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What I Wore: Skirts and Dresses

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Well, I managed to wear skirts or dresses for 8 straight days and got photos of 6 of the outfits. The weather started out cool and quickly progressed to hot. :) I really enjoyed wearing all of these pieces and am hoping to continue wearing more skirts and dresses now!
Work outfit: Cardigan and dress: Target, Shoes: Payless, Bracelet: Target, Necklace and earrings: Avon


Comfy outfit for home: Skirt: Banana Republic (Thrifted), Capri leggings: Meijer, Shirt: Target, Necklace: Avon, Leopard flats: Payless

This skirt is a little shorter than I like to wear by itself, but when I saw it at Goodwill, I loved it so much, I brought it home. This is my first time wearing a skirt with leggings, and it was so comfortable. I've thought about making a lace extender slip to wear under it as well and I think it will be great with tights and boots in the fall/winter/spring.

Work Outfit: Skirt: Penneys, Shirt: LOFT (Thrifted), Flats: Target, Earrings: Avon
I didn't love how this outfit photog…

Favorite Garage Sale Finds of the Summer (So Far!)

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I've mentioned in the past that we really enjoy going to garage sales. This past weekend there were a ton of sales in our area and I found some of my favorite finds so far this season!


I don't have pictures of everything, but my daughter always finds books (which she loves) and she also got an Angelina Ballerina DVD ($0.75) and a sweet little Disney fairies playset ($2). We also got her a Hello Kitty denim jacket with rhinestones, a cardigan, a tank top, and a heart t-shirt (new with tags) for $1 each. A couple weeks ago, I also found a darling Lilly Pulitzer sundress for my daughter (pictured above) with tags for $4 - more than I usually spend, but so cute!

I also found a pair of Elle skinny jeans, a pair of indigo Bandolino Blu cropped jeans for $2 each, and a mauve-toned snakeskin print scarf for $1. I am especially excited about the skinny jeans because mine had to be retired due to a hole. :) I also already wore the scarf and will get to show it to you on Wednesday!


My a…

Thursday Thoughts

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Happy Thursday! I just wanted to stop in and share a couple of things this afternoon.

First, I want to tell you about a great code for thredUP. I've written about thredUP in the past, and have actually sent clothes in and received credit as well as purchased clothes from them. They have children's and women's clothing available. I ordered the floral maxi dress shown above from thredUP (using credit from clothes I sent them) and am waiting for it to arrive.
New users of thredUP can get $15 off their first order by using the code JUNE15. Offer is good through tomorrow, Friday, June 21. Shipping starts at $2.99 for the first item. Please note, the link to thredUP above is my affiliate link. Normally, you get $10 off your first order and I would get $10 after you place your first order, but I don't know if that works with the $15 deal. Let me know if you can use it and find anything good!

I also wanted to share that the giveaway at For Lauren and Lauren is up! We are givin…

What I Wore: Statement Necklaces

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When I looked back at some of my recent outfit photos, I noticed I've replaced my scarves with statement necklaces. I like how pretty necklaces can dress up an outfit and change the look easily.


This was a casual look that I wasn't too crazy about when I had it on, but I like it better in this photo.
Capris: St. John's Bay (thrifted), Shirt: Handmade, Necklace and Earrings: A Tad Monroe, Flats: LUV Footwear


Lace Shirt: Old Navy, Maxi Skirt: Kohl's, Necklace: Penney's, Sandals: Target, Earrings: Avon


I wore this outfit to work on Saturday. It was chilly when the day started, but got really warm and humid. I picked up this blouse at Goodwill. I was looking for colorful pieces and love this one. I think it matches all of my colored pants (hot pink, coral, purple, and green) plus it works well with neutrals. It is technically sleeveless, so it was only $2.29 at Goodwill instead of the $4.29 price they charge for long and short sleeved tops. I think I will be wearing th…

Cat Tales, Hydrangeas, Skirts, and a Giveaway Winner

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I'm so excited - our hydrangeas are blooming! They are so beautiful this year. :) I love blue and purple flowers.
I have to tell you a story about our cat. This is Ella. She is just over a year old and she has such a funny personality. So sweet, but then she can drive us totally crazy. She wakes us up around 5:00 a.m. most days and even the vet has commented on her personality.

My husband bought new shoe laces on Sunday and put them in his shoes on Monday. After dinner on Monday, I walked by the front door where his shoes were and I asked him what happened to the new laces. He had no idea what I was talking about...so he came to look. All we can figure out is that Ella thought they smelled good or different or something and totally destroyed them. You can see in the photo below that she shredded them. They look like tassels. :)



I really enjoyed the 7x7 remix challenge last week and I like the idea of doing some more fashion challenges to do a better job of wearing all my clothes…

Monday Odds and Ends

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What? It's Monday again?? Another weekend is past and a new week is ready to begin. Hope you had a good weekend with your family and friends. I can't believe June is already over halfway over!

Speaking of June...less than 2 weeks until Google Reader is finished. I have switched over to Bloglovin', but I still have been using Reader. This week, I am going to try to get into the habit of reading my blogs through Bloglovin'. I'd love to have you follow me there.

