Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Lace & Pearls

shirt: Ralph Lauren (via consignment shop), skirt: Forever 21
necklace: Target, sandals: kelly & katie (via DSW)

These outfit pics are from several weeks ago.
My apologizes for the delay.

I absolutely love this skirt!
End of story.
(Oh, you can see another way that I wore it here.)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Risky

shirt: Gap (via consignment shop), cardigan: Target, jeans: American Eagle, sandals: Target
necklaces: Forever 21 & The Limited, lipstick: Revlon (Wine with Everything)

This may make me look like a "fashion" wimp, 
but here were the thoughts going through my head as I put this outfit together.

Dark "cranberry" lipstick....risky.
Messy bun worn as a "top knot"....risky.
Wearing 3 necklaces at 1 time....risky.

Overall, it was all worth the "risk."
It was amazing to me that I was able to show confidence in this "risky" outfit.
Maybe this whole blog thing is starting to rub off on a good way.
I'm really learning to tap into my creativity and explore my "style" with confidence.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Green...Again

shirt: Target, cardigan: J.Crew Outlet, pants: NY&Company
necklaces: Forever 21, watch: Michael Kors (gift), sandals: Target

I'm having so much fun with these green pants!
They are adding a nice "pop" of spring color to my closet.

I know that I have mentioned this before...but blogging has really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of remixing.
The "old" me would have picked a white or black tee to wear with these pants over and over again.
The "new" me continues to think of the endless possibilities of color and layering to wear with these pants.
So far, I've only worn these pants one other time, but...
I'm excited to see the combinations that I come up with in the future.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Rust Skinny Jeans

shirt: Forever 21, tank: Gap, pants: TJMaxx, sandals: katie & kelly (via DSW)
watch: NY&Company, bracelet: vintage (gift from my mother-in-law)

I'm so glad that I found these rust colored skinny jeans at TJMaxx.
It has been fun discovering ways to "remix" them.
Granted, I have only worn them one other time...{check it out here}...
...but there will be more remixing.  Trust me, there will be more.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

High Five for Friday! (plus a few extra favorites)

Here are my 5 favorite things from this week...

1. Easter Sunday

2. Coconut Cake
I completely surprised my dad on Easter Sunday and made my Grandma's coconut cake.
He loved it and said that it tasted just like her's.  I think that is the highest compliment a baker can receive.  

3. "Sunday's Coming"
I know this video is like a week late...but it is SO good!

4.  Wedding with Friends

5. Brunch
On Saturday, we got to have brunch at one of our favorite restaurants.
Taverna is absolutely fabulous!  Great food and atmosphere!
Of course, we had to order beignets with our meal.  :)

And...since I haven't been able to post a High Five for Friday post in a few weeks...
Here are a few of my favorite things from the weeks I missed.

Cadaver Ball
First of all....Cadaver Ball is a ball/formal/party that the 1st year medical students host in honor of the 2nd year medical students.
Second of all...yes, I agree that is a horrible name for a ball/formal/party.  And yes, I do think that a guy came up with that name.
Lastly, I absolutely adore this picture of Jason and me.  

Sailing with Friends
A few Sundays ago, we were pleasantly surprised with an invitation to go sailing with some friends from church.
It was fabulous!  It was so nice to relax on the lake.  A perfect Sunday if you ask me.

Cookies and Cream Brownies
A few weeks ago, Jess posted the recipe for these brownies.
As soon as I saw it, I knew that I had to make them.  They looked delicious!
Well...let me tell you...they taste just as good as they look.  So yummy!
You should head on over to Jess's blog, Messy Jess C., and try out the recipe.
Cookie and Cream Brownies
{find the recipe (here) at Messy Jess C.}

I'm linking up with From My Grey Desk.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Easter

shirt: Forever 21, skirt: Forever 21, sandals: kelly & katie (via DSW)

These pics are a bit late, but...this is what I wore on Sunday for Easter.

I was so excited when I found this gorgeous skirt at Forever 21...of all places.
You really have to be on a hunt at Forever 21 and it can be very hit or miss.
A lace skirt has been on my "wish list" recently.
And there it a beacon in the night...right at the front of the store.
Oh and I got to take it home for $22...oh and it is a modest length.
Score!  Knee-length...lace skirt...under $25.  
Now that is a successful purchase.
I can't wait to remix this baby.  Oh the possibilities!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Pastels

shirt: Banana Republic Outlet, cardigan: J.Crew Factory, necklace: Hananah D's
pants: J.Crew Factory, sandals: kelly & katie (via DSW)

I can't believe that I used to ONLY wear a black tee with these pants.
Granted this is only the second time I've really ventured out of my comfort zone with these pants.
I'm really enjoying the new possibilities I'm finding in my closet to pair with them.

Today, I'm linking up with Everybody Everywear for their "pastels" link up.
I really enjoy participating in their link ups.
It always challenges me to see my closet in a new way.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Feeling Pretty

dress: Forever 21, cardigan: Loft, necklace: Hannah D's

It is amazing to dressing nice can affect your whole day.
Feeling pretty can really brighten your mood.

Sometimes I get lazy (and sleepy) and push the snooze button one too many times.
This normally results in rushing to get ready and leaving the house looking less than my best.

