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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

if I had time to paint my nails...

I would do so many fun things... the colors, the textures, the shiny happy people. Instead, I have a pedicure almost as old as my youngest child. True story.

I like to create sets on polyvore of adorable outfits I may never wear. Whether because I am 32, and can't rock a leather mini anymore, or because I have kids and seldom get the chance to throw on a cocktail dress. Regardless of those minor details, I spend hours perusing pages and pages of Chloe bags I can't afford to go with the vintage Chanel dress I super can't afford. It's like my grown up version of playing Barbie.

That said, I like to look at nail polish... I even buy nail polish in hopes that one day my sweet angel babies will decide to take naps at the same time and water turns into wine. Because there is equal probability.

So, here are some awesome polishes I think will carry over from Fall to Winter beautifully

nail trends for Fall 2012

LancĂ´me makeup

Nail care

Nail polish

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics turquoise nail polish

Some really pretty stuff up there, right? Any favorites? I am in LOVE with pretty much all of them, especially the deep teal. Anything you think I'm missing? 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Country Chic wedding

They kind of seem to be everywhere right now... I love them so much! I happen to be the Matron of Honor in a Country Chic wedding in October, so we are knee deep in planning at the moment. If you follow my on Pinterest, you have seen my million pins about dresses, decor, wedding pictures, etc. It's been really fun picking out details for the bridal shower, too!

So, I put together a Polyvore set for the brides maids, to give them some ideas of the brides image of them on her big day. She wanted lacy, flowery, pretty dresses... nothing matchy. I loved this idea, and especially loved that she wanted us to all wear cowboy boots. Swoon.

So, here are the sets I put together for the girls:

Option 1 Bridesmaids

Sheer cocktail dress

Sheer cocktail dress


Paul Joe wool cardigan
$300 - harrods.com

Monsoon v neck top

Ted Baker long sleeve top

Faux leather boots

Tan boots

Linea Pelle army belt

Linea Pelle vintage belt

Studded leather belt

This first set was the first I made. We thought we may go with belted cardigans, since it will be outdoors in October. I love this set, but something about it just didn't flow to me... So I made another.

bridesmaids 2

Keyhole dress

Sheer dress

Sheer dress


Dan Post cowgirl boots

Cowgirl boots

Cowgirl boots

Ariat western boots

Carolee jewelry

Chrysoprase jewelry

Drop earrings

Leaf jewelry
$36 - zenggi.com

Dorothy Perkins stud earrings

Rare London necklace
$7.91 - rarelondon.com

So I made this one. I loved the delicate detail of my dress, so I kept it the same. Something about these dresses together makes my heart do flips. I just love it so much. Which set do you prefer? -C

Talking about babies last night...

Got me to thinking about my semi-crunchy ways. I have had so many friends from the past comment that they never thought they would see the day that I _____ (insert crunchy mom act here... cloth diaper, cook from scratch,make babyfood).

Truth is, having babies changes people. Most of the time in a positive, healthy way. It changed me from being someone so short sighted, so focused on the day to day that I dropped out of nursing pre reqs to bar tend. Looking back, not my finest move, but I was making good money, so I couldn't imagine that would ever end.

 Today I have my day planned. After cleaning the bathroom and mopping, I will stuff diapers and feed the chickens. Yes, chickens. I have 2 of them, and they are our pets. Friends, not food (Nemo, anyone?). Red and TuTu are our backyard chickens, and they are awesome and sweet and hilarious.

Stuffing diapers? Let me explain... We are a cloth diapering family. We just recently started this adventure, and are sad that we didn't know how easy it was when Crue was in diapers. It saves about $2000 over the span of 2 and a half years, too. I will link some super helpful videos below if anyone is interested. I breastfeed, I delay vaccinations, I try not to feed my family preservatives (as much as possible)... I don't consider myself a hippie, per se, but I can't say that growing up in Nor Cal didn't have a lingering affect on me, even though I've lived in Texas for 5 years now. I say y'all and hella. Sometimes in the same sentence.

 Anyway, if you have any questions about my parenting style, cloth diapers, breastfeeding, etc, please feel free to ask. I love sharing things that I wish someone had shared with me... it takes a village, right? -C

 P.S., this channel was super helpful to me when I decided to cloth!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Music Monday?

Because I've decided to hold myself to some standards. Standards that include matching things I love with days of the week. That being said, you know I'm a total procrastinator, so this may become Tune Tuesday next week.

Since I'm no music critic, or eloquent writer of any sort for that matter, I'm just going to pick a band, link you up to their blog, or facebook, and tell you why I love them. Nothing fancy, nothing crazy. Just love <3

Since this is the first post, I find it only fitting that I give you my very most favoritist (see, not eloquent) band ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

I give you Eisley. How do I put my love for them into words? They are not only an amazing quintet of wonderful, and talented musicians, they are a family of beautiful and seemingly sweet, kind people. The band (originally called 'Mos Eisley', after the planet in Star Wars) is made up of three sisters, Chauntelle, Sherri, and Stacy, along with their brother Westin, and cousin Garron. More about their journey and cuteness here, if you're interested. Did I mention they are having babies? They are. All of them... at the same time. Yes, All three sisters are pregnant with girls, and Westins wife is having a boy. I love it. Sometimes I fantasize that I am a Dupree... except less creepy than that.

