Thursday, May 31, 2012


shirt: Old Navy, scarf/skirt: Target, shoes: Payless

why I was late to work this morning...

For the amount of time it took me to get dressed this morning, my outfit should be a lot more fabulous! I tried on all the pieces in the photo above until I realized that I was really super late to work and I just went with what I had on. I am happy that I went with these shoes though. For only $15, they were money well spent. I think they give the outfit a different look than any other options in my closet!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Change of Pace

tee/watch: Kohl's, jeans/sweater: Target, shoes: Kmart, necklace: Charming Charlie

I decided to go with flats instead of heels today, but doing my hair and putting on a little more make-up had me feeling back to my usual self! My outfit today was a last minute choice and I'm truthfully drawing a blank when I try to think of something interesting to say about it. My inability to think may have something to do with being exhausted! Getting in shape for the marathon I just agreed to run is going to be a long rode, and even though my weekly mileage is really low, I need to remember that my body may take a little while to get used to running 4-5 days a week after doing nothing but sitting on the couch reading style/fashion blogs for the past 5 months. :)

Linking up....

pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Better Luck Tomorrow

skirt: Old Navy, skirt: Loft, shoes: thrifted, necklace: gift from my mother-in-law

I don't feel pretty today. We all have those days, right? It'll pass. Maybe some heels tomorrow will help me snap out of it. Doing my hair may help too. :)

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We spent Saturday afternoon doing a charity bar crawl, then watched my husbands' cousin compete in a middle school state track meet on Sunday. I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish on Monday, but all I accomplished was a run, some grocery shopping, and going to the movies. I never even put on real clothes. As much as I love putting together outfits, I just couldn't bring myself to do it yesterday!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Copy Cat

dress: Sam's Club, sweater: Target, necklace: JCPenney, shoes: Target (even though you can't see them...)

The look I copied from Lauren with From My Grey Desk

Our manager was nice enough to let us leave at 2:30 today to start our holiday weekend. Lunch and sangria followed with two of the girls from work. By 5:00 I was just settling in on our couch at home watching HGTV when my husband texted to see if I wanted to meet up with his new team at work for happy hour. Pressure! I stood in my closet, trying to decide what outfit would keep me cool enough in close to 90 degree weather while still looking appropriate.  So what'd I do? I copied a look a fell in love with! Lauren wore this look earlier in the week. The sweater gave me just enough extra coverage to feel comfortable while the necklace gave the outfit some more personality. Thanks for the inspiration Lauren!

FrillsforThrills CopyCats

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Target Should Pay Me

tee/skirt/shoes: Target (apparently I'm a walking Target ad today...)

I feel like I'm fighting cold. That's never fun, but at least in the winter it's expected. Who gets sick in May?! I'd say it was allergies if it weren't for the sore throat. I have a pretty large collection of these boyfriend tees from Target. The days you find me in them at work, they're usually paired with running shoes and jeans and that's because what I really want to do is wear sweatpants and curl up on my couch. Determined to step it up a notch today, I paired one with a skirt and some flats instead!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lazy Day

shirt: Target, necklace: Old Navy, belt: Forever 21, pants: NY&Co., shoes: Kohl's

I agree with Beth - skirts are wonderful, but some days I'm just too lazy to shave my legs and today was one of those days. Black dress pants used to be such a closet staple for me. I would wear them probably three days a week to work, all year. Now I rely on skirts and my black straight leg jeans so much that I think I wear my dress pants maybe once a month or so. I just love wearing skirts now and they've been the easiest thing for me to thrift so I have plenty!

Funny story from today: I went to the same location I went to yesterday to take my photos, but the weather was so much nicer today that it was really busy! I'm getting better, but still have a fear of taking pictures of myself in public. I was getting ready to take the second picture above and this girl came through the doors from the parking garage. I was so embarrassed, but she was so sweet! She even offered to take my pictures for me but I was so thrown off that we just laughed and then I bolted to my car and a new location after she went on her way. I felt like such a crazy lady!!

By the way...did you guys notice that I took your advice and went for the belt and statement(ish) necklace for an outfit that's warm weather friendly?!

Linking up to....

pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pattern Mixing Rookie

tee/jeans: Old Navy, tank: Forever 21, scarf: Giant Eagle, shoes: Kmart

Well I did it: I pattern mixed and nobody yelled “you don’t match!!” at me, which I think I was convinced would happen. I’ve noticed that when I see other bloggers pull this trend off effortlessly, I’m drawn to the mixtures of patterns that are calmer tones. When I realized that I had the pieces to do the same thing, I decided to give it a try!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Take Two

tee: Target, vest and skirt: thrifted, belt: Marshall's, shoes: Kohl's

This outfit looks a whole lot like this one, but I liked it so much I just had to do it again! I don't know why, but I really wanted to pair this shade of olive green with black. Two of my co-workers did that on the same day last week, so maybe that was my inspiration? 

I'm finding that as the weather gets warmer, it gets harder for me to find outfits that I feel like are unique and interesting. Jackets and sweaters are such great items to finish an outfit, so I'm worried I may struggle a little by the time summer comes around and I just can't stand to wear the layers! Anyone else have that same struggle?

Linking up today with Life of Meg, Thrifters Anonymous at ColorBlind, and Watch Out for the Woestmans.

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Thrifters Anonymous

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Half Tuck

tee: Target, shorts: Gap outlet, shoes: Old Navy

My husband willingly went to the outlet mall an hour from our house yesterday. Willingly because he needed some new clothes, but willingly nonetheless! The majority of my spending was at the Nike Factory Store. I'm 99% sure my husband has talked me into running a marathon in October, so I decided that I needed more running shorts to get me through the summer. I picked ones with bright colors and fun patterns of course!

