Saturday, August 31, 2013


It's going to be super hot today, so I'm unleashing  my chicken legs on the world.  My mini photographer is responsible for these pictures and we were in the middle of being completely silly while doing this when Kira stops, looks across the street and looks back at me.  One of our neighbors was out walking and saw what we were doing.  We waited until she passed and continued on.  Such is life in the suburbs!


Outfit Details:
Shirt - Banana Republic
Belt and Shorts - Talbots
Shoes - Converse
Watch - Timex
Necklace - Vintage
Bracelet - Lydell NYC

Friday, August 30, 2013


I wasn't completely sure of this outfit today.  I normally wear this sweater with a white skirt and white cami, but I decided to try something different today.  I was shocked at how hard this sweater is to actually match with other clothes.  It's an odd color of grey.  So, I threw all this together and walked out the door.  This afternoon, one of my co-workers told me that my outfit completely didn't match, but because of how I threw it together, it actually looked good.  Well, who would have thought?

Outfit Details:
Sweater - Banana Republic - really old
Shirt - J Crew
Pants - Loft
Watch - Timex
Shoes - Sperry
Necklace - Tiffany


Thursday, August 29, 2013

What Ohioans Love

My cousin, who now lives in Missouri, posted this on Facebook today regarding things Ohioans love.  This is so true.

1. Ohio State football - Ohioans are insanely nuts about OSU football.  Even if you didn't actually GO to OSU.  Oh, and we hate Michigan State.  Really hate.             
2. Being a swing state - It makes us feel important.                    
3. Ranch dressing - Ranch dressing is everywhere and people even it on their French fries.  Kira is currently eating it on her carrots.                     
4. Hating Lebron - oh yeah, he did us wrong and he can rot.       
5. Mountain Dew - I'm a Diet Coke fan, but I certainly know a ton of people who love their Mountain Dew.                   
6. Referring to random parts of random towns and cities as “downtown” - what else would you call them?
7. Sperrys - I did not realize this was a state wide problem.  I thought it was just me.
8. Donatos  - not my favorite.                    
9. American-made cars - we're neighbors with Michigan.  This was bound to happen.                     
10. Defending the Cleveland Browns  - I have family who do this.  We're Bengals fans here.                    
11. Chinese buffets - oh yeah...yummy.
12. Dating their high school sweetheart far into college… or, eventually, just marrying them. - Married mine!  Started dating beginning of senior year in high school!
13. Cedar Point - went there as a kid.  It was fun.
14. Referring to soda strictly as “pop” - It is called pop.  I'm not sure why people think this is odd.
15. Most restaurant chains (namely: Panera, Olive Garden, Chipotle, and Outback — I could go on) - Yep
16. Their high school - we are very serious about this.  State wide football playoffs and the state championships are a big big big deal.  I have a cousin who lives in Kentucky now who dresses her kids in toddler t-shirts from our high school.   
17. Wearing athletic clothing while having no intention of working out - guilty!
18. Chicken bacon ranch pizza and sandwiches - uh, no.      
19. Drive-thrus in general - yes, this is true.
20. Saying “you’re fine” instead of “no problem” or “no worries” - who says the other phrases?
21. Skyline Chili - people love it.  Personally, I think it's gross.                  
22. Cornhole - people even play it in their front yards.  The company I work for has an annual tournament.  It's basically a bean bag toss for those of you who don't know what it is.            
23. Claiming to live in a city but really living in a suburb - I live in the city of West Carrollton, but I tell everyone I live in Dayton.                  
24. “The range” - I'm assuming this is the driving range.
25. Referring to sneakers strictly as “tennis shoes” or “tennys - who calls them sneakers?
26. Graeter’s ice cream  - also super yummy and super bad for you.                     
27. Going to the beach aka Lake Erie - it's the closest beach to us.
28. Referring to vacuums as “sweepers” - yes this is true because you sweep the floor with them.              
29. Wendy’s - This is the "special" restaurant my daughter and her grandmother frequent.  It's really good fast food!
30. Being “the birthplace of aviation”
Kittyhawk, NC claims to be the birthplace of aviation, but the Wright Brothers just flew the plane there.  The idea was formulated, designed and developed in my home town of Dayton, Ohio and we are quite territorial over this fact.  I've actually gotten my fur in a fluff when I've been talking to people about this and they don't realize this major fact regarding where the plane was truly born.  One unsuspecting auditor got an earful at dinner a couple of years ago concerning this very point!

