Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Finally Done


My students and I are finally done with all of our standardized tests!  I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the year working on fun projects and things I want to teach.  I'm also looking forward to better sleep at night when I'm not lying awake tossing and turning wondering if they'll be able to succeed, despite the fact that we have all worked so hard all year.  This outfit was easy and comfortable for all of the pacing I did in the computer lab today as the students took their last test.

Of course, now I'm working on another project.  I've been asked (voluntold?) to present at a workshop for teachers next week on how I've used iPads with my students.  The topic I selected to present on is Using Videos as Instructional Tools.  And my selected method to present this topic is to make a video in iMovie on how to use videos!  I have fifteen minutes to present so the video has to be rather long (I'm shooting for 12-13 minutes) so now I'll be a teacher and a presenter for the next week as I work on the video.  So much for being just a teacher!


petite eggplant button down from Ann Taylor Outlet
khaki pencil skirt from Target
teal faceted teardrop necklace from Body Central
nude flats from Vanity Fair Outlet

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Head Lice & Sweaty Feet


Let's talk about gross things, okay?  If gross things bother you, just look at the pictures without reading on.

Gross Thing #1: Head Lice
The talk of the town at my school yesterday was about how several of our fifth graders have head lice.  Old wives' tales (old teachers' tales?) allege that head lice dislike hair that is pulled back, dirty, or has lots of product in it.  I've never had head lice before and hope never to get it, so I went with all of the above.  Last night, I didn't wash my hair.  This morning I teased it a little, added lots of dry shampoo and hairspray and wore it in a ponytail.  I also kept a safe distance away from all of my kiddos today.  Cause, you know... eww.

Gross Thing #2: Sweaty Feet
We all know everyone sweats.  However, we don't all sweat the same.  For example, my armpits don't sweat that much, but my feet... oh my.  They could fill a bucket.  Stinky, sweaty feet?  This girl has them.  I don't even like to go shoe shopping with my friends because trying on shoes is awkward when you're feet are stinky.  So on days like today when it's pretty hot, it is heavenly for me to be able to wear sandals.  When I was driving to work today at 6:00 AM, the radio said it was already 77 degrees.  And the high today was again nearly 90.  I guess Florida decided to have one week of spring and fast forward to summer.  Sadly, this isn't even that hot and gross compared to what it will be here in a few weeks.  I don't even want to talk about how much sweat there will be (and what parts will be sweating) when the temperature is 93 with 99% humidity.  Again... eww.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Too Hot


Today was a great Monday for me!  My kids were working on making a movie for most of the day today so that was really fun.  Also, you really can't go wrong with a comfortable dress on a hot Monday.  Dresses are becoming my Monday go-to because they are just so comfortable and easy.  Today the high reached something like 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  So it's already becoming too hot for nylons or even pants some days.  A breezy dress with a pair of bike shorts under it is comfy and cool.  I'll take it!



petite green dress: Ross
pink printed infinity scarf: Bealls Outlet
pink skinny belt: Walmart
nude flats: Vanity Fair Outlet



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Use It Up


I've got a few products hanging around my makeup desk that I've been trying to use up.  A lot of them are products that I have replacements for already so I won't be purchasing something to replace them.  I've really been trying not to buy more makeup, as I already have just so much that I'll probably never use it.  So it's finally nice to see some products getting to the end of their lives.  I've been making it a point to use these items at least two or three times a week, although some have been getting used pretty much daily.  Hopefully a few of them will make it into my next empties post!

1. Maybelline Shine Free Oil-Control Loose Powder in Light: I couldn't even tell you how long I've had this powder.  It mattifies your face for a short time but that's about it.  It really adds no coverage.  I don't recommend it and wouldn't purchase it again.  I'm just trying to use it up because there's so much of it and I need a new powder soon but I'm not ready to commit yet.  I think it will take me a long time to use this up but I've been using it on the weekends and I'll probably use it a lot this summer when I don't plan on going much of anywhere.

2. e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral: This is a great peachy pink shade that has some shimmer.  It goes with pretty much any makeup look so it's nice that it's versatile but it's not unique in any way so when it's gone, it will be easy to replace.  I actually have another blush that I've hit pan on that I might work on using up when this guy is gone.

3. Avon Sample Size Lipgloss: I'm not really sure what the color or kind of lipgloss this is.  It's a sample size that my mom gave me for Christmas along with several other Avon products so I'm just trying not to let this little guy go to waste.

4. Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner in Brown: This is a great and long lasting eyeliner that (once you let it set) does not smudge or wear away.  I won't be replacing it simply because I totally forgot I have the NYX Slide On Pencil in Brown and also a Rimmell pencil that I can use when this one is gone.  I don't think this Milani pencil is much longer for this world... the liner stick fell out of the wooden pencil and it's getting pretty hard to use without making a colossal mess of my face, clothes, and floor.  A sure sign that it's time to pack it in.

5. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny: I already have a backup of this from ages ago when I was told it was discontinued.  It was not.  I like this product a lot, I just don't usually use bronzer on a daily basis... but I am now!

6. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in Light: This is a good concealer for undereyes.  I would not recommend it for blemishes.  However, I have a heavy duty concealer in a stick form from Avon that I will be using when this is finished.  I also have a few others like my Pixi color corrector that I could use so I won't be repurchasing this any time soon.

Close ups of the pans

Friday, April 25, 2014

Slimmer


I'm happy to say this shirt is another piece that is neglected no more!  This is one of the shirts I posted about on Facebook last weekend that I had taken in through the torso.  I am so much happier with this shirt now that it's slimmer.  I feel like I look slimmer in it now.  I see myself getting a lot more wear out of this shirt in the future as the temperatures are starting to rise to the mid-eighties already.  This shirt is a thin and breezy cotton and perfect for hot days at work when I still have to take my students out to recess.


petite polka dot button down: Loft Outlet
petite straight leg jeans: Loft Outlet
necklace: Bealls Outlet
sandals: Walmart

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hurry Day


I was in a hurry this morning, I hurried home from work and I'm in a hurry now so today is apparently hurry day.  I tried on this skirt the way I wore yesterday's but I just wasn't sure if it looked okay and since I was in a hurry, I just went with the way I know - tucked in with a belt.  When I got home and changed, I took off the belt and untucked the shirt and thought, "Boy, it looks nicer like this."  Oh well, next time.  I've never worn this skirt with chambray so that was an accomplishment in itself with this outfit.


petite chambray shirt: Kohl's
orange necklace: Bealls Outlet
cognac twist belt: Body Central
orange pencil skirt: Target
cognac sandals: Rack Room Shoes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stick With It


Awhile ago I realized that this shirt would look really great with my polka dot pencil skirt and I was right!  Also, I don't think I've really worn my pencil skirts without tucking in my shirt and wearing a belt but I was feeling too lazy for all that nonsense today so I just went with a skirt and a shirt.  I felt like it was a success so I'm thinking I might do the same tomorrow.  If the formula works, I'll stick with it.



petite bracken fern button down: Banana Republic Outlet
faux pearl necklace: Body Central Outlet
polka dot pencil skirt: Target
nylons: Walgreens
pewter bow flats: GH Bass Outlet

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Copycat


Just being honest here, I totally copied this pin, down to the chain necklace and messy ponytail.  Sometimes it's nice when you're looking at a pin and you realize that you can completely copy it.  Then you don't have to think about anything.  Just get dressed and go.  And I'm glad I did, because I really liked this outfit and I never would have thought to pair these items together on my own, even though it's a really simple combination.



petite striped tee: Banana Republic Outlet
denim jacket: Bealls Outlet
oval chain necklace: Kohl's
petite olive chinos: Walmart
black sandals: Walmart


Monday, April 21, 2014

Not Pajamas


After enjoying a long and lazy weekend, I was in no mood to change out of my pajamas this morning and drag my tired, sorry behind to work.  But my bills don't pay themselves so I at least figured I'd wear the closest thing I could to my pajamas while still looking acceptable.  This elastic waist dress totally fit the bill.  I was going to wear a belt with it but that just seemed to restrictive so I just went with the simple dress and cardigan.  Total teacher outfit and totally comfortable while still looking cute.
petite black shirt dress: Ross
hot pink cardigan: H&M
nylons: Walgreens
black bow flats: GH Bass Outlet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Teacher And...


I got to thinking the other day about how this has probably been one of the busiest school years of my life and then I realized why. Usually I'm just a teacher but all this year, I've been a teacher and something else. My year went like this:

September - October: a teacher and a student (had to take a class to keep my teaching certificate)
October - December: a teacher and a tutor
December - January: a teacher and a student again with a second class
January - April: a teacher and a tutor again
April - May: a teacher and a student for a third class

So I'm currently working really hard to finish all my work for this class, which is the last one I have to take before I will have my ESOL endorsement and hopefully be done with classes during the school year for awhile. Normally teachers take these five classes total in five years but I'm the type to just get it over with so I've done all five in two years, which is the fastest you are allowed to take the classes in my district. I'm trying to get all of my work done for the last class so I can finally be just a teacher again but I will say I am really enjoying leaving work two hours earlier now that tutoring is over!  And I'm enjoying looking cute while being a teacher because heaven knows I will be wearing yoga pants and a T-shirt most of the summer!  I worked my teacher look today with a cardigan and a dress.


navy shirt dress: Ross
kelley green cardigan: Target
taupe bow belt: Papaya
navy tights: Walmart
taupe bow flats: Payless Shoes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bad Hair, Good Sandals


I don't know what's up with my hair in these photos.  It was not cooperating.  I'm wearing it back all week because I have to read the long scripts for our standardized tests all this week and I hate having my hair in my face when I'm looking down.  I'm like Violet Baudelaire... I can't have my hair in my face when I'm busy working and thinking.  I was even like that in high school and college.  If we had a test that day, I was wearing a ponytail or a bun.  If I can dig up some photos, I'll have to post a picture of my class hair from college: a messy bun with a folded handkerchief wrapped around it.  Stylish, I know.


What was working for me today were these sandals.  You know how sometimes sandals can be just so flat and have no support?  I hate that.  But I love these!  They are the Lush Dr. Scholls from Walmart and they have a built in insole and are so comfortable, even for eight hours on your feet.  I really wish they made them in brown but they are so perfectly comfortable and cute that I might have to buy the white ones too.  Love them.

Outfit inspired by this pin.

petite floral tunic: Kohl's
petite camel straight leg chinos: Walmart
black sandals: Walmart

Monday, April 14, 2014

Neglected No More


My red skort is neglected no more!  I was inspired by this pin to pair it with my grey button down, which has also been pretty neglected.  The best I can tell from my records, I haven't worn this grey shirt since the beginning of September 2013.  When it was chilly this morning, I wore it with my previously unworn black grandpa cardigan so basically this is an outfit full of under worn items.  And it turns out I ended up loving this outfit!  And I got a lot of compliments.

My second topic of discussion today: Sunless Tanners.  My legs have been dying to see the sun but they are so so so white.  Like, reflect moonlight white.  So for the past week I had been using a travel size of this Jergen's sunless tanning product for fair skin tones.  After about three or four days I saw results but they were subtle.  After a week, it was noticeable with no streaks and it still looked pretty subtle but just enough color for what I wanted.  I was really pleased with it.  Then I ran out.  And I didn't want to buy more, seeing as how I have four other tanning products, two instant and washable and two gradual tanners.  I decided to use my Jergen's Express, that is supposed to show results in just one day.  And that's the story of how I ended up with tan finger prints on my thighs.  LOL!  Teach me to take short cuts.  Now I remember why I only used that product once.  Did I mention I stopped by Walgreens after work to pick up more of the kind I liked?  Got a full size and a travel size in case I end up getting to do any fun trips this summer.



petite grey button down: Ann Taylor Outlet
black grandpa cardigan: Ross
red skort: Kohl's
red and silver bead necklace: gift from a student this year
black belt: Bealls Outlet
nylons: Walgreens
black bow flats: GH Bass Outlet

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Skincare Conditions & Products

No outfit post today.  I wore jeans and my school shirt to work yesterday, as we had our pre-standardized test pep rally.  We got these cute paw print tattoos for teachers and the students though.  How cute is it?  I was a little worried about putting it on my face though, since I have such sensitive skin that pitches a fit at the littlest irritation.  I've talked here before about how I sometimes get acne on my face and here about how I sometimes struggle with breakouts on my back and shoulders because my skin is just so very sensitive that any rubbing or change in routine and products can cause acne, hives, and other fun skin conditions.  My skin is a little dry in that spot today but otherwise seems fine but it got me to thinking that I haven't written about my skincare routine for awhile.

In about the last year and a half, I noticed that little red bumps and dry, scaly skin had started to appear on my left arm bicep area and on my right arm, just above my elbow on the back of my arm.  Occasionally some of the little red bumps would turn into a tiny whitehead so I figured this was just part of my back acne problem and treated it the same way, with 10% benzoyl peroxide cream at night, followed by 2% salicylic acid pads in the morning.  But it didn't get better with time.  I tried several other different acne fighting combinations including alpha hydroxy acid but it only seemed to mildly improve but still not go away.  I really didn't want to drop a $45 copay to see a doctor for something that was only an aesthetic problem.  Finally, I did a some research and figured out that what I have is almost certainly keratosis pilaris, or KP, which is actually quite common, especially for people with fair skin.  After finally figuring out what seems to be going on with my skin, I have a better game plan on how to treat it.  Since I was in need of restocking on several other of my skincare products, I thought now was a good time to purchase the items I need to start treating my skin.


