Secrets Equal Lying?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Is keeping a secret from someone close to you the same as lying?

Once I got a speeding ticket and I didn't tell Paul because I was going to have a friend take it to Traffic Court for me.  I thought...I'll get it cleaned up and THEN I will tell him.  Well I forgot (since I hadn't had a ticket in awhile) that when you get a speeding ticket you get TONS of junk mail about taking a traffic school course to have the points removed.  Needless to say, Paul found out by checking the mail and then was pretty upset with me for not telling him.  I wasn't necessarily not telling him for any particular reason.  I just thought...why tell him now.  He said keeping secrets was like lying and that we have to be able to have trust.  Seriously I thought he was blowing it way out of control but I guess keeping secrets can be a slippery slope.

So what if your friends are keeping secrets?  Is it the same as keeping it from your partner or family?  Is it breaking the trust of the friendship?

I recently found out that a really good friend was keeping a pretty big secret from me.  I am torn as to what to do?  Should I be hurt?  Does it mean she doesn't value our friendship?  Should I say something to her?  Will it just become a big huge mess if I do say something?

I am the first to admit that forgiveness can be a long process for me.  I just get really upset when people I care hurt me.  I usually just cut toxic people out of my life once they become extremely toxic but I ultimately never cut out the people I care matter what.  I mean sure I'll get upset but aren't most relationships equipped with unconditional love.  

Not sure what to for now I will do nothing and just let her continue living with her secret.  Isn't ultimately her life so she can do whatever she wants?  

Thank you all for the Birthday Wishes...

I had a fabulous birthday!  Thank you all!!

It's my Birthday!!

It's okay Thursday #6

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's Okay....

that I have barely blogged this week ~ I will get back on track ~ SOON!

that I don't want to go out to dinner for my birthday ~ hello eating out is like a bazillion calories!

that yesterday I wore out my entire battery on my new iPod because I was downloading a ton of apps!

to buy my iPod case from Ebay ~ hello cheaper!!

to search Ebay before buying most

to be turning 33 tomorrow!  Yep...Shia is OLD and totally fine with it!

to put on your casual hoodie at work when they have the air conditioning set to -20 degrees...hello I am freezing!

to drink 90 gallons of water a day...okay maybe not 90 gallons but it feels that way...and like it!

to eat cake on your birthday ~ making it with diet soda ~ thanks to a lovely follower messaging me and giving me the 411 on low calorie baked goodies!!  (I'll post what I make to share)

to listen to whales singing on your iPod app called sleep pillow and falling asleep in like 2 mins...ahhhhhh

to be excited to run around the park with your 2 year old niece on Saturday...I love that lil munchkin!!

Don't forget to link up with Amber & Neely!!

Best Intentions

Monday, January 23, 2012

What's that saying...the road is to ..... is paved with best intentions?

So my weekend posts were an absolute bust!  And where is Ask Shia...again...I am hopeless (SOON).  Let me give you an overview of what's going on.  

Okay first off we all know that I am getting married.  Well the date has change (it's sooner) and the location.  So I am frantically trying to get stuff done.  One of the things is...I want to lose some weight...seems like weddings and weight loss go hand in hand - sort of clique but I really want to look fabulous in my photos and not want to tear them I have some work to do.  

I have been calorie counting but not really getting any results so once the date change (mind you less than a month difference) I decided that I needed to get stuff done!  All last week I followed the old points plan for Weight Watchers...walked the bridges...and even worked out at night.  I weighed myself last Wednesday and thought okay I can do this....then I decided what the heck...I'll actually join Weight Watchers on Saturday - go to the meetings and then give Saturday updates (mind you this didn't happen...but it will...good intentions  

So Saturday when I showed up to the meeting and weighed in I was actually down 1.6 from the stuff I had been doing all forward through the meeting (more on that later) and then it was an afternoon of running...jumping...climbing...MORE running with my nieces all day.  

