Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What I Wore - 2nd Edition

Several of you seemed to like the post I had in early February about what I'd been wearing the last few weeks, so I thought I might repeat that again today. Maybe it's a little bit fun for some of you who think we might have similar tastes or something, right?  :)  I haven't taken a picture every day or anything, but I think this is a good representation of what I wore the past six weeks or so. Like before, I'll tell you when and where I bought the pieces I'm wearing in the pics if I can remember.

If nothing else, these pics serve as a reminder that I desperately need another haircut; this hair is out of control! I like wearing it long, but I don't like when it ventures into potential 'sister-wife' territory. Hopefully, Kelsey can get around to a cut and color for me sometime next week while I'm on spring break. You might also be able to tell I was running low on my contacts because I'm wearing my glasses in many of the photos. With any luck, my new contact rx will arrive tomorrow, and I'll be all set for another year. Once they arrive, I'll only sport my glasses when I'm sick or headachey.

(And if you hate this kind of thing, sorry, just swing back by when I post something crafty instead, prob next week.  xoxo)

These photos are kind of in order since I uploaded them from my phone; the last photo, then, is the most recent case you care about that kind of thing.

Floral cardigan - Target clearance in January
Black tank top - Target last summer
Black skinny leg pants - Macy's 3-4 years ago (Seriously, I wear these at least once a week and don't know what I'll do when they finally wear out. They're Style & Co., but I haven't seen this cut and fabric since I bought them. These pants are like my spirit animal.)

Floral kimono and pom pon slippers - Christmas gift 2016

Red turtleneck short-sleeved sweater - Lane Bryant 2015

Floral print tunic/dress - boutique in Gallatin, TN last fall
Olive leggings - Cato a few months ago
Brown boots - Amazon last fall

While I love this tunic, I can see that it isn't very flattering on me. That's why I felt the need to include what I think is a cute selfie head shot. :)

Not a great angle, but I guess it's the best I could do that particular day.
Printed, black chiffon blouse - Kohl's circa 2015
Black pencil skirt - JC Penney circa 2015
Black suede loafers - Marti and Liz shoe store last year (brand is Clark's)

It's so hard to see details in this pic, but I really loved this outfit.
Black asymmetrical buttoned swing jacket - TJ Maxx, December 2016
Purple tank top - Lane Bryant, fall 2016
Black leggings - WalMart, fall 2016
Black boots - Amazon, fall 2016

Gray printed mock turtleneck tunic - Meijer's, fall 2015

Long, buffalo check dress - Old Navy, fall 2015
Black long sleeve tee - Target, fall 2015
Mardi Gras beads - New Orleans, circa 2005
Camper black ballet flats - BHV in Paris, summer 2015 (but you can order from Amazon too)

Black lace blouse - TJ Maxx, summer 2016
Black tank top and black pants - same as others I've listed earlier
Purple infinity scarf - WalMart, summer 2015
RayBan sunglasses - RayBan store, summer 2009 (I desperately need a new pair!)

Pink leather mules - circa 2000 (no clue where I got these, but I also have them in a celery green)

Cream ribbed sweater - Old Navy, winter 2015
Printed scarf - Madrid, summer 2016
Skinny jeans - Old Navy, fall 2016
(Ignore the giant hole in my afghan that you can see in this pic; looks like I need to replace that thing!)

I liked this outfit so much that I wore it the next day for a different dinner out with Kelsey - this time with a scarf I bought in Paris in 2015 - haha!
Suede moccasins - Marti and Liz shoe store

Black cocoon style sweater - Target, fall 2015
Animal print tank style tunic - Lane Bryant, fall 2015
Black pants - same fave ones from Macy's I listed earlier

Black striped jacket - Old Navy, fall 2015
Red turtleneck sweater - same one I mentioned earlier
Black pencil skirt from earlier on the bottom half of me :)

Gray turtleneck sweater dress with handkerchief hem - Old Navy, winter 2016

Black tiny houndstooth dress - Talbot's, fall 2015
Paisley scarf - Paris, summer 2015

Winter wool coat - Old Navy, winter 2014
Duck boots - Christmas, 2016 (ordered from Amazon)
Vera Bradley cross-body bag - Vera Bradley outlet, fall 2016 (K brought it to me from Oregon)

Black rosette dress - Macy's, fall 2010 (brand is Alfani, and it's one of my absolute faves)

Here's more of a closeup of the rosette trim at the neckline and cuff.

And there you can see my boots I wore with it - same ones I mentioned earlier. If I were going out somewhere fancy, I'd switch the boots with stockings and heels.

Gray, polka dot tennies - Target, spring 2017 (I want these in EVERY color! They are super comfy and only $22 each!)

