Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Little girl and her best buddy, sleeping in the car.
Husband, little girl and dog are pretty lazy in the morning.
The view from where we stayed in Waterbury, VT. I booked this place with Air BnB. (I highly recommend this mini apartment - very clean and more private than a hotel.)
I love Vermont!
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Tunic: Ross
Sweater: Target
Leggings: Kohl's
Socks: Target
Boots: vinage, thrifted
Pin: Ben & Jerry's
Sunnies: Tom Ford

Little girl in all her mismatched glory.
Husband enjoyed a chocolate shake after our factory tour at Ben & Jerry's.
We stopped at Zebs General Store in North Conway, NH to stretch our legs and enjoy a yummy beverage, so good!

Nine times out of ten, when we travel, we drive. I grew up taking long road trips and always really enjoyed being able to see parts of the US that I otherwise wouldn't have gotten to see. That and it is so much cheaper than buying three plane tickets. Obviously, when you are spending 14+ hours in the sitting position, comfort is high on the list. My formula is pretty close to that of everyone else who travels:

layers in neutral colors (husband and I sometimes have different views on what is a comfy temp)
easy on, easy off shoes (be it sandals or boots, I like to kick my shoes off)
sunnies (because hours and hours in the car can leave you looking a bit haggard)
a happy traveller 

We had an absolutely WONDERFUL vacation. We saw so many new and exciting things, got to spend time with family and friends, and had lots of laughs in the car along the way. Definitely a win in my book!

Monday, November 21, 2011


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Shirt: Target
Sweater: Eddie Bauer, thrifted
Jeans: Gap, Clothe's Mentor
Shoes: Target, via my mum
Necklace: gift from husband
Belt: thrifted

Since the weather has cooled off, we've spend nearly every weekend at our camp about 1 1/2 outside of Erie. We both have family that lives in the area and it is nice to get to spend some downtime with them (and not to have to cook, haha). When we head off the map for the weekend, I like to stick to sturdy basics -- think: wool, denim and flannel. These photos were taken on one of the first really chilly days of the year and was happy to have ths wool sweater to cuddle up in.

We are off to visit my uncle in Maine for Thanksgiving and, incidentally, the area that he lives in is much like visiting our camp. You can bet that I will be wearing lots of outfits like this -- definitely LLBean/Lands End/Eddie Bauer inspired. I've been really craving rustic, outdoorsy type outfits lately. Perhaps it is my impending trip to Maine or maybe I just really love the coziness that comes with snow, a log cabin and a fireplace (all of which is heavly depicted in all three of the above stores catalogues).

Thursday, November 17, 2011


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Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Banana Republic, Plato's Closet
Boots: Kohl's
Jacket: F21

Generally speaking, I don't consider items that I buy at Forever 21 to be investment pieces. It is no secret that, most of the time, the quality is sub-par and the clothes are, more than likely, "inspired" by more expensive designs. However, every once in a while I find something I really like. Something that needs to be in my closet.

A few years ago, I bought this jacket on a whim because I liked it. Simple as that ... because I liked it. I didn't plan out how I'd wear it. I bought it with very little thought at all. Yet, when the weather starts cooling off it is always one the first jackets that I reach for. I especially like it for traveling because the black/brown/cream color scheme upgrades simple travel outfits and is really easy to pack around.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


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Sweater: F21
Everything Else: Target ... yeah, seriously

This skirt used to be a dress. Remember when I was talking about my Nana being handy with a sewing machine? Same rules apply.

I have been much more into black tights lately. I still love the look of colored tights, I'm just not drawn to them as much this year. I tried to make myself want to pair this with some bright red tights but, in the end, good old black won. I rather like the result though. It really allows to skirt to pop, rather than compete, against the rest of the outfit.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


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Shirt: Target
Skirt: thrifted
Jacket: JCrew, Plato's Closet
Belt: F21
Boots: vintage

I've found myself thrifting a lot more items that need to be altered since I've moved back to Pennsylvania. It might have something to do with living pretty close to my sewing machine wielding Nana. It isn't that I don't want to learn to sew ... because I do. I just haven't had an opportunity to sit down and learn. I am thinking that I am going to make that a priority this winter - I'll take advantage of the short days and spend some time in front of a sewing machine.

Anyway, this skirt needed to be about half the circumference that it was. It also needed to be a smidge longer. Nana took care of both of those little fixes. I, in turn, paired it with some of my favorite things in my closet. An ensemble that includes all of favorite comfort clothes, so to speak, is always a win.

Friday, November 11, 2011


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Sweater: thrifted
Blouse: thrifted
Jeans: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Shoes: thrifted

I've been much more inclined to wear jeans as of late and, because of this, I've realize just how lacking my denim collection is. It was kind of shocking to me that I did not own one nice pair of boot cut jeans or one pair of acceptable casual, weekend jeans. Since this has been brought to my attention, I've been on somewhat of a denim hunting mission. I found one boot cut pair to wear with heels, one trouser cut and one straight legged pair (that haven't made it to the blog yet). The only thing I was missing was a boot cut jean that I could wear with flats. I wasn't really actively looking when I stopped into one of my favorite resale shops (that just so happened to be having a 1/2 off of everything sale) and found this Ann Taylor pair for - wait for it - $4.

