Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 4/16/14

Hi there!

Well, fortunately for the past few months that I've been MIA in blog land I haven't been naked, just haven't had the time to take pictures (I can see the relief on all your faces).

The hair got a bit lighter this summer, but truthfully, it could use a recolor now. I'm trying to stretch it for a wedding we are attending in a few months. I darkened it a little for the fall, so you get to see all the color changes it's been through.

So, most importantly, what have I worn?

This Tommy Hilfiger top is one of my favorites. It's light and comfortable and the sash makes it fitted, too.
Top:Tommy Hilfiger
Jeans: Lucky via TJ Maxx
Shoes: Clarks

So moving on to the more boring, more recent me.
I bought these bright 'too tomato' red pants at Banana Republic for 10 bucks. Jean from Extra Petite always raves about the Sloan pants from BR and she's right, they're wonderful. 
Top: Express
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Sam Edelman

I once again had a slightly embarrassing TV appearance so an extra dressy professional outfit was called for. This dress was very inexpensive (Target) and it's held up very well for the past two years. It's actually lined, too, a rarity for dresses and jackets lately. I'm looking to upgrade though. Maybe a Talbots sheath dress? It's so hit or miss at the Talbots by me though, so I'm guessing I'll end up with a Banana Republic dress, which is fine by me!
Jacket: Loft (so freaking old)
Dress: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer
Belt: White House Black Market
Scarf: Hermes Twilly

Yup, love the pants. I've found there are lots of ways to wear them and that they can be fun, too.
Sweater and shirt: Gap outlet
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Born
Necklace: JCrew
  
If I'm honest, I think my style has gotten much more simple, perhaps classic and a little bit boring. Why? Because I have tried refining my wardrobe to be as professional as possible with a little bit of personality, but not too much. My boss said something that really made me think: my clothes shouldn't speak for me, I should speak for me. It wasn't a comment directed at me, but it made me pause and realize that I was getting a little overly colorful. Plus I'm over 30 now (gasp) and I like being a little more refined. It makes me feel a little more put together. 

My purchasing has changed too. Less thrifting (I just have less and less patience for it) and more calculated buys (slim fit pants, solid sweaters, nude heels). I hope to document some of my favorite spring buys here, maybe even review them. I know, I may become a real blogger again. Let's hope!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful 2013

Clearly the fall got away from me much too quickly! I will, however, squeeze out the last moments of November to share some thanks of the past year.

My health.
After several doctor recommendations, I now go to the gym 3-4 times per week. My blog friends, this is flipping HUGE! I've written many times that I needed/wanted to do this, but I finally started a gym regimen August 30th.
 I feel great and wish I started this sooner in my life. 
Fun moments with friends.
We are so blessed to have such a great group of friends who cheer us along this journey.

And thank the Lord for Facetime. Because we have had some wonderful chats with these folks too.
 My husband who stands by my side no matter what. Even if it means spending the night in a tux at a work event. My oh my does he clean up nice! 
And he's my favorite dance partner. 
This photo also reminds me how grateful I am for my job. I have strong mentors and have had some pretty cool opportunities this past year. This video was my mom's proudest moment of her life. 

 Family.

This was an easier year for my side of the family, but much more stressful for my husband's family. They have a major home renovation going on and they have been caring for my father in law's father who was very ill and passed away just before Thanksgiving. We have been challenged to turn to the Lord more and more and trusting in his sovereignty makes things easier for sure.  We are praying 2014 brings some calmness to their lives


And I'm so grateful for the friends I have met from blogging. This year several of you have supported me through some 'stuff' (health issues, food allergies, faith motivation).  I thank you for being in my life.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Right Now: August

