Who wears short-shorts? NOT ME.

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Being modest is hard in the summer time. I often opt for skirts because I like a little breeze now and then. Then there are mom-shorts..... It's hard to pull off bermuda/walking shorts. The secret is to have a looser fit and to roll up the hems like you just don't care...but you really do and spend hours trying to achieve that perfect J.Crew roll. (I didn't.) (No...I did.)
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After playing around with different tops and accessories, I decided to do a classic, casual look with the ruffle neckline and pearls. I didn't want it to be too dressy so I added these wedges.
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Wearing faux pearl necklace ($5), secondhand necklace ($.75), J.Crew Outlet tee (gift from my mom), Gap shorts ($11), Old Navy wedges ($15), H&M sunglasses ($1), and thrifted quilted purse ($4).

One Dress, Four Looks

Friday, July 30, 2010
I found this cute bohemianish dress a couple of days ago at Ross and had to get it. It was the last one...on sale...in my size. That's a sign, right? When I was trying to figure out my three outfits, these four came to my mind. I wanted to show you the outfit-picking process and my thinking behind it all....because my husband is tired of me talking to him like he's my girlfriend.

Look 1
This was the first outfit that popped into my head when I saw this dress. I don't want to carry around a hat all day while I'm out with my MIL and SIL so this outfit is out.
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Wearing F21 hat ($4), One Clothing dress ($12), and Wal-Mart gladiators ($5).

Look 2
I liked the idea of pairing my gold gladiators with the blue dress. I added the white belt because I feel it went with the white embroidery and the gold clasp tied it into the shoes too. But these cheap gladiators are not comfy so this is out too.
Wearing One Clothing dress ($12), thrifted Anne Klein belt ($1), and Old Navy gladiators ($7).

Look 3
My husband liked this look best. I think it's cute too but we'll be walking a lot today and these shoes are comfy for a few hours but after that I start getting blisters. This will have to be saved for another day.
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Wearing One Clothing dress ($12), rope belt (from my MIL), and Seychelles maryjanes ($15).

Look 4
This is my favorite. It is comfy because of my sequin flats (Yay...I'm wearing them again..). And I've been loving this camel belt lately. I was a little wary about it because sequins don't go with a bohemianish embroidered dress but that is also why I like it.
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Wearing One Clothing dress ($12), thrifted camel belt ($1), and F21 flats ($5).

Which one is your favorite?

How To Create A Minimalist Closet

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Hi!
I love your blog! I love your simplicity, resourcefulness, and the way you steward your money so well!
I have a question. You know how your closet of clothes is rather small? I really want to learn how to be like that. I feel like I always buy things that are really cheap (b/c that's how my mom taught me to shop and it feels rewarding when I get a good deal), but sometimes I don't always wear all that I have or I end up not liking it and giving it away...
How do you keep your closet so minimal? And do you have any general shopping tips? Or specific ones for people like me who have a small budget and go a bit crazy with the sales and clutter?
Thanks! I'd really appreciate any of your input!

First of all, thank you so much!!!

My closet wasn't always that small. When I got married, I had to reevaluate my spending habits of what we really needed versus what I wanted. Marriage has really helped me to have a frugal mindset. I can't afford to go shopping often. It also helps that my husband and I are both very practical when it comes to things. We only keep items in our home that we need or use regularly. Otherwise, we either find a way to make money off of it or donate it. I've borrowed that mentality for my wardrobe. That's how my closet stays minimal.

I've mentioned this before but I don't like shopping. So when I go shopping, I am fast. I learned that the more time you take, the more you'll over-think and rationalize an unnecessary purchase. My strategy for shopping is to not even touch the clothes. I scan them. I look at the print. I see what kind of fabric it is before I touch it to see what it really feels/looks like. This helps me to sift through the cheap fabrics and colors/prints I don't care for. I don't buy cheap fabric clothes because (a) they look cheap, (b) they don't last, and (c) most are trendy and not classic - I want long-lasting clothes for less, not cheap clothes for less. (A few stores that sell overpriced cheap clothes are Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, and Forever 21. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy from them. If you see something you love, go for it. Just remember it won't last...like my sequin flats.)

