Thursday, December 27, 2012

And Now I See // Daily Outfit








After feeling pretty "blah" about life for a while, I think I'm finally getting back to feeling like myself again. I'm letting go of things I can't control, and ceasing to feel guilty about things that aren't my fault. I'm also super pumped about Christmas because I know my family will love everything I got them! And on top of it Molly is making me a dress out of the most gorgeous fabric for my birthday/Christmas present, and I'm really looking forward to taking it on my upcoming trip to Missouri! I'm finally going back to visit my aunt and uncle - I haven't been there in nearly three years! I can't wait to get back to the great outdoors and see my aunt and uncle - I miss them so much! And on top of it all I'm really hoping to get some good shots and practice my photography. *winks*

In other news, this outfit is what I wore to church several weeks ago. Then I switched out the pumps for my favorite pair of chevron flats to go to work in. I loved this outfit, and this t-shirt so much, but later that night I got a spot of red nail polish on. At least it's at the bottom so I can still wear it tucked into something, but it shall never again be worn with a cute, comfy pair of jeans. So sad. :'(

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t-shirt: thrifted
blazer: H&M
jeans: Forever 21
Betsy Johnson necklace: Little Black Bag
Betsy Johnson bracelet: Little Black Bag
Dolce Vita pumps: Lori's Shoes
Betsy Johnson sunglasses: Little Black Bag
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Floral Jeans // Daily Outfit

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone! This is what I wore to work the day before my birthday - I won't be sharing what I wore on my birthday because it mostly consisted of a t-shirt, jeans and Ugg slippers. Lol! What better day to chill out than on my birthday, though, right?

I had a really good birthday despite the lack of snow. I got to go out to dinner with my family (and wore one of the Doctor Who t-shirts my little sisters got me), and my parents surprised me by ordering this amazing lens cap for me! I can't wait till it comes so I can try it out! If it works as well as they claim it does, it should save me a lot of editing time!

How is the weather by all of you? I've been eagerly anticipating the first snow fall since November, but we've yet to have snot that even showed a little on the ground. It's really kind of bumming me out, to be honest. I've lived in Chicago land for all my memorable Christmases, so it's really hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit without any snow at all. :-/ Still hoping we get some before Christmas day...

P.S. I announced the winner of the Deux Lux wristlet + ring! Sorry it's a bit late, but congrats to Tiffany + THANK YOU to everyone who entered!
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cardigan: my mom's
jeans: Charlotte Russe
flats: Forever 21
bracelet: vintage
lipstick: Kat Von D Foiled Love in Valentine

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

18 Before 19 Revisited


It's my birthday! - as Repunzel would say - and, in honor of turning 19 I decided to take a moment to revisit my 18 before 19 list...

1. Get my drivers license
2. Set up a pretty blogging space
3. Have a good head start on my dream wardrobe
4. Get a pickup truck
5. Get a DSLR camera of my own
6. Post regularly
7. Do more DIYs
8. Don't save nice outfits just for special days
9. Get my 120 film developed
10. Have an amazing grad party
11. Sponsor at least one blog every month
12. Write a book
13. Go on a road trip without my family
14. Get more organized
15. Try at least three new things that scare me
16. Have a clear work time and a clear break time
17. Find my signature fragrance and purchase it
18. Make new friends See Owl City live again

Even though I only got half the stuff done (and I'm counting my original goal of making new friends instead of the one I ended up replacing it with since my uncle's wedding made it impossible to see Owl City live again. :-P), I'm still really excited about everything I did this year. There is so much that's not on that list!
I graduated high school.
I got my first job.
Drove to Chicago all by myself - several times!
Bought my first pair of designer shoes with the money I made from said job.
I got to attend three weddings as a photographer.
I got over my fear of driving on the highway.
I got to see the movie I've been waiting to see since I was 6 years old (or at least, the first part of it)
And I was the best version of me I've ever been before. I can't wait to see how God changes me this year, and He has in store for me!

