Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just Had to Have It Maxi (Pre Ban!)


The Limited bright red chiffon maxi, leopard print sleeveless blouse
 Blouse: Forever 21 (similar)
Skirt: The Limited (exact)
Shoes: eBay (similar)
Clutch: Target (similar)
Bracelet: eBay (similar)
Necklace: DIY

I have expressed my love of maxi skirts here before.  When I saw this bright red maxi at The Limited, I had to have it (bought before ban :-0).  Even though it's a bit fancy, I know I'll get a lot of use out of it. I already can't wait to wear it with a chambray shirt.

And just a little note:  As most of you know, we're moving.  We leave Florida for good on Thursday and then take a little trip to Michigan before moving into our new Ohio home mid August.  I have posts planned but I may be a little light on commenting on my favorite blogs.  Once we are moved in (and we get internet set-up- this has been a nightmare and another story!), things will get back to normal. Also, I have so many ideas for updates to the house that I can't wait to share with you all.

The Limited bright red chiffon maxi, leopard print sleeveless blouse

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Tracy
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Remixing 'Cuz I'm Not Shopping

Express baroque lace top, gap striped boyfriend pants, leopard belt. mint blue bubble necklace
 Blouse: Express (exact)
Cami: Forever 21
Pants: Gap (similar)
Belt: Banana Republic Factory (similar)
Sandals: Tory Burch (similar)
Necklace and bracelet: eBay (pretty option)

I'm trying very, very hard not to shop. I've had to go in to my closet a remix and re-wear what I already have. This outfit is the result of the above said exercise.  I've worn every single thing on the blog at least once.  The belt and sandals get a lot of wear because they're neutral.  I'm going to keep trying!

Express baroque lace top, gap striped boyfriend pants, leopard belt. mint blue bubble necklace

Here's how I've worn the necklace, lace top, and pants before:

Express baroque lace top, gap striped boyfriend pants, leopard belt. mint blue bubble necklace

Express baroque lace top, gap striped boyfriend pants, leopard belt. mint blue bubble necklace

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Tracy

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Our Florida House


This time next week, we will be closing on our new house in Ohio.  This move is bittersweet. We have loved living in Florida the last 3 years. We've loved the multicultural experience, the Florida winters, and our pool.  With that said, we're also happy to be moving closer to family, experiencing all 4 seasons (winter??), and the Midwest friendliness.  During our 15+ years of marriage, we've lived in 5 houses!  Every time we moved, it was exciting to get a new (usually bigger) house and to decorate. But, I am tired of moving. Our kids are getting older and I really want a house that I can make our own and be our "forever home."

{As a warning, this is a super heavy photo post}

To say goodbye and as a diary of sorts, here is our Florida house. Some are pictures I took and some are from the real estate listing - these are the weird wide angle pics and have a white border around the pictures.

Living room:  
Looking in to the family room/kitchen

Looking out on the pool

We knew we weren't going to be living in Florida forever, so we didn't want to do too many updates. The things we did do: 

  • Painted a neutral beige in all of the common areas (hallways, kitchen, family room, dining room, and living room)
  • Repainted Laila's room and the kids' bathroom. Laila's room was a stenciled leopard print (before photo below). While I love leopard in any way in my wardrobe, I can't handle it on my walls. The kids' bathroom was the same baby poop color as the background of the leopard print in Laila's room
  • Added laminate to Laila's room. It previously had a gross dark navy carpet. I think this was the dog's room
  • Re-tiled and re-coated the pool. It previously was a dark red tile. We changed to a blue tile
  • Added granite counters and a glass tile back splash in the kitchen
  • Changed the tile in the master shower and added tile around the bathtub
  • Changed the mirrors and lights in the master bath
  • Changed the carpet in the master bedroom. The previous carpet was a 2 inch shag. I am not kidding. You couldn't even vacuum without the fibers getting tangled up in the vacuum
  • Repainted the exterior. It was a fleshy pink color. We updated to a medium brown
  • Recovered the banquet upholstery. Before and after below. The previous owners had custom matching chairs. You won't believe it!
Every time we move, I redecorate. This time I went with blues as this is my favorite color and it seemed to fit best with the Florida decor.

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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