Friday, March 18, 2016


Happy Friday!  This week has been one of the slowest on record and I could not be happier that the weekend is almost here.  Anway.  Here's what's going on in Alyssa Land.

Thinking About: How there are quite a few ladies I know (in real life and bloggers) who were pregnant at the time same time I was and are pregnant again.  No.  Just no.  One and done baby.  One and done.

Watching:  We started watching 60 Days In on A&E this weekend.  It’s kind of terrifying.  If you haven’t heard about it, a sheriff’s department takes seven people with no criminal record and puts them in the big house for 60 days to live amongst the inmates and hopefully report back with where contraband is coming in and where the prison needs improvements.  I think I would do it, but I wouldn’t be cheap.  They would have to pay me no less $1,000 for every day I’m in.  And if you’re watching, let’s take bets on how many days until Robert gets shanked.  I say two.
We’re also watching The People vs. OJ Simpson.  We were hooked after one episode.  It’s riveting!  And we really like Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark. I was so little when it happened the only thing I remember is the Bronco chase so each episode is a genuine surprise!

Reading: I finished The Painted Veil Wednesday night.  I’m disappointed.  The only thing I knew about the story was from the trailer for the movie. While I’ve never seen the actual movie but the book seems very different.  It’s made up of mostly inner monologue and I found it pretty boring to be honest.  I guess they had to Hollywood it up to make it an exciting film.  Oh well.  I made a goal for myself to read at least one book a month and so far so good.  I ordered three more from to have on hand and my next read will either be The Terror, Sharp Objects, or The Goldfinch (which looks to be about 1,000 pages long).

Liking: My clean house.  Saturday we moved the rest of Kaylen’s belongings from her apartment to her new house.  Kaylen hasn’t been living there since December and her roommate is…not the best housekeeper.  She is so not the best housekeeper she inspired me to deep clean the house Sunday.  That afternoon we sent Cooper to Mom’s, turned on some rock music and cleaned.  Like, REALLY cleaned.  A clean house makes me feel so much more relaxed.

Not Liking: This time change deal.  While I’m digging it still being daylight outside and getting to enjoy the sunset after work, I am NOT digging it being pitch black dark at 6:15 when I get up.  Not at all.  When it’s dark outside, I don’t care what time of day it is, my mind says “you should be asleep”.

Loving: the mild weather, my new sunglasses, Cooper walking with his hands raised above his head like he's praising Jesus, oatmeal creme pies, Instagram (always), online shopping for spring clothes, listening to episodes of Gangland on youtube.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Does Anyone Else...?

new walker, toddler, little boy buffalo plaid baby
We now have a walker.  This view is going to same getting used to,
 Does anyone else…

…get anxious to start a new book when they’re nearing the end of the book they’re already enjoying?

…have the strange desire to put mascara on their baby’s perfectly curled lashes while they’re sleeping just to see what it would look like?

...think Hilary Clinton might actually be a robot?

…feel dread when they see swim suits already on the store shelves and think to themselves, “I’m not ready for this…”?

…NOT understand why everyone absolutely worships Beyonce...but still get really hype when "Girls" comes on?

...stress a little in Sephora because there are so many options and make-up go wrong very quickly?

…become irate to the point of violence when they get hung up on?

...find themselves singing along to more T-Swift songs...and hating yourself for it? a little dance in the fitting room when trying on clothes? getting hugs from people bigger than you who can envelope you in their arms and let you rest your head on them?

...get excited to see spring approaching but still want to hang on to sweater weather a little longer? Saturday "pajama day" to their kids?

It's been a weird week and I am sooo happy to see Friday.  Tomorrow Cooper and I are going shopping.  He loves the mall, and I'm not making a joke here.  He loves to be strolled around and there are so many people to look at it!  I'm really excited about Sunday because we're taking him on his first zoo trip!  The weather is supposed to be absolutely fabulous for the first time in forever and I can't wait to spend some time in the sunshine with my favorites.

Have a Happy Pajama Day!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Academy Awards - My Picks

Before we even get into the fashion trends, hits, and misses, let’s just take a moment to share in the collective joy of Leo finally winning his much deserved and long overdue Oscar.

Now that we got that out of the way…
I was SO NOT disappointed in the fashion choices this year!  After a couple of ho-hum Oscars I was pleasantly surprised with so many great choices.  Fair warning, this might be a long post because there were so many fantastic looks!

Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Olivia Munn, oscars, academy awards, red carpet
Charlize Theron – She couldn’t be any more gorgeous if she tried.   Beautiful cut and color and let’s not even mention the necklace. // Brie Larson – What an odd one she is.  For a best actress nominee (and eventual winner) I think she could have done better.  I dig the belt but something about the dress looks…cheap.  Like that cobalt blue though! // Olivia Munn – The color is incredible on her and it kind of reminds me of Lupita’s red Calvin Klein but nowhere near as amazing.  It’s just…ok.

saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Rachel McAdams, 2016 oscars, academy awards, red carpet, jewel tones
Saoirse Ronan – This is so different than the soft colors and textures she’s worn this awards season and I loved those looks on her but this is FABULOUS.  Great fit and I like the nod to her home country of Ireland with the color.  Hair and make-up are spot on as well.  Definitely one of the BEST DRESSED of the night! // Margot Robbie – Kudos to her for doing something different!  I’m a sucker for gold and she looks fabulous, of course. // Rachel McAdams – Swoon.  She’s been one of my favorites this award season.  It’s a bit wrinkly in the front but I can forgive her for that.  Great cut and color.

Priyanka Chopra, Lady Gaga, Daisey Ridley, 2016 oscars, academy awards, red carpet, white trend
Priyanka Chopra – Usually, I’d be drooling over this but next to some of the other dresses it’s just pretty, if not a bit bridal. // Lady Gaga – She looks gorgeous but I was a tad disappointed in this.  I think the only reason I don’t hate it is because it’s on Gaga. // Daisy Ridley – I would like this SO much more if the hemline were different.  It’s very pretty but I like my Oscar dresses touching the floor.

sarah silverman, kate winslet, jennifer garnder, red carpet, 2016 oscars, academy awards, black trend
Sarah Silverman - Best I've EVER seen her look.  Gorgeous. // Kate Winslet – Color me disappointed.  I know the girl loves her mono-tone but this is killing me.  So boring and not the most flattering thing she’s ever worn. // Jennifer Garner – I really liked this!  She hasn’t impressed me much on the red carpet but this might be my favorite look from her, at least in a long time.

Cate blanchett, alicia vikander, heidi klum, 2016 oscars, academy awards, red carpet, pastel trend
 Cate Blanchett – I gasped when I saw this.  She’s usually a bit quirky on the red carpet but this is stunning.  The color is amazing and her hair and jewels are perfect for it.  I seriously can’t say enough about this. A BEST DRESSED for sure! // Alicia Vikander – Meh.  The color is great on her but I don’t get the sequins and I HATE the hemline. // Heidi Klum – Yikes.  She always wears something ridiculous.  The only nice thing I can say about this is that I like the color.  Definitely a WORST DRESSED of the evening.

tina fey, naomi watts, reese witherspoon, purple trend, red carpet, 2016 oscars, academy awards
Tina Fey – I’m usually not a fan of hers on the red carpet but I really liked this on her AND the necklace.  I  just wish she’d worn her hair down. // Naomi Watts – I love a woman who swears by sequins.  She’s always Hollywood glamorous.  Love this and the color. // Reese Witherspoon – Meh.  She sticks to what she knows I guess, but this to me is boring.

jennifer lawrence, amy poehler, julianne moore, black trend, red carpet, 2016 oscars, academy awards
Jennifer Lawrence – So not loving this.  I’m glad she didn’t do another boring monotone dress but this just isn’t doing it for me. // Amy Poehler – A “what was she thinking?!” moment and definitely a WORST DRESSED of the evening. // Julianne Moore – ZzzZZzz…  What a snooze fest.  She can do much better.

olivia wilde, rooney mara, sophie turner, red carpet, 2016 oscars, academy awards, white trend
Olivia Wilde – At first I saw it from chest up and thought I just hated the choker…then I saw the rest and hated it too.  A WORST DRESSED for me. // Rooney Mara – Yes, we get it.  You only wear black and beige.  Your face is amazing but I’m over it. // Sophie Turner – I appreciate the look she going for, I just with it was in a color that didn’t wash out her beautiful skin tone!

I think that about covers it.  Who were your favorites? 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

That Time I Got An Email From An Oscar Winner

gold glitter, email, oscar winner,

Just in time for the Academy Awards here's a little tale for you.  I debated even writing this post simply because it's so ridiculous I figured no one would believe it.

A few years ago, I woke up to an email with the subject line: Oscar Dress.  The Academy Awards had aired a couple of days before and I did my usual post giving my opinions on the best and worst dressed.  This post actually.  The email was eventually deleted but it went something like this:

I don't like that you called me and my dress ugly.
It's very bad karma.

It was a bit longer but that was the gist of it.
I had to read it and then reread it a few times to understand what I was reading and who it was from.  It took me a few minutes to realize the name in the signature was one I recognized.  I had watched her win an Oscar a few days before.  I googled her email and contact information and from everything I found, it was legit.  I got an email from a woman who WON AN OSCAR telling me she didn't like that I said her dress was ugly.  I, Alyssa, got an email from an OSCAR WINNER saying she didn't like that I didn't like her dress.

I emailed her back and basically said:

I didn't call you ugly, I called your dress ugly.
Congrats on your Academy Award.

Again, it was a bit longer but that's the cliff note version.
What I wanted to say but didn't because I didn't want to pile on to my already apparently bad karma was, "You just won a freaking Oscar, why do you care that a girl in Alabama thought your dress was ugly, which it was BTW."

You're probably wondering WHICH Oscar winner I managed to piss off.  I'll let your figure it out and here's why.  I began to wonder how in the WORLD this woman found my little blog.  I googled her name and "Oscar dress" and sure enough my blog post was on the front page.  She googled what people thought of her dress.  If she googles herself again and discovers I still think her dress was ugly, heaven won't be able to save me from my karma.

See?  I told you it was ridiculous.

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