I’m LOVING L.A. NATION

FIRST UP!! Notice my GORGEOUS new profile picture off to the side there? —————->

Yes, I look gorgeous. I know. Thanks.

I have to give a fabulous shout out to J. Noel Photography. ( pronounced like the word for Christmas ;-) ) We had an amazing family shoot the other day and I was ecstatic with the sneak peek. I can’t WAIT to see the rest of the pictures.

On an ENTIRELY different note, you know those days where you are just worn down and miserable no matter WHAT you do?

That.

However, I truly LOVED this dress from L.A. Nation on Etsy! I was able to choose my fabric, custom size it and choose the length as well as sleeve length. I chose sleevless because I live in Texas and until last week it was still in the 90s. In fact we JUST had our first “cold” front and it won’t be above 52 today!

I’m guessing you are noticing a trend here.

All of my FABULOUS sponsors are Etsy stores and I couldn’t be happier!

I paired the dress with a simple cardigan because, well, it’s fall and even though it was 75 degrees the day I wore this, I felt that I need to dress for the season.

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Dress from LA NATION: FREE (but $26.50 for you)

Cardi: More than 4 years old so FREE! :)

Necklace from Target: $8 -

Shoes from Ross: $10ish

Total: $44 for you but only $18 for me!! :)

I will likely be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance | Two Thirty-Five Designs




 
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I’m a rule breaker

They say no white after Labor Day but I say who cares.

If it’s hot enough to wear white, I’m going to wear white.

Clinton Kelly confirmed that it’s a very acceptable rule to break when I met him a few weeks ago.

YAY! Go me!!

If you don’t know who “me” is, I’m a homeschool mommy to 3 boys in Central Texas. I was paralyzed in 1999 and I refuse to fit the stereo type others have of people in wheelchairs. I’m not even close to “that person”. I drive and I take care of kids without ANY help, except my husband when he’s home, of course.

You can read everything you’ve ever wanted to know here or all the nosey stuff here. . . Go on… you know you want to know how I .. .

 

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Shorts: Banana Republic CLEARANCE SALE: $10 // Tank and necklace: Target: $5 and $8 // Cardi: FREE – cast off from a friend // Flip Flops: Ross: $10

Outfit Total: $33




 
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Welcome Comfortissimo

I’m excited to welcome the newest sponsor to The Stylish Gimp, Comfortissimo.

You will find soft, beautiful casual clothing that is extremely versatile from this European Etsy store.

I picked the BELA 2 in a gorgeous green. I thought it would be fun to pair it with leopard. Who doesn’t love animal print?

 

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Dress: Comforissimo (FREE, but would be $48)

Cardigan & necklace: Target $15 & $8

Boots: Ross $11

Total: $35 (would be $84)

I will likely be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance | Two Thirty-Five Designs




 
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GNO with Clinton Kelly & Macy’s

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Clinton Kelly (my BFF). However all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Clinton Kelly visited Macy’s at The Domain on Friday and I was able to meet him! It was a very exciting and ‘freaking fabulous’ evening.

I did a little shopping before the show because … well … that was the catch. If I wanted to actually get a picture with him, hug him, and fish for a compliment, I needed to make a $100 Estee Lauder or women’s clothing purchase.

I was out of Knowing perfume and I needed a top for our upcoming family pictures so it was a no brainer. I get to meet Clinton for buying stuff I need anyways? And I get a cute SWAG bag? DONE!

I did get the compliment, by the way. He said I was sporting the hottest trend of the season. Texture!!

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I lucked into VIP seating, thanks to Everywhere Society. This meant that I had a front row seat. YAY.

My beautiful friends Traci and Tonia (she was BEHIND the camera!! Thanks Tonia for some of the pictures!!) joined me for mocktails and appetizers. The cotton candy in sprite was SO sweet and yummy and I think I could live on roasted red pepper hummus. A huge thank you to Copper for providing the goodies.

