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My mom and I spent all day shopping (although I managed not to buy much)!  She loves to hit up antique stores and second-hand book stores, so we had a lot of fun hunting for a good deal.


I love vintage shops – don’t you?  The stuff inside is always so strange and unusual.  It’s not my style (actually, I don’t have a “style,” I have a post-college apartment), but it’s so fun to look at!


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Dogs in shops make me happy:


My one purchase was these two classic CDs, which I got for 99 cents each!  Steal!


My mom actually works a small boutique called Across the Creek that sells a lot of wigs.  We decided to stop in to see if the lady at the register needed any help (she’s new).   I think my mom find her job emotionally fulfilling because she gets to work with a lot of ladies with cancer or hormonal issues who have lost their hair. 


But wigs can just be for fun, too!  🙂






Haha, obviously, I liked the last one the most.  🙂


My mom took me to a local place called The Sunspot for lunch.  It’s not a pure vegetarian restaurant, but there are lots of veggie options.


We started with chips and green salsa.  I tried to hold off from eating too many chips, but hot tortilla chips are SO addicting.


For our appetizer, we got Buffalo Tofu Burritos, which were spicy and delicious.


And for our entrees, we split the Rattlesnake Pasta with tofu.  Here’s my portion, which I ate half of.  Oof!  I am stuffed.


What a fun day!  :)  I want to stay on vacation fooooorever.


I’m off to a blog reader meet-up.  We’re going to do dinner.  Yippee!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 4, 2010, 4:34 pm

    I don’t really have a style either…but just so you know? I OWN both of those CD’s already. Still work out to the Janet one. 😉

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 4, 2010, 4:36 pm

    The food looks amazing and when I went home last week we thrift store shopped! I love it!

    However, that said, the wig pictures are AWESOME! I love your facial expresions! Thanks for the smile! 🙂 Needed it today!

  • emily February 4, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Oh man, buffalo tofu tacos sound ridiculous good! And you actually look pretty cute in most of those wigs 🙂

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full February 4, 2010, 4:36 pm

    So fun to try wigs on! The second and last ones suit you well 🙂 And great choice on the CD’s!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! February 4, 2010, 4:37 pm

    My mom totally loves vintage stores too! She has been taking me to them since I was a toddler and now I love them too of course.

    Yummy, looking lunch. =)

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 4, 2010, 4:39 pm

    LOL LOL LOL the wigs are absolutely priceless. I love the 2nd one. it looks sexy!

  • megan February 4, 2010, 4:39 pm

    you kind of looked like bella from twilight in the second wig!

    • Caitlin February 4, 2010, 4:40 pm

      YESSS you made my life.

  • Katie February 4, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Sunspot is soooooo good!!! I’ve just started reading your blog (love it :-)) and was pumped to see you went to sunspot

  • Whitney @ February 4, 2010, 4:40 pm

    You are getting SO good with your dslr! The picture of your mom down one of the aisles is really cool. I also love your cd choices..I’m pretty sure I played that Janet Jackson one to death when I was younger!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 4, 2010, 4:41 pm

    All of the wigs in all of the hair colors look great on you! I’m jealous 🙂

    Oh, and I totally owned both of those CDs back in the day…gotta love the mid ’90s!

  • Jessica February 4, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Oh my gosh! I think have been to that bookstore! I went while visiting my uncle in Knoxville a couple years ago.

    I really like that second wig on you!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 4, 2010, 4:42 pm

    YES!!! I LOVE wigs. This past Halloween I actually based my entire costume around a short black bob (complete opposite of my real hair). I pretty much had the time of my life. You look like a different person in all of them!

    Antique/vintage stores are so much fun. I love going with my best friend Nicki because she always seems to find the coolest stuff (she’s a fashion-addict and actually gets most of her clothes from thrift stores!).

    Looks like a fun afternoon…I spent the whole day with my mom too =)

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 4, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Ohhh my god, I started cracking up when I saw you in those wigs, and then there was another one and another one, and..
    LOL you crack me up, girl. Last one=hilarious. Second one looks really good!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 4, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Antique shopping–so fun! Gosh you are making me miss home/my Momma big time with this spur of the moment trip. You can rock so many hair colors. I love the long blonde too–I hope you bought it 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 4, 2010, 4:42 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the wig pics, especially the last one 😉

  • Evan Thomas February 4, 2010, 4:43 pm

    The photos with the wigs are priceless, especially the first one!

  • Jamie February 4, 2010, 4:48 pm

    hahaha, best photo montage! i bet you had a blast taking those pictures. i admire you for being able to stop at a few chips, i have SUCH a hard time with chips and salsa!

  • Alisha February 4, 2010, 4:48 pm

    I have those 2 CD’s in my collection, classic.