Have any of you done a xx before xx list before? I'd love to hear how many you were able to cross off + what they were! I'm hoping to share my 19 before 20 list later this week. *wink*

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sew Lovely Dress // Daily Outfit

Remember this summer when Molly let me borrow this gorgeous handmade dress? Well - being the dear that she is - she let me take it home and borrow it again after our Christmas party last weekend. It's one of my favorite dresses. The colors are all of my favorites, and it just seems to go with everything in my closet - even (maybe especially?) my Lita spikes. *wink*

On another subject, happy Hobbit day, y'all! Today after work I'm heading to the theater with my mom and Maddie, and my dad is meeting up with us after his plane lands (he's been on a business trip since Tuesday) then we're all going to wait in line for hours so we can try to get good seats for the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It's gonna be epic! I've wanted a movie of the Hobbit since LOTR came out - over 10 years ago! And after over four years of hearing that so-and-so is going to direct and such-and-such actor is rumored to be playing Bilbo- wait! No, that guy is not going to direct and they have another actor in mind for Bilbo, etc. it's finally filmed and finished with the perfect director and some of my favorite actors! I'm just so excited, y'all!

Are any of you going to the midnight showing? If so I'd love to hear all about it tomorrow! (Or today if you're in the southern hemisphere. *wink*)

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dress: Dahl Clothes
cardigan: my moms from Target
belt: Francesca's Collections
tights: Target
Jeffrey Campbell Litas: Lori's Shoes
Betsy Johnson bracelet: Little Black Bag
lipstick: Kat Von D Foiled Love in Valentine

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just a Holiday Every Night



 "But when I close these heavy lids after dark
Each sweet dream is a target
And all my shots are so consistently wide of the mark

"‘Cause the angriest bark is always worse than the bite
Like the ache in my chest that my heart didn’t invite
But if the prettiest romance isn’t perfectly right
That makes every love lost just a holiday every night."
~ Paper Tigers by Owl City

Monday, December 10, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood // Daily Outfit

Sometimes I get so, so caught up in everything that's past. I think it's just in my nature. I can't stop thinking of everything that was. I've done it for as long as I can remember, and it always hits worst in December. It's the month of my birthday and the last month of the year - both are times I think people naturally get reflective, but for me it borders on depression. This year I can't stop thinking of some of my old friends. I trusted them, and even though I know that it's time to let go I just can't seem to...

The good news, though, is that all this friend drama has made me see the need to patch up some hurt feelings with some of my favorite family members. Family may be crazy and imperfect but they'll love you and I've been blessed to have some really amazing family that accept me - Lita Spikes and gear-head-wannabe in all! I'm really hoping to visit them again this spring - it's been far too long. ♥

For those of you wondering, this is what I wore to my dad's family's Christmas party earlier this month. When I got this dress I vowed to wear it more than just for my graduation party, and I've certainly done that! (I'm not even going to lie: Katy Perry is a constant source of courage! If she can wear candy themed outfits I can rock that hot-rod-red tulle dress!)

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dress: Spotted Moth
cardigan: Lace Affair
belt: Windsor
tights: Target
Jeffrey Campbell Litas: Lori's Shoes
necklace: Kane County Flea Market
blazer: H&M
lipstick: Kat Von D Painted Love in Underage Red
Title: Once Upon a Time

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Reader Apreciation Giveaway! {Closed}




I really don't say it enough, but I am so, so thankful for each and every one of my readers, and I really want to make it a point to show my gratitude more. I tried to get this wristlet in my November Little Black Bag because I knew it would be a perfect giveaway item, and this ring from the shoppe I work at goes great with it! (The ring has elastic in it so it can adjust to fit anyone's finger. *winks*)

How to enter:

Follow on GFC and comment to tell me that did (be sure to leave your email so I can contact you for your address if you win).

Bonus Entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each):

1.) Follow on Bloglovin'

2.) Tweet about the giveaway using this: "Entered to win an adorable wristlet + ring @katieburry's blog! bitly.com/TqkVoQ"

3.) Post about this contest on FaceBook

4.) Like Beautifully Pure on FaceBook

5.) Pin the above image to Pintrest with a link to this post

6.) Take the Beautifully Pure Reader Survey

Contest is open until December 17th at midnight. Winner will be announced December 18th. Good luck to you all!

UPDATE:



Congratulations, Tiffany! I'll be emailing you to get your address so I can send the package along!

And thanks to everyone who entered! You're all super-megga-foxy-awesome-hot! (As Lydia Bennet would say, that is. *wink*)