Thursday, April 28, 2011

LOVED IT

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I tried to inject some color into this outfit. I really did. I had on bright yellow wedges ... then bright yellow flats ... then red kitten wedges ... then I gave up and decided that I didn't like any of them and threw on my black flats. And you know what? I loved it. Yeah, I think that about covers it tonight.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

EASTER BONNET

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(dress: ruche / cardi: thrifted ann taylor / belt: a'gaci / shoes: bakers / hat: payless / necklace: thrifted)
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I wore this to an Easter egg hunt over the weekend. Baby girl wore a pretty flowered dress that had brown and pink in it, so I decided to coordinate. Yes, I am one of those mothers - I match with my daughter. Not all the time, but if I know there are going to be photo opportunities, I definitely make an effort to match.

Isn't this hat great? My dear fiancee bought it for me for Easter. And by bough it for me for Easter I mean I picked it out, he took it to the checkout to pay for it, then brought it back to me in the Payless bag and said, "Happy Easter, dear." Nonetheless, isn't it wonderful. It is such a great floppy hat without being too floppy. Last summer, I realized that I don't have the head to pull off a fedora (either that or I just haven't found the right fedora) so I usually stick to cloche or these semi-floppy styles. Can you tell I'm up with my hat terminology? Not.

OH, and just for the record ... today, it was 15 degrees warmer in Pennsylvania than it was in Texas. What is that all about? I think PA is getting ready for me to move back. Hehe.

Monday, April 25, 2011

LIGHTENING THE LOAD

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(button up shirt: thrifted old navy / t-shirt: gap / shorts: american eagle / shoes: converse)
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Holy cow, people. I am moving in 16 days.

Moving is hard work. Who knew? I feel like there is so much left to do. It is a little frustrating because, while I'd like to, I can't pack up everything because there is still a lot of things we'll need in the next two weeks. Yesterday, we spent most of the day taking apart all of baby girl's large toys and getting them ready to pack. I thought she would be really upset but she handled it so well - such a big girl! We left a handful of her favorite books and toys out so that she isn't completely bored for the next few weeks.

I haven't ever made a big move like this in my adult life before so it is a little exciting. I love the idea of being able to edit our belongings down to what we really love and need. I've gotten rid of so much junk that doesn't serve a purpose. I've gone through all of baby girl's toys and donated the ones that she doesn't use and gotten rid of the broken ones. It has definitely lightened the load a little bit.

Anyway ... the outfit. This was easy and that is pretty much what I aim for on weekends (who am I kidding, I aim for easy every day of the week). I thrifted this top last week. I've been dying for the very similar JCrew one but, since its been sold out for forever, I've been looking for a substitute. I have seen this shirt floating around the blogosphere and I lucked out to find it for $1.49. It is so light - perfect for Spring.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

IMPATIENCE

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(jacket: ross / shirt: french connection for sears / jeans: michael kors via tjmaxx / shoes: yellowbox / bag: jototes)
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This outfit is a direct example of my impatience. I had this outfit listed out on a post it note and, rather than pants, it was paired with cut off shorts and brown sandals. But, when the weather said 55 and rainy, I decided to adapt the outfit to work for the current conditions. As it turns out, I didn't really need to adapt because it warmed up nicely.

Plan on seeing said unworn outfit in the near future...as soon as I find some great brown sandals that I like. Any suggestions (flat, dark brown, easy on/easy off but not flip flops)? I know what I want because I had them in silver last year but, for the life of me, I can't find anything I'm liking this year. Boo.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ELECTRIC

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(dress: old navy / cardi: thrifted ann taylor / shoes: steve madden / belt: f21)
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I've been intrigued by color blocking for a while now. I ways imagine utilizing the trend with separates though. You know, an awesome bright pencil skirt/skinny jeans/trousers (I'm thinking cobalt or red) with an equally fun bright top (turquoise, preferably) and nude accessories. I haven't spent much time thinking about it or anything though, haha...ok yes I have.

