Friday, April 11, 2014

Motivation

Sometimes I just struggle with motivation and distraction.

I do not know what it is, but I can sit on eBay doing nothing really for hours: window shopping. Yet, I wonder why nothing is done in the house? Why I haven't crafted in months? Why my scrapbook keeps falling farther behind? 

After spending sometime this evening cleaning up parts of my office and looking through all of my previous blog posts, I now realize that I have just misplaced my focus. I think I knew it, or that I have known it, for awhile. I have been focusing on things, such as clothes. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this. However, the fact that it is detracting from other things that I LOVELOVELOVE!!! 

Now, this is not to say that I am giving up on clothes. Nay, that is not realistic. Instead, it is merely to acknowledge that I need to shift some attention away from online window shopping, especially since I truly prefer to shop in person. Actually, to tell the truth, I don't have much time to go in person; this is why I look online so often. 

So, here is the plan:

  • clean and organize the office/studio space
  • when the boys go to bed do not retreat to my room where I sit on the cozy bed and veg out online
  • utilize my office
  • scrapbook a minimum of 2-3 pages per week
  • blog and clean/clean and blog
I think that if I am able to do some of these things, then I will push myself forward and get some vitally important creativity done.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kate Spade From Head to Toe

Eeek! Today I did something that I don't do too often for several reasons (cost, variety, stylizing); I wore the same designer from head to toe.

Today also marked the midterm for my students, which meant exams, and that I was up late last night, followed by a sun rise morning in order to prep said exam thoroughly. This type of sleep leaves me feeling a need to over compensate by dressing my best. What could be better than Kate Spade? Not much.

The skirt I am wearing is one of my favorites. It's a Lilith Skirt, and I highly recommend it. It is soft and flowy. Plus, it would look great with a petticoat ( I need to get one of those). 
My blouse is new to me, but I think that it is actually a NWOT purchase from eBay, because it is clear that it hadn't been washes before; all of the lines are so crisp, and the white is super bright.

The sandals are also an eBay purchase, nay, steal. I scored them for about $11 (including shipping) back in January. I am so glad for the warm weather that is allowing me to put them to use. 
Necklaces: Heart- custom/BA grad gift
Bow: Tiffany, Bow earrings: Coach
For the "head" part of my head to toe ensemble, I wore my Jayna sunglasses. However, I felt that my post dedicated to them pretty much covered how awesome they are.

Do you ever do head to toe of a favorite designer? Do you think it is tacky? Let me know? 

Love you oodles caboodles.

Have a rockin' Friday!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Busy Momma: ME TIME

Boys at the dentist this week

To say that I am a busy mom is an understatement. And although I am busy, I have far more free time than I did this same time last year. Since I was MIA in the blogging world last year, that story has never been told. I suppose I will have to prep something on our 2011 crisis that led to 2012 being dedicated to paying medical bills.
Me at the end of a busy day
Outfit--- Sweater( as seen last week)Old Navy, Necklace London Reid, Ribbon: from a gift

Anyway, at present life is full but in a steady way. I have slowed down to spend more time with the boys, especially the little Roly Poly. However, this often leaves me feeling as if I do not get enough me time. Then I wonder, "Am I even supposed to have 'me time'?" 

Hmmm... It is something to ponder. Has our egocentric society developed this idea of prioritizing the self so much that as a whole people no longer see family time as " me" time? Truly, spending time with my family should invigorate me, not drain me. It should be something that I see as a blessing, not an annoyance. 
I mean look at these silly faces. They fill me up with laughter and joy.

This is a goal I am setting for myself: I am challenging myself to see my children as a part of me and my time with them as "me time". It is time when I get to enjoy the abundant blessings that God has entrusted to me. It is undoubtedly " me time."  
At a park in Wrightwood this past Friday.
Editing from rhonna designs app

Will you rise to this same challenge?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Kate Spade JAYNA sunglasses

After what seems like an eternal wait, they are here! My very own Kate Spade Jayna sunglasses. Swoon!



Every girl wants an item with her name on it, but when a gal is named Jayna it is not likely to happen. In fact, as far as I know, this is a first! Squee!!!!!!!!!


Aren't they perfect (for ME)? These are the tortoise shell, and they are complete with updated prescription lenses: Unquestionably worth the wait. 

