Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Hello,hello headbandits!

I just wanted to share my other outfits for the rest of the week. I just posted my Oscars 2015 recap, so check that out if you haven’t already.  I didn’t get Friday’s outfit though. I wish I did. My phone is kind of old (two years is old in the electronics world, right?) and the camera is full, so it won’t let me take any more pictures. I need to transfer everything over to my computer, but it takes me a while. The struggle.

Ok!

 

Here’s Tuesday Feb 24,2015 (Lime Green Pant Look) and Thursday Feb 26, 2015 (Red Dot Dress Look). The Wednesday look will be after this. I don’t know why I did it in this order. I was messing around with Picasa on my computer.

TUESDAY
Lime green Pants: Hut 8 (it’s like Plato’s Closet)
Headband: Nordstrom
White Shirt: Target
Sunnies: Forever 21
Shoes,Leopard Fleece Jacket: Thrift

THURSDAY
Red dot dress: Nordstrom Rack
Shirt: Gap (I realized I wore this 3 times this week. I forgot I wore it Sunday and then I wore it Friday too. It’s such a classic shirt.)
Boots: Chinese Laundrey via Famous Footwear Outlet. I love them. Great color and real leather.
Leggings: Macy’s
Sweater: Thrifted

 

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WEDNESDAY:On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. Actually really my friend at work and I planned to wear pink together.
Orange Coat: Tulle via TJ Maxx
Boots: Hunter via Nordstrom Rack
Leopard Fleece Jacket: It’s from the kid’s section at a thrift store and it was legit a quarter. It’s my fav. It feels very 60s.
Leggings: Macy’s
Dress: Nordstrom
Polkadot Cardi: Goodwill Outlet

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Friday’s outfit was kind of similar to what I wore Sunday. I wore that striped Gap shirt, black pants, those camel brown Chinese Laundry boots, and that leopard fleece jacket. I wore this cool orange stone like necklace with matching earrings (purchased at another store though),my turquoise ring (purchased last week-you can see it in Sunday’s photo), and I wore my hair in a braid like in those other pictures above. I love orange and turquoise together and I’m obsessed with wearing my hair in a braid like that. I may be repeating it for a while.

My watermark is kind of weird up there. Too tiny. I was messing with Paint and Picasa. I guess I didn’t do it big enough. Oh well. Next time.

Can you believe it’s almost March?? Wow. Time really is flying.

 

Ok, I better clean up my camera soon so I can do more photos. I haven’t been able to do any more outfit photos and I’m dying. If you wear a really good outfit and no one on the interwebs saw it, did it really happen?!? Ha These are the questions that haunt me.

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

xoxo

 

♠H

What They Wore: Oscars 2015 Style

Hello, hello headbandits!

As promised, here is my Oscars 2015 coverage. It’s been on my mind this whole week.

I guess I wasn’t that impressed with the looks this year. Nothing super wowed me. There weren’t a lot of stand out looks for me that will go down in history. I noticed there wasn’t a lot of color either. That always kind of bores me. To me, color is the ultimate form of sophistication. I think Isaac Mizrahi said that, but it’s true. There were a lot of neutrals. White seemed to be a thing and ball gowns. I’m not the biggest fan of ball gowns. I think they are kind of tired and cliche. I’m more into a cooler, sleeker,edgier silhouette;however, sometimes (as you will see on my list), I do appreciate a ball gown if it’s cool enough or different enough.

I didn’t get to watch the fashion pre-show because I was at work, so most of these are what I strictly saw at the show. I loved the opening by the way. I love how Broadway it was and the musicality behind it. To me, NPH is everything. I thought he did great and I loved all his outfit changes.

Ok here we go. My best dressed. In no particular order. Please note all the pictures of the actresses are not mine and I do not take credit. All credit will be given to the source.

1. Naomi Watts In Armani.

I like how it’s kind of sporty-chic. It reminds me of a racer back style but with the bandeaux type piece. I love how it’s backless. I think that’s kind of edgy and cool to do something that’s more casual and then dress it up. That’s one of my favorite things to do in my personal style. I just love that kind of juxtaposition. The silver and black are cool too. She took a fashion risk and it paid off. Funny enough, the source I got this from said she was one “The Worst Dress.” I totally disagree. I loved her hair and makeup too. It was very minimalist and chic.

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2. Scarlett Johansson In Versace.

I don’t know if it’s exactly my favorite. I really loved the color. In this photo here, it shows up kind of dark, but in the show it appeared to be more of an emerald green. That’s one of my favorite colors and she was the only one who wore color, that I saw,and I appreciate that. I love the necklace piece. I love a good statement necklace. I think she does look really good. The hair is a little severe for me, but she looks great. She just had a baby too.

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3. Felicity Jones In Alexander McQueen.

I am going to totally contradict myself here. I know I said I wasn’t the hugest fans of ball gowns or neutrals, but I really liked hers and I’m kind of really into grey now. I think she looked absolutely breathtaking. Super dewy and ethereal. She reminds me of an Audrey Hepburn. She looks so classic. I think this look actually could go down in history. The bodice piece is cool, like the shape of it with the straps and the beading. It goes well with the big skirt. It’s good the skirt wasn’t all beaded too because that would be so heavy.

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Ok, so I got 1-3 here: Funny enough, those were all “worst dress,” but yeah I thought they took fashion risks and disagree with this list. The photos were great though.   http://loopjamaica.com/2015/02/23/latest-jamaica-news-lifestyle-they-wore-what-worst-dressed-at-the-oscars-2015/ 

4. Reese Whitherspoon In Tom Ford.

I couldn’t tell at first if this was powder blue and black or white and black (ha have you heard of that other blue and black or white and gold dress interwebs debate??),but I think this is white and black. I thought she looked so chic and sleek. I love the shape and just how minimalist it is. She looks effortless.

 

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5. J.Lo In Elie Saab.

I know, I’m contradicting myself again. I do really love a good nude tone from time to time. I love her ball gown though. It must be the tulle, beading, and the belt. I know the plunge is kind of a lot, but I think it works on her. She has this juxtaposition of sexy and sweet going on. She kept her makeup very simple and I love,love a pony tail in general, but again, I think it looks super cool for a fancy event. Kind of like how I was talking about bringing something casual and dressing it up. I just think a pony tail at an event like that is effortless.

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6. Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta.

I actually have really always loved her style. She’s an edge to her and I love how she throws things together in a cool and interesting way. I kind of forgot about her and I think it’s because she was away for a while raising her daughter, but now she is back. I think she looks chic here and I love the bows. I’m not really sure what’s going on on the bottom of the dress because I only saw her sitting down at the Oscars and in this shot it’s kind of hard to see, but I like the form fitting minimalist silhouette. I keep saying minimalist and effortless. I think that’s my favorite kind of look. Oh and a bit of edge or cool factor. Yeah, that’s so me.

 

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7. Cate Blanchett In Maison Martin Margiela.

This was probably my favorite. I think she looks super edgy and cool. I like the shape of the dress and how the edges are a little rough on the sleeves. My favorite part in the necklace though. I’m not sure if the necklace is the same designer or different, but I’m a sucker for tiffany blue and like I said earlier, a statement necklace. I also love wearing black with a pop of color because then the color piece can really be shown off against the black. The necklace really pops. She looks so cool. I want to be her. It reminds me of that time Eva Mendes wore that white dress with the tiffany blue necklace.

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8. Laura Dern In Alberta Ferretti And Bulgari Jewelry.

