Tuesday, May 31, 2011

That's a Wrap

I dont' usually frequent Kmart, but when I went one day I saw this wrap dress and knew it was a classic I had been looking for but never able to find until that moment. It has served me well for about 6 years now!

Dress: kmart, $20, Shoes: Last Chance, $20, Tank: Downeast Basics, $10, Flower Pin: Made by and gifted from Mom
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Last few days as a Teacher

It's almost summer, and I am dressing the part of a teacher while I still can!
Cardigan: NY&Co, Skirt: Gap thrifted, Polo: Gap, Necklace: AE, Shoes: Target
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Splurge Shirt

First of all, thanks for all the sweet comments!  It gets easier and easier to share as I've found so much support and love in this world.  I am grateful for awesome readers and friends!

Last year I acquired this shirt from Anthropologie for more $ than I typically spend in one trip. I can do $50 once a year right? Even a shopper on the cheap needs a splurge, so long as it's not too often :)
Shirt: Anthro, $50, Dress Capri: Last Chance, $12, Shoes: Teva, $20, Undershirt: Coverwear, $20
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Graduation & The Guts to Reveal My Life Story

Guess what I finally got to get dressed in? I can hardly believe that 2 years have come and gone and that I am officially an MBA graduate! It's been a tough 2 years sleeping only 4-5 hours a night while working as a teacher and going to class/studying all afternoon into the late hours of the night.

I'm applauding any/all readers who have patiently stayed with me during this random posting period in my life. You are SO amazing! Thanks for keeping me in the blogging world even when there was so little time!

Forgive me for getting personal, but I actually feel really strongly that I should. If I can share this with one person and inspire them, it is all worth it! I don't usually open up a lot about my life online, just my fashion finds, but I think blogging has made such a positive serious impact on my life I want to be sentimental for a moment. I started Igetdressed in 2009, just as I decided to study for the GMAT and make some serious life changes. At the ripe age of 26 I was going through a divorce after living with an abusive husband who constantly told me I wasn't good enough, pretty enough, and particularly smart enough. A masters degree had always been a dream of mine, but a dream that was crushed as I graduated from my bachelors and was married.
I don't think anyone goes into an abusive relationship knowing it will end up that way. I thought my ex was amazing, and so did all my family and friends. It took a few years with a lot of damage to my self-esteem to discover he was living a double life full of affairs, debts, and serious pornography addictions. I am someone who believes marriage is eternal and I did my best to stick it out even though it was constantly getting worse. When I discovered he had lied about attending college that I personally paid his tuition on and had withdrawn and pocketed money, I knew something was seriously wrong. My life was threatened and I felt manipulated to stay with him .
I feel God saved me by letting him join the military and me moving to AZ to be near family to see that someone threatening and abusing was indeed what was taking place. He was having an affair too, which I caught, and he immediately abandoned me.
I was a victim, in the worst degree with a completely broken and shattered life at only age 26. I felt so alone, and so trapped in a negative life that I did not choose.

But one day I looked at my life and thought "I'm not going to be a victim, I'm going to be a success. I'm not going to let him ruin me anymore!" I decided to dream big, and business school was a big dream for any woman as the minority, but particularly for someone who had been through so much abuse in every form. After filing for divorce I started studying for the GMAT, and I started this blog to encourage myself I was worthwhile, and honestly to make friends at the lowest point of my life. I bombed the GMAT the first time and thought life was over again. I had a friend tell me that if I wasn't willing to do all it took, I didn't deserve my dream. Harsh words, but SO true! Knowing that 90% of people who re-take one month later get the same score or lower, I risked it. It paid off- I earned a MUCH higher score and was admitted to a top 30 University within weeks! I chose ASU to be close to family as I healed.

It's amazing what 2 years can do! I am happily re-married (something I never expected or knew I even wanted until Mr. Perfect came along), I am jumping into my dream career, and I have so much self-esteem knowing I conquered the demons someone else put in my path. I know education is so important, and I honestly believe it is a achievable, even if it takes years to get into the school or program you want.

I hope there is at least one reader out there who knows they can overcome those demons that tell women we aren't pretty enough, smart enough, good enough, etc. and know that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT! You can heal from divorce, you can go to Harvard, you can be the greatest Mom, you can love again, you can be beautiful at any body size/shape, and you can be so happy!

Thanks again for all the readers old and new who have supported me in my lowest time of life, and have cheered my recent marriage and graduation. I love the positivity in blogging, and from personal experience I can tell you, it's so needed in this world!

Prom Chaperone

The husband and I chaperoned Prom, we went with Madmen as our inspiration. He's in a skinny tie, trust me, but I spared him and cropped him out. Naturally we made as many goofy/awkward Prom poses as we could for pictures.

Once again the theory of buy a formal when it's crazy cheap and you don't need it cause you may came in handy. $12.97 at Last Chance at the end of last summer has served me well!

Shoes: Kohls, Dress: Last Chance, Necklace: Charming Charlies, Earrings: NY&Co
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Spring Breeze

We're in that time of year, not quite hot, definitely no longer cold. I love playing with my transitional pieces and throwing my summer/fall (we don't have winter in AZ) stuff together.

Jacket: Loft, Shirt: Last Chance, $6, Jeans: Silver, gifted, Shoes: Target
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Thursday, May 19, 2011


I have to admit this was worn a few weeks ago and I never found time to post it. Thank you Cinco de Mayo for the inspiration!

Dress: Downeast basics, Cardigan: Shade, Shoes: Target, $3.50, Belt: F21 $2, Earrings: Icing
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Day The Camera Didn't Want Me In The Picture

My camera really didn't want my face in the pictures I took this day. It's okay, still got most of the outfit, and you're really not missing much :)

Jeans: NY&Co, Tank: F21, Cardigan: Target, Earrings: Anchor Blue, Shoes: Teva, REI
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Summer Camp

Lofers remind me of some prep school summer camp movie, and I think that's where this outfit sprung from.

Shoes: Name Brand Shoes, Short: H&M, Shirt: JC Penny, Cardigan: Gap, Earrings: Gifted
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Monochromatic Stripes

I like mixing patterns. I always think I'm taking some huge risk with business clothes, but when monochromatic, it really helps me see it's not so crazy like I may think. It's hard to tell, but the shirt has stripes and the purple tie belt somehow worked.

shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: NY&Co, Belt: Aeropostale (I think, it's old), Shoes: Target
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Family Crest

Somewhere in my geneology there are a few lines of English folk, and I guess the family crest which displays blue and mustard stood out in my mind. It's always been a color combo love that makes me feel professional and maybe even a little royal!

Dress: Loft, Cardigan: NY&CO, Shoes: Target. Scarf: Vintage thrifted (at JetRag in LA), Cami: Shade
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

White Lace

Shirt: Anthropologie, T: Downeast Basics, Necklace: F21, Jeans: An Taylor Loft, Shoes: NY&Co
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time to Invest in an Iron

Confession: I like ironing, I just haven't done it in about 2 years

Skirt: Old Navy, Boots and Cardigan: Last Chance, Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Color Combo Love

Light blue+Orange, you are winning my heart right now like crazy!

Cardigan: Gap, T: Shade, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: Charlotte Russe
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