What Mommy Wore for the Everybody, Everywear Blazer Challenge

Just in case anyone has been hiding under a rock (or in their house like I’ve been), the weather across most of the United States has been hideous this winter, and for those watching updates about the Superbowl this past Sunday you know that North Texas was hit with the worst storm (we’ve) had in almost 20 years during that time.  Now, being a Phoenician transplanted in DFW, I do NOT like being cold.  Give me 112 degrees any day, but these single digit temps force me to throw on a pair of fuzzy socks, bundle up in my ratty college sweatshirts and hunker down by the fire.  On the very rare occasion I do have to venture out of my house (for things like groceries), this is what I resemble before I bundle up in my warmest coat and scarf:

Lucky Brand shirt dress: Thrifted from the Goodwill Boutique

Jeans: my trusty Big Star’s

Boots: Mossimo Supply Company, a gift from my mom for Christmas that I seem to live in lately

Belt: I think it’s from Target, but it’s so old who knows!

Then along came today…the weatherman says that before we get slammed with another ice storm tonight it’s going to be a whopping fifty-three degrees!  I know, stop the presses, pull out all your summer clothes and wear them all in a day if you can.  So I did-kinda.  See, the girls on over at Everybody, Everywear challenged the FBFF community to showcase how you wear a the classic blazer.  And since I wanted to free my legs from jeans and sweatpants hell, I pulled out my favorite summer dress and winterized it with my favorite blazer and a pair of warm tights.

Dress: London Eyes, thrifted from the Hurst Goodwill.  This dress caught my eye a while ago and although it’s a tad big, a belt helps alleviate the tent look (the belt is from another shirt, but I wear it often with dresses)

Blazer: Semantiks (Nordstrom brand) , thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill.  I had seen it on a Monday, decided that it wasn’t worth the $9.99 price tag it had on it and then when I came back two days later for half priced sale day it was still there.  It’s hard for me to find blazers with sleeves long enough for my freakishly long arms, and this one is perfect.  I wear it all the time with jeans too.

Tights: Wolford, found here.  These tights were a splurge, but I needed a good pair of warm tights that weren’t going to snag so easily.  Having a kid increases snags ten-fold!

Black patent pumps: Pulse, thrifted from the Camp Bowie Goodwill (my husband noticed they still had the $25 price tag on the bottom this morning, which I was glad he caught before I left the house)

Turquoise colored jewelry: Made by me years ago to go with another top, but I love that it matches this dress

It was actually quite funny-I just received The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own yesterday and was flipping through to see where I “fit in”.  I have always thought I was more of the classic look and sure enough, that’s me for the most part.  The really funny part though was is that the blazer is my iconic piece!  I have to agree, since I have at least ten in my closet.  Has anyone else read this book?  If so, what is your style?

Well, this has been a lot of fun!  I can’t wait for Liz and Linda to announce their next challenge.  If you haven’t jumped on board already, this is a challenge that’s a lot of fun (and minimally time invasive).  Thanks ladies!

‘Til next time,

Nicole

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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

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