Friday, November 30, 2012

CopyCats Week 13

Good news! I am feeling much more than a pulse today.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to pose for a copycat look so I decided to feature Erin's look instead.
She is such a loyal (and talented!) copycatter so I am thrilled that she agreed to let me feature her.
Check out her blog here and her look below:

polka-dot-sweater-polka-dot-blouse (6) polka-dot-sweater-polka-dot-blouse (7)
Jacket – Wilson Leather (similar on sale) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) (similar)| Blouse – Gap (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via (similar) | Bracelets – House of Gemmes
Copycats Friday is one of my favorite days of the whole month! It’s when I try to branch out of my usual style and try something different. This month I’m channeling the ever-stylish and sometimes a little out-there Blair from Atlantic-Pacific.

Her double polka dot look has been on my mind ever since I found myself in possession of both a polka dot sweater and a polka dot blouse. I love the juxtaposition of the two different background colors and polka dot sizes in the original look. I also love her shoes but, sadly, I didn’t have any strappy closed toe heels to wear today.
I even searched my neighborhood for some stairs so I could copy her pose. This is the best I could do.

All told, I LOVE the way this outfit turned out even if it’s a bit more casual than I would wear to the office. Still, for a Friday when I have no meetings and the boss is out? I’ll break out the double polka dots.
Would you wear either of our outfits?

Thanks Erin!
Link up below if you are participating this week and be sure to add the button below to your post! 

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easy gift idea.

I'm pretty sure we've all received a layered jar as a Christmas gift.
Not gonna lie, I hate baking/cooking, so I totally don't mind when others make it easy for me.
Also, since I hate baking/cooking, these are great gifts for the aquaintences in my life. You know, the people that you want to acknowledge during the holidays, but that aren't expecting a gift? This is the perfect idea.

Why not make it even more personal by including decorative baking instructions? 

I just whipped up this card-like thing on a website that does cheap brochure printing and much more. You can really get creative with it!

Recipe and images via here and here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

gift guide: ladies in your life.

Mother (sold out! buy in silver here)
Coworker (sold out! buy in silver here)

If only all the ladies in my life appreciated jewelry as much as I do...
After a few years of gifting them with gems I adore, I think I finally figured out that they never wear them so I should stick to items they love since gift-giving is about others and not yourself.

But since you may be surrounded by women that love to sparkle, I have picked out my favorite pieces from Outfit Additions (all under $35!!!) to help make your Christmas shopping for the ladies in your life a little easier this year.

They are running a special two day sale today and tomorrow of 15%-20% off your purchase AND free shipping! Check em out.

P.S. I'm still just laying on the couch and hobbling around. I also caught Ian's cold so you can just picture how much fun we're having over here these days! CopyCat Friday will still be happening though, so link up here tomorrow!

P.P.S. Make sure you enter the group giveaway! (And if you entered the Bubble Necklace giveaway you may have to re-enter cuz I totally goofed).

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

christmas card source.

If you're like me, you haven't even thought about sending out a holiday card this year. 
Oh wait, I guess this counts as a thought...
Well, if you're planning on sending one out, and need a speedy turnaround (we're talking 48 hour print time), check out this site. There are lots of options! Here's what I would do:

it's giveaway time!

*Note: if you entered the Bubble Necklace Giveaway, you need to enter again because I totes messed it up and your entries didn't count! 

My generous sponsors this month have some great things up for grabs! 
Enter for your chance to win, but make sure you follow all the rules : )

Sophia Jane is giving away one of their best-selling necklaces made with harvested seed from the Amazon Rain Forest:

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Erin, from Loop Looks is giving away this black bubble necklace:

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Kelsey, from Kelsey Design, is giving away a style consultation which includes:
-A shopping budget set by the client
- Up to eight coordinated outfits (more outfits if busget is over $300)
- The client may include up to three pieces of clothing they already own
- The client will receive their shopping list with completed outfits by email within two business days of winning
- The client email describing her own style and lifestyle or even link to her Pinterest board

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

living with fletch.

I have a special lady to introduce you all to!
 Her name is Nicole and she is so funny.
I seriously love her sense of humor.
Make sure you check out her blog!

Hi readers! I am Nicole from Living with Fletch!

This is me and this is my smokin' hott husband Fletcher.

If you have ever read my blog you know I LOVE DISNEYLAND. 

Here is the thing... We are Obsessed. And the facts are as follows:

The Paper Chain: The other day I show up at my mom's house and see a paper chain on the wall (we love paper chains in our family). I asked who made it and what it was for. My mom told me to guess. I said, "Jill, and the countdown to Disneyland." She said, "....and?" I look closely at the writing on each link and Coco says, "There is a Disney movie quote everyday until we leave."

