Let's Get Physical, Physical

An article I read this week (“Why I Stopped Reading Fashion Blogs”, here) got me thinking hard about the content of my blog. The article sparked a discussion in the comments about all the blogger challenges and weekly groups one can participate in, and how original content is often sacrificed for their sake. As someone who does participate in many of these challenges (I’ve done the 30 for 30, Bloggers do it Better, and Fashion and Beauty Friend Friday) it made me take a step back and think about what this meant for my blog.

Pink ruffle button-up: Old Navy (similar); jeans (that look funny in every picture, darn it!): thrifted Gap (similar); necklace: Fenno Fashion, from Lizzypunch giveaway; gold braid belt: Loft; brown platform sandals: Mia, 6pm.com

Here’s what I’ve decided: I’m going to continue to participate in challenges that genuinely interest me. Nine times out of ten, I have fun doing them and they make me a better blogger. However, I will not join something just to join it; I will only participate if it’s something I (and also my readers) will be interested in. In addition, I will continue to make an effort to make my non-participatory posts original and well thought out. Will I have days that I have little more than pictures? Yes, I'm human. But this blog, and the people who read it, are important to me, and it’s worth my time and effort to be genuine.

Although it’s something I don’t talk much about, I am interested in staying in shape. Therefore, I’m going to join Katy’s Friend Friday group today, whose questions are fitness-related.

1. Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why? Yes, I started going to Jazzercise classes last summer because of a Groupon. I’ve been going regularly since; I try to go three days a week but that doesn’t always happen. This has been the first workout routine I’ve stuck with and I’ve enjoyed. I love the way I feel after I finish a class, and I feel “off” when I miss too many classes.

2. Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image? Yes, knowing that I’m doing something to make my body healthier gives me a more positive body image. While the changes may not be noticeable to others, I feel good when I see my muscle tone improving or my strength increasing.

3. When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion? I’m pretty sure that the people in my Jazzercise classes would be shocked and appalled that I have a fashion blog! My workout “uniform” consists of black workout pants or capris, and a tank top or t-shirt. I don’t particularly enjoy buying workout clothes, so when I have money to spend it usually goes to “regular” clothes. But I have seen a lot of cute workout gear lately, so maybe I’ll work on that!

4. Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness? Personally, I do not know of a cultural standard for what I should be doing. However, within my group of friends, I have always felt like a bit of an outsider in this area. Most of my friends participate in sports, and an athlete I am not. At times, however, I wished I could be more athletically inclined so I could be on teams with my friends. Since I’ve started blogging and doing Jazzercise, I no longer feel this way. Frankly, I don’t have time to blog, Jazzercise, AND play sports! (Oh, and have a full-time job, cook dinner several nights a week, be a wife and dog-mom too.) 

5.  Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal. My goal is that in a few years, I will still be going to Jazzercise classes three times a week, every week. I’m not sure that’s dreaming big, but that’s as big as it gets for me and working out! 

Song: Physical by Olivia Newton-John

They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab but I Said No, No, No

Rehab may not be necessary, but I think I have a serious addiction to cardigans. I just picked this one up at Target (I was lured by a $5 off coupon) and it’s the third cardigan I’ve bought this month. I’m justifying this cardigan-o-rama by saying that two of the three are short sleeved and the other has a bright, springy print. Therefore, I need these cardigans for spring. (Whoops, there’s sign number one, denying I have a problem.)

Like its two friends, this cardigan was begging to be worn immediately. I saw that Kimberly’s April Inspiration Calendar called for “Yellow with a Print” yesterday, and my new purchase fit the bill perfectly. I paired it with my newly rediscovered go-tos, my white jeans (are you sick of these yet?) and yellow espadrille wedges. 

Coral print cardigan: Merona, Target; coral tee (under): Gap (similar); white jeans: Gap (similar); yellow shell earrings: Target (similar); tan belt: Target; yellow espadrille wedges: NY & Co (similar)

By the way, I loved reading your comments on quality vs. quantity yesterday. It was a relief to know that so many of you give in to sales and good deals too!