So Sunday as you can see I was exhausted.  Oh wait rewind...I am trying to sleep better (more on that later)  and I am trying to wake up I got up at 7:30 AM (people...I still consider this NIGHTTIME) and by 2pm I was exhausted!  No blogging occurred because I just couldn't bring myself to sit in front of the was the first time blogging ever felt like a nuisance.

To sum it up...I feel like I am getting into a good pace with working out and eating I just need to incorporate blog time back in there (see I used to use my lunch breaks for blogging but now they are filled with exercising) and then once all three are working like a well oiled machine...we are GOLDEN!!

Oh also, I make painstakingly hard efforts to make my blog worries this is not going to be consumed with weight loss...but for the next two weeks I will be posting some posts about self image and healthy lifestyle tips.  But after that, I will leave weekends for my weight loss updates.

Happy Friday Lovely Bloggers!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Man...a five day week when almost EVERYONE had a four day week...stinks but Friday is FINALLY here!! I am hoping for a super productive weekend.  I am going to make a list of all the stuff I want to get done because I find when I have a list ~ I'm more likely to accomplish it all.

First off, Saturday posts will start appearing more and the topic of Saturday posts will be well....I guess just tune in to see...(wink).

One of the things on top of my list is that Ask Shia's Advice that I have never answered....I have done A LOT of research and even have an outline ready but I haven't sat down and written it...if you emailed me it and are thinking "What the" worries I am kicking myself everyday too.  It will be up Monday I promise ~ cross my heart!!

What are your big plans this weekend?  Doing any crafts, writing or painting?  Hanging out with friends and shopping?  I'd love to hear.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jessica Chastain in Monique Lhuillier

Jessica Chastain

WHAT SHE WOREChastain hit the N.Y.C. premiere of Coriolanus in a chantilly lace Monique Lhuillier gown, Jimmy Choo platforms and Harry Winston diamonds.

I recently spotted her in two movies ~ actually watched on the same night ~ The Help and The Debt. She was great in both! Love her!!

It's Okay Thursday #5

Its Ok Thursdays

Link up with Amber and Neely!

It's Okay......

1) that I haven't done one of these posts in FOREVER!

2) to be obsessed with my google earnings ~ I am almost at a pay out amount!

3) to consider framing that check when I get it!

4) that I bought like 3 deluxe sizes of my current foundation and had to scramble for an old one because I am too pale to wear what I've been wearing...I mean it is WINTER is some parts of the world!

5) to not care about Twitter and Facebook ~ really I don't and I won't.

6) to think you're too cool for not caring about Twitter and

7) to yell at complete strangers in the parking garage going -1 mph the whole way up to the NINTH floor!  I mean I'm in my car ~ windows up ~ I don't think they can hear.

8) to get your Free Drink Birthday coupon from Starbucks and treat it like Smigel from the Lord of the Rings ~ my precious.

9) to use ..... and ~ all the time!  I love it ~ it's just me...and how I roll ~ in the blog world.

Don't forget to link up with Amber and Neely!!

Blog Award!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Recently, I received a blog award from La vie, Style et Beaute' (Life Style & Beauty)!

1. Link back the person who awarded you:  La vie, Style et Beaute' (Life Style & Beauty) .
2. Answer award questions.
3. Tell us something about yourself you haven’t told us in your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs you think are worthy of this award.
5. Make sure you let those you give this award know you have awarded them.

1. What is your go to make up product?
Bareminerals Mineral Veil ~ you can wear it with no make up and still look fabulous!

2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?
I'm the worst about following trends...I don't tend to jump on them.  The trend I really want to be a part of is the whole satchel bag...I want one really bad but haven't found a cute one anywhere...any suggestions?

3. What is your favorite dessert?
Birthday cake ~ mine is coming up...January 27th!!

4. Favorite color?
I bet you thought I was going to say  Nope, it's blue.  I actually wear A LOT of blue!

5. What is your middle name?
Well since Shia is my faux name should I give a faux middle name?  Like something fabulous like Shia actual middle name has to be the plainest one there is...Ann.

