>Fashion Friday; What NOT to Wear Edition


This week’s Fashion Friday is brought to us by the very attractive women I spotted at the bank last week. Of course, you’d never have any clue how pretty she was, this middle-aged brunette who drove up and parked next to us and hopped out to use the ATM. I think she did have makeup on, and she covered what I think was a cute haircut in this odd skullcap…it wasn’t even cold. I can forgive the hat, and I can even forgive the thrown-on hoodie. But no one should ever be allowed to go out in public with a body that great in jeans like these.

This woman’s jeans were at least one, if not two, sizes too big for her. I don’t know if she bought them that way or if perhaps she bought them when she was much heavier and she’d recently lost weight. Either way, she has a serious case of the droopy drawers. Look how baggy they are in the seat and thigh. This photo doesn’t even do justice to the offensiveness of this fashion blunder.

Let’s see how her jeans should have looked on her. Trust me when I say that under those clothes was a slender woman.

Note the fitted nature of these jeans in the entire thigh and butt. They do not have to be super duper skin tight, which would be immodest and unattractive. But they need to be fitted and not all saggy all over the place. I don’t care if they are your favorite pair of hundred dollar plus premium denim jeans, if you lose weight you need a new pair. If you have questions about how to find a pair that fit your body properly, head down to your local Nordstrom store where you will find an associate totally trained in helping you find the perfect pair. I’m convinced it’s not that difficult. The woman in this photo may have a severe case of pancake butt, but the right jeans with perfectly placed pockets will go a long way for her.

Don’t commit a fashion felony by wearing droopy-ass jeans.


>Happy 6th Blogiversary To Me!


Nathan and I six years ago.

So way way back on February 21, 2005, I created this here blog, Water Water Everywhere. This was not the beginning of my presence on the internetz by any stretch, but it was the beginning of this space which has grown and evolved in the past six years. Six years is very long time in the realm of blogging and I’m very happy with the little community that has formed here. What began as a way to sharpen my own creativity and writing skills has become a passion, a platform, and even a gateway to some great perks.

This post was supposed to be a lot more fun and celebratory. I was planning some cool giveaways for this occasion, which I should still get to later this week or so, but I am sick. As a dog. I think it’s the flu, for realz. Fever, pain everywhere, and gross cough. Woke up with it this morning, totally unexpectedly. I apologize to whoever I may have inadvertently shared my germs with, especially our awesome dinner guests last night. I’m kicking myself for never getting the flu shot this season. I had to miss church this morning which is the highlight of my week, and it devastated me. It’s highly likely I’ll have to miss 1:17 tomorrow night, our orphan care and adoption Life Group, and that really has me upset too. I haven’t been this sick in a very long time and I hope I can kick this virus in the butt fast through lots of sleep, fluids and vitamin C. My fever seems to be gone already, which is the only reason I can even type this post. But for now, this post will have to do and I hope you’ll celebrate my blog’s anniversary with me this week.

>Fashion Friday: How To Wear Sheer


Being fashionable and trendy does not always have to mean seeing something on a runway and then busting out the credit card to shop for it. We all know that fashion trends come and go in cycles, and sometimes if you wait long enough they reappear when you are least expecting it. See case in point…platform shoes. Never in a million years did I guess that those crazy high shoes my mom loaned me for 70’s day in high school would be once again worn by every celeb and supermodel…and myself more than a decade later. Right?!

Ok back to the point. This month’s In Style magazine has a feature on silky sheer blouses. Now these are specifically button down blouses but sheer fabrics in general are definitely on trend right now. Have you ever wondered if you could pull off a look like that? For real women like me with a limited budget, sometimes you just need to take the idea of a trend and put your own twist on it with what you’ve got.

So check out how I shopped my own closet to see what sheer tops I had and how I wear them.

>Review: The Verizon iPhone


A lot of my friends think I’m way more technologically savvy than they are, so they were always shocked when I would tell them I didn’t have an iPhone. The reason was pretty simple, I’m a diehard Verizon fan. I got my first Verizon mobile phone before I had kids, when my job required me to be on a plane every week traveling to big cities, tiny towns, and very remote locations nationwide. My regular, full-time, salaried job is designing wastewater treatment plants and those are everywhere and often placed as far away from the population of a town as reasonably possible. I needed a phone that worked, that got service everywhere, that didn’t drop calls left and right. If there was anyone that truly tested Verizon’s network, it was I.

When we founded my company in 2004, my two partners and I were using Verizon and at the time we could make unlimited calls to each other and given our budget that was important. Of course competition has changed all that and now with affordable unlimited plans it doesn’t matter that we stay on the same network, but I have seen how bad the service is for both AT&T and Sprint at my house. I can even remember standing in the middle of downtown Houston on more than one occasion, talking, texting and tweeting with my Verizon Blackberry while all around me AT&T iPhone users ranted about not having service. Calling is still the most important thing to me when it comes to my cell phone and I can’t remember the last time a call dropped from my end.

