Shopping Trip #3: Conservative Fashion-Forward Work Clothes

My third attempt at shopping for work clothes ended about as well as the first and second shopping trips.

I didn’t buy much.

I probably would find great clothing if I was willing to spend a little more money: Gap, The Limited, Dillard’s – all great options! However, I limit my clothing options to Gordman’s, Kohl’s, TJMaxx and second-hand shops like Plato’s Closet.

I’m so cheap.

Charlotte Russe Blue-Green Sweater
The fit was perfect around my torso, but then there was WAY too much fabric roaming around my shoulders. Shirts have to stay on at work.

A pink sweater from Charlotte Russe at the East Mall in Wichita KSShirt download: 50% complete…

Shirts also have to be all there at work, but the pink was really pretty.

Gordman's Patterned Silky TopThe picture might not do justice to how ridiculous I looked in this shirt.

Green Cowl Neck Sweater from the East Gordman's Location in Wichita KSThis top was – for the most part – OK, except for the sleeves. I’m also pretty sure it wouldn’t look good with black pants, and that’s all I have. A no-go.

A black-and-white striped shirt from Charlotte Russe in the East Mall in Wichita KSI cannot wear this shirt to work. Three cutouts in the back don’t cover my shoulder art, and I don’t think I should be wearing shirts with cutouts to work.

I still bought it because it’s totally cute and comfortable.

Black shirt from Gordman's in Wichita KSIn my defense, I tried on shirts that were colors other than black. I bought this black shirt for work because it wasn’t too tight (one size larger than I wear), and it’s clean cut.

Two shirts. Seven stores. Epic fail.

I need a personal shopper. That’s all there is to it. I am now taking applications. Shoot me an email.

Where do conservative fashion-forward cheap women shop in Wichita? Is it always such an adventure?

Schwett Master Workout

Yesterday, I left the office with every intention to work out as soon as I got home.

I decided that I would need my tunes.

Problem: All my tunes are on my old laptop that is close to death. Well, I have an iPhone so I’ll just transfer! No problem…

…is what I thought.

Big problem! My music wouldn’t transfer, the new iTunes wouldn’t download and my old laptop died twice during the process.

After an hour, I was so irritated that I gave up on my workout and ate a piece (or four) of dark chocolate. I finally got iTunes to work, which took three more hours, and had time to cook dinner.

Today, after work, I put on my shorts and running shoes, turned on my tunes and got to work… ing out.

The Schwett Master Workout (Thanks, Dana!)

Dana at My Little Celebration Workout

50 jumping jacks
40 alternating front kicks
50 alternating punches in squat

I did the warmup three times because I planned to do the workout three times, and I like it when things are even.

Didn’t go well.

20 front lunges
60 seconds jump rope (simulated)
15 pushups
60 seconds high knees
20 bicep curls
60 seconds butt kicks (modified to hamstring curl)
20 tricep dips
45 seconds mountain climbers
60 seconds plank

I made it to butt kicks, and then my quad region charlie-horsed, and I fell. I finished out with tricep dips, modified (really slow) mountain climbers and plank.

After the workout, I did some stretching to this nice little diddy…

I walked down the aisle to that song so I had a heart-melt after my schwett session.

Good day :)

How was your workout? Schwetty and kinda painful.

Workout Cards

I should have done this months ago!

Index cards with workouts to take to the gym or on a runIndex cards with different workouts to take to the gym, stuff in your pocket during trail runs or keep at home for gym-free workouts.

I am a genius.

So smart it’s disgusting.

How do you keep track of your workouts?

Honey Mustard Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

I thought I hated asparagus…

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with Salt and Pepper…until I had it with salmon.

Asian Honey Mustard Baked Salmon RecipeHoney-Mustard Salmon with Roasted Asparagus

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 salmon fillets (I only had two and should have reduced my sauce by half.)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (I did not use a full 1/4 cup. Too much cheese.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a bowl. Microwave until they have melted together, about 30 seconds. Stir in mustard, soy sauce and honey.

Toss asparagus with a tablespoon of oil, the Parmesan and salt and pepper. Place the stalks in a baking dish and roast until al dente, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Heat remaining oil in an ovenproof skillet over high heat. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, and then add to the pan, flesh side down. Cook until browned on one side, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the fillets, brush on half the honey mustard and place the pan in the oven. Bake until fish is firm and flakes easily (but before white solids begin to form on the surface), about 5 minutes.

Remove fillets from the oven and brush with more honey mustard. Serve with asparagus.

Recipe for Honey Mustard Salmon and Roasted AsparagusDinner for the win, folks.