What are your favorite cuts? Do you shell out big buck for new designer denim or do you like to be thrifty about it?

PS: I got my shoes at the same place as my jeans. I didn't realize it until I typed out the deets of my outfit, but everything I have on it thrifted. I kinda think it is cool when that happens.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


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Dress: Calvin Klein
Cardi: Nordstrom
Belt: Target
Shoes: Gap

After buying this dress, I immediately came home and started pouring though pinterest and my favorite blogs to try to find ways to make the most of it. I came up with a lot of great options, both casual and a little more pulled together. You saw my casual version and I wanted to go a little more pulled together this time around.

I would have never thought to pair leopard with hot pink. I mean, they are both pretty loud on their own and wouldn't they just be too much together? Not so, my friend. I struggled between adding a pink belt or pink blazer and, in the end, went with the blazer. I had to go to the DMV to get my picture and I wanted a relatively neutral picture.

Speaking of DMV photos ... does anybody else think about this? I even thought about what colors would be on the license. Texas was red and blue and, in nearly all of my Texas license photos, I'm wearing white or red. Please tell me I'm not the only person in the world who worries about what their driver's license photos look like? Because, by the scene surveyed at the Erie DMV, not many people (other than the adorable 75 year old women sitting next to me) care. Am I just vain?

Also ... completely unrelated to my outfit, if you are engaged and planning on changing your name once you tie the knot, I seriously suggest that you practice signing your new last name. After 23 years of getting used to signing one name, it was incredibly difficult for me to make my hand sign my new last name. So much so that it took me not one, not two but three times to get it right. Yes, thats right, I signed my maiden name twice in a row before I finally got it right (I'm pretty sure the DMV lady thought I was nuts).

Monday, November 7, 2011


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Jacket: JCrew, Plato's Closet
Dress: H&M
Scarf: thrifted
Socks: Target
Boots: Kohl's

The shape of this dress is much different than I would usually pick up to try on. It is very straight up and down -- a lot more mod than I normally gravitate towards. But, when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised -- I loved it. It is a pretty thick knit and I've been looking for clothing that will transition well into the colder freezing months. In Texas I could get away with winterizing nearly all of my summer dresses but I have a feeling that I won't be able to make the thinner ones stretch as far during an Erie winter. One thing that I was definitely missing was a winter version of this little black dress.

It is still warm enough to get away with going sans tights and I'm going to take advantage of it while I can. It is so funny because this time last year, I was dying to wear tights and jumped at any chance to wear them (I'm pretty sure I wore them when it was 68 degrees out one day). Since I know tights weather is a pretty long affair in the northeast, I have a slightly different outlook this year and I'm milking the last few days of bare(ish) legs.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


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Photos via valitova

Very rarely do I get enamored with a particular item. I tend to covet certain trends, colors, shapes and textures rather than the specific article itself. However, I want this scarf. I want it bad.

When I originally saw one of these photos posted over at The Clothes Horse, I was instantly drawn to the photography. I clicked through to the original link and was blown away by the beauty of the photos. It wasn't until I started clicking through a few of the other photos that I notice now beautiful the scarf was as well. I pinned the photo and have since became obsessed with finding a scarf that is very similar. The problem? I don't know what to call the print. I've found a few options that are similar but not as similar as I'd like.

So, I am reaching out for help. If you have seen a scarf that is similar to this at a reasonable price, I would LOVE to see it. I am begging for help, guys!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


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Shirt: Old Navy, thrifted
Blazer: Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Jeans: Gap, Clothes Mentor
Belt, Necklace: F21
Shoes: Walmart

A few months ago, I tweeted that I felt like I was playing dress up when I wore a blazer. For someone who felt that way a few months ago, I have certainly acquired quite a few in the past few weeks. This bright pink one was a wildcard purchase and I wasn't sure how much I would wear it. But, half off of $2.99 at Salvation Army is hard to say no to. It is definitely a more spring/summer fabric and weight but I wanted to slide it into rotation at least once before the cold weather set in.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


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Sweater: Target, Plato's Closet
Jeans: Banana Republic, Plato's Closet
Belt: thrifted
Shoes: F21
Necklace: Banana Republic

Wide leg trouser cut jeans have been on my want to try list for quite some time. The fact that I didn't really know how often I would wear them and, therefore, didn't want to drop a bunch on a pair has kept me on the sidelines of the trend. I was browsing Plato's for some nice bootcut jeans and came across these. On a whim, I decided to give them a chance and they ended up being the only pair (out of roughly a billion) that I liked.

Since these photos were taken at the end of the day, I feel like everything I had on kinda lost its shape. That, or maybe this sweater was just a little too loose fitting from the start. OR, maybe I am just not used to this wider legged silhouette and am being a bit too critical. So, enough about my wide leg style, show me yours! Do you wear trouser cut jeans? What do you pair them with? Send me links!

PS: How is the weather where you are? Because it was absolutely b-e-a-u-tiful in NW Pennsylvania today.
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