eight down four to go.

august is gone, and in looking back at my resolutions,
here's a quick recap of the month:

sleep early - check! at least once a week.
exercise - check! running on the treadmill five nights a week. 
girl time - check! participated in relay for life.
 read - eek, no reading this month.
one-on-one mini time - school started this month, so we are adjusting to our new schedules.
try something new - check! participated in my first
fix laptop - nope.
organize posts - check! caught up on a review for
AliExpress and gave a few shout-outs to BISTM and

how was your august? what's up for september?

healthy snack for the office gang.
(zip leggings, express; top, bcbg; shoes, jessica simpson)

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on repeat.

this should have been called 'a week of canvas military jacket', because i have been wearing it every single day. not only that, but i have been wearing it with some kind of animal print. it's not often that we get cool-enough weather here, so i have to take advantage while i can...even if that means wearing the same jacket [or hunter rainboots, or fur coat] for three days
in a row. sorry if you're tired of seeing this.

i still haven't found a replacement time for taking outfit photos, so my apologies for the sporadic posts. i have been trying to snap a few after work before getting on the road...literally setting the timer for ten shots and that's it. this is as good as it gets for now. in the meantime, i've been more present on facebook talking about things i'm loving
and sales i've discovered. come hang out!

delicious coffee jello.
(canvas military jacket, gap (check stores); top, old navy; shoes, jessica simpson)

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this week's morning showers came just in time for me to rock my canvas military jacket from gap. i really wanted this olive one, but even the xs was really big. i'll keep searching for one while enjoying this one in the meantime. as you can see,
the sun usually comes out by mid-day, so pairing it with
shorter dresses keeps things cool.

scroll down for some pictures of our saturday
spent beach hopping around the island.

gorgeous waimanalo water.
 beautiful ala moana at sunset...
...and at twilight. 

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kate two-tone bracelet $15.50

chic textured chain $11

chic classic bracelet $12

knotted "eternal love" ring $20

pretty armor bracelet $15.50
happy skull head bangle $9


violet crumble.

no better way to add oomph to a simple all black outfit than with bright accessories. this bright green satchel certainly packs a punch. a hint of leopard never hurts either.

my sister brought back this freeze-dried ice cream from the smithsonian air and space museum. i'm sure not everyone likes this, but i loved it. maybe because its texture reminded me
of my absolute favorite candy bar, violet crumble...
honeycomb goodness covered with chocolate.
i can't find them anywhere these days.

have you tried violet crumble? what's your favorite candy bar?

freeze-dried ice cream.
photo: random google search
(satchel, urban outfitters (similar)(pink/yellow))

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last days of summer.

seems like just yesterday i was planning all kinds of fun things to do this summer...hikes, picnics at the beach, swimming.
well, the minis are back in school and we didn't do half as
many activities as i'd hoped. here's a summer outfit plus a few photos of how we spent our last days of summer.

are you still enjoying your summer?
or are you back in full swing at school/work?

barbeques with neighbors and friends.
movies on the big screen.
QT with the mini-she & mini-he at the beach.
(dress via oomph)

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friday casual.

just a super casual friday outfit that i always feel good in...my denim flares and a button up [or is it button down?].
at one point i couldn't get enough of gingham ones in particular, but they were sold out everywhere. they seem to be hitting the shelves again at gap and j. crew and old navy.

another busy weekend ahead. movies on the big screen in the yard tonight...think blankets, popcorn, and hot chocolate. then saturday i'm participating in relay for life with the girls. we'll be walking to honor cancer survivors and those we have lost. one of our classmates recently lost her battle with breast cancer. to learn more about the event, feel free to check out my page here. and sunday is all about the minis...swim, tutoring,
and singing classes.

what's up for your weekend?

(alloy western design necklace c/o AliExpress (buy))
a peek at what's new in.
(shirt, j.crew; denim, express; necklace, AliExpress (buy))



my thoughts are all over the place today, so just some random bits...a simple outfit with a skirt found in the motherload and a top that i never wear, a fun project for the minis,
and a cute movie i saw this week.

ice sculptures
have kids sprinkle ice with salt, then squeeze drops of
food coloring on it. it was cool how the salt created
these fizzures in the ice.
thanks to maya at soccer mom style for this fun idea.

photo: random google search
four theater and film majors, who believe they will live like movies stars, are faced with reality after graduation. although they are seemingly living it up and enjoying life, each has their own personal struggles and worries after graduation. the girls have a chemistry that i might mildly compare to the girls of SATC...differrent personalities, supportive of each other, jealous of each other, etc. overall a cute movie.


a round tuit.

one of my weaknesses, if you would call it that, is my inability to schedule timely appointments. routine checkups at the doctor, physicals for the kids, car maintenance, and hair appointments...i'm likely calling for appointments in desperation rather than scheduling them ahead of time. it's mainly the convenience or inconvenience of the matter. leave the scheduling to me, and i'll never get around to it.
but give me a date and a time, and i'll be there.

looking back at my archives, i last cut my hair in february. six. months. ago. i can just see my hairstylist shaking her head. i've been curling my hair so much that i didn't realize [when i straightened it below] how long it's been getting.

but i somehow manage to get thru all these months. here's how:

curls camouflage straggly, dry ends.

i love piling my hair up into a messy bun or low chignon.
it's quick and easy and no one will notice those dry ends
when they are tucked under.

bobby pins are my best friend in between haircuts. it's a great way to keep those overgrown bangs out of your eyes.

 braids keep unruly hair at bay.

hats are a great cover-up for bad hair days. plop one on and go.

and when all of the above fail, it's really time for a haircut.
i'll make an appointment soon. promise, i'll get a round tuit.

are you good about scheduling appointments?
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