I wore the outfit pictured above today to be with one of my best friends while she tried on wedding dresses for the first time. Although there's nothing more beautiful than a bride in a wedding dress, I figured I'd still step it up a notch from my usual Sunday uniform. I would've never paid the original price of $44 for these shorts, but gladly forked over the outlet store price of $15. When I got home, my husband asked me why my t-shirt was tucked in just the front. I responded that I thought it made the outfit look less sloppy, but what I wanted to say was "gosh...don't you read style blogs?!" :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Getting Old?

tank/necklace: Old Navy, blazer: Walmart, skirt: thrifted, shoes: Kohl's

In my early 20s this could've been a good example of taking an outfit right from work into happy hour, then out for the night. Now as I'm quickly creeping up on my late 20s, it goes more like this: work, home to nap, throw on a jean jacket for a few drinks with friends, and still make it home to go to bed at 10:30pm. :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

You Win Some, You Lose Some

shirt: Macy's (forever ago!), sweater: Target, jeans: Walmart, shoes: Payless

Looking at this picture, today may have been the last time that shirt gets is not flattering to my arms! Maybe I should've listened to my gut instinct, because I threw on this sleeveless cardigan this morning because when I looked in the mirror, I thought there was something about the outfit that I wasn't crazy about. 

Because I prefer not to be completely negative, I'll talk about how fabulous these jeans have been to me.  First, the $12.88 price would've likely won me over anyway, but I wear these things all the time! Between these jeans and my skirts, I feel like I never wear my dress pants anymore. Is it wrong to think that just because they're black and a straight leg misses fit rather than a skinny leg juniors fit, that they qualify as dressing up? Probably!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Me Again!

tee: Forever 21, cardigan: Target, skirt: thrifted, belt: Kohl's, boots: Payless, necklace: Walmart
I spent the beginning of the week just throwing on whatever top looked good with a pair of jeans so I could just get work done. Today I actually put some thought into my outfit again and I felt like myself again! 

Linked up as usual with two of my favorites! :)

pleated poppy

Monday, May 14, 2012


(outfit from Friday) shirt: thrifted, pants: Old Navy, shoes: Kmart

M.I.A...that's how I've felt for the past week. I took a sick day last Monday that I'm declaring a mental health day. It worked and I went back much more focused, which is good because I'm now in the middle of a big project at work that's stressful and taking up most of my time.

The week brought a break from work, but involved a lot of traveling time to see both my family and my husbands' family to celebrate the wonderful women who raised each of us. Worth it, but exhausting! Below are some pictures to sum up the weekend...I swear if anything convinces me to have children, its going to be this adorable, fun little girl I get to be Aunt Jess to!

Goofing off while waiting for her pedicure to dry! :)

A true girly girl.  Likes manis/pedis, shopping, and at only 3 1/2 can walk in heels better than Aunt Jess!

(Please ignore my kind of disgusting hair) Me with my wonderful momma, brother, and brother's girlfriend
We celebrated my beautiful mother-in-law's 60th birthday...can you believe she's 60?!

Big day in our household...its our one year wedding anniversary! We're celebrating with Chinese take out, chocolate martinis/scotch, and some wedding cake. I think I'll separate myself from my phone and computer for the rest of the evening and give my husband some well deserved attention. I can't wait to catch up with you all soon!

Excited to stick with tradition and eat some more of that cake tonight! :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


tee: Kohl's, necklace/belt: Target, sweater: Old Navy, skirt: thrifted, shoes: Kmart

Blame it on the glass of wine I had at happy hour, but I took these pictures in a downtown park! With lots of people around! I'm getting a little braver apparently. Although I'm just now notice the porta-potties on the background...classy. :) I do have love for this park though. When my husband and I got married almost a year ago, we took pictures in this park. We had no idea the Zombie Walk was going on, which is apparently an event that hundreds of people participate in by dressing up as zombies and marching through the park to raise money for our local food bank. We took the picture below for a good laugh, but in some of my nicer wedding photos, you can see people off in the distance, and it's kind of fun to know that they're people pretending to be zombies!

I feel like I should say something about my outfit. This really is one of my favorite skirts, and I think I love it anymore because it's thrifted. A student today looked at my outfit, then said "you have on like 8 bright colors and some cheetah print, but you look good Ms. Jess!" I think I'll go ahead and consider that a compliment!

Apparently I very nicely, but sternly told this lady not to touch me :)

Linking up to The Pleated Poppy, Rolled Up Pretty, and A Little Bit of Lacquer today!

pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


long sleeve tee: Charlotte Russe, cardigan/shoes: Target, skirt: Old Navy, necklace: JCPenney

I'm linking up today with Everybody, Everywear with my take on the nautical look, although you'll probably never see me wear this on a boat. Apparently boats terrify me, small ones at least. A family sailing trip in the San Francisco Bay had me so scared that I sat on the floor of the boat practically hugging the legs of the table in the middle. I had no idea sailboats rocked back and forth so much! I didn't learn my lesson and 6 months later attempted a whale watching trip while on a motorized ocean raft like the one pictured below while visiting Maui with my husbands family. His adventurous family thought we needed to sit on the side of the raft at the front of the boat.  That's right, the part that's in the air! I gave it a try, but you can bet I joined the group in the normal seats at the very back of the boat by the end of it. So much for an adventure...I prefer to spend my vacation days poolside with a good book and a good drink! :)

Natilcal: EBEW