Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it: Fringe with Benefits

This is the story of our love affair with fringe: As a self-described boho-chic gal, Lisa has been incorporating the flirty festival style in her wardrobe for years...

All this time, I had admired her personal style because it was hers and she owned it well but the idea of adding fringe to my wardrobe seemed to mock every preppy piece I owned. It just didn’t make sense for me given my personal style…until it did. Come 2016, I finally saw the light – My hair grew longer and my "wild child"  horizons grew wider, making more room for boho and festival style pieces in my closet starting with THIS fantastic navy fringe bag from one our favorite shops in Lake Geneva.

I first wore it with a laser cut suede dress and a gold headband, a fairy nymph come to life, if you will. Lisa went a whole other route by adding a little boho to her Summer "safari" style.

How do you feel about fringe? Did it take you awhile to warm up to any trends?

P,S. We’ve linked to a few (very!) similar purses here
It’s about time you added some navy fringe to your wardrobe, right? :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Red, White and Chambray

It's that time of year again.. obviously I'm referring to Christmas in July, or as most of you know it, the 4th. It's my second favorite holiday -- the epitome of Summer, where everything wonderful about the season comes together: Sunshine, bbq's, good company and time by the lake. 

This will be my 18th year of watching fireworks on the pier. That also means 18 years of eating my Mom's famous pasta salad for lunch but enjoying it even more when it dig in for round two at night. 18 years of walking down to the lake for a mid-day swim (7 of which have included red solo cups full of something spiked to enjoy on the way down). 18 years of my brother purchasing fireworks at a roadside tent and insisting we set them off, despite my Mom's continuous warnings that the neighbors will hate us for it. 18 years of bacci ball competitions and more recently, bags tournaments to kick off the festivities. And probably one of my fondest memories, 18 years of watching "What About Bob" in the basement theater with cousins and friends...some of us falling asleep mid-way through, some of us quoting every line ("A vacation from my problems!").

Sometimes I can't believe we've been doing these things for so long...but mostly, I just feel lucky to have experiences like these that continue to make me so excited year after year. 

Read more about our favorite 4th traditions here!

I have a few different outfit ideas for our party...Looks like it's going to be a patriotic theme allll weekend long ;)

P.S. Still deciding what to cook this weekend? Try this easy sandwich idea which is great for a crowd & stay tuned for a festive drink post this Friday.


Dress: Old Navy (very similar from ON)
Shoes: Converse
Scarf: Target (and it's under $6!)
Bag: Sole Society (very similar)
Lipstick: "Jetset" by GloMinerals

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happiness is...

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Happiness is summertime trips to our lake house. Throughout the year, there are so many different occasions and and events that we look forward to. Out of everything that we do, I have to say trips to our lake house in the summer are something we can't live without! Not only are these trips fun for my kids (and hubby), but I find I can truly relax the second we walk in that door. The air seems fresher, the sun shines just a bit brighter, and all the stresses of our day to day just fade away. There really is nothing like the first time we walk down to the pier and get a glimpse of the lake. That is true happiness! 

I love walking down to the pier early in the morning. Not many boats are out yet and there are many paddle boarders enjoying the glass-like water. This is the perfect time to sit and reflect, read a book, or just enjoy the sounds of the local wildlife. It's also the perfect time to shoot outfit photos! ;) 

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Dress: Gap (similar) // Shoes: Sole Society // Bag: E Street Denim // Sunglasses: Michael Kors 
Watch: Movado // Ring: Old Navy // Necklace: Rocksbox // Fitbit // Lips: Glo Minerals
Where is your happy place? 
Do you love being by the water as much as I do?

Monday, June 27, 2016

3 Benefits of Argan Oil

When it comes to hair products, Argan Oil has risen to the top pretty quickly over the past few years. There are many different kinds, brands and uses for it but when it comes down to it, it's a cosmetic cabinet staple for its ability to keep your locks hydrated and smooth. We have used if for many years (especially on curling iron days) but never knew much about it, other than we love the way it smells and feels on our hair.

