Friday, September 30, 2011

Maybe complaining works

all items remix'd
top: M+O
cardi&skirt: Loft
shoes: Target
earrings: gift'd
bracelets: Calypso for Target

We actually got some rain yesterday and today the temperature was in the upper 60s when we went to the park. It never fails that when I get so fed up with the weather I bitch about it yet again on the blog and then it actually cools down. I guess I should complain some more.

Today marks the 6 month anniversary of my return from Mysore. Being in India almost feels like a dream to me now. The most magical dream ever, but I almost can't believe I was there. I think it's time to go back...

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I bought this top last summer because I wanted a white shirt that works better in Houston heat than one with sleeves. I can't believe this is the first time I've worn it this year. Reason #437 that I really don't need to buy any more clothes!

I am looking forward to a weekend of rest, relaxation, friends, and no work. Let's just make it through the last Friday of September!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Not even close

all items remix'd
dress&belt: Anthro
shoes: Taryn Rose
earrings&necklace: Collingnon Designs, gift'd&remix'd

While many people are celebrating the change in seasons this month, here in Texas we are just hoping for a bit of cooler weather. Like maybe in the 80s, please?!? I think in the gauge in my car has measured 100 degrees at least briefly every day this week. So my dreams of wearing layers and boots and the like are just dreams and not even close to becoming reality.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Taking them for a test run

tank: UO, remix'd
jeans: Gap, remix'd
boots: Target
earrings: Francesca's, remix'd
cuff: Tiffany's, gift'd&remix'd

This is what I wore to see Erasure last weekend. What a fabulous concert! I will always be an 80s girl at heart.

I bought these boots on a whim from Target last month because I have been obsessed with getting a pair of "tough" booties ever since seeing them on the models on the All Saints website a couple years ago. I did not, however, want to drop almost $300 for a pair.

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This pair from Tar-jay, while definitely not as cool as any from All Saints, will do the trick to satisfy my craving, especially at 10% of the price. We will see how long I wear them; maybe I will still want to be cool in my 50s!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A little Missoni goes a long way

top: NY&Co, remix'd
skirt: Theory, via consignment
shoes: Missoni for Target
earrings: Collingnon Designs, remix'd
necklace: Tiffany's, gift'd

For all my talk (obsessing?!?) over the Missoni for Target line, I thought wearing something would be better sooner than later. I actually bought these online and they are surprisingly comfortable for 3+ inch heels. The fact that they are not stilettos probably helps.

I am actually the type of person who waits a few weeks before I wear something I buy. I am not sure why. I am guilty of still having a few things in my closet that I bought this summer and have yet to wear. Reason #325 not to do any more shopping.

This skirt is the second item I bought during my recent trip to the consignment shop. I have been wanting a pleated midi skirt and this fits the bill perfectly. It is a bit big in the waist and fits a bit lower than I would like, but nothing that a skinny belt can't fix (so now I need a good skinny belt!). And something about full skirts and feeling pretty just makes me want to twirl.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

{Last two} Week in photos

September has gone by in a whirlwind! Some observations from the past two weeks:

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I am a crazy stalker and wanted to see if Target had products out the day before the big release. Nothing.

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By the time I got there on Tuesday it was as if Nothing had been on the racks! Except that lonely lone hanger.

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Baby J is super excited about his new Crocs. Although they are not his favorite color (orange), they come pretty close.

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My first Third Thursday ladies night out with some yoga peeps and meeting some other nice chicas. Making new real-life friends is always a good thing.

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Deadmau5 at Verizon. He is one of the hubs' current favorite DJs. We had to leave the show early because we had an early morning flight out.

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Us with our friends at Red Rocks in Colorado. I would love to see a live show here.

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We stayed at Chautauqua in the cutest little cottage.

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If you look closely you can see the moon! The sky was unbelievably clean and crisp.

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Trying to find the beauty at home.

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DD a.k.a. Buddha baby on his way to his first day of "school."

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We missed the last 2 Project Runway parties so it was good to catch up with everyone.

2011 09 23 photo
DD's half birthday was last week but we didn't have an opportunity to snap a pic until today. He is just such a cutie.

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Erasure at Verizon. Andy Bell looked and sounded as fabulous as ever.

