Seriously, I’m Still Here…

Hey Everyone, I apologize for the little hiatus I’ve been on as of late.  Between finals, the holidays and being sick with some strain of crud that not only I got but the baby got as well, I’ve not really done much of anything but hang out in my pajamas and watch movies.  Not to mention we got all of California’s rain and it’s been yucky outside, but I will be back with a vengence starting after the new year!!

 

Stay safe this weekend, and here’s to a fabulous 2011!

 

Nicole

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What Mommy Wore-Gettin’ my Animal On

This past week has been incredibly busy, as it normally is this time of year.  The Territorial Cup, which is the rival game between Arizona State (my school of years ago) and the University of Arizona was this past week and we beat the Pussycats.  Talk about completely unexpected!  For all those U of A fans out there, here’s a reminder shot of how we beat you…


Photo courtesy of Steve Rodriguez

Yep, that’s Brooks blocking one of the two extra points he got his meaty paw on and batted down.  What a stud!  Due to the game being on a Thursday night and a time zone behind, I overslept and missed class on Friday morning, so no outfit shot.  But I did go to class on Monday and although it was quite chilly outside, I took the opportunity to wear one of my latest and favorite finds.

White French Cuffed shirt:  NY & Co-I found this in my mending pile but can’t figure out why it was there.  I love their shirts because the sleeves are long enough for my freakishly long arms.  I think I’ve had it for a couple of seasons though (at least).

Olive/Black/White animal print skirt:  Merona, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill on half off day with the tags still attached (total price:  $2.09-LOVE IT!)

Black tights:  Xhilaration from Target

Shoes:  Tahari, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Necklace that you can’t really see:  F21 (this season)- it’s a solid silver chain in back with three thin strands in the front

Belt:  Target (T-Spot said it looked like something Lucy Lawless’s character in Eurotrip would have worn as the domineautrix in the Amsterdam scene when Cooper goes to the sex shop.  Nice!)

I just love this skirt because of the versitility.  I have imagined it a variety of ways, but since some of them are a little out there and I tend to get the raised eyebrow from a few of my classmates, I played it safe.  But, since I’ve been in a rut lately, how would YOU style it?  I promise, give me some ideas and if I have the items in my closet, I’ll try them all and showcase them on here next week.  Even if it’s crazy I’ll at least try it out and everyone can vote on their favorite.  Also, I had a reader email me and ask me how I find great items at Goodwill and other stores, so tomorrow there will be a post on my thrifting commandments.  Check back in for some fun!

As always, thanks to all stopping by from the The Pleated Poppy and Harper’s Happenings

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‘Til next time!

Nicole

What Mommy Wore or What Fits After You Gained Six Pounds Over Thanksgiving

Honestly, the title of this post tells it all and I’m being dead serious; nothing in my closet, minus two pairs of jeans containing Lycra and a few other things fit right now because while T-Spots sister (the Sexy Midget) was in town for ten days over Thanksgiving, I gained six pounds.  Now back in the day, losing those six pounds just meant not eating a lot for 48 hours and the weight would just fall off.  Of course, anyone over the age of 30 knows THAT doesn’t work anymore.  The good ol’ metabolism slows down to snail speed and you actually have to go do something to get poundage to go away.  So, for the time being, I am wearing the things in my closet that I normally reserve for “that time of the month”.  Fun.  Okay, not fun, but I’m trying to tell myself that it is so that I’ll feel better (can you tell it’s not working?!?)

***Oh, and I should clarify on my lack of political correctness.  We have called T-Spot’s sister Sexy Midget for years now due to the fact that she barely stands five feet tall, making me just shy of being an entire foot taller.  I think an ex-boyfriend of mine called her that originally and it stuck.  It is by no means an attempt to be disrespectful of anyone that is vertically challenged.  But note in the picture below that J3, at sixteen months old, is officially more than half her height (he is 33″ tall, she 60″ when standing up very straight).  Muhahahaha….***

So back to my wardrobe dilema.  I have had this sweater for a while now that I luh-uve, but couldn’t find the right pants.  I haven’t been able to find a pair of skinny cargos that fit right (either too short or too snug in the booty) and in my mind that’s what the sweater needed to be paired with–that is until I found the skirt.

Cowl Neck Sweater:  I have no idea-there’s no tag in it, but I bought it from the Goodwill on Rufe Snow

Bubble/Tulip Skirt:  Miss Bisou, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill

Over the Knee Socks:  Target

Shoes:  BCBG, thrifted from one of the Goodwill’s in Phoenix (I just can’t remember which one it was so long ago)

Flower Belt:  thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Earringss:  I was supposed to wear these in my first wedding and forgot to put them on, hence why I still have them

I would never go for a bubble/tulip skirt, but I thought I might be able to alter it when I grabbed it off the rack because of the shape and the size (it’s a size bigger than what I normally wear).  When I tried it on, all I could think about it how perfect it would go with these socks.  I love these chunky knit socks and when I was in Target the other day they now have them in red, my favorite color.  Needless to say, I’ll be heading back to pick up a pair soon!  When I walked out in this outfit my husband just took one look at it, shook his head and said, “You do realize it’s 40 degrees outside, correct?”  to which I replied “Well yeah, that’s why I’m wearing socks.”  and he said “and I hate them.”  Ah, such is life!

 
Hopefully some time soon I will get my rump to the gym, lose a few pounds and start really blogging.  I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been in a bit of a funk, it’s the end of the semester and I just want some time to myself.  That should come very soon and then maybe I can get some real posts up.  Until then, this will just have to do!

For anyone visiting from The Pleated Poppy, Harper’s Happenings or anyplace else, welcome!  I do have one small favor.  The Sexy Midget has a friend named Robin that I’ve met a couple of times and she was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  She started blogging about it a few weeks ago and I have to say, not only is she funny, but she’s also very informative.  She’s got three posts up, so it’s a quick hop but please say hello and wish her well in her journey to kick cancer’s butt.

http://wellness-warrior-robin.blogspot.com/

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‘Til next time (stay warm!),
Nicole