Forever 21: buy 1 get 1 free SALE!!

Today and tomorrow you can go to Forever 21 and visit their SALE section and get BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!!!  Awesome.   Here's what I bought:

All for about $50!  
Totally sweet.  
But I bought it online.
Cuz I didn't have time to go to the store.
Cuz I have kids.
And I didn't want to.

So here's to hoping they fit!!!  

{{Final sale items...can't return.  Kinda scary but hey, I'm a seamstress and creative so I'll MAKE them work.}}

What I Would Wear

I obviously don't have buckets of money to wear a different outfit every day of the year.  (And even if I did, I wouldn't, cuz that's just wasteful.)  So I'm going to post what I actually DO wear for the day (get ready to see a lot of repeats) and then a style guide called "What I Would Wear" that shows a cute outfit option to help me plan for future outfits when I do have some extra money to spend. 

Here's today's guide:

What I Would Wear

2.  Fedora from Anthropologie:  Sold out! Crap.  

Six Beautiful Snow Boots

It's no secret that I *love* boots.  I love, love, love them.  But I only own like four pairs (that sounds like a lot to me still, but for someone who claims to love boots, it's not so much.)  And since the weather in Utah looks like this:
I have been thinking more and more about SNOW worthy boots.  Meaning boots that are impervious to snow, that keep the moisture out and the warmth in.  Snow boots that you could hike through miles of snow in, or even just build a snow man in.  They are usually super ugly so I've never wanted to spend the money on them, even though they are so practical.  Here are a few new cute ones I found:

Sorel from Nordstrom: $129

Sketchers Highlanders in Ice Blue: $89

Sketcher's Highlanders: $62 (also Sorel makes these exact shoes!)
Juicy Couture "Sarabeth": $100
The North Face "Nuptse Fur IV": $100

Coach "Leonora": $100
I think the last three are my favorite.  I am a sucker for classic and clean...especially that white Coach boot and the black Juicy Couture. 

I Tried

I wore my first real 'trying' outfit today.  It was seriously cute, I promise.  And then I did my hair curly following Syd's tutorial.  And then the crap hit the fan.  So hubcap couldn't take my picture and I didn't even leave the house today.  So no one except him appreciated the effort!  But just so I remember for the future here's what I wore, in words (so lame, I know.)

Top:  Short-sleeved white button-up from the Limited, layered with a green pleated neck tank from Kohls
Pants:  Skinnies from Downeast
Boots: (technically not WORN since I was inside all day) Famous Footwear (you know the ones, Syd wears them all the time and I had to have them.)
Hot Pink scarf from Walmart

If I had more money I would have swapped out the scarf for some pretty long tied pearls.

And I need to remember this outfit too:
{{My fail doesn't count since it's not 2011 yet.  Ha!}}

White Lace

I love white.  White is not so much good with kids.  Hmmm...

Definitely couldn't do this dress:
But maybe that hem....I love the scallops with the lace! 

Saying No to The Mom Uniform

The Obsession. 
I've recently become obsessed with fashion blogs like Clothed Much, The Sartorialist,  & The Daybook and I read this one post about developing your own style.

It. Was. Miraculous.  

For the first time someone actually said out loud that it was okay to not like trendy. 

I have always kind of struggled with this inner fashion battle.  Part of me wants to own designer items just because they are the current "IT" thing:  i.e. True Religion jeans, Coach bags, etc.  But then I have to ask myself, do I really even LIKE those items?  Hmm...

A Brief History.  
High school was exactly the same way.  (I don't even want to remember anything I wore before high school because it will just make me cringe.) Once I got a part time job and had a meager income to spend, spend it I did.  On lots of clothes from the Gap and Abercrombie and American Eagle.  Which was so dumb.  Those clothes were way overpriced for my budget and all I seemed to care about was having clothes that were trendy, and apparently looking just like everyone else.  Sure I wanted to look cute too, I guess.

For some reason I am drawing a blank on the things I wore in college.  I know I didn't care as much about being trendy and just bought clothes I liked and that were cheap.  I looked fine, I guess.  Good enough to go on a few dates and attract my very handsome husband.  :)

The Mom Uniform.
And now that I've graduated and had two children, I have officially graduated to the place where style goes to die...the Mom Uniform.  You know it.  The boring Target shirt thrown with some jeans.  And just maybe that shirt is slightly stained.  And maybe you 'mix things up' by wearing some sort of Downeast layering tee with it.  Shoes are flip flops, always flip flops.  Clothes have become a necessity, something to essentially cover up nakedness and a lumpy figure, as opposed to something that can boost your self-confidence.  When do we ever get time to shop for ourselves?  We think about the options...1) drag your kids to the store and either chase them around the store or strap them in a stroller where they whine the whole time while you try and find something quickly to make the whole experience overwith or 2) Stay home.  Eat.

Decisions, decisions...

What is Style?
I'm tired of not knowing if something is 'styish' or not.  I want to find my own style and not question myself time and time again.  I keep dreaming of how I want to decorate my dream house and am totally drawn to the whites of Life in the Fun Lane.  But I love pops of color too, far more than she has in her house.  I need to discover my style.  And I need to stop spending money on crappy clothes that I buy out of necessity.  I need to say No to the Mom Uniform. 

Challenge of 2011.  
My challenge for 2011 (other than the endless weight loss challenge) is to discover my style.  I'll keep my eyes out for things that I like and don't like and post them.  And I think that this will help me to figure out what I like, no matter what any one else says is cool.  I will like it. 

Links I Love

Inspiration for my Style Journey

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About Me

 Hi!  My name is Heidi.
I'm a mom of two little gremlins, Will & Luke.  I love them dearly but they keep me busy.  Most of time I am cleaning up their messes, changing their diapers, & feeding, dressing, bathing them. Not exactly a recipe for high heels & lipstick.

I was so tired of wearing the same old dumpy clothes each day.  I was tired of "The Mom Uniform." 
So I made a goal for 2011:  to discover my style.  You can read more about this here.

Three caveats: 
1.  Style must be within my small budget. 
2.  Style must work with the mommy lifestyle. 
3.  Style must ultimately be mine, while drawing inspiration from others.

Please join me on my journey!  I hope that the things I find will inspire you to discover your own style, if that's what you are looking for.  I hope that you will be patient with my fails and rejoice when I hit my mark.  I hope to be your friend!


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