Nordstrom scarf (gift)//Target sweater// French Connection dress worn as a skirt (old, previously worn here where I look like a 12 year old)// Target boots (old)
For those of you who watch How I Met Your Mother, my post title is an attempt at a joke inspired from Barney. I know. It was a pathetic attempt.
But the point still remains: I LOVE layers. In the Fall and Winter it is my number 1 tip for anyone trying to make a closet stretch to cover all seasons. You save money by utilizing items you already have (like a dress for a skirt) and it helps keep you warm. A Win Win for everyone.
Target sunnies// Seams to be snood// Max & Olivia’s cross cutout sweater// Target leggings// Target flats// 7th & West bangles
I wasn’t too sure of this sweater when I got it in the mail. I mean, hi hello, there’s a huge cross on my back. Does that seem a bit strange to anyone else?
But then I realized how utterly comfy and cozy the sweater was, and how it was just the right length to wear with leggings. I also decided the cross kind of made the sweater a bit quirky so I just went with it. And ended up wearing it like, 3 days in a row. I know. Judge me all you want.
I’m having a hard time concentrating on writing out this post because my sister is on her way! YAY! My sister and brother in law will be with us for a week and a half and I am SUPER excited. I miss my sister more than anyone could have told me I would have. If someone could go back and tell my 15 year old self that my big sister would some day end up being my best friend, I probably would have laughed right in their face. But apparently miracles do happen. Girls can get along. Sisters can stop fighting long enough to realize that they’re best friend has been sleeping in the room (or bed) next to them all their life.
And now she’s finally here! EEEK!
Oh hey, look it’s that leather jacket that I wear every single day. Don’t believe me? How about 1/2/3/4 and oh ya 5.
Yay it’s Friday!!! This weekend I plan on COMPLETING my Christmas shopping. I think this is the first year that I’ve ever come close to finishing this early. It helps that my siblings and I decided to just draw one name each for gift giving this year. Does anyone else do that? It makes it so much easier, you have so much more time to hunt around for that perfect gift. And since we’re all broke, it’s kind of nice not to be worrying that everyone will notice their gifts are from the dollar bins at Target. (you know you do it too. That stuff is just so cute, it’s irresistible!)
And I know I have been remiss in announcing the Shabby Loves Chic winner. I apologize. Click HERE to see if you won!
old hat// Warby Parker glasses// Forever 21 jacket// Lucca sweater// Pacsun pants// Shoe Carnival buckle boots// 7th & West bangles
Good morning friends! Today is Thursday, which means it’s the Coast to Coast Challenge day! This is my first time to participate, if you haven’t checked it out yourself you can do so here. It’s a pretty fun idea!
Wearing all black makes me think of two things: one of my best friends,Lauren, who frequently rocks the all black look; and Amy Winehouse. Hence the title of this post.
Random things about this outfit:
I’ve had this hat since the dawn of time. I have no clue where it’s from, but I keep it because it’s just so stinkin comfy.
Also, my sweater has gone in and out of the giveaway pile for about the last 5 years, no joke. I always get to a place where I don’t like it anymore and I’m going to give it away, and then I find one more way to wear it and I keep it. I guess I just need to give in and keep the stupid thing for forever.
I wear these pants at least twice a week. No joke. I frequently get asked where I shop (working on that post!) and how often I shop, since it looks where I’m wearing different things in all of my posts. Au contraire my friend. I’m flattered that you think these same pants look different every time I wear them, but believe me it’s the same pair every time. I bet I have a smaller closet than a lot of folks out there!
Yay for Thursdays! Thursdays mean Friday is almost here and Fridays mean a short day at work, which means the weekend is here which means SLEEP! and Christmas shopping! And having a social life past 8pm! YAY!
Warby Parker glasses//Forever 21 sweatear//Target jeans and flats// Gap trench// borrowed necklace// Makeup: Revlon Cherries in the Snow// Hair: super dirty ;)
Do you ever get in those moods where suddenly LOTS of things are irritating you? I don’t really have many pet peeves, but occasionally things will just start to rack up until I feel like I could shake a baby, I’m so annoyed. So here’s my list of current irritations. Enjoy
- The flippin’ weather. It’s DECEMBER folks. And it’s 77 degrees today. SEVENTY SEVENS DEGREES. What the heck?! That’s not Christmas weather!
- The fact that it’s psychically impossible for me to be on time to work on Mondays. Seriously, it’s like my head is wired to unconsciously turn my alarm clock off and prevent me from being a model employee. Or at least that’s what I’m going to tell my boss.
- my hair. I’m seriously this close to cutting the whole stupid mass off. I wanted long hair for the wedding, but it’s so dry and unruly that I just want to give up, especially since I don’t feel like it’s grown in like a year.
