Friday, March 6, 2015

DIY Long Necklace Display and Antler Art

I've been Pinspired! Leave it to Pinterest to present hundreds of ways to organize your jewelry, namely, your long necklaces that desperately need a home. While perusing Pinterest, I saw a beautiful collection of deer sheds clustered together and painted in bright, happy colors being used as a jewelry organizer and I thought, "Wait a second! I've seen these antler-type thingies in my husband's workshop in the garage..." I showed him the photo on Pinterest, we grabbed some paint and primer and a drill and got to work. Drilling tiny holes into bones isn't exactly my bag so I let my husband take care of that. I then sanded them down a bit and gave them 3 coats of white paint and primer. The trim in our bedroom is white so I chose to repeat that in my project. Then we connected all the pieces and hung my new necklace display on the wall. I love it! Not only does it give all my long necklaces a home and prevent them from getting tangled up, it looks like a sparkly work of art. A fun combo of nature's found objects and girly glam.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hearts On My Sleeve, And On My Baby Bump: Same Sweater Now and 1 Year Ago

Being pregnant has certainly changed some of my tastes, like loving mustard but turning my nose up at apples (that was during the first trimester--I do eat apples again.) But one taste that remains in tact is my love of hearts! I'm so happy that this grey comfy heart sweater still fits. Sure, it's being stretched a little but it seems to spring back to shape when I take it off.

Here's a not-pregnant photo of me wearing the heart sweater and faux fur vest and now, with the little cupcake in my oven. Still soft, heart-y, and furry!

This sweater has served me well! Thank you Target, from the bottom of my heart. :)

Sweater~Target, 2013
Faux fur vest~2013
Grey boots~DSW, 2012 (?)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I Bought An Actual Maternity Top...And Lived To Tell About It

I've done it. I didn't want to do it. But I had to do it. That's right--I gave in and bought an actual maternity top. I'm still wearing most of my non-pregnant clothes but there are days when I want to wear a shirt that I don't have to get creative with, adjust to fit the belly, or layer to get 'just right.' This maternity top is blissfully easy! A no-brainer! And it's still fun to wear. And, it happens to match my new black and white glasses perfectly, making it even more fun to wear. :)

~top, Target, 2014
~leggings, Target, 2014
~shoes, Me Too, 2010

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3-Dollar Dress: 1 Year Ago and Today~Styling My Baby Bump

 My baby belly and I had a 3+ hour car ride this past Saturday and I needed something to wear that was comfortable and cute. Enter my trusty 3-dollar dress from TJ Maxx! This little number is always here for me, come Fall. It's warm, stretchy, snug but not tight, and has fun dark green and black stripes. And the best part of all is that it fits my pregnant body! 

The photo on the right was taken almost exactly 1 year ago. As you can see I had added a black vest and was wearing different boots. I do believe I prefer how it looked this time around: no vest, sweater leggings, and cowboy boots instead of the gold-studded boots. But no matter how I accessorize this dress, it is always 100% comfortable. :)

~dress, TJ Maxx, 2009
~sweater leggings, Kmart, 2009
~cowboy boots, Born, 2013

Thursday, September 11, 2014

3D Kitty Tee: Baby Bumpin' Beneath the Glasses-Wearing Cat

Meow! I'm feeling catty today--kitty catty that is! I picked this blue tee up at Target and instantly fell in love with the glasses-wearing cat on the front. It wasn't until I tried it on and found that my baby bump popping underneath the shirt made the kitty's face 3D, and that I was head over heels in love! Sweet! And sold! The only thing missing from this outfit are my new black cat-eye glasses, which arrived a couple days after this photo was taken. Next time! :)

~blue kitty cat tee, Target, 2014
~blue skinnies, Target, 2013

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Safe" Sand and Gold Outfit "Saved" by Bling and a Baby Bump

Sand and gold are the star colors of today's outfit. This ensemble is great for days like today when I want to look put together yet not 'stand out.' What better color for not standing out than good ol' sand! In truth, I think the bling is what makes this look sing. Without it, I really would not wear this outfit. Just too safe for me.

Behold! The sparkly doughnut of wonder necklace, the blingy neutral beaded bracelet, and the wide beaded band bracelet. 

