Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Your Spring Style - Spring Celebrations

It's the last week of the Your Spring Style link up with Shea and Anne.  This week is all about spring celebrations - outfits we'd wear to spring weddings, graduations, parties, etc.  Sadly, we have no major celebrations this spring other than our own anniversary later in May.  That's ok though, I still pulled together a look I'd wear to a celebration.

I went a little more laid back on this one.  I think a maxi dress with a nice denim top or denim jacket makes a fun look for an outdoor gathering or barbecue.  I'd also wear something like this to dinner with Nate for our anniversary.  I like it because it looks nice but is so dang comfortable!  I'm a big fan of maxi dresses for their comfort!

Denim shirt - Old Navy, Maxi dress - Stitch Fix
Bag - Stitch Fix, Jewelry - Stella and Dot
Sandals - Target 

This overall look even feels a bit nautical - I suppose it's the stripes and the fact that while you can't see super well in the pictures, this shirt has little anchors all over it.  Maybe I need to go to a celebration on a boat!

Below here I thought I'd share an up close picture of my arm party - I love layering lots of bracelets in the spring and summer, my arm has a celebration every day!

It sounds as if next spring and summer we'll have a lot more celebrations - I have heard of at least three weddings coming up in our families and I'm sure in addition to the weddings there will also be showers.  So, hopefully this stuff is all still in style next year and I'll be all set!

Do you have any celebrations coming up?  What would you wear to a spring celebration?  And be sure to check out Anne and Shea's blogs for other spring styles!  Thanks to the both of them for a fun link up this month!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Inspiration Monday - Fast Weekend

Happy Monday!  Did anyone else think the weekend went way too fast?  I sure did!  It was a really good one though and it seems the best ones are the ones that always go too quickly.  Anyway, taking the sting off the end of the weekend is a fun inspiration from two birds.  I loved this look from Britt Robertson.

I had a different top in mind when I saw the one she was wearing, but as soon as I put it on today I was like, ew, Frump City, so my favorite polka dot top from ModCloth won the prize of being worn today instead.  I added a light sweater because spring in MN is fickle. It'll be warmer later today for possibly going with bare arms!  I also like that adding this sweater brought in just a little color. While I like the classic feel of a black and white look, I can't help liking a pop of color too!

 Sweater - I Love H81 (thrifted), Top - ModCloth
Pants - Denzien (Target), Necklace - Stella and Dot
Shoes - Anne Klein (from cousin)

So as I said above, it was a good weekend.  We pretty much had our entire weekend free to do whatever we wanted, when we wanted and while those are the best type of weekends, they can leave you almost as exhausted by the end!  We stayed in on Friday because of the rain, but Saturday was gorgeous and aside from Ollie's naptime I think we were pretty much outside the entire day.  And in fact, Nate and I even sat outside during his nap!  The best weekends end with you falling into bed and pretty much passing out from an overdose of fresh air!  I hope you all had a good weekend too!  And be sure to check out two birds over here for more Inspiration Monday looks!
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Friday, April 24, 2015

The best question ever asked

I've said before I'm kind of a "Rain Man" when it comes to dates and anniversaries of things.  Today marks ten years since Nate asked the best question he ever asked me - if I would marry him and be his wife.  

The story of our engagement might almost sound somewhat anti-climatic when told.  But it was still one of the best days of my life.  It was 2005, I'd been out of college for just about a year.  At this point Nate and I had been a couple for about seven years.  It was pretty much a given at that point that we would be getting married, it was just a matter of when.  We had agreed that it would be best to wait until Nate had a full time job and was able to move out of his parents house before we got engaged.  It took him close to two years after he finished his degree (he did a two year program and finished school a couple of years before I did) to find a full time job.  I had these crazy ideas that we would be engaged before I graduated and married by the following Fall.  Oh how silly and naive we are in our early twenties sometimes.  

Anyway, he finally got a job in late 2004 and started saving his money so he could buy a ring and also move out.  And I started getting antsy. Well ok, let's face it, I'd been antsy pretty much from our fifth dating anniversary and on.  But once I knew that we were getting closer, I got REALLY antsy. In early 2005 he started looking at apartments in person and asking more questions about what type of ring I wanted.  I knew it wouldn't be long.  And I think he kind of enjoyed watching me squirm.

