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Our First stop was Burlington Coat Factory  where Dear Daughter concentrated on tops!  She must have tried on 30,but was very decisive and had immediate No’s , Maybes and Definite Yes ones.

 I am not going to do individual pricing on these because quite frankly I am too tired….I began editing these photos at 6:30 am on Saturday morning after a crazy wake up call with barking Canine dogs and policemen shouting in my side yard, right outside my bathroom window at 5:30 a.m.  They apparently caught a shirtless teenager who my son thinks he knows.

So , yet another night of too little sleep… Today’s going to be a nap day.  

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DD declared, “This fit is to die for!”  after trying this one on! Navy studded and shirred top, right up her alley. 

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I bought her a white one like this last week. She recently bought Cobalt Pumps.

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Stripes and side shirring were the appeal here.

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SShhh! Don’t tell her I have this in bright orange….

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Every Irsih Gal needs a geen top! 

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Happy to see she got something other than a solid or stripe. 

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Black sweater with side shirring… She is starting from scratch so basics are necessity! 

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She has purchased and I have thrifted a few cardigans lately…

The total Cost for these Items at Burlington were $106. 

These Next three are from Kohl’s 

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Lauren Conrad for $20… after the 20% off coupon I found online

So Jealous as I have been wanting one like this, but gotta say her body totally rocked this one! 

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Chaps top clearanced for $10.40 after coupon

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Navy blue is well represented…

Our Final stop was a place she first discovered while at colllege in  Farmville and ultimitaley purchased her graduation dress.

That wonderful store is CATO where she had great success.

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And I had success too, this is my new denim vest for $21.00 and my only purchase of the day! 

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Great Layering sweater!

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Surprise , surprise,, the girl who rocks jewel tones chose a pastel! 

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Apparently DD has a boho side!

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Grey straight leg pants in tuxedo style with lace… Not much to love about pants in her opinion, but with these details strong like! 

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Lighter dress pants instead of all darks..

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Lace peep toe booties!  

Total Spent at Cato was $120

Dear Readers, all my conversations in the three days leading up to this abou ther attitude seemed to work and we had a delightful day!

I did my part to by walking away during the picking out phase and only participating in the fit part, and of course hanging things back up…

I was quite proud of her choices and realized three new things about DD from this trip…First , I already mentioned she has a boho side, second that she is more a minimalist and third that although similar heights we are opposites,,, I can wear petite tops but not pants… She can wear petire pants,but not tops…  She also bought several basic tank tops for layering and even went home and ordered more from Kohls since her small size was not represented in store.

Now, she still needs skirts and a few more pants and jackets ( she only has one).  Her other requests are for Mary Jane Pumps, a great workhorse shoe, tights and belts. She also has a desire for a lace top in creme.   

She does have several  other tops that we purchased over the last year for her internship. 

What I feel is missing is prints which may be able to come in with the skirts and jackets. 

And the best part of all is that she still has $100 in the budget I allocated to the day.  Over the next few months we can fill in any holes she discovers.  Just a reminder she had nothing but jeans and tshirts for college life prior to this.. Welll not quite true she loves dresses and has about 8 to 10 fantastic ones!   This wardrobe is to take her to the next level of subsitute teaching for this next year and on to grad school the follwing year, so we have lots of time to refine it.  

Dear Readers, If you made it this far, thanks for joining my journey with my one and only daughter!

So happy that my fever is gone.  I was a lot better today, once my sinus medication set in and provided headache relief!  Another rainy and cold day… so wishing for Spring, but wearing colors to help.  

IMG_2773A reminder of Yesterday’s look…

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So you can see my carry over item is my yellow checkered jeans( bought for one size smaller than I currently am) , which really makes me want to get back to losing and get to my goal.  With  the holidays, the flu in January and my vacation in February, I have really gotten off track.   I had to think one step ahead of how to incorporate my dress for tomorrow’s weigh-in so thought this jacket would help me with that… Yesterday I mentioned my love of buying multiples and this top is a multiple of yesterdays look.  I really love this color combo…

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Here is another time I wore the cobalt and yellow

Dear Readers, thanks for stopping by… Your comments are all appreciated and welcomed.  I hope you are all off to a wonderful week and taking time to remember the things you have to be grateful for. In fact I would love it you would share one thing ( or more if you like)  in your comments today.. 

