Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday Latelies

Oh glad I am when you get here because when you are here that means tomorrow is Friday and then finally the weekend! It has been a pretty busy week, so the weekend can't get here soon enough. I am thankful for being busy, though, because the alternative isn't much fun. Here are some other things I am thankful for this Thursday:

1. Infinity scarves. I don't have one but I need to get one. I have tried to learn how to tie the scarves I have in a way where one does not see the ends...but it always ends up looking odd or the knot comes undone. Whoever invented the infinity scarf is a genius. Here is one I have my eye on.

2. This toner from Aveda. I had a facial at the local Aveda Institute last Saturday and it was heavenly. The toner was recommended and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized and not tight and dry. It's got rose in it, so it also smells great (but everything Aveda has smells awesome IMO). It isn't for those ladies with super oily skin, though. (Side note - if you have an Aveda Institute in your area you should check it out. Their prices are great. The facial I got was only $45.00).

3. Apple picking. I think I might go apple picking this weekend and I am so excited. I haven't been in years and I can't wait to start baking pies and such. Yum.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

work it wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, friends!! And Happy Fall! Fall just seemed to sneak up on me this year, especially since the weather has warmed up yet again here in North Carolina.

Okay, so I just got this dark blue dress from Kohls and I adore it. I am already scheming several ways to work it into my wardrobe. Here are three looks I plan on trying out soon:

1. Wedding Wear
I got this dress specifically to wear to a wedding. I picture it with nude pumps and a nude clutch and some simple jewelry.

Kohls Dress 1 - wedding

{dress, pumps, handbag, necklace, earrings}

2. Wear to Work
I think this dress would be too short without tights, so I think tights are a must for wearing this number to work. I think it would look great with a black blazer, black opaque tights (or textured if you are daring), black pumps, simple earrings and a fun colored work bag (I couldn't decide if I liked the pink or the orange bag I added them both) :)

3. Bummin' around town
This dress might seem fancy for bummin' around town...but sometimes you need a little wardrobe pizzazz - even if you are just going to the post office. I also think this would work great for meeting friends for brunch. Pair it with a comfy cardigan, flats or oxfords, a fun knit hat, messenger bag, and fun jewelry for running errands in style.

For some reason Blogger keeps changing my font sizes even though I edit them to be the correct size. What up with that, Blogger? Anyone else have these issues before?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

wacky internets

I have been having a horrible internet connection the last couple of days. Has this happened to anyone else? I blame it on this. Slow internet....slow e-mail...sometimes it is a welcome thing to force yourself to do something other than surf the internet - but it makes blogging that much more difficult!

I will be back to regularly scheduled blogging soon. Just wanted to stop in to say hello before my internet slows down again!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

study break...

I didn't watch the Emmy Awards because I was studying, but I did get to see a fashion recap. Overall the gowns were gorgeous and I love that there was an emphasis on red! One of my favorites of the evening was...

Sofia Vergara. She is the epitome of style and grace - and she can do know wrong. How gorgeous is she in this dress?

Who gets your vote for best (or worst) dress from the Emmy Awards?

Monday, September 19, 2011

blog mini-hiatus

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I just wanted to say I will be taking a little blogging hiatus for a couple of days. My upcoming test is this Friday morning so I need to spend this week studying my tush off. Don't fret...I will be back. : )

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, September 16, 2011


TGIF everyone! I am so happy it is finally Friday!

So I was taking a gander at the Kohl's website and here are a few things I came across that I absolutely love:

Kohls Fall 2011


{dressdresstoptopwristlet, boots}

I found myself at the Kohl's website in my pursuit for taller boots. I posted about some boots at LOFT that I fell in love with...but I am also keeping an eye open for an option that is a little less expensive but made well. I need to go see these boots in person.

After looking at boots I found myself looking at the stuff from the LC Lauren Conrad line. Those two tops and dresses are from her line.