The Nightmares: One morning I wake up and tell Fletcher, "I had a nightmare that we went to Disneyland with a bunch of jokers and they didn't know what they were doing. I was sooooo stressy." Fletcher with wide eyes says, "I had a dream your dad called and told us the park would be so busy we could only pick one ride to go on."

The Phone Calls: There is a Disneyland app that allows you to view wait times as long as you are in the park. Fletcher, of course, found a way to let the GPS think you are in one place when you are really in another. Lately I have been receiving many phone calls that go like this:

Me - "Hello?"
Fletch - "The wait line at Space Mountain is only 15 minutes!"
Me - "Wow that is awesome!"
Fletch - "OK talk to you later bye."
Me - "Uhh... OK bye."

Overall it was a much needed vacation! Even though we did go for our honeymoon not to long ago which you can check out here (this is when I convinced Fletcher Disneyland was AMAZING). You can also see here how I was almost swept off my feet by a cute little boy at Disneyland.

But don't worry people I still find time to blog about other things. Like that one time I did a sweet James Bond roll at ASU, how I live in the ghetto, or that one time my teacher told me my babies would be ugly.

Everyday at our house is a new adventure but how could it not be when your husband has got a name like Fletch?

I guest posted over on her blog so go take a look! 

my november ladies!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a couple of amazing blogger ladies! 
I really think you guys are gonna love their blogs, so read on and go visit them.

Hi Frills for Thrills readers! I'm Kelsey and I write a style blog, Kelsey Design. I'm married to my best friend living the best life and am a mama to Vincent, the best fluffy toy poodle. We live in Idaho but will soon be on our way to experience life on the East Coast. I love doing outfit posts (something I thought I would never do, but enjoy it so much!), fashion finds, and interiors. I also just got back from Europe and you can read it about it here and here. Please stop by and say hi! I love meeting new blog friends. xoxo Kelsey

Hi Frills for Thrills readers! I'm Corinne from Life Etc. Like most style bloggers, I started blogging because of a slight shopping and fashion obsession. But apart from the style inspiration, what I've come to love most about blogging is being able to document the random happenings in my life, while connecting with other awesome bloggers. Life Etc provides me with a much needed break from my 'other' life as a serious law student! So please stop by and say hi :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

holding him up.

Sorry my post is so late today! My back went out yesterday and I almost died.
Luckily I found a chiropractor that would see my on a Sunday and a husband and babysitters taking care of me and the baby : / Needless to say, it's been an eventful/uneventful few couple of days...

Last week's wow assignment was to pay attention to the small things that please your husband. To think of ways to show him that you notice him and the things he likes. What did you do for your husband last week?

Ian was sick with a cold (I know, we are falling apart over here), so I made a trip to the pharmacy aisle at my neighborhood Albertson's and delivered a care package to him at work with vitamin c, Dayquil, tissues, and other cold-remedy type things. 

He's also really into protein so I picked out some new protein drinks and and bars for him to try out and gave those to him the next day.

I've been pretty useless since my back went out, but I also suggested we make a spontaneous trip to Burgerville to get holiday shakes since he'd mentioned earlier that he wanted a fun Christmasy drink.

I know, it's easy to show your husband love by feeding him... Haha.

I'm gonna make the rest of this post short because I can't sit but I am.

The chapter is called "Hold Me Up, Honey." And it's all about praying for your husband in the area that is most stressful to him. Ask him what consumes the majority of his thoughts-- what troubles him? Assure him that you are there for him and that you are praying. Give him space to talk and unload. Then pray for him. 

Come back tomorrow and beyond for some fun guest posts and giveaways! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

another thanksgiving post.

Things to note:

1. I got bangs.
2. My sister in-law has excellent decorating skillz.
3. I have the funniest/godliest/most awesome grandma in-law ever.
4. Meals should always be feast-like, and preferably prepared by others since I hate cooking but loooove feasting.
5. You really do feel better after a "clean" Thanksgiving meal vs. the carb loaded kinds.
6. This is the only family shot we got. On our way out the door. Because baby was losing it.

Normally I hate Thanksgiving (I know, I'm a total Scrooge), but this year was actually really fun.
It was amazing not having to travel with this little peanut baby and made life so much easier and we still got to be with family : ) 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

mom jeans.

