Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Goals

So I'm sure you have your own list started on paper or just on your mind.  I start thinking about the New Year in October. Call me crazy but I'm a huge planner and I think years ahead.  I know God is in control and I just need to let go. But its good to have goals to keep yourself on track and pleased when next year this time comes around again.  So I'm going to share with you both personal & blog/business goals.
Personal

Pay off medical debt $1266.77
I'm currently paying $300 monthly on medical debt and I'm looking forward to paying it all off and snowballing my debt. Once medical is payed off I will put that extra $300 monthly onto my student loan. Once student loan is payed off I will be completely debt free!

Read my Bible daily
This has always been hard for me. Not because I don't have the time or don't like reading. Its just me being lazy. I could sit on the couch and read a magazine or browse through blogs but open my bible that's another story. I need to focus more of my time on His word.

Workout at least once a week
I grew up in a gym. I hate going to gyms. My Dad owns a gym.  I seriously work out twice a year. Thankfully I was blessed with great genes. But I still need to take care of myself. I'm going to start with once a week. Maybe Ill push it two later on.

Have 3 month emergency fund saved
Dave Ramsey talks about how emergencies don't seem much of an emergency if there is a fund to cover them.  I hope to have 3 months of living expenses saved by the end of this year.

Be a blessing to others
I serve at church. Now I would like to also get involved in a few organizations that need people who are willing to serve.  I have a couple in mind already and hope to get involved soon.

Blog/Business

Attend a blogger meet up
I would love to attend Texas Style Council in March. I would also love to meet Ohio & Michigan bloggers.

Grow Etsy shop
Ideally I would like to add at least 1 new item to my shop weekly. And in return sell at least 1 item weekly.  My etsy shop is a great way for me to earn extra $ & have fun while doing it. So I hope to set aside more time to grow stacialeescloset. 

Keep on schedule
I like to be organized. My goal is to post on ftbsl at least 4 times a week. The last few months I have exceeded that, but I don't want to get burned out.  I would like to make sure I'm posting 2 outfits per week and maybe start a new series for 2012.

30for30
Kendi started it, I would like to accomplish it! 30for30 consists of taking 30 items in your closet and make 30 outfits.  Its a great way to be content with what you have & recreate new outfits with the same pieces.

Personal Shopping/Sponsorship
I would like to increase my personal shopping clientele & also hope to have FTBSL sponsored by individuals and/or businesses in 2012.

So there it is! It feels good to have it published and for all of you to know what I'm hoping for! I hope you have a happy and safe NYE. I would love hear your goals for 2012! Stacia Lee

Thursday, December 29, 2011

my favorite outfits august-december 2011.

I'm back with August-December 2011!  I have to say it was much easier choosing these photos then the last set.  These all seem more like me, are all taken outside & the photos have improved!


Taken after church at an abandoned building off the highway.  It was thrilling to be at some random building setting up my tripod all by myself and taking outfit photos in front of this beautiful building. I have to say I had some fears of a weirdo seeing me and stopping. Those shoes return again for the last time and I wore that famous blue skirt with a F21 dress tucked in to it. Love this outfit.

This photo shoot is my favorite of the entire year. Thanks to Abby. I remember having a bit of blogger bumming going on. I felt stale and then I received an email invite to the Limited grand opening. I was alive again. When I look at these photos I see real beauty and I think its a very classic outfit

My new do and more tripod usage. I was blonde blonde for so long the change seemed so drastic. I love it still and I feel more mature. I remember putting on these beat up boots and hoping that my Etsy shop would allow some room in my budget for personal $. Thankfully that has happened.

More photos by Abby, these in her backyard.  I remember not being able to breathe in this skirt. It was so adorable and I wanted to keep it, but thankfully it sold! Those are my new boots which replaced the ones in the last photo. Thanks to my dear friend Amanda.

Oh how I love this outfit. Comfy and adorable. In the past I wouldn't of posted an outfit like this, but I have learned to share even the most average outfits. This was one of the most popular posts of the year!

Wow this year flew by. I'm so thankful I have a wonderful family who supported me starting this blog and commented on every post when I first started.  This blog has definitely increased my self image, my confidence & has allowed me to meet awesome people. I'm going to share my last few tidbits of information that may be helpful to you. Learned lessons that have helped me along the way.