One of the treatments of KP is to exfoliate your skin, to eliminate the dry scaly skin and make the skin feel smoother.  From Target, I bought the generic Up & Up version of this scrub.  It has 2% salicylic acid, which is an exfoliator, as well as the scrubby particles that help smooth skin.  As I am almost out of my alpha hydroxy acid I've been using, I also picked up this 10% AHA Enhanced Lotion from Bealls Outlet.  This product exfoliates, as well as hydrates.  And I bought a loofah mostly because back in the day when I used a loofah, I didn't have KP.  I thought maybe there was a connection there, since loofahs exfoliate.  I also plan on using my Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion as well.


And I also stocked up on some old faithful items for my face.  I was at Dollar General to pick up some eye serum and noticed that some of their face products are far less expensive than buying them at the grocery store or even Walmart, so I picked up some items there.  I really wish I had waited to buy the scrub shown above, because it was a lot less expensive at DG too.

Dollar General Gentle Skin Cleanser: This is just like my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser but about a third of the price.  We'll see if it works the same.
Equate 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths: These are generic for Olay Daily Facials.  They take off all my makeup at night in the shower.  I was almost out so I picked up some more.
Acne.org 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment: I started ordering this from Amazon when Walmart stopped making my "FauxActive".  I paid over $40 for this bottle but it's huge and lasts me about six months.  It's also the best formula of 2.5% BP I've ever used, including ProActiv.  It just smooths on better and since I've been using it and really nailing down my skincare routine for my face, I haven't had a pimple in.... well, I couldn't even tell you the last time I had a pimple!  If you are struggling with acne on your face, I highly recommend this product and http://www.acne.org/.  It was the only thing that worked for my acne.  Dan Kern seriously saved my face.
Top Care Makeup Remover Wipes: These are just generic wet makeup remover wipes.  I use them in the morning to remove any stubborn mascara or eyeliner that might be left over from the day before.  These are super cheap at Winn Dixie and unlike many others, they don't sting my eyes.
Olay Complete Moisturizer SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin: I'm not out of my generic equate version of this but I'm running low and this was on sale at Dollar General for under $6.  A great bargain so I snatched some up.
Dollar General Eye Serum: I think this is generic for the Olay version.  I've used three different versions of generic Olay Eye Serum: 1. Up & Up brand from Target, 2. Equate brand from Walmart, and 3. DG brand from Dollar General.  They all work about the same (Target's was a little better than the others, but not much) but the DG brand is a third of the price compared to Target or Walmart.  I'm sorry, but I don't like spending $15 on eye serum.  Five or six dollars is way more my price point.

Is there anyone else out there dealing with keratosis pilaris?  If so, I'd love to hear from you!  Do you have any skin care concerns or products that really work for you?  I'm open to suggestions as I try to find something that will work for me so please feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Busy Day

Today was a super busy day and I just got home at 8:00 so this post will be short.  I worked today then went to the dentist followed by the orthodontist.  As soon as I got home from that, we went out to dinner, ran some errands and went to the grocery store.  I have a long story about the orthodontist and how he always has bad news for me but that's for another day.

 Let's talk clothes now.  I pretty much totally copied this pin.  This outfit turned out okay but I didn't love it.  But it was so much easier picking out clothes when I knew I was just copying an idea.  It made it harder to second guess myself.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Silly Conundrum


This morning I had a bit of an outfit meltdown.  I had originally planned to wear an outfit much like this, with a 3/4 sleeve navy cardigan, olive pants, and white button down.  But when I tried on the outfit, it just didn't work right.  The button down sleeves were too long and the button down was too baggy.  I scrapped it and tried an outfit like this instead but that just seemed boring and disappointing.  In the end, I decided on the original outfit with my denim jacket instead of the navy cardigan.  And the whole silly conundrum ended up being a waste of time because it was too hot today to wear any layer after about 9:30 AM.  I guess I forgot I live in Florida!


petite white button down: Kohl's
swallow bird necklace: Bealls Outlet
petite olive pants: Walmart
black bow flats: GH Bass Outlet
denim jacket: Bealls Outlet

close up of necklace

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I'm in a Funk


Oh heavens, I'm in a funk right now and I need to get out of it. This was another morning where I woke up and hated the world. I went out of my way to curl my hair and tried to do a cute updo.... which ended up taking twice as long it would have to just straighten my hair. Then it still ended up looking stupid. And as soon as I stepped out of my house I realized it was pouring down rain so then poof! Hair frizz defeats the curls. When I got to work I ended up just tossing my hair in a bun and saying enough already (that was after taking outfit photos so I included a hair photo below). But then I kind of ended up liking the messy bun look so... silver lining I guess.


