Joe & Pat’s Restaurant

I spent the weekend on Staten Island to cheer on my friend Bill as he ran the SI Half Marathon Sunday morning. Bill wanted Italian food for dinner Saturday night, so we did a little research and came across the menu for Joe & Pat’s. The menu looked fabulous-especially since it included Bill’s favorite Italian dish, lasagna- and the prices were reasonable, so we grabbed a cab and headed out.

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We started off with some sweet potato fries, which were delicious. They were devoured before I could get a photo (sorry!).

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For my entree, I had gnocchi with fresh mozzarella and eggplant.

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Bill’s entree was-you guessed it-lasagna.

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I had a lovely glass of red wine with my meal, while Bill had this espresso coffee soda. I got to try a sip, and it tastes like sweetened iced coffee with a little carbonation. Coffee and bubbles, simply wonderful.

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For dessert we each had a cup of coffee and shared this very tasty slice of chocolate fudge cake. Om. Nom.

Overall, Joe & Pat’s was a deliciously pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Staten Island.

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday!

❀ Chelsea

Pajama Party

With the weather getting cooler, I’ve been focusing more on comfort in my wardrobe than anything else. But comfortable certainly does NOT have to mean boring. I like to keep things simple and functional but still pretty, and this outfit is the perfect combination of the two. The best part of this outfit, you ask? It’s essentially pajamas that I can wear to work!

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Black leggings, a comfy blouse, cardigan sweater and some functional-but-cute flats. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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I love the high-top tables in our break room. I also love that this was basically a candid photo, but it came out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself!

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These have been my go-to flats lately. Very comfortable, and extremely versatile. Plus, I got them for a steal at TJ Maxx!

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ve been wearing this fun bracelet a lot.

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My favorite bobby pins from Birchbox!

I hope everyone is having an awesome day. Happy Friday everyone!

❀ Chelsea

The Return of Chelsea

Guys! I’ve missed you so much! It’s been months, and I’m sure it feels like I’ve abandoned you, and I’m really really sorry. My life has changed a lot over the past several months, and I just haven’t felt up to blogging. But now I’m back, and I’m here to stay.

But things are going to be a little bit different around here. There will be fashion posts; that won’t change. But there will also be other posts. I want this blog to go beyond my closet and into the rest of my life. Family, friends, big events, and just life in general. I really hope you’ll enjoy it. If you have any suggestions or things you’d like to see, I’m happy to take advice as well πŸ™‚

I’m so glad to be back!

Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚

❀ Chelsea

Professional Puppy

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Miss Sasha was very rambunctious Tuesday afternoon. When I had a few minutes to spare, I took a break to play with her. Here she is doing some basic tricks-“sit” and “paw”-for a treat.

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I also took that opportunity to take some photos. I’m really trying hard to keep this blog updated at least a few days a week! Thanks to my lovely Aunt Rose for taking my photos πŸ™‚

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Skirt, Blouse, Cardi: Worthington (JC Penney)

(The link leads to the skirt’s page. The blouse and cardi are old.)

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Ring: Charles Emerson Designs

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Shoes: Kenneth Cole via TJMaxx (similar)

Happy Wednesday All! Only 2 more days until the weekend!

❀ Chelsea

Saturday in the City

Saturday was spent in the Big Apple with Bill. We went in for Free Comic Book Day, and then went to French Roast to get some work done. We had a little time in the afternoon, so we stopped in Bryant Park to snap some photos.

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Top: JC Penney / Capris: Target / Sandals: Purchased on Poshmark / Necklace: Charles Emerson Designs /Β Sunnies: Target /Β Bag: Coach, (Christmas gift) / Backpack: JanSport

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Β I love when Bill snaps candids. It gives it a more real, less staged feel.

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Checking out my Superman comic from Free Comic Book DayΒ and enjoying some refreshing coconut water πŸ™‚

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Being goofy for the camera πŸ˜›

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a great week so far.

❀ Chelsea

Going Barefoot (Almost)

Last night I decided to try something a little bit different. Instead of lacing up my Nikes and heading out for a run, I decided to slip on my Vibram 5 Fingers and finally give them a try. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re these little guys:

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Mine are the “Treksport” style. I got them for less than half price through an Active.com deal!

The “barefoot” style allows you to run with a more natural stride. Traditional running shoes, like my Nikes, create the standard heel-toe motion that most of us are used to while running. But take your shoes off for a second and try to run with that same motion. It’s awkward, right? You naturally land on the front of your foot rather than your heel. That is how we as humans are meant to run.

Now, I won’t lie to you. These definitely take some getting used to. I only ran a mile, and my calves and shins were crazy tight. A little Mineral Ice before bed did the trick, though, and my legs are pretty much back to normal this morning. You shouldn’t try to start full-force on them. I’m starting off at one 1-mile run per week, and building from there. Ultimately, though, I will be able to run in these daily, and the knee and ankle trouble I constantly have while running will subside. How stinkin’ cool is that?

