Monday, May 20, 2013

Big News (and giveaways!)










Dress worn as top: Gap; Skirt: Lilies boutique (similar save, similar spend); Flats: H&M

I'm on a spending freeze this month for a few reasons, the most important of which is getting my finances under control, my credit card paid off (the Hawaii tickets made a big old dent), and some savings stocked away, all because... drumroll please... 

I'm moving! 

I haven't talked about this on the blog much because it wasn't public information at work (and various people from work read my blog) and I've been hemming and hawing over the decision for the past, oh, year, but it's true, public, and I'm ready to share. If you don't already know, Ben was accepted to medical school (yay, Ben!), and will be attending in August this year. That means we'll need to pack everything up in a big old, clunky, terrible, unreliable U-Haul and move to the city of roses: Portland, Oregon. I'm going to be all alone while Ben doesn't eat, sleep, or talk in full sentences, so I am going to have to trust all the Portlandians out there to give me recommendations of places to find great deals on clothes, great places to eat (and drink), and spots where I can take my outfit photos all by my lonesome without fear of being kidnapped by the dream of the nineties. Hooray! I'm happy that I can finally share this giant life change with you all.

This boring spending freeze has, though, led to some awesome remixed closet items like this pleated skirt plus striped dress from the Gap look. I really love finding a workable new alternative to wearing something an old way. I've worn this skirt countless times and always seem to find something new to do with it. All hail the pink pleated skirt. 

Please stop by The Polished Monkey where I'm giving away ad space with some other awesome bloggers, and The Tiny Heart, Sharon's lovely blog where I'm also giving away some ad space in her monthly giveaway! Linking up with Style Sessions.

55 comments

  1. I hope you will enjoy your time in Oregon! I love visiting that area. Great skirt!

    Colour Me Classic

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  2. I hope you will enjoy your time in Oregon! I love visiting that area. Great skirt!

    Colour Me Classic

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  3. Love that skirt! So twirlable! Cute outfit

    xox

    http://thattallgirlinheels.com

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  4. Ooh, hope you have a fab time away! <3 And your skirt is GORGEOUS! The blush shade looks beautiful with your skin tone!

    xo
    Jo
    Lost in the Haze

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  5. love your skirt so much :)

    www.heymarsya.blogspot.com

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  6. that's so cool! great! :)

    Hope to you have time to come into my blog, just
    HERE :)

    Have a nice day :)))
    xx

    www.ireneccloset.com

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  7. Good luck on your new journey--www.motownsavvy.com

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  8. Oh, congrats on the move! I've heard wonderful things about that city :)

    Beautiful outfit... so simple but cute!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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  9. Sorry. I do not mean to romanticize here but ...
    well maybe there is something interesting imagination here.
    good article. I long to understand it may be helpful. success for us all

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  10. Congratulations! I hear Portland is amazing! And I adore your skirt!
    xx
    http://thescreensiren.com

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  11. awe congrats to ben and what a fun and exciting adventure :) love ur skirt btw :)

    XO Meghan

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  12. yay for moving :)
    this outfit it so cute, love the colour and pleats on the skirt! x

    iampolkadots.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. That skirt is SO pretty, love it with the stripes!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  14. Oh yes paying off one's credit card is a good thing! Did you change the design of your blog it looks good!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  15. Love this twist on nautical. It looks amazing on you.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post 'Americana'. Thank you!

    Take a moment and pray for the people in Oklahoma.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  16. Cutest skirt! And loveliest outfit!

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  17. That pleated skirt is just gorgeous on you! Good luck with the move! PS Thanks for posting the giveaway link :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Group Giveaway!

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  18. wow!! congrats!! i need to go on a spending freeze too... just cuz hahah!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  19. Moving house can be stressful but I am sure you'll have it all sorted out. I told my husband the next time we move it would be when we retire, LOL! Loving the skirt!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  20. I am with you on dreading moving. I will also be moving and I could not dread it more! Ugh, I will have to email you so we can discuss moving woes!

