10.30.2014

Sartorial Thursdays: Team Spirit

Last week Saturday we went to the final Seattle Sounders game of the season.  They headed off against the LA Galaxy, my old home town and defeated them 2-0.  It was amazing and allowed the Sounders to take home the Fan Shield which was up for grabs that Saturday.  

The power and excitement of being at a professional soccer game is exhilarating!  The cheering, roars and smack talk to the opposing teams is so much fun that even my kids get into all the noise.  4.5 year old Crash was the loudest of my three kids, the cheering, yelling and stomping coming from her little persons really made me smile.  Topped with all the kettlecorn it was a great combination. 



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Team spirit is more then evident when at a Sounders game.  Thus, my Sartorial Thursday is all about Sounders Team Spirit.  If you have a home team scarf and a top you are set.  We bond together as fans supporting our team.  Even local brewer Red Hook, the official Sounders brewery, makes a special brew supporting the Sounders, ECS No Equal.  It's delicious!

Good Luck in the Semifinals Sounders!  

10.28.2014

Weight Loss Journey - Training Day 9


*The above photo is 2 weeks old and i'm down a couple pounds since I took the week 6 photo.  As a reminder I was down 7 lbs in the week 3 photo and in the week 6 down about 10 lbs.

I missed my Training Day 8 post.  I was busy but it happened!

I met with my trainer day and it went great.  We did a nice assortment of small circuit groups and as usual it kicked my ass.  I sweat like a crazy person when I work out but all that sweat makes me feel great!

It's always so nice to hear my trainer complement my endurance and increased strength.  It really means a lot to me.  

My diet is going well.  Yeah, i'm a little bit bored of the flavors, especially the chicken but it doesn't really bother me. I've disconnected my need for food to be entertaining and social but rather fuel for my body to work out and gain nourishment.  I've introduced some carbs into my diet by way of the occasional sweet potato or Dave's Killer Powered Thins.  But i'll be tapering it down, I don't want to go to long with eating to much carbs.

I'm down 12 lbs and have been for 2 weeks.  A standstill! Grrrrrrrr......That being a pain point for me I'm doing a "two week reboot" and eating super clean, extra super low cal.  My trainer suggested this as she'll do it after the holidays to give her system a kick in the pants.  So i'm doing it so I feel rejuvenated and to drop a couple more pounds.  Wish me luck.  Weigh in is tomorrow morning and i'll do a "weigh out" two weeks form tomorrow.

Here to more progress!

10.27.2014

List: Five Things Week of October 27

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Am I the last one to the avocado toast game?  Because I really, really feel like it!  IF there is anyone out there that has not tried this amazing combo you must!  It is delicious, filling and so comforting.  It's super easy to throw together, what you need:
A good bread (I like Dave's Killer Powerseed Thins which are only 60 cal per slice)
1/2 an avocado
Lemon juice
sea salt
pepper/red pepper flakes
olive oil (optional)

The how to:
scoop out the half of avocado into a bowl and mash it with a fork until desired chunkiness or smoothness
squeeze in a little lemon juice, i add about 1 tsp
toast your bread to desired cripiness
shmear your avocado mash on the toast
once shmeared, add sea salt and red pepper flakes.  if you don't like red pepper flakes you can add black pepper or even tapatio/hot sauce which I enjoy.  
(optional) if you like you can drizzle a bit of olive oil or if you don't want to drizzle you can add a couple of drops of olive oil into the avocado mashing process
eat and enjoy!

Seriously this dish is wonderful!

I recently stumbled upon the Jansport Swinger bag, which by the way comes in a few colors.  Free People offered it in a brilliant turquoise color, not me but still beautiful for someone else.  This is definitely something I'd love to have and have added it to my Christmas wish list so fingers crossed!  Jansport is such a classic line, I mean what child didn't have at least one Jansport backpack during their school career?  My son's school books have recently outgrown is Fjallraven Kanken so I bought him a large Jansport 'Big Student' backpack and its perfect.  So many compartments for all of his stuff.  Besides the bags we've all come to recognize as Jansport they also have a line called Heritage Series which I think is AMAZING!  It's super old school and retro looking and could definitely rival the Kanken's and Herschels (which really isn't super innovative to begin with.)  But that Swinger crossbody.....so cute!

Everything else makes their rotation into my wardrobe this season and will remain until we see warm weather again.  I've had a green parka for years and I love it.  It matches everything, casual or fancy.  It's cozy and super durable.  

