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Six Things I Love Sunday: July 1

Wow, it’s nice to be back in the blogosphere! No, I haven’t died and miraculously rose from the  grave in order to do Six Things Sunday.  My computer has actually been broken, thanks to a certain dog who fell off my bed onto my laptop.  Yep, that happened.  So, I’m borrowing a friend’s computer right now to get some homework done and the like, and I figured I might as well quick do this blog post since it’s been so long!

 

1. Victoria’s Secret Voluptuous Volume Mascara

Why? Strangely enough, this is my favorite mascara.  I know a lot of people have their favorite cosmetic brands, such as Revlon or Neutrogena, but I like to pick and choose my favorites from a bunch of different brands.  I ended up trying this because I had a free coupon of some sort, and now I’m obsessed.  No mascara has ever made my lashes look this good.

 

2. Asymmetrical Dresses

Why? For some reason, I am in love with this style for the summer.  I have too many dresses to count that have this asymmetrical hem, and I think it’s just such a fun and flirty way to switch up your style.  I know a lot of people who either love or hate the trend, so I’m interested to hear what you guys think!

 

3. Air Conditioning

Me. If I was Asian and in a stock photo.

Why? This is a no brainer, but the last few days in Wisconsin have been HOT.  And I don’t mean 80 degrees and sunny.  I mean 105 degrees and can’t leave the house because it’s so humid and nasty outside.  Thankfully, I live in a house that has been blessed with air conditioning, and I have been cranking that baby up in the last few days.  I have been selfishly wondering what people back in the olden days did without temperature control.  I hope I never have to find out.

 

4. Autumn

Why? Feeding off of my last favorite thing, I hate the heat.  I would be perfectly happy with the weather being a steady 65 degrees year round.  Unfortunately I live in a state with four seasons, so I only get that temperature for half the year.  Most people up here love summer because of the brutally cold winter months we undergo, but I embrace the cold.  If I had it my way, it would be autumn always.  I love the chill in the air, the reds and yellows in the trees, the crunch of leaves underneath your feet.  I love that winter is just around the corner, which means cozying up under blankets and frolicking in the snow.  Alright, this is starting to sound cliche.  Mostly, I love autumn, and I can’t wait for summer to be over.

 

5. Summerfest

Yes, it really is that crowded.

Why? I’m assuming a lot of you don’t know what Summerfest is, and you are missing out.  Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival, taking place in Milwaukee every year.  Basically, for eleven days, everyone gets drunk and parties and listens to music all day long.  It’s seriously the best place to be, and I’m going tonight to see Brantley Gilbert.  There’s over a million people that show up every single year, with over 700 bands playing each year.  If you love music, you need to put this glorious festival on your bucket list.

 

6. Sister Wives

Why? This show has become my guilty pleasure.  Everyone loves watching things that are unfamiliar to us; it’s human nature to be curious, after all.  So when I first heard about this show, I knew I had to check it out.  Basically, the Browns are a polygamous family, made up with four wives (hence, Sister Wives), and one husband.  I love watching them interact and learning their story and how they live.  They receive so much criticism for their lifestyle, but they’re just trying to live a normal life like the rest of us.  I really recommend that everyone watches this show at least once, because it is such an eye-opening experience.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Holly, not Hollie

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Six Things I Love Sunday: May 20

1. Anthropologie

Why? This is one thing I really shouldn’t be loving.  It makes me sick thinking that I willingly spent $78 on a lacy tank top.  NO ONE needs to be spending that kind of money on something so simple.  But with housewares, trinkets, and clothing so cute, how do you possibly resist?  I know I can’t.

 

2. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Why? I had heard of Jaycee’s story before I knew she had a book.  Abducted in 1991 at the age of eleven, Jaycee spent eighteen years living with her captors before she was finally rescued.  This book is written autobiographically and the majority of it is about her time spent living in the backyard of Phillip and Nancy Gariddo, her kidnappers.  Dugard is not a writer by any means, but if you can look past her simplistic writing style, her story is truly amazing.

 

3. Rainy days

Why? To me, there is nothing more calming than laying in bed, reading a book, and hearing the rain pour onto the roof.  I’m not a huge fan of thunderstorms, but rain itself is one of the most exquisite things, in my book.  I especially welcome the rain in the summer.  It gives me a nice break from the heat, since my house is rarely air conditioned.

 

4. Organization/Order

What I wouldn’t give.

Why? Living with my boyfriend, it is often difficult for me to put things in their places and keep them there.  Nearly everyday, I find myself cleaning my room, putting controllers, colognes, books, what have you back in their proper place, only to realize that everything is in complete disarray by bedtime.  I have tried countless times to force my boyfriend to clean up after himself, and he typically obliges for a day or two and then it all goes to hell again.  So, for those rare few days where everything is in its place, I find myself really savoring the organization.  It also doesn’t help that I have way too many things for way too little of a space, so my room tends to look cluttered very quickly.  I suppose I could always get rid of some stuff, but I don’t think I could truly embrace the minimalist lifestyle.

