Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Wedding Wednesday . . . Progress

With the way wedding planning has been going for me lately I feel like any little bit of progress is a huge leap forward! With that said I finally completed a task that has been plaguing me for the past few weeks ... I chose the dresses that my beautiful bridesmaids are going to wear! So I can check that off the to do list!
I also bought a beautiful dress of my own on sunday... I found and purchased the most beautiful perfect wedding dress! SO that's one really big check off my to do list for sure!
I'm so ready to get married I can't believe that in nine months my fiance will be my husband! The love i feel for R. brings me to tears sometimes I can't believe what a lucky girl i am!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

"The Weight is over... shine has met its Matte"

I won't lie that title was fun to type... but todays post is about an awesome product I recently received through influenster (if you're not a member hit me up I'll send you an invite!)
I recently received a free tube of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse foundation to test and review and I LOVE IT! This was my first experience with Rimmel products and I think I'm hooked! I'll be a Rimmel girl for life! The Quality of the product is beyond anything I've ever tried before and I've used some expensive foundations on my face!
My skin is really weird ... it's oily and dry at the same time and a foundation that doesn't make me look flakey or cakey is rare indeed! Don't believe me watch my video!

Love you guys but it's time for me to go! Gotta cook some supper and do some homework!
Love always, Tesla

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween . . . Throw Back Thursday Halloween Edition!

So I just Love Halloween! Have for a really long time! IN honor of my favorite holiday I thought I would share a few of my very favorite halloween costumes from the past 22 years of Halloween!
Happy Halloween Loves! Love Tesla

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Halloweek. . . Top Five Favorite Halloween Recipes

Have I told you guys how much I love the holidays. . .every last stinking one of them! But as you can see from this weeks Menu board, Halloween was always one of my favorites. I'm not sure what it was, the fact that one night a year you got to pretend to be someone else, or maybe it was all the candy! But Halloween was always for the most part a good holiday . . .
So in honor of Halloween Legally Fabulous will be having a week of posts dedicated to that most fabulously sweet of all holidays! Get ready guys because it is going to be Amazing!
Today's topic is a tasty little morsel indeed . . . I'm talking top five Favorite Frightful Foods that WILL be hitting my tummy this Halloweek

#5. These Precious Jack-O-Peppers will be gracing mine and R's table come Saturday when we can finally have Halloween Supper together... Stuffed Peppers made with Orange bell peppers taking a favorite dish of mine to a whole new level of spooky

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#4. These cookie/brownie things look to die for ... get it!

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#3. Pretzel Pumpkins... I know that these little cuties are really just chocolate covered pretzel's but hey they look like pumpkins and I'll be making a huge batch for my class later on this week.

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#2.Mummy's! I mean these are really just pigs in blankets. But they are delish when they aren't mummies and I bet they are delish when they are!

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and Numero UNO .... ANYTHING made with from or to look like candy corn! Because lets face it! That's really my favorite part of Halloween! I LOVE me some candy corn

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Happy Halloweek Loves! Love Always Tesla

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wedding Wednesday... Planning and Panic

Hi there everyone . . . Happy Hump Day! and Welcome to my second Wedding Wednesday and to start what will be an absurdly long count down today is 290 days until I say I Do!
To say I'm excited to marry my sweet guy would be the understatement of the millennium! I've been waiting for a long time to marry the boy I fell in love with in High school. But had I known wedding planning was this stressful I would have maybe not decided to get married the summer after my first year of law school. Planning a wedding while trying to learn Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, and Legal Writing, in addition to keeping up with my social media is a daunting task. For the first time in my life I might actually be overwhelmed! SO for this wedding wednesday I will be focusing on the wonderful things that we have already accomplished in planning our big day!
#1. We booked a beautiful venue for a beautiful price.
#2. We found a photographer who is local, fabulous, and takes the most amazing pictures.
#3. Picked a theme and colors . . . and
#4. Chosen the people who mean the most to us in the whole world and asked them to stand beside us on our big day!
I know it's not a long list, but it's a good start at the least! Now if I could just find bridesmaids dresses that aren't ugly, expensive, or trashy... that one my loves might take some time! Suggestions would be appreciated :) I'll leave you with a little snip-it of our wedding inspiration (pictures courtesy of Pinterest)

Love always Tesla!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Fair" to Midlin...

