Giveaway: The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies

To make the up coming Monday a little better (I know mine is going to be rough) I have a giveaway for you guys, and a fun little blog app quiz to play about The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. 
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers
Own it on Blu-ray NOW

Take the Quiz to see if you're brave like Bilbo and share your results in the comments to enter to win the Blue-Ray! 

*Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

**I am not being compensated in any way for this giveaway, just wanted give someone the chance to win!

Those Rugs Aren't Made for Walking

 I'm normally going to pick staying home over going to dinner with my parents at one of their friend's houses but this was one I couldn't pass up. The couple are old friends of my father's. The man was my dad's first "real" boss. You know the kind in your career that you get at the end or after you graduate college. He's someone my dad is very impressed by and tells funny stories about , and worked many years on and off for him, and currently works with his wife. Plus I'd heard they'd been renovating a house and I'm always interested in houses with character. The house itself is near brown county where I've been several times (still remember the pain of trail ten) and the whole way the lighting was good so I figured it was the perfect time to take selfies. Still loving my pink plaid jacket
 Going up to the house I couldn't quite tell what was what. There were three different buildings all with a similar style. Later I found out the farthest one was the wood shop, and the one closest to the main building is the guest house both of which still have quite a few projects to go. Inside was the living room, which had a small couch, two structured chairs and a large fireplace. Past that was a small kitchen with beautiful views of the lake which was nice, until I saw the study. 
 When they first bought the house this was a large bedroom but they turned it into this beauty. Apparently it isn't done yet. Something about a staircase being added in (currently it's in another room) expanding it out a bit and removing a tiny landing. Behind desk is a large circular window ( 6 foot diameter?) and the other side a full wall of windows with a view of the forest and hills. The middle of the room has a large couch and two structured chairs how and the rugs, I'll get to that later. What's most impressive about this house is the exposed wood beams that they restored themselves, and the bookcases. Upon first seeing them I assumed that they were original to the house but my dad's ex-boss had actually made them all, and everything about them is perfect. Especially when you consider he's a software developer by day not in the carpentry trade. I'm a big fan of virtual and e-books but if this doesn't scream elegance (bad lighting aside since I did take the photo after dark on my iPhone) I don't think anything does. I even like the chandelier and accent lights though the style isn't something that I'd pick myself. 
 Then it was time for the food. To drink I just had an iced tea so nothing interesting there, however the food was quite interesting. To start with we had fruit, and the hostess dug out a pineapple and put the cut fruit in there which I'm sure is a quite common thing but I found it adorable to do. Then the main dish a pot pie in bread, similar to the Panera experience which in case you didn't know means I liked it a lot. Because it was quite filling it did make it hard to have room left for dessert but I still managed to have four cookies so not that hard I guess. Two chocolate chip and two apple slice ones. 
Back to those rugs I was talking about. While we were sitting there chatting (which made me quite drowse since I happened to be sitting right next to the fire place) I started looking around. On the walls were interesting paintings, and collectibles ranging from size. Many of which I assume are from the time in overseas. However there was one thing I noticed when I walked in, and tried to avoid the whole time I was there, the rugs. When we asked if we should take our shoes off they said no, and since they still had theirs on it didn't seem like an issue. Until I started walking on the floor. Sure it's wood but these rugs are everywhere, and they aren't just any rugs. 

A few years ago my parents and I were at a high end mall and decided to go into a store that sold a variety of rugs. These weren't just any rugs they were vibrant, beautiful pieces of art. When we were talking to the sales man my parents mentioned that their friend had brought him here. Immediately he said something along the lines of "no. no. NONE of the rugs in here are good enough for them. We special order for him" speaking as if everything in their store was trash, which was shocking for us not only because they were gorgeous to look at but because some ran $30,000 (plenty enough for a year at school for me).

Which of course made me think that I was walking on these very fancy rugs (as pictured above), not with socks on but with my quite possibly dirty combat boots. But anyways. I had a nice time, and it was nice visiting with people that my father has so much respect for. And seeing their in progress renovation wasn't too bad either. 

Fitness Friday: Galaxy Pants on a Run (walk)


It's Fitness Friday. Lately I've been sharing things like products you should use, or how to start a fitness routine, but this week I thought it'd be fun to see my jogging/running outfit that was mostly a walking outfit since I'm still getting back in shape. Normally I just go around in my neighborhood but today I went a few miles with a friend in an old part of their town for fun. Half way through we decided it would be the perfect time for pictures which wasn't exactly the case since my face looks a little disastrous on account of the sun bothering me, and the sweat. Oh well!

