Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yo, spring is apparently finally here

Be bold this spring!
We have an amazing selections of spring items available just in time for warm weather!

This trend piece was fueled by 2 glasses of wine at Barriques.  Just thought you should know.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


It's uuber important that I live a life that is in alignment with certain ideals...and it's really simple; I do whatever makes me happy.  I've found that during the past few weeks I've been giving too much energy towards making others happy with the sad side-effect of feeling really burnt out.

Remedy: I'm taking time to realign with my ideals. The name of the game is to do what makes me happy. What does that include?  More music, less technology.  Read more, talk less.  Connect with UpShift more, run errands less.  More martinis at home, less networking.  Turn my phone on silent, spend more time with my favorite person (my fabulous husband, Dustin, of course).  So, here's to ramping up to a wonderful summer where I will spend more time walking to and from the boutique while enjoying tunes and looking forward to a glass of wine while working (hey, if you get enjoy one while shopping...than I can join you).

As always, go forth and be doing what makes you happy.

Monday, April 7, 2014

100% UpShift

I'm making it my quest to convert my entire wardrobe to 100% second hand through swapping out garments. Today's outfit brought to you by UpShift and our fabulous customers (their cast offs will be my new wardrobe, and my cast offs will ultimately become their's)

Follow my progress on this blog (along with life's other shenanigans).

This outfit is all UpShift, I paired seerucker blue and white ankle length trousers (oh, grandma would be proud that I used that word) along with my favorite crisp white tee and a blue blazer (with snazzy nautical buttons).  

Ok, this is a total shameless sharing of information.  I'm a bit crazy about this whole save-the-world-through-small-steps thing (i.e., my hubby and I only use cloth napkins and haven't used a dryer in over 8 years...whole different blog entry is needed for this topic) ANYWAYS, I teach all over Madison, thus the students or staff never see that I wear the same outfit for work every single day throughout the week.  

Yuk, right?  Hell no...I'm saving gallons of water by not doing mass amounts of laundry.  Plus I only have to pick out an outfit on Sunday and lay it out each night after my 4-6 hour shift.  By Friday it's all worn in and comfy (this is where you shut down the blog and mutter, "dirty hippy").  That's not the case at all.  I'm a fashionista on a mission to make as little impact on the environment as possible...all while looking stylish.  

As if you haven't worn your favorite thing over and over again (or wish you could)?  It just so happens my favorite things come from UpShift and my lifestyle allows me to wear my favorite things for days in a row.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Franzia Friday

Why, WHY boxed wine you ask?  It started out as a mockery (I don't really need to explain the trashiness of box wine, do I?), but then became our unofficial mascot at UpShift because it's inexpensive (oh hell, let's just be super trashy and call it cheap) and essentially it's bottomless.  To crank up the trash factor we drink it from a red solo cup.

One other reason; every time I point it out to our customers I get the same reaction - cringe, chuckle, pour. It's priceless that people get a kick out of our lack of standards, yet want to be a part of it.

Thank you for being a part of our boxed-wine-shenanigans.