The Mini Fashionista: Back to School

Ok, the title of this post is a tad misleading. I have a two year old. She’s obviously not going back to school. HOWEVER, she is obsessed with the idea of going to school. She is going as far as potty training herself because my husband once told her she can’t go to school if she’s not potty trained. So to get a rise out of her I take her ‘back to school’ shopping. She gets a kick out of it.

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JACKET: OLD NAVY (on sale now!) ||  JEANS: BABY GAP || SNEAKERS: OLD NAVY

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Charlotte is quickly approaching the age where she loves to get dressed by herself and pick out her own clothes. If I want her to wear something that I think is cute, I have to act reeeaaaallllll excited about it, which I usually am, I love shopping for this little nugget. The letterman jacket and high tops were basically love at first sight.

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Taking these photos I got a little glimpse of what my future is going to be like. I had her sit on the steps as if we were waiting for the school bus. I got a little emotional, not gonna lie, ha! I also had Booms (Kennedy, her nickname is Booms, Char is Boog) outside with us and snapped a few quick pics ol’ Blue Eyes.

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She’s 4 months old today! Happy 4 months K dog, mommy loves you! :]

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Layer Up.

So it is (almost) officially fall! Maybe not by the calendar, but definitely by the weather. I’m kind of sad, I was really into my summer wardrobe this year, ha. On the other hand, who doesn’t love a good pair of boots and some layers, right?

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SHIRT, SWEATER, JEANS: C/O UPHORIA BOUTIQUE* || BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN || BAG: CHANEL (similar, similar) || HAT: EXPRESS (similar) || NECKLACE: ZARA

*Uphoria is in the process of revamping their online store. Visit their Instagram page and feel free to place order requests right in the comments!

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New York Fashion Week: Pops of Pink

Fashion Week is such an exciting time of year! There is always something to do, somewhere to go, people to see! It’s kind of like Christmas, but without all of the terrible presents you have to pretend to like. Just a bunch of terrible outfits we have to pretend to admire instead… ;]

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TOP: J CREW || SKIRTS: DOR L’DOR (similar here) || SHOES: VALENTINO || NECKLACE: FRANCESCA’S (similar here) || SHADES: RAY BAN || BAG: DOR L’DOR (similar here) || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE || EARRINGS: KATE SPADE ||  LIPSTICK: NARS SCHIAP

photo 1-1 photo 2-1 new york fashion week This was such a fantastic day! The weather was supposed to be crappy and rainy, but it ended up being pretty beautiful, except for the heat which was borderline unbearable, ha. I was fortunate enough to attend a blogger brunch hosted by TheVane and catch up with some old blogger friends while meeting and making some fabulous new ones! Then we wandered over to the library on a last minute decision to see Nigel Barker speak. Let me tell you, that man is a beautiful human being, but beyond that, he is incredibly brilliant and humble. It was a great opportunity!

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I had a million outfit options for this particular day in the city, and I really had no idea that to wear. There is so much pressure to go out and buy a new designer outfit, right? I couldn’t deal with it, ha. I sifted through my closet and just grabbed a few of my favorite pieces. This J Crew top is light and comfortable, the skirt pops with its bright hue. And the shoes… well the shoes were a no brainer. An anniversary gift from my husband, they had to be worn! Side note: J Crew is having an awesome sale right now! Use code SHOPFORFALL at checkout to get 25% off full priced items and 30% off sale items. YAY!

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As I said, we were all at a fun brunch hosted by TheVane at the Vanguard Wine Bar. There were so many delicious goodies to snack on! I am a huge fan of brunch food, but I mean, who isn’t? We were lucky to have this fantastic event sponsored by Air Optix and plenty of delicious beverages provided by Proximo Spirits! Here are a few pictures from brunch!

 [all photography by Jess Galfo of Dressed By Jess]

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Day to Night Style: Night

IMG_2089Well thank you for waiting patiently! Now that you have all had time to take in the day-time look, check out how I styled this Old Navy graphic tee and J Crew skirt. Here is the long awaited night look! ;]

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TOP: OLD NAVY || SKIRT: J CREW (similar here, here, here) || SHOES: JESSICA SIMPSON || JACKET: H&M (similar) || BAG: LINEA PELLE || NECKLACE: H&M (old, similar here)

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Staying at the Plaza made the most perfect backdrop for so many outfits! HAH. The hotel is seriously gorgeous, far exceeding any expectations I could ever have. Our shower was so big you could do laps around it without ever actually getting wet. The bath tub should have just been called a hot tub, it was that big. I loved it. If I ever win the mega millions I’m buying a penthouse there, mark my words!

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So this is the same top and skirt from my day time look, which you can see here if you missed it. All I did was swap out the shoes, bag, and necklace, while adding some bold makeup to suit the occasion, and threw on a leather moto jacket for a little edge. It was a billion degrees that night in the city, but I’m glad I decided to bring my jacket because the restaurant where we had dinner was apparently located in the arctic.

