Denim Blazer

Sometimes you follow trends. Sometimes you buy staples. Sometimes you buy because it was on sale. 

This demin blazer fills all three of those. Blazers really made a come-back a couple years ago. As in, they were cool to wear to your interview AND out with the girls. I was, and still am, a big fan!

Anyways. I found this blazer on an awesome mark-down table for $20 and thought it would be nice and versatile. Boy was I right! So it was on sale, trendy at the time, but is now what I consider a year-round staple in my closet. It’s a great transition piece for Fall and Spring!

   
Dress: Von Maur, Jacket: Ann Taylor, Leggings: Forever 21, Shoes: Payless.

   

What are some of your closet staples for Fall?!

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Think Spring

If you think it…it will come, right!? I’m officially over winter blacks and greys. So I am excited that  everyone will be encouraged to wear a little ‘green’ in their wardrobe today. 🙂

Here is my idea of a fun St. Patty’s Day outfit. How will you be sporting your green!?

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Dress: Old Navy, Tights: Gordmans, Boots: J.Lo via Kohls, Scarf: Gift

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Cheers to finding your Irish heritage today..or at least pretending, right?!

That Awkward Moment When…

You get called out for wearing Christmas socks…in February! I chalk this fashion oops up to a last minute shoe change. My original choice for the day was a boot, where these socks would have been fully covered.
I stand by my choice of the fun leopard flats instead.
And kept my legs uncrossed the rest of the day! 🙂

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But hey, socks, are socks, right?! I’ll admit there are some days where I pick a pair to match my outfit, but it’s a rare occasion. And some times, my Christmasy ones are the only ones clean!:)

Magic 8 Ball

Happy Halloween everyone!

We actually had our Halloween celebration at work on Monday. So I sported the ever-so-clever Magic 8 Ball custom. 🙂 Quite different from last year, but equally as fun. Especially sharing my ‘answers’ with people on my back!
frontJeans and Top: Motherhood, Shoes: Anne Klein via Von Maur, Earrings: Charming Charlie

Happy trick-or-treating to all those kiddos, and adults, out there. I look forward to those that will come to my door tonight. I also get excited when I think about how next year I’ll have a little nugget to torture dress up in costume. YAY! 🙂

Dirty Thirty – Nashville Style

A dear friend, since elementary school, asked me a few months ago if I’d be interested in a girls road trip to Nashville for her 30th birthday. Ummm….YES!!!!!!!! Can you see why we are friends!? 😉 So, off we went. There were five girls total and we had a 9 hour road-trip and three days to cram in as much fun as possible. Ready, set, go!

The road trip was great, complete with a live scavenger hunt by a friend who was unable to be with us in person, she was certainly there in spirit. Once we got to the hotel we freshened up and hit the famous Broadway Street.

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(Honestly who let me wear this zebra dress…so much print around so much belly!! EK! ha That said, it was an extremely comfortable dress, so I stand by my choice…at the time! :))

We got a special treat our first night there…major celebrity spotting!! Look real close below…do you spy a country cutie?

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How about now?! BAM!! Keith Urban, with special guest Steven Tyler, played approximately four songs at three bars on Broadway, walking outside and greeting fans between each stop.

I didn’t get a photo of Steven (but I did get a quick video!) because honestly, I was too star struck. I’ve been a huge Aerosmith fan since about 4th grade. And Steven has always been my Rock God of choice. Don’t judge, you have one too!! Ahhh, it was so much fun!!

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After our celebrity spotting was complete, we headed in to the famous Tootsie’s Bar. This tiny hole-in-the-wall bar that was INCREDIBLY fun all night long. Some of the biggest country stars on the radio right now got their start in this very bar.

And when the clock struck midnight, it was time to celebrate (she would say embarrass!) the birthday girl. So I slipped the singer some cash and a note to give her a shout out and he totally ran with it…including getting her up on stage!

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And so our first night ended.

On to Day Two.

Of course…boot shopping!! There were a dozen or more shops that all had this same view…walls and walls of boots! Of course, I walked out with a pair for myself, but I’ll save those for another post! 😉

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We took a lunch break to watch the Iowa Hawkeye game with the Nashville Iowa Alumni group. Sweet! Extra bonus: a very nice groom-to-be, on his bachelor party, told me I was a very cute pregnant lady. Thanks stranger man…considering it was 90+ degrees and I sweated my butt off all weekend and therefore felt like a whale…I very much appreciated it. Note: Compliments are always nice. Pass them along from time to time, will ya!?

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Our grand finale for the weekend, pun intended, was to attend a show at the Grand Ole Opry. It was a BLAST!! We all said that this is a must for any and all future Nashville trips.

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Such an iconic venue and so much variety to the show. The highlights for me were James Otto and Deana Carter.

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And with that, our time in Nashville was done. It was short and sweet…but oh so much fun!

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Happy 30th dear friend…may you always have your cake, and eat it too!!

Traffic Stopping Bright

I caught my reflection a couple times today and thought, ‘Wow, this shirt is so bright it’s like those people that stop/slow traffic!’ Likely on my mind since I past road construction on my commute every day! You know what they say, Iowa has two seasons; Winter and Construction!

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Shirt: JCP, Jeggings: Old Navy, Shoes: Steve Madden via Von Maur, Necklace: Cookie Lee

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Toss in a little spin for fun…!

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Nice and long in the front and back, which is totally flattering in my opinion!

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Cheers everyone, and Happy Friday!!!

Busting at the Seams!

Sad day…my button ups have run their course as options of tops to wear. I, of course, knew this day would come, but it’s a hard one for me. I LOVE button-ups. Especially for work. And I know I could go buy some maternity versions, but I’m fortunate enough to have a good little stash of other tops, so it’s definitely in the ‘things I don’t need to buy’ category. But maybe just one…and I’ll make it black or white, so it’s nice and plain so I can spice it up with accessories.

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Shirt: Old Navy, Pants: Old Navy (maternity), Shoes: Old Navy, Necklace: Cookie Lee

Goodness, I swear I’m not sponsored by Old Navy…just a coincidence! 🙂

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Also, another said point…doing any sort of fun ‘messy’ tucks is kind of impossible with a maternity pant, given the ‘panel’ and all. Ahhh, so my challenge begins to find new and different ways to mix things up. Shall we learn together?!!

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Clique ‘hold the belly pose’ here. I only did this because I am six months TODAY in this photo. A benchmark I felt like remembering with a photo!

20130731-211009.jpgSeriously people..those buttons can’t stretch any further. EK!!