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Blogspiration: Thrift & Shout

My favorite place to find outfit ideas are bloggers because they are real people with real jobs living in a real world.  Magazines and clothing ads are nice, but often aren’t so easy to recreate.  But a blogger?  I can recreate that.  And many bloggers include links where you can either get the item or one similar to it.  Perfect.

So I decided to create a board on Pinterest called Blogspiration.  In an effort to get more creative with my outfits I’m challenging myself to recreate and post Blogspiration outfits.  I thought it only made sense to make the very first Blogspiration post the very first outfit that inspired the whole idea.  Meet Lindsey from Thrift & Shout.









Pants: Loft, cobalt.
Cardigan: Loft, striped.
Top: Unknown, white sheer.
Shoes: Steve Madden, yellow.
Jewels: Necklace, borrowed.  Bracelet, Stella & Dot.  Bracelet, borrowed.

When I saw Lindsey’s outfit I was shocked.  I pretty much have all those pieces!  And I had just been thinking of how I could wear this cardigan.  I’d only been wearing it with basic black or jeans so when I saw Lindsey pair her incredibly similar sweater with cobalt, I knew I had to do the same.

Huge thanks to my awesome photographer and bestie, Becky, aka “the friend.”  I enlisted her help to take a ton of pictures one weekend so you’ll be seeing more of her work.  She also was kind enough to bring over tons of accessories so we’d have lots of options.  I wish we had thought to take a photograph of our little setup.  We felt very Rachel Zoe and kept yelling at each other like they do on the show.  So sad we don’t have a photo but we do have this random shot.


We definitely had a lot of fun with our photoshoot and we plan on doing it again… well at least I do.  Hopefully she does too.  One last photo for you all because if there is an unattended motorcycle you have to pose with it.  (expect to see this motorcycle in a few more posts!  I was obsessed with it)


What has inspired you lately?  

Thank you to the gorgeous Lindsey for her permission to use her photo!


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Monochrome and My Really White Legs

Wowzers.  Check out these bad boys!


Pretty intense.

I actually don’t mind being pale.  I’ve never been one who feels the need to tan which is a good thing since I clearly don’t tan.  I’m really against the fake-bake.  Ladies, and men, it does not look natural.


I’m a freckly, pale lady and darn proud of it.


But seeing these photos just highlighted the fact that I HAVE to get back on the workout train.  Good thing I got two new workout DVD’s, Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and JM Killer Buns and Thighs.  How appropriate.

326But regardless of my legs color and size, I will always rock the skirts and dresses.  Been doing so since 1986 and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

376This is one of my absolutely favorite skirts.  Should have taken a close up.  Blogger fail.  I recently wore this outfit to work and felt so sleek in my monochromatic look all day.  Little did I realize my legs also joined in the monochrome party.

352Outfit details

Skirt: Loft, black and white.
Top: Old Navy, grey.
Cardigan: Forever 21, grey.
Shoes: Steve Madden, black.
Jewels: Earrings, Stella & Dot.

All items were already in my closet.

How do you do monochrome?

Linking up with


The Fashionista Next Door



One of the things I love about exploring the blog world is finding inspiration from real ladies.  It’s one of the things I love the most about J’s Everyday Fashion— she shows how she recreates outfits using what she has in her closet from affordable stores.

And it’s one of the things I love about fashion challenges and I’d like to participate in more in public.  Previously I would “participate” without posting about it, but look out world!  I’m going to post them.

This month’s Trend of the Month from Marionberry Style is lace!  I wasn’t going to participate at first because I don’t have anything lace even though I love it.  I have had plenty of lacy tops in the past, but no more.  They either didn’t fit anymore, got dingy, or were ruined (Mom!).  I was ready to pass by this one, although regrettably, when I remembed that HEY! I need to challenge myself to participate in lace without having lace.  Say what?

So I stared in my closet for a while and came up with my version of a lacy outfit.


It might not exactly be a lace top, but it works, right? (I have no idea why my face is so red…)


It gives the feel of lace without actually being lace.  And in my opinion, it is close enough!

Cardigan: Target, teal, old.
Top: Loft, white and grey, bought on sale, old.
Skirt: Loft, black, old.
Jewelry: Necklace, Stella & Dot, Geneve Lace Pendant, $98.

And just like the last time I participated in an MB style challenge, I wanted to find accessories that would satisfy the trend.  Accessories are a cheaper way of being trendy!


Lace is definitely a trend in the jewelry world.
Necklace: (wearing in outfit) Stella & Dot, Geneve Lace Pendant, $98.
Earrings: Stella & Dot, Geneve Linear, $59.
Earrings: Gift, QVC, similar: Target, $7.99!!!

What are your favorite lace pieces?  How do you incorporate trends without spending a fortune?

For more lace jewelry from Stella & Dot visit here!

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