Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Um, a bridge

Romper: Uk Style by French Connection (Sears)
Belt: Came with another dress...again....
Shoes: Shoemint (But via ebay)
Jewelry: Icing
Bag: Liz Claiborne Leather (thrifted)

Last time I wore this romper (and this time I remembered what it was called!) it was winter and there was still snow on the ground.  I prefer wearing it this way, minus the blazer and tights and stuff, but I think that's just because I prefer the warmer weather.  Speaking of which, there was definitely a hint of fall in the air today, despite the bright sunshine.  Some leaves on our neightbor''s tree have even started turn colors.  So... that's just down right depressing.  We've had a colder summer than normal and it was such a strange and long winter, I'm not ready to let go of summer yet and head into the nine and half months of winter.  Blah.

Well, enough of my whining.  We're trying to get out as much as we can to enjoy the last hurrah of summer, so these pictures we taken near the Steese Bridge, right after the kids and I'd played at the park.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

This is my type of Eden

I'll just apologize in advance for this being a picture heavy post.

Shirt: Urban vibe (B-day present from my little sister.)
nude Cami: Old Navy
belt; Icings
skirt: Gap (thrifted)
shoes: Madden Girl (Famous Footwear and now on great clearance!)
Hat: Old Navy

I do apologize for all of the pictures, but I just was so pleased with everything.  The McGrath road off of Framer's Loop is so beautiful, it reminds me of all of my favorite places in Alaska with a dash of the roads around Bellingham,WA. (One of my favorite places down in the lower 48.)  It's small, winding road over the hill with trees growing over the avenue, and all of the foliage is so beautiful and restful feeling.  The kids and I had so much fun exploring some of the little trails up there, plus there's a great little bike path that we rode up and down.

I also love this skirt!  I almost put it back at the thrift store, just because it was a size too but and a bit too long, but I brought it home because the color was so pretty.  Well, it's a now a favorite in my closet.  I love the color, the two floaty layers, everything!  Until I do some adjustments on it, I've just been rolling up the waistband and wearing it with a belt.  This skirt works with every top in my closet, I'm so happy I looked past the size and got it.  

This nude cami is becoming on of the most remixed garments in my closet, it works really well for the sheer shirts, but doesn't look as silly as wearing a white cami under everything.  

Oooooh, I discovered a really great mascara as well!  I have very short, sparse (read, nonexistent.) eyelashes, so I need a lot of help in this department.  When I saw my little sister the other day, I thought she was wearing fake eyelashes, hers were so long and thick!  Nope, it was the super cheap Wet 'nWild Mega Length mascara, which coasts all of a whopping $2.99.  Wow.   I remember years ago, I was working 13 hr days, everyday straight for two months right before I got to go on a short vacation to Portland.  I saved up so I could go the makeup counter at Nordstroms and get some really great makeup.  I ended up getting a bunch of Bobby Brown cosmetics (and none of it was at a $2.99 price point!) and when I got back home to Fairbanks I was so disappointed with it.  It seemed just like poor quality, the foundation was awful and cakey, the mascara was subpar , even the lipsticks and eye shadows was really disappointing.  Ever since then I've stayed away from the spendier stuff out of fear of spending that much money and being so unhappy with it.  The most I ever spend is on the Revlon Photofinishing foam foundation, which is amazing and light, but everything else is the cheapy cheap brands.  Wet 'n Wild makes such great eyeshadow crayons, they're thick and soft, last for a long time and have such fun colors.  (I just discovered the purple eye crayon, it really looks amazing on blue eyes.)

Yeah, it doesn't get much cuter than that.


shirt: Seven7 (thrifted)
Pants: CanyonRiverBlues (Sears)
Belt: Icings
Shoes: Gap (Thrifted)

We discovered this great little recreational area out on the Goldstream road.  There's tons of fun trails, marshlands and some small ponds.  We explored a little bit, but the smell of fish was really strong around the little pond here and since bears have been seen out by in the Goldstream/Farmer's loop Area, we headed back to the car pretty fast.  I really haven't figured out how to take photos in bright sunlight and the lighting was just really harsh.  Eventually I'll get this down.

