Getting inspired...slowly...

This past weekend I decided to go through my closet. First it was just to pull out my summer clothes and make sure I had all my fall/winter clothes out. But then it turned into a more "cleansing" process of items of clothing I never wear, are to small, or simply look bad on me.

I'd really like to see my closet become more cohesive. I'd like to see it portray my style and fashion sense (what little I my posses) and keep to colors and silhouettes that are flattering to me. Since I don't have the money to go out and buy a new wardrobe right now, I thought I'd first let myself get inspired. I've started clipping out magazines of colors and shapes and styles that I really love. My bulletin board is very small, but here is what I have so far.

The top I've posted twice now (what I call my batwing top) I was inspired to buy after clipping out the picture of that black top on the bottom left hand corner of my bulletin board. That cashmere top you can get at Macy's for $99. I think my version of it from Target was a much better deal:) Granted, it's not cashmere, but I am a mom with a young toddler, so why spend big bucks on an item I need to be able to throw in the wash?
I've found the colors I'm drawn to in magazines are black, white, gray, red and yellow. I love dark colored nail polish and simple but statment making belts and other accessories. This is all becoming very fun and exciting. I feel like I've started a treasure hunt quest of sorts. A treasure hunt to find my sense of style/fashion and bring it out in what I buy and wear. Fun!


Nic on Hiatus

So after talking it over with Missi, I've decided that it is time for me to stop posting for a while. She'll keep the blog updated from time to time, but I am going to be on break. I feel like I've reached the end of what I can really do with the clothes in my closet right now, and don't want to keep posting outfits just to post them. I've been so inspired by all the style blogs out there that focus on learning how to be stylish instead of fashionable, and I'm realizing that I really haven't figured out what "stylish" is for me yet. This is why I plan on taking some time through the fall and winter to really determine what my style is. I'll be reshaping my wardrobe into something more cohesive and streamlined with "my" style in it. When I feel like I'm wearing something that is my style, I'll post it. Otherwise, I won't waste your time or my time!


I haven't done my hair yet - so ignore that...and yes, it is really too cold to wear this dress without tights and a sweater, but frankly I don't have tights that would really work with this dress right now, nor do I have a sweater that will work. To top it off, I worked up a sweat today, and would rather stay cool and just don a heavy coat when going outside, then to be too warm in the house right now. So that's that.

I am seriously considering on quitting this blog, too. Hmmm....

Dress - B.Moss - $7.50
Belt - Gap - $24.50
Boots - Aerosoles - $29

Going to MOPS

I know I just wore this top on Sunday, but I decided to wear it again today. I try to dress up or at least dress nice on MOPS days. I don't always have excuses to look nice when I'm just home doing nothing. So I love days when I get to have a good excuse!
Black Top ~ Target $20
Corduroy Skirt ~ Ann Taylor Loft $16
Shoes ~ Kohls $? (I think $20)
Necklace ~ Kohls $5
Earrings ~ Premier Jewelry $19
Bracelet ~ gifted


Going to a church thing

Black bat wing top ~ Target $20
Khaki pants ~ Target $20
Brown booties ~ Payless $34
Necklace ~ Kohls $5
Bracelet ~ Gifted
Earrings ~ Premier Jewelry $19
Velvet headband ~ Ann Taylor $3

p.s. I know this pic looks like I have to go to the bathroom...but I don't. The others I took came out blurry, aw well.

Purple shoes

T-shirt - Forever 21 - $3.50
Tank top - Kohl's - $3.99
Tights - ?
Purple alligator platform sandals - Old Navy - $8.49
Silver skirt - Old Navy - $4.49
Teal bead earrings - Kohl's - $.80
Belt - Target - $3.74


Keeping the poufy hair

I slept on my ratty hair last night and woke up with my hair looking like this...not bad, so I thought I'd keep it for the day! Maybe I should sleep on teased up high hair every night!

