Thursday, October 01, 2015

Fashion Faux Pas

Y'all see this picture I found on Pinterest?  It reminded me of a fashion faux pas I made last October at our school's annual Pumpkins on Parade.

I love everything about this picture, except maybe the scarf {A little too thick for my taste} and the earrings.  I said maybe.  You scarf peeps don't work yourself up into a sweat over it.

How to Wear a Chambray Shirt with Corduroy Pants:

You see how the model's pulling at her shirt so her tu-tu won't show? Well, that was me nearly a year ago in front of all the kids, the kids' parents, the teachers, and our wonderful principal that never smiles.  So you can imagine what kind of look I got from her!

THIS was the look I was trying to pull off!

Outfit Posts: (outfits 1-5) one suitcase: winter vacation capsule wardrobe:

Minus the necklace and with a white tank underneath. Unfortunately, my shirt was not long enough - in my opinion - but longer than the first picture.  And just like in the first, I felt like I spent my whole night pulling on my denim shirt.  The younger, skinnier crowd could pull this look off without a problem, but for those of us who are over the age of forty and have ample surplus in certain areas, it's not so easy. There's a reason Sheaffer says that "leggings aren't pants"! Because even though Mr. Horton likes me running around the house in them, the whole world does NOT need to see my tu-tu or my butt-butt! 

And I just want to clarify - for the record - that I wasn't really trying to wear leggings as pants as much as I was trying to relive my college years and wear leggings with a really big shirt!  But let's face it: lots of things change in twenty years! In all honesty, I don't think my denim shirt was THAT short, but I do remember I was very conscious of it that night.  I remember sitting in the car in the parking lot before we got out thinking, I really probably shouldn't have worn this! 

But, oh, well!...I did!

Have you made any fashion faux pas?!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - September Edition

It's "What's Up Wednesday" over at Sheaffer's blog!  Can't wait to read and catch up on what all my favorite bloggers have been up to this month!

{What We're Eating This Week...}
Cinnamon Bread. I was worried that this bread would be too "cinnamony," but it really wasn't.  It's more like a coffee cake kind of bread than a slice of bread and it's delicious warmed up in the microwave for a few seconds! I was just happy that I didn't have to break out the mixer for this one!

I'm also trying this new recipe this week, Stromboli.  I've never made it before, but this recipe looks easy because you don't have to make your own pizza crust.  This Mama likes that!

I feel like I cooked all weekend!  I made gumbo for a football gathering with friends this past Saturday.  On Sunday, I made potato soup and chicken and dumplings!  I was craving some comfort food and Christy has the best recipe for dumplings in my opinion!  She uses canned biscuits just like my mama does!

{What I'm Reminiscing About...}
Nothing really.

{What I'm Loving...}
I'm absolutely IN LOVE with wearing wedges again! There. were. daaaaaze. when I thought I would never be able to fit my right foot back in another wedge or heel.  And I'm trying not to push it, really, I am.  The only drawback is that my foot still swells, so by about five o'clock I'm ready to rip them off my feet, but I love it!  Mama is happy again!

I'm also loving some new knee boots that I recently purchased, which leads into a whole other adult post about my husband and a conversation we had about Lita Ford, but I'll get around to that one day.  

{What We've Been Up To...}
Football, cheer, tumbling, fifth grade homework, fifth grade projects, long multiplication and division that I have to use a calculator to check.  Yep!  That pretty much sums up my world this month!

{What I'm Dreading...}

{What I'm Working On...}
I will work on finishing the transition of my closet.  I will.  I will.  I started a few weeks ago and then never finished because I think a nice, long nap began hollering my name and I caved.  I will also try to get some fall decor going on around the house.  I told someone last week that I just can't seem to get my fall mojo on this year.  In regards to decorating, I keep asking myself do I really want to do it just to take it all down again in two months?  Talk about being a hum bug!

{What I'm Excited About...}
Ever since our girls trip last spring to Natchez, Alise has been asking me when I'm taking her!  She's never been inside the antebellum homes and saw the carriage rides when we stopped once on our way to a cheer competition. The Fall Pilgrimmage is going on now and this weekend is the only time that will fit into our schedule before it's over, so I'm planning a daycation this weekend with Baby Girl in Natchez.  I'm excited about getting to see everything through her eyes.