This past weekend was fabulous! As usual I was ridiculously busy but I also got to have some fun Saturday night which made being busy all weekend worth it!
Friday and Saturday I spent most of the day working on my closed memo for my legal writing class,when I wasn't at school being a witness for Mock Trial which is possibly the coolest thing I've ever been a part of in my whole life.
For those of you who don't know, Mock Trial is a competition for law students that gives them an opportunity to practice being a lawyer in a court room. It's really cool and I can't wait until my 2L year when I can compete rather than simply being a witness!
USC's internal competition was this past weekend and everyone was amazing! I can't wait to see who will be competing in the external competitions.
After about six hours of fake court over two days I got to go to my first ever fair. The South Carolina State Fair is in town and being new to Columbia I couldn't not go. R and i just had the best time. We rode the Giant wheel, ate super bad for us food, and I rode the Sky Ride, which is basically a chair lift that goes across the entire fair! It was amazing... just to give you a little taste of how awesome the fair is here are some pics . . . I'll be posting a video once I figure out how to make it work on here :)
Enjoy! Love Tesla

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

AHHHHH..... Finally!

Happy Wednesday Loves! I am so excited to finally have enough free time to write a little bit that i'm about to burst! I've missed my outlet something fierce! I am doubly excited because today is Wednesday... and as a newly engaged woman, who is busy planning a wedding I figured what better time than now to do my first ever Wedding Wednesday post! Made even more exciting by the fact that today is Wednesday October the 9th, and ten months from today I will be walking down the aisle to my handsome fiance and finally get to call him mine forever!
That's a lot to be excited about, and a lot to be thankful for!
I figured there was no better way to start off my Wedding Wednesday posts than to tell you all the whole (and by whole I mean True) story about our engagement, and It never hurts to have these things written down somewhere just in case I ever forget(not likely but hey stranger things have happened).
For the past seven years R and I have been together, and any time his family goes on a vacation I'm almost always invited. This year was no different, his family planned their annual beach vacation for August 3 - 10 and I was going to get to go for the entire time which I was super excited about! R however wasn't as lucky, at first we didn't think he was going to get to go at all, but at the last minute he decided that he and I would head down to Myrtle the night before everyone else, when he got off work. So we left out on August 2nd and headed for the beach planning to get there early enough to hang out on the beach that night and of course something always goes wrong and we didn't get there as early as we thought. We found a motel for the night and got up early the next morning to get breakfast and enjoy our day at the beach before everyone else got there.
As is our beach tradition we had breakfast at the IHOP on Kings Highway, and then after breakfast i begged Ridge to drive us out to Pawley's Island (for those who don't know it's a town about twenty minutes from MB)so we got in the car and headed there!

When we got into the town and drove up to the beach parking lot. We walked on the beach, took lots of pictures, held hands... you know all that couple stuff that couples do and then after about forty-five minutes we headed back to the car. We pulled out of the parking lot and were headed back to the North Causeway when he reaches across me and opens the glove compartment and pulls out some paperwork. He looks at me, hands me the paperwork and says "here you're gonna need this." I just looked at him, and asked him "why" i can remember thinking where did he get zales paperwork and why do I need it. At which point he reaches across me again, pulls a box out the glove compartment and hands it to me. Without a word just hands me the box. I sit there for a few more minutes and he stops the car and says "aren't you going to open it?", I looked at the box, wondering what i could be (because I apparently am an idiot but that is another post for another time) and then it hits me. I start tearing up as I realize what's in the box. I open it and the most beautiful ring I have ever seen is sitting there just looking at me. I of course start to cry.

I look at him, he looks at me and in typical R fashion he says "well?" no question, no nothing just a "well?". I said yes of course and we kissed and then we drove back to Myrtle Beach to meet up with his family.
Looking back on it all now It wasn't the proposal i'd dreamed of, and to this day he hasn't actually said the words "will you marry me?" but I realize now that for us it was perfect. There are no pictures and he admitted to me later it wasn't how he planned it, heck the ring didn't even fit, but for us it was on par with the rest of our lives together. A nontraditional proposal for the girl who asked her boyfriend out after football practice one day, for the couple who never cared what other people thought about them being together, and the boy who never did anything by the book in his life. Our engagement story is just that... OURS and it is as unique and special to me as he is.
Much like everything else in my life, it may not have been what I expected but it was exactly right for us!
Until Next time my Loves!
Stay Fabulous and lets try to keep it legal :)
Love Tesla!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Day's like today...

