Monday, April 20, 2015

No New Tricks For This Old Pony


Ugh, why did I tuck?  I should have just let it be.



Free People Hat
Forever21 Jacket (thrifted)
Old Navy Tee
Paige Jeans (consignment)
Free People Clogs (ebay)
Woven Bag (thrifted)

The chlorine, it burns! At least I have an excuse for squinty faces today, we went to the pool and after the kids managed to unsuccessfully drown me(pretty sure I drank half the pool playing pony) my eyes are killing me because I never wear goggles.  Time to start playing that tiny violin!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Balance






 
 Urban Outfitters Hat
Soft Joie Cardigan (consignment)
Isabel Marant for H&M Scarf c/o H&M
American Eagle Outfitters Dress (thrifted)
Free People x Jeffery Campbell Clogs (ebay)
Proenza Schoulder Bag (consignment)

And we're back to spring!  There's still a little bit of snow hanging around but that hasn't stopped everyone from breaking out the sandals. (Free the toes!)   I bought these sandals a while back an have just been waiting for it to get warm enough to break them out.  I noticed last year I didn't really like most of my summer shoes and really only wore the same few pairs over and over so this year I saved up and slowly bought a few new pairs.  I really went back and forth between this pair and buying another pair of Birks in taupe(you can get them on ebay for really reasonable, between $35-60 rather than the $120 most stores want) but in the end I bought these and I'm so happy I did!  They fill the brown sandals/clogs role that I felt would  be the most versatile in my summer wardrobe and they're actually comfortable - there's not much of a difference between the heel height and the platform and the soles are so wide that they're quite stable.
I'm also a weirdo in that I like my shoes and bag to usually be the same-ish shade of brown so having these has made me incorporated my PS tote into more outfits.  Before it felt a little too preppy to fit in with my style at times and because I didn't have any shoes that were a similar shade, I hadn't been using it as much this spring. (I know, such hang-ups over such stupid stuff!)  With the more boho-ish shoes in my wardrobe it seems like the tote hits a nice balance now and isn't quite as over the top as my fringe bags might be. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The First Arrival




 And that's a sloppy tuck..

Free People Hat
J.Crew Coat (thrifted)
Joe Fresh Blouse (consignment)
Seven for All Mankind Jeans (consignment)
Ecote Boots
Cloebella Bag

Wow, it almost look like a throw back to fall with these pictures, so many leaves on the ground! I wore this to work eariler in the day, minus the hat and boots. I swapped the boots out for my MIA loafers which are the base of my work wardrobe and thought it was a pretty cute look. (Although my boss' sister teased me about wearing a bow tie.)

Ev was sweet and took this photos after Izzy and I picked him up, this is over by Creamer's Field again. Right now the geese are migrating back so it's pretty busy there with all of the bird watchers! Izzy and Gunnar really like seeing the geese come in so we try to make a few trips there every spring so the kids see them.  We take the binoculars with us and they have a great time playing with those and Izzy take a million pictures with the little digital camera. (I was given a smaller camera two years ago for Christmas so I've been letting the kids use it as their camera, they both like taking pictures so it's fun for them to have something to play around with.  It's also really cool to look through their pictures and seeing what captures their eyes and what they like to snap photos of.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Almost There








Free People Hat, Top and Shorts
Spell Designs "Fleetwood" Lace Blouse
Carlos Boots
Cleobella Bag

I'm trying to up my shorts and sandals game this year, in the past I've just worn the same few pairs of denim shorts(and my green AEO one) and haven't really had a decent pair of sandals that I loved, just cheap ones. This year I bought this pair of shorts and my Winter Kate silk ones and I'm excited to finally start wearing some summer outfits with them, they're filling the holes I'd had in my closet. Shorts are probably my least favorite thing to buy because I've always felt self conscious in them but I finally figured out that having a loose leg on the shorts makes them a lot more flattering to wear. Hitting at the right length on the leg makes a big difference as well, each person is different so it can take a lot of trying on different styles and lengths to find a pair you really like.
Anyways, I was excited about this set because I can remix the top and the shorts easily, I don't love the shorts with tights but I think that's mostly because really want it to be summer. (Like everyone else.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It Was A Lovely Day...





Urban Outfitters Hat
Winter Kate Silk Vest (ebay)
Old Navy Dress
Oscar de la Renta Silk Scarf (thrifted - worn as a belt)
Jeffery Campbell Heels (ebay)
Cleobella Bag

It was crazy warm this day, almost 55 degrees and I was dying. I'd worn a jacket earlier in the day but by this point, I couldn't take it any more - it's pretty bad when I'm too warm, usually I'm the one freezing! Of course, it was beautiful this day, warm, everything was melting, I thought I'd be able to finally rake the yard the next day and then.....it snowed two inches and the temps dropped. Of course it did, thanks for having our back mother nature.

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rocky Outlook





Hat (thrifted)
American Eagle Outfitters Jacket
Areopstale Tank
Old Navy High Waist Jeans
Leather Belt (thrifted)
Cleobella Bag
Jeffery Campbell Fringe Boots (ebay)

I'm at the point where I've been looking for an alternetive to my J.Brand Maria jeans, not only do I have to make another patch to the backside but now the knee has a hug tear in it. For jeans that I'm really careful in, that's crazy and I'm starting to just not wear them because I'm worried I'll get a rip when I'm in public. So I've been trying to find either another pair of the Marias NOT in the stocking material (even though the material makes the fit so good, it's really sucky because it gets runs in it, just like stockings) or just a different brand. I found these one super clearence at Old Navy and becuase the material was really thick with little spandex, I thought the fit was pretty great!

