Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it


One of my favorite brands that we had the honor of working with this past year was cabi Clothing. I first began working with them last Fall on my personal blog, but in Spring of this year Kaitlyn joined in all the fashion fun. This is a brand that I support for so many reasons, and one that we make no money off if you end up shopping. So why do we love cabi so much? They not only have amazing fashion, outstanding quality to their pieces, timeless and trend items that can be worn year after year, but from a company standpoint, they give back in such wonderful ways (both nationally and globally). Now that is something we are both proud to stand behind! 

This is the Pirouette Dress and an item that Kaitlyn picked up from the line this Fall. I love how she paired this outfit! She is wearing head to toe cabi Clothing and the "In the Band" jacket is just the right amount of structure to this girly floral dress. When I got this beauty in my swap bag, I couldn't wait to wear it to my second Thanksgiving party. I used the tie and belted the waist to shorten the dress a bit and added a shiny gold heel to dress it up. In the end, it was probably one of my favorite dresses to wear! Seriously. 


Have you shopped the cabi Clothing Fall line? What do you think of how we styled the dress? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cozy in a Cable Knit

I have a growing collection of thick, white knits in my closet. Much like stripes, I feel like this is one thing you can never have enough of, especially living in the Midwest. Cable knit sweaters give me all of the, "sipping hot cocoa by a fire in the woods" feels. Though, let's be honest, my weekends no longer involve sipping...If I'm drinking anything, it's water (or iced coffee on occasion) and it's most likely being chugged so I can check off the next task on a very long list. Ah, the joys of Motherhood - Now I totally understand what Cat and Nat are always talking about ;) 

This sweater is so cozy and is pretty long in length with an a-line hem so I tucked it in a bit in the front for a casual feel but it would also be so cute untucked with leggings and snow boots. I'm also a huge fan of these color block touchscreen gloves - They're by Verloop Knits, a brand I discovered in one of our local stores a few years back and they make the cutest (and functional!) Winter accessories. I always enjoy a good pop of color against an otherwise neutral palette and their line(s) are always so bright. Merry and bright, that is...

Wearing:
Sweater: c/o J. Jill
Jacket: c/o J. Jill
Jeans: Old Navy
Booties: TOMS
Necklace: c/o Evereve
Hat: Old (similar) 
Bag: Target
Gloves: Verloop Knits

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An Unexpected Pairing

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By now you all know how much I love the beautiful wrap dresses from PinkBlush. (Previous styled here and here.) The colors and prints are amazing, unique, and ever changing. Yep, new styles are added regularly over on their site so if you see one you love, pick it up before it's gone. Plus, the fit is so flattering, cinching you at your natural waist, hitting you body in all the right places. Plus, if you're  nursing, it's the perfect dress as well as the wrap front style is made for easy access.

On this day, I paired this beautiful print dress with my favorite faux fur bomber jacket that I picked up last season. It's long since sold out, but I am still such a fan of the style and colors. Since the color pallet from the jacket was similar to the one in the dress, I decided to pair these two. It was a last minute addition to the outfit and one I was unsure of, but in the end isn't it the bold fashion decisions that make the best ones? I think so! 

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To finish my look off, I added lots of delicate gold jewelry, my go-to boots of the season, and a bold plum lip. I also added this bag I found at Forever 21 a few years back that has become a favorite of mine again lately. If there was ever a bag that's on my dream list, it would be a vintage quilted Chanel bag with a gold chain strap. It costs around $3500 (pre-owned) and that is not a price I will ever pay for a bag....I mean, that's a vacation! That said, if anyone wants to gift me one, I'm totally open to it! lol This is a cute alternative and something that was actually in my budget and even though it's a few years old, it's still in great condition.  

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Dress: c/o PinkBlush // Bomber Jacket: ASOS // Shoes: c/o cabi Clothing // Bag: Forever 21 (similar) // Watch: Fossil // Choker: Lili Claspe // Necklace: Bird's Tail Jewelry // Bracelet: T+J Designs (old) // Earrings: Express 
Photos by Cecilia Jean

What do you think of this pairing? Are you a fan of PinkBlush wrap dresses? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Floral Evereve Skirt

They say if you spend enough time with someone, you start to look/act alike. I feel that way with Lisa a lot lately! She and I did some shopping at Evereve on completely different days and never spoke after about what we had purchased. About a week later, we both published outfit posts featuring some of the pieces we brought home with us and it turns out, we not only picked out, but pieced together an almost identical outfit! It's funny to think we both selected these very items out of a whole store filled with amazing clothes but let's be honest, is there anything better than this mini skirt? Embroidery is so big this season and this is the perfect statement piece for any holiday party or event you attend. 

