Monday, December 20, 2010

With my shirt tucked in and my shoes untied

This is how it startsThis is how it ends

These pictures really do not do it justice. It starts out all crazy sticky uppy and ends up flat, but sort of winged out to the side. In short:AWESOME! I really need to get some better pictures next time it happens. If there ever is a repeat.

So now that 30 for 30 is over, I haven't been posting everyday. Which now feels strange and foreign. But true to myself, I did wear t-shirts and jeans for about the first 3 days after finishing. And went shopping at Charlotte Russe to break the band. Got 4 items of clothing for <$20 during their Haul Sale. You should check it out. I've been very pleased with their clothes every time I shop there. Cute, good quality for the prices you pay. And their pants fit very true to size. Not much stretch at all, so they stay up! And if you've been reading you know I've had trouble with that lately. Here's some examples of the fantastic clothes I bought there the other day.

December 19th, 2010

Foxy shirt
AE 2009 ($10); Top: Charlotte Russe 2010 ($5); Pants: CORDS! Charlotte Russe 2010 ($5); Shoes: Toms 2010 ($25); Necklace: Gift 2006. Less that $50 for an outfit. I'm pretty proud.

With only 5 days until christmas, are you ready? Yeah, me neither. Good luck! And have a Happy Holiday if I don't see you before then.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tribute to Marriage

I love my life. I know marriage is sacred and wonderful. My friend did a wonderful tribute here. Go check it out. Show your love and support.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

End of it all

Picasa's not my favorite tool, but its the easiest to use.

The 30 wasn't completely successful, but it was fun to do. My favorites are #1, 8, 11, 14, 18, and 29. I know I said 29 isn't really my style, but in theory and picture its one of the prettiest. Which ones are your favorites?

That's the end...

Day 30: December 14th, 2010
3-0! All done!
Day 30! December 14th, 2010
Top: Gap 2007; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: ON 2005 (Keeping it all in the family)

And there ain't no more! 30 is over and done! The first thing I'm going to wear is a t-shirt and jeans. That is if my jeans decide they want to fit. I just bought these a few weeks ago in the next size down (I know, you're not supposed to shop during. But I figured buying the same thing, but in a size that fit didn't count) and they're already driving me crazy and I hate having to pull up my pants every 2 minutes. I was never a girl who worried or noticed. They always seemed to fit before, so the stretch of Old Navy, Gap jeans was never a problem. But now I hate it! I just want to buy pants that fit when I buy them and continue to. I know the stretch is convenient sometimes, but I don't want to have to wash my pants everyday. Does anyone know of any good jeans that don't stretch or at least as much as my current ones do?

Monday, December 13, 2010

2 more done

And only one more to go! There's a lot of pressure to do REALLY well on my last outfit. It would be funny just to pile everything on, but that's not really possible. Maybe I should just try for as many as I possibly can. Go out with a bang. I'm excited to get to the rest of the clothes in my closet. Like I said the other day, just really keep track of what I'm wearing from now on. Try and dress it up a little. Even if I'm just wearing t-shirts and jeans. Which is honestly my favorite style as it is. Ellen Page is my style icon. Simple, tomboyish, adorable. My kind of gal.
Style icon

Anyway. Here's what I've worn the last 2 days.
Day 28:Sunday, December 12th, 2010
Day 28: December 12th, 2010
Day 28: Bottom half
Cardigan: Wet Seal 2009; Top: Target 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Socks: Gap 2006; Shoes: ON 2005. I stayed home from church yesterday because Jonah was sick, so no skirts. Too bad.

Day 29:Monday, December 13th, 2010
29: December 13th, 2010
Top: Thrifted 2010; Sweater: Hand me down; Belt: ON 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Target 2008; Earrings: Gift

Today's outfit isn't really my style, but I'm just trying to get done. Right now I'm not super worried about it. Derek and I went a little crazy today while out looking for gifts and such. We bought another Wii controller at Costco, came with a nunchuk and the built in motion plus for only $50. That's $10 less if you were to buy them separately. Went to Savers and Big Lots looking for movies and books for other people, but just came home with stuff for ourselves. Whoops. But it's good stuff.


