Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Quick Reader Survey...

 A few questions for y'all:

1- Would you be interested in seeing video reviews of some of my favorite products/clothing items?  This would probably be a monthly thing to go over my most used at the time stuff.

2- Would you be interested in seeing video reviews of things I have recently purchased?  This would be whether I liked it or not, just an honest review of clothing or beauty products or even household items.

3- Do you have any questions you've wanted to ask me? I'd like to do a Q&A video as well. These questions could be about anything - fashion, beauty products, personal questions, queries about the universe.  I will do my best to answer all the questions I can.

Let me know what you think in the comments below or email me. And if you are feeling shy, you can ask me anything anonymously!!

I look forward to hearing from you all and thank you in advance!

111 comments :

  1. Absolutely, yes! I peruse YouTube often to find video reviews of products and clothing, etc., especially for plus size. I have found some brands run small, so that'd be good to know ahead of time. Also, wanted to tell you that because of you, I'm a huge eShakti fan! Love their dresses. :)

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  2. I vote no. Not that I don't want to see what you think, and I'm probably in the majority, but I see videos, and I tend to leave immediately. Would much rather read the stuff, not watch it.

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  3. I vote yes on all of the above, but I'd like a written summary, too. I don't mean like a novel, but let's say there's a 10 minute video, just a quick list of pros/cons on the item and yes/no on whether you'd suggest it, along with a paragraph about why/why not and where you got the item. I personally like videos, I just can't watch them on my phone when I'm out and about, but I'd watch when I got home :)

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  4. I'm with Ais on this one. I like photos and a written summary, too. I find when I'm scrolling through my blog reader that I often skip over videos. But I always read text. I think I might be in the minority, though. The video I would be most excited to watch would be your reviews of favorite products. :-)


    Liz

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  5. Cool! I love eShakti! I was telling some ladies at Lane Bryant about it last weekend. I wish they would make more of my favorite peplum top, but I seriously need some of their dresses! I filmed a couple videos and took some photos, so I will hopefully get those up this month. Thank you so much for the feedback!

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  6. I know some other people feel that way about videos too. Most likely, I will post with photos and have a video for those that want to watch one. Thanks for the feedback!

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  7. Thanks for the feedback! This is most likely what I will be doing to accommodate all the ways people like to gather their info. I usually find it nice to have those extra photos and a blog post about stuff for fast finding when I forget about a product or want to see more swatches.

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  8. Thank you so much for the feedback! I filmed a couple videos - one on hair products and one on makeup - and hope to get those up this month. I usually have to wait to watch videos from my fave YouTubers and find a blog post summary is helpful in looking at swatches and finding an answer quick if I decide to buy something. I'll definitely be doing both!

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  9. Yay for the return of Sartorial Medley! I'd wondered what had happened to it. Both you and Ais are rockin' the garnet this month! I love the top of you, and I remember at least one of the other colors you have it in. It's such a unique cut that looks dressy and flouncy but still super comfy. I have a similar red statement necklace from IGIGI, and I'm wearing it all. the. time. And I never even used to wear red.


    I'm a little late to fit in a garnet outfit this month, plus I've caught some nasty bug. It's appropriate since there's a snowstorm moving through the south. I'm totally fine curled up on the couch with my Jazzy pup for the next day or so.


    I can definitely tell you're shedding some pounds! I hope you're feeling good and healthy for the most part. You look happy and healthy!


    Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  10. Hey lady! Yes, life got in the way of Sartorial Medley lately. I miss it too! I am definitely feeling good and doing my best to stay as healthy as I can. I have been a little naughty with the "stuff I am not supposed to eat", but things have been back to normal this week. I am trying out new recipes and we are trying to make a better workout schedule. I have to start the Low Iodine Diet after Valentine's Day to prepare for radiation, so who knows what body changes that will bring. Getting dressed to go anywhere lately has been massively frustrating because things just fit differently.
    I hope you get better very quick and have some fantastic snuggles with Jazzy. Hope everything with the snow is going as smoothly as possible!

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  11. 10 words: Cranky, Cats, Cohabiting, Chocolate, Creative, Chips, Cheese, Contradictory, Crying, Crampy.


