DEAR READERS.. I'M NOT QUITTING BUT NEED TO SLOW DOWN

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Today was the first day in the last 4 months that I was not able to get together a post for the blog!  :( You see I've been having a rough time keeping up with everything these past few weeks.   My job has been super demanding (60+ hours),  baby is going thru some horrendous crying / teething process and I'm one very tired momma.  I've never been this stressed out in my life.  My sweet baby girl has been a tough baby from the beginning, she is a little troublemaker! This mommy business has turned out to be a whole lot more challenging than I have ever imagined.   I'm not leaving blogging, but I must take it a bit slower.   For start I will take the weekends off!  I'm hoping to post about 4 times a week with at least 3 outfit related posts!   I'm sure in the future I will get back to posting every day, but for now I must take it a bit easy, probably at least till after the holidays.   I blog for fun & I don't want this space to become a chore for me.   Thank you to all my wonderful readers who check my blog every day, I do appreciate it!  

She only looks innocent....

TO BELT OR NOT TO BELT...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Accessories can make or break any outfit, and can transform it to a whole new level! Which look do you guys like better?
OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Dress} Ann Taylor LOFT Zipper Front Dress
{Belt} JCrew Factory Double Buckle Belt
{Sandals} Michael Kors Gold Sandals via Marshalls

SEMI PROFESSIONAL & LINKUP

Friday, September 28, 2012

You guys may have noticed that I've been using some old pictues in my posts lately! Last weekend I did not have the chance to take pictures! Hoping to get some fun updated outfit pictures this weekend :) This outfit I wore on a day when we had some higher ups visiting our location and we had to have a few meetings with them. I love this jacket from the LOFT even though it's a few years old I wear it regularly. It ban be dressed up or down, looks great with a skirt of with skinny pants, and the natural color makes it work with just about anything! Don't forget to link up below!

OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Jacket} Ann Taylor LOFT Tie Belted Jacket (few years old)
{Skirt} Express Bandage Skirt in Black
{Pumps}  BCBG Black Pointy Toe Pumps (old from Marshalls)

FAVORITEFROCKPINKBIGLOGO

This is a weekly link-up party! I post the linky every Friday at 5:00AM, and you can add your favorite outfit post for the week! Hope that you will join me! :) Does not have to be a dress, just an outfit that made you feel like a million bux!  

How it works: 
1. You link your favorite outfit post to my post on Friday (link your a specific blog post, not your blog please)... 
2. You link back to me using my grab button below... (it's the nice thing to do!)
3. Try to check out as many linkers as possible and leave some comment love! 

Grab button: 

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STRIPED SWEATER & BELL BOTTOMS

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I've been thinking of bell bottoms a lot lately! Here is another outfit! Oh and I'm really enjoying my new car!  Feels so weird to have everything working, and no crazy kinks to know about! 

OUTFIT DETAILS 
Sweater: Ann Taylor LOFT Short-sleeve button shoulder sweater (2011)
Jeans:  Joe's Jeans Wide Leg Aimee Trousers
Necklace: Large Yellow Stone Necklace via Etsy

EMBELLISHED TEE & FLAMINGO SCARF

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Wednesday! We're halfway there :) Today's outfit is super comfy and full of pretty details (at least I think so)! Got this embellished T shirt at the LOFT a couple of years ago, and paired it with my $6 scarf from Steve Madden. I like flamingos and bought this scarf in both colors available! Paired it with my favorite leopard print flats!


OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Tee} Ann Taylor LOFT Embellished Layered Tee
{Scarf} Steve Madden Flamingo Scarf - Get it here
{Pants} Blank NYC Brown Skinny Jeans Via Marshalls
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie 2 Flats

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy & Rolled up Pretty  & Transatlantic Blonde& Marrionberry Style

FLOWER POWER & SWISS DOT SHIRT

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quick post today :) This is another flash back outfit & back when I took this picture I was still childless. Wearing a bright floral skirt & a swiss dot simple shirt! I don't own this skirt anymore, I have sold it on Ebay a while back! What do you guys think? Would you wear such a bright floral skirt?


