Its Summer Time

…and I don’t care what the calendar says.

$8 beach chair, origially $20+ from Target.  

On March 31, I got to lay out in this pink beauty in 84 degree sunny weather. 

Excuse the GIANT sweat marks… I do sweat when I sunbathe, but not that much.  I was particularly sweaty because I had just worked out at the downtown Y in these fine shorts:

Yellow Nike mesh short shorts, 4.29, also from Goodwill.

Sorry about the blurriness of the second picture, but I had to get the side view to show you those neat white stripes….and I dont mean the band:)  Jack White is not hanging out on my shorts.  As awesome and weird as that would be.

These yellow shorts complete the outfit with my bright orange top wonderfully, don’t ya think?  If the gym decided to have brightest workout outfit contest, I’d surely win with this.  And I can sleep well knowing that. 

You can also see that I moved my gym picture taking into the bathroom this time.  I don’t want to get a reputation…  unless that reputation is ‘girl that wears the brightest oufits’ of course:)

Now I would have loved to have laid out at the rooftop pool after my workout, but something I don’t get about Tennessee is they regularly do not open most outdoor pools until Memorial Day.  This would be appropriate in my home state, of Conecticut, but not in TN!! It has regularly been 80 degrees by the end of March since I moved here 2 1/2 years ago.  I don’t know if the pool keepers and powers that be are shocked and surprised each year when this warm weather ocurs, but I would really appreciate to maximize my sunbathing at the area pools, and they are not helping that cause:)

So, I worked out, laid out, and….ate out?   Well, no, I ate in, but it was still delicious:

The top picture is my whole wheat Trader Joe’s pita filled with turkey, spinach, avocado, hummus, and tomatoes:)  Mmmmmm heaven. in. my. mouth.  And stomach.  We’ll stop there:)

 The bottom picture is my instagram sponsored snapshot of my gobbled up pear and sandwich.  Which was sitting next to me in my beautiful pink beach chair. 

And that, my friends, is my recipe for a healthy, beautiful, Goodwill sponsored “summer” day. 

What are your plans for these warm, summer months?  Extra activity or extra relaxing? 

I say a little bit of both!!

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Its been a few days, and I have so much to update:)  Last Friday I finally made it to donate my two little piles to Goodwill, and of course couldn’t leave without a few new items of my own. 

There they are.  It was a coat day!

Today was the day I ventured in to the self timer photo shoot thing….Let me know how ya think I did:)  I had fun!

Numero Uno:

Khaki Medium Weight Trench Coat by Mossimo for Target, 15.99. 

I was not so excited about this price tag, since the other two coats I had picked up before this one were 5.99 each, I kind of assumed this would follow suit….but I liked it so much I laid down the extra ten and brought it home, and since then many other places, with me:)

Here’s a shot of this jacket in action:

That’s me and Ben Franklin.  Hanging out in Lieper’s Fork.  We like to sit and chat sometimes.  He liked the coat and was proud of me for not spending too much on it.  I said “I try, Ben, I try”

Side note, if you ever visit Nashville, make a trip South to Lieper’s Fork, one of the cutest, truest little Southern towns you could visit, with art galleries, shops, motorcyclists, a deli and little diner, and more.  

I was very excited to discover the self portrait setting on my camera where it takes 3 separate pictures one after the other about a second apart each.  If this doesn’t make you feel like a super model, I don’t know what will.  I only wish there was a setting where you could take twenty pictures back to back.  Heck, I wouldn’t get anything else done!

A lovely Houndstooth cropped coat, by Senso, 5.99. 

Yes, winter is coming to an end, but when will a classic houndstooth coat ever really go out of style?  I’ll wear it next year, thank you.  And I think it really complements my new red lipstick nicely:)

Blue track jacket with flower design, 5.99.  Old Navy. 

So cute, and it matches my eyes, how could I say no? 

That’s me giving a thumbs up to the flower, if you couldn’t tell. 

Just proving it really is my first day with the whole self timer camera thing…this was my ONLY mishap…I swear….

