Friday, November 20, 2015

Go Enjoy a Turkey!

Friday before Thanksgiving week and I am so looking forward to next week. Hubby and I consider Thanksgiving our own private little holiday. I know you're supposed to spend it with family but we buck traditions. Except the ones we created when we lived up north. 

It started when we lived in West Haven, CT. There was a Texas Roadhouse not too far from our house. For a few years in a row, we would go there on Thanksgiving Eve. I highly recommend going out to eat on this night. No crowds to deal with. Turns out there is one near my work so we're gonna go eat some tasty yeast rolls and chicken fried steak.

On Thanksgiving day, hubby and I camp out in bed all day long. I'm not kidding. We grab the paper, take our time reading through all the Black Friday deals, eat, watch movies, eat some more, take a nap, eat some more. You get the picture. It's wonderful. So nice to decompress for a day. And for the first time, I'm ordering a pre-cooked turkey from The Fresh Market. Apparently the bird is better than any Butterball. We will see. I'm psyched not to have to get up at 6 and slather butter all over some bird's breasts.

And speaking of birds, I leave you this week with some swans. Enjoy your holiday!


{Shirt: Target | Pants: Macy's | Shoes: Vans for J. Crew}

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Monday, November 16, 2015


Why do manufacturers insist on sewing pockets shut on pants? What is the point? Do they present better in the store? Do they lie flatter for shipping? Cause you know we're just going to cut them open while we have them on and are contortioning our bodies into frustrating positions cause taking them off and doing this would be too rational.

I do love me some tuxedo pants, though. These are a little gem I got a couple months back at Gap. Aren't they adorbs? Black and blue, paired with another one of those Loft Utility blouses and my ever painful Prada brogues. I swear I will beat the blisters one of these days.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015


Oh this shirt is too tight across my hips. Uh, time to lay off the wine and sushi for a bit. Dammit! 

I was trying so hard to capture the true color of these Gap culottes. They're dark navy blue, although I do have them in black as well. They are super thick and verrryy comfortable. And as usual, I probably waited too long to showcase them and they may no longer be available. You're welcome. 

I know I still owe y'all another post on antiquing. Work is getting in the way of posting. I'm a contractor so time off is precious for me and the blog, unfortunately, doesn't rank as high on the priority list. But I do post when I can.

{Blouse: Vince Camuto | Culottes: Gap |  Shoes: Old Navy}

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekend Antiquing - Part 1

Had a fun, but terribly hot, weekend antiquing with my husband and sister. First up was The Fancy Flea, which I've posted about before. It happens twice a year in Plant City, FL. This past Saturday was crazy packed. Never seen crowds like this before. I'm thinking there must have been more advertising for it this year because even Chick Fil A showed up in addition to the local food trucks.

And unlike last November when I was wrapped up like a mummy and the winds were blowing, we had sweat dripping from every part of our bodies and couldn't wait to get home and jump in the pool. I swear Florida is like the red-headed stepchild to the rest of the U.S. While everyone else is enjoying fall weather and clothes, we're still running our A/C full blast.

Because you can never have too much 1985 George Michael.

We ended up getting some great pieces last April, but only walked out with a couple pieces of artwork, some local honey, a coffee burlap sack, and this little beauty.

Stay tuned for part deux tomorrow.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Is it still Summer?

Still hot here. Still in the high 80s. Still humid. Still Florida. So I'm gonna wear whites after Labor Day cause that rule doesn't really apply in FL. 

I bought this dress (love the little pom poms) and jogger pants over the summer at Tarjay but as you know me, stuff sits in my closet until the mood strikes. Well, the mood has struck.

{Pants and dress: Target | Shoes: Clarks |  Necklace: Forever 21 | Jacket: J Crew}

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Don't think I've showed this cat newspaper print dress even though I've had it for a year. It's such a cute dress so I'll feature a few close-ups.

{Dress: Modcloth | Shoes: Ralph Lauren |  Sweater: Old Navy}

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

New Outlet Mall

A new outlet mall opened up last Thursday one exit up from where I work. Uh oh. Owned by the same group as the awesome outlet mall in Orlando, I was hoping for some of the same high-end stores like Prada, Tod's, Kate Spade, etc. No such luck. This outlet mall has the usual suspects of most outlet malls. So I thought, "well I'll take a look and at least there's a J. Crew."

Of course there were traffic backups, hard-to-find parking spaces, and tons of people on opening weekend. And at first glance, I was rather unimpressed with the store selection but really impressed with how resort-like the mall felt. They built it in a Key West style and did a great job capturing the style on the store fronts, water features, and lounging areas. And yes, they did include an Ebola section (e.g. Kids Zone) but placed it way off to one side.

I didn't think I'd be there for more than an hour but turned out I spent about four hours darting in and out of stores, such as Off Saks, Bass, Coach, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Loft, Banana Republic, Gap, etc. And although the outlet mall is named Tampa Premium Outlets, it's actually located in Lutz (pronounced "loots"), which is a section of north Tampa, and quite a drive from downtown Tampa. But the Tampa Bay Area is so crowded that it makes sense that the developer couldn't find enough land unless they went way north of Tampa proper.

So will I frequent the mall since it's close to work? I can see maybe a lunchtime jaunt every now and then when I'm on the hunt for a specific item. Or a little shopping adventure after work but I much prefer my usual International Plaza or Westshore Plaza malls near Tampa airport. They're just more convenient and have other stores nearby, such as Trader Joe's, Total Wine, and other places I go to on weekends when running errands.

Heres the damage I did at the new outlet mall. When I was in high school last year ;-), I wore these suede Bass Bucks to death. Figured since they are still around, might as well bring back the trend. Plus I've always loved dude Oxford shoes. Dude shoes, blazer, and jeans and I'm a happy girl.

The backpack looks more expensive than it was. I paid $82 for this bag at Saks. It's not a brand I've ever heard of but I love the look. And my Ray Ban sunglasses have been dropped so many times now that I decided to get some new shades. I love these Gucci sunglasses. Really comfortable fit and tinted just right for Florida's blinding sun. And yes, it's still 90 degrees here. In November!

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