Now I want to go eat some avocado toast!

10.24.2014

The Big Picture

I live in the city but my dream is to live some place more country, maybe even a teeny bit rural but still be no further then 1-1.5 hours from the city.  You can do that here in Washington, in case you were wondering.  

I love the city.  The architecture, food, culture and the general urban feeling cities exude.  But the dream is to leave the city, work remotely and live a more, laid back, down to earth life on a large plot of land with the home of our dreams.  We envision lots of land, some territorial views that would block the view to and fro from any neighbors.  Spacious renovated cottage/farm home, maybe even a prefab modern home, with lots of glass.  Space and comfort and lots of room for the kids to explore and be kids.  Hell, maybe even a dog!  That's what we work our ass off for.  Why we choose to be as frugal as we comfortably can.  Why we strategize to pay off existing debt and save.  All for this dream, if you will.

Today I saw this piece in the New York Times and this woman is living the dream I envision for myself.  Its perfect!

For now, we plan, save, enjoy our every day life in our amazing city and dream!


10.23.2014

Sartorial Thursday - Cozy Fall Days

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List 040 by seattlemom featuring STELLA McCARTNEY

It's finally feeling like fall!  We have been having much cooler temps in the low 60s and high 50s with cool winds and rain.  So drastic in comparison to even a week ago.  But I'm okay with it.  I've rotated a most of my sweaters back into my closet, my coats are out of storage and my shoe wear have definitely been switched up.  I love dressing for Fall.  Everything fall is so cozy and comforting.  The textures are wonderful and the smells of fall are delicious.  I want the fall weather to stick around for much longer then just a couple of months.

But that sweater dress though!

10.20.2014

List - Five Things Week of Oct. 20

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List 039 by seattlemom featuring a blue jean jacket

Can we talk about The Good Wife for a second?  I have not been a long time watcher and just discovered this show about a month ago.  You see sometime during the summer I just flat out ran out of shows to watch.  I had my few things I watched and of course all the regular network shows were on hiatus and every time I logged into Amazon Instant Video this show kept staring at me.  I felt taunted because it was always there.  Finally I gave in.  It was late at night, I couldn't sleep and needed something dramatic to watch so I clicked onto The Good Wife and its been a nice ride.  I recently started Season 2 and am engaged.  I'm conflicted about Julianna Margulies character but overall I like it!

Seasonal foods.  What can I say, i'm a sucker.  I first tried Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Coffee last year and it was delicious.  It tasted like fall.  All those wonder fall smells:  cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and cloves, Yum!  Towards the end of fall, last year, I went back to TJs to pick up a few more containers and they were all gone!  So far I've only bought one container but I'll pick up a couple more this week and ration it out.  I think it would be nice to mention that TJs also has a season Harvest tea that has similar flavors minus the pumpkin but add in a nice citrus note.  Bonus that the tea is caffeine free so I can sip the deliciousness at night.

I'm a Vans girl.  And normally I always have a pair of classic low tops in my closet but these last few years they've been absent because I had converse, which I love a lot as well but its time to go back to my roots.  I just picked up a pair of classic high tops but the new slim version.  Can't wait to kick around in my new kicks!

Denim vests are so versatile.  I wear mine with as many outfits as I can.  sometimes I wear it over a dress or long sleeved tee and other times I'll through it over a black zip up hoodie for a little extra warmth and a real casual vibe.  I love throwing it over a slightly more than casual dress so that the dress goes from serious to fun or laid back.  It's a great item to have in the closet.  Hell I even go for double denim when I pair it with black skinny jeans.

Lastly the romper/jumper/onsie....Oh the comfort!  'Nuff said.


10.16.2014

Sartorial Thursday: Rick Owens Beautiful Blister Leather Jacket

I love a leather jacket.  My leather jacket of choice is normally a moto style.  I feel like this style is super classic and goes with everything, from a casual dress, jeans or cocktail dress.  A leather jacket keeps you dry as well as warm.  It's tough.  It's rock and roll.  It's punk rock.  I have a few leather jackets but I consider two of them indispensable.  The first is nearly identical to this Rick Owens version but not Rick Owens, I wish it was but its not. The second is a similar moto style but a heavier weight leather, and beautiful red satin lining.  It's totally vintage and I bought it at a flea market in Paris years ago.  Here are three ways I'd wear a leather jacket.


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