Monday, April 29, 2013

Mr. Picks Mondays: Bright Stripes

Here's another bright shirt on a Monday - I think he's into bright colors for spring, don't you?


bracelet my mama got me

"It's what's on the inside that counts"
WHY can't I keep that in mind more often?!

I'm not sure that horizontal stripes are doing me any favors lately (too much snacking), BUT, my half marathon is this weekend. I can hear you asking: "Why haven't you been training consistently for the last 3 months?" That, my friends, is a great question. 

Seriously though, I get pretty bad blisters on my feet: on the balls of my feet, my heels, the sides of my feet, even between my toes. It's no fun to run when your feet are killing you. Couple that with the fact that I'm really slow (I mean REALLY. Somehow I walk faster than I run), and I always wind up really sore after a run. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten my rear in gear like I should have.

My dad is doing this half marathon with me, and he's been training, so we all know who will be feeling better after running 13.1 miles. Not to worry: I've scheduled a massage for the day after, and a mani/pedi might be in my future, too. 

I'll keep you posted on how it goes. One way or another - walking, crawling, running, handsprings, or on piggyback, I will finish those 13.1 miles! And I've set a pretty generous window as a goal for myself ;)

Top: WalMart
Jeans: Gap
Sandals: via Trends
Necklace: Kohls
Watch: a gift from our honeymoon
Bracelet: gift from my sweet mama

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunny Sunday


I got to wear a skirt and a tank top today - the temperature got up in to the 80s! Whaaat? Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful as well, but don't worry, Wednesday is calling for snow


there's nothing I can do about it, so I'll just roll with it ;)

It was windy when we took these pictures, so it was hard to get a flattering shot, 
especially from the front. Does that happen to anyone else? 

Just me?

Happy Sunday - have a great week!

Tank: American Eagle
Skirt: Chico's (thrifted)
Shoes: RocketDog
Necklace: ???
Bracelets: Target
Watch: gift

Polka Dots

I don't know why my hair is so messy. It's nice for a few minutes, then POOF! #unruly&messykindofcurls

I scored these Old Navy polka dots pants at Plato's Closet this week, and I'm in love. 
I have another pair of maroon-ish pink polka dot pants, so now I have two pairs of polka dot pants.

I know what you're thinking - I broke my shopping fast. Well, yes and no. I also bought a jacket from Express at Trends this week. BUT, both items were purchased with store credit, so they didn't cost me anything up front. Now you decide: did I really break it? Or was I just "exchanging" items?

This was the start of our date night: Sports Authority (for a gift), Lowe's, dinner, then Kohl's to shop for my Mr. Pretty exciting, eh? Today on the agenda: Petsmart, exchanging at Kohl's, and picking up my mom's Mother's Day gift. Don't worry though - last night we DID go to an Avs game in Denver with some friends, and I wore these pants. Again. Sadly, no outfit pictures were taken.

Shirt: Target
Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Pants: Old Navy via Plato's Closet
Flats: Kmart
Fedora: Kmart
Bag: Coach via ARC

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Teeny Bit of Print Mixing

You might not be able to see it, but my shirt was striped. And my scarf was a pretty paisley print. Aaaaand, I put them together for a wee bit of print mixing. Baby steps. I really admire other people who can put together prints so easily, but I have a harder time with it.

Sorry for the terrible pictures - I wasn't feeling well this afternoon, so I snapped these as soon as I got home before crawling into sweatpants and curling up with one of the pups.

Shirt: Gap
Sweater: via clothes swap
Jeans: via Trends
Boots: Rack Room Shoes
Scarf: from my sweet sis-in-law (bridesmaids' gift), with my (maiden) monogram

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mr. Picks Mondays: 2 Sweaters

Today was a TWO sweater day. TWO. Because it snowed. Again. Mondays are beginning to all look the same, with lots of snow.

The Mr. chose the berry colored sweater that I've had for ages, and told me "tan pants." So, cords & another sweater it was!

In other news, these pants look a bit big/goofy/ill fitting, anyone else think so? Or is it just me?

Berry Sweater: Hollister
Brown Sweater: thrifted via ARC
Corduroys: The Limited
Earrings: Maurice's
Flats: Target
Rain Boots: gift from Mom & Dad
Coat: gift from Mom & Dad

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Clothes I'm Parting With

I went through my closet this last week (I had some free time with all the snow), and have some items I'm ready to part with. There's not TONS of room in my closet now, but I can move things around a lot easier - and that feels great for a nerd like me. 

Here are the items I'm going to take to my favorite consignment store, Trends. Whatever they don't take will get donated to a local ARC or Goodwill.

left to right: Ann Taylor oatmeal sweater; J Crew mustard sweater; black & white short sleeve jacket 

left to right: brown & black goucho pants; pink plaid bermuda shorts (on me they're more like capri length); black tulle skirt; light blue shorts; white shorts

 left to right: strapless white top; red tunic length top; Love & Pink shirt from VS; dark green slouchy top; long sleeved blue shirt; black & blue printed sleeveless top; black crewneck shirt; gray slouchy "bat wing" shirt; brown & white striped shirt

left to right: BCBGirls sandals; white belt; mint colored scarf

There were also some things I already gave away to some friends and my sweet mama. 
(not pictured)
to 1 friend: pair of gray pants
to another friend: 2 dresses - 1 pewter & black, the other purple & teal
to my mama: a purple cocktail dress; pink skirt; pink sweater & striped scarf

In other news, this was my Sunday morning while my Mr. slept in... 
Turbo, lazily observing

Cali, imploring me to snuggle

essentials: a (fancy) new tumbler & Vera Bradley mug, filled (and refilled) with coffee

Here's to parting with things I no longer need, and enjoying what remains of the weekend!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blue (Sweater) Dress

Layers are key in Colorado. Especially when it blizzards. In April. 

