Freckles in April: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

OTI: Easter Edition

I love Easter! The hymns, the church lessons, the time with family. Plus, new dress! I've bought myself an Easter dress almost every year since going to college. I suppose that may stop if I ever have a little girl to buy an Easter dress for (Target KILLED me this year) but until then....

eShakti dress, Sam Edelman flats (from Last Chance), Michael Kors watch (gift, but it's from Amazon), F21 bracelets, necklace from my mom


This year's dress came from eShakti. It was one I eyeballed for ages and I really lucked out that I got a coupon code and snatched it up before it sold out. They do jersey dresses so well and I like this one even more than I thought I would (they didn't pay me to say that, FYI).

Pockets! Also, I prob should have worn some lipcolor.


I hope you have a wonderful Easter! In the words of my (almost) 3-year-old: "I love Jesus. He's the goodest." Amen!

Be sure to visit Grace and Erica and those who link up below!

If you'd like to join OTI through instagram, tag your photo with #EasterOTI. If you posted it on your blog, grab a button if you wish then add your link in the widget!

Freckles in April


Friday, March 29, 2013

OTI Easter Linkup


This is a little last minute (didn't think of it until this morning) but how about an Easter outfit linkup?

On Sunday take a picture of your Easter frippery/finery/sweatpants then post it on your blog and link it up on my blog, Erica's blog, or Grace's blog (it's the same linkup on all 3, so you can submit it anywhere). Add a button to your post if you feel so inclined-


Freckles in April


We'll see you Sunday!

*ETA: If you'd prefer to play along on Instagram, tag your photo with #EasterOTI

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Open to Interpretation

This round was my pick! A week or two ago I picked up a denim shirt from Target and I've been looking for different ways to wear it. Add to that the fact that I've got some seriously awesome vacations coming up (Paris in May! Indonesia next year!) and this picture really spoke to me-

Source
Kind of makes me think that my denim shirt should go to Paris with me! My take turned out a little more 90s than European traveler, but it worked. Oddly, I felt more put together than I have in a long time even though my hair was crazy air-dried. Maybe it was the bracelets?

Target button down, Everlane tee, ASOS skirt, Payless moccs, Michael Kors watch, F21 bracelets, ON necklace


Now hop on over and check out Grace's and Erica's interpretations!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Progress Report

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge

I kind of feel like the last 6 weeks FLEW by. Six pins in 6 weeks sounded totally doable but it has actually been a bit of a struggle.

Pin #6 was this aviator onesie that I wanted in adult size. I used an old, trashed shirt just in case I hated it but I quite I like it! I think I'm going to redo it on a newer shirt that looks a little better.


Want to do your own? Download my aviators template then hop on over to my freezer paper stenciling tutorial.


(Note: the template has two ear pieces but if you were to hook a pair of glasses in your collar then one earpiece would be hidden inside your shirt. I cut off one earpiece when I cut my glasses out of freezer paper)

Aaaand I'm still working on #5. I can't quite figure out HOW I want to do it. I've tried a couple options and didn't care for them. So that's where we are on that. A post on that will be forthcoming when I create something actually worth keeping.

Friday, March 22, 2013

I Called the Police Over Spilt Milk

One Saturday night a few weeks ago we went to bed early. Church starts at 9am and Aaron has meetings starting at 6. All lights in our house except my bedside table lamp were out by 10pm.

I was reading while Aaron dozed beside me. All was quiet. And then I heard a cup fall in the kitchen.

It's a sound I know well- it's the exact noise made when my boys drops one of the plastic kid cups we've gotten at Barro's. I put my book off my lap and Aaron cracked an eyelid. "Did you hear that?" I asked. "They are STILL up."

I stalked out of our room and let out a warning, "Booooys!" I was surprised by how dark it was in our living room. We usually leave at least the bathroom or hallway light on in case either of them need to go potty in the night. I was surprised they had been wandering around in that kind of darkness.

I easily identified the source of the noise. A cup lay on the floor by our kitchen table and a huge puddle of milk splayed outward from where it lay. Were the boys getting themselves milk? They've never attempted it before. Odd.

I set off for their room, expecting to find them giggling and pretending innocence while playing with blocks or reading books. Instead, I found two little boys snuggled deep in their beds totally oblivious to the world. I poked them. I talked to them. I couldn't figure out how they managed to knock the milk over less than 60 seconds prior and be that deeply asleep. I was fairly certain I had heard footsteps after the cup dropped. Was that them running back to their room?

