Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leopard and Denim

Recently I saw this pin and loved the idea of the outfit.  I decided to recreate it for myself for school, and I've been chomping at the bit to wear it. I love the idea of the casual top and denim jacket with this dressy skirt and heels. This skirt from thredUP is turing out to be one of my favorite pieces in my closet.  I'm really excited to wear it like crazy this fall and winter.

 If you haven't tried thredUP you can sign up here and get $10 off your first purchase.  Seriously you guys, I have gotten some of the most amazing pieces for next to nothing!

Also, thanks so much for your kind words yesterday, you all make this fun hobby so worth it.  :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Two Years

Two years ago today I began blogging.  I hadn't even heard of a blog until August-two short months before I started blogging myself.  I was in a huge clothing rut and wasn't looking forward to school at all.  I had a friend suggest checking out Along the Lines of Style, Whitney was showing daily OOTDs at that point (although I had no idea what that actually stood for at the time).  I was shocked that such a thing even existed! I was also really excited, I got so much inspiration through looking at her archives and then I found a few other ladies like Tara at Mix and Match Fashion and Shanna at Because Shanna Said So....

I started to get excited about getting dressed again and I began to gain more confidence in myself, something I'd somehow lost along the way.  A few months later I took the plunge. Now, I'd be lying if I said it's been a perfect journey.  I'm actually pretty embarrassed my some of my early outfits and the quality of the pictures. I'm also embarrassed about how obsessed I became with clothes and getting a good deal. I was also reading and commenting on about a million blogs a day.  It was way too much. There really was no balance and it wasn't fair to my family, my students, or my God.

Since then I feel like I'm found a balance; this is a hobby, not my life.  I don't think being a blogger makes me any more special than anyone else. This is just a fun outlet in the midst of the busyness of life; it's the one thing that's just mine. I also feel like I understand my style and don't feel the urge to go out and buy all the things or jump on board with every trend.  Been there. Done that. I now get a few things each month and am blessed to work with a number of brands. Every cute outfit I wear doesn't need to be blogged and I repeat outfits.  Often.

I'm also continually surprised and flattered when people tell me they bought something because I recommended it, or that a reader would take my outfits and recreate them.  When I started this, that wasn't something I ever considered happening.

This journey has been fun and I've "met" some really great people along the way.  Thanks to all of you who stop by my little spot in the Blogosphere.  Your kind works and support make this little hobby something really fun.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casual Wardrobe Essentials: Fall & Winter

Everyone is out shopping for fall, but what do you really need in your closet?  Last year I did a series on Building a Wardrobe, so this year I thought I'd follow it up with a casual addition. I recently had a reader ask about about where to find affordable basics like stripe tops and polka dot sweaters.  I did a special weekend addition post for my email subscribers (you can sign up too, the link is on my sidebar).  I decided to create a post for you all too.

As much as I love skirts and dresses, once the cold weather hits I tend to dress more casually, because heels and ice are not a good combo.  I searched and found some great, affordable pieces that are all mixable and great additions to a fall and winter wardrobe.  Links to all the pieces are down below. : )

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coral and Lace

This last weekend I had the opportunity to have a getaway girls' weekend.  It was fantastic and such a fun break.  We went out one night and this is what I wore.  I recently found this top at Target and couldn't pass it up.  I love the details and the scalloping at the bottom.  

I actually went to Target the day I bought this for a Husker shirt.  I didn't find one but I did find this, and a dress I'm wearing on here Wednesday for $7, and a super cute pair of shorts for $4 (that I also wore this last weekend).  It's been a long time since I've gone to Target to "just look," and now I remember why, it's hard to leave without at least a couple of cute things. #targetdoesitagain 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bold Blue

It's not secret that maxi dresses are one of my favorite things, so when I saw this dress on thredUP for $8, I was sold.  I also got this wallet for $30 (it retails currently for $139!). I wore this recently to church, but plan to wear it a lot this fall.  I'm thinking it will be fun with my lace cardigan too. 

