Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DRAMATIC

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Tank: TJMaxx
Skirt: Ross
Necklace: gift from my mum
Sandals: Old Navy

Don't you hate it when you really love your outfit and you're all pumped to take photo only to realize that you're wearing your old rubble flip flops in them instead of the shoes you actually intended to wear? And don't you really, really hate it when your fiance doesn't have time to retake them because he has to shoot off to work? And don't you really, really, really hate it when you thought you knew where your tripod was so that you could retake them later just to find out that you really don't know where it is?

Wow, thats a lot of hate. Not to mention that it sounds wayyy more dramatic than it actually was. It went more like this (as I was reviewing the photos on my camera screen):

Me: "Dang it, I am wearing my stupid flip flops."
Beau: "I don't have time to take the pictures again."
Me: "Crap."
Thats all. See? Not that dramatic.

I had completely forgotten about this maxi until I pulled it out of a suit case a few weeks ago. When I got this tank, I knew that I needed to pair it with this skirt. I love that, while the skirt is purple, it still plays out as a neutral against the bright colors of the skirt. It allows the colors to still pop while still speaking for itself. Plus, isn't that draping great?




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

COMFY COZY

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Sweatshirt: Element
Jeans: F21
Shoes: Keds, thrifted

I like to dress up as much as the next girl but, deep down, I really like the ease of throwing on some jeans and a comfy sweatshirt. I really like to be cozy. Especially when I'm spending 1 1/2 in a freezing cold movie theater. (Seriously, why are they so cold?)

I've been seeing a lot of crew neck sweatshirts online and it kind of piqued my interest. They are less frumpy than the ones speckled with sports logos (don't get me wrong, I definitely have my favorite ratty Steelers hoodie but I just don't wear it as part of an actual outfit often) and I actually feel put together when I'm wearing it. A super casual put together, but put together all the same.

Monday, August 29, 2011

COMPLEMENTARY

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Dress: F21
Scarf: Thrifted
Shoes: Gap, thrifted

This scarf has been looped around the hanger that this dress was occupying for quite some time. Since I've decided that summer is definitely beginning to say goodbye, I thought I should pull this out before it requires tights and a jacket to be weather appropriate.

What I really love about prints is that they can inspire color combinations that I wouldn't have considered otherwise. I know that, technically speaking, blue and orange go together like peanut butter and jelly because they are complementary colors and all that jazz yet I wouldn't gravitate toward the color combination if they weren't together in the scarf. Since both colors are pretty bold, I went super simple with the rest of the outfit - no jewelry, just some little metallic sandals.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

REAL LIFE

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Shirt: TJMaxx
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Thrifted
Sunnies: Tom Ford

I've talked about it before but, sometimes I have a hard time deciding exactly how I want to wear things. Since I am running outta summer, I decided to maximize my latest purchase and wear it two days in a row. Actually, if we're being honest, I am seriously considering wearing the top a third way tomorrow. Gross? Maybe. Real life? Totally.

I really love how the colors pop against this cream skirt. Granted, I also consider blue jeans a neutral but the colors seem so much more alive next to the lighter neutral of the skirt. I wanted to keep it simple and really let the colors speak for themselves, so I slipped on some black flats and some dangly purple earrings and called it a morning. Bada bing, bada boom.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ABOUT THIS WEATHER

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(Please excuse the face that it looks like my last two fingers are nubs. I did not lose them in a horrible vegetable cutting accident, I simply had them positioned strangely.)

Tank: TJMaxx
Jeans: Gap
Wedges: Target
Bracelets: Target (I think)

Prepare yourself for a very wordy post about my thoughts on the weather. Yes, the weather.

My dad's girlfriend's daughter goes back to school next week so her and her mom came to Erie for a little back to school shopping. I really didn't want to buy anything until I finished getting all of my things unpacked and organized but this top caught my eye. I went back and forth on buying it because a.) it was full price and, even at $12, I kind of hate paying full price for things; and b.) it is definitely a summer piece and, lets face it, autumn is knocking at our door right now. In the end, I couldn't say no (obviously) because I loved the colors and pattern so much.

The change of seasons is so different in Pennsylvania. Maybe it is because they have more distinct changes than Texas does or maybe it just feels that way because I know it is coming but, either way, I can definitely feel things beginning to turn. When I stepped outside this morning the wind was blowing leaves around like crazy and, even though it was a warm breeze, it definitely signaled to me that autumn is coming pretty quickly. I've got such mixed feeling about this. In Texas, I always jumped the gun on autumn because it didn't come around until the beginning of November usually. So, mid-September I would be dying for it and decide to start dressing the part even though it was still 80 degrees outside. However, I know that this year it will be different because autumn is going to come much, much more quickly. And, after autumn, comes winter and with winter comes the realization that I will not be able to don airy tanks (by themselves, anyway) for a good six months. I don't mean to sound negative about it at all because, to be completely honest, I am like a little kid when it comes to piles of leaves and snow (blame it on ten years of living in a climate that doesn't allow for much snow). I just find myself being a little more mindful and thankful for the last few weeks of warm weather rather than cursing them as I would have done in Texas.

