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Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen is a mysterious historical fiction novel set in England in the early 1800's. Abigail Foster is the older sister - practical and supportive of her family. She feels tremendous guilt over a unsuccessful financial decision she helped her father make, which causes major monetary problems for their family. In her quest to right this situation, she and her father stumble upon temporary lodging in the form of an abandoned manor home called Pembrooke Park. Nothing can prepare the Fosters for the aura of mystery surrounding Pembrooke Park and the tragic events that occurred there over eighteen years ago.

The setting of this book (both time and place) are wonderful, especially for those that enjoy classic British novels. I found the book full of suspense and intrigue. There were many plot twists and turns. I found many of the revelations in the book to be unexpected. Abigail is a well-developed character and I found her to be both likable and re…

Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014

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2014 was a good year for thrifting! I found some great pieces for my wardrobe, plus some new Pyrex. All of these favorites were from Goodwill or garage sales.


Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014 by gracenote30 featuring a white sheer top In no particular order, here are this year's favorites! Leopard FlatsBlack and White Striped TeeFloral Shift DressBlack and White Polka Dot Button UpDaisy Pyrex CasseroleCobalt Blue Knit BlazerJCP Bird Print Button Up (Not pictured)Apt. 9 Boyfriend Jeans (Not pictured)LOFT Cropped White Pants Are you a thrifter? Any favorite secondhand pieces this year?

November Clothing Budget (Really Late!) and a Quick Update

I'm still here! I know it is more than halfway through December, but I wanted to do a quick November budget post so I would have a record of the whole year on here.

My birthday was Nov. 30, so I got a few things for my birthday, bought some things on Black Friday, and had a couple of odds and ends during the earlier part of the month. I'm having trouble getting Polyvore to work, so I will just list this month's budget and expenses.

Mustard Mossimo Cardigan from Target: $5.13
Bird Print Blouse from Goodwill: $4.98
Plaid Mossimo Button Up from Target: $7.00
Plaid Scarf from Charming Charlie: $5.00
Olive Laura Scott Vest from Sears: Birthday money
Blue Sonoma Pants from Ebay: Gift card and birthday money

I also bought a couple of tops from Goodwill without trying them on (always a mistake!) and neither one worked so that was a waste of around $7.00

Total spent in November: $29.11 out of pocket

I am still posting outfit photos on Instagram. That seems to be working better for …

Cyber Monday Shop Sale!

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I haven't posted in awhile, but am hoping to have my November budget post up this week and possibly even another post or two! We've been busy with Thanksgiving and a large custom order for the shop, plus lots of other things.

I wanted to share the CJ's Craft Corner Cyber Monday sale today! Use the code CYBER14 to get 15% off any order. This code is good through Dec. 2, 2014. We have lots of great gift items available including key fobs, tea wallets, mug rugs, car trash bags, and more. We do take custom orders, but if you'd like something, please contact us soon!

Here are a few of my favorites right now:


Purple Wristlet Key Fob - $3.25

I have one and use it all the time - great when you need your hands free during shopping!


Red, Aqua, and Gray Tea Wallet - $5.75

Carry your tea bags with you in this cute wallet!


Green Mug Rug - $6.50

I snack in front of the computer all the time and I always use a mug rug. This would be a cute gift paired with a mug and a Starbucks gift car…

Book Review: To Everything a Season

To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling is the first book in the Song of Blessing series. However, the setting and characters in the book are familiar to many of us that have read other Lauraine Snelling books. Set in Blessing, North Dakota, the novel continues to chronicle the lives of the Bjorklund family. In addition to extending the storylines of many characters, some new people are introduced to the town, including a nurse named Miriam.

Overall, I did like this book. It definitely wasn't my favorite book of Lauraine Snelling, for reasons I explain below. Lauraine Snelling's writing style is quite enjoyable. She does a nice job of creating well-developed, believeable characters. The reader is able to understand the emotions and decisions facing each character. The setting is also wonderful. I like how the book allows the reader to put him/herself into the time period in history being depicted.  I also like how the author weaves the characters' faith into the book.…

What I'm Into: October 2014

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I've been enjoying reading others' monthly round-ups at the link up hosted at Leigh Kramer, so I thought I'd give it a try this month.

