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Weekend: Pizza & My First Ray LaMontagne

Hi. It’s been a really great Monday. I would skip the weekend recap post and go straight into the new week (because it’s bringing many changes) but the weekend was so good I have to share that quickly and then we’ll move on! 🙂

The weekend post is brought to you thanks to pizza, M&Ms and Ray LaMontagne.


I stayed in on Halloween night because I was tired from the week and had a really full day on Saturday. I stopped at the grocery on the way home to pick up all the ingredients for my favorite fig and prosciutto flatbread.


I bought this big bag of M&Ms with 50 pieces of Peanut, Plain and Peanut Butter M&Ms. And I had ONE trick or treater. So at this point I have lost track of how many bags of M&Ms I have eaten. The bowl is rapidly decreasing in size. 😉


Saturday flew by in a flurry of teaching yoga, taking yoga and yoga meetings. I had really fun plans that night for pizza and Ray LaMontagne.


Before the concert we went to Mellow Mushroom. I can never resist starting with their Lil’ Greek Salad.


And the pizza of choice was red sauce, mushrooms, Italian sausage, artichokes, olives and feta.


I have loved Ray LaMontagne’s music for many years and was thrilled to finally see him in concert. He played at Ovens Auditorium here in Charlotte and I put on my red lipstick for the occasion. (I’ve been loving it lately!) It was a nice low-key night. I enjoyed having seats and actually sitting for most of the concert. (Guess I’m getting old.)


Ray sounded live exactly how he does on albums, which I always respect. He just has an amazing voice. Personality…a little lacking…but music was on point.


I had a girl’s brunch on Sunday after I taught my yoga church class. It was freezing here this weekend so I wore a long sleeved sweater dress and tights for the first time this season! Tom’s wedges and my favorite Tilo scarf to finish off the outfit. Sullie was like, “Mom…enough selfies. Seriously…”


I can never resist the breakfast pita at Nolen Kitchen. I intended to get a salad but got sucked in by the pita yet again. It’s a mix of scrambled eggs, oven roasted tomatoes, spinach and feta in a soft, warm tortilla.

I wrapped up Sunday with lots of computer work, my long run and cooking dinner. It was a great weekend.

Red lipstick…yes or no!? 

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  • 1
    Teri || a foodie stays fit November 3, 2014, 10:18 pm

    ahhh I’m so jealous you saw Ray Lamontagne!! You go to so many great concerts! Take me! And I’m ALL about red lipstick. Looks great on you!

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    Teri || a foodie stays fit November 3, 2014, 10:19 pm


  • 3
    Rajul November 3, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Yes to red lipstick – I got talked into buying it earlier this year and it really feels fun and fancy! I don’t usually buy pricey mall make up but have Mac’s “Dubonnet”!

  • 4
    Ally November 3, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Sometimes you just need a red lip. Ilia Wild Child & Nars velvet matte lip pencil reds are stunners.

    What a fun weekend! I live in an apartment in Seattle so no trick or treaters here, either. I kind of miss having them come around!

    PS. Great work on the new site 🙂

  • 5
    Ella November 3, 2014, 10:37 pm

    Red lipstick looks great on you. My hair is strawberry-blonde, and I just can’t pull it off. Love the new blog look/feel!

  • 6
    Lynette November 3, 2014, 11:28 pm

    Love your blog. Look forward to it everyday as I power down at night. You are such an inspiration.

  • 7
    Sam @ PancakeWarriors November 4, 2014, 1:20 am

    Love the red lipstick. I like e a good lip stain! Your outfit on Sunday was super cute – still can’t believe it’s cold enough here for tights. I love the new look around here. Great job!!

  • 8
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 4, 2014, 6:04 am

    I usually go heavier on the eye and lighter on the lip but I do love a good red lipstick when I do a lighter eye with lots of mascara! Doesn’t happen often but it’s a great look!

  • 9
    Kiki November 4, 2014, 6:39 am

    The red lipstick on you looks great!

  • 10
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } November 4, 2014, 7:06 am

    Mellow Mushroom is always my poison.

  • 11
    Parita @ myinnershakti November 4, 2014, 8:35 am

    I love red lipstick on most everyone! I’ve hardest time finding the right shade for my skin tone though. It’s been fun experimenting and inadvertently collecting reddish lipsticks!

    • 12
      Michelle November 4, 2014, 5:31 pm

      I’ve been on the mad hunt for a good red lipstick too. So far, I feel I’ve struck gold with Beso from Stila – it’s a liquid matte that is super pigmented and stays on for hours. Not the cheapest, but it’s my holy grail.

  • 13
    Amy Clingan November 4, 2014, 10:09 am

    I love Ray LaMontagne!! We saw him years ago in Vegas and he puts on a great show. His music is much more thoughtful than most of what is on the airwaves. And–I too, LOVE to sit during a concert. Red lipstick–definitely a yes for fall!

  • 14
    Alaina November 4, 2014, 10:21 am

    Love the new layout Jen! Looks like a great weekend and the red lipstick definitely suits you. 🙂

  • 15
    Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire November 4, 2014, 10:37 am

    LOVE the red lipstick! It looks great! 🙂 I’m a little bit jealous over that pizza…there aren’t any Mellow Mushrooms up north and it’s one of the places I miss most from Orlando. The mega-veggie is my favorite pizza of all time!

  • 16
    Cara's Healthy Cravings November 4, 2014, 12:42 pm

    I am a HUGE Ray fan! Hopefully one day I will see him play live as well. I am sure he has quite a lovely on-stage presence.
    You look fabulous with red lips, I am not sure I could pull it off 🙂

  • 17
    Emily November 4, 2014, 1:42 pm

    The new blog layout looks great!!

  • 18
    Chris November 4, 2014, 2:28 pm

    The red lipstick is perfect on you! Love it!

  • 19
    Michelle November 4, 2014, 5:29 pm

    I love, love, love Ray Lamontagne! What a treat that you were able to see him!

    And red lipstick all the way! My favourite right now is Beso by Stila. It’s a beautiful, bright red and stays on my lips for hours!

  • 20
    Ale November 4, 2014, 6:59 pm

    That red color is so glamorous! You can definitely rock the red lip.

    On a side note, I’m not a huge fan of the new layout. (I hate to be THAT person; especially since you’ve worked so hard on it). But I found the old one easier to navigate… I guess I’m in the minority!

  • 21
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen November 4, 2014, 8:09 pm

    I love love love the new blog layout 🙂 Congratulations!!

  • 22
    Jessica November 4, 2014, 8:20 pm

    I love Ray! I heard he has debilitating stage fright and he has a hard time performing live as opposed to recording. But I’ve never been able to see him live and confirm.

  • 23
    kristin November 4, 2014, 10:20 pm

    red lipstick: definitely yes.

  • 24
    erin November 17, 2014, 6:29 am


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