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!


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!


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.


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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Weight Loss Journey - Training Day 7

Yesterday was training day 7.  I saw my trainer and we did a whole bunch of new leg exercises and lots of usual free weight circuits.  It felt good to be back in the gym.  Per usual, I did cardio first thing in the morning, let my muscles rest for a few hours before I hit it hard at the gym.

I'm definitely getting stronger with a great endurance and it feels so good.  I need to pick up a few dumbells for home and maybe a 15-20 lb kettle bell to get some quality arm work down at home.

Meals are going well.  I think I could be content if I limited my diet to only greek yogurt (with a 2 tsp of honey) and rotisserie chicken with a minimal rotation of sides.  I mean, that's pretty much the extent of what I eat with an occasional smoothie thrown in.  Im actually doing great with preparing delicious foods my family loves and maybe taking a tiny forkful to ensure "quality" and then going about to eating my pre-prepared meal of chicken.  I do need to find a way to get more protein in because i'm still having difficulty getting in 6 meals and normally can fit in 5.  This week I'm buckling down and trying my hardest to get 6 in.

I'm down 12lbs and feeling fantastic.

Let the journey continue!


Lists - Five Things I'm Loving Week of October 13

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List 037 by seattlemom featuring black thigh high socks

I think I have Fall fever!  Fall is so wonderful.  The chill in the air, days spent with mugs of tea/cider/coffee/hot chocolate.  Colorful leaves.  Sweaters. Beanies.  Pumpkin edibles.  There is just so much to love about the season.  

Every years, sweater weather rolls around and I assess my closet and always feel like I need more chunky, cozy sweaters to add to my shelves.  But the reality is that I only ever get 1-2 sweaters and that's it.  

My kids don't really  like sweaters, instead they really, really, really love fleece.  Pants, pullovers, jackets, vests.  If its fleece they'll likely wear it.  I get it, its warm and soft.  

Eh, to each their own.


Sartorial Thursday - Yellow Rain Boots 3 Ways

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List 036 by seattlemom featuring waterproof boots
Yellow rain boots are such a classic accessory.  They are casual, youthful and so nostalgic.  And believe it or not they go with so many types of clothing.  Here are three different ways I would wear yellow rainboots.  Of course I'd throw in a second yellow accessory to tie it all together.