Monday, February 20, 2012

A Surpise! (sort of....not really?)





Vest: ? (thrifted)
Jacket: UK Style by French Connection (Sears)
Shirt: ? (thrifted)
Skirt: Kardashian for Sears
Shoes: XOXO

Well, I'l start off by saying that I really considered not writing the name of my skirt.  I really did.

You see, I''m one of those people who when the Kardashian line for Sears came out said "Skanktastic!"  Well, a couple days ago I ate my words. (Well, at least two other ladies in Fairbanks did the same.)  We were at Sears scooping out the great clearence when I saw something shocking.  It was the most lovely shade of pink.  It looked feathered.  It was so far from skanktastic.  It was in the Kardashian section. 

GASP!

Myself and two other lovely laadies were  ohing and ahing over this beautiful skirt, all making our snarky comments about how shocking it was to see something so PRETTY and well made by the Kardashian brand.  (BTW, you ladies were hystarical!) So, after all this, I decided to give their clearence items a try.  It was much the same that I saw when the line first came out, cheaply made, over priced and skanky.  But there were a few gems.  This skirt, a lace blouse and of course, the beautiful feathery-ish skirt. (I'll try to wear it this week, it really is pretty.  And after all the coupons and sales, I got it for super cheap.)  So I've learn, at least try some once or twice, you never know.

Which brings me around to something else.  In the style blogging world you see a lot of H&M, Anthroplogie, Urban Outtfitters, The big three(Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic) Forever 21, J.Crew and Target.  I tried to think back, but I haven't seen any Sears stuff.  At all.  

And that my darlings is a shame.

Sears is one of those places known for washers and stuff, but they have some great clothing finds.  UK Style by French Connection is a fab little line with nicely made on trend items and basics.  They have a misses and a plus section for this line and the plus line  is beautiful.  Usually the plus lines are just big, billowy sacks, but there are fantastic tops and dresses by the UK Style.  Another fun line is the line by Sancturay which has great fitting jeans and a very boho look.  I've found awesome, cheap shoes at Sears that have lasted over six years so far.  And there's the Kardashian line, which has some hits and misses. (That's a more spendy line, only hit it on sale or clearence.)  Sears always has sales going on and good coupons so look for those and their clearence ROCKS.  I have a lovely beige shift dress that I got for $2.99.  The juniors area, however, is scary.  Very teenybooper.  Watch out.

So, after writing a book, I will say that Sears did not pay me for this. (I woldn't mind though!)  It's just one of those really under rated places that you can find great, fairly cheapish, decently made clothing items.

Whew!  I'm all tuckered out.  So, do you ladies have any unknowish places you like to shop for great little items?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Still sunny




Hat: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Coat: Old Navy
Shirt: Blouseworks (Thrifted)
Skirt: (Thrifted)
Shoes: XOXO

These are the normal-looking photos.  My normal ones are me doing a real sweet Blue Steel. (Seriously, if they ever make a Zoolander 2, I'd fit right on it.)

Our lovely weather continues and were getting to the end of February.  Usually its a good -40 below right now, but we've been close to 30 above for over two weeks now.  I keep hoping it's going to stay like this right on into March, but we'll probably see at least -20 below again.  (The cars and the kids would all love it if the nice weather stays around.  So would I. ^_^)

These tights are really blue, but they just come out black in the photos.  I'm not that brave yet when it comes to colored tights.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Not even the red could save me








Blazer: Sears
Shirt: Sears
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: SM New York
Bag: Kroger/ Fred Meyer

Wow, I was seriously off today.  I just could not get with it. (These are the passable ones people.)   Its a good thing my husband is my photographer, anyone else would have beat me with a wiffle bat today. (He's probably thinking about it, but I bribed him with pumpkin pie, so he put up with my faces and falling into the snow.)

Well, at least the neightbors got their daily dose of entertainment.



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's a bit windy










Jacket: Fred Meyer/ Kroger
Vest: ? (Thrifted)
Tee: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Madden girl
Handbag: Old Navy

It was overcast and windy today, but still super warm, I don't ever remember it being this warm for this long in February.  (It has been one of those weird winters, we've had record highs and records lows during each month.  The poor cars are sick off it.)

