Dress: Our Thrift Store ($7)
Keds: Charity Shop ($2)
Long gold earrings: Charity Shop ($1.50)
- Trying to cross the dark living room with a cup of hot cocoa and tripping over the mini trampoline...
- Going running and then promptly downing three cookies and a pint of milk upon your return, probably undoing all the exercise.
- Standing there as your friend is speaking with an old gentleman in the nursing home (well, I think he was only 57!) and him saying over and over, "She's purty!" pointing at you and then as you're leaving, he asks for you to send him a picture of yourself. O.o What do you respond to, "You're gonna send me a pitcher, aren't ya?"??
- When you realize you literally just ate half a cup of homemade chocolate icing.
- The dressing room at Our Thrift Store. It's just a stall with a shower curtain (thankfully there's velcro on the edges) but the mirror is outside the curtain on the wall about 8 ft away. So you have no idea what you look like until you open up to the world for scrutiny. ;) A complete stranger helped me decide on a couple things this past time, ha!
- Needing to contain a bonfire, you hop up on the back of a flatbed truck and open the water tank to allow the water to sprinkle on the ground. Conveniently, instead of pouring out in a stream, it was hitting the lip of the bed and spraying, but, before you could get off the truck after opening the valve, it started moving, and you were stuck crouching for the ride. The fire was quite smokey and the water quite airborne, so that by the time the grass was finally soaked, so were you-- in black water from the combination. :P
- The conversations that can be heard at church. I may be newer to this country thing, but I don't think animal reproduction is a normal Sunday afternoon chit-chat topic in which everyone is involved and has an opinion and experience. Makes for some good laughs!
- Smashing the exhaust pipe into the truck tire. Oopsies. Also sightly awks-- my dad and me in our pajamas outside fixing it.
- Little brother falling in the creek and coming out with a crawdad on his sleeve.
- Checking out at Sears three times because your mom is late picking you up and you keep finding stuff you like.
- Not being able to decide if you should get certain things so you waffle back and forth at the checkout counter, saying, "Yes, put that on there... wait no! This one. Ohhh I can't decide. Okay, I want all of it but this...I think..."
- Talking to the lady who is cutting your hair and, upon recognizing the last name on her nametag, you ask if she's related to so-and-so... turns out she was divorced from the relative of them and hadn't changed her nametag yet... and then you don't know what to say...
(Self- Timer pictures today... sorry...)
- SPRING! It's finally here, and it's so warm and humid and windy and polleny and purple and green outside! Nothing spells "life" to me like always being sore, sneezing from allergies, dishes never finished, windows open all night, lots of fresh eggs, piles of wet clothes from the kids playing in the hose, and flllllliiiiiipfllllllllooooops...
- A quote I've heard before, but Douglas Wilson brought back to mind this weekend: What's a summary of the Bible? Slay the dragon, get the girl. Jesus crushing the head of the serpent and saving His bride the church.
- When your protein shake matches your running clothes. Purple and purple, friends. Makes me happy. :)
- Buying a new printed dress (this one!) and then coming home and finding not one, not two, but ten pairs of shoes that match and look good with it.
- Hanging out with friends, just watching TV or planning things. It's great to have peeps to unwind with. :)
- Homemade ice cream.
- Getting some sewing done! I just altered a few things and made a new shirt, but it felt so good to have the machine in front of me again and to have that stack off my table and into my closet. :)
- Finally getting caught up on blog emails last week! I hate it that I don't get around to answering them for weeks or months sometimes. If you emailed me before last Thursday and haven't received a reply, please let me know. It possibly got lost.
- Being all packed and ready to go a full 12 hours before leaving for a trip this weekend! Ha, that's never happened before. ;)
- My family is pretty awesome. The other night I got home from a bonfire after bedtime, but the older ones of my family were still up and eating ice cream in the living room. My sisters told me a story of something that had happened the other night and I laughed and laughed and laughed until my sides ached. My dad walked in the room after I got my composure and we decided he needed to know the story too, so my sister told it. I couldn't breath-- I was laughing harder the longer I thought about it! I have never seen my dad laugh so hard-- tears, almost-giggles, clutching of sides. Then my mom had to hear it. Again, painful laughter. As we were all going to sleep 15 minutes later, you could still hear ripples of chuckles throughout our house.
- I'm off to photograph a wedding and consequently I won't be able to publish comments until Sunday night. It's promising to be a great trip-- traveling 8 hours with two of my closest friends!
I went shopping a little while ago and thought I'd show y'all some oh-so-classy iPhone photos I took while trying clothes on and share my thought process on each piece to maybe help y'all see how I make clothing decisions.
This plaid top was priced at $3.50 at Our Thrift Store. The fabric was nice and stretchy and a good quality. Not too tight on top, flattering sleeves, nice scoop neck perfect for a tank. The problem? It was the "flouffy" style where there's elastic along the hem and the midsection is less than slimming. I decided that this was an easy fix with the sewing machine, so I went ahead and bought it.
This striped top was at Plato's Closet for $7. It had great dolmen sleeves and my favorite scoop neck, but it was about 6" too long and kind of thin and stretched out. I could have chopped it off and resewn the hem, but I wasn't sure how easy it would be with the thin cotton-- I'm not experienced enough with it. I decided it wasn't worth $7+ my time.
This polkadot top I looooved. It was $15 at Sears on sale. Super flattering, springy, and something I thought my mom might borrow (which means double the use, right?)... and blue brings out our eyes. But, for the same price, I could have bought at least 3 thrift store shirts. With much regret that I'm not rich, ;) I put it back in favor of being wise.
So. Something y'all should know about me. I get an idea in my head and it will stay there until I complete it. For instance, this backpack. I have been planning on going to Target for about 2 months, hoping to find a floral backpack with leather trim. I pictured mint green with camel. I knew I'd be willing to spend the money on it; I just had to get one. I finally got into civilization and Target had floral backpacks... but they were tacky looking with no leather trim. I was downhearted, thinking I was going to have to sew it or order the $80 one online. My sister and I decided to walk to Ross a few doors down while we waited on my mom and they sadly didn't have any floral either. But, they had some nice leather ones that weren't outrageously expensive, so I found my favorite. I had basically decided against this one, since it's kind of plain, but my sister talked me into it. I am *so* glad she did. As soon as I bought it I realized how much I loved it... I'm seriously now obsessed with it and I'm super excited to travel this weekend just so I can use it- ha! It was about $26. Just for fun, I decided to see how much stuff I could fit in it-- 5 shirts, 2 skirts, a pair of boots, 3 tanks, a flowy jacket, my purse, my straightener, and make up. O.o Oh, and a denim jacket. It doesn't look huge and bulky, either. Okay... enough with the back pack.
Tell me about YOUR week! I'd also love to read some thrifting tips!