1) If you haven’t checked out this week’s Try-it Tuesday yet, please do. It represents a good portion of my life day yesterday, and I’m loving how my Reversible “Love Letters” Bunting Banner turned out. You might just want one yourself!

2) I’ve got two cheat outfits for you this week, and one of them is almost entirely Goodwill-free!  At one time, it might have been hard for me to put together 100% thrifted outfits.  Now, it’s actually kind of tricky to put together the cheat ones without its being 90% Goodwill (and yes, the thought of calling GW up and demanding an endorsement deal has already occurred to me, but thanks for the suggestion).







Okay, so obviously—from the (over)abundance of pics—I loved a) this outfit and b) how these shots turned out (the subtle grays, purples, and sage greens in the field behind me in that last pic make me feel like I belong in an Anthropologie shoot…or might if I were 10 pounds lighter, 4 inches taller, and a lot angrier-looking. Darn my inability to look like a ticked-off giraffe, I could have been rich!).

Top: Ann Taylor Loft/clothes-swap ($0), Shorts: Beall’s ($8), Shoes: Beall’s ($11), Scarf: Goodwill ($1), Jewelry: GW ($3)

TOTAL: $23





Top: GW ($3), Skirt: Forever 21 ($20), Sandals: Marshall’s ($20), Belt: Gap ($2), Earrings: Macy’s ($4)

TOTAL: $49 (I think this is the highest total for an outfit that I have ever posted. See what happens when you stray from the Goodwill code?)

Oh, and for the polish junkies…I’m wearing Ulta’s The Jungle Look.

Here’s what’s been happening over at Secondhand or Bare Bottom (I have an almost irresistible urge to say “in your neck of the woods” like Al Roker when I write this). Be sure to follow along for your daily dose of 100% thrifted goodness!



Did I peak your interest with my “confession” title? Yeah, cheap, I know.  But you kept reading, now didn’t you? So, who’s cheap now?

Okay, I’ll stop taunting people who can’t respond in real-time and fess up:

I’m not very good at looking at all of those this-is-in-style, here’s-what-hot-right-now, trend-alert type of blogs/articles (I just got my Pinterest account activated and am feeling a lot of pressure because all of these people are following me…whatever that means…and I haven’t pinned a single darn thing, by the way).

In fact, my style-sense consists of putting on what I think looks good on me/makes me feel attractive (interesting note, instead of “attractive,” I originally wrote “compassion;” exactly what is my subconscious telling me?) and going with it (that wasn’t the confession, just in case you’re feeling disappointed).

So, I’m no good at the “wear this-es,” but there is one “DON’T wear this” guilty pleasure that I have, and I’m wondering if any of you out there read it.

Kat Giantis’ Undressed on MSN…anyone, anyone? Hello? Ferris?

It’s a snarky series that she updates every couple of weeks or so in which she rounds up some of the rattiest celeb looks slinking around cyberspace and proceeds to rip them to shreds with nothing more than her keyboard and her rapier wit. 

I can’t have anything liquid near me when I’m reading her because I’m likely to either spill it or snort it up my nose, I’m laughing so hard. 

There was once a post about Kirsten Dunst that gave me laugh-induced hiccups.  No lie.  It was from several years back, and I tried to find it for you but finally gave up when I kept getting rather unsavory search results (it didn’t occur to me at first that searching for Kirsten Dunst “Undressed” probably wasn’t the smartest).

ANYhoo…It’s not much of a confession in the grand scheme of things, especially as Kat Giantis keeps things mercifully clean—even if she does quite often live up to her name—but I’m just wondering whether I’m alone here because I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone else who reads this, and I’m curious to know what you think. 

Aaaaand…that does it for me for today, folks!

See you tomorrow for 5 Things Thursday

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Momma Go Round


  1. You are ADORABLE….

    I am visiting your blog today. Thank YOU so much for linking to the party and taking the time to button up.

  2. Ummmm I’m telling- you cheated! 🙂
    Love the clothes as usual. I have also noticed the Google friend thingy not working several times on my blog- they need to up the ante! 🙂
    And I will have to check out the make up tip… did you make it to ULTA?

  3. I love love love using scarves in different ways! super cute and I look forward to following your blog!


  4. Hey, Beth! My hair is also naturally curly and VEEEEEEEERY thick (every time I get my hair cut, people look at the hair on the florr and say, “Whoa! You scalped her!” Then they look at my head and do a double-take that I have so much left!). I think I’ve got four people’s worth of hair on my head, no joke.

    What works for me is lots of layers, thinning shears, and yes, a straightening iron for my bangs.

  5. I love your description of the Anthropologie models. So true! And that shot of you is quite lovely (and so much better that it is totally un-giraffe-like).

  6. Hey there, Jane! Hope you enjoy Undressed! : ) Oh, and I don’t take my photos on a time delay, but I’m not sure that answers what you’re really asking…
    My husband takes all my photos for me. Does THAT answer your question? Or are you using photo-terminology for something I don’t understand? I’m confused. Can you tell?

  7. I , of course, love your outfits and photos, but I am also wondering about your beautiful hair!! Is it naturally curly, and if so, do you straighten your bangs? I have very curly, thick hair, but am wondering if I can pull the layered look? Bangs are a no-no for me because they curl up like big tootsie rolls on my forehead:)!

  8. Both of your outfits are adorable and you are pretty hilarious. Ticked off giraffe, haha. Super pretty shots!

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