What Mommy Wore-Date Night Brights

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, mainly because the weather here in North Texas is FREEZING (literally, it’s been around 30 degrees during the day for the past week) and I don’t go out in that craziness.  Granted, I’ve lived in Montana and Utah, plus I grew up in Eastern Washington, but my heart–and blood–still reside in Phoenix.  Yep, my blood is thinner than water, so if I venture outside in this I’ll never get warm again!  The only problem is, J2 and I had the opportunity to go out on a date this past Friday night and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to get dressed up.  This was what I put on…

All About the Apparel:

Dress: Tiana B, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  I was done trying on everything and in a bit of a hurry to get out the door (due to my super fussy kid) and saw this on the rack.  Of course, I had to have it as I am in love with all things watercolor-ish at the moment, so I threw it in the cart and brought it home.  LOVE IT.

Belt: Xhilaration from Target, bought on clearance a few months back

Tights: I’ve had these for a couple of years and don’t know the brand, but I bought them at JC Penney

Shoes: Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike, bought at Nordstrom Last Chance Clearance Center in Phoenix back in October, but you can buy them by clicking on the link

Necklace: Forever 21, bought a couple of months ago

(Close up of the necklace {and the new hair color})

 

Of course, my husband was NOT fond of the color combination.  His reaction was, “since when does purple and red match?!?”  But he let me go out with him anyway.  Lucky me 😉

We headed out to a restaurant that J2’s co-workers had been telling him about, La Familia Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth.  La Familia is located down by Montgomery Plaza at 841 Foch Street.  It sits in a little strip mall and looks a little…well, let’s just say its looks are deceiving from the outside.  You walk through the doors, through another set of doors and then into this beautiful room.  Someone from “the family” greets you at the door, shows you to your seat and immediately, you have someone waiting on you.  We ordered the flaming margaritas (they come out with a sugar cube that’s been lit on fire, you make a wish and then blow it out–sooo cool!) and the Queso Ala Parrilla for an appetizer.  When they brought out the queso, they lit it on fire to combine the ingredients further and OH MY HECK it was HEAVEN!  I could live on that stuff!  We each ordered a combination plate so that we could try different things and everything we tried was top-notch.  We will be heading back very soon.

Our next stop on the date night journey was to the movies.  We had wavered back and forth between seeing Black Swan and True Grit, but J2 chose Black Swan.  We should have chosen True GritBlack Swan was not my favorite movie, but I can see why it’s up for so many awards.  It just wasn’t that great to us.

All in all, it was a great night!  Thanks to all those from The Pleated Poppy and Harper’s Happenings for stopping by and sharing date night with me.  See you all soon!

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‘Til Next Time,

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

Not Only Can Those Folks on Glee Sing, They Wear Great Outfits Too!

Are there any Glee fans out there?  I have to admit, I just started watching at the end of last season, but in a  world where we’re on our–what?–twenty third season of Survivor, a program that highlights supposed high school kids singing and dancing is a refreshing relief.  So last Tuesday night (the 16th) I grabbed my cocktail, found something to entertain the kid and settled in for an hour of really cool mash-ups.  Of course, I was not disappointed.

I think I must have missed the previews for the upcoming week the week before because I had no idea that Gwyneth Paltrow was guest starring as the substitute teacher, Holly Holiday.  Right off the bat I loved how she taught Spanish using Lindsey Lohan’s stints in rehab as a topic of conversation, but when she steps in to help out with Glee club…YES!  Just in case you missed it, here is the first song she whips out when the club challenges her to show them what she’s got.  You have to go to Entertainment Weekly’s site to check it out (since I can’t seem to get the darn thing to embed), but it’s worth stepping away for a minute (just be sure to come back).

(***imagine a nice Glee mash-up playing here***)

Notice her outfit? I know, I loved it too. Simple yet slightly sexy without having the principal in your classroom with the ruler to measure hem lines. Therefore, since I’ve been in a bit of a fashion-inspiration rut lately, I pulled together the elements in my closet that I could get away with in mid-November (and with late 30’s legs that don’t tan and that don’t look as nice as Gwynnie’s) and here’s what I came up with…(just ignore the dog toys and other paraphernalia in the background).

Cashmere Turtleneck:  Old Navy-gift from the BFF (T-Spot) last year for Christmas and they no longer carry them (for SHAME!)

