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Blue Lemon

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to my favorite Utah restaurant which just opened a new location in Sandy about 10 minutes from my house, Blue Lemon!

blue lemon3Blue Lemon serves American cuisine, both entrees and desserts. It is fine dining level quality without the high price tag.  Honestly cooking is more for personal enjoyment when you’ve got something this good for this reasonable a price.

blue lemon 6For $12 including a drink I got chicken curry meal with rice pilaf, veggies and a pear blue cheese salad.  I couldn’t make all that for $12 for just me.  No way.  It was delicious! I’ve rarely had a miss at Blue Lemon’s other locations.

In fact, last year I went to the Black Sheep Cafe in Provo and spent double what Blue Lemon cost me and I prefer the Blue Lemon meal.  Black Sheep wasn’t bad but i definitely wasn’t worth double.

It is served cafeteria style so you also save in waiter fees and tips.  The assembly line is out front so you can see your food being made.  They also have a large booth of delicious desserts.  Last time I went I got a flour-less chocolate cake and it was so rich I could only eat half of it. Delish!

blue lemon8Not only is the food great at a great price but the ambiance is special too.  I love the design of the table sections with the wood, sofas and chandeliers

blue lemon4And the rest of the design is modern without feeling cold.

blue lemon 5It’s got it all!

So if you haven’t been go check out Blue Lemon.  You won’t be disappointed.

Blue Lemon

11372 S State St
Sandy, UT

Oh and they also have a full breakfast menu that is delicious.

Now I’ve made myself hungry.  May just have to go there for lunch!


A Dark Room

Yesterday a dream came true.  I slept for 8 1/2 hours with only 1 interruption in my own room.    To what do I owe this great miracle, you ask?  I think this picture says a lot.

One dark room!
One dark room!

You know how in most rooms you can see the outline of your bed or your rooms.  Not in my room.  It is totally dark.  That little light you see in all the darkness is from my cable box which I can turn off.

How did I do this?  Well, it was the entire reason I moved.  I wanted to  get away from the loud birds, geese, ducks, and create the darkest room I could.  I even thought about living in the basement apartment and renting out the top part so I could keep it really dark.  I knew it would change my life if I could just sleep well.   It might sound crazy but to me it was worth buying a whole house just for that reason- to sleep!

Anyway, the first thing I did was had a wall of curtains installed by Calico Corners.  This was thick fabric with black out panels.  This created about 90% blockage and creates an awesome statement in the room that I love.

The curtains!

To a sane person this might have been enough but I’d come so far to not get my 100% dark room.  It wasn’t enough! That light that came through the top of the curtains was actually quite bright (there is a bright street lamp right outside my room).

So I had the company that installed the rest of my window treatments, the Blindman, install these:


Combined you have what is in my opinion the perfect room.  It is quiet, totally dark and all me.  I LOVE MY ROOM!!!  I slept 8 1/2 hours!!!!!  Is there anything so exciting!  I don’t think there is.  I am SO HAPPY!!!

I told my friend Adrienne that any visitors can use the dark room.  That would get me to come!   It’s a dream come true.  Come on out!Life is good!

Merry Christmas

For all of those that did not send me their address here is my Christmas card.  I designed it with my friend Joan Saunders who has an Etsy store called Bitsy Creations.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for all your support in 2011.  Hopefully 2012 will be less intense (a girl can hope) but we will see…

A Note on Plus Size Fashion

While I admit I have fallen off my fashion game in the last year or so (working at home has been detrimental in that regard), I still think I have my own quirky sense of style.  I particularly love chunky jewelry and wrapped shirts/dresses that give me a slim silhouette.  Oddly enough my fashion highlights probably occurred the years I worked at JWA.  As the welcoming face and the only single girl in the office I felt it my duty to look my best.  I also noticed that the cuter my outfit the brighter my spirits (something that did not go unnoticed in that drab job).  I admit that most of the cute jewelry and true fashion items I own I bought during that time period.

Lately I feel like I’m always coming to or from the gym in my sweats or jeans with my hair in a ponytail 90% of the time (you know its bad when your mom visits and says ‘its nice to see you in something other than a ponytail”…)  The other current difficulty is I am in between sizes and don’t want to purchase much in the hopes that I will keep losing.  I did buy 2 pairs of size 24 jeans (1 size down) at Walmart and those feel great!  Walmart carries Just My Size plus sizes and I’ve been very impressed with the quality, not simply the low price, of their clothing- a real surprise.

So, having admitted my recent problems in this area I would like to say something about plus size fashion.  First of all, don’t you think the day where plus size clothing is hidden in the back of the store should be over?  My friend and I joke that plus size is the ‘pornographic section’  of the mall because it is like the old video stores where the adult films were crammed in the back behind a velvet curtain- ‘just pretend like the plus size people aren’t there and maybe they’ll go away’.   Also it would be nice if there were more than one or two options in cut, color, style etc.  Most of the time I bypass department stores all together and head right to the plus size chains such as Lane Bryant (good for career) and Torrid (great for a little bit of trendiness).  If these stores do not have clothes I like at the prices I can spend I often go online to purveyors like Lands End, Old Navy (they only sell their plus size line online) and Catherines (most of their line is very frumpy, but I got a good suit and winter coat there). I’ve had okay luck at discount chains such as Ross, Michael’s, Burlington etc.

