12.29.2015

No Ragrets

Is everyone ready for the "New Year, New Me" posts, Facebook statuses and tweets? Good. Because there is nothing we can do about it so we should just embrace it.

I, for one, never follow through on New Years Resolutions. The past couple of years I've had every intention to start the New Year as a better person with goals and shit but that typically lasts a couple hours and next thing I know I wake up January 1st wearing nothing but Mardi Gras beads with a slice of pepperoni pizza in my mouth. So it's safe to say that most new years don't start out with the most stellar version of myself I'm just going to try to eliminate all possibilities of disappointment right off the bat.

Therefore, I am just going to follow my role model Scotty P's advice as I enter into 2016 and I encourage you all to do the same.



Baby steps people, baby steps.

But, I am going to leave you with a list of attainable tasks (call them resolutions if you must) I plan to conquer in the New Year.
- Binge watch more Netflix shows (Dexter is currently on deck)
- Find a new type of wine to drink (I'm looking at you Malbec)
- Figure out what "on fleek" means
- Upload my wedding photos to Facebook
- Throw out some stuff (eg. clothes, make up, pantry food from 2010)
- Find out why those ugly, expensive Hunter rain boots are so popular
- Gain enough courage to record a Snapchat video with my voice narrating it
- Learn how to not overcook chicken
- Take down Christmas decorations
- Come to peace with the fact that Scheana from Vanderpump Rules wore a crop top 2 piece wedding gown



Sincerely & Sarcastically,


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12.28.2015

And here we are..

And here we are.

Another Christmas has come and gone. And a new year is just days away.

I'm sure you've heard this at least 20 times today but - I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. I think I feel this way since I spent the majority of the year stressing and planning for our wedding. But it could just be that I'm older too and the Christmas magic doesn't affect me as much as it did when I was younger.

I spent Christmas eating too much, drinking more than I thought possible and laughing harder than ever. Not a bad way to celebrate if you ask me.


Merry Christmas 2015; elf, santa, sincerely;sarcastically

Speaking of not being affected by Christmas magic... I lied. I love Christmas. And the fact that Mitch didn't blink an eye when I asked him if we could dress up for Christmas.

Sincerely & Sarcastically,

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11.13.2015

The Bedroom Situation....

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook you may have noticed a trend regarding my posts.

I tend to post the same thing over and over again.









Look familiar? If not - then apparently you don't follow me and you should so you can be blessed with more photos of this angelic perfect face.


Moving on.

When we first brought Bailey home we did what any good parents would do - spoiled the shit out of her and fed her lobster.

Well, not really. We waited until last year to feed her lobster. But that's besides the point.



This dog is the definition of spoiled and it's our fault. She goes to work everyday with Paco, I take her for long walks when I get home, she licks our plates clean after dinner, we buy her a new toy or treat anytime we go shopping, every time we go outside to sit on the patio she follows us and if we shut the door in front of her she barks her face off  saying "HEY!!!! WHAT ABOUT ME?!!!" .... you get the drift. We are all constantly together. Which I love. Or should say loved until it started to disrupt my sleep. Because yes - we let her sleep in bed with us.

I guess I should give some background information on her. She was not an easy puppy to train, at first. We tried to crate train her and it was a mess - literally. After many sleepless nights of constant crying and cleaning up the mess in her crate at 3am we decided to put her bed at the foot of our bed and if she got up in the night we'd hear her if she needed to go out. This worked wonderfully so we decided to eliminate the crate completely even if we left her alone in the house. We figured that since she was comfortable and calm in our bedroom that when we left the house she'd just go to our room and sleep instead of tearing up the house or making a mess. This also worked wonderfully. I wasn't too keen on the idea of our bedroom being her "den" but it was much better than scrubbing carpets and hosing down the crate.

But of course, slowly but surely she started to jump on our bed at night and cuddle up in between us while we slept. It was adorable so we let it happen. But now... it's not so adorable because I am losing sleep over it.

I have always been a restless sleeper. I wake up numerous times throughout the night and always have a hard time falling back asleep. When Bailey started sleeping in bed she disrupted my sleep more than I thought possible. She kicks and pushes her legs into mine forcing me to curl up into a ball to allow more room for her. It got to a point where I started to push her down and move her over to Paco's side but she always wandered back to my side.

About a month ago I reached my breaking point. I couldn't take it anymore and told Paco that we need to keep her off the bed at all costs while we're sleeping. He agreed and has been really helpful with moving her to her own bed when she tries to jump up on the bed. She's a smart dog and has already started to sleep in different areas of the house.

But y'all.... I feel guilty. Like badddddd.

I let her sleep in bed for 2 years with us and now all of sudden I'm ruining her routine and making her sleep on the floor. Tell me I'm crazy for feeling bad?

Sincerely & Sarcastically,


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11.11.2015

If I wasn't afraid that you'd judge me I'd tell you..




If I wasn't afraid that you'd judge me I'd tell you.....

I like to be alone. Sometimes I need a day to myself to just sit at home and do absolutely nothing. Those days are my favorites.

I don't pick up dropped food off the floor anymore now that I have a dog. I just call for Bailey to clean up my mess.

That I starting binge watching TV series on Netflix last November and I haven't stopped since. Meaning that I've successfully gone through 5.. maybe 6 whole TV series with at least 6 seasons per show. It all started with The Following and I'm currently addicted to Friday Night Lights. I'd ask for other suggestions.... but I don't think that'll help my situation.

I'm extremely lazy. This has been something I've been combating for years and I don't see it changing anytime soon. In high school and college I called it procrastination but it was just pure laziness.

I have major FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out.) Which is ironic with the laziness quality mentioned before. I agree to do things because I don't want to feel left out but then when the thing comes around - I instantly regret agreeing to it. This also pertains to shopping and buying things.

