Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Blue Arms

Yesterday I was reading my usual go-to blogs, and I saw that Jill over at the Good Life had a post with an Old Navy shirt in it that I own so I was inspired to wear it again. I love the pattern and how it fits (its actually long enough in a regular size!). Then today I was at Old Navy looking for a dress to wear for my brother's graduation this weekend (I ended up getting this one - only $17!), I took off my shirt while in the dressing room, and remembered why I don't wear this shirt more turns my arms blue! Whoops...
Also, how great is this ring? My mom passed it along to me after it had been sitting in her jewelry box for a while. Its straight up from the 80's but I'm glad to see that some things actually transcend decades (unlike neon and puffy sleeves, which can gladly stay in the 80's).

Blouse: Old Navy
Blazer: H&M
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
Watch: Boccia
Nails: Essie Midnight Cami + Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Starry Night

Nothing too crazy for work today but cardigans are a reliable staple in my wardrobe so they are what I grab for in my (every.single.morning) rush.

Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet
Tee: Gap
Belt: Gap
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Bracelet: Forever 21

I have a slight obsession with stars/the universe. If it weren't for my terrible physics skills I would love to become an astronaut. Given my lack of math skills, starry manicures are about as close as its going to get. I only used 1 layer of Midnight Cami so it had more of a swirl to the look...

Base: Essie Midnight Cami
Sparkle: Wet 'n Wild Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing memorial day weekend! Mine was spent enjoying local beers, celebrating a wedding and a proposal (watch here!) and purchasing my first new car! It was quite the eventful weekend :)

My new baby! A Scion xD. Its everything I wanted in a car - a manual hatchback with good gas mileage, big enough for me to be comfortable but small enough to find good parking spots. She's zippy and cute and I love her. Suggestions for names? I've been instructed to call her Quinn but I'm open for suggestions ;)

Dress: Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman for AE
Photo booth fun at a friend's wedding. Chris and I went down to the free zoo in Chicago 4 years ago right after we started dating - we took pictures in one of the photo booths there and they remain one of my all time favorite pictures of us. Unfortunately they have faded so much from hanging on my pin board that they are almost unrecognizable :(  I think these will be an adequate replacement :)

Dress: Forever 21
The new Sconnie beer that Chris has been so excited about - I'm not a huge beer drinker but this was pretty good (although nothing will replace Blue Moon for me).
Boots at the Essen Haus - I'm German, its only natural!

Dress: Target
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet

Monday, May 28, 2012

May Budget

1. Shea Moisturizing Conditioner and Moisture Spray -$10 each at Target
2. Forever 20 - $15  (seen here)
3. Target - $20
4. Rocket Dog via DSW - $30
5. Forever 21 - $30
6. Stila Stay All Day Eye liner - $20, bought with giftcard
7. Forever 21  - $15 (seen here)
8. Forever 21 - $10 (seen here)
9. Essie Midnight Cami - $8 (seen here)

= $148

Since starting my budget spreadsheet, I have been more aware of where my money is going. I think I did pretty well this month! Its more important than ever for me to keep track of my purchases since I just bought a new car (yay for the new car, boo for the car payments). Did you stick to your budget this month?

Edit: I ended up making 2 more purchases in the last 24 hours of May. I purchased these super cute sandals from Target for $15, and this dress from Old Navy for $17 making the grand spending total $175. Not bad for a girl who used to spend at least that much in a single trip to the mall. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As the weather gets hotter...

...the temperature at work gets cooler so our paper-thin lab coats don't exactly keep us warm. Wearing sweaters and scarves keeps me comfortable at work....but is not so much fun driving in a car with broken AC (along with broken doors, cracked belts and all sorts of other needs-replacing parts) so now I'm on the search for a new car. Any suggestions?

Shirt: Forever 21
Scarf: Forever 21
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Watch: Fossil
Nails: Sally Hansen Pink Slip

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Faux Pearl Bib Necklace

I mentioned this necklace a few posts back in my budget post. I've been searching for a pearl bib necklace for months now, but none that fit my budget. They ranged from $44 to $120 to $140 (and beyond) and just like my J.Crew necklace, I wasn't about to break the bank/my budget for a piece of costume jewelry.

So when I found this necklace at Forever 21, and for $15, I was sold. I didn't love the strands hanging down so I snipped them off with a wire cutter, and here we are - the perfect pearl bib necklace that fits perfectly into my budget.

Have you found any great deals lately?

**Edit: It seems that my version sold out super quick but they do have a similar necklace here!
**EditEdit: That one is sold out too! Anyone find any other similar ones they would like to share?

Stolen Belts...

I recently purchased a skirt at Target that I decided I didn't love once I got home. So I took it back to exchange for a simple summer dress...but I forgot to return the belt that went with it. So I decided to give it a try today with this shirt but I'm just not loving it. Its cheap and plastic - the new owner of my returned skirt shouldn't feel they are missing out on anything.

