Friday, July 31, 2015

Day Date Adventures

One of the ways my husband and I make time for each other is take have the occasional "day date." He's off on Fridays (jealous!) and since we don't have people nearby that can watch the munchkin at night, we will take a day just to have some reconnect time. I took off last Friday and thought it might be fun to show you what our day looked like. It's not elaborate, but it was still lots of fun.

Without further ado, here's what a typical "Day Date" for us looks like:

After dropping off the small one at daycare around 8 a.m., the hubs and I headed to one of our favorite places, The Egg and I, for breakfast.

I splurged and got the Cambridge Skillet AND an iced coffee. Matt got the Patriot Waffle (which I might have stolen a bite or two of). Doesn't it look amazing in all of it's greasy, artery clogging goodness?

Our big plan for the day was to go see Inside Out, but since we had some time to kill, we went to one of my favorite places (second to Target) Michaels to finish up buying my mom's birthday present.

She's been into the whole adult coloring book thing lately, so I got her the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt & Coloring Book from Amazon and a set of Prismacolor color pencils and markers. Pricey, but they are seriously the best. After I graduated from college, I went back and did a year of interior design (before deciding I'd had enough of school for while).We were required to use Prismacolors on our projects and I fell in love with them. Sadly, my markers dried out long ago, but thankfully, the color pencils are still good. Confession: I loved the Enchanted Forest coloring book so much that might have ordered one for myself. Good stress relief!



We killed enough time in Michaels that all the stores had opened up at Pier Park, so after getting our tickets for the one o'clock movie showing, we decided to act like tourists and wander through all the stores. 

First stop was to The Candymaker for grape soda jelly beans - my favorites. They smell like Dimetapp, which reminds me of my childhood, yummy. :)


 And for your enjoyment, here's a pic of me being silly.


If you've never been to Pier Park, it's an outdoor mall, and while we wanted to be outside and enjoy the sunshine, it.was.miserable.hot.
 
After going to a few stores, we admitted defeat and went to...


...Target! No lie, we're there at least two or three times a week. So we waited out our time until the movie in air conditioned bliss. And got baby essentials like diapers and wipes.

And some non-essentials like the new Harper Lee novel Go Set a Watchman.


And while the husband was looking all electronics, I passed the time by taking an outfit selfie. Because, why not?


Finally it was time for the movie, hooray! Have you see Inside Out? It's super cute, though a bit sad. I'll confess I felt a bit guilty for going to see a kid movie without the kiddo, but at 14 months, she's just now getting to the place where she'll sit through part of a movie at home. I don't think she's quite ready for the movie theater, and I definitely don't want to inflict my potentially screaming child on the moviegoers. We plan on getting it on Blu-ray, so we'll get to watch it as a family then. :)


Afterwards we made our way to Publix for some blissful kid-free grocery shopping and picked up essentials like milk and gelato.



And that was our date. Nothing too fancy, but it was still really nice!

Since it was so hot outside, I kept my outfit really simple (with a sweater of course for the chilly movie theater). It was so hot at one point I stripped off my watch and bracelet because I was sweating underneath them. Classy, right? Thankfully we got some pics before it became too sweltering.

It's not my most favorite outfit I've ever assembled, but here's what I wore:
Sweater: Gap Factory (similarish)
Shirt: The White Wolf (exact)
Shorts: American Eagle (very similar)
Sandals: American Eagle (exact)
Watch: Target (upgrade)
Bracelet: As best I can remember from the High Museum in Atlanta (exact)
Earrings: Kate Spade (exact on sale!)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Budget



$306.14 - $100 side work income = $206.14
$56.14 over budget
($509.71 in savings)

So, I was spendy this month. Thank goodness I had a little photography side work money I could throw toward my budget, or I would have been way, way over. I also just sent some clothes to ThredUp to sell, so hopefully that will help for next month. Because...

