Thursday, April 27, 2017

instagram lately!

Somehow April just FLEW by... am I alone!?!? Boy, I didn't see that one coming. Um, news flash: It's MAY next week. I feel like I JUST rounded up Insta looks for you ladies, but whaddya know it's time again.  Spring has sprung here in Michigan, although it's a far cry from "summer" - I just love the ease of dressing for spring.  Less layers, no boots (praise the good Lord!) and jackets are often light weight or optional altogether.

For me, spring is about neutrals and simplicity.  I enjoy the thrill of walking outside without shivering in just flats and a tee and getting lots of use out of the pieces in my closet that can stand on their own with no layering.  Jeans are still a daily stand by, but I love pairing them with fresh flats and sandals instead of endless days of wearing boots all the time.   This month's looks on Instagram were full of neutrals, stripes, and lots of super, super simple wardrobe combos.  Basically, it's my greatest hits right here.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram and if you see something you like there you can shop all my Instas right HERE!

All the neutrals please! above: jeans, stripe top, clutch (or less expensive option), flats

I'm wearing these sandals constantly.  And of course, my favorite jeans.

Perfect spring layers! above: grey top, similar jacket, jeans, sandals

More neutrals... please and thank you! above: jeansclutch (or less expensive option), similar bracelet, bell sleeve top

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to check out my try-ons/dressing room diaries! above, from left: lace up sweater, bell sleeve top, blue floral off the shoulder top, white ruffle sleeve, navy off the shoulder

These were another batch of try-ons... some I kept and some I sent back... above, from left: striped top, sandals (fit a little wide and ran large, but so cute! So order down!), white jeans (one pair is no longer available), similar denim shorts

This lace up tee is on major rotation! It's so soft and flattering! above: jeans (can you tell I am wearing these a ton!?!?), earrings, sneakers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

my everyday style: tiptoeing in the tulips!

When the tulips are out in West Michigan you know that spring is OFFICIALLY here to stay... and let me tell you they are here.  We get pretty crazy about our tulips around here (there is even a whole festival for to celebrate tulips) and for good reason.  They are SO gorgeous!  Sure I love grabbing a bunch of tulips from Trader Joe's in the dead of winter, but when they all start popping out of the ground it's next level!

Also exciting... it finally being open-toed shoe season.  It's the little things that excite me friends. Not to overload you on these shoes (I just featured them on Monday) but they are a definite staple in my closet, both when we are traveling and for everyday wear.   Sadly, this pair is from last year (or the year before?) but I found a few other very similar pairs that I think you will love too.  They are great with dresses, shorts, jeans... you name it.  And how cute is this oversized bell sleeve top? I love how blouse-y and relaxed it fits.  Paired with distressed jeans it is the perfect casual spring look.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

travel diaries: the little black dress for spring!

I wore a ton of dresses while we were in Hawaii recently, and I think that is probably the way it's going to go with my outfits as the spring continues to warm up. I've currently got a really good stash of dresses that I love and that are easy to style - and that really is key.  (If you want to shop some more easy day dresses for spring/summer - check out this post)

While a little black dress doesn't exactly seem like the 'perfect' dress for spring at first glance, I am sold. Here I wore it with a scarf and wedges (this is a similar pair) for dinner.  But I also think it would be super cute with a trench coat and rain boots, sneakers and a denim jacket - or even paired with a white blazer and black pumps for a casual day in the office.  This exact one is sold out, but I found three that are so super similar you won't even be able to tell the difference (plain, with ruffles or with bows on the sleeves - so cute!). I am a sucker for a dress with sleeves so all three of those have sleeves.

Plus you can't argue that a little black dress is just so dang flattering... who can tell if you had one too many Mai Tai's or shaved ice on vacation when you wear a slimming black dress? Nobody.  Yes, please. And thank you.

Just looking at this pictures has me missing the Big Island in Hawaii so, so terribly bad. But the good news is the trees and grass are finally green again here in Michigan and the flowers are blooming too! So you can't beat that!

Outfit Details
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Bag (similar, similar - only $35!, or this one is GORGEOUS!)
Wedges (similar, similar or similar)

Friday, April 21, 2017

diy the trend: patchwork jackets for mother & daughter!

The embellished or embroidered patch trend is popping up everywhere and my daughter mentioned how much she loved the look when we were perusing the craft store recently.  So on a whim I decided it would be super fun to DIY denim jackets together in line with this trend.  I picked up inexpensive denim jackets from Old Navy and then ordered a whole slew of iron on patches online.

My daughter had an absolute BALL picking out which patches would go on her jacket and just for fun I let her pick out the patches for my jacket too.  She was a on roll... who was I to stop her?  The best thing about this DIY is that it literally takes 5 minutes!  You can use items you already own like shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, fabric totes, or like we did: denim jackets.  Then we (she) had fun picking out which patches would go where then I simply ironed them on. It was start to finish a 5-10 minute project with instant results, making it the perfect DIY to do with your kids (I don't know about your kids, but mine have zero patience!)  Read on to see some of my tips for this simple project!

Tips and tricks:
1) I ordered all our patches from Amazon.  I like these, these, these or these. But feel free to search for more
2) Have some fun picking out your patches... make sure you try lots of different variations and then pin them on before you iron them. 
3) Iron them on! All the packages I purchased said not to use steam... but guess what, I'm impatient and that didn't seem to work very well. So I steamed the heck out of them and voila! They were stuck for good instantly. 

Or you can shop the trend here...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

current obsession: beach inspired bags!

