Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Forty Before Forty: Karaoke and a Shot of Courage

Two more things I can cross off of my list. This last weekend I had a lot of fun going out with some of my friends. I love that when I mention my list, people are willing to help me accomplish things! I happened to mention at book club a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to go do karaoke. This was one of the things that I actually have done before but it's been a while- like a couple of years. 

My friend said there was a place not far from her house so we all met up and went out for some fun on a Saturday night. We got there early - as in around 8:30- but karaoke didn't start until 9:30. We watched the guy "Jeff" carry in all of the equipment. He finally made an announcement around 9:45 that it was time for karaoke and walked around and passed out music books and slips. 

My friends and I searched forever for songs to sing. At first, no one was going to sing with me but finally they took pity on me and said they would sing. Three out of the four of us got up and sang "The Sign" by Ace of Base. It.was.a.hot.mess. Nothing more or less than that. I couldn't hear the music- I could hear my friends singing in my ears and all I could do was laugh and laugh. It was bad. It was even worse that only one other girl even sang in the place.  So lame! 

We didn't care- we had a great time. Another friend and I got up and sang "Call Me Maybe". Ain't no shame in this game. So what if middle aged moms in jeans are singing? At least someone was! I'm pretty sure if it wasn't for us, there would have been a concert by the other girl who was the only other lone singer. Oh yeah and she just happened to be a pretty decent singer. 

Oh and some guy,Jeff, was celebrating a birthday too. So naturally he and all of his friends were on the dance floor- talking. It was kind of a dumb place to experience this, butwe had a blast and I crossed it off my list. 

Here's some pictures of my friends and I having fun singing:

While I was there, I happened to mention another item on my list. Don't laugh but for some stupid reason, I decided a shot of tequila should be consumed by me. I don't recall ever having just a shot of tequila so I figured it would be something to do. Seems weird but I'm not really a big drinker so why would I do shots of tequila? PSA: Drink responsibly. Don't drink and drive. 

Here's a few pics of me with the shot:

All in all, it was such a fun night. I often think I need to go out more and have fun! Good friends are hard to find so spend time with yours as often as you can. Thanks to these girls for indulging in my list of things to do! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Style: Pinterest Inspired

Some days you just need a little inspiration. I've talked about Pinterest a lot because you can find so many things on it. Today's Jumpin' July Style challenge was Pinterest inspired so I turned to the giant database in the sky for some outfit inspiration. 

I was looking for something casual yet fun. I was looking for something that caught my eye and that I could recreate using my own clothes. Pinterest inspired doesn't always mean that you have to copy it exactly. I like to also recreate a look that is based on the pin but may not be exactly the same. 

Take this outfit for example. Today I just looked under Fashion and found so many great ideas. I pinned a ton of things already for fall too. I found this pin though and thought, I like yellow with a white jacket and jeans so let's see what I can do with it. 

Here's the pin today's look is based on:

I took my white jacket and put it over a bright yellow tank and boyfriend jeans. I have these nude animal skin pumps that I have had for a few years and thought they would be perfect with this. I just so happen to also have this Phillip Lim for Target bag from last year that looks a lot like this Celine bag. I wanted to have a little more fun with my look so I wore turquoise accessories with it. I love yellow and turquoise together! I think it's such a fun combination! 

Here are some pictures of my look: 

So that's how I use Pinterest to inspire me. I also love it because if I have a certain item of clothing that I want ideas for, I can search for that in the bar and see what comes up! It's such a great way to get more ideas for ways you can use what is already in your closet! 

Hope you're having a fantastic Sunday! 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jumpin' July Style: Days 17-24

It's hard to believe July is almost over! This month's style challenge has been a lot of fun and I have already been looking ahead to fall. If you caught my Instagram post earlier in the week, you saw the super cute cross body bag that I picked up at Target this week. 

I'm not quite ready for boots and jeans and pumpkin spice lattes yet though so let's recap these great summer looks that happened over the course of this week. 

Day 17- Make A Statement- I love the punk floral print so much from J Crew that I wish I would have bought make! It goes with a lot of different colors so this day I wore it with a pink cardigan over it and leopard heels for extra fun. A great print and a great necklace definitely make a statement! 

I chose @kaitcopter to feature for this day. I love the punk floral skirt paired with a graphic tee- she surely is making a statement in this outfit! 

Day 18- Zebra Stripes and Leopard Spots- I didn't know if I would wear both together or not but sure enough, I did! I bought this dress from Target last year on sale with a coupon and Cartwheel and it was a steal. It was perfect for today's theme and I paired it with a leopard print belt and metallic heels for more visual interest. 

How about these fun flip flops that my friend Laura @fullyfashionable found? Too bad they weren't in her size but they fit in perfectly for today's theme! 

I chose to feature @thague611 for this day because I loved her look incorporating both stripes and leopard. So fun! 

Day 19- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- I love this outfit- it might be my favorite! I love the tee with the bright colors and the sandals are my favorite! This outfit was perfect to wear over to my inlaws for dinner after a long day of cleaning and baking. 