Purging Your Closet
  1. First, try on all your clothes and see how they fit. If they don't fit or flatter, they've gotta go. No questions asked.
  2. I learned this great technique from Kjrsten. She once mentioned that she organized her closet by putting the clothes she's already worn in the back of the closet so that everything would be worn once. I thought this was a fabulous idea and have done this a time or two. It makes you see what items you want to keep going back to and the ones you can't find a way to wear. Those go.
  3. Take them to a consignment store for $$, sell it on ebay, go to a clothing swap, trade with your friends, and get rid of those clothes!
  4. Emily:  Settle on certain numbers of clothing for each category:  seven pairs of jeans, ten blouses, seven sweaters, etc.
  5. Rinse and repeat.
If You're on a Limited Budget
  1. Find ways to rework your old clothes such as DIY projects.
  2. If your shirt/dress is a little big, take it in or use a broach.
  3. Make your own skirt
  4. Use a dress as a top or skirt....or turn a dress into a skirt.
  5. Use a button-down dress as a coat.
  6. Use ribbons as belts.
  7. Use scarves as belts.
  8. Check out thrift stores, consignment stores, garage sales, and ebay but look for quality items. For thrift and consignment stores, check to see if they have any sales on certain days and only go shopping during those days. And don't be afraid to bargain at garage sales. They just want to get rid of their junk fast so most of the time, they'll take whatever.
  9. Try to wane yourself of the sales paradox. Only buy something (on sale) if you reaaallllly love it and you can think of at least three ways to wear it. If you kind of like it, don't buy it.
  10. Janelle:  Save up and splurge on quality clothes you love that will last you years.
  11. Alex:  If you like something, set a price you'd be willing to pay (Me: without looking at the tag first). If it is more than what you think it is worth, don't buy it.
I hope this helps! I'm sure there is more information that can be added to this. If you have any suggestions, share your knowledge. If you have any questions, let me know.

How to Make a Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ever since I saw this necklace in the J.Crew catalog, I've coveted it. Here's an easier and cheaper alternative.

How to look good in cargo shorts

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I've been looking for some slim cargo shorts since I was born. I bought some men's cargo shorts when it was all the rage in the Idaho/Utah Mormon culture a few years back and let's face it...we're not fooling anyone, ladies - it's NOT flattering! So give the shorts back to your husbands.
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Because cargo shorts are of a masculine influence, tone it down with feminine pieces. I went for my sequin flats (Yes...again. Don't judge me.), pink ruffles, and pearls. Could it get any girlier than that? Probably.
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I rolled them up a little at the hems because J.Crew did in their recent catalog. If J.Crew jumped off a bridge, I am 99.9% sure I would. You know you would too.
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The rain in Spain falls mainly on Elaine.

Sunday, July 25, 2010
My look today was inspired by this post from B*. I don't know Spanish so I just imagine their blog like a picture book oozing with class and femininity.
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I don't remember what happened to this blue button-down so I resorted to this plaid dress as a top. I like reserving this technique for the fall/winter as an additional layer against the cold. I was anticipating a sweat-fest today but it actually wasn't that bad as the plaid dress is made of cotton.
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I am so late in this but check out some interviews I did here, here, and here to get to know me a little more. If not, I don't blame you. I'm not that exciting.
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Wearing thrifted Sonoma dress ($5), rope belt (from my MIL), thrifted skirt ($3), and secondhand wedges ($7).

Repeater v. Consumer

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Normally, I don't like to post outfits that are already similar to something I've worn here. But after reading this post, it makes me wonder, why not? Why is it so bad to post repeat or similar outfits in the fashion blogging world? Why should we feel pressured to wear new [expensive] clothes all the time?
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If you didn't already know, I really don't have a lot of clothes and my mind isn't capable of creating WOW-factor outfits that you've never seen before every single time (hence, the lack of posting lately.) I am a regular girl (with too much college debt) with sometimes a too little an imagination and I do wear things over and over and over again. But why is it that we still have a need to consume? Why do we allow ourselves to become prey to the sales and the smooth talkers who make us feel guilty if we don't buy something? (Or is that just me...)
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I'm not saying it's bad to consume - it's the amount and frequency of consumption and our reliability on things that consumes us. Personally, I don't like shopping - I have to be in a certain mood and in that mindset to enjoy it. And 90% of the time, I won't (or can't) buy anything. But then I go home and look at my closet and sulk because I "need" this or that. It's a sick cycle. What are your thoughts on need versus want? on consumption? I'd love to hear what you think.
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We went garage saleing and to the movies today. (Inception was absolutely mind-blowing...and so stressful.) I wanted something cool, comfortable, and breezy. I added the scarf because of the early morning chill and the cold theater. I feel like I've over-worn these three pieces together off-blog but the belt-tying and sequin flats made it feel different to me this time.
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Wearing H&M scarf (gift from a friend), Gap dress ($8), thrifted belt ($2), vintage Gucci bag ($3), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Tie 'em in a Bow

Friday, July 23, 2010
I love these bow earrings I won from a giveaway sponsored by LemonJitters. They are so cute!! What I love most about them is that they're lightweight. I recently bought some vintage earrings at a garage sale and it's hard just to hold my head up. Okay, call me a wimp! Wait, no...please don't.
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I've been loving night shots lately - or I keep forgetting to take them during the day - or I always remember but it's only after I eat a whole pizza by myself. But, whatever the reason may be, I like the black background and my washed out face. It makes my face look [almost] flawless.
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Emma, you're right - I NEED to find some sequin flats ASAP because these are the only shoes I've been wearing since I got them! Best $5 I've ever spent....or is it the worst because they're of cheap quality?
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Wearing LemonJitters bow earrings (won from a giveaway from LemonJitters), Gap white button-down shirt ($12), J Brand jeans ($158), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Random trip picture of the day:
Remember this picture here? Well, here is the little jelly fish! Isn't it so cute? We weren't sure what to do with all the cuteness. This was taken in Coron, Palawan, Philippines.

