Friday, August 30, 2013

Top 5 Football Dreams and Some Commentary

Even though it is Friday, I figured it's still okay to do a Top 5 post, right?

I thought maybe y'all would like to know about some of my football dreams. These are the 5 things that I would love to do in my lifetime...that revolve around football. Some are realistic and some are not. Some will definitely happen and some will probably not...but a girl can dream, right?

1. Attend a Saints game in the Superdome
BAM. I want to be in the heartland of the Who Dats. A true part of the Who Dat nation instead of a fan-from-a-distance. I need to be with my people. And eat a beignet.

2. Meet Drew Brees
I mentioned that some of my dreams are not realistic, but this is not one of them. I will meet him...even if I have to stalk the set of Nyquil or Wrangler* commercials.

3. Attend a home game and tailgate at Williams-Brice Stadium
I love, LOVE my Gamecocks! Being a fan-from-afar is hard too. I want to tailgate at a home game and just for once, be a part of  the amazingness that is a home game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Hello SANDSTORM!?!?!

4. Watch a football game in a skybox
Of course, I could kill 2 birds with one stone if it were a Gamecocks or Saints game, but I'd love to watch ANY game from the Skybox. Even my hometown team!! (which I'm growing to like more and more though I still don't like the quarterback)

5. Meet one of the following players:
Tony Romo (hate the team, but he's precious! those dimples!)
RGIII (does he not just seem like a cool guy???)
Eli Manning (he's also PRESH!)
DeAngelo Williams (he looks like a pony when he runs)

Now For Some Commentary:
- My fantasy football draft is Monday. Wish me luck! Instead of picking a hilarious punny team name involving an NFL player that I may or may not end up drafting, I've decided to go the complete opposite direction and pick a team name that just really showcases my personality.

So, ladies and gentlemen, this year, my team is called the


- How 'bout them Gamecocks last night, y'all??
- I'm slowly becoming more appreciate of the Panthers. It helps to spur me in the right direction that M is a HUGE fan. So, I'm okay with that. Plus, they're my hometown team. And they have pretty colors. The end.
- Does anyone else draft FF players that are attractive? Or is that just me? Like, I want the players that are good AND attractive...(I'm looking at you Wes Welker). The players that are just attractive (cough...Mark Sanchez...) and not really that great won't make the list. But sadly, good/decent players that aren't attractive (Mr. Curtis Painter or Mr. Kyle Orton) won't make it. Sorry/not sorry.

</footballcommentary> </nerdycodingjokes>

*Clearly, doing Wrangler commercials for pro-athletes is a sign of impending death. Or impending retirement and I JUST SAW MY DREW DOING A WRANGLERS COMMERCIAL WITH BRETT FAVRE. I'm so sad. Him and Dale Jr. Guhross.

Linking up with SARAH! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends. It's one day closer to the weekend, and for many of us, it's one day closer to a THREE DAY WEEKEND!!

Can I get an amen?

Here are some things I'm loving you can think happy thoughts before you start your weekend.

Y'all I have been on a crazy cupcake jag for like a week. It's a good thing that I'm doing C25k...otherwise I fear my waistline would suffer. Don't these look delicious?

It's a good thing I'm not married...because I doubt my future husband would allow this in our bedroom. But for now... [wink]

neutrals + jeans + sparkle

This color top would look absolutely horrid on me, but I'm totally digging this outfit.

Cool Links
11 Ways to Wear a Statement Necklace | Grilled Cheese Pull Apart Rolls | I'm loving this haircut. | I love this idea for displaying significant dates in one's life. | The best hand scrub EVER! This will be perfect for cooler temps. | Cats taking selfies. | If rock bands kept their original names. | 30 questions to ask your best friend or significant other. | I'm sorry and you're welcome at the same time.

And Some Weekly GIFs

Y'all KNOW Miley is gonna be all over the internetses.
me at the hair salon getting ready for your manme at the hair salon getting ready for your man

Me on my way to steal your man
Caption: Me on my way to steal your man. LOL!

And with that, have a great day! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

OOTD: The Triumvirate

Dress: Walmart (similar, similar) | Cardigan: Old Navy (exact) | Necklace: Ebay (similar, similar) | Shoes: Rainbow (exact)

I was grocery shopping at Walmart and saw this dress out of the corner of my eye. I literally detoured my lil blue buggy over when I saw this hanging on the clearance rack. I scored this beauty for $9! I've already worn it twice and though I can't wear it to work, it's super-comfortable and versatile for church, date night, lunch, weekend, etc.