{What I'm Watching/Reading...}
I've been in a reading slump.  I've picked up several books, but haven't finished most of them and what I have read, it's nothing for you to run out and get.  As for watching, Scandal was back on last week and I missed the first half of Blood & Oil because I thought it came on at 9 Sunday night.  The last thirty minutes was pretty good, though.

{What I'm Listening To...}
During football season, it's all about the Paul Finebaum Show. You can also watch it live on the SEC Network. If you love SEC football and need a good laugh in the afternoons before you pic up your 5th grader to go home and suffer through hours of homework, then I highly recommend it.

{What I'm Wearing...}

Floral & Pearls for work one day earlier in the month when it was hotter than the hinges of hell.  I love my strand of pearls, love to loop them.  I had to wear a linen colored jacket over this $3.50 Evan Picone thrift store find for work, though. The nuns don't believe in sleeveless.

The first day of fall, I was sporting leopard and red. You can read all about the shades for fall 2015 HERE.

{What I'm Doing This Weekend...}
This weekend is all about MOI! And however selfish that may sound, well, I have no apologies.  It's long over due.  And so are my roots! I was suppose to have an hair appointment last weekend, but my sweet stylist had a funeral to attend.  I'm a little stressed because all of a sudden, she texted me Sunday afternoon and told me she was moving to a new salon.  I was like what? And I truly loved the salon where she was and new salons use different brands of color and what if her new scissors aren't as sharp and her new hairspray really stinks and what about the scalp massage? Oh, how I love that scalp massage!

A few weeks ago, I tried the gel/shellac nails that are so popular right now and I'm still on the fence. I plan to try it one more time before I decide to either continue or just go back to regular manicures. I will say that I like it better than the solar nails I wore a few years ago.

{What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...}
In a few weeks, we're headed to Dallas for the Fall 2015 Red Zone Games at AT&T Staduim! Our school is the only school in Louisiana that has ever participated in these games.  And actually, it's our Pee Wee football team {grades 3-6} that's getting the priviledge. Well, where ever our boys go, so do the cheerleaders and that means Alise will get to cheer in Jerry Jones World!  Although Wayne and I have been there before, she hasn't and when we tried to show her the stadium on TV a few weeks ago when the Cowboys played, she just didn't get it.  She will go NUTS when she finally sees just how big it really is!  Can't wait to see her face!  I'm excited about getting to share this experience with her as well as her getting to cheer with and for her friends!  I'm also excited about doing some major shopping while we're there!

{What Else Is New...}
I'm on Periscope now!  Who should I be following? My phone made the strangest sound on Monday and when I finally determined what it was, there was Kelly and Laurie! Loved their accents!

{Bonus Question}
What's your favorite Halloween tradition? 
This year will be the TENTH year that we've gotten together with our friends for Halloween!  Gosh, I can't believe we've been doing this for TEN years!  It started out with Tiffany and I taking our itty bitty baby girls trick-or-treating in their push cars and then the one year the daddies decided to tag along - for some reason that I can't remember - and got tired of walking and said, "Next year, we're having a hay ride with the Ranger and the trailor!"  So now, we trick-or-treat in style and picked up even more friends along the way!  Wayne and Clint start planning at the beginning of October!  Usually afterwards, we come back to our house for a "party" with tons of food and treats and the kids get to stay up really late (even on a school night)! We love our tradition!  And thank goodness Clint and Tiffany had another baby so that we can keep the tradition going since the girls may be getting a little too old for it, now.  I said something to Alise the other day about her being too old to trick-or-treat and she said, "Uh huh, Mama!"

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Celebrating Homecoming & Anne Frank

First of all, thank you for all your lipstick comments last week! I have to say that I was really surprised by the number of you that don't wear lipstick.  And I certainly don't mean that in a bad way, I just didn't know that lip glosses were so darn popular!  Maybe I need to change to a gloss, but a tinted gloss, because I have the same problem with gloss that I have with light neutral lipsticks.  I just feel washed out with no color.  What can I say?  Lipstick completes me.  So when I was scrolling through my IG feed later that night, I found this pic!

It made me smile.  I'm so glad that even though her marriage didn't work out, Miranda likes red, too!

So I made bread this weekend. CINNAMON ROLL bread. And I have to say that the smell that permeated throughout our house totally negated all the fall decorating that I haven't done yet. I just sat on my designated side of the couch and breathed in and and out. And a shout out to my friend Michelle who sent me her recipe for Classic Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips - I promise your recipe is next on my list!  I am only one woman and therefore, I can only make one bread recipe a week.

