Monday, April 27, 2015

On Repeat

I have worn this outfit sooooo many times since getting this top. It is so easy and comfortable.
I met one of my best friends on Saturday for lunch and secondhand shopping. It was such a great day and so fun to visit some of my favorite places that I miss since moving. A content baby kept us company and I can't wait to show some of my awesome finds!
I am getting my hair done on Thursday at a new salon and I cannot wait! I friggin' hate my hair right now! I probably shouldn't point it out, but I like to keep things real. You can totally see about 5 inches on top of "different" colored hair since we moved. I of course had to find a new salon over here (after going to the same one for 10 years) and let's just say it has been disappointing. I've given this new place about 4 tries to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it's time to move on. Here's to hoping this new place is awesome!
I didn't realize until looking at these pictures, how much these jeans have bagged out. That's either a sign that I am dropping more baby weight, or else they're just prone to stretching. Either way, this billowy top helps with those few extra pounds at well.
When I saw the unique butterfly pattern on this shirt, it reminded me of the butterfly tank in this post that I got a few years ago. Seems I am drawn to butterflies in a mirrored like fashion. And speaking of baby weight, I can't fit into the jeans from that post yet which I am so bummed about because they are one of my absolute favs. The hips are really snug even though the rest of them are loose. Hopefully soon......
Outfit Breakdown:

Abella Pintuck Blouse (green colorway) : Anthropologie
Hi Rise Jeggings : AE
Apt 9 Aviators : Kohl's
Boots : Zulily

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Practical / Not Practical

You might remember last summer, when I wrote a post about making a decision between 2 pieces of clothing - one practical (a blazer), the other not so practical (a peplum top). In that case, the not so practical won out. I have another story like that to share here, this time between a dress and a sweatshirt. This happened around the same time as the previous post, but I am just now getting around to wearing what I decided on (pregnancy and all). Let's see, shall we?
Since this was from last year, these items are now sold out (sorry). Anthropologie carried the "Gemme Dress" by Essentiel Antwerp. It's hand drawn, cartoon like gem print really had me since I am such a lover of costume jewelry.
Also, some of the designs were butterflies and bees and I was immediately taken back to the early 90's when these jeweled hair clips were so in! Does anyone else remember them? The original designer of the hair decorations was Tarina Tarintino, but of course you could find them all over the place after a while. It seemed you could not turn on any TV show at the time and NOT see several of these critters in the actresses hair.
So, I ordered the dress. And when it arrived, the fabric was so stiff and uncomfortable. Also, it was a bit too short for my liking. I sadly returned it. But then, in my usual fashion, I started looking up what else the designer offered in this print. I found this sweatshirt - I think on Shopbop - and ordered it at a very nice discount. This was the more practical choice and I knew I would get more wear out of it. 
My intention was to make a necklace to wear with the top out of all of my bug barrettes. But, I haven't gotten around to it yet. So instead, I wore the rhinestone necklace that I painted with nail polish (shown below - link here). Another fun project I thought of with these beauties, is a twist on a typical "bug collection". I may take one of my divided trays and display one in each section with a little label about it. Hang it on the wall for a glammed up science project! We'll see.... so much to do and so little time!
In other news, how do you like the fun wallpaper I decorated these pics with? Since I get so frustrated with weather or location working in my favor, I decided to take matters into my own hands and experimented this week with taking pictures against a plain wall in my house, and then putting a "texture" over them. The site I use for photo editing is PicMonkey. Then, you just erase the texture off of yourself and this is what you get. You can use preloaded textures on their site, download free ones you find, or else just take your own picture and use it. So for this I took a picture of my sweatshirt. Here's the thing though - I can promise you I will never photoshop myself. What you see is what you get. I know that is hard to come by in the world we live in today which creates unrealistic expectations. I always want this blog to represent the real me and the clothes I wear. Of course I will still continue to seek out cool locations, but this is a nice backup plan for when I can't. My current drive to daycare and work is filled with beautiful weathered barns, dilapidated buildings, and vast fields. There are so many places I want to stop but of course I don't want to be trespassing!
Outfit Breakdown:

Essentiel Antwerp Sweatshirt - Shopbop
Necklace - H & M, painted by me
Apt 9 Flared Jeans - Kohl's (had forever)
Black Boots - ???
I wore this to work on Friday for jean day. A co-worked asked where I shop since she noticed I always have unique things. That is the best compliment since unique is what I strive for! Yep, the office is just getting used to The Peacock Fairy...... LOL!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Hallway Redo

I thought I would document this recent home decor project I did, since the old blog here seems to be a mish mash of everything I love doing: fashion, decor, DIY. 