When I threw this cobalt dress on the other day, it was a little too chilly to go without a cardi. I reached for my go-to black one but, hanging right next to it, I found this bright pink number. And a color blocked outfit was born.

I like it. Don't get me wrong...I still want my dream outfit noted above but, I like it. 



Check out all of the other awesome color blocking entries here

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SURPRISE

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(tank, skirt: target / belt: thrifted / shoes: baker's / necklace: gorjana via shopbop)
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I love how, from the front, this outfit says I'm cute but nothing too crazy or out of control. Then, from the back, it is like oh hey there, you thought I was boring but you didn't wait to see my fun surprise stripes.


I was definitely going for an all neutral look here but, looking back on it, I think I would have liked the whole thing better with a bright scarf or colorful pair of shoes. Other than that, this outfit was pretty much the comfiest thing in the world. This Target tank is awesome (I'm not sure if it is still in stores, I snagged mine at Plato's closet) is such a great summer tank - super silky in the front and the softest cotton ever in the back. I also like that it isn't your run of the mill, plain tank.

In the last few months, I have become increasingly aware of the lack of separates inhabiting my closet. I have lots of plain tanks and tees but hardly any unique or printed blouse-type tops. I've made it a point to be a little more intentional about buying these things. It is so easy for me want to buy dresses because, well, they're easy. But, lately, I've been leaning more towards pairing separates.

Monday, April 18, 2011

CAMEL

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(shirt: french connection for sears / skirt: thrifted liz claiborne / belt: vintage / bag: thrifted liz claiborne / shoe target) 

There were two things I learned while wearing this outfit - number one, getting in and out of a truck while wearing a pencil is easier said than done; and number two, 60 degrees feels much chillier when the wind is blowing at 35mph. If you follow me on Twitter, I apologize because you have already found out that I've learned these two lessons.


I thrifted this skirt a few years ago but have rarely worn it because I thought it was a weird color and make my skin color look strange. When I pulled it out a few days ago I though, um this is camel and there is nothing weird about camel. It is pretty much universally flatter and, um hello, a neutral. You can't call a neutral weird. Can you?

Anyway. I loved this look. It has been in the back of my mind for a few weeks now and, even though I had no reason to look this pulled together on a Friday, I felt great in it. However, since I attended the grand opening of the new Allen, TX Cabela's in this get-up, I did feel a little overdressed amongst the see of camo shirts.

Oh and PS: I also tried a super yummy pizza place. If you are ever in the McKinney, TX area, you really have to try it. It. Was. Delish.

Friday, April 15, 2011

INSANITY

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(tunic: victoria's secret / cardi: thrifted ann taylor / leggings: kohl's / shoes: payless / necklace: giveaway)
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This lace tunic is a hand me down from my mum. I have always loved it. It is lightweight and breezy - perfect for spring. It is even more perfect given the affinity for lace that is flying around. However, I always have a hard time styling it because, well, it is see though. In the past, I've always work slip style dresses underneath. I really like that it lets just a little bit of whatever color is underneath shine though.

This color combo was completely inspired by this necklace. Normally, I just pull one of the colors out of the necklace but, since I wasn't feeling plain black flats today, I decided to get crazy (hehe) and pull the pink out with my cardi and the yellow out with my shoes. Insanity, right? 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

COLOR COMBOS

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(dress: ruche / chambray shirt: walmart / shoes: target / necklace: f21)
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This dress is one of the comfiest things I own. It is so super soft and has the requisite elastic waist. I've been really inspired by color combinations lately which, I have a feeling, is stemming from the wedding planning. It is so inspiring to look through wedding blogs and see all of these wonderful combos. Instead of narrowing one down for my own event, I'm transferring the inspiration to my outfit - its awesome.

Admittedly, I am not the most in your face person when it comes to color. Sometimes I love to dress with big bold colors taking up most of my outfit but, most of the time, I really enjoy injecting color through accessories. The turquoise/aqua (necklace) and red (shoes) color combo has been on my radar for a while now. I am absolutely loving it. 

