Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 1

Monday, September 1, 2014

I've been playing around with a weekly link round up type post for the last month or two. When I came across It's the 3 Little Things at MomAdvice, I thought I might try to link up with a few of my favorites each week!

This was our first week back to school. I love school supplies and all of that good stuff, but I really have a hard time adjusting to the school routine. Plus, I really miss my daughter when she goes back! I am trying to work on my morning routine to make it be more peaceful for all of us, and let's just say this week was definitely an experiment. We did have a fun family night on Wednesday consisting of a backyard obstacle course, ice cream cones, and a bike ride on a new bike trail in our area. Here's hoping that each week gets a little easier.

OK. On to my favorites from this week.

1. Jamberry Nails - I started looking into these to help my daughter with her nail biting. I gave up on polishing my own nails years ago. Too much dry time, they chip too quickly, etc. Salon manicures have never appealed to me, either, primarily due to cost. We both got Jamberry samples and when I tried them out, I was so excited for myself! Here's a look at my first manicure with some Jamberry wraps. I've been wearing them 5 days now, and they still look great. They are supposed to last up to 2 weeks on nails and even longer on toes. Anyone try these? I am so looking forward to trying some other patterns! I need to figure out how to get them to work a bit better for my daughter. I guess with the little ones it is important to prep the nails really well to get a good seal. Have any of you tried these for yourself?

2. Capsule Wardobes - Not the first time you've heard me talk about these, for sure. :) I love Mom Advice's new capsule that she put together and am so inspired by all the potential combinations there! I've been working on a new capsule for myself. I got so many great new pieces in August and I want to focus on wearing some of these great new items! Having a list of potential outfits is really helpful to me in the mornings, too. So I am looking at 25-35 pieces (not including shoes or accessories) and I am going to wear the pieces for awhile - not sure how long yet. It probably won't be 3 months which is kind of how the seasonal capsules work. I am thinking more like 4-6 weeks, but we will see how it goes. I doubt I will get daily photos, but I am hoping to add some weekly photos to share. Have you ever considered putting together capsule wardrobe?
3. Zinnias and Sunflowers - I love being able to cut flowers to bring into the house. I always plant zinnia seeds and look forward to being able to cut them for bouquets. This is my first one of the summer/fall!
What are your favorite things from this past week?

August Clothing Budget

Friday, August 29, 2014

Somehow it's the end of August already, and time for another clothing budget round up post. I got a lot of items this month. I didn't spend too much because I got some crazy amazing deals at Goodwill and garage sales. I also earned a $25 eBay gift card through Influenster and won $30 to spend at thredUP through a contest on their Facebook page. So here we go with what I bought!

August Purchases

eBay Gift Card
  • Mossimo Cardigan - NWT
  • Merona Print Blouse
  • Pink Necklace (not pictured)
  • Old Navy Gingham Button Down (not pictured, didn't fit)
I had such a hard time spending this gift card. I was so overwhelmed with all of the options available! I love the cardigan and have worn the pink necklace a few times. I am looking forward to wearing the red blouse this fall and winter.

thredUP credit (affiliate link)
  • Old Navy Black Sweetheart Skinny Jeans - NWT (replacement piece for me)
  • Old Navy Teal Boyfriend Cardigan - NWT
  • Merona Striped Tee (not pictured, more worn than I prefer, sending to Goodwill)
Garage Sales
  • Merona Black and Gray Print Skinny Pants - NWT - $3.50
  • Dexter Black Wedges - $4.00
  • Plaid Keds - New in Box - $2.00
  • Black and White Striped Worthington Blouse - $1.00 (not pictured)
  • Mossimo Leopard Flats - $4.50
  • JCP Cobalt Knit Blazer - $5.00
  • Limited Drew Fit Pants - $5.00 (not pictured)
  • Old Navy Peasant Skirt - $5.00 (not pictured)
  • Target Mossimo Tees (2) - $10.72
  • Charming Charlie Scarf - $5.36
  • Charming Charlie Purple Earrings - $3.22
  • Old Navy Gray Tee - $1.44 after $5.00 rewards certificate
Total: $50.74

Like I said, I got a lot of pieces this month. In September, I need to focus less on shopping and more on wearing all these fun new items. :)

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish.

What I Wore: Layers

Monday, August 18, 2014

So it's mid-August, but it's starting to feel very chilly in the morning and evening around here. I don't mind it, but I am already bringing out some of my fall clothes, including jackets and cardigans.

Sorry for the funny cropping! This outfit is fun because the whole thing was bought second hand except for my shoes and jewelry. :) I won a $30 credit to ThredUp from their Facebook page and got the black skinnies (new with tags, Old Navy Sweetheart). I also got a $25 eBay gift card from Influenster and got the rust colored cardigan (new with tags, Mossimo). The shirt is Apt. 9 purchased from a garage sale for $1. :) Necklace: Avon, Shoes: Payless
I'm linking up!

Has it been cool enough to start wearing fall clothes in your area or is it still really hot?

Book Review: Captured by Love

Monday, August 11, 2014

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund is a historical fiction novel set on historic Mackinac Island, once called Michilimackinac Island. The book takes place in 1814, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812. This location in northern Michigan was strategic in the fur trading industry and the Americans and British fought for control over this region. This novel tells the stories of Angelique MacKenzie and her childhood friend Pierre Durant, a fur trader who has been away from the island for years.

I always like reading historical fiction novels because I enjoy learning more about various time periods in history and these types of books bring pieces of history to life through their stories and characters. It is so interesting to realize how rural this area was during the early 1800's and how difficult it was for the people living there to survive. Angelique has been helping Pierre's mother, who is blind, to stay alive as there is very little food available on the island due to the current conflict. Pierre is a wanderer, content to be away from home, but he is shocked to realize his mother's plight, so chooses to stay home. He and Angelique begin to rekindle their childhood friendship. Angelique is conflicted about this relationship - she is engaged to Pierre's brother and Angelique is struggling with the conditions placed on her by her guardian Ebeneezer Whiley.

Overall, I really liked this book. The characters were well-developed. Each one struggled with the difficulties of living in a rural area defined by war. They truly needed to rely on God to survive this conflict. They had decisions to make regarding truthfulness and their own integrity. The only part of the storyline that I struggled a bit with were some of the way Angelique was treated by Ebeneezer. While it did help to establish how the storyline progressed, it wasn't my favorite part of the plot. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

What I Wore: New Thrifted Finds

I've been wanting to share a few of my recent garage sale/Goodwill fashion finds, so when Caitlin at Greater Than Rubies posted about her thrifty wardrobe, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my new closet pieces!

I recently wrote up a new closet wishlist, so I was thrilled to find this bright blue blazer from my list at Goodwill last week. I couldn't wait to wear it this weekend!

Blazer: JCP via Goodwill ($5.50), White Crops: LOFT via Goodwill, Gray Tee: Old Navy ($1.50 after coupon), Sandals: Payless, Necklace: JCPenney
Here are a few other new pieces!

Print Skirt: Old Navy via Goodwill - $4.50

Black Dexter Wedges via garage sale - $3
I have these wedges in dark red already and love them!

Black Houndstooth Merona Skinny Pants via garage sale - $3.50 (still had tags on them)

Close up of the pattern

Print Style & Co Tunic via garage sale - $2 (new with tags)

I also got some cute stuff for my daughter via Goodwill and garage sales this summer, including some Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, a Gymboree sweater, and more.

I would say at this point around 50% of my wardrobe is secondhand. How about you? Do you like to thrift for yourself or your family?

I'm linking up!

Sunday Best at the Modern Austen

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

What I Wore Wednesday at the Pleated Poppy

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