pants: JCPenney Outlet shoes: JCPenney Outlet shirt: thrifted sweater: New York & Company (thrifted belt: Ann Taylor Loft earrings: craft show This outfit took me from attending a lecture by a local photographer/author to the weekly deans’ meeting to a tour of a mobile fab lab. And finally, to taco night at home. I stinking love taco night. I find that the more sour cream goes...
cardigan: Target [via JCPenney Outlet] dress: Target scarf: market stall in Spain belt: thrifted leggings: Marshalls boots: Corso Como I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to details [materials, textures, that sort of thing]; I’m blaming architecture school for encouraging this tendency… guess it’s a little bit different when it’s in textile form, though, maybe? I...
jeans: lei via JCPenney Outlet shoes: Clark Wallabees (thrifted) down vest: L.L.Bean (thrifted) long sleeve tee: our local SPCA earrings: craft show clutch: JCPenney Outlet Yeah..no I wasn’t styling it up today. Contrary to what this blog may lead you to believe, I don’t always dress up. I’m keeping it real here with my tshirt and jeans look. I ended up taking a sick day...
blazer: thrifted blouse: J.Crew [thrifted] pants: Gap shoes: Target scarf: vintage I’ve been doing a lot of photography at work lately, so I’ve been opting for outfits that are easier to move around in [read: keep my modesty intact]. Crouching down on the floor to get at the eye level of preschoolers doesn’t exactly lend itself well to wearing dresses and skirts, and...
easy does it
skirt: JCPenney Outlet shoes: JCPenney Outlet shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted) cardigan: JCPenney Outlet clutch: JCPenney Outlet watch pendant: Ruche earrings: craft show Woah, I didn’t realize how heavily JCPenney Outlet this outfit was until I typed all that out! If they ever threaten to close that store again I have ample evidence to submit as proof that I need them to stay....
back to work
cardigan: Talbots [via Marshalls] shirt: Marshalls pants: JCPenney Outlet shoes: Target earrings: Forever 21 The first day back after vacation is always tough… good thing work today was pretty low-key! Gotta ease myself back into dressing up after wearing sweatpants for most of last week :D
I’ve inherited a lot of my grandma’s old clip-on earrings, many of which I like very much, but I’d rather have them in pierced earring form. Time for a diy?! Yes indeed :D what you will need… old clip-on earrings [or really anything you want to turn into earrings that you can glue to an earring stud] super glue earring posts and backs [it is possible to find them in...
So Mom and I finally got around to trying this recipe we found on pinterest and man, are these cookies delicious. The pudding helps them stay chewy and thick and you can add whatever fillers (candy, etc.) you want. But my favorite part is the sheer quantity this recipe makes. It’s a lot of dough. We made some and saved the rest of the dough in the fridge. Fresh, hot, homemade cookies...
cardigan: Target [via JCPenney Outlet] blouse: Target jeans: Charlotte Russe boots: Corso Como purse: vintage earrings: vintage Another lazy Saturday full of football and friends :D Got to see my alma mater beat up on our in-state rival to the tune of a 38-0 victory [hello ACC championships!] and go see some quality cinema with SBK and Meg after that… wait what, Twilight’s not...
black friday, friday
dress [worn as top]: Forever 21 belt: Zara jeans: Charlotte Russe boots: Zara necklace: gift [from my sister] earrings: market stall in Italy purse: self-made Black Friday is a pretty good day to get some pretty sweet deals :D I knocked out a decent amount of my Christmas shopping today, and didn’t even have to get up at early o’clock either! Great success. Also got to hang...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I spent the day at my uncle’s cabin with 14 of my relatives. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I ate lots of great food. Below is my beautiful, stylish mama on the side porch of the cabin. Above is me with my family. I’m wearing: barn coat: L.L.Bean cardigan: JCPenney Outlet shirt: thrifted jeans: Target boots: Aldo earrings: craft show ...
top: Gap [thrifted] scarf: gift jeans: Charlotte Russe shoes: Minnetonka Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! I’m getting ready to gorge myself on delicious food and watch hours of parades/dog shows/football with lots of my family… it’s the American way :D and I am quite thankful for that, among many many other things! Hope y’all have a fantabulous holiday!
the thrifting expert
Introducing TLB’s very first guest blogger!!! Welcome, Eliza! Hello Tumblrs! My name is Eliza and I too am a 20 something belle from Virginia. I am so excited to do a guest post after my many times stalking this blog! I am a graduate student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and because of that I have a tight budget for extra spending on clothes and accessories. I love...
you remind me
jeans: Michael Kors via TJMaxx jacket: J.Crew Outlet shirt: L.L.Bean (thrifted & my mother’s) shoes: JCPenney Outlet scarf: Orvis (thrifted) earrings: craft show So I was going for Usher with this title but my brother thought it sounded more like the Carrie Underwood song. Either way, I should remind you of every other fashion blogger out there because I totally stole this...
cardigan: Target tank top: Gap jeans: Charlotte Russe flats: J. Crew scarf: vintage I’ve been a bum this week thus far, as I am prone to doing when given half a chance… and it’s been glorioussss. Had to run some errands today, though, so that forced me out of the house and back into civilization for a bit. I don’t usually wear cardigans buttoned all the way up, but I...
