The Mini Fashionista: Laundry Day

I typically try to save Charlotte’s “nicer” outfits for a more special occasion. She has so many fun and cute play clothes in rotation that she hardly ever needs to wear anything so ‘fancy,’ However, with another baby at home my laundry load has practically tripled and I just can’t keep up! It’s literally overwhelming. Plus I hate my closet so I subconsciously refuse to put my clothes away and then they all just pile up and I hate sorting through everyone’s clothes… It’s a nightmare. BUT the point is, I had to put Char in this dress for just another casual afternoon, oops! She got tons of compliments though, so it’s all good.

image-76DRESS: RALPH LAUREN (similar here) || HEAD BAND: JANIE & JACK (on sale now) || SHOES: JANIE & JACK (another favorite here)

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 Ain’t she just the cutest? We looked rullllll fancy rolling through the grocery store like this! haha. She loves it though, she walks around all day showing everyone her shoes & headband that “daddy picked out.” He does good, doesn’t he? Ralph Lauren really makes my favorite dresses for little girls. They’re so beautiful and flattering. Love it.

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Will Wake Up For Bacon + TWICE Giveaway!

I found the most perfect shirt that has ever existed for Sunday Brunch. Brunch has become a pretty big deal recently, hasn’t it? I wonder if fashion bloggers can take credit for that. You snap a picture of a mimosa and eggs with the right filter and it becomes a trend. My husband and I have been quite the brunch enthusiasts for years now. We used to host brunch weekly at our house for all of our friends. We should probably get back into that soon, gotta get on trend!

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TOP: TARGET (in stores only)|| SKIRT: FRANCESCA’S || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE (similar here) || NECKLACE: H&M (similar here) || SHADES: TOMS || EARRINGS: KATE SPADE || BAG: DOR L’DOR (similar here)

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This morning was the last leg of my husband’s birthday weekend. I’m the kind of person that turns their birthday into a national holiday. I hate my birthdays typically but for whatever reason I feel as though they should be dragged out for at least a week, ha. My husband is the complete opposite. He’d be just as happy with a tiny, private little birthday dinner and then that’s it. However, this year I decided to make his birthday a holiday too. I mean the guy deserves that and more! 

photo 3-3 photo 2-2 photo 1-2Anyway, As I was saying, this is the most epic shirt for a Sunday brunch, isn’t it? I know vegetarians that eat bacon. It’s seriously THAT good. I think this shirt is technically a pajama top, but whatever. I do what I want.

Ok, now for the amazing giveaway part! If you guys haven’t heard of Twice yet, it’s time to get acquainted! This is a fantastic online retail community to basically shop other people’s closets and clean out your own! In a nutshell: “Twice is a hybrid between traditional online retailers like Amazon and peer-to-peer marketplaces like eBay. If you’re cleaning out your closet, simply request a free shipping bag or label, and send in your clothes. We’ll make you an offer as soon as we get your stuff, and you can get paid instantly. Then, we’ll list your clothing for sale, along with thousands of other high-quality items from sellers all over the country.” — via Twice.  They also offer credit when you refer friends and those friends shop! You can shop for free the more you spread the word, it’s pretty fabulous. SO! I’ve teamed up with Twice and a few other lovely bloggers to give you guys a chance to win some amazing prizes! Just click the link below to enter our giveaway! The winner will be announced in 2 weeks! Good luck!

A TWICE GIVEAWAY! CLICK HERE.

Prizes include:

Twice $50 gift card, Strawfoot Handmade Dopp toiletry kit, Cappellos cookie dough, Projecteo’s mini Instagram projector, Nar Gourmet Orange Peel Jam, Timepiece.

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Visit my fellow bloggers Ashley Brooke, Chandamheer of Pancake Stacker, and Michelle!

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Rainy Day Women

I have officially decided that I am throwing in the towel on trying to keep my hair under control. It is one hot, humid summer and I can’t even blow dry my hair inside my own home without having to blast myself with the cold air every 2 minutes. It’s a disaster, it doesn’t last. It’s like me in high school, can’t be tamed. HA! Just kidding….. sort of.

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COAT: LONDON FOG (on sale now!!!)|| SHIRT: URBAN OUTFITTERS || JEANS: H&M (similar here) || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || SHADES: ANTHROPOLOGIE (similar here)|| BAG: LINEA PELLE (similar here) NECKLACE: DOR L’DOR || BRACELETS: ALEX & ANI || WATCH: FOSSIL || RING: ROMAN LUXE

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A few weeks back I asked on Style Chat if anyone could recommend a good rain coat and I was so pleased with all the replies! (Side note: if you’re a blogger, or fashion lover in general, you should definitely join #stylechat via twitter every Wednesday afternoon! It’s the best.) Anywho, I stated I wanted a classic trench, got some fab recommendations, and I set off to find the perfect one! I found this coat at Nordstrom on sale for less than $100 after a little bit of digging! Total score. The perfect timing too with all of this crazy weather we’ve been having!