Plaid Skirt:  Ann Taylor, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique — I love the pockets on the sides that you really can’t see.  Holly Holiday’s skirt had pockets as well and I knew this one did too, so I built the rest of the outfit around its glorious plaid pockety-ness.

Tights:  Hue from Macy’s

Shoes:  Linea Paolo from Last Chance in Phoenix.  I originally had picked these up thinking I would send them to Olivia, but even though they were a size larger than my usual they fit and at $12 I couldn’t resist dragging them back to Texas.  Sorry girl!

Sunglasses:  Michael Kors (bought at the outlet down in Austin)

Necklace and earrings:  Sam Moon

Yes, I skipped the bare legs and boots, mainly because the lack of the aforementioned tan and the fact that both classrooms I have to pretend to pay attention in are set to a chilling 64 degrees.  For real people?!?  It’s November for crying out loud!

So is anyone else out there inspired by fashion on TV, and if so, what shows?  I just can’t seem to dress like the socialites on Gossip Girls and frankly the girls on CSI (any of them) just don’t seem to cut it either.  I’m just curious–I need some more inspiration!  Fill me in on what you think 🙂

‘Til next time,

Nicole

Thanks to Goodwill I Can Steal Jessica Lowndes’s Look for Less than $25…What Mommy Wore!

Back at the beginning of the month (or the end of last month, can’t remember which), PopSugar posted a Look of the Day that featured Jessica Lowndes (who plays Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the tv show 90210) sporting a super-cute look that I fell in love with due to its simplicity and perceived  comfort level.  Unfortunately, it featured a Tory Burch Thorri striped top that I knew would probably not be in my budget any time soon.  But, I tucked the photo into my inspirations folder “just in case” because I might win the lottery one of these days if you can do that without purchasing a ticket.  Here’s Jessica’s lovely outfit:

Photo:  100 Inspirations (who linked to PopSugar)

Of course, a few days later the wonderful ladies over at 100 Inspirations, who are the best at duplicating celeb looks for those of us on a budget, came up with an amazing alternative for around $113!  Still, that constituted my clothing budget for two months, so I had to use my resources…and here’s what I found…

Mossimo army jacket, Old Navy jeans, Guess booties, Express striped shirt, rabbit hair scarf

Jeans:  Old Navy, thrifted from the White Settlement Goodwill (with tags still on)- $4.19

Army Style Jacket:  Mossimo, thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill– $5.99

Striped top:  Express, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique– $4.99

Booties:  Guess, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill– $7.00

Scarf:  no idea on the brand, but it’s tag says it’s mainly rabbit hair-thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill– $1.99

GRAND TOTAL:  $24.16! Just goes to show you can shop second hand and still look like a star 😉  Oh how I LOVE Goodwill!

I will be honest though-I didn’t really care for the scarf, as it was a little constricting for me.  Here’s how I actually wore the look:

Old Navy jeans, Express striped shirt, Mossimo jacket, Guess booties

This was actually super comfortable and perfect for a day when the weather was a little cooler.  I could have really copied Jessica by wearing my hair down, but the second day pony tail (which looked slightly train-wreckish by the end of the day when the photo was taken) worked.  I gave it the Mommy thumbs up for comfort, stylishness and the ability to pick up a child without showing anything indecent.  What do you think–thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs neutral…worth duplicating again?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

So a big thank you goes out to Jessica Lowndes for having great style for us to rip off and thanks to the Fort Worth area Goodwill’s for having such fabulous finds!  MUAH right on the mouth!!

‘Til next time,

Nicole

Attempting to Rock the Over-the-Knee Socks (What I Wore)

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted-I just got back from the SITS Girls Bloggy Boot Camp in Austin and had two tests to study for PLUS two papers to write this past week, all while trying to wrap my head around what I had learned at the conference.  Look for a post about what I learned over the next few days as that conference rocked my world!

In other news, I’ve been a little fashion-boring lately.  With everything going on, it’s been hard to get enough sleep which in turn translates to getting up late and dressed in a hurry.  I decided that it was time to wear something other than jeans and my usual sweater, so I broke out an outfit I’ve been dying to wear for three weeks; that look includes the huge trend, over-the-knee socks.

Olivia from (406) Olivia (whom we all know I heart to death) and Eboni from The Fashionista Next Door have both rocked the OTK socks lately, so I thought I had better put at least one of the three pairs I have to the test.  Here’s what I threw together:

Jacket: Vintage Sasson, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  I fell in love with the velvet trim collar which you can’t see.  This is the perfect little jacket and for $5.99…heaven!

