Monday, May 28, 2012

Quest for My Pretty - The REAL Weigh In

You saw yesterday I did an off-day weigh in because of my travel and I wanted to know the immediate impact. Well today would be my REAL weigh in day.  I though I should check in again just to be consistent.

Weight: 159.8 lbs (-6.2 lbs since last official weigh in)

Keep in mind a normal body fluctuates about 4 lbs in any given day, so I really can't say that's improvement over yesterday. But given that it is two weeks since my last real weigh in I CAN say that it is HUGE improvement and I more than survived traveling and staying consistent with my weight loss goals. It can be done. I have done it once again.

(Trying to take a bit of pride in myself right now, please understand).

Now... how not to blow it this week?

Here's what I learned:
  • No matter what, just MOVE!
I think that's partially the real secret. The nerves and food poisoning diets don't count.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quest for My Pretty - Post Travel Weight Loss Report

I know that this is not my usual weigh in. But I really wanted to do this today. I like to see the immediate aftermath of a business trip, if I can. Long story short: I went to Amsterdam for 8 days. I ate a LOT of fish. I walked nearly double my "daily value" of steps every day. I worked out in my hotel room nearly every morning as well - just enough to keep it in my routine. I also had wine, beer, desert... all manner of things I've been avoiding which are too hard to resist when overseas.

It has been two weeks since my last weigh in. And I wasn't sure how this would be except that I know I've had a bit of food poisoning for the last several days and my stomach has been very upset. Consequently, I haven't eaten as much as I should Friday or Saturday. I do not recommend the "get sick, don't eat" diet but sometimes it can not be avoided.

So here we go...

Weight: 160.4 (-5.6 lbs since last weigh in).

Yowza! Send me back the life style agrees with me!

Anyway, some pictures of foreign food if you'd like them.

Green Tea with modest Stroopewaffle

My colleague Joy's salad

I forgot what this is but ti's shrimp.

Salad greens (I ate a LOT of salad greens)

My favorite thing ever - the super stylized tea box at work.

Sea Bass, I ate a LOT of Sea Bass when left on my own.

Strawberries and Chocolate - not as bad as you'd think calorie-wise

My usual lunch: slice o bread, smoked salmon, side salad.
The 18 flights of stairs I tried to add into my routine at work.
I remember saying I always did seem to lose weight when I travel. It's been so long, I'd nearly forgotten that's the case.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My First Adventure Into Glossybox

Glossybox Contents - April 2012
I have never tried one of those "beauty sample in a box" services before, so when Glossybox first contacted me I reached out to my fellow blogger community and asked for thoughts. Apparently, this particular service has quite the well respected reputation overseas and has recently made a splash onto the US beauty scene. So, since I was given the opportunity I choose to go for it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quest For My Pretty: 30 Days of Les Mills Pump

Thought you'd like to see what about 8 lbs loss and 30 days of focus can do to a midsection:





Don't mind the socks. :)

And by the way, one of my Challenge Group members lost4.5 inches off her hips and 3.5 inches off her waist,  in 30 days - nothing to sneeze at AT ALL and I am so proud of her! (She knows who she is.)

Anyone interested in joining me on my next fitness challenge in June? Keep an eye out for a post or let me know via Facebook. :)

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quest For My Pretty - Weight Loss Report



The Abs are coming back!
(don't look at the middle, just look at the obliques!)


My Weapon of Choice, Les Mills Pump Bar
So this week was a tough one for me. On Saturday I had my first Softball practice of the year! I'm so excited about that. It came right on the heels of my Turbo Kick Class. But I followed it with a celebratory trip to Sammy's for Tilapia fajitas and... the Margaritas! It's "Penny Margarita" night on Tuesdays so the server just kept on bringing them. Saturday I had dinner out at Olive, an Urban Dive (my favorite - more on that later), and the Sunday was a two meal out day for Mother's Day, which  I try to avoid. Not the "Mother's Day" part - the two meals out part. It's so hard to stay on track when that happens. Consequently  I ended up going for extra laps around my block A LOT this week, just to make up for eating transgressions. But overall I did pretty well.