Sweater: Burlington, Shorts: Levi's thrifted, Shoes: Trouve from Nordstrom, Bracelets: Forever 21, Watch: JCP

If you've been here any length of time, you know I'm obsessed with anything high-waisted. 
I've been dying for a pair of faded high-waisted denim shorts, but obviously couldn't buy any until after my baby was out of my belly.
I just found these thrifting the other day and trimmed them up a little to avoid the 1992 mom look.
You know her?
She has bushy hair pulled loosely back in a scrunchie.
And a wide cropped sweatshirt with no hood.
She also wears hightop sneakers with ankle socks rolled over.

Not sure if I avoided it completely, but it's ok since I am a mom now.

Monday, November 19, 2012

small things.

Last weeks wow assignment was to plan a date based off of one obsession or quirk you husband has.
Ian is obsessed with basketball and anything Blazer related, so I agreed to go to the game with him (and baby) last week! Read about that here.

The chapter this week is called "Small Things". 
Sometimes the smallest things are the most thoughtful.
I know whenever Ian blesses me with a small thing (whether that be an action, gift, etc.) I feel the most loved and especially noticed.
It's sweet when he buys me something I mentioned briefly a few months ago.
Or when he makes me coffee in the morning even if he's not drinking any himself.
I'm trying to think of the small things I've done for him recently, and how I can do more.
The author suggests making a list of all of his likes/loves (i.e. food, scent, office pen, tool/gadget) and then plan a day with all of his favorite things strung together for one wow of a day!
Need some suggestions?
Meet him for lunch at his favorite restaurant.
Bring in the paper for him.
Talk about his favorite sports team with him (research ahead if necessary).
Buy him his favorite snack-- even if it's junky! 

What did you to celebrate your husband's obsession last week? I'm dying to know!

It's not too late to join me in better loving the men in our lives. Will you try this at least once with me?

Are you totally lost and have no idea what I'm talking about? Read more here.

Also, check to see if you won the Florence Adams $50 credit here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

we have a winner!

The winner of the Florence Adams $50 credit is Lily! 
Congratulations Lily!
Please email me so I can hook you up: frillsthrills [at] gmail [dot] com

Saturday, November 17, 2012

faves from this week.

Hope you are all having a fantastic Saturday so far! 
Here are a couple blog posts I'm loving this week.
Be sure to check 'em out!

Love Corinne's outfit posts from this week, and especially this one on all the good, bad, and ugly things from her week.

I'm such a huge fan of color, so I love that Erin went bright with this pink pencil skirt in the middle of Fall in one of her recent fashion posts!

Sophia Jane has some beautiful accessories. These are just two of my faves!

You know I'm obsessed with the prints trend, so it's no surprise that this post from Kelsey just made my entire week. I love the bold look! 

I love getting to know people through their blogs. Jillian is just one of the awesome ladies I've met recently and I love this post where she shares what a regular day in her life is like (it's actually linked to a guest post).

P.S. Do you want to be featured on Frills? Find out how here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

a touch of leather.

Bag via Mango

Are you loving or hating this trend? 
I still can't decide if I'm on board!

P.S. Remember to enter the Florence Adams giveaway

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

this could be yours.


I don't do many giveaways around here, and when I do, they are products or companies that I really believe in.
Florence Adams is a cute online company that sells everything from small kitchen appliances to women's apparel. 

I chose this black peacoat and couldn't believe how reasonable the prices are (think under $50)!
The quality is great and I have worn it almost every day since getting it in the mail last week.
It keeps me cozy and I am obsessed with the oversized collar.
No need to wear a scarf with this one (although I chose to with this outfit).
I love that it's not too long and not too bulky perfect for layering.

Glasses: c/o Firmoo, Scarf: gift, Coat: c/o Florence Adams, Pants: JCP, Shoes: Trouve from Nordtstrom, Purse: D&B, Earrings: Old Navy.

Today could be your lucky day because Florence Adams is giving away a $50 gift card to one of you lucky ladies.
They are also offering a 20% off discount on any clothing item or accessory from today through Saturday when you use the code: FRILLS1112

All you have to do to is like their facebook page and leave a comment below letting me know which item you'd buy with the gift card.
You must also be a follower of Frills for Thrills via Google Friend Connect (click that "Join this Site" button to the left).

The winner will be announced this Saturday, November 17th!
Good luck!

*Giveaway is US only.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

nba game with an infant.

