May 2013 archive

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #2

Back to normal life…
Here’s what I wore to kick off the library’s summer reading program with a visit from Dan Wardell from IPTV.  He is a celebrity to the children here.  Suddenly my oldest thinks he is too cool for this sort of activity.  Which makes me feel OLD.
Although it was pouring outside, we also celebrated my mother’s birthday with a special meal and a rousing game of Crazy 8, which the kids loved.
It’s days like yesterday that remind me of how another year is to be celebrated and how lucky I am to have my mother in my life.

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #2

Here’s my version-

Happy Birthday Mom!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #2 by stylefromthesticks featuring embellished tops

H&M short shorts
$12 – hm.com

River island watch
$38 – riverisland.com

Goodbyes

I don’t have anything fashion related to say tonight.  That will have to wait until tomorrow. 
It’s raining cats and dogs here and it is a very telling setting for an emotional day.  Today I have a heavy heart.  I heard of the passing of an old flame.
I’m not sure how to feel.  It’s a little like hearing that a good friend that you’ve lost touch with over the years passed away.  All of a sudden memories of the time and place when you knew them come flooding back.
It is also a weird feeling because we just sort of had a “thing.”  No, nothing like that.  But while we really didn’t have a normal boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, we understood each other.  I think I knew him and really didn’t know him at all, all at the same time.  Maybe that is all we ever really can say about the people we love.
I do know this.  I know that I always wondered how his life had turned out.  I know that I thought of him now and then, especially when I heard this song, something we shared.
Turns out at 36, he leaves behind a wife and three young children.  While that is devastating, I’m a little proud that he was so happy.  As if somehow I had a hand in helping him along to the person he was supposed to be with.  It made me glad to know that he loved someone, built a life with someone and, above all, turned to his faith when the chips were down.
I know that he will always be a part of my former life and a cherished memory that I will carry with me.
I know that we could have never been more than what we were then, but I’m glad to have had it.
Goodbye Drew.

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #1

I’d love to say I did something fabulous today but I think I did something important none-the-less, I babysit kiddos.  And I am so lucky to get to spend my day with little ones who have sticky hands and messes in every room and pronounce things without their “r’s”.
What do you wear when you don’t really care what you look like?  Okay maybe sweats was your answer.  I confess it probably would be mine.  But I did have to leave the house.  So this was the next best thing-
 

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #1

And here’s what it looks like in real life-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #1 by stylefromthesticks featuring cargo pants

Oasis metallic top
$38 – oasis-stores.com

Aldo jewelry
aldoshoes.com

Pieces fringe scarve
$25 – pieces.com

30 Days of Summer Style

It’s time to again break out the month-long style ideas for summer.  I hope to be posting outfits that I create and wear and if I’m really organized, sometimes both.
So come along with me as we wind down the school year, roll down the windows, break out the picnic blanket and head to the park…summer is almost here!

Memorial Day Weekend- Cemetery Service

I am so thankful to all the veterans who are there for us to honor on Memorial Day.  Freedom doesn’t come free, unfortunately.  And these men and women have served our country with honor and sacrifice for you and I and the rest of this country.
Remember today to thank a veteran and most of all, teach your children what their sacrifices mean.  If we don’t learn from history, we are bound to repeat it.

Memorial Day Weekend- Cemetary Service

Memorial Day Weekend- Cemetery Service by stylefromthesticks featuring gold rings

Monki anorak jacket
$71 – monki.com

Calvin Klein short pants
lordandtaylor.com

Crocs shoes
$33 – debenhams.com

Dorothy Perkins gold ring
$13 – euro.dorothyperkins.com

Warehouse star jewelry
$9.06 – warehouse.co.uk

Umbrella
$36 – pret-a-beaute.com

Memorial Day Weekend- Family Games

You never know what sort of game you may be playing Memorial Day weekend, especially when there are nieces and nephews involved.  Anything from a game of catch to UNO could be on the agenda.  Be prepared for just about anything in this easy outfit and shoes.  The bonus here?  You can wear this to the ballpark as well.
What’s your favorite family game?

Memorial Day Weekend- Family Games

Memorial Day Weekend- Family Games by stylefromthesticks featuring slim fit jeans

Anna field
$32 – zalando.co.uk

Mango slim fit jeans
$60 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Restricted shoes
modcloth.com

Leather jewelry
ebay.co.uk

Memorial Day Weekend- Lounging

Memorial Day weekend weather doesn’t always cooperate.  The big kickoff of summer sometimes ends up rainy and cold nixing any outdoor fun.  If you find yourself lounging with your family, here’s something you could wear in public, if need be, sans the slippers.  I am in complete love with headwraps lately.  I plan on wearing them a LOT this summer.
Think of loungewear like you do your singing in the shower, sure it may be wonderful to you but the rest of the world may not think so.  Especially beyond your own home. Please use sparingly…

Memorial Day Weekend- Lounging

Memorial Day Weekend- Lounging by stylefromthesticks featuring tasha

Blonde Blonde cocoon cardigan
$29 – bankfashion.co.uk

Eberjey
$91 – harveynichols.com

Presence bow shoes
$8.46 – debenhams.com

Tasha
nordstrom.com

Memorial Day- BBQ

It’s time for Memorial Day!  Can you believe the start of summer is here?  I wasn’t sure it would ever come and then all the sudden it snuck up on me.
If you’re going to be BBQing with friends or family, don’t stress about what you’re wearing.  Slap on some capris, pair some beautiful colors in cozy fabrics, slip into flats and a fedora for squinting at the sun, but don’t forget the blanket for the fire later!

Memorial Day- BBQ

Memorial Day- BBQ by stylefromthesticks featuring straw fedora hats

Windsmoor
$47 – johnlewis.com

Oasis frilly shirt
$45 – oasis-stores.com

Stretch shoes
swell.com

Travel Time

I dislike this photo muy much.  But this was after several days of put togetherness and it was time to go home.  And some days a girl just wants a t-shirt and jeans, right?  That’s my excuse.  
All set to go home!

Honoring the Graduate

Here’s my commencement ceremony outfit, which I also wore to church.  The dress is sleeveless but it was a touch chilly that morning so I threw on my cardigan as a jacket.
It made for an easy and comfortable outfit (but still dressy) to sit through many, many diplomas!  

On a side note, humidity is not a friend for my hair…

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