Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankful to be Back

I'm baaaaccckkkkk! 

Sorry about my random hiatus.  I needed it.  I'll transition to multiple posts per week here in a bit, but I know the next couple months are gonna be pretty busy.

Anyhow, I wanted to share a little family tradition I have started (and waited just about a year to do)! I'm so excited to be doing it, although I didn't remember to begin until yesterday.

Thankful Thoughts Project

1 mason jar
any paper
couple different color pens (different colored pen per person)
scissors (optional)

Starting November 1st, every night at the end of your day, cut or tear a piece of paper, and write one thing you are thankful for.  Put the date on the piece of paper (optional).  Do this for everyday of November.  Keep the mason jar in a place that you will see it daily.  December 1, gather the family and read all the thankful thoughts out loud to eachother.  

Cute, right?! I can't wait till Devin can understand this and participate as well.  We will definitely keep these and put them in a ziploc bag (labeled with the year) and read them to Devin in a couple years.  Whether you have kids or not, it's a great way to stop and think about some things you are grateful for.  It's a nice little time out to reflect on how it actually isn't that bad.

Anyhow, here is a treat that I desperately needed today:

 Pumpkin Spice by Georgetown Cupcake + milk in a mug = my heaven

So, that's it for tonight folks! I hope you are glad to see me back, because I'm definitely glad to be back :)  I'd like to soon share some photos to show you what I/we have been up to.  Here is a sneak peek:

See ya soon, and thanks for your patience <3

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mornin Mornin

That's what this homeless guy says that sits in front of one of the Bethesda starbucks every single day. He says something else after it, but I'm not sure what.

Anyway, I'm very sad to say that my laptop is temporarily out of service. And while I have some outfit pics to share, I have no way to get them on the comp without spendin a little bit of money. So this week, I will continue the fall trends, and come up with some other stuff worth checking out.

For now, I am going to get ready for my looong day tomorrow, and go to bed. Goodnight!

p.s. I have a "probably" broken toe. So most of my outfits have just been boring outfits to go with boring flip flops since other shoes hurt. So don't worry, you're not missin much anyway

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lana Del Rey

Have you heard of her?  She's hot.  Very old school sounding.  Very sexy.

What do you think?

Too bad in the youtube credits it said something about "hollywood sad core," which made me LOL so hard I almost crashed.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I couldn't help myself when I saw this shirt in Forever 21, I loved the color.  The fit of it isn't accurately depicted in the pictures, I should have paid more attention while I was taking them to look for that, but oh well. 

Also, I promise I'm not as fat as I look in the pictures (?).  The camera adds 10 pounds people. Keep that in mind before you start snickering bout "well damn, she really has gained some weight," (lol).

And finally, it's starting to get darker faster, pretty soon my pictures won't be outside too often.  Maybe I can beg someone from work to snap a couple shots in Bethesda during lunch....hmmm.

pale yellow tee- f21, ($13)
feather necklace- AE, ($7)
vintage cameo necklace- thrifted, ($10)
american eagle jeans- sale, ($30)
steve madden shoes- macys sale ($40)

SO far, whenever I have worn these jeans, I've kept the cuff at the bottom rolled up.  I don't even know why because they are clearly not TOO long where I've had to do that. 

I'm telling you peeps, if you are in need of a good jean and don't quite want to spend a fortune, check out american eagle jeans.  They fit quite nicely.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


What up partay peoppllee?!  Can you believe it's bout to be mid October already?  We have had a couple hot days in the 80s the past couple days.  I'm looking forward to this weekend, as it will be sunny and crisp.

I haven't forgotten about the Fall 2011 Fashion posts.  A favorite reader of mine requested a shoe version, so that will be coming soon as well.  Oh, and I finally figured out how to get my camera workin.  I watched it charge this time and took it off the charger immediately. Should be straight from now on.

PSA: I think today is the last day, but American Eagle is having an AWESOME sale! Anything that has been marked down (with the white sticker), is an extra 50% off.  I got a huge ass, over night bag for $15!  A big awesome hat for $7!  They have shoes for $7.  Pajama shorts for $4, etc.  Check it out! I never thought I was an American Eagle girl, and while I don't like the clothes with the brand name all over it, I do dig some of their stuff.  ESPECIALLY their jeans!  I have a hard time finding jeans that fit my body booty, and that aren't way too long.  I could write a whole blog on their jeans, def worth checking out! Today is the last day you can get some jeans for like, $15.  Go!

plaid button up- f21, old ($13)
white tank- f21, old, ($12)
american eagle jeans- sale, ($15)

Oh, and I somehow missed these pics last time my camera was dying, I didn't upload them.  But I thought they were funny and you can see the outfit better than the other pics I posted for this outfit.