Cobalt dress: Ross
Bracken fern artist cardigan: Target
Abstract print scarf: Walmart
Nylons: Walgreens
Sand flats: Rack Room Shoes 



On the plus side, tomorrow is my last day of tutoring and halfway through the week! I know things will be better next week so I just need to stay positive for the next three days.  I can do this!  And I swear I'll go back to talking about makeup and clothes and happy, lighter stuff soon too. ;)  For now, just let me vent, mkay?  Thanks, friends.



Messy bun = perfect teacher style.  And I safety pinned the ends of this rectangular scarf so it would stay the shape I wanted.  Why have I never thought to do that before?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blah Day


Today was one of totally blah days for me. I did not feel like working today. Our standardized state test starts next Monday so this week is kind of a lot of boring test prep and review and it's really stressful having that test looming over your head, with everyone looking at your scores to determine if you are a good teacher or not. Meanwhile no one ever looks at any of the outside factors influencing the students. Also, this is the second week in a row that I have to tutor three days after work. Wednesday is my last day of tutoring for the year so you would think I would be happy but no... because Thursday I start another class that I have to take. I can never just teach and work eight hours.  This year has been far too many ten and eleven hour days. Grrrrrr. I was thinking a happy, bright dress would change my mood but mission failed. At least the outfit was cute, even if my scowl all day was not.  Funny though, most of the other teachers on my team had on the same scowl, as we're all feeling the testing stress.



Coral dress: Ross
Denim jacket: Bealls Outlet
Cognac belt: Bealls Outlet
Nylons: Walgreens
Sand flats: Rack Room Shoes



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Small Makeup Haul & Empties

I haven't emptied my box of used products in a few months and it was getting pretty full.  I've really been trying to cut down on buying makeup until I've used up some of what I have because I'm pretty sure I have enough eyeshadows, lip products, and blushes to last the rest of my life.  I was at Walmart this weekend and I picked up some things I'm out of or almost out of and I was really proud that I resisted the temptation to buy all the new products that are out there right now.  Having said that, they just opened an Ulta in my town so I'll be making a trip over there in the next few weeks, as several of the products I use daily can only be purchased there.

Let's start with the three things I purchased.

1. Wet N Wild Brulee Eyeshadow Single - I use this shadow almost every day as a highlight and my current one is almost completely gone.  It will definitely be making an appearance in the next empties post.
2. Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara - My absolute favorite mascara, as you'll see later in this post.
3. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Brown - I've used up my "good" brown eyeliners... you know, the ones that don't smudge when you touch your eye or smear off when you sweat?  So I wanted to try something that was a little less expensive than my Physician's Formula and NYX favorites.  I've only used this once but so far I like the staying power but dislike the fact that it has shimmer in it.

Next, let's move on to makeup I've used up.
1 and 2: Compacts of Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation in Translucent Light.  This is my favorite, use every day, foundation.  It has SPF and the perfect amount of coverage for me.  I actually have one more compact like this still in my collection but after I finish up that one, I'll have to go to Ulta to get some more.  I think that's the only place it's sold now or it might be discontinued.  If so, there's another Physician's Formula powder I like but I'll probably be on the hunt for a new one.
3: Wet N Wild Mega Plump Mascara. Okay, not great.  I like it but I like Maybelline Collosal Volum' better.
4, 5, and 6: Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara.  My favorite mascara!
7: e.l.f. eyelid primer. I used this to prime under my eyes before applying concealer.  I honestly haven't noticed much difference now that I'm not priming before concealer.
8. Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso. A good workhorse eyeliner.  Not super smudgeproof though.  It definitely won't stand up well to the heat and humidity of Florida's summer.
9. Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Nude Eyes (dark brown shade). Now this eyeliner can last through any weather Florida has to offer.  Unfortunately, I really only love the dark brown shade and you have to buy 3 shades together and it's pricey at over $10.

