This combo has been in the back of my head for awhile, but I just hadn't tried it out until today, and I have to say I love it! I found this blazer at Goodwill a month or so ago and have worn it a few times with jeans, but love it with is dress today. I added the bright scarf for something different and finished it off with my boots. I think I'll mix it up and wearing it with a scarf like this and my black boots next time.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
This week Chelsea and I are taking on Family Game Night. Now, I thought I'd spare you the pictures of me in lounge pants and a tee shirt, because that's really what I wear at home in the evenings. Instead, I thought I'd share some great games with you. Grant is just getting to the age where he can understand how games work. He loves Go Fish, Candyland, and we've also borrowed some great learning games frm the library too.
Now that it's getting close to Christmas we're in the market for some new games. I found a great Jake and the Neverland Pirates board game, and a great Superhero one too. I also saw a fun Disney matching game and Apples to Apples Disney version. Lastly, I found some fun interactive games I know Grant would love too. Any of these games would make for a great game night. What recommendations do you have?
The Wonder Forge Disney Classic Charecters Matching Game / TOMY Mr. Mouth / Goliath Sonny the Seal : Target / Disney Apples To Apples The Game Of Goofy Compar... : Target / The Joker Fun House Game : Target / Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Land Chal... : Target / Hungry Hungry Hippos Game : Target / UNO MOO Preschool Game
Friday, December 6, 2013
If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek at this vest (which is now sold out).....I've worn it three times since getting it and could probably devote a whole Pinterest board to pinned looks I have for inspiration. Today I decided to pair it with this in a solid chambray and my black jeans with boots. It was a super cozy and easy look, but I totally felt put-together. This outfit combo has quickly become a favorite, I hope you all don't tire of it too soon, because I think you'll see a lot of variations this winter. : )
*Important note to all who missed the J.Crew version and the Coldwater Creek version: Shopko is selling the perfect dup for under $20 here. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little jealous of all of you who can score this at such a crazy cheap price!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I'm not sure what happened, probably the 20 degree temperatures, but I'm all about casual looks right now. I ended up wearing this on Thanksgiving and was cozy all day long. Last winter I was crazy about this J.Crew cardigan, but didn't have the chance to get it in stores. Now that the factory store is so close I'm able to nab the pieces I love easily! I was able to pick this up for a steal and have quite a few looks in mind for it. What would you wear with it?
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Are you all ready for Christmas? I so enjoyed my small Thanksgiving break and had a chance to do a little Christmas shopping, as well as get the decorations out. I love how the house looks at Christmas, and although Brian needs to finish the trim in the basement, it's done otherwise. We're really enjoying the extra space and I'm loving having the majority of Grant's toys down in his playroom. Yay!
I'm loving this combo today, I was inspired by this pin, then put my own spin on it. I picked up this sweater at J.Crew Factory and this button-down at Gap factory and love how it came together. I don't know what it is about plaid this year, but I love it! I wondered about these with it, what do you think?
Monday, December 2, 2013
This week Chelsea and I are taking on a Christmas party. Now, I must confess, Brian and I don't really go to Christmas parties that call for dress like this, as fun as it would be. We're just really not that fancy. However, we do go to more casual get-togethers, and today's outfit is definitely one I'd wear to one of those. When I saw this top at Gap, I knew I wanted it, and my first thought for styling it was with a simple pencil skirt and heels, which I think I'll try, but then I got this idea. I pretty much love it. Last time I wore this vest to school, a student petted it, and Grant told me I was fancy, so that's pretty much a win. I figure it's definitely Christmas Party worthy. : )
Friday, November 29, 2013
Happy Black Friday! I hope you are all enjoyed your Thanksgiving, We sure did. Today Brian has to work, whomp, whomp, but Grant, my mom, sister and I plan to do some shopping. Nothing big, but if there's a deal to be had, I'm in : )
I was able to do a little Black Friday shopping early at J.Crew Factory and Gap Outlet. They has 50% off on Wednesday day and I picked up this in a solid chambray, this in red, and this beauty. Having the outlet mall so close could be dangerous.... I also found the perfect dup for the J.Crew herringbone vest I missed out on here. I seriously think I have a dozen outfits already planned for it.
