Showing posts from May, 2014

What I Wore: Simple

It is finally getting warm here, but I have been in a weird wardrobe funk. Maybe it's been the changing seasons or something, but I have so many "wants" on my clothing wishlist right now. Kind of strange for me, but I've been working on getting back on track. First, I have thrifted some great pieces over the last couple of weeks, even some things that I didn't ever expect to find at Goodwill or another resale shop. Second, I've been focusing on keeping it simple. Sometimes, I make getting dressed too complicated. There is definitely something to be said for combining basic, neutral pieces to create easy, polished looks. Here's what I've been wearing!

Top: Kohl's, White Cropped Pants: LOFT (Goodwill), Tank: Old Navy, Flats: Payless

I love these cognac flats, but will need to replace them soon. This striped top was part of my Mother's Day present. Looking forward to wearing it a lot. Oh, and I really like these white pants!

I got this new watch …

New Winner!

I never heard from the original giveaway winner, so I had to draw a new one!

The new winner is:

Laura! Congrats! I have sent you an email. :)

Thanks for your patience and Happy Tuesday!

Giveaway Winner!

I haven't forgotten that I need to pick a giveaway winner. Thanks to everyone that commented! I loved reading all of the things that you have going on!

The May Giveaway Day winner is:

Tiffany T. said...
I wasn't home for mothers day, but I did end up buying some pretty chopsticks in Little Tokyo to give to my mom when she helped me move out a few days later!

Congrats, Tiffany! Please contact me by Thursday to claim your prize!!

Summer Prep

Our school year is winding down here and I am so looking forward to spending more time with my daughter this summer! I've been doing some research, taking notes, and getting ideas for some fun activities, plus learning things I'd like to do with her this summer.

She's signed up for tumble and ballet for the summer session and she's excited to take ballet with a real ballerina! She also is taking swimming lessons and will participate in summer reading at the library where I work. Our church's Vacation Bible School is the last week of July as well.

I know I want to give her lots of chances to read and keep her skills sharp over the summer. I am thinking of putting together workboxes like these so that on weekdays she will have a small amount of structured learning each day. I also have a tentative list of chapter books I'd like to read aloud to her. Here's what I have so far:
Ramona ForeverRamona's WorldLittle House in the Big WoodsIvy and BeanElla Enchant…

What I Wore: Pop of Color

It was really warm at the beginning of the week and quite a bit cooler today. I reorganized my closet a bit earlier this week, and I think it has been helpful for seeing options. I also have been doing a lot of shopping (mostly looking) and unfortunately a lot of returning. I want to only keep things that I really love, fit great, and work in my wardrobe. More on all of this later. On to the outfits!

I have really been trying to focus on core pieces lately and most of them are neutral, but I do really love color, too. This cobalt top is one of my favorites.

Top: Target, Necklace: Penney's, Earrings: Avon, Pants: Limited via garage sale, Flats: Target

Top: Target (same as above in a different print), Black skinnies: Denizen at Target, Cardigan: New York and Company via garage sale, Shoes: Payless, Earrings: Avon

I have been trying to track down a comfy, well-made gray tee with a round neckline and a colored tee, too. Any ideas?

I'm linking up!

Remix, Rewear, Restyle at Greater …

May Giveaway Day

It's Giveaway Day! This is always such a fun time. I love reading your comments and entering other giveaways!

Here's a brief introduction if you've never been here before! I've been blogging here at Faith, Family, and Frugality since 2008. I love sewing, thrifting, style, reading, and more. I'm a wife and mama and a children's librarian. My mom and I have been running our Etsy shop, CJ's Craft Corner, together since August 2008. We'd love it if you stopped by!

On to the giveaway!

I'm giving away a fat quarter of the Farmdale fabric, a fat quarter of the floral DS quilts, a half yard of the Juliana Horner feather fabric, and over three quarters of a yard of the aqua tonal bird print.

Giveaway is open through Friday at 9:00 p.m. EST. Shipping to United States only, please. To enter, leave me a comment about your Mother's Day or the thing you are most looking forward to this spring/summer.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

Capsule Wardrobe Thoughts

*I started this post over a month ago and have done even more reading about capsule wardrobes in the meantime! I am just fascinated with capsules and reducing my wardrobe and being selective about what I buy, etc, etc. I am going to go ahead and publish this as it, but will probably be sharing some additional information + an update in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner. :)

Over the last few years, I've done lots of work on my wardrobe. I've weeded out things that don't work for me and continue to try and make good, sound purchases that really fit my style and my life. To help in this process, I've been working through some of the questions posed by Caitlin at Greater Than Rubies in her How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe series. (This is a great series and I would highly recommend it, plus Greater Than Rubies as a whole.)

In the anatomy section, she reviews a list of 7 core pieces. As I looked through my wardrobe, I decided on these 7 pieces for my core:
Black dress …

Miami Fashion Challenge

I was contacted this week by Kendra Thornton of Thornton PR, a travel expert who has been featured on Nate Berkus' and Tyra Banks' television shows, to participate in her "Miami Fashion Challenge." Below is the information she provided about her upcoming trip and the challenge itself.

"I'm satisfied with being with my family and enjoying a great dinner, but my husband wanted to go all out for this Mother's Day. I'm actually happy he did because now we are headed to Miami for a spectacular romantic vacation on the beach. We have been planning the trip together using gogobot to find different activities and places to visit. The website's reviews and user friendly social media made planning effortless. We even found our hotel there the Delano South Beach. As part of the trip, I'm creating a fashion challenge to give a chance to design three looks to wear while I'm out in Miami. I can't wait to see the different outfits that you select. To…

What I Wore: Cool Spring

It's pretty chilly here, so I'm still wearing lots of cardigans and scarves to keep warm and look springy. I love a few of the new pieces I bought in April - including white pants! I've never owned white pants, but after seeing some great looks in the Spring Style Me Pretty Challenge from Get Your Pretty On, I decided to pick up a LOFT pair I saw at Goodwill. I think I will enjoy wearing them!

Skirt: Made by Me, Cardigan: Moth (Anthropologie via Goodwill), Black Tee: Merona, Earrings: Mejer, Shoes: Payless

Denim Jacket: Macy's, Pants: Merona (via Goodwill), Shoes: White Mountain (Goodwill), Tee: Merona (ThredUp), Floral Scarf: Clothes Mentor, Earrings: Avon

My husband was making me laugh when we took this photo. :)

Pants: LOFT (Goodwill), Blouse: Apt. 9 (Goodwill), Sweater: a.n.a/Penney's, Shoes: Payless, Earrings: Avon

I'm linking up!

Remix, Rewear, Restyle at Greater Than Rubies

Fashion Friday at Musings of a Housewife

Friday's Fab Favorites at Style Elixir


Book Review: Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall

I have been looking forward to reading and reviewing this book! Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall is the fourth book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. I've read the other three books and have been anticipating the end of the series! The book begins where book three left off, so there are many situations up in the air and things that need to be resolved.

This has been one of my favorite series of Amish fiction that I have read recently. The characters are very real, full of strengths and flaws, and after reading all the books, I feel that I understand each character fairly well. Leah and Landon take a more central role in this story, which I really enjoyed. I also appreciated how Rhoda is learning to deal with her intuition and the good that comes from it as a result. The plot in this book is suspensful and interesting, much like the others in the series and makes the reader interested in seeing what is next. That being said, I was satisfied with the ending of the book…

April Clothing Budget

Easter marked the end of my no-clothes buying for Lent. I definitely did some fun shopping while my daughter was off school on spring break. I used up my Macy's gift card on a couple of items as well as $10 off $10 coupon at Penney's to get a necklace. I found some good deals at Clothes Mentor, Penney's, and Goodwill, too!

I don't have photos of all of the items I bought since many were thrifted. I will have some photos of them being worn, soon, though!

April Budget by gracenote30 featuring a teardrop bib necklace

I used up the remainder of the Macy's gift card I won from Go Chic or Go Home to get:
- Colorful necklace
-Fossil Key Per flap bag - This was my best deal this month. The bag is regular $88 and was marked down to $19.99. The store was running a 20% off promo on clearance bags, plus another 20% off with coupon, bringing the total down to around $13.00. I had $7 remaining on my gift card, so it cost me $6.60 of gift money. It is actually a replacement item …