Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Simple Style

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I love effortless style, but what about those days that you don't have time to put effort into your style?  I say keep it simple and the outfit will come together on it's own. That's exactly what I did on this day and I am glad I have armed my wardrobe with lots of pieces that mix and match easily. I think having good options is the key to effortless style after all, don't you?

I am a sucker for a pretty midi skirt and this one has been getting lots of wear. In the past I have paired it with a black top, so this time around I wanted to go with classic chambray. To finish off my styling I added black cut-out flats, oversized sunglasses, and the perfect black bag. This outfit was perfect for a family party and no one needed to know I got ready in ten minutes flat! ;) 

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Top: JC Penny // Skirt: Express // Shoes: Just Fab // Bag: c/o Sole Society // Sunglasses: Ditto (use code sistersmarie for 1st month designer glasses for FREE!) // Watch: Fossil // Fitbit

How do you get ready in a hurry? What do you think of my simple style? 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tone it Up for Summer

"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." I know this to be true because it has become my mantra as of late. I have always been a fitness fanatic with running as my constant and yoga as a new but permanent addition. In between both of these work outs, I have fallen in love with walking wherever and whenever I can. Every year once the warmer weather returns, my co-workers and I utilize our lunch breaks for walks near the office, not only to break up the monotonous act of sitting for hours but to get in our steps. To up our game, my girlfriend and I are partaking in the Tone it Up challenge to walk 150 miles by Summer. The challenge is a part of the TIU "Bikini Series", aka 8 weeks of meal plans, workouts and motivation to prep for Summer. K&K are adorable so not only do you want to join them for their workouts but become best friends ;)

Want to join me on the walking challenge? You can print your own chart here - it's a great way to stay motivated and keep track of your progress.

As you guys know, the Geneva Lake path is my favorite place to accumulate steps - Not only is it a great workout because the path constantly changes but it's the ultimate stress reliever. With unbeatable scenery (both the lake and luxury homes lining the path), it makes for an intimate interaction with the outdoors that I can't get enough of. If I lived here full time, I would be out there every morning with my pup...I just can't imagine a better way to start my day.

How are you toning up for Summer? Hope you'll join me in the walking challenge!


Top: E Street Denim (similar here)
Pants: c/o MPG Sport
Long sleeve top: c/o MPG Sport
Sunnies: Prada via DITTO - Get your first month free with code "SISTERSMARIE"
Hat: Pier 290 (always representing!)
Shoes: Nike (similar here, love these!)

Fitz's harness: Ruffwear - I am including this link because we love it! We have tried other brands but this is super comfortable on him yet gives us the security we need when walking.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lisa's Blogging Bloopers, Volume 9

Happy Monday! It's been a few months since my last installment of blogging bloopers, so lots of outfit posts have come and gone. You know what that means! It's time to go through and show you guys some of my favorite funny moments. (Why so serious? <----- you better have read that in your best Joker voice!) Let's keep it light this Monday and laugh at with me! 

"The ants go marching one by one, hoorah...hoorah..."

Just blindly walking

No words. 

Shooting photos with Kaitlyn generally looks like this...

"That's precious."

When you are between two poses and it almost works.

Because good photos are always the product of talking while your photographer is shooting you? DOH!

Jogging gone wrong...

When you are feeling yourself, always remember to close your mouth! 

"But first, a hair flip!"

Mid-shoot dance party. I mean, put an umbrella in your hands and try not to dance! 
"My ring totally just got caught." 
Which photo is your favorite? Would you caption any of these photos different?

Like outtakes as much as I do? See previous posts herehere, hereherehereherehere, and here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Hems(worth) It

Let’s all just pause for a second and recognize this as the first Summer dress post of the season. Once you’ve officially joined me in my excitement, we can continue the good vibes because YES, those are the Lake Geneva tour boats behind me, making their 2016 debut. Every year I watch this infamous resort town brush the dirt off its surface and start to prepare for the return of the masses, yet I’m always in awe of how quickly the piers return to the water and the ice cream shops turn their closed signs around. 

As recently as one month ago, we were venturing out in our winter coats and snapping pictures of the very beautiful but isolated and frigid looking water. Then last weekend, I read my (current book chat) read on the pier, wearing nothing but a tank and SPF…let's just say this change is as welcome as it is swift. We enjoy our house all year long and make the most of each season but like most 20-something females, Summer is my jam and there’s no better place to experience it...

