Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pink and Yellow Link Ups

Good morning!  Today I'm linking up with Sarah over at Simply Sarah for her pink link up challenge, and Marion from Marionberry Style for her yellow "trend of the month" link up.  Head on over to their pages and check out all the great looks that our fellow bloggers have put together! 



Top: H&M (recent) 
Necklace: J.Crew via ebay
Skirt: ModCloth (out of stock)
Belt: Target
Shoes: random mall store: similar here

I never used to wear yellow or pink because I just didn't think I could pull those colors off with my skin tone.  However I'm loving all the fun brightly-colored accessories in those hues that are so popular this season because they give me a chance to experiment with them, but they aren't overwhelming. 

Are there any specific colors you consistently avoid, and why? 

Have a great day! 

~MM

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Whole lotta print mixing, y'all

Hello, long lost friends!  It's been so long I feel like I need to re-introduce myself.  Hello. I'm a short person. This is my blog. When I'm not lounging around in yoga pants or mindlessly browsing Pinterest in my underwear, I take pictures of my wardrobe and post them here. 

And I've missed you!  I was on vacation this past week in Nashville and it was a wonderful, relaxing time with family. We ate and drank and got pedicures and fought my mom's pups for places on the couch to watch the season finale of House and "The Gray". (You can go ahead and skip the latter).  It was wonderful and went way ... too ...  quickly.  

I snapped pics of most of the outfits I wore while I was there, so those will probably take up most of the next week.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to see these green pants over and over and over again, because I'm pretty sure they're the only pair I took with me. 



little baby Yorkie peanut
So I feel like this outfit has a lot going on - how much print mixing do you think is too much? 

Blazer: The Limited Stretch Sateen Jacket
Shirt: H&M (recent)
Necklace: H&M (recent)
Pants: F21(similar here)
Belt: Target
Jewelry: Charming Charlie
Bag: The Loft (thrifted)
Shoes: Naturalizer Lennox Natural Jungle

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Polka dots, mint and yellow

Hi friends!  So much for "catching up on my blogging" ... we've been running nonstop here.  Family, BBQs, girl time ... it's been a while since I've completely taken a few days off to relax, and I'm enjoying it to the max.  

I hope you're all having a wonderful week, and I'll check back soon! 

~MM




Blouse: thrifted
Skinnies: F21
Belt & Bag: borrowed (thanks mom!)
Shoes: random mall store - similar here

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shabby Apple Affiliate and Bethesda Fountain Dress

Hi, everyone!  Thank you for all your sweet comments over the weekend, and welcome to my new followers!  I'm settled in Nashville and have spent most of the time with a glass of red wine in one hand and my mother's baby Yorkie in the other, but I'm looking forward to catching up on blogging and responding to all of you! 

I'm also excited to announce that Shabby Apple has contacted me and invited me to participate in their affiliate program!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

What this means is that if you purchase anything on Shabby Apple's site by accessing the webpage through the link on my blog (either here, or see the button under "affiliates" on the right), that I get a commission!  Meaning that you get beautiful clothes and I get to graduate from boxed wine to non-gas-station-bottled and we're all winners.  (On a more serious note, keep reading to learn about Shabby Apple's humanitarian focus.)

If you aren't familiar with Shabby Apple, it is an online, independent clothing boutique that carries a women, children, and maternity line.  The founders' goal is to make women "feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare", and that their dresses be a "one-piece outfit" without the need for  additional clothing to make them wearable.  All of their clothing has a glamorous, retro feel, and their standards for manufacturing are high.

Undoubtedly, one of the most fantastic aspects of this company is that Shabby Apple donates a portion of net sales to support women in the developing world who have taken microfinance loans to run small business, which is helping transform communities and lift families out of poverty.  Having recently read Half the Sky, this has been on my mind and conscience a lot. Each item of clothing comes with a tag that features a profile of one of the women being helped by these loans.

I recently ordered the  Bethesda Fountain Dress (currently on sale!) and can tell you first hand that Shabby Apple dresses are beautiful, unique and well-made.  I'm in love with the unusual neckline and comfy cotton/spandex mix - I did alter the dress slightly by tying the ends of the bow behind my back (the entire thing was just too much on my super short frame), but this dress will be flattering on many shapes and heights.  The only drawback is that the material is virtually impossible to iron totally flat, but the wrinkled effect doesn't bother me too much.



Pull your hair halfway through a low side ponytail letting the ends hang free, and pin. 

Shabby Apple's clothing does run large, and I had to order a full size down, so definitely consult the sizing charts before ordering.

Have you ordered anything from Shabby Apple? If so, what have your favorite items been? 


Have a great week, everyone! 


