Friday, December 30, 2011

FROM BAD TO RAD

We all have outfits that, for whatever reason, we just aren't feelin'. While I definitely don't hate all of these ensembles, I can look back and pick little thing that I would have changed to make me like them more. Isn't that the great thing about blogging? It is documented, so you can always have a peak of your successes. And dare I say ... failures? You can revisit things and tweek a proportion here, a belt here in order to change it into something that you love. 

I think it would be fun to go back and redo these outfits the way that I wanted them to look the first time around ... what do you guys think? Are some of them worth a second go? Perhaps there is a monthly feature lurking in the future - From Bad to Rad? Haha, well see! 

Until next year, guys! Have a super safe, fun, relaxing, exciting New Years. 

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May // June
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THE BEST OF 2011

2011 was an amazing and monumental year for me. I got engaged, made the choice (along with my then fiance) to move back to our home state, attended my first ever blog conference and met a ton of amazing ladies, planned and executed that move, rented our first place on our own, got married, travelled to Maine and back, and began settling into married life quite nicely.

It was the first year in my life that I can honestly say that I took the reins and made my first real, true grown up decisions about what I wanted out of life. That, in and of itself, is exhilarating.

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May // June
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Check out my outfit round up from last year -- my very first year of blogging!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

OVER AT BCC

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I'm blogging over at Blue Collar Catwalk today while Kyla takes a much deserved week off. Head over there and check out the 12 things I want to accomplish in 2012.

Have you all made any resolutions? Any lists? Do you have any aspirations for 2012? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

RED + MAROON

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Dress: H&M
Tights: Kohl's
Scarf: gift from my mum
Boots, Socks: Steve Madden
Bag: Michael Kors

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I know that every other style blogger (heck, every other anything blogger) is saying it buuuuuut, for it being December 21st, the weather is insanely mild. Mild and rainy. Very rainy.

Little girl left for Texas yesterday. For one month. This is officially the longest I will have ever been away from her. It was sad. I cried. And I am, by no means, a cryer. I distracted myself from the fact that I won't see my baby for a month with a trip to H&M because we don't have one in Erie. I've never been a huge believer in retail therapy. I find that I only make bad choices when I shop while I'm upset. I simply planned the trip to give myself something to look forward to because I knew I'd be upset after dropping her off. As I expected, I was pretty much indifferent about the shopping trip. Somehow it just isn't as fun to try on clothes when you can't get your four (going on forty) year old's opinion about how they look.

I really love the look of bright red combined with maroon (or wine, I don't really know the difference between the two). In most cases, I've seen it demonstrated with red pants and a maroon top. Since I don't own 1/2 of the equation (the red pants, despite my countless attempts to find a suitable pair) I decided to try and go about it a different way. My mum gave me this ruffle-y scarf for Christmas and it was the perfect springboard for the color combo. I love when certain items can dictate color combinations for you ... it makes it so simple. I donned the wellies out of necessity but, with the bright red zipper, they definitely ended up being the finishing touch to the outfit.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DEVILISH SHOES

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Coat: Victoria's Secret
Sweater: H&M
Dress: Kmart
Tights: Target
Boots: Enzo Angiolini
Necklaces: lia sophia & a gift from my best friend

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I couldn't resist the color scheme or print of this dress. The fact that it was on sale sealed the deal. Well, for my mum at least since she ended up getting it for me as a Christmas gift.

It came with a matching tie belt but I opted to go a big more undone and casual. This outfit is  actually a slightly more dressed down version of one that I wore out to dinner with Husband and little girl. I swapped out the booties from this post for flat boots and threw on a sweater to ward off the chill. While I definitely prefer the outfit with the booties, I simply could not put my feet through that again. They are the devil in the shoe form. If you think I am being dramatic, I will gladly send you the shoes to try out (only half kidding here).

Monday, December 19, 2011

SHABBY APPLE DRESS GIVEAWAY

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The winner of the Shabby Apple dress giveaway is ...