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These Steve Madden booties are just amazing as well! They’re super comfortable, BUT, my only complaint is that they can pinch around the toes if you wear them for too long. Other than that, I could wear these bad boys on the daily. I’m trying to wear more “sensible” shoes… I’m a mother of two now, I’m supposed to do that, right? ;]

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When in Doubt, Go Nude.

With your shoes, you pervs! Gosh! ;] There are just so many pro’s to wearing nude heels, and if you haven’t heard them all by now I just don’t know where you’ve been the past 3 years. I mostly love how they flatter and elongate your legs. And they really do go with just about everything. Win.

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DRESS: GAP (similar here) || NECKLACE: FRANCESCA’S || SHOES: JIMMY CHOO (similar here) || SHADES: TOM’S || BAG: CHANEL

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The light colors of this dress scream summer but the heaviness of the cotton make this garment perfect for cooler nights. Plus it has pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress or skirt with pockets? I wore it for a friend’s birthday dinner. When he invited us over I had the picture of a dinner party in my mind, who knows why, but I was definitely not picturing an outdoor summer BBQ… needless to say I was a tad over dressed, but who cares? Better to be over dressed than under, as they say!

photo 3-6 photo 4-1 photo 4-4 photo 5I’ll probably throw this dress into the usual rotation now. It was a fantastic find at the Gap! I always forget about that store but I’ve been stopping in there a lot lately to find dresses for my girls. They’ve got some fabulous pieces right now and the most amazing sale! I got a gorgeous white cotton sweater for the fall on sale for $4….no joke. Can’t wait to wear it!

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Red, White, & Cute

As promised we took Charlotte out on the boat for the 4th of July. Luckily it was cool enough at night for her to wear her new sweater that my husband bought her a few weeks back. He harassed me for about 2 solid weeks because I had yet to put her in the outfit, even though each day was reaching an average of 90 degrees. Some men just don’t really understand fashion… BUT, it was cool enough on the water to throw this sweater on SO, here it is, The “Lobstaaaah outfit.”

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SWEATER &  SKIRT: JANIE & JACK || SHOES: JANIE & JACK

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I love that this outfit was red, white, and blue without being too obvious. Like, it’s obvious, but it’s not the normal “my 2nd 4th of July!” t-shirt people insist on making their children wear. Those can be so…. bleh, can’t they? If I don’t put this disclaimer in here my husband will kill me: he picked out this entire outfit. In addition to about 10 other outfits you’ll see on here. He went cray cray! Although he picked it out, I’m IN LOVE with the lobster on this sweater! I feel like we should cart her off to Nantucket for the weekend in this outfit, ha! Graphic Tee’s and sweaters sporting animals are super in right now! Shop all of my favorites in my latest Mavatar collection! 

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Things are Looking Bright

I have way too many garments in my closet that look like I’m either going to a party at Hot Topic, or a funeral. They’re all very fashionable, of course, BUT I needed some more color in my life. Especially for this god awful hot summer we’re having!

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TOP: MOLLY & ZOE || SKIRT: DOR L’DOR (similar here, here) || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE || BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF || SHADES: OLD NAVY (similar here) || EARRINGS: C/O ROMAN SUNSTONE

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When I stumbled upon this blouse last summer I instantly fell in love. I am kind of a sucker for anything a little bit more…. edgy? The tiny skull print is a dime a dozen thanks to brands like McQueen & Skull Cashmere, but this was vibrant, bold, colorful, and different. Had to have it! I usually wear it with white pants but I opted for a full skirt in a bright hue for a refreshing little change.

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My love affair with mirrored shades continues. Do you think they have support groups for people like me? ;] Side note: I’m so over my 4th of July mani. I knew it was a terrible idea as it was happening. My next gel manicure will be a simple one. Mark my words!

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I love this outfit for a little date night! There is something really lovely and romantic about a full skirt, isn’t there? Apparently the bandage look is out. I’m ok with that (it was an awful trend for my legs! ha) Full skirts are in and I’m 100% on board with it. If you’re heading out for a first date or just getting a night off without the kids (like me) go for a full skirt. They’re flattering and fun and so versatile! You can literally pair them with just about anything! Browse my first date outfit picks in my Mavatar collection below!

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Casual Chic

Casual Chic… is there anything better? Nothing makes me happier than being somewhat dressed up but still comfortable. It’s like the unicorn of fashion.

