Monday, January 30, 2012

OOTD: more house shopping

Hello lovelies,

It's been busy-ish around these parts lately.  We're still house-hunting!  I can't believe it, I really thought we'd find a place and it would have all worked out by now!

Here's what I wore to tromp around looking at largely disappointing houses in the rain:

Outfit details:
Sweater shirt: Macy's, clearance, $20!  It's a linen blend and I love it.
Jeans: z cav's, torrid, awhile back
old lady boat shoes: grasshoppers
hat: target

Yesterday, as we were going to yet another open house, the annoyingly chipper agent asked us why we hadn't "pulled the trigger" on a house yet.  Well, the truth is, lady-that-I-don't-know, we HAVE.  FIVE TIMES.  Just none of the offers have worked out for reasons outside of our control, like the house inspection revealing catastrophic problems, or a short sale going badly after months of waiting, or being outbid by other offers, etc.

We're understandably more than a little frustrated, and more than a little ready to be done with the search.  So the chipper agent-lady-we-didn't-know?  Said, and I'm not kidding, "Well, you've really missed out on those historically low interest rates by not finding a house yet".  Yep.  Way to kick us while we're down.  Thanks, lady. **

I smile to hide the tears.

Anyways, sorry to vent!  I never do that on here.  How are all of you doing?  Tell me something good that is going on for you!

**ETA: This wasn't our agent! Our agent is great! This was just the agent at one of the open houses we dropped by.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

.... and we're back!

Thanks to everyone out there that signed petitions, read more about SOPA and PIPA, and longed for wikipedia all day :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

stop SOPA

This blog will return to regularly scheduled programming on 1/19/12.  If you'd like to learn more about SOPA and why this blog is joining thousands of other websites on strike:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

OOTD: Thursdays at Liberte's

Hello lovelies!  On Thursdays, I work out of Liberte's Skin Wellness studio.  It's a fun change of pace, and she's an utter delight.  If you're ever in the Ballard area, please stop by to say hi!  I'm usually there from 11-4, and it's a great chance to catch me in person to give fashion advice or to book one of my packages.

Here's what we both had on today:

Lovely Liberte:

Outfit details:
dress: Horseshoe Boutique
Leggings: H&M
Socks & Booties: Market Street Shoes
Earrings: Grow Salon
Bracelet: Antique jade, China, c. 1950 :)

And me:

Outfit details:
Ponte knit pencil skirt: Lane Bryant, clearance, $12!
Floral print t-shirt: estate sale, $3!
Tights: Avenue
Oxfords: Target
Brooch: clothing swap

I'm hoping to make these posts a weekly thing - it's so tough to get good pictures during the darker months here, so having Liberte to take my pic is a real blessing :).  Plus, I just love her style and am happy to be able to share it with you!

Friday, January 6, 2012

OOTD: Museum of History and Industry

This past week, Bob had a day off, so we did one of our favorite things - checked out a local museum!  Our favorites are the oft-overlooked, the ones that smell a little musty.  Perhaps there is dusty taxidermy with patches of fur missing.  The ones that usually only have 1 or 2 other people in whatever room we're in.  So we decided to go to the MOHAI (museum of history and industry), since it is moving into a snazzy new facility later this year.  We wanted to catch it in its pre-move decrepitude, so to speak.

We took advantage of the rare sun to get an outdoor! picture! omg!  Those have been light on the ground here at WALP for the past few months, I know.

It was kind of chilly!  Also, I love the way the top of my head looks with this haircut.  So stylish, top of head.  Good on you.

Outfit details:
dress: avenue (one of those amazing cotton sundresses that I have three of.  This one was only $9 since I got it on clearance with a coupon!)
Boots: Target, 2009
Cardigan: Target, 2006
Scarf: H&M

Do any of you love visiting museums, old or otherwise?

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 In Review

Wow, what a fantastic year 2011 was for me!

I did some huge things - by far, the biggest was quitting my corporate job and devoting myself full-time to my dream job, being a Personal Stylist!

Here are a few more highlights from 2011:

January: I talk through how to take better blog pictures.

March: I discover the hairstyle that I'll wear almost exclusively for 10 months

April: We take a fun day trip with our pup!

June: I recap our amazing trip to England where I met Claire, Kirsty, and a whole bunch of other awesome bloggers!

June #2: I was featured as a Blogger "Blog of Note" - super exciting!

July: Kirsty and I take Portland by storm.

July #2: I quit my day job to pursue my dream job!

September: I get a sweet blog makeover from a friend!

October: We put an offer on a house (it, unfortunately, fell through).

November #2: I get my hair cut short again (and I love it!)

How was your year? I hope it was wonderful, and that you have a fantastic 2012!

PS: I also just wanted to say how thankful I am towards everyone who stops by this blog and reads and comments - you all make my day!
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