Sunday, September 30, 2012

On and Off

Dress: Tinley Road, Blazer: Victoria's Secret, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (Goodwill),
Bag: Betsy Johnson, Necklace, Stella & Dot

As you can see, this cute little number needed something to make it more church appropriate this morning! Adding the blazer "partied it down" just enough. So...I thought I would show you the look on for a more conservative look, and off for a hot date night! :) I hope your weekend was fabulous! Tomorrow is my October Dress Project reveal, excited!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Closet Freedom

Dress: Hattie's Branches Lakeland, Leggings: Who Knows? Shoes: Nine West
Jewelry: Stella & Dot

I have less than one week to enjoy closet freedom. I start the October Dress Project on the 1st, and will continue out the year participating in the 12X12 Project.  It couldn't  have come at a better time. Four children involved in multiple activities, and our own selfish wants and desires have money flowing out of our bank account faster than a waterfall. I am looking forward to taking a step back and showing some restraint, being creative with activities, and finding ways to have fun without spending money. God is really dealing with me on this again, reminding me HE must be greater. It is so easy to get caught up in worldly pleasures. I know it is not wrong to have things, but I am praying that He will guide me to a healthy balance once again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Not Just Lunch

Top: Banana, Cardigan: J. Crew, Skinnies: 7 For All Mankind, Shoes: Miz Mooz
Bag: Elliott Lucca

Never underestimate the power of lunch with a friend. Some may think making time for such is not responsible, especially during a work day! But, everyone needs a break. Especially those of us in the trenches trying to make small businesses work. I could have been at my desk today, writing, blogging, or making plans to attend the next networking event...but instead I spent the afternoon having lunch and talking with a sweet friend that loves Jesus, and loves me for me.

She has no expectations, she does not judge me, she has no ulterior motives. She is real, and I can be real, and I LOVE that! She inspires me to think outside of the box, and extend my reach to those in need. To really BE Jesus to people not only by giving of myself, but by how I live my life, display my attitude, etc. She lifts me up always and even when making suggestions, doesn't tear me down or make me feel like I am not "there yet." Her example has taught me that there is a huge difference in talking about or quoting Jesus, and actually loving like Jesus. I am excited to share a particular project that she is working on with all of you, and it's most likely going to change the direction of my blog for a year. Check out her blog and the information on the 12 X 12 project! Pretty cool! I am so thankful for the friends that God has placed in my life. I couldn't feel more blessed!

Monday, September 24, 2012

In the Yard

Dress: Target, Top: Ralph Lauren (Goodwill), Jewelry: Stella & Dot,
Shoes: buried in the grass but Fossil (Goodwill)

No fabulous words of wisdom or anything for you today. I snapped these in the backyard while playing with the kids. No real thought went into this outfit. I just needed something quick and easy. Some just has to be that way! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I Don't Always Wear Flats, But When I Do.......

Top: Max Studio, Pants: Victoria's Secret hand me down from a friend, Flats: Target
Necklaces: Stella & Dot

Ring: David Yurman
My $10 Target flats! I think I have them in 3 colors! :) 
Watch: Michele, Bracelets: A random mix
I am tall, therefore you would think I would wear flats more often. I don't, but when I do....I am still taller than most everyone! These particular flats were a Target clearance find....and even though I don't wear them often, I took the opportunity to buy every color I could find in my size. After my recent trip to NYC, I wish I would have taken a pair of flats. I ended up buying a pair while I was there due to the damage my cute shoes did to my feet! Will I ever learn? I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Following bloggers in cooler climates has me longing to bust out my scarves. Unfortunately, it's still bikini weather here in Hotland, Florida. I decided to ease into my scarves by wearing this one today. It's vintage and courtesy of my Grandmother, Evelyn. She was amazing! This scarf makes me smile and think of her....and wonder how many ways she may have worn it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let it Rain!

Dress: Banana Republic, Beads: Stella & Dot, Wellies: Hunter
I wouldn't have even gotten dressed today had I not promised the kids afternoon yogurt at a new little place in town. We spent the morning snuggled on the couch watching a movie. The rain started, and I happily took the opportunity to wear my wellies! I hope your Monday was happy! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Day Job

The minute I accepted today for what it was, I felt peace. I keep thinking now that the kids are back in school I am finally going to get to do my day job. It hasn't really happened yet. Take this morning as an example. When I left to drop everyone off at school, I was SO very uneasy about the aftermath of the tornado(s) that apparently swept through my home. Dressed head to toe for work, I turned my car around and headed right back here to straighten up and organize. That's just how it is. Today, I accepted that my day job includes being a housewife, and sometimes getting that done is more important than any task at my office! So cheers to cleaning in style! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

FNO and the "Magic Dress" by Julie Brown

The DJs at Bergdorfs thought it was awesome that the magic dress coordinated with their outfits! 

The magic dress got us through this NYPD officer and right under the red velvet rope!

The magic dress was allowed to sit in the DJ booth at Michael Kors!
The email back from Julie Brown herself! So sweet!!! 

While shopping online, I came across this dress by designer Julie Brown. From the minute I added it to my shopping cart, I knew it was special. Little did I know, this dress would be just plain magical amongst hundreds of thousands of people in New York City attending Fashion's Night Out. I kid you not when I say that nearly everyone I passed gave me some sweet compliment, or asked me who the dress was by. Halfway through the evening, my girlfriends lovingly named it the "magic dress" as we were escorted through velvet ropes, and to the front of long lines. I had several people tell me I should email a picture to Julie and tell her the story of the dress. I did that, and what do you know....she emailed me back, I was so excited!!! This is my first Julie Brown dress, but you can bet it won't be my last! We had a wonderful stay in New York City, and I can't wait to share the rest of my photos with you.....but I had to start with the story of the magic dress!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Priority List For NY Fashion Week & Fashion's Night Out

It's not every day that a Lakeland girl gets to travel with her girlfriends to NYC during fashion week. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to go, and for that I am so grateful. It took some web surfing to find the right discounts, and eBay selling to raise some extra funds, but I did it! We will be on our way Thursday morning to kick it off in style by attending one of the biggest, most celebrated nights in fashion, Fashion's Night Out!

The Challenge: Choose from our top priority lists of what to do on a night were we want to be in 100 places at the same time! And do, eat, see, shop, everything else that is on our list in 4 days. 

Here is my wishlist (in no particular order) of priority stops while visiting one of my favorite places on earth: 

Visit my cousin Milo in Chelsea! :) 

Visit our friend Merris at Flying Television

Laugh, talk, and explore with two of my dearest friends! 

Everything on this list from Refinery29

Fufill a childhood dream of seeing Cyndi Lauper LIVE at Manolo Blahnik

Hear Solange Knowles in the DJ booth at DVF meatpacking district!

Meet Michael Kors and do karaoke with him at his boutique.

Meet Michelle Smith at Milly, and win the Pinterest contest #worldofmilly. See my board here!

Watch Cirque de Soleil's window and street performances at Henri Bendel

Preview the fall line at The Shops at Target

Head to Brooklyn to Antoinette

Visit Piperlime's very first store on Wooster!!! 

Eat at the Spotted Pig

Enjoy the afternoon Fashion Tea at the Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park.

Stalk Lincoln Center for designers and celebrities.

Have a cocktail at the Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar.

Brunch at Mercer Kitchen in Soho.

I know there is so much more, but I have to go to bed! Wish me luck, and I will keep you posted on my accomplishments! You can always follow me on twitter @cathykhayes if you can't wait until I get back...haha!