Monthly Archives: September 2011

30 Days of Denim – Day Thirty!!!

Oh you all!

We have reached the end! I can’t believe that I put together 30 outfits that I actually thought about in advance (well…you know, more or less) for an entire month. Style Blogging is no joke! And don’t worry, it is not in my future.

Thanks again for coming along for the ride and not shouting “You’re so vain!” in the comments section.

I have learned A LOT over the last 30 days and I will wrap and recap in another post, but for now, how about we talk clothes.

Here’s What I Wore Today:

30 Days of Denim - Day Thirty!!!!

Earrings: Mom hand me down
Necklace: Gift from my mom (Dude, my mom is nice.)
Cardigan: Merona for Target, obvs
Belt: Target
Dress: Target
Shoes: Old Navy

My favorite part of this outfit is my hair which you can’t even SEE in that picture, but how hard is taking a picture of your hair where your face looks cute? So hard! It’s a fun braid, but you can hardly tell. You will have to take my word for it.

Thanks again for playing along. I’ll recap on the flipside, friends!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Nine

I’m running out of shirts to wear that I haven’t worn yet which is both a good and a bad thing. Bad, because hey! No one wants to run out of clothes to wear. (Although this challenge is almost over so it’s a mighty convenient time to run out, really.) Good, because now I know I can pretty much go 30 days without repeating a shirt — which means I need to acknowledge that saying “I have nothing to wear,” is dramatically crying wolf. And now I have told it to the internet, it’s practically written in stone. I can be more stylish, I just have to *gasp* TRY!

Anyway, I was glad to see this shirt was available this morning because it’s blousy. And do you know what blousy means? No one *ahem* has to feel guilty about not working out yet this week. (Quick check of the calendar, yup, it’s Thursday! OY!) But because I CAN look a gift horse in the mouth — I’m smooth like that — I put it on with a pair of jeans that are somewhat unforgiving just to punish myself.

It made a lot more sense this morning when I picked out my clothes (before I had coffee.)

Here’s What I Wore:
30 Days of Denim - Day Twenty Nine

I tweeted this morning that my pants either fit perfectly or are a bit too tight. After looking at this picture I think they are right in between the two, but I’ll take it.

Shirt: LOFT
Jeans: Gap 1969 Perfect Boot
Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target
Bracelet: Target

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.


30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Eight

The inspiration for today’s outfit?

Dry shampoo.

More accurately, me being a little sleepy and not wanting to wash my hair — meaning, what can I wear with a headband? Well glad you asked, I’ll show you.

Here’s What I Wore:

30 Days of Denim - Day Twenty Eight

Headband: Gap
Earrings: Mom hand me down?
Necklace: Target
Cardigan: Halogen for Nordstrom
Tank: Mossimo for Target
Jeans: Old Navy The Diva Skinny Jeans
Shoes: Target Clearance!

And for the record, I don’t feel like a flasher in THIS particular cardigan. Maybe because it’s pink…

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.

30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Seven

Well I’m running low on cardigans so you know the end is near. If I have discovered one thing, it is that cardigans are definitely the major items punctuating my style statement.

Here’s What I Wore Today:


So squinty!

Cardigan: Old Navy
Tank: Merona for Target
Skirt: Gap
Belt: Target
Yellow Flats: Target
Bracelet: Target

I love this tank because I never have to think up a necklace to wear with it. That’s lazy fashion for you. I think some celebrity should “design” a line of clothing that is 100% accessorized for you already. Hollywood glamour, already attached to your pants! and sweater! Right? RIGHT?

Ok maybe not. But it’s a nice tank top anyway.

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.

30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Six

When I woke up this morning all the power was off in our house. Irritating. I scratched my head feverishly in hopes that it would help me figure out a way to brew coffee with no electricity (we have an electric stove) but to no avail.

Instead of sitting around staring at the wall (in the dark) I took my book light (good thing I got new light bulbs, eh?) to the closet and picked out the brightest, most obnoxious shirt I could find and then built an outfit around it.

Here’s What I Wore:

If there was ever an excuse to wear chartreuse, right? The rhyming makes me feel like this would make a good title for a children’s book. Although this outfit should never be mentioned in the context of children’s books though because all day long the sweater has kind of make me feel like a little bit of a flasher, and we could never work that into the plot because the would be kind of awkward.


Sweater: Gap Outlet
Chartreuse Tee: Banana Republic Factory Store
Necklace: Target
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Old Navy The Flirt Jeans
Shoes: Old Navy

Maybe I’ll try to work this outfit into the plot line of my Young Adult Paranormal Romance Novel.

Maybe not.

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.

How NOT To Compliment Someone Who Has Lost Weight

It could be just a case of the Monday Crabbies, but I need to take a minute to vent for a second. I know people generally have good intentions, or at least I like to think that. But losing a good amount of weight in the last year has really given me some hardcore evidence that many people just don’t think before they speak.

Let me enlighten you in case you consider any of the following compliments, THEY ARE NOT:

1. WOW! You look SO MUCH BETTER!
Hey, thanks asshole! Insulting what I looked like less than a year ago doesn’t endear me to you.

2. You look fantastic! Well everywhere except for this spot right here. (Insert awkward physical touching) Keep up the good work though!
Yep, this did just happen to me this weekend, and no I could NOT think up a witty retort because I was so shocked that someone was squeezing my belly.

