Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 10

Today was my long day at school and it has not been a good one. Was at school at 11, then left for lunch at 2, came back at 3, left at 4:30 and came back from 5:30-9pm. If that wasn't long enough, I busted out my foglight on my car. I hit a pothole in our parking lot behind our store and hit the sidewalk and it had lowered my car just enough for the sidewalk to take out my foglight. I suspect this will be a several hundred dollar job... Very sad tonight. But, it could have been worse, so I am thankful that it was just a "minor" thing. Here's the breakdown for my meals today... Didn't do so well...

Breakfast -

Lunch -
Moe's Moo Moo Mr. Cow with lettuce, tomato, rice, and black beans
Side of chips
2 servings of salsa
Total - 613 calories

Dinner -
Chicken on whole wheat with mustard - 140 calories

Total calories for the day: 753 calories

I honestly felt like stuffing my face with Taco Bell after the foglight incident, but I resisted... Praying tomorrow is better!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Whew! 50 posts and Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim Day 9

La la la la! I am very happy today =) I was running low and out on some essential beauty goodies, so I drove an hour to my nearest and dearest Sephora and picked up my lovelies. I got a new NARS pressed powder, a new Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube, a small Smashbox Photofinish Primer (ON SALE FOR $9!!!!!), and a new Philosophy Falling in Love perfume... smells so so delicious!

I'm also getting highlights Thursday, so I'm excited about that as well! =)

Anyway... on to the breakdown...

Breakfast -
Special K Dark Chocolate Protein Bar - 170 calories

Lunch -
Chick-fil-a Side salad - 60 calories
1/2 packet of Buttermilk Ranch dressing (so good!) - 150 calories
Chick-fil-a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich - 300 calories

Dinner -
1 Leanie on a whole wheat bun - 180 calories

Drinks -
Unsweetened Tea with 5 packets of Splenda lol - 0 calories
Sobe Lifewater Black and Blueberry - 0 calories
Lots of water!

Total calories - 860 calories

I should edit this to say that the more I've been reading, the more I realize I'm not eating enough calories in a day. Realistically, I should be eating around 1400 to lose 1 lb per week. I am going to try to beef it up some more - I don't want to go into a starvation mode and end up gaining more weight! So - that's that =)

I Love Your Blog Award

My sweet and VERY talented fellow blogger, Polish and Powder was sweet enough to nominate me for the I Love Your Blog Award! I'm very excited and it makes me happy to know that someone is loving on my blog :) Thanks, girl!!

So, the rules are as follows:

♥Post the award on your blog

♥Link the person who has given you the award

♥Pass the award to 10-15 other blogs you've discovered

And, I nominate the following bloggers

Brow Raised Beauty
Eyeconic Beauty
Makeup and Beauty
Susie's Home and Hobbies
The Daily Nail
All Lacquered Up
Fashion Vogue Beauty Glamour
*The Shabby Chic Cottage*

Monday, March 29, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Week 2, Day 8

Today marks the official 1 Week mark of my journey to losing around 25-30 lbs. I weighed this morning and I was at 144, which is about 4 lbs down from what I started from at 148. The week started off high, had a dip around Wednesday, then smooth sailing into this 2nd week. I will be VERY excited to see what happens at the end of this week! I am trying to decide what I want to do about Cheat Day. The boyfriend is off on Friday night, but Easter Sunday is this weekend. So - I may either eat later on Friday, but healthy or eat late and whatever I want, and try to be better on Easter. I'm not sure what our plans our yet, so it's hard for me to come to a solid decision.

I have noticed several changes - I am not as lethargic, I don't feel "depressed" (I use this term lightly - I was feeling very bad about myself before last week), my clothes are fitting a little better, and I am more concentrated during the day. All of the changes have been small ones, but they have made a lot of difference!