Song: Rehab by Amy Winehouse
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On Quality Street

When it comes to shopping, do you choose quantity over quality, or vice versa? I’m always conflicted. When I’m in the preparation phase of shopping (for example, before I have birthday money to spend) I imagine buying one or two “special” pieces (i.e. a nice top from J. Crew or some jewelry from Anthropologie). However, during the action phase (when I have the birthday money in my hands) the power of the bargain always triumphs. That's what happened when I spotted this vest at Gap on sale for $5.

White button-up: Forever 21 (similar); blue print vest: Gap; jeans: Old Navy (similar); black flat sandals: BC Footwear, endless.com (same style in pewter)

Sure, J. Crew is dreamy. But when I’m browsing their site, those pesky wheels in my head start turning, and I wonder if I really need to pay $79.50 for a cotton shirt. I mean, is the quality really $65 better than the one I got at Old Navy? That’s not a rhetorical question; I’ve never paid eighty bucks for a shirt so I honestly don’t know. 

The only compromise I can come up with is to shop the sales at quality, middle-of-the-road stores like Gap and Loft, and to look for brands like J. Crew and Anthro at thrift stores. Do you have any strategies for buying quality pieces on a budget?

Song: Quality Street by Van Morrison

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Dinner Tonight: Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken and Curry Potatoes

When it comes to Easter traditions, Aaron and I are lacking. In years past, the only thing resembling a tradition was heading to the grocery store after church, realizing the grocery store is closed because it’s Easter, then driving around in frustration looking for a place that’s open. This year, we planned ahead and went to the store on Saturday. That may just be the start of something, we’ll see.

Additionally, when it comes to dinner, we pretty much treat it like any other night. (Unless, that is, we fail to find a place to get groceries, then it’s clean out the fridge night.) This Easter, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with roast chicken and potatoes, but I wanted to make it a little more special. I came across a recipe for Indian-spiced chicken, and I thought it sounded perfect. Add some roasted curry potatoes, and we have a meal!

Indian Spiced Roasted Chicken

2 bone-in, skin on chicken breasts (or whatever parts you like)
1 tbsp. coriander
½ tbsp. cardamom
½ tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. turmeric
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. olive oil (more if necessary to get the paste to spread easily on the chicken)
4 cloves of garlic
½ inch knob of ginger
1 jalapeno (optional)
3 sprigs cilantro, stems and leaves

In a large bowl, mix all the dry spices together.

With a food processor, puree the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and cilantro until everything is finely chopped. Add it to the spice mixture in the bowl. Add in the olive oil and mix to form a paste.
Add the chicken pieces to the bowl, and thoroughly coat each piece with the spice rub. (You may need to add more oil at this point.) Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours, up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 475. Before cooking, set the chicken out for about 15 minutes so it comes to room temperature.

Place chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet. Make sure the pieces aren’t too close together. Cook the chicken for 40 minutes, or until chicken is done and the juices are clear (well, technically they’ll be yellow because of the spices). The skin should be golden and crispy.  Serve with Roasted Curry Potatoes.

Serves 2

Roasted Curry Potatoes
adapted from The Kitchn

1 lb baby Yukon Gold or red potatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. curry powder
kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 475.

Clean potatoes and cut them into large dice. Place them in a saucepan, cover them with cold water. Bring them to a boil, add salt, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook 4-5 minutes, until the edges are softened but the centers are still hard.

Drain the potatoes and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, a couple pinches of salt, and the curry powder. Place a dinner plate over the bowl, and holding it tight like a lid, give the potatoes a few good shakes to roughen up the sides and edges.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer over a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, giving the potatoes a good shake every 10-15 minutes until they’re evenly browned and crispy.
Serves 2-3

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Yes We're Going to a Party Party

Well, I don’t feel any older today, but I am. 28 years old, just two years away from the big 3-0. Not that I’m dreading 30, I just feel like it’s such a milestone. Like I should accomplish a few more things before I get there. I guess I’d better get started, since I only have two years to go!