That I use the C word. Yup. That word AND other unmentionable words. It's my belief that words are just words and people need to stop being so sensitive. I called my car the "C" word today because my coat got caught in the door. See? It's just a word. Peoples over-the-top reactions to certain words or beliefs is what gives those words and beliefs a bad meaning.

I love the idea of doing stand up comedy. I would certainly choke and run off stage but anytime I listen to a comedian or see one on TV I think it would be so fun to do an open mic night.

Speaking of comedy and inappropriate words - I loved the Broadway show The Book of Mormon. Paco and I saw it a few weekends ago and I thought it was amazing. When I told others how much I enjoyed it I was shocked to hear how much they hated it and were completely offended by the content. To which I wanted to respond with "Get over yourself, C word." Yes, it was super controversial but I thought it had a good message. Anyway, that topic deserves a post of its own which I'll work on soon.

I haven't updated my About Me page yet because I have no idea how to introduce myself.

That I was kind of sad with how easy it was to change my last name after marriage. I assumed it would be a long involved process but it only took about 10 minutes at the SS office. Changing my name felt like changing my identity in a way. Did any one else feel like that?

That I have others to add to this list but I'll save those so I can have a Part II.


Sincerely & Sarcastically,

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11.04.2015

Why Did You Start A Blog?

What was the reason you started a blog?

I think a lot of blogs start for one of the following reasons:

1) having a baby and being a new mom
2) working a shitty job
3) being completely bored with life
4) seeking a creative outlet

Which one are you?

I started mine years ago for reasons #2, #3 and #4 with a strong emphasis on #2. And yes I chose #2 to reflect shitty jobs on purpose. (Get it....?) Anyway..

I first started exploring the world of blogs back in 2009. I just graduated college, completed an internship and was ready to hit the ground running with an exciting adult career. Instead, I found myself in a job that was nothing like I had ever experienced before. And not in a good way. It was a giant wake up call for little ol' Nancy because that is where I got my first taste of being taken advantage of and I quickly learned that if you don't stand up for yourself people will walk all over you.

While I was working there (or as I can now jokingly call it the The Dark Days without rocking back and forth sucking my thumb while crying) I stumbled upon a web page. At first it appeared to be an online journal of sorts chronicling the daily adventures of an Elementary School teacher. I was instantly intrigued. It was VodkaMom.

I browsed through the web page, found other sites and realized that there was a whole community of these online journals called blogs. Mostly from new Moms (see reason #1 above) but also from students, young adults, fashion models, music enthusiasts, etc (see #3 and #4 above.)

And just like that, I created my own account, and then... nothing.

The thing about having a shitty job is that sometimes it breaks you down so badly that you just want to go home and drown yourself in a glass of Pinot instead of pursuing hobbies or trying to better your shitty situation. Or at least that is what happened to me. I felt like I needed a creative outlet but I didn't have the energy to do it. So instead I wrote sporadically but mostly just drafts and never actually published anything.

I managed to survive at that job for two years before I finally got the courage to find another one. I was confident that I would be happier with this transition therefore didn't really feel like blogging.

At first.

But I actually did the majority of my blogging the second year into that new job. It was okay at first, much better than the one I came from but I still wasn't happy. I realized there was no room for growth in that position and I started to become overwhelmingly stressed with the work. To put it lightly, I was miserable. Therefore - I blogged. Not well or consistently but I blogged.

Rewind to this past year. I realized that I needed a serious change. I started to step up my job search game and found one I was really interested in. I applied for it in January. Didn't get a response until February and didn't interview until May. I started this new job June 1st and for the first time since 2009 I felt like blogging for a completely different reason. Not because I was bored, or mad, or sad. But because I was overwhelmingly excited about the changes happening in my life.

So what does that mean for upcoming posts? Will I lose my snarky, sarcastic, negative Nancy ways?

Not a chance.

But I am interested to see what #4 Nancy has up her sleeve without #2 and #3 riding on her coattails.

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(And no... reason #1 isn't happening yet. At least not until after the Honeymoon...)

Sincerely & always Sarcastically,


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11.03.2015

Life Lately: I got a face lift!

Hello and Welcome to the new Sincerely and Sarcastically!

I thought this space needed a little face lift so that's exactly what I did. I mentioned before how I wanted to get a new design and I actually followed through on it. I didn't have to do much research when looking for someone to design this space because I had a few fellow bloggers suggest Erin from Love, Fun and Football and I am so glad that they did. I would recommend her 10x over if if you are ever looking to upgrade your page. She is so friendly, easy to work with and obviously talented. Please go check her out!

Besides the blogs face lift I also got a brand spanking new computer - a MacBook Pro. I have no idea how to use it so I would appreciate any tips or tricks on how to navigate this machine. I'm coming from a hP desktop so you can only image how lost I feel. This is also my first time owning a laptop.. even in college I preferred a desktop so a laptop is just about as foreign to me as it would be to your grandparents.

I haven't received my wedding photos yet so I'm not ready to jump into that topic yet but the second I get them back I'll upload a few or 500 of them. But speaking of weddings.. we need to discuss the single most important aspect of a wedding and maybe even the single most important part of any new  marriage..

THE HONEYMOON!

Just kidding..

But really, I need some suggestions on Honeymoon locations. Paco and I decided to wait until the winter months to go on a trip since we live in NEPA and winters here are comparable to frozen hell so it's nice to esacpe to a tropical location during that time. I haven't done much research yet but we want an all inclusive resort and were looking into the Bahama's or Antigua or Punta Cana.. someplace like that. I originally wanted to go to St. Lucia but what I've found for there is really expensive. Plus, I don't want to spend an entire day of our honeymoon traveling. Any sugguestions on locations or resorts would be really helpful. Thanks in advance!


