Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


I Miss Marks & Spencer

Today I’m wearing my favourite cardigan. It’s from Marks & Spencer in the UK & I’ve had it for at least 15 years. My love for men’s Marks & Sparks cardigans began when I borrowed one from my Dad’s closet while we were living in London. That was it, I had to have one for myself. My parents got me one as a present & I still have it! I love the colour – it’s green with bits of colour woven in. I love the fit, the warmth. Not sure what will happen when it wears out…I just looked it up, they still have cardigans, though not in the same colour.

Cardigan: Marks & Spencer
T-Shirt: Target
Jeans: Angel
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings & Brooch: ?
Ring: Torrid

I miss a lot of things about the UK. One of the more shallow things I miss is the shops. I like that there was different stuff than we have in the US. I love the big shops like M&S & Harrods & the high street shops like New Look, Top Shop & Primark. I also love all the markets & street stalls as well as smaller shops. We had a couple of great street markets near to where we lived Рso much fun. I walked through the Bethnal Green Market most every day. The Whitechapel Market was great too. Then there was Old Spitalfields Market which was always buzzing on Sundays. We actually got my wedding ring at Spitalfields.

All that to say, I miss shopping in London. I’m thankful for what we have here, but I do miss it.


I Have Everything I Need

I saw this photo on Pinterest. I saw it about a week ago & I just haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It’s true. I really do have everything I need. And yet, I seem to have this compulsion to get more & more. I use shopping as therapy – I get that little rush when I buy¬†something, but it doesn’t last long. That’s not to say that I spend a lot – I’m definitely a bargain shopper, but that sometimes means that I just buy things because they’re cheap & get another little self-satisfied rush because I got a good deal & walk away with something that I don’t really need or even want.

Now I am not against having things or buying things. I love what William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s good & even right to, as you are able, surround yourself with beauty & inspiration.

I could give you lots of reasons why I shop & buy – not having a lot of material things when I was growing up, moving around a lot so “things” equate home & security. But the fact is, I buy too much stuff & then my house feels full & cluttered & I feel bad. It’s that way because of my own choices.

I want to change how I look at things, how I comfort myself, how I bring things into my home. I am not giving up “stuff”, but I want to think about things more whether it’s clothes, toys, entertainments or home decor. I want to have a plan & really bring useful & beautiful things into my home. I want to begin with contentment with what I have. I want to move away from envy. I want to find joy in simple things.

All that to say that I am embarking on another challenge. I originally thought that I would do this challenge for a month, but eventually realised that wasn’t long enough. So for the next three months, I’m not going to buy anything. Now, before you freak out, this doesn’t include groceries & I will buy medicine if need be, but I’m not going to buy “stuff”. In store or online – gasp! Whatever will I do with myself? I am hoping that this will spur my creativity & help me to deal with the things that I already have in a wise way.

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not against shopping, even recreational shopping, but for me, I need to change things & I have recognised that I have a problem & I want to change. Plus, think of all the money I’m going to save in three months!

I’m excited, I’m fearful. I won’t purchase anything until the beginning of August. August 3rd to be exact. Pray for me! I’ll check in from time to time to let you know how it’s going. Colin is going to be so happy!

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A Rant & A Rave About Forever 21

One of the things I like about going to see my sister & her family in Tacoma (besides all the good family times, of course), is visiting stores we don’t have in wee Bend. I was super excited about going to H&M this past weekend – I’ve found lots of fun stuff there in the past – both for me & the boys.

So Stephanie & I headed out to H&M on Friday. When we got to the mall, I saw that there was a Forever 21 store. I must be a bit behind the times, but I had no idea they had actual brick & mortar stores – I thought they were only online. So we went in & had some interesting experiences. We actually ended up going back the next day so that I could exchange something, but I will include all our experiences as one visit to the store.

First off, the music was so loud – maybe I’m just getting old, but it was crazy! It was also the most disorganised store I’ve ever been into – nothing is sorted by anything really – size, style, color. If you see something you like on a rack, you then have to search through racks trying to find it in your size. Good luck! saw a cute top on a mannequin & I really wanted to find it – never did. We asked assistants several times & they just wandered around like we had been doing, searching through the racks – except one girl who just said, “If it’s here, it will be somewhere around the escalator.” Hmmm. Helpful. Eventually, I told them that I thought the one on the mannequin would fit me, & could they please get it for me – nope, apparently that’s against the rules. I told them that I wanted to give them money for their product, that their merchandisers had done their jobs well & I wanted to buy what they were selling…nope. I left without that lovely top.

There were so many people working there, but I’m not sure what they were doing. It was crazy. Such a very odd shopping experience. On a more positive note, the store was HUGE & I don’t think we scratched the surface of looking at everything. They have super fun clothes & accessories at great prices & both my sister & I got some great stuff (but not that cute poncho top). Oh, and I’m glad we went to Forever 21, because H&M didn’t have much that interested me this time.

My leggings are from the super clearance sale at Old Navy, but I’m not too sure about them. I love the zipper on the side, but they are so long! My shoes from Forever 21 are so comfortable, I can’t believe how high they are & I’ve been wanting a pair of wedges like this for ages. It’s a grey & black outfit so I added a bit of colour with my earrings.

Top: Ross
Skirt: Target
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21