Resolution 2013 Check-In: Year End Edition

So my blogging is course. I'm not going to say anything about that right now. Same excuses as always ....more

Resolution 2013 Check-In: October Edition

So I accidentally forgot to check in on my goals for...five months. Oops. Better late than never, though, right? ...more

What I'm Reading

Something really great has happened to me over the past year or so. I remembered that I can read. I never really forgot, of course, but it got pushed way, way back on my priority list ....more

Yes, Victoria, there ARE cute and inexpensive clothes for little boys!

I am picky about my little boy's clothes. Ridiculously picky, actually. So many rules: no characters (with some limited exceptions), no slogans, nothing violent, nothing stupid, blah blah blah ....more

More notes from the thrifting trenches

So that great day of thriting I had a bit back? Got me started on an obsession. I've been several times a week since then, to all sorts of different stores ....more

Ode to Ann Taylor

I never expected to be an Ann Taylor kind of person. I never expected to be that conservative. Or that formal ....more

And the thrift gods smiled

One of the "tips" I give to people who ask for advice on successful thrifting is this: If you find one or two nice things in the size you're looking for, that could be a fluke. If you find three or more, you should consider it a set and keep digging. Which is to say, typically people donate to thrift stores in bulk ....more

First birthday gift ideas

Hard as it is for me to believe, I am about to have a one year-old. My kid's first birthday is only a couple of weeks away. And so, of course, I'm thinking about presents, and not just presents for my specific kid, but what make good gifts for this age group. I clearly remember all the times, pre-kid, when I would go shopping for a gift for a friend's child or a family member and look at all ...more

Dress You Up: Sarah

I'm excited to be back in the Dress You Up saddle this week, featuring my friend Sarah (that's her, above, with her darling little girl). This is what she has to say: ...more

Makeup Splurges & Saves

I recently replaced almost all of my makeup, and I've slowly been adding new things. This time around, I am really trying to give economical drugstore products a fair shot, and I've been pleasantly surprised by a few of them I've tried. Right now, these are my top recommendations for "saves": ...more