What are your favorite color combinations lately? Along with turquoise/aqua and red, I'm loving mustard and red, deep orange and light blue, teal and khaki, and navy and fushia. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WINDY WIND

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This wind and I? Yeah, we're not on such great terms. It likes to mess up my hair and make for very close encounters with indecent exposure. Also, it make my nice polka dot dress cling to my legs link spandex - not all that flattering.

However, I do love the contrast of this peachy cardi with this bright blue dress. They've been hanging together in my closet for a while now and I decided that I needed to give them a shot together. Sometimes, when I have a print like this that has one dominant color that I wouldn't quite consider to be a neutral, I have a hard time pairing it with things that aren't neutral themselves. But, I like how this came together with the cognac shoes and belt.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ARTSY

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(maxi: f21 / tank: thrifted old navy / sandals: old navy / sunnies: tom ford)
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I really had to fight the urge to slip a belt on with this blousy top. At first, I felt too undone but then I realized just how comfy I was and I didn't really care if I looked "undone" anymore. I felt very laid back and artsy in this, for some reason. Which was perfect considering that we spent the day taking photos at an art festival in downtown McKinney.

When I style this top, my inclination is always to pair it with navy. I don't understand this in the least because there isn't a drop of navy in the top. I guess navy just seems like a good grounded neutral, without being quite as harsh as black, to show off the colorful print.

Maxi Skirt/Dress | Everybody, Everywear

Monday, April 11, 2011

CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE

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I've been waiting for the "right" time to break this news on the blog and, since April 11th begins the one month countdown, I decided today was the day.

On May 11th, I will be changing my status from a Texas style blogger to a Pennsylvania style blogger. Yep - we're moving! It is something that we've been wanting for a while but the time has never been right. But, at the end of this semester I will have earned my Associates degree (finally) and, instead of applying to Texas schools and putting off a move that we've been wanting, we decided to take the plunge and move back home (and to apply to PA schools, of course). I am so, so excited but so, so stressed out about it. The list of thing that have to be done pre-move is out of control. I'm really happy that I will be back home. While I've lived in Texas for going on ten years and half of my family is here, it has never really been the place for me. I miss the northeast a lot and it has always felt like home ... even with the snow showers in April (the good with the bad, hehe). I am going to miss my family and friends a lot but, in the end, I know that this is the right choice for us. 

So, not only THAT but I will also be getting married at the end of August. Can we talk about stress for a second? A move the spans 1,300 miles and planning an out of state wedding. What was I thinking?! I am only one woman. But, in all seriousness, I am so happy about it all. A lot of things are happening and changing all at once but I can honestly say I've never felt more on track than I feel right now. 

And, yes, I realize that those photos have nothing to do with the content of this post. They're leftovers from my self-portrait project but it felt kind of strange throwing my a big sea of words without any photos. 

CLEAN AND EASY

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(tank: target / cardi: f21 / jeans: f21 / flats: steve madden / sunnies: tom ford)
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BG's outfit - (shirt: target / cardi: old navy / 3D glasses c/o Cinemark, hehe)
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This look comes directly from a polyvore outfit that I pinned on Pinterest. However, I wish my jeans were a little less skinny at a little more slouchy. I am constantly bookmarking/pining/tearing pages out of magazine of outfits that I want to recreate but, when it is crunch time and I don't have anything to wear, I always forget that I have them. Not this time. I was running late for class and needed something clean and easy. Yes, clean and easy were my only two requirement. If we are being honestly, I probably would have gone for just easy. 

As you can tell, we went to see a 3D movie (no those are not just super rad sunnies). We took baby girl to see Tangled in 3D. It was adorable. Baby girl loved it! To be honest, she would have probably liked any movie that we saw. She just gets excited about going to the theater. I think she feels like it is a "big girl" thing. It is pretty cute.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

HEY THERE, DOROTHY

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(tee: target / skirt: thrifted vintage, hemmed / belt: f21 / shoes: target)

Hey, look at my cute new shoes. They're red. They're itty, bitty wedges. They're comfy. They're on sale at Target for $6, in about 6 different colors. They pretty much made my night when I scored them. Yes, it is that easy to make my night. I am fighting the urge to buy them in every color. Does anybody else have this problem? Is it completely irrational to want every color of something you love? The purple (black and navy) ones have my name on them. Not literally because, literally, the name on them is 'Merona' but that is just getting nit picky. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

WIN

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(Target shirt, NY&Co maxi skirt, Bakers sandals, SHOPSTRUT & Walmart necklaces)
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This grey t-shirt gets a lot of wear. It is comfy, soft and the perfect weight. It goes with virtually everything in my closet. That, my friends, is a win in my book. 

