Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrift Style Thursday - Pinspired

It's no secret to my blog readers that I love Pinterest and I love using it for outfit inspiration.  So, when the Thrift Style Thursday group chose "Inspired by Pinterest" for the theme this week I knew I'd have no trouble with it at all.  I have SO many ideas to choose from it was actually tough to narrow down!  I settled on this one because it allowed me to wear my new sweater from Target - no it's not thrifted, but there are other thrifted items in my look.

Photos were a challenge this morning unfortunately, it was dark and rainy outside and then Oliver was kind enough to share his cold with mama, so I was low on drive to make these better, but hopefully you get the idea!

Sweater - Mossimo (Target), Dress - Swap
Tights and boots - Target, Bag -  Vintage Coach (b. resale)
Barrette - Gift

I used to be so afraid to mix black and brown elements together but I'm getting more and more willing to do it.  I love this little black and white striped dress I managed to snag at a clothing swap when I was still pregnant (and actually wore at least once over the belly!) and I really love the brown pieces I added and the mustard sweater.  It makes for a nice cozy fall look!  I'm also pretty jazzed about this bag that I found while shopping with my blog buddies at b. resale in Minneapolis last night - I'm a sucker for vintage Coach and I've been looking for this brown leather style for awhile now!  They price their items very reasonably so I had no qualms about bringing this guy home with me.  I also found the most adorable black booties (thanks to Megan Bird for pointing them out to me!) and some fun pairs of pants.  Retail therapy rules.  Maybe not the most practical thing ever, but hey, it still made me feel good!

Overall I really love my outfit today.  I have some other pinned ideas for this mustard sweater too, so I'm guessing it might be in heavy rotation for awhile!
For other Pinspired Thrifted outfits check out my fellow Thrift Style Thursday gals below or head on over to our Facebook group to join the fun yourself!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The less fun milestones

I could also title this post, Bethie and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  So yesterday morning I had an appointment for something that could have been hugely life changing (nope, not preggers, don't want to be preggers, so let's just drop those ideas) and well, it went terribly.  It could not have been worse.  My head was just not in the game.  See, poor Oliver was not feeling so great and we had been up a few times the night before.  

So, I drove home with my tail between my legs after the disastrous meeting and then arranged to be home the rest of the day with my poor guy.  He was running a mild fever and I just didn't want to be away from him.  My mom went home after watching him while I was at the meeting and I made us some lunch. After a little while I put him down for a nap but he just didn't really want to sleep.  So, I got him up and we snuggled on the couch and watched a little Finding Nemo for a bit.  I could tell he wanted to get down and play, but just didn't have the energy. He kept fading as the day went on.  I tried to get him to take another nap and he did, but still wasn't sleeping soundly.  When he woke up around 4:00 from that nap I discovered his temperature had spiked up to 104.  It's never been that high before.  Insert panic here.

I called Nate who was on his way back from a client and he and I agreed I'd call my uncle's clinic and ask about the fever and if there was anything else we should do.  My uncle wasn't available to see him but another doctor was and they recommended we come in just to make sure there wasn't any infection or anything else going on.  So we fought rush hour traffic and saw the very sweet Dr. K, she was very helpful and quickly put us at ease.  No ear infection, no sinus infection, no respiratory issues, just a run of the mill virus and the fever was his body's way of trying to fight it off.  She told us to make sure to give him Advil (lasts longer than Tylenol and we discovered it was more effective on the fever) and that it should run it's course in a few days.  

It was nice to have the peace of mind.  We got him home and settled for bed and the fever was already on it's way down.  He slept much better last night and when he woke up today he was much more normal, back to smiling and his temp is much closer to normal than not.  So, we survived our first bad fever.  It's scary when you don't know what's going on and they can't talk to you to tell you what hurts or how they feel.  Yet, while it's a milestone I wasn't looking forward to, it's also one I'm glad we got out of the way - you can't keep your kids in a bubble and eventually germs are going to make their way through.  It's good that we have experienced it now and know what to do when it happens again, because I'm sure heading into winter here it won't be the last time.

The best part, if there was one, was definitely the snuggles.  He's less cuddly now that he's so active all the time, so while I hated that he didn't feel so great, I definitely ate up all the cuddle time we had yesterday!  But I'll gladly forgo that now that he's getting back to his normal self, I'd also much rather have my healthy baby!

As for the other not so pleasant part of my day from the morning, well, it was a situation that just wasn't meant to be.  A blip in my world and we move on from here.  I'm looking forward to drinks and a little shopping with a few of my favorite blog friends tonight and I think that is just what this  mama needs for a little pick me up!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Two outfit posts in a row?  I know I try to vary things a bit more than that, but I had an outfit from last week that was so cute I just felt like I had to share it!  For two of my style challenges on Instagram the prompts were "maxi" and "mix it up".  I decided to mix my maxi dress from Stitch Fix with this fox shirt I bought off of an Instagram shop last winter.  And then I took a cue from Shea of Shea Lennon and decided to dress Oliver to match me!

So, he and I both wore orange stripes and foxes!  Ollie wasn't terribly interested in a photo shoot after work though! He's like, what are we doing mama?