Red Satin/Cotton Tank Top: Old Navy from years ago

Skirt (that obviously didn’t iron very well):  Old Navy-I got this two seasons ago when I was pregnant and it still had the $1.99 clearance tag on it.

Over-the-Knee socks: Xhilaration bought at Target.  Seriously, if you want to try this trend, Target is by far the best place to get these socks since they’re only $5 and they have at least 15 styles to choose from.  They have a chunky knit off-white pair that I may just have to go back and buy (only to hold on to them until I figure out how to style them!)

Black Velvet Mary Janes: From Forever 21 and one of the most uncomfortable pairs of shoes I’ve ever worn.  I was dying for a pair and when I found them in velvet, I bought them to go with this jacket.  I think I made it an hour in them before my feet said no more.  I don’t think an insert would help either.  {insert crying sad face here}

Necklace/Earrings: NY & Co. from last year.  It is supposed to be a long necklace, but it was longer than the jacket so I double looped it.

Flat hair-the result of letting my hair air dry with no product.  Since my husband was kind enough to take this photo at the end of the day, I wasn’t going to mess with it either.  Sorry!

So here’s a question…I was reading Vogue in the waiting room the other day while waiting for the BFF to have a simple procedure done and came across a column by Tim Gunn (of Project Runway fame).  He was discussing skirt length and said that women over 35 should not wear skirts that hit higher than 2″ from the top of the knee.  Of course, I’m over 35 and I have a LOT of skirts that are higher than that (mainly because I’m so tall).  What’s your opinion on that?  Do you agree?  If that’s the case, I have to get rid of about 10 skirts in my closet.  And the one above is a push in the length department according to Tim.  Also, do you think tights or OTK socks make a difference?  Does it make it better or worse?  I would love to hear your opinions!!

That’s it for now!   Let me know your thoughts 🙂

‘Til next time,

Nicole

**EDIT:  I totally forgot to link up to Lindsey’s What I Wore Wednesday over at the Pleated Poppy, Mandy’s Steppin’ Out Saturday at Harper’s Happenings and Jewelscape’s Bejeweled Wednesday’s –sorry!

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What I Wore Wednesday

Woo hoo it’s Wednesday!  For anyone joining from The Pleated Poppy or …Meet Virginia, I posted earlier in the week that I was headed to Phoenix today, and so if you’re reading this later than 1pm CST, then I am either on my way, or already there.  Although I grew up all over the Pacific Northwest (mainly Spokane, Washington and with all my extended family in the Seattle area),  I consider myself to be from Phoenix.  I lived there part-time for 1991 and 1992 while I was in college up in Utah, but then transferred to Arizona State in 1993 and lived there until 2006 when J2 and I headed out to Texas.  At the time, I needed a change of scenery, but now I am anxious to get “home”.  This visit will bring back summer dresses and shorts for six days (since it’s still in the mid 90’s there), but if that’s what it takes to see my family, so be it!

With that in mind, here’s what I wore while it cooled down here in North Texas…

Wednesday, September 29th– Second to last day of my 30 day challenge!  Of course, I had class in the morning where both my classrooms are freezing and that morning I woke up late so I threw on the first thing that was fairly warm and clean (oh, and that I hadn’t worn!)

Blue top:  NY & Co from two years ago

Black tissue cardigan:  Old Navy from this spring

Jeans:  Joey style BCBGirl jeans, thrifted from Buffalo Exchange in Tempe, AZ probably five years ago easily (you can tell I was getting down at the end of the jean pile)

Socks (black and blue striped): NY & Co, bought the same time as the shirt

Shoes:  men’s Oxfords, thrifted from the Industrial Blvd (Bedford) Goodwill

Tuesday, September 30th– Running around with J3 and not in the mood to do anything.  I felt sloppy and gross, but needed to find the little guy a Halloween costume.  I had seen a couple at Goodwill (because I’m too darn cheap to pay $30 for something he’ll wear for 30 minutes) and knew I needed to go before they were all gone, so out the door I went.

Top:  Old Navy and a XL, can’t you tell?!?  I wore it when I was pregnant even though it’s not maternity and somehow it missed going up in the attic.  Ifound it buried in my closet and it seemed perfect for the mood I was in at the time.

Tank Top (you can’t see):  Charlotte Russe (because my 14 month old is fascinated with pulling on my shirt and showing everyone my goods)

Capris:  Adriano Goldschmied “the Split” jeans, purchased from the Buffalo Exchange in Tempe, AZ back when AG first hit the scene.  Yeah, I’ve had these awhile!

Moccasins: Preview International, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill.  At first I was a little unsure about the stones on them, but they’ve grown on me.  I thought at the time they’d match a couple of hard-to-match bronze colored things in my closet, so I bought them and they did.  Yea!

Friday October 1st-YAY!  The 30 outfits/30 days challenge is done!  The first thing I did was throw on one of my favorite pairs of jeans.  As you can see from the background and lack of cropping, J2 and I took J3 to his first baseball game at Rangers stadium.  I was a little hesitant, thinking J3 was going to be a crazy baby, but he was great and everyone around us loved him.  I had planned on buying a Rangers shirt while we were there, but it just didn’t happen, so I was stuck with plain white. Oh well!

Jeans:  Big Star “Kayla” straight jeans

T-shirt:  Awake Couture, bought at Macy’s three years ago.  I love it because it’s long and I love it so much I have it in black as well!

Flip Flops:  Old Navy

Saturday, October 2nd-J2 had a company event at the Fort Worth zoo…

Believe it or not, that’s not me 😉

I let J2 play with the camera while we were walking around and something on the darn thing freaked out before we had a chance to take any human pictures, therefore the red baboon’s butt is what you get.  Sorry about that, but dang, it’s better than what I was wearing!  I walked out of the bedroom in a simple shift dress and J2 suggested I change, saying I would be overdressed and out of place (like that isn’t the story of my life).  So I put on a very unexciting gray Arizona State t-shirt, old faded black capris from NY & Co and silver cushy flip flops from Old Navy.  Now aren’t you glad you got to see a monkey instead?!?

Sunday, October 3rd– I was lazy until it was time to go get a massage.  I have THE BEST therapist in the world, and from someone that has received hundreds of massages, that’s saying a lot.  Oh, and I’m not exaggerating either on the hundreds.  I worked for a massage therapy school for almost two years that had a clinic on the weekends and staff got free massages so that the students would get their hours (and the clinic admin would let us bring friends for free if it was slow).  I would receive five or six in a weekend and then I worked for Massage Envy (where I get my massages now).  I have back issues and my therapist Fil is wonderful.  I have to book at least two weeks out to get a spot but I feel amazing afterward!

Dress:  Gap, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique

Scarf:  ???, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill.  I’ve never been big on scarves, only because I think I look stupid, but I liked this one.  It was buried in a bucket and I saw the color peeking out, so I grabbed it and for only 99 cents it was mine!  Muhahaha!

Sandals:  Reaction by Kenneth Cole from T.J. Maxx.  You’ve seen these plenty of times, but they used to drive me crazy because the back strap would slip off my heel.  I mentioned it to my (wonderful) cobbler/shoe god and he fixed them for me.  Have I mentioned how important having a good cobbler is when you’re a shoe fanatic?!?  Does everyone have a good shoe guy/cobbler?  If not, you need one, or at least need to know what one can do if you do decide to look for one.  That may be a post in the making…hmmm…

Monday, October 4th– Class and it was a little chilly in the morning.  Fall really came crashing in here in North Texas, but it’s supposed to warm up over the weekend.

**Side note on the tunic-I put it on with leggings and boots originally and then walked out in front of my husband who kindly proceeded to tell me it was not my most flattering outfit.  I am one of those women that expects my husband to honestly tell me when I don’t look good in something, so I was grateful, but sad that the whole legging thing didn’t work.  Tunic was just too short and momma’s got too much junk in the trunk to pull leggings off with this one.  {SIGH}**

Orange tunic top:  Ashley 26 International, thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill (told all about here)

Jeans:  Big Star Maggie jeans

Boots:  Bandolino, thrifted from the Campus Drive Goodwill four years ago, right when booties started getting big.  They are definitely a throw back from the 90’s, but they’re such a rich brown suede with a medium heel they’re timeless.  And they were on sale that day half off ($2!) so heck yeah!

Gold chain belt:  Funny story on this one.  I’ve had this belt since my junior year of high school (back in the 90’s).  That year for Christmas this arrives from my aunt over in Seattle; I call her and say “Thank you for the necklace Aunt K” to which she laughs and replies “honey, it’s a belt.”  I almost died from embarrassment, but have held on to that thing for 20 years and have worn it as a belt, a necklace AND a bracelet!!  I hardly ever wear gold, but it just seemed appropriate with the pumpkin colored tunic sweater.

Huge gold Guess watch:  a left over from the late 80’s/early 90’s that I found in a box up in the top of my closet.  It is HUGE!  I had a battery put in and now have a gold faced watch for when I venture out and wear another metal other than my usual silver/platinum.

Tuesday, October 5th-Hair appointment at Shampoo Salon with Ally.  If anyone in DFW needs a fantastic hair stylist, she is it!  Plus her husband went to ASU and she lived in Phoenix, so we gab it up about all the things we miss about the desert.  And she’s super cute too (little petite thing that she is).  Seriously, if you need someone great, she’s worth the money (actually, all the stylists there are, which I can profess since they’ve all cut and/or colored my hair at one time or another in the past four years).

Plaid shirt:  No Boundaries, thrifted from the Industrial Blvd (Bedford) Goodwill

Jeans:  Big Star “Kayla” straight jeans (yes, again)

Belt:  I think Target…about ten years ago

Shoes:  Wearing the Bandolino’s again.  I have a pair of Nine West ones that I wanted to wear, but I think J3 has hidden one of them since it wasn’t on the rack in my closet where it should have been.  Thanks kiddo!

And that’s it!  It felt good to really wear some of the items in my closet, but it felt better to be able to wear my favorites and not be so restricted.  I think now that my tripod and timer have arrived, I may just take a few pictures during the week, because I feel like what I’m wearing is really not that exciting.  I can amp it up a few times a week, but everyday…not so much.

As usual, linking up with Lindsey and Morgan!

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‘Til next time,

Nicole

What I Wore Wednesday and Fall is HERE!

WOO HOO!  Fall has finally (kinda) arrived in Texas!  We’ve had a few days the past week that have been a little warm, but for the most part we’re staying in the 80’s.  Being from Phoenix and all, that’s fall.  While I was growing up in Washington state, that was summer, but still.  There was actually one morning that it was only 54 degrees when I left for class and I had to wear a JACKET.  How fab is that?!?

As for the 30 days 30 outfits challenge, it’s still going on and going strong.  I will be glad when it’s over in a few days only because I have missed some items in my closet dearly-a few pairs of my Big Star jeans for instance and a few pairs of shoes.  Other than that, I could probably keep going and just might 😉  Anyway, here’s what I wore…

Wednesday, September 22nd-class and according to my planner, not much else

Animal Print top:  NY & Co from two years ago.  My husband hates this top-says it’s a throwback from the 90’s.  Thanks babe 😉

Jeans:  trouser style Diva jeans from Old Navy, thrifted from the Industrial Blvd Goodwill.  I LOVE these pants and can’t wait to wear them again.

Shoes (that you can’t see)-Marc Fisher Surelle in patent pink.  I bought them at Macy’s on the clearance rack three years ago and paid $40 which for me is pretty rare!

Earrings:  Old Navy

Thursday, September 23rd-running errands

Brown tank underneath that you can’t see:  Old Navy

Top:  Forever Twenty One-half way through the day I happened to notice that it had ripped under one arm.  Not in the armpit either, halfway down across the seam, not with it.  For the love….thrifted from Double Exposure (post here).

Jeans:  Old Navy Sweetheart jeans-thrifted from the Cherry Lane (White Settlement) Goodwill.  They still had the $30 tags on them and I got them for $4!

Shoes:  Tafia by Xhilaration wedges from Target

Earrings:  NY & Co

Friday, September 24th-Class and my BFF’s birthday dinner at our house.  For not wanting to get on my high horse about the absolute thoughtlessness of some people, it ended up being just her and us.  It was better that way anyway.  Grrrr…

Top:  L.O.G.G. for H&M peasant top, thrifted from Pipeline (Hurst) Goodwill

Jeans:  Jean Star, thrifted from Goodwill but I have no idea which one since it was sooo long ago

Boots:  vintage Circle S boots-you knew you would see these again!  I like them much better with pants, not to mention one of the girls in my class told me how great they (are).  Thrifted from the Campus Drive Goodwill

Saturday, September 25th-T-Spot’s official birthday dinner at Asian Mint over in Dallas.  Once again, someone (same person) was incredibly rude and didn’t show.  Double grrr….

T-Spot:  pants and top form NY & Co.  The shoes…no clue.  I think she might have found them at Payless or Target a couple of years ago.  She has a size 10+ foot that is super wide, so she has problems finding shoes that fit, hence why she lives in flip flops and tennies.  We call her Barney Rubble (with love, trust me).

Me-Dress:  Vera by Vera Wang, thrifted from the Industrial Blvd (Bedford) Goodwill

Belt:  from another shirt

Tights:  Hanes from Target

Shoes:  Franco Sarto, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill

Sunday, September 26th-it was a little warm and I didn’t do much of anything but study.  To be honest, the only time I put on shoes was to go out and water the plants and these shoes happened to be the first ones I could grab in the closet

Dress:  MSK, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill.  I was walking out of the fitting room and saw it hanging on the rack-it wasn’t there when I looked before, so I grabbed it, saw it was within a size and bought it.  J3 was super fussy and I didn’t want to go back and try it on.  It fits well enough.

Shoes:  I think No Boundaries?

Necklace:  This is a closer shot of the necklace.  Funny story about this is that I hopped in to the Hulen Goodwill one day and there were vases filled with jewelry like this.  I happened to see a feather pin in one vase that I liked, so I bought it ($3).  This and about five or six great necklaces, pins and such were in there!  Good Find 😉

Monday, September 27th-Class on about 1.5 hours of sleep.  I had a test that morning and had stayed up late studying, then couldn’t sleep.  This was the morning that it was 54 degrees when I left for class…ahhhh…

Black top underneath that you can’t see (jacket never came off anyway):  NY & Co

Jacket: L.A. Kitty, thrifted from the Saginaw Goodwill (I did a post here on their grand opening and the great items I scored)

Jeans:  Gap Long and Lean jeans, thrifted from one of the Phoenix Buffalo Exchange’s years ago (I hold on to jeans that fit!)

Belt:  Brighton, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill

Booties:  Guess, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Tuesday, September 26th-I managed to make it out of the house and up to the new South Beach Taco Factory where I ordered one of their chorizo tacos and one of their delish shredded garlic beef tacos.  Since the shredded beef is my fave, I saved it for last. My stomach has not allowed me to eat spicy sausage for years (but lately has, huh…), therefore I opted to eat the choirzo one first, which the grease then proceeded to drip all over my skirt.  So we went home.  Thanks goodness I had taken this picture beforehand.  LOL!

Top:  Maxi Molly, thrifted from the Pipeline (Hurst) Goodwill

Skirt:  Ann Taylor Loft, thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique

Knee Socks:  Inspired by Olivia, purchased at Target

Boots:  Madeline, bought a couple of years ago from Burlington Coat Factory

Earrings:  Sam Moon

White pasty legs:  thank you Irish, English and Scottish heritage.  Oh yeah, the German in me doesn’t help either.

This bracelet?  Is it not the coolest?  AND I MADE IT!  Want one as well?  Check out the tutorial here.  No, it’s not my tutorial 😉

Well, that’s it for this week!  I have two more days of my thirty day challenge then I will probably change up my format a little.  I ordered a tripod and wireless remote for my Rebel and am going to try and get a little more exciting about where I take my pictures instead of in front of my boring fireplace.  Fort Worth has some of the coolest landmarks here, so I might as well showcase them as well as what I’m wearing.  Plus, next week I get to go home to Phoenix to see my fam!!!  No Neck and Sonnet got engaged not too long ago and since J2 can’t get time off around the holidays, we thought it would be best to make it home before the wedding in February.  Not only that, but my and Darth B’s birthday are six days apart, so we’ll be able to celebrate together for the first time in four years.  I AM SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED!  Expect lots of outfit pics at my favorite haunts.

As usual, I’m linking up to Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy and Morgan over at …Meet Virginia.  Have a faboo rest of your week everyone!

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‘Til next time,
Nicole

What I Wore and the Challenge is Halfway Through!