OUTFIT DETAILS
{Shirt} Joe's Jeans Swiss Dot White Western Shirt
{Skirt} JCrew Factory Floral Skirt
{Pumps} Bandolino Handheld Perforated Leather Pumps (old!)
{Necklace} Ann Taylor LOFT Bauble Necklace

BRIGHT SWEATER & POLKA DOT SCARF

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wow!  Can't believe the weekend is over!  Gesshhh... I feel like I need another weekend after this one.   But this weekend I'm happy to tell you guys that I have bought a new car! (well new too me at least ) .   It's been some time coming, and ever since our mechanic told us a few months ago that it's time to look for a new one, I've just wanted it to be over.  I'm not a big fan of haggling with dealers, but I definitely got a awesome deal on this car.  I did drive almost 3 hours for it though!  Goodby my dear Altima that I drove for the last 11 years and welcome my new Volvo XC60!  So far I'm loving it and the gas mileage has not been too too bad!


OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Sweater} Ann Taylor LOFT Short Sleeve Sweater (Spring 2012) 
{Scarf} Ann Taylor LOFT Polka Dot / Chevron Scarf (recent, sold out online, check stores)
{Pants} Ann Taylor LOFT Black Skinny Ponte Pants (old, similar avavilble on their website) 
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie 2 Flats in Leopard

PEARLS.. PEARLS & MORE PEARLS...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I love how pearls can instantly dress up a casual tee!   I have 3 different pearl necklaces layered at different lengths!  I got some really cheap but decent pearls on the streets of Hawaii years and years ago (10+ years)!  Pearls are also very timeless so unlike all those custom statement jewels that are so in right now, pearls will stay in style forever!  


OUTFIT DETAILS
{Tee} Ann Taylor LOFT Print Tee (2 years old)
{Pants} Ann Taylor LOFT Ponte Skinny Pants (yes I wear these a LOT lol)
{Pumps} Bandolino Peeptoe Pumps in Black (old)
{Pearls}  From Hawaiian Street Vendors!

I BELONG IN A CABIN

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I think the title says is all :)  But I love my polka dot denim shirt from the GAP!   It's a bit chilly so instead of throwing on a jacket, I just grabbed my shirt!  I'm wearing this today to travel to Long Island and hopefully close on a car deal!   Wish me luck!   It's amazing how much cheaper cars are in New York!    It will be the longest drive I have taken with munchkin so I'm definitely a bit nervous, but will have everything prepared and in order!  :) Oh and happy first day of fall to you all!!! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
{Shirt} GAP Polka Dot Chambray Shirt (Summer 2012, sold out online but check stores)
{Tee} JCrew Factory Stripe Tee - Get it here
{Pants} Ann Taylor LOFT Skinny Black Ponte Pants
{Flats} GAP Chain Bow Detail Flats (Fall 2011)
{Necklaces}  Long Turquoise Teardrop Necklace (Etsy), Multilayer Necklace - Old from LOFT

FLORAL RUFFLE BLOUSE & LINKUP

Friday, September 21, 2012

Just a basic work outfit today!  Toning down the bright floral blouse with a navy cardigan!  Adding a little wild with my leopard flats!   Don't forget to link up below!


OUTFIT DETAILS
{Cardigan} LOFT Navy Cardigan V Neck - few years old
{Blouse} LOFT Ruffle Blouse
{Pants} LOFT Skinny Ponte Pants
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie Flats in Leopard

FAVORITEFROCKPINKBIGLOGO

This is a weekly link-up party! I post the linky every Friday at 5:00AM, and you can add your favorite outfit post for the week! Hope that you will join me! :) Does not have to be a dress, just an outfit that made you feel like a million bux!  

How it works: 
1. You link your favorite outfit post to my post on Friday (link your a specific blog post, not your blog please)... 
2. You link back to me using my grab button below... (it's the nice thing to do!)
3. Try to check out as many linkers as possible and leave some comment love! 

Grab button: 

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RED WHITE & BLUE

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Thursday!  The week is almost over!  It's been a super busy week, and I've been crazy busy.  Between being fully loaded at work and trying to find a new car, I'm ready for the weekend!    Gosh I forgot how irritating it is to deal with car sales people!   One day they tell you they can't lower the price, the next day they call you to see if they can work something out! I'm definitely going to wait for the right deal and will keep that car for just as long as I had my Altima (11+ years now)!  



