Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Party Time!

 Tonight is my friend's 21st birthday partyyy. We're having an outside bonfire-type get together. Nothing fancy or big, just something cool to celebrate him turning another year older. I love birthdays so much! :] So anyway, this outfit is mostly in preparation for being outside for a few hours after the sun goes down. It's been in the 60s the last couple days here, though. So I've definitely been enjoying the awesome weather! It just gets pretty chilly at night. 

I like my makeup in person, but I don't think it photographed very well. That's okay, though. I got compliments at work. That's always nice. Also, these pants are awesome, but the pattern is very subtle, so here's a close up..

Outfit number 9! I'm still truckin' along.. haha. Items number 1, 11, 26, and 29.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Where Do the Hours Go?

 Happy late Thanksgiving! :]
This post was actually my plan for Wednesday night, however.. I just ran out of time. I promised to help with my aunt's dogs while she was out of town, and I was trying to get ready to go to Doug's mom's house for Thanksgiving festivities, and trying to bake a cake to take over there with us (which you will see more of in a moment..). Do other bloggers know about some extra hidden hours in the day that I'm not seeing? haha. By the time I get off of work, it would be too late for me to shower and get changed and ready and have time for me to take pictures before the sun goes down, so I apologize for the absence, I just haven't been able to find that time.. Anyway, enough complaining..

I only have two pictures of this outfit, because.. I'm not gonna lie, the across the street neighbors were in and out of their house, carrying things to and from their car, and staring me down. I am an awkward person, and I like to do things with.. not other people around... haha. So I got nervous, and said.. "Oh, this will be good enough", and went back inside. To make my cake. And clean. :]

I made a rum cake to take to Doug's mom's house, because apparently it is rude to show up without something. haha. When I had told my grandma my Thanksgiving plans.. her first words were "Well, what are you going to take with you?" I had no idea. So, we used the ol' fail safe. This is a ridiculously easy cake to make, and it requires little ingredients, really. So I thought it would be fun to document, and share the recipe with all of you. It's really great for the holidays, and although I didn't get this up in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas is right around the corner! So, here we go..
I hope you can see that first picture clearly enough. But I'll still do a quick run-down of everything. 

1 package of butter golden cake mix
1 package of instant vanilla pudding
(the recipe says you can use actual rum, but it really doesn't taste as good, so just go with this..)
1 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon of rum extract
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix all of that together until you get most of the lumps out, while also preheating your oven to 325 degrees, and greasing a Bundt pan. Pour the mixture in, and bake it for 50-60 minutes. I put mine in for 52 minutes, and it came out perfect. :]  

Then, when it is nearly done, you will make your glaze.. it requires:
1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract.
Boil that for about 3-4 minutes, and then pour over the cake after poking a bunch of little holes in the top with a toothpick to help it soak in, also.. do this pretty soon after pulling it out of the oven.
Let it cool for about 30 minutes, and then...

You have a gorgeous cake, that not one person has ever said is gross. Well, no one that I know. Unless people just think my feelings get hurt too easily to tell me the truth. But seriously, it's delicious. 

whew! So, there you have it.. you are free to cook at will, and impress important people with your amazing baking skills like I enjoy doing. :D 
And then hopefully people will bring you presents and flowers because of the love they have for your newfound baking glory!

Yes, Doug showed up with flowers. Not because of my cake though. :( He's just a really good guy. haha.
Anyway! We had a wonderful day together, being lazy, and eating way too much amazing food that his mom made, watching football, and Christmas movies.. And then we went out to see MegaMind 3D. It was an exceptional movie, I must say. So, overall a very lovely experience this year. And then right back to work today, and another double tomorrow. And I won't be off again until Thursday. I will try my best to not disappear this time, but I can't make any promises. haha.

