Coffee Talk 2.28.16

So far 2016 has been a bit of a whirlwind. It started off with my weekend in Nashville with Cyndi, and then two weeks later I went to Destin, Florida for a girls getaway weekend and blogging retreat.

destin girls beach

This month I traveled to NYC to meet Jeff Probst and get a sneak peek at the newest season of Survivor, and the following week I saw Carrie Underwood in concert.

I’m finishing out February in style with a little visit to The Lodge at Lochwood in the Poconos! I am SO excited. I’ve been invited along with a few other bloggers to experience the resort so I can share about it on my social media. We arrive this afternoon, and we are staying two nights. I’ll be instagramming and snapping along the way, if you want to follow along!

Right now March looks pretty quiet, but then I have not one but TWO blogging conferences to attend in April. I’ll be going to Mom 2.0 Summit for the 3rd year in a row. It’s in Laguna Beach, CA. I KNOW!!! 

Last year it was in Scottsdale, AZ, which was fabulous, but two years ago, it was in Laguna Beach, and it was AH-mazing. I cannot wait to go back.

laguna beach

That will be a blast because those are my people — mostly “mom bloggers” who write about various subjects, but we are all pretty much in the same space. I will know a good portion of the people attending. I’ve had my ticket since they went on sale after last year’s conference.

Then just this week, I made the executive decision to attend the RewardStyle Conference in Dallas, TX. This is a conference for fashion bloggers, and this one will be a HUGE leap outside of my comfort zone. Let’s just say I am not the poster child for a fashion blogger. Most of the women attending this conference are much younger and much more stylish than I’ve ever dreamt of being.

Okay, I was young once, but I was never on the cutting edge of fashion. Which is fine, I am comfortable with who I am, but I will only know a small handful of people, and it will definitely be a new experience.

I haven’t had an Omygosh, what will I wear? moment in years, but I was having one of those moments this week.

And then my next thought was, I don’t even know how to contour my makeup!!! Haha. Well, maybe I can learn before then. I also should learn how to apply eyelashes. That’s a requirement, I think. Aggghhhhh…

I was coming up with 155 reasons not to go, and I sent my husband an email detailing the costs and time away from family (considering that I already have plane/conference/hotel tickets for Mom 2.0, so that’s a definite.)

I basically ended the email suggesting that I skip it this year and perhaps make it a priority for next year.

His response was simply:  probably should go

I guess I’m out of excuses, then, aren’t I? I even have an offer of a roommate.

So I bought my conference ticket, and I’ll buy my plane ticket this week. Then I need to start thinking about what on earth I’m going to wear!!! I think I need to order another Trunk!!!

I will be out of my element, for sure, but I think it will be a good experience. I hope so, anyway!

In Other News . . .

My knee issue flared up again this week, so I went to the doctor. I was grateful to get in the day I called. He says I have patellar tracking syndrome (Google is your friend) and we believe it is due to the way I’ve been sitting improperly on my yoga ball chair. I spend hours upon hours in this chair, and I forget to sit correctly and end up sitting cross-legged. Not good.

yoga ball chair

I’m relieved that he told me to continue running and working out, and I’m hoping that changing my sitting position will allow everything works itself out.

Meanwhile, I do have a prescription for anti-inflammatory and a script for an MRI in case there is also a tear, but he doesn’t think that’s the case. With my history of a tendon tear and stress fracture, he’s not taking any chances, which I appreciate. I worked too hard to get back to this point, and I don’t want any setbacks, ESPECIALLY with all the travel plans I have this spring!!!

Jeans On Sale!

I don’t have time for a special post about it, so I am just going to throw it in here. Nordstrom has marked down a bunch of their premium denim!!! See all of their on-sale jeans HERE.

I shared yesterday that I found the perfect distressed white crop jeans for this spring and summer. WOOT! And they are 20% off. It’s not a great savings, but I’ll take it. I couldn’t wait around any longer because I need them for my spring fashion series that starts this week. (By the way, I sized up in these. I bought a 30.)

They also have the DL1961 Emma in white on sale. These jeans are soooo soft. They almost feel like velvet. They’re a legging style, so they’re super tight, but they aren’t tight at the ankle, and they’re not see-through. DL seems to make the best non-see-through white jeans. I love my Florence in white for a more traditional skinny jean (although they’re not on sale.) For size reference, I wear a 29 in both of these jeans.

If you’re looking for mint colored jeans (I know a lot of you are) THESE are pretty and 40% off, bringing them own to $82. I don’t know this brand, so I can’t vouch for quality or give advice on sizing, but Nordstrom has a generous return policy, so it can’t hurt to try them.

mint jeans

A lot of the other jeans on sale seem to have limited sizes, so poke around and see what you find.

This is the day the Lord has made!

Okay, that’s about it for me! I’m off for a run, and then I have to get ready for church. I’m teaching the preschool Sunday School class this morning, so I have to be on time. Yikes!!!

I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday!