Friday, March 23, 2012

Ladies Room Fashion Show!

Well, I have been absent from this blog since March 11. Here I am! I'm back! I didn't go far. I have just been a very busy busy bee. I have a few quick minutes, so I wanted to jump back into the ladies room fashion show tradition.

Truth is, the following photos are the ONLY photos that I have taken in the last two weeks! I keep forgetting to take them and I have been rushing all over the place. As soon as I leave work, I generally need to change into something else! So, then I blow it. I don't want to change back into them just to get a photo.

Here's what I got though...

Everything-from Plato's Closet!
This outfit just SCREAMS comfort! and trust me, it was! I like it. These leggings are my favorite because they are sooo soft.

Everything-from Plato's Closet
I LOVE this belt, and the back of this dress is really cool. I don't usually rock flats, but it worked for this outfit. Those flats are soo old. They used to be my work shoes at the portrait studio. The comfy leggings also made another appearance.

Everything-from Plato's Closet

I'm afraid my face shows a little bit how tired I am! Or...maybe...hopefully it's just the lighting in our back room! I really did like this outfit. It was super comfy. The blazer is made out of stretchy cotton and I like it that I can look dressed up and still be comfortable.

Everything-from Plato's Closet

This is the outfit that I wore to go to the Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week's final fashion show. The back of this dress was really cool and I loved the dress. This is Staci, my sister-in-law, and I love her dress also.

I'm proud to say that I wore all Plato's Closet stuff in all these pictures. I love that store! :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One year...

We made it. I'm still Rose, and he's still Andy.

He likes to make beer. I like to run. We like to rock climb. We like beer. We like wine. We like Star Wars. We like Hulu. We like junk shops. I like sour patch kids. He likes dark chocolate. I like pale ales. He likes stouts. I like mustard. He hates mustard. His dog is Chilli. My dog is Lumiya. We live in Arkansas. We are business owners. We like Dave Ramsey. We went from being a three vehicle family to a four vehicle family to a two vehicle family. One vehicle per person. That is sufficient. We have all sorts of silly things we do. I like it that way. I like him. He likes me. That's why we got married. Of course we love each other, one year down, 1 million more to go.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Ladies Room Fashion Show

Here we are! I'm happy to say that last week I tried one new thing (color jeans), and this week, I tried something new again! I am also to happy to say that Carrie got herself a pair of color jeans because she saw my red jeans. Of course, she looked great in hers too!

This week, I'm going to show you a couple outfits. The other days were all pretty boring and I was wearing shoes to pamper my oh so blistered feet on those days.  So, two days. That's what you get. :)

Here we go:

Tank: from Plato's Closet
Cardigan: A.N.A. from Plato's Closet
Jeans: Miss Me from Beauty's Boutique on sale
Boots: Steve Madden from Plato's Closet
Bracelet: Plato's Closet
Necklace: Plato's Closet

So yeah, if you don't shop at Plato's Closet, maybe you need to start. I love this outfit. It was as comfortable as it looks. This cardigan is quickly becoming my favorite cardigan to wear. It is so thin and nice. Haven't worn those boots in a looong time and it was nice to pull them out. I'm proud of myself for wearing both a necklace and a bracelet. One of my employees was the photographer and she picked my goofy pose. :)

Blazer: Plato's Closet
T-Shirt: J.Crew from Plato's Closet
Shorts: F21 from Plato's Closet
tights: Plato's Closet
boots: Plato's Closet
Necklace: Plato's Closet
Bracelet: Plato's Closet

Here's what I tried. Shorts with tights. It was definitely not my normal look, except that is was grey of course. Overall, I think the look turned out pretty good. I originally had my shirt untucked, but on of my employees told me to tuck it in. I think I might try shorts with tights again. One thing that I must tell you is that this whole outfit was pretty comfortable! Everything was made out of stretchy cotton! I love cotton, it's the fabric of my life.  This photo was taken by the same photographer, and she helped me keep my hands off my hips. You decide though, try this look again, or not? (I may listen)

But, of course I need to show you the best fashion of accessory of the week:

Plus, that's an awesome t-shirt I have on.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

My first marathon...A RECAP!

So, this past Sunday, I ran my very first marathon. I just want to tell you how it was leading up to it, how it was during it, how it was when I finished it, and how it was afterwards.

Before the marathon:
My emotions were running high. I just couldn't believe I was about to run a marathon. A MARATHON? That is 26.2 miles. I trained. I felt ready, but still, I was anxious. I was about to embark on a 26.2 mile journey and I've only ever ran 21 miles. What were the other 5.2 miles going to be like and what is this wall people keep talking about. I got my shuffle ready, I relaxed, I ate pasta, I'm ready!

Now it's marathon day:
I woke up at 5:45 and started to get ready. I ate a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast. I put on my outfit and packed some stuff into Andy's backpack. Daniel, Ernie and Vickie came and picked us up, and we were on our way.

We made it down to the starting line, and I made some last minute preparations, took pictures with great people and made my way into the starting corral. I decided to start near the 4:25 pacers so that I wouldn't start off at too quick of a pace. That was going to be easy to do. A awesome running friend of mine, Sheri, was running the half and was going to running at about the pace I was wanting and she also does the run 4 minutes walk a minute thing. I told her I was going to stick with her a while.
Now the race is starting, I'm inching towards the start line. Oh boy! Here we go! Only 26.2 miles left! Sheri and I decide to skip our first walk because it is pretty crowded and we wanted to let it clear out a little. We were running a little bit behind the 4:25 pacers and we really lost them we started out walks. It was great to have Sheri and I think we offered encouragement to each other. Up in the distance, I saw Martha, so I gave her a butt slap as I passed her. I got to run with her for a very short time and that was lovely. We had done a lot of training together for this thing.

