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Last Wednesday was a really good day.

If for no other reason than I was finally getting my color and highlights updated.

My last hair fix was waaaayyyy back in June, like, the start of summer.

I had mile long roots of dull swamp water brown with plenty sprouts of grey.

Nice. Is what I'm saying.

Thankfully, my hair lady is a miracle worker.
And you know I had to take an annoying car selfie to document her mad color and round brush skills.
And I'm sure Carly Simon's famous song is playing somewhere in the background.

Oh well.

Now call me lazy or call me a genius, or maybe both, but my plan was to make this blow-out last for as long as possible.  Not having to fully fix my hair saves me a crazy amount of time, and since I was headed out for a girls' weekend (more on that soon) I really didn't want to fiddle with my hair.

Cue my BFF, dry shampoo.

Here are my three faves, all drugstore brand.
My favorite is probably the Batiste, I really like its coverage but I switch it up with the Clean Freak and on the rare occasion, the Suave.

I spray the roots of my hair along my face, underneath at my neck and sometimes a little at the crown if needed, let it sit for a few minutes then brush it through or use my blow dryer to fluff it all up. Then I touch things up with either my flat iron or curling wand depending how I'm wearing my hair.

I was able to stretch my salon hair all through the weekend and Monday.

Although I did resort to a trucker cap on Monday.

A girl's gotta do what a girls' gotta do, right?
My salon streak finally came to an end last night, that's right, I shampooed.

Almost six days.

That's either awesome or gross.

Or maybe both.

I'm okay with that.



What I Wore

Only three outfits to share this week, two of which are semi-repeats.

I love the ease of throwing on a basic white tee or top and changing up my accessories a little.

Obviously, since I wore a similar version of this last week.

white sweatshirt tee : loft (lou & grey sale) // boyfriend jeans : big star, zappos (sale)
leopard flats : sam edelman, nordstrom // necklace : kendra scott // earrings : gorjana, nordstrom
watch : michael kors

Annelise and I were semi-twinkies at church in our maxi skirts/dresses and denim jackets. We love them.
my dress : stein mart // denim jacket : nordtsrom // wedges : kork-ease, zappos
necklace : kendra scott, last call // hoop earrings : gorjana, nordstrom

her outfit is all from target & payless

Yeah, I wore this top a couple of weeks ago, but I love it.
top : free people, nordstrom (sale) // distressed boyfriend jeans : gap (sale) // nude flats : nordstrom
leather cuff : farmgirl paints // watch : michael kors
layered engravable necklaces : stella and dot
chain necklace & earrings : twisted silver
I know, I know, it's kind of a lot of jewelry happening, but I really like the layered look, mixed metals and dainty pieces mixed with heavier ones to jazz up a simple outfit.

I'm linking up with The Pleated PoppyBecause Shanna Said So and Get Your Pretty On again this week, be sure to pop over there for tons of fashion inspiration.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!



We celebrated Annelise's 11th birthday last Thursday, pretty much all day.

As you do.
Before school she got to open a present, a new pair of earrings. They're little dangly butterflies, which she loves, but something about wearing slightly larger earrings than she usually did (she always wears the same silver heart studs) made her look so much older.


But what can you do? Time keeps on ticking and birthdays keep on coming.

She also got to wear her new red Chucks, which she was thrilled to do after having to wait since the Friday before when we bought them (I am so mean, I know).
A few hours later I brought lunch to the birthday girl. Yum!

Then she passed out mini cupcakes to fifth grade (the rest aren't pictured). Normally we'd just share with her class but since she has friends in other classes and all of fifth grade eats together we decided to go big or go home.

As you do.
After school she had dance, which she wanted to skip because it was her birthday (???), but I wouldn't let her (I know, I'm so mean). After that we went to one of our favorite Tex-Mex places (really, are you surprised?) (but really it was her pick) for fajitas. 

My dad and Peggy came over after supper for cake and presents. In something of a whirlwind (really, are you surprised?) she opened her gifts in approximately three minutes flat. Or less. (Well, she had been waiting ALL day, what's a girl to do?)

Pappo and grandma gave her a hot pink plush blanket, which is her love language, and a fishing pole, because, every girl needs one of those. Aunt Jerry sent her a lovely sentimental gift, an old-fashioned fountain pen that uses ink in a jar (???) that her grandmother had given her when she turned 11 and that her grandmother had gotten herself in 1897. That's so cool! We need to get some ink so she can try writing with it. We gave her a James Avery charm bracelet with two charms, the letter "A" and a soccer ball to get her started. She loves it! We also gave her something in her other love language, clothes, a maxi skirt and tanks to mix and match.

Every year she gets to pick her birthday cake and this year she surprised me by asking for a lemon bundt cake.

