Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday


Welcome to my What I Wore Wednesday post!  I will be linking up with the Pleated Poppy again this week with the outfits I have been wearing lately.  We have certainly had out share of sadness in the last week and a half.  Actually, probably more than our share.  But there were also bright spots, because we were able to spend time with family who we rarely get to see, so that part was nice.  A lot of what I wore this past two weeks has been black.  I am kind of traditional in that I usually go with black for funerals.  I am off to a track meet in a few, so here is what I have been wearing, with a few of the family sprinkled in. 

This dress is a Little Black Designs Mee Mee dress.  It is one of my favorite dresses ever!  I got lots of compliments on it at work, even a couple of people who wanted to purchase it for themselves.  and you can have it too, by going to the Little Black Designs Etsy shop!  I loved it styled with a denim jacket and brown boots. 

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This is 100% my kind of dress.  I love the loose fit and the gathering across the chest, and even the shape of the sleeves. 
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This is what the back looks like. 
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This dress is something that will stay in my wardrobe for many years to come.  And it is for all seasons!
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This was a work outfit, before all of the sadness that ensued.  I was told that I looked like a beautiful spring flower, so that is good, right?
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You can see other ways I styled these pants here, here, and here.
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This is a casual Friday outfit, a spring day, but still cold.  I also wore this to hang out with some girlfriends after work.  You can see another way I wore this sweater here
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This is what Miss 18 Year old put together for a viewing of my grandmother.  This is a Little Black Designs skirt from my girlfriend.  Yes, she was also kind enough to give her a couple of things to wear.  My daughter loves this skirt. 
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There is a cute little pocket on this side of the skirt. 
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This is what I wore to the viewing on that same evening.  This skirt is also a Little Black Designs skirt.  It is a wrap skirt, and it was extremely comfortable to have on for a very long evening. 
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Here it is without the sweater.  You can see that it ties at the side. 
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And this is the dress I wore to my grandmother’s funeral.  I have owned this dress for many years.  It came from Express.  I wore it with boots because it was a very cold day and we had to walk in the cemetery.  I knew it would be spongey, and it was. 
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This is my little photo bomber dressed up, which is rare for him. 
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This is Miss 18 Year Old and Our Swedish daughter on Easter.  Miss 18 Year old dress is vintage, isn’t it cute?
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And this is what the whole family wore on Easter. 
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It was a chilly morning, so I threw this chambray shirt on under my dress and wore grey tights. 
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I liked the look, and I was warm, which is important, because I hate to freeze!  You may have seen me wear this dress before
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This is what I changed into after church on Easter.  We went and visited with relatives who were here from Texas.  I kept my chambray and added white capris, a peachy T shirt and burlap Toms. 
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I wore this dress from eShakti to one of the funeral’s, but since I had just written a post about it, I didn’t photograph it again.  And this dress below was my third funeral in a week.  I think the third one was the most difficult.  It was a friend, not a relative.  But it was heart wrenching and much too soon to say goodbye.  This dress was also from Little Black Designs.  It is simply the most perfect black shift dress.  something that every woman can use in her closet, and unbelievably comfortable and chic. 
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Here is is without the cardigan. 
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I could wear this dress all day, it is just as comfortable as my bath robe and fits perfectly.  My girlfriend, Dee, who is the brains behind Little Black Designs, has a genius concept.  Everything she makes I black, and comfortable, and good quality.  I want to own every single thing!  there are just so many ways to wear it all!  and it never goes out of style.  Everything is classic and classy. 
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I am glad this week is behind me, and praying for brighter days ahead.  I still have a couple of more Little Black Designs outfits to show off, and then I am going to officially introduce you to my beautiful and creative girlfriend who has created this smart and stylish line of clothing. You can catch some more of her designs here and here.  

If you would like to check out my other WIWW posts, check out my WIWW page!  Happy hump day! 

Link Parties:

Wednesday:
The Pleated Poppy
Because Shanna Said So
Get Your Pretty On

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Favorite Pinterest Pins of March 2014



I am so happy to be back to blogging after taking a week off.  This past week has been a very sad week for our family.  Within one week, my grandmother and LC’s grandmother passed away.  It has been a stressful and difficult time for both of our families, and we ended up having to cancel our trip to Chicago that we had planned for Spring Break.  Thank you to everyone who has sent your condolences and said a little prayer for us.  We have certainly felt the love!