So somehow October is over and November is here! We had some beautiful fall weather in October and pretty foliage, too. It was a good month, but hard, too. My dad's thyroid cancer is active again, so now he is looking at consultations with new doctors out of town and serious concerns from his doctor here are making us struggle daily not to be fearful and anxious. So we would definitely appreciate your continued prayers for him and his doctors.

On to what I'm into this month!

Books
The River by Beverly LewisWhen I Fall in Love by Susan May WarrenTo Everything a Season by Lauraine SnellingA Plain Man by Mary EllisA Plain Love Song by Kelly IrvinCaught in the Middle by Regina JenningsA Matter of Heart by Tracie PetersonThe Promise by Beth Wiseman My favorite book this month was A Matter of Heart. The most unique, interesting title I r…

Capsule Wardrobe Update: November

I'm still moving along with my capsule wardrobe! I am not strictly following the "rules" that I have seen set forth in various locations about capsule wardrobes. I didn't go shopping ahead of time, but pulled the pieces together from what I already own. Each month, I re-evaluate what I've been wearing a lot, what is working, and what isn't, then adding or subtracting pieces as needed. I have a core set of items that isn't changing too much, which is mostly composed of pants because I only have a few pieces that work for me. Most of the swapping occurs in the area of tops. This month, I am going to start adding some sweaters - it got cold here this weekend!

So here are my pieces for November:

Tops:
Light ChambrayGray 3/4 Sleeve TeeBlack and Gray Striped Long Sleeve TeeBlack and White Striped TeeNavy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve TopBlue Snakeskin Print Tunic BlouseGreen and White Gingham Button UpAnimal Print ShellPolka Dot Button Down ShirtPur…

October Clothing Budget

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I'm still here! I haven't posted much lately - I've been enjoying posting some daily outfits on Instagram. I am still working with the items in my fall capsule wardrobe. I transitioned some pieces out at the end of September and brought some new pieces in at the beginning of October. I didn't shop ahead of time to create my fall capsule, so I have added a few pieces to it throughout this month.




October Budget by gracenote30 featuring American Eagle Outfitters
Most of this month's items were purchased second hand, so I don't have photos for everything.

I used a ThredUp credit to purchase:
Teal Merona DressAmerican Eagle Gingham Button Down Total spent: $1.45

Goodwill:
AB Studio Striped Top and AB Studio High Low Chiffon BlouseAqua LOFT Tie Neck Blouse Total spent: $11.61

Target:
Coral Flower NecklaceCobalt Blue Tote Total spent: $12.62

Cents of Style
Leopard Print Scarf Total spent: $5.35

October Total: $31.03

The dress, gingham button down, and striped top were all …

Book Review: The River

The River by Beverly Lewis is an Amish fiction book set in the late 1970's. The book tells the story of Tilly and Ruth, two siblings that used to be Amish. The sisters have remained close and involved in each other's lives, but they rarely interact with their Amish family. When they are invited to attend their parents' wedding anniversary celebration, they reluctantly decide to return to their home.

Ruth and Tilly have unfinished business in Lancaster County. Tilly is plagued by guilt from the death of her much younger sister. Ruth never resolved a relationship with her former beau. In addition, Tilly and her father have always had a very difficult relationship which has only gotten worse after she left the Amish faith. The visit ends up being significant for both sisters finding peace with these issues.

I always enjoy Beverly Lewis books and this one was no exception. She does a lovely job of describing the Amish community. The book also does a wonderful job of bringing…

Fall Capsule Wardrobe Update + 31 Days, 31 Ways

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I wanted to take some time to write about how my fall capsule wardrobe has been going now that it is fall! I started wearing my fall capsule September 1 and have worn the 34 pieces (plus one I added) this entire time. I really have enjoyed wearing the pieces and haven't "missed" the rest of my closet too much. I planned to tweak the capsule as needed, and now that it is so chilly, I am swapping out some of the warmer weather pieces and putting in some more cool weather pieces. Here's the current capsule with the swaps and additions.

