Short and sweet (like my crop top)

I am happy to report that I’m not sick anymoreeeeeee! I know 99.9% of you crazy cats didn’t even know I was sick but oh man. I was! It all started last weekend when my son was hit by the stomach flu in the middle of a Cheesecake Factory (being a mom can be so glamorous!) and then it hit me 4 days later. Anyway, I’m not going to let you in on the beautiful details, but please know I am feeling more alive and energized than I have in a few days and it feels goooood!

So anyway, these photos were taken awhile ago (proof: where’s the snow?) but I have to say I may need to pull this outfit out again. Polka dots on polka dots are always a good idea!

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I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. Have a lovely Sunday! I’m going to go drink another Americano and daydream of spring. Gingham prints are coming soon to the blog!

Outfit details: Hair bow, chain fringe necklace :: Forever 21 (here and similar) | Striped crop :: Target | Dress :: Charlotte Russe | Flats :: Thrifted, gift from Jessi

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Happy Blogiversary to Us!

Two years?! Yay us!! We decided to commemorate this milestone with a lil celebratory ladies brunch, and It. Was. Delicious. As you well know, I love to get good and dressed up for a Sunday brunch and who better to do that with than your fashion partner-in-crime? You can tell we’re getting old though, because instead of bloody mary’s and mimosas, hot tea and a latte were our drinks of choice.

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Here’s what we wore!

JESSI:

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I went for something a little bit Valentine’s inspired, but strayed from the classic red I wore on Valentine’s Day. Mint green and magenta seemed to make sense to me (yes? no?), and they most definitely matched this incredible wall that I’ve somehow never noticed before. Purrrrfection!

Dress:: Urban Outfitters | booties :: c/o Shopbop | sweater, heart necklace :: Forever21 | belt :: Hill Vintage
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I went full blown Valentine’s Day down to my heart tights! This top was a dress with a black skirt on the bottom but it was a super dowdy length. Think ankle length. Anyway, I had cut it shorter but it really needed hemmed. Flash forward 2 years and I had never worn it and I thought… HELLO! Just cut off this silly skirt and make it a top. Voila, kitties! I’ve already worn it like 3 times since I did it. Success story!

Outfit details: Ribbon :: Michael’s | Peplum top :: House of Vintage | Collar :: thrifted | Earrings :: Forever 21 | Skirt :: My mom’s from the 80s | Black heart tights :: Target | Black booties :: Jessica Simpson

Love you all, pretty kitties, and thanks for reading!

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#MonthlyMani: Happy V-Day!

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? In honor of the love-y love-y day I’m wearing red and/or pink every day this week. I own a lot of red, so this is fairly easy. Anyway, my nails are also ready for the festivities!

For this month’s theme I went as I always do: super easy! I have to let you in on a secret: These heart nails are about as easy as it gets. I took a page from Kristi’s book and used a coffee mug to show off my nails. She’s so smart!

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Here’s what I did:

Pink heart: I used a striper. You get a bit more control with your designs using one, but alternatively you could use my go-to nail art tool: a bobby pin.

Black hearts + text: I used a sharpie! Sharpie nail art is the best thing ever. You have to use a top coat though or it will just rub right off. I have the metallic sharpies, too, and those are amazing on a dark nail.

Left hand vs. right hand: So I did the left hand myself and then was confounded on how to do my right hand. So I asked (forced) my husband to draw hearts on my right hand! I knew if there was one week that I could get an “oh, alright” from him it would be this week only. Or maybe our anniversary week. Anyway, they look absolutely goofy but they each make me smile a lot. And bonus: He didn’t even draw a penis on one of the nails! You don’t even know how surprised I was about this.

It’s not the big V-day yet! Go buy some sharpies raid your office supplies and make these nail hearts happen.

Oh wait! Better idea: Get more Valentine’s Day nail art inspiration from the rest of the Monthly Mani bloggers:

Kristi from Delightfully Kristi

Piniel from Pins-Place

Justine from The Thrifty Girl’s Guide

Kate from Into the Stratosphere

Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali

Erika from Erika’s Style Diary

Melissa from The Fashion Huntress

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1 Dress 2 Ways: Lularoe Pt 2!

Here’s my take on the dress Marlena styled a few days ago! At Here Pretty Kitty we love layers and I decided to go for an old Jessi classic: throw a sweater on over a dress! While a cardigan over a dress is very practical it’s also very obvious, and I wanted to mix things up a bit! I don’t have a lot of yellow in my wardrobe but I noticed the yellow in this super cute Lularoe dress matched pretty perfectly with this great vintage sweater I so often forget about. A match made in heaven! This dress is SO comfortable and I really love the length. Trust me, I have plenty of short skirts and dresses in my closet, so the extra booty coverage is a welcome change! I actually can’t wait to bust this dress out on a beautiful spring day with sandals and bare arms. BUT none of that is happening in February in Iowa.

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I’m a sucker for matching a brown belt with brown shoes, but took a detour from my usual brown booties for these wooden heels. Honestly guys, they are much easier to walk in than it looks!