1. Don't worry about how many "followers" you have.  I know it can be addicting, but you will have loyal readers who enjoy your content.  In the end I would rather slowly gain "success" then be an instant famous blogger. Anything worth keeping takes time. True success doesn't happen overnight.

2. If you need to take a break, inform your readers. There was a good stretch of the summer where I didn't feel like posting, due to lack of inspiration. I didn't say anything with the fear of failure and it took awhile to make it known that I was back to regular posting.

3. Don't beg for followers on facebook, twitter, pinterest and GFC.  Its gets so annoying when you follow someone on twitter then they personal message you to follow them on facebook.  Readers follow you because they enjoy your content, meaning if they want to folow you they will.


Tomorrow it will all about 2012 goals!
Stacia Lee

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

my favorite outfits march-july 2011

Hello! Hope you are having a joyful Wednesday! Today I will be highlighting my favorite outfits from March through July.  One photo per month and a quick bit of information.  :)




I was going through a stage of wearing bows.  That stage is currently over and the bows are dusty.  I remember my first few outfit photos standing in front of my closet, wondering if I will ever make it to outside photo shoots. And yes that is toothpaste on my shirt.

Candis told me to close the closet doors. I listened. The photos improved. The bow appears again. Cute outfit, cheap outfit but I think different shoes would be better.

I over wore those shoes. But they lasted me all summer and were $20. Love that skirt. Thrifted & updated and I wore it at least twice a week. I may need to pull it out now and wear with my cognac boots.

Simple and hippie chick.  I was still hiding in front of that closet 90% of the time.


I started taking my own photos outside with my trusty tripod. The problem? You can see the tripods shadow.  That top was one of my favorite summer shirts. I remember this day very clearly. I was filling in at one of my works locations and checking in patients at the front desk. A Mom in her early 40's and I started talking, she was so encouraging and I was so thankful for her words.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane.  I promise the photos get better. I have learned so many things in the process. Ill just share a few.

1. Take your photos outside whenever you can. Take off your winter coat in 20 degree weather and show off that outfit.  Personally for me inside outfit photos don't do the clothing justice and are boring.

2. Just because something is the new fad, doesn't mean its meant for everyone. Remember at the end of the day you have to be content with yourself and live in your own skin.

3. Don't wear clothes that you normally wouldn't wear in every day situations. I thought that I had to wear something unique or with so many accessories to stand out or be different. I promise its not needed.

Ill be back tomorrow for August-December. Then on Friday a 2012 personal and blog/business goal post.
Enjoy your evening,
Stacia Lee

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

what to wear: Holiday NYE

So I'm sure everyone has there plans ironed out by now! Unless you wait till the last minute for the best party invite to show up.  I like low key on NYE. I don't like being out on the road where people are driving after drinking all day. So for me its going to be casual. But for you it may be dressy. So of course 2 options for my lovely readers.

what to wear: Holiday NYE




I will definitely be wearing something very similar to the casual look on NYE! What will you be doing? Cant wait to hear about it! Stacia Lee

Christmas with my fam.

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year! I know I did, but was thankful to be back in a routine today and back to work.  This week I'm going to be taking us back to some of my favorite outfits of 2011 & my goals for 2012. Also the last installment of what to wear: holiday, which will end with NYE clothing!  But before all of that FUN starts, I want to share with you a few of my favorite photos from the time with my family. 

My parents, Candis, Drew, West & I spent Friday together at Winter Wonderland & then back to my Dad's for a yummy dinner prepared by my Mom and present opening.  Some of Momany side came as well. It was a good time and am thankful for good weather so The Jones were able to come in. 


Drew, My fashionable Sister, myself & my Dad all excited to see West!

Myself and West at winter wonderland.


West on the bench with his lion friend Kingston.


Love those cheeks.

Mom & West

West went crazy on the drums that his great Papa got him for Christmas. It was so cute.

Thanks to my Mom for taking the photos! I had a wonderful time & was happy to spend time with family. 
Stacia Lee

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What to wear: Holiday Collection




Hello Friends! I have loved putting together this series of what to wear!  It will return next week for a what to wear: New Years Eve, but until then you can scan through all 4 outfits I put together for this Holiday season! Stacia Lee

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

wednesday what nots

Kelly & I at a event earlier this year!