Tell us something about yourself you haven’t told us in your blog?
Is there anything I haven't told you in my blog??  

Blogs I nominate:
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Raspberry Kiss
Sweet Southern Drawl
Shooting Stars
Thank you again for the award!!

What's your bedroom style?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Neutral French-style bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Country Homes & Interiors | IMAGE |
Country Cottage?
Traditional cottage bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Traditional bedrooms | Image | Housetohome
Modern with hints of Traditional style?
Modern white bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Livingetc | IMAGE |

Minimal whitewash bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Livingetc | IMAGE |
Rustic chunky knit bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Livingetc | IMAGE |
Hotel Chic?
Neutral hotel-chic bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Ideal Home | IMAGE |
Modern purple bedroom | Bedroom decorating ideas | Bedroom | Livingetc | IMAGE |
I lean towards Country Cottage but that Hotel Chic catches my eye too.  But if I had to choose...COUNTRY COTTAGE!!

Which one do you choose?

Friday the 13th

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm not normally a superstitious person.  I can't remember the last time I cared that it was Friday the 13th but last Friday...almost made me a believer in all the superstitious mumbo jumbo.  

First my day started off with my key to my brand new car (seriously it's like 2 months old) not working.  So I ran back inside and upstairs to get my spare then stopped working.  I went back and forth to the dealership several times and wasted almost the entire work day dealing with this key issue.  It then just turned out to be the battery to the key!  Seriously!!  Just a battery!!  I wasted like 6 hours dealing with just a battery!  When I was waiting on my car to be washed...yeah I was like WASH IT...I deserve at least  The service department guy says to me...yeah crazy things happen reply was what...Fridays?  He was like no Friday the 13th!  

Seriously, if my day wasn't already bad enough after he said that...things just got worse and worse.  I got back to work and EVERYTHING that could have gone wrong did ~ I mean seriously ~ copier jammed ~ computer froze ~ I dropped a whole stack of copies on the floor and they got all mixed up ~ AHHHHH!

However, I kept a level head through it all ~ I worked until 8pm and then went home and worked some more. So even though, I might have gotten the beat down by Friday the 13th...I just owned it and powered through!

Also ~ as much as I love my VW key ~ my parking garage weapon if need be ~ I seriously hated it on Friday. Sometimes technology sucks!  What happened to the good old days when you could just turn your key in the door and be done!?!?  

How was your Friday the 13th?  Also, happy joy joy to those of you off today ~ I am at

OH and I lost a follower!!  I think that had to be the worst part of my day!  Where did you go?  Why did you leave????  I can change.....(I'm pathetic I

Looks of the Day

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kristen Bell

WHAT SHE WOREFor the House of Lies premiere, Kristen Bellsparkled in a silver Zuhair Murad minidress, rose gold Le Vian earrings and cap-toe Louboutins.

WHY WE LOVE ITThe always-radiant blonde amped up her natural glow with a shimmering ensemble.


Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt arrived for the Palm Springs International Film Festival premiere of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in a guipure lace Marios Schwab design. Rose gold Dana Rebecca Designs jewels, a pave Melinda Maria ring, a studded Marchesa clutch and pewter heels completed the look. 

Dark accessories and contoured panels gave the actress's pretty pink dress a modern edge.

I love both of these actresses but I think Kristen's dress looks like an ice skating leotard and Emily's is too pale.

What do you think?

Friendship Facts

Friday, January 13, 2012

JCrew ad
I found these friendship facts in Allure magazine
~ December issue and I thought I would share...
120: followers of World According to Shia
Thank you to each of you for being a friend
to my blog!  You all mean a lot to me!

Is it just me?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I miss the Starbucks holiday cups!

