Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time Keeps On Slippin

Hat (thrifted)
Lookbook Kimono (gift from my sister)
American Eagle Outfitters Tank, Belt and Bag
Old Navy Shorts
Curfew Sandals

It's almost school time!  The kids head off tomorrow for their first day, Gunnar's going into first grand and Izzy's starting Kindergarten.   I know, I feel old now, they're getting all grown up.    Their school is pretty small which is wonderful, everyone already know Izzy just from seeing her and me picking up Gunnar everyday and it makes her feel pretty comfortable about the whole thing.

Man, I just am not ready for them to be so big already!  We had such a fun summer doing stuff, they're at the age where it's a lot easier to get out and go do things and they're so excited about everything that it gets me excited as well.  It's fun to see the world through a kids eyes again, you just sorta forget about how cool everything can be.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Somewhere With You

Free People Hat
American Eagle Outfitters Tee
Anthro skirt (swap with a friend)
Coach Leather Bag (thrifted)
Jeffery Campbell Heels
Thrifted Jewelry

Sometimes you find something and you go "wow, this is so me!"  This hat is one of those things, last year I tried to diy a black hat with a sliver band because I loved how sharp Jeremy Irons' hat looked in Appaloosa.  I try not to but I have a really strong leaning style-wise towards the whole Man From Snowy River/Western stuff but it's hard to take style cues from that without it looking like a full on costume.  (Because um, I would totally do that and I have in the past.)  This hat is an awesome bridge between that and looking like a sorta normal person.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Like A Rhinestone Cowboy

Hat (thrifted)
Cowhide Jacket (Christmas gift from my grandma)
Dress (thrifted)
Dooney and Bourke Leather Bag (thrifted)
Jeffery Campbell Heels (ebay)

My grandma lives right in the middle of cowboy country and she sent me this jacket as a Christmas gift last year.  I really like it buuuut....I haven't worn it at all, it's a pretty statement-ish item for me. (And I'm saying this as someone who has a embellished, beaded and mirrored jacket.)  I don't like getting rid of things people give me though so I've been trying to work it into my outfits more, a white dress is the easiest way to style it but I might have to go with the predicable and wear it with some cut offs before the colder weather hits us.

I did laugh when I opened the box, it totally reminded me of an old riding friend who use to ride every day in a pair of bright, hot pink chaps.  All of her riding gear was pink, pink halter, lead rope, saddle blanket, pads, horses blanket, almost everything was pink expect for her horse and I'm pretty sure if she could have, she would have turned him pink.

Friday, August 15, 2014

There's A Full Moon On The Rise

Free People Hat and Bag (gift)
French Connection Embellished Jacket
Cowgirl Lace Dress (thrifted)
Steve Madden Heels (ebay)

I love how night-time photographs look so I end up doing a few of them a year.  Full Moons during the summer are the best, it's usually not-50 below zero and it's easier not to through back and forth through the snow to set the time. (Although moonlight looks so beautiful on  snow, full moons during the winter make it so bright outside you hardly need a flashlight.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On The Sunny Side

Icings Vest (gift)
Free People Dress (ebay) and Bag (gift)
Silver Necklace and Cuff  (thrifted)
Tula Birks (ebay)

Well, the pictures aren't great but hey, no angry/hungry model faces today! (What is wrong with me?) We took the kids fishing down by the slough a few nights ago and while we didn't catch anything besides lots of mosquito bites, at least no one got a fishing hook in the eye.  That is always a positive, not having fish hooks in the eye.

I am sorry about how behind I've been on everything, I'm kinda sucking at the blog and getting back to everyone lately and I'm really sorry about that.  I'm gonna try to catch up later this week but again, really sorry about that.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


American Eagle Outfitters Tee
Levis (thrifted)
Colin Stuart Lace Up sandals (thrifted_
Leather Bag (thrifted)

You know from the last post that these are the most uncomfortable sandals in just about forever and that I was stupid enough to buy them at the thrift store.  Ugh, I'm pissed at myself for doing that, they weren't bad for trying on but after wearing them all day, I ended up with a gigantic blister in-between my toes.  Evil, evil tong sandals, back to the gates of hell ye go! (Or donated right back to the thrift store.)