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TOP: J CREW || JEANS: AG JEANS || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: BETSY JOHNSON || SHADES: RAY BAN 

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This top has become one of my go-to’s. It’s surprisingly versatile. I’ve worn it with everything from these boyfriend jeans, to a hot pink full skirt, to a patterned flowy skirt, to white shorts. It’s light and comfortable but the silk material adds a touch of class. Boyfriend jeans are comfortable for obvious reasons, of course. Pairing them with heels is the best way to dress them up. These heels are the most comfortable Louboutins I own. These shoes are not made for women with a wider foot, these are probably the only pair that doesn’t make my toes cry tears of blood.

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This outfit is kind of perfect for a day-to-night look. For the day I wore it with casual sandals, and transitioned into the night time look by throwing on heels before heading off to dinner and drinks with friends. Is anyone else having a major moment with stripes, or is it just me? Check out more of my striped favorites and light tanks with my Mavatar collection!

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4th of July Style: Festive & Fabulous!

As I mentioned before I’m going to be in full relaxation mode during the day on the 4th. I usually help my mom at Oceanfest and it’s so hot and crowded the last thing I want to be is dressed up. However, when the sun goes down the heels will come on. I’ll swap out my jean shorts (jorts, if you will) with a skirt and American flag scarf for a crop top.

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TOP & SKIRT: FRANCESCA’S  (similar here,)|| SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: CHANEL || SHADES: TOM’S

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How cute are my little groundhog friends in the background? There were so many of them just hanging out. I’ve never seen more than like one at a time crossing a street or grazing in a random field. Such a chic backdrop, right? ;]image-49 image-50 image-51 image-52The red lip goes from day to night, especially for a festive 4th of July look like this one. Not many occasions typically call for a full skirt/crop top combo, but I will jump at the chance to wear one if I can get away with it! A fancy 4th dinner celebration/date night is perfect, if you ask me!

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4th of July Style: Cool & Casual

Growing up where I did, I’m going to be found dressed more casual than fancy more often than not. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting dressed up and will find just about any excuse to do so, but when you live by the beach, naturally your wardrobe is going to be a bit more on the relaxed side. This 4th of July will be no different. I’m going to keep it casual and fun during the day and spice it up at night!

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One thing that I can honestly say has changed about me since I’ve become a mom is how much I cheese out over the holidays. I was always a big fan of holidays, of course, but now that I have two kids, one of which is at the age where she can get excited about things, I may go a little over the top. I was never like that before, ha. Now I’m like, “Americana sunglasses and scarf? Yes please!” If you want to test run the Americana trend but don’t want to go overboard, do what I did. Grab a few key accessories, like this scarf and these star-adorned sunglasses and keep the rest of your ensemble pretty simple. I went for a red lip to add a pop of color without wearing all of the colors of the American flag so literally. (Let’s all ignore the fact that I’m actually wearing an American flag).

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This is, without a doubt, one of the most comfortable sweaters I have ever owned! At a bargain, no less! You can find this bad boy at a local little boutique by my house for only $32. Amazingness. I love light weight, comfortable tops this like one because they’re an easy go-to when you’re at the beach and the sun starts to go down and there’s that subtle summer chill in the air. Kinda love that. image-44 image-45

I found this scarf a few months ago and knew it would be perfect for this particular holiday. It’s also quite useful as it doubles as a beach blanket when in need, score! This year we plan to take Charlotte out on the boat, paddle up the lake to a little restaurant on the water and have dinner, then watch the fireworks from the boat before we head home. It’s a great way to avoid crowds and traffic, as we hate both. ;] Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that this supposed storm does not ruin the weekend!

Stay tuned for my 4th of July ‘night time’ look. Ain’t nothin casual about that one!

 

 

My Latest Obsession: Printed Shorts

I’m not typically a trend shopper. I haven’t run out to buy overalls yet (even though I secretly want to), I’ll never be caught dead in a pair of Birks, and I’m on the fence about the “skort” trend. However, printed shorts are everywhere lately, and by everywhere I mean all over my closet and dresser because that is one trend I can get down with.

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SHIRT: H&M || SHORTS: DOR L’ DOR (similar here) || SHOES: STEVE MADDEN || NECKLACE: H&M (similar here) || SHADES: RAY BAN || LIPSTICK: NARS ‘HEAT WAVE

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I’m so into this trend lately. I always used to wear either a sun dress or jean shorts during the summer. I was never very adventurous with my bottoms, ha. Truth be told I hate my legs and I hate the way shorts accentuates them, so I stayed away from them all together. BUT, this trend seems to be popular with loose fitting shorts which is right up my alley! Hooray. I love the fun prints, they’re a great way to spice up a summer wardrobe. Do you guys shop this trend or do you tend to stick to a more simple print when it comes to your shorts?

PS, can you guys tell when I write a blog post in the middle of the night when I’m up with the baby? Hah!

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