Friday, December 28, 2012

OOTD - Merry Christmas!!

OOTD - Sunday Christmas Eve Eve.....




Another one of my outfit templates:

Leggings
+
Riding Boots
+
Tunic
Blazer
+
Scarf

SIMPLE!! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

My Christmas Wish List





Yves Saint Laurent Belle du Jour Clutch $795.

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Pump $795.
 A classic pair of dressy black pumps and a matching clutch. 
I also want to replicate this in nude and red. Baby steps..... 
Converse Chucks $44.95
Converse Chucks $44.95



LOVE Converse. I love to wear these during the week. 




Tory Burch "Caroline" Flat $225.

I love my TB's and have worn my Royal Tan ones so much I am in dire need of a nude pair. 

Tory Burch "Robinson" Zip Continental Wallet $225.

NEED a good wallet. Something in a pretty color, that zips to fit all my crapoola!

Tory Burch Logo Stud Earrings $55

Stud earrings. Classic. Simple. Need I say more? 

Hunter Rain Boots, $125.

I have been pining for a pair of Hunter rain boots for 2 years now, but have not been able to justify since Houston has had nearly no rain for several years. 

c.wonder Ikat Tea for One Set, $38.

I LOVE Tea! Drink it every single day. 

Christian Louboutin Filo, $695.

Christian Louboutin Pigalles, $795.





Just want - Loubies!!
 Kate Spade - All the Trimmings Hinged Bangle, $78.

Kate Spade - Scalloped Thin Bangle, $48

Kate Spade - Et Cetera idion Bangle, $48

Kate Spade - Sweeten the Deal Idiom Bangle, $88

Bangles to add to my Kate Spade Bangle Collection. 


YSL Lipsticks

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $27

Christian Dior Palette, $88



Pajamas
Nike Cross Trainers, $100


Shiseido White Lucent Eye Cream, $55


Blouses
Sweaters
Pretty Coat in a candy color. 








Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jingle - Hallmark Story Buddy


It's Christmas and there are commercials on TV this time of year that are actually worthwhile. 
Commercials filled with happy music, colors and lights, and Christmas fun that trigger memories and nostaglia .
Commercials filled with toys and stuff for my daughter to add to her Wish List.
A ever growing list that she started around Thanksgiving time and continues to add to daily.

I will admit that the 7-year old in my husband and myself will keep Santa alive and well in our home until my kids are 30, no joke! I let her Wish List grow to pages if need be, but when it comes time to sit down and write her letter to Santa she has to narrow it down considerably. Santa is very busy and can only remember a couple of things about each little kid. 

Anyhoo, Jingle the dog is one of the commercials that just pulls at the heartstrings. 
He is sooooo freakin' cute. 

She found Jingle at Target this weekend, but sadly he already belonged to another woman who was very unhappy about Eva removing the dog from her ABANDONED empty cart. 
The words I wanted to call that woman. I let it go with a simple, "Sorry." 

Eva turned 5 yesterday. 
Yes, I have a 5 year old now.
WOW!

My dad called to ask for some Birthday gift ideas and I told him about Jingle.
He found him at his local Walgreens in the Hallmark card aisle.

If you have seen the commercial you know he is cute.
In person he is WAY cuter.

We read the story 3 times last night and the dog barks, whimpers, even sings in response to key sentences when read aloud. 


Seriously, if you are shopping for a kid this Christmas this is so perfect a gift. He is not the only one either. There is a female named "Bell," and several other characters like a rabbit and Scooby-Doo. 

XX ~ E


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November PopSugar Must Have Box





 Gorjana Leather Wrap Bracelet
I have already worn this and love it!! 

 MOR Lip Nectar
My lips and my daughter's lips love this product. 

 Thank You Cards.

Spices
My hubby already used the orange flavored spice to flavor grilled chicken we were adding to a salad. It was AWESOME!!! 

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Mix
Hubby used this Thanksgiving weekend and instead of donuts he made little mini muffins. They were delicious and sooooo cute!! 

Yogalosophy DVD
YAY!!! 







