Little Loves

This week I found some amazing things and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

My last pair of sunglasses met an unfortunate demise when I sat on them at a bonfire night… So, I needed a replacement. I found these really cute cat eye sunglasses made by Aero at the Seeds of Hope thrift store –for $1! I think they are super cute. 🙂

Contemporary Swing Jazz

I found myself in a bit of a music rut and started looking for a new genre of music to listen to. Yesterday I stumbled across some modern renditions of 1930’s-1950’s swing jazz songs, and I fell in love! I love the bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Two Man Gentleman Band, and Royal Crown Revue. I particularly like “Why Me” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 🙂

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Naan Crisps

I love Indian food. One of my favorite parts of an Indian dish is the naan –a beyond delicious flatbread. As I meandered around Wal-Mart, I stumbled across some naan crisps, and snagged a bag right up! They go great with my hummus. 🙂

I have a bunch of posts lined up for this week, including my recent trip to Canada! So stay tuned for more. 🙂

Celebration Time, Come On!

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North Dakota is having a heat stroke! This winter has been unbelievably mild. I love it. I decided to celebrate by pulling out my awesome new pants! That, and going on a fun walk with my sister Heather. It really is just beautiful out today. It’s 61 degrees out – total t-shirt weather! I stopped by this lovely house and thought it would be a fun place for a photo shoot. It reminds me of Ben. 🙂 (He works in construction).

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But let me tell you about these pants. As usual, I found them at the Digger Room at the Seeds of Hope thrift shop. I saw this glorious pair of pants strewn across a pile of clothes, and snatched them up immediately. Apparently they were too loud and crazy for the average digger, but not for me! They remind me of seventies disco, and the ocean. Of course, I also love the color. I have so much blue, green, teal and turquoise in my closet. I think it makes up most of my wardrobe these days.

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My awesome sister Heather and I on a cook out in 2010.

Ben said they remind him of a pair of pants I used to wear back in the day. I think I can see a resemblance. These jeans had a really fun bleach splatter to them. What can I say? I like pants with a personality. 🙂

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I also love this necklace! I found it at Boehm for $3! I went with my awesome sister-in-law Lizzie when we went to visit her in Boise recently. When I walked into Boehm, I fell in love. The clothes were so fun and cute.  I managed to find this delicate little necklace on the jewelry clearance rack. It has gold and crystal disco balls on it. I think it’s very fitting for this outfit. 🙂

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Navy T-shirt -Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Velvet)
  • Gold Necklace -$3, new (Boehm)
  • My Super Duper Fancy Pants – Part of $1 Digger Bag, thrifted (Express)
  • Black Sneakers -$50, new (New Balance)

And that’s my blog post for today. What do you think?

 

 

 

Fun At Lake Harmon

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Ben, Heather and I went to Lake Harmon, as it had warmed up quite a bit -all the way to the 50’s! Pretty crazy for a North Dakota January. It was a lot of fun. It looked like we were walking on water, because of the sky’s reflection. Definitely a neat experience.

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I was super scared of walking out on the ice, but the ice was 2 feet thick, and huge trucks were out on the ice. Do you see that truck? Insane!

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I spent most of the time, working my little penguin dance. I was determined not to trip and give myself a concussion. Heather found my antics pretty amusing.

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I had a fantastic time, though! The weather was so nice -it was amazing to walk out the door without wearing twenty layers. I had fun with my outfit. 🙂 I decided to wear a berry-colored corduroy jacket, with a pink-and-green sweater that was originally sold at Talbot’s. I then wore my trusty pair of jeans, my black sneakers (so I wouldn’t slip on the ice!), and my sunflower pendant. My hair ended up a little crazy from the wind, but that was part of the fun!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Corduroy Jacket – Part of $1 bag, thrifted
  • Pink and Green Linen Sweater – Part of $1, thrifted (Talbots)
  • Sunflower Pendant, $3, thrifted
  • Jeans: $8, thrifted (Target)
  • Black Sneakers: $50, new at Scheel’s (New Balance)

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We didn’t just walk across the ice -we did fun things such as watch Ben stick his arm down an ice fishing hole. He’s measuring the ice here, and it comes clear past his elbow! That’s how we know it was two feet deep. 🙂

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Ben decided to pick me up … while standing on top of the ice. Thankfully he didn’t slip or drop me! Apparently I have a deep fear of falling and hitting my head. 🙂 Thankfully Ben’s fearlessness makes up for my cautious nature.

