Striped Sweater Dress Surprise

I bought this sweater dress for a bargain at a consignment shop last year while it was still warm out. I had almost forgotten about it, but I saw it hiding in my closet yesterday and decided to wear it. I love the surprise of overlooked closet gems.

However, it turns out another surprise was in store. I found a hole in my new old dress, too large to repair and in a noticeable area. I have no idea if it was there when I bought it or if I need to buy some moth balls. Luckily my tights hid it well enough for it to get one good wear. Tricky closet, very tricky. 

Jacket: Gap; dress: thrifted Loft; earrings: made by Aaron's aunt; belt: Loft; tights: Target; boots: Mia via DSW

I’m linking up to Marionberry Style today for her stripes themed Trend of the Month Challenge. 
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Plaid, Leopard and a Red Scarf

Hey, I’m alive! I realize I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. My holiday “technology break” lasted a little longer than I’d planned, plus I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. Honestly, I just didn’t feel like posting. So I didn’t. I guess that’s the beauty of this being a hobby, right? Anyway, that slump has also made me a pretty bad blog friend. I promise I’ll get back to reading blogs and returning comments soon!

I’ll try to post more regularly, but I’m not going to kill myself to keep an exact schedule. I figure with school starting soon and the continued job search, I’ll have enough on my plate. The last thing I want is for blogging, this thing I started doing for fun, to stress me out. 

Plaid shirt: J.Crew; jeans: Gap; scarf: Megan E Sass; shoes: Target

Outfit inspiration: Kimberly of Fab Finds Under $50's January Inspiration Calendar

How do you break out of a blogging slump?

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December Roundup: What I Wore, Read, and Bought

Happy New Year! I love starting a new year; it’s a fresh start with so many possibilities. Before I talk about what’s to come, I thought I’d round up what happened in December.

What I wore

What I read:

Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman: I read this because several people I know read it and liked it. The author is an American journalist who lives in Paris and eventually has a family there. Even before she has children of her own, she notices a marked difference between the norms of French and American child rearing. So much of what she learned about French parenting seems like common sense, but it was interesting to read and compare to what’s expected of parents in American culture. This is a book I’d love to read again once I have my own child so I can see if my thoughts about it (such as wanting to adopt the majority of the practices described) change.

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: This book took me the majority of the month to read. At nearly a thousand pages, it was a slow, heavy read; however, despite its lack of a fast pace, I did enjoy the story. It chronicles the life of Clyde Griffiths, although it isn’t your typical coming of age story. Instead, it tells how a seemingly ordinary young man from humble beginnings can be capable of committing murder. The bulk of the novel focuses on Clyde’s life leading up to the crime rather than the crime itself. Although it was very well written, I never got attached to any of the characters and therefore had a hard time getting through it. 

What I bought/got: 

wallet from Kate Spade // plaid shirt from J.Crew // Target sequin flats (Christmas gift) // Megan E Sass handmade cowl (Christmas gift)

Are you ready to say goodbye to 2012? 
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