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I am always impressed that our Costco runs include more fruits and veggies and less things in a box.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Still catching up

all items remix'd
top: Anthro
pants: Gap
shoes: Ann Klein
earrings: gift'd
necklace: Tiffany's, gift'd
bag: LV, gift'd

Vacationing always throws a wrench in my schedule. This week has been a whirlwind of activity every night. I feel like I haven't yet caught up on my sleep, uploading vacation photos, reading blogs, etc. And don't even ask me how the house looks. Important stuff, I know. Tonight I am looking forward to good yoga practice to finish out the week and an early night to bed. You know you are getting old when a good night's sleep sounds better than a night out partying!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I am feeling much better about my whole blogging thing thanks to everyone's kind comments over the last 2 posts. Writing here should be fun and not a chore so I will treat it as such!

all items remix'd
top: Ann Taylor
pants: Gap
shoes: Charles David
bracelets: Tiffany's, Banana, various, all gift'd

This is the kind of outfit I reach for when I haven't planned anything to wear after a trip and I want to be comfortable.

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I fell in love with this top after seeing it on Chloe when it came out. I loved it so much that I bought it in 2 different colors. These days I am not as inclined to buy multiples as I find I wear one more than the other. I do wish Gap would make more of these style pants a la J.Crew because they fit so well.

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A close up of my bracelets. I found the two gold chains in the depths of my jewelery box...I don't remember when I aquired them, but I am pretty sure they are gifts from my grandma. I inherited my love all things pretty from her.

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As you can see, I do love this top. It really adds a little something something to an outfit, don't you think?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Learning to let go

top&pants: Anthro, remix'd
shoes: Dolce Vita for Target
necklace: Collingnon Designs, gift'd&remix'd
belt: Gap, remix'd

This outfit was worn a couple weeks ago to my hair appointment (notice the obvious roots, which are now gone).

I am finally beginning to realize that IT IS OK to blog outfits that I didn't wear that exact day, to talk about things other than the clothes I am wearing and to not worry about posting everyday.

Like my yoga practice, I am learning to let go and not worry about some things quite as much. Blogging is one of my hobbies and I thoroughly enjoy it, most of the time but sometimes taking a step back can actually be beneficial and recharge your batteries.

My shoulder is still sore but better. I went to the doctor last week and he said I didn't hurt anything major. I just really need to listen to my 40-year-old body (ugh!) and understand that maybe it wasn't meant to do some things. I plan on practicing yoga the rest of my life so it's ok to take it easy sometimes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hello again

all items remix'd
top: Anthro
pants: Loft
shoes: Target
earrings&necklace: Collingnon Designs

I spent the past three days with the hubs up in the fresh air of Colorado. We stayed one night with friends and one night in Boulder. Our vacation was perfectly imperfect and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I also made a conscious decision NOT to bring my laptop and I can't tell you how liberating being away from email, blogging, facebook, etc felt. Joe had his IPhone, so we could find places more easily, but otherwise being unplugged was great as with the realization that the world will still go on if I don't surf the internet everyday. Photos to come soon!

Friday, September 16, 2011


{I wonder how many of my Friday posts have this title. Probably more than I care to think. Sometimes being clever at 6 AM is difficult}

all items remix'd
dress&belt: Anthro
shoes: Ann Taylor
earrings: gift'd
necklace: old

Since discovering the world of fashion/style blogs and, more specifically, Anthropologie-centric blogs about 2-3 years ago, I have shopped there more than I care to admit. I do spread the love and shop at other stores as well, mainly because I think Anthro is over-priced and sometimes just a little too quirky for my taste.

This dress is going be a long-time favorite, however, because wearing it is almost like wearing pajamas it's so comfortable.

P.S. I have been minorly obsessed with the Anthro-blog scandal that has been going on the last few days. I was not directly affected thank goodness and I like to stay away from the negativity that this particular website promotes, but please remember to always protect yourself.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baby steps

I am so envious of all the thrifty style bloggers out there like Jentine and Megan and Linda and Sal, to name a few, who seem to find the most incredible pieces at amazing prices weekly. The few times I have been thrifting I have a hard time getting over the weird smell and nothing grosses me out more that old used shoes. I know I should just get over myself, but I find that going to thrift stores is best when looking for Halloween costumes and that's about it.