- people who stand uncomfortably close to you. Listen, lady at Hobby Lobby that stood behind me in line. Being close enough to sniff my hair ain’t gonna get you to the cash register any faster. Back off my personal space before I elbow you in your gut that’s resting on my back. AWKWARD.
- Sonic employees who are unnaturally slow on the drive through intercom. What what WHAT are you doing that is taking so long to respond? All I ordered was a Dr. Pepper with extra ice. After I finished reading War and Peace, the chick got back to me with my total. I try to be more patient with people that I know just started their job, but this girl had no excuse. Believe me, I go to that Sonic all the time, I’ve started to recognize them.
- Speaking of Dr. Pepper, it is NOT the same thing as Mr. Pibb. Mr. Pibb is a sad, pathetic excuse for a true DP, don’t try to trick me with an imposter. I KNOW the difference. And do NOT roll your eyes at me when I ask you to change my drink because you failed to tell me you didn’t have Dr. Pepper.
and last but not least (actually not last but I don’t want to keep harping on and make you guys hate me, so we’ll just stop at this one ;))
- LAUNDRY. I HATE doing laundry. It’s my own fault, I fully realize this, because I put it off till the very last minute and then my room is over flowing with dirty clothes and it takes me all day to do the laundry BUT. I still hate it. It’s so irritating and after about the 3rd load, I just want to set it all on fire.But no, now you have to fold it all or hang it all up and put it away. and do it all again in about 2 days. KILL ME.
So there you have it. Proof that I need a vacation. And a personal maid. And possibly some drugs. It’s cool. You know you guys have those times as well, I’m just the only one crazy enough to write it out for all of Blogland to see.
Warby Parker glasses//Forever 21 top and fur scarf// brooches from our shop at The Feathered Nest//Gap jeans// Charlotte Russe heels// makeup: Revlon cherries in the snow// hair: curled with a straightner
Good morning friends!
WHEW it’s Thursday already?! This week seems to have flown by, something which I am 100% A-OKAY with. For some reason I haven’t been able to sleep lately so I’m ready for a weekend that involves very few plans and lots of sleeping.
Unfortunately this weekend will also include large amounts of laundry. I absolutely detest doing laundry and will put it off until it’s a dire situation. As in I bought more panties so I could put the laundry off for a few more days. I did what? Ya. You heard me. No shame.
Anyone have any awesome plans for the weekend?! If you’re doing some Christmas shopping, don’t forget to check out 7th & West! You can use RAMBLINGFORWEST today and tomorrow to get 10% off your purchase! Check out these awesome bangles I got never taking them off! (I just sang that in my head. And now I’m telling you about it. Sheesh I really do need some sleep.)
Warby Parker glasses// Lucky snood// Chevron top c/o Darby & Dash// Just USA jeans (old)// pink chucks via Shoe Carnival
During the week my outfits reflect my job, but the weekends tend to be very different. Depending on my mood, I might be extremely dressed up, or I might make it a bit more low key since I so rarely wear jeans during the week.
This day was one of those low key days. Thanksgiving, while wonderful, tends to wear a body out. You know that when I’m wearing my glasses, I’m pretty tired. I’ve worn glasses since I was in 2nd grade so I very rarely wear them during the day. Something about being called “four eyes” for six years straight (I got contacts after that) makes a girl hesitant to wear glasses in public again. ‘Course that might change, since I absolutely adore my new ones!
So when I found this cute little chevron top, I knew it was the perfect Weekend top. I might possibly have worn it all weekend, with various bottoms ranging from the socially acceptable jeans to the not so acceptable pajamas. No judging, you’d wear it three days running too.It’s just that comfy.
My sweet family traveled to Grand Lake this year for Thanksgiving. Lot’s of food, lot’s of laughs, and lot’s of shopping was involved. It was such a nice getaway. I’m so truly thankful for my precious family!
And how about that vintage fur collar?! Ya I definitely brought that home with me.
Volcom beanie (brothers), Canton aviators, Lost & Found leather jacket ( as in it was left at a get together I went to last year and no one ever claimed it, so finders keepers), Nordstrom fur scarf, Old Navy polkadot sweater, Primark chambray shirt, Pacsun pants, Target boots and socks.