I stand corrected.  As much as I've griped and complained about this whole Anne freakin' Frank project, the "wax museum" on Friday was a HUGE hit! Even if the students didn't think so. I stayed long enough to see the kids' costumes and they all NAILED it!  We love Ms. C!!  She's an awesome teacher! Here's a pic of my favorite blonde Anne Frank and some of her besties, Amelia Earhart, Betsy Ross, and her "special friend," Elvis!!

So last week was Homecoming at our school.  Fun times. Two of our favorite Big Sisses were on court. Alise was a 5th grade presenter with her friend, A {who she has gone to school with since Pre-K4}.  So yea, Alise and I were shopping for a dress and shoes the evening before the big event! Ugh! I'm so proud of the dress she chose - and she got lots of compliments, but the pink curlers the night before was a disaster! Here are a few pics from our very busy day!

Our beautiful Big Sis GA was crowned Homecoming Queen!  We are so happy for her! Her dress was beautiful!

Alise and A.  Their drawings were chosen out of the entire 5th grade and they presented them to the HOCO queen during the pep rally.

We love A!  She is the most beautiful person inside and out and such a great friend and encourager to Alise! The poor thing was having an awful HOCO day, though.  Her boyfriend accidentally slammed her hand in the limo door later that afternoon on the way to the game.  And then, during the presentation at half time, her shoe broke, and I'm not talking about just the heel!  The entire sole of the bottom of her five inch stilletos came off!  I gave her a hug and told her that this was something she would always remember!  On a brighter note, A told me that she got her ACT scores back and she scored really well.  She told me, "At least I know I'm going to college, Ms. Laura!"  She is so funny!

There were several schools in our area celebrating HOCO and I stayed on FB quite a bit more than I normally do this weekend looking at everyone's pictures! I can't believe I have friends the same age that have high schoolers!  The thought of that nearly sends me into cardiac arrest!!  If a ten year old and I can't even agree on a nice church dress, how will we ever agree on a dress for a high school dance?! It's also neat to see my high school friends with their high school kids during this happy time!

Since school was dismissed at noon, Alise and I had a Mommie/Daughter Day!  We ate at our favorite restaurant, went to the movies {where she ditched me to sit with her friends},  shopped, and then came home to take naps before the HOCO game! We had a great time!  Alise told me twice on Friday, "Mama, I've had so much fun today! Thank you for taking off work and spending the day with me."  It was worth it!  We spend SO much time together, running places and to games and tumbling and fighting over studying that a "fun" day was needed for just the two of us!  I love that girl so much!

As for SEC news, we had friends over for the Alabama v. ULM game!  Can you believe Wayne & I cheered against our alma mater? We're awful alumni, what can I say?  I made a huge pot of gumbo and Alise made chocolate cupcakes for dessert and this is the only pic I have. I'm loving the fact that she's taking an interest in the kitchen! Her chocolate cupcakes were the bomb dot com!

The remainder of our weekend was spent studying.  We have a Smatchette game tonight and three big tests on Tuesday. School never ends, but I'm thankful that Baby Girl had a great weekend and we got to spend some quality time together.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites: Family Halloween Costumes

I thought I would do something EXTRA fun for Friday Favorites this week! Today I'm sharing Halloween costumes for the family. I tried to pick costumes that were more "non-traditional" and didn't realize that the ones I chose were nearly all for a family of THREE! Oh, well. Maybe these five will inspire you for your own family costume ideas for Halloween!

I've always been a Royal Watcher!  Loved Diana, love Kate! So when I came across this idea for a family costume, it ALMOST  made me wish that Alise was small enough again to pull something like this off! Almost. Of course I would have to dress her like Princess Charlotte instead!

I'm blaming this idea on my roots! When I saw it, I was reminded of Louisiana and our food and heritage.  I realize the baby is a lobster, but we Cajuns could definitely change this up for a crawfish instead! Love that the mom is holding a stick of butter!  THAT actually reminded me of Paula Dean! I wonder how long that baby lasted in the the pot?!

This costume is not something that I normally would have chosen simply because I'm not into the "caveman" thing.  However...I am in to animal prints and especially suede this fall season, so that's why I like it! I also heard that Hollywood is doing a remake of The Jungle Book, so this might be a popular costume even next year as well.