At some point, and I think it was around mile 5, I started pulling away from Sheri. I told her she was a witness though, she knew I wasn't running too quickly. I was being smart about it.

I made it to the 10k split feeling pretty good. My pace was 9:59 so I was on target on staying good and easy.

Now, only 20 miles to go! Come on, I've got this! At some point between the 10k and the 13.1 mile mark, I passed up the 4:25 group. For a while, it was back and forth, they would pass me when I walked, I would pass them when I ran. I still felt good and I wasn't pushing too hard. My legs weren't tired and my breathing was good. I saw Katie, who is also from Fort Smith. She was running the half and I got to chat with her some. I made it to the halfway mark still feeling great. My pace had quickened a tiny bit and I was at a 9:52 pace at the halfway mark.

Now I was going to get into the grit of it. I had been told that miles 14-17 were brutal and hilly. I was ready and feeling good. Then, my shuffle stopped working. Good thing I didn't have it for the half I did a couple weeks ago or I don't know what I would have done. I now basically had to run the hardest half of a marathon with no music. If I had music at the Run the Line Half, I wouldn't have been able to handle it has well. I took it in stride and stayed on my merry way.

The hills in this area weren't as bad as I thought they would be and I kept pushing on. I got through them though, and thought thank goodness! The hills are over! Then we started an out and back and we were running into a headwind! I got to see some faster runners, Jamie and Lionel, making there way back as I was running out. It was great to cheer for them for a second.

Now, I'm at the 20 mile mark, only a tiny 10k left to go! My pace after 20 miles was at 10:01, so I was still staying good and steady and not feeling all that bad.

Between mile 21 and 22, they had something set up for us to run through for fun called "the wall." I ran through it thinking maybe I made it through it, I'm home free!

I wasn't. Around mile 22.5, I lost it. I don't know if it was more mental or more physical. I started running 2 minutes walking a minute or running 3 minutes walking a minute or just trying to move. My pace suffered miserably. Then, a blister popped on bottom of my right foot. I kept going though. I was almost there. Then, a blister popped on my left foot. Well, oh well! I thought. I'm finishing this thing. At some point, the 4:25 pace group caught up with me and then passed me right up. I didn't have a hope of trying to catch them.

Then, around mile 24, more hills popped up and these were more brutal! I could here profanities being yelled out from several different people around me.

I pushed through and around mile 25.5 I saw the best cheerleader ever Kristen, sitting there and she got a whole section cheering for me. That gave me some pep in my step.

At mile 26, I felt GLORIOUS! Only .2 miles left and I was about to be able to celebrate with wonderful people.

Here's me nearing the finish line, and that's Daniel and Vickie cheering me on. They finished their first half marathon that day!!

 I was able to kick it in, and they called my name as I was crossing the finish line. I was so happy! I ended up finishing in 4:32, which is a 10:25 pace. Not too shabby for my first marathon.

Plus, I got a huge medal, and that is the main reason why I ran this thing!

What is next you ask? Well now it's time for a short rest break, then I'll be back into it!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Ladies Room Fashion Show

This week's Ladies Room Fashion Show was going as planned. Until Wednesday. It was then that I knew it had to change.

Let me give you a little back story.  A little while ago, a pair of red jeans came into the store. We don't normally buy color denim because it just doesn't sell well for us. We bought these. I knew there was something special about them. My staff loved loved loved them, but they weren't the right size for any of the staff that had seen them. They were my size. I tried them on. They fit. I wasn't sure if I could pull of red jeans though.

Fast forward a little more. I figured out that the jeans might look cute with a striped shirt. I saw it in some magazine. I was right about those red jeans being special. Color jeans are back for Spring and many celebrities have been seen wearing them.

I hadn't been to the mall yet to scout out Spring fashion, but I made my way over there, and sure enough, every store had a wide selection of color denim in colors such as red, coral, teal, cobalt, purple and pastels.  I'm still skeptical though, because it is a trend that really comes and goes. However, when american eagle embraces it, it's probably going to have some sticking power. They don't really do the fly by night trends.

So, I come into work on Wednesday, still not sure if I can pull of red jeans. I'm braving it though. Having that much red going on is so not normal for me. Later in the day, one of my employees come in and she has on some bright blue color jeans. This gets me thinking, wow! we need to do a photo shoot! Then, right after that another employee walks in, and you will never guess!  I'll show you in a second though. This is when I knew that Ladies Room Fashion Show was going to be different. 

So here it goes...

On Me:
Shoes: Converse One Star from Plato's Closet
Jeans: Delia's from Plato's Closet
Shirt: Forever 21 from Plato's Closet
On Her: All I know is her jeans are from Old Navy

So there it is, in all its glory...color jeans! I think it's going to be fun to wear these while this trend lasts and I think I have decided that I can pull off the look. I was proud of us for both being right there on the edge of a new trend...or at least one that comes and goes.

And now wait for's what I really love!

We didn't plan this folks. This just happened. It was her day off and she just was coming to pick up her check. I loved how our outfits coordinated so well. It is almost like we should have gone and had our pictures taken. It's very nautical feeling, and I think it is a look that works well. S (my employee) does not usually wear red, nor do I. I am proud of us for being brave and stepping out of our comfort zone.
She's goofy.

Don't be said though. I know I only gave you one outfit, but I wore some very new and unique things for me this week. I plan to do it again next week. I'm loving trying all these new outfit ideas. Some of them are for sure going to fail. I don't care though. The beauty of my job is that I can do this. I can try all sorts of new trends and ideas. What's the worst that can happen? I'll look like a silly butt? I did do a much better job with my hair and make up this week. For this I am proud of.


I freaking love my new hat!!! I guarantee you will be seeing this beauty pop back up.