It was so much fun spending time with my awesome husband and amazing sister. And, we will be returning to Lake Harmon for swimming in the summer!

 

Down East & Thrifting -Part 4

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Today is the last part of my Down East & Thrifting Series. My Down East Haul finds sure can stretch far and wide! I decided it was just too cold out, and opted for an inside photo shoot. 🙂 Today I am showing off three dresses from Down East.

This first one is a little brown dress. 🙂 It has a simple design to it, and it’s easy to layer and helps stretch my wardrobe. I guess you could call it an LBD for redheads. 🙂 I paired it with a really fun hunter green necklace from One World Boutique and some rose-colored rose tights. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Little Brown Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Necklace: $9.99, New (One World Boutique)
  • Rose Tights: $2, New (Icing)
  • Brown Leather Boots: $8, Thrifted

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You last saw this dress in my Brother -in-Law’s Wedding post. 🙂 I’m wearing it here more like a skirt. I thinking the green tights are fun. To make the look a little less like Elphaba, I paired the tights with green flats. Plus, it gives a longer leaner line. 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Blue Button Up Blouse: $2, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Gray Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Green Tights: $4, New (Kroger Supermarket)
  • Green Flats: $5, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Tiger’s Eye and Agate Necklace: $0, Handmade with Gifted Beads 🙂

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This is my favorite dress of the three. It is green, and just so dang cute! I wear it a lot with brown boots, but I decide to try black boots. I still like it better with brown, but this is a fun look. I love green, and I struggle with not pulling this little beauty out every time I want to wear a dress!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Green Dress: $5, New (Down East haul)
  • Sunflower Pendant: $3, Thrifted
  • Black Boots: $5, Thrifted

And that’s the end of my Down East & Thrifting Series! I hope you liked it. Now that you’ve seen all twelve outfits, which one is your favorite? You can tell me in the comment section below.

 

Down East & Thrifting -Part 3

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Welcome to part three of my Down East and Thrifting series! In case you didn’t know, I did a Down East Haul post a while back, and I’m showcasing my finds. Today, I am doing jeans and casual wear. And yes… brr! Snow is beautiful, but oh so cold… 🙂 I’m doing my best to focus on the beauty this winter.

I love cropped jeans -I think they are a lot more flattering than capris! For this picture, I just rolled up a pair of my regular cut off jeans. These are a bit too big, so I put on a blue belt. Pardon the random pole by the tree. We can just pretend I’m tap dancing.  🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown Long-Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Pink Sweater Vest: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Field Gear)
  • Jeans: Part of $2, Yard Sale (Black House White Market)
  • Blue Skinny Belt: $2, Thrifted
  • Red Flats: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Pearls (Part of 3 piece set): $8, Thrifted

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This outfit is pretty simple. It’s purple with a lot of black, but sometimes you just need a simple outfit. 🙂 The black boots help step it up a bit though. I also wear a lot of cardigans, because you know… North Dakota is cold… 🙂

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Black Skinny Pants: $8, Thrifted (Target)
  • Black High Heeled Boots: $5, Thrifted
  • Black Cardigan: $2, Thrifted (Ambience Apparel)
  • Purple Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)

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I love this outfit. Again, cardigans are great in cold weather! I wear lots of layers. 🙂 Here, I have the same pair of jeans that I wore previously, and the blue belt is hiding underneath my shirt. I love this purple cable knit cardigan, especially the satin edge. I’m also wearing leopard print flats, but they’re covered up by the snow. Let me tell you, my feet were red when I hopped back inside!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Purple Cardigan: $4, Thrifted (Old Navy)
  • Egyptian Necklace: $5, New (Rue 21)
  • Brown Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East Haul)
  • Jeans: Part of $2 Bag Sale, Yard Sale (White House Black Market)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $10, New (Payless Shoes)