So in doing a bit of research, we found out a few cool tidbits:
  • It can be used in many beauty contexts including as a moisturizer, an exfoliating agent, a skin toner, and a hair conditioner. It even helps reduce acne and can heal razor burn...WHO KNEW?
  • The oil is made from seeds of the argan tree, which are harvested, crushed, shelled and pressed. With traditional methods, more than 100 pounds of argan nuts are required to produce one pint of argan oil.
  • Because of its versatility, there’s now serious demand around the world. That demand has helped turn Agadir, Morocco into a major production hub. For the past five years, small businesses managed by entrepreneurial Berber women have been thriving. Argan oil is now the world’s most expensive edible oil.
Suddenly the bottle in your bathroom seems a lot more valuable, right? This product started at the bottom and now it's HERE. We have added Agadir, a lesser-known line but welcome newcomer, to our rotation. Their original formula seems to be the gold standard in argan oil hair care...seriously, I tried this shampoo, the conditioner and the hair treatment all in one day and my hair has never felt softer. I haven't gotten it cut in months (1, because I love how long it's getting and 2, because my stylist has left to pursue other passions...Cry eye emoji's!) so needless to say, my locks are in need of some love and I feel like this has extended my time in between cuts because it suddenly feels healthier (and I'm not going to lie, I smell my hair all day long. It's SO GOOD). I'm already worrying about running out of it and I literally just opened a new bottle..

In addition, their hair shield line is PERFECT for the Summer elements that wreck havoc on your hair. I love the scent! I have been using the full line for over a week and I can really tell the difference. The shampoo and conditioner are great for anti-frizz and hydrating. You can tell that from the second you get out of the shower how soft and tangle free it hair seemed smoother instantly! 

Tip: You need to remember a little goes a long way. I used too much one day and my hair felt stiff. Once I figured out my "hair routine" I really loved what the line did for me. My hair really felt protected from the heat and held the style for longer, as I would style one day with heat and it would hold for 1-2 days after.

What are your go-to hair products for your daily routine? 
Do you have a favorite brand of argan oil?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blog of the Month: Angela Marie Made

We recently stumbled upon Angela's blog, and although she doesn't post regularly, we are loving her home decor and DIY ideas! Her projects are easy to follow and it's got us drooling over her shabby chic style. I kid you not when I say, I pretty much want everything she has blogged about in my home. She really has a great eye!

Angela describes herself as "pretty much addicted to learning new creative skills" which we can totally relate to and respect. She also has her own Etsy shop where you can pick up home decor and printable art downloads. I spy a few prints I'll be picking up!

What blogs do you read for home decor and DIY inspo? 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rocked it & Swapped it

Each year we rave about rompers and how much we love styling and swapping them. This summer is no exception, and we have kicked the first romper swap off with a wrap style beauty from Express.  

When Kaitlyn styled the romper she added a black cami, black fringe bag, nude shoes, white denim jacket, and a brown hat. How fun to add so many neutral tones to her look! I loved her outfit and anxiously awaited for it to show up in my swap bag. When I got my hands on it, I wanted to play up the beautiful colors in the romper. I added blue in my jacket and heels, white in my bag, and the hot pink color in my lips! 

Are you a fan of rompers? We all know going to the bathroom while wearing one can be a bit tricky, but in the end we love them anyway! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pretty in Palm Print

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I love a good palm print and this jumpsuit is no exception. When the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection came out last year, I was so excited about this beauty that I got two! A matching one for my daughter that is, allowing us to have our (first ever) mommy and me moment. I love wearing this jumpsuit because each time I do, I think of that day we matched and how happy she was...this makes me smile and now I am always in a great mood when I wear it. If only all clothes made me feel this great!

On this day, I decided to pair my jumpsuit with a trench vest. Yes, I was in jeopardy of looking like I was on safari, but in the end the navy fringe brought it back to a fun fashion place. Just like every time before it, I was in a great mood and beyond comfortable. By adding simple jewelry and red sunglasses my outfit was finished for a family day this past weekend. 

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Jumpsuit: Lilly Pulitzer for Target (similar under $30!)  // Trench Vest: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: E Street Denim // Sunglasses: Kate Spade // Necklace: T+J Designs
Watch: Movado // Fitbit

Do you have a clothing item that makes you happy because of the memories in it?
Tell me about it in the comments section!

Loving palm print as much as me? Shop my favorite styles here: