Friday, August 28, 2015

Kaitlyn's Blogging Bloopers: Volume 4

Sometimes I feel like our lives have become so intertwined with social media that it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. We are very quick to judge someone’s life by the photos they share…the acai bowls that look like works of art or the beautiful blogger who just had a baby but got her rockin’ bod back in DAYS…because who really wants to see the dirty cereal bowls in the sink or the same ratty t-shirt we throw on to run to the grocery store? 

It makes sense to post the best parts of your day, especially if that helps you focus on the positive, but at the same time, it’s just as important to realize those are just brief moments in our lives…everyone is weathering their own storm and experiences daily struggles that aren’t always shown through a Snapseed filter. 

With that said, we must find the time to laugh at ourselves…bloggers spend a whole lot of time photographing one another, picking apart the best ones and let’s be honest, editing out the ugly. 

So from time to time, we must share what happens in between the “best of”…the blogger bloopers...

Wait, I CAN'T drink it all?

Creeper hands be creepin'...

I'm so VS fashion show right now...until I see the picture. So not.

Hang on! May or may not be falling into the lake!

"This is like, such a totally, beautiful night"...
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Can we pause, girl's gotta fix the hair!

Twirling gone cray!

A pop of pinky will never be trending...

See some of my other bloopers here!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rocked it & Swapped it

From beach to vacation vibes, this shift dress has become our favorite recent swap. We both kept it pretty basic but Lisa styled the dress for a weekend visit to Austin, TX and I love how the small changes like the tassel necklace and cognac sandals made it just right for her day of sightseeing and food truck stops (more to come on Austin soon!)

We're both a sucker for a floral print, especially when it's a dress that leaves enough room for multiple cupcake stops ;) so this one is a keeper and will most likely make it to next summer. Not to mention, the dress fits both of us pretty perfectly which is very rare...often something is too short/long, too busy/not busty enough or a plethora of other factors that tend to impact our swaps...but this one was just right.

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Lisa: Necklace: Co-Star // Sunglasses in top photo: Ditto (use code SADB to get 1st month FREE!) // Sunglasses in bottom photo: Prototype Vintage // Watch: Fossil // Bag: Nordstrom // Shoes: Sole Society

Do you ever trade clothes with a friend?

Are there any items you would love to see us swap this fall?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blending in with the Trees

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OK seriously, these photos are like a bad game of Where's Waldo! ;)

I promise when I got dressed, I had no plans of blending in with the trees, but that is exactly what happened on this beautiful Sunday morning. Lately, I have been adding a few transitional pieces into my everyday wear. This beautiful berry colored bag and dark green dress are two items that are currently in heavy rotation. I love adding fall colors prior to adding cooler weather pieces just to get me ready for full-on fall fashion...

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A classic shirt dress is perfect for everyday wear or on this day, brunch with my family followed by traveling home from our lake house.

I kept the styling "summer simple" by adding flat sandals, a unique tassel necklace, and sunglasses. The fact that summer is soon ending is truly depressing, but fall is my favorite season so I am definitely ready to rotate my closet and break out more then just fall colored items.

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Dress: MNG by Mango (similar) (similar) // Shoes & Bag: Sole Society // Necklace: Co-Star Austin 
Watch: Fossil // Sunglasses: Ditto (use code SADB for 1st month FREE!)

Do you ever rotate colored items into your wardrobe prior bringing out your actual fall clothing?

Do you ever match your surroundings without even realizing it?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fall Transitional Pieces

While we're not ready for it just yet (there's still boating to be done and al freso dining to check off our list), Fall is probably our favorite season to dress for because when summer winds down and you feel that first chill in the air, it’s so refreshing to bundle up in a cozy cardigan or over sized infinity scarf. When you can leave your house in a sweater and jeans (no puffy coat, please!), that is the perfect Autumn moment...it doesn't last long, so we must cherish them in our favorite lace-up flats and chic jogger pants while we can.  

