Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Goldilocks of Tees

A shout out to Adela King (Ladies of London) for turning me on to these t-shirts through her Instagram posts. They are the best fitting tees and are flattering for anyone with a bigger chest. 


I have bought multiple tees trying to find "the one."  It has been a frustrating search. Some are too big and look boxy or they too small and pull across my chest, but these are just right!




These Splendid tees are also a great length.  The quality is great too, but I do dry them on delicate simply because the fabric is thin.




Boots are by Dolce Vita and can be found on sale here.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kitchen Island



The kitchen island in our house is good sized.  It looks really plain without anything sitting on it, but the hubs likes it bare. I can't stand it bare, so I added an apothecary jar and began collecting wine corks from special occasions. I have been trying to use a marker to write the date and a brief description about who the bottle was shared with or I where I was (like vacation spots).  It is fun to see them and read things like "Girls Lake Trip 6/17), because it brings up a fun memory or two. The apothecary jar  is from Overstock, but I could not find the exact jar, so I linked a similar one. 

I fell in love with these candle holders when I saw them. I love it when you see something and it just fits your style and there is no indecisiveness.  I feel like I wear myself out sometimes making simple unimportant choices.  The candle holders are from Zgallerie.  They now com in gold, which I would have bought instead if they were available at the time I bought mine. 

Have a great Thursday...the weekend is almost here! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tchotchkes


When we moved I told myself I did not want to start collecting a bunch of stuff that I didn't need and would want to get rid of a year later. I have been trying to take my time picking my "tchotchkes," but I am failing!

I just bought these items for the kitchen counter, but I didn't spend a ton of money, so I am not feeling overly guilty. 

The marble tray is from Target. It is heavy, but the quality is great and love the gold handles. I picked up the wine glasses at World Market, but I could only find the stemless version online. 

I wish I could find a link to the cute bottle of matches. I love them,  because the look adorable and have a strike pad on the side of the bottle.  I found them at Home Goods and the brand is Botanique

 The scented candle is from DW Home. The scent is smoked teakwood & vetiver.  It has a musk smell that I find relaxing.  I am not a fan of fruity or floral scents, so if you feel the same way you'd love this scent. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kitchen Backsplash

The back splash behind the stove top was looking bare, so I searched  Pinterest for some ideas. The only thing that kept popping up were cutting boards, which I thought were boring until I found this adorable elephant at Anthroplogie.  

The elephant looked lonely sitting up there by himself, so I added this round cutting board,  It is from the the Magnolia  line at Target and has two leather handles. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Spring Accents

We are so ready for spring around here! Easter is tomorrow and it is a true April Fool's day because we are expecting snow. SNOW...they must be joking!

I added some faux greenery to this vase, hoping to inspire spring to make an appearance.  I purchased some pussy willows from the local shop Petals and Potpourri  and I got the vase from Target.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Instagram Roundup


 I love the leather legging look, but wasn't sure it would work for me. I decided to go for it when I found these vegan leggings at Aritzia. They are a great quality and the sales associate convinced me they would last forever. I don't regret the purchase, but they had hung in my closet since September with the tags still on them. I finally took the risk for a recent holiday party.  

You can purchase them here:  DARIA VEGAN LEATHER

They also come in vegan suede here:  DARIA VEGAN SUEDE

Boots by Guess here: FRAN BOOTIE

Top by Ro and De (sold out), but similar HERE and HERE and HERE


I found these tights at Forever 21. Tights are an easy way to spruce up any outfit. This chevron print took a simple work dress to a more fashion forward level. Such a simple and cheap way to feel a little more fashionable.

I wasn't able to find these exact tights but here are a couple similar pair:





I am a lady of the eighties and I loved to follow the super models of that time. One things that always stuck out to me was that Elle Macpherson always wore diamond studs.I admired the simplistic statement and always thought they looked elegant. I could never afford to by myself any, so I wore faux stones for years and constantly lost them. For our 20th anniversary my husband splurged and bought me the real deal, which I rarely take out for fear of losing! I can't stand to sleep in my jewelry, but my earrings are an exception.  I love them, mostly because they were a gift.


He purchased mine at Zales, but I don't have to tell you that you can get diamond studs anywhere.  My favorite faux versions always came from American Eagle and Express.  Right now you can good real ones for a deal with all the holiday specials running.  