For my progress picture - I will update it once a week, wearing the same outfit so I (and any readers) will be able to see my progress. So, here is my progress picture for Week 2, day 8

And, here is my breakdown for today:

Breakfast -
Tall Skinny Caramel Latte - 122 calories

Snack -
Special K Dark Chocolate Protein Bar - 170 calories

Lunch -
A chicken sandwich on whole grain bread with mustard - 140 calories
1 serving of Goldfish - 150 calories

Dinner -
1 Leanie on a whole wheat bun with mustard- 180 calories

Dessert -
5.5 oz cup of frozen yogurt with about four raspberries and a tiny sprinkle of dark chocolate chips - around 140 calories

Drinks -
Sobe Lifewater Strawberry Dragonfruit - 0 calories

Total - 902 calories

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 7

Well - this update comes very early in the day! I ate my dinner already and no eating past six, so might as well, right? :) I broke out of my Subway mold - finally! Today was the last day for their $5 foot longs and I decided to resist the temptation to go easy and get one. I did skip breakfast, because I was running late to church and forgot. Anyway - here's the short breakdown...

Lunch -
1 Leanie dog + 1 whole wheat hot dog bun = 180 calories! Just as good, if not better, than a regular hot dog
1 serving of Goldfish - 140 calories

Dinner -
Now, I was really disappointed with this :( I wanted to try a Lean Cuisine and I guess I got the wrong thing, because I was not impressed. I got the Chicken Enchilada Suiza and it was not good :( The rice was good, but the enchilada was in this sour cream sauce that was really sweet and I am not a fan of sweet food. Also, the chicken was EXTREMELY bland - like it had the consistency of baby food. So - didn't luck out with that one, but I'll try another one... This dinner entree had 280 calories

Dessert -
6 oz. of frozen yogurt with 1/2 scoop of chocolate chips - around 160 calories

Total calories -
That brings me to about 760 calories which is not healthy, but I find that I'm not hungry so why push it? I need to beef up my fruits and vegetables for sure.

Complete update tomorrow, including a picture and a weight update!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 6 - CHEAT DAY!

Sooooo, finally... Cheat Day!! It was marvelous and long awaited! I think I did all right and didn't go completely crazy :)

Here's the breakdown:

Breakfast/Lunch -
4oz cup of frozen yogurt with one, small scoop of dark chocolate chips

Dinner -
We went to a very nice, Italian restaurant and I had a lasagna entree, some bread, and sweet tea. Now, they didn't have regular, mixed sweet tea so I got unsweetened tea and added Splenda. I'm not a big Splenda fan, but I think this worked out better because otherwise I would have drunk a lot of calories if they had mixed their own sweet tea with real sugar. That made me feel a little better!

Dessert -
A regular sized almond latte
half a slice of Tiramisu

Okay, so I wasn't an angel, but I could have been a lot worse! haha Tomorrow it's back to the grind! Monday will bring a weight update, a picture, and a general overview of the week and the differences I've noticed!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 5

Today - oh today has been LONG! I came to work tonight at six and it was busy from the time I got here until we closed at 10pm. Whew - and there were three of us here! Crazy times. Anyway - I changed my meals up a little bit today!

Here's the breakdown:
Breakfast -
1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean with 1/2 milk
One egg, pinch of mozzarella - nuked
One Leanie dog - nuked

This was a really good breakfast! It was almost like sausage and eggs hehe. I really loved the Leanie... To me, it had a lot more flavor than a regular hot dog, it was more dense, and filled me up more. It wasn't squishy like normal hot dogs - it had some substance to it and a bit of a smokey flavor. I highly recommend them!

I combined these two... I got a Zaxby's Grilled Chicken Zalad, sans bacon and croutons (the thing that make the calories sky rocket) I ate it with 1 packet of Caesar dressing... Thing is, I didn't finish the whole thing. It filled me up really quickly.

I think I kind of failed of eating enough today, haha, but if I'm not hungry I'm not forcing myself to eat. However, tomorrow is... CHEAT DAY! My boyfriend has informed me that since I have been eating less and not late, I will not be able to finish my food. I normally don't anyways, but now it's going to be like two bites ... so he thinks. I told him I will show him differently hehe. Can't wait! Of course, I will blog about that too so no one thinks I dined on Oreos and bon bons all day =)

Here's to day SIX!!! Woo hoo!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 4

Well - today has been much easier! It probably helped that I actually got to sleep in today - whew that was niiice! I haven't felt very hungry today. Unfortunately, I slacked off on my exercising yesterday. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are always my longest days at school, so sometimes it's hard to fit it in. I haven't exercised yet today, but I will tonight when I get home from work around 11:30pm. I had great plans for lunch today to change it up, but alas that was not to be. I went to the grocery store last night and got a package of Leanies... You might say, what are leanies? Well, Leanies are vegetarian hot dogs! Each hot dog has about 100 calories in it... I haven't eaten one yet, but they look pretty yummy! I'm excited to try them =)

Anyway - on to the breakdown!

