Stay or go? Polka dot shirt

I wore this shirt in the effort to keep up my goal of using (wearing) what I have (see my post about that here). I’ve had the shirt for quite a while, but every time I put it on I just don’t love it.
 I don’t even know what it is that I don’t like. I thought I loved it in the store, but since then the fit or the style seems off.
Today I was determined to wear it, so after several fails I came up with this look. 
I don’t think I have ever in my life worn a shirt buttoned up to the neck. I kind of like it. I’m still not sold on the shirt though.
What do you think? Is it just me? If nothing else I figure I can use it to wear under stuff.
Outfit breakdown:
Shirt: Heart Soul, purchased at the thrift store for 2.49
Jeans: Mossimo, purchased at Target for 22.49
Shoes: Sbicca, purchased at Plato’s Closet for 12.99
Earrings: purchased at Target for 1.00

I linked up with:

Thrifters Anonymous

Sunday Style: Peplum and Houndstooth

Today was not a good picture day. This face describes how I felt about all of the pics as I was looking through them. Sometimes you just have to roll your eyes, grin and bear it.
I felt like Thoroughly Modern Millie because my necklace would not hang straight.
(anyone remember that movie? It was a favorite of mine when I was little)
What the heck? My boobs are tiny, why does my necklace keep getting caught on them?
I wasn’t up for retakes and neither was the hubs as he’s already asleep on the couch (can’t blame him, he got up at 5:30 this morning), so there you go. At least you can see my outfit in them, and I actually loved how this outfit came together.
I went full force into the peplum trend with this shirt. I love the color and the sleeve length. I found it at Kohl’s on sale for 9.99 but I had a coupon and Kohl’s cash so it was actually free. woo-hoo!
This hounds tooth skirt I have had forever and I still love it as much as when I first got it. I originally was going to wear a black skirt but I switched to add more visual interest. I’m glad because black would definitely have been a little less fun.
And these shoes….. mmm. Love.
 They have been members of my collections for at least 4 years. Feels like only yesterday I found them on clearance at DSW.
Some inspiration pics.
 

Outfit breakdown:
Shirt: So, purchased at Kohl’s (for free with Kohl’s cash), find it here
Skirt: purchased at Dillard’s for 8.99, I think?
Shoes: Michael Kors, purchased at DSW on clearance, can’t remember how much
Necklace: purchased at JC Penney’s for 3.99

I linked up with:

WatchOutForTheWoestmans

The Vintage Modern Wife

Seeing Plaid: take two

I have already featured this coat in a post back in October but I love it so much and wear it different ways so I thought I would pull it out again.
This time I tried it out with my leopard scarf. I have seen the leopard and plaid look around and wanted to give it a go. I really wasn’t sure how it would look, but I’m loving the combo after wearing it.
My husband told me I looked like I belonged in Seattle in this look.
Which works, I suppose since it’s been a drizzly, gray sort of day.
So I’ll call this my ode to Seattle look. lol

 What do you think?
Have you tried out the leopard with plaid combo?
Outfit breakdown:
Coat: Forever, purchased at the thrift store for 9.99
Shirt: purchased at the thrift store for 1.50
Jeans: purchased at the thrift store for 3.49
Shoes: Wild Diva, purchased at a store that has since closed for 5.00
Leopard scarf: purchased at the flea market for 2.00
Earrings: purchased at the Limited for 5.99
Here are some other leopard with plaid looks I’m digging:
 
 
For sources click on the picture
I linked up with:
Favorite Frock Friday

2013, Here I come!

We made it! 2013 is here, the holidays are over and it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school. Even though I love the holidays, I am looking forward to being able to get back to a normal schedule next week.
It’s the time of year for goals and resolutions and I have a few that I have set for myself for the upcoming year.
1. If you have it use it.
 What good are things that you have but never use? Saving things for a special occasion that may never come is not only wasteful but ensures that you never get to enjoy the memories of using them. 
From now on I’m going to try harder to wear the fancy jewelry, dress up in the outfit I’ve been saving, use the use the china to eat on with my kids, drink out of our wedding glasses and wear the things hanging in my closet that don’t see the light of day.
2. If you don’t use it, lose it.
This one may seem fairly obvious but I have a ton of things around my house that I’ve held onto, but are not being used so they are taking up space. Clothes obviously are a main item for me, but also tons of other things. I want to evaluate what I have and decide which items I love and are worth the space they take up.
3. Figure out a way to pass on useful items. 
I despise having garage sales. I just don’t make money at them. I know people who do and I envy them, but for some reason I don’t. I am constantly giving away things to goodwill to avoid having it pile up in my house, but I often think I would like to try to resell some of it, like my clothes. Especially since I find a lot of great items, including name brand stuff, but I don’t have the space to keep it all when I find something else I love more. I have a few ideas on this but I’m open to hearing any suggestions you have…
4. Get ahead of my blog.
The things I post have pretty much all been what I’m wearing that day or the day before. This is good because it’s current, but annoying because I am taking daily photos and my posts usually end up being very late in the day. I would like to get ahead enough that I could have posts ready to go for at least a few days out. This will require much more planning on my part so we’ll see how it goes.
I’m wearing this shirt in part because of my goal number 1. It has been hanging in my closet for well over 2 years. I actually had to remove the tags to wear it today. I’ve tried it on to wear before, but for some reason I never could come up with something I liked it with.
Today I was determined though. I was going to figure out a way to wear it, and I’m glad I did. I really like the color and the detail on the sleeve and the neck.
These shoes are another item that I don’t wear as much as I should. I don’t know why because I really like them, I think they’re just hard to pair stuff with.
 How about you? Have any goals for the new year?
Outfit breakdown:
Shirt: Worthington, purchased at JC Penney’s for 2.97
Jeans: purchased at the thrift store for 3.49
Shoes: dollhouse, purchased at Ross for 8.99
Belt: hand me down
Necklace: purchased at Rue 21, for 3.99
Watch, earrings, and bracelets: all gifted
I linked up with:

pleated poppy

Photobucket

Sunday Style

 We are out of town right now so I wasn’t sure I could get a post in today. But my awesome friend Jennifer Adams, who also happens to be a photographer of J & B PhotoReflect, took these pics for me after church.