Dress as skirt - Stitch Fix, Shirt - Old Navy (via Instagram shop)
Necklace - Stella and Dot 

As you can see he was much more interested in hanging out at his toy box and playing with his baseball bat.  I'm still so excited I found this fox onesie in a bigger size.  I mentioned this in an earlier post when I showed him wearing this, we had this exact onesie when he was a newborn and he wore it maybe twice, so I was pretty excited to find this at Once Upon a Child not long ago in a size that will last him a little bit longer!  It's not often I manage to coordinate with my child so well, but I thought we did pretty good that day!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Inspiration Monday - Oktoberfest Afterglow

Happy Monday!  Whew what a weekend we just had!  Another successful Oktoberfest celebration in the books.  It was a wonderful day on Saturday with family and friends in our home enjoying homebrew.  The weather was fantastic.  I couldn't have asked for more!

I was excited when I saw the two birds Inspiration Monday picture for today early last week as I was planning on wearing a similar sweater to my party, so now I have an excuse to share my Oktoberfest outfit here today!  Here is Alessandra Ambrosio in a fabulous aztec sweater.

And here is my take on it!  I found this awesome sweater at the thrift store a few weeks ago now and had been looking for a good excuse to wear it - I finally found one I guess!  I was so cozy, especially while saddling up to the bonfire we had after the sun went down!

Sweater - Old Navy (thrifted), Cami - Gap
Jeans - Old Navy, Boots - Target
Necklace - Stella and Dot 

Oliver did pretty well for his first Oktoberfest celebration too.  He hung in for the first couple of hours but then got pretty tired out so we sent him home with Nate's parents so he could sleep in a quieter house for awhile!  We went back and got him after everything wrapped up as it wasn't too terribly late of a night.  

It was a good time, nice to see people we haven't seen much in a while and we love sharing our love of homebrew with others.  The clear winner was our apfelvien - which is almost more of a hard cider/wine than it is beer, but that seems to be the favorite every year!  My personal favorite I think is our current raspberry porter, it's a nice roasty beer with raspberry flavor and it's so tasty!  I'm glad we were able to pull off having our annual event after taking last year off.  I missed it last year and I'm pretty impressed we could make this happen even with an active 10 month old at home!  The best part - our house is now the cleanest it's been since before Oliver was born!  I am hoping we'll keep that trend up, but who am I kidding?  

For more Inspiration Monday looks, head on over to two birds over here!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Life Lately

I'm off of work today to get stuff ready for our big annual Oktoberfest tomorrow!  I am SO excited.  I still wanted to get a blog post up today, so here's just a little "life lately" post to tide you over on all your Bethie and family needs until I am able to spend more time here, ha.

Oliver has started his coffee habit.  Ok, I'm kidding.  But he found my (empty) coffee mug last weekend and thought it was pretty awesome.

I haven't talked about the kitties in quite some time here but I assure you they are alive and well. They were cuddling together last weekend and I always love catching them together.  Oliver has taken to trying to crawl after them now, especially Taylor.  Poor cats!

I was supposed to sing at a wedding last weekend but sadly due to miscommunication that didn't work out.  I had stopped at Target on the way to the wedding to pick up a couple of things for Ollie and decided, hey, since I'm making a little extra cash today I'm going to treat myself.  So I bought this adorable bag that reminds me of a Kate Spade style.  Then I didn't get to do the wedding and didn't get paid so practical me said, maybe I should just return the bag.  I was totally going to.  But it kept calling to me.  It said "let me live with you Bethie, please?"  I couldn't refuse it's sweet little voice so I said yes.  I also took to Instagram and many of you told me I made the right choice in keeping it.

On a separate trip to Target to get something else for Oliver (seeing a pattern here?) I also was weak and gave into temptation on two items I've been seeing everywhere between other bloggers and Instagrammers and well, I am a follower you guys.  I want to be like the cool kids.  So this mustard sweater and blanket scarf now live in my closet too.

We took a huge leap into the 21st century this week and said goodbye to our landline.  It's so strange to me.  But it was necessary, we were getting horrible service and we always both have our cell phones, so it was seriously just time.  I mentioned on Facebook that it's strange to me that Ollie won't grow up knowing what a landline even is - and ironically, now his favorite toy is the old school Fisher Price phone!

So that's where we're at.  I'm now off to run errands and clean my house like mad in preparation for tons of people to be in it tomorrow.  I'll be sure to share all about it on Monday.  I hope you all have a great weekend, wish you all could be here too!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrift Style Thursday - Sporty Chic

Today's Thrift Style Thursday theme was a CHALLENGE.  I was totally on board when the other gals suggested we do "sporty chic" this week and then later was like, what was I thinking?  Here's the thing.  I am not sporty.  Not even a little bit.  So I was like, how am I going to do this and also make it work for work??  Well, I pulled a little something together I think works pretty well.  And it's my Friday today, so if there was ever a day to have a little fun with what you're wearing to work it's on a "Friday", amiright?

I knew I would wear these comfy canvas shoes I bought at a consignment store a few years back.  I also decided I would attempt to dress up a sweatshirt for work as well.  I pulled out this denim skirt and some knee highs and here we are.  Nate said I look like I'm ready to go play tennis.  I can dig that I guess.

Sweatshirt - Mossimo (Target), Skirt - Loft (thrifted)
Shoes - Dansko (Consignment), Necklace - Swap 

The whole time I was putting this together I kept thinking of the Spice Girls for some reason and Sporty Spice - she was never my favorite.  I felt kind of bad for her, she wasn't really as pretty as the other girls and didn't get to really wear as many fun clothes.  I guess someone has to be the tomboy though right?  I was never that girl!  Nate was not sporty either.  We often wonder what Ollie will be like - he has already taken a liking to all sport type balls - soccer, football, baseball - so who knows!

For other Sporty thrifted looks, check out the other Thrift Style Thursday gals at their blogs below.

And check out our Facebook group to join in the fun yourself!

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