Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Edition

When we were growing up, we didn't celebrate Halloween. We had Harvest parties but we never dressed up and went trick or treating. It was also my mom's birthday so we usually had cake or something but nothing to do with such a "pagan" holiday. 

Fast forward to us having our own child and wanting to celebrate! Every year we visit Greenfield Village as a family and do the Pumpkin Walk. Hundreds of pumpkins are carved and decorated and line the streets of the village. Costumes of classic characters are worn by the workers, treats are handed out and children ( and grown- ups alike) are scared by the scarecrows and Headless Horseman. 

Every year we attend this with a couple of friends so I thought I would show you some of our most recent costumes from the last few years. I apologize in advance for poor quality of some of the photos! A lot of times we try to do a theme but at least my husband and I will do a couple costume or a family costume. 

2010- this year we actually (gasp!) bought costumes! My son was really into the Super Mario Bros so he and my husband went as Mario and Luigi and I was Princess Peach. 

Our friends were some sort of parents in pajamas that year. 

2011- we all went as the gang from Scooby Doo. I think this was one of my all-time favorites. 

2012- we went with a different couple this year. My friend was off having a baby and couldn't make it. We had so much fun though this year dressing up! This for sure was my favorite costume to date! 

Our friends went as people from Back to the Future. 

2013- there were only the three of us this year since the baby was at home so we dressed up as Three's Company. This was not my favorite look at all but it was fun! 

2014- this year we did couples costumes again. My husband and I were Ozzie and Sharon Osbourne. This was pretty fun and most people got it as soon as they saw us! P.S. I'm loving this red hair! 

Our friends went as Heat Miser and Cold Miser- you'll have to look it up on the Internet- I know I did! Their costumes were awesome! Look at those pants! 

With the exception of 2010, our costumes have been homemade. We mostly go to thrift stores once we get an idea of what we are going to be or we use items at home that we already have. You can create a whole new look with a wig or you can find different pieces of clothing to create something great. You don't need a lot of time or money, you just need a lot of imagination! 

Hope you all have a fantastic Halloween and enjoy every minute of it with your friends and family! 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outstanding October Style: Days 15-22

I realize I am a little late in posting these looks this time. I hope you all will forgive me for not posting this sooner! I've been extremely busy at work the last couple of weeks and then I wrote this post and then somehow deleted the whole thing! Oh well- here goes the recap! 

I don't know about you all but the weather here is getting colder. Outside pictures on some days are freezing and layers are starting to pile on! Fall is almost over it feels like and winter is beginning! While I am writing this, it is currently cloudy and 50 degrees outside! 

I'm feeling a little nostalgic about the waning of warmer temps but I am loving all of the fall clothes! Everyone has been doing such a great job of keeping up with the daily themes too! Here's a recap from the past week or so:

Day 15-Mix It Up! - I decided I really didn't need another leopard cardigan but I saw how so many people were wearing it and it seemed so versatile, so I decided to pick it up a few weeks back in the BOGO 50% off sale at Target. I mixed it up with polka dots and I also decided to add more leopard to the mix and wear my leopard pumps. I loved the end result! 

I chose to feature @fabulouslythrifty for this day because I loved her patten mixing! I love the plaid and camo together but with the crochet vest and statement necklace, it really is great! 

Day 16- Nerdy Chic- I'm not really sure what I was thinking this day when I made this up. I decided though to go with this sweater and show two different ways to wear it. I wore this navy pleated skirt and bow pumps for work and then changed to jeans and a vest for a more casual look. I love showing how to wear clothing items multiple ways too- oh and notice the glasses? 

My girl Dawn @fashionshouldbefun had the same idea as me! I love her look and of course, anyone who has their nose in a book! 

Day 17- I Really Love My...- For this day, I doubled up on style challenges and also did a Pinned It, Spinned It look. I really love leopard and this bow top and these riding boots and my cobalt Quinn. 

I love this look from @emptyneststyle for this day! Such a fun mix of prints and colors! 

Day 18- Mad About Plaid- I chose to wear a blanket scarf on this day with a vest and layers since we had an outdoor soccer game on this day. I literally used this as a blanket and wrapped it around me since it was so cold! 

I loved this look from @kristy_tatum for this day. Plaid and polka dots and leopard? Sign me up! 

Day 19- Sassy In Stripes- I wanted to wear this skirt again before it gets too cold! I decided to put a plaid under the striped sweatshirt and wear leopard heels for even more pattern mixing fun! I love the way this turned out! You can read more about this look in last week's Sunday Style post. 