I love the unique print on this dress, but I love the colors even better. Navy and green is my absolute favorite color combination. That, with the addition of hot pink, easily made this one of my favorite summerish outfits that I've worn so far this season. I call navy, green and pink the great color triumvirate.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend Update & How to Eat a Cupcake

Happy Monday, friends. 

My weekend was pretty packed. And I knew it was gonna be good when a coworker brought around GiGi's cupcakes for everyone. 
Also, did you know there is a correct way to eat a cupcake? Oh, you didn't? Well, let me enlighten you...

1. Remove cupcake wrapper and slice cake part in half. (You can use a knife or just pull it apart.)
2. Place bottom half of cake part on top of the icing/frosting.
3. Smoosh together. 
4. Eat. 
You will never eat a cupcake the regular way again. 

I started Couch 2 5k again this weekend. This makes for the 3rd start-up. Sigh. But maybe I'll actually finish it this time. Has anyone else had this issue with C25k? 

The weather and the sky were absolutely amazing this weekend. Bright Carolina blue skies with puffy white clouds all weekend and temps in the low 80s with a slight breeze. That kind of weather actually made me want to go out and run. Craziness!

Sunday after church M and I continued what has become a fairly common tradition: Mexican food at a local restaurant. They have a guy that comes over to your table to make fresh guacamole and there is just something amazing that he puts in it because it tastes SO GOOD! That fresh guac is like crack! 

After being sufficiently full of guac, M and I were feeling a little squirrely. 

Which explains how this happened...

We do always try to put our best face(s) forward. 

What did YOU do this weekend?

Linking up with Sami, Carly and Meg!

Friday, August 23, 2013


Today's post is a simple one.

It's a bit of a throwback to the old days of this blog. Like back when it was called something else. Remember Instafriday?

It's where I link up some of the Instagram photos I've taken over the past week or so with Jeannett over at Life Rearranged. Some call this Instafriday. But I like to call it a legitimate excuse to post selfies and photos of my dog. Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe, you know?

One thing I love about Instagram is the ease in which I can use it to post outfit shots. Like this one. My fave lil pink Target dress. I loved it so much I bought another one. Oh, and I totally planned this outfit AROUND the shoes. The pinks actually matched in person, trust me. 

Commence dogstagram photos. This is Hewitt as neighborhood sheriff. He likes to use his snout to sniff out crime...or something.

And this is the Puss-in-Boots face that happens whenever I eat chocolate chip cookies. He's never had a cookie ever in his life but he must sense that his mom cherishes them. This is what greets me when I eat them.

And then there's old man Googly Eyes. He's got a slightly mad streak going on...probably due to the fact that I was eating fruit and not giving him any. His summer preferences have been watermelons and cantaloupe.

Speaking of summertime. One of my favorite things about it is fresh flowers and fresh veggies from the garden.

Okay, okay, I know. I don't EAT the fresh veggies so much...but I love to photograph them. And look at them. And give them away to people. So...yeah.
life rearranged

And that is my week on Instagram. You can follow me there if you'd like [aprilanne147]. Even if just for comedic relief. Heck, I'd follow me. That just go weird. 

Have a fabulous weekend. Here's to hoping it's a rain-free one in NC! Can I get a shout??

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Things I Love Thursday

Happy Thursday! Here are some things I'm loving lately...

Yep. You read that right. Oreo Popcorn. And guess who is trying this out this weekend? This girl!
And for more Oreo deliciousness recipes (10 to be exact) click here.


Here's a really cool Time Lapse tour of the U.S. in 5 min. This guy traveled over 12,000 miles and documented his trip. Watch it and see how many cities you can guess!

Seersucker napkins. By Kim Seybert. #napkins #seersucker #nautical

Seersucker NAPKINS! I feel like I could make these if I could get access to a serger, no?

Merona® Women's Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress w/Pockets - Assorted Knits

I am absolutely, totally, 100% into this dress. And I know I'll love it even more when it arrives this week. ;) But seriously, I have this dress in pink and I love it. I'm so glad Target released it again in fall/winter colors. I also love the blue one too!

im laughing so hard I'm crying!!!




