Third Thursday Threads: Pinspired

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome to the Third Thursday Threads I thought I'd done before: Pinspired! I'm super excited for this one for two reasons - I got to pick an outfit I've loved for a LONG time, and the skirt was sent to me courtesy of eShatki, a brand I'd been wanting to try for a LONG time! 

I've loved Merrick's tulle skirt for some time, so when eShatki reached out and offered to send me a piece, I immediately went for this gorgeous blue tulle skirt. And you guys — it has pockets! I styled it with some nude heels, a striped top, and a pastel necklace, and I adore the way it turned out. Now I just need a fancy dinner date so I can wear it again!
Pinned from Merrick's Art

Shirt: Hand-me-down from sissy
Skirt: c/o eShatki (10% off your order with code 'wcses')

Shoes: Target

Now, time for all of you to link up with your Pinspired looks! Here's how:
1. Link directly to a new or new-ish post (not to your blog home page)
2. Leave a comment here at WCIS
3. Visit other blogs and check out the awesome pinspired outfits

Bare Legs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You guys, look! Those are my legs. And they aren't covered in tights, or boots, or thick long pants. They are even a little bit tan still from that Mexico trip I took forever ago. My face, on the other hand, looks whiter than can be in these photos. Whoops.

But anyway, I wore this on Monday, when it was almost summer. Today I'm back in boots and a rain coat, but I'm going to pretend today's the fluke, and that Monday was the usual. I'm a good pretender. 

Also, this is this dress in size small. I am so glad I exchanged it, as it fits so much better now!

Speaking of bare legs and summertime, I'm hosting another DietBet. If you aren't familiar with these, and are itching for some extra springtime gym motivation, join us for a 4 week challenge. 

Dress: Gift (Nordstrom)
Sweater: Nordstrom (similar)
Flats: Steve Madden (similar)

Also: Third Thursday Threads is TOMORROW. So get that pinspired outfit together so you can link up. I may or may not be awarding a little prize to the most clicked outfit from the link up. Hint hint. 

Closet Essentials

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm not the best at buying closet essentials. I tend to love certain pieces and buying them outweighs my desire to add the "basics" that I don't yet own. However, I've realized over time that if I never have a desire to reach for something, then it isn't an essential, to me. Learning that has been a tough lesson, but such a valuable one. 

I bring this up only because I have realized that while a black blazer was never on my list of closet essentials, I wear this thing constantly. I picked it up on a whim over a year ago, trying to add more black to my wardrobe (I stopped buying black after wearing only black as a hostess at the Cheesecake Factory in college; long story), and trying to get more professional. But what I've found is that I can wear this thing with almost any outfit. And it has become such an essential piece of my wardrobe, I take it on every single work trip I go on, no matter what. Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox, but just remember that your essentials list might not match anyone else's, and that is okay!

So welcome to a new series - over the next few weeks, I'll show you my closet essentials. 

Closet Essential #1: Solid Black Blazer

Shirt: Halogen
Jeans: LOFT
Blazer: Nordstrom (similar)
Booties: Hinge (similar)
Necklace: Le Tote (join here)

My first attempt at layering necklaces of a similar length. Thoughts? I got a ton of compliments during the day and really loved how it came together, but I also had a couple people ask if I meant to wear two necklaces, or if it was an accident. Oh well!

He really loves when I force him to take pictures with me. Not :)

Don't forget - this Thursday come back to link up your best Pinspired looks!

Shopping Update: 2 Things in April

Monday, April 14, 2014

Remember how I'm trying to only buy one item a month? And how in March, I made up some pretty great excuses to buy more? Well, I'm not even trying to buy one item this month, because there is one item that now is sentimentally a favorite, and there is another that has been on my list for too long to ignore. 

Here's the plan. I'm buying the tank top I wore for our engagement photos. 
Thanks to La Luz Photography for this gem. 
I got it from Le Tote, and I have already worn it 3 times, one of the times being for our engagement photos. About 4 months ago, someone (not naming names, TRAVIS) washed my favorite striped shirt with a sharpie from work, and it was the only thing in the laundry destroyed. So I've been promised a b&w striped replacement from the sweetest, most apologetic fiancĂ© there ever has been in all the land. And this tank from Le Tote is the winner. 

The other thing I couldn't keep putting off are some boyfriend jeans. I've been putting them off, and only wearing my 2 pairs of LOFT skinny jeans, for months now, simply because trying on jeans sucks. Does anyone else find it extremely frustrating and annoying to try on pair after pair after pair?! Anyway, on Friday I talked myself into it and stopped at GAP on my lunch break. And after trying on only 4 pairs, I found some! I think I still want to get some darker ones, but for now, I'm loving the idea of a lighter pair.
Jeans: GAP

I'll likely be wearing these for Third Thursday Threads as I've been so inspired by so many outfits. Don't forget to link up on Thursday! 

