1.31.2012

Bright brights

When I read that the challenge today was "bright colors" I knew immediately I wanted to wear this top! I did a "Work it Wednesday" last August with this top. It is such a fun, bright, vibrant color! Say goodbye to winter blah! ;)

top: J. Crew, jeans: Red Engine, scarf: Old Navy, earrings: Urban Outfitters (similar), belt: Gap, boots: Nashville (Abilene brand)

Today I went with a little pop of color.  I love me a fun scarf!


Shirt: Francesca's, Cords: Loft, Scarf: Ecuador, Shoes: Toms

1.30.2012

Did you hear the news??

Toms Ballet Flats arrive Feb. 1 according to the email I received today!! Anyone else SUPER excited????
Clearly the perfect social work shoe, next to Birkenstocks! ;)

Decade / Region

Monday! Today I co-lead another allllll day training! It went really well! One more tomorrow and the training part is over! It has been really fun to do something different within my agency. It keeps me on my toes and keeps me engaged! Another bonus? Because of the training we get to wear jeans!

This is my interpretation of a 70s inspired outfit for the "decade/ region" challenge!

sweater: Limited, jeans: Gap, belt: Gap, cowboy boots: Nashville (authentic!), earrings: Queen Street (hard to see), watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, bracelet: Mimi's

Question my 70s-ness? Check out a similar look - Polyvore style!

Today, I decided to channel the indigenous women from Ecuador.  I know that's realllllllllyyyy random.  Let me explain:  I went to visit my sister in Quito this summer and was intrigued by the traditional garb that Ecuadorian women wear.   Here are Ecuadorian indigenous woman:
 

This is my interpretation! Too bad I don't have all the vibrant colors shown here. Love them!



1.28.2012

The Blouse

After my post about feminine, flowy blouses being on trend I was inspired to compile an assortment of beauties! There are so many styles and options! It was seriously hard to stop at 12!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

What do you think? Are you convinced?

1.27.2012

Mix Master

Day 5! Pattern Mixing! This is a repeat challenge from the 21 day challenge (see our posts from the challenge here) but I didn't participate because I was slightly intimidated! I don't have a print skirt that seemed to make sense, and I don't have a striped cardigan (yet!!) so I thought I was out of luck! Fashion mental block! This morning it occurred to me that I don't have to mix my top with my bottom!!  2 shirts it is.

checked shirt: J Crew factory, striped shirt: Gap, pants: Express, shoes: Dansko

Claire's turn!  Who's happy it's the weekend? I definitely am! Today was jeans day at work....that magical day that happens only once a month! I realized that I don't have a patterned wardrobe and need to work on that.  Here's what I came up with:


Shirt: H&M, Jeans: Loft, Scarf: Target (on sale for $4.95!) Shoes: Sperry

A little stripes, a little plaid and a little leopard :)  My husband said that I look very British today....best compliment ever!

Have a great weekend!

1.25.2012

Trendy

Hi Friends,

It's trendy day for the Freckles in April 10 Day Challenge. I had a good time really thinking about current trends and seeing what I could put together.  Today I chose two things!  A side-headband braid and a houndstooth skirt. 

I have always loved braids!  Tina can vouch for my many french braids in grad school :)  So I am happy that they are back, even though I wear them anyway!  I have been inspired to try new braids from this precious girl at My Soul is the Sky Blog.  I recently found her blog and am hooked.

For my outfit, I chose a houndstooth skirt.  I still see houndstooth around, so I assume it's still trendy in other areas.  Because if you live in Alabama, houndstooth has been trendy since the mid-60's when Alabama coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant wore his signature houndstooth hat to football games.  I'm positive it will continue to be a trend in Alabama during and after football season! Can you tell that life in Alabama revolves around college football?!?!
 Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Macys, Booties: gift (from Ecuador!), Belt: Macys

Tina's turn!

I've noticed soft, feminine, flowy blouses are super on trend right now (See Kendi 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Blair 1, 2, 3; Krystal 1, 2; Emily 1, 2, 3 to name a few!!) - add a pop of animal print and ta da!

blouse: Loft, jeans: Gap, belt: Banana Outlet, shoes: Minnetonka

Took pictures before work today - excuse the sleepy face! :)

1.24.2012

Monochromatic

Today is Day 2 of the 10 Day Challenge by Freckles in April!  The theme today is monochomatic.  I went the neutral route and chose Khaki/Brown.  P.S. My sweater looks purple and its actually a dark taupe color...oh cell phone camera!

(Sweater: Gap, Top and Skirt: Loft, Necklace: Nordstroms, Boots: eek...not sure have had them forever!)

Also its been a while since Wyatt made a blog appearance.  Plus I kinda think he goes with the browns of my outfit.  He's going to be 1 next month....ahh this year has flown by!

