Casual Kicks

Ever notice how shoes can just completely change up an outfit? I’ve recently gotten super into sneakers, and let me tell you, my casual side is really enjoying these comfy kicks. Sneakers are no longer just for a sporty look. Summer’s trend of white leather sneakers means you can look adorable in a day dress, and stay comfortable walking!

I found these perforated white leather Sam Edelman sneakers on such a good sale at TJ Maxx I had to get them! They go really well with sundresses, skirts, and jean outfits, so I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of them.

I love how easy this sporty summer look was to put together! I got this grey and white striped tee from Target and love how laid back and comfy it is. To polish the look up a bit, I tucked the tee into a slate blue high waist skirt from LOFT. I basically wear my gold arrowhead necklace everyday of my life, because it’s just that piece that I love to wear all the time, so adding it as the finishing touch to this ensemble seemed appropriate.

The Sam Edelman kicks were the perfect way to run out the door looking cute & casual. This is a perfect outfit for a daytime shopping trip or errands run. Making sure you look put together enough to walk into Target, but cool enough that you “don’t really care”. TJ Maxx isn’t the only place to score some major great white sneak ideas for Summer though! Check out my outfit details and some other really adorable white kicks options below!

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Maxi-mum Summer

You know what I’ve been avoiding?! Maxi dresses. I’m like, 4’10” and that’s being generous, so since Midi dresses hit the scene, I’ve forgotten all about it’s longer, older sister. Maxi dresses are so awesome during the summer months, because they give you a comfortable breathable look, while still maintaining your chic-ness.

I found this maxi dress through a fellow fashion Blogger, Blair Driscoll of Rose Gold Outlook. She wore it for Easter and it was so adorable. I love how she styled it in a super dressy way on her blog, but when I saw the vibrant colors I thought it would be so perfect to not only dress up, but also dress down with a more boho vibe.

I wore it out to lunch with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon before heading to hang at my Grandmother’s house for a while. It was the perfect laid back outfit that still looked cute enough for pictures after stuffing myself with all the carbs.

I love the tassel tie detail, and the slit in the front gives it the most perfect amount of movement. This dress is so flattering and so versatile. So keep it a little more chill, I wore my simple gold arrowhead necklace, bangles, and the easiest blush lace-up sandals.

According to my measurements I was right in-between sizes, and so I went with the larger of the two, so the dress was actually a little big to start with. However, I washed and dried it in my dryer and it shrank to the perfect size/length miraculously. If you’re not a risk taker like me though, I suggest going with the smaller size if you’re in-between like I was. <3

(couldn’t link exact one in widget so here are some of my favs, you can find the exact one in the 2nd paragraph link)

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Lovely Lavender

I’m going to be 100% honest. I have never liked the color Purple, no I’m not talking about the amazing Oprah movie either, I’m talking about the physical color. I’ve used a ton of plum eye liners and shadows to make my green eyes pop. But I’ve never owned an article of clothing in this shade because, well, I hate it. Until now. I found this lavender dress at Forever 21 and it fits SO well!

The shade is just the right amount of pastel mixed with vibrancy to it’s not so springy, and just right for the spring/summer transition. The dress hangs so naturally lightly off the shoulders, which is great for me because with most of my OTS pieces I do end up fighting to keep the arms in place for a good portion of the day.

Not with this dress though! For a lunch out with my mom, brother, and Cash, I dress it a little more laid back with bush perforated lace-up flats. It came with this amazing little fabric belt to cinch in my waist for a really flattering fit.

Accessory wise, I wore some great white beaded dangles, making the look a little more elevated with curls in my hair for the nicer restuarant we were dining at. I also threw on my 3 Bourbon & Bowties bracelets, because they just look great with everything, and the “State of Mind” Kate Spade pendant I haven’t taken off since Mother’s Day.

I love that this dress has a great amout of versatility. To dress it up a little more for a brunch out, I’d pair this exact look with wedges instead. To dress it down for running errands or just getting out of the house for a coffee run, I’d simply throw on a denim jacket, some white sneakers, and a messy bun.

This dress definitely opened my eyes to the gorgeousness that is the color purple, and how great it looks on every skin tone. PS- it totally did make my green eyes POP! <3

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Summer Midi

I’ve found that one of the most flattering sundress styles is the midi length sundress. It’s such a perfect length for Summer, and if you select your midi in a lightweight fabric, the dress actually keeps you super cool.

Since I’m short, I always like to pair my midi sundresses with an open toed shoe to elongate my legs. I feel this style actually gives me a lot of length and like an optical illusion, makes me look so much taller than my 4’10” frame.