3. Isn’t buying clothes so much more fun now that you look better?
Listen, buying clothes (at least for me) was always fun. Nothing has changed in that respect. Shopping rocks! Acting like it must have been this tragic thing for me just because my figure was curvier is a little bit revealing of your biases. Don’t put that on me.

I think most people file this under ‘N’ for None of Your God Damn Business, but there are definitely those persistent people who just REALLY need a number. I’m always shocked when people persist over this. What does it matter to you?

Hey, you know what, why don’t we just step on the scale and you can tell me?

6. I just can’t stop staring at you. You look great!
This may seem sort of innocuous, but really unless you are my boyfriend, I would prefer you stop staring at me, actually. It’s awkward. Especially because you are my coworker.

7. Can you eat that? I’m only asking because I don’t want you to derail so much progress.
People are lucky I don’t punch them in the face.

Maybe I need some more coffee. I don’t know. Am I being overly sensitive?

30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Five

So I may have mentioned how lazy I feel already today, but it should be repeated: I FEEL LAZY. Yet these groceries, they don’t shop for themselves you know? I don’t know how we have gotten to 2011 without Costco figuring out that they should offer some Amazon type delivery service.

Why Costco, why??

I think at the end of this coming week, when I have denim’d myself out after 30 days and am doing some reflection, I will say to myself, “Next time, Holly, give yourself the weekend off.” Because on the weekend? I am not my most fashionable self. And for the most part, I am okay with this.

Here’s What I Wore On My Great! Costco! Adventure!


It’s a shock that Vogue isn’t beating my door down right now isn’t it?

Sweater: Old Navy
Tank: Mossimo for Target
Jeans: Gap Slim Boyfriend — yep, picked them up off my closet floor this morning. How’s that for gettin’ real?
Shoes: Target Clearance Rack. No brand, just an owl logo?

I’m of the opinion that they don’t call it lazy Sunday for nothing, and I’m just doing my best to abide by the rules.

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.


What’s For Dinner?

Feeling lazy this morning, which means my menu is basically a bunch of pins from pinterest and also a love note to my crock pot.


You know how that goes, right? It’s a lazy Sunday around these parts. The house smells like bacon, the background noise is football and with 30 pages left of my book I’m definitely going to be putting off grocery shopping for at least a little bit. At least I’ve figured out WHAT we are going to eat. Procuring the ingredients is a different story.

Why does it take so long to get to the weekend and then it goes by so fast? Life is cruel sometimes! 😉

Lunch: Autumn Chopped Salad
Dinner: Crock Pot Smokey Pot Roast + Steamed Buttery Green Beans

Lunch: Greek Salads
Dinner: Paleo-ified Asian BBQ Chicken Thighs + Cauliflower Fried Rice

Lunch: Green Curry Chicken + Broccoli Slaw Bowls
Dinner: Taco Lettuce Wraps

Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Thai Honey Peanut Chicken + Sauteed Asian Snap Peas

Lunch: Italian Antipasto Salads
Dinner: Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken + Roasted Broccoli

Lunch: Eggs + Bacon Brunch! (AKA the best way to start the weekend!)
Dinner: Stove Top Carnitas + Balsamic Honey Glazed Oven Roasted Carrots


What’s cooking in your neck of the woods this week?


30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Four


Very busy day that included celebrating my cousin Chelsea’s 1st Birthday. And we all know that celebrating a child’s birthday involves eating lots of cake right?

I celebrated like it was MY JOB.

Here’s What I Wore:


After 24 days I figured you could use a change of scenery, so this is my mom’s backyard.

Earrings: Target
Sweater: Merona for Target
Shirt: Gap Outlet
Belt: Target
Jeans: Gap Slim Boyfriend
Shoes: Missoni for Target

These are the second pair of shoes I scored at the Missoni Madness and boy do I LOVE THEM:

30 Days of Denim - Day Twenty Four

They will be a fun pair of flats to have around this fall. You know, assuming it starts to actually feel like fall, instead of just being a bazillion degrees out every day. UGH.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.

30 Days of Denim – Day Twenty Three

Pssssst!  It’s Friday night!  And I will admit to finding Rihanna’s silly “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend” song slightly less annoying when I hear it on my way home from work on Friday nights.

Only slightly though.

What happened to Rihanna?  Remember when she was cute and innocent?

Now she’s like *cough* Pass the Jameson while I smoke a cigarette *cough* Avril Lavigne and I need another DRINK! So sad! I mean, it can’t ALL be blamed on Chris Brown, can it? Maybe one of her tatoos can be blamed on him, but the rest of it??? I don’t know.

Anyway, what was I saying…

Ah, yes. It’s Friday! And do you know how I feel about that? About like this:

Are you gettin’ what I’m puttin’ down here?

And here’s a more normal-ish picture of what I wore:


Sweater: Mossimo for Target
Tank: Mossimo for Target
Jeans: Old Navy The Diva Skinny Jeans
Shoes: Mossimo for Target
Necklace/Earrings/Headband: Target, YOU KNOW!

Shiny face and squinty eyes courtesy of the blazing hot as balls sun. Thanks Mr. Sun!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, whatever your plans!

What did you wear today?

Join the group and play a little show and tell.

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