I thought I smiled for this pic...oh well...

Here's the smile part. ;-)

Hmmm...I'm loving my new house. :-) Where we were living before was temporary, and we've finally settled. It feels so good to be settled.

Top - Wal-Mart - $3
Cami - thrifted - $.50
Jeans - H&M - $20
Pumps - Target - $5
Earrings - Kohl's - $7
Pearl necklace - gifted



I wore this outfit last winter, so some of you may have already seen this.

Corduroys - J.Crew Factory Store - $15
Pumps - Target - $5
Cream knit top - Elle for Kohl's - gifted
Bead necklace - Premier Jewelry - gifted
Chain - JCPenney - $.50
Pearl and chain necklace - thrifted - $1
Gold necklace - thrifted - $1


Another dress giveaway

This one is fabulous!!

Ladies who lunch dress giveaway

Dress Giveaway!

Finally back

We moved to our new house over the weekend, so I didn't get around to posting. This is what I wore for choir on Sunday afternoon.

Top - Kohl's - $6
Sweater - Macy's - $5
Jeans - Express - $20
Boots- Aerosoles - $30
Earrings - gifted
Bag - Coach - gifted


Red hair?

I'm going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding in a few weeks, and thought I better fix my ever growing dark roots in my hair before I appeared in wedding photos. Thinking I'd go the cheap route, I bought a couple of boxes of semi-permanent color in the lightest brown I could find, so as to avoid a deep dark brown that just isn't my natural color. When it dried, it looked red in sunlight!
It settled down to a brown color throughout the day and I am now back to my brown hair color - no more blonde highlights!

Sweater - BCBG (thrifted) - $6
Belt - Gap - $24.50
Brown polka dot shirt - hand-me-down from lil sis
Pearls - thrifted - $1
Boyfriend jeans - J.Crew (Ebay) - $2
T-strap pumps - Aerosoles - $29
Russian Red lipstick - MAC


Pink skirt

It's a warm day today - well, warm for this area and this time of year! It is supposed to get up to 64 degrees! I thought it was a good day for a skirt.
Skirt - J.Crew - hand-me-down from lil sis
Boots - Aerosoles - $29
Gray tights - Target (little girl's section) - $2
Gray cable knit sweater - Target - $3
Necklace - Kohl's - gifted
Mustard yellow stud earrings (to match the mustard yellow charm in the necklace) - B.P. Peppers - $.25



Hat - hand-me-down
Sweater - gifted
Corduroy skirt - Tommy Hilfiger - $7
Tights - Target - $5
Pumps - target - $5
Belt - Gap - $24.50
Chain necklace - JCPenney - $.50
Colored necklace - Premier Jewelry - gifted
Pearl and chain necklace - thrifted - $1



Jacket - thrifted - $3.50
Top - Simply Vera for Kohl's - gifted
Leather shoes - tarhet - $7
Jeans - Express - $19
Big bead, long strand of pearls (roped twice) - thrifted - $1
Small bead long strand (roped three times) - thrifted - $1
Several strands different sizes with brooch - thrifted - $1
Tweed cap - I can't remember
Pearl earrings - gifted
Cocktail ring (not pictured) - thrifted - $.25

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

Another design for the Shabby Apple dress design contest...

I thought I would design a black and white dress - (I'm calling Diana). A black and white dress is now almost as important to a modern wardrobe as the classic LBD, so I couldn't help but add one into the mix.
Specifications for the Diana:
  • The neckline/shawl piece of the dress would be a white cotton cady
  • The body of the dress would be a black cotton cady
  • My inspiration for this dress was remembering designs I used to love when I was a little girl (we're talking 6 years old). For some reason, as a 6-year old I was enthralled with dresses with shawl-like collars. I wanted to re-work the look into something modern, and the Diana dress was what I came up with.
Here is a dress that I really am not entering, as it isn't a dress that would appeal to many women, but thought it would be a fun party dress for a preteen - the Amy dress:
Specifications for the Amy dress:
  • The skirt would be layers of icy pink, peach, and cream tulle
  • The waist would be a pale pink satin - like from a ballet slipper. In the back it would be tied into a sash
  • The shoulder fabric that is tucked into the satin bodice would be the same layers of tulle from the skirt
  • The inset of lace at the neckline would be an off-white/cream color
  • My inspiration is from my childhood neighbor friend, Amy. When Amy and I were little girls we would dream of being ballerinas one day. We both moved away when we were about 8 years old, and just recently found each other on Facebook. Much to my surprise, I found out that Amy really had become a ballerina! This dress is in honor of her.


Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

I have been putting off announcing the Dare to Design Shabby Apple contest until I could produce a design of my own, that is until I found out that every contestant is not limited to submitting just one dress! Now that the pressure is off to design just one amazing dress, I am feeling free to announce the contest to all my competitors along with the first three designs I've created.

So here is the announcement:

How exciting is that??? I'm stoked, but I REALLY want to win. In fact, I want to win so much that I really am hoping none of you enter! LOL! Just kidding!

So on to my first design, which I'm calling the "Matilda Dress":

Specifications for the Matilda:
  • I picture this dress in a variety of spring colors such as cherry red, salmon pink, candy apple green, and cream
  • The fabric should be a soft jersey with the draping on top to be the same fabric you would see in a Herve Leger bandage dress
  • I don't have a picture of the back of the dress (will get to that soon), but I'd like the "bandage" work to mirror the front, but flip flopped...in other words, the bandage look would continue around the dress
  • My inspiration was from watching old 1940's and 1950's movies. I wanted to combine a vintage look with something modern - (modern being the bandage look Herve Leger created)

My second submission will be called the Florence:

Specifications of the Florence dress:
  • This dress should be made with a gauzy feeling silk or a light chiffon
  • I want it to be a print - something watercolor in either light pastels or neutrals
  • I want the belt to be a cognac colored leather belt
  • My inspiration for this dress was the spring wind. I wanted to create something with movement. The dress flows with the wind, but is then anchored by a stiff hard belt - just like the wind in spring usually carries with it some leftover stiff hard winter

My third submission for the day I will call the Charlie dress:

The specifications for the Charlie dress are:
  • The material should be an opaque, heavy silk
  • The colors should be either a geometric print in yellow and gray or be a bright pink (a very trendy color this year)
  • The line at the hips is only a seam
  • Since it is a scoop neck, I don't want any zippers on the dress
  • My design inspiration was from a Project Runway episode. I was inspired by all the new modern lines the contestant designers were using for their dresses and wanted to incorporate a new, modern seam into a design of my own

So that's it for now. I'll hopefully get some more designs up later!

Good luck on designing your own dress!

Fitness line at Shabby Apple

Fall line of maternity dresses at Shabby Apple!


Office Wear

Wore this today to a conference at my husband's office.

Slacks - Macy's - gifted
Vest - Macy's - $9
Shirt - hand-me-down from the lil sis
Scarf - vintage - gifted
Pumps - gifted
White gold and aquamarine earrings - gifted


Staying warm

It's not really that cold today at all, but for some reason I woke up freezing and decided I would just wear whatever in my closet looked the warmest!

Sweater - Banana Republic - $7
Corduroy jeans - American Eagle - $9.99
Wedge loafers - thrifted - $3
Turquoise long sleeve t-shirt - Kohl's - $8
Necklace - gifted
Hat - gifted


Visit to see Missi

I got to go visit my sister Missi this past weekend! She and her daughter were in the midwest visiting her in-laws, so I wasn't too far a drive out. During my visit we ended up spending a little time at the mall and decided to try on the Russian Red MAC lipstick that we've read about in fashion mags for a while. Since the lipstick was only $14, we decided to splurge and buy some. It will be a fun fashion statement for the holidays we think!

Skinny jeans - Express - $19.99
Jacket - thrifted - $3.50
Top - Gap - gifted
Necklace - Macy's - $5
Boots - Aerosoles - $29
Cocktail ring - thrifted - $.25
Shades - Target - $3
Lipstick - MAC - $14


Friday Night Out

Top - Simply Vera (Kohl's) - gifted
Jacket - Target - $6
Skinny jeans - Levi's (thrifted) - $5
Heels - Steve Madden (Macy's ) - $27
Cuff bracelet - Claire's - $1
Bead necklace - Macy's $5
Choker - Lia Sophia - gifted
Black chain necklace - gifted
Cocktail ring - thrifted - $.25
CZ stud earrings - Premier Jewelry - gifted


Brown polka dot ruffle shirt - hand-me-down from lil' sis
Brown cardigan - hand-me-down from lil' sis
Skinny jeans - Express - $19.99
Red suede mary janes - Aerosoles - $29
Patent leather teal bag - Coach - gifted
Earrings -gifted
Cuff bracelet - Claire's - $1
Scarf - gifted


T-shirt and jacket

I thought the picture snapped when I was smiling - ignore my "mad" face! lol!