Printed lace sleeve tunic - local boutique, summer 2015
Same black pants from Macy's that I love

Black babydoll dress - Old Navy, summer 2016
Chevron scarf (with hidden monogram) - WalMart, summer 2014
Black leggings that I mentioned earlier

Black printed skinny trousers - JC Penney, summer 2013
Coral ruffle-front blouse - Kohl's, summer 2013  (sorry I didn't get a pic of the whole thing)
Same black suede loafers I mentioned earlier

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Doing a bit of sketching

I'm working on a new scrapbooking project and want to incorporate some sketches into it. Since my project involves Kelsey when she was very little, I'm most interested in drawing little girls. Yesterday, I looked up some images on Pinterest and tried to mimic them as a starting point. I def don't think they're great, but I'm glad I tried it and am proud of my effort. Hopefully, I'll just get better if I work on it more.

Take a look at my efforts:

And then I randomly drew some suitcases - lol. 

As I mentioned to a student who complimented my work yesterday, "I think there's an artist inside me; I just haven't met her yet."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An exciting weekend for the Purples!

Last week, my school's basketball team made another trip to the state tournament in Lexington.  On Tuesday, we had a school-wide pep rally to send off our basketball team to the tournament.

We played and won during the day on Wednesday and Friday, so I headed north for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Lexington on Saturday to cheer them on in the semi-final game. Although they didn't play until the evening, I drove up early in order to do a bit of crafty shopping and exploring on my own before meeting the fella.

The game against Scott County (scoreboard pictured here) really shouldn't have been a quarterfinal game. Some of the polls had BGHS as #1 in the state, but other polls had Scott County as #1. I'm not sure why KHSAA doesn't seed the tournament, especially since this 'random' draw could just as easily have been the title game. I didn't get to go to the first or second round games since they occurred during the school day, but I did get to follow along as they were streamed at least. The fella went up to Lexington early on Friday and caught this game in person, so that's why I have the great pic of the scoreboard at the end.

I checked out a cute needlework shop, The Stitch Niche, where I snagged a cross stitch pattern I liked and an adorable needle minder for my works in progress.

JoAnn's, Michael's, and Tuesday Morning were quick stops for me too. I just bought a couple of things at each, but it was nice to check out a different selection than I have at home.

I also visited an independent bookstore, Joseph Beth's Booksellers, and had a great time checking out their selection. Here are a few things that caught my eye, even though I didn't buy anything.

I also stopped in a rather high-end gift store and fell in total love with their hand-painted pillows. Like, seriously, I need to learn how to paint because I am NOT paying $53 a pop for these not matter how cute they are. (They had tea towels too that I think were about $28 each - still too pricey for me!) These pillows were my faves!

I met the fella at the hotel, and we watched some NCAA basketball before driving to Rupp Arena to cheer on our Purples. In a VERY close game, the Purples were able to pull out a win over Scott. Although we'd led the entire game, the Scott team tied it up and even took the lead briefly in the last two  minutes of the game. I still can't believe what was supposed to have been an easy game for us was one that almost cost our kids the chance to play in the championship game. Needless to say, I was a bit belligerent about some of the calls the referees made (or didn't make). I cheered so loudly at the end of that game that my throat hurt the rest of the evening.

After the game, we had dinner at Joe Bologna's, a local pizza place that has been in business for over 30 years. It's located in an old church which was super cool, and their supreme Sicilian pizza was fabulous. We both pigged out a bit!

Since the following day's game wasn't until mid-afternoon, we enjoyed a leisurely morning at the hotel followed by breakfast at a nearby place. Then, the fella squired me around to TJ Maxx and Target so I could look for some cute pajamas for the upcoming retreat. I bought some, but I'm not sure I love them. Since I haven't tried them on yet, the jury is still out.

We wanted to arrive plenty early before the game, so we headed to Rupp more than an hour before start time. It was fun to get in and get settled without being rushed. For some reason, the ticket sellers sold us tickets that were smack dab in the middle of the student section. Even though we sat there briefly before game time, I quickly realized I wasn't 'hype' enough to hang with that crew. We asked an usher about our options and he allowed us to move over a section since most of the kids were in their wrong seats anyway. Had I been stuck in the middle of that painted up, screaming, dancing craziness, I prob wouldn't have been able to enjoy the game at all.

We played Cooper, who had pulled off an upset against Fern Creek during the late game the night before. While they had some talented players and were amazing from 3-point land, they just weren't a match to the relentless Purple players. While our 67-56 win against Cooper sounds like a comfortable margin, I was on the edge of my seat the entire game.  Our boys played consistently and confidently; they shot well and made smart decisions on the court. That's why they've had a 29 game winning streak this season and why they're the new KHSAA state champions in basketball.

And, as a point of pride, we're the only public high school in Kentucky to have ever won state titles in both football and basketball in the same year. 'Round here, the saying goes, "It's always a good day to be a Purple." Well, today is an extra-special, very good day.