I really love this costume idea!  It just screams Fall to me! You can NEVER go wrong with a s'more, whether you're eating it or wearing it!

Of course, these two Star Wars geeks are my absolute, all-time FAV! It just wouldn't be right if I didn't include them!  Wayne is trying to persuade me to dress up this year with them {I can't believe that Alise is going as Leia again this year!}, but Star Wars is just not my thing! Besides, it's a "force" thing between father and daughter and I kinda like it like that.  It's their special thing and something Alise will always remember sharing with her Dad.

What costumes will you and your family be wearing this year?  Halloween is on Saturday, October 31!

Today I'm linking up with Momfessionals and A Liz Adventures.

Enjoy your Friday, Peeps!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Lipsticks for 2015

Happy Fall Y'all!!  I hope today means cooler temps where you are!  Here is Louisiana, it's in the mid 60's in the mornings and high 80's in the afternoon, but I'll take it!  With low humidity, too!

I decided to do something a little different for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday. I'm still linking up with Jenn and Jessi, but instead of sharing what I've been pinning this week, I decided to write a post that I plan to actually pin to my Horton Family Blog Board. Or my Fall Wardrobe Board. Or even my Fashion Over 40 Board.  You never can tell about me! 

Speaking of boards, I created the Fashion Over 40 Board so that any of my blogger/IG fashion friends could pin their pics or any fashion related pin to it. Being a part of a group board increases traffic to your blog or IG account and it's also a great way to "meet" new friends!  You can just follow the board by following me or you can actually PIN to the board by sending me your email address and I'll add you to the group!  My friends, Shelly and Andrea, have been pinning away!  Love those Fashion Queens! Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots is also a collaborator.  I just love her style! 

And speaking of PINNING, is it just me, or does anyone else with OCD tendencies get so ticked off when they accidentally pin something to the wrong board?!  It drives me crazy!  I have to stop right then and edit the pin and put it on the board it belongs on.

So on to the subject of lipsticks and colors for fall.

A little #lipstick goes a long way. So brighten up your day with a little lipstick while you do your thing, girl!

I have three questions:

1.  Do you normally stick to the same shade year round or do you alternate colors with the seasons?

2.  What is your favorite shade of lipstick?  Are you a plum, brown, pink or red kinda girl?

3.  What is your favorite brand of lipstick?  

Haha I don't wear lipstick but I love the quote!!:):

A while ago, I read that if a girl's having a bad day, she should go out and buy herself a new lipstick because it's the perfect pick-me-up and I tend to agree with that. The late Elizabeth Taylor, however, would argue that you should "pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together."  To that I say, "Ya gotta BUY the lipstick FIRST, Liz, darling, THEN celebrate with a drink!"

I tend to be mostly a red and fuchsia kind of girl, so I normally wear those shades year round. In the Spring and Fall, I'll normally opt for a new pick-me-up color and I usually go with name brands because in my opinion, they really are the best. My favorites are Estee Lauder and MAC. No offense, but drug store brands just don't do it for me. They tend to either feather or bleed {sounds awful!}. I also tend to shy away from browns, plums, and sheer neutrals because I think they make my fair skinned self look too washed out. My favorite lipstick look is the one Taylor Swift sings about.

“You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye. And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like.” —“Style"

And even if you're NOT a Swift fan, you have to admit that she can pull off the "red lip, classic look."  BTW, have you ever seen her in any other color lipstick besides red?

Here are some of my picks for Fall 2015!

Fuchsias & Plums

1//Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink $52
2//YSL Fuchsia In Grunge $36
3//Urban Decay Venom $22

Brick Reds

4//Nars Semi Matte in VIP Red $27
5//L'Oreal Coulor Riche Collection Zoe Red $9
6//L'Oreal Coulor Riche Collection Eva's {Longoria} Red $9
7//Nars Semi Matte in VIP Red $27


8//Clarins in Spice Orange {Pumpkin Spice} $27
9// Marc Jacobs Jolly Molly $30
10//MAC Stone

I must already be a fan of VIP Red and just not know it yet.  I see I included it twice!  

Of these Fall shades, I think I'm most interested in trying a brick red, probably the Zoe Red, and the Spice Orange. As long as it doesn't look too orangey. This Bama girl does not wear orange!

So what are some of your Fall favorites? Leave me all your lipstick comments! I'd love to read them!