For more information on Popsugar's Must Have box: http://popsu.gr/tsT
**Use the code "REFER5" for $5 off.

XX ~ E

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Toppers

Toppers - I know you think hats. But I think Jackets. Blazers. Even Sweaters.

In Houston you will find that the opportunities for serious coat are few. Literally. We will have jacket weather for much longer during the fall and winter than most other parts. Our cold snaps are just that. They are gone with a snap. So I love a nice topper. Just something to put on so that you stay warm against any wind or cooler temperature. A great aspect of a good topper is that it instantly vamps up your outfit and finishes you.

Go for a good old standby like a simple but trusty blazer. NEVER ever underestimate the power of a simple black blazer. Just put it on over what you are wearing now and voila! Tee shirt, jeans and converse just got really edgy!!

One of my secret places to get such things like toppers is Target. I know, how can Target be anyone's secret anymore? I find so many things there, it's an obsession, and for the price? All these options below are under $40. I love to tell someone that something is from Target when they compliment it. The look of surprise on their face is awesome!!

I will let you in on another secret of mine. (*Shhh, do not tell anyone, this is cheating!) Okay, I have templates laid out that I use to create a model for picking out outfits. This is something like a bottom layer for outfits. Things that I know work well together and I can mix up to change. Yes I have these templates written down, but I have also memorized them. I gave you one already and this is how it looks simply written on a sheet of paper hanging in my closet:

Tee Shirt
+
Bootcut Jeans
+
Converse Sneakers
+
Topper

A very simple equation considering that math and I do not get along. Target has always done good by the classic blazer and now a days you can find so many modern and trendy versions to play with. 

Casual options that are great with riding boots or a pair of ballet flats. 

Merona® Women's Tailored Blazer - Assorted Colors
Merona Tailored Blazer
Merona® Women's Tailored Blazer w/Binding - Heather Gray
Merona Tailored Blazer with Binding
Mossimo® Women's Ponte Jacket w/Front Button - Assorted Colors
Mossimo Ponte Knit Jacket $29.99
The black ponte knit one is currently my go to black blazer. I just acquired it as a more casual option than my formal blazer. It is important to distinguish the two as the one I had always felt too stiff with a pair of jeans.

Think of these blazers paired with jeans, leggings, riding boots and ballet flats or sneakers.



For more dressier or edgier options: 
Mossimo® Women's Sequined Fashion Jacket
Mossimo Sequined Sleeve Jacket, $39.99
Kirna Zabete for Target® Long-sleeve Blazer in Navy/Black Colorblock
Kirna Zabete for Target, $34.98

Mossimo® Petites Front-Zippered Tweed Jacket - Black/Green
Mossimo Front Zippered Tweed, $ 34.99
Merona® Women's Boucle Jacket - Black
Merona Boucle Jacket, $ 34.99
Mossimo® Women's Tweed Jacket
Mossimo Tweed Jacket, $34.99



Mossimo® Women's Red Tweed Jacket
Mossimo Front Zippered Tweed, $34.99


In my opinion, dressy and edgy go together. I find that edgy pieces dress up incredibly well and can be paired with simple silhouettes to create a stunning outfit. **I have the Mossimo Front Zippered Tweed jacket and LOVE it!!

Pair the options above with dressy slacks or pencil skirts for work. Consider taking them out at night with a pair of skinny jeans or leather pants and heels.


Another favorite of mine would be the Converse line of casual jackets. Going back to the template that I gave you earlier make the topper a simple jacket like these and have a great look.
Converse® One Star® Women's Logan Jacket
Converse Logan Jacket, $34.99

Converse® One Star® Women's Rosemaid Jacket - Wolf Gray
Converse Rosemaid Jacket, $27.99
Xhilaration® Juniors Moto Jacket - Assorted Colors
Xhilaration Juniors Moto Jacket, $29.99

Not all my toppers are from Target, but there is just such a huge selection right now and Target is following along so closely with all the latest trends that I thought I would share some ideas with you. 

XX ~ E 

*All pictures were borrowed from Target.com

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Running Series - Part 3 - Shoes & Sports Bras


Now that you have my story and clearance. You can click on those links to see the previous posts. We can move onto gear. 

