Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Tee: Loft
Jeans: JCPenney
Flats: Madden Girl (DSW)
Necklace: local boutique

This outfit was styled around this flower necklace that I bought over the weekend.  I met a friend from work & we did a little holiday shopping.  I took her to one of my favorite little places in town & then we went to the local craft fair.  The necklace was my only purchase.  I had lots of ideas on how to style it, but I kept coming back to the simple Tee.  I like how it really dresses it up.  I thought it was longer, but it'll do :)  Lindsay bought an adorable burlap wreath that she hung on an old shutter, making a pinterest inspired awesome living room arrangement.  I love it that we can do fun things outside of work!

Speaking of pinterest...  Today (with hubby's help this afternoon) I made buffalo chicken in the crock pot.  OMG!  It was delicious!  Hubs had been starving himself all afternoon smelling it that he hurriedly ate it as a sandwich.  I took it one step further and made buffalo chicken wraps for me & they were awesome too!  I'm sooooo overly stuffed it's not even funny.  Well hubs thinks it's funny; he's been laughing at me for the last hour!  Maybe I'm just trying to stretch my stomach for Thursday... Thanksgiving is seriously my favorite meal!  I can't wait for all the turkey!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Soooooo ready for the holidays!

Cardigan: Target
Tank & Boots: JCPenney
Jeans: AE

 My Mom's in town & she came with new clothes... for me!  Well new shirt for me & it's perfect for the season.  I probably should have saved it for Thanksgiving, but I can be impatient with new clothes!  Plus it matched my new boots... that I've been wearing constantly since Saturday! 

I'm not usually like this, but I'm sooooooooo ready for Christmas!  I want to decorate my house right now, watch Love Actually & listen to Christmas songs.  I have a no tree rule until December 1st in my house.  And I've never had a problem with it, until this year!  I'm jonesing really bad.  The catch is though, I'm not in a Christmas Shopping mood!  I know, I don't get it either.  The Black Friday sales aren't reeling me in as they do every year & I'm at a loss of ideas for gifts!  I guess that's why I need some holiday cheer to get the ball rolling.  I did buy a couple Christmas albums on Amazon today.  Hopefully, the The Waitresses song I just downloaded on iTunes will hold me over until they arrive.  And a funny cartoon to remind me what November is all about :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sweater dress again

Dress: At Last (consignment)
L/S Tee: Loft
Leggings: Miley Cyrus
Boots: DSW
Scraf: Gap

Black dress, tights & boots take 2.  I didn't realize until I was out the door that I wore a VERY similar outfit only two days ago!  Ooops.  At least I'm being an honest blogger & admitting my mistake.  Another thing I learned tonight is that I take better pictures when I take them myself vs hubby snapping them.  I purchased a new & awesome camera off for a super price last week.  The picture quality is great, but I felt like my smiles were lacking energy.  Apparetly, it was just my photographer.  Now I need to replace my broken tripod because I really don't want my new camera falling off the arm of the couch!

This dress was another super find while consigment shopping for the kiddos.  It was only $2!  It's a size too big, but pairing it with the scarf fixed the neckline.  I tried a belt, but all my matching belts are skinny & none of them looked right. 

Now I'm going to watch the latest New Girl episode!  I just love that show & Zooey Deschanel.  She's awesome.  I love a good laugh :) 

Tomorrow's Friday - Exciting weekend planned.  My parents are coming into town for Thanksgiving, my brother is buying a house & Breaking Dawn!  Can't wait!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Hump Day

Cardigan: Old Navy (from MIL)
Tank: JCPenney
Jeans: AE
Boots: DSW
Belt: Loft

I found this tank a couple weeks ago for $2.97!!!  Really???  So I scooped it & a plaid one right up!  They have been so versitile.  Perfect additions to my closet at the perfect price. 

Best part about today.  Getting a massage on my lunch break :)  Best Idea Ever.  I've been getting them weekly for the past couple months, but really if you've never had one, Book One Now! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Tee: Gap
Dress: Walmart (found at Consignment)
Leggings: Catos
Boots: Chinese Laundry (DSW)
Necklace: JCPenney

It's not really that noticeable in the pictures, but only the top of the dress is sweater.  The bottom is just a cotton knit.  I really like the combo.  I bought KB a similar dress but hers is sleeveless & gray.  Maybe it won't fit her & I'll end up styling it! 

I'm not really that big on sharing clothes.  Ask my closest friends from growing up, I would never let them borrow my clothes.  I was always too picky about my things.  So I'm definitely not ready for a 14 year old to be rummaging through my closet.  But it has begun!  I was helping organize KB's room this weekend and I found: one of my pearl necklaces, my belt buckle belt, & a pair of my sunglasses.  She's moving in here next week to live full time, so I'm going to have to set some closet ground rules or just get over it.  I just don't think I'm ready to share my closet yet!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Denim on denim

Chambray: Consignment
Jeans: AE
Booties: Candie's (Kohl's)
Flower: Gap

 While consignment shopping for the kids some winter clothes, I came across the perfect chambray shirt (at the perfect price of $2)!  My other chambray has 3/4 length sleeves & it a little too loose on me, and I had a hard time making the outfits that I wanted work.  But now... oh the possibilities, I can't wait! 

