Recipes & food photos. Nail polish. Hair. Clothes. Books. Movies. Videos. TV. Random thoughts & daydreams. Inspirational Quotes & photos. MerelyMarie is about being & accepting who you are. No facades. No apologies. No fear. No shame. It's also about growing into the person you want to be, and living your life for yourself...not for other people.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Robins Egg or Tiffany colored Nails.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Blog Design Services! Coming Soon.
I previously mentioned that I would be offering a Blog & Non-blog Design Service, for a fee.
There's nothing I enjoy doing more than making things look good.
Whether its food on my plate, my hair, nails, what I wear...my work as a Graphic Designer; Presentation has always been one of my strengths!
Bananas & Blueberries...in a Muffin!
What a sweet, sweet, SWEET movie!
I love Wall-E!!! He falls for Eve & tries so hard, just to hold her hand...Tear!
There are some messages about environment & over consumption, but I love this movie more for its niiice little love story.
Monday, February 21, 2011
It's a Beautiful Day!
The Thinker Driver.
Driving is not one of my most favorite things to do. I think too much!
I think (Ha, ha!) that switching lanes takes moxie! You look, pick your spot, signal, and jump in; Right?! No matter if it's just enough room for you to fit in, barely enough room, or 3 cars length of room.
Well, I was never really good at double dutch.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Riding Along in my Automobile!!!
Husband & I went, and had a fantastic time behind the wheels of dozens of vehicles. He is a major car fanatic! When I say major, I mean...while I'm looking at personal, food, style or design blogs, he is looking at car blogs & websites, drawing cars, driving our car, or talking about different models & whether certain manufacturers are going in the right direction with their latest design model.
It seems other Auto Show-goers sensed all this about him; because virtually every car we got in, people would automatically start conversations with him. Sigh...he's just so darn approachable! I both admire & occasionally envy this about him.
Okay, enough rambling...Let's take a peek at some automobiles!
Buttery Shrimp & Pasta in Cream Sauce.
Message Over Music?
And...I Forgot to Show the Dress!
Well...It did cross my mind that I did not take off the coat, just as I ran back inside; but, I didn't want to go back out there. It was cold! LOL
Coat: Martin & Osa • Scarf & Mittens: Portolano • Dress: J.Crew
Sweater Tights: Hue • Leg Warmers: H&M • Boots: Sorel
Why did Martin & Osa close, just when it was becoming my favorite store?!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Braid Out: A Mini Photoshoot.
It's insane how short my hair looks after I wash it. Water seems to make it coil up...some conditioners seem to make it coil up even tighter, but...One braid out or twist out, and it looks like I grew a couple of inches overnight.
All of a sudden my hair hangs down just a little bit more than it stands up.
Sounds like Music, annnd...I'm Dancing. + Posting Schedule!
Sometimes I value silence, but music is wonderful!
It does things to a person, doesn't it?
It's funny how certain songs can:
• Change your mood within the first beat & make you feel a certain way
• Take you back to a specific moment in time, in your life
• Bring particular people to the forefront of your mind
• Make you want to cry
• Make you smile
• Make you want to dance
Updates on Post Schedule inside...
Olive Oil & Garlic Chicken Tenders.
My first experience cooking with and tasting olive oil was not a good one. In fact, it turned me off from using olive oil for a long time. Butter, margarine, lard, and corn oil were my unfailing staples. I could depend on these not transforming my food into something that tasted weird. I can't remember what I made with the olive oil or what brand it was. All I remember is an over-powering bitter, weird before and after taste. It was not good.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Candy Coated Red Nails.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
In Marie's Daydream Today...
Really Got to Go!! It's the...
The Pleasure Principle, by Janet Jackson
I remember playing Janet, Paula Abdul, and Madonna's (cassette) tapes over & over & over again, but when their videos came on TV...I had to run to see it before they had gone off! I wanted that denim jacket...and her dance moves! LOL
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Weekend Bliss & Chocolate Banana Muffins, with Raspberries.
