Saturday, March 31, 2012

11 Things

So like 2 months ago Maggie tagged me in a fun little blog meme.  And then this past week, Kate tagged me.  So I guess I better do this. :)

Rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. You must post a picture of yourself.
3. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
4. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them they've been tagged.


On the coast of Maine last summer.
11 Things About Me
  1. I went to nursing school once upon a time.  I graduated with an associate's degree and I still maintain my license to practice (although I have no intention of ever working in that field).
  2. I am the oldest of five siblings.
  3. I met my husband online.  We corresponded via the internet for 9 months before meeting in person.
  4. I will eat ranch dressing on just about anything.
  5. I am terrified of fish.  I love to eat it, but hate to touch it, look at it, etc.  I don't know why, but it grosses me out.
  6. I love rutabaga.  Best vegetable ever.
  7. I had a total of 1 date before I met my husband.  And it almost doesn't count because the boy had to trick me into it via truth or dare. (see Maggie's question 11)
  8. My first car was a '98 Geo Metro.  I finally died in May '09 and it was a sad, sad day.  I still miss that car.
  9. I used to collect rocks as a kid and my dad still has my rock collection in his garage. I also had a rock tumbler that was pretty cool.

Maggie's Questions!
  1. What are you most scared of? Being defeated by my diabetes.  My worst fear is that it will kill me someday.  I want to die suddenly in a car accident or something...
  2. How do you feel about bugs? Not a fan of the big ones.  Otherwise, they don't bother me.
  3. How adventures are your eating habits? I'll try anything once.  But usually only once. :)
  4. Dream job? That's a really tough one.  I think most anything in the arts where I can be making a difference for Christ (fashion, photography, music, etc).
  5. Ever used the bathroom that's designated for the opposite sex? Nope!
  6. Lady Gaga - gifted or just weird? Just weird.
  7. What is the most inappropriate thing you've ever done or said to someone? When I was in nursing school, I once let my elderly patient leave his room without pants.  Long story...
  8. Congratulations! You just won the lottery! What'cha gonna do with the money? Find out who needs it, and get rid of it.  Not all at once...this would take years.
  9. Favorite dessert? Cheesecake! Any and all types! :)
  10. Do you believe in aliens? Nope.
  11. Best date ever. I think the best was actually my very first, just because it was a while ago and I STILL laugh about it.  One night I was hanging with some friends playing Truth or Dare, and a friend dared me to go out with a certain guy.  After the guy asked her to dare me to do so (hmm....).  It was the most awkward thing ever.  This guy is pretty talkative, and I'm definitely not.  He somehow decided he was going to let me do all the talking that evening.  We drove an hour to go to a play, and it was a VERY long ride.  But he was such a gentleman, I really had a lot of fun, and so did he. :)
Kate's Questions!
  1. The strangest day trip you've ever been on. I think when my husband came to visit me for the first time we took some pretty odd day trips.  Everything about that visit was kind of odd though because it was our first meeting.  Anyway, we did a lot of just driving around together, trying to talk and it was awkward.
  2. Favorite flower: both cut and planted. Cut tulips and planted lilacs. :)
  3. Allergies? Yes.  Seasonal, and tuna fish.
  4. Ideal pet: type, personality, color, name. I'd love a fuzzy little yellow lab that would cuddle and love like crazy.  I am terrible at naming pets, so I'll get back to you on that one.
  5. Worst outfit you've ever worn in public. Hot pink sweatpants. Yuck. They were comfortable though.
  6. What do you currently use for transportation? We have a VW Jetta that we share.  I'm in the market for a new ride though.
  7. Favorite gelato or FroYo flavor. (or strangest) I don't think I've ever had either gelato or FroYo (what is FroYo?).
  8. Where/in what circumstance have you been the most physically uncomfortable? I can remember some especially painful dental visits when I was a kid.  I've always had really sensitive teeth, so even cleanings can be painful.
  9. What food item or flavor combination did you unexpectedly like and have intentions of hating? Hmm.  Probably the aforementioned ranch thing.  Never though that would become my preferred topping for most foods.
  10. When was the last time you ate a homegrown piece of fruit or vegetable? I had some delicious lettuce last summer given to me by a lady in my church from her garden. Yum.
  11. How did you come to the conclusion that you should start a blog? After blogging through the 30 for 30 challenge, I was hooked.  I've been happily style blogging ever since.
Whew! Ok ladies, here are your questions!
  1. Favorite pet (past or present).
  2. Dream home: where, what, colors, size, etc. Give as many details as you can muster.
  3. Any tattoos or plans to get one? What's the story behind your tattoo(s)?
  4. Best story you have about a relative.
  5. Favorite pizza toppings?
  6. Who was your date to the prom?
  7. What is the best thing you can cook?
  8. Favorite quote?
  9. I just gave you 1 million dollars but you have to spend it all within the next 24 hours. What would you do with it?
  10. If you could play any instrument, what would you pick?
  11. What made you start a blog?
And I tag:

Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Stuff Friday: 3/30


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Two for One

Sears Floral Top ($4); Pamida Cardigan ($8); Thrifted Vintage Skirt ($6); American Eagle via Payless Mary Janes (free from my sister)

Today I'm linking up for both Open to Interpretation and Copy Cat Friday!  This was the inspiration for the challenge: 
I decided to go for the pattern mixing and the silhouette, although I LOVE what the girl in the photo is wearing, I don't own anything much like it.

Pardon the face.  Outfit photos are not usually the first order of business during my day.

Be sure to click the button below and see everyone else's interpretation!




Freckles in April OTI


FrillsforThrills CopyCats

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Recipe: Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

It's been a while since I've shared a recipe here, so I thought I would today.  I haven't done much cooking since before our move, but I did make pizza for my family last week and used this easy recipe.

While my husband was in the army, his work hours were rarely dependable.  It was difficult to make pizza due to this inability to predict when he'd be home.  This recipe doesn't require that you wait for the crust to rise, making the whole process much easier! :)

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust 
Makes one 12 inch pizza crust
Time: 1 hour

Source
Ingredients
1 package dry active yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose works well too)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 450.  In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in flour, salt, and oil.  Beat until smooth.  Let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll into a round.  Transfer crust onto lightly greased pizza pan.  Spread with desired toppings and bake in pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! :-)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rain Boots

Thrifted Old Navy Shirtdress ($6); Gap Scarf ($10); Fade to Blue Jeggings via Dress Barn; Rainboots via TJ Maxx ($20)



Fun story about these rain boots.  I grew up on a farm, where rubber boots are functional, not fun.  About 6 years ago, I spotted these boots while shopping with my cousins during our yearly family reunion.  And I decided to get those cute rubber boots.  I figured if I had to wear them, they could at least be fun.  I don't think I've worn them at all until the last year.


The nice warm weather we'd been having seems to have been replaced with cold and rain. :(   At least that means a little more boot weather...

I wore this last week to see the midnight showing of The Hunger Games.  Very well done movie, definitely check it out if you haven't already!

How was your weekend?
pleated poppy

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Stuff Friday: 3/23


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thrifting

Target Cardigan ($10); Top via Burlington Coat Factory ($7); Old Navy Jeans ($30); Gap City Flats ($20); Self-made necklace; Pandora Bracelet (gift)

Just a simple outfit today.  I wore this yesterday while hanging out with my mom.



We went to the thrift store, where I got a bunch of awesome earrings for the shop, and some colored shorts for myself.  I tagged along while my mom got groceries, and then we had lunch at my favorite place in town.  It was a nice, quiet, fun afternoon. :)

Side note: if you're looking for colored shorts this summer, definitely check out the thrift stores!  I've seen them all over in retail stores, and you can get them for a fraction of the cost if you thrift (and believe me, they are there). :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring in the Air

Old Navy Dress ($11.50); Pamida Cardigan; Wanted Boots ($20); Thrifted Belt ($3); Vintage Necklace via a Flea Market ($2.50)

I wore this dress two Sundays in a row, but didn't get pictures the first time around.  Obviously a repeat outfit was in order. :)


I really love the bottom on this dress.  It's almost like a mermaid style, but cuter (I'm not a fan of the mermaid).


