Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Blue Hearts


Winter fall outfit, blue cable sweater, black hearts blouse, j crew leopard pumps, boyfriend jeans
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Blouse: Banana Republic Factory (similar)
Jeans: Forever 21 (exact)
Necklace: Old Navy - old (similar)
Bracelet: eBay (similar)
Shoes: J. Crew via eBay (similar)

How are you all doing with your holiday preparations?  I am done and now I can truly relax and enjoy my favorite time of the whole year. We're going to be traveling a ton over the next few weeks. We don't live near any family so we'll be on the road a lot (at least we won't need to fly!).  But before all of the craziness, we are going back to Florida for a quick getaway. I'm looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather for a spell.

Have a great weekend!

Winter fall outfit, blue cable sweater, black hearts blouse, j crew leopard pumps, boyfriend jeans
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Tracy

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Red Hair and Reading Glasses


White coat with faux fur collar, lilac blouse, j crew jeans, nude heels, winter look, winter outfit
 Coat: Old Navy (similar) (similar)
Blouse: Express (exact)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar) (similar)
Necklace: Express (exact)

I colored my hair yesterday. The red really comes out in these pictures. It's a semi-permanent so the red will fade quite a bit. I wanted to try it out before making any commitments.  I have been every color in the past and always come back to some type of red. I think I'll do something similar but also with some bold, lighter highlights. I usually color my own hair with a light brown every 6 weeks or so just to brighten it up. I'm lucky in that I don't have any grays yet. But that doesn't mean I can get away totally scot-free.  I broke down today and bought some reading glasses along with the red hair color. I've been having a harder and harder time seeing my phone. My eye doctor said it would probably happen suddenly and it has. Sigh. 

White coat with faux fur collar, lilac blouse, j crew jeans, nude heels, winter look, winter outfitet

White coat with faux fur collar, lilac blouse, j crew jeans, nude heels, winter look, winter outfit

White coat with faux fur collar, lilac blouse, j crew jeans, nude heels, winter look, winter outfit

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Tracy

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Orchid and Fur

Express Portifino blouse, radiant orchid blouse, fall outfit, faux fur vest, cognac boots, sequin clutch
Vest: TJ Maxx (similar)
Necklace: eBay (similar)
Jeans: Express (similar)
Earrings: Express (similar)
Blouse: Express (exact - try radiant rose)
Boots: DSW (similar)
Clutch: The Limited (similar)

Our weather has been very mild lately. It hasn't been real cold, but we also haven't seen much sun (these pictures are the exception). Coming from 3 years in Florida with constant sunshine, the no sun is kind of getting to me. I can't even remember the last time I had to wear sunglasses.  Oh well, I wanted a change in seasons.

I was able to wear this outfit with no jacket which is good because this vest is so bulky and it's difficult to wear it under a coat. I'm on the search for a thinner fur vest. Maybe I'll find one on clearance.

Express Portifino blouse, radiant orchid blouse, fall outfit, faux fur vest, cognac boots, sequin clutch



Express Portifino blouse, radiant orchid blouse, fall outfit, faux fur vest, cognac boots, sequin clutch

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Tracy

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Last Minute Gift - DIY Coasters


This is just a quick post to share a very easy idea for a DIY gift - coasters. I made these for everyone on my list a few years ago and just made this set for our new house. Here is what you will need:

  • Modge Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • 4' x 4' tiles from your home improvment store. I used tumbled marble for this set
  • Scrap book paper in the pattern(s) of your choosing
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Clear spray paint
  • Ribbon
  1. Pour a bunch of Modge Podge in a bowl
  2. Set a tile with the flattest side down on a sheet of scrap book paper and lightly trace the outline with a pencil
  3. Cut around the tracing. It doesn't need to be exactly especially if you are using tiles with uneven edges.  Keep trimming the edges until it fits on the tile with about 1/8" of a border of the tile showing around the edge of the paper
  4. Apply a generous amount of Modge Podge on surface of the tile with the sponge brush.
  5. Carefully place the cutout paper on tile.  Apply more Modge Podge over the paper. You may need to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry completely
  6. Apply a light coat of clear spray paint to paper side of the tile. Let dry
  7. Cut out a circle of felt and apply by glue gun to the bottom of the tile
  8. Repeat for additional tiles
  9. Stack coasters and tie up with a fancy ribbon.
That's it. Overall, it took about 45 minutes of crafting time and another 1-2 hours for drying time.  




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Tracy

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Red


TJ crew tomato red pants, express two tone shirts, holiday outfit, office party look
 Blouse: Express (similar)
Pants: J. Crew (similar)
Necklace: eBay (similar)
Belt: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: Ebay (similar)

I'm looking at these pictures and am sad for the dead vegetation between the end of fall and the white winter.  It's hard to believe that we had a significant snow all almost a month ago. We now have lights on the bushes and trees for Christmas- so that's something.

Red has always been one of my favorite colors for clothes but I never buy anything red.  I found these tomato red pants and just love them. I don't care that they are bright. I'm past the age of caring and they are perfect for the holidays.  


J crew tomato red pants, express two tone shirts, holiday outfit, office party look

And I've been chosen as the Spotlight of the Week by Stylin' in St. Louis and Living in Color Style for their weekly link-up, Spotlight Weekly!  I am honored and so excited.
Stylin' In St. Louis
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The winner of the $650 EXPRESS gift card is Sarah L. Congrats, girl!

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Tracy

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