spring

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on reflection and gratitude

This month marks the start of my fourth year of writing A Pretty Penny. [Note to self: order celebratory cupcakes.] When I think of how long it’s been, part of me feels a little panicky (where is the time going?!) but a bigger part is impressed that I haven’t thrown in…
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blush and bashful

  Between the one-too-many glasses of wine I imbibed during last night’s girls night in and the foggy mental check-out that always comes before a good weekend getaway, I’m afraid I can’t come up with much to say this afternoon… {*awkward silence*} Speaking of awkward, see: unintentional air guitar pose…
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shirt dresses were made for mondays.

  Shirt dresses are the spring/summer equivalent of leggings: comfy, easy, and next-best-thing-to-pajamas. I found this one on sale at Kohl’s yesterday for under $30! Now I’m on a mission to find enough shirt dresses to make them my daily uniform. Until then, I may just wear this one on…
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it’s a keeper

Have you seen Bethenny Frankel’s Blue Fly Closet Confessions*? In the beginning of the video, she says, “I’m not a keeper. I mean, I’m a keeper, but I’m not a keeper.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Ms. Frankel. I don’t hold on to clothes for a long time. I’m…
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back in action

I took an unintended “spring break” from the blog last week. While I was out, I: – Ate my weight in Peeps and jelly beans, originally purchased to make lots of cute Pinterest-inspired Easter arrangements like this one. – Caught up on all the shows in my DVR; including several…
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ladies who lunch

It’s funny that just a few short years ago, this would be an everyday outfit for me, but now it feels fancy. When your day-to-day style revolves around jeans and flats, a day that includes a skirt made of anything besides cotton and heels is a chichi affair. This morning, I…
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mad about melon

When I was shopping earlier this week, I kept gravitating to all shades of coral and orange. Blouses, denim, handbags, shoes, jewelry… I’m officially obsessed. I especially love this particular shade of melon. It’s flattering on every skin tone — even fair skin like mine that can’t pull off bold…
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tribal and tropical with jcpenney

Tonight I ventured into unknown territory for me these days — the local mall. The 14-year old Keira never would’ve imagined that she’d grow up and lose her affection for big indoor shopping centers. jcpenney gave me a $100 gift card and a mission: find some tribal and tropical pieces…
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bloomin’ bloomers

I was thisclose to giving these shorts the boot during my last closet cleaning. Sometimes my compulsive purging leads to lots of regret, so I’ve made a new rule for myself: keep the cast-off bags around the house for at least four weeks, then go through them one last time…