Wednesday, August 31, 2011


1.) I've thoroughly enjoyed Mom and Grammy's company--as always. We ate out for every single meal, began our Christmas decoration shopping, watched The Help {2nd time for me}, watched shows together, and talked, and talked. I love my Mom and Grammy combo company. The three of us have always been inseparable. A lot of people are close to their grandparents but I'm extra close to my Grammy. She's one of my best friends and I can tell her anything. Along with my Mom too of course. I'm very grateful for our 'three musketeers' friendship.
2.) Scott came home today and Holly was so excited to see him that when he picked her up to love on her, she let out a little squirt of TT. Normally, pee, poop, vomit, or anything of that nature totally grosses Scott out but he actually thought it was so sweet that Holly did that on him and I think he almost enjoyed it. Then he showered immediately.
3.) We're watching HGTV right now. A couple had to decide between a house or a wedding. Scott asked me what I would choose. DUH. Do I even have to say it out loud? {That would be wedding in case these years of blogging have taught you nothing about me}
4.) I have some traumatic news. I have to miss the first Razorback game this weekend. Try to control your tears--I've somehow managed. It was inevitable that it would happen and I figured I would probably miss out on quite a few games. I cannot even imagine not attending though. I feel as if I will sink into a depression on Saturday. In all of my years of working, I've never--not once--missed a home game. I can't talk about it anymore....
5.) Scott is, at this very moment, trying to talk to me about his conference in Chicago. He just rewound the new Hillshire Farm commercial (they're part of the Sara Lee corporation...along with a lot of other brands) and asked me to give my opinion on the new 'slogan.' Really? I'm such a vendor wife. I even refer to Walmart stores by their number now. Instead of saying I went to the Bentonville Walmart I say 'I went to store 100.' People try to talk to me about Walmart/Suppliers and I feel as if I could give them every piece of advice/information needed. What is this?
6.) Speaking of Scott's conference--he was watching Guliana and Bill with me and noticed one of Bill's friends works for Sara Lee and Scott has spoken with him several times. My husband instantly became cooler tonight. I'm going to have to sneak my way into one of these conferences, charm this guy, and work out a dinner with us and Guliana and Bill. Could you die? I think me and Guliana could be friends and Scott acts so much like Bill it amazes me. This is so going to happen....

Monday, August 29, 2011

I Hear Crickets

Hi friends! Did you have a good Monday? I did! Mom and Grammy are here to visit because Scott is in Chicago for a work trip. I don't stay alone. I hear every single noise my house makes and am convinced every time that it's a creepy man coming to get me. I always leave the TV on so I can see if the random man is watching me sleep but then the light and noise keeps me up so I basically don't get sleep and nearly have a heart attack all night if I'm alone. Not worth it. I'm grateful that my Mom can always come and stay with me when Scott is away. I didn't work today and I'm not working tomorrow--weird schedule this week--so I'm getting to really enjoy their company and hang out!

Eww....Mom just found a cricket. Seriously y'all, I find one in my house almost every day. What is the deal? We have the bug spray man come as often as he's supposed to. Do you think it's because it's so hot? I dunno but it grosses me out.

Sorry. Detour.

I've finally got my sweet little doodlebug back! I missed my girl so much. She was sad that her favorite person--Scott--wasn't here but I told Holly he'll be back soon. I was talking to Scott on the phone last night. He was out with all of his co-workers and as we were getting off the phone he said 'tell Holly I love her!!' In front of all of his co-workers. Haha. I was surprised he said that in front of them but it made me so happy that he did! Real Man.
Okay. Time to watch Gulianna and Bill. I just love them. EXCEPT I do have a reality TV annoyance. I hate when reality stars 'talk' to the camera to explain their feelings as if it's happening to them right then and there. You the Kardashians do. We know you're taping that interview months after it all happened and you're trying to make us think you stepped aside from the situation--in different clothes--to talk to a camera? It bugs. Real bad.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Hi friends!! {Ahhh, to blog only using my mindless thoughts and not special/articulate/proper fashion words.} I promise the new job will not conflict with the every day Kara blogging. I've been feeling guilty. I'm getting used to the new routine so you'll have to give me a little slack. My new job kicks my butt. I don't even have a spare 5 minutes to check Facebook and Twitter. #sadtimes. #annoying.
I love my job though. I have those moments where I'm like 'Woo hoo! This is awesome!!' I'm going and going all day--in heels--and it wears me out--but I love it. As everyone who knows me has said to me, it's a perfect fit.

