Today is my birthday and I have officially joined the 40′s club!
If you would have told me when I was 21 that 40 will be here before I knew it, I would not have believed it. But so many good things have been experienced along the way. I met my “good lookin” husband (Barth family saying) at a Baker University frat party after I had graduated from Kansas State University. With meeting Dallas, I inherited the best in-laws I could have hoped for! Dallas and I lived out of state for four years in Florida & Maryland when we first got married and this really helped us bond together as a team and unit as our family was miles away. When we had our first daughter, Charlize, in Baltimore, we were ready to move back to Kansas to be close to our family. By the time Charlize was five months old we moved back. When I said I wanted to be close to family never did I imagine that we would buy the house right next to my sister, Wendy, and seven houses down from Dallas’s brother, Doug. We use to be able to see my parents house from our second story windows, so they were close too, however; they now live about three miles away. My Grandma Wiseman lives around the corner from us in our neighborhood at the assisted living facility. In case you didn’t know, family and friends are very important to me. After we moved back to Kansas we decided it was time to add to our family and our second daughter, Chaney, was born. This made our family complete. As I have been approaching my 40′s I have have made some wonderful friends that live in my cute small town, where community means something, and I feel so lucky to have them.
I took the day off today and my big plans are going to have lunch at the school with my daughters and husband and of course doing a few chores. In January Dallas will also turn 40, so my sister’s have planned a joint 40th birthday party for both of us. My sisters are my best friends and I love them so much. I am majorly looking forward to my old friends coming into town today. My best friend Melissa, that I’ve known since grade school is flying in from Arizona, and I hope that my friend Tracy (we met the first day at our first real jobs after college) will be able to make it from Texas, and my friend Karen (met at K-State), I have my fingers crossed that she will be able to make it from Colorado. Rhonda has been a friend of mine since grade school as well and I will get to see her along with several of my college girlfriends and Tri Delt sisters will be there too. I feel very lucky to have so many great friends!!!
Last but not least, I would not be here today if it weren’t for my wonderful parents. Thank you mom and dad for everything you have done for me. I love you!
I look forward to celebrating my 40th and many more years to come!
My sister, Wendy, posted this picture of me today on Facebook to show I have been rocking my style and sass for 40 years! Thank you Wendy for sharing!
Bomber Jacket & a Pop of Red
When Phillip Bloch told me the bomber jacket would be the next big thing after the moto jacket, I was hesitant to believe so, since I love my moto jackets. However, I have to say I am pretty smitten with this bomber jacket. I think a classic look like the white button-down shirt paired with red heels gives a pop of color and interest.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We all gathered at my parent’s home and spent some quality time together. My youngest caught a stomach bug Saturday and wanted her momma to stay home with her. Even as a grown-up I have still wanted my mom to be there including when I got my wisdom teeth removed several years ago. My husband took our oldest daughter and one of our nephews to the K-State vs. KU football game to cheer for my Wildcats. I guess we will always be able to go next year.
Throwing on a J. Crew Cardigan makes it so easy to complete an outfit!
Homemade Wheat Bread Recipe
I love the smell of baking bread! It was my appetizer I served with salami and a glass of wine.
W H E A T B R E A D R E C I P E
1 T yeast
1/2 c. warm water
Dissolve for 5 minutes.
2 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. canola oil
Start whisking in 3 cups wheat flour. Add two more cups of white flour. Then put about one cup of white flour on the counter top and place the dough on it. Before I start kneading the bread I coat my hands in Crisco. As I am kneading the dough if it feels sticky add more flour and knead it until it is smooth. Let it rise in a warm place or you can use a bread-proof oven and let it rise for one hour (can cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap). Divide in half and shape into two loaves, put in greased bread pans. Let rise another 45 – 60 minutes. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes at 375 degrees.
I let the bread cool for awhile and I then used an electric knife to slice it and served it with room temperature unsalted butter.
I got my inspiration for my Lululemon Funky look in a J. Crew catalog! I love how Lululemon makes fun fashion inspired pieces like these track pants. They were great for going to my daughters basketball clinic and then to get groceries at my favorite Dillons grocery store in Lawrence on 6th & Wakarusa.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I have been in the cooking and baking mood. I took some pictures of my creations this weekend that I will post later this week. I think this time of year is when I really love being in the kitchen. I can spend hours in there and I am at peace.
Adding unexpected layers
I really like when I find a versatile clothing item that can be worn during hot or cold seasons and for work or weekend. That is why I love this J. Crew short sleeve top. It has a business element with the black tweed sleeves that have a touch or sparkly thread, but the heavier knit fabric balances it out for that weekend look with your skinny jeans as well. And just because this is a short sleeve top doesn’t mean that you can’t add a layer underneath and throwing a blazer on over it would give you that business executive vibe. I think if you have a chambray shirt, or a gingham or plaid you shirt, you could pop it under as well for a chic look.
Also, I hope to see you tonight at the J. Crew Style Sessions on the Country Club Plaza! I will be there and ready to create some stylish holiday looks! – Carrie
J. Crew Holiday “Style Sessions”
I am co-hosting the J. Crew “Style Sessions” on Wednesday, November 20th, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Kansas City Country Club Plaza Location. I would love the chance to meet some of you that follow my blog and explore the new items that are arriving at J. Crew just in time for the event and the Holidays. Are you looking to update your wardrobe, a Thanksgiving outfit, something to wear to a Holiday party, something new to wear to a Christmas gathering, or are you looking for that special gift? Let me know ahead of time using the form and I would love to help you at the event.
I also wanted to announce the winner of the “Giving Thanks Giveaway” and it is Lisa Murie. Thank you to everyone who entered!
The Waxed Coated Denim Trend
I don’t necessarily think of myself as a trendsetter, I like to think of myself as a style connoisseur. However, when it comes to the waxed denim trend, I may have been on the bleeding edge of the trend as I’ve had my J Brand waxed denim for probably four years. I think of them as my dressier going out pair of jeans. The downside of waxed coated jeans is that they are dry clean only. Therefore, I tend to wear mine several times before taking them to the cleaners. Also, over time the waxed coating does wear and fade and the main areas like your thighs and calves are the areas that the waxed coating is not as prominent as it use to be. Which is ok by me, because eventually they will look like a regular pair of skinny jeans and I will stick them in the washing machine with the rest of my jeans! I would love to hear if this is a trend you have or will be rocking. – Thanks for reading! Carrie
J Brand Waxed Skinnies (save pair) (similar) J. Crew Tweed Sleeve Top, Enzo Heels (similar), Tote (old, like this one), Vince Camuto Bracelet (I love it and it reminds me of Hermes), House of Harlow Sunglasses (similar)
It’s that time again for the Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE!
Shoppers save up to 40% on apparel, shoes and more for women, kids & juniors. Going on now, ends November 17.
Oh, and save the date — starting November 18, Nordstrom begins their Designer Clearance sale, where shoppers save up to 40% off designer apparel, shoes, handbags and more.