Rebecca (Rwvanoorhis)

Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly to get size info.

Friday, December 16, 2011

BOWS

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Shirt: French Connection for Sears
Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Kohl's
Belt: thrifted

I bought this belt months and months ago while I was thrifting random glassware for the wedding. I am a bit partial to items featuring bows for the simple reason that my husband's name is "Beau" and I think it is cute to be married to a Beau while wearing a bow. Is that silly? I like little things like that because when I look down at my bow belt, I automatically think of the husband at a time that I otherwise might not have been. Other than my wedding ring, a charm necklace and a ring that my best friend got me for my 21st birthday, I don't really wear a lot of sentimental things. But, it is funny how once you make an association as I did with Beau and bows, how easily you are drawn to things emulating that association.

Are there any sentimental pieces that you wear all the time? What about pieces that you just can't pass up when you see them (even if you have multiples)?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

VIABLE INVESTMENT

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Poncho: no tag, thrifted
Turtleneck: Burlington Coat Factory
Jeans: Gap
Socks: Target
Boots: vintage, thrifted
Sunnies: Tom Ford

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Lately I've been drawn to all things southwest inspired, for both my home and my wardrobe. I love the warm, homey feeling that the prints and fabrics evoke. Naturally, when I found this poncho (for $2.50) at a charity shop, I couldn't pass it up. Although it isn't an authentic southwest pattern, the colors and texture still evokes that general vibe. I hesitated for a few seconds simply because I could only think of one way to wear it. In the end, even if I only wear it for traveling and snuggling up at home, I think that $2.50 is a viable investment.

Monday, December 12, 2011

WEATHER APPROPRIATE

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Top: Michael Kors, thrifted
Blazer: vintage, thrifted
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Kohl's

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(I use husband to focus and adjust the aperture/shutter speed, then I had the camera over to him to snap the photos. Therefore, I have quite a few photos like this one here.)


This top is not a color palette that I would normally gravitate towards but when you find a cute Michael Kors tank top for $2.00, you buy it and give it a shot. Apparently, it took a while for this top's "shot" to come around because I thrifted it way back in June.

There isn't a whole lot to say about this outfit because, honestly, there wasn't a whole lot of though put into it. I came across this top while I was doing a mini closet clean out and really wanted to wear it. I'm not sure exactly what kept me from pulling it out during the summer, you know, when the weather was much more tank top appropriate. (There is a black long sleeve tee hiding under that tank and blazer. I might be crazy but I'm not insane ... it was cold out!) However, I'm kind of glad I waiting because I really love the print next to the no-nonsense navy blazer.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SHABBY APPLE GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to bring you guys this giveaway from Shabby Apple.

SADress 

I don't know about you ladies that have little girls, but I love being able to match with my daughter. How cute would these two dresses be for a mama/daughter duo? They offer a great selection of little girl dresses with several women's dresses that can coordinate.

Adelaide Skirt 
Adelaide Skirt (also comes in olive and black)

I am loving this subtle, fun bow detail on an otherwise classic pencil skirt. I'd pair it with a bronze sequin top and killer heels for a Christmas party. 

Aphrodite Maternity 

When I was pregnant, I LIVED in a dress not unlike this one.You can accessorize the heck out of it and wear it a thousand different ways. It is definitely a must have for the mama-to-be. Shabby Apple offers a bunch of great maternity dress options like this.

Mariposa Grove

And, last but certainly not least, the dress that the giveaway winner will receive - the Mariposa Grove dress. This classic green dress would be perfect for holiday parties with black opaque tights and silver and gold accessories. It would be equally great in the summer with flat sandals and a navy cardi for a casual summer look. (There will be no exchanges offered on the winning dress.)

In addition to the giveaway, Shabby Apple has offered all of my readers 10% off using the coupon code "distinctlydesiree10off" at checkout.

In order to enter this giveaway you must: 

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, December 15th at 10:00pm. 
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