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It's supposed to be 98 degrees here today. (Unfortunately not the Nick Lachey band.)  So if you are thinking 'sleeveless in September?" I'm thinking the same thing as well. It feels like summer outside still, which you can't complain about honestly. Unless you really want to wear fall clothes and boots. I've never checked the weather so much in my life.  Mainly because in my mind there are two types of weather: sandal weather and boots weather. We are still in sandal weather, people. Although I did see one girl yesterday rocking the tall boots and jeans. While she was probably sweaty, I salute you tall boot girl.

Win a Gift Card to The Vault Jewels!

This week you have a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to The Vault Jewels! All you have to do is:

1. Visit The Vault Jewels Shop and pick out your favorite item.
2. Leave a comment below and let me know your choice!

Giveaway open until Sunday, October 2nd at 10 pm. One entry per reader, please. 


Winner of last week's giveaway is...

Congrats Anna L! Email me :)

Wild Horses

 So you've all seen this outfit, yes? Well I wept out of pure joy when I saw it because I've had this thrifted horse shirt for a while and wasn't quiet sure what to pair it with. This is why I love the internet. That and the fact that I can order Brants and no one has to know about it.


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I'm feeling particularly Parisian in this outfit. May it be the high bun, the striped tee or my fake french accent, I'm feeling the Paris vibe. I'll probably eat lunch at Le Madeleine's today as well. It just feels right. 

In other news, this weekend we opened bloom and it was Which is good since I own the place. If I opened it and hated it, that wouldn't be a good sign for the next few years. 

Au revoir for now, you guys. 

Step into fantasy land

Winsome Winter: In

Finish your homework fast for there's a feast of films waiting.
Films take you to fantasy land. Some also come with an inspiration filled core. There is a movie for every audience, a “Free Willy” for an animal lover and “Wall-E” for a space buff.
The season ahead has loads of must-watch films coming your way starting with “Dolphin Tale”.
Releasing worldwide on September 23, this movie is based on a real story of a brave Dolphin and some compassionate strangers who get together to save the severely hurt and trapped dolphin named Winter. The dolphin loses its tail and other incidents follow. The movie stars Ashley Judd and others and is directed by Charles Martin Smith.
Come October and three more releases follow. “Real Steel” releasing October 7 is an American sci-fi flick. Want to see animatronic robots in a brawl? The film is based on a 1956 short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson. The movie starrs Hugh Jackman and is directed by Shawn Levy.
For the have-feet-will-dance students, there is “Footloose”, for an out an out dance experience.
A remake of the 1984 movie by the same name, the story revolves around a boy from Boston and his travails in a small town where dancing and loud music are banned. Kenny Wormald, who plays the lead role, is a choreographer in real life too.

Dumas is back

For all the book worms, here is a visual treat. Remember Athos, Porthos and Aramis?
Well, Alexander Dumas' novel returns in an action movie avatar of “The Three Musketeers”. With a spectacular star cast that includes Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Logan Lerman and Milla Jovovich, this is one action adventure you don't want to miss.
November is the time to meet “Kitty Softpaws” and “Puss in Boots.” An adorable cat who is good at sword fight, this is “Puss in Boots” for you. The voice over is by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.
And finally make way for the dancing penguin who returns. And how? “Happy Feet 2”, will be released in the 3 D format on November 18.
Folks, put your hands together for the talented Mumble who jives to LL Cool J this time around. Wrap up your studies and homework quickly and wait for a season of great films ahead.

Autumn Calling

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I'm a little behind this week. This outfit is actually from Monday. So by a little behind, I mean three days behind. Forgive me? You didn't miss much Tuesday or Wednesday as I pretty much wore the same uniform I've been wearing all week -- a v-neck, jeans and greasy hair. HOT. My greasy hair brings all the boys to the yard, trust me. Of course they are carrying shampoo, but still.
PS -- Thank you for sticking with me through the sporadic postings these last few weeks. Regular programming will return soon, promise.

Win a $50 Gift Card to Shop Le Mode!

This week you have a chance to win a $50 gift card to Shop Le Mode! All you have to do is:

1. Visit Shop Le Mode and browse her shop.
2. Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite item.

That's it! Giveaway is open until Sunday, September 25th at 10 pm. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. Check back next week to see if you are the winner. 


Winner of last week's Shop Ruche giveaway is...

Congrats, Melissa! Email me :)


As you all know my first child is my blog. But now my second child is my shop. (I bet you didn't even know I was pregnant.) I'd like to introduce you to Bloom. Although still a work in progress, I couldn't wait to share with you the site and our tumblr that's tracking our last few weeks. As of Friday, September 23rd, you can come see me at the shop any old time. 

Hot Pants


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I was going to name this post 'Candy Striper' but I decided it looked too much like 'candy stripper.' Which was my old identity that I'd like to keep in the past, of course. 'Hot Pants' is way more appropriate and not stripper related at all. 

I wore this outfit on Saturday night on a date. To the mall. With all of the other 14 year olds who have nowhere else to go with their love interests. I'm pretty sure we are running out of date ideas when we end up at a mall, but on the flip side I got to see the new H&M in Dallas. But on the other flip side, if this is 4 years in, what will dates look like in 10 years? Oh no, it's happening. All of a sudden all I want for my anniversary is a washer and dryer set... and a hug. And maybe a candle, if it's not asking too much. 

