May 18, 2016

Style: Floral for Spring!





dress: old navy (similar but cuter) // wedges: toms // 
bracelets: h&m (similar); kendra scott // earrings: ks

I love floral prints so much. So, so much. Especially dark floral prints because they are easy to wear. And edgy. Don't I look so edgy (*sarcasm)? I wore this to my cousin's wedding shower and even though I look like a pasty ghost, I was so excited to wear a dress! Last summer I was still nursing so I did not wear dresses often and they are just my favorite. One piece and you're done. Also, this dress was $7. So that's pretty legit. It was a good length until I made the mistake of drying it. And this is technically a "tall" size too. So, ultimately, we have an edgy-dark-floral-mini-dress look going on here. 

Now that I have spilled the randomness that is my brain, I will share that we are going on vacation in the next few weeks! Eric and I are having a little baby-free getaway to the beach and I'm so excited but also getting so sad about leaving Piglet for a few days. Isn't it funny how that works? :)

May 11, 2016

Style: Comfy Shoes & A Scoop Back




top: gap (so similar) // jeans: jcp (similar) // shoes: cobb hill // necklace: target

This is kind of a weird outfit. It's like... am I trying to wear a t-shirt and jeans in a cute way? Or am I trying to be fancy in a casual sort of way? I have no idea. But I wore it, so that's that. 

Let's talk shoes, shall we? I went to DSW yesterday on my lunch break (running errands without a baby is... fast) and I tried on some super-cute lace up flats. So cute. So trendy. But it felt like I was wearing cardboard. They had some nice pairs that weren't as uncomfortable, but I wasn't willing to pay more than $40 (since they are kind of trendy) and they weren't really in the "comfortable" category anyway. So, my point is. I'm super into comfortable shoes. As in, grandma-style-my-feet-feel-amazing-after-walking-all-day-shoes. I have nothing against lace-up flats (I'm guessing there are more comfy ones for a better price out there somewhere) but I am anti-cheap shoes. Cheap clothes? Sure. But I am officially an old lady when it comes to shoes. I got these shoes as a Christmas gift and I think they are borderline cute... most of the shoes this brand makes are not "young". But they are soooo comfy. Like walking on pillows. 

If anyone has any comfy shoe brands to share, I want to hear! 

May 6, 2016

Budget Rewind: March 2013 & April 2013

 MARCH 2013 
(original budget post)


Good
  • The maxi dress! I have worn it sooooo much (see it with a blazer) though not on the blog for whatever reason. I spent $15 on it so it's definitely been a win. 
Bad
  • The skirt, for sure. I bought it because it was $8 and I wear skirts to work a lot... but it's too small. It looks fine on, but the lining is so tight. I actually ended cutting a slit in the lining to try to make it work but I ended up adding it to the donate pile last year.

Okay
  • The sweater. A couple of years ago I would have said this was "good" because I wore it to work a lot - it's great for throwing over thin strap dresses. BUT. Now that I work only a couple of days a week I'm way more selective about what I wear and I just haven't worn it that much.
     
  • The necklace. I have definitely gotten good cost per wear out of it  (see it an outfit) because it was so cheap, but I wouldn't say it's on constant rotation in my closet. However, it's definitely something that I plan on keeping around. 

APRIL 2013 
(original post)

Good



  • Floral pants I still love these. Target just killed it with this print. It took me forever to find a good pair of floral pants (I sent my bff a million dressing room pics trying to find the perfect pair) but I am glad I took my time because these have been awesome. The dark background means they work year round so I have definitely gotten my money's worth on these. ($27.99)
Okay
  • Lace blouse This should probably be in the "good" category considering how often I've worn it. I feel like this blouse goes with everything. The reason it goes in the "okay" category is because of the fit. I didn't spend a lot of time looking around for a great fit and this one is too short (of course) and too wide. I am currently looking for a replacement. 

May 4, 2016

Fireplace Room/Dining Room BEFORE

I am so excited to share a little bit of our home with you today! I have been talking about it for so long and now that we have officially been in our home a year (!) I feel like such a slacker for not sharing photos. So, without further ado, here is what I like to call our "Fireplace Room." It is the room I would say that we spend the most time in. It is houses our fireplace (duh), the dining area and a small living room. It is at the center of the house and connects to the hallway where the bedrooms are, the kitchen and the front living room. 

I drew up this (horrible, not proportional) sketch of the layout of the house. It is perfect by any means, but I feel like it helps you get an idea of the layout. Haha, can you tell I have no artistic (or musical, but that is a different story) talents?