I feel bad, I don’t even know who this is or what else she’s been in. I know she was in Wild. I may have done without the bag and jewelry just because the dress is so much. I may have pulled her hair back too, but I love all the studs and the rocker feel to the dress.

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4-8 I got at Instyle.com. I love their fashion coverage.

Ok, so that’s my list! I’m not going to do worst dress because that’s kind of rude and just because I didn’t respond well to a dress, doesn’t mean someone else had the same opinion. The same could be said for my best picks. I actually haven’t watched any of the other award shows this season.  I usually do, but just haven’t had time. That adult life is a lot of work, I tell you. Who were your best dressed? Did I leave anyone out?

 

I’m going to do another post a little later because I have a few outfits to share with you of my own. My family is nagging at me though because we are going to go out to lunch.

 

Hey did you see the kate spade for kids line at katespade.com?? They did a little line for Gap and now it looks like they came out with a larger line for their own site. That’s super cool. I’m just waiting for them to do a workout line. They did just do swimwear. They are expanding and expanding. I dig it.

 

More later!

 

xoxo,

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

♠H

 

Hey, I Promised I’d Catch Up: February 23,2015-December 30,2014 Outfits

Hello,hello Headbandits!

I was going to do an Oscar outfit post since I actually watched. I usually do. I just wasn’t planning on it. I didn’t even know it was on and then we just had it on. I missed the pre-show though because I was at work. I’ll do that soon.

Ok, let’s get those outfits from today Monday February 23, 2015 back in time to Tuesday December 30,2014. I want to stay up to date as best I can.

 

Today:

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Yesterday Sunday February 22, 2015:

I liked this look. I felt like a true Gap Girl. The pants and shirt are both Gap. I love the pops of orange and tiffany blue. That’s one of my favorite combinations. Oh, I had to use my Mom’s super old phone because mine was acting up. That’s dedication to style right there.

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Saturday February 21,2015:

Sat Feb 21 2015

 

 

Ok, now the rest of these start from last week (roughly Feb 15-20, I would guess and the very last one will be Dec 30,2014).

 

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Feb BP #5

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Feb BP #7

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Yay! Ok now we are caught up for a moment. It probably won’t last though because I’m a horrible blogger. It’s hard living that adult life.

I’ll try to do another post soon about my favorite Oscar looks.

 

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

 

xoxo

 

 

 

♠H

Don’t Forget To Write

Headbandits!

Hello,hello.

Oh my word, I am so so so sorry for abandoning you. I can’t believe it’s been a little more than 3 months since I’ve blogged last. Having a full time job and blogging is hard work. For those of you who do that, kudos. I don’t know how you do it. I just get so tired when I get home for work. I can barely get myself in my pajamas.

I hope life has been treating you all well for 2015 and the last part of 2014. I guess we haven’t talked since Thanksgiving. I don’t even remember what I did as it felt so long ago. Oh wait, yes I did. I just had a quiet dinner with my family of four plus my Grandma. My brother does a radio show and he had one that day, so while my Mom was cooking, we all listened to it around the lap top. Ah, just like the good ol’ days…except it was a lap top and not an actual radio. Truth is, you can hear his show on an actual radio. We streamed it online. But that’s beside the point. My brother’s radio show is really cool. He does a lot of old novelty songs and modern ones too. I usually don’t hear it because I’m at work, so it was really fun to hear and see all his hard work. He does one once a week and I’m so proud of him. Then we just ate lots of good food and I had four days off. It was nice to relax. I don’t think I did much Black Friday shopping. I wasn’t much in the mood for it and wanted to avoid the crowds.

Then Christmas time snuck up on me before I knew it. I rarely know what day it is or the date so I was really shocked how fast it came up. That’s the one thing that bothers me about “the holidays.” There isn’t much time in between to enjoy one or the other before the next one shows up. I’m usually not the biggest Christmas fan. I don’t know. It just doesn’t do much for me now that I’m older. But this year was actually a super memorable Christmas. We usually don’t do much because all our family has grown up and moved away. But this year, four out five of my Dad’s sisters came to town and we had a big family celebration at my Grandma’s. My favorite cousins came to town and it was so good seeing them. At the family Christmas party, we did a white elephant gift exchange and had an ugly sweater contest. I have always wanted to go to one but have never gotten invited so I was really excited to participate. I prepared pretty hard core for it. I couldn’t find any ugly sweaters while thrifting because they are so popular this time of year that they are all gone by the time you try to find out. I ended up making one of my own. It will be in the photos below so be sure to look. I ended up finding these cut outs on fabric that were to actually make a sweater. They were like decals you could cut out (pine cones, bows, poinsettias, Christmas birds,etc) and somehow with fusible you can iron them on to make a sweater. I’m not that skilled but I ended up cutting out that stuff or like the instructions or some of the funny sayings and safety pinning them on. It was kind of quirky and funny because I cut out like pictures of the sweater as the finished project or the stuff you’re not technically supposed to use for the sweater, so it was like a sweater within a sweater really. I love when inception transfers to real life. I liked it a lot but I lost. Rude! I guess it wasn’t ugly enough and they didn’t get my concept. It was just a fun time and I really enjoyed Christmas this year. It was cool to hang out with my cousins too. They stayed at a hotel so every night we went back to their hotel and used their hot tub, we played mad amounts of pool and I was amping up my skills quite a bit, we did some thrifting, and just stupid fun stuff. My car broke down a lot with my cousin in there. That was kind of funny but not really but it was still fun. I was having a ton of car troubles at the end of 2014 and that was annoying.

What also made Christmas 2014 memorable is that I bought myself a NEW CAR. I guess I didn’t get it until after January, but it was still like 5 days after Christmas so it was a really cool gift to myself and something I will always remember. I don’t want to say too much about it like the color, year, make, and model because that seems like a good way to get a stalker-haha! But let’s just say, it’s a very nice car and not a used car that is 16 years old like my previous car. It’s just crazy. I never thought I could buy myself a car. I guess that’s hard work for you.

Here are a few other highlights about 2014:

1. I graduated college…finally! It took me about 5 years but I wouldn’t take back any of it.

2. I quit my daycare job of 8 years. It was an end to an era for sure.

3. I saw a lot of cool theater including Broadway’s Wicked (twice-winning 25 dollar tickets one time) and Book Of Mormon (winning third row tickets on my birthday was kind of everything too).

4. Got my first post grad job that I love. I think I’ve mentioned it on here before. I don’t want to say the exact job as to keep some anonymity about myself, but I work in e-commerce for donated goods. If you get my drift, you may know where I work. It’s a fun job and I see a lot of cool items and buy a lot of items there too-haha that gets my in trouble sometimes! Plus I love that I get to do a little writing and take pictures. It’s like blogging and getting paid..which would be cool to be a reality for me someday. I’ve really grown there and met a lot of cool people.

5. I kinda have met somebody. Eeek. That’s all I’m going to say. But it’s exciting.

6. I’ve been paying on those student loans and that feels really good. It’s funny, I’ve paid quite a bit of interest on them and the government actually rewards you when it comes to tax time. Who knew?!?  With my luck, I’ll have them paid of when I’m 31 haha!

7. I think I’ve really been growing and changing. I don’t have a lot of specifics but it’s cool. I know in some of my older posts of 2014, I was having a hard time transitioning from “Miss Haley” and “Student Haley” to what I am now (“Post Grad Haley,” maybe??), but I really love this road I’m on and this path I’m taking. I really love my life right now and feel super blessed for everything I have and all that I’ve worked for. It’s really cool to see hard work pay off and getting to a place in my life that I’ve dreamed of. Making your dreams a reality is kind of everything and it makes me think, that even the crazy stuff I’ve dreamed for, like moving to New York, can happen one day.

