Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tonight I'd rather take a hot, steamy bath :)

For those of you who haven't noticed yet, I am newly married. (January 8, 2012 to be exact!) It's just me and my husband... no kids yet! lol Lately, life has been a little crazy and I'm falling behind on what I consider to be my "domestic duties" as a wife. lol

Dishes:

Dinner:

Laundry:

This is just me and my husband! I can't even imagine what I'm going to do when we have a child! lol I sure hope I develop super-mommy skills by then... because this is just ridiculous. lol

All I want to do right now is -

The chores will be there when I'm done... so why not?


Simple + Chic + COMFORTABLE


I'm wearing my husband's gray shirt from Target ($8)

 Alfani pencil skirt from Macy's (sale $40)

Pearl necklace from Premier Designs ($38)

boyfriend tee + pencil skirt + statement necklace

JC Penney pencil skirt alternative - $20

The key to comfort in this look is to have a stretchy pencil skirt! The one I have (Alfani) is SO comfortable! It's almost like a bandage skirt, I'd say, but I can't tell you how comfortable it is! I'll never buy a traditional pencil skirt ever again. lol 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

3 great money-saving tips when it comes to fashion

If there is one thing I am good GREAT at... it's saving money on fashion. Luckily, I have that "thrift" gene in my blood because I most definitely have the patience and discipline when shopping! lol I figured I'd share some of my money-saving tips when it comes to fashion.

1. Shop THRIFT

Thrift stores are full of hidden gems! Yes, they can be time consuming but well worth the money saved.  We all know that "time is money" so it helps to know what to look for when you hit up the thrift stores. 

Thrift stores are great for:

Blazers - I paid $4 for the blazer I'm wearing below at Goodwill. There was an assortment of sizes and colors and styles... the possibilities are endless! Blazers at Goodwill sell for about $4 here locally, compared to the mall where you can pay upwards $40+ for ONE.

Pants - I don't even own a pair of work pants that didn't come from Goodwill. lol I've bought pants there by Old Navy, Banana Republic, and New York & Company. The "career" pants at thrift stores are usually in pretty good shape since people tend to take better care of their work clothes. (Plus it's not like you're doing too many strenuous tasks in your office attire) lol

Accessories - Belts, scarves, and unique jewelry are always fun to shop for when thrifting! It's so neat to score a vintage piece for a deal! 

$4 blazer from Goodwill

 2. Shop eBay or Craigslist for high-end fashion

Yes, the purse below is mine. :) I've wanted a Louis Vuitton for so long... I'm talking years. I thoroughly researched and studied the bag and it's history inside and out before I finally bought one. (Well, technically my husband bought it for me as a surprise, with my approval of course lol) The purse below sells brand new for over $1,000. We got mine (this one below), basically new, for $325. Yes, it is authentic. 


Websites like eBay and Craigslist are a great way to score a steal on high end items like designer purses, sunglasses, etc BUT you must be extremely knowledgeable about what you're purchasing. These websites are FULL of fakes and very well made high quality replicas. And yes, people are constantly selling them for the price of an authentic one. It's messed up but that's the real world.

If you know what you're looking for and you study the product inside and out, you can score an amazing deal on an authentic item with confidence! You don't know how much I'm in love with my Louis Vuitton bag and I'm beyond proud that we only paid for a third of what the bag costs. lol

3. Shop discount stores like Marshalls & TJ Maxx

While thrifting is great for basics to your wardrobe, places like Marshall's and TJ Maxx are great for the seasonal trends in your closet. I love to shop for cute tops and shoes! (Marshalls is my go-to for shoes! It's like a shoe paradise lol)

Another great steal at these places are designer sunglasses! I bought these Oscar De La Renta sunglasses at Steinmart for only $12! 


Well, I hope these 3 tips were helpful :) If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer! Feel free to email or tweet me.

Happy shopping (and saving!)

Monday, February 27, 2012

OOTD - and 25 ways to wear a scarf


Scarf - (old) Forever 21 maybe? 
Shirt - Forever 21 
Belt - Goodwill ($2)
Cardigan - JC Penney (clearance for $5!)
Jeans - Levi's Curve ID (bold)
Boots - Ross

I found this really cool video on how to tie a scarf. If you have a YouTube account, I strongly suggest you follow Wendy's Lookbook. She's very informative on fashion and style.



Happy Monday!

Have you seen the pictures from my trip to New Mexico? They're breathtaking!