Since they closed the Starbucks within walking distance from my 
office building...literally it was across the street...I don't get to drink
Starbucks as much as I used to...I'm sure my bank account loves
that it closed but I just feel like I got shafted on enjoying the holiday cups.

Let's face it I don't wake up early enough to sit in the line at the drive-thru
Starbucks near my house everyday..sigh...I know I know...I probably have
more important things that should be on my mind but Monday I went to
Starbucks ordered my Tall (yes folks I am one of those ANNOYING people
that order the smallest drink ~ calorie counting will do that ~ lol) and when
the barista (what's the male version of that word) handed me my drink
at the drive thru I literally gasped...oh more holiday cups ...
he looked at me like I was a freak ~ like duh lady it's January!

I guess it's the little things in life that make life special ~ in my case
holiday cups from Starbucks ... perhaps I need to actually break out
this bad boy friend Tana gave it to me...hello black & white!

Do you miss the holiday cups?  Or is it just me?


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A few years ago, several people I met kept telling me I looked like Angelina first I shrugged it off like nah...just rocking the sleek pony tail so it reminds them of Tomb Raider...then it kept this day I am still like NO WAY do I look like Angelina Jolie!

The best compliments I receive now are the comments I get on my writing style and my blog.  I love to hear when people love my blog...not to be vain, but as reassurance that people get me and my blog and like it.  It gives me hope that one day (when I have experience courage to ever try to get published a magazine editor so where out there will get it and love it too).  Even though I love to hear it ... I still get a little "ahhhhh shucks" when I read it.  =)

I think the worst "compliment" has to be..."when is your baby due" and the woman is not pregnant.  I had this happen to me from an old lady behind the deli counter...I literally cried...she apologized...I cried and left the store in embarrassment.  They are called leggings and a high wasted dress!!  In the car, I tried to soothe my thoughts of never eating again with remembering that my friend (100 pounds) was asked the same thing repeatedly when wearing something similar.  I just hope my reaction (i.e. meltdown of tears) made that old lady recognize that  - THAT question is NEVER appropriate!  

What's the best compliment you ever received? 
Do you accept compliments or shrug them off?
Have you ever received a not so nice "compliment"?
How did you react?

Are you a Good Girl or Bad Girl?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

from Glamour magazine

Don't you think that both get a bad wrap?  Bad girls are thought of as cheap, easy and trashy and good girls are thought of as stuck up and often snooty.  So maybe pic a happy medium?  Is there such a middle ground?  What do you think?  Would you pick one/have you picked one?

Do or Don't?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Temporary Lip Tattoos

What do you think do or don't? 

Crying ~ Helps?

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"Most people believe that crying will make them feel better, but in many instances, it doesn't, a team of psychologists in the United States and the Netherlands have found.  The researchers asked 97 women keep diaries about their crying and mood for about two months.  The majority of the women - 60 percent - reported feeling the same after they cried as before, and 9 percent felt worse.  Nor surprisingly, those who were prone to negative moods shed tears the most, and those with frequently shifting moods felt like crying more than others.  In these cases, weepy episodes generally led to a worse mood and seemed to produce no benefit, the psychologists say.  Interestlingly, the 30 percent of women who did have a cathartic cry tended to weep more intensely - big sobs that did not necessarily last long - and they were more likely to be with one other person while they cried.  "Don't expect crying by itself to bring relief," says study coauthor Jonathan Rottenberg, associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  "Crying can be helpful if it spurs you to get help from a supportive person." "Mood News - A Good Cry," Allure Magazine, November 2011.

I rarely cry but when I do it's usually for one of two reasons ~ 1) HM time; 2) I've reached my limit on something stressing me or ticking me off.

When I cry ~ I think things do actually get worse for me ~ I then think about everything bothering me and feel miserable.  I then blow everything out of proportion in my mind or aloud (the worst) then feel completely miserable inside the next day ~ usually about something new has replaced the real reason I cried as "what's bothering me."

