Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's a Lilly Giveaway!

Misadventures of a Newlywed is giving away Lilly Pulitzer stationary!

Campaigns and Cupcakes-My vent!

Hello all! Well, this has been quite a week! Snow, ice, power outage and a cable outage (luckily Gossip Girl and 90210 were reruns)!! Luckily all have been cleared up, but the threat of more snow is still hovering.

I think all this added to my "usual" frustrations this week. I had to take a job back in May after I worked on a Presidential Primary race that did not go as planned, but there is still hope in 2012! Since, Mr. Bliss is in law school, I was not in the position to be picky. This was an above average salary, health care and all the things we needed. So, first off, I know I am VERY lucky to have these things in our current economy. But it is so hard to spend 8-10 hours a day doing things you hate! This week, budgeting and expenses have been added to my responsibilities. They must be crazy, I am not even allowed to balance our checking account. I think my real problem is that I am not an office job person. I love campaigns! I love being my own manager, traveling, talking to people, etc...

I feel like I am "stuck" here until May, I am trying to stick it out a year for consideration to my fellow employees and for my resume. But wow has time flown by, I only have 3 more months until Mr. Bliss graduates from law school and I can find a job I really enjoy and feel that my talents are more suited towards. I always wanted to get into politics because I felt it facilitated an opportunity to make a difference and maybe the lack of that feeling is what adds to my discontent here at my current job. I mean, I am ALWAYS involved, hard not be in a small state. But, I really want to do it full time. I didn't think I would miss it so much.

All I want to do is run campaigns and bake cupcakes, is that too much? Ha ha!

Thanks for listening, I try to be positive and be thankful for what I have, but it is hard.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Valentine's Ideas Welcome!

Ugh.. It is Monday and I am back at work. Once again, it snowed. I think the novelty of snow has finally warn off. (my hubby just gasped). Brushing snow off your car on a Monday morning is well.. NOT FUN!

So, Mr. Bliss and I are living apart Monday morning through Friday (when I get home from work). He is in his last semester of law school and he decided to commute, since I found a job in Charleston and he clerked last semester in Charleston. We were going to be a part either Fall or Spring, so we choose Spring. It is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

So, I have already bought him the red vineyard vines belt, they have the cute one with the flies on it. Mr. Bliss loves to fly fish! But I want to do something special. Mojito Maven had an adorable idea with the 14 days of Beer!!
Any ideas???

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Adorable Giveaway!!

is having a wonderful giveaway!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Super Cute and Delicious

I came across this idea on Martha Stewart this morning, couldnt resist to share it!

I Feel Like Baking!

Good morning ladies!

Tonight one of Mr. Bliss's friends is having a party and being the only wife (the only other married couple in our group of friends went to D.C. for the weekend LUCKY!!) it leaves me in charge of these adorable boys (I guess they are technically men, but when I have to iron their shirts for dates, they are BOYS! ha ha!) So, I have decided to bake some cupcakes for the festivities. I am thinking of a wonderful moist chocolate cupcake with a vanilla butter cream icing. For fun, I am going to put coconut on some of them and die the rest of the frosting a preppy pastel (blue for the guys) and add sprinkles or a dusting of sugar for some sheen. I will take a picture and post my creations!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday, we are supposed to get more SNOW today!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cutest Giveaway!

Everyone stop by Monogram Chick for her adorable giveaway. Tell her I sent you!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Favorite Show!

Whatever Martha!!

I just discovered this show on the Fine Living Channel and I am already addicted! It Martha's daughter Alexis and her friend Jennifer. They go through old Martha Stewart shoes and make fun of the quirky things she is doing. They are 30 minutes of pure laughter! I highly recommend after a long day at work!

They also have an entertaining blog! Whatever With Alexis & Jennifer

I love Martha!

I DVR ( back to one of my weaknesses of too much tv) Martha Stewart everyday and watch it when I get home from work! Yesterday was the best Martha ever (well besides last year's episode), it was all about CUPCAKES. I loved it! Since I love to bake, but I am just starting to get creative, I love to see how successful bakery owners make their delicious creations special! Below are a few they highlighted, in case you missed the show and of course, the recipes on her website are AMAZING!

from Sweet Revenge Bakery in NYC. I love the Wrappers, Genius! It is parchment paper.. makes a each one look like a little gift.

Boston Cream Pie Cupcake from Martha Stewart. This recipe is on her website, I think you could use a variety of different flavors and really make this your own! She is writing a Cupcake Book that comes out in June!! Very exciting!

Last but not Least! This is the Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Icing from Butter Lane Bakery in NYC!

All I have to say is that on my NYC trips, I will be eating a lot of CUPCAKES! I will mark it down as research calories. HAHA!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My First Award

I received my first award! Thank you Stylish Suburban! Here are the rules!

1.Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design.

2.) Show the 7 winners names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with "Honest Scrap." Well, there's no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.

3.) List at least 10 honest things about yourself.


