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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hula School Dropout

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lace shirt 1 lace shirt 2(Hat: Goodwill  Shirt, Necklace & Shorts: Plato’s Closet  Watch: Nordstrom Rack-Kenneth Cole  Belt: Ann Taylor Loft  Shoes: HandMeDown-Top Shop)

When I was younger, I never hula hooped. I think I was too busy running and climbing things to stand in one place. It wasn’t until I was much older that I actually attempted to balance a hula hoop around my middle. And as easy as other people made it look, I could not get it to stay up for more than two spins. I was/am flabbergasted. I have birthing hips…a phrase lovingly coined by my mother to mean big hips. Shouldn’t big hips keep a hula hoop up without even trying?! I mean it’s like a built in cheat, but apparently it actually works against me to make me a hula hoop failure. I’ll keep trying, but I can almost guarantee that unless my hips go away (which is impossible unless I shave my bone down…ouch!), I won’t be winning any hula hooping contests at any point in my life.

Bad Mommy Books

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maroon blazer 2 maroon blazer 1(Necklace: Cookie Lee  Blazer: Plato’s Closet-Silence & Noise  Shirt: GAP  Skirt: Old Navy  Shoes: Plato’s Closet)

Last week I got the book “Divergent” and I couldn’t put it down. I love finding books like that. Ones that suck you in and you can’t get enough of them, so you just have to keep reading until they are over. But then you’re totally distraught that you’ve come to the end. Thankfully there is a second book “Insurgent” which I’m starting soon and then a third to be coming out in Fall. While I was reading it though, I was so addicted invested that I didn’t want to be bothered, which is kinda difficult when you live in a house with two preschool aged boys. I told my friend about this conundrum and she said, “Oh, we call those ‘Bad Mommy Books'”! Ha! I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Don’t worry, no children were harmed or ignored while I was reading.)

Short (On) Inspiration

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I am enjoying summer.

Enjoying not having to have a schedule and being able to just…be.

It’s been lovely.

But blogging has fallen by the wayside and I apologize. It’s just so gosh darn lovely outside that I don’t want to sit down at the computer.

Here is a post with some old pictures taken by my phone, so bear with me.

I am a “skirt and dresses” kind of girl and rarely wear shorts. I find it hard to not just throw on a grubby t-shirt and flip flops when wearing shorts (nothing is wrong with this by the way, but it’s definitely not “style blog worthy”).

So here are some ideas for jazzing up a pair of shorts.

1. With a tucked in blouse and wide belt (work appropriate).


2. With a 3/4 length sleeved sweater and metallic flats.

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3. With a sequined top. Duh.

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4. With a graphic tee shirt and bright colored flats.

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5. With a belted blouse and leather flats (work appropriate).


6. With a solid color blouse and cowboy boots.


7. With animal print and brightly colored sandals.


8. With a button-up safari shirt and moccasins.


Happy Fashion Friday!

How To Make Skinny Jeans

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For my blog post over at Life As Mom this month, I turned this pair of pants into some lovely skinny jeans.


Head on over to read the full post. 🙂

To Make The Bed Or Not To Make The Bed?

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gray skirt 1 gray skirt 2(Necklace: Plato’s Closet  Shirt: Goodwill (Mossimo)  Skirt: Yard Sale  Shoes: Resale Shop)

I am a fairly neat person. I have the occasional messy room (my husband would argue my use of the word occasional) and weekly sweep/mop/dust/vacuum my house. I can-not-for-the-life-of-me get myself to make my bed. I walk into other people’s spotlessly clean abodes and marvel at how “model home-esque” it is and I know that a made bed is a big part of the complete picture, but I just can’t do it. I just don’t really see the point since I’m going to get right back in it in less than a day. When I know people are going to see my room, you can be darn sure my bed will be made though and I will feel like I’ve aced my SATs, won the lottery and saved an infant from a burning building all in the same day. It’s that kind of accomplished feeling. Maybe that’s why I’ll continue to savor it for special occasions. 😉

Awkwardness, My New BFF

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graphic dress 1 graphic dress 2(Necklace: Plato’s Closet  Dress (H&M) & Purse (Coach): Plato’s Closet  Shoes: Goodwill (Fossil)

Oh, awkwardness. It just follows me around like a shadow. I should just start introducing people to it, like it’s my best friend, since it’s with me wherever I go. Unavoidable. This past week I had to take my son to the emergency room because we were afraid he had meningitis. The doctors checked him out and he’s just super sick, but will heal. Before we left a man came in to get our insurance information. I took one look at him and blurted out, “You look so familiar.” Not that awkward a phrase, but you should have heard the crickets chirping in uncomfortable silence and the strange look that he gave me before he continued his request for our medical card. Blerg. When am I gonna learn to keep my big mouth shut? The worst part is I SWEAR I know him, but just can’t figure out how. Double blerg.

Scarf Up-Do

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During hot summer months, do you find yourself turning to the ponytail as a quick up-do to get your hair off your neck?


Well, here is a super easy alternative.

All you need is a scarf (or long piece of fabric) and a hair clip. If you’re clever, you could probably get the same effect with a hairband or bobby pins.


Start by tying the scarf around your head, leaving your hair hanging down your back. If your scarf isn’t that long, start tying in the back, so it’ll be able to tie at the top of your head.


Tie in a knot or bow at the top of your head a little off to the side. Looks good just like this, right? I would agree if it was Fall, but my neck is screaming at me that it’s hot, so let’s continue…


Twist the remainder of your hair into a slight bun and clip it at the top. If you feel so inclined, leave some hair hanging free in the front. The messier the better, in my opinion.


Then tuck the clip into the scarf to hide it. And you’re done!


How easy was that? And super stylish!


Hope you’re enjoying your summer and spending as much time outdoors as possible!

Happy Fashion Friday!