Thursday, December 30, 2010


So, I have been slacking on taking pics of what I've been wearing. DON'T FRET. I have been dressing my best. I am not embarrassed or anything. It is just that I am SO BUSY at work that I forget about things like bracelets and boots and documenting them. However, I have two photos saved from a few weeks ago. It has been SO COLD AND SNOWY here, and I have been a little irritated to be quite honest. But, it hasn't prevented me from putting a little extra effort in. I mean we don't want a repeat of baggy jeans/TOMs/no makeup. That would be pretty devastating and I might lose all my friends. I mean, I wouldn't LOSE them, but I'd be forced to go to Starbucks alone.

SO here is outfit ONE:
Grey J. Brands, boots, black tee, and my amazing scarf from the Merida Family. Of course, I have a side braid, because as far as I know they are still super in and I am still super lazy...

and Outfit TWO:
Holy Macaroni, my hair is down. WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. However, I AM wearing Uggs, there was a foot of snow on the ground. Ok maybe the ground was just cold and there wasn't actual snow, but I am not really sure how that is applicable to this conversation. I have an old F21 sweater on and a FABULOUS necklace my friend Stephanie gave me in July for my bday! I love it... I'll have to post a close up pic sometime because it is realllllllly cute.

Anyways, I was really proud of myself for a) getting out of bed early enough to put thought into my appearance, b) not getting too caught up in flow charts to forget to document it, and c) finally sitting down and writing about it now. ENJOY!


This blog has brought me a lot of things.

It has brought me confidence. It has made me realize I have unbelievable will-power and self control. It has made me realize I can basically do anything I set my mind to. It makes me really, really proud of myself.

It has brought me some cute gifts :-) For example, over Christmas I was really blessed with a new blazer (thanks Ash) and a GREAT blouse (thanks Rach) and a SUPER great Style book (thanks Lindy) and of course lots of cute new sweaters (thanks Mama)! My birthday? I got hooked up then too. Now, when people may think to buy me a gift card to Bardenay, I get new threads instead. JACKPOT. Seriously, nicest people ever in my life.

It has also brought me a lot of new people. I don't mean to sound like I am really, really popular or something. I mean that a lot of people I wouldn't really talk to are reading my blog, and because of that, I've met some great new friends. It is SO cool to see girls in the bar who I've never really talked to- and be told "Hey Kelli! I LOVE your blog!" or to have guys at work say "My girlfriend LOVES your blog." It makes me really overwhelmed and really joyful. I seriously appreciate the people who take the time to read this, and who are enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy writing.

I have one new friend in particular, and she is amazing for real. Like you guys, she is probably my long lost twin. Let me tell you about BELLA. She is such an inspiring girl, and I am so glad that she found my blog and
that we've become close. Now--- we've never met in person, which is a bummer. But we are from the same small town and have a TON of mutual friends. However, while I'm still typing away in Idaho, girlfriend has gone on to bigger and better and huger things- and is living the American dream in LA. She LOVES the beauty industry, and has been fortunate enough to be able to tie her passion of writing to her LOVE of beauty products. I seriously am clueless about beauty stuff, as I mentioned in my Clumps of Mascara post. Seriously, I don't know what goes where and why. Even though I worked for Aveda for 2 years, I still stumble into salons and and Sephora and just kind of blink. SO why would miss Bella be able to help me with this??? Because she has her VERY own blog: ColorMeBella. She writes ALL about different makeup brands, hair products- everything I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT. And she does it well. She has an AMAZING voice and I thoroughly enjoy her writing. If she has taught me anything through our emails and texts- it is to STAY TRUE to your voice and people will enjoy reading. So that is EXACTLY what I've done. And I am proud to say, I've done something for her too. She has decided to take her blog in a HUGE DIRECTION. Bella, a beauty addict, is going to go SIX MONTHS without coloring, cutting, or even STRAIGHTENING her hair.

Holy. Mack. I mean, I might be able to go a year without shopping- but you better believe that my buns are seated firmly in my stylist's chair every five weeks. And that my GHD flat iron is plugged in promptly at 8 every morning.

