Monday, May 30, 2016

Jean + Stripes

boy fit jeans $5.59 American Eagle Outfitters, top?, red/navy flip flops $4.90 American Eagle Outfitters
jeans $5.60 Metro Blues, navy/gray striped top $1.50 Arizona Jeans, navy flip flops $2.99 Old Navy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hot Pink Sandals

white top $5.25 Jones New York
pants ?
purse $5.59 Aldo
sandals $1.99 Apostrophe
scarf = gifted
earrings = old

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Light Wash Blue With Khaki

I could see myself just having an assortment of tees and layering them under jackets and cardigans for a year round daily uniform.  They are becoming my number one wardrobe staple.  They can be worn with a simple necklace, dressed up with some bling, or add a pretty scarf for a whole new look.
 I found this dusty blue floral scarf recently and decided to add it to my large collection.  It was only $1.39, so that's a very inexpensive way to complete and lend variety to my outfits.
khaki pants $4.19 Calvin Klein
tee $2 St. John's Bay
scarf $1.39
denim jacket $9.10 Nordstrom

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Boy Fit Jeans and a Striped Tee

boy fit jeans $5.59 America Eagle
striped tee $2.50 Karen Scott
cardigan $7.25 Chelsea & Theodore
belt $1.05
navy purse $7.38 Liz Claiborne
sandals ?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Rare Thrifting Mishap

These pants are fairly new and I love the material and fit.  The length is good for spring/summer as I do generally prefer pants to hit nearer the ankle... and these don't fit like a shorter mid calf capri.
 Another thing that makes me happy about this outfit is the color palette...cream, white, gold.
This is a thrifted tee that sells at Target.  Over the last year or so I've noticed my Target t-shirt (and other similarly styled brands) collection growing.  I never realized how much I liked them.  This one was only $1.39!  How cheap is that?!  And in perfect, never worn condition.  I think they probably sell retail at really good prices, but you just can't beat a little over a dollar for one.

Bummer about the shoes.  They were brand new and broke the first day I wore them.  We tried to super glue them and I attempted to wear them a second time, but it didn't work out.  That's a shame because I really liked them and had plans to wear them with numerous outfits over the summer.  Oh well.  I buy quite a lot of shoes and every so often this happens.  At least I was only out a few dollars.  Overall, I have pretty good luck with my thrifting so I can't complain.
white pants $6.99 Karen Kane
gold print v-neck tee $1.39 Mossimo
cream cardigan $2.79 Merona
earrings $1.72
purse $2.79
sandals $4.19 Report 

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Two Outfits With Stripes

jeans $4.19 Mossimo, striped dress/top $6.99 Natori, cardigan $5.59 Bobeau, necklace $4.80, platform sandals ?
dark navy pants $7.80 Fire Los Angeles, striped top ?, navy bead necklace $3.20, navy flip flops $2.99 Old Navy

Friday, May 20, 2016

3 Outfits: I'm A Fan

Outfit 1: jeans $4.19 Mossimo, blouse $7 Lucky Brand, navy flip flops $2.99 Old Navy
I've been a fan of Elvis since I was around 8 yrs old.  My dad was a fan and had a sister that was/is a HUGE fan.  She even received a scarf from him at at one of the many concerts she attended.  She had taken old fashioned film footage at concerts and when I was in the 8-10 yr old range we'd go to visit her and her family (about 2 hrs away) they would make popcorn and set up the projector and we'd watch those films.  It was pretty exciting!  And then one day, when I was 15 yrs old, my dad got tickets for us to see him in person ourselves.  It is something I will never forget.  Forty years later I can still remember how it felt like an electric, frenzied current running through that whole place... and me.  I've never experienced anything like it since.
I found this t-shirt at the thrift store and decided to buy it...even though the neckline and style of the tee itself is not my favorite.  But these are some of my very favorite photos of Elvis and it only cost me $1.49 so I'm happy with it.
Outfit 2: black jeans $3.99 Forever 21, Elvis tee $1.49, black flip flops ?

 Outfit 3:  (more salmon) pants ? (I wear these alllll the time and somehow missed recording how much they cost and that drives me crazy, ha), tee $1.49 gnu, jean jacket ? (same thing...I bought this a few yrs ago and forgot to record price), purse $4.89, sandals $1.99 Apostrophe  ~~~necklace $4.49 via Fred Meyer

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers With Black Beans & Roasted Corn

We love these black bean burgers and eat them about once a week for either lunch or dinner.  I top with mashed avocado with a dash of honey and garlic powder mixed in.  If eaten at our dinner meal we will also have a side dish such as 1/2 yam or broccoli.  
They are 180 calories so with the avocado topping that brings our burger (no bun) to about 250-275 calories.  If I use the Trader Joe's Guilt Reduced Guacamole then the whole thing comes out to only about 220 calories.
If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you then you might want to try similar products that are available in your supermarket offered by other brands.  I'm not sure how they would compare in taste and cost to Trader Joe's (which I'm partial to), but they assist in creating healthier food options, lowering calories, and are a big help in making meal prep quick and easy.  Since I prepare 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, and don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I appreciate the short cuts these products offer on occasion.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Salmon and Gray

