Bring on Fall!!

Check out the new wrist warmers and boot cuffs I made myself for fall! Pinterest has been loaded with outfit pins featuring infinity scarves, boot cuffs and wrist warmers. I thought it would be fun to try and make some of my own. Once the cool weather gets here I am sure you will see me with my skinny jeans, knee high boots and boot cuffs on every day.

 

Wine Wrist Warmers (Please excuse my unpolished nails :/ )

Ivory Boot Cuffs

Living in New Hampshire is great because we have all 4 seasons. Spring is always lovely with the blooming flowers, Winter is beautiful with the snowfall, and how can you not love a warm summer day by the pool? But Fall is my absolute favorite season.

Fall brings the stunning fiery red, orange and gold foliage over the sprawling mountainsides. It means there is a crispness in the air that makes the temperature just right for cozy chunky knit sweaters and knee high boots. Fall is simply picturesque here in New Hampshire.

What is your favorite season? Are you excited for fall or are you sad for summer to end?

Mindy

 

Love my TOMS!

If you haven’t heard of TOMS yet I highly recommend checking them out. (They are currently offering free shipping on ALL orders!

The great thing about TOMS is that for every pair sold they donate a pair of shoes to children in need all over the world. The shoes can protect these children’s feet not only from cuts and scrapes, but also from infection and disease. Also, because children’s feet are constantly growing TOMS makes a point of donating a new pair of the shoes to the children after 6 months.

I learned about TOMS through my cousin. I was looking for a pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for my job as a classroom music teacher. As much as I would have loved to wear a pair of cute heels with my outfit everyday it simply wouldn’t be practical for dancing and playing music games in the classroom all day.

I have two pairs so far, a pair of classics and a pair of ballet flats. You have seen my ballet flats in several posts now. I will wear the classics more in the fall. Here are some photos of me in my ballet flats.

If you’re looking at the ballet flats now is the time to jump! They seem to be going on a hiatus. There are only a few pairs left in the “last chance” section. Best of all TOMS is offering free shipping on all orders up until 8/27.

Shabby Apple’s Amazing Super Soft T-Shirt

Check out the t-shirt and earrings I just got from Shabby Apple.

T-shirt: Shabby Apple

Earrings: Shabby Apple

Necklace: Homemade by an aunt

Shorts: LOFT Outlet (Only available in store)

Shoes: TOMS Ballet Flats (This style seems to be taking a vacation.

A few are left in the last chance section)

I have never had a t-shirt this soft. It feels like silk against my skin. This is the Chatham Tee from Shabby Apple. Basics are a very important piece of my wardrobe. I tend to be warm all the time (even during the winter) so I like to layer with cardigans or accessories. It is a nice summer day today so I opted for accessories.

My earrings are also a pick from Shabby Apple. They are called the Pompeii Earrings. I love the intricate design. It reminds me of little leaves that have dried up after fall.

I discovered Shabby Apple through the blogosphere. So many bloggers were talking about them so I had to see what the hype was about. Now that I’ve got some of their items I can completely understand why they are such a beloved company. When my items arrived they were packaged very carefully. The earrings came in this cute little bag with the logo stamped on. When I opened the bag I saw they were also protected in a box with the logo stamped on it. When a company packs their items with so much care I know that they are truly aiming to deliver the best products to their customers.

For all of my readers who have sewing skills or are DIYer’s you should know Shabby Apple also has a “Practically Perfect” section with their sale items. They sell items that may be missing a button or have some other small imperfection at a discounted price. I am totally willing to sew on a button if it means saving money on an item.

Have you bought anything from Shabby Apple? What are your favorite items?

Black and Blue

As I was digging through my closet this morning to find a new outfit, I actually stumbled upon this old shirt I had never worn.

 

Shirt: Victoria’s Secret (Old)

Shorts: LOFT Outlet (Possibly still in store on clearance)

Sandals: Nine West (Last Season)

If you’re one of my regular readers you know I am wearing these shorts to death. I got them on clearance from the LOFT Outlet.

I bought the shirt from Victoria’s Secret at least a year ago (maybe more, I can’t remember). Every time I go to wear it I realize I am wearing jeans and I put it back in my closet. I don’t like to wear one color from head to toe; I think it looks too boring.

This morning I decided it was time to put this shirt to use! I pulled out my beloved LOFT Outlet shorts and threw on the shirt. It looked decent as is, but I decided to try another new thing and tie a knot at the bottom. The shirt was made to be worn with a wrinkled effect and I thought the knot added to that relaxed feel.

So after letting this shirt go unused for at least a year, I’ve decided I need to be a bit more creative! I could have been wearing it a lot longer if I had just put in a little more thought!

Mindy

Tea Time

Today’s post brings another amazing find from my double outlet trip a few weeks ago.

