July 31, 2012

Dressing to Music: Turning Page - Sleeping at Last

Yes, this song is from the Twilight:Breaking Dawn soundtrack, but I love it anyway. I'm a total dace show junkie and when the song was recently used on So You Think You Can Dance, I couldn't get it out of my head!
Here is the outfit I put together as I danced around my room to Sleeping at Last:
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Top: Stylemint, Shorts: Forever 21, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Sunnies: C/O Just Fabulous, Bracelet: I Spy DIY w/ Chloe & Isabel 
The floral shorts felt romantic and the pattern mixing with the shoes was playful.
I tried something new with my hair that I saw on pinterest where you use a headband and tuck your hair in it all the way around. Kind of love it!  

July 30, 2012

Remix: Quicksilver Maxi Dress

I got this dress a few months ago at E street Denim and it has quickly become one of my favorite maxi dresses for everyday wear! Here is how I have styled it so far:

What do you think? Do you have a super cozy dress that you just can't get enough of?

July 28, 2012

Outfit: Neon Neon

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Neon Top: Dots, Tank top and Shoes: Forever 21, Jeans: 7 for all Mankind, Bag: C/O Oasap, Necklace: Oh, Poppy!, Watch: Fossil, Wrist Wrap: C/O Kristin Hassan, Sunnies: ASOS

I went and saw the new Batman with my hubby and this is what I wore.
I love the idea of mixing neon's with neutrals (previous posts doing so here and here).
I don't generally wear two shades of neon colors together (well not since the early 90's anyway) and I loved how it look when I was styling my outfit. What do you guys think? Fans of neon's or leave it in the 90's?

July 27, 2012

Outfit: Casual Dinner Date

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Top: Piperlime, Shorts: Victoria's Secret, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Hat: E Street Denim, Bag: C/O Just Fabulous, Ring: House of Harlow, Wrist Wrap & Watch: Kristin Hassan, Love Bracelet: Etsy, Sunnies: Michael Kors, Necklace: Because I shop too Much- Micalah's Closet, Belt: Fossil

I had plans with a girlfriend this night to meet up for sushi dinner, but it was 6:00pm and still 89 degrees. I knew we were going to be sitting outside so  I went with what I had on all day (tee, shorts, and a hat). I then added the necklace, shoes, and bag to jazz it up a bit. Do you ever go out in cutoffs and a tee for a dinner date? I think everyone should! ;) So cozy and it's still cute.

July 26, 2012

Giveaway: Because I Shop Too Much

One lucky person will win not only a $20 credit to my personal closet on Because I shop too much, but also a set of FriendSwap bags!
Because I shop too much is an online market place where you can buy, sell, and swap you gently used clothing, shoes and accessories.
I personally have over 160 items up for sale and if we are not the same size, have no fear. I have purses, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, and clothing sized xs-l up (and maternity too)! I'm sure there is something that will catch you eye. ;) becauseishoptoomuch
Here are what the FriendSwap bags look like.  
Do you have a friend or family member that you swap (trade) clothing with often?
Why not use cute environmentally friendly bags while doing so?!
Set comes with 2 bags and 2 jewelry pouches. A $25 value. 
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To enter:
-Register on Because I shop too much. (you must do this from a computer, not your ipad/smartphone. we do not have an app YET!)
Leave me a comment below telling me you have done so and don't forget to leave the email address you signed up with in that comment.

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*Giveaway open to US residents only.
*Men and women welcome!
Winner will be announced August 2nd at 7:00am. Good luck! 

July 25, 2012

My Life in IPhone Photos

Here is my latest installment of my life in Iphone photos: Photobucket
Top Row: Shop Jules Stackalbe Rings, J Godd Ring, My entire world!
Row Two: House of Harlow Ring, me building a toy (I'm the toy/furniture builder in my house), Kristin Hassan Necklace, Michael kors Sunnies, Just Fabulous Heels
Bottom Row: Shop Jules rings, T plus J designs bracelet and necklace, self made ring (I SPY DIY project gallery)

