Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Floral

I liked my outfit today so I decided to share it.  It's a loosely based interpretation of today's Pinned It Spinned It on Instagram.  Ok it's a VERY loosely based interpretation.  So I really spinned the Pin I guess!

I love this adorable jacket.  My awesome mom (hi mom!) saw this at Kohl's this weekend and thought it would be something I'd like so she picked it up for me.  And she was right, I love it!  It's perfect for early fall days, it's not super heavy, but still warm enough for a cool day.  I love all the colors in it, my photos here do not do it justice.  I know I'll get a lot of use of it for sure!

Jacket - About A Girl (Kohl's), Cami - Zulily
Pants - Old Navy, Shoes - Merona (Target) 

I haven't really set foot in a mall in months due to my shopping ban, but according to my mom I am not missing much.  She went looking for colored pants at both Macy's and JCPenney this weekend and was quite disappointed in the selections and how picked over both stores seemed.  So, I guess right now, Kohl's is where it's at for fall goods!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend recap

Happy Monday!  Did you all have a nice weekend?  Mine went by way too fast!  That just seems to be how it always goes though, doesn't it?  Anyway, thought I'd do a little weekend recap with pictures, because that's more fun than sitting here complaining about Monday!

Friday I got home from work and played with my favorite little guy.  He was getting ready for the Vikings game a little early here.  Sorry buddy, they didn't win this weekend!  After Nate got home we went for a walk and got Ollie off to bed and then we watched the movie Delivery Man - it was really cute, I really enjoyed it.

Saturday I got up pretty early and headed up to Alexandria, MN for my sister-in-law's best friend's bachelorette party.  They rented a cabin for the weekend and planned to go to a grape stomp at Carlos Creek Winery.  I didn't stay the night, but I went up for the day and hung out.  It was a fun afternoon - the grape stomp was insane, it was like the State Fair meets a Craft Fair meets a beer festival except instead of beer it was wine.  We felt kind of bad because one of the bride's friends is pregnant and the other one is dealing with some health issues in which she really can't drink, but they enjoyed walking around and looking at all the vendors.  It was fun to watch the people stomping the grapes too.  I told my sister-in-law if we ever decided to sign up to do one, I'd make her stomp since she's more of a runner than me!  Anyway, we had dinner in town and then I got on the road to go home, a little later than I'd planned, so I had to drive home in the dark which is not my favorite, but I cranked up my music and sang at the top of my lungs and I survived the drive back!

(My SIL Ali, Me, Lindsey the bride, Trista, Steph)

Sunday we got up and Nate got ready to re-do the beer that we had to dump out last weekend.  He tweaked his recipe a bit since he now had fresh hops to use.  This time things went much more smoothly.

While Oliver napped and Nate was at a point where he didn't need my help, I got my Betty Crocker hat on and made cupcakes.  I haven't baked much since Ollie has been born, but I especially haven't made cupcakes and I've been wanting to for so long.  I have about 80 cupcake recipes pinned to my Pinterest right now!  So, I chose to make Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with cinnamon frosting.  They turned out really good!  I think next time I'll choose a cream cheese based frosting though, this frosting was almost too light, but it sure tasted good!

And now I'm back to work for the week!  I guess it could be worse, it is raining outside!  I was excited to pull out a dress (as a skirt) today that I haven't actually worn in two years.  I couldn't wear it last fall when I was pregnant, so it's been since the fall before that since I've worn it!

Sweater - Ruff Hewn (consignment), Dress as skirt - ModCloth
Necklace - Zulily, Bag - Merona (Target)

So that's the news from here!  I'm looking forward to a calmer week and a quieter weekend next weekend! I'm glad we got as much done as we did though!  And it was fun to hang out with the girls, but I definitely missed my boys!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award

I was nominated by the awesome Kristi of Alligator Toe for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  Thank you so much Kristi!  This made my entire week!  Anyway, the rules are as follows:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
-Put the award logo on your blog.
-Answer ten questions.
-Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
-Nominate ten people

So, I will answer Kristi's questions because I love this kind of thing and then I'll nominate a few other ladies! Here are Kristi's questions:

1. What is your current favorite TV show (or shows if you can't pick one)? Nate and I are really hooked on a few shows right now that we have recently discovered the brilliance of - Masters of Sex, Manhattan and The Lottery.  We like shows with a lot of intrigue and these three definitely have our attention!  I am looking forward to some of my favorite fluff shows returning soon - mainly Modern Family and the Big Bang Theory.

2. Who do you think has the best style (celebrity, designer, friend, whoever - you pick!) - I have to say Megan and Nora of two birds have the best style of anyone I know!  I look to them as inspiration and proof that you can be a mom and still look good!

3. What type of pajamas/slouchy leisure clothes are your favorite?  I look forward to the end of the day when I can pull on my stretchy yoga pants and a baggy pullover sweatshirt!

4. What do you like to do in your free time? I like reading, taking a nice warm bath, baking, going on walks with my boys, watching a good movie, playing disc golf or regular golf, and going out for a nice lunch or dinner.

5. Who is your biggest celebrity crush of the moment? (Male or female) Hmm, I'm still a pretty big Grobanite - I love my Josh Groban!  I'm a giant nerd!

6. If you had your own fashion line what would it be called?  How fun!  I think I would call my fashion line "Well Plaid" - it's a bit of an inside joke with some friends of mine as a word play on the phrase "Well played".  I think it would suit me because I love plaid!  I think it would be a lot of patterns and bright colored items.

7. What was your favorite toy/thing to play with growing up? I loved Care Bears, Barbies, My Little Pony and baby dolls - my favorite of which was a Cabbage Patch Kid named Willie.