~MM





Friday, May 18, 2012

Casual Friday





Shirt: H&M (this spring) 
Shorts: H&M (this spring) 
Scarf: H&M (last fall) 
Shoes: H&M (overseas - years ago) 
Watch: Charming Charlie

Happy Friday, everyone!  Temperatures here are consistently in the 100's right now, which means it's roasting outside and intolerably frigid due to the AC inside.  So in order to survive the drastic climate changes as I'm out and about today, I threw on a light tee and shorts and paired them with a large printed scarf.  On the agenda for the day, in order of urgency, is: 

1. Getting my hair did (if you're in the area and need a recommendation for a stylist who is a genius with cut and color, email me).
2. Finishing up the draft of a paper I'm hoping will get published, which exactly 5 people, including my mother and the co-authors, will probably only ever read
3. Packing!  I'm heading to Nashville tomorrow to visit my mom and family for a week, and I can't wait.  My mom is so much fun, and is interior decorator, photographer, entertainer extraordinaire, so I always come back inspired.

How do you dress for drastic temperature changes in the summer? Any fun plans on your agenda this weekend? 


I hope you have a fabulous one, friends!  Thank you for reading, and I'll see you next week from Country Music, USA! 

~MM

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Guest posting at Sequins & Stilettos

Good morning! Today I'm excited to be guest posting for the fabulous Skylette over at Sequins & Stilettos.  Not only is Skylette a busy career woman and mom to two energetic boys, but she also looks like she stepped right off the pages of a fashion magazine.  Every single day.  Meanwhile, my only responsibilities are school, a small dog and remembering to turn off the stove, and still I'm lucky to make it out of the house wearing anything other than animal hair-covered pj's/yoga pants most of the time. 

However, for today's guest post and Skylette's sake, I got my act together and am sharing "Chambray, four ways"; I've put together four separate looks - both casual and work appropriate - that utilize this lightweight chambray shirt from Old Navy.  

So hop over and check out the post and Skylette's blog here. I hope you enjoy, and have a great day!

~MM


Old Navy Lightweight chambray camp shirt

Sneak peak here!





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fashion Column Feature over at My Name is Jacy

Good morning, friends!  I'm happy and honored to be featured today in the Readers Fashion Column over at My Name is Jacy.  Jacy is a wonderful blogger friend who is a beautiful lady both inside and out, and is one of the most inspirational writers that you'll find in or outside the blogging world.  And she's petite, like me!  Definitely check out her blog and the column here when you have a chance.

I have a long couple days in the lab catching up on some research that I didn't get to this past semester, so I won't scare you with what I'm wearing.  So here is a picture of Oscar instead.

Ha ha.  I'm so cute it's impossible to be mad at me.  Proven. By science. I just ate mom's really expensive Invisalign retainers.  She didn't get that mad.  See?
I think an Oscar feature is in order soon.

Have a wonderful day! 

~MM

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Totally Nautical

Good morning, lovlies!  I'm getting kind of a late start this morning/week.  All those plans to catch up on my blogging once classes were out evaporated as soon as it occurred to me that it is now totally ok to stay up until 2:00 a.m. drinking boxed wine and watching Modern Family reruns.  Give me a few days to get used to this newfound freedom, and I'll be back to normal. 

One of my favorite trends this spring is the nautical look that seems to be back in full force.  Crisp blue and whites always remind me of sun and sand and boats and beach vacations. I found this fantastic, nautical-inspired skirt at and belt at Old Navy, and paired them with a sunny, yellow cardigan I already owned.  To keep things interesting, I flipped the cardi around so the buttons run up the back. 

And while there is plenty of sun and sand to be found here in the Sonoran desert, I'm afraid you'll have to settle for a boulder and some cactus instead of boats or beaches. 





And speaking of sun and sand and beach vacations, any plans for a fun getaway this summer? 

Have a great week, everyone!

~MM

Cardigan: SteinMart (old) 
Skirt: Old Navy foldover jersey
Belt: Old Navy (similar here)
Bag: The Loft (thrifted)
Shoes: Nine West via Ross



Friday, May 11, 2012

Blogger copycats

Happy end of the workweek, and I hope it has been a good one for everyone!  Today I'm linking up with Sarah over at Simply Sarah, and the theme is "Blogger Copycats". The idea is to take a picture a fellow blogger has posted of an outfit you like, and to re-create it.  This sort of link up is wonderful because in addition to seeing what other great bloggers are up to, they save me from having to come up with something original!

I decided to copy this look that the gorgeous Ellyse from Running Late put together.  If you've never been to her blog, definitely take a looksy.  Ellyse is a stunning Sandra Bullock look-alike who has impeccable style and an enviable clothing budget. 


And here is my (slightly out-of-focus) version: 





Braid a section of hair right behind each ear, and fasten in the back with a small rubber band.

I had been on a desperate search to find a pleated mint skirt, and finally found one at ModCloth here!
Snag it while you can. 

What do you think of the mint trend this spring? Have you bought anything in that particular shade, or is it a fad you're going to let pass? 

Have a great weekend, and see you next week!

~MM

Sweater: J.Crew Linen Dot Popover (sold out online, still available in stores, I believe)
Skirt: ModCloth pleated mint skirt
Bag: The Limited faux ostrich satchel (sold out - similar here
Pearl necklace and earrings: gifted


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Broken promises and chambray shirts

I did something yesterday that I promised ... no ... swore to myself  that I'd never do.  No, I didn't experiment with meth-amphetamines or murder anyone or eat a supersized serving of veal or attend a Nickleback concert.  

I bought a chambray shirt. 