Gratitude:  I am grateful to be feeling better.  I am grateful that I had a productive home schooling day even though it took longer than it should have (he was stalling).  I am grateful that I have a WW meeting in the morning and that I didn’t crave carbs today!  I am grateful that I had the energy to get the kitchen cleaned up and laundry put away.  

As a brown haired girl, I have always preferred wearing  brown over black.  I took these photos during our warm front,  as I was so excited to get to wear skirts and dresses. I am so glad I had this as a back up for today’s post.  Sunday went by way too fast and before I knew it the Super Bowl was about to begin… It is actually 6:12 as I begin this post.

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I love this skirt and the lace top which are both thrifted

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This brown jacket is identical to the one I wore Here!  For some reason when I put on the lace top my first instinct was to run to my jewelry box to find my mother’s cameo.  Actually I am the third generation to wear this as it was originally purchased by my grandfather as a gift for my grandmother.  I believe he purchased it over seas while serving in the military during WWII.  My mother often told the story of how he left when she was a baby and returned when she was six.  I can’t imagine that.

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My husband was in the Navy when we met and didn’t want to stay in because he wanted to be a father and present for his children. We had our daughter one month prior to the end of  his four year commitment.  It was a sacrifice he wasn’t willing to make and wouldn’t even consider re-enlistment.  I was glad that is where is heart was and loved him for making that decision. I truly admire military families and the challenges they face and respect so much what they do for our country.

I love never knowing where my writing will take me when I start a post.  Some days I have and idea but more often than not it just flows into something like this…

Gratitude:  I am grateful that we are all about to sit down as a family to watch the Super Bowl.  I am grateful that my husband made the choice to be a father and husband and present in our lives.  I am grateful to all military personnel and their families.  

Linking up with Visible Monday and Watch What I’m Wearing

I know many of you are dealing with snow and although we don’t see much of that here.  We haven’t had weather that is in the 30’s yet this season, but this past week it  has arrived. Adding in any wind and it is too cold for my liking…  I think it becomes a bigger shock when we had temperatures in the 6o’s just a week or so  ago…

IMG_1256This is my second attempt at styling my thrifted Pendleton blazer.  I chose a warm green thrifted sweater and my Diane Gilman Jeggings.

I initially tried this with black boots, but quickly scrapped those for any excuse to bring out my navy ones. I pulled my hair back today as I needed a quick photo shoot and the wind wouldn’t help that.

IMG_1265I really am getting comfortable with posing with this tree. Although I do look forward to spring and finding great locations to do photo shoots.  For now, I do appreciate the ability to just run outside and right back inside to warmth…

IMG_1267I was actually thinking that I wasn’t cold without a coat and grateful to be wearing my wool blazer when this photo was taken….

Dear Readers, I hope you are all staying warm. Don’t forget it’s Visible Monday, so see what these lovely ladies are doing for the end of 2012!

Today is my sister’s 50th Birthday!

My husband and I are going to Nags Head, NC to spend New Years at a wonderful beach house with a full house of great people and when I say full house, I mean it.  In fact my husband and I and our really good friends are sharing the room with two sets of bunk beds…

Gratitude:  I am grateful to have children old enough, so that my husband and I can go have some adult fun for a few days.  I am grateful that my children all get along well and see our going away as an adventure for them.  I am glad my children are bonding and making memories of time with each other.  

I thought it might be fun to go back after my first three months as a blogger and reveal my top 12 favorite outfits .  Like all beginning bloggers I have had some hits and misses, but can see my style improving and want to take a moment to celebrate my successes.

