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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. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

{What I Wore Wednesday} last Weeks Looks til today

Since My outfits were incongruous to the topic of Sunday night's post, I thought that I would save them all for one big shebang today. Extra fun!

Monday Last- dress:mall store $1, undershirt: Target, belt: Coach (Poshmark), Necklace: Vintage inherited, bracelet: Target clearance
Tuesday Last- dress: Hot Topic, cardigan: Calvin Klein (Ross $12)

The following is my weekend attire from that family focused weekend that I mentioned Sunday evening. I think that the joy my family brings me is apparent in the photos. 
Saturday- blouse: vintage(my mom's), jeans: Target $16, shoes: China Town San Francisco $10, and earrings: Wet Seal $2
Sunday- cardigan : Alannah Hill (gift), skirt: St John by Marie Gray (thrifted $3), Shoes: Kate Spade, Dove bobby pins: Juicy Couture

Tuesday- under tank: old navy, Cardigan: Target ($11), jeans: Juicy couture ( Black Friday sale $26), booties: Target ($8), headband: Target Harajuku Mini ($1.50), and pins: Hepcat, hot air balloon, and propaganda (Shows and ETSY).

Wednesday- men's shirt:Hot Topic,  skirt:Kirna Zabete for Target, lace socks: Alannah Hill, shoes, Daisy Fuentes: thrifted ($4). Hair flower: Darling Daughter 

So many lovely outfits, not enough days. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

EYE love you

"I love you in the morning and in the afternoon. I love you in the evening, underneath the moon."
Order: TL-Cuban Cowboy, TR-Roly Poly, BL-me, and BR-Monster
Such a great childhood song: one I love to sing ( hand motions and all) to my own little joys. I sing to them, hug them, squeeze them, snuggle them tightly hundreds of times a day. I look them right in their eyes and say, "I love you!" 
To which they often reply, "I know."

This is something they learned from the Han Solo and Princess Leia ring tone I have for thd Cuban Cowboy. Moreover, it is actually what the Cuban Cowboy told me the first time that I said "I LOVE YOU" to him: so sauve. He didn't say it back to me for about two more months; he has always been more cautious than me.

How can I not love my little boys and my Sexy Husbandman? They are smart, witty, playful, silly, strikingly handsome (all three), and, most importantly, God given blessings who I am obligated to cherish.

All of these reasons are why I adore weekends like the one we just had. We simply spent time together: eating meals, playing games, going to church, and watching films. It is the joy of The Lord to have a family with whom I can do life in such abundance.