Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday's Treasures: Game Day Style With Fanatics!

If you've turned on ESPN recently, you know that MLB (that's Major League Baseball for you non-sporty folks) is in full-on spring training mode. Every team from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Washington Nationals is getting geared up for the upcoming season. Now, growing up in central Indiana, baseball has never really been my thing. Around these parts, we're all about the Colts, the Pacers and the Indianapolis 500.

Personally, you can find me cheering on the Colts or on the front stretch at the speedway during the Brickyard 400. So when I heard about Fanatics and their "sporty chic" challenge with their selection of MLB hats, I honestly almost passed it up. After all, I'm not really a baseball fan. We have a minor league team, the Indianapolis Indians, and while we've gone to a few games, I have never been to a major league baseball game. But I decided I wanted to challenge myself.

So I'm sharing what I would wear to a MLB game (if I were ever to go to one). Living in Indianapolis, we have our choice of stadiums/teams we could visit that are within a reasonable driving distance. And Fanatics has hundreds of hat styles covering every team in the league, so you are bound to find a hat that fits your style. However I decided to build my look around a hat for the Detroit Tigers in honor of my friend Melissa who is the biggest Tiger fan in the universe (she was at the Tigers spring training over the weekend and got to meet her man, Alex Avila and I thought she was going to die of excitement. That and I've been to Comerica Park when I saw Paul McCartney a few years ago, and it's a nice stadium. I mean, any stadium that has a ferris wheel and a carousel has to be a winner!)

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Overall my look is pretty casual, but with a hint of glam, great for a game on spring evening. Boyfriend jeans are my favorite in the spring, with bright sneakers and a graphic tee so your comfy whether you're in the bleachers or sitting it the grass. A light jacket for when the sun goes down and it gets cool (plus lots of pockets to hold your wallet and cell phone so you aren't lugging around a purse, gotta keep those hands free to carry all your drinks and snacks!), and a bib necklace for a hint of sparkle. Overall a very "me" look; so bring on the hotdogs, Cracker Jack and the 7th inning stretch!

*I am in no way being compensated by Fanatics for this post, all opinions stated are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The obligatory Oscars favorite dresses list!

All photos from Who What Wear and Yahoo!

America Ferrera in Jenny Packham 2015 Oscars
America Ferrera in Jenny Packham

Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta 2015 Oscars
Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta

Anna Kendrick in Thakoon 2015 Oscars
Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu 2015 Oscars
Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein 2015 Oscars
Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Capsule Wardrobes: The Great Closet Clean-out of 2015

great closet clean out of 2015

Through Pinterest, I've recently been enlightened on the idea of "capsule wardrobes". I'm not entirely sure where the concept originated, but at lot of the blogs and articles I've read point toward Project 333 as their inspiration. Project 333 was started by writer Courtney Carver back in 2010 as an attempt at minimalist living and has since grown and spread as an idea globally.
The general idea with capsule wardrobes is to pare down your closet to a set number of pieces per season (in Project 333's case it's 33 pieces per 3 month season: spring, summer, fall, and winter). The thinking is, the less you have in your closet, the easier it is to choose what to wear each day. You pare down your wardrobe to pieces you really love and that work well with one another, so mixing-and-matching is a snap!

The best part is, that your capsule(s) can be adjusted based on your lifestyle. I've seen some who have capsules for work wear, and separate ones for weekends/casual wear. Generally items like workout clothes/housework items (that one shirt and pair of pants you use for painting and cleaning the bathroom) are not included. The overall idea is the reduce the clutter in your closet so that you can focus on more important things in your life.

Since I changed careers, I've slowly have been cleaning out my closet and adjusting my wardrobe. But I know I could take it even further. I find myself struggling almost daily on trying to decide what to wear, and I know a lot of that has to do with how much I have in my closet. 

my closet before

Since we're getting ready to change seasons (at least I hope!), I'm giving myself a little bit of time to make this transition happen. It may take a month or two before I reach a point where I'm satisfied (although I am also allowing myself to adjust as needed throughout the year as the seasons change). I have an idea of how I want this to go, but I won't know for sure until I really get elbow-deep into it. So be prepared for me to check-in over the next couple of months as I post updates. I'm nervous but excited at the same time.

More Capsule/Minimalist Wardrobe Resources

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

40 before 40 (Parks and Rec visual aides edition)

    So I've seen several of these posts on various blogs, sometimes there "40 before 40" or "30 before 30". Regardless of the number, think of these lists as a pseudo bucket list but with a harder deadline. Since I've already passed 30, my next major milestone birthday will be when I turn 40 (considering I turn 32 literally tomorrow). Sure I could aim for 35, but considering that's 3 years away, I'm being practical and giving myself a bit more time. 

