…still timeless like a letter

For me there is nothing as timeless as black and white – I haven’t done a recent purchases post lately (whoops), but that would probably explain why I’ve been stocking up on bold black and white stripes.

I saw this dress a few times on a few bloggers and fell in love with the bold stripes, I watched Old Navy online until it finally became available.

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(cat’s walking by, but I actually avoided a cameo this time)

I wore my graphic black and white Target flats I’ve blogged about before, I don’t normally go so super matchy matchy, but I couldn’t help it today. If people can go totally monochromatic – what’s wrong with a little stripe on stripe?

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 I wore the cardigan all day, it was chilly this morning when I left for work, and chilly when I left my moms after our weekly visit. But this dress is so light and airy – expect to see it a lot this summer.

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 I finished it with a HUGE bun, my recent favorite $1.29 necklace, and a monogram. Black and white, of course.

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Oh. Hey. Look, as if I thought I was going to avoid it. She made it:

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Judging me as I edit (poorly).

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Motivational Monday

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I believe in the power of positive thinking. I spent many years of my life suffering from depression and anxiety. It was a long road and looking within myself to realize I really did have an amazing life. I had a family who loved me, a job that provided me an income and health insurance, I had great friends. I had many things a lot of people hope for.

I was pretty single for a long time after a pretty horrible relationship – so, I took things into my own hands in that department as well. Three years ago I met my now husband, on eHarmony, and I’m not even a little embarrassed about this. I told myself I was going to be happy, that I was going to find the person I was going to be with – and I did.

My life, since meeting husband has changed so much in so many positive ways. Not only did I have all the things I did before – I also had my best friend, who I got to marry, in the wedding of my dreams. Now I’ve been offered a job in his company, a job I can thrive in and grow, with a company full of great people. I’m going towards an even better chapter of my life, and I couldn’t be anymore excited.

Life is so good. I think it’s good, so it is good.

Life Lately…According to my iPhone

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Husband and I started exploring our new neighborhood and gave Bone Garden Cantina another shot. The inside of the place is fantastic, so much color – so fun. This happened on Wednesday, which is the first photo of the construction site – the pile of lumber? We were a liiiiitle disappointed that there wasn’t anything else. Then the realtor on property sent us the bottom left photo the very next day! It’s an actual structure! Well, last night (Saturday) some friends happened upon the neighborhood and snapped the bottom right photo, second story is on! It’s so exciting to see all the progress, and the anxiety of it all is sort of starting to set in. We have a lot of stuff to buy, and settle…we’re going from a 2 bed, 1 bath condo to a 4 bedroom (one loft actually), three bathroom.

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John and I decided to take a trip to Disney! I turn 30 this year, and he did in February, our one year anniversary is coming up, and so we’re going just after my birthday – in September. I was a bit restricted to when I could go because my birthday, which is in August is also the end of my companies fiscal year – news on that later. Yesterday husband and I went to the GA Ren Fair, he helped me pick out these red sunnies since I’ve been hoarding so much black and white – bottom right, obviously. I love them for a little pop of color. I’ll say the last photo represents some news that I’ll share as soon as all the details are taken care of.

Not a super eventful week…and I’m spending today planning this weeks posts, and more importantly getting some lunch!

They can’t all be winners

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Posting this from my phone because its raining and gross – so my outfit photos did NOT come out any kind of amazing. However, the cats were still intrigued, and I thought this pic was cute. Wearing: top is from Marshall’s last year, one of my only high low looks. Jeans are Seven bell bottoms from Nordstrom Rack that are actually one size too small – but I LOVE them. I wore some delicate jewelry and let my hair be messy. You wouldn’t dry it either if it took an hour.

Wishlist Wednesday

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Since we’re building a house, and will have much more wall space, I want to do a gallery wall, this print should definitely make it.

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And this one. Since, I cook – he cleans.

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These Tom Ford sunnies are legit everything. I don’t usually shell out more than $200 for a good pair of shades, but I almost would for these. I doubt husband would be on board.

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These sandals from Mod Cloth are a little creepy, a little fantastic. Even I, a long suffering arachnophobe would wear these in a heartbeat. So unique.

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I love this swimdress, also from Mod Cloth. I would have already gotten it, but while I own 4 vintage esque suits I hardly swim.

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And finally this skirt from LuLu’s makes me happy. If I could go through an entire summer wearing only skirts and dresses I would.

Cute As Can Bee

Today I wore a dress I got last year after my first wedding dress fitting. Yes, I remember this because my Mom and Aunt were with me…after my fitting we went to Seasons 52 for some lunch, where we all indulged in a few martinis. Well, at Seasons you basically get two for the price of one…so be careful when you order seconds. After lunch none of us felt like we were finished hanging out, so we rode over to the mall. I was still shopping for rehearsal dresses and things of that nature so I walked into Anthropologie. It was in the fitting room when I realized. The drinks had hit me. I walked out of that store with two dresses I normally would have talked myself out of (at least they were both on sale), and no regrets. I did however make a few vow’s that day. Never order more than one martini at Seasons, and never go into an Anthropologie if my sobriety is questionable. Image

Excuse my off center-ness. I’m still getting the hang of the photos. I started the day off with my favorite Target cardigan – why was it 49 degrees this morning?

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 …but by the time I got home I was ready to take the cardigan off (which you can see I did…on the chair behind me…Ughhh, one day I’ll get better at this). And the tights. And the boots. It was ccccold this morning, and it’s a beautiful afternoon. I’m still considering different options to make my spring dresses a bit warmer for fall months – I think this is something I’ll use this year when it’s colder.

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 I got this brooch at Scott’s Antique Market that comes to Atlanta the second weekend of every month. I could get lost in that place for hours! So many vintage finds, jewelry, furniture (of which I could buy none – I’ve put a ban on furniture buying until the house is done), and lots of other odds and ends (literally a toilet and kitchen sink). This brooch was from a $10 table, I wish I had my camera – this place was brooch heaven. It almost made me want to start a collection.

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My hair was uncooperative today, which tends to happen when you sleep on it half dry – but it’s finally long enough to do a (super thick) side braid.

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Coraline was staring at me wondering what the heck I was doing…so she got some attention. Oh yeah – remember when I said she was a licker:

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Going crazy with it. A cat who licks, and loves belly rubs? It really is like having a dog.

Motivational Monday

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Starting this blog was a huge thing for me. I’ve been reading fashion blogs for about a year now, and had no idea they were such a thing. I think this blog is an outlet for me. I work in an office where there is no dress code, and it can get to a point where I wonder why exactly I’m even trying. I don’t see husband until he get’s home from work and I’ve already changed into my exercise clothes, and I’m usually cooking dinner…so husband doesn’t see me…and nobody at work cares. But I love, love fashion. I wanted this to be a place to share my fashion tips, as a not quite plus size, but not so much pin thin girl, money saving tips, my life, and inspiration. I’m still working on outfit pics, but I’m going to keep it up until I feel like I’ve got something I’m happy with.

What can I say, I’m a beginner, and I’m allowed to be.