Less Hot or Looking Preppy

You may have noticed things looking a little different around here lately. If you’re wondering if PSS got a facelift, why yes…yes it did. If you’re wondering what in the heck I’m talking about–hit Ctrl-R or CMD-R or basically just manually refresh that little thing-a-ma-jig browser. If you’re on a mobile browser, sorry, the fun’s going to have to wait til you get home.

Please take a moment and let this post sink in, because it’s one of the rare moments you’ll ever see me wearing shorts on this blog. I’m not sure what I was thinking. Maybe I was just thinking, “Hey, it’s 100 degrees outside and it’s barely the start of summer, it’s time to put on some shorts”. Mind sufficiently blown, I did not have enough processing power to compute how illogical it would then be to put on a long-sleeved oxford shirt, thereby defeating the purpose of all purposes.

By all accounts, mission Stay Less Hot was an epic fail. But mission Look Preppy Without Meaning To was a resounding success.



Oh, and check out the spiffy new comments. No more Disqus (for now, at least) – do you like me switching back to the old trusty commenting system? I noticed I heard less and less from you guys when I switched to Disqus so if you like me switching back to the old ways, by all means let me know so I don’t make that mistake again. 🙂 I aim to please.

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  1. 06.13.2013 / 6:17 pm

    I love the nude shade of your Wang bag! xx

  2. Danielle
    06.13.2013 / 7:51 pm

    How many Alexander Wang bags do you have? I’m not asking to be a jerk, I actually love this one. You have one in black too, right? I just started my career in the past year and, like yours, mine required a higher degree and I had to take on some debt (for those wondering, I have a J.D.). I know it’s somewhat taboo to talk money, but I would love, love LOVE a post of the real life costs of 1) beauty and 2) fashion. With beauty, perhaps a same/similar look, two photos one with high end products only and their totals, and one with only low end products and their totals. And real deal differences between the two and what will work with low end and what really only works with high end products. And fashion wise, I know you sell a fair share and also save up and ask your husband permission (which I totally respect) before purchasing anything over a certain amount of dollars, but as someone who makes an ok salary, but most of it also gets eaten up in loan repayment, car payments, everyday life payments I’m wondering how you save/get such expensive designer items at what seems like a fairly frequent rate? Off the top of my head I can think of the Manolos from your wedding, the two Alexander Wang bags, the Chanel bag. Do you have any student debt? A car payment (I’ve been reading for a while, so I actually remember when you bought the CRV)? Just a general money management post would be awesome! As someone who loves designer shoes and bags I’d love to be able to get tips on how to get some of those investment pieces myself! Or, if you’re just blessed with less debt, I’m not hating, it’d just be nice to know that, too.

    • 06.14.2013 / 1:42 am

      I’m not Pretty Shiny Sparkly, but all that I can say is that it will come. You’ll just have to be patient. I know that as a teacher, I can’t afford all of the top designers that I would like. Mostly, I shop resale and thrift. With that, it also requires one to be patient. Realize that you don’t need to have everything right now.
      For me, I read a book-Living the Savvy Life. She started off saying that you need to find out what is important to you and save for that. For her family, they loved to travel. So, their family had a smaller home and an older car so that they could afford to travel. For me, it’s always has been handbags, jeans, and sunglasses. I pretty much wear black shoes. I wear thrift/consignment/resale clothing (still good quality). I drive a 16 year old car (with no car note). I do this all so that I can wear that Marc Jacobs bag, Chanel sunglasses, and Michael Kors jeans. Also, I don’t really wear make-up. I wear lipstick and mascara. Eyeshadow at church or special occasions. All of which I get from Target. I found that I love my Revlon lipstick more than MAC.

      Also, have you thought of re-negotiating your school loans or combine them into one payment? My husband did that, had his check garnished, and paid it off in three years. Instead of a three bedroom home, we have a two bedroom, and our two sons share. Monthly budgets are key as well. And, I also found that making lists and paying for everything in cash has helped us as well. No splurges when you only spend what’s literally in your pocket.

      I know that you didn’t ask me, but I hope that this advice helps from someone who has been through the exact same thing-champagne dreams on a beer budget.

      P.S. I think that she bought her Chanel bag resale.

  3. Charly
    06.13.2013 / 7:57 pm

    I pretty much hate shorts (on me, not on you). I can never seem to find a pair that fits just right. I have spider veins (thank you waitressing) so they have to be kind of long to cover those up, and they never seem to be flattering when they’re that length. I’m way jealous of the gals can who wear short little shorts (like you) and look cute and cool.
    BTW, I like this better than Disqus. Disqus would randomly tell me that I couldn’t comment because my browser was out of date, so I couldn’t comment a lot of the time. Yay for old school! 🙂

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:34 pm

      Oh man, I’m so sorry about that! I wish you would have emailed me to let me know, I always want you guys to be able to speak your mind! 🙂 Hopefully this works out better for you?

  4. 06.13.2013 / 10:46 pm

    Trust me, I understand your fear about wearing shorts (ME TOO!) I have never been confident at showing my thighs…..but I think with the right colour and cut, us curvy girls can end up looking ok too 😉 I think you look just fine and I love your pretty red lippy!

  5. 06.14.2013 / 2:09 am

    YEah!! Super glad to have the discus gone. HATE it (is it okay if I hate on discus?). But I do love your outfit! The buttoned down shirt with shorts is a look I am loving this summer and you rock prep really well. I would have never thought to wear that lipstick with such a pastel look but it looks just right.

  6. Austinchick
    06.14.2013 / 10:53 am

    Love your nail polish…what color is it?

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:39 pm

      That one is Shellac’s Hot Pop Pink!

  7. 06.14.2013 / 2:55 pm

    Ahhhhh! I LOVE the pink shorts with the pink lippie!!!! Too cute. 100 wow. It is 70 today in Chicago. Drats. Cute look.

  8. Jennifer
    06.14.2013 / 3:28 pm

    Love this way better—-easier to comment. Love the look—so happy Friday!

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:40 pm

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that Jennifer! Hope you’ll be able to comment much easier from now on! Happy weekend back!

  9. 06.14.2013 / 5:17 pm

    I like this commenting system much better, but you may want to look at your site. There’s TWO comment boxes. I’m loving the new look too, the shorts and the blog 😉
    xo Ashley

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:34 pm

      Still getting the kinks worked out! Let me know if you still end up seeing two comment boxes!

  10. Lindsay
    06.14.2013 / 5:27 pm

    You should definitely rock shorts more often. You look great!

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:36 pm

      Okay Lindsay, who paid you to say that? LOL

  11. Dani
    06.14.2013 / 6:02 pm

    I believe we are in the same area, so I can say that long sleeve/short sleeve – you are just going to be HOT!
    I love, love, love this commenting system. Disqus rarely worked for me!

    • 06.16.2013 / 4:35 pm

      That’s incredibly good to know, Dani! Nobody ever said a word about it, so here I was trotting along for over a year with a horrible commenting system! I’m so glad to hear that you will be able to comment regularly now!

  12. Charly
    06.17.2013 / 2:49 pm

    Yes, thank you. So far this is working out great!

  13. 06.17.2013 / 4:48 pm

    I also love the colour of your bag! I love using grey as a neutral because it seems to be something that not many people do.

  14. Jamie
    06.18.2013 / 3:51 am

    I agree with everyone else: 1. You look GREAT in shorts–should be done more often, 2. this commenting system is MUCH better–the other one required too many steps for me, and 3. I REALLY like the new look–Keep up the good work!

  15. 06.18.2013 / 8:18 pm

    You can definitely pull off the preppy look. It looks fantastic on you. I love the sandals and of course your purse. 🙂

  16. 06.19.2013 / 3:40 pm

    The blog looks great! 🙂 I really love the way the ads look, they like suit the theme of your blog. How did you do that?! haha 🙂 really looks nice and I can tell you have put a ton of time and effort into it! Anyway, I REALLY love this lip color, looks beautiful on you and I like the combination of the shorts/top 🙂 I wear shorts a lot only because I get really hot but I don’t particularly love them on me… big thighs/big calves it is hard to find shorts that flatter me!

  17. lippylash
    06.20.2013 / 12:11 am

    very cute outfit!!

  18. 06.22.2013 / 3:03 am

    Why don’t you ever wear shorts?! Because these look really fab on you! I really love the color combos, and it is such a nice airy outfit for summer. Lovely girlie! xo

  19. 06.24.2013 / 7:03 pm

    I loovvve this outfit. My favorite part is that you paired pastel clothes with bright red lips, super fabulous.

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