Like everyone else, I'm glad to see the arrival of spring! The warm temps the last two weeks have been awesome.  The only bad thing is the poor brown landscape.  Although there are some dandelions around, so summer is just around the corner... :)

What is your favorite thing about spring?

pleated poppy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My DIY Glitter Flats


I know just about every style/craft blogger under the sun has done a tutorial on making your own glitter shoes over the last 6 months, so I'll spare you the details.  Basically, I mixed glitter with tacky glue and painted it onto the shoe.  Twice.  What is especially awesome about the project is the sheer frugalness of it.

I bought all these at Michael's. 
My mom didn't want these anymore!
Making the total project cost: $6.46.  Even if you had to buy flats, you could still probably come in under $10 if you thrifted some.  Awesome.

This is what they looked like with the second coat of glitter glue on.

Have you done any frugal DIY projects lately?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Back to the Great Lakes State

F21 Tunic via Ebay ($7)
Fade to Blue Jeggings via Dress Barn ($10)
Dr Scholls Flats via Burlington ($19)
Vintage Necklace via Gramma (free)

Ahhhh.  So good to be back to my home state!  We took these last Friday up on Lake Superior when we went to return our moving truck.




It was a bit of a drive to return the truck, so we just made a day of it.  We ate lunch at the local Mexican restaurant, went to the mall, both thrift stores, and of course, stopped to enjoy the sunshine.  I got some supplies to glitter-ize a pair of flats my mom gave me, which I'll be sharing tomorrow! :)

How was your weekend?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Stripes on Stripes

Target Dress (clearance, $11)
Target Cardigan (clearance, $8)
Target Infinity Scarf ($14)
Very Volatile Shoes via Amazon ($36)
Vintage Bracelet via Flea Market ($5)

Well hello! After a very long and busy week, I am back from the move. :)  We are all settled into my parents home in northern Michigan, where we'll stay until my husband is able to find a job.  

These were the last outfit photos we took in New York.  I wore this last Friday, which was my husband's last day of work.  We went out for Korean for lunch and then just hung out around town.  That was only a week ago, but it already feels like forever!  So much has happened in just a week.


I hope you all enjoyed the guest posts this week! I certainly did.  Here's a little recap, in case you missed any!
Thanks again to all four of you!  It was great to know that my blog was being taken care of during the move. :)  I'm hoping to be back to regular posting next week! If I can find all of my clothes, that is...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

{Guest Post} shopfreak

Our last post is from shopfreak! Check out how she styled one dress 3 different ways.

Thank you so much to Faith for asking me to be a guest blogger! This is my very first time blogging for someone so I'm so honored to have been asked to do so:). I love Faith's post: 1 Dress, 3 Ways and was inspired to create my own. 







(If you'd like to find out more details about each outfit, click through to my original post.)

Thanks for checking out my post! Stop by my blog sometime and say hi! Maybe you can win something while you are there....

-shopfreak

Awesome, thanks shopfreak! :)


I hope you've enjoyed this week of guest posters, I know I have. :)  I'll be back to regular programming next week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{Guest Post} Four Seasons One Wardrobe

Today's guest post is from my Sweden-based blogger friend Anna! Read on to learn her tips on how to only buy what you need!


Hi Sweetened Style Readers! I am Anna from Four Seasons One Wardrobe. I am really excited to be over here at Sweetened Style. Faith has such a cute style and she has some really good advice about frugal style. As Faith said that I could blog about almost what ever I liked, I thought I should keep to one of the main themes of the blog – frugal living.

Among Faith’s secrets to a frugal wardrobe, I think point number 5 is the most important – to only buy what you need. Faith suggests that you should keep a list and I try to do the same. But still it happens that I buy things on my list and still the piece stays in my wardrobe. Why? I have given this a lot of thought and below I am going share some of the reasons I have found and my solution to them. I hope you will find them as useful as I do.

