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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween!! Quorra from Tron and Clark Kent Costumes

My Halloween costume this year was Quorra from the movie Tron: Legacy. As soon as I walked out of the theater last spring I knew this is what I wanted to be for Halloween.

For the light up effect, I sewed little elastic loops to my clothes and ran EL wire through the loops. The battery pack is in my boot. It looks so cool in the dark. I purchased the identity disc on Amazon and husband built the mount using recycled materials and spray paint

Coolest. Costume. Ever.

I love my Quorra Tron costume!

Spencer went as Clark Kent.

He is so creative. This was kind of a last minute costume and he had the idea to wire the tie so it looked like it was blowing in the wind.

I LOVE dressing up!

Quorra and Clark

And finally, this is my good friend Holly who dressed up as a disco ball. She even had a tape player (yes a tape player) inside the disco ball so she could turn on music!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shop Your Closet

This week I did another "free for all" shopping trip into my closet. We had a couple of particularly chilly days this week so I broke out a few of my cold weather staples and remixed them to come up with this outfit.

I am wearing a Coldwater Creek sweater, Old Navy black tee, handmade by my mom skirt, Target boots, and some black tights. The bracelet is from F21 and the watch from Bumbles. I bought the gold leaf charm from the Gem Faire.

Click here to see another outfit with the skirt. This is how I have traditionally worn it (I have had it for years). Going back through the archives only turned up in this terrible/outfit photo of the sweater and this outfit that I actually like. Aren't we all glad I don't take my outfit photos like that anymore???

What do you think about my lipstick??? I don't usually wear a color like that? Should I keep wearing it?

Did you shop your closet and remix a new outfit this week? Link it up below and share with us all (this includes and "what I wore" posts or any outfit posts that show a remix of your wardrobe).

NEXT SHOPPING TRIP: KHAKIS. A few weeks Already Pretty posted this article about styling your khakis. I SO need this. I have several pairs I bought to wear to work and I never wear them. I recently turned a boot cut pair into skinnies so I am ready to bust them out. Go read Sally's article for all the tips.

Love Ramsey makes her khakis business worthy in this outfit. Love the pop of blue.

If you would like a more casual approach, check out this outfit from the Daybook. I love the stripes.

I noticed that Jessica from What I Wore wears khakis a lot. This is her most recent outfit, but if you look over at the sidebar at "recent outfits" you'll see quite a few.

Good luck to us all! I am going to need it! The school year is 25% over and I haven't worn them once. I haven't photographed them (or probably worn them) since the 30 for 30 remix last year. I wore them Day 24 (yuck) and Day 4 (this outfit I actually like).

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Working with Kassiah from the Creative B was wonderful. She was so quick to respond to emails and let me know exactly what was going on each step of the way. She didn't mind if I got a little picky with things, just changed it so I got exactly what I wanted.

This blog redesign included the banner, the menu buttons, post signature, post divider, buttons, Etsy shop banner and avatar, sidebar titles, social media buttons, and even a little bird up icon up in the address bar of your internet browser!

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What do you think of my new makeover?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What I Wore

Last time I wore this dress, I told you it would soon look like this pin. I had to throw something together Sunday morning so I forgot about the scarf in the picture but oh well. I still liked it. (If you are new, here is the tutorial for the lace socks.)

This is one of the shirts I mentioned yesterday. It was on clearance at the Gap Outlet. I know it could be really cute layered and accessorized, but for this first time (and warm day) I wanted to keep it simple.

I wore it with Gap skinnies, and Steve Madden heels. The necklace was a gift from my SIL.

I wore it with this Target trench.

I had a lot of good photos of this outfit so I thought I would show them all. Okay, on to something else.

Polka dots, cognac, and peacock! Loved it. I wore this to my family pumpkin carving party.

I did a bit of pattern mixing here. Polka dots, stripes, and plaid! Cute or too much? I liked it.

Do you like my pumpkin? I did a bird this year because I was lazy and wanted to make it match my blog, ha ha. Husband carved the bat without a pattern or drawing on the pumpkin. He is so talented.

Last, but not least, this is what I wore for Shop Your Closet last week.