Top Row: Meeting Natalie and Dylana, Navy Pier fire works
Row Two: me and the hubby roof top, my beans second french braid (it's getting longer!!), fixing a Kristin Hassan watch to fit me ;)
Bottom Row: J. Crew Necklace, Rad and Refined Dress, Kristin Hassan watch wrap, the hubbs and me out to dinner

July 24, 2012

Outfit: Wedding Atrie

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Dress: Victoria's Secret (sold out), Clutch: Express (old), Necklace: J.Crew, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Watch: Fossil, Love Bracelet: Etsy, Stackable Rings: Banana Republic

I went to my hubby's cousin's wedding over the weekend and this is what I wore.
It was a BEAUTIFUL wedding and reception full of crying (happy crying that is), laughter, family, food, dancing, and lots of drinks. What more can you ask for?!
Here is me and the hubbs at dinner:

And here are myself and Kaitlyn getting our dance on:
Congrats again Jeff and Nicole, I'm so glad I got to be part of your big day!
What's your go to look for weddings?

July 23, 2012

Outfit: Carnival time with the Family

We took our kids our local carnival and this is what I wore:

sunglasses-2 Top: Forever 21, Shorts: Because I shop too much - Ariele's closet, Shoes: Target, Watch: Kristin Hassan, Stackable rings: Banana Republic, Sunnies: Threadsence, Belt: Fossil 

It was about 100 degrees on this day so wearing the bare minimum was key. I got these short on Because I shop too Much and they are officially the shortest shorts I own. ;) I love them and think they were perfect for this super hot day out with my family. 
Here are some shots of my crew. Little man thought it was too loud, so we were glad we grabbed his noise reduction headphones. The bean loved it, and had fun playing the duck game. She was majorly overheating so I grabbed a bobby pin out of my braided do and put it up real quick! Cute right? ;) Well, it worked! 
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Did you go to any festivals this year? We went to a few. I just love them. ;)

July 21, 2012

Outfit: Family Party

My nephew turned 5 and we attended a family party over the weekend. There was a inflatable water slide, pool, and lots of de-lish food. Here is what I wore: dress armparty partyatire bun
Dress: Threadsence, Shoes: Target, Earrings: Kate Spade, Bracelet: Kristin Hassan, Blute bracelet: Flee market in Florida

It was in the 90's this day and I knew a top knot with no bangs was the way to go. I also didn't know if I was going to join in the water fun (I did bring my bathing suit too after all) so I went with some mascara and called it a day on the makeup. 
This light weight dress was just the thing to tote the wet kids around in and get some sun myself too. 
What about you? What is your go to look for a super hot pool party kind of day?

July 20, 2012

Recipe: Mexican Tortilla Casserole

Here is another recipe I got out of Katie Workman's awesome book The mom 100 cookbook. The recipe calls for no meat, so I added organic ground beef, but kept everything else pretty much the same. He is what you are going to need:
nonstick cooking spray
4 tortillas (I used corn)
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 can (14 ounces) chopped tomatoes, drained, with 1/3 cup juice reserved
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cans (15.5 ounces) white, black, or kidney beans (or a mixture of any two), rinsed and drained
Koser or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 can (15 ounces)  sweet corn kernels, drained, or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
3 cups coarsely chopped spinach
4 medium-size (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Sour cream (optional) for serving
Salsa (optional) for serving

1) Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan, springform pan, or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2)Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cumin, chili powder, and garlic and cook until you can smell the spices and the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with the 1/3 cup of reserved juice and the tomato paste, then stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the bean mixture simmer until everything is hot, about 3 minutes. Add the corn and spinach and stir until the spinach has wilted and everything is well blended and hot, about 3 minutes. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and/or pepper as necessary.
3)Place 1 tortilla in the prepared cake pan. Spread the fourth of the bean and vegetable mixture evenly over the tortilla, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly over the top. Repeat with 3 more layers, ending with the last quarter of the bean mixture and then the last 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
4)Bake the tortilla casserole until it is hot throughout and the top is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let the casserole sit for about 5 minutes, then cut it into wedges using a sharp knife and serve it with a spatula or better yet a pie server. Sprinkle the top with cilantro, if desired, and serve with sour cream and or salsa on the side, if you like.

