Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses....Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)

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It is my belief that a good pair of jeans could be a girls best friend. You know on those certain days when you just slip into them, they fit great and you feel confident...ok maybe it's just me but a good pair of jeans are next to gold in my book! When you pair them with a crisp white shirt it is just magic...on those certain days. This is one of those outfits that will NEVER get matter what era, age, season, or style. LOVE IT!

Jeans: Seven for all Mankind
Button up: J- Crew
Heels: Target

Errands, and church!
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Nifty Thrifty Wednesday

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Belts are one thing I don't think you could ever have enough of...especially when you find triple toned beauties like this for $1.

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Scarves are another one of my ongoing collections...this one reminded me of the upcoming holiday, plus I needed a black and white scarf. $1

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I couldn't resist the sweet print of this skirt. We shall see if I decide to hem it to a shorter version (it even has pockets) or if I will wear it as a dress like I did here.
What do you think? $1

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What is not to love here? I love the colors, the print and the thought of a caftan flowy sleeve thingy! $1

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Dansko's are one of my favorite shoes, they are so comfy and perfect for warding off the snow and ice in the long winter months here.  I have another pair this style that I have for over seven years. They are still as comfy as the day I bought them. I can live with a few scuffs for a savings of $119! The scuffs really look worse in the pics. These are in GREAT condition. Can you tell I'm STOKED!!!  I found these Cute mary janes that usually retail for $125 for $6!!!!! Can I get a WOO - HOO?!?

Cute open toed heels + winter in AK = BRUISED butts!


Outfit and Nifty Thrifty Wednesday later but for right now I would like to talk about hair!!! It is driving me BONKERS...CRAZY... INSANE! These days I'm feeling like I have a limp mop sitting on my head. I have no creativity or spunk when it comes to my hair, it is styled the EXACT same way EVERY day! UGHHH...can you sense my frustration? The problem is that I have NEVER, NOT ONCE had a good experience with bangs, I'm trying to grow my hair out, and I need it to be low maintenence. Yes, I realize that is a tall order but I think if anyone can help me with my dilemma it is all of you! I am not opposed to anything at this point...even AHEM....bangs. Did I just type that????
What are your suggestions?
How do you think my hair would be best styled?
Bangs? BIG ones? Side ones? Thick ones? Thin ones?
Pictures would be welcomed with open arms!!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.

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Just a quickie today.... It poured rain ALL day and I was feeling a wee bit yuck. Days like this call for my "comfort clothes" sorta the same as comfort food without the calories. Boyfriend jeans and a giant chuncky sweater.....

Jeans: Seven for all Mankind....thrifted...$3.50
Tee: J-Crew
Sweater: Thrifted...$1
Scarf: Target
Belt: ????
Shoes: Birkenstock....SO Comfy!

Home and then dinner at the in-laws.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Many of the things you can count, don't count. Many of the things you can't count, really count.......Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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My outfit was a collaboration of inspiration from blogland... This morning I sat down to the computer with my cup of coffee, first I checked out my fellow alaskan blogger Delightfully Tacky and was awestruck by the spectacular neon green leggings she sewed herself. She sports them amazingly today...check her out! Then I meandered over to adored austin's sight to find a pic of me and an oh so sweet Thank you to all of us bloggers out here. I all are super sweet! She stated that I had formed a link in this style chain....then I remembered that she had posted this from another style chain that included the ever fashionable and uber-cool Krystal(who won these jeans in my giveaway)from this time tomorrow. She sports this look effortlessly! My brain was a churnin' but I knew that I had to do a "mommy friendly version" of this style chain, and so I continued on in my quest for inspiration in blogland and clicked on over to Domestic Sophisticate to see her look fabulous in this, and it all clicked! Voila....I finished my cup of coffee, read a few ton more blogs, dashed to the closet and ended up looking like this....I love you blogland...and all of you gals who feed me with loads of inspiration everyday.
Leggings: Target
Boots: Frye
Button up: Awesome Husband's closet...Abercrombie
Belt: Target
Necklace: Target

The norm around the house and then to school to volunteer for a couple hours...Awesome Husband is leaving for the weekend, I think I may shampoo my carpet and pull an all- night cleaning session...... 20oz mocha here I come!!!!
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Follow my Footsteps Friday....

