Archive | April, 2011

Love that red hair!

29 Apr

Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure my favorite model from Lands’ End Canvas is now doing some work for Gap. I’m not crazy, right?! That’s the same girl in both photos…right? Come on, guys, help me out here!

 1 – Lands’ End Canvas

2 – Gap

Have you guys ever checked our Lands’ End Canvas? I’m pretty much in love with their casual, chic style. Go ahead, take a second, check it out! My favorite part is that they show a whole outfit for every item of clothing they sell, so you can get TONS of inspiration! Sadly, I have to admit that I haven’t purchased anything there yet, but I check it all the time to see when things go on sale. Here’s my current favorite look:

I plan to do a re-engineered post for it soon, but right now we need to clear out our office (including internet connection!) in preparation for the wood floor installation. YEA! I love home renovations and am so excited to see the transformation!  Have a great weekend!


Easter Sunday

27 Apr

Let’s pretend I wrote this on Monday since that’s closer to Easter….

Growing up, did anyone else get new Easter dresses every year? It was always so fun going to church in a new dress every year. I always felt like I was “dressing up” for God, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. If there was ever an occasion for celebration, Easter would be it! I decided to do that again this year, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been inspired by all the flowery skirts and dresses around the fashion blogosphere (WhatIWore, Selective Potential, Kendi Everyday), so much so that I’ve invested in a few of my own this year. I’m now ready to tackle the Texas summer! Should be better than all the capris I wore last year (HOT!). Plus, let’s face it.  I’m going to need something other than capris to get the white out of my legs.  

What do you think? What are you investing in for the summer months? Do you already have a great summer wardrobe? I’d love to hear about the key pieces in your own wardrobe!

(Dress: Kohl’s, Shoes: Steve Madden-similar, Necklace: Fossil,Sweater:Target-similar, Belt: Gift-similar)

Love this cutie!

Weekend Update

25 Apr

Good morning, lovelies!  Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating our Risen King!  We surely did–my favorite part of the service on Sunday was a song with the words “My God is not dead! He is surely alive, living inside me, roaring like a lion!” I need to find that song to listen to more often!  Loved it!

Also, my parents decided to come visit for a couple weeks, starting this past Friday!  You’ll have to forgive me if my posts are a bit shorter while they are here…we want to have as much fun as possible during their visit!  They’re also helping us with some home improvement projects, so you just might get a sneak peak into our domestic life soon.

Okay, without further ado, here’s a quick look at a trip we took to the Botanic Gardens on Saturday.  That place is beautiful!  I see many picnics there in my future.  Who’s in?

Dress (Kohl’s), Necklace (Kohl’s), Sandals (Target-similar), Purse (Target)

Sunshine and Wildflowers

23 Apr

Sometimes I wish I could have a yard full of wildflowers.  They are in full bloom right now and it is stunning.  It’s the one thing I enjoy about my hour+ drive every morning and evening.  The highways are lined with thousands of wildflowers, just asking me to stop and stare…you know, if I wasn’t driving.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!  The Lord is risen!

Izzy and I have the same expression when basking in the sun.

Cargo pants (LOFT), White Tank (NY&Co-similar),  White Tshirt (Old Navy), Necklace (Gifted-similar), Shoes (Boutique-similar)

Fashion Expansion: Cross-Body Bags

20 Apr

Okay, so cross-body bags have *technically* been around forever, but they are making a big comeback this season. And why not?! They are hands-free and effortlessly chic. So pull it out again from the back of your closet (you know you have a stack of purses back there!) and re-style it this spring. I, surprisingly, do not have one…probably due to the several moves I’ve made over the past 5 years. So I’ve been looking and picked up #4 (below) this past weekend because I was so impressed with its quality (super soft!) and go-with-everything bone color. I think husband is happy I decided on a spring bag that’s not Coach, although hypothetically speaking, if I were choosing a spring Coach bag, it would be the kristen leather hippie bag. Okay, enough of the daydreaming—what do you think of the bags below? There are so many trends going on this season (flower patterns, bold colors, bows, tassels, chains, etc.) that I tried to capture most of them in cross-body bag ideas below. What’s your favorite? Do you already own one? How would you style it? I need your ideas!

1 – Multi Coloured Straw Cross Body Bag (TopShop): $44.00

2 – Pink Floating Meadow Print Cross Body Mini Bag (TopShop): $25.00

3 – Candie’s Maisy Bow Cross-Body Handbag (Kohl’s): $15.60

4 – Merona Crossbody – Bone (Target): $24.99 (Out of Stock Online—check your local Target!)

5 – LPLP Linea Pelle Crossbody Handbag – Blue (Target): $19.99 

6 – Vecchiarelli Bag (Aldo): $30

Pattern Mixing

18 Apr

Sooooo, late last week I may or may not have made my husband sick with my cooking. Well, actually, I admit it, I’m pretty sure I did make him sick. See, the two of us aren’t big mayonnaise fans. We keep it in the fridge for one meal–chicken salad. Do you see where this is going? It was a busy night, so I made a quick chicken salad meal, ate it and put the leftovers in the fridge for John. Admittedly I felt a bit queasy later that night, but for me, a sensitive stomach is pretty standard. John had a little later that night and then another serving the following day for lunch…at which point, he was down for the count. And then I checked the expiration date on the mayonnaise. Oops. So let’s just say I get no Suzy Homemaker points for cooking this week. Poor guy. I don’t think we’ll be having mayonnaise for awhile.