Weight: 166.0 lbs (-0.8 lbs)

I can't complain with the week I've had. I really can't. That's good.

Next week, my challenge will be Traveling. No weigh-in, but I'll write up for you (or video?) my travel strategy so you get to see it first hand. Sound fair?

Anyway, let me leave you with some delicious pictures from this week.

Tropical Strawberry Shakeology and Oatmeal Pancakes drizzled with Honey

Sashimi, of course!

Chicken and Hummus Wrap  - A Yummy go-to meal!

My May Challenge Group Started today too! We're going to rock it! My April Group has graciously accepted the challenge of helping them along and together we're all going to make a difference in each other's lives! I also now have a non-Challenge Accountability Group on Facebook if you'd like join. Just send me a note and I'll tell you how. It's not as intense - just motivation and a place to go for support. Great for people just starting out.

Until next weigh in, stay healthy!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dayton Fashion Week - The Model Look Books

Hey yo! It's Saturday and I have some fun things for you!

I was just sent the Model Look books for Dayton Fashion Week. Do you want to see who will be walking the catwalk? I sure do - most of these people I haven't seen yet so I'm super curious! We've got the adults AND the kids, so lets have a look shall we?

Adults




And THE KIDS! - so cute!





Dude, I so wish I had been into this as a tiny tot! I remember doing one fashion show for Jacobson's, a department store in Ann Arbor. I remember it going around like a whirlwind. But I was about 7 years old so of course I don't remember much. But I remember a lot of fuss, a lot of nerves, and then not getting the clothing I was wearing afterward when I did remember liking it a lot. Not for lack of my parents trying - the outfit sold before they could even try for it. I hope these kids have a ton of fun!

Anyone you know in either of these videos? See any hot new stars?

Be sure to check out Dayton Fashion Week's website and Dayton Fashion Week's Facebook Page to stay up to date on what's going down in July!

Round Up! The Clash Consignment Fashion Show

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to attend the Clash Consignment Fashion Show put on at Club Aquarius by beguiling Mary Katherine Burnside. Mary Katherine has put on this show before, but this was the first time I have attended one of her shows. The show features local designers and talent - and it's quite fun what Clash was able to put together. The whole event was a cacophony of creative expression of clothing and accessories. There were quite a lot of printed t-shirts, retro dresses, and adorable "Tiny Hats".  I actually took video of the whole thing but it wasn't great (there was a woman who's head kept getting in front of my camera). That means if there's video to be had it probably won't be mine you'll see. There were, however,  two local photographers who graciously offered to allow me make use of their imagery: Charlie Gast, and Inclusion Magazine (they also have a Facebook Page). Please enjoy their pictures and visit their pages, ok?

On to the show!

Josh Lucas for Skull 13
Image by Inclusion Magazine

First Segment
  • Tom Watson - Stem Cell T-Shirts
  • Skull 13
  • Forty O Z
  • Lady Creep Show
  • Basho

Second Segment

  • The Tiny Hat Co.
  • Jennie Hawley 
  • Lissa Lush
  • Candy Mic Designs 
  • Veda Apparel
  • Thread and Bones (Heidi Schumacher)
  • Tracy McElfresh

Jasmine from Clash Vintage
Image by Charlie Gast
Third Segment
  • Clash Vintage
The images you see are of the styles and designs I remember the most. It was difficult to hear the MC due to the nature of the sound and location and so I wasn't always sure who was showing what at what time. With so many shows, I easily lost track. I would have liked a program. The above list was graciously supplied by Mary Katherine, so I am able to at least give you the names of who showed. Sadly, I am not always able to connect pieces with the exact designer. Please forgive my ignorance, and if you happen to know - Correct me! I don't mind being corrected when the need arises.

Anyway, with that in mind you can absolutely appreciate the amount of work that Mary Katherine put into creating this show. Seriously, I don't know HOW she pulled it off, but she totally did. 

Anyway, more favorites...

CJ Chasser from Clash Vintage
Image by Charlie Gast
I really loved the lapel detail in this dress on the left. I do not know who the designer was but I thought this was a very fun and sexy piece. Perhaps the tights were a little too dressy but that's ok. I can over look that. I actually did want the sleeves to be a bit shorter.