As for today I need to do some decor shopping for the basement. Luckily we already have a nice couch set, end table, and coffee tables to put down there, but it's looking pretty naked in the accessorizing department. I love this pillow and this lamp. We'll see how I make out at Target. I'm lovin' that new Cartwheel app, I can also get an extra discount. : )
The inspiration for this look came a few weeks ago Whitley wore the cutest casual outfit, and I knew I wanted to put together something similar. I wore it to go to a craft show with my mom and the Grantster. The puffer vest for perfect for being inside, but it didn't leave me too hot, which is a total plus because I hate lugging a coat around. I ended up getting a cute leopard scarf, my mom found a super cute window with Santa painted on it, and Grant hit the mother load and got this awesome hand-carved train set and this felt superhero play set. He's having the time of his life playing with it!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It's officially tights weather here and as much as I love tights, it's the general coldness I strongly dislike. However, this year I stumbled onto the sweetest pair of tights I've even owned Esprit fleece lined tights similar to these. They are amazing and they go perfectly with my new booties, which happen to have fringe on the back of them. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that my 4th grade self would be pretty jealous. Esprit and Fringe? The awesomeness is endless. : ) I decided to pair these two with a gray dress, my favorite cardigan, and a chunky belt. To finish this up I added my new infinity scarf I snatched up for $10 from an old lady at a craft fair. Last year I tried to knit one for myself and I think I did about three inches in six hours, before I ultimately gave up. I'm telling you, craft fairs are the best!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I don't know about you, but I can let my weaknesses be things I focus on instead of my strengths. Today I thought I'd lay out some of the weaknesses that are bugging me right now, and probably more for myself a list of things I can do well. Let's start with the weaknesses:
- I stink at tweeting. Seriously. I think I might just be too old to keep up with the young "hipster" who tweaks with ease about their delicious breakfast muffins....
- I am not good at saying no to chocolate, as is I have a serious case of "Eat all the Chocolate." We rarely keep it in the house because if we did, I would need new pants.
- I am not very patient with Grant at bedtime and it kind of makes me feel like a bad mom. Let's face it, I'm tired at 8:00 and I don't have the patience for shenanigans like, "I want another kiss, drink of water, story, song, etc." I wish I was better at this.
- Sometimes I just want to be a person, not Grant's mom, Brian's wife, Jesse's teacher, but I totally stink at ever taking time for myself. My one outlet is this little blog, which I totally appreciate.
- Once I get an idea on the brain I have to go, go, go until it's done. This is rarely healthy. Take a chill pill, Ginny.
- I am good at staying caught up on laundry, I used to wait until the weekends, now I do a load every time a hamper happens to be full. It's the little successes, people.
- I am good at waiting to buy until there's a deal, rarely do I buy anything at full price and I always end up being happier in the end.
- I work with some great people and therefore it helps me to become a better teacher each day and my kids are successful because of it.
- I (usually) have a pretty good sense of self worth and don't often dwell on things I can't control. For whatever reason I have a good "bounce back" gene.
- I'm good at forgiving and getting over situations. I'm usually not one to hold a grudge. To me, no good comes from that.
Whelp, the strengths were more difficult to write! I think no one wants to feel like eyre bragging, but it's important to celebrate our strengths. Your turn, what are you good at????
Now to today's outfit: I'm styling my new black vest again. I seriously love this thing and decided to pair it with this hounds-tooth sweater I snagged at Forever 21 for a mere $8! I love how it came together and think I might try it like this next time. So cute, right? What did I do before blogs and Pinterest.....
Monday, November 25, 2013
This week Chelsea and I are taking on the Work Day. Today's look to me is effortless-professional. Expresses' portfolio shirt paired with Loft's polka dot skirt instantly gives the illusion that I put a lot of thought into my outfit, when I actually didn't have to, which is perfect for a Monday morning....or any morning where I push snooze an extra time. :) The addition of my Stella and Dot jewels helps to finish off this look and make it feel a little special too. I think having pieces like this in your closet that are comfortable and mixable are definitely essential in your wardrobe. What are some pieces you feel are key in your own closet?