Thursday, October 24, 2013

PCT...Oh You Know Me...


Sorry for the all caps, exclamation point screaming, but I am so damn excited I got a job...PCT Med/Surg at a local hospital!! I has not even been a year since I made the decision to begin this new journey in my life and I feel like I am firmly on the way.  I know it is the bottom rung of the nursing totem pole, but I am proud of myself.   So, I begin training in a week, and until then I will be spending my days doing pre-employment paperwork and vaccinations, trying to understand benefit packages and neurotically trying to find childcare for my boys.  I am not sure of my set schedule yet, so I am not sure what days I will need someone to wrangle the beasts, I am trying not to panic about it...easier said than done...deep breath...

It is getting pretty chilly here in suburban Chicago...fall has decided to cancel its appearance this year, opening an invitation for winter to rear its frigid face early...we even had frost and snow this week!! I am not ready to dig out my heavy winter coat yet, so some incarnation of the cammo jacket, puffer vest or long sweater will be my layer topper of choice...

Vest, Sweater-Gap/Booties, Scarf-Target/Jewelry-Bauble Bar, Black Sheep/F21

Sweater-Renee C/Jeans-Nordstrom's/Jewelry-F21, Old Navy, Target

Friday, October 18, 2013

Diary of An Anglophile...

If you hang out in my corner of the internet long enough, you will discover am an anglophile...lover of all things London, English anywhere across the pond...including Cardiff.

In college, I studied in London and that is when my love affair began.  The culture, architecture and the accent.  I knew my husband would love the beauty and architecture of the city, so we travelled there for our honeymoon.  I cannot wait for the day my boys are old enough to appreciate a trip to see the sights London has to offer.

I have to admit, I am a bit obsessed with British television...the crime dramas, spy serials.  But the biggest love of my life (besides my boys of course) is Doctor Who and Torchwood.  I love to go Comic Con conventions...geek out with other Whovians that understand my love of The Doctor.

I had way too much fun at the Wizard World Convention this summer. I am not one of those people who like to dress up "cosplay"  but I did make myself a Tardis shirt this year...

I even splurged on a photo op and a meet and greet with Captain Jack...John Barrowman...he was awesome!!! He brought his husband, mom and dad up on the stage and told some amazing stories about the days with The Doctor and Torchwood. 

I even display my love for Doctor Who on my phone.  You would be amazed by how many people notice it and comment about their love of The Doctor too!

I also fancy clothes that sport the British flag.  When I saw this sweater at the Nordstrom's sale this summer, I knew I had to have it...

Of course I had to style up this cozy sweater with my Target booties.  Saved 20% with Target Cartwheel App (best app ever) and a $10 Shop Kick gift card, so they were a steal.  Love the mix of black and brown and the subtle heel is really comfortable.

If you ever get a chance to visit London, take it!  The final reason to love it...since it is already across the pond, it is just a quick trip to so many other destinations...especially Paris!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Soccer Saturday Stylings...

Jeans-Nordstrom's/Shoes, Jacket-Gap/T-shirt-Jcrew FactoryJewelry-Target, Bass

This fall, I have spent my Saturdays posing as a soccer are spent driving back and forth between soccer games, sitting on the sidelines, cheering on my boys.  Their games always seem to overlap, but they play at two different parks, so it is a pretty crazy day.  
This is a typical Saturday outfit...worn this last Saturday to two rainy soccer games.  Boyfriend jeans are just a comfy.  I usually top them with a t-shirt or tank and cardigan.  This week it was a Jcrew Factory the girlie pink faux bow.  Good thing I also wore my new Gap cammo jacket...the temps dropped when the rain fell.  Love the cut of this jacket, hits at mid hip, fitted a little more like a blazer  and snaps up. Of course I always wear my favorite Gap slip ons...I have waxed poetically about them many times before!  I always like to throw on some jewelry to fancy up my soccer stylings. 

On Thursday, I was considering taking a hitting up the outlet mall while the little on was at school.  I knew I made the right decision to go when I checked my email that morning and there was a jcrew Factory 50% off was shopping fate...ha!!! I picked up this bow t-shirt and a striped long sleeve t with zipper detailing at the total ended up being $35...cannot do better than that.  Surprisingly, I recently discovered that that Bass makes more than just shoes.  The outlet has some cute sweaters and fabulous jewelry...all 70% off.  I scored the necklace above for $5!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Leopard And Denim For Fall...

Now that the fall weather is finally here, I am so excited to style up two of my favorite fall purchases...

 Sweatshirt-Old Navy/Jacket-JCrew/Jewelry-H&M, Back Sheep, Nordstrom's

 Top-Loft/Jewelry-Loft, Akira, H&M

The fabulous leopard booties are Dolce Vita purchased at the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale this summer.  As soon as the indian summer we are experiencing here in Illinois died, down I had to break out these booties!! 
Another fall favorite of mine are these jeans.  A few weeks ago, I hit up Nordstrom's determined to find a pair of jeans that would meet all my qualifications...soft, stretchy, skinny(though I would settle for boot cut if they fit well), dark denim, waist hits above my incision and downplays my muscular thighs.  With the help of a very patient sales associate, I went to the dressing room armed with 8 pairs and a positive attitude.  These were jeans number 2...I fell in love with everything about them.  I did try on the rest of jeans, just for good measure, but i came back to these lovelies.  Everything is wonderful about them but the brand name...Not Your Daughters Jeans... the name makes me feel like an old lady, but whatever, not a deal breaker!  

Expect to see this bootie and jean combo regularly on the blog!