So, if you do decide to try the rum cake recipe, let me know how it turned out!
And, I would really love to hear about everyone's Thanksgiving day festivities!
Have a good night. :]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Technicolor Dreams

 This is a pretty loud outfit, I think. But I also don't care. :] I really love color.. and tonight is that concert, and I'm so ridiculously excited. We didn't preorder tickets, though. So it better not be sold out! Ack. I'm thinking positive. It says on the venue's website that they don't allow cameras, so we'll have to see if I end up with any photos from tonight, but regardless, this is what I'm wearing.

 I'm too excited, so I don't have much to say, but that ring was another one dollar purchase.. My best friend and I both got matching ones (with different colors) as an impromptu best friend ring. I love that kind of thing. That's probably why we're best friends.. because we're both kinda corny. haha. Love you, Emiley. ;]

So anyway.. do you all have fun plans for the weekend? I'm gonna have fun tonight, but then I work a double tomorrow. :( So working all day on minimal sleep is never fun, but usually worth it. ;]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sun Worshipper.

 Today was the epitome of a beautiful autumn day. It was a tad bit chilly in the shade, but I could've laid in a sunny patch of grass for the entire afternoon if I was able to. In honor of the gorgeous weather, I decided to trek to a new location (a walking path near my house) and try out different shots using the sunlight. These are experimental pictures, so there's quite a few, and some are better than others, but it was a great way to kill an hour. :) so, without further ado.. Outfit number 6! I can't believe how far along some of you girls are. haha
 (I like how you can see the moon in this picture. Seeing the moon while the sun is up is always kinda fun for me, am I weird? lol)

 The sparrow necklace, and bangle bracelet both only cost me a dollar, and I got the multi-chain necklace on sale for about 3 bucks. :] Not too shabby.

 I have to tell you that I am EXTREMELY excited about tomorrow night, I will be going to Palladium Ballroom in Dallas to see Saves the Day, Motion City Soundtrack, and one of my absolute favorite bands... Say Anything. I've seen them once before about.. 5 years ago.. but they've since come out with a new album that I'm obsessed with, and I can't wait to hear it played live. I think Max Bemis is amazing. So anyway, I will try my best to be a good blogger, and take lots of photos, and have a concert update very soon after.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's a Boy!

 Not for me, though! I went to a friend's baby shower tonight :) It was lots of fun! We had margaritas (those of us who are not pregnant, anyway), and nachos.. and Cody made a cake called "Better Than Sex Cake" And it is. haha. We played tons of games, although I didn't win anything. :( But that's okay. I had a great time! I love baby showers. We also had 2 girls give birth to their babies within the last week, too. So I've spent lots of time at the hospital as well. haha. Babies everywhere. I'm just glad they're not mine. ;-)
 So, side note.. it is storming right now, and the power just went out. :) Thank goodness for laptop batteries lasting at least a little while longer after it's unplugged. So, I guess I will hurry this a bit. I don't have a whole lot to say about this outfit. But I really like it. And you can't tell so much in the pictures, but I have purple tights on under the black ones, so it makes a little purple glow that I really enjoy. Oh, and I found this humongous fence to stand in front of. New background! Yay! At the end of my photo session, I looked to my left and found another cool place that I will use next time. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 4 of 30. Who Needs a Fancy Title, Anyway?

 It got ridiculously cold! There were some storms in the morning, then the sun came out, then the temperature dropped about twenty degrees. Crazy! And I think it's gonna stay cold until at least Monday. Blahh.I was excited for fall weather, I am NOT excited for winter weather. But, that's life!

 My hair kept attacking my face because of the wind.. It made for a cold, frustrated Megan. But, I braved it out to get a little bit caught up on this whole 30 for 30 thing! haha. I do promise that my photos will get more interesting. I decided that if you're only going to be seeing the same 30 items for the next 30 (now twenty six) posts.. that I should start to mix up my backgrounds a little bit. I have enlisted the help of my dear Douglas to step in as photographer on the days he is able, so that I can explore Ft Worth and Dallas a little bit for some exciting new locales, and not look like a weirdo in some downtown setting with my tripod. haha.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Numero Tres.

