Thursday, March 31, 2011

Awkward & Awesome & Outfit Fail

Sometimes I think really hard about an outfit, have it all hanging up, properly layered on a hanger, jewelry included, and it looks awesome. Then, I get up a little later since I don't have to think about what I'm gonna wear, get dressed with my geniusly pre-planned outfit, and feel a bit disappointed when my master plan turned out to be a flop. Thank goodness for adorable, fashion-forward toddlers who are walking around, playing with the perfect shoes to compliment an outfit and make it a little better. Guys, I seriously couldn't decide on shoes this morning. I was so wishy washy about the outfit in the first place, and Little S. walked up with these shoes and all I could think was, "Kid, you are a genius." I'm still not pleased with the look as a whole, but the oxfords definitely made it better.

I did about two Awkward & Awesome Thursdays and got overwhelmed with other stuff, a while back. It's making a comeback, and Awkward & Awesome Thursday, hosted by Sydney, will be a regular weekly event around here, now!

grey dress: Old Navy
purple peasant top: Miley Cyrus/Max Azria for WalMart
powder blue cardigan: Old Navy, gifted by ML
studded oxfords: Ross (brand is worn), gifted by Rochelle
long beaded knot necklace: gifted by ML
short flower necklace: gifted by my aunt

Wow... I didn't buy a whole lot of this ensemble, huh?
Thanks for contributing to my wardrobe, everyone!
I'm always open to donations, btw.

- Taking outfit pictures outside of my favorite Mexican restaurant and hearing the security alarm going off on the inside... Yikes!
- Starting the P today and having a Mounds bar, S'Mores pop tart, and an iced Cocoa Cappuccino for breakfast. Hello, chocoholic?
- Having the Chair of my department comment on yesterday's outfit like this: "Wow! Look at those stockings! HOLY COW!" All I could think was, "Is this inappropriate?" But we totally don't have a dress code, really... 
- Signing up to get text updates from American Idol so I can vote... like a 13-year-old, then voting for Casey, Haley, and Lauren 30x, each.

- JLo's dress, last night! Hell yeah! I want it. Can someone work that out for me?
- We Love Colors. That is all.  
- We're going to Olive Garden for lunch, today! Woo!
- My boss' relationship with his wife (he brought her to work today so they could hang in his office). They are SO CUTE!
- Bloggy friends that are super extra supportive.
- Third day hair success! Extra yay!

Grab one of Sydney's adorable buttons and link up for 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We Love Colors Wednesday: Scarlet Red

You read it right, my friends! New outlook, new feature! Wednesdays are going to be my days to feature sweet legs and my lovely sponsor, We Love Colors!

skirt (worn as tube dress): Thrifted
blazer: Thrifted and birthday gifted by Rochelle
scarlet red tights: c/o We Love Colors
booties: Payless
teal bead and chain necklace: Body Shop
teal belt: Old Navy

You guys know how much I love the combination of red and teal, right? It's unexpected, but so classic at the same time. There was a Tiffany blue/ruby craze in the wedding biz a few years ago, and perhaps my love of the combo stems from buying every wedding magazine featuring the colors for inspiration (AFTER I was married). I'm definitely considering doing this scheme in a room at our house. Hubs will be on board, because he loves me and I'm awesome.

Also, in case you were wondering how awesome Hubs is, he stopped by work to pick me up in the parking lot on his way home this morning. He took my pictures AND saved me from the freezing rain. What a lover, right? Then (just when I thought I couldn't love him any more), he tweeted this:
"Taking pics of @FashionMomma22 brings back great college art memories and how fun it is!"
I love that man.

Just in case you're missing Little S., she taught me what a pentafoil is last night.
Do you know what that is?
Also, we took her potty seat to dinner last night and she used it before AND after eating at the restaurant!!!

For all you lovers of pretty things, please check out my friend's mom's Etsy shop, Doe Run Jewelry! Each piece is handmade and no two items are exactly alike. I'm so excited to see where the shop goes! 
There just may be a Doe Run Jewelry giveaway in the nearish future! 
Get pumped and start telling me what your favorites are! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Front Yard of Opportunity

... or just my front yard. 
It's whatever, really.

But it's not whatever at all, actually. A ton of this blog has disappeared into cyberspace and/or my own personal external hard drive. I hate that cyber bully more than anyone can possibly understand. But what the hacker has done for me is allow me to take a good, long look at my life and priorities and I've been able to grab a little perspective on everything. I'm thankful that during the few days that I literally couldn't work on the blog, I was able to realize that I spend a lot more time writing in the evenings than I do sleeping... or doing laundry... or making lists of chores and meals (things I actually enjoy and need to be doing). I've sort of lost grip regarding the unmeasurables in life to a world that has become measurable by "how many, how much, how far, how long?"

This blog began as a motivational tool for me to get dressed in something other than sweatpants, after I gave birth to my daughter. It helped me cope with a lot of anxiety and "extra time" that I all of a sudden had after nursing and pumping for a zillion hours a day. And now? Now, this blog is still a creative outlet. It still motivates me to get dressed and document my life in a way I'd never have imagined. This blog is the nurturer of SO many relationships of which I'm extremely appreciative.

So, basically, thank you for helping me grow. Thank you for helping me through that craptastic hacking event from last week. Thank you for STILL being here.

And now, I'm going to thank you for continuing to be here while I try to re-find my niche as a personal style blogger, with a little more life perspective, and a little bit of a new outlook on what this place is gonna be like.

charcoal silk top: Banana Republic (so sweetly Christmas gifted by ML)
leopard cardi: APT. 9 via Kohl's
charcoal and light grey striped slacks: Old Navy
pewter buckle flats: from Whitney
necklace: Zales, Christmas gifted by Husband (2007)
earrings: Charlotte Russe

I know someone who needs to get that halo taken care of.
Holy roots.

And two orders of business:

1. Please check out the sexiest blog giveaway, EVER, over at Lulapalooza!
Then pray that I win, 'cause ya'll know your girl needs a pick-me-up when Hubs starts working day shift, hopefully next week!a

2. My dear friend, Rochelle, is moving to Japan in a few weeks. She's going to be literally living out of a suitcase for the next month and she's having us VOTE on what pieces she should include in that suitcase!
Check out the choices and give a little insight, here!

3. Go 'head and drool over the lemon bars that Collette posted.
I'm going to the store for ingredients.
Like... now.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mansome Monday: Eye Candy

Before I let Jason take the reigns, here, I need to simply say that he has been a constant pillar of support while my blog has been through the ringer over the past few days. He might play rough (and I admit, I've been on the defense several times, before), but more than the character, Jason is a stand-up guy. Dude, I really appreciate your having my back all the time.
Now... if I could just get you to stop making fun of people.

You might also notice that a lot of my blog posts are gone. This was partially by my choice and partially by someone else's. Several of my posts were tampered with or deleted as of the wee hours of this morning. I took it upon myself to weed out any posts including my daughter's photo and all posts that were tampered with or no longer had photos connected for whatever reason. It's been a really hard time for me, while coming to grips with the fact that my blog is basically starting over from the beginning of this year, when I've been writing it since November 2009. But I cannot change what's been done and I can only keep my head up and move forward. That being said, I will unfortunately (and it BREAKS my heart that I feel unsafe enough to do this) not be hosting Trendy Tots Tuesday, anymore. I know many of you (including me) really enjoyed Tuesday posts and pictures of Little S., especially in her sweet We Love Colors tights! But for the safety of my family, I am choosing not to post photos of my daughter, any more. 