    I would have added PMS to the list, but it didn't start with a C. ;)


    PS - I am sorry I have been an absentee commenter. I've been in a mood. Typing takes a lot of effort, and it's much easier to play World of Warcraft and read books. (Suggestions: Michael Connelly - I read the whole Lincoln Lawyer series, and the whole Harry Bosch series. My library had all of them to borrow for Kindle; currently reading a biography of Julia Child called "Dearie" which isn't bad but seems a little repetitive after reading "My Life in France" and a series of letters between Julia and Avis DeVoto. She's actually a really interesting woman, very liberal, very outspoken, very much a late bloomer; and The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon, which aside from a "WTF WHY ARE THEY MAKING OUT" scene was not bad. Also, if you haven't read them, the "Wool" series by Hugh Howey. There are two omnibuses (that doesn't seem like a word, but neither does "omnibi," so.)) Am giving you book suggestions to keep you occupied during your radioactive phase. You should also wear this: http://shirt.woot.com/offers/trust-me.

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  12. Your dogs are so cute, and love the fact they are father and son, that makes it even more adorable.

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  13. I totally bought that shirt last night when I read your comment! Maybe I will wear it when I go get my pill. lol I'll have to wait at least a month before I wear it again, but it seems pretty spot on! lol
    I will check with the library app to see what books they have available. I am sure I will get tired of watching Netflix. There won't be much else to do that week. Thanks, lady! Also, I am glad you wrote a post. I send you hugs!

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  14. Thank you, Sarah. :-) They are my sweet angel boys indeed.

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  15. This looks so amazing! I am definitely making it next week. We've been making a of vegetarian dishes lately, especially chickpea stews and asian stir-frys. I think we'd love this!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  16. That jacket and that scarf are perfection together! It's the perfect combo of rustic and romantic. I can't believe I didn't score that LB jacket myself. I missed out!


    Love that your paired all the browns with the bright blue. It affirms an outfit I put together several months back. I paired a leopard print dress with a bright blue cardi, turquoise jewelry, and a brown belt and pumps. I went shopping at Belk - my first experience - and the sales woman looked me up and down, scoffed, and walked away. Later I approached her to get me a size in a couple pairs of shoes, which did did, grumpily. She brought them out, threw them at me, and watched me, rolling her eyes, as I went to try them on.


    I stopped, picked up the shoes, shoved them back into her arms, and left. I bought four pairs at another shop, and as I walked back through Belk, waved madly at Miss Stick-Up-Her-Butt. I don't know what her problem was, but I've been hesitant to wear brown and brown since. Stupid, isn't it? But that memory sticks with me! First and last time I'll shop at a Belk. But not the last time I'll wear brown and blue!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  17. Oh LB. How I love thee. And thy blazers. This is frickin' adorable! Anthro made a really similar version last year, but there was no way it'd fit my chest and arms. And somehow I missed out on this, too! I look awesome on you! I love that the polka-dots keep it fun instead of being too business-y. And the coral necklace adds that bright pop of color!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  18. Thank you, Liz! I need to find more reasons to wear it. At least the weather will be cool for a bit longer. I love that it is ponte knit. It is such a comfortable material. I really need to get to hemming so I can try other shirts on with it.

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  19. OMG I cannot believe someone treated you like that! How rude! I am glad you didn't give them your money. I bet that outfit looked awesome on you!!

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  20. Let me know how you like it! It was tasty! I think I will have to make some and freeze it before radiation in case Sean needs some food. I keep trying to think of more stuff to make a similar sauce with.

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  21. That dress looks totally amazing on you. When I saw it on Kiyonna's site, I thought it could go either way, but now I kinda want it. Heh. And I like it better without the cardigan :)

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  22. I am so proud of you! Good job sharing. You are going to help people.

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  23. Thank you! I was really iffy about the red one when I saw it online, but I really liked the all black version. I love the texture the lace adds and the peplum too of course, because it covers the part where my tummy pokes out. lol I think if it had been the summer and was really warm, I would have been fine going without the cardy, but it was still chilly. The weather felt good after dinner though because the dining room was warm and we drank a bottle of wine on an empty stomach. lol

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  24. Thank you! I certainly hope so. :-) Love ya, lady!

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  25. Great answers. Love the part about your mum making you turn away for the kissing parts :)
    Good luck for your upcoming radiation

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  26. THERE IS NO DANA. THERE IS ONLY ZOOL.

    I think you already commented on my FMM post. Most of the Oscar movies are out on DVD/Amazon Instant Video, but they're not on Netflix streaming yet and they're not free on Amazon Prime yet.

    If you're REEEEEELY bored during your radiation treatment, I'll send you a World of Warcraft invite. From what I hear, it's not all that different from Skyrim. Lando had an extra Skyrim beta invite, but I'm set in my ways and they're all the same game anyway, plus he kept bitching about servers being down, so I just stick with the one where I have lots of money and lots of virtual pets and mounts and outfits. I tried Warhammer and Rift, but they were similar. I also tried the Star Wars MMORPG...it was pretty but it had the graphics that make me barfy and I was not a fan of the little tiny type on the totally fucked up UI. Old bitches are blind, and shit.

