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

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

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

Thrifty Thursday and the Saginaw Goodwill Grand Opening

There are very few things that warm my heart like a good thrift store, other than (of course) my family and friends and the usual things along those lines.  But for some odd reason, I love second hand items.  Maybe it’s the sorta tree hugger in me or the frugalista, but whatever it is, I love it.  Granted, I love other stores as well, but I think the thrill of the hunt involved in thrift store shopping is almost like a drug.  So when I got the email from the Goodwill Guy of Fort Worth that the highly anticipated Saginaw location was opening on September 10th, I had to go and check it out.  (Want on their mailing list?  Trust me, you do because you get great coupons, notifications of sales and all kinds of other great info.  Sign up here by clicking the Contact Us web link at the bottom of the page )

Saginaw Goodwill:  415 North Saginaw Boulevard, Saginaw, TX

I got there around 11:40 am since I had class that morning, and was greeted by an overflowing parking lot.  I managed to find someone pulling out of a spot in the back, so I snagged it and teetered on it in those Boutique 9 heels of mine.  When I walked in, my heart was immediately happy.  The staff greeted me at the door and the store is HUGE.  I could almost hear the angels singing it looked so great.  Ahhhh…

The women’s section is located off to the right, so I checked out the shoe selection first.  I am a complete and total shoe whore, therefore shoes are always my first priority.  There were quite a few to choose from, but none that I liked were in my size.  I had to pass on a pair of Nine West buckled black boots, hand tooled brown leather booties and a pair of White House/Black Market spectator pumps because they were all the wrong size.  I almost cried because of those pumps, but there was no way a 10 would ever fit, not matter how much I stuffed in the toes.

Jackets and dresses were next since they were against the wall.  It was here I found my kryptonite.  Since I have so very few jackets, I’ve been trying to stock up and here I just kept finding one after another that met all my fall requirements.  By the time I was done trying them on in the mirror, here’s what was in my cart:

This little gem was also in there, although I really don’t know if it’s a jacket or a dress-here it is on me.  What do you think?  Jacket or a dress?  And how would you wear it?  I just had to have it because of the fabulous detailing-the ruched sleeves, the fit, the big buttons, everything!  It looks black in the pictures, but it’s navy and unfortunately, it ends just under my rump, making it a wee bit short.  Also, I was nice and cut out my pasty white legs!  I just am a little stumped on how to wear it, so please, give me your thoughts.

I moved on down to the dress section but in my heart I knew I was close to hitting my budget with what I already had in my cart, so I was overly picky.  There were a ton of great dresses to choose from and only two made the cut.  The orange sweater tunic because I could see it with leggings and boots when it cools down a bit more and the dress I thought I could wear for my real presentation on Monday.  We all know that didn’t happen, mainly because when I got home in better light, I noticed the tailoring was a little off and that it needs some work.

After adding those two darlings, I KNEW I was at my limit.  I give myself $20 a week to spend on clothes and I knew I was blowing two weeks worth of budget with all these goodies.  But of course, I couldn’t help myself and glanced through the pants, skirts and tops.  I finally had to walk away before the Betsey Johnson top I was lusting over screamed at me any longer.  I refused to give up anything in my cart for the top and my self control won.  How THAT ever happened, I will never know!

I did briefly glance through the men’s, children’s and housewares section.  The selections looked fantastic, but I didn’t dare do anything more than glance.  I can justify spending one week ahead of my budget but not two!

So in conclusion, this new Super Store of Goodwill’s is FAB!  As soon as I have some extra cash, I’ll be sure to cruise over there to look more thoroughly at what this Super Store has to offer.  If you’re in the Fort Worth area, be sure to stop by this Goodwill and see what Good Finds you can find!

Oh, and I should mention-Goodwill is not compensating me in any way for writing this review.  I just love Goodwill and their mission, so I support their stores.  But I will be sure to let the Goodwill Guy of Fort Worth know…

‘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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What I Wore Wednesday…on a Thursday

Ever have one of those weeks where you go “and where did this past week go?!?” That’s been me lately. Ugh! Yesterday J2 was off work and my best friend was over, so I didn’t get to posting my WIWW. I also didn’t get my button done for the 30 days/30 outfits challenge, but I will get it done over the next couple of days. For those that are new, for the next 30 days I’m going to try and wear all of the different items in my closet. If anyone wants to join in, I would love it! I’m not setting any “rules” per say, just that for 30 days you wear 30 different outfits. If you need to repeat jeans or shoes, that’s fine, but I’m just trying to see how many different outfits I can come up with in that time frame. Shopping is not off limits (although I know I need to cut back), but shopping for an entire outfit is a little silly, right? Kind of defeats the purpose. Anyway, if you’re interested, leave me a comment and I’ll email you to let you know when the button is ready.