Dress - Old Navy - $4.99
Leggings - Gap - $5.99
Belt - Kohl's - $2.40
Flats - Ann Taylor Loft - $3.88
Beads - Macy's - $4.99
Cuff bracelet - Claire's - $1.00


Governor Sarah Palin

Our church is holding a "Hallelujah Fest", which includes a costume contest. So I thought, why not? I wear my hair a lot like Gov. Palin anyhow, and I can show off how much cheaper I can do her look, too. GOP eat your heart out. Who needs Saks?

Blazer - thrifted - $6
Specs - Family Dollar reading glasses (popped the lenses out so I could see) - $5
Skirt - thrifted - $6
Red camisole - Ebay - $1
Red patent peeptoe pumps - Target - $6.74
Pearl earrings - gifted
Shotgun - my husband's

Off to the bookstore

Gap outlet sweater ~ $17
Black belt ~ Taken from my Ann Taylor green dress
Black skirt ~ Target $5
Tights ~ Nordstroms rack $4
Peep toe shoes ~ Kohls $?


Wet hair and a turtleneck tunic sweater

Sweater - Kohl's - $9
Jeans - Macy's - $4.99
Red suede mary jane pumps - Aerosoles - $29
Teal beads - Kohl's - $1


All about hair

I'm kind of in love with my diffuser attachment on my blow dryer. I don't have curly hair naturally and so I never think to use the attachment. But lately I haven't really wanted to style my hair. So I've just been washing it, spraying on some curling gel and then blow drying it with my diffuser attached.
I bought this curling gel spray for my daughters hair (who has wavy locks) but apparently it works pretty good on gals who don't have curly hair.
This picture doesn't really do justice (lol, I think) to how wavy my hair looks to me right now. All I did was wash it, spritz it and blow dry. Can you see the waves?

At the office...Wednesday

Blouse - Ann Taylor via garage sale - $1.00
Pearls - garage sale - $1.00
Pearl earrings - gifted
Silk skirt - Old Navy - $4.49
Tights - hand-me-down
Pumps - gifted


Green and mustard

Top~ Ann Taylor Loft $20
Skirt ~ Ann Taylor Loft $16
Flats ~ Store in TX $14
Earrings ~ Walmart $2


Follow up on cutting your own hair

I originally posted about this here and promised pictures - which I have only recently obtained! Below I have cut and paste the 6 steps I posted earlier, but included corresponding photos. The model is a friend, so I'm not actually cutting my own hair here, but hopefully it will give you a better idea than when I first posted about this. Being that I was cutting the hair, and also taking the pictures...I'm not sure that these pictures are really that helpful, but it was the best I could do. Hope it helps!

1. I started with freshly washed hair and then combed it through. I parted it down the middle and put each side over each shoulder. Then I brushed half of her hair forward onto her face and cut an upside down "U" shape around her face, keeping the shortest edge to right about her lip.

2. Then I pulled the sides forward and cut a vertical line framing the face. This is what creates the layers that shape around her face.

3. After that, I took sections of hair from behind her ears to her forehead and pulled them straight up above her head and cut what would end up being a U-shape with all the sections I pulled up.
4. If you were cutting your hair yourself, you would then comb all your hair over your head and bend over. In my case, I cut an inch off the handful of all my hair that was combed across my head and onto my face. I cut it about six inches away from my forehead.

[I forgot to take a picture of this step since my technique is different when cutting someone else's hair. Shoot. Sorry!]

5. The last step was combing her hair out and again parting it down the middle. In my friend's case, I just cut a U-shape in the back in small sections, starting with the under layer of her hair and working outwards. If you cut the bottom layer slightly shorter and gradually make each outer layer longer, then you will cause the hair to bend under at the ends, instead of the blunt cut, which would cause the hair to lay straight (if you have straight hair). If you are cutting your own hair, you pull half your hair over one shoulder, and the other half over the other shoulder, and then cut however many inches off the length you desire. When you brush your hair back, it will have a nice U-shape.

6. To make sure it all blended I just combed sections away from her face and trimmed any stray hairs as I brushed it out and matched the length on either side of her head.