Reason 1. The clothes are too small or ill fitting. I am a curvy girl and sometimes it is hard to admit that some clothes do not look good on me.  I buy the clothes anyway and convince myself that I will lose some weight and/or that it looks better on me than it does. Freud would call it defense mechanisms, I call it a waste of money.

Solution: Buy clothes that fit your present weight and body type. Be brutally honest with yourself. If the clothes don’t fit your present weight and/or body type, don’t buy them.  Too small or ill fitting clothes will not make you happy and will not be a friend to support you to lose weight. Instead they will give you bad conscience. If you lose weight, there will be other amazing clothes to treat yourself with.





Reason 2. I buy clothes that are not my style. This has often happened to me when I have seen a person with an amazing style. But for some styles it is not enough to buy one piece, you might need to buy a whole outfit and change your hairstyle.

Solution:  Ask your self if this is your style and if you have other pieces in your wardrobe that match the piece and the style. I don’t think a person can’t change style or needs to stick to one style, but you might need to stick to a couple of styles. The styles you select need to fit your work life and your leisure time activities, fit your body type and hair, but also the impression you want to project to other people.

Problem 3. The garment doesn’t make me happy. I often make these wrong purchases when I need a staple piece, like a new pair of jeans or a cardigan and/or for a special event and I need it urgently.

Solution: Be patient. Don’t buy the staple pieces until you have found the one with the right cut, details, and fabric. If you don’t want to wear it immediately, don’t buy it! It is better to spend a little bit more on one piece and wear it often, than buy several and never wear them.

This outfit represents some of the pieces in my wardrobe that fit me well, is my style, and makes me happy. If you want to see how I have styled these pieces in other ways, welcome to visit me at Four Seasons One Wardrobe

Cardigan – Vero Moda, Skirt – Sunshine, MQ (Swedish brand – think New Yorker & Co), Tights – I am impressed by those who remember where they bought their tights, Boots – Clarks, Belt – Zoul, MQ



Thanks for the awesome tips Anna! Be sure to check out Anna's blog for more of her great style! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

{Guest Post} Finding Myself

Today's guest post is from Maggie! I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, and today Maggie is sharing how she gets a good deal on her groceries! Read on for her wonderful couponing tips. :)

Hello “Sweetened Style” readers, I’m pleased to meet’cha!  My name is Maggie B. and I blog over at “Finding Myself”.  My blog is all about different life experiences: day-to-day things, meal plans and recipes, occasional outfit posts, & lots of crafting.  When I’m not ‘keeping my house’ and working, I enjoy reading, knitting, sewing, cooking and shopping.


It’s shopping I want to talk about today.  Specifically grocery shopping, since that’s something most all of us have to do on occasion.  How many of you have seen, or at least heard of, that “Extreme Couponing” show?  Can I get a show of hands?  That many, huh?  See, grocery shopping happens to everyone.


I want to get the record straight: I am not an extreme couponer.  I don’t go to the grocery store with a binder full of coupons.  I don’t buy 100 jars of mustard just because they are on sale.  But I do clip the occasional coupon, and I store them in this little binder:


I have little tabs that show the types of items, and I just carry it around with me on shopping day.  But truth be told, I don’t use that many coupons.  My mother-in-law holds them out each Sunday and I go through all the flyers, but I always find that the coupons that are available a for things I don’t need.


Because I plan my weekly menu before I do anything else.  Before I look to see what’s on sale, before I check my coupons.  Because I work full time, I don’t have the time to spend searching for everything that’s on sale.  But making my weekly menu up on a Friday during my lunch hour, and then making my grocery list tends to keep me focused.

And even without coupons, I still only spend $100 a month on groceries.  I shop 2 times a month, and I cook 4 meals a week.  

This is a little pad of paper I keep on the side of my microwave:


And a few weeks ago I stumbled upon this blog and found a free printable menu planner/grocery list.  So this is what Saturday’s shopping list looked like:I picked this up ages ago at an Anthropology store, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever purchased.  It helps me easily keep track of the things we need, and it makes making my grocery list much faster.


