Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rain Kissed.

Majorly Romantic!
I could think of no better post to kiss the month of February goodbye.

Merely More...

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Robins Egg or Tiffany colored Nails.

This is China Glaze For Audrey. Two coats.

Merely More...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blog Design Services! Coming Soon.

Hey Everyone!!!
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. This may very well be my passion. This IS my passion!
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!

Merely More...

Gray & Chocolate.

I remembered to take the jacket off this time;) 

Merely More...

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Bananas & Blueberries...in a Muffin!

Bananas and blueberries...truly a wonderful combination!

Merely More...

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Evvv-A!


Wall-E, Movie

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.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Just...

It comes so natural, & yet, sometimes I have to remind myself to do it.

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It's a Beautiful Day!

I woke up one morning & my hair looked like this...

Merely More...

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The Thinker Driver.

Driving is not one of my most favorite things to do. I think too much!

For instance...
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.

Merely More...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Riding Along in my Automobile!!!

The 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
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!

Merely More...

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Buttery Shrimp & Pasta in Cream Sauce.

Absolutely Delicious!!! Simple. Super fast to make.
Did I say, Absolutely Delicious?!...

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Message Over Music?

Ever hear a song, love the tune...rhythm...beat, but can't understand many or any words of the lyrics?

Ever love a song for years, but never really knew what the song was truly about? How did you feel when you finally learned what the song was about?
What was the song???

Merely More...

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And...I Forgot to Show the Dress!

How are you doing an outfit post without showing the outfit, Marie?!!!
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&MBoots: Sorel

Why did Martin & Osa close, just when it was becoming my favorite store?!

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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.

Merely More...

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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...

Merely More...

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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.

Merely More...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Candy Coated Red Nails.


After going bare nails for awhile, I decided to paint them red.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

In Marie's Daydream Today...

Someone slips a black envelope under my door. It's an invite to The Masquerade. Wondering what to wear to such an occasion, I open my closet doors to find the most gorgeous evening gown & this mask. All dolled up, my face in partial disguise; I slowly walk through the ballroom doors, unsure of what to expect. The room is full of mystery. Women in gowns. Men in tuxedos. Through the sea of masked faces, I find his eyes...

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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

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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:)

Merely More...

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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?

Merely More...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Relaxed Hair Regimen: A walk down Memory Mane.

Here's how I took care of my 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.

Merely More...

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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.

Merely More...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oven Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ.


Yes!!!
When I saw this video, I knew I had to try this recipe/method for tender, tasty pulled pork. The oven does all the work! How fantastic is that?!!

Merely More...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Snow Boots.


These boots are huge! HUGE!!!

Merely More...

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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?

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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.
Merely More...

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!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Red Velvet for my Valentines.



Husband is not my only Valentine! Gasps...

Every year, I ask my parents...and sometimes my siblings, to be mine;)
This year, it'd be nice to do so with a cupcake in hand, because who doesn't heart family?!

Merely More...

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Charming.

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Movie

Another one for the romantics! It's been awhile since I've seen this. I remember feeling different..."floaty", if you will, after watching the first time. She's just so likeable! So is Paul. The landlord...made me cringe:(

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Grays.

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)? 

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In Marie's Daydream Today...


It was not 9 degrees, but 79. Stars sparkled & stretched across the evening sky. I owned one of these dresses! Husband & I went to an outdoor party, and everyone cleared the dance floor, for us.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Growing Out my Relaxer: A walk down Memory Mane.

I was in love with my relaxed hair!

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.

Merely More...

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Male Video Vixens...err Reynards?



Hands Up, by TLC

It's kinda nice to see the playing field of  "objectifying" leveled a bit...even if I am seeing this several years late.

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Outside the Kitchen Window.


Blizzard. Chicago. 2011. Just...Beautiful!

Went to take a few photos outside this morning...,but couldn't open the door. Snowed in, with Husband today:)

So, what does that mean???
A few more posts, of course!!!

Merely More...

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The Journey is the Destination.

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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.

Merely More...

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Virgin Beginnings & the Relaxed Ending: A walk down Memory Mane.

At 20 or 21 years old, I got my first relaxer. I had my hair pressed straight for years before then, so it made sense.

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Sparks knows Romantic.

A Walk To Remember, Movie

Sigh. Tears. Sigh...
I first read the book by Nicholas Sparks, and enjoyed it very much. Felt some of the very same emotions, watching this movie. A beautiful story of love! Grab your tissues, if you watch this one...

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