Sew, I'm sure you've read my tweet where I passed out yesterday. It's a little on the personal side but I've decided to share because I'm an over-sharer and that makes since--since I have a blog and all. This post is for the ladies. Gents step away.
I went to my lady doctor yesterday.....
I've been contemplating for a very long time about getting off the pill. Something about the pill making my body always think it's pregnant + all the hormones + the weight gain (neat) + a million other things have brought me to that decision. Since I'm not ready for kids yet I don't want to not use preventative measures. After nearly a year and a half of thinking about it I decided I wanted to get an IUD. I talked with my doctor about it and she went on and on about how much she loved the IUD. She said it gives you 40 times less hormones than the pill but is just as effective and since I try to do well by my body/health I was sold.
Yesterday I went to get this fabulous IUD. My doctor told me to take an Ibuprofen because I may feel some cramping during the placement process.
So my doctor is in the process of placing it and I suddenly have the most intense pain I've ever felt in my whole entire life. Not being dramatic. It was horrific.
Background info on Kara: I'm the type of person who will 'take' the pain as to not create an awkward situation. If the dentist is hurting me, I say it's okay. If someone gives me a 3rd degree burn with a curling iron--it's cool. I'm good. No worries.
But, for the first time in my life, I experienced pain so badly, I screamed and begged her to stop. Then I passed out. Yes that's right. I. Passed. Out---From the pain. I passed out from the pain!!
I don't know how long I was out, but while I was coming to, I felt a random wet rag on my forehead, and a nurse was gripping my hand while my doctor was encouraging me to wake up. I could hear noises and I could see light but it seemed to take me forever to be able to answer the 'are you okay' question. About 2 minutes of silence later, I guess my doctor felt I was 'there' enough to tell me it was her making me dilate that caused the pain and made me pass out. My response? 'Maybe I don't want 3 kids.' (That was me trying to make the situation not awkward anymore)
I then asked her if the insertion process was successful and she said no. Followed by 'I think this isn't the right method for you.' think?
She didn't want me to drive home so she suggested I call my husband to come and get me. I've never been more happy to see Scott.
I got home and googled and got a little bit angry. I love my doctor--I think she's great and smart and I love her bedside manor. However, when I was discussing this birth control method she failed to give me details. Such as--most doctors don't give a woman an IUD unless they've given birth. Or without giving them a small dose of anesthesia if they haven't given birth.
It took me many hours to feel normal again. And seriously, it's traumatized me. I cannot articulate into words how painful of an experience it was. To scream and beg for someone to stop hurting me--woah. I only felt the pain for probably 5 seconds before I passed out from it. And then to pass out--well that's so scary.
I was driving home from work today--reliving it--and when I got home I crawled in the bed and sobbed. Seriously, it's traumatized me. It was so horrific. I could never express enough how painful it was.

This was personal for me to share but I know many girls who are my age/in the same life stage as myself read my blog and have/may have considered this type of birth control method and my opinion is NO. I will never try this again. Babies or no babies.

With the love and care given to me by my husband, who sacrificed and left work (during his busiest time ever) to watch over me--to my perfect Mom who continually checked in/asked questions/tried to empathize with my pain--to my best friend (Jaclyn) who texted me all day to make sure I was okay--I made it through the day and ended up feeling back to my normal self. Because I had to. I work in fashion now. And I had a runway show to get to. :)
Considering I had just passed out a few hours earlier, I felt like I was able to clean myself up pretty decently. The 'Kelly Ripa' (Joie) dress boosted my spirits. Yeah I get to borrow clothes now. Die. I may buy this one. I love it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FIRST grade.