Didn't husband do a good job on the photos this week? Love him!

Linking up with Pleated Poppy and Momma Go Round.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Adventurous Weekend

On Saturday I referred to the adventurous weekend we were having. It was fall break, which meant that husband and I had Thursday and Friday off. We took our car in to be looked at. It has been having problems and we have been trying to sell it too. We found out that it was going to be over $2000 to fix. My poor little '03 Alero just wasn't worth it. Instead we decided to buy a new car. You have to know, we don't take a lot of time to make big choices. I picked the first wedding dress I tried on, Spencer looked at one engagement ring, and we only walked through 4 houses before we bought. We didn't want to spend a lot of time on this car shopping thing. Besides, we had a weekend getaway Friday/Saturday and didn't want to miss it!

We looked online, found two cars we liked, test drove them both, and bought one. We got this cute little '08 Mazda Tribute. The dealership was only going to offer us $500 for trade in credit on the old car. What a joke! We just replaced the tires and that was around $400 alone! We took it to a company called Low Book Sales and they gave us way more. I was sad. You shouldn't personify a car like that. My poor baby is somewhere all alone! I abandoned her! (It was my first car. I bought it when I was 17!)

We wrote the check and then zipped off to Park City for the weekend.

We planned to get there at lunch time, but with the car issue we didn't get up there until 4:00. We went to the Olympic Park and walked through the museums. I have a serious fetish for Olympic pins so it was neat to see their collection.

We went to dinner to a pizza place called Maxwell's. The pizza only came in one size- 20". It was HUGE. I wish I had taken a photo. And we ate the whole thing!

(Does anyone else have that problem? Sometimes I feel a little funny whipping out the SLR.)

We went back to the hotel and relaxed and watched cable for a couple of hours (I also finished the Pioneer Woman's book). The next morning we went to breakfast at a cute little place on Main Street called the Eating Establishment.

We were STARVING! We usually eat breakfast at 6:00 am so to have it at 10:00 was hard!

We had this delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. It was the best juice I have ever had, but it was $2 just for this little glass so we didn't have much.

We then went to this big white barn called the Big White Barn. : ) We walked through the beautiful fall foliage in the perfect weather to look at scarecrows.

Before we went home, husband let me stop at the outlets. I bought a couple of shirts. You can see one of them if you come back tomorrow...

That night we had a Halloween party with a few friends but I can't post photos because I can't reveal my Halloween costume yet.

On another note... YBB is getting a new look! The makeover will be revealed pretty soon. It is being designed by the Creative B, who is a sponsor of this blog. Did you see the button over there ---->? Did you click on it yet?? She is having a sale right now so go take advantage!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shop Your Closet

We are having quite the adventurous weekend, much more than we planned. I can't wait to tell you all about it, but it means that I don't have much of a Shop Your Closet post today.

We were having a "free for all" shopping trip into our closets. Husband and I went on a haunted cruise on the Provo River this week and I needed something warm to wear. I shopped in my closet until I came up with this. I am wearing a lot of Old Navy! The tank, scarf, jeans, and coat are from ON. The headband/hat is from F21. This was the first time I have worn it, although I bought it months ago. I am also wearing that favorite blue cardi of mine that you can't see very well. It was the perfect amount of layers to keep me warm!

Did you shop in your closet this week and come up with a brand new outfit? Go ahead and link it up below!

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NEXT SHOPPING TRIP: Can we do "free for all" again? I didn't get to use it like I wanted.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Craft Room: Book Page Collage Art (and a peek at the room!)

This craft room is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I am usually a person to jump in and get a project like this done. It's fully functional and put together, but not completely decorated. I just keep collecting ideas and items and slowly but surely am adding them to the room.

The best part is that last week, husband got everything that was ready hung up on the walls! Wahoo! Keep reading to see the photos.

I have had a big empty space on this shelf next to the dress form for quite a while. I didn't know how to fill it. I needed something tall, but should I go with color or neutrals? I made my choice when I saw these free printables from Simply KellyB. If you have been reading for awhile you know I love book page crafts and have already used one for the craft room so it was meant to be!

