Wednesday, October 1, 2014

what I wore (Oct 1, 2014)

I put together my usually photo-collage of what I've  been wearing this past week (outfits I managed to take pics of anyways) and was a little disappointed in myself.

Why am I disappointed? It feels really repetitive and like I'm sliding back to my black, white and denim ways. Maybe it's just in my head. 

I have found myself standing in my closet almost every day and really having a hard time picking out outfits I feel great in. I can blame some of this on the weather, it's been too warm to wear my 'fall wear' (read: sweaters and boots) but too late to wear my summer stuff (okay, I rocked my $1 Old Navy flip flops on the weekend... I needed one last wear). Yes people, this is tough stuff.

Thankfully, the Fall Style Challenge will begin soon and will hopefully help me rejuvenate my wardrobe! 

So here's my past week in clothes:

jewelry in pics 2 and 5 c/o myfemmecrush - read more about them HERE

the Fall Style Challenge registration is open now, the shopping list will be emailed on October 3 and the challenge runs Oct 13 - Nov 1. Stay tuned because I will be linking up with some other challenge participants so you'll be able to see how we all interpret the outfits and get lots of fall shopping ideas!

Linking up with Because Shanna Said So 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

crushing on some AMAZING accessories

My journey out of frumpymommydom ' would not be without accessories.

Previous frumpy outfits failed to include accessories. Thankfully, I've finally learned that accessories are like icing on the cake (usually the best part). 

Luckily for me (and you) I recently 'met' the lovely ladies at myfemmecrush via twitter. We started discussing a collaboration and as soon as I viewed their pieces I knew my answer was a resounding YES!

how cute is the pink packaging?? They had me at the heart stickers

So these lovely ladies let me pick out three beautiful pieces. They honestly didn't even ask for anything in return. BUT I loved the stuff so much that I really wanted to show and tell you about it.

myfemmecrush is a Canadian company, which, though not a prerequisite, is something I LOVE about them! (don't worry my worldly friends, they offer international shipping)

The pieces I received were VERY well made. They stood the test of a full work day and being tugged and poked and prodded by a toddler (that's impressive). I've lost many a poorly made bracelet care of mini-me.

Price: very affordable for unique pieces!

So here they are:

More exciting news: they JUST released their new fall collection tonight at 8pm and I guarantee you'll love so many of the pieces. Be one of the first to see it!!

I've got my sights set on the Black Widow Jeweled Necklace, the Bella Heart Bracelet and the Lola Triple Pearl Earrings (to name a few). I also love the scarves!!

Happy shopping!!

Monday, September 29, 2014


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Friday, September 26, 2014

5 pics I've taken that make me smile

Okay, I'm SUPER late on this post... creating it at 8:30pm. I'm not the most organized or scheduled blogger but I'm usually a little more on the ball than this.

It has been a CRAZY week both personally and professionally. I'm finally sitting down, with a glass bottle of wine and relaxing.

This weeks linkup is 5 favorite pictures I've taken... I take A LOT of pics so the time it would take me to thoroughly go through all and find the BEST pics I've taken would be practically impossible (and beyond my brain capacity after this week).  I need to make it a little more specific for my own sanity (or lack thereof).

Fitting for this week, I'm going to go with 5 pics of mini-me that make me smile (that I've taken) - here's hoping they'll make you smile too!

Okay, if at least one of those didn't make you smile, you have no heart.
feel free to link up this week (apparently you can be late, like me!) and we'd love if you'd like up for future top 5s!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Style Challenge time!!!!

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, it's certainly no secret that I've become addicted to the Style Challenges @ Get Your Pretty On. 