I don't want to give up, though, because I know buying second-hand is good for the environment as well as the wallet. And I know there have to be some gems waiting to be found out there in the Houston thrift store market.

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So I thought I would try a consignment store first. Granted, the pieces will be more expensive than at a thrift store, but I figured it would be "safer." I went to this place during lunch on a working Saturday a few weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. The store was clean, neat, and well-organized. She had a whole section of Tory Burch items as well as designer bags. And quite a few ladies were inside shopping.

dress: J.Crew, from consignment
shoes: Seychelles, remix'd
earrings: gift'd&remix'd
bag: Gucci, remix'd

This dress was one of the 2 pieces I took home with me. I love the color, shape and fit. Now at $20 it wasn't cheap by any means but it was much less than any dress I could buy from J.Crew right now. So I will take it as a win. Now I have to muster up the energy to go to our local Goodwill.

In unrelated but still important news you-need-to-know-about-EE, I tweaked my shoulder doing Supta Kurmasana (Sleeping Tortoise) yesterday. The pose involves putting both legs over your shoulders and behind your legs while binding your hands behind your back:
Supta Kurmasana
photo credit: Flickr

I can get into this pose with lots of help. Yesterday Yannis did his usual push my left shoulder forward to get my left leg over my shoulder and head but I must have pulled a muscle or something because my shoulder did not feel right afterwards and I had to cut my practice short. I have been icing it and taking Aleeve and am going to see my doctor this morning. Hopefully it's just something a little rest will help. Getting old sucks!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It was mayhem

I have been collecting Target collaborations since this first one by Proenza Schoeler back in 2006(?). My sister and I were in NYC for Fashion Week in February (we actually went to 2 shows - Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, but that's another story) and found the Target pop-up shop, which was small and crowded but manageable.

Fast-forward to yesterday...I mistakenly didn't understand the magnitude of the frenzy over Missoni, which is understandable since this is the most recognizable name that done a line with Target (none of my real-life friends knew about Calypso, or Patrick Robinson or Liberty, you get the idea). So I drove to my local T after yoga practice, arriving about 8:01 AM. When I saw that the parking lot was half-full, I knew I was in trouble.

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All I saw were these.

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Which made for one sad style-blogger. I am holding a dress but it was a L and I ended up putting it back (someone else naturally scooped it up).

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The hubs arrived before I did and get get his grubby paws on some men's stuff (I talked with him when I entered the store and he was laughing in disbelief as he described the absolute chaos that was going on in the women's department. "It was like they were practically looting the store!")

So the scene at our Target was pretty much what was described here. And because I am just that crazy, I immediately drove to the next closest store and actually found some things. And I managed to get online and buy a few other things. So watch out for some Missoni on a post near you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pass the pink please

all item remix'd
top: Anthro
pants: Express
shoes: 9West
earrings: gift'd
necklace: Collingnon Designs
bracelets: Banana, Calypso for Target

Is it weird that I actually own 3 different types of pink pants? These are the only pair that are really work appropriate but I just realized this fact. I guess if you know me, it's not really that weird.

These pants have been with me for 6+ years. They are still in great condition and, thankfully, still fit well.

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I bought them in '05 and wore them to a couple rehearsal dinners that summer, so they have a lot of good memories associated with them. I think I didn't wear them for a few years after but I am so glad I kept them. I guess building a lifelong wardrobe will include different types of staples for different people; mine will always have some pink pants!

Everybody, Everywear | Colored Pants

Monday, September 12, 2011

Week in photos

Observations for the week:

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Cafe Express is a good substitute for a coconut stand to get yoga peeps together after practice.

2011 09 06 photo
I really need to cook more at home. Better food, less expensive and we tend to eat less too.

2011 09 07 photo
I wish I had an excuse to buy this hot pink coat!

2011 09 08 photo
This face is cuter and cuter everyday. He is also going to be crawling very soon; I can feel it!

2011 09 09 photo
My closet used to have a floor, but somehow my shoes have multiplied. They are like rabbits, I guess.

2011 09 10 photo
Joe wonders where his pizza is. This is probably the smallest pizza we have ever ordered from Collina's, a local Italian restaurant.

2011 09 11 photo
We remember.