[with my friend, I also pulled bangs forward and brushed them to the side before cutting them around her face.]
And the finished product.
I used Nioxin hair volumizer and texturizer and CitreShine shine serum before I blew it dry with a vent brush. Lastly, I just touched up the ends with a curling iron.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Brown and poppy

After seeing this picture I think I should have raised the necklace to make it a little higher on my neck.

Brown shirt - H&M - $5
Skirt - J.Crew - $19.99
Boots - Aerosoles - $29
Necklace - gifted


Some things I wouldn't mind for Christmas

This past friday I spent the whole day doing Christmas shopping for my family. While I did buy a new shirt and a new skirt for myself, for the most part I focused on things I was getting for other people. However, while browsing the mall I did come across a few things I really wanted to buy right then an there for myself.
So I thought I'd post a few of my favorites:)
This adorable hat I found at The Limited, I think it was around $24 and I tried it on in black. So cute!

I don't wear slips often, but when I do I usually need to wear them with a dress. I have a nice black dress slip but when I saw this pale pink slip at Victoria Secret I defiantly fell in love.

I wish I had time to have tried this black dress on at Forever 21 (as I tend to wear much larger sizes at that store then else where), because for only $22 this black dress seems like it should be a must in any wardrobe.

I need and want more scarves! Again I found this at Forever 21 for I think only $7!!

I'm kind of on an Ann Taylor Loft kick right now since they are having such great sales. This outfit I'd love to own. Nothing to fantastic about it but so simple, elegant and easy to wear. I think this is a great "Mom running errands" outfit, or even to go meet girlfriends for lunch.

Anyway, there are some wish list items for me!


I did my hair in a bun today. I never wear my hair in a bun. I think the last time I did I was about 6 and going to ballet class. But, today I felt like wearing a bun.
Gray sweater ~ Old Navy gifted
Black t-shirt ~ Target $7
Black slacks ~ Target $20
Red pumps ~ gifted
Gray knee highs ~ Nordstroms Rack $5

New fun dress

I just got this dress and thought it was a fun dress for fall/winter. The loose fit and pockets make it very comfortable! Unfortunately, in the dressing room, I thought the extra-small looked a little too snug around my hips and opted for the small. After I got home, I realized I probably should have gotten the smaller size, since this one is so loose on my hips, it makes me look even wider! Nonetheless, it will be perfect with leggings, boots, sweaters, and tights. The fabric is really thick, so it is really warm.

Dress - Express - $14
Tights - hand-me-down
Pumps - gifted
Necklace - Macy's $4.99


Today's pic

Top ~ Ann Taylor Loft $20
Jeans ~ JCP $17
Dankso clogs
Headband ~ ?

Two shades of purple

I am pleased to report that I had to add a jacket to my ensemble today because I was "cold"! lol! Yes, it is supposed to be only 61 today!

Purple t-shirt dress - Macy's - $4.99
Periwinkle wool scarf - gifted
Periwinkle drop earrings - gifted
Jean jacket - Hydraulic - gifted
Suede boots - Aerosoles - $29


Cooling off

It's finally cooling off...for how long, I don't know, but today the high is supposed to be in the mid-sixties, so I feel it is ok today to wear permanent long sleeves.

Yellow Dress - B.Moss (hemmed by me) - $7.50
Brown suede wedge boots - Aerosoles - $29
Turquoise t-shirt - Kohl's - $8
Belt - Gap - $24.50
Bag - garage sale - $2
Mustard hoop earrings - B.B. Peppers - $0.25


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What I wore Today

White polo ~ Gap gifted
Navy Cropped Jacket ~ Macy's $10
Denim Jeans ~ Gap $15
Booties ~ Payless $34



Finding the right outfit when it is 50 degrees in the morning and 80 degrees during the day is proving to be difficult. I guess I need to buy more clothes that can be layered. Hopefully this will work for me today.

