Sunday, December 04, 2011

Steppin' Out - "I got it!"

Yesterday was one of those days where I hated everything in my wardrobe. The only pair of cold-weather appropriate shoes I have are those Old Navy boots I wear in every picture, and I can't even wear the black ones out when it's the least bit wet outside because there are now holes near the soles.

Looking through my archives, I see that every fall/winter I lament that I need to finally find some boots I love. While I liked the styling and price of the boots I got last year and got plenty of wear out of them for what I paid, in this Portland climate quality boots are actually a necessity.

I'm also having issues with the few pairs of jeans in my wardrobe. They fit perfectly out of the dryer, but in just a few hours I'm all saggy butt. What. The. Heck?! Because we're dieting, I don't want to invest too much in new jeans that may not fit too long, but we'll see.

With all that whining aside, I do have a cute ensemble to share with you. It just so happens that Em is the one wearing it.
"I got it!" 
Em: Dress, H&M
Tights & shoes, Target

She and Brent were playing a fairly gentle game of catch indoors (I know one day this will come back to bite us in the ass in the form of a broken vase), and each time she'd retrieve the ball, she'd exclaim with the pose above, "I got it!"

She's going through a "pretty dress" phase. The first thing she wants to do each morning is change into a "pretty dress." She has a huge dress collection, although not many of them are cold-weather appropriate. I think Santa will be picking up a bunch of sweater dresses for her. 

We didn't do much yesterday, other than a trip to Target. We picked up this $19.99 bookcase. Inspired by this project on Pinterest, I slapped some contact paper on the back piece, and voila! 


It's perfect for a little corner in our kitchin/dining area. I needed a place to house my cookbooks. Obviously I haven't filled the other shelves yet. I may do something like this with my cupcake liners. And it may make a good landing pad for my purse/keys, etc.

The top shelf is where Buddy camped out this morning. Em doesn't like when he messes with her toys, but she LOVED this.


  1. aw! she's the cutest!

  2. I can't lie. That thing creeps me out. If my parents did that to me, I'd probably decapitate it.

    But your child is neither evil nor unstable like I am.

  3. I finally ended my big boot quest while on a trip to Chicago. I bought these and love love love them

  4. love that dress & that she's going through a dress phase.

  5. I think a quest for great boots sounds like fun - especially when you truly NEED them, like you do now! It's practical - vital to your health even! :-) Sounds like a trip to DSW is in your future.

  6. I'm with you on boots. It took me a long time to find boots that I love. And I've already worn through one of them. I'm not sure I have it in me to start the quest again!

    I love the Em is in a dress phase. She's so cute!

    As for Buddy, I didn't know what the Elf on the Shelf thing really was until you started posting about it. I think it is hilarious! You're so creative.