Ruffles...not just for decorating your home.

It's no secret that I adore ruffles and rosettes.

I love the fact that styles today are so feminine and sweet.

Thank goodness!

I dont think I could pull off my 80's punk do again at my age.

Not that I was punk or anything

but I did rock the "punk mullet" wearing a Lacoste shirt.

We are planning a vacation soon

so I have been picking up a few things here and there.

Thought you might like to see what I found

TJ Maxx and I are BFF"s

Are these ruffles not to just die for?!

And then there they were..

The most perfect shoes ...

I love you Gap!

They were so cute I bought a pair in black for Kaylee.

She makes sure we  never wear them on the same day.


That is just too weird Mom!


Tommy Hilfiger knows me...

{not really}

but I love his style.

It was all mushed up in the bag and wrinkly..sorry.

I love the sweet sleeves... aww~

Cute pockets.

And this one sweet button with red thread...

Drove me straight to these red cuties!

Still with me?

Oh you are good!

I think I was the only girl in the deep south that didn't have one of these..

So I picked it up...(Target)

Who could not pass up the layers of ruffles?
(they are black like the picture above but here they look gray)

Just one more black dress will do it..I think.

(again black ruffles but looking gray)

Van Heusen

Polka dots and Rosettes!!!

I found these at Payless along with the red buckle ones.

Maddy...sweet Maddy.

She is almost 10 and is starting to pick her own things out now...ouch!

We agreed on this pink polka dot number. (Kmart)

She likes rosettes too....(happy momma here)

I found this adorable shirt and put it back 3 times.

No straps for a almost 10 year old was a bit more than I could swallow.

She loved it..

I did too
 but it's so hard to let your almost 10 year old look 20.

We bought the shirt ...(abercrombie for kids)
I think we will just use it as a cover up for now ;)

So what am I wearing today?

You guessed it!

These lil darlings...
Marc and I have been walking everyday.
I'm sure you noticed I didn't show a swimsuit.
Well...I'm still walking..wishing..praying..
that I can try one on and not leave the store in tears.
3 Kids ....later
I'm still walking..wishing..praying..
There's hope yet!
xoxo Susie~


  1. These are awesome finds! I need to do me some shopping!

  2. Susie,
    Some WONDERFUL finds! I loved this post, we just booked a trip for August and my 21 yr old daughter and I did some thrift shopping yesterday and off to Target and TJMaxx in the next few days to see what else I can score. I love all the cute shoes/sandals you found just not sure I can walk for long in the cute shoes...what a problem!!! I am thinking ballet flats...but I want those cute rosette sandals you found...boohoo! Anyway, great post!! And a bathing suit? Yikes for me!! ;)

  3. I LOVE that TH dress and the strapless shirt for Maddy. Too cute. I can see how you wouldn't really want her wearing it though. Sew some straps on and put that cute shirt to good use! : )

  4. Love Love Love Love the TJMaxx dress!!! LOVE!

  5. Bathing suits are way overrated. Those walking shoes are as cute as they can be.

  6. LOVE the TH dress! Where did you get it?

  7. Can you please be my personal shopper? Darling finds I love the first little brown number!!!

    Stop over and enter the CSN 60.00 gift card giveaway

  8. You have the most wonderful taste! What great finds. I love rosettes and ruffles too....they are my faves.


  9. Love it all, but esp the sandals from Gap!

  10. who could not luv those goodies! i'll take one of each dress please. size 6, ok 8, ALRIGHT! 10.

  11. I have a wedding to go to next month and I've been psyching myself up to wear a 5+ year old dress hanging in my closet but now I WANT that gray dress with the ruffled waist!!!

  12. I'm loving all your items... you've given me the bug to go shopping i have a trip coming up next month!!

  13. LOVE the rosettes! sure wish you could pick me out a new wardrobe...LOL! I love simple...pretty and the things your heart just loves at first sight. Nice job (my favs are #1 and #2 posted here)!

  14. Love all your great finds! I might need a pair of those sandals from the Gap, too cute!

  15. LOVE the dresses and the ruffly shoes from the Gap. As for a swimsuit, I feel your pain, 3 kids later and nearing 40, not so pretty!

  16. You are all set for vacation. I love your sweet dresses and flipflops. Don't worry about the bathing suit thing, after you're in it for awhile, you'll be having too much fun to worry about anything!


  17. SUSIE, YOU CAN SHOP with a capital S! WE could really do some damage together! LOL I love everything you bought! Maddie's shirt is SWEET but it's SO hard when they start wanting to wear stuff like that! I have boy/girl twins who are 14 and I have to do a wardrobe check on my daughter before she leaves. She's always been fine but still!


