I desire a space on the web that reflects my aesthetic tastes – a place that is clean, organized, and, well, pretty. I have something in the works and will reveal the new, beautified space in a few weeks. Yes, it will mean another address change (*groan*), but it’ll be permanent because I have decided that this blogging thing (that I’ve been doing for 5 years now!) is something I really like. So I’ll be buying my own URL and will have a nice wardrobe change to show you just as soon as the design is done. Just you wait. I have lots of ideas and want to start doing more with my photography, love of food, art, television, and parenting experiences. I hope you’ll hang with me where I end up. I don’t enjoy it without you and your comments!

Since I skipped Wardrobe Wednesday last week….here is a little something I put together that I’d totally wear.

Speaking of aesthetics, I took the design style quiz in the recent Real Simple magazine that arrived in the mail because, I don’t know about you, but I have no idea how to describe my taste. Do I like modern? Some of it, but not all of it. Do I like vintage? Some of it, but not all of it. Do I like country? No. So, what do I like? Well, the quiz said I liked comfortable classic (or something like that), but the accompanying picture was boring, white and slip-covered country which is not what I like. Second place was vintage ecclectic which was much more what I’m drawn to (the rich colors anyway, but not the uncomfortable fainting couch). I give up on labeling what I like, so here’s a sampling of pictures instead. What would you call my tastes?


I skipped Wardrobe Wednesday yesterday since I didn’t have any new requests and didn’t find the time to make a virtual wardrobe for myself. Work has been nuts. Instead, here’s a random post of things that have caught my eye recently.

I love Tyler candles – they are soy-based and smell amazing. Only a little votive will make your entire house fragrant.

I’m trying to find a new facial product, one that is mostly natural, and that will nourish my sensitive, rosacea skin (I have always flushed easily and now that I’m all old and almost 34 it’s getting worse). Any suggestions would be most welcome!

I’ve wanted this pine cone wind chime for ages. Eventually I’ll buy it and hang it up outside. It’s peaceful and reminds me of home.

The apron is adorable and would be a nice addition to my fledgling collection (only 2, but still). And I think this shirt would be really cute with jeans.

That is all.

What’s on your wish list?

My latest request for a wardrobe idea comes from an old high school buddy of mine who wanted something for work. That may sound easy, but she works with children yet wants to look professional for the parents. She says: about a work outfit for a pediatric speech therapist…keeping in mind I want to portray warmth, professionalism, a bit of whimsy and..oh yeah, I get bubbles dumped in my lap almost daily…the challenge is on!

I cheated and put together two options just in case I’m totally off the mark with this challenge. The first one is purple, pretty, professional, yet comes with dark pants to hide the spilled bubbles, and flats for lots of running around with kids.

Purple Professional

This one is a bit casual, but the denim will hide those spilled bubbles too, and you get your whimsical on with the bubble scarf and bright orange accessories.

Fall Tones

That one was hard. How did I do?



I put this wardrobe together by request for Lindsey, who said:

“I’m not sure if you take requests, but I would love some wardrobe suggestions! I’m a new mom to a 3-month old and can’t get out of my jeans and a long-sleeve tee routine. I’ve lost all the baby weight (hooray!) but now am in need of some help for an outfit (or two) to go out and about with the kid or just to meet friends in (something casual, yet not frumpy). I love your muted winter tones (though those shoes would leave me freezing and on the ground).

Help please?”

Lindsey – I hear ya. I was in jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt for about a year after Claire was born (except for the days I had to go to work). How about this number? It is still casual and you can still wear a long-sleeve t-shirt underneath the gorgeous coat. I don’t know about you, but I’d feel pretty smashing in this number with basic accessories.

Or, if you prefer, here’s this outfit. It’s still casual, yet put together and comes with a nursing top (if you’re nursing).

I know, I know. That purple handbag is a total pipe dream, but it’s lovely!
Here are some affordable alternatives, plus a cute purple hat.

That was fun! More requests anyone?



Here’s a little number I put together. Let’s call it Muted Tones Winter Wardrobe.

Does this outfit totally look like something I would wear? Yes, yes it does.

I happened on a few fun style blogs last night and was really impressed with the Cheap Chic posts on this site.

So I decided to try my hand at putting together a virtual wardrobe that I’d love to wear.

What do you think?

I’ll make one for you too if you want!

…but I feel I’m neglecting Through My Lens by twittering all my random thoughts every day.

1. Did anybody else hear the NPR story yesterday about the White House farmer’s market? Not only are they accepting food stamps and WIC coupons, but they are worth twice as much at the market in order to make fresh, locally-grown produce available to all – rich and poor. This reminded me again why I love our current administration.

2. Does anyone else find Project Runway a tad boring this year? The people aren’t interesting, nor are their designs. This might be my last season as a spectator.

3. So you all know how much fun I’m having hooping, right? I don’t own a scale so I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, but I can say that I’ve lost an inch on my waist just by hooping! I also taught a girlfriend how to hoop on Saturday – IN MY 3 SIZES TOO SMALL JEANS. Talk about progress! They are feeling much better and I still feel hot in them. Perhaps they were worth the price tag after all. I am firmly committed to my new fitness goal of hooping through the entire So You Think You Can Dance hour twice a week, making 3 hours of hooping a week when you count my Monday night class. Bring on the skinny!

