Thursday, May 31, 2012

Putting Me Together Guest Posts

I cannot even begin to how excited I was when Audrey from Putting Me Together asked me if I'd be interested in doing a guest post for her while she was out of town. I jumped at the opportunity because I love her blog, plain and simple.

She has a great layout and she offers practical advice. This is something not many bloggers do. She shows readers how to remix items in their closet already, how to pack for trips, and she rocks a denim jacket like nobody's business. Plus she's totally cute and relatable, someone you could totally see yourself being friends with in real life!

I actually contributed two guest posts to Audrey, so I want you to go over and check them out today.

The first is a collection of tips for flattering your curves.  The second post delves into the world of belts- a world I was terrified of until a year or so ago.

So check 'em both out and leave any comments or questions you might have. And here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's post!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Going to the Chapel....

My Blogging Best Friend Forever, Megan from Feathers and Freckles, is gearing up to get married this weekend! How exciting :) I am blogging over there today so her readers don't get lonely! Check it out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

100 Degrees in the Shade

Memorial Day arrived with a vengeance! It is officially too hot to survive, and it's just going to get worse. It's not even June yet and our long weekend temps hovered around 100 degrees. Geez Louise! We grilled out yesterday, and despite the heat we had a great time. It was an awesome kickoff to the summer season!

Dress- OLD!!! (Similar from Target- On Sale for $15!)

So this is pretty much the summer uniform in these parts. Cotton tanks dress. Hair pulled up. Minimal accessories. Hope you don't hate it because you are going to see it a lot in the coming months. I swear my bangs are causing my body temp to run like 20 degrees higher than it should, so you'll also probably see lots of super awkward bang pics too. Awesome all around!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Guest Post: Catie's Corner: Frivolous Fashion Friday

Fridays are great for a number of reasons, but one of my favorites is Frivolous Fashion Fridays over at Catie's Corner. Catie has quite the talent at created amazing outfit sets, and I was super excited when we decided to do a post swap. She's a Cali girl living in Canada and she's got a great eye! Plus, her name is Catie (clearly K/Catie is synonymous with "great taste"). So continue reading for Catie's awesome selection of maxi dresses and then hop on over to see my take on the python print fad over at her blog! Here's a sneak peek at what I'm wearing over there!

Hi There, I'm Catie and you can usually find me over at Catie's Corner. My blog is a place for diy's, cooking, decorating and fashion. I do a weekly fashion post - Frivolous Fashion Friday. It's a lot of fun! Each week I feature 12 outfits, most of the time there's a theme, but not always. Some of the outfits I pin on Pinterest and others I create on Polyvore. The whole point of the posts is to help all of us get inspired to "dress up" more often. Just because some of us are moms who spend a lot of time at home, doesn't mean we have to look humdrum everyday. There's definitely the days that call for yoga pants and t-shirts, but don't get stuck in the mom uniform rut! You're still a woman, embrace it! Have fun with fashion! 
This week I thought it would be fun to feature the "it" dress of the summer - the maxi dress.
Are you in love with the maxi dress yet? Do you have a favorite? I should come clean, I don't even own one! But I will be changing that very soon. Wearing one, would be like wearing a stylish nightgown all day. Does it get much comfier than that? I don't think so.  =) A big thank you to Katie for letting me take over her blog today! I really hope you found some summertime inspiration. I'd love for you to pop by my blog and say hi. Maybe even join me next week for the newest edition of Frivolous Fashion Friday.
Have a fabulous weekend!

What did I tell you!?!?! Is Catie awesome or what? My favorites and four and nine. What about you? Be sure to show Catie some love and have an awesome Memorial Day weekend (my American readers)! I'll be back Tuesday :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance

As much as I insist I don't care about graduation exercises, that they are a waste of time and dreadfully boring, as soon as the first chords of "Pomp and Circumstance" start pouring out over our football field (our commencement exercises venue of choice), my eyes automatically start tearing up. Of course, I will readily admit I also tear up at several different Miley Cyrus songs, including but not limited to "The Climb" and "Ready, Set, Don't Go", but that's neither here nor there really.

Graduation is a solemn ceremony, despite the instistance of air horns and wolf whistles, and the dress code is reflective of that. I remember at my own high school graduation spending the morning scrambling all over town looking for a pair of black dress shoes. How I got all the way to my senior year of high school without owning a pair boggles my mind now, but then I wasn't the fashionista I am now, so I will excuse it. For many students this is the most dressed up they've ever been, with the exception of prom, and it's often the first time they've ever worn "adult" clothes.