The floral detail on the front is just beautiful and because of all the colors, it pairs well with so many things. I love that we both chose a black top, the SAME crescent moon necklace (my current favorite!) and a colorful jacket. Lisa paired hers with a pink bomber style and I chose a teal suede version. Fun to see how different they are but both complement the outfit so well.


SHOP EMBROIDERED SKIRTS:

How do you feel about the embroidery trend this season?
How would you style this skirt?

Have a great Thursday! Xo


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Christmas Eve Look


Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the year. All the excitement and anticipation of the big day without any of the letdown that it's all over which is pretty much always how I feel when I go to sleep on December 25th. I know, that sounds a little crazy but it's the truth. I feel like Christmas Day is similar to your wedding day -- It's something you wait for for SO long and when it's finally here, you spend all day trying to soak every piece of it in and just hope that it doesn't by too fast, but it always does. 

Can you tell I'm a girl who just loves the holidays too much? I attribute a lot of those to my wonderful Parents who always made Christmas such a magical experience for my brother and I. From the earliest ones I can remember, it was everything a child hopes for -- Half-eaten chocolate cookies and a note from Santa on the morning of, a plentiful stack of presents under the tree, holiday music all month long and a long list of traditions that are special to our Family. I have so many memories of going to pick out a real tree as a Family, driving through the Grand Geneva lights (which we still do each year), eating chocolate croissants on Christmas Eve after Grandpa's house, sleeping in a fort on the floor in my brother's room, helping my Dad put the angel on our tree each year and so on. 

Sometimes I miss being little, living at home and experiencing the festivities the way we used to but I'm so lucky to live so close to my Family so we can still share in so much together and I look forward to passing many of these traditions onto Ro as he grows up. I'm also excited to start our own and participate in things like Elf on the Shelf (yes, I know - it's a lot of pressure!) and watching Christmas movies in sleeping bags by the fire...that's one I can't wait for! We always spend Christmas Eve at my Grandpa's house with a lot of Family and so many of my cousins have young kids or new babies as well so it's going to be loud and chaotic but so much fun. Santa will make an appearance and now that I have baby, I get to reclaim my spot on his famous couch in front of the tree :) #kidperks


SHOP MY HOLIDAY STYLE:



And speaking of Christmas Eve, I'm thinking this outfit will be perfect. I want to LIVE in this dress -It's so comfortable (and leaves plenty of room for cookie snacking), a great length, very flattering AND most importantly, it's fa la la festive! It shows just the right amount of skin when paired with these OTK boots, which by the way -- THESE ARE UNDER $40. AND...They don't slouch! I was super skeptical since they were such a steal price wise and I figured I would be returning them a day later but so far, they have not disappointed. I really can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on the real thing so I'm glad to have found a stand-in that works with everything from dresses to jeans. Think these will be go-to this season, until it snows that is...







What are your favorite Christmas traditions? 

Thanks for stopping by! Xo

Wearing:

Dress: c/o J. Jill
Scarf: c/o J. Jill (similar)
Boots: Target (under $40!)
Hat: Old Navy (identical version!)
Purse: c/o Sole Society (old)
Lip color: Crush - Glo Skin Beauty

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Style a Floral Dress for Fall

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The weather here in the Midwest has been so mild lately, ranging from the mid 40's to low 50's for the past two weeks. I'm not going to lie, it has been wonderful to not have to break out the tights or winter essentials, although I do get excited to add a cozy knit hat, scarf, and gloves in December...but I digress... As you know, I have been loving pairing lots of floral pieces this season, and this dress I borrowed from Kaitlyn is a fast favorite. I mean, the colors, the dress style (it's so flowy and girly), and the belted waist, love it! 

By adding these gold heels the outfit took on more of a festive look. I wore this to our second family Thanksgiving party, and I got so many compliments on this pairing. I posted it on my IG stories as well and I got tons of questions about the shoes in particular. I have had my eyes on them for months and they sold out so fast the first time around. When I saw them back in stock in early November, I could not buy them fast enough. So worth it you guys, not only are they beautiful but they didn't hurt my feet after wearing them all afternoon. SCORE! 

