Canadian Tuxedo, Summer Style!

Hi there pretty kitties! For today’s post I decided to keep it super casual, mainly because we don’t do a lot of super duper casual on the blog. This is mainly because both Jessi and I are  more comfortable in dresses and skirts, so we get the, “Why are you so dressed up?” comment a lot, even when we’re feeling sluggish and comfy and just want to snuggle in with a fluffy blanket. So today you get to see me in my jean shorts. We took these on a sunny Sunday, and I had spent my morning packing box after box and thought, “Well, how about I just throw on a denim vest and some jewelry and call it a day?” when it was time to meet up with Jessi.

Oh this reminds me: We bought a house! It’s so exciting and fun, and I love everything about it and pretty much want to marry it. Kitties, there’s a laundry chute! Need I say more? The only part I don’t love is the packing process. Deciding if you can part ways with something for about a month is hard. Mainly because the answer is always yes, and then you start thinking, “If I can live without it for a month… can I live without it in my LIFE?” And then you find yourself in a conundrum over whether or not the immersion blender goes in the Salvation Army box or the Kitchen moving box. (Note: I kept it, reasoning I usually use it for soups and soup season is right around the corner!)

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Charlie has been really into fake tattoos lately, and he decided to share some with me. I think they are pretty cool, too. I mean, Jessi has way better [real] ones but having these for a couple days made me feel pretty badass considering they were cats, cupcakes, and cherries….

Off to pack more, and ask myself if I really need 3 different purple flats…

Outfit details: tank top :: Old Navy | denim vest and shorts :: Target | Meow necklace :: Forever 21 | bracelet :: gift from Joe | sandals :: H&M


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5 Of My Favorite Things: Iowa State Fair Edition

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Iowa State Fair. The crowds and hot weather can be overwhelming and really make or break a trip to the fair. With that in mind I kept my outfit cool, casual, comfy and country. At the fair I’m a little out of my element and I want to dress for the occasion and still be me. Mission accomplished I think!
There’s comfort in the routine my hubs and I have developed over the years when tackling the fair and the novelty of this once-a-year occurrence is enough to drag my butt away from the pool for awhile and experience the greatness that is The Iowa State Fair. In no particular order here are my top 5 favorite things about the fair:

1) The Food
Once we walk through the gates and into the fairgrounds John and I typically hit up the fried veggie stand immediately. We especially love the veggie corn dogs and deep-friend pickles, cheese curds and mushrooms. This year we made two visits and on the second time around scarfed Tenderloins and a fried cupcake. Ummmmm yum! Also disgusting. But yum.

2) The People Watching
All kinds of people go to the fair. All. Kinds. Once we get our food we stuff our faces and observe everyone walking around. The fair fashion is incredible! I also try to spy on what other people are eating. Since I have tunnel vision about my favorite food I don’t often branch out, so there’s lots I haven’t tried.

3) The Sky Ride
It’s just a colorful ski-lift but it’s a nice reprieve from the crowds and walking.

4) The Photo Ops
There are many cardboard cut-outs peppered around the fairgrounds and are 100% my favorite pictures to take every year. Check out our pic below to see what I’m talking about. The cow barn is where it’s at!

5) The Midway At Night
I am a total sucker for brightly lit carnival rides, so the midway at night is basically a dream come true. I know carnival rides can be controversial but sorry, I love em! Pretty much the whole reason we went the second time was to experience the midway after dark. We always end the fair with a spin on the ferris wheel and it’s just ten times better at night!

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Outfit details: dress :: Hill Vintage | shoes :: Wet Seal | scarf :: gift from Marlena | belt, pin :: thrifted

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Romance in Bloom #MonthlyMani

Hi Kitties!

We’re doing something new here on the blog today: nail art! We’re linking up with a slew of lovely bloggers and we’re all sharing our nails based on the theme: Romance in Bloom. The theme was suggested by Sistas from Cali because August is “National Romance Awareness Month” in the U.S.

So when I was googling what on earth National Romance Awareness means, I came across a simple question: “What is one of the most romantic things that has happened to you?” I’ve been cleaning like crazy lately (SUPER ROMANTIC), and the other day I found a bunch of cards from Joe when we had first started dating. He would send me pretty flower bouquets at my job all the time, and would always write funny/charming/heartwarming things on the card. Well I always threw them in my underwear drawer and it was such a fun treat to find and read all of them years later!