Which leads me to... Mansome Monday, which will have its very own place in the Navigation Bar! Jason adds a bit of sass to my blog that I wouldn't otherwise bring. I enjoy having a guy's perspective on what's important regarding everyday menswear. Reading comes with a price, though. Take the leap and find out if you're prepared. The sarcasm might hit you in the face.
Fair warning. :)


Welcome back my friends to the blog that never ends! It is like you all are my Prodigal children your Fashion Poppa is here to welcome you home! Remember all, it is not what you say, think, or even how you treat people, it is all about how you look! Spring is right around the corner and I am working very diligently to help the man in your life become an iota closer to Mansomement. (Yup, made up another word!) I never understood why everyone wanted to look good for the warmer weather. It is like they are actually trying to date the weather! Fellas and ladies, just because the temperature rises does not mean you should be more fashion conscious, you should be fashion conscious regardless of temperature! I would also like to point out that less can be more. Many of you know that I teach young adults and many are under the impression that lots of skin = a Womansome outfit, and yes, sometimes it is the fellas that think their tanikini-looking shirt will attract the ladies. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

Recently Fashion Momma was victim of a cyber crime. I must apologize to Fashion Momma and all of her readers; why? I found out that the perpetrator was a jealous boyfriend of an avid Fashion Poppa fan and a devout Mansomelite (yup, Mansomelite (noun): “one who is actively trying to become more Mansome” look it up!) That is all I will say about this no-life because he/she does not deserve anyone’s time of day. And you know that I know that he/she knows he/she could not be further from Mansome or Womansome if they tried.

My outfit today is one that shows off all of my assets, which are... everything! My shoes are my black lace Pronto Uomo. The pants are from Express and if you look real close you can see the checkered pattern. Go ahead, you can stare, wouldn’t be the first time or the last time. Your coworkers will understand once they see the outfit and the person wearing it! My shirt is from Banana Republic and it features purple stripes. I will let you just take the outfit in for a minute or so………………………………………… 
Don’t feel embarrassed I could not begin my lesson, today, for the same reason.

Outfit name: Eye Candy – Need I say more? Nope, just scroll back up and checkout my picture!
Thanks for reading! Thanks again for all of the follows! Keep your comments and questions coming! Continue reading Fashion Momma’s blog and following us on twitter, FashionMomma22 andJWFaulkner! Have a good week and see you, again, Monday. 

... and Jason

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rainbows, Tags, & Awards!

First, we'll do the rainbows!

When: Thursday, March 24 (the day of virtual bullying)

polka dot top: Motherhood
navy cardigan: New York & Company
fuchsia skirt: Handmade/Thrifted
black tights: Old Navy
black boots: Payless
pink belt: Old Navy

The lovely Ariana of FATale Fashion tagged me in the Handwriting Tag!

Here are the rules:
1. Write your name & blog name
2. URL
3. Write, "A quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog!"
4. Favorite quote
5. Favorite song
6. Favorite bands/singers
7. Anything you want to say
8. tag some other bloggers!

This is my version:

And the last (but certainly not least important) order of business for Sunday is that sweet, sweet Emily of Emilina Sassperina gave me the Versatile Blogger Award! If I award this to you, I'm sorry, but I can't grab the award button from Emily's blog. Maybe you'll have better luck?

If awarded the Versatile Blogger Award, you should link back to the person who gave it to you, write seven facts about yourself, and award seven other lovely bloggers!

Here we go!

1. Becoming a mother is quite literally the BEST thing that's ever happened to me.
2. I follow all of the American Idol 2011 contestants on Twitter.
3. I may or may not (but probably do) dabble in a bit of singing, myself.
4. I am NOT a morning person and have no clue how I manage to smile for my blog photos before work.
5. I'm addicted to sleep.
6. I honestly had no idea people that I was funny, until about two weeks ago.
7. My biggest goal in life is to raise happy, healthy, engaging, loving children, who grow up with a thirst for knowledge, reciprocal relationships, and will let me move in when I can no longer wipe my own behind.

I pass this blog award to:

Have a wonderful remainder of the weekend!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shine and the Sand

Back to your regularly scheduled programming!
If you didn't read yesterday's post, please check it out and keep your content safe!