OUTFIT DETAILS
{Sweater} JCrew Handpainted Heart Print Sweater
{Pants} Ann Taylor LOFT Red Straight Pants (only $7 on clearance couple months back!!!)
{Shoes} Guess Logo Print Patent Toe Pumps (really old via Marshalls)
{Bracelet}Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here

A SIMPLE DRESS & A BRIGHT CARDI

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I find this dress very versatile.  Because of it's basic black and white colors it can work with many different outfits / accessories.  I wore this dress to a wedding before (HERE).   Since I don't wear dresses frequently I try to pick ones that are somewhat timeless and easy to rework into my closet in different ways.   I could easily see this dress work well into the fall with boots too!  



OUTFIT DETAILS
{Dress} Ann Taylor LOFT Dotted Dress Spring 2012 (check stores, sold out online) $48
{Cardigan} Ann Taylor LOFT Coral Reddish Cardigan Spring 2012
{Belt} Ann Taylor Medium Brown Snake Print Skinny Belt
{Sandals}Ann Taylor LOFT Gold Giana Thong Sandals  (Summer 2012)

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy & Rolled up Pretty  & Transatlantic Blonde

TRANSITIONING THE MAXI SKIRT INTO THE FALL

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You guys know that I love me a good  maxi skirt!  Maxi skirts are not just for summer!  They work great with a simple tank is the summer but can also be used to transition into the fall!  I paired mine with a long tunic sweater and a wide belt on my hips!   Kept the colors nice and neutral.   (Worn this skirt during the summer here with a peach tank)




OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Sweater} The Limited Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater in light tan (last winter)
{Belt} Ann Taylor LOFT Cutout Wide Belt (few years old)
{Skirt} Ann Taylor LOFT Tribal Print Crinkle Maxi Skirt (sold out online, but check eBay Summer 2012) 
{Sandals} Ann Taylor LOFT Gold Giana Thong Sandals  (Summer 2012)

Linking up with The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife

LUCKY BRAND MUSTARD DENIM

Monday, September 17, 2012

This season on my must buy list was a pair of mustard pants! I tried the one the LOFT had but did not like how thin and khaki like the material was, but luckily found this pair at Lucky Brand.  Paired it with an ivory crochet tank and denim jacket.  Thanks to cooler weather now I'm really enjoying getting some use out of my denim jackets! It's been such a hot summer that even in the mornings it was way to hot to wear one!  Although I'm a bit sad about summer leaving and closing our pool this weekend made me realize that summer is really over, I'm pretty excited about fall!  Ohhh and the leaves are started to turn pretty colors!  Hopefully I will get the chance to take some outside pictures this fall :)




OUTFIT DETAILS
{Tank} Elle Crochet Tank from Kohl's - Get it here
{Jeans} Charlie Skinny Jeans in Gypsy Sun - Get it here
{Jacket} Santuary Surplus Strech Denim Jacket via Marshalls
{Necklace} Ann Taylor Turquoise Cabochon Necklace
{Bracelet}Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie Flats in Leopard - Get it here or here (via Victoria's Secret)

BREAKING OUT THE BELL BOTTOMS

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Another flash back Sunday!   And I'm not getting dressed today, other than putting on my yoga outfit to go to my hot yoga class.  It's only my second time back since having my baby girl and it's something that I love and hope I will be able to bring it back to my schedule regularly!  It's hard to find a schedule that works with my munchkin especially since my husby and I work opposite schedules.  It works well during the week and saves us lots of money on daycare costs (in combination with my mom).  But it gets a little tough being by myself every night taking care of a baby and trying to eat & clean up as well! And now that I mentioned my mom, I can't even begin to tell you guys how thankful I am for all the help she has been giving us by watching Emma when we're both working.   I think going back to work would have been so much harder have I not had my mom there to help.   After having Emma I was out of work for 10 weeks total, and only 5 of those weeks was she home, and if after that I would have to hand her over to a complete stranger I would of probably have a breakdown of some sort.   But thankfully I have my mom. I know I'm lucky.


