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Fashion Find Friday: VS Semi Annual Sale


Happy Friday friends! Week 3 on the prowl and its getting hard to tell the difference between the days of the week. But my calendar assures me it is Friday and I am long overdue on covering a fashion find. Recently I was at the mall and noticed the large signs in the Victoria's Secret windows indicating the semi annual sale and decided to pop in. 

I have not shopped at Victoria's Secret in years, but I used to be obsessed with the semi annual sales. The sad fact of the matter is I've been rotating a small collection of the most practical but most boring looking bras for months now and I needed a pick me up ( both literal and metaphorically). Of all the things women buy I feel bras are the most misunderstood by menfolk. Even on sale they are pricey - the average semi annual sale bra is $34.99! They also become less sturdy over time so unlike lilly or other clothes they have a legit need to be replaced on a regular basis. Lucky for me the good folks at Victoria's Secret are retiring a style that works well for me, and retired styles are always better priced. As in this bra was $12.99 better priced! 


I just love the ruching in the middle. Any fashionista knows good undergarments are the foundation to a good outfit and a good bra both lifts and separates. I personally get a lot of issues with the separation as they are so big they just meld together but this ruching aides in this effort. 

They also had bins of panties for $3.99 and up. It was news to me that VS only
makes cotton granny pantys in XL so this says how long it's been since I shopped there. 

In the beauty section they had the 5 for $25 lotions, body mists and gels. I got two jars of body polish, one bath gel and two lotions. 


The body polish and lotion purchase was really because I got a terrible sunburn last weekend, it's been a huge help in the recovery efforts. Plus $5 a bottle is how much you'd find these products for at your local Wal-Mart so it's actually a good semi annual VS purchase. Am I the only one who grew up where strawberries and champagne was THE scent of choice for teen girl birthday gifts.? Ah nostalgia. 

All the fragrance gift sets and makeup were 50% off. I was able to score this interchangeable pallet set for $15! 


I read somewhere that Chanel  makeup and VS makeup are made by the same company. VS makeup always has very nice pigmentation. Nail polish was 65% off, I couldn't help but get a bottle of Tiger Blue to save for games in the fall. "Wild" colored nail polish is very out of character for me, my manicurist has told me the colors I pick are the ones the old ladies pick. 

Before writing this post I checked online and noticed the in-store prices are much better than online so I strongly recommend you check out your local store before ordering online. FYI, under all those tables with the pink table clothes are boxes of more product, look there too. It's how I have gotten most of my semi annual finds in the past. I'm not sure if the staff frowns or smiles upon this but I've never been told to stop. Semi annual sale time can be crazy for them and I think they just want it all gone as soon as possible. The sale started last week so probably end soon, shop sooner rather than later. 

Happy bra-gain hunting! 



Girls


Every night I watch the previous evening's episode of the Colbert report, check emails and social media and snuggle with my dogs. As I do so tonight I am stuck by how each girl has her own very unique personality. 

Haley is the oldest and turned 7 in March. 



Yes, she only has one eye and was adopted in that condition. Her adoption day was earlier this month and we've been together 5 years - giving her the honor of being my longest relationship. Haley is by far the most loyal dog I have ever met. Of the two she is always filled with more excitement when I return home be it from a long day at work or a quick trip to my car. Haley has assigned herself the role of protector of the home but more in particular of me. It does not matter that for 5 years, six times a week the mail is delivered around the same time she simply does not like that mailman one bit and doesn't trust him. Haley has the bark of and will throw herself against the window in such a manner that people have thought I'm hiding a 100 beast inside my home. Haley likes the keep herself between me and the entrance to a room and if she hears the slightest noise she does not like she will keep watch for hours. Sometimes Haley takes her frustration out on things around her, we've thankfully gotten over the chewing on shoes phase but I've had more pillows torn apart that I can count, she is especially drawn to the memory foam ones. Haley loves being talked to, even if I'm ranting about her latest destruction, and she really loves her name. As tough as she is as a protector she's a big ole baby when it comes to storms and only recently have I been able to sleep through one without her hovering over me pushing her paw on my chest to wake me up. 

Sweetie is around 3 years old and her "adoption day" in coming up in August. 