Shoes first because we run with our feet not with our gals. LOL.  

This is very important: RUN in RUNNING shoes. I can not stress that enough!!

*photo from Academy.com
Nike Women's Shox Classic II Running Shoe $119.99


A "tennis" shoe is a broad term that is used to cover a number of sports shoes. 

 Would you wear an oven mitt to catch a baseball? They are both mitts!!
*photo from Academy.com
Puma

Then why on earth would you run in a shoe that is not meant for running??? Now an argument can be made for products like Skele-toes and other barefoot running products. I am a fan of shoes all the way around. 









I wish I could let you in on some HUGE secret here as to exactly what kind to buy. But the truth is you are different, your feet are different, the way your body absorbs shock is different. You will run differently than I do. Therefore the type of shoes, cushioning, and support will change. You will more than likely go through lots of shoes before you find the brand or style that you like most.

I would suggest getting fitted at a running store where they can measure your foot and guide you in the right kind of cushion and support. This will help you become familiar with a running shoe and what you need. You do not have to buy from that particular store, but you will have a basis for comparison.  

Next, you should buy the best that you can afford. There are so many brands to choose from and there are great ones across every price point. Cushioning and support is what makes a good running shoe stand apart from the vast array of "tennis" shoes that are available. Cushioning helps absorb shock. Your bringing the weight of your entire body down very rapidly onto your midfoot. Think about that. Even if you were 100 lbs. that is a lot of weight to hit your foot and then travel up through your leg to your knees. 

As for me and my particular style. I love Nike. These are my current running shoes. 

I have a pair of older ones too that I use regularly as well. I love a light colored shoe and have always opted for the lighter colored ones. My husband however taught me something in the shoe department. Go with the darker colors. The dirt does not show as much so they stay nicer looking longer. I take his advice now and usually just let him help me choose. The man owns at least 10-15 pairs of Nike running shoes. 

Running Gear:               Running Shoes
Amount you need:         1 pair is good. They last for a while, depending on your running habits. 
Cost:                            $40 - $180.00+ depending
Level of Importance:     How important are your feet and your knees and your spine? 


Sports Bras.

You need good support

You've seen it before the lady who runs with her gals smacking her in the face the whole time. Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy...... OUCH!! How do you manage?? I feel so uncomfortable with even a little bounce. After my son was born and with my daughter there was no sports bra that could tame my gals. I was breastfeeding and trying to lose the baby weight. So I would double up. YES, I said double up.Wear two to keep them compressed. This actually helped so much with the pain of breastfeeding and the bounce. Now, I am still breastfeeding, but I only need one. 

Of course this too like most things is all about your personal preference. I like my sports bras to feel snug and firmly held against my upper body. You might like a little less support or a little more even. Go for a racer back version - the crisscross across you upper back helps distribute the weight and gives great support. Front zippers are awesome as they are super easy to put on. 

I love Champions sports bras from Target (19.99) and Nike ones alike. 
*picture from Academy.com
Champions Double Dry Zip Front Sports Bra $39.99

*picture from Academy.com
Nike Fully Adjustable X-back Sports Bra $44.99

 There is even a very structured, very serious one that I admire, by Under Armour, at my local  Academy all the time. 
*photo from Academy.com
Under Armour Women's Sports Bra $57.99


*Wash these and any sports clothing as soon as you can. Do not let them sit in your dirty clothes. They will smell and make the other clothes that surround them smell. At least rinse them out in cold water if you have a day or two before you next load of laundry  DO NOT Machine Dry. You can wash them in cold water in a washing machine. Lay them out to dry though. This will help the materials (dryfit) from deteriorating.

Running Gear:               Running Shoes
Amount you need:         2+, depending on how often you run. I have 5. 
Cost:                            $19.99 - $180.00+ depending
Level of Importance:     How important are your girls and your back. OH, your back.  



Proper clothing is important too, but NOTHING is more important than a good running shoe and a sports bra.  

Next installment will be Clothing followed by Running Form. 

XX ~ E