Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Me vs. the Pumpkin Spice Latte

I am not a coffee drinker. My mother could live on coffee, but I really can't stand the smell of it. Cut to Fall. Everyone is drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I think to myself, "I could do that. I could drink one of those. It can't be too much like coffee." 

So Sunday morning in the KCI Airport I took the plunge. I wanted to get in on the craze that is this hot beverage. I let it cool someone. I smelled it. Then I went in for the drink. 


It tasted like coffee!

Needless to say it doesn't look like I will becoming a coffee drinker anytime soon. Guess I will just stick with the good ole hot chocolate. 

I tried and it failed. Me and coffee just aren't meant to be. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

{Sale Day Fashion} Head of the Class

There are a few reasons why I love the Head of the Class Sale. It is outside of Kansas City: love (see High Five for Friday post). And it is always around the first of fall! Which means I get to bring out some fabulous fall outfits! 

From this past weekend you get two outfits! This pink shirt was my Friday fashion. I love this shirt so much I bought it in three colors. I love it because of the awesome details to it. Please excuse my hotel bathroom picture. 

Shirt: Gap Outlet /Cami: Lane Bryant/ Jeans: Seven by Lane Bryant/
Necklace: Nigros/Earrings: New York & Company/Watch: Michael Kors

Here is a close up of the necklace. I got it the day before at Nigros Western Store in Kansas City from my friends George and Patty Nigro. 

 Here are the awesome details I was talking about. Bows on both elbows and a small zipper at the back.

Now onto sale day! It was in the 60's on sale day and I am glad I wore long sleeves. The wind always blows in Kansas!

Sweater: Talbot Women/Shell: Talbot Women/ Jeans: Seven by Lane Bryant/
Necklace: Stella and Dot/ Earrings: Tiffany & Co/ Boots: Luchesse, Cognac from Nigros

I almost always wear the same jeans on sale day. I love the wash and the details on them. Plus they are comfortable for a long day. 

Until the next sale day! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Nails

With it being the second day of Fall, I thought I would share my favorite Fall nail polish thus far. I love buying nail polish, and in the last year I have tried to branch out of the box with my colors. 

Penny Talk comes from the Essie Metallics collection. It has a great shine to it, but I wouldn't call it too metallic. 

Essie: Penny Talk

What else do I love about this nail polish? I picked it up at my local CVS. No beauty superstore or salon needed for this great nail color!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

High Five for Friday {& Saturday}

Happy 1st Day of Fall! This is my one of my favorite weeks of the year because it brings fall, fall fashion, and the Head of the Class Sale in Louisburg, Kansas. I love to come out here because I lived in Kansas City for four months in 2008. I have a few favorite places that I like to check out while I am in town. 

1. Nigros Western Store 
Nigros Western Store is a great store on Shawnee Mission Parkway. George Nigro, the owner and his wife Patty are so great to work with and always give us a great deal. If you are ever in town and check them out - let them know I sent you. 

2. Nick and Jake's 

One of my favorite restaurants in KC is Nick and Jake's. They have great food and the BEST chicken fingers I have EVER had. I ALWAYS make sure I make at least one visit there while in town. I took Drew there, and now he loves it too. 

3. Nick and Jake's Bruschetta

This bruschetta is my favorite appetizer on the menu. No matter how many times I try to make this at home or eat it other places - it is never as good as this one. This picture doesn't do it justice. 

4. Yogurtini

We love Orange Leaf at home, and have stumbled upon a few fro-yo places across the country. Last night we checked out Yogurtini with some friends Brent and Becky at the sale. Their toppings bar was larger than Orange Leaf. I always stick with Vanilla and Chocolate with cookie dough and sprinkles. 

5. Head of the Class Sale 

Today is the Head of the Class Sale in Louisburg, Kansas. This little lady sells as lot 19 today and her name is Big Booty Judy. She just so happens that her mother was raised and shown by me! We sold her a few years ago, but last year purchased her back out of this sale. I really like Big Booty Judy! 

Been a pretty good week! Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Today's Thankful Thursday is kind of different. It is almost a place on being thankful. When asked what most of us are thankful for we could quickly name off a handful of things. Our family, friends, job, opportunities, cattle - it all depends on the person. But when we sit down and think about the things we are thankful for and the things we really pay attention to in our life, are we looking over the life we are living?

I received an e-mail on Tuesday from my friend Crystal (www.crystalcattle.com). Crystal is a dear friend and someone who inspired me to begin blogging. Her e-mail was a link to a blog that she suggest some of her friends read. Since it was from Crystal I thought this had to be good and immediately clicked the link.