That is all! Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Hey ya'll.  So I don't know what's going on with the battery of my nikon not charging, but Monday I took a pic and wasn't able to take another because of the battery.  So I have a couple shots from then, and then Tuesday I charged the battery all day while I was at work.

Came home, tried to take a pic, it took it, but then I couldn't anymore because the battery was still dead.  I gotta check it out and see what's going on, but needless to say, I was sad.

One thing you will notice (besides my hair fading TERRIBLY), is how curly my hair was both days! I did a cool trick Ifound from pinterest that involves a headband and not heat.  It works wonderfully and I couldn't be happier with learning this hair style and rockin it.  For once, I like the volume it has given me. I usually like volume, but feel like I often lack it, so that's what I mean.

Anyhow, here are the pics of what I was able to take, and if you like my hair, youtube "heatless curls, headband."  It's super easy!



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall 2011 Trends Pt. 1

With fall already among us, some of you may be wondering what trends will be seen often this year.  So, like I do every year around this time, I'm going to give you a report of what's "cool" for this fall (pun intended).

1.  Longer Hemlines

Whether you are wearing a maxi skirt or skirt that falls right under the knee, longer hemlines are still in for this fall.  Don't know where to start?  You can find PLENTY of inspiration with black maxi skirts.  Find one from a thrift store with pleats, pleats are a big this season too.

Want a more casual look? Pair a maxi skirt with a vest.

2.  Vests
Vests are also quite the trend this season.  Vests are cool because you can really dress down an outfit with one, but still look chic.  Also, in my opinion, they are a classic.  If you want more ideas, check out what pinterest has to offer when you search "fall vest."

3. Color Blocking/Brights

Color blocking wasn't just a spring thing.  Mixing bright colors is still very much in for this season.  You'll be seeing a lot of bright yellows and cobalt blues.  Try these hues mixed with rust, which is always a classic must have for fall.  If bright yellow isn't your thing, fear not, because you will easily find a variety of yellows from marigold to mustard.

4.  Denim/Chambray

Mixing chambray shirts is sooo easy to do, and the best part is, you can be super cute while staying comfy.  Chambray shirts are so versatile, and are always great for layering.  Whether it's peeping out from under a sweater or vest, or being worn as a cardigan, you can do a lot with chambray or denim shirts.  You can also easily dress chambray up or down.  Need ideas?  Try pairing it with a maxi skirt, or layering it, so the collar peeps out.

5. Wide Legs

Wide legs are back in and super easy to find this fall.  I always love the wide leg trend because it is so versatile.  You can wear wide legs and dress them up so easily (see photo above).  I always feel very chic in wide legs.  Such an effortless way to stay cute while being comfortable.

So that is part 1, and all for today!  If you have any questions or want specific ideas on how to pair any fall items, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email or leave a comment!  Hope you guys have a great week.

All pics taken from general pinterest searches.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Omg So Sorry!

You guys, I have had this blog post sitting in "edit" mode since Monday night!  I was supposed to post it Tuesday morning but it slipped my mind because I've been soooooooooooo super sick.  Bronchitis + sinus infection + nasty phlegm (gross, sorry) + headaches every night = mina-too-dead-too-think-about-blog.

I apologize in advance.  So all this means, that there is only this one outfit that was worth posting.   The others were just sweatpants and a pale looking me.  Here's Mondays outfit:

silk express shirt- gabriel bros. ($10)
ann taylor skirt- thrifted ($5)
banana republic belt- thrifted ($6)
nine west shoes- sale, ($40)

I REALLY hate the way I look in these photos.  I did it for the blogs sake.  I was pretty sick in these pictures, maybe that's what it is....

Anyway!  Tomorrow is Friday. Thanks God.  Goodnight folks.  Sorry bout the lack of postings this week, but I'm sure you understand.

