Weekend Photo BLAST.

I had such a great productive weekend! I love when that happens. Even though the winter is really starting to wear on me and everyone else in Chicago, spring and summer are right around the corner (I just know it!). Let’s see. I have really been having a blast at the gym – I know right I hate to be one of ‘those’ people, but since I’ve regularly ventured back at the beginning of the year, I have seen major changes in toning. I haven’t lost anymore weight, but I can definitely tell that the gym has begun to tone everything. I’m obsessed with before and afters so here’s one of my lifestyle/physical change from July 2013 to March 2014. 7 Months.

Before July 2013 at 195. After March 2014 at 160.

Then I have been dying to try this small Chicago Diner chain since I moved here, but no one ever wants to go. Saturday after my run, I decided just to check it out myself and I am so happy I did! The Golden Nugget reminded me of the diners that I grew up eating in with my grandma and grandpa. I got the Steak Omelette which was just perfect. I know Chicago has any kind of eatery you could imagine, but I’m cheap as hell and sometimes picky as in I have specific cravings so this place will do just fine by me in the future.

Then came the time to touch up my hair – I had been getting it done, but things changed so I’m back in the saddle with my cheveux. I think it came out well. There is a slight dark band about two inches out I’ll have to address since a bleach shampoo cap didn’t even touch it, but overall I revived the red perfectly.

on the left before, middle during/post bleach cap, right the finished product.

Then I went ahead and started my chest plate.

Just kidding – obviously they are fake tattoos!

Then because I’m becoming the queen of cheapskates I went to Aldi, Five Below, and a clothes shop Discovery. I’m going to start shopping only at thrift store here in the near future, because I’m over new-consuming, but my final hoorah at Discovery was great! I got two more tanks not pictured for a total of $27 so a week’s worth of new tops/a dress. Not too shabby.

Then of course…..

Sigh. Monday. Blerg.

xxx
GFK

BEFORE AND AFTER: Craft Room/Bedroom MAKEOVER

Are you ready for some dramatic before & afters?! Pretend I’m shouting it like Oprah though. ARE YOU READY?!!!

First, background – I decided to switch rooms at my apartment and make the bigger room a guest/craft room while using my smaller room as a bedroom. I’ve lived with this arrangement for two weeks and I LOVE it. I’m bummed I didn’t do it sooner, but then again I might have not appreciated a craft room if I had just ‘always’ had one.

Roll that B&A footage!

The 'closet' before and after I installed ikea shelving.
The ‘closet’ before and after I installed ikea shelving.

The 'sewing area' before and after it's a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The ‘sewing area’ before and after it’s a cute library media area in my bedroom.
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The guest room before and then my bedroom after!
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot - i forgot to move them.
The master bedroom before and then craft room after. Sorry about those banker boxes in the shot – i forgot to move them.
This was the clothing storage situation - before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
This was the clothing storage situation – before the lovely leaning tower of clothes in the room with no closet and after so nice and organized.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink - after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Before my makeup was in a little bag on the sink – after I put it here and get the morning light to apply I love it.
Boris LOVES the new room.
Boris LOVES the new room.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
During construction these two were pivotal in making sure everything was tested and safe.
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
Installing the closet unit. POWERTOOLS!
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The GC was a real hardass on this jobsite.
The safety inspector was tough too.  I barely passed!
The safety inspector was tough too. I barely passed!
This day laborer was terrible though.  I'll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
This day laborer was terrible though. I’ll never go to The PUG DEPOT again!
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.
So worth it. I have a great looking closet finally.

End result: CRAFT PRODUCTION UP 10000000000000% !!

XXXX
GFK