Sunday Funday!

The hubs and I don’t always get weekends off together, but we recently had a Sunday to ourselves and took full advantage of the situation. This means that we slept in late, stuffed ourselves with brunch and went to a movie matinee. Sooooo pretty much my perfect day!

There is almost nothing I love more than a good brunch on the weekends. I mean, at no other time is it appropriate to accompany Mac and Cheese with Biscuits and Gravy (my fav combo), plus a refreshing mimosa AND hot cup of tea, and don’t forget pastries! Brunch is where I hope to go when I die… So I’m sure you can imagine my delight when John agreed to hit up our favorite brunch spot on a rare Sunday off. I threw on this little number and coerced him to take my pictures, post brunch, in the sculpture garden downtown.

I’m obsessed with this top I recently got from American Apparel. The colors are super eye-catching and I love a good geometric print. The fabric is really stretchy and it’s a warm little crop top for winter! I’ve been pairing it with everything that I can, from high-waisted skirts to this mint, peter-pan collared dress. I’ve been so into crop tops recently and they transition nicely from summer to fall to winter when topped off over a dress.

We took these pictures right before it got to be unbearably cold and I was able to be jacket-less for what will probably be the last time in months. So many tears…

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We kept the rest of the day very chill and saw the movie Nightcrawler (anyone seen it?) It was fantastic, especially if you love to see Mr. Gyllenhaal do his thing, and who doesn’t love that?

Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | Top :: American Apparel | dress :: H&M (in black) | shoes :: ASOS (similar) | necklace :: Domestica

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Fun Fall Outfits

Well fall is underway here in central Iowa so we’ve put together a couple outfits to get you inspired! Our fall tips: calf-length, high-waisted skirts all the time, tights all the time, and booties all the time! The end.

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Marlena’s fall outfit

1. These are so statement! Love a cobalt moment.
Chentres Drop Earrings :: EPUU via Etsy

2. This dainty little bow sweater is so darling! Let’s be honest: I like bows on everything.
Take a Bow Sweater by Dear Creatures :: Ruche

3. This is the right amount of every day mixed with a little luxe!
Mini A Satchel in Gold Dot :: Saturday by Kate Spade

4. The pattern on this is so pretty, plus the color is gorgeous!
B. Jones Style Skirt :: Modcloth

5. Adding a little texture to your tights is an easy way to add a little interest.
Chevron Pattern Tights :: Forever 21

6. Black booties are a must.
Nonchalant Boots :: Seychelles

 

Jessi’s fall outfit

1. Capes are perfect for fall.
Black Wool Mix Cape :: New Look

2. Nothing like a gold statement necklace!
Lilana Lariat Necklace :: Nasty Gal

3. Crop top sweaters pair perfectly with a high-waisted skirt.
Kimchi Blue Bella Pullover :: Urban Outfitters

4. Love a high-waisted denim skirt!
High-Rise A-Line Denim Skirt :: Chicwish

5. Polka dot tights add a lovely vintage touch.
Sheer Polka Dot Tights :: Unique Vintage

6. A chic take on the black bootie
VANELi Vartan Perforated Bootie :: Nordstrom Rack

 

Happy Sunday!

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The weirdest sweater

I don’t even know where I got this sweater. If you gave it to me, or if it’s yours, please tell me! Especially if you want it back. I found this sweater in a box while unpacking and was like, “uhmmmm who are you and why are you so amazing and weird?”

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Do you see what I mean? It has giant cuffed sleeves that fall down, it’s both tight and giant at the same time, and the pattern/colors are amazing! Anyway, it’s a keeper.

Fall fashion for me right now is all about sweaters over dresses. And tights of course! I’ve been buying up as many crop sweaters as I can find since I think those are easiest to pair with dresses in my closet because they aren’t all bulky at the waist. Ignored that with this outfit though; I think bulky sweater is okay the shorter the skirt. Heyyyyy!

Life isn’t slowing down any time soon I suppose. Charlie turned 3 last week which is just nuts. 3 seems so much older than 2. 2 he was still baby-ish. 3 is all, “Momma, your face smells like bread in a bad way” and “I do not like mushrooms and pepperoni but I do like bats.” What I mean by this is that he’s turning into this hilarious little human instead of a cute little sack of potatoes. What an adventure! Except the potty training. That adventure sucks.

Outfit details: Sweater :: no idea (Jessi, is this yours?) | Bow necklace :: Forever 21 | Navy blue dress :: Urban Outfitters | Oxford heels :: Dollhouse via Buffalo Exchange | Ruffle socks :: Target

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Gone Patchin’

Every fall since Joe and I have been together, we’ve gone pumpkin patchin’. Is that a verb? Anyway, this year was no exception and we had so much fun! Charlie is old enough this year to really get into all the stuff they have for kids: climbing hay bales, sliding down a giant tube slide, making mud pies, taking a hay ride and of course the key part: picking out pumpkins. I was definitely overdressed for the occasion but I feel like that on a daily basis so I was okay with it. Shout out to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch! We had too much fun.

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I just really love gourds

I just really love gourds

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The 30 for 30 Fashion Challenge is finally over! I’ll post the results some day soon, promise! Just know that it’s been so fun to unpack all my clothes and find real gems I’ve been missing for what seems like a lot longer than a month. Like this cowl I put on when I found it Friday and haven’t taken it off all weekend. It’s just like this warm little snuggle kitty on my neck, without any stray fur stuck in my mouth.