We also had agreed that we would never get engaged on a "special day" such as Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.  We wanted the engagement to be something special and stand on it's own.  I almost completely shot myself in the foot about a month before it finally happened.  Nate's sister had been home on spring break.  After she left, we were at dinner and Nate was saying how his sister commented she was bummed we didn't get engaged on our dating anniversary while she was home, because she would be able to celebrate with us and wouldn't be getting home again until her graduation in May. So I said to Nate "and are we going to actually be engaged by her graduation in May?"  And his response was "um, yeah."  Oops. 

So that was late March, so of course now I'm on total red alert and pretty much am expecting it ANY DAY.  The weekend it finally happened I just had a sense about it and yet was still pretty surprised. There were signs I didn't even notice. Friday we went to a going away party for a friend of mine where another friend pulled Nate aside and was like "are you going to make this official ever?" And he told her "it will be taken care of this weekend."  She gave me an extra hug when we were leaving and at the time I was like, that was odd.  Looking back it makes sense.  Saturday I sang at a wedding. Nate kept asking me what time the wedding was. He really needed to know how long I'd be gone.  I thought that was so strange, but figured he just wanted to know when I'd be available to hang out that day. What he was really doing was going and visiting with my parents and asking for their blessing (how sweet was he?).  Saturday night we went to dinner and he had to step out to make a phone call - again I thought that was kind of weird but shrugged it off a little bit, apparently he just had to tell his parents that my parents knew about the plans he'd made for the following evening to celebrate our engagement.

Finally it was Sunday the 24th.  I went to church in the morning as usual.  Nate had asked me when he dropped me off the night before if I wanted to go on a picnic at Como Zoo with him since we hadn't in awhile. It sounded good to me.  After church I went home, put on kind of a scrubby hoodie and jeans because it was a sunny day, but cold.  I remember while I was at church, I even told a couple of the girls of the plans for the day and kind of jokingly even said, maybe I'm getting engaged today.  Because even though I hadn't really noticed any of the signs, I was still on my highest guard. I just had this feeling.

Nate picked me up and we drove to pick up sandwiches and he's just not his usual self.  He's talking to me, but it's much more generic, babbly stuff than his normal banter.  We get to the zoo and find a grassy island in the parking lot and spread a blanket to eat our sandwiches on.  I remember he was wearing cargo pants and even went back by the car for a second - later I would find out he was moving the ring box so that he could sit on whatever side without it bugging him.  And the cargo pants were the perfect way to hide the ring box too.  So we're sitting there eating and I'm really starting to suspect something's up because he's so quiet and I think, maybe he's going to wait until we're somewhere inside the zoo.  We finish eating and I ask if he's ready to go, and he says yes "but there's something I need to do first."  He gets up on both knees since we're pretty much on the ground anyway - and here's the part I regret slightly, while I was ready and even expecting it, I kind of went into "oh my god" mode and just kept saying that over and over while he's saying super sweet things - I remember he took my promise ring off that I'd been wearing since high school and I know I remember hearing the words "will you marry me?" as he pulled out the most beautiful ring.  And I remember saying "yes of course" after I finally stopped stuttering "oh my god."  It was so surreal, I'd been waiting for so long and it's like the world just stopped and it was just the two of us.  I was brought back to reality when as we're sealing it with a kiss a person yelled out "congratulations!" I thought at first maybe it was someone we knew - nope, just someone looking for a parking spot who saw what was happening and stopped to watch.  We're like, um thank you?  

After that we packed up our stuff and walked around the zoo and I remember thinking "can people tell there is something different about me right now?  I'm getting MARRIED!"  We celebrated that evening with our parents and even his sister - she drove two hours like crazy to get to the restaurant in time, she didn't want to miss it.  So, she really did get to see us before her May graduation I guess!
We picked a date almost right away for the following May, giving us just over a year to plan.  I had always wanted a Fall wedding, but the timing just wasn't right, we'd either have had a short engagement or a longer one than I really wanted, so Spring it was.  I never used to like Spring that much to be quite honest, but after that year, it became my favorite time of year.  And I still know the exact spot we were engaged and every time we go to Como I always smile and remember.  Someday I'll point it out to Ollie and I am sure he'll roll his eyes and go "Mom, you're such a sap!"

