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My JCP style – Worthington Seamless Tanks

I love when I can get an awesome deal on something that I will definitely use.  I had a $15 off a $15 purchase coupon at JCP so I headed to the mall to see what I could find. 

I keep a general list of staple items that I can use so when I find a sale, have a coupon or see a good deal I can make sure to get the best value and not just buy something that I really don’t need.  Tanks were definitely on my list so I headed to that area of the store and was happy to find that they were on sale!

Worthington Seamless Tanks  

Two for $15.98 was a great price (regularly $16 each), and when I used my $15 off $15 purchase coupon it added up to $.98!  For two tanks!  Including tax my total was $1.06.  It was an awesome shopping day. 

Have you gotten any good deals lately?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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High 5 Friday – 10.09.15

Another edition of {{ HIGH 5 FRIDAY }} is ready!



First up is the topic of jeans.  Specifically….how often should you wash them?  According to this article on WHOWHATWEAR, you should wash them after four or five times of wearing them.  Now in Texas it is hot and we sweat so I will adjust the washing times during the hotter months but will definitely be wearing them longer than I have been during the colder months.

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Project 333 has been on my mind lately.  I would love to pare down my closet although I’m not sure if I could get all the way down to only 33 items.  This is just 33 items per season so there is some changing out of items that would help it not be too boring.  What do you think?  Could you reduce down to 33 items? 


Ozona came up on my search again because I needed directions to it for last Saturday night.  We had a blast :)


The other day someone was spelling out something and they were trying to spell it phonetically.  I had memorized this, the NATO phonetic alphabet, before but couldn’t remember what the M word was.  It is Mike.  I had to look it up otherwise it would bother me and then come to me at like 2 in the morning. 


Who remembers Gorf?  One summer my family was visiting relatives up north in the Minnesota/LaCrosse area. There was a store called the Plaid Pantry that my brother and I went to and that is where we first played Gorf.  Memories…..

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

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Feeling fall’ish? Nah….it’s still 88 degrees outside!


It’s hard to feel excited about fall….even when there are leaves on the ground when it is still 88 degrees out. 

Just saying….

Stay awesome y’all!  ~lisa

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**cue trumpets blaring**

I am going to go through my closet sections at a time. I tried on all my “formal” dresses and found that two just really don’t fit and I haven’t worn one of the dresses since 2004 and the other since 2008. I know what you are thinking….YIKES! Seriously?? I’ve kept a dress for 11 years and haven’t worn it since the one time that I did!

I took pics of the ones that I am keeping to add to my Stylebook (an app on my phone) so I know what dresses I have for fancy occasions and then I packed them in a clear container and put it on the top shelf of my closet. If I have a need for a special occasion outfit then I’ll just pull them down and dry clean them if needed to freshen them up. Just by doing that I’ve eliminated 5 hangers from my closet. Felt good to accomplish that!

Tomorrow I will tackle another area. I’m only getting rid of stuff that does not fit and that I have no real hopes of fitting or stuff that is just not going to be utilized with other things. I’ve decided to stick with the neutral color of black as my “base” color. Might possibly add gay or camel or beige as well. Not sure which one….what do y’all think would be a good second neutral color?

And then as for as my other colors that I will keep in my palette, I am going to try to stick with jewel tones. Specifically teals, aqua’s, olive greens and emerald greens. I like how my eyes look with those colors. But I will still have other colors in my closet.

I’m excited to work through my closet but I don’t want to try and do it all in one day/night. Well, actually I do but my allergies can’t handle it and I don’t want to get tired and possibly not make a good decision about what stays and what goes. I just keep thinking that I’m going to have more space and less “stuff” and that will be an awesome thing.

So that’s what I am thinking about right now.

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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Time for a wardrobe change…

I have been reading this awesome blog, Putting Me Together and it’s been eye opening.  It talks about restyling and remixing your wardrobe.  It is a great resource for those of you thinking about doing a wardrobe overhaul. 

I also found this app, called StyleBook and it helps you manage your wardrobe from your iPhone.  How cool is that?  You do have to upload pics of each piece of your wardrobe but I think it’s a great way to really take a look at what you have and see where you might have some gaps in your wardrobe. 

And speaking of gaps in your wardrobe, how many pieces should you have in your wardrobe?  There’s something called Project 333 that goes into detail about really reducing the number of clothing items in your closet.  They’d like you to get down to 33 pieces but I’m not sure if I’m that dedicated.  I mostly want to make sure I have good staple pieces in my closet  that I can really use and make the most of. 

So along those lines of thought, my first step is tackling my closet….


Stay awesome ‘all!  ~lisa

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Finding OOTD Inspiration

Okay so I may or may not be *that* person that sneaks pics of people for my OOTD inspiration.  ;)

You can look in the obvious places such as the department store, fashion week etc. and those are great places but sometimes you need to think outside the box.   

This first pic is my inspiration piece that I’m recreating for my next trip.  I saw it when I was traveling to DC a couple of years ago and I love how comfy it looks!  Now that I have my new CAbi chambray shirt, I just need the skirt to complete the look and I saw a good match for it at Target.

The airport is an excellent place to get ideas on what to wear when traveling because in an airport, that’s exactly what almost everyone there is doing!  You will see all kinds of style from super casual to business suits and everything in between. 

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This second pic was taken at a local Starbucks and I like how she paired a graphic tee with some dressy capris and then added the shoes for a pop of color. 

The great thing about scoping out ideas in unusual places like a coffee shop, is that you will get a great blend of styles represented.  Next time you are out and about, if you notice a great outfit, take note of it or even better yet…take a pic! 


You can find inspiration everywhere you go…you just need to look!  What do y’all think?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa


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Shopping in my own closet!

I’ve been doing really well at watching what I eat and as a result I have been losing some weight. 

I am probably not the only one that does this but I have clothes in various sizes.  I’ve fluctuated in my weight for years now and the last time I lost weight I said that was the last time.  This time, as I am still losing weight, will be the last time that I lose weight and…I REALLY MEAN IT!!   ;)

Today I had on a pair of shorts that fit pretty good at the start of summer and today I was surprised that I could take them off without even unbuttoning or anything.  I’ve hesitated on trying on any of my “smaller” clothes so as not to get discouraged but after noticing how loose the shorts were I started taking a peek in the back depths of my closet and spent a portion of the morning trying on clothes and “shopping” in my own closet!

I just “bought” 2 skirts, 2 pairs of dress capris, 2 dresses and a pair of jeans! And it was all FREE!! haha!!!

Keep focus on your goals until they become a reality.

a year from now

And stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 271 – The State Fair of Texas

What a fun day it was….

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Have you ever been to the State Fair of Texas?

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 269 – Mesquite Taste & Trade 2015

We went to the Mesquite Taste & Trade and the Hampton Inn & Suites and we had a great time!

mesquite taste & trade

We arrived early and started making our way around the booths. 

We got a pic with Elvis.


And they had a cute photo op at the Painting with a Twist booth.


And who doesn’t want to be a mariachi?? 


Fun times and full bellies make for a great night.  

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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Love what you do…

…and do what you love!  I love to create things so I tried to recreate something I saw in a store not too long ago. 

Here’s my inspiration piece.


I sketched out the design.


Took some Martha Stewart metallic gold paint.


Painted the heart and…..


Added the word love, the outline and the dots.


I was pleased with how it turned out!

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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