Even though we are all wearing big, shapeless, musty, and possibly unclean graduation robes, we are still expected to dress nicely. So I knew all the way back in April that I'd be depending on Kiyonna to have me looking right, and, as always, they did  not disappoint. I paired my trusty favorite, the Paige Pencil Skirt, with their new Smitten Lace Top. As usual the clothing does not disappoint

Paige Pencil Skirt- c/o Kiyonna
Smitten Lace Top- c/o Kiyonna
Wedges- Cato's

So tonight I will be in my finery welcoming the class of 2012 into the real world. It's not always easy, it's not always pretty, but it should be always classy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tunesday Tuesday: "1979"

"With the headlights pointed at the dawn/ We were sure we'd never see an end to it all/ And I don't even care to shake these zipper blues/ And we don't know/ Just where our bones will rest/ To dust I guess"- "1979"

There's something special about music when you are a teenager. Sure, I still listen to music and love songs, but it was so much more important to me 15 years ago. It was my lifeline. The singers and songwriters spoke to me; they understood my pain, my hopes, my fears, my dreams better than I did. And they could put down into song emotions I could only whine about in a spiral-bound notebook that I hid under my mattress every night before bed. It's funny how hearing a song can take you back to a time and place.

I wasn't a Smashing Pumpkins fan at all; however, the summer after my best friend turned 16, the song "1979" was hugely popular. Seriously, has there EVER been a song more suited to cruising around small-town America with the windows down and a million stars twinkling above you? He had this old beat-up car, no tag, no license, and every night we just drove. Up and down streets. Through parking lots. The car was so crappy it didn't even have a working radio, so I would drag my boombox around with us and we would listen to the radio.

This was my first taste of real freedom. We never did anything bad. It was enough to just drive where you wanted to drive and listen to what you wanted to listen to and know you didn't have anything to do the next day except sleep late and listen to music. It was a magical time to be alive. Sometimes I feel sorry for today's youth. Maybe I'm just naive, but I feel like we had it so much easier. Yes, there were temptations- drugs, alcohol, sex, shoplifting- but I never felt like I was pressured to do any of those things (and I didn't). Sometimes I wish I could go back 15 years and just drive. Sometimes I just listen to the music.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer Sky: How to Wear a White Dress (Pt 2)

Dress- Dorothy Perkins (Similar)
Belt and Necklace- New York and Co.
Shoes- X Appeal
Cardigan- Gap Outlet (Similar- Target)

I wrote a really great post for tomorrow's Tunesday Tuesday. Well, I think it's great, but I may be biased.  When I finished it and started to insert photos into it, I stopped. I didn't want to put pictures of me in a pretty outfit into the post. I felt like it was good enough to stand alone.

But I am scared. As a blogger you always wonder, "Are people actually reading this or just commenting on my pictures?" I'm sure we are all guilty of this at one time or another. Blogging is an exhausting (yet incredibly rewarding) hobby for me. I'll be honest though- there have been times when I have really poured my heart out in a post and been a little confused when someone posts "Cute outfit" or "I like those shoes". At the same time, I'm sure I've done that to bloggers I like too.

I've noticed most bloggers put all of their pictures at the beginning of their posts. But I am scared. If I do that, will you scroll down to read? Or will it take too much time? That's why I always break up my paragraphs with my outfit pictures. I hope that at the very least you will skim my writing. But today I am putting the pictures first. Not really sure why. Am I trying to punish myself? Am I trying to make things easier for you? What kind of layout do you prefer from your bloggers and why?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Being Anonymous

Sometimes I really wish I had started my blog anonymously. Lately there's been a lot of flack about "fakeness" in the blogosphere, and while I don't think I am the least bit fake, the fact that this is a public blog prevents me from being completely transparent at all times. How I wish I could anonymously tell you about the hell that was this week:

Linen Drawstring Pants- NewYork and Co. (On Sale)
Mixed-Media Lace Trim Top- Lauren Conrad for Kohl's (similar-New York and Co)

The parent meeting
The meeting with my former alma mater about my certification
a school prank gone wrong

How I would like to criticize and armchair quarterback about the way things "should have been done." How I would love to tell you what was said that made me madder than I've ever been in four years of teaching. How I would love to tell you how completely inept the university which granted my Masters degree is. How I would love to rant and rail.

But I can't. Well, I could, but the repercussions would be severe. I hope this doesn't seem cryptic. I hate cryptic and vague. I could pretend everything was great and talk about how much I love my new pants, but that would be disingenuous. So I tell you what I can. I am tired. I am fed up. I am angry.