Sincerely,

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10.13.2015

Who doesn't love a comeback story?

Hey... come here often?

I sure as hell don't. Obviously. I've neglected the shit out of this space for.. I don't even want to go back and look but I can assure you it's been long. Very long. Did I have an excuse? Yeah. I guess. I was getting married and planning a wedding. And trying not to have a mental breakdown. So that occupied all of my time.

Oh yeah, then in June I left my job of 4 years and started a brand new job. In the mist of planning a wedding. And that aforementioned mental breakdown. It was a stressful summer to say the least. Anyway. I guess I am going to try to post again? I know my track record isn't the greatest but who doesn't love a come back story?

On the plus side though I actually have a couple months of post worthy stories now - including the wedding. Which may or may not be your thing but oh well I am going to be post the shit out of it because I didn't spend a year of planning, worrying and not eating to fit into my tiny wedding gown to not talk about it for at least a couple posts years. But I promise they won't be boring! For example: we served pizza appetizers and had a "fire breathing dragon" (you'll never know if I'm lying unless you check back) #winning #won.

I promise I'll post things other than the actual wedding too.. Like I might talk about the fist fight at my bachelor party or how a groomsman got arrested. Ya know- light, feel good stories.

So let's take this one step at a time.

First and foremost, I want to get a new design for this space. Like actually pay someone to do it instead of me f'ing around with HTML for hours on end.
Second, I need to catch up on the months of missed posts. I really missed reading up on all my favorite bloggers. I stalked most of them on instagram and twitter.. but it wasn't the same.
And then the third step will be to write? Right? Right.

So.

Stay tuned.



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8.31.2015

5.15.2015

The Salesman Put a Hex On Us

I've been wanting to buy a futon for our back bedroom for some time now. But since I'm cheap frugal indecisive lazy, I hadn't really researched or shopped for one. Until the other weekend. We figured that with the wedding coming up this summer we might have a few guests visiting so an extra furnished bedroom would be nice to have.

We went to a couple furniture stores and looked at several pull out couches, click clacks and futons before selecting a nice oak frame with extra plush mattress. After a bit of haggling Mitch even managed to get a discount and all was well.

As we were walking over to the checkout counter the salesman attempted to make some small talk and asked about us and how long we have been together which brought up the wedding. When prompted for the date I replied with "August 29th!" and he said:

"Oh. Not to jinx you.. but that was my mother’s birthday."


Okay? I had no idea how to respond so I mumbled a couple words "really ah oh yeah.." And waited for him to elaborate. HE NEVER DID.


What in the actual hell was that supposed to mean? I was completely startled. I looked back at Mitch who gave me a side eye that reassured me he had heard the same thing.

Why would our wedding date being the same day as his mother's birthday jinx us? Was she some terrible monster? Or the angel of wedding deaths?

That's been over 2 weeks ago and everything appears to be going okay but I'm not going to lie that the salesman's words didn't scare me a bit.

Oh, and that futon we bought? Still haven't gotten in. Apparently there was an issue with ordering? Or it's the hex. Not sure. But I'm a bit hesitant to receive this futon now.

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5.05.2015

Life Lately..

I have nothing to talk about today but I feel like posting so let's see how this turns out. You've been warned.

I'm currently drinking my first cup of coffee with creamer.. and it feels weird. I always drink plain black coffee but recently realized that the dark black liquid probably isn't doing any favors for my white teeth so I'm going to try to dilute it with some creamer.

Once I realized that it was Cinco de Mayo today I instantly craved tacos and margaritas. I feel like that makes me an ignorant asshole but I really don't care because tacos and margaritas are delicious.

Also, the wedding is less than 4 months away so tacos and margaritas are the last thing that I should be consuming. But that probably won't stop me.

The spring/summer weather has FINALLY showed up to NEPA and it's more glorious than I remembered.




That book up there is one of the funniest things I've ever read. My friend let me borrow it and I've been laughing manically the entire time I read it.

I got into a fight with my curling iron and now it looks like I have a giant hickey on the back of my neck.



I also had a little mishap with self tanner this weekend and my hands are an interesting shade of orange and dirty-smelly-kid on-the-school-bus brown.

I have some pretty big changes potentially happening soon and it is scaring the shit out of me.

I'm surprised that more bloggers didn't jump on the Bruce Jenner story. I was expecting to see tons of posts about it.. and I didn't see one. I was kind of disappointed. But then again, I didn't post one either.

Game of Thrones has been kind of boring thus far. Right? I wish this show aired in the winter because I think I'm too distracted to watch it during summer.

And.. I think that's all. So yeah. Bye.



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4.27.2015

I Never Learned: Vegetables, Fractions or Toilet Paper

Nadine at East & wrote a blog post about things she "doesn’t know" which got me thinking about things that I don't know or never learned either. Go check out her list here!
 