I honestly don't know how she is going to do it-- but I have found in my own journey that public accountability is huge. If I didn't have readers, I would have broken down and got myself some new J. Brand's MONTHS ago. I wouldn't have made it 2 weeks in the summer without new sandals, but I knew I had readers who wanted to see my succeed. With that, I not only ask, I beg, all of your to venture over to ColorMeBella and support my girl. I am 150% positive that she will succeed, and I want all of you to cheer her on. This is a huge, HUGE deal. And if anything, you'll get to learn about all the new makeup and beauty trends... which for me, is enough to read this blog until the day I die.



Monday, December 27, 2010


SO, I have 10 drafts. 10. That is ridic, mostly beacuse I haven't posted any of them... but have all of these ideas. I really need to get it together and WORK on them. I guess the holidays swept me away (or was it being bed-ridden and coughing all over everything??).

I need to get better time management and get some posts POSTED for your reading pleasure. My goal? All 10 by the New Year.

Wish me luck :-)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sick Day.

I have gotten SO MANY texts and emails asking why I haven't updated my blog. Well, that is because I have been on my deathbed. Literally, SO sick. It is almost gross. I think I have H1N1. Is that still going around? Who am I kidding, of course it is because I have it. Yuck.

Anyways, today I finally emerged from my deathbed because work called. Literally, they called and were wondering if I was alive. It is hard to keep up with all of your emails from an iPhone. I realized I didn't want to get SO far behind that I needed to work on Christmas. Granted, no one would ever make me work on Christmas because I work for a pretty legit company. BUT I am OCD and if my work isn't done, I don't rest. Plus, my brother is coming home for Christmas (wahoo!) and how rude would it be to be making flow charts instead of drinking hot buttered rums?? SO I got myself out of bed and crawled to work.

Fun Fact: When I am sick, I dress up. It makes me pretend I'm not sick. SO this is my "sick day outfit..."

Boots, skinny jeans, and a fancy Urban blouse that may or may not have come from Lindy's closet. It is super weird that I dress nice when I am sick, because I am telling you if I felt like a million bucks, I'd have NO PROB wearing leggings, flip flops, and a sweatshirt. I guess it is kind of reverse to what you're supposed to do. Oh well!

Either I am highly medicated or I am starting to feel better. I am hoping that I am starting to feel better! Plus, I have a ton of new posts DRAFTED. I just need to add pictures and edit the text. For those loyal readers- I bet you know that one of them is about the BOOTS in the picture! (I didn't have boots before... did I?!? Don't worry, I didn't buy them). So come back OFTEN during the next few days, lots of posts are en route.

Monday, December 13, 2010

7 Ways to Wear a White Tshirt.

So, readers, I've got some good news and some bad news. I'm sure if you're Facebook friends with me, you've seen a lot of pictures from my session with AmmoPhotog (who, by the way, is an AMAZING photographer and PUH-LEASE go visit her site). Basically, I was given an assignment to showcase SEVEN ways to wear ONE item. I, obv, chose a white v-neck tee from Madewell. Because that is my GO-TO item. Unfortch, the article is not going to be published. DEVASTATING, right? My first "shut down" moment that is writing related. Boo.

BUT, do not fear. I mean, I did for a second, but then... would rather have me as a weekly columnist. And the article was not suited for a weekly column! So... while it is sad that the article won't be on the site- OTHER articles will. Every single week. And of course, all of you will be the first ones to know.

However, I HATE wasting things. So, I wanted to publish the article here so everyone could see. It is really long... Sorry. Hope you enjoy:

You know that girl who always tells the BEST stories and can make a simple visit to the pet store sound funny? Apparently, that’s me. You see, I was the world’s most awkward teenager. I quickly realized I’d never, ever get dates to the Valentine’s Dance, so I decided to be funny instead. I also was really, really clueless about clothes. I dedicated my time to reading fashion magazines and imagining myself as a young, twenty something who was so super stylish and awesome. I was actually quoted, numerous times, saying I just couldn’t wait for a credit card and I was just going to CHARGE IT. Being awesome was the goal.

