June 2013 archive

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #28

This girl loves her some turquoise.  I think the color is taking over my life.  I wear it, I have it all over my home and it is now making its way outside.  To make matters worse, I follow the blog- House of Turquoise.  As if I needed any reason to feed my Pinterest addiction.  🙂
So I hope the color doesn’t suddenly make the “not” list because I think the fashion police would just have to come after me for it.

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #28
Here’s the look in real life-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #28 by stylefromthesticks featuring turquoise earrings

Loft top
loft.com

Forever 21 shorts
forever21.com

H m
$12 – hm.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #27

Once upon a time a mom had to attend a t-ball game in the midst of summer humidity.  Did she throw on workout shorts and an oversized t-shirt?  No!  She fought the ugly weather with a fun hat and some bright shoes.  The result, the mom was happy, the rest of the night after.

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #27
And here’s me, in real life.  Even if the photo isn’t the most flattering…

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #27 by stylefromthesticks featuring a fedora hat

Monki cotton t shirt
$23 – monki.com

TOMS flat shoes
$61 – blueberries-online.com

Amrita singh
amritasingh.com

Hook Albert brooch
saksfifthavenue.com

Fedora hat
swell.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #26

Who says you can’t wear a maxi dress to a t-ball game?  Not this girl.  When the humidity spikes over 80 percent, the maxi dress comes to the rescue!  Without anything tight or clinging and with generally breathable material, now we are staying cool!  It is survival of the fittest in the sun watching the kiddos run the bases.  Throw on your flip flops, add a few lightweight accessories and don’t forget the shades!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #26
Here’s the real life version-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #26 by stylefromthesticks featuring a maxi dress

Paprika maxi dress
$23 – rarelondon.com

Heart jewelry
leakeycollection.com

Mango cateye sunglasses
$15 – mango.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25

I can’t believe there are five more days of my Polyvore to Real Life series.  How did these 30 days pass so quickly?  Well, that’s summer for you!
This outfit here was another grab something and go outfit.  I’m sure none of you know how that feels.  🙂  And that’s real life!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25
Here’s the real life version-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25 by stylefromthesticks featuring skinny jeans

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24

Now that my life has settled down a bit, I promised you I would write a few garage sale tips for those of you considering going down that road.
1)  Don’t make people dig.  Clean your items and have them set out where people can find them.  Only the true treasure hunters (people like me who are willing to get dirty looking for a “find”) will scavenge for a buy.  Most people need it right under their nose.
2)  Don’t have a few tables worth of items.  Find someone to go together on a garage sale with or sell the items at a different venue.  People don’t want to make a stop at your home for a handful of things.
3)  Selling personal hygiene items screams grandma!  Sure, there probably is someone out there that could use that half used bottle of lotion you don’t care for, but selling it on a garage sale not only is tacky but creeps most of us out.
4)  This is a DUH suggestion but seasonal items will sell better if they are closer to the season.  Selling Christmas stuff in July can be more difficult than selling it in say, September.
5)  Generally speaking, keep your prices low and reasonable.  You aren’t out to send the kids to college on your garage sale money so just get rid of it!  If you have items that you need serious dollars for, you are better off putting them on Craigslist or eBay. Not too many people go garage saling in the hopes that they buy precious gems, just simple treasures.
This outfit I wore to church and it was a hurried morning!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24
Here’s me, the real life version-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #24 by stylefromthesticks featuring evening shoes

River Island evening shoes
$46 – riverisland.com

Swarovski earrings
swarovski.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #23

Had the pleasure of participating in another link party and wanted to share the wonderful site that I posted on-
Coffee Bean and Bobby Pins
She’s a sweet little thing.  Go check it out!
I wore this outfit out to eat after the whirlwind garage sale weekend.  Let me tell you how good that shower felt.  Wowza.  And to put on real clothes again!  One happy girl.
I can’t express enough how fun skirts are in the summer.  For you girls who love lounge-ware, this is your fashionable answer!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #23
Here it is in real life-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #23 by stylefromthesticks featuring white house black market

Sequin top
buckle.com

Topshop
nordstrom.com

LowLuv aztec ring
thereformation.com

White house black market
whitehouseblackmarket.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #22

This outfit should really be called Sweat-tastic.  Because that’s pretty much all I did in this.  What began as a strangely cool and rainy morning turned into a sickening humid and hot afternoon.  I think I was a pool of moisture.
Thank goodness for the breeze or I may have become a puddle on the driveway!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #22
Here’s the real life, a little blurry or maybe I just need some sleep!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #22 by stylefromthesticks featuring river island

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #21

This look was more fun in real life.  Finding the exact same shades wasn’t easy since I couldn’t find the exact same plaid shorts.  But the concept is the same.  I paired them with a simple tank and a loose vest, a belt with a flower and beaded earrings.
Note to self:  must apply more self-tanner!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #21
Here’s the real life-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #21 by stylefromthesticks featuring roxy shorts

J Crew j crew
jcrew.com

Pull Bear pull bear
$16 – pullandbear.com

Roxy shorts
$70 – zalando.co.uk

New Look toe thong
$36 – asos.com

Tassel belt
loveculture.com

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #20

Who can believe that we are 20 days into summer vacation?  I cannot believe it.  And what’s really sad is that essentially my summer hasn’t even begun.
My family and I have to pretty much survive June.  Along with t-ball and VBS, we have to tackle having a garage sale.  And I’ve been busy tagging and decluttering my home in preparation.
People ask me all the time why I have garage sale.  It’s simple.  I make money.  Yes, it is a ton of work.  Yes, you are literally earning quarter after quarter sometimes.  But I am actually benefiting from the sale of the items we no longer need.  If you take your donations to the Goodwill and use them as a tax write off, excellent.  But this is one way I can put the cash in my pocket.
If you’ve never done it, I recommend you try it.  You may be pleasantly surprised.  I’ll post a few tips I’ve learned along the way as we head into a busy weekend for me.
And I can’t wait to start my summer!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #20
Here’s the real life-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #20 by stylefromthesticks featuring dorothy perkins

Burnout tank
delias.com

Maine New England khaki pants
$31 – debenhams.com

Dorothy perkin
$6.64 – dorothyperkins.com

Calvin klein
zappos.com

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