In so many posts I find myself discussing or wanting to discuss the weather. I know this can get boring and monotonous but, in all reality, the weather has SO much to do with this particular genre of blogs. Even more than that is the fact that the weather hugely impacts the way I feel. Some people love the heat and, therefore, really despise winter. On the flip side, some people really dislike the heat and live for chilly temps. What I like about where I live now is knowing that another season is coming. I know, without fail, that the leaves will fall and the snow will come. I also know that the snow will melt eventually, the flowers will bloom and summer will come. It is knowing the change is always just around the corner that I really enjoy.

Disclaimer: I don't mean to sound down on Texas (and all of the other hot states) because I don't feel that way at all. I just happen to be very bad at dealing with the kind of heat that they experience.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

THRIFTED

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Dress: Vintage, thrifted & hemmed
Shirt: American Eagle, thrifted
Shoes: Gap, thrifted
Earrings: F21

Hey...I just realized that, with the exception of the earrings (and they were $2.80 so they don't count), this outfit is entirely made up of thrifted items. It is kind of cool when that happens unintentionally.

Lemme tell ya, this is the worst outfit ever to wear if you plan on spending the day back-to-school-shopping. It is kind of a pain to retie this top and zip up the mile long zipper in the back of this dress over and over. But, it sure does look pretty and I sure did feel ladylike.

Monday, August 22, 2011

LAKE EFFECT

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Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Thrifted
Sunnies: Tom Ford

We had friends in town from Texas over the weekend and one of the things I was most excited to show them about my new town is how beautiful the Erie bay is. I get a view of it every day when I walk the pup and I can honestly say it hasn't disappointed yet. While I love the idea of the beach, I am definitely a lake girl at heart. I grew up swimming, camping and boating on lakes and so there is something about cool, fresh water that I really, really love. Erie gets a lot of flack for the amount of snow it gets in the winter (6th snowiest city in the US) but, I'll take the snow and cold all winter in order to get the beautiful sunsets all spring and summer.

I knew we'd be spending a good portion of the day down by the bay and I wanted to bring in some nautical accents. I decided that the outfit needed a little spicing up, hence the leopard flats. It was great for exploring downtown with friends for the day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

THE RIGHT CHOICE

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Dress: Target
Sweater: vintage
Belt: Target
Sandals: Gap, thrifted
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Shirt: Old Navy
Shorts: Target
Sandals: Target
Headband: The Children's Place

Today baby girl and I went on a little wedding related adventure. This wedding has been quite the adventure. Originally, it was planning for this weekend but, a couple of months ago, we decided that it was in our best interest to push the date back a bit. After going back and forth about a thousand times, I finally feel like everything is in place and we are making the right choice about how to get married. It feels good, lemme tell ya.

I thrifted this cropped(ish) sweater a few weeks ago with the idea of wearing it with a maxi dress. However, while unpacking these two garments were laying side by side and I decided that, not only was that ultra convenient, but it also was pretty cute.

I had to include baby girl in this post because she looked pretty darn cute today as well. She ventured into a little pattern mixing territory today. She picked her shoes all by herself because 'there are butterflies on my shirt and I need butterflies on my shoes' - she is a logical one, that girl.

Monday, August 15, 2011

LEISURE

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Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Target
Sandals: Gap, thrifted
Sunnies: Walmart

Saturday was just the kind of day I needed - we went to lunch with some of our married friends, then to the beach for some fun in the sun and then to cook out with those same friends. It was really nice to just be able to hang out and make plans for the day at our leisure.

I needed a low fuss outfit to throw on for dinner after the beach. I was feeling pretty relaxed and didn't want to deal with accessories or makeup or blow drying my hair. Isn't that what summer is all about? Speaking of summer, I am getting the distinct feeling that it is on its way out. Don't get me wrong, the days are still steamy but the mornings and nights are definitely developing a bit of a chill. I can't say I'm not super excited because I definitely am, this will be my first real autumn and winter in nearly 10 years.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

IN A CINCH

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We get the keys to our new place tomorrow evening! *key big sigh of relief*

Unfortunately, future husband works over time all day Saturday and Sunday. Voluntary over time but still, its overtime and that means that baby girl and I won't get to spend very much of the weekend with him. Still, it is really exciting to have a whole new place to make our own.

It has been insanely humid as of late. Normally I don't mind it - I have straight hair so I don't generally have to worry about frizzies and I don't wear enough make-up to worry about it melting off - but this is the kind of humidity that makes you feel like you need to shower again immediately up on walking outside. 

This color combination is one I've worn before and really liked. As much as I would have loved to have worn this dress sans cinching, I decided last minute that it just wasn't all that flattering. On the way out the door I grabbed this hot pink belt and, while it might not have maximized airflow, it definitely looked more appealing to me. 

Dress: Old Navy, via Plato's Closet
Belt: Target
Shoes: Gap, thrifted
Bracelets: gifted
Watch: Michael Kors
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