Friday, January 25, 2013

Closet Remix: Navy Top


From left to right:
Outfit 1

Outfit 2

Happy Friday!
Today's Closet Remix is my navy top/tunic. This top was a buy at Ann Taylor in the fall during their clearance sales. I am trying to remix my closet even more in 2013, so I will be doing more of these remixes. I love how this top can be used for work or on the weekend.
Do you like remixing your closet?
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


Have a peaceful Friday!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vacation Style: Beach Vacation in January


Happy Thursday!
We are on our way to Cabo San Lucas for a long weekend. We are very excited and looking forward to enjoying time together and the beautiful scenery. B will golfing and I will relax around the pool and catch up on reading!
Do you guys have any good suggestions on good reading? It is one of my favorite things to do, but don't do it as much as I would love.

Have a great Thursday!
Katherine

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Work Style: In the family




Here is the winter version since the weather has been so cold lately. We've gotten spoiled with spring-like temps!

Chambray Top: Marshalls * Sweater & Skirt: Forever 21 * Boots: Steve Madden via Nordstrom * Jacket: Loft via Thrifted * Scarf: Banana Republic

Happy Wednesday!
I decided to mix orange and browns together for this outfit. Honestly, I was looking for warmth most of all. I like how so many fashion bloggers are mixing all kinds of colors: from navy and black, to even black and brown, and my mixture of different browns in this look.
What other color combos are you wearing that you typically would not wear?
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:

Have a faithful Wednesday!

Linking up with Random Wednesday, What I wore Wednesday and Whatever, Whenever Wednesday.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Style: Navy and black




(Jayden and Mickey snuck in on the picture!)

Top: Ann Taylor * Leggins: I heart Ronson via JC Penney * Boots: Steve Madden via Nordstrom * Necklace: Ebay * Bag: Cole Haan

Happy Monday!
I know I slacked off last week. It's been hectic getting back into the swing of things at work!
We had a beautiful weekend this weekend. I could take weather in the high 60s any day, after weather in the 30s. I wore this to my nephew's birthday party on Saturday. I could wear this boots every day! (You'll see another work look later this week).
How was your weekend?
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

Linking up with Yolo Mondays today.

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


Have a great start to the week!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Work Style: Black and white with a pop of yellow





Top: Thrifted * Skirt: Ann Taylor * Necklace: Ebay * Clutch: Thrifted * Tights: Forever 21 * Shoes: Bandolino * Bracelets: Macy's, Groopdealz

Happy Tuesday!
I must admit, I do not use my yellow statement necklace that much. It can be a shocking of a color, but love how it looks againts black and white. (Last seen here). The temperature here is hit or miss, so I either throw on a blazer or a coat on top. I added the tights for a fun look.
Do you like yellow accessories? How are you wearing yellow?

Thanks for reading!
Katherine

PS Excuse the sleepy eyes!

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:

Have a great day!



Friday, January 11, 2013

Closet Remix: Navy Stripes


From left to right:
Outfit 1

Outfit 2


Happy Friday!
Here are two different ways to wear navy stripes. This is probably one of my favorite buys at Forever 21. The possibilities are endless! I'll try to find another way within the next couple of weeks of wearing it.
How are you wearing stripes this winter? Are you looking forward to wearing them this spring?
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


A woman to strive to be every day!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cooking Style: Pinspired

Chubby Chicken and Cream Cheese Taquitos

Rotisserie Chicken

Mix cream cheese, salsa, cheese and chicken.

Roll in flour tortilla (I used corn but it kept breaking apart) and fry in pan (I used olive oil).



Three ingredient Fruit Cobbler






I was inspired by Pinterest to make dinner and dessert last night. Both of these were pretty easy to make and required only a few ingredients.
For the taquitos, I used reduced-fat cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Like I wrote, flour tortillas would have been much better, as they do not break as easily.
For the fruit cobbler, I would bake it closer to 45-50 minutes instead of 35. I like my crust a little harder than what it came out.
Overall, dinner was super easy last night.
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


Have a great day!

Linking up with Almost Friday, Thursday Blog Hop.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Work Style: Winter Nautical




Top: Forever 21 (Fall 2012)(similar) * Pants: INC via Macy's (old)(similar) * Shoes: Aldo (old) * Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Happy Wednesday!
I finally have some decent fashion pictures to share with you guys! : ) Being off for 2 weeks during the holidays really though me off.
I am linking up, and today's theme is stripes. I know everyone has something with stripes (or a few things in my case) and was feeling a nautical vibe this morning. And wearing winter white as well.
Would you wear white in the winter?
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


A simple message for today. Have a great day!

