Coffee Chat

coffee talk

I miss my Coffee Chats when I’m doing those style challenges. Mixing them into my Instagram recaps just isn’t the same, so it’s nice to be back.

In just a few days, I’ll be headed to Dallas for a fashion blogging conference. I’m so excited to see Cyndi and Kristie again, and to finally meet Alison after all these years! I’m not sure if I’ll know anyone else there or not, but I’m sure some of the fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram and Snapchat will be there, so it will be fun to meet some of them too.

I’m not one to be intimidated by much, but this will be a different crowd than I’m used to, so I’m curious to see how it goes. I’m not worried about being lonely because I do know some lovely ladies going (as mentioned above) so no matter what, it will be a good time.

And hey, I get a hotel room to myself for 3 nights. I mean, that in and of itself is worth the price of admission. And all the mommies in the room say AMEN!

What else?

Ah, yes. My MRI. There’s not much new to tell. They came back with the diagnosis of Patellar Tracking Syndrome, which is what my doctor predicted from the beginning. It’s always good to rule out the bad stuff, so I’m glad there are no tears or anything like that.

I’m actually feeling okay at the moment. I think my knee issues had everything to do with that yoga ball desk chair. I had an epiphany last week, switched it out for my old traditional chair, and my knee pain and discomfort immediately decreased by about 90%.

I have other issues, however, that are returning — mainly foot pain, that is probably related to my back and the way I’m sitting in the traditional chair. You can’t win for losin’, ya know!?! I swear, I should just rent a room at the physical therapist’s office.

But nothing is seriously wrong, and that’s the good news. I can run, wear high heels, walk, hike, and do anything I’m comfortable doing. I will continue with PT and hope to improve my mobility so I can stay healthy, but it’s all good.

Last night my husband and I went out to dinner with friends. It’s been a while since we had a “date night” and it was nice to get out and talk without interruptions. I wish we’d grabbed a picture of the two of us, but we were in a rush when we left the house, and the restaurant didn’t have very good photography lighting, even for a selfie.

I do have a picture of what I wore. I paired my pink silk blouse with my baby bootcut jeans and I wore my black wedge sandals. They’re suede so they’re good for this in-between time of year.

date night outfit

pink blouse (similar $69) // baby bootcuts $88 // similar black sandals $75 // similar clutch $58
my Stella & Dot Arabesque Chandeliers and Becker Cuff // similar jacket $145

In other news, I had my hair cut and colored on Friday. I’ve been wanting to do those loose curls for a while, so I asked my hair stylist to show me how. I tried it here at home yesterday, and it worked out pretty well. I had to get my daughter to help me curl the back, so I won’t be able to style it this way on a daily basis, but it’s fun for a change.

Unfortunately my color is a bit darker than I like this time, but I guess it will lighten up after a few washes. Things like that used to really get me down, but these days, I’m just glad I have hair. I know too many people going through big trials right now. The color of my hair is the least of my concerns.

Coming This Week: SNAPCHAT Q&A

Finally, I’m planning to do a Snapchat Q&A. Leave your questions on this post, or on my Instagram, or in a private Snapchat message with Q&A in there somewhere so I know you’re not asking a question you expect an immediate answer to.

You can ask me anything — personal, motherhood, beauty, fashion, blogging, anything. As long as it’s appropriate, I’ll do my best to answer.

I already have had some great questions! I’m collecting them all in a Google Doc, and I will answer them on Snapchat sometime before I leave for Dallas on Thursday. I’ll keep you posted on when that will be so you can be sure to tune in.

Don’t worry if you’re new to Snapchat and aren’t super familiar with it. The Snapchat Q&A is not interactive. You just watch my story to see the answers. Super easy.

I will try to do a recap for the blog at some point because I know not everyone is on Snapchat, but I’ve found that I really enjoy the ones I’ve watched because hearing the person’s voice and seeing her mannerisms is so much more personal than reading through her answers on the blog.

I’ve been asked why I’m not using Periscope or YouTube for this. I just really like how casual Snapchat is, but it allows me to retake anything that doesn’t come out quite right, and I like that feature. Periscope makes me nervous. I will end up fielding comments and questions, and it will get me off track. And YouTube is just too much work. LOL!! I know I should do more YouTube videos, but I can’t figure out how to fit that into my schedule.

With that, I’m off to church on this blustery day! The winds over night were shaking the house. I hope it calms down a bit today. At least it’s pretty out there.

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