Friday, August 30, 2013

How I Spruce Up My Casuals

Today I want to share about how I take my casuals and add what is to my thinking a little pizazz. There is nothing wrong with the way I am wearing this ensemble in the first picture but it's amazing how different I feel with a few added accessories, 5 extra minutes on my hair, etc. So, please allow me to present to you the before picture, featuring what I wore to stroll the neighborhood.



I could go pick up the bigger boys from school in this, but I feel much better when I leave the house like this...


Still nothing fancy, but that's a more confident smile right there. ;)





I quickly braided my hair, tucked in the shirt some, changed out the shoes for some complimenting sandals, added a few pieces of jewelry (one bracelet has some of the purse color for some "tie-in" fun), a pair of shades and I'm ready to go.

My husband is not a fan of the sandals and has been sweetly vocal about it. He refers to me as Pocahontas when I wear them, so I thought I should have at least one braid just for him. :)

How do you spruce up your everyday casual wear?

Outfit breakdown:

T-shirt: Banana Republic ($7)
Shorts: Gap (old)
Sandals: Nordstrom Rack ($5 find)
Bracelets: LOFT & Pandora
Crossover Purse: Clarks
Belt: Nothing Special




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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sequins and Stripes


Remember me telling you about my adventure with the boys over the summer at the mall? Well this sequined tank was one of the items that came from my labor (their torture) of dragging all 4 of them into Banana Republic. The orange color of the stripes is one of fall's "in" colors, so it will definitely be a transition piece, making the $12 I paid for it stretch even further!


The skirt was a treat from my MIL on her last visit in July and has already shown it's worth and versatility in all the ways I've been able to wear it.



Featuring the camel wedges and purse once again just shows that I am trying to get all the bang out of a buck that I can. :) 

Yeah, the chair went back further than I had anticipated...
Cool factor and all grace out the window yet again...That chair is so much deeper than it looks!!

Play it cool. 

Allow me to muster up my remaining dignity and close by stating that this will not be the last time you see the sequined tank. Why did that sound more like a threat by a cartoon villain? Anyway, you know what I mean. :) Have a wonderful week!

Chrissy



Outfit Breakdown:
Tank: Banana Republic
Skirt: LOFT
Shoes: old
Purse: gift - purchased on HSN


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Fuschia & Dark Denim

We had our first day of sunshine in a week at least...the little ones and I were going OUT! I stepped outside only to be greeted by a humid heat, that seemed to wilt hair and clothing in an instant.  Did I seriously put make up on? It was as if we had moved to the marshlands. Determined to go out anyway, I packed waters, snacks, camera and tripod and headed to the park. Yes, I did say camera and tripod.

Tip toeing around my neighborhood does not hold a candle to toting camera and tripod to the park, full of moms and children, who smartly wore their sport shorts. Freak!! You can bet I waited until most of the traffic of children and watchful moms died down before I started snapping pictures! Even then I was as inconspicuous as I could possibly be.

Nothing out of the ordinary here folks. Just pushing kids on the swings. Nothing to see here.


Of course I can't go to the park without multiple requests to go down the slide...Away I went! (Camera and tripod covertly hidden between primary colored columns.)





We did not stay at the park long. The stifling humidity was making us all cranky, but it still felt good to get out of the house for a bit.

As far as the outfit goes...I like pairing dark blue denim with bright colors or white. Then adding a contrasting color with an accessory brings more fun to the day. Well, not really. Just look at my expression in the full length photo! Doesn't give the impression of someone having fun, does it? Regardless, wear it anyway!

What do you wear with your darker denims? I wonder what a light chambray shirt would look like? Guess I will have to try that out...

Outfit breakdown:
Shirt: LOFT
Bermuda denim shorts: LOFT
Necklace: Birthday present - Macy's
Sandals: Clarks
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Rainy Days, Chambray & Play

Hello to the makers of Twilight! Let's have another movie and call it "New Rain"...come to Georgia. I promise you days upon days of dreary, rain-filled depressing-ness - perfect for the pale, blood thirsty characters we all know and love.

Oh, wait. We have plenty of those right here. I just walk outside and find myself immediately accosted by mini-vampiric, creatures of the day and night - looking to light on any exposed flesh.  Durn skeeters!

Truth be told, the continual rain is not getting to me as much as it usually does. In fact, yesterday the little men and I did our best to keep busy. We made bread, muffins, and prepared pancake batter. I even tried a few new outfit combinations, while they scrawled maps for a treasure hunt.


So with no where to go but the afternoon carpool lane we played...








My loved Quartz watch with LOFT bracelets, Target cuff, and Lia Sophia necklace


If these cuties were to do a fashion blog, this would be their signature outfit. One variation might be a set of superman pajamas and batman pajamas. Sigh. It's just not worth battling over, save for wash day. Seriously! I have to wash the shirts sometimes. One of the boys has been sleeping and day living in that shirt!

Well! It looks as if the sun will shine today!! Hope you have a wonderful day and if it's raining where you are - go out and play anyway!

Chrissy

For those curious:

Shirt, Skirt & Belt: LOFT
Boots: Wet Seal
Purse: B Makowsky

*Everything but the necklace, bracelets and belt were gifts from birthdays, Christmas and just-because-I-love-you moments. Blessed indeed. 
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