 I just made cookies. :) To be fair, they were the alreadymadebreakthemapartandputthemonapanandbake kind of cookies. But it still counts, right? Yeah, I thought so, too. And while I'm being honest.. I don't really like these photos, either. Since the weather has been so warm still.. Our covered, wooden porch is still crawling with wasps, which are my biggest fear, and I was trying to work around them. But ya gotta do, what ya gotta do. And I feel behind a little bit, already. So here is outfit number three. And no, I did not wear it last night, and then again today to go meet my grandmother for lunch, who does that? Oh, me.

 Yes, I met my Gran ( my dad's mom) in Denton this morning to catch up a bit. We haven't seen each other in about five years, so it was really nice to get a few hours of chat time. We had a lovely time touring the UNT campus (our cousin is dean of the journalism school..which I might apply to) and then going to this neat little place off campus called Mr. Chopsticks. She's vegetarian, so I picked it out for the simple fact that they have over 20 different veg-friendly items on the menu. I had sushi. :) yummm.
 This scarf was actually cut off of a shirt (number 13 in my 30 list). But I wanted to be able to wear the shirt with other things that the scarf might not go with, so I just cut it off, and voila! Two separate items. haha Very clever, no? Now I can wear the scarf with my dress.. How awesome.

I don't have a whole lot to say about this outfit, once again. It's kind of a cop-out. haha. I'm just so scared of getting bored half-way through. That's why this is my first time doing the challenge. Next time I'll be a seasoned pro. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Keepin' it casual today. I don't want to get carried away with mixing and matching lots of stuff right away and then ending up with nothing to look forward to. Plus, it was actually pretty warm today.. so lots of layers would have been silly. :) 
 So.. this is my favorite, simple little necklace. I'm pretty sure I've already said a million times, but I got it at a festival in Grapevine, TX called Grapefest. Clever name, right? haha. It's a great place to try out tasty wines, see some awesome local art, and eat yummy carnival-style funnel cakes and what not. I got the necklace from a booth set up by the company called Tiles Across Texas. They have beautiful home decor and neat jewelry. :) Then the little heart ring came from Hot Topic. lol. I've rarely found things there that I like since my teen years have been over (except my monroe jewelry), but this was nice, and I had a gift card. The belt was thrifted.. it probably cost me a dollar.. and... I'm not wearing the boots! haha.
Oh, and the hat is Empyre, which means it probably came from Zumiez. I can't remember if I bought it, or if it was given to me. Oh well. Also, I really need to paint my nails. They've been the trendy color of chipped black for far too long. :]
I guess that's all for this post. Like the outfit, I'm keepin' it casual. Actually, I just don't have much to say. Which I think is a-okay. Good night everyone!

Monday, November 8, 2010

One Down...

 So, guess who completely disregarded the whole time change thing, until it was after 5, and was just leaving work. I walked outside and thought, "Why is it already so dar- OMG I'musedtoitnotbeinglikethisuntilSIXoclock!". That was pretty much it. So I rushed home and got changed, and didn't wash my hair (no time!). I also did not have a first outfit pre-picked(or any outfits, really). So.. this is it! hah. My yellow cardigan, lace cami, and black shorts. Oh, and the boots. I just put those on without even thinking, so part of my challenge will be working in those other 2 pairs of shoes.

 I don't know if yellow is like, supposed to be reserved for spring and summer only. But.. oh well. I just love this cardigan so much. I can't not wear it.
 I also did not have much accessory planning time, so this necklace was it. I really like the look of it, I just wish it photographed better. It's really just a bunch of random charms.. a swallow, a key, a couple heart shaped pieces, a couple of black (plastic) stones, and a locket. Which does not have a picture inside, in case you were wondering.

Random note: I really love Man V. Food. I don't know why, but this show is so addicting.
Alright, maybe I should get some sort of game plan going for my next 29 days.. yeah, that sounds like a good idea! But first, I'm going to check out some other ladies' first day of their remix. If you're interested here is a link list of everyone who is participating. :) Have a good night!