So, a few of my favorite song to get you started.

An interview so y'all can see how endearing the girls are
Smarter is one of my favorites... the wordplay, the harmonizing (what makes them super awesome, IMO), the video... all reflective of them as a band.
This one is dear to me, because when my husband and I started dating in 2006, we listened to this EP ALL the time. It reminds me so much of that time in our lives. It's also funny to see Sherri with 'normal' hair, lol.
And my current favorite... stuck in my head pretty much all the time. Mr. Moon So, there are a ton of awesome songs, but these are the few I hold dear. Check them out, you may love them as much as I do!


Next week... Matt Good Band <3

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fashion Friday... on Sunday

So, my goal was going to be to start a 'Fashion Friday'... a post I would do every week, without fail. Welp, that got off to a great start ;) I totally started it on Friday, got caught up with other stuff,and my dear husband closed out the window on our computer... so here I am starting all over again. Not a huge deal, since I have all of my 'looks' for the week saved on Polyvore, and I hadn't said anything prolific in the 3 sentences I banged out late Friday night... so, with that, here we go!

First, my big score of the weekend... I am so stoked. See, I wanted this dress I saw on Gap.com SO bad... so bad I posted about it on Facebook (shit got real), but was not about to pay $75 for it. No ma'am. So, I gave up the search... I learned to live without that perfect Chevron Maxi dress. That was until I saw it at the Gap in Waco this weekend. On sale, WITH an extra 40% off the sale price. So, for under $30 I walked out with not one, but TWO of these gorgeous dresses!

With that score under my belt, I managed to add 3 tank tops and a pair of rust colored jeans from American Eagle... only spending $60 all together. While I have a really hard time spending money on myself, I couldn't be happier with my purchases, and feel like my wardrobe is so much more complete now. With that said, here are some looks I plan to recreate... looks I feel are essential for Fall/Winter.

First, the Hoodie. An essential in every aspect. The ability to take you from Summer to Fall, adding it to your tank top/cutoffs uniform in September drags your comfortable staples out another month... I can never have too many of these! Here are some looks I put together using a hoodie I have (the ON cream and neon stripes), and two I want real bad. All of these outfits are totally mix and match, and are perfect for everything from running errands, to playing with the kiddos, to shopping with girlfriends.
Must haves for fall

Fat Face navy hoodie
$66 - johnlewis.com

Fat Face hoodie shirt
$66 - fatface.com

Old Navy graphic hoody

Racer back tank

Scoop neck top

Forever New skinny fit jeans
$84 - forevernew.com.au

Sperry top-sider shoes

Mango suede ankle booties

See what I mean about mix and match? You can totally wear the pink denim (or any colored would work... my new rust colored jeans will be in place of these) with the Sperry's or the booties. You could do the blue solid hoodie with the cutoffs and Sperrys, too... I love that.

The next set is my favorite, for it's versatility and classic look. I love all the feminine detail, the ease of the dresses, and again, the ability to mix and match the pieces.

Fall must haves

H M flare dress
$23 - hm.com

Oasis maxi dress
$75 - johnlewis.com

Hollister Co floral top

Lucky Brand flat

Aldo shoes

Mulberry handbag

J.Crew stud earrings

That said, I have no dresses like this. I need some, badly. The problem is, I am really long waisted, and they all end up looking far too short on me. I need to figure out a remedy to this, and quick! Imagine wearing the blue dress on a warm day, with the flats, and a month later pairing it with tights and booties. Even booties closer to the ones from the Hoodies set would look so cute! Throw on that cardigan, or a denim jacket, and it's a perfect cool fall date night outfit.

So, these are just a few looks I thought would be good to have in your closet if you are trying to go from this sweltering heat, to cool fall nights. There will be more to come on the Winter looks of 2012 (Wool coats, anyone?), but I leave you with this... my most hated trends of the year, so far...

Trends I hate

American apparel tank top

Cat shirt

Forever 21 graphic tee

Motel skinny jeans
$75 - motelrocks.com

Pretty much just trends I hate... From left to right:

Mustache, go away.
Hi-Lo dress? You are like finding a parking space, only to find a motorcycle is there.
Men, please stoppit.
Hipsters, stop wearing grandma stuff 'ironically"
These prints make you look fat.
Ikat, you look like Southwest 1995 revisited.
(edited to add- I have a few friends who can pull off the ironic kitten look... you know who you are, and I love you. If you've been doing it since 2007, you get a pass) -C