Pretty, Polished, Perfect.: August 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vets On Call

So, my Father decided to take care of someone's cat while they temporarily stay in a place that (you guessed it) doesn't allow pets.  I'm shocked.  Why?  Based on the fact that there has never, ever been a pet in my Family's home (in 29 years!!) I just assumed that pets weren't allowed here either.  All these years, I have never, ever seen my father respond to an animal of the pet variety.  I'm......I'm not sure what to think?  Who is this man parading around in my Father's body?  lol

I'm more of a dog person.  What about you?

*This is a Fashionista Events Opportunity

Feels Like High School Again

It's back-to-school time, and it's one of the reasons I love/hate August.  I worry about my boys and their compatibility with their new teachers.  I can't find half the school supplies they need, and we are all just a little under-rested, and I'm reminded of  my days in school......

(The very last day of High School - we were feeling.....elated, lol!)

I remember the last year of High School, working my butt off to finish with a credible GPA (sadly, I screwed around the first few years and had hell to pay that final year.)  I couldn't have done it without the help of one teacher in particular - Mrs. Goodman.  She was an English teacher, and somewhat of second mother; having her for a teacher was like being home-schooled by my Mom - we loved each other but man could we get on each other's last nerve, lol!  She had a way of pushing you (maybe prompting is the better word here?) without letting you realize you were being pushed.  She only had to set boundaries with me once (I remember that incidence once - it was the only time she ever used that tone of voice!) and I would rather have spent time in her classroom than even the lunchroom (in all fairness, I had lunch period with exactly zero of my friends.)  She let me be a whiny teenager, but only as long as I was also completing her assignments while being so.  She's the teacher I admired most - she wasn't hip, she wasn't brimming over with personality - but she still managed to garner my respect (an impossible task back then, I assure you.)  Sure, there was the science teacher who was hip - but I had no respect for him; there was the other English professor who treated us like his college student (he taught part-time at the University) which was pretty cool.  Then there was the color-blind Geometry teacher who said his wife picked out his clothes for him every morning - he once complimented me on my green sweater, which was actually brown.  I still wonder why he doesn't just see "green" but call it "brown" so we can all be on the same page, lol!  Oh, and I can't forget the Naturalist teacher, who had this amazingly authentic New Yorker accent.  He was pretty cool as well.  Oh the memories......

I'm not sure if Mrs. Goodman was simply working her day job, or had aspirations of inspiring the youth of tomorrow to great heights; but she inspired us, some of us she dragged, pulled and kicked to graduation.  I think there must be a great many teachers who have shaped and inspired youth (of all ages) across America.  Their importance plays a significant role in the future of businesses, of our economy and of our country. 

I didn't thank Mrs. Goodman then (I apologize for my general lack of gratitude and manners - I was a teenager!) but I wish I had. 

On September 6th (8/7c), CBS is premiering a two-hour special that follows four teachers across the country in their struggle to uplift, inspire and shape the future generations.

"TEACH, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s third documentary film about education in America asks the question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?

Following four dedicated teachers from different schools across the country over the course of one school year, TEACH gives viewers a window into the challenges, demands and rewards of teaching, with the purpose of elevating and promoting the profession, as well as engaging new teachers and supporting current teachers. We see that for the best teachers, it’s not just a job but a mission. As intense as it is emotional, this year in the life of four public-school teachers illustrates how tenacity, passion and a belief in innovation drive these educators as they navigate the daily ups and downs of the 2012-2013 school year. These educators use conventional and unconventional methods and do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles and strive for success." ~ Participant Media

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TripleP Giveaway: Ross Dress for Less Back to School

Here's one of the fabulous dresses from Monday's shopping trip.  I might be wearing it for the next few days (oops!)

I mean, once I figure out how to tie a knot the right way..... then it will be perfect.  Any tips (on how to get those tail-ends to lay horizontally?)

While I can't reveal brands, I can reveal prices.  While $39.99 is one of the higher prices, I think this dress is worth every penny.

And now to the really good part:  The Giveaway!  We are keeping this simple - 'like' Ross Dress for Less on Facebook (feel free to leave them a note on their page letting them know your favorite back-to-school trend) and don't forget to like my Facebook page while you are there.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Feel Good Wednesday: A Recipe (sorta.)

For Mother's Day, The Mr bought us me a brand-spanking-uber-wattage-recipe-book-included tool blender.  There really isn't anything it can't do (but I like to baby it, lol!)  But this post isn't about my blender.  This post is about the drink.

Years ago, while honeymooning in Rome, we became acquainted with "Bubbles, or no bubble?"  One "bubble" for me, please.  One of my favorites (the other is sparkling pink lemonade) is homemade, fresh-as-can-be ginger-ale.  While the recipe is not mine to share (don't want to get into any trademarking trouble,) I can tell you that it's super simple with just four ingredients (plus the Sparkling; I might try the lemon sparkling water next time!)

How do you treat yourself on Hump-day?

*This post brought to you in part by Ozarka Sparkling Natural Springwater

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to School Shopping - Ross Dress for Less Edition

When I think back-to-school shopping, I think clothes and shoes. Maybe a new backpack (let''s be honest here, it's been a long time since I bought - or needed - a backpack for myself,) maybe some new pens and pencils.  Then I get to Ross Dress for Less and I can't help but check out every department, scouring the racks and shelves for hidden treasures.  Like these (the latest trend):

And the shoes.  Ross rarely disappoints in the shoe department.

Even the furniture is almost always tempting.

Rows of children's shoes in every style (I will always love the boat shoe and simple skate shoes.)

New handbags (it can be hit or miss, but when it's a's out of the park.)

Jewelry (how cute are these bow bracelets?!)

And of course, the clothing.  I love, love, love their racks of dresses.  I mean, there are some real doozies, but more often than not, there are some major finds (I'm saving today's fabulous finds for a later post, sorry!)  I thought the striped pants were a great trend (but not for my tree trunks) until I saw Robin Thicke wearing them at this year's Video Music Awards.  Or maybe it was Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus.  Who knows?  If you find you want to try this trend, Ross has a great pair (finally with a decent inseam!) for under $20....

And, um, how perfect is this jacket?!  Perfect army green fatigue color, great shape, right on trend.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a Ross Dress for Less Gift Card Giveaway! (and a look at my fabulous dress finds!!)

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target - Mini Satchel Love, September 15

September 15, 2013.  3.1 Phillip Lim for Target.  Need I say more?

All photos courtesy of
I've been handbag hungry for a few months now, and this couldn't come at a better time.  At those price points, I'm sure they aren't real leather - but hey, a perfectly proportioned, trendy handbag, accessible to the general public?  I'm in.  It appears that these items will be available both online and in retail stores, so you all know where I will be at midnight on September 12......

For a full preview, see Target's lookbook or flip through Refinery29's slideshow.

What pieces are you eyeballing?