So, peruse the assortment of basic must-have items that made the top of our ist(s) for making the seasonal transition and hopefully be inspired to create your own. What is your fall closet calling for?

(psst! hover over each item for brand & price)

BOOTIES:

JEANS:
SWEATERS:
BACKPACKS:
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ACCESSORIES:
What are you looking forward to wearing most this fall? 

We'll see you in flared denim, oversized ponchos and floppy hats all October long :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lisa's Blogging Bloopers, Volume 6

Outtakes just never get old in my book. The cutting room floor photos have quickly become some of my favorites shots and I love all your comments about how they are your favorite too!
 In almost every outfit post I shoot now, I look through the film and say "OK, seven good ones and a few outtake options." As in, I'm not done shooting until I have good and bad ones for you guys. If you can't laugh at yourself... ;) 

Love the bloopers as much as me & want to see more? See previous posts herehereherehere, and here.

I give you my sixth volume of blogging bloopers: 
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Which photo is your favorite? 

Would you caption any of these differently? 



Friday, August 21, 2015

Blogger of the Month: Making Nice in the Midwest


Mom blogger, crafts and DIY extraordinaire, recipe sharing and a style all her own...And they say you can't have it all ;) This month we're featuring Mandi from Making Nice in the Midwest. We could spend hours on her site, getting inspired by her love for old movies, scouring gorgeous images of vintage homes and learning how to make our own hand written poster for the home. Not only is she super talented (#GIRLBOSS) and beautiful, but her story is honest and authentic...you can see yourself in so many of her experiences so it's always nice to wake up, drink your coffee and share a moment with a fellow blogger who makes you think, "Yes! I know exactly what you mean"....

Read a little bit about the story behind Mandi's blog:

"I spent most of my twenties thinking about where to go next. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, I had this creeping feeling inside that I was meant for something more. A bigger city. Cool people to meet. Exciting, creative opportunities to discover and chase. Of course, here I am, rounding the corner on my twenties and still living in my hometown. At first, I felt like I was giving up on my dreams by not moving away. 

My husband Phil and I were fresh out of college at twenty-four years old. We had no kids, no mortgage, and could potentially make a life wherever we wanted. So, why stick around? Maybe it was a shift in our priorities, or maybe this is just where God wants us to be, but it’s as if one day we woke up and couldn’t bear the idea of leaving this place...



I had discovered that there are amazing, creative, like-minded friends to be made right here at home, and great opportunities just ripe for the taking. We looked at the numbers, and knew we could much more easily live a comfortable life in such an affordable city- even buy a house, and start a family when were were ready! So we put down roots, bought a small, mid-century ranch, and even had that baby. And never moved to the big city.
I’ve finally realized I haven’t settled for anything by settling down in my Midwestern hometown. Phil and I don’t regret sticking around and becoming productive members of the community, encouraging people we meet, especially those who feel disappointed about being here. Instead of focusing on what we haven’t gotten to do, we’re taking advantage of the opportunities we do have and living with a positive outlook on life. I think shifting one’s perspective is the key to being happy wherever you are, and engaging in your God-given passions is certainly a plus! That’s what I’m all about, and that’s why I started this blog." - Mandi








Who inspires you? What bloggers do you follow on a daily basis?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rocked it & Swapped it

The best part about having lots of summer dresses is the challenge of finding a way to get more use out of them year round. A great way to transition these dresses into fall is by adding layers and switching out your sandals for booties. 

When I styled my floral dress from Target in July, I kept the look easy breezy by adding classic jewelry and a great neutral bag.  This outfit was perfect for an overcast day that was about 90 degrees. When Kaitlyn styled the dress, she went with a more fall approach by adding an army green button up and great crop boot so now this dress is ready to be taken into the cooler months ahead. It also gives me lots of inspiration about how to wear this dress next! 

Here is how we both style the dress: 


How do you take your summer dresses into the next season? 

Do you love this Target dress as much as we do?