See, despite all the amazing bloggers out there who do amazing things with this fabric, I've been terrified that just being in the vicinity of it would transform me into something like the following: 

via
However, inspired by the adorable looks that Sharon from The Tiny Heart put together here, I decided to take the plunge into the world of chambray via this top from Old Navy.

And you know what? It's not half bad!  It's a much softer and lighter fabric that I expected it to be ... it's not really denim-like at all like I feared ...  and it's incredibly versatile.  While trying the shirt on on I thought immediately of at least five different outfits that I'd like to try with it (my rule is if I can't easily imagine a particular item of clothing forming part of at least 3 outfits, I don't buy it). Here is the first of many I'm excited to wear!  Yeah, I still get a little bit of an 80's vibe from it, so I decided to 80's it up on purpose by adding shoes and a clutch in bright, almost neon colors.






 Messy, piece-y ponytail via this tutorial 

Shirt: Chambray Old Navy
Dress: Old Navy
Clutch: H&M (thrifted)
Shoes: Random mall store for $10.  Almost identical here

So what do you think of chambray? Love it, or hate it? 

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

~MM 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cobalt and Aqua

Good morning, friends!  I hope you all had a marvelous weekend.  Did you do anything fun for Cinco de mayo?  Last year I woke up on the morning of May 6th as some kind of bad south-of-the-border stereotype.  Sunburned and bleary-eyed on a girlfriend's couch next to a bottle of tequila still wearing a sombrero that I had acquired at some point the night before. Only a cactus and howling coyote could have completed the scene.  This year I passed out mid-research-paper in old snowflake print pajamas at my desk in front of my laptop while staring at a statistical software program and clutching a vat of coffee.  Livin' la vida loca around here, people.  Loca.

I did take a couple hours out of the work-filled weekend to attend a housewarming/pool party on Saturday to celebrate a girlfriend's recent purchase of an adorable little house in town.  I went with monochromatic blues, which was just an excuse to get more use out of my "J.Crew" via Hong Kong via ebay necklace.





For an easy hair "headband", grab a couple sections from right behind your ear, braid and fasten with teeny rubber bands, then pull them across the top of your head and fasten the ends behind your other ear with bobby pins. 

Also, my 50 mm f/1.8 lens arrived!  Shipping was super fast through Amazon, and I've had lots of fun experimenting with it.  I'm not used to taking pictures with such a wide f-stop and it can be tricky to get the pictures in focus (these are the first outfit pics I've taken with it), but at least now you can only kind of see the construction site that is currently the back yard. ;)

Have a great week!

~MM

Dress: Mapel (from last summer, but check out this season's adorable dresses here)
Necklace: J.Crew via ebay ($14.50 with free shipping)
Shoes: NineWest via Ross
Bag: The Limited Cutout Clutch (on sale!)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Budget bathroom remodel Part II

Happy Friday, lovelies!  I'm sure you've been losing sleep wondering how our bathroom remodel is going, (and I actually have been losing sleep over a stats class that may be the end of my academic career), so I'll spare you the workout sweats I'm wearing today and will share a quick bathroom photo instead.

The granite has finally been installed!  We chose to go with a hand chiseled edge that I think adds a unique rustic touch.  Know what else it added?  $75 to the total countertop price, but it is well worth it, IMHO. We were able to recuperate the cost by finding a oiled-rubbed bronze faucet on ebay for around $60 instead of a home improvement store for $150+. (We're trying to keep the total cost around $1,000).

This project has been going torturously slowly, although things will pick out after this week when I'm finally out of classes!  Next on the to-do list is to fix the drywall and install a backsplash behind the sink, replace the wainscoting on the opposite wall with tile, install the chandelier, and finally paint!  So yeah, pretty much nothing else is done except plopping the countertop and sink into place.


A before picture for comparison: 


Are you in the middle of any home improvement projects right now? 

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to all my amazing readers -  I can't believe I'm about to hit 100 followers!  When I started this little blog about 10 weeks ago, I never would have guessed anyone but my mom, closest friends and the Mr. would pay any attention to it.   So a huge thank you to ALL of you (mom and closest friends and the Mr, especially!) for all the support and suggestions and comments and visits ... it really means the world to me. 

Love, 

~MM

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mini stripes and pink: Pinterest challenge

Good morning!  Today I'm linking up with Sarah over at Simply Sarah today for her Pinterest challenge.  The challenge? Find an outfit on Pinterest that you like and try to re-create it with stuff in your own closet.  In my case I just happen to have seen and fallen in love with something that Rachel over at Pink Peonies wore.  And then I pinned it. And now I'm re-creating that pin. With stuff from my closet. I think I've followed most of the rules.


Inspiration photo here
Definitely time for a new lens. See below.


Top: thrifted
Shorts: Ross (old) 
Shoes: thrifted
Bag: thrifted
Necklace: SteinMart

In other very exciting news, I finally broke down and ordered the Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens I've been wanting for a while.  What this means for me is I'm out $119. What this means for you is that the under-construction backyard I've subjected you all to for the last couple months should soon be artistically out-of-focus. :)

Do you have and use a Pinterest account frequently? Do you use Pinterest for fashion inspiration? 

Have a great one!

~MM
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