Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seahorses and Being Casual

J. Crew Factory Seahorse shorts, coral sweater, enamel bracelets
Sweater: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Loft (similar)
Earrings: Target (similar)
Bracelets: eBay (similar) (similar)

I just realized that I post a lot of shorts outfits but I do live in Florida and it is July!  I just love animal prints and I couldn't resist these shorts when they came out at J. Crew Factory. They are also a 5" inseam and a little bit thicker material. I've been wearing them a lot.  And, I love these lightweight v-neck sweaters. I ended up getting another color. Unfortunately the shorts are sold out, but the sweater is still available in a few sizes and colors. I was just in there yesterday and the store was pretty sparse. I think they are getting ready for fall merchandise. Yay! And, no I didn't buy anything. That's a small victory for me.

If you want to check out something fun, my friend Gina from the blog On the Daily Express asked a bunch of her blogger friends to send her a picture of what they really wear when they are being casual. As she put it, something you wouldn't put on your blog.  I participated and now that picture is out there forever. EEEK!  Check it out here.

J. Crew Factory Seahorse shorts, coral sweater, enamel bracelets

J. Crew Factory Seahorse shorts, coral sweater, enamel bracelets

J. Crew Factory Seahorse shorts, coral sweater, enamel bracelets
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Tracy

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Striped Pencil


colorful striped pencil skirt, off white silky blouse, purple layered necklace, funky black heels, gold cuff
Blouse: The Limited (exact)
Skirt: The Limited (Exact)
 Necklace: Forever 21(similar)
Bracelet: Forever 21(similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)
Purse: Target (similar)

This skirt and blouse were bought before my self-imposed shopping ban.  I couldn't resist the colors in this skirt.  I know I'll be able to wear it many different ways.  And the blouse is so versatile. I can't wait to wear it through the rest of the summer and into the fall.

My husband is travelling for work again this week.  Today was one of those "no patience" days with the kids.  He gets back tomorrow. Yay!

colorful striped pencil skirt, off white silky blouse, purple layered necklace, funky black heels, gold cuff

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Tracy

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Polka Dots, Lace, and Stop With the Shopping Already!

J. Crew Polka dot popover, lace tiered shorts, cork wedges, mint green belt
 Blouse: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Shorts: Loft (similar)
Belt: J. Crew (similar)
Necklace: Loft (similar)
Earrings: Target (similar)
Shoes: Gap Outlet (similar)
Bracelets: eBay

I've been on a little shopping adventure this summer but now it's time to slow things down.  We're moving in less than 2 weeks and I really can't justify bringing in any more "things."  Also, I don't need  anymore spring or summer items as we're moving north.  I did organize my closet this weekend so now I know exactly what I have. I need to remix and match and shop my closet.  I've pinned tons of outfits as inspiration.  One problem I have with Pinterest is even thought it's good for getting ideas, I also find things that I don't have and then I go shopping.  I now need Hunter boots, a red clutch, pink pumps, blah, blah, blah.  Does anyone else have this problem?  

This blouse is new, but everything else I've had for a while. That counts for something, right?  I wore these shorts before here.

J. Crew Polka dot popover, lace tiered shorts, cork wedges, mint green belt

J. Crew Polka dot popover, lace tiered shorts, cork wedges, mint green belt


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Tracy

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Jewelry Inspiration from Anthropologie


I've mentioned before that I make jewelry. Occasionally, my sister (Laura) will see something and ask if I can make something similar.  She pinned the necklace above left from Anthropologie and sent it my way. Challenge accepted!

I went to Michael's to look for beads that were similar in color to the inspiration. They were having a sale on their beads and I had a coupon. I never buy full priced beads there because they go on sale so frequently. I had pretty good luck finding similar colors and beads that were fairly the same size. Overall, I think the beads I picked match the Anthropologie necklace pretty well. I already had the chain, clasp, crimp beads, and wire in my supplies, so overall, this cost around $20!

Here is Laura wearing the necklace:



In the process of making the necklace with the inspiration next to me on my iPad:

Finished necklace:



Here are some other pieces I've pinned and may try to recreate soon:

 




Nordstrom - sold out




Etsy Shop SundayOwl - sold out




Do you like any of my inspirations?

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Tracy

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chambray & Printed Shorts

Loft light chambray, Banana Republic coral patterned shorts, Loft clutch
 Blouse: Loft (exact)
Shorts: Banana Republic Outlet (similar colors)
Clutch: Loft (similar) (similar)
Belt: J. Crew (similar)
Necklace: Loft (similar)
Sandals: Tory Burch (exact)
Earrings: Loft (similar)

Chambray pretty much goes with anything, am I right?  I have chambray shirts in all colors and even have a striped one and and one that's polka dotted.   You can't have too many chambray shirts, but I think I may have too many patterned shorts......

Moving/house update:  We sold the house! Yay!  It was 3 weeks from listing to offer but it seemed so much longer with all of the showings.  I am so glad we are done though.  We are here until July 31 when we fly to Ohio to close on our house and register the kids for school.  We are taking the cat with us on the plane. We've used a pet transport service in the past, but it is really expensive so she's coming with us this time. I'm a little nervous but the flight is direct and she is already on Prozac for anxiety, so....she'll be fine.    She's also going to stay with us in the hotel for a night or two until she goes to a pet hotel for week while we take a trip to Michigan. We're going to see my family for a visit before we move in to the new house.  I'm excited to decorate a new house. I'm sure I'll get some good posts from this process.

Loft light chambray, Banana Republic coral patterned shorts, Loft clutch


Loft light chambray, Banana Republic coral patterned shorts, Loft clutch
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Tracy
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