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that’s what she wore ~ thrifted tropical print shorts for spring

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All photos in this post were taken by my lovely sis Amanda.

If there’s one trend for this spring/summer that you should be able to easily find at a thrift store, it’s longer, looser, printed shorts.  I love the color story of this tropical pair of shorts I thrifted.  They can be worn with several different colors and styled in a variety of ways.

For those spring time days when it still gets a little cool out {I think we’ve moved past that stage here in OKC, finally}, this sweater is a perfect topper. tropical print shorts outfit 1I am a sucker for special details like the short mock collar {another big trend for this summer!} and the wide cuffs on this sweater. tropical print shorts outfit 7Everything here was thrifted, other than the sandals.  I’ve gotten a whole lot of wear out of this pendant, mostly because it goes with so many of my Thunder-colored outfits. :)  I paired the pendant with a red, chain handle clutch in order to bring out each of the corresponding colors in the shorts.  I kept the shoes more muted, but played up the orangey-red pops even more with my makeup {first photo up above}.  I have always had that old-lady tendency of matching my makeup to my outfit, and I don’t plan on changing my ways anytime soon!

tropical print shorts outfit 5tropical print shorts outfit 6tropical print shorts outfit 4tropical print shorts outfit 3So, in other, non-clothing-related news, I just have to mention how I have the best mentor in the world.  I know I’ve talked about her briefly on here before, but let me just give a little shout out to Kathy Davis.  We meet just about every week and talk about life and God and our weaknesses and strengths and highs and lows.  One topic that’s come up a lot is our fitness.  Not just weight, but general healthiness and well being.  {Important note on that: my sis Amber is the best fitness guru I know, and she always reminds me that you should work out to be healthy, not to get skinny!}  So, Kathy basically forced me into working out with her for the next couple of months by purchasing us a couple of months {!!} of fitness bootcamp.  Yikes!  I’ll be the first to say that I was super hesitant and actually pretty terrified about the idea of doing some tough workouts for the next couple of months.  But, we started this morning {at 6am, ahhhh!}, and I’ve been feeling very grateful to have someone who gave me the push and motivation I needed to kickstart a healthy summer.  And the best part is, Kathy and I are doing this together, so it will be impossible for me to punk out halfway through.

Are any of you starting a new fitness routine??  Tell me about it in the comments!

Oh, and I am not one to diet at all, whatsoever….But, working out has always been a huge motivation for me to eat healthier!  For one, I don’t want to waste a freaking hard, sweaty workout by eating grossly unhealthy food.  And two, I always feel way better while working out, and am able to complete the workouts more easily, if I am eating healthy.  Are you guys like that at all?

To end this on a really honest note, I really and truly do want to be healthier, but I also really, really would love for all my clothes to fit a little better.  So, there’s that.  Fashion fitness motivation.  Fitness fashion motivation.  Whatev, I’m going to bed now. :)


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photo shoot ~ doyle family portraits, tulsa, ok

vibrant outdoor family photos001vibrant outdoor family photos002Oh, I love this family portrait session!

I’ve known Ashley for a few years now.  We met and got to know each other through our mutual friends Kevin and Melissa.  Ashley was super excited about our session, and she did a fantastic job at planning all of it!  She scouted out this perfect location in Tulsa for us to shoot, she chose wonderful outfits for her family to wear, and she brought some great props.  Seriously, all I had to do was show up with my camera and act a fool in order to get the kids to look at the camera occasionally. ;)vibrant outdoor family photos005But really, how gorgeous are these children?? vibrant outdoor family photos003vibrant outdoor family photos004vibrant outdoor family photos006vibrant outdoor family photos007vibrant outdoor family photos008vibrant outdoor family photos009vibrant outdoor family photos010vibrant outdoor family photos011Ashley, you are one hot mama!vibrant outdoor family photos012vibrant outdoor family photos013James and I became great friends during our session.  He’s pretty cool. vibrant outdoor family photos014My lifelong best friend, Jen, has amazing curly red hair, and her whole life people have always stopped her to tell her how beautiful she is.  Ashley said people have already started that with Julia.  She’s just so pretty!vibrant outdoor family photos015vibrant outdoor family photos016vibrant outdoor family photos017I had to include this one, because real life, y’all.. :)vibrant outdoor family photos018vibrant outdoor family photos019vibrant outdoor family photos020vibrant outdoor family photos022vibrant outdoor family photos021See what I mean about the perfect props Ashley brought??  Love this quilt and the throw pillows!vibrant outdoor family photos023Melt my heart….vibrant outdoor family photos024vibrant outdoor family photos025vibrant outdoor family photos026vibrant outdoor family photos027I adore the way Julia is looking at James in this next picture!vibrant outdoor family photos028vibrant outdoor family photos029vibrant outdoor family photos030vibrant outdoor family photos031Ashley, Doyle, and kiddos~

