Friday, May 31, 2013

May Purchases

Your Neighbor Thrift Store

1. AC-3998 denim jacket, $2.50. I bought it with the intention of cutting off the sleeves.

I love how my "new" vest dresses down my outfits!

Heart Clothing Boutique

2. Geneva double wrap watch, $36.00

This watch has converted me to a daily watch-wearer. It goes with everything.

Blake Austin Beauty Emporium

3. Crown ring, $10


4. Studded sunglasses, $16.99

I wear that watch almost everyday and these sunglasses, too!


5. Melie Bianco coral and khaki color-blocked handbag, $39.95. This is my favorite style of handbag: big enough to hold my camera, opens at the top, detachable long strap. The colors aren’t bad, either.

May total: $105.44

Total spending for the year: $810.31

Remaining 2013 budget: $628.69.

Put a Hat On It

Greasy roots, overdue color, and overgrown shape are all fixed with a hat! (And a trip to the salon later that evening.)

Vest, cut from a thrifted jacket. Dress, Lipstick. Shoes, Steven by Steve Madden. Hat, Betmar. Brooch, gift. Watch, Geneva. Rings, Black Hills Gold and vintage. Bag, Colini Handbags (thrifted)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pink Connection

Pink lips, pink necklace, pink scarf, and pink flowers (on my shoes) bring it all together.

Dress, Merona. Scarf (worn as a belt), Calypso St Barth for Target. Shoes, Miss Me. Sunglasses, Target. Green beads, World Market. Pink beads, Target. Bag, Colini Handbags (thrifted).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Trattoria Contadina

I dressed for dinner in the city tonight: black leather, leopard, and a touch of color.

Blouse, INC (thrifted). Dress, Bebe. Belt, Express. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Cuffs. Watch, Geneva. Bag, Melie Bianco.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Let Me Entertain You

I’m afraid I’m not providing much entertainment with today’s outfit. What can I say? On a Tuesday, after a four-day weekend catching up with a Marine Corps friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years, I’m doing well to wear two shoes that match.

Jacket, London Jeans. Dress, Muse (gift from reader). Shoes, Lela Rose for Payless. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Epcot Morocco. Watch, Geneva. Bag, thrifted.

The weekend was entertainment, enough. Beefy enjoyed hearing our Marine Corps stories. Erica and I caught up over multiple glasses of wine, beer, champagne, vodka+vitamin water (?!), and ill-considered shots of Jagermeister. Jasper, though, was the star of the weekend. He ran around Erica’s large, wild yard, spent TWO nights away from home, fetched reliably for the first time, and swam in the American River (with a sea lion!) When the humans tired, we always found watching Jasper to be entertaining.

A few Jasper snaps from the weekend (although, none, unfortunately, of the swimming):

Who wouldn't want to watch this dog?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I've Got a Bad Idea

I have a lot of ideas. Many of my conversations with Beefy start like this: “Babe! I have a great idea!” Sometimes they are really good, like pairing this shirt and dress. Sometimes they are kinda bad, like choosing to take my pictures in this location.

Shirt (cut from a dress), INC (swap). Dress, Jones New York. Belt, thrifted. Shoes, BCBGeneration. Earrings, Claire’s. Bag, Nicole Lee. Watch, Geneva. Ring, gift.

I discovered this spot on a Sunday afternoon, it seemed perfect: shade, easy parking, no traffic, industrial background. On a Thursday at five in the afternoon, though, Redding Avenue under US 50 is a thoroughfare. I still had shade, parking, and the background, but the traffic (pedestrian, bicycle, and automotive) was unbearable.

My next great idea is not to take pictures here, again!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Two Sheer Florals, Again

I’m repeating a concept, if not an outfit: layered, sheer florals.

Dress, Swap. Belt, H&M. Skirt, Carole Little (thrifted). Shoes, J Crew. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Claire’s. Bangles, Tala’s Distant Treasures and thrifted. Bag, Charming Charlie.

Sheer floral layers then and now:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Some days, my job involves a lot of driving. I don’t mind because I love exploring. I’ve “bookmarked” a thrift store, cave, and historical site near Pine Grove to revisit with Beefy. These pictures were taken at the entrance to Grinding Rock State Park. We’ll be back!

Dress, Suzi Chin for Maggie Boutique. Scarf worn as a belt, TJ Maxx. Pumps, Prabal Gurung for Target. Sunglasses and earrings, Target. Bag, Go Jane. Bracelets, Tala’s Distant Treasures and Claire’s.

P.S. I had this dress tailored and love it even more! The tailor added darts to the back and took in the side seams of the bodice.

Now and then.

Monday, May 20, 2013

So Simple

I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired as I planned this week’s outfits. This was one of my no-brainer choices: black and khaki with a subtle pattern mix. I was too lazy to switch out my bag from Friday. Otherwise there wouldn’t be any color in this ensemble at all. I’m happy with the very simple result, though.

Dress, Jovovich Hawk for Target. Belt, Express. Leggings, We Love Colors. Shoes, Giani Bini. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Pangaea. Ring, gift. Bag, Go Jane.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cover Shoot

This covered bridge is such an awesome spot for photos: interesting backdrop, low-traffic location, perfect light, and (mostly) protection from the elements. The wind still makes its way through the missing boards. Sometimes the breeze makes for great photos.

Jacket, London Jeans. Shirt, New York & Co. Skirt, Chaus Sport (thrifted). Shoes, Nine West. Necklace, Serket Jewelry. Rings, vintage, gift, heirloom, and/or thrifted. Bag, Go Jane.

And sometimes not so great.