Showing posts with label Etsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Etsy. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Just call me Betty Draper

I feel very Betty Draper of Mad Men in this dress for some reason.  I think it's the silhouette of it, it's like give me some crinoline and some pearls and I'd be there.  I doubt Betty would wear a print that is quite this wild however!!

This dress is from eShakti.  I've been wanting to try something from them for awhile after seeing many of their dresses around the blogosphere.  I poured over their many, MANY choices and with a little input from the Pants Monkey, chose this one.  I had hoped it would come in time for our anniversary dinner, but because I chose their custom design option, it took a little longer to come.  It was worth it.  The fit of this thing is incredible.  I love that they let you custom size a dress.  For someone like me - little up top and bigger down low, it's really a great option.  And I have to say, it's exact!  But not so exact that it isn't forgiving, the material moves and breathes very well!

I adore the print of this too, it's a bit more "wild" than what I usually wear, but it's fun.  If you get up close, you can see birdies.  I love birds!  So I guess it's kind of exotic.  Yeah, the more I think about it, it's definitely not Betty Draper!  Maybe Joan?  Ha!

I'm really happy to have this for summer, even if I don't have anymore special occasions coming up, work is as good as anything else right?

Outfit rundown:
Dress - eShakti
Sweater - LEI (thrifted)
Sandals - Merona, Target
Bracelet - Stella and Dot
Necklace - jerseymaids via Etsy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hobby ADD

I imagine by now most of you know about the craze of Pinterest - man is that place addictive! I see all these cool crafty things that people make and I'm like "I want to do that!"  It is a fun site, I really enjoy it, but it does not help me with my hobby ADD.  Yep, you heard me, I have hobby ADD.  See, I get really interested in something and decided I'm going to start doing it in my spare time but then something else catches my eye as something I want to try and before you know it, I'm bouncing from hobby to hobby.  Honestly, blogging has been the one hobby I've consistently stuck with, all the others I've tried, not so much.

I have recently started baking homemade cupcakes as my newest "hobby" (thanks once again to ideas I kept seeing on Pinterest).  So far I've made chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and then vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  I even bought decorating tips over the weekend to make the icing look prettier on top!  It's been fun trying out these recipes and I have ideas for more elaborate flavors now that I have the basics down, but I think I'll take a baking break this coming weekend so I don't get burned out on this hobby - and so the Pants Monkey and I don't each gain 20 pounds!

So what are the other hobbies I've dabbled in?  Let's see: Decoupage, scrapbooking, learning guitar, learning piano, jewelry making, crochet, knitting.  But I either lost patience with some of them, didn't have the time for some of them or simply lost interest in them.  The Pants Monkey and I have a shared hobby of homebrewing beer - it was really his hobby first, but I've gotten to where I enjoy helping him with it and I've even come up with a recipe of my own!

Getting back to Pinterest, it's really a very dangerous site for a person like me, but I just can't help being addicted to it!  I've added a "follow me on Pinterest" button to the side of my blog - feel free to stalk me and my boards and if you do, I'll follow/stalk you back.  Because even if I do have self proclaimed hobby ADD, I still like finding new ideas and fun new things to try!  If you are someone who hasn't received an invite to Pinterest yet (I think it's still invite only) let me know in the comments and I'll be happy to send you one.

So, are you like me and bounce around from activity to activity?  Or do you stick with one singular thing?  I have to say, I don't really mind being this way so much, because I like experiencing and trying new things and life is never boring!

Outfit rundown:
Thermal shirt - Mossimo, Target
Sweater - Aeropostale (old)
Pants - Nine West thrifted via Clothes Mentor
Necklaces - jerseymaids via Etsy (gift from friend), Stella and Dot
Shoes - Mudd, Kohls

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jerseymaids jewelry giveaway

From time to time you have seen me wear jewelry from an Etsy shop called jerseymaids. jerseymaids is a shop run by a unique artist who makes jewelry from Polaroid pictures.  A friend of mine became friends with her via Twitter and I ended up becoming friends with her as well!  Here are two of the items from her shop that I have:

Hard to see in the one above, but it's a picture of a hand making the shape of a heart.

This one is called "the Little Village" it is a locket - I adore this one to bits and pieces, I wear it quite a bit!

Lauren, the owner of jerseymaids, is celebrating her one year anniversary of the day she went full time with her shop and to celebrate she is holding a giveaway and it's a good one - the winner gets to pick out ANYTHING they want from her store.  Anything!  You cannot beat that!  Believe me, you're going to want everything once you start browsing in her store.

All the details for her giveway are on her blog found here.

I wouldn't spread the word for just anyone, but as I've said, I've come to know Lauren via Twitter thanks to my friend who introduced me and even though she is halfway across the country from me, I consider her a friend and a very talented lady, so I had to do my part to spread the word for her!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who's that girl?