Hey guys! Tina here! I went the bold route today! Color, color!! I'm definitely not afraid of color, but this felt like a little too much. I called my mom this morning and told her I wish she could have checked my outfit to make sure I hadn't gone completely over the edge! I didn't get any strange looks from coworkers today, so hopefully that means something!

tshirt: Victoria's Secret, cardigan: Limited, pants: Loft, shoes: Minnetonka, scarf: Old Navy, belt: Gap

I've worn the top and pants together before, but the scarf /cardigan is a new add! A bonus to this challenge - new outfit combinations! 

By the way, tomorrow is a big day for me at work! That computer project I mentioned awhile ago is moving on to the next stage- training! I'm co-leading an all day training for 14 coworkers on the new software tomorrow so send me positive vibes and lovin'!! :)

1.23.2012

Layers!

Happy Monday!! Today is the first day of the 10 day challenge with Freckles in April! We've needed a little motivation for outfit of the day posts so the timing is perfect!

Today dear readers, we layered.
When I got home from work it was SUPER windy (I could have used an extra layer.. a jacket)! This is not me trying to do something sexy with my hair. Promise!
brown top: Dunnes Store (something I picked up in Ireland when I was studying abroad because the airport lost my luggage, cardigan: Gap, pants: Express, shoes: Bandolino @ DSW

Freckles in April asked that we really challenge ourselves with these themes.  So last night I covered the bed with clothes looking for something to wear that I had never thought of before.  A problem that came up was that it was 70 degrees today and heavy layering was out of the question so here is what I came up with: (Please excuse the quality of the cell phone pic.  I wanted an up close of my outfit and my husband was running late to work due to 3am tornado sirens/tornados this morning and I had to get the job done!)


Dress: Old Navy, Shirt: Loft, Belt: Macys, Necklace: White House Black Market, Watch: Fossil, (can't see, leggings: Walmart, ankle boots: DSW)

I will definitely wear this to work again!  It was super comfy and fun!  What will tomorrow bring??!!

Are you layering today?? Let us know!
 

1.22.2012

Cardigans

Husband asked what I was blogging about and I said "cardigans" - and I'm  pretty sure his mind went to The Cardigans and Lovefool! "..Love me, love me, say that you love me!" :)

ANYWAY. After getting freezing rain Friday night and taking at least 30 minutes to free my car yesterday, my mind is ready for Spring!!! How about you??

I really want to invest in a few more cardigans. Cardigans help make some tank tops more work appropriate and quickly change an outfit! I have a few but would like to pick up some other styles and colors!

Here are a few I like! Gotta have a couple of white cardigans and neutrals plus colors! Variety people, variety!
1. Boyfriend Cardigan - $49.90
2. Open Stitch Cardigan - $59.90  *love this with and without a belt!
3. Stripe Cotton Boyfriend Cardigan - $59.90
4. Saddle Shoulder Cardigan - $39.99
5. Dolman Sleeve Cocoon Cardigan - $59.90
6. Perfect Cardigan - $24.94
7. Boyfriend Cardigan - $49.90
8. Shirred Shoulder Cardigan - $34.9
9. Factory Cody Cardigan - $54.50

Are you a lovefool for cardigans?

P.S. Claire and I are going to do Freckles in April's Winter Challenge! It starts tomorrow (with layers!) if you want to join in on the fun!

1.19.2012

Flakies Nail Polish

I'm not sure where I have been, but I just learned about "flakies" nail polish last week!! I haven't purchased any nail polish with flakies/ flecks yet but let's be honest, it's just a matter of time!!!

Thanks to the wonderful blogs The Polish Aholic & Steffels I am no longer in the dark on this fun nail polish trend and can share it with you!
Is this not the neatest thing ever?? Click on the above links for specific details on what these ladies used!

If you're interested in creating this look check out Zoya's Fleck Effect collection, Hits Flake Nail Polish, or if you have a Sally Beauty supply near you, look for Finger Paints Special Effects!

1.18.2012

Aqua Pencil Skirt

My sweet mother in law got me this skirt for Christmas! I wore it to the annual family new year's day party but haven't had a chance to wear it again. Here are 3 ways I would like to wear it!




1.17.2012

Social Work Crafting Pt. 2

We spent Christmas Day at my in-laws, we tend to always do this.  This year I decided to get some yarn and learn to crochet!  It is so easy and fun.  I watched many Christmas movies and crocheted away!  I finished the project the same day.  I used this youtube video to help me with the stiches.  But I didn't do the initial number of stiches the video says.  I made enough slip stiches until I was happy with the length.  I wanted to wrap the scarf around my neck twice and tested it every so often.  Then I started with the double crochet. When you complete the number of rows for the desired length, I followed the video and used a yarn needle to sew the ends together.  A yarn needle is a must!!!