Most of the time I feel like I'm totally drowning in work! Every day there is just more to do, more contracts to read, more torts to brief, more crim law to study, more housework to do, more meals to cook, and more wedding planning to do than could ever possibly be completed. On those days I sit down, I cry a little,I pour myself a glass of Moscato, and get back to work because it doesn't matter if there is more to do, i've got to get it all done, and none of it can wait (with the exception of wedding planning which I have been totally slack on since we found our venue and photographer)so I do it all anyway
and then on days like today when I'm not drowning because I only have two classes and an insane break I take the time to blog and that makes me feel better. On days like today I get on pinterest and day dream, I get on facebook and laugh, and I get on reddit and laugh so hard I think I'm going to pee. On days like today I go out to lunch with my fiance, and forget about the real world for a minute. I facetime my mom and talk about everything that's been going on, and see how big their new puppy has gotten. Day's like today make me ok with the days where I can't breathe because the weight of life is just crushing me... days like today make the difference and days like today keep me sane!
Just for bearing with my here's some things that should make your day a little brighter (especially any of you law students out there).
Love and hugs!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Letters...

Dear R., I know that i may... scratch that was, a huge butt Wednesday night when you got home. I'm so sorry for that. I hope you know I love you, and if you don't well I just told you. I just hate when you get home so late and we don't get to spend any real time together. But i'm doing my best to be supportive because I know the only reason you haven't quit that durn job is so we can have a roof over our heads while i conduct this great law school experiment.
Dear Law School, could you maybe not kick my ass so hard during the week :/. I know you're a challenge and that you really don't care that i'm too tired to do anything productive by the time i get home in the evenings... oh and stop giving me free pizza... I'm getting fat again.
Dear Mom and Dad, I miss you guys so much. How about coming and visiting me sometime, since I'm trapped in Columbia with no hope of escape until fall break. I need to see your faces.
Dear Wedding, please go plan yourself... k thanks...
and last but not least
Dear Tummy, I am really really sorry for all the dairy i've been feeding you this past week, especially that cereal I had Thursday morning with the whole milk. As you've probably noticed we're out of my lactose free stuff. I promise you next week I will do better.
Kisses, Loves

Friday, September 06, 2013

First (2) Week(s) Recap...

So Law school is rough... lets face it we know why they keep the building so cold here... and It's so we don't know we're in HELL!
It's been a tough few weeks... i've cried (ALOT) and laughed a little, read more pages in one night than I ever though was possible (and I majored in History! LU prof's don't have anything on Law School), and missed my first football game as a South Carolina student! but I mean really who plays football on a thursday night don't you know I have class on friday ;) and have met more amazing, brilliant, Type A personalities than I ever imagined could be in one place. It's hard here, but I love it! Fridays are great because I only have one class so I have plenty of time {ha that's a joke}...
All complaining aside I love it here... I can't promise that i'll have a lot of time to blog over the course of this semester but I will try my best to crank out as many posts on the weekends as I can, because Law school isn't all that I've got going on this year, as I said In my last post I recently got engaged and am in the process of planning our wedding while waist deep in Torts, Contracts and Crim... oh my :). SO at the very least expect some very excited Bride to be posts from me...
September is going to be a great month I can feel it...
But lets be real for a moment and talk about the real highlight of the past two weeks... and that would be last weeks summer finale of Pretty Little Liars, HOW IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE THAT HE's A!
I won't go any further in case any of you have been living under a rock but I'm pretty sure all us Liars agree that October 22 is a bit too far off to wait for answers... or more questions since that is really all we ever get anyway :/...
Kisses XO - Tesla

Thursday, August 15, 2013

With my Whole Heart, For my Whole Life...

Pretty much describes how much and how long I'm going to love this wonderful guy right here...

I can't believe how much we've grown together as a couple in the past few years.In the past month alone we've moved in together, and now I am very excited to share that we are getting married! We got engaged August 3, 2013 in Pawleys Island SC! It was so perfect and so us that once I can finally slow down (I started Law school this week so live is way way cray cray right now!) I will write a post telling you all about it... but for now I'm just so happy to share my happy with everyone around me... Here's a terrible pic of my beautiful ring (R did good but you can't really tell in this one)
and I can't wait to finally become Mrs. Ridgeway Howell!
On a completely and totally related side note it is RIDICULOUS that i have to wait two weeks to get my ring back from being sized... Jewelry stores are quite efficient at torturing people! I want my ring back! :)
Happy Thursday and I love you all!
Kisses, Tesla

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Pale Girl's Survival Guide... Beach Edition

In my last two weeks before I start law school I'm going to be spending a LOT of time at the beach, which I am beyond excited about!
However, my love for the sun, sand, and surf comes at a price! I can't just spend all day laying on the beach, soaking up the sun, swimming and such without a few (quite a few) precautions! Because lets face it I'm just too pale!
My skin is so white it's not even funny and I DON'T tan not even a little, I pretty much turn red and suffer in agony for days before going right back to pale with only a few extra freckles to show for my effort... something that I'm fairly certain a few of you will be able to relate to... That said I do have a fairly fool proof way of keeping myself from getting burned and still enjoying the beauty of the South Carolina shore...
First off, I rely very heavily on sunscreen. When it comes to my choice of sunscreen I'm really really picky, I don't use aerosol sunscreens because the chemicals in them are terrible for your skin, I make sure to buy a sunscreen that is a physical screen rather than a chemical sunscreen.
For this trip I tried out something new, Bull Frog for Kids SPF 50 and It worked wonderful! If you're slightly less pale than I am an SPF 30 or less might be the ticket but I need 50 or better