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My little lovlies... are you sensing their different personalities and styles yet?

**Click back this afternoon for todays outfit...I broke out the Frye boots again!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A man who dares to waste one hour of his life has not discovered the value of life.....Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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I was weraing different shoes when I went thrifting but as soon as I got into the car (I sprayed them with disinfectant lysol spray first...I have a travel size, and yes I have patience issues!) after purchasing these blue lovlies I had to put them on...They matched PERFECTLY! I am feeling that the vibe of this outfit got kicked up a notch with the shoes. What do you think, am I right or just totally smitten with my new shoes? I don't think these jeans have ever been on the blog. I usually use them as my lounge wear, they're "that pair" of jeans, you know the ones that are so worn in they feel like sweat pants. I am proud to say that I did not buy them with holes in them, each hole was worn in by me, myself,and I! I busted them out of the sweat pants category for the day, I think they compliment my awesome wool plaid shirt.
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Tee: Target
Flannel button up: thrifted....$1
Shoes: thrifted...see previous post....$3.50
Necklace: ?????.....It just appeared in the house...I hope it is not my neices again!

The life of a SAHM.....I enjoyed all the luxuries of staying home...minus the bank and weekly dollar day at the thrift store! Then it was back home to ogle and fondle my treasures....
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nifty Thrifty Wednesday!

I have been admiring all of the little woven loafers everyone in blogland has been wearing lately. I was more than pleased when I saw these blue woven lovlies for $3.50!
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I also picked up these sweet litle wedges. I love that they are both brown and black. The twisted leather and kitten wedge heel all made me swoon for only $3.50!
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I couldn't resist these necklaces either......
beaded $2 pearl $5
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I am always on the lookout for more belts. When I saw the red one I thought maybe it could go with this dress, after alterations of course. If I wore my flat blue loafers from above with my thrifted dress and belt...Can we say cute AND cheap!!!! The red belt was $1, and the fabulous buckle one was $2!
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Ok this last piece I took a chance on a dollar....It needs some serious DIY work, and even then I am not sure if it can be saved. I would most definately need to fix the mega slit (there is only a slit on the one side...weird!) and shorten it. Add some tights, a jacket or maybe a bright turtleneck....HELP! Not sure why I bought it...It just sorta spoke to me and jumped in my bag! Can it be revived????
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If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait......William James (1842-1910)

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Lately I've been a little bored with what is hanging in my closet, since I've started blogging I've become more aware of I want my "fashion statement" to be. The way I shop is changing and so is my style. It's apparent even in the short time I have been blogging.(Check out some of my first outfits posted) When I look back at this and this it makes me smile. It shows me that this blog is not just a social network and vain fashion (although I like that part too!), it's helping me to be more of the ME I want to be and who I want to portray to the world. That was the ultimate goal in the beginning so Thank You blogosphere, and all of you stylish lovlies out there who have complemented, encouraged, and criticized. Keep it up.... it is much appreciated.

As For my outfit today it is an adored austin inspired outfit. She sports this look perfectly, more than once! I've been meaning to try it since the first time I saw her wear it and then she posted another version last week so I pulled out what I had in my closet and I think it rather works! If you haven't checked her out you MUST click here now! She is seriously to funny, sweet,talented,stylish,cute, beautiful, (I better stop before she thinks I'm a weirdo:O) and creative to pass up!

***Be sure you check back later for Nifty Thrifty Wednesday!

Tee: ????
Belt: Old Navy
Shoes: Steve Madden...ebay

Bummin around the house for the day ~ then off to Open House night at the kids school.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting golden Delicious ......

