January 30, 2011


Today's post is the combined effort of Mike and I. I recently purchased a new lens, hence the better quality photos. Mike asked to take my photos, and although we usually differ on opinion, I thought it was a cool that he wanted to be involved, so we went into our freezing shop to take pics in his '38 hot rod. The first two are his, to give him his due. He did a pretty good job, considering he had a new lens to adjust to, but I am fairly picky so I ended up taking more photos myself, much to his disappointment. However, I will recruit him again for future posts, as I enjoyed the time together. I also liked his attention to detail- telling me to stick my butt out, moving my hair over my shoulder- made me feel like I was modeling for real. Except that I sleep with the photographer and don't get paid. Oh, and you don't want to be behind me when I bend over in these pants- I put plumbers to shame.

ps. did you notice the new layout? I got rid of all the clutter and enlarged the photos. thoughts?


January 25, 2011

Gypsy Travels

Spent the weekend down in Santa Rosa with my sister, Kohl and my sister's niece, Angel. Ate fattening pasta and pizza, scouted out an awesome vintage/thrift store (where I scored this burgundy velvet maxi skirt, among other things) and basically accomplished nothing important. I love how Santa Rosa is such an artsy town, and you can find randomly placed sculptures and hear playing music wherever you go. More pics to follow later.

January 19, 2011

Frustration Breeds Indecision

Blazer and Shirt- thrifted; Sequin leggings- Marshalls; Boots- Sam Edelman; Cross Necklace- F21

Being sleep deprived and at the constant need of a newborn baby has taken it's toll on my creativity and inspiration. I've done about three different outfit shoots the last couple days, only to decide not to post them- either because I decided I didn't like the outfit, the pictures weren't good enough, or because of some other randomly decided reason. Finally I just decided to post something for the sake of having something to post. I decided to wear wear my sequin leggings to get me motivated, but due to having nowhere to go, I kept the rest of the outfit casual. Kinda like how it turned out. Really needing new locations to shoot photos though, as my backyard is getting a bit monotonous. Wish I had myself a photographer like some other bloggers....not that my husband hasn't offered, but we tend to differ on creative aspects. May have to take him up on it though, before the shrubbery and bricks of my yard drive me insane from redundancy.

January 14, 2011


Coat- BB Dakota; Blouse- Diane Von Furstenberg; Boots- Dollhouse

Best.coat.ever. The minute I laid eyes on it I knew I had to have it. I originally found it for $128 on both Urban Outfitters and Nasty Gal's websites, but being the thrifty person I am, I always do price comparisons to get the best deal. Not that I wouldn't have forked over the money, because I love the coat that much...but I still like to get a deal when I can. And as luck would have it, I just so happened to find it for $109 at LuLus.com. They offered free shipping over $75, and I had a 20% discount code, bringing my total to $94...plus since they're located in Chico, a mere 45 minutes from me, my package arrived the next day. It pays to shop around. It also comes in a more subtle black and blue, but the main attraction for me, other than the huge fur trimmed hood, amazing print and extreme coziness, is the color combo of browns, orange and green. This is definitely a coat that I can hang on to for quite some time. FYI, Lulu's is now sold out of the coat, and so is UO, but you can still get it at Nasty Gal's site.

I think someone is due for a dye job, no? Considering going back to the bangs as well. We shall see.

January 11, 2011

Risky Business

Blazer, shorts- F21; Horse tank- thrifted; Tights-Betsy Johnson; Shoes- Kelsi Dagger; Handbag- Nicole Lee

Ever have one of those days where you can't seem to put together an outfit? Today was one of those days for me. I'm constantly coming up with outfits in my head at random moments, but then when it's time to actually get dressed, I can't remember any of them, or else they don't turn out the way they did in my head. So today when I was in a hurry to get out the door, I somehow came up with this edgy-business-prep school outfit at the last second. Totally unplanned random pieces,yet they somehow came together somewhat cohesively. Maybe I should stop planning outfits ahead of time. On another note, I'm completely infatuated with my new handbag. Looks expensive and chic, but I got it at Marshall's- I'm thrifty like that. Pardon my tired eyes and pale face...still lacking in the sleep department.

And of course I have to end this post with an adorable picture of Lia. Yeah, she's a keeper :)

January 7, 2011


It's hard to believe 2010 is over already and 2011 has arrived. The year went by so fast, I'm having trouble remembering what it consisted of. I guess the major points were leaving my job at Forever 21 as a Visual Merchandiser (which I still occasionally miss), watching our business expand, getting a new puppy, Peanut, then mourning him when he died, getting a new SLR camera and an awesome car. Throw in the copious amounts of clothing and shoes I acquired and it was a pretty good year. Oh yeah, and finding out I was pregnant with a little girl after five years of trying was a definite highlight to my year. Due to the pregnancy, I spent the majority of the year eating sweets and gaining weight, losing sleep and excitedly preparing for her arrival. Now that she's here and the previous year is over, this year will be focused on losing all the weight I gained...and hopefully catching up on sleep. Here are some of my main goals:

1. Lose weight and exercise. I'm craving a candy bar as I'm writing this, so wish me luck.
2. Improve this blog and its contents.
3. Help our business expand more this year through advertising and networking
4. Get my family's finances in order, pay off debt, and then redecorate/remodel our home.
5. Enjoy the year and not worry so much about everything; basically enjoy life more.

What are your goals?

So here's a look back at my style from 2010. I'm constantly wearing anything and everything and I love to experiment, as you can see from the variety of outfits I've worn. Don't really expect that to change this year.

Last, but not least, I want to give a big thank you to all my readers, both old and new, and the support and wonderful comments you leave me. Through this blog I've made some great friends and I hope to continue to do so through the new year.