OUTFIT DETAILS
{Blouse} Banana Republic Silk Navy / White Floral Blouse  (few years old)
{Jeans} Joe's Jeans Flare Retro High Waist Jeans
{Necklace} Ann Taylor LOFT Turquoise Seed Bead Necklace

COWGIRL CASUAL - CHAMBRAY DRESS

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Saturday!  We're headed to a country theme party at a friends house, so I'm cowgirl-ing it up! I'll take any opportunity to break out the boots!   I paired a LOFT Chambray Dress with a pair of fun Lucky Brand Cowgirl boots and a wide leather belt!  I find chambray to be such a universal color, it looks good on everyone & you can just about wear any colors with it, although I would avoid pairing it with blue.  



OUTFIT DETAILS
{Dress} Ann Taylor LOFT Chambray Ruffle Dress $35 (Spring 2012)
{Belt} Banana Republic Olive Snake Print Wide Leather Belt (few years old)
{Boots} Lucky Brand Holly Boots (last year via Ebay $75 gently used)


STAR PRINT JEANS & LINKUP

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm so crazy about these jeans I can't even tell you!   It's one of those items that was popping up on celebrities everywhere during the summer and I just had to have it.  The brand is Current Elliot and the it runs pretty expensive for my typical jeans budget!   I thought about trying to DIY them but did not have the time and it would not be the same anyways.  So I turned to Ebay, and were able to snag this pair and the polka dot pair I wore earlier this week as a set for a decent price! Do you guys ever buy designer jeans off Ebay? Don't forget to link up below!!!




OUTFIT DETAILS
{Tee} BCBG Maxazria Hi Low Hem Tee $24.99 via TJMaxx
{Scarf} GAP Pink Colorblock Scarf $14 (Sold out online, but check stores $19.99 reg. price)
{Jeans}Current Elliot Star Print Skinny Cropped Jeans $85
{Sandals} Ann Taylor LOFT Gold Giana Sandals $32 - Get it here
{Bracelet} Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here


FAVORITEFROCKPINKBIGLOGO

This is a weekly link-up party! I post the linky every Friday at 5:00AM, and you can add your favorite outfit post for the week! Hope that you will join me! :) Does not have to be a dress, just an outfit that made you feel like a million bux!  

How it works: 
1. You link your favorite outfit post to my post on Friday (link your a specific blog post, not your blog please)... 
2. You link back to me using my grab button below... (it's the nice thing to do!)
3. Try to check out as many linkers as possible and leave some comment love! 

Grab button: 

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LOFT ORANGE STRIPE PONCHO SWEATER

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm switching to stripes today!  I've been wearing so much polka dots that some may think there needs to be an intervention.    So here is my Ann Taylor LOFT poncho that I love dearly.   It was on special for $25 and used extra 25% off  coupon on top of that, so it was a great deal. It's soft, comfy & slouchy, the perfect pair to my black skinny ponte pants!  



OUTFIT DETAILS 
{Poncho} Ann Taylor LOFT Orange Grey Stripe Poncho - Get it here
{Pants} Ann Taylor LOFT Black Ponte Skinny Pants 2009 -  Similar
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie Flats in Leopard - Get it here or here (via Victoria's Secret)
{Necklace}Ann Taylor LOFT Coral Tie Back Necklace 2008
{Bracelet} Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here

MIXING POLKA DOTS WITH MORE DOTS

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My polka dot sweater is back!  This time I paired it with a pair of dotted jeans and a bright pink scarf for some fun!  Love it when I'm able to find a great bargain like this sweater was at Old Navy & almost wish I had gotten it in the ivory as well!