Windows and Sunshine and....Windows

Thursday, July 22, 2010
We got back to Sac-town at 3 this morning. These pictures were taken at one of our pit stops in the middle of nowhere because, again, I forgot to get an outfit pic during our apartment hunt. But, good news, friends! We found the perfect place for us!!! It's going to cost double what we paid for in Salt Lake with less benefits but it has WINDOWS...and SUNSHINE....and WINDOWS.
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I love this tee and necklace together. I wore it once before here. This time I wanted to pair it with my gray skinnies because I love gray and pink together. The flats add a little sequin fun into the mix of pink ruffles and gold flowers.
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Wearing 2the9s tee (courtesy of 2the9s Shop), F21 necklace ($8), secondhand BDG jeans ($10), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Random trip picture of the day:
One of the lakes we visited while we were island hopping in Coron, Palawan, Philippines. All the city folk complained of the mosquitoes while the natives mocked us.

Me in All My Tired Glory

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We were in L.A. all day today looking for an apartment - so far, nothing yet. We were so busy today running around the city I forgot an outfit pic. This is me in all my tired glory.
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I wanted to be comfortable during our 6 hour drive but still wanted to look good enough for L.A. I've always worn this dress with a belt because I feel like it swallows me up when I don't. Everyone always tells you to belt dresses so you can show off your waist and blah blah blah. But sometimes a belt just reminds you of that big greasy burger you ate earlier...
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Wearing a bib necklace made by Ela (won from her giveaway), secondhand Simply Vera dress ($12), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Random trip picture of the day:
I very much wanted to join them. It was sooo hot in the Philippines.

Pink Flowery Goodness

Sunday, July 18, 2010
This is the necklace you can win here. I put it on for my pictures today so you can get an idea of its size. The ribbons are pretty long in the back so the winner can make it as short or long as she wants and not look like your chest exploded with pink flowery goodness like it does here.
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I love this J.Crew tee. It's as light as a feather and can be dressed up or down. I especially love the ruffle neckline. I don't usually like to wear necklaces with it because I feel it is too much going on around my neck. But I thought the ruffles complemented the delicateness of the flower necklace.
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Can you tell I was in a very pink mood?
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This is the face that Chase can't say no to.

Random trip picture of the day:
We ate him later. Just kidding. He was actually kind of cute. This was in the Philippines before we crossed that water on a boat and went into some caves.

Pink Flower Necklace Giveaway (CLOSED)

Sunday, July 18, 2010
I promised you guys a while back that I'd make one of these necklaces and give it away here. I almost broke that promise today. I reeeaaally want to keep this. But I love you guys too much. This giveaway is partially to celebrate this blog's birthday of 1 year and 2.5 months but mostly to say THANK YOU to all of you for reading this silly little blog of mine. So if you're following my blog through Blogger, you can enter to win this necklace I made with love <3<3<3. Just leave me a comment letting me know you're a follower. My international friends are welcome! Take luck!
If you want to see its relative size, click here.

Giveaway will end on Sunday, July 25, at midnight PST.
The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email. If not, a new winner will be chosen and contacted.





Update: The winner is leekyhat.

Too Hot to Trot?

Thursday, July 15, 2010
It's finally in the 100s here in northern California, which is the norm but strangely it's been in the low 90s. Basically, I'm in hell. Just kidding. It's hotter here. Porch pictures commencing..
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Thank you for all your comments yesterday. You're all wonderful. I don't usually divulge too many personal details on here because that's not what this blog is about but sometimes things just hit too close to home that you can't ignore it.
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I love this top and skirt together. I've worn them together before here but with different accessories. It's fun how accessories can totally change your outfit and how you feel in it.
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I'm still very much in love with these sequin leopard print flats. It's like they've been attached to my feet all week. However, they are poorly made and I don't expect them to last longer than a few months so I'll have to search for a more durable pair soon. Here's a close-up..
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Wearing 2the9s top (courtesy of 2the9s Shop), thrifted belt ($1), Shade Clothing skirt ($10), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Random trip picture of the day:
On our way to visit some LDS members in Roxas, Isabela, Philippines.

Leopard print. Sequins. Paint strokes. Ribbon.

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Chase's family is coming home tonight. Yay! His mom is going to wonder where all her ribbons went. Oops...
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I bought these leopard print sequin flats yesterday and I absolutely love them. I love more that they were $5. I can live with that. I wanted to pair them with something understated like black but I realized that was too boring so I went for a monochromatic look with this gray dress. At first, it was too much print for me but because they both have gray hues, I kind of like the unexpected clash. I added the green ribbon because it was the closest to turquoise (I love gray and turquoise together), which I couldn't find.
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Wearing secondhand Simply Vera dress ($12), green ribbon belt (from my MIL), and F21 sequin flats ($5).

Random trip picture of the day:
Chase and I went to visit some members around the Tuguegarao area from when he served his mission there. Aren't these kids so adorable? That boy had so much fun pushing his sister around.