These bright green pants are so fun to wear, I thought I'd be bold and wear them with this oversized pink blouse.  The colors make me think of watermelon and it doesn't get much more summery than that!  (Although by noon it was roasting out and we were all wishing we'd worn shorts.)

The past couple Fridays the kids have been coming out to the barn with mom and myself and I've been giving them little riding lessons on one of the little horses.  Isabel and Gunnar are enjoying it so much, they can't wait for Friday to come around now.  They're both really bold on top of the horse and have no fear in the saddle, so I'm having so much fun teaching them!  I've taught riding lessons for years and I've always really enjoyed teaching children, they get so much joy about of being around horses and it's really exciting to teach my own children now.   The riding instructor that my mom and I take lessons from has a really amazing horse facility, it's huge and has woods all around, so the kids just think it's paradise there. (And they're right, it is!)

Isabel and Gunnar talking to Dollar, the new horse!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Shorts weather

Blouse: Banana Republic silk (thrifted)
Tank: Old Navy
Shorts: Theory (thrifted)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Jewelry: Assorted

I thrifted this blouse a while back, I hit a jackpot and found five really pretty silk Banana Republic tank tops, but I ended up giving almost all of them to my little sister.  This pretty blouse stayed with me however!  It's really sheer, so I've been getting a lot of use out of  that nude tank I got at Old Navy a while back.  (Ha, I'm just not that brave when it comes to see-through items!)  And oooh, these shorts!  Another lucky thrifting find, back when the Salvation Army was having a sale, all shorts for 50 cents apiece!  Yeah, it's hard to pass up high-waisted Theory shorts for 50 cents.  I keeping hoping that some day I'll find some silk Equipment shirts at the thrift stores. (A girl can dream, right?)

Whew, it got hot out today!  All of my complaining lately about the cold  really paid off, it was perfect shorts weather today.  (Even though I have knees that Forever21 would love to photoshop off!)   If the weather holds up, we're all going try to make it down to the Lake and we'll see just how many times the dog can tip over the canoe.  (So far, the record stands at four times in one day.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sun and stripes

Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Shoes: Thrifted
Bracelet: Garage sale

Well, I'm sure not winning a consistent blogger award this month. 

It's been just awful, cold, rainy weather for most of this month, but today the sun came out! (Finally!)  This is a pretty no frills type of outfits, but summer is the time for simpleness.  A cargo skirt, sandals and a striped tee-shirt, that's about all I need.  Now I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that the nice weather holds up, we need all the sunshine we can get before winter hits.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

(Insert clever seventies joke)

Coat: Ellen Tracey (Gift)
Shirt: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Jeans: Old Navy
Belt: Came with a dress (This seems to be how i get most of my belts)
Shoes: Shoemint (via ebay)
Handbag: Coach (consignment)
Jewelry: Assorted

I haven't worn these high waisted bell bottoms in so long, just because they're so long! (Hah, aren't I just the funny one tonight.)  But with the wonderful shoemint shoes, they're just about normal person length and I'm just about normal person height.   This shirt is a really old thrifting find, back from when I wasn't so lazy about thrifting.  Thrifting shirts are one thing that takes the wind right out of me, it takes so long to go through every. single. shirt.  And while most shirts at the thrift store do tend to be more, er, matronly, sometimes I find gems like this.

This seems to sum up my thrifting experiences.  Some times I get really lucky and find something amazing for a great price, but it does take digging through the piles and having an idea of what to look for.  I use my fingers to feel for nice fabrics and I watch for colors that I like, or patterns.  And while a good proportion of garments at thrift store can be, as mentioned before, matronly or worn out,  sometimes you do find Dior. (I'll wave my hand in the air here.)   It's important not to get discouraged if you come away with nothing.  A good half of the time I come away empty handed, but I have those times when I do find something really special.  You just have to keep at it!

And yes, I might be a tiny bit obsessed with knotting my shirts, but its fun to have an alternative to belting or tucking in your shirt and it has such a fun summer feel.  Or maybe I just never grew out of the 90s style wise.