Friday, September 30, 2016

september budget

  1. J. Crew polka dot tippi: $98, on sale for $59.99 + 40% off = $35.99
  2. J. Crew cobalt tippi: $79.50, on sale for $32, plus 50% off = $16
  3. Michael Kors Daisy moccasins via T.J. Maxx: $29.99 
  4. J. Crew Factory wool pencil skirt: $89.50, on sale for $45.48 + $25 rewards = $23.48
  5. J. Crew Factory schoolboy blazer: $158, one sale for $83.30 + $50 fall rewards = $33.30
  6. Banana Republic belted pom pom cardigan: $128, on sale for $84.97 + 40% off = $50.98
  7. American Eagle jeggings: $39.95 + 30% off = $27.96
September budget: $214.70
third quarter budget: $600 - $217.23 in July - $178.03 in August - $214.70 in September =
$12.96 over

I was obviously jonesing for fall this month with lots of cozy layers and jewel tones. While it's been too warm to wear these pieces all that much, (though I am wearing the pom pom cardigan, moccasins and jeans today! ;) ) I'll get a lot of wear from them in the fall and winter. Despite my best intentions, I'm a bit over for the quarter, but $12.96 isn't that bad and I scored some amazing deals this month - especially on the blazer and shoes - so I can't even say I feel all that bad about it...

Thanks to some great sales, I stocked up on sweaters this month with two J. Crew tippis and a fun, pom pom cardigan from Banana Republic. For reference, all three are an XL. I originally ordered the cardigan in a L, but it runs small, so I exchanged up a size for a better fit. These super comfy Michael Kors moccasins were from T.J. Maxx for an absolute steal. I'm wearing them right now and so far, they're great. No breaking required. Mine are suede, but you can find the leather version online.

While shopping at the brick and mortar J. Crew Factory store, I found this pretty green pencil skirt and knew I had to have it. My size 16 wasn't available in store, but I managed to snag it on the website before it went out of stock. (see how I wore it here) Thanks to a sale and rewards, and I picked up the skirt and this cobalt blazer for an amazing price. I've worn this blazer with jeans (which of course I didn't take a picture) of, and I can't wait until it cool off enough to wear it all then time. It's also an 16. 

I've been wanting a pair of lighter wash jeans with no distressing that would be appropriate for casual Friday's at work, so when American Eagle had a 30% off over Labor Day weekend, I picked up this pair to try. They're a 16L (I like to cuff the bottoms) and I'm really happy with the fit. Snug without being too tight, they don't snag or bag after wearing them all day. They have just enough stretch to still be comfy. Highly recommend. 

September is my birthday month, and I got some great birthday goodies! My husband surprised me with this lovely blue druzy pendant, and with birthday cash I picked up the polka dot puffer vest and red, tweed schoolboy blazer. I've been wanting a red blazer and I like that the red is a little deeper shade and the tweed pattern is super fun. For reference, I got it in a 16. Ya'll know I'm a sucker for polka dots, so this vest was a no-brainer. You better believe it, the moccasins, pom pom cardigan and jeans are coming along on my family's trip to Gatlinburg in late October! 

few months ago I won this Chloe Marcie mini crossbody bag for the #hautechristmasinjuly Instagram style challenge. Since it arrived last week, I decided included it in this month's post. It's an absolutely gorgeous bag, but very small. I think it would look fantastic on a petite person, but I'm a curvy girl and I think it looks a bit ridiculously tiny on me. I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell it, but I promise to take pictures before it goes!

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Thursday, September 29, 2016


chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 1

I showed this outfit for the chambray edition of #momstyle remix, but liked it so much I decided to dedicate a full post to it's green-skirted goodness. I love that it has a nod to fall with the deep forest green, but the light-weight chambray kept things cool and comfortable on a 90+ day. Thankfully it's starting to cool off a little bit - highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 60s - finally tolerable Florida weather.