(The directions given on the blog for downloading the printables didn't work when I tried. Instead I copied and pasted the picture into Word where I resized it.)

I had an extra 11X14 frame lying around so I dug through my paper scraps to make a collage. I originally intended to make something colorful and maybe even 3D but found these two papers left over from this project (and another one that I guess I never posted) that matched the dress form. I simply cut the pages up into squares and rectangles, arranged them, and glued them to a paper that fit the frame.

Below the tall shelf, I made a little one for ribbon storage. I intended to do this but the curtain rods I found were too big around to go through the ribbon spools. I like the appearance of the rainbow order and it will be easier to replace a roll when it's empty.

I love these bird cages! So cute, so me! We got these hung up over the sewing machine for necklace storage. LOVE IT! (They are from Rodworks, just FYI if you are a Utah local and want to go looking for them).

My mom gave me the other bird wall hanging (also from Rodworks) so this wall is almost complete. I need to finish the lower book shelves still. I am also up in the air about the tissue paper puffs on top, however, when I take them down, the shelf looks so bare. What do you think?

And finally, the spools I made are hung up and are so fabulous for hanging headbands!

Click here to see everything I have done for my craft room so far.

Did you see that I have new clothes for you to Shop My Closet?

Shop MY Closet again!

Hi friends! I will be back again later with a craft project, but I wanted to let you know that I have added new stuff to the "Shop MY Closet" page. There are a several tops at below thrift store prices. I would love to trade too!

This sweater is an example. I LOVE this shirt! I remember shopping with a friend in San Fransisco and seeing a striped sweater with beautiful fall colors but it was too expensive. A few stores later I found this little baby at a much better price. I was estatic. I am sad to give it away... but apparently my body is finally figuring out that I am a grown up and closer to 30 than 20 (yikes!) and can't be a stick figure anymore! : (

Click here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What I Wore

Silly me! I hung pumpkins in my picture taking spot so don't mind the jack-o-lanterns sticking out of my head in a lot of these photos.

Lots of "flowy" stuff going on here. That's all I really have to say about this outfit.

What's black, and white, and gray all over? My tights are gray flowers (I bought them in DC this summer). The shirt has white pearls on the neckline. It's really pretty.

I LOVE this sweater! I love breaking it out every fall. I always style it pretty simply. Any ideas on how to jazz it up?

Close up of my beautiful fall necklace. Sigh. I am in love.

Gettin' my leopard on... Inspired by this.

More leopard for Shop Your Closet. Although I think I called it cheetah in that post instead of leopard. There is a difference you know...

First time wearing this cardi from H&M, also bought on my DC trip. I wish it was longer, but it's a pretty color.

Tonight I got to go square dancing with my husband at the youth activity at church. It was a BLAST. I figured it would be entertaining, but it was SUPER fun! Tomorrow is our Friday... it's fall break this week! We've jam-packed our long weekend with fun!! Wahoo!!!!! More exclamation marks!!!!!

I link up with Pleated Poppy and Momma Go Round. Click the menu above to see their buttons and find links.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shop Your Closet

The shopping trip of the week was to be inspired by an outfit seen on Pinterest, a blog, etc. I chose this pin, a very recent find. When I saw it, a light bulb went off in my head. I had never worn my black dress with brown, denim, a belt like this, a scarf, or cheetah print. Duh!

(I didn't have a necklace like the one in the pin so I added the cheetah scarf. I really liked it!)

Dress: (old), Jacket: (old), Scarf: Target, Boots: Steve Madden, Belt: local boutique, Shades: Kohl's, Tights: Walmart?

I can't wait to wear more outfits inspired by my Pinterest board. However, I have been collecting fall outfits for awhile, so I will have to wait until it cools down again. We're smack dab in the middle of Indian Summer. And for that reason...
NEXT SHOPPING TRIP: Free-for-all! I have some ideas for other shopping trips, but I want cooler weather to try them out. So this week I will have no guidelines, but will find some new outfit in my closet that I have never worn without buying anything new.

If you have an outfit in which you shopped your closet (you didn't have to follow my challenge), link it up below!

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