I cannot stand the cuteness of my friend Cherry @cherryryan on this day. She always looks like she is living life to the fullest and having so much fun. Check out her Cyndi Lauper pose! 

Day 20- Fancy Nancy- I didn't share an outfit on this day so I am featuring two that I liked! Ellen @ellenst4 always has the best picture collages featuring her daily outfits. She definitely is fancy in her outfit on this day! 

I also loved this look from @_prettyful_. I loved her pictures and her twirling in her maxi skirt. Definitely a Fancy Nancy on this day! 

Day 21- Hawaiian Tropic- I was going to wear a dress on this day and then decided to make the dress into a skirt instead. It was almost 90 degrees on this day so it was perfect for the warm weather! 

I love this outfit from @pamlyoung for this day's theme. What a beautiful print on this skirt! 

Day 22- Free Bird- Now this outfit was another favorite this week! I love this tee that I got at the Banana Republic outlet earlier in the year. It goes perfect (if you're counting pattern mixing and going perfectly) with the Anthropologie skirt that I got a few years ago. I loved the addition of the green heels too! 

Oh I am a sucker for birds, navy and pleats and @artofthecloset had all three in today's outfit! I am loving her bird skirt and it is so perfect for the challenge! 

Day 23- Colorful In Cobalt- I loved the antique floral print of this blouse and it was perfect to put with this bright blue blazer. I haven't worn this skirt in quite some time so I was happy the way I mixed this outfit up. 

@thesimplystyled got out the cobalt maxi skirt for this day's challenge. She says she hopes we don't get tired of it since she wants to wear it a lot. Why not? It's a great skirt for the summer and goes with a ton of stuff and is comfy. We hope you wear it even more! 

Day 24- Head Over Heels- I think I was definitely head over heels for this outfit! Another day, another floral but hey, I love floral! I thought I'd show this outfit a couple of different ways- one a little more dressy and one more casual. I think the seahorse cardigan was such a fun addition! 

I loved the look of @livinglifeindresses for this day. I love a great dress and pair of heels and what a great color! 

Lots of great looks this last week! I love looking back through the gallery and seeing all of your looks! Want more inspiration? Follow along on Instagram under the hashtag #jumpinjulystyle. 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Head Over Heels

Today I was actually quite happy with the way my outfit turned out. I have literally been looking for this floral cove top from J Crew forever and am glad that I finally found it on a huge sale and used some of a gift card also to purchase it! I like the shape and feel of this top but I was hesitant to purchase it since I bought it on final sale.  I was so glad when I received it that I loved the fit and the look of it! (FYI-I am totally not a risk-taker when it comes to final sale...)

I decided to pair it with a navy pleated skirt (also J Crew) because the look was simple and basic, yet somehow elegant. I wore my pearls and some great bow heels for the daytime look.

Here’s the look dressed up:


Let’s keep it real though; I work from home so naturally I do not like sitting around all day wearing heels. I did, however, volunteer today for Dress for Success so thought it would be a good idea to wear something that was more professional than a pair of jeans or shorts.

It’s also been chilly lately so I thought I would wear the outfit a little differently for the rest of the day. I paired this fun seahorse cardigan from Target (last year) with this outfit and put on some sandals for a more casual look. I think this look was more fun and playful and probably was more “me” than the first look.

Here’s the more casual look:



It’s safe to say that I am head over heels for all of these pieces. I do love the way that both looks came together and I think I will wear this outfit again like this. I have already thought of numerous other ways to wear the top too so I am glad the clearance gods were on my side and allowed me to find it!

Happy Friday Eve! Thanks for reading and following along with me!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free Bird

If you’ve been following along with me for long, you’ve seen me say that as far as fashion is concerned, “It doesn’t have to match, it just has to go”. That’s how I feel about today’s outfit. I am sure it’s not too matchy-matchy but I’m not mad about it either!

Today’s Jumpin’ July Style challenge is Free Bird so naturally I thought I would wear something with birds on it. Problem: I have two items with birds-wait, make that three- two are scarves and one is this tee shirt. I am not going to wear a scarf on one of the hottest days this year! (Currently it’s 90 degrees!).

So, a tee shirt it is. I decided to wear this fun striped skirt because it is one of my favorites. I bought this at Anthropologie a couple of years ago when I finished up a project at work. I saw it in the store while out in CA and I loved it but wasn’t ready to spend the money and pay full price. I kept an eye on it online and it went on sale, so I made it mine! I love navy-it’s such a great neutral- and the fact that it’s striped with quaint pockets on the front, makes it that much more fun and interesting to me.

A tee and a skirt in the summer seems to be my go-to outfit this year. I love it because I can wear plain or graphic tees and a skirt and stay cool while looking put together. I decided to put these Old Navy green t-strap shoes with the ensemble because who doesn’t love a fun shoe and a little height? It gives the outfit the extra ummph that it needs and it lengthens my legs.

Add a few accessories and the outfit is done! This outfit came together pretty quickly and I love it because when the day is done, a pair of shorts paired with the tee is easy for dinner out or just hanging out with the family.

Hope you all are off to a great start this week! Thanks for reading and following along with me!