Friday, September 30, 2011

Weekly Gratitude - Kendra Edition

On Monday I had the opportunity to see my favorite reality star in person!  Kendra had a book signing nearby and a friend and I went.  It was so exciting to see all of the E! cameras and have to sign a release in case we are seen on Kendra's show.  The Barnes and Noble crew tried to keep everything moving very quickly as there was quite the line of people to see Kendra.  They handed out wristbands that had a group number on it.  Your group number dictated in what order you got to line up to see her.  We were in group 3 and we saw group numbers up to 14.  I believe each group had 25 people in it. 

So, I did not have enough time (or the ability) to convince Kendra that we should be best friends and I should ditch this boring Indiana life to move to LA with her.  (I totally think I should be her stylist/bff/confidant)  Usually when I see "celebrities" I completely clam up, only want to look at them, take their picture and run away.  That was pretty much the case here as well.  I didn't really say anything coherent to her and she pretty much moved me into this position to take the picture above.  So there goes my reality TV star/Kendra bff hopes.  Oh well!  It was a great way to start the week and have some of my escape from reality, reality TV come to life. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Outfit Inspiration: Fall Colors

I love this outfit I found on pinterest:

Source: None via Jill on Pinterest

Here is a similar version for under $150.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wish I Was Here Wednesday

Bedroom Suite tropical bedroom

Most Wednesdays I wish I were somewhere by an ocean or other large body of water in a tropical setting.  This Wednesday I wish I were still in bed, near an ocean in a tropical setting. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sweater Dresses

I've always wanted a perfect sweater dress.  I see outfits like this:

Rosel at ShopStyle
Rosel Boxy Sweater Dress $565.00

and this:
See by Chloe at ShopStyle
See by Chloe Lurex Sweater Dress $475

and I want to have this comfortable, chic look.  However, I have been searching for some years now for this look but can't seem to find the perfect sweater dress.  The ones I have tried have either made me look like I had a sweater on that was just too big for me or like I weigh 20 or 30 pounds more than I do.  But I don't want it to be super tight either because then I'd look...well, you know.  Or they are out of my price range like the ones above. So my search continues.  Here are some options for a perfect sweater dress.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wish List: 40% Off at Calvin Klein

I'm a huge Calvin Klein fan.  I love the simple and classic lines of their clothes.  Every once and a while they offer 40% off everything at  Now is one of those lucky times and you can score some great deals on well made classic items!  Here are my picks:

belted drape front dress

$119.50 Take 40% Off

pleated matte jersey dress

$139.50 $99.50 Take 40% Off

black plaid slouchy wide leg pants

$89.50 Take 40% Off

ribbed knit poncho

$99.50 Take 40% Off

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly Gratitude

A few quotes I am grateful to have read this week:

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." - Aristotle

"Sister, pain is part of life. By accepting it, its intensity is reduced. Do not resist it. Resistance to pain brings tension and anxiety, anxiety leads to fear. Fear of pain is worse than pain itself. This pain will pass." -author Satish Kumar

Read more:

I am thankful for the website Pinterest for providing a place to find fantastic photos like the one below and a place to put and save some of the images I find elsewhere.   Seriously, it can be addicting.


I'm grateful it is Friday and I have the weekend to relax and sleep in.  Oh and get to the stack of magazines I have to read!  Can't wait!

I'm thankful for the meeting on Tuesday that provided the left over brownies from Paradise Cafe.  Delish.  I didn't even have to go to the meeting and still got to eat the brownies! 

I'm so thankful for the beautiful weather this week.  Perfect running weather and some rain so the grass isn't completely dead before winter! 

I'm grateful I have some fun and fantastic coworkers that make working a more pleasant experience. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Polka Dots

Do polka dots ever really go out of style?  If they did, they are back.  I think they are fun; especially when they are very retro and lady-like.  The first thing I think of when I think of polka dotted clothes is Julia Robert's dress at the polo match in Pretty Woman.  So classic!

Here are some dotted looks from New York Fashion Week and some budget friendly items (all are under $100) to get some polka dots in your wardrobe.  (The Forever 21 polka dot dress was my birthday dress.  I can't wait to wear it this fall with a cardigan and black tights.)

 Spring 2011 Ready-to-WearAzzaro Spring 2011 RTW
 Spring 2011 Ready-to-WearMoschino Spring 2011 RTW
 Spring 2011 Ready-to-WearOscar de la Renta Spring 2011 RTW
all fashion week images via

Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekly Gratitude

I'm trying to focus on the positive this week.  There are so many things to be grateful for. 

I'm grateful for the cooler weather and the upcoming fall colors.

I love to decorate for fall.

I'm so thankful my husband and I have jobs that allow us to have a nice home and travel.  It is so great to have a trip to Sanibel Island planned for December to look forward to.  I can't wait to go back there.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spring 2012 Fashion Week Favorites

I am all about escapism this week and am loving looking at the photos from New York Fashion Week.  Here are some of my favorite looks so far.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 RTW- Love the Leather Jacket Over This Dress

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Jenny Packham Spring 2012 RTW

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Tory Burch Spring 2012 RTW

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Marchesa Spring 2012 RTW

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wish List: Pretty Lady-Like Looks from Forever 21

My current Forever 21 favorites.  I don't need any of these things but aren't they pretty? 

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Color in The Bedroom

I've mentioned in several posts that we needed to paint the bedroom and I wanted a gray/blue color.  It's finally done and I'm so happy with the result.  The color is a little more blue than I had intended but it looks good in person and feels great in the space.   It makes the room so much more calming and cozy.  The color is a little distorted in the picture below but you get the idea.  I still want to do some redecorating...some different pictures, blinds, duvet...but it will come together in time.  For now I'm just happy it's painted!

Here it is before:

 And After:
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