Well, okie dokie.
Y'all can just go ahead and slap me because I didn't take any photos of the present opening or the cake enjoying or any family shots, that makes me sad but at least I snapped a few throughout the day with my phone (my DSLR is crying).

It had been a few years (okay, maybe more than a few, hush) since she had birthday party with friends and last year we went to the Big Apple on her birthday (can we go again, puh-leazze?), so this year is going to be a party year.

Just a few weeks later than her actual birthday. Whatever.

(Takes deep breath)

She's having a sleepover birthday party, nothing huge and crazy, because Mama don't play that way, but she's inviting four friends from school (for a potential total of five girls, that's manageable, right?). Yesterday I made the invitations, just a simple washi tape bunting, because washi tape makes me happy (the party info is on printed on the inside).
They went in the mail yesterday too, so I guess there's no turning back now.

It'll be our first time hosting a sleepover.

(Takes another deep breath.)

I can do this, right?



What I Wore

Here's a quick peek at my outfits from the last week...

They're all variations on the same thing, casual comfort.

That's just how I roll.
white t : loft (sale) // boyfriend jeans : big star, zappos (sale) // nude flats : nordstrom // 
necklace : twisted silver
leather cuff : farmgirl paints // watch : michael kors 
fringe earrings : noonday

After hemming and hawing and drooling for over a year on different Noonday accessories I recently pulled the trigger and ordered two pairs of earrings and two necklaces. I guess I was pushed over the edge after watching Jen Hatmaker sport several different pairs of big earrings while renovating their farmhouse and loved how they added an instant WOW factor to her simple outfits. Statement pieces are my jam, man.

And helping empower women around the world? Even better.
sequin t : kikilarue // shorts : loft // birks : zappos // leather cuff : farmgirl paints 
silver hoops : kendra scott (sale) // white watch : //michael kors (sale)
slouchy t : free people (sale), nordstrom // denim shorts : lucky brand, zappos (sale)
earrings : gorjana, nordstrom // watch : michael kors // jesus sandals, online shop

Yes, I got a little infatuated with a side ponytail this week and wore it two days in a row.
I'm also infatuated by the ground.
white top : stitch fix // grey maxi skirt : nordstrom (sale) // platform wedges : kork-ease, zappos (sale)
leather cuff : farm girl paints // watch : michael kors
bib necklace : noonday (sale)
I mentioned in my last post about how I had purged my closet again and was intrigued by the minimalist capsule wardrobe concept. While I don't know if I'm ready for that challenge yet , I do think I need to be content with what I already have.

In an effort to practice said contentment (did I really say that?) I am challenging myself to wear what I have, mix and match, re-wear, try new combinations and have fun with my accessories.

That also means no shopping during September, maybe longer.

(Did I really just say that?)

I think I can, I think I can...

Let's see what happens.

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Because Shana Said So and Get Your Pretty On, be sure to pop over there for tons of fashion-y ideas!
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Miscellany Monday

First things first, Happy Labor Day, y'all. Do people say that? I don't know. I just felt like it should be acknowledged. We don't have any plans, it's just nice to have my people around for an extra day off from school and work.

Annelise now has two weeks of fifth grade under her belt and seems to have settled in to all of the new fairly well. She really likes changing classes (even though it's only for three blocks) because it breaks her day up, there's movement and more variety. 
This year her elective is band and she's learning to play the trumpet.

So far everything sounds an awful lot like variations on a fart (excuse me), but I have high hopes things will improve soon.

A fairly big drama these last two weeks has revolved around PE and the fact fifth graders change out and use lockers. They spent the first week practicing opening their lockers and Annelise was convinced she would never get hers to open and she'd be doomed to carrying her stinky PE clothes around with her every day.

After a bit more practice she got the hang of it and PE has gone much more smoothly, even the dressing out (Mom, you can't change in the bathroom stalls! You have to change out in the open!) is not as big of a deal as she had feared. Small victories!
Annelise makes a batch of air popped popcorn almost every day after school, it's her favorite snack.

I think it's Sadie's too.
I worked a little on purging my clothes (again) last week and ended up with a big trash bag of clothes and shoes, a bag of scarves and a bag of jewelry ready for Goodwill, which felt good.
I've been intrigued by the concept of creating a minimalist capsule wardrobe, where you rotate through a set amount of clothes, say 30-40 pieces each season and that's it. No shopping (!!) just mix and match and wear what you have (with cute accessories of course).

I'm no where near this--yet--if ever--but I think the idea is really smart. Maybe I'll take baby steps toward more minimalism (it's good to have goals).

Scott was off Friday (three cheers for a four day weekend!) so we went on a breakfast date at our favorite place, The Egg and I, after taking Annelise to school.
He got his usual, Viva La France, preferably ordered with a French accent, but I actually ordered something different (although I've had it once before), an egg white omelet with chicken, green chiles, avocado and salsa. Yum-ola!

The BIG news of the weekend though was that Annelise went to her first sleepover with friends Saturday afternoon.

Yes, I know she's almost 11, hush.

It was for a friend from school's birthday and of course Annelise was over the moon with excitement.

I was trying not to have an anxiety attack.
She had a blast, of course, and now wants to host a sleepover for her upcoming birthday.

Of course.

Hold me.


What I Wore Wednesday


It's been a sweet forever since I've done a What I Wore post.

I don't know what came over me this week but I decided it was time for one.

You're ever so welcome.
top: free people, nordstrom (sale)

denim shorts: lucky brand, zappos

birkenstocks: zappos
(I never thought I'd be a Birk girl, but apparently I am, at least this gizeh t-stap style, soooo comfy and no plantar fasciatis flare ups.)

I don't know what is so fascinating on the ground (flagstone? my feet?) or off to the side (a tree actually) but those seem to be my go-to pose, it feels less awkward for some reason. 
earrings: gorjana, nordstrom

necklace: twisted silver

leather cuff: farmgirl paints
dress: loft

denim jacket: nordstrom

patent nude flats: vince camuto, nordstrom

earrings & necklace: kendra scott

watch: michael kors
slouchy tee: free people, nordstrom

jeans: zappos

camo toms: nordstrom

earrings & necklace: twisted silver

The front semi-tuck looks awkward, hmmm.
denim shirt: j. crew factory

white boyfriend jeans: loft

patent nude flats: nordstrom

green belt: j. crew factory 

necklace: kendra scott, neiman marcus last call

earrings: gorjana, nordstrom

leather cuff: farmgirl paints

watch: michael kors
Please ignore my roots, I am.

I think (and I hope) this outfit was more flattering in person than the photo might show. The jeans are distressed and really comfortable, but maybe I should have just worn the shirt untucked or used a different color belt.

I wear my nude flats all the time, they are the perfect shoe because they're neutral, go with everything, and the patent can be dressy or casual. Plus they're really comfortable.

I'm linking up with Get Your Pretty On , Because Shanna Said So & The Pleated Poppy, be sure to pop over there for oodles more fashion inspiration!
pleated poppy
Happy Wednesday, my fellow fashionistas!


Miscellany Monday

Even though we know we shouldn't, we sometimes get donuts on Saturdays.

Because Saturdays and donuts go together nicely.

We usually get Shipley's because, well, it's Shipley's and they're the best. However, this time we threw caution to the wind and Scott picked up Dunkin Donuts instead.
He spoils us.
Can you guess which ones were for me? I'm boring and always like the old fashioned chocolate or sour cream glazed (but this time got a plain cake), Scott and Annelise always get iced donuts. Not that you care, but at Shipley's I always get plain glazed. Now you know.

Ever since I saw Meg Duerksen's awesome owls earlier this summer I've been itching to make them too, but of course carried that itch no further. Until this weekend.

And of course coloring is more fun against a background of Once Upon a Time.

Sidenote: I used to watch Once Upon a Time but quit for some reason in season two. Annelise and I started binge watching on Netflix during the summer. We love all the characters and twists and turns and the whole good vs. evil, can people change themes.
Mine's on the left. They were really fun to do, although it was hard to convince Annelise to give it a whirl, I guess because you have to draw the owl first using a continuous line, which is a bit of a challenge if you're a perfectionist. Scott made one too! We now have a little family of crazy owls hanging in our hallway.

Don't you?

We had a back to school potluck lunch after church yesterday and since it had been a while since we'd stayed for one, we decided to go. I always seem to make the same things for potlucks, a few years ago it was sloppy joes (easy) but the past sweet forever it's been taco soup (also easy) (I have a pattern). I also always make a lemon bundt cake because to me that's the epitome of a potluck dessert. That and the fact lemon bundt cakes remind me of my grandmother.

As we got into the car afterwards I commented to Scott that I really don't know why we go to these things because we pretty much just ate our own food. I did sample a few other things but sadly there was an abundance of beige food and the salads and green vegetables (if there were any to begin with) were almost  gone by the time I went through the lines.

Speaking of Crock Pots, which I realize we weren't, but I assumed you read my mind that my potluck taco soup was made in one, I'm making an effort to use mine more. 

There's just something so satisfying knowing dinner is already cooking before I even have my morning coffee.
Nothing fancy, just a pork roast, but I love that my trusty Crock Pot is working for me while I type this blog post.