On a happy note, the weather's been fantastic all week long! If you know me well enough, you know that this is the kind of weather I can dig. I don't mind being freezing cold, but it's not preferred. And severe heat and humidity? Gag me with a spoon. This skin and hair weren't made to deal with such conditions. But give me mid 70s, sunny, and medium humidity, and I'm a happy girl.

This particular outfit was completely inspired by Collette's Weekend Jean Lover post. Granted, this outfit wasn't worn on a weekend, I still loved the idea of cuffed jeans and a cute sweatshirt, spruced up with some classic warm-weather heels. 

When: Wednesday, March 23

sequined sweatshirt: New York & Company
collared tank: Motherhood
jeans: Old Navy (I cuffed them)
- I haven't fit into these jeans in over a year! -
wedges: Lower East Side (swiped from Mom)
necklace: Handmade by Whitney
scarf as headband: Spotted and gotted from Rochelle's closet!

Love it when Husband takes photos from this angle. He makes me look tall and skinny.
Yes, please!

The sand by my office parking lot looked so inviting. I almost wanted to take my shoes off and squish my toes in it! But, we're nowhere near the beach, this is a college campus (so the chances of broken bottles or pee remnants are high), and I actually liked these shoes way too much to take off!

Hope ya'll are having a fun weekend!
I'm home in VA with my family, playing Cranium, Apples to Apples, and cooking lots of yummy (and healthy) food!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Technicolor Tribute

Since I started collaborating with We Love Colors, I have had the opportunity to walk around my little corner of North Carolina and claim the streets with some pretty snazzy looking legs!

I just wanted to share some of my favorite looks created with We Love Colors products!


 {Scarlet Red}

{Take 2}


{Scout Green}


{Medium Blue}

A big THANK YOU is in order for my wonderful sponsor and lovers of all things colorful! We Love Colors has truly spiced up my wardrobe and helped me hold my closet's hand while it stepped out of its little comfort zone. I've also finally been introduced to tights that fit women of all shapes and sizes and can be washed and worn over and over and over and over and over... You get it! They last!
 Go bold or go home!

Back Up Your Blog Content!

Friends, as you know, I oft lean toward my lighter side, my whimsy, sarcasm (perhaps?), and apparently my "self-indulgent" wittiness. But, yesterday, was fairly traumatic for me, so I'm going to have to tone down the glitter and talk real with you. 

It all started with a Facebook message on the Fashion Momma page, Wednesday night. I logged in to check my personal stuff, when I noticed there was a message. It was from "Mary Sivortne." The message started off pleasantly enough. She/He complimented me on my sartorial choices, writing skills, and the adorableness that is Little S. This person quickly left her warm intro and jumped into an epic paragraph about all the things she/he did not like about my blog. First and foremost, I complain too much about not having the chance to be a stay-at-home mom to Little S. Second, I complain too much about my husband having to work night shift. Third, I complain too much about where I live and how I'd rather be back in Virginia with my friends and family. This person called me selfish, conceited, self-indulgent, transparent, and ungrateful, among too many other adjectives to remember. This person said that I have no right to complain about having to work, because the economy is so bad that I'm blessed to have a job. This person said that I'm selfish and transparent, that I should be thankful for the ability to have children and to have a husband who is alive and working to support his family. This person compared my complaints to the disaster in Japan, and tried to put my "complaining" into perspective. This person also decided to close her/his message with something along the lines of, "Just because your have good writing skills doesn't mean that what you have to say is important enough to be published for public reading. You really have nothing good to say."