You guys are awesome!  I really, really loved taking your family photos.  Thanks for making my job easier and being so fun to photograph.  Looking forward to seeing you guys again soon, I hope. :)


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that’s what she wore ~ in alaska!

alaska vacation outfits 18Okay, so this is kind of just an excuse to post Alaska pix, and kind of a follow up to my previous post.  I didn’t take any “outfit pix” in Alaska, but I did take about twelve million photos {a good mix of iPhone and my real camera}, some of which show the clothes I wore..

Let’s get right to it.

Airport outfits, in my opinion, should be comfy and cool.  Why settle for just comfy when you can also have cool??  Silver leggings and layers were perfect for my flight out, when I went from warm, muggy weather in Dallas to cooler weather up north.  {Oh, and I only wear shoes with socks to fly now, because I hate walking through the security check points barefoot.  Eww.} alaska vacation outfits 10This next photo is from my first day in Alaska….and it was nearly ten o’clock at night!  The long daylight hours during the summer there are really crazy.  I loved it!alaska vacation outfits 11My second day there, we drove up to Denali National Park.  I was super excited to wear some plaid in Alaska, because it just seems fitting.  This plaid top isn’t flannel, which is good, because it was over seventy degrees out that day!alaska vacation outfits 12This outfit was comfy for the three and a half hour car ride that day, plus it was nice and roomy so I could get two scoops of ice cream! ;)  If you ever go to this little ice cream shop in Denali, get the huckleberry ice cream!  So good.alaska vacation outfits 13We stayed at a sweet little cabin in Healy, Alaska, that night before exploring Denali Park the next day.  This trippy pic was taken in the woods right outside our cabin.  Toryn {pictured up above with me} and I had fun playing with some panoramic photos on my iPhone.alaska vacation outfits 14This outfit of layered white tops over black leggings {all of it thrifted} was perfect for exploring Denali.  Betsy and I are smiling and posing here like this water wasn’t freezing cold.  {Also, this is right after we saw a couple of bears off in the distance!} alaska vacation outfits 15alaska vacation outfits 16This outfit also proved to be perfect for some light hiking and climbing. ^p.s. I didn’t carry a purse around Denali, that’s my lens bag!alaska vacation outfits 17alaska vacation outfits 19alaska vacation outfits 20Even though it was surprisingly warm out my first couple of days there {and I loved it!}, I was determined to get a pic in some snow.  I mean, I was in Alaska, after all!  This patch of frozen snow {ice?} worked for me, although it didn’t respond at all to my snow angel attempt.alaska vacation outfits 21And would you believe my white tops stayed completely clean all day, until the snow angel pose??alaska vacation outfits 22The next day was Sunday, and we were back at my friends’ home.  We started off the day by going to their church.  Betsy and I stopped to take a few pix after church.  I was fascinated by the clouds over the mountains.  It was so pretty!

I am shamelessly including this pic to show off my calf muscles.  Shout out to good genes plus heels-wearing for shaping these legs! :)alaska vacation outfits 23I promise I didn’t just traipse around Alaska in heels, y’all.  I only wore them to church and then again for a quick little photo shoot I had Betsy do of me the last night I was there.alaska vacation outfits 24On Monday, we headed down south a bit from where my friends live.  The drive was absolutely beautiful!  A sweatshirt, soft leggings, and beanie were perfect for the cooler temps and slightly drizzly day.alaska vacation outfits 25alaska vacation outfits 26We found some more frozen snow!alaska vacation outfits 27I fell down right before this pic.  See Toryn laughing at me??  Haha!alaska vacation outfits 28On Tuesday morning, we hiked up to Thunder Bird Falls.  It was an easy hike and another beautiful day!  The slightly cooler temps allowed me to bust out another beanie.  This floral jacket goes with everything, I swear. alaska vacation outfits 30alaska vacation outfits 29My last night there, I shot a couple of family photo sessions.  After that, I asked Betsy to grab a few quick pix of me, since I wanted to have some legit pix with the mountains in the background. alaska vacation outfits 31This whole outfit, including shoes, was thrifted. :)alaska vacation outfits 32I loved every bit of my trip up to Alaska, and I can’t wait to go back!!  I’ll share some of the scenic stuff I shot {plus a few bear photos!} soon.