Lately I am OBSESSED with beach inspired bags for summer!! The beach bag or straw tote trend is a hot one for this summer and there is no need to wait until your next beach trip to sport one of these darling bags!  They are perfect for adding a little bit of sunshine to any spring or summer look.  Here I rounded up my current favorites...

top row, from left: multi-colored pom pom totemulti-colored toteraffia clutch (on my wishlist and available in 4 colors!), "going places" with black pom poms (um, yes please!)

second row, from left: tassel clutchcream striped with pom pomswicker basket bag (so darling!), navy embroidered pom pom tote (NEED!)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

travel diaries: one shoulder crush!

Today I've got some more fun photos from our time in Hawaii.  A few of you have asked what activities we did and what suggestions we have for a vacation on the Big Island. While we only did about HALF of what we wanted to do (the time went way too fast!), but I will pull together all my recommendations in a future post - I promise!  On to today's outfit...

I so badly wanted to hop on the off-the-shoulder trend, like I've mentioned about a million times before, but for some reason that trend just doesn't work for me.  When I found this cute one shoulder top... it felt like it was (and IS!) the perfect alternative to the off the shoulder trend.  It's super easy to wear and I can still move my arms (my number one complaint with off the shoulder tops) and for a super hot summer night... it's the perfect way to stay cool.  The night we took these photographs in Hawaii it was incredibly hot and humid - you can almost see the humidity in the air in these photos. It was the one night that we had that felt this hot and no surprise it ended up raining later in the evening (also our only night of rain - albeit sprinkles!).

This denim skirt was a big hit on my recent trip to Puerto Rico and it was again for this trip!  It's the perfect length (I went for the petite size) and it's a great alternative to denim shorts which I am admittedly not always in the mood for. Plus, it's so easy to dress up for a girls lunch or night out - I wore this look to the luau we attended in Hawaii.  The only thing I worried about all night was spilling my Blue Hawaii drink on it (wink, wink!) - but no white skirts were harmed that night, I'm glad to say!

I'm a huge fan of the bandana/handkerchief trend this spring and summer... but it doesn't always work around the neck - or hey, you may not be into that look, I get that! But it doesn't mean this trend isn't for you... instead think of it as a $10 upgrade to an existing handbag you own! I love the idea of tying a scarf on a bag for spring and summer and getting a whole new look out of it!  So easy!

Outfit Details:
Scarf - no longer available... here are tons of bandana options!

Monday, April 17, 2017

my everyday style: casual sneakers!

Somewhere along the way I have turned into a total sneaker person... yes of course I still love my flats and sandals, ankle boots and what have you. But the whole sneaker thing caught me by surprise. It started with these sneakers this past winter - which I still wear ALL the time, by the way, and has just continued right on with these sneakers into the spring and summer! I had been wanting a pair of Vans Slip-ons (there are so many fun colors to choose from!) for a while and couldn't find a pair I liked.  Turns out I just needed to go down a half size - so if you have found the sizing tricky in the past - that tip may work for you too. Or if you have never owned a pair of Vans and are sometimes between sizes, keep that in mind. They are the perfect shoes for bopping around town and let me tell you they earned me some serious street cred with my kids.  (both of whom are usually resistant to Vans, which in my opinion are the perfect, easy kid shoes... and now they both of them want a pair!)

I got this lace up top before we left on spring break and have been wearing it once or twice a week at a minimum.  Something about the fabric lays really nicely and I love the shorter, not quite 3/4 length, sleeves.  All around I find it super cute and super easy to wear - which is always a win in my book.  It's also available in navy, which looks like it's on sale right now.

And like I've mentioned before... my leather jacket is an absolute spring staple.  Paired with jeans and tee it pulls together any look and is ready for chilly spring mornings.  This one is so super old, but I found this super cute one with lots of size options for only $60! Might be time to snag one if you don't already have one you love.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The SHOPBOP sale is here!

The Shopbop sale happens a few times a year and is always one to make sure you shop!  Right now through 4/14 you can get 20% off your purchase at Shopbop or 25% off if you spend more than $500 with code: EVENT17 (there are some exclusions, but I've scoured the site and didn't see but one or two items).

Shopbop is known for their amazing designer duds that rarely go on sale, so if you have been thinking about making a investment purchase - now is the time to do it.  While Shopbop is synonymous with luxury and trend - there is more to it than that!  Today I rounded up some great spring and summer pieces that are UNDER $100 as well as some splurge worthy pieces as well.  There is something for everyone's budget here.  I also rounded up items that I own and love that are on sale at Shopbop too.
Under $100

Splurge/Over $100

Shop under $100...

Shop splurge...

Or shop items from my closet that I swear by...

Havaiana Flip Flops - the only flip flops I will wear... they are so soft!

It may seem crazy to buy BOOTS right now... but these Sperry boots are perfect for spring, fall or winter! AND, they are UNDER $40!

The most classic pair of white sneakers ever. They are available in four colors!

Knotted & striped espadrilles I recently got that I can't wait to wear this summer!

I LOVE these ankle wrap sandals - I have these in silver and they are quite comfy!

You can't resist Hunter boots on sale! These are perfect for rainy spring days!

I just snagged these loafers this spring and wear them non-stop!

These Tory Burch flats are SO comfortable and perfect for running errands and travel.

This Mini MAC bag by Rebecca Minkoff is the perfect cross-body bag for travel or running errands.

This leopard print clutch is so classic and versatile!

This large Tory Burch tote is perfect for travel or as a laptop bag!

My all time favorite jeans - these are the jeans I wear about 90% of the time!

I recently splurged on these sunglasses and haven't regretted it. They are quite comfortable and so cute!

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