Fresh Off The Rack

I stood in Zara for about an hour trying to decide if I should get this light-weight blazer(the fit was a little weird).  I tried it on about 5 times.  Finally one of the saleswomen came up to me and told me to get it already.  Sometimes you need a little push.

I’d been stalking this skirt online.

Glad to see summery nail colors in stores again. I got this one from Wal-mart. It reminded me of a favorite MAC shade that, sadly, was discontinued.

Closet Confessions + Meeting “The Amandas”

Here’s a confession.  My closet is deplorable.  It is the closet of my childhood.  No decent woman should be forced to cram her most valued garments onto a single closet rail.  However the allure of a rent free existence (thanks parents) convinced me to settle for this teeny weeny closet of yesteryear.  Take a look and please, no judgement!

See those wicker baskets?  Those hold old toys.  Did I mention I’m a budding hoarder?

Notice how the overflow clothes are placed in the space between shoe boxes.

So what to do?  My first solution was to purchase a garment rack to house my newest clothes that I don’t want squeezed into my closet vice.  It doesn’t really have a place in my room but it makes me feel better and more organized.

My new garment rack

Then I met this woman….

Star of The Style Network’s show “The Amandas” and professional organizer, Amanda LeBlanc, hosted a meet and greet at Lovoy’s in Homewood’s SoHo Square.  I came armed with a picture of my closet catastrophe and she was ready to offer some advice (without blinking an eye at the atrocity).  Amanda and her team have done some MAJOR transformations on celebrity homes but she says it doesn’t take  big bucks to de-clutter your space.  LeBlanc told me she was familiar with my plight because her daughter’s closet, at one time, also only had a single rail.  She suggested I simply add a second rail (an affordable solution) and then consider additional shelving in the space the rail creates.

And here’s what LeBlanc had to say about how organization can effect your well being:

“If you have everything pretty and have, say, a cute light fixture in your closet and your bed is made , you’re going to come in your space so much better.  You’re going to get excited to get up and get dressed and when you feel that way you’re going to spread that energy.”

Hey, I’ll try anything that get’s me excited to go to work at 4 AM everyday!

My friend Marlania joined me for the event.  She is a big fan of “The Amandas.”

Just as the meet and greet was wrapping up I spotted a woman wearing a lust worthy electric green/yellow blazer from Zara that I talked myself out of buying because I already have something too similar.  We ended up venting to each other about Zara’s inconsistent sizes. I swear I run from small to extra large at that store.

Jeana Lee and her highlighter blazer. Love.

I’m going to start pricing some rails for my closet and try to work on my little hoarding problem while I’m at it.  What part of your room/home would you like to reorganize?

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Just Like A Baby Bird

My co-workers and I have, for a few weeks now, had a running conversation about former Blossom star, Mayim Bialik’s choice to use attachment parenting and elimination communication to potty train her children. Then posted this video which took “eccentric” parenting to another level:

The video shows actress Alicia Silverstone eating food from a bowl, chewing it up and feeding it to her son directly from her mouth.    She says this exchange between mother and child is a favorite of hers and her sons.

Mom and “Mad Men” star, January Jones has her own favorite eating practice.  She revealed recently that since her son’s birth she’s been taking pills made from her dehydrated placenta.  According to a article by Sarah Weir there is little scientific evidence to back the benefits of eating your afterbirth but advocates say ingesting placenta can help with postpartum depression and breast milk production.  And there isn’t just one way to consume placenta.  Other options include roasted placenta, placenta spaghetti, and placenta pizza.  Yum! Yum!

What do you think of these parenting techniques? Are they weird or is there some real basis to what these ladies are doing?

Chile Salt And Cheesy Movies

Before I made it to the Odd Future concert Sunday night I spent the day with one of my best friends and her boyfriend.  We started off by heading to a Mexican restaurant on Highland Ave called Escorpion.  I ordered grilled corn on the cob, slathered with mayo and cheese, and a fried tilapia taco.  I figured if I was going to eat bad I should at least eat small(ish).  Escorpion is also a tequila bar and has a wide variety of cocktails.  I can’t remember the exact name of the drink I went with but it had the word frutas in it and chile salt on one side of the rim which I bypassed!

After brunch we headed to Piedmont Park.  Mark recently suffered an injury and has been reduced to one leg.  He has this little contraption to help him get around.  Watching him cross the street on it was just a little bit humorous.

Mark rolling

The Atlanta Film Festival was our next stop.

We went to see “My Last day Without You.”  Here’s a synopsis from the movie’s website:

“On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he’s never experienced before.”

And the trailer:

I really wanted to love the movie but it fell short for me.  The plot was okay but a bit far fetched in many places and there were several side stories that were unnecessary. Also the pace was off.  I felt the movie dragging a lot.  The best part was the original music which, because of the leading lady, played a major role in the film.

Our final stop was a bar called Diesel where we indulged in mini corndogs, fries and empenadas.

I had such a great time with these two.