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Outfit Post: Fondue Party

I went out shopping a few days ago, and found a few of these pieces at Plato's Closet. They have a lot of lightly worn, name-brand clothes at extremely good prices! I can always find something new that I "need" there.

My outfit is actually from last night. I didn't have time to post it until now. I wore this to church and then to a fondue party with some of my friends! I was told I looked "sophisticated," so I knew I had to post it here!

I wasn't ready for this picture! I was still buttoning up...
I have to admit, I'm quite proud of my shoes. I don't usually wear much of a heel, but I really enjoyed them. They are SO much fun!

Top - Target - gifted
Blazer - Plato's Closet - $10
Skirt - Plato's Closet (Ann Taylor) - $14
Shoes - Plato's Closet - $12


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Outfit Post: Purple Ruffles

I am more recovered from that virus than I was yesterday and am feeling fabulous! This morning was my first run in 5 days, and it was exactly what I needed to make me feel normal again. The weather was so cool, that I didn't even have to take a shower after my run - just had to wash my face. So of course, I was thinking of a summer/fall crossover outfit for today.
My little boy, who is rapidly becoming not so little these days, wanted me to take a picture of his PJs, and I think he's so cute, I had to show him off to you all this morning.
It is supposed to get nice and warm later on today, so I'll be down to just the sleeveless blouse sans sweater and belt by the end of the day - but for now, I can cozy up with this sweater.
Sweater - hand-me-down from my little sister
Blouse - Wal-Mart - $3
Jeans - J.Brand (via Ebay) - gifted
Leather sandal booties - Target - $7
Big gold earrings - gifted
Leather belt - Ann Taylor - $3.88

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend planned!


Outfit Post and Beauty Product Review: The Day After

Yes, today is the day after. The day after a nasty stomach virus. That's right, I was in bed...er...in the bathroom, all day yesterday feeling horrible. However, I woke up feeling great and couldn't wait to put on regular clothes and some make-up.

Speaking of make-up, I just bought Cover Girl's Lash Blast Fusion mascara and adore it. No smudging, no clumping, defined lashes, easy one time application, and plenty of length and volume! Can't ask for better than that, especially for under $8!

I also tried a sample I found in my In Style magazine for Maybelline dream matte foundation. I actually really liked it. It feels like a liquid, but then as you apply it, it gives a perfect matte finish without looking too powdery. Most foundations make my face look oily, so I have to wear powder over them, but this foundation didn't need any finishing powder.

Now back to the outfit...

A tip for wearing billowy tops -- I find wearing a long necklace with full, blousy tops helps anchor the blouse and keep it from billowing out too far. The heavy pearls help the top to lay flat, and give it that extra touch of girliness, too. Also, knotting the pearls at the chest helps the pearls to lay in the center of the bust, instead of slipping to one side or the other throughout the day.

Top - Gap - $6
Jeans - Express - $19
Pearls - Thrifted - $1
Shell pink earrings - gifted
Shoes - Michael via DSW - $9


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Outfit Post: Shopping

Today is another hot summer day in Florida. Being so hot, I took my sisters shopping in the air conditioned mall! I am wearing a more fall colored scarf. I think I am secretly hoping that if I wear fall colors we'll have fall weather.

Scarf - Wetseal - gifted
Shorts - ??
Shirt - Khols - gifted
Earrings - gifted

Hair inspiration

Watching project runway last night, I was really liking Nina Garcia's hair. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Right now I love it.
I never do a center part, I'm use to my side part and I always keep a side part.
But today I decided to try a center part. Go crazy! LOL! Here I am with some velcro rollers at the top of my head for a bit of body and hopes to train my normally side parted hair to go do the middle.
and the finished product
I look fine with a middle part, right? lol I think it needs more body though:-(
quick full body pic. I'm taking these with "photo booth" on my mac, so you have only 3 seconds...hense the blurry running from the computer shot. LOL

Outfit Post: Another Summer Dress

I'm taking a mini roadtrip tonight with my son, and lately it's been getting cool in the evenings. I figured this scarf would be the perfect thing to ward off the evening chill.

I can already smell fall in the air out here in Northwest Ohio. I'm looking forward to putting together some "crossover" outfits as the weather will start to cool down. Outfits that will be warm enough for the mornings and evenings, but cool enough for the heat of the day.

Dress - Gap - gifted
Scarf - Target - $3
Wedges - DSW (Michael) - $9
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Side Braid

Another trip to the fair tonight. My son decided to take my picture today - including the self timer picture on top. And yes, he's posing that way in the first picture on purpose. He's such a goof!