At about 1:00 pm Ian's phone rings with our friend Luke Babbitt on the other end.
He says he has two extra tickets to tonight's (last night's) game against the Hawks.
Ian is stoked and I am too since my plan for this week's wow assignment is to do something Blazer related.
And we are obviously going to take our son of five weeks with us. I mean, Ian has always dreamt of taking his son to the Blazer games.
I'm nervous and start thinking through how I'm going to make this work with an infant.
He will be napping when we leave so I should take the Ergo.
There will be nowhere to nurse him so I'll have to pump and take a bottle.
It's raining, but I don't want to wear too many layers since I'll be holding him the whole time.
Also, throw everything in the diaper bag. Just in case.
Five hours later we hop in the car and head to the game.
Greyer falls asleep. Right on time.
We park and Ian scarfs down a sandwich while I change Greyer's diaper in the back seat.
Even though I woke him, he doesn't seem to mind laying his nakey bottom on the cold portable changing pad.
I squish him into the Ergo carrier like a sausage and he fusses but I bounce and he stops.
Ian's in charge of the diaper bag and we run through the rain without an umbrella.
I think I'm crying in frustration, but it's just raindrops that are running down my cheeks. Not tears.
Ian heads to will-call while I duck for cover.
I feel like a soggy street rat now that I'm under the lights where other people can see me, but I take a deep breath and calm down.
Ian approaches with the tickets and, as we enter, the security lady looks suspiciously at my front pack.
"It's just a baby," I say.
She smiles with warm eyes and asks to look in the diaper bag.
I worry she'll confiscate my sacred bottle of pumped milk since they don't allow liquids.
How will I feed my child?! 
I wore my boy-sized jersey and there is certainly no room to stuff a baby up in there for a feeding!
But alas, she takes a quick peek with her little flashlight and we move on.
I stop by the restroom to fix my drippy hair but I'm insecure standing in front of the mirror with the dry women checking their own reflections.
I opt to for a pee, but how will I unbutton my pants with this Ergo carrier buckled around my hips?!
It happens.
I wash my hands and take a walk-by glance in the mirror as I dry off my hands. 
Wishing I'd at least worn a hood, I comb my fingers through my mane knowing not much was gonna help at this point.
We find our seats and settle in with all of our STUFF.
Babies require a lot of stuff, and the leg room at the Rose Garden does not accommodate a lot of stuff.
The lady next to me, sipping her beer through a straw, is thrilled that I have a baby.
And I am glad that we are in one of the loudest buildings in town incase he throws a fit. 
Then I wish he'd cry because then I'd at least know he was alive in that Ergo...

^Notice lady drinking beer through straw.
I spend the first quarter of the game trying to reposition his head in that thing, but he prefers face down.
I can't relax so I take him out.
He squints his eyes under the lights with a faint B-L-A indented on his forehead from being pressed against the embroidery on my jersey.

He falls back to sleep in my arms and I relax knowing he's alive.
Until the Blazer dancers come out in their teeny tiny "outfits"? And start grinding on the court.  
I want to jump off a cliff in insecurity (ok, not really but kind of) knowing my husband is watching, but he looks the other way.
At me.
His frizzy haired wife wearing a little boy sized jersey with drool on the front.
I try to smile and refuse to cry.
The dancers leave the floor and Greyer wakes up just in time for the second quarter.
I pass him to Ian, and finally I can breathe!

Chillin' hard in his gear.
Ian explains who these new players are, but all I'm watching is the crowd.
I just love to people-watch and the Rose Garden is the perfect place to do just that.
After about eight inches into a Red Rope and three minutes into halftime, we start snapping the above photos.
I'm sure we are annoying the people around us, but basketball is a big deal in this family, so of course we are going to document our sons first NBA game! 
We sit through the rest of the game trying to cover Greyer's ears every time we score a basket, but the game is close and it's getting too loud. 
I grab him from Ian and run out of the arena right before another cheer fest. 
I wait in the lobby for the last eight minutes and exchange smiles from kind baby-loving strangers.
Never in my life have I talked to so many strangers within eight minutes.
People just looooove my baby! 
A girl runs down the lobby blurting the F-word and covers her mouth in embarrassment as soon as she sees my little guy laying on my chest. I give her an understanding smile that says "It's ok. He's too young to understand you anyway."
The fan-photo photographers ask to take our picture for the website, but I know they just want a pic of the youngest fan in the building.
I don't refuse, although the last thing I want is this frizzed-out head of mine being published on the world-wide web... 
The game ends and passersby keep pointing and staring at my baby.
I get it. 
He starts screaming and I head back to our seats to dig out that precious bottle of milk I pumped earlier in the day.
It takes him a minute to latch on since this is only his second time taking a bottle. 
But he chugs away...
We are greeted by friends we didn't know are here along with more strangers asking about/congratulating us on/taking pictures of our new baby.
I'm tired and Greyer keeps fussing, so we bid farewell to the Rose Garden and head home.
Will I take Greyer to the next game? Probably not. 
Did I enjoy myself? Probably not.
But did I have fun? Definitely.
And I know Ian had a blast and that's what's most important sometimes... What makes your husband happy, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable.