Life This Week: Fresh Snow, National Puppy Day, Bauble Bar

There’s almost nothing prettier than fresh snow. However, I typically find it prettier in November and December rather than late March.

fresh snowfall | whatlindseylikes

Thankfully the temps are warm enough that most of the snow will be gone in a few days. Even more to be thankful for, I’ll be in sunnier, warmer San Diego while the snow melts in Minnesota. Yay for strategically located work conferences!

Dig and I spent a little time this morning checking out the snow from our windows. Dig likes to check the backyard for any deer that might be wandering through. No deer today.

fresh snowfall and dig | whatlindseylikes

Also, it’s National Puppy Day, so of course I had to share a few additional photos of Dig.

dig the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

dig the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

dig the maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

And one final thing to be excited about — aside from a sunny, warm trip to San Diego — is this delivery from Bauble Bar! I’ve been looking for a major black statement necklace and I think I’ve finally found one. I’ll share photos of my purchases — and what I’m packing for my trip — later!

bauble bar delivery | whatlindseylikes

What I Bought: Ann Taylor Zip Pocket Ponte Leggings

ann taylor ponte leggings

What I bought: Ann Taylor Ponte Zip Pocket Leggings

What I paid: $15.88 (regular price was $79; final sale price was $39.88; I pounced during a 60% off the sale price flash sale)

So I broke my no-clothes-purchasing rule. But, I am pretty proud of myself for going all of January and nearly all of February without buying any clothes. I bought this pair and a pair of faux leather ponte leggings as well. Since my total price was less than $40, I consider that a win. If I could go the entire year only spending $40 on clothes every other month, it would probably be the least I’ve spent on clothes in YEARS.

I’m in love with these pants. They are crazy comfortable (they do have an elastic waist, after all). They stretch with you and don’t lose their shape. I’ve worn them a couple times and have had good luck so far. While the elastic waist band could work for tummy-slimming, I found that the waist line tended to slip down below my waist after some time and movement.

Like all leggings and skinny-style pants, it’s best for my figure if I pair them with longer shirts. Luckily I have a few J. Crew Factory tunics that I bought late last year that fit the bill. Just a heads up — I didn’t do my hair in any of these pictures. This is what my hair looks like when I let it air dry with no products: half of it is extra wave, half is almost entirely straight. If it was all one way or another, life would be perfect!

jcrew factory tunic ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

jcrew factory tunic ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

jcrew factory tunic ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

Digger decided to join my photo shoot today. The last few times I’ve taken pictures, he’s stayed as far away from the camera as possible — he’s tired of modeling for free, I guess! Dan was doing remodeling work in our family room, which was pretty loud, so I think Dig wanted to be extra close to me.

I’m still obsessed with the idea of layering my necklaces, so I paired the Forever 21 necklace from my wedding outfit options post with another J. Crew Factory necklace. Apparently I only have one good gold layering base option right now — I’ll have to look into rectifying that… I chose to wear my brown riding boots too, but black flats would have been an easy option.

h&m sweater and ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

This is basically a recreation of my Valentine’s Day outfit. Pretty casual, but our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner was at 3:30 in the afternoon on a frigidly cold day, so I didn’t feel like wearing anything more complicated. On the actual day, I wore my old faux leather leggings from Target — I wish I had had these because I think they would have been warmer! This sweater is from H&M, part of last fall’s shopping extravaganza. Shortly after I bought it, I hated it because it seemed to stretch out quite a bit…but then I fell in love with it.

h&m sweater and ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

I paired it with a blush-colored scarf. The pink in the sweater isn’t actually quite the same as the scarf, but since the restaurant was fairly dim during our mid-afternoon dinner, I went with it anyway. These are my new Anne Klein iFlex Briona flats — on Valentine’s Day, I wore black riding boots for warmth.

gibson jacket and ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

In case you were wondering if I’d wear these to work, the answer is definitely yes. Actually, my office is pretty casual, so I’d wear both of the outfits I already featured. But I wanted to show you that the pants dress up nicely when paired with a jacket. I got this Gibson jacket from Nordstrom Rack. My shirt is from Kohl’s and is next to impossible to lay flat while taking photos. Hence the reason I haven’t worn it lately.

gibson jacket and ann taylor ponte leggings | whatlindseylikes

Digger looks so sad! That extra-loud nail gun was really getting to him today.

