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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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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August Fashion Recap

If you follow me here but not on Instagram, you are probably wondering where all the fashion went! I have been taking OOTD pics for my Insta, but neglected to take any full on photoshoots for blog posts. Such is life. I’m still very into fashion though, and so excited for the transition to fall attire. Here are some of my favorite looks from August!

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For the Grand Opening of Kendra Scott in Hyde park I wore this stunning yellow skirt from Francesca’s Collections, Nude Patent Leather Flats, a creme blouse with lace at the top, and gorgeous citron geode earrings found at Target (similar).

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Rust and Navy is slowly becoming my absolute favorite color combination. I found this really cool cactus top at Target (similar), and paired it with a great navy/white striped midi skirt from J.Crew Factory. To finish the look I threw on this incredible cobalt and antiquated gold statement necklace(similar). This outfit was great for running errands with the kids while looking chic.

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I blogged about this dress back in April for Easter, but after pregnancy it didn’t look as great. So adding a fun gold skinny belt to this look and dressing it down with brown strappy sandals was a great way to transition it into summer and onto my post-baby body.

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Navy&Rust forever! hahaha This was a fun little date night diddy. A great navy/white polka sunburst patterned skirt with a simple and cozy rust tank top. Paired with some cozy neutral oxford shoes and my favorite blush pendant.

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Last but certainly not least, grunge chic. This light-washed black denim tunic was paired perfectly with black Chuck Taylors and a colbalt blue Rebecca Minkoff clutch. The red lip adds a touch of overdramatic-ness to the look that makes me feel like Gwen Stefani. <3

Those are my favorite looks from August. I will definitely be getting back on the fashion train for the month of September. Follow me on Instagram for guaranteed OOTD posts!

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Off-the-Shoulder

 

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One of this Summer’s hottest trends has got to be wearing everything off-the-shoulder. You can find rompers, tops, dresses and even swimsuits sporting this fabulous trend. While I have never been much for “trends” I can not help but love this seasons style and have definitely picked up a few pieces that fall off-the-shoulder.

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One of my favorite new pieces is this top from Target. It looks great with shorts or jeans and is perfectly loose enough to easily nurse in on top of being super cute. I love the embroidered navy detail on this top, which pairs perfectly with these great high-waisted shorts I picked up at Target as well!

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While I’m still not at my pre-pregnancy weight quite yet, I still think it’s important to have things that look great and boost my confidence while I continue to get back into the clothes that once fit perfectly. The pieces that I’m getting now will still look great as I lose the weight, so I don’t have any qualms about spending money on clothes that aren’t my typical size.

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I love this top and this season’s trend. Do you have an off-the-shoulder obsession too?

 

xoxo,

b

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Remix Your Closet!! #30daysofpositivechange

It’s pouring and gross here and has been awful all day. So obviously an outdoor walk isn’t in my near future. Instead I focused on doing a small 18 min workout on FitTV OnDemand. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the importance of emphasizing the POSITIVE part of my 30 day challenge, even though I can’t go outside and workout, this gives me a GREAT reason to get creative indoors. I put some coffee on (I’ll admit I did wait to do this until AFTER I finished season 3 of Weeds on Netflix) So I decided to look up some ideas! I really love participating in Instagram Style Challenges because they give me daily inspiration on how to remix my closet, and put new life into what I though where dull lack-luster last-season clothes. Here are the two I’ll be participating in this month:

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I think it’s not only important for me to get into shape, it’s also important for me to realize my value, and one way I can do that every day is to create an awesome outfit to wear that boosts my confidence and shows off my personality. It’s a real self-esteem booster for me ladies, and I know we could all use those! I put together this look for myself today, and felt so adorable all day long! Even if I’m not going out of the house, it still feels good to look nice, and sometimes we just need that little nudge of positivity! The top and hat are from Francesca’s Collections (Top $38, Hat $24) skirt and necklace from The Limited (on clearance select sizes only $29.99 & $9.99) and sandals from Target ($12 with Cartwheel coupon). The pieces are so easy to mix and match, for instance I’ve used the skirt for plenty Outfit of the Days, and I featured Haley Jane in the top for Spring Fever!

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Go spruce up your closet and start that positivity!

Blooms and Blues Brothers!

B

 

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One Short, Two looks- Scavenging on a Sunday

They Came!!! Whoo-hoo!! In my first post about GreenScavenger.com I mentioned my favorite thing on the whole website was the reversible denim shorts, I am lucky enough in this partnership to get some items to test run, so Mrs.Kelly sent me some to try, and boy are they more perfect than I even dreamed!!! They come in various colors, I featured the mint on the first post I did, and she sent me them in a gorgeous maroon! I’m so excited about these because the denim actually has a ton of give to it, so they get more and more comfortable as you wear them! Also- being that I have a child, wearing reversible shorts is so great because I’m constantly having to change my whole outfit when Cash pees or spits up on me, but not any more!

Check out this versatility too!

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I wanted to dress them up on the maroon side, this color pairs so awesome and elegantly with black, so I chose a black sequined top, black flats, a woven tote, and black arm candy to really bring out the color on the shorts, and make myself look even slimmer! 😉 I would totally wear this going out for a drink with friends in the evening, or even going out on a date night with James!

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To dress them down on the denim side I paired them with a great orange, navy and tan flowy tank, tan sandals, a great strand necklace with a pop of turquoise, and the same woven clutch. This look is easy-breezy and super comfortable. Great for running around in the park, or a daytime play date!

All in all, these shorts are definitely everything I had hoped they’d be and more!!!

 

Maroon Denim Dreaming,

B

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