I guess 2015 isn’t looking to bad for me. I hope it’s shaping up for you. But if it’s not, remember how hard of time I had the first part of 2014? I would honestly say like the first 6 months were kind of rough and I didn’t know what I was doing. I guess really things started to change for me in August 2014 when I got my first post grad job. Let’s look back and you can read some of my struggles and hard times:

Jan 2014: https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/is-there-a-right-choice/ 

April 2014: https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/what-is-home/ and https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/are-you-ever-really-ready/

May 2014: https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/the-crack-up/ and https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/let-me-let-you-in-on-a-secret/

November 2014: https://aheadbandaday.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/the-crack-up-part-2/

Hey so, if things aren’t going good for you now in 2015, just remember that life is always changing and I really believe that things do get better over time or maybe things get better for you when the timing is right. Or maybe both??

OK! Now that the serious stuff is over, let’s get to the outfits! These aren’t everything as of recent but they should be from about Friday November 14-December 29 2014. I say Friday November 14 because my last blog post, way back when, said the pictures were from up until Thursday November 13. I made these collages On December 29 with the intention of blogging and then never got to them. I’ll try to get the rest of the more recent outfits on here in a few days. Maybe even later today if I’m feeling that motivated. No promises though. Follow me on Insta to see my outfits in “real time.” I try to post there daily. It’s easier.

Most of these clothes are from Target, Gap, Macy’s, maybe Old Navy, some might be vintage, JC Penney, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and a lot are thrifted. Also, I never pay full price for anything.

Oh that last photo is a picture of a “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” record I found while junking. I hopped into this big bucket just to look for it and I found it! It’s probably one of my favorite finds and it works too. Also found a Princess Phone (I’ve wanted one forever), troll, cool sunglasses, and a kate spade sunglass case.

I threw in pictures of my nails too because my friend Paula has been doing them really cool lately. I come up with the ideas and she executes them. She is really good at nails and I’m not. We use Sally Hansen. Most times it’s Full Salon Manicure but some are Hard As Nails. We tried the SH Gel Polish but that stuff is a joke. It doesn’t even last long. The Full Salon stuff lasts way longer.

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OK! I think I got everything. Feels good to be semi-caught up.

Did you get anything at the last kate spade 75% off sale?? I think it was just last week. Was there anything good? I actually ended up not even looking which is good for me. I’ve got those student loans to pay, car payment now, and I went out of town last week. I did get a purple kate spade-the little primrose hill one with the bow and long strap- at Nordstrom Rack last week. I should share a picture in the next post.

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

 

xoxo,

 

 

♠H

The Crack Up: Part 2

Hello,hello headbandits!

I can’t believe it’s already November. Sorry I haven’t blogged for a month. I’ve been busy,busy with work and just too tired to blog at the end of the night. Don’t worry though, I’ve been keeping good record on Instagram, so you can always keep up with me on there. I usually post once a day just so I can keep track of my outfits that way.

Not a lot has been going on my way. I’ve just been working and trying to stay out of trouble. I’ve had a hard couple weeks (long story) and really wasn’t feeling like myself, but now I feel better. Sometimes I wonder what “myself” is. Not to get all heavy off the bat, but so much of myself was being a student and being “Miss Haley” (former daycare job of 8 years) and now I’m not either of those things.  For the first time in 24 years, I’m not in school and I’m at a new job with new people. It’s just all the circumstances of my life are different. At first, it was really exciting for me to have a new job and be around new people because I was just stuck at home for 3 months looking for work. When I was back to work at my new job, I was feeling it and loving it. Not that I don’t love it now, but then the last few weeks I started to be more aware that my life had changed and it made me kind of freak out. It’s like that Colbie Caillat song and she’s like, “I remember a time my balance was fine and I was just walking on one fine wire.” I fell off the wire for the past few weeks. I feel like I’m cracking most days (ala Fitzgerald), so it’s like…who am I now? Tricky, tricky being a post grad. I guess that’s the exciting part of life. I don’t think anyone really knows what they’re doing. It’s all trial and error. I started writing about this in my journal (like actual paper and pencil) a few nights ago. I had been keeping up with it a lot, but I haven’t wrote in it for 4-6 months,sadly. I would love to write a book one day about my life (who wouldn’t??), so I’m keeping track of events in my life. Anyways, as you can see, this essay is really rough and unfinished because I never finished writing about it. I still don’t have an answer. I’m not quite sure I ever will. I think we are always changing and evolving into better versions of ourselves, but as I was flipping through my journal, I had written, “It’s hard to not be who you once were.” So true,so true. Then I also wrote that we are all the different versions of ourselves, like you can’t be who you are today without being who you were yesterday. We are a combination of our different selves, always growing and getting better (one would hope anyways). I’m feeling better though and just going with the changes of life as an exciting time.

Read my original “Crack Up” Post here. That’s why this is part 2.

The crack up I described in this post was definitely as Fitzgerald says, “Of course all life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work-the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside-the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friends about, don’t show their effect all at once. There is another sort of blow that comes from within-that you don’t feel until it’s too late to do anything about it, until you realize with finality that in some regard you will never be as good a man again. The first sort of breakage seems to happen quick-the second kind happens almost without your knowing it but is realized suddenly indeed.”

 

Something else that is “new” here, I guess you could say, is the warm fall weather we were having finally turned and it’s been in the 30s or below, so I’ve had to bundle up. The air has been really freezing and stings. “Cuts like a knife” one might call the air. I hope we don’t get snow soon, but it happens here in the PNW. One night last week, I saw flurries outside but it didn’t stick. I also can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving. What is it like in two weeks?? Insane. Christmas will be here before you know it.

Ok, now back to the fun stuff! Let’s see what I’ve been wearing lately. The last outfit I posted on the blog was Tuesday October 14, so I’m pretty sure these outfits are from Wednesday October 15-Yesterday Thursday Novemeber 13. For some reason the dates are a day a head when I post my blog, but I can assure you today is Friday November 14. Today’s my day off, so I’m just, as Fresh Prince says it, “Chilling Out, Maxing, Relaxing All Cool.” Usually Fridays, I just stay home in my pjs all day and chill.

I don’t think I’m going to say where everything is from because that will take a while. Remember, I shop mostly at thrift stores, Gap, Target, Macy’s, JC Penney, Old Navy, or T.J.Maxx/Marshalls. Plus my kate spade.

These outfits go backwards in time with the first bigger photo of me being last night and so forth. It’s time for winter coats, scarfs, and hats again. I love a good hat, coat, and scarf though so I’m fine with it.

I’ve loved all these outfits, except the yellow and green one didn’t turn out. It was too much green. I took the leggings off after work and it looked better with bare legs. I work with mostly all guys, and I knew this would happen, but I got asked if I was an Oregon Ducks fan or a Green Bay Packers fan. I was trying to mix green and yellow like I saw on Pinterest, but it didn’t go so well. I’ll have to think of a better combo. Also, that chambray painter’s shirt has little white polkadots all over it, but it’s kind of hard to see when it’s small. SO cute. I have a love/hate relationship with chambray. I didn’t think I looked that good in it. I had another chambray  shirt a while ago in that same light jean color, but I got rid of it. I want it back though now because I think I look better in the light chambray as proven by this chambray smock. That’s why I never get rid of things! I always want them back. That is def on my “thrift list.” The one where I’m dressed as Minnie Mouse was for Halloween at work. There was a contest. I mixed it with my Dorothy heels and I kept getting, “There’s No Place Like Home” jokes. I didn’t win the contest, but I made our employee newsletter for the outfit. Score! Oh and the one of me next to the Dior model, I was trying to recreate her look. I loved that Dior dress ever since I saw Jennifer Lawrence wearing it in Marie Claire and wanted to do a “real girl” take on it. It’s pretty good, but I have another green dress that will work better with it. I’ll try it again.

