Daily Style Diary | Entry Seven

Daily Style Diary | Entry Seven

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  It was warm here up until yesterday, now it’s freezing cold again.  I’m so ready for spring to come and STAY!

If you missed it last Friday, you must must must check out my Ultimate White Jeans Guide.  I put a lot of sweat and tears into it – it’s not easy cramming this booty into that many pairs of jeans!  Stop by and check it out HERE.

Here are last week’s Daily Style Diary outfits that were posted on Instagram.


I got ready for my (canceled) doctor appointment in this easy outfit.

[Tunic:  Merona/Scarf:  c/o Bindya/Jeans:  Paige/Boots:  Frye/Watch:  Michael Kors]

A lot of you asked about the scarf I’m wearing.  It’s beautiful but really pricey.  Here’s a cute chevron mix scarf that would look great with the green tunic at a much better price.

[Chevron Mix Scarf]


After a nice warm weekend, it got cold again.  Glad I didn’t pack away my sweaters yet!

022814-cobalt-blue-stripes-jeans[Sweater:  Mossimo/Jeans:  Wit & Wisdom/Boots:  Franco Sarto/Scarf:  Banana Republic]

This cobalt blue sweater was one of my favorites from Target this winter.  They no longer have it in cobalt but do have it in three neutral colors perfect for spring.  It’s lightweight enough to wear for awhile.

[Mossimo Lightweight Sweater]


Stripes and leopard, one of my favorite combos.

022814-red-jeans-stripes-leopard[Cardigan:  Mossimo/Jeans:  J Brand/Boots:  Similar/Striped Tee:  Old/Scarf:  Similar]


I got my floral scarves from Nordstrom this day and couldn’t wait to wear one to my rescheduled dr. appointment.

022814-green-sweater-floral-scarf-jeans[Cardigan:  Mossimo/Jeans:  Wit & Wisdom/Scarf:  Lulu/T-shirt:  Forever 21]

The green cardigan is back in stock at Target!  It’s the perfect companion for the floral scarf.

[Mossimo Striped Cardigan]


Craig finally came home on Friday.  Yay!  It felt like spring so I dressed accordingly.

022814-peach-jeans-floral-scarf[Sweater:  Mossimo/Scarf:  BP by Nordstrom/T-shirt:  BP/Jeans:  Similar]

I got my peach colored jeans at Target last spring.  They don’t have them this year but Gap has a similar pair in this pretty apricot.

1969 legging jeans

[1969 Legging Jeans]

You NEED these scarves for spring!  I couldn’t be happier with them, they’re so much prettier in person than the pictures online.  The size is perfect and the colors are vibrant.  You can be sure I’ll be wearing them over and over this spring.

[Black Floral Scarf]

[Green Floral Scarf]


022814-life-latelySnippets from our day to day.

  • To be honest, I’d love to own a small farm and raise golden retrievers.  Problem is I would keep all of the puppies!  I’m kind of obsessed with them.  Until then, I’ll just have to play with the puppies at the pet store.
  • Sometimes it’s ok to eat dessert first.  The girls and I went to dinner Thursday night at Central Market and did just that with this yummy turtle cheesecake.
  • Craig finally came home on Friday!  He surprised the girls and me by taking us for mani/pedi’s.  We were SO happy to see him!
  • Saturday was preview day at one of colleges Devon is considering.  Two visits down.  Hopefully he’ll be making his decision soon.  Fingers crossed!

crazy busy bookLast week, a few of you asked about the book that I was reading, Dr. Ned Hallowell’s “Crazy Busy – Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap!”  I decided to pick it up after seeing him talk about it in this interview.  While it was a bit of a slow read, I did get some really good info from it, especially in Chapter 28 – Ten Key Principles to Managing Modern Life.  This chapter and chapter 32 made the whole book worthwhile.

My biggest takeaways were:

  • Figure out what matters most to you, then do what matters most to you.  Don’t get sidetracked.
  • Cultivate your lilies (projects, people and activities that make you feel fulfilled ) and get rid of your leeches (projects, people and activities that deplete you).
  • Don’t live a life of trying to please everyone else first and you last.
  • Don’t allow yourself to take on more projects than you can handle, learn to say “no, not now”.
  • Don’t waste time “screen sucking” (wasting time engaging with any screen – iPhone, laptop, TV, etc.)

I’m working to structure my time and my days to focus on what matters most, spending less time “screen sucking” and more time being present for my family.  I’m cutting out some stuff that’s not my key focus in blogging too.  One of those changes is I’ve decided to step down as a co-host of the Beauty Buzz link up.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be doing beauty posts from time to time, they just won’t be a regular Tuesday feature.

Overall, I’d recommend this book, even if it is a slow read.  Part of me thinks the author purposely makes the reader slow down to address and highlight the problem of our fast-paced lives.  There are some gems in there, if you have the patience to find them.  🙂

I was not compensated in any way for this book review.  I bought the book myself and all opinions are my own. 

It’s Your Turn:  Do you have any tips or strategies that work well for being more intentional with your time?  If so, share them in the comments!

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Daily Style Diary | Entry Two

Daily Style Diary | Entry Two

Wow, thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response to my daily style pics!  It’s been fun documenting them on Instagram and sharing them here.  I’m glad you like them.

A lot of you have asked what I’m wearing, so I’m going to start providing links to same or similar items under each outfit.  Some pieces are last season or older but I’ll try my best to find suitable substitutes.

Without further ado, here are last week’s outfit entries into my Daily Style Diary.

Day One

A pleasant day in the 70’s!  I wore a sheer polka dot blouse with a layering tank, my favorite skinny jeans from Forever 21 and leopard print flats to run errands.


Day Two

Brr, it got cold quickly.  For lunch with a friend, I wore this gray and cream sweater with a layering tank, plum coated denim skinnies and a long tassel necklace.


Day Three

An afternoon at the horse barn called for a long sleeved tee, boyfriend cardigan, gray skinny jeans and Hunter Wellies.  I wore the necklace to run errands but took it off before we went to the barn.  Ava was so happy that I wore appropriate footwear for chasing horses in the pasture.  I was too.  🙂


Day Four

Awards assembly at the elementary school.  Gray cashmere sweater, white button down, blush jeans, statement necklace and riding boots.


Day Five

Took Chick-fil-a lunches to both of the girls at school.  I wore my new beige sweater from Scissortail Clothing and scarf from Bindya NY with my favorite Paige jeans.


Life Lately

Some snippets from our daily life.

  • Still waiting to hear back from Devon’s first choice college.  He’s gotten two acceptances so far and has a perfectly fine back-up plan…that’s also closer to home.  🙂  But it’s nerve wracking to check the mail every day.  Tom Petty was right, the waiting IS the hardest part.
  • Ava got three semester awards last week – one for A/B  honor roll, one for Stellar Scientist and one for helping out in the office.  Super proud of her!
  • We’ve been trying to eat cleaner this past week.  For the most part, it’s been OK but now I’m starting to feel like I will rip someone’s head off if I don’t get some Mexican food!
  • Bailey, our golden retriever, got a trip to Petsmart for a shave down, nail trimming and teeth cleaning.  She also got a big pink bow when she was all done.  Good girl.

It’s Your Turn:  What’s going on in your world this week?

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