It is hard for me to believe that I am actually only 2 years away from being 30 (!!!!!!!I'm not ready!!!!!!.) I don't feel mature enough and I still do or say things from time to time that even makes me shake my head at myself. Like when I backed into a tree on Easter. I feel like I am missing a few years in between 18 - 28 because there are still so many things that I never learned how to do.
  • Fractions. I couldn’t finish a 3rd grade fraction homework sheet if my life depended on it.
  • Taxes/checkbook balancing/retirement/stocks/savings terms. I think there should be a mandatory class in high school for every student that teaches them normal day to day things you’ll need to know as an adult.
  • How to start a fresh roll of toilet paper without massacring it. I ruin half of the roll during this process.
  • How to find the perfect shade of foundation. Cool, warm, neutral undertones? I have NO idea. I’m strawberry blonde with dark eyes, pale skin and blueish veins - there is no makeup shade that matches my skin.
  • Wedding etiquette. Did I miss the memo sent to all little girls regarding wedding planning? There are so many rules, tips, expectations, ETC that my head is spinning..
  • A foreign language. In high school I took 2 years of Spanish and can’t speak a word.
  • How to shave my legs without cutting them. It’s a blood bath every time I shave.
  • How to change a tire. I really have no desire to ever change a tire.
  • Posture. I am the slouchiest person that has ever slouched.
  • To like vegetables. Growing up my mom always served vegetables at the dinner table and I never touched them. It hasn't been until recently that I started to eat these foods. I still don't like them, but I realize I need to be healthier. (I typed that as I was ate a piece of chocolate, how fitting.) 
  • Laundry terms. Are all women supposed to know how to properly wash knits, cottons and wools? Was this taught in Home Ec. class?
  • How to use power tools.
  • How to buy and or hang curtains. Seriously, I wish I could attend a class on this because I'm clueless.
  • Brew the perfect cup of coffee.
  • Not overcook chicken, beef or fish. No matter how many times I google the proper way to cook these things, I always overcook them.
  • How to only have "a couple drinks." It's either all or none.
What are some "things" you've never learned?


     




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    4.22.2015

    Climb into Bed and Get to Know Me.



    Erin wrote a fantastic post here about blogging and how it has changed so much in the past couple years. Her words hit a note with me since I have felt so underwhelmed with the blog world lately. When I first started reading blogs I was drawn to certain bloggers because they were relatable. I have always been fascinated with other peoples life's and have always loved to read biography's and autobiography's which is why I think lifestyle blogs appealed to me in the first place. Reading other blogs is what made me ultimately want to start mine own too. But over the past year or so I have lost all interest in the majority of these blogs. They are no longer relatable. I love that Erin brought this up because now I realize I'm not the only one that feels like this - just go read the comments on her post. I have struggled to write posts in the past year because I have felt no one wants to see my boring little life in words on a computer screen. But apparently, some do. This is a lifestyle blog after all.. so welcome to my life.


    Name. Nancy Elizabeth
    Location. Pennsylvania
    Work. Marketing assistant for an engineering firm in So. Tier, NY.
    Hobbies. I guess blogging.. when I actually do it. Or seeing how many pieces of NY sharp cheese I can shove in my face hole.
    Favorite Food. Obviously pizza, but I think everyone likes pizza. Unless they are terrorists.
    What Do I Order at the Bar? Depends on the bar... and my mood. So it can range from a margarita to a Miller Lite bottle to a vodka soda with lime. Or if I feel like having a hang over the next day I always reach for Fire Ball.
    Favorite Beauty Products. My favorite products have been revolving quite a bit lately but I mentioned some favorites here.
    Bed Time & Wake Up Time: Sunday through Thursday I try to be in bed by 10:30 - 11 p.m. at the latest so I'm not a complete bitch the next morning. On the weekends I typically don't go to bed until 12 - 1 a.m. Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:45 a.m. and head out the door by 6:45 a.m. for work. On the weekends I try to sleep in so sometimes I'm not awake until 10 a.m.
    Weird Habits. I have to climb into bed the same way every night or else I think something bad will happen. I don't know what that "bad" thing is.. but I'm not willing to chance it.
    Odd Foods You Like. Tuna fish out of the can? I don't think most people like that, right?
    Dream Job. Working from home - doesn't matter what kind of work. I want to work in sweat pants and watch day time TV and Ellen. I miss day time tv.. mostly Ellen. Or I'd like to work with kids or animals. Maybe I can find something that allows to me to do all three?
    Favorite Karaoke Song. I would rather be trampled to death by gorillas than sing in public.
    Irrational Fears. Spiders. I cannot stand those evil little monsters. And clowns. Fucking clowns.
    Favorite Perfume. Light Blue by Dolce and Gabanna.
    Talent Show Performance. I think I'm talentless? I could probably teach myself a song on the guitar if need be.
    Favorite thing to do on your iPhone. Watch YouTube beauty bloggers. I am in love with Jaclyn Hill, LustreLux and Manny Mua.
    Unwind at the end of the day. This depends on the type of day I've had.. but lately I try to unwind with some sort of exercise. All winter I did workout DVD's but in the spring and summer I go for long walks with my dog. I have to force myself to work out so when I get home from work I change into workout clothes as soon as I walk in the door.
    Pet Peeves. If I can hear you chewing, slurping or smacking your gum in your moth, I am secretly praying you choke.
    Vacation Plans. I just went to St. Thomas in February so my vacationing is done for the year unless I win the lotto sometime soon.
    Dinner Tonight. No idea. But I'm assuming whatever it is will involve wine because.. wine not?
    Go Back in Time and Change Something. I used to be one of those people that always thought "everything happens for a reason" but in recent years I've been a bit skeptical of that. Probably because the Negative Nancy rears her ugly head more often than not. Not to get too deep or anything but I would probably go back to the weekend my dad had his stroke - I always look back and wish I had forced him to go see a doctor because maybe he would still be here. But that's another story for another day.
    Favorite Disney Princess. Belle from Beauty and Beast.
    I've Never. Had a massage.
    Favorite candy. I love it all. Every kind. Even black licorice jelly beans. And especially Easter Candy.
    Ice cream stand order. Hot fudge sundae topped with nuts and a cherry.
    Worst trait. I hold grudges forever.
    Best trait. I'm caring.
    Height. 5'4"
    Favorite accessory. I love scarves and purses.
    Last time you cried. Yesterday. Just out of frustration though.
    Favorite sports team. I don't follow any sports..

    I love to share random tidbits, hope you enjoy!





