Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday: Fall Style

One of my favorite things about Fall is all the comfort that comes along with it...the comfort of homemade chili in the crockpot, the comfort in knowing "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will air every year and the comfort of bringing out your pumpkin candles. There are so many things you can count on and that applies to our wardrobe too...

I think we can all agree that Fall is the best season for getting dressed. Don't get me wrong, I love Summer just as much (if not more) than the next guy, but nothing beats that first day it's cool enough outside to break out a cozy sweater and your favorite pair of jeans and even with the new trends that become "must haves" each year, there are certain things that remain staples over time. As I look back through my outfits from previous Fall seasons, I notice that for me, these classic pieces include riding boots, beautiful pairs of denim, plaid tops + jackets, ankle booties, jewel tones, warm knits and wide brimmed hats.

What do you look forward to wearing each Fall?
Enjoy a quick trip down memory lane with me through some of my favorite Fall looks...

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Happy Fall / Friday!
Hope you make it a great weekend Xo

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Cabi Velvet Loafers


Everyone needs a great pair of loafers (or ten pair for that matter), and these velvet floral beauties from cabi Clothing are our favorites! They can easily be dressed up or dressed down, and can be styled and paired with literally any outfit. We both opted to style ours with everyday wear, giving a great pop of print to each of our looks. When Kaitlyn styled hers, she wore a classic t-shirt paired with a skirt for a  mid-day coffee date. I later styled mine with a cozy knit and denim cut-offs for a day of errands and a quick trip to the kids school.

Do you own a pair of loafers? Admittedly, I own seven pair, some for the summer months, some for the fall and winter months, some solid colored, and some print. I mean, it really is the perfect style shoe and did I mention how comfortable they are? As a mother-of-two, I am literally always running around. I love me a great heel, but flats are so key for keeping up and playing with the kiddos. Here are a few of my favorites currently selling.


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How many pairs of loafers do you own? If you can only get one pair, we highly recommend these beauties cabi put out this season! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Perfect Fitting Jeans

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If you stopped by the blog yesterday, then you read all about Kaitlyn's experience with Fitcode. For those of you who are not familiar, Fitcode is a company that understands denim shopping isn't easy. They literally saw a problem in the fashion world and fixed it for us! How great is that you guys? 

Created by women, for women, Fitcode helps you find your best fitting jeans based on your body shape, not the numeric size the jeans come in. I mean, I'd like to say I fit in the same size jean in every store, but that is so not the case. Fitcode takes the guessing work out of it and after taking a short quiz, they show you lots of denim choices that would be a great fit for your body. I mean... genius! 
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Silver Jeans is a new brand offered though their site and I was so excited because I am super loving all the new styles Silver came out with this year. I know I already highlighted a pair earlier this season with a raw-hem that I am obsessed with, so it was only fitting that this time around I go for a more stretchy pair. These charcoal beauties are a girlfriend style jean with lots of stretch. I love how comfortable they are and honestly as a mom, I can say these are total "playing with the kids on the floor" pants. As in, you can get down in them and still be cozy and stylish while doing so. That said, they are also amazing for a night out! 

I styled them with a few of my Fall favorites in this look. Leopard print paired with brown and burgundy is always a great choice. I recently picked up this suede jacket as I felt it was time to get an investment piece and sell a few of my faux leather ones. As always, you can find my gently used items on my "shop my closet" page, faux leather jackets coming soon. But I digress...

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Top & Bag: Nordstrom // Jeans: c/o Silver Jeans via Fitcode // Jacket: Blank NYC via Trunk Club // Boots: Vince Camuto via Trunk Club // Sunglasses: Raen // Watch: Fossil (similar) // Necklace: Clyde's Rebirth // Earrings: T+J Designs 

In the end I loved wearing this outfit. The jeans fit perfectly and I couldn't be more happy to be teaming up with Fitcode again. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Having a Moment with Uneven Hem Denim

Focus on the fit, not the size...easier said than done, right?


Seriously though -- When it comes to denim, not all sizes are created equal and as women, this can be extremely frustrating. I've talked about it before and I'm telling you guys again because this is IMPORTANT STUFF in the world of women's clothing - If you're looking for a new pair of jeans that feels like they were custom made for you, there's no more need to cry in the dressing room or go on Kanye's workout plan because the pair is out there already. 

It DOES exist -- (Santa? M&M's? Anyone?) 👀

Fitcode is awesome because it helps you find jeans that will look and feel great based on fit instead of size. How many times does a size 4 fit you in one store but you're a size 8 in another? It's whacked out but luckily, there's an easy way to solve this problem -- A 
short quiz will reveal your personal "Fitcode," followed by a custom "denim boutique" which features a variety of brands, styles and price points, all matching your "fit number." 


This is the second pair of jeans I've gotten through Fitcode and both times, I have been more than pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Let's be honest, I need more jeans like a hole in the head (think I have 18ish pairs...it's a problem), but I'm having a big time moment with the uneven hem so I've had a little trouble holding back from this pair from Silver Jeans. This brand has been around for so long, blending modern and vintage details and most recently, they have made some beautiful updates to the brand which has led to some majorly cool denim looks. This I've always loved distressed denim because of its laid back, casual vibes so when I started seeing raw, frayed edges on the bottom of jeans, it was love at first sight. Even more so, I like that so many of them are cropped, ankle styles which is perfect for bootie season -- My favorite of all! I dread the day when we have to start wearing socks because there's snow on the ground...