money to blow
skirt: Target shoes: Target shirt: Old Navy via JCPenney Outlet cardigan: J.Crew watch pendant: Ruche earrings: craft show I inexplicably woke up with the song Money to Blow on my brain, but I guess it makes sense since I’m working really hard on an upcoming grant deadline. Plus my earrings are tiny replicas of Queen Elizabeth coins. Seriously I was washing my face, applying...
dress: Target shoes: Target cardigan: thrifted scarf: thrifted belt: Banana Republic (thrifted) bag: Etienne Aigner via TJMaxx earrings: craft show So I didn’t realize until I got to work how eerily similar to my last outfit this outfit was. Oh well, if it works, it works. I do love this polka dot dress though. I generally wear it with a yellow cardigan, but I’ve also worn it...
cake mix cookies
When you want some easy to make deliciousness in your life, I suggest you grab a cake mix and make some cookies! All you’ll need is: 1 box cake mix 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 cups chocolate chips Mix ingredients and bake on 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. I used devil’s food cake mix here, but yellow or funfetti mixes make excellent...
workin' for the weekend
dress: BB Dakota [via ModCloth] cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft scarf: Express belt: thrifted boots: Corso Como Take one part playing paparazzi and add one part playing press liaison, then multiply by ahhh omg I’ve never been so ready for a week to end, and that’d be my day, oh yeahhhh. On to Thanksgiving Break! It was coooold today; I actually had to break out the hose to keep my...
a cardigan of convenience
dress: Marshalls cardigan: Minnie Rose (thrifted) scarf: gifted earrings: craft show shoes: Target Do you remember this dress? I’m all about remixing your wardrobe, in this case with a long cashmere cardi. So here’s my issue with cashmere: no one knows you’re wearing cashmere. So why spend the money on it? And that’s why I don’t, unless I find it mega cheap...
sweater: Old Navy jeans: Seven [via Marshalls] shoes: Birkenstock sunglasses: Forever 21 ring: VT class ring Maybe I’m taking this whole ‘I now work where I graduated high school’ thing too far… I definitely wore this exact outfit [well, not these exact jeans, but everything else] many a time my last year or so of high school, even down to the lack of socks…....
pants: JCPenney Outlet blouse: J.Crew cardigan: JCPenney Outlet shoes: Target (2006) earrings: craft show bracelet: gifted Unless you’re talking to my brother, today’s title refers not to me but to Tina Fey’s book, which I just finished. You should definitely check it out! Now I’ve moved on to the third Stieg Larsson novel, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s...
sweater: Ideeli jeans: Charlotte Russe boots: Corso Como Only one foto today… the rain/darkness and crappy internet have all converged to prevent me from having internet at my house, so I’m currently sketchily typing this up in the parking lot of my dad’s office so I can steal their internet… oh yeahhh, I’m such a renegade. Which, I mean, on a good day the...
dress: H&M [thrifted] scarf: gift [from my sister] belt: borrowed [also from my sister] shoes: Nine West [via TJMaxx] This dress is another exciting thrifting find… got it back in the summer but for some reason I haven’t worn it till today. I don’t think I’ve actually worn this scarf yet either, and I got it last Christmas…. aaand I’m pretty sure I...
someone like you
dress: JCPenney Outlet blazer: Ann Taylor (thrifted) scarf: TJMaxx boots: thrifted brooch: thrifted bag: Etienne Aigner via TJMaxx There was a time in the not too distant past when I lived a boot-less, scarf-less, and clutch-less existence. The tides have turned. I generally try not to wear an attitude that can be described as smug but when it comes to my thrifting finds, I feel pretty...
pants: JCPenney Outlet shoes: JCPenney Outlet blazer: JCPenney Outlet shirt: L.L.Bean (my mother’s) belt: thrifted button earrings: made by my mother So I may have to concede defeat and start taking indoor photos if I don’t stop working late and getting home post daylight hours. I borrowed my mother’s blouse today because it was freshly pressed and actually doesn’t...
cardigan: Zara dress: Ann Taylor Loft belt: thrifted leggings: H&M boots: Zara purse: B. Makowsky [gifted/via Marshalls] I usually only wear this dress during the summer, but when I was looking for something to wear this morning, it seemed to jump out at me. Who cares if it’s sleeveless when I wear some sort of sweater every day, seems like? Besides, maybe it was somewhat...
under the weather
cardigan: Talbots [courtesy of the madre] blouse: TJMaxx pants: Gap heels: Nine West [via Marshalls] ring: gifted This is actually Friday’s outfit… I’m sure y’all don’t care about seeing me in my pjs and bathrobe, which is what I’ve been wearing since then :D I’ve been knocked out with ridiculous sinus infection/sore throat disgustingness…...
take it easy
shirt: L.L.Bean men’s (hand me down from my brother) jeggings: Coldwater Creek via JCPenney Outlet boots: Aldo clutch: vintage Etienne Aigner (thrifted) button earrings: made by my mother So I’m still out of town at a conference, camera and thus picture less, so here’s a weekend post I’ve had on reserve. So you don’t feel totally left out, today I actually wore...
