coat: cole haan, pants: d jeans, boots: target, bag: jc penny, scarf: forever 21

Downtown Des Moines, Iowa



Two Shoes

sweater: j crew, pants: joe fresh jcp, necklace: forever 21, watch: charming charlie ankle boots and shades: target, leopard print wedges: dots


Fields of Gold

After a brief hiatus from blogging, I am back just in time for my favorite season. Fall is here and we midwesterners have lucked out with perfect weather. Normally our autumns get cut short by long hot summers and impatient winters, but this year has been glorious.

I found this vest ten years ago at a thrift store in the Quad Cities. The label says Alpine Ski but it reminds me of Marty McFly or Michael Jackson. It's very warm and seems to always effortlessly be neither in or out of style.

In any case, it's great to be back and although I'm not going to make promises, I hope to be blogging more often from here forward. As always, thanks for reading!

Anna @TSB

boots: MIA, jeans: H&M, shirt: from my sister, vest: thrifted, bracelet and hat: forever21


Summer Chevron

dress: kmart, shoes: target (old), wallet: also target, coffee: greatest grains

It feels like summer! I am wearing an $18 dress from Kmart, do you guys ever shop there? It may seem like an unlikely place to find clothes but I am often pleasantly surprised by the "attention" brand. Also, if you have large hands like me, attention brand bracelets are sized slightly larger than most and will actually fit. So affordable, too! The dress, like most dresses, is slightly see-through but I just wore a slip underneath. I can already tell I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of this dress in the next few months and have already received tons of compliments on it. Overall good purchase!

Watermelon toenails: apply one coat of pink, let dry. Paint a light green stripe across the tip, let dry and then paint the dark green rind, leaving a sliver of the light green rind exposed. Finally add black dots with a toothpick to make the seeds.

Thanks for reading :-)


Warm Spell

shoes: c label, bag: calvin klein, dress: target, necklace and belt: forever 21


Sunny Afternoon


Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 
Don't forget to thank a veteran today! 

shoes: 6PM, skirt: ny&co (similar), top: the limited, necklace: forever 21, jacket: j crew


Army Green

Happy Armed Forces Day to the brave men and women who serve our country!

I don't talk much about my day job on this blog, but today it is relevant and worth a mention.  I work with homeless veterans by assisting them in finding permanent housing. My position was made available by a grant through the VA as part of the Five Year Plan to end veteran homelessness. The grant has the ability to pay security deposits and rent to help vets get back on their feet. 

It is so rewarding to see someone go from sleeping outside, in their vehicle or in a homeless shelter to signing a lease and living in their own apartment. I am one of the lucky people who can honestly say they love their job!

So today, I just wanted to say thank you and dedicate this post to all the members of military, armed forces, veterans and their families. You are appreciated, honored and respected by your civilian neighbors. Thank you for your service!

dress: apt 9, bag, calvin klein, necklace: forever 21, jacket: ana, shoes: target
If you are a veteran or know a veteran who is in crisis, please visit the Veteran Crisis Line website or call 1.800.273.8255 and dial 1 for 24/7 confidential support.



Easter Cake Balls

These are super easy to make and look cute for Easter.

Boxed cake mix + frosting = the dough, then all you do is dip them in almond bark! Here's the recipe I followed.

melted almond bark


Happy Easter from The Second Breakfast!