 

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Anyways, I think that’s about it. I’ve been trying to get rid of all the pictures on my computer/phone,but I don’t even know what people do with them anymore. I had some on a thumb drive from when my computer was fixed so I just erased over 1,500 on my computer. The rest, I guess I will put on Drop Box. It’s weird these days because in this digital world we don’t really print hard copies anymore.

OH! Did you get anything in the kate spade 75% off sale last week?? I did!! I haven’t taken photos of it yet, but I will soon. I got the Highland Place Medium Maria Crossbody Shoulder Bag in black. So excited! I don’t really have a black kate spade (except that big black tote), so this was long over due.

Did your town get the kate spade and jack spade for Gap kids?? Mine didn’t and I’m kind of miffed about that. Good thing online shopping is easy these days.

Snaps for you if you made it this far! If I don’t blog for a while, I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

xoxo,

 

 

♠H

 

 

Happy Birthday To Isaac Mizrahi!

Hello, hello headbandits!

A quick post for you, hopefully. It’s only 7:30 pm here and it’s a work night, so I’m ready for bed. I can barely keep my eyes open, but I wanted to do a post. Working full time sure drains you.

If you hadn’t heard, today is the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s birthday today. I love him so much. I first discovered him at Target. I think that was before Target did the designer lines for a limited time because I remember Target having Isaac stuff for a few years. I sure miss it. I had a dress, two skirts, a pink suit case, and some sunnies. I still have the suit case and the sunnies, but I outgrew the dress and skirts. It killed me. They were my favorite pieces ever. One was a really classic wine colored cocktail dress with a black bow under the bust. I gave it away years ago because it didn’t fit. Sometimes my weight fluctuates. I’m sure it would fit me now. I want it back. That’s definitely on my thrift list. I also had this tweed black and white pencil skirt with big black buttons down the front that I recently had to get rid of because it was too small. Boo. I wore that one all the time. I actually saw the exact skirt in a bigger size at my work, but we can’t shop there on days we work, so it slipped through my hands again. Argh! Also on my thrift list. I still have the pink suitcase and it is to die for. It’s everything. I use it all the time since it’s perfect for a 3-4 day trip. I’ll share you a picture of the former wine colored dress and my suitcase.

This picture is of me from my senior year of high school winning a big scholarship. I got to dress up and go to the country club. The food was amazing. It’s a picture of a picture, so sorry about the quality.

Oh man, my brain is scattered. I didn’t even tell you why I love Isaac. What I first noticed about him, and still love,is his dedication to color, pattern, and prints. I live in color, prints, and pattern, so it’s right up my alley. His pieces are very feminine, classic, and vintage inspired. I love them. I especially love his dedication to color. I’ve always loved color and Isaac always says, “color is the greatest luxury of all.” It’s so true. Because his clothes are in color, they make a statement and throw a punch. I love that about his clothes.

I also miss Isaac’s talk show. It was amazing. It was on the Style Network, when there was a Style Network. I loved how at the end he would do makeovers and take questions from the audience of how to style something. Then he would do quick sketches of how he envisioned the outfit and I love how he sees the world. He styles in a way that is innovative. I’m still heartbroken it’s off the air.

BUT…

Recently, this summer I noticed he is on QVC every Monday with his QVC line that he has had for a while. Another thing I love about Isaac is that he brings fashion to real women. That has been proven by his Target line, QVC line, and now he recently has yarns at Michael’s, tech accessories at Best Buy, tissues and bandaids at drugstores. I love how he brings a multitude of products to women and he isn’t one of those elitist fashion designers. You know the ones who only design for the runway/super rich/super skinny people. I started tweeting about it and I became good twitter friends with this other girl who watches it too and I don’t know if she coined this or if QVC did, but it’s called #MizrahiMondays. It’s amazing. Isaac is so fun and present. The comments he says with his host Shawn are hilarious. They always have laughing fits and it’s hysterical. I watch it every Monday.

One more thing about the awesomeness of Isaac! I swear. And this isn’t one of those sponsored posts by the way. One, I’m not that famous yet with my blog and two, I wouldn’t have to be paid to write about the awesomeness of Isaac. I just love him because, hello. Look at him ad his work. He is everything. But anyways, since I’ve been tweeting back and forth every Monday with this girl, I have got some tweets back from QVC and also THE ISAAC MIZRAHI FOLLOWS ME ON TWITTER. I died when I saw that. I’ve never been followed by someone of his caliber. It SO makes my day. Plus, I looked at his twitter friends and they are mostly all fashion designers/big businesses and not normal people. Isaac will retweet me quite a bit too. We are pretty much twitter besties. Hopefully one day, I will even meet him! Ah!

Sorry about that rant, but I had to do a shout out to my pal, Isaac Mizrahi. He completely changed how I viewed fashion. Here’s some of the photos of my Isaac for Target dress, Isaac for Target suitcase, and the proof that he follows me:

By the way, did I mention how much I love this suitcase? It does have a handle that is almost as tall as me. It’s lined with the IM insignia and hello, the color. I got it for 40 bucks too on sale. I wish I had bought two.

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And wow, can’t believe I’m already 4 days behind on blog posts. I don’t know what my routine will be now that I’m working. I don’t think I’ll be able to blog every day. Maybe once a week thing will have to do. I am just too tired to do it after work every night. For people who do that and work FT, wow. I salute you!

 

Here’s what I’ve been wearing this week so far:

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Top left: Today 10/14/14

Peplum Shirt-JC Penny, 2 dollars!

Jeans-Gap, on sale

Boots-MIA via Goodwill

Headband-Rue 21

Sunnies-F21

Peplum Jacket-Macy’s

Top right: Yesterday Monday 10/13/14

Vintage Boat Neck Shirt-Goodwill Outlet (You dig for stuff and buy it by the pound)

Jeggings-Macy’s

Clips-The Fair (Same throughout. Not like a store like the actual County Fair. You know corn dogs, animals, and rides? I find them every year. They do wonders when growing out bangs.)

Shoes-In a grab bag I got at a thrift store. You put as much stuff as you can get in a bag and it’s 5 bucks. Happens every Saturday at this tiny town my Aunt lives in. Very fun and you can get some good things.

Bottom left: Sunday 10/12/14. I work Sun-Thurs now, so my week starts early.

Dress-Cynthia Rowley via T.J. Maxx. I have 3 of her dresses now that I got at either TJM or Marshalls. I love them so and want more. They have an incredible fit and I love the look. So effortless.

Top-Gap via Goodwill.

Leggings-Macy’s.

Boots-Same as above.

Bottom right: Saturday 10/11/14

Dress-Old Navy, but I was lucky enough to get it from a friend. It didn’t fit her and our ON never got my size. It was a win, win for me. I love this dress.

Flats-Target.

kate spade clasp bracelet-Nordstrom Rack. It’s so my fav! Love the color and how the spade is the clasp.

The belt around my waist is from a pair of pajamas, oddly enough.

The other bracelet is from a craft fair. I love orange and tiffany blue.

