Thursday, May 31, 2012

The vest returns

Vest: Old Navy
Dress: Urban Vibe
Belt: Sears
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Handbag: Bueno
Bracelets: Assorted
Watch: GW

I really like the color and the fun skirt on this dress, but I'm just not fond of the length or the fact that it is pilling already. (So happy I only paid $7 for it, I would have hated myself if I had paid full price and had that happen!)   I'm shorter than most high school girls (and most Junior high girls!) but every time I try on clothes at shops that cater to that age group, the dresses and skirts are always sooo short, even on me. I can't even imagine how short they are on taller girls, I had a hard enough time just keeping my bum covered today. (The super flippy skirt doesn't help.)  I think I'll sew in another layer underneath for some length, maybe some lace? 

 On the other hand, the husband did like this dress! He said the dress looked very "Mad Men" , but I've noticed that he likes it best when I wear simple, clean line dresses.  He's so sweet, he sat through "What Not to Wear" last night and didn't even smirk when I said I really liked that girl's fuzzy white vest and would wear it over a leather jacket. (And hey, surprise, surprise, guess what happened?  Oh yeah, a leather jacket was rocked under the crazy vest.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Orange, blue and white

Blazer: Sears
Shirt: Old Navy
Shorts: Sears
Shoes: Zodiac (Famous Footwear)
Clutch: Urban Vibe

Wow, Katie wore a blazer with shorts again.  Imagine that!

I apparently had quite the hang up trying to take photos today, I just couldn't get the settings right and almost everything was blurry. (Opps.  It must be mental block Tuesday.)  I've been wearing these wedges non-stop so far this summer, they are just so comfy and they work both casual and dressed up.  

I do have to apologize to everyone, I've been really awful about commenting lately and I am so sorry about that!  I'm making it my mission to be a better blogger this week and catching up on everyone blogs. So sorry about that everyone!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

High and low

Blazer: Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift)
Dress: (Consignment shop - Fireweed Consignment)
Belt: Sears
Shoes: Kardashian for Sears
Handbag: Coach (Consignment - Designers Closet)

About two seconds are taking my close up with the tree, I realized the leaf above the one I was holding had a big ol' spider on it.  Oh, did I squeal!  Bugs, snakes, lizards don't creep me out, but I am scared to death of spiders, even the little tiny ones.  I've tried getting over this and facing my fear, but, alas, I still scream like a little girl. (It doesn't help that the wolf spiders around here leap off of things and at people, it is so scary having a spider leap onto you!)

Mom found this princess dress for little Izzy and now she won't take it off!  She tries to go everywhere in it, but she's pretty sure she's a little higher up the totem pole, like a queen or a supreme ruler of the universe rather than a paltry princess.

I know, I know, I'm really starting to like these high-low hems and this dress has such a fun pattern, I think next time I'll really go for the southwestern theme.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

In the rain

Coat: Old Navy
Sweater: J. Crew Thrifted)
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Sears
Handbag: Beuno

It's been poring today, but we really needed the rain.  We've been on a high fire danger alert the past couple  weeks and the little drizzle rains seem to only bring the thunderstorms that create most of the fires!  (It's funny, a few thousand acres burn down in the lower 48 and it's all over the news, but each year MILLIONS of acres burn up here and there's never even a blurb on the news.)  Anyways, the rain doesn't bother me at all.  I grew up in Seward, Alaska, along the coast and it rains there most of the time, a sunny day is rare! (So, a lot like Seattle.)  I was so shocked when I moved to Fairbanks and realized how little it rains up here in the Interior, we're actually considered a desert because of how little rainfall we get.

Soooo.... I guess I could stop talking about the rain. (But you've come to expect a daily weather update from me, I must secretly want to be a weatherman.)

I love this cardigan I thrifted, it is so cozy and I loved layering it over the beige tank top. (Seriously, this tank by old navy is amazing!  Most of the time their tanks are way too low cut for me, but this one stays up high and works under everything for when I want a cami underneath.  I think I'll have to go back when they go on a serious sale and get some more because these are so useful!)  And leopard print booties are always perfect for any outfit.