August was a fun month. Good stuff going on for sure.
watching Call the Midwife. Season 1 is on Netflix streaming and Season 2 is on PBS online. Love all the quirky characters and the brutality and beauty that is life.
drinking green tea. This is a big change for me. I'm really enjoying Gunpowder from Adagio. Drinking it with just a touch of Trader Joe's raw organic honey.
receiving happy mail from Lauren and Fritz. 
finally completing the tour of the gym at work - EIGHT years in the making! Today's my first official day at the gym and I hope this is the start of something good. It will be healthy at least and I've blogged about this for months, so it's about time!
wearing dresses all the time. Even on lazy days off. I adore fall (and anxiuosly await its arrival), but I know the days of summery prints and fabrics are on their way out.
eating cold cereal again. I hate it, but it's quick. Kashi brand cereals are my go-to. Lots of protein.
attending leadership training and ministry presentations at church. We are seeking ways to be more involved (small groups, high school ministry) and we really aren't sure yet what that should be.
laughing at super old home videos with my family. We watched videos from vacations 10 and 20 years ago. Now we are all craving a getaway together!
celebrating 50 years of marriage for a couple we adore. My aunt and uncle threw a great party with a crowd of people to honor the love they share. 

September brings busy times at work as we enroll the class of 2017 and recruiting season begins. We don't have many plans, though, so it's time to fill up the calendar with some fall outings and hopefully a mini trip to see dear friends. 

Hope your August was filled with only good things!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 8/7/13

Hello blog friends! 

It's Wednesday and it has been a little while since I shared summer outfits.
This post is all dresses. Loving that!

#1
This dress was something I selected from July's clothing swap. We had a crazy heat wave that lasted for a week in July, so this dress came in handy as it is super lightweight.
Dress: Eddie Bauer
Belt: Steve Madden
Shoes: Aerosoles, Marshall's
Necklace: Jcrew


#2
I don't usually wear maxi dresses because I'm short and they usually are too long. This one is a beach coverup (or at least that's where it was in TJ Maxx) and we headed out again during the heat wave. 
It was so light and comfy.
Dress: TJ Maxx layered with a  Target tee
Shoes: Clarks

 #3
And another maxi?? I know, shocking indeed.
Another Target find. I love green and aqua so this one was a no-brainer.
Do you get the Target coupons? Either mobile or via their Cartwheel app? Because I'm pretty sure I saved 25% on it, so it was probably only 20 bucks. I was so happy with this purchase.
Dress and tank: Target
Belt: Steve Madden
Shoes: Born
Necklace: TJ Maxx

#4
I haven't shopped in Banana Republic in a loooong time, but the next two outfits feature items from the outlet. I love the prints and color combos.
Top: Banana Republic Factory
Skirt: Gift from Lauren
Shoes: Cole Haan (from TJ Maxx for 29 bucks)
Necklace: Stella and Dot

#5
Dress: Banana Republic
Belt: Steve Madden
Necklace: Stella and Dot
Shoes: Aerosoles

Observations:
-I'm wearing lots of the same accessories, which is a break from tradition for me. Usually the accessories are what I build an outfit around, but lately I haven't had the time when I get ready. A simple outfit with go-to accessories have made life a little easier (for now anyway).
-I like neutral shoes. Even though I have a shoe collection with pairs in many colors, I have stopped wearing the bright greens and yellows. Why? I think the outfits are pretty bold alone and the shoes made it over the top.
-Dresses and skirts have made getting dressed in the heat lovely.
-I like a scoop neckline for easy-to-wear necklaces.

Linking up:
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 7/10/11

Two weeks of WIWW posts?! Wow - I'm on a roll.

There was a lot of red, white and blue this week for the 4th and I tried to not look like a dork while sporting it all. Some holidays I get a little too over the top.

Here are this week's outfits.

#1
It's been hot and humid lately. Maybe I haven't mentioned it yet this year, but I don't shine in that kind of weather (in fact I am probably what one would call a delicate flower) and keeping cool has been a necessity. This outfit is to me, so summer. I am love love loving the new accessories I have been finding in TJ Maxx and this necklace has gotten lots of wear this summer because it seems to go with everything. I think it made this outfit a tiny bit dressier for the office.
Top: Express, thrifted
Skirt: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Necklace: TJ Maxx

#2
This was a church outfit and church gets mega cold, so a cardi is a must.
My new favorite cardigan is from the juniors section of Nordstrom Rack. For only $12 you get a sweater that is pretty darn close to the Jcrew Jackie cardigan for a fraction of the price. Plus they have tons of color options. I did size up, as it is juniors and I will be back for more fall colors.
Tee: Target
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Pants: Marshalls
Shoes: Born
Necklace and earrings: TJ Maxx

