Memorial Day Weekend

Recap of my Memorial Day Weekend:

-Wearing a cute Down East Basics dress and taking these pictures with my dad's nice camera

-Going home to Kaysville to see my wonderful family

-Watching the first episode of So You Think You Can Dance

-Going to my good friend Shauna's wedding reception!
-Going to my brother's elementary school olympics, and driving all my sibs back and forth everywhere all day friday...just a taste of motherhood ;)

-Hanging out with my best friends, Courtney and Laura, all day on Saturday

-Going to the Singles ward at home with Courtney and Laura on Sunday

-Eating salmon for Sunday dinner

-Creeping on my cute 4 year-old sister Grace...
She fell asleep on the couch ha

(isn't she cute? She's singing a song from Tangled in the video if you can't tell)

-Painting faces with my aunt Zildy, who is teaching me how so I can do festivals with her!

-Just spending time with my family

-Bruno Mars concert Monday night!
(he's singing "Just the Way You Are"--sorry about the poor quality! I just took this with my camera)

-And this morning I said goodbye to one of my good friends who's leaving for 3 months to travel Europe! Sad for me, but happy for her!

Awesome weekend? I say....YES. :D


Just Stuff

Haha..so these pictures were taken in my roommates' room (I don't think they read this, but if they do, then sorry and thank you for letting me take pictures in it!) because one of them wasn't home and the other is in London until this weekend and I didn't know where to take my pictures and I'm sick of doing them all in the same places.Anyways.

Guess what? I might be going to see Taylor Swift in September because she's coming to Utah!! Gah! My sister and I are pretty big fans (the only singer I love more than T Swift is Carrie Underwood of course). But we have to somehow fork up some money because the tickets are a bit pricey. Definitely worth it though, I'm sure! We want to try and get floor tickets, because what would be better than that? Life would practically be fulfilled. What concerts have you guys been to that you absolutely loved? Or what concerts do you want to go to that you know you'd absolutely love? ;)

I have to go get ready for work and life but I thought I'd tell you guys to be excited...because I have a surprise coming in the next few days and it involves all of YOU! Be excited..be very excited, because I can't wait to tell you all about it! Soooo keep reading, or ya know, you could even press that little button that says, "follow" which pretty much puts you on my favorite people list. Just sayin'.

An Outfit A Day...
Cardigan? Thrifted
Button-Up? Thriftied
Pink Tee? Down East Basics
Belt? Thrifted
Jegggings? Charlotte Russe
Flats? Forever Young Shoes

...Keeps the Fashion Police Away
Comfort? 8
Original? 6
Did I like it? 7
Overall? 7


La Dee Dum Fa La Ta Ta

 Well hi.

Yesterday was Monday. Today is Tuesday. The week is slowly coming. I stayed the weekend at home sweet home with my family because I had two receptions and I'm going back on Thursday night for Memorial Day weekend and another reception. And So You Think You Can Dance starts Thursday night! Soooo psyched!!! Remember this day when I got to watch the live auditions? Almost the best day of my life (the best day of my life was seeing Carrie Underwood in concert for the first time--and the second time too ha--it was so amazing). Sorry if I obsessively talk about CU way too much. Honestly, I can never talk about her too much and I really do think she is SO incredible and deserves all the fame and credibility that she has. Biggest fan right here, peeps.

So I realized that I wear a cardigan with everything. Ok, well this wasn't really realized, it was already known.  haha. But I took a picture of my outfit without the cardigan on and thought I'd share so you can see that I can pull off outfits without cardigans too! Be proud. :)
Hehe..something else random is that the shift key on the left side of the keyboard came completely off and not even my dad, the computer awesome genius whiz, couldn't fix it. So I've now been learning how to use the right shift key for all the capital letters. I'm gonna turn into a weird typist! At work today, I was only using the right shift key even though all the keys work perfectly on the keyboard. Goodness gracious, the things I get myself into.

One more random note. I found out today that this belt is Liz Claiborne from 1990! Cool, huh? It came out before I was even born. That is definitely considered vintage to me. Before I was born=old.

Anywho. Have a good day. Are you watching the Glee Season 2 finale tonight? You can bet I am and I can't WAIT!!!

An Outfit A Day...
Cardigan? Thrifted
Blouse? J.C. Penney, gifted
Belt? Thrifted
Jeans? Ross
Necklace? F21

...Keeps the Fashion Police Away
Comfort? 7
Original? 6
Did I like it? 8
Overall? 7

P.S. The title's a bit random too. Sorry.


Receptions, Refashions, and Red...Oh My!

You guys are pretty lucky I love you so much, because I almost just posted an old outfit today, but then I remembered that I promised to show you this dress so I went downstairs and took pictures really fast. :)

Do you like the dress? Here's the before picture...
I cut out the buttons and sewed down the front, shortened the sleeves, hemmed it, sewed in an elastic around the waist, added a zipper in the back, and then added a sash with some extra red fabric that I had. Funny story: At first with the red sash I sewed it onto the dress, but then I realized after sewing it all on that I couldn't get the dress on! Because the sash was woven fabric, not knit (knit fabric is stretchy) and so obviously it wouldn't fit going on either way. So then I unpicked the whole sash and just made a new one separate from the dress so I didn't have that problem. Silly me.

