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Polka dot pants

Polka dot pants

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Pants: LOFT (similar, yet more expensive, versions found here and here)
Top: c/o Karen Kane circa 2011 (similar here and here– on sale!)
Shoes: Target (similar)
Earrings: Betsey Johnson (exact)

A few months ago I found these pants at LOFT for $5. Seriously! They’re honestly a tad large in the waist (and just a little too long!), so I know I need to take them in. But that means I need to dig my sewing machine out of storage, blah blah, more excuses here. I figure for the cheap price they were totally worth it to jump on the “polka dot everything” bandwagon. When they’re not popular in the next year or so, I’m not out a bunch of money. Sound like a win-win!

(Ruckus didn’t try to fight me when I held her. I suppose she’s become more affectionate as she ages.)

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Wearing yellow to a LBD party

On Friday I headed off to an event that I’d get to dress up for. The party consists of music, casino-style gaming, a silent auction, and everyone gets dressed in their finest “little black dress” (or suit) to come out and support a cause. This year, the party benefited the nonprofit I work for.

This may not come as a shock, but I don’t actually own an entirely black dress, so I opted to borrow one from Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak. Does it surprise anyone that I picked a dress that wasn’t black? Instead, I opted for this 1950s soft yellow dress. It perfectly matches one of the colors of our brand, which may also be why I picked it.

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Dress: Borrowed from Lost and Found Vintage (just borrowed didn’t purchase it!)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
Bracelet: Anika Burke 

Lost and Found Vintage has one of the most insane selections of vintage clothing I’ve ever seen. It’s one of those stores you almost need to see to appreciate what they have. They’ve graciously offered to host a giveaway next week, and I’m really excited to share the item with you. Hopefully you’ll all love it! And, in the upcoming weeks I’ll be giving you a view of the store. They do have an online shop, which features more of their delicate and really special items. If you live in Michigan, it’s one of those stores you need to go take a look in, just to see what you can find.

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I swear I still exist!

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Hi, remember me? I sometimes blog here. Oh, and I used to have bangs, then grew them out, then cut them again in my bathroom when Joe left me alone with scissors. He used to come home and find me with wild color hair, but now he just has to worry that he’ll come home and I’ll have new hair cut, or one of the cats will be shaved. This time I cute my own hair (Loafy was thankful).

Anyway, last weekend Joe and I took a trip to Tennessee where I met Jenni for the first time. You know what it’s like to meet someone you’ve been talking to for two years and feel like you’ve known them forever? Yeah, that’s Jenni!

I have some photos to share (after I get copies from Jenni!) and we have some stories to tell involving corn mazes, Mario Party and the Titans.

But before I do that, I decided to share this outfit with you, because there’s nothing like waving funny stories in your face, then taking them away at the last-minute. I know, I know. But I do have a funny story regarding my outfit!

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Joe laughed when he saw me wearing four bracelets, asking where the “arm party” was, knowing I hate that phrase. Then he decided that four bracelets isn’t an arm party, but more of an arm afternoon siesta. For it to be a party they need to reach my elbow (or so Joe says).

Top: Ann Taylor
Cardigan: c/o Karen Kane
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Forever 21
Bracelets: H&M and c/o Anika Burke
Umbrella: Target

PS- happy birthday to my mom!

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So many shapes!

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I have been in such a funk lately. I know all of us feel this way at one point or another, so my feelings of stress and being overwhelmed are nothing new to many of us. But because of my professional job and some things I’m working on outside of this blog, I’m beginning to change my priorities.

In the past, I would make sure I was dressed in something other than a t-shirt, jeans and a sweatshirt, because who wants to see me dressed in that every day? No one (not even ME).  But now, I find myself relishing extra sleep in the morning, and lamenting getting dressed in anything but jeans and a t-shirt. Because that’s not very excited, and I often feel (and look) like I just woke up, I’m been slacking on taking photos.

I’m not going to apologize for not taking photos as often. I highly doubt it would really be exciting for any of you to see me in jeans and a t-shirt every single day.  But, I’m also not going to promise that I’m going to go back to my previous schedule. As much fun as I have blogging, this isn’t my job. Frankly, this blog is an outlet for me from my day job. This is just something I do that is frivolous and fun, and offers me the opportunity to share my personal style, regardless of how kooky and unfashionable it may be to others (we’ve all seen the cartoon food dress, right?). Everyone has a different outlet, and mine is the slightly absurd hobby of posting photos of myself online.