Ah ha! That's where my feet are! You can't see them very well but I have on my gold sandals. Just enough sparkle on the feet to round out the gold accents from the accessories. :) And speaking of round, Baby Girlie in my belly is all about standing out. ;)

~tank, Old Navy, new at Goodwill, 2011
~shorts, Converse, Target, 2010
~sandals, Coconuts, DSW, 2010

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

$3-Dollar Glitter Hoops and Matching Sparkle Nail Polish

Yay! This outfit is all about the tiny details. I LOVE matching my nail polish to an accessory (or accessories.) And the best part about these earrings and their sparkly teal counterpart? They were majorly inexpensive! I was browsing the nail polish section when I came upon this teal glittery polish. It jumped into my cart.

Then, I was casually strolling through the accessory department when I saw these teal sparkly hoop earrings! They were begging to come home with me and wanted to be paired with the matching polish. I couldn't resist! The polish was about 2 dollars and the earrings were on clearance for $3. So I went home with a $5-dollar outfit-sprucer-upper! You can't see it in the first pic, but the teal polish and earrings match the teal stripe in the rainbow on my Pink Floyd sweatshirt. Fun!

Cheap thrills a la teal sparkles! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby Bump Pops Over Sparkly Skirt

Everything is better with sparkles! Especially a skirt that you desperately need your pregnant belly to fit into for an August wedding you are going to attend. Thank goodness this bad boy has an elastic waist! It fit nice n' snug under my belly. And the top! My goodness, I was able to stretch it just enough so it would cover my tummy. All in all, I am pretty proud of this closet-shopped outfit. And so is Baby. :)

~skirt, Charlotte Russe, 2010
~silky black top,, 2005
~heels, Nine West, 2010

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cotton Candy Popcorn Tank, White Shorts, and Hot Day Hair-Do

This top makes me think of cotton candy-flavored popcorn. Not that I've ever had that particular flavor but I imagine that this is what it would look like. The sun is shining bright and hot and here is the outfit I chose to keep me and baby cool. Still rocking the non-maternity wear, knock on wood! The nice thing is, when it comes to shorts and jeans, I don't have a problem fitting into them because the waist on them sits so low already. They fasten right under my belly! Very handy. Tops are a little trickier. I don't mind stretching them over my tummy to fit, as long as they do not ride up and require constant adjusting. No problem with this little tank. Comfy, cool, and covers the belly. :) And speaking of cool, this hair-do is one of 2 standby hot-day hair fixes that I employ on warm days. Easy, bouncy, and off the neck!

white shorts~2011

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pink and White Polka Dot Nails with Pajamas to Match

So, normally what seems to happen is I get inspired by an outfit and paint my fingernails to match. Well that's not the case on this sunny summer Saturday! I painted my nails pink, white, and polka-dotted a few days ago. After seeing the happy polka dots on my fingertips for a couple days I got the hankering to wear my pink and white polka dotted PJs! 

My fun little nails inspired not an outfit, but a pajama change-up! These jammies are one of my favorite sets of pajamas. And speaking of favorite, I am sporting my new favorite accessory as well! My baby bump! Also pictured, my favorite glass for drinking water.

This glass was a gift from my sister several years ago. Drinking water seems like less of a chore when it comes out of a happy little glass. :) A happy glass to go with happy jammies and nails.

polka dot PJs~gift

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Florida Flair Dress--Bump Style

This dress had me at hello. I bought it at a cute little boutique in Florida this past Spring. I fell in love with all the different colors and patterns. The skirt looks like 2-dozen unique silky scarves. At the time of purchase, I did not have a bun in the oven. But I was pleasantly surprised that this little number fits nicely right over the bump.

Not only does the fabric flow smoothly over my new belly, it is soft and comfortable. Comfy is a key word in my pregnancy vocab. Comfy with flair of course. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Same Hollister Tank, Different Belly

Well well well! I was going to post only this above photo when I came across this one (below) as I was scrolling. Same shirt, different belly! I have enjoyed wearing clothes that I can shop for in my closet even while pregnant. I hope I can keep squeezing into them for a few more months because not only is it fun, it is a major money saver. For the current pic, I've paired my Hollister stretchy tank with blue beads from Goodwill and my sparkly doughnut necklace. 