What kind of shoes do you like to wear to work out? Have you ever tried barefoot-style running shoes? If so, what did you think of them?

The Full Story…

Hi All. It’s been a little while. My usual go-to word for these situations is hectic. “My life has been so hectic” or “Things have been crazy lately”. Today, though, I’m at a loss for words. I don’t think there’s really an appropriate word to describe what my life has been as of late. It’s been a whirlwind of the emotions that come along with losing a loved-one. Sadness, anger, emptiness…It’s been a little hard to get my head around, but I just have to keep pushing on.

I’m going to try to keep this as short as possible, but please bear with me. Here we go:

About 3 weeks ago, my dad had been in a rehab center recovering from surgery on his leg. A nurse was in the room talking with him when suddenly he went unresponsive. His heart had literally stopped. Luckily, the staff and my father’s pacemaker/defibrillator were able to revive him quickly, so his brain was not without oxygen for an extended period of time. Sadly, though, he did not regain consciousness, and remained in that state in the ICU for 7 days.

Then, on day 8, my mom received a call saying that he had suddenly woken up. We were obviously all very excited, and went to the hospital to see him. He couldn’t really talk, but what can you expect after having a ventilator in your throat for a week? He was mouthing words, knew who everyone was, and was responding to commands.

The next day, he wasn’t as good, but still responsive. I convinced myself that he was just tired from all the commotion the day before. I only half acknowledged the fact that his kidneys weren’t producing urine, and thus he was essentially be poisoned from the inside. My mom kept saying, maybe he came back to say goodbye. He woke up so we could all see him and talk to him one more time. I refused to acknowledge that as a possibility.

The next day, I was just finishing lunch when one of my coworkers came and told me to go see my mom. I walked towards the door and saw my sister standing there; I could tell she had been crying. No one really had to tell me what had happened at that point. I found my mom and immediately fell into her arms in tears. We drove to the hospital to see him and say our goodbyes. The chaplain came in and said some prayers with the family, which was somewhat comforting, but the pain was still too fresh to wrap my head around.

The wake had an overwhelming turnout. I couldn’t believe how many people came, including a number of people who drove in from out of state. The funeral was a beautiful service, with lovely music provided by the choir from my high school, where my dad was heavily involved. It also helped immensely that Bill came and stayed with me pretty much the entire week. There was a lot of craziness, but he put up with it so that I could keep my head on straight.

It’s been just over a week, and things are starting to get back to normal. I’m back at work today, and thankfully it hasn’t been too stressful trying to get caught up. I know that some days will be harder than others, but I have to keep pushing on. I have to do all that I can to make my dad proud.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my novel (novella, short story?) here. I wanted to give you the whole story, and I promise there are happier posts to come. My blogging goal is to have two more posts for you this week, and be back in full swing next week. Thank you for being patient with me while I’ve been away from the blog.

 

❀ Chelsea

‘Tude Shoot

I spent Sunday afternoon in the city with Bill catching up on some blogging and enjoying some yummy eats at French Roast. It was such a beautiful day outside I decided it was a good day for a mini photo shoot. I posed for a few smiley photos, none of which came out well. Little did I know that in the meantime Bill had taken a whole bunch of candid photos. In each one I have a sort of attitudinal but cute look on my face, which I really got a kick out of. I decided those were the photos I’d share with y’all today!

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Blouse & Sweater: Worthington//Jeans: Liz Claiborne//Belt: Target//Sneakers: Nike

The only thing I’m wearing that’s new (or even a remotely recent purchase) are my sunnies, which are from Target,

and my Coach bangles, which were a gift from my mom.

 

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This one kind of looks staged, but it’s completely candid!

 

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I love this one the most. Total Miranda Priestly lip pursing going on here!

What did you do to enjoy the sunny weather this weekend? How ready are you for spring to arrive?

Happy Monday!

❀ Chelsea

Have a Giggle

Sometimes you just need a good laugh. These two cute little critters have made me laugh every time I’ve needed a giggle recently. And not just a little bit. Both have provided belly-rolling, ab-working laughter. Maybe I’m really immature, or maybe I’m just really easily amused. Either way, take a look, have a laugh. Enjoy:

The “I Pooted” Giraffe:

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…And The Puppy Getting it’s Head Rubbed:

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I hope you got a good laugh in!

❀ Chelsea

So I Know I Said…

…that you wouldn’t be seeing any outfit posts from me for awhile, but this is just too thrilling to pass up! When I went to get dressed this morning, I realized that I had nothing clean that was appropriate for work. My initial plan was to just wear jeans and hope no one noticed. But then I remembered a skirt that I had tucked away in a drawer months ago. I had worn it once, but it had barely fit. It pulled across my hips and sat really short as a result, and it was just really uncomfortable in general. Today, though, it slipped right on with no problems. It zipped right up and hung closer to my knees, and the waistline sits loosely across my midsection. To celebrate, I’ve made a quick Before & After photo with this one skirt.

Check it out:

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I haven’t reached my goals quite yet. In fact, I have a long way to go still, but I’m so proud of my achievements to date!