I walked back through the dark hallway. As I emerged from the hallway into the kitchen something caught the corner of my eye. Our sliding door and blinds were open. One of the slats was pushed outward and caught on the track. It was just wide enough to allow a person.

Slider situation recreated the next morning

I stood for just a moment pondering. Could the wind have knocked the milk over? It wasn't windy. Perhaps it was the heater kicking on kind of forcefully? I put my hand out and felt only a bare minimum of air movement. I looked at the amount of milk on the floor and decided the cup would have been pretty heavy and required human or animal force to fall off the table. And then I ran for Aaron.

We checked the house thoroughly. We locked all doors and checked all the windows. After 15 minutes or so I said, "You know..maybe I should call the police non-emergency line and just ask them to patrol the neighborhood."

I kept trying to explain to the dispatcher that we were fine and I was only asking if they could drive around the neighborhood for a bit but she kept interrupting- "Have you checked under the beds? Do you know anyone who might want to break into your home or harm you? Did you hear voices?" The dispatcher chided me for not calling more quickly. I felt silly when she asked if we had any weapons and I responded, "Well..my husband has some nun chucks..."

Less than 2 minutes after I got on the phone, two policemen were at our door. They got out their guns and flashlights and cleared our house and yard. We talked briefly about home security and then they left.

We still aren't entirely sure what happened. We are 90% sure we closed the slider before we went to bed but I bet we forgot to lock it (I'd like to think this is uncommon but odds are good we do it a lot since I tend to think of it as Aaron's job and he doesn't think about it at all). But we almost never open the slider without also opening the blinds. The slat stuck on the track tells me that someone last passed that way going OUT rather than when we were coming back IN earlier in the evening.

My guess is that someone walking along the (semi-major) street behind our house noticed our house was dark and likely thought that, at 10:30 on a Saturday night, there was no one home. They tried the slider and it was open. Our kitchen was quite dark though and they bumped into our table and knocked over the milk. They paused a moment to listen, heard me talking to Aaron and they made a speedy exit.

Needless to say, it took Aaron and I a good long while to get to sleep. We stayed up for a few hours watching Duck Dynasty and trying to get over the unsettling mental image of a stranger in our kitchen. The next day we ordered a bunch of security stuff. Needless to say, we haven't forgotten to lock our doors since.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Progress Report

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge

Report time!

1. My square top was a failure. She says in the tutorial that any fabric works buuut I kind of think that may not necessarily be the case. I chose a super cute cotton print and it was too stiff and the shoulders stood out in a rather unflattering manner. Plus I screwed up the hemming (ALWAYS) so the neck looked awful. I need to try it again with a knit or maybe a thin, drapey cotton but I didn't have time for another fabric store run this week. Instead, I tackled a different pin.

Stinky had been been excited for St Patrick's Day for WEEKS. He learned about it in preschool and could not. stop. talking about it. I'm not entirely sure what he thought would happen though, because I'm definitely not one of those moms who dyes the milk green and leaves leprechaun footprints around the house.

Sunday rolled around and he was like, "YAY TIME TO WEAR GREEN" and I was like, "AGH! You own nothing green!" Fortunately, I remembered pinning a bow tie tutorial and ta-da! 30 minutes later Stinky walked out the door proudly sporting a green bow tie.



2. The spinach cubes turned out just fine. I had to borrow an ice cube tray from my mom, which felt like a very odd thing to have to ask for, but it has certainly streamlined my morning smoothie process. I'm sold.

Two pins left!


Off topic, but my dear friend Thelma shared this NYT article with me yesterday. Modesty on the runways! Covering up is a new trend! I am totally on board with that.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Splurge/Save


I was dinking around Anthropologie's website the other day when I saw this red and blue color blocked dress. I thought, "hm...that looks awfully familiar!" I remembered seeing something quite similar on eShakti a couple weeks earlier. I prefer the skirt of the Anthro one but think the top of the eShakti one is more flattering. Thoughts?

Colorblock Ponte Dress - $138
Contrast Tones Poplin Dress - $85

Friday, March 15, 2013

Let's Talk Dresses, Shall We?

It's that time of year! The weather is warming juuuust enough for me to push my pile of jeans aside and reach for skirts and dresses.

