Tuesday, November 29, 2011

VS Fashion Show Diet & Exercise Plan

The very anticipated Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is here. 
As every year passes, the styling is more creative, the entertainment is more outrageous, and the venue is decorated to a higher extreme.  But as the whole production continues to get bigger and bigger, the models get smaller and smaller. 
Of course, we're all envious of their mile-long legs, gorgeous skin and hair, and their svelte frames.  Sure, the girls may be blessed with excellent genes that promote slim bodies, but exactly what measures do the models take to prepare for the annual fashion show?  

Adriana Lima spills the beans. 
In her pre-show routine, exercise is a big component. Without missing a single day, Adriana undergoes three months of high intensity cardio, kickboxing and some weight lifting. Three weeks before the show, these workouts happen twice a day. 
How about the diet?

As taken from thegloss.com...
She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”.

Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely. ”No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

Now we know that these model's bodies didn't come without hard work.  Personally, I think they are too skinny and likewise, send out a bad message to younger generations -and that grueling diet is certainly not worth it! 
Any way you look at it, the VS Fashion Show is always such a treat!
I'm definitely not skipping the gym tomorrow. 

Scenes from Turkey Week

Here are some iPhone pics that I thought I'd share with all of you!

Brandon didn't believe that my self tanner, which is white in the bottle, would actually work. So he wrote "Meg" on his arm.  Well...  it works.
 Right before I became a bride-to-be...
Thanksgiving ...Lowcountry style.
I love the peacefulness of my parent's home.
Photos from my bedroom window...
Got my first gel manicure.
Went to Columbia for the Clemson/Carolina (SC rivalry) game...
USC's colors are garnet/black and Clemson's are orange/purple.
Came home from the action-packed weekend to enjoy frozen yogurt...
...and to take Brandon on his first dollar store experience (he was thrilled)
...and then to enjoy my new candle. (Thanks Mom!)
This candle smells amaze.
OOTD for work yesterday:
Yes, it was 80 degrees in Charleston yesterday. Had to wear warm clothes today because it's in the 50s. Mother Nature is confused.

Hope you all had the very best Thanksgiving.  Did any of you score amazing Black Friday deals?
My Mom, brother, and I went shopping from 10pm on Thanksgiving night until 6am on Friday morning.  I found a David Yurman bracelet that was $450 off its original price! Score!!
p.s.  JGoBlue --email me... you won my giveaway!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

New URL: stylemeswanky.blogspot.com

P.S. someone asked why I don't have my engagement ring on my left hand, but I can assure you that it hasn't come off hardly at all since I got it! My computer camera didn't mirror my video --it is on my left ring finger! Just in case anyone else is wondering!

Friday, November 25, 2011

He got down on one knee and I said...


Well, actually, I didn't say yes until he said for the second or third time, "So is that a yes??" -I was too busy crying like a baby.

Oh. my. goodness... I am an engaged woman!  
I have seriously been thinking about this day since we were kids in high school.  When Brandon and I started dating, I knew my heart would never be able to love anyone more.  Sure, many high school sweethearts may think that, but I knew it.  

Brandon and I started dating when I was 14 years old.  At that time, he might brush his arm against mine and my heart would feel like it was going to jump out of my chest.  It was electrifying.  If you're a new reader and would like to see old photos and learn about our dating journey, you can do that in a 
needs-to-be-updated post here.  
I tried to find a high school yearbook to see what he wrote in the back, but couldn't. 
But I did find this note that Brandon wrote in a card he made for me on our first anniversary back then...

Ok, so I know you all just want to know about the proposal! 

Brandon knew the one element I absolutely wanted when he popped the question.  I have always told him that I want our families to be there.  No, not right there, but off in the distance watching or nearby somewhere.   --but of course, I couldn't know they were there beforehand! 

This is the our story.

We both went home to be with our families for Thanksgiving on Tuesday.  Since our families only live 30 miles apart, he asked if he could come get me on Wednesday and bring me back to Beaufort with him for a date, just like "old times." Of course I agreed.

Then, Wednesday came and he scooped me up at around 2:30pm.  Once in downtown Beaufort, we got coffee and browsed the little shops on Bay Street.  Brandon made early dinner reservations at 5:30 so that he could have me back in time to see my brother, who was planning on getting to my parent's house at around 9pm (B is always thinking of others like that).
We decided that we'd like to watch the sun go down on the waterfront, so we picked out a swing and admired the gorgeous views.  We talked about ordinary things ...I had no idea what was coming next.

At 5pm, Brandon suggested that we get off the swing and walk down the waterfront some more.  
We took about twenty steps and he said, "You know how I had that business meeting in Rock Hill last week?"  I said, "Yes," quite slowly and with lots of curiosity.
Then, Brandon's voice started quivering as he told me that his meeting never happened.  He said that instead, he drove from Charleston to Ridgeland to speak to my dad, my mom, and to call my brother.
...all because he wanted permission to spend the rest of his life with me.

He said a few more things, but at this time, I was crying and in shock -it was all a blur. I hate that I can't remember what he said! All I know is that Brandon gave the sweetest proposal speech, which was absolutely no surprise.
I was finally able to utter the word, "YES" out of my mouth!
By this time, we had gathered quite the crowd in the Waterfront Park, so we turned to thank them as they clapped and shouted their congratulatory wishes.
He instantly made me the happiest girl in the world.
We will be hopeless on our wedding day -neither one of us could control the tears!
As if it couldn't get any better... well, it did.
Then Brandon pointed out that our families were off in the distance.
Here we are hugging our moms...
...and my dad.