Landon Luttrell went back to school yesterday. He's such a big boy now--1st grade!! I can't believe he's old enough to be in the first grade. I talked to him yesterday to check in and make sure he had a good day. From what I gathered, he has a new backpack (blue and black) there's a soccer and baseball field which he'll get to play on when 'coach' let's them--not recess. He has a music class (which he seemed pretty stoked about) and he doesn't know his teachers name because 'it's really hard to say.' {That would be Ms. Fomuke--pronounced like Feaux Mu. I agree, that is hard. What were they thinking making her the 1st grade teacher?}

Landon was quick to change the subject and say 'hey you know what Kara, I've seen all of the Harry Potters now except for the very last one, Deathly Hallows Part 2. I've seen Part 1.' I wrote earlier this summer that I had been trying to get Landon to watch Harry Potter with me but he utterly refused because he said 'the music would give him nightmares.' So finally one night Mom, Dad, and I started watching the first one while Landon was playing with his Leggos. It didn't take him 5 minutes to become interested and now he's obsessed. I've gotta be honest I'm surprised he even likes the HP's past #3. They get way more adult and I'm shocked that he can follow it and that the music doesn't give him nightmares. Ahh, well. I'm glad I started something fun for him! I asked him if he was going to be Harry Potter for Halloween and he said 'mmmm............I'll probably be Mario.' Anywho, I love talking to Landon on the phone but he literally wouldn't stop talking to me about Harry Potter. I finally had to be like 'okay bud I've gotta go now!!' Our phone conversation was 20 minutes of Harry Potter and 3 minutes of his first day of school. Ha!! I hope he has a good year and learns lots of new and fun things! And makes a lot of new friends too. Cutie Pie.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Say My Name, Say My Name

So I've created a marital problem with the new job. Tax forms. A W-4 or whatever that is. See technically my name is still Kara Luttrell. My drivers license says Kara Johnson but my social still ends with Luttrell....along with my passport. I've never had any intention in changing it to be honest. When I have kids--yes. For now--no. I don't know...losing my identity is harder than the average lady I guess. I've always liked my last name....maiden name.
Scott and I got in an argument tonight. I had to bring home my tax forms because I didn't know how to fill them out--no judging--that's what Dad's and Husbands are for. Anywho....It's confusing because it's like 'what's your name Kara??'
I dunno? What is my name?
Scott was like 'seriously, what do you want your name to be? Decide. You make it hard on our taxes and finances.' And I'm like 'ummm....I like Kara Luttrell better.' And he's like 'what about when we have kids? What is their last name going to be?' And I'm like 'I'm not trying to be all Hillary-Rodham-Clinton or anything but I dunno....give me time to figure it out.' And he's like 'Figure it out by's been 3 years.'
Gah! The pressure. I'm SO traditional so it's hard to believe, even to myself, that I haven't changed my name. Something about me just doesn't want to let it go. Why do women have to do it and men don't? It's the only way I'm a feminist. Seriously.
Since we're being completely honest can I totally open up?
1.) Bachelor Pad: Melissa--girl you've got to find a new hairstylist. The color is not good--you need a base break along with some honey and caramel low lights. AND a weekly conditioning treatment + a trim would do you wonders. Seriously friend. It's necessary. Nothing personal. I'm trying to help you.
2.) I totally get why people who have a hard job come home from work and immediately pour a glass of wine. Obviously I've had a job before but I had the luxury of having breaks--client gaps, intentionally off days, color processing breaks etc. I literally stand on my feet all day except for the 30 minutes I get to blog. Don't get me wrong--I'm obsessed with my new job but I'm exhausted and my bottom is getting firmer from standing all day. (Not kidding--I can literally feel it.) I normally save the vino for the weekends but on the ride home today all I could think of was white wine in my Vera glasses...
3.) I can't believe how supportive you all have been with my new job. (with the exception of following Ropa's blog, GAH!) Facebook/email/text/or in person--so many of you have reached out and told me how excited you are for me and it's just so nice! Not kidding, it seriously makes my day. I love it!!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Piggin Out

