A Belated Happy New Year

2.04.2016


Hello and happy new year! It's a belated wish that I wanted to say much sooner. Better late than never? I've been away from social media for quite some time. Aside from a quick pop on Facebook every now and then I haven't been very social at all. I've missed all of you and what you've been up to in this new year. I deeply appreciate those who have written me personally, asking how I am doing. I don't have a lot of friends so it really brightens my day to know someone remembered me, thank you.

So why did I disappear? There are a few reasons. The second biggest reason is because I've been really sick. Terribly sick! I don't think I've been this sick in a long time. After two rounds of antibiotics I'm still feeling a bit slow but everyday gets better. I've spent the better part of two months in pajamas barely picking up my camera, binging on Netflix and crocheting. I've also had family staying on an overly extended vacation. It's made being myself and getting back into a normal routine challenging. These photos are from last month. I've only been out twice this year in an attempt to do outfit posts. The last shoot didn't turnout as well as I would have hoped. But I'm determined to work on that!


It's been quite cold around here lately, I've really had to rethink my outfits. This outfit is a little different than my usual look but I love how effortless this style is. It's also easy to layer. I wish I could get this dress in every color but gray seems to be the most common color to find it in.


In December I hosted an outfit giveaway. If you recall I mentioned a special surprise to be included by me... this was the surprise that went to a lovely lady in New York. I made this necklace from a piece I saw in Forever 21, only mine is made from an actual crystal while theirs was made of plastic. I don't own a lot of pendant necklaces but I often find myself wearing this particular one with this style dress. Would you be interested in me making a tutorial?


These earrings aren't mine. My sister is infamous for taking her earrings off at my house and leaving them behind. I have collected several pairs over the years from her. After reminding her countless times I decided to wear them. Why not, I did buy them for her after all lol! I always feel weird wearing dangly earrings. It's odd how you get into a style preference and stepping out of it just feels foreign. Do you ever step out of your fashion comfort zone, whether it's something small like earrings or something major like another style all together? How did you feel? In this outfit I was constantly reminded of my earrings dangling from side to side. This dress is also different for me. I felt like I was wearing a tent and very exposed underneath (even though I know I was the only one seeing it). While I felt a different wearing this, I loved challenging myself to try something new. This is going to be something I plan to do a lot this year... challenging myself to do new things, get myself out there more, and stop hiding away in my home. There are a lot of changes in store for me this year and I fully look forward to embracing each and every one of them.

Outfit:

Dress: SheIn
Necklace: Hand made by me
Tights: Tabbisocks
Shoes: Old, Forever 21
Earrings: Borrowed (Forever 21)
Glasses: Bonlook

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather



Missing: My Energy! If found, please return

12.23.2015



Hello Lovelies! I know it's been a while since I last posted and up until a couple days ago I've been pretty quite on Instagram too. I don't know what's been with me lately but I've just been so drained! I don't usually say this but I'm officially shopped out. No more shopping for me! I'm done, it's time for a break. Even my fashion style has been lazy, which is completely unlike me. It's been shirt dresses, stockings, and little makeup these last couple weeks. I know dresses aren't exactly lazy but I don't do pants well. So with that I've been a bit behind on posts. Lately if I'm not shopping or wrapping presents, trying new vegan meals or cleaning my house like a crazy woman, I'm vegging in front of the tv. I suppose we all need a little mental unwind. Actually I love editing photos in my spare time but since I've been struggling to find my go it's been a netflix binging sort of week.


I've also been a bit under the weather lately. Do you just have days when you feel off or in a mental fog? I'm sure this will pass after my family leaves and I don't have to entertain anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love having family and friends visit. This gal needs social interaction. I'm extremely excited for Christmas and hosting another family get together but it's always nice to throw on the pjs, eat left overs, and not feel the need to entertain.


On a more positive note, who's ready for Christmas?! I couldn't be more excited. I love seeing the excitement on my girls faces when they come downstairs for the first time and see all the presents under the tree. Other than gifts for friends and family we keep all the other gifts hidden till the night before. Seeing the surprised look on their faces is the best. Also seeing the look on my husbands face as he disapproves of how much I bought is always interesting too. Haha. I'm such a sucker for giving gifts. Traditionally we let the girls open a gift the night before. That gift is usually carefully selected to be a new pair of pjs or outfit to wear the next day. On Christmas, our girls are not allowed out of their rooms till we get up. We are not early risers so it's tourture for them to wait. Usually around 8:30-9 we get up and make cinnamon rolls and coffee. It's a simple tradition but one I love. After unwrapping gifts and cleaning up it's a scramble to make dinner and get dressed before guests arrive.


Days before Christmas we make our girls completely gut their room and go through everything that doesn't fit or they no longer use. Those things we donate. If they don't have their rooms cleaned before Christmas they aren't allowed to bring their new presents into their room. It's been a good way keep on top of messes and teach responsibility to the girls. Piper's still fighting the good fight against the tyranny of her parents and cleaning her room. Which is really odd because she's always eager to help me around the house in any way BUT cleaning her room. Typical... Chloie on the other hand completely has that rule down and is totally on it weeks before. Do you have any special Christmas or holiday traditions? I'd love to hear them!


