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.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Mind Chatter: Open the Vents, it's Honest in Here. Errors, Blog Growth & Blog Comments.
best of blogs photobook
I was recently notified that my photo of banana cake would be included in the BlogHer "Best of Blogs 2011" photobook! How exciting!!! A copy of the book will be mailed to me. Can't wait to see it & share with you!
As much as I am a home-body, I've been aching to just GO somewhere & DO something before the summer is up. I'm even willing to brave this heat & humidity (and I really, REALLY dislike sweating under the sun), but I just gotta go.
So...husband and I are taking somewhat of a "staycation"; although, I prefer to call it "Several Days of Dates". We're going to the conservatory (never been), the zoo (it's been decades), mini-golfing (it's been awhile), and to see Cirque de Soleil (never been, have you?); hopefully we can also go on a fireworks cruise.
Trying some new restaurants along the way, is also on the menu (pun intended)!
I love spending time with The Mr.!
If I'm MIA next week; that's where I'll be...suffering the heat for love:)
What are your favorite places to go on a date?
If you're married, do you have to make an effort for date nights?
The Essie Lilacism Giveaway Winner is. . .
I sent you an email. Please reply back as soon as possible, or within 4 days to claim your new nail lacquer, or another random drawing will be held.
Thank you to everyone who entered!
I hope to have more giveaways for you in the future:)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Master Chef (Season 2), TV
25:35...the look on her face was priceless.
I really like this season...the contestants (& the judges) are interesting in their own ways.
When I found out Judge Joe was the the son of Lidia Bastianich; I was amazed. She seems like such a sweet lady; he seems cold.
...but, what do we (viewers) really know...it's television!
Joe cracks me up, especially in the auditioning stages of the show. He'd taste someone's dish, glare at them for a second, and then just walk off...without a word. LOL No hints whatsoever, if their dish was good or bad.
Do you watch?
This season of Hell's Kitchen is pretty entertaining too; so much drama...
Blueberry Streusel Bars with Lemon-Cream Filling.
Micky & Dicky.
Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky (Bale), a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption. -AmazonVery good movie!
The costume designer did a fantastic job. The ensembles were so 90s! LOL
I very much liked Amy Adams too!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Not a boater, nor do I live by the sea. . .
I wish I'd tried them on when I spotted them in Nordstrom. Examining the ones on display, these shoes had BEND...major bend between the toe box & the middle of the shoe. You know what that means?! The leather was just...perfect; or so it felt.
Photo Credits 1, 2, 3, 4.
Marie's Tips: Prevent freezer burned ice cream.
After opening a fresh box of ice cream, merely cover the top with a sheet of aluminum foil, before replacing the lid. This has worked wonders for me in preventing freezer burn. I hope it does the same for you!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Death of a Bookstore.
Friday, July 22, 2011
1. Goody Ouchless hair elastics
2. Goody Slide Proof bobby pins
3. Goody Professional cutting shears
I've had the scissors since before my big chop. They are super sharp & they cut/trim my hair really well! When ever I feel a single strand knot at the end of my hair, I just snip it away. If the shears aren't nearby, sometimes I just pull it.
I know, bad Marie!
I used the hair bands in this manner to style my high puff, and Goody bobby pins have always been my friend! I prefer them to any other brand. They just hold my hair really well, and they don't snag...
Goody is good; I just wish the brand was more accessible (like Conair) in my local brick and mortar superstores.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Is anyone else allergic to fish, with the exceptions of tuna & shrimp???
You all don't know how much I love & miss the taste of deep fried buffalo catfish...flavorful, crispy cornmeal battered crust...tender, juicy white fillet...and a couple of dashes of original Louisiana hot sauce.
Longing for some kinda of fish, coupled with it being too hot to really cook anything, I ventured back to the Chicken of the Sea. Not as exciting to the taste buds, as catfish; but it was pretty good.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
9 to 5 Escapism.
It sounded alright to me at the time.
Not many years later...I began pondering the possibilities of self-employment; being your own boss, owning your time, controlling your income, and complete freedom to do exactly what you love. This sounded even better!