How's everybody's weekend been? Mine was good. Very lazy. Friday night Scott and I stayed in and watched movies. I didn't have to work on Saturday (I'm every other Saturday which is nice!) so Scott and I went to Fayetteville to eat at Chipotle because we hadn't been since they opened on Dickson. We didn't stay in Fayetteville long. Did a few boutique runs and that was pretty much it. We've also eatin like pigs all weekend. Sometimes it's fun to splurge but it makes me feel so yuck. For dinner on Friday we had chili nachos. I had a salad at Chipotle then got yogurt after! In the middle of the day I bought a little bag of BBQ chips? Then last night we had chili nachos again!! Let me just say, some restaurant needs to put my chili nachos on their menu because they are freaking amazing. I'll have to share the recipe with you one day. Needless to say, Scott and I are back to eating like normal and my body is thanking me for it. The chili nachos most likely raised my cholesterol level by a couple points.Last night we watched two movies. We skipped out on church today. So bad, I know. I set my alarm but just didn't feel like getting out of the bed. Sometimes it's nice to get really good rest. Now that I'm working again, I'm making Scott help me clean the house. So we did that today. It makes it SOO much easier when you have someone help you clean. Cut's the time in half....obviously. Now Scott's prepping our fish for dinner, I'm going to shower up, watch my shows, read some mags, try to throw a super fab wardrobe together for work tomorrow, then hit the bed.

Oh and PS I have a bone to pick with you people. I asked you to 'follow/become a member' of my Ropa blog and not a single one of you have done it. I've only got myself, Scott and my Momma. Feelings Hurt!!! I've got to have a lot of followers before I announce the blog tomorrow. I'm not asking for much now am I?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Shop At Ropa

Hi friends! I've been working on Ropa's blog all day long!! I'm not ready to reveal it to the whole world (very soon though) but I want you guys to get a sneak peek!! It's not 100% completed just yet but I must admit I'm very proud of it. I think it's going to be really beautiful and unlike anything I've ever seen from a local boutique. I think blogging for Ropa is going to be so great not just for me but for everybody! There really aren't any boutiques in NWA--or Arkansas--that have a blog....or if they do they rarely update. I plan on updating daily--or at least 6 days a week--and I think everyone will love it! As a customer, I think it would be so nice to see what's new in the store and the fun ways they customize the outfits and put them together. Plus, as an avid blog reader, it's always nice to add another good one to the list! I think the blog can really go far and I'm excited about being in charge and seeing if it makes any changes to the store. Since I'm giving you guys the first look at Ropa's blog, you have to do me a favor. Please 'follow' it!!!!! Pretty please! It would make me so happy. And if you want to leave comments from here on out, well that will just be the icing on the cake! XOXO!

Here she is:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hello Fashion World

Happy Hump Day! Whew! I'm tired. My first day at my new job went great. They put me to work right away. I got to spend my first hour by researching the top fall trends for 2011 on sites like Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, and InStyle. Die. I actually had a moment where I thought to myself 'I can't believe I'm getting paid to do this!!!!'

I'm in charge of mass emails/mailed invitations inviting clients to trunk shows, previews, runway shows etc. so I had to do research for that. We're already having a fall preview show next Friday and Saturday so I'm really excited about preparing for it. Ropa has amazing clothes right now. Of course fall duds have always been my favorite so maybe I'm biased.