Here's to Ohio!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Polka Foxes

The Gap is killing me with their cute cotton tops.  I was bopping through their website last week and saw this seemingly navy blue and white polka dot top and since I already own a blue and white polka dotted top, I kind of glossed over it until I read it was a "fox print".  Intrigued, I popped open the image and looked a little closer and OMG, there were foxes on the polka dots.  Well, my polks dots don't have foxes on them, so an acquisition was made. 
I am so very glad I purchased this shirt.  It just makes me happy and I was in a good mood all day because honestly, how can you have a bad day when there's foxes on your dots?


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Old Lady Print

I've decided I'm going to be a scary old lady wearing super wild printed fabrics.  I'm going to be one of those ladies that wears too much makeup and has teased hair with bright floral blouses and matching loud pants.  I feel it coming.  Not yet, but someday......

Outfit Details:
Jacket - Loft
Shirt and Skirt - Talbots
Belt - Who Knows??

Old Lady In Training,

Monday, August 26, 2013

Comfy Pants

I bought these pajama like pants at Zara when we were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and they are the most comfortable pants I own.  They are patterned with little tiny flowers and as I sat in several meetings together, I was piecing together other tops that I can wear with it. Yeah, should have been paying attention to the meetings, but I can multi task. 

I'm still not liking my too dark hair, but it's starting to lighten a little bit. I've found we have to start out really dark because the red fades so quickly and then it ends up the right color after a few weeks.  I think this color is closer to my normal hair color, but it's been so long I don't remember exactly what that color it is anymore.  Besides, I can be any color I want to be with just a single hair appointment!

Outfit Details:
Shirt - Banana Republic
Jacket - Gap
Pants - Zara
Necklace - QVC

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Darkness Descends

I had my hair colored yesterday for my semi annual dye job and it's way too dark.  It makes me look even more vampiric than I normally do.  I know it'll lighten in a couple of weeks, so I'll just have to deal until then. 

Outfit 1:
Dress - Forever 21
Jacket - J Crew
Outfit 2:
Jacket and Pants - Gap
Shirt - J Crew
Shoes - Sperry


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Speed Racer

I love tipped clothing.  It's probably just me, but I always feel a little more sophisticated when I wear them.   I'm not sure why I felt compelled to attach a brooch to the intersection of the stripes, but I was really pleased with how it turned out. 


Outfit Details:
Shirt - Loft via ebay
Pants - J Crew
Brooch - J.C. Penney and really old

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Commander

My husband occasionally likes to name my outfits stupid names.  Tonight, he dubbed me "The Commander".  I'm not sure a "Commander" would wear hens on their shirt, but I've always been a little different.

My little baby starts fourth grade tomorrow.  It's a big deal at our school because the pre-k through third grade are in one building in the city next to ours and the 4-8 grades are in a different building in our city.    They also start switching classes this year.  It seems like yesterday we were walking her into her kindergarten class and she walked off without waving goodbye.   I wasn't terribly upset by that because I want Kira to be independent, but I can remember thinking at that time that we were going to be in that building for a very long time and now we're gone and in the next building.  I had the good sense not to think that tonight at orientation because I know the next couple of years are going to fly by (sniff and now I am upset).  While I'm glad school is starting back up, I'm not looking forward to homework fights.  That kid can throw some epic hissies over homework.

Outfit Details:
Jacket - Boden
Shirt and Necklace - J Crew
Pants - Ann Taylor
Bracelet - Lydell NYC


Monday, August 19, 2013

Cover Up

It's been a while since I've worn a scoop neck top and I had forgotten that I tend to stay away from them because they really accentuate my chest and I'm not a big fan of flashing that around.  This particular blouse makes me look like I have Barbie boobs and not in a good way.  I wound up covering up with a blazer and I felt much more comfortable with my outfit.

Outfit Details:
Jacket - QVC
Shirt - Banana Republic
Pants - Asos