If you haven't tried thredUP you can sign up here and get $10 off your first purchase.  Seriously you guys, I have gotten some of the most amazing pieces for next to nothing!

Today I'm headed out for a fun weekend in Kansas City with friends, I'm so excited guys! I'll tell you all about it next week :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Maxi and Denim

This maxi from J.Crew is one of my favorite purchases from this summer. Today I decided to pair it my denim jacket and my pink Kendra Scott inspired necklace.  This look is perfect for those days at school I wish I was wearing pajamas.  I really do love dressing up, but when I see a kiddo strutting around in t-shirts and sweats with a top knot, I'd lie if I said I wasn't a little bit envious at times. ;)

Also, I just learned that #PSL stands for "Pumpkin Spice Latte," yes, I'm a little late to the game.  It should also be noted that I absolutely can't stand anything with pumpkin in it, hence not knowing the whole #PSL thing.  Gross. I can't stand it.  One of my friends at work told me I was failing in my role as a "white girl" and mentioned this Buzz Feed, which does a pretty good job at poking fun at white girl stereotypes during the fall.  What about you? Pumpkin, yay or nay?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beauty Routines and Style

Ever since I was a teenager when I realized I was blessed with less than perfect *cough* eyebrows I've taken the time to shape, fill, and gel my eyebrows as part of my beauty regiment each day.  The problem is, every eyebrow pencil is different, how do you know which color to get, and brow gel isn't always the easiest to find.  So, when I was given the opportunity to try out Billion Dollar Brows available exclusively at Kohl's here, I jumped that the chance.

The products were really easy to use and I love the idea of a brow highlighter too.  I love that the pencil is a twist up and doesn't require sharpening either. I also love the brush and found it worked really well for blending.  I'm excited to add these products to my routine and glad I can get them all at once and in one place too.

 After getting ready and using Billion Dollar Brows Kohl's I wore this combo to church recently and I wore it for parent teacher conferences yesterday too.  I got this dress on the clearance rack at Target a few years ago and still absolutely love it, it was an online return and I scored it for $8.  I really like it with my new necklace from chloe + isabel too.   

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Loving Lately

Today I thought I'd share a post of some things I'm loving lately. : )

1.  We had family pictures taken at my parents' house, this is the first time we've done something other than JCP since Grant was born. It was really fun and I love how they turned out.

2.  I got a new planner! I've had a Coach one for the last decade or so and it was on it's last leg.  I love this new one!

3.  I'm not ready to put my summer stuff away and can't get enough of  these shoes!

4.  I'm soaking up all the time I can outside.  We recently went apple picking at my parents' house.  Yum!

5.  This. Face.

6.  My new wallet from thredUp!  It's Ralph Lauren and retails now for over $125 but it was only $30 on thredUp and I had credits to spend.  If you haven't tried thredUp yet join here for $10 off your first purchase.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Style with Gordmans

One of the pieces that has been on my wish list is a jacket like this one, so I was ecstatic when I got the chance to partner with Gordmans this fall. I was able to visit my local store and check out all their new fall pieces.  Gordmans has brands like Jessica Simpson, Kensie, BB Dakota and Lush- all that feature the latest fall trends, and all at affordable prices. 

I decided on this jacket, although the choice was tough, because they also had a great version in wine, a tan one, and a gray one. The outfit I'm wearing today is great for casual Friday, minus the jacket, than I can add the jacket for a fun night out with friends.  I'm actually getting to go on a Girls' Weekend to Kansas City this next weekend.  It's the first time I've ever been away from Grant for more than 24 hours and I'm so excited!  We're going to keep it pretty low key, but we do plan to check out the Power and Lights District one night, so this jacket will be perfect!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gingham and Pearls

 Today I decided to wear my much-loved navy dress and my gingham shirt from last year with this cardigan I've had forever.  I really love how it came together and it's a transitional look for fall I can hop on board for.

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