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.


Weight Loss Journey - Training Day 6

Today should have been my 6th day of training but my trainer has some sort of stomach bug and had to cancel.  Trust, that did not deter me.  I worked out for a good long while.  Actually I've been working out every day!  Cardio + strength training!!!  I'm on a roll and it feels good.

I'm down 9lbs and am feeling great!  The nutrition part of my regime is also going well.  I've introduced a regular carb into my diet in the form of the sweet potato and usually have 1 sweet potato per day.  Usually just half per meal and i'll have it in 2 meals, maybe.  I guess saying per day is a bet wishful but whatever.  I've also reintroduced the smoothie into my diet but  have changed it up from before I started seriously working out and training.

Life is good and I'm heading down a road I really like.