OUTFIT DETAILS:  
{Sweater}Old Navy Boatneck Polka Dot Sweater $18 - Get it here
{Scarf} The Limited Scarf in Hot Pink $15  Summer 2012 
{Jeans} Current Elliot Mini Polka Dot Jeans $89 via Ebay
{Sandals} Ann Taylor LOFT Gold Giana Sandals $32 - Get it here
{Bracelet} Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here

 I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy & Rolled up Pretty  & Transatlantic Blonde

JCREW POLKA DOT POPOVER & GREEN CARDI

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I've been getting tons of use of this polka dot popover from JCrew!  Now that it's cooler out especially in the mornings I'm able to layer more and create some new looks with some of my Spring / Summer pieces!  I like the bold polka dot pattern against the pastel green sweater.   Paired it with my brown skinny jeans that are pants by the way if anyone asks at work!   I really love this color jeans trend, since I can wear jeans almost 5 days a week, without anyone realizing it!   Can you get away  with colored jeans at work? 




OUTFIT DETAILS
{Shirt} JCrew Polka Dot Popover (Sold out online, but you may be able to snag it on eBay)
{Cardigan} Banana Republic Green Cardigan $30 (few years old)
{Belt}  Ann Taylor Medium Brown Skinny Croc Belt
{Pants} Blank NYC Cropped Skinny Jeans $40 via Marshalls (recent!)
{Flats} Lucky Brand Emmie Flats in Leopard - Get it here or here-$40 (via Victoria's Secret)
{Bracelet} Cara Accessories Sliced Leather Studded Bracelet $31 during Anniversary Sale in Gold - Get it here

 Linking up with The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife!

REINVENTING THE MAXI DRESS

Monday, September 10, 2012

Maxi dresses can he hard to wear in "new" ways.  I had worn this dress before alone with a long necklace, with a denim jacket, belted, but the possibilities are pretty limited with a maxi dress.   Another option is to layer it and make it look more like a skirt instead of a dress to get one more look out of it!  I think I may try to layer it with a long sleeve shirt next as the cooler weather sets in!   Do you have any fun way to restyle your maxis?

And just for a minute about my bag!  I'm not one to splurge on purses, but last May I hit the big 30 and this was one of my gifts!  I love this bag!  It can be carried as pictured, or when I have the baby I can use it as a cross-body bag and it's works really well as such!  So those mom's out there who want a stylish bag, but still need to have your hands free when your munchkin is with you this is perfect for that!! 




OUTFIT DETAILS
{Dress} BCBG Maxazria Ribbed Knit T Shirt Maxi Dress $49.99 via TJMaxx
{Tee} Jcrew Red Ikat Tee $11 (Sold out online, but you may still be able to find in stores!)
{Belt} Ann Taylor LOFT Doublewrap Studded Belt in Brown $24- Similar
{Purse} Coach Madison Leather Satchel in Taupe/Grey (no longer available) Birthday Gift - Same purse different color

Linking up with Momtrends today!

FLASH BACK SUNDAY: EXPRESS FLORAL DRESS

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!   Another Flash Back Sunday!   An easy way to make a dress work friendly is to add a cardigan!  Who said you can only wear a floral dress at Easter!  
Outfit Details:  
{Dress} Express Floral Ruffle Dress $45 - 2 years ago
{Cardigan} Ann Taylor LOFT V Neck Cardigan in Tan  $20(old) - Similar
{Belt} Banana Repulic Wide Croc Belt in Olive (old)
{Pumps} BCBG Pointy Toe Pumps $25 Via TJMaxx years ago!!

THE LIMITED COUPON CODES

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hi Ladies!  Here are some coupon codes for you guys to use!  Each code can only be used once so hurry!!  

$50 off 150 or $30 off $100 or $15 off $30 (they are all the same only code is different)

1: 82692399692
2: 07613636692
3: 87613636692
4: 02692399692
5: 89718367692
6: 09718367692

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GAP POLKA DOT DRESS

I think I'm getting all polka dotted out! Hopefully it's not going out of style anytime soon! This dress is from the GAP, love the basic polka dot design. I'll be able to wear this dress in so many ways, belted with a wide belt, layered with a cardigan, with boots and leggings, and mixed with a denim jacket!
Outfit Details: 
{Dress} GAP Polka Dot Knit Dress - $35 - Get it here
{Necklace}Ann Taylor Turquoise Cabochon Necklace $24 Get it here
{Pumps} Lovely People Patent Print Pumps $15 via Marshalls (old)
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