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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