You might ask why I keep referring to "Mary" as "she/he" or "this person." Well, after taking a good 20-30 minutes, trying to decide what a civil and appropriate response would be to such a message, I clicked "reply" and I get: Profile no longer exists. So, now, friends... I have to know. Did "Mary" create a fake facebook profile just to tell me how horrible of a person I am? Before you tell me that I'm not any of those things, don't worry. I know that. Is that self-indulgent of me? That I know I'm not selfish and ungrateful? I was simply going to tell "Mary" that if she didn't like my blog, there was no pressure to continue reading, that I'm grateful for a job, and I don't wish to have the opportunity taken away as much as I wish I didn't have to pay someone else to essential raise my child. Part of me was glad that the profile was gone, because the message wasn't worth my time to respond, anyway. Part of me was worried that I'm totally off-base and am portraying myself as this person "Mary" described. Eventually (by 3:00 am), I fell asleep, and woke up a few hours later without a thought in the world about the message.

And then, all hell broke loose at work, today. My Disqus account was hacked and was spamming people who either follow my blog or subscribe to my comments. Within 10 minutes after Disqus was hacked, my personal email was sending out spam emails to random people in my contacts. At that point, I felt violated, but figured I could handle it and get things under control. A few minutes later, though, I was locked out of my email AND my Facebook accounts. And when I didn't think matters could get much worse, my mom called to notify me that when she went to my blog URL, a message popped back saying, "This blog no longer exists." At that point, I contacted our IT guy at work. He came to check out my computer and found that the hacker disarmed Symantec antivirus AND blocked my ability to download anything else to the computer (ie: anti-malware or spyware software). Throughout the remainder of the day, I was traveling to different computers and even using my cell phone to change and update account information for all the places that were hacked. EACH time I changed my email password, the hacker changed it so I couldn't access the refreshed account, within 10 minutes of my recovering things. 

Is "Mary" related to this series of incidents? I honestly have no idea.
Strange that I received the comment right before doomsday, though!

I received notification that this hijacking of my accounts was not a "normal" virus that follows usual protocol. The virus wasn't dropped on my computer to hack all of my accounts and send information to the jerk who did it. Instead, the accounts were hacked, one by one, and when the hacker got deep enough into things and was able to access enough information to get to my work computer, he/she dropped a virus down as a final "Got ya, b!%tch!" From what we know, this hacking was malicious in nature and I am sick from all of it. Clearly, I've restored things for now. I plan to change some things, permanently, but I'll need to do it all from home. I will no longer be reading, commenting on, or posting blogs from my office. It's a huge bummer, because blog reading/commenting is my lunch break treat. But I just can't trust it, again. I feel safe with my MAC at home, so just be aware that I might not be able to comment as often as I used to. It doesn't mean I've stopped reading! 

In the meantime, please protect your content by backing up your blogs. There is a great tutorial for backing up blogger content HERE. After seeing what happened to me, today, several of my blog/twitter friends decided to back up their content. I've done it as well. 

More than anything, I'm extremely sad that
- I've seriously made someone angry, and I don't understand why
- Someone would go so far just to get a rise
(mission accomplished, by the way. good job.)
- People spend their time doing this kind of crap...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is Busting Out All Over

It's almost Friday.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can go potty.
Wait, that's Little S.' mantra. Crap.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can survive my ever expanding list of things to do that I have not learned how to do and am reading a manual to try and figure it all out at once.
Yup, there we go. That one's mine. Totally fits the bill for work this week!

You did notice, however, that I said it's almost Friday. And that just makes me think of sunshine and rainbows, butterflies and hummingbirds, bullfrogs and... oh, no? No bullfrogs. Friday! Woo! We're going up to Virginia to visit my family for the first time since Christmas. I am beyond excited. I miss my parents and my little brother so infinitely. I crave home. Soon. So, so soon.

When: Monday, March 21

mock wrap dress: New York & Company
striped boyfriend sweater: Old Navy
brown heels: Mudd, via Kohl's
brown skinny belt: New York & Company

I was excited to wear a floral print for the first day of Spring, but this dress is really plain all by its lonesome. It's a great date piece, but for work, it needed some more down-to-earth additions to make it less prim. It was another night of standing in the closet and holding up several combinations for Husband to choose from. Ultimately, I chose the dress and sweater, and he decided on the shoes and belt. I was going to stick my new hot pink belt on, but that idea got vetoed. Can you believe the political closet power Husband holds when he wears jeans and a polo every single day of his life? At least he's honest and knows what looks good on ze wifey.