Going forward, I'm going to roll my balance into the next month. Right now there's no consequences if I don't make budget. With no incentive to stay at or under budget, I've been operating under a use it or lose it mentality. I'm hoping that by building up my credit, I can buy some more expensive holes in my closet items. So next month, I'll start out down $56.14, but hopefully I'll make some clothing sales to compensate!

Now, on to the clothing reviews, the real reason I know you're all here: :)

Boden Wow Pencil Skirt (see how I wore it here)
I've had my eye on this skirt for over a year, but wasn't willing to pay $100+ for a skirt, no matter how well-made. Back in June I did post wearing it's sister skirt and realized that the stripe it was soon to be gone forever and that my size was one of the very last in stock. I still held out a bit longer, but finally decided to pull the trigger. I'm so glad I did! It's a nice, thick material, which means the stripes don't stretch out all wonky (something I have to be oh so careful about post baby). For reference, I got this in a 16R.

Loft Tee Dress (see how I wore it here)
Simple black dress with sleeves? I'm all over that. I'm not a huge fan of how my upper arms look, so I'm always covering up with a sweater. It was great to find a dress that can been worn by itself, no covering up needed. For reference, I got this in an XL.

Lou & Gray Striped Tee Dress (see how I wore it here)
I got this dress because I wanted another short-sleeve dress to add to the mix. I love how this dress can be worn casually or dressed up with a blazer. For reference, I got this in an XL. It was part of a $60 of of $100 promotion, plus I had a rewards card, so it basically cost me a whole whopping $0.80. Crazy, right?

American Eagle Floral Kimono (see how I wore it here)
I pretty much live in cardigans, but in summer, in Florida, sometimes you just need something light and airy that still provides a little coverage. This kimono is so much prettier in person than it is online, and it was free with a gift card, so a win-win. It does run really large, for reference, mine is a M.

Loft Piped Tee (see sneak peak of how I wore it here)
I got this pretty little tee during the aforementioned $60 off $100 promotion. I love, love, love the deep green color and I've worn it a couple times during the weekend, but not yet on the blog. I got an XL. It also comes in pretty pink, cream and black.

Ann Taylor Dressy Tee (see how I wore it here)
Sadly, I no longer fit into my absolute favorite dressy black tee, but this is a good replacement! It's lightweight and feels good against the skin. It's the perfect length to leave untucked, but I also think it'll look good tucked into skirt. I'm looking forward to playing with it more. I got this in an XL.

Loft Ikat Tee (see how I wore it here)
Navy + ikat = perfection. This shirt is made from super soft cotton, and it looks good dressed up with a pencil skirt as well as casual. It's got a nice length to it, not too short, which is a problem I have with a lot of shirts. I've been wearing it non-stop on the weekends with shorts, plus it washes well. It's survived two round of baby puke and still looks great. :)

Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings (see how I wore them here)
I wasn't going to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but these earrings proved to be too much temptation to resist. They're big, funky, and I love them.

Lands End Leopard Pumps (see how I wore them here)
You guys, I got these amazing leopard heels of only $17! That's about 85% off retail. Insane. I originally ordered them at $31.17, but two days later they went on further sale and Sierra Trading Post was kind enough to refund me the difference AND my shipping! I just feel like I need to give them a shout out since they were so helpful! I know they mostly sell outdoor stuff, but every once and awhile, there's a gem like these heels.

American Eagle Colorblock Sandals
I realized that I only own one pair of slightly ratty black flip flops, so these sandals fill a black casual sandal hole in my closet. They're reminiscent of Birkenstocks, but I think the simple double strap and pop of silver helps make them a little more fun and they're at a much lower price point than Birks. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pair of Birks and I wore the heck out of them in high school, but I'm not yet ready to invest in a new pair. Too bad I didn't keep my high school originals (I had brown, tan AND mules), I could have been trendy all over again. :)

Madewell Mira Heels (see how I wore them here)
Seriously, how amazing are these shoes? I posted about wanting them earlier this month, but at the time they were bit too expensive. About a week after that, Madewell held an amazing sale on their clearance items, and I was able to pick them up on major sale. They tipped my budget over, but I think it was worth it. I've only wore them once, but they were pretty comfortable, as much as heels can be comfortable. I love the leather lining, no blisters and no gross sweaty feet!