Back to the pants…I’m so pleased with them! I really wanted to buy multiple pairs, but I was able to show a little restraint.

What I Did: Survived the Week

How was everyone’s week? Is anyone else as relieved as I am that it’s finally the weekend?

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m slowly going broke with chiropractor and acupuncture appointments. While I think there have been some benefits to the treatments, headache relief hasn’t been one of them, which is the main reason I went. On the plus side, we’ve figured out what’s causing my headache pain. I have a vertebrae or two in my neck that prefer to be out of place because I have crazy, disgustingly tight muscles in my shoulders. Apparently I carry all my stress in my shoulders, and I’m apparently a very stressed person. I truly don’t consider myself to be all that stressed. I guess my shoulders are taking all of it!

After multiple chiropractic visits a week, I’ve started to decrease my visits with the intention to wean myself down to once a month or less. My chiropractor said she’s done what she can and it’s kind of up to my neck to get with the program. Well, and me making an effort to have better posture. She transitioned me to her acupuncturist, who started out with the typical acupuncture treatment. But we have quickly realized that my woes aren’t totally treatable with needles. It was time for the next Eastern medicine technique.

Cupping.

Don’t know what cupping is? Well, if you watched the most recent season of the CBS show The Amazing Race, you might remember the episode (episode 9) where contestants had to get a number of Eastern medicine treatments, one of which was cupping, during one of their challenges. You can watch this video clip right around the 14- to 18-second mark for an idea of what cupping is.

When my acupuncturist first mentioned it, I was TERRIFIED. All I could think of was the blood-curdling screams and flowing tears from the Amazing Race. I eventually told her how terrified I was after she had spent several minutes telling me how perfect the treatment would be for my shoulder tightness. To try to ease my fears, she quickly demonstrated the procedure on her arm, and then did it on my arm too. Here’s what happens: She soaks a cotton ball in alcohol, holds it with a pair of skinny tongs, lights it on fire, quickly puts it into a glass jar and pulls it out, then places the glass jar against the skin. The lack of air left in the jar after the fire has done its job turns the jar into a vacuum, so it sucks your skin (and your muscles under the skin) into the jar. She didn’t leave it on my arm for more than a few seconds, but I was able to experience the feeling, which was nowhere near as painful as what the Amazing Race contestants went through.

Today was my first actual cupping treatment. Because I’m super pale and pasty, my acupuncturist warned me that I’d most likely have pretty severe bruising after the treatment. She used eight jars of varying sizes on my shoulders and upper back. As she started attaching them to my back, she said, “Yeah, you’re definitely going to bruise.”

And she was totally right.

The pain wasn’t that bad. I wouldn’t describe it as enjoyable, unless you are someone who finds things like deep tissue massages enjoyable. This was less painful than a deep tissue massage. And I’m not sore at all right now, like I would be if I had gotten a deep tissue massage. But a deep tissue massage doesn’t leave bruises that look like purple pepperonis on my back, so I guess it’s a toss-up.

Thank goodness I’m not wearing any fancy dresses or tank tops in the near future.

I almost considered posting a photo of my back, but looking at it in the mirror almost makes me pass out (I’m a total wuss with those things), so I decided to spare you the super grossness. If you want to see what the result looks like, try Google. And then thank me for not posting any photos. Even Dan thought it was pretty gross.

Instead, I’ll post some pics of Dig, who recently got a haircut.

Digger the Maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

Digger the Maltipoo | whatlindseylikes

Digger the Maltipoo | whatlindseylikes