 

Ok headbandits, that will do it for me!

 

I’m on a roll here. 3 blog posts in about a week? Don’t press your luck haha! But I’ll try to keep it up. Follow me on Insta because I post there religiously.

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

xoxo,

 

♠H

 

P.S. If you can make it this far, that is. I’m sure you all heard about the kate spade and jack spade for Gap kids, right? Ugh, I’m so jealous. I wish it was just kate spade for Gap period. Way to leave out the adults, kate! It’s cool though, I guess. Lucky for me, I can still wear an XL in kids for like tops, dresses, and sometimes leggings, so I’m totally cashing in on that. I saw the e-mail yesterday and I think the line is coming out on the end of October. So excited to see what they get, I will share more when I find out. I saw the sneak peak look book though. Cute, cute.

 

 

 

 

Weddington Way October Style Challenge

Hello, hello headbandits!

 

As promised, I am doing my second post of the day. This week I was contacted by Weddington Way, a bridal fashion site, to be a part of their October Style Challenge to honor Bridal Fashion Week.

I am very excited they contacted me as I’ve never been asked to do a blogger style challenge before. It sounded fun. I also saw one of my favorite blogs and fellow kate spade lover  do it and I wanted to join in too.

Here is the challenge (exact words I got from the e-mail from Weddington Way. It’s also in their blog):Design a unique look of your own by creating a complete ensemble using a bridesmaid dress of your choice from their site. If you were the Maid of Honor and the bride asked you to help her style the look for her big day, what would you suggest? You can include color and accent color recommendations, hair ideas, makeup looks, jewelry, clutch/purses, shoes, etc! 

 

I’ve never been a bridesmaid or a bride (I’m not even seeing anyone-haha!), so I had fun with this. I took it like it was my wedding and what I would want my bridesmaids to wear (I know that’s not really the challenge, but it’s close). Also, I would wear this outfit myself in a heart beat.

 

Here we go. The dress I chose is: Alfred Sung D448 in Mandarin. I know it’s a bold look for some people, but I love bright colors and if it’s your friend’s wedding day, hopefully all the bridesmaids would comply! This dress is perfect. It’s very Audrey Hepburn, which is how I love to dress. It’s so classic. They had another dress called the “Audrey” in fact, but I think this one is more Audrey than the other one. Great neckline, back, I love how it flares out, and pockets! My fav. Very fun and flirty and if I was a bridesmaid, I know I would wear this dress again and again. What’s even better about this dress is it is on sale for $139.

 

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Next Up: Shoes. My favorite color combination is tiffany blue and orange. I think that would be perfect for a wedding. It’s so fun and happy. A friend of mine who is a photographer showed me this color combination. I “modeled” for her once and she styled me in an orange dress of mine with tiffany blue beads. I loved it from the start and wish I had made up the combination. I have been wearing those colors ever since.

 

The shoes I really like are the kate spade Micah’s in tiffany blue, but they are more expensive than the dress. I don’t see any bridesmaid paying over 300 dollars for a pair of shoes.  I found a more affordable option while searching Google shopping. It came up with these from heels.com and I think I like them better and they are cheaper at 79.99. Great color and I love the bows in the front. I also found some very cute, super affordable dyable bow flats from David’s Bridal that could work too. They are 29.99 and would also give that Audrey vibe and offer relief from standing all day. I just don’t know for sure if they could dye them tiffany blue…let’s hope so or the bride will have a nightmare!

 

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Next up: Jewlrey. Ok, I have to do kate spade for the jewelry. Maybe if you had a bride with no budget, she would be able to give you one of these pieces as a bridal party gift. I’m going to skip on the necklace since the neckline is so high. I think a necklace would be too much, but a cute pair of pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet are a must. Both of these are from Nordstrom as I couldn’t find them on the kate spade site anymore. I have wanted these forever, but can’t afford them personally. I have a pair of faux pearl earrings that look very similar to these and I just love them. So Audrey again. I give you the All Wrapped Up Pearl Earrings ($68) and Pearl Bracelet ($98):

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A bow belt would be so cute with this, so I have to add one. I think it will break up the color and tie the wedding colors together quite nicely. I found this one on Ebay for 7.35.

 

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Can’t forget nail polish too. I love the idea of having all tiffany blue nails with one orange accent nail. It could be reversed too, but I think having the tifany blue accents is a really sweet way to break up the orange, again. I hardly ever paint my nails personally becasuse I am so bad at it. My friend Paula always paints mine for me. I hardly ever buy nail polish, but when I do, I like Essie. Well I only have one Essie polish, but I sure love it and it lasts on the nails forever. The colors I chose are from Summer 2014: Roarrrrange and Strut Your Stuff (Hopefully I got all the r’s in there-haha!).

 

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Flowers are very important. Gerbera Daisies are my favorite and I think some in orange with a tiffany blue bow around them would be so sweet. It would be even better if you could mix some tiffany blue flowers in there, but I don’t even know if that is a real color of flower. I found these on Pinterest. I really like these, minus the burlap string around it.

 

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For makeup, I think something very dewy/simple is best. Nude/glossy lips would look good and I think a thin cat eye would be great too for the eyes.

For hair, I like sort of a messy undone beehive like I found here. For some reason, the picture won’t save. I think it would be even better with a thin tiffany blue silk ribbon tied around it.  That could even be picked up at a craft store and not cost a lot of money. Normally I would have picked a more extravagant headband, but the bridesmaids don’t want to over power the bride and steal her thunder of a stunning head piece.

 

Ok! I think that about does it. Thanks Weddingtonway for letting me be a part of this. I look forward to seeing the other entries.

 

Stay fabulous!

 

Spades forever!

 

xoxo

 

♠H (I found the spade!)

 

All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post.

 

Now You See Me…

Hello, hello headbandits!

I am so sorry it’s been about 3 months since I’ve blogged last. Yikes. Hopefully you’ve been following me on Instagram (http://instagram.com/aheadbandaday) because that’s where I’ve been posting most of my outfits.

It seems this summer has come and gone and I can’t believe it’s already Fall again. You know that John Mayer song where he’s like, “When autumn comes, it doesn’t ask. It just walks in, where it left you last. And you never know, when it starts until there’s fog inside the glass around your summer heart.” Boy, is that so true! I love summer and always sad to see it go and it just seems that fall comes out of the blue. Luckily, here in the PNW we’ve been having really great, warm weather. It was up in the 80s until a few weeks ago. It’s in the 70s now and I LOVE this weather. I’m not really a fall/winter girl. I’m more a spring/summer girl. I just love wearing easy sun dresses all day every day and it’s harder where I live because it actually gets cold/snows during the colder months. I will be sad when it really decides to turn colder, but for now, I’ll take it! I’m still wearing dresses with no layers.

Ok, now to the more pressing matters…where have I been you might ask?? Well, if you are a headbandit of mine, you will know I just graduated college and quit my daycare job of 8 years (without having another job lined up first-taking risks!). I was trying all summer to get a job and I finally got one! It’s full time and has benefits and everything. I don’t want to say the exact place I work just to keep some anonymity about myself, but I will say I work in e-commerce for a pretty big company. It’s a nation wide company actually. I take pictures of items we are selling, write descriptions about them, and post it to our website. That’s all I want to say about it right now, but maybe I will share more later. It’s really fun. The items we get are donated, so I see a lot of different things from brand new clothes/shoes/accessories (who just gets rid of a brand new designer handbag??), to very old vintage items, to other random stuff. This is right up my alley and I love quirky items. I guess from that description you might guess where I work.It’s really great. The job is in my home town and I was happy to find it. I wasn’t ready to move and this is a great first job to have. This company is bigger in my home town than I thought. I have my own desk and it’s in the back away from customers. It’s so quiet and I love it. It’s something I’m not used to with working around children the past 8 years. I’ve been busy, busy getting used to working full time. It’s quite an adjustment. I’ve never worked full time. The most I’ve worked was 30 hours a week and done school full time and the past few years I only worked 10-15 hours a week because I was more into school, so it’s been quite an adjustment. I was so exhausted at first and I still am, but I’m getting more used to the working thing. It feels good to be a working girl again! It’s my favorite thing to be. I’m all about having a career.

I’ll tell you a quick story about the weekend I got the job because it was pretty special and then I have been keeping a record of all my outfits to share with you all, so we will get to that. Ok, when I was looking for jobs, I would look at places I think I would like to work at or places I’m actually fans of. I found the job just online searching. I applied for it and got an interview the next day. I was surprised because after 2 months of doing applications, I finally got a call back in a short amount of time. I had the interview and I thought it went good, but I’ve had other interviews that I thought went good and never heard anything back. I wasn’t holding my breath, but the day after the interview, I got another call back and I had got the job! It was crazy. I was so happy because it was a job I could actually see myself enjoying. It happened a few days before my birthday and I started the job the day after my birthday, so it was perfect!

Then the weekend got even better. My friend and I tried to win cheaper tickets of Book of Mormon in a raffle that the company who puts the show on was offering. The first time in the morning, we didn’t win. We stuck around downtown to try our luck at the night show. To kill time, we ate at Olive Garden, saw that Harry Potter movie where he’s stuck in the friend zone (I was never into HP by any means, but now I kind of have a huge crush on ol’ Daniel. I think he’s so attractive and charming, but I found that movie cute but highly unrealistic. I don’t think anyone really gets the girl who’s already engaged to someone else in the end, but maybe I am cynical), then we went back to the theater and WON TICKETS. It was crazy. We really didn’t think we would win. I never win anything personally, but the lady called MY NAME. We were dying. I still can’t believe we won. Afterwards, we went to our favorite book store and looked around. Outside the bookstore, they put out free books. We found some good ones, but one of the ones I took home was called “Lucky.” It’s some teenage novel, but it’s the cutest thing ever. It’s tiffany blue with a lime green spine, I think, maybe the colors are switched, but it’s still that color scheme. It was the luckiest weekend of my life. I finally got my first post grad job and winning those tickets made me feel like the luckiest girl ever. It was my birthday weekend too (I’m 24 now!), so it was like the cherry on the cake. I wanted the book so I could remember that feeling/that weekend forever. The show was hilarious, but it still doesn’t top Wicked for me. Our seats were insane, insane, insane. We were in the 3rd row, I think it was. We were so close, even closer than when we saw Wicked. Those seats are like over 100 dollars or maybe even more and we got them for 25! I love theater. It was such a treat.

I will have one more post after this. I got invited for my first blogger challenge! So be on the look out a little later today. Here is what I’ve been wearing lately. I made 3 big collages for you since there are so many outfits to catch up on. They show up kind of small on my broswer, but if you click on them they get bigger and you can see them better. I work in a warehouse, so I don’t dress up that much. Some of the looks are casual, but I still try to keep it girly/sweet/my style. See for yourself! I’m not going to say where I got each look because that would take forever and a day, but if you remember, most everything I wear is thrifted, vintage, from Target, Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, kate spade, or from Gap. Half the time I thrift the stuff from Gap and Old Navy…even better! Ok here we go. This starts out with the most recent and goes backwards in time, I guess you could say. Some might be out of order. The one with the cake/at Book Of Mormon was my birthday and I think the crow one was a few weeks ago, but I had a few empty spaces so I put it in. Some of the ones near the end are from when I went to the West side to see my Grandma, I forgot about that! I didn’t get any kate spade this time though. She took all my money last trip-haha!

 

 

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recap 3 oct 2014

recap 1 oct 2014

Today’s my day off, so that’s why I finally decided to make time to blog. Be sure to look for my next post coming out in a few hours! I gotta go eat lunch and then I’ll be back to finish.

Thanks for reading and sorry to leave you hanging.

 

Stay fabulous!

 

 

Spades forever!

 

 

xoxo

H (I haven’t blogged in so long, it looks like WordPress changed and I can’t find my spade! I will look next time.)

Let’s finish this Summertime Outfit Catch Up: Friday July 4th-Friday July 11th

Hello, hello headbandits!

As promised, here are the rest of my outfits from part of this week and part of last week.

Are you staying cool?? It is so hot here. It’s supposed to be between 94-98 degrees all week. Thankfully, I have air conditioning in my house.

 

Let’s get this party started:

 

Last Friday July 4th: The 4th of July!

It wasn’t as festive as I wanted. The night before I only slept 30 minutes. I was having unbearable jaw pain. I have this condition in my nerves that when my teeth get aggravated, the pain feels like an “electric shock”  as Google puts it.  It was miserable even with ib profin and tylenol. I get it every now and then. It was my fault this time though because I bit a sucker and then that started it up again.

I think the problem started 2 years ago when I had 6 cavities drilled at once. I know, I’m crazy. I didn’t want 2 appointments and I’m kicking myself now. My mouth was open for 3 hours straight, no wonder it’s jakced up. My jaw has never been the same since. I had this same problem on Thanksgiving 2years ago, but I went to the ER. They gave me Hydrocodon, but even that didn’t help. I then went to a jaw specialist and stuff. They cant’ do much for it. They gave me sleeping pills for 2 weeks and then it seemed to clear up. It’s called Trigeminal Neuralgia.

It still acts up every now and then, the last time being in Novemeber and I missed a day of school.

 

This time I waited it out through the night. It was bad. The night had never felt so long. I went to the Urgent Care in the am and I was mad, they couldn’t prescribe pain meds. The lady at the front window should have told me that. I ended up staying for something else that I had avoided getting checked out (nothing serious-I just get psoriasis on everything), so I guess it wasn’t a wasted trip. The pain ended up going away though, so I was good. It’s a weird thing. I probably should go back to the jaw guy, but they can’t really do much for it. I didn’t call my dentist either because last time he just told me to go to the ER, but then my mom was getting her teeth cleaned by the dentist’s wife (who also works there) and she said he could have prescribed me pain meds. I guess next holiday, I’ll have to remember that-haha! It seriously happens every few holidays.

A friend of mine told me I could alter 3 each of tylenol and ib profin and that worked. I wish I knew it the night before.

I did have a good 4th though after that. My dad’s sister and brother-in law were in town from Maryland, along with his other sister from Oregon, and we had our Grandma over too (dad’s mom who lives here). We had a barbecue of burgers, hot dogs, and salads. I was mad I couldn’t eat that well because of the pain in my mouth. My Aunt brought over a Boston Cream Pie and it was DELICIOUS. I’ve never had it before, except the one we had was a cake, so I don’t know why they call it a pie, unless it’s a saying.

I didn’t go to the fireworks because I had enough fireworks in my mouth-haha!

 

What did you do??

