Here’s my “cheat outfit” for the week and a glimpse of what photo-shoots really look like around here most of the time. (I promise my children really do wear clothes every now and then. But they definitely prefer nekkid).



Ultra-solemn girlie. She wasn’t terribly interested in showing her, well, gums (8 1/2 months and nary a tooth in sight, people!) until I told her if she smiled really big, she’d get to eat right away (really? I just tickled her).



I pinky promise that I ironed these pants. Twice. But I’ve decided they’re super-pants, and their power is resisting irons at any heat/steam-setting. If you ever want to make a bad first impression, let me know, and I’ll lend them to you.


Oh goodness. Here’s how programmed I’ve gotten myself to having 100% thrifted outfits—I saw that turquoise bracelet and thought, “Shoot! I got that at Macy’s! Now I’m going to have to scratch this entire post!” Must. get. sleep. soon.


Top: GW ($3), Pants: Abercrombie/GW ($4), Shoes: Payless ($8), Belt: GW ($1), Bracelets: GW ($3) + Macy’s (don’t remember), Earrings: GW ($2), Purse: Factory Connection: $6

TOTAL: $27

P.S. I find it funny that, even when I’m “allowing” myself a cheat outfit, most of it is still from GW. Obsessed much? Yep.

Here’s a “bonus shot” of another cheat outfit I wore when my bestie and her family came over for dinner (it was a night shot…pardon the yellow light):


Look at me standing on tiptoe. Mandy pulled out the towering platforms on me and my flat-soled sandals self!

And here’s a round-up of what’s been going down at Secondhand or Bare Bottom (don’t forget to follow along for your daily dose of thrifted goodness!):


And finally, here’s Round 2 of the layered twist hairdo I showed you last week.  All the same rules apply. You’ll just be making smaller rows this time, like so:



Disclaimer #1: I don’t usually film my tutorials in fast-food restaurants (any guess as to which one I’m in?). Not that I mind one bit (although the guy whom I cropped out of the pics behind me might have minded). But it would be a real waste of time and gas-money, so I guess I’ll stay home.

Disclaimer #2: I had just finished exercising and had sweaty hair (ew).

Disclaimer #3: I did not, at any point in this process look at a mirror, and it shows.

*Special thanks to my indefatigable (and hard to embarrass) film crew (aka Mandy).

So, did you see how I did that? Start with two pieces, twist, gather, then twist some more, just like last week. Except this time, I repeated the same process six times, and secured each row of twists with a bobby pin before putting the rest up in a bun.

**The most important thing I want you to notice is that I twisted toward the center of my head on both sides.

And there you have version two of one of my favorite, easy-but-looks-complicated hairdos. 

That last sentence officially used up the very last ounce of brainpower left in my tired cerebrum (I just googled that to make sure I wasn’t making up a word…I’m that wiped), and if I keep typing, it will only be to write things like: ajjkljf sdfjkl;lkjd DJKJF! “Fjkl!!!?”

(Get that?)

…so I think I’d better quit.

See you tomorrow for Five Things Thursday!

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  1. LOVE your blog. Stumbled upon it a while back (I know Ashley whom you got the headband idea from). Thanks to you I am going to go check out Goodwill for some cute work clothes! Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement to find great deals. 🙂

  2. Thanks Erin! I just hopped over to your blog and took a look around. I will definitely have to come back when I have more time. I am starting home-schooling with my oldest two (boys!) this year and would love to learn as much as I can from other home-school mamas with more experience.

  3. Not weird at all, Karri. The answer for #1 is a bandeau bra + a pregnancy belly-band (seriously), which is really just a glorified tube-top. The answer to #2 is the bandeau bra + a cream-colored knit tube-top thingy I discovered at Goodwill for $1. I really like it because it keeps me from having to double-layer my straps (with another tank underneath), and it keeps me modest.

  4. LOVE that outfit! Esp the color of the shirt!!!!!! I have 2 weird questions to ask: what’s on under it? (because I have a similar style shirt and that’s why I am asking), and also – that second pic of you and your bestie – I have that dress, so I am also wondering what’s the second layer??

  5. Super cute outfit. I just stumbled across your blog and have spent much of the day reading past posts. Love your sense of humor!

  6. Great outfit and wonderful hair, I shall be trying that later. You have the good hair blog as your friends hair is amazing too. Have a great week honey. ax

  7. I adore your outfit! I want some white pants, but I can’t seem to find any that fit properly. And your accessories are perfect… even if one is from Macy’s 🙂

  8. omg. 1. Love your son running around behind you in the first shot. 2. Love the shoes with that outfit. 3. Love the dresses you & your bestie are wearing & 4. LOVE the hair! Thanks for the little tutorial on it, I am going to try it!

I love hearing from you guys!