Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Camouflage Dreams

Last week I decided I needed camo pants in my life. I've thought about it before but was never ready to commit. That all changed when I told my friend, I would like a simple camo item and I couldn't stop thinking about it after that.

So I headed down the mall to visit Forever 21. I didn't find any pants I liked enough to override my laziness of trying things on when every girl and their mom was doing back to school shopping.

But I did find this top on the sales rack which was an extra 50% off the marked down price! Meaning it only took $5 to fill my camo needs and was able to get a few other things as well. Success!

Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Thrifted (Gap), Shoes: Gifted, Sunnies: Dollar Tree

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Monday, August 26, 2013


This outfit makes me feel like a cremesicle and I mean that in the best way possible.  If I'm going to wear a sweater in August, it should remind me to eat more ice cream. That's called balance, people. Warm weather + sweater = ice cream.

Plus I'm 99% sure that dressing like desserts is going to be a thing. So you should probably hop on the bandwagon now before it's too late.

Oh, and yes, they will be serving desserts on this wagon.

Sweater: Target, Jeans: Nordstrom Rack, Tank: Etiquette, Heels: Payless, Sunnies: Goodwill, Necklace: Thrifted, Ring: Fuego


Thursday, August 22, 2013

I'm on a Mission

Hey guys,
It's me, Amanda, the other half of the tawny twosome! I'm sure most of you are whispering under your breath...."who's Amanda!?". You know, just the other half of the Blonde Squad who took off to San Diego, struggled a bit to adjust down here...but is back in the blogging business. Holler!

When I'm not busy applying 100 SPF sunscreen and STILL getting burned, I have really enjoyed learning about the local history. As a Spanish Colonial architecture lover, I have hit the jackpot down here. Recently, I decided to take myself on a little adventure and check out a nearby mission. 

There are 21 missions in California that run from San Diego on up to the San Francisco area. They are old churches and military presidios built by early Spanish settlers. I recently visited Mission San Luis Rey in North San Diego County. It was founded in 1798 and is the largest of all 21 missions. Here are a few pics from my adventure:

I did drag Sara to a cemetery when she was down here (because every girl wants to hit the local cemetery on their vacation, right!?), but I think I spared her the mission? Anywho, there are 21 missions, I've seen 2 of them so far and I'm on a mission to see them all! <-------cheesey line alert!!

Have a fantastic Friday, friends!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Do It Youself: Head Wrap

Every few months, I get the "can you please help me with this sewing project?" phone call from my best friend. So I wasn't surprised when she showed up at my house with a top in hand and a request to remove the sleeves. After removing the sleeves, I had her try on the top to see the fit only to find out that top was too small for her. I decide to reuse the fabric and give it back to her as part of her birthday present. After a short visit to Pinterest, I had a plan which I based off this pin. Below are the steps I followed!

 1. Pick your fabric. I'm using this top but any fabric that's long enough to wrap around your head will work. (if you use a shirt like me I used the backside of the shirt going from collar to the bottom seam).

2. Measure the circumstance of your head to find the length. I used 6 inches for my width but you could go as thick or thin as you would like. Cut your fabric according to your measurements and you should end up with a rectangle piece of fabric.

3. Fold your fabric in half the long way (that's the hotdog fold from elementary school) so the right sides of the fabric are together (wrong sides are facing out). Bonus: I like to iron the fabric so I know everything fits together correctly but that's totally up to you. 

4. Sew along the bottom and the open side of the fabric, leaving the other end open. Pull fabric through the open end so that the right sides of the fabric are now facing out and the seam is on inside. 

5. Sew the unfinished end so that it's gathered in the middle. I started in the middle, pulling the fabric from the sides together as I went. Do the same thing to the other end.

6. Sew the gathered ends together. I placed one on top of the other and ran my needle through both ends until it felt secure. 

7. Taking a small piece of fabric (mine was 2x2) I followed the same process as steps 3 and 4. This tube with be used to cover the stitches and give the head wrap a more finished look.

8. Sew the small tube to the backside of the two ends. Wrap the tube around the front covering the stitched part. 

9.  Sew the other end of the small tube in the back and you are all done!

Here's my friend in the finished product! We both loved how it turned out!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summertime and the livin' is easy

For some reason, getting dress has been more of a hassle lately. I don't know if it's just the fact that it's summer and hot out or what. All I wanted was an easy, comfy like pajamas but appropriate to leave the house in look, I mean Wednesdays are a struggle as is.

Sure, it's not the most flattering thing I own; I mean it's practically a nightgown but I love it. 

It's a whole lot better than wearing sweatpants, too. Plus now you can help me decide if the pattern is more rainbow clouds or rainbow galaxy? I go back and forth on the issue.

Dress: Thrifted, Shoes: Thrifted, Sunnies: Thrifted, Ring: Thrifted

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Singing The Blues

While shopping the clearance section at JCP, I came across this lovely dress for $5. Though the price was right and the fit was good, the color was less than ideal when your next event is a wedding. But than a serendipitous thing happened, I got invited to a tie dying party.  

I may have had blue hands for a week but I saved myself from all those uncomfortable stranger stares which would have happened had I tried to wear white at a wedding this past weekend. 

And I LOVE how it turned out! (I think it may even look better this way.)

Please note that this wedding was at my family's farm, which is why I pose in front of corn. Also this is random corn off some dirt road and it smelled like cows.

Dress: JC Penney, Shoes: Ross, Clutch: Thrifted, Rings: Gifted & Nordstrom Rack, Sunnies: Thrifted, Lipstick: Revlon #585 Persian Melon

And here is my sister who was nice enough to take my photos but afterwards wanted her own outfit shots. Her dress, shoes and tights are all from Nordstrom Rack and everyone LOVED her tights. I think it was the most complimented outfit of the night (I mean other than the bride of course!)

Linking Up with Sharon and Tara