Well, thankfully as the years passed I kind of grew into my ears and figured out how to put together an outfit. I think. I still spend hours studying fashion magazines, and thank the heavens- I still can be funny. My friends have been begging me to start blogging for years, because rumor has it that no one can recap the night before like me. I love to tell stories and I love to write. So I caved, and I started a blog. However, I figured out in about 3.4 days that my life is fairly boring. After a post about how pretty my town is (Boise, Idaho) and another about how soft my cat is (seriously, I should probably get her coat insured)… I realized I was not creating anything anyone wanted to read. I needed a topic, a story, SOMETHING other than just my miscellaneous thoughts. I mean, my thoughts are legit- just not really entertaining. So, I decided I would stop shopping for a year and created StopShop on April 1, 2010. Boom. I think since I’ve made my own money, I have been playing junior high catch up and just making up for all of the years I didn’t shop or know how to shop. So, I’m an addict. I’ve found that really nothing brings me more joy than sale signs, dressing rooms, and the thrill of walking out of the store victorious. It seemed impossible- because no shopping means no new clothes, no new accessories, and no new shoes. That scarf on sale at Target for like $3.80? The amazing, sequined vintage jacket at the thrift shop by my house? Or the once in a lifetime deal on J. Brand’s? Yeah. I can’t have any of those. It legitimately hurts my heart. Like, I should probably be on some sort of medication to handle this. But, I have my writing topic, and I am happy to be writing. I am not really happy with the fact the year is still 4 months from ending… but I feel pretty awesome having made it this far. And like I said, being awesome was the goal.

So, if you can’t shop for a year… you gotta work with what you got. How annoying, right? Trust me, it has been an ordeal. Those mornings where you feel like you have nothing to wear… is how I start my day, EVERY day. It is seriously a miracle that I don’t break out into hives in the middle of my walk-in closet. But, it is all in the styling. So, when I study those magazines, I pick out what I like and do my best to re-create it. I wanted to show you, my new readers, that it is possible to create many looks with one item. My particular weakness is white v-neck t-shirts. For real, I am going to buy 900 when I can shop again. So, I grabbed my favorite white v-neck from Madewell and put together 7 different looks. I also grabbed my favorite photographer, Amanda of AmmoPhotog  for some help showing you the outfits of a reformed shop-a-holic. Let’s all give her a moment of silent appreciation before I dive into my outfits because otherwise, we’d all be staring at blurry iPhone pictures… and for all you’d know I’d be wearing the same outfit in each picture.

I feel like this look says “Hi! I write a blog!” because that is absolutely what I do. So, this is one of the most common looks you’ll see me in. Jeans. Wedges. White v-neck. Sequin bracelet. But let’s mix it up… a vest! Voila. Like three million times different than if I had no vest. Well, is that technically a vest? I feel like it is. Now I want to be super honest with you… the vest is borrowed. You see, my bank account informs me on a regular basis, shopping or not, that we’re in a recession. (Seriously, who is Chase, and why does he keep texting me about my account balance??) So, if I could buy new things… I’d probably decide not to, and I’d saunter over to my best friend Rachel’s house and borrow her yellow vest. SHOP YOUR CLOSETS folks. Shop your friend’s closets! Be smart. Look how smart I look in those glasses? If you don’t have a piece you need, surely someone else does. And surely if you’re ballsy enough to ask them to borrow it, they’re going to be nice enough to consider your mental health and they’ll lend you what you need. Just carry around a little laundry pen to avoid any stain disasters.

With the holidays FASTLY approaching, I am losing an uncomfortable amount of sleep trying to plan my holiday party outfits. Do you even understand that I can’t buy a new dress for New Years Eve??? Disaster. Seriously. I always buy a new dress for NYE! But, why does every fancy event need to be celebrated in a dress? Here, I paired the t-shirt with a very sparkly (and very short) skirt. I am a party girl, it’s true… but I am a responsible party girl. I don’t drink on work nights. I don’t drink and drive. And I don’t drink and wear super short skirts. No one wants to be that girl who slipped in the snow in her super short skirt. But if you want to rock it, then rock it. Pair it with some hot pumps and don’t forget to moisturize your legs. I always do that, and then have to end up asking randoms in the bar bathroom if they have lotion in their purse. At least I’m bold about some things…

This is another example of basically… how I look every day of the week. I work in a super casual office and am able to wear denim. I consider skinny jeans, flats, a cardigan, and a cute scarf my ‘work uniform.’ So, so, so comfy it should be illegal. This look includes the obvious… a white v-neck. And my every day look always includes a white v-neck. This is why I sometimes would invest in those Hanes 3-packs you get in the men’s underwear section. In addition- I forgot to tell you that just because I can’t shop doesn’t mean I can’t accept gifts. It would be RUDE to not accept gifts. So, my dear friend Lindy and her mother picked out this amazing H&M scarf for me and it was just in time for a blizzard, for real. I love the contrast of it against the white top and the pink cardigan.