So in honor of these notes I have for you: newspaper nails! And a sorry excuse for a flower. And no pictures of aforementioned love notes simply because I packed them away in a box last week and I definitely didn’t feel like digging them back out. Sorry! Laziness prevails.

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Have you heard of newspaper nails? They are the easiest nail art ever!

All you do is:

1. wait for your (light color) base coat to completely dry
2. dip your fingers in a little rubbing alcohol
3. press your nail onto a newspaper for a few seconds.
4. after it dries, put a top coat on it and you’re done!

Some of mine are a little smudgy because I moved when I was pressing the nail to the newspaper, so try not to do that!

For the little green dot flowers I just dipped a bobby pin in the polish and used that to paint the dots. Easy!

Admittedly this is my second attempt at Romance in Bloom; the first attempt I tried to paint flowers on top of the newspaper nails and it ended up being super cluttered and just looked really tragic! Whoops.

Now go get inspired by the rest of the bloggers who have participated in #MonthlyMani, and use the hashtag and tag us on Instagram (@hereprettykittykitty) if you decide to try out your own romantic nails!

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Jacki and Leslie from Sistas from Cali
Megan from Eclecticity
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Brooklyn from thesparklinprep
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement

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Cows, corn dogs and crazy rides: The Iowa State Fair!

The Iowa State Fair is one of those annual events that fellow Iowans either love or hate: there doesn’t seem to be much in-between. I for one love it! This year we kept it pretty simple; we saw the cows, ate a corn dog, and rode the Berry-Go-Round (which.. yikes! Charlie may have loved it but I thought I was going to get sick!). Then as we were leaving we stopped for some ice cream! We did meet up with Jessi and friends and took a state fair time-out to take some pics of our outfits.

I decided to keep it pretty easy and breezy for the fair this year. Jessi gave me this dress for my birthday and I have been wearing it pretty much every week. It’s so comfy and pretty! I decided to pair it with some ruffly socks and my boots for a bit of a country-fied look.

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One of my favorite things about the fair is that I’ve been going pretty much every year for the last 7 or so years, and I know for a fact that I’ve never seen everything. Take this pretty garden Jessi and I discovered right by the agriculture building; I’d never noticed this little beautiful pocket right off one of the main roads before!

Outfit details: hair bow :: JCPenney | dress :: birthday gift from Jessi, from Hill Vintage | belt and socks :: Target | boots :: Steve Madden, from Von Maur

Have a fabulous Saturday! And if you live in the Des Moines area, may I suggest a visit to the fair tomorrow? It’s half price!

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Favorites: Iowa State Fair Fashion

Today we are headed to the Iowa State Fair! And we know what you’re thinking: the Fair is a time to laugh at woman mullets and bad cut-off t-shirts and not a time to celebrate fashion at its finest. HOWEVER, we’re here to tell you that it is totally time to have fun with your outfits. Here are our picks:

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1. For $9, these are the perfect accessory!
Apple Pie Earrings :: TinySweetsMiniature via Etsy

2. The state fair is the perfect time to show some skin and really let it all hang out!
Hot Dog Crop Top :: SwayChic

3. Don’t forget your sunnies at home!
UO Heartbreaker Sunnies :: Urban Outfitters

4. Have your money, camera and flask at the ready with this fanny pack.
Denim Fanny Pack :: American Apparel

5. A sweet little country top. Just don’t spill any ketchup on it from your giant corndog!
Wine and Dandy Top :: Modcloth

6. Treat your feet to some easy all-day walking in these puppies.
DV by Dolce Vita Sandals :: Bluefly

7. Gingham and a big bow? Sold.
Straw Bag :: BijouxMignonHandmade via Etsy

8. My vote for state fair fashion is: the brighter, the better!
Stretch Bull Denim High-Waisted Skirt :: American Apparel

Have a fun weekend!

