Friday, May 22, 2015

What I've Been Up To and Where I'm Going?

1. This J. Crew Factory Striped Top is the best! It is light weight without being see through, a bit longer, and fitted without being too tight. I just ordered it in the poppy stripe too. Seriously, you need to get this top.

2. Mad Men: I am so depressed that the series is now over.  Even though the series finale was primarily panned in the press, I loved it. I love that Peggy got together with Stan. I love/hate that Betty had terminal lung cancer (did she ever NOT have a cigarette?). I love that it is implied that Don came back to his senses and created that iconic Coke ad. Even though I have seen every episode at least 2 times (during the regular season and a marathon on Netflix), I DVR'd the series marathon last week and have been working my way through every episode for the 3rd time.  I have realized that I did not like Megan and that I really loved Betty. Whey did Matthew Weiner stop using January Jones towards the end? She is a fabulous actress. The casting was perfect for every character on that show. And the fashions! The costume designer, Janie Bryant, put so much work in to every characters' outfit, sometimes even down to the color depending on the mood of the scene. And, she repeated pieces because that is what people did back then. I could go on and on, but I'll stop. Buzzfeed has ranked every single episode here. It's worth checking out if you loved the series as much as I did.

3. The status of this blog.  I am torn. Really torn. When I started this blog, I really enjoyed everything that went into it. Over the last 6 months or so, I started to dread the picture taking, the editing, and the writing for the post. I think a lot of it has to do with me being hard on myself. I mean, who likes pictures of themselves? My photographers (my family) are also not into it anymore. I was to the point of bribing them and then they take half-ass pictures and I already don't like myself in pictures and I have to use at least one of those half-ass pictures. And then the horror of acquaintances possibly "finding out" about the blog, which is really silly, I know. I was thinking about this the other day and came up with a response if someone did find out, "I have a blog, bitches!" which I laughed at in my head way too hard. I am going to see how it goes over the next month or so. I have a few outfits to post that I really love and hopefully, the picture taking will go well this weekend.  We will see.....

Thanks for reading and have a terrific weekend, especially those enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. Remember what this holiday commemorates.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Just Every Day Casual

 Top: Express (exact)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sandals: Nine West (similar)
Bag: Kate Spade Outlet (similar)
Necklace: J. Crew 
Sunglasses: Target 
Bracelet: eBay
Just a quick post today. I haven't had one in a while. No excuses - just life getting in the way.  Here are 2 casual every day outfits I wore recently. By the way, I love this knot front tee from Express. It is really comfy. I am going to pick up another one or two colors especially now that it's warmed up.  

 Side-zip top: J. Crew (exact)
Jeans: Loft (similar)
Purse: Coach Outlet (similar)
Bracelets and watch: Charming Charlie (similar)
Shoes: Tory Burch (exact)
Necklace: Express (exact)
Sunglasses: Loft 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Reworking Your Jewelry Into New Pieces

Well hello! I haven't posted in a while. I've been so busy with work, both kids' full soccer schedules, and then we had a leaking toilet in an upstairs bathroom. We currently have 5 holes in our kitchen ceiling that need to be repaired. Ah, the fun of home ownership. Seriously, though. We haven't even been in this 10 year-old house for even a year and we've had 3 major plumbing issues. I am crossing my fingers that this is the last one.

Our crazy ceiling. The plumber couldn't figure out where they leak was coming from at first. It ended up being the middle hole - the toilet wasn't put in correctly and was leaking at the seal. Also, the elbow/pipe was leaking. Gross, right?

On to this post. I have so much jewelry that I've collected over the years. I tend to keep pieces even if they aren't working for me because eventually I can rework the components. That was the case with these ginormous J. Crew statement earrings. I bought them off of Poshmark about 6 months ago. I thought I was going to wear them with a little black dress on our cruise this past March, but then it never happened.  I love them, but they are so heavy and are a special occasion earring that you really can't wear every day. I realized that I could turn one of the earrings into a pendant for a necklace. I used to make and sell jewelry so I have the tools. But really, all you need is a pair of jewelry wire cutters and  pliers. 

See how big these earring are??

 I cut the ring that joins the base with the large pendant. This is how you can tell that J. Crew has better quality jewelry. Cheaper brands would have an open ended jump ring that you could just bend open and remove.  Once the ring was cut, I separated the two pieces.

The top and bottom pieces separated and the cut/bent open joiner ring

I had some chain leftover from a previous project. I added the chain and attached the ring to the bottom pendant piece. I then squeezed the ring together so the chain wouldn't slip out. I added a lobster clasp and that was it! I literally took 5 minutes.

 Final necklace.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Random Thoughts | Stripes As Nice

40 something fashion, mom style, spring outfit, spring style, j crew boyfriend jeans, striped popover
Sweatshirt: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Blouse: Old Navy (similar)
Jeans: J. Crew (exact)
Sunglasses: Loft (similar)
Necklace: Gift (similar)
Bracelet: Express (exact)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Purse: Coach Outlet (similar)

Sometimes I find myself thinking or doing the weirdest things. Here's just a sampling:

- When my husband travels, I have to check under the bed to make sure a killer hasn't snuck and is waiting for me. I actually pulled a muscle sqautting down doing this last week

- What would I do if I encountered above killer? 

- Why do I always need to get something out of a drawer/laundry basket after I've painted my finger nails? Or have to pee?

- My son would kill me for metioning this, but why are 13 year old boys averse to bathing and showers? I personally love that shower-clean feeling. I am thinking that girls aren't too important to him....yet

- Will my kids ever grow out of the picky eating stage? My husband is still in that stage, so I guess I can't expect my kids to be different. I am still hoping one of them will be a foodie like me
 - Is anyone else sick of the Kardashians?  Good for Bruce for doing what makes him happy, but do we need a special show to tell us what the girls think of his transition?  Keep some things private for goodness sake!

Just a casual outfit I wore recently. This sweatshirt was on clearance from J. Crew Factory and was kind of an impuls-but-glad-I -bought buy. It has a cute lace cutout detail on the top and is a bit thicker which will be nice for cooler summer nights over a tank or tee.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Instagram OOTD Lately

Top: TJ Maxx
Jeans: Loft
Booties: Forever 21 
Necklace: Perry Street Amelie Crystal via Rocksbox
Wine: Cavit, Pinot Grigio (Just Kidding!)
Nails: L'Oreal "Jolly Lolly" 

It's been hard for me lately to get outfit photos taken with the real camera, so I've made a more conscious effort to take and post more OOTD on Instagram. This also forces me to dress up a bit more when I leave the house. What the use of a closet full of clothes if I don't wear them, right? Here are some recent posts.

Sweater: Old Navy (higher priced option)
Top: Express 
Jeans: Loft
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: The Limited 
Bracelet: Express

Top: Loft (exact)
Sweater:Express (similar)
Bracelet: Express (exact)
Necklace: Express (exact)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)

Sweatshirt: J. Crew Factory 
Necklace: DIY
Jeans: Loft
Shoes: Converse via DSW (exact)
Nails: Sally Hansen, Leapin' Lilac (exact)

Top: Loft (exact)
Shorts: Loft (exact)
Necklace: Old Navy 
Shoes: Tory Burch (exact)

Blouse: Express (exact)
Shirt: Loft
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Shoes: Gap (similar)
Purse: Coach Outlet (similar)
Belt: eBay (similar)
Necklace: Express (exact)

Top: Express (exact)
Necklace: J. Crew (similar)
Bracelets: Express and eBay (exact
Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Tory Burch (similar)
Nails: Essie "Butler Please" (exact)

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