I am currently using a size P (11.5mm) crochet hook because I like a larger stitch, but any of the other large hooks will work.  And I am currently loving  Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease.  The wool is thick and soft.  The yarn is about $7.50/skein. Joann Fabrics recently had a BOGO 50% off and I collected some yarn while I was there.


Here was my first scarf.  It turned out a little too long and a little rough, but I love it and wear it all the time. Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease in Graphite.









This is scarf #2. Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease in Cranberry. I made it for my mother-in-law, in celebration of Alabama going to the National Championship.  Too bad it was in the 70's in New Orleans! 


If you decide to embark on this project and have questions, let me know.  I am by no means a crochet expert, but I might be able to help with this project.  I am currently on scarf #3!

Happy Crocheting (or croqueting, as my husband says!) :)

1.15.2012

Social Work Crafting Pt. 1

Whew...it's been a while since I've posted.  I was just running errands with my husband and suddenly wanted to post!  So what have I been up to? A lot....but let me save you from all of the boring stuff and tell you that I have been a crafting fool!  It's something about winter time that brings it out and it's more than the lack of outdoor activities. I think I'm going to spread out my crafting endeavours throughout several posts.  Here was my first one this fall.  It's non other than an Alabama themed wreath!  And btw, it has to be lucky since Bama just won their 14th National Championship (ok I'm done)!

Here is the final product.  I swear it's on my door, but I can never get the light right when I take a picture of it on the door. It is the easiest project and can really spruce up your front door. It is also a cheaper option than buying a cute wreath.  Don't forget to check for fabric deals at your local craft store and print your online coupons :)



I start with the wire wreath.  They have several sizes and I picked the one that would look best for our home.  The wreaths are about $3.


Then I picked out 6 fabrics, 2 being tulle (red and white).  You can pick out however many work with your vision of the project.



 Then I cut the strips of fabric 5 1/5 inches by 2 1/2 inches . I use chalk and a measuring tape to accomplish this part of the project.

I fold the fabric long ways (or hotdog style!) so only the pretty sides are seen.


Thread the fabric under the wire


Tie the fabric in a knot


Pull tight and fluff out the fabric


Continue this way until the wire is covered.  
Hope y'all will enjoy this tutorial.  Let me know if you decide to try it!  I know this crafting-talk deviates from our typical posts, but I thought it would be ok to share some of my "loves" with the blog :) 
Happy Sunday!

Currently Loving & Wanting

Hello!! I have a 4 day weekend and I couldn't be happier! I've been working extra hours so I was able to flex off on Friday! I've been so exhausted I seriously have been going to bed between 8-9:00 at night! Pathetic!

This weekend has been great and lazy! We saw The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on Friday! After reading all 3 books I was super eager to see the movie! I honestly think if I hadn't read the book I would have been confused! Did you see the movie? What were your thoughts? 

I've been meaning to share a few things I'm loving and wanting right now! Hope you're having a great weekend!
3. Chandelier Earrings- currently sold out online in the US

1.02.2012

Belated

Happy new year!!! I'm hope your year is off to a great start! I have the day off and am still in my pjs enjoying the day with the husband. We made cinnamon apple pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast and are enjoying some football this afternoon! Tonight we're going on a double date with my brother and his girlfriend. A perfect day indeed.

On a number of occasions over the past few weeks I had thoughts of blogging but it never happened. So I'll do a quick recap/ update bullet style!

  • I had the opportunity to wear my bed bug suit for the first time. I warned my client ahead of time that I'd look like a white monster. Fortunately I did not see any bed bugs and my client took it surprisingly well. Phew.
  • Our agency is getting a new computer system and I'm on the committee that is working on the software and finding all the bugs before "go live" date. It has been a really interesting yet time consuming project. The especially neat thing has been working with other coworkers and our manager and supervisor to customize the software to fit our needs! I love getting to brainstorm and share ideas on something that will impact our agency for the next few years - until the next software comes along! :)
  • Husband and I went to NYC for a weekend in December. We had been planning a getaway to New York around the holidays even before he deployed to Iraq. It was a quick and busy weekend that was absolutely magical! I'd highly recommend going around the holidays if you ever have a chance!
Cab ride into the city from the airport
Pretty, eh?
  • I've read 2 of the 3 books in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. The first book took a little patience to get into, but I was quickly hooked! I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire this morning and just purchased the last one on husband's Kindle! I was worried about how disturbing the first book would be based on everything I had heard - and expected something along the lines of Precious. There were some rough spots definitely, but it was hardly the majority of the book. Have you read the books?
  • Lastly - for now at least - Social Work Couture's 1 year birthday was 12/30! So happy belated birthday to us! We're still a baby in comparison to other blogs, but I feel like I've learned a lot so far about blogging and Photoshop and hope to post more regularly in 2012! Thanks for following us!