Cardigan: Mossimo, Target (similar); black feather-print top: Forever 21 (similar); black and white stripe skirt: Forever 21 (similar); chain and pearl necklace: Jess LC; black leather belt: Gap (similar); turquoise bow flats: Nine West (similar)

As I mentioned last week, Aaron and I celebrated my birthday over the weekend. We went to dinner, had some gelato, and watched a movie. Nothing fancy, but it was exactly what I wanted. To make my birthday weekend even more perfect, I did a little shopping too. Finally, yesterday we went to our church’s Easter service, which was beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

This was what I was planning to wear to my birthday dinner, but I changed at the last minute due to the sudden onset of freezing leg syndrome, brought on by current weather conditions. But, since I did really like this outfit and plan to wear it again when my FLS (doesn’t it sound official when I abbreviate it?) clears up, I decided to post the pictures anyway. I love these two black and white patterns together, and the turquoise shoes add a fun pop of color. 

Song: Birthday by the Beatles
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Big Lights Will Inspire You

This week, to celebrate Friend Friday's one-year anniversary, Katy is asking the very first set of questions from FBFF. Since her Friend Friday questions have inspired so many bloggers, the theme of inspiration couldn't be more appropriate. 

Purple ruffle cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted (similar); black silk flower print tee: The Limited (similar); gray cords: Loft (similar); black flats: Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar)

1. Which celebrity (celebrities) do you look to for fashion inspiration? I know I'm echoing a lot of other bloggers when I say I don't really keep up with celebrities, but the truth is I don't. However, some of the fashion blogs I read spotlight celebs from time to time, and when they do, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Bilson, and Zooey Deschanel always catch my eye. 

2. When it comes to your own personal style, what inspires you? Hands down, it's other bloggers who inspire me the most. My Pinterest boards, Google Reader, and internet bookmarks are filled to the brim with looks I see all over the blogosphere. It seems like I find a new blog, filled with inspiration, every day. 

3. How do you hope to inspire your readers? I hope that my readers recognize that I'm a Midwestern girl on a budget, and that it's possible to be creative with clothes even if you don't live in a big city or have a disposable income. I also hope that I can make people smile from time to time, and realize that fashion is supposed to be fun. Also, if I can get people in the kitchen to try new recipes, I'm elated!

4. Outside the realm of fashion who/what inspires you? My family and friends inspire me to be a better person every day. My church family inspires me to become a more deeply committed Christian. Books inspire me--to learn, to think deeper, to explore the world.  My dog even inspires me to take a break every now and then. 

5. And since Idol is ending… Which songs inspire you? I'm always inspired by anything that the Beatles sing. I grew up listening to their music, and I can always find a song to suit my mood. Some of my other favorites include Billy Joel, Adele, the Zac Brown Band, and Mumford & Sons. This is far from a comprehensive list, but for the sake of time I'll stop here.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for the great questions Katy! Happy anniversary FBFF!

Song: Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
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On a Crazy Adventure

Think of this post as one of those “choose your own adventure” stories. Do you remember those? Did you love them as much as I did? Did you read all the endings because it drove you crazy not to know? Anyway, since I’m having trouble thinking of things to talk about today, I’m going to let you pick. For complaints about the weather, continue to the next paragraph; for why I’m looking forward to the weekend, go to paragraph three; finally, if you just want the outfit details go to the captions beneath the photos.

Pink ruffle cardigan: Loft (Similar-ish); black and white print tank (even better); black jeans: Gap (skinnier version); wingtip maryjanes: Isaac Mizrahe for Target (similar

No matter what you want to call it, (Jo christened it “Sprinter” and to Ms. Monkeyface it’s “Wing”) this transitional period between winter and spring has carried on for far too long. One day it’s practically warm enough for air conditioning, the next I’m forced to turn my heater back on. Not cool. And I’ve vowed not to open up my tights drawer until the fall, but if this weather keeps up I’m going to have to break that vow. 

Earrings: NY & Co (similar); necklace: Oh Sweetlee Me, won from Much Love Illy Giveaway

Not interested in my whining about the weather huh? Weekend plans it is then. I’m especially looking forward to this weekend, since not only is it Easter weekend, but I’m also going to be celebrating my birthday! (My birthday is actually Monday, but Aaron has a school function that night. Bummer.) I’m looking forward to dinner at Spin Pizza, a play, and hopefully some ice cream in there somewhere. What are you excited to do this weekend?