Also, since I'm the person my friends normally go to with their problems I usually don't receive much advice in return from them since I'm the person they go to for advice.  However, my mom can normally make me feel better ~ I think I get my advice skills from her ~ however normally she will start the conversation with...are you on your period?

What about often do you cry?  Do you feel better afterwards?  Who do you confide in to feel better?

National Letter Writing Week

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Send someone a handwritten note to brighten their day 
and participate in National Letter Writing Week! 

The Best Mineral Eyeshadow

15 Duo Compacts Available

So as we all know ~ I'm a huge fan of BareMinerals.  It's the only make-up I wear (well minus mascara ~ haven't tried BMs yet).

So normally I wear the mineral powder eyeshadow ~ you can get them in a range of colors ~ one shade for $13 ~ kinda steep for one color but they last forever.

Recently, BMs unveiled eyeshadow pallets when visiting the store to get my foundation ~ I tried the new eyeshadow ~ it's very velvety and smooth.

I like the eyeshadow but I wear a more neutral look ~ this one creates a darker look without looking like a raccoon ~ it's very soft ~ yet glimmery.

I definitely recommend this eyeshadow but it's a bit pricey...however I've had mine for about three months and this is how much is left.....

The quads are $30 and they have 4 color pallets to choose from.
They also have 2 pallets with 8 colors for $40.

Let me know if you have tried it or if you are going to!

Guest Post!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hey ladies!
I am Melina and I blog over Only A Flight Away.

I thought I would share my story about my long distance relationship with my boyfriend Sebastian. Enjoy♥  It all started back in 2009. was my obsession back in those days. Hopping from one fotolog to another, I found Sebastian's fotolog. It was love at first sight. I left him a message saying I added him on MSN. Ya ladies.. I had to talk to this guy! Next thing I know I am sitting in front of my laptop full of butterflies in my stomach, chatting and laughing with him like if we known each other for years.
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After a couple of months I decided to go to Buenos Aires, Argentina and finally meet the guy that made my heart beat so fast. December 17, 2009 I arrived in EZE Airport. As I walked to the waiting area, I look up and saw him smiling right at me. I started shaking because I couldn't believe we were steps away from each other. He walked really fast until we meet eye to eye. He hugged me so tight and kissed me. Oh boy did I fall for this guy. He grabbed my hand and took care of my luggage. I couldn't stop staring at him the whole drive home.
He kept repeating over and over again:
"I can't believe you are sitting in my car".
It was just perfect!

We spent a whole month together. The best summer of my life. FYI : In Argentina it's summer time around December =) Then I had to leave him. My family, my friends, the place I call "Home" and my job were ready for me to come back. Going back to the routine was harder that I thought. After spending everyday with Sebastian, I knew my days would not be the same without him. I felt completely empty inside but I didn't let the distance get to me. Instead, I decided to plan out my next trip out there.
Went back in June 2010 and boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Bariloche, Argentina. You can see all the pictures HERE. All those months that we were apart, he worked really hard to save money so both of us could have an unforgettable vacation together.  Once again, I had a great time with him. He makes everything better. I enjoyed the Winter in Argentina like never before.
My last trip was in Feb 2011. I feel like I have not seen him in years.  I need him more than ever and it gets harder and harder by the minute.  Everyday I wish for this to be over. For him to be able to come and spend the rest of his life next to me. But I will not let the distance bring me down! This is almost over. I get my citizenship in May 2012 and will get Sebastian the fiance visa.  When I least expect it, he will be packing all his belongings to head to the airport. I am really exited for what the future is holding for us. I can't wait to pick him up at LAX and finally start this journey together. {Melina&&Sebastian Nov 4, 2009}
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Melina ~ thank you so much for doing a guest post! Your love story is truly inspirational ~ it shows that love can conquer all!

Don't forget to check out her blog by clicking on the buttons above ~ I am so proud I figured out how to post them ~ pat on the back Shia! She is just an amazing blogger, follower and friend!

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