Weekend Hangs with my Little Ones

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own*

This past weekend we had a break in the cold weather for a couple days and I wasn’t the only one beside herself with excitement; my girls wanted to spend as much time outside as possible as well! We hung out at the park, cleaned out my car, had pretend picnics on a blanket in the front yard.. all in all it was a pretty great weekend.

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On me: H&M LEATHER JACKET || PAC SUN T-SHIRT & JEANS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER || THE GIVING KEY BLACK MATTE NECKLACE || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || RETRO SUPER FUTURE SHADES

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On Charlotte: H&M LEATHER JACKET || OLD NAVY LEGGINGS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS (Halloween costume cat ears)
On Kennedy: OLD NAVY SHIRT & LEGGINGS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS

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Ok so full disclosure… while I do love spending time outside when the weather warms up, the thing I really get the urge to do is shop! As soon as it gets even a little bit warm I am overcome with the urge to go spend money… it’s terrible, honestly, but I can’t help it. I just feel like I have to buy a whole new wardrobe in like one day for myself and the girls! With that said… thank goodness for Groupon! I used to only use this site for deals on outings and getaways… I had no idea you could actually find free coupons on there. Yup, you read that right, FREE coupons for shopping! When you have three people to shop for instead of just yourself you could really use all the help you can get. I spend hours browsing this site and hoarding all of the coupons I can find… don’t judge me. You can find steals for stores and websites alike so even if you get the itch go shop on a cold day you don’t have to leave the comfort and warmth of your own home. Win win!

You can find steals for stores like Forever21, Kohls, Macys, Walgreens… all stores that I love to shop at not only for myself but for Char and Kennedy as well, and that’s just to name a few. If you haven’t perused Groupon for coupons yet, do yourself a favor and do so now! You can thank me later. ;]

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Admittedly one of my guiltiest pleasures that comes from being a mother of two little girls is matching with them, hah. Charlotte calls us both “fashionistas.” One time she said to me, “Mommy, Kennedy doesn’t care as much about fashion and style as we do. She’s not a fashionista.” I don’t know where she comes up with these lines but she kills me. I can get my girls to wear almost anything if they know I’m wearing a version of it myself. If I asked them to throw on a pair of black sneakers in general they would both throw a fit, but if I’m wearing them they jump at the chance to match their mama… and I love that!

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A Little Rusty

We had a little taste of spring weather over the weekend and I’m not going to lie to you… it made me down right giddy. There was something about walking outside and not immediately wishing you were back indoors that put me in a marvelous mood for 3 days straight, so I threw on this little rust-colored lace up dress to celebrate.

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FOREVER21 DRESS & SOCKS || SOUTH MOON UNDER JACKET & BAG (similar) C/O || RAY-BAN SHADES || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || ROMAN & SUNSTONE NECKLACES

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I actually wore this exact outfit to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It was unseasonably warm for November so I took advantage. I usually opt to wear these over the knee boots as an alternative to pants when it’s not absolutely freezing outside and the extra long over the knee socks added a little warmth as well!

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I feel like we can see the light! The season of bare legs is upon us, guys! And while I love my layers I seriously can’t wait to shed them and start buying nothing but little sun dresses and sandals!

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Laid Back Lace

I’m all about those pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down with just the right accessories and this little lace embellished dress fits the bill.

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SHEIN DRESS C/O || BOOHOO COAT C/O (similar here, here) || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || CHANEL SHADES (similar)

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You know nothing John Snow…… Ok sorry just had to get that out. LOL. I always feel like I belong on Game of Thrones when I wear this coat. Drop me off at the Wall for a little while… I wouldn’t be mad at it. Anyway! Back to the dress. If you can’t tell from the close ups, it’s t-shirt material, which is an instant win for me. So it’s super comfortable but the lace detail takes it up a notch in the looks category, which brings me back to my ‘dress it up or down’ point. Here I’ve dressed it up with the boots, but it could easily be worn dressed down with high top sneakers and a baseball hat.