  • Tracey February 4, 2010, 4:50 pm

    What a great day. I wish my mom and I had a relationship like you have!

  • Kate February 4, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I LOVE the second wig! Looks great on you!

  • LindsayRuns February 4, 2010, 4:51 pm

    Love the wigs! The second one looks like your real hair, no fun! I wonder what you look like with red hair a la your hubby (obviously long and sexy though!) I like the third one the best!

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:51 pm

      i should’ve tried a redhead wig, you’re right! Next time!

  • Freya @ February 4, 2010, 4:53 pm

    haha I LOVE those wigs!! I think the 2nd one really suits you 😛 I;ve always wanted to go to a proper wig store ever since seeing it on Sex and the City, when Samantha lost her hair – Ican imagine it would be a really emotional place to work.
    I love charity shops actually – I’m addicted to the charity bookstore near me, there are soo many great bargains 🙂 I buy a new cookery book pretty much everytime I go in there 😛

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 4, 2010, 4:55 pm

    what a fun afternoon! those wigs shots are my favorites….you’re too cute 🙂

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 4, 2010, 4:56 pm

    You should get the last wig, I’m sure that’ll be a great gift your hubby when you get home..WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. I love used books and antiques too!! Have a fun time with your blogger meet up! Can’t wait for your book tour so you can come to GOOD OL’ TEXAS!

  • gina (fitnessista) February 4, 2010, 4:58 pm

    the second wig = hawt
    so glad you’re having fun w your madre!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 4, 2010, 4:59 pm

    oh those wig photos are awesome 🙂 What fun!!!!!!

  • kay February 4, 2010, 4:59 pm

    score!! 99 cents is a great deal.

    i really like the second wig on you – it actually looks stunning !

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 4, 2010, 5:00 pm

    I really like the style of that first wig on you!

    I definitely still own both those CDs! Though I do think they got left behind at my parent’s house.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 4, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Oh fun wigs! The 2nd to last one looks really good on you-love the bangs!! Boys 2 Men and Mariah Carey were my first 2 CDs 😉

  • Liz February 4, 2010, 5:04 pm

    Ahh your post really makes me miss my alma mater. I graduated from Knoxville in May! Sun spot has great food! And that book store has the best finds ever!!

    p.s. Loved the second wig!!! You could totally rock that hair style!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 4, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I’m in love with your wig pics . . . so funny.

    But here’s the thing about antique shops. I always feel like they’re hiding dead bodies in the back. My father in law loves them and I always wait outside cause I can’t bring myself to go in.

  • Lauren February 4, 2010, 5:08 pm

    what a fun day! Loving the Boyz 2 Men CD… I think that was one of the first CDs I ever owned (accompanied by Ace of Base and All 4 One).

    I love the first wig on you, you could totally rock the short hair and bangs!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 4, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Oh my gosh! Aren’t wigs so much fun…you can kind of be whoever you want to be when you put one on 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 4, 2010, 5:13 pm

    Your pictures are looking AMAZING today — love the one of your mom in the aisle of books. Absolutely fantastic!

  • Penny February 4, 2010, 5:13 pm

    The second wig is totally hot! 🙂

  • ida February 4, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I agree, your pics from this post are stellar!

  • meg c. February 4, 2010, 5:21 pm

    ahahah those wig pics made me laugh. wigs are so much fun to try on, but i could never imagine having to wear one all the time.

  • Erin (Texan couture) February 4, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Love the pug & you look fabulous in the 2nd wig!

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} February 4, 2010, 5:25 pm

    That 2nd wig is SO hot! I love it. Beautiful 🙂

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 4, 2010, 5:34 pm

    Blog reader dinner? Sounds fun! When you’re in the area again, I’d love to come to one! 🙂 The restaurant you went to today looks fantastic, and the wigs are a hoot! On another note, you’re always posting your oatmeal recipes which look delish! Do you used canned pumpkin, what else do you like to mix in with the oatmeal? I’m always looking for new ways to improve the “oatmeal” breakfast! Lol!

    • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 4, 2010, 5:55 pm

      Der! If I hadn’t been in such a hurry and scatterbrained I’d have seen your link for recipes. Sorry!

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:52 pm

      Hey!! Next time we should meet up too!

      I use canned pumpkin, oatmeal, banana, and milk – soooo good. Can’t forget cinnamon and brown sugar!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 4, 2010, 5:34 pm

    The wigs are so fun- you could totally pull off blonde hair!

  • Paige February 4, 2010, 5:37 pm

    Bahahaha at the grey wig (and Boyz II Men)! But you look totally hot in the 2nd one – keep that pic for your next hair appointment!