Contrary to this post’s title, we will not be discussing any scientific theories today. You can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Or disappointment, whichever floats your boat. No, today I am talking about the much more insignificant evolution of….me. The other day I received a (precious) comment from Rachael of Rachael, Really on my instagram about this post. “This is so cute! I love how much your style seems to have evolved and changed and it’s so cool to see it here.” And it got my wheels a turnin’. (and my accent a churnin’.) (and my rhymes a burnin’) ( and my-ok I’m done.) And it’s true. I HAVE evolved, quite a bit actually, not just my style but from the person I was when I first started this blog. When I first opened this little blogger account, I was 21. Engaged (to a different guy, oh the mistakes we make in the name of love). Just starting Cosmetology school. A bit more foolish ( I hope.) A bit less confident. And then after a rather tumultuous session of Life with Kaleigh, we rambled sporadically and tried on a few mistakes and wrote some god awful posts and generally embarrassed my future children and then deleted that falderal (it’s a real word guys. I wrote it in a Word document just to see, and Word approved. In case you’re not as cool as me, you say it like “fall-DUR-all”. Feel free to use as many times as you possibly can in one day.), well I didn’t actually delete it because you can’t delete blogs, thanks Blogger for forcing us all to leave our wretched mistakes for all the world to read, but that’s ok I made mine as deleted as I possibly could now take a deep breath because that was one doozy of a run on sentence THEN I started this account. And the awkwardness continued. And the wretched writing skills continued. And the mistakes continued. And VERY SLOWLY I started to find my voice. To find my groove, if you will. I began experimenting and finding what worked for me and what didn’t. And I realized I REALLY enjoy writing this blog. I LIKE seeing all of my mistakes in written form. I LIKE seeing how I’ve changed and grown and stretched. The good and the bad Especially with my style. I get that not everyone is going to understand why I write, why I post an inordinate amount of self-portraits, why I spend so much of my free time cursing at the computer and obsessing over posts about what outfit I wore yesterday. BELIEVE ME, I get it. To you, it’s silly. But to me? It’s an ADVENTURE. And you never say no to an adventure. This blog has pushed me in ways that I never foresaw for myself. I’ve come so far from who I was when I first began, so far from where I thought I’d be. I’ve realized passions, made new dreams, stretched myself creatively and pushed my own limits. And I’m not stopping. I want to try new things, make mistakes, continue to embarrass my future children, and document it all right here. I’d love to look back on the next year of blogging and be horrified at what I’ve shared and proud of how far I’ve come. With that being said, today I’m announcing my next step in the adventure: I’m taking on WordPress. I’m leaving our dearly beloved Blogger. I’ll have an official Opening Day post soon. For now I’ll still post things here, while I wade through the suffocating plethora of coding called WordPress. Wish me luck. I already feel in over my head. But it’s an adventure folks. And you never say no to adventure.
Umbrella button down: Modern Amusement sample sale (thanks seestor); skirt: Forever 21; boots: Target
Yes I agree that’s quite the hideous curtain in the back. I still haven’t decided what to do with that monstrocity. Leave it up and shudder everytime I see it, or let all the peeping Tom’s see in my front door?
In other news, the other day I was stuck at Walmart and decided to peruse the makeup aisle. I don’t normally buy makeup from Wally. Not that I have anything against drug store makeup; just against Wally. I’m a Target girl.
But I was there and bored and waiting on some paint, so I decided to browse, and I hit the jack pot.
From left to right: Hard Candy Kal-eye-descope Baked Eyeshadow duo in Blind Date; ELF blush in Pink Passion; NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder; Hard Candy Walk the Line liquid eyeliner in turquoise; NYC Individual Eyes for Blues in Bryant Park.
So here’s me au natural. Cute huh. Please excuse the crazy hair.
I applied the Mosaic face powder all over with a powder brush.
Look at that pretty skin
I then used a blush brush and brushed the ELF blush onto the apples of my cheeks.
Breakdown of eyeshadow:
The white shimmer from Hard Candy’s Blind Date all over
The illuminator from NYC Bryant Park in the inner corners
The darker purple from Bryant Park on the inside lids
The light purple on the lower lash line
The shimmery gray on the outside lids
Hard Candy’s turquoise liquid liner on top and bottom lash line
Black eyeliner on the inside bottom lash line
Lancome mascara on top and bottom lashes
I really like the shimmer and how the turquoise looks with my blue eyes
Kind of fun for a night out!
I also bought Covergirl lipstick in siren but I forgot to take a pic
It’s VERY pink but I really like it. Kind of nice change from the everyday red. I’m also wearing the pink lippy in the top pictures so you can see, it’s pretty when worn with a bit more subdued eye makeup :)
So all together I’m pretty satisfied with my drugstore purchases. The NYC Bryant Park also comes with a cream based primer but I don’t like it so I’m sticking with my Urban Decay primer.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Hopefully I can convince Mr. Darcy to help me start painting my guest bedroom. Pictures soon!
Lots of sorry-I -make-weird-faces-when-doing-closeups-love,