In this pic it looks like I went for wrist candy instead of neck bling. But I was rocking my standard summer easy 'do even then: the side braid. This was about 1 year ago. Memories! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Styling My Baby Bump: My New Favorite Accessory!

I have a new favorite accessory that I love so much, I wear it every day and will continue to do so until the end of the year! It's round, cute, and fun to dress! My baby bump! This is truly the one style-changer that money can't buy and it is simply the best. I love a challenge, and boy (or girl) it has been quite the feat (now I'm picturing little baby feet) working with my non-pregnant wardrobe. But I'm making it work! With a little creativity, 'smoke in mirrors' (aka wearing layers), and embracing my changing shape, I am having a ball styling my little belly! The outfit in this picture is one that I bought in 2012 and I had never worn it until now. Believe it or not, I was a little self-conscious about the skirt looking too tight on my butt! And that was two years ago! But now that I'm pregnant and things are popping out that have never popped out before (belly, booty, boobs), I feel like showing it off instead of hiding it. Bring on the tightness! My clothes are just going to keep on getting tighter anyway. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Watermelon Manicure

What is more summery than watermelon? I'll tell you what--a watermelon manicure! I painted on these 10 little melons yesterday and it is just like having juicy little fruit candies on each finger tip. Not only does having watermelon fingernails make me crave real watermelon slices, it also makes me want those Sour Patch Watermelon chews. I LOVE those things.

To create these watermelon nails, I first painted my nails in "24/7" by Sinful Colors. Then I painted a white stripe across the cuticle area to make the green pop. The green is "Kiwi Cool-Ada" by China Glaze. And for the seeds, I dipped the end of a bobby pin into "Black on Black" by Sinful Colors and dotted the tiny seeds on. I topped it all off with a coat of Sally Hansen super-shiny strengthening top coat. I have to go eat some watermelon now. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sunny a Sesame Street-Inspired Top

 Summer is finally here! How do I know for sure? Because it's warm enough to wear my favorite 4-tiered billowy top! This fluffy little cami reminds me of the Sesame Street trash can my sister and I had in our room growing up--colorful, multi-patterned, and fun! This top is about 4 years old though, so not nearly as old as that cute garbage can from yesteryear. 

I think these ankle bling sandals are just the ticket when it comes to balancing out all the pops of color in the top by bringing some much-needed color to my tootsies. And, the chains and ribbons around the ankle repeat the bling factor of my jewel-tone cuff! This is indeed my happiest summer outfit. I think the folks at Sesame Street would approve. :)

top~Target, $3, 2010
jean shorts~BKE, $20
ankle bling sandals~Zigi, 2012

Friday, April 25, 2014

Blue Fly Top, Pre-Owned Chain Scarf, and Flannel from Ragstock

Yippy! Friday is finally here! Today would be perfect if only there wasn't a fresh dusting of white stuff on the ground! But there's nothing I can do about that...All I can do is dress accordingly! I am wearing an off-the-shoulder top from Blue Fly that usually spends most of its time nestled in my drawer. The reason for this is that I can't stand the feeling of fabric falling off my shoulder! It's unnatural to me. Yet, I like how the shirt looks and I don't want it to go to waste. Enter my black and white flannel! Not only does this little guy warm up this off-the-shoulder top but it also aids in keeping it from constantly sliding off my shoulder! My favorite part of this ensemble is this hot pink chain scarf.

I like how it repeats the pink curve in my shirt, both in shape and color.

And for the final pop of pink, I have Flashy Fushia (Sally Hansen) polish on my nails. What white stuff? ;)

~pink/grey top,, 2012
~pink chain scarf, Cinderella's Closet, 2013
~black coated jeans, TJ Maxx, 2013
~grey boots, DSW, 2009 (?)
~black/white flannel, Ragstock, 2009

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pink Flower Pin Girl-i-fies Camo Jacket

Happy Hump Day! I'm always glad when we make it to Wednesday. It means we made it through Monday. And Tuesday. Sometimes Monday and Tuesday together seem like one long, giant, Monday.  For today's closet shopping I was really feeling baby pink. The color of this sweater gave me a little extra spring in my step which was much needed, as today is another white-skied and chilly April day. I was heading out for errands this morning and needed a little jacket so I added my camo jackie. I LOVE adding camo to girly colors like pink. And what I LOVE even more is adding girly accessories to camo! Take a look at this next pic!