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Do you guys loooooove this bolo? Plot twist: I made it myself! They are so insanely easy to make, and relatively cheap compared to buying one in stores. Perhaps I’ll do a DIY blog post on it sometime soon?img_4221img_4217img_4215img_4214img_4210

I don’t know about y’all but I’m sure over this crappy weather we’ve been having. Although, I can’t really complain because it’s only snowed twice this year, which is pretty wild for New Jersey. HOWEVER. It has been cold and rainy and windy and that kind of weather = NO blog pictures, guys. So yeah, I feel like complaining. On the other hand… February is almost half way over which means March is right around the corner and then it’s April so hello warm weather… almost! ;]

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Book Smart

Last year I joined a book club with a few of my sorority sisters. After commenting on and posting a few Facebook statuses looking for book recommendations we decided it was time we started our own little book club. Each month a different member picks a book, we all (try to) read it, and then we meet for dinner or Sunday brunch to discuss. This month we all met in our old stomping grounds, Morristown, for lunch to talk about our latest read, Ready Player One. (GREAT book, by the way! If you’re looking for a new book).

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FOREVER21 JACKET || URBAN OUTFITTERS JEANS & TOP || PRIMARK BOOTIES C/O (similar) || RAY-BAN SHADES || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG || ETTIKA CHOKERS C/O (similar) || SOUTH MOON UNDER BRALETTE

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SO! Quick story about these sunglasses that I’m obsesssssssssed with. I have always wanted these exact shades, but for some reason I never actually bought them for myself… or received them as a gift, ha. WELL. I found them at my local Nordstrom Rack for $70……….. $70!! And they were the only pair in the entire store. It was fate. And welcome to my wardrobe, dream shades!

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My Little (sorority term) is part of my book club now and I made her and another sister of ours, Jess, take these pictures. I’m hysterical in half of them because they kept competing with each other over who could take the better photos, hah. They both did great, obviously! After our book club meeting the three of us stayed behind to catch up a little more. I kind of miss gallivanting around our old hood.. Ah to be young again!

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Bells and Lace

One of my biggest wardrobe flaws is this: I never ever get anything hemmed. I’ve only ever gotten 3 things hemmed as an adult: two pairs of jeans and one gown I wore to a wedding last year. Honestly, I regret hemming the jeans, it changes the whole shape and look, so I’m really hesitant to ever hem anything. However… these velvet bells… they could stand to see a least a centimeter go I think.

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FOREVER21 TOP (old, similar here) || YJL BRALETTE C/O || SOUTH MOON UNDER VELVET FLARES C/O || H&M JACKET || DITTO SHADES || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK

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These velvet bells were part of my holiday wardrobe last year, AND this year. I love that they’re still in style. Truth be told, they’re so comfortable and flattering I’d wear them even if they weren’t. Follow your own trends, I say! I wore this exact look to my boyfriend’s company’s holiday party this year. He works at a gym so I was like what’s the dress code? He gave the usual guy answer, “just wear whatever you want.” As I expected, some people were dressed up and others literally came right from the gym, so I thought this was a good middle ground look. Not TOO fancy, but festive none the less.

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See what I’m saying about these pants being a hair too long? I feel like clothing companies do not make clothes for the average sized human being. Like yeah I get it.. some girls are 5’9 and 110 pounds… but hi, not me. It’d be nice if everyone made clothes for petite lil ladies like myself, and KUDOS to brands that do!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It’s so hard to get motivated to go out and shoot when it’s legit freezing outside. ;]

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All Business in the New Year

One thing I have had on my style bucket list this past year was a leather pencil skirt. I’ve honestly been trying to snag myself one for an absurdly long time now and thanks to Shein my dreams have finally come true! I love the edge that leather ads to this otherwise everyday look. img_4726-2

H&M TOP || SHEIN SKIRT C/O || BOOHOO FAUX FUR COAT C/O (similar here, here) || PAYLESS HEELS (similar) || DITTO SHADES

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Thank god for this little faux fur coat because when I tell you it was COLD the day we shot this look, it was COLD. Like, take a break between shots to warm up your fingers and toes, cold. This coat keeps me warm and toasty every time I wear it!

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I have always wanted a leather pencil skirt for the office. I’ve never been one to wear simple black dress pants and a button up to work… snore, so I’m always looking for a way to elevate my look. This little pencil skirt is a new favorite of mine!