I hope you enjoyed today’s adventure.

Song: At the Beginning from the animated picture Anastasia
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Indulge in Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Kick

If you haven’t figured out by now that I have a serious chocolate addiction, I don’t know what to tell you. I should be more varied in my selections when I decide to make a dessert, but when that time comes I always have a one-track mind, and that track is chocolate. Which is why, for month four of the Kitchen Belleicious Recipe Challenge, I decided to make a flourless chocolate cake.

To me, a flourless chocolate cake is like a beautifully written book; meaningless fluff is left out and you can go straight to the good stuff. It’s rich, dense, and deeply chocolaty: heaven on a fork.

However, my less-than-angelic side came out when making this cake. I added cayenne pepper to make it a little bit on the naughty side. (As if a chocolate cake isn’t naughty enough, right?) The result is a cake with rich chocolate flavor, texture that manages to be light and dense at the same time, and a tiny kick of heat. (For a bigger kick, add more cayenne of course.)

Flourless Chocolate Cake (with a kick)
Adapted from Delicious Shots

8oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 stick of butter, cut in small pieces (plus more for the pan)
5 large eggs, separated
1/2 cups of sugar
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (for the pan)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Butter an 8-inch springform pan and dust with cocoa powder; set aside. Melt butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water) stir until smooth. Remove from heat and let the chocolate cool for a couple of minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and cayenne pepper. Gradually add the egg mixture into the chocolate, and whisk until well blended. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the whites into chocolate mixture, and gently fold the remaining whites into the chocolate with a spatula. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let it cool and serve dusted with confectioners' sugar and vanilla whipped cream.

Vanilla Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Whisk cream, vanilla, and sugar together until soft peaks form. 

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Way Up High

While my goal today wasn't to look like a bowl of sherbet or an Easter egg, I think that's exactly what I accomplished. And I'm perfectly okay with that--who doesn't like sherbet or easter eggs? However, my goal was color-blocking, and I think I attained that as well. 

Kristina, of Pretty Shiny Sparkly, created a style challenge series called Bloggers Do It Better. Since I love Kristina's glamorous, girlie style, not to mention I completely agree with that credo, of course I had to join! First up, we were "assigned" to create a look using color-blocking or bold, colorful stripes. 

Orange cardigan: Loft; purple one-shoulder dress: Loft (similar); earrings: Target (similar); pink scarf: Marshall's (similar); bronze flower sandals: Gap (similar)

I was a little hesitant at first to wear all these bold brights together, but I couldn't be more satisfied with how it turned out. I felt like smiling all day, simply because these colors just make me so happy!

This is a trend I'm definitely going to embrace for spring, and I'm sure I'll get loads of inspiration from the other girls' looks. To check them all out, visit Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Iz
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But I Didn't Shoot No Deputy

I have a confession to make. On Friday, I shopped. I kept getting emails from Loft about their 40% off sale, and I got a birthday coupon in the mail too. It was more than I could resist. So I bought the top I’m wearing and a couple of other things. I didn’t go crazy, although I didn’t buy things I actually needed. More than anything, I need pants and skirts, and what did I buy? Two tops and two cardigans.

Cardigan, Loft (similar); blue ruffle blouse, Loft; dark skinny jeans, Old Navy (similar); necklace: c/o Fenno Fashion from Lizzypunch giveaway (similar); brown braid belt, Loft (similar); brown peeptoe pumps, Ann Taylor, thrifted (similar)

Another thing I did over the weekend is finish the book House Rules by Jodi Picoult. If you’ve never read anything by her before, you really should—she’s a great writer. Hope recommended this book to me, and I could hardly put it down. 

It’s about Jacob, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome, which is on the Autism spectrum. Jacob is obsessed with crime scene investigation, and knows more than most people, including local police, about it. However, when a college student, who happens to be Jacob’s social skills tutor, is murdered in the city where Jacob lives, people start to wonder just how far he will go to be a part of a crime scene. His family fights desperately to protect his innocence, but it’s an uphill battle. The traits which define his Asperger’s look like the actions of a guilty person in the eyes of authorities.