Okay, since we’re still being honest, I don’t love this look. So reader I ask you to give me a moment to explain. As I mentioned, I like to get outfit ideas from magazines, and copy them. Well the idea for this was legit, but the execution… or copying… was not my best. I am not sure if it has to do with the fact that the shorts don’t really fit me as they should, or that the blazer is the wrong length. Regardless, I wanted to make a cute, but dressy, shorts look. I know a lot of the fashion world has been up in arms over this fancy shorts thing, but I am all for it. I am pro-shorts. I hope that shorts stick around a long time. And then I may call them longs. Probably not, but still. The point is that with a plain white t-shirt, you have a blank canvas to do with what you like. If you have shorts that fit you properly and a long sleeve blazer, then PLEASE wear the crap out of this look because done right- is amazing. So chic.

As I mentioned, I live in Boise, Idaho. I am going to bet my favorite pair of earrings that you don’t know where that is. Thank you, Google. But really… we’re not known for our cutting edge level of fashion. I mean, we got the skinny jean tread like 3 years late, and it changed my life. I wasted 3 years not knowing about skinny jeans. So, you can imagine faux fur vests aren’t really sweeping the college campus here. I, obviously, have one. I have had it for over a year. And I never wear it because… no one wears it. That is not the point of fashion though, as I’ve learned spending a year being FORCED to create outfits. So, I layered it over my white tee and paired it with some amazing knee high DKNY boots. When I look at this photo, this is how I imagine I am dressed all of the time. In reality, I am often in this exact outfit, just minus the vest. Silly me. If you see trends that you KNOW look good in magazines and online, then go for it. Make that trend your full time job when you wear it. Otherwise, you’ll spend a great portion of your early twenties feeling like that awkward 8th grader at the Valentine’s Dance alone. If you’re like me, you remember events based on what you wore- so better make some gorgeous memories.

Shortly after the awkward 8th grade phase of my life came the punk rock freshman year. Those who’ve read my blog have been blessed with the photo of me in Dickies, a Jesus is my Homeboy t-shirt, and a slicked back ponytail. Luckily I found out what flat irons were later on, and dodged a lifetime of terrible hair. In addition, I found out you don’t have to be cliché to create a certain look. I didn’t need to wear literal skateboarding clothes because I liked a certain type of music. So, here we have a basic faux leather jacket with some grey J. Brand skinnies. My shoes are fairly plain as well, and instead of huge hoops or gauged earrings, I’ve just got some simple studs. When wearing a piece like the jacket, there is not really a need to go overboard with anything else. The best part is, I don’t actually have to wear this to a literal concert. I can wear it to the bars with my friends, and not look like I’m trying too hard. I absolutely hate the ‘try too hard’ look. I feel like just hugging people who tried too hard. Fashion should always be fun, not strained or uncomfortable.

I saved this look for last because it has my absolute favorite item EVER. My leopard print scarf. I got this so long ago, and suddenly leopard scarves are everywhere again. I think the fashion gods felt super sorry for the poor girl who had to wear old clothes all the time and they did her a favor. The scarf is big time too, super vibrant and pretty. None of that half-assed ‘fade to leopard’ crap. No way. If you’re going to do leopard, don’t half-ass it. The softness of the scarf paired with the softness of the t-shirt totally outshines the pain of the cage shoes. Those are hot, but seriously so not me. I bought them impulsively before a Vegas trip because I thought I was a Kardashian and it just isn’t me. However, when put together as a military look… they are gorgeous. What I love about this the most is how it really wraps up how many different looks you can create using ONE basic. Don’t worry, you’re already welcome.