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    4.15.2015

    Things I'm Great At..


    I am not a cocky or arrogant person. I like to think I have a realistic understanding of my abilities as well as my flaws which I think is essential for a persons self confidence. Confidence does not come as second nature to everyone and it's a trait that needs to be exercised so it can reach its full potential. So today I wanted to talk about some things that I am confident even to say that I am great at:

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    • Picking out the WORST smelling hairspray. I don't know how I do it but I have this uncanny ability to pick out the worst hairspray ever. I have about 5-6 full bottles of the stuff because the fragrance is awful or the formula is terrible and I'd rather pull on a skunk's tail than spritz the stuff on my head.
    • Biting my nails. Even if I paint them and put on a coat of the "No-Bite" bad tasting clear coat - I will still gnaw on my nails like a wild animal.
    • Remaining calm. This pertains to all aspects of life. I'm a little tightly wound, to put it lightly.
    • Remembering anything. I have the world's worst memory. What did I eat for lunch yesterday? No clue. The name of the movie I watched last weekend? Beats me.
    • Ignoring text messages. This just comes natural to me. I will read your message but more often than not I will forget to respond to it.
    • Being a sloppy eater. I always manage to get whatever food I am eating all over me. On my shirt, pants, purse, ears, underwear, you name it. I'm worse than your toddler with spaghetti.
    • Losing my cell phone. If I had a dollar for every time I "lost" my cell phone in my purse, the refrigerator or my bra I'd have enough money to buy a brand new iPhone every month.
    • Overcooking chicken. If you want blackened, rubbery chicken I'm the lady to call for your next barbeque.
    • Road rage. I won't go into detail because I don't need incriminating evidence on the internet.
    • Bitching about dog hair. Just ask my fiancé, I am a pro.
    • Burning myself with a flat iron and/or curling iron.
    • Swearing in front of children.
    • Writing sarcastic posts about things I'm "great at" instead of finishing other blog posts in my draft folder.





    What are you "great" at?








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      4.14.2015

      Currently Coveting..

      My typical "uniform" on weekdays includes black work pants, a blouse and a cardigan. I've been doing this for the past few years so to say that I am bored to death with this look is an understatement. I try to dress it up with a necklace or scarf but I've been feeling uninspired. So, I went window shopping online and found some things I'd love to add to my closet.


      Here are some items I'm currently coveting..



      Blu Bijoux Gold and Coral Flower Large Bib Necklace • Blu Bijoux • $22
      A cheap but fun necklace to brighten up an outfit.

      Nine West Jelica • Nine West • $39.99–44.99
      I love wedge sandals.  They are so much easier to walk in than regular heels and look great with jeans, skirts, and dresses.

      FELICITY & COCO Crepe Shift Dress (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Regular & Petite) • Nordstrom • $88
      A shift dress that can be worn to work or out on the weekend.

      Kate Spade New York 'cedar Street - Maise' Satchel • Kate Spade • $298
      No need to explain this one.. how great is this bag?

      Neiman Marcus Floral-Lace Pencil Skirt, White/Multi • Neiman Marcus • $62.30
      I love pencil skirts. I think they are flattering on every figure and for some reason dudes love them.

      Ray-Ban Light Ray Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses • Ray-Ban • $220
      I want a pair of mirrored aviators so badly but I'm afraid I'll look like an idiot in them. Plus, I can't justify spending $220 on a pair of sunglasses right now..



      What items are you currently coveting?






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      4.13.2015

      The Easter Candy Case

      I have an immense sweet tooth which I've talked about here before. I like pretty much all candy, even circus peanuts and black licorice jelly beans. I try to limit my sugar intake but when Holiday's seem to revolve around candy and sweets I have a hard time passing the candy dish without digging my paws into it. But that is not the point of today's post. Today we talking about something more serious. I've had a little over a week to think about this and I've come to the certain conclusion that...


      EASTER CANDY IS BETTER THAN HALLOWEEN CANDY.

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      I'm pretty shocked that I feel this way since Halloween is my favorite holiday but I have developed a compelling case that I think you'd be interested in.

      Exhibit 1) Cute bunny/chicken/duck shaped chocolate. There is nothing more satisfying that biting the head off of a chocolate peanut better filled bunny. Nothing.

      Exhibit 2) Jelly beans. They come in an amazing variety of flavors today, unlike the boring basics that I had growing up. Even if you don't like jelly beans.. you have to like Easter Jelly Beans. Especially the Starburst ones.

      Exhibit 3) Russell Stover chocolate covered eggs. These babies come in every flavor combination imaginable - coconut and almond, dark chocolate marshmallow, WEDDING CAKE, strawberry cream, raspberry whip, red velvet, etc. The possibilities are endless and worth every delicious calorie.

      Exhibit 4) Candy for breakfast. I have fond memories of running downstairs to my Easter basket and shoveling handfuls of candy into my mouth before my parents woke up. Whereas for Halloween the proper time to start trick or treating isn't until after dinner... pure torture.

      Exhibit 5) Easter candy is bigger. Halloween candy is typically sold in those annoying "fun size" dimensions therefore you need to eat about 2 1/2 bags of the mini Kit Kat Bars to get your candy fix.

      Exhibit 6) Gertrude Hawk EASTER smidgens are little nuggets of heaven laced with crack. They are more addicting than any other kind of Gertrude Hawk candy. Sure, those $1 caramel candy bars from your co-worker's daughters class trip fundraiser are okay but wouldn't you rather just have a box of pastel bunny smidgens instead? The answer is yes.

      Exhibit 7) Easter candy is more colorful. The bright spring colors and flowery packaging makes the candy more inviting and delicious. And I firmly believe that white chocolate has less fat and calories than regular chocolate. Don't fight me on this.