Links from the Blogosphere:
How to take the PERFECT Instagram Selfie | 5 Easy Ways to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall (and after the cooler temps in the last couple of weeks where I live this is very useful!) | The 13 Commandments of Instagram | Lulu ROCKS a baseball tee with a lace skirt and leopard clutch. Get it!

And finally, your weekly GIFts:

When a coworker comes in with hangover hair and a high-low hem. 

This IS my Friday desk dance. 

Don't be bringing me stuff at 4pm on a Friday.

When my coworker says, "It's really slow today."
Okay these last gifs are not things I love...but more of a...

What the heck is wrong with this woman?

I could keep going, but...I won't. I mean, there's artsy...there's trying to make a statement and then there's...whatever this is. [source]

And on that note. Have a fab Thursday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Don't Hate Me But...

When I read Sarah's blog post this morning, I KNEW I wanted to do a version of it on my own blog. So, without further adieu...

Don't hate me but, I'll never understand your Seinfeld or Friends quotes.
Sorry, these were a little before my time anyway. But if you quote anything from The Office...

Don't hate me but, I don't drink coffee.
So, I can't get behind the Starbucks thing. But I do love their cheese danishes. [wink]

Don't hate me but, I'd rather shop at Target than J Crew or Lilly.
It's simply due to my frugality, quite frankly. I'd rather only pay $25 for a cardigan than $75.

Don't hate me but, I don't like the movie "Dirty Dancing".
As a matter-of-fact, I've only seen it once.

Don't hate me but, I'd rather chew nails than wear anything with a high-low hem.
Sorry/not sorry.

Don't hate me butI love wearing my bubble necklaces.

Don't hate me but, I love Chef Boyardee. And Bagel Bites. And Pop Tarts.
They are all magically delicious.

Don't hate me but, I don't understand non-dessert people...or non-Christmas people.
How can you not love Christmas or dessert? That's a crying shame, really.

Don't hate me but, I don't like pumpkin anything.
With the one exception of these. Other than that, no thank you.

Don't hate me but, I don't like the tie-shirt trend.
It's too early 90s for me and reminds me of elementary school No thanks.

Don't hate me but, this blog post is waayyyy late today.

The end.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

OOTD: Plain Black Dress

One of my favorite things to do is play around with accessories on a neutral-ish palette. So, when my mom bequeathed me her beloved black sheath dress, I jumped at the opportunity to try different accessories with it.

In the pics below, I pretty much stuck with pink, blue and green. But there are so many opportunities with this dress. Black dresses can go with ANYTHING! (Don't believe me? Check out these posts.)

These are virtually the same look, I know (cardigan and statement necklaces) but you can get a different look by switching up the accessories and completer pieces. So, I might not wear these outfits back-to-back...but I could wear this black dress to work once a week, every week, and look like I'm wearing something different by choosing different accessories or completer pieces.

Black Dress: Old Navy...very old! (similar) | Blue Cardigan: Gap (similar) | Green Cardigan: Target (exact) | Leopard Pumps: Target (exact) | Pink Pumps: DSW (similar) | Blue & Pink Bubble Necklaces*: Ebay | Green Statement Necklace: Gift from a friend

The look I actually rocked to work this week was the black dress with blue cardi, blue bubble necklace and leopard flats. But I can't wait for the opportunity to wear the dress with my new hot pink pumps...that I scored for $11. :)

Have you ever switched up the "surroundings" on a favorite clothing staple for a new look?


*Apparently there's some haterade flowing around the bubble necklace because they are so trendy and popular...that EVERYONE has one and therefore the bubble necklace is old and not fashionable. Well, first, "fashionable" is mostly a state of mind. But furthermore, let me continue to say that trends are not my thing. I like what I like and I wear what I like. I will wear my bubble necklaces (all 5 of them) until the cheap brassy chains turn my neck black. And then I'll paint them with clear nail polish and wear them even more. I like them and I don't give a flying doughnut whether or not they are popular or trendy. They are fabulous. The end. :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Strange Addiction

I've already confessed my addiction to cardigans and shoes, but this weekend I discovered a new addiction...


How did this come about? Well, whilst venturing out with M this weekend I convinced myself to buy 2 new t-shirts. I mean, I had to have them. Why? Well, see for yourself...