Left to Right: Brick ($5); 3 Ninjas Kick Back ($3 for Derek's threadless secret santa); Shopgirl ($3. I've been trying to get my hands on this from the library, but haven't been able to yet. Guess I won't have to anymore); Buenas Noches Luna ($0.69-for Jonah); Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close ($3); Everything is Illuminated ($3. Wish we had been able to find the movie too) Merry Christmas to us! We're not very good at buying things separately and surprising each other later. But I bought something Derek doesn't even know about yet. So ha.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Jonah is sick. Just some sore throat thing, but we don't want to risk him getting every nursery kid sick, so we're home today. I only have 3 days left so I'll make a point to at least put something on, even if I'm staying home all day. Even just for pictures.

Saturday December 11th, 2010
Slightly blurry
Top: F21 2010; Undershirt: Shade 2010; Scarf as belt: Thrifted I don't know when; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Toms 2010

The inspiration for this outfit came from here. 4th one down, Dec 2nd 2010. But I think it probably works much better when you have a bump to hold it up. Mine kept slipping down all day, which got to be really obnoxious.

I kinda can't wait to wear all the rest of my clothes again, but continue to document the really good stuff. It'll keep me on my toes and help me to really think about what I'm putting on every day. Which will be a really fun challenge. Stoked

Friday, December 10, 2010

Small world!

Tonight was Derek's work Christmas party, so we go. Free food, night out, possibility of winning prizes (cash cards. We didn't win any. Boo). I usually go just expecting to know one or 2 couples, neither of which we're super good friends with, but it's good to see them anyway. When we get there, our friends Scott and Erin have saved us seats next to them, across from another couple we don't even know. We start talking to them, just to say hi, make an acquaintance, and we have a lot in common! And it actually turns out that I was at BYU-I the same time as both of them! We have some of the same friends, were in the same circles and I even have pictures of him from the show where his band played! The world is huge and scary and unknown and there are billions of people in it, but then you just happen to run into someone you know, but also, don't. And one of my other BYU-I friends actually lives right around here too with his wife and family. We go and were bummed not to win any cash money, but gaining friendships is so much better and priceless. And it turns out they like us just as much as we like them because they want to hang out again tomorrow. Which we can't. But it's exciting to know that they're interested. So we'll make sure to get together with them soon.

I wore 2 outfits today. Changed for the christmas party. We'll just call them part A & B.

Day 25 (Part A): Friday December 10th, 2010
Day 25 Part A: December 10th, 2010
Sweater: Kmart 2005; Top: Rocky Votolato show 2006 or 2007; Skirt: Gap 2006; Leggings: Macy's 2006; Shoes: Toms 2010

Outfit 26? (Part B) December 10th, 2010
Day 26? Part B: December 10th, 2010
Top: Macy's 2010; Undershirt: Shade 2010; Skirt: Downeast (J Crew) 2010; Shoes: Blowfish: 2010

Matching purples
Matching purples!

Bonus Picture
Attic Adventure!
Adventures in the attic. I hope I don't have anthrax now.

Is this cheating?

I'm technically not wearing any of my chosen shirts underneath, just tank tops, which I don't count as apart of the 30. Is that cheating? Oh well. It's done and I'm counting it anyway.

Day 24: Thursday December 9th, 2010
24: December 9th 2010

Close up

Always get compliments
Cardigan: Charlotte Russe 2010 (please disregard the stain. I didn't realize it was there until I was out and about); Purple tank: ON 2009; White tank: UO 2006; Belt: Charlotte Russe 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: ON 2005; Necklace: Gift 2007

Only 6 more days to go and I'm done! I feel like I'm finally getting better as I near the end. I will be doing this again.