"I like being famous when it's convenient for me and completely anonymous when it's not."
----Catherine Deneuve

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Definitely Your Grandma's Dress

When Tori approached me with her "Grandma's Closet" Wardrobe Challenge, I originally balked at the idea. I'm not a thrift shopper. I'm not a seamstress. I'm not a creative dresser. However, the more I thought about it, the more excited I got about the challenge. The first step was finding an appropriate wardrobe piece. My fashionable friend Tricia swooped in to save the day again, blessing me with this lovely gem of a dress. Here's the dress in it's original state when Tricia dressed up as an old lady.

Beautiful! Right? As we started planning the makeover I had some inspiration- I was thinking casual summer dress, hi-lo hem, off-the-shoulder sleeves, really cute and casual. Like these dresses-

 So I started randomly chopping into the dress. I thought about borrowing a sewing machine, or even having someone else tailor it for me, but I was feeling very Andie in "Pretty in Pink" just chopping away at the dress, making it into something special just for me. I had really high-fashion hopes. But I ended up with something that may have come out of Donna Martin's "90210" closet circa the early 1990s (or maybe her mom's closet). Like this-


Top Left: Katie from -
Top Center: Christine from -
Top Right: Kari from -
Bottom Left: Melissa from -
Bottom Middle: Tori from -
Bottom Right: Megan from -

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

You, guys! I am dying over here. I miss you all so, so much! My Mother's Day was very eventful and has left me without power, cable, and internet. Our power is back up, but it's taking the cable company a little longer to get their act together. Long story short. We went out for an early morning breakfast on Sunday at the Waffle House- nothing but the best for mom ;) And we returned to this.

Happy Mother's Day to me!!

The tree was huge and had ripped down all the power and cable lines for us and the next-door neighbors. I am so thankful the tree didn't do any serious damage to either house because I know it could have been much worse. We spent the entirity of Mother's Day with chainsaws, cutting up the tree and dragging limbs. It was not ideal, but the entire family rallied for ten hours and got it done. I am thankful for my husband's family- three generations out there working (including three moms on Mother's Day!) together toward a common goal.

But the lack of internet has really messed up my blogging schedule! I will be back up and running tomorrow with an awesome Wardrobe Challenge organized by Tori at My Thrifty Chic and I can't wait for you to see it! In the meantime, bear with me and know I'll be back (say it in the "Terminator" voice so you'll know how serious I am!)

Top Left: Katie from -
Top Center: Christine from -
Top Right: Kari from -
Bottom Left: Melissa from -
Bottom Middle: Tori from -
Bottom Right: Megan from -

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Father's Love- On Mother's Day

I never post on Sunday, but here it is folks! Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas out there (present and future). I don't usually get sentimental, but as I wake up today, on my fourth Mother's Day to a too quiet home- my mom kept Sean last night- I realize a fundamental piece of my life is missing.

Being a mother isn't always fun. It's tiring and frustrating and life-changing. But I wouldn't change it for the world. Now I'm going to get my boy and kiss him. Curtis, my well-spoken and well-written husband, blogged about Mother's Day over on his blog One-Step Father. If you haven't checked out his blog, then take some time today. And show him some love! There's a special place in heaven for that man for putting up with me :)

And tell your mother you love her!

My first Mother's Day

Friday, May 11, 2012

Model Citizen

I don't know whose bright idea it was for me to teach tenth graders how to write research papers the last three weeks of school, but that well-dressed, curvy fashionista needs to get her butt kicked (whoever she is). The kids are hardly in the frame of mind to be writing a research paper, and their enthusiasm and excitement about the upcoming break is contagious.

Polka Dot Sweater- The Limited (sold out, similar from Forever 21)
Black A-Line Skirt- Old Navy (Similar)
Red Wedges (Similar from Urban Outfitters)

I am longing for a beach vacation . Maybe it's because all the bloggers I read are either going on vacation or coming back from vacation! So jealous. Curtis says he doesn't think it's in the budget this year, but Sean wants to go to the beach so badly too. Every night he makes us play "beach"- we pretend to frolic in the ocean and snorkel to collect exotic things from the ocean floor- like books and combs. How can Curtis deny his sweet little boy his dream vacation?

Oddly, today's outfit feels very "wintery" to me. Maybe it's the color combination? My favorite part, hands down, is the brooch my BFF made from me from an old Girl Scout badge. I wasn't a Girl Scout, but the BFF was and I love the funky little touches. It's a "Model Citizen" badge and she layered it with my favorite colors. She also made the precious necklace and earrings I'm wearing. Check out her shop Polka Dot Pancake for all kinds of fun, funky jewelry!

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