C'mon, the Duck Commander shirt is PINK!

Anywho, when I got my new t-shirts home, I attempted to make room in the t-shirt section of my wardrobe. Which led to me getting frustrated because I had nowhere to put them. Which led to me taking out all my t-shirts and refolding them.

Which led me to this photo.

How. Does. This. Happen?

That's 30 shirts...not even counting the one I was wearing and the ones in the dirty clothes basket. Who, in their right mind has over 30-and-probably-closer-to-40 t-shirts?!?!

A clothes hoarder. That's who.

Hello, my name is April and I think I'm a clothes hoarder. I just can't get rid of certain pieces of clothing. I have t-shirts that are literally holey...some are from high school...but I just can't get rid of them. And let's not even get started on my 30+ cardigans and 60+ pairs of shoes. What is wrong with me?!

Do I need a t-shirt intervention? Is this normal? Does anyone else have an insane amount of t-shirts?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What's With White Eyeliner?

white eyeliner

Makeup artists have long been obsessed with highlighting the inner corners of eyes. It helps eyes to larger, farther apart and more awake. This used to be done with white eye shadow or highlighting cream.

However, these days, a new crop of  beauty products are flooding the market, replacing the eye highlighting creams of yesteryear.

These are white (or ivory) brightening/lightening eyeliners. So...other than for people dressing as clowns...or perhaps some of the laydays on RuPaul's Drag Race, why would one use a white eyeliner? What's the deal with them?

And, I'll admit that I was a big ol skeptic at first. But then I got one in a fairly recent Ipsy bag and gave it a whirl. I've tried it both in my waterline and as an inner corner highlighter.

It really makes a difference! Even for someone with white skin anyway. :) I don't wear it everyday, but I do wear it when my eyes are a little tired looking and it perks them right up.


Here's an example of white done right. 

Here are some of my fave white eyeliner tutorials:

Girl With Curves "Basic Face"
The Beauty Department "Eye Study"
MagicGrl111 Youtube Tutorial
Hustle and Whale "White Is the New Black"

So what do you think about this look? Would you ever try white eyeliner?


Monday, August 12, 2013

Over the Weekend (and a fishing re-do)

Happy Monday friends!

Well, I got a chance to redeem myself from my deep sea fishing weekend o' doom by attempting to fish again this weekend. There were two main differences...this time I kept my feet on the ground the entire time and I was fishing in a pond....versus the ocean.

Big difference.

Well, at least it was to my body. Because I fished and I fished for a couple of hours and not even the slightest wave of nausea crept over me. Not even when I had to hold a fish by its mouth. Okay, I lied. I probably gagged a little because it felt like a wet butterfly. Just go with it...

And the best part? I caught fish! Five bass, to be exact. I caught more fish than any of the other "seasoned" fishermen out there including M, who, came to my beckon call every time I DID catch something so I wouldn't have to take it off the hook. Guh-ross.

Oh, and I should mention that M also helped me get my hot pink fishing rod unstuck whenever I'd cast it into the trees. That happened a lot a few times. And the best thing ever was when I got my pink fishing rod stuck in a tree-slash-devil-bush and M told me to hold on to his rod while he got mine unstuck. Naturally I cast it in the pond and NATURALLY I caught a fish. I got photographic evidence of that one...naturally.

I was trying really hard not to be grossed out by touching that thing. Yuck. 

Any who, after I caught my third fish, I decided to start giving fishing tips to M. I told him to pick a glittery lure (I was fishing with a red sparkly worm and then an orange glittery worm thing with a spiral tail). He got rid of this weird green one (pictured above) and chose something else and started catching them. 

Sadly, my good fishing advice stopped there. I advised him to do a white sparkly worm since white contrasts with the greenish pond water and he caught nothing. Oh well....

After fishing, we went swimming (not in the a pool). Fortunately for all of you I have no pictures of that. But I do have a pic of M with one of his bass. 

Other happenings this weekend:

This randomly appeared on my phone yesterday. Hmmm....

Hewitt was herding his "babies" so I took a photo. 

Oh, and this happened. I had carbo load for my fishing excursion. :) 

Overall I had a pretty good weekend. How about you?

Linking up with Sami, Molly, Carly and Meg