Friday, October 20, 2017

Peacock Pajamas

 So many major trends right now truly fall into the sleepwear department! Kimonos that look like robes and the return of the 90's slip dresses and slinky camisoles. This peacock "dress" is technically a nightgown! When I saw it, of course I thought it could be a dress and it's not the first time I've worn a nightgown as a dress (see post here).
As expected, it was super comfortable! Since it's a slip style, the styling options are endless (layer under it or layer over it). And as you can see from the links below, the slip, boots and sunglasses are all from Target.
Hei Hei Jacket : Anthropologie buy/sell/trade board
Merona Sunglasses : Target

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shutterfly : Make My Book

Do you sense a theme going on here? How I am trying to find solutions to make life easier so I can enjoy more? I've raved about Blue Apron meals, love the new grocery delivery service Shipt, and now I want to tell you about "Make My Book" at Shutterfly.

I feel many people are in the same boat as me when it comes to getting overwhelmed by pictures. Now that we carry a camera with us (phones) we may even be taking pictures on a daily basis whereas before it was only for specific reasons. I used to be an avid scrap booker, even showcase some pages on here (years ago), but I can't tell you the last time I had the ambition to scrap. So now I am so far behind it feels like I would never be able to catch up. I have a closet full of supplies in the basement that are messy and just taking up space. Most people would see this as a hobby, a way to relax. But when something becomes so overwhelming it becomes the complete opposite. It seriously stresses me out as "one more thing to do" or that I am failing at. I used to get together with friends for scrap nights or even weekend retreats. Hauling and setting up all of my supplies was a job in itself. That just doesn't fit into my lifestyle right now.
When I was pregnant with Richard, I started get all kinds of offers from companies - one of them being Shutterfly. I started making little hardcover books with my free offers, but honestly making them online was almost as time consuming as physical scrapping. There are backgrounds and page layouts and embellishments and text, just like in real scrapping. I was pleased with the result but the time it took still stressed me out. Last year, I saw that Shutterfly started offing a "Make My Book" option. Anyone who uses these online photo sites might be familiar with them trying to offer you a book of the pictures you just uploaded - it is just thrown together. "Make My Book" is different in that you select the photos you want, you select the theme, etc... and someone will actually make your book as you would. It will be ready in a few days and there is no obligation to purchase it. If you do choose to purchase it, the fee is $9.99 on top of the price of the book. Once it is complete, you do have the option of going in and moving things around, adding or taking anything away, etc.... just as you would if you made it. My changes are very minimal when I use this service.

$10 bucks for something that would take me hours and hours to do..... yes please! Pictured here are 4 of the recent books I have gotten. It is easy to group by holiday, vacation, school year and then I'll probably plan to do some random books of the leftover pictures. Since Carson is still using diapers/pull up, I have Pampers codes that earn me free books so then I am only paying the fee and shipping. Other tips I can share is that the books are often on sale (40% - 50% off) or they offer unlimited pages (each books has a standard number of pages and if you go over you pay per page). So you'll want to watch for those promos! A few weekends ago we were going through all of my 12 x 12 scrapbooks. They were so cumbersome and I was disappointed to see some of the archival supplies I used were not holding up. I love the scrapbooks I have, but going forward these 8 x 8 Shutterfly books are it for me! I plan to clean out my supplies, keep a few things, and sell/donate the rest. The mental and physical burden of "stuff" will be so uplifting!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Worth It

I've loved Free People's "Fable" Dress for years! Every time I happen to see it on someone, I fall in love with it again. But since the Fable style is one that Free People carries all the time (they just change the colors) I figured I'd always have a chance to buy it. Also, because it is a signature brand piece, it never goes on sale, which was a factor in never being able to hit that "add to cart" button.
Out of all the colors, my favorite was always the black and white. Earlier this year, I came across a couple of knock-offs. I purchased them and they sucked. Luckily the consignment shop I work with took them and they sold quickly. Then, the real deal black/white combo was sold out! When I saw one on eBay for a good price, I finally pulled the trigger and I couldn't be happier! (The black/white is now back in stock on the Free People site.)
This is definitely one of those times when it is worth it to splurge on the real deal. The fabric and quality is wonderful, it is super comfortable, flattering, and I know I will wear this for years! I've seen many bloggers wear this while pregnant, and since the top has hook and eye closure I've heard it is nursing friendly (you will see I am wearing a black tank under it for modesty.)
So there's my advice : I've tried the look-a-likes.... you won't regret investing in this one!

Embroidered Fable Dress : Free People (I got mine via eBay)
Seychelles Sandals : Anthropologie

Monday, October 9, 2017

Velvet Invasion

When velvet started coming back a few years ago, my 90's girl heart couldn't have been happier. But now, I feel like every store I walk into is covered in velvet! I guess it's good there is so much to choose from, but when it comes to wanting to join in on the biggest trends it can also be very overwhelming! The majority of what I am seeing lately is velvet, embroidery, and statement sleeves (whether it be ruffles, off the shoulder, cut outs). How do you know you are getting the best piece? What if you walk into another store and like something better? With my busy life, I am trying my best to be selective - not only to avoid a return errand but also to cut down on how much closet cleaning I tend to do. 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again : Meijer is on their game! They hired Stacey London (of What Not To Wear fame) to design their Massini line earlier this year. This cute tee was only $24.99, and believe me, some of the same velvet tops can be near the $100 and over range at places like Anthropologie, Madewell, and J. Crew. It comes in a few colors, but of course I choose teal!
Since our Fall has been unseasonably warm, it was nice to be able to wear velvet and still stay cool with this tee. I tend to lean toward crushed velvet too as it is more forgiving and easy to care for. Traditional velvet shows marks (from sitting, arm creases, etc....) and spots so much more.
Massini Velvet Tee : Meijer
High Rise Black Jeans : American Eagle
Black Flats : Payless
Peacock Necklace : gift from Jon

