Thursday, June 28, 2012

Outfit Under $30: Skirts and Ponies!

Shirt: Old Navy - $6.99
Skirt: Pacson - $4.99 (50% off clearence, yeah!)
Shoes: Minnetonka (thrifted) - $3.50
Belt: Came with another dress, so $5.00 maybe?
Handbag: Liz Claiborne Leather(thrifted) - $2.50
Larged Bracelet: Sears - $2.00
Other Braclets: Assorted - $5.00

Total: $29.98

I love this long skirt, but it's just a tad bit too long.  Usually I just roll up the waist to fix that, but today I decided to copy Elizabeth over at Delightfully Tacky.  She rolled her skirt recently and it just looked too cool and it makes those longer skirts work with flats!  Speaking of flats, I'm pretty in love with my new leather sandels I found over at the thrift store.  Would you belive that before I found these beauties, I had not one pair of sandels in my closet?  For a shoe hoarder er, lover, that's pretty shocking!  I just could never bring myself to buy a pair, since it always feels like I'll only get a little wear out of them before the snow comes back around.

In other news, we just bought a new horse!  He's a tall boy and right now, skinnier than a rail.  I've always worked around horses and am pretty serious about horsecare and I get so fticked off at people who think buying a horse is just like buying a dog, all they'll have to do is brush it and throw some food at it.  Horses are such difficult animals to REALLY care for, there's so much that goes into really, really taking the proper care of them and while most people think they're doing an okay job, it couldn't be further from the truth! (We saw a lot of that this year, after looking at horses in the $5,000 to $20,000 range in Alaska, OR and WA, almost every single horse was lame!)  This  young guy that we just bought was in the care of a Pony Cluber, which is suppose to be an orangization that teachs folks how to properly care for and ride their horses.  Well, Pony Club in Alaska is about the most pithetic thing I've ever seen.  This horse lived in one of the most dangerous barns I'd ever seen and they weren't feeding him any hay, just turning him out on a rope(!) so he was only eatting grass.  There are so many things wrong with that I can't even start!  Needless to say, he has rope burns all over his legs, one really nasty one on his back leg we're trying to treat and is just SO skinny.  Ugh.  Aside from all of this, he's a total doll, a big, lanky boy who has these long ears that flop when he walks. (So cute!)  He has a lot of potential and we're so excited for this summer!

Sorry, that was quite a bit of horse rambling on my part, I tend to do that when the suject of horses and horse care comes up.  You'll be seeing some pictures of the cutie soon!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Should have gone with the boots

Sweater: Gap (Consigment)
Skirt: Kardashian for Sears
Tights: Sears
Shoes: Shi`
Bracelets: Assorted

The sad thing about this outfit is after taking photos, we went to the playground.  The only other shoes I had in the car were my very, very worn-in Ariat paddock boots and they ended up being way cuter with this outfit than these wedges. Oh well, live and learn.  At least the wedges make me tall.  Or close to normal height.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Some pattern mixing and some rain

Jacket: Old Navy
Dress: J.Crew (Fireweed Consigment)
Tights: Sears
Shoes: Ditto (Er, I mean Sears!)
Bracelet: Sears
Handbag: Liz Claiborne Leather (thrifted)

The Seward girl in me took great delight that it was gray, misty and rainy today.  Shoot, all I needed was some docks and some overly-agressive sea lions and I would have thought I'd stepped into a time warp.

Heh, all that aside, it's been in the mid-80 degrees for the past week and a half and with my comfort zone being 70 degrees at most, I was really happy to see the rain come! (And it makes for fun photos!)  This spot is just on the outside of the Fairbanks city limits and everytime it rains, the top of this little hill becomes shrouded in mist and clouds.  All of the fireweed has started blooming which I'm so happy about, it's one of my very favorite wildflowers.

I think shirtdresses are one of my very favorite styles of dresses, I love the wide skirts and the fitted tops.  Not to meantion, they literally work with everything.  Heels, flats, boots, you name it, it works. (Well, I haven't tried clown shoes yet.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tada! Jeans and Fish

Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: JBrand (gift)
Shoes: Shoemint (via ebay)
Necklace and smiley skull ring: Icings
Bracelets: Sears
Hat: Great northwest

Sooooooo.....someone was a lazy blogger this week.  In my defense, I did have a crazy amount of unpacking, cleaning and washing to do after the fishing trip! (Ugh, the cleaning up when you get home is Yeah, let's go with fun. No sarcasm here.)  I did finally end up taking some photos today, but you'll have to suffer through me makeup-less face and sweaty hair, I took these after going for a run.  Let me tell you, it's a good thing the Internet doesn't offer a "sniff" option.

I know, I know, I have the sense of humor of a ten-year-old-boy.  Anyways, pretty thrilled to have tried these pants back on after the fishing trip.  These were a present from my mom, but they were in her size, so when I first tried these on, there was so much muffin top going on, it was more like exploding-cake-top.  But after all of the running and the fishing trip(which is always good for the waistline!) these are fitting a lot better! 

Anyways, this is going to be a picture heavy post, these are some from our fishing trip.  It was my dad, mom, three of my little brothers, my little sister, my brothers girlfriend, Jack the Jack Russel Terrier and the two little kiddos and myself.  We drove in our convey down, with my parents and two siblings in the camper, my brother and his girls friends and then my brother Jake drove with me and Izzy and Gunnar.

