Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pinned Inspiration - Floppy Fall Hat


fall felt floppy hat, blanket plaid scarf, riding boots, skinnies
 Hat: Marshalls (similar)
Sweater: Old Navy (similar)
Scarf: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Shirt: Loft (similar)
Bracelet: eBay (similar)
Boots: eBay (similar)

I have been seeing the big floppy felt hat on Pinterest (below) and other blogs and love this look. I wasn't sure if I could pull it off but I wanted to try it. I found this rounded hat for less than $20 at Marshalls last week.   I can tell if something looks okay if my 12 year old son doesn't make any comments.  He didn't when he saw me wearing the hat.  So I am hoping to wear this a lot this fall. 

I also wanted to try the blanket scarf that has been everywhere this fall and last.  Again, I didn't want to spend too much so I found this one at Forever 21. I can't wait to wear this multiple times this fall and winter. I just got some dark red booties that I am already planning on wearing with it.  


Collage credit here


fall felt floppy hat, blanket plaid scarf, riding boots, skinnies



fall felt floppy hat, blanket plaid scarf, riding boots, skinnies

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Tracy

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Powder Pink and Pearls and Ten Things About Me

Powder pink sweater with pearls, distressed boyfriend jeans, pearls, leopard clutch, and jeweled J Crew heels
 Sweater: Forever 21 (exact)
Jeans: Express (similar)
Shoes: J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)
Necklace: eBay (similar)
Bracelets: eBay (similar)
Clutch: eBay (similar)

I have always liked pink even though I don't have tons of things in this color.  I was looking for a powder pink sweater and Forever 21 had the perfect one under $20!

On another note, I've seen some other bloggers share a few tidbits about themselves and I thought that it would be fun to also share:

  1. I broke my elbow when I was eight. Don't stand up in a sled on a slow-covered hill, kids!
  2. I have terrible sleep problems. I probably wake up 4 or 5 times a night and I think because of this, I rarely wake up to an alarm.
  3. I love travelling. Rob and I are planning a Mediterranean cruise next summer.  Two years ago we went on a Northern European cruise and it was amazing.  
  4. My first time out of the country was to Japan for work when I was 26. I had to travel alone (someone met me there). I got to fly first class and I was the only one on the upper deck!  
  5. I hate asking people in stores for help if I can't find something. I would rather walk up and down the aisles 50 times before asking.
  6. I love tomato paste right out of the can.  My friends think this is the weirdest thing but I can't help myself.
  7. I have never been stung by a bee or a wasp even though I played outside all of the time when I was a kid.
  8. One morning when I was in  kindergarten, I got off the bus at school but decided I didn't want to go that day.  I started walking to my house. I got lost and was crying.  A nice lady took me in her house and called my mom to come get me. 
  9. I worked in an iron ore mine one summer during college. I had to wear a hard hat and steel toes boots and I spent most of the time shoveling iron ore dust. That stuff is heavy!
  10. I will always choose vegetables over fruit. I love all veggies except for beets. Beets taste like dirt.
  11. BONUS and to end things on a weird note- I have a mole in my belly button.  My belly button is an innie but when I was pregnant, my belly button was stretched and you could see the mole. 


    I hope you liked getting to know me a bit better. 

    Powder pink sweater with pearls, distressed boyfriend jeans, pearls, leopard clutch, and jeweled J Crew heels

    Powder pink sweater with pearls, distressed boyfriend jeans, pearls, leopard clutch, and jeweled J Crew heels

    Powder pink sweater with pearls, distressed boyfriend jeans, pearls, leopard clutch, and jeweled J Crew heels

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    Thanks for reading!

    Tracy

    Linking up with:
     Cha Cha the Fashion Genius and PinkSole for How I Fall
    More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express for Manic Monday

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Fall Wardrobe Basics: Buffalo Check Plaid Shirt

    Buffalo check plaid shirt with liquid faux leather leggings and converse and DIY necklace
    Shirt: TJ Maxx (similar) (similar)
    Pants: Forever 21 (exact)
    Shoes: Converse (exact)
    Necklace: DIY 
    Purse: Kate Spade Outlet (similar)

    Buffalo check plaid. It was everywhere last fall and I didn't jump on the bandwagon. Well, I was in TJ Maxx searching for the perfect rug and lamps for our new house a few weeks ago.  I walked by the women's section and saw this beauty. And it was $25!  And it had snap closures.   I am sort of embarrassed to admit that I've worn this at least 5 or 6 times since then (yes, I've washed it at least once!). 

    Buffalo check plaid shirt with liquid faux leather leggings and converse and DIY necklace



    Buffalo check plaid shirt with liquid faux leather leggings and converse and DIY necklace

    Buffalo check plaid shirt with liquid faux leather leggings and converse and DIY necklace

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    Remember to check out Alison's Fall Challenge here. Registration opened today!