You can't tell in the picture, but the olive green in my t-shirt matches the dark olive green jacket perfectly. =)
T-shirt - Wal-Mart - $1
Corduroy jacket - H&M - $20
Jeans - Old Navy - $7
Nude pumps - Target - $5
Watch - thrifted - $4
Silver necklace - Kohl's - $.60
Silver hoop earrings - Target - $1


Another red dress

This is now the third red dress I own. What can I say, I love red dresses! Of course, all three dresses only cost me $5 a piece, so it's not like I'm splurging! lol! I found this dress in the clearance section of Meijer...a place I never look, but happened to the other day. It's just a simple knit tank dress, so it is a good all season dress.

Jacket - Hydraulic - gifted
Cami - Bali - ?
Dress - Meijer - $5 (I cut the dress shorter so the hem is at my knee)
Brown tights - Target little girls' section - $2
Boots - Aerosoles - $29
Gold leather belt - Kohl's - $2
Red bead necklace - thrifted - $.25
Medallion necklace - gifted
Medallion earrings - gifted

Costume Party ideas from Shabby Apple


Business Dress

I'm going with my husband to a work related banquet tonight. The dress code is business dress. Hope this qualifies!

Dress - J.Crew Lyndsey dress(via Ebay) - $49
Jacket - Express - $9
Tights - Wal-Mart - $5
Necklace and earring set - The Velvet Lounge (it's like an Anthropologie) - $2
Black pumps - gifted



One of the results from our shopping trip on Saturday - this dress! =)

On me:

Dress - Gap - gifted from Mommy =) $18
Boots - Aerosoles - $29
Necklace - Macy's - $5
Earrings - gifted
Hat - gifted

On little sis:

Jeans - DressBarn
T-shirt - F21
Blazer - NY & Co
Bangles - hand-me-downs - J.Crew, other places we can't remember ;-)
Don't know where she got everything else =)

Shopping Day

My little sis and I (along with my mom, son, and little brother) all went shopping on Saturday - we had a blast and got a bunch of great deals!

On me:

Sweater - thrifted - $2
Jeans - DressBarn
Suede boots - Aerosoles - $29
Scarf - Target - $6
Hat - gifted
Venetian glass earrings - gifted

On little sis:

Jeans - Eddie Bauer
not sure where she got everything else - but she sure looks cute! =)


Belted jacket

Had to add that pic with my son in it. He insisted on getting his pic taken with me, but then started crying when his Dad said he needed to get in the car and go...we were on our way to the local community theatre to see "Willy Wonka Jr."

Anyhow...to the outfit:

Corduroy jacket - H&M - $20
Gold leather belt - Kohl's - $2
Pencil skirt - Gap - $7
Brown tights - Target (little girl's section) - $2
Suede boots - Aerosoles - $29
Gold necklace - thrifted - $1
Tweed cap - I forget where

Hat - Target - $6
Silver necklace - Kohl's - $.60
Bead necklace - Macy's - $5
Blue tunic - Target - $3
Gray tank underneath the blue tunic - Gap - $3
Leggings - Wal-Mart - $5
Boots - JCPenney - $9

Project Runway

Here's my sketch from Project Runway last night. To match the contestants challenge, I had my husband give me pointers on my design so I could claim it was a "team effort". lol! My husband was the one who suggested a different neckline (I had a mock neck on it), and he also suggested the curved line at the waist (I had curved lines on the sides of the hips).

I can't figure out what color this dress should be in, but I think I would like the fabric to be silk.


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Revlon Eyelashes

Revlon will be sending me some of their new lines of eyelashes soon so I can do a product review - I can't wait to try them! Have any of you tried them yet, and if so, what are your thoughts?