Blouse: H&M
Belt: "Stolen" from Target skirt
Necklace: Tiffany & Co.
Bracelets: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

Monday, May 21, 2012

Reds & Pinks

Just some pinks and reds to brighten up an early Monday morning :)

Top: Forever 21
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
Belt: Forever 21
Jeans: Urban Oufitters

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hope, Peace, Love

Thankfully it is almost the weekend - I'm going to my friend's cabin and it is exactly what I needed after this week. I get to wear shorts! And sandals! Its the small things....

Chambray: Old Navy
Cardigan: Gap
Bracelet: Express
Necklace: gift

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I could sparkle up your eye

The first time I saw Lana del Ray, it was on SNL and I had the same reaction I did when Robyn performed: who is this girl and why is she on my television. The swaying, the lips, the clothes...I just did not know what to do with her.

Now I know: her music is the perfect soundtrack for a rainy day. I can't stop listening.

Shirt: Banana Republic
Button up: Gap
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Family heirloom

How cute are these leaf bracelets? My mom is one of the most fashionable people I know, but not in the sense that she spends a lot of money on clothing. The best advice I ever received from her was to mix high end pieces with the more inexpensive items in your closet...which is why my Tiffany & Co bracelet looks right at home next to my F21 bangles. What's the best fashion advice you've received from your mom?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Workin Girl

I went home today as a surprise for Mother's Day. My mom had originally planned on gardening all day but I quickly convinced her that eating blueberries and doing her nails would be much more fun. We visited my younger sister Karoline at her new job at Culver's as well - doesn't she look cute in her little work outfit?


On my mom:

Essie Tart Deco with nail striping

On Karoline:

Essie Mezmerised
Color Club Age of Aquarius

Karoline snapped a couple pictures of me with my pups. They weren't having any of it though...
Blouse: H&M
Sunnies: Ray Ban

Base: Revlon Gray Suede
Gold: Wet&Wild The Gold and the Beautiful

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mothers Day to the most stylish, loving and creative mom in the world. Thank you for everything you have done for us. We will never be able to pay you back for all the love and care.       xo

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Farmers, Skaters and Heidi

I love Saturdays (who doesn't?)

Chris and I got up early to go to the farmers' market before he had to go slave away at the library. We bought some {delicious} hot&spicy cheese bread, greens and some jerky. I miss being able to just walk down town whenever I felt like it.

I also bought some beautiful flowers on a whim. I already feel bad for them since I'm sure I will kill them soon enough.

Later I went rollerblading on the bike trails. I usually go on the bike trails near our house, Cesar Millan style with Bear, but this time it was just me. I made a couple pit stops to enjoy the view :)

Since watching this video I've been wanting to try out the milkbraid hairdo, but not in the ironic "I'm German, look at my Heidi hair". Its super easy to do and I think it may just be my weekend hair go-to.

Have you done anything fun this weekend?

Friday, May 11, 2012


I graduated from college exactly (give or take a few days) a year ago. Going from being a pretty broke college student to having a full time paying job was crazy for me - money just shows up in my bank account every 2 weeks? Awesome, lets go shopping!

And shopping I went. At least once a week I would be at the mall/Target/online buying something I just needed to have. But I have a job now! I can afford to do this.

Wrong. Although I put a bit into my savings account every month to have a safety net, I always needed it for something. It had started getting to the point where the last few days before pay day I had a pit in my stomach because of the low number in my bank account.

No more. As much as I love shopping, I don't need to get ALL THE THINGS. And at 24.75 years old, its time I start to take responsibility for my financial situation. So I made a budget spreadsheet, and allowing myself $150 a month to go shopping. That includes everything not necessary - random Walgreen runs, quick pop ins to Sephora, and especially the "I saw this online, so I need to go to the mall RIGHT NOW" trips. It may seem like a lot of money, but it is less than I spent month to month on things I didn't always need. Having a spreadsheet hold me accountable for my shopping actions means that pit of anxiety will hopefully go away over time.

Unfortunately for me, I hadn't planned on having a budget at the beginning of the month, so now I have $40 left for the month. I don't need anything, but I can live with buying things within reason. Like this beauty I found last night:

How are you budgeting your spending habits? Do you need a strict guideline like I do, or do you play it by ear?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Problem with Sleeves

You may have noticed that my sleeves are always rolled up. There is a very simple explanation for that - I hate long sleeves. I roll just about every shirt I have up because I hate the feeling of having sleeves around my wrists. I even push up my lab coat (when I'm not directly working in the lab) because it bothers me so much. That sometimes causes a problem for those little strappies that "hold up" your sleeves - they're too long and then stand up funny like they do here. Whoops!

Throughout the day I alternated between having the shirt tucked in and letting it be loose. I think I like the belt showing more though :)

Shirt: Forever 21
Scarf: Christmas present from my friend Alexa (who currently lives way too far away from us!)
Belt: Forever 21
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: Tiffanys
Ring: American Eagle

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pass the Bubbly

Happy Wednesday ladies (and gentlemen? ha, doubtful).