Not only will I take care of the mass emails/promotions--I also get to speak with reps (like DVF, Tory, Rachel Zoe etc.) about coming to do trunk shows. Plus, I'm going to start up a blog for the store and do a lot of social networking which I'm obviously excited about. AND I get to do client closet organizing (here's where my OCD gets to be put to good use!!!) and of course styling. I die. I almost feel like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. Except with a much nicer boss. Needless to say--I think I'm going to love! Cheers! (I indulged in a weekday glass--or two--for celebration + dinner at Basils)

PS: My sweet little precious baby girl got a haircut today. She's still in Little Rock with my parents but will be back here early next week. Mom said the groomers called and said she had really bad knots and it was hurting Holly to try and get them out. So they had to buzz her. Ahhh!!! Mom said her legs look like those of a chihuahua! And she said Holly doesn't seem to be too embarrassed. I don't care what her hairstyle is, she'll always be a cutie--cutie patootie!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fashion Score

........................ Just a little taste of one of my new J.Crew duds

Heeellloooo!! Today has been a very memorable day in my life. Why? you ask. Welp, I went and got myself a job. That's right folks. And you thought I never would. I could tell....
Anywho, I've (finally) started to get bored sitting here at home. Not gonna lie, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time off. Especially while I was giving my backyard a makeover. That kept me very entertained. And it's always so nice when Landon is home for the summer to be able to take off and see him as much as I want. Or spontaneously go to Little Rock to see my parents. Or just stay at home and snuggle with Holly on the sofa while it's pouring down rain outside. Or be able to go to the gym at whatever time of the day I want to.
However, after a while it's like 'okay Kara, you're not having kids for many years and you can't just sit here at home, alone, and do this forever and be happy about it and feel self-worth.' SO, the last few weeks I've talked to Scott and venturing out into the job world like everyone else my age does.
Today, I decided I would tackle my 'dream job' scenario and just see if it would work out. I popped into the store, told them I wanted a job and asked if they would hire me and they said yes right there on the spot!
So where is this dream job? It's Ropa! A fabulous boutique in the Pinnacle Hills area. They carry amazing lines like Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenburg, Ali Ro, Elizabeth and James, Alice + Olivia, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Taylor...I could go on and on. And get this: I start tomorrow. Ahh! Die.
I'm so excited. I've been wanting to do this--and have wanted to work at Ropa--for a long time. I mean, don't get me wrong I love doing hair and it will always be a passion I have and something I'll forever do on the side. But fashion is just such a love of mine. I enjoy everything about it. I'm so excited about basically being required to look fabulous for work every day. How fun is that? That's one thing I didn't like about being a hair stylist--crappy clothes you're okay with getting color and hair on. It always depressed me when I was getting dressed in the morning.
Anyways, I'll fill you all in with more details like my job description/what I'll do later on this week. For now, I've gotta decide what I'm going to wear to my first day at work tomorrow. Until then...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bright Lights--Kansas City

Hi friends!! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic! Allow me to share the details with you! We got on the road a little later than planned. We hoped to make it to Kansas City by lunch time but left around lunch time instead. We decided to just grab some fast food on the way. Did you know there's nowhere to stop between Bentonville and Kansas City? Nowhere. Except one place--Burger King. I can't remember the last time I ate at a Burger King.
We arrived, checked into our hotel then hit the streets for a little shopping. I wasn't really in the mood to try on clothes but at the end of the day I ended up purchasing a classic LBD with pretty lace sleeves (at my fav KC local boutique--Standard Style) and I decided to wear it to dinner that night.
We chose Bristol for dinner. I'd been there once before--it's a chain you can find in bigger cities. Scott and I always make it a point to stay away from chains when we're in a different city. You would laugh if you could see the trouble we go to to search out the best/nicest/favorite restaurant among locals. It's well worth it though. We've never been disappointed and have become quite good at finding the hot spot. However, nothing was just quite calling out to us. If the food looked good the atmosphere looked blah or vice versa. So went to Bristol. I got their vegetable ravioli with lobster and it was lip smacking good. Scott got the shrimp enchiladas (at the insistence of my recommendation) with a side of lobster mac and cheese. Ha. Odd combo but he just had to have that lobster mac and cheese.After a fabulous dinner, we walked a few short steps to the power and light district and spent the rest of our evening at the piano bar there. I have seriously never been to a more impressive piano bar. There was not one song they didn't know. Not one. Five of them rotated out. They could all play the piano, drums, guitar, and sing. That's just so amazing to me when people are multi-talented like that. The atmosphere is so fun there and I was so excited to go back.
The next day I was a little more in the mood to hunt for clothes. I went to J. Crew and fell in love with everything in the entire store. My sweet husband let me indulge and get every item that I wanted. Love Him!! New fall wardrobe--done and done. I'm just sad I can't wear it for another 2 months. Torture!!!All-in-all, my weekend was so fun. I had 4 whole days with Scott all to myself. It was such a fun surprise to go to KC for the weekend! The food was delicious and the shopping was a major success. Great idea honey! I love you bunches. XOXO.

