Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It Could Not Come Soon Enough...

I am so frackin (BG geek) happy that it is Wednesday...because that means I can say so what thanks to Shannon from Life After I "Dew"...Here we go for SO WHAT! Wednesday

So What if...
-I am predictable...shouldn't that make it easier for you...

-I think simple is overrated

-I love taking Jack to school every is so nice to spend a few minutes just me and him

-I eat quesadillas 5 out of 7 nights for dinner every week...I have a salad the other two days

-I consider my mom my best friend

-I wear the same sports bra two days in a row since I forgot to wash it...I could use it as an excuse not to go to the gym...but I did there!

-If I want you to just get over it!

Wow...I feel much better now that I got that all out...thanks for listening!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's A Pants Party...

Worn to work Tuesday, August 30

I wore pants...again...two days in a row is a record for me...but please do not get used to it!

 Pants-Loft/Jacket-Gap/Shoes-Eric Michael/Jewelry-Shopbop, Target, H&M

This outfit came together fairly easy this morning.  Besides yesterdays pants, these are the only other pants I feel comfortable in..pleated ankle length silk pants I love...never thought I would say that!  I bout this jacket over the weekend at Gap.  Love it!! Light tweed pattern, pockets, leather trim, zipper...$22...wonderful.  It was on sale, then an additional 40% off so it had to be mine!
I feel pretty good in this outfit today...I think that when I am dressed professionally and have on some fun jewelry, I feel my best.  It also helps that it is not real hot out, so I am finally comfortable.

So, I asked Jack if I could take his photo when we got to school today.  He said yes, as long as I can stand by the Alien and set up my backpack for the photo...ok then!

 He insists on wearing a car shirt almost every day...good thing for the laundry we have a dozen of them.

They line up by the doors and wait for the teachers to come out.  Jack cannot remember his friends names, but then he introduced me a a little girl today as his new friend and they went off to line up cute!
I definitely think Alex is getting bored.  As I was leaving today, he told me is friend was coming over and bringing him some juice...I was confused since he did not have a play date.  I discovered he has been telling Jack, my husband and I that every morning his friend is coming over...each day bringing something different.  I guess he really does miss Jack and looking for someone new to play can definitely not start soon enough.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Arms Might Fall Off...

It's Monday....again...

Top-Loft/Pants-Express/Heels-Kenneth Cole/Jewelry-F21 

Between the sunburn I got Saturday afternoon and the killer arm workout I did Saturday morning, I can barely life my arms above my head.  It hurts just to lean over and pick up the phone...

I hate to admit it, but this was the third outfit I tried on today.  I was wearing my one of my favorite teal blue Target dresses when I dropped Jack off at school, but even that was the second outfit.  Realizing I had not shaved my legs in way to long, I quickly stopped back home on the way to work and threw on this outfit.  You know I must be really desperate if I am resorting to the evil pants!  You cannot really tell, but the pants have a subtle grey pinstripe and the top is a crinkly gold sheen.  

Today was Jack's first full day of Kindergarten.  All weekend he kept reminding me that he goes to school all day long and has lunch and a snack.  He was so excited to line up and go into his class today that he barely remembered to sat goodbye to me.  I cannot wait to hear about his day at school.  Now, I need to find an activity for Alex.  He starts preschool next week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Since his birthday is in October, he just misses the deadline for everything. But, I think I might have just found an art class for him.  I am so afraid he is going to be bored without structure everyday...he is used doing something with me, Nana, Jack or a class or something. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's That Face Again...Where Does It Come From?

Thank you all for allowing me my craptastic Wednesday... It is finally Friday, and I am ready for the weekend! A weekend full of too many things to do, but a weekend none the less.

 Shirt-Limited/Skirt-Old Navy/Sandals-Nine West/Jewelry-BR, Target, House of Harlow, DIY

Let me sum up the week... Jack started's here, it's real and I am that neurotic mom.  Today, when he was standing in line, waiting to go in to school, he told one of the assistant teachers..."that's my mom over there, the pretty on with the brown hair, make up and lots of jewelry."  That just made my week all worth it!

Oh, and just because I needed a laugh...

