Friday, February 28, 2014

The $20 Challenge

Us girls
love a competition.
and a deal.
and consignment/thrift shops.
There are treasures to be found out there!!!
So we decided to combine these loves,
come up with a $20 price limit,
and go out to find our treasures...
From the Ancient City to
our UF college town,
the Appalachians,
and the foothills of the Ozarks
the search was on
Here are our finds...

Outfit From Plato’s Closet
(Little disadvantage that our closest nice resale shop is over an hour away,

but made for a great mother-daughter day with a friend!)

Flowing cotton tank top from Forever 21. $4
Hydraulic Denim Shorts. $4.80
Shoes- Gianni Bini Flats from Dilliards w/original price tag of $59.00.  $9.60

Bracelet. $1.60
4 Items Total -  $20.00
Designer Dog- Free

(Backstory: Teenager dressing in summer clothes. before school. in a freezing house with snow outside to challenge her aunts- Priceless)



Sexy slim Nine West pants. $5
Adorable 2 tone wedges w/girly bow. $5
White, sparkly beaded earrings. $2.99
Gorgeous gauzy coral Papaya brand blouse. Perfect for any summer day. $6.99
4 items Total. $19.98 
(Shoe brand not posted as I do have a similiar pair, so I sold them back to the SAME shop along with the pants... so technically, in the end, I only paid a $1 to use the pants and shoes for the competition ;)


Pinstripe Pencil Skirt w/bonus Pockets and Button Detail - $3.50
Filigree Detailed Top w/Front Zipper - $3.50
Jean Jacket - $5.00
Leather Ankle Lace-up Boots - $5.00
4 Items Total:  $18.02




New York and Company blouse. $2
Talbots jacket. $3
Steve Madden shoes new with $60 tag. $10
INC International Concepts Capris. $2
Liz Claiborne purse. $1
5 items Total - $19.08

Lucas is one of my most precious, priceless accessories.
(He also happens to be wearing a bonus find of a Carter's vest for $1)



Classic Black wash-n-wear Pants. $1.50
Clark 3" Heel Clogs. $4.99
Gauzy asian-design Shirt. $2.00
Button down Scott Taylor overshirt.(price tag still on from Steinmart) $5.00
Earrings. $2.99
5 items Total. $17.47
Jessica's backdrop was a $10 find...
scalloped-edged 100% cotton quilt from Linen Source, mint condition!

a very successful hunt,
I would say :)

The judging is complete.....
and the official winner is
Congratulations to all the competitors...
job well done!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Spontaneity and Discovery

Came out of my room
 one foggy (both my mind and outside) morning anticipating my coffee.
Lucas was at the dining room table coloring on a piece of paper.
While my coffee perked,
I took the piece of artwork,
attached some colorful hair bands
intending to hang it from the knob of my dresser.

Lucas didn't see wall art.
He instantly saw a kite.
(Perspective is everything, right?)
Kite meant outside.
And, taking after his Aunt Christa,
immediacy was the key.
as in
"Let's go outside now, Nana!
With my kite!"
He hasn't grasped the concept of morning coffee yet.
However, I have no regrets in following the
spontaneity of a young boy...

The added bonus to this time of morning...
the Grass Spider webs scattered around.
To touch? or not to touch?...
that is the question  
Curiosity wins!

 A bit of trivia...
these webs are virtually non-sticky,
these spiders will eat their web
in order to recycle the silk,
 and when touched

the web magically disappears

"Hey, where did it go?!?"
No frantic flailing of arms at unseen fibers here! 

now lead the way back home, Lucas,

 to my awaiting
pot of
and I'll sip away as I listen to a
2 year old's version
as he tells his
mom about the morning's venture.

A great way to start the day!