A Day in the Life Too... a blog about modest style

A 30-something mom's blog about modest style, DIY stuff, and limiting dessert. Just kidding. We eat dessert first around here.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Motorcycle Jacket + Paint-Splatterishness

I haven't gotten dressed today. Because I'm painting our dining room table and consequently live in paint-splattered clothes. Did you know it takes no less than 2.3 years to complete a dining room table paint job?

No? You finished yours in two days and it looks awesome because you didn't make three mistakes in the process that you had to go back and redo each time?

Oh.

Whatever. I just wanted to pop in and say that if I HAD gotten dressed today, I would totally have rocked a motorcycle jacket kinda like this one:
 
 
Totally.
 
Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tweed Jacket & Topknot Bun

"Dear The Gazillions of Maple Leaves In My Front Yard,
 
"I'm sorry my kids and I spent all day Saturday raking you up into a large family leaf reunion pile, only to go running and jumping into you.
 
 ballet flats: J. Crew
bootcut jeans: Big Star
white V-neck tee: American Eagle Outfitters
scarf: gift
tween jacket: gift/vintage (Talbots)
 
"As you most likely are aware, we played with reckless abandon in your leaf piles for hours. We probably squashed many of your cousins and dismembered most of your aunts and uncles in the process. For that, I apologize.
 
 
"But my children had so much fun that I can't promise we'll never rake you guys up and do it again. In fact, there are so dang many of you guys still falling that I don't know if we'll ever see the grass in our yard again, even if I spend the next solid week raking and raking and back-break-raking.
 
 
"I originally intended this letter to be a thank you and an apology and a bit of an Ode to Leaves in the Fall, but I've all of a sudden turned kind of passive-aggressive toward the sheer infinite quantities of you guys in my yard. And in my bed, because my kids came inside after playing and laid on my bed and left millions of leaf bits ev.ery.where. (I'm sorry if that image pains you.) You're in my furniture, on my floors, in the bathtub, on my rugs. It's never ending.
 
"So. Out. Get OUT. Make like a tree and leaf. (pleaseandthankyou)
 
"Love, Brittney"
 
 
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Pastel Plaid & Colored Tights

This is what I wore to church yesterday:
 
black boots: Kohl's
tights: gift
denim pencil skirt: J. Crew
gold skinny belt: J. Crew
pastel plaid buttonup: American Eagle Outfitters
 
Annnnd, in true Forrest Gump fashion, "That's all I have to say about that." 
 
 
Which reminds me: Did you guys realize that Forrest Gump was made in 1994? That's almost 20 YEARS AGO?!?!?!!! Man. Not to go all granny on you with the uphill-both-ways-through-waist-high-snow and all that, but for real. I can't believe I'm getting so old.
 
 
But whatever. I'll enjoy my long hair for the next few weeks of youth until I'm forced to chop it and perm it and dye it blue. Just kidding. I would look terrible with a perm.
 
Happy Monday.

 
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Friday, October 18, 2013

On Peplum Tops and Artificial Dinners

If you checked the Internet history of my iPad, you'd find that I've read every possible macaroni and cheese recipe that has ever been added to the cyberwaves since the beginning of time. Or since 2011.
 
 huarache sandals: Urban Outfitters
skinny jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
embroidered peplum top: Forever 21
sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
 
You'd think that would make me an expert on the dish, wouldn't you?
 
 
Unfortunately for my guinea pig family tonight, though, you'd be wrong-o, because I'll be experimenting blindly. I don't think that dish was ever meant to be healthy, but I'm determined to feed my family something other than artificial orange lard-caked pasta bits.
 
 
Which is ironic, coming from the girl who's eaten nothing but fistful after fistful of cookies today.
 
 
But, in my defense, the cookies contain, like, a few flecks of whole wheat flour in them, which as we all know fully equates to health food. BAM.
 
 
Happy Friday.
 
 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

old lady in braids: to trust or not to trust? that is the question

I read somewhere once that women over 30 shouldn't wear braids unless they were stylishly loose and messy.
 
 shoes: Converse
jeans: Kohl's
cobalt v-neck tee: J. Crew
pastel striped cardigan: Gap
green skinny belt: J. Crew
 
Which is like a chicken-and-egg scenario, at least for me, because, hi. My hair is at the disposal of my 18-month-old all day, and believe me...
 
 
...she pulls my hair Loose often and with ease, and Messy is her middle name. Practically.
 