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Actually I wore this shirt on my birthday outing to Liberty Science Center! That night I paired it with faux leather pants and my Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. And I must say… I legit did the climbing wall in my high heel boots! Crushed it. So yeah, I have a thing for pairing this top with leather bottoms. They were, how you say, made for each other! ;]

So guys! I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday season! I took the week between Christmas and New Years off and, honestly, I’m glad to be back at work! I was starting to forget what day it was… who I was… I was like 2 more days off away from not showering anymore, you know? Getting back into the swing of things feels good! Did you set any goals for the new year? Or New Years Resolutions? I want to cut out sugar… but that’s not realistic. So I’m just going to try to eat as healthy as possible as often as possible! ALSO. I gave up alcohol. I’m going to cut that out, and soda, and start eating “clean-ish” while working out 4-6 days a week and see what my body can do! I’m 2 days in for all of the above and I feel good! Talk to me in like a week… we’ll see where I’m at. HAH.

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Hello 29!

Guess what ya’ll!? It’s MY BIRTHDAY! Holllllaaaaa! To celebrate I’m getting super sparkly and super sassy in my blog post today. Check it!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER DRESS & BAG C/O || JIMMY CHOO HEELS || ROMAN LUX RING C/O

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I LOVE THIS DRESS. !!!! I feel like a sexy little mermaid when I put it on, haha. I’m going to Liberty Science Center After Dark tonight with my best friends to celebrate my birthday so I’m going to be wandering around the museum and doing the climbing wall and touch tunnel and whatnot… but if I wasn’t… I’d be wearing this out tonight. It’s the perfect little party dress! Oh yeah and if it wasn’t 20 degrees outside. What is that madness?! Holy winter. Perhaps I’ll get to wear it on New Years Eve?

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So… I’m going to get a little deep with you guys for a hot minute. The past year of my life has been the most challenging thus far. There is no manual that comes with “adulting.” No one has the answers… no one can tell you what to do when all of the sudden your life turns to shit. I have yet to have the mental breakdown I think I deserve. I have somehow, surprisingly kept my cool this year. That being said, things have not gotten any easier, nor do they look like they are going to anytime soon. So I’m setting some goals for the next year to make sure I can continue to keep my cool. Screw Near Years Resolutions… what better time to start changing your life than now, am I right? My first priority is going to be..wait for it… MYSELF! I have a habit of putting other people and their needs before my own. Obviously this excludes my babies. Once you have kids you’re never quite a priority anymore, hah. But in all honesty, I have a hard time saying no. I’m always afraid people are going to be disappointed in me if I don’t come through for something. So my first change will just be to put myself first. Sometimes you have to recharge your own batteries before you can be there for anyone else. Next, I’m going to be healthier, in general. I enjoy working out… I don’t smoke.. I’m don’t drink all that much… eating healthy though? Not my thang. I try, but I mean… why deprive myself? BUT! I’ve already started cutting out my morning bagel (I literally had one every day on the way to work, no lie) and I gotta tell ya, it feels good! Anyway, I’m going to work harder, be more passionate, take myself more seriously and create a life for me and my girls we can all be proud of. Wish me luck guys. :] And cheers to YOU! Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for following along for the past few years. Love you, love you, love you.

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A Classic Christmas

Tis the season to deck yourself with some holiday cheer! Between my birthday and holiday parties there is no shortage of events to dress up for. While deep down I reallyy want to strut my stuff in something sparkly and fun (like you’ll see later this week!) for a family Christmas party, a classic dress is key! My love, Kymalexis, and I will be showing you guys our preferred holiday style this year.

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DRESSES C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER SHREWSBURY

ON ME: DRESS || HEELS || BAG || ROMAN & SUNSTONE JEWELRY
ON KYMALEXIS: DRESS || SHOES ||  COAT

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The blue dress I’m wearing is one of those things that you just never ever want to take off. It instantly makes you feel confident and sexy, but festive and chic! I really can’t resist buying dresses with lace these days. And this blue! I’m obsessed with the color. Jewel tones have my heart this year.