They went perfectly with today's cozy nautical theme. I cannot believe that I had to go back to sweaters this week. 
Brrrr . . . It has been chilly; I even turned the heater back on.
Sweater:Old Navy clearance ( right now $10), pants: Target ($14?), shoes: Irregular Choice (Poshmark $20), Jewelry: all thrifted

And, to make things better. These gals come in three more colors, although Katespade.com only shows the tortoise and black. My optometrist can get them in strawberry fad and ivory too. Strawberry will be  a must.

So, that's today's phenomenal news. Although a moment like this from Monster tried to put a damper on the day. Poor guy and his horrifying bloody noses.


Until next time. Toodles and blessings!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Back to school again!!!!!


This may seem late in the year, but my teaching semester just started this week! Yes, I know. It is mid-February.
Riverside City College-quadrangle bld
(My employer)

What I wear to work is important to me. It is not only an extension of who I am creatively and personally, just as any other day, but it aides in differentiating me from the students. 

As a college professor, who is only 31, this is vital. Some students are near my age. Others are far older. Thus, I must make it clear that I am a professional. That I take my job seriously, even if at times I am snarky, quirky, and sardonic.
Under tank:Old navy, blouse: Nordstrom Rack $5, Knit polka dot skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT $5, Harajuku Mini headband: Target $1.80

So, this week I wore a funner new outfit (there's always a need for back to school clothes) and a classic professors staple, which is a lovely Anne Klein two piece women's suit (dress & jacket). 
Anne Klein Suit: Nordstrom Rack $80, Vintage Brooch: Grandma Pat

Although I wore the suit on the second day, the first outfit is quite professional and put together in it's own right. Although, it showed more personality.

Sorry no shots of shoes this week. Back to school means I am a busy bee.

The college is celebrating 100 years this year, and as I was browsing the link on the home page I found this cute tid-bit about initiation fashion requirements in the 50s. I just had to share.
Yeah, it's a screen shot.

My favorite part is that women either need to have their hair in pin curls or umcombed. So cute!

For today, that's all. However, I have some great vintage finds to share this week. Plus, we took family photos over the weekend. As soon as I get some copies I will share.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Family Bonding

YNothing says I love you more than spending quality time together. Today, I felt like a little kid squeezing into the back of my parents Jeep Cherokee for a road trip or for a long drive to a distant ice rink for yet another of my brother's hockey games. 

However, I was instead squeezed tightly between a car seat and a booster that were loaded with my two handsome boys. This made for a road trip free of fighting and fussing, poking and whining. In that respect, it was nothing like the car rides of my youth (even if in both cases I was trapped between two boys). 

After church, which we were later to than we have ever been, we headed to grandma's and loaded up in her CRV for a jaunt into LA to see Tia Magda's newly renovated home. It was fun. The Cuban cowboy stayed home after a long night of work that brought him home at 4 AM.
Cardigan: Target clearance, tank: old navy, headband: actually a necklace from Nordstrom, Necklace: LondonReid with an added starfish I've had since junior high.

We had a little lunch, some dessert, and some fun.

 This is what it looks like when two engineers decide to make a giant paper airplane: equations and rulers at the helm. 
Yeah it flew. . . right into the neighbors backyard. Silly BIL is a man child; that's why he's great though. 

It was another splendidly blessed Sunday. Praise God. May his blessings pour forth in your life this week. 

Oh yes! Once last thing. I started a tiny V Day project. Here's a sneak peek.

Okay. Bye bye for real. Loves!!!!!


Friday, February 7, 2014

{Frugal Friday} Flip Flop Fashion Tip

Toward the end of last summer I saw some really cute jelly flip flops at Target. They were Circo brand, which is a children's brand, so I knew they just wouldn't fit. However, I kept looking at them because they were so cute.

It struck me that the XL (size 4/5) looked awfully large. Checking to make sure no laughing soul was nearby to watch a grown woman try on children's shoes, I saddled up and strapped on: THEY FIT!!!!!


Yes!  These little gals fit on my big dogs. I typically wear a size 8.5 (wide would be preferable). I picked up two pair at the low cost of $2.89.

Then, this Monday, I saw these ones. 
Same price. Same size. Same fit. I tell you now, "go get some little girl shoes!!!!!"

Warning: the arches are not great, so these are not for long days at Disneyland. They're better suited for a trip to the water park where they will come on and off often, or you can slide them on to garden. 

I hope you have some great frugal finds this week. 

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