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While the day time look was super comfortable and cute, I much prefer the night time look, ha. I rarely ever put on this much makeup anymore. It reminded me of my former self (pre-children) and I enjoyed it! It felt like I was playing dress up. Also, side note, these shoes are surprisingly comfortable! I wouldn’t walk around the city in these all day and night, but a quick walk to and from a restaurant? Totally doable! Kudos, Jessica Simpson! At least your shoe game is better than your maternity collection…just saying. Anyway! Which look do you guys prefer? Don’t be shy! Leave some love.

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Day to Night Style: Day

I am a habitual overpacker. Is that even a word? I’m pretty sure the entire female species can have that added to Webster’s dictionary. If there’s room for words like ‘Bootylicious’ and ‘yolo,’ I think there’s room for overpacker; n. someone who packs too much.

Anyway! I digress. As I said previously, we got to spend the weekend in the city to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. I have always been the type of person who packs just a bit too much, leaving absolutely no room in my suitcase or duffle bag for things to be purchased on vacation. My mantra was always, “hey, a girls gotta have options.” I made it my mission for this trip to pack as little as possible, and I achieved my goal by taking one look from day to night with just the change of a few key pieces. Here we’ll have a gander at my day look.

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TOP: OLD NAVY || SKIRT: J CREW (similar, similar, similar) || SHOES: CONVERSE || BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF || NECKLACE: FOREVER21 || BRACELET: DAVID YURMAN || WATCH: MICHELE

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The day we arrived into the city our hotel room wasn’t ready yet, despite our request for early checkin, so we decided to wander around Central Park for a bit. I love to explore the city regardless of the reason for my visit. No matter how many times I pop into New York (which has been many times throughout my life since I live so close) there is always something new to see. With that in mind, I decided to opt for sneakers for my day look. While a pair of flats may have been all the more fashionable, I needed to be comfortable. It was hot and there was a ton of sight seeing to be done, I wanted to enjoy myself!

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My hair looked okay in the morning, but after about 5 minutes of walking around outdoors it turned into a frizzy mess. It’s September… why isn’t this humidity going away?! Take a hint! Oh well, I actually had time to kill before our dinner reservation so I made a pit stop at the DryBar to tame the wild beast, which you will see when I debut the night time look! Thankfully sneaks and skirts are not scoffed at anymore, which is fabulous news for me since they’re kind of my go-to when I feel like being comfortable but still chic. I took this look from easy and relaxed to fun and edgy by switching out my shoes, necklace, and bag, and adding some bold makeup. Can’t wait for you guys to see the look!

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A cute moment captured for us by an adorable Russian tourist! ;] Stop back later this week to see the night time look!

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Caution: Curves Ahead

I have one of those womanly, post-baby, curvy ass bodies. I wish I could blame it on having two kids, but I can’t. I’ve always had some weird combination between lanky and curvy as far back as I can remember. It’s kind of a pain in the butt. If my legs could just stretch out a liiiiiiiittle bit, I’d be a happy camper. Is there a surgery for that?

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TOP: OBEY || PANTS: MOLLY & ZOE (last season, similar here & here) || SHOES: CHARLOTTE RUSSE || NECKLACE: H&M (similar) || HAT: FOREVER21 (similar)


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Remember a while back when I predicted I’d be wearing this necklace all summer? I wasn’t wrong. I’ve bought a ton of statement pieces this summer and I keep coming back to this one. I literally have to force myself to wear something else, but alas, it was just the perfect piece to compliment most of my summer wardrobe!

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Plaidy Please.

This past weekend my husband and I got to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! We took a mini road trip to the city and got to spend two days relaxing in pure bliss! The day we left to head home the weather was supposed to be awful, rainy, cloudy and miserable. However, we got super lucky! It was gorgeous out, HOT, but still gorgeous. So maybe we spent a little extra time perusing the city… ;]

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DRESS: FOREVER21 || SHOES: CONVERSE || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: RAY BAN || LIPSTICK: MAC ‘DIVA’

THE RACHEL ROSS PLAID SHIRT DRESS the rachel ross plaid dress

I basically live in flannel in the fall, I legitimately wear it with everything. I was super excited to find this plaid shirt dress at Forever21 last week, it’s a refreshing way to update one of my typical wardrobe staples. This is also a fantastic garment to take from day-to-night. I didn’t wear it this way but if I were to head out to dinner later I’d swap out the sneakers for some thigh-high black boots. I tried on a pair of Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots over the weekend, and they look freaking phenomenal on me, in case anyone was wondering, haha!

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The sneakers were key for sight seeing around the city. We wandered aimlessly through the South Street Sea Port, which is one of my favorite sections of New York (right under 5th Ave, of course). We discovered fun little hole-in-the-wall bars and snacked on the most refreshing ice cream ever that pretty much melted upon exiting the store. It was a seriously hot day, muggy and gross! My ice cream ended up everywhere. I found melted sprinkles in my shoes like hours later. I’m so ready for the humidity to go bye-bye!

I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend! Now it’s back to reality, right? Womp womp!