Tops:
Coral TeeLight ChambrayGray 3/4 Sleeve TeeGray Striped TeeLight Blue TeeNavy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve TopBlue Snakeskin Print Tunic BlouseOrange and Green Plaid Button DownRaspberry and Mustard Plaid Button DownAnimal Print ShellPolka Dot Button Down ShirtPurple Print BlouseHot Pink Plaid Button DownBlack Long Sleeve Tee Removed: Black Ruffle Top, Sleeveless Tie Snakeskin Blouse, Brown and Black Tank, Gray Tee
Added…

Book Review: Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions

I received the book Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson quite awhile ago. I asked to review this book because I have a 6 year old that asks really tough questions - and I know they will only get harder! I haven't read this entire book cover to cover, but intend to use it as a resource for ideas when needed. I'd like to give an overview of the content of the book even though I have not completely read it yet.

The first thing I noticed as I flipped through this book is that the content is based on the Bible. There are many, many passages of Scripture quoted throughout the text. The book addresses a range of topics including: sin, death, natural disasters, war, and more. Kids hear about these topics at school and on the news, so I know I need to be ready and have ideas on how to answer these questions as they arise. The second thing I really like about this book…

September Clothing Budget

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September Clothing Budget by gracenote30 featuring loop scarves Time for another clothing budget post! Right off the bat, I spent around $30 on tanks and other essentials. I don't know about you, but I always procrastinate on buying boring stuff like socks and underwear. I needed to replace some things badly, so I started off with that. I spent more than $50 total because I don't include these essentials in my normal budget.

Goodwill:
Floral Maurices ScarfRed Target Infinity ScarfBlack and Brown Striped LOFT TankBlack and White Print Jones New York ShortsMerona Print Dress Total spent at Goodwill: $12.85

Target:
2 Pairs Lonna and Lilly EarringsPlaid Merona Scarf Total spent at Target: $18.75

Other:
School Tee to wear for Homecoming Total: $5

Total spent in September: $36.60

I love my new scarves and the earrings are getting a lot of wear, too. I actually spent full price for the Merona scarf. It is available online now, and I've updated the photo above with a picture of it!

Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge Sign Up!

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Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to post and share about the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge sign up at Get Your Pretty On. I participated in the Spring Challenge and really enjoyed it. Alison releases a seasonal shopping list first, then uses those pieces in 21 different outfits over the course of the challenge. The pieces are essentially a mini fall capsule wardrobe.

The Spring Challenge was so much fun and a great way to think of new ways to put together my pieces! I actually was finishing up a shopping fast during the Spring Challenge, so I didn't buy too many pieces at all. Most of it involved shopping my own closet and finding different ways to combine these pieces. There is also a wonderful Facebook group for each challenge that you get access to as part of purchasing/signing up for the challenge. This is a great resource for sharing and support from all the ladies participating. I have to say, it is so nice to be a part of this challenge and not have to think about what to …

Fall Capsule: The Pieces

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Over the weekend, I did some blog hopping/reading, and came across several posts about others putting together capsule wardrobes. Anne at In Residence is having a link up of several other bloggers that are creating and wearing capsule wardrobes. I've been wearing my capsule pieces since Sept. 1, so I thought I would put together a post about my pieces and showing a few outfits I've been wearing.

Tops:
Coral TeeLight ChambrayBlack Ruffle TopGray TeeGray Striped TeeSleeveless Tie Snakeskin BlouseNavy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve TopBrown and Black LOFT Tank Blue Snakeskin Print Tunic BlousePlaid Button DownAnimal Print ShellPolka Dot Button Down Shirt Bottoms:
Black JeansGray Houndstooth Print PantsBlue Skinny JeansBoyfriend JeansTan Dress PantsOlive JeansTeal Green Skinny JeansMaroon KhakisBlack SkirtAbstract Animal Print Maxi SkirtStraight Leg Jeans Dresses:
Black and White Striped DressGray Maxi DressBlack Short Sleeve Dress Completer Pieces:
Rust Colored CardiganDen…

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 3

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I've been enjoying this weekly favorites post. It's been good for me - I get a chance to focus throughout the week on the positives that come my way. So here we go with three of my favorites from this week!