p.s.  Thanks to Toryn and Betsy for taking photos of me that I used in this post. :)

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KristenMay 29, 2015 - 7:15 pm

Oh your trip looks like it was beautiful! I’m also blown away by the full daylight pic at ten o’clock, whaaat?!

[…] this except a larger size at the same thrift store on the same day.  You can see me wearing it here in Alaska! :)}This floaty little skirt is the coolest.  It’s hard to go wrong with […]

take me back to alaska » Abi RuthOctober 2, 2015 - 8:02 pm

[…] since I was missing The Last Frontier, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite randoms from my trip up there.  {Be sure to check out the cropped-in version of the sweet bear we saw my last night […]

true life stories ~ how to pack for a trip to alaska

alaska vacation outfits 01Please notice I did not title this How To Pack Lightly For Alaska.  I’m pretty sure I will never write a blog post on how to pack lightly.  Just wanted to be clear on that, first.

I booked this trip months ago {gotta get those cheap airfares}, and have since spent a bit of time thinking about what in the world I was going to wear on my trip to our northernmost state.  Pinterest, my favorite source of inspiration, surprisingly did not offer much help when I was trying to mentally plan outfits.  So I thought I’d put together my own post in case these outfits work out well for a trip to Alaska in May. I’ll be sure to report back and let you all know, or you can follow along with my trip on SnapChat {abi.ruth – abi underscore ruth was already taken, which made me sad because that’s my social media handle everywhere else} and Instagram, where I’ll probably be posting the most while I’m gone.

Can you guys tell I am just a little bit excited about this vacation??!!  I mean, I have ideas all the time for blog posts, and much like the ideas I have all the time for all sorts of things in life, I mostly don’t follow through and do a lot of them.  So this is kind of a big deal, even though it’s not really.  I actually took the time to photograph my outfits for this trip before I packed them!  And I was almost completely packed over twenty-four hours before I even leave!

Okay, enough patting myself on the back, let’s talk clothes! :)

When I asked my friend Betsy what the weather is like up there right now, she said it’s been around the fifties during the day and cools down a bit at night.  She said layers are the key to dressing in Alaska.  So I packed things I can layer.

For the outermost layers, I am taking these pieces below.  The big, chunky sweater in the middle is roomy and incredibly cozy and it has pockets!  No matter how many layers I have on, I can throw this over it all.  And it’s a nice long length so it will keep my booty warm, too.  :)  I plan on taking it on the plane to use as a blanket and/or pillow.  The black and white sheer top will add a cool graphic punch to any outfit.  And the little floral jacket is one of my favorite recent pieces – all the colors make it go with almost anything.

I got the striped piece online somewhere a long time ago, maybe from GoJane.  The awesome sweater is one of my favorite thrifted items this year so far.  I found it at Heart and Hand thrift store, and I’ve worn it about a million times since buying it.  I found the perfect floral jacket at Burlington Coat Factory not too long ago.

alaska vacation outfits 02Next up are my long sleeved tops I’m taking.  You might notice I’m not a super casual person, but I tried hard to pack stuff I can wear outside while hiking/sightseeing. I think I did a good job?

The only top here that wasn’t thrifted is the bright orange one.  I’ve had it forever and I can’t even remember where I got it.alaska vacation outfits 03Okay, so I have to mention this about these tank tops I’m taking: every single one of these is Mossimo brand from Target {I think they make some of the best tanks that fit well and don’t wear out quickly}, but I found every single one of these at thrift stores!  Just thought that was kind of funny.  Other than the green/black/white one, these tanks are long enough to pull down over my bottom, thereby adding that essential layer to meet my leggings requirements. :)  Also, I think the blue dip dyed one is probably a guys tank top, but whatev.alaska vacation outfits 04Look, tee shirts!  I can do casual…. haha.  And yes, I know the emerald green top isn’t a tee shirt, but it fell into the short sleeve shirt category {and it’s a cute, flattering top that doesn’t wrinkle – kinda perfect!}.  These shirts were all thrifted except for the sweet Oklahoma tee, which I got at DNA Galleries a couple years ago {#shoplocal!}.alaska vacation outfits 05Finally we have made it to the bottoms {that was a lot of tops, y’all}…. Silver leather-ish looking leggings from Amazon, because why not?!  I think I am going to wear those on my flight to Alaska, because I like to make a statement with my arrival {I’m getting in at 2:23am, but whatev} and because I have a layover in Vegas and I fully plan on spending all of it playing the slot machines in the airport there — and silver leggings seem fitting for that, right? :)