My most favorite part of any weekend is morning coffee with Husband. We lounge around & sip from our mugs, utterly content with having no real obligations for the day. We watch movies or some cooking program on the Create Network. Sometimes he makes breakfast...sometimes he plays a video game. Sometimes I sit at the computer wondering what to post next...sometimes I make muffins...
Either way, there's always coffee:)
Friday, February 11, 2011
It's All about Us.
All about Us, by Philipp Keel
This is a fun "write-in" book to complete with your spouse, or significant other.
It is filled with little exercises & interesting questions, like:
• If you could teach your partner one thing with the snap of your fingers, what would it be?
• Name the last time you thought it might be nice to be single again?
• Name something you deliberately did to impress your partner in the early days of your relationship:
• Name someone you find unconventionally sexy:
• Are you comfortable walking around the house naked while your partner watches you?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Relaxed Hair Regimen: A walk down Memory Mane.
relaxed hair, minus the relaxer application.
Relaxer touch ups:
About every 12 weeks. My sister did my touch ups.
Relaxer of choice:
Beautiful Beginnings, fine hair. When every store within a 2 mile radius of home was out of my "BB", I cried first, then picked up a box of Organic Root Stimulator No-Lye, normal.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Made from his Rib.
I often wonder if Husband and I ever passed each other, during our childhoods. Perhaps in a grocery store, doctor's office, laundromat...or in the back seat of each of our parent's cars, driving on the same street; but in opposite directions. I wonder if our eyes ever met, before returning to whatever it is we were doing.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Oven Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Just who Created the Internet?!
Thank you, who ever you are!!! I've learned so much from the WWW. How to take care & style my hair. How to paint my nails & not have them chip. How to make food that I've never even thought about making before.
When I think about what I'd be doing right now, as I type this...where I'd be...what life would be like (not only for me, but for everybody), if the internet did not exist...
...I can't even imagine, honestly.
What have you learned from the World Wide Web?
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Greetings & Growth.
Well now! I both need & want to give:
A big HELLO to YOU, if you've recently joined the blog! Hello!!!!
I'm glad something here interested you enough to follow. I really hope you stay awhile.
An enormous HI, to YOU, if you've been here awhile, or since the very beginning. Hi!!!!
A wink at you, if you merely stop by & look. Wink, wink! Come on...you know you want to join. Click the button to follow already;) LOL
A major HEY to YOU, if you've clicked the "Like button" on the Facebook Page. Hey!!!!
Please Like & Share the MerelyMarie Facebook Page, if you haven't already.
I Can Go With The Flow!
Go With The flow, by Queens of the Stone Age
If I ever rode a Harley, this song would be the first to play in my head. Okay. It would be between this song, Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers, and Walk by Pantera. Nevertheless, one of my favorites from this band.
"Super-highly" suggestive video (so, don't watch at work LOL), done in an interesting artistic fashion.
Loves Queens of the Stone Age!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Red Velvet for my Valentines.
My mom says I've had strands of gray hair since I was a little girl.
In my teenage years, I'd pluck them out. Now, I have more grays than ever, especially around my temples and I am fascinated with them all. Some are ombre, going from deep brown to reddish brown to gray. Some are just gray. Others look platinum. I don't think I'd ever want to get rid of them again. They add character & a bit of welcomed age;)
What say you?
How do you feel about grays (if you have them)?
In Marie's Daydream Today...
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Growing Out my Relaxer: A walk down Memory Mane.
Deciding to cut it all off was very tough!!!
I did not want short hair. I had just spent 2 years growing it, and that was the longest my hair had ever been. Not to mention, the healthiest (of all my years having a relaxer).
But, I had 17 reasons.
Male Video Vixens...err Reynards?
Outside the Kitchen Window.
The Journey is the Destination.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Spilling the Beans: Coffee is Romance.
"I am addicted to the ritual of making it, the smell, sitting with the warm cup nursing it until it cools." -Justme.
A fellow blogger left these words (so eloquently), and I nodded my head in agreement as I read them. I was immediately inspired to write something about my saga with coffee.