I'll take one of each, please-




Red | Gorgeous pleated detailing on the bust. eShakti, $60

Orange  | A daring shade. With pockets! Junie Blake, $60

Yellow | Love the neckline. I'd have them add cap sleeves. eShakti, $70

Green | I've actually highlighted this dress before. Still love it! Asos, $48

Blue | Lovely shape and shade. Asos, $68

Purple | A super affordable basic dress in a pretty color Outnet, $45

Black | I adore the shape of this dress and would probably wear it into the ground Asos, $48

Gray | I'm not a big SA fan but I would definitely wear this. Shabby Apple, $76

Striped | This dress is part of the "Off-Duty Supermodel" collection, which I think is a brilliant bit of lounge wear marketing. Darling with a cardigan or over a swimsuit when it gets hot! Victoria's Secret, $58


Are you a warm-weather dress wearer? What are your go-to dress places?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Open to Interpretation

For this round of OTI, Grace picked this cute number-

We couldn't find the exact post but it is from this blog.



This was one I looked at and thought, "I have NO Idea what I'm going to do here." But I ended up loving my simple interpretation-


Old Navy shirt (men's section), gifted necklace, Gap jeans, Sam Edelman flats from Last Chance
The original pic looks like it was taken on a pretty rainy day. Very fitting.

Be sure to check out Erica's and Grace's interpretations!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Instagram Tag Gone Bloggy

You know those 5-things post going around Instagram? I did it then tagged Grace on Instagram. And then eventually she did it on her blog. And then she tagged me back, except on the blog this time instead of Instagram. And now I am doing it on my blog. And this is like the fourth time I've written that paragraph because it always ends up needlessly confusing.

Anyway.

Five things about me-

1. I love peanut butter. Especially crunchy PB. I have eaten a peanut butter sandwich for lunch more days in my life than not. If you were to make a chart of (non-dessert) food I have eaten in my life, it would look like this-

2. That healthy food section is made up entirely of food eaten within the past 3 years. I did not eat any healthy food before the age of 25.

3. I would love to get a nose job. My family (my kids included) have these fantastic, perfect little noses. When I was 4 I fell down a concrete ramp. With my face. My nose is pretty messed up as a result. If you feel the bridge of my nose you can feel cartilage popped out of the left side and bent on the right. My nose is all helter skelter.

Post injury. Also, pretty sure I'm currently rocking that same haircut.

4. Back when we were dating Aaron and I used to chat online most nights after work and school. I don't remember what we were talking about this one night but I said, "Deep down, I'm kind of scrubby." And he decided right then that he would marry me.

5. I'm a total baby person. I just want babies forever.

With my sweet niece during their last visit. Do you see those rosy cheeks, chunky ankles, and that squishy baby bum?? That is my idea of heaven.

Tagging Becca, Miss Nem, aaaand Nikki. You know, if you feel like it.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Arizona Blogger Meetup



I've been in a bit of a blogger cave for a good long while. When I was feeling my worst I did a mass unsubscribe from all blogs in my Google Reader, leaving only a handful of family and close friends. I used to be pretty in tune and connected with the blog world but now I have no idea what's going on out there.

A couple weeks ago Jen emailed me and invited me to the Arizona Blogger Meetup. I had some reservations. I wouldn't know anyone, I don't read much anymore, and I had hardly blogged for 8 months. Do I even qualify anymore? I gave myself permission to go anyway!

Lovely organizers Camille and Katie, both of whom I've decided I love.


The bloggers


I ended up meeting some incredibly lovely girls and had a wonderful time. The meetup was at Sweet Cakes, which I LOVE (and included as one of my Whirlwind Weekend recommendations the week before the meetup. Fate?).

We did a favorite things swap, which I somehow had never done before. Picking out things for my bags 3 hours before the meetup was a little stressful but I was pretty happy with what I ended up. I thought my bags represented my blog pretty well. I included a travel sized bottle of dry shampoo, a pair of ELF fake eyelashes, and a men's Hanes v-neck (I split up a 3-pack and wore the third shirt). Three of my favorite things!


My bags went to Jacquie and Kristen, which was kind of funny because they were at my table and some of the only girls I had talked to at that point. I took home awesome bags from Tia and Lydia (who I have actually met a couple times before at blogger meetups, it was great seeing her again).

Forgot my sunglasses on my head all night. Felt stupid afterward.

The food was delicious, the company was excellent, I had a great time. Can't wait for the next one!

They had me at "Sweet Cakes"


If you're an Arizona blogger and might be interested in coming to a meetup, join the FB group!


Friday, March 8, 2013

A Love Letter



Our current abode is our third house and also our third washer/dryer set. All of our laundry rooms have come pre-equipped with appliances and we never even considered buying new ones. They worked fine and they were free. No complaints!

