2014 Costume Fun

For my costume this year, I wanted it to be as easy as last year but just as fun.

So in honor of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix, I decided to dress up as Loralie Gilmore!

All I had to do for this was curl my hair, buy a “Luke’s Diner” shirt, throw on jeans and a blazer, hold some coffee and wha-la! I’m caffeine ingesting, quick talking, sassy Loralie Gilmore!

Watch the video for more cute costume ideas and have a great weekend!

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Halloween Fun Now & Later

At the risk of sounding like your Dad your junior year of high school…you really need to think about the future…of your Halloween costume!

Is it something you’re going to be able to wear beyond the festivities of this week? Hmm? What are you going to do with it Monday morning when it’s time to go to work?

If you’ll pick any of these looks I’ve cooked up from West Town Mall, it’s as if your costume got accepted into college with a promised job the day after graduation. Why? Because they’re all things that can transition seamlessly into your everyday life.

Full disclosure: there are no Slutty Pumpkins in this list (nor are there any Hanging Chads).

 Kate Middleton (Belk)

Grab a coat, a chic hat and a really cute kid, and lady you’re ready to help rule the British empire in a few…maybe several…years. But gosh, won’t this cream coat look just as delicious on you as a commoner?

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Katniss from The Hunger Games (Altar’d State)

The Brave Chic look has never been easier. Grab a simple blue dress, put your hair in a side braid and keep a look on your face like, “I must fight for my family now.”

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Scandal (The Limited)

Who would say no to a Halloween costume that makes you look both sexy and powerful? Totally justify the purchase of this gor-ge-ous jacket by making yourself into one of the Scandal characters. And it’s easily done since this jacket was LITERALLY worn by Olivia Pope on the show. Then take it and wear it to every single meeting you ever have afterwards, and watch as people melt in their chairs the moment you enter the room.

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Hipster Kids (Charlotte Russe)

An easy, comfortable graphic sweatshirt is not only a great costume (since the sweatshirt says it all), but it’s also an easy/comfortable way to relax on the weekend following the Halloween festivities. These are both SUPER soft. Go as a hipster kid that can’t take enough selfies, or like someone who had a really epic weekend…then go have yourself a really epic weekend.

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All of these fabulous looks can be found at West Town Mall!

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Easy Breezy Costume Ideas

Tomorrow morning on the show I’ll be featuring some fast and easy costume ideas that will also double as great outfits for after the Halloween festivities.

So be sure to tune in to FOX43 in Knoxville at 8:15am to see them all (and my costume for this year)!

Until then, check out these costumes from last year – they just might inspire your boots off!


Shopping My Closet



Mishelle, my sister and I

Over the weekend, my brother’s wife went to heaven.

Mishelle was a beautiful girl who made him very very happy. She was a strong woman of God, and never hesitated to tell you about it (or anything else she was thinking). :)

Her and I bonded over nails. She was a huge fan of those Sally Hansen nail applications that allowed you to wear different patterns. I loved looking for those and nail polish that I thought she might like.

She was also a big fan of animal print, I know I’ll think of her whenever I see certain leopard patterns that I know she liked.

We know without a shadow of a doubt that she’s in heaven, and we rejoice in the fact that she’s no longer in pain. We also put our hope in God who will carry my brother throughout this difficult time and beyond.

The one thing I’ve continued to think throughout this process is how thankful I am for the hope we have in the Lord. I can’t imaging going through anything like this without that hope, without the assurance that she is in heaven, and without the underlying peace that comes with knowing that God is in control.

I know for certain that Mishelle would give me a disapproving look if I didn’t use this as an opportunity to get someone saved! :) So if you are living without that assurance of where you’ll go when you die, and even without that underlying peace that comes with a relationship with God, then get it today!

Pray this prayer…

Jesus, I take You today as my Lord and Savior.  I give my life to You, to serve You today and forever.  Sin -Satan- I turn my back on you.  You are not my Lord.  Jesus is my Lord.  Thank You God for cleansing me of all my sin by your shed blood and receiving me into Your Kingdom.  It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, click here to read more about the love of God and what all is now available for you!

I look forward to seeing Mishelle and you in heaven one day :)

Patterned Jacket

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(Sometimes when taking outfit pictures, I’m not sure what to do with my hands).

