Monday, January 27, 2014

RIP Tab, Hello Nexus

No sooner had I bragged about my 2 year love affair with my Galaxy Tab 7.7 than the unthinkable happened.As I attempted to zip some files my Tab ran out of memory, shut down and then refused to to turn back on even after trying to do a hard reset via buttons. Without panicking I decided to look at the available 7 inch options on the market and quickly landed on the Nexus 7. The main selling points for me were:

  • I remember how much I loved my Nexus One back in 2010.
  • Nexus devices are pretty quick with updates (more on this in a bit)
  • Wireless charging. I really want this on my tablet.
  • Smaller size. After my time with the Note 8 I decided smaller is better. 
  • Weight: 
So, with that I picked an unlocked one up and popped my sim card into it and was excited to find it immediately picked up Verizon service. I splurged on $50 for a wireless charger and have been quite pleased with how it works. I miss my Tab 7.7 for nostalgic reasons but I'm excited with my new Nexus 7. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Semi-Cute Fashion Fail

I'll just state the obvious: my skirt totally killed my outfit's buzz. It all started with the best of intentions- the color scheme would be a modern interpretation of camo, and the Lane Bryant jacket had a vaguely safari cut. But this LB skirt-ugh!- it makes me so annoyed! It's an odd weave that generally rides up, bunches and the randomly clings in the weirdest places. There is also a HUGE vent in the back and I am sure that anyone with the inclination could have a clear view of my underwear just by standing behind me. I do like the cream tank paired with the tan jacket and next time I will try this with a brown skirt. I might just have to let this olive number go to Goodwill once and for all.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How Chromecast cost Amazon my Video Purchases

For years I've been waiting for Amazon to release an instant video app for my mobile device. I have patiently continued to make all my video purchases through Amazon expecting that one day this wish would be fulfilled. However, a few weeks ago I finally decided to get a Chromecast. The decision was driven mainly by the fact that my Roku box still would not allow me to stream HBO Go (via DirectTV). So, I picked up the $35 convenience and suddenly a whole new world opened up and I suddenly realized that if I made my video purchases through Google Play Movies I would also have the option to view them on my mobile tech. With that I have stopped purchasing via Amazon Video and instead will be making all future video purchases through Google Play Video. Sorry Amazon :(

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scents of the Season

For 2014 I've narrowed down my go-to scents:

Dolce & Gabbana: The One
Fendi: Fan Di Fendi
Chloe: Love, Chloe
Yves Saint Laurent: Paris

Of course, I have several more scents than this on display above but I usually focus in on a select few during each season.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Black and Blue: Take Two

This entire outfit is inspired by my Givenchy Antigona which remains my most lusted after and most beloved bag. (I apologize for the weird splotches- no idea what was going on with my camera). The jacket is Tahari, shell and skirt are from Eloquii. My shoes are J.Renee. I must admit that as much as I love my Sabines, I had to change into more sensible black shoes shortly after since I had a crazy amount of running around planned for the day. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2 Year Tech: Galaxy Tab 7,7

Next month will mark 2 years that I have been using my Galaxy Tab 7.7. Sure, I've had a few failed explorations with the Note 8.0 but overall I've been exceedingly happy with the device. It still runs ICS and there hasn't been an update in well over a year. However, it's size is perfect and it always runs fast with no hiccups. It's the first time I can say I would be fine if I had to use it for another 2 years. And with the lack of a next generation device announcement it just may come to that.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Perfume Organization- Travalo

The start of this year, as with most others, has been filled with grandiose plans of organization. My closets are done and are looking in excellent, sustainable shape so I started look at all other areas. I've always loved my perfumes, and have noticed that lately I've fallen into a bad habit of toting the entire bottle with me since it's easier than doing my 'Dexter's lab' of using funnels to pour scents into my miniatures. 
A bit of research brought me to the ingenious "Travalo" which is a small perfume bottle that refills by simply being pumped by the nozzle of your large perfume bottle. I am in love with these little gems and have scooped them up in several colors. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Shoe-La-La Closet

Now that we have completed my dressing room Dean turned his attention to our coat closet on the first floor. I've always kept my shoes in that closet since I throw them on right as I leave the house. There's also the hygiene issue- I walk around my clinic all day and don't want to walk with same shoes on the carpeting upstairs. So, with about $100 worth of equipment from Home Depot, Dean was able to whip together these 8 shelves. We were able to put all of our shoes on these shelves and still have space for our coats.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Holiday Glam- Kiyonna

Between last year's holiday party and a stint on the Eiffel Tower for my birthday, my black Michael Kors dress got a lot of action last year. So, for this year's holiday party rounds I decided to do something different and go with a green dress from Kiyonna. I had some reservations about this dress when I saw it online- mainly that the fabric looked like it might have a little too much jersey to it. Once it arrived though, all my doubts were out the window. The dress fit like a glove, and the rouching creates some kind of optical illusion to hide any unflattering areas. Hopefully I'll get at least another wear out of this dress (maybe also on my birthday?) then I'll have to plan what to wear for the 2014 holiday season.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

First Workday of 2014

It was back to work on Thursday and as the first work day of 2014 I was determined to start things off right. I got up early, worked out then donned my new jacket from K&G over my skirt and grabbed my Furla bag to go. 
The day was hectic and a bit frenetic but at least I could rest assured that I was well-dressed!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Closet Drama!

Thank heavens for handy husbands! Dean spent hours doing what should have been a straightforward project of installing my closet chandelier. Once he removed the old light he found that the can was all warped and bent so he went to Home Depot and got a new one. Then he went to attach it and found it wasn't mounted and had to go up into the crawlspace and bolt something to the other side. 

But the end result made it all worth it. This is the Possini Crystal Rainfall Glass Drum

  It looks stunning and leaves a beautiful pattern on the walls. I didn't think I could fall more in love with my closet but between this fixture and my new hangers I have done just that! And I so appreciate having the kind of husband who gets swept up and does all these projects for and with me :)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

We made it to 2014!! I'm so glad to have a fresh new year ahead of me! We stayed up to watch the ball drop (in NYC) then promptly conked out. Today I am going to see "Wolf of Wall Street" with some friends and I am dying to see it- 8.8 on IMDB!

Dean is helping me put up a chandelier in my closet but the project has become a little more involved than we thought because of the lousy light casing in the ceiling. Here is what we have so far:

And, a quick update on my hand- it is healing beautifully. It's been 5 weeks since I had my ganglion cyst removal surgery and here is what the scar looks like:

So, so far 2014 is off to a great start! My resolutions- more family time, more exercise, more posts and more positivity! Bring it on!