Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mendi's October Photos: Days 1-15

Whoa. Hold the phones for a moment, friends...

We're already half way through October. In one more month we'll be making travel plans to see loved ones, Thanksgiving dinner grocery lists and dare I say, the beginnings of a Christmas list. When did this happen?? I feel like the encroaching holidays just snuck up and bit me on my butt. I'm not quite at all ready for the holidays yet, so I'm going to silently just slip back into my world of denial while I distract you guys with my October Photo-a-Day snapshots...

day 1 -- where you stood
On my deck, while waiting for Zoey to go potty before I leave for work.
((OOTD: Madewell scarf, Mossimo v-neck tee, LOFT jeans, Target belt, Sam Edelman flats))

day 2 -- lunchtime
Photo fail. I had a hot lunch date with my hubz that day. Call me distracted.

day 3 -- this happened today
Jayme went out of town for her anniversary, therefore FORCING me to go shopping at lunch. The 50% off sale at LOFT didn't help either. This striped shirt and navy cords came home with me, as well as those burgundy cords hanging in the background. I love a good sale!!

day 4 -- what you read
Catching up on the latest issue of Richmond's own R-Home Magazine while at a doctor's appointment.

day 5 -- shadow
Holding hands with my hubz. (Full disclosure: Jayme & Wes were there too. The four of us had just had dinner, when an impromptu 10pm CVS run was in full effect because Jayme & I needed some new nail polishes. Seems completely reasonable, right?!? And this photo might have been followed by us making animal shadow puppets in the parking lot. True story.)

day 6 -- I'm thankful for...
What isn't there to be thankful for in this photo?? 

day 7 -- light
A little corner in my kitchen behind the sink where we get tons of light thanks to those two windows. A potted mum, pumpkins and gourds gave the kitchen a cozy fall feeling.

day 8 -- angle
Another opportunity to do an OOTD (these are fun): black Gap moto jacket, LOFT leopard top (similar), LOFT burgundy skinny cords and black ankle booties (similar)

day 9 -- red
I could eat tortilla chips and salsa for every meal...I love it that much. This salsa has become my new fave! I found it in the produce section of my grocery store. 

day 10 -- emotion
We're still very much processing the grief of losing our sweet Nugget last month. September was rough...after we returned from our vacation in San Francisco, we first found out that Nugz had a lung tumor, only to find out a week later that she also had kidney cancer that was quickly taking her from us. It was by far one of the hardest things that Chris & I have ever been through together. We know she's in a better place, but nothing can fill the emptiness that is left behind. We miss her so much and hold onto our memories of her tightly.

day 11 -- something close-up
Zoey says "hi everybody, can I lick you?"

day 12 -- on the table
Fall is creeping into every room of my house. My dining room table got a little makeover this past weekend.

day 13 -- landscape
We went to see Argo at the theater on Saturday night (it was awesome!), so I snapped a pic of a landscape while some of the ads were playing before the movie started.

day 14 -- makes you laugh
Zoey does something that makes me laugh at least once a day, but watching her jump off the docks belly flop into the water is always sure to crack me up. She lives for this stuff!

day 15 -- dinnertime
Homemade pork carnitas...mmm!!! I cooked the pork in the crockpot for 8 hours, then added rice, black beans, reduced-fat shredded cheese, fresh salsa and avocado. Finished it off by wrapping it up in a whole wheat tortilla. Delish!! Recipe courtesy of Skinny Taste.

So what have you guys been up to so far this month?? Anyone else NOT ready for the upcoming holidays? I figure I've got a good 3-4 weeks to remain in my current state of denial before it really hits me!!


P.S. >> Most of my photos this month were filtered through an app called Tadaa. I've been having trouble with Instagram lately (an error message that says "Please update your Instagram app to continue posting photos"). Have any of you seen this too? I think it had something to do with the recent Apple update. I can't figure out how to fix it. If you can help me out, by all means PLEASE drop some knowledge on me!


  1. Amazing photos. Your dog is adorable <3

  2. i know i had to stop myself when i realized my husband and i were talking about holiday plans, i thought already?! what how will it be here already?? craazy how fast this year is going!

  3. Day 10 totally made me teary eyed. I am so very sorry for the loss of your puppy-child.

  4. beautiful photos :) Love the one of Zoey belly flopping, so adorable!

  5. Such great photos! And how the heck is October halfway through already???

  6. Loving the photo of your hubby and pup. Actually all the photos of Zoey are precious. So sorry about your other dog. They really are truly like family.

  7. your doggies are the cutest thing ever!!! and the food look AMAZING!!

  8. It is amazing how quickly time is going by lately! I love the yellow striped top and the picture of your dog jumping off the dock!

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about Nugget... I can't imagine going through that, BUT you are right... she is in a GREAT place right now!!

    Zoey is quite the character though... leaps and close ups galore ;)

    xo, Bev

  10. Great Photo. I have already made my thanksgiving menu and in a few weeks will be doing my Christmas card. I always have the sent out the day before thanksgiving. That way my card is the first on people get but beside that I'm not ready for the holidays.

  11. great photos! i always want to do something like this but i never get around to it. i love the dog jumping into the water, great action shot :)


  12. the yellow striped shirt = LOVE! :D

    p.s. sorry to hear about nugget! <3

    <3, Mimi
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  13. What a beautiful scarf and I love your halloween table display!! Hope you are having a wonderful week.
    Twirling Clare

  14. I can't believe the holidays will be here so soon. Crazy! Love, Love, Love your table:)

  15. You are so good at capturing the photo's of the day!!! I love both of you and your blog and nominated your blog for the Laine Blog Award. See my post here: http://www.makeupobsessedmom.com/2012/10/laine-blogger-award.html
    Stacie xo

  16. Love the photos! Your dining room decor is beautiful! xo

  17. I've been slacking on this! I always start in the beginning of the month, get busy then forget lol. Great photos!

  18. Yellow is your color! Great photos and now I'm craving chips and salsa!!


  19. Oh my what beautiful shots, they really highlight the best of your life! You are awesome!

    This is a creative idea for photo-a-day. :)

  20. Instagram crashes every time I try to take a picture using the app, and most recently, my camera crashes when I try to take a picture with it. Something is clearly amiss.

    Onto your pictures, starting with the bottom.

    Please come to my apt and make those pork carnitas. Or, I'll make 'em and you can just eat them with me. :) I love your dining room table. LOVE. I'm SO sorry to hear about Nugget. I teared up reading about it...I know how it feels. Love the leopard print. I'm jealous of your kitchen sink corner/window deal. LOL on the shadow puppet show. Yellow looks fab on you. Annnd, I love that paisley scarf. :)

  21. I loved all of your IG photos and still don't know your IG screen name!!!!

    <3 Marina

  22. I really like the little outfit snippets, you should really do outfit posts, you have great style! The shadow was really cool and loved your table setting, very festive and pretty!

  23. Your pups are absolutely adorable.

  24. I love your halloween designs in your home! it makes me want to visit you guys:)

  25. Great snapshots. Love the one where the dog jumps in to the water.=)

  26. that photo of zoey is absolutely hilarious...and just makes me smile. to get my dog to do that i must push him with all of my force (he does not like water...weird). and then he is miserable for some time! i wish he played like zoey does!

    hope yall have a great weekend!

  27. this is SO great!! mendi - i love your style!! the striped LOFT shirt is adorable on you and i love the GAP moto jacket!! your fall home decor looks amazing and i, too, could eat chips and salsa for EVERY meal -- it's the BEST!! xoxo

  28. The dog is so cute and I love the gold pumpkins!


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