Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Pink and Pretty Pure Innocence Card

Hello,  I'm back from Florida!  What a shock it was to leave temperatures in the upper 70's/low 80's and come back to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin!  Our house didn't freeze like it did last year, but it was cold.  It was only fifty degrees in our main living area, and fifty eight degrees in our addition when we came home last night.  We immediately started a fire in our wood stove, and after a very long, chilly night I can finally say it's toasty warm again!

Although the drive down and back to Florida was very long and stressful, our five days there were wonderful.  It was so great to see our kids again.  We did so many fun things that I can't wait to share with you.  If you're interested in my vacations I do a travel post every Wednesday.  I also took plenty of pictures of all the gorgeous Florida flowers while I was there, and those will be posted on Sundays.  On Friday I will do one long post of all my Florida fashion outfits.  If your only interested in certain topics of my blog, I do follow a regular topical blogging schedule and that is visible in my sidebar.

Today is Tuesday so I always post a craft and I have a pink and pretty Pure Innocence card to share.

The card was for a little girl so I used a bright pink card stock for my background.  I embossed it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

I stamped the image onto white card stock, colored it, and cut it out.  I then popped it up on dimensional on top of two circular backgrounds cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities.

I put Stickles in all the flower centers.  The flower embellishments were cut with MFT dies.

The sentiment was stamped on vellum.  I really love stamping the sentiment onto vellum for it doesn't cover up any of the images or pretty papers.

Have a great day!  Amy

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Sweater Vests: Yea or Nay?

This season I have been seeing so many sweater vests and/or sleeveless sweaters on fashion blogs, websites, and in the stores.  My initial thought was, "If it's cold enough to wear a sweater, you need the sleeves too".  But eventually, as always, the trend started to grow on me and I wanted to give one a try.  Actually, the only reason I finally broke down and bought this sweater vest was because I was a few dollars short of what I needed to use a J.C. Penney coupon and this was the only item I could think of adding on.  Oh J.C. Penney you little shyster you!  You always get me to spend more so I can use my coupon!

For my very first sweater vest purchase, I chose this a.n.a creme and black textured vest.  I ordered it on-line, and I have to admit I was really nervous about it.  I am such a top heavy woman, and I thought a thick vest would really add extra un-wanted pounds.  But then I realized that if it doesn't work out I can always take it back and still get my discount on the other item, so what do I have to lose?

When I received my vest and tried it on, I was pleasantly surprised.  Yes, it adds a little more bulk to the top of my frame, but the long, asymmetrical length helps elongate my figure so it balanced it out.

To keep everything in balance I made sure the rest of what I was wearing was form fitting.  I wore a skin tight, thin, sheer top (old, Express) underneath my vest and a pair of grey skinny jeans (old, Target).

The majority of the vest is stripes, but the back is solid.  There is also a metallic thread woven throughout the vest, so it will be perfect for a dressier look during the holidays too!

I chose silver jewelry to accent the silver metallic in the sweater.

I wore my new boots from Liz Claiborne.

Sorry for the Napoleon-style posing but it was so windy when we took these pictures and it was the only way I could keep my vest from flying open!  :)

I ended up keeping the vest.  My husband really liked it, and even though it didn't have sleeves I actually found it very practical.  Where my body needs the most warmth is my upper torso.  Heavy, long sleeves usually get in my way when shopping or working around the house.  This way I can stay warm, but still have my arms free so I can keep more active with ease.

I wore this outfit on a lunch date with my husband and shopping, so I kept the look fairly casual.  I can't wait to try it with a pair of black dress pants or leather leggings.  It might even look nice with a skirt!  We'll see.  Hopefully I'll have more outfits to show you wearing this vest.

So what about you?  Would you or have you invested in any sweater vests yet?  What do you think of them?  Yea or Nay?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

On Fall Break!

I'm taking a break to spend time with my wonderful family eating great food and thanking God for all the His wonderful goodness and blessings!  I'll return to regular posting on Monday, November 30th!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and families!  Amy