White jeansI’m “invested” in getting the most out of my wardrobe, and turned one of my favorite dresses into a vest. This clearance purchase from last year has been one of the most versatile in my wardrobe.  I’m looking forward to wearing it as a dress or cover-up this summer!  Here are some previous ways I’ve worn this chameleon chambray piece.

Chambray dressChambray dress layered

White jeans

Sleeveless Chambray Dress: similar

Where you invest your love, you invest your life.

 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”  Colossians 3:12-14

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Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

Basic Denim

There are key pieces to a wardrobe that can transcend the trends of time.  One of those key pieces is the denim jacket.  If I had to pick a few articles of clothing that were a “must have”, this would be one.  Another transitional garment is the black t-shirt dress.  Worn alone with sandals, layered here with skinnies, this basic dress can be a perfect packing item when you want various looks with minimum articles to pack.  Third, is the skinny jean.  Now this jean cut doesn’t seem to be heading out any time soon, as we see jeggings of the sort in all stores.  It is my go-to pant when heading out the door just out of sheer comfort and versatility.

When these pieces are all worn together it may just seem a tad boring or well, basic.  Add your personal touch with your favorite bootie or hat, signature jewels, plus that customized manicure and you’ve got a style you can call your own!  So all this to say, while basic may be basic…these pieces stand through the timelines, unclutter the closet, and serve as the backdrop to your creative styling!

Appropriate: Everyday

Affordable & Accessible:

Denim Jacket: Gap 1969 denim jacket (similar)

Dress: Short Sleeve Skater Dress – Mossimo Supply Co.

Jeans: Bullhead (similar)

Booties: Carlos Santana (similar)

Hat: TJ Maxx (similar)

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I love mixing high end brands with low end brands.  Not only can I have more versatility in my looks by accessorizing, but the high end items elevate the entire outfit.  For example, the classic maxi dress with a denim jacket!






These aviator sunglasses are Dolce & Gabbana, and are the perfect color of metallic for my skin tone.  This Coach bag is a beautiful classic that will never go out of style.  Changing out my purse to coordinate with each outfit has extended the life of my bags.   These functional items have truly become a key piece to accessorizing my ensembles.  Depending on the occasion, my bag will dictate what I wear.  Are you a bag changer?

Appropriate: for an afternoon of shopping

Affordable & Accessible:
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Jacket: Gap
Purse: Coach (gift from my husband)
Shoes: Target/girls (similar)
Watch: Movado
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana via LensCrafters (gift from my husband)
Earrings: World Market (similar) (birthday gift from a friend)


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Distressed jeans have surprised me.  I didn’t think I would like them at first.  But I have grown to love this particular pair.  It all started at the Clearance rack at Target.  I spotted these for approximately $5.99.   I believe they were in the 75% off section.  Since the price was right, I figured I’d take them home and give it a try.  These jeans are currently my absolute favorite; not my Joe’s Jeans, not my Citizens…but Mossimo Supply Co. from Target!  What makes this pair number one?  Well, they meet two of my purchase requirements (Accessible & Affordable), they are super comfortable, and they are surprisingly stylish and Appropriate for a mom like me to wear.  They bring the fun and adventure to my otherwise conventional outfit.


One thing you must know about me, I am a bargain shopper.  It is on a very rare occasion that I will pay full price for an item.  I prefer to shop clearance primarily.

My clearance shopping mentality:

  1. Do not purchase an item just for the discount.
  2. Ask yourself, “Would I pay full price for this item?”
  3.  Or, “Would I be able to get this somewhere else for less?”
  4. Do consider purchasing an item if it is something you have been looking for or have been waiting to go on sale.
  5. Shop 50-75% off.  The 25-30% off are great deals and probably items still in season, but only make the purchase if you can’t wait for the deeper discount or believe it will be gone before then.


The place where I find the best clearance deals is Target.  Which brings me to my top for this particular outfit; it was a recent purchase for $11.48.  That’s right, my outfit (top & bottom) is less than $20!

Here are some similar outfits

POLKA DOTS, RED LIPS AND DISTRESSED JEANS - a house in the hillsa house in the hills

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So, where do you find the best clearance deals?  And did you ever take a risk on a purchase to later find it was the deal of the “century”?  I would love to know!

Appropriate: for a Mom’s Night Out

Affordable & Accessible:
Top: Target (similar)
Jeans: Target (similar)
Tote: Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx
Sandals: Old Navy
Sunglasses: DKNY (2009)

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Fashion Friday


Today begins another blog series!  How do you choose what you wear each day?  And how do you decide on a shopping purchase?

My take on fashion and how I make wardrobe decisions and purchases is based on my style being  “Appropriate, Affordable, Accessible, and Approachable.”  I’m not a fashion expert or professional stylist, but I do love helping others on various shopping quests and putting outfits together for various occasions.  It brings me joy to serve in this way!

This particular outfit would be considered my uniform on a typical day.  A t-shirt and jeans is my favorite combo.  To take it to the next level to feel a bit more put together, I’ll add an accessory or take particular notice to the cut of jean or have texture or pattern in my top.






Appropriate: for a fun day with the kids

Affordable & Accessible:

Tank: Paper Crane via TJ Maxx

Jeans: Old Navy

Sandals: Target: girls (old) similar