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  21. Hello! Just found your blog and it's so cute! Love your style! I'm wearing a very similar skirt-outfit on my blog today! Haha.

    Hope moving details all come together! I know that can be stressful!

    Blessings!
    Star
    http://www.beautyandbows.com/

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  22. LOVE that skirt! So pretty!

    xo
    Melissa
    http://sweetstylesbymelissa.blogspot.com

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  23. oh I love Portland! You will too!! good luck with the new adventure. I love that skirt on you, especially the twirl ;)

    xxS

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  24. Great skirt!

    Love from jamaica
    Dania

    http://www.13covetstreet.com/2013/05/fabulous-neon.html

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  25. I love your skirt! And I'm sure Portland will be great.

    Bevin
    www.magnoliareverie.com

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  26. I love this pairing, your skirt is so adorable!!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  27. This outfit. SO.PERFECT. I love the pleated skirt, and you styled it perfectly with the striped top and black flats. Gorgeous!

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  28. lovely look! xx
    www.vicariousLA.com

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  29. How exciting!!! What an amazing adventure you will have :) :)
    Enjoy every moment & visit Vancouver Island if you get the chance - it's beautiful ;)

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  30. WOW GREAT POST:)you look AMAZING.
    Your blog is so wonderful and Im now following.

    If you want some cute Swedish decor inspiration...check out my blog:)

    Have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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  31. You seriously look so parisian! I adore the stripe top with that delicate tulle pink skirt. Love this look! xo

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  32. I love outfits using repurposed items! This is a great one. Btw, I found your blog and IFB (technically you found me, you were my very first welcome to the site, so thanks for your kindness!), and I'm really loving it! I'll be keeping up with you now thru bloglovin. I'm just a little confused about the blog's name "ladies in navy", why the "ladies" in plural? It seems like you are the only one blogging here.
    Anyway, thanks again, and I hope you occasionally visit me over at my blog ;)

    Abril from abrilscorner.com

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  33. Congratulations to Ben! And that's so exciting that you are moving!!! I love your outfit and the fact that you made the dress into a top! Gorg!

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  34. Such a simple and cute outfit - love it! Congratulations to Ben on getting into medical school! :) I just finished first year of medical school and even though it is stressful sometimes (or all the time .. :p), it is even more rewarding when you see your first patient and are able to come up with a correct diagnosis. :)

    - Sukhi
    http://happinesswinner.blogspot.com/

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  35. Congratulations on the move! That's awesome!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  36. That skirt is so pretty! Congrats to Ben for being accepted into med school!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  37. I love your skirt and the fairylights in the background are so pretty :) I wish you luck with moving!x

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  38. gorgeous style, adoring your blog!
    check out our new blog – behind the scenes at our fashion agency!

    lots of love from La-La Land
    xx

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  39. Beautiful <3

    http://inkandcigarettes.net

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  40. That is great news! I wish you the best with the move!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  41. Love this gorgeous skirt, and good luck with the move!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  42. these pictures are so gorgeous. your house looks so cute.

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  43. Well Congrats to Ben! I've only been to Portland once but it's amazing. I just love that city. You will have so many wonderful places to take photos on the seawall!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  44. Hello my dear!
    nice shoots!
    i love your skirt!

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  45. Such cute photos and the skirt is lovely

    xoxo
    fashionable-addict

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  46. I'm so excited that you're moving to Oregon. We'll have to do lunch or something when you're all settled in!!!

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  47. Love this Parisian look. The skirt is absolutely beautiful!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  49. Ahhhh! SO exciting!! I would LOVE to move to Portland, Oregon. I am a nerd and totally love Portlandia and would like it to be my real life. I can't wait to see your adventures over there :)

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  50. Super cute look. The skirt is cute. I'm loving pleats right now.

    Great post! And your blog rocks! Check mine out. Maybe we can follow each other :D
    Alicia
    Lattes & Lacee

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