Gunnar and Izzy with some fish, and then my little brother Korbett in the black hoodie and my brother Jake in the raincoat.

After taking this, I realized Korbett was being a total nerd in the background!

Izzy loved the fish.  She started making them talk and tried to make a run for it with one of them!  These were some of the tiny ones from the first day of fishing, the second day we hit a bigger run of salmon.

From the little "campground" to the fishing spot is quite a ways and you have to go along a rough trail that runs along a three hundred foot drop into one of the scariest rivers in Alaska.  I now have forearms of steel from holding so tightly onto the back of the four wheeler!

Yeah, this is the easy part of the trail.  It gets so, so much worse.

Guess where we were fishing! Yup, right on the other side of the cliff where the arrow points.  A little scary, but everyone was tied off and we had a pretty good plan in case the worst happened and someone fell in.  (Which was, "Don't fall in!")  This is such a scary river, you fall in and you don't come back out, every year there's a death or two during dip-net season.

Me in front of the old railroad tunnel we drove through on the way to the fishing spot.  I only have on nine layers under that sweater.  (The sad part is, I'm not even joking!)

I'm crazy for old railroad tunnels and this one is so cool.  Tried to get a good scale of it.  That's dad and then Korbett and Jake again.

SO cool, right?!  I took this as we were speeding through the tunnel and it came out so awesome, I keep thinking I might get a print made of it for home. :)

Our little convoy after coming up the crazy hill that leads down to the campground.

This sweet little hot bed of excitement is the Grand General Store of Chitina.  Yup, couldn't even spring for a double-wide.

Loading up the four wheeler after going up crazy hill.

Izzy helping out Nana in the camper.

Group photo after breakfast in Glenallen.  From left to right: Jake, Sanna, Dad, Gunnar, Jack the dog, Me, Izzy and Nana on top and Jared and his girlfriend Morgan. (Heheh, when I came back through to edit this, I realized I'd typed "Jack the god."  Hah, he wishes!)

Second group photo!  (Only with Korbett in it this time, with me taking the picture.)

It was a pretty fun trip.  Izzy and Gunnar were so good on the long drive down, it ended up being almost nine hours in the car thanks to road construction along the Richardson hwy.  We got down to Chitina and the campground that night and set up camp, with dad, mom and the boys heading down to the fishing spot for the first round of dip netting.  Again, Izzy and Gunnar were such good little kids, the river is pretty terrifying and they really listened and stayed away from it! (But life jackets stayed on at all times!)  They had some much fun camping out in the tent, the first night got pretty chilly, down around 35, so we all curled up under the blankets in all of our jackets and gear!  The second day mom watched the kids and I went out to the dip netting spot.  Guess how many fish I netted after 8 hours on the rocks?  Yup, a big zippy-zero!  Morgan  comes down and within 15 mins catches two, then goes on to get seven total!  It was pretty funny.
We came way with fish for all of our families for the winter, which is fantastic and everyone had so much fun.
Then we got home and it was cleaning time and fish processing time. :P

Bravo to you if you made it all the way through that!  We should be back to style posts now.   Thanks to everyone for all of their kind comments and I'm slowly working back to saying hi to everyone and commentiing this week.  Thank you all of you! (It was so fun to come back and see all of the sweet notes that you'd left.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Outfit Under$30 - Inspiration

Jacket: Sears - $4.99
Shirt: (thrifted) - $3.99
Pants: Old Navy - $8.49
Shoes: Sears - $2.99
Handbag: Liz Claiborne Leather(thrifted) - $2.50

Total: $22.96
Under $30 budget: $7.04

I'm one happy camper.  Lately I've felt like I've really hit a plateau with my photography and like I just was not progressing at all.  Every picture felt so blah.  Looking back, I realized all of my photos that I've liked were NOT taken around our little neighborhood.   I've just gotten tired of trying to find nice, quite little spots to take pictures and I've gotten so tried of trying to take photos with people just staring at me. Lately I haven't even wanted to venture outside to take photos.

Today I took the tripod and camera with us and while we waited for the husband to get off work, I had a moment of inspiration and pulled out the tripod and just started taking pictures in the field behind the restaurant.  It felt so relaxing and wonderful, I loosened right up and really had a little breakthrough with my photography.

Lesson learned, this summer I'm going to start hauling the tripod around and take pictures at different locations and just relax and enjoy myself!

It most likely helped that I really loved this outfit.  I've been running around all day getting prepared for our fishing trip, so these little snakeskin kitten heels were perfect and I gotta say, even though I love my bright red pants, these dark red ones are getting the most rotation.  They really seem to fit my style, even though I love bright colors, I'm really drawn to natural tones. (this explains my obsession with olive/army green.)  And this military style jacket is one of my very favorites, I'm always surprised at how many of my favorite items don't show up on the blog. (Maybe if I was better about posting.)

Speaking of fishing, I'll be gone for the next couple days, my whole family and I and the kiddos will be off to Chitna, doing the yearly fishing trip.  Hopefully we'll get lots of fish to go into the freezer.  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I'll see you all Monday!

The usual Izzy style picture.  If only little girl clothes weren't SO cute!
(Yes, that's a pair of kitchen tongs.  I don't really get it either.)