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SAM_0883Fossil cardigan, thrifted scarf, Bonjour Biqui dress, HUE tights, Sock Dreams socks, Frye boots

I was born on this day 33 years ago.


I was a bit of a chunk, so my Dad nicknamed me Bubble.

It’s funny, when I was younger I always thought about how much easier things would be when I was in my thirties. By that time, I’d be super confident, I’d know who I was, I would have NO FEAR. I’d be married with kids and everything would be perfect. Well, I am thankfully wiser, but I still struggle with insecurities and self-doubt. I worry about being a good wife, a good mother, a good person a good amount of the time. I don’t have everything figured out now, and I don’t expect to in my 40s or any other magic number.  And that’s okay.

*looks around*


It’s a lowkey birthday for me! And that’s how I like it. Here’s what I have planned: dinner at The Observatory, dessert at Saint Cupcake, and I’m going to pick out my own gift at the jewelers: charms for my pandora bracelet. *dusts off hands* That’ll do, pig.

I’ll also listen to this song, probably:

Also,  I just turned on the 33rd episode of Handy Manny for the boys. OMG, CAN YOU HANDLE IT?!


P.S. My awesome aunt is awesome. She sent me a slip for my birthday! Weeee!


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Spring in my step

Trovata shirt (Gilt), J.Crew skirt (Buffalo Exchange), Frye heels, The Bridge gladstone bag (Ebay-$27!!!)

I paired up two of my recent purchases yesterday: an AMAZEBALLS The Bridge gladstone/doctors bag that I scored at a STEAL on Ebay and a J.Crew skirt that I randomly picked up at Buffalo Exchange. The skirt was an impulse grab, I was more excited about two Corey Lynn Calter skirts that I found but this one had the better fit. And once it was on I started picturing it with this Trovata asymmetrical top. Match made in heaven, I say.

My coworker told me that I looked like I should be pushing a pram something something Downton Abbey and I said, “That’s the best compliment anyone could ever give me. I’LL TAKE IT.”

I’ve had a lot of thrifting luck lately, but I find that the more I score something incredible the more I’ll get obsessed with what I’m going to find the next time and the next and I feel like I can’t walk away from a store without making a purchase. I’ve bought a couple of things lately that upon reviewing them later at home I’ll wonder, “WHY did I buy this?” Five dollars or fifty, crap is still crap.


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Baby, it’s cold outside

Beanie: Target. Coat: Tulle. Cardigan: Fossil. Dress: Buffalo Exchange. Skirt: Lady Bird’s General Store ($16!!). Tights: ? Boots: Frye.

Antony and Cleopatra! It is COLD outside. I said that already, right? Yeah. My toes have no feeling in them.

So I found this amazing skirt at Lady Bird’s yesterday (there’s so much good stuff there, it’s INSANE). It reminds me of the circle the globe skirt from Anthropologie:

It has such a great weight to it, splendid pleats, and fits PERFECTLY. I’ll definitely be wearing it often.

I also discovered this new shop that’s in a friggin’ double-decker bus – Lodekka.

For real?! CUTENESS OVERLOAD. I almost lost it when I drove by it the other day. Sweet Lord. The owner was incredibly sweet and has such a great selection of clothes which I will be sure to try on when I can take off my clothes without shaking like a leaf. Cuz baby…yeah, you get it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years! Nothing too exciting here: a movie, maybe some alcohol after the kids pass out. I’ll be sure to get a kiss at midnight, though. Toods!


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Slippery when wet

Pardon my emo.

Cardigan: Fossil. Dress: Gap. Tights: ? Heels: Frye. Necklace: Erica Weiner.


This is pretty much the same outfit but with an olive cardigan and tights.

So the most embarrassing thing happened while I was wearing this outfit: I fell. In front of several people. I had no intention of walking anywhere but on the carpeted hallways of my office building. No tile floors for me, thanks! See, I reeeeally wanted to wear these shoes, even if it meant that I had to stay glued to my seat all day.

Friend: Hey Jen, you want to go get some coffee and walk across wet tile floors?

Me: Suuuure! Even though it’s all rainy outside and these shoes have little to no traction, I’m gonna tempt fate! I can handle it!

Fate: *tempted*



But it gets worse. You know how people ask “Oh my God! Are you okay?” when you fall? Nice, right? Not after the NTH time. I mean, let’s all forget this as soon as possible, okay? Nothing to see here, kids! But nooooooooo. News is spreading like wildfire across the campus as we speak (I’m exaggerating. SORT OF.). People are telling me, “I heard you fell! Are you okay? Oh my god, what happened?!” Um, I fell. Not much else to report. “Oh, okay. So you’re just really clumsy today?” Exactly.

And since I love tangents: I’ve probably seen A Goofy Movie about a million times, my brothers were pretty obsessed when we were kids. Tevin Campbell? Pauly Shore? YES. My kids WILL love that movie. It’s all about Goofy’s kid Max who has this HUGE crush on this girl and so to impress her…okay, I won’t ruin it for you!

Anyway. Whoever made this video:

is a GENIUS.


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15: Whoa, I’m halfway there

Cardigan: Target. Dress: Zara. Jeans: Urban. Boots: Frye.