This maxi shirt is also a win. It the that wonderful fabric that resists wrinkles completely (win). It also has this awesome little drapey thing going on off to the side (win). It has an elastic waistband (double win). And it is this great shade of purple (that didn't photograph well, boo) that I can see myself remixing with a handful of things I own (win). 

Overall, I really love how this outfit fell together so simply. Grey tee, maxi shirt, a couple of accessories - done, done and done. Love it. 

You know what else I love? Weekends. Lets hear it for tomorrow being Friday. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

LACKING

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(F21 tank top, swapped Target jeans, Payless wedges, Gorjana necklace, Michael Kors watch)

My closest is lacking in separates that I actually have the desire to wear. Generally speaking, I rotate the same few t-shirts (white, grey, black) and a couple blouses here and there. I have been trying to be more intentional about buying things that I will be able to wear in a multitude of ways and this tank was one of them. I love all of the colors in it - it just screams summer to me. Plus, it is the softest, breeziest material. 

In other news, I am in the market for a graduation/birthday present (it really is super convenient that they fall so close to one another) and I've been dying for a new lens. I'm trying to decide between the 35mm f/1.8 or the 50mm f/1.4, both Nikkor. I rarely use my 18-55mm lens at it's full zoom potential, so I'm leaning slightly toward the 35mm but I really like the f/1.4 of the 50mm. Any thoughts? 

Monday, April 4, 2011

PIZZA FRIDAY

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(French Connection for Sears top, swapped Target jeans, Peacock & Plume necklace, Bandalino shoes)
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At my house, we like pizza. A lot. I mean, with endless topping combinations and the easy reheating factor, what's not to love? Normally we make our own but last Friday baby girl spent the night with my mum, so we decided to take Pizza Friday out of the house. We went to Luigi's and it was super tasty. Plus, you get a free adult beverage with your pizza. I can see no downside.


After our yummy pizza, we went to see The Adjustment Bureau. So amazing - I loved it. I absolutely adore Emily Blunt so I was super excited to see it ... so excited that I paid the outrageous prices at the "real" movie theater (we are dollar movie theater people, all the way) and it did not disappoint. Has anyone else seen it? What did you guys think?


As for my outfit ... I've had this in mind for months now but I was missing the striped top to make it happen. But, I am missing it no more. I ordered the top from the new French Connection for Sears line. I've never really shopped for clothes at Sears because Sears always seemed like a home appliance/tool place to me instead of a cute clothes kinda place. (Then again, I guess Target sells home appliances and tools as well as cute clothes, so I don't really know what I was thinking.) My thoughts about Sears were erased when I saw this pretty top. They didn't have my size so I had to order it online but I'm so happy I did. It can't be beat for the price - $6 after cash back rewards for purchasing ... tools, haha. The French Connection for Sears line has a bunch of other cute things as well, it is worth checking out.

Friday, April 1, 2011

MISSONI MIXUP

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(Anthro shirt, thrifted Target skirt, thrifted Liz Clairborne flats, Forever 21 belt)
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Is that skirt Missoni? This is a four word sentence that I didn't think I'd ever hear. But, alas, my photography professor asked when I walked into class.


No, it is not Missoni. It is Target ... thrifted Target, at that. I grabbed it because it had a Missoni flare to it and I loved the colors (how great would it be for pumpkin picking?!); I kept it because it was stretchy and had an elastic waist band (always a plus in my mind). I can't wait to play with all of the colors! 


Have a very happy weekend, everyone! 
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