      And last but not least..


      Exhibit 8) A magical mythical bunny delivers candy to your house on Easter Sunday. For Halloween you have to GO out and GET the candy whereas for Easter all you have to do is wake up and stumble to your Easter basket. I don't care if it's the fucking Donnie Darko bunny coming to my house - if he is dropping off candy he is always welcome.




      P.S. Don't overindulge in Easter candy because the sugar rush you experience might cause you to back your car into a tree. Not that I'd know from experience or anything..













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      4.10.2015

      Five on Friday - Beauty Edition



      Something I may not have mentioned here before is that I am a completely girly girl. Sure, I swear and drink like a sailor but I like to look good while doing so. Therefore, I have tried numerous beauty products to achieve my ultimate goal which is to look like Jennifer Aniston look like I haven't been up all night binge drinking. Below are a few of my favorites that I would recommend to anyone.









      1) Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater • Mario Badescu • $7
      I started to use Mario Badescu products about a year ago when I developed some annoying form of adult acne. I tried nearly every product under the sun and even scheduled a few appointments with a dermatologist to try to save my skin. Mario Badescu products were the only products that helped soothe my skin and treat my acne. After my acne subsided I saw this product in Ulta and decided to try it since it only cost $7 and it smelled wonderful. I now use it as a makeup setting spray and to refresh my face throughout the day.

      2) Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, Blackest Black, 0.106 oz. • $7.49
      I think I have more eyeliner products than any other type of makeup in my vanity. I am always looking for one that lasts all day without smudging all over my face. This product is everything that I've ever wanted in an eyeliner and more. It is incredibly pigmented and easy to apply. I wouldn't recommend it for your lower lash line though unless you have a very, very thin brush to apply it.

      3) NYX Cosmetics Concealer Wand, Porcelain, 0.11-Ounce • NYX • $4.99
      Concealer is on my holy grail makeup product. I feel naked without it since it helps me look like a normal human rather than the zombie I am since I get only about 5 hours of sleep a night. This specific concealer is a newbie to my ever growing collection but so far I really like using it. It's a bit heavier and thicker than other brands so it does a great job concealing my under eye dark circles.

      4) Sigma F80 - Flat Kabuki TM • $24
      I have wanted this makeup brush F O R E V E R. I watched 100's of beauty tutorials on YouTube and all of the vloggers seem to L O V E this brush. I have bought numerous brushes trying to find a cheaper duplicate of this one but nothing compares. I use this to apply my foundation and it leaves the skin with a nearly perfect airbrush finish. I was hesitant to purchase it because it costs over $20 but when I factored in that I use foundation 5-6 days a week the money is well worth it for a great tool.

      5) Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Top Coat 0.5 fl oz (14.8 ml) • Sally Hansen • $9.95
      Since I'm a nail biter I don't get to apply nail polish that often but when I do I want it to last. This top coat is a gel formula that mocks the popular gel manicures you get in a salon. Sally Hansen has a whole line of colorful Miracle Gel polishes too that I'm itching to try. I use this top coat with non Sally Hansen brand polishes and it works great. I'm currently wearing a $.99 cent nail polish with this top coat and my nails look amazing.


      Linking up with these lovely ladies here & here !!





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      Think Spring - Dress Collection

      With warm weather approaching I have found myself recently browsing through the current fashion ads to see what is available and what is on trend. And while I am typically 6 months behind on any current trend I think that sun dresses are an easy and affordable way to look put together. Over the past few years my summer dress collection has grown and I can be found in a dress 3-4 days out of week, especially on weekends.

      Here are some current dresses I'm lusting after. The collection below would be perfect for my summer wedding events like bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. I think white dresses are so pretty and provide a great blank canvas for colorful accessories. And since I typically sway in favor of more darker toned colors anytime I wear white it makes a statement.


      What are some of your favorite summer outfits?

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      4.09.2015

      Growing up I was the kind of kid who...




      I was the kind of kid who was incredibly shy. Even at family parties I would hang onto my Mom's legs and never let her or Dad out of my site. I still have those shy feelings but my "who gives a f***" feelings now over power those shy ones.

      I was the kind of kid with BIG glasses from 3rd grade until 7th grade.


      I was the kind of kid who never tried out for sports or team activities. I don't know how much of this was me or my parents. They didn't really encourage team activities but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have asked to anyways. Although, I did win blue ribbons for High Jump in Elementary School during Field Days so I think I probably should have participated in a few sports. In High School I finally joined cheerleading because the football coach was hot and I got to wear the cute uniform and was Co-Captain my Senior year.

      I was the kind of kid who was accident prone... I ran into a stop sign while riding bikes with my best friend. I stood up and turned around to look back and went over the curb and hit the sign. With my face. Another time I rode my bike up a large pile of dirt/cinders, lost my balance and skidded the whole way down on my knees - I still have rocks in my knee to prove it. And then one time I was pushed fell off my top bunk bed and broke my arm. I was afraid to tell my parents so I hid it for a week until one day I went to the store with my Dad and he noticed I was struggling to open the car door.. I broke both bones in my right forearm.

      I was the kind of kid who would put a pool diving ring around both of my feet and pretend I was a mermaid for hours while swimming around the pool.

      I was the kind of kid who loved Spring more than Summer in Elementary School because that meant I could wear my pastel flower covered jacket.


      I was the kind of kid who would play "dysfunctional family Barbie's." Example: the Dad is an ex-convict and mother had amnesia and didn't remember her own children... I think I watched too many Soap Opera's with my Mom.

      I was the kind of kid who loved 7th Heaven and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

      I was the kind of kid who would roller blade around my driveway practicing skating routines to Savage Garden's Cherry Cola.