I’m running low on long sleeved shirts (what was I thinking?!) so naturally, I made my dress into one. I’ve done this one other time when I was pregnant. See, I wasn’t trying to be crafty or anything, I just had no other shirts that covered my stomach and the dress barely covered my bum as it was (I wore leggings underneath). So, done and DONE. And is it just me or are dresses getting shorter and shorter? I’ve got hips, kids. And I also have to occasionally bend over. Must I wear jean shorts under everything? Anyway, I just folded the dress up into the elastic and voila! Shirt! *fistpump* Except, now that I look at these pictures I think it might make me look pregnant. Circle of Life.

We took these pictures at Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven in Arroyo Grande while checking out banjos (true story!). Most of those sign names? I have no idea what they’re referencing. Houses of the Holy? Studios 51 & 50? I got nothin’. No worries, Andy clued me in. My guitar teacher assumed I knew the melody to Stairway to Heaven (you know the drill: when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me), and when I said I didn’t? The entire class stared. me. DOWN. Truly?! And then he mentioned Robert Plant and I felt like messing with them just a leetle bit more so I asked, “Who?” LOUD groans. But then, the next week, the teacher mentioned Private Idaho and no one knew who the B-52s or Gus Van Sant were/was? *steeples fingers* HMMMMM.


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The 6th Day

Hat: Goorin. Earrings and Purse: Fossil.

Ah, The 6th Day. I’ve never seen it, but I have read this review about a million times and it makes me cry tears of joy every. single. time.

This outfit is so comfortable.  I really like how the cardigan compliments the dress, and I dig the little sleeve puffs. I wore a skirt under the dress to make it a little fuller, but took it off because it kept slipping down. I also doubled up on the tights to keep my toes warm and  toasty.

I want these:

the perfect addition to this outfit, which I will buy in about 24 days. Or so.

Today has been the usual kind of Saturday, not too busy and mostly boring, but I don’t mind. 🙂 We did some grocery shopping, and then stopped by Target and Best Buy to prep for our drive to California on Thursday night/Friday morning. This challenge will definitely make packing easier, but I don’t know how I’m going to restrain from shopping while there, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m off to go curl up on the couch and watch Merlin!





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(4) Real Simple

Hat: Urban Outfitters. Everything else: see remix items post

Real simple. For real.

The last several Thursdays (my day off with the kids) I’ve stayed in sweats/pajamas all day long. But it continues to be nice out and I figured I should probably get dressed if I’m going to leave the house. I kept it simple: my favorite jeans, my new favorite cardigan and my all time favorite hat.

And since I’ll take any excuse to play a Replacements song:

I’m really enjoying this challenge. I played it safe and chose  pieces that I wear frequently, but I’m actually finding new ways to wear them which is so awesome. I’m thinking that after this challenge I might go through my closet and purge a bit, I have quite a few things that I never wear that are only taking up space. I also have my eye on things that I want, which is funny because I wasn’t even thinking about shopping until I agreed not to for thirty days! Now isn’t that ironic? Don’t you think? No, really, is that irony? I forget. It seems like it.




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New Favorite

Beanie: Fossil. Scarf: Husband’s. Cardigan: Target. Dress: Zara. Belt: LadyBird’s General Store. Tights: HUE. Socks: Sock Dreams. Boots: Frye.

I’m in LOVE with this dress. The full skirt, the print, the buttons at the back of the neck (which I will make sure to get a picture of next time)! So good! It’s my new favorite. It looks great layered, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it in the warmer months.

So I’ve decided to participate in Kendi‘s 30 for 30 challenge (and have roped my sister Anastasia into joining me! YES!)! I am excited to see what I can come up with. I’ll be posting pictures of my 30 pieces  this weekend.


WHAT. IS. GOING. ON?! J. Crew needs to stop taunting me with shoes I cannot afford. But seriously, three hundred dollars? Someone ‘splain that to me.


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Color block

Dress: BB Dakota.  Sweater: Fossil. Tights: HUE. Socks: Sock Dreams. Boots: Frye. Hat: Andy and Bax.

Taking pictures in the rain is going to be interesting. I need a cute umbrella. And a remote might help. But for now: HATS.

I finally got up the courage to wear this dress to work! I was a bit worried that it might be too short so I wore another skirt beneath it, and a long sweater on top to trick my brain into feeling secure. I’ll make sure to throw on a belt next time to neaten the look a bit, but I really love this outfit.  And these tights are so warm and comfy!  I’ll probably end up wearing these boots every day this winter, they make every outfit look better (and keep my feet warm!).



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Sweater: Fossil.  Belt: off vintage dress.  Skirt: (old) Express.  Tights: Hue.  Boots: Frye.  Hat: Porch Light

It’s the little things that do it for me: the neckline on this sweater, the flower on the side of my hat, the zippers on this skirt. Funny thing is, when I bought the skirt AGES ago in LA, I loved the color and the brass buttons, but the zippers confounded me. “It hurts to put my hand in my pocket! Fashion is PAINFUL!” But now, zippers RULE. Especially if they’re brass! I now wish that there were more of them! Two zippers on each side would do quite nicely.

God, I wish I could make my own clothes.


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