The study of a grown up girl who still loves playing dress up

The study of a grown up girl who still loves to play dress up

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Loud Yellow Skirt OOTD

Hello dear readers! Today's outfit is pretty much entirely J. Crew, aside from my trusty Gilgarran boots. They are quickly becoming my favorite pair of boots. Speaking of favorites, I am wild for this yellow J. Crew skirt that I picked up on eBay about 3-4 years ago. It adds the perfect punch of color to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Top: J. Crew - $30.00 (from eBay)
Skirt: J. Crew - $30.00 (from eBay)
Ski socks: Given to me by my sister
Boots: Anthropologie Gilgarran Boots  $95.00

Sorry that this post is so short, but I have guests arriving this evening and my house is a mess. There's much to do, much to do! I hope that all of you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Baby, It's Gross Outside

Let me preface this post by saying that I have less grievances with the weather than your average human being. I really pride myself on being a bad ass New Englander. On this particular morning, I actually spent time doing my hair. A rarity. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to check the weather report. I did this look, a braided headband with  "flirty curls". I used so much hairspray that the fumes/smell woke my husband up. I think he was asking for it, as he sleeps with his mouth open. Just sayin'.

As soon as I finished styling my hair, it rather predictably started snowing like crazy. I had to go out and pick up my kids from school and the walk from the car to the schoolyard completely destroyed my curls. I was wearing my trusty winter hat, so my braided headband was safe (or so I thought). This is my first year wearing a hat. I am still bad ass in my hat, but I'm now a bad ass who is also a good example for my children. ;) After school, we went straight to the city library. As we walked in the door, I lifted off my hat and DESTROYED my braided headband in the process. I loudly groaned in disappointment and a man actually laughed at me. All of this proves that I wasn't meant to have cute hair. I am clearly doomed to have perpetual bedhead. *Sigh*

Cardigan: Perfect-Fit Mixed-Tape Cardigan - $30.00
Dress: Anthropologie Oratory Dress - $50.00
Belt: Anthropologie Looping Lanes Belt - $15.00
Tights: Aldo - $12.00
Boots: Vince Camuto Karena Boots - $130.00

Monday, January 17, 2011

No Anthro OOTD :(

Hello readers! I hope those of you that have the day off today are enjoying it. Those of you who don't... Well, I'll have a cupcake for all of you! :)

I have always considered myself a person of above average creativity, but recently I have been bitten by the creativity bug. I've been seeing things in a completely different way. The clothes in my closet, the rooms in my house, ideas/projects that have been shelved due to a stalemate- I've been seeing new found potential in everything around me. It's a good feeling. No, it's more than a good feeling; it feels pretty friggin' amazing.

My OOTD is Anthropologie free! Boooooo!!! It does feature my beloved Rodarte for Target dress that I patiently stalked on eBay. I am obsessed with the top because I feel like a 1980's prom queen in it. That's a good thing if you're me. ;)

Dress: Rodarte for Target - $40.00
Belt: Gap Factory - Free with dress
Shoes: Aldo Kirwan - $38.00

I've noticed a lot of posts in list form in the Anthro blogging community, so I'm going to be a copycat and make one, too!

My Worst Habits

  1. Constantly leaving a trail of open cabinet doors and drawers all around my home
  2. Laughing at people when they are really angry
  3. Leaving both clean and dirty clothing on the floor
  4. Not culling my magazine pile often enough
  5. Leaving tops off of food items/beauty products
  6. Forgetting to reply to correspondence of all sorts (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my family in Florida!)
  7. Generally being a slob
Now that I've outed myself, maybe shame will compel me to make better choices! To recycle my Marie Claires, hang my clean clothes back up instead of throwing them on the floor, and not to laugh openly at my husband in the car as he rants that no one knows how to drive. Besides him, of course. Now if only I could stop myself from humming "King of the Road" when he does this. ;)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Super Sad Super True Sunday OOTD

Good evening, readers! Today my outfit consists of one of my favorite dresses. I can't decide if I love it more because it fits beautifully or because it makes me look like the Hamburglar. P.S. My lack of a belt is clearly a harbinger of end times: Y/N? 

Cardigan: J. Crew Traversa Cardigan - $21.00
Dress: Anthropologie Monochromatic Corset Dress from eBay - $40.00
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Shoes: Aldo Botkins - $30.00
Flower: Hollywood Ultra - Gift for attending a Pin Up Hair 101 class

This weekend wasn't the greatest. My husband literally worked all weekend without a break and my brother (who raised me and is my best friend) was hit by a drunk driver and suffered a broken leg. Super sad, super true story! I've been doing a lot around the house in an attempt to keep my mind busy, but the bluey blues crack my strong veneer every once in a while. 

Don't mind the exceptionally low quality of most of my photos. I'm not a photographer. I'm just a girl with a camera (and a blog)! 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Autumnal Toned OOTD

I purchased this dress from Anthropologie Treasurebox last spring and wore it to death over the summer. It's 100% silk and has an easy bohemian inspired style to it. I paid $20 for it brand new, but it originally retailed for $60. I'm chuckling right now over the fact that I won't even pay full price for a Target dress. ;)

If you haven't already, you really should check out out Anthro Treasurebox. Thrifting extraordinaire Sara finds fab items from Anthropologie, J. Crew, and more from LA area thrift shops and lists them for sale at incredible prices. Go now!