    Fall Style Challenge - Button Image 2

    Thanks for reading!

    Tracy

    Linking up with:

    Midwest Bloggers for Friday Favorites
    Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday
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    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Fall Wardrobe Basics: Chambray

    Casual chambray look with black and white polka dots, black jeans, and color blocked shoes
     Chambray:Loft (similar)
    Jeans: The Limited (similar)
    Tank: Banana Republic Factory (similar)
    Shoes: Old Navy
    Bag; Zara 
    Belt: J Crew
    Necklace: DIY

    So I've realized that my fall wardrobe basics outfits featured this week are all casual looks.  Well, that's kind of my life right now. I don't work in an office and am pretty much a free taxi service/cook/housekeeper for my family.  

    Any way, what can I say about a chambray shirt that hasn't been said before.  I'm pretty sure that all of you know that a chambray is the number one staple!  I have it in many different washes/colors.  The.Best.Staple.Ever.


    Casual chambray look with black and white polka dots, black jeans, and color blocked shoes
    Here are some chambray options:



    Remember to check out Alison's Fall Challenge here

    Fall Style Challenge - Button Image 2

    Thanks for reading!
    Tracy

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    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Fall Wardrobe Basics: Camo Pants and Denim Jacket

    Dressing up a denim jacket and camo pants with silver metallics and crystal statement necklace
     Jacket: Gap Outlet (similar)
    Pants Gap (similar)
    Shirt: J. Crew Factory (similar)
    Shoes: ShoeMint via ThredUp (similar)
    Necklace: DIY (similar)
    Purse: Coach (similar)
    Belt: Ann Taylor

    Who doesn't love a good denim jacket?  It can be layered with just about anything.  I have been wearing mine almost every day. I usually grab it when we head out in the evening. Once the sun goes down, I need another layer and the jacket is perfect. And I've had these camo jeans for almost a year and they are truly a season-less staple.  I dressed this look up a bit with some metallics and my DIY crystal necklace.


    Dressing up a denim jacket and camo pants with silver metallics and crystal statement necklace

    Dressing up a denim jacket and camo pants with silver metallics and crystal statement necklace


    Dressing up a denim jacket and camo pants with silver metallics and crystal statement necklace


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    I also wanted to let you all know about a great challenge one of my favorite bloggers is running this fall:

    Fall Style Challenge - Full Size Square


    Alison, from Get Your Pretty On, is like a personal stylist. She has even been featured in Redbook Magazine (one of my favorites). She has put together 21 days of outfits for the fall. Get Your Pretty On is a virtual styling program that includes a seasonal shopping list plus 21 days of outfit combinations made from the pieces on that list. It’s an affordable way to have access to a personal shopper and stylist while staying on trend each season. It also includes it’s own Facebook group where women share shopping tips, show off their outfits and make lasting friendships.

    For $24.99, you’ll receive a shopping list of fall wardrobe essentials perfect for any casual occasion.  A lot of the pieces might already be in your closet and you’re free to shop at your favorite stores. You can spend as much or as little as you want! After the pieces are in place, you’ll receive 21 days of fall outfit combos created from those pieces in your inbox daily. You can choose to style your pieces and wear the outfit that day or save it for another day. All of the outfits are able to be downloaded and printed so you can refer back to them

    What’s Included:
    • Your Fall Basics Shopping List - A list of fall wardrobe essentials with links to recommended items plus a downloadable PDF to print off and take shopping with you.
    • 21 Days of Daily Outfits - A different outfit combo each day created form the pieces on your shopping list. Outfits are released at 8:00 p.m. EST the night before so you can have it ready to wear the next day.
    • Facebook Group - Each style challenge has it's own private Facebook group where you can show off your style, share shopping tips and make great friends.  Most participants agree that this is the best part of the challenge! 

    What is the timeline?
    • September 26th – Registration opens.
    • October 2nd – Regular registration closes at midnight ET. Late registration opens.
    • October 3rd – Shopping list release at 12:01 a.m. ET.
    • October 12 – November 1st – Outfits are sent out at 8:00 p.m. ET each evening.

    What type of outfits?

    The Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge outfits are cute and casual outfits for the busy woman on the go, but they also work well for casual business environments or anyone who wants to kick up her casual style a notch. You're also free to shop where you want and modify any of the pieces or outfits to suit your comfort level and style.  

    And, it's totally risk-free. If you sign up and feel it's not right for you, Alison offers a money back guarantee. You have two weeks from the release of the shopping list to request a full refund. 

    It sounds like a really great deal!  Sign up here, if you are interested.

    Thanks for reading!

    Linking up with:
    The Pleated Poppy for WIWW
    Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday
    I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

    Tracy