Is online window shopping a thing?

In an effort to be more of a saver and less of a spender, I have decided to start online window shopping.  My sweet friend Erika taught me this phrase “online window shopping.”  I’ve adopted it because it is just oh so clever! For me, its WAY more safe than window shopping in the traditional sense.  I keep my wallet FAR out of arms reach, which really isn’t possible at the actual mall.

I am very ready for some fall weather.  I’m getting to the point of the summer where all of my clothes are feeling very blah and over worn.  Fall fashion is everywhere these days, which doesn’t help my situation.   With the September issues of all of the glossies hitting stores, I long for a few new treasures for my closet.  Hence, the online window shopping.  Tonight’s find: H&M.

H&M is a favorite of mine, especially as far as fast fashion goes.   This fall will be no exception.   I hope these items hop into my closet at some point this fall!   After spending over an hour checking out everything, I have reigned it in to nine items I would like love to own!

H&M Fall Collage

grey blouse / 20s dress / cape
imitation leather skirt  / shirt dress / Jacquard pants
leopard wristlet / imitation leather pants / leopard pumps 
  • This grey blouse would be so pretty for the fall with these great Theory raspberry tweed skinny suit pants my mom gave me for my birthday.  Add a pair of patent mary-janes and the outfit is complete!
  • Ever since I saw The Great Gatsby, I have been enthralled with all things deco 20s/early 30s.  I imagine this dress with long strands of pearls, dark black tights and yet again, black patent mary-janes.  (Can you tell I live in my patent mary-janes in the fall/winter)
  • I have wanted a winter cape for several years now.  Then I saw Heather Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County) wearing one on the episode where they went to select Tamra’s wedding dress.  Needless to say, I have been counting down the days until the fall so that I can scoop one up for myself.  This might be just the ticket!
  • I am really excited about this imitation leather skirt because it keeps a look I love in my budget! Imagine this with a lipstick pink chiffon blouse tucked in, black tights, and wedge boots.  Come to think of it, I might want a new pair of boots to wear with this ensemble, but I digress.
  • I am mad for plaid!  I would love this with some chocolate-brown tights and caramel riding boots.  Casual and still pulled together for an outing with friends.  I bet it would be really cute with denim skinnys too!
  • It’s hard to tell, but there is a pattern in the weave of these pants.  It adds a richness and depth to closet staple.  They would be perfect for day-to-night, or even a holiday party.  Bleh, holiday party…its still 100 degrees outside…what am i thinking?!
  • My new favorite small bag for a night on the town is a wristlet.  I know I am a little late for the party on this one.  The patent leopard would go with just about anything!
  • These imitation black leather pants are just beyond.  I imagine them with a sparkly top for a night on the town!  The perfect piece to update my wardrobe for Fall 2013!
  • Leopard remains top dog in my book.  These pumps would be great for work to add some color my fall wardrobe. What can I say, my go to color is black – year round!

What ‘s calling your name for the fall?

high five for friday

TGIF friends!  This is the end of the full week of July…how did we get here?!

1. Spent a lot of (much-needed) quality time with my friends this weekend.  Friday night we saw one of our favorite Dallas bands perform!  We were too busy dancing to get any pictures.

 

 

2. On Saturday night we celebrated the upcoming nuptials of Steph & Doug at a Stock the Bar shower.  It was so much fun to get a little dressed up and have a party!  Bonus:  we had some of the BEST cake balls I have ever eaten from Trailercakes.

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3.  Celebrated my sweet little Tweed’s 4th birthday this week.  He got a great present…a new Nylabone.  He loves it and I love him!

tweed birthday

 

 

 

4.  Thursday night was the perfect night in to catch up on TV and eat some comfort food, pasta of course.

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5.  Nutella  & Go…DELISH!

 

 

 

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How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

high five for friday

TGIF! Random note: there has been a lot of rain this week in Dallas.  I have loved most of it.  It hasn’t been a big storm or anything, just some rain…much needed rain!  I know there have been giant storms in the Carolinas, but Dallas has been rain free since May, I feel like.

1. On Sunday, several of my best girlfriends and I went to brunch and to get pedicures.  This was some great much-needed girl time!  I went with an Essie color that I am embarrassed to say I can’t even remember the name.  (see below for evidence)  We had a great time chatting about this and that and the occasional political topic.  We were pretty bummed when the rain started and the pool day was canceled…but this was a great second place activity!

2. My friend, Elizabeth, gave me a few Lilly Pulitzer items last week and I am thrilled to have them!  This dress has polka dot and check crustaceans on it, what could be better?!?

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3.  Tried the new Starbucks iced peach green tea lemonade this week.  one word…YUM!  It really tastes like summer!! (totally meant to capture a picture…but it was so delish that I was distracted and forgot…I guess you will have to take my word for it!)

 

 

4.  Went to dinner at one of my favorites, Twisted Root Burger with my college roommate last night.  So delish, as usual.  She is so sweet and treated me to dinner as a belated birthday present.  She is such a positive friend and always puts me in a great mood!  I went a little non traditional this time…turkey burger…but it was soo  good!

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5.  I learned how to list items on eBay this week.  I only have a few items posted as a sort of trial run – so exciting to be on the other side of eBay.  I love shopping, so selling is a whole new ball game that seems pretty fun!  Take a look:  http://www.ebay.com/sch/vls628/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

How was your week??

Linking up with Lauren over at Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f.

project time

You know how you start a project and think, oh this will take like 5 hours or so, and then you actually work on the project and it takes you 3+ days?!?  No, just me?!  Well, this is exactly how the painting project went this past weekend.

