Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake
A most delicious side salad or dessert
Boston Cream Cake by This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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Black Leather Pants

black leather pants

I got some black leather pants, and I pretty much love them. Maybe because I feel like I am walking on the wild side, but they are pretty comfortable as well–felt like pajama’s. They seem to fancify the outfit, too, would you say? I wore them with

Christmas Holiday Fashion: Red Lipstick and Ankle Boots

Christmas Holiday Fashion

I am a big believer in wearing red and green to Christmas gatherings. It’s just against my own personal moral code  not to. I’ve thrown in black, gold, or silver with just a touch of red or green sometimes, but you will never see me wear teal, orange, pink, or even turquoise to a Christmas event–even though I love those colors. I am LOVING the trend of hot pink and turquoise at Christmas, I even… Continue Reading

A Tad Monroe~1 Sweater, 3 Ways

fashion clothing

I’m excited to share a Facebook Accessories & Clothing Shop with you today, and offer a giveaway! Here is what the owner, Denise says about it, “A Tad Monroe was born out of a love for fabulous accessories at real life prices. I wanted to look fashionable and put together while running the kids to Baseball or heading to a school meeting. As we grew, the customers desire for us to carry clothing grew apparent… Continue Reading

Your Own Personal Stylist~Stitch Fix: What I Wore

gold earrings

I haven’t shared my WHAT I WORE posts for a while. During the summer it’s swimsuits and PJ’s at home…I hardly even put make up on except for church on Sundays. But I’ve got a little survey this week, I need some help deciding on a few things… Have you heard of Stitch Fix yet? I’d heard about it from a few friends, and decided to try it out for myself. It’s an online personal… Continue Reading

What I Wore with Very Jane

very jane top

I haven’t done a “what I wore” fashion post in a while. For those of you that haven’t seen, I like to share what I wear sometimes, and link up to The Pleated Poppy where others share what they wear, and draw inspiration to mix and max things in my closet. I have a slight obsession with cute clothes, and I really need to “shop my closet” more. By looking at how others pair things,… Continue Reading

The Epic Blogger Giveaway


I’m so excited to share a fun giveaway today! Look at all the fun prizes: Below are the fun bloggers I’m teaming up with to share these prizes. To enter, fill out the form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

I love accessories

Everyday Icing Anchor Earrings

I’m an accessory girl. I’ve accumulated quite the collection over the years. From headbands to earrings to bracelets to necklaces to scarves–I love. Sometimes I pick my clothes to put on first, then look for an accessory. Other times I’ll pick an accessory and look for clothes to go with it. It is tricky to not overdo it with accessories, I prefer to keep it simple with one statement piece and maybe one other to… Continue Reading

Summer Favorite Things

kristen duke summer favorite things giveaway bucket

It’s slowly beginning to look a lot like summer and I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited! Time for flip flops, summer vacations, swimming pools, and daily adventures with the kids… bring it on! How about some fun ideas to add a little sunshine to your summer? I’ve teamed up with  20 Creative Bloggers to share some of our favorite things for summer under $50, and you have a chance to win one… Continue Reading

Favorite Things Gift Giving Guide


It’s that gift giving time of year again!!! If you stress over your list of loved ones, and struggle to find the perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, fret no more.  25 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite things in a gift giving guide, and nearly all of the items are under $25!  This list can offer a long lasting gift guide to refer back to when you need that special… Continue Reading

What I wore Wednesday Style Files~Serious or Smiley?

fall fashion @Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what I’ve worn!  I just had to take a break….but I’ve got a few new outfits to share, and I’m linking up to The Pleated Poppy, as usual. For those new, I get inspiration from others aiming to be stylish on a budget, and share what I wear. I noticed when editing pics that I found one serious and one smiley of me–which do I do best? Outfit… Continue Reading

What to wear in Family Pictures

What to Wear in Family Pictures

Deciding what to wear in Family Pictures can be a daunting task. What colors to wear? How can we coordinate, but not be match-matchy? I’ve got some great tips to think about, and at the bottom of the post, links to other ideas to help you on your way to get fabulous family pictures!  I have our family pictures taken at least once a year, if we are going on a fun family trip, I… Continue Reading

Glimpse into my closet~What I wore Wednesday

what to wear

I skipped this segment last week…did you notice? Sometimes I wear the same outfit 3 times in a week, and other days I’m in my workout clothes or jammies. I also don’t want to necesssarily commit to pictures of me in my clothes EVERY Wednesday, so we’ll just see. With school starting, I had a lot of activites going on, that forced me to get dressed! Above: Old Navy shirt, JCP jeans, Payless navy flats … Continue Reading

Style Files~finally wore my bib necklace

coral bubble necklace

{Today is the last day to enter the massive end of summer giveaway (50 winners/$1200 in prizes) If you have not, go HERE to enter!} Each week, I try to be creative with my existing wardrobe, along with challenging myself to spiffy up a little more than yoga pants and a ratty old t-shirt. I’m not saying I don’t do that…just not every day. I link up to The Pleated Poppy’s “What I wore Wednesday”… Continue Reading

new nude heels~my style files of fashion

style files my nude pumps

{If you have come from The Pleated Poppy today, click on HOME above, to see the big giveaway starting today!} For those of you newer around here, on Wednesdays, I like to link up to The Pleated Poppy’s What I wore Wednesday.  Hundreds of people also link up, and it’s a great spot to look around…see what others are wearing…and get ideas on how other moms around the world are putting pieces together. Some days… Continue Reading

Style Files~What I wore Wednesday

owl necklace china bracelet

It’s back!  Here are a few outfits that I wore in the past week, along with one of my 7 going on 13 year old daughter. My kids took most of these with my phone…Above, my nude wedges that I am really loving (remember, from the Alaska JCPenney for $11), casual skirt and white lace undershirt from Downeast in Utah (wish they were here in TX), peachy cotton top, feather earrings and purple flower ring from… Continue Reading