I missed out on the makeovers by Estee Lauder, Blo- Blow Dry Bar and the Sunglass hut (where I buy my sunnies), but they were kind enough to pamper the Clinton Kelly Fans.

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The store manager Kelly, called us to attention and we got right down to business after Clinton told us about his eventful trip to Austin. His flight to Austin was rescheduled and due to arrive at 8 PM. That clearly wasn’t going to work so he had the pleasure of flying into San Antonio, renting a car and driving to Austin. In the rain. At least he brought rain! We desperately needed rain.

The fashion show was fabulous and full of fall trends done 3 ways. Millennial. Curvy. Mature. I loved EVERYTHING, but the Millennial and Mature combined would be perfection for me. You can see better detail in Clinton Kelly’s Instagram feed.

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The trends are: (thank you Traci for being such a good student)

  • skater skirt (as in ice skater) – add tights for a curvy or mature look
  • distressed denim – distessing draws your eye to that body part. BE CAREFUL.
  • mixed media – mixed textures and deep colors
  • knits – combine same or similar colors with different textures; unless curvier – than choose a single bold print
  • camo – darker, more subtle for mature
  • I’m missing one ……

AND AS ALWAYS DON’T FORGET YOUR STRUCTURED JACKET OR COMPLETER PIECE!!

Yes, it’s hot in Texas, BLAH-BLAH. STRUCTURED pieces.

I could go on and on but I don’t want to keep you. You need to start your day and make sure you have something in that’s cute. Right?

I’m sure you’re wondering if Clinton is planning to be in your area sometime soon. Here are the dates and locations of upcoming events with other Macy’s stores.

If you can’t make it to any of the events, no worries, you can always tweet, instagram, FB, YouTUBE or hit him up on pinterest. Just use the hashtag #helpmeclinton and he (or someone on his team) will get back to you ASAP.

I will likely be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance | Two Thirty-Five Designs




 
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Dress love

I used to rarely wear dresses. I felt the short ones were awkward when I transferred into my van (HELLO BRITTANY) and the long ones were cumbersome (tangled in my wheels and all kinds of twisted).

However, I decided to give them another shot this year. Yes, I still flash but who’s likely looking in a busy parking lot? Yes, they still tend to wind up twisted but who’s going to notice?

The bottom line is they LOOK adorable and as long they are comfortable who cares about the rest?

I picked this maxi up at my local Goodwill and it was a bit too small for the girls, I just paired it with a fun contrasting color and I think it’s perfection.

 

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Dress: Good Will $4 // Necklace: Walmart or Target MANY years ago, probably $10 but let’s call it free // Shoes: Ross $13 // Tank: Target – OLD $6? new… but let’s call it free // Earrings: Swavorski – daily essential and GIFT so .. NO price

Anything that I’ve had more than 3 years is Free – right? Especially accessories.

Outfit Total: $17 or you can call it $20 if you want to count the old stuff.

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I won this cute maxi from Lime Street Fashion. Alison from I feel pretty had a giveaway and I was the lucky girl that got to have the package delivered to my door !

 

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Dress: Lime Street Fashion: FREE // Top: F21 $15 // Shoes: Old Navy $10 // Necklace: Brooke’s Angel’s Wings:  $40 // Umm….where are my earrings?!!!!! ACK!

Outfit total: $65

 

 

I will be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance | Two Thirty-Five Designs




 
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I get to meet Clinton Kelly!!

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Clinton Kelly. However all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own

Oh. My. Goodness.

I GET TO MEET CLINTON KELLY!!!

I can’t stop pinching myself. I have honestly not stopped smiling since I got the offer on Wednesday.

How awesome (AND SCARY) is it going to be to meet such a style god? He’s going to look better than every. Single. Woman in the store. How do we even compete?

Okay, okay.

Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but he has been helping women feel beautiful and find their true potential for YEARS now.