Not to be cheesy, but I think all I’m missing from this yellow look is a little sunshine, amiright?!! To put a positive spin on the dreary, cold days we’ve been having I’m currently weighing which of my favorite indoor activities to partake in: cat cuddling, bad reality tv time, snacking, napping…. Everything?!
Be sure to check back because we’ve got a lot happening on the blog this week, including celebrating our 2nd blogiversary. Yay!!
Outfit details: Dress :: c/o Lularoe On the Go With Kate | shoes :: Urban Outfitters | belt, sweater, scarf :: thrifted
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p.s. Check out Lularoe On the Go With Kate’s Facebook page and Instagram @lularoeonthego not only because she posts cute clothes on there, but also because she has an adorable kitty!

1 Dress 2 Ways: Lularoe

So last week we shipped off Charlie to my parents house for the week and while we of course missed him, it was so awesome! We tried to make the most of it. Highlights from our first Sunday alone (and yes I realize this list is totally pathetic to most people but we were living the dream!):

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• Stayed in bed until 9 a.m.!
• Had a luxurious morning at a local coffee shop drinking lattes and pretending to read the paper.
• Went out for a late brunch at a semi non-kid friendly spot
• Spent the afternoon lounging and putting together IKEA furniture (with no arguing!)
• Met my BFF Mindy’s new baby, Rafa

The rest of the week was filled with happy hours, a double date with Jessi and John, 30 extra minutes to sleep in the morning, and so much more!

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I definitely checked out on my environment this time around didn’t I?! Chain link fence = hot mess

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Have you kitties ever heard of Lularoe? My friend Kate brought over a bunch of their clothes over one lovely evening. It was the best! Everything they offer is both super adorable and super comfy. I got this dress in two different patterns. You should definitely go like Kate’s page on Facebook because she’s always posting great stuff from them, plus discount codes and stuff!

I love pairing a collared shirt under a dress, and this one works really well for that. I’ve been super into scarf ties lately. The winter, for me, can get oh-so-dreary so I always like figuring out ways to add color. I’d love hear your ideas in that department!

Outfit details: Scarf tie :: thrifted | Glitter collared shirt :: TJ Maxx | Dress :: c/o Lularoe On the Go with Kate | Riding boots :: Target

Stay tuned to see how Jessi styled this Lularoe dress!

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Spring Outfits!

Well, 10 inches of snow is falling outside right now so we thought we’d daydream about what we’d wear if it were spring!

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Jessi’s:

1. Dress up any outfit with tassels!
Tassel Drop Earrings :: Saks 5th Avenue (on sale for $18!)

2. Brighten up your day instantly with this dress.
A.L.C. Thomsen Dress :: Shopbop

3. Nothing says “Spring Please!” like a little floral.
Pink Rose Hair Barrette :: ClaudiaMadeThis via Etsy

4. Cut the color with a little edge.
Lauren Merkin Snakeskin Clutch :: Shopbop

5. Purrrrfect for curing winter outfit blues.
Selima Suede Ankle Booties :: The Outnet (similar)

6. Contrast with colored tights.
Pink Tights :: Uniqlo

Marlena’s:

1. These are the perfect shape and color!
Bilko Shades :: Nasty Gal

2. A short sleeved sweater works with any coolness still lingering in the air.
3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Crop Sweater :: Shopbop

3. What a cute springy pattern!
Oh My Love Floral Shorts :: Urban Outfitters

4. I love a darling flat when the weather gets nicer.
Dolce Vita Pavari Skimmers :: Anthropologie

5. The 80s really nailed the clutch.
Red Clutch :: TheVintageMistress via Etsy
Think Spring, Kitties, while you don those cute snowsuits!

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A Lil’ Cranberry Sweater for Brunch

Something I’ve really come to love is a crop top. Trust me, this is a surprise even to me, but a welcome one! Since it’s not the 90’s anymore I’ve learned there are numerous ways to style a crop, and in fact the trend goes hand in hand with my love of all things high-waisted. I’m super excited about this cranberry cropped sweater courtesy of Shopbop! While navigating their site this popped out at me right away due to the striking color. Plus it looked warm and cozy, so score! Let me tell you kitties, this sweater is soooo comfy! It’s warm and fuzzy and not itchy at all. It’s actually a little more cropped than I usually like, so instead of pairing it with a high waisted skirt I threw it over one of my favorite polka-dot dresses. This dress is normally a summer staple but works perfectly with a sweater. I pulled out another old favorite for this look, these tapestry shoes! I love these heels dearly, but since they are pretty unique they don’t get a lot of action in my every day life.

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We shot these pictures on a Sunday, before the husband and I went out to brunch. Now, if you know me at all you know I luvvv a good brunch. And since I’ve been extra busy it was the best feeling to sleep in, spend a little extra time getting ready and feeling lovely and heading to brunch with my honey. I ordered croque madame bread pudding (yummmm!) and John and I split lemon-blueberry pancakes. It was decadent and just what I needed. Maybe I’m crazy but I love getting a lil’ dressed up for brunch; is anyone else on the same page as me? If so I highly recommend checking out Shopbop for a cute little dress or darling skirt!
Outfit details: Sweater :: Shopbop | shoes :: Modcloth (similar) | dress :: Target

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