Unrelated side note, I'm so, so glad things have finally calmed down at work and I'm back to a regular 8-5 schedule. It's nice to get back into a normal routine again, and to have time to dedicate to this space. I've missed you guys! My office mates and I had celebratory pumpkin spice frappuccinos - it's just too dang hot for warm anything this time of year - in honor of the completion of the magazine (and National Coffee Day). I can't think of a better way to celebrate!

chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 2
top: Loft (similar, similar plus)
skirt: J. Crew Factory (exact in other colors, J. Crew version)
shoes: Lucy Avenue (cute alternative)
necklace: Loft (cute alternative)
watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)
bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl, exact aqua)
earrings: Reeds (exact, inexpensive similar)

chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 3 chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 4 chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 7 chambray skirt and green pencil skirt 6

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my September budget finds. Spoiler alert: even though I was crazy busy, I still found time to shop... 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

birthday wishlist

September is one of my absolute favorite months - the beginning of the fall (the best of seasons), the hope for cooler days and ... my birthday! While the big day was actually on Monday, I still thought it would be fun to indulge a little birthday wishlisting. Especially since most of the celebrations will be this weekend, so it's kinda like my birthday week, right? ;)

1. Fossil Q Gazer smartwatch:This Fossil watch is pretty and functional, and I love that it tracks calories and steps and even has vibrating notifications.

2. & 3. Kendra Scott Kenny ring and Kendra Scott Kimmy necklace in gray granite: I've been obsessing with this necklace for months now. Both the necklace and the ring are perfect statement pieces. Plus, for today only Kendra Scott has 15% off all arrowhead styles with code SKYLARFAM.

4. Kate Spade knot stud earrings: Simple and elegant earrings that would go with just about anything.

5.Kendra Scott rose gold nail polish: Sparkly toes are the perfect accessory.

6.Sam Edelman Francis flats in cedar pink: My love for flats continues and Fran's rave review has convinced me I need this pair too!

7.Kate Spade gold dot tumbler: The prettiest way to feed my iced coffee addiction.

8. Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern: Ahern is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to dive into her latest novel.

9.Canon 85mm 5/1.8 lens: My 55mm lens met with an unfortunate accident, and I really miss having a decent lens. One of my photographer friends recommended the 85mm over the 55mm and all the reviews I've read have convinced me to try it.

10. Boden Violet midi skirt: Polka dots + midi skirts = two of my favorite things.

11. Bourbon and Boweties pearl bangle bracelet: This bracelet would look so pretty stacked with their triple-pearl bracelet - which I already have and love.

12. Rifle Paper Co recipe box: Love the idea of having a pretty place to keep recipes and such organized.

13. & 14 iPhone7 and Rifle Paper Co. floral case: After my phone took an unfortunate dip into the ocean, I've been limping along with my husband old - and very cranky- iPhone 4. If I could have anything on this list, it would be a new phone, but I'm still a year away from renewal and can't justify the $650 price tag. Sadness. But if I did get a new phone, I'd have to get this pretty floral case to go with it.

15. Michael Kors Mercer tote: The gorgeous caramel color, pebbled leather and straight lines make this perfect work or weekend bag. Love!

Monday, September 19, 2016

then & now: garnet stripe dress

It's fitting that both times I wore this dress was while working for university functions. The first in May 2015 at graduation and again a few weeks ago at convocation. I think I gravitate toward this dress for work because it's school colors and something easy to throw on. Also quite amusing to me that I've got the exact same pose going on in both photos, not much changes in a year I suppose...

Comparing the two looks, I think I actually prefer the way I wore it a year ago with the shorter, darker cardigan. After losing some weight, it now looks all sloppy in the top (which I didn't realize until after taking pictures). C'est la's still a cute dress though, I just need to take in the top a bit. :)

dress: Loft Outlet
cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
sandals: Target (similar)
necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)
earrings: Kate Spade (exact)
watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)
bracelet: Bourbon and Boweties (exact)

FINALLY after over a month, an outfit post! I know I'm a broken record, but work's been crazy lately! My largest project of the year goes to the printer this Friday (insert happy dance) so hopefully the late nights and weekend working will be over for awhile and I can get back to regular posting! :)

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

thoughts and whatnots: 9.18.16

it's almost fall ya'll:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:

  • what I'm reading: Okay, okay, don't judge, but I've been reading the "Lunar Chronicles" by Melissa Myers. It's all kinds of teen fiction goodness based on futuristic fairy tales. Interesting concept right? I've read "Cinder," "Scarlett" and "Cress" and am currently working on the fourth (and last) book in the series "Winter."
  • what I'm watching: binge watching Chuck on Netflix. 
  • what I'm crushing on: All the drusy pretties at Kendra Scott right now, especially this sapphire blue pendant necklace!
  • what I'm looking forward to: Wrapping up some major work projects this week and *hopefully* returning back to a normal work/life routine by the end of the week. Ooo...and Thursday is the first day of autumn, the start of my favorite time of the year - fall and winter are my favorites.