I am not giving up on this blog, or stopping my posts. But, as you may have noticed, I’m not posting as much as I used to. And honestly, I’m OK with it, so I hope you are too.
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The bracelet is tough to see, but it’s a pentagram shape, which is why I bought it. It’s annoying to wear while typing!

Tank: Target
Skirt: Anthropologie
Jacket: Thrifted
Shoes: Modcloth (years before this went down)
Bracelet: Asos
Necklace: LOFT
Purse: Borrowed from my mom (she has fabulous taste!)

PS- if you feel so inclined, Speedy Girl is offering a contest on their Facebook page. Vote for your favorite look (doesn’t have to be mine!) and whoever votes for the winning look has an opportunity to win a $50 to the shop.  (You are required to “like” the page to cast your vote).

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It’s cartoon food. On a dress.

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I really like patterns that most other people probably won’t. I am 100% sure that is what drew me to this dress. I adore comic book style art, and the fact that it’s food makes it really funny to me. I don’t think most people would wear, or would want to wear a dress with this print all over it, but I have to admit that if you ignore the print, the dress has a very flattering shape (except the wind was blowing like crazy, so I kind of look like I’m wearing culottes. Or a romper, which is the 2010 word for 1980s culottes).

Besides, who am I to say no to a food print dress? I mean, c’mon. You guys know me better than that! Oh, and it has pockets. Sold.

Dress: Folter
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Forever 21
Necklace: Anthro
Cardigan: Target (last summer)

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Michigan bloggers, unite!

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Photo from Sara

On Saturday, Liz helped me schlep some stuff to the park in Ann Arbor, for our meetup and clothes swap. It was really nice to see the ladies I’ve hung out with before (Jacelyn, Katie, Alicia), and meet some new faces (Sara, Cat, Brittney and Tiffany). There were a few other ladies that were planning to attend but one got lost (uhoh!) and the other had something else come up. It’s a bummer because they’re both so fabulous and I love seeing them, so next time we’ll get them out to Ann Arbor.

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Liz and I picked up some Faygo and Better Made chips (Michigan brands, if you’re from out-of-state). I also made up some blogger bingo cards and we all chatted, and three ladies walked away with some pretty sweet prizes c/o my wallet (yeah, I just wrote that.).

Speedy Girl sent an item for each attendee there, which was really fun. Liz helped me go through the items before the meetup, and I pointed things out I thought each attendee would like, and I was spot on with many of them! (This is what happens when you read someone’s fashion blog a lot- you learn their style!).

Anika Burke also sent rings for the ladies, and I have to say, they were all amazing! Cat’s perfectly matched her outfit. In fact, I think I asked her a few times if she was sure that’s the one she got, because it was just too perfect!
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The ring in this photo… seriously perfect match!

I found myself wearing what I already predicted would become my fall go-to outfit, and it looks like I’m right!

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Top/dress: c/o Speedy Girl
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeggings: c/o Karen Kane
Boots: Target
Scarf: Forever 21

The other attendees:

Sara from She is Sara
Liz from 26 and Counting
Cat from Midwest Mayhem
Tiffany from Nynga +The  Bear 
Britney from Woodstock Hearts Fashion
Jaclyn from Stay in the Lines
Katie from Fashion Frugality

PS- while you’re reading this, I’ll be sweating bullets on TV. Yeah. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow, and hopefully will have a clip!

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The essential fall outfit

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Top: Borrowed from Liz
Jeans: c/o Karen Kane (I think they’re considered jeggings)
Boots and cardigan: Target
Earrings: Francesca’s
Necklace: LOFT (gift from my mom and sister)

I have a feeling my fall uniform is going to consist of jeans and knee-high boots, now that I have flat black and flat brown boots. These brown ones have been worn at least five out of the past seven days. They may get annoying, but I will vouch for their comfort (and price!).

This is the last outfit I wore with the items Liz let me borrow. She came up for the weekend, and I returned her clothes, but I really wanted to wear this top before she got here. So, of course, I wear it on Thursday and she arrives on Friday. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

Too bad this is my test shot.  I like the lighting!
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Hot pink pants!

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For this version of the Paper Doll Project, I am paired with Alyson from The Average Girl’s Guide. Now I know what you’re thinking, “wow, two fabulous redheads?!”
Yes! (Although I’m sure she’s natural, and mine’s from a bottle.)

We each picked pants as our main piece. Mine are these hot pink skinnies from Zara and Alyson picked a really cool pair of printed jeans from Kmart (Check out how she wore them!!).