J. Crew Factory Fringe Pendant Necklace (see how I wore it here)
I've really been into long pendant necklaces lately, and when I saw this one on Merrick, I knew I had to have it. Then again, I'd love to have just about everything in her closet. :)

What didn't work:

 


Loft Ikat Printed Shorts
Ikat shirts are great, these shorts are...not...I wanted to love them, but there were too baggy, too short, just bleh. Honestly, they felt like pajamas with a weirdly long crotch. So, back they went. For reference, I ordered them in an XL.
 
J. Crew Factory Stripe Pencil Skirt
Remember all the things I said above about the importance to a stripe pencil skirt fitting just right around the abdomen...well, here's the perfect example of a skirt that zipped up and "fit" but looks like a train wreck on. Too, too tight and does absolutely nothing for my figure. I might have tried going up a size, but it was only offered up to size 16, which is what I got, but overall is was really easy to say no to.


J. Crew Factory Distressed Skinny Jeans
My quest for the perfect distressed skinny jean continues. I just felt like everything was too tight, and you can't see well in the photos, but there was an odd almost patch look on one of the legs that I just wasn't crazy about. For reference, I ordered these in a size 33. My search continues...

Moving forward, I want to concentrate more on the holes in my closet, though I did break down and order the rose gold/navy Kendra Scott tassel necklace during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It should (fingers crossed) arrive tomorrow. I've been wanting a long rose gold necklace for a while, so maybe it'll help fulfill one of my closet "holes." It's not frivolous then, right? I also have my eye on this pair of distressed jeans from the Loft. I've also got this gorgeous embroidered tunic coming my way and I'm trying really, really hard to resist these poppy red perforated flats. I've got a coupon that makes them half off, but I'm trying to decide if I really need another pair of red flats in my closet.

//I'm linking up with Franish today and all the other Budgeting Bloggers!//

Faking Fancy


It's amazing how something as simple as a necklace can completely transform an outfit. This is a simple jersey maxi dress, but the necklace makes everything look so fancy! I originally planned to wear my beloved Kendra Scott tassel necklace with this outfit, but I wanted something with a little extra punch. It ended up being the perfect thing to wear to my mom's birthday dinner.

I purchased this necklace in April, and loved the idea of it, but it was just too short around my neck. I wore it a couple times, but each time I wore it, I knew I just wasn't quite right. This weekend I finally decided to try lengthening the chain. It was actually a pretty easy fix! (Especially when hubs is ready to step in and help).  All you need is a some chain (I got mine at Michael's) and needle nose pliers.



 

 




1. Determine how long you want your necklace to hang. I wanted mine about 5" longer, so I cut two lengths of chain at 2.5" long (half the total length) by using the needle nose pliers to open a link to break the chain.

2. Using the needle nose pliers, remove the toggle from each side of the necklace.

3. Using one of the links you already opened from your new chain, add the chain to the necklace and close using needle nose pliers. Repeat for other side. 

4. Take the toggle from the original necklace and fix to the end of the new chain using needle nose pliers to open the last link of the chain and to close. 

5. Repeat for other side. 

6. Done!

Dress: J. Crew Factory (similar with sleeves!)
Sweater: Target (similar, similar plus)
Necklace: Ann Taylor (exact)
Clutch: Clare V.  (exact)
Watch: Fossil (similar)
Sandals: Target (similar)

I'm so happy with how it turned out! The great thing is if you don't get it quite right the first time, you can always add or remove chain as needed. Just grab your trusty needle nose pliers!
//Today I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore. //

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Clothing Rut


Ever have one of those days where you just don't know what to wear? For me, that's pretty much every day, so my solution was just to wear all black, and to break it up a bit, I threw on a cream cardi and a fun necklace and decided to call it day. Is it the most summery outfit? Nope, but it worked for a long car ride to and from Tallahassee as well as being comfortable enough to sit through a long meeting once I got there.