We had a nice Fathers' Day - got ice cream from the best local ice cream place, enjoyed dinner with my family, read books, and relaxed. Speaking of reading, here's what we're reading right now:
Anything by Jennie Allen as part of the Good Morning Girls studyThe Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen (I really am enjoying this. Historical, romance, mystery) Kit's Surprise by Valerie Tripp (Kit is our latest American Girl series that we're reading.)
We've been enjoying going to garage sale…

What I Wore: 7x7 Remix

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Last week, Audrey at Putting Me Together posted about a 7x7 remix that she was going to participate in at Ma Nouvelle Mode. I thought it sounded like a fun challenge, so I decided to try it and link up. It was really hard to pick my 7 items, especially since the 7 choices had to include shoes. I played around with a variety of different combinations, but ultimately had to make a few last minute changes because it has been so chilly here! The beginning of the week barely made it above 60 and it was gray and dreary most of the time. I also decided to actually wear these pieces for 7 days in a row (not sure if we were supposed to or not), so I had to think about how many work/casual outfits I needed.

Here are the 7 pieces I decided on:


7x7 Items June 2013 by gracenote30 on Polyvore 1. 3/4 Sleeve Yellow Striped Knit Shirt (Elder-Beerman) 2. Chambray Shirt (Croft and Barrow) 3. Lilac T-Shirt (Merona via ThredUp) 4. Gray Textured Ankle Pants (Mossimo) 5. Black Tiered Skirt (Nicole for JCPenn…

A New Week + a Giveaway

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Whew! Where did last week go? It was definitely a crazy one around here! Lots of last minute details for work, a (thankfully) minor family emergency, new classes, new schedule...you know the feeling. I am hoping this week is a bit calmer and that we can settle into our summer routine. This post is going to full of odds and ends, nothing too exciting. :)

This song was a part of our worship set this morning. It's a good one.



I'm working on sewing up a purse for my mom's birthday. Hopefully, I'll have some pictures to share later thi week. After I finish, I'm thinking about making a batch of pouches or mug rugs for the shop and then maybe some pillows for our bedroom. Plus a maxi skirt for my mom. :)

I'm on Day 5 of my 7x7 remix. Two more days of outfits! I've been working on my post for Wednesday. It's been a good challenge, but hard! You can see the items I chose here.

Last week, I started the book Anything with a couple of friends as a part of the Summe…

What I Wore: Casual

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In looking back over my outfit photos over the last few weeks, I realized I've dressed pretty casually lately. We did take a few days off and went on a mini staycation. So these are outfits I wore for the zoo, Farmer's Market, soccer, church, and a couple of days of work.


Outfit for the zoo, Hobby Lobby, and Chick-Fil-A
Shirt: Made by me, Tank: Old Navy, Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Denim Capris: Lee (Goodwill), Boat Shoes: Target


Outfit for soccer, errands, Farmer's Market
Shirt: Target via ThredUp, Skinny Jeans: Mossimo via Goodwill, Shoes: Payless, Earrings: Kohl's


Outfit for church
Top: JCPenney (on a side note, I have trouble figuring out what to wear this shirt with - how would you style it??), Pants: Worthington via Goodwill, Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Shoes: Target, Bracelet: Shabby Apple


Outfit for work
We have summer reading t-shirts that we wear every Monday for the duration of our summer reading program. I will have to see how if I can think of different …

Book Review: Gone South

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Gone South by Meg Moseley is a contemporary Christian fiction novel set in Noble, Alabama.  When Tish McComb leaves Michigan to help her mother move to Florida, she takes the opportunity to take a detour by a historic home where her McComb ancestors once lived. When she discovers the home is for sale, she makes an impulsive decision to buy the home and move to Noble. She creates a picture in her mind of settling in this quaint southern town and starting a new life. She is shocked to find out that her ancestors were not well thought of in Noble - and despite the fact that it is hundreds of years later, she is ostracized as a McComb as well. She begins to make friends with a few people including her neighbor George and takes in a young woman named Melanie who has been kicked out of her home.
First of all, I think the cover of this book is amazing. It is a great cover and draws a lot of attention. The characters and setting of the book are quite interesting and enjoyable. I think the aut…

Project Sewn Voting

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Happy Sunday! I realized that voting started a few days ago for the Project Sewn Signature Style Sew a Long. If you have a second to stop by and vote, my maxi skirt is #10! Thanks so much and have a great day!

May 2013 Clothing Purchases

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My purchases in May have been kind of strange. Several "misses" - things that didn't fit that I needed to take back or sell for various reasons. I got a great deal on some leather Target flats ($4.36 after coupon), but they ended up not fitting me, so I sold them. The black skirt from last month didn't fit, so that is in a bag to be sold. I also had a bit of a disaster with some new running shoes and they were returned as well. Sigh.

So, what did I spend my money on? :)



May Purchases and Budget by gracenote30 featuring graphic t shirts
Blue gingham shirt - $3 (garage sale)Kohl's patriotic tee - $2.11Green skinny jeans - $12.78 (Kohl's)Rain boots - $10.54 (Target)Express gray cropped pants - $3 (garage sale)Gray blazer - $2.83 (Goodwill)Long Dark Red Necklace - $5 (A Tad Monroe)Red Banana Republic Skirt - (Goodwill, purchased with gift certificate) Total: $39.26
I also got some New Balance 890 running shoes and the floral scarf and boat shoes pictured above we…