I've made a decision. Over christmas break, while Derek is home to keep Jonah entertained and happy, I'm going to crochet like a crazy person. Get good enough and get enough stuff finished to start an Etsy shop. The hat I made Derek has gotten some really good responses and I want to reap the benefits from that. And Derek promised to make my blog pretty and more professional looking over the break, so that people will like what they see when they come. Do you like what you see already? What would you change? Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My apologies

I just want to apologize for my crappy remix and lack of creativity through this whole thing. Should have chosen stronger items. But should probably own those items too. Oh well. Next time around. I've also had a lot going on in my life and not a lot of time to focus. Just found out that my car needs about $1200 in repairs. Like I mentioned before, just when it seems like you're finally getting things figured out and getting on top of stuff, things really go wrong. I mean, it's not really that bad. Just financially. It's no fun. We're all in good health, we have a few christmas presents, we always have enough food and Derek is finally finished with his finals! I get a whole 3 weeks!

Day 23: Wednesday December 8th, 2010
23: December 8th, 2010
Top: Gap 2010; Tank: ON 2009; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Blowfish 2010

Obviously I didn't try too hard yesterday. We've just been hanging out at home a lot.

Bonus Picture

Made this hat for Derek. If you know anyone who wants one, leave a comment. I can get it all made up for you.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I dressed up yesterday too

But didn't get a picture. I could just tell you. Would that make this outfit 23? I dunno. I wore my blue turtleneck shown here, my jeans as always, and my ON flats shown here

Exciting stuff though! I actually sold the hat pictured here. Not the exact same one, but she requested it in the same color. So, if you're interested, I can always make one for you. In whatever color you choose. My yarn collection has grown.

Day 22Tuesday December 7th, 2010
22: December 7th, 2010

Sweater: Hand me down; Tank: ON 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Target 2008

I traded out the WAKE T-shirt for the sweater worn today. A little more versatile and I figured an unworn item should be traded for one I actually want to wear.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I know for most people the 21st birthday is a big party thing, you go crazy, get drunk, etc. But I'm LDS. No party for me. On my 21st birthday, I was barely pregnant and had a baby 7 months later. I think. Much better than getting wasted and partying, in my opinion. That's my rant on 21. Thought I'd tie in the 21 outfit with a story. The end.

Day 21: Sunday December 5th, 2010
IMG_440121: December 5th, 2010
Top: Gap 2010; Skirt: Clothing exchange 2010; Tights: Gap; Shoes: Vintage

Mixing patterns, yay! Sunday is a day for rest. And dressing up. Another reason why this challenge has been hard for me. I can't justify or understand why I should dress up on any other day, unless for a special occasion. Especially with only 1 pair of pants. Oh, and I thought of the other thing I need to change next time around. Less t-shirts. And I will be planning on changing out an item. Haven't decided what yet though.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bieber (#18, 19, 20)

Today I was Justin Bieber. My hair, my outfit. But I tried something different. That's what counts, right?

Day 20: Saturday December 4th, 2010
20: December 4th, 2010
Button-up: Thrifted 2010 (Mens AE); Top: Gap 2006; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Blowfish 2010

Day 19: Friday December 3rd 2010
19: December 3rd, 2010
Top: Thrifted 2010 (DKNY); Tank: Downeast 2009; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Vintage

Day 18: Saturday November 27th, 2010
18: November 27th, 2010. Rigby Thanksgiving
Cardigan: Wet Seal 2009; Top: 99 Luftballoons, Threadless 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Toms 2010

Ok, thats from last week. But I didn't get a chance to take a picture at the time, so Derek's cousin took it. It was at a family Thanksgiving we had. So, I did dress up. It's just late now.

So, 20 down. 10 to go. At this rate I'll hopefully be done by the 14th. I have 2 more bigger things to dress up for in that time, so yay!

When it rains it pours. Derek went to the dentist and found out he has to have a root canal. And our insurance won't cover it. And I have an appointment on January 7th and I'm afraid it's going to be the same thing for me. It's going to cost thousands. And now our car is having electrical problems. Our headlights won't work even after we replaced them. So now we have to take it into the shop Monday. It seems like every time we get on track, paying off our debts, something always comes up that puts us back to the beginning. What's the point of paying your insurance monthly if when you need it they won't pay up? Money grubbers.

