Leslyn's Lovely Life: 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

A new outfit!

Happy New Years Eve, everyone!

On Mondays, I'm starting to do some outfit posts! I hope you love these new looks as much as I do! :)

Top (on sale for $11!!!!)/ Jacket: Piko 1988 (Similar here) / Watch / Earrings

Y'all better get excited... The next few weeks will be snowy pictures. :)


P.S. My sweet hubby took these pictures for me. I like him a lot. 
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

13 in 13

Well I am super excited about these goals. It's funny how it took me less than 10 minutes to come up with this list on Wednesday night. Of course I wrote them in my brand new Erin Condren Life Planner (I'm in L-O-V-E).

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Anyhow, here are my goals for 2013!!!

1. Read the Bible more

I want to get to know my Savior more. Enough said.

2. Try a new recipe every week

I may even feature some of the best recipes that I've tried (and made up) on the blog! :) I just need to be more creative.

3. Get to 1,000 blog followers

This is a big one. However, I somehow went from 11 followers on January 1st to 350 just a few days before Christmas. I think I can do this. ;)

4. Run a half marathon

I've never been brave enough to try... Until now!

5. Buy a house

We're tired of renting. We're officially on the hunt, folks!

6. Shop less

I took inventory of how many clothes I bought in 2012- and it was way too much. So I'm cutting back. I'm anxious to see what little outfits I come up with in the future (of course, they'll be featured on the blog).

7. Get an amazing job that I'll want to stay at until I retire

I'll be done with my master's degree this summer. So it's time to settle down and find a job that I'm in love with! I just finished the application for my dream job- let's see if it happens (prayers appreciated).

8. Wash my face before I go to bed

I am TERRIBLE about this. But my skin always looks a million times better if I wash it more often. So I'm gonna try to do this more often.

9. Finish my master's degree with a 4.0

I'm on track with this one! Only 4 more courses left!!

10. Spend a lot less time on my iPhone

DJ gets so irritated with me (and rightfully so) because of the amount of time that I spend checking instagram, facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc. I'm going to do my best to put the phone away, and enjoy quality time with the people around me.

11. Read 20 books (including at least 3 "classics")

I read more than 12 last year. Why not make this even more challenging? :)

12. Go on at least one unplanned trip with the hubs

We did this last year in Memphis, and we had a blast. This definitely needs to happen again.

13. Reach my goal weight

I'm hoping that the combination of the half marathon and Weight Watchers helps get me there.

And there you have it! How awesome would it be to accomplish everything on the list?

Let's make it happen! :)

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

How I did on my Goals for 2012

A while a go, I posted about my goals for 2012. Here's how I did:

1. Use my camera more often

I totally dominated this one. I started out the year doing a weekly photography challenge, but after the original host quit, I thought "well... now what?". I bought a 50 mm lens, and it changed my life.

Mission: Accomplished.

2. Write a song

I co-wrote a song with someone. And it was actually pretty good. I think this counts.

Mission: Accomplished.

3. Learn how to make healthy food that actually tastes good

Who knew that all you need is some spices and a little bit of olive oil?

Mission: Accomplished.

4. Learn to sew

I sewed a dress (structurally, it was great. I just picked the wrong fabric. Oops), I sewed several pillows, and I sewed little make up brush holders.

Mission: Accomplished.

5. Reconstruct the vintage $10 wedding I bought into something way more attractive

Yeah.. I didn't do this. Oops.

Mission: Not Accomplished

6. Do more Yoga

I did SOME Yoga. But I didn't do as much as I wanted to.

Mission: Not Accomplished.

7. Read at least 1 book per month

Oh.. I totally did this. I might have kind of spread it out differently (didn't read a book a month, but read 3 the next month). But I still read more than 12 books this year.

Mission: Accomplished.

8. Make my rent house NOT look like a rent house

I feel like I was able to accomplish this. I decorated the apartment (and rent house) in a way that it didn't look a hot mess. So...

Mission: Accomplished.

9. Work out more than I have this past year

Yeah, I definitely did this. It definitely helps to have a free gym membership at your apartment complex. ;)

Mission: Accomplished.

10. Learn how to coupon

Considering the extreme couponers have a ton of storage space and I never did, I should have known this wouldn't happen. Also, I'm trying to not buy as many processed foods. So I would only be able to coupon with household products.

Mission: Not Accomplished.

Hey, 7 out of 10? I'll take it.

Check back tomorrow to find out what my goals are for 2013! I'm excited! :)


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A preview of what's to come....

I am BEYOND giddy about the pictures that my friend Lauren took... Here's a sneak peek of whats to come... :)

I hope you're as excited as I am! :)

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Firmoo Glasses Review

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! 

I want to share a little review about my experience with Firmoo and their glasses. 

First, here you can see me in them. :)

I really think that the reason why I was able to find glasses that were perfect for my face shape was due to the virtual try-on feature. I found a model who had a similar face shape as I did (I could have chosen a picture of myself on Facebook), and I was able to "try on" several pair of glasses. Once I picked this pair, it was super easy to fill in all of the necessary prescription info. It only took me a total of 5 minutes (well, that's not including choosing the frames... because they had SOOOO many options).