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Unintentionally, this outfit seems to be a casual version of this one. When I bought this blazer, this was the look I had in mind. I guess I need to stop perusing the J-Crew mag so often. I found myself at target today.(crazy I know!) I was there just to grab a few odds and ends but when I left there was another pair of mega sweet tights in my bag...weird. :)
Stay tuned...these may be even sweeter than the brown ones!

SNEAK PEAK...they are patterned deap teal and black!
Who's Exited......ME!

***Can you spot the fresh snow on the mountains? Winter is coming fast ladies!

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Tee: J-Crew....imagine that!
Blazer: Thrifted: $1
Belt: thrifted...$1.50
Shoes: OLD.....?
Necklace:(gold)..Target (chunky)...OLD..?

Where:Coffee with Grammie, errands all over town and then home to prepare Awesome Husband's Birthday Party!
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Monday, September 14, 2009

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.....Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

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Sunday afternoons are the best, especially cozy, brisk fall, lazy afternoons filled with pizza, family, American Girl movies with the kiddos, (I secretly love them!) and spandex leggings. I was not a fan of the spandex legging look at first. I think it may have had something to do with seriously akward stage middle school flashbacks. You are lying if you don't know the ones I'm talking about.....Take yours, kick it up about ten notches and you have me! I seriously had every color, every shade, EVERY pattern, of leggings you could imagine. As if that weren't bad enough, add some braces,(can't forget the head gear, thank goodness that was only at night!) a perm gone severely wrong, and my my little skeleton chicken legs and that was me in middle was bad....REALLY bad!

Where was I.....Oh yeah.... Sorry back to the leggings....I LOVE them now, I really can't get enough of them. They are soooooo comfortable! Lazy days and leggings go hand in hand in my book!

Also check out my shoes, I wasn't able to go thrifting this week because I was reconstructing my closet that day. I was pathetically suffering from nonshoppingitus so I mosied into Famous Footwear to try to suffice my illness with a little window shopping and lo and behold on the clearance rack were these babies for $5!!!!

Nonshoppingitus CURED....for this week anyways!

Leggings: Target
Tunic: Gap....ebay
Belt: stolen from Mom's closet
Cardigan: Costco
Shoes: Rampage...Famous Footwear

Lazy day at home, dinner at parents house, evening service at church.
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go..... Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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Can I get a shout out for these ridiculously AWESOME tights? WOO-HOO! New fall tights in the stores, can life get any better? I have been checking the tights section at Target religiously for a few weeks now, daydreaming what the new fall colors and designs would be. Yesterday did not disapoint! There are some amazing ones!!!! I NEED them all but limited myself to only these. If you have a target in your area you better go check them out. The only drawback with these new babies is that I was completely stressed the entire time I was putting them on or taking them off because I get the feeling a snag is seriously easy to come by and once one happened it would not be minor.... :(

Dress: Target
Belt: Target
Tights: Target
Cardi: J-Crew
Shoes: OLD....?????
Bracelets: Random drugstore purchases...clearance
Necklace: Target

I am a walking Target billboard!


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.........Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Can you all tell that fall is more than is HERE in the great north!
I think I'm about 1-2 months off in my seasonal wardrobe. I start wearing summer clothes about a month later than the rest of you, and fall and winter clothes 1- 2 months sooner! This outfit is a re-creation of a look I was inspired by lately, trying to re-create it ~ I bet you can guess which magazine I spotted this look in! (check bottom of post to see my recreation inspiration)

Jeans: James
Blouse: Banana Republic....ebay
Button up: J-Crew....ebay
Cardi: Thrifted.....$.50
Pearls: gifted
Necklace: Target.....clearance
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik.....ebay....Brace yourself....$27.50!!!
Belt: thrifted....$1

Nephews Birthday, dinner at the in-laws.

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Re-Creation Inspiration~
How did I do?

Source *J-CREW
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