Sunday, September 30, 2012

Termination dust

Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift from my mom.)
Shirt: Urban Vibe
Pants: Old Navy Rockstar (old, I don't think they brought this rust color back with the new collection.)
Boots: Madden Girl
Handbag: Liz Claiborne
Photos by Evan

The snow hit us this morning, but melted off here in town by noon although there's still termination dust up in the hills around town.   I won the bet against Evan and my brothers, they all thought the first snow would hit later this week, but after yesterday, I felt pretty sure it would be some time today.    The kids were so excited to go play in the snow, but there just wasn't much for them to play in.  Not much longer kiddos.

After Old Navy's campaign with the Rock-star jeans, I feel better now knowing that universally everyone has to go up two sizes in them.  Back when I got these on clearance in the spring,  I thought I just needed to start running more!   Which is just silly, it's nothing but a number on a tag and the color on these jeans was too nice to pass up. (As was the price!  Jeans for under ten dollars?  Yes!) I love my bright red jeans, but I ended up wearing these jeans far more often.  I think it might be my natural preference for muted, natural shades that makes these my favorite.  

In retrospect, this sort of seems like a boring outfit, a blazer, colored jeans, a printed top and boots with delicate jewelry.  Maybe tomorrow I'll be more daring and sport a tutu to the barn.  But then, the ponies never seem to appreciated it when I dress up for them.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Brrr, not yet!

Jacket: Fred Meyers/Kroger
Dress: Sears
Tights; Fred Meyer/Kroger
Boots: Madden Girl
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

So far the weatherman has been wrong and while it hasn't snowed yet, you can really feel it in the air. The temp has dropped about twenty degrees and the air has that cold and wet feel to it the usually proceeds the snow.  After playing around by the river, the kids and I were all wishing we'd brought the mittens.   There were a few enterprising guys still trying to get a little bit of fishing in before the weather turns,  I was getting cold just watching them stand in the river. (Men are insane, who else enjoys standing in a cold river in 35 degrees on the off chance they might catch one late season fish?)

This little funky cheetah print dress is a regular in my wardrobe.  The usual color combined with the looser fit seem to make it easier to wear in a variety of ways as opposed to my former work sheath dresses that just sit at the back of the closet.  I'm pretty sure everyone is really sick of seeing this leather handbag, it and my navy and brown Liz Claiborne purse are the ones I always reach for in my day to day life.  They hold up so well, being made out of leather, and the longer cross-body straps help keep my hands free and usually keep me from leaving it behind somewhere.  

I'm pretty sure my old computer is on it's last legs.  It's been to the repair shop many times but lately the ports have almost completely stopped working, the screen has been having freak-outs and starts sputtering after running for about a half hour.  I'm going to take it in one last time but it might be time for a new one.   

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's coming

Jacket: Banana Republic (thrifted)
Scarf: Old Navy
Silk Shirt: Edward (thrifted)
Pants: American Eagle Outfitters
Shoes: Steve Madden

These shoes are so comfortable and easy to walk in on pavement and flat surfaces but I learned my lesson today.  They are NOT for climbing up and down a hill or on the rocks.  (Duuuuh Katie.) Obviously I was not using all of my brain cells today. 

I guess my disclaimer for wearing these non-climbing friendly shoes is that I wanted to get one more wear out of my sandals because guess what's in the forecast for Friday?  Yup, we're on snow watch from here on out.

I've had these mint jeans for a while now and I can't believe I haven't posted them yet.  That's what I get for being a non-regular blogger.   