    Also, South Park: The Stick of Truth comes out this week! One of our WoW guildies is pretty high up at Obsidian and did a lot of work on the game, so I'll probably give that a whirl.

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  27. I might have to drive across town to the outlet mall....especially if the jeans hold their shape after wearing them a few times. Like I have time for that much laundry?

    I've always loved stripes, and I've always thought rules were stupid. Sometimes that 2nd one has caused problems, heh. I have a couple of cute striped summer dresses, and I really love this dress: http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0030290/Banded-stripe-poplin-dress -- I just wish it came in another color because pastel pink makes me look dead. I bet it would be cute on you, though. :)

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  28. Cute top! I love the metallic thread running through it. It takes a sporty striped tee and makes it something you could dress up a bit, too. I just tried on a peplum top for the first time the other day. (What's wrong with me, right? Waaaaaaay behind as usual.) There's a huge Forever21 in Nashville, which I just visited for the first time, and they carry a large chunk of the plus line in-store. While it runs super tiny, I found a couple of cute pieces and will definitely shop there again because it's so cheap! I'm used to Anthropologie and IGIGI prices, and Lane Bryant is probably the most affordable place I shop, so I'm psyched about Forever21+! While I didn't buy the peplum top, I do feel like I need to find one now since I like the shape it gives!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  29. I waited a long time to try peplum tops too, but I am now so obsessed with them. I can't get enough!! Forever21 does have some really cute stuff. I am sad the plus line runs so small though. I like to buy jewelry there too. They usually have some fun pieces and the prices are great. I hope you find a peplum you love!!

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  30. I've worn them 3 times already and they still fit the same. Usually by now I need to shrink them a bit.
    I LOVE that dress! Both of them actually! I do have another $15 credit to use by the end of March on eShakti. Hmmmmm....I think my main aversion to wearing stripes was that my mom always told me I couldn't because it would make me look fatter. I had a poster of Joe McIntyre (from NKOTB) on my wall and he was wearing this striped t-shirt. I found the exact same tee at a store once and I wanted it (because it would bring us closer together, right???) and my mom wouldn't let me get it. The travesty!!
    I can't wait to see your ASOS dress. I am debating on getting that grey star print one. It just seems so perfect for me for summer. I'm at a point where I am not sure if I should buy more clothes right now or not. I already lost another 13 pounds on this dumb no-everything diet for radiation prep and, in theory, once my meds are stable and good I should lose some more. I just love clothes too much to stop buying them. lol

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  31. L'Oreal EverPure shampoo & conditioner. I've tried the volumizing and the sleek versions, and they're not bad. They're sulfate free, which (allegedly) helps retain hair color longer. Also, they're cheap. The Suave versions of the Biolage color care stuff are really not bad either. The only other thing I regularly use in my hair is Biosilk serum, and sometimes Not Your Mother's dry shampoo (but mostly I wash my hair every day because I feel gross if I don't). I also love Lush Ultimate Shine solid shampoo.


    My hair has a variety of textures, from coarse to fine, and just enough natural wave to be annoying. It likes humidity a lot. It looks the best if I comb through the conditioner in the shower, towel dry, and then leave it the hell alone until it's all the way dry. Fortunately no one at my work gives a flying shit about my wet hair. :)

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  32. Thank you so much for this post, and for offering both video and writing! I'm on my netbook right now, and it can't handle videos. Poor thing. So slow and behind the times. lol


    I have similar hair to yours, and I'm much lazier when it comes to mine. I wear it down maybe once a month. Maybe. It's just so kinky and wavy and frizzy that I hate dealing with it. I've tried products ranging from a few dollars at the grocery store to expensive serums and gels from my salon and Sephora. The gel you first mentioned sounds like something I might give a try. I need something to define my curls and add bounce without weighing them down. I end up looking like a cocker spaniel. And I use to have one with a similar coat to my hair color. So I feel like I belong in Awkward Pet Portraits where I look like my dog, and my dog looks like me. I clearly have some psychological issues with my hair. lol


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  33. I dodged stripes for a long time, and I've figured out that they're not as bad as everyone said they were. They might give the illusion of being wider in some spots, sometimes, but a lot of it has to do with the position of the stripes and how large they are. My hubby warned me about stripes on a maxi skirt, but I ordered it anyway, and I really like it. Like Kelly said, rules are stupid!

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  34. They can definitely vary in illusion depending on the size and placement for sure. Maybe the people that poo-poo stripes so much just haven't found a piece that really works for them. Hopefully when it presents itself, they will be open-minded.