      I was the kind of kid who loved music. I even wrote songs for my younger sister to sing so I could record them. One was titled "Blue Moon" and I used pre-recorded music from a keyboard my parent's bought us for Christmas. I was certain the song would be played on the radio one day. I can't find the tape but I pray to God it's destroyed because I doubt my song writing ability was any good at the age of 10.

      I was the kind of kid who loved the radio and recorded songs from Casey Kasem's American Top 40 on a little yellow radio/recorder onto cassette tapes that I begged my parents to buy me.

      I was the kind of kid who wanted to grow up. Sure I loved being a kid, but I always knew there was so much more out in the world that I wanted to see.





      The Daily Tay




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      4.02.2015

      Spring/Summer To Do List

      Apparently it is going to hit 60 degrees today and although I'm pretty skeptical that will actually happen I figured I should celebrate this momentous occasion since I haven't seen 60 degree weather in.. I don't even know how long. So in honor of this "Spring" weather today I decided to share some Spring/Summer Goals for the upcoming months that I'd like to accomplish.





      Grow fresh herbs. (Any tips?)

      Picnic.

      Throw a BBQ.

      Have a campfire / s'mores party.

      Go fishing.

      Visit Buttermilk Falls and Salt Springs.

      Attend a concert.

      Have dinner outside as often as possible.

      Have margarita's outside as often as possible.

      Learn to drive a standard car (1000th time is a charm, right? maybe..)

      Take Bailey to a lake/pond/stream swimming.

      Go to as many B-Mets baseball games as possible.

      Grill a pizza (weird.. but I've never done it and am super curious about it..)

      Day Trip to Syracuse Zoo.

      and last but not least ..

      Try not to have a mental breakdown with wedding planning and crafting.



      What are some things you have on your Spring/Summer To Do List?


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      3.13.2015

      Four Things for Friday!

      Happy Friday! Did this week drag on or what? I'm excited for the weekend which involves sleeping in tomorrow (hopefully), binge watching Netflix shows, celebrating my sister's birthday Saturday night, a friend's baby shower on Sunday and maybe some tuxedo shopping for the wedding.

      Anyway, I saw this great post idea over on Borrowed HEAVEN and thought I'd take a stab at it. Make sure to go over and visit her blog!

      Four of my nicknames:
      - Paco (my fiance and I call each other Paco)
      - Nan
      - Nanc
      - And... I think that's it?

      Four jobs I've had:
      - Wedding/banquet server at an old train station
      - Medical Records Clerk at a hospital
      - Human resources Department at college
      - Executive Assistant at a radio station

      Four movies I've watched more than once:
      - Good Fellas
      - The Shawshank Redemption
      - Home Alone
      - Over the Hedge

      Four things in my purse:
      - Two wallets (I'm in the process of switching all the stuff over from one to the other .. and I gave up halfway through the process.)
      - Altoids
      - Blistex
      - Day planner

      Four books I'd recommend:
      - The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
      - If You Have to Cry Go Outside - Kelly Cutrone
      - Looking for Alaska - John Green
      - The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

      Four places I've lived:
      I've only lived in two places, home and college:
      - NEPA
      - Mansfield, PA

      Four places I've visited:
      - Colorado































      - Florida
































      - St. Thomas, USVI




















      - Canada

      Four places on my travel bucket list:
      - Rome
      - Australia
      - Vegas
      - Hawaii

      Four things I don't eat:
      - mayonnaise
      - yogurt
      - sushi
      - runny egg yolks
















      Four shows I watch:
      - ANYTHING on the Food Network
      - The Following
      - Modern Family
      - QVC...  

      Four things I'm looking forward to in 2015:
      Right now my only focus is on one thing which is:
      - GETTING MARRIED! Can't believe it's happening.


      Linking up here!



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      3.11.2015

      Confession Session


      Dusk by Jake Givens


      I hate Daylight Savings time. 
      Typically I love this time of year and looked forward to turning the clocks ahead, but this year I hate it. Sure, it's still light out at 7pm now and everyone else is ecstatic about it but I could care less. The ground is still covered with 2 feet of muddy grey slushy snow and I can't enjoy the daylight yet so I'd rather it just be dark.

      I keep complaining about my weight but I'm not being strict with my diet.
      I have been pretty good about doing my Jillian Michael's workout video's all winter and while I feel good about maintaining a regular workout plan, I also think it tricked my subconscious into thinking I can eat chips and cheese before bed.

      I put ice cubes in my red wine.
      I'm not picky when it comes to alcohol. Tequila shots? Yes, please! Vodka red bulls? Sure! Gin & Tonic? I'd love one! Beer that has been sitting in a cooler all winter and probably tastes like skunk piss? Well, we better not waste it.. You catch my drift? However, for some reason, red wine has not be palatable to me lately. I bought a bottle the other night and I just couldn't get on board with it. I put a few ice cubes in the glass to cool/water it down. I think that's a big wine-o no no, right?

      I am still wearing clothes I bought for my first job out of college.
      This morning when I was getting dressed for work I started to browse through some shirts that have been pushed toward the back of the closet. I nearly gasped when I pulled out a black shirt I wore back in 2009 when I worked at the radio station. Because 1.) That's sad I still have it. 2.) It isn't a good quality shirt that should be saved and 3.) I realized I was wearing pants from 2009 as well.... I need a wardrobe update ASAP.

      I unplugged my work phone the other day.
      I was so busy with e-mails, projects, etc. that I couldn't handle the constant ringing of the phone.

      Baby products freak me out.
      I went shopping for a baby shower gift this week for a friend who is expecting her first child and felt so overwhelmed while looking through the registry. This isn't my first baby shower by any means and I'm no stranger to babies as I have 3 younger siblings but for some reason I kept thinking "holy shit.. babies need a lot of stuff" during this particular shopping excursion. How does a mother learn how to use all of those baby things?

