Cutting the Mustard

To reach the required standards; come up to expectations. Why that’s what the old saying “cutting the mustard” means. Have you heard it before? It’s what popped into my head when I started planning this post. Mustard is one of those colors that not everyone can wear, or can they? I’ll be the first to admit it is not a color I reach for any other time of the year but Fall. My coloring doesn’t lend well to having it up near my face but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it layered as a cardigan or as pants.

Last week we were fortunate to have a few days of cool temperatures so I busted out my old mustard cardigan. I have had this cardigan for several years now. In the past I’ve worn it with my blue and white gingham blouse and I loved the way it looked. When I wore it last week (a day I was obviously going rogue as far as the common thread challenge goes) I decided to keep the blouse simple and add color with my pants and scarf. The colors in the scarf work better close to my face than the color of the cardigan. You might wonder why I’d even want a cardigan in a color that isn’t flattering on me. There probably isn’t a really good answer except it looks good with so many other colors and just kind of screams Fall to me.If you are wondering what to pair mustard with just think of how it appears in nature; the color of the leaves and other greenery for starters. Mustard also pairs nicely with leopard, but then again doesn’t everything pair nicely with leopard? Why yes, yes it does! Did you notice my favorite leopard cuff? I think an infinity scarf is always a good idea- no fuss, no muss, they style themselves!
Well friends, that about does it for me today. We are nearing the finish line of our kitchen renovation and these last few steps have been the hardest. We had the interior of our home painted and replaced the tile around our fireplace. Every room in the house has been disturbed by this process so there is literally no clean, neat organized space and it is driving me CRAZY! Thank goodness we shot these photos last week! I am hoping to share photos of all of this madness soon, it really is coming together beautifully and I am extremely grateful that we’re doing this!

Make it a great weekend friends!


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The Skirt That Almost Wasn’t

Oh hey, happy Monday!  We have no school today but I am at a District Golf match with Collin.  It was a jam packed weekend with Vex Robotics Competition all day Saturday, homecoming Saturday night, our 23rd anniversary Sunday, and golf today.  The kitchen renovation continues too but no worries, I’m getting used to washing dishes in the garage utility sink #liar.

Here’s something I am totally not lying about! This HIKA Women’s Retro High Elastic Waist Flare Pleated A-line Midi Skirt for under $20. After seeing it on Sarah of Foxy’s Domestic Side here. I knew I had to have it! Funny story though. I ordered it and with my Prime membership it should have arrived on a Friday. It didn’t. I called Amazon on Saturday and they told me that sometimes things get left on the truck because it got late and I should ignore the fact that the order tracker on the website says it was delivered. Hmmmmm…okay. If it didn’t arrive by Monday at 5 I was told to call back. Call back I did because, you guessed it, the SKIRT NEVER ARRIVED. Who has time for this tomfoolery? Not me. I called back and as nice as pie explained the dilemma. This customer service rep told me the skirt had in fact been delivered to a different address and they’d issue a refund. What? If I still wanted the skirt I had to order it again. Here’s the kicker, there were only a few left when I placed the original order! And yes, I get anxious over missing out on an $18 skirt especially since some other woman is wearing the skirt I ordered! It’s all good, as you can see I have a picture of the skirt that almost wasn’t below. I’m planning on featuring it in a post next week, it’s super cute and totally worth the hassle. I still love Amazon and my Prime membership and their customer service reps because they were all so nice and I totally understand that mistakes happen.  Enough of all that take a look at this skirt you simply have to have!

Versatility is key.  When I look at the clothes I reach for over and over they are pieces I wear so many different ways.  First up take a look at this casual look featuring the skirt. The skirt is well made, it’s lined and although it zips up the back of the waist is elasticized.  I wore a simple camisole and a bright green cardi but a denim jacket would be great too.  My flat nude shoes look like I am wearing nothing on my feet!

You know you don’t have to spend a lot of money to wear a piece for a dressier occasion.  By adding a glitzy little belt and some heels this skirt could easily go for a more formal event.  Definitely not a black tie event mind you but you know what I’m saying – a night out or other special event.  It’s a great versatile piece!  Another versatile piece is this leopard clutch for under $40. If you haven’t gotten yet you better, it is so good and I’ll bet it doesn’t last long.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that this skirt that almost wasn’t was!  Have you ordered clothing from Amazon?  I hope you’re inspired to try something new.  A skirt like this can be flattering on any shape.  Keep in mind when you go fuller on the bottom a slimmer top looks best. Here’s a close up of my new necklace I’ve worn several times since it arrived. I love it!

Here’s hoping your Monday is marvelous!  Thank you so much for stopping by and reading the blog today.  On Wednesday I’ll update you on the Common Threads Challenge so I hope to see you then.

Make it a great day!



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Olive You

Did you know that you if you mouth the words “olive you” to someone it will look like you’re saying “I love you?” Try it.  It’s true.  I’m the worst lip reader but when my co-worker told me this I thought it was so funny! So if we’re ever out together don’t try to have me read your lips because I can’t and I’m likely just to mouth back “olive you” because I think it’s funny!

Anyhow, you saw these last week.  While it’s still too hot and humid to wear them right now I am scheming different ways I’ll style them once it’s no longer a bajillion (totally a word) degrees.  In fact I came up with three to share but I’m not done yet, you’ll see them plenty this Fall.  And Winter. All 2 weeks of it, lol.

Like I said last week, these utility pants are super comfortable. They are on sale for $49 right now and since that’s more than I would normally spend on a pair of pants they need to be worth every penny. Versatility is key for me because I want fewer but better quality pieces in my closet. Since I’ll be starting back to school soon my first look is casual and perfect for a day we’re allowed to wear tennis shoes. I’m wearing my new graphic tee (similar). Of course I am wearing my favorite cuff from Accessory Concierge because it is my go to bracelet. I’m also carrying this clutch that’s part of the sale.

In this second outfit I paired the utility pants with a blush, ruffled top. I purchased it last Spring. Olive and blush work so well together. I am wearing my lace up heels and my Kendra Scott necklace. You may remember I bought these for my birthday. Sadly I wore them and got blisters on my toes so I returned them and ended up getting a pair from Target. The ones from Target work better on my feet. Who knew? Keep in mind that the these have gotten rave reviews and I have funky feet, really, not normal. If I didn’t already own one I’d get this Kendra Scott necklace. I wear mine all the time, it’s such a great quality piece that won’t turn your neck green!

This third look is a great one for a night out. Again the utility pants but this time with an OTS black blouse. I purchased this one last November and wore it for Christmas Eve but it’s so versatile it can be worn year round in my climate. I found a dead ringer for my blouse available at a fraction of the cost for you here for under $13! I chose one of my favorite necklaces and my Vionic block heel sandals. Yup, I’m wearing cognac because it’s the closest to nude but you could wear black. But it’s totally okay to wear black and brown together, there’s no need to be matchy matchy.

Olive green is a neutral color, a lot like khaki, that will work so well with just about anything. Chambray, pink, orange, prints, you name it. Now if you’re not quite ready to spend $49 but you’d like to add a pair of olive green pants to your closet I found a few options for you! Check out these from Old Navy:

And these from Target:

Great options, right? No doubt over the coming weeks and months you’ll see me in these cargo pants plenty and I can’t wait to wear them with lots of different tops and jackets. Do you own any olive pants? Are you thinking of getting a pair? Remember,the Nordstrom sale is great but it’s not the only game in town. If you see something you like and it’s sold out, keep checking. If it never restocks move on, you will find something you were meant to have. That’s the way the universe works my friends. Ok, before I wax poetic on you, let me wish you the happiest of Mondays and thank you for reading!


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