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  35. lol I bet that would make an adorable Christmas card, all of you dressed up like cocker spaniels! That is something kooky Sean and I would probably do. I only wear my hair up at home, so I have tried a TON of products. I would definitely recommend starting with the DevaCurl gel. They do have a smaller $8 bottle at Ulta you can try instead of going with the $20 bottle. And the Set It Free really helps with the frizz too. Obviously I don't live in as humid a climate as you are in, so also look into Ouidad's Climate Control gel. I am pretty sure Ulta has it too. If I had any extra samples around, I would just mail them to you.

    http://www.sephora.com/climate-control-heat-humidity-gel-P242148?om_mmc=ppc-GG&mkwid=spQ9w8JqW&pcrid=32730916457&pdv=c&site=us_search&country_switch=us&lang=en

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  36. I didn't know Suave made Biolage knock-offs. I used Biolage right now.....well, not in my Plastic Palace, but normally...I LOVE Biosilk! When I straightened my hair all the time, I used the crap out of my Biosilk. I should probably bring that bad boy out to use right now. These two showers a day have made my hair SO frizzy!
    I might try the conditioner trick too.

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  37. Yes...the Suave knockoffs even pretty much smell the same. Since I've started coloring my hair regularly I use a lot of conditioner (I used to barely use any, and when I did, I could only use really light stuff like Lush Veganese or the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree...I used a lot of "2-in-1" products), and that shit gets expensive. My hair is insanely thick, as well...for home coloring, I need at least 2 boxes. Which actually works out well, because I need to mix colors to get the shade that's the closest to my natural color (Feria #72 and #74 - Dark Iridescent Blonde and Deep Copper FTW.)

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  38. For free??? Was it just in store? Aw man! Well, let me know what you think! I never thought about mixing colors. I might have to try that sometime. :-)

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  39. I'm not sure if you can get it online or not. It's the "Keratin" kind.


    Also, I read somewhere that to get home haircolor to look more like salon color, mix two shades. (I make my hairstylist use two colors, or three or four...hahahaha. I'm a total mad scientist. I would probably use three or four at home, too, but you can't store it for later, and I pretty much color my hair once a month. Red is so high maintenance...but I had like an inch or so of roots before my stylist got back from maternity leave and the gray is creeping further, so once a month it is. Lol.)

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  40. Red is definitely high maintenance. I have to do mine once a month too. The grays are multiplying fast!

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  41. Sorry about the loss of your brother. My fave holiday is Halloween too! Love costumes and Halloween parties, although we haven't hosted or been to any in the past several years. I decorate mostly for Christmas with a lot of pretty vintage holiday things. I'd love to get some vintage Halloween decorations! Love your blog - am a fairly new reader.

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  42. Oh, we also celebrate Korean holidays throughout the year, as our son is adopted from Korea. It can be a lot of fun!

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  43. Love the photos. Really cure.

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  44. Thank you! I need to try to remember to pop more photos in the Q&A stuff because it makes it more fun. :-)

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  45. I am really starting to love the more vintage decorations as well. There is this giant antique store a town over that has special events, especially before Christmas, and I love checking out all the items in there. I am going to seriously think about throwing a Halloween party this year if none of my friends do!
    Thank you for reading! I appreciate it and hope you come back!

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  46. Oh that is really cool! I find learning about other cultures' traditions truly fascinating. And how wonderful that your son can learn these things about his heritage too. :-)

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  47. just found you today and I am wearing this same blazer as we speak. looks really nice on you. I am wearing a pink tank under mine with jeans. we are almost twins.

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  48. Love your photos, hope your treatment is going well, and you enjoy being out of the 'plastic palace' tomorrow

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  49. Thankfully I haven't had much in the way of side effects, so that makes me happy. I cannot wait to sneak out to the garage and do my laundry tomorrow. lol :-)

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  50. Awesome! Great minds...! I love this blazer for sure. Polka dots always make me happy. I bet it is super cute with pink. :-) Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  51. This is such a great look, the animal print doesn't overwhelm, which is what I'm always concerned about with using animal print. This outfit is just right, color, prints, and a fantastic skirt. I get what you're saying about the retro feel to the skirt, the first thing that popped into my head when looking at it was, "wow, what a great '50s swing skirt". Love the look :)

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  52. Thanks for all the comments, Hailey! You were on a roll!