Of course I was envious of all the cool stuff my iPhone using friends could do with their phones. Angry Birds? Words with Friends? Easy to navigate driving directions? Not to mention the inspiring iPhone photography from Chase Jarvis, author of The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You. My phone camera sucked, and as a photog that was a big deal to me. Plus my husband complained about the sound quality of my Blackberry. When my time came to upgrade my phone last June I seriously considered getting a Droid Incredible or X. But I kept hearing more substantial rumors that the Verizon iPhone was coming, so I waited. Last week I was handsomely rewarded.

Let me shout it from the rooftops, I LOVE THIS PHONE. The network is still incredible and the sound quality is WAY better than my Blackberry. So far I’ve downloaded the Twitter and Facebook apps, the Best Camera app and Instagram, which I am totally loving. I thought typing would be hard, but it has rapidly adapted to my typos to correct them instantly. I love the way texts are set up in little bubbles, shown as a conversation! Most of all I love the camera. The things I can do with it are mind blowing to me. So check out what I’ve got in just the past couple of days.

I still can’t believe I took these AND edited them with my phone. I may never pick up my DSLR again! (Kidding, that would never happen.) 
My husband and I have not yet been out to dinner or on a date since I got the phone, but I am going to need to have it surgically removed from my hand before we do because he used to complain about me checking the Blackberry too much. I’m trying, really I am, but if the old phone was like crack, this one is like heroin…far more lethal. 
So now I need to know what apps to download! Tell me your favorites in the comments, pretty please? 

>Why Facebook Fan Pages Are So Great


So pretty much everybody in the modern world is on Facebook now, except for my friend Ellie. That means, by default, that they have a personal Facebook page. Personal pages are great because they can be private and secure, and you can share lots of details and photos from your life that are…well…personal! Unlike many bloggers I know, I do not accept friend requests from people that I don’t know in real life, or at least very, VERY well online. I’m not Facebook friends with anyone that works for my company, that’s what LinkedIn is for. I have already chosen not to hire at least one person, despite an excellent resume, because of photos on his/her personal Facebook page. So I am pretty careful about who can see mine.

But since I am a blogger and a photographer, I want to share things with people who might not otherwise find my blog or website. People are on Facebook, so that’s where marketers need to be, even if you’re just marketing yourself. This is the purpose of Fan pages! I have been amazed at the people who have “Liked” my blog or photographer website’s Fan pages that I can find no previous connection to at all. The Water Water Everywhere Facebook page is like it’s own little community, separate and distinct from the community of regular readers and commenters here on the actual blog. I can post questions and links and get great instant feedback there more frequently than I can publish whole blog posts. If you want to know what I’m reading regularly? (I read and share a LOT) That’s where you find out. Facebook Fan pages were recently updated with lots of new features that I’m still learning about too.

So in short, I think everyone who is trying to actively build a community around their blog should have a Facebook Fan page. It certainly works for me. I would sure love it if you’d go ahead and “Like” Water Water Everywhere to join my awesome community. You can just look to the right of this post, find my Facebook community link and click “Like” without ever leaving here…it’s that simple!

So tell me, do YOU have a Facebook Fan page?

>Ten Things I’m Really Bad At

>Just keepin’ it real around here today! I’m good at a lot of things, but these are all things I’ve tried and consistently suck at.

1. Interior decorating. More specifically choosing coordinating colors for walls and things.

2. Basketball. And Tennis.

3. Programming in C++. Or any other computer language, for that matter.

4. Meal planning. Also sticking to a meal plan when I do make one.

5. Cleaning carpet stains. Also mopping floors. Notice a pattern?

6. Whistling. The cab calling kind, not the melodic kind.

7. Speaking Spanish.

8. Fighting off germs in my kids. Apparently, because both kids are sick again.
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9. Push-ups. Despite lots of effort, I am still incredibly bad at these.

10. Gardening. Really really bad.

I’ve got to laugh at myself when I think about my efforts in these areas…and just keep trying on some of them!

Ok your turn! Tell me what you’ve tried but can’t seem to get right…anything.

>Fashion Friday, Boden Fashion Haul

>Have you seen the Spring 2011 catalog from Boden USA? Their clothing has quickly become my absolute favorite because of the vibrant colors and gorgeous feminine styles. It’s imported from the UK and slightly more expensive that I would normally buy, but I love it so much I will occasionally purchase one or two things online. But I’m so obsessed with their clothes that last week I turned to ebay to see what I could find, and I definitely lucked out. Check it out.