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why Did I Get Out Of Bed Today...

Today is just one of those days when you count down the minutes until it ends so you can go back to sleep and start again tomorrow and forget today existed...but, if there has to be one positive, I really like my outfit!

Lets start with the skirt...picked it up off the Anthropologie sales rack yesterday...score!!  love the high waist with the brass snaps, droopy side pockets and fabulous pattern!  I was a big fan of the fact that the pattern is both brown and black, so I decided to style it with a black tank and brown knit vest!
So, imagine my surprise when I arrive home yesterday from the gym, there is a box on the table for's my new bracelets from the Chasing Davies Bracelet Swap from Ashley Tiseo.  I love that they have a fall vibe..they are cool!!  I have a feeling they are going to be a staple in my arm candy all fall!

Please pardon the puffy I mentioned, it has been a rough one...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Urban Jungle Called Kindergarten!

Skirt, Vest-Old Navy/Shirt-Loft/Shoes-OTBT/Jewelry F21, Vita, Jewelmint, Lori's

If you look closely, you will notice the vest is me.  I was inspired by Terra of Stylish White Female to take this basic vest and funk it up! I used stars on the bottom pockets and circular studs on the top.  Such a fun and easy DIY!

Today was meet the teacher day for Jack...very exciting.  Besides meeting his new teacher, whom I think is wonderful, Jack found his locker, desk and already made a few new friends.  Jack is very outgoing and pretty much introduced himself to everyone in the class.  Tomorrow is his first real day... He is so excited, me, I am just trying to hold it baby is starting Kindergarten!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

They Let Me Out Of My Cage...

Saturday I had a full day out.  Since there was not much time between my friend's baby shower and the blogger meet up, I decided to take one dress and style it two ways, changing the jewelry and shoes.

First i started with a basic blue dress.  I bought it for $11 at the Banana Republic Outlet two years ago.  When I first bought it, I couldn't zipper.  I was so excited that when I tried it on the other night and it zipped, I did the happy dance around the house...ha!

So, for the baby shower, I decided to try to make the dress more casual by styling it with a fun beaded necklace, leopard cardi, and strappy, low heeled clogs.

Then, I wanted to dress the dress up a bit for the meet up.  So, first I ditched the cardi, then I dug out my highest heeled sandals and chunky beads.  I bought these sandals about 4 years ago for a party.  But after, my feel hurt so bad, I stuck then in the back of my closet never to be worn again...until Saturday.  My feet are a bit more adept at wearing heels now, so I dug them out and tried them on...not real comfortable, but they would do.

The baby shower was a lot more fun than I expected.  I was so great to see Jennifer and her family.  I know she is going to be a wonderful mother...I cannot wait to meet her little baby.

I had such a great day.  It was really nice to have a day to myself, no kids, no pressure...  But now back to the craziness...I would not have it any other way!

Friday, August 19, 2011

How Do All the Puzzle Pieces Fit Together...

All work and no play make me tired and hungry...but then again, when am I not tired and hungry...

Worn to work Thursday, August 18

Love me my new Bronze Zipper Bracelet from Jewelmint!

Skirt-Loft/Sweater-BR/Belt-Gap/Necklaces-F21, Target/Bracelets- Jewelmint, Lori's

Worn to work Friday, August 19

Jeans-Loft/shirt-Gap/Shoes Lands End/Jewelry-Mexican Shop, DIY, Street Vender

I knew Friday was going to be a busy work day...but with lots of running around and not clients to be seen, I decided to dress casual...

I love my new ring. I always have really been into lucky charms...especially the protection of the evil eye.  It is not easy to see, but the boyfriend jeans have a pinstripe, I added a purple snake print belt
and my necklace is a face.  I hate to say it, but I wasn't very comfortable most of the day in these jeans, not really sure why I wore them...Just say no to pants!!