Once the glasses came in the mail, I was absolutely blown away by a feature that I had never heard of. They have these rubber grips on the inside of my glasses! That means that I no longer have to worry about my glasses falling off of my face!

I seriously could not be more pleased with my experience with Firmoo. And you can bet that from now on, I'm going to use them when I'm buying glasses.
Are you ready for some exciting news?? YOU (yes YOU, my sweet friend) get to try a pair for free. Yup. It's free. All you have to do is pay for shipping. I don't know about you, but that's a steal. All you need to do is go to this link: http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html . 

This promotion is absolutely risk free- if you're not feeling the glasses you got, just send them back. So please make sure that you check them out- they're fabulous! :)


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Monday, December 10, 2012

What we leave behind...

For those of you who were hoping for a more light-hearted post today, sorry... I just have been thinking about something for a week now, and I figured "this is my little nook in the world wide web, I should be able to say what I want to!" So here it goes.

Last weekend, a young man (who I didn't know as well as I would have liked to) passed away unexpectedly. He was only 21 years old, and based on the reactions of students, teachers, and people who knew and loved him very much, he was quite a man. I was astounded and amazed by what was said and written about him after students, teachers, and loved ones heard the news. As I read through hundreds of tweets and facebook statuses on Sunday and throughout the week, I thought to myself "Wow... this guy was really something." Then I started to think about my own life. And I wondered "Do I live my life in such a way that people would have had the same reaction with me?"

After pondering that question, I realized that I still have a lot of growing to do... not only in my walk with Jesus, but in my overall attitude towards others. In his death, LJ has inspired me. He was a man who loved and served without ceasing. I want to be like that. After thinking about LJ, his life, and his ministry, I know that my work on earth is still not done. There's still so much more that the Lord needs me to do. And I am willing and ready to obey.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

A post about a pretty person.

"Is this your daughter?! She's just so adorable!"

Anytime I hung out with my sister, what people would ask me... for 10 years. It's really interesting that she now looks MUCH older than 14, and I (apparently) look a lot younger than 25. She is quite possibly the most talented, intelligent, and precious person I've ever known. I prayed for a baby sister for a LONG time, and after six years of praying for one, God said "Okay! You've waited long enough! Here's a sister." This is one of those times where I'm really glad I was persistent. :)

Anyways, I got my 50 mm lens in the mail last week, and I am trying to learn how to use it (if you're a photographer, I would LOVE any tips/constructive criticism in the comment section).

So blog world, meet my sweet sister, DD!

Dress & Belt: Francescas (last year) // Hat: Target // Bracelets: Dillards // Headband: Made by Leslyn

Happy Monday, folks! And again, constructive criticism, please! :)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I heart glasses

This post is sponsored by GlassesUSA.com When I was a little girl, I wanted glasses more than anything. I wanted them so badly, that I would stare at the sun (I am dead serious) just so I could get eyeglasses sooner. Well, I didn't get any prescription glasses until I was 20 years old. But I have seriously been hooked ever since. I love how they can immediately change your look- and how they can instantly make you look smarter! ;) And while most people order their eyeglasses frames through their optometrist, ordering them online through GlassesUSA.com is a fantastic idea, because they have more options than most optometrists, and they have great prices! Most of you are thinking "but wait, I have no idea how they will look on me and if they work with my face shape!" Well fret not, my friends- this amazing company allows you to use a virtual mirror feature, so you can see what they would look like on you! Here's the feature: Amazing, right?? Also, my friends at GlassesUSA.com are offering two deals for YOU, my wonderful readers! 1. Take 15% off + get free shipping on your entire order (orders over $50). Code: FS15 2. Take 10% off any order of prescription glasses. Code: Blog10 Oh, and here is a picture of me being a total hipster with my glasses. I seriously love them.

Have a fabulous day!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

30 x 30 10

This is it! The last week of 30x30!


Shirt: Express; Jacket: Coldwater Creek; Shorts: The Limited; Shoes: Converse; Necklace: a gift.

Dress (as a shirt): Everly; Jeans: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's; Shoes: Chinese Laundry; Belt: Target.

Shirt: J. Crew; Shorts: Windsor; Shoes: Sperry's; Earrings: Bebe.

I'm so glad that Lauren and Kate did this fabulous link up! I'm kinda bummed though, because now I'll have to find something cool to do on Tuesdays! :) I totally think they should do a winter edition of 30x30.. What do you think?

Have a great day, friends!


P.S. OOOOMG!!! I got featured as their favorite look for the week! Woohoo! Thanks ladies! :) This was the winning look:

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

30 x 30 9

Well, we only have 2 more weeks of 30x30! This has been such a fun project! Still keeping my fingers crossed to be picked as their favorite of the week! ;)


Shirt: J. Crew. Skirt: Cato. Necklace: Not sure... :( Belt: The Limited. Shoes: Chinese Laundry.