This vest was made to go over this jacket, it makes it really warm and I feel all fuzzy and soft.  (The little girl keeps petting me.)   It's a pretty neutral outfit but feels pretty Alaskany to me. By which I mean it's really nothing any self respecting Alaskan would wear during the middle of winter.  There's not even a hint of duct tape anywhere to be found! Shame on me....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

V-day (Like D-day?) NotevenfunnyIknow











Vest: ? (Thrifted)
Sweater: Old Navy
Belt: Old Navy
Skirt: Anne Taylor (Thrifted)
Shoes: Rocket Dog

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! 

Instead of going super Valentiney, I just threw in pops of red outfit-wise today. (I always feel silly wearing all red or pink on Valentine's day, it's all cheesey on me.  And not good cheese like Tinturn cheese, it's like Velveeta cheese.) This skirt was such a find at the thrift shop, its silk and was only $4.  The pattern is so cute, it looks like polkadots, but I think it'sa really easter eggs. (Easter eggs for Valentines day, awesome!)  The furry vest is so warm and was another good thrifting find, I'd looked for a while for a furry vest, but everything was too shapeless, too expensive or too fakey-looking.  Then tada, I found this at the thrift store on sale for $3.50.  Today's lesson, you can find anything at the thrift store if you look long enouph.

I think that's it for me today, I'm going to pull the cherry cake out off the oven and the hubs is making coconut chicken florentine soup.(It's really good! The perks of having a chef for a husband. )

Monday, February 13, 2012

And then I fell into it!












Jacket: Jack by BBDakota
Shirt: (Thrifted)
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Unlisted

This is the best excuse I''ve ever heard, it's right up their with "I got vertigo and tripped over my goldfish and broke my collarbone." (One of the best voicemails I'd ever listened to.)   As you can see, I''m pretty silly today, I think it's the shirt.  It makes me feel like a boat captian, I think I'll have everyone address me as Captian Dorks-a-lot of the U.S.S. Goofball.  Has a nice ring to it.

 
I know, I know, everyone's like, "knock it off, cut the chitchat, talk about style!"  Well, I really want to talk about the new epasode of The Walking Dead, but you don't see me nerding out, do you? (It was FANTASTIC, btw)
 
EDIT:  I'm a little shy about posting my childrens pictures online, but we had so much fun playing outside in the nice weather and I got some good shots of them, I just could'nt resist.  ^_^






 
They're a pretty cute bunch.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hats off








Jacket: Bebe (Thrifted)
Dress: The Limited
Handbag: Old Navy
Shoes; Old Navy
Fuax Fur Wrap: ? (Gift)
Hat: Great Northwest

I got the new Glamor magazine yesterday and they had a really interesting little story on image retouching, both in the industry and with personal photos.  Apparently, people don't think magazines should retouch their photos, but it is perfectly fine to extreme-retouch your personal photos for facebook and everything.

After reading this, I realized this was one reason why I love the style blogging world so much.  So many women are so honest and seem to put a lot of effort into presenting their personal selves as opposed to a character.  Rather than see how hot you can look, a lot of the style community is very creatively driven and there's so much support for each other.  I haven't been blogging that long but I've been amazed at the kindness and sweetness of the women in this community!  Even those who are super successful with their blogs are so kind to newcomers and are so supportive of each other.

It does not seem that very many style blogger retouch their photos to the extent that the magazine talked about, the most I've ever noticed was fixing brightness.   I personally do not retouch my photos, aside from in the beginning trying to fix brightness. (And as I become more skilled with the camera and learning about lighting, I really don't need to.)   I want this to present me, with all of my flaws and shortcomings.  I love that this community is focused on presenting real women and not photoshopped-to-oblivion mannequins.

Style/fashion blogging community, I take my hat off to you.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It'll happen one of these days









Jacket: Jack By BBDakota
Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Nadara
Bag: ? (Bought at Fred Meyer/Kroger)

I was dodging cars during the whole photo shoot, you would think they could just all stop and put everything on hold while I take blog photos, no?

What do you mean other people have lives?  Gasp!

Well, at least I entertain the neighbors, I'm pretty sure they all have running bets on when I finally do get hit by a car.  With my luck, it'll be the snow plow.  It'll make for some great photos though!

Mmm, I should talk about my handbag.  My husband and I got married on Valentines day, thinking it would make it super easy to remember, right?  All of the posters and adds are like personal reminders!  However, this was not thought through, we should have realized trying to find somewhere to eat, getting a babysitter, ect., would be almost impossiable.  So every year we end up celabrating early or late, which is groovy with me, if it's after I get to load up on clearence Valentines candy!

Yeah, I didn't talk about the bag, did I?  This was my present for that and I'm crazy in love with it.  The hubs did good. ^_^