#3
I have no recollection were I was headed when I wore this. Maybe grocery shopping? The sweater is very very thin, so just enough if it's chilly in stores.
Tee: Jcrew, thrifted
Pants: Old Navy
Cardigan: Jcrew Outlet old
Shoes: Toms
Necklace: Anthropologie

#4
This was July 3rd, so the last work day before the holiday.
I spent quite some time hunting for nude heels - finally found Bandolino sling backs at Marshalls. I like em, don't love em, but the price was right. Of course, now that I've found these, a perfect pair will present itself.
Dress: Eddie Bauer (one of the lightest dresses I own and a few years old)
Cardigan: Jcrew, thrifted
Shoes: Bandolino
Necklace: Stella and Dot

#5
I wore a linen 3/4 sleeve shirt to a bbq for the 4th - although it was warm, the critters have been biting us outside like crazy. And I don't like getting a sunburn. The top was airy and I really was comfortable all day and into the evening. 
This was also my first attempt at the button down, jcrewish look. I think with big accessories, it works on me, but I do need to practice a tad.
Top and pants: Gap outlet
Shoes: Ivanka Trump, Marshalls
Belt: Jcrew
Cami: Gap outlet
Necklace: Kate Spade, TJ Maxx

 #6
Yes, I do own shorts!
This was another steamy day and for some bizarre reason I decided I needed to wash my car. Next time I'm wearing a bathing suit and hosing off as I go along!
Tank: Old Gap outlet
Shorts: Old Navy
Belt: Jcrew
Sweater: Jcrew outlet
Sandals: Clarks
Necklace: TJ Maxx

Have a great week!

Linking up
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 7/3/13

Three years ago I started taking outfit shots for the What I Wore Wednesday link up.
I don't take shots every single day anymore. I wish I did, but I really don't have the time. Mornings were getting a little hectic. I was also taking far too long creating outfits and putting more thought into what I was wearing each day and not into what should matter more like family time, cleaning our bedroom, etc.

I think my style has become more refined, especially in the past year. Limiting the patterns and colors in my wardrobe and using bold accessories to enhance simple pieces has made getting dressed easier, as I like having less items in my closet and more in my jewelry box.

I do love still putting together some fun looks and Pinterest has made it a lot easier to do that. I browse my fave looks and try to be creative when getting ready for the day.  So every now and then I get the chance to take some photos and share them with you.

On to the outfits:

#1
This was a lazy getting ready outfit. Black with a pop of color.
Chaps top (last year)
Banana Republic cardigan (thrifted)
Ann Taylor pants (thrifted
Michael Kors belt
Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls
Necklace and earrings are from Banana Republic

#2
I've been loving stripes this year and found this dress in Marshalls. It's verrrry comfy and has cute sleeves, too.
Talbots jacket (thrifted)
Clarks shoes
Pin is vintage Sarah Coventry

After loving the pink slim pants I got a few weeks ago, I've been replacing my casual flared capris and trouser khakis with skinnier options. These are from Marshalls (Dahlia brand) and fit the bill at 20 bucks.
Top is Loft (thrifted)
Pretty old Old Navy cardigan
Loft belt
Calvin Klein Shoes
Also sporting Lisa Leonard's Family Crest necklace

For my 30th birthday I kept going on and on about wanting a scarf from Hermes. I knew it wasn't happening, but friends must have overheard my wants, as they gave me this super extravagant gift with a Hermes twilly scarf! It gets worn on special, dressy occasions. 
I wore this outfit to a meeting with important people - it called for a put together look.
Top: Brooks Brothers (this is a fitted non-iron shirt with elongated collar)
Same Talbots jacket from earlier in the post
Talbots pants
Hermes scarf
Jcrew belt
Easy Spirit shoes

Thanks for being on this fashion journey with me!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Right Now - June 2013

I missed May (sorry about that) it was a little crazy around here with health stuff, work stuff and family gatherings. Not good excuses, but that's where we've been. So before June is over, here's what's going on.
loving my new smile. I fell in late April and my teeth took the brunt of the fall. My front two teeth were severely chipped (it took 3 hours for my teeth to be back to something normal). Some things I learned? If you can afford to, whiten your teeth with custom trays (I was able to get a light shade of bonding), save the trays, and save the impressions. I didn't do #3, so it was a little tougher for the dentist to get a perfect match for my old teeth. But, I'm really glad I was able to keep the teeth (we are thinking double root canal is in the future, though).
finding lots of stuff I didn't even know we had. We've been purging stuff and deciding what we really need to keep. We're appreciating what we have more and sending other things off to people who might enjoy them.
incredibly grateful for my family and friends who rushed to pray when I really needed it.

