Tuesday, April 29, 2014

San Diego, Part II

Thought I would share some more pics of my trip to San Diego. I actually had two of these pics blown up to 16x20s and printed as black and white images. I reached out to our wedding photographer who suggested I get the prints done by What an awesome suggestion. The prints turned out wonderful and were on my doorstep two days after I ordered them. I then had another friend tell me that she's tried seven different print companies and mpix is her jam! She's also a professional photographer. I'm not being compensated to say any of this (c'mon, I've never been compensated for anything on this blog - I think I'd fall over and die if that were ever the case). I just think the quality is so much better than trusting your pics to any other online print service. I'll show you the black and white photos when I do the living room post (coming soon!).



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Flower Power

Seems like forever since I've done an outfit post and here's why:
  • I wake up at 5:30 and am out the door before daylight (although it is starting to get lighter out this month)
  • I've been on a project since January at work that is exhausting and most days I'm in company shirts and jeans
  • Lots of bad hair days as I grow out my bangs
  • Weight gain
  • Focus on home improvements
The hair is growing, the weight is what it is, my company has narrowed down six choices for a new location (5 of which are in Tampa and would cut my mileage and drive time down) and the living room is almost complete (can't wait to show you - I'm finishing the bead boarding this weekend!).

Saturday night I had tapas in South Tampa (SoHo) with my childhood friends. South Tampa has a lot of great restaurants. Hubby and I originally wanted to move to South Tampa but it's very crowded and very expensive. We realized we weren't going to get a big house with a pool unless we moved further out from Tampa, so that's what we did.

While I was in San Diego, I picked up a couple of $20 dresses from Gap. I love their fit and flare dresses from last season. I actually own the matching pants to this dress as well. The great thing about California is I can actually find size 14 dresses in the stores cause all the size 2s are gone. Unlike in FL, where the big girl clothes get snapped up quickly. That's cause we're California's chunky, trashy, and cheaper little sister.

(Dress: Gap - similar here | Shoes: Alice and Olivia | Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Radio Silence

I know - crickets on the blog lately. With good reason. I haven't been near my laptop in about a week and a half. Been traveling. A lot! So it started with a trip to Connecticut to train a temp, who quit a few days later.  Fun. Followed by a trip to San Diego for four days. I was at a Madcap Flare conference to further my knowledge in software I use every day for work. San Diego was absolutely beautiful. If my family wasn't in FL, I'd move to California in a heartbeat. Hubby was in too. There's actually a job opening in San Diego for a technical writer for Madcap, but my family would kill me and we just bought our house. So as tempting as it was (and man was it tempting!), I just couldn't do it.

Here are some pics of the first day. I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, which was pretty snazzy. They even embroider the pillows and put guitar pick stickers on the toilet paper. When I checked in, I was asked which genre of music I wanted playing in my room. On my last night, I went down to Nobu and had some awesome sushi. It was a noisy hotel on the weekend, but was pretty quiet during the week.

On my first day in town, I walked along downtown in the Gaslamp district. I also discovered World Market. OMG! Awesome home goods store. I knew of the online site but didn't know they had brick and mortar stores as well. Turns out there's one about an hour from my house. Yipee!

So here's day 1. Day 2 will be in my next post. And our floors are in and I've been busy bead boarding the fireplace living room. Stay tuned for that post.

Early morning flight - ignore the dark circles.

Thai food - eh, so so.

Chicken with cilantro crème - awesome!

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