Breakfast -
1/4 cup Kashi Go Lean with 1/4 cup of skim milk
1 organic egg with a pinch of mozzarella, nuked

Lunch -
1 Special K Dark Chocolate Protein Bar

Dinner -
Subway footlong ham/turkey with lettuce, tomato, one strip of light mayo, and vinegar - however, I didn't finish it all

Drinks -

I'm very very very much looking forward to cheat day! haha. Now, when I did this five years ago, I didn't take a cheat day, but I also didn't have a boyfriend who took me out to very nice, yummy restaurants. So - once a week, I will allow myself a day off to NOT go crazy, but to eat whatever I deem appropriate and to eat past six o' clock. We're going to a nice little romantic Itlain restaurant on Saturday night. I'm looking forward to my favorite thing - pasta, bread, and sweet tea! Helllooooo hips! hehe

Well - here's to day 5!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A little something...

I got a formspring!! Yay! I just think it's fun haha...

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 3

Well, I'm halfway through the first week! Today's been a little harder :( I'm having stomach pangs pretty bad tonight. I have night classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and last night I was okay, but tonight has been hard. I'd love to drive through Taco Bell right now and get something warm, but then I know I would feel bad, so I'll just drink more water. I've gotten so used to eating late at night that going back to not eating past 6/7 is a little bit difficult. It gets so much easier though as time goes by! :) Anyway, here is a breakdown of today:

Breakfast -
Around 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean with 1/2 cup of milk
One organic egg with a pinch of mozzarella cheese on top, popped into the microwave for a minute and a half

Lunch -
Special K Dark Chocolate Protein Bar

Dinner -
Footlong Turkey and Ham on wheat with lettuce, tomato, a little light mayo (when I say a little, I mean a thin stream one time across it) and vinegar
1 serving of Annie's organic cheddar bunnies

Drinks -
Lots of water!!

Here's to day 4!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Miss Vintage Vogue Goes Slim - Day 2

Well, today went great! Last night was extremely tummy rumbly, but that'll pass. I've been drinking a lot of water, and that's what helps with the rumbles and any stomach hunger. Most of the time we think we're hungry, we just need to drink some water. I find this especially true when I'm watching tv and want something to munch on... example - LOST Tuesdays. I've been making it a habit to order a small cheese pizza and down the whole thing during the LOST episode. This is why Patty has muffin tops lol. So, I am here watching LOST (writing during commercials) and downing a think of ice cold water. Yum! haha So, today's breakdown:

One cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal with half of a cup of skim milk

Special K Double Chocolate Protein Bar

Footlong turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, light mayo, oil and vinegar
1 Serving of Annie's Cheddar Bunnies

Water and SmartWater Revive

1 hour of walking (about 2 miles, maybe a little more)
20 mins Pilates Maximum Burn (I also did this last night after my post)

As far as beauty news, I am getting my hair highlighted tomorrow. excited!

Here's to day 3...!

EOTD and Zebra Nails

Today's eye look is MAC Cranberry all over the lid, MAC Handwritten in the crease, and MAC Phloof! in the inner corner. CoverGirl Eyeliner in Espresso and L'Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara

Safari nails again haha... I used Sally Hansen's Xtreme White Out and KONAD black polish

Monday, March 22, 2010

Day 1 - Miss Vogue goes slim

Well... I have decided that I have left myself go long enough haha. About four years ago, I was 21 and 118 llbs. Today, I am 25 and at 150 lbs. WOW! It hurts just to write that. When you look at me, I don't look like I weigh that much, but unfortunately (like most women) I carry it in my butt and thighs. I don't have huge saddle bags, but I am definitely plumper in that area than I have been. I can't blame, "I went through puberty" or "I had a kid" or, or, or the other hundred reasons I could produce. The only person or thing I can blame is myself.

