Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe

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I met some friends last week for drinks and when I walked up, the first thing out of everyone’s mouth was “LOVE your ensemble!”  A week before that I rolled off the couch midday (it had been A WEEK)  and headed down the street for a manicure and pedicure.  “You look so beautiful!”  The typically quiet Kim said smiling.  I mean, I’ve done OKAY over the years, but being received with such gushing compliments is starting to happen more and more.  What’s changed?

I started wearing dresses.

Can I tell you a secret?  I’m lazy.  You can dress it up as “efficient” (and at work I so totally do), but basically I want minimal effort and fantastic results.  Dresses are the lazy girl’s best friend.  I threw one on with some cute earrings and sandals and boom!  I looked put together in under a minute.

Now, there is no sugar coating it. I’m a plus size girl.  I’ve got curves.  A lot of them.  Sometimes I like them.  Sometimes I fight them.  The truth is, they’re going to be here for a while.  But!  I still want to look cute while I “work” on getting healthier (I’m looking for a lazy way to do that too.)

I came across a link to “Capsule Wardrobes”  and LOVE the idea.  A closet full of your favorites by season?!  Simple, affordable and EASY?!  Sign. Me. Up.

I currently have clothes strewn all over my bedroom while I pull together my summer capsule.  Can’t wait to show you!

That dress up there is what kicked off my new obsession.  Found at Target.  (Another lazy girl’s BFF.) 

Single Chick in the Kitch: Solo for … Something

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Oy.  I’m running on fumes.  For the next couple of weeks I’m just looking to get some food down my gullet without subsisting solely on donuts and crisscut fries.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)  After that I’ll be on vacation for a week and a half and am hoping to regroup and get some of my energy back.

This week I’ve decided the following:

Breakfasts are going to be these little egg things I forgot I had in the freezer with some fruit.
Lunches are going to be out each day.  Figuring out meals and packing lunches was stressing me out a bit.
Dinners this week are going to be:  BLT Sandwiches, Fish Tacos & BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Corn

BUT!

Come Friday I’m trying Blue Apron.  I’ve been reading about it on blogs and while expensive, it does sound fairly quick and easy and BONUS.  I don’t have to plan.  I ordered up a trial for $40 and am going to see how I like it.  Judging by the calorie counts, I think I can actually stretch the meals to make four servings instead of two.  So then they’d run about $5 each.  I still can do better on my own, but I’m excited to try it for those weeks when meal planning and grocery shopping is just too much.

I’ll keep you posted!

I Got it at Target: Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo

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So here’s the thing about dry shampoo.  It’s not shampoo.  Hair is never going to look or feel like it does right after you wash, dry and style it.

What it DOES do is buy you an extra day … or two (don’t judge!) in between washings.  Since I’ve started to use this I only wash my hair about twice a week.

I’ve tried all different kinds of dry shamp and this one remains my favorite.  A little goes a long way, hold it 6-8 inches away from your head and lightly spray using less than you think you need.  Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then brush through and style.  Relish in your new found time.

Summer of 40: Office Before

So!  Similar to my closet makeover, I’m tackling this beast in 5 minute projects …

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… which should only take from now until the. end. of. time.

This is my poor “office.”  Which only gets used as a dumping ground and freak-out-guests-are-coming(!) room.  I’d love to have it as a space to write and then pop up the air mattress as needed for friends.  But first?

It’s time to purge.

One day at a time.

Hold me.

Morning Walks

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The thing about having a dog is they need to be walked.  Every. Day.  Cool, early morning walks are my favorite.  No one is up save for a few birds and the sun rising over Mt. Hood.  A cup of coffee awaits me at home and my pup’s tail swishes back and forth while she puts her nose to the ground taking in all that happened in the hours since we’ve last passed by.

Single Chick in the Kitch: Solo for $60

I cleaned out my fridge over the weekend.

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My word.

That’s a lot of stuff to throw away.  I was feeling pretty down about it, but then I realized I’ve come a good ways in only a couple short months.

1)  I’ve been consistently planning my meals and grocery shopping.
2)  I’ve been much better this month about sticking to my budget, which means things are improving.
3)  I’ve started taking leftovers for lunch so they don’t languish in the back of the fridge and get forgotten about.

So after a clearing of the decks and realizing how much I ate the week prior, this week’s total came in at $53.  So I’ve got an $8 surplus.  I love that I’m starting to consistently come in under $60 now.  that was a challenge my first month.  The menu is as follows:

Breakfast

Zuchhini & Basil Egg Cups with Fruit

Lunches

Leftovers from dinner with one lunch out with colleagues

 Dinners

Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing
Fish Tacos with Slaw
Moo Shu Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin Sauce
Pizza