Thursday, December 31, 2009
Before heading home, I stopped by Old Navy. It wasn't the best sales/clearance ON's ever had, but I did find a few items to take home. I have no problem finding skinny jeans that I like, but skinny trousers have been difficult. These passed the fit test and at only $15, I couldn't say no. Oldnavy.com has Low-Rise Skinny Pants for $19.99.
Best of all, I found the most perfect denim mini skirt on the clearance rack - under $8. It's the perfect length (not too mini), perfect color, perfect fit. Oldnavy.com has the Flap Pocket Denim Mini at regular price - $24.50, yikes!
Apparently, it pays to shop at the store.
Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Thrifted via Value Village
Belt: J. Crew
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: J. Crew
In the Cup: Carmel Apple Cider
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I recall last year, before Christmas, the offer was an additional 30% off and free shipping for orders over $150. This is almost as good. I had purchased: 3 pair of pants and boxers for Steve, for me: 1 pair of chinos, 2 tank tops, rain boots, socks...I'm sure to be forgetting stuff...all for about $100! Craziness!
This was one such incident on Sunday when I really liked what I was wearing, but regardless of the four different shots Elaina tried to get, none of them really turned out. The best I could do was crop me apart and remove my head entirely (sigh).
Not sure why it mattered so much. I wore this skirt much the same way here. Guess I was sort of proud that I mixed it up a bit with the red tights and wedges instead of boots. I don't recall ever wearing this skirt without boots. Also happy to get some use out of that funny flower pin I made out of felt and a vintage button.
In other Sunday news...I saw the new Sandra Bullock movie The Blind Side. I went expecting to see the typical underacheiver sport story, but this movie was hardly about football. It was really good. I was reminded of why I see movies in the first place. The story is so touching and I left inspired to be a better human being. Yeah.
Sweater Vest: Target
Skirt: vintage, random free bag
Shoes: Cole Haan via Marshall's
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
From the bottom of my heart, wishing you much joy and peace.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In just a few days, the holidays will be over and I will be ever so happy. Call me a Scrooge, but this time of year brings me more stress than it does joy. I'm never prepared for Christmas. Not mentally. Not physically. Not spiritually. And definitely not financially.
Though I look forward to extra days away from the office, being with family, the food, the presents, the celebration, I can't help but be overwhelmed. I don't even want to go home. There are dirty dishes piled high, mountains of laundry - both clean and dirty, unwrapped gifts lining the walls, and weeks - nay months worth of crap everywhere. Steve and I have only been home to eat and sleep...and even that's been sparse. Then when I am home, I feel like the walls of our already too-small condo are closing in on me. I just can't manage everything...or anything. We need a vacation...
...so we've decided to ignore our living conditions for a little while longer and try to get through Christmas without thinking about it too much. We're even spending the night at my in-laws on Christmas Eve just to get away from it all and be with family.
With just a few hours I had on Sunday afternoon, I was able to make a dent in a few of the tasks awaiting me at home. Cleaned out my closet so I would be able to reach my clothes and have something to wear this week. Thank goodness for tried and true outfits that are sure to work.
This is one of my favorites. Though this skirt adds a little bulk where I need it least, I still really love it. Never thought it would fit me when I spotted it at last year's clothes swap. Just proves that you'll never really know until you try it on. Happy, happy me.
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Kohl's (?)
Skirt: Target brand via clothes-swap (free!)
Tights: Target (?)
Monday, December 21, 2009
My weekend was about as fabulous and exhausting as weekends get. Steve and I skipped out of work a few hours early on Friday to prepare for the ABCYC concert at the Mall of America. Just that morning, we received 200 copies of our limited edition pre-release Christmas album. All needed to be packaged in time for the concert at 5pm.
The concert was a success and we sold more Cd's than expected! After, we ate with friends, rode the Sponge Bob roller coaster at Nickelodeon Universe, did a little shopping, then went to a late showing of Avatar. I'm embarrassed to say, I slept through most of the movie, but what I saw of it was good. Visually stimulating, for sure.
After awaking Saturday morning to a scrumptious husband-made breakfast, we spent the greater part of the day Christmas shopping. Still not done, but we can see the finish line. Hallelu.
I think I have a sixth sense when it comes to shopping (for myself). All week I'd had the strongest urge to try on a pair of black boots I'd seen at JCPenny (I needed black boots). I resisted all week, then Saturday night called my mom for a mall date. Lo and behold, the boots were exactly what I wanted AND the only pair left were in my size! It was like they had been waiting for me all week! You will probably be seeing much of them in upcoming posts.