Friday, August 12, 2011

There's No Place Like Kansas {City}

Wednesday night Scott came home from work insisting we have some champagne. Why? I asked. He said he took off Thursday and Friday so we could hang out! I was so shocked and couldn't believe my ears. Then he suggested we go to Kansas City for the weekend. Whaaat? So that's what we're doing right now! Driving to KC!!

Yesterday we went to Fayetteville for lunch--Farrells and last night we ate at Crabbys then went to see The Help. Which was phenom by the way. I'm loving the non-working husband thing! So fun.

I met my Mom in Clarksville yesterday (1/2 between NWA & LR) with my little girl so she could babysit while I took my weekend adventure. We used to split our time with Holly much more evenly than we do these days. Holly Luttrell is pretty much a full-time resident at the Johnson household. We truly believe it's what she prefers. (sorry Mom and Dad)
I told Mom we're going to want her back no later than next weekend. Haha. I'm not very good with sharing her like I used to be. Yesterday I had major anxiety about being away from Holly. I've never quite been that bad before. Anywho. I know Mom and Dad are happy to have a little spunky puppy in their house this week.
Okay. Time to pay attention to my husband. Enjoy your weekend as much as I'm hoping to enjoy mine!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stormy Weather

Holly and I have managed to spend a lot of time at home this week with all of the rain. I'm so grateful for the rain. We've definitely needed it!! But it's put a lack of something interesting to talk about on the blog here.
Today was 70 degrees in Bentonville. I almost threw on my fall boots but then realized 70 degrees is a 'normal' summer temperature. Ahhh, fall. So ready for it. It's my favorite season. Except, don't you kinda feel like we get only one week of fall weather then it heads straight to winter? So annoying.
The thunder last night was so loud is woke both Scott and I up. And then the little doodlebug. I put her in her bed last night but at 2:30 she came running to me saying 'Kara, I'm scared. Please let me sleep with you tonight.' How can you turn down her face? It's impossible. So she slept very soundly and I did not. It blows my mind that a 7 pound dog can manage to take up so. much. room. She likes to sleep with her back against my pillow. That leaves just a little bit of room for my head!! Oh well. She's worth it! True love.I just got a large sting of hunger. I better get to choppin those vegetables!! I would love if Scott didn't have to work tonight. The rain and thunder is the perfect backdrop to a movie and a blanket. Maybe I can convince him.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Just As It Was

Hmm....I'm sorry but I don't have anything for ya. I'll just share my day exactly as it was.
Woke up at 7:30, made an omelet (I'm getting really good at it), and some fresh squeezed orange juice. Gave Holly a bath, feel back asleep for about an hour, decided to take a walk around my neighborhood for 35 minutes because I wasn't in the mood to get in the car and go to the gym. Showered, ate lunch (salad and chicken salad). Got surprised by Scott coming home for lunch and staying home to work. Went to Sams, Walgreens, the post office, the dry cleaners and McAlisters to get a tea (okay maybe I do go in there every day). Came home, read blogs, watched a little bit of TV. Shared a snack with Scott, (popcorn) then another snack (chicken salad). I was incredibly hungry today for some reason.
Got a headache--laid down for an hour--and fell asleep. Woke up feeling much better. Didn't want to cook--had a lean cuisine for dinner (chicken carbonara--such a treat--I never eat pasta). Decided since I ate two snacks in the afternoon I should get more exercise--rode my bike around my neighborhood for 45 minutes. Got smacked in the face with a gozillion bugs. Came home and immediately showered. Now I'm blogging--about to dry my hair--do some crunches, and get in bed.
Nothing too exciting but that a pretty typical day in my little life. Until tomorrow...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pretty Lace and Sweet Tea

