Monsters in Winter

Where do you go when it’s gray and gloomy outside for photos? May I suggest a bright, giant monster mural where you can stand in front of one of the said monsters and look like you’re being eaten? My two-year-old son would approve, especially if there was a fart joke somewhere in this post.

Anyway, today’s outfit post is brought to you by my favorite combination of black and white mixed with a bright pop of color. Egads, I just looked back at my last 3 outfit posts and they all fit under this category! I need to get an imagination already. Next week: I refrain from black and white!

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I actually had quite a bit of fun with this outfit. I have been feeling purple lately (Oh no, what does that mean?) so I added my pretty purple purse, earrings, bow, and nails. Vavoom! Last but not least, my hair. It’s quite subtle but my braid isn’t just any old braid. I actually parted it into 3 strands, like you do, but then braided one of the strands before braiding the entire thing. I saw it on The Beauty Department. I love it, although now I realize you can’t really tell. Rats!

Looks like I couldn’t work in a good fart joke. It’s very hard to do in this medium without sound.

Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Forever 21 (similar) | Hair bow :: Charming Charlie | Purple earrings :: Gift from Jessi! White Rabbit | Top :: Von Maur | Scarf (as a belt) :: thrifted | Skirt :: Target (similar) | Tights :: gift from my Aunt Lori! Kohl’s | Purse :: Ruby Begonias | Wedges :: Target 

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Chicago Road Trip!

As Jessi mentioned, we headed to Chicago for She & Him for a birthday weekend. My best friend in the whole wide world, Kim, lives in Chicago so I was so excited I couldn’t sleep for days. I felt like when I was 12 and would toss and turn thinking about rollercoasters the night before going to Six Flags. I’m happy to report the weekend lived up to my sleepless nights!

Kim knows that when I visit I have to stop at my two favorite vintage shops, Kokorokoko and Shangri-La Vintage. They did not disappoint! Jessi found out about the Urban Outfitters Outlet store on Clark and let’s just say we didn’t want to leave.

For the concert I found my inner (outer?) Zooey and wore this Dear Creatures dress Joe bought me for painting the kitchen. For accessories, I just kept adding what I bought to the ensemble. When Kim (or was it Jessi?) pointed out this amazing zebra mural I knew it was perfect for my outfit! I kind of blend right in, don’t I?

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Chicago highlights included: Uber cab, playing board games with Jessi, John and Kim the first night, shopping and drinking beer, the concert, Vernon and the Ethiopian Bread Debacle, Jessi trying to get on the L, getting bitten all night by a lovely little demon cat named Joey, and catching up with Miss Kim. So, basically every minute! And I thought turning 31 would be oh so boring. . .

Outfit details: Sunnies :: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Earrings :: DIY | Dress :: Dear Creatures, Vitae Design Collective | Belt :: Francesca’s | Aqua ring :: Gift from Kim | Laura Palmer ring :: Kokorokoko | Purse :: thrifted

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Plaid Plus Stripes

Last summer I bought 3 dresses from Forever 21. I promptly shrunk all of these dresses the first time I washed them. Since when do $15 dresses require a glance at the tag? Luckily 2 out of the 3 dresses still fit, the skirts are just a bit short for my comfort.  So what’s a girl to do?  I chose to sport a little striped skirt underneath my blue dress. Voila!

I’ve been noticing bun wraps pop up over the internetz and was inspired to dig out one of my scarves for the look. This particular one has been a challenge up until now because it’s too short for my neck and it slips when it’s around my head. This is a win-win!

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My necklace is a gift from Joe for Mother’s Day, as are my earrings. I love them! The circles represent Joe, me, and Charlie. So, so, so, so sweet!

Next week is my birthday and we’ll be celebrating all week long here on the blog, so think cupcakes, a favorite dessert recipe, and so much more!