Next, let's look at skincare products.
10. Equate All Day Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin.  This is a good daily moisturizer.  It has SPF and is light on the skin.
11. Vaseline Repairing Moisture Lotion.  This is a good hand lotion but I dislike the scent of it.
12. Dollar General Eye Serum.  Love this stuff.  It works as well as the $15 generics sold at Target and Walmart but costs a third of the price.  I actually will be needing to get more of this very soon.
13. Carmex Lip Balm.  My goodness, this stuff is great.  I've been using this for more than fifteen years and I swear by it.  It keeps lips hydrated for hours and even adds a little bit of shine.
14. Euphoria Perfume Sample.  Liked this fragrance but wouldn't buy it for myself.  Too girly for my taste.

And finally, let's look at hair products.
15. Vidal Sassoon Extra Firm Hold Mousse.  The nicest thing I can say about this mousse is that it sucks as much as most mousses do.  Don't waste your money.  It didn't add any volume or do a thing for my hair.
16. Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray.  Love it, can't live without it.  Can even withstand Florida's summer.
17 and 18. Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo.  If you have dark hair, this dry shampoo is the bomb.  No white residue so you don't have to try to rub it in.  It not only absorbs oil but I like it because it also adds texture to my fine hair.
19. Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse.  This mousse is not meant to add volume, but to hold curls.  This is great if you're going to braid your hair or put it in foam curlers overnight.
20. Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray Travel Size.  This is the same as #16 but I had it leftover from my trip to Pittsburgh at Christmas.  I used the last of this one when I ran out of the big can.
21. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation.  This is another use every day product for me.  It just helps keep the humidity out of my hair and even though my hair is naturally straight, this helps keep it more sleek and protects my hair from hot tools.
22. So Gorgeous Volumizing Root Mousse Travel Size.  Again, this was left over from my trip to Pittsburgh.  Now this is a mousse that adds texture and volume.  I purchased the large size after the disappointment of #15.  This mousse never lets me down.

So there you have it, lots of products used and I'm really trying hard not to buy a bunch of new makeup until I've used up some of what I have.  I'll have to do a "hit pan" post soon, as there are several blushes and eyeshadows I've hit pan on recently and I'm pretty proud of the fact that I'm actually starting to see some items get used now.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thriday


Today was Thriday for me - a Thursday that feels like a Friday because my school district has tomorrow off!  So I got to wear jeans today.  Originally, I had planned on wearing my purple vest with them but I realized I had just worn it last week and this olive vest was still neglected.  I decided I wanted to wear it instead and then I had a small anxiety attack, because putting together outfits is not that easy for me, especially last minute.  Finally, I decided to just keep it simple and wear it the way I usually do, with a plain white shirt underneath.  As I was grabbing for my white shirt, I noticed I hadn't worn my black button down in quite awhile (I'm pretty sure the last time was here in October) so I decided to try black instead.  I already planned on the cognac shoes and belt and I ended up with an easy outfit that looked really cute!  I'm glad I went for the black, as it is a combination I haven't worn often and I really like neutrals mixed together in this outfit.


petite black paisley button down: Kohl's
olive utility vest: JC Penney
cognac skinny belt: Bealls Outlet
petite straight leg jeans: Loft Outlet
honey bow flats: GH Bass Outlet

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trial and Error


I've said it before and I'll say it again, style is not something that comes easily to me.  Today's outfit is a perfect example.  I tried five different ways to wear this dress before I finally found one that I thought looked good.  That's the outfit that finally made the cut. It took me a lot of trial and error to get to something that I thought looked good.


First I started out with the long beige cardigan.  That was just way too frumpy and shapeless so I tried putting the orange belt over the cardigan but it was still just meh.  Next, I tried the denim jacket seen here but that was still shapeless and sad so I tried buttoning it but still no go.  Finally, I tried the same idea but with my cropped denim jacket seen here and then we had a winner!  I should have realized much sooner that the longer over pieces were hiding the place where the dress has some shape - at the waist.  All the more reason why it wasn't a mistake for me to buy two denim jackets, right?  Definitely not regretting that.


navy blue floral dress from Ross
cropped denim jacket from Vanity Fair Clearance Outlet
orange skinny belt from Body Central
L'eggs nylons from Outlet
nude flats from Vanity Fair Outlet


And a close up of my curls today!  I got a ton of compliments on this hairstyle so if you're wondering how I did my hair, it's the same way as the tutorial I posted here.