Monday, October 15, 2012

Inspiration Monday - Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows

You guys.  I had the best weekend.  It was so awesome between seeing family and friends at Oktoberfest and also yesterday taking a day with my Pants Monkey to be lazy and recover.  It was just an awesome weekend. It's tough "coming down from the mountain" so to speak, so it helps that I have a couple of fun blog things today!  First up, it's Inspiration Monday with the beautiful Pippa Middleton.  Now I think Princess Kate is gorgeous, but I think her sister is even more beautiful if that's possible.

So here's my take on the outfit.  I don't have an awesome moto jacket, or even a bright colored dress, but I think my subdued approach works ok for this inspiration.  I was cold this morning too, so I also added tights.

Dress - VS, gift from P. Monkey
Tank under dress - Maurices
Jacket - Positive Attitude handed down from cousin
Necklace - DIY by me
Shoes - Etienne Aigner, thrifted

My other fun blog thing today is the wonderful Vivienne of Thrifted Shift has gifted me a Sunshine award - given to bloggers who give you joy.  How very sweet of you Vivienne!  You give me joy as well!  As usual with these fun blog tags, we are given questions to answer to learn more about each other and I can't resist a good set of questions!  So I will answer those for the rest of this post!

1. How often do you get new items and get rid of old ones?  I would say I go out to the thrift/consignment shops a couple of times a month to get things that are "new to me".  As far as brand new, maybe once a month.  My rule is when one thing comes in the door something else has to go out, so I'm turning things over pretty frequently in my closet.
2. Do you wear shoes that hurt?  Ha!  I did have a pair my cousin handed down to me that I absolutely loved, they were so adorable - but they hurt like a son of a you know what.  I gave up, it just wasn't worth it.  More often I tend to wear shoes that are tad too big for me and I slide around all day long!
3. What are your shopping rules?  Rules are for wimps.  No, I'm kidding.  My rule is pretty much it has to be a versatile piece that will work with multiple items in my closet.  If I don't think I'm going to wear it more than once then it feels like it's not worth bringing it home with me. That's about it though.  I try hard to stick to a budget too.
4. Do you keep clothes that don't fit for sentimental value? I used to do that - I had kept the outfit I was wearing when the Pants Monkey and I got engaged for way too long - it wasn't even a fancy outfit, a sweatshirt and jeans, but I had a hard time giving up the sweatshirt even though it had shrank and was no longer comfortable.  I finally did give it up a couple of years ago.
5. Name three things that you think will be obsolete in ten years.  Wow this is a very interesting thought, but having grown up in the dawn of the digital age, I've already seen things go by the wayside (CD's, cassettes, heck even records).  I think sadly newspapers and print media are a dying breed and that does make me sad because my dad works in the printing industry.  I think the telephone "land line" will probably be obsolete soon.  And I hope in ten years we're closer to making things like cancer or AIDS obsolete.
6. Would you rather be rich or famous? Um, neither.  I guess if I had to pick I'd say famous and just not use my fame for the wrong reasons.  I would want to help those in need.
7. What's your favorite way to celebrate?  Out a nice restaurant with my Pants Monkey, good food and a good glass of wine or beer in hand!
8. What are you thankful for today?  My amazing weekend, our wonderful friends and family who came out to support our homebrew hobby and drink our beer at Oktoberfest.  And this blogging community and all the wonderful friends I've made here!
9. What can you always be found with? I'm pretty much attached at the hip with my iPhone.
10. So you win a pet monkey at a fair, but this isn't just any old monkey.  It can do one trick for you whenever you want...from getting a beverage out of the fridge to washing your hair.  What would be the trick?  Make me coffee first thing in the morning and bring it to me in bed!!

Whew!  Those questions certainly made me think!  Love it!  And I'd like to tag some bloggers who regularly bring me joy as well!  

Ally at Shybiker
Megan of Megan Mae Daily
Sheila from Ephemera
Sylvia from Sylvia Loves Pink
Amanda from Salvaged Strawberry
Heather and Kayla from H&K Style Journey

I'd like to note that there are several others on Vivienne's list who also bring me joy (looking at you Two Birds, Kezzie, Feathers and Freckles) but I didn't want to double tag! And really, all of you who take the time to stop by and say hello make me smile too - so feel free to play along even if I didn't tag you.  We could be here all day if I tagged everyone!

And my questions for you all are:
1. You are stranded on a deserted island with only five songs on your iPod - what five songs are you going to listen to on repeat?
2. Have you heard of that show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate?"  What would you say if you were on that show?
3. Where is your favorite place to shop for shoes?
4. Is there a fictional character (say on television) whose style you admire?
5. Would you rather be a pirate or a ninja?
6. Have you jumped on board with the Kindle/Nook craze or do you still like a book in your hands?  Or maybe you do both?
7. What is your favorite magazine, if you have one?
8. Do you wear sunscreen every day like they recommend we all should?
9. What is the worst movie you've ever seen?
10. Do you have a favorite type of cookie?  What is it?  Will you bake me some?

Phew.  I think that is enough for today!!  Please make sure to head over to two birds to check out the other Inspiration Monday outfits!  And have a great Monday!!

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