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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Capsule Wardrobe Roundup: September

I've been doing this capsule wardrobe thing for a whole month now. Somewhat surprisingly, there have been no tears shed over items I purged, nor have I looked at my closet and silently willed more things to appear. What's more, this smaller, more edited closet of mine has made it easier and even more fun to get dressed. Month one, success. 

For the capsule wardrobe linkup at In Residence and Just Jacq, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of my most-worn pieces, and my favorite ways that I styled them. 

Graphic Tee from J.Crew Factory

tee + bright pencil skirt (in pink!) + similar shoes

Striped blouse from J.Crew Factory

blouse + jeans + shoes

Boyfriend jeans from Loft

Red flats from Gap Outlet

What have you gotten a lot of wear out of this month? 

Monday, September 29, 2014

White Tee Shirt: 2 Ways

Oh good, Monday. (And if you read that in a voice dripping with sarcasm, I really like you.)

Since I don't have anything nice to say about Monday, I won't say anything at all I'll talk about clothes. I'm remixing a plain old white tee shirt today. It's almost silly to do a remix post on it, because a white tee shirt goes with everything. Nevertheless, here it is, two ways.

What's your favorite way to style a white tee? 

The first look is comfy and casual, not to mention easy. But again, I'm proving to myself the difference of having a closet full of clothes I love. There may not be a lot to this look, but I felt great in it all day. 

White tee: J.Crew Factory / jeans: Gap / scarf: c/o Ross / shoes: Toms / Outfit inspiration: the Inspiration Monday photo at Two Birds

For the second look, I kept it classic with a denim jacket, but added a little fun with a bright red skirt and polka dot flats. 

Denim jacket: Gap / white t-shirt: J.Crew Factory / red skirt: J.Crew / polka dot flats: Madewell

Linking up to Inspiration Monday at Two Birds and Mix it Mondays at Fizz and Frosting. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Eats: MexItalian

When it comes to our cravings, Aaron is always in the mood for Mexican food, while I could eat Italian any night of the week. Since either one is always a good option, we went for a little of each this week. 

1. Burrito bowls made with leftover shredded beef (see #3). I used the rice and beans recipes from Iowa Girl Eats burrito bowls, layered on the beef, and topped with corn, cheese, salsa, and avocado. Look familiar? Yep, we ate this last week too, except with chicken. 

2. Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Closet Cooking. Never in a million (or ten) years did I think that I would get Aaron to eat squash. For dinner. As a meal. But this is try number two with spaghetti squash, and again, it was a success! The squash "bowls" are filled with ricotta cheese, hearty meat sauce, and topped with shredded mozzarella. Even my pasta-loving self didn't miss the spaghetti. 

3. Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Budget Bytes. My favorite slow cooker recipes are the ones tailor-made for the super-lazy cook. You know, the ones that don't even require any chopping before you just throw everything in there and go. This is one of those. Sure, it says cut up the beef. Easy enough, but I just put the whole sucker in there, and it turned out great. Sometimes, it pays to be lazy.  Now we have beef for days. Still. 

4. Not pictured, but worth mentioning: Skillet Eggplant Parmesan from Annie's Eats. We had family over for dinner on Sunday, and decided to go with classic Italian. Meatballs with pasta are always a hit, but I wanted to make something different to accompany them. Like a nice healthy vegetable. Or, a nice healthy vegetable layered with lots of melty cheese and red sauce. Door number two, please. 

What was on your menu this week? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Motivational Dressing: Stripes, Dots, Pink

It wasn't easy to get up and go to work after being home with Jona for the past day and a half. In order to make myself feel more motivated and pumped (ha!) about going to the office, I put a little extra snazz in my outfit, in the form of mixed patterns and bright shoes. While I can't say that I'm as enthused as the kangaroo in the Dish commercial ("Hey boss! I love working!"), I do feel put-together and professional in this outfit. 

I'm a total believer in the "fake it 'til you make it" method of motivating myself, so I figure if I look like I'm ready to work, maybe I'll start to feel that way too! What are your "tricks" for motivating yourself?

Polka dot chambray: J.Crew Factory (other dotted option) / stripe pencil skirt: Loft (similar) / pink pumps: Nine West

Linking up for What I Wore to Work at Mix and Match Fashion and Thursday Favorites at Sincerely Jenna Marie. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jona Update: Life with a One Year Old

I haven't done a Jona update in a while, so I thought I'd share some ups and downs of life with a one year (thirteen month) old.