As for the dress, I love the high-low hem (a mullet, if you will) on this Bailey Blue style, plus the open back...this is just the right kind of dress to throw on for a quick dinner out (which is what I did on this lovely evening) or wear with sandals for a casual weekend activity. Clothes that double as cute AND simple earn extra points for me, especially in the Summer because my style tends be a little more relaxed and carefree. P.S. I think this dress may just show up again on July's perfect, right?

We are so glad we partnered up with Bailey Blue because while the clothes are great, their story is even better. It's run by 3 sisters who started the company in the garage of their parents’ house and as it grew, they eventually moved into an LA loft. 12 years later, the Bailey Blue ladies have a team of 40 members, striving to bring women fashion at affordable prices. We love LOVE supporting other women pursuing their passions and these gals are doing an amazing job. Not to mention, we can't help but advocate for another team of sisters ;)

P.S. You can shop this dress and many similar ones using "SistersMarie30" for 30% off at check out!

Does anyone else get just as excited for the first warm weather clothes of the season?


Dress: c/o Bailey Blue
Jacket: Kut from the Kloth
Purse: c/o Sole Society
Sunnies: c/o Ilymix
Sandals: LOFT, old (similar)
Necklace: Target

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it: Tassel Thursday

“Baby, you’re so classic”…if this song was written about a bag, it would be this one. This shoulder bag made from smooth faux leather with double tassels is the ultimate grab-and-go style. You know we’re not exaggerating because without knowing, we each picked it out from Sole Society (in different colors at least) and ended up wearing them to the same Family gathering. Not to mention the matching jean jackets and color palette…although we have different personal style, there are many moments that lead us to believe we’re sharing 1 fashion mind ;) While I paired it with a pleated midi skirt, Lisa wore her first maxi of the season and added some personality with a chunky belt.

We do love trendy pieces but the difference here is, this bag will never lose its place in the style world, as it’s timeless and so versatile. Classic.

Shop the bag! Which color suits you best?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Flowers and Flares

This tunic is the perfect amount of color for everyday wear. I love the high-low hem, the pleat detail on the front & back, and the adorable peek-hole at the neck. Want to mix it up? So did I! Since this top is from eShakti, you have the option to custom any (or all) parts of the items you shop. I decided I wanted a shorter sleeve, so I had that shortened to a 3/4 length. I also put my height in the measurements so the length of the tunic was not too long on me. In the end I love my custom top!

When it came to styling this beauty less was more. I added a pair of my favorite flare jeans, nude heels, a gorgeous statement necklace, and a bright pink lip. As I stepped out the door, I added a bright colored clutch and oversized sunglasses. Easy everyday wear usually wins during the week at my house.

Top: c/o eShakti // Jeans: Mother Denim // Shoes: Just Fab // Bag: Shoedazzle // Necklace & Bracelet: c/o Park Lane Jewelry // Sunglasses: Ditto (use code sistersmarie & get 1st month FREE!)

Are you a fan or eShakti? Have you ever had clothing custom made?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Ultimate Summer Jumpsuit

If this isn't the outfit of a woman who's ready for a vacation, I don't know what is. This is me like, "bags are packed and I'm halfway to the beach with a drink order on deck." This is another look from my Trunk Club experience so if you needed further proof that their stylists are right on the money, this is it because I am in love. This jumpsuit is one of those rare items that feels like it was made for me. Minus the unavoidable "jumpsuit ass" that's inevitable with one piece styles (sorry guys, no can fix), it fits like a glove and works for so many situations. Dress down with sandals, up with heels... Not to mention, I'm obsessed with the bow accent and cropped length. WINNER.

Shop this look:

This outfit just screams Summer which I am so looking forward to. Plans include a lot of time at the lake house, a girls weekend/bachelorette party, a fun wedding with friends and attacking our home to-do list with my hubs. Oh, and maybe packing a vintage suitcase while waiting to be picked up in a classic car going anywhere but here...or that's just the backstory I imagine for these photos ;)


Jumper: Madewell
Jacket: Kut from the Kloth
Hat: BCBG Max Azria
Necklace: Forever 21, old (similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (old but similar here)
Bag: Sole Society
Sunnies: Zero UV (sold out but similar)
Lipstick: Glominerals "Crush"