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters February 4, 2010, 5:39 pm

    Hahaha! That Boyz II Men CD was my first CD, along with Ozzy Osbourne. What can I say, I have varied tastes. 😉

    Love the 2nd wig.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 4, 2010, 5:43 pm

    hahaha your montage really reminded me of that scene from the sweetest thing where cameron diaz and christina applegate do a movie montage in the store

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) February 4, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Gotta say, I’m liking you as a blonde!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat February 4, 2010, 5:49 pm

    How do you manage to look good with all of those hairstyles? The third one is hilarious!

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:53 pm

      haha oh come on – the grey hair old lady bob doesnt look good LOL

  • Erin February 4, 2010, 5:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, wigs! My mom wanted to buy a wig once (her hair is thining due to age and she wanted something she could just “throw on” that made her look like she did her hair) but she literally couldn’t find a wig shop in her town! I should tell her to drive to Tennesee to visit your mom.

    Also, that Boyz II Men cd brings back A LOT of memories. Wow.

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:53 pm

      oh man! they also have wig “toppers” that arent full wigs for women with thinning hair… she should try that!

  • Marissa February 4, 2010, 5:52 pm

    The last wig looks fab on you! hahahaa!

  • ari February 4, 2010, 6:02 pm

    that second brown wig is HOT!

  • Jessica Lee February 4, 2010, 6:02 pm

    You look so hot and sultry in that second wig, the long layered dark one.

  • Jennifer February 4, 2010, 6:07 pm

    I’m 22 and have had the “hormonal issues” you mentioned since I was 13…I hope all you ladies appreciate your hair!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 4, 2010, 6:13 pm

    LOL– those wigs are hilarious! That second one looks a lot just like your normal hair though!

    That picture of your mom looks freakishly like my mother-in-law. Strange!

  • BethT February 4, 2010, 6:14 pm

    I actually love that bobbed look on you! So cute.

  • Laura Georgina February 4, 2010, 6:23 pm

    The wigs are too cute! What fun you had.

    What was in the Rattlesnake Pasta? Glad you’re vegetarian, otherwise I’d start wondering, with a name like that!

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:54 pm

      hmmm i think it was alfredo, peppers, spinach, and it was SUPPOSE to have chicken, but we subbed out tofu. 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 4, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Second hand book stores are my absolute favorite places on earth. And I agree with Beth, I like the bob!

  • Susan February 4, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I just found your blog over the holidays and I’ve really been enjoying reading your posts and rummaging through your archives. It’s so great to find a well written personal blog that’s about fitness and health (not weight loss). My goal for the year is to become a runner. I’m up to running three miles, but it feels like scaling a wall may be easier than adding that fourth mile. 🙂 Your post yesterday about learning how to swim made me wonder if you’ve ever compiled a list of links to posts on your struggles with running. It would be such a morale boost to read how you got through it to become a marathon-running athlete.

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:55 pm

      hmmm… i do have a tips page (along the header at the top) but i’m not sure i’ve ever really written a post solely about my struggles with running. but i can tell you it was hard for me too (still is sometimes) and there are definitely moments you hit distance plateaus! keep working at it – you’ll get there!

      ps – 3 miles makes you a runner in my eyes!! 🙂

  • Ariffa February 4, 2010, 6:26 pm

    oooh you’re a babe with bangs!!!
    you a babe anyway.. but just sayin 😉 lol

  • Lara (Thinspired) February 4, 2010, 6:44 pm

    Love the wigs! The second to last one is sort of Alice Cullen, don’t you think? 🙂 And the last one is so Barbie, I love it!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 4, 2010, 6:50 pm

    So funny to see the different faces with the wigs. My grandma had the same wig for years and I loved to put it on as a kid and act like her 🙂

  • Lee February 4, 2010, 6:54 pm

    Mmm, buffalo tofu. Have you ever tried to make that at home? That might be my next cooking project.

    I have a post-college apartment too. Sad thing is that I graduate college 10 years ago.

  • Mama Pea February 4, 2010, 7:04 pm

    Those wigs are AWESOME. I hope no one had lice 😉

  • Nicole February 4, 2010, 7:36 pm

    The second wig … the long brown one…holy crap Caitlin you looked HOTTTTT!! I mean, you have dark hair to begin with but it looked so natural and your pose was all sexy…just thought I’d share.

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:56 pm

      thank you my dear! i wish my real hair was that thick!!

  • Michelle February 4, 2010, 7:43 pm

    The wigs are great!!! You really can pull off all colors. Awesome. 🙂

  • Rachel in NC February 4, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Is that first picture in McKay’s? I used to go to their old location all the time when I lived in Knoxville.

    You should totally go to The Tomato Head in Market Square while you are there!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 4, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Wow those vegetarian dishes look awesome. I’m always excited to hear about restaurants that are making it. I just there were more dedicated local food places and that local food AND veggie places would start showing up in the same restaurant.