I don't have any pictures from that day, but I'll share what I consider our official "engagement" photo taken a couple of months later at our engagement party with friends.  I may have shared this picture before, I can't recall.

Look at those babies!  Aw, memories.  Mind boggling that it's been ten years. And even if it was kind of anti-climatic and I was totally expecting it, it was still so special and magical. Hands down it is the best question I've ever been asked and the best answer I've ever given.  I'll say yes every day for the rest of my life.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thrift Style Thursday - Show your Stripes

Told you all it was like fashion week on the blog!  Today is Thrift Style Thursday and this week's theme was chosen by Miche of Buttons and Birdcages - Show Your Stripes!  Stripes and I have a pretty good relationship, I own many, MANY striped things.  Today the challenge for me was not if I'd have something stripey to wear, but instead, what stripey thing should I wear?  I pulled out one of my newer thrifted goodies for today and decided to highlight that.

A few weeks ago when I showcased a recent thrift haul, I mentioned that this sweater was an accidental purchase, I had meant to leave it behind, but somehow still had it at checkout, so I just went with it.  In the end, I am so glad I did.  I have actually already worn this guy several times!  I added a striped cami that I adore - it's still a nursing cami and is probably one of the only ones I have left at this point, but I love the colors and it still fits, so I figure even if I don't need it for that purpose, might as well still wear it!  And then I also wore my favorite striped shoes - not thrifted, but they're just so darn fun I had to include them!

Dress - Cliche Mpls (from friend), Peach cami - Motherhood
Sweater - Mossimo (thrifted), Necklace - Camy Couture 
Shoes - DSW

I was going to include Ollie in my post today too, I also dressed him in stripes today, but he's such a flash these days that getting a picture proved a challenge this morning.  So you'll all just have to take my word for it that he's playing along too!

I really do enjoy stripes.  I still think my favorite pattern is plaid, but stripes are a close second for sure.  And I still have a soft spot for polka dots.  There was a song when I was a kid by a kids group called Parachute that was titled "Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes" - about a girl who wore all three at once.  I don't think I would do that, but I do love my patterns, that's for sure!

Make sure to check out the other Thrift Style Thursday gals and how they're showing off their stripes!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Your Spring Style - Spring Inspirations

Well I guess it's fashion week on the blog this week!  I don't remember the last time I did this many outfit/clothing posts in one week.  Not since it was a mostly outfit of the day blog I guess!  Anyway, I didn't link up yesterday with Anne and Shea for the Spring Style challenge so I could do my Stitch Fix review, but I still wanted to do a post this week for the theme: Spring Inspirations, so I'm doing it today.  It's my blog, I'll share what I want to. 

I needed some Spring Inspiration this week.  It's like winter outside again here in Minnesota.  We even got some snow yesterday.  Thankfully it didn't stick, but it was anything but springlike outside! Today the sun is at least shining again!  To find some spring inspiration I knew one thing would work - bright colors.  So I chose this fun pink top I recently thrifted and a pair of my pixie pants from Old Navy.  I chose one of my all time favorite pairs of shoes too and am even bravely going without socks today, cold as it is outside!

I'm not sure what it is about polka dots and pink that make me think of spring, but they just totally do. I think pink makes me think of flowers and of course, flowers come up in the spring!  And polka dots are just fun and so is spring - unless it's like this week of course.

Blouse - Lauren Conrad (thrifted), Pants - Old Navy
Shoes - Steve Madden (consignment), Necklace - Stella and Dot 

So far this outfit is helping me feel nice and springy again!  And the fact that the sun is back today is helping a ton too I suppose!  What inspires you in your closet for spring?  And be sure to check out Anne and Shea's blogs for other spring inspirations!
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