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24 Oct

Does anybody else wish that work weeks were 4 days and weekends were (at least) 3 days?  It seems like every weekend, there are so many priorities vying for my attention that something else falls by the wayside.  Okay, it’s always cleaning.  Cleaning always falls by the wayside.  At least I got to have coffee with a friend (and try on some corduroy pants!), visit the pumpkin village at the Arboretum, and chat with another friend (and her adorable baby!).  All in all, still a good weekend.  Just don’t ask my laundry or the vacuum cleaner.

Oh, and thanks to the wonderful comments in this post, I decided to keep the J.Crew chambray top I picked up.  Thanks, ladies–it was the right decision!  Great fabric and fit that will last for years.  Plus, it gave me yet another way to wear this dress as a skirt.

{J.Crew Top-similar, Kohl’s Dress-similar, NY&Co Belt, MIA Shoes, Fossil Watch, Charming Charlies Necklace-similar}


A Cool Breeze

21 Oct

I’ve started to pull items from my winter clothes bins!  It’s funny how each season I’m pleasantly surprised when going through the bins I had so carefully packed up several months before.  I always forget about so many items!  Not that I’ve really started unpacking the bins…oh no, I always start by pawing through them for several weeks until I finally find a Saturday to switch everything out in the closet.  Anyway, this outfit isn’t any winter items–I decided I need to pull out a summer tee to get some more wear in before packing it away (you know, in several weeks when I get around to it).  Happy weekend!  I’ve got too many fun things planned to sit in my closet this weekend!

Brrrr!  It’s cold enough to wear a coat!!

{Khakis: Gap, Shirt: Old Navy, Sweater: Anthropologie, Shoes: Target, Belt: NY&Co, Necklaces: F21 & Fossil, Watch: Fosssil, Coat: F21}

Fall Trends: Corduroy Pants

17 Oct

Personally, I think cords are a trend every year.  So it’s interesting to note that I don’t own any pairs.  I know I did at one point…wonder what ever happened to those?  Hopefully I gave them to Goodwill so some other lovely lady is enjoying them right now.  Anyhow, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a pair this season.  I’ve mentioned it before, but pants are difficult for me to find in a good fit.  They are something for which I’m willing to pay full price and get alterations.  An ill-fitting pair of pant on someone can ruin an otherwise great look (I know I’ve been guilty of that on several occasions!).  I’m hoping to sneak in a shopping trip to try on some of the styles below and *hopefully* find at least one style that fits!  What about you?  What piece of clothing are you willing to pay up for to find in a good fit?  What’s your favorite style below?  Personally, I think a bootcut cord will withstand the test of time but those skinny cords sure are cute…!

1 – Ann Taylor LOFT $59.50

2 – Ann Taylor LOFT $59.50

3 – Ann Taylor $88

4 – J.Crew $69.50

5 – NY&Co $49.95

6 – Banana Republic $79.50

Fall Layers

14 Oct

I have long been inspired by the style of Blair over at Atlantic-Pacific.  Her ability to mix patterns and textures is amazing.  In looking through my closet today, I was inspired to add an extra layer to my own outfit for a bit more dimension.  It was fun and finally cool enough to try it out!  What about you?  Who are you inspired by lately?  (And no, it doesn’t need to be fashion related!)  Speaking of inspiration, I also attended a fashion show at Fort Worth Running Company this week….so fun!  I’ll be posting on it next week so stay tuned!

{Banana Republic Jeans, Anthropologie Tank, NY&Co Button Up-similar, Kohl’s Sweater, Target Flats}

Trench Coats

12 Oct

I have this thing for coats.  I think it’s the Michigander in me that just won’t let it go.  I’ve been used to so many years of wearing a coat for 6 months of the year that I’m always on the lookout for a new one.  However, I don’t buy a lot of coats.  How could I justify that?!  I live in Texas, where a winter jacket is pulled out twice a year…one of those times being to pack it up for a trip to Michigan.  Part of the reason for leaving my winter jackets in the closet is that my Michigan coats are super warm.  They have to be!  So maybe that’s what I need to do…get a coat that’s not so warm!  On that note, I’ve been perusing trench coats.  They’re such a classic silhouette.  Here’s a couple of my favorites so far:

Top (J.Crew $398)

Bottom (Anthropologie $99.95)

My favorite winter coat is from J.Crew.  In my humble opinion, J.Crew wool outerwear is the best around.  Hands down.  Mine has lasted for a good 7-8 years, continues to stay classic, and I still get compliments on how beautiful it is.  This particular J.Crew trench is way out of my price range, but isn’t that tulle on the inside adorable?  My inner ballerina loves it.

Anthropologie consistently has the most whimsical and detailed clothing around.  A bright red trench with a corseted back?  Stunning.  Red (along with black and khaki) are so classic to me as well.  If you’re not big into bright colors, you can call me crazy, but when has red ever been out of style?  It also happens to be on sale, so go snatch it up!  Do you already own a trench coat, or do you share my obsession with coats in general?