Jacket - This jacket is one that I got during a Tj Max Haul so it's no longer available to buy but there are a lot of super cute North Face ones that are great for a jog in cool weather. 

Tank - As a very basic tank I wasn't expecting to get warm enough to wear it by itself so excuse all the straps. 

Pants - These joggers are the newest love of my life. Quite aways back I had a galaxy skirt and pretty much wore it out so when the people at culture 45 apparel offered to send me something from their shop, of course I picked something with the same print. These pants are comfortable and easy to wear. 

Shoes - Although these shoes may not look like the perfect running shoes I quite like them. They're durable (thanks to being made of canvas) and have a lot of cushion. Plus the neutral color goes with just about anything. 




"Art", Do I look okay? at School, and a Letter

 Woah, it feels like it's been forever since I've done a daily in my life blog post. Actually I've been considering doing a weekly one, along with my to-do schedule (since both are quite boring on their own) but since I took a lot of pictures today I figured I could just do this one of my day. Plus since I'm trying to do the whole daily thing (did you see my girl's night out outfit!?) and didn't have anything else to write, why not. 

Alright. Thursdays are my earliest day of the week and I rode in with my father, which means no worries about driving or parking two things I hate to do. When I arrived I had a little time before class so I sat down to study and noticed this "art". Maybe it's like the Indianapolis Art Museum and I just don't have enough culture but it actually made me mad. It's a piece by someone who GRADUATED a few years ago, and it's just some crudely painted oars. I wouldn't want to major in art here if that's something the department thinks they should display.  
 Throughout the day I took selfies, starting with the first one when I was totally half asleep before my first class. You see I'm wanting to pursue modeling more seriously but I'm quite afraid that I'm way to average looking, and today was one of those days I was feeling the most average. So I take makeup free selfies (that's how I live most of my life) with my unmanaged hair and compare to x y or z super model without makeup. 
 But back to class work... All of this electrical stuff was passed around after being explained. To tell the truth it was all a little over my head which is going to be a bit of an issue since there's eventually a test over it. Speaking of tests I've been studying like mad for a mechanics one that's coming up. I'm working all of the problems in the book (there are a TON) and reading all of the material. So far so good, which is great since the professor is basically worthless. 

After my school day was done, I then headed over to my grandparents house to see how they were doing after the whole hospital stay where I wore a mini skirt. I didn't do too much, just a twenty minute entertainer but I did manage to bring with me some of that fashionista tea and take letters they needed mailed. One of which had an international forever stamp on it, which I didn't know existed. You learn something new everyday. I mean because I can't count that school stuff, right?

Edgy 'Out with the Girls Night' Outfit Guide


It seems like I've been doing a lot date outfits lately from a night time spring date and floral inspired date dresses to what to wear to your boyfriend's office so for a change I figured I should put together something that's for the single ladies. When I saw these pants I knew exactly what I wanted to do too. This look is a girl's night out look, be it at a bar, for a club look or any semi formal night time event. I of course went for a modest look and something that's fairly comfortable. 

  • Top - By now you should know that I love wearing crop tops. Awhile back I even did a crop top guide (although my style has changed quite a bit!) since so many of you were asking for one. This one is a simple black piece with an exposed zipper. 
  • Jeans - These jeans are absolutely gorgeous, but are unfortunately sold out. However at their $1000+ price I thought it'd be okay if I did a very cute similar pair. The ombre and destroy look is fresh, fun and makes sure you won't look like a try hard. Plus who doesn't love a skinny jean?
  • Cardigan - Since I'm more of a modest girl, instead of a crop top with an exposed midriff I added a cardigan to cover up. The big collarless shape is comfortable and keeps the look from being too hot or attention seeking. Also the texture change feels so nice. 
  • Bag - If you've seen past outfit guides of mine Michael Kors seem to be a favorite. As it seems he's done it again with this cross body (one of my favorite styles) in a simple black, since the pants get all the attention you'll want. 
  • Shoes - As a "short" girl platform pumps are a necessity. This pair is a little bulky, a style I'm personally quite fond of because not only are they easier to wear but they make your feet look longer, and very simple. As for the suede I think it softens the look a bit. 
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