 

5. Survivor

Why? When it comes to TV, there are two categories that trump all others for me: reality and game shows.  Needless to say, this is why I love all things Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc.  The most recent season of Survivor just ended on Wednesday, and I’m a little bit heartbroken.  I love nothing more than watching people compete in challenges and the like, so I’m kind of wondering what to do with myself TV-wise until another season comes along.

 

6. Payless

Just bought these a few days ago. Too cute.

Why? Call me cheap, but I love a good deal.  That’s why I love Payless.  I’m really not a shoe person, but Payless gets me every time.  I always find something cute there, and I never pay more than I think something’s worth.  Plus, I think I can afford to be a little frugal at times, especially when I’m buying $80 tanks.

What are you guys loving right now?

Holly, not Hollie

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Day 2 of P90X: P is for Plyometrics

P is also for pathetic, which is the best way to describe my boyfriend and I today during out exercises.

Let me put it this way: we didn’t even make it through the whole workout.

Before today, I hadn’t the slightest idea what plyometrics was.  Apparently it involves a lot of jumping, squatting, and sweating, at least in my case.  Not necessarily something that’s good for someone with a bad knee, but it turns out that my knee was the least of my problems.  My quads and hamstrings started seizing up halfway through the workout, so I had to stop.  Now, it’s all I can do to get out of bed without groaning in pain.

I thought yesterday’s arms and chest workout was bad, but that was nothing compared to today.

Tony Horton, you will be the death of me.

Tomorrow is shoulders and arms.  Sounds like more pull ups and pushups like yesterday.  Oh joy. Wish me luck.

Holly, not Hollie

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Day One of P90X

There is only one way to describe the first day of P90X: a struggle.  It hurts to even lift my arms to the laptop to type this post, so I can only imagine how I’ll feel come the morning.  My boyfriend and I did the 60 minute chest and arms workout, and collapsed on the floor full of relief when it was over, only to realize that the DVD kept going and we still had 15 minutes of the Ab Ripper to do.  We made it through about eight minutes then called it quits.

As painful as the workouts were, I’m still excited to be doing this program.  Normally after a workout I’m ready to commit myself to a life on the couch eating potato chips by the bag, but not today.  My motivation is high, and it helps that I wrote down all my  measurements and weighed myself beforehand.  Seeing those numbers everyday will help keep me motivated to eat right, work through the program, and hopefully lead a healthier lifestyle from here on out.

Now, I have to finish my 12 page paper and I have a date with my hot tub later.  Hope you all had a great Sunday!

Holly, not Hollie

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Tomorrow is the Day!

This morning I was super excited to walk downstairs and find this waiting for me.

I was actually pretty surprised to see that it had come so quickly, especially because fedex.com was telling me not to expect it until Wednesday.  Thankfully, it came today, so I can get my week started off right tomorrow by enduring my very first P90X session.

As you can see, the box came with waaay more stuff than I thought it would.  I assumed it would just be the DVDs, but it came with nutrition and fitness guides, a quick start guide, and a calendar to track your progress.  I’m definitely going to be using the nutrition guide and calendar, because I want to do this right.  Too often have I started and stopped a diet just because I have one off day and everything goes to hell after that.  Not this time.  Not only do I want to do well with this program, but I need to do well.  I paid $140 bucks for this thing, and I’m sure as hell not going to let that go to waste.

That brings me to another point.  You would think that since I paid enough money to have bought about four pairs of jeans at American Eagle, they would include absolutely everything I need to succeed with this program.  But no.  Apparently to do some of the workouts, I have to go out and buy a pull up bar and resistance bands.  Okay, I realize that buying these things probably doesn’t cost much, but I’m a poor college student!  That $140 bucks could have fed me for three weeks!  I paid $140 bucks expecting that it would include everything I needed, and to find out that after dropping that much cash they expect you to buy more, it kind of pisses me off.  Am I alone in this?  Or is it common knowledge that they don’t send you everything and I just missed the memo?

Alright, that was my rant for the day.  I really am excited to start the program tomorrow.  I’m just hoping that half of the workouts don’t require this extra exercise equipment, because my bank account can’t handle any more abuse for awhile.

Holly, not Hollie

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Jumping on the P90X Bandwagon

Yesterday, I finally decided to do something with my exercise-life.  I’ve been consistently walking mine and my neighbor’s dogs for the past few days, and when I came home last night, I said to my boyfriend, “Let’s order P90X.”

For those of you who don’t know what P90X is, it’s a workout program through which you follow along on DVDs.  The program is ninety days long, hence, P90X.  Supposedly, you’re supposed to get ripped as f**k.  I’ve had a few friends who have tried it, and although they didn’t finish the whole ninety days, I could definitely tell that they had lost weight and it was working for them.