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I the end I added my go-to wool trench (that I have had for over five years now), lots of gold jewelry, and a bright colored lip, and I was good to go. This paring was perfect for a warmer fall day and roomy enough for all the food I ate at our Thanksgiving feast. Side note, I love that this dress comes with a tie. You can use it as a belt like I did here, or tie it around your neck for an entirely new look! I love a versatile piece. 

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Dress: c/o cabi Clothing // Jacket: Victoria's Secret (old) // Shoes: JustFab // Bag: Gigi New York // Necklace: Lili Claspe (similar & under $29) // Watch: Fossil 
What do you think of this pairing? Are you as in love with this shoes as I am? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Friday, December 1, 2017

A Baby-Proof Area Rug

How can such a small person take up SO much room in the house? I have asked myself this on a daily basis since we brought our little man home almost 4 months ago and his stuff just continues to close in on us. In addition his nursery and all of the toys that have flooded our Family Room, he has also staked his claim on our guest room. I'll admit, that one is our doing because we wanted a little station set up on our main floor where we could change diapers and let him nap if necessary so we didn't have to go upstairs every time there was an explosion (which let's be honest, is often). So, our cute little guest bedroom has essentially morphed into a second nursery.

I do my best to keep it looking fresh and modern instead of overly baby-ish. We do spend a lot of time in there though so I wanted to make it as homey as possible and to me, a nice area rug is always that finishing touch. I've mentioned my obsession before - I'm pretty sure if I buy any more for the house, my husband will ask for a divorce but I can't help it...Rugs are such an easy way to completely change the look of a room and add some warmth, don't you guys agree? 

For Ro's SECOND bedroom space  (😂 ), I partnered up with Lorena Canals, an amazing home decor brand that I stumbled upon via Instagram and I am so lucky I did. For the past 12 years, they have been specializing in children's rugs in order to offer elegant and cozy spaces that meet all the requirements a Mother needs for her kids. YES PLEASE!

The unique and beautiful design of this petroleum berber rug was the first thing that caught my eye (mostly because I'm OBSESSED with this teal color!), but the story behind her designs was what hooked me:
  1. All of the rugs and cushions are machine-washable and fit into a standard washer and dryer. Is this not the most GENIUS idea ever? In 4+ years of owning our home, I have replaced multiple rugs due to stains and general wear and tear so I am beyond thrilled to have this ability. Literally a life saver, especially with a baby who spits up and drools all day long!
  2. Their home collection is perfect for sophisticated kids rooms but also for adult spaces. I'm thinking about ordering another for our loft area - It's so nice when the design is ambiguous enough for two kinds of spaces so you can change it up later on if you want instead of being stuck with a rug adorned with matchbox cars that only fits one space.
  3. The brand is shopped by top celebrities and was picked by Vogue as top baby product for celebrity nurseries. Stars...they're just like us ;)
  4. All rugs are made in India and designed in Spain 
  5. All products are handmade with natural dyes, eco and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs -- Makes me feel better about Ro spending so much time on it.
  6. The proceeds support the Sakula project and provide schooling for children in India. I love shopping brands with a generous philanthropic mission!

While I can get annoyed with his stuff being everywhere, it's also a nice change of space to switch up our scenery and hang out in different rooms so it can also be convenient. I often bring his activity mat in here and we just hang out with his woodland friends. He has started rolling now though so I can't just lay him there and walk away anymore...He is definitely keeping me on my toes these days!


We also spend a lot of time reading books and with all the natural light in the guest room, it's the perfect space for it. I think Ro is really going to like reading because he listens intently every time my husband or I tell a story and it's precious to watch his face light up with each flip of a page. Right now, Silly Tilly and Dragons Love Tacos are two of our favorites! I look forward to these moments during the day and right before bedtime.

P.S. I have always been a sucker for rugs with tassels...Though, I did hesitate with this because they look very similar to my dog's chew toys! Luckily, he rarely comes in this room so I figured it was safe ;)

This face, though! My handsome little man is getting so big...I could stare at this face and kiss these cheeks all day long (and by could, I mean I do)! I am very lucky to be his Mama.

Mom's, how do you keep your baby spaces looking nice & fresh?
Raise your hand if your little one has taken over the whole house as well!

Thanks for stopping by! Xo

Featured:

Rug: c/o Lorena Canals
Activity Mat: Skip Hop
Pajamas: Nate Berkus


I received product compliments of Lorena Canals. All opinions and statements are my own.
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