My favorite impression Kristin Wiig did on SNL was of Suzy Ormon. The quote is on my Pinterest “Spiffy Jackets” board. She says in the perfect rendition of Suzy’s definitive staccato voice, “I got decorative buttons tattooed down my chest, so that it always looks like I’m wearing a jacket.”

Her delivery and the visual she creates is comedy gold.

Let’s talk about jackets. But instead of decorative buttons, how about a good patterned jacket.

What you won’t find in what I’m about to say is me talking about patterned blazers. While I’m certain there are people in this world who can pull them off, I am not on that list. So I won’t speak to what I cannot wear.

What I’d like to talk about is more along the lines of outerwear.

I got this gray and black patterned jacket from Forever21 when they were running one of their ridiculous I-feel-like-I’m-stealing kind of sales. I think I got it for less than $20. It’s not a jacket I went look for, but I do love having it around for days when my look could use a little pattern play.

If you need a light jacket for cool fall days, consider one with a pattern! I know it might be out of your ordinary, but I think it will end up being a jacket you reach for more often than you might think (I know that’s what happened to me).

I’ve tracked down some more here, here and here. It will help you to dabble in some pattern mixing if you haven’t, and at the very least it will cuten up some of your patternless looks. There are so many made up words in that sentence. Have a great weekend!

Treat Yo’ Self to Cute Only You Can See

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You know how people say that integrity is doing what’s right even when no one can see you? I’m going to borrow from that because I think having great style is being cute even when no one can see it. These little studs from Francesca’s are a great example of that.

The minute I saw them I knew I had to have them. And as far as I know, I’m the only one to ever really enjoy them. I’m not even sure if people can see them around all of my hair. But I wear them because they’re just another layer of cute that I love.

Same goes for the rest of these…

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And yes, that one with the words on it does say “Elizabeth” is that not the coolest thing ever!? They were a gift :)

There’s a special kind of confidence that comes with secretly wearing something cute. Like your underwear. Which sounds like a joke, but it’s a good example. Cute underwear can really make a girl walk taller, can’t it?

What have you treated yourself to lately that’s something only you’ll enjoy? And maybe someone will catch a glimpse of it, or you’ll post a giant picture of it and hashtag the crap out of it (crazy kids) but for the most part you bought it because YOU love it and you want that extra secret layer of cute.

That’s fun. Let’s all try it ;)

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The Best Hair Spray for Sleeping

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Every day with my hair is like a surprise party. When I wake up in the morning, two things usually pass through my mind – what have I done with my hair, and how has it survived the night.

It’s not a, “WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY HAIR?!” It’s more along the lines of me trying to remember what my hair style was the day before. Did I straighten it? Is it wavy? Did I wear it up? Once the fog clears and I’m walking towards the bathroom, the next question is how did it survive?

Some mornings it looks like I’ve barely laid my head on the pillow – which are the best because it means I hardly have to spend any time on it getting ready! Other mornings (aka: most of the time) it’s me surveying the damage of my pillow rampage (seriously, do I thrash around on that thing?) and trying to determine if it’s salvageable or if I need to wear it up.

I get especially sad when it just can’t be saved because it takes a long time to do my hair and if the style doesn’t survive the night, then all that work only lasted me a couple of hours. There are times when I’ve considered sleeping standing up. No joke.

To help with this problem, I’m always on the hunt for a great hair spray that will lock down my look and make it so that I don’t have to do as much work the next day.

I’ve tried Nexxus, NYM, Tres Semme, Aussie and a whole slew of BirchBox samples, and while they all have their strengths, the one I’ve found to be the best for holding my style overnight, is Dove.

It’s got a great hold to it and really helps it so that I’m not waking up with kinks or untamed poof, but instead I wake up with the hair I went to bed with.

Now I just need to work on remembering to spray down my hair BEFORE I get all snuggled in the bed #hateitwhenthathappens.

Perks and Quirks

I once read that the title of your blog post can’t be witty. It has to tell the reader what they’re going to read about.

I hated reading that, because coming up with witty titles is right in my wheelhouse – it’s the load bearing beams of my wheelhouse.

Today I threw out what all of those wildly successful bloggers had to say about titles, and just boiled it down to, “Perks and Quirks”. Because  I want to show you all of the perks of TheSpiff and hopefully expose some of my quirks along the way (in the least creepster way possible…I’m now rethinking the use of “expose”).