That was the end of that day’s finds.  I have been looking for a nice trench coat, and was glad to have find it at Goodwill. 

And then yesterday….

I went to Nashville’s all but forgotten to me, third Goodwill location in East Nasvhille. 

Now, if you were from Nashville, this East Nashville location alone would be enough reason to why it was all but forgotten to me.   

But for those who do not hail from these parts…let me esplain.  (said like ricardo from I love Lucy)  I live in West Nashville.  West and East Nashville rarely meet.  Ok, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it is quite a divide.  In my opinion, people from East Nashville tend to have a very high opinion of themselves, and I think it is a requirement to grow a beard and wear skinny jeans, guy or girl (the jeans, not the beard) if you live over there.  They are their own breed, and are almost too cool to exist in this world.  Quite frankly, when I see an East Nashvillian, I wonder how they can even stand to be in their own presence sometimes, they exert so much coolness!  Anyway, I think you get the point:

I’m from West Nashville, and I don’t think to go over there often, EVEN to visit the Goodwill. 

It may also be because I have never had much luck at that particular Goodwill in the past, and I, like most people, stick with what works.  But that is just too simple of an explanation.  I like to KICS, not KISS.  “keep it complicated, stupid”.   Don’t ask why. 

But yesterday, I happened to be in the area, because I needed to pick up my car.  Yes, this girl is actually friends with one East Nashvillian I happened to be celebrating the National Holiday of Superbowl the day before (what, it’s not a national holiday?  Well, as full as I was, after eating most of this:

 

that would be death by chocolate, Oreo version, black bean and avocado salad, and buffalo chicken dip that I made.  Mouth watering yet?

it might as well have been either Christmas or Thanksgiving)

However, all that food still did not keep me from getting a little too tipsy to drive, and I left my car there over night.

After my friend dropped me off to pick it up the next day, I thought, as one often does, what to do next?  I had a couple of hours to kill. 

And that is when I realized that if I turned my steering wheel right instead of left… I would find less than just a mile down the road that oft forgotten East Nashville Goodwill.  So I said, why not? 

There I picked up this lovely find:

 

Jacket by NuLu, 12.99. 

I think I’m set on jackets for a while:)  It’s like when it rains it pours!  Which will be fine for me in this jacket, because it has a zip off hood.  Something I lost about a year ago on my actual rain jacket. 

Another thing I love about this jacket is the randomness:

 

This pocket has one snap and one button.  This made me very happy So absolutely random! 

If that wasn’t enough, the other pocket has two buttons, but they are both different!

And it has a zipper across the top!  When will the excitement end??

 Who said pocket enclosures all had to be the same?  Not these jacket makers, that’s for sure!:) 

Variety is the spice of life, right?  Right.

 Another of my favorite parts is the cinching in the back with a cute little tie. 

All in all, a good Goodwill trip.  I still don’t think I will make it a point to go over there, unless I already happen to be.

Well, I am jacketed out for now.  Let’s hope for chilly spring so I can represent and wear these finds out and about as much as I can, and make that Goodwill dollar go far.  At least I won’t have to worry about being cold for a little bit:) 

In other news, I got two compliments this morning on my emille m. teal purse I got about two weeks ago that I have been using lately.  ( See picture above of me and Ben Franklin)  Both compliments were from ladies who I will be working with at a nursery school.  Good to know they have good taste.  It would be hard to make it work otherwise.  Just kidding.  It’s what’s on the inside that really counts!  I remember!

Happy Goodwilling.  Show me some of your favorite finds and leave me some love!  And go support your local Goodwill/thrift stores.  They do good work!

Are you good at self portraits?

I’m gonna be!

Do you love to be in front of a camera?  Or do anything possible to stay away from being in front of a lens?

I think we know the answer to this…I dont mind a shot here and there….or anywhere.

Have you ever bought a jacket at Goodwill? 

 Um….yes!

Did you get super stuffed on Superbowl, if so, what did you eat?