If I don't get to posting again before friday, Merry Christmas and happy holidays. God Bless!

Outfit:
Hat: Barracuda Bazaar (Local boutique) 
Coat: Tulle 4 Us (No longer available)
Cardigan: ModCloth
Top: Forever 21 (Similar)
Dress: Apricity
Tights: ModCloth
Shoes: c/o  Loly in the Sky

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather




Busy Gal in an Ascot!

12.11.2015



Hello Lovelies! I'm up late again, scrambling to get this posted and still grab a few hours of sleep before I have to get up, get the kids ready for school, go to Denver and get back before the girls get out of school! All in a days work. I'm super excited about some projects my husband and I are about to tackle. Today we are heading up to Denver to get Piper a new bedroom set. It's vintage and completely adorable. I managed to haggle the price down to $200! {Insert shocked emoji face!} This set comes with a dresser, mirror, desk with hutch, chair, night stand, and head board. I can't even get a new bed for $200! It appears to be in wonderful used condition but I'm probably going to paint it... there in lies the project part. It's going to be one tedious task painting all that furniture white. Right now it's a cream color but I'm not wild about the gold flecks in it. It reminds me of a french provincial set I used to have as a girl but without the feet.


Oh did I mention that I'm hoping to get it completely painted before Christmas?! Haha I'm laughing just thinking about that. I'm probably being overly ambitious but we shall see. We plan to make it a surprise for Piper. To keep her out of her room I'll have to make up a story, I might say that her window broke. She definitely won't object to sleeping in her sister's room. I'll be sure to post before and after photos. (Unless I go mad from all the painting).


Painting and redecorating Piper's room isn't the only thing we are planning to do. I've also convinced Jedidiah to help me paint the kitchen cabinets, FINALLY! I'm not sure what made him agree to it but I'm overly joyed to be rid of this peachy pink color. Have you ever painted kitchen cabinets (or furniture)? We painted the cabinets in our last home and it was miserably exhausting but they turned out good. I also have a few pieces of chalk painted furniture in the house. I'm leaning towards chalk paint this time around because sanding really sucks. I do however plan to poly them after because I have no interest in stains or waxing every few months.


Well that's all for today! I'd love to hear about any projects you're tackling or your experience with painting furniture/cabinets.  Also as a reminder, today is the last day to enter my contest on Instagram! Winner will be announced at 6pm MST.

Outfit:
Cardigan: ModCloth
Dress (used as top): ModCloth
Skirt: ChicWish
Ascot: The Mad Girl Shop
Shoes: ModCloth
(I know I have a crazy thing for ModCloth)

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather



Retro Vibes

12.07.2015


Hello fabulous readers! I had anticipated posting this the other day but I've been a bit under the weather lately. While I'm feeling slightly better, I still have the case of the yuckies... Anyhoo, we've had snow around here the past few days and I've been eager to get out and take some photos in it. I love how the snow makes everything beautiful and bright. The down side, it get's dark very early! Being so close to the mountains means we get shaded pretty quickly and around 4 - 4:30 if I don't have photos taken they're usually too blue or dark to salvage. Did I mention I'm NOT a morning person? My husband works nights so I keep weird hours, my babysitting job also has me up extremely late. The sun going down early is a great challenge especially when I have to be dressed and out before sunset. If you happen to be a night owl and find yourself in need of someone to chat with, look me up! I'm almost always up till at least 3am (MST). I know, I really need to work on that.


As for this delightful dress, this was one of my splurge purchases from Black Friday. It got mixed reviews and I'm relieved I decided to give it a try. The material is thick and stretchy. It's fully lined and made being outside, in a dress, pretty tolerable. The belt like any belt that comes with an outfit is a complete waste. I'll be replacing it with the Foxy Moxie Belt in Cognac that I just ordered. It's an elastic belt and I LOVE elastic belts. It makes sitting so much more comfortable! Do you have a belt preference? I personally wish there were more elastic belts sold in stores. I try to snag up every one I see. But I also don't wear jeans so it's need to hold up anything is not what I look for.

Can I take a minute to just say how much I love this bow?! A while back I was planning a giveaway with Eileen from Apricity.  While her dress alone would have been awesome to win I wanted to make it bigger. I contacted few people and one of those lovely ladies was Lisa from Color Theory. She was happy to join! It turned out that she had planned on contacting me anyways to model one of her bows, I just beat her to it! Her bows are handmade from vintage fabrics. It was soooo hard picking just two, I wanted them all! She makes them with a pin or clip attached. I opted for a pin so I would get more use out of it, not all of my dresses have a collar. If you haven't already, go to my instagram and enter my contest! Lisa has generously included one of her bows.


  Well this is just a quick post today. I have some exciting news to share with all of you but for now, I'm keeping it under wraps. More on that later! Also I'd love to hear from you. Are there subjects you'd like to discuss? I've had a few people interested about my journey into healthier eating and my quest to becoming somewhere between vegetarian and vegan. Till then...

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Outfit:
Dress: ModCloth
Tights:  ModCloth Similar
Bow: Color Theory
Shoes: Target

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