Blogging again + An update

Two weeks?



No excuses.

I have avoided my computer because I’m glued to 52 square inches of screen at work.

Computer WorkstationNot that I don’t love those screens! I am thankful and blessed to be staring at those screens. I’m thankful for work! (And I’ll give you another reason in a minute.) But I just had to rest my eyes and my mind.

Sometimes, you have got to get away from technology. I also cut myself off from Facebook and Twitter – so much so that one of my friends sent me a message to make sure I was OK.


During my break, I finished reading the second book in my series: The Girl Who Played with Fire. I love mysteries, but here is my warning: It is just as morbid as the first book.

Two weeks. A nice vacation from blogging (just one week from social media). I had a nice rest, but I’m back to blogging!

I am also back to school. I have six credit hours left until I get my master’s degree.


I am so close! My class met Thursday: Writing and Editing for the Web. The required textbook? The Yahoo! Style Guide. Assignments? Write blogs.

No. I’m not joking.

Yes. It’s awesome.

skinnyshae will change this semester. Instead of a lot of original, unique content, the blog will transform to a “link blog” somewhat. I will share more information than I will create. Expect to see a lot of links to some of my favorite blogs and websites.

I also have a graduate project this semester. I want to write a proposal for the university to consider creating a Campus Kitchens Project at WSU as a continuation of my research about hunger from last semester. Check out the CKP here. Another student from that class, Katie, and I might be able to create a poster for a graduate competition at WSU. I am super excited about that possibility. Fingers crossed!

The project will take up much of my time, but I should be far less stressed than I was last semester. I’m sure we all remember how crazy I was… I know Husband does ;)

Already this year, I suffered an unfortunate loss…

My car died :(

According to the man at Jiffy Lube, who I am sure knew his stuff, I blew a head gasket. Pretty sure that’s a $5 part and a $1500 repair bill. Husband and I have put so much money in to that car.

When I told him, he looked at me and said: “I think its time to buy a car.” So guess what we did during my technology break!

WE BOUGHT A CAR! And by “bought,” I mean we have a loan and a car payment and boo… but we totally have a new(er) car! Yay!

If I did not stop teaching at WSU and start working at the bank full-time, Husband and I would not have been able to buy a car to replace my dead Grand Am. My mother and her husband will work on the broken car. Here is my apology: I’m sorry I broke it! Thank you for letting me drive it for so long.

Speaking of my job… I love it! Research is one of my favorite activities. I was the weird kid in school who loved writing research papers. I don’t write whole papers at work – no time for that – but I write plenty of little reports!

Giddy with excitement <—- ME.

Prepare yourselves for some serious link-blogging because I am back.

A day of healthy eating

For breakfast: Greek Yogurt

I tried Chobani and liked it so I thought I’d give Fage a try, but only because it was on sale.

I bought one Strawberry Goji- refraining from purchasing 10 just because it was a 10-4-10. (That’s how they get you.)

Greek Yogurt ReviewGreek Yogurt with JamBerries and Greek YogurtThe instructions said not to stir.

Yeah, right. I stirred and dipped my granola bar in it.

So good. Five stars. High fives. Many kudos. Eat this.

For lunch: Leftovers

I took leftover tomato soup, spinach salad with cheddar cheese and celery leaf and a Yoplait Lemon Tort Parfait (100 calories) to work for lunch.

Homade Tomato SoupFor dinner: Turkey Burgers and Berries

I convinced Husband to make turkey burgers for dinner because I didn’t want the peppers to go bad.

Sneaky me!

We do turkey burgers right in this house. Wheat buns, turkey burgers, romaine, peppers and onions, pepperoncini and SAUCES. (Shredded cheddar, too, if you really want to eat cheese.)

Berries, too! But this is not where dessert ended… Unfortunately.


Ruined a whole day of healthy eating with Ben & Jerry’s Cheesecake Brownie Ice Cream. I say “ruined,” but I mean “made completely more awesome.”

What did you eat today?

Confession Time: The weekend binge

Ugh. Here goes.


Chicken wings.

Another beer.

Ice cream. Cheesecake ice cream.

On Saturday night, Husband and I met up with a bunch of my friends from when I worked as a bartender and went to a hockey game. The Thunder slaughtered the Oilers. The last three goals were so awesome.

We binged on beer, chicken wings and ice cream after the game. And by “binge” I mean I had two (not light) beers, eight or nine chicken wings and a 1/3 cup of ice cream.

(Before the game I had done nothing but eat all day so I was pretty full up before the binging, but the added binging did not help.)

I am re-committing to my resolutions on Monday.

Commitment five.

*hand slap*