>I Like a Challenge

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I think I’d make Kendi and Bryan proud with my photo shoot location today. When C and I were scouting {so official, eh?} around the buildings around the shop this afternoon, I spotted this palette leaning up against a wall, squealed and likely overreacted about its presence, and the rest is history. 
Speaking of Kendi, she just sounded the alarm for the winter edition of the 30 for 30. Since I just finished the fall version about three weeks ago, I was on the fence about whether or not I’m going to play this round. I had such a hard time with the last remix, I really didn’t know if I was ready to “get back on the horse,” if you will. However, after [not so very] much debate, I’ve decided I’m in. More on that later…
If you don’t know about the 30 for 30, you can check out all the details here
Wearing: Sunny Leigh button-up (Macy’s clearance, $9), Anne Klein scarf (Beall’s Outlet,  $7), Divine Rights of Denim skinnies (m.marie, 2009), American Eagle belt (2005), Michelle D flats (Dillard’s clearance, $11)

>I like to match my outfits to the weather.

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Today was pretty crappy weather-wise. If I was the deep philosophical type, I’d wax poetic about the way the pattern of my top mirrored the dark clouds that hovered in the heavens all afternoon, but I’m not. So I won’t. The fact that my shirt looks kind of stormy is purely a coincidence. 
The weather was the only thing that was less-than-favorable. {No sad ditties about rainy days and Mondays around here today, no disrespect to the Carpenters.} We had a great day at the shop, and now I’m heading out for a Monday night dinner date with my boss. He’s such a cutie, and I know inter-office relationships can get messy, but I just can’t resist ;-) 
Oh, before I go… Like my clutch? I made it, and you can have it. Seriously! Just visit this post to enter. And if you don’t win, you can make your own — it’s easy-peasy.
Wearing: INC chiffon ruffled top (2009), Express velvet blazer (2006), INC gray denim skinnies (Macy’s clearance, $17), Target boots (2009), DIY studded clutch

>Sunday Snack Attack: Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sunday is my only day off during the week, and I usually want to spend it at home vegging all day with chick flicks, Bravo reruns, and lots of snacks. 
This is one of my new favorites. 
All you need is a sweet potato, extra virgin olive oil, and salt. Wash and dry the sweet potato, then cut it in quarters with a sharp knife.

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Then cut the quarters in quarters… 

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and toss them in a shallow baking pan with a drizzle of EVOO and about a tbsp of salt… 
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until they’re all lightly coated. 
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Bake them in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until they’re all gorgeous and golden and crispy. For a sweeter version, substitute the salt for cinnamon or brown sugar. 
Eat them until failure while watching Lifetime movies and then snuggle up for a long afternoon nap.  

>Project ReStyle: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Studding

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I’ve had this genuine leather metallic clutch for about five years. In college, I worked at Express {awesome for my personal style, awful for my personal finances}. While there, I accumulated a massive amount of clothes and accessories…

Let’s just say, I owed them more money than they owed me at the end of every pay period. 


This little beauty was a gift-with-purchase, and I shudder to think of how much I spent to “earn” it. Maybe that’s why it’s survived all the closet purges where so many other Express remnants met their fate.

Wanna see what I did to it?

Keep reading to find out!

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All I used for this ReStyle was a sharp craft knife and two sizes of multicolored brads. I picked these up at Joann in the scrapbook section, but you could use the gold or brass kind available at any office supply store. 
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I [carefully] cut tiny slits into the clutch and through the inside lining, and poked the brads through. Since this bag has a lot of pleats and puckers, I just did a random scatter.  
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On the inside, I opened the backs of the brads to secure them in place. Instant “studs”!
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Speaking of studs… As I was working, Quality Control showed up. 
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I think he approved. 
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Now that this clutch has a new life, I thought it may want a new home, too! So I’m going to pass it along to one of you. If you could use a little metallic leather and bright rainbow studding in your life {because, I mean, who couldn’t?} just leave a comment with a way for me to reach you before next Friday, 1/21/11 at 8:00pm EST. I’ll pick a winner the following Monday.

2 down, 50 to go!