And does everybody dislike the giveaway earrings or something? No one has left a comment to enter to win them!

Dress - F21 (thrifted) - $5
Vest - thrifted - $2
Espadrilles - Target - $5
Earrings - gifted


Outfit Post: Girl's Night

Tonight, I am getting together with some of my girlfriends! We'll just eat and talk all night at one of our houses.

For a long time, I always felt like I had to match the denim vest with something denim, but I recently experimented with wearing it along with khaki, and I think they work well together.

So, here is my comfortable but cute outfit for the girl's night!

White tank - gifted
Vest - forever 21 - $15
Shorts - Plato's Closet - $5
Scarf - Wetseal - $4
Earrings - gifted

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Outfit Post: Another Casual Summer Outfit

I have some really good reasons for wearing shorts today. #1 It's yet again another hot summer day, #2 I finished my first 10K this past weekend in 62 minutes and am very proud of my legs at the moment, and #3 I'm headed to the Kalahari Resort/water park today and thought this outfit would be dressy enough to check in, and casual enough for by the pool and as a swimsuit cover-up for the afternoon.
I bought this t-shirt a couple of sizes too large intentionally so I could wear it to lounge around the house, but unfortunately, found that the scoop neck was ridiculously low. Now I wear the shirt backwards and love the drapey effect.
I'm not liking the little tail I have in the back, but it gives the shirt the right lines in front and keeps everything in place.

I always wear turquoise with these shorts, because of the turquoise stitching on them. I love the charcoal background with the little accents of turquoise and had to bring that out by wearing the color on the shirt.

I know, I know, who would have thought there was so much info for this simple, silly little outfit!

I'm off to the water park now - my last hurrah for summer!

T-shirt - Gap - $3
Shorts - Target (Rogan for Target) - $7
Wedges - DSW (Michael) - $9
Necklace - thrifted - $1
Silver hoops - Target - $1


Outfit Post

This is a dress I bought last month. I really love the detail it has! It adds so much character to it. I tried to let the dress speak for itself and wear minimal jewelry. I usually don't wear heels, but I felt that they went well with this outfit.

Dress - forever 21 - $10
Heels - hand me down
Bracelets - gifted
Belt - came with another dress


Outfit Post: Going to the fair

It's 91 degrees out, bright and sunny, and humid on top of that. It's hot out. We're going to the fair late this afternoon to look at all the entries and sample some fair food. I figured the best thing to wear for the occasion is a billowy dress with plenty of stomach room for eating, and bare shoulders to endure the heat.

Dress - Free People (thrifted) - $5
Vera Bradley change purse (gifted)
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Shades - Target - $4


Outfit Post: A New Waist Cinching Blazer

Sorry for the lack of posts! It's been a crazy week at work and just busy all around. I'll try to get back into some regular posting soon.

In the meantime, here's another outfit, not very different from my last. Same skirt, same shoes, but a different white shirt and jacket.
I fell in love with this blazer as soon as I spotted it at Goodwill! I love the texture, cut, and color!
And the waist cinching benefits are very figure flattering!

I'm headed to a board meeting tonight. I wore this skirt and top with a pair of flats and sans the jacket for an orthodontist appointment earlier today, and just added the wedges and jacket to make the look a bit more polished for the meeting. I love outfits that easily transform for different occasions.

Blazer - Guess (thrifted) - $3.50
White shirt - Target - $6
Skirt - Gap - $17
Wedges - JCPenney - $8
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Chain necklace - thrifted - $2


Hanging Jewelry

This is where I hang the majority of my necklaces. I have a jewelry box, but quickly ran out of room there. I tried laying my necklaces in a spare box, but they always got tangled. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found these little wall-hangers for about $10 each. They are not made specifically for jewelry, but they work for me! I have them hanging on my bedroom wall, and I think they add a little something to the room.
These are sand dollars I found at the beach, took home, and bleached. They fit perfectly across the top of the hanger!


Outfit Post: Business Casual

I'm finally wearing my new-to-me crocodile bag!

I was in Virginia all week this past week and working from the office instead of from home (my office is actually in Virginia, not Ohio where I live). I wore this on Friday.

Sorry I didn't get around to posting much - I only packed outfits that have already debuted on the blog (except what I wore Friday), so I didn't bother to post them again.

Jacket - Ann Taylor - $29
White shirt - Banana Republic - $11
Skirt - Gap - $17
Wedges - JCPenney - $8
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Vintage bag - thrifted - $2