Thursday, April 28, 2011

taking it all on.

(Apparently "soft flash" is too much, heh)
Good evening all,

I just wanted to take a quick break from packing and put up today's photos. I feel like  have another 80 things to do before we leave on Saturday!

What do you all think of the new hair color? It came out a lot darker than I thought it would (and what's up with the weird purple tint; it looks more red in person). But I think I like it the best out of my recent coloring jobs. Of course it will fade over time :)

Happy Thursday!

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Striped top: Lane Bryant
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Shoes: DSW

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I always catch the clock. It's 11:11. And now it's time to talk...

Good evening all,

How was Tuesday for you all? The weather here has finally started to warm up, and I much prefer 60-70 degrees as opposed to the forecast we have of 85ish throughout this week. Complain complain, I know. :)

So this black cardigan that I wore to death during the first year of the blog...I think it has to go. It's so faded. I'm tempted to try dying it, but I'm not sure it would be worth it (and I destroy things instead of fixing them half the time). Have you all ever used clothing dye?

Speaking of dye, tomorrow I'm finally going in to get my hair done (I wanted it to look nice for our FL trip) and I'm so excited about it. I'm going to go with the red/brown gloss again, and then next time I think I'll go back to my natural dark blonde color. I hate the upkeep involved with coloring hair.

Happy Tuesday night!

Overworn black cardi: Target ($10ish, 2008ish)
Floral top: Old Navy
Jeans: Target
Black flats: DSW ($40ish, 2009)
Necklace: Target ($10.98, 2010)

Monday, April 25, 2011

a late Monday post.

Good evening everyone,

I wish I had a good reason for my long absence last week but I really don't. Just the normal wear and tear of life humming along.

For today, (at least) I'm back with a brand new pair of capris. I picked these up at TJ Maxx and I only wish they had a brown pair as well. You know me and my multiples :) The cardi is also new (yes, I might love shopping a little too much). I was washing some dishes in our communal workplace kitchen and someone I don't know very well growled at me (you know, like a "rawr" type of growl). It took me a while to figure out her noise was due to my cardigan. I thought maybe my hair had decided to shape itself into an wild lion or something.

Happy Monday everyone!

Cardi: Ann Taylor Loft
Tank: Old Navy
Crops: T.J. Maxx
Shoes: Jessica Simpson via T.J. Maxx
Necklace: Macy's ($12, March 2011)

**Useless info: I keep an excel file that has all of my clothing dates and prices. Unfortunately I don't have excel on my netbook, so when I update this late at night I just don't put the prices and dates unless I remember them off the top of my head.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

yes, my legs really are that pale.

Good afternoon everyone,
Once again I've managed to dress myself almost head-to-toe in ATL merchandise. Makes for an easy outfit I suppose :)

I forgot to give you all an update on my coworker and her dress that she wanted to return. I know you all were just dying from the suspense. Anyway, she ended up keeping it! I found a 50% code online, but they didn't have her size available. So she went to the store and asked if they would honor their online price with the discount. She said they gave her a hard time about it but in the end she got the dress for $30. Later she modeled it for us and she looks absolutely stunning. If she actually knew about this blog I would have taken her picture for it :)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft ($43, January 2011)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($33, January 2008)
Boots: Amazon ($66, October 2010)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, September 2010)

Monday, April 18, 2011


(Blurry evidence from Friday's outfit)

(Monday's outfit)

Good evening everyone,

How was your weekend? I went out with my coworker on Friday night and we had a fabulous time (at least I did). We can't hang out together without going to Target, so on top of Ulta and The Loft we hit up a Target that we don't normally frequent and finished the night off with a nice dinner out. Then I hung out with my aunt all day Saturday and Sunday I finally got around to the normal things...laundry, cleaning, etc...all in all not a terrible weekend :)

D gets back from his Georgia trip tomorrow and I can't tell you all how excited I am to see him. Only 14 more hours (if the train isn't late, of course).

Happy Monday!

Friday's outfit:
Black cardi: Old Navy ($21, March 2010)
Floral top: Nordstrom Rack ($14.99, April 2011)
Jeans: Target ($20.98, August 2010)
Black flats: DSW ($40ish, August 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet ($20, September 2009)

Today's outfit:
Black sweater: Coldwater Creek ($34,March 2011)
Floral top: Kohl's ($14, April 2011)
Pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, 2008)
Black heels: T.J. Maxx ($40, April 2011)
Long necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($12.99, October 2010)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

to keep or return

 Good evening everyone,

Yesterday I had a lively conversation with one of my coworkers about a dress she had bought. It's a fancy dress (although I argue that it could be dressed down with a cardigan/belt) and she paid $60 for it, and now she's agonizing over whether or not she wants to return it. Normally I would tell her to return it if she was that worried about it, but she said that she felt absolutely stunning in the dress. So of course that made me change over to team "keep the dress." She's petite and nothing ever fits her right off the hanger, and the fact that this dress did makes it work the $60 to me. Also, I'm 100% sure she looks totally adorable in it. 

All of this is to say that today I wore one of my very first "splurge" dresses to show her that she should totally keep the dress she bought. 

I saw this dress a looooooong time ago on Vanessa's blog and despite never having heard of the brand I immediately bought the first one I saw in my size on ebay. And I don't regret it at all. Then again I've spent well over $50 on other dresses since then, but this is still my first :) 

Do you all have any splurge tales? Tell me about them!