A day of rain

10 Oct

Remember that bridge that you’ve seen in some of my photos (here, here, here)?  Well, Texas finally got some rain.  LOTS of rain.  So here’s what it looked like today.  And yes, I did dress in gray in honor of the weather. It felt nice having a cool, cloudy, rainy day after so many months of heat and drought.  Praise the Lord for rain, even though my jobsite is going to be a mess tomorrow and it will probably disrupt pier drilling operations.  It’s still about time we got some rain!

{Target Pants, NY&Co Sweater, Old Navy Shirt, Franco Sarto Shoes}

In other news, I tried a gel manicure Saturday night.  I did zero research on it and got it on a complete whim.  I’ll let you know how I like it in a few weeks!  I don’t often get dark colors, but it’s fall , so why not?  Did you do something impulsive this weekend? Getting a manicure is pretty tame, so I bet you’ll beat mine!

The Search for Chambray

7 Oct

I’d like to share a little ‘first world problem’ I’ve been having the last few months (that’s the term John and I use to describe issues that are obviously only a concern because our lives are just fine).  Anyhow, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for awhile for a chambray shirt.  Now, they’re virtually everywhere, but for some reason, every one I found was way out of my price range or too light or too dark or had too much color variation–you get the point.  Months, people.  I’ve been looking for months.  However, last week while grocery shopping, I ran across this little number at Target.

Target ($22.99)

It’s pretty much everything I want except that I prefer a standard shirt collar.  However, the ruffles are cute so I made an exception and purchased it (and okay, this one too).  Then a couple days later, I found out J.Crew was having a sale on their sale items, and I ran across another chambray shirt…WITH a collar.

J.Crew ($98.00 –the one I found was around $37 on sale and a little darker in color, but this is the closest picture I could find)

So then I’m torn.  It’s more expensive than the Target version, but it does have the collar I want.  I decide to order it so I can try both on side by side.  It arrived a couple days ago and is perfect, so I’m leaning towards keeping it even though it’s an extra $15.  BUT, then I stumbled across yet another chambray shirt today at Old Navy.

Old Navy ($19.50)

It’s got all the attributes I want AND it’s the cheapest version.  So now I’m thinking to myself that I need to purchase this version and return the other two.  But what a pain.  Returns are such a pain.  See my dilemma, people?  First world problems, I tell ‘ya.  I go months with nothing, and now 3 options in a week.  So what’s your favorite–which one would you keep?  And please don’t tell me you found more for me to look at. 😉

Anthro Sale!

5 Oct

Anthropologie is having a sale on several already-on-sale items…an extra 25% off until 10/10!  Just thought you should know–if you’re an Anthro lover, you know this is rare!  I thought I’d share a few of my favorites, and I’d love to hear about yours, too!

Silk Buttondown: $49.95 $37.46

So Saturated Blazer: $49.95 $37.46

Lapel Skirt: $49.95 $37.46

Lemon Liftoff Blouse: $59.95 $44.96

Long Jane Loungers: $29.95 $22.46

Sheer Silhouette Top: $49.95 $37.46

Re-Engineered: J.Crew

30 Sep

When I ran across J.Crew’s Fall Looks recently (I mean, come on–they are having a 30% off sale!!), I saw Look #12 and swooned.  Okay, so maybe a poncho is really a fad, completely impractical for my lifestyle, and $198…but STILL…I swooned.  So when I saw one at Target for $25, I knew it meant I needed to re-create the rest of the J.Crew look for myself (and you!).  Oh, and talk about a classy way to bring in an animal print.  Look out world.  You may be seeing this girl wearing ponchos and leopard print accessories this fall.  Now I just need to wait for it to cool down out there!  It hit 100 degrees yesterday, so it may be awhile!

JCrew Look #12 ($930)

Poncho (Target): $24.99

Jeans (Target): $24.99 (They are currently out of stock but got GREAT reviews)

White Shirt (Target): $19.99

Boots (Target): $34.99

Clutch (Target): $9.99

TOTAL: $114.95

Domestically Speaking

26 Sep

Had a pretty crazy Saturday night.  And by crazy, I mean John went to bed early (before 10 o’clock early!!) exhausted from traveling all week and mountain biking Saturday morning.  At that point, I hadn’t yet been awake for 12 hours on Saturday, so I couldn’t justify going to bed.  And then I did something I’ve never done before…stayed up until after midnight cleaning the house.  So yep, you can all be jealous of my glamorous life.  It was kinda fun seeing John wake up and realize the house was spic and span rather than the disaster it was when he went to bed.  Only 2 days earlier, in a sleep depraved stupor, I mistook deodorant for chapstick, so I’d say I’ve come a long ways this weekend.  Hope yours was even more fun.

{Gap Skirt-similar, Anthro Top, Kelly & Katie Shoes-similar, NY&Co Belt, Stolen…I mean gifted scarf from my twinsie}