Four years ago, I exercised every day... Pilates about 7 days a week and walking a couple miles almost 7 days a week. I drank only water and ate relatively healthy. I also did not eat past six o' clock. Today I don't do my Pilates at all except a couple times a month, drink sweet tea like it's going out of style and the occasional Sprite. I eat almost every day past six o' clock and often late into the night. I have got to stop! My sleep has been affected, my clothes have been affected, I feel bad about myself, I feel gross and lethargic. I don't enjoy having muffin tops in my cute jeans... I refuse to buy bigger sizes in pants so I am rotating between about five pairs of pants. I'm just being completely honest. I need some sort of accountability and I think this is a great place to share my daily plan and tips and how my progress is going - because everyone struggles at some time or another with body issues. Not only do I not feel good about myself, I am not healthy! I will post every day what exercise I have done, my eating, and weekly I will be posting body stats.

So... Today is Monday, March 22nd and today is Day 1
Breakfast - Nonfat Grande Toffee Nut Latte - around 170 cals
Midday snack - Special K Double Chocolate Protein Bar (these are SO GOOD! I ate this at 12 and didn't start feeling hungry until about 4pm) 190 calories
Lunch - haven't gotten a chance to eat that yet, haha... I'm going to get a 6" turkey Subway on wheat with lettuce, tomato, light mayo, and mustard. I'm not really sure on the calorie count of this, I'll have to check. Also, instead of chips I will be eating Annie's Cheddar Bunnies, which for about 30 bunnies is a little over a hundred cals.

I'll be eating my lunch so late, I'll probably count that as dinner as well. I know this is bad, but that's what I am going to do today. Tomorrow I will be better :)

As far as exercise... I am taking a Fitness class at school so that is kind of helping me get back into the swing of things. Today I worked out for an hour. Here is the breakdown:
Elliptical - 15 minutes
Bike - 15 minutes
Treadmill - 15 minutes
Rowing machine - 15 minutes

I like to mix it up! haha

This is just my story and my plan - I'm not a doctor or any of that stuff... I hope some of you will join me or just follow along. Yay!

This is me in 2005... I will take an updated, similar shot within the next week... I'll do weekly progress shots as well...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sparkly Bows and Rabbit Cakes

I gave myself a new pedicure yesterday... not digging it as much as the black with white flowers, but live and learn! I'll probably change it within the next day or two...

OPI Koala Berry, KONAD White with plate M59, and a sparkly top coat... I think it's Sally Hansen

And, this has no relevance to nails or beauty, but I wanted to share it anyway :) I made a Spring/Easter cake at our shop tonight... I'm so please it turned out as cute as it did... makes me so excited about warmer weather!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Is a zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes? THAT is the question!

Well - in my world, they are white with black stripes! :)
I used OPI Strawberry Margarita and Sally Hansen Xtreme White Out for the colors - the stripes are made with KONAD plate m69 and KONAD Black polish

Saturday, March 13, 2010

40 Beauty Questions Tag

How many times do you wash your face daily?

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

What is your current facial wash?
Aveda Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser

Do you exfoliate?
I use ProActive renewing cleanser after my Aveda wash and that has little beads in it, so yes, but not an individual exfoliant

What brand do you use?

What moisturizer do you use?
None right now

Do you have freckles?
No, none

Do you use eye cream?
No, but I am on the hunt for a good because I think at 25, it's probably a good time to start

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I do, but mine is hormonal so I get it along my jawline and chin, but I find if I am religious about washing and treating my face, then I will just get one or two around that time of the month and the rest of the time I will be blemish free

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Yes and I still use it now

What foundation do you use?
Bare Escentuals

How about concealer?
Don't really need any, but I will use a concealer brush and do spot treatment with my BE foundation if I do

Do you know your undertone color?

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
They're fun every once in awhile, but not on a regular basis

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes! Always do! :)

What brand of mascara do you use?
L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black

Sephora or MAC?

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes and fingers

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes! Urban Decay Primer Potion... I don't know how I did my eyes without it before!

For the face?
Smashbox Photofinish

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
Alot... Goodness... I love BE's Queen Tiffany, MAC Mythology, Cranberry, Corduroy... so many good ones

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Very rarely

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I think they're cool, but not for me

Do you use mineral makeup?
Yes, and I love it!