You can see what I’m planning to cook this week on the right & the groceries I need on the left.  Sometimes higher cost items like dog food, vitamins and cleaning supplies push me over my $50 limit, but usually I keep it right on.  How do I keep it so low without clipping a million coupons?  I shop almost exclusively at Aldi’s… a low cost, non-name brand grocery store.  Whatever I can’t find there, I’ll pick up at Wal-Mart {almost always cheaper then the regular grocery store} or the Dollar Tree.  And if it’s a really fussy item, I’ll hit up my local Stop & Shop.  But I always go there as a last resort.  I also don’t buy junk food, much in the way of processed foods, or much meat.  

How do you keep your grocery bill in check?  I would love to hear about it!  
Thanks for letting me share with you, and have a great day!
Peace & Love,






Thanks Maggie! I too love to menu plan, clip the occasional coupon to save money on my groceries, and I LOVE shopping at Aldi!  Great tips! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

{Guest Post} 14 Shades of Grey

Today's gust post is from Duc, who's blog I've been enjoying since Kayla's 21 Day Challenge.  She's here to share some of her awesome thrifting tips.  Be sure to head over to her blog and take a peek at her lovely style. :)

Hello everyone. I'm Duc aka Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey, and I'm here to guest post for Faith while she's preparing for her move.

I started blogging a year ago, when my closet and my style were both in dire need of a make-over. Being recently out of grad school at that point, I had no budget to speak of (I still don't), so I turned to thrift stores and sale racks (and sale racks at the thrift stores) for my new wardrobe. Here are a few things I've learned about thrifting:

Know what you're looking for. It can be overwhelming when you first walk into a thrift store, so it helps to have a general idea of what you want. Thrift stores are usually organized by colors, so if you know that you want, for example, a yellow skirt, it will be much easier to navigate. However, I said "general", because you really can't count on finding exactly what you want while thrifting, so keep an open mind to pieces with potential - you can always alter them to your liking.

I was actually looking for a white cable-knit sweater when I found this lovely embroidered cardigan

Don't get blinded by the deals. Here's the flipside to "keeping an open mind" when thrifting. It doesn't mean grabbing whatever you can because it's cheap. Pay attention to the quality and condition of the piece. Also, don't get too caught up in the brand names either. I once bought a Diane von Furstenberg jacket because I was like, "Oh my God, it's DVF and it's only $5!", then ended up wearing it only once. Think about how the piece would fit with your style and what you have in your closet. I know this is the basic rule of shopping, but it can be difficult to remember when faced with price tags that are all under $10. It's not a good deal if it doesn't work for you.

I thrifted these boots for $5, and they've become a staple in my wardrobe ever since

Know your stores. Both the lay-out and their inventory. Like I said, my thrift stores are divided into sections like dresses, skirts, pants, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, etc. and then organized by colors. But your stores may be different. Knowing which racks work for you (I tend to go for the skirts and dresses first) will make your shopping faster and easier. Also, see who lives in the area and who donates there. For example, I have two stores I usually go to - one in a suburban area, where I find older, more vintage-inspired pieces, and another in an area with more young professionals, where I find newer, more up-to-date stuff. Plus keep an eye out for discount days or weekly sales.

A Pendleton jacket, one of my favorite vintage thrift finds.

Patience, patience, patience. Thrifting is a hit-and-miss process, one trip you get a huge haul, another trip nothing at all. Go often, be thorough (thrift stores aren't always the most organized, so sometimes the blouse you're looking for may be hiding with the dresses!) and don't get frustrated when you don't find what you're looking for at first.

And that's it. Big thanks to Faith for letting me babble on her blog, and best of luck with the move. Remember: know what you want, but keep an open mind, and have fun! For those about to thrift, I salute you :)

Awesome tips Duc! Thank you for sharing! :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Free Stuff Friday 3/9


That's all I've got for now!  Next week is the big move and I've got some great guest posts lined up all about thrifting, couponing, only buying what you need, and styling a dress!  Stay tuned, and I'll see you in a few weeks. :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

How to Wear a Striped Cardigan

Today's remix is one of my favorite cardigans.  It's a grey and white striped one I got for $8 at Target.






How would you style this cardigan?

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