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outfit: weekend casual & some rambles


Cardigan: Target
Tank top: Target
Dangly necklace: a store in Germany whose name I can't remember for the life of me
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: stolen from my mom
Purse: Payless

(I apologize for the slight blurriness of some of these photos - I didn't realize under it was evening that the focus was set wrong.)

I wore this outfit thrifting this weekend - what do you think? I was unsuccessful in my shopping endeavors, but at least I felt cute ;) I'm sure you've already noticed, but I've really been loving the belted cardigan look lately...I don't like buttoning my cardigans and adding a belt is the perfect addition. 

The weather here has been so perfect this week...seventy degrees every day! I even slept with my window open last night and I'm convinced it was the best I've slept all year. A week ago today we had way over a foot of snow, now that it's nearly all melted, that's so hard to believe! I'm not complaining, though - this is my kind of weather. Cold weather is not my thing at all.

I've been toying with the idea of getting an iPod Touch. It's certainly not a necessity, it would be more of a toy, really, but I've been finding myself thinking about the benefits of having one. For those of y'all that own one, do you recommend it? I need your opinion :)

My new blogging muse is Carrie of WishWishWish. Her seemingly effortless elegance, gorgeous photographs, and her love of the nineteen sixties are woven together in a blog. Her posts will leave you inspired and wanting more. If you haven't visited Carrie yet, do so as soon as possible! You won't be disappointed. 

I'm babysitting later this evening and I'm spending the night. Spending the night while babysitting is something I've never done before, so I'm curious to see how it'll go. Wish me luck! ;)

Have a lovely evening!


a few of my favorite things

a ball of yarn

Neatly wrapped balls of yarn. This particular ball was previously a jumbled up mess until I finally took the time to untangle it. It's so much easier to work with now.

Sunny seventy five degree weather in late November. Yes, it's true. As I'm typing this, it's over seventy five degrees outside. I guess that's what you get for living in Oklahoma...being pretty much smack in the middle of the country, we get everyone else's leftovers. Ha.

twinkling art museum

Sparkly Christmas lights. This is one of our local art museums, decked out in twinkly colorful finery. But to tell you the truth, even though I'd love to, I can't bring myself to turn on Christmas music and drag out the jolly Santa figurines until after Thanksgiving. But this Friday, you'd better believe I'm going to be weaving strands of Christmas lights into my headboard and making paper snowflakes.

The fact that I have five hundred and eighty followers. You have no idea how much joy it gives me to see that people actually like what I write and photograph. Thanks for putting up with all my dorkiness :)

tortilla man

The crazy ideas Jeremiah comes up with. This is his "Tortilla Man" mask that he fashioned using none other than a tortilla and a knife. Ever since he was a baby, he's been coming up with the most hilarious, but extremely creative, things.

a quesadilla

Quesadillas. The buttery, flakey, melted, cheesy triangles of goodness are the epitome of comfort food. No matter what's ailing me, they never fail to cheer me up. And they're so simple, too. I just slather two tortillas with soft butter, slice a few pieces of colby cheese, and fry them in a buttered non-stick pan over medium heat. Delicious.

Shopping. I know, that sounds totally materialistic, but it's true. I love flipping through racks filled with colorful clothing and finding amazing deals. My favorite stores are the moment are Target, Delia's, and H&M. I just wish the latter two were closer...I'm just going to have to deal with shopping online. And don't get me started on the amazing store that is Etsy. I could spend hours on there.
Speaking of Etsy, I've been thinking of opening a shop there, selling some of my photographs. What do you think? Would you be interested? Let me know! :)

dried up leaves

Crackling, falling leaves. Even though they are a bit of a nuisance to rake up, I love them.

sweet kitty

Having my sweet cat, Patches, curl up on my couch in my room and sleep for hours, only waking up to purr when I pet her. I love that cat.
(Please ignore the purple and white checkered sheet. Embarrassingly, it's still on my couch from when a friend slept over a week ago. I still haven't gotten around to taking off the sheet yet...)

My wonderful friends. I seriously have the best friends a girl could ask for. I'm not one of those people that has a ton of friends...I only have a few really, really, really close ones. You guys know who you are...I love y'all :)

swirly brownies

Brownies with a swirly design. I think I'm going to do this to all the brownies I make now. Before placing the pan in the oven, I made swirls in the batter. I love it.
I just wrote about swirly brownies. I really need to get a life.

The new iPod Touch. While I don't have one, I'm planning on purchasing one soon. I've got to hand it to Apple...they have amazing designers. All their products are so sleek, gorgeous, and have wonderful features. It's my dream to have to have a silver MacBook Pro for my next computer. Swoon.

a field

Fields dotted with horses and separated with wooden fences. Enough said.

What are some of your favorite things? I'd love to know!


a list and photo challenge winner

1. Today I'm going to go all Pioneer Woman-esque.

2. That's just a different name for saying that I'm stealing Ree's post idea.

3. Don't tell anyone, but I'm writing this because I really don't have anything else to post about.

4. That's because my life is boring at the moment. School, homework, blogging, homework, school, blogging. Yep, that's my life right now.

5. Oh, how I miss Europe. My life was more exciting there.

6. I finally picked the winner of my photo challenge.

7. It was a really tough decision, which didn't surprise me...y'all are amazing photographers.

8. I'll start with announcing the finalists first. Because I like keeping people in suspense.

9. Speaking of suspense, I had the best Halloween on Sunday that I've had in a long time. Even though we don't celebrate Halloween. I walked around my neighborhood with a couple of my friends and tried to scare trick-or-treaters. Key word tried. Ha. It was still a blast. What did you do on the thirty first?

10. I'm digressing.

11. Where was I? Oh yes, the finalists. Ashley Jean, Janell, Violet Incredible, AJ, and Mikayla. If I thought choosing the finalists was hard, it was nearly impossible to pick a winner out of the finalists. I had enlist the aid of my mom. :)

12. And now for the winner...

13. ...Violet Incredible! Congratulations, Violet. I adored everything about your photo. The colors are so vibrant and fall-ish, the perspective adds so much interest, the depth of field is so should be very proud of your photography skills :) Great job!

14. It's November second. Dude, when did that happen?! 

15. Don't ask me why I just said "dude". I don't know either.

16. I helped Lilly with her worksheets for school yesterday. She turned to me and said, "Dude, I need some crayons, please." 


17. It made me think of this photo and I about died. 

18. She's going to be five in February. When did that happen?!

19. I've been craving baked macaroni and cheese and pizza lately. Yum. What's your favorite food?

20. I like sarcasm.

21. If you haven't already, you know, noticed.

22. I've been seeing all these beautiful fall photos taken in New England. It makes me want to go there. I've been on the east coast once or twice as a baby, but I don't remember anything.

23. If you live on the east coast, I envy you.

24. I'm rambling. Again.

25. Have a great day!

26. -carlotta

27. PS I'm going overboard with the numbering.

28. See?

29. Okay, I'm going to stop now.

30. Really.