Checking In – Spring Into Your Closet

It’s hard. It is very very very hard, but I’m doing it and I think I’m better for it. I mentioned here and here that I would be shopping only my closet for the month of April. I mean let’s face it, I’m a clothesaloic! I love to have options, options, options. You should see me try to pack for a vacation. I’m the queen of bringing too much stuff. Anyway, doing this has showed me two things. 1) I have enough stuff and creativity(as of right now anyway) to make it a month with what I have and 2) there are some key pieces missing from my wardrobe.

Since embarking on this journey I have done a lot of window shopping and have come to the conclusion that I need lace shorts, an eyelet top, peep toe flats, and more seersucker. I mean having those items will not make my wardrobe complete because that is never going to happen, but I think they would be important staples to have, stuff I would get a lot of use out of, okay, maybe not the lace shorts, but they are just too cute not to have. I also realized I need more light weight sweaters for spring, early summer. So come May expect to see those items on my wish list and on my shopping list.

Okay, back to the challenge. So here we are on Day 16 and I’m twitching to shop, but I’m standing my ground(minus the one purchase I made with a gift card on two items I will not wear until this is all over). I’m staying out of stores if I can and away from the nail polish aisle and all things books. And thankfully I’m not the only one. Angie. Kristin, Amanda and Laurie have all been participating right along with me. Some have posted outfits on Instagram under the hashtag #springintoyourcloset and some are moral support. Either way it is fun not to do this alone. Below are a sample of outfits that have been posted up until now. Keep up the good work ladies! Only 14 days to go!

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Monopoly Money Monday

And what will we find in today’s edition of Monopoly Money Monday? Well I’ll tell you Pat…(I watch entirely too much Wheel of Fortune!). Today I decided to So back to the beginning and pull together an outfit with shoes and accessories. Because I mean really what kind of outfit has no shoes or no accessories?! That would be like being naked. 🙂 And since I’m itching for it to be warm, I did a summer look. $100 ish bucks on a cute outfit?! SOLD!(well not really because I’m still on a shopping ban but you get what I’m saying.

 

MMM One look

MMM One look by andiabcs featuring strappy gladiator sandals

Yes, no, maybe so? What kind of outfit would you buy for that kind of dough?

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Second Chance Sunday – Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

I read this book in 2011 based on the love I had for another Walker book I had picked up. When I saw she had something new coming out I scooped it right up and it completely fascinated me. Right along with Pure by Ter Small Town Sinners gave me a look into something I know nothing about. I felt like I learned something and was entertained while doing. So without further ado today’s edition of Second Chance Sunday, Small Town Sinners.

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Title: Small Town Sinners [Amazon]
Author: Melissa Walker [website]
Publisher: BloomsburyGenre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Purchased/Hardcover
Stars: 5 out of 5

Publisher Description:
The story of Lacey Anne Byers, a small town girl who is excited to star in Hell House, her church’s annual haunted house of sin, until a childhood friend reappears and makes her question her faith.

My Thoughts:
First I must admit that I’m not a very religious person. I don’t really like books that fall in the high faith category. Just not my cup of tea to listen to people preach about right and wrong. With that said this was one of the most amazing books I have read in a while. The way that Walker made the book more about the right to make a choice over faith and religion pulled me in from the start. It was one of those books that just got you interested and thinking. It got you to look at how other people view things and push those views on their children and what happens when those same children grow up and start to experience life themselves and see that things aren’t as simple as they originally thought.

When the book starts Lacey is this perfect daughter that believes what her mom and dad tell her, goes to church with 100% certainty that everything is black and white, and wants to help everyone see the love of God. As things profess and life gets more complicated and Ty arrives, Lacey starts to question everything just like any teenager. Her transformation from follower to leader is just amazing. Seeing her “stand on her own two feet” and decide to make her own choices is truly inspirational. And the addition of Ty is just what she needed to help her see that not everything is the same for everyone. Shades of gray complicate things and don’t make it so cut and dry all the time, but there isn’t anything wrong with that.

I will say that before this book I had never even heard of Hell House. I had no idea what it was or why it was a bug deal. And honestly after reading this book I’m fascinated by it. I have never heard anything like it. The imagery used to describe it was both amazing and disturbing. Talk about in your face. Wow, just wow.

Definitely a book I would recommend. Don’t judge it without reading it. Keep an open mind and choose for yourself. You never know what you will open yourself up to.

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Mix-Up

Mix-Up

For this post I started with one item, the JCrew heart sweater, and created an outfit. Using that sweater I created a different outfit. From that look I took a pair of boyfriend jeans and created a 3 look which I then took the Herringbone printed vest and created my 4th and final outfit. It’s amazing how one piece can inspire 4 looks.

What would you have done?

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The Maxi Dress

The Maxi Dress

The maxi dress is a major, major obsession of mine in the summer. It is one of the most versatile pieces in a wardrobe. Work, errands, day with the girls, even the pool. A maxi dress works for just about every occasion you could think of. And it is a great piece for every and any body type. Not to mention how easy it is to throw on and style. Last year I went on a binge maxi dress shopping spree and will most likely do the same again this year. It is my go to spring/summer look and I’m not ashamed to say it.

Below I took the dress I’m lusting over most for Dorothy Perkins(sadly they don’t have my size:-( ) and styled it three ways I would wear it for three kind of situations.

Day Drinking

Day Drinking by andiabcs featuring essie nailpolish

Work Casual

Work Casual by andiabcs featuring folli follie jewelry

Dress to Skirt

Dress to Skirt by andiabcs featuring an ivory cocktail dress

How do you wear a maxi dress? Have you done the dress to skirt look?

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