Be my tweep!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beautiful New Mexico

My family and I went on a short ski trip to Red River, New Mexico last weekend. I love the different landscapes in each state here in the United States but I must say that New Mexico is one of my favorites. Sure, a lot of it is flat but the mountains are absolutely breathtaking. I'm from Dallas and if you are not familiar... it's pretty flat here. lol Dallas is beautiful in it's own way, of course, but I can't help but stare in awe at the majestic mountains of northern New Mexico.


This is my hubby and I at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. It is 650 ft above the Rio Grande and the 5th highest bridge in the United States! 

These signs are originals from Route 66. It was so neat driving by them!

I took these pictures on our way home. Both of these were taken in Red River, NM. I was a nervous wreck because a bad snowstorm hit the night before we left and as you can see, the roads were still wet. Yes, that is a curve on a cliff in the first picture... lol I almost needed a Xanax to make it out of town. I don't do well with cliffs and cars. I hate the sense of the lack of control!!


We had a great trip and I am grateful to return home all in one piece!
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On another note - we came home to find that we received our wedding pictures in the mail!! I'll post some of my favorites on here this week :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Woohoo! Ski Vacation!

I am SO FREAKIN' EXCITED! I'm finally done with work for the week and soon I will be headed to New Mexico for the next 4 days for a little ski vacation! I've been plenty of times but it's the hubby's first time. :) I'm so excited for him! 

I'll be posting pictures of our adventure along the way to Twitter. Follow me!

@lindsaycene (or just click that little link to the right) :)

..old school..

 Lil' ol sassy me :)


 2008

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My simply perfect Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a Valentine's Day full of love! Whether it was spent with a significant other, family, friends, or maybe even just the one who loves you unconditionally... your dog. :)

I've been with my husband for over 5 years (only married for a month though) and this was the simplest, yet most perfect Valentine's Day. There were no grandiose gifts or meticulously planned surprises, just a simple day to share our left and it was not much different than any other day. We didn't even buy Valentine's Day cards! lol

My husband surprised me at work by having roses delivered to me.


So on my lunch break, I decided to go find him a small, meaningful gift.

I bought this beautiful figurine of a man and woman holding each other and at the bottom is etched "To have and to hold." It was just perfect for our first Valentine's Day as a married couple.



On the way home from work he called and asked, "Do you want me to cook for your what I planned for Valentine's Day... orrrrrrrrrrrrr we can just order pizza. It's up to you!" 

I chose:
We're just perfect for each other :)

I ended the night by making one of my favorite desserts - perfect for Valentine's Day.


We had the most perfect night just staying in... 

Ahh, the simple things :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Makeup Storage Dilemma

Currently, about a quarter of my makeup collection sits disorganized in a medium sized gift bag left over from our wedding. Hey, it's pretty!! But it's driving me crazy having to dig for the make up I need daily! I am not a morning person so I've been trying to think of a clever way to store on top of the bathroom sink all the items I can use for a "go to" look for any given day. That's one foundation, one blush, one eyeliner, one mascara... well, you get the point. I am such a wreck in the mornings and to simplify my routine I want to come up with a creative way to store just the essentials so they are easily attainable when I'm half asleep! 

My husband is not a fan of clutter... well, neither am I really. I'm thinking about maybe 3 medium glass bowls or cups and labeling them "Eyes/Lips/Face" and separating the basic products like that. But I until I decide on the method I'll go with - here are some ideas I found online :)

 An essential "make up tray" via Style Scoop. I really like this actually!

Maybe something like this... but simplified!

 This is a great idea via Kandee Johnson! (FYI - If you're not following her blog or on YouTube... you're missing out!)
It's a magnetic board she created and she glued little magnets to each of her favorite daily products.

 via
Just a simple mesh basket you can find in the "office" section of your local Walmart or Target. Not my favorite idea but worth a look.

 via
 This is a really cute idea. I'm not in a sorority or anything but a cursive L would be so pretty! This is definitely girly and would at least look nice on display.

All the basics...

I'm really leaning on the Eyes/Lips/Face glass bowls and keeping it separated and down to the basics. I think that'll be easiest in the mornings! If you have any great ideas comment below to share with everyone else! Let me know your preferred storage... whether it's your current method or what you hope to accomplish! I'll let you know as soon as I get my organized just how I want :)

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

OOTD - and where's your favorite place to shop for clothes??

So I posted before (check it out here) about how I've learned to use tools like Pinterest and other blogs to create style inspiration and how it helps me to pick my outfits. It helps me to look at individual pieces and try to recreate the outfit in my fashion out of what I already have in my closet:

 If you are the kind of person (like me!) who has a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear... look again! I've had all these pieces for a while but never thought to put them together this way :) That's my current goal - create new outfits I've never worn out of the clothes I already own. 