I’m really ready for fall to get here so the tree that I usually pose by won’t cast such lovely shadows on my face. Sometimes they make me giggle, and other times they annoy me. Today, they annoy me.
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Top: Ruche
Pants: c/o Zara
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Target

Be sure to check out the rest of the bloggers that are participating in Paper Doll Project (the next one will be in November!):

Fabulously Average and From the Mixed-up Files
I Have A Degree In This! and Smart n Snazzy: Stylish Without Going Broke
The Socialite’s Closet and Tulips to Kiss You With
Unusual Form and The Daily Dani
An Old Story and Matters of Merrymaking
The Brunette One and BiblioMOMia
The Average Girl’s Guide and Miss Vinyl Ahoy

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Carrie and Knoll’s wedding

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(I love how Knoll’s looking at Carrie in this photo. You can see the love in his face.)

Saturday was Carrie and Knoll’s wedding (9-10-11!!). The location was four hours away from where I live, so I drove up on Saturday morning, planning to get there early to assist Carrie with her makeup (she bought it from etsy!). She’s a beautiful woman, so she really didn’t need any help, but I offered any way, so she wouldn’t have to worry about it (no racoon eyes!!).

I’ve been hearing about the wedding for months, had seen some photos and had discussed plans with Carrie at lunch. I was so honored that I was invited to witness their special day. I’ve only known Carrie and Knoll a short time, but they’re amazing people and an amazing couple. I had such a blast meeting all their other friends (I only knew one other person at their wedding!), and could immediately tell why they were all friends.

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The bouquets were exactly as Carrie had described, and I love the shades of blue and green in the flowers.

Their cake was covered in a sand colored frosting and homemade beach glass candy.
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It was delicious, as was the beach glass candy.

Knoll wore a suit that was picked out, piece by piece. But seeing him in it, you’d never know.
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Sportcoat and tie: Haggar
Shirt: Stafford
Striped socks (not pictured): Richer or Poorer
Pants: Kohls
Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Cufflinks: Etsy

Carrie was just plain radiant in her dress. She showed me a picture the day she picked it out, and I couldn’t wait to see it on her. It was just perfect on her, and for the location they picked.

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Dress: Davids Bridal
Necklace: Etsy
Hair flower: Etsy
Shoes (not pictured): Spring Shoes via me!

The shoes are a funny story. I wear a larger size in European made shoes, but didn’t know that when I purchased a pretty pair of vintage inspired white mary janes a few years ago. They didn’t fit, but they were only $10, so I was planning to just donate them, but I never did. Fast forward to a few months ago when Carrie was having a tough time finding shoes she liked, and I remembered this long-lost pair I owned. I offered them to her, as a backup pair, in case she couldn’t find any she really like (knowing she wears a size smaller than me). Well, long story short(ish) and Carrie fit perfectly in my shoes and they matched her dress.
I bought her wedding shoes two years ago, for $10. And, her family knows me as “the shoe girl.” It was really funny to meet her family on Saturday, because when I told them my name, they asked “oh, the one with the shoes?!” and I’d laugh and say yes.

My outfit wasn’t nearly as interesting as the rest of the wedding, but I really need to sing my praises for this dress. I drove 200 miles without realizing I didn’t have an extra bra, so I only had one choice to wear, and it was lime green (poor planning on my part, I know). But you couldn’t tell at all. The lining of this dress is amazing, and on top of that, many of Carrie’s friends and family complimented the dress. So kudos Karen Kane, this is an awesome dress!
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Dress: c/o Karen Kane
Belt: Forever 21
Bracelet: Anika Burke
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

My first trip to Ludington was well worth it. I’d love to go back, when I can spend more than a night there. Living on the east side of Michigan makes it difficult to spend time on the west side. But I swear I am working on it.

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Cats on my shirt

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Dress (as a top): c/o Shop Speedy Girl
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Target

Saturday I drove up to Ludington to watch my friends Carrie and Knoll get married. Knowing it was a long drive, I wanted to be comfortable, but I also wanted to be ready and able to change in a rest stop bathroom, if I was running late.

So I opted for my new dress, worn as a top, with a flowy skirt. Green-on-green matches, right? Well it does in my mind.

I have a longer post coming up about Shop Speedy Girl, to talk about how awesome it is. I like to say it’s like the Groupon of shopping, because it really is. And how cute is the top with the crocheted back and cat print? It’s the same brand as the phoenix dress I own that I (also) often wear as a top, so it’s a given that I’m going to love it.