Sweater - Garage sale - $2
Skirt - J.Crew (Ebay) - $3
Suede boots - Aerosoles - $29
White tank - Hanes - $9.99
Hoop earrings - $1


Nothing to exciting

Since there really isn't anything that great about my outfit today, I thought I'd try to pose a little differently. lol
Okay, so maybe that is a little freaky. Here is some more normal.
Black and white T-shirt ~ Old Navy $5
Cardigan ~ Kohls $24
Jeans ~ JCP $17
Canvas flats ~ L U brand at Marshalls $4

Bermuda Shorts

Again it is supposed to be hot today - 85 degrees! So much for fall dressing...

Sweater - Target - $3.74
Bermuda shorts - Ann Taylor (garage sale) - $1.00
Wedge sandals - Target - $6.74
Necklace - Macy's - $4.99


New bag

I just got this bag at a garage sale for $2! I love it!

Shirt - Express (thrifted) - $4
Tank - J.Crew - $4
Jeans - Old Navy - $7
Pumps - Target - $6
Earrings - gifted



Blue cardigan - BCBG (thrifted) - $7
Black skirt - My Michelle (thrifted) - $7
Nude pumps - Target - $6
White cami - Hanes - $9.99
Scarf - vintage - gifted
White gold earrings - gifted

My New Dress

While out running errands yesterday I had to stop by Ann Taylor Loft to check out there 60% off sale. It was pretty early and no one else seemed to be out. So I had the sales ladies full attention. One lady, in particular took it upon herself to dress me. She kept suggesting outfits and tops and shirts, but all of them were full price (I never buy full price, lol). She finally caught on that I was only interested in sales so she pulled out this Emerald green dress and said "this color would look very nice on you, I really think you should try this on". So. I did.

She told me it would look best if I could wear a black sweater belted over the sleeveless dress and "pair it with tall boots". Well, I don't have tall boots, but I did find a sweater on sale at Kohls. So, here is my new outfit.

Black sweater by Daisy Fuentes $24
Emerald dress ~ Ann Taylor loft $49
Diamond Earrings ~ Gifted
Black T-Strap pumps by Ellemenno ~ $?
The belt came with the dress


Answer to a reader question...

By the way I layered my hair in the front as per your instructions, and it turned out great. I think I kind of all ready knew where to start but having your expertise helped me actually go ahead and do it. I love it, and I saved a bunch of cash. One more hair question: How do you tease your hair at the crown, when I do it it looks terrible and very messy, yours looks so smooth. Thanks!

That is awesome that you cut your own hair! Good job! We'd love to see a picture!

The trick that I've found to work is to over tease. I tease all the way around my head, the top side part, the crown, and right up to behind my bang. Then I brush it smooth all over. While right after I've teased my hair looks punk rocker huge, the brushing tames it down so that what I'm left with is the right amount of teasing. Also, the more you tease, the longer it will stay. Usually I use a touch of hairspray just right at the crown to hold it in.

Even still, I find that some days I just can't get it to look smooth and on those days I just wear it flat. It gets tricky getting just the right amount of volume and smoothness.

Black and pink

These shorts are the coolest. I found them in the girls section at Target. The fabric has a lot of texture making this perfect for fall. The coolest thing about them is they have an adjustable waist on the inside of the shorts (you don't see it adjusting on the outside). So since little girl clothes usually have a large waist, all I had to do was adjust the waist on the inside of the shorts to fit my womanly figure. So cool!

The necklace I'm wearing in the first picture was what I started the outfit out in, but after hitting a few garage sales this morning I found this amazing black and pink chain and pearl necklace that worked perfectly with this outfit, and switched out the necklaces.
Beret - gifted
Sunglasses - Dolce & Gabana knockoffs - lost and found
Top - Target - $3.24
Jean jacket - Hydraulic - gifted
Pink necklace in first picture - Kohl's - $1
Necklace in second picture - garage sale - $1
Shorts - Target (girl's section) - $3.24
Tights - hand-me-down
Black suede wedge boots - JCPenney - $9.99