Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer 30X30 -The Items

And now the moment everyone has been waiting for - the big 30x30 items reveal!!!  As I promised, there's a lot of navy going on in this mix!  I hope I've included enough variety and other colors, so it won't get too boring.

Here's the detailed info, broken out by item type:

Summer 30X30 - tops

9 Tops:

Summer 30X30 - layers

4 Layering pieces:
Summer 30X30 - skirts
  6 Skirts:

Summer 30X30 - shoes

5 Pairs of Shoes

Summer 30X30 - other

2 Dresses, 2 pairs of Shorts, and 1 pair of Jeans (aka - other items):
I'm including 2 items that were also in my winter 30X30 - the red skirt and the gray flats.  I'm not really sure why the red skirt is in the mix again.  I like it, and I haven't worn it much this summer, and it should look good with all the navy tops.  The gray shoes were a last minute addition.  I was starting to feel like I'd be wearing the navy flats with every single outfit, so I wanted some variety.

If you did the math, I only have 29 items listed.  I'm keeping the 30th spot open for a yet to be determined item.  I'll just see what I start to miss and add something later.

If you aren't familiar with the 30x30 rules, it's pretty simple.  I will make 30 outfits out of these items.  I can add accessories.  As far as I know, Kendi came up with the idea.  I really enjoyed doing it in January, so I'm hoping the summer version will be just as fun.

So any advice on what my 30th item should be?  Is there an obvious missing piece?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend in Des Moines

Friday after work, John and I hit the road for a weekend away.  Since we prefer a short drive, our destination of choice was Des Moines, IA!  My most difficult task - trying really really really hard to not sing "You really ought to give Iowa a try!" all weekend.  (Where my Music Man fans at??)

We rolled into our hotel around 9:30, and there just happened to be a Sister Hazel concert on the green space right next to it.  We listened to them for a bit, and then went looking for a coffee shop, or (let's be honest) dessert.

I highly suggest Java Joes, if you are ever in downtown Des Moines.  They have ice cream AND board games.  We played Scrabble, because that's what we do.  It was an epic game, with FIVE seven-letter plays.  It was crazy.  At the end, we realized that the set was missing the J and X, so that really changed the dynamic.  Okay, I'm talking about Scrabble too much.  Moving on...

On Saturday, we went to check out the Farmer's Market and then walked down to the sculpture park.  It was a little warm out, but the park was really cool.  And I did cliche poses, because that's what bloggers do!

After hiding inside for a little while in the afternoon, we got cleaned up and went to dinner here.  (We tried to go here, but the line to even put your name in was out the door, so we abandoned that plan pretty quickly.)  Then we were on a mission to find some live music.  The internet wasn't helpful, but we noticed some guys setting up sound equipment and went to check it out.  Success!  They were a cover band, and played an assortment of stuff, but mostly 90s alt-rock, which we were happy with.  Then we may have gone back to Java Joe's.  Because what's a Saturday evening without board games? 

Sunday was my favorite.  A little backstory - I can't ride a bike (Or really do anything that requires balance, like skating, or you know, walking without frequently tripping).  But I really love the idea of going on a bike ride.  During our walk around the lake last week, we saw a guy on a recumbent trike, and I decided that would be the perfect solution!  I've heard of the Trestle Trail, and wanted to try it out.  So we rented trikes and had the best time!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so that helped.  And now I want a trike!  So if anyone is looking to get me a very expensive birthday present, there's a hint.   

After that, we were starving, and ended up at Jethro's BBQ.  Amazing!  I would eat smoked turkey every day.  Then we thought a movie would be fun.  Lucy started out cool, and then just got really weird and boring.  So, I don't recommend it.

Then we drove home.  It was a really fun weekend!  Des Moines gets my stamp of approval for an easy weekend away.   

Monday, July 28, 2014

7 Years

Today marks 7 years since John and I got married (and 8 since we started dating).  I am genetically predisposed towards sentimentality/nostalgia, so I like to think back to what I've been up to each year on this date.  Back in 2012, I wrote a whole week of posts about July 28th.  Some of you may have seen them, but I think I had about 9 followers back then (and surely I have DOZENS of followers now), so if you are interested in anniversary recaps, here you go: 

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Last year, we spent the day driving home from the Montana trip, but we got home in time for our traditional anniversary dinner at Noodles&Co, and then went on an official anniversary date later.

This year, we decided at the last minute to go on a little weekend trip to Des Moines.  I know - that's the top place you think of for a romantic getaway!  But when you live in the middle of the country, there aren't many options for a drive-able weekend away.  Honestly, we had a blast.  I'll work on a full recap for later this week, but you can see a few pics on Instagram.  Spoiler alert - there may be tricycles involved.

Anyway, an anniversary is a good excuse to share a couple more of my favorite wedding pictures.  And otherwise, just be thankful for such a wonderful husband.  (Blah, blah, blah - sappy love stuff - I can't even write it without feeling cheesy, but I really do love this guy!)  