Until I worn them for a full day and realized that I do not like them at all. The material attraches everything, the zipper flap warps really easily(not from being too tight, these are actually pretty loose in the waist but the flap pulls really badly) and over all they just look really "ech" to me. I've already worn and washed them so it's not like I can reaturn them but I was disopointed, in the past Old Navy has always had pretty great jeans aside from the Rockstars and I was hoping these would be a good replacment for my other pair. I suppose I have to keep looking for another Maria pair or go try some of AE's high rises but I think I'm going to do some more research before I buy another pair. I really love black high rise jeans and I wear them a lot so I know it's worth it to get a decent pair. I've heard a few good things about Joe's high rise skinnies and I really like Kut from the Cloth so I'm going to read up and see if maybe I aan find a decent pair. (Unless someone has a great recommendation for a pair they love? I know BCG at Urban Outfitters is suppose to have a great pair but every time I look at the size, it seems just a little too high, I think a nine inch rise is the highest I'd like to go.)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Makeup!

Garnier BB Cream - Miracle Skin Perfector/Daily Anti-Acne
Essence get BIG! Lashes - 3Triple Black
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm - 219 Plush Plum
Almay Lip Balm  - 35 Spirited Spice
Clinque Chubby Stick - 04 Mega Melon
Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick - 109 Rossetto Rouge

I thought maybe I'd tried a different post for today.  I always enjoy seeing what cosmetics other people use - especially what actually works ad is worth spending money on! My makeup bag is pretty small, aside from these six products and an eye pencil that sometimes I can find and sometimes can't (it's like that left sock in the dryer) I don't use anything else aside from moisturizer and chap-stick.

I've tried quite a few foundations and this one is my very favorite of all time. for a long time I used Revlon's Dream Moose until the formula changed and it became more cakey than smooth and I'd bought this on impulse. It's normally $12.99 and it's worth every penny - one tube usually lasts me between 6-8 months. Until this tube, I've bought just the plain Granier BB Cream but our local Fred Meyer's just started stocking a few different varieties and I ended up choosing the Anti-Acne version this time around. I don't get a lot of pimple but I do get the single, large, really ugly ones and it's always around this time of year. This formula is just a little heavier than the regular BB Cream, the regular formula is very light and dewy and doesn't give a ton of coverage whereas this version is more foundation and coverage. The pimples I do get are very large and dry so regular foundation usually just cakes on and makes them look worse, this just lightly covered them and doesn't dry them out. It also evens out any redness in my skin and doesn't feel heavy at all.

I LOVE this mascara. My sister is really into cosmetics and while she usually goes for the Korean stuff, this mascara is one she recommended to me a while back and man, it's good! It doesn't clump, it's a thick formula and I only need two swipes to make my very short, thin lashes look good. (It also doesn't flake off during the day!) Now, the nice mascara I've ever tried was Bobby Brown's stuff about ten years ago but I like this one better than that. It's also a lot cheaper, $2.99 a tube!

The Colour Riche Balms are another thing I buy over and over again, as soon as I finish off a tube, I buy another. They're very light but with a lot of color for a lip balm and they actually make my lips feel moisturized. I've tried the Baby Lips balm and hated them, they left a really strange, awful taste that got into my month and they balm itself felt very rough in texture. These are fabulous, I only reapply color once a day so the tubes themselves last a while. They're $7.99 and a really good dupe for the Clinque Chubby Sticks.

What to say about the Clinque Chubby Sticks aside from how wonderful they are? They're the most expensive cosmetic in my bag at $17 but one I'm going to keep buying. They feel so good and they look sooo good.

I really don't like most of Rimmel's cosmetic, the lipsticks always feel grainy and the eye shadows fade quickly but this red from the Kate moss collaboration has been my favorite red lipstick.  It's very creamy in texture and while it does wear off after about 4 hours, I think that's pretty decent for a lipstick.  It also smells like green tea ice cream which is totally weird but so good. (Green tea ice cream is the best, Tillamook does a great one if you can find it.)

An that's about it!  It takes me only a minute in the morning to do my makeup and while it's not super glam, it does work to even out my skin and make me look a little more awake.  I do like how sculpting can look but I sort of hate to send the money on extra cosmetics and spend the time to do it every day. 

So what about you guys?  Do you have any good recommendations or any products that you just love and buy over and over again?  I know I get pretty set in my ways once I find a product I like and I rarely try something new but after reading so many reviews about try MAC's Russian Red Lipstck, the color seems like it works on a lot of skin tones and I've heard good things about their formula.  I also want to try Urban Decay's Liquid eyeliner, I tried it at the new Ulta store and really liked the forula and the brush on it. (Unfourtunatly it's pretty expensive, $27 seems like a lot!)  I've not really had good luck with most drugstore luqid liners, it seems like most of the forumlas are really dry an don't aply that well but if anyone knows of a cheaper liner tha they love, please let me know!