Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dancing Shoes and Kitchen Pants

1. I am obsessed with this song right now.

The video is odd, but the song is awesome. Like all my good songs lately, I discovered it when my teacher played it in barre class, and I am powerless not to start dancing at the 1:17 mark (or really, from the beginning) and I have boogied around my office and house for the last two days. Tonight, in a fit of particularly exuberant dancing, I made Cora cry. When I asked her what was wrong, Claire said "It's not good when you move like that Mommy."

2. Do we like these shoes?

I need some casual weekend boots to wear this fall/winter with skinny jeans and leggings and I am flummoxed by the varieties before me. Every winter I wonder what I put on my feet the winter before and every winter I somehow muddle through with a bunch of dressy boots, sandals that make my feet cold, and casual ugly shoes from the Chicago snow days. No more! I will find a pair of weekend shoes no matter how many pinterest slide shows I have to look at (casual wear confuses me and I have to make sure I'm doing it right; I'm just not naturally fluent in the language of layering) or how many pairs of booties I have to order and return to DSW, I will figure this out and 2014-2015 will be a time of comfort and cuteness and layers.

3. Has anyone tried fabletics? A woman in my barre class got something from there and said it was great quality and the prices are excellent. They sell things individually or in "outfits" and each 2-3 piece ensemble is about $50, which is pretty great if the quality is good. I'm definitely intrigued. I think I need a reward for going to all the 6:15 a.m. barre classes and I adore this top:

I'm a sucker for criss-crossing in the back and they have lots of other great tops and pants as well. I'm currently obsessed with a pair of herringbone pants at Lululemon that fit like a dream and took all my strength to leave in the dressing room, so I need a reason to divert my exercise treat dollars elsewhere because they are way too expensive and technically everything about that company annoys me. I hate that their Wunder Under Pants are basically my exercise soul mates. Nothing has ever fit me better, but at $92 a pop, I'm always looking to cheat on them. 

4. We picked out the granite for our kitchen today! Very fun. It's actually marble, but it's beautiful. Now we have appliances ordered, cabinets designed, granite to-be-cut, a faucet, sink, and pendant lights already stacked in my living room- this is HAPPENING! I just need to pick out our flooring and backsplash once I have a granite sample in my hand. We stopped at the tile store and while I narrowed my 8,000 options (no exaggeration, overwhelming), I can't pick one until I can hold my counter top sample up to it. But still, so excited! I really can't wait to cook and see the kids at the same time. Kitchen renovations- I'm doing it for the children. Updated pictures of our choices soon!

5. My girls weekend + morning barre class + mother f-ing SUPERMOON that kept my bedroom lit up like daytime all Tuesday night finally added up to an unconscious me for 8 hours last night. Like maybe actually unconscious. I have no memory of falling asleep and I woke up at 8:05 a.m., a full hour after I had planned to leave for work, to an empty house and no understanding of what day it was. JP had left with the kids for school and it took many viewings of my cell phone to convince myself it was Thursday and I very much needed to be OUT of bed. When JP got back I asked him why he didn't wake me up and he said he tried, and each kid hugged me, and after making sure I was breathing they gave up and left. Turns out, I do have a wall when it comes to too little sleep and I hit it last night. Those skylights seem like such a fun architectural detail until the moon grows 10 sizes and beams itself into your bedroom and you fall asleep 2 hours before your exercise class is going to start.

And now it's 7.25 hours before my class is going to start tomorrow, so I should probably head to bed to dream strange things about granite and casual booties.


  1. That song IS fun! I can't wait until I am one baby lighter and able to have mini dance parties again. My current song obsession is "All about that bass" - don't know the name of the signer. But it's sooo addicting.

    I'm so jealous of your kitchen remodel. I was promised a mini remodel this summer and it never happened. I have, hands down, one of the ugliest kitchens in America. I keep thinking that someday I will live in a pretty, cozy home....ugh. For now the kitchen will have to wait while I try to figure out how to put three kids, their beds, and all their crap in one tiny bedroom.

  2. I haven't tried Fabletics but another blogger that I read mentions it frequently. This link should take you to all her posts with the Fabletics tag, so you can review her comments about it.

  3. Yes!! So helpful. Except that now I want to buy ALL the fabletics things. Maybe this will serve double-duty and help with my layering casual wear issues too. Right? Definitely a double value-add.

  4. Long time "lurker" here :) Just wanted to tell you I love reading your blog and love your writing and humor! I live in Dallas with my little family, so I like hearing about places I need to try in the DFW area or further, like Palo Duro Canyon!! Do you mind sharing where you take your barre classes?? I would love to try it, if there's one in my neck of the woods! Thanks for sharing your life with us :)

  5. So, I've gotten one outfit from fabletics. I like the head band and Tshirt. The shirt is largely cotton and soft. The capris are ok. I wear them to Bar. They are compressive, comfortable, but not lulu. The fabric isn't itchy but feels synthetic. It's hard to describe. Where lululemon fabrics are soft, smooth usually, this fabric is not. I'll still wear it to Bar, will probably order 1-2 outfits a year if something catches my eye, but I won't stalk the website like I do with lululemon and Athletica. My 2 cents.