I'm channeling Kate Hudson in the Almost Famous movie poster. Working or not so much? By the way I'm watching The Devil Wears Prada right now. Uh-bsessed.

So I've noticed a problem. First of all, I love a good fashion magazine. I indulge in a few a week. The only thing bad about this is I literally finish, set it down, grab my keys, then go shopping. I tear out pages of certain styles I like then try to go find. Yes, it's a challenge as I live in Arkansas but I usually can manage. If not, the trusty computer usually lends a hand with the online shopping. While I was handing over the credit card today I had a revelation and thought to myself hmm....I think I finally may be understanding what Scott's been trying to say to me about the whole shopping too much thing. I blame it on being a housewife. I wasn't this way before. Ahh well. Whatcha gonna do?Speaking of clothes, I bought this skirt light years ago and finally showed her off Friday night. I had date night at Bonefish. Not with Scott--but my best girl, Jaclyn. I got it at the Gap on sale for like $9. Seriously. The lace detail on the bottom won my heart over. I feel super girly when I wear it which I love. I paired it with a sequin tank that I stole from my Mom (Loft I think) and my new favorite pumps that I just bought--Sam Edelman. It's been brought to my attention that I've been posting outfits but forgetting to tell you where they're from. Rookie mistake. I'll do better from now on.
Last but not least, I had a major red face moment today. I went to McAlisters after my workout to get a tea (half/half with a lemon). I made an impromptu decision to buy some of their honey mustard because it's oh so yummy and I would love to have some at home. I order my tea and ask for 4 'servings' of their honey mustard and the girl checking me out said she would have to ask the manager what to charge me for that. So she asks him right in front of me and he says 'Oh don't charge her. She's in here every day.' Burn.
For the record, I'm not in there every day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Keeping Fayetteville Funky

Yesterday was a very fun day! Scott & I decided to spend our Saturday in Fayetteville and visit all of our favorite local places. I just LOVE Fayetteville and miss living there SO much. It's for sure the best town in Arkansas.
We started our day off by strolling through the farmers market and popping in a few stores on the square. I had never been in Riffraff before. Hello! So cute. They have adorable clothes and super fun Razorback gear. It's a must visit if you're in Fayetteville. After strolling along the square, Scott and I went to one of our local favorites for lunch-Hugos.
Hugos is SOOOO yum. I love eating there and so does everyone else. It's always jam packed.
We ran around Fayetteville for a few hours stopping by my favorite boutiques--Masons and Lola, getting my beloved skin care products (Dermalogica) at Ulta, stocking up on wine (Benton County is dry), and browsing through the mall. That's when I found this at the cookie shop and couldn't resist!
I'm totally going to make a "cookie taco" the next time I have company. So presh!!

We ended our day with sushi and a little vino.
I love an outing in Fayetteville. Bentonville just isn't nearly as cool. Plus, my former residence was a little more awesome than my current one :)
And just so you know, I'm so ready for football season to start. Being in Fayetteville officially did it to me.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Late Fridays

I suppose I'm getting a very late start on blogging today as there are only 2 hours left of it! Not much to report though....
Celebrating Jacqueline's birthday last night was so fun--just like I knew it would be. Scott wasn't able to go. He had to work (of course). I was sad to be the only one husbandless but I'm starting to get used to it.