The 4th of July is my favorite holiday by the way. I usually spend it with my other cousin in Longview, WA not Cali. I’ve spent probably 5 or 6 4th of July’s there. I haven’t made it the past view years though. It’s fun there because you can shoot fireworks off in your front yard legally. You can’t here. I just have found childhood memories of hanging with my cousin doing stupid things like making funny YouTube videos, having pop it fights, playing hide and seek at night, watching a movie every night before bed, going on bike rides, and my favorite is they always have this party at the lake. It’s not a real lake to swim in. It’s this big park around a “lake” and they have food, events, and lots of vendors selling stuff. It’s so fun. I miss it.

 

Ok here is what I wore now that I blabbed your ear off:

 

Pants-Nike via a thrift store. White tank-Target. Other one-thrifted. It’s a kids one. You can buy kids shirts and then they are automatically a crop top haha! I love it. I think it’s from Justice. Hair bow-The Fair. It’s not a shop. I mean the county fair! Sandals-Bandals also from The Fair.

 

 

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Some of these outfits I wasn’t able to take a picture of me the day of because my camera on my phone was full. Now I deleted a bunch of pictures and we’re back in business.

 

Top middle: Saturday 7/5/14. I went to some thrift stores by myself and to see my Grandma. Tank-Ross. Skirt-Old Navy.

Top right: Sunday 7/6/14. I love this maxi dress I got a few years ago at Forever 21. It’s such a fun print and the fabric is soft. Headband-Target kids. I went to eat at Olive Garden with my family.

Bottom left: Monday 7/7/14. I went for a drive with my family and we had a bbq. Dress-Macy’s. Headband-Dollar Tree.

Bottom middle: Tuesday 7/8/14. That day I worked on transferring all my pictures off my cell phone (over 5,000) to my computer. It took all day! Now I probably should put some of the ones on my computer on a thumb drive or “the cloud” because I don’t want it to eat my memory up on my computer. I don’t even know what people do with pictures now a days. I then later watched the PLL 100th episode. Did you like it? It was pretty intense, especially the end.

Dress-thrifted in the kids section, but it’s from Walmart of Shopko because the brand is Faded Glory and I know that brand is sold at both stores. I then found a matching sweater in my wardrobe by accident. It’s thrifted locally too. Score! I love when you have things that match and you didn’t even know.

Bottom right: I got those shoes on Saturday 7/5/14. They are Sperry Top-Sider. I love that brand. I don’t have a real pair though in adult sizes. I have a kid pair that I haven’t worn yet. They feel kind of big to me now though. This pair I got thrifted for about 2.50! You can’t beat that. They retail for 60-80 bucks. These look brand new too. I don’t k now who wouldn’t want them. They are quilted, black, and gold. My fav.

 

June 4-8 2014 looks

 

 

This purple dress must be Wednesday 7/9/14. I don’t remember what I did. I probably didn’t do much. I got this dress in Leavenworth, WA for 10 bucks. Leavenworth is such a fun place. It’s up by Wenatchee. It’s this little town that is fashioned after Germany. It’s so fun to go to. We usually go once every Summer. I hope we make it this year.

The tank under it is from Old Navy, but it’s thrifted.

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This is Thursday 7/10/14. We did some errands. Met up with my dad for lunch and went to my Grandma’s. I love going there because her place puts out cookies everyday and water with fruit in it. Mmm. I wore the same Old Navy tank but with athletic Target shorts. Nothing fancy. I don’t remember where I got this sunnies. They are so fun. I forgot about them.

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This was yesterday Friday 7/11/14. I had a job interview. I think I did good. It is for an office assistant job. Not my dream job, but it’s full time and has benefits. I need something right now to make a dent on my student loans and to save some money. We shall see.

 

Dress-Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx (under $30). Love the gold zipper in the back. Headband-Payless. Flats-Old Navy. I love the gold stacked heel. Bag-Coach via Macy’s. Timex watch. F21 sunnies. Pearl necklace, gold bangle-I got them at junk shows.

 

Job Interview look 2014 JIL accessories 2014

 

 

This is Friday night. I changed into something more comfortable. This dress reminds me of a Roman goddess number. It folds over in the middle. It’s comfortable. I got it at Plato’s Closet for a dollar. I’ve had it for a few years and just now wearing it.

July 11.2014 look

 

 

 

Ok, now we are caught up for reals now! Snaps for staying with me.

 

I didn’t do today’s (Saturday) as I’m not really dressed right now.

 

Later, we are having homemade meat balls and spaghetti with broccoli and cheese sauce. I can’t wait.

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous!

 

xoxo

 

♠H

 

 

Summertime Outfit Catch Up: Saturday June 14th-Thursday July 3rd

Hello, hello headbandits!

As promised, here are all the outfits I’ve been wearing lately. Let’s start backwards with the most recent. I have a few others from last week (7/4/14 to today 7/8/14) that I will be sure to update in the next few days.

As I said, I’ve just been busy applying for jobs and really putting everything into it. Hopefully, my hard work pays off soon.

Hope you had a good 4th of July. I will talk about mine in my next post, but first let’s get caught up.

Some of the pieces I wear throughout, so I’m not going to keep repeating them. Pieces like these:

Sandals same throughout-Bandals

Straw bag same throughout- Thrifted with a thrifted Liz Claiborne scarf tied on it (1.99)!

Timex watch same throughout-it was a gift, but it’s from Shopko.

F21 sunnies same throughout.

Top left: Thursday 7/3/14. Doing some errands. Dress-Target and I was at Target, oddly enough. I’m wearing a dotted bow belt from a Macy’s Dress.

Middle: Wed 7/2/14. Going to a few local shops. One is the new carrier of Vera Bradley bags, so I had to check it out. I love Vera! She does really fun printed bags in cool shapes.  Dress-Gap Outlet. Ross headband. The bracelets are from a craft fair (I twisted them together). The bow belt is from an old American Eagle shirt that was given to me.

Top right: Tues 7/1/14. Dress-Walmart kids. Zebra Bow-the fair. Headband-Dollar Tree…kind of bummed. It just snapped and I was wearing it like mad. I love mixing leopard and zebra.

Bottom left: Sat 6/28/14. Going to some shops with my mom. Grey maxi-It’s Target, but I got it at a thrift store over on the west side. Hot pink sports bra-It’s also Target, but I got it at Goodwill. The necklace is thrifted too. I guess it’s all thrifted, except my shoes and I’m wearing that Dollar Tree headband again. I don’t know if you can tell,but I braided my pony in the back this day. I loved it. Sups cute!

Bottom middle: Thurs 6/26/14. Everyone is all “USA, USA, USA” for The World Cup. I haven’t been watching, but it made me want to wear USA colors. Dress-Target kids. It was their 4th of July dress last year. Headband-Target dollar section.

Bottom right: Wed 6/25/14. This was the day I got to hang out with my cousin’s at a super nice hotel in my town that is comparable to The Plaza. I took pictures, but I didn’t include them. Guess I should have. My cousins are in 5th grade and 1st. They both told me that hotels don’t have a 13th floor. I never knew that. I guess it’s a superstition. Now I want to look at all hotels and see if that’s true. My cousin (the 5th grader) also thinks this hotel is haunted too. It was super fun though. We saw Maleficent too and went swimming in the pool. Dress-Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx. I love Cynthia Rowley. I have a black one too that is similar, but it has sleeves. I want a CR dress in every color now. The quality of the fabric and the shapes are so good.

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Some of these are a little backwards, but bear with me:

Top left: Tues 6/24/14. I must have just been hanging out at home. Headband, tee, and shorts-Target.

Top Middle: Mon 6/23/14. It was National Pink Day. I went out to eat with my family to Red Robin and hung out. Dress-Target kids. Fascinator-Hobby Lobby.