Lady Creep Show Image by Charlie Gast
Who doesn't love a good Zombie T-Shirt? This Lady Creepshow shirt was awesome and I would have purchased it directly off the model's back, and probably sent it to Pink Sith, just for fun!

Aja Delany in Tiny Hats
Image by Inclusion Magazine
I've been admiring these little tiny hats in Clash for a long while now. They are super cute, super fun, and I think this particular part of the show may have been my favorite. It certainly had the most whimsey and did NOT take itself seriously. They even brought a hoopist out at one point. Anyway, just look at Aja having fun in that Tiny Hat!

Leslie Rasmussen in Basho Image by Inclusion Magazine

I attended this show with my friend Tonya and I swear we both wanted to take this shirt home with us. We loved the little birds flying all over it. Adorable t-shirt!

Jasmine Kashani in Tom Watson III Image by Charlie Gast
This entire collection was different color t-shirts with similar tree-like motifs on them. Sort of "pick your color" "pick your print". It got a little repetitious for a fashion show, but I liked it well enough that at the right price I would definitely sport one of these interesting graphic Ts.

Stacey Hensley in Lissa Lush Image by Charlie Gast
Stacey had her own cheering session at this show (and they were sitting right behind me). I didn't mind - I like her too. I particularly liked her in this interesting crochet halter with fringe. It's not something I could EVER wear, but I certainly know people who could get away with it. I think Stacey is one of those people. Cute top!

Amanda Rea in Tracy McElfresh Image by Charlie Gast

You know I adore Tracy McElfresh, so it's no surprise that she delivered some of my favorite full garments out there on the runway at the show. It was also great to see model Amanda Rea again. Consequently, out of all of Tracy's fabulous designs, this one I remembered this one the most. Except perhaps...

Mary Katherine Burnside in Tracy McElfresh Image by Charlie Gast
... this dress on Ms. Mary Katherine Burnside. Seriously, this dress has been hanging in Clash for a VERY long time. Every time I saw it on the wall I didn't understand it. Once I saw it on Mary Katherine, I instantly fell in love with it. There are so many details that Tracy put into this dress and the fit was fabulous. It's cute, flirty, and quirky - just like both the designer and the owner of Clash.

Lastly...

Jess Ficke in Clash Vintage Image by Charlie Gast
The Clash Consignment Fashion Show ended  with Clash Vintage. I had to include this image of Jess simply because girl is rockin' that dress and those little red pumps! Look at that retro vibe she's putting out! I love it, and that IS Clash!

So if Mary Katherine Burnside does indeed decide to put on this show twice a year, as I hear she wants to do, then put me down for the next ticket!!! The show was fun, the Afterparty... that got a little scrambled but I think that will get fixed in the future. It also would have been nice to be able to find out how to either order or purchase these pieces. Maybe that would have been something to go in the program. All in all I think this show will continue to grow, as Clash continues to grow as a destination point in Dayton, not just a shop on the street.

If you're in the area you should check out Clash Consignments at 113 E. Third st. Dayton,OH. 


Again special thanks to Charlie Gast, and Inclusion Magazine for use of their images.

    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Sad Day - Betsey Johnson Going Out Of Business Sale Begins


    Not long ago I read this article on the Huffington Post about Betsey Johnson filing for bankruptcy. To say I was crushed is an understatement. You see, my adventures with this brand began back when I was getting married. I was looking for a dress for my rehearsal dinner and happened upon a cute off-white linen dress with flowers embroidered all over it (very girly) by Betsey Johnson. I can't fit into it anymore (it was a very small size 10), but it still hangs in my closet. I don't think I will EVER get rid of it because it is that special to me.

    Consequently, when I go to Vegas I have been visiting Store #37. This last visit was exceptional. The store manager, Jenn, took a piece my husband liked (skirt with skulls on it, reversible) and styled it up for me. The skirt walked home with me, while the top did not (though I did think it was fun), and I've worn it several times since.