But wait, it gets better.. See these sweet wide leg printed pants?  I got them at CVS for nine ninety-nine.  This is a true story!  I try to act like I’m so cool, like all my clothes come from thrift stores or local shops, but really, when I’m at CVS buying makeup {I have their rewards card and I get allll the coupons, guys!} and I see a cute pair of pants that for some unknown and unexplainable reason are being sold at CVS, I must buy them.  Apparently.  Ain’t no shame in the game.  Okay, maybe a teeny tiny bit of shame.

Anyway.  The grey jeans were a thrifted answer to prayer, as I’ve searched high and low for grey jeans that fit great.  I was at the point where I was willing to pay a lot for them, when just the other day I found these at a thrift store.  Yay!  The bright leggings came from Ross and the black ones from Goodwill.  The blue yoga pants came from TJ Maxx, which has great workout clothes for good prices.  And I thought it would be smart to bring one skirt along {I got it at Burlington Coat Factory a long time ago}.  This stretchy knee length pencil skirt packs great and the charcoal color goes with almost anything.

alaska vacation outfits 06I planned each piece I am taking and was pretty organized about it, otherwise I would have packed soooo much more.  I have specific outfits in mind, but I tried to pack things I could mix and match, since I’m not sure exactly what all we will be doing while I’m there {and because I like to have options}.  Really, I think I could make outfits to last for about a month from these clothes!

To save room, I always roll most of my clothes when packing. alaska vacation outfits 07Some tops with their buttons and pockets and sleeves seem bulkier to me if I roll them, so I just fold them instead. alaska vacation outfits 08I saved the shoes for last because shoes are the best, right??  Obviously I have to take one pair of {thrifted} heels.  I have no idea if I’ll wear them, but if we go to church or a nice dinner, I’ll be happy I have them.  Trust me when I say these are, overall, the most casual shoes I have ever taken on any trip!  I am so proud of myself for packing such practical shoes, y’all.  I mean, at least I think they are practical.  They’re practical for me.

Oh, pro tip: always bring a pair of flip flops when traveling.  I honestly almost never wear flip flops at home, but they’re great “house shoes”, shower shoes, pool shoes, etc when you’re on vacay. alaska vacation outfits 09So that’s what I’m taking to Alaska.  I also threw in a couple of beanies and a scarf, but I forgot to take pix of those.  Here’s hoping this wardrobe will do me well while I’m on my trip!


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Kelly BeaneMay 22, 2015 - 11:31 pm

You were packed 24 hours before a trip!?!?!? That’s a record ;) This is so much more than what I could have imagined for a trip to Alaska. You are quite amazing my friend!

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that’s what she wore ~ a comfy monday work outfit

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{Big thanks to my sis Amanda for taking all the photos in this post.}

In addition to doing my photography, I also work in an office for a construction company.  I’ve worked here for years, and this job has been a huge blessing in my life in several ways.  Not only does it help pay for my shopping addiction my bills, but it also provides some structure in my life.  I am not the best at establishing boundaries, even when it comes to work hours and such, so it helps to have a job in an office with “normal” working hours.  It also helps to have a job where I can edit photos and work on blog posts and such things, as long as I get my other work done.  My bosses are very kind and laid back, and I can wear pretty much anything I want to work, but even with a relaxed attitude and no restrictions at the office, I try to make an effort to look nice.  Even so, on Monday mornings {after often doing photo shoots during the weekend}, I sometimes am pretty not-excited about getting up and being at work at 8am on Monday – just like everyone else in the world, right?  So, this outfit is perfect for days when you want to be comfy and feel like you’re wearing sweats, but still look presentable at work.  Now, maybe your office isn’t as laid back as mine {sorry}, and if that’s the case you could consider this type of outfit for a casual Friday at work or a weekend look {in which case you’d probably want to swap out the heels for some Chucks or something}.

