January 29, 2012

Horrible Training Experience.

Bad news. After training for two days at Buffalo Wild Wings, I decided to quit. I know that sounds really bad but just hear me out first!

The first day was cool. I trained with a really nice kid, Darren, who really helped me out with seating guests and learning the table layout of the restaurant. The second day rolls around and I walk in. First thing that kind of irritated me was that one of the managers acted like I worked there for a couple weeks. I walk into the office thinking she would tell me who I was training with and what section I'd be training in. Instead, she stared at the computer screen and after a couple minutes looked at me and said, "What's up..", as if I was bothering her. Completely rude and unorganized.

Second thing that made me mad; I was seating people and as we got busy, I helped bus tables. I was working my ass off and all of a sudden, the other busser, disappeared. Then as she re-appeared, she started telling me what to do. I would have a bunch of trash in my hands and she would tell me to go grab something at another table, as if I didn't have eyes and couldn't see that a table needed to be cleaned. She was the type of girl who works somewhere and likes to think she's cool because she's worked there a while and you're just the "trainee" so she can tell you what's up. Didn't fly with me. She was one of the many who didn't even introduce herself. Instead, she stood with the girl who was training me and gossiped and talked about her weekend as I just stood there. It was a super awkward situation.

Third, and one of the last things that made me decide I couldn't do it; the manager who was in charge of making sure the hosts and take out employees stayed organized was completely just RUDE. As a manager you should help the new employees when they have questions or need help with something. I go to clean off a dirty table with a ton of stuff on it and ask her if it'd be easier to just grab a tray to put everything on. She replied, "If you want?.." I said, "Okay, are they just in the back?" She looked at me like I was an idiot, raised her eyebrow and nodded her head. Okay lady. This is my second freaking day. If I don't know where the damn trays are, then SHOW me! At that point I had had it. I walked into the office and talked with the original manager who hired me. I told him I wasn't cut out for this job and it didn't help that his staff was rude. I think he was shocked because one of the things they are proud of there is being a "family". Well Buffalo Wild Wings, I don't know what your definition of a family is but I didn't feel welcomed AT ALL.

I'm sorry for my super long rant and if you read all of that, you're my hero. So for now, I'm just going to stick with the one job I have where I am respected and loved and get paid for what I love to do.

Has anyone else ever had an experience with a new job like I had?

January 27, 2012

Friday's Fancies #2 - Blog Swap

This week for our Friday's Fancies, Alison over at Long Distance Loving paired a bunch of bloggers up to do a blog swap! I was paired up with the lovely Jaclyn over at A Day in the Life and Mind for our little blog swap. Here is what we came up with! Enjoy!

Hi everyone, this is Jaclyn from A Day in the Life and Mind...  I am so excited to be participating in the blog swap this week with Ashlee.  I started blogging almost two years ago, and I have loved finding out more and more new blogs to read each day.  I am an Ohio girl trying to make it in the New York world.  I moved to the city for a job in April of 2010 and then was transferred out to Long Island where I live now.  I love any and all things pink, Carrie Underwood, and my adorable dog/best friend Libbey :)  

Today, Ashlee and I are sharing our favorite things on each others blog.  Here are a few of mine lately:

Thank you again for having me Ashlee, and I hope your readers stop on over to my blog to check out your favorites!



If you would like to join in on Friday's Fancies fun, visit Long Distance Loving and shoot Alison an email to be on her mailing list to receive themes for every Friday!

By the way, I start my job today at 4pm.. I'm SO SO NERVOUS! Wish me luck guys :/

January 25, 2012

Oh. How Pinteresting! [2]

Yay, it's Wednesday which means it's time for some wonderful pins from Pinterest :D I'm at school wasting some time, waiting for my class to start which is in 40 minutes so this will be a quick post!

I want this dress


Do It.

Dream Home.

Wish I was here.

Sorry for all the randoms. No theme to my pins this week. 

So, I had my orrientation for BWW yesterday and it was LONG. I had to read a whole book on all the prodecures, etc. Also, a lot of paperwork. My first day is on Friday and I'm super nervous for some reason! I think every job is like that though. I just want to know how to do everything right away! Definitely don't like the whole learning part of a job! Getting to know everyone who already works there is kind of scary too. Being accepted. I always worry about that part.

Anyway, we start some fun stuff in my Design Fundamentals class today! I'm pretty excited. Although I wasn't very excited about how much I had to spend on an 18x24 pad of paper! $30! And my teacher said we shoudn't have to spend more than $30 on our whole LIST of supplies. OKAY lady.. I need to buy a case for it since it's gigantic and super heavy! I think they sell them at Joann's and Michaels. I just need to wait until I get a good 40% or 50% off coupon so I won't have to spend a fortune :(

I linked up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple for my 'Oh, How Pinteresting!' post today!


January 23, 2012

My New Crazy Busy Life.