The reason I’m posting about this is because I’m curious if any of you guys have tried it, specifically, females.  My friends that have used it are all males, so I don’t really have a female opinion to go with.  I suppose I should have asked this before I paid the $140 to get it, but I’ve been known for being a bit impulsive.  Thankfully, I didn’t regret the purchase when I woke up this morning, which is more than I can say for a lot of other things I buy.

So, once again. What are your thoughts on P90X?  Have you tried it? Tell me!

Holly, not Hollie

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Spending Money Like It’s Going Out of Style

There is no other way to describe the last few days other than expensive.  Luckily for me, it was much more expensive for my boyfriend than for me.  As I mentioned in my last post, the boyfriend was going to take me shopping for my birthday instead of getting me a traditional gift.  The whole excursion took roughly three hours, and thankfully my boyfriend had his friend S along for the ride.  Nothing like discussing video games with your best friend while your girlfriend blows your bank account.  I ended up buying from H&M, Express, American Eagle, The Gap, and Charlotte Russe.  Warning: you are about to witness the aftermath of a dress-oholic.

So, without further ado, my haul.

H&M, $12.95 apiece

This was one of the first things I bought.  Overall, just two simple, solid-colored dresses.  I thought they’d be cute for day or night, so I ended up getting them in both orange and black.

H&M, $17.95

I’m usually not a big floral girl, but this dress was just calling my name.  I love how light and flawy it is, and I’ve always loved the high-waisted skirt look.  In fact, I have two other dresses very similar to this one.  Not as if I needed another, but when in Rome, right?

H&M, $12.95

This is by far my favorite dress out of the ones I bought.  I love the bohemian feel, along with the little braided belt that came with it.  Also, I think it highlights my curves without making me look fat, which is always a bonus.

Marshall’s, $29.99

For some reason, I have an obsession with white dresses.  Half of the dress collection I have is white.  To me, there’s just something so summery and beautiful about a white dress.  Hence, this lacy number.  This is the first one-shoulder dress that I’ve bought, and I was pretty happy with the price.  Usually Marshall’s requires a little bit of digging to find something lovely, and I’m glad I had the patience to find this.

Express, $59.90

To be completely honest, I’m still on the fence about this one.  I ended up getting it for 45% off because the store was running their 30% off sale, plus I had a coupon, so I don’t really feel guilty about buying it.  When I first tried it on, I thought it was cute and unique, but now the more I look at it the more I wonder what I was thinking.  What’s your opinion?

Express, $69.90

I’m pretty in love with this dress.  I love the cinched waist, and the little bit of leopard print adds a little bit of fun to a dress that might otherwise be considered stuffy.

Gap, $12.95

I really love this top.  It’s pretty casual, but that suits my lifestyle because nine times out of ten, I’m doing casual things.  It was originally around $40, but it was on sale for the above price, so I had to snatch it up.

Charlotte Russe, $5 apiece

Do you remember those sandals I bought from Charlotte Russe about a month ago?  Those cute ones with the orange beads?  Yeah, well, they broke.  One hour into wearing them, half of the beads fell off all over the pavement.  Needless to say, I decided to return them.  The employees gave me a really hard time about wearing them, even after I showed them the bottom of the shoes to prove that I hadn’t even gotten a chance to break them in.  Eventually, they agreed to give me a $10 store credit (even though the shoes were $34.95.  Yeah, I was kind of pissed.).  Since I couldn’t buy anything substantial with that amount of money, I took advantage of their $5 accessories sale and bought myself some bracelets and a new belt, in an attempt to make an effort to accessorize.

American Eagle, $34.95

I thought these were really cute, and I love the little silver detail and the braids.  However, I have tons of sandals.  Like, way too many.  These were kind of an impulse buy, so I’m debating returning them for something more practical, because realistically, these will get worn probably three times all summer since I have so many pairs already.

Whew!  That was exhausting.  Now, I’m off to find something to wear for dinner and drinks tonight with the girls.  It’s a little chilly, so I might have to forgo the dresses tonight.  Hope you’re all having a great week, and only one more day until the weekend!

Holly, not Hollie

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Macbook Pro vs. Macbook Air?

I am fortunate enough to be receiving a new computer for my birthday in five (FIVE!!) days, which will include my mom taking me to the Apple store to pick out either a Macbook Pro or Air, since my Dell laptop has gone to crap over the last four years.

How I feel about half the time.

The only problem with this is that I have hardly any knowledge of Apple.  My experience with the company consists of owning an iPod Touch, and that’s about it.  My brother recently bought a Macbook Pro, and he says he likes it, but when I’ve searched reviews online, I get everything from, “The Pro is heavy and cheap-looking compared to the Air” to “The Air is too small and has hardly any storage.”

So, I’ve decided to ask the blogging community for a little bit of help.  I’m assuming a lot of you guys have Macs, or know more about them than I do.  So, I ask you.  Which Mac should I get, Pro or Air?  And why? I will primarily be using my laptop for school and entertainment, so if that factors into anything, there you go.

Holly, not Hollie

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