Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rocked it & Swapped it

As Lisa and I continue to spend time together, our styles seem to merge more and more. She's always been a little more boho chic and I've always been more preppy but when we look at how we style our swaps, there's quite a few times where we meet in the middle.

We both ended up wearing this plaid cardigan wrap with our favorite jeans, ankle booties and a casual top. However, our individual style still shines through - My top knot kept things more proper while Lisa stuck to her roots with a wide brim hat.

Which style is your favorite?

Recreate the look(s):
Casual Plaid

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Print Mixing & a Pop of Pink

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How adorable is this top? I just love the pop of pink in the sunglasses mixed with the stripes. When I found this in my most recent swap bag from Kaitlyn, I was pumped. The obvious styling would be to pair it with denim shorts or distressed jeans, but I wanted to try a more "out-of-the-box" pairing. I will for sure be wearing this top again before I give it back! ;)

What goes better with stripes then polka dots? Not many things I say! I kept my look all back and white and then added one extra pop of pink in my clutch. To finish my outfit off, I added silver jewelry and my favorite Prada sunglasses.
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Top: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Pants: Victoria's Secret // Shoes & Bag: JustFab // Earrings & Bracelet: Rocksbox (Use code "sadbblogxoxo" to get your first month FREE!)  // Watch: Fitbit // Bracelet: Lokai // Sunglasses: Prada 

What do you think of this outfit pairing?

Do you ever print mix in the same color then add a pop of color to finish the look off? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Box of Rocks (in a Good Way...)

Here we go again...I'm guilty of being yet another "get your first month free" sucker. I always think, "I'll just test it out and cancel when I'm done" but here I am, on my third month of Rocksbox and officially addicted with no end in sight (and I have Bethany to thank for getting me started with a code!)

Once I got my first one in the mail and unwrapped the adorable chevron wrapping complete with a personalized note, I was in. I hadn't even SEEN the jewelry yet and I was melting. 

If you're on the fence about trying Rocksbox, here's 5 six things that may tip you over: 

1. Won't break your bank: Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.

2. Never-ending new jewelry: You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like, so if you want to accessorize with new pieces every week, you can. Once the team receives your previous box, they will send out a new set of three right away. The beauty is you're being charged the flat rate of $19 no matter how often you exchange so as they say, this allows you to get the "most bang for your buck."

3. Keep your favorites: One of the downsides of Rent the Runway is that you have to give the dress back when you're done. Not the case here -- If you love a piece, keep it when you return your box and you'll be billed at the Insiders' Price for that item shown on your packing list.

4. Personalization: Your pieces are selected based on a profile you fill out so everything you receive should be a match with your personal style. Rocksbox is currently working with both established and emerging designers which is cool because that way, you get a taste of everything. 

5. Community Love: Rocksbox is all about sharing your style on social and as style bloggers, we're always ready to participate! By joining in the #Rocksbox conversation on IG, you can see other creative ways other fashionistas have styled their pieces to get ideas for your own. 

6. Your first month is FREE: Like I said, I know it seems like another day, another code for something you don't need but let's be honest, we all need an endless supply of jewelry...especially when you can just tell your husband, "Honey, I got my subscription free"...Just make sure you're the one to take care of those bills! 

For your first month free, use the code: sistersmariexoxo ... you thank us later ;) 

Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Pack for Europe in the Spring!

Before I know it, I will be taking off for Ireland for the trip of a lifetime with my husband. Even though we have been pinning and gathering resources for days, it still does not feel real. Perhaps that's because of how spontaneous this decision was - with another challenging Chicago winter under our belts, we have been itching for a change of scenery and a break in the routine so we considered a few places on our must-go lists including Charleston, New Orleans and Austin, Texas...

Hours later, here we are with flights booked to Ireland...while it may be considered slightly irresponsible, we figured that's still allowed at this point in our lives. The responsibilities will only increase in the coming years (don't worry Mom, kids are still in the plan!) so we decided this was a great time to make the trip we've always dreamed of. We are so excited and I can’t wait to share the journey with you guys.

