OK, the title probably doesn't make much sense but all three things have put a smile on my face recently.
Shopping- I went shorts shopping yesterday because I was getting some photos developed in 1 hour service so had some time to kill. I decided to go to Kohl's and maybe find some jeans or shorts that actually fit me. Since losing weight I don't have any zip up shorts that fit me properly. I am still wearing the same old stuff I had but it's getting pretty crazy because even slung as low on my hips as possible without showing crack, I still have to wear a belt to cinch in the waistband of my pants/ shorts. I had recently worn a pair of petite Levi 515 capri pants and they actually fit a lot better than many of my old clothes so I thought I'd try the petite section. Typically I have to go up 1-2 sizes in petite vs regular size but I wasn't finding much available so I ended up in Levi 515 section. There were bermuda shorts and capri pants in my beloved 515 style. So I took a few pairs of size 6 into the dressing room along with size 6 Lee shorts. The size 6 Levi's felt decent in the thighs/bum and only a little gaping at the waist and seriously without a belt you could see most of my underoos in current pants situation. The size 6 Lees were horrible-- tight across the bum and yet 1/2 of my underwear showing since waist wasn't anywhere near touch my back. Since the size 6 Levi's didn't feel like "sausage casing thighs" I thought it wouldn't hurt to try on size 4 in hopes that the waist would fit better. Much to my delight, size 4 in the bermuda shorts fit very nicely- they didn't have anymore capri pants in the dark wash and even though I've lost weight- I'm not cocky enough to wear white or nearly white blue jean colors- so I just went with size 6 they had. My good luck with the capri pants and bermuda shorts made me think "Well, none of my jeans really fit so maybe I should try on size four 515s." What a laugh!! I'm telling you the thighs of the jeans felt tight as they were at my calves. I couldn't get them up far enough on my thighs to really try on- I'm sorry but the crotch hanging 3-4 inches below isn't a good look. LOL They are bootcut but I'm telling you, they fit me like skinny jeans-- the calves area was cloying. So I guess I'm still on the search for jeans but apparently the cut for capri pants and bermudas gives more thigh area- so on me they are tight but at least the crotch is in the right place. Very happy to have some shorts that fit decently.
Shoes--- I've been on the search for skin-tone wedges. Last week I found these uber cute Jessica Simpson onesfor $80 but they were really uncomfortable. The angle of the shoe put pressure on my heels-- not even on toes like you'd think. I really couldn't justify the price since I couldn't even try them on without them hurting. So while at Kohl's yesterday and in such a good mood about finding some shorts I perused the shoe section. Boy am I happy!! I found these Union Bay wedges for $24.99.
They are a little lighter and less yellow/tan than my skin but still a decent match and style was cute and "barely there" and they are comfy. A few weeks ago DD and I went shoe shopping and found these
ones but the color is more khaki green than "tan skin"
Plus the greenish ones don't seem to look as right with jean shorts- more like summer skirt or bermudas IMO. Along with the tan wedges, I found these Simply Vera black shoes on clearance
- 60% off. They are really comfortable and I thought the styling was something that is very wearable with so many looks-- jeans to dresses and in between. Now for the real find- these Candies
for $5.49- yes, 90% off. I figured at that price, even if I just wore around the bedroom for hubby they'd be worth the less than $6. LOL. While I'm on the shoe p*rn, here's some wedges
I bought over a year ago- they are the same brand, Union Bay, as the wedges I bought yesterday- so seems like Union Bay makes wedges that I like. I wore them to son's bass lesson last week and as I was walking in the door this young woman walking out says "I like your shoes." They are very comfy too. Last are the shoes
I got for DD's prom dress and to go along with that purple flower print black dress- I got them at Target for less than $25.
While on prom- I think I told you that DD and I were inspired by a white netted headband we saw at David's Bridal that was nearly $150. I knew that we could make something just as nice for way less. So I headed to Hobby Lobby. In bridal section I found the single roses, small flowers and beads/gems on wires. I got feathers from the floral arrangement area. Found some gemstones in fashion area that were supposed to go on flip flops but we decided to place individually on the netting as a nice accent. The headbands I found in the jewelry/beading area. We had a lot of fun making them too. This is the one she wore to prom (I made it) The hardest part was getting the "gems" to stick to the netting. First I arranged the flowers, feathers and beads in a pleasing manner. After the glue was dry I touched up with hot glue and then applied to headband with hot glue. I had already applied netting to headband- kind of strung through some of the holes and applied a little glue to hold it in place.
Here's another view of it.
These are some others she crafted on her own. This one I didn't really like the feathers-- look like spider legs to me but I'm not the one planning to wear it. LOL The little glittery 1/2 beads were something I found in scrapbook section.
This one was started as part of "prom one" but she thought that was too much and liked on it's own. DD did all the gems on the netting.
I figured out the technique to put the beads on the wires like I'd see in the David's Bridal one so we then started making our own ones. So we incorporated black beads into this one.
This black one was kind of last ditch one--
DD also made one with a burgundy flower but I couldn't find it for photos.
Now for Squeaky. As you may know I have two dogs- Jack Russell Terrier (Jack) and a beagle (Sully.) They are very different but sometimes Jack has near human intelligence. I found these Squeakies at Petsmart that he really likes. They have "good" just ball w/ feet and "bad" ball with little horns and feet in two sizes- but they are tougher than typical squeak toys. Jack usually kills the squeak right away in the thinner ones. He's had a few of these and they end up missing and the last one he someone pushed the squeaker out. So I purchased the little good guy
and I think it is Jack's best friend. I find Squeaky on his bed on the deck all the time. I can say "Go get Squeaky" and he'll come back with it. You can rarely be outside without Jack coming with Squeaky. So a few weeks ago I was mowing the lawn and Squeaky was in my path. I didn't feel like getting off the mower so I yelled to Jack "Come get Squeaky" and after a few times, he actually made wide berth around mower and grabbed Squeaky & ran off out of the way. A few passes later, Squeaky was once again in my path and after calling to Jack, he did the same thing-- grabbed it and got it out of my way. Also, DD said "Did you know that Jack plays fetch with himself?" I thought she was referring to how sometimes he'll toss Squeaky around and since it has the legs it bounces funny and basically plays on his own. She then said how he pushes Squeaky off the deck and then goes gets it. I had to inform DD that he's been doing that for years now. What a sad little dog best friend is a squeaky toy and has to no one to play his little Russell games.