I cut my romper in two. I had too. If you have been following me over the years, you know my position on rompers and jumpsuits has gone back and forth. Well now it’s back again.

My original position was, though stylish, the look was not for me.  It was not a body type issue.  It was a functionality issue.  I had no desire to ever get naked in a public bathroom.  That meant where ever I was, I wouldn’t be able to stay long.  The idea just did not seem feasible.  After a few years I gave in.  I bought a romper.  Then I bought a jumpsuit.  Then I bought another.  I still had my same concern though.

Maybe I am a bit of a germaphobe.  I would practice getting in and out of these one piece outfits.  The goal was to move quickly in a confined space without ever letting any part of my outfit touch the floor or anything else for that matter.  The first time I went to a public bathroom in a romper, I was in Vegas.  I was nervous. I even asked for accompaniment just in case I ran into trouble.  Fortunately all my practice paid off and I was just fine on my own.

Even though I am now skilled in tight space romper removal, today I decided I would be happier in a stress free two piece.  Today was splitsville for that MK romper I fell in love with just over a year ago.  I made the first cut quickly.  After that there was no turning back.  I have to say I am happy with the outcome.  Check out the before and after pics.



Shopping Deja Vu

Oftentimes I find myself thinking that my purchase strongly resembles something already in my closet.  This happens at different times during my shopping experience, from first glance to check out.  It rarely deters me from my purchase.  I reason, “I like what I like” and I carry on.  Though yesterdays impromptu shoe shopping made me reconsider my method.  I bought four pairs of shoes; all of which resemble pairs already in my collection.  There are slight variations but ultimately they are more similar than different.  So what do I do? Do I keep my purchases? I decided yes.  Here’s why:

1. The similarities simply reflect my taste.  Having several options in similar styles allows me to relax.  It’s like having wardrobe insurance.  If something fails, there is always a comparable replacement nearby.

2.  I don’t want to live with regret.  On more than one occasion I have returned or donated something I later wanted to wear long after it was gone.  The styles I buy aren’t typically in circulation that long.  It hurts to see “this item is no longer available” on an item I once had and foolishly returned.

3.  I have similar styles at different price points.  There are times when I have a look in mind but I don’t want to wear the higher price point version to a particular event.

4.  I rarely ever pay full price.  Chances are whatever I bought, I bought at a steal.

For all those reasons, and more, I have decided it is perfectly fine for me to buy items that resemble items in my current collection.  By no means am I directing you.  I am simply explaining how I came to my decision.  Perhaps it will help you when you encounter your own shopping deja vu.



Modern Market

So yesterday I was introduced to a little place called Modern Market….Where has this restaurant been my entire life? It is a casual homestyle restaurant with options for nearly everyone.   The meals are prepared on site from scratch.  On the paleo diet? No problem.  Gluten free? No problem Dairy free? No Problem Vegan? Vegetarian?  You get the point.  I was excited to see the half and half menu.  Everything looked so good.  I thought I would start with a half pizza, gluten-free of course, and a half salad.  Then I saw the soups.  I changed my mind three times in sixty seconds but my cashier was so patient.  Everyone was really.  In fact my companion went back and changed her order minutes after we paid and it was no problem at all.  With that menu I imagine they get a lot of indecisive customers.

I went to the Bethesda location which had only been open for two days.  Outside of the balloons outside, you wouldn’t know.  It fit right in like it had been in the community for decades.  The staff worked together like family and the already huge customer base raved about the grand opening and of course the food.  I met several people who had already visited Modern Market multiple times in the two days it had been open.  After I ate, it was very clear to me why.  After getting over my indecision, I decided on the Flat Iron Steak salad.  The salad consisted of mixed greens, flank steak, roasted potatoes, carmelized onions, gorgonzola, and a balsamic vinaigrette.  That salad haunted my dreams last night.  I woke up wanting to get back to Modern Market to try breakfast this morning.  Unfortunately I knew I wouldn’t pass one in my travels.

I am anxious to get back and try other menu items.  I didn’t take a picture of my salad but it looked identical to the website photo. ( www.modernmarket.com )That rarely happens.  Next time I go, I will slow down and take a picture before I dig in.  I couldn’t help myself.  Go see for yourself.

Healthy Decor

Fresh flowers are one of the easiest ways to brighten a room. Nearly five years ago I made the decision to always keep fresh flowers in the house. Not only did the flowers transform every room they were in but they also put me at peace.  Even the upkeep relaxed me; changing the water, trimming the stems and leaves.  I kept this up for a while.  Then life got in the way as it tends to do.  I didn’t always make time to purchase flowers.  When I didn’t I could fall back on bouquets that were occasionally gifted to me as well as my garden; depending on the season.  That too came to a halt.

That’s when I realized I could get the same satisfaction from something that is always in the house, fruit.  I filled my crystal with fruit and put it on display.  Just like the flowers, the fruit brightened the room and improved my mood.  Red or green apples, tangerines, mangos, lemons, or limes; whatever was in the fridge went out on display.

Additionally, the decor encouraged me to eat fruit rather than cake.  For me it was a win win.  There are no candy dishes in my home.  However, my guests are welcomed to whatever fruit is on display.

Michael Kors Gold Plate Jelly Sandal

Everything repeats itself; in fashion and in life. These aren’t the jellies of grade school though.  The last time I wore jellies, I hate to admit, was high school.  They were clear and caged, nothing like these.  I thought my jelly wearing days were over and was quite glad.  That was until I spotted the MK gold plate jelly sandals on Macy’s website.

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