Friday, September 23, 2011


So, these aren't the nicest pictures that I have shared, but it's what I got.  I was too tired to continue to mess with them last night before I went to bed.  I was falling asleep at the computer.  On top of that, I am sick like everyone else. Booooooooo! 

So here are my ghetto-fab pictures with my son all up in them:

olive cardi- j crew, sale ($20)
vintage blouse- thrifted, ($1- fill a bag for $10 deal)
american eagle jeans- sale, ($28)
steve madden shoes- macys, ($40)

Have a good weekend folks!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sharing is Caring

I have some info to share.  Your tastes buds will love me after this one.

They also have a Belgian chocolate one that I can't wait to try too.  Also, a double dark chocolate that is pretty bomb, I must say.

And in unrelated news, I wanted to share Devs pumped up kicks:

This is his 3rd pair of Dr. Seuss shoes!  I love it!  Too bad the other two don't fit anymore.  I just love chucks.

Happy hump day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blue Monday

Some of these pictures don't accurately depict my hair.  It's starting to get darker earlier, so getting pictures outside require the flash, and that's what teh reddish hue comes from..  Also, I suck at photoshop-ing, so I am not sure how to really edit the pic.  When do I got time to learn that ish? Pssh, I don't. Over and out!

 ny & co cardi- gab bros. ($5)
blue zara tank- thrifted, ($8)
black f21 pants- old, ($14)
old navy snakeskin sandals- sale ($11)
charming charlie bracelets- gift from my mama

Have a great week!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Identity Crisis

So, I'm back to brunette.  You know, I think most of my blog here I have been blonde, or semi blonde. I've definitely had some sort of highlights going on.  But you know, I didn't realize how long I had the blonde and I was pretty satisfied with it (except towards the end it was too blonde, highlights started to blend together, be a bit too yellow, etc.). 

While I'm still adjusting to the brunette, I really do miss the beginning of my blonde era.  The beginning is when I loved it the most.

And this was tight too:

Yeah.......I think I need to get back to the at least the first pic soon.  I"ll try to hold off as long as I can, and maybe I'll start appreciating the change for fall, but maybe it is true that blondes have more fun... : /

(The old Mina would never agree to that.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

End of Summer

Two outfits pics and two posts two days in a row?!  I'm on a roll.  Don't have much to say except that yesterday's outfit was what's below.  And also, I love the silk jacket I'm wearing that I got for $4.

silk NY & Comp jacket- gabriel brothers, ($4)
black h&m tank- sale, ($8)
blue j crew skirt- j crew sale ($21)
nine west shoes- sale, ($40)
f21 leopard belt- came in a 2 pack ($4)

I thought wearing the jacket on top of this was a cute addition to make it more casual, with a hint of safari.  I liked how it paired together.  You know, I've gotten much better at putting outfits together. Viva el blog!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blonde or Brunette?!

Oh my goodness.  Fall is getting closer with every day.  I initially, told myself I'd be back to brunette once fall came around, but now, I'm not so sure.  I simply can't decide between the two!  If you knew me when I was brunette, you would know I was like hard-core brunette, sayin hell no to blonde.  But then gradually, my highlights started to bleed or whatever the hell happened, and I started really loving the blonde look.  I guess I like that I have two toned hair.  So, now I am completely torn.  I'm thinking bout going back to a reddish brown first......I'll figure it out eventually.

Also, it's kinda nice that I actually get hit on sometimes now, where as before I never used to (NOT IN A WHORE WAY).  But I don't know if that's because I actually look better, or is it just that blondes are looked at as easy? Who knows (clearly, this whole paragraph is a joke....in case you didn't know).

Either way, here is yesterday's outfit:

(I have alien leg in the below picture....it happens):

 h&m cardi: h&m sale, ($8)
white tank: old f21 ($13)
old target (sz 9!! jeans): hand-me-downs
target heels: sale, ($13)

Size 9 target jeans.  I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking, dang girl, that means really like size 11 cuz Target runs big, right?  But wrong, they're "junior" department, especially back in the day, actually ran like smaller than bigger.  So really, these might be more like a 7.  If they are closer to a 9, then it's ok too because they are a little big.

Anyhow, I really liked this outfit.  I got the inspiration from none other than.....Pinterest!

 And here's an added bonus:

My little man in my rain boots.  Adorbz! :)

Happy Tuesday!