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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My Favourite Outfits from Blog Posts Past

Since I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in somewhat of a style rut lately, I decided to look back at some of the outfits I posted when I first started my blog back in 2012.  At the time, I was a university student, living in a fab apartment.  I was in my first year of marriage, and decided to start a personal style blog because I wanted to play around with what I wore more.

Here are some of my faves from the first few months of blogging:

red sweater, student style

I still love this outfit!! And I specifically remember what happened to that necklace.  I was writing a midterm and it broke and the beads went EVERYWHERE.  It was so embarrassing.  In that blog post, I said that I was going to make something new out of the necklace.  Haha so much for that, because three years later and I still haven’t.  Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?

student style, short skirt, my old blog posts

Still wear everything except for the skirt haha just a little too short for the things I do on a daily basis.  And I’m pretty sure I gave it away last year in my April Decluttering Challenge.  Oh Well! I love that sweater!

student style, hairband, my old blog posts

Wow. That photo is straight up blurry.  It’s so crazy what I thought passed as a good photo three years ago.  At least I tried? haha yikes!

student style, scarf, my old blog posts

That “dress” now barely covers my baby bump. True story.

student style, my old blog posts

I love that skirt! I can’t wait to wear it again 🙂

I find it so funny how at the time I would just take my outfit photos in my living room and it didn’t matter how junky it looked behind me, because I thought people would focus on the outfit?  In my defense, that was a REALLY cold winter.  As soon as it started getting nicer out, I started taking my photos outside with nicer backgrounds.  😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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saving herself for Luke Perry

Cher from Clueless costume

shirt: thrifted // skirt: thrifted (Le Chateau) // socks: gift // tiny backpack: thrifted

how to dress like a 90's girl

90's accessories

So, check it: the other night I shared some snaps from my Clueless/90’s themed birthday party, including the food, & decor, so here is my Clueless-inspired outfit!  I mostly went with clothes I already had (chosen by computer), and I happened to have the best 90’s accessories, too.  An authentic tiny backpack, as well as a chunky plastic ring that was directly from the 1990’s.  It was phat.

Unfortunately, all of my 90’s-esque baby tees weren’t seeming to fit, and I was totally buggin’.  Luckily, this t-shirt worked and I was able to finish the ensemble with some high socks.  While it might not be the perfect Cher outfit complete with matching yellow plaid jacket and skirt, and yellow cardigan… I think I came pretty close.  Plus, the fact that I didn’t need to buy anything extra for the outfit made my wallet happy, too!

xoxo,
Alysa

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getting it together

mama style

fall mama style

what to wear in fall

shirt: Bluenotes // skirt: Old Navy // socks: gifted

This last weekend was crazy! Crazy awesome!  It was my daughter’s first birthday, and along with it came her first birthday party.  It was so much fun to be able to get everyone in our house to celebrate one year of Autumn!  While it was a little overwhelming at times, it was also so great to be able to see everyone who was there for us in a major way during Autumn’s first year all together in one room.  I had a great time, I just wish I had been able to talk more with a bunch of people.

The last few weeks were all about getting ready for the birthday party, and I’m glad that it went so well!  One of my favourite parts was that my sister, who lives out of town, was able to be here for it.  It was so special for Autumn to have her Ciocia at her birthday party.

But what’s next?  Christmas of course!  I need to clean up my studio and un-first-birthday-afy everything, and get ready to bring Christmas to the house!  One of my goals I shared from last week was to get my Christmas shopping done this month, and I think I have a pretty good start to that.  In the very least, I have ideas of what I want to do 😉  That’s a start, right?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Sakura Bloom Love

sakura bloom love

skirt: Rosegal // tank top: Old Navy // purse: Target // ring sling: Sakura Bloom //
shoes: Plato’s Closet //

sakura bloom love

sakura bloom love

 

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this sling.  We have a Boba stretchy wrap, which had been great for baby wearing for the longest time… but now that Autumn is getting bigger, it was time for something different.  I had been following the Sakura Bloom instagram account for a while now.  Every time they post something, I would look at how beautiful the fabric is, and how great it looked, and want one so bad.  I have been thinking about it for months.  I have been putting aside money for just as long, and I was finally able to purchase one!!  I LOVE it!  It’s so easy to adjust, which is different than the wrap style carrier.  It also takes up a lot less space than the wrap.  Plus, Autumn seems to like chilling out in there, and snuggling up to me in it.  It’s so great!

A few Saturday’s ago, I heard about a vintage market going on, which was the perfect place to wear this sling!  It was the Wildwoodrose Vintage Market, and it was so much fun!  A lot of really neat and interesting things, but I didn’t end up coming home with anything.  After we were there for maybe 20 minutes to a half hour, the sky just opened up and started POURING on us!  It got nicer after that, but it had mixed weather for an outdoor market.  I’m looking forward to the next one 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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pink pink pink

new mama style

skirt: thirfted // shirt: thrifted // scar & socks: American Apparel // hairband: Forever 21

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Does anyone really like going to the dentist?  No really.  People who have perfect teeth, do you like going to the dentist?  I have pretty bad teeth (I just had a cling-on baby who wouldn’t be put down for almost four months, so I kind of had other priorities haha), and so of course I dislike going to see the dentist.

