WIWW – Cowboy boot edition

Welcome back!  I was MIA for a week because we took a family vacation to Tennessee.  It was the best family vacation we’ve had to date!  I really, really did not want it to end.  {sigh}

While we were there, I was keeping my eyes out for a fun souvenir from the trip.  With my new I-hate-clutter approach to life, nothing was appealing to me.  BUT!  I’ve wanted a pair of cowboy boots for ages.  Around here, you can spend $300 for a pair without blinking an eye.  So, I decided to see if I could find a pair that I liked there that was more reasonable.  And I did!

Aren’t they lovely?  And they are so comfortable.  They are 11 inch boots by Ariat.  As much as I wanted to find a pair of sassy red boots, that will have to wait for another day.  I decided to start with classic boots that I’ll likely wear for years to come.

So this week’s WIWW is a classic white t-shirt, my Docker’s boyfriend shirt, Levi’s 512 jeans (the BEST jeans for a woman with hips) and my boots.  I was so pleased that I actually put on my jewelry too!  I have had the blue Lia Sophia necklace hanging in my jewelry cabinet for at least two years now.  New with tags until yesterday.

I discovered today that my daughter might not be my best photographer.  Every one of the ten pictures she took is fuzzy.  I guess that camera is pretty heavy and hard to hold perfectly still if you are only 10.  LOL.  Note to self – get out the tripod next time.

Since I’m currently on a kick to make myself a highly functional wardrobe that doesn’t require a ton of upkeep or space, I decided to sign up for a new website called Go Chic or Go Home.  I think it could be really wonderful if I could get it to work right.  I’ll keep trying but in the meantime, it at least gives me some good inspiration for what real women are wearing.  (

Check out what other real women are wearing by clicking the link below and visiting The Pleated Poppy.

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A Wardrobe Makeover – What I wore Jan 18 to 24

Last week I mentioned that I had a short list of some pieces I wanted to find.  With a $20 gift card in hand, I headed to Macy’s last Tuesday night after my husband was home and my family was fed.  With $20, I knew I wasn’t going to find the jeans/pants that were on my list but I did come across an enormous clearance section.  I took a quick stroll through and found two cotton cable knit sweaters for about $10 each.  I found a faux wool sweater that I think is super cute for about $6 and a “statement” sweater that ended up being about $12.  That is my kind of shopping!

Here is what I wore this week-


Belted one of the cable knit sweaters with a pink jacket on top.  (That jacket was thrifted back in August for about $5.  It’s a Liz Claiborne and it still had it’s original tags on it when I found it in the thrift store!)

As a side note, my children clearly are not used to this.  One child told me I looked beautiful, another asked me if we were going to church and the third asked me why I was so dressed up.  Ha, ha!

Do you know what is great about participating in WIWW?  Looking at a picture of yourself when you think you’ve done good with your appearance.  Pictures don’t lie.  For example, that lipstick you see above?  It’s in the trash now.  Moving right along…


Today, my big effort for WIWW was to color my gray sideburns.  Yikes.  Other than that, it’s a pretty Plain Jane outfit.  This is that new $6 sweater from Macy’s that I mentioned above.

I’m also actually wearing earrings today.  Baby steps.  That’s what I’m all about.  The hair is still a little wet…  but it was time to stop playing dress up and move along with my day so what you see is what you get.

Like our rabbit?  Her name is Rosie.  My daughter was playing with her when I asked her to snap the pictures so I had to hold the rabbit.  Isn’t she cute?


This was probably my favorite outfit of the week.  All the components have been in my wardrobe for awhile but I never thought to put them together until I was “playing dress up” the other night trying things on.  It was actually fun to get dressed for Classical Conversations co-op today!

I can’t believe I live in a world where we are allowed to wear leggings again.  Ah!  Life is good.

I have to confess, the purse is new.  And so are the boot socks.  I wonder if the boot socks cut the line of my leg too much.  I’m bummed that the picture didn’t come out better so I could ask your opinion on that.  But it was time to go so…  this is the only picture we’ve got.


We got snowed/iced in here last night.  Hubby and I decided to reorganize the kitchen cabinets today since we had the luxury of time at home together.  We got about half of them done and it feels GREAT!  But that is for another post.  Since we were working and no one but my blog friends was going to see me, I kept it simple.