    Here's a link to a skirt from J. Crew that is definitely girly.

  19. I love that first dress and sandals. Actually everything you picked out is my taste. Such great taste...feminine yet tailored.

  20. cute cute cute... I am kind of sad because our vacation plans just fell through.. :0(

  21. You did good! Love all the ruffles! My Maddie probably wouldn't wear shoes like mine at all. I am glad you can wear yours on a different day! 13yrs old has been interesting year! Growing pains...for me :)
    Great job on the walking! You are going to look awesome! Knock em out on vacation :)

  22. Cute! Cute!!! Love your new things! I haven't been to TJ is ages...sometimes the hunt is fun and sometimes I hate digging..I think it's the three kids with me that make me hate the searching part!

  23. I am so loving the ruffles and rosettes!! Everything you bought is so cute. All from my favorite stores, too. You are going to look great!


    And I hear you on the bathing suit thing! ;-D

  24. AnonymousJune 16, 2010

    oh! we have the same taste! i love anything with ruffles and rosettes too! almost everything new i have bought dons one or the other! i have the same ruffle dress from target in turquoise! which actually they call a cover-up but this girl wears it as a dress! however i do cover up with a shortsleeve cardigan! which would work great for your daughter if you want to cover alittle more with that cute sleeveless top! keep on walking friend! xo

  25. Love, love,love the cuteness, sweet friend. I need to run to the Gap and payless asap!!

    Y'all have fun on your vacation. We just got back. It was not long enough!!

  26. Lovin' those Gap ruffled sandals and the Tommy dress. Hilfiger stuff always fits me really well and I'm preppy like that, so it works. ;) For anyone that is tall, has long arms or broader shoulders, their stuff will fit you perfectly!


  27. You are sure to be the very best dressed ruffled Godess.

  28. You found some really great things and we DO want to see pictures of you in each dress. Very cute!

  29. Love the finds! Great job! And I am right there with you in the TJ Maxx crush thing.. my husband keeps asking who is this Maxx guy you keep writing checks to?? Ummmm just the gardener honey...

  30. Love all your goodies you found. So many things with frills and ruffles. Loving those cute shoes you found. Too funny about Kaylee thinking it's weird. : ) teenagers, gotta love 'em.
    Who cares about swim suits when you are gonna be rocking it with your fab wardrobe and shoes, right?
    Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with family.

  31. Everything is so pretty! I especially love your TJ Maxx dress.

  32. Susie you are hilarious. I've seen your photos and you go ahead and wear that swimsuit with no tears. You look fab!

    Love your precious ruffles. I'm a ruffle girl too. ~Melissa

  33. them all...I can't wait to get back to my shopping mecca! How I miss TJ, Target...

  34. Love the dresses. I am going to visit the deep South soon and I've been looking for comfy dresses to wear in the heat. Love the red sandals!

  35. Love the dresses! I was at TJs yesterday and actually didn't find much I liked. Two I liked on the hanger but when tried on were too swingy and too busty. I did get a blouse though. I would put a tank under that strapless top for a 10 year old.

  36. Literally came "this close" to buying that same coverup at Target just yesterday...LOVE THE RUFFLES! And that first dress? TO. DIE. FOR.

  37. That TH dress is so adorable! I love it. Did it come from TJ Maxx too? I also am a big fan of Payless shoes (most of the time). Looks like you'll be very snazzy on your trip.

  38. Love all your cute outfits and shoes! You sound like me...after having three kids, I never leave the store without crying when I am trying on swimsuits! LOL!

    Have fun on your vacation!


  39. one word..... SCORE!! awesome finds... good for you!

  40. Girl, those clothes are cuuuuuuuute. However, it does make me realize how much "frumpy" stuff I have in my closet. I haven't bought hardly anything in a year and a half cause I'm "gonna lose weight". Yeah. I've been gonna lose weight for a year and a half :( Anyhoo, your a cutie :)

  41. Oh fun! I love the TJ Maxx dress, gap shoes, tommy dress... Shoot... I love them all!!!


  42. i love all your outfits! i saw those sandals at the gap, love them! have a super week! susan

  43. So much ruffly gorgeousness in one post, I LOVE it:) Hope you have a wonderful week Susie ~ Tina xx

  44. I was going to wait until I had caught up on EVERY POST I've missed (waaaaay too many!) to comment, but I have to say that you have the cutest stuff! I'm going to Payless to try to find those red sandals!

    As for Maddy's blouse, why don't you just tack on some ribbon for straps? I have some friends whose daughters do that all the time!

  45. Love your beach attire! Have a wonderful vacation!

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