There is a 3 foot wall in between the boys rooms. What I love about their rooms is they are identical - same size, shape, closet space, etc.... They are too young to care now, but this should prevent arguments in the future about whose room is better. Or maybe they won't even care. Who knows. Anyway, when we moved in, we just kinda slapped a picture on the wall and stashed a table there. I wanted to make it more personal to them, and make the most out of a small space.
 For reference, this is the "before" pic. Kinda lame, right? Not that I don't love these pieces, and will use them elsewhere in the house, but it just felt incomplete or something.
 I hung two identical shelves, which I got at Menards on clearance. I "shopped my house" for frames, but the only one I couldn't resist buying new was the letter block one. Although it was on clearance at Target so it was cheap. I framed my favorite pictures of them, which I am sure I will constantly be adding to and/or switching out as they grow. 
 The "R" is from Anthropologie (yep, that's right, on sale) and is actually cut out of an old book. The Hot Wheels are from my hubby's collection.
 The "C" is from TJ Maxx, and the duck is from Salvation Army in Ann Arbor. He was 99 cents. The carving on him is so intricate. Hard to see from here, but up close it's reminds me of scrimshaw. There are initials on the bottom so you know he was handmade. So many interesting finds at thrift shops!
 The half round table is from Meijer. I was looking for a thrifted one, but honestly, the price (on sale) of this one was so comparable! Meijer is really stepping it up in the home decor section - I am impressed. I had not intended to match and have dark wood for both the shelves and table - it just happen to work out that way.
 I started pulling together more classic boy objects.... old books (Grandpa worked at Western Publishing, best known for Golden Books, so many are vintage there)...... a teddy bear...... the railroad light is from a vintage store downtown....... and I think my most favorite thing is the dinosaurs hanging around the frame!
I LOVE how this all came together! I have found in our new home that I am so much more into creating these special spaces.... putting a lot of time and thought into them..... enjoying finding collections of things that go together but still look effortless and casual. So challenge yourself - even if you only have a 3 foot space - you'll be glad that you did!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Marsala Musings

Well damn. 

I thought that going back to work would help me with posting more frequently. I truly wish I could have taken pictures and posted about every outfit for the last 3 weeks  4 weeks. Or has it been 5 weeks since I went back to work? I can't keep track and obviously, I started writing this post a while ago. Anyway, it's all just a matter of adjusting and finding my grove. As always, weather and lighting play a big part in all of this. And now, location. Not that I haven't felt challenged before, but at least in the past I worked in a downtown area where I could walk and find a variety of interesting backdrops. Now, my new job is right off the highway with absolutely nothing around it. Finding a unique place will now require driving and scouting. With the few backlog of photos I do have to post about, I've used this one brick wall on my house.
So, Marsala is the color of 2015. This little peacock feather shift dress is a nice representation of it. I can't really get a feel for this year, 2015, yet. The time has gone so fast - a blur really. It often seems like we just do what we have to do to get through the days. There is not a lot of time to stop and think. To relax. 
I had a lot more I wanted to say, but since I've been meaning to post for 2 weeks now I am just going to hit publish. Hopefully, someday soon I will have time for more.
Piuma Shift Dress - Anthropologie ($39.95 plus they are having an extra 20% off sale right now!)
Necklace, tights and boots - JC Penney

I liked pulling the teal out with the necklace, and as you know, tassels are everything right now (even though I got this necklace on clearance years ago).
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Recent Finds

I know I sound like a broken record, but I am always on the hunt to get the best deal on everything I buy. I just can't help it. Here's some fun recent finds I couldn't wait to share.

First up, the Topsy-Turvy Jewelry Box which retails at Anthropologie for $298.00. I have admired this from afar for a couple of years now. It has never gone on sale. If you read the reviews, they aren't very good. Many people report of the piece being broken if they order it online, and honestly the ones I've seen in person in the stores are pretty shoddy too. I had often brainstormed on how to make something like it myself. Well now I don't have to because while recently having lunch at the Cracker Barrel, I spotted it's cousin in their gift shop - for only $23.99! I don't go there often to eat, so it's not like I am aware of what they sell all of the time. Although this makes me want to go there more than I do! Luckily, they also sell online so here is a link to the Green Cabinet with Drawers. Gorgeous as is, but at that price you could even paint/decoupage/hardware it up with whatever choices you wish. I am debating on if I am going to alter mine....
 Long hair and little kids don't mix. So quite often, I am putting my hair up. I can't remember the last time I bought myself a hair accessory. Everything I have, I've had forever. And this is more than what I have ever spent. But when I saw this peacock pin, I thought I might treat myself. Anytime Anthropologie carries a brand that is not their own, I ALWAYS look to see if it is offered somewhere else for less (good example here). And here are the product links so you can see shop for yourself:

 AND here are both items in action! The DIY necklace holder above can be seen here. It seems I am ALWAYS in need of jewelry storage, and I am just giddy about my newest addition!

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Girl

Keeping it short and sweet, as I am one tired lady! First day on the new job. I haven't been the new girl in so long, but so far so good!
Jean Jacket & Sunglasses - TJ Maxx
Tights & Belt - Kohl's
Boots - Zulily
 Today was our nicest day thus far - 70 degrees! But I think it's back to 45 the rest of the week.
 Love, love, love the pattern on this dress!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Granny Square

So in my last post, I said I was going to talk about more handmade/crochet/afghan type sweaters. This is another recent addition.....
Inspiration: Miu Miu (Prada) Resort 2015 runway photos.
This link shows the vest retailing for $1,490
When I started looking around at crochet sweaters, I came across these on Pinterest. I know, kinda kooky, but when I have ever been known to wear normal clothes? For some reason, they just drew me in, especially when mixed with such crazy prints.
Of course, a quick search on eBay and Etsy found several sellers who were making their own vests for us common folk. I mean really, even if I had the means to spend that kind of money on one piece of clothing, I would like to think that I would still have COMMON SENSE and scout out a better deal. Especially for something that looks like it came out of Granny's basement.
So after doing my homework, I selected who I wanted to buy from. I choose blue/brown/white for my colors because I thought it would go with the most of what I own. For it's first outing, I decided to keep with the inspiration and do a crazy print. But I also can't wait to wear it over a simple white or chambray button down shirt and jeans.
Crochet Vest - Orawan Crochet
Nicole Ritchie Peacock Dress - Macy's (seen here)

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