Monday, August 31, 2015

What's In My Netflix Queue?

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A few years ago, I made the switch from cable to using a Roku to watch streaming television and movies (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, etc. ) and I've never regretted it! We have an antenna to watch live local sports and news, when we need to. We love tv on demand and don't think I could go back to normal cable.

I think you can tell a lot about a person based on their Netflix queue, no? So, I thought this would be a fun topic for a blog post since my tastes are quite random.

What's in my Netflix queue?

NCIS: One of the shows M and I watch together. I've seen these episodes a ton of times and they never get old.

Hell on Wheels: My newest addiction. Seriously, I watched like 8 episodes over the weekend. M will have none of it, but I love it!

Criminal Minds: Another one M and I watch together. Season 10 is now on Netflix.

The Office: Always. My all-time favorite.

House of Cards: M watches this. I tried...but the first episode where the dog gets hit by a car did me in. No thanks.

Star Trek Voyager: Definitely an M show. I would never. Although, Red from OITNB is the Captain in this show. M has her autograph because he liked her in Star Trek Voyager. So weird, huh?

Property Brothers: We love HGTV/home shows and this one is good.

Orange is the New Black: Too bad I finished the latest season in one week. I still go back and rewatch to catch little nuances I might have missed the first time.

Pretty Little Liars: I went through the first season and lost interest. It's still in my queue though. Just in case.

Once Upon a Time: I started rewatching this series with M. He likes it "okay" but other shows like Criminal Minds and NCIS take precedence.

Bad Ink: I love seeing people's horrible tattoos! HA!

Grace and Frankie: SUCH AN AWESOME SHOW! A coworker recommended it and I really enjoyed the whole season. It made me laugh (out loud for real!) and cry and had a great plot line.

Alaska State Troopers: Not really a show I love but I'll watch it if M is.

Daredevil: Watched some of this with M. He's a Marvel comics guys. Me? Not so much. But I tolerated it.

Cousins on Call: Another HGTV/home show that we like. Similar to Property Brothers except they are cousins and they surprise people with renovations when they are away.

That's mine...what are some shows in your queue?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Thoughts - How to Eat a Cupcake

Welcome friends. It's Thursday, which means it's time to catch a glimpse into the randomness that is April. And also, to link up your randomness too in your own Thursday Thoughts blog post. (Where you can blog about ANYTHING!!! As long as it's on Thursday.)

Today, I'm going to teach you a life to eat a cupcake. I've blogged about this before, but there really is no other way to guarantee an equal cake-to-frosting ratio and for maximum deliciousness. It's simple.

How to properly eat a cupcake while distributing the frosting evenly

Break off the bottom 1/3 or 1/2 of the cupcake and flip it rough side down ON TOP OF the frosting. This makes a sort of cupcake whoopie pie sandwich. Then eat. I prefer to eat with a fork at this point...because I am weird. But this will change your life, people!

You're welcome.

Now, let me hear from you! Link up below.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Why I [Still] Wear Statement Necklaces

Y'all know how much I love statement necklaces...right? I mean, if you've read this blog for any amount of time you're bound to stumble upon a post about or photo of one.

You might also have picked up that I don't often participate in a lot of fads as an adult. Now, as a teen, I fell victim to the silver lipstick, miniature animal backpacks and butterfly clips of the mid-late 90s. However, as an adult, I choose to embrace the classic over the trendy.

You may think that statement necklaces are a trend...or a fad. But in fact, they aren't. They are a very old, classic look that's been around for centuries. Modern statement necklaces gain their influence from the tribal/ethnic jewelry of India and Africa, the metal collars of Egypt and the Mediterranean and even the beaded/tiered look of Edwardian and Victorian pieces from America and Western Europe. Coco Chanel had a huge role in popularizing costume and statement jewelry in the 30s, 40s and 50s and many of today's pieces are directly inspired from her designs.

I STILL wear statement necklaces because they are classic and beautiful. I still wear statement necklaces because they are a wonderful way to tie an outfit together or to make an otherwise nondescript look stand out. I still wear statement necklaces because they've become MY signature. People know me for my statement necklaces (and my shoes...and my cardigans...but I digress). A statement necklace and a cardigan and flats IS my fashion formula. It's what makes me feel comfortable's just me!

I often post pics of some of my necklaces on my Instagram page. If you follow me there you can see them from time to time. Here are some I've posted over the last few months.

Do you wear statement necklaces? Would you ever try one if you don't already wear them?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Ah Thursday. I love seeing you every week....because it means we are closer to the weekend. Hallelu.

//1. I usually do my self-tanning regimen in the evenings. The last few times, however, I've woken up to some major splotchies. The latest one was right underneath my chin. Maybe I shouldn't do it right before bed??

me getting ready for a date

//2. Along those same lines. I need some dark colored sheets. We only have light colored sheets that fit our King bed. But King sheets are so expensive.... :(

//3. I can feel my late summer allergies starting to creep up...starting with a dry throat. No ma'am! I will not get another sinus infection. 

//4. I'm going to Chicago for a work trip in November. I've been to Chicago once before in May and I loved it. However, it's mid-November. In Chicago. Anyone got any advice for places to go/do and how the weather might be? 

Alright, that's all I have for y'all today. Will you link up below? Just add your blog post about anything! As long as you blog on Thursdays, you're good! YAY! Happy Thursday! All GIFs via.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Wear Fall 2015 Colors Together {Pantone Color Report}

Ladies and gentlemen...

It's almost fall.

Yes, we are getting close to the most wonderful time of the year (in my opinion). One of my favorite things about fall is wearing fall colors. Yes, I am one of those people who holds off on pairing my mustards with my navys and my olives with my plums until the temps plummet below 80 and the days get a little shorter.

As most of you know, I'm obsessed with pairing color with more color and I only use neutrals whenever absolutely necessary. However, the good news for you color phobes (i.e. normal people) is that a few of Pantone's Fall 2015 colors ARE neutrals. (I'm looking at you Reflecting Pond and Stormy Weather) And a few of them are very wearable colors like Biscay Bay and Dried Herb.

So, using my best color pairing skills, I decided to create a few different outfits incorporating some of the Fall 2015 Pantone colors. Now, I used every single color at least once...except for purple. I really loathe purple and it was a hard color to work I did what I do best. Gave up. ;)

fall 2015 pantone color report

Also, not gonna lie: Cashmere Rose was difficult to use but I managed to incorporate it in a bag. Hooray! My favorite combinations are Marsala + Biscay Bay and Cadmium Orange + Dried Herb. These colors are punchy enough to show off but still fairly muted for fall.

What do you think about these colors? Would you wear any of them?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Insta-Outfits v.4

It's been a hot minute since I've posted some of my Instagram outfit photos on the blog. For those of you that already follow me on Instagram (thestripedflamingo) I do apologize for the duplicate content. For the rest of you, here are a few of my Insta-outfits of late...

Yes, my gravitation towards stripes, navy and mustard is very apparent. But I do applaud myself that all of these outfits contain a print. I used to be very print-phobic but now I've expanded beyond stripes to incorporate polka dots and even geometric patterns! Go me! HA! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Keeping this one short and simple today. Today and tomorrow at work and then the weekend! YAY! It's good I only have 2 days of work left in this week because...

when housewives go on a trip

Okay, okay, not really. But...still.

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