I feel like I'm really struggling to come up with summer office outfits and just keep defaulting to cardigans and sandals. A few years ago I wore lots of bright colors, but lately Ive found myself sticking more and more to neutrals. I'm kind of missing my colors, so maybe I'll have to wear a nice, bright outfit in the near future.  

Top: Target (similar)
Sweater: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Pants: Express (exact)
Sandals: Target (glitter option)
Clutch: Clare V. (exact)
Necklace: Baublebar (exact)
Watch: Fossil (very similar)
Earrings: Baublebar (similar)
Ring: Baublebar (exact)


Monday, July 27, 2015

Make it Work Monday: Blue Suede Shoes


Welcome to Make it Work Monday where I find outfit inspiration on Pinterest and make it work for the curvier lady.

Today's inspiration comes from Seams for a Desire. Sadly, I couldn't find the direct link to her fabulous outfit, but here's the link to the pin.One of the things I love about outfit hunting on Pinterest is discovering new fashion bloggers, and this blog has some fantastic photo inspiration.

Speaking of Make it Work Monday, I am no longer going to post every single Monday, but instead on the third Monday of the month and, best part, make it a linkup! So the next Make it Work Monday will be August 17. The rules are simple: find a pin on Pinterest that inspires you and use it to create your outfit. Easy, peasy, right? I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Top: Loft (similar)
Pants: The Limited (similar)
Shoes: Madewell (exact)
Clutch: Clare V. (exact)
Watch: Target (upgrade)
Bracelet: Loft (cute alternative)
Earrings: Kate Spade (exact on sale!)



How great are these blue suede shoes? I posted about wanting them earlier this month, but at the time they were bit too expensive. About a week after that, Madewell held an amazing sale on their clearance items, and I was able to pick them up on major sale.

So look at the shoes, not the yard, because it's out.of.control.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week in Review: 7.26.15

Navy on repeat: (one, // two // three)

Blog Love:
    • Need a good chuckle? Check out Fran's outtakes post! I really want to do something like this in the near future!
    • Fantastic post from Style is Everything about remembering the real reason we got into blogging and not obsessing about number of likes and followers.
    • I love every.single.thing about this outfit. And I'm glad I'm not the only adult that goes to kids movies. :)

    On Teal and Polka Dots:

    Favorite Sales:
      Personal:
      • Reading: I'm almost done with the Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. It's so good, I can't recommend it enough. I've been craving a good period piece, and this one spans 1913 to the 1980s. The main character/narrator has a great tone of voice. You can read a review (other than my gushing) here.
      • Listening to: Greg Laswell. His music is a bit melancholy, but sometimes that's what the doctor ordered. Perfect for chill-laxing (and yes, I just said chill-laxing.)
      • Watching: We saw Inside Out Friday and it was so, so good. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I might have shed a tear or two. I can't wait until the kiddo is old enough to take to the movies with us.
      • What I'm Crushing on: I seriously need these cherry red, perforated ballet flats. NEED THEM. Aaaannnnd I have a coupon that would make them 1/2 off...do I pull the trigger?
      • Doing: Car shopping! I love our Honda Fit, but we recently upgraded car seats and it just barely fits in the car. Plus road trips have been a bit miserable. But it's still a great car, so instead of replacing it, we're looking into trading the husband's 2001 Honda Accord for a CV-R. The trick is just finding the right car and the right price.
      • Goal of the Month: To drink more water. Flavored water counts, right? 
      Hard to believe that July is almost over! With temps in the upper 90s and with the crazy humidity, "feel like" temps in the 100s, I'm ready to July to be over and, maybe skip August and move straight into fall. Wishful think, I know. :)

