored hers at Ross for such an insanely good deal. Sissy poo received a pair for Christmas one year because I used my Nordies discount and she has little feet that could wear the youth sizes. There I was, the last girl to have a pair... Sigh. Then sometime in July this one pair of Frye's arrived into work. 

Trying them on was akin to a first kiss with someone you'd want to spend the rest of your life with... I was smitten. I joke that I'm going to get married in these boots. If I have a redneck wedding or ride in on a Harley, chances are I'm going to be wearing them (I'm from VA and while I'm not "country," I am still a bit of a Southern girl at heart). These boots have seen it all and have tromped through NYC quite a few times. I've worn these boots on first dates, on important meetings with my DMs, or any time I just want to have that casual cool look. These boots are hands down my favorite item in my closet.

See, love at first sight? Do you feel this way about a pair of your shoes?