WOW I did it! I made it the whole month without buying any clothes or accessories! It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but maybe because I was sooo busy that I just didn't have time to shop. Although I am the type of person who hates rules and if they are there, they need to be broken. But I can honestly say I did not buy anything this past month.

I wanted to thank Lilly from Lilly's Style for putting the challenge out there, it was nice to have people to actually support you in the challenge. I feel like those of you who took part in the challenge with us we all need to get together and celebrate! Dinner? (lol too bad we don't live close)

Next on the agenda...
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!

Halloween!
I am honestly a boring person this Halloween, I didn't plan for a costume, I had to work from 0700-1900 today, and I'll probably just jump in my comfy clothes after work and hangout at my house, my parents house, or my in laws house. But for all of you party people out there, be safe and have fun! Then come tell me what you did! LOL

If I was going to dress up I think Hubs and I should have done this. Love it!!

Have a fun night!!


Well one day while I was browsing Pinterest I came across this picture and then noticed Hubs just cleaned out his drawers and was throwing away 2 thermals.Whoa! Its a sign I'm suppose to give my sewing skills a shot.


At first I tried forever to find where this picture came from, and no luck. So I can't give credit where credit is earned. And I couldn't find any tutorials from any amazing sewing ladies, so I ventured off on my own.  I knew that I wasn't going to be able to make my cardigans as detailed as the above picture. Heck all I can do is sew a straight line(literally). So no cute shoulder details, which is okay. I was going for a comfy, lazy day cardigan, or one I could wear to the climbing gym. Here are a couple of pictures from what I did.

I laid the thermal out on the floor.

I cut up the middle of the shirt. I found the middle by just following the natural pattern in the shirt.

After putting the thermal on and noticing how big it was on the sides, I went to the sewing machine, turned the thermal inside out and sewed up the sides to my fit. 


After both sides were done, I sewed a hem down the front where I made the cut. 

And BAM you're done! Easy right!

And I made a red one too (even though this picture you can't tell at all)

I really liked how they turned out and they are sooo comfy from the Hubs wearing them. Easy little task to take something that was going to be thrown away into something that I know I will wear all the time!

Try it out this weekend and let me know how it goes! 


AWW MOMENT of the week!! {New series I'm starting}


Yesterday I was looking at JCrew and saw that there was a 30% off their sale items and was drooling over the items. But instead I think I'll just share with you this sale and you can enjoy it for me!

Buy something great! Happy spending!
Nikki

PS Shopping Ban day # 27!! Whoa I think this is a new record!


Just look at this dress...I love it! I seem to always find it hidden in my closet around fall time, but I have a few problems with it...


I think it's great by itself, but I'm not the by itself kinda girl. 
My problems are 
I don't know how to spruce it up,
What shoes to wear with it, 
if I can wear a cardi with it, 
or what necklace/scarf to wear. 

Any ideas?? I really want to feel stunning in it!


Sorry about no post yesterday, I had to work and my camera was out of batteries and I couldn't find the charger until today.  Which means no early planning for a post to be done. But I'm playing catch up right now!

This past weekend was full of pumpkin carving, crazy hair, and projects getting finished! Hubs and I went to 2 parties and carved our pumpkins. The first party we went to was with my cousins and we took a small little pumpkin which I pulled the boring decorator and just carved an H in it for our last name. But the cool part was that the party was called the 'Fun-Do' party where we had chocolate fondue and did your hair crazy instead of dressing up. So I must say our hair rocked!! Don't you think? I tried to pull the 80's hair, then I went crazy and did the light blue eye shadow, the bright red lipstick, and the denim jacket. Hubs hair we made it stick completely straight out like he stuck his finger in a light socket! It was lots of fun.


Now I've been dying to share my finished projects!! I finished a few of them but wont completely share all the details of them today. Here is a list...
List
* Painted the coffee table lime green
* Made a cardigan from an old thermal of Hubs

but I want to share with everyone this project and I'll save those for later on in the week

* The old worktable. Does anyone remember my old worktable I bought from the DI? If not read about it here. But IT'S COMPLETE and in the kitchen doin' it's thing. After it got completed I couldn't sell it(which I knew was going to happen) but now our kitchen is slightly tight with all the furniture in it. But it functionally works great!

