Thursday, October 30, 2014

Errands and Pictures Forgotten



J Crew Factory polka dot popover, cream jeans, cogac belt, flats, purse, fall outfit
 Blouse: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory 
Shoes: Gap
Belt: Old Navy
Necklace: The Limited
Purse: Zara
Cardigan: Target

I found these "forgotten" pictures in my files.  I have a confession.  About 30% of the pictures I take for the blog are scrapped because I don't like how they look.  In fact, the last set of pictures I took, I really, really hated how they looked.  The lighting was way off. We tried taking them in the morning in our backyard and there were too many shadows.  Oh, well. Lesson learned. I needed  something for my post today and realized that I had these pictures from a few weeks ago.  I took the kids out for errands on a school day off.  I started with the mustard cardigan but it was too warm - until the day went on. 

J Crew Factory polka dot popover, cream jeans, cogac belt, flats, purse, fall outfit
Thanks for reading!
Tracy

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cool Blues for Warm Autumns

Fall look, J crew blue cardigan and MODERN top, leopard flats, distressed boyfriend jeans

Cardigan: J. Crew (similar)
Top: J. Crew (exact)
Jeans: Express (similar)
Belt: J. Crew 
Shoes: Gap (similar)
Necklace and bracelet: eBay (similar)
Sunglasses: Loft

Hey! How is everyone?  I had another little break with the blog for an extra-long weekend.  My mom came to visit our new house is Ohio for the first time. We spent the whole weekend eating, drinking wine, laughing, and shopping, shopping, shopping.  The town I grew up in doesn't have much shopping so whenever family comes to visit, I play shopping host. That's fine by me except that I really didn't find much that I "had to have" this weekend. Everything just seems so drab and boring - no color. 

Speaking of color, I wore this blue outfit for the last day of shopping.  The weather was fairly warm on Monday so I could get away with no socks. My mom took the pictures.  I think she did a pretty good job (with my intense direction, of course).

Oh, and today is my birthday.  Yay (not!). As I get older, I hate that the number keeps creeping up but I can't really complain. I am happy, healthy, and have a great family and friends. That is all I need. 

Fall look, J crew blue cardigan and MODERN top, leopard flats, distressed boyfriend jeans


Fall look, J crew blue cardigan and MODERN top, leopard flats, distressed boyfriend jeans


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Thanks for reading!
Tracy

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Monday, October 27, 2014

One Year!!!

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It's been a year!!! I can't believe that I have been blogging for a full year.  I've included a few of my favorite looks above. Along this journey, there is so much I've learned and realized over the past year.


  1. I am not a fashion blogger.  Well, kind of, but not really.  As I've said from the beginning, I am not an expert.  I don't follow the fashion industry and there are some designers that I've never even heard of.  I would never, ever give fashion advice.  I blog to show what I wear and what I love. Some may like it, some may not. Some may think it is really boring. Some may obtain inspiration. It's just an outlet for something that I love - clothes and putting together looks for a regular suburban mom.
  2. I get very tired of my clothes and like to recycle.  In many of the above looks, I don't even have the pieces anymore. I sold them or donated them.  I wish I could be one of those women that have the capsule wardrobe of high quality pieces that carry them from season to season.  But that's not me.
  3. I have a hard time seeing pictures of myself. So why start a blog that includes multiple pictures of myself you may ask?? Actually, having the blog has helped me to like myself more. Of course there are many days I don't feel young enough, skinny enough, or pretty enough, but I have learned to appreciate what I do have.  Those pictures have also helped me to realize what doesn't work - cropped pants and lighter hair (??!!)
  4. Speaking of hair - how could I have so many hairstyles in one year?  As many of you know, I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. It is finally filling back in after a brief hair loss episode about 3 years ago.  I do know that my hair hated the Florida humidity and it is behaving much better in Ohio.
  5. I set goals for my blog and haven't really tried to work towards these goals.  Although outfit posts are a lot of what I do, they can be a bit stressful.  What am I going to wear?  Is my hair and makeup okay?  Where is my photographer?  Is the weather cooperating for pictures?  Are my neighbors watching?  I really want to start posting more DIYs, cooking, random posts, etc. 
  6. I need to learn how to use my camera better.  Sometimes my pictures are awesome and sometimes,,, um, not so much.  
  7. I have made friends through this year-long journey. These are people I have never seen in person and have never talked to on the phone.  The on-line community of fellow bloggers are an amazing group of people. I really couldn't do this without their steady comments and support.
So here's to another year (or more)!

Thanks for reading and being with me this past year!

Tracy

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Collecting

Classic J. Crew look, cabled v-neck orange-pink sweater, cafe capri pants, leopard pumps, crystal jewelry, fall outfit, fall look
 Sweater: J. Crew (similar)
Pants: J. Crew (similar)
Shoes: J. Crew (similar)
Bracelet and necklace: eBay (similar)

I mentioned last Friday that I was obsessed with the J. Crew from a few years ago. I've been looking for J. Crew items on eBay and Poshmark.  I am, what you could say, collecting. Well, this outfit is the product of my searches.  I have always loved this orangey-peachy color and was so happy to find this sweater.  I have also wanted a pair of J. Crew leopard print pumps and found these for a steal on eBay. I am in love! The heel is just the right height for my "old" feet.  

Do you love a certain brand and look for it on eBay or other 2nd hand places??

Classic J. Crew look, cabled v-neck orange-pink sweater, cafe capri pants, leopard pumps, crystal jewelry, fall outfit, fall look


Classic J. Crew look, cabled v-neck orange-pink sweater, cafe capri pants, leopard pumps, crystal jewelry, fall outfit, fall look

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Thanks for reading!

Tracy

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finally a Fur Vest

Fall outfit, faux fur vest, faux leather leggings, red booties, Kate Spade bag
 Vest: TJ Maxx (similar)
Leggings: Forever 21 (similar)
Blouse: Old Navy (similar)
Purse: Kate Spade Outlet (similar)
Booties: Forever 21 (exact)
Necklace: Target (similar)

I have wanted a fur vest since they started becoming popular over 2 years ago, but it didn't make sense to have one while in Florida.  I found this one at TJ Maxx and it was a really great price.  It definitely is warm. I wore this outfit while out to dinner last weekend and it was a bit too much. I think the temps need to drop another 10-15F before I break it out again.  

I am hoping to get my hair cut tomorrow.  It really needs it. The ends are a bit frizzy. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do though.....

Fall outfit, faux fur vest, faux leather leggings, red booties, Kate Spade bag


Fall outfit, faux fur vest, faux leather leggings, red booties, Kate Spade bag


Fall outfit, faux fur vest, faux leather leggings, red booties, Kate Spade bag

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Thanks for reading!!

Tracy

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