The second most important thing to remember is to RE-APPLY your sunscreen every hour... or sometimes every 30 minutes if you're in the water or it's really really hot and you're sweating off your screen...
Step two is to have the right gear! I personally would recommend A large wide brimmed hat and a very large pair of sunglasses along with a swimsuit coverup that is made of a solid material (NOT SEE THROUGH!) as shown below

These items will keep you covered! And having been at the beach for the past three days, out in the sun almost all day every day I can honestly say it worked great! I'm not even a little burnt! Which is a first for me!
Hopefully these tips will help my fellow fair skinned girls and guys from getting baked at the beach!
Happy Summer and Stay Fabulous!
Love Always Tesla

Thursday, July 18, 2013

52 in 2013... Update edition

Well... It's July and since we're more than halfway through with the year I thought it was time for another update on my 52 in 2013... and If I do say so myself I'm doing fairly well! I've failed miserably on some of them, but from now on I'm going to do better :)
1. Take time each day for God, reading my bible and silent time in prayer.
2. Find a Church that I want to call home.
3. Graduate From College with Honors. Cum Laude Baby! with a 3.68 GPA
4. Get a B or Higher in Senior Seminar Got an A!
5. Make either the President's or Dean's List my final Semester (preferably the President's List... Straight A's Baby!). Deans' List and I'll take it!
6. Figure out what I really want to do after college..
7. Be more flexible in my life, don't take everything so seriously.
8. Be a more dedicated blogger {post at least four times a week}.
9. Make a budget, and Live by it.
10.Save as much money as I possibly can (goal of $20 per paycheck into savings every two weeks = $520 for the year, more once I get a real job).
11.Get a Real world, big girl, full time job. For the summer, because i can't work during law school :(
12.Find a Place of my own with the love of my life.
13.Reach 100 followers by the end of the year (i'm currently at 1823 :/).
14.Start being more active in school, work, my sorority, my family, and my relationship.
15.Loose almost 40 lbs to reach my goal weight of 155 lbs.
16.Be more active. Exercise at least three times a week.
17.Have a Healthier Diet (for sure cut out sodas and sweets).
18.Don't Eat Fast Food. Not ever. For the whole year (this will hopefully save me money and help me control my weight some).
19.Buy Groceries and eat at home.
20.Go to Biltmore House.
21.Learn to make my favorites of my Grandparents recipes (Papa's Hash, Nana's Pound Cake... etc.).
22.Hike in the mountains this summer/fall.
23.Keep my room clean, laundry done, and closet organized!!!
24.Go on a vacation. Because I still haven't been on a decent one in a long time.
25.Start a memory book (Story of my life, mine and R's relationship etc.).
26.Have a couples photo shoot with my guy.
29.Learn how to sew. and Make a Tee Shirt Quilt from my old Sorority and College Tees after I graduate.
30.Take Photo-booth Pictures with my Guy.
31.Start Learning a Foreign Language.
32.Read a book for pleasure.
33.Have Breakfast in Bed, that I didn't have to make for myself.
34.Grow my hair out and get it healthier.
35.Have date night once a month with my guy, and only once a month.
36.Spend more time with my family.
37.Paint my nails and toenails at least two times a month.
38.Dress nice at least once a week... No JEANS!
39.Learn how to apply make up and do my hair
40.Give away clothes I don't wear to Goodwill
41.Organize and clean out my Pinterest Boards.
42.Go Skinny Dipping (I've Always wanted to do that).
43.Do more crafts, blog about them.
44.Make at least one new recipe a month and blog about the results on here :).
45.Take a Taxi in a city.
46.Go to a Gamecocks football game this year.
47.Learn how to play tennis.
48.Get a Second Tattoo.
49.Kiss my boyfriend under mistletoe next Christmas.
50.Have a party for no reason... just celebrate life.
51.Go to a New Years Eve Party... Kiss My Guy when the ball drops.
52.Complete Each and Everyone of the Items on this List by 12:00am on January 1, 2014!!!
53... The Bonus goal... Get Engaged {I know it's a goal that I have no control over but a girl can dream right!}

Hey not so bad... maybe by december I'll have met all my meetable goals!
Until Next Time... Kisses!
Love Tesla

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Changing so fast now...