So, since Friday when I went out and tried finding another job, my mind has been running around like a crazy person. The good news is that I got another job! I walked into Buffalo Wild Wings, filled out an application and was hired right on the spot! I couldn't believe it! I told the manager that I initially wanted a job as a server or bartender but he said since I had no experience in either of those things, I wouldn't be able to be hired for those positions. So, he said I needed to start at the bottom and work my way up. So, I got hired as a hostess. After I master the micros system and the ways of the restaurant, I'll move on up to serving and make triple the tips ;)

Anyway, now I will be working two jobs. The studio in the mornings/early afternoon and BWW at night. Besides now having two jobs, I am taking two classes. Both are Graphic Design classes so I have a feeling they'll be taking a lot of my time.

On top of all that, I'm moving out soon. My boyfriend's bestfriend just got accepted for the loan he's taking out for a house and I'm moving in with them in a little over a month. I'm SO excited but a little nervous about juggling work, classes, trying to pay for all the things I'm going to have to pay for and then maintaining a happy boyfriend. I've never lived anywhere else but my parents, so paying rent is going to be very new to me. I know I'll be able to afford it though now that I have another job.

What scares me most I think is not having time for anything but school and work. I'm going to have class Monday's and Wednesday's 12-1:50pm and then a 6-9:30pm class on Monday's. Thursday-Sunday I'll be at the studio in the morning and depending on the days I take at BWW, I'll probably work Tuesday-Saturday. A little crazy I know. My boyfriend I think is sad and even scared of my schedule. But I just need to learn to juggle a crazy life and I think it will be a good learning experience.

Well, school started today and it kind of overwhelmed me. I'm taking two Graphic Design classes like I said earlier. One is Design Fundamentals and the other is Rendering & Illustration. I definitely thought they were computer graphic classes. I was WRONG. They're both classes that involve pencils, paint, rulers, scissors, etc. The material list for both classes is L--O--N--G. She said for one of the classes it would only cost no more than $30. I went to Joann's tonight to pick up some of the supplies.. one of the pads of paper I needed was $20! I was like, ummm.. greatttt. My boyfriend was with me and helped me think about if I really wanted to take both classes right now and spend all of that money. Not to mention all the drawings and assignments I'd take on at once with two classes. So I went home and dropped my Rendering & Illustration class, kept my Design Fundamentals and grabbed the Layout & Typography class (which is a computer graphics class) I had originally planned on taking.

Wish me luck on this long journey I'm about to embark on!

Are you in school? I'd love to know if any of you are going through the same thing or went through it before and how you got through it!

January 20, 2012

Friday's Fancies #1 - Outfit Inspiration

I'm finally jumping on the bandwagon and joining in on the Friday's Fancies fun created by {AV} over at Long Distance Loving. Adorable blog. Definitely go check her out!

This weeks theme is Outfit Inspiration. Taking an outfit you saw on the blogosphere or Pinterest, and making it your own. Sounds super fun right? IT IS! My Outfit Inspiration today comes from Pinterest, of course. I could spend hours upon hours on Pinterest. It's probably one of the greatest inventions on Earth! So much inspiration for every little thing in your life can be found there.

Wouldn't you die for those flats?! I'm in LOVE with them. I'm really loving pastels right now. Especially the combination of pastel green & pink. I actually have that mint essie nail polish. It's one of my favorite colors. I love this outfit because it can be worn almost anywhere. It's casual but classy at the same time.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I will be out job hunting today for a bit before work. I'm thinking about waitressing? Kind of nervous but it makes great money! Something I really need right now.

Has anyone had any experience in waitressing? Love it? Hate it?

January 19, 2012

Yes to Tomatoes

Yesterday, as I ran into Target to grab what I thought was just going to be soup.. I wandered into the cosmetic section. That always ends up being a bad idea. I've seen this brand there before but after lingering in the aisle reading all the products that the brand had to offer, I decided I wanted to try out this skin clearing facial mask! Besides Yes to Tomatoes, they also sell Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers & Yes to Blueberries.
Let me just say, this mask is AMAZING! "Yes To.." products are paraben-free and 98% a natural product. As the label reads, "Yes to skin-loving lycopene to balance blotchiness. Yes to dead sea mud to draw out impurities." Lycopene is a powerful anti-oxidant which blocks free-radicals and keeps your skin balanced. 'Yes to..' products are made with organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the ingredients in this mask include: aloe vera, avocado oil, watermelon fruit extract, dead sea mud, vitamin E and jojoba seed oil (all of which are a certified organic ingredient) Fruit acids naturally help clear your complexion.

This mask is super quick and easy to use. Here are the directions:

After cleansing, apply a thin layer of mask over face, avoiding eyes and mouth. Let it dry for 5 minutes while you enjoy looking like someone in a spa brochure. Gently wipe with a damp washcloth and finish with a splash of cool water.



Please excuse my gross, no make-up face! I loved this mask. It makes your skin so soft and smooth.

Another great reason to buy 'Yes to.." products? A portion of their proceeds goes toward the Yes to Seed Fund - giving kids fun and engaging ways to connect with Mother Nature and teaching them to lead healthier lifestyles. Learn more at www.yestocarrots.com/seedfund

If any of you lovely ladies try any 'Yes to..' products, let me know what you think!

January 18, 2012

Oh, How Pinteresting!

After seeing some of my fellow bloggers linking up with this lovely lady, I'm finally joining in on the fun too! I've linked up with other Pinterest posting fun but I've been dying to link up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple.