   Will I cross all of these off, maybe not, even with 8 years to go. However I certainly want to see how many I do accomplish by the time I turn 40. The fact that I have a couple already done certainly helps. Obviously I'll be posting periodically to check in on my progress, plus posting about the specific event as well. I don't mind getting older, what I do mind is getting older and letting the world pass me by. There's just too much fun to be had!

Tom Haverford swagger Parks and Rec gif

 1)      Become debt free

 2)      Travel to England and France: Working on the plans
 3)      Participate in my first official RunDisney event DONE
 4)      Become a homeowner
 5)      Adopt at least one cat
 6)      Get more tattoos
 7)    Learn to drive a stick shift
 8)      Sail to Alaska
 9)      Visit Disneyland and California Adventure
 10)   See a show on Broadway
 11)   Run the Walt Disney World half marathon

Anne Perkins jogging Parks and Rec gif

 12)   Become DVC owners
 13)   Go kayaking
 14)   Get SCUBA certified
 15)   Learn a foreign language
 16)   Take tap dancing lessons
 17)   Get professional massage
 18)   Visit a (non-Disney) castle
 19)   Go horseback riding
 20)   Learn to play chess
 21)   Attend a TED/TED X Talk
 22)   See a Cirque de Soleil show
 23)   Ride a Segway
 24)   Attend a music festival

Ben Wyatt music Parks and Rec gif

 25)   Run a (non-Disney) half marathon
 26)   Sail the Panama Canal
 27)   Go skiing
 28)   Renew my wedding vows
 29)   Launch a podcast DONE
 30)   Take a road trip around Michigan
 31)   Attend either San Diego or New York Comic Con
 32)   Sail on all the of Disney cruise ships at least once: Halfway there!
 33)   Meet Shaun, Keith and Glenn from Traveling theVortex
 34)   Earn my first check from Google
 35)   Gain full-time employment in my field

April Ludgate work Parks and Rec gif

 36)   Visit Disneyland Paris
 37)   Meet my fellow Five(ish) Fangirls
 38)   Attend Gallifrey One
 39)   Walk a red carpet

Tom Haverford red carpet shoes Parks and Rec gif

 40)   Visit an active TV or movie set

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Disney Movie Preview: Cinderella (Opening March 13th, 2015)

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Disney's Cinderella movie poster

Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, Holliday Grainger as Anastasia, Sophie McShera as Drisella in Disney's Cinderella

Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother in Disney's Cinderella

Richard Madden as the prince in Disney's Cinderella

Friday, February 13, 2015

Casual Thursday

concert tee, striped cardigan, jeans
Cardigan: Forever 21 (old); Tee: Paul McCartney concert; Belt: Don't remember (super old!); Jeans: Old Navy; Shoes: Columbia Sportswear; Ring: Old Navy; Bracelets: Forever 21/Stella and Dot; Watch: Vince Camuto via Von Maur

I'm very fortunate that I work in an office with a pretty casual dress code. As long as we don't come into work wearing anything dirty, ripped, too revealing, or with offensive words or pictures, we can wear whatever we want. I do enjoy getting dressed up some days, but I'm also glad that I can wear jeans and tee too.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Blouse, sweater vest, jeans, boots
Blouse: Old Navy; Vest: Express (thrifted); Jeans: Old Navy; Boots: Von Maur (really old); Earrings: Francesca's; Belt: Don't remember (really old)

So like every other person on the planet, one of my resolutions for the new year was to get into better shape. And also like a lot of people, I've started a workout regiment that lasted a few weeks, maybe a month and then I fell off the wagon. This time I've been pretty good about hitting the gym 3-4 times a week. I'm not really seeing a lot of change, but I can feel it. I'm still waiting for that influx of energy that normally comes with regular exercise to kick in, cause right now I'm tired!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Like New

grey skirt green sweater taupe faux leather jacket
Jacket: Jack via Von Maur; Sweater: Ann Taylor (thrifted); Skirt: White House Black Market (thrifted); Boots: Wet Seal; Necklace: Boutique in North Carolina; Ring: House of Harlow via Von Maur

As I mentioned in my last outfit post, I've been cleaning out my closet and finding some long lost items I've forgotten I had. Another one of those pieces is this skirt. I don't think I've ever worn it since I bought it a few years ago. I'm really pushing myself to wear these items, I bought them, they fit, why not? It's like I went shopping and got a whole new wardrobe without spending a dime.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


brown blazer coral top jeans driving moccasins
Blazer: Parisian; Top: Walmart; Jeans: Old Navy; Necklace: Forever 21; Shoes: Born

So I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend (something I do at least 3-4 times a year), and I came across this blazer. It was actually part of a suit I purchased probably 10+ years ago at Parisian. Does anyone remember Parisian department stores? We had one where the Sacks 5th Avenue now sits up in Castleton (I think, or it may be where Nordstrom is, it's been so long!) The pants no longer fit, but the blazer still does.