Coming Out of Hiding

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Last week was a stressful one for me…and when I get hit with stress/anxiety overload, I do what I gotta do, and then I hide out. In bed, in a book, in a movie. So I worked…and I hid. Hence, no “Week in Review” as there was nothing to review. I have crossed the stressful bridge, however, and can now move on…and am trying to make up for a little lost time. All this by way of explaining that I Went Out on a Monday Night, ha ha. I’m such a wild child!

A girlfriend and I were headed to an art exhibit that another friend had some photos in. Anytime we go to an area we do not frequent often, we hit Google up for what interesting/weird/good things there are to do/see/eat there. This time we found a little place called Costa Nova Waffles so we headed there for a little snack before the art exhibit.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. The shop was teeny tiny, just enough space for a few stools along a side wall and the front window. The decor was beachy and fresh in an aqua and white color scheme. The two girls working there were darling and answered all our questions and let us taste things before selecting. What it IS, is…a cross between a crepe and a waffle filled with yummy goodness. So they pour a crepe-like batter into a large round waffle iron and press it so when they’re done they’re thin and a cross between soft and crispy. They spread on your choice of filling while it’s still warm, then add any mix-ins – like fruit, chocolate chips, marshmallows, twix, etc. – before folding into a pie-piece shape and slide it into a brown bag for easy handling. I went with the traditional Portugese egg custard, which was very nice and just the right amount of sweet. I kept mine pure and didn’t add any mix-ins. Next time I’m going for the Speculous cookie butter. It was such a nice light crispy snack. I definitely recommend trying them if you get a chance.

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It was almost springlike, but so windy walking around the town! When will it end??? 

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dressed for spring, even though Mother Nature was not quite on board. This white embroidered peasant blouse by Vintage America Blues was this week’s Gwynnie Bee rental. It was a very light and floaty viscose rayon which was a welcome change from 17 layers of sweaters. It partnered easily with medium wash skinny jeans and a denim jacket (doesn’t everything??). It is available in both straight sizes (here) and plus sizes (here). I’d like to just point out that the “pale pink” flowers you see online are actually more of a muted day-glow peachy-pink. Just sayin’.

Then we headed over to the art exhibit.

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And to my delight one of my friend Amy’s photographs won an Honorable Mention award. She’d submitted these really beautiful portraits. I think she uses lighting really well. You can see more of her work here.

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She’s actually photographed me for the blog a couple times…here, here and here.

Do you ever feel the need to just hide out from life for awhile? Or do you deal with “weeks from hell” in another way…?

Thanks to my friend Linda for taking these pictures.

What I Wore:

  • Vintage America Blues embroidered peasant blouse, size 3x. If you like this look, you might also like these: Plus size option; straight size option
  • Denim jacket, no longer available. Comparable plus size option here; straight size option here.
  • Charlotte Russe Refuge cropped skinny jeans, size 22 here. Straight size option here.
  • Light grey New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Arishi Running Sneakers here

I’m linking up today with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her #IWillWearWhatILike link-up party!

This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click on them and/or buy something as a result of clicking that link.


18 thoughts on “Coming Out of Hiding

  1. I’ve been hiding out a lot due to this horrible Michigan winter that will just not go away. I spent 11 weeks trapped in my house after breaking my ankle courtesy of Old Man Winter, so I am absolutely over it! Middle of April here, and just now thawing from a major ice and snow storm this weekend. Loving this post!


    1. Oh no! Ouch! Damn You, Old Man Winter! Plus, Michigan, ha. I really kinda like “winter hibernation,” when it’s practically dark by the time I get home from work and I feel fully justified in getting immediately into my nightgown and under a blanket for the rest of the evening. I almost feel a little resentful when the days start growing longer again…it’s still light out so I feel like I should still be dressed and productive…but it’s still too cold to really want to go anywhere and do anything! How’s your ankle now?

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      1. Still limping but able to drive and have returned to work, thank goodness! Some days I like the darkness and bad weather, but I have now unfortunately had my fill of it for quite some time! 🙂

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  2. I was just thinking I hadn’t heard from you in awhile cuz I want to tell you about the conference you spurrred me to go to. I’ll email you.Thank you for that! Hey, is there an affiliate program or referral for Gwinnie Bee? I’m just saying b/c you mention them a lot you should get some sort of credit. Those crepes sound delicious with a cup of coffee. Crispy and not too sweet — sounds like my kinda breakfast. I don’t hide out from stressful weeks but hide out from stressful people. And then a glass of wine helps tons with that! That’s how I do it!


    1. If only I could have alcohol at work, everything would be so much better 🙂

      There *is* an affiliate program for GwynnieBee, sometimes I use the code and sometimes I don’t bother. It’s only for people signing up to the service and I’ve never had any success with that (even though the first month is free!!!). I do a Gwynniebee specific post every once in awhile, they actually have an exciting new feature I could talk about 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

      Have been wanting to reach out to you about the CONFERENCE (so exciting! i;m so jelly!) but didn’t want to be too pushy TELL ME ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED!!!

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  3. Okay, first, sorry you were feeling “poorly” – glad you’re better and back. Second, love the peasant blouse (it’s very becoming on you) and the photographs (all good); and third, I continue to be envious of your hair! That is all, have a great day!

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    1. Yeah, I do love a tunic style top, even though this buttoned down the front it fit in a loose way with none of that horrible button-gaping business! I’m off to get a haircut this afternoon, the sides and back are getting long and wavy and in the warmer weather it’s going to go all curly, so…time for a shape-up!


  4. I’m glad you’re feeling more chipper, Bettye. Don’t we all go through these times?? For myself, I get into cleaning fits (too bad for my husband it hasn’t happened recently…LOL). There’s probably some good analytical reason for it, like cleaning away the bad things from my life or something….
    But I love that you love your denim jacket…and that blouse is amazing. For a moment, I thought maybe you lived in Denver, because we had some horrific winds yesterday too!! And tomorrow (which is blog photo day, of course)
    As my husband always says, “this too shall pass”….at least I hope so!!

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    1. SO yummy! Like every bite my friend and I would look at one another like OHMYGOSHTHISISSOGOOD. I can’t wait to go back and it’s in an area I NEVER go to, very trafficky and congested…but now I’m all LET’S GO BACK TO MINEOLA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, ha ha.


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