Earlier this week, we had special dinner plans that I was VERY excited about.
(I felt like a little kid...I was so giddy.)
So...I made sure that I put a little more effort into my outfit for work, so I wouldn't have to change before dinner.
That outfit made my day!  
{well, that and the anticipation of the evening's events}
I felt like I was on cloud 9 all day.  It was glorious!

Now...the next day, I hit the snooze button one too many times and just threw something on quickly.
That day was a little more difficult.  I felt tired, aggravated, and blah.

I was reminded that I need to consistently put in the extra effort in the morning, so that I can reap the benefits all day.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Little Black {Summer} Dress

dress: Loft (via consignment shop), jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch (old!)
necklace: "swapped", sandals: kelly & katie (via DSW)

I have discovered a new "kind" of shopping.
I've always loved a good sale...but this can be even more exciting.
Consignment shopping.
If you have time (and some patience), you can find some real treasures.
That is how I found the Loft dress (pictured above) and my J.Crew blazer.

Speaking of "the Loft dress (pictured above)"...
Let me introduce you to my new little black {summer} dress.
It is summer perfection and it fits beautifully.
I have a feeling this beauty is going to get a lot of wear in the coming months.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Red

sweater: J.Crew Factory, shorts: Forever 21, necklace: Hannah D's

I feel like I have been seeing A LOT of red lately.
Red skinnies.  {here and here}
Red skirts.  {here}
So I thought I would try red shorts...since that is what I already owned.

And yes, it is warm enough to wear shorts.
And yes, that does cause me to worry about what July will feel like.
(Austin had "85 days of 100-degree heat in 2011."  So when it is already 80 degrees in makes me a bit nervous.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Green Pants

shirt: J.Crew Factory, pants: NY&Company, belt: J.Crew Factory
necklace: Forever 21, sandals: kelly & katie (from DSW)

I'm going to take a minute to brag about the AWESOME deal I got on these fabulous, green pants.

I was enjoying some leisurely reading in my Glamour magazine (don't judge!)....when I stumbled upon a coupon to NY&Company.  
It said, "Try our pants for $10."  My first thought was, "Yea right!  What's the catch?"  
So I read all the fine print and discovered that it was legit.  Pants for $10!  
Sure enough...I took these pants to the register with my coupon and the nice lady sold me $40 pants for $10.
And that my friends is the story about how I got green pants for $10.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fashion Inspiration: Relaxing Sunday

shirt: Forever 21, jeans: American Eagle, shoes: Target, necklace: J.Crew Factory

I think that Sunday is my favorite day of the week.
It has definitely become a day of rest and rejuvenation for me.
Today felt extra relaxing and I'm excited to start the week off on a positive note.

Friday, March 23, 2012

High Five for Friday!

My apologies for the lack of posts this week.
I had a wonderful week....I just didn't really feel like taking pictures.
But...I'm back and ready to rock!

Here are my 5 favorite things from this week...

1. Bluebonnets!
Spring is in full swing here in Texas and there is a plethora of wildflowers to prove it.
Bluebonnets are Texas' most popular wildflower.
They are beautiful and a great way to welcome spring.

2. New Girl
This show is HILARIOUS!  Seriously...HILARIOUS!
If you need a good laugh, I highly recommend watching this show.
It makes me laugh every time.  It also makes Jason laugh.
(and when I say it makes Jason laugh...I mean it makes Jason laugh so hard he starts to that is a good laugh)
{photo from IMDb}

3. Galations 1:10
My friend told me about this verse on Monday and I think I've read it 25 times since then.
It has really  helped me focus on the "big picture" this week and forget about the "little" stressors.
{image source}

4. "Your Great Name" - Natalie Grant
I first heard this song over at Greater Than Rubies in this post.
Almost immediately after listening to it...I purchased it on iTunes.
Caitlin describes it as a powerful song and I would have to agree.
I enjoy "jamming out" to this song.
{Do people even say that anymore? "Jamming out?" Well, I there you have it."}

5. Cupcakes!
I have been wanting to make these cupcakes for over a year.
FINALLY, it happened this week.
I'm going to go ahead and call them "man cupcakes."
Actually, they are called Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes...but they have a lot of "manly" ingredients.
You beer and whisky...manly things.
{You can find the recipe here.}
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

I'm linking up with From My Grey Desk.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

High Five for Friday! (Spring Break)

Since I'm a teacher and Jason is a medical student...we are still awarded a spring break. 
{and both of our spring breaks were the same week.  score!}
We try to take advantage of this luxury while we still can.
It was a VERY enjoyable and relaxing week!

Here are my 5 favorite things from the week...

1.  Spring Break!
We spent most of the week on a road trip to New Mexico to visit Jason's brother and sister-in-law.

2.  Snow!
I love snow!  Absolutely love it!
I know that I already talked about it {in this post}, but I had to mention it again.

3.  Quality time with family!
It was SO nice to get some quality sibling time with Jason's brother and sister-in-law.
My sister-in-law and I even got some quality girl time, when the boys went snowboarding.

4.  "Bear Claw" Gloves.
Jason found these gloves when we were walking around Santa Fe on Tuesday.
I'll go ahead and call them "bear claw gloves" and they are awesome!
Awesome, I tell you!  Just look at them.  Have you ever seen anything like it?

5.  Mini Apple Pies
After we got home from New Mexico, we had a fabulous dinner with my parents and sister.
We made these delicious mini apple pies.
They are so easy to make!  And did I mention that they are delicious?
You can find the recipe on Pinterest {here}.