I paired this amazing baby blue cotton sundress from the Loft Outlet (ps it has pockets!!!) with my go-to Spring/Summer Marc Fisher espadrilles. Wearing a tan shoe also helps to make your legs look leaner and longer, and heels always give you the best posture, so I love how flattering (and easy to walk in) these are.

Accessory wise I wanted to keep things simple and let the dress speak for itself. I threw on my Bourbon & Bowties bangles along with the FL Kate Spade necklace and I was done!

I’ve been carrying this Henri Bendel Crosby crossbody since James got it for me for Mother’s Day and the Sea Salt color goes with everything! It’s got a great amount of room in it for a lipgloss, cash, keys, cellphone and sunnies, so it’s the perfect size for a small bag without being toooo tiny.

What I love about this whole look is that I could easily take this outfit from day to night by added a cropped moto-jacket and dark lips.

While this actual sundress is sold out currently. I’ve linked some of my absolute FAVORITE midi sundress options for under $50 as well as the rest of my outfit details below.

 

Have you tried the midi length sundress yet?

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Nordstrom Sale Under $250

This is the last post I’ll be doing about this year’s Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. This post is my favorite picks under $250. My whole mantra is “Affordable Fashion with Seasonal Splurges” so this post is where you’re gunna find my picks for 2017’s best splurges.

The seasonal aspect of this comes from the fact that I pick 3-5 items to really “splurge” on each season, and by splurge I mean spend anywhere over $100 on any ONE item.

When I select an item to splurge on I look at a few different aspects of the item:
1. Long Term Wearability – is this something that will last year after year in my closet?
2. Quality of the Item – aside from the wearability which is more about style, is this item durable, made from quality products, and something that will withstand the test of time.
3. Labels – I don’t get TOO into labels when it comes to my clothing, nothing HAS to be brand name in order for me to wear it, but with that being said, when I’m splurging on something I want it to come with a great label, that’s known for it’s quality and timeless styles, and one that’s been around for years with plenty of years to come.

So without further ado- here are my splurges from the Nordstrom sale. I did things a tad different this time and separated my favs by season, because these are the “seasonal splurges” I would select.

Summer: 

 

Fall

Winter

Spring:

And that’s all folks! I had a lot of fun writing this series, as sales are literally like my favorite thing ever. Let me know what you thought about it and if you’d like to see more posts like this! <3

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Nordstrom Sale Picks Under $50

It’s here everyone! The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is upon us, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll be doing a 3 part series on the sale, dividing my favorite deals up by price points : Under $50, Under $100, and Under $250. In each post you can also expect to see the shopping experience divided into categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes and accessories.

The Under $50 is probably going to be the biggest post on here for clothing, and I’ll focus more on shoes in Under $100, and great designer bags & accessories in Under $250. This is because that’s how I shop, honestly. I like to have affordable clothing, basics that last a long time, and there’s not much in my closet clothing wise that I’ve ever paid more than $50 for. I do opt for designer, but limit myself to a few nice bags a year and 1-3 pairs of new sunnies, so that I build a timeless collection.

This post is full of all my fav pieces under $50, so without further ado let’s start with TOPS:

There are so many great deals going on right now it’s hard to not just pick it all! haha Here are my selections under $50 for BOTTOMS:

SHOES:

Last but certainly not least for this Under $50 NSale Post,  ACCESSORIES: 

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it! Seriously it was just like online shopping and sharing everything I would have “added to cart” <3 What is your favorite item under $50 in the Nordstrom Sale? Share it with me in the comments below!

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My Mom “Uniform”

I think it’s a running joke amongst all Moms that we have a basic “uniform”. For each mom that uniform is different, some are constantly in gym clothes, yoga pants, or jeans and tee shirts, but for me, it’s ever-so-slightly different.

My mom uniform consists of 4 essential pieces that can be mixed and matched all day every day for a comfortable yet stylish look.

I start with a high-waist (preferably elastic waist too 😉 ) patterned skirt, add a fun graphic tee, top it off with a cardigan or some kind of lightweight outerwear, and finish it off with my white converse.

Easy, right? Not only is it super easy to put together, but it always looks casually cute and laid back, and not to mention that it’s such a comfortable look! I can easily run after the boys, go on a Target run, and then cook dinner later on, without feeling like I need to change my clothes.

Everything is always machine washable so I’m not fretting about getting anything “dirty” if the boys and I decide to break out the arts and crafts either!

Two of my go-to skirts for my uniform are a navy and white polka dot skirt, and a black bright floral patterned wrap skirt. My favorite tee is hands down McConaughey, because well, McConaughey (que the alright alright alright here).

What’s your “Mom Uniform”?