This peachy pink color is one of my favorites and I have a quite a lot of it in my closet.  These comfy sandals and cute purse I purchased this spring have provided an excellent reason to have shades of salmon (or coral) on high repeat in my daily outfits.

jeans $5.60 Metro Blues
v-neck tee $1.49 gnu
jacket $9.99 Draper's & Damon
necklace $5.99
purse $4.89
sandals $1.99 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dressing Up Casual Jeans

Adding a silk blouse, a turquoise necklace, and peep toe booties gives the casual jeans a more pulled together look than one of my more normal every day jeans/tee/and flip flops outfits.
(I wore this in April.)

jeans $7.67 Mossimo
silk blouse $2.35 Daniel Caron
belt $2.10 Eddie Bauer
cape $3.49 Merona
purse $8 Nine West
peep toe booties $5.59 Body Central
necklace (came w/ matching earrings, not worn here, as a set) $14. 93 via ebay 

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Trader Joe's Pizza Veggie Burgers

Trader Joe's Pizza Patties are a lunch favorite of ours.  We usually have these pizza (soy protein) burgers a couple of times per week.  They are only 130 calories each. We don't eat them on a bun, but I'll top these pizza burgers with either pizza sauce or sundried tomatoes, a couple tablespoons of shredded low fat mozzarella cheese (melted on top), and a dollop of Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Guacamole that is made with greek yogurt and only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons.  This lunch is under 250 calories.
The pizza burgers are delicious and satisfy our pizza cravings. 
I believe they sell for $3.79 per box of 4 burgers.  So that would make hubby and I two lunches each.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Getting My Gold On

 I wore these black shorts and cardigan about 3 weeks ago here, but this time I wore a shimmery gold top, gold belt, gold chain necklace and black loafers with gold chain detail.
shorts $2.09 Mossimo
gold tank top $?
gold belt $2.40 Ralph Lauren
purse $4.19
loafers $4.19
cardigan $9.99 JKLA California via Ross
gold bracelet $8.80 via Forever 21
gold chain double tiered necklace $3.26 via ebay

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sea Glass

 jeans $5.60 Metro Blues
sleeveless white top ?
cardigan $5.59 Bobeau
necklace $4.80
purse $5.94 Alfred Dunner
snakeskin print flats w/zipper bows $9.10 Style & Co.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Trader Joe's Meatless Breakfast Patties

I only started shopping at Trader Joe's a few months ago.  I have found so many products that we really enjoy and have incorporated them into our meals on a regular basis.

One of our favorite foods we've discovered is the Trader Joe's Meatless Breakfast Patties.  These patties are a really good tasting soy sausage.  Well, I call it sausage.  I suppose it's faux sausage.  We like these better than the MorningStar Farms brand.  They are $3.29 for a box of 6 patties.
We eat one of these sausage patties nearly every day with our breakfast.  They are only 80 calories and go well with our morning meal.

Our three usual breakfast options that we serve the soy sausage patties with are:

1)  1/2 serving of oatmeal with 1/4 apple, diced peaches (or 1/3 banana, blueberries), cinnamon, almond milk, sugar free 8 oz V8 juice...and the breakfast patty on the side

2)  egg tortilla wrap:  1/2 an egg, 3 tablespoons liquid egg (whites only), spinach, breakfast patty, 1/4 sliced avocado all wrapped in a 50 calories La Tortilla whole wheat low carb 8 oz V8 juice

3)  1 toasted english muffin breakfast sandwich:  1 english muffin (100 calories), 1/2 egg, 2 T liquid eggs (whites only), breakfast patty, 1 T cheddar 8 oz V8 juice

All of these breakfasts are right about 300 calories and keep us full until lunch about 3 hours later.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Boyfriend Jeans and A Sweatshirt

These jeans are labeled "boy fit".  My husband told me my butt looked little in them.  They are now my absolute favorite pair of jeans I own. Who doesn't like to hear that!? haha

boyfriend jeans $5.59 American Eagle
sweatshirt $3.49 H&M
purse $3.50
sandals $5.59 Lower East Side 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

A New Color Blocked Purse and Bargain Sandals

 I'm not really the most "in the know" person when it comes to fashion terms, but I think this purse is what I would call an example of color blocking.
Whatever the term, I loved this purse.  It is in two of my favorite colors and will go with many of my outfits.
I also absolutely love my new sandals.  They are in a shade of dark salmon and cream similar to the purse colors.  They were only $1.99!  I also got a pair of hot pink ones of the same brand and for the same price that same day.  I don't have much to wear with the hot pink ones, but they were nearly identical to these and such a good price that I couldn't pass them up.

jeans $7.67 Mossimo
top $3.50 Charter Club
scarf ?
purse $4.89
sandals $1.99 Apostrophe 

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