I added avocado to the top and meat inside. Alter to fit your families needs and/or likes. 
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My family LOVED this dish. I LOVED that they were eating so many veggies and had no idea! That my friends is what they call a win win. ;)

July 19, 2012

Statement Necklace Inventory

I was recently asked by Kaitlyn to borrow a statement necklace for a wedding she was attending. At first I was like, "I'm sure I have a few that would work with your dress" and then I actually looked. I had more then a few for her to choose from. Here is what I pulled out of my jewelry case: statementnecklaces
2nd Row: Pree Brulee, Forever 21, T plus J Designs
3rd Row: Just Fabulous, Windsor Fashions, J.Crew
4th Row: Francesca's, (triangle teal one) Pree Brulee, (silver) Baublebar, Banana Republic

After taking the picture of these 13 necklaces, I realized I had a place where I hang more, but metal statement necklaces. When Kaitlyn came over to choose, I had 18 laid out for her.
I have to say, I was surprised at how many statement necklaces are currently in my collection. I don't think this is too many though. In fact, I may need to find a few more in different colors (yellow, orange, purple, hot pink!!).
How about you? How many statement necklaces are in your collection?

July 18, 2012

Outfit: Dinner & Drinks with a Fellow Blogger

I went out for dinner and drinks with a fellow blogger and friend Lindsay of K+L the blog. Here is what I wore:
girlsnight sunglasses skullclutch justfab Dress: Swap w/ Kaitlyn (similar) (similar), Clutch and Sunnis: C/O Just Fabulous, Cuff: C/O Kristin Hassan, Earrings: Kate Spade, Shoes: C/O Sole Society

I am beyond in love with my new clutch! I refer to him as diamond eyes (yes he's a boy) and I think you guys are going to get sick of me using just this clutch and nothing else from this point on! lol
Since we were going out for dinner and drinks, I wore a simple dress, nude heels, gold cuff and earrings, an amazing clutch, and teal sunnies. To finish off the look on this 90 plus degree day I went with a top knot. Let's be honest, who wants 2 feet of hair down in that heat?! Not me! ;)
Myself and Lindsay had so much fun. We sipped (does a bottle count as sipped? Hey, it was half price night!) prosecco, ate an amazing gluten free meal, and caught up! It's nice to get away sometimes for a few hours and giggle and have a great night. That's just what I did!

  bloggers dinnerdate

July 16, 2012

Outfit: Nautical Look #VCRacetoMac

There is a giveaway going on right now thanks to the Chicago Blogger Network, the Race to Mackinac, and Veuve Clicquote. The challenge is to show your best nautical inspired look. Here is mine: nautical style Nautical nauticaloutfit nauticallook
Top: Target, Jeans: One Teaspoon, Bag: Forever 21, Hat: Charming Charlie, Sunnies: Michael Kors, Shoes: C/O Sole Society, Watch and wrist wrap: Kristin Hassan, Belt: Express

I needed to stop wearing dresses and shorts everyday so I decided to switch it up a bit! (no guts no glory right?!)
What do you guys think? Is my look sea worthy? ;)

July 14, 2012

Outfit: Wilco

Last weekend the hubbs and I went and saw Wilco preform. We had such a fun time! Here is what I wore:
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Hat: Charming Charlie, Top: Victoria's Secret, Shorts and Earrings: Threadsence (shorts sold out, similar) , Shoes: C/O Bakers Shoes, Sunnies: Michael Kors, Jacket: Pepe Jeans from ASOS

Here is a shot of the opening band, Andrew Bird. Wilco0172 
They were amazing. We have a few of their songs on regular rotation in our home so it was fun to hear some new stuff. 

And us chilling out waiting to see Wilco: Wilco0322 Wilco0052 Since the show was at at ball field, we were able to move around a lot and not commit to one spot. Meaning we got nice and close, but didn't have to fight to stay there are we able to see, hear, and dance from a few places! Wilco0382
I am so glad we went. Wilco put on a outstanding show. I drank beer and ate a stadium hot dog too! ;) Those of you who know me know I used to drink beer, but haven't done so in years! It's just as good as I remembered ;) Maybe I'll take back up my beer with a lime habit from time to time! lol 
What's your go to for outdoor concert wear?