My apologies for the funky lighting in the pictures above - my photographer and I are still working out some kinks...

In looking at this outfit, I don't know that I'd repeat this shirt under this sweater dress - there are a lot of wrinkles & unexplained bumps! Hopefully you don't think I have a lot of wrinkles & unexplained bumps...oh dear.

On that note, I'm off to crank out some miles for today. My half marathon is in TWO weeks! More on that (and my terrible lack of training) later. 

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Sweater Dress: Target via clothes swap
Button up: thrifted
Leggings: ???
Boots: Rack Room Shoes
Earrings: Target

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Playing Catch Up

This was Monday at my work. We closed early at 3 due to the bad weather. 

This is today at home - it hasn't stopped! Instead of grumbling, I'm just going to stay warm inside, and drink lots of hot chocolate. And coffee. Always coffee.

Highlighter Top: ??
Sweatshirt: Kohl's
Jeans: Gap
Boots: (not pictured) UGG (they were SOAKED)
Socks: (there are snowmen above the trees) from my Mama 
(she has a thing for funny socks - guess I do too!)

This is what my Mr. picked out for me on Monday. SO BRIGHT. I got lots of comments on the brightness of it - I'm trying to encourage spring! Obviously, that backfired, but hey, Jack! I tried. Or, my Mr. tried. Either way, this is the only pic I got - I was on a mission to put on my sweatpants and curl up on the couch with my Mr. and the pooches.

He gravitates towards picking out simple things. Let me explain: simple in that he likes the color. Or that its not new or trendy. Or that I've had it forever. Or that it's like something I would have worn in high school (or did wear in high school - I have some things in my closet from those days...). For example, he doesn't like skinny jeans/pants. Leggings are fine, but skinnies - he makes a face when I put them on. 
Some people just hate change :) 

Top: Target
Sweater: Macy's
Corduroys: (they're navy!) Joe Fresh via ARC
Boots: Rackroom Shoes

This is what I wore yesterday. Not for very long - I went home with a bad headache and spent the rest of the day sleeping. I won't go in to detail, but I get bad headaches. Consistently. They get in the way of my life, which is very frustrating. 

Unrelated, what do we think of this sweater? I like the ruffles, and the buttons are crystal-type bling, but am afraid the sweater borders on Grandma clothes. Not that I have anything against Grandma clothes - I LOVE them (on Grandmas)! But, I'm not a Grandma. Or even a mother (yet). I can add some more pics of it to give you a better idea - I know you'll lose some sleep over this, big decision!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

(an unknown) Shopping Fast

I realize it's almost the middle of April, but so far this month I haven't bought any clothes or accessories (except some running shorts and socks the other day,
but those don't count) for myself. 

I know this might not seem like a big deal to some, but occasionally, I'll go weeks (months?) without buying anything, and then splurge.
Sometimes three times.
In a matter of days.

It's odd - I'll be doing just fine, and then all of a sudden I get the idea that "I NEED this!" into my head, and the shopping bug bites. And then, I can't get it out of my head. I'll hold on to the idea that I must buy SOMETHING, and will spend my money on something (anything!) I don't particularly love.
It's truly a waste of time and money.
And brain cells.

So, I realize I only have 16 more days to go, and the first 14 passed by pretty easily (since I didn't really know I was on a "shopping fast"), but sometimes saying things aloud (or typing them) makes them more real. And sometimes more difficult.

So, here's to not purchasing clothing or accessories for myself for the rest of the month of April!

I've got way too many clothes as it is...but really...

UPDATE: I just gave a friend of mine 4 dresses. Here's to also getting rid of things I don't wear!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Comfy in Pink


                     *he wanted his feet in the picture, too

I wore this on Friday to work. I thought about wearing something else (a bit dressier) but then I remembered it was Friday. And Fridays are the beginning of the weekend. So leggings & a sweatshirt-dress-type-thing it was!

Right after our "photoshoot," we went out for dinner at a local Cajun place, Mo Betta Gumbo. SO. GOOD. I got a Buffalo Shrimp Po' Boy, and my Mr. got Jambalaya. We were both very impressed, and will definitely eat there again.

See my "shadow" in almost every picture? He never strays too far from me on a walk. And our chic-a-dee isn't pictured, as she was stuck like glue to my photog. 

Sweatshirt: Walmart (old)
Leggings: Walmart (old)
Shoes: Coach via DSW

Friday, April 12, 2013

Chambray & a Maxi Skirt

I picked out this outfit before I went to bed. I get MUCH better results when I do that instead of standing in front of my closet in the morning, 2 minutes before I need to leave for work, 
saying "Ummm...I have nothing to wear..."

Chambray: thrifted
Maxi Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: WalMart
Shoes: Kohl's
Scarf: gift from Mama via Coldwater Creek (her favorite store)