I added my multi-color/shimmer scarf and my beloved pink flower pin! Now this is girly! With just a tiny bit of an edge from the camouflage...

I love this pin. I bought it at a consignment furniture shop of all places. I went there looking for a chair and left with this pin and 3 cupcake aprons! I knew I had to buy this sparkly little pin. At the time, I thought it would just look pretty in my jewelry box (which I was perfectly ok with). But now! It has purpose! It plays a very important role in girlifying this camo jacket. :)

~pink sweater, Hollister, 2011
~camo jacket, LA Kitty, 2010
~jeans, Target, 2013
~scarf, Urban Outfitters, 2005
~pin, consignment shop, 2011
~boots, DSW, 2010

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Consignment Coogi Jeans and Vintage Gap Jacket

What a great way to celebrate the end of tax season! Well, perhaps we should celebrate the beginning of a new season--Spring! True, it's April 15 and it's only 30 degrees outside. But the sun feels like Spring sun and the stars at night look like Spring stars. Today's outfit is layered and fun, with years of age differences between some of the pieces! This coral pink starry sweater is from Target (2012) and, while I'd prefer not to cover it with a jacket, this crispy Spring weather is forcing me to. But that's okay because it means I can wear this 'used' cinch-waist Gap camel jacket (Cinderella's Closet, 2011). I think the camel and pink make a cool combo. The pink helps the camel to not take itself so seriously. :) And the camel echoes the goldish bursts of color in my embroidered and patched Coogi jeans (consignment,2011). And no outfit is complete without...accessories! I popped on my multicolor/shimmery scarf from Urban outfitters (2005), old silver hoops from 100 years ago, and some wrist candy mostly from Goodwill. :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Black Basics from Delia's, TJ Maxx, and Target

Just look at that bright burst of Spring popping through the window! Ok, I may have punched up the green factor in this pic but only to make the tree look the way it should look this time of year. ;) I was really feeling black this morning. No, I was not in a dark mood but in the mood for dressing dark! I grabbed this silky little top from Delia's, threw a Calvin Klein black cami underneath it, and popped on my black Target leggings. My feet also wanted to be invited to this dressing-dark party so I put on my black cowgirl boots. I figured this outfit could use some bling so I slung my gold-chained purse over my shoulder and called it good. Classic black and gold. How can you go wrong.

black top~Delia's, 2003
black cami~TJ Maxx, 2004
black leggings~Target, 2014
cowgirl boots~2013
gold-chain purse~TJ Maxx, 2013

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Jeggings and 1960 Cardigan

Old, older, and oldest! There are oodles of oldies in this closet shopping outfit. I bought the sparkly minty teal belt at Goodwill a couple years ago, the emerald/teal silk cami was 'used' but with the tags still on it, and the beadwork cardigan is from a vintage shop that I visited back in 1999! 

The only new pieces are the white cami, the black stonewashed jeggings, and the cowgirl boots. I like pairing the 'now' stonewashed jeggings and cowgirl boots with the 'then' cardigan (I'm guessing this puppy is from the 1960s). Age is just a number, especially when it comes to clothes. :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Borderline Crop Top and a Side Ponytail

Pink, purple, and a side ponytail are a recipe for happiness--at least in my book. Today is another overcast, chilly-ish April day so I felt it was imperative to wear some happy colors to make up for the lack of sun. This little top is borderline cropped so I put on an extra cami underneath to give it a tad bit more length. Then I bundled up with a long skinny cardigan and my black cowgirl boots. Easy as pink n' purple pie. :)

~top, TJ Maxx
~sweater, Target
~leggings, Target
~wrist bling, gift gift and gift :)

You can watch my video on today's closet shopping outfit here!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dressing Rich on a Frugal Fashionista Budget: Charles David to H&M to Goodwill

I am so PUMPED about today's closet shopping outfit! I bought these boots 2 weeks ago and thought that I would have to buy something new to wear them with. Turns out, I already had the perfect outfit to go with the boots and never had the right footwear to wear with it! This is incredible. Just incredible! But here's the really sweet thing about these boots: they are Charles David leather/suede brand new, never-been-worn knee-high boots...that retail for $500! That's not the good news. The good news is that I got them for 20 bucks at Goodwill! When my girlfriend told the cashier that together she and I had just picked up over $1000-worth of clothes and shoes (my friend bought a $400 Nanette Lapore jacket for $8) the cashier looked as though she had just seen two frugal fashionista ghosts! 

