Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Inspired By Stuart Weitzman Crocheted Crisscross Espadrille- Updated 7/27/11

This post might be a little last year as I remember seeing this espadrille wedge a lot last summer and the summer before.  Check out Jennifer Aniston wearing these Stuart Weitzman wedges in 2009.


Here is Nina Dobrev (from Vampire Diaries - love!) wearing them just a few weeks ago, May 2011, in Paris. 

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder goes for lunch at Saint Germain in Paris, France - May 25, 2011


Since I still love them, and they are still all over the place, here are three different price options for cute espadrille wedges.

The real deal:

Stuart Weitzman at ShopStyle
Stuart Weitzman Crocheted Crisscross Espadrille - $365 Neiman Marcus

The lower price options:

Added 7/27/11: 

A few more options:

More Old Navy...
Old Navy at ShopStyle
Old Navy $32.94

More Steve Madden...
Steve Madden at ShopStyle
Steve Madden $79.95

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

I found the little things we do blog through one of the blogs I follow, For Me, after I saw Olivia's Fill In The Blank Friday post.  I thought it would be fun and different so here it is.

1.   If I could get away somewhere for the weekend I would go       an all inclusive resort on the beach    and I would bring      my husband, lots of books, lots of magazines, new cute summer outfits and running clothes.

2.  Something I often rant about is    work and if my schedule gets messed up because of the weather.

3.  One item I need to have in my fridge at all time is    Hummus - Yum!

4.  My "life-saving" product is  elidel.  It helps my eczema not drive me crazy.

5.  A friend is someone who    is someone who still wants to talk to you when you are having a bad day.

6.  If I could write my own blank it would be    I don't know.  All I can think of are cheesy interview questions.  Like;  What is your biggest weakness ? 

7.  My favorite kind of art is       photography.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Uma Thurman in Cannes

Seriously, who packed Uma Thurman's suitcase for Cannes?  Whoever it was, they are amazing!  She was a juror and wore many fabulous dresses throughout the film festival.  Here are my favorites:

UMA THURMAN   photo | Uma ThurmanDolce & Gabbana dress

UMA THURMAN photo | Uma ThurmanArmani Privé gown

UMA THURMAN   photo | Uma ThurmanChanel Haute Couture gray gown

All images are from people.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wish I Was Here Wednesday

While at CHil Design Group contemporary dining room

Are you kidding me with this?  Perfect table setting, a pool, a vineyard and the ocean in the distance....I want to go!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Accessorizing A Striped Maxi Dress

I posted about striped maxi dresses last week and talked about where to find affordable ones (everywhere!) and showed two celebrities wearing them. (Click Here to See That Post)  Here are two looks for ideas on how to accessorize a striped maxi dress to make it a bit more dressed up or a little more casual.  All items are under $100 - most are under $50!

A more casual look:

A little more dressy:

Monday, May 23, 2011

25% Off Your Entire Purchase at Old Navy - Today Only

Today on oldnavy.com you can get 25% off your entire purchase by using the code ‘ONMELON’ at checkout.  This code is god for today (5/23/11) only.

Plus you get FREE shipping on all orders over $50.

Here are some of my favorites:

Women's Tie-Belt Shorts (3 1/2") Regular Price $24.94 Sale:  $16.50-$19.50

Women's Tiered Gauze Skirts Regular Price $29.50

Women's Lattice-Trim Tanks Regular Price $14.94

Women's Asymmetrical Open-Front Cardigans Regular Price $32.94 Sale:  $27.99

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weekly Gratitude

I haven't been posting this week because I have been out and about all around the State of Indiana conducting trainings for work.  So today I am most thankful that I do not have to do any more trainings until June 13th! 

I am also grateful that my trainings took me close to some great shopping opportunities.  I didn't have much time but I did check some places out.  Most disappointing was the Gap Clearance Store in Hebron, Kentucky.  I was so looking forward to going there.  The last (and only other) time I was there was about four years ago.  I remember there being lots of bargains but because the store contains the seconds and damaged merchandise from all of the Gap brands, you have to do a lot of digging to find some good items.  This time I found the prices had gone up, the shirts were at least $4.99, jeans were $9.99 or more. For something that might be damaged or imperfect, I was expecting the prices to be a bit lower.  I find stuff cheaper than that on the clearance racks at regular stores.  So I only got an Athleta work out top.  It was down to $14.99 and there didn't seem to be anything wrong with it.  I had much more shopping luck at the Edinburgh Premium Outlets in Edinburgh, IN!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Striped Maxi Dress

The black and white maxi dress is a big trend this spring and summer.  It's easy to accessorize, classically chic and super comfy.  There are a lot of budget friendly options out there - Rachel Zoe (below) is wearing the Extra Long Boy Tank Dress in Black and White Stripe by Otis and Maclain which retails for $160 but was for sale for $46 on badjoan.com (but is now sold out). 

Rachel Zoe via

Kim Kardashian - Via

H&M has a great option for only $17.95! 

Or there is this one from Wet Seal for only $18.80.
Wet Seal at ShopStyle

Another good option:  Element Elle Striped Racerback Tank Dress from Bloomingdales's $39.50

Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekly Gratitude

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
Denis Waitley

Oh how I wish it were easy to live every minute with love, grace and gratitude.  I find myself struggling each week to write a weekly gratitude post.  I don't know why, I certainly am lucky; I'm in good health, my family is in good health, I have a wonderful home and husband, I have a job....  but I seem to be stuck in feelings of negativity and feeling overwhelmed.  When I feel overwhelmed, I don't take the time to appreciate the little things or live with grace and gratitude.  Frankly, I'm a grouch.  Hopefully work will slow down soon and some time off in June will help.  For now, I'll try to keep things in perspective and take one day at a time.  

One thing I am grateful for this week is finishing the mini-marathon last Saturday.  It took me a while (2 hours, 26 minutes and 42 seconds) but I finished and ran (slowly) the whole way.  I am also grateful that I can now move my legs without pain. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wish List: J.Crew Sale - Free Shipping!

I'm a sucker for online shopping...especially if there is a free shipping promotion.  J.Crew is offering free shipping on any order today with the code FREESHIP. 

Here are a few things that caught my eye:

Daybreak cardigan
Daybreak cardigan
was $118.00
select colors $79.99
Vintage cotton boatneck tee
Vintage cotton boatneck tee
was $32.50
now $19.99
Perfect-fit stripe boatneck tee
Perfect-fit stripe boatneck tee
was $39.50
now $24.99
Crisscross dress
Crisscross dress
was $88.00
select colors $69.50
Safari shirtdress
Safari shirtdress
was $118.00
now $29.99
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