I decided today's theme will be chevron. Chevron is becoming extremely popular. It's kind of like a fad. Like when leopard print was all the rage.. Chevron print is just so simple and cute! You've got to admit. Today at Target, I found some amazing kitchen things with chevron print. I about died. It made me want to decorate my whole kitchen in the adorable print. I took a picture of it and I will be posting it in my next Insta-Tuesday post, but until then, the first image below is the entire set. Isn't it beautiful?!

[Link up next week for Oh, How Pinteresting! here]

January 17, 2012

Insta-Tuesday! |2|

It's time for another Insta-Tuesday! All of my "best-of" from the past week of Instagram! This week was a good one. Lots of jewelry making for my Etsy shop, more January Photo Challenge images and I've been using a couple new apps that I just adore. I hope you all have had an amazing week!

1] A #fashiondiaries for the day. I wore a white tank with a maroon leopard print scarf around my neck and tied with a brown waist belt. Finished with a grey cardi.
2] My little punkin! This is Keilani, my neice who I adore more than anything on this Earth. She just loves her bathtime!
3] An old school Porsche seen while having lunch with Jimmy one day. It had to be from the 80's. So cool.
4] Heyy fishy fishy! One of the huge fish in the tank at my Mom's bar.
5] The photo I took for my close-up challenge of the day. Gorgeous flowers.
6] Finally got myself a tube of Baby Lips by Maybelline. Best chapstick ever. This is Peach Kiss.
7] "Where You Sleep" for the January Photo Challenge.
8] "What's in your bag?" for the January Photo Challenge.
9] Jimmy and I playing pool the other night.
10] "Look, no hands!" Me and Har-Har at work last week. 
11] "Happiness" for the January Photo Challenge. My happiness was Instagram and all the lovely ladies who make it worth while!
12] A few of the new products I made for my Etsy Shop including feather hair pins and feather earrings. 


I'm sorry I haven't had any interesting posts lately! I've been wanting to do some DIY tutorials.

Give me ideas about what you'd like to see on my blog ladies!

January 13, 2012

Erin Condren Life Planner ♡

Thanks to Ashlyn over at My Unrehearsed Life for introducing me to the Erin Condren Life Planner! I just ordered mine yesterday and I'm so excited! I chose the chevron design, except mine will be a pastel green color.
And it has TABS!
Calendar pages and lined note pages throughout!

I'm extra excited about the daily pages. I'm the type of person who loves to write things down, especially in list form. I love the satisfaction of being able to check things off! I'm ecstatic for school to start for some reason (I think it's because of the classes I'm taking. Graphic design stuff! So fun).
Especially love this little sleeve that holds together important papers and other junk. I'll admit. This planner was a bit pricey but I think it's going to be so worth it! Go to www.ErinCondren.com to see other amazing stuff they offer!

Oh my gosh. I just have to say, every time I watch A Walk to Remember, I cry. It's like the cutest, saddest movie ever. Okay, goodnight!

January 11, 2012

Soy Banana Smoothie

I've had this amazing smoothie book for forever and haven't really put it to any good use up until recently! If you like soy milk, you'll love this smoothie.

This yummy smoothie promotes healthy bones and teeth! It is a thick and filling treat with soy milk which is a great alternative for anyone with an intolerance or allergy to dairy produce. Here's the recipe:
1 ½ bananas 〈peeled & chopped〉
1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
1 cup vanilla soy milk 〈regular works too〉
2 tbsp. oats 〈optional〉

Place your
chopped bananas, peanut butter, soy milk and oats in a blender and process for one minute or until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy! ♥

Serves ❶

January 10, 2012

Insta-Tuesday! |1|

If you have an iPhone, but don't use Instagram, you're truly missing out! Instagram is my favorite photo app in which you can keep all of your favorite photos in an album (aka your profile). Sounds stupid but it's the best thing that has happened to me in a WHILE. Not only is this little app fun, but I've met some pretty amazing people through it. I will be posting a separate post about my favorite Instagrammers later! Keep an eye out for that post!

Today, I'm posting a "best-of" Instagram for the week. I got this idea from the lovely blogger, Jenni over at  Story of My Life. Definitely go check out her blog!
1] This was last week during my crazy kidney infection I had. These were my antibiotics & my breakfast.
2] IG is having a January Photo-A-Day Challenge. This day was "something you adore" I adore my MacBook :D

 3] Carrabba's for dinner. This place is YUMMY.
4] Day 5: Something you wore. I wore my bow necklace that Ally got me for my birthday.

5] Ally's pup asleep at work. So presh.
6] Day 8: Your Sky. This was the sunset that day. 

 7] The moon with jetstream lines making an X.
8] Can you tell my boyfriend hates his picture being taken? I love tormenting him ;)

9] Day 9: Your daily routine. Eating is in my daily routine! :D
10] Day 10: Your Chilhood. Four images from my childhood. [one] me when I was 3 in Disneyland. [two] my baby brother and I when I was 8. [three] just cheesin' it! [four] me and my cute tooth pillow that I put my teeth in for the toothfairy. 

Instagram Username: ashleealaine

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