Dressember 2017: Week 3 and 4

As you may have noticed, the rest of December kind of got away from me.  Tis the season, right?  I still wanted to share all the rest of my Dressember pictures though.  This year ended up being pretty tough.. a few days before Christmas, almost all of us came down with a stomach bug and I didn’t wear the dress one of the days.. mostly because I could barely move.. and yet still had to feed and care for a toddler and a pre-schooler haha any extra energy I had went to that, and not into getting dressed and taking a photo 😉  But I wore it the rest of the time, and here are the last two weeks (plus) of The Dress.

cardigan: thrifted // mug: Starbucks

shirt: second hand // leggings: thrifted // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: Whimsy & Wild

socks: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes

sweater: second hand // socks: American Apparel // Necklace: King Renly’s Loot

sweater: Winners // tights: American Apparel // Necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Target // necklace: KR Loot (please note, I didn’t leave the house on this day haha these bare legs would have froze!!)

Socks: American Apparel // shirt: Tharnzie

sweater: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh //

sweater: thrifted // tights: gift

shirt: American Eagle // headband: Lanie’s Closet //

this is my *sad Christmas is over* face 😉
scarf: H&M // socks: American Apparel // shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

​LAST DAY!! socks: American Apparel

And there you have it! Another Dressember wrapped!  Though the dress has been put away (for a while), you can still donate until the end of January (my page is here!) and please think about participating next year <3

xoxo.
Alysa

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Dressember 2017: Week 2

dress: Forever 21 // sweater: thrifted // hairband: Aldo Accessories // necklace: KR LOOT

skirt: Le Chateau // cardigan: thrifted // belt: thrifted // necklace: Wild & Whimsyy // shoes: Target

socks: American Apparel // shoes: thrifted // scarf: Alysalovely Littles

leggings: sweetlegs // shirt: thrifted // bow: The Bowed Doe

shirt: thrifted

sweater: thrifted // leggings: Sweetlegs

shirt: thrifted // socks: Forever 21

leggings: Sweetlegs // sweatshirt: thrifted // necklace: Prairie Wire Designs

This week was a little bit rough. I was sick, babies decided to wake up super early and be super fun very early a few mornings.  It feels like Christmas is tomorrow and I’m not ready yet. You know… mom stuff?
But I continued to wear the dress.  It’s a simple thing, and a choice that I have the freedom to make.  Continuing to wear the dress is my way of standing up for what is going on all over the world.  To put a stop to the thousands and thousands of women and girls (mostly) who are being taken from their homes and forced into sexual slavery.

This week, I read a story about a little orphan girl who was adopted legally into a family in North America, only for the family to find out later that this little girl was not an orphan at all.  That the little girl was taken from her family and held in what was described as a jail and given very little and kept hungry.  And when her parents tried to get her back, they were told they needed to pay a ridiculously high fee for how the “orphanage” cared for her/room and board.  None of the kids in the orphanage were actually orphans. They were just being kept from their parents who could not afford to pay an exorbitant fee to get their child back.  This is a new kind of human trafficking that I hadn’t heard of before, but it is going on all over the world.

I will not sit down until this isn’t happening anymore.  please consider donating to the cause here!

xoxo,
Alysa

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You’re Invited: Dressember

It’s back y’all! Dressember starts tomorrow!! Are you excited? Have you signed up?

If you haven’t yet, I would like to invite you to join my team, Frozen Belles! Just follow that link and click the button that says join team!! Then we’ll work together to help stop human trafficking.

For more information, check out Dressember.org 😘

Xoxo,

Alysa

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it’s been a minute

Dress: Thrifted // Boots: Rooster on River // Socks: Thrifted // Coat: Thrifted // Bow: The Bowed Doe
// sunglasses: Joe Fresh

Soooo… these photos were not taken any time recently.  They were taken when there were barely any leaves on the ground, and it was hardly cold.  That coat is JUST FOR SHOW!  It’s intense to think about that now, considering all the snow there is on the ground.. and how deeply I’ve gone into hibernation.  I would definitely, on most days, prefer to not leave the house.  There is so much snow and it’s so cold out.  Eek!

But, as the title says, it’s been a minute.  I’ve been all over the place on here, and I haven’t been even taking too many photos.  Which was why these photos never got posted when I took them, also why there aren’t more recent photos to post.  Oops!

Things have been exciting around here.  We just celebrated my daughter’s birthday, I’ve been working hard on my little shop, and my husband has been working tons.  Just not enough time in the day, y’know?  But I love this space, and I hope to be writing more!! So please, stay with me! I’ll be back <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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This is 33

sweatshirt: Forever 21 // jeans: Silver // necklace: Mama Gems // hat: Alysalovely Littles
// shoes: Keds by Taylor Swift

  

Last week, I celebrated my 33rd birthday!  On the actual day, I spent time with my bff and her daughter (the kids played together, mostly nicely haha) and had some amazing fried chicken from a local place for dinner with my family.  I also got my free Starbucks birthday treat, which is very important to celebrating my birthday.

On Friday, a few of us went to sing karaoke!  I did a Britney Spears themed party, where we all dressed up like our favourite rendition of our girl Britney.  I decided to do my (thrift store) take on her circus outfit, Andrew went as K.Fed, and my friends picked their own faves.  I don’t have any pictures of this, because we were ~~living in the moment 😉 😉 😉 But I’m telling you, it was awesome!