I loved hearing from the various perspectives throughout the story, from Jacob’s lawyer to Jacob himself. While it’s a fictional work, Picoult clearly did her research on Asperger’s, and I enjoyed learning more about it. 

Song: I Shot the Sheriff sung by Bob Marley and the Wailers (a special song for Jacob in the book)

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I Just Want to Thank You

Today's Friend Friday questions are all about gratitude. I'm definitely guilty of getting so caught up in the stresses and celebrations in my life that I don't truly take the time to think about the things I'm grateful for. 

Purple cardigan: Daisy Fuentes, Kohl's; silver pleated tank: Target; dark flare jeans: Gap; pink and purple bead necklace: a shop in Paris; gray slingback pumps: Naturalizer

1.  When it comes to me personally – I owe a lot of who I am to: my parents. I am very blessed to have parents who are ceaselessly loving, supportive, and encouraging. I credit them for the good that's in me.

2. When it comes to me professionally – I owe a lot of who I am to:  teachers. I've had so many exceptional teachers who have made an impact on my life. They're the reason I went into teaching myself.

3. When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots: I'm not sure I've had any real "rough spots" when it comes to blogging. However, I am very grateful to all the blogs I read daily; I'm constantly inspired and reminded why I want to be a part of this community.

4. To my readers, I’d like to say… Thank you, of course! I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy life to be a part of mine. I've had a chance to get to know many of you, and I feel lucky to count you as friends. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face!

And of course I'm grateful to Katy for her inspiring questions every week!

Song: Thank You by Dido
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The Hunger Keeps on Growing

I don't know about you, but I get about a zillion e-mails a day from stores and online sample sale companies. They taunt me daily, saying "Shea, I know you're trying not to shop right now, but look at this great deal". Friends, my willpower is about to give. I figure it's like dieting; if I don't shop at all, sooner or later I'm going to binge-shop. I'll wind up doing less damage in the long run if I just shop a teeny bit when I get a craving. Right? 

Navy stripe cardigan: Loft, thrifted; gray polo shirt: Gap; khaki pants: Banana Republic Factory Store, mom's; yellow earrings: Target; brown braid belt: Loft; yellow espadrilles: NY & Co.

Yesterday I was the inspiration on Kimberly of Fab Finds Under $50's Outfit Inspiration Calendar. It called for a combination of navy and mustard, so I decided to go with a navy cardigan and mustard sandals. I love those two colors together! 

Song: Too Much by Dave Matthews Band
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Summertime Summertime Sum Sum Summertime

It seems that Photobucket is still having issues, much to my chagrin. I'm going to give them another day, but after that you might see some changes 'round here. Thanks for your continued awesomeness.

I’m having a hard time believing that we’re almost halfway through the month of April. Pretty soon, it will be the end of May, and school will be out. Which for this gal means I’d better get cracking on finding a summer job. I never would have guessed at the age of 28 I’d still be looking for a summer job. Then again, I probably wouldn’t have guessed a lot of things. I’m not the best guesser, I guess. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

Floral ruffle blouse: Liberty of London for Target; white jeans: Gap; pink skinny belt: Target; wood platform sandals (I'll get a better picture of them at some point, I swear!): Mia, 6pm.com

Anyway, since they don’t need substitutes in the summer, and my new job doesn’t start until August, summer job it is. The problem I’m having is finding a job that is temporary, pays decently, and is something I'm qualified to do. Last summer I worked at Ann Taylor Loft; I loved it, but between the minimum wage and the killer discount, I probably spent more than I made. I’m applying at a tutoring agency, but other than similar education-related jobs, I’m drawing a blank.

Why can’t someone just pay me to travel to France for the summer? Or, I can even scale back my dreams a little: can someone pay me to read? I don’t even have to travel for that job. Since those job offers probably aren't going to materialize, I’m looking for some inspiration here. What was your favorite summer job? 

Song: Summertime, Summertime by The Jamies

A Long, Long, Long Time

It appears that Photobucket is having some issues, and that is why things are looking less than pretty over here. Hopefully, things will be fixed soon... Or I'll have to come up with a Plan B. Thanks for your patience! 