Also, thank you to all last week that commented on the tunic/leggings combo I wore.  I thought I looked like a hippo, but since I got favorable feedback, I guess I’ll wear leggings a little more often.  You guys rock!  (Note:  if I do look like a hippo though, please tell me.  You can email me-mommymoxie2010@gmail.com)

And let the show begin… 😉

Wednesday-It was a little yucky out, so J3 and I went thrifting

Yellow & Gray plaid shirt: Op, thrifted from one of the area Goodwills,  I just can’t remember which one!

Jeans:  Big Star (thanks to my hubby)

Shoes: Banana Republic, bought at a Legacy Boxer Rescue garage sale three years ago

J3 has on an Old Navy top and pants that he got for his birthday and a pair of Robeeze that I found at Double Exposure for 50 cents.  When I went to find a replacement for them, I found out that they’re $25!!  Ebay here I come…

Thursday:  Black Cardigan:  Old Navy, bought on sale this season

Red Tank Top:  Old Navy from about three years ago

Jeans:  Anne Taylor, found at NRH Thrift Town

Red Shoes:  Reaction by Kenneth Cole, thrifted

The necklace I found at the White Settlement Goodwill, and it still had the $55 Macy’s tag on it!  Score for $3…

Friday:

Green Top:  Old Navy from last year

Polka Dot Skirt: No tag, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill

Belt: Thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill

Shoes:  Anne Klein, thrifted from Haltom City Goodwill (and half a size too small-they killed my feet!)

Saturday:  shopping, hanging out with friends

Black and White Dress:  Love Me Kiss Me, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill (yes, I went on 50% off day and got a ton of stuff)

Shoes:  Seriously, I’ve worn these so many times the name is gone off of them, but they are some of the most comfortable shoes I own.  I love them!!

Sunday:  it was a super lazy day for me.  I had a massage at 2pm, which cut right into the middle of the day, so I didn’t get dressed up.

SuperDocs shirt:  This was my dad’s.  He played a lot of softball when we were little, so when he died, I made sure I ended up with it.  He wore number seven, which is my birthday.  Thanks Dad!

Jeans:  American Eagle, thrifted from the Rufe Snow Goodwill I never thought in a million years that they would fit, but they do and I love the little front pockets.

Flip Flops:  Old Navy

Monday:  Start of the new semester, or so I thought.  Turns out I didn’t pay too close attention to the start dates this semester and classes actually started on Friday.  I can easily say this is the first and only time that has happened.  And who starts classes in the middle of the week?!?  Only Texas, I swear…

Black and White top:  White House Black Market, 100% silk, purchased at the NRH Thrift Town ($9!)

Jeans:  Big Star skinny

Shoes:  Sofft, purchased at NRH Thrift Town last year

Tuesday: So I need some help with this one…I found a pair of oxfords that I just love and that of course, are all the rage right now, but I can’t decide how to wear them.  So socks or no socks?  Cast your vote!

So here’s with the socks…and Old Dog

Here’s without the socks…

Dress:  One Star from Converse, thrifted from the Haltom City Goodwill

Layering Tank:  Charlotte Russe

Oxfords:  Thrifted from the South Cooper Goodwill

Necklace:  Michael’s

And that’s it!  As always, I’m linking up to The Pleated Poppy and Weekend Wear with Meet Virginia.

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‘Til next time!

Nicole

What I Wore Wednesday-Week Two

Hello All!

Here we are, back for week two of What I Wore Wednesday hosted by Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy. I wish I could say that I had a really exciting week clothes-wise, but no such luck. It is incredibly hot here in Texas and frankly, I would live in a tank top and sweat shorts (with my Old Navy flip flops of course) if I could, but since everyone is looking at what I’m wearing I can’t allow that to happen. I’ve missed either taking pictures myself over the past couple of days, or have forgotten to ask my husband before he’s gone to work, so there are only five-sorry! But here’s my attire for the week…

Thursday:  Keeping J3 out of the house while J2 sleeps…visited the Camp Bowie Goodwill-pardon the horrible lighting, I haven’t taken pictures in the mirror yet (and hopefully won’t have to as time goes on).

Top:  Mossimo-thrifted

Shorts:  NY & CO-thrifted

Flip Flops:  Old Navy

Here’s a close up of the shirt-funny thing is, I had found the shorts first, and since they fit I bought them not knowing what that color would ever go with since it’s not really brown, tan or gray.  A week later, I stumbled on this Mossimo shirt and thought the colors might match, which they do.  Score!

Friday:  Fabric shopping and a stop at the university where I should be finishing this next semester (thank goodness!)

