Thrifty Threads // Shop H&M Online

H&M’s e-commerce site has officially been up and running for a week and all I can do is a happy dance! Pictured below are my favorites available for purchase online (read the returns/purchases info here)! Let’s just say I’m having an extremely difficult time choosing! Also, make sure to check out The Brunette One for your chance to win a $250 H&M gift card or the grand prize of a trip to NYC with a $1000 shopping spree! Um, yes please! Hope everyone has a grand weekend!

h&MTop Row (L to R) | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Middle Row | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
Bottom Row | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19


My Travel Workout

TravelWorkout-1-2Traveling over the last eight months, especially after leaving Australia, left very little room for working out since days basically consisted of planning, site-seeing, and eating out while staying in small one-bedroom apartments or hotel rooms. Believe me that is not a complaint. I will happily not work out in lieu of traveling any day. However, those delicious local beers and homemade delicacies were starting to find a permanent home on my hips and butt so Justin and I crafted this do-absolutely-anywhere workout that is perfect for traveling or whenever you need a quick heart pumping 20-30 minute workout.

Bonus: I’m showing you how absolutely cool I look while doing some of these moves (yes, I apparently make that face while doing jumping jacks) and linking to a few of my favorite workout products. What is your favorite in-a-pinch-quick workout? I would love to hear as I’m always looking for a new way to spice up my routine! Also, I’m looking for a new workout watch since I lost mine while traveling. I’m loving this Timex or this Lacoste one on Chrono24 (homepage here), but wanted to see if you had any favorites to suggest! Let me know if you try my travel workout below and what you thought! ūüôā Happy Thursday everyone!


TravelWorkout-1Target Burnout Tee (last seen here) | Old Navy Sports Bra | Under Armour Compression Capris (just bought these) | Nike Pullover (stole this from my mom a month ago, it’s sooo soft) | Brooks Shoes

TravelWorkout-2-2HERE WE GO!!!! WHO’S EXCITED?!

MyTravelWorkout2**Disclaimer:¬† I am not a health professional by any means. I’m just forwarding along my personal travel workout. Check with a physician before starting any new workout regimen.**

Happy Memorial Day!

Unfortunately here in Iowa it has been raining cats and dogs for the last 48 hours forcing us all inside on this three-day weekend and making it virtually impossible for me to take the outfit pictures I had planned to post today. Since I won’t be wearing my new swimsuit boating today to celebrate all our vets on Memorial Day as planned, I thought I would share two ways to dress patriotic for Memorial Day for those of you fortunate enough to get outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, warm water, and backyard barbecues. Have an extra burger or margarita or dive in the water for me! How are you celebrating Memorial Day and spending your extra day off?

HappyMemorialDay-1Hat | Sunnies | Tote | Denim Jacket | Earrings | Swimsuit | Button-Up | Clutch | Cuff | Maxi | Shorts | Sandals | Heels | Necklace

How I Wore: Yellow

CAUTION: The images below may cause severe blindness. Proceed at your own risk.Mustard-6 ūüôā

Yep. There they are. My blinding white legs officially saw the light of day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Scary stuff for all those surrounding me but it was bound to happen sooner or later. With the weather finally getting warmer in Iowa, it is time to pull out the skirts and sandals to weather the rising temps and pull out the grills for daily barbeques. What goes better with burgers and brats than a little ketchup and mustard? Yes, this outfit (as well as this one) is sadly inspired by my favorite condiments. Wait, you don’t coordinate your outfits to your food? No one? Just me, I guess. Ketchup is taken very seriously in our household.

Shades of yellow are gracing the shelves everywhere this spring/summer season, but I wanted to show you how to transition your wintry yellow (mustard) from freezing to sizzling. Simply combine it with a bright printed mini and platform sandals and just maybe a fun pop of color on the nails and lips for a breezy perfect for any summer occasion outfit. What’s your favorite shade of yellow and what color do you pair it with? I’m linking up with Marionberry Style today to showcase the yellow trend. Stop by her site (here) to see how other fabulous bloggers styled their yellow pieces.

Mustard-15Mustard-17H&M Blouse (similar) | XXI Skirt (similar) | Guess Heels | XXI and Express Necklaces (similar, similar, similar) | GAP Sunnies (similar) | OPI Cajun Shrimp | Maybelline Pleasure Me Red

Piperlime Picks for Summer

I just realized the best benefit of our credit card reward points…gift cards to Piperlime! It’s like free money people. And when you just traveled the world for seven months and are currently unemployed with a shopping restriction, gift cards are as good as gold and my only option for updating my summer wardrobe. The only problem? I want all of these. I feel that each of these items could individually add to my current wardrobe whether as a fun print, pop of color, or statement piece, creating visually appealing layers and outfits as opposed to my usual simple dress or tee. So help a girl out, which of these items do you feel would be most worth my golden Piperlime gift card?

Piperlime_PicksFloral Dress | Braided Sandals | Fedora | Denim Vest | Sunnies | Watch | Floral Blazer | Earrings | Neon Pumps | Leather Tee | Bangle | Skirt