Katy from @wearwhatwhere has a great look with this striped dress and bright blue flats! Love it! 

Day 20- Red, Red Wine- I loved this song when I was younger and I still love it when it comes on the radio! I chose to go with a wine colored cardigan and paired it with navy and boyfriend jeans. Nothing too fancy but when you add the accessories, you get a whole different look! 

@fashionistasincle looks great in her red for this day! What a pretty skirt! It really makes the outfit! 

Day 21- Oh, You Fancy- Yes, I like to be fancy sometimes! I wore this beaded blouse under a beaded sweatshirt and dressed it up with pink pumps! 

@happygal1976 always has such great looks for all of these days. She did a pinterest inspired outfit and has her cutie posing with her! Oh, you fancy! 

Day 22- Leopard Spots and Polka Dots- I decided to wear this camel sweater (it was Wednesday after all) with a striped skirt and I layered the polka dot shirt under it and leopard booties. This was a fun look and I really liked it! 

@haleyp717 is definitely rocking those leopard spots and polka dots! I love the gold too! How fun! 

Whew! That was a fun few days! I love recapping these and looking back on all of the fun themed days! I can't believe the month of October is almost over, but it is. I'll be posting the last week of Outstanding October Style looks soon! 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Style: Skirting the Issue

Today's Outstanding October Style challenge is all about skirts. I love a good skirt- one that is the perfect length, has pockets, fits and flares, etc. Skirts have so many possibilities! Long or short, straight or full, you get the picture. 

I saw this skirt from Eva Mendes collection from New York and Company and was smitten. It is the perfect floral for fall and winter and looks great dressed up or down. 

I am wearing this skirt today with a striped tee and a black faux leather jacket over it with these great shoeties. I also imagine this with a turtleneck and black long boots. Or maybe a cardigan and some flats. There really are a lot of options for it! 

Here's some pictures from today's look:

Skirt- New York and Company (recent)
Faux leather jacket- Old Navy (recent)
Striped tee- Gap (old) 
Shoeties- DSW (recent) 
Pearls- J Crew (old)

Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous! 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Style: Sassy In Stripes

Today's look was something I thought of only this morning when I wanted to wear something with stripes. I love this skirt and decided I needed to wear it again today before it gets too cold. 

I love pattern mixing and I actually wore this sweatshirt and plaid shirt together last year. In fact, I wore it with jeans and my herringbone vest over top. I thought today I would dress it up and wear it with a skirt and heels. 

I like the way it turned out! Sometimes the best outfits are the ones I don't fret over and come up with last minute. 

Here's some pictures from today's look: 

Plaid shirt- J Crew Factory (last year)
Striped sweatshirt- Target (last year)
Skirt- Eloquii (summer) 
Leopard heels- Target (last year) 

Hope you're having a great Sunday! 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nerdy Chic

I don't know what I was thinking when I came up with today's theme for Outstanding October Stylr- Nerdy Chic. Is there even such a thing? I mean, who decides what is nerdy and what is chic? What if something I like you consider nerdy and I consider chic? 

Enough of this nonsense- I decided to look more "nerdy" but what I actually call "smart" wearing glasses today. I wore a blinded out sweater over a polka dot long sleeve oxford. Here comes the fun part! I am actually showing you two different ways to wear this! 

I love to get more mileage out of my clothes and be able to mix and match things. I used to think that I could only wear certain items for certain occasions. Now I am able to play around more with my clothes and wear them different ways and create different looks. 

The first look is what I wore to work. I took the top pieces and paired them with a navy blue pleated skirt and belted it with a leopard belt. I wore my nude bow pumps to finish it off. This might not even qualify as "nerdy chic" but maybe more of a classic look and certainly work-appropriate. 

Oxford-Joe Fresh (last year)
Sweater- J Crew Factory (last year)
Skirt- J Crew (spring this year)
Bow pumps- DSW (recent)

The second look is taking these same two top pieces and turning them into something that I can wear for play. Now that the work day is over, I can change into jeans and pair this with some booties and throw a vest on over it for an additional layer. 

Vest- Land's End (last year)
Jeans- Eloquii (recent)
Booties- Charming Charlie (last year)

I think this second look is both fun and functional and I love the idea of making your clothes go farther! Don't be afraid to throw a shirt on under a short sleeve sweater or tee to get some extra warmth and some extra use out of your summer clothing. You can add an extra layer like a blazer or a vest when the temps get even cooler. 

Saving money and making your clothes go farther for you!? Now that's nerdy chic! 

Hope you're all having a great week! I sure am looking forward to the weekend!