Thursday, February 4, 2016

big cheese

I'm so behind on blogging. "How behind are you?" I'm so behind on blogging, I can't even remember why I was smiling so much during this photo shoot. I feel like we should get to play a game that revolves around guessing correctly. These would be my guesses:

1. SNOW - I love snow. Even this pathetic little dusting made me so very happy.
2. so.freaking.cold. -  See those tiny little dots on the sweater? Those are actually holes. Apparently air can get into those holes. It made me very cold, but I was trying not to let it show... the best way I knew how: big cheese!
3. cameraman! - This was one of those rare occasions where my husband was able to take my pictures. I had worn a scarf most of the day [as seen on instagram], but took it off while teaching because I got too hot. I wanted pictures both with and without the scarf, got teased for that by my cameraman, and so I threw my scarf at him. It was far funnier than it sounds. (I realize that it doesn't sound funny at all, but it made me laugh.)
4. TGIF/T. - I don't teach on Fridays this semester, which means that my Thursdays are essentially my Fridays. Except that I still have to go to campus the next day... which would be Saturday? That sounds terrible. But I guess it's the price I pay for an atypical work schedule. 
5. All of the above.

What kinds of things are making you smile these days? 

Necklace: J. Crew Factory | option
Sweater: (c/o Mom) The Limited | exact
Wood Watch: c/o JORD | exact
Pants: The Limited | exact
Flats: via Target | similar

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

fireworks in february

Putting together an outfit for the first day of class is no easy task, but I was able to make it less daunting by using myself as inspiration. This outfit almost made it to my favorites of 2015, but it just lacked that something special it needed in order to be a favorite. Nonetheless, it gave me the starting point for this outfit. I took the same base, but made it more appropriate for cold weather by opting for tights and a shirt with longer sleeves. To give it the something special it lacked last time, I opted for my firework necklace. 

Moral of the story? Don't forget about your almost-favorites. With a little change, they can become your actual-favorites.

Shirt: The Limited | exact
Dress: Old Navy | very similar
Necklace: Shy Boutique | option
Belt: The Limited | option
Tights: (c/o Mom) Gap | similar
Heels: via Target | exact

[Linking up with Laura and Whitney]

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Budget Rewind: January 2015

  • Target flats: $5 - It comes as no surprise that these were a good purchase, as they were one of my favorite purchases of 2015. 18+ wears puts cost-per-wear at 27 cents?! Okay! 
  • Old Navy dress: $10.50 - This one was in the running for the favorites of '15 list, but I don't love it. Even so, it still is a good purchase. I got it for a great deal, and have worn it five times (you'll see it again soon in an upcoming post). 
  • Old Navy turtleneck: $5 - Some pieces in your closet aren't going to be your favorites, but some are going to be solid additions. Case in point: this turtleneck. (3 blog wears at this point, but I'm pretty sure I've spent some time lounging in it at home) I wish they would have brought it back this year -- I really wanted one in white with black stripes.
  • J. Crew Factory sweater: $15 - I bought a similar sweater from Old Navy the year before but returned it because I was being stingy. Then I bought this one last year and I didn't wear it nearly as much as I thought I would. I have this problem where I really love wearing navy, but I also prefer to wear black pants. And since I refuse to wear black and navy together... then I also do a bad job of wearing navy. I guess I need new non-black pants. Anyway, I actually took this on vacation as well. It was the perfect piece, paired mostly with bermuda shorts.
  • J. Crew Factory bracelet: $5.50 - I want to be a bracelet person, but I'm not. I generally don't think about jewelry until the last minute, and by the time I choose earrings and/or a necklace, I don't have it in me to pick a bracelet. I'll try to be better about that this year.

There must be something about the new year that puts me in a smart shopping state of mind, as I had a really good budget rewind last year for January 2014. Hopefully if I'm still in the blogging game this time next year, I'll have similar great things to say about January 2016's purchases.

Friday, January 29, 2016

January Budget

What I bought:
  1. mixed-stitch turtleneck: orig. $90, on clearance $15 - My mom had actually brought me this turtleneck in cream, grey, and strawberry, and had me choose one. I chose the grey because that one was her favorite. A week or two later, I was in the mall again, and I came across the turtlenecks. I had worn my grey one already a bunch and so I decided to pick up another.
  2. window pane skirt: orig. $70, on sale w/coupon and store credit c/o Mom $15 -  You may remember me mentioning this skirt from November's budget report. I finally decided I'd just keep it because it's neutral, it's my kind of print, and it fits well. Now if I can only get the styling down right... 
  3. amelia medallion flats: orig. $108, on clearance $20 - One of my goals this year has got to be to stop giving in to 50% off clearance + free shipping deals at J. Crew Factory. These were definitely an impulse purchase, but I can see them fitting into my wardrobe easily enough.
  4. printed woven shell: orig. $50, on super clearance $5 - Most of my shells are too tight at this point, and I wanted to add a new print top to my closet. It's another piece that might have not been the best decision, but will be easy enough to fit into my wardrobe.
= $55

What's in the mail:
  1. confetti fit & flare dress: orig. $80, on clearance $36 - I was first drawn to this dress when I saw it in store. At that time, it was full price, so it was a no-go. The next time I saw it, it was on sale, but they didn't have anything close to my size left. I ordered what I think should be my size, so we'll see what happens. I'm not sure whether I need another dress, but this one seems like it could easily be worn in the winter (with tights and a shirt under or cardigan over) or on its own in the summer.
  2. mini crossbody bags: orig. $40, on clearance $17 each - I ordered the red one and the cobalt one. Obviously I wouldn't keep both, but I have no clue which one would work better. I could see myself reaching for the red when I'm in a spunky mood, but wanting the cobalt one when I'm just trying to do my own thing. That makes sense, right? 

What was gifted:

7)  striped long sleeve tee  //  8) zip up hoodie  //  9)  ankle boots

not pictured: grid print muffler, black lace cami

I felt like I should still include these in my budget report as they are additions to my closet. These were Christmas gifts and/or purchased by my mom when we went shopping together over the holiday break. I bought the ankle boots with Christmas money thanks to my husband's side - that still counts as a gift to me. Side note: it's hard to believe how much better the deals were in store than they are online!

[Linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers]

Thursday, January 28, 2016


One thing you may (or may not) know about me is that I like animals. I like them a lot. I think they are pretty much the best things on this planet, and it makes me sad that they're so incredibly undervalued. But one thing that makes me happy is clothing with animals on it. It's safe to say that I'm a sucker for such things. A few weeks ago, I was in Forever 21 and almost bought a hoodie with an elephant on it. It took a few minutes for rationality to kick in and remind myself that I already have a sweatshirt with an elephant on it.

Later that evening, I grabbed my sweatshirt, cuddled with it, and said "I love you, Ellie". 

Sweatshirt: J. Crew Factory
Chambray Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Jeans: Charlotte Russe (old)
Moccasins: SO via Kohl's

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