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Road Trip + Family Fun

Last weekend John and I took some time off from our regular lives for a good ole family vacation! We drove up to a lake house in Wisconsin to hang with my brother and his better half as well as my mom, aunt and grandma. I grew up on road trips so the five hour trip it took to get to  our destination was no big deal. As a kid my family often drove to Colorado and we made several trips to Florida and even drove to New York once. Throughout the years John and I have taken many mini road trips to Omaha, Minneapolis and Chicago so by now we pretty much have road tripping down to a science. We stockpiled music and podcasts (check out our Podcast post to see what we’re in to!), got our requisite bagel and tea breakfast on our way out of town and stopped once or twice for road snacks and to stretch John’s long legs.

Side note: my fav road snack hands down is a Whatchamacallit candy bar. I can’t believe they still make those! So delish.

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We took these photos at a rest stop that was downright beautiful! It was tucked into the woods a bit and perfect for a photo op. When traveling in the car I like to dress for comfort, of course, but don’t ever want to get caught looking too schlubby. This outfit here has been my summer go-to of late. The top is actually a stretchy dress that I could not personally pass as a dress (too tight! too short!) but it works just fine tucked into a skirt or high-waisted jeans. I’ve really been in to scoop-back tanks or anything that reveals my tattoo. I almost forget about Gus in the middle of winter! I’ve gotta show him off when I can. I bought this denim skirt very recently from a store in the mall that I would not normally shop at (check out my outfit details at the end to reveal the mystery store!). I’m typically very into thrifting or spending as little as possible on anything, with the exception of dresses from Modcloth, my total weakness! I usually stay away from slightly higher end stores because of the price tag, but this denim is quality and it’s nice to own something that I know won’t fall apart any time soon. Oh the luxury! Don’t get me wrong though, I will thrift-shop until the end of time, I’m in no way fully converted. But this skirt is so comfortable and fits into my wardrobe really nicely. And it withstood the road trip test!

I spent the next few days in my swimsuit by day and leggings and boots by night around the camp fire. It was nice to get away and I 100% do not want to go back to work, right?!

outfit details: Top, seashell ring :: forever 21 | shoes :: urban outfitters | skirt :: Ann Taylor Loft (similar) | necklace :: Domestica | belt :: thrifted | sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

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A day on vacay

Last week Joe, Charlie and I went on an epic Midwest road trip for our 2nd Annual Summer Family Vacation (last year we headed west!). On Monday, we found ourselves in the Dells of Wisconsin. If you’ve never been, I’m here to tell you: that place is cuckoo! I’d never heard of it until about a month before we left, and I wasn’t prepared for all the craziness! As a friend said, “It’s like Vegas mixed with Branson plus a bunch of water parks.” Love!

We had a jam-packed day: mini golf, a deer park, a ride on an army boat (called a duck!), and lots and lots of swimming. Luckily Joe snapped some pics of me during mini golf, and I’m also sharing some other photos taken that day.

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Looking at these photos again makes me wish I was still on vacay! Our whole trip was just super fun, and this day was one of the best.

Packing for a week long trip is always a little bit of an exciting challenge. Here are my tips for vacation packing:

1. Write down/draw out the outfits you want to wear each day, and tuck it into your suitcase. Sometimes I feel inspired on the trip to mix and match, but I like knowing I have planned outfits since you don’t want to spend 45 minutes getting dressed when adventures await!

2. Try packing outfits that you know you feel good in and are comfortable. I’ve packed crazy outfits that I’ve never worn before the day of vacation, and then I’m uncomfortable all day and regret it. Juxtapose those crazy fun outfits for a normal weekend!

3. Plan for weird weather. One day on our trip we hit a cold front and downpour and it was in the mid 60s. This led to the whole family getting new hoodies at a mad dash to Target, when we could have just packed them!

4. Always remember to bring at least one extra outfit. You will look at what you wrote down to wear one day and think, “Nope. Not feeling it.” It’s nice to have another option all ready picked out!

I want to know your tips, since I am definitely no expert (see #3)!

outfit details: sunglasses :: Forever 21 | dress :: an epic garage sale! | belt :: my mom’s | shoes :: Charlotte Russe (super old)
on Charlie :: long-sleeved tee :: gift | basketball shorts :: Children’s Place | Air Jordans :: gift, Nike Store | Batman hoodie :: Target (similar)

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