It's not all bad though. Big news is Jonah's now been sleeping through the night for the last week! All by himself. Not asleep when I lay him down and he just goes to sleep and then wakes up in the morning. It's been a blessing and relief. Do you know what this means? He's no longer kicking me in the back in the middle of the night. I have time to myself at night and don't have to worry about him waking up and having to get him back to sleep. I can get a babysitter and Derek and I can go on actual dates, late into the night.

Bonus Pictures
Bonus picture!

Snow days

P.S. Smith's is having their coupon roundup Sunday(tomorrow)-Wednesday. Get the details here

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

POP! (#17)

Day 17: Wednesday December 1st, 2010
#17: December 1st, 2010
Cardigan: Charlotte Russe 2010; Top: Thrifted: 2008; Tank: Target 2010; Belt: ON 2010; Pants: ON 2010; Shoes: Blowfish 2010

So, here's what I've learned so far during the 30 for 30: I need more heels, more pants (cords, trousers, etc); next time I need to use all of my cardigans, this time I thought there would be too many. There's more, but now I can't find the paper where I wrote it down when I was thinking about it. And you'll see that throughout, most of my stuff was bought this year. The reason for that is after having a baby, my size has changed completely. It's difficult for me to buy new things when I'm at a size I don't want to be and I don't know how long I'm going to be that size. I'm replenishing my wardrobe after having to give a lot of my smaller things away. And I loved those clothes! I know it sounds silly, but I had a good wardrobe. A lot of basic items, but lots of fun ones too for flare. I miss them. Some of them I still have, but most are now gone. And it's hard to replenish with a very limited budget and with me not being the only one needing clothes. If you don't have a toddler you have no idea how fast they grow.

Bonus Picture
Bonus picture 12/1/10

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Being put to use

I made this hat for baby Quincy for Cara's baby shower and since she was born 2 days ago she can now wear it.

Baby Quincy in the hat I made her

I didn't get a picture of it before I gave it to her, but now you get a picture of a cute baby in a cute hat.

Fun weekend (#16)

Day 16: Sunday November 28th, 2010
16: Sunday November 28th 2010
Top: F21 2010; Skirt: Purple layered, J Crew 2010 (bought at Downeast Outfitters for $20); Shoes: Target 2008

This picture makes my leg look stumpy from the skirt. But it only actually goes down to my calves. Really tea length skirt. It really is a flattering skirt. But it is the best picture we got from the day.

Merry Christmas to us!
Merry Christmas to us

We've been contemplating getting one for a while. Thinking we would get one as our christmas present to each other. And we wandered around Best Buy friday morning and saw that it was going for $170 we couldn't get it out of our minds. So saturday night we went on a whim and bought it. And Derek loves Mario, so we went for the red one. Jonah likes to play with the nunchuk and it makes him feel like he's playing along too.

Bonus Picture
Cheesecake with ginger crust for saturday Thanksgiving feast

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crochet Glory!

I've been looking to make myself a hat. This is what I made:

Side view

I also made another one in a different color that I used Derek to model.
Made this-Side View
I am so pleased with the result! If you or anyone you know is interested in one, let me know. Christmas is coming up. They'd make good gifts.

I can also make baby hats, afghans, etc.

Catching up

Hey guys! I've been super busy with the holiday weekend, helping make food for the 2 Thanksgivings we had. One thursday with good friends, and one again today with Derek's dad's side of the family. Making cheesecake, cake, green bean casserole (twice), and a turkey. Going to a few Black Friday Deals. New shoes for Jonah, Graywhale for Derek, Michael's for me. I got myself lots and lots of yarn which I've been making hats out of. But in all this I've been getting dressed up, using my items and feeling good.