Hopefully this has given you all some new outfit ideas, but more so I hope it has shown you that you really don’t need all new things ALL the time. You can mix and match and make any look you want with a few basics, and some unexpected pairings. Anyone can wear a white v-neck with a pair of jeans and sneakers, but I am nearly 800% positive that with a little extra thought and planning, you can be totally awesome. My 8th grade self would be SO jealous (though probably disappointed that I don’t have a BMW yet). For more outfit ideas FULL of old clothes, you can follow me on twitter @kelliryder or always catch my blog, StopShop. And to all the other normal girls out there, don’t worry- you really don’t have to be boring no matter where you live. Wear what you want, and be happy… because I swear, happy is always in style.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


SERIOUSLY TARGET? Seriously?? I am flat out confused right now. You probably are too... Why don't we start from the beginning?... SO: My roomie, Katie, wanted some help picking out a fun "leggings" outfit, which often times is my favorite kind of outfit. Leggings are the closest thing possible to not wearing pants, and still looking like you have pants on... and not wearing pants is super comfortable. I mean really. If I am in my home, pants are rarely in the equation. TMI? Maybe, but not worried about it. This isn't even about my pants preference, it's about our trip to Target. SO I had just gotten done at the gym (yeah, I started working out again, weird, more on that later), hence the yoga pants, Uggs, and big sweatshirt. To elaborate on those, I'd like to mention that both the pants and the sweatshirt are LOCAL COMPANIES! (my employer) and of course, MT Theory, a local skate/snow/awesome company. Anyways, we're perusing through the clothes section at Target. Around every corner, I had a heart attack. SO MANY CUTE THINGS. And then there were overalls. Are we serious?? I'm just wondering. Is this a joke, or are these really for sale? Literally, I just want to know. And they aren't even just overalls, they are like... destructed overalls, with patches, like something that a scarecrow would wear. I honestly don't understand. And the worst part? There was a shorts version on the other side. I seriously just don't know. I mean, overalls are bad enough but are people literally going to buy these and like, wear the shorts version with Uggs? I am just asking. Who knows, maybe this summer I'll eat my words and wear overalls straight through to next Halloween. I doubt it, but maybe.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

J. Crew...

Well, WOW. I don't know why I looked at this, I shouldn't have. I mean I really need to get some sort of self control. Because J. Crew is going to be my biggest weakness when my shopping handcuffs are off. I recently heard we're getting one in Boise... contain yourselves. Anyways, the styling on this is seriously on an entirely different level. I can't even handle how ME this is. Monochromatic tones, sparkles, layers, I COULD DIE RIGHT NOW. The very worst part of all of this is that I literally have NOTHING IN MY CLOSET similar to ANY OF THESE THINGS. So I can't even fake it! Regardless, I feel like each look book J. Crew comes out with is substantially better than the last, so at least I have a lot to look forward to once I am shopping!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


A few posts ago, I told you about the Sista Shout Out from Clumps of Mascara. That was set up by none other than one of my closest friends in the world, Annelise (which is pronounced ana-lisa) (which is stinking cute). From the beginning of my blog, Annelise has been one of my biggest supporters. She is always checking up on the posts, commenting, and keeping me accountable. She also emailed B from CoM and got my blog showcased, resulting in a TON of new readers.

Well, pretty Annelise has embarked on her own blogging journey. But I must say, hers has a LOT more substance than mine. First, let me tell you about Annelise:

She is literally one of the perkiest people I've ever met, but she isn't annoyingly perky. I don't really know how that is possible, but it is. She is so full of joy and life, and being around her makes everything so fun. I know it is so gross and cheesy to say someone "lights up a room," but I am going to drizzle queso all over this blog and say it. She literally lights up a room.

Annelise and I met at my work,, and we became fast friends. In the picture above, we were out dancing. I've had a rough couple of months, and I've spent a lot of time trying to think about the last time I was "really, really happy." To be honest, that night we were dancing is one of those memories. I was SO happy to finally be out with my friend OUTSIDE of work, and we had a great time.

Annelise was recently engaged, and I am so, so, so (SO) excited to help her start planning her wedding. The picture above is Annelise, our friend Paula, and myself at a fun little photoshoot we did a few months ago. I must say we had some wine and I also must say that these photos are absolutely framed in my house. Paula is an amazing woman in her own, and with them my life would be a lot worse. Just being honest. Anyways, you're probably wondering why I am gushing about my friend right now... so I guess I better get to it.

