Food, Fashion, Fancy

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 26, 2011

Thank you to all who contributed to the very lively discussion on name change. I loved hearing everyone’s perspectives and since there is no right or wrong answer, was interested to see how sometimes our family history and how we were raised plays a role in our decisions. I’m very glad that Heather brought this up on her blog.

This past week was a definite blur. While I did not attend seven events in seven days like my business partner Jill, I came very close! To summarize, I thought it would be fun to bring you food, fashion and fancy. I don’t know if I have ever talked about fashion on my blog so we’ll see how this goes! :)

The Food

After writing about oatmeal last weekend, I found myself craving it more than I have all winter.

That said, I do not take the blame for the blustery, frigid conditions that have struck Chicago this week. That falls solely on the city’s shoulders. šŸ˜‰ I am very much looking forward to our first real day of Spring. It has yet to make its presence known to us here.

Good thing I had oatmeal to warm me up, along with copious cups of Coffee Cocoa and an apparent fondness for alliteration that has made itself known in a lot of my writing this week.

Another food that warms my soul are these Lightlife Buffalo “Wings.”

Throw them on a bed of spinach and you have an amazingly fantastic – and filling – lunch.

What to supplement this lunch with will come later on in this post.

The Fashion

Speaking of writing, Jill wrote a phenom post about embracing her inner magazine editor yesterday. This all was inspired by our trip to Ann Taylor Loft on Thursday, where we came across a plethora of new options and just about bought out the store.

Don’t worry, Bobby, I did not really buy out the store. I did, however, find two new dress options for an upcoming conference we are attending. The red one above can be found at this link. It also comes in black and I assure you that it is the most comfortable piece of “nice” clothing I have ever worn. It’s also now 30% off on the website. Le sigh.

The occasion for dressing up was the Rock the Red Fashion Show, an event put on by The Red Pump Project, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and young girls. It is an organization co-founded by one of our former co-workers and we were very excited to support her! Plus, it was my first-ever fashion show (the first event dedicated to fashion I’ve ever been to, honestly) and I was excited to experience something new.

The Fancy

Continuing with the “F” words – why yes, I do realize that I have the humor of a twelve year old – in this post, let me tell you all what I’ve been fancying this week.

Here’s a hint. Yesterday, I posted an open letter to the company on my Facebook account that reads:

Dear Jolly Rancher,

Thank you for allowing me to continue my favorite once-a-year tradition of purchasing one bag of your sugar-laden Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1 and Yellow 5. Better known as strawberry, orange, watermelon, grape, apple and blue raspberry. Especially blue raspberry.

Love, Jelly Bean Jenn

I think you know what comes next.

I get so excited when I see these on the Easter display at Target. I know that they are nothing but cavities waiting to happen, but you can’t deny what you fancy, and I adore these little beans.

Food. Fashion. Fancy.

What falls under each of those categories for you this week?


1 Sarah March 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

food: fish! yesterday my fiance and i had sushi for lunch and fish fry for dinner! at least i’m getting my omega-3’s.

fashion: ….*crickets* jeans and sweatshirt? lol, i’ve been working on preparing for my research proposal defense this week, so looking cute has taken a backseat. i have been hunting for a sunshine yellow cardigan and straw-colored wedges to wear for my fiance’s graduation next month.

fancy: i just downloaded ecto this morning – i feel kind of fancy learning how to use it! also, i talked to my fiance last night about purchasing my own domain – that makes me feel fancy too! :)

2 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food March 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

I LOVE that red dress Jenn! It looks adorable on you.

I don’t like jelly beans, but I do have a once a year candy purchase around Easter as well – Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. My mom used to buy them and I have seemed to follow the tradition! :)

3 Erica March 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

owwww! The dress is so cute! I love how it still looks fancy/professional, but also fun! And Easter candy is just awesome! I love the circus peanuts that are shaped like bunnies and chicks.

On the food front- made a few new run recipes including cornmeal crust pizza. Fashion….hmm I’m pregnant- so just trying not to look ridiculous haha. Fancy…got nothing :)

4 cbrady3 March 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Food: I finally made my own hummus! Enjoyed it on a fried egg sandwich with lunch today
Fashion: Loving the spring cropped chinos I found at Old Navy. Wish the weather was nice enough to wear it!
Fancy: LOVING new flavors of Luna Bars (new to me) – Iced Oatmeal Raisin. MMM!

5 Karla March 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

As I mentioned earlier, I ADORE that photo of you and Jill, and your shoes/outfits in it. You two are going to be the most fashionable ladies at your upcoming conference!

When I was in junior high, the Starburst jellybeans were a fave. Now that they’re available all the time (and I may have OD’d on them back then) I can’t remember the last time I had them :) Maybe I’ll have to round up a few this Easter season?

6 missymiller March 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I love the Gardein Buffalo wings too…you should try them!

7 natalie (the sweets life) March 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

you look AWESOME in that dress!

and I am all aboard with jelly beans…and I always stock up after Easter when they’re on clearance. Oops. Starburst Tropical are my new favorite–you must try! :)

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