    I am so on board for Sartorial Medley this month. Too bad I only have one animal print item - a dress. Oh, and animal print shoes. But I will do something unique with them! I love your look here. Looks like something I'd wear! High waisted skirt + cardi = what I wear. All the time. I feel like the black and leopard pieces are great neutrals that you could really pair them with any color. Pop on a different colored cardi or shrug over the top, and you have countless different looks! The skirt is adorable but sounds too high maintenance for me. I hate ironing, and Jazzy hair sticks to everything. I'm so pathetic when it comes to clothing care. I just want to wash, dry, and go!

    Remember those flippy skirts from Lane Bryant last Spring? I think you bought the black one, and I bought it in two others prints besides the black? It has the elastic waist with the thick band? Well, I wish I'd bought every single color and print because I'm wearing them all the time. They're so easy! Thank you, Lane Bryant, for catering to my laziness. lol

    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  53. Thank you! I love the silhouette and will definitely need to wear skirts like this more often. I can't wait to get at my sewing machine and take some of these in!

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  54. haha You're welcome. I still have a ton to catch up on. I try to use any extra time to comb through my BlogLovin' roll. :-)

    The skirt is a bit more high maintenance than I thought it would be. I definitely need to make sure to double check the type of fabric things are made out of when ordering. I am not a fan of poplin. The chambray skirt I bought is the same style and much more easy going. I ran over it with my iron, but didn't need to sticky roller it at all.

    I remember those skirts! I should have bought them all too. I have been thinking about that one with all the colors and they do have a few on ebay. The 18/20 is $26, but I added it to my watchlist just in case. Check ebay!!

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  55. It all sounds so involved! You've done really well to stick to the diet, that would be the one thing I'd struggle with the most!
    Good luck with all the radiation, it'll soon be over xx

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  56. You look so amazing!! I can't believe that you have recently had surgery for Cancer and are going through all the diet / radiation treatment, so look the picture of health!
    xxx

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  57. It has definitely been a learning experience. The endo was even surprised at how well I did on the diet because my scan was "remarkable" and "so clean". :-) I have my follow up scan tomorrow, so I am hoping I can return to normal pretty soon!

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  58. Thank you very much! Sometimes I can't believe it myself. These last few months have gone by so quickly. I do my best to take care of myself, so I am glad those efforts are helping. :-)

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  59. When my dad was going thru cancer treatments, they used radiation on him, but they just aimed a "gun" at him and beamed it at him. He has burns, like a sunburn, on his skin form it. So odd to hear how different your experience has been!

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  60. It is really crazy all the different ways they use radiation to treat certain types of cancers. I think with some of the more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, they use a targeted radiation like that. Some people are resistant to the radiation, so I have no idea what they do for them.

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  61. Yeah, I agree they shouldn't say "oh by the way..." the day of something that major. And your scan sounds kind of like an MRI in terms of the claustrophobia factor and the uncomfortable factor. I'm glad you're safely out of jail. Too bad the fumes from burning plastic probably are carcinogenic, because I'm pretty sure setting all that shit on fire would have been cathartic :)

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  62. I don't really know much about radiation or cancer treatments, so this was really eye-opening for me! Following you on your journey just further convinces me that you are one brave chickie and that you're taking things in stride. I actually teared up a bit when I got to the part where Sean kissed you good-bye in front of everyone. It's very sweet. So much love in that one moment. Like you, I'd rather be safe than sorry, so your precautions, even if a bit overboard, could only serve you well. And most importantly, I think, is that they probably made you feel better and safer. Plastic palace! Even your :"cancer ward" has a diva-licious name! lol


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  63. LOL I bet it would have! I didn't even think of that. Maybe I can print out the photos I took of the room and burn those. I have a few ideas for some paintings I want to do. I think that will help too. I just need to make time to get up to my crafty room!

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  64. Thank you so much, Liz. It has definitely been an eye-opening journey so far. Covering everything in plastic definitely made me feel better in the long-term. We finally moved the bed back into the bedroom last night and I don't feel obsessive about contamination. I feel like everything is clean and okay, which is a great relief. It is also awesome to have all my stuff back where it belongs. Now I just have to finish tidying up my dressing room where stuff was stored during my Plastic Palace time. I have clothes to steam for future posts! lol

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  65. Speaking of games. You're probably already aware because you're pretty hip to the monthly gift subscription thing, but I just ordered something for Kyle that I think you and/or Sean would love. If you don't have it already... It's called "LootCrate" and it's a monthly gift box of gamer and geek gear. They send video games, nerdy t-shirts, game manuals, anime, little figurines, novelties, and other fun stuff. They have a theme each month and everything is curated within that theme. I also considered NerdBox which is a little pricier and more high end, but the collections are random. I ordered it for Kyle's Easter Basket. And the next one will come in May for our anniversary. And then in June...I don't know what I'll gift it to him for, but I'll come up with something!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  66. I have heard of LootCrate before and have seen some box photos on Instagram of it. I thought it would be something fun for Sean to get since I get two monthly beauty boxes, but I always forgot to mention it to him. Then a couple days ago, he IMed me and said he ordered himself a LootCrate because he found some deal for $3 off. So I am excited to see what comes in the boxes!
    Your anniversary is in May? What day? Ours is the 31st. :-)

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  67. Glad you are out of 'radiation jail' :) Great answers - my husband freaks out when i take my contacts out, I tried to get him to touch one and he says 'eww i dont want to touch something that touched your eye!'