Today I am guest posting at my lovely friend Kelly's blog fashionorfiction.  Its all about classic closet staples, so make sure to check it out! 

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In other news Anderson Dane & Josephina Grace want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.


Yes they are in their pajamas. Didn't know there was such a thing as dog pajamas? There definitely is. Josephina would NOT sit on Santa's lap this year. So Mommy had to get in the picture. While Anderson posed as a full time Santa's helper champion. I knew he was thinking oh man my 5th year on Santa's lap,  I'm gonna smile real big for Mom. So there you have it. I didn't laugh when the photo printed out, but I'm laughing now.

Have a great day friends. Remember take a deep breath and remind yourself that Christmas is not about stress & gifts. It is about something much more important.
Stacia Lee






Tuesday, December 20, 2011

my list for Santa

Santa baby you may be wondering what I'm wishing for this Christmas.  I didn't send you a list this year, I fear I may be too old.  But just in case you are wondering here is what I'm wishing for.

santas list


a sassy top
what I wore by Jessica Quirk
cashmere socks
mustard cardigan
food processor
lemon zester
vegetable brush
&
a new shower head

:)
Stacia Lee

Monday, December 19, 2011

3 wise women giveaway winner!

Congrats to Aubrey Brantner who won the 3 wise women Holiday cheer giveaway package!
  A special thank you to my 2 lovely friends Jayme & Ducky for co hosting this giveaway with me!
Thanks to ALL who entered! 


Enjoy your Monday!
Stacia Lee

Saturday, December 17, 2011

bloom winner!

Congrats to Aly Reed for winning the Bloom giveaway!

Don't worry you are a winner too!
For FTBSL readers use code "freetobestacialee" when scheduling for $15 off a Dermalogica Facial or a 1 hour Massage.
You deserve to pamper yourself!  Make sure to schedule appointment by February 29th 2012 before coupon expires.

Bloom Studio Salon is located
one mile south of Levis Commons on Route 25 at Harbor Town Place.



Thanks to all who entered & have a wonderful weekend!



Friday, December 16, 2011

it list!

theitlist
The IT list is signing off for 2011... But we'll be back in 2012!
Enjoy these links in the meantime!
  • good clean fun whips up a batch of apple banana pancakes - these have Christmas Break breakfast written all over them! Yum! (find good clean fun on twitter!)
  • the posh blog whips up what looks to be the easiest and tastiest cocktail ever - perfect for Christmas brunch or New Years Eve.  (find the posh blog on twitter!)
  • the capital barbie has a round up of Christmas gifts that you can give that give back.  I love this idea, check out her picks! (find the capital barbie on twitter!)
  • life told by leslie is sporting an adorable leopard print cardigan. I've got to get one of these - see how she styled it! 
  • free to be stacia lee is looking adorable in this casual chic outfit - check out her cute boots! (find free to be stacia lee on twitter!)
  • suze wears clothes has fallen in love... with her scarf. I don't blame her!  Check it out. (find suze wears clothes on twitter!)
  • gs lillian is looking rainy-day-chic, which isn't easy to do!  Check out her adorable outfit and red (!!!) shoes. (find gs lillian on twitter!)
  • a spot of whimsy is our resident ballet-enthusiast (love it!)... she's headed to the Nutcracker performance but left some eye candy for us. Swoon!  (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)
  • second street east has a really easy and fun Christmas ornament diy. I love this idea and that you can personalize it to suit your decor and taste! (find second street east on twitter!)
  • the daily be is going "western" in this adorable outfit... check it out and you've got to see her sweet boots! (find the daily be on twitter!)
  • the tiemann girls have a really fun way to give the gift of cash this holiday season.  See how they do it!
  • so much to smile about is your go-to source for holiday beauty.  Check out her tips and tricks! (find so much to smile about on twitter!)
  • sweetie pie style rounds up her favorite Christmas decor inspiration and includes this really fun idea for a tasty appetizer that I totally want to try! (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)
  • rachael, really is looking absolutely gorgeous in winter white and red for the holidays. Go check out her outfit and steal it for Christmas - I might! (find rachael, really on twitter!)
the IT list is produced weekly by Jill of good life, for information on how you can be involved, click here!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

walk the line

This cute little outfit is what I wore to church last weekend. I have been wearing this chambray shirt over and over again. It was the best $20 investment from Target. 