Which one is your favorite? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Down East & Thrifting Part 1

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It’s a lovely day here in North Dakota. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, and …it’s exactly 1 degree Fahrenheit! It was so gorgeous out that I decided to brave the cold for this photo shoot. 🙂 I realized that I hadn’t shown off the clothes that I got from my Down East Haul, and I figured I should remedy that! Plus, I can show off some of my thrift store finds while I’m at it. 🙂

I adore this J. Crew sweater! I just love the look and feel of it! It is 100% merino wool, super warm, and super soft. I got it for free! Seeds of Hope, one of Bismarck’s thrift stores, has a room that is $1 a bag Tuesday -Thursday, and free on Fridays. I had seen it the day before and figured it would be gone before I came back. But there it was, hanging just for me!

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Brown and Black Merino Wool Cardigan: $0, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Brown 3/4 Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Black Pinstripe Pants: Part of $1 Sale, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Black Pumps: $3, Thrifted (Comfort Plus)

 

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This is a fun little number. You can’t tell, but the pants are high waist in a 1950’s cut that look really cute and retro. I’ll have to show them off in a different post. 🙂 I really like the orange and navy. I think it’s striking without being over the top.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Orange Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Navy Short Sleeve Blouse: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Maurices)
  • Navy Slacks: Part of $1 Bag, Thrifted (Marianne Fashion)
  • Leopard Print Flats: $9, New (Payless Shoes)
  • Gold, Mint and Orange Floral Necklace: Gift (from my awesome Mom-in-law!)

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I really love J.Crew. I am so stoked to have a thrift store nearby that sells this brand! I think the olive and green flats is a fun, wear to work combination. Granted, we have a strictly blue shirt policy at my work, but that’s okay. 🙂 I’ll wear on the weekend when I want to look nice.

My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Gray Merino Wool Cardigan: $5, Thrifted (J.Crew)
  • Olive Short Sleeve Layering Tee: $3, New (Down East haul)
  • Gray Slacks: $2, Thrifted (Tracy Evans Limited)
  • Green Flats -$3, Thrifted (Nine West)
  • Black Clay Rose Necklace, $5, New (Walmart)

P.S. If you ever decide to come to North Dakota during the winter, please don’t walk out of the house like this! You will freeze your buns off!!! Bring a warm coat and scarf!

 

Christmas Pictures With Ben

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Ben and I went and did Christmas pictures with our friends Noelle and Spencer Blaylock. We went down by the Missouri River, and had a lot of fun! There are a lot trees and parks down by the River. We were hoping for more snow, but most of it melted. At least we managed to find one patch of snow~

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Everyone once in a while, I end up with a picture that really seems to capture the essence of who I am. This is one of them. 🙂 Ben took it when I was just standing, looking out over at the river. It really was such a beautiful day.

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Don’t Ben and I make such a cute couple? I really love this picture. I think it is very sweet. I realized that we hadn’t had a kissing picture since we got married. So of course we needed to remedy that!

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And here is a picture of Ben and I right by the river. The sky was so blue and beautiful! It really brought out the blue in water. 🙂

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My Outfit Deconstructed:

  • Faux Fur Vest -$3, Thrifted (Beautees, JCP)
  • Jeans -$7, Thrifted (Mossimo, Target)
  • Green Shirt -$19, T.J. Maxx (Chaus, Nordstrom, orginally $40)
  • Black Leather Boots -$5, Thrifted
  • Green Bracelet -$9, Old Navy

I normally don’t spend that much on shirts ($19), but I fell in love with this little green beauty and decided to take it home with me. I personally feel this outfit would look better with a belt, but that’s okay. It’s still a pretty cute outfit. 🙂 Maybe next time!

I actually adore the little white fur vest. I found it at my favorite thrift store, Seeds of Hope, and had to bring it home with me. I noticed that one of my favorite bloggers, the Fashion Huntress, had a blog post wearing a similar vest, called Glitz and Glam. So I had to share it with you. 🙂

 

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And here’s Noelle and I by the river. Isn’t it so pretty out? I really love this area. Bismarck is definitely growing on me. 🙂 It has a lot of beauty, and a lot of charm.