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To date, I've participated in ALL of the challenges  Alison has done (Spring, Summer  and Work Wear). I have yet to be disappointed. Click HERE to see all my Style Challenge-related entries

I probably sub jeans more than most, but these outfits are all care of the Spring Style Challenge

Since fall fashion is my fav, it's no surprise I'm unnaturally excited about the upcoming Fall Style Challenge AND I'd love for you all to come along for the ride!!

thanks to Alison, I've found a new love for pants with colors, print and maxi skirts! (And yes, those are white pants, that I said I'd never wear but they were a challenge item both Spring and Summer so I obliged)

Here's the deal:
  • you pay $24.99 (US dollars - for my Canadian friends) 
  • Alison emails you a list of items that you find by either shopping your closet or buying new. I ALWAYS have many of the items on the list (think jeans, white t-shirt etc) but I also always end up with a few (or more than a few) new pieces. 
  • after 10 days with your list, the fun really starts - you get an email EVERY night for 21 days telling you what to wear the next day. 
Okay, now that you know the facts, let me tell you the rest. Clearly, since this is my 4th challenge in a row, I'm a very satisfied customer. 

I love these challenges for a number of reasons:

You start building outfits instead of pieces. I've struggled in the past with seeing a great item on sale, or loving a certain trend but not knowing how to style it. I buy something, then have no idea how to wear it. In the style challenge, you'll literally get a number of ideas for each piece and you'll never wear the exact same outfit twice. Learning how to "style" clothes has been the biggest gain for me.

It takes the guesswork out of getting ready. If you're busy like me (and who isn't?) it's quite a challenge in the mornings to come up with a cute outfit while I'm chasing mini-me and have yet to consume caffeine. Problem solved with the Style Challenge. Even when I change pieces (she makes substitution suggests and you'll come up with some of your own depending on what you have/like to wear), I still always go to bed having some idea of what I'm wearing the following day.

COLOR. I used to wear primarily white, black brown and grey. BORING. Thanks to the Style Challenges I'm intentionally trying to find colors (seasonally appropriate, of course) to incorporate into my wardrobe AND I'm seriously loving it. 

Gone will be the mornings of standing in a walk-in closet full of clothes staring blankly at said clothes and thinking "I have nothing to wear". 

Print pants are at it again. 

You'll be put out of your comfort zone. Yes, this is a good thing. There are definitely some items I wouldn't have thought to buy that have become staples in my wardrobe. For example: leopard flats, denim vest and print pants are all things I would NEVER have purchased on my own and now love and wear regularly.

Even if you don't feel it, you'll always look put together!

It saves money AND time (both things I don't have nearly enough of). I haven't done the research or calculated the specifics BUT my shopping has become more efficient and I have stopped buying things and never wearing them. No more items with tags getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle that is my closet. 

It's FUN and makes you feel like a million bucks. I can't emphasize this one enough. You have the option of joining the Facebook Group (and make sure you do if you choose to participate). People share their takes on the outfits (and you'll be surprised how different they are) by posting 'selfies' and EVERY group I've been a part of has been full of amazing, beautiful and confidence-building women. You'll not only get compliments in the Facebook group, but people you run into (family, friends, coworkers) will start commenting on your outfits. If you're feeling you could use a confidence boost - sign up, you won't regret it!

Some looks from the Work Wear challenge, I definitely felt great at work this week!

So what are you waiting for???? Join me and a ton of other amazing ladies for the Fall Style Challenge 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

what I wore - more fall wear

Look at me posting without being involved in a current Style Challenge!!

It's going to be a quick one because, quite frankly, it's been a long week (and it's only Wednesday - well, technically Tuesday night but you know what I mean).

My work place is an office, rather casual, but I've been trying not to wear jeans unless it's Friday. It makes me at least feel more professional ;)

Here's some looks I've been managing to put together without direction in the last week (go me!)

if I look a little stunned, keep in mind, these pics are all pre-coffee!

See the necklace in pic #2??? My new rose gold chain necklace c/o the lovely ladies at myfemmecrush - stay tuned for a whole post on their awesome jewelry in the coming week!

I'm (clearly) still loving pants/jeans with color! This love/trend will definitely carry into fall. I'm confident I'll continue to love my red jeans and have added a burgundy pair to the mix!
And then there's my beloved print pants (thank you Old Navy) have remained in the rotation. I never thought I'd wear, let alone like, print pants!

What are your favorite fall fashions/trends/colors??? I need shopping ideas!!

Linking up with Get Your Pretty On, The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So, Musings  of a Housewife