This is My Favorite Pinterest Pins of March post!  Better late than never, right?  So let’s get right to it.  I hope you enjoy all of my favorites! 

Favorite purse organizer. 

Purse organizer - just take it out when you switch bags


Favorite denim skirt.  Purchase this Boden chic denim skirt.


Arlenis Sosa Pena for Boden 2014


Favorite bathroom vanity.

Repurposed Furniture Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel, and Decor


Favorite nude sandals.



Favorite recipe that I want to try.  Maple Bacon Cheese Cups.

Recipe: Maple Bacon Cheese Cups - Finding Home


Favorite Wellies.  Purchase these green Wellies at Zappos.

Cute!!


Favorite funny.

hahaha
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Favorite bathroom makeover. Purchase those cute  knob hooks from Anthropologie.  Purchase the faucet, vanity top, sconces and towel hooks, all from Home Depot.




Favorite Tomato recipe.  Baked Parmesan Tomatoes.

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes | Jo Cooks


Favorite flowers. 

Spring Flowers


Favorite vacation envy.  Fiji.

... to Fiji



Favorite quote.

Karl knows best.


Favorite nail polish.

neon nails.
Source Unknown


Favorite closet makeover. 

ADORE! Stunning closet makeover and a million brilliant ideas to steal for your home!



Favorite shopping tip. This is helpful for all of us Target shoppers!

If you shop at Target, you need to know this…


Favorite watch. Watch from Nordstrom.  

Ohhh, this Kate Spade mint watch is so pretty.


Favorite ring.

Orion Lacy Ring - Wanderlust Collection - Adjustable Ring, Galaxy, Universe, Outer Space, stars on Etsy, $20.00
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Favorite DIY planter. 

Laundry Basket Planter


Favorite DIY cleaner I want to try.

DIY Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner {Detox Your Home Series}


Favorite organization.

ikea expedit chalkboard


Favorite DIY tutorial. 

Chalkboard Art: Easy tutorial on how to get perfect lettering every time!


Favorite color to paint wicker.

Painting wicker driftwood grey via somuchbetterwithage.com #diy #painttechnique #paint #driftwood #grey



Favorite paint color.  This is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.  You have to check out the source to see this on actual walls.  Swoon!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT



Favorite funky chandy.

Aqua Inspiration In Spring Decor...


Favorite spring room.  The Coral Vases are from Target.  Pillows from Ballard Designs and Target.  

coral gray living room centsational girl


Favorite spring door d├ęcor.

Radiant Orchid DIY Spring Door Decoration - http://www.diyinspired.com/radiant-orchid-diy-spring-door-decoration/ #craftmonthlove #radiantorchid #springtrends


Favorite spring DIY.

spring decor  (... made from a drinking glass w/a knob on top ... or bottom, as the case may be! k)



Favorite TV console.

House Tour


Favorite laundry room.

such a cute laundry room!
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Favorite mud room.

Mud room



Favorite kitchen shelving.

Add to kitchen storage with open shelves for pretty and easy to access dishes.



Favorite painted dresser.

Primitive & Proper: Beachy Blue Chest duck egg chalk paint crystal knobs



Favorite bedroom.

dream cottage bedroom by Kathryn Ireland
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Favorite healthy drink.  I want to try this!

Slimdown Drink
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Favorite Decorating Style.

Love this design? Make it yours. Our best room looks are now shoppable...just browse and click to buy --> http://hg.tv/u1mg


Favorite wall collage.

Gallery Wall

I hope you enjoyed my favorite for March!  Lots of fantastic inspiration to be found!  Please check out my favorites for February, if you like!  I will be back next month with my favorites for April!  Have a great week everyone!


Update:  I was informed by a reader this evening that every one of my source links was linking back to this page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougchinnery/5817171089/
I spent hours making sure that I linked back to every possible original source on this post.  I have no idea how that might have happened, but I know that it was not done by me.  Have any of you fellow bloggers experienced this before?  If so, please tell me in the comments.  I would love to know how this happened.  It took me hours to go back and fix this.


Link Parties:
Monday:
Project Inspired
Tuesday:
A Stroll Through Life
Coastal Charm
Wednesday:
Savvy Southern Style
The Happy Housie