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Friday, October 15, 2010

An Introduction

What Not To Wear is my favorite reality "how-to" show, and this blog is going to keep me inspired to use Clinton & Stacy's rules daily, no matter what.  No matter if I'm taking my kids to the park, going to the grocery store, going to a party.  I will get dressed without being frumpy.  I pretty much had back-to-back pregnancies, and I found myself dressing very frumpy.  Just after my boys were born I discovered TLC's What Not To Wear, and I found that most of the participants on the show were frumpy stay-at-home moms.  I realized I was wearing baggy light-wash jeans, sneakers, over-sized tees just like those moms being made over on the show.  I was HORRIFIED and swore to never dress frumpy again.  I have learned a tremendous amount from this show.  One of my main style goals is to dress my age, but still look youthful, fun, and polished.  I am in my 40s, I want to be Frump Free, and I refuse to dress like a 20 year old.

The purpose of this blog is for me to learn different ways I can make as many outfits as possible utilizing every piece in my wardrobe someway or another.

What is my style?  I don't really know.  Whatever Clinton Kelly & Stacy London's rules say.  I love dresses, skirts, pumps.  I prefer dangly earrings over necklaces.  I love Emma Pillsbury's style.  She's on Glee if you didn't already know.

My Favorite Store:  Nordstrom is the best (and worst) thing that has ever happened to me.  I love the brands, the quality of the products, the service.  I am very good about watching things I want go down in price, so I don't spend a lot on the brand names I love.

My Favorite Clothing Brands:  KUT From the Kloth Denim, Halogen & Caslon (Nordstrom House Brands), MICHAEL Michael Kors, I-N-C International Concepts (Macy's House Brand), Muse dresses.

My Favorite Shoe Brand:  Cole Haan.  Hands-down the most awesome quality shoes.  I have horrible vericose veins in my right foot and it swells up pretty badly when I wear cheap heels.  So I can't wear cheap heels any longer.  I have to invest in Cole Haan Air Carma Open Toe Pumps with NIKE Air technology because I can wear them for HOURS at a time with ZERO pain.   The BEST pump out there comes with a high price, but thankfully I know how to find them on sale!

On to the photos..... it's going to be a little while before I can find a good spot outside our house that photographs well.  Try to ignore the laundry baskets peeking through the slider door.  :/

My husband made me laugh here.

black jersey empire waist tee:  Studio M - Macy's
dark wash denim jacket:  Lauren Jeans Co.  -
printed tiered skirt:  I-N-C - Macy's
khaki crinkled leather handbag:  Nordstrom brand
silver lace leaf earrings:  Argento Vivo -
silver bracelets:  Secret Santa gift last year
red patent peep-toe flats with bow:  VANELi "Ashlin" -
tortoise shell sunglasses:  Ray-Ban Small Wayfarer - Nordstrom


  1. Nice post! Congratulations on the beginning of your blog. You will have so much fun with it. I love the name. The photos are great. I'm giving you a week then I'm going to bug you for bigger photos (XL size). Looking forward to more...

  2. Thanks for the tip, style underdog. I went ahead and made the photos XL. Oh and hey, the skirt I'm wearing I bought at the same time as OUR gray INC skirt.

    p.s. Is there a way to get e-mail notifications whenever I receive a comment?