My little sister made this gold-tone cuff!  I am so impressed, she did a really great job on it, it is just so beautiful.  I enjoy wearing it so much, the design is so lovely. :)

Whew!  I was on my nightly run this evening and as I was going around these little woods next to an apartment building, a man jumped out of the woods right next to me!  I was so startled I took off and hauled butt all the way home  It was a good thing I was pumped up from listening to Alice Cooper because unless the guy was an Olympic athlete, there was no way he was catching up to me!  It might have been coincidence that he popped out right next to me, but I''m pretty paranoid about stuff like that.

I always end up making strange faces when the neighbors come out while I'm taking photos,
I'm surpised that none of them have asked me yet what I'm doing out there almost everyday with the tripod.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

polka dots that are really easter eggs

Shirt: Gap (thrifted)
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Belt: Sears
Shoes: Bamboo (thrifted)
Bracelets: Assorted
Shades: Old Navy
Handbag: Jessica Simpson (thrifted)

I've remixed this skirt so many times, it's one of my favorite skirts in my closet because it just works with everything and the polka dots actually look like little Easter eggs. (Plus, ahhhh, silk!)  I attempted to make a peplum out of this top, but it didn't quite work out.

My brother kept making me laugh through all of my photos, he's such a funny guy and it's been so fun to see him again.  He's been away at school and Christmas was the last time we all got together.   All of my brothers are such funny, sweet guys and my little sis is pretty cool.

Speaking of siblings, my little sister was so adorable, I had to get an outfit photo of her!

Doesn't she look cute?  She thrifted that adorable pink polka dot purse today!  And the dude is my little brother, he's got some pretty sweet chuck taylors.   It shocks me how much he looks like dad now.

Izzy and Gunnar at work in the greenhouse.  When you're a kid, there's nothing more fun than dirt and water.
Sorry about all the extra pictures, but we had a pretty fun day and I always like to look back through my post and see what we were up to that day. :)

Fedoras and prints

Hat: August Accessories
Shirt: Great Northwest (thrifted)
Skirt: Preston New York (Consignment shop - Designer's Closet)
Shoes: Zodiac (Famous Footwear)
Bag: Beuno
Bracelets: Sears, Great Northwest, thrifted

Consignment shopping seems to be the step in-between thrifting and department store shopping.  I've found such amazing clothes and handbags at consignment shop and while they are a little more expensive then thrift stores, you still get amazing deals.  Best of all, you support local business and I am a huge fan of that!  All of our local consignment shops are owned by very sweet, hard working ladies and I am always happy to spend money there, rather than at a large box store.

This skirt I found at one of our local shops and I fell in love with it right away, the print is just fantastic!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Outfit Under $30 - prints and a vest

Vest: Old Navy - $5.59
Dress: Merona (thrifted) - $5.99
Belt: Sears - $2.99
shoes: Bamboo (thrifted) - $4.99
Clutch: thrifted - $3.00
Bracelets: Assorted (clearance and thrifted) - about $5.00

Total: $27.56

It can be frustrating thrift shopping.  It's different from going into a department store and finding what you're looking for and knowing they'll have it in your size and maybe in other colors.  But the price points and the unexpected thrills of finding treasures really make up for that.  While you won't find something every time you venture into a thrift store, if you keep at it, you will find some amazing things.

Two things I've always had trouble thrifting are shoes and nice handbags.  Lately I've had a little luck with those.  I found these cute wedges not long after I found my striped Steve Madden heels and I've been loving them, so worth the $4.99.  Same with the handbags, as long as I'm willing to dig through the bins and piles, I can find a cute clutch and last week I found the lovely beige Jessica Simpson purse. (See yesterday's post.)   I had to keep reminding myself that even if I didn't find a cute purse or shoes that day, I should keep at it and eventually, it worked out.