Sunday night was our church Christmas concert - the biggie. It went so well. Sometimes I get nervous during practice that we're not adequately prepared. But as soon as we get up there, everybody steps up to greatness. I am beyond proud. We sold all 200 Cd's this weekend, which was the goal - yippee!
The week of fun continues with a fondue party tonight, Survivor finale DVR party tomorrow (shh...don't tell me who won), more shopping, and Christmas festivities later in the week.
I have a good momentum going here. With the right amount of coffee, I think I can keep it up through next weekend.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Scarf: Vintage, thrifted
Sweater Vest: Target
Cardigan: Target brand, thrifted
Skirt: Old Navy
Socks: Mom's sock drawer
Thursday, December 17, 2009
When I spotted these on Amazon for $40, marked down more than 50%, with only 1 left in my size, I felt I'd hit the jackpot. I love them. All 4" of pain-causing awesomeness. I really, really do. But I have had such a hard time finding stuff to wear with them. I say they're painful, but they really haven't been given a fair chance...they just need to be broken in a liiiittle bit more.
When I spotted this little jacket on the clearance rack at Forever21, I immediately thought of these shoes - a match made in heaven, perhaps?! It was miraculous that this little treasure actually fit being that it was the only one left in a size small. Thank you, Lord of bargains!
It came with a matching green belt that wouldn't stay tight. No biggie. Swapped it out for this black one which I like even better. Made me feel skinny.
Who says camouflage can't be fabulous? These shoes beg to differ.
Shoes: Oh Deer! via Amazon.com
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Since I'm not super fond of the current black boots I own, I figured I should shake things up a bit by not wearing boots at all. This was the perfect opportunity for the black legwarmers to make their seasonal debut.
I like how they look pulled down around my heels, tucked into my shoes. This style inspired by my friend, Keely. Funky, funky girl, she is.
Dress: JC Penny or Herbergers...can't remember.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It had been many many years since I'd climbed a rock wall. It was very exciting. I'm somewhat of an adrenaline junkie. So long as I'm strapped in and all measures of safety have been addressed, I'll do just about anything. There has even been talk of skydiving next summer. Bring it.
I remember climbing with quite a bit of ease in my late teens/early 20s. Just figured this would be a similar experience. Not even close. I'm sooooo out of shape. My muscles just don't do what they used to and my endurance is just plain sad...and I'm only 27.
My initial strategy was to be fast and let momentum take me to the top. But after trying that a couple of times, I figured out that I had to pace myself instead. Too much too soon and I'd be exhausted less than half way up. And rappelling down isn't nearly as fun if you're not at the top.
Elaina and I thought our harnesses "tickled".
Katie was the most experienced climber among us.
We met a great group of people that helped us belay since Katie was the only one in our group authorized to do it. We would have been limited to the automatic devices (what are those things called?) if not for these awesome new friends.
This was the one open piece of wall where I was actually able to reach the top.
I'm still a little sore today, but it feels good. I must make sure it isn't another 7 years before I get back on a rock. It's a good 'ol time.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I sport my winter shorts in one of two ways. The style above is what I prefer: Short, loose, pleated. This is WAY comfy, leg-flattering, and rather uptown chic.
The other way is with straight-leg walking shorts. A bit trickier because they actually have to fit well and be a particular length - just above or at the knee is most flattering.
Either way, I'm never without opaque tights, knee-high socks and boots. I should probably try something new - maybe switch it up a bit with leg warmers and pumps or simply swap out the boots for a cute pair of flats. But a creature of habit, I am.
I do wish I felt that I could wear this to work, but fear it's not quite up to the "smart-casual" dress code. Though there are far greater abuses that occur every day... Eh.
Oxford: Ralph Lauren, thrifted
Tights: Old Navy?
Socks: TJ Maxx
Boots: Madden Girl via DSW.com
Friday, December 11, 2009
Congratulations to Kathleen for winning Shabby Apple's Dare to Design Contest! The Lawn Frock she designed is absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to see it in the Shabby Apple shop this spring!
Here's yet another giveaway from Grosgrain! See additional pictures and find out how to win here.
I love the color of this dress and how it's styled with the wide belt (belt included!).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Also on the CD front, is the creation of the album cover. Steve is playing around with a few designs, but hasn't found one yet that he's 100% happy with.
Thanks to the hard work of Steve and Elaina, there was a white backdrop...
Elaina and I didn't get quite enough time in front of the camera (haha),
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Work. Sing. Work. Sing. Work. Sing. Rest???
Until then: Starbucks.