Outfit details :: scarf :: thrifted | plaid jacket :: forever 21 | dress : forever 21 | belt :: target | Marjorie Baer earrings & necklace :: gift from Joe | black and white striped skirt :: target | boots :: aldo

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Birthday gift outfit

I know my birthday was a little while ago but I’m just now getting around to debuting some of the amazing birthday gifts I got!! Most of this outfit here was gifted to me from the lovely Marlena (shocker, I know!) It’s really easy for us to shop for each other because we have such similar taste and fashion sense- I think we both usually just find stuff we want and then gift it to the other- that’s what I do anyway 🙂

I’ll jump right down to the shoes because they’re my favorite part of this outfit. Mint green cat shoes that are oh so comfy…winners! I was shocked when I saw them and can’t get enough of them.
I love this striped dress too. The skirt is short and airy and perfect for spring and summer. It’s taking me a little time to get used to wearing dresses without tights after the longest winter ever, but its so nice to be able to set my legs free.

I bought an iPad with my birthday money and I am absolutely LOVING it! And it turns out this purse is the perfect little carrying case. Check out Marlena’s DIY to find out how to make one for yourself.

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John brought me these sunglasses from his recent trip to Portland, which is great since I really don’t have any sunglasses….(jk, my home is overflowing with them.) But I don’t have any like this, and I love them!
Not to sound 80 years old or anything, but I’m soooooo excited for beautiful weather. Marlena and I have been brainstorming about all the fun things we want to do blog wise now that its spring and I can’t wait for you guys to see what we have in store!

Outfit details: dress :: gift (thrifted) | shoes :: urban outfitters | necklace :: domestica | sunglasses :: gift | purse :: Dry Goods + DIY | belt :: thrifted | cat ring :: a truck stop

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Favorite Floral

I do love stripes, I mean, who doesn’t? So it was really no surprise to me that Mar and I had essentially the same soft, striped blazer hanging out in our closets. I got mine at Target a few months back, and it really is great. Part jacket, part cardigan and totally awesome!

This floral dress is one of my absolute favorites that I’ve had for years. It’s a reworked vintage piece that I got at White Rabbit. It’s a great length that I can easily wear with tights or without. I love the cut of the dress as well- it’s sleeveless, and while I’m not normally into high necklines I think it really works on this number.

The shoes are yet another favorite. I’ve worn them to death, they’re almost unwearable. You can’t tell from this picture but the bottom right shoe has a terrible crack, so I definitely can’t wear these when it rains or snows! I’m thinking of taking them to a cobbler for repair, because I love them so dearly and can’t bear to part with them… Oh the perils of buying vintage shoes!

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I was having an incredibly lazy day, hence the scarf thrown into my hair. A scarf in my hair used to be my go-to hairstyle. I’ve gotten away from it over the last year or so but it’s a great option for when I don’t want to put much effort into styling my hair…

As Marlena mentioned in her last post there was a girl roller skating at the park and although she was just learning, it looked super fun and made me miss the days when I would live in my roller skates. We might have to try it out this summer, although it could certainly end in disaster!

Outfit details: dress :: White Rabbit | shoes :: thrifted | jacket :: target | belt :: forever21 |

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Dotties and Stripes

This week Jessi and I are both styling a black and white striped blazer, so stay tuned! I picked mine up at Charlotte Russe a few weeks ago, and easily the best part about it is the soft fabric. And I admit it: it wasn’t exactly warm enough to wear these shorts, but I just love them paired with the stripes. Plus I love how they look like a skirt but function as shorts, which, as a mom to an 18 month old, is actually super awesome. Lots of bending down + mini skirt + slight breeze = problematic. But no one sees my goodies with these lovely shorts!

I finally bought a new bag. I’m the first to admit that I don’t really get into bags. I’m not into brands, and I usually end up just picking one up at Target and using it until it falls apart. Which mine did, so: new purse! I actually ended up getting this for a whopping $20 at TJ Maxx. It’s super soft and has lots of pockets to lose things. For example I already lost and found some peanut butter crackers. Yes!

