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Monthly Archives: March 2013

On The Street

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Now I know there is a lot of controversy over denim on denim, but I think Courtney pulls the look off perfectly.

And I love how she added a scarf as a belt.

So simple, but so incredibly chic.

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Maxi Dreams

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Have you ever dreamed of an article of clothing that you would like to add to your wardrobe, but don’t know where to get said article?

I have dreamed about a long, flowy maxi skirt in an orange-ish pink color for awhile, but couldn’t find one anywhere.

Well, the other night I was near a Styles for Less and I got a weird idea to check there. As I walked in, I immediately saw my dream maxi skirt hanging on the “Just Arrived” rack. I was beyond stoked that this piece of clothing that I “dreamed” up actually did exist!

It is incredibly comfortable and makes me feel so feminine.

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Earrings: Target  Shirt: Plato’s Closet  Scarf: Anthropologie  Skirt: Styles for Less  Shoes: Target (Converse)

Garage Sale Blazin’

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Last Friday, I was on my way home from work when I saw a random garage sale. Not being one to drive past a driveway full of treasures, I stopped to take a look around.

There were a lot of clothes, so my interest was immediately peaked.

Among them I found a couple cute jackets, a sweater and this beautiful white blazer.

It is super well made with a soft material and lining.

And I bought it for only $3!

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I am so stoked with this purchase and the amount of possibilities this gorgeous article of clothing has. Stay tuned for a lot of outfits coming your way in the near future featuring this beauty.

Garage Sale-ing Tips

-First peruse from your car, if you don’t see a lot of clothes, don’t waste your time.

-Look at everything! You might not know when a sweet gem will be hiding under a mass of other clothes.

-Try it on, if possible. This most likely only works for tops, since it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to try pants on. But if you come across a pair of designer jeans in your usual size and they’re only $6, go for it! You could always pass them on to someone else if they don’t fit and that would make an awesome present for only $6!

-Look for stains or wear/tear. Because they’re second-hand, there is a strong possibility that there could be signs of previous use. Look in the armpits, check the hems for rips and make sure all the buttons are there.

-Haggle. Always. Unless you ask how much and they say only $.25 cents. In that case, just pay the quarter and walk away happy.

And remember, that you’re not always going to find stuff. It’s a process and an adventure and half the fun is looking.

But careful, you could turn into a “garage sale junkie”. 😉

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Happy Friday!

Earth Tones & Jewels

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I feel so old-fashioned in this outfit. Like I should be leaning on a desk with a Steno-pad taking notes for my Mad Men boss.

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Flutes and Prego Bellies

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In the past couple months, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing a gorgeous young woman with her flute and two lovely couples expecting their first child. Sadly I am just now getting around to featuring them on the bloggy blog.

So, I thought I’d lump them all together into one big post.

Meet Allison. She is in college and is a very accomplished flute player. Or is it flutist? Not sure. But she sure is pretty.

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Tara & Matt just became the proud parents of a perfect baby boy!

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Kristine & Daniel’s baby is due soon and the gender is a surprise! I admire their patience since I counted the days until my big appointment to find out if I was having a boy or girl.

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If you’re interested in getting portraits done, email me at thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com for details.

(My original photography site was hacked by some Polish hackers. Boo.)

Romantic

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Today is just proof that you can always find new uses for clothing items, even if you just happen to stumble upon them.

As I was creating this outfit for a “romantic” look, I just couldn’t get it to look exactly how I pictured it in my head.

I layered this Lauren Conrad blouse over this cream colored dress I have and belted it, but didn’t like the length of the shirt hanging down.

And so, I decided to tuck it up under the belt, creating more of a blouse and skirt look, which is EXACTLY what I wanted.

Don’t ever hesitate to TRY something new because it might be better than you expect!

(Look here for a picture of the original dress.)

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Shirt: Plato’s Closet (Lauren Conrad), Dress: Plato’s Closet, Necklace: Cookie Lee, Belt: Lands End Canvas, Shoes: Amvets (Seychelles)

Sexy Or Safe?

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You can easily make any “sexy” outfit safer (or in my case more comfortable) just by adding some leggings, boots and a soft sweater.

I easily transitioned this outfit from work to dinner out with our family in less than five minutes.

Plus, I felt so much cozier since the fog was rolling in and the temperature was dropping.

And it doesn’t even look like the same dress!

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