    However, having fun with her customer, Jenn's GREATNESS didn't stop there. A week later I saw that the skirt I had ordered had gone on sale. I called the store. Jenn explained that the normal practice is to return the item to a Betsey Johnson store to obtain a refund. Well, being in Ohio in the middle of no where, how the heck was I supposed to do that? She arranged for me to get the difference in price off my skirt back in store credit (around $30).

    Taking advantage of the sale, I selected some options. Jenn, who did remember me from my trip to the store, provided me with her opinion of the items I selected, their fit, and what she thought about their versatility. In the end I took full advantage of purchasing a dress that was already on sale that the new sale applied to, and added my new store credit. The end result was a purchase of about $50. I ended up with the following:

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    Good choice! I can dress this up or down as I like, easy peasy. Plus it's SUPER comfortable! I don't think I could have done a better job. Further, I would not have made a good choice without Jenn's assistance.

    Whether or not Betsey Johnson is "your style" I believe in the brands commitment to fun clothing. I don't think it needs to be restricted to youth, but can be a quirky fun update for those of us older than 22. I'm really sad to see this happening. I hope Betsey rises from the ashes to cartwheel her way down the runway again in our future.

    In the mean time, I encourage you to have a peek at the Betsey Johnson Going out of Business sale. Pick something up in case this is the last chance you get to have something of this iconic brand. And, if you are so inclined call my friends at the Las Vegas store #37 and order direct from there (702-731-0286). I don't know if they are still answering phones, but I did write Jenn a quick note thanking her and wishing her the best. I do believe discounts only apply through the store so best to or from a store (Store locator).

    Betsey Johnson and Store #37, you will always be in my heart!
    XOX right back at ya!
    Styrch

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Celebrating Spring with Penhaligon's Eau Sans Pareil

    As usual, my fragrance review is a little late. After all we're already heading into summer. But I thought I should let you know what I've been wearing, enjoying, and loving the smell of lately: Penhaligon's Eau Sans Pareil.  My go-to fall fragrance (and winter comfort) was Artemisia. To my nose Eau Sans pareil seems like a nice... awakening after a frosty slumber.
    Image from Penhaligon's Website.

    What does Penhaligon's Website Say about Eau Sans Pareil?
    "Head Notes
    Aldehydes, Neroli, Mandarin, Bergamot, Kumquat, Raspberry, Pineapple, Cypress, Pink Pepper, Tagetes

    Heart Notes
    Jasmine, Damascus Rose, Muguet, Orris, Ylang, Orange Blossom, Liquorice, Clove

    Base Notes
    Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Musk, Vanilla, Cistus-Labdanum, Benzoin, Amber Crystals

    Originally created in 1988, Eau Sans Pareil has been transformed into a shimmering chypre. Opening with a giddy rush of sparkling fruits and sensual white flowers, Eau Sans Pareil is softened with sweet woods, elegant oakmoss and musks. Powdery, wistful and romantic."

    Cost
    You can purchase 100 ml of Eau Sans Pareil for $140.  I use Penhaligon's Website since I don't have a store near me.

    My Experience with Eau Sans Pareil
    The immediate experience I have upon smelling it is an almost sugary fruity floral. Then the scent mellows out to a familiar powdery finish. It's as though someone opened the window on sunshine, just a bit. As I mentioned above, when I smelled this scent I was reminded of Artemisia. That is precisely because of the powdery finish. In truth, I think the only smells they ACTUALLY have in common are Musk, Vanilla and Amber in the base notes. Perhaps that's what I'm responding to. But this perfume feels like an "updated" Artemisia. Where I find Artemisia to be something suitable for slumber and cold nights wrapped in a blanket, Eau Sans Pareil has a freshness to it's scent that Artemisia is lacking. The end result is also not as powdery as Artemisia. And truthfully, reading what the notes actually are for this scent makes me want to go and really LEARN how to distinguish them. According to Wikipedia, this floral fruity powdery scent type is the characteristic definitive of a chypre.  (See, I'm getting my fragrance education where I can).
    I wonder if Artemisia is a chypre too... Education continues with a new question.