As I think I’ve mentioned before on these outfit posts, my goal isn’t to provide you with links to purchase these items {they are almost always all thrifted, after all}, but more to give you ideas for outfits.  I get comments all the time from people saying they need help with style, and I love to talk about clothes, so for me it’s fun and hopefully helpful to break down my thought process about outfits.  To be honest, it helps me, too.  Usually I don’t really think about why I choose to wear a certain thing, or why I pair items together .  But when I post about it, it helps me analyze and define my style.  For example, looking at these pix, I think: I should have pushed up my sleeves and had them rolled/bunched around my elbows.  It would have added a little bit of the coolness factor {just look at the JCrew site to see what I mean}.

Also, I feel I need to touch on this as briefly and delicately as possible….as I’ve gotten older {I’m thirty-four}, my metabolism has slowed down and my love of food has not, so I’ve gained a bit weight.  I’m not super happy at all with my body right now.  To be honest, it’s mainly because a lot of my clothes don’t fit and that makes me sad.  haha.  I know, I should be more concerned about my health, and I am.  But what can I say, I’m a little vain and sometimes shallow. ;)  However, I think forcing myself to record some outfits now is good {as much as I might want to hide from the camera} because not all women are very thin, but the vast majority of style bloggers are.  I still love looking at fashion blogs, but often I find myself thinking the outfits featured wouldn’t really look very good on me.  So maybe I can provide some style inspiration for women who are closer to my size.

And of course, a big goal of mine with these outfit posts is to show people the type of fun, nice clothing you can find at thrift stores if you are willing to put in some effort.  It’s nice to potentially save money while reducing, reusing, and recycling, and to look good on top of it all. :)comfy thrifted work outfit 02Okay, let’s talk about the outfit {finally, I know}.  The top and skirt were thrifted.  The necklace is from Stella and Dot, and was a gift to me from my awesome friend Angie.  The purse was given to me by my mom, who had someone give it to her when they were tired of it.  I love gifts and hand-me-downs! :)comfy thrifted work outfit 03comfy thrifted work outfit 07Pockets are always, always a welcome addition to any piece of clothing, right?comfy thrifted work outfit 08These shoes came from GoJane a long time ago, and they are super versatile.  Every time I wear them, I get compliments on them.  I think adding the necklace and these heels really elevates this outfit from slouchy-comfy wear to okay-I-can-wear-this-to-work wear.comfy thrifted work outfit 06I almost didn’t post this pic because I think my butt looks not-so-great.  But then I figured, what the heck, let’s just break the internet. ;)  Joking.  Doing leg lifts, lunges, and squats as soon as I finish writing this! :)  {My butt used to be my best feature.  Aging and gravity have not worked in my favor. Dang it! ;-/}comfy thrifted work outfit 05Oh!  I almost forgot to talk about my shades.  Like all my other glasses, they are prescription glasses from ZenniOptical.  I just got them, and I already love them so much!  They cost nineteen dollars, people!  Well, plus a little extra for the tinting to turn them into sunglasses.  I chose the eighty percent tinting on these, if anyone is wondering.  I wasn’t sure if eighty percent would be too dark, but I like it. comfy thrifted work outfit 09Whenever I am shopping {thrifting}, I am constantly drawn to clothing that has a little extra something, some sort of unique detailing.  The little pockets on this top, the studs on the heels, and the slit in the skirt all add visual interest to what otherwise might be a pretty basic outfit.

Plus, thanks to good genes and lots of heel-wearing, my legs are part of my body that I’m actually pretty happy with, so a slit on a long skirt works well for me.  You’ve gotta know what you’re working with, people.  Emphasize the good! :)comfy thrifted work outfit 11comfy thrifted work outfit 10Hope this Monday is the beginning of a lovely week for all of you.  I am freaking out excited because I head to Alaska on Wednesday to visit some lifelong friends.  Can’t wait!!


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AnnaMay 18, 2015 - 10:22 pm

i love the color combo! Blue and grey are my favorites for comfy clothes. You inspire me to go thrifting with every outfit you wear! And your butt looks great ;)

Abi RuthMay 19, 2015 - 9:25 pm

haha! thanks, anna. :)

Kelly BeaneMay 22, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Although I love the color in this outfit, that last b&w image is my favorite of you! Those heels are to die for too!