Also, this room (like most of the rooms in the house) has great bones. Our house was definitely not a fixer upper by any means! However, even with a "done" home - there is so much to do! I didn't even realize how much we had to do until we started doing it... and here we are a year later :)

The door you see through the hallway next to the fireplace leads to Piglet's bedroom. 






This might be the longest fireplace, ever. It's soooo long. And I LOVE it. Our first house did not have a fireplace so this has been an awesome upgrade. Also, Eric already replaced the sconces with the ones you see above - I forgot to take a picture with the ugly ones that came with the house :)


If you are really observant, you might notice that we got a new table already (see our old table in our old house) from West Elm. It is expandable (this is fully expanded) and seats 8-10 so we've already been able to host a few dinners. 


THrough the doorway straight ahead you can see the folding doors that lead to our laundry closet and the doorway to the right leads to the den. 


And yes, we've already started to put paint samples on the wall! Yay! 
Some other things we want to do:

  • paint the walls and ceilings (leave the bottom portion of the wall white)
  • do something with the ceiling beams... they make the ceiling feel low and they have kind of a shabby-chic vibe that I don't love
  • get new chairs for the dining table! 
  • replace the boob light (bleh) and the chandelier (don't love it and want something larger)
  • get new rug for living area
  • get new chair for living area
  • some sort of artwork above sofa
  • art above credenza
  • strip and stain mantel (?)
  • some sort of coffee table (maybe poufs?)
  • create functional toy storage
  • replace curtains with roman shade?

Apr 27, 2016

Style: What I'm Wearing Over and Over



dress: h&m (similar) // jacket: target // necklace: similar // shoes: ann taylor (similar)

This dress has become one of my go-to's. I picked it up at h&m in NYC last year (OKC has since gotten an h&m - yay!) and I wear it non-stop. It's a thick material, which is important for fitted dresses (it disguises those lumps and bumps if ya know what I mean). It's also a great length for a 5'10"-er like me. And this jacket. I finally made myself buy a utility jacket that fit well. I had this one for maybe 8ish years and it was just always too short. I haven't been super-into purchasing things lately (side note: I'm soooo over bloggers constantly pushing purchases. Is it just me or is that all blogging/instagram is about right now?) but I have been really into collecting classic pieces that fit well. So apparently I'm naming this outfit "classic pieces that fit well."




Apr 20, 2016

4 (more!) Ways to Wear Cobalt Pants



My cobalt dress pants have somehow become my most-loved item of work clothing. I had NO idea how much I would wear them when I bought them at Target nearly 4 years ago. If I had known, I probably would have bought 3 pairs in case any fell apart. That's probably my worst fear in life. Okay, that's a complete exaggeration (my worst fear in life is that Starbucks goes bankrupt) but I really love these pants. Looooooove. You can see my first post on four ways to wear cobalt pants here. I've worn them countless times since then, but here are a few ways that have been captured on the blog:

with a bow blouse
Two initial thoughts: my hair is SO short and also, I was totally pregnant in this pic. Weird. Anyway, the cardigan is matchy-matchy which is normally not my style, but it's nice to mix it up. And when in doubt with shoes, always go neutral. 



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This is a super-casual look, but I actually wore it to work (insert awkward emoji face here). I looooove tone on tone and the cobalt pants are perfect for it.



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This is one of my favorite looks! The leather jacket with the suede booties add a lot of texture to an otherwise blue-and-black outfit.


More blue and black! What doesn't go with black? Am I right... yes or yes?


For anyone looking to build their professional wardrobe, cobalt pants are seriously amazing. Can you tell I love these pants? I know, I haven't made it clear enough yet :) I have a few similar pants linked below (each under $50).






Mar 30, 2016

Style: 70s Inspired




blouse: f21 (similar) // jeans: banana republic (similar) // heels: nine west (similar) // 
sweater: old navy (similar) // necklace: target (similar)

I haven't worn flare jeans in SO LONG. I know they are supposedly coming back, but I am having a hard time being excited about that. I think part of it is because most of my skinny jeans fit like jeggings and regular jeans seem so stiff and uncomfortable in comparison. But anyway, these jeans are probably 6ish years old so hey! things come back in style. 

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! We had two Easter meals (!) - one with Eric's family for lunch and a big dinner with my extended family. Piglet also got to hunt Easter eggs for the first time. He put 3 in his basket (which was a plastic bucket I dug out of a closet 5min before the hunt) and then he just ran around with two of them in his hands. Ridiculously cute. But I'm biased, obviously. Eric and I constantly have to convince ourselves that our kid isn't the cutest/sweetest/most wonderful kid in the entire world. I am guessing this is a constant issue for all parents. 


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