Dress: LOFT Outlet

I feel like I should be headed for a tea party in this colorful floral print reminiscent of a watercolor painting. This dress has a nice tailored shape and stunning colors. The beautiful ruffles and buttons at the top give it lovely detail.

Can you believe I only paid $12.77 for this dress?! This is another find from the LOFT Outlet. If you have a LOFT Outlet nearby I highly recommend making a trip. (LOFT Outlet clothing is exclusive to their outlet stores, the items aren’t on the LOFT website). The quality of their clothing is fantastic and the prices can’t be beat!

I am hoping to make another trip to the outlets soon. In my opinion, there is nothing more exciting on a shopping trip than finding high quality fashion at such a low price.

Where do you find your best clothing deals? Are you an outlet shopper too?

Enjoy your weekend!

Mindy

Tiny Polka Dots

I’m really loving my sale shorts from the LOFT Outlet. Today I paired them with this polka dot top.

 Top: Forever21 (Last season)

Shorts: LOFT Outlet

I got this top from Forever21. I’ve worn it many different ways. With jeans, shorts, skirts… it’s so versatile! I absolutely love Forever21 because their items are so reasonably price and yet they look so good.

The shorts I’m wearing have become a fabulous investment. I’ve already worn them several times, and if you remember, I bought them at a great price!

Click on the links below to check out all the different ways I’ve worn them so far!

Blue top

Tribal Print

Light Blue Floral

Do you have a favorite piece that you can never get enough of? How many different ways can you wear it?

I hope you’re all having a great week! It’s almost Friday! 🙂

Mindy

Beach Cover-up

This lovely beach cover-up is a gift from my mom.

Dress: My local Hallmark Store

Believe it or not she bought this dress at our local Hallmark Store for only $15! Our Hallmark has a corner of the store that looks like a little boutique. They sell dresses, handbags, sandals, tops, and more along with the usually cards and gifts.

The other interesting thing about this dress is that it is labeled “One size fits all”. The fabric is stretchy and the elastic waist has quite a bit of give. The fabric is incredibly soft and breathable.

I love this dress for any beach or lake trips. It is easy enough to throw on but also looks quite nice. I wouldn’t hesitate to stop at a casual restaurant for a meal after a day at the beach in this dress.The fabric won’t wrinkle if I toss it in a beach bag while I’m out in the sun. When I pull it out of the bag it looks just as good. I think it’s a great summer piece!

How do you cover up at the beach? Do you wear sundresses? Shorts?

Enjoy your afternoon!

Mindy

Sun and Stripes

In honor of the lovely weather we had this past weekend, this post features my new bikini!

Swimsuit: Victoria’s Secret

Over the weekend I took it easy and spent my afternoons resting and floating in the pool.

I got this bathing suit from Victoria’s Secret. For the past few years I have bought my bathing suits exclusively from Victoria’s Secret. There is something about the fit that is just perfect. The stripes on this suit are what caught my eye when I was shopping. They’re fun without looking too young. The top has a removable halter strap that I choose not to use in the pool. For a day at the beach I’d throw it on for the extra support.

How was your weekend? Was it warm where you are? How do you beat the heat?

Another Outlet Find

I’ve still got some pieces from my double outlet trip with my mom from a couple of weeks ago.

 

Top: Banana Republic Outlet (Only available at outlet store)

Shorts: LOFT Outlet (Only available at outlet store)

Sandals: Nine West (last season)

Earrings: Lia Sophia

You’ve seen the shorts in previous posts (like this one) but the shirt is a new item. I spotted this on the petite clearance rack at the Banana Republic Outlet store. The bold blue color popped right out of the rack and when I took it out I knew I needed to have it. The best part was that it was marked down from an original price of $39.99 to $12.97! Needless to say, it was coming home with me.

The top by itself flows away from the body quite a bit. To keep it from swallowing me up I borrowed the belt from this dress and cinched it at the waist.

It’s still been super steamy and hot up here in New England. I’ll be spending my Friday relaxing in the pool. How are you beating the heat today?

Mindy

 

Cherry on Top

Today’s dress was purchased during the Forever21 sale I told you about last week.

Dress and belt: Forever21

I fell in love with this dress the second I spotted it. The price was perfect, only $14.80, plus it came with the belt I’m wearing. The best part of the dress was that it has pockets!!

I don’t know which brilliant designer recently decided that dresses should have pockets but they certainly have my respect. I have 2 other dresses with pockets and they are great. I don’t load them up or anything, but they are convenient. I usually toss my phone in the pocket. It is a nuisance to have to dig around in my purse for it when I’m off shopping or running errands. The pocket keeps it readily accessible.

Today I’m off for an acupuncture treatment then I’m spending a lazy day at home crocheting and reading a book. My crocheting project is kind of an obsession right now. Once it’s complete (I’m guessing a couple weeks from now) I’ll be sure to post pictures of it. It’s the biggest crochet project I’ve done so far.

I hope you are all having a good week so far! Halfway to the weekend! J

Mindy