Shirt: Banana Republic. Shorts: Windsor. Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Necklace: See note above

 Jacket: New York and Company. Shirt: Express. Jeans: Kohls (Lauren Conrad). Earrings: inPink. Shoes: Sperry's.Only one more entry next week! Make sure to stop by for the final looks!xoxoLes 
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Friday, August 10, 2012

An amazing week

You guys,

If I could relive this week over, and over, and over again, I would. Without question. These are the things that made me happy this week.

1. I'm done with summer school today!!! Woohooo! 14 hours = done in two months. WOW.

2. Celebrating 1 year of wedded bliss with my boo.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

30 x 30 8

Happy Tuesday!

Before I get started with this awesome link up, I just wanted to let you know that as of yesterday, I have a facebook fan page for the blog! Woohoo! Please like my page- I would love you forever! Here's the link!


Here are my outfits!

Jacket: Coldwater Creek; Top: Banana Republic; Shorts: Windsor; Belt: Target; Shoes: Old Navy

Shirt, Belt, and Necklace: The Limited; Skirt: Cato. Shoes (that you can't see): Chinese Laundry

Shirt: J. Crew; Tank: Old Navy; Jeans: Lauren Conrad/Kohl's; Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Earrings (that you can't really see... sorry): inPink.com

Be sure to check back next week! We only have two weeks left!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

1 year

Today is a big day.

It's our first anniversary. :)

People say that the first year is the worst. If that's true, then I am more the certain that we can make it for the rest of our lives. DJ has supported me through so much this past year, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love and respect him. I am so excited about the rest of our lives together... I know he is going to continue to be an amazing husband, and someday, he will be an incredible daddy.

I thought I would share a few pictures of our wedding day. Just a few of my favorites of us. :)

Yes, that is what you think it is. It's a tradition in his fraternity... Probably one of the funniest moments.

To DJ: Happy Anniversary, love. Words cannot express how thankful I am that God put you in my life. I love you more than I did on that day- and at that time, I didn't think it was possible. Here's to many, many more anniversaries.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Goals Update #8

Hello, friends!

Well, it definitely just hit me that it's August, especially as I was typing "#8" in the Subject box. How has this year flown by so quickly?!?!

Anyways, I figured I would update you on my goals for this year.

- When I was in Brasil, I was able to use my camera... a lot. I just haven't had time to edit the pictures. I think that I will do that when I have my two week break that starts on Friday! It didn't hurt to have a bunch of awesome photographers around me who were willing to explain stuff. :)

- No song yet. That will be the thing I do during my two week break, too ;)

- I have been cooking a lot healthier this month, because I am slowly moving over to a "clean" diet (aka no processed foods). I can tell you right now that bread and desserts will be my hardest thing to kick.

- I've learned to sew, but I'm actually going to take some sewing classes this year at my new job (!!! I'll post about that later), so that is going to help me out a lot.

- $10 wedding dress will probably be made into something else during that break (on a side note, I was so nervous about not having anything to do during that break. Well, I don't think I have to worry about that anymore).

- I have found some yoga podcasts and apps, so I have been able to do that a little bit. I've come to the realization that nothing will beat an actual yoga class (which I am totally going to take advantage of when the school year starts... Thanks to that student ID that I still haven't gotten... oops).

- I have been reading a lot of "guilty pleasure books" over the past few weeks. Mostly because I have been reading SO many books for my classes (and I got a library card. That changes everything in my life). "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks and "Unfinished Business" by Nora Roberts were the two books that I read, and they were okay. Your typical romance novel. If any of you have some suggestions of what I should read, please let me know!

- Well, our apartment does not look rent-y at all. I think that my whole problem with our old house was that there was no aesthetic appeal whatsoever. Our "canvas" was just not good, and there wasn't a lot we could do with the color scheme. Now, our apartment is looking fantastic. There are just a few finishing touches that we need to add, and it will be complete!

- I have been working out a lot more this summer than I have all year, simply because I have a gym that is a 30 second drive (and a 5 minute walk) away from our apartment. I have no excuse. I've been doing Couch to 5K, and I really love it a lot! I'll usually do that (or some other cardio), and lift weights afterwards.

- The couponing.... I really want to get in to it, but I don't want to buy a bunch of toothpaste that I don't need. Someone PLEASE point me in the right direction and help me find a way to save some money.

Well, there's my update! I can't wait to check in with you next month!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

30x30 7

Hello my dear friends!

I can't believe it's already week 7.. Just several more weeks left of 30x30.


Oh, and let's talk about how it's a goal of mine to be featured on Lauren's blog. OMG I would die. :)

Okay, here are my outfits!

Shirt: Ann Taylor; Shorts: Windsor; Necklace: The Limited. Shoes: Old Navy.

Jacket: Coldwater Creek; Tank: Hanes; Skirt: Cato; Necklace: was a gift; Shoes: I am pretty sure I was wearing the Old Navy wedges.

Top: J. Crew; Blazer: New York & Co.; Jeans: Lauren Conrad Collection (Kohl's); Shoes: Old Navy; Earrings: Express.

See you tomorrow, friends! I have a bunch of fun pins that I found! Woohoo!

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