I’ve been writing a blog for, well remember Xanga? Yep. So, let’s put 2001 on the time stamp. It wasn’t until 2009, a year into my marriage and months after graduating college that I decided to give myself an endless homework assignment combine my love of writing and fashion, fuel it with my passion to see women comfortable in their skin and start writing a blog legitimately.

A year after that decision I pushed “publish” on my very first post for TheSpiff. If you’re thinking that’s a long time between things and that I probably was watching too much Gilmore Girls, then you’d be right. But I was also working hard perfecting the site, coming up with a domain name, and pre-writing 3 months worth of blogs to get myself started.

Until I birth my first child, my proudest moment remains to be the night when I finally figured out how to manipulate html code so that my site looked exactly the way I wanted it. I will never forget that.

Fast forward to today and I’m now four months in on a newly revamped site (I paid someone this time). Today I wanted to kind of show you around and point out a new feature!

First off, take a look at my social media icons there on the top right. I know it’s like I’m introducing you to your right hand – it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. But maybe by “take a look” I mean click on them and hit follow… ;)

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I’ve got several great Pinterest boards that you’ll be pinterested in. I’m trying to drill down into the details of dressing, so I’ve got one on tights, jackets, shoes (etc.)…all stuff I would really wear. I don’t know WHERE I would wear some of it, but I don’t pin unless I truly like it.

Finally, and really the purpose of this diatribe, is I’ve recently added a way to subscribe to TheSpiff! If you’ll enter your email address in the box on the bottom right, you’ll get my posts in your email inbox. No more of this type, type, type, click, scroll nonsense, you can simply open your email, click and boom you’re reading one of my fashion/beauty nuggets for the day.

I make it oh so easy. It’s one of my quirks, I like to make things wildly easy on people. ;) …I also volunteer too much and sometimes I sing in the shower.

A Harvest of Blessing

This Dress Will Totally Come in Handy

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For the past 10 months I’ve been living out the prequel to the movie “27 Dresses.” It’s called, “27 Bridal Showers.”

Beginning in March all the way to this past weekend, I’ve become a bit of a shower professional. And it’s been quite the whirlwind. I threw my very first one, got ready for another in less than an hour, attended another after running a 5k, and so much more in between.

When it comes to what to wear, do, bring, or help with at a shower, I know.

Including what to wear to a shower on a fall day! This past weekend I got attend another one for a sweet friend. Leading up to Saturday I found that figuring out what to wear to a fall shower during the day was a little harder than what I expected.

Cue the patterned belted dress.

Dressy enough to fit in at a party full of girls, but not so dressy that it looks like I’m trying too hard. I love the sheer sleeves, and most importantly the fact that it went well with flat boots. When your running around balancing hors d’ oeuvres, moving presents, playing games – it helps to be in flats.

If you’ve got a shower coming up, consider a dress like this! I got this one at Express a couple years ago, but I’ve tracked down three along the same lines. Here, here (my favorite) and here.

A printed dress translates to easy accessorizing – a few bangles, a big ring, add a bold lip and you’re ready to dominate at bridal bingo, toilet paper wedding dresses, fill in the vows…whatever. I’ve played them all and then some ;)

P.S. Look at me wearing a pattern that’s not stripes or animal print! Ha, it’s like a hybrid of the two, but still it’s totally different. I’m so proud of me! *wink.

Shopping My Closet


The other day someone told me they wish they could be a blogger.

Immediately what flashed through my mind was like a movie montage of my blogging journey - typing through blurred eyes late into the night, literally rolling over onto my office floor out of frustration, collapsing on my keyboard while the blank white page of WordPress menacingly glowed (it’s possible).

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Like anything in life there are risks and rewards that come with running a blog.

I can still remember the first time someone ever told me they read my blog and it helped them tremendously…the woman was standing in an elevator with me and as soon as she said it, my eyes filled up with tears. <–That’s probably the scene that needs to go at the end of the montage I mentioned above.

What I try to keep in mind on weeks like this one when I’m feeling drained, is that without a doubt this is something God has woven into my fabric. It’s something He’s called me to do. So to keep on chugging I’m going to take a bit of a break. Just today and tomorrow.

I’m going to plug myself into the wall and recharge because right now my battery is flashing that there’s only 10% left (thank God it’s a metaphor and that I won’t actually shut down in a second). I’m thankful for encouraging blogs like this one, that help me take the pressure off myself for a bit. I know on Monday I’ll come back with a wave of fresh fashion inspiration.

Just wait for it. And remember to recharge yourself!