Improving Our Eating Habits: An Update

Friday, April 11, 2014

Remember that post where I mentioned Travis and I were going to work on our breakfasts and lunches? Well, things have been going really well! I'll be sharing a bit more tomorrow, but I wanted to stop in and share a few of our favorite breakfasts lately. 

Overnight Oats: About three nights a week we prepare some overnight oats for the following morning. Here's the basic recipe (I don't measure, but I've estimated to help those of you who prefer to measure): 1/2c old fashioned oats, 1/3c greek yogurt, and 1/3c milk. From there, we add flavor. The one pictured below has walnuts, half a banana, a dash of cinnamon, and some black chia seeds. Another favorite is frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, and a splash of maple syrup. We've tried a few others, but those are the ones we tend to go back to each and every week. Once all the ingredients are in the jar, we put the lid on it, shake it up, and throw it into the fridge. In the morning, we typically eat it cold, but sometimes I'll throw mine in the microwave for 30 seconds and eat it hot.  

Toast with Avocado & Egg: We have a few variations of this one, but I prefer it pretty simple. Slice of toast, half an avocado smashed up all over it, a heavy shake or two of crushed red peppers, and a fried egg. I love when the yolk is still soft and adds to the flavor of the whole piece of toast. Travis will sometimes add a slice of tomato to his, but I prefer mine without. When we eat this, we typically pair it with a pear - half for him and half for me.

Toast with Almond Butter & Bananas: Travis still isn't on board with this, so he'll use regular peanut butter. No explanation needed here. Just super simple. 

About once a week I'll just scramble a couple of eggs with leftovers from the night before, but I didn't snap any photos of those the last couple of weeks. 

Our morning routine has gotten so easy - I get upstairs a few minutes before Trav and pull breakfast together while starting some water to make coffee (we make it the old school way in a french press most days; it's our favorite that way). Trav comes up, we sit down and eat together (this part is my favorite - we talk about our upcoming day and what we should cook for dinner that night), and then we pack our lunches and Trav finishes the coffee, pouring it into to-go cups for our commute to work. Lots of the time we will have prepped lunch from leftovers the night before, so it's as simple as grabbing some carrots & celery, the leftovers, and a piece of fruit for our day. 

Thanks for all of the advice you've given on how to improve our eating habits. I'd love to hear more!  I'll share a bit about how we keep energy up throughout the day and what we like to eat for lunches in the coming weeks.

Third Thursday Threads Theme Announcement

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Thursday! I don't know about you, but April has gone by way too fast. Next week is already the third Thursday of the month!

I was chatting with a reader the other day about themes, and she pointed out that I've never done this specific theme. Which is insane, because it is such a good one. I think over a year ago I even got an email about this when I was asking for suggestions. 

So, my bad for not doing this sooner! 

Next Thursday, I want to see your best Pinspired outfit. Make sure you show the original outfit AND your version! As always, inspiration can be found on my pinterest board - and ALL OVER PINTEREST!

So don't forget - Thursday, April 17th. Right here. Link-up your Pinspired outfits!

PS. I went to Nordstrom yesterday to stare at more Halogen stuff (since writing this post I can't stop thinking about how many other items I love)...trying to figure out how to add all 6 of these items to my budget:

Little Details

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

As you know, my dad's birthday was on Monday. Since I had to work, we went to brunch on Sunday morning to celebrate. We tried a new place in the Georgetown neighborhood called Brass Tacks and it was delicious. I had flown back into town the night before and was still a bit tired, so I threw my hair up into a messy bun and somehow came up with an outfit I've never worn before. Of course we didn't take any photos of my full body, but I was wearing these booties I'm in love with. 

I adore the little details on this sweater. I've finally burned through all of my Target gift cards, which is going to be tragic, because it won't let me sneak little items like this sweater into my cleaning supply Target run anymore. I bought this sweater with a gift card the first week of January (and they still have it!) and this is the first time I've worn it. But now that it is warming up, I'll definitely be able to wear it more often!

Sweater: Target
Tank: BP
Scarf: BP
Jeans: Urban Outfitters

I feel like I've had all kinds of random questions lately...and here's another one. Any advice for going back to blonde-ish from this brunette hair color? I want to be back to my normal blonde for our wedding, and I want to do it gradually, I think, to play with fun colors along the way. Anyone have experiences with this?? 

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