Anyone watching "The New Girl" on Fox?  Something about my outfit today is making me feel sort of Zooey Deschanel and I don't know why other than the pants maybe.

If you've been following my blog awhile you've seen these pants a couple of times before, one of my new favorite finds from an early thrift store trip in September.  Anyway, they strike me as something Zooey would wear or at the very least her character on the show, Jess, would wear, because they are funky and fun.  And I have decided they make me look a little taller which I love.

And maybe it's the bright colored shirt that has me thinking her as well, she's pretty bright and bubbly when you think about it!  Though now that I think about it, she mostly wears skirts and dresses on that show.  Oh well.

Who's that girl?  It's Beth! (my attempt at being like "The New Girl")

Maybe I'm just in a silly mood today because it is my Friday!  You just can't beat a short work week!  I'm really looking forward to the long weekend ahead of me and I am ready to dive into the holiday season.  I will let you all in on a secret - this is my very favorite time of year.  I embrace it and welcome it with open arms!

I'll be sporadically posting over the holiday weekend, but if I don't come back before Thanksgiving, I would like to wish all of you here in the US a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

T-shirt - Old Navy
Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Pants - New Boundaries (thrifted from Unique Thrift Store)
Shoes - Sonoma from Kohls
Necklace - jerseymaids on Etsy

Monday, October 24, 2011

Like a school uniform...

Hola friends!  Here we are on another Monday.  Sure seems we always get back to Monday fast doesn't it?  Oh well.  One week down of not buying anything new.  It's been a little tough so far but I'm getting by!  

Today's outfit makes me feel a little Catholic school girlish.  But I like the look, it's cute and of course it's plaid!  The buttons on the skirt are so fun too, I tried to get a picture so you could more easily see the buttons, but it didn't quite turn out.  And my favorite denim Carly Coach bag matches this look perfectly, so I decided to switch back to her for a couple of days anyway!

Blue t-shirt - Old Navy
Light blue button shirt - Charter Club (Macy's, past season)
Skirt - Ann Taylor LOFT (Thrifted from Clothes Mentor)
Tights - Target
Shoes - Madden Girl (thrifted from Clothes Mentor)
Bag - Coach (Ebay)
Necklace - Locket from jerseymaids on Etsy
Headband - Target

And I went shoe shopping with the Pants Monkey this weekend because he just never buys himself new things and he really wanted shoes.  And yes I am on a no buy, but if I can get him to get nice new things for himself, then it is a really good thing.  We got home and he put together this look all by himself and I was pretty impressed!  I asked if I could take his picture to stick on the blog and he said sure.  I don't have a rundown of his stuff though - I just know the shoes are Kenneth Cole from DSW.  So here you go, my handsome husband, the Pants Monkey. :)

Have a great Monday!  Or at least try to make it a good day.  The weekend will be back before we know it!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Prep school cool

And it's another Monday.  Boo.  It was a good weekend and I wish it wasn't over!  We had a fun celebration with friends for Oktoberfest.  It was a great time and gave our friends a chance to sample all of our latest homebrew beer!  Over too quickly though and here we are back to Monday again.

It's chilly outside today, so I was able to pull out this blazer I got a couple of weeks ago at Forever 21. I honestly bought it and then the heatwave started.  That is just always how it works I guess.  Anyway, I'm glad to finally wear it.  It's almost like jersey material/sweatshirt material and it's super comfy and warm, but still dressy looking and work appropriate.  You gotta love that!  And I like the "preppy" look, always have.

And it was still kind of dark outside this morning when I was doing pictures, so I chose to do them indoors again, and once again, less than happy with the results.  We'll keep playing around with it!

The rundown:
Blazer - Forever 21
T-shirt - Old Navy
Pants - Style and Co. from Macy's (past season)
Necklace - jerseymaids via Etsy
Shoes - Sonoma from Kohls (past season)

Monday, October 10, 2011

You know it's Monday when...

...your pictures don't turn out the way you'd hoped and you don't have any time to really fix the situation.  We did some major rearranging at home this weekend and some of my lighting has changed in some rooms so indoor pictures might be more experiemental again.  I'll have to take advantage of outside more, at least while it's still light enough to do so.

So this sweater is brand spanking new and I love it.  Thanks Tar-jay boutique! (Target).  I really wanted a sweater in this color to replace one I had for years and years that I finally just sent down the line.  The price was right on this bad boy - $19.99.  Can you beat that?

It's still a bit warmish out for October, but I hear that is all finally changing later this week.  I'm glad because I have an adorable new blazer from Forever 21 that I bought over a week ago and haven't been able to wear yet!  Happy Monday, try and make it a great day!

