Friday, May 22, 2015

A Few Things....

It's been cold and rainy here this week and I'm completely uninspired in the outfit department. I've had on some really cute looks, but at the end of the day, I just don't feel like taking photos. Maybe next week I'll repeat a few of them and possibly post. We shall see.

It's Friday, the kick off to a three day weekend, and we are on vacation! And instead of bringing you a