I went to a reception last night which was great! It was for my friend Brittany, who was my next door neighbor last year in the dorms. Tonight I'm going to another friend's reception and I also am going to another one next weekend! Goodness gracious. One thing you have to realize about living in Utah, and especially in Provo, is that when you become college aged, especially starting your sophomore year, millions (okay, that's exaggerating obviously) of people start get married. And one someone gets married it basically means they've died from your life because if you don't work with them or have a class with them, you'll never see them because they are always with their spouse. True (and kind of sad) story.

Kind of going along with yesterday's post, I realized today that I'm sooo sooo happy doing what I'm doing right now. Really, I don't think I'd trade it for anything. I love that I have been sewing every day. And I love that I have this blog. And I love that I work with the women's clothing in the bookstore and get to make sweet displays and change mannequins all the time.
This is one of my recent displays at work. I love it! Notice the color scheme? :)
I guess what's really great about all of this too is that I'm pretty good at what I'm doing AND I love it. With dance, I really loved it, but I wasn't super great at it (and though I've stopped dancing you can see from the above picture that I obviously haven't stopped haha...I was having fun. ;)) And with something like math, I was really good at it, but I didn't love it (I don't hate math, I just don't want to spend the rest of my life doing it). The key is finding something you're good at and that you love. And everyone has something like that! That's why when you go to college, everyone picks a major. And we all get to pick what we want and you have to be good at it if you want to succeed. Honestly, its kind of a cool concept.

Anyways, this was supposed to be a short post because I'm feeling tired, but longer posts are good too. I get to go see Kung Fu Panda 2 now! Hi-yah! ;)


Being Happy Now

Welp, it's Friday. Thank goodness! I get to go home for the weekend and go to two receptions, one of which Katri talked about. I also get to see Kung Fu Panda 2 (sorry, the other day I said it was Cars 2, my bad ha) for free before it comes out! Yeah baby! I loooove receptions and free movies. I can't wait to show you the dress I'm wearing today. :)

Anyways, you what really stinks sometimes? Being single. Yeah. I am going to say now that I've never kissed anyone or had a boyfriend. :( And sometimes it's okay, but most of the time, it can be really hard, because here in Provo, it seems like everyone is in a relationship, engaged, married, or breaking up. Ugh! It's so frustrating! I guess I just want it to be my turn. Is there anyone else out there in my same position? All the single ladies? ;) I guess the lesson I'm trying to learn through all of this is how to be happy where I'm at. Because I know that if I'm not happy now being single, then I'm not going to be happy if/when I date someone. I've been learning a lot lately that life could be absolutely wonderful and everything could be going right, but if you aren't happy with yourself, then you're not going to be happy. And that's a fact. So my goal is to be happy right now in my current situation. I'll keep you updated. Until then...happy Friday!

An Outfit A Day...
Cardigan? Abercrombie and Fitch, secondhand
Blouse? Thrifted
Necklace? F21
Jeans? Ross
Shoes? Thrifted

...Keeps the Fashion Police Away
Comfort? 7.5
Original? 6
Did I like it? 7.5
Overall? 7


Life is Grand

Sometimes life isn't always happy, or doesn't go the way we planned.
Sometimes our hearts get broken or we get hurt, and there's nothing we can do about it, because its their love to give and take how they please.
Sometimes we mess up and don't know what to do.
Sometimes we fall in love with the wrong person, or trust the wrong "friend."
Sometimes even if life is going super well and everything is right, nothing is right, and we aren't happy.
Sometimes we wake up and want to go right back to bed.
Sometimes we look in the mirror and hate what we see.
Sometimes, we feel like no one loves us and like no one in the world cares or knows what we're going through.

But it's times like these when we're our strongest...when we can still put on a smile and get out of bed and put on a cute dress and get ready. When we can take our camera out and take a gazillion pictures, because life is too short to forget the memories. These are the times when we need to find someone else who needs the love more, because when we give it, we find it. This is when we can let ourselves cry our eyes out for five minutes and then stop. Because who likes feeling sad anyways? Without times like these, we wouldn't be able to find the deep strength in ourselves to go on....the strength that brings us happiness in others, in life, and in ourselves. :)

An Outfit A Day...
Dress? Thrifted and refashioned (sorry, I forgot to take a before pic!)
Cardi? (I realized that I wore this the other day, sorry again ha) Thrifted
Necklace? F21
Slip? Cut from a Rue 21 skirt
Shoes? Walmart
Bag? Target

Keeps the Fashion Police Away
Comfort? 9
Original? 9
Did I like it? 9.5
Overall? 9

P.S. I have the BEST followers ever! Thanks to each and every person who reads this blog. My heart leaps every time I get a new follower and it makes me so happy to get comments. I appreciate every single one of you and I hope you know that. Thank you soooooo much! I'm so lucky :) I love this bloggy blog. :)
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