Thursday, August 20, 2015

Layered Lanterns

I couldn’t resist this cute lantern print (I love fun prints)! But the style (trapeze) and length of this dress was not the best for my body type. What’s a girl to do?

Layer it and belt it!

I layered it over my trusty black J. Crew dress (consignment shop find from years ago) and gained the extra hemline inches I wanted. I’ve always wanted to try this, but you have to have pieces with proportions that work. I want to experiment more with this, and will keep it in mind when shopping in the future – not only for pieces that I want more length on but also for basic dresses, skirts or slips that might work for the under layer. You could even get daring and mix prints/patterns or have a bit of lace sticking out (lace trim seems to be all the rage the last few years).

On another note, a few Indian designers that Anthropologie carries have piqued my interest as of late (the maker of this dress – Preeti S Kapoor - being one of them). While her roots are in traditional ethnic garments, she creates gorgeous “Western” wear that is colorful and full of details!

Lantern Line Swing Dress – Anthropologie 
(“swing” indeed! It was fun swooshing around in the wind the day I wore this, as documented!)
Black J. Crew Dress – consignment shop
Kate Spade Necklace – TJ Maxx ($10!!!!)
Total Motion Ankle Strap Wedge – Rockport (gift)
Jessica Simpson Sunglasses – TJ Maxx

Linking up with Fashion Should Be Fun

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tag Sale Finds

Anthropologie’s Summer Tag Sale is now over, but during the months that they had it I was lucky enough to snag some good pieces. However, they did just start an extra 20% off sale items again today - not sure how long it will last.
This Chambray Swing Top by Adriano Goldschmied was $188 marked down to $59.95 and with the extra 25% off it was $44.96
I am an official chambray convert! From not having any in my closet a few years ago, I find myself gravitating toward it every chance I get now. The style of this top is unique and it’s boxy shape can be a bit tricky, but I like it.
These Talulah Shooties by Latigo were $158.00 marked down to $39.95 and with the extra 25% off they were $29.97
This is my first experience with this brand, and I am impressed. They are well made and the leather is so buttery soft! Ever since my favorite pair of black wedges wore out last summer, I’ve been on the hunt for replacements – so much so that I almost feel like a hoarder of every brand that has something remotely similar! (I’ll do an update post on what worked/what didn’t). But, details like the cutout wood heel and scalloped edge on these beauties really sets them apart. My motto is, anytime you can get a pair of expensive shoes on super sale like this, go for it! Being comfy all day right out of the box? That’s a major plus too!
Pieces I already had were Apt 9 black skirt (Kohl’s), statement necklace & sunglasses (TJ Maxx).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Artsy Past

In my past life, I was really involved in the Arts. I sold my jewelry at least at one show a year...... I had my jewelry published in several magazines....... I exhibited at a museum....... I served on the board of our local art center for 6 years as Treasurer and Secretary.

I even was doing some of this stuff after having Richard.

But now, with 2 kids....... nothing.

That doesn't mean that I still don't love art, but now it's mostly looking at art or buying art. I do have faith that one day, I will be more involved again. So when I came across this tunic, I was naturally drawn to it. It looks like a bunch of oil paintings patched together! There's a black and white portrait of a lady near the top, and I really would rather it be flowers too but oh well!

The necklace I wore, is actually a mini framed painting that I bought at the Art Center years ago.

Nice Things "The Art of it All" dress - Modcloth via eBay
High Rise Jeggings - American Eagle
Bussola "Ibiza" wedge sandals - Kohl's ($110 down to $22)
Handmade Necklace - Art Center
Jessica Simpson Sunglasses - TJ Maxx

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Meeting Kwazii

A few weeks ago, we took the kids to Sea Life Aquarium in Auburn Hills. We had already been there in the Spring, but when I saw an advertisement for a special event where you could train to be an Octonaut and meet some of the characters...... I was excited! Octonauts is a cartoon we all enjoy, and one of our favorite characters - Kwazii - was going to be there! 

If you've been following my blog for a while, you already know I am a "theme" dresser. It's not that hard since I love animal and whimsical prints. Of course I had some "aquatic" threads already, but I just so happened upon this dress the week leading up to our outing. Remember when I talked about Lilly Pulitzer's collaboration with Target this Spring? And how the only way I got a piece was from a resale shop in this post? Well, I had to go to the post office which is in the same "mall" as Target. There was quite a waiting line so I decided to run into Target to kill some time. It was my lucky day because this dress was hanging all by it's lonesome on a rack with other dresses.... someone must have returned it and there is was MONTHS after the sellout collection. It's was a size XS. Never in my life have I been an XS, but that just goes to show how large these items ran. It is snug through my tummy/hips which is the area I need to work on most. Seriously, if you saw me from the side you would think I am 5 months pregnant!

