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Fashion Find Friday: VS Semi Annual Sale

Happy Friday friends! Week 3 on the prowl and its getting hard to tell the difference between the days of the week. But my calendar assures me it is Friday and I am long overdue on covering a fashion find. Recently I was at the mall and noticed the large signs in the Victoria's Secret windows indicating the semi annual sale and decided to pop in. 
I have not shopped at Victoria's Secret in years, but I used to be obsessed with the semi annual sales. The sad fact of the matter is I've been rotating a small collection of the most practical but most boring looking bras for months now and I needed a pick me up ( both literal and metaphorically). Of all the things women buy I feel bras are the most misunderstood by menfolk. Even on sale they are pricey - the average semi annual sale bra is $34.99! They also become less sturdy over time so unlike lilly or other clothes they have a legit need to be replaced on a regular basis. Lucky for me the good folks at Victoria's Secret a…

Girls

Every night I watch the previous evening's episode of the Colbert report, check emails and social media and snuggle with my dogs. As I do so tonight I am stuck by how each girl has her own very unique personality. 
Haley is the oldest and turned 7 in March. 


Yes, she only has one eye and was adopted in that condition. Her adoption day was earlier this month and we've been together 5 years - giving her the honor of being my longest relationship. Haley is by far the most loyal dog I have ever met. Of the two she is always filled with more excitement when I return home be it from a long day at work or a quick trip to my car. Haley has assigned herself the role of protector of the home but more in particular of me. It does not matter that for 5 years, six times a week the mail is delivered around the same time she simply does not like that mailman one bit and doesn't trust him. Haley has the bark of and will throw herself against the window in such a manner that people have thou…

Not a $40 date

Earlier this month Shaun and I celebrated our one year anniversary. (Pause for collective awwww) 
As if having an anniversary wasn't special enough Shaun made it more so by scoring us reservations at Restaurant Iris - which for non Memphians is the consistently ranked #1 , turned away Tony Parker bc it takes 6 weeks to get a reservation, restaurant in town. Needless to say I was pretty excited. Because of the time involved Iris only offers its 5-course menu on week nights, ordering off the regular menu is of course allowed on any night. Luckily our actual anniversary fell on a Monday. We arrived right at our reservation time and were taken to our table, decorated for the ocassion: 


Iris has quickly become THE special ocassion spot in town as evidenced by the five other tables decorated for celebrations that night. It was also full on a Monday, which really never happens in Memphis. 
We informed our waitress we wanted to do the five course tasting menu. I did a wine paring with mine a…

Saving the city of Memphis one cocktail at a time

When I was fresh out of college I lived with my dad and thus ALL of my income was disposable / paying off credit cards. Looking back and seeing how much my household expenses and student loans cost I'm pretty mad at myself. During this time I spent a lot of money socializing - A LOT. At least a lot of my social events were for a good cause, ie fundraiser events. I'm all about charity but a 23 year old with a salary in the 30s really has no business attending $50 to $100 ticket events on a weekly basis. Oh but I did and my dad used to say I was "saving the city of Memphis one cocktail at a time" in reference to the fact that most of these fundraisers were essentially cocktail parties. 
As I've gotten a little older and a little more fiscally responsible I still enjoy these events but I am much more selective about the ones I will attend. I've also come to appreciate how an unrestricted gift of $50 does more for an organization than a $100 event ticket and learn…

Hunting

Hey y'all! Long time no blog. It hasn't been that long but Im sorry it has been a minute, I've been a bit distracted this month. On May 30th my finance position was eliminated putting me on the job market hunting for a new job. Afternoon teas and lilly clothes don't pay for themselves! But seriously, I like working - for the most part. 
I've been asked a lot about my job hunt strategies and since that is what my life is all about right now it seems like a good time to share here. In a way it was a bit of a relief because it's stressful to be sneaky while searching - but if you currently have a job do not resign to search, you're just going to have to suck it up and have little free time for a while. I'm always surprised when people tell me they are looking for a new job and this consists of meeting with a recruiter and putting out a few applications on their own. Folks, to find a job you should treat your hunt like a job - this means spending hours a day…