Sunday Morning

The outfit I showed last week – but with boots and grey tights.  It was cold and icey so I’m really glad I skipped the peep toe shoes from last week.  😉

Sunday Afternoon

I went to a friend’s house to scrapbook so I thought I’d share that too.  Imagine the shoes as snow boots – because that is what I actually wore.  And I was thankful too – because there was a load of ice at her house.


I didn’t have the camera handy when I left my room and I forgot to go back and get it.  I wore a big fluffy sweater, jeans and snow boots.  You aren’t missing much – it wasn’t anything spectacular.

Even though we had a ice storm that delayed the federal government and shut down lots of activities around me, none of our out-of-the-house activities were cancelled.  Bummer.  So it was all practical and nothing at all fun.



Nothing terribly exciting but I felt cute since I curled my hair.  I guess that’s really the point of this whole thing isn’t it?  A few small easy things that make you feel more put-together?

All in all, it was a better week than the week before that.  I’ll take it.


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Wardrobe makeover and what I wore Wednesday

Yesterday, I mentioned how much I love Pinterest.  While I was there, I came across a woman who has an ebook out about a nobrainer wardrobe.  Although I didn’t buy the ebook, I did go check out her blog series she did on the subject back in October.  (You can find it here –

As a mom at home who has three elementary age kids, homeschools, cleans her own toilets, is approaching 40 this year and doesn’t have a ton of cash, the series appealed to me.  I am not one to put a high priority on what my wardrobe looks like but it is still a priority to me.  I’d like to look presentable most of the time.  However, a lot of the ideas I see on-line are just out of the question for me to wear in my daily life.  The high heels with jeans trend?  Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here.  It may look cute, but it’s totally impractical for my daily life.  But still, I’d like to kick up my game a bit from my daily uniform…

(Please forgive the quality of the pictures – my 10 year old daughter took all of these and they are a wee bit fuzzy.)

Over the last week, I’ve begun working through some of her suggestions.  I began thinking I was going to purge my closet.  Lots of stuff I simply don’t wear.  That went from purge the closet to shop the closet instead.  I’ve recently been having a pitty party about my lack of appropriate church clothes for winter.  I wear a lot of jeans in my life.  Spending a bunch of money on a dress to wear – maybe once a month – is simply not very practical to me right now.  While I was in my closet, I looked again at a suit I’d bought for myself.  I probably bought it 4 years ago and it still has the tags on it.  It’s an Evan Picone, pin stripped, lined suit.  I actually think it’s rather nice.  But I don’t wear suits.

I guess I talked myself into it because it was a nice brand name, lined suit.  The jacket was $20 and the pencil skirt was $10 according to the tags that are still hanging on them.  I even bought myself a red blouse to go with the suit.  It, too, has been hanging in my closet for probably one year less than the suit has been.  (I literally dusted a layer of white off the shoulders to snap that picture above.)

The blouse looks alright.  I actually like most everything about it.  Except that if I were to lean forward anyone near me would see everything I have to offer.  It’s a bit low cut for my taste.  So, it too has been just hanging there with it’s tags still on it.

But after searching around on Pinterest and making myself a wardrobe board, I began to notice a trend.  I like scarves around my neck.  So, I ditched the jacket and put a grey scarf on with it and – Voila!

Now that is something I would actually wear to church!  But it’s COLD here right now so most likely, I will be wearing some charcoal tights and black boots on Sunday morning instead of bare legs and peep toe shoes.

About 10 minutes of play – with things I already owned – resulted in something I plan to wear on Sunday.  Not a bad investment.  Thanks for the inspiration, Hayley!

Then I grabbed a long sleeve t-shirt to go with my beloved Levis 512 jeans – standard uniform.  But today I added some ballet flats and a scarf.  I threw my hair up in a messy, curly up-do and went about my day around the house.  It sure was nice to look a little better than average when someone stopped by unexpectedly that afternoon!

There is just one thing – now I remember why I haven’t worn these flats in ages.  I need to figure out how to stretch them so they don’t rub my feet into a blister.  Anyone know a good tip to do that?

After summing up my wardrobe quickly, I came up with a short list of 6 items I’d like to add to add a bit of variety.  I’ll let you know how that goes next week.

Thanks for stopping by!


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