Saturday’s Something Good

Things making me happy this week:

Surprising Facts about Otters ~ If anything, read it for the cute pictures of otters

What it really means to be in a sorority ~ Read it, it was a piece that was finally spot on. Sent it to two of my sisters, they actually almost started crying at work.

“Something Terrible Has Happened Here”: The Crazy Story of How “Clue” Went from Forgotten Flop to Cult Triumph ~ Favorite movie. Amazing to read if you love the movie too. I think it’s time to go watch Clue now…

This etsy shop and this online shop~ I went to the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend and fell in love with one woman’s jewelry and another’s purses. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I couldn’t resist. I’ll also be buying from both of these women again soon! Reviews coming soon!

Book: And the Mountains Echoed ~ Even though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading his last two books, for some reason I’m always iffy about reading the next one. But I always end up loving it. Go read it now, you won’t be disappointed.
“The Real LIfe Glee” ~ Don’t be turned off by the title, just read it. That teacher is doing some amazing things and it’s a shame there aren’t more like him

Fall Everything: apple everything (this and this) pumpkin everything (like this, this, and all of these), cinnamon everything, fall festivals, more farmers markets.

Boots Review

I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t been looking for a new pair of black boots since May. Okay, really, since last winter. I had a pair, but they weren’t really work appropriate. That, and since they were only $30 and 3 years old, they were kind of starting to fall apart…Either way, time to start the hunt. I didn’t really find any during the summer, but it gave me more time to figure out what I really wanted. The final three came down to these:

Ann Taylor’s Cody Over-the-Knee Leather Riding Boots – $248
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I reviewed these in an earlier post, but to sum it up: goregous, buttery leather, but over the knee a little bit too much.

DSW’s Enzo Angiolini Zeric Riding Boot (Sold out!) – $95
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I went back and forth on these, I liked the leather and the stretchy back, but they were hard to get on and off. In addition to that, since my legs are a little shorter than most (yayy being 5 feet!), the boots cut at my knees funny. I’m not sure if they were suppose to be over the knee boots, or hit right below it, but as you can see in the picture, it looks funny.

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DSW boot on the left, Shoemint on the right
(Excuse my messy room please!)
I love me some Shoemint. Everything I have bought from there is excellent quality looks just as good in person and these boots lived up to that. Thanks to the zipper they were easy to get on and off and the leather was just as wonderful. Additionally, the gold detail was a nice addition to the boot.
So which did I get?The shoemint! Plus, as an added bonus, thanks to an old Shoemint credit (still kicking myself for forgetting to skip that month a while ago) and a 35% discount code, I ended up only paying $11 for the boots!! If that’s not a good deal for real leather, I don’t know what is.
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And cause it’s wonderful Shoemint, I got a surprise gift!
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Labor Day Online Shopping

With all of the Labor Day Sales, I figured I would use that to help fill some holes in my wardrobe for fall. Below is what I got and what I ended up returning!

Loft
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Flare Shift Dress, XSP $39.75
The reviews on this dress said that there was incredible detail on this dress and it looked much better in person. Unfortunately, that was not really the case. The dress felt about one size too big and was much larger around the waist than I expected.
Verdict: Returned

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Tweed Skirt, 0P $29.75
I ordered this skirt after seeing it on J’s Every Day Fashion. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this skirt. It fit really well and was incredibly comfortable. Additionally, unlike other pencil skirts I’ve gotten in the past, the material was not stiff.
Verdict: Keep

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3/4 Sleeve Blouse, XSP $29.75
I was hoping the blouse would be more white in person. Unfortunately, it was pink, which wasn’t what I wanted.
Verdict: Return


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3/4 Lace Sleeve Top, XSP $17.44
The shoulders were a little puffy, but it looked good tucked into a skirt. Additionally, final sale.
Verdict: Keep

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Black Tee (Sold Out!), XSP $12.50
I’ve been wanting a plain black shirt that I can wear to work and this fit the requirements!
Verdict: Keep

J.Crew Factory
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Stripe Racerback Cami, 0 $29.50
I’ve been watching this top for a while and decided it was finally time to buy it. I liked how loose the top was and while it wasn’t the best hanging loose, it looked great tucked in.
Verdict: Keep

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Racerback Cami, 0 $27
See above review, same feeling.
Verdict: Keep

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Cotton Zipper Top  XS $21
I actually got this in red and blue (which is apparently sold out now). I was a little hesitant with the whole horizontal stripes thing, but I love how soft this shirt turned out to be. It was a little baggy, but I can’t wait to wear it once it gets colder.
Verdict: Keep

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Critter Charm Necklace $12
Love giraffes. Adorable necklace.
Verdict: Keep

Ann Taylor
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Over the Knee Riding Boots $173.60 /

I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of black boots that are work appropriate and i was hoping these would fit the bill. While the leather was smooth and the shoe seemed very well made, it slouched too much around the ankle and I wasn’t as comfortable with wearing an over the knee boot to work. I’m hoping to find a similar pair for less money elsewhere.
Verdict: Return