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Granny Circle

You guys have obviously seen my obsession with granny square sweaters over the past few years, but granny circle? Is that a thing? When I saw this crazy sweater at Anthropologie, of course I fell in love with it. If you follow the product link below, you will see the colors looked much different online (orange was a mustard yellow and the lavender was much more neutral). So imagine my surprise when I actually saw it in person. Still love it though! I waited until it went on sale with an additional 40% off sale promo. The other colors are a deep teal, brown and olive green which is the color top I choose to wear under it today. 
To keep with the hippie look, I wore my brown birks. A comfy pair of jeans. And a necklace from Anthropologie a few years ago, which despite it's unique colors, amazingly has gone with so many outfits I never expected!

Zuma Necklace : Anthropologie
Mossimo High Rise Jeans : Target
Sonoma Tank (Anthropologie look-a-like) : Kohl's
Birkenstocks : Moran's Consignment (Chelsea)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Popping in with a quick remix..... it didn't take me long to try to restyle this sweater, since it leans more toward warm weather wear I wanted to get mileage out of it. The first time I featured it was over a black dress here. I feel like this is definitely more of a 70's vibe over the denim dress and with brown sandals. These pictures were taken a few weeks ago, but we are still enjoying a wonderful Fall - I hope it lasts!
Farm Rio "Crocheted & Cropped" Pullover : Anthropologie
Holding Horses Seamed Denim Dress : Anthropologie
"Val" Wedge Sandals : Payless
Tahari Sunglasses : TJ Maxx

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Fall Stripe

This dress is a great example of my secondhand shopping hobby! As I've mentioned before, I am a member of a few buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook...... have been a long time eBay shopper...... and most recently I have been enjoying Poshmark! This dress retailed at Anthropologie last Summer for $168. I got it new with tags (NWT) for $40 on Poshmark! It is comfy and flowy and I thought the colors were still appropriate for Fall. Soooooo enjoying the gorgeous weather we have been having!
Tracy Reese "Spectrum" Maxi Dress : Anthropologie via Poshmark

Jean Jacket : TJ Maxx
Blowfish Sandals : Zulily
Sunglasses : Target
Amber Necklace : gift from hubby's trip to Poland years ago

Monday, October 2, 2017

Checking in with LLR

It's been a while since I've featured LuLaRoe here. I've definitely noticed my LLR buying goes in spurts. I bought a lot in the Spring - mostly peacock dresses - including this one. I have a peacock Ana, Amelia, and Carly..... and now this is a Nicole! It's the same style as the Ana, just not a maxi length. And, I actually wore this one backwards because I did not want as much of a scoop neck.
LuLaRoe dresses are just so effortless and comfy, that they can really stand on their own. A jean jacket is nice but not necessary. I wore a necklace I made a long time ago, some comfy sandals, and my standard shades.
Nicole Dress : LuLaRoe
Jean Jacket & Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
Sugar Sandals : Younkers
Necklace : made by me

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hot Air

I fell in love with hot air balloons when we lived in Battle Creek. We enjoyed the air show every year, which always occurred during the week of the 4th of July. I found 5 balloon looks (links below) I wore back in 2012.

Look One
I am so happy that, even after moving, we still live near a city that has a hot air balloon show (Jackson). The balloon photos in this post are from the show this July. Many of my clothes from 2012 no longer fit but I was lucky enough to find some new pieces recently to stay festive! I took the boys by myself this year, and it just so happen to be the Saturday after the crazy week I outlined here. So yeah, I am just going to call that the week from hell because our trip to see the balloons was just as challenging. We took the highway to get there, and Carson gets carsick sometimes and that was one of the times he threw up. Since I knew he wasn't actually sick, and his blanket took the majority of it, we forged on. When we got there, the traffic to get into the park was the worst I had ever seen it. I think it was because it was the first day of the show where the weather was going to cooperate for the balloons to go up. I finally inched up enough to get into a parking lot outside the park where I knew we'd have quite a walk. The lines for the food vendors were insane, but we all had to eat so we had no choice but to wait. Once we got our food, I tried to balance holding it all while pushing the stroller to find a place to watch the balloons. The launch ended up being an hour late and I was so discouraged from the entire week. But, once they started going up it was so amazing we forgot about it all. 
 Apt 9 Embellished Crewneck Tee : Kohl's
Pilcro Superscript Ultra High Rise Crop Jeans (black) : Anthropologie
Rampage Sandals : Meijer
Sunglasses : TJ Maxx

I got this sleeveless top at TJ Maxx the night we were walking back from getting pretzels and I discovered the cheese that dripped down my chest. So yeah, I knew I was treating myself when I saw it. This is what I wore to the balloon show with jeans, but here it is dressed up for work with wide leg pants from Old Navy, Rockport wedges and belt.

 Apt 9 Georgette Tank : Kohl's
How cool to find 2 pieces at Kohl's this Summer! This is actually a sleeveless top with a cool zipper up the back, but I wore it over a black t-shirt because it was too hot to wear a jacket or sweater over it and I didn't like the look of it alone.

High Rise Jeans : American Eagle
Seychelles Tigre Wedge Sandals : Anthropologie
Necklace : Maurices
Sunglasses : TJ Maxx
I would love to take a ride in a hot air balloon someday! I guess I know I'll have something to wear if I ever do.