So here it is, Wednesday again.  September here in Texas is finally cooling off a bit, but temps are still in the 90’s most days.  Rumor is though that it’s supposed to cool off this weekend.  We’ll see about that!  When we moved here five years ago, we were told that if we didn’t like the weather to wait 15 minutes and that is certainly true.  I just know that if I see another great set of boots (yes, I’m talking to you Olivia), I’ll turn a deeper shade of green than I already am.  But just wait, I’ll be whining about how I hate the cold come January.  That’s just me 🙂

I am more than halfway through my 30 day challenge of not wearing the same outfit twice and so far it’s going GREAT!  Want to try the same challenge?  Grab the button on my sidebar and jump on in-it’s a lot of fun.  Anyway, here’s my outfits for the week…

Wednesday, September 15th-Class because I swear, that’s all I ever do anymore is go to class…ugh

Sweater tunic:  Free People, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill (only $1 on sale day!)

White t-shirt:  Old Navy from probably four years ago

Jeans:  Big Star (I would name the fit, but they’re in the bedroom with my sleeping hubby)-these are my favorite ones too.  They’re a skinny cut with a little bit of stretch an they make a girl with hips look thin!  YES!

Ruffle Pumps:  Xhilaration Tabitha t-strap peep toe pumps from Target

Thursday, September 16th-just running around

Beaded tunic:  NY & CO from a few years ago

Jean:  Old Navy The Weekend boyfriend-cut jeans

Shoes:  Michael Kors Allie platforms off of eBay-you knew you’d see those again soon!!  LOVE THEM!

Friday, September 17th-Ugh, class…I threw a sweater over it because the rooms are so cold, but discarded it later.

Dress:  Ann Taylor Loft, thrifted from The Goodwill Boutique

Shoes:  Reaction by Kenneth Cole, bought years ago at T.J. Maxx

Saturday, September 18th-Breakfast with J2 and J3 at Our Place, then we were supposed to head to the Grapevine Grapevest, but someone’s best friend decided to drink too much tequila the night before and was hung over (thanks T-SPOT!!).  Then we found out the ASU/Wisconsin game was an early game, so we lounged around, ate pizza and watched ASU lose due to a missed extra point (and some super crappy refs).  The heartache…(sigh)…

Jeans:  Lucky (and I can’t remember the fit…but they are at least five years old)

T-shirt-ASU one, bought at the bookstore the last time I was home in Phoenix

Flip flops:  Old Navy

J3’s outfit:  Thanks to Gramommy for the ASU gear!  Love you MOM!!  (found out my mom reads my blog-is she a follower?  No…for shame…)

Sunday, September 19th-I was stuck with my nose in a business law textbook all day, so this is not a terrific look.  I did force myself to change out of my p.j.’s mind you, so I get points for that!

I’m seriously a walking advertisement for Old Navy right here-everything showing is from there.  Shorts from 2008, t-shirt and flip flops from this spring.

Monday, September 20th-my BLAW test and because I was up late the night before, I woke up late.  I normally don’t dry my hair (because it ends up looking like a frizzy mess), so I quickly showered and threw this on, mainly because the pants were comfortable.

Cargo pants:  Lady Hawthorne (I found a button that had the name on them since there are no tags)-thrifted from the Camp Bowie Goodwill

Tank Top:  Charlotte Russe

Cardigan:  Xhilaration from Target

Shoes:  black patent from Target (they were on clearance for $4)

Belt:  black patent, thrifted years ago

Necklace/Earrings:  NY & Co.

Tuesday, September 21st-I had a couple of errands to run and it was a little muggy, so I went for easy and light.

Turquoise tunic:  Twenty One-I have another one like it that’s longer, but this one has a cute fit.  Thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Capris-oh how I love these capris.  Why do they have to be Motherhood Maternity?!?  I was rearranging that tummy panel all day long…

Belt:  I seriously have no idea.  It’s been in my closet for years-like as in 10 years because I remember wearing it that long ago!

Platforms:  Yes, back to basics, the basic black platforms that were thrifted years ago.  Come to think of it, I think they might have been No Boundaries ones…not sure on that.

So I know a few people have mentioned how self-conscious they feel taking their own pictures and I am in the same boat!  I always have such a goofy look on my face.  Anyone have a solution for that?  When I smile I feel like the Cheshire Cat…should (we all) just get over it?  The serious look is just not me.

And that’s it!  As usual, I’m linking up to the lovely ladies over at The Pleated Poppy and …Meet Virginia.  Thanks Lindsay and Morgan for hosting such fun parties!

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‘Til next time,

Nicole

What I Wore…and the Challenge Continues!