These are also new booties.  The wedge is a little taller than I normally wear, so that will take some getting used to.  I wore them today (on a non-work day) to break in.  I really don't see them as a wear to work shoe, but they were perfect today for lunch out with the girls.  Impromptu friend gatherings are the best!  We try to get together regularly, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  Living with 2 boys, I'll take any girl time I can get! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

brown, blue with a little orange

Sweater: JCPenney
Pants: Delia's
Oxfords: DSW
Necklace: my Grandma's
Headband: ?

This outfit was from Wednesday.  We had a work dinner Wednesday night & it took me a couple days to remember to upload!  This is one of my (many) new brown sweaters.  It was my 1st one to pick up & I've probably worn it 4-5 times already this month.  This just happens to be it's blog debut. 

Ok, so I'm about the only one that "dresses up" at my work.  But to my surprise, since we had a motivational speaker dinner Wednesday night, everyone came in all dressed up... and then I was feeling WAY under dressed!  I had to run home & pickup hubby before the dinner, so I was brainstorming new outfits the entire way home.  I was drawing a blank, so I curled my hair a little before approaching my closet.  Then hubby walks in and says the sweetest thing... "Why are you going to change?  You already look great!"  He was so sincere & very convincing.  I did like the outfit, but I was competing (in my head) to be the best dressed.  But what I wear shouldn't be a competition & I'm glad I had hubby there to snap me out of that funk :)

My boss loved the bow in my hair, food was delicious, & the speaker was really great too!  He's a local coach that is now a motivational speaker.  And of course hubby & I had to act silly afterwards.  I got him to take a pic with the tour bus.  Good Times!

Monday, November 7, 2011

curly hair take 2

Tee: Loft
Sweater: Gabriel Brother's

As promised, I slept in my fishtail braid last night & tada: Curls/Waves!  It's really not that pretty when I first unbraided it, but with a couple twirls with the curling iron this is the finished result.  I wanted to snap a quick picture with my phone so I could go ahead & share my results this morning. 

I'm wearing my new favorite brown sweater today :)  Just a simple outfit.  But simple is good for a Monday!  Now back to work.  Just wanted to show off my hair. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sock bun curls - updated

Well blogger is not cooperating tonight & won't let me upload any pictures.  I'll update tomorrow once I have a finished product.  Tonight I was bored & browsing pinterest.  I found this tutorial for sock bun curls.  Looks simple enough.  Recently, I've been looking for new ideas to speed up my morning routine.  I've tried the headband method, but I usually braid my hair at night & then touch it up in the morning with a curling iron.  I'm really hoping the "sock bun" holds better, because I always end up using the curling iron. 
Honestly, either way I like the look of the sock bun.  I'll have to try it out other than just wearing it to bed :)  I'll post pics tomorrow! 
Photo updates:
Before bed with the completed sock bun

Morning after.  A little frizzy, but overall it stayed in place. 

Volume deluxe!  I guess brushing my hair backwards before pulling it up really pumped up the volume! 

My sad little curl :(  I was pretty bummed that it didn't work very well.  After seeing all the posts on pinterest & how easy the bun was to do, I had some high hopes!

I didn't use any extra curl products this time.  I plan on trying it again.  Just not tonight.  Today I wore a fishtail braid.  I'm going to sleep in it tonight & I should have a good base for some good curls tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Currently Reading: Crossed

I've had my calendar marked for a couple months now anticipating this release of the sequel to "Matched".  I bought the last copy at my bookstore & picked up some Chinese takeout (because there was no way I was going to be able to cook & read?! or do outfit posts!).  I proceeded to read over half before calling it a night.  I can't wait to finish it up tonight!!!  I might even sneak in a few chapters during lunch :)  So far I love it!!! & if it's at least half as good at the #1, I'll be happy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween was a Hoot!

Halloween is seriously my favorite holiday.  (I guess maybe 2nd to Christmas, but who's favorite holiday isn't Christmas? It really trumps them all.  Anyways, enough Christmas talk, it'll be here before we know it.) Even though we weren't invited to a costume party, I still love to dress up.  And well make my own party.  I baked all day Sunday to have snacks for work & my favorite trick-or-treators!  I had a huge spread of yummies that I had saved on pinterest.  The biggest hit were the Apple Cider Cookies!  I found my Owl costume inspiration & tutorial on pinterest too...  I already had all the supplies & the time... I just couldn't resist.  I love how it turned out & the fleece was very warm. 

Here are a few pics of my spooks:

my work crew

with KB

my Sherry came to visit too