Friday, September 04, 2015

colder weather

I totally wore this dress on the same day last year (See)!

[Dress: Loft, Jacket: Target, Shoes: Blues&Shoes, Earrings: Forever 21, Bracelets: Forever 21]

Happy Friday y'all! This weekend is Kim's birthday so we're all going to the beach for a last summer hoorah before colder weather and new chapters. Y'all Kim is moving in 2 months. Seriously, this is going to be a tough one for me. She's been my rock over the last 3 years and truly become family. It started sinking in for me yesterday when I mentioned it so nonchalantly. I think in this life you get so anxious for orders, to actually have that piece of paper that allows you to feel like you have the slightest bit of control that you forget to remember that your world is about to be shaken a bit.

I was talking to my husband about how much of a mess that "see ya later" moment is going to be and he informed me that he is planning on being a city away (at least) for that meltdown. Ha! I don't blame him.

For her birthday I got her one of these adorable wine glasses? An ode to the organized, type A, plans on plans on plans kind of people that Kim and I both are.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Pad Thai : Please Try

You guysssssss! Let me simply just say....PLEASE TRY THIS RECIPE! 
I promise, this is for your own good, I am looking out for your best interest. Really!

Forgive me for the picture quality, the photos are from my iPhone. I wanted to get back to stuffing my face so I snapped these really quick.
What you need:
2tbsp soy sauce (low sodium)
1tbsp honey
1tbsp white wine vinegar 
1tbsp grapeseed oil
3tbsp minced garlic
1tbsp dried cilantro
pepper to taste
1lb flank steak

Combine all ingredients (minus steak) together until well mixed. Add flank steak and marinate for 2 hours. 
Heat pan on med-high with 1tbsp of grapeseed oil and sear steak for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer steak (and juices) to an oven set to 400 and bake 8-10 minutes (depending on thickness of steak). Allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into thin square pieces. Set to side.

Pad Thai 
What you need:
1tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 cup of green onions
2tbsp minced garlic
2 carrots - shaved using a vegetable peeler
2 green bell peppers - cut into thin slices
1 egg
1 1/2tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2tbps white wine vinegar
1 1/2tbsp soy sauce (low sodium) 
1 1/2tbsp maple syrup
3 cups of whole wheat pasta (cooked according to directions on box) 
1lb cooked flank steak
1/4 cup of peanuts
1 lime cut into slices

Mix brown sugar, white wine vinegar, soy sauce,and maple syrup in a small bowl at set aside.
Heat wok with grapeseed oil and garlic over medium heat until garlic begins to brown. Add carrots and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add egg and mix to scramble. Add mixed sauce and stir. Add noodles, steak, green onions, and peanuts and cook until warm.
Serve with lime slice! 
It is SOOOOOOOOO good y'all! I reminds me of one of my favorite restaurants in Wilmington, takes me back. Try it!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I'm gonna pop some tags...

If you've been around this blog for a bit you know that I am an online shopping junkie. For whatever reason I prefer it to going to the store. And the second I discovered Amazon Prime it was all over, I never turned back. 

I even order our toilet paper and paper towels in bulk from there. I know, it sounds ridiculous...

But when your other half is gone you lose a set of hands. 
And multiple trips up and down the stairs after trips to the grocery was a little annoying, especially when you're alone, so I started having bulking items like toilet paper delivered to our door. My intentions at first were totally lazy, but it's actually pretty convenient and cheaper.

Seriously though, this has NOTHING to do with toilet paper, I just got side tracked for a second.

I just discovered ThredUp
Have you heard of it? Of course you probably have. 
But if you haven't, ThredUp is a consignment store that you can shop at the comfort of your own home.

A couple of the girls and I are going to Temecula in a few weekends and I wanted a new dress and happened to stumble on ThredUp.
Scoring quality pieces for affordable prices? I'm hooked!

I ended up with this Robbi & Nikki dress for Temecula.
 While looking at dresses, I ran across this Anthropologie sweater that I couldn't resist, it looked like a piece of art.

Here's a few other pieces I liked:
I am regretting not getting this Zara dress. How perfect would this be for fall?

I loved this girly, Stile Benetton dress. It was snatched up before I could put it in my cart.
American Eagle
You do have to spend time searching, like you would at any consignment or thrift store, but this website has some gems!
Also, 40% off new customers [here]!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Motivation

I could not help myself this week! 

Some friends and I were recently having a conversation about the lines between our eyebrows.

Just saying....botox should be covered by insurance when it comes to migraines and those of us cursed with RBF (resting bitch face).
So maybe it's not motivating, but it's a laugh. Sometimes a little humor is what you need to start your week.

Friday, August 28, 2015

on repeat...

Happy Friday y'all! Do you have anything planned this weekend? It's going to be pretty low key around here filled with hours at the pool and a few phone chats with my sweetie (I hope). 

My momma texted me this morning and asked me to listen to this song my aunt sent her. It's a Darius Rucker song so before it started I knew I would love it, but they said it reminded them of me.

"She grew up on muddy water, southern style."

Plus, my pineapple water fountain makes an appearance!
From Carolina to California, I will always be southern style.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

paired up

Guyssssss! It rained on Tuesday and there was a beautiful cool breeze throughout the house, I had to throw on a sweater. I'm just saying a few more of these days and I won't be able to help myself, I'll have to pull out my autumn wreath. I am really trying to hold off until after labor day, but the crisp air had me piecing together some fall looks with items I currently have in my wardrobe. Of course yesterday it was so hot, I felt like a sticky bun - obviously summer isn't going anywhere. A girl can still dream of sweater weather, right? Light sweater weather that is, let's not get crazy with the snow.

Either way! Here are a few things I have paired up for fall...
Striped Tee - JCrew
Surfboard Sweater - JCrew
Pink Jumper - Forever 21

Last but not least, these cuties!! One on every color please!
Can't wait to accessorize and wear these looks this autumn.
Any time I pair something, I keep the items together in my closet until I wear them. It's perfect for when I need a little inspirational push; "present Jordan just thinking about future Jordan." 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

missing you

A few months ago I was at a party and in the midst of conversation this quote came up....
I remember when my [now] husband was at TBS and I still lived in Charlotte I missed him so much. At that point we had never gone through the separation of deployment and sometimes I felt like my emotions couldn't be validated because I hadn't gone through what other spouses had. Looking back on it now, I've come to the conclusion that when it comes to separation, I miss my husband the same whether he is gone for a couple of weeks or a year. Obviously, something as long term as a deployment presents many many many other challenges, but when it comes to missing the person you love there is no time that dictates when you can "officially miss someone."

A couple of minutes into the conversation, someone at the party then made the joke about how a two week field op is almost like a vacation. I completely understand there is a point of comfortably and acceptance when it comes field ops and small separations in the military community. However  whether a part of the military community or not, wishing for or joking about a separation being a vacation, breaks my heart.

Listen, if there is anything I have learned in the military world, it's that marriages come in all forms. However, after experiencing the many different forms of separation that we have up to this point, and watching my parents have to live a part for the last few years, I hope to never wish for a separation and miss him whether it be two days or two years. Shooting down those who miss their loved ones and cherish that time together doesn't seem like the problem, it's the alternative that concerns me.