Blouse: Banana Republic
Necklace: Walmart
Belt: The Limited
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Ring: American Eagle
Watch: Boccia

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hair Stories

When it comes to my hair, I just can't keep it the same for any period of time. The above pictures are from the last 5 years. I'm (pretty sure I am) a natural dark blond, but I've gone from very blond to dark to blond to red to black to where I am now. I've also cut it off, permed it, and now I'm in a constantly growing out phase. I'm actually pretty happy where I am now with my hair - long side bangs, light highlights with brown tones, and pretty long (for me). Just like I'm constantly changing my hair, I'm also always on the hunt for new products to try. Here are some of my newest products and gadgets:

 Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner ($16, $18) : This shampoo is the shampoo to use for color treated hair. If you are spending your hard earned money to have your hair colored, buying a shampoo to make it last is a must. The shampoo does not lather as well as many other shampoos do though, but mixing it with water in your hand helps. I do not recommend this conditioner though. My hair never felt smooth while it was in my hair, tangles were difficult to comb out, and it left my hair feeling dry. I will not be repurchasing the conditioner.

 Shea Moisture Volumizing Conditioner and Moisture Mist ($10 each at Target): I purchased these on a whim while we were in Minnesota. Both are organic and don't have any of the usual hair culprits in their ingredients. The conditioner, unlike the Aveda conditioner, left my hair very smooth plus it smells amazing - like a mix of vacation and the your favorite shea moisturizer. The moisture spray also smells great. I have yet to see a difference in the thickness of my hair when styled, but I will continue using it just for the smell and moisture.

Tresemme Rejuvenating Mud Masque ($3.99 at Target): I was out of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, and after having used that for the last decade, it was time to try a different drug store hair mask. This mask is a green heavy mask. I left it on for 10 minutes, and I felt that my hair was less frizzy once I styled it. I did not notice a smell, which is great considering it is a "mud mask". I'm excited to try out more of their line of products, especially at this cost!

Suave Dry Shampoo ($2.99 at Target): For years, dry shampoo was only available to those willing to spend $20+ on a bottle from the salon. Thanks to Suave, we now can all afford a bottle. I try not to wash my hair more than 3 times a week so this is a life saver for me. You just shake the bottle, spray it at your roots, tousle your hair, and you're good to go. I've also tried using this before bed so the oil has time to absorb. For about $3 a can, this is a must-have for every girl out there.

GVP Pro 1800 Hair Dryer ($35 at Sally Beauty Supply): My $20 hair dryer from years ago was starting to spark when I used it. Instead of risking my hair starting on fire, I went to Sally's and found this guy. GVP is a product line that produces generic products modeled after higher priced hair products and tools. While I do not used the brand name dryer (I believe it was a Chi hair dryer), I'm very satisfied with this hair dryer. It dries my hair quickly, it isn't incredibly loud, and my hair is shinier. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive hair dryer, I would recommend this one.

I'm still looking for that perfect product that keeps my hair silky and smooth without being weighed down. Have you discovered any hair product/tools lately that you want to share? I'm always looking for new things to try!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Nautical x 2

This is my first time participating in Everybody, Everywear and I'm so excited since this month's theme is Nautical. Its like it was meant to be, since I live for anything Nautical themed. I used this opportunity to recreate my nail design from a few weeks ago into an outfit. Not a lot of things I like more than stripes, reds and blues. Are you participating in EBEW? I would love to see your interpretation - leave me a link below!

Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Cardigan: American Eagle
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
Watch: Fossil
Bracelets: Forever 21 + vacation find
Nails: Essie Midnight Cami

Natilcal: EBEW

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chevrons and Bows

I've wanted to do a chevron pattern on my nails for a while now, and I tried 3 different ways to do that. Striping tape was the only way I figured out how to do it. I cut up the pieces individually and stuck them on. I'm really happy about the way it turned out!

Now I want to "invent" Chevron nail striping does one go about that? #MillionDollarIdea

Base: Essie Midnight Cami
Striping: eBay {search nail striping tape}
Ring: Forever 21

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Faux J.Crew

This J.Crew Necklace has been all over the blogs (and here and here) and Pinterest for basically years now. The necklace is too far out of my price range for a piece of costume jewelry, but my sister found this amazing {knock-off} version and gifted it to me on Christmas. I've been pretty timid about wearing it, but today was the day it made its appearance. Thank you Viktoria, my ever stylish sister who lives way too far away from me :(

Shirt: Forever 21
Blazer: Forever 21
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Necklace: Present
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: Express

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Easiest way to Chambray

Buying this chambray shirt may have been the best purchase I've made in months. It fits perfectly and goes with anything (except for Canadian tuxedos!). Mine is a tall sized Medium from Old Navy - and for ~$20, you can't go wrong.

Chambray: Old Navy
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
Belt: Gap
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Watch: Flossil
Bracelets: Forever 21