You all know I love leopard, so this shirt is always a fave. It was cool out today so I threw the jacket on over it and ended up loving the end result. The olive green compliments the leopard and the khaki, and adds a little color.

And this necklace was a gift from Jennifer (the photographer). I love it! 
It’s so perfect for me with all the cute little heels on it.

 I look totally natural standing in the woods in church clothes right? It’s actually her backyard, but it’s very woodsy looking.  

Outfit breakdown:
Jacket: Ann Taylor, purchased at the thrift store for 3.50
Leopard shirt: Forever, hand me down from my Sis-in-law
Skirt: Gap, purchased at the thrift store for 2.50
Booties: purchased at JustFab.com for 19.99
Necklace: gifted
 If you need pictures and live in or around the Fort Myers area go see her, she is amazing! 
To check out more of her work, or for contact info, visit her fb page.

I linked up with:

WatchOutForTheWoestmans

Isn’t it supposed to be warm in Florida?

 Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE it when it cools down here. Being able to wear layers is one of my favorite things. I love being able to wear sweaters and jackets without sweating to death. But we went to Busch Gardens today and we were all freezing. I thought it would warm up so none of us dressed particularly warm, and that was my mistake. The kids were huddling together to stay warm, and I was always looking for a sunny spot to stand in. Lesson learned, I’ll be checking the forecast before we head out to Busch Gardens again. We still had a great day though.

This is what I wore and I was cold. I’m a huge wimp.
So of course when we got home, I grabbed a jacket to add to my look. I’ll definitely be sporting it for the rest of the day.
I love jackets! This corduroy one is great because it goes with everything.
Outfit breakdown:
Jacket: Aeropostale, purchased at the thrift store for 2.49
Striped knit shirt: So, purchased at Kohl’s for 4.80
Jeans: Domaine, purchased at the thrift store for 2.49
Boots: Croft and Barrow, purchased at Kohl’s for 23.19
Scarf: purchased at Beall’s Outlet for 3.99

I linked up with:
Favorite Frock Friday
Frugal fashion, thrifty fashion

Look of the day: Navy Jacket

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Our was great! I am still recovering from our late night elf duties but that’s to be expected I guess.
I found this cute navy jacket at the thrift store last week and I was so excited! It’s perfect for our Florida weather right now, which is cool in the morning and evenings but warm during the day. It’s casual but still looks nice. The great thing about jackets is that they can add cute details and make you look more pulled together, even if you don’t feel it. Ha!
In case anyone is wondering what that blur at the side of my picture is, it’s one of these.
 My kids were photo bombing as they flew past on their scooters. gotta love kids!
And these boots, ah… I’m in love! 
I have wanted some riding boots for a while but every pair that I liked was super expensive, I just wasn’t willing to pay a ton for boots since I live in FL. So I went hunting on black Friday and found a pair I liked okay. I ended up buying them just because they were on sale but for several weeks after I was having buyers remorse. 
Then while at Kohl’s about 2 weeks ago, the hubs was looking for some shoes for himself and I decided to look through the boots again, just to see if anything had gone on sale. My heart jumped when I found these Croft and Barrow boots on sale for 28.99! But they were out of my size. Boo!
So right when we got home, I went online, found them in my size and I ordered those babies right away. I even had a coupon code so they were only 23.19! I saved them for Christmas and now after months of searching and weeks of waiting I finally have some riding boots! I can tell you’re just as excited as me. he he
Outfit breakdown:
Jacket: Old Navy, purchased at the thrift store for 2.99
Jeans: Mossimo, purchased at Target for 11.49
Boots: Croft and Barrow, purchased from Kohls for 23.19
Bracelets: all gifted

I linked up with:

 pleated poppy    

Steal that style Sunday

Before I get to my post, let me give a shout out to Jenny over at Modern Modest Beauty. She featured my outfit from last Sunday on her blog today and I am completely flattered. If you want to see it click here or on the Sunday Style link at the bottom of my post.
My steal that style series is how I show that I can copy looks found online with thrift store and/ or clearance items. Here is my newest.
I loved this look the moment I saw it. I already had a jean jacket, the challenge was to find a cute red maxi skirt. 

 It took me a few months after pinning this look, but 2 weeks ago I found a red maxi skirt at the half-off sale day at the Main St. Thrift Store. It has an interesting texture to the fabric, which at first I wasn’t sure would look right, but once I put it on I was sold.

Outfit breakdown:
Jean jacket: Gap, purchased at the thrift store for 3.99
White shirt: purchased at Ross for 4.99
Red skirt: purchased at the thrift store for 2.49
Shoes: Sbicca, purchased at Plato’s Closet for 12.99
Necklace and earrings: purchased at Beall’s Outlet for 5.99

I linked up with:

WatchOutForTheWoestmans

Thrifters Anonymous