Annelise has started her own blog called LastLash... and to be honest she updates it WAY more than I do so you ALL should start following it. Annelise has trichotillomania. Now is when you all ask "what is trichotillomania?"... right? Because I didn't know either. Basically, trichotillomania is defined as a compulsion to pull out one's hair. Annelise does not pull out her cute little blonde haircut, but instead is compelled to pull her eyebrows and eyelashes. This is something extremely personal to her, and something she struggles with daily. However, she has found that blogging about it helps keep her accountable and prevents her from pulling. With her blog, she has found a ton of suggestions for lash-growth stimulators... and they definitely seem to be working! She also will show what makeup she uses and tell beauty-idiots like myself how to acheive the look... because her makeup always looks so pretty.

May I just say... there are no words to describe how proud I am of her. My blog is a silly little quest to stop buying clothes I don't need. I'll be honest, sometimes it makes me feel fairly superficial. Annelise's blog is a real issue that she struggles with all the time. She is SO incredibly courageous to post her journey to stop pulling, and it says so much about her character. Annelise told me that while a blog seems like a strange way to approach it... it is really, really helping her. So I need all of you to do me a favor- and go follow my bestie's blog. I promise you won't be let down. If you didn't catch the link before... here is the URL:

Thursday, December 2, 2010


This funny cartoon went around work the other day, and I thought it would be a perfect addition to my blog. (If you're having trouble viewing the icons, you can click the image to see it larger). A lot of people (boys) are wondering why not shopping would be so hard? Well, the above diagram showcases it perfectly. Say a guy asked me out for drinks...or the girls wanted to go catch Happy Hour. I would first evaluate whether or not I'd want to. Then, of course, I'd have to pick out an outfit. What I love about this diagram is it shows "bottoms" first. I ALWAYS do that! I mean, OK... am I going to wear a dress or pants? Do I want to wear tights? Do I want to be casual or cute? Are skinny jeans weird? Do I have shoes to go with boot cut jeans? Seriously, its a huge dilemma. If I was a boy, I'd have the luxury of wearing whatever I wanted... and I'd look the same. Boys suck. Really, not fair. Seriously they're all stupid and like "oh hey, let me just wear WHATEVER because I look hot anyways." And they do, they look hot. No matter what they're wearing. Well that is not completely true, my girlfriends know how I feel about boy style. That is a whole different issue. But seriously, if they just throw on clothes that fit, they look super cute and precious and to be honest that is RUDE.. Anyways, then I move to the problem of what to wear on top. This always is dependant on if you're going out with the girls or with a guy- there is girl cute, and guy cute. Way different. Guys don't really understand or appreciate things like sleeves or sequins, and girls don't really care how low cut your shirt is. Then shoes. Is it snowy? Is it hot? Did you paint your toenails? How tall are the people you're with? Do you want to feel taller or shorter? Will you be walking a lot? I'm not kidding. It is seriously a miracle I even get out of bed some days.

So, after I've been through this exhausting flow chart and finally am clothed, I realize my hair is a rats nest and by that time it is too late to do anything about it, and I think crap! What a waste of a good outfit... I still look like crap.

AND THEN, if I even make it out the door to the bar (don't worry, I rarely don't make it to bars)... it is time to decide what to drink. If you're like me, you may drink just about anything. But if you're on a diet, or you have to work early, or you don't want beer bloat... holy mac you might as well tell the waitress to come back in 30 minutes or so. Seriously, what a disaster.

To be honest, I'm EXHAUSTED just having typed this. Luckily, my social life is PITIFUL right now. Oh wait what did I just say? I meant to say that I am like... really popular. But I am just choosing to sit at home in sweats gazing at my Christmas tree. ;-) However, I did join a gym again... more to come on that later... so tonight I don't have to worry about Happy Hour outfits, or what to order... I just have to find some gym shorts and get on the treadmill (yuck). If anyone happens to be going out tonight, feel free to use the chart and go to town. I bet you'll look awesome! And boys: (do boys even read this??) Please, just once, be grateful for the fact that you get to wear whatever the heck you want, and you'll still look perfect. Rude.