Bless her heart, sweetie is so ugly she is cute. Sweetie wandered over to my neighborhood last August and I had every intention of holding her until her owner came forward but upon 2nd look I saw a dog that was underfed, covered in fleas and had hair so matted it had to be chopped off. I took her to the vet and was told despite being microchipped she would not be returned and wouldn't you know that little gremlin looking dog weaseled her way into my heart. Despite the name, Sweetie isn't always so sweet. One minute she'll bark for attention then the next growl at being petted or held as if she doesn't know how to react to the affection. Sweetie exhibits many behaviors I've found to be typical of cats: she's more independent than a typical dog but it very needy when she decides she's in the mood for attention. No matter how much Haley shows she has no interest in her Sweetie will growl if Haley gets too close. She rolls around on the carpet or bed when she wants attention much like a cat and loves to sleep on top of my chest - which as you can imagine is just oh so comfortable. Sweetie is a pretty good snuggler when she's in the mood for it. Unlike Haley she's not bothered by storms or noises outside the home. She certainly knows her name but doesn't always come when called. As independent as she is Sweetie will bark non stop if stuck in another room or left outside more than 30 secon
In the beginning neither girl was pleased about the presence of the other but they have now found away to co-exist peacefully 98% of the time. If one gets a prolonged periord of attention the other will get jealous and they both try to steal treats from on another. Even if I give them each a bone they will both chew on the same one at different times ( usually the one given to Haey). Their different personalities makes each one special but I'm super happy in the rare instances when I catch them next to each other or when they both want to snuggle at the same time. I'm really glad to have them both and they both provide lots of love and entertainment too on a daily basis. 

Not a $40 date


Earlier this month Shaun and I celebrated our one year anniversary. (Pause for collective awwww) 

As if having an anniversary wasn't special enough Shaun made it more so by scoring us reservations at Restaurant Iris - which for non Memphians is the consistently ranked #1 , turned away Tony Parker bc it takes 6 weeks to get a reservation, restaurant in town. Needless to say I was pretty excited. Because of the time involved Iris only offers its 5-course menu on week nights, ordering off the regular menu is of course allowed on any night. Luckily our actual anniversary fell on a Monday. We arrived right at our reservation time and were taken to our table, decorated for the ocassion: 



Iris has quickly become THE special ocassion spot in town as evidenced by the five other tables decorated for celebrations that night. It was also full on a Monday, which really never happens in Memphis. 

We informed our waitress we wanted to do the five course tasting menu. I did a wine paring with mine and Shaun just had a soda. It took a while for things to get started but eventually we were brought the amuse bouche of crab and corn salad. 


At Iris the tasting menu is basically up to the chef and they do try to bring different options for each person which makes for fun sharing. For the first course I had the bone marrow and Shaun the eggplant sweetbread


For the 2nd course Shaun had the BBQ shrimp with brioche and I had the lobster knuckle sandwich 


For salads I had a friend green tomato with mozerella and Shaun had an eggplant salad 


For the entree course I had fish and Shaun had duck. 


And lastly for dessert I had the lemon cake and Shaun had the bread pudding, I was jealous! And I appreciated the chocolate sause message. 


At the end of the meal out waitress was nice enough to take our picture and the menu copy was brought for us to take home 




We left a little shy of 3 hours after our reservation time and spent a little north of $200 including tax and tip. I know for a lot of cities a five course meal for $200 would be quite the bargain but in Memphis this makes Iris one of the most pricey places to eat in town. And it's the only place in town that requires reservations more than a week in advance. Thus, dining at Iris is surrounded by a lot of hype and a hype that unfortunately for me it didn't live up to. 

Don't get me wrong, Iris is quite lovely and each dish was very nice but I think getting the tasting menu was a mistake. With the tasting menu it felt as if we were just getting extras of what other diners were ordering. I was thrilled to get the bone marrow and lobster knuckle but nothing else is something I would order. Being the "mathy" person I am I realized Shaun and I could have shared two appetizers, each ordered our own salad, each gotten the most expensive entree and each gotten a dessert and spent the same as the tasting menu. And for $25 I could have ordered two full glasses of wine I liked. The menu says parings are done by the sommelier but the waitress made my selections and seemed to just be choosing from bottle of wine already open - I was given the same wine the steak eating table next to us had with my dessert. I like wine a lot but I'm just not a fancy wine drinker and I only like one of the five, two in fact I disliked so much I didn't finish. Maybe the pairings would have been great for a true wineo but to me it was very blah. I don't think I'll ever let another restaurant ever pick my wines for me. 

I think though the biggest disappointment for me was how the entire city goes on and on about this place so I had really high expectations. Not one dish was what I call food-gasmic. I really wish people would do Iris a big favor and not act like eating there is such a big deal. It is a very nice restaurant no doubt but it has many of the same qualities and as high end restaurant and quite frankly lacked the polish other places have. Since we went I've been wondering what  deal is as to why I was unimpressed. Am I too simple to appreciate culinary delights? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I tend towards extravagant taste and an not one for simplicity? Am I too spoiled to be wowed? Surely not since many if the Memphis who's who have been the ones to give such accolades. Agh, what is wrong with me?!?!? 

If you're a Memphian like me who has been very eager to go I'm not suggesting you don't, but just maybe stick to an entree and one or two other things to share and keep your tab around $100 like most other fancy places in town - I think this alone will give you a much more wow factor. If nothing else places like The Melting Pot suddenly seem like quite the value location. 

 

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