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  68. A dancing class sounds fun. I didn't know there was a farm version of candy crush, probably a good thing i stopped playing!!

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  69. Kristi Thrash-McdadeApril 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Too cute!! Love the leggings! Glad to see you are doing well!

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  70. I think the only place to get actual leggings and not those control top abominations at LB is in the sleep section. I like this outfit on you, and there's nothing wrong with showing off your legs. :) If you wanted, you could dress it up with a black belt, but I totally get why not on a lazy weekend. Belts are a pain in the ass. (Maybe I just think so because nothing between my bra band and my waist is a flat surface, so they just migrate, and twist around, and generally make me want to yank them off.)

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  71. Sorry about Rusty. Pets are our family and it is so devastating to lose them. I lost my precious Watts (jack russell terrier) about 10 years ago, and I still miss him so much. My thoughts are with you.

    The weirdest thing I ever ate was probably Kimchee while in Korea. It's just fermented cabbage but it's so bitter and sour. Just not for me. My hubby on the other hand has eaten a bunch of weird stuff due to business travel to China, India, and Japan. Weird like shark fin soup, goat, squid soup. Yuck!

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  72. This is a really fun and different look! And I know those leggings - we've got a few stragglers on our clearance rack at LB. I thought they were jammies (which I guess they are), but I like how you styled them for a comfy-casual outfit. LB has some cute maxis in sleepwear right now, and I feel like quite a few of them could also work for summer casual outfits, especially beach cover-ups, so your idea of taking sleepwear into daywear doesn't seem as far-fetched as some might originally think.


    Anyways, I'm barely on board with regular leggings, let alone printed ones. I just wouldn't know how to style them. But this looks super funky and cute. I also like the chambray. If it was all pink and black, it might look a bit too Cyndi Lauper or something, but the chambray tones things down and balances things out. Really unique styling idea, and I think it really works on you!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  73. I was actually talking to a friend about belts riding up this weekend. I have NO flat surfaces either and when I sit down it just goes straight up to under my boobs. Then I constantly have to readjust. So annoying....but sometimes I suck it up and wear one because it looks cute when I am standing. I thought about adding a belt when I wore this because I thought it would tie the black in better, but like you said, it was just a low key thing so I didn't bother.


    I wore the same outfit a couple weekends ago out running errands and got a lot of compliments on it, especially the leggings, so I am going to try to incorporate them into other outfits. :-)

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  74. Thank you! I wanted to try something different that was totally out of my comfort zone. I am glad I did and that it seems to work well on me. I have some sleep maxis as day wear from LB too. Especially one from last year that was black, green, and neon pink colorblocked. They are just so comfy to hang out in and simple for the warmer weather. (And they are usually a cheaper price than the other maxis. lol)

    I thought all pink and black would be too matchy matchy. The leggings are so bright, I am glad the chambray toned them down a bit. I felt they really needed that more casual element to make them work. Glad you like it!! :-)

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  75. I still like the red on you the best. :) Also, if you didn't watch the baby sloth video that's all over Facebook...you should totally watch it. My FMM: http://goingloopy.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/brown-paper-packages-tied-up-with-strings/

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  76. I don't know that I have seen a baby sloth video recently, but I have been known to go to Youtube and just start watching baby sloth videos. LOL It is a sickness. They are just so cute!!

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  77. Kiyonna let me special-order one of their Zoe belts in black, and it's better than the other options, since there's none of those poky buckles. If you do this, size down. I'm a 4 in 99% of their stuff, but a 3 in the belt is better. I mean, it still moves around some, but at least it doesn't pinch or crease or do all of that other dumb shit.

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  78. I've always wanted some knee high boots, but have never found any that fit :( the smoked salmon chowder sounds amazing

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  79. That was my problem with boots too. I have 21 inch calves and size 11 wide feet. I could not find any boots to fit me. Avenue definitely has the best options for me. I was ecstatic when I found out the boots fit me! So I prance around in them every chance I get!
    The chowder is awesome!! It tastes just like one we get at our favorite place in Seattle. I was so happy when I got all the flavors right. If you make it, you will NOT be disappointed.