I love the color and quilting of that wristlet. A nice cranberry color for fall.

Looks like I might be stopping by Kohl's this weekend...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Latelies

This week I am thankful for... crock pot. One of the things I love about the fall (other than getting cozy in some nice warm sweaters) is being able to use my crock pot. I love my crock pot. I also love eating healthy. Since these two don't often go hand in hand I was excited to discover Skinny Crock Pot! I found them on Facebook and then discovered they had a website! I am so excited about this so I wanted to make sure to share it with you. I am totally going to try the bread pudding recipe ASAP.

...Lacrosse season. I play women's lacrosse on the Carolina Heat so I am thankful that the fall season is going to start soon and I can start to play again! Summers are slow for our team since we play local college club teams so once the fall (or spring) season starts, everyone is excited to get back on the field. lightbulbs. I got something in the mail from our local power company saying they were trying to get everyone to switch to more energu efficient light bulbs so they were going to send everyone some of those CFL light bulbs for free! You know the super expensive ones...

Free stuff always rocks.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

work it wednesday!

Since I just got a pair of red Toms I thought it would be cool to see how I could work them three ways.

1. Game Day

The team I have adopted to root for down here is NC State. I have a lot of friends who went here so it seemed natural to adopt them as my home away from home team (this is the team I root for normally). People in the south dress differently than people in the north and there is this big focus on what to wear on game day. Normally one would wear a shirt with the logo or name of the team but down here there is more of an emphasis on looking cute and wearing a lot of the color of the team you are rooting for. Who am I not to take a perfectly good opportunity to look cute?
NC State's main color is red, so for game day I would load up on the red accessories (and of course my new red Toms).

red toms 1 - ncsu tailgating

{long shirtshorts,Toms shoeshandbag,necklacestud earrings}

2. Movie Night

I have been dying to wear my Toms with a dress. I think a floral dress would fit the bill nicely.

red toms 2 - dressed up
3. Errands Around Town/Saturday Coffee Date with Friends

Red Toms would add a nice pop of color to an otherwise basic outfit. Oh, and check out that acorn necklace!

red toms 3 - cool day

{Sweatshirtskinny jeans,TOMS shoessaddle bagjewelryCami}

What are you working today?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

LOFT - fall favorites

If you read a lot of blogs it is no secret that most of us are ready for fall. LOFT has some great pieces to add to your fall wardrobe. Below are some of my favorites.

LOFT - fall favorites

{cable cardiganboat neck topdresslong skirt, platform bootsplatform pumpssuede wedge heelsrhinestone jewelryaviator shadesanimal print scarf}

I think those chocolate suede wedges calling my name. Those boots? I have been looking for a pair of taller brown (or grey) boots with a slight heel and these might just fit the bill. And that striped sweater cute would that look with a skinny belt and tights? I'm in love.

What are you looking to add to your fall wardrobe?

Monday, September 12, 2011

brain dump monday

1. I love coffee. I probably drink too much. Some people drink it because of the caffeine (I do, as well) but I legitimately like the taste of coffee. One of my favorite coffee drinks (as mentioned in a previous post) is the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I have already had a few of those delicious drinks this good.

2. I got a pair of red Toms this weekend and I am so excited! I got red because I have always wanted red shoes and they add a nice pop of color to an outfit. So far they are super comfortable. There is a good chance this won't be my only pair. My "work ii wednesday" post will be dedicated to them.

3. I think I am getting a cold. It still feels like summer around here so having a cold this time of year seems really strange. 

4. I am taking the LARE (Landscape Architecture Registration Exam) and it consists of 5 parts or rather 5 individual exams. I am studying for a part I am taking on the 23rd of this month. As a post-college person I have found it is really difficult to find time to study once you have fallen into the "work" routine and I feel like I have so much going on all the time. Has anyone had to take an exam after college have any tips for studying?

