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On The Street

These two gorgeous Jehovah’s Witness girls came by my house to talk with me and I begged them to let me take their pictures. I loved how put together their outfits were, especially for having to walk around in 100 degree heat.

Thanks, Jenna and Kersten for letting me feature your awesome style!

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Who is Anne of Green Gables?!

The other day I was at the bank and complimented the teller on her pretty freckles. She, in turn, complimented me on mine and asked if I ever didn’t like them. I responded that I always loved them because of Anne of Green Gables and she said, “Who is that?”

WHO IS ANNE OF GREEN GABLES?!!!

Only one of the best written characters EVER!! If I could choose for any character to exist in real life, it would be her. I am convinced we would be best friends.

If you haven’t ever heard of Anne Shirley, do yourself a favor and go read the book or rent the movie (check your local library). You’ll love it because:

-she has a mirror friend

-the love story between her & Gilbert is one of the best love stories ever

-her spunky, red-headed, freckly attitude

-her outrageous imagination

and

-the outstanding and selfless parental love shown by Matthew and Marilla.

Now I’ll leave you with my favorite little bit of the book right after (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Gilbert proposes to Anne:

“But I’ll have to ask you to wait a long time, Anne,” said Gilbert sadly. “It will be three years before I’ll finish my medical course. And even then there will be no diamond sunbursts and marble halls.”

Anne laughed.

I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU. You see I’m quite as shameless as Phil about it. Sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more `scope for imagination’ without them. And as for the waiting, that doesn’t matter. We’ll just be happy, waiting and working for each other — and dreaming. Oh, dreams will be very sweet now.”

Gilbert drew her close to him and kissed her. Then they walked home together in the dusk, crowned king and queen in the bridal realm of love, along winding paths fringed with the sweetest flowers that ever bloomed, and over haunted meadows where winds of hope and memory blew.

Fashion Friday

Things I’m Recently Obsessed With

On the Street sighting on The Sartorialist…so bright and colorful

Women’s Dot Skirt from Lands End Canvas…so flirty and fun

Bug Dress on i believe in unicorns…a ladylike dress full of character, reminds me of Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus books

Cherry Print Blouson Dress from Gap…would look SO good on so many body shapes

Quinn Cone Heel Bootie from Lands End Canvas…so many possibilities to dress them up or down

Seaport Bracelet Watch by Kate Spade…unfortunately it’s sold out, not that I could afford it anyways 😉

Turquoise Stones Necklace by Lisa Leonard…so, so, so beautiful, I think I’d wear it everyday

Jade Serenity Stone Drop Earrings by stella & dot…classic and beautiful

Braided Bun by the beauty department…how does she get her bun so perfect??!

Everly Suede Pumps in Azure by JCrew…hello, my precious

Guadalupe Straw Shopper by Mar y Sol…yes, please!

Town Green Clarks in burgundy leather…I want to wear these with tights and a pea coat

Raleigh Leather Handbag by Marc Jacobs…a girl can dream, can’t she?

Did you start making your Christmas wish list? 😉

Happy Friday! 🙂

On The Street

I was able to capture this GORGEOUS outfit at my nearby Starbucks. I love how flowy her outfit is, as well as the tiny stars on her skirt and her super tall ankle boots. In a word it is…perfect.

Have you seen anyone “on the street” that you admired their outfit? If so, please email me a pic at

thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com

I’d love to see the amazingness that is out there!

Spoonful of Sugar

It’s days like today that I wake up and wish I had Mary Poppins powers.

Wouldn’t that be lovely to snap and make it all clean itself?!

*sigh*

Priorities Reprioritized

Remember back in August when I announced that I wouldn’t be shopping for anything unnecessary or frivolous for the entire month? (If you don’t, feel free to read the blog post about it here.)

I am happy to say that I was able to go an entire month without shopping. I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking, “That’s ridiculously easy to do”, but for this girl, it is a BIG FEAT!

It was surprisingly not that hard for me, but I had to take some definite precautions and learned a LOT about myself.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. I shop when I’m bored/tired/stressed.

When I am driving out and about by myself (which is a rare occurrence), I love to stop by a thrift store and see what goodies I can find. It helps to take my mind off of life for a short, valuable time and is my “happy” place to escape to. To keep myself from buying anything, I avoided stores completely (the key ones being Plato’s Closet, Goodwill and Target) and let me tell you, I missed them like a dear friend. It’s sad, but it’s the truth.

2. My biggest weakness was the online coupons.

Okay, make sure you’re sitting down before you read this…

I unsubscribed myself from 28!!! groupon-like or shopping related (GAP, etc.) emails!!!

These are right in front of me all day long taunting me with their pretty pictures and sensational “deals” that I can only get “THAT” day (so you actually end up spending more money in the long run)! I realized the best way to avoid buying something from these sites was to remove myself from them completely. My inbox is emptier and I feel a whole lot cleaner.

3. I own A LOT and am blessed with many things.

I took a good, long look at the things that I DO own and found other ways to use them. I made outfits out of clothes that I haven’t worn in a long time and overall, changed my attitude to be thankful for all of the blessings that I do have, material and non-material.

I found a very interesting article about a woman who didn’t buy anything new for five years. While I don’t think I could do that, I applaud her effort. Read her story here.

I’ll leave you with her mantra:

“use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”. 🙂

Fashion Friday

One Item, Four Ways

It’s simple.

This white lace shirt…

…can be styled an infinite number of ways.

Here are four of them.

Kerry went with a GIRLY SOPHISTICATE style.

Cheryl chose a RELAXED GLAM approach.

Courtney’s look is very BIKER CHIC.

While my look is COSMOPOLITAN LADY.

How would you style it?

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Happy Friday! 🙂