1. I am an overly obsessive cleaner, haha! it drives my husband crazy.. But my house is immaculate!

2. I am a terrible sleeper, I either can't fall asleep or I wake up at like 4:00 am.. I think I try too hard.

3. I love to bake! Especially cupcakes, I love coming up with new recipes.

4. My dream would be to open a cupcake bakery in Charleston!

5. I watch way too many shows that sometimes I have to switch back and forth because the DVR wont tape them all at once, totally embarrassing!

6. I would wear Lilly Pulitzer if it was appropriate!

7. I am extremely competitive, hence the job, haha

8. If my husband and budget would allow, I would get my hair highlighted every 3 weeks, I hate seeing even a shadow of dark.

9. I want desperately to lose wight and keep it off, but I get a little result and I sabotage..

10. I Love TEXAS!!

Blogs I love to read (well the ones who don't already have this award)

Sweet Tea in a Pink Glass

Pink Tutu

Slimmed Down Preppies

Pink Preppy Party Girl

Bergdorf Blondes

The Pink Putter


Hello Friends!!

I am in week two of my weight loss challenge! I am very satisfied with my results, so far, but I know exercise is a major part. I have been struggling with a foot injury since August 2007. I was finally diagnosed with a stress fracture (still in an air cast). So, treadmill type exercise is out of the question. I was thinking pilates, but I have the mindset (I am sure it is wrong) that you need to sweat to lose weight.

My questions are these:

1. Has anyone had sucess losing weight with Pilates?

2. Any ideas about exercise strategies for me?


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Fabulous Giveaway on Bergdorf Blonde!

Weigh-In Tuesdays

I know that I said Wednesdays were my weigh-ins, but I liked my weight so much this morning, I will take it! So, I am changing my weigh-ins to Tuesday. Which I like better, becasue Biggest Loser is on tonight. I am totally addicted, it is so inspirational (I usually tear up at least once a show)...

So.... drumroll please...

As of today (week 2) I have lost 5.3 pounds!!!! Yay! Only 24.7 pounds to go!

Look for Less

Bored at work? Obviously, I am !! I was looking at the Lilly website and their fab new dresses! I love this one and would love it to be my official wedding shower/bridesmaid luncheon dress.. I have quite a few this season! But yikes $498 (top) or there is the one below for $190 from Very similar! Minus the beading (which I do love)!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wink Fragrance

Has anyone had the wonderful chance to smell Lilly Pulitzer Wink perfume? Curious about your thoughts??

My Weight Loss Challenge

Oh the joys of being a female obsessed with weight (maybe that is all of us)... I have lost and gained weight over the past few years and while driving my hubby INSANE! I can say this is my final attempt, but we all know weight loss and even management is a lifelong process. I am a size 8/10 right now, which is healthy. But I am not happy with the way I look. I made a decision for 2009 that this is going to be the time that works. So, I ordered NutriSystem and my journey began on January 7, 2009. Below is my weight tracker! I update on Wednesdays. It has been working for me and I have made some great changes to my life. Instead of going out for drinks with friends, we have friends over to our house. Saves money and calories. It is much easier to have a diet coke in your home that at a bar... This is the first of my weekly posts (usually on Wednesdays) after my weigh-ins. Any tips people have, please leave them! We all need support through processes like these!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I woke up Saturday morning to a brisk 6 degrees!! Wow! This Texas Girl needs some warm weather! Just another day in gray, snowy weather! Only positive thing about the bitter cold is wearing my new J Crew winter white coat I got a month or so ago!! I really wanted one and I thought this was beautiful! Very flattering!

The rest of the weekend was also great! We had some good friends over for dinner and I made cupcakes with pink frosting (of course).. and today, my husband is the happiest man on the east coast because the STEELERS are going to the SUPERBOWL! I didnt grow up a Steelers fan, but I have become one through marriage. If we had a pre-nup, cheering for the Steeler would be the first clause.

Now, I am off to watch DVR.. Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters! Maybe it will be delightfully dramatic tonight, oh wait.. it always is!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

One of My Favorite Things!

I love these necklaces/bracelets! I just wish they had matching earrings! At Fornash in Georgetown. They have all color combinations.. so many it is hard to choose.. And the price is awesome! Makes a fabulous gift!

Hi everyone! I am new to blogs and blogging, but I have seen so many cute blogs on the web, I thought I would try it out. I am from Texas and now I live on the East Coast. Maybe this blog will be a great way to keep in touch with old friends, reconnect with lost friends and make new friends!

I went to college in Texas, where I was/am a Zeta Tau Alpha!! After college, I left my wonderful state and ventured east towork on a Presidential Campaign in 2004. It was a bold move that turned out the be the best decision I ever mde.

I am still working on campaigns, but in May, I decided to get a "real job" (thanks Mom)... and now I am in Marketing/Event Planning/Public Relations. With politics on the side!

I love to shop ( Lilly, Tory Burch, J Crew, Kate Spade, etc...) I love to get manicures! I love pink, it is my favorite color for anything! I love to bake cupcakes!!! And I love everything Monogrammed (must be my Texas roots).

Anyone out there interested in similar things, Let's Blog!