Cardigan: Anthropologie Breezy Polkas Cardigan - $50.00
Dress: Anna Sui for Target - $20.00
Belt: Anthropologie Checkerboard Belt - $10.00
Tights: Kohl's - $.62 (My sister gave me her Kohl's Cash)
Shoes: American Eagle - $10.00
Flower: Hollywood Ultra - Gift for attending a Pin Up Hair 101 class

Since I woke up this morning migraine free and feeling renewed,  I'm now off to clean, clean, clean until I can't clean anymore! I hope this post finds everyone having a happy and relaxed weekend!


Friday, January 14, 2011

TGIF! Even If It Feels Like Wednesday...

My whole week has been messed up due to the snow day the kids had on Wednesday. I'm in disbelief that tomorrow is Saturday, but the weekend is welcome nonetheless. I currently have a massive migraine and am looking forward to sleeping in as long as possible tomorrow morning.

I was laughing in most of the pictures I took tonight because my daughter told me that my eyes were closed in all of them. I'm very naive, so I believed the little prankster! Laughing with her reset my mood (which wasn't great, due to the migraine) and relieved some of the stress I've been feeling recently. My kids all have great senses of humor and time and again they save me from taking life too seriously. :)

Cardigan: Anthropologie Dwarf Quince Cardigan - $31.00
Dress: Anthropologie Vappu Dress - $50.00
Belt: Anthropologie Buckled Cummerbund Belt - $20.00
Tights: George brand from Walmart - $5.00
Boots: Vince Camuto Fivvy Boots - $126.00

Please forgive my wrinkly dress. I have a terrible, terrible habit of taking midday naps with the husband and wrinkling my pretty clothes. With the migraine today, I was completely couch bound until my Advil kicked in a minute ago, thus adding to my wrinkleage.

Bonus picture!

Me petting a cat with LASER EYES! I wish I'd lint rolled that thread off my booty, but oh well... 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tartan Rose Tieback: Winterized

...By "winterized" I mean that I threw a cardigan over it... during the winter. ;) Pay no mind to my scrubby unwashed hair or snow boots!!!

Top: Anthropologie Tartan Rose Tieback - $50.00
Jeans: American Eagle {Similar} - $17.00
Ski socks: Given to me by my sister - Free
Snow boots: Sorel from - $99.00

The cold weather and snowy conditions outside are making me revert into winter homebody mode. My night will consist of drinking lots of mint tea, baking chocolate chip cookies, and making a tummy warming home cooked dinner for my babies. Ideally, I would also be organizing my closet (AKA the most deplorable closet in the history of closets) but I probably won't. My sister bought me an electric blanket and that has completely curtailed this homemaker's productivity. The combination of electric blanket + cartoons is very, very dangerous! Even Whoopi thinks so!

Stay warm!

<3 Lyzi

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy To Be Warm OOTD

Hey there! Today was a stressful day. A huge snowstorm is coming and our furnace decided that it wanted to sh*t the bed this morning. The repairman just left my house and finally, after a day of bitterly cold temperatures, WE HAVE HEAT! I couldn't be happier!

Sweater: American Eagle - $25.00
Skirt: Anthropologie Alena Skirt - $50.00
Belt: Anthropologie Fromage Et Pain Belt - $15.00
Tights: American Eagle - $12.00
Boots: Anthropologie Gilgarran Boots - $95.00

About a week ago, I emailed customer service and politely mentioned that I didn't receive a birthday discount last month. They sent me a discount card for January and offered to reimburse me 15% (equivalent to the birthday discount) from my last order, so I scored these boots for only $95 after all was said and done. Yesss!

It looks like tomorrow is going to be a snow day for my kids! I'm planning on building a slope for sledding in our yard. All we need now are sleds! :P

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ski Mom OOTD

Hey y'all! I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far. Today my older kids had ski lessons and I made the impractical clothing choice of a dress. Interestingly, I wasn't cold as it was a warm 35 degrees here in Southern NH. Plus, impractical or not, I needed to break out the brand new Reed Shirtdress I acquired through Roxy's Effortless Anthropologie Trade Market! I have been lusting after this dress for a whole year.

Cardigan: J. Crew - $21.00
Dress: Anthropologie Reed Shirtdress $85.00
Belt: Looping Lanes Belt - $15.00
Tights: Simply Vera from Kohl's - $.62 
Boots: Vince Camuto Karena Boots - $129.99

I'm totally in love with this dress. I love the vintage silhouette, and the fact that it also has a slightly shorter hemline than most vintage inspired dresses/skirts. It should be noted that I'm not really super jacked in real life; the sleeves of my dress are bunched up under my cardigan. ;) 

Unfortunately, I am not as in love with my new boots. They are the third pair of brown boots I've ordered in the past month (I returned the first two) and I'm losing hope that I'll ever find boots with shafts that fit my calves perfectly. I'm keeping them because they are definitely high quality boots that I got at a steal and the roomy calf area isn't noticeable in jeans. They're also undeniably gorgeous.

I got two sweet deals on popbacks from my Anthro wishlist last week:

Paid $37. Original price was $98.

Purchased for $112. Originally sold for $268.

Did anyone else snag any great after Christmas deals? Did anyone make a New Year's resolution to shop less? ;)