Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday Randomness & My Roxy Review

Hey y'all! Just wanted to drop in really quick this Thursday with some randomness. I worked the 4:30am shift at my gym this morning and then worked out after that, so now I'm home and needless to say, a little drained!

Fun stuff though, you might remember that as a blogger for Skinny Mom, I got to try out the new Roxy Outdoor Fitness Collection and provide a review. The review included a dare of doing yoga on the beach in their gear...check out the post here. Here's a few of the pictures my lovely friend, Jackie, took of me on the beach for the post:

Hmmmmm...which one of these shall I make my new Facebook profile pic? LOL. We had so much fun that day...I posted on here how we ended up getting some delicious breakfast burritos and drinking a pitcher of Mimosas at Acme Cantina on Sullivan's Island.

In other news, the hubby and my oldest son, Tanner, are off to Charlotte this weekend to meet our new niece, Payton. I really wish Breckin and I could go, but unfortunately, my Siberian Husky, Tundra, is having some health issues and I'm having to give her medicine every day for at least another week. Can't take her to doggy daycare and don't want to just pay someone to drop in here and there, leaving her in a crate all day Saturday and Sunday. And who could do that to this big baby?

She has no shame.

Jake's brother and his family will be visiting here for Easter though, so not much longer until I meet the new addition. ♥

We spent a good bit of this week working on the new pantry and I can't wait to reveal it to y'all on here. I need to paint the walls and I am trying to think of a way to prettify the shelves, giving it a little "pop". So soon, my darlings, soon.

Well, that's about it for now. Don't forget to check out the Roxy post on Skinny Mom today! xoxo

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fitting Room Fun

I found some time last week to hit Target sans kids so I thought it would be best to take advantage of the opportunity to actually get to try on some clothes in the dressing rooms.

I found some cute things...

Thought I'd go ahead and get that one out of the way...I was actually going back and forth on sharing this one here...but hey, if this blog is going to be honest and raw...then I have to let go of some insecurities, right?

I tried on this bikini and I actually really liked it. The bottom seemed kind of baggy, but I felt if I went down a size, it wouldn't give the coverage I like on the backside {thank you, Tanner & Breckin}. I'm still in the midst of getting in bikini shape for summer. I didn't get this, but maybe if it's still in stock a month from now, I'll try it on again.

I loved the color of these shorts {could not find link online, but check your local store}. And the length was just right - flattering because it didn't show too much upper thigh. I'll feel like I can bend over safely when chasing my little one at the play parks and such.

I also went ahead and bought them in jean blue...

That top is also great...I mentioned it in this post last week. It goes great with leggings, I had been looking for a light, layering sweater to pair with leggings and skinnies.

Lastly, I loved this bright blue maxi skirt. It is longer in the back than the front.

I am so in the mood for spring weather so I can start rocking these things!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brit Brit is Stunning!

I have waited YEARS for Britney Spears to finally get her look together and my friends, I think that day has finally come. I just found this picture of the lovely Ms. Spears at Elton John's Oscars after party and all I can say is, "Wow." She looks so much younger with the caramel color on her tresses...just so much more natural than her signature platinum blonde. I think it's about time she gave the platinum up...she's not 19 anymore...but gosh, she looks so much closer to age 19 now!

21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party - Inside: Britney Spears

It seems she's finally getting her life together after the last six or so years of troubles. I couldn't be more happy for her...I hope she ends up with a good guy the next time around and that she keeps her head held high on her shoulders. I'm a longtime fan of her and wish her the best.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Musings

Happy Monday, y'all! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday here was a soggy, rainy day. I don't think it really ever stopped dropping water from the sky. It was definitely one of those days that makes you want to nap.

 Rainy day nap - awwwwww he looks like my Breton!!  :)

I wish I could say I was that dog on Saturday, but I was actually working the early morning shift at my gym - psst, not sure if I mentioned on here yet that I took on a part-time job there as the opener. It's basically just for extra spending money {upcoming vacays and such}, plus I no longer have to pay for my gym membership. Also, being at the gym from 4:30am-8am makes it easy for me to stay and get a workout in before I leave. I'm still in lax mode with my 8:30-5 job, probably until April, so I don't really have to be at the office. I've been working out 8am-9am on the days I work at the gym in the morning.