Saying goodbye  to these guys.
Seriously, we monopolized their time the last week they were here and the actual goodbye moment was so freaking hard. Like, these two have made our lives more spontaneous, fun, thoughtful and exciting. It will be hard not seeing them often, but we are looking forward to a new travel spot and future vacations together.

happy to have our air conditioning installed. We had a few beastly hot days and it was nice not sweating.
spraying down the kitchen with the yummiest cleaners around. I know, tomato vine and radish scented cleaners sound icky, but trust me, they smell divine. Go buy them. Now. I have stocked up on the Method cleaner because it's limited edition and I will need a nice supply. Both are crisp, fresh, and perfect for summer.
filling vases with fresh flowers. I've been keeping fresh flowers in the apartment since my birthday and it really has brought spring into our place. My favorite florist is Trader Joe's. No joke. For 4 bucks, the long lasting blooms brighten the kitchen.
planning less. I am taking breaks from many committments. I don't like to say no to anyone for any reason, but I need to hit the pause button and be less involved. I'm over-committed and need to take a break.
taking many more photos this spring than last year. This was a goal for 2013 and I'm liking the results. I'm trying to be on Instagram more and more too.

celebrating moms and dads with their special days. We headed out to the vineyards for a wine tour with my parents this weekend for some relaxing time together.
 
still deciding if we need a new couch. Ours is comfortable enough...until we visit anyone else, sit on their couch and realize how much ours is shot. And questioning if we should just wait a couple of years until we can hopefully own a home and furnish it with some new pieces.
 thrilled about starting Beth Moore's Deuteronomy study. I haven't done a Bible study since last spring and it's definitely time to get back into that habit. 
saying I'm sorry. I hurt someone's feelings recently and had to apologize. I think the anticipation of the whole confrontation may have been more stressful than the actual offense (which fortunately ended up being more of a misunderstanding). It was humbling to say the least.
watching the Office finale. We have watched this show for all nine seasons and celebrated with a simple dinner and hot pretzels.

also watching Mad Men's season finale - with a dropped jaw. That was some good freaking TV.

wearing dresses and skirts without stockings.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday 6/5/13

I continued to take a few outfit shots over the past few weeks. We had lots of weather changes over the past few weeks. From chilly to very hot and now gorgeous, mild temps.

Outfit 1:
I bought pink pants. I didn't know how I felt about them, but they fit so nicely and were super comfortable. And I kinda love em! They're my ode to Audrey Hepburn I suppose.
Top: Jcrew
Jacket: Loft
Pants: Loft, thrifted
Shoes: Aerosoles
Belt: Michael Kors

Outfit 2:
And then I chopped all my hair off. And now that I look at the picture above I miss it. Truthfully, then ends were kinda ugly and probably needed to be cut off anyway. It's much faster to style it which I what I wanted, but I never realize how much I liked the hair I had until I don't have it anymore.

I've never owned anything chambray before, but this dress was in Savers and I decided, eh, what the heck. It was perfect for Memorial Day at the vineyards and again, since I found it a little short, I added the leggings.
Dress: Old Navy
Leggings: Kohls
Belt: White House Black Market
Sandals: Clarks
Necklace: Francescas

Outfit 3
Ack - the skirt!! I adore it! Lauren passed it along to me and for realsies it is one of the pieces I am most excited to style. I've pinned many outfits with green accents, so this will be really fun.
Jacket: Marshalls
Shirt: Jcrew
Belt: Jcrew
Skirt: no tag
Shoes: Clarks

Outfit 4
Simple older pieces.
Skirt, Top and Necklace: Jcrew
Jacket: Gap, thrifted
Shoes: Naturalizer
Belt: Brooks Brothers

Happy to be linking up again here:
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