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Yellow Florals

Nothing says spring like a floral dress right? Wanna double the spring-i-ness of the look? Make it a yellow floral dress. I didn’t think with blonde hair I’d be able to pull of yellow, but this particular color is just the right shade. It’s not too “mustard” and not too pale, making it the perfect shade for my blonde not to blend in.

James bought me these Marc Fisher wedges for my birthday and I have been in LOVE with them ever since. They are so easy to walk in, and give me just the right amount of extra height. I love that the carmel color goes so well with everything, and small perforated details on the top make them super on-trend for 2017.

This dress really makes a statement and the material is so light, that I didn’t want my accessories to overpower the outfit, so I finished this look with my Kendra Scott Tassel necklace, and Bourbon & Bowties bangles.

If you’re looking for cute brunch attire ideas this is a great one. Especially with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend. The fitted top accentuates my bust and smaller waist, and the pleats underneath the bust give me plenty of room for pancakes.

This outfit feels so perfect for the Spring to Summer transition. What do you think?

 

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#NOCHELLA 2017

It’s no secret that I’ve been wanting to take part of the hipster music festival in California’s desert Coachella. Since I haven’t been able to go yet, I celebrate #nochella where I simply just listen to good music on my iPhone & dress like a hippie. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young 20-something or a mom balancing your own unique style with managing a house full of munchkins, #nochella festival attire comes in many designs and can easily be pieced together when you’re feeling like a free spirit.

I tucked a really breezy blush cotton swing tee in with an amazing high-low floral skirt and felt all the 70’s vibes. The ruffle along the bottom of the skirt, as well as the drawstring tassel details at the top of it, really bring current trends into play with the classic late 60’s/early 70’s style, giving it a great modern vintage feel.

Accessory wise I grabbed these round Prada sunnies, I’ve had them for about a year now and they fit so perfectly with the vintage feel of this outfit. I’ve also been wearing these amazing gold ear crawlers for the past month with basically everything. I love that they look really simple, but have the stunning capability of matching any kind of outfit’s style/vibe.

My brown leather choker was made by my favorite local jeweler, Simple & Pretty Jewelry. If there’s any company that embodies the true minimalist/adventurer lifestyle, it’s this one. Mandy created this company after her grandfather died, she was so inspired by the memories he created and the simple way he lived his life free of clutter and “stuff”, so she created this amazing company to provide simple accessories at everyday prices, so you can afford to create experiences and still look good while traveling.



I finished off the look with a few B&B bangles and some great canary lace up espadrille wedges from my March Shoedazzle credit. (For those of you interested you can get 75% off your first ShoeDazzle purchase with this link here.) I love how having a ShoeDazzle membership has enabled me to get out of my shoe comfort zone and really experiment with fun colors and shoe designs.

Have you been to Coachella yet?

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OTS + Cotton + Stripes.

OTS (off the shoulder) tops are SO my absolute favorite trend right now. I love that I can show off a little collar bone, and still keep my chubby little arms hidden under some sleeves. I also love that all OTS tops regardless of material, print, or color look so chic and fashion forward.

ots tops

 

When you mix the trendiness of an OTS top, with classic black and white stripes AND comfortable stretchy cotton, it creates a year round staple you’ll be rocking for the entirety of 2017 and possibly even 2018. When I found this one for $19 at Target I was SO excited and had to purchase it.

ots top

The length on this top makes it look amazing paired with any color of denim, but it’s also sleek enough to tuck into any high-waisted skirt you may have for a dressier occasion.

While I’m planning many more looks over the next few months with this top, I decided to keep it more laid back in this look with distressed mid-wash skinny jeans, braided detail boots, and a bold lip.

I like to keep my accessories pretty simple these days, and this Kendra Scott Tassel necklace literally matches everything I own, and helps elevate looks to a more polished level, when I want to look put-together without trying too hard. My bourbon & bowties bracelets were the perfect addition to my wrist to bring out a little personality with the simple options.

Lately I’ve also been really into this “ear crawler” style of earrings. They have all the simplicity of a stud and look great with anything from tee shirts to full on cocktail dresses. Since I’m all about an ear party too, I added my lightening bolt stud in my lower cartilage to make the accessories just a little more 90’s throwback.

bourbon and bowties bracelets

Finishing this outfit off with some awesome boots, that I probably am wearing out (ha ha) was a great choice to run after the kids in. This is also one of my favorite ways to wear my hair. Throw half of it up on the top of your head, and BAM! you’re stylish while only spending 3 minutes doing your hair!

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I linked my lip color in this post too, because I had a TON of questions about it on Insta, it’s a great dark color option for the spring/summer month’s because it’s not TOO deep of a color.

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