(don't mind the dishes in the sink, we are going for the lived in look)

I like how it turned out! Oh here is a little update on the October Famine...I'm still goin! Haven't bought a single clothing item or accessory the WHOLE month!! Only a few more days to go!!

Shopping Ban Day #25
 Well have a great day I'm going to hangout in my PJs for awhile today :) 




Celebration dinners with friends are always fun! Celebration dinners to celebrate that we all passed the NCLEX is even better! These are all my nursing school friends(minus one). I'm so proud of all of us and I'm so excited to see us grow and learn as nurses. We had to all push our husbands to the end of the table so we could talk nursing and our new jobs.  We laughed about stupid silly mistakes that are non-threatening to the patients life and nursing situations we have learned on the job! I love these girls and I'm so excited to be taking our journeys together!

Becoming a nurse has always been a life long goal of mine and when I say life long I said I wanted to be a nurse during my Kindergarten graduation! I'm so happy to see that I've checked something off my list and know that I am capable of completing anything. There was times when I felt hopeless about getting into nursing school and searched for other majors, but I kept up with it and 3 years later I finally got to start my journey.  I'm grateful that I stuck with it and can tell my future kids to never give up!

PS our dinner was at a mall and I had to go walk around Anthropology...man good thing everything in that place is slightly pricey, BUT I made it out there with nothing in my hands! Only 10 more day until there are no more rules!

Have a great weekend everyone!!






I pulled this whole outfit from the depths of my closet, actually I bought the skirt recently before the shopping ban and totally forgot I had bought it, shirt was from the outlet that my mommy bought me for forever ago, and the jacket I wear maybe 4 times a year. So the skirt and shirt still had the tags on it and had the new clothes feeling(love that feeling!) My hubby really likes the skirt because how it makes my butt looks, and I would have to agree with him. LOL Not really sure if I loved the shoe choice but it worked.

Shopping ban update....WOW WEAK MOMENT!! Got out of my ICU class today and it's right down the street from Nordstrom...and started heading down there thinking I could just window shop, but then knew deep down I wouldn't be able to do that soooo turned the car around and headed home!

Shopping ban day # 19 over halfway there!! If anyone has any ideas to help me out...please fill me in! :)





Well here is my vintage window decor.  Its I love how it turned out! I like to know that all of this was my own idea and I didn't see it online anywhere. I'm sure there are similar designs out there because there are plenty of amazing interior designers. 

Hubby thinks I need to hang some fabric from the curtain rod, I'm not closed off to the idea but what do you guys think??

Have you looked on my pinterest at the painted piano? I kinda want to do that to mine but worried it will change the sound. Any thoughts about that one??





Hubby and I went for alittle drive up to Monte Cristo and it was gorgeous!! It was great to get out of the city and take deep breaths of nice fresh air.  It was perfect weather for just a thermal and my yummy yellow scarf (and pants too silly!).

I work a grave tonight so I hope everyone who isn't working has a wonderful weekend!
Tomorrow maybe rock climbing after I get up!?! What about your weekend plans??



Here is my outfit I'm wearing right now, right this moment(ok well I do have my shoes and jacket off but I was eating fish and I didn't want to spill anything smelly on the jacket)


These Naughty Monkey boots are super comfy but I've had them for about 2 years now and I think its time to get a new pair. They have lasted for a good time and gone through a lot of snow and rain and still look amazing!


When I got this jacket I was kinda worried about wearing it because it wasn't form fitting.  But now I love it. It's not very thick so it's defiantly an early fall coat. 

PS I'm having a weak moment with this no shopping thing. Its pretty hard when Nordstrom sends you a $20 note and you know a few things you want to buy from there. Not to mention all the cute jackets and coats out right now, and I LOVE jackets and coats.  It was the hardest thing in the world to see the trench coats at Target hanging there, I didn't even try them on or touch them. I went there the other day and all of them were gone, it made my heart hurt knowing I missed that awesome deal. Oh well, shopping ban day #13 and havin' a weak moment!




