More stripes

With all the house madness going on over the past several months, I haven't exactly been the picture of health.  Eating out became a way of life simply because we were too exhausted to cook and couldn't make it to the grocery store.  Since moving, things have gotten to about 70% normal, but things aren't fitting me the same.  I wanted something super easy and comfy to just throw on and not feel like a stuffed sausage.  That's where this awesome tank dress from Target came in.  Not only was the price tag perfect, but it has a little style with the longer hem in back.  I've worn it about 30 times in the past two weeks, even getting a raised eyebrow when I wore it to bed a couple nights ago.

Getting back into shape is going to be tough, especially in the middle of bikini season.  I've already thrown in the literal towel for this year, but hopefully by next year, I will be back to feeling good again.  I've joined a new gym since moving, which I absolutely love, and just need to make better choices with portion control and what I eat.  I'm not one of those naturally thin girls, I definitely have to work at it, and since I turned 30, it's become about 50% more difficult.  How do you guys do it????

Dress: Xhilaration
Jacket: H&M in stores (love this one!)
Wallet: Kate Spade Wellesly (newer version)
Necklaces: Francesca's, in store
Ring: Francesca's, in store





It's been awhile, I guess.  Who am I kidding?  It's been a long time and that post on April 30th was just a blip on the radar.  I feel like a real jackass, because I know that so many of you, like me, really look forward to posts from certain bloggers.  Now, I don't want to ass-ume that I am one of your top five bloggers or anything, but I know it's nice to have something to look at every now and again.  So, rather than bore you with apologies and other non interesting diatribe, I'm gonna tell you what I've been up to.  You may want to grab a pillow and blanket for this one.

So, last I had a lot of interaction and response from you guys was when I renovated my home and posted the before and after pics.  That was a really awesome process and honestly, if I could flip homes for a living, I think I would be the hap-hap-happiest gal in the world, although sometimes I feel that way now.  Our market here in Texas is HOT!  There are tons of buyers and no inventory, so sellers are putting their homes on the market for top dollar, and getting paid more than they even ask for.  The downside to this is that people are making offers on multiple homes, and unbeknownst to the sellers, multiple offers get accepted.  This causes fall out during the option period because the buyer has to chose a house.  This happened to me three times!  Each time, my home was on the market for mere hours before it was right back under contract, but for whatever reason, I had three sellers back out.  We ended up closing on an offer that was $10k over listing, which allowed me to negotiate for repairs that I didn't want to make and it ended up being a very positive transaction.

Now, backtracking a bit.  While that home was under renovation, we had already bought a new home in my dream hood.  After some questionable back and forth with the seller, we ended up getting a great deal and right before the market turned.  The new house needed major construction, including a full gut inside, a/c, foundation, new pool, landscaping, you name it.  So, I had two renovations going on at once, while living in the one that I sold with two dogs and a boy.

Do you guys know what I do for a living?  I can't remember if I've ever actually written extensively about it, but I am a mortgage banker and have been for the past 8 years.  On top of both of these renovations and the market going absolutely cray-cray, my business which was already pretty great, skyrocketed suddenly and I was working until 9 and 10 every night.  Total nut job.  Good for the wallet, but not good for the stress and workout routine.  More on that in another post.  Additionally, I added a team member at the office who

The new house is literally my dream home.  It's so awesome that I can't even describe how happy I feel when I walk into it each day.  Plus, I got to design it from head to toe, buy new furniture, and am in the process of implementing every cool home idea I see on Pinterest.  It's not totally decorated, but all the construction is finished as of Tuesday.  My closet was the grand finale and I can't wait to show you photos of it all!

On another note, here's an outfit!

Skirt: Old Navy (old) similar in a gorgeous color
Heels: Mossimo Viveca Pumps similar at great price
Necklace: J.Crew Crystal Cluster Necklace (sold out)

Also, will you guys make sure that you follow me on Bloglovin' since Google Reader is peacin' out.  Thanks, love ya, kiss kiss!