Karaoke has been a favourite of mine for years and years, and in fact I am pretty sure that I did karaoke for my 23rd birthday party, too.  I’ve been going to the same bar for all that time, too, which other places mixed in here and there, but the Limelight is a favourite of ours.  It’s changed a lot over the years and is really nice now!

We had a babysitter, and I had a designated driver, and I decided to have a few drinks!  I don’t really drink that much any more.. a side effect of being pregnant twice, and having two little ones at home.  I can’t really drink all that much all that often.  So since we had the opportunity, I had a few more drinks than I normally would have.  I was a little buzzed, but not drunk.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  And wouldn’t you know?  The next morning I woke up with a killer headache and felt like crap all day.  It was incredibly unfair but #thisis33 😉

What’s your favourite thing to do for your birthday?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Cherry Coke

shirt: thrifted // necklace: Mama Gems // skirt: thrifted // shoes: Toms // sunglasses: Joe Fresh // floral crown: my SIL made it for me

Autumn wanted to play, too!
Her outfit: shirt: Old Navy // skirt: hand-me-down // shoes: Lanie’s Closet

bracelets: 1/4: Pandora // 3/4: Thrifted

I never thought I would be a crop top kind of gal, but here we are!  I’ve had this top in my drawer for a really long time before I braved it, and then I put it with this skirt and loved it, so I’ve worn it a bunch of times since then.

Life has been a little fast paced and exciting lately!  I’ve participated in a couple of Farmer’s Markets this summer, and woah! That was a LOT of work haha.  I don’t sell food, so I don’t think I did as well as the people who did sell food, but it was a good experience.  I’ve learned that I don’t want to do farmer’s markets anymore.  Both times I was in direct sunlight all day and came home with a sunburn and mild heat stroke.  Oops! Oh well, live and learn 😉

Otherwise, I’ve been so busy dreaming up ideas for new projects and new things to offer in May Market! Our next sale is coming up on September 1 and 2, and I’m SO excited to share the things we’ll have in it!  It’s all about fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and everything pumpkins!  I am so in love with everything so far.

What’s new in your life?

xoxo,
Alysa

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quite rightly

dress: thrifted // headband: made by me (Alysalovely Littles) // necklace: Mama Gems

I’m so ready for (more) summer weather!  I took these pictures a few weeks ago, right before we headed off to the spray pad with our friends to frolic in the cold water there because it was SO. HOT. out.  The last week has been all rain, basically all the time.  Sad.

Hi friends! I’ve been kind of MIA lately, but it’s been for such a great reason, I promise!  I’ve been preparing for several farmers markets that I am participating in this summer and I’m SO excited about them!  That, in addition to our monthly May Market, of course! 🙂 That will be this Friday/Saturday and it’s going to be awesome!! Check it out at the link above to join the group!

Otherwise, we’ve been doing a lot of hanging out.  Going to spray pads, to the park, it’s been a great summer so far!

What summery things have you been up to lately?

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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little flowers

dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy // glasses: Glasseslit.com

Toddler outfit:
Dress: thrifted // necklace: Finity Handmade on etsy

It’s funny. Slightly more than a year ago, when I had only one child, I would take my outfit pictures when she was napping. Now I have two, and so I barely take outfit pictures ever… but when I get a moment to do so, I have an adorable little one crashing the photos!  I love it.  She wanted to pose the same way I was, it was a lot of fun, and she is an adorable addition to my photos.

I want to talk about this dress for a moment.  I love how classic 90’s it is.  And I especially love the buttons up the back.  Except… they come undone SO easy.  How embarrassing is it when you have just walked across the room and sat down, only to receive a text from your husband that your dress isn’t done up?  Pretty embarrassing!!  But I love the dress so how to prevent wardrobe malfunctions?  Shorts underneath!  I have a lot of bike shorts and they’re perfect for something like this because you can’t tell I’m wearing them, and no one will see my underwear… even if the buttons aren’t holding up.

Autumn picked her own outfit today, too!  She really wanted to wear a dress and was so excited when she saw this one. And it’s so cute, I couldn’t say no!  Plus, you can’t go wrong with matching necklaces, right? 😉

Hope your week is amazing <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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whats up buttercup

dress: American Apparel // leggings: American Apparel // shirt: Bluenotes // socks: Joe Fresh // necklace: finity handmade on etsy

where the heck did March go though? I feel like it just started yesterday. Boom! It’s basically April.  We’ve been so busy around here, I haven’t had time to think, much less write anything.  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  Between taking care of babies, and making bonnets, and … let’s be real .. relaxing, it goes by so quickly and then all of a sudden it’s midnight and I’m exhausted.

I am finding myself in a little bit of a slump, clothing wise.  I feel like this is basically what I wear day in and day out.  It works really well for me.  It’s comfortable enough to sit on the floor in when I want to play with my kids, and it’s flexible enough to nurse in, or wear out.  But it gets boring to wear the same thing all the time.  I need more structured pants.  I love my leggings (which ARE pants, btw), but sometimes I feel more put together if my pants also have a zipper.  Anyone else feel this way?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Dressember 2016: An Update

Though Dressember ended almost a month ago, we’ve still been fundraising all of January.  So, there is still time to get involved and donate to the cause!

As of now, as a large group, we have raised $1,453,968USD!! That’s SO amazing!! It’s SO close to the goal we set out of $1.5million USD.  SO CLOSE!  If you’d like to donate to my campaign page, you can find that here.  If you donate $30 or more, I will send you an exclusive bonnet just for this Dressember campaign.

And if you have already donated, I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart: Thank you!  It means so much more than I can say when the people around me support the things I find important. <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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