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  80. I am glad that you're out of the bubble. I mean, I remember my gramma's plastic wrapped couches, and that shit was not fun. A whole room full of plastic...ugh. And thank jebus for the internet, because yeah. Medical personnel aren't so good with explaining things.

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  81. I put any granny's plastic-covered couch to shame!! Feast your eyes on a plastic ROOM, granny!! LOL

    I'm glad I am out too. I even asked my endo a couple days prior to give me a list of precautions and she said she would do it the day of. If I hadn't been so tired and mentally exhausted, I might have had words with her.

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  82. You're pattern mixing like a pro, I love the contrast of the cheerful, spring top and the more fall feeling houndstooth pattern - they look great together. I like the skirt belted better than without, but it's good to know that's the way the waist of the skirt is set up as I'm one of the gals who would probably pull it up for a higher waist look. Anyway, great outfit, love it :)

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  83. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I appreciate your kinds words about my Rusty. It has been pretty difficult for me.

    And yuck about all the crazy things your husband has eaten! I am not quite that adventurous. lol

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  84. Peanuts in coke is tasty! You should try it at least once. Most of my friends end up liking it a lot once I actually get them to try it.
    And thank you about Rusty. He did have quite a long life with lots of love and fun adventures. I just miss him so so much.

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  85. Thank you....I promise to catch up on your latest posts soon! I think we actually have a free weekend this weekend. I have just been inundated with cleaning and getting things organized lately. We host Bunco on Friday, and while I am looking forward to it, the lead up of getting things done prior is exhausting.....but it is making us get stuff done.

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  86. Great answers, sounds like you are super busy but also have a great schedule in place too

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  87. The spinning photo is the cutest! I've seen so many posts entitled "Spring Has Sprung!" I'm guilty of it, too. lol I think ladies across the country are just psyched that it's FINALLY Spring and are celebrating with springy outfit posts. This look is really cute. I love the vintage components with the polka dots, high-waist belt, and peep toes. I really like the pops of blue and peach, too. If I wear a black and white outfit, I usually accessorize with just one color, but I like how you used two brights. They coordinate beautifully for a fun, playful look. I have a couple of days left in April; I'll see if I can throw together another springy look in honor of Sartorial Medley!

    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  88. This is such a bold attempt at pattern mixing! I think you did a really fabulous job. It has a late 80's/early 90's sort of vibe. Perfectly suited to NKOTB's glory days! I think the black and white in both prints really tie everything together, and the colored flowers in the blouse keep things really punchy and fun. I adore the tulle skirt, too! I would totally wear this outfit, and it makes me want to pair a b/w printed piece with another print with black, white, and color in it. So inspiring!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  89. Hahaha, I think I have the colors of those balm stains that you don't - Adore and Smitten. If you like those, and you're in the mood for a little splurge, try the Tarte version..."Moody" is my faaaaavorite. It''s kind of like Adore, but is a more natural-looking color. My other recent favorites have been Revlon Colorstay Overtime lipstick in Stay Currant and the Naked3 palette. I haven't bought that much new makeup lately. I only own two blushes - one is really a bronzer, but it's a peachy color that I bought from Sephora on clearance, and the other is an old Revlon one in a neutral peachy color. I spend all my money on eyeliner, lol. I probably would try those UD lipsticks, but they don't have any colors I like except the red (which I think is F-Bomb? how appropriate!), and I have too many red lipsticks as it is.

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  90. I almost bought F-Bomb during the F&F sale. I have been trying to wait to buy makeup until I can get my Sephora birthday thing and splurge on stuff there. I did buy the Tarte Power Pigment in Blushing Bride because it seemed like the higher end version of these Revlon things. I like the color, but they don't stay or stain at all. I was super bummed.
    I want to go back to Ulta and play with the other Revlon colors. I think they have more color options now than last time I looked. I love stains though because they are so much more low key than constantly applying lipstick. I have been using the Naked 3 palette a lot lately too.

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  91. Thank you! I was surprised I liked it when I put it together, but I was hoping others would like it too. I keep looking through my closet to see what other patterns I can put together. :-)
    The skirt is SO MUCH FUN! I love how it flows.