My clothes (already in my closet):
 Cardigan - Gap (thrifted)
Button-up Shirt - Old Navy (thrifted)
Necklace - Forever 21
Jeans - Charlotte Russe
Shoes - Ross

I love thrifting - it's like treasure hunting! But sometimes I'm not in the mood for it... that's when I turn to Ross, Marshalls, Old Navy, Target and other like stores :) Oh, department stores are great too (when they have sales!)

Where's your favorite place to shop??

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sundays

Sundays are for sleeping in


Sundays are for enjoying your coffee


Sundays are for spiritual renewal


Sundays are for day dreaming


Sundays are for family (and for spending time with this little guy!)


Sunday has always been my favorite day of the week. In my childhood and adulthood, it's always been a day for family, relaxing, laughing, shopping, and whatever else your heart desires -

and Sundays are for reminiscing on the best Sunday of my life:

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Well hello stranger! And holy cow - Valentine's Day is soon approaching!

Well so far married life is great! Everyone kept telling us how different things will be but so far it seems pretty much the same :) We were together for 5 1/2 years before we got married so maybe that's why!

me & the hubs

Of course the question everyone loves to ask is "When are you having kids??" My Facebook news feed is COVERED in adorable baby photos. I must say it's hard to keep the baby fever away! lol But we want to enjoy being married for a little bit first. You know, enjoy our freedom! haha lol

If you haven't been to Starbucks this Valentine season, you have to go order you a drink and get this adorable cup :) It's a shame it's a throwaway...


Speaking of Valentine's Day... it's coming up quick! I still have no idea what I'm doing for my husband. (Still sounds a little weird to call him my "husband" lol). Is it just me or are men so hard to buy for?? They are such simple creatures yet I have the hardest time picking out presents! I mean, sure - he'd love an iPad or some other expensive gadget but when it comes to the little things... I have no clue! I'll probably just get him cologne which is by no means will be a surprise to him. haha

His favorite (and I must say mine too!) - 

via google

What are you getting your Valentine this year?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

How to Utilize Your Style Inspiration in Real Life

If you are like me, you follow A LOT of blogs, read A LOT of magazines, and see of lot of real-life women who dress the way you wish you could. Well, guess what... YOU CAN. I'm finally starting to figure this out I think. lol Here are a few tips that finally got my ball rollin' -

I read in "The No Brainer Wardrobe" that you should create a Style Inspiration board and pin any pictures that tap into your personal style. Not what you wear daily, but what you want to wear daily. I personally like to only pin outfits that I completely love. If it's just the shirt, I won't pin it. If it's something I know in real life I'd never wear (i.e., a short dress *bc I'm not a fan of my legs lol) then I don't pin it. I only pin complete outfits I would 100% wear. Of course, this is a personal preference! You learn a lot about yourself on Pinterest lol
                             

Follow your favorite fashion bloggers. 

There are bloggers who hit the nail on the head when it comes to my personal style like Lilly's Style

Then there are bloggers who's style I admire but isn't necessarily "me". These are the blogs that I suggest you follow to gain inspiration, then tweak their personal style to make it yours. A lot of times, I'll love the top she's wearing, but I'd switch the shirt for skinny jeans or something more "me". 

...love Maegan is a perfect example. 

My last piece of advice is only shop for the items you NEED. And make a list! Shopping can be overwhelming but when I look at all the outfits on my "Style Inspiration" board, I clearly see the items that I need to buy. (i.e., black skinny jeans, denim shirt, brown/black riding boots, etc) Dig around in your closet and try to create outfits you've never worn before. You would be really surprised at what you already own!

Hope this helps :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Newlywed


I don't know about you but January has been a whirlwind for me! I got married Jan 8th and it's been so wonderful! My fiance and I finally tied the knot :) 

I am now a Mrs. 

Everyone has always told me what a blur the wedding will be and it goes by so fast. They were certainly right! Everything that could go wrong on that day, did... yet it was still the most perfect day! 
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I definitely want to blog more. I've had to clean out my closet and squeeze my stuff with his. lol (not fun) I've picked up a few tricks here and there. I bought the ebook The No Brainer Wardrobe and it has really changed my outlook on how I shop! I'm so excited :) I'm learning new things on Pinterest. There's just so much to share! Hope all of y'all are doing well!!