Pretty & Powerful

When Bobbi Brown Cosmetics approached me about their campaign 'Pretty & Powerful' one woman came to mind: my mother. My mother is undoubtedly a beautiful woman. As a little girl, I remember staring at my mom hoping to look just like her when I grew up. But my mother chose a long time ago to be something other than just a pretty girl. She chose to be strong, gracious and powerful.

Growing up, my mom would remind me of one thing: "be who you are." May it have been encouraging because I was the weirdest kid on the playground, or grounding because I was the most popular girl in class, she always quietly reminded me to be true to myself. But more than her words, I followed her actions. My mother doesn't change; she stays the same each and every year. No matter what the circumstance -- be it happy, sad or downright life shattering, my mother exudes a quiet power in every situation. My mother is pretty and powerful and I couldn't be more proud to be her daughter. 
You too can join in on the campaign, by leaving a comment below telling me who is 'Pretty & Powerful' in your life which also qualifies you to win a Bobbi Brown make-up palette given at random to one reader. For an extra entry, send your tweets to #prettypowerful. You can also cast a vote for contestants or submit your own video to the Pretty & Powerful campaign

Meant to Be

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It hit me last night as I was watching 'Storage Wars' and playing a crossword, that fashion week is happening a million miles away. And for a second I thought I was in the wrong place. I should most certainly be in a pretty dress in NYC, drooling over runway style and stalking Anna Wintour. Right? 

And then this post happened. Instead of an 'arm party' I've got an old hair tie on my wrist for when my hair inevitably decides to turn against me. Then as I was labeling my outfit, I had to google Calvin Klein's name to make sure I spelled it right. (I didn't.) Perhaps on my couch playing crosswords is right where I'm meant to be. 

As you can see, in honor of the missed Missoni event at Target (Missedoni?) I wore my thrifted knock off sweater vest version of Missoni. Thrifted and a knock off? Oh girl you are too much. 

Win $50 to Shop Ruche!

This week you have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Shop Ruche! All you have to do is:

1. Visit Shop Ruche and pick out your favorite items.
2. Leave a comment below and tell me you choice! 

Check back next week to see if you are the winner! One entry per person, please. Giveaway open until Monday, September 19th, 10 pm.


And now the winner of last week's Melie Bianco giveaway...

Congrats Liz! Email me :)



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One of the first things I look for in a new place of residence is a good wine bar and the nearest Target. You may think 'hospital' or 'police station' but no, for me it's a good time over healthcare or safety. Which I figure will only last me through my twenties. Once I hit 30, my responsibility gene will kick in. Right? Isn't that how it works? And then I will have kids. Or is it kids, then responsibility? This might be why we've yet to venture into parenthood. 

All that to say, two weeks in town and we've found ourselves a wine bar and 2 Targets within a 15 miles radius. As if I need another reason to wake up and get dressed everyday. 

(PS -- did anyone end up at a Target today for the Missoni collection? Have missed it? Did you buy it all before I could get my grubby hands on it?)

Instant Class

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Today I feel classy. It could be the fact that when I sit down or get out of a car, I don't have to worry about showing the world everything I own. It could also be the fact that I barely showered all weekend and today I did. (Don't judge. You do it too, nasty.) A shower and a long dress equals instant class. You can see why I was not invited to the Royal Wedding, no? 

So I got a new 'B' necklace. Yes, B is for my husband. Yes, I am a sap. Can you blame me? 


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Yes, I did just name this post after a questionable Black Eyed Pea album. Because that's where my brain goes when I'm tired. It goes to the dark side that is Top 40 radio of 2003. Don't phunk with my heart.

New things I've learned this week: it is possible to cover up tired with concealer. Five layers of three different types of concealer to be exact and I look like a human again. Which coincidentally is the same as the cups of coffee I need to drink every day just to be able to speak. I think five is my new lucky number.

And ss if my shirt didn't have enough elephants for you, I wore my elephant necklace from my great Aunt Murl. No, not Merl, my other great aunt who also provides jewelry to young bloggers. This can be confusing, I know.

Win a New Purse from Melie Bianco!

This week you have a chance to win the Julie Bag from Melie Bianco! All you have to do is:

1. Visit Melie Bianco and find your favorite purse.
2. Leave a comment below and let me know your pick!

Giveaway open until Monday, September 12 at 10 pm. One entry per reader please.


Winner of last week's Go Lightly giveaway is....

Congrats Joanne! Email me :)

Old School

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You may notice that my hair grew over night. But really this is an outfit from before we left our little town, obviously before the new big city hair. Glad I had it on hand as today I'm in t-shirt and shorts that I may or may not have slept in, not quite blog worthy.

Am I alone in this or did you used to pine over new loafers for school? Just me, eh? I loved a new pair of loafers. There was just something about going into third grade that made me want to be an 80 year old man. While these are a much hipper version, I'm getting a little nostalic for my annual pair of loafers. Except it's 15 years later and I'm not pairing them with colored tube socks. Yet.

Light Reading

If you are in need of new online magazines or you want to read my silly answers check out the latest issues of We Like We Love Magazine, House of Fifty and Matchbook Magazine. Just a little bit of light reading for a Tuesday morning.