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  92. haha Yeah, the title isn't even close to original, but "Spring forward" seemed too dated now. I didn't take the time to think of anything different. However, I was extremely excited to wear something springy and colorful! I am glad you like it! It is another one of those dresses that I look forward to wearing in tons of different ways. :-)

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  93. I want the UD pencil lipstick in Apocalypse, but they don't have it at the Ulta by my house and I'm trying to make myself stop buying burgundy lipstick too. I might have a lot of them. I may do a post on lipstick at some point...I have some Things to Say on the subject. Stila in Beso is currently my favorite red, followed closely by Nars in Cruella, followed by Kat Von D in Outlaw. Maybe I lied about only spending money on eyeliner. I also spend it on lipsticks in the same 3 colors.


    The Tarte one I have is this one. It lasts about the same length of time as the Revlon ones do, for me, and it's almost the same color as Adore...but not quite.

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  94. Oh thanks for the link. I should have just gotten one of those, I think. I will add it to my Sephora list. :-) Your eyeliners and red/burgundy lipsticks are my sparkly nude eyeshadows and hot pink lipsticks. lol

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  95. Hey, I have those shoes! :) They are, come to think of it, very 80's. I'm pretty sure I owned the same ones in 5th grade. And I'm equally sure I owned some pastel jeans in 7th grade. I love the outfit on you, but I'm not sure I could pull 80's retro off. But 90s? YES PLEASE. Like this dress: it totally reminds me of partying at gay bars in 1996. (I actually bought it before GB had it.)

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  96. I have these shoes in this aqua and the pink now. I need the new pink ones and the purple and blue-ish purple. I never got to have jelly shoes as a kid, so I am collecting these for their fun and color. Plus, they are quite comfortable. I LOVE 80s shit though. It speaks to me. lol

    I saw that dress and entertained the idea of getting it. I had a dress in middle school that had a denim top connected to a print that was kind of like that. It might have been a red gingham pattern with sunflowers in a knit material. I loved that dress. I wore it all the time.

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  97. That shirt is so different, both the print and the color scheme! I would never think to pair those colors, but the printed top would definitely inspire me to put together a similar look to what you've created here. I love when a print inspires you to pair colors you'd never think to pair together otherwise. The color scheme and print remind me of the 1940's, but your styling is super modern and hip. This is a really unique and cool look!


    And as much as I hate to admit it...I like a lot of the Crocs ballet flats and sandals right now. I used to make fun of the original Crocs, and now I'm falling for the brand. Joke's on me! These new styles remind me of jellies, but they're a bit more grown up. We have a Crocs store at our local mall. I just might have to drag my butt over there and try them on!


    <3 Liz
    www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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  98. You always look so lovely, and this dress is perfect for you. LOVE your hair, I'm always very jealous of your hair when you put up your pictures! x

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  99. I have ALWAYS hated on Crocs and my friends know they will hear from me if they wear those original ugly ones, but there are some really cute styles of Crocs now. My friend bought some wedge boots that were so cute! These do remind me of jellies too (which I wasn't able to wear back in the day), so I knew I needed at least one pair of these. lol

    Now that you mention the 40s, I can see that too. :-) My mind went straight to early 80s. I think this might be really cute with my chambray skirt too. I need to try that on! I am definitely excited the top inspired me add these colors together. I can't wait to wear it again!

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  100. Oh, thank you so much! My missing thyroid has made my hair a little more dry, so I have been conditioning it like crazy. I am so excited about the highlights though. I have been thinking about it for a while and am glad I was able to finally do it. Now I just have to practice this styling technique (she waved it with a flat iron) and I am set for the summer. :-)

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  101. Do you know if there's something wrong with your RSS feed? I haven't been getting updates on Feedly for awhile now. :-(

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  102. Hi, Rebecca! Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I did some trouble-shooting and think I fixed the issue. Apparently, it hadn't been updating for a few months! AYE CHIHUAHUA! Let me know if things are working on your end (and let me know if they aren't).

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  103. Whatever you did seems to have fixed the issue. :)

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  104. Yay! Thank goodness! Thanks for letting me know!

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  105. This about made me want to cry! Girl, you are so strong. A

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  106. Thank you, Ashley. I'm glad too! I'm grateful it has been a pretty smooth process without much in the way of complications. Yay!

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  107. I am LEGIT in love with this top. Seriously. I have to have one. Also, do you love love Gwynnie Bee? Is it worth it?

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  108. Thank you, Regina! It is such a fun top!

    So honestly, right now Gwynnie Bee is a bit frustrating because the shipping has been really slow. They are transitioning to a larger warehouse and shipping center with lots more workers though. I would wait a month or two for them to get that transition out of the way and then start your free trial. I love the actual service itself and all the brands and styles to try. It has really been fun trying on brands I didn't know existed and trying pieces I wouldn't normally buy. I am usually pleasantly surprised. :-)

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