We were in a mega rush to take photos, so the weed-ridden back yard had to serve a purpose other than growing approximately 18 different types of "flowers" that Little S. insists on picking, gifting to me, and making me feel uber guilty for not keeping in water for days.
Yes, I have dandelions and clover for home decor, these days. 
She's a regular Jillian Harris, that kid...

All I have to say is, be thankful for that safety pin I so carefully placed so that you only got a teensy peek of cleave. The girls are singing tunes from Rogers and Hammerstein's "Carousel," a bit prematurely.
"June is busting out all over!"
Ladies, stay calm. It's only March. Plus, this was an office outfit. Jeez.

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on yesterday's post. I got a lot of great advice regarding options for skincare. The photo directly above is a good example of what my face looks like (redness) in comparison to the rest of my body. I was wearing a bit of Bare Minerals foundation on my face and chest, so the marks are muted. I look forward to pursuing at least one, if not some of the suggestions you made!

{side note: Ariana and Emily, I'm going to post for the tags you included me in this weekend! I haven't forgotten!!}

Let's sing and dance our way through Thursday so that Friday comes sooner and I can see you all, again!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mish Mash & Hodge Podge

And this is going to be the most disorganized mash-up of zillions of stuffs, because if I don't update you on recently-ness, I'll forget everything. "Get a notebook!" say you? Pfft. That's such a good idea. But my notebook is currently full of an extensively reproducing list of smack to do in my big kid job.

So, basically, I hope you've had your morning cup of whatever it is that helps you focus. Because I'm seriously about to go all ADD on you. And because you puffy heart me, you'll like it. And because you know me, generally speaking, you also aren't at all surprised at the amount of smish smosh that's about to ensue.
There, I said it.
It's a random little disorganized week over here, at Fashion Momma!

First, I asked on Twitter, yesterday, if anyone would like to see what I came up with for the winner of my 300 Follower Giveaway! You said, "yes!" Oh my goodness, it felt so good to hear that "yes." I was worried I'd be standing like a reality TV star at the end of a show, asking you to marry me, and you'd leave me in the dust. Phew. I sent Caitlin's package out yesterday, so girl, if you're reading, DON'T PEEK (assuming you read before you looked at the giant pictures I'm about to post... because that's the average response). Diversion. Anyway... Caitlin got to choose two pairs of tights from We Love Colors, and she chose Brown and Light Tan! I didn't get photos of those, because my lovely friends at WLC shipped them straight from their location for me. Thanks! I got to pick up the Charlotte Russe gift card that Caitlin chose, and hand-pick three accessories. I kind of cheated and picked four. Oopsie.

teal butterfly scarf: Old Navy, long chain and hammered coin necklace: Old Navy, 
rhinestone cuff and bow rings: Forever 21

That's that. Yep. I throw awesome giveaways. It's true. You should probably get on the next one.
Oh my gosh. Did I just do a spoiler? Sorry for not adding "Spoiler Alert!" a la Perez Hilton.


Now's where I ask for your advice. I need help with my skin, friends. Just recently, over the past few months, I've started to get some pretty severe breakouts on my face, chest and back. You might have noticed, because I don't edit them out of my photos. It's me. It's what's going on. Real life stuff over here, you know? I'm not embarrassed. I'm just really angry and frustrated. I've had my share of acne issues, but not really since high school. Barring a few breakouts in college that I couldn't get under control, things have been pretty calm since then. And then, KA-POW! I look like a hormone-infested teenager. Awesome. Sometimes I wear make-up and sometimes I don't. Sometimes I wear tops that cover my chest, and sometimes I don't. I'm not going to let this issue paralyze my style. However, I'm in pain. I feel like I'm experiencing rosacea on my cheeks and my forehead constantly looks like an oily heat rash. My cheeks, chin, jawbone, neck, and hairline are breaking out with semi-cysts, and my back and chest look like I was bitten by 50 mosquitoes. 
WHAT GIVES?? Please and thank you.
Oh, P.S.- I'm asking you because I can't afford the dermatologist, nor will I take acne medication. So, any other ideas? 