Friday, September 16, 2016

mom style remix: chambray

mom style remix chambray
Chambray wasn't something I wore a whole lot of before I started blogging, but I've since realized how much I was missing out! It acts a neutral, pairing nicely with almost anything from skirts and dress pants to different colored denim. Though a few days late to the party, here's some of my favorite chambray looks in a variety of hues for #momstyleremix.

look #1: deep pink pants
mom style remix chambray pink
chambray: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  pants: Loft  |  sandals: Loft (similar)  |  bag: Stella and Dot (exact)  |  necklace: Stella and Dot (exact)  watch: Target (similar)  |  bracelets: Kendra Scott (similar cuff) and Sage K and Co. (designer dupedesigner original)

I love color pants, but I'm not always sure what to wear with them. Solution: throw on a chambray shirt and call it a day! See original post.

look #2: orange boyfriend cardigan
mom style remix chambray orange
chambray: Maurice's (similar)  |  pants: The Limited (exact style in blue) |  cardigan: Loft (similar)  |  shoes: Payless (similar)  |  necklace: Baublebar (similar)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)

Polka dots definitely make any outfit more fun. See original post.

look #3: yellow floral pencil skirt
mom style remix chambray yellow
chambray: Loft (similar regular, similar plus)  |  sweater: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  skirt: Loft (fun alternative)  |  clutch: Nine West (similar)  |  shoes: Lands' End via Sierra Trading post (exact)  |  necklace: Ann Taylor (exact)  |  ring: Charming Charlie (similar)  |  watch: Target (similar)  |  earrings: Baublebar (very similar)

I originally wore this outfit for Brianna's Third Thursday Threads a little over a year ago. I'm still loving the crazy mix of patterns, layers and that little peek of chambray. See original post.

look #4: kelly green pencil skirt
mom style remix chambray green
chambray: Loft (similar regularsimilar plus)  |  skirt: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  shoes: Lucy Avenue (cute alternative)  |  necklace: Loft (cute alternative)  |  watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelets: Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl, exact aqua)  |  earrings: Reeds (exact, inexpensive similar)

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits I've worn lately. The color of this skirt is so fun!

look #5: neutral hues
mom style remix chambray blue
chambray: Loft (similar regularsimilar plus)  |  cardigan:  Loft (fun striped alternative)  |  pants: The Limited (exact)  |  sandals: Union Bay (cute alternative)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |   watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelets: J. Crew Factory (exact pave link) and Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl)  |  earrings: Reeds (exactinexpensive similar)

Some days I like to be all fancy, but most days I just want to wear something cozy. Love how you can dress chambray up or down.  See original post.

look #6: purple pleated midi skirt
mom style remix chambray purple
chambray: Loft (similar regularsimilar plus)  |   skirt: J. Crew (similar in pink)   |  sandals: J. Crew Factory (exact in limited sizes)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  | watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelets: J. Crew Factory (exact pave link) and Kendra Scott (cute alternative)  |  earrings: Kendra Scott (exactwith other stones)  |  ring: Kendra Scott (exact)

Chambray all dressed up with a pretty lilac midi skirt and dainty jewels. See original post.

look #7: lilac loafers
mom style remix chambray black
chambray: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  pants: The Limited (exact)  |  shoes: Aerosoles via T.J. Maxx (similar)  |  earrings: Stella & Dot (exact)  |  watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelet: Loren Hope (exact)

A pretty basic outfit, but you can't go wrong with chambray, black pants and a pop of lilac, right?

look #8: white out
mom style remix chambray white
chambray: Loft (similar regularsimilar plus)  |  jeans: (current version)  | sandals: Loft (similar)  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (exact)  |   watch: Fossil (exact face with a leather band)  |  bracelets: J. Crew Factory (exact pave link) and Bourbon and Boweties (exact pearl)  |  earrings: Reeds (exactinexpensive similar)

I reluctantly embraced the white jeans trend this summer, but now realize they're seriously awesome - how could I have resisted so long?! To avoid the denim on denim look, I stuck with contrasting colors. See original post.