5. I recently read The Art of Racing in the Rain and if you haven't gotten your hands on it, you need to. Warning: you will probably cry. The book is from the perspective of the family dog and it is so well written - it's worth the cry. {Disclaimer: I did start to tear up when I started to read it in Barnes and Noble so make sure you are not in a public place when you start reading it.}

6. American Eagle has $10.00 off their jeans right now. If you are in need of a new pair of denim you should check out their selection. As an adult I always find it a little odd to shop there since the target audience for that store is probably 14-17...but they have great jeans at great prices.

Happy Monday everyone! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

red winter coat(s)

Jills's post from Tuesday over at Good Life For Less (a blog I read daily) got me thinking about winter jackets. Winter here in North Carolina is a long way away but it always seems to sneak up on me. I am originally from Syracuse, NY where it snows more often than not, so my winter coat was more about function than fashion. I purchased a black pea coat a while back but I am looking to get something to add a punch of color to the otherwise dreary days of winter. I am also thinking red because it pretty much goes with everything. I don't need something too heavy so I can go with something lighter and a little more fashionable than my heavy-duty Columbia winter coat.

Here are some jackets I love:

{via Old Navy}

{via Old Navy}

{via Old Navy}

{via Top Shop - this is the one from Jill's post yesterday}

Old Navy seems to always have something good at a good price point. If I don't end up getting the jacket from Top Shop I am leaning towards this coat from Old Navy. The color is Rowdy Red - what is not to love?

What type of jacket will you be sporting this winter. Are you even thinking about winter-wear yet?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday Latelies

Happy Thursday everyone! Here are a couple of things I am thankful for this week:

1. Pumpkin Spice Lattee (or PSL) from Starbucks. Nothing says fall like a PSL. I haven't had one yet (it was very un-fall like this morning) but rest assured I will have one soon.

2. My hubby. Our wedding anniversary is today! 4 years ago I married my bestest friend. {awww}  : )

3. The rain we have had this past week. We planted our fall garden and now we can just watch it grow. We will soon have cabbage, broccoli, and radishes. I heart fresh food from the garden!

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

work it wednesday!

I decided to join in on the fun for work it wednesday! These three outfits are all breaking the white after Labor Day "rule" with white skinny jeans.

Look #1: Date Night

white after labor day #1

I have this navy top and it looks great with pretty much everything. It also has pockets {bonus!}. That necklace will soon be mine. I love the colors - another piece of jewelry that will add pizzazz. 

Look #2: Casual Saturday

white after labor day #2

I love these red Toms so much. I am thinking about adding them to my vast collection of shoes (I consider myself a shoe collector).  

Look #3: Casual Friday

white after labor day #3

I am loving this look for a casual Friday at the office. White trouser jeans could be substituted if skinny jeans for the office isn't your thing.

Happy Wednesday and don't forget to check out more at good life for less!!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! As Jill over at Good Life For Less mentions in her post today, fall is here (or almost here depending on where you live). With fall comes some wardrobe swaps - my favorite being able to wear jeans again. One trend that was big this year was white skinnies. I don't personally own a pair (I have a fear of spilling things like ketchup on white clothing) but I love the way they look and some day I might be brave enough to get a pair (although I will most definitely have to stock up on Tide pens).

This article caught my eye this morning regarding wearing white after Labor Day. I am loving the Alexander Wang cage-sleeve jersey top.

Question(s) of the day - to wear or not to wear white after Labor Day? What white pieces will you be adding to your fall wardrobe?

{image via}

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday Latelies

I have been inspired by other bloggers doing Thursday Latelies posts that I wanted to join in on the fun. Here is what I am thankful for today:

1. Coffee. I feel like I haven't been able to get enough coffee this week.

2. This song. It always makes me want to get up and dance. I heard it on the way to work this morning and I was definitely car dancing (which is always amusing to watch in rush-hour traffic).

3. Cooler weather. It makes me want to actually be outside and it makes running in the morning so much better.

Happy Thursday!!