Anyway..... I got the dress and the rest is history. The print of starfish, urchins and sand dollars is so cute! When I wore the same outfit to work the following week, Richard was confused that morning and asked if we were going to the aquarium! 

Lilly Pulitzer for Target "Sea Urchin For You" Dress - Target
Gap Jean Jacket - consignment shop
Apt 9 Aviators - Kohl's
Belt off of another dress
"Val" Gladiator Low Wedge Sandals - Payless
Nautical Necklace - Lucky Brand (via eBay)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Peachy Keen

I went a little bit outside of my comfort zone by wearing this long layering cardigan as a "main" piece. It's a very sheer fabric, so I was worried about lumps and bumps, but with high waisted leggings and a tank all in black underneath I think it worked out okay.

Free People Beach Ribbed Maxi Cardigan - Nordstrom Rack
M. Rena High Rise Leggings - Fancy Nancy's (boutique in Battle Creek)
Black Tank - Motherhood Maternity
Total Motion Ankle Strap Wedges - Rockport (gift)
Anthropologie Tassel Necklace - TJ Maxx
Jessica Simpson Sunglasses - TJ Maxx
Other ways I've worn this piece over the years..... I just love how versatile it is, and how comfy!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Black Sails

I don't know why this skirt doesn't photograph as true black, because that is what it is. It's the first time I wore it in 2 years because it was not pregnancy friendly. This time I went all black (sweater and wedges).... why??? Because my husband shrunk my blue shirt!!!!!!!

Yep, that's right, one of my favorite TJ Maxx finds (see original story here)..... that I wear with so much...... is now ruined. I am the main person who does the laundry. Jon does help, but not often. I usually reserve my own "special" pile of clothes to wash, since sometimes they need special care and I rarely use the dryer (I hang them). I threw in a load and was getting ready to leave on an errand. The thought crossed my mind to tell him not to put the stuff in the dryer. But I though, "Nah, it's not like he pays attention anyway."

Irony people. Irony.

I got home and saw all of the clothes waiting patiently in the dryer. I shouted out "NOOOOOO!!!!!" And he was like, "What's wrong?"

Again, the irony. So anyway, I am now in search of replacing my beloved shirt. Thankfully, that was the only casualty that day. These poor men, they just can't win can they?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Peacocks Lately

Every once in a while, I like to pop in here to talk about peacock items I've found. It never ceases to amaze me the things that I find!

Cards have always been a mainstay. See posts on previous cards here and here. With Spring/Summer the busiest time for celebrations around here, these are some recent ones:

1. Birthday Card for my Mom (March) : Target

2. Birthday Card for Richard (May) : Walmart

3. Anniversary Card for Jon (May) : Menards 
(this is the second peacock card I have found at Menards, weird!)

4. Father's Day Card for Jon (June) : Kohl's

5. Birthday Card for a dear friend (July) : Meijers
(ummm, where can I get some of those peacock sunglasses???)

6. I already have Jon's Birthday Card (September) : Kohl's

The funny thing about these cards, is the sentiments are so perfect too! That makes it all the more exciting for me. I wouldn't want to give a card just because it has a peacock on it. I am usually the one in the card isle bawling like a baby. Now that I have been giving peacock cards for so long, it feels like an expectation. I hope I can continue... anyone who knows me knows I am up for the challenge!
 This is a recent book we borrowed from the library. It caught my eye right away, and the librarian said we were the first ones to rent it out. There is a bird for every letter of the alphabet, and the illustrations are so gorgeous! Of course, the peacock claims to be the most beautiful in the end. I'd love to purchase this for our own collection, and you can see more peacock books we have in this post.
 Peacock feather burlap from Joann's. Not sure what I will make with this yet.
 This peacock picture, printed on glass, was at Meijer for $49.99. It eventually got marked down on clearance for $12.49!!! The same picture is at Kohl's for $124.99 (currently on sale for $74.99). Craziness!
 If you're my friend on Facebook, then you probably already know about these peacock diapers! OMG I was so excited!!! They are by The Honest Company, which you can order online or else I've found them at Meijer and Target. We've preferred Pampers with both boys, but after trying these I really love them as well! Now, I buy whatever is on sale/coupon. Those legs..... nom, nom, nom. 
That's all I can think of for this recent round of peacock finds!