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Dressing a “tween” for back-to-school

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s time to start preparing for back-to-school.  I have two children, a boy and a girl, both in the “tween” stage of life.  Luckily, my son is care-free and will wear whatever I purchase for him without complaint.  He’s not into fancy smancy name brands or the hottest looks.  He’s prefers shorts, t-shirts, and flops or sneakers (depending on the weather), making shopping for him a cinch for me!


My daughter, on the other hand, is the ultimate fashionista.  She loves all things girly and can’t wait to get her hands on the newest and hottest fashions.  So, back-to-school shopping for her can be a little tricky.  I love helping her find hot styles for great prices.  So, before we head out to take advantage of some tax-free savings, we decided to do a little web browsing as to reduce the number of eye rolls and arguments that we might have while out shopping!


So, here are some of her favorite back-to-school items:

Rare Editions Girls 7-16 Hi Low Dress

One Step Up Girls 7-16 Printed Crepe Button Down Blouse


My Michelle Girls 7-16 High-Low Hem Top










YMI Girls 7-16 Floral Printed Skinny Jean


Well, now that we’ve spent time looking for things that fit her “style”, I’ll go mentally prepare for the fact that her mind will have completely changed by the time we get to the mall.

What styles are your tweenaged girls begging for this fall?

Saturday Shopping Spree!

This spring, I had this novel idea to clean my closet.  Okay, I’ll go ahead and be honest.  This is what really happened.  The husband said to me, “You need to do something with all this junk in this closet.”  I reluctantly agreed with him, but after sustaining numerous injuries while trying to pick out the outfit of the day, I knew that he was right.

This isn’t my closet. I promise. (I was way too embarrassed to post mine!)

Trying to quickly finish an overwhelming job, I began selling, giving away, and donating items from my closet at alarming speeds.  I just wanted to be done with cleaning that stupid closet.  I’m not sure that I even paid much attention to the things that I was getting rid of.  Basically, if it was on the floor, it had to go.  I guess I didn’t realize how often I threw some of my most coveted items on the floor of my closet as a result of coming home exhausted from a long day of work.

Nonetheless, I gave away so many things.  Now, I feel as if I need to replenish my wardrobe.  I need to spruce it up for back-to-school.  (It’s coming whether I’m ready or not!)  But, I don’t want to overload my closet again.  So this time around, when I shop, I will look for separates that can be paired and accessorized to make multiple outfits.  So, “less is more” will be my theme as I restock my closet.

Katie, over at Hems for Her, was my inspiration for this bright idea with her post, 7X7: 7 Pieces, 7 Ways.

Before I set out to shop, I thought I’d do a little online browsing.  Here are some of the pieces that I have my eye on:

Anne Klein Women’s Cap-Sleeve Scoopneck Solid Dress

I love this dress because it can be worn alone or with a cardigan.  You can also mix and match your favorite jewelry with it.  This dress comes in several great colors:  jade, turquoise, paprika, black, and oak, just to name a few.

Wet Seal Women’s Spliced Stripe Maxi Dress

I can wear this alone or throw on a denim jacket or a cute, fitted blazer.  I love the bangle that she’s wearing with this!

Torrid Plus Size Torrid Denim – Rhinestone & Studded Denim Jacket

I love this studded denim jacket.  Makes it just a tad more feminine.

Democracy Women’s Knit Blazer, Coral, Large

Very cute blazer.  And because I don’t branch out much when it comes to color, I’ll definitely keep my eye open for something like this.

Joe’s Jeans Women’s Baggy Fit Lucia

I have a pair of Joe’s Jeans.  They’re a little pricey, but the fit is phenomenal!  Gotta get another pair in a different wash for casual Fridays at work!

Well, I’m going to spend a little more time surfing the web for some great separate pieces.  If you run across any great items while you’re on the web, sent the link my way!

Enjoy your Saturday!!

I’m Lovestruck! #6 Beauty Product

I’m lovestruck!  Summer vacation has drawn back its bow and let its arrow go straight through my heart!  I’m loving the less intense schedule that goes along with being on a two-month break from work.  I’m excited about little things like not waking up to the sound of an alarm clock, slowly sipping my coffee while reading the morning paper (yes, I still get the paper newspaper), eating breakfast with my babies, and lying around watching recorded television shows.  I made the children promise to give me at least five days before they began spouting off their demands of places they have to go and people they have to see.  Surprisingly, it’s day 4 and they have, indeed, held up their end of the bargain (although my oldest has already told me that my youngest has already deemed this the “worst summer ever”).

In addition to summer vacation, I’m also in love with Vera Wang’s Lovestruck.  My husband bought this fragrance for me as a Christmas gift two years ago.  I have not stopped wearing it since then!  This is the longest relationship that I’ve ever had with fragrance!  I’m absolutely in love with the delicate, sensual, elegant scent of this perfume.  It’s not overpowering or strong.   It’s perfect for day or night.  To top it all off, Lovestruck comes in a beautiful bottle that I love displaying on my bathroom counter top.

For Men

Last year, I noticed that Vera Wang Unveiled announced a new frangrance:  Lovestruck Floral Rush.  I haven’t been able to break away from the original Lovestruck long enough to give it a try.  I’ve passed by it numerous times at makeup counters and beauty product stores, but I’ve not even compromised my relationship with Lovestruck by sniffing Lovestruck Floral Rush.  I honestly don’t know if Lovestruck Floral Rush can hold a candle to its predecessor.  Maybe one day, I’ll find out.  But until then, I’m committed to Lovestruck.  

What’s your favorite fragrance?

1st Day Off and #7 Beauty Product

I don’t know whether to blame Murphy’s Law or bad luck on the fact that on one of the few days that I leave my house to run a few errands looking extremely undesirable, I run into everybody that I know !  I mean my outfit was hideous: capri yoga pants, one of my son’s Beta Club t-shirts, and red flip-flops all topped off with a messy high ponytail and a bare face.  Not even a smidgen of lip gloss.  I would be completely mortified if it were not for the fact that I’m a thirty-something wife and mother with a full-time job, a couple of part-time gigs, and a schedule that appears pretty impossible to the average person.  So instead of wallowing in humiliation, I’ll give you justification.

Today was my first day of summer vacation.  I have looked forward to this day for weeks.  I imagined myself sleeping late, pigging out on junk food, and watching recorded television shows.  My day was very, very different from that fantasy.  I spent all day working outside in the yard.  I raked leaves, cleaned out my raised vegetable garden, planted new veggies, spread mulch in my flower garden, and rid my garage of a few things that I’ve been promising myself to throw out for months!  Today was very productive.  Even on my “off” days, it’s difficult to remain sedentary.  I am going to pencil some of those days into my Cozi calendar.  Relaxing from time to time is good.  We all need to take time to recharge.

As I was typing this blog, I caught a glimpse of my fingernails.  Horror.  They took a real beating from all the work that I did outside today.  Good thing I have a brand new bottle Nail Life Nail RevitalizerNail Life Nail Revitalizer is #7 on my top beauty products list.  I began using this product on the recommendation of a good friend.  Glad I took her advice.  Anytime my nails begin to peel or get weak or break from digging in the dirt, I clean my nails thoroughly and begin applying a daily coat of this amazing stuff.  Within a few days my nails are stronger, longer, and healthier.  Nail Life Nail Revitalizer has never failed to deliver great results.

So, I have a few things to look forward to in the coming weeks.  New blooms on my flowers, fresh vegetables from my vegetable garden, and longer, stronger fingernails!

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