Side note: Looking at these pics makes me realize I need to get my bangs cut! Good thing I’m headed there soon. Yikes.

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I’m standing in a wading pool that is not filled for summer yet. A little girl was trying (but failing) to rollerblade near me, and it made me wish I had on some roller skates for this shoot. Maybe next time!

Outfit details: necklace :: gift from Joe | blazer/cardigan :: Charlotte Russe (similar) | belt, shorts, tank, shoes :: Target | purse :: TJ Maxx

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p.s. Don’t forget to come back later this week to see how Jessi shows her stripes!

My Favorite Color

Bare legs! They may be as white as a vanilla sundae but I don’t care! I just got this dress at Target and I must say it’s so purrrrfect I’ve already worn it three times and I just got it last week. The color is what really sold me; it’s my favorite! I also love the fullness of the skirt, the cute length, and the fact that I can wear it to work but also all weekend. I also picked up this belt recently at Target, and I must say it’s simply lovely. Are you feeling stripes? Flowers? I couldn’t decide so I twisted it in the back so I could show both. I have a feeling this belt is going to become a staple.

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We visited my mother-in-law this past weekend, and it was fun, relaxing, and very outdoorsy. I of course wore this dress and even got a little sunburned! These legs may have a chance after all.

Outfit details: Flower headband :: DIY | Earrings :: Francesca’s | Necklace :: Gift from grandmother | Bow bracelet :: Kintage | Purple bracelet :: Gift from husband, Marc by Marc Jacobs | Dress :: Target | Denim jacket :: Target | Belt :: Target | Flats :: Charlotte Russe (similar)

Have a happy week!

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Partyyyy Time

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If you know me well, and even if you don’t, you know that I love my birthday!! Birthday week as a whole was really amazing for me this year, and the best part was definitely the birthday party John and I threw at our place. Lemme tell you kittens, it did not disappoint! I had a great time, as did the guests. There was food, friends, music, dancing, presents (!!!) and of course the AHMAZING cat party hats that Marlena made. Check out the DIY to see what I’m talking about.
During the party John got out his old camcorder and secretly pulled friends aside to have them record birthday messages for me Real World confessional style. It was such a fun treat to watch the next morning! It was all so much fun I almost forgot that I even turned 30 🙂

I love this lil party number I picked up at Forever21. Sizing at Forever21 can definitely be a little discouraging. Sometimes I’m a small and sometimes I can’t even squeeze into a large… This dress has a nice poufy skirt which I assumed would be no problem, but once I got it on the lining inside was so tiny I couldn’t fit it over my hips. I bought the dress anyway and promptly cut out the unnecessary lining and voila! Problem solved.
I’ve been waiting for a purrrrrfect occasion to break out these bow tights and they did not disappoint. They felt right at home under this dress adorned with bows at the hip. I thought these shoes would be new favorites but after wearing them for a whole night I’m not so sure. My feet and calves were paying for all the dancing done in those pretty shoes, but (almost) worth it, I’d say!
All the jewelry worn were presents given to me throughout the night. During party preparations I forgot to accessorize, but that turned out to be no problem at all. Thanks friends!

P.s. I can’t forget to mention Gladys the goose! Doesn’t she look pretty sitting there in the corner? She was definitely a hit of the night.

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Hi there, Marlena here! We decided to do our outfit post together this week: and I have to say that even though our pics are a bit lower in quality (I mean, our main light source was a goose) they are a bit higher in fun! Haha, that sounds cheesy but it’s true. Anyway,  I absolutely love John and Jessi’s parties: they never disappoint, and this time was no exception! Between the dancing, the cheese ball, and the awful strawberry whiskey, I had a wonderful time; I mean it ended with me begging my husband to let me spend the night! (He reasonably said no.)