This is the 66 Mustang, Dad was cleaning out the yard at their house and the Mustang is over so we can put it into storage.  Sadly, the keys were not left with it. (That was probably smart because as soon as my brother got home and saw the Mustang, he started looking for the keys.  I knew they weren't there because I'd already looked.)  

OF Sandals And A Chick Who Hates To spend Money On Them,

I think I might have set a record for me with longest title ever.  Yay?

I love shoes.  That's probably apparent from how many pairs I have but I've been trying the past year and a half to not buying so many cheap pairs and saving for a few nice pairs that hold up. One shoe style I've never had a large quantity of however is flat  sandals.  I just don't buy them.  I hate buying a shoe I'll wear maybe for three months out of the year and I loathe thong sandals with a passion so I just never buy any, not even the $1 flip flops. (Heeled sandals are another matter, it looking like I've had a serious case of BUY ALL THE HEELS! and that's something I've tried to really stop.)  Looking back through the blog I've only had six pairs over the three years of blogging with the majority of the pairs bought this summer.

1. (Bertha) Birkenstocks
I love these sandals so much, I'd marry them if I could.  (but then there's that pesky husband and probably the legal side of marrying a shoe so I'll let it slid.) They are just as comfy as everyone says and they've been far more durable than my other sandals.  I bought these just to have a slip on sandals for doing chores around the house, gardening, running to Home Depot, ect and I have but a lot of wear and tear on these this past summer. 

2. Colin Stuart
I really like how the lace up gladiator sandals look but I really don't want to spend much money on a shoe that I'll only wear 1/4th of the year.  I found these at  the thrift store, thought they fit ok and now, I hate them.  I really don't like thong sandals because the area between my toes where the thong goes always rubs.  I guess I had a brian fart and forgot about that and after wearing these once, I never want to wear them again, they hurt that much.  I donated them right back but I feel guilty for spending even $2.50 on a shoe I got one wear out of.

I'm on my third summer of wear with these sandals and they're still doing great.  They're leather and they're pretty comfortable to wear all day.  I thrifted these for something really cheap, under $5 I think. I don't have a lot to say about these, cheap, comfy, fairly versatile. 

4.Curfew (fred meyers)
Ahhg, buying sweatshop stuff, go me.  This style of sandal is on it's second (or maybe third, it's not like I'm on the cutting edge of fashion here) year of  trendiness and while I really liked the look of this style, I didn't want to  spend very much.  I ended up really liking the style and while these are now falling apart, I think I'll end up buying a leather version because they're such a great all around sandal.

5. MichaelMichael Kors
I thrifted these as well (see a pattern) and while I liked the style, they also weren't the most comfortable sandals very, thanks to that pesky thong.  They broke last year so I got about one year of year out of them.  I bought the Birks to replace this pair because I wanted a simple slip on style and had decided not to go with another thong style. (Except when I was stupid and forgot.)

6. (Tula) Birkenstocks
I love my Bertha Birks so much I decided to get another pair, after looking at all of the styles I like ended up liking the simple Tula the best, it's almost delicate compared  to the other styles and while I don't love them as much as the Berthas (mostly because with the one strap I feel like they'll fly off if I run) but they're simple, cute and best of all, comfy!  I will admit, I think Birks are cute, I like the look of them, they're simple and minimalist and I don't know why everyone keeps saying they look like boots.  But I have strange taste, so there's that. 

Looking at the styles I lean towards, I like straps across the foot and sandals that buckle with black and brown being the only colors.  I like simple and embellished  sandals and in order for me to wear them, they have to be comfortable.  Currently I have three sandals I wear regularly with two pairs broken(The Michael Kors have been thrown  away, the Curfew are pretty trashed and the Colin Stuarts have been donated back) and all of them are sandals I really love.  Like I said, I might buy the Madewell version of the  Curfew sandals because I really like the style and they're very versatile but eh, maybe not.    I do want to know how it is for everyone else though, do you stock up on  summer sandals or do you save for your winter shoes?  I'm noisy and always love seeing  what other people's shoe wardrobes look like and the thought that goes into which  shoes you buy.