Dress: CAbi via Ebay ($46ish, 2008)
Red tank: Kohl's (years ago)
Shoes: DSW (2010)
Necklace: JewelMint via Groupon ($12.50, April 2011)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

today has been a strange day...

Good evening everyone,

It's been an odd day, but for reasons I can't quite put into words. Anyway, today's photos didn't quite come out like I had hoped. This outfit looked a lot better in person (I think) and I got quite a few compliments on it. The top and the cardi weren't bought as a set but the colors match up pretty perfectly. :) I'm glad I finally found something to pair with this gray/purple/blue cardigan :) Also, what's up with the weird part in my hair? I didn't even have it parted today! Oh well...

Happy Wednesday!

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Floral top: Kohl's
Pants: Old Navy
Silver flats: DSW
Necklace: Stella & Dot via Craigslist

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

maxi-fun time

Good afternoon everyone,

Full disclosure: This is not what I wore today. Also, it's a dark and dreary Tuesday. These shots are from Sunday, when the weather was nicer and work was still 12 hours away. *sigh* You know what else? It's a maternity maxi. And the only babies I'm making are of the food variety. Man, I'm just full of honesty today (and uh, sorry)!

The cardi is one of the new ones I bought from Ann Taylor Loft that I mentioned last week. I wore it around all day on Sunday (even after the maxi dress shots) and I'm happy to say it's quite comfy. Then again it's hard to go wrong with a cardigan.

How's your week going? D leaves for Georgia tomorrow (he gets back next week) and I'll be sad to see him go. Maybe it will give me a chance to catch up on missed television (I'm still on the 3rd season of 30 Rock).

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Yellow cardi: Ann Taylor Loft ($29, April 2011)
Maxi dress: Target ($30, March 2010)
Brown tank: Old Navy (I forget)
Sandals: Target ($15? I forget, 2010)
Necklace: Target ($10.48, October 2010)

Friday, April 8, 2011

So I had a little spending splurge...

Good afternoon everyone,

Are you ready for the weekend? I am! This weekend I'll be tackling my grandmother's frozen goods in 2 freezers and combining some storage items that are currently housed in the basement. Perhaps I'll even get to see a friend for lunch on Saturday (fingers crossed). What are you all up to?

I guess friends & family discounts are in full swing. I've seen coupons from most of my favorites (hi Ann Taylor/Loft, please stop tempting me) and I've made a few orders. I bought 4 cardigans from Ann Taylor Loft (and they're all the same style; ugh I know) and this adorable bracelet I'm wearing today. Today's cardi is actually an Old Navy one, but I'm sure I'll be wearing the ATL ones soon enough. Have you all bought anything with the recent sales?

Happy Friday!

Purple cardi: Old Navy ($20, September 2010)
Green and white tank: Macy's ($10, April 2011)
Jeans: Calvin Klein ($48, January 2010)
Brown flats: Nine West ($34.99, October 2009)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor Loft ($20, April 2011)
Necklace: Gifted (July 2010)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

what a day!

So I'm slowly trying to get back in the routine of taking pictures every day. :) It's a work in progress. In fact, I thought it took a photo yesterday but I guess I didn't. I'm losing it!

Anyway, I left my jacket at work last night and I figured I'd be fine without it this morning. Oh no, it was chilly. I seem to forget that it can be 35 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon. 

Happy Thursday!

Top: Nordstrom Rack ($50, December 2010)
Jeans: Target ($20.98, August 2010)
Silver flats: DSW ($40ish, August 2009)
Necklace: Stella & Dot via Craigslist ($45, June 2010)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

yesterday, today, but not tomorrow...


Good afternoon strangers,

Sorry I was gone for so long. I took photos for yesterday's outfit but I never got around to putting them up. I'm not too happy with how the outfit turned out, but I was up most of Sunday night with my grandmother because she didn't feel well, so I didn't really care about how I looked once I finally make it to work on Monday.
(See what I mean? Ugh Monday was bad)
 So how was everyone's weekend? Other than the sick grandma mine was pretty good. I told her to get better timing and save her sick nights for Saturdays so we can both recover on Sunday. :) Saturday I got through most of my laundry and made a trip to The Container Store for some hanging closet bags (damn moths) and I'm slowly going through my winter wardrobe. I love that we have actual seasons up here, but I hate trying to find places to store the out-of-season clothes. Between the rubbermaids and the closet space it could take up an extra room! Well, not really, but coats can get pretty bulky, you know?

Anyway,  yesterday no one needed a coat because we were at 85 degrees! Then of course today it's back to rain and cold. I can't wait for our FL trip; hopefully it will be constant reliable sun :)

Happy Tuesday!

(Monday's outfit)
Black long cardigan: Coldwater Creek ($18.50, January 2011)
Bird "dress": Macy's ($20, March 2011)
Black pants: Ann Taylor ($16, November 2010)
Red flats: Endless ($18, March 2011)
Long necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($7, June 2010)

(Tuesday's outfit)
Striped cardi: Faith 21 ($23, March 2011)
Coral top: Ann Taylor Loft (ages ago)
Brown pants: NY & Co (ages ago)
Leopard shoes: Piperlime ($27, February 2011)