I usually try not to fill up my weekend with plans.  Working all week, I keep my weekend for relaxing and spending time with the boys.  But this weekend, I have a lot of fun things to do.  One of my closest friends...she actually lived with my parents after's her baby shower.  I am so excited to see her...not real excited to see other people who I have not seen since high school.  But whatever...I am proud of who I am now and plan to get all dressed up, go in full of self confidence and have a good time!  More excitement Saturday evening...Chicago Blogger Meetup!!! I cannot wait to meet all the other cool Chicago bloggers!!
Now here's the big dilemma...what am I going to wear.  There will be no time to go home between the shower and the meetup...hmmm...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

And Now It Comes Full Circle...

All this talk in blog land about back to school outfits and fall clothing made me think about the kinds of outfits I would have picked out for my first day of college...way back in the 90's...  Even though it was over 10 years ago, this outfit I wore yesterday is pretty close to what I wore for my first day of class, sophmore year, Ithaca College.

 Skirt-Banana Republic/Shirt-Zara/Sandals-Indigo/Jewelry-Jcrew, Vida, Jewelmint, F21

Way too many years ago, my go to outfit was a jean skirt and a striped or patterned t-shirt and strappy sandals...I even had a brown leather messenger bag that I carried everywhere.  Back then, I would have never thought to wear stripes with a floral necklace, but I am pretty sure I did have a stack of bracelets on my arm!

It is pretty amazing to me how my core style has stayed the same all these years. 

Back in Ithaca, my 19 year old, fun-loving, but incredibly career orientated self would have never fathomed that there would be a 35 year old self, with two kids, reminiscing about what I wore on the first day of school.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Falling Down and Loving It...

Worn to work Monday, August 15

I got a pedicure this weekend.  I thought I would go with a fall-ish color since I am so ready for the fall weather and fashions!!

 I gave myself a is amazing how many shades of purple nail polish I have!

I am not sure how I feel about it being Monday already, but no one consulted with me, so I will just have to deal! The fact that it is 75 and sunny makes the beginning of the week that much easier...

I am so ready for fall!! I always loved the end of August...time to buy new fall clothes for school!! I always painstakingly planned my outfit for the first day or school.  I wanted to wear some of my new fall purchases, but it was still always too hot, and I was so mad I had to still wear my old summer clothes on the first day.  Then, for a long time, I could not mark the passing of the seasons by when school started, since I had to act like a grown up and get a real job...booo!  I worked on my fall wardrobe when the weather itself started to change.  But, now that I have kids in school, I feel like fall should start next week, right after Jack starts school!  I wish mother nature agreed with me, but I have a funny feeling that the weather won't let me pull out my boots, tights and sweaters just yet! Today's weather is perfect to start dreaming about what pieces I need to fill holes in my fall wardrobe...

Fall Love

Wow, that was my first polyvore set... not sure what I did not try it it!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

We Do What We Have To Get It Done...

Worn to work Friday, August 12

Thank you, thank you, thank you Friday for FINALLY getting here!

Top-Banana Republic/Skirt-Express/Jewelry-DIY, H&M, Street vendor

I was feeling kind of sassy today while taking these photos.  Maybe it was the bold (for me) lip color, the dangley necklace, clank of the bangles on my arm or maybe the long silhouette evoked by the maxi skirt... Whatever it was, it felt good!  I don't usually wear much of a bold lip-color, especially in the summer, but I just felt like amping my look up, and picked up this lip shade at Target.  I think I am going to have to wear a colored lip more often, it totally finishes my look!

So, I have two friends that are very pregnant right now...both due within the next month. Talking to them has made me remember back to those two times when I was in the end stages of my pregnancies, wondering how the hell I was going to do it all...babies, house, husband, kids,  I am still not sure how I did it, but here I am... 35, 1 marriage, 2 healthy kids, a house in the suburbs, work full time... surviving it all...
I just want to make sure that I slow down enough to realize how lucky I am to have this life...

Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend...I know I will try.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Can I Check Both Boxes...

Worn to work Thursday, August 12


I hate to admit it, but not much thought went into today's outfit.  I wanted something simple, and this dress fit the bill. I love that I can wear a shirt dress...first.time.ever...with out the buttons pulling...ahhh!!
Just added a bright necklace and my highest heeled sandals and out the door...

Not much else going on here in my corner or the is busy, boys are their silly boy selves...Making time for one and all is not easy, but life goes on. 

I must remember this is not a competition!