Here are a few deals I found on the internet:

REAL DEAL

6-PACK

WON'T BE AFRAID TO LOSE

NICE ALTERNATIVE


I never get tired of distressed boyfriends...will always be a favorite. 
This pair happens to be extremely distressed and might be too much for some folks, but I use them as my travel jeans (we drive most trips) and they are my most comfortable Joe's jeans (Similar Here). There are so many jeans available at every price point it's easy to find something that fits your style.  

Here are a few of my favorite:


Also...still love my Rebecca Minkoff MOTO SATCHEL

THANK YOU FOR READING!!!!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Look for Less



I would love to own these Valentino boots.  I fell in love with them when I saw India de Beaufort wearing them on Blood and Oil.  I hate that the show was cancelled. It was an evening soap opera for sure, but I grew up in the days of Dallas, Dynasty and Knots Landing, so I was loving it. The boots are perfection, but the price is not.  I cannot bring myself to go into debt over a pair of boots! I hope some day this changes, but in the time being I began searching for a decent knock off. 





$1375  is a large chunk of change.  


It wasn't easy, but I finally found a boot that is similar and doesn't look cheap. They're not an exact match, but they are similar for a fraction of the price. They are great quality and look much better in person, honestly this picture does not do them justice. They look great!



                                                             
  $148.95





Saturday, November 7, 2015

Nashville

Still working on the art of perfecting a selfie...this will never happen, because I feel absolutely stupid taking them.  I prefer the ones that show my outfit and leave my head cut off.  There is a heavy narcissistic vibe when I post these photos and that feels uncomfortable.  I love clothes, there is no denying that, so if I am going to do a blog about clothing I have to figure out a way to post without feeling silly.


Went to Nashville for a birthday celebration. The city had a great vibe, but unfortunately this didn't turn out to be one of our better trips.  I'll spare you the details, but it was all on us (marriage has it's moments), not the awesome city of Nashville.


Bought these awesome boots while we were in Nashville.

Good news (if you like them)...they're on sale HERE and budget friendly HERE
Jacket also on sale HERE


My mom got me a fun birthday make over.  I was laying down when I took this picture, thinking this might be the key to selfie taking in your 40's! Everything falls back...fake advertising at it's best.

Bobby Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum (Medium) HERE
Bobby Brown Bronzing Powder (Golden Light)  HERE
Bobby Brown Luxe Lip Color (Parisian Red) HERE

Loving flannels this fall.  I have a few, but this is the newest edition and I love it!

Buffalo Plaid Flannel similar HERE and HERE
Steve Madden boots  HERE  and similar  HERE
Joe's Jeans HERE


Beautiful flowers I found on my desk for my birthday.  My friend is a gardener and does an amazing job brightening our days.  She even wrote a grant to create a butterfly garden on our school grounds.  


Kansas City Royals parade in downtown Kansas City.  We got the day off from school and I took advantage of the day off and attended the parade with a good friend.  Great day to be a Kansas City native! 

What I wore to the parade.  Another flannel, but this is from last season.

Similar HERE and HERE
Kansas City Royals shirt (old), but similar HERE and HERE








Saturday, October 17, 2015

Instagram Posts


I love this sweater.  It's a chunky cable knit without being too hot or bulky.  
Picked it up HERE for less than $25.  
Jeans are comfy boyfriends that I wear too often HERE.  
Grey t-shirt is flattering and super soft HERE
 Boots are constantly on repeat HERE.  
The necklace is very versatile and affordable HERE.


Joe's jeans are the most flattering for my body shape.  
I own several pairs and they work well for jeans days at work, because they have no holes.  Jeans HERE.  
Scarf sold out, but similar HERE and HERE
Boots HERE
Shirt HERE 


 Rag and Bone Jeans HERE
BP. Boots HERE
Military Shirt HERE
Raglan t-shirt HERE
Rebecca Minkoff Bag HERE
Lucky Brand Necklace is old, but similar HERE



 H&M jersey top HERE
Citizens of Humanity Jeans HERE
American Rag denim vest old, but similar HERE and HERE
BP. Boots HERE



David Yurman "Oval" link bracelet HERE
David Yurman "Cable Classic" bracelet HERE
Tag Heuer  (similar) HERE

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Mornings....




