Friday, April 27, 2012

{instagram friday}

Happy Friday friends! I'm on vacation from work today, but I also have a cold. Boo. Taking it easy and relaxing with my boys today. Here is a peek into my past week through my instagram photos.

Linking up with...

life rearranged


1. seeing stars
2. making my purse happy
3. after dinner treat
4. in disguise
5. movie night...Charlotte's Web
6. Sunday waves
7. new green dress
8. driving back to work


1. hello there love
2. splish splash
3. wrinkled toes
4. feather + lace
5. reading material for the next parenting challenge
6. dinner time
7. yucky morning rememdy
8. lazy friday morning

My instagram name is mandy_ford if you want to follow along!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

{playing dress up}

Happy Wednesday friends! Its time to play dress up again. I just noticed that this is my 900th post on the blog...crazy!

My outfits are a bit all over the place this week which is kind of fun. Definitely can't say that I've stuck to a uniform lately. Of course my new TJ Maxx finds helped. So here we go...

Thursday I was out shopping with my Mom so I snapped this pic of my outfit in the TJ Maxx dressing room...


Top and earrings: Kohl's
Jeans: Levi's via Dillards
Sandals: Target

Friday it was back to work and I wore my new star top and trouser skirt. I have to say that I felt better in this outfit and thought it looked better in person than it does in the photo. Hmmm...


I love all of the fun details on the skirt...


Top and skirt: TJ Maxx
Sandals: Target

Monday I wore my fun new green dress...


Dress: TJ Maxx
Cardigan, necklace and tights: Kohl's
Boots: Target

Tuesday I wore another new item {this is the most new clothing I think I've ever worn in a week!} A layered tank from Meijer...yes, Meijer!


Layered lace tank: Meijer
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: Sears
Tights: Kohl's
Boots: Target
Necklace and earrings: Kitty Cats and Airplanes 

And today I've got a whole lotta ruffles and waves going on...


Ruffle tee: maurices
Cardigan: c/o maurices giftcard
Pants: Gap
Flats: c/o maurices giftcard
Earrings: I've had them so long I can't remember!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Linking up with...

pleated poppy

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Friday, April 20, 2012

{in the dressing room}

Yesterday my Mom and I had a fun girls' day out. Lots of good food, giggles, coffee and shopping! Our most exciting stop of the day was our new TJ Maxx, which just opened up this past weekend.

To say I was excited about this momentous occassion is a tad bit of an understatement. The shopping in our small town is less than stellar so getting a TJ Maxx is huge people.  HUGE. :)

Wanna see what I tried on? I bought all but one of these pieces...let's see if you can guess which one. {and I know you'll be disappointed because it was one of my faves, but just not practical for my life right now}

First up was this cute green dress...


I wanted to find a dress to wear to an upcoming baby shower and I love this one. It is very comfortable and flattering and of course I love the pockets. It is work appropriate too which makes it even better.

Then I tried on this adorable pink/coral dress...



I looove the cutouts around the neckline and the hem.

Next I tried on this casual top...



It looks like denim in the pic but it is really a light aqua fabric with a bit of a sheen. I love the flouncy hem...so fun!

And last was this top and skirt combo...


The top has little stars on it and the skirt is a really great trouser style with a cuff and wrap tie around the waist.

So which item did I not purchase???

The pink/coral dress.

I know...bummer. I really, really liked it. BUT it was too short to wear alone and I was already going over my spending budget for the day, so back to the rack it went.

I'm actually wearing the star top and trouser skirt outfit today and I love it...it is a lot more flattering than I thought it would be and super comfortable. Here's a close-up pic of the top from my instagram this morning...


I also bought a turquoise {my new favorite color} Nine West wallet for $12 {!!!} and some superhero figures for the boys' upcoming birthday. So many great deals in that place. And SO dangerous that it is literally 2 minutes from my house.

Yikes.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

{instagram friday}

Well, hello there Friday! I'm so happy to see you. :)

Sharing my instagram pics from this past week and linking up with Insta-Friday over at Life Rearranged...

life rearranged

So here is a little peek into this past week...


1. candle-lit dinner for one
2. in a superman trance
3. boxes are still fun
4. an early Sunday morning
5. love that sweet profile
6. heaven...is that you?
7. bags, bags and more bags
8. heading home to my boys


1. new IKEA patio furniture
2. favorite sweater
3. shopping with Thor
4. hey there handsome
5. fingers + toes
6. pretty candy
7. girls' day out
8. new TJ Maxx top

You can follow me on Instagram @ mandy_ford! 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

{playing dress up}

Happy Wednesday friends! Time to play dress up again, and link up with all of the wonderful wardrobe inspiration over at The Pleated Poppy. Here are my outfits for the past week...

1....


Gray tee: Kohl's
Sweater: JC Penney
Skirt: Sears
Tights: Kohl's
Boots: Target
Scarf: Made by my friend Kathleen
Earrings: The Purple Attic

2...



Top: Kohl's
Cardigan: c/o maurices giftcard
Pants: JC Penney
Flats: Kohl's
Earrings: Kohl's

3...


Ruffle top: maurices
Cardigan: c/o maurices giftcard
Pants: maurices
Necklace: Kohl's
Earrings: The Bird's Papaya

4....


Ruffle top: maurices
Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Sears
Tights: Kohl's
Boots: Target
Flower necklace: The Bird's Papaya
Charm necklace: local craft show
Earrings: Dillards

Linking up with...

pleated poppy


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

{today}

Source: instagr.am via Mandy on Pinterest


 Today I'm choosing:



I promise tomorrow will be better. :)

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

{weekly lovelies}

Happy Saturday friends!

I took a bit of time today to do another video blog about things I'm loving right now...enjoy!


Here's the rundown...

1. fun nailpolish
2. knitting
3. salty + sweet
4. consignment sales and new friends
5. superhero party
6. motherhood...pass the kleenex!

What are you loving this week? Link up to your blog in the comments!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

{just between friends consignment sale}

I was lucky enough to get to attend the preview night of the Just Between Friends consignment sale here in Richmond tonight. If you haven't heard of JBF before, it is basically a huge consignment sale with loads of toys, clothing, books, and other miscellaneous items. I didn't expect to come away with much but I ended up finding some great deals for the boys.

This cute little play kitchen was one of the first things I spotted when we walked in...


It was priced at only $10! I almost snagged it up, but we have so many large toys so I left it for another lucky shopper.

Check out the modern white crib on the right...it looked brand new and was only $100!


They had lots of great children's books...


And a glimpse of the looong rack of boys' clothes...


So wanna see what I did pick up? I grabbed four pair of shorts...


A cute Children's Place polo...


A J Crew hoodie and a pair of Cons {these are my favorite purchases}...


And some Dr. Seuss books...


I also picked up a cute khaki Target jacket and The Cat in the Hat on DVD. 

Oh and I did sneak in a candle for myself {these locally made candles are usually $20 and it was only $8!}...


And I only spent about $40 on everything! I can definitely see myself going again next year...and maybe consigning some of the boys' clothes too!

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