And just when you thought you'd never see an outfit from me, again, I'll pull through.
I do it out of love for you.
And obsession with clothes.

 blush tank: H&M
black cardigan: Old Navy
black slacks: New York & Company
blush flats: Ross (don't remember the brand)
gold, pearl, and rhinestone necklace: Banana Republic (Christmas gift from ML!) 

Okay, let's do a quick recap, since you've probably become half brain-fried by now.
1. Caitlin got some awesome stuff and I like doing giveaways.
2. PLEASE weigh in on my skin problems. I need your help!
3. I love feminine, simple, sweet outfits. Oh, and I wore this last Wednesday.

I promise to be more organized and less long-winded, tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dress Me Up Like a Paper Doll

During Kendi's Winter 30 for 30 Challenge, three lovely style bloggers decided to cohort and become each others' stylists for some of their outfit choices. I thought it was a genius idea and was so excited when Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy decided to open up this "Paper Doll Project" to style bloggers, everywhere!
The ladies who participated in the original project are Suze, Erin, and Liz. If you haven't checked them out, yet, you should! Trust me, you'd want their styling tips, too!

Today is the first installment of the group Paper Doll Project effort, which Suze singlehandedly organized! I was paired up with Nicole (my stylist and own little personal doll!) of Employed Panache! She asked me to help style this skirt, and I asked her to help me style my sack of a butterfly dress!

For more information on the Paper Doll Project and a full list of participants/partners, click the sweet button, below!!!
If you're participating and haven't grabbed one of these cuties, yet, be sure to do that, too!

Paper Doll Project

And onward, we go! Nicole seriously styled the heck out of my dress. Ever since I bought this baby, I've stared at it with complete confusion, viewing it as a challenge. While I was in the store, I thought the dress had such a whimsical pattern and could be adorably paired with a navy or mustard cardigan. Well, I did the navy, already. And as far as mustard goes, you probably know I'm obsessed with the color and have yet to purchase ANYTHING with it. You'll be surprised to know that I scoured Nicole's wardrobe via her blog and out of envy, dressed her in a mustard cardigan! Stay tuned for Nicole's outfit post, this evening!

I would never have styled this dress how Nicole did. I'm pretty brave when it comes to breaking rules, pattern mixing, and stepping out of the box. But for some reason, I just can't picture navy and black together. I'm so closed-minded! I LOVE how this turned out. The only change I made, veering from Nicole's suggestion, was that I decided to wear my black pumps instead of the booties. It's already 80 degrees, here, today! Those booties are suede and Wintery to me. She approved of my edit, so all is well!

butterfly dress: Old Navy
blazer: Christy Miller, via TJ Maxx
pumps: Bandolino, via Ross, birthday gifted from Rochelle

Really? THREE pieces? I'm wearing three simple pieces and I look so much more put together than I could ever have given this dress credit for. Thank you, Nicole! You saved this dress from being cut up and restyled into a "Who knows how this is gonna turn out project..."

How about the electronic love of my life died this morning? Don't worry, she's not dead forever, just needs a recharge. So, in haste to not lose the opportunity to post my Paper Doll outfit, husband whipped out his handy iPhone 4. And the man is so genius with photography that I can't even tell these were taken by a camera phone. Also, check out my ombre hair, today. I had no idea I was so on trend.

Man, I had so many things to talk about today.
Potty training, skin problems, no heat styling challenge, shaving my legs (or not), food...
I guess it'll all have to wait for another day.
Like tomorrow, for instance. See you, then!