Health: Jona got his first ear infection this week, and in fact he had a burst ear drum. The crazy part is he didn't even seem that sick. He had a cold for a couple of weeks, and I noticed him tugging at his ear. I took him to the doctor on Monday, and when she told me about his ear drum I couldn't believe it. She said he must be pretty tough--most babies scream and cry nonstop when that happens. He sure wailed when she examined his ear, but otherwise he had been his usual, happy self. I was certain that I was being paranoid for bringing him in; I'm glad I did. Mother's ain't no joke people. 

Eating: Hands down one of Jona's favorite activities. Unless he's tired or not feeling well, he usually enthusiastically attacks what's on his tray. He eats whatever we're eating, and seems to like/dislike things just depending on his mood. Some of his favorite things: cooked carrots, Grandma Gail's homemade applesauce, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, beans, pulled pork. His favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and he can devour some scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast, and yogurt, all or any of these. He's also drinking whole milk (in a sippy cup) with every meal, we ditched the bottles after his first birthday. That process went much better than I thought it would. 

Mobility: Jona crawls or scoots around, pretty quickly too. He usually crawls for long distances, then scoots once he's closer to whatever it is he wants. He's not walking, nor does he seem very close to walking. I'm not going to let myself worry about that just yet. 

Talking: Second to eating, this is Jona's favorite thing. He babbles constantly; he'll say things that I have no idea what he's trying to say, but he looks and sounds quite certain that he's trying to make a point. He'll increase the volume and repeat it to drive his point home. Actual words he says, or almost says, are: Dada, Papa, doggie, uh-oh, thank you, "E-I-E-I-O" (from Old McDonald), yeah, and hi. 

Playtime: Jona loves any toy that involves music, and he also loves being sung to.  He will stop what he's doing to listen to music if it comes on. He has a toy xylophone and a drum/percussion instrument set and these are some of his favorite toys. His favorite songs are: Obladi Oblada by the Beatles, Zaccheus (the Bible story song), The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Old McDonald. He's also a big fan of throwing blocks and other toys onto the hard-wood floor and then chasing after them. I also randomly discovered that he thinks it's hilarious when I throw paper in the air, or jump up and down. 

That's my (much overdue) Jona update for now! I'll try to post some highlights on a more regular basis from now on. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Blues

First sweater of the season, happy fall! Granted, it's a very lightweight three-quarter sleeve sweater, but it's a sweater nonetheless. It's been absolutely beautiful here lately (other than a random hot day or two), so we've been trying to soak it up and take lots of walks. Let's hope it lasts, and light sweaters are all I need for a while!

Navy sweater: J.Crew Factory / blue cropped pants: Gap (similar) / necklace: Bauble Bar (similar) / leopard flats: Dr. Scholl's via DSW

Since I'm doing some color blocking in shades of blue today, I'm linking up to the Creative Closet at Life Could Be a Dream

Monday, September 22, 2014

Graphic Tee Then and Now: Neutrals and Brights

Last week's busy work week was followed by an equally busy, but much more fun, weekend. Now it's back to the grind again...

My wardrobe for fall is filled with neutrals; in fact, one of my fears about having a "capsule wardrobe" for fall was that I would get bored with the lack of color. However, I don't think that will happen, because I have so many bright, colorful accessories to balance out all the neutral hues. 

Thanks to Ross, I have one more to add to my collection: this red crossbody bag. Like a clutch, it's perfect for occasions that don't require all of my stuff (e.g. date night), but unlike a clutch, it's hands-free. I love hands-free bags. 

Classic, neutral pieces with bright accessories are what I'm loving for fall right now. On the Ross Facebook page, they're sharing some of their favorite fall blogger looks; be sure to check it out and vote (and enter to win a $150 gift card)! 

Cardigan: Gap Outlet (similar) / graphic tee: J.Crew Factory / jeans: Gap / red bag: c/o Ross (similar) / snakeskin flats (seen here): Sam & Libby for Target (similar) / outfit inspiration: Inspiration Monday photo of Victoria Justice at Two Birds

When the weather was warmer earlier this month, I also paired this graphic tee with a bright color: my turquoise blue pencil skirt. 

I received a gift card from Ross for this post. 

Linking up to Inspiration Monday and Mix it Mondays