With Stacy, of course.

I have a HUGE crush on him and he’s the BFF I envision when hoping to someday have my very own Will Truman.

He’s coming to Austin this Friday and joining Macy’s for a Girl’s Night Out fashion tutorial. I get to go and cover the event on behalf of Everywhere Society!

There will be SWAG and a chance to meet and take a picture with Clinton for anyone that spends $100 on Estee Lauder or women’s clothing.

See what I’m doing there?  I’m putting myself on a first name basis with him to prepare myself for us becoming besties.

You can see the press release here.

So, if you happen to be in Austin, or close enough to make the drive, you can join in the fun. Things will get started at Macy’s at The Domain at 6 pm, Friday September 20th.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter and instagram. (links in sidebar) I will be covering the event across as many platforms as I possibly can.

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On an ENTIRELY different note, it was my husband’s birthday this weekend and I’m pooped. We made him a cake from scratch that rivals The Great Wall of Chocolate from PF Changs and I also made him raspberry waffles and FRESH HAND SQUEEZED orange juice.

All the hard work paid off though because we also managed to squeeze in a date night at Ruth’s Chris. Yum. We plotted a weekend getaway. I hope we get to take it sooner than later.

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Dress: Golden Tote ($25-30ish, it came as 1 of 6 pieces in my $150 tote last month)

Boots: Nordstrom shoes sale about 3 years ago ($50)

Purse (free with purchase from Ann Taylor), Necklace: F21  ($7)

Belt: F21 ($6)

Pearl Earrings – Valentines day gift from DH about 10 years ago

Outfit total: $88-93 ish

 

I will be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance | Two Thirty-Five Designs




 
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look for less: headbands

I can’t deny my love for Anthropologie.

I’d shop there every time I needed something if I could afford to.

However, my husband is not Walter White, so I can not.

Surely we’ve all lusted after the cute jeweled headband in every other blog post and trendy store.

Look at these two. I could buy (alsmost) 3 of them at Maurices for the price of ONE at Anthro.

Yes, I know they don’t look EXACTLY the same … they are close enough. At least for me and my wallet.

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It’s a NO BRAINER!!

Can you guess which is which?!

(the one on the bottom is from Maurices)




 
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Grace and lace

Surely you’ve seen cute boot socks and cuffs?

I’ve had a pair sitting on my pinterest must have board for over a year now.

When Grace and Lace agreed to send me a pair I was ECSTATIC and was not willing to wait until fall to wear them so as you can see below I paired them with shorts and booties!!

I think it’s absolutely adorable but can NOT wait to wear them with leggings and taller boots.

I wore this outfit last Tuesday while I was being filmed for a local news piece.

I’ll share the link as soon as they post the clip online.

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I thought I’d do  something new and share what i spent (or as closely as I recall) in a addition to where my clothes came from … I love knowing if what others wear is in my budget or not.  You will see a HUGE mix of new/thrifted/bargain/splurge:

Top by : $5 – Thrifted-GoodWill

Shorts by American Eagle $4 – Thrifted – Savers

Boots by – $12 at Ross

Boot Cuffs – C/O Grace and Lace - Thank you SO much. These are adorable and will be a staple this fall.

Necklace – $8 Target

Belt – no name – $1 at Ross

Outfit total: $30 (not counting sunglasses or swavorski earring studs – those are everyday so I don’t include them)

I will be linking up with these ladies:

 WIWW: The Pleated Poppy | Style Sessions | I feel Pretty | Random Wednesday with Shanna | Tucker Up | Sunday Style | Real Girl Glam | Wardrobe Wednesday | Plane Pretty | Three-Fer Thursday | Everyday Fashion & Finance |

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August Purchases

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This was a fun month. It doesn’t APPEAR I got much for having gone over my desired $200 budget BUT I’m not showcasing all the glorious Golden Tote goodies. You saw those in a previous post and there is still MORE to come!




 
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