Day 13: Wednesday November 24th, 2010
13: Wednesday November 24th 2010

13: Details

Scarf: Thrifted, I don't know when; Top: White Ruffle, Macy's 2010; Tank Top: Macy's 2010; Pants: Old Navy 2010; Shoes: Blowfish 2010

Day 14: Thanksgiving Thursday November 25th, 2010
14: Thursday November 25th 2010
Cardigan: Charlotte Russe 2010; Tank top: Gap 2006; Dress: Floral, F21 2008; Tights: Gap 2007; Shoes: Thrifted 2005 Necklace: Gift 2006

Day 15: Friday November 26th, 2010
15: November 27th 2010
Scarf: Gift 2007; Shirt: Macy's 2010; Tank top: Macy's 2010; Skirt: Brown/White Striped, Gap 2006; Tights: Target; Shoes: Target 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Lemon Glaze for Thursday

Bonus Picture
Close up
Happy Thanksgiving from Jonah!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful

Very much so. We have a blizzard going on right now. Apparently it's supposed to be the worst storm in years. But its kind of exciting. I just want to curl up and watch movies, drink cocoa, and crochet. Oh wait, I do that anyway. But before the storm was a-brewing, I did get a chance to go out with Jonah to play at a friends house. And this is what I wore...

Day 12: Tuesday November 23rd, 2010
Day 12: November 23rd, 2010
Jacket: Thrifted 2010; Top: White Button Up, Thrifted 2008; Scarf: Thrifted, I don't know when; Pants: Old Navy; Shoes: Gold flats, Target 2008(not pictured)

I couldn't find them when it was time to take the picture. Shown here

Monday, November 22, 2010

Love comments

from strangers. It helps me find new people and it makes me feel like I'm getting out there too. So, thanks! Helps me feel like I have something to say that people want to hear. Thanks for the encouragement!

Day 11: Sunday November 21st, 2010
Sunday November 21st
Blue Turtleneck, Gap 2007; Skirt: Purple Corduroy, Downeast 2010; Tights: Ross 2009; Shoes: Blowfish 2010

Holes in tights

I love these tights and am sad about the holes. They are officially in the garbage now. But every time I wore them, they got about 2 runs in them anyway. And one of my friends at church was wearing the exact same skirt as me yesterday. Funny. We know we have the same skirt, so its bound to happen. We got a lot of comments on that.

And it has officially started snowing here. Starting this last weekend. I'm always anticipating it coming, but once it actually gets here I can't wait for spring to come. Although it also makes me want to decorate the house for Christmas. But I usually wait until at least after Thanksgiving. Nothing fancy. Just the tree and a nativity.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Clean up, clean up

Derek and I had a rigorous day of clean up. We organized, moved furniture around. I now have my own craft/sewing desk! My own place to put things. Derek got himself a drafting table, so I got the desk he was using and now have my own place. First project, curtains for the kitchen! I have this amazing fabric(I'm pretty sure it's vintage)that I got from Grandma Jolley's house after she passed away.

Anyway, it's hard enough as a stay at home mom finding reasons to dress up. But especially when you're having a cleaning day. But I did manage to get dressed for the few errands I ran today. Not dressed up, but dressed. Don't expect too much :)

Day 10: Saturday November 20th, 2010
November 20th
Jacket: Gap 2006; Top: Rocky Votolato T, concert 2006; Pants: Old Navy 2010; Shoes: Blowfish 2010
I'm so glad I finally broke these boots in. Took a little bit, but now it's done, they are so completely comfortable! I am so glad I bought these.

Day 9: Friday November 19th, 2010
November 19th
Top: Black Lace Cutout, Thrifted 2010; Layered Top: Borrowed; Pants: Old Navy 2010; Shoes: Gold flats, Target 2008

Shirt detail
Showing the detail with the pink color pop through

Also, I had some luck at the grocery store. I was able to get all this:Coupon awesomeness

For $3.72. It was $0.88 for the Cinnamon Toast Crunch and $1.49 for the Cocoa Puffs after buying 4. I had a $2/3 boxes of General Mills Cereal. So all that cereal cost me $2.13. That's just over $0.50 a box. The milk was $0.99 a gallon, limit 2, so I bought two and didn't even have to give up my coupon. I'll be using it again soon, you can believe that. The mozzarella was $4.29. And I had a $7 rewards, which I did not have to spend $700 to get. I love coupons. So after taxes and coupons, $3.72. It always makes me feel good when I can do that. Yay me!