Top right: Sun 6/22/14. Skirt, tank-thrifted. Ross hair flower…kind of hard to see. I remember this day I went to a few shops with my mom, as well as my favorite junk shop that every so often in summer has an outdoor shop hop with local vendors. It’s really fun. I got a skate bag (on Instagram if you follow me), silver sparkly heels (very Dorothy), and a pair of white slip on shoes that are lined in aqua (very kate spade for keds). I will have to post the other treasures.

Bottom left: Also Sun 6/22/14. I must have went on a bike ride before I did stuff. Tank-Target. Spandex shorts-Under Armour, but they were given to me as a handmedown. Shoes-Puma via Ross. Sports bra-thrifted Target.

Bottom middle: Sat 6/21/14. I was a “backstage mom” at a dance recital for this little girl I’ve babysat since she was a baby. It was pretty fun, but kind of boring waiting for their next numbers. There was over 40 numbers from little toddlers up to adults. It was cool being behind the stage though because it was the same stage that Wicked performed on. That’s probably the closet to the stage I’ll ever get. Then I walked around the park with my friend, James. Pants-LC Lauren Conrad via Kohl’s. Tank-Gap. Converse, bag, cardigan-thrifted. It’s hard to see, but I’m wearing a zebra headband (can’t remember where I got it) and a zebra bow (the fair). I wore teal, pink, and zebra because those were in the girls’ costumes. I wore teal and parked on teal too. That cracked me up as well. A happy accident.

Bottom right: This is a two parter. I wore this dress two different ways. This was Fri 6/20/14 NIGHT. I wore this to a local theater production of Guys and Dolls. Luck be a lady tonight! I like when they’re in Havana. kate spade could have dressed them. Dress-Old Navy via Goodwill. Bow belt-listed above. Cardigan-Marshalls. After the jump will be how I wore it during the day.

 

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Top left: Friday 6/20/14 DAY. I took a test for a job at our local newspaper. It’s full time and has benefits. We only have one local newspaper and hardly any openings come up, so I jumped at the chance. It’s not writing exactly. It’s posting stories to their Facebook and Twitter pages. I might get to do a little writing, but it would be a great way into the writing field. I’m supposed to hear back this week and keeping my fingers crossed that I get an interview. I asked HR about it last week. Either way you are supposed to hear. I’m guessing if you get a letter, it means you didn’t get picked, but if you get a phone called, you did. I hope I get a phone call. Then later that day I had to go to dress rehearsal for the dance recital backstage gig. Here I wore it with my kate spade glitter bow belt and Coach bag.

After this, I think these are in the wrong order too.

Top middle: Tues 6/17/14. I had a job interview. It went good, but it was a start up company. I have heard of them and I thought it would be a good fit because it was a local fashion company, but they weren’t as “started up” as I thought. They couldn’t pay me an hourly wage and it was all commission based. I thought about just doing it on the side because it would have been good experience, but it would have taken too much up of my time and it’s a full time job just looking for a job, so I passed on that. My energy needs to be on something that pays right now. Those student loans won’t pay for themselves! I with them the best though.

It’s hard to see because it was kind of dark. Boots, top, cigarette pants-thrifted. Coach bag via Macy’s. The jacket is from Macy’s too. Leopard scarf-Kmart. I’m also wearing a skinny black bow headband from Urban Outfitters.

Top right: Thur 6/19. My friend Paula, who always does my nails, did my nails. I thought of this combination to get ready for The 4th of July, which is my favorite holiday. All the colors are Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure. I didn’t get down their specific names though. SHCSM is Paula’s favorite type of nail polish because of the quality and the fact that it’s like 3 polishes in one. She did a good job free handing the stripes! I was too scared to do it. She also later did her nails just like this but inverted. Hers were all blue, but then the accent was red with white stripes. Cute! I love having Paula do my nails because I am so bad at it, lazy, and she does a great job. I want to try the new Sally Hansen gel polish, but like it’s gel polish that doesn’t need the UV light.

Bottom left: Mon 6/16/14. I went to this family dinner party to see a bunch of family from out of town. Dress-Goodwill kids section. It’s Charter Club. Cardigan-Old Navy. Dollar Tree headband.

Bottom middle: Also, Monday 6/16/14. I think my dad and I went for a walk in the morning. Jacket-The North Face (kids section). Pants-Nike. Shoes-Puma via Ross. Sunnies-Goodwill.

Bottom right: Sat 6/21/14. I posted this on Instagram along with a selfie of me with the shoe, but this is the whole shoe. I’ve been looking for this shoe around town forever. It was spotted outside of the theater Wicked was performed at. In fact, I thought it was for Wicked, but then the second time I saw Wicked, it was gone. Then I just spotted it at the downtown mall. It was made by a local artist. It was for a stiletto run.

 

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FINALLY. My Graduation Day. Saturday 6/14/14. It was kind of sucky because it was pouring down rain the morning of my graduation. I was worried because the ceremony was outside. It cleared up for my ceremony and warmed up, but unfortunately for the 9 am ceremony, they got rained on. It was a surreal experience.

Dress-JCPenney. It was 2.97! Long sleeve tee-Gap via thrift store. Necklace-thrifted or it was my Grandma’s. I can’t remember. I have two like it. Leggings-JCP. Sparkly Dorothy Slippers-Target kids. I thought I was going to have to wear my rainboots. That’s why they are seen next to my shoes (lower right). Heart Sunnies-Rue 21. I carried my little kate spade gold cross body under my robe because I wanted to be able to take pictures.

Here is something I wrote about my graduation day the day of on Facebook:

 

Graduation was awesome. I know I’ve been done for a while now and already have my diploma, but today made it official for reals. It was everything I dreamed of and more haha! I mean the ceremony itself is kind of boring, but the energy is wild. Being around everyone who has worked just as hard as you to reach the same goal is everything. Hearing your name called and all your classmates called feels good. It makes me have fuzzies inside. It was especially special because I never did my graduation at community college. I didn’t get into school until I came to Eastern. I never wanted to be a student until I was at Eastern and then once I got into it, it was too late because I was done. I wish there was a job that was like school. I could write a whole novel, so maybe I should save the rest for my blog, but I feel so accomplished today and blessed. I was the first person in my immediate fam to go to college and I have always wanted to go to college and graduate since I was a little girl. It feels good to reach that goal and it wasn’t after many hardships (like anyone) and some crazy good times. Shout out to my parents and bro for always supporting me and my old work and co-workers. It’s true, I grew up at the daycare and it shaped me into who I am today and helped me put myself through school. Here’s to the class of 2014 and congratulations on all your hard work!

 

 

 

 

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Ok! Now we are mostly caught up again. Thanks for staying with me. Snaps for you!

Do you watch Pretty Little Liars?? I do. I’m obsessed. Tonight is the 100th episode and I can’t wait.

Did you get anything on katespade.com?? For like almost a month, the sale items were an extra 25% off. It just ended last night at midnight. Sorry, I didn’t remind you, but I’m sure you true kate spaders knew. It kind of made me mad because they put that up after I bought my kirk park maise in hot pink with a red bow. I was going to ask if I could get an adjustment, but it was after I already got another adjustment and it was more than 14 days out. The bag was 208 at first and then like a week later they put it at 174. They adjusted the price and I had an extra 15% coupon, so I got it for $147.90. It would have been nice to get an extra 25% off from that, but I figure I basically did since they slashed the price twice.

 

Spades forever!

 

Stay fabulous and cool! Man, it’s been in the 90s here this week.

 

xoxo

 

 

H