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, Delias.com, 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!

tank~2014
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 Days...in 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, BlueFly.com, 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. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Levis, Pink Glasses, Wrist Candy, & Minnetonka Moccasins


Just a simple before and after here on this sunny Monday afternoon. I had a hankering to wear my holey Levi's skinny jeans today. While I was looking for just the right top, my lil' white riittastyle tee-shirt popped up and practically jumped out of the drawer. I had put on my white studded belt and thought that would be enough of an accessory. But no. My wrist felt empty, my feet wanted flair, and my eyes wanted to see better. So voila! In pic number 2 I have added wrist candy to my wrist, Minnetonka Moccasin booties to my feet, and pink and periwinkle glasses to my peepers. This little outfit went from safe to styled. :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Turning a Crummy Day into Cookie Crumbs


It's a bit of a blue Tuesday here in RJ Land. The sun is not shining and it's just a low-energy day. I haven't felt like doing much of anything. Even while working, I drift off into a comfy stare, looking at my chipping nail polish and thinking I should re-do them. But I don't. Or I'll find myself walking away from my laptop and the next thing you know I'm curling my hair--yet I never bothered to put make up on today. Ugh! I needed to snap out of my funk so I made myself bake cookies. Baking is usually one of the few things that can turn a bad day around and I must say, it didn't let me down! 


M&M cookies are my husband's favorite. It's a win-win situation here. I've turned my crummy day into productive cookie crumbs with a better mood and my husband will have a sweet treat waiting for him when he gets home. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wearing Layers from Minnesota to Florida


My sister's spare bedroom has been blogified! I was at her house last week when I snapped these little pics. This was the day we flew to Tampa. It was about 34 degrees in Minneapolis and 79 in Tampa so I figured layering was in order. I should have taken a snapshot of this camel-colored tunic without the black sweater, but I forgot. It is short-sleeved and linen-like. Planes are always chilly so I added this long black sweater. Minnesota is chillier than chilly so I also wore my furry-collared and cuffed denim jacket (fur is removeable). On my legs are my 'vinyl' leggings with geometric shapes and on my tootsies are my Steve Madden gold-studded boots. I was perfectly comfortable on the plane in this outfit. I figured I could ditch the sweater and jean jacket once in Florida. And, if need be, swap the boots for sparkly black flats. I do believe layering is the key to stress-free traveling. :)

~sweater-Target (2014)
~camel tunic-TJ Maxx (2010)
~denim jacket-Wet Seal (2003)
~leggings-H&M (2014)
~boots-Steve Madden, DSW (2012)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Power Orange and A Happy Breakfast


Step right up to a super yummy and colorful breakfast! My mom had brought some 'power oranges' over and man those things are tasty! It tastes like part grapefruit, part sweet orange. A delicious combo indeed! And do you see the rich color it has? Gorgeous! The orange is definitely the star of this meal but also on the plate are: eggs with ham, half an apple, and some gluten free toast. All surrounded by hearts of course. ;)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sliced-up Salvation Army Tee Shirt Scarf


Days like this I wonder why I don't have more yellow in my life! And I never would have thought I'd have a happy little yellow scarf wrapped around my neck either. And I bet this once-upon-a-time tee shirt never thought it would be sliced, diced, and sewn into a scarf! ;)



Yep, this little monkey used to be a tee shirt at Salvation Army. I saw it on the rack, saw the black wings and sparkles on it, and knew that I could make it into something else. And voila! I sliced it up, sewed some rainbow-colored cheetah ribbon to the edges and bam! It makes a cute infinity scarf.
And how about how it totally livened up this oh-so-boring outfit! There was no way I was going to go out in this ensemble the way it looks in pic 1 or 2. I'd rather watch bananas turn brown! I had a vision of yellow and remembered that this lil scarf was still upstairs with my sewing machine! All alone and forgotten! 



But not as lonely as it was when it was living at Salvation Army, hanging out with tee shirts that had no  dreams and no sense of adventure.



I love that there's silver shimmer, rhinestones, and wings all wrapped up in one scarf!



The wrist candy made for the cream on the banana cream pie of an outfit! What could be better than yellow but another dash of yellow! :) See my Salvation Army scarf video here!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Egg and Coconut Oil Hair Mask from Pinterest


Peek-a-boo! Who's under that towel? It's me! With a head full of sloppy, gloppy goo! My niece sent me a Pinterest pin about this egg/coconut oil hair mask and I decided to give it a whirl. I love eggs, love coconut oil, and love shiny hair. Why not?


I grabbed 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1/2 C of water and whisked them up.


I had melted the coconut oil in the microwave, but when mixed with the cool egg it instantly started to solidify and produced teeny tiny oil chunks throughout the mixture. Plus, the coconut oil has a slightly sweet scent and that made my egg mask concoction smell quite unpleasant. Once I got it all absorbed into my hair and secured underneath a towel, the stink became a distant memory.


Today's hair day was totally decent. I'm not sure if all the credit goes to the egg mask, for I did use my good-hair-day-in-a-bottle shampoo Wella Brilliance. But let's just say it was the mask. :)

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