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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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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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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Green Acres, Take 2!

This is part 2 of the farm photo shoot I took when visiting my mom in Mt. Vernon a few weeks ago (see my first farm post here!). If you want to get another peek at cute kitten Thomasina, you’re in luck!
I got this dress from White Rabbit in Iowa City (can I just live in that store please? I’m obsessed!) This dress is a true summer go-to with the light fabric and floral print. I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture lying down in the grass, I missed a great Virgin Suicides moment for sure.
I know I’ve gushed about Worishofer sandals here on the blog before but I can’t stress how great they are! These are my second pair and they’re truly like walking on air. One of the worst parts of my job is the fact that I can’t wear open toed shoes to work. Sorry to be shallow but this really bums me out! Instead I save these puppies for gallivanting around on days off.

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I don’t know about you all but I’m having a pretty great summer so far. I’ve got a bit of a tan going, have been hanging outside with my cats as much as possible and going on ice cream dates with my love.  The weather really turned up a notch today so I plan on hitting the pool hardcore this next week and I’m super excited about that!
outfit details :: dress, necklace :: White Rabbit | sandals :: Worishofer via Zappos  | belt :: thrifted

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On crop tops in your 30s

As Jessi mentioned in her last post, 80/35 is always a highlight of the summer, and this year was no different! Fashion-wise, I declared this year to be Crop Top Year at the music festival. Before you cringe and think, “Oh God, isn’t she in her thirties?” please know that high-waisted skirts are the solution to the “How DO I make this a crop top year when I’m 32?”

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I found this gem of a denim crop while thrifting with Jessi in Kansas City earlier this summer. It actually has a hole in the middle of it to show off your totties but I opted out of that little circus and instead tied this scarf around myself like a little gift and pulled the bow part out! The first day of the music festival was July 4th, so naturally I had to milk that for all it was worth. This amazing Western-style skirt I found just days before the festival, and it’s really the perfect skirt to get your twirl on in.

Friday highlights: Watching my son tap his little foot to the beat of the music and Conor Oberst taking me back to 2002 when I loved Bright Eyes!

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Outfit details: sunglasses, earrings :: Forever 21 | Denim crop top :: Re-Runs in Kansas City | red scarf :: thrifted | skirt :: Atomic Garage | sandals :: K-mart (yep. and I love them. AND they are on sale right now for $8)

DAY TWO

Day two I of course continued with my crop + high waisted skirt theme, although this time I left the country at home and went with a bit bolder ensemble. I decided on tights because I felt like I was going to end up accidentally flashing my butt to strangers every time I sat down on the street curb to eat a corn dog. Problem solver!

This outfit is my favorite of the two, which surprises me since I admittedly didn’t have it on all day. In the morning I opted for an easy, summer dress because my hangover was saying to me, “You want to wear what? Here, just put this on.” But in the middle of the day Joe and I went with my mother-in-law and Charlie to my brother-in-law’s house for a fun BBQ and after we got back I decided to step it up.

Saturday highlights: Boy and Bear, Har-di-Har, cheeseburger at Proof, Those Darlins, banging down the bathroom door and running full speed to get to my girls for “The Distance” by Cake. Yes, I am that fan.

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Outfit details: gold bow :: seriously found this at the Dollar Tree | sunglasses :: Forever 21 | Triangle necklace :: Nicole & Dime (bought this the day before at 80/35!) | Crop top :: I Heart Ronson at JCPenney | skirt :: Vitae Design Collective | Tights :: Target | Booties :: Charlotte Russe

Talk to you soon kitties!

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80/35 Music Festival Street Style

Luckily while we were taking in all the music and booze this past weekend, Jessi and I were smart enough to stop some pretty kitties that brought their A-game to 80/35 this year. Since the first day of the festival was the 4th, we loved all the creative patriotic outfits. Of course, we were also pumped to see so many cat prints!

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Anna | Derek

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Bradie | Will | Jes

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Carly | Austin | Hillary

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Josie | Josh | Ramona

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Arin | Gina | Katie

We’ll be sharing our festival outfits soon!

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Green Acres

A few weeks ago I visited my mom in Mt.Vernon, a couple of hours away from Des Moines. She recently moved back into the farm house she grew up in, a home that’s been in our family for over a 100 years. It’s not a working farm anymore but is pretty gorgeous in the summer. The yard is huge, and I would know, I used to have to mow it back in high school! The light was so nice when I pulled up to the farm that I made my mom take pictures of me right away. When your friend or family member is a fashion blogger you never know when you’ll get pulled into and bossed around for an impromptu photo shoot!