Saturday night, Jake and I got to go out on a date. We went and saw Safe Haven with Josh Duhamel {yum} and Julianne Hough. It was a really sweet movie. I love that Nicholas Sparks, I tell you.

Sunday was a much better day than Saturday in terms of weather. It was high 60s/low 70s and sunny. I took the boys to the beach.


Did any of y'all catch the Oscars last night? I really think that for the most part, my favorite stars looked really great. There were some questionable characters, but that's what makes it interesting, right? I do have to say, this couple in particular was glowing:

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Jenna Dewan Tatum is simply stunning, and she is no exception while pregnant. I must say I am a tiny bit jealous because I think I join the majority girls in wishing I was carrying Channing Tatum's baby...just sayin'. {But I love you, Hubby!} Channing looks so happy to become a daddy; they are both so sweet.

Well, I hope y'all have a wonderful week! xoxo

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Little Change Around Here

Some of you may notice that I have moved all of my posts from my sister blog, i-Heart Fitness over to this blog. Reason being is that I simply was not able to put the time and effort into building two separate blogs. I definitely spend the bulk of my time here and would love to be able to share my love of fitness over here as well, rather than segregating it off to another url completely. I hope y'all will be happy with the change and look forward to some fitness-related posts in the future. Feel free to peruse through my archives to read some of the fitness-related posts I moved over {easily searched via the labels in the far right hand sidebar}.
Thanks for reading - have a great weekend! xoxo
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Friday Five

Happy Friday, Darlings. Five things I love this week:


Found out @MinnetonkaMocc started following me on Twitter last month {can't believe I just now noticed!} and they've retweeted me not once, but TWICE! At the risk of sounding like a total dork, I have to say it gave me the warm fuzzies.

They retweeted this post and this post. {Pssst...if you're a Twitter user, my handle is @morgalicious483. Would love the follow. Let me know yours!}


Thanks to Ashley at Turquoise & Teale, I discovered this game available at Amazon:

How fun is that? I am soooo getting this fellow Charlestonian friends will love it!


Tried on this sweater at Target and had to buy...I had been looking for a long layering sweater to wear with leggings. It's shorter in the front than the back and a very light, breathable, weaved fabric. Super comfy.

Xhilaration® Juniors High Low Marl Sweater - Assorted Colors
$22.99 at Target


Picked up this nail color at my local CVS Pharmacy, It's called Plastic Flamingo by Spoiled {Wet n' Wild}. It's the perfect bright pink for spring and summer...pretty much flourescent! And it's only $1.99. Don't get me wrong, I love the array of colors that Essie makes, but I truly cringe at the thought of spending $8.00 or so on one color of polish.


Getting back into Bikram Yoga classes so I can pull off stuff like this again...I had been letting my flexibility slip away and I just simply can't keep letting that happen!


Have a great weekend. Weather is supposed to be 70 and not rainy on Sunday, so I can hopefully get the boys out to the beach! xoxo

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thirty Before 30: Update

OK, I have less than two months until my Big 3-0 - so I thought it was time for an update. I will be honest and tell you I've lost sight of this list a little I'm hoping as I go through it that I've actually accomplished more than I think I have. Let's see...