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I don’t go to any hair stylist that runs the streets of Monmouth County, I go to Candace at West Ave Cutters in Atlantic Highlands. When I say she’s the best, I’m not saying it just so say it, I’m saying it because she deserves all the credit in the world for all the beautiful work she does! She’s the best kept secret. She created this updo on the spot when I told her I wanted something romantic but undone. I can’t wait to share more of her work! – Kymalexis img_4376img_4355img_4351img_4346img_4342img_4337img_4330

Whatever your traditions are at Christmas, it’s always nice to pick a stand-out outfit to mark the occasion. A bit of glitz and glam is a must no matter what your plans are.  Sophisticated yet sexy, this suede dress is an instant classic that I have christmas-tized with red heels and a black clutch.  I paired it with this beautiful yet fun leopard fur jacket.  South Moon Under doesn’t want you to sacrifice a furry friend or your Kardashian style, so they have selected some amazing faux fur items for our holiday shopping!  Can I just add that this coat is super warm and brings out the jersey in me ;P – Kymalexis 
So! As you can tell, my gal pal and I are swooning over bold textures this year! Between the little lace dress and this gorgeous suede LBD, (that I should add fits her like a GLOVE) we’re loving the twist on the otherwise simple pieces.
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Holiday Style Kickoff

It is never too soon to start planning your Holiday wardrobe. During the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas the days fly by and all of the Christmas festivities seem to sneak up on me. I like to get a head start in my outfit planning so when the holiday actually rolls around I can focus on the more important things. This year my eyes are drawn to a lot of similar styles as last year: velvet, lace, deep, rich hues.img_0117

MOLLY & ZOEY DRESS (see links below!) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || H&M FAUX LEATHER JACKET || DANIRISI BAG C/O

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I found this dress while shopping for something to wear to a late November wedding. I ended up not attending the wedding, but it’s ok, because I think it’s perfect for the holidays anyway!

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I’m obsessed with the color and fit of this dress. In a certain light the black almost looks like a very deep, rich navy blue. I actually stared at it for a long time hanging in my room when I was trying to figure out which shoes to wear with it because I couldn’t really say with 100% confidence that it was definitely black and not blue, haha. Eventually I went with the nude heel… just to be safe! If you also haven’t noticed by now, I never miss an opportunity to wear my little moto jacket with anything feminine. I love the contrast between feminine and edge.

Unfortunately, Molly & Zoey doesn’t have an online store, so I browsed the web and found some of my favorite little black lace dresses that are comparable in both style & price! Happy shopping!

Boohoo Black Bodycon Lace Dress || Boohoo Plunging Neckline Lace Dress || Boohoo Navy Lace Dress || ASOS Midi Black Lace Dress || QED London Lace Trim Mini ||

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Meet My BFF

Allow me to introduce you all to my girlfraaaan, KymAlexis! A few weeks ago this little love bug asked me to take some pictures of her for her business, and we quickly realized homegirl was a natural in front of the camera. Not only can she rock a pose like nobody’s business, she has killer style. So every now and then she is going to make a cameo on the here, and you can shop her outfits too! The rest of this post is written by the fashionista herself. Enjoy!

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SOUTH MOON UNDER SWEATER || ABERCROMBIE LEGGINGS (sold out, similar here) || CHINESE LAUNDRY BOOTS || POOKIE & SEBASTIAN BRACELET

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Back in the day there were some strict fashion rules, and in this generation rules were made to be broken. Wearing white was considered a post-Labor Day no-no, but then again, black was once only proper for mourning, ha! We all have 50% black in our closets and there’s no shame in my game. This south moon under sweater is hands down the most comfortable yet fashionable  of the South Moon Under apparel that I own, and I’m about to go back and buy it in every color available!

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You might see that my jeans are from Abercrombie and fitch and laugh because come on, we all shopped there in high school and never looked back; but i’m a 27 year old women who is 5’1 and 100 pounds so where in this world can i buy a pair of fitted pants and not have to hem them. Well here I am shopping and realizing that I can’t go wrong at this store for my height. img_4078img_4093

Chinese Laundry is one of my go-to for shoe shopping. They are comfortable and yet always at a reasonable price. The best part about this brand is if you bargain shop then you can head on over to marshals and find yourself saving some mula.

As a profesional organizer, my clients get to share their favorite stores and this is by far my favorite!!!! Pookie and Sebastians is a New York store that is basically a high end South Moon Under. You can’t walk out of this store without buying SOMETHING…. sorry not sorry…. worth every penny 😉

I love having a best friend who is a fashionista because she can share her style with the world and yet encourage us all to dress to impress ❤

xoxo

 

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