Well, I am currently sitting in a coffee shop typing this since we still don’t have internet at our new house yet, and my computer decided to take a big crap on me last week. But I’m back in action and feeling good about it! Hope everyone is well, xoxoxoxo

Outfit details: Cowl :: gift from Jessi, made by Ramona | fall cape :: thrifted, Found Things | striped gold and white sweater :: JCP | polka dot shorts and tights :: Target | black booties :: Jessica Simpson, Amazon | Hair bow :: Forever 21 | Cuff :: gift from Joe, Betsey Johnson at Von Maur

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Farewell Summer

It’s officially fall in Iowa and in an attempt to bid adieu to summer I’m sharing one of my favorite summer looks! In the dead of winter I long for nothing more than to throw on a dress and sandals in order to be ready for the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love layers but I’m trying to preserve the tights-free and sweater-free days that are left, and those days are numbered.

This dress to me is quintessential summer. Gingham will forever remind me of picnic blankets and if I had my way I’d spend every obligation-free day sprawled on a picnic blanket, eating bread and cheese and drinking sangria… But that’s not a reality, my life is not a Pinterest board! But if I could, I would.

I love the fit and length of this dress. Often when I buy a dress it’s too long and I have to hem it up or it’s too short which makes it a tights only dress, which means I can only wear it in the fall or winter. This was a birthday gift and on the pricier side, but I’ve learned you really do get what you pay for. Here I get fantastic fit and adorable details like the buttons up the back!

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And then there’s the elephant in the room… My new cat tattoo!! I’ve been wanting a cat tattoo (or Cattoo) for awhile now but nothing I saw or thought of seemed quite right. Then along came John to save the day. Oh the perks of having an artist for a husband! I asked him to draw something up for me and he came up with this and I fell in love. It’s purrrfect, it’s just what I wanted and I’m happily to officially be a member of the crazy cat lady club!

Outfit details: Dress :: Modcloth | shoes, belt :: thrifted | sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | necklace :: White Rabbit

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A Summer Dress in Autumn

I love finding new ways to wear clothes I’ve had for years. I stumbled upon this match-up late one night when I crazily packed up 95% of my clothes into cardboard boxes and announced to my empty bedroom, “We are moving to our new house in 30 days so I hereby declare my participation in the 30 for 30 fashion challenge!” More on that later, since as I write this I’m only on Day 18. (Note to self: Day 18?! I have so much to do in 12 days!!)

I’ve tried this look before, and it didn’t quite look right. If the shirt underneath is too big, or too clashy, this look will just not work. I’ve said it a million times, but one trick to matching patterns is to match one color and that’s what I did here. I love being able to wear my summer dresses when there’s a crispy chill in the air. My go-to is to usually wear the button down on top and tie it at the waist, but next time you feel like doing that, why not try going under?

My cat flats are the single biggest compliment-receiver in my office. It’s gotten to the point now whenever someone says they like them, I just meow at them instead of saying thanks! I use them in place of a plain, black flat and I must say it’s working well for me during this challenge-thingy.

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My little family has been trying to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having in between all the packing. Last Sunday (when Joe took these pics) we walked on a pretty trail in the city, and Charlie took his big wheel bike out. He’s growing up so fast! He just whips around these curves so fast that we have to run to catch up with him. And I just have to say this: 2 1/2 is where it’s at, kitties! He sleeps through the night, he loves routine but is still pretty laid back, and every day I’m just amazed at his crazy imagination and wit. Oh and maybe the best part: he loves to snuggle! Okay, I will stop but just know I could talk ad nauseam about my little Chazberry.

Outfit details: Polka dot button up :: JCP | Dress :: Dear Creatures at Vitae Design Collective | Mustard tights :: Target | Cat flats :: Gift from Jessi, Modcloth

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#MonthlyMani: Autumnal Hues

This month for our #MonthlyMani series the group picked Autumnal Hues. As I mentioned in our last post, autumn has kicked up it’s chill here in Iowa so this theme really grabbed me. If I could paint little bowls of soup and giant cups of lattes on my nails, that would have been ideal since it’s how I’ve been celebrating so far. Alas, I don’t work at WAH Nails so I chose to go the fall fashion trend route of nude nails!

Have you jumped on the nude nail bandwagon yet? I’m here to convince you to get on! Once you find that perfect nude that isn’t too transparent (what’s the point?) or too pink (just wear light pink!) then you’ve found your perfect match. It took me a long time, to be honest. Usually I would go to Target thinking, “I will buy a nude nail polish,” only to leave Target thinking, “Oooh I can’t wait to see this weird baby blue texturized polish in action! Wait, what color was I going to buy?” But the other day I successfully found one that looked great (CoverGirl Forever Fawn), and so far so good! And since just painting my nails nude for a monthly manicure post seemed frightfully boring, I decided to have some fun with another 2014 nail fall fashion color: dark red!

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The little red dot pattern turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would, I must say! Here are a few tips if you want to try a similar look:

1. Use a dotting tool. If you don’t have one of those, do what I do and use one end of a stray bobby pin.

2. Start by putting some nail polish on the bobby pin and putting your first dot right in the center of your nail, however far down you want to go. Then just add two dots on either side of the initial dot, creating a little arch. I liked it when the first dot was slightly larger due to more polish being on the pin.

3. Have fun with your accent nails! I did the arch three times on each accent nail to shake things up a bit. You could also flip flop the colors, so paint the accent nail dark red with nude dots. I thought of that too late or I would have done it myself!

Nail polishes used: CoverGirl Forever Fawn | Sephora by OPI Forever Wild | Essie Good to Go Topcoat

 

Now go see how the other pretty kitties in our group got creative with the theme!

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Erika from Erika’s Style Diary
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement
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P.S. Let me know if you want to take the #MonthlyMani challenge with us next month! We post the 3rd Wednesday of the month and it’s open to anyone that likes to polish their nails. You can also use the hashtag on Instagram to play along this month!