 
So the lesson I think we can all take away is: if you're older than 30, just hang out with an almost-toddler to keep yourself totally young and hip. Which is absolutely true if by "young and hip," you understand that I actually mean "slightly unkempt and exhausted."
 
 
But the tradeoff? Worth it. Absolutely.
 
Happy Thursday.
 
 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

snakeskin may be a neutral, but my loathing of snakes isn't

I'm not a short person. I'm 5'8". That's pretty average, right? Maybe on the taller side of average?
 
 
I didn't realize how short I could appear, though, until I sat down to post these pics. Holy shortlegs, Batman.
 
houndstooth shoes: Kohl's (I think)
jeans: Big Star
snakeskin belt: J. Crew
paisley-ish shirt: don't remember
olive green jacket: Kohl's
 
I've had this jacket for a while now. I love its color and cropped length and the front pleating details. I don't love the short short sleeves (especially on my loooong monkey arms) and how it's not quite a military jacket but not quite a school-boy (-girl?) (-lady? yes, that must be right. school-lady. yep.) blazer, either.
 
 
All that aside, let's hear it for a (faux, of course) skinny snakeskin belt and some leather-and-houndstooth loafers.
 
 
The perfect accessories for any stumpy-legged non-military school-lady.
 
Happy Wednesday.
 
 
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An Abstract Print Dress and an Award

It should be a crime, wearing a knit drawstring-waist of a pajamas-esque maxi dress out in public. But it isn't. So I'm still an upstanding citizen...the dang comfiest citizen ever. Yessss.
 
mary jane heels: Mudd brand
abstract print dress: Gap
 cardigan: J. Crew
 
I was nominated by cute Kimberly for a Liebster Award, and I'm totally honored. To receive said award, I'm supposed to spill a little about myself. Here are ten random facts about me:
 
1. I have six brothers and three sisters. One sister died as an infant; I've never met her.
 
2. I was deathly afraid of being kidnapped as a kid.
 
3. My eyes squint and look like they're closed when I smile big and/or laugh.
 
4. I discovered I'm not a pet person...shortly after having a pet.
 
5. I'm addicted to sugar. Other than that, I actually eat pretty healthily.
 
6. There are no fewer than three (and probably many more) times in my life when I almost literally died of mortification. The memories make me blush now, decades later.
 
7. I secretly want to author a book but feel like I have nothing to say.
 
8. I have five pierced holes in my ears from my younger years but now only wear earrings in two because the LDS prophet said to. And, deep down, I miss those three other earrings.
 
9. Geez, I have no idea. Ummm...I love steak. Medium-rare.
 
10. I fall asleep to late-night movies but can read all night.
 
 
Okay, so now that we're BFFs (and/or you're weirded out by me and are never visiting this slice of the cybersphere again), here are my answers to Kimberly's questions:
 
1. What was the best birthday celebration you've ever had?
My birthday is on Christmas Eve, which is every bit as big a bummer as it sounds, with so many other things going on at that time of year and on that day. I'm okay with it now, but growing up with this birthday was the worst! 
 
2. What is one thing you can't leave the house without doing (excluding using the bathroom)?
Putting on shoes. And, yes, slippers count as shoes when I drive the kids to school.
 
3. If you were a kid, what would you dress up as for Halloween?
As a kid, I usually went with the easiest possible costumes - cowgirl, farmgirl, hobo(girl). Flannel shirt and jeans/overalls, BAM. Done. I'd probably do the same. Because I'm exciting like that.
 
4. All time favorite song, ever?
How Wonderful Life Is (That You're in the World), by Elton John
In My Dreams, by REO Speedwagon
and many songs by Pink Floyd
 
5. When you get home, do you stay in your outfit from being out/running errands/working or do you change into something cozy?
I'm like that law of physics - Once dressed, I stay dressed until something forces me to change. That's usually either exercise or bedtime. But, let's be honest, bedtime.
 
6. Name one makeup product (including the brand!) that you can't live without and tell us why.
I can live without makeup pretty easily. (Hello, family camping trips.) But for the sake of argument, I love waterproof mascara. Cover Girl.
 
7. What's your biggest pet peeve?
When people are on their phones in public for lengthy periods of time and completely ignoring their kids. Makes me sad for the kids.
 
8. Favorite junk food?
Yes.
 
9. What is your most worn piece of clothing?
Pajamas. And jeans.
 
10. Favorite blog?
Little Green Notebook.
 
11. Tell us a guilty habit!
Reading a good book until it's finished, even if my house is a disaster and a meal needs to happen.
 
 
 Thanks again, Kimberly. That was fun!

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