Conversation #188: A Downton must see

ALERT: sort of spoilers if you still haven't watched season 3 Downton finale!!!

We all know Downton Abbey is the hot show these days.  It is funny because I actually consider myself having just been on the brink of it's major popularity explosion.  This doesn't happen often.  We do watch a lot of TV (probably too much) so we find a lot of new shows and share them with our family.  This was one of them, but we were actually informed about this show from another friend first (who also recommends great TV).  He told us about it after the first season ended so we caught it after the fact but before the second season started and we were hooked.  It was so hard to wait each week to watch the new episodes when we had been able to knock out the first season in a couple of days.  Like I said, we were hooked.

Anyway, this season was just so happy and sad all at the same time.  I kept trying to guess what the tragedy would be in the last episode.  Mary also dying in childbirth - nope.  All of the family getting in a train crash on the way home for the birth - nope.  Hoping Thomas' injuries were the worst - nope.  As soon as I saw Matthew in the car, I knew.

So I saw this video on Big Mama's blog and it made me smile so I wanted to share it:

Hopefully it lightens your mood a bit after that finale.  Also, my sis-in-law sent me this funny cartoon:


Conversation # 187: What I Wore Wednesday (for the last few weeks)

Here is a back log of outfits for your viewing pleasure, or if not, just skip this post :)

Linking up with the Pleated Poppy today!

Outfit breakdown (was a bit sickly so that is the weird face):
Sweater dress, Lands End Canvas, $35
Sweater, Christmas gift (years ago)
Leather Boots, Talbots, $12ish plus shipping

 Outfit breakdown:
Sweater, gap, $10
Skirt, Target via eBay, $10ish?
Leather Boots, 6pm.com, $50

This outfit was really just to show my new winter coat that I LOVE!
Coldwater Creek, $109

Outfit Breakdown:
Dress, J.Crew, $20ish
T-shirt, Lands End Canvas, $?
Leather & Canvas boots, Eddie Bauer, $65

Outfit breakdown:
Tee, J.Crew Factory, $6
White button down, J.Jill, $15ish
Black jeans, Talbots, $20ish
Leather flats, Eddie Bauer, $?

Outfit breakdown:
Dress, Lands End Canvas, $35
Leather Boots, Banana Republic via Ross, $40 (years ago)

Outfit breakdown: (awful pic but I like my outfit):
Black tee, J.Crew, $8
Skirt, Ann Taylor LOFT, bday gift
Black leather boots, 6pm.com, $50 (still can't remember the brand)

Outfit breakdown:
Sweater, Lands End Canvas, $12ish?
Skirt, Pilcro via Anthropologie, bday gift
Leather boots, Christmas gift from years ago

Outfit breakdown:
Jean Jacket, Gap, years ago $?
Black dress, Lands End Canvas, $55
Necklace, NY&Co, bday gift card
Black leather boots, Target, Christmas gift two years ago

Outfit breakdown:
Same Gap Jean Jacket as above
Sweater dress, Old Navy, $8
Black leather boots, 6pm.com, $50

Outfit breakdown:
Wrap sweater, JCPenney, $15
White tee, Lands End, $4
Khaki cords, Lands End, $20ish?
Leather & Canvas Boots, Eddie Bauer, $65

Outfit breakdown:
Blue wrap jacket, Ann Taylor LOFT, Thrifted, $10
Striped dress, Lands End Canvas, $35?
Leather boots, Christmas gift years ago

Looking back at these outfits, I realized that most of them are skirts/dresses.  I have been wearing pants, but not feeling good in them so I guess I didn't take any pics of those days.  Also, sorry I can't remember all of the prices.  I have either had it for too long or have slept too much since buying it too remember.  Needless to say, we all know I bargain shop so it isn't too much either way.  Hope you enjoyed my frugal outfits! What have you been wearing?


Conversation #186: Still alive!

So basically my life has been CARAZY the last few weeks.  We have a ton going on, and we have had lots of visitors over to the house on the weekends, which is great motivation to keep moving forward on projects!  We have finished the kitchen backsplash  installed almost all of the trim (needs to still be painted), finished the built-ins, finally made new curtains, painted and set-up the guest room, and lots of caulking (we still have more to do).

I keep thinking we are almost done, but then I walk around each room and realize, "oh, we still need to caulk that, paint that, clean that, unpack that, put up curtains (make curtains first), add closet doors, patch that, and seal that."  It seems a bit never-ending, but it is also nice when we can just stop and have a relax night like we did last night.

So I have about 12 outfits to share, but I decided to bombard you with those tomorrow.  I do still get dressed most days :) Instead, I decided I would share my thoughts on a couple of movies we have seen recently.

First, Silver Linings Playbook.  I am not one of those people that tries to see all pictures nominated for Best Picture before the Oscars.  Honestly, I usually only like one or two of them anyway.  However, I LOVED this movie.  I thought it was really balanced between be honest/real but also had hope and happiness.  I call it a dark romantic comedy.  Definitely not a typical RomCom, but I laughed and teared up and was entertained.  This was actually our date for Valentine's Day, and I thought it was a great choice.

Next, Pitch Perfect.  I have to admit, I judged this movie from the outset and never planned to see it.  I thought it looked so stupid, but lately people have talked about how good and funny it was, and if a movie gets over 7.0 on IMDB, I consider it view worthy.  We watched it last night, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  As good as Silver Linings Playbook, no.  Not the same type of movie, but once I learned it was about acapella music - I was sold.  I grew up in the Church of Christ, so I have a HUGE appreciation and love for acapella music.  The Sing-Off is/was my favorite reality TV show ever (especially in the music genre).  May it in RIP - or NBC could just bring it back if they have half a brain.  Also, growing up a choir kid, I respect talent.  Singing acapella is much harder than many think.  You can hide a lot in instrumentation and effects that just aren't there in acapella music.  Therefore, I loved the movie and just wanted them to keep singing awesome arrangements.  WAY better than Glee - which just got weird for me.

We also saw ARGO a while back.  Go see it.  LOVE IT.  So good - so riveting - so informative.  I wasn't alive during the Iran hostage crisis so it was pretty much all news to me.  I knew of it vaguely, but this was well done.  The Oscars kind of messed up I think not giving it more cred.

I know I have seen some other movies lately, but I can't really remember right now.  I don't think I get enough sleep and work has been insane.  Hopefully that will be changing soon.  Anyway, I wanted to pop-in and say hi.  I'll have more updates soon!