Monday, June 27, 2016

30 Chic Days - 11 to 14

I'm joining Fiona and Sue to track 30 days of "chic" living. I've been busy these 4 days but don't have much to say.

Days 11 - 14

My focus for the week was on continuing to make the interior of our home more "chic".

Eating: We ate all dinners at home. I worked on healthier snacks.

What I wore: More summer Project 333 wardrobe capsule mix and match. Adding at least a necklace to make each simple summer outfit more elegant. Some new options.



How I moved my body: Activity based exercise - spraying weeds, painting walls, dog walking, and my stretching DVD.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

30 Chic Days - Days 8-10: Simple elegance every day

I'm joining Fiona and Sue to track 30 days of "chic" living.

Days 8 - 10

I started thinking about what makes a person "chic" and had to look up the definition - "smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner".

Which led me to looking up the definition of "elegant". 

      1. showing good taste : graceful and attractive
      2. simple and clever

Which led me to decide that what I am really after is simple elegance in everyday life.

My focus for the week was on really thinking about this as I went through my days and made decisions.

Time wise I mostly worked on maintaining and beautifying our home. I started painting the master bath as part of our sale prep checklist and did yard work. I braved Ikea and found a wall mirror and colorful pillow shams to finish the decor in the guest room for a small price.

Eating:
Breakfasts were coffee every day with meals rotating between oatmeal with soy milk, peanut butter and fruit; Shredded wheat with soy milk and fruit; Poached eggs on rye. 

Lunches were
- Tomato soup, open face sandwich of turkey and cheese on rye with cranberry mustard (very yummy)
- Big salad with turkey, crackers
-Turkey Canadian bacon, 2 blueberry pancakes, half a grapefruit

Dinners were
- Chicken enchiladas, steamed broccoli, wine
- Pork sausage, risotto, leftover broccoli & butternut squash
- Vegetarian chili, green salad

What I wore: After I was through painting/doing yard work, every day I wore a summer top and shorts/capris/crop pants with sandals and a scarf if going out. I did make sure to add a [necklace or earrings each day to make me feel more elegant even if I only walked the dog. I liked all 3 outfits for every day life although I did change the sandals for the shorts to light tan ones.


How I moved my body: Activity based exercise - spraying weeds, painting walls, dog walkingl.

What I read: Along with mysteries I also am reading Taste: The story of Britain through its cooking. I've made it to the Tudor period. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This is taking longer than I thought!


I seriously thought the painting would take one day per coat. I only made it through the brush work with the primer before I had to stop for the day.

Of course I made two trips into our wooded area to spray weeds before I started.

Who said retirement wasn't full of fun activities!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Let the painting begin!

This week's house selling prep project is the master bathroom. Of course we painted it a dark color on 3 walls and it needs to be a light neutral color!

My husband put up painter's tape on every edge, took down fixtures and outlet/switch covers, etc. Now to prime and paint 2 coats of the new color. Wish me luck.


30 Chic Days - Weekend Edition (Days 6 & 7)

I'm joining Fiona and Sue to track 30 days of "chic" living. The purpose of this is to log every day with the goals of:
- Awareness of what I’m doing each day
- Where I am placing my focus, and
- Remembering what I want to achieve.

The weekend - Days 6 & 7

My focus for the weekend (and this entire coming week) was to work on updating our house by painting, continuing to edit genealogy files, and shopping for a few decor items. This will help with staging the house to sell come April but we can enjoy it in the meantime. We bought paint for the upstairs bathroom and I ordered new curtains to add some color once the walls are neutral. This is the online photo. I'll post photos of how the room came out when I'm done painting.
I will get new ivory towels nearer to putting the house on the market.

Eating:
Breakfasts
- Coffee, shredded wheat, banana & blueberries with soy milk
- Coffee, raisin bread slice with peanut butter
Lunches
- Tomato soup, French bread with cheese
- Father's Day brunch of blueberry pancakes & turkey bacon
Dinners
- Chianti, chicken breast, butternut squash, large green salad with mixed veggies
- Chianti, pork loin chop, butternut squash, rainbow chard & orange
Snacks
- Saturday: banana nut muffin, biscotti
- Sunday: apple, cheese, crackers

What I wore:

Nothing surprising or new here. Saturday I wore an orange tank with black capris and I put on a two tone gray elephant print scarf when I went to read at the coffee house. Then on Sunday I wore my blue capris again with a blue and ivory print top.


How I moved my body: 40 minutes walking the dog on Saturday.

What I read: You guessed it - more murder mysteries plus blogs.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

30 Chic Days - Day 5 (Capsule wardrobe version)

I'm joining Fiona and Sue to track 30 days of "chic" living. The purpose of this is to log every day with the goals of:
- Awareness of what I’m doing each day
- Where I am placing my focus, and
- Remembering what I want to achieve.

Day 5

My focus for the day was maximizing my small summer wardrobe and learning more about my new phone.

Eating: Breakfast was banana nut muffin, Greek yogurt, blueberries and banana. Lunch was a small serving of leftover ratatouille, French bread with cheese and green salad. Dinner was out at a Thai restaurant - Pad Kee Mao with beef (not a low calorie dish!). Snacks were half an apple and a chocolate cookie. Drinks were water and coffee and Chardonnay with dinner.

What I wore: I had an at home day and tried out a new combo from my small summer wardrobe by wearing a blue tank with my blue capris. For going out to dinner I changed to navy crops and added another necklace and a white jacket.
 Usually I wear the blue capris with a white top or sometimes a melon colored one.

I decided to see how many other workable combos I could make with these capris.
I came up with 3 more for a total of 6 different outfits.


How I moved my body: A 50 minute Pilates session with a trainer.

What I read: More mystery book reading. I'm addicted.