dress: H&M scarf: H&M belt: H&M leggings: Forever 21 boots: Frye [via Ebay] ring: my grandma’s high school class ring I’m not such a fan of this whole non-daylight savings time. To echo SB’s sentiment from the other day, it’s definitely not conducive to taking outdoor fotos… sooo this is my attempt at inside fotos. Gonna need some practice in this...
hit the road, jack
shirt: Talbots (my mother’s) sweater: Ashley Judd via Kohls jeggings: Coldwater Creek via JCPenney Outlet boots: Aldo belt: Ann Taylor Loft earrings: hand me downs from my aunt Full disclosure - this isn’t actually what I wore today. I’m in Washington D.C. for work and lack time, a photographer, and private space to shoot my pics. So today and tomorrow I’m going to...
shirt: Charlotte Russe cardigan: Talbots [via Marshalls] skirt: The Limited shoes: Target It’s funny how much easier it is to see the change in the seasons when you’re taking photos in pretty much the same place every day… the green vine to my right I believe is about to bite the dust, but the leaves still left on the trees are so pretty! There’s a huge tree I pass on...
dress: Ann Taylor Loft cardigan: Ann Taylor (thrifted) belt: thrifted shoes: JCPenney Outlet earrings: craft show So I don’t know if anyone noticed that time change thing that happened over the weekend but it’s really throwing a wrench in my picture taking habits. I got home late from work today so by the time I got outside with a camera it was dark. So short post tonight before...
fight for your right
sweater: The Limited [via Marshalls] shirt: Target [thanks, mom!] belt: Ann Taylor Loft [came with a dress] pants: Target heels: Seychelles Hooray for election day! That means after today, we won’t have to listen to annoying political mud-slinging ads or fight off a barrage of phone calls begging for your vote. It’s enough to make you want to unplug the phone line and never turn...
go away, monday
dress: Ann Taylor Loft cardigan: TJMaxx scarf: Liz Claiborne via TJMaxx belt: Ann Taylor Loft shoes: JCPenney Outlet earrings: Ten Thousand Villages I spent a lot of today wishing for a nap. On a more positive note, it’s November 7th but the high today was 67 degrees! After being in Boston this weekend that felt like a mild early fall day so I made the most of it. So I don’t...
wrap it up
cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft dress: Ann Taylor Loft scarf: market stall in Granada, Spain leggings: Marshalls boots: Corso Como I love wrap dresses. Comfy + flattering = win! I also enjoy how versatile this particular dress is; it’s sleeveless, so I can wear it all year, and since it’s so simple, you can dress it up or down. And it was on sale for $10 when I bought it… great...
sbk’s wearing: coat: JCPenney Outlet scarf: thrifted black skinny jeans: Target boots: Aldo clutch: Etienne Aigner (thrifted) sunglasses: TJMaxx cait’s wearing: jacket: Target cardigan: Old Navy blouse: Lush [via Nordstrom Rack] jeans: Charlotte Russe flats: Target sunglasses: Forever 21 clutch: self-made This past weekend Cait & I were lucky enough to get to...
leaving on a jet plane
Epic trip to Boston this weekend to see lots of cool kids and fun places! More fotos are forthcoming from the rest of the weekend; in the meantime, here are a few we took in the RDU long term parking lot while waiting for the shuttle :D SBK’s wearing… cardigan: Gap (thrifted) shirt: Target via JCPenney Outlet shoes: Clark Wallabees (thrifted) jeans: TJMaxx necklace: gifted ...
hey big spender
dress: Ann Taylor Loft blazer: Ann Taylor (thrifted) belt: Target (thrifted) boots: Aldo purse: vintage Coach (thrifted) button earrings: made by my mother Aside from some stress at work and ongoing sleep deprivation, today was a very good day. I finally bought a car(!!), I’m going to Boston to spend time with some of my best friends, and I felt really good in what I was wearing. If...
back to basics
cardigan: Ralph Lauren [thrifted] blouse: Ann Taylor Loft [thrifted] scarf: H&M belt: Forever 21 pants: Gap shoes: J.Crew Ever have one of those days where technology of all sorts just decides to gang up on you? Yup… sounds about like mine. That + packing for epic Boston trip this weekend [!!!] = very short post. Today I wore some clothes. They were comfy, functional, and warm. I...
how will i know?
pants: Dockers via JCPenney shirt: L.L.Bean (thrifted) sweater: TJMaxx shoes: JCPenney Outlet earrings: hand me downs from my great aunt If you read the title of this post and didn’t automatically think of Whitney Houston then…you may have a more cultured musical taste than me. This is a new, comfy sweater I recently got. I’m thinking it’s going to look cute with...
black and white and red all over
dress: Zara [thrifted] belt: H&M leggings: H&M boots: Zara earrings: gifted This dress = 60’s mod girl meets court jester? It has to be the most flamboyantly patterned piece of clothing I own, hands down. And wouldn’t that beehive from the other night go perfectly with this outfit?! Too over the top, you say?! That’s some crazy talk right there. :D