Things for me are changing so fast these days... the past month has flown by and between work and packing for the next (and hopefully last for a while) move in my life. I can't tell you how stressed, overwhelmed, and oddly enough calm I've been through this whole process.
I know you're probably thinking how can you be stressed and calm at the same time... but I promise you it is possible and it's a state i live in daily.
As things stand right now it's looking like sweet R. and I will be moving to the big city on July 1st. Our apartment came through and i'm really excited to be able to share that we will be moving into our own place just in time to celebrate my 22nd birthday in July, the start of my law school career in august, our 7th anniversary, and the wedding of a dear friend in September! I can't wait to see what the net few weeks and months will hold :)
Over the next few weeks i'm going to be working hard to overhall Peace, Love, Passion... because with this new chapter in my life my sweet blog is going to be changing right along with the rest of my world. So be on the lookout the next few weeks because baby things are changing and they are changing fast :) Be ready for an all new blog and maybe even an all new name ;) Love you guys... and heres some pics
Peace Love Passion (xoxo)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's Ok Thursday...

Hey there y'all! Sorry it's been a little bit since I've really posted on here but things have been super crazy! Graduation is so close I can taste it at this point so I've got a little free time to blog a bit... and i'm back just in time for my favorite link up!
Its Ok Thursdays

It's Ok that my last undergraduate test was this morning... and I completed it in less than fifteen minutes
It's Ok that I have a major presentation next monday that pretty much determines if i graduate...
It's Ok that my best friend totally made me cry at senior night this week.
It's Ok that I'm really going to miss this place, my house, my roommate, and my friends when I move.
It's Ok that I may actually have to move back in with my parents until i go to Law School
It's OK that I am physically incapable of staying mad at my boyfriend for more than an hour even when he does something extremely jerk-ish
It's Ok to be sad and lonely sometimes
And It's Ok that in nine days I will have a Bachelors Degree in History!
Can't believe so much is happening so fast.
Peace, Love, Passion
Love Always Tesla

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Little...

A Little humor, a little rant, and a little bitterness thats what's in this post... so if you just want the humor, or the humor and the rant I understand... stop before the bitterness I won't be offended...
Let me Start with the Humor... I have fallen in love with these Funny E-Cards... you know the ones I mean. They say snarky things and are perfect for my personality 99.9 % of the time... here are just a few of the amazing one's i've found this week

So that was that here goes the rant... I just can't understand how people can ALWAYS be late... R. is the worst at this, He never gets anywhere when he says he will and it drives me absolutely crazy.
Friday night he texts me and tells me that he wants to take me out to a late dinner date... I of course rush home and get dressed for a night out, he says he'll be there around 9:00...
9:00 - no boyfriend
10:00 - No boyfriend and no answer on the phone
11:00 - still no boyfriend or answer and by this point i am getting Beyond pissed off
Quater to 12:00 he finally shows up... no apology, no nothing... and no food :/ which possibly made me even madder because lets face it what I was really angry about was not getting to eat. I'm a big ol grouchy pants when I'm hungry and EVERY one know's it... And Of course after my rant comes the bitterness... and I hate to be bitter like this but every once in a while you have to get things off your chest and this has been bothering me for a while so I thought I would share it with you...
I'm 21 years old, a college senior preparing to go to Law School in the fall, I work (have worked at least part time since I was 16 years old), I'm active in my sorority, and TWO honor societies, and am taking the hardest (albiet lightest) course load I've ever taken, this semester means the difference between graduating and not for me... and yet somehow I still manage to honor my commitments and above that go out of my way to help other people with their research problems outside of class and off the clock (I may have mentioned before that I work in my schools library helping people research and find sources/articles/books etc...) my bitterness comes from the fact that with all i have on my plate I am still willing to schedule time to help a fellow student and twice now I have been blown off BY THE SAME PERSON.
Well technically it's three times because this person also blew off an appointment for me to help him during my desk hours... but that doesn't bother me as much because I'm getting paid regardless... However two weeks in a row I have sat... and waited for two hours for this individual to show up and they never do, no text no email, no telling me they aren't coming and that makes me so mad.
SO i guess the point of my rant here is Don't blow people off, don't take them for granted, and for the love of all things holy don't waste four hours of someones time just because you aren't considerate enough to shoot them a text message when you can't make an appointment...
Thanks for bearing with me loves... I promise my next post won't be nearly so ranty... oh and check back after April 20th for an amazing product review and give away! I promise you won't regret it :)
Peace, Love, Passion
Love Always Tesla