Side note, I decided to mix patterns for this outfit. I’ve been seeing stripes and flowers worn together everywhere, and it’s inspiring me to mix more patterns together. Why not?! Creates some visual interest.

(Pants: Old Navy, Shirt: Old Navy, Jacket: NY&Co – similar, Shoes: ? – similar , Socks: Kohl’s)


15 Apr

This past weekend, husband picked up some lilies for one of our planters that had been looking especially sad after several freeze-thaw cycles. I can hear my mom reminding me that I’m supposed to take planters in when it freezes…alas, I do not have her green thumb. I am, however, thrilled that these little guys bloomed with no effort on my part (thanks, God!) and have been absolutely stunning in the Texas sun. They remind me of my wedding bouquet, which had stargazer lilies. Our entire front yard smells amazing due to the lilies. I think I may have found my favorite flower. Don’t be surprised if you find me with a yard full of lilies in a few years. They’re easier than roses, right?

Jeans (Target – similar), Tshirt (Gap), Sweater (Old Navy) , Bracelet (Gift – similar), Shoes (Nine West), Scarf (Gift – similar)

Design Consultation: Pulled Together Mommy

13 Apr

I recently got this request from my dear friend, Emily:

Right now I am looking for easy, but pulled together, spring and summer outfits. I’d love to say I’d wear sundresses all the time, but that’s not happening. I don’t want to be too sporty, which is my tendency with apparel. Also, if I am going to wear shorts, I don’t want them too short… or to look like I am trying to hard. Easy, but pulled together mommy.”

Got it, hot mama! Emily lives in a cooler climate, so we trade being jealous of each other as the seasons change. She also sent me a link to a pair of shoes that she just bought to get me started. I looked for something that would transition easily from spring into summer, be on trend, and reflect her laid back personality. Plus, since Emily’s main concern is her super cute little boy, I went for something quick and easy without long necklaces for him to grab hold of! It doesn’t hurt that these are all items I want for summer and / or already own. I bought a skinny gold belt last winter, and it has been a great purchase! Goes with EVERYTHING! So what do you think? As hot mamas (with or without kids!) yourselves, would you pick up this outfit?

Cuffed Denim Shorts (Old Navy): $22.00

Lightweight Roll-Up Shirt (Old Navy): $24.50

Feather Printed Scarf (Express): $24.43

Gold Belt (Urban Outfitters): $15 (or NY&Co)

Earrings (Forever 21): $3.80

Shoes (Merrells): $90

TOTAL: $89.73 (Excluding Shoes)

Re-Engineered: LOFT Shorts and Sequins

11 Apr

It was a hot 90 degrees here this weekend, and I actually broke out a pair of shorts on Saturday and Sunday. I surprised myself since I usually forgo shorts until the heat of July and August when they become imperative. Even then, I usually go for a skirt or dress instead of the dreaded shorts (Why do they have to squish your thighs out when you sit down?!). However, I spent the days out in the heat shopping and running errands and decided to go for it. Which brings me to today’s re-engineered outfit….shorts! I love this take on shorts by LOFT for a number of reasons—stripes liven up the shorts while managing to remain a versatile wardrobe piece, sequins (need I say more?), and a linen blazer dresses up the outfit while remaining cool and chic. So what do you think? Is this reason enough for you to wear shorts this summer? Do you already love shorts? How do you wear them? I need suggestions since I own so few!

LOFT ($306)

Linen Blazer (J.Jill): $24.99

Sequin Tank (Forever 21): $19.80

Striped Shorts (Forever 21): $17.80

Sandals (Target): $15.00

Bracelet (Kohl’s): $13.00

Necklace (Kohl’s): $13.00

TOTAL: $103.59

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

6 Apr

As a result of several very long days at work, here are a few things that have happened to me in the past 24 hours (for your amusement, of course!):

  1. When ordering dinner Tuesday night, I repeatedly ordered the “Tuscon” salad (think Tuscon, Arizona) when in reality it was the TuscAn salad. No wonder that guy was confused.
  2. I drove across the DFW metroplex at midnight and made it home in a record breaking 30 minutes flat. (It’s normally a good 50-60 minutes in light traffic)
  3. I forgot my purse at work.
  4. I left for work this morning, realized I needed to get gas, then finally realized I forgot my purse. Insert subsequent phone calls to husband trying to figure out how I am going to pay for said gas. I end up turning the car around and searching the office for a spare credit card. The coin jar was my backup, but thankfully I found the credit card.
  5. Midway through the 70 minute morning commute, I look in the mirror and realize I only put on my foundation this morning and nothing else. No blush, no mascara, no lipstick, nothing. Oops.

What do you think—should I go to bed early tonight? Don’t worry—I am headed that way! In the meantime, check out this outfit from LOFT. It makes me want to buy a pair of shorts, or at least try them on!