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:56 pm

      i agree! i like local, organic, and vegetarian all in one. is that too much to ask for????

  • Jenn ( February 4, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Love the wigs! Your lunch looks amazing! I love when restaurants have unique appetizers, it tells you a lot about the establishment. 🙂


  • Jolene ( February 4, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I love the wigs!!!!!!! The second one is awesome – the really long wavy hair suits you 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 4, 2010, 8:29 pm

    That does sound like a fun day! And those wigs are hilarious!!! I think in the last one you look kinda like Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer haha

  • Leslie February 4, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Were you at McKay’s?

    • Leslie February 4, 2010, 8:49 pm

      I hit submit before I finished. . .I live in Nashville and we have a McKay’s here. I love it. The second I saw the pic of the aisle of book, it screamed McKay’s to me.

      • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:57 pm

        yes it was totally mckays!! heaven on earth!

  • AM February 4, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I am wearing that shirt — yay, Old Navy!
    That second wig looks extra gorgeous on you!

    • caitlin February 4, 2010, 9:57 pm

      yay we are twins today!

  • Heather February 4, 2010, 8:56 pm

    girl you are SO SASSY! love the wigs! what a great place to work – your mother is clearly awesome.

  • Kath February 4, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Hahaha!! Love those wigs!! And that first photograph

  • haya February 4, 2010, 9:04 pm

    you look fabulous in all the different styles of hair! wigs are fun. i’d love to be able to pull off wearing totally different styles every day. how cool.

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 4, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Oh my goodness… that 2nd wig is awesome! Work it, girl!;)

  • Anne P February 4, 2010, 9:41 pm

    LOL! Those wig pics are hilarious. Love your expressions, haha. That’s totally something I would do.

  • Joey February 4, 2010, 9:44 pm

    what a fun day! the wig stop was my favorite part! 🙂

  • Joey February 4, 2010, 9:44 pm

    what a fun day! the wig stop was my favorite part! 🙂

  • Run Sarah February 4, 2010, 9:53 pm

    How fun, I’ve always wanted to try on wigs! That pasta looks so awesome too 🙂

  • Amber K February 4, 2010, 10:53 pm

    The wigs look like so much fun! And I agree, hot tortilla chips? Yum!

  • Angela (oh she glows) February 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

    That first brunette wig is HAWT on you!!!!!!!!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) February 4, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Aw man… I wanted that Boyz II Men cd soooooo bad and my mom wouldn’t get it for me!!! Boo….

    Sorry- just had some deja vu there for a moment. 🙂

  • Jenna February 4, 2010, 11:25 pm

    Love the wigs!! Lunch looks fab!

  • Erika February 4, 2010, 11:48 pm

    lol….looks like a fun time 🙂 You look like Carrie Underwood in the first blonde wig (third from last, longer hair) and Alexis Bleidel in one after that 🙂 You can easily pull off lots of looks 🙂 Keep having fun 🙂 Mom’s are the bestest…

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 5, 2010, 1:52 am

    I think you look really good with DARK hair =)

  • Rika February 5, 2010, 2:34 am

    wow i think you look great in all of those wigs! 😮 i’m jealous! I especially like you in the silver and DARK long wig 😀

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 5, 2010, 5:26 am

    LOVE the puppy in the shop! He looked like he was saying “I can’t believe you’re taking my picture right now. I’m trying to relax!”

    It’s so weird how all those wigs made you look like a different person!

  • Stacey February 5, 2010, 6:23 am

    Haha-those wigs crack me up 😀 My mom LOVES to antique shop too! And I can spend all day in a store that has books 🙂 There is this antique shop near my house and their dog is always in the store with them…it’s so interesting to look at things people used to own..all of it has a story behind it. I’m glad you had a fun time!

  • Maya February 5, 2010, 10:06 am

    haha the wigs remind me of Natalie Portman in the movie Closer. Have you seen it? You kind of remind me of her in some of them!

  • Heather February 5, 2010, 10:29 am

    is that McKays?! AHHHHH if so, i freaking love that place! I’ve never been to the Knoxville location, but the Chattanooga one has a special place in my heart.

  • Rose February 5, 2010, 10:49 am

    Hahah! You look like a TV character in that last wig. I love it!

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 5, 2010, 11:03 am

    Love the wigs, they look awesome on you! I am a fan of antiques myself, there are just so many unique things to discover. Looks like you had a great time. 🙂

  • Janie February 5, 2010, 12:16 pm

    So, I laughed at wig numero 4, but wig numero 5 actually looked really good on you…you were blonde once if I remember correctly… 🙂


  • Danielle February 12, 2010, 9:58 pm

    That Boys II Men CD was my first CD EVER. Just had to comment on that 😉

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