Anytime I go back home for a visit I try to make a stop in Iowa City for a quick shopping trip. I was short on time but managed to run into White Rabbit and pick up a few things. Yay! I’d been eyeing this necklace via White Rabbit’s Instagram account (@whiterabbitgalleryic). Since I’m prone to breaking/losing jewelry I don’t usually invest too much in it but I decided to splurge slightly and I’m so glad I did, I’ve worn it nearly every day since I got it. I also picked up this tank on my stop. It’s lightweight and the print is super cute! I don’t have much else like it in my closet, which is a new shopping rule for me. There have been too many times that I’ve come home from thrifting only to realize I had nearly identical dresses or tops just waiting to be worn. I’m gonna take a moment here to say I think that Cher from Clueless was spot on in terms of archiving all her outfits via Polaroid pictures. The girl is brilliant, obviously! New summer project, perhaps???

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The first order of business once I made it to the farm was to play with my mom’s new kitten, Thomasina. She was about 8 weeks old when I met her and just toooooooo cute! I’ve tried to talk my mom into getting another cat for awhile now and I’m excited she finally did! Suffice to say most of the evening was taken up with kitten time, much to the dog’s chagrin. But we did manage to take a break and visit Palisades Cafe in town (shout out Palisades Cafe!!) The food was super delicious and, even better, is owned by a friend of mine from childhood. We had a brandy cheese dip to start and I had a black bean and beet veggie burger… Yum yum! Highly recommended if you happen to be passing through Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Outfit details: tank, skirt, necklace :: White Rabbit | Shoes :: Worishofer

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On being a mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas out there! A couple nights ago my husband asked, “Did you always know you were going to be a great mom?” To which I of course laughed and said, “Huh? I feel like you don’t know until you become one, and then every week you question it.” He then said, “Well you are, but I just figured you always knew you’d be since you have such a great mom to emulate.” And it’s true! I do have a great mom! She has taught me to be patient, loving, and to trust my instincts, all three traits that have been indispensable when raising a little one.  It can still be hard as shit on some days, but the majority of the time it isn’t. Okay: now I’ll stop and focus on a great thing about Mother’s Day: the presents!

I got home on Friday and my boys had surprised me with my gifts early: a beautiful orchid my son picked out, and even more beautiful earrings and bracelet my husband picked out! This weekend has been lovely already and it’s just the morning of actual Mother’s Day. I’m feeling very spoiled! Right now Joe is cooking me a big breakfast and Charlie slept in until 8:30. Win Win!

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I just bought this skirt during Pink Revolver’s trunk show last weekend. I love it! It’s the perfect fit and length, and I love the pattern! My top is actually a dress (which I’ve worn before here) but  I love how it brings out the lighter colors in the skirt.

Outfit details: Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings and bracelet :: gifts from Joe | shirt (dress) :: thrifted | skirt: Pink Revolver, available to Vitae Design Collective | belt and sandals :: Target

Have a happy rest of your weekend! I’m off to eat blueberry pancakes….

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Let’s pretend it’s summer

On Easter we spent the afternoon at Gray’s Lake, a local park in the middle of Des Moines. It was a bit windy, but oh my it was so lovely. Think running in the sand, playing at the playground, and throwing rocks into the lake.

Full disclosure: we don’t actually swim in the lake. I have a pretty high tolerance for disgusting things (I mean, I have a son), but the lake itself is basically a giant toilet. After I stepped on a dirty diaper one time, the luster of the free swim was over. We now go to the city pools, where at least I can tell myself the chlorine kills all the pee….

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I was never into maxi dresses before getting pregnant three years ago. Then I fell in love with the easiness of them. This one is a bit too low-cut for my preference, so I wore the scarf. This concealed everything about 20% of the time due to the dumb wind.

Anyway, these photos make me want to leave my computer and get back to the beach! Too bad it’s raining…

Outfit details: striped hat :: garage sale find (similar from Modcloth) | scarf :: gift from my grandma | striped top :: Kokorokoko | maxi dress :: target (similar) | bow shoes :: target (similar) | bracelet :: gift from Joe, Betsey Johnson | sunglasses :: my husband’s, from a gas station (similar)

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