    However, in wear you'll find this is one that needs to be touched up quite frequently. You will not get through the day with this one. It is an Eau de Toilette so you should expect the scent to be a little less heavy handed.

    Tip: take a piece of a cotton ball and dab some of the scent on it. Wear it on you (I use a little necklace I got from Jewelmint that has holes in it in order to let the scent seep through). Then it will last much longer around you. Or, consider spraying it on your scarf instead of your body.

    Bottom Line
    Similar to my review of Eau de Verveine, I can't consider this scent to be a "Good Buy" because it's so expensive for such little length of wear. But if you are able to treat yourself, I think this is a good scent for a woman who wants to smell fresh, beautiful, and a little bit sweet.


    Disclaimer
    The product in this review was provided by Penhaligon's LTD for my consideration. I am not affiliated with Penhaligons LTD and I do not sell their products.

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Quest For My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

    Battling birthdays and buns... that's what I've been doing all week! You see, my husband had his birthday on May 4th - that meant desert at The Melting Pot (and a Campfire Martini). Then on Sunday we had the neighbors over for a hamburger cook out. In both instances I think I did fine staying on target for my calories. I didn't over-eat on ANY of my days this week. So by all accounts, I should have had a loss. However, sometimes the quality of the calories really does matter, and I have learned in the past that my body tends to like certain foods better than others in terms of fuel that will drop pounds...

    Weight: 166.8 lbs (-0.0 lbs)

    I should say that I weighed myself yesterday and I was down to 164.4 lbs. so YES the body does fluctuate dramatically. My dinner last night and the sodium content probably has a lot to do with my lack of any real weight drop. But I expect it to even out eventually.

    Another factor I should not forget: I worked out harder this week than I have in a long time. One day I managed to burn about 2950 calories in one day from a combination of Les Mills PUMP, walking, and Turbo Kick. I've been walking so very much just to get steps and calorie burn to where I want it to be, I could very well be experiencing some water retention as my muscles try to recuperate.

    Mark my words: Next Monday WILL be better!  I just have to be VERY aware of my eating when my parents come down for Mother's Day.

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    Help a Local Dayton Artist - Nick Sanitover, Stone Print Maker

    Someone once told  me "if you like art, you should buy it." With that in mind, I'm writing this post.

    Yesterday I was sitting at my computer, reading through my emails between meetings, and a very good friend forwarded me a message. My attention was caught, and I hope yours will be too.

    Nick Sanitover is a local artist with a MFA in studio art printmaking. He also teaches part time at University of Dayton. His particular medium of choice for print making is one that not a lot of people choose to undertake. My friend described it as a "dying art" but that he has an awesome opportunity for a residency in Berkeley, CA at the Kala Art Institute.  For Nick this is a huge opportunity and he needs OUR help to make this a reality.

    Check out Nick's video plea to us patrons:



    What does collage have to do with print making? I wasn't sure either. So I asked Nick to explain further about what he plans to do in Berkeley:
    "In short, Lithography is a process by which an artist uses greasy drawing materials to make an image on an actual piece of grained limestone (from Bavaria) and uses a printmaking press to print the image.  Because water and oil do not mix, the greasy drawing material will attract ink from a roller, the stone will hold water in its open areas and the artist can faithfully print the image over and over again.  It is a wonderfully seductive medium.  I will be drawing on stones that have been forming in the earth since the Jurassic era, the same stones which have been lugged over seas, used to print old bank notes or commercial goods. 

    So basically, I am traveling to Kala because Dayton does not have the facilities to allow this to happen.  Also, I am going to respond the physical and mental experience of travel to make my new work.  The work could not be made elsewhere because it will be a specific response to this experience."
    In case you didn't read that, the take away is that Nick can not physically do what he wants to do in Dayton. So he is going elsewhere to complete his project.

    Please consider making a donation and helping nick in his desire to further his studies in this art form. He does plan on bringing his knowledge back to the Midwest. Go to Nick's Website and view examples of his work.Watch is video. And then please donate.

    I'm excited to see what Nick can do when he's given the space, proper conditions, and dedicated time. Aren't you?
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