4. The Bear’s been sick again this weekend. After having a high fever for nearly a week and then being completely fine all last week, something’s awry again. We had a lovely Fall* family morning together at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and then visited a huge toy store (just window shopping) before going for lunch. We made it to the door of the restaurant before she puked all over the sidewalk. Talk about appetizing. We turned around and went straight home. It’s weird, though, because she’s acting normal except for occasional vomiting. WTF!? My theory is that a) it’s another virus that she got from the 2 days of daycare last week or, my preferred theory, b) her back molars are coming in which is causing a lot of saliva and post nasal congestion which is causing her to gag and then, well, ralph.**

*Should seasons be capitalized? I always want to capitalize them, but I don’t know if Fall takes on religious connotations by being that way!? Grammarians? Theologians?

**I feel sorry for any little kid named Ralph. I mean, come on!

5. I quit my book group. I had a hard time even accepting the invitation to this group last year because it is full of academic women (3 are PhD faculty at Vanderbilt University or Belmont University; 1 has an MA in poetry from NYU) so I felt inferior from the start. I may have an English degree but it doesn’t mean I’m versed in all things literary. Far from it. I can barely read one novel a month because I’m so busy and tired at the end of the day. Having to read something not of my own choosing (I haven’t liked most of their choices this past year, to be honest) and then discussing them with a group of well-bonded women (they have been in deep friendships with one another for 5 years) has been less than fun. And that’s what I wanted from a book group: a fun environment to read and share ideas and I wanted to make new friendships. That’s the biggest problem I had, really. Some of the women are downright stiff and I never felt fully comfortable being with them. I have bonded with a couple of them and plan to continue those friendships outside of book group, but as a whole it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I hope I can keep my head high and not blame myself for being “too stupid” or something lame like that. It just wasn’t a good fit for me and that’s that.

Those are my ramblings for the day. What’s going on with you?

I’ve been asked how the jeans are coming. Honestly, I haven’t worn them since all day Saturday. Why? Um, they hurt. Also, it’s swung back up to the hot and humid South that I hate so tight jeans sounds nasty. Oh, and the unusual bruising is a deterrent. Seriously. My friend had a weird bruise after getting her jeans and then on Sunday, at the zoo with Huz and Claire, he asked me what was wrong with the back of my legs. I looked and behind my knees I had hickey-like spots. These jeans are dangerous to one’s health! WTF!?

So, no, I haven’t worn them since. But I will. I paid too much not to. Oh, and my friend has continued to wear hers and she says they’ve “really turned a corner” and are a lot better feeling. So, it’s possible. I’ll just have to wait until it feels more like Fall to bust them in.

On another note, I’ve started a funky 6 week aerobics class with 2 friends. Why is it funky? Because it’s hoolah hoop aerobics! Ha ha, you say? Yeah, I said ha ha too, until I did it. Dude. It’s some serious workout swinging your hips overtime for an hour, let me tell you! I was sweating! I had a side ache! And I’m bruised now (jean bruises, hoolah hoop bruises. I’m a mess.) But it was fun and I’m excited to work on my core muscles. Perhaps it will help in the jean situation.

What else? I’m researching like crazy – cuz that’s what I do. It’ll be our (drum roll please) FIFTEENTH wedding anniversary in December and while we’re home in Colorado for vacation, we’re going to leave Claire with my mom for 2 nights (TWO NIGHTS WITHOUT A KID!?!? AWESOME!!!!) and go celebrate. I would love to stay in Aspen or Vail but it is so freaking expensive, especially the week after Christmas which is the only time we can do it. I may have found a nice alternative in Keystone, though. I’m still researching…it’s my part-time job without pay! It would be funny if we stayed in Keystone and ate at the Keystone Ranch because that’s where we dined for our first prom together. Talk about full circle!

Okay. Enough with my exclamation points and conversational blogging.

I must close the lap top, stop obsessing over this vacation, and watch some television before bed.

Night, all!

Please read the previous post in order to understand why I’m posting pictures of my ass on the freaking internet.


So, I put the jeans on when I got home from work and I’m proud to say that I was able to button them and almost zip them all the way up unassisted. That’s progress, people. I’m wearing them now and have a hard time leaning forward to type. Breathe in, breathe out.

I had Huz snap some photos for you to see. These are very dark jeans, so it’s a bit hard to see, but here goes. (How embarrassing!)

This is my mad model look.


This is me showing the camera my ass and my kid hiding her face in shame.


This is me successfully zipping the damn things up.



And this? This is my sweetheart ass, y’all. This is the reason I bought these – they make me look curvy in all the right places.


Call me crazy for spending that much money on a pair of jeans (I think I’m crazy too), but you can’t argue with that ass! I’m just hoping I can breath normally while wearing them in a week and a half! (You so think I’m kidding, don’t you?)

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