Dress:  Ross from three years ago (I bought it to wear on my honeymoon)

Shoes:  Kenneth Cole Reaction that I got four years ago at T.J. Maxx

Necklace:  Made by me 🙂

Close ups of the shoes and necklace:

Saturday:  Hanging out at our friend’s pool (read all about the drama here)

Swimsuit: Victoria’s Secret (sale from last year)

Cover Up: X Dye, thrifted

Shoes:  No Boundaries from years ago (found them in the back of my closet)

Hat:  Life is Good Golf cap (I wish I could remember where I got it-I think Dick’s Sporting Goods?)

Sunday:  Hanging out, thrifting, staying out of the house so J2 could sleep

Tank Top:  Old Navy

Skirt:  Thrifted and handmade-I love it!

Flip Flops:  duh, Old Navy!

Monday:  Another trip over the the college,this time for J2 since he’s going back to get his BSN and I was trying to convince them to let me register for him (no such luck)

Top:  The Limited, thrifted on this trip to Double Exposure

Shorts: Style & Co- from Macy’s (three years ago)

Shoes:  Athena Alexander, thrifted and SOOO comfortable!

Necklace:  NY&C

Pardon the super-pasty fabulous skin that I’m showing . I do plan on rectifying that little problem over the next few days-look for a post about self tanning.  Also, tomorrow is the day that I show all my loot from the Fort Worth area Goodwill raid.  I’m pretty excited-I shouldn’t have to shop for a very long time.

If you haven’t been to the link party for What I Wore Wednesday over at The Pleated Poppy, do so now!  There are some great people participating and I love seeing what everyone is wearing.  It gives me inspiration when I’m desperately trying to figure out what to wear that doesn’t look like the “mommy” uniform.

Poppy

‘Til next time,

Nicole

Thrifty Thursday

I said I was thinking about having a Thrifty Thursday post and here it is!  As I mentioned before, I love thrift stores.  I love searching through things to find the good stuff and I love the fact that I’m not contributing to more crap on the planet (although I do my fair share of that as well).  In Phoenix, I was a regular at Buffalo Exchange, but the Buffalo here (well, over in Dallas)  is not quite the same (sorry guys).  So here in Fort Worth,  I frequent a few shops; Thrift Town, Goodwill, Second Glance and we actually have GW (Goodwill) Boutique.  This week I hit all four but only found things I had to have at Goodwill, the Boutique and Second Glance.  Go figure that the things I found satisfied two of my biggest weaknesses; shoes and t-shirts, although I found a couple of dresses  and some tops too.

First things I found: shoes!  From left to right, Unlisted by Kenneth Cole cream with brown polka dot pumps ($4-Second Glance), white strappy Ralph Lauren kitten heels ($4-Goodwill) and black Guess peep toe booties ($8-Goodwill).  I’ve been looking for white kitten-type heels forever to go with a couple of dresses and these are perfect!

Next up, T-shirts!  I’m on a music/guitar kick, so the one on the right has a drum in the background and guitars in the forefront ($1.99-Goodwill) and then the Fender T-shirt will be super cute re-fashioned only because it’s pretty big ($1.99–Goodwill).  I’m thinking of some ruching maybe…?

Couple more T-shirts: Red t-shirt with a white heart that I will re-fashion because it’s a tad too short, but I love the design ($1 on sale–Second Glance) and a hysterical “Love is in the Air” t-shirt that features one dog sniffing another dog’s butt.  If I can figure out how to write “Spay and Neuter your Pets” on it without being obvious it was an added sentiment, I will ($1.99-Goodwill).

I also found a couple of really cute dresses and a cute top.  Gap dark green knit dress ($8 GW Boutique), Ann Taylor Loft strapless dress ($8-GW Boutique) and I love this Charlotte Russe plaid top, but whomever sewed it together did a horrible job.  It may become a pattern for another top ($4-GW Boutique).  It’s too bad that no matter what the lighting or setting I used on my (crappy and about to get traded in for a new model) camera, you can’t see the details on the Gap dress without a closeup.  Oh well, I probably won’t wear it until fall anyway.

The last picture is of a top that I bought because I love the halter neck and empire waist shape it has-I have another one just like it in a solid pink made by Arden B, but this one is a funky rust colored striped material.  I don’t know if this will end up being the pattern I intended it to be, or it will remain the way it is; I guess it depends if I can accept the color on me without thinking it screams 1998 ($2 on sale-Second Glance).

I also picked up a few baby things, but only some fall p.j.’s for J3, but nothing exciting enough to show.

So does anyone else have some thrifty finds they’d like to share?  I would love to link up!!

‘Til next time,

Nicole