Saturday, August 30, 2014

#30 - Finale!

Outfit #30 means I am officially done!  Whoo!!  I'm working on an epic recap post next week, and then I'll be wearing everything else in my closet!

Happy Long Weekend! 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Tank: Gap (exact)
Shorts: Gap (exactsimilar)
Shoes: Sperry (exact)

Friday, August 29, 2014

#29 - Almost Done

Well, the 30x30 is coming to an end.  I had to get this shirt in one more time, since it inspired the whole challenge in the first place.   

In even more exciting news, as you read this, I'm probably driving across the Midwest on my way to visit my family for the long weekend.  Yeah, I was just there in July, but I'm defenseless against the requests of my nieces, and they thought I should come to celebrate their birthday.  I kept checking flights (which were in the $600 range - what happened to cheap flights?), and had pretty much given up, when I thought "hey, I can just drive it!" So I've got a few audiobooks to make the trip more interesting, and I'm sure I will be completely exhausted when I get back from having way too much fun.  

I hope you all have a lovely long weekend! 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Top: Gap (option)
Skirt: Loft (similar maxisimilar minisimilar knee length)
Shoes: BCBGeneration (similar)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#28 - Like+Love+Bling

I recently discovered a couple seasons of What Not To Wear on Netflix and have been watching them while I do things like fold laundry and iron.  I just love Stacey and Clinton - they are so snarky but still sweet.  It's just such a fun show!  I wish it was still on!  Are there any similar makeover shows still happening?

Stacey and Clinton tend to come up with little sayings to help the women know how to shop or how to put together an outfit.  One episode I recently watched included them saying "Pick and item you love, pair with an item you like, and then add bling!" For some reason, this really resonated with me.  I want to LOVE all my clothes, but honestly, I don't love things that are super plain.  So I need to make sure I have some neutrals that I really like to pair with my colorful printed items that I love.  I think this outfit is a good example.  I love the skirt (super a lot!).  I really like the sweater.  And then I added accessories.  Pay no attention to the crooked belt.  (I should really keep a full-length mirror in my car so I can make sure I'm put together before I take pictures.)

My main complaint with WNTW is that they straighten everyone's hair.  Come on, makeover stylists!  Curly hair can be pretty, too!!!

Sweater: Loft (similarsimilar)
Necklace: Limited (similar, similar)
Belt: Gap (similar)
Skirt: Macy's (exact)
Sandals: Target  (exactsimilar)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#27 - Summer Book Challenge Update

Well, the Summer Book Challenge is over as of September (check out Megan's blog for more details), so here's my final list.  I mostly finished, and not for lack of reading enough.  I just didn't have many options in the category of "finish a book you couldn't get through the first time."  Basically, if I stop reading a book, it's pretty bad.  I shouldn't try again.  Anyway, for anyone who is interested, here's my full final list of what I read for each category, and my rating of the books.  I was pretty good at writing book review posts early in the summer, so I included links to my full reviews for those.

Read in May: 95 points
Read in June:  55 points
  • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long - The Rosie Project (295 pages) 5 stars! (my review)
  • 10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore - Walk Two Moons (280 Pages) - 4 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014 - This is Where I Leave You  (352 Pages) - 4 stars
  • 20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title - Cinderella Ate My Daughter  (244 Pages) - 4 stars
Read in July: 30 points
Read in August: 10 points
 Total: 190 points (out of 200)
I was getting into a bit of a reading rut, so this challenge helped inspire me about what to read this summer.  My to-read list is out of control, and sometimes when I look at it, I just don't even know where to start.  The good (and scary) news is that there are quite a few books coming out this fall, and I'm already on the hold list at the library, so I should get them pretty soon.  I just hope I don't get them all at once, because I'll have to read quickly before they are due back!

Have you read anything good this summer?  So I can add it to my ever-growing list!  
Top: Gap (similarvaguely similar)
Necklace: F21 (exactsimilar)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory (exact style in other colors)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar without captoe)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August shopping

Another month is coming to an end, and a decent amount of shopping was done.  Unlike some people who have done the 30x30 challenge, I didn't promise not to shop for the month.  My collage is somewhat limited this month, because I did mostly outlet shopping, which isn't easy to find online, so most of the above items are close, but not exactly what I bought.  I'm sure I'll be posting outfits featuring these items very soon once the 30x30 is over!  

Gap factory black/white skirt: $13 (originally $45) (similar, similar)
Gap factory orange/blue skirt: $13 (originally $45)
Gap factory gray/white striped tee: $3 (originally $23) (similar)
Gap factory white tank: $2
Loft outlet maroon dress: $12 (originally $50) (similar)
Loft outlet lace tee: $22 (originally $35) (similar)
Macy's floral skirt: $15 (originally $65) (similar)
NY&Co striped pleated skirt: $15 (originally $70)
Target mint flats: $5 (originally $20) (similar)
Target gold flats: $8 (originally $17) (similar, similar)
Target navy sandals: $8 (originally $17) (similar)

Total: $116 (originally  $407)
Earned (selling consignment): $28.60
Total out of budget: $87.4

I feel pretty good about my purchases this month.  My skirt collection was starting to look a little shabby, so I'm getting rid of a few of my old favorites, and am happy with my pretty new options.  I was super excited when I found a replacement for my super favorite H&M lace tee that I've completely worn out. 

Otherwise, I added a couple pairs of cute flats to my shoe collection, because shopping at Target is always dangerous.  And I bought a maroon dress.  This is a big deal!  I don't think I've worn maroon since I was allowed to pick out my own clothes.  I've just never liked it.  And then it was so popular a couple years ago (all oxblood, all the time), so I wasn't into it.  But the dress was pretty, and $12, and I don't have anything like it, so it's worth a shot.  I'm sure I'll need help figuring out what colors go with it!

As always, I'm linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers.

#26 - Last Hurrah

Well, I think this skirt has come to the end of the road.  I've worn it about a million times (okay, maybe 20) over the past 2 years, do I think I've gotten my $8 out of it.  I'm a big fan of knit pencil skirts, because they look nice, but are really comfortable, and don't need as much ironing.  But they do tend to get worn out faster than a woven pencil skirt.  It's probably good I don't spend more than $10 on them!  I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for a new green skirt! 

It's Tuesday, so I'm linking up with Laura 

Jacket: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Shirt: Gap (optionoptionoption)
Belt: Gap  (similar)
Skirt: Target (exactsimilar)
Sandals: Target(exactsimilar)

Monday, August 25, 2014

#25 - Another Weekend, Another Wrap-Up

How was the weekend?  Mine was pretty good.  John and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday night.  It was pretty good.  I actually liked it more than most of the recent superhero movies.  My apologies to everyone who loved The Avengers, but I didn't.  On Saturday, I had a coffee shop date with a friend, but neither of us drank coffee, because we are cool like that. Then I just spent the rest of the day doing miscellaneous things around the house.  Sundays are generally the same around here - church, lunch, housework, church, dinner.  Sometimes our Sunday school class hangs out in the evenings, which we did again this weekend.  And in an interesting turn of events, I made a last minute decision to visit my family next weekend.  I had a quick video-conference with my nieces to tell them, and they are pretty excited.  My campaign for favorite aunt continues...

And now I'm a little concerned that I need to leave town in just a few days!  At least I'm driving, so don't have to worry about airline approved packing.

Cardigan: Gap (similar)
Tee: J.Crew Factory (exact)
Skirt: Macy's (exact)
Shoes: Old Navy (optionoption)