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Colorblock Pencil Skirt 0P $76.30
This was another item that I had been staring at for a bit. I had tried it on at an Ann Taylor Event at the end of July and figured I would wait until the price dropped more. However, after getting it, I think it may still have been a little too expensive for me.
Verdict: Return

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August Round Up

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1. Old Navy Wrap Dress, Striped – $25
2. Old Navy Wrap Dress, Crimson – $25
3. Ann Taylor Lace Dress – $47.69
4. Daisy Rae Dress – $20.97 (going out of business sale)
5. Gap Floral Jeans – $24
6. Gap Pink Jeans – $12 (yesss in store sale!)
7. Loft White Jeans – $20
8. Loft Tank – $22.50
9. ily Necklace – $20.95 (Still waiting on this to arrive….)

Not Pictured:
10. Loft Lace tee – $18
11. Gap Blazer – $24

Grand total:  $242.11

Gulp…alright well there you go. Now time to get this back under control.

Plan to help this:
1. Less in store shopping. I know this is the reverse of what most people would tell you to do because you can get much better deals off of the clearance racks, BUT when I shop online, I tend to impulse shop a lot less because I can let things sit in my cart and wait for a deal.
2. Make a list of things I want ahead of time and be more specific when looking for things.
3. Shop my closet more.
4. Focus on items that can be worn to work since that’s where I spend a bulk of my time.
5. USE EBATES. Using ebates = cash back on purchases. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.

I’ll probably have to refine this a little more over time, but I hope it will work for now.

I’m Backkkkkkk!

Hello all!

After a long break from the blog, I’ve finally decided to come back to it, but change it up a bit. Since I’ve recently started working full time, I’ve decided that I need to do a better job of keeping track of what I buy so I A) Don’t spend too much money and B) buy things I already have or don’t need. Hopefully by posting it on here, I’ll hold myself more accountable for what I buy. I’m not quite sure if it’ll be more than that for now, but if I have time (and my photography skills improve!) I’ll start adding recipes and a few outfit posts.

So what have I been up to for the past year? Well, after completing my internship with the Smithsonian in DC, I went back to Pittsburgh to finish up my masters degree. Working on my capstone/thesis project took up a large amount of time and when I tied that in with my internship, being a teacher’s assistant for two classes, and a part time job, I didn’t have much free time. Luckily, I successfully completed everything and graduated this past May! In June, I moved to DC to start my full time job and I’ve been adjusting to a new (and more expensive) life here since.

I’ll post my August clothing round up once August has ended and I’ve returned what I need to return.

Glad to be back!

Thursday Things

1. It’s Fall! Kind of. Last year I was incredibly excited for fall, leaves changing colors, apple cider, everything apple, and everything else wonderful that comes with fall. This year I spent so much time looking forward to the summer that I wasn’t sure that I would be as excited for fall this year, but I definitely am. However, the weather here doesn’t seem to be in fall mode yet, so maybe I’ll be luckily and get a fall that extends into early December?

2. It’s finally football season! Way more excited than I should be (weird arts manager, what can I say)

3. Book I want: 

4. Food i’m excited to try making (I’ve been on such a huge bbq kick):

5. This outfit looks way too comfortable (but I would probably use different shoes):

 

6. Blog I’m in Love with this week: J’s Everyday Fashion. She not only provides cute outfit ides, but also provides incredibly valuable tips for shopping and dressing yourself.

Ice Cream…Bread?


As I once mentioned, I love bread. Absolutely love it. If I could snack on bread all the time, I would. Unfortunately, I don’t often have the time or ingredients to commit myself to making bread (challah will happen one day though!). So when my friend posted about ice cream bread I was immediately intrigued and wanted to try it myself. Except I was also in DC with no bread pan or the will power to buy ingredients that I would most likely have to haul back with me when the summer was over. So, I tucked the recipe away on the internet and hoped that I would have time to come back to it later.

And then came Labor Day weekend and a brand new willpower and curiosity to make ice cream bread. I wanted to know if it worked, and if it did, what weird combinations I could create in the future. So on Labor Day (because I, of course, kept putting off doing errands), I hauled myself out of bed early in morning (well 9am and I had already been awake in bed for about an hour by that point) and went over to Target and the grocery store to do my errands. And I could giving you a detailed play by play of my day up until the bread, but I”ll just cut to the point.

It was good.

Really really good.

My housemate and I are still in shock that it worked.

There will definitely be more of this bread in my future. Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Mint, Brownie Batter, Pumpkin, the possibilities are endless.

Ice Cream Bread

1 1/2 Cups of Self Rising Flour
2 Cups of Ice Cream

1. Prehead the oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together the flour and ice cream until they’re combined well. You’ll be able to tell because it will begin to resemble bread dough and there won’t be extra flour hanging out at the bottom of the bowl.
3. Place the dough in a bread pan and evenly smooth out the dough.
4. Bake the dough for 45 minutes or until you can put a toothpick in and have it come out clean. (Mine baked for exactly 45 minutes)
5. Let the bread cool and then eat it!