Scott is in his relay at work right now. I usually have one crying breakdown every relay since I hardly get to see him and don't even feel like I have a husband but I've managed to forgo that this time. Look at me being such a big girl!! As sad as it sounds, I guess I'm getting very (very) used to the whole 'my husband works ALL the time' thing. Holly helps with that. She's a good company keeper :)

Alright. Even though it's so late I'm contemplating watching a movie. But going to bed does sound so fantastic too. Decisions, decisions...

Thursday, August 4, 2011


When I was picking out my flowers earlier this summer I went with this gorgeous orange flower that promised to attract butterflies. Umm...they weren't kidding! I have butterflies everywhere. Also, they're laying cocoons on this flower. There's probably 15 caterpillars and they're all very colorful! If you look closely, you can see how different each butterflies colors are!
The first butterfly is very proud of his colors. He always has his wings spread wide and indulges in photo shoots!!
My day hasn't been too terribly eventful thus far. I woke up around 7:30 with Scott, successfully (yay!) made an omelet, kissed my husband goodbye, showered, read blogs, went to the gym, came home and made lunch for myself (grilled chicken salad) and Scott (turkey sandwich). I really need to clean my house and have the best of intentions of doing that if I can just. get. in. the. mood. Later this evening, I'm gathering with all of my favorite girls--and their husbands--in Fayetteville to celebrate Jacqueline's birthday! A Pomegranate Martini from Theos--my all time favorite--is definitely calling my name. I haven't had a grown up beverage in forever!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back To Silence

Greetings! Sorry I skipped out on you yesterday. I had a busy day and drove back home so I didn't have much time to blog because I had to catch up on my DVR'd shows. Like the new header?
Can I complain for just a second? Am I the only one who gets slightly irritated with weather/social networking? How many people have put on Facebook or Twitter this week 'It's SOOO hot!!' We know!!!!! We're experiencing it too. It's the same when it snows. 'OMG there is SO MUCH snow outside!!!.' Thank you for that information but I have a window and I can see that for myself. Nearly every person feels the need to talk about it. We've got it. We're living in the same world as you are. GAH!! Anyways... My trip to Little Rock was great. I always love getting to see my precious little nephew. I've managed to get him hooked on Harry Potter and I love that! He refused to watch it at first. He said the music would give him bad dreams. But he somehow gave in and he loves it. I'm willing to bet he dresses up as Harry Potter for Halloween. Funny Holly/Landon story. I've said many times before that Landon LOVES Holly but Holly does not reciprocate those feelings. Landon is just a touch too rambunctious for Hol. She is the definition of a lap dog. My parents have this sofa/bench in front of their bed that we all like to sit on and watch TV. Landon was sitting there playing his DS when Holly walked in front of him on her way to her bed. Of course Landon starts grabbing at her trying to pick her up while she's struggling and squirming to fight him off. Later, Holly was ready to walk past him again. Except this time, she took a long look at Landon--and the door--then crawled under my parents bed to get around him and out of the door safely. Smarty.While I adore spending time with my little buddy I'm happy to be back home so I can enjoy my 'adult life' that I love so much. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch TV--in silence. Ahh!!

Monday, August 1, 2011


Hi friends! This is my 600th blog post! That' a whole lotta bloggin. I'm going to make this short and sweet. I'm in Little Rock and not feeling very well at all. My Uncle Rex has set up a little appointment for me in the morning to get some blood work. Hopefully we can figure out what's wrong with me and I'll be feeling better soon. In the mean time, shall we talk fashion?I wore this little number to church yesterday. It's one of my favorite pieces in my closet. My Bon Voyage dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. When Scott and I were headed back home after our fabulous honeymoon in St. Lucia, the plane played a biography on DVF. She was in the process of a runway show and ended the show with this dress. I thought to myself 'I've gotta have that!!' I love DVF. Everything she makes has such great colors and cool patterns and fits so well. That's all I can manage for today. See you tomorrow! :)