Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Shopbop Sale: The Little Black Dresses

Now is a great time to shop at Shopbop; they are offering an extra 25% off their sale with the code EXTRAOFF25 at checkout.

There are many things I love on sale but I was struck by how many gorgeous gowns they had and how many versions of the little black dress.  Now might be the time to invest in a classic LBD.

Monday, December 2, 2013

What I wanted to buy...but didn't at LOFT

I did some shopping on Black Friday.  Nothing major, just a few stores.  I didn't want to go and battle the crowds at one of our larger malls so I stayed close to home where the selection is a bit more limited. I stopped at Target and Kohls for Christmas gifts.   I also checked out LOFT and Old Navy since both stores were 50% off everything.  I wasn't impressed with much at Old Navy but did like a lot at LOFT. 

Everything at LOFT online today is 50% with the code CYBER50.

LOFT at ShopStyle

LOFT Melange Knit Moto Jacket $89.50 

This is really more a sweater than a jacket.  I saw it in the store and loved it.  I also love that it doesn't have wool in it which I can't wear.  However, I didn't love the price, even at half off, because I have a few jackets and sweaters that are SO similar to this.  I just couldn't justify it.  But if you are in the market for something like this, I highly recommend it.

LOFT at ShopStyle

LOFT Ruffle Collar Tie Waist Shirt Dress $84.88 online - on clearance for much less in store

This would have been $25 after the 50% off in store.  Unfortunately, they did not have any size that fit me.  It is really short so I would have gone with a regular length in this and at 5'3 I usually get the petite.  I was debating on biting the bullet and getting it in my size online today with the 50% off for Cyber Monday.  I can't bear to pay the increased online price and shipping though so I don't think I will.

LOFT at ShopStyle

LOFT Marled Stitch Open Cardigan $79.50

I really like LOFT's lounge clothes.  They are all so incredibly cozy!  This sweater looks like a warm, chic blanket.  Again, I have too many things similar...I just can't do it.

LOFT at ShopStyle

LOFT Partridge Sweater $59.50

Here is what I really wanted.  I saw this Partridge sweater online last week and loved it.  I have a thing for birds, and while I don't usually enjoy them so much on sweaters, this one does it for me.  They did not have it at any of the LOFT stores near me and by the time I looked online today, it was sold out.  Oh well, it will help me keep my spending in check.  As you can see, I'm doing a fairly good job of talking myself out of most any other purchase! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

November Photo A Day: Fail

I haven't been keeping up with the November Photo A Day Challenge lately.  I have had trouble thinking of anything good for the prompts.  I just haven't been feeling it I guess.  I have only done two pics in the last week.  I think all of my few creative juices have been used in thinking of and starting craft projects for Christmas.

Day 14:   Eating

I've been making Brussels Sprouts a lot lately since I've been seeing recipes for them all over.  Seasoned, a little olive oil and roasted with balsamic syrup over them...  yum. 

Day 17:  5 O'clock

The storms finally moved through and were over at 5 yesterday.  Luckily the only damage we had was the tree that broke in half towards other trees and not toward the houses.  You can see it leaning on the left and it is really behind the neighbor's yard, not ours.  I didn't use a filter on this picture, the sky was still sort of a strange color because of the storms to the east.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Frugal Option: Helmut Lang 'Sonar' Shawl Collar Wool Jacket

I love, love this style of jacket.  

Helmut Lang at ShopStyle
Helmut Lang 'Sonar' Shawl Collar Wool Jacket $380

Here it is on Lea Michele:

image via

Monday, November 11, 2013

November Photo A Day: Days 9 & 10

Day 9:  Mine

I bought a pack of two Pretzel Croissants from Trader Joe's on Friday and they were all mine!  I didn't share and they were gone by Saturday.  Delicious! 

Day 10:  Book

A not very inspired photo of a book.  One of my favorite kinds of books though, a photo album. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wish List: Forever 21

I haven't looked at Forever 21 online or been to one of their stores in ages in my efforts to buy less and buy only quality things.  Today though I caved and checked out their online offerings.  There were a few cute things...

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

FOREVER 21 Modernist Ribbed Poncho $29.80

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

FOREVER 21 Quilted Raglan Sweatshirt $19.80

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

FOREVER 21 Glam Hour Sequined Cami $22.80

Would this be cute for Holiday parties?

November Photo A Day: Day 7

Day 7:  Yes!

This image garnered a YES! from me because I was excited to be done with my work day and didn't talk myself out of going to the bodyworks class at the gym.  I was ready to go!  Soon after, however, it turned to a NO! when I saw the instructor whose workout I don't usually care for was subbing for the usual instructor of the class.  Ugh.  Oh well, still better than being at the office. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Photo A Day: Days 4,5 & 6

Day 4: Table

Our tiny dining room with the big table.

Day 5:  I Collect...

I don't really collect anything except for way too many clothes, shoes and accessories.  The "collection" is ever changing and expanding...

Day 6:  Music

This is actually from my books from when I received piano lessons when I was little. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

November Photo A Day: Days 2 & 3

The prompt for November 2 was, I did this today...

For lunch I roasted some butternut squash and was making a salad to go with it.  I usually only use our dull knives because I am not very good at cutting vegetables (or anything) and not cutting one or more of my fingers as well.  Don't even ask what happened when I tried to use a mandolin! Ouch! I used one of the sharp knives this day...

November 3:  P is for...

pretty fall leaves or pretty fall day. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Photo A Day: Day 1


I am going to play along with the FatMumSlim November Photo A Day Challenge this month. I enjoyed the challenge in September but found it difficult to do everyday.  I'm going to try to not to be hard on myself if I don't take a picture related to the prompt for everyday but I am going to try my best to be inspired and creative (even for a minute) each day.

On a side note, can you believe it is November already?  Crazy.

Here is my picture for Day 1:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Travel Wear

I usually wear the same basic thing when I travel on a plane or take a long car trip. It involves lots of layers so I can be comfortable whatever the temperature, be comfortable but still look somewhat put together.  My uniform usually includes leggings or skinny jeans, a tee, a cardigan, a scarf that can double as a blanket, a jacket, shoes that are easily taken off and back on, and a big tote bag that zips close so everything doesn't fall out.

Linking up with {longdistanceloving} for Friday's Fancies.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kate Spade Picks

I love this iPhone case from Kate Spade!  I so miss library cards like this.

I also love these mittens from last year that are now over half off.  So fun. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September Photo A Day: Days 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30

I almost didn't complete the September Photo A Day Challenge...  but I was determined to finish it.  It shouldn't be hard to take a few minutes to be creative each day but for some reason it sometimes is.

Day 26:  Curve

Day 27:  WTF

You can't see it very clearly in Jada's face in this picture but she was thinking WTF is happening right now and why do these people let the cows try and kiss me whenever I am here?  Poor Jada. 

Day 28:  10 o'clock

Here is what I was doing at 10:00 a.m. on September 28.  Driving to my parent's house.

Day 29:  Gold

I think this counts as gold right?  Not yellow... 

Day 30:  Found

While out walking I found this truck in our neighbors' field that was screaming to be photographed. 

Read more about the Photo A Day Challenge here.

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