My weekend turnout pretty good. Hubby and I went and saw a movie with the folks and my bro and his girlyfriend(who I love and always have to do a double take in pictures because we look so much alike). Then saturday we celebrated a friends birthday by going indoor rock climbing. It rocked!! I want to go back every other weekend. Yes, I said every other weekend, only because I know my muscles couldn't handle it every weekend. Here are some pic of the festivities!

 Ang showin skills

 Hubby bouldering

 Birthday boy!

 Matt the expert!

 Hubby and me

 Jess

The girls(minus one)

If you haven't gone rock climbing before I strongly suggest you make your way to the closest indoor climbing facility because it a blast and a good workout! Oh and if you every do go the trend was to wear black tight workout pants or capris and a workout tank top(I missed the memo on that one). 

PS today I'm also guess posting over at Lilly's Style so check it out! And if you came from Lilly's Style, thanks for visiting and stay awhile, I'll do an outfit post tomorrow!


Shopping ban day #10 and still goin strong!



I am soooo excited for the SNOW!! I'm excited to layer clothes and jackets and scarfs and hats and long socks and boots....Man, when I walked outside for lunch today and saw that the mountains were lightly dusted with snow I got a huge smile on my face.




Good thing I dressed appropriately today!! PS this is my new North Face jacket (that I bought before the shopping ban) and it fits amazingly and it's super warm!! I'm way happy with this purchase and recommend it to anyone!

Shopping ban day #6 and still chuggin along!


Wow sorry about that drought of posts I just put you through, it kinda going to happen every once in awhile when I work from 0700-1900 3 times a week. Oh the medical field lol!

This is my painting that I did over the weekend, I think it turned out pretty rad. My favorite part of it is that its going to add a bunch of color to my living room.  I'm surprised how straight my lines came out because I didn't use a ruler or anything.  Pretty simple, but I love simple!


I'll place pictures up once I get it up in my living room.

The shopping ban is still continuing with Lilly from Lilly's Style.  Honestly I haven't even had time to set foot in any store other than the grocery store. So that's nice that I've been super busy. I have had a weak moment when I get on the computer because I do a lot of online shopping. This friday is pay day so it will be the real test because I'll have a pocket full of new cash.  Wish me luck!

Shopping ban- Day 5
Have a wonderful day, you'll most likely get a post tomorrow lol



A couple of days ago I was reading one of my regular blogs(Lilly's Style) and she had mentioned that she was going to try and not shop the month of October.  Now in my eyes that is pretty much impossible, but then Lilly mentioned that one fall staple would be able to be purchased. So I decided to join her on this journey of learning self discipline.

Now I have a few plans for when the shopping urge becomes really unbearable. Because we all know that it will become that way sometime this month.
 
     Plan #1 My hubby was going to take some of his old thermals to the DI and I secretly saved them so I can try and turn them into this super comfy-cute cardigan. I'll show you the picture of where I got this idea from. I'm actually really excited to see how well my sewing skills are and if it doesn't work out I was never out any shirt. lol

   Plan #2 I have some old pants I've been meaning to turn into skinny pants. One of the pairs is a wide legged and herringbone tweed pattern. I really love the pant but I just don't see myself wearing that style of pants anymore since all I wear to work is scrubs.

   Plan #3 This one is kinda stretching it but I need to at least 3 options. My closet is over flowing with pieces that are in dire need of some attention. Whether that attention is refinding an old piece that you forgot you had and loved, or revamping a piece that needs some fixing. I think this will open my mind to new ways of wearing that once loved piece and make me realize why I'm participating in this october shopping famine.

I've been wanting to learn more self disciple with my money now that I have a real grown-up job. This gives me a opportunity to do that and to make new friends while doing it. If you would like to join Lilly, myself and a few others in this challenge please let me know with a comment and together we all can give each other words of encouragement. Good luck everyone, today is day #1 and thanks Lilly for the fun challenge!