Thursday, June 28, 2012

SUPER SOFT

Everything in this outfit is super soft and it leads me to believe that every single thing I put on my body should feel so good.

I've been on the lookout for a few good summer scarves. I tend to get cold easily and so they're nice to have on hand ... er, neck ... for places like grocery stores and movie theaters that keep the temperatures subzero. This one is so soft and gauzy that, when it is wrapped loosely like this, it is perfect for warmer days.

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Dress: Boston Proper, thrifted
Cardi: Target
Scarf: Old Navy, Plato's Closet
Shoes: thrifted

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CRAY CRAY

Its been so long since I've worn this outfit that I can't really remember anything about wearing it. Other than it was insanely hot and little girl and I sat in my bedroom (the only room with a window a/c unit) all day and watched movies. She was pretty pumped about that part. I was going a little cray cray after 20 episodes of Strawberry Shortcake.

So cray cray that I, in fact, used the phrase "cray cray" three separate times in this post.

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Shirt: Gap
Shorts: Gap, via Plato's Closet
Sunnies: Kohl's
Shoes: Minnetonka

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And then sometimes I get pictures like this. And they make me giggle. A lot.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

SAVER

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Top: Old Navy
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Minnetonka
Bracelets: carnival vendor

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Do you save clothing for a special occasion? Or are you the type of person that wears your purchases right away? Months ago, I read a super great post about this subject.

I loved the post because it really resonated with me. For most items, I am definitely a saver. There are certain items like, shoes, handbags and jewelry, that I normally put into rotation right away. However, I've been known to keep dresses, tops and skirts for months and months waiting for the "perfect" occasion to break them out. I think that has a lot to do with me wanting to preserve the "new" feeling of an item. Also, it probably doesn't help that I shop a lot of end of season sales and often end up with clothes that don't quite fit the weather yet.

This top is one of those end of season purchases that has been sitting in closet for far too long awaiting its turn. Sometimes when I finally wear something that I've been saving for some unknown event, I get disappointed in myself. Slowly, but surely, I am trying to pull myself away from these habits. I buy these things ... so I should enjoy them. Either that, or not buy them in the first place. Right?

Monday, June 18, 2012

THRIFT THAT TREND: POLKA DOT PANTS

Polka Dot Pants


Giulietta high waisted flared pants, $508
J.Crew skinny capri pants, $118
Tory Burch polka dot pants, £239
Current/Elliott skinny fit jeans, $140


Prints are a super easy way to spice up an otherwise really simple outfit. While perusing the JCrew website, I saw this adorable pair of polka dot pants and, just like that, I needed a pair of black and white polka dot pants in my life. Spending $118 dollars on a pair of pants is kind of out of the questions for me right now so I made a mental note to keep an eye out for an affordable pair and went about my day.

Fast forward about five hours and I'm perusing Salvation Army. I spotted a pair of black and white polka dot pants from three aisles over. I abandoned my cart to go get them, something you just don't do at Salvation Army. Lo and behold, they actually fit. I bought them (obviously) because I am all for trying out a trend for $3.99 rather than $118.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

FANNY PACKS: THEN & NOW

I vaguely remember fanny packs being the THING when I was a kid. I probably wore it around the house, to the park, definitely on vacations because, when you're a kid, you really never know when you might need to toss something in your fanny pack. They were the perfect mix of fashion statement (ha) and practical storage because no young girl wants to be bothered with toting around an actual purse ... it is much better to be hands free.

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(Me, circa 1997-8ish in Washington D.C. on a school field trip with my trusty fanny pack.)

People loved them because they were pretty darn practical, just ask any adult who visited Disney Land in the 90's ... they'll tell you how indispensable fanny packs are when you're faced with throngs of children going nuts over Disney characters. So, fanny packs were pretty great. That is, until they weren't. Eventually, people realize that they were, well, hideous and they slowly disappeared. I'm sure some people mourned the disappearance of the fanny pack because, despite their looks, they are quite practical. Hell, some people even kept wearing the little suckers. And, inevitably, they would pop up on a worst dressed list somewhere.

But now? Now fanny packs are back, only now they're called hip bags. And they are actually considered to be stylish. Fiona from Burn Notice piqued my interest in hip bags. If you're ever watched the show you know that Fiona does all kinds of bad ass things, all while looking effortlessly stylish and put together. One of the mainstays in her look is a little brown leather hip bag. I mean, who can be bothered to carry a purse when you're running from a weapons deal gone bad? Not Fiona, apparently.  I googled "Fiona from Burn Notice hip bag" and stumbled upon the Happy Cow company. Incidentally, the Happy Cow company looks like a pretty bad ass company themselves.

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(Image 1 // Image 2)  

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(Hippie by Maddy)

Now, I'm not running from bad guys like Fiona but, having a kid and all, I can see the benefits of going hands free for certain things. It would be nice to have a place (other than my back pockets) to stash my phone, keys and doggie poop bags on walks, bike rides and things of the such. Concerts, fairs and festivals would also be a breeze with a hip bag. Another plus? It forces you to simplify and pare down what you carry with you. I love a big bag to hold all my goodies as much as the next gal but sometimes it's nice to lighten the load a bit, especially when it is hot out. I also kind of love the hippie-eque vibe they bring to an outfit. It seems so carefree. Perhaps handsfree = carefree?

All in all, I like them, and I'm pretty sure that I'll be purchasing one before too long. What do you think? Do you dig the new and improved fanny packs? Or do you think they're better off left in the 90's?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GOOD AFTERNOON, TUESDAY

I know it isn't quite summer yet. I also know that we've had a few warm weekends. But, this past weekend it felt like summer for the first time this year. I spent it doing a whole lotta nothing, which is pretty much how I like my summer weekends. Give me a body of water, a good book and a good drink and I'm set. 

How did you spend your weekend?

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Little girl and I spent Friday morning at the beach. She l-o-v-e-d it.
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Reading and (boxed) wine out of a mason jar. I like to keep it classy. 
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Everything We Ever Wanted by: Sara Shepard was pretty good.
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The view from my grandparents' deck. Amazing. Goes great with a book and a drink.
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Aforementioned drink: citrus white sangria, made by me and delicious if I do say so myself.
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I get it now. Can't. Stop. Reading. Thanks a lot, Ambre!

Monday, June 4, 2012

HOLA, MONDAY

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Wow - my mum at age 4 1/2  and my daughter at age 4 1/2.

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Little girl & I spent a rainy Friday hanging out in bed and watching movies.

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I've been dying for Hibachi lately, so we went for my birthday dinner. Why does 24 feel so much older than 23? Seriously.

FAHRENHEIT 451

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Shirt: Out of Print Clothing
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Bensimon

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This skirt is the prefect weight and length for warm spring days. It is light enough that I don't have to worry about being hot and long enough that I don't have to worry about wind and indecent exposure. And, because of the color, it takes very little effort to make a very basic outfit look like it took more thought.

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