This year I had such a hard time finding cute unique clothes that I asked my mother (an amazing seamstress) to make me some light, fun skirts.  She has finished 5 of them and I wear them all the time.   She even made them easily alterable for when I lose more weight.   I love them!Unfortunately not everyone has my mother’s tailoring at their disposal.  With this in mind I have a word to say to the designers of the world.  Listen up because here are my plus size fashion likes and dislikes (all right, its mostly dislikes…)

1. Just because we are plus size does not mean we need tons of fabric- we already have a lot of bulk, we don’t need more.

Bad look 1


Just keep adding fabric and maybe it will swallow her whole!


2.  On the same lines- stop adding ruffles to everything.  As a small decorative touch they are fine but some plus size designers add it to ‘cover the fat’- all it does is make you look like a giant bedspread.


this may be the ugliest shirt I've ever seen. Its like she has a giant ruffle bib.


3. Most of us like our curves- boxy shirts and dresses are unflattering and UGLY.  Some designers seem to get plus size shirts confused with their living room drapery- like they want to put on a play behind the shirt!


Don't you just feel bad for the model?


4. Don’t be afraid to give us trendy prints. Also there are a lot of ugly jungle type prints for plus size.  Not sure why- we can’t all be Beyonce!


Where do I start...



This is a print I like. With a cardigan wouldn't it be cute dress?


5.  On the same breadth do not be afraid to give us unique looks that will make us stand out- we don’t all want to be wallflowers.


I thought this was different and unique. Don't know if it would work for me because of the halter but I LOVE purple.



love, love, love this dress. Its awesome. Love the jewelry too!I would probably have to wear it with a cami but cute!


6.  Remember that sometimes we need accessories or under pieces that work with an outfit.  You have no idea how hard it is to find undershirts (companies like shade and modbod don’t make plus size and their XXL are very small).  Camis, bras, nylons, tights, leggings, exercise clothing, swimsuits,pajamas (so hard to find cute jams for plus size), shoes (especially boots) are all hard to find.   The other day I found athletic socks for plus size and it was the greatest thing ever!  You would be surprised how difficult it was to find a plus size sports bra (I had to order mine online because none of the stores, even the plus size ones, carried them. Ironic hah?).

I am grateful for the retail stores that do cater to plus size girls.  They fill a void and help girls like me from feeling ugly and discouraged. Plus, they allow me  to show off my personality with my fashion.  There is nothing more motivating in the quest to get in shape then feeling beautiful- when I can add a little bit of trend and sass all the better!

Even though I am in between sizes and exercising every day I am going to try and do better with my fashion.  It will help me appreciate and have fun with  my new body!  Plus size girls out there- what are your fashion pet peeves? or non-plus size girls too?

Inspiration Boards

Hey everyone! Thanks for making my last post my most visited yet! I guess doing longer posts pay off. Well, this a shorter one, so maybe no one will read it but oh well.
I have been busy getting things back to normal at my apartment and job. It has been crazy trying to get reservations made and also be ready for a handwarmer event this Saturday. By the way, I have gotten 13 reservations since I have been home- not bad! They only got 1 while I was gone. That certainly makes a girl feel indispensable.

I have taken a little bit of time this week to finish one project I call my inspiration boards. One of them is for “work” and one for “pleasure”. What I mean by that is they large are cork boards that I loaded with pictures, sayings, jokes- all kinds of things. The work one is all beautiful things that will hopefully inspire me to be creative, think differently, and work my hardest. It is right above my desk. The other one is on the other side of my bedroom next to my dresser and TV. It has photos of family, friends, sayings I like, my hobbies etc. Here they are. Feel free to steel my idea if you like. I love, love, love them!

On another random note, if you have not started watching the new and improved season of Masterpiece Theater (now called Masterpiece) start.  It has been amazing.  I just finished their newest version of Wuthering Heights and it is fantastic- even though it is not my favorite story I loved the production and performances.  They also did the complete Jane Austen with new versions of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Emma.  The only one that they didn’t redo is Pride and Prejudice- probably because the Collin Firth version is a classic.  They also did a Tess of the Dubervilles which was great and I LOVED the recent miniseries Cranford (I have yet to not love Elizabeth Gaskell in any form).  All of these titles are available on DVD and probably at your library.  I cannot recommend them enough.  Wonderful!

this is the work board. It has fashion, flowers, rooms, design, colors, all things I think are beautiful
this is the work board. It has fashion, flowers, rooms, design, colors, all things I think are beautiful
This is the personal board.
This is the personal board. It has my goals, sayings I like, family, my travels, friends and just things (and people!) I think are beautiful.