Thanks Anne and Jenn for hosting #momstyleremix! Be sure to check out the other linkups to get an extra dose of chambray-inspiration. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


currently I am...

reading: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford. I've been wanting to lose myself in a good historical fiction book, so I can't wait to read it. I just cracked it open last night and so far, so good. :)

trying: champagne margaritas. Anne recently shared the most delicious-looking Pin-to-Present and ever since then I've been obsessed with trying them for myself! I finally made them this weekend and they were just as tasty as promised, but might have been a smidgen better with ice (my freezer is tiny so we took out the ice maker to add space). I haven't met a glass of champagne or a frosty margarita I didn't like, so it was still a win-win!

hoping: to have more time to finish this mermaid tail blanket. My niece is currently obsessed with all things mermaid, so what's more fun than to make her very own mermaid tail?! For you knitters out there, it's a pretty simple project, but a big one, so it's taking some time to finish. I have grand plans to make one for my other niece and my kiddo so they all can be little mermaid cousins! Cute, right?

decorating: Aubrey's big girl room. The above picture is what it looks like now, but we just bought a friend's really nice wooden daybed bed to use as her new big girl bed. It's in great shape, but needs a little paint. I'm going with the loveliest shade of soft blue/gray and found a pretty vintage-style cream ruffled duvet on ebay (you can also find it on sale at PBteen) and gold metallic heart sheets from Target. I'm thinking pops of blush and cream, a bit of metallic gold and lots of girly glam! And these DIY pom pom curtains are a must!

to-do listing: everything that needs to be done for work this month. My biggest project of the year is our annual magazine, which goes to the printers at the end of the month. (Slightly freaking out as I type this.) My department is a small, so I'm the designer and editor as well as writer for quite a bit of the content. It's a big project, and that combined with all the events my office as been coordinating and several other design projects, is the main reason I haven't been posting much lately. Lots of late nights lately...

Sharing with Anne and co-host Beth for Currently. Each month features a series of prompts that may be interpreted any way you wish.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

thoughts and whatnots 9.4.16

my gold Fossil watch:  one  |  two  |  three

blog love:
  • Um, completely obsessed with Fran's blush scallop flats. Waaaant. And the way she styled them with a chambray blazer and black pencil pants is perfection. 
  • One of my absolute favorite bloggers to read is Alissa from The Adored Life. She's so genuine and funny and I seriously enjoy reading her every day thoughts. (Plus her outfits rock.)
  • Mariah's toddler activity box is genius. I definitely see making one for Aubrey in the near future.

on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:

  • what I'm watching: I watched About Time for the first time the other night and thought it was good, but a bit melancholy, and definitely different than what I was expecting.
  • what I'm grateful for: After working for the university part-time for two and a half years, my husband was offered a full-time job! His first day as a full-time university employee was last week and we're both excited a beyond grateful for this new opportunity!
  • what I'm crushing on: So want this rose gold and granite arrowhead necklace by Kendra Scott. And it wouldn't hurt my feelings if you threw in the matching ring as well. For any family reading birthday's coming up...hint hint...
  • what I'm looking forward to: The continued long weekend! It's felt like a mini stay-cation since the university closed early Thursday and all day Friday due to the threat of hurricane Hermine (we were so lucky, it barely rained) and have tomorrow off for Labor Day. Hooray for 4 (and a half) day weekends!

Friday, September 2, 2016

project 366: August

August was over in a blink. Working at a university, August is always an especially busy month with the beginning of the fall semester and a slew of events. That combined with several of my largest design projects of the year meant a month of long hours and late nights. As a result, this was the first month I didn't capture an image every day, but considering how hectic the month was, 22 out of 31 days isn't too bad, right?

In an effort to capture more of the everyday moments, I'm using my iPhone to take a picture each day for a year. Here's a few of my favorites/most memorable from August:

August 6: Ever wondered what would happen if you ran over a bungee cord? Apparently this. ↑

August 11: A peek at the office's event to-do list. On the 23rd, our office of seven coordinated six events (two major) in one day. Whew, glad that day's done and in the books!

August 15: The kiddo insisted she take her tin Princess Sofia box to daycare. After wrestling it away from her, we opened it up in the parking lot to see what the big deal was. Shoes. Girl had to bring her blingy, silver shoes. Takes after her momma, obviously. :)

August 30: The month might have been busy and stressy, but this face makes it all worth it.

and a gif for all 31 22 days...

Want to see more? Check out July, June, May, April, March, February and January's wrap ups.