Several weeks ago...I picked up this book. The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. It talks about a thing called, lifestyle design. The book supposedly teaches you how to trade a "long-haul career" for "short work bursts and frequent "mini-retirements", amongst other lessons.
My interest was indeed piqued!
Who doesn't want to work less & enjoy more...life!
The humor that is YT comments.
Every time I check out a funny, informative, cool, or somewhat controversial video on Youtube, I can't leave the page without reading a few of the comments! Some of them just crack me up...& then, the little keyboard tricks that start & stop certain parts of the video...priceless.
What is the Illuminati?
It seems every 6 comments mentions it...
Monday, July 18, 2011
Black, Off-White & Cognac Rust.
Not being a huge fan of print/patterns, I didn't initially love it. I got it anyway because the material (linen) would mean comfort on hot & humid days, the style looked easy enough to wear to work...& to play, and it was one of the few dresses left in my size.
Not to mention, dresses just seem easier, in the summertime.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Essie Lilacism Giveaway! ~CLOSED~
This giveaway is for a bottle of nail color that I am currently loving! Essie Lilacism.
If you missed it, here's what it looks like on my nails.
To win it, you must:
• Already be a follower/subscriber (before 7-15-11)
• Reside in the United States or Canada
• Leave your name, email address, & the way(s) you are following (ex. Google Friend Connect, Email or Reader Subscription, Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter), in a message below.
• Enter before July 25th.
Facebook and/or Twitter followers (who also follow another way), receive 1 additional entry:)
Good luck & I appreciate you for reading MerelyMarie!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Parmesan Shrimp Salad.
Purple Pastel Nails.
60% of the time it works, every time.
"It's so damn hot...milk was a bad choice."
"I don't know how to put this...but I'm kind of a big deal."
"Ribs...I had ribs for lunch, that's why I'm doing this."
With so many memorable quotes, it never seems to get old...
I think this is the only DVD I own that I've actually watched more than once.
"I thought you were kidding! I thought it was a joke! I even wrote it down in my diary, "Veronica had a very funny joke today!"...I laughed at it later that night!"
Alright. I'm done...LOL
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Decor Design Style: What's Yours?
I took a home decorating style quiz several months ago & decided to take it again today. It seems my style remains to be Transitional...
The results of the quiz said this:
Your style is Classic Casual
AKA Transitional. A mix of contemporary and traditional. Usually updated, graceful, enduring.Sounds accurate, as it kinda defined my wardrobe; and yet, when I googled "transitional design living room" for some image inspiration, I instantly felt underwhelmed.
Then, I googled images for "transitional design bedroom". Still...no sparks!
I looked around me & if it walks & quacks like a duck...
It all looked familiar.
Is this really me?...I kept asking myself.
I get excited when I see eclectic & brightly designed spaces; especially living rooms. They often have mismatch furniture; 1 lone sofa, beautifully textured chevron rugs or striking animal print rugs, rustic wooden coffee tables, sexy luxurious chairs, and leather studded ottomans with a lush, casually folded throw & a tray holding a couple of books & a few odd nick-knacks.
Somehow it never looks like too much.
Somehow it all works cohesively.
I think it looks beautiful, but wonder...could I really "live" & feel comfortable in that living room? Or, would I love it for awhile, then somewhere down the road end up feeling like it's outdated.
Do you know your decorating style? How do you add your personal touch & character to your space? Do you ever gravitate towards eye-candy decor that isn't really your style?
Here's the quiz I took.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Outside my Kitchen Window: A Peeping Squirrel.
ABG | The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl - Episode 5, by Actingrl112
Thanks to Retromusik for introducing me to this hilarious (& creatively entertaining) series! Check out the first 4 episodes to catch some of the references.
You will relate...if you find certain situations awkward;)
Monday, July 11, 2011
Who dances with the big bad wolves.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Trip 2: Salvation Army Haul.
Marie's Tips: Thrift store shopping 101.
If you're new to shopping at thrift stores & looking for tips, Read on...
• Go really early, or go really late...on a weekday.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Efficiency is part Action & part Planner.
I love having a tangible place to write down appointments, reminders. and "To Do Lists". It seems, somewhere along the way, I just started adding them all to my cell phone.