My days start early.  Most mornings I arrive at work at 7 am, so I am always looking for a quick breakfast that helps me stay full and has some health benefits. I found these mini egg quiches on Pinterest and they're one of the few things I've actually made. Today, I took the time to eat at home, because usually I inhale them at my desk. I'm trying to ease into my day and start with a quiet environment, hoping that it will help relieve some of  the stress I experience at work.


They are extremely easy to prepare and warm up. I put them in Ziploc bags and grab two each morning. I also use a little salsa as seasoning (my sons extra Taco Bell packets come in handy).


Here are the simple ingredients, which provide enough to make many more batches.
You can add just about any vegetable you want,  



I use a heaping tablespoon of each ingredient.
I also added a pinch of cheese. 


 It takes 1/2 cup of egg whites to fill two muffin tins. 
Bake them at 350ยบ for 30 minutes.


They're so easy!


You may already know this, but just in case your grandma didn't tell you
bobby pins make excellent bag sealers! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall and Fringe

Loving the fringe trend? I think it's cute and edgy and I can't wait to wear these recently purchased items. Fall and the fringe trend are making me have a bad case of wanderlust.  I don't think I can get away with wearing fringe to work...sigh.



          
            F21
          
             F21
   Nordstrom




Macy's


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Instagram Captures


Rebecca Minkoff display at Halls.  
Her fall bags have been a favorite.  


 View from the windows at Halls
The Western Auto building is historic to the Kansas City skyline. 


Love these Missoni Converse.  
Found at Nordstrom, but currently unavailable. 


 What I wore to Oktoberfest.

Dollhouse Jeans found at Nordstrom
BP. boot found at Nordstrom
Halogen t-shirt found at Nordstrom

Loving the leather tassels on this necklace, but I couldn't find the exact one on the internet
similar at Francesca's and Nordstrom.  One in picture was found at Francesca's, 



 Brunch at Brio on the Country Club Plaza. 


 Some of the Spanish inspired architecture at The Plaza. 
These stairs have recently been renovated. 


 No shame for eating this delicious Margherita Pizza.


Flower beds are currently looking gorgeous. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gift Bag Swag

I'm a winner...a real winner!  While attending KCFW  I had a wining seat (well, it was actually the empty seat next to me and the sign had fallen off the bottom of that chair and was laying on the floor), and received all kinds of awesome products.  I haven't had the chance to try them all, but I will give you my opinion on the ones I've used.

Two of the make-up brushes are missing from this picture,
because my niece deserved something! 

First let me list all the products that were included (click product for pricing):

1.   Two Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection                     
2.   Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light                   
3.   Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Demolition)             
4.   Phyto Paris (Beautiful Hair On The Go) Shampoo & Mask     
5.   Ulta Body Lotion (Limited Fall Edition) Toasted Vanilla       
6.   Real Techniques (Bold Metals) 301 Flat Contour Brush         
7.   Real Techniques (Bold Metals) 201 Pointed Crease Brush     
8.   Real Techniques (Bold Metals) 300 Tapered Blush Brush       
9.   Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Blackest Black)                   
10. Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer                     
11. Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick (Ravishing Red)       
12. Ulta $25 Gift Card                                                                     

The amazing grand total of the gift bag is $264.45.  I am thrilled with this generous gift.  A big thank you to Ulta and Kansas City Fashion Week.


This palette is gorgeous!  It is packaged like a cute chocolate bar and the colors are deep and vibrant. I have another popular Too Faced shadow collection, but this one is even better.  The shadow stays on and there are some great color combinations.  I see myself using Chocolate Bar for months to come.


Loved this product too.  It is very creamy and absorbs well.  It gave my skin a glow and my foundation looked more dewy than usual. I have used several other primers, but after one use of Photo Finish I think I have found a keeper.


I have a faithful brand that I use for my eyeliner. I have tried pretty much every brand out there, including Urban Decay, but haven't found one I like more than my go to.  This hasn't changed after using the 24/7 Glide-On.  Since I wear a lot of brown, I did love the Demolition color.  It is a creamy texture and does glide on easily, but I didn't think it blended evenly. This is a great product and I would give it an 8 out of 10, but I won't be replacing my old faithful.