I always say the outfit is in the details so here are the main players. Along with my H&M leggings and Miss Me top, I also wore a blush/grey bamboo scarf (pre-owned, $10), ginormous hoop earrings (Goodwill, $3), and my blush-colored pleather ruffle jackie (Target, $30). This jacket and these boots go hand in hand! Or, should I say 'cuff in foot'...:)

You can check out my "How To Look Rich on a Goodwill Budget"  video and my style philosophy thoughts here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cheetah Prints: Still Winterizing My Clothes on The First Day of April

I bet you didn't know that I was one of a set of quadruplets! And still, after all these years, we love to dress exactly alike. :) But let's get down to business. The business of cheetah prints and warming them up for this sunny yet chilly first day of April! As I've said before, I am not one to pack away my summer clothes just because winter has arrived. What do I do? I winterize them! For today's outfit, I started out with my cheetah heart tank. Brrr. So I added my mini cheetah sweatshirt. Better. But still a little brrr. I popped on my Mr. Rogers sweater to add a major warmth factor. And finally, I added my hot pink cashmere scarf. No, the outfit doesn't need it, but I am heading out soon and don't want a cold neck. Even during these pretend-Spring days, go ahead and warm up your summer wear or cool down your winter duds. You will see your wardrobe expanding before your very eyes.

I will admit this is my favorite part of the outfit--the cheetah ring! The heart-shaped soul mate to my cheetah tank...

See my Cheetah Layers video here!

Monday, March 31, 2014

'I Miss You' by Sinful Colors Packs a Major Punch of Sparkle

The name of this nail polish (by Sinful Colors) is quite fitting: I Miss You. It's fitting because it's been a week since I painted my nails last and I MISSED painting them! I picked this sparkly purple polish up last week when I was grocery shopping. I used to buy myself a magazine as a 'treat' for doing the big household grocery outing but for the past year it's been nail polish. I don't buy a bottle every time but when a color speaks to me, as this one did, I pop it into the cart and have an extra spring in my step.

First I painted on 2 coats of Sinful Colors 'Fig', then I applied 2 coats of 'I Miss You.' Here's what I love about 'I Miss You'--It actually looks as good on the nails as it does in the bottle! I've found that a lot of sparkly polishes, once applied, are pretty thin and the sparkles are sparse. Not with this stuff! You get mega multi-faceted sparkle with each stroke. And the sparkles aren't just plain silver and gold. No way. There are flecks of magenta and subtle emerald in there! 

I love this color. This is what my nail polish collection has been missing! :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where's My Tutu Again?

You know on the old What Not To Wear intro where there was that sign that said 'no mini skirts over...' (a certain age)? HOGWASH! Because if that were true, that would mean that tutus wouldn't be allowed either. And that, to me, would be completely unacceptable. No, I'm not over that 'certain age' yet, but I will be someday and I will never, ever believe in or fall for such a silly rule. And I hope other women don't fall for those crappy style-and-age rules either. Those rules were made up by women who abhor fashion rather than adore fashion. Well, stick with me! It's tutu time! 

This little tulle treat has been lofting in my closet since 2009. It's only been worn once before. Haha, I wore it bowling! Gotta love that...Anyway, I wanted to girlify my lounge-like outfit pictured to the left. Ok, a sweater adorned with hot pink hearts already qualifies as girly but the boring yoga pants just weren't doing it for me. I simply popped the tutu over my leggings, pinned both braids up and away, and swapped my sparkle flats for my black cowgirl boots. Instant girlification with a splash of glam! Mr. Man and I are outta here! I shall tip toe through the snow in my tutu. :)


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