1. Run a Half Marathon {Scheduled for October 21st, 2012 in Myrtle Beach} Common sense came upon me and I realized that training for this during July/August/September in the South when I'm not already a seasoned runner is just plain cray-cray. I've still got the goal and just re-started my training on 10/1 to run the Charleston 1/2 Marathon in January.  Good God, I am sucking at this one. A surgery in December put me out for the 1/2 marathon in January (fell out of training and wasn't ready). Planned to do one in March, but I honestly think I'll be pushing this back to the Fall. My running has definitely improved, so I'm not at a loss personally, but I'm just a little nervous about doing one yet.
2. Start Selling My Art - seriously need to find the time to paint because I really want to do this. I have been seeking inspiration lately and plan to get going with my first collection hopefully in time for Christmas. OK...need to get on this.
3. Take a Stab at Photography {and get a nice DSLR camera} & Start a Portfolio - Plan to purchase DSLR in December...lots o' dollars coming my way soon. Yippee! - I did purchase one in December and I have been practicing! I haven't created an online gallery or portfolio yet.
4. Lose 15 lbs - Um yeah, still working on this. Since first making this list in July, I have lost 10 lbs. So well on the way and working hard in the gym to lose a little more.
5. Take a Long Weekend Getaway - Just Hubby & Me - Not sure this will happen before my 30th. My job loss in January set us back financially by a few weeks.
6. Take Jake & The Boys to Idaho to Visit My Family {Happening 7/21-8/8!}
7. Finish Redecorating the House - Work in progress, but a lot accomplished since this list was first made! We've done the kitchen updates since the last time I updated this list. We have some painting to do, but other than that, I'm done with a lot of the major stuff.
8. Start {and Keep} A Vegetable/Fruit Garden - Spring plans...
9. Take My Sons to Pick Up Litter on the Beach
10. Rediscover My Inner Dancer and Take Classes Again - Have been hitting barre, but need to dance!
11. Find the Courage to Sing in Front of a Group of People
12. Volunteer at My Church
13. Start Training for a Full Marathon {and maybe run one if I'm ready and can find one before my birthday} - I need to get the half done...then start working toward this.
14. Have My Blog Reach 1,000+ Followers {You can help me with this one! Spread the love!}
15. Take A Cooking Class
16. Take a Girls' Weekend Trip
17. Complete a Round of Insanity - Did like 1/4 of a round a few weeks back...started again this week. Started again, then stopped. Think I will restart on Saturday.
18. Complete a Round of Insanity: Asylum Vol. 1 - Will have to finish #17 first. - This probably won't happen since I'm not done with Insanity. But I plan to take this on this year sometime.
19. Get a Family Pet That Tanner Can Learn to Care For We got some fish (8)! And just got a new Siberian Husky {which I have to care for, Tanner helps}
20. Take the Boys to LegoLand - We are going in June (so not before my birthday, but still!)
21. Find the Courage to Let Go of the Clothes in My Closet I Truly Don't Need Anymore - Garage sale last weekend!
22. Give My Husband a Wonderful 35th Birthday
23. Quit Drinking Diet Rockstars/Energy Drinks - I don't want to talk about it. #failingmiserably
24. Take a "Brothers" Picture of Tanner & Breckin At Least Once A Month
25. Get Professional Family Pictures Taken {Preferably Once in the Fall & Again in Spring}
26. Open an IRA or 401K {Don't worry, Hubby does have an account through USCG! I'd just like to help out too.} Just started a new job that offers a 401K and matches a percentage. Will get that in 90 days, so it won't be in time for my 30th, but soon after.
27. Start a Ladies Fitness Group/Boot Camp - Got the Facebook Group for other Lowcountry gals started, but need to do some meeting up!
28. Find a Hairstyle/Color that I Love and Can Maintain
29. Monetize My Blog
30. Find out I'm preggers with #3...? {This is a big maybe, but definitely want it to happen by 30 if it's going to!}

I really need to get more focused on my goals. Life throws me a round so much that I lose track. I guess I haven't done so bad, but definitely could have done better. Will recap you in a couple months when I turn 30!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Blog Q&A: Why I Blog

Over the last couple of years since I started blogging, I've had all sorts of questions from friends, family and even random readers of my blog(s) pertaining to why I do it, what's the point, etc. Well, I've compiled a little Q&A list together that will hopefully clear the air on a few things.

1. Do you think people even care what you have to say or what goes on in your daily life? 
I have three answers for that - 1) yes 2) no 3) I don't care. What people should know is that I realize I don't have the most enviable life or anything, so I hope that no one ever gets this idea that I think I'm so awesome that everyone should want to read what I have to write, but I enjoy writing, I enjoy sharing and I enjoy this creative outlet of mine. I also realize no one HAS to read it. But I don't care...I love new readers as much as the next blogger, but if I only had one or two readers, I'd probably still write the blog. So in short, yes, there are people that care about my daily life - and they are most likely my family and friends, and a few other bloggers that enjoy my content. But there are also people that probably don't care for what I have to write about, have checked the blog out and have never returned. I don't have time to dwell on that...I think it's something all bloggers deal with.

2. Why did you start blogging?
I actually started tinkering with blogging back in 2006, shortly after I had Tanner. I live in Charleston, SC away from my family and friends I grew up with or met in college, so it was my way of giving them a way to keep up with me and see pictures of Tanner. Back then, I didn't even realize blogging could be more than an online journal of sorts. I've been through many blog identity crises since then {name and niche changes, etc.} and I've finally settled in with a blog that I love to write. Now I blog because I've literally become addicted to reading other lifestyle blogs and being inspired every day. I believe it's helped me grow. It's as addicting as Facebook and Pinterest...and just so you pin-addicts know, I don't believe Pinterest would be what it is without bloggers.

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3. Do you make money off your blog?
As of right now, no I do not make any money from my blog. I do it purely for hobby. Style Oyster itself is only 8 months old. I work full-time, so that doesn't really matter that much to me. Would it be nice? Yes. But it's not ever going to become my passion for blogging. The monetized blog world is a pretty competitive one - so I only imagine by pure chance I would ever start gaining monetarily with this blog.

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4. Why the name Style Oyster?
When I was going through my blog identity crisis the last time around, I knew I wanted a name that could reflect my loves - art, fashion, interior design, home decor, organization, general lifestyle, etc. - that way I wouldn't feel like I had to stick to one specific topic all the time {that can be hard to keep writing about}. I believe the word "style" encompasses so many facets of one person's interests and personality. The oyster part came because I wanted it to be somewhat of a coastal name since I'm in Charleston, SC and the phrase "the world is your oyster" really strikes a chord with me because I believe one's style and life is inspired by the world around them. And because all the really good blog names were taken already.

5. Do you have more than one blog?
Yes, I actually have three. The other two are a fitness blog, i-Heart Fitness, and a family/motherhood blog, Love, Laughter & Happy Ever After {with the Smith's}. I don't spend as much time on the other two as with Style Oyster, but I definitely try to post things on there that aren't quite fitting with Style Oyster, especially the family updates, etc...those are saved for the family/motherhood blog which is mostly for family and friends {and whoever else might care}. I also contribute content for the very large fitness blog, Skinny Mom.

6. What other social networking platforms do you use?
I frequent Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and just recently got started using Vine - my username on there is Style Oyster. I have yet to make a video though - need to start trying it out.

7. Do you consider yourself an expert in fashion, interior design, etc.?
Absolutely not. I am in this more for the inspiration than anything. I am learning so much just by reading other blogs and also bigger websites, i.e. Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz, etc. If anything, seeing pretty pictures every day just motivates me to get projects done around my house, or try a risky fashion choice I would not have thought of otherwise. I just love to share what I'm doing around my home, or new outfits I've found, or even things I'm currently swooning over. I welcome all comments - good and bad - because honestly, if I've just done something to my home decor that looks not quite right, I want to know about it...I am all about learning and improving. I know not everyone will love my style, but I'm OK with that. I read some blogs where the writers do some things that I wouldn't necessarily do for myself, but it doesn't stop me from reading their blogs because most of the time I do like their content. I hope that my readers and passersby do the same.
Thanks so much for checking out this Q&A. I hope it's cleared some things up a bit about me and why I blog. And I know I don't say this enough, but thank you thank you thank you for following my blog. xoxo

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm On A Boat!

Haha, NOT. {Did I really just pull out a circa 1990s not?} But anyway, seriously wish I was. However, just because I'm not, doesn't mean I can't have me some stylish and comfy boat shoes. I've been in Charleston for about 8 years now...I think it's time. It's also time for me to get on some more boats...{I'll work on that}.

Here are some boat shoes by Sperry that I'm dying to rest my feet in comfortably...perfect for shopping or just having a casual weekend.

 I'm in the mood for spring, aren't you?

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Musings

It was kind of a weird weekend with Jake away in Chicago for his Grandpa's funeral. He still isn't back actually - he is supposed to fly in late tonight. The boys and I had some Mommy/Sons time though, which was nice. The weather in Charleston, SC was on the chilly side this weekend, but that didn't keep us from playing outside.

{Love that vintage fire truck Jake's dad had repainted for Breckin for Christmas. You don't see toys like this at the store anymore! I think we'll save this one to pass down to our grandchildren. On another note, please excuse the heinousness that is our grass. It always looks terrible in the winter...the grass in Charleston is yucky in my opinion anyway. Plan on putting down some more seed in the next few weeks for spring.}

Additionally, as promised, here is the pic of Jake and me when we got to meet The Band Perry on Valentine's Day before their concert:

The brother to the left of me, Neil, was dying over my Minnetonka Moccassins claiming he's "all about the fringe right now". I told him to go get him some. Here's a reminder of how my whole ensemble looked that evening:

Kimberly is so cute and so pretty {and I just adore her voice, always sing my heart out to their songs in the car}...hard to believe she's turning 30 this year just like me {listen to me, I make it sound like we should look old and ragged or something!} She was a bit shorter than I imagined...she was wearing high heel boots and still a bit shorter than me as you can see in the pic - and my boots are heel-less! But her hair - TO DIE FOR. I can only dream of having that kind of volume and curls that stay.

On Friday, I officially started my new job. It's sort of interesting right now...the office is just an empty space that they just started the lease on. Everyone I work for/with is either in Dubai or some other state. So I'm working, but not really working. I'm just basically on call to get the office things together - phone, internet, furniture, etc. and won't officially start my main duties until probably April. Don't mind getting paid anyway! Nice to have the somewhat lax schedule right now. I drove out to the office that day to check it out and get the keys and my lovelies, let me show you the view I will get to see every day:

I mean, have I upgraded from the windowless factory at Boeing, or what? I can't wait to take nice walks at lunch hour - maybe I can even skip over to the Cooper River Bridge {that beauty in the background} and get some cardio in. I am starting at the best time too - spring. Spring in Charleston is lovely and the weather is perfect. I work right next to the South Carolina Aquarium, so anyone in Charleston knows how nice the place is.

The rest of the weekend I spent just catching up on housework, know, the usual. Always something to be done around here, I tell you. I actually cleaned out Jake's truck while he was gone...he can be such a slob with his vehicle, then add in the fact that he works in construction. So yeah - sawdust, tools, nails and random trash littered all about. I refuse even to ride in his truck if he doesn't wipe out my seat. So I shop-vac'd and Armor-All'd the hell out of that thing. Can't wait to see how surprised he is when he gets in it to go to work tomorrow.

Anyway, that's all I have for this Monday Musings post...hope y'all had a great weekend! xoxo

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Recap

I'm in a haze this morning, y'all...extremely exhausted. But Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry were AWESOME last night! We had such a fun Valentine's Day. It was what we needed because Jake had to fly to Illinois early this morning - his grandfather passed away early yesterday morning. He is attending the funeral and being with family and won't return until late Monday night. Just me and the boys for about four whole days...we're going to miss him.

Yesterday after picking up the boys from school, I surprised them with a little Valentine's Day party of our own:

The beer of course was for Jake. {I figured he'd like that more than flowers.}

Did you catch that sneak peek at our new table? Mentioned changing out the dining situation in this post the other day.

As for the Rascal Flatts concert later that night, I had gone searching that day for the perfect dress to pair with my Minnetonka Moccassins {I already had it set in my mind I was going to wear those to the concert}. And it didn't take me long to find...check out this beautiful teal dress I snagged up at TJ Maxx for $12.99:

It's so light and comfy - will be perfect for summer. I'll admit I was a little chilly at last night's concert, but not so bad that I couldn't stand it. 

The boots are available here and the necklace I bought at Bohme when I visited my family in Idaho last August.

We got to meet The Band Perry backstage last night...Kimberly Perry is much shorter than I thought she was, but she is super-cute and they put on a really good show. I found out we are the same age - she turns 30 in July. {Maybe there's still hope then for my country music career? No?} I love both her brothers' {Neil and Reid} hairstyles. We got a picture taken with them, but that will come later as they haven't posted it to their website yet {they wouldn't let anyone take pics with their own cameras}.

Oh and speaking of concerts - I'm definitely dropping hints to Jake that I want to see Carrie Underwood on April 17th in Columbia, SC {my 30th birthday is April 14th}...and just found out that Jason Aldean and Jake Owen are coming to Charleston in May - going to be a great year of concerts! {Maybe I can try to win some more tix on the radio? So far my track record is twice - the concert last night and also saw Tonic in 2009 after winning tickets on 95SX! But don't want to jinx myself.}

Anyway, I hope y'all had a very romantic and sweet Valentine's Day. xoxo.

P.S. I realized in the past year or two I've really become quite the country music fan...never really was growing up. I think that it has to do with the maturity and substance of the songs in the genre...I must be growing up. But I still love a little bit of everything. ♥
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