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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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Transition

What a week! And it's not even over yet! Lots of changes over here, in addition to the daylight saving hour loss and burst of Spring-like weather.

First things first, how can losing just one hour affect you so, so much??? I have been dragging all week. I have that 'coming down with a cold' feeling although I know I am not (at least I hope not). I am chalking it up to the weather change tickling my sinuses. Also, being the sole source of nourishment for Carson is draining (no pun intended). Sometimes I feel so weary and worn. Sigh.

The upside to all of these things, as you probably already know if you follow any other fashion blogs, is this:

1. It's lighter out for longer so there is more time to take pictures! Hoorah!
2. It is more tolerable to take pictures outside! Pleasant even!

I know for me, those two things ALWAYS affect my blogging in the Winter. 

It seems we always get this taste of weather, and everyone is all excited. In this part of the country, when the temps get into the 40's and 50's this time of year people are out in shorts and t-shirts. No joke. In other parts of the country that would still be considered quite cold! The grocery store is also sold out of any type of meat one might grill out. Everyone is all like, "Hell yeah! Grill out! Show some skin!"

And then next week when it is 20 again, it almost makes you even more angry. So I don't know what is best - to just have a taste of what's to come, or not to have it at all? I know I never go too extreme, but couldn't help pulling out some pastels today and ditching anything related to socks and boots.

Sooooo, other transitions? I am going back to work next week. I landed a job in our new area - another piece of our new life. After being out of work for almost 5 months, I am ready. I have really enjoyed my time with the boys - both good days and bad - and hope to write about all of that soon. The most important thing I've learned about myself is that I am a more productive person in my personal life when I am working. Nothing like putting in an honest 40 to motivate me (and my blogging). It does seem ironic that all of the things you daydream about doing while you were working don't really come to fruition when you do actually find yourself out of a job. 

The boys tried out what will be their full-time daycare/school 2 days this week (it went well). Richard still went to the part-time preschool he has been going to (2 mornings a week) with today being his last day. Hair appointments, Carson's 4 month check-up, etc... all to be done. And for fun, we went to a new aquarium that opened up in Auburn Hills. Whew!

As I get back into blogging here, something else I want to write more about is my obsession with afghan/crochet sweaters. So that should be coming up. This vest is the first piece to show. I love the chevron pattern, and how it makes the edges scalloped. The color combo is pretty unique too.
 Unni Chevron Cardigan - Anthropologie
Matilda Jane long sleeved top - seen previously here
 High Rise Jeggings - American Eagle
Read about my obsession with them here. (Seems I obsess about a lot of things).
These are no longer online because they were clearance - I think I paid about $14 for them. I've been a dark wash person for so long, but when I was pregnant I got a pair of maternity jeans in this color that were my absolute fav which you might remember because I wore them so much! So I had to find something as close to them as possible. I normally take a regular inseam, but these were shorts. I feel that they are the perfect ankle skimming length for spring/summer flats and sandals.
 Apt 9 Aviator sunglasses - Kohl's
Minnetonka Mocs - TJ Maxx
 Let's talk about this necklace. It's the Tassel Wisp Necklace carried by Anthropologie last Spring. It retailed for $58. I found it at TJ Maxx for $14. You know how much I love these finds, just like this one!
 Alright, I'm off to enjoy the rest of my week before I am officially employed again!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

feathered fingers and other tidbits.....

Soooo, I bought these peacock gloves/mittens last Fall when I was still pregnant. Ahhhh, memories of waddling through Kohl's with Richard in tow. I remember being excited to wear them, but now that we have had steady temps below zero? Not so much. Hence, taking selfies in the car with them. I am not a selfie in the car taking person, but when it is -9 outside I apparently am.
The convertible fingers flap is essential for strapping kids in car seats, checking your phone, and oh yeah, taking selfies. All while in park of course! In my own driveway even. How lame am I? This is what my life has become. I apologize for my dry, non-manicured fingers. I had hoped to paint my nails to coordinate with my hand accessories, but not too matchy though as I would hate to look like I tried too hard. I am lucky if I can take a shower these days! And I sure hope you can appreciate my sarcastic sense of humor. The extreme cold brings it out even more so.
Now that the stores are flooded with Spring merchandise, I don't have a link to share on these but you could probably check your local Kohl's clearance section. They had other cute animals too. I had meant to blog about these sooner than now. I bought two pairs of these since I know these type of knit gloves are not meant to last forever.
My other little funny for today revolves around my newest coffee love, Jackson Coffee Company. They have 3 locations although I have only been to the drive thru one that is right across the street from where I do my big grocery shopping trips. Being so convenient is a blessing and a curse - a blessing because they are so. freaking. good. - a curse because I don't need to drink a glorified milk shake as often as I do. I've never been a straight coffee drinker (who knows if I will be in the future), but the enhancement that the coffee bean does to the cocoa bean? Miraculous! I am a Mocha drinker. And this place has converted me from Starbucks. Well, if I am in Jackson anyway and have the choice between Starbucks (off of exit 138) and Jackson Coffee Company (off of exit 137). Seriously, drive the extra mile - you won't regret it.
Anyway, I am getting way off track here. I was telling a friend who was visiting about Jackson Coffee Company and suggested she stop on the way home if she felt like a coffee. And as I was doing so, Richard shouted out "Mocha, Mocha, Frappe" which is the drink I ALWAYS get when I go there. It's the first time he has ever said it so it was funny to me that he paid attention and confirmation that kids are ALWAYS paying attention even when you least expect it. Hence the need to always be on your best behavior parents! He loves going there because they give out free little cups of animal cookies to kids. Every time we drive by, he says "Let's go to that coffee place". Why yes, I think I shall reward myself for surviving grocery getting with 2 people under the age of 4! And yes, I am weird that I still prefer cold drinks to hot ones when it is -9.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Current Obsession : Hi Rise Jeggings