I just bought this dress at Urban Outfitters when we were in Omaha during one of those “clearance-is-on-clearance” sales. I like to think I saved this dress from the shredder. Or Marshall’s. It has a lot of the best things I look for in a dress: stripes, sweetheart neckline, cut out back, and pockets! I went the nautical route by adding my red bow belt and blue flats. I must have been too excited for the party because I, like Jessi, totally forgot about jewelry! Woops.

Well, happy birthday again to my lovely blogger bestie!

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Jessi’s outfit details: Dress :: forever21 | tights :: target | shoes :: urban outfitters | earrings/necklace :: gift! | bow pin :: gift! | party hat :: marlena! DIY

Marlena’s outfit details: party cat hat :: DIY | dress :: Urban Outfitters (similar)| red bow belt :: thrifted | flats :: Charlotte Russe (coral version)

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My Favorite Dress in a Butterfly Garden

This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday in Omaha and had a blast! We went shopping, ate awesome food, went swimming at our hotel, and then on Saturday hit the zoo. We even took a time out and shot some photos in their lovely butterfly garden.

This dress is one of those dresses that I love so much, I can still remember the day I bought it. I mean, look at it: the collar, the sleeves, the stripes! I was with my bff Kim in a small vintage shop in Chicago and it was seriously love at first sight. And since that was 4 years ago, pretty much every person I know has seen me in it. And now that includes you!

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A blurry photo, but a butterfly landed on me!

A blurry photo, but a butterfly landed on me!

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Jessi gave me this cute little mint belt for Christmas and I have to say I love it mixed with this dress. Confession: I only wore these shoes for the photo shoot. I switched to my gold oxfords about 2 seconds outside the butterfly garden. Even though these heels really are comfy, they are not let’s-walk-around-the-zoo-looking-at-monkeys-and-tigers comfy. But a diaper bag is for filling with extra pairs of shoes, right?

Outfit details: dress :: thrifted | mint bow belt :: gift from Jessi (Forever 21 coral version) | bracelet :: gift from my husband (Micheal Kors) | floral tights :: target (old) | black wedges:: scheel’s (yes, really)

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p.s. Next we’ll be celebrating Jessi’s 30th birthday on the blog, so you’ll want to stay tuned! xoxo

Stripes in the Wind

One thing I love: stripes! One thing I hate: wind! I’m not talking about hating on a nice summer breeze, but it can get quite windy in these parts and ruin a perfectly pleasant day. Who wants to take a picnic while you watch your napkins go a-flying and your blanket struggles to stay on the ground? Good for flying a kite? Yes. Good for photo shoots, not so much. It was windy this day, and you can tell from my photos I was less than amused. But the sun was shining at least, so I threw on this striped dress and headed out to brave the elements (I’m being dramatic here- I just really do hate the wind!)

I have many black and white striped articles of clothing which all serve a different purpose. I especially love this one though. Horizontal stripes on the front, chevron stripes on the back. Genius! It’s stretchy but not too clingy, and long sleeved to boot. It’s really quite purrrfect.

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I’m not even gonna go on about how I love this denim jacket, but take note pretty kitties, yes it’s new, and yes, I do love it! The color, the detailed stitching on the arms. And I’m done.

There’s a running theme here, but another thing I love and can’t get enough of are big ole sunglasses. I have so many pairs thanks to forever21- what can I say, they’re cheap! And I tend to lose and break sunglasses easily, so I try to not invest too much in them. These here were a tad costlier, but not by much, and they’re quite different from any others I own. Score!

Off I go now to catch up on Veronica Mars. Boyfriend and I are watching the series again to celebrate the Veronica Mars Movie… I’m so excited! And soon the weather will be nice enough I won’t be able to justify sitting inside all day watching tv. What a hard life I lead.

XOXO Kittens!

Outfit details :: sunnies :: Sosie | jacket :: Forever21 | dress :: Urban Outfitters | wedges :: Target

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