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I've had no motivation these past two weeks. I've been soo busy at work that I've neglected to do my homework in a timely manner, procrastination at its finest.

And with that comes no time to exercise and me craving all the junk food in the world.

It happens, I have to give myself at least one or two weeks to feel this way so I can start fresh the following week. It's OK, Ill get back on it again for sure.

I've been relaxing more at home lately. Scott and I started watching Legion on FX. Legion is based on the Marvel Comics. It is the story of a troubled guy who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. He was made to believe that the voices in his head were part of his mental illness, he soon finds out that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. If you don'd mind comic book themed shows I definitively recommend it.

The Walking Dead has been my tried and true, without any spoilers, this season has kept me on my toes. I cant wait for the season finale!

I tried watching the Santa Clarita Diet last weekend. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I only watched two episodes, maybe I should still keep watching...I'm not really liking the satire of it all.

My favorite time of the year is Spring. To me it means new opportunities, scenery, adventures, and style.

Here's to a good weekend and a fresh start to a new week!
Any show recommendations? If so, let me know!

How to clean suede and leather shoes

It's time to pack up those booties and boots for the upcoming warm weather! I like to make sure my shoes are clean before I pack them up. If you ever wondered how to clean that annoying scuff mark off your suede booties, here are some cleaning tips that are easy to follow along. Minimal equipment needed.

  •  Get the right equipment.
If you want to keep your suede looking solid, the bare minimum you’ll need is a suede brush and spray-on suede protector. Depending on the damage, you might also need a suede eraser, shoetree, nailbrush, sponge, and cornstarch (we'll get to those in a bit).
  • Prevent stains from the start.
The best way to protect a suede shoe is not to wear them until you’ve applied a water and stain protector. This will protect the material and make the cleaning process quite a bit easier. Be sure to reapply the protector each time you clean it as well.
  • Know the motions.
To remove dirt and scuff marks, apply a suede brush repeatedly in the same direction. This will lift the nap and remove any dirt. If scuff marks remain, brush repeatedly back and forth until they’re gone. If that doesn’t get it out, scrape a knife across the area to raise the nap. If it still won’t budge, bust out your special suede eraser (a pencil eraser or piece of crepe rubber will work) and rub it over the stubborn marks.
  • Target each stain differently.
Mud stains: Once the mud has dried and hardened, use a nailbrush to get out the remaining dirt particles, being sure to keep your brush strokes moving in the same direction.

Water stains: It sounds paradoxical, but you’ll need to lightly coat the entire outside of the shoe with water. Dab a sponge or dry cloth across the exterior, soaking up excess water and ensuring an even wetness everywhere. Put your shoetree in—or ball up paper and fill your shoes with it—and let them dry overnight. This will help your shoe retain its shape. Avoid filling with newspaper, though, unless you like the idea of ink soaking into your shoes. Once the shoes dry, lightly brush them using your beloved suede brush.

Oil stains: If the water stain doesn’t seem to go anywhere, chances are it’s actually an oil stain. First, try attacking it with a suede brush, vigorously brushing back and forth. If it doesn’t respond, bust out the nailbrush and repeat. If it still isn’t going anywhere, don’t despair—try sprinkling cornstarch over the stain. Let it sit overnight, then brush away the starch and mist with an iron. If it’s still not vanishing, we’d like to offer our condolences: It’s probably there to stay

How to Clean Leather Shoes

  • Remove the laces.
If they’re dirty, run them through the washing machine or replace them.

  • Clean loose dirt and debris.
Use a soft cloth or a brush to remove any grime that may be stuck to the shoe’s leather surfaces.

  • Apply soap.
Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the shoe.

  • Wipe off soap.
Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel. Warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scuffs.

  • Condition leather.
Apply leather conditioner to protect from stains and to add shine. You can buy a commercial leather conditioner or make your own by mixing 1 part vinegar to 2 parts linseed oil. Apply to leather, let sit for about 15 minutes and buff with a soft cloth till the leather shines.

  • Dry.
Let your shoes and boots dry in the open air. Don’t put them in the sun or by a heater, as this may cause the leather to fade or crack.

Stains happen. Here’s how to remove stains from leather:

  • Grease or Oil 
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the spot. Rub it in gently, with a damp cloth. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth.

  • Ink 
Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and lightly blot the stain. Don’t rub, or you could make the ink spread. Blot gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.

  • Scuffs 
You can use toothpaste to clean leather. Squirt a dab of the non-gel sort on the scuffed area. Rub with a soft cloth.

  • Other Stains 
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and cream of tartar into a paste. Apply to stained area and let sit for 30 minutes. Use a damp cloth to remove the paste. Lemon juice and cream of tartar have a mild bleaching effect, so only use this on light-colored leather.

Madewell Spring Wishlist

Madewell why do you have to be so cute?! I want all the things!

Pictured bellow is literally what is on my Madewell wish list. They have released their new arrivals and its magical. They are also having an extra 30% off all sale styles, use code moodlift in stores and online.

Everything is linked below!

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Flats Under $100

Since we are transitioning to Spring soon, here are 9 cute flats that are currently under $100. Click on the links below!

Valentines Day - Black Leather Jacket

I love wearing my black leather jacket on dates, so I decided to make it the staple in these Valentines Day outfit ideas. There are so many ways to wear a leather jacket! Here are some outfit ideas for the casual girl on a budget. Most of the items pictured are on sale, you might even have these in your own closet.

Black Leather Jacket this one is cheap too.
This cute t shirt dress comes in petite as well!
Adidas sneaker alternative here.
Cross-body Bag  is on sale too.

Another cute dress here and affordable too!
Suede bootie on sale here.
Black saddle bag here.

Weeked in Pictures Super Bowl Edition

We had Super Bowl almost a week ago now! Feels strange not to have a countdown to look forward to. Even though I did not make it to game, I had fun going to all the free events leading up to the big game.Click here to see a few pictures of that day!

Money Saving Alternatives

Adidas has become very popular this year. I have found cheaper alternatives that have a very similar look for half the price. I did add a popular Nike running shoe and its alternative as well. Links below!

One of these two are on my wishlist!

I personally have the  Adidas NEO Advantage sneaker and find it be a half size larger, so I did size down and it has more of a sleeker look. The Adidas Superstar comes in unisex sizing and tend to run  a full size larger.

I tried both of these shoes at the store and I found the Adidas Gazelle to be a half to almost a full size larger. It comes in unisex sizing . The Adidas Neo Courset did fit true to size. Minor differences between the two. The Adidas Neo comes in several fun colors.

I own the Nike Juvenate and I had to size up, it is a very cute and comfortable shoe, I do not work out in them, I wear them casually. I am actually considering purchasing the Nike Tanjun, it is on sale right now, you can't beat that price. Nike Tanjun comes in several different colors.
You can find the Nike Juvenate on sale here and here.