These are in order of most recent to the beginning of my blogging adventure…. I have to mention my surprise that when I finished this that I was left with 6 dresses and 6 pant outfits.  It was totally unintentional and was a shock,  as I think I look better in dresses and would have had an overwhelming number of them instead of it being evenly split…

I would love it if you felt so inclined to post a comment saying which one or two you liked most!

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I originally planned to take a break between Christmas and New Year’s, but my husband encouraged me not to and offered to take photos for me while on his vacation.  His support is tremendous and I am so grateful that he understands what this new adventure in blogging means to me.

I don’t take for granted the precious time with my family, as they are all growing and who knows where life will take them?

I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and quality time with your friends and family!  

Dear Readers. Thank you so much for all your support in this beginning journey of blogging!

Gratittude: 

I am grateful for all the wonderful bloggers I have found and the supportive atmosphere among us all.  I am grateful to those of you who take the time to comment and share  of yourselves.  I am grateful for those readers who are not bloggers, but women who are learning with me on this adventure and find inspiration in their own lives.  Please continue sharing things that you like so I can continue to offer content that is of value.  

Happy Holidays!

I am frowning at the thought of this being my final day of this challenge.  I am convinced that I must make this a regular  feature.  It was just too much fun!   

Linking up for Friday Faves

Today’s inspiration attracted me because I love a maxi skirt.  I know not everyone is on the maxi skirt trend, but those of us who are really are committed to it. For those of you who aren’t how about just using black pants instead?

I wanted a chance to wear and show off my new moto jacket I recently picked up from ebay, so here is my version:

I have to be honest and say I really struggled finding shoes I liked for this look… I ended up using black booties, but am still not satisfied with them.. I also want to confess that I had no where to go on the day I took this photo and didn’t wear it in my real life… I really wanted to take one photo without the necklace, but forgot.  This look is very strong with the all black and just the belt as an accessory…

So the question is can I get away with wearing this with my black booties or does anyone have another suggestion?  I really loved the feeling of this and felt very true to myself in this outfit and can see myself wearing it if I can just feel right about the shoe situation….Dear Readers, Chime in Please!

So, now a recap of the week….

 

Gratitude-  I am grateful for finishing this challenge as it was fun,but a lot of work…I am grateful for the upcoming weekend and a break from homeschooling.  I am grateful to my husband for how hard her works for our family. I am grateful for the blessing of Nicholas in my life and an excuse to celebrate him as he turns 17 on Saturday!

As Always dear readers, I would love to hear from you, comments can be left at the top of this post… Let me know which outfit you like and I will tell you my favorite on Monday. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend…

Hounds tooth,  what can I say? LOVE IT!  I can not seem to get enough of it.  I really don’t own a lot of it, but am constantly finding myself drawn to it.  Wondering perhaps if I shouldn’t seek it out in a purse or other accessory so that I can wear it more often… Now, that’s a thought….

Now for the original inspiration…. I really liked this color shirt underneath and just the casualness of adding it to a pair of jeans…. This was originally from CACHE, but is coming up as no longer available….

My version!  Now come on you didn’t expect me to do a black and white hounds tooth, when Navy can be  found? I happened upon this lucky find while thrifting and could not be happier that it was navy instead of black.  Don’t we all have enough black in our wardrobes? Not that I have anything at all against black…

I opted to add a scarf to this look since it felt more like me than the original … Please take notice of my pattern mixing here as I am brand new at this concept… Loving this so much just have to add another pose

and one more, this time with a hat, to really be more like myself…. I definitely can see me doing this look for a casual night out with friends.

I am actually feeling kind of sad that I only have one more day left in this Challenge!  I might just have  to make this a regular  feature for my blog….I love it, this is my blog and I get to play with it and design it any way I chose!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the final day of this week long Challenge and to vote for which outfit you like best?

As always Dear Readers, your comments are welcomed and appreciated… head back to the top of  this post to leave your comments, I look forward to reading them!


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