Hey Everyone!  Here it is, Wednesday again and my challenge to find 30 different outfits in my closet without repeating is now 14 days in the making and I’m actually doing pretty darn good!  I thought I would have to repeat jeans and such, but have figured out how to mix and match some items in different ways.  So here’s what I’ve worn this week…

Wednesday, September 8th:  It rained like crazy here (as in flash flood warnings), so I stayed home from class because I was NOT about to drive the 30 miles down to campus with all the crazy Texas drivers out on the road.  So I stayed home and bummed around the house.

Shirt:  Charlotte Russe featherweight T-shirt that I got for $2.99 and then edged with leopard trimmed lace from Hobby Lobby ($2.99 a yard) after seeing Jessica over at A Few of My Favorite Things do this.  Too cute!

Jeans:  Anne Taylor, thrifted from the NRH Thrift Town

Shoes:  fabulous leopard print Liz Claiborne flats, thrifted from the NRH Thrift Town.

Close up on the top and shoes:

Thursday, September 9th-Just bumming around the house, keeping track of J3 and studying

Top:  Old Navy from a couple of years ago

Jeans:  Jag, thrifted from the NRH Thrift Town ($2!)

Snakeskin print wedges:  Merona, thrifted from the NRH Thrift Town

Friday, September 10th-I was supposed to have a presentation in one of my classes, but my professor forgot and then I headed to the Saginaw Goodwill grand opening to see what I could see (more on that tomorrow)

Dress:  Vintage Roulette, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill on the $1 rack!

Shoes:  Boutique 9 Natural Javan Anklestrap sandal I originally saw these on …Love Maegan and kept thinking about them, but at $149 they were WAY out of my price range.  After obsessing about them (since they were on my Amazon wish list), I happened to check on them to see how they were doing and saw that they were on sale in my size-I ended up getting them for $42!  SCORE!

Necklace: Brighton, a gift from my mom

Saturday, September 11th-My husband’s employer was encouraging people to walk in the American Heart Association’s Walk for Your Heart event, so we did.  Honestly, I don’t think I did anything but change the t-shirt afterwards and put on flip flops.  Obviously one of my hottest outfits on record (hahaha).

T-shirt:  Lovely purple monster courtesy of my husband’s employer

Shorts:  Seriously, these have got to be eight years old and I have no idea what the brand is, since I cut the tags out (nothing more annoying than tags rubbing when you’re hiking, which I used to do a lot of back when I lived in Arizona)

Tennies:  Asics

Sunday, September 12th-Brunch with the hubby and child.  After seeing Cassie’s outfit over at Hello Sugarplum! I knew I had to style chain that puppy because it was super cute!  Plus, it’s starting to cool off enough to not be able to wear white anymore, so if I didn’t wear it now, I wasn’t going to be able to wear it until next year.

Dress:  Charlotte Russe from about five or six years ago.  My husband wanted this to be my wedding dress, but I went with a longer, little bit dressier one.

Shrug:  Seriously, I think I got it at Macy’s a few years ago, but I’m not quite sure…

Red Pumps:  These are some of my favorite shoes EVER!  They’re Franco Sarto and I got them at the Last Chance store in Phoenix.  Last Chance is where Nordstrom sends all of the items that don’t sell at Nordstrom Rack.  There are only two-one in Phoenix and one in Florida somewhere.  The items there may have some issues, but most are just returns with a scuff or two.  I have easily had these timeless pumps for six or seven years.

Belt: Vintage, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Necklace:  Claire’s, thrifted from the White Settlement Goodwill

Monday, September 13th-Class as usual, this time the presentation was for real.

Dress:  Bought three years ago at Ross.  I have no idea on the brand…

Shoes:  Joey O, thrifted from NRH Thrift Town about three years ago as well.  These shoes do NOT like to be worn with the tights.  I thought I was going to kill myself because I kept slipping around.  Those tights were a nightmare anyway (found them in the bottom of my drawer) and are now in the trash.

Tuesday, September 14th-Running errands.  It was humid as all get out and I was seriously considering changing, but didn’t.  I got three compliments on the hat, so maybe that will be seen a little more often.

Featherweight t-shirt:  Charlotte Russe (I picked up a couple when they were $2.99)

Layering tank top:  Charlotte Russe

Jeans:  Big Star (Maggie)

Booties:  Mossimo, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill

Hat:  One Star from Target-the only reason I bought it was because it was $4 and I thought it might be fun.  It was!

Earrings:  Sam Moon (a few years ago)

Well, that’s it for this week!  As usual, I’m linking up to The Pleated Poppy and …Meet Virginia!

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