8. Describe yourself in five words: Blessed, happy, loved, reliable, musical

9. What do you want to be when you grow up or what is your dream job? I refuse to grow up!  Ha, kidding.  I think my dream job honestly is to stay at home with my son, but until I win the lottery that sadly just can't happen.

10. How/why did you start your blog? I started my blog initially because I was bored with getting dressed for work each day and I enjoyed reading other "outfit of the day" blogs, so I decided to make my own as a way to remix my closet better.  Over the years it has evolved to be more lifestyle based instead of just fashion as I enjoy telling the stories of my life and using this as a tool to remember things I did and places I went.  I also like blogging about my life as a mom and a wife.  I still enjoy style too.  So, I just blog about all of it!  It's a mishmash of things, I consider it my online scrapbook.

That was a ton of fun!  And now for my nominees:
Shea of Shea Lennon
Jess of J's Style
And really anyone else who wants to play along because I'm too lazy to nominate ten people!

My questions:
1. What does your perfect pizza look like?
2. What is your favorite beauty product?
3. What is the best vacation you've ever been on?
4. What are you reading right now?
5. Coffee, tea or neither?
6. Be honest, do you floss every day?
7. Do you like your name or do you wish you could have a different one?  What would you choose if you were to have a different name?
8. What is your favorite season?
9. I'm stealing Kristi's here - describe yourself in five words.
10. Are you a vanilla or chocolate fan?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrift Style Thursday - Wild, Wild West

It's Thrift Style Thursday again!  Today's theme is Wild, Wild West (and side note, I can't get that Will Smith song out of my head).  I was originally thinking something gingham for today, but then I remembered this flannel I have that I thrifted for myself shortly after Oliver was born and decided it fit the theme even better thanks to the ruffles.

It has gotten cold here already, highs in the 50s - so a flannel seemed like a nice cozy choice!  I seem to wear this dress for a lot of Thrift Style Thursday looks - but I liked the idea of wearing the flannel with a long skirt and then belting it, so the dress is back again!  The dress isn't even the thrifted item, I just like it a lot!

Flannel - Thrifted, Dress as skirt - Cliche Mpls (from friend)
Belt - Don't remember, Boots - Target 

I'm really not much of a country music fan, so I don't think I'd make a very good cowgirl!  I used to go line dancing with some friends in college though and that used to be a good time.  I don't think this would be a good line dancing outfit though, I'd be tripping over my skirt!

Anyway, I like this soft approach to a country/western feel for today.  It's warm for a cold day and it suits me!  Head on over to our Thrift Style Thursday group on Facebook and see other thrifted western looks!
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's in my Bag

I haven't done a post like this in ages and for lack of better ideas today, thought it would be fun to share what is currently in my bag.  I carry a separate baby bag for Oliver, I haven't been able to fully give up carrying a purse!   I don't even think I carry all that much with me, but it's enough that I need my stuff separate from his.  So first up, here is the bag I'm currently carrying:

I adore this Target satchel - I picked it up on a sale the week before Oliver was born as a birthday gift to myself.  It even came to the hospital with me when he was born!  I kept carrying it off and on throughout the winter but put it away for the summer.  Now that we're having some fall like weather I decided to pull it out again since it is a nice color for fall!

It has an insane amount of pockets, but I keep the majority of my things inside the main compartment.

Right now I'm using this awesome Fossil wallet I scored at the consignment store awhile back.  I love this owl coin purse my good friend Angie sent me as a thank you for supporting her Thirty-One business.  I hate having loose change in my purse, so I've loved being able to throw coins in my little owl!  I also love this Fox pouch that Nate got me for Christmas last year.  Two of my favorite animals, foxes and birds, you can't beat that!

The fox pouch doesn't have room for much, but it is a great place to keep some nail clippers, lip gloss and a compact.  I like using it for these items because it keeps them from getting lost in my bag and then it also makes it easier when I change bags (which I do frequently) to just grab the pouch and throw it in a new bag.

Kleenexes are a must - whether you are a mom or not, it's so handy having Kleenex!  I got this pack from my last Influenster box, I don't normally like the tissues with lotion, but I'm making it work.  I am prone to allergies in the fall so I'm sure I'll get use out of these soon.  I'm also very old school in that I still like keeping track of appointments, dates, etc in a calendar instead of using my iPhone, so I carry a calendar everywhere I go.  And yes, that is a deck of playing cards.  We've used them less since Oliver has been with us, but Nate and I have been known to play a little rummy when we're at a restaurant or bar waiting for our food or enjoying a pint!  So I started carrying cards everywhere I go in case we want them and I've just never stopped.

Gotta have my car keys, I can't really live without those.  Often times when it's jacket season they end up in my coat pocket instead of my bag though.  I always have a pair of sunglasses with me.  Looking outside today I don't think they'll be getting any use, so back in the bag they'll go.  And then I try to always have a pen with me, sometimes more than one, you just never know when you might need one!

Finally, even though I have extreme short hair, I carry a comb.  I will use it if I think my hair got windblown or something.  I also carry around this little case for business cards, while I don't really have my own for my job, I keep cards I've received from others in here.  And the last item is a knife.  Yes, I'm dangerous.  I'm a ninja.  Not really.  Nate always carries one too and this one is very safe and easy to use, it's not for self defense, it's really more for things like, needing to open a box or something of that nature or for safety reasons - say I'm needing to cut some rope or something when I'm stranded on the side of the road?  So there you go. When Oliver is older and starts digging through my bag I will likely move this to the glove box of my car for a little while!

So that's what I currently carry in my bag!  Not pictured of course would be my iPhone - I used that to take the pictures.  Also there are usually various items like receipts and check stubs in my bag as well. Sometimes bills to be mailed.  Occasionally a small toy of Ollie's makes it way into my purse if I didn't sneak it into his diaper bag.  But for the most part the items pictured are my can't live without items!  What's in your bag?
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