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The Mini Fashionista: Fall Fever

I’ve already admitted I’m not ready to give up my summer clothes yet, and to be honest, I’m still trying to squeeze Charlotte into hers as well! There have been a few days here and there when the weather was basically perfect for a good mix of summer and fall clothes, and I mean, what’s better than that?

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DRESS: TARGET || BOOTS: TARGET (similar)

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Dresses with boots are one of my favorite summer-into-fall wardrobe transitions. When it gets even a little cooler throw on some tights and you can make those dresses last for months! I swoon for these boots. They had a juniors pair exactly like this I was determined to shove my feet into, but no dice, ha!

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Polish off a look like this with a classic denim jacket and you’re good to go! I have so much more fun shopping for my girls than I do for myself. Miniature clothes are just so much cuter! Anywho. Have an amazing labor day weekend! The hubs and I just celebrated our FOUR year anniversary yesterday! It’s so crazy how time flies! I realize I have never really posted a photo or anything of Kennedy, so here she is! This is the whole fam celebrating our anniversary last night. :]

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Ain’t we cute? ;] Enjoy your holiday weekend, guys! Have fun and be safe!

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Crop it like it’s Hot

Everyone is so excited for fall. Typically fall is my favorite season. I love it when it gets a little cooler out, you can sleep with the windows open, wear jeans, flats, and a light sweater during the day. Sip on hot coffee with your apple cider donut from Delicious Orchards, that’s the epitome of fall, isn’t it? I usually love that, I will love that. However, after last winter I am all too aware of what comes after autumn. Polar Vortexes. And ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m noticing how cool it’s getting during the evening and early morning and while I love fall, I’m not ready to say goodbye to this perfect summer we’ve been having. Thus, I’m trying to make my summer wardrobe last as long as I can!

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TOP: FRANCESCA’S (similar here, here) || SKIRT: FOREVER21 || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN (similar here) || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS (similar here) || NECKLACE: LUCKY BRAND

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I have been wearing this top with everything from long flowing skirts to overalls! It’s kind of the perfect crop top. I like that it’s somewhat structured and not too flimsy or t-shirty. When I wear a crop top I want it to feel secure, when I wear t-shirt crop tops I feel like they’re a little too unforgiving.

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I have been eyeing up this red Linea Pelle bag for about a year now and when it went on sale a few weeks ago I literally ran to my computer and ordered one (along with the most gorgeous orange Dylan tote, but you’ll see that later!) Their bags are perfection. This one just happens to be the perfect size as well. Big enough for me to fit my keys in without having to jam them in there. That’s how I test bag sizes, don’t judge. If you’re in the market for a new cross body, clutch, or tote in amazingly rich colors that are beautiful AND functional, definitely check out their site. They’re having a sale on select totes at the moment too. If you don’t take advantage you’ll hate yourself, promise.

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Challenge Accepted!

Happy Monday! People don’t say that enough. Everyone gets all sad and cranky over Monday’s, but they’re not so bad. Just start doing something on Monday you look forward to, like my yoga class, and boom! All of the sudden the red headed step child of the week ain’t so bad. Anyway, pardon my rant. Let’s get down to business. I’m on a kick with wearing maternity clothes when I’m not pregnant. I’ve always said invest in your maternity clothes because they last and they can be versatile. Case and point.

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DRESS:  MOTHERHOOD MATERNITY (on sale now) || SHOES: JIMMY CHOO (similar here, here) || BAG: DOR L’ DOR (similar here) || JEWELRY: C/O ROMAN BRIDE || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS (similar here)

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Throughout the next few weeks you will see some pieces mixed into my wardrobe that were maternity that I’m still happy to wear now! It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to buy items that are maternity that don’t end there since you don’t really get to wear them that long. I wore this dress the day I went into labor with Kennedy, believe it or not. Check out how I styled it while pregnant here. Looking back at those pictures are crazy! Kind of miss that bump!

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Isn’t the jewelry stunning? It’s actually bridal jewelry! I first found these pieces when I had the pleasure of visiting the Roman & Sunstone showroom last year. The whole collection was jaw dropping but these in particular really caught my eye. My wedding had already come and gone before I found these, but that’s kind of why I love them. They are so wearable for everyday too! So take a tip from me, brides-to-be, when shopping for jewelry for your big day, look for something that’s classic yet versatile at the same time, especially if you’re going to invest an arm & a leg for them!

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This has been the most amazing August in terms of weather. I’m a little concerned that with how cool it has been that we’re going to have a brutal winter, but for now I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts. Also, thanks so much to everyone who followed along last week for the Small Screen Style collaboration! I don’t want to blow anything, but we may just have some more fun stuff up our sleeves for the future… ;] Check in with me on Twitter to see if you’re the big winner!

And without any further delay, a special thank you to Lindsay & Skyla of DearestDarling.net for nominating me for the Ice Bucket Challenge! While it’s a blast to watch all the creative ways everyone can drop a bucket of ice cold water on their heads, remember, it’s for a good cause! Stop getting annoyed with the videos and do your part. Be good people!

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