1. Seems like a lot of my favorites lately deal with flowers. :) I do love flowers, so this makes sense. This week, my daughter started her dance classes. On Monday, she tumbles at one location and then has jazz at another location. As we were driving to the second class, we found this awesome free cutting garden! It was so fun, I took my mom back there the following day. It was still fun, but the sand sucked my foot and sandal down into the mud! It wasn't even wet. She got a bunch of sunflowers, so was very happy. :)


2. I have been working on some new ideas for my library programs. This week, I made some fun smelling bottles for a five senses science program I have coming up. My daughter tested them out for me and said they were pretty neat. :) I also made a couple of…

What I Wore: Late Summer and Early Fall Capsule

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I've been so inspired by capsule wardrobes lately, I decided to put together one for late summer and early fall. I haven't actually picked all my pieces, but I am aiming for 20-30 total pieces (not including shoes and accessories), and hoping to wear them for the next month to 6 weeks. So far, I have worn 12 different pieces. I have a pretty good idea about others that I want to include, but I am trying to be flexible.

This week was by far the hottest of the entire summer. It has started out cooler in the mornings, so I've needed jackets and cardigans for the morning and in the air conditioning at work. I got a lot of wear out of a few sleeveless tops and my skirts and dresses this week. Here are a few looks from this past week.


Black Ruffle Sleeveless Top + Black Tiered Skirt + Bronze Flat Sandals


Gray and White Striped Tee + Dark Khaki Pants + Rust Cardigan + Leopard Flats


Striped Dress + Cobalt Blazer + Black Flats


Striped Dress + Bronze Flat Sandals


Snakeskin Print Blo…

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 2

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Another week finished! It was a short one - I could definitely get used to 4-day work/school weeks!

Here are my favorites from this week!



1. Field of Sunflowers - We visited this field on Labor Day and it was just gorgeous! So pretty! We all took turns taking photos.

2. This Feather Printable - I also love the story behind it, so take some time to read through some of the previous posts.

3. Porch Decor - I didn't get any photos yet, but I spent $50 today on a few new items for our porch and put up some fall decor. Our Lowe's had some great deals on plant stands, mums, and more, so I really got some good deals. It's been awhile since I've done something like this, so it was fun.

What are your favorites from this week?

I'm linking up to Mom Advice!

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 1

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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 …

August Clothing Budget

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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 by gracenote30 featuring old navy jeans
eBay Gift Card
Mossimo Cardigan - NWTMerona Print BlousePink 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 - NWTMerona Striped Tee (not pictured, …

What I Wore: Layers

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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! I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy
Has it been cool enough to start wearing fall clothes in your area or is it still really hot?

Book Review: Captured by Love

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 th…

What I Wore: New Thrifted Finds

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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 som…

Summer Remix: Final Thoughts

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Here we are at the end of the summer remix challenge! I made a collage of all my looks, but I can't get the image to load. You can take a look at all the looks together in this Polyvore collage.

I learned a lot from the challenge. Overall, I was surprised that I didn't mind wearing the same pieces during the time frame. I am glad that my wardrobe is a in a better place and that I am happy with the vast majority of what I have.

I loved that I had some great skirts and dresses to wear. I did get rid of one of my skirts after the challenge was over - I've had it a few years and just didn't love most of the outfits that included the skirt, so decided it was time to weed it out of my closet.

My most worn pieces were my white cropped pants, boyfriend jeans, black tee, and chambray shirt. My mint cardigan got a lot of wear, too. I also loved the denim vest and really enjoyed wearing my shorts!

I have actually been considering utilizing a capsule wardrobe more often - picking…

Late Summer and Early Fall Simple Wreath DIY

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I made a sunflower wreath and have been using it for several years. It was starting to look a bit worn, so I knew it was time to make a new one. My inspiration was this hydrangea wreath from One Little Momma. The directions there were great, too. I have never used hot glue for a wreath before - it worked really well!



When I got to the store, the hydrangeas were fairly expensive. Joann Fabric was running a special on their spring/summer florals - 70% plus 20% and I had a 25% off coupon, so I decided to take a look and see what might work for a late summer wreath. I ended up buying the following supplies. All prices are after coupons/discounts.
One bunch of hydrangeas at $5.25Three bunches of cream roses at $1.80/each, $5.39One 18" grapevine wreath form at $3.74A pack of 30 glue sticks for my glue gun at $2.25 Approximate cost = $16.50


I had a gift card that covered most of the cost. I did buy some additional flowers that I didn't need, so I am returning a few things as well.

What I Wore: Print Shorts

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I haven't been sewing as much lately...it's been tough to get into a good routine and lots of other things have taken priority. Last weekend, I was inspired by the Shorts on the Line event at Imagine Gnats and decided to make myself some shorts!