The set that came with this house has been the worst by far. No hot water, broken knobs, tiny capacity. Right after we moved in, the washer hose disconnected from the wall and flooded our laundry room and ruined a section of our brand new wooden floors.

(lesson learned. All laundry rooms from hence forth will be tiled).

Post flood chaos


I recognize this is a very first-worldy type problem. My brother just spent 2 years in a place where most women did their laundry with a large bucket and a stick. I'm not beating our shirts on the rocks down by the river. My washer and dryer may be crappy but they're certainly better than a lot of the alternatives. I thought I had made my peace.

Last Saturday we made a family trip to a local appliance store. As the appliance salesman started discussing the features of all these shiny new washers and dryers, I full on started to cry. Right there in the middle of the appliance store.

And so, Monday morning, some very nice men hauled our awful old washer and dryer away and left these in their place-





Dear New Washer and Dryer,

I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my laundry you'll do.

Love,

Kayla

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Progress Report

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge


Two pins down! Here's where I'm at with the Sisters Share It All Pinterest Challenge:


Last week's OTI knocked down one of my pins. I chose pin #4 because Erica had already chosen it for OTI. Yes, a little cheaterpants, but I prefer to think of it as being economical.

I also hit pin #3 this week-


I've been giving Magic Tink Tint in Happy Thoughts a try over the past couple weeks.

Score! But also: does this mean it's discontinued?

I almost never wear anything on my lips so whenever I DO put something on I usually think it looks weird/awful/totally out of place. I didn't care for this tint at first. One coat looked like glorified chapstick and two coats turned a color suspiciously similar to magenta. It's grown on me though! I think I like it? Since buying this one it has come to my attention that there are like a million intuitive lip color options out there and I kind of want to try a couple others and see how they compare.

So that's where I'm at! I've got 2 DIY projects lined over over the next 2 weeks, so here's hoping I actually bust out my crafty tools and get them done!

Monday, March 4, 2013

eShakti Review



Almost every time I've been dress shopping over the past few years I've gone into the dressing room, tried on a dress and thought, "Seriously? Would two more inches on the hemline have killed you?"And then I've walked out empty handed.

This is why I think eShakti is such a fantastic business. You don't have to pick a dress you like only to discover that it's not quiiiite long enough or that you're going to need an undershirt to protect the world from your shiny white sternum.

eShakti carries sizes 0-36 and all the dresses come with customization options. You can add sleeves, raise a neckline, get more length, remove pockets, whatever your little heart desires. You can also enter your measurements and get a custom size.

Pockets!


I reviewed a dress from eShakti back in 2011 and it has become one of my default Sunday dresses. It has held up beautifully and I love wearing it. It fits like a glove and I still think the fabric is some of the nicest in my wardrobe.

When eShakti offered me another review dress I jumped at the chance. Last time it took ages to pick something out but this time it took me about 30 seconds. This gorgeous, white, vintage-inspired dress spoke to me. The bodice reminds me of something my grandma might have worn. In a good way.

The dress arrived fairly quickly and I am thrilled with it. The fabric is soft and flowy. The skirt and bodice are fully lined. It has pockets! The fit is pretty darn good- my one complaint is that, despite the fact that I submitted my measurements, the bust is a little too big.



Yes, I am slightly terrified to sit down anywhere, but that's the risk you run with white (would it be weird to pack a hand towel in my purse in case I have to sit down somewhere?). I'll be getting a ton of wear out of this dress!

It appears that my particular dress is temporarily out of stock, but here are some other styles I love-


1. Her Fifties Colorblock Dress 

2. Hot Air Balloon Ride Dress 
3. Button Tab Stripe Dress 
4. Bicycle Print Sash Waist Dress

 Go check out eShakti! Don't forget to look through their new spring and bridesmaid collections. Beware- every time I've been to their site in the past couple weeks some of the items I had my eye on have sold out, so if you find something you love then make sure you grab it! You can use the code FRECKLESNP (good through 3/30) at check out for 20% off!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Giveaway: Beverly Swimwear

What with all the swimsuit talk around here lately I thought that perhaps it was time to do a swimsuit giveaway!

Beverly Swimwear is a lovely line of vintage-inspired modest swimwear. One lucky winner will get their swimsuit of choice from Beverly Swimwear!

These are a few of my favorites- Red Hot Ruby, Sassy Stripes, and Fifties Flare.

Visit Beverly Swimwear on their website, Twitter, FB or Instagram (@bevswim).

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter (you'll probably have to pop out of your feed reader to use it). Winner will be announced next Friday. Best of luck!!

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