At the moment I received her e-mail I was up to my elbows in advertising for October publications. I was stressed. I was running 30 different ways. I was BUSY.

And this I read this. BUSY by Ellen-Bo

I am so guilty of throwing the busy card. I know others who are guilty of it. I know people who let being busy take place of their relationships. I am sure as you read this, you at sometime have been guilty of it too.

I am not saying that tomorrow I am not going to bring out the busy card because it truly takes work to set your priorities straight.

So you might ask, "Why is this the Thankful Thursday post?" Because my friends, I am glad I was shown this blog post. I am thankful I was reminded that being busy isn't truly living life. Let's all be thankful for what is going on around us, not what is drawing us in and causing us not to live.

So go on- don't be too busy.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sale Day Fashion

I meant to have this posted on Monday, but it has just been one of those weeks thus far. 

My friend Crystal (www.crystalcattle.com) is also showing what she wears to sales, so since I go to a sale every weekend I thought I would document my sale day attire. Looking good on sale day can be just as important as picking out what you wear the first day of school. These days dressing for sale day, where we sell cattle at auction, is more than just your typical western attire. Hair is big as with the jewlz. And of course, the more jewlz the better. Designer jeans, tops, and awesome boots are a must. 

Our sale this past weekend was a beautiful September day. It was sunny and still quite warm, so I decided to wear a sheer top. I have to be able to move around and be comfortable, but of course I want to look cute. 

Top: Gap Outlet / Cami: Lane Bryant / Jeans: Seven by Lane Bryant /
Boots: Luchesse / Necklace: Southern Jewlz / Watch: Michael Kors

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I Picked the Pickers

If you checked out my High Five for Friday blog yesterday, you might have seen that I made a little visit to the American Pickers' store Antique Archaeology in Nashville. From being dedicated DVR'ed watchers of their show, I knew they had a store in Nashville. So me and my GPS took off to find it.

It is in the downtown area, but other than that I couldn't tell you much else. I really felt like my GPS might have been steering me in the wrong direction, but when I finally turned on the correct street - I knew I was in the right place. Cars lined the streets. The block is an old warehouse that has been divided up into a few stores. Let's just say it isn't super big. But boy did they have a lot of stuff crammed in a small place. There were bikes, lights, and other antiques hanging from the ceiling.

If you have ever watched American Pickers, they buy items and then they tell you what they might price it for in their store. I was determined to buy something picked at their store for Drew. I combed over every item in the store, and every item was over $200. Brass beds, motorcycles, vintage Levi's, black and white cowboy boots; all with a hefty price tag. I found a crock pitcher that I was sure was the right thing. Price $300. Then another with Kentucky Bourbon on it picked by Mike from Idaho. $1500. Wow!

So instead I settled on two t-shirts. That is how they make their real money from the store. T-shirts, sweatshirts, license plates, IPhone covers, and glasses. As I got to the counter with my two t-shirts I recognized the blonde hair girl behind the counter. She has been on the show a few times, and was hired as the "manager" of the store by Danielle. I will have to admit I was a bit star-struck. I waited just about to the end of my sale, and said, "I've seen you on t.v." Hello, dork alert! She was nice and responded, "a few times." Way. to. go.

It was cool to go and see the things in the store; some of which I had seen on t.v., but sadly there was no big picking for me that day. How cool would it be to go through people's stuff to find treasures? By
the way - Drew was happy with his t-shirt. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

High Five for Friday

It's finally Friday!

I have been kind of in a blogging slump lately. I was doing SO good, and now not so much. But I vow to do better.

My husband had a work conference in Nashville this past week, so all of my good things from the week are from there!

 1.We had dinner at one of my favorite hotels this week - the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. It was right across the street from his conference, so we took the opportunity to have dinner there.

 2. While he was in his meetings, I went sightseeing. Anyone know what this is? It is the American Picker's store Antique Archaeology in downtown Nashville. We love the show so I just had to find it!

3. First time ever for me or my husband at the Grand Ole Opry!

 4. On our last night we went out on the General Jackson Showboat! This is us inside the dining room!

5. After Nashville we headed to our cattle sale this weekend. Luckily, it is only about an hour away from Nashville. At the little gas station here, they make the best breakfast pizza! My favorite is the bacon pizza. Eggs, gravy, bacon - yum!!

Hope you have a great weekend!