It started off great.  Step 1 – turn up the jams, obviously.  Step 2 – move the furniture to the other side of the room.  Step 3 – tape the walls so that I don’t paint on the ceiling, wood work, etc.  (This took a long time but went off with out a hitch)

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Step 4 – spread drop cloths and paint.  This was easier than expected.  I have to say I felt a bit like I was on TLC’s Trading Spaces (the home improvement show I grew up on) painting walls, except they are my walls not my friend or neighbor’s walls.  If only Paige Davis was here to help and cheer me on!  Ty Pennington (pre – Extreme Makeover Home Edition)was not here to be my carpenter….I mean a girl can dream.  The good news –  I only hit the ceiling with the roller once! After completing the painting,  I removed the tape and the walls were complete.

almost done

Here is where things got a little dicey.  I went to plug back in my internet and cable cords and nothing…whole kit and caboodle done-zo.  Those of you who know me, know that I am BEYOND obsessed with TV and have mine on almost all the time when I am home.  So, this system being down was not making me happy.  Internet is also a vital part of my life, too, especially when I needed to chat with the tech support people who no longer talk on the phone, but rather online chat with you to resolve you cable/internet problems.  So, long story short, they had to send out a tech to fix the problem.  Which they did, on a Sunday no less.  Much appreciated, trust me!  Well, during all of these issues, the furniture couldn’t be moved back into its rightful homes because it would block the repair work.  Enter, the work week.

Fast forward to Wednesday night after work.  My Dad came over and replaced the outlets and switch plates in the room and helped me move the furniture, he’s pretty handy like that.  So, the furniture is now in place.  I know what you’re thinking, now onto the end result picture…how about a really its still a work in progress picture…take a look.

rinished

missing items include: more bed pillows, hanging lamps, wall decor, even more bed pillows.

Paint color is Sherwin Williams, Biscuit

high five for friday

TGIF Friends!!

1.  Did some organizing this weekend…just the tip of the iceberg, but you have to start somewhere, right?!

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2. Spent some time this weekend preparing for one of my college friend’s wedding this weekend! I cannot wait to celebrate the marriage of two high school sweethearts!  I will be doing a reading during the ceremony, wish me luck and say a little prayer that the words flow freely.

3. Tweed had a bath and much-needed haircut and looks so fresh and clean now.  I love it when his apricot shows!

Clean Tweed

4.  Spent Thursday night with some of my closest friends at a concert at the Dallas Arboretum to have an early birthday celebration.  It was triple digit heat most of the night but we had a great time!  Got to spend some time with my little friend, Crew – isn’t he precious! AND they brought a cookie cake for me – SO sweet and delicious!

Victoria & Crew

sweaty friends with the sun beaming down on us!

Cookie Cake

Delish! Thank you friends!!

5. Today is my Birthday! That’s right folks, the big 2-7.  Looking forward to what is in store for me in the year ahead.

How was you week?

Linking up with Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth for #H54F

high five for friday

This past weekend was such a blast, the rest of the week is sort of a blur.

1. I spent the weekend with some of my best friends!  It was so great to have a day off of work and to spend a good chunk of time with the girls.  I was honored to be a part of my friend’s wedding as a member of the house party.  At the bridesmaid’s luncheon we chatted and drank endless glasses of passionfruit lemonade.  All I can say is YUM!  Didn’t get a good shot with the bride, I bet (hope) she has one on her camera.

Sutton at Allison's Shower

2. That evening we headed over to the rehearsal dinner.  We sat outside at tables complete with ghost chairs, milk glass chargers, and mixed china with gold accents.  The tablescapes were beautiful, but I neglected to snap a photo.  So sad!  The great outdoors was beyond warm but we felt like southern belles with the hand fans that were provided to the guests.

rehearsal Dinner

3.  The wedding was an elegant and classic.  After such a long time together it was great to see the bride and groom finally tie the knot.  Many happy tears were shed by the happy couple and those in attendance.  The reception that followed featured a really fun wedding band.  We all danced the night away and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. Fowler.

reception reception with allison

4. Father’s Day was Sunday and my dad and I were pretty boring, I have to say.  We did run around town for a while and spent time with little Tweed.

5.  The rest of the week went by like a flash.  Nothing too exciting to report back, just the usual chores and errands.  Looking forward to a relaxing weekend preparing for the next summer wedding!

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren over at The Lauren Elizabeth.

I can’t take it anymore…

I just have to have a moment to write about Downton Abbey.  I can’t get enough of it.  Several of my friends told me that I needed was required to watch it.  Little did I know that would lead to me watching the first two seasons in ONE weekend.  That’s actually pretty much all I did all weekend….with a little laundry and straightening thrown in.  One of my sweet friends has a blog as well (Erika’s Tea Cup) and I read her words about Downton and could wait no longer.

Watching this show takes me to a different time and place.  Watching it for an entire weekend makes the words I say to myself (in my head) have a british accent and dialect.  No complaints here!   The story is a very compelling look into history.  It all begins the morning after the Titanic sinks.  The show scoots through time rather quickly with periodic jumps.  This doesn’t cause any problems for the plot line.  Each week I cannot wait to step away from my life and head to Downton.

My fashion loving side can’t get enough of this show either!  The transition from early 1910s to around 1920 was a significant time of change for fashion.  Corsets gave way to flapper dresses.  Long elaborate hairstyles led to bob’s and the beginning of finger-waves.  The introduction of the dinner jacket, as an alternative for tails was even a topic of conversation between the men and their valets.

I really don’t want to ruin any of the plot of this wonderful show, so I won’t share any of the plot twists or specific costumes.

But, check it out, you won’t regret it! PLEASE start from the beginning, you really must see how it all unfolds and be sure to  keep an eye out for Matthew Crawley.