      Linking up with Melissa today.



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      3.06.2015

      Five on Friday

      Friday, you're one sexy lady and I love you.

      The first week back to work after a tropical vacation can only be described as miserable, exhausting and cruel. I'll update you on the details of that amazing adventure when I get the ambition to load the 100 beach margarita photo's from my iPhone sometime this weekend.

      A photo posted by Nancy Edwards (@nancyelizedwards) on


      1) The cold. 
      It's still here. And it's still brutal. And I still hate it.

      2) House of Cards. 
      LOVE. IT. Paco and I have been binging on the new season and have only 4 more episodes left in our Netflix queue so I bet we'll finish that this weekend.

      3) Bloody Marys.
      I've only had a handful of these tomato concoctions in my lifetime but recently I've been craving them and recreating them at home. I haven't found the perfect balance of ingredients yet, but I'm having fun trying.



      4) Save-the-Dates.
      Our Save-the-Dates were mailed out early this week and I've already received many messages from friends and family expressing their excitement about our big day! It's finally becoming real..
      A photo posted by Nancy Edwards (@nancyelizedwards) on


      5) R.I.P.P.E.D. 
      With less than 6 months to go before the wedding I figured it was time to start worrying about fitting into that very expensive white dress I purchased a couple months ago... So I headed to my first RIPPED class and holy shit.. what a workout. RIPPED stands for Resistance. Interval. Power. Polymetric. Endurance. Diet. It is an intense workout and I urge you to find a class ASAP if you're looking for a new workout.

      Have any of you tried a RIPPED workout yet? Or mastered a perfect Bloody Mary recipe?

      I hope you all have a great weekend!


      Linking up with September Farm & A. Liz Adventures



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      3.02.2015

      Healthy Glow - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Review

      For as long as I can remember I have had sensitive skin. The smallest change in my skincare routine can wreck havoc on my face leaving me with breakouts, puffiness, and redness. It was early on in Junior High when I started to wear make up that I realized I had to be selective with my skincare products after suffering from a few severe allergic reactions such as swollen eye lids and face rashes. Even to this day I am skeptical to try new products and if I do feel brave enough to try one I'll typically do it on a week when I know I have nothing going on - i.e. no social gatherings, holidays, etc. - in case I do have a reaction to it.

      However, there is one brand that has been my tried and true brand for as long as I can remember. I am never nervous to try their products which is comforting for a person with extremely sensitive skin like myself.

      Neutrogena.


      They have such a wide variety of products that work perfectly with my skin care needs. Many of their products have become a staple in my beauty regime and I'd be lost without their Healthy Defense Moisturizer, Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Pore Refining Toner, all in which I use daily.

      Since I was on vacation last week with limited access to e-mail I was unaware that my Influenster VoxBox was delivered so one can only imagine the excitement I felt when I opened the UPS package to see a new Neutrogena product. The timing couldn't be any more perfect since I just spent a week at the beach soaking up sun and salty sea water which has caused my skin to appear a bit dry and flaky.

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      Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is an oil-free, lightweight, non-sticky gel moisturizer. It absorbs quickly into the skin and helps give your skin a hydrated look and feeling. It contains nutrient rich ingredients such as Olive Extract which is naturally found in the skin and Hyaluronic Acid which helps to strengthen as well as moisturize. It is wearable under make up and non-comedogenic which is very important to me when I choose skin care products.

      I've only used this a few times since I received it but I couldn't wait any longer to review it. I seriously love it. It's in the $18 - $20 price range which is reasonable considering the quality of the product.

      I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


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      2.06.2015

      5 Things - Friday Edition: Robots, STD's and Fake Nails

      On Friday's we're supposed to talk about 5 things, so let's begin:

      1) Paco gave me this Mophie cell charger thing and I have no idea how to use it. I think it's a robot. Right?

      2) SPEAKING of technology.. guess who signed up for a FREE 30 day Amazon Prime subscription and then forgot to cancel it after 30 days? THIS GIRL. So I am stuck with a $104 subscription charge and a Prime account until January 2016. Someone please tell me what's so great about Prime and how to use it? Apparently I'm not the only one who forgot to cancel because Taylor over at The Daily Tay is in the same boat.

      3) We just received our save the dates (STDs as I've seen them called online.. what an unfortunate acronym) and I have to start addressing 200+ envelopes and get them in the mail before our vacation in 2 weeks.. think I'll make it? We ordered the cards from Snapfish  and I highly recommend them if you are ever in need of cards, photos or invitations. They frequently run online sales and we were able to order our cards for 50% off regular price. I am kind of nervous to send them out though because we included an inside joke on the card and I think the majority of the people won't get it.. but we will see. I'll share photos once our guests receive them.

      4) We have a menu tasting at our wedding venue tomorrow afternoon and I am so excited. I've heard nothing but great reviews about the food so I can't wait to try it. I've read that your wedding meal is the most expensive meal you'll never taste so I'm hoping this tasting will make up for it if I never do get a chance to eat on my wedding day.

      5) I have a new favorite nail product. Well, it's not a new product but it's a better product. Glue on nails. Seriously... they are so much better than the cheap fake glue on nails from back in the day that you might remember. I love these ones from Kiss called Kiss Gel Fantasy. They are easy to apply and last a long time (7+ days) and are a cheaper alternative to the salon acrylics. They come in a variety of lengths and designs and I think they are the best press on nails you can find. These Revlon ones come in a close second. I can find both brands at Walmart, Rite-Aid and CVS.

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      Hope you all have a great weekend!

      Linking up here: September Farm and A Liz Adventures



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