I have been wanting print shorts all summer, so I thought it might be fun to go through my stash and see what fabric I had that would work. I ended up choosing a piece of grey and cream home decor weight fabric that I had picked up as a remnant awhile back.

I used this tutorial to sketch out my pieces and added a simple elastic waistband. They obviously aren't the fanciest in terms of sewing, but I really like how they turned out - and I keep thinking of ways to wear them, so they are very remixable, too! I liked them so much I wore them to church last week. :)

They're a bit rumpled after being worn all day, but here are a couple close-ups.


I'm linking up!  Sunday Best at The Modern Austen

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty O…

July Purchases and Budget

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It feels more like October here today, but we're almost to the end of July! Time for a quick budget roundup for clothes and accessories this month. I did buy quite a bit this month, but most of it was bought second-hand. :) I don't have pictures of everything, but here's the breakdown of what I bought.



July Purchases and Budget by gracenote30 featuring a perforated leather belt
Garage Sales:
Denim jacket - $5 (made into a vest)Striped dress - $2Apt. 9 polka dot blouse - $1 (so excited about this one!)Style and Co. long-sleeve tunic/dress - $2 (still had the tags on it)St. John's Bay brown and tan striped cardigan - $2 Goodwill:
Anne Klein print tunic blouse - $3.25Axcess print wrap dress - $5.68 Kohl's:
Light green 3/4 sleeve tee - $3.50Gold cross earrings - $2.10 Target:
Print scarf - $5.34Camel colored belt - gift card Twice:
Light green NY and Co pants - $6.16 Plato's Closet:
Dark olive GAP stretch ankle pants - $1.07 JCPenney:
Ankle boots - $13.83 Total: $52.93

I a…

Summer Remix: Outfits 25-31

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If you're following along -this is it! The last set of outfits in the 20x30 remix. I'll save most of my reflections for next week's round up, but honestly, I really didn't feel burned out wearing my pieces until the last couple of days, which is pretty good in my book! Here are the last 7 outfits!
Outfit 25: Mint Cardigan + Blue Tee + Jeans (I added this as my 20th piece, but only wore it once.) + Colorful Flats Necklaces

I actually changed into this outfit one day after work because it was so chilly!


Outfit 26: Tan Pants + Navy Striped Top + Floral Scarf + Metallic Sandals


Outfit 27: Black Tee + Black Shorts + Mint Cardigan + Colorful Scarf + Metallic Sandals

Outfit 28: Gray Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Tennis Shoes + Floral Scarf This wasn't my favorite outfit - maybe the shoes? - but it made a comfy travel outfit on a cool rainy day.
Outfit 29: Chambray + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Colorful Necklace


Outfit 30: Plum Tee + Gray Maxi Dress + Cognac Wedges + Lila…

Target Clothing Clearance Finds - July 2014

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I have a $5 Target gift card burning a hole in my pocket. :) I've been online browsing the Target clearance - we have a red card, so I get free shipping on any order. Here are a few items I'm considering:


Target Finds July 2014 by gracenote30 featuring bleached skinny jeans Do you have a favorite? Which one should I try?

Summer Remix: Outfits 17-24

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Here are 8 more outfits in this summer's remix challenge!


Outfit 17: Striped Dress + Mint Cardigan + Metallic Sandals + Necklace


Outfit 18: Lime Green Tee + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Scarf

Outfit 19: Black Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Metallic Sandals + Colorful Scarf 
Outfit 20: Chambray + Plum Tee + Denim Shorts + Brown Sandals


Outfit 21: Gray Tee + Maxi Skirt + Metallic Sandals + Necklaces


Outfit 22: Pastel Button Down + Boyfriend Jeans + Metallic Sandals


Outfit 23: Striped Dress + Chambray Shirt + Cognac Wedges + Turquoise Jewelry
 Outfit 24: Blue Tee + Denim Vest + White Crops + Metallic Sandals + Necklaces Reflections and thoughts for this week: It's been cool here, so layering with cardigans and scarves has worked well. I tried knotting my shirt in Outfit 21 (thanks to your suggestions!) and it added some shape to the outfit, I think. I also wore my chambray knotted over my dress, trying to give it a skirt/top look.I won a really cool Origami Owl locket and I bought t…