shine or set

a lifestyle blog

the thom to my jerry

Really, do I even need to say anything in this post? Well, besides giving a thumbs up to the sheer sweetness of this tune/those dance moves. I suppose that's more of a gesture, anyways.

Enjoy.

drift away

When I visit my dad I love wandering the beach in search of driftwood. To me, each piece has a story of why it ended up on the sands of a particular cove. Beautiful already, Karen Miller takes these remains of trees and makes them into something more. She makes driftwood decor in the form of tables…

girl crush

I've developed a whopping crush on Gillian Zinser. Her laid back attitude is partly the reason, but her killer style really seals the deal. I would give almost anything to peek in her eclectic wardrobe and snag a few items, with permission of course. I also wouldn't mind having that killer …

oscar-worthy wear

I am a little behind in cinematic viewing these days, and by behind I mean behind. I just barely saw The Social Network this past weekend, and still have yet to see Blue Valentine or Black Swan. I did see The Fighter, though. Congratulations to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, who completely deserve…

quinoa, please

Pondering what to cook for dinner tonight, I scoured the fridge and pantry. Looking for something healthy, I noticed my box of quinoa was begging to be taken out of and cooked up. So I granted its wish with an easy, tasty recipe.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp of butter (or olive oil)
1 small yellow onion, f…

you sound like you're from london

There are far few better things then warming up my chilly fingers with a mug of hot tea, and watching the rain leave little wet freckles on the ground outside my window. In today's rare Arizona storms, I am lucky enough to do just that. For me, it's not just the heavy, gray clouds or the sm…

sunday spark

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings." -Elizabeth Gilbert

obsessin' over essie

I can't seem to keep nail polish on my nails longer than a day. It's not that they chip, or peel, or break. It's more so the fact that I get bored. Polish, to me, is the same as clothing. I wouldn't wear the same thing two days in a row, so why would I put my fingertips through that…

calculate those calories

After receiving a surprisingly big response to my i used to be fat post, I wanted to start posting helpful tips. One being, calories are crucial, but remember everyone is different. You may be standing tall at six feet, or you may be on the shorter side. You might have an active job, or you might s…

nugget and charlie's adventure

My dearest friend, Sarah, and I decided to take an adventurous little hike with our pups. Charlie and Nugget were thrilled to get some fresh air. With their tongues flopping about and tails wagging, we all ventured up Hayden Butte for a little exercise. Nugget wanted to prove how rebellious he was …

daddy's little girl

As mentioned in my reaping rewards, the support I receive from my family and friends is an incredible feeling, one that encourages me every day. I am so fortunate to have the people in my life that hold me and my goals together, especially my daddy. I barely told him about Shine or Set just yesterd…

my muses

I dare say that I have a case of style schizophrenia. I can go from boho chic, to classic, to grunge all in just one day, or I will mix them all together. The next day I will be on to three or four other styles. It may confuse some, but I like my different sides. It's too much fun playing dress…

hang on my walls, please

My apartment would be a lot whole lot prettier if it had a frame collage of Louise Dahl-Wolfe's photographs. An eclectic group of frames holding little black and white treasures would be a perfect accent wall or shelf. I feel a project coming on...




I may meander on down to Tucson to take a peek …

i used to be fat

Lately I've been such a homebody. I'm not complaining, as it's been a nice change of pace from the typical hectic schedule of two jobs, mixed with my social life. I've grown pretty fond of cooking at home, lounging in my favorite PJ pants, and vegging out on my sofa, with my only co…

words to live by

I am a firm believer that there are oodles of wonderful things to experience in this life. Those things might be careers, relationships, or moments that will leave your insides smiling for all your years. I believe these oodles of wonderful things are due to a smidgen of fate. You get what you need…

viva la dolce vita

I have fallen in love. The object of my affection is my new pair of Dolce Vita wedges that came to my door yesterday afternoon. That UPS man had never seen a girl more thrilled. After letting out a squeal, I quickly snatched the box from his hands. After he left with a confused shake of his head, I…

adore my fp girls

I was pleasantly surprised to see such kind words posted on Free People Scottsdale's Facebook. The store is filled with such genuine, beautiful (inside and out), intelligent, hilarious, and of course, fashionable girls. I can't tell you how lucky I am to know each and every one of them. Wha…

grilled cheese with a twist

After grocery shopping today, I was excited to get home and whip up some lunch. Craving a grilled cheese, I wanted to make it in a less conventional way. Adding apples and bacon gives this childhood favorite some new flavors.
2 slices of whole-grain bread (I have come to love Food for Life 100% Whol…

supermarket savers

Today is shopping day. No, not for a new pair of wedges or a pair of skinny jeans, but for groceries. This is not a chore for me, as it is for some. I like scouring the shelves, while typically riding my cart down the aisles with freeing abandon, wind in my hair, while getting disapproving looks fr…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Just Kids Only a few pages in, and I am addicted to this book. A little look into the life of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorp. There is so much wonder in the pages of this book. Thank you, BLDG 25 Blog, for the suggestion.
2. Oatmeal I feel as though I have come down with a serious condition. It…

that boy can dance

My nephew can really break it down. 

Hope this brightens your day as much as it brightens mine. Thanks, Katy Perry, for getting him to groove.

a dress fit for a tomboy

Something borrowed and something blue aren't really items that are necessarily in my near future. Yet, walking down the aisle isn't something that hasn't been dreamed up in my head. Just because I rushed home from school as a kid to watch Ninja Turtles, there were those days I would beg…

grateful

I wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous support I have received since launching this site. The feedback through e-mails, phone calls, tweets, and comments has been so motivating and encouraging. It's just a reminder of how worth pursuing my life goal is.

I came home this evening to find s…

up to our old tricks

Every now and then we are graced with those lucky days that are miraculously filled with our favorite people. For me, yesterday was one of those days.

What started out with an early work morning, led to a yummy brunch with one of my best girlfriends, also one of the most sarcastically funny people …
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