Linking up with Marionberry Style, Because Shanna said so and The Pleated Poppy today.




Monday, January 7, 2013

Life Style: Budgeting

Happy Monday!
I start this blog post with the letter "B" word: Budgeting. B and I are making 2013 the year we become debt free. The two things we have been paying off these past couple years has been student loans and his truck payment. We hoPe to accomplish our goal by March of this year!!
We have been following Dave Ramsey's, Financial Peace University. Below are the baby steps he suggests, broken into very small steps. It has really helped us to see the big picture.

Baby Steps

Expanded Baby Steps:
0.1 Commit to NEVER borrow $$$ EVER for ANYTHING other than possibly a house
0.2 Talk with spouse and get him/her on the same page as you concerning finances
0.3 Do a written budget
0.4 Temporarily stop all retirement contributions
0.5 Get current on the basics (You MUST have Food, Utilities, Shelter, Basic Transportation)
0.6 Amputate "toys" (bikes, boats, ATV's etc) if they will keep you from completing the snowball within 12 months
0.7 Cut lifestyle (Cut CATV, Cellphone, Regular phone "extras", Internet, Eating out, etc) and/or take a second job if $1000 EF will take more than 30-90 days. (depending on income)
0.8 Get current on ALL bills.
1.0 Save $1000 in Baby Emergency Fund (EF)
1.1 Chop up CC's. (You have an EF now, no NEED to keep those CC's!!!)
1.2 Get Health Insurance NOW (chances of getting sick w/major medical bills are larger than that of death), especially if you have children.
1.3 Get Life Insurance NOW if you have debt/your family couldn't make it financially if you died. Especially important if you have children! Social Insecurity only provides a small amount of coverage if you have dependents.
1.4 Amputate cars that you can't pay off within 24 months (you have an EF to fix "bondo buggy" if something should happen)
1.5 Consider raising insurance deductables to $500 or $1000 and dropping full coverage on paid for "bondo buggy" (you have an EF ya know)
1.6 Draw up a will.
1.7 Get Long-Term Disability Insurance.
2.0 Do debt snowball, paying all your debts from lowest BALANCE to highest.
2.1 You can take your first vacation since finding Dave if you can pay cash for it. (no using the EF!!!)
3.0 Save 3-6 months EXPENSES in EF (FFEF)
3.1 Start replacement car fund.
3.2 Save up 20% for home purchase OR pay down existing mortgage to the point you can drop PMI.
3.3 Start furniture or other non-essential stuff replacement fund.
3.4 Move up in car if you still feel the need to (must pay cash for it!, you can only buy NEW if you have a net worth over a million dollars)
4.0 Start contributing 15% of your paycheck to retirement.
5.0 Save for kids college fund.
6.0 Pay off the house early.
7.0 Live like no one else since you have lived like no one else! Give, Build Wealth and Have Fun!

Let me know your thoughts. How do you kep yourself/ family in budget?

Thanks for reading,
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see".(Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Closet Remix: White Skirt


From left to right:
Outfit 1
Outfit 2

Happy Friday!
Today's Closet Remix is my white skirt from the Simply Vera line at Kohl's. This line is a line for juniors, so sometimes going up a size is best. I always have to remember to wear this skirt with tights! LOL
It is a great skirt and looking for Valentine ideas: thinking of red or pink sweater and my red heels.
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


Sometimes I reuse quotes that I have used in the past. This one has been speaking a lot to me lately. His Grace is amazing!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Photography Style: Picture Challenge





Happy Thursday!
Here are a few pictures I took of Jayden during the break for the Picture Challenge. I am attempting to take a picture a day for a year of Jayden. I am failing miserably, and it's turning more into a picture a week! LOL
I think I should add this to my New Years Resolution and start taking more pictures!
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Eve Style



Top: INC via Macy's (old) * Long sleeve top: Macy's * Skirt: Simply Vera via Kohl's * Shoes: Nine West

Happy Wednesday!
Here is what I wore on New Years Eve. We always hang out with family, and did just that this year. We stopped by B's cousin's house to hang out with his family first and then stopped by my sister's to ring in the New Year. The best part was sleeping in the next day! Jayden slept until 10 in the morning. Can not remember the last time we did that!
What did you wear on New Years Eve?
Thanks for reading,
Katherine

TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:


Have a great Wednesday!

Linking up with Random Wednesday and What I Wore Wednesday today.