Body after baby #2 is not *ahem* snapping back as quickly like it did the first time. I know there is still a lot of time to adjust + I do not have the best eating habits now that I am chasing 2 little ones around.

Hi Rise Jeggings to the rescue! There things are AWESOME! 

Of course I enjoyed jeggings before, but these are even better. I am glad to see the higher waist trend continue, and no, these are not the typical "Mom" jeans that we remember. The other denim trend I am loving seeing more and more of is the extreme flare leg. I am so glad I still fit into the jeans in this post so I don't have to go out looking for another pair. They are one of my absolute favs!

Anyway, back to the jeggings. The first pair I got after having Carson were a very dark blue which I have worn in a few posts now (see example here). They are Levi's from Macy's

Then, I was made aware of the fits at American Eagle. I must say, I can't remember the last time I shopped there. Here is their page of Hi Rise Jeggings and they've been running a promotion, Buy One, Get One 50% Off. This has been a great way for me to get some without investing a lot since my size will probably still fluctuate. That being said, most retailers are improving the stretch technology in their denim so these very well may stick with me for a long time. Meaning, they will nip and tuck when I need it but not bag out when I don't.

AE has several options of the "destroyed" look and I couldn't help but get a bit obsessed about that too. So really, an obsession within the jegging obsession. I think my unemployment status is making me into a rebel. These would not be "office appropriate" jeans. On the other hand, I wonder if a Mom of 2 pushing 40 should be wearing these. Oh well, I don't really care.


 Okay, let's talk about this sweater..... I continue to add to my camel collection (check out this post which has links to all my camel looks) and I thought it was a coincidence too that this is now the second top I own with 2 creatures looking at each other (the first being this peacock sweatshirt in the same flare leg jean reference link). It's by Mara Hoffman so not only am I adding to the camels, but also to a designer whose pieces I really like (two other pieces seen here and here). I love the pyramid design along the bottom and how the camels have King Tut eyes!

Mara Hoffman Sweater - gift
Minnetonka Moccasins - TJ Maxx
Jessica Simpson Sunglasses - TJ Maxx

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Consignment Boots

It's been out of the ordinary that I've had such unique boot finds shopping consignment. Two cool pairs within the last few months, with this lace up pair being shown first. Just like comparison shopping the lace up ones to more expensive versions, I've done the same with this fabric/pattern pair too. I always refer back to Anthropologie so if you go take a look at their boots you will find several with textile details. Actually though, these were not so cheap to begin with. The style is "Graced" by Steve Madden and even though they are sold out everywhere, I see they retailed for around $160. I paid $40. They are real leather and very well made.
As with most trends, I thought it would be nice to own a pair, but knew I would wait for the right ones to come along. Even though these prints are trendy right now, they truly are classic and will withstand the test of time.
These were my very last purchase at the consignment shop I frequented in Battle Creek before we moved. It's taken me this long to show them. If your favorite shop has a Facebook page, be sure to follow it. They usually post lots of pictures and sale info there. I saw a picture of these boots one day and was sold. Luckily, they were my size!
So far I've worn pretty simple monochromatic outfits with these. I'm sure I'll get daring at some point.
This is probably the closest to cowboy boots I have ever owned.
An odd feature on these is the zipper is on the outside rather than the inside.
Black jeggings I've had forever (which need to be replaced) and black cowl neck tunic (previously worn tucked in here).
Comfy and casual for some errand running....
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