This last visit was particularly bad.  I’m 30 years old.  I’ve been to the dentist before, once or twice.  But, this hygienist was absolutely terrible!  Super condescending and rude the whole time.  She kept telling me “this isn’t fun”… I know that. I’m a grown up.  I can handle it not being “fun” haha.

Then, when she was done, she was all apologetic because she didn’t have a pink toothbrush for me to take home.  Look, I don’t need a special colour of toothbrush to make brushing my teeth more fun, ok?  It doesn’t matter to me what colour of toothbrush I use, it’s really all the same to me. :p

I think that next time, I will ask for a different hygienist 😉
Oh, on a side note: Did you know that getting fluoride is OPTIONAL? I always thought it was mandatory, because when I was a kid I would always get it.  Turns out, it’s optional, and it costs extra.  Who knew?!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

 

 

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Cutie with a Sunburn

So, despite how much sunscreen you put on, how often you were in the shade instead of in direct sunlight, AND the largeness of your beach hat and sunglasses, you still managed to get a sunburn.  And sunburns are THE WORST! While you want to dress as stylishly and as cute as normal, sunburns put a damper on that.  So how do you dress cute when it literally hurts you to wear clothes?  It all depends on where you got your sunburn!

Shoulders:

Strapless

When your shoulders are sunburned, the last thing you want is to put on anything with straps that cut right into your sore skin.  Strapless is the way to go in that respect! It means you can put as much aloe vera on your shoulders as you need, all day long.  Plus, a lot of these dresses have a built in bra, just in case you’re not comfortable with free boobing it.

Lower back:

High waisted shorts

I always manage to get a sunburn on my lower back, just above where my bikini bottom starts. It’s such a pain because it means that any low waist skirts or pants will fall exactly on where the burn is.  Really hurts!! I discovered this past week that high waisted shorts or pants are the way to go when you have a sunburn here.  They guarantee that your burn will be left alone so it can heal faster.

Upper Thighs/Cheeks:

This is one of the most uncomfortable place to get a sunburn.  And you pretty much have to wear something long when you get sunburned here.  It sucks to have to wear pants when it’s so hot out, so the answer is a maxi skirt/dress!  The nice thing about the maxi skirt when it comes to a sunburn on your upper thigh/cheeks is that it means you don’t have to sit directly on it.  One of the worst things about this type of sunburn is that when you sit on certain seats in the summer, your skin tends to stick to it.  If it’s in the car, or that nice leather couch, it’s a pain to get up again!  Enter maxi-skirt. You’ll be sitting pretty, and pain-free!

My final style tip for someone with a sunburn in any of these areas is lots and lots of aloe vera! It’ll heal the burn way faster, and it feels amazing.

How do you recover when you get a sunburn in the summer?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Oopsie: Pictures I don’t Post

I’ve heard that for every 10 photo taken, there is one that is actually good enough to use. (numbers were a total guess)

I think that the following photos prove that:

Oopsie

Oopsie

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Oopsie

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Oopsie

I’ve learned that it’s really hard to take a good picture of jumping and/or doing a cartwheel.  So bad!!

Hope you enjoy my goofiness!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Somebody In New York Loves Me

Somebody In New York Loves Me!

Somebody In New York Loves Me!

Somebody In New York Loves Me!

Somebody in New York Loves Me!

Outfit Info:
Shirt: Postlapsaria.com/Keiko-Lynn
Skirt: Clothing Swap
Shoes: Joe Fresh
Sunglasses: FredFlare.com

I love this shirt because it reminds me of the time I spent in New York a few years ago. I absolutely LOVED it there, and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since.  Every time I watch a movie or a tv show that is set in NYC, it makes me “homesick” for it, if that’s something that’s even possible.  I get this pang in my heart region that tells me I need and long to be there. It was AMAZING!

My obsession with NYC started young. In high school, I loved Friends.  It was also in high school that I discovered Saturday Night Live.  Lets be real, it was one Mr. Jimmy Fallon that initially made me watch it, but after that I was hooked, AND obsessed.  I read as much as I could about SNL, including how people got to be there.  I had a wild and crazy dream that I could be a cast member on there, too. I thought that would be the most amazing job in the world.  Though reality has set in and my dream job has shifted, I would still love to at least see a live taping of the show.  (And really, if Kristen Wiig didn’t get on there till 32, there’s still hope for me 😉 )

xoxo,
Alysa

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Taking over my life…

Black/Red/Blue

Black/Red/Blue

Black/Red/Blue

Outfit Info:
Skirt: Clothing Swap (Target)
Shirt: Clothing Swap
Scarf: Wet Seal
Shoes: Target

My life has been completely taken over by statistics lately.  I’m sure you’re all so bored of hearing me talk about it, and I’m sure most of my friends are also tired of hearing me complain talk about it, too.  I think that’s one of the problems of taking a spring/summer course. It totally and completely consumes your life!  You want to go out and do other things, but when you’re out two things happen:

1. You can’t stop talking about the course

and

2. You feel guilty that you’re not spending that time working on your schoolwork.

I don’t know which one is worse!

Of course, you also look outside at the gorgeous weather and wish that you could spend time outside instead of doing math inside.  You just can’t win.  Yet, somehow, every March when the schedule for the spring session is up, I still find myself picking out which ones I’m going to take!  I have a problem 😉

xoxo,
Alysa

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