It was perfect.
After taking more photos, we all celebrated during dinner at Saltus, a wonderful restaurant right there on the waterfront.
Oh yes, did you notice that my brother was there? He drove straight there from the Myrtle Beach area to be there!
Both of our families...

I mean... I'm seriously floating on a cloud right now.  It was so hard not to tell you all yesterday, but I didn't want any distractions from Thanksgiving! And my, what an amazing Thanksgiving it has been.  I cannot even articulate the feelings of thanks I have in my heart right now.

We are two happy souls.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I cannot even express the thanks that I have in my heart today.
I have big news to tell you all...
but not today! 

Enjoy this day of thanks with your families!
I am so thankful for all of you and the new friendships that I've made through this little ol' blog.
Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another giveaway! {Miss B Jewelry Design}

 Well ladies, it has worked out for me to host two giveaways within a short period of time.  I tried to space them out a little... but let's be serious, I know you all don't mind another chance to win something super great! 

Christine Cunningham of Miss B Jewelry Design creates the most unique, gorgeous jewelry that takes on the ambiance of her two favorite places: the South & NYC.

She was so sweet to send me a pair of earrings and I absolutely cannot get enough of them!

Here are some pieces from her fall collection...
(You can view all of her pieces under the "photos" section of her Facebook page!)

One lucky winner will receive a pair of earrings of her choice!

Also, I must say that, since we are quickly approaching the Christmas season, her unique jewelry would make for the sweetest gifts.  There is really something special about a gift that is uncommon and exclusive. 
Her earrings retail for $36 and her necklaces are $45.

Okay, okay, this is how you enter...
You must be a follower of Style Me Swanky and leave a comment telling me, well... that you'd like to enter! 

For one extra entry:
"Like" Miss B Jewelry Design on Facebook. 

For two extra entries:
Blog about this giveaway!

Instead of leaving separate comments, you can just let me know how many tasks you completed in one comment! (this is me trying to make it as easy as possible)

You have until Sunday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. to enter.

p.s. Thank you for all the sweet well wishes on my last post!  I am finally getting my strength back & feeling back to my normal self. 
cue the choir!
p.p.s. If Clemson loses this weekend, then this giveaway is cancelled.
I kid, I kid!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

So... this is how it all happened.

Yesterday, I was in a mad dash to get things done before Mom's arrival.
Thank goodness Brandon was there to help me.  At about 3pm, we finally ate lunch.  Well, Brandon did.
Amidst our errands, he decided he wanted a sub from Harris Teeter's deli -I told him we didn't have time to sit down anywhere.  I didn't get a sub because I knew Mom and I would be eating an early dinner before the pageant at about 6pm.  But of course, I can always go for a snack.  So, next to the deli there was a tray of pizza samples.  No one was there, just the tray of pizza slices.  
Brandon will not eat a sample from anywhere and told me not to grab one for myself.  But, I didn't give into that "you don't know how long that has been sitting there. you don't know who has touched it" nonsense & enjoyed a tiny slice. 

Let's fast forward to last night before the pageant...

During the pageant, I started feeling uncontrollably tired.  I wasn't able to eat much beforehand because my stomach was in knots. I just attributed my tiredness to my lack of food (no food = no energy).

Fast forward to 11pm and my wave of nausea.  Then fast forward to this morning at 11am. 
That's how long it (the gross part) lasted. 

Food poisoning from that slice of pizza?  That's the only thing I ate that no one else ate.
Mom googled food poisoning and I have all of the symptoms, even down to feeling achey all over and not being able to get comfortable because of the back pain.  Course, we all trust Google MD, right?
Thank goodness Mom was here to take care of me.  What are the chances?

Have any of you had food poison before?  Awful, right?
 I'm still in bed and haven't slept since Friday night.  Nurse Brandon has taken over Mom's shift.  

Well, I just wanted to say hello to all of my lovely readers while I felt good enough to look at the computer.  Oh, and to congratulate Erika Powell for winning the title of Miss SC USA 2012!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday {Five}

Am I silly for having butterflies in my stomach for the girls who are competing in the Miss SC USA pageant this weekend?  I competed two years ago and it was an amazing experience.  {Enter unneccessary rant...}So many people think pageants are stupid, but I'm here to tell you how much respect that the young women on that stage deserve.  Being in a pageant, especially a state pageant, should mean that each contestant is at her absolute best.  That means; her best emotional attitude, her best body, best hair and makeup, as well as the brightest smile she has ever had.  It means that every contestant has put so many resources into gaining sponsors to help cover the (super expensive) costs for their wardrobe, photoshoots, and other preparatory events.  It means that while others were at a football tailgate, she was at the gym.  When others were eating pizza, she was eating grilled chicken.  It means that each girl is knowledgeable about her current events and what is going on, not only in our country, but also throughout the world.  It means that each woman has spent countless hours on the road, attending appearances, fittings, rehearsals, coaching sessions, forums, etc. 
It means that each woman has fallen asleep each night with "pageant, pageant, pageant" in her head.
It also means that after months and months of tiresome preparation, only one girl will be the winner, but every girl will walk away from that stage as a better person.
...and I can attest to that personally.
I will step off of my soap box now
...thank ya kindly!
Miss SC USA 2011 - Courtney Turner
Small... but this is me when I competed in 2009.
My mom is coming into town and we will attend the pageant finals on Saturday night.  Super excited!

Obsessed with this Rachel Zoe Natalie Plunge Blouse

My "Casual Friday" OOTD for work
Sweater from Macy's last year, Gap "jeggings" similar, Tory Burch Reva Flats

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us.  Do you all have big plans with your families?
via pinterest

I have a soft spot for pretty makeup organization.
via pinterest