 Happy 7 years! Here's to many more!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July Shopping

I'm not sure how July is almost over, but it is time for Budgeting Bloggers again.  My July shopping adventures were as follows.  I ordered a few things online from JCF, and then had to return these shorts, which led to buying a few more things in the store.  I went to Old Navy specifically to get the black shorts, and they were having a pretty great accessories sale.  I got the belt, because my other cognac belts fit my natural waist, and are a bit too tight when I try to wear them with pants.  Elastic is the answer.  The flag scarf was a present from my sister, so we could all match for the 4th. In Indy, I picked up the J.Crew skirt and a few things at the Gap.  And finally, I found the elusive perfect pink blazer when I was dropping off some items at the consignment shop. 

Here's the official list of what I got:

Yellow stripe oxford: $4 (originally $50) (exact in purple, yellow gingham option) (worn here)
Green space dyed tank: $6 (originally $23)

J.Crew Factory:
Pink Popover: $18 (originally $65) (exact)
Blue Cardigan: $15 (originally $55) (exact) (worn here)
Pink Cardigan: $10 (originally $55) (exact)
Navy Scarf: $6 (originally $35) (exact)
Chambray Popover: $18 (originally $68) (exact)

Navy Maxi Skirt: $22 (originally $90) (exact) (worn here)

Old Navy
Flag Scarf: gift (similar, similar) (worn here)
Black Shorts: $10 (originally $22) (exact) (worn here)
Gold knot necklace: $4 (originally $10) (worn here)
Gold stack rings: $3 (originally $8)
Leaf ring: $3 (originally $7)
Skinny belt: $6 (originally $15)

Gap Pink Knit Blazer secondhand via Absolutely Her:  $12 (originally $80) (option, option) (worn here)

Spent: $137 (originally $515)

I'm still under budget for the year (by exactly $7.72), but I'd like to be more under budget.  I'm going to try to avoid the end of summer sales temptations and keep my shopping in August minimal.  How'd you do in July?       

Friday, July 25, 2014

Shorts Week - White

For my big finale to Shorts Week - Look!  No stripes!  I know, it's pretty impressive.  Thanks to everyone who linked up, and especially Ginny, for being my wonderful co-host.

I saved this outfit for last, because it's a good transition to my next endeavor.  I love this shirt, but for some reason, I've only worn it a couple times - usually just with plain jeans and navy flats.  So I was playing around on Polyvore making other outfits.  Then I remembered that I wanted to do another 30X30 in the summer.  I'm sure I was also inspired by Brynn's 20X30 in July.

So anyway, that's what I'll be up to in August.  I'll either be posting on the weekends or doubling up outfits in some posts, so I can be done by September.  I'm finalizing my 30 items and I'll share my official list next week sometime.  Spoiler alert - it's basically everything navy.

Top: Gap (option)
Shorts: Gap (exact, similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (option, option)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shorts Week - Pink and Camo

This outfit is from Saturday.  John and I went to dinner at my favorite BBQ place and just ate way too much food.  We were heading home to probably watch Bones all night, when I suggested that we should walk around the lake instead.  This is about as outdoorsy as I get.  The weather was perfect, with a light breeze to keep the mosquitoes away.  There were about a million geese blocking the path, which made me kind of nervous.  They could attack at any moment!  But we made it safely through the geese gauntlet and continued on our way.  We even saw a deer!  It was pretty cool.

There are some fancy houses that back up to the lake/trail area, and we got to overhear a pretty rocking birthday party with a live band.  After our walk, we drove around the neighborhood looking for the party (is that creepy?), and stumbled upon the signs for valet parking.  So, if you have valet parking at your house birthday party - you might be rich.  Just a free tip.

Anyway, shorts week is almost over.  I promise my post tomorrow will not feature stripes.  

Top: Gap (similarvaguely similar)
Shorts: Gap (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Converse (similar)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shorts Week - Gray and Yellow

Shorts week is unintentionally turning into stripes week part 2.  I can't help it!  I just love stripes on everything.  It's kind of surprising that I don't have any striped shorts, but after seeing Ginny's, I definitely want some!

My theory is that it's hard to get dressed in the summer, because it's just too hot to wear certain things, and layers are tricky.  So throwing on some kind of pattern (usually stripes) is a good way to keep life interesting.

I wore this outfit to work on Friday, and then I went to the outlet mall to return these shorts, and J.Crew Factory was having 60% off clearance, so I picked up a few things.  Since I always need more cardigans, I picked up another Clare (this one in pink).   I also bought the exact same chambray popover that I already have.  Mine pulls a little in the buttons, so I sized up.  I think I'll wear both of them quite a bit still.  I also got this scarf in the dark cove (navy) color.  JCF is definitely my new favorite place to shop!

I took pictures at the edge of the parking lot - this really demonstrates that the outlet mall is in the middle of nowhere!  I'm assuming that might be a corn field behind me, but I honestly don't know one crop from another.  It could very well be soy beans!  My farmboy father will be so disappointed!   

Top: Gap (exact in purple, yellow gingham option)
Shorts: Old Navy (exact)
Sandals: Love Culture (similar, similar)