Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BLACK AND SILVER

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(shirt: walmart / shorts: american eagle / sandals: old navy / watch: thrifted timex / necklace: lia sophia / hat: tj maxx)
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Do I look tired in these pictures? I assure you that I am (was?). I get worn out really quickly in the heat. I get worn out even more quickly when I'm going from the hot, hot heat outside to the cool, cool ac inside. I wasn't build for back to back extremes, I suppose.

I think black gets a hard time of it in the summer and I get it - it isn't very exciting when the world is teeming with color. That being said, sometimes I like to comfort of really simple color (shade?) combinations. Black and silver (and denim) did it for me today. I did take it one step up and wear this outfit with black ballet flats rather than my rubber flip flops. Unfortunately, when I got home I slipped out of them and into these babies - a girl's feet gotta breathe - and I forgot to switch back before taking these pictures. You get the idea, right? 


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PRIORITIES

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(shirt: target via plato's closet / shorts: american eagle / sandals: walmart / belt: thrifted / necklace: mommed)
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This shirt is perfect for the super steamy couple of days we've been having lately - light colored and light weigh, these are my only two necessities when getting dressed when it is hot and humid outside. While I know that dresses are much breezier on hot days, I find myself much more drawn to shorts when the temperatures soar. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I can run around and make myself comfortable without having to worry about maintaining my ladylike-ness (I'm pretty sure I made that word up). What I mean is ... that I can sit indian style on the floor with my baby girl and my doggie and not have to worry about giving random people an eye full. Yes, these are my priorities. Its summer, what can I say?

Monday, July 25, 2011

MY SPIEL

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(bathing suit: jantzen via ross / scarf: calypso st. barth for target / hat: payless / sunnies: tom ford)
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This bathing suit was one of the best things I've ever scored at Ross. It is a Jantzen Original and retailed for $90. I picked it (and its black twin) up at ross for $20 a piece. It is the most comfortable bathing suit I've ever worn - it doesn't dig in, constrict, fall down, or anything of the sort. I feel super confident in it. 

Before I had my daughter, I wore a bikini and, although I didn't feel badly about myself in it, I spent most of my time tugging it back into place and making sure it stayed put. After my pregnancy, my body had definitely changed and, to some extent, so had my personality and modesty level. I don't know if this was a conscious choice or just a gradual side effect of having a baby and growing up. I wore my old bikini a few times after I became a mom and while my friends and family assured me that it looked fine, I never felt great in it. I kind of just started avoiding situations that involved beachwear (a feat when I lived in a state that had summer for 8 out of 12 months). Finally, when baby girl started getting a little older and wanting to go to the pool, I realized I was being a dummy. I found a few really cute one pieces and haven't looked back. 

This is just my little personal turmoil with swimwear, parenthood and body image. I see ladies that rock a bikini all through pregnancy (and after) and I am always completely blow away by the beauty of it. As with anything, being comfortable and feeling great is the MOST important thing of all. So, rock on bikini/tankini/one-piece/whatever wearing mom (and all other ladies, naturally).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NEW TO NEON

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(shirt, belt, scarf: target / shorts: plato's closet / bag: jo totes / sandals: old navy / earrings: mommed)
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I've never really been super crazy about the neon trend. I'm always at a loss when it comes to styling it. Even after buying these shorts, I still only ever paired them with neutrals rather than pulling out the bright colors. Then, the other day when I wore this, I had the intense desire to add a little jolt of color to the outfit. I had seen some neon skinny belts at Target and decided that a neon skinny belt was exactly what my closet was missing. After settling on pink I headed to the check out, a path that just happened to lead me right past the clearance accessories section (totally on accident, obviously) and I saw two Calypso St. Barth for Target scarves (neon green and orange) marked down from $20 to $5. How do you pass that up? For someone who is a self-proclaimed non-neon dresser, I left Target with, not one, but three new neon items.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DRIVE-IN

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Esme enjoyed the drive-in as well.
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Me and my mum had to get there early to save spots for everyone.
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Miss Angelina is one of my oldest and dearest friends - we've know each other since we were baby babies. Which, admittedly, wasn't THAT long ago but still.
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Me and fiancee.
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(shirt: walmart / tank (underneath): target / leggings: target / jacket: jcrew / sandals: old navy / pin: vintage)
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Recently it came to my attention that future husband has never been to a drive-in movie. This is shocking to me because drive-in movies were pretty commonplace in my childhood. We were in my hometown on a mini vacation to show him around and visit lots of people so we decided that the drive-in definitely had to make it on to our to-do list. We rounded up a bunch of people and went to go see Horrible Bosses and Bad Teacher (both pretty funny). It is always exciting going to the drive-in because it is so different than going to a movie theater. It really made me miss baby girl (she is in Texas for two weeks visiting her dad's side of the family) because I know she would have had SO much fun going (obviously we wouldn't have watched Horrible Bosses and Bad Teacher if she went, I'm not a completely irresponsible mother - hehe). 

