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 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…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

What I Wore Wednesday-Week 1

For the past few weeks I’ve been meaning to jump on in over at The Pleated Poppy and join Lindsey’s “What I Wore Wednesday” link party, but hadn’t had time to actually sit down and write about what I had been wearing.  Well, I made the time!  I’m avoiding doing dishes to do it, but that’s okay (I hate doing dishes).  I have really needed to participate in this since lately I’ve been a little frumpy in the “getting dressed” department.  I was looking for some motivation, and this link party is it!

So a disclaimer or two-as mentioned before, I am totally addicted to Old Navy flip flops.  Hence why almost every outfit is sporting them!  I have added some new shoes to my collection as of late, and am trying to work heels back into my wardrobe after having J3.

Second disclaimer, J2 went back to working nights this week, so I am taking showers at night so as not to disturb him once he gets to sleep.  Excuse the hair-it’s not always up under a hat or in a ponytail, but it seems like it is all the time here.  Once I get used to the new routine at our house, I’ll start doing my hair and putting on makeup again 😉

So here goes nothing…

Thursday:  It started raining later in the day, so this was to run out and then for working at home.

Green Hoodie:  Old Navy clearance

Jeans:  Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted-I bought them to cut them into capris but they were actually long enough!)

Flip Flops:  Old Navy

Friday:  Again, raining.  And I had errands to run.

Black and White Striped T-shirt:  Old Navy on clearance

Jeans:  Star from Buckle (gift from Hubby, although 90% of my jeans are from there.  Jeans are the one thing I splurge on since I’ve got really long legs and am hard to fit)

Black patent ballet flats:  Xhileration from Target-I found them on clearance for $5!!

White Nike baseball cap:   Found at Ross years ago-it’s my go-to hat

Saturday:  Thrifting and then dinner with J2 and J3

Black dress:  Gap, thrifted

Shoes:  Kenneth Cole, bought at TJ Maxx probably five years ago

Sunglasses:  I wear these on my head all the time.  They’re D&G and I love them-gift from J2

Sunday: Out running errands and shopping/thrifting.  I ran into my neighbor at Babies R Us who told me she loved my dress and then a woman in the parking lot told me how cute I looked and that she thought it was cool that I dressed up when I had my baby with me.  It made me glow!

Yellow dress:  Forever 21, thrifted (found the day before-will post about it tomorrow!)

Shoes:  Xhilaration from Target.  I was on the hunt for these shoes, but no such luck.  These were on the clearance rack though and I thought they would be the next best thing to (406) Olivia’s pair.  Granted, although they are pretty comfortable, they make me 6’3″ and a lot of people were staring . Hrmph, like I care!

Brown wood necklace:  gift from my mom when I was a kid

Here’s a close up of those super cuties!

Monday:  Passport application appointment, grocery shopping and more thrifting!

Red and Grey/White/Black Tank Tops:  Old Navy

Jeans:  Star from Buckle

Red patent leather shoes:  Mossimo, thrifted.  I love these little sling backs, but they do not like to stay on my feet (they slip off my heels).  Anyone have any suggestions on how to get that to happen?

Tuesday:  J2 was off, so we went to the pool and hung out

Black halter style swimsuit:  Old Navy from last year

Tube dress:  I made it from fabric I found at Walmart!  One seam sewn down the length of the dress and a hem, then that puppy was done.

Flip Flops:  Wanna guess?  Yep, Old Navy!

Wednesday:  Library, thrifting and Michael’s.

Brown top:  Old Navy

Shorts:  Abercrombie, thrifted

Belt:  I think Target-I’ve had that belt for literally years…

Flip Flops:  Yep, Old Navy

It appears that I go thrifting quite a bit, which is not normal.  See, J3 is at a stage where all he does is bang things around and shriek.  Since J2 is getting used to working nights after working days for the past five years, J3 and I have been leaving the house during the day so he can sleep.  Goodwill is having a huge 50% sale in all of there stores here in the Fort Worth area on the 21st and they handed out a list of all the shops in the area (there are 12).  There were many that I had never visited, so I thought for the next week or so we would hit as many as we could and use it for the Thrifty Thursdays posts.  So far I’ve found some great items, many of which I will show tomorrow and wear throughout the week!

Special thanks to my husband for taking the pictures-I need to get a full length mirror so that they will be closer and so I don’t have to wait until he wakes up in the afternoon (after running around all day).

This has been so much fun!  I can’t wait for next week.

Poppy

‘Til next time,

Nicole