Showing posts from July, 2014

July Purchases and Budget

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

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

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

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…

Summer Remix: Outfits 9-16

Here are the next 8 outfits in the summer remix challenge!

Outfit 9: Lime Green Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Sandals + Long Gold Necklace (Avon)

Outfit 10: Black Tee + Tan Pants + Scarf (Gift, new with tags at garage sale) + Sandals

Outfit 11: Gray Tee + White Crops + Mint Cardigan + Metallic Sandals + Necklace and Earrings (Avon)

I managed to get my hair in a bun!

I tried to get a pic of some of the outfit details. I am not great with those kinds of shots. :) I just got this necklace and the matching earrings and I love it. I've been wearing it a lot as you will see below.

Outfit 12: Navy Striped Top (1st wildcard addition) + Denim Shorts + Necklace + Boat Shoes (Target from last year)

Outfit 13: Chambray + Black Shorts + Leopard Scarf + Sandals + Gold Hoops

Outfit 14: Gray Maxi + Denim Vest + Cognac Wedges + Necklace and Earrings Set

Outfit 15: Boyfriend Jeans + Blue Tee + Sandals + Scarf (Thrifted)

Outfit 16: Floral Skirt + Black Tee + Metallic Sandals + the same jewelry :) :)


Review: Influenster TLCVoxBox

A few weeks back, I was notified by Influenster that I would be receiving the TLCVoxBox. I love trying out new products, so I was excited to see what I'd get.

Here's what was inside the box:
Neosporin Neo to Go!A coupon for a free tub of Breyers Gelato IndulgencesIvory Bar SoapAvon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle SmootherPuffs to Go packShell Fuel Rewards Network Card The Breyers Gelato was amazing! We got our freebie the day after we got the coupon and tried the Triple Chocolate flavor. It was so good! Highly recommend! The Puffs have a new home in my purse - we needed them for a summer cold my daughter had a few weeks ago. The Neo to Go has been used several times already, too. My daughter seems to like this and it is great for bumps and scrapes that need tending when we are away from home. I also loved the retro packaging on the Ivory soap.

I've signed up for the Shell Fuel Rewards program, but have not used the card yet. Most of our Shell stations are not on our typic…

Summer Remix: Outfits 1-8

I have to confess, as soon as the Summer Remix Challenge was announced, I started picking pieces and wearing outfits made up of the pieces. I already am close to halfway through the challenge. Today I'm sharing my first 8 outfits.

This time, I wrote up a list of outfits based on the pieces and I'm checking them off as I wear them. It's been nice to have a list of outfit ideas to refer to and I was able to create a list of over 50 outfits - and I could make more! Really interesting to see how many options can be made from so few clothing choices.

Outfit 1: Maxi Dress + Scarf (thrifted) + Hoops (Avon) + Metallic Sandals (Payless)

Outfit 2: Plum Tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Necklace (Avon) + Sandals (Born via + Cognac Bag (Apt. 9, thrifted)

Outfit 3: Black Tee + White Pants + Turquoise Scarf (Kohl's) + Turquoise Earrings (Avon) + Cognac Wedges (Leather, Merona, thrifted)

This outfit was inspired by this pin.

This bracelet is one my favorites. My friend bought it for m…

Link Round Up: Week 5

Hope your 4th of July was great! We managed some impromptu blueberry picking this week after dance class and stopped at our local Farmer's Market and quilt shop this morning. I bought some cream Bella solid fabric to try some embroidery while I am sitting at swimming lessons this month. :)

Lots of fashion-related links today!

The Battle of the Bulge: I definitely can relate to this one!The Easiest Way to Ruin a Good Outfit: I love cardigans! :) The comments are pretty interesting here.Intentional By Grace Monthly Checklist: Good ideas here every month. Goals with Grace: I love reading others' goals each month, but I've never linked up. Do you have monthly goals? Hope you are enjoying your summer! Happy weekend!

Book Review: Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is a novel full of intrigue, faith, romance, and suspense. Set in the mid-1800's, Nicole Renard is the only child of the owner of a large shipping company. She is intelligent, spirited, determined, and brave, but as a female in that day and age, she is unable to take over her father's shipping business. She returns to her home in Texas and finds her father gravely ill, so she sets off on a journey to find a husband and therefore an heir for her father. Through a series of detours (involving the mysterious Lafitte Dagger), she finds herself as Darius Thornton's secretary. Darius comes across as a somewhat crazy scientist, so focused on studying boilers and making them explode that he forgets to eat and sleep. Nicole soon learns there is much more to Darius than meets the eye, and even begins to care for him, even though she knows she must leave soon to fulfill her promise to her father.

The cover of this book first attracted my attention.…