I like to be comfy when I watch movies and nighttime in PA tends to get a little chilly, even in the summer, so leggings + oversize tee + jean jacket + throw blanket (not pictured, of course) was the winning equation for this evening. I added this little bicycle pin that I picked up at a thrift store in my hometown to spruce up an otherwise vanilla outfit. Isn't it so cute?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

INFLUENCES

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(dress: ross / shirt: thrifted old navy / wedges: target / earrings: mommed)
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This post is a testament to how much photography (and a good pair of wedges) can influence how I ultimately end up feeling about an outfit. I've worn this (almost) exact same outfit before and loved it, but hated the photos. I don't know why ... I suppose we are just out own worst critic. But these photos? I love them! 

If I love and outfit, I generally repeat it but I don't normally blog the repeat unless it is a situation such as this one. I am much, much happier with this version of the original. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

CREAME, PINK AND RED ALL OVER

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(dress: old navy / vest, shoes: walmart / scarf: thrifted / ring: mommed)
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I told you all that the next time I wore this dress it would be paired with red. I kind of pictured this turning out a bit differently. I wanted to pair it with all of the stuff I did PLUS my red kitten wedges. However, I couldn't find my red kitten wedges. Oh well ... flat, brown sandals worked alright. 

On other notes - my fiancee starts his new job at General Electric today! How awesome is that?! Over 5000 people interviewed for 100 jobs and he was one of the 100 that got hired. It is a really, really great opportunity for him and I'm pretty darn proud. Ok, end small gushing session.

Friday, July 15, 2011

WHAT A GIRL WANTS

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(dress: ross / sandals: old navy / watch: michael kors / bracelets: borrow from my mum)
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Sometimes a girl just wants a dress, shoes and pretty bracelets. In PA, it isn't really necessary to crank up the AC until mid-July (um, now) and we haven't exactly gotten around to it so it is pretty steamy in my house. Which equates to rather simple ensembles. I did feel a little plain in this, so I decided to pin up the back of my dress to create a sort of bustle. It was subtle but I really liked the extra detail that it added. 

Is it steamy where you are? How do you beat the heat?


See more fun maxi dress styling at here at PSS.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FIRE FLY

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(shirt, cardi: gap / shorts: american eagle / sandals: walmart / scarf, belt: thrifted)
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I have found some really great scarves at thrift stores lately. They are just so easy to tie on and add some color to an otherwise rather bland outfit. My only problem is that all of the ones that I've been collecting from thrift stores as of late are the same length and I'm having trouble figuring out a way to wear them that isn't a carbon copy of this one.


So, if you follow me on Twitter you know that my fiancee had a hand in helping to put out a fire that potentially could have damaged an apartment building. He is a volunteer firefighter and does this kinda stuff all the time but it was especially cool since we are on vacation and he is nowhere near his fire station. It was a mattress that had been pulled into an alley and lit on fire. The mattress was pretty much fully engulfed when we saw it. It was pretty late and everyone in the building was sleeping so if we hadn't of been in the right place at the right time, it definitely could have been a lot worse. Mr. Fiancee can be pretty handy at times.


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It was pretty diminished by the time I snap this photo.
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Then the fire truck showed up.
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And they sprayed water on the already put out fire. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A GYPSY FEELING

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(shirt, skirt: target / jacket: jcrew / sandals: walmart / belt: a'gaci)
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This skirt used to be a dress but it was one of those pesky empire waisted things (see previous post) and not one that was easily remedied with an elastic waisted belt. That and the straps always cut into my shoulders so it kinda hurt to wear it for extended periods of time. It just wasn’t working as a dress anymore but I loved the print and didn’t want to part with it just yet. What is a style blogger to do? Turn it into a skirt, of course. 
I love the way maxi skirts make me feel when I wear them - carefree, mostly. I feel always want to pile on a ton of bangles, throw my hair up in a turban thingy and spend the day doing what gypsies do (whatever that is). Alas, I did not do any of those things. I apartment hunted instead. It did not go well, per se. It is pretty darn difficult to find a three bedroom apartment, that allows dogs, that isn’t in the ghetto. I actually starting to budge on the ghetto part ... it isn’t SO bad if your stairs are falling apart, is it? How would a gypsy feel about it? Kidding, kidding. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

HARD TIME

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(dress, tank, belt: f21 / cardi: nordstrom / shoes: gap / watch: michael kors)
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I’ve been having a really hard time writing posts lately. I’ve attempted this one four or five times and it just isn’t working out. Get dressed, take pictures of yourself, post pictures of yourself and describe what you felt/wore/saw/thought that day. Easy, right? Apparently not. 
My mum gave me this dress. I love it but I normally wouldn’t wear it because it has an empire waist and I prefer things that sit at my natural waist because they’re easier for me to belt and, therefore (in my mind), more versatile. That being said, this dress is probably one of the lightest, coolest things which makes it pretty convenient for hot humid summers. When the sun slips behind the trees it is perfect with a light cardigan. 
Oh and as it turns out, it is pretty easy to belt at an empire waist when you use an elastic backed belt ... it grabs at the fabric. Duh, Desiree, duh.
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