      Thursday, July 23, 2015

      To Keep or Not to Keep


      I've been going through my closet and slowly deciding what to keep and what to sell/donate. Anything I'm not sure about, I wear again to see if I can still make it work and if I still like it. This shirt is one of those items. I originally had it in the donate pile, but I really do love the lightness of the fabric, the 3/4 sleeves and the bold, blue pattern. You can't see it in these pictures, but the bottom is elasticized, which gives it a very full, unflattering look. I'm debating if I could undo the a side seam, remove the elastic and sew it up back up. Doesn't seem like it would be too complicated, right? Just seems like a bit of a hassle.

      I haven't had a lot of luck selling on ebay lately, so I decided to give ThredUp a try. If you're unfamiliar, it's basically an online clothing consignment store where you can both sell and buy. I ordered a kit to sell a few weeks ago and it arrived earlier this week. You can get about a laundry hamper's worth of clothes and shoes into one bag. Shipping is free both ways, and you can drop it off at the post office or FedEx. Only brand name clothes are accepted, think J. Crew, Loft, etc. Clothing has to be in like-new condition. From other reviewers, I've heard that it can take about a month to process the bag, and payouts are done via store credit, paypal or you can donate to a cause. I don't expect to get a lot, but it's better than having unwanted clothes sitting around cluttering up my closet!

      Shirt: Loft (sleeveless option)
      Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exact)
      Skirt: Loft (similar)
      Sandals: Target (exact, glitter option)
      Purse: Coach (very similar)
      Watch: Fossil (similar)
      Necklace: Gift from my dad (similar)
      Ring: Pandora (exact)
      Earrings: Origami Owl (similar)

      Wednesday, July 22, 2015

      All About That Gingham


      It's hot. Too hot to even think about layers or wearing my hair down, or even attempting to look cute. The mere idea of shapewear makes me want to cry. So the best I could do this morning was find a clean shirt, a pair of cropped pants and call it a day. My one attempt at looking like I put some kind of thought into this outfit was my pink shoes, which my feet sweat in all day. Can it be October yet, pretty please?

      These super hot days are making me realize I don't have a lot of  professional summer shirts. I have plenty of casual shirts, but for work I tend to stick with cardigans and roll long sleeves even in the middle of summer. That's what air conditioning is for, right? However, these past few days have convinced me that I've got to find a way to dress cool and professional. Suggestions?

      Pants: The Limited (similar)
      Shoes: Old Navy (cute o'dorsay option)
      Necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
      Earrings: J. Crew Factory (exact)
      Watch: Fossil (very similar)
      Bracelet: Baublebar (cute alternative)
      Ring: Baublebar (exact)


      //Today I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore.//

      Tuesday, July 21, 2015

      The Blues


      I don't literally have the blues, but since my outfit's all kinds of shades of blue, it seemed like an appropriate title. :) Unless you count being weary of summer, because I am. We've been having crazy heat advisories, and while the temps may only be in the upper 80s, with the heat index, it feels like 104. Thank goodness for air conditioning, seriously, what did we do before then? Sweated a lot and acclimated, I guess.

      But back to the outfit, I love the combo of navy and cerulean. And a patterned tee and fun necklace helps break up the all blue. This tee is super cute and currently only $12 from the Loft. You can't tell in the pictures, but it's got a nice length to it, not too short, which is a problem I have with a lot of shirts. I've been wearing it non-stop on the weekends with shorts, plus it washes well. It's survived two round of baby puke and still looks great. :)

      Shirt: Loft (exact now $12!)
      Cardigan: Loft (similar)
      Skirt: Target (similar)
      Shoes: Madewell (cute cutout option)
      Necklace: J. Crew Factory (exact)
      Watch: Target (very similar)
      Bracelet: Urbanite (similar)