May 29, 2015

Mission $58, Day 5

What better way to end Mission Week with little white dresses than with the very first dress I wore as a wife?  This dress was for my wedding reception.  I fell in love with it immediately upon seeing it at Dillard's long ago in my wedding planning days.  It fit like a glove, the cut and ruffles were PERFECT.  But the price tag of $150 wasn't perfect.  It was in the clearance rack, but there wasn't a clearance price tag on it and when I double checked with the clerk, she informed me that it sadly was not on sale or clearance.  I left it but luckily, about half an hour later the clerk found me in the store to let me know that she just found out that this dress was actually on SUPER clearance for $15!!!  And so fate led me to this dress.

And it would be appropriate that on this day, in this dress, I lost a bet to Patrick.  A few weeks back at the Muckfest for MS, Patrick had given me his wedding ring to hang on to and he was without it for a few days.  He came home one day to tell me that he needed it back because some girl at Taco Bell was flirting with him.

I started teasing him about it because he talked about it in front of me to other people like four times.  I joked that I felt like an awful wife that did not flirt with him enough.  He told me that it was crazy to him because when he has his ring on he never gets hit on.  And I told him that I never get hit on.  And he told me that I get hit on all the time--I just don't realize it.

Well whatever, I thought.  But a few days later, I went to this very park to take these very pictures.  As per usual, the park was packed.  This time, it was packed with a bunch of guys who were playing soccer in a field on the other side of these gorgeous bushes.  No matter, I thought, they won't see me and I won't see them and it won't get awkward.

Well, it kinda got awkward.  After a bit, one of the guys came over to me with his dog.  He told me that his dog was scared of my "pretty, flowy dress" and he asked me to give the dog a treat to calm him down (which, by the way, the dog was calm already).  I love dogs though so I gave the dog a treat, petted him for a bit and then went on my way.

And then I told Patrick about this very interesting interaction.  And he laughed and told me that it was the most interesting pick up line he had ever heard.  And then he won, I guess.  But whatever.  I got to pet a dog and wear a pretty dress.  So who really won?



Dress-Dillards
Military Jacket-Lucky Brand, thrifted
Cognac OTK Boots-Charlotte Russe
Wide Cognac Belt-gifted
Earrings and Cuff-Kohls

May 28, 2015

Mission #58, Day 4

One really fun way to wear a little white dress is to toughen it up with a leather jacket and combat boots.  Little white dresses are usually pretty fragile and girly looking.  This adds a little bit of contrast.

Last night was the blogger meet up with Denver Style Magazine.  It was hosted by Inspyre Boutique, a shop that I have become overly obsessed with via Instagram.  Well guess what?  It did not disappoint.  Cute clothes, amazing jewelry (and this is coming from a person who is not really into jewelry!), cute hats, scarves, shoes and belts from wall to wall.

It was a local shopper's dream actually and I absolutely fell in love with it.  There is just one problem . . . I put myself on a shopping ban last week.  Beth had briefly mentioned a summer shopping ban on her blog and it struck me. 

I still have 10-15 pounds of pregnancy weight to lose from Reilly.  And a lot of my clothes don't fit still.  So I have a lot of pre-pregnancy, non-fitting clothes.  I also have a bunch of clothes that I bought before I found out that I was pregnant and quickly grew out of.  I also bought a lot of clothes in my old size while I was pregnant in the vein hope that I would be able to wiggle into them shortly after having Reilly (ha!).  I also have clothes that I have bought in my old size since having Reilly as a motivation for losing the weight.

Needless to say, this has left me with a lot of clothes that I want to wear, but can't.  And what have I done in the meantime?  I have bought more clothes that I can fit in because I feel like shit for not being able to wear the other ones.   It's a vicious cycle.  So I need a break.  And when I caught wind of Beth's no shop summer idea, I decided I was on board.  I am not going to buy any clothing from my kids' last day of school until they go back to school.

But this is easier said than done.  Especially at cute boutiques that sell cute (and reasonably priced!) clothes.  And especially when you are in a cute boutique that sells cute clothes with other bloggers.  But I was good.  I did buy a workout top.  But that doesn't count.  Because it is purely functional.  And it goes perfectly with a pair of workout capris that I am reviewing next week.

#thestruggleisreal

White Lace Dress-thrifted
Black Leather Jacket-Target
Combat Boots-L.E.I.
Necklace-vintage from Grandma
Earrings-Charming Charlie's

May 27, 2015

Mission #58, Day 3

It's the third day of Mission Week with LWDs and I thought it would be a good idea to show how you can style a little white dress for work.  Here I added a fun blazer, kitschy little flats and a structured bag.  Simple but good.

Tonight is another blogger meet-up with Denver Style Magazine.  I hope to see you other Colorado bloggers there.  I feel like I just saw some of them last week at the private screening of Pitch Perfect 2 (very cute btw). 
Last week I met a woman named Tiffany.  We were talking and I was telling her about my kids and when I told her that I had four kids, she was shocked, as is the usual reaction.  And the next question is always how old they are and I told her that my oldest was 14 and she was shocked again, which is the other usual reaction.

And the conversation from there progressed as usual about how horrifying it must be to have a teenager.  And I told her what I have told everyone else:  it's really not that bad.  At all.  And maybe it's still early in the teenage game and maybe I just got lucky but I actually love having a teenager.

Kaden is a good kid.  Other than issues with school and his education, I have no complaints.  He is respectful.  He has a good group of friends that generally stay out of trouble (they get into normal "boy trouble" but nothing big).  He lets us know where he is and when he will be home. 

And I also love that he is old enough now that it's like he is a little adult.  You can talk to him like an adult and joke with him.  He can enjoy the same things that you enjoy--like sleeping in ;-) 

So far, the teenage years are great.  I can only hope that this continues for the next five years with him. 

White Dress-thrifted
Polka Dot Blazer-Forever 21
Gold and Black Cap Toe Flats-Nine West, thrifted
Tote-Del Conte, thrifted
Earrings-DIY and gifted
Glitter Belt-Target
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