Sweater and skirt: Gap outlet, Chambray button down & boots: Target, Scarf: Gift, Tight: F21

That skirt is one of the gems I picked up at Gap Outlet last month for $7 and it has pockets! Double bonus! 
I love wearing these cute little mini skirts, I just wonder how old I will be when I feel like they aren't appropriate anymore?! Hopefully not for awhile! Have a happy Thursday! The "it list" will be back tomorrow! 
Stacia Lee  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Special Christmas Tree

Hi everyone my name is Abby and I am one of Stacia's best friends. She has asked me to do a guest post on how I decorate for Christmas. Well I'm still in the process of decorating but I do have my Christmas tree all done, so I'm going to focus on that. My Christmas tree holds a lot of special meaning to me. Most of the ornaments on my tree have either been handed down from family members or given to me every year by someone special in my life.



Every Christmas since I was a baby my Nana Titmuss has made me an ornament out of needle point for me. These ornaments are so very special to me because they are something that I will always look back on over the years and know that they were made with love. Here is a picture of some of the ornaments that she has done. The frog one is probably my most favorite because I have been collecting frogs for many many years.



My husband Brandon and I started a tradition 8 years ago when we first started dating to get each other an ornament every Christmas. We have kept this tradition going and I always look forward to see what ornament he gets me. Here is a picture of two of my favorite ornaments that he has gotten for me over the last few years.



Hope you all enjoyed my very special Christmas tree and thank you to Stacia for allowing me to share this with you. What is your favorite ornament and why is it so special to you?


Thanks to Abby for this great Christmas post! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I didn't decorate this year for Christmas, I'm thankful that someone else can share their tree with you! Have a great day!
Stacia Lee

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

tracks

Over the weekend I went to the Wolcott house for a Christmas tour. I haven't been there since I was a child and honestly was pleasantly surprised and had quite the history lesson. So thanks to Groupon for making that happen!  I thought the trains in the backyard of the Wolcott house would be a perfect photo op! If I look cold I was cold! It was 30 degrees out!






Scarf: Gap outlet, Sweatshirt &  Jeans: TJ Maxx, Boots: Target

And yes the boots finally came in! I love them! I haven't worn any other shoes since they arrived!
Hope your Tuesday is great! Make sure to come back tomorrow for a special Christmas decor post from Abby!
Stacia Lee

Monday, December 12, 2011

What To Wear: Holiday Family Gathering

Two weeks ago it was Holiday girls night out & last week it was Holiday work party! This week it is the Holiday family gathering.  My family has the plans already ironed out,  and we are always casual in our attire. You may have a more formal gathering to go to. I picked pieces with a quick swap can be changed from one setting to another.


what to wear: holiday family gathering




Super cute look for both occasion's!  Add some black tights under the skirt and you have an instant dressy outfit!  Can I say that I wish I had more skinny jeans?!  They are so comfy and chic. Just a great basic staple for your closet! I hope you enjoyed today's what to wear post!
Have a great day!
Stacia Lee

big style tiny apartment: office



Lets move on to my office shall we? This is actually the master bedroom that I decided to make the office instead. Why you ask? Because it has a slider door and balcony, not my ideal choice to sleep in every night. So because my bedroom is so small you will see my dresser in this room and I use it for storage as well.
(excuse the poor evening lighting)


The desk and chair are both thrifted for a total price of $20. That is a vintage tablecloth on the desk.


My shoe rack, vintage stool and dresser. Behind that curtain is storage space.


Ikea bookcase full of books, magazines, trinkets and jewelry.


I used clipboards and a old picture frame for the back wall so I can continually change out the photos to make it new. You may remember the look of this room from my dressing room post 6 months back.  Ill probably do a update closet post for fall/winter! The final post of big style tiny apartment will be next Monday ending it with a bathroom post. Unless one of you would like to share your home on FTBSL?!

Enjoy your Monday,
Stacia Lee
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