What is your favorite lipstick?
I am not a lipstick girl by any means, but I love Flirt!s Angel lipstick

How about lipgloss?
NARS Greek Holiday, Bare Escentuals Garden, Lancome Magic Spell

What is your favorite blush to use?
NARS Angelika

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
I do sometimes

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes! I buy my eyeliner and mascara from the drugstore and there are other products from the drugstore I like to use as well

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
I haven't come across a cool one yet!

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I hope not - No, I've worn in long enough I could probably do it in my sleep

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Dark lipliner with pale lipstick, ick... Messy eyeliner

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Usually neutrals, but I am embracing color for eyeshadows and it's very exciting :)

Which celebrity always has great make up?
Jennifer Connelly... I love how she has full eyebrows and really plays that up and keeps most of her makeup pretty simple and natural

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Of course... i did this morning and had breakfast

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
Yes, but I prefer myself with makeup

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
It's really a tossup... I really am a huge, huge fan of Bare Escentuals and their products because they really work well for my skin and don't break me out. I love NARS for blushes and MAC for eyeshadows

What do you think of Makeup??
I love it... It's fun and I enjoy playing with it and doing new combinations

Friday, March 12, 2010

Week 1 of Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner


As I sit here with Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner on my face, I was reminded that I said I would do a week by week update on how the product was working. I bought it last month, but have just now got around to using it regularly. The Vacuum Cleaner is a gel treatment that is to be used 2-3 times per week, or as needed. The goal of the Vacuum Cleaner is to suck out blackheads and get rid of excess oil.

It has ingredients such as alpha and beta hydroxl acids and eijitsu rose for pore clarification. It contains no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances/dyes. The product only takes a couple of minutes to work... about 5-10, but I've been leaving it on a little longer. You apply the gel to your affected areas and it will turn light blue when it's dry - that's the sign it's time to rinse it off.

Tonight is the start of week 2, so here is what I think about week 1 - I really like the product thus far and I can see a noticeable shrinkage in my pores. Did it magically suck the dirt out the first go around? No, of course not. But, over the past week I have noticed my pores are smaller and have not been holding oil as much. The areas I apply the product are on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin... my T-Zone. It also leaves my skin much smoother!

As always - I bought this product with my own money and this is what I truly think about it. So - here's to week two! :)


I totally cannot take credit for this gorgeous mani, because I first saw it done by BabyD at the AWESOME blog Polish and Powder! She has so many wonderful manicures, I highly recommend that you check her out :)

This is definitely one of my very favorite manicures ever!
I used China Glaze For Audrey and OPI's Infatuation/KONAD Black special polish for the cheetah nail

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm not really a waitress... well...

Wednesday's nails polished with OPI's I'm Not Really a Waitress:

Last week's nails with China Glaze's Shocking Pink and Black Konad polish for the design:

And, with another KONAD design I did a pedicure... What would have cost me $40 cost me... NOTHING! :-D

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Recent nail

These are a few of the nail looks I've had over the past few weeks... I did a new KONAD design last night so I'll try to get a picture of that up tomorrow. I've misplaced my scraper somewhere so it's kind of a pain in the butt using my KONAD stuff right now. BOO!


So, it's been over a month since I've posted a blog... what is WRONG with me! Well, first of all... school started back and at first it wasn't so bad, but right now it is kicking my butt. A rundown of my classes are as follows: Clay I, New Testament Survey, French I, World Civilization II, and Fitness I. Okay - you'd think a CLAY class would be pretty easy, right? WRONG. I've spent a majority of my time working in the art studio stressing over... POTS! Crazy, huh? And, New Testament I thought would be easy, but it's not - it's my hardest class and I am not enjoying it right now. Our business is also picking up since the spring and summer months are our busiest, so I've been at our shop a lot working and being in the office and cleaning and jazz like that.

However...! This week is Spring Break and while I have some fun things planned for myself, I am also going to try to do several videos! And, hopefully now that I am over the seven week hump I can get my act together and keep on top of my work haha. So - this is just a check in and a word to say watch out because I have some new things coming!

OH! Exciting news!... I am the proud new owner of a Nikon D3000! I had some money saved up and have been wanting a DSLR camera forever and I was able to get a great deal at Sam's Club. Very excited about that!

I will leave you with a few pictures... the two pots I'm working on and my favorite picture I've taken with my camera... so far! ;)