At long last, I decided to jump on the maxi dress bandwagon. And just in time too, considering today is Every Body Every Wear’s Maxi Skirt/Dress Day. Check out all the other fabulous maxi looks here.

Chambray shirt: Old Navy; purple lace camisole: Old Navy; black maxi dress: Target; gold chain and flower necklace: Loft; snakeskin sandals: Ann Taylor Factory Store, gift

I’ve actually had this dress since our trip to Hawaii; I’ve just been hesitant to style it for non-tropical weather. As it turns out, I love it with my chambray shirt. And for those of you out there who say that wearing a maxi dress is like walking around in pajamas all day, you couldn’t be more right. I love it.

I wore this to work, and I think that many a maxi dress can be work-appropriate. However, I must have styled mine a bit too casually because one of the ladies in the office at the high school where I subbed thought I was a student. I sure hope that doesn’t happen next year when I’m teaching eighth and ninth graders!

Song: Long Long Long by the Beatles

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Okay by Me in America

Break out the confetti, it’s Monday again! No seriously, I think Mondays would be better with confetti. Speaking of confetti, did you do anything worth celebrating this weekend? 

Black dotted cardigan: Old Navy, thrifted; white ruffle top: Loft; dark jeans: Old Navy; pearl earrings: Kohl's; red wedges: Merona, Target

Aaron and I went to see West Side Story with my little sister on Saturday. It was amazing, and we had the best seats! I’ve been singing “I Feel Pretty” and “America” all weekend. 

While I wanted to wear my fuchsia Puerto Rican dancing dress, (just like the one Anita wore in the show) I realized that a) I don’t have a Puerto Rican dancing dress and b) even if I did it wouldn’t quite be school appropriate. So I hijacked another outfit from Kendi. Don’t judge, you know you do it too. 

Song: America from West Side Story

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Blinded by the Light

Yes, that is what will happen if you stare directly at my legs. So please wear sunglasses or try to focus on something else (something with color) in this photo. I looked down at them when I wore this and I'm just now getting my eyesight back. And folks, it's not going to get much better from here on out so you might want to keep those sunglasses handy.

Denim jacket: Gap; blue stripe tee: Old Navy; navy skirt: Nanette Lepore, thrifted; tan skinny belt: Target; red moccasin flats: American Eagle

In spite of the color (or lack thereof) of my legs, I was just excited to wear a skirt without tights. Which is funny when I think about how anxious I was to wear tights at the beginning of fall. No more. Right now, if it's chilly enough outside for tights, you can pretty much bet on me wearing pants. I'm quite fickle, I know. Anyway, enjoy your (hopefully tights-free) weekend! 

Song: Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
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I Simply Remember my Favorite Things

For today's Friend Friday, Katy of Modly Chic asks us what five spring trends we'll be rocking this year. Aside from one pair of sandals, (which I hope will get here soon!) I've been on a shopping hiatus due to lack of funds. But, this month is my birthday month, and my crystal ball tells me that a few of my gifts may be in the form of shopping money. So here are the trends I'm dreaming about in anticipation of spring shopping.

1. That 70s girl. Flare leg jeans, platform sandals, pretty floral tops... I'm loving this trend right now! On my must-have list, a pair of wide leg flare jeans. This pair from Gap will do the trick, thankyouverymuch. 

2. Color me happy. Color-blocking is huge right now, and since wearing color always puts a smile on my face, I'm down for this trend. I love this dress from Urban Outfitters, because it's just begging to be worn with colorful shoes and accessories. 

3. No bull, Ferdinand: Flowers. I'm not even sure this is a trend, because every spring racks are filled with pretty floral prints. But every spring I'm pretty happy about it, so I'm adding it to my list. I'm head over heels for this floral frock from Ruche.

4. Cream of the Cropped. Cropped, lightweight pants are near the top of my list. I never purchased a pair last year, and now I'm kicking myself for it. They would be perfect for both work and weekends, which makes them even better. I like this pair from Urban Outfitters.

5. Line 'em up! Yes, more stripes. This is a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and I couldn't be more glad about that. My budget will probably steer me in another direction, but for now I'm daydreaming about this blazer from J. Crew

Okay 'fess up, what trends are you dying to spring into? (Pun totally intended.)

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