Red shirt - Fang (juniors dept at Herbergers)
Sweater - Mossimo from Target
Pants - Studio Y from Maurices (several seasons old)
Sandals - Tommy Hilfiger from DSW
Bag - Olivia and Joy from TJ Maxx
Necklace - gift from jerseymaids via Etsy

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My "suicide" shoes

Want to know what I love the most about this outfit?  It cost me next to nothing to put together.  The only thing I paid for in this entire outfit are the shoes, the watch and one of the bracelets. The rest of it was handed down or gifted to me!  I am not complaining!

I love, love, LOVE these shoes I thrifted last fall.  The Pants Monkey likes to call them my "Suicide" shoes though, because I had a bad habit of tripping in them and even fell down once.  I can admit it.  They are clogs though and I do have a hard time in clogs on occasion.  Still, they are fun shoes and they make me taller which I like and they only cost me $4!!!  You just can't beat that.

This weekend we're heading to a cabin with some friends, and I don't plan on being terribly fashionable up there, it's going to be a jeans and sweatshirt weekend and that is just fine with me, sometimes a break is good!

Today's rundown:
Cami - Mossimo for Target (gift)
Shirt - Coldwater Creek (handed down/passed along)
Pants - Alfani from Macy's (gift)
Shoes - Steve Madden (thrifted from Savers)
Necklace - Jerseymaids on Etsy (gift)
Bracelets - Stella and Dot and gift
Watch - Mudd from Kohls

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hump day

So who else is happy that it's already Wednesday?  Man I love short weeks.  Next week will be a shorty too because we're going up north with some friends next weekend.  Definitely looking forward to that.

Annnndddd.....I broke my no purse buy.  I know.  I'm ashamed, but only a little!  I got an amazing deal on this bag, thank you TJ Maxx.  I plan to sell a couple of my purses to Clothes Mentor soon that I'm just not digging, so I feel that this was a fair trade off.  Other than that, today's outfit isn't terribly special, but definitely has some lovely colors for fall!

The rundown:
Shirt - Maurices (thrifted from Plato's Closet)
Pants - Mossimo for Target (thrifted from Clothes Mentor)
Bag - Olivia and Joy "Peek a Boo" found at TJ Maxx
Bracelet - Stella and Dot
Necklace - jerseymaids via Etsy

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Take Me Out To the Ballgame

It's Employee Appreciation week at my work and today's theme is "National Twins Day" - so they said we could wear Twins apparel if we wanted. And while my team is not playing so hot this year, I do have a Twins shirt and decided to participate today. I paired my shirt with one of my skirts from Cliche to still "Dress up" a bit and the result turned out pretty fun! Now maybe it'll bring the boys some luck!

The rundown:
Twins t-shirt: Target

Skirt: Cliche

Sandals: DSW

Necklace: jerseymaids on Etsy

Sunglasses and bag: Charming Charlie

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dressy AND Comfy

Today I think I have my first "repeat" of something besides purses and jewelry. I wore this shirt during the first week I blogged and I really disliked the pictures that day. You can see the post here. I think I have improved some since then!

Anyway, it's another fairly simple outfit today. I love these gauchos, they are so comfy, but yet they still look dressy enough for work. I also adore my bag, I had my eye on it for months and when Shop Suey had a special where you could take 20% off, I jumped at the opportunity to finally add this bag to my collection. I know it has been a popular style among celebrities and many of the online boutiques have their own take on it for cheaper. It's roomy and surprisingly lightweight and I think it'll be a standard of mine moving into fall.

Speaking of fall, I'm so ready to move back into pants and sweaters. It's been so warm here this year, which is why you've seen me in so many skirts, dresses and capri pants. At least I have found some amazing deals on these things this year so I could expand my summer wardrobe a bit. But I am seeing fall clothes out in the stores now and I am ready to start shopping for them? How about the rest of you? On we go I guess!

Today's rundown:

Shirt - DKNY (thrifted)

Gaucho pants - East 5th Street (thrifted)

Sunnies - Shop Suey Boutique

Sandals - Tommy Hilfiger (DSW)

Earrings - Butterfly Boutique

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Maxi to the Max

Today we finally have the last of my finds from the 4th of July sale at Cliche. I have been rebelling against the maxi dress for so long, but I finally gave in - especially because this one was very, very cheap and it also reminds me of a dress I had and loved when I was in high school. So, I bought it even though it was a hair too long. Thankfully my mother is pretty good with hems and was able to help me with that! She finally finished it this week.

It's a touch cooler here today finally, giving us a bit of relief from the heatwave, but I've been on such a dress/skirt kick this week I decided that I'd keep it going and since this one is so long, it it is more comfortable since it isn't as hot!

I am shorty as I've mentioned before, so I was unsure if a maxi style dress would work for me, but I think this one does ok, especially because it is layered a bit. The ribbon detailing is so much fun. I really love it.

One more outfit post coming tomorrow before a week long hiatus - going out of town for a bit to visit some family. Getting pretty excited for a vacation!!

Today's Rundown:

Dress: Cliche

Sweater: Old Navy

Bracelet: Thrifted