AWOL & Excuses


Hi everyone! I’ve been missing from the blogging world now for almost two months. Obviously, I could make a bunch of excuses (I will, in a second)– or I could just say that it happened and now I’m back on track.

I’ve been out of sorts for the past couple months, and everything combined meant that this blog just completely fell by the wayside.

So here are my excuses:

-I started dating someone seriously, and living in two places at once meant I didn’t have all my clothing at my disposal (or much of anything at my disposal)!

-My camera was always in the place I wasn’t when I needed to take outfit pictures (this is also not fun when it turns out your cell charger is in the place you are not).

-Work started scheduling me more frequently (however, that does mean more money)!

-I was uninspired by my closet, clothing, everything.

The last one is probably the biggest reason, but taking a break from blogging did me a whole lot of good! I definitely feel much more inspired when I look at my closet now. I have also moved, so all my stuff is at one place–in one closet–and I can see it all!



I was tagged by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey for the “11 random things” post. So here it goes!

The rules:

1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.

Me with a wall in Bellingham (circa 2010). This is likely the most normal “out and about” picture I have. Most of the pictures I take tend to be really hilarious in a crazy way.

11 Random Things:

1. I have never had the chicken pox.

2. I’m obsessed with oral hygiene. I have drawer in my bathroom dedicated to stuff just for my teeth (floss, toothpaste, picks, those tablets that dentists give you, whitening strips, all sort of teeth stuff).

3. I rode horses for 10 years. The first two years were Western, the others were English. I rode in A, B, and C circuit shows in Washington, Oregon, and Canada.

4.  One of my front teeth has a chip in it. The dentist has filed it down before, but it always comes back. I’ve given up on making it go away!

5. I wake up at 4AM on the days I have to open at my new job.

6. I absolutely love Greek mythology. I’ve read so much Greek Myth it’s crazy! I’ll also watch (and critique) any movie/tv show/whatever with a Greek Myth theme.

7.  I minored in Women’s Studies during college.

8. I purchased my first designer piece when I was 16 on my first trip to Nordstroms. A pair of Michael by Michael Kors shoes.

9.  One of my ears is allergic to most metals.

10. When I get bored or feel the urge, I read tarot cards. I own 4 different tarot decks.

11. I always carry a water bottle with me. My car is like a water bottle graveyard! I have about 15 empty ones rattling around in the backseat!

Salazar’s 11 Questions:

1. If you could travel back in time, when/where would you go? Ancient Greece/Rome. I’ve always wanted to go to Greece and see the ruins (someday), I’d love to see them when they weren’t ruins.

2. How did you come up with your blog’s name? I originally had a different name, but I ended up thinking for a couple months before coming up with Literature & Lace–two of my favorite things. 🙂

3. Favorite era in fashion? I love the silhouettes of the 50’s. I find them incredibly flattering. Otherwise, I’m disturbingly fond of the 80’s.

4. What was the first movie you saw in the theater? Did you love it, hate it? Erm. I actually have no memory of the first movie I saw in theaters. Whatever it was, I probably liked it though!

5. How would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Screaming? Actually, I’d probably run away very quickly and hide. Or latch onto a group of people who could actually kill zombies, and then if it looked they were about to be overtaken/killed I’d just run off.

6. What is the weirdest thing you ever ate? Did you like it? I tried eel once! It wasn’t awful, but it certainly isn’t something I plan to try again.

7. Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Harry Potter. Hands down.

8. What have you done that you are most proud of? I suppose earning a college degree? Although I am really proud of myself for sticking to the diet/exercise plan and losing the weight I did in a healthy way.

9. To quote Garden State, is there any normal kid thing you kinda wish you missed? (chicken pox, braces, finding out there’s no Santa? – though if you missed this I would be a bit worried ) I wish I’d missed that really bad haircut thing that it seems every kid goes through. Some of my kid pictures are just awful.

10. Who is your favorite author? Vladmir Nabokov. Lolita is my all time favorite novel, and I’m over 1/2 way through Ada right now.

11. Quick, start your music player of choice (Spotify, Pandora, Window Media Player, iTunes, iPod, Walkman, I don’t care). What is the first song on your playlist? “Domino” by Jessie J.


And because I’m a lazy soul, I won’t be making my own questions or tagging anyone. However, if you’re interested and want to do one of these 11x11x11 things yourself, then I suggest you check out Salazar’s questions and answer them!

Game On!

 The Book

Recently, in one of my online communities, one of the women started talking about a weight loss game. She told me it runs the course of a month and every single time she’s played she’s lost five to eight pounds. Of course, this sounded amazing to me and I’m always up for more encouragement for doing what I should be doing (like exercising, eating properly, taking care of my body).

So I signed up.

Starting on Monday (Feb 13), I will be playing the Game On! Diet. I am excited! I convinced my mom to join too, and we’re on a team together (we have 5 teams for our game). We’re all chipping in $20, for a prize pool at the end of $200 for the team that wins.

The best part for me, is that winning isn’t based on the amount of weight lost. The system for the Game On! Diet is based on points. I get points for doing things I should be doing. Things like drinking water, exercising each day, getting enough sleep, and eating 5 small meals a day. The more points you earn the better chance you have of winning (of course your scores are averaged with your partner’s).

So why am I writing about  this? First, because I’m excited. And secondly because I’m going to be including updates on my progress as I go through the game. Also, writing this will keep me accountable for my actions.

It’s also because I’m heading out of town today, and I need something to post in my absence. 🙂 So wish me luck this month!


Super Snow Day

  I live in Washington state and we almost never get snow. Never. So instead of doing the ABCs of Style prompt for today, I decided to put on my snow boots yesterday and enjoy some good fun out in the several inches of snow that came down in my area! We got around 2-3 inches close to my house, and I spent the day stomping around the town with my friend, Erin, and taking tons of ridiculous pictures.

Thankfully I haven’t had to drive anywhere (yet), so the snow is something I can enjoy unlike many other Washingtonians. Although, hopefully if you’re living in Washington then you’re enjoying the snow just as much as I am! I suppose you could consider this my daily outfit post, but the only thing I actually paid for in this entire outfit was my jeans. The rest was all gifts from my family.

Snow is one of those very rare things that instantly reverts to me to a childhood mindset. I’ve posted the least ridiculous pictures here as this is the internet, and because I’m still attempting to pretend that I’m mature and “grown up” (which is a total lie).

Life Got In The Way

 Life really got in the way of blogging for the past few days. In addition to my normal workload of multiple jobs, I’m also housesitting for a friend for the next week and a half! Obviously, the Christmas festivities have started to also work their way into my life, taking up even more time.

However, I’m hoping to get back into a regular blogging schedule by (tentatively) Sunday.


I realize I haven’t posted a new outfit recently. Sorry!

I’ve been neglecting Literature & Lace the past couple days because I have been getting everything in my apartment packed up to move on Tuesday, July 12th! I promise to have an outfit post up Sunday or Monday, at the latest!