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

River's Edge

Jacket: Sears
Dress: Kardashian for Sears 
Scarf: Old Navy (I've been crediting Fred Meyer for this scarf, but its actually from Old Navy.)
Boots: ? (Thrifted)
Spike Bracelet: F21

This dress was love at first sight for me, it was one of the few dresses from the line that seemed very non-Kardashian with the loose fit and romantic air to it, but the price point was crazy.  I don't pay $115 for a dress people.    Sears is really awesome about marking their stuff down to clearance fast and I knew I wouldn't have to wait long to get this at a good deal.  Unfortunately, it seems I wasn't the only one who liked this dress, by the time it hit a low clearance price, the only one left was a size large.  But for $8.49, it was coming home with me.   I've done some alterations to make the armholes not so large and gaping, but it's still a bit long for me.  By using a belt a pulling the top of the dress over the belt, I'm able to create a new waistline on this dress and control how long or short I want the hemline to fall.  This makes it so versatile, I love a shorter, fuller skirt with the tights and a longer, sleek hemline with bare legs, so I get the best of both worlds with this. 

I've been wanting to take photos down here by the Chena River for a while. It's such a fantastic location, but I've held off because there's always so many people down here and I'm a little shy at breaking out the tripod in front of that many people.  I think I'm going to have to come back here when we get our first snowfall, I love how rivers look with the first snow of the season.  

Ugh, I just depressed myself with that.  That first snow needs to hold off for a good two months.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Evening glow

Sweater: Gap
Lace shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Scarf: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Boots: F by Fergie (Fred Meyer/Kroger)
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

We've been trying to sell our Jeep and downgrade to a small car since we don't really need two gas guzzlers.  Someone came by today to take it out for a test drive and whaddya know, as soon as he tried to turn it on, it wouldn't start.    Hmmm, guess who didn't connect the clamps tight enough when she replaced the battery?  Yup, this girl right here.

After charging the battery back up, we realized there was also a leak in the fuel filter, resulting in gas leaking out.  Yikes, gas is a little too spendy to be doing that!  Needless to say, the man interested in buying the jeep was not impressed.  But Evan taught me how to replace a fuel filter (and to make sure clamps are tight!) so at least I learned something today. 

It was nice to put on a cute lace shirt after working under the Jeep, it ended up being warm enough today to go sans jacket and just wear a big cardigan.  We're all enjoying the last little hurrah of fall before the snow comes, typically we get our first snowfall right around the first of October.   After that record setting cold and snow last winter and a chilly summer, everyone in town has been moaning about winter coming too soon this year.    None of us are looking forward to it!   


Friday, September 21, 2012

At least the jacket looks mature

Jacket: Jo`n 
(Gift from my Aunt who has amazing taste, I'll take her hand-me downs any day of the week!)

Dress: Forever21
Shoes: Madden Girl (Fred Meyer/Kroger)
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

Every time I tried to type into my browser tonight, I'd typed

Ah.  Obviously, I'm really on top of things tonight.  This is what happens when you talk to kids all day, you end up saying, "No, no! Hot hot!" when your husband tried to take a hot pan out of the oven and apparently boogers are more on your mind than blogs.

By the way, I just get a search engine for   I would have thought someone out there would have been all over that domain name. 

It's not Sheer!

Jacket: Black Poppy (Pacsun)
Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever21
Belt: Sears
Shoes: Sears
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

My camera's screen lies to me.  It says that the pictures are clear and lovely and then I upload them and the computer says otherwise.  Blah.  However, after fiddling around, I did figure out my problem!  That stupid sharpness setting. Evan took my photos today since I was too lazy to haul out the tripod. It was nice having someone take the photos so I could play with the settings, rather than running back and forth with the timer, seeing if I even had the camera in focus.    I am getting this figured out, admittedly slowly, but I hope to get at least as decent results out of the nice camera as I could out of the point and shoot.

Anyho, this skirt was one of the items I got while in Anchorage.  I've been looking for a nude maxi skirt for over a year now, but haven't found any that were the right color, length or not completely sheer!   (Ugh, I'm so sick of the sheer skirt/dress trend.  I wish it would die already.)   I was really excited to find this one, the length  ended up being perfect for short me and being chiffon, it dries out fast after I tromp through the grass for outfit pictures.  Really, what more could you ask of a skirt?