I have traveled overseas a few times before (England, London, Rome, Switzerland), so I am taking this opportunity to learn from my mistakes (including poor choices for walking shoes and trying to be stylish and not practical. I know, I thought this was stylish? Really?) 

Plus, I read a great tip from Jess who just made the trip to Ireland...she suggested keeping everything in the same color scheme - that way everything you pack will be easy to mix and match. 

SHOES: We plan on doing quite a bit of walking so running/walking shoes are a must plus a solid pair of waterproof boots and perhaps one pair of flats for dinner's out.

OUTERWEAR: The weather is currently in the high 40's-low 50's and it tends to be damp/windy so a few different outwear options sounds smart including a rain jacket, wind breaker and anorak jacket, all the perfect addition to various layers.

BAGS: Once we leave our home base in the morning, I don't anticipate being back unit the end of the day so a backpack is key to carry everything I need for sightseeing including my camera, wallet, brush, hand warmers and map.

ACCESSORIES: Sunnies, scarves & a beanie are great ways to add some flair to your outfit but also necessary for staying warm. 


Traveled overseas before? Would love to hear your tips!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Blogging Bloopers, Volume 2: Kaitlyn

Normally, we try to share helpful information when it comes to fashion, blogging, and life in general, but sometimes, the best advice comes in the form of what not to do...

For example, if you are an 8th grader whose goal is to meet your lifelong love, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, when you actually DO get the chance... do NOT forget how speak, forcing your bff to introduce you. And once you can speak, do NOT mention that you illegally downloaded his new (solo) single and can't stop listening...because he will not be impressed. Not basing this off personal experience or anything, just throwing it out there ;)

Seriously though, when it comes to taking outfit photos, we often have to sift through a lot of comedy to find the best shots...but when it comes down to it, wouldn't we all rather laugh at ourselves anyway? 

Here are a few girls you don't want to be:

1. The shoe checker

2. The sneezer

3. The girl making the "this is bull shit" face

4. The stink eye friend

5. The angry girl

6. The wind-blown hair gone too far

7. The girl who just missed the mark

Look back on some of our other favorite bloopers: Lisa // Kaitlyn

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rocked it & Swapped it

I like to call this swap, "twinning moment, two years apart"! 

When I styled my Lauren Conrad for Kohl's sweater the first time back in 2013, I kept the style very simple. Skinny jeans, riding boots, and a few layers over (not shown in below photo) made the perfect style for a night out with the girls. I even wore a knit hat too (you can click through to see my full outfit post).   

Fast forward to early 2015 when Kaitlyn rocked the knit. She just so happened to style it almost identical to my look. The best part is, Kaitlyn went back to look for my first outfit post after styling her own...aka, this look wasn't styled the same way twice on purpose. We both just felt this sweater looked best with gray boots, the same Loft skinny jeans, and a knit hat! I think we are beginning to share a fashion brain! ;)

Here is how we both styled the Lauren Conrad top: 

P.S. you can still find this sweater online here!

Have you ever had an accidental "twinning moment" with your friend or family member?
How would you style this polka dot sweater?

Let's chat below in the comment section!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

But first, Florals

It's been said many times before, but it really is the little things in life. My team at work is lucky to be joined by a special needs employee who helps us out in the office once a week who is full of quirks and quips that continuously make me smile. 

I wore a similar version of this outfit to the office and he said, " look really pretty today" (pauses for a few seconds) "What made you decide to wear florals?" First of all, I couldn't even contain my giggling with the way he phrased that question -- the day my husband references flowers as "florals" is the day I realize I've officially done a number on him. 

But more importantly, that small comment made my day - it was so genuine and made me realize how much impact a small and random act of kindness can have.

Top: Nordstrom (Swap w/ Lisa) | Jeans: Old Navy | Heels: c/o Just Fab (similar) | Bag: c/o Just Fab (similar)
Sunnies: Target | Cuff: Shoplately | Earrings: Lisi Lerch 

If only we all paid it forward just a little bit every day...even if it's just putting a tip in the tip jar or any one of these simple acts.