Blow Your Paycheck Friday: Louboutin Studded Smoking Slippers
04/27/2012, 10:17 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

I am DYING for some smoking slippers.  I passed up some glitter slippers last fall for obvious reasons (though I am still feening for some) but I think they are so chic.  Especially these loubies:

Now I don’t think I’d drop $1295 for slippers at Saks – even studded slippers – but I may want to explore a potential look for less.  Unfortunately these Vectras don’t quite do the trick for me.  I can keep checking for options.


Birthday Gifts for Me
04/26/2012, 10:52 AM
Filed under: Holiday

So I asked you earlier this year a key question in a blog post:  Fuchsia Baywater Mulberry vs. Tobacco Gucci Boston Bag.  You will be (perhaps) shocked to know that when it came time to spend the $1400 that Jamison and I had budgeted for my birthday bag, I selected neither of these bags.  While in Vegas, I stopped by the Gucci store.  The Boston bag was so… regular.  Now I will admit the white one caught my eye but not more than this bad boy which I had spied walking past the YSL store over and over on our way through Crystals.

The large is pictured here.  Also the prices have increased since I bought my bag on April 1.  I paid $1650 for the oversized and the large was only $1550.  Yes, that is a bit over budget but I had some slack in the budget after paying off my credit cards earlier than anticipated. 😉

You may also recall my obsession with the Michael Kors Red Sequin Grayson stemming from last December. I tried my hardest to track it down on discount in January and February to no avail.  I finally talked to Amy about how much I needed it.  She suggested I use my birthday money from family and friends to buy it.  I found it on eBay from a fab seller for $250.  I scooped it up happily.

I also found some fabulous electric blue straight cut, ankle skimming pants at TJ Maxx for $29.99 (similar to those pictured here but not as cropped.)  I cannot wait to wear them!  Now I still need some tangerine and yellow jeans before the spring trend dies.

I have made a sad decision that I cannot break out any of the birthday gifts until Monday April 30, but I can’t wait to rock them!  I made a conscious effort to also not make my birthday as big a deal as I usually would this year.  At first I was even going to WORK on my bday.  But now I’ve got a decent little plan for May 3 that sounds fun enough and maybe even a little exhausting:

  • Gym
  • Champagne
  • Lunch at JCT Kitchen
  • Braves game at 12:10 (assuming no rain)
  • Cupcakes – I will write about this place when I find out the name LOL
  • Happy Hour at TAP
  • Dinner at South City Kitchen
Thanks for all your help making it through my 32nd year.  I only hope 33 is a little bit better.  It’s been a rough year.

Girl Crush Wednesday: Rihanna
04/25/2012, 10:09 AM
Filed under: Girl Crush Wednesday

After a way-too-long absence, I have decided to bring back the girl crush series with a girl that I find keeps getting hotter and hotter, Rihanna.  I saw Drake’s video for “Take Care” and trust me, RiRi was the only redeeming element of the visual and/or audio.  I am really into her chameleon, all-the-way-bad-girl yet high-class fashionista look:

Love her with dark cropped hair

Fire engine red

Blonde watching basketball (Getty)

Full-on bad girl glamoflagued (do any of you watch “Styled By June?”) in sweet ruffles and prints

What One Year of Patience Can Do For You…
04/24/2012, 9:53 PM
Filed under: My Shopping Finds

Last April I was desperate to find replacement cocktail dresses after my 40+ lb weight loss.  I found this amazing black satin Calvin Klein dress on Hautelook.  Well after I got it and loved the ultra flattering fit, I was obsessed with ordering it in blue as well.  I searched and searched and searched to find it with no luck.  Well, guess what I found for $71 on MyHabit?

See what can happen if you wait a year for what you want?  You can get it.  Now where to wear it…

Sorry for the Disappearing Act
04/23/2012, 9:33 PM
Filed under: Random

As you guys know, writing clearlyfabulous is something I have done and enjoyed for about 2.5 years now.  I found myself in quite a funk beginning a couple of months back.  One of the many things I stopped focusing on during this time was writing clearlyfabulous.

I tried everything I could to get back in the swing of things, but I am still struggling a bit.  I lost my way as it relates to food, exercise, shopping, cocktails.  I tried every way possible to medicate myself against the depression and anxiety I found myself swirling in.  I have decided to take a more proactive approach going forward:

  • Re-focus on diet and exercise – not only have I gained about 10 pounds over my comfortable fluctuation range but I have been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  This means I am going to be taking some very aggressive measures in the way of diet and exercise.  I now take 4 prescription meds each morning and it’s a bit too much for me to handle.  Yes, I am taking my meds, but I do NOT like it.  So I am going to do whatever it takes to get off of them.  I am beginning the Mediterranean Diet, which will be tricky for me due to my natural beef-loving Nebraskan self.  But I brainstormed ideas yesterday.  I will exercise 4-6 times per week, with an increased focus on resistance training.
  • Stay out of debt – By not writing, you guys missed out on a major milestone back in March.  I paid off all of my credit card debt.  Finally.  Now I need to stay out of debt.  I am trying to figure out which cards to cancel without hurting my credit score.  I am also trying to maximize reward points while only spending cash on essential items.
  • Focus on investing and saving – Now that I have learned to live on less and shop way less, I want to refocus my efforts on stocking my emergency fund and investing more in my 401K and IRA.  I also want to open a Roth IRA too.
  • Continue my focus on finding pleasure in ways other than acquiring things – This does not mean I will never shop, but it means my joy will not come from shopping and I will continue to focus on keeping my wardrobe and home decor lean.
  • Begin therapy to get to the bottom of the anxiety and depression – I have a sneaking suspicion that my recent health woes are connected to these issues as well.  I need to deal with some unresolved issues, move on, forgive.  I was at a conference earlier this month.  The keynote speaker presented this one slide that read:  “The happiest people are those who give.  The happiest people are those who forgive.  The least happy people are those who hold grudges.”  I was so inspired by this – I need to learn to forgive and deal with issues, rather than placing my skeletons in the closet.  I suspect I am beginning to run out of room.  I need to actively deal with my father’s death last year.  I have to free myself from all the things that are holding me back from happiness.

I also owe you guys a giant blog post featuring all the things I’ve bought in the last two or so months.  And a post on the wonderful gifts I’ve gotten for my upcoming birthday (one and a half weeks).  I will also start re-focusing  on my regular Wednesday and Friday posts along with featuring some “What I’m Rocking” posts too.  I may also share any particularly delish plant-based meals I create.

Thanks for sticking with me.  I can’t wait to be back to my old self.

Blow Your Paycheck Friday: Straw Embossed Patent Leather T-Strap Platform Sandals
04/06/2012, 2:27 PM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

I spent a little time in the YSL store in Las Vegas lately [more to come on that soon 😉 ] and it got me totally inspired by the spring line.  These gorgeous orange sandals could make everything in my wardrobe a little brighter, sassier and more fabulous.  Don’t you agree?

They just might be worth the $795 price tag.  Get them at Saks.  Rock them with everything.