Needless to say, I'm going to be living in this pair for quite some time (or until that first flakes fall, at least). This mid-rise style is equal parts supportive and stylish -- Just the right combo for a new Mom! They're super soft, have an above-ankle inseam and oh yes, are completely ripped in the back near the ankle. It adds just the right amount of edge to my Fall weekend style.


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And side note -- One of the reasons I love this season so much is because we get the chance to play around with cozy layers because we're not (yet) required to stuff ourselves into thick, uncomfortable heavy jackets. To expand on that, I am definitely living my best coat life this year...I have a growing collection of lightweight coats, sweater jackets and dusters, all which offer an extra element of effortless style to a basic jeans and tee look. This textured sweater topper was a fast favorite of mine! It's a great alternative to a bulky coat, pairs with almost anything and best of all, I can file it under
"Grandpa chic," a section of my wardrobe which (I'm not joking, nor sad about), continues to grow. Both my Mom AND Lisa own it as well and we are all different heights, shapes, etc., so it may be safe to say it looks good on everyone!



How do you guys shop for jeans? 
Let me know if you have any questions about finding your "Fitcode!"

Wearing:

Top: Old Navy
Jacket: c/o J. Jill
Jeans: Silver Jeans c/o Fitcode 
Booties: c/o Cabi Clothing
Hat: Sole Society, sold out (similar)
Purse: Express, sold out (Love this style too!)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it: Styling a Jean Skirt for Fall

The denim skirt used to be considered a summer staple back in the day. Anyone else rock their mini  with frayed edges with a tank top, puka shells and flip flops on warm Summer nights? Even though I'm from the Midwest, I continued to dress like I lived in Southern California (#wishfulthinking). Thank God we've come to our senses and realized that not only are too tight Hollister shirts no longer acceptable but that there is a modern way to style a denim skirt and keep it classy.

The best part is its versatility - Whether you're working with short hemlines mixed with oversize sweaters and cold-weather boots (like Lisa) or a midi length adorned with gold buttons, appropriate for casual Friday or a creative workplace (like myself), it's time to embrace this trend for the new season. If you need some more inspo, here are 16 more ways to style a jean skirt.


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Do you currently own a denim skirt? 
How do you prefer to style it?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Breastfeeding in Style


Before I had the baby, my new Mom girlfriends were so helpful with offering advice on what to expect. One of them told me to stock up on nursing bras and tops because it would make breastfeeding so much more convenient, especially since it happens so often. I ordered a bra on Amazon and purchased a simple blank nursing tank thinking, I probably won't wear this often but it will be nice to have. 

WRONG -- I wore that tank top multiple days a week in the beginning because not only was it easier but early on, I couldn't even fathom looking like a real human and getting ready like I normally would. I was so tired and wanted to wear whatever made my life a little simpler but let me be clear...I really disliked that tank top. It was boring, basic and not something I would ever choose to wear. I felt so blah.

Luckily as time went on, I learned that a lot of my normal, stretchy tank tops worked just as well and because they were already a part of my regular wardrobe, I felt more like myself. I also realized that there are a lot of beautiful, on-trend tops and dresses that may not be specifically designed for nursing but still allow you to do it with ease. A wrap dress is a perfect example -- I wore a lot of Pink Blush maternity styles during my pregnancy because it was some of the cutest stuff I could find and gave me the most confidence but a lot of women don't realize, their non-maternity clothes are just as gorgeous and many of them still offer the support needed when you are tending to your little one.
 

This maxi dress is very similar to the one I wore when I first announced my pregnancy and both of them are the most COMFORTABLE dresses I have ever put on. It is so soft, the wrap style is flattering across all body types and of course, the wrap makes it very easy to undo whenever it's feeding time. But more than anything, I love that it doesn't make me feel like I'm wearing something basic and frumpy. It's just another beautiful Fall dress and by adding a leather moto jacket and booties, it becomes much more a date night look than a day covered in spit-up look 😂

#MOMLIFE


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Mom's...How do you stay stylish while breastfeeding?

Wearing:

Dress: c/o Pink Blush
Jacket: Tobi (similar)
Necklace: c/o Park Lane Jewelry
Booties: c/o Cabi Clothing
Sunnies: Raen
Bag: Urban Expressions

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oh the Weather Outside is... All Over the Place

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To say the weather here in the Midwest is giving me whiplash, is an understatement. One day it's in the 60's and raining, the next it's 80 degrees and sunny, then it gets down into the upper 40's at night with a good amount of wind. See, all over the place! Let's be clear, I am not complaining. I love that it's almost mid-October and I can get away with not wearing a jacket most days still. That said, it is difficult to plan out outfits with this "all over the place" weather. How have I adjusted my outfits to this weather? Cozy knits paired with denim cut-offs of course!

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This mustard colored knit is more of a crop style and is perfect for layering over blouses and dresses alike. Since this day was a bit warmer, I styled it alone over my denim cut-offs, but I have already plotted my next three looks with this beauty. When it comes to denim shorts, this pair was my most worn pair of the summer. I actually already rotated my closet and this was the only pair I left out to transition into my fall wardrobe. What can I say, I like what I like! Now let's discuss these adorable flats. I am in love! They are just as comfortable and they are cute. I love the style and fit of them, and they give this look (and any look really) the right amount of extra print. 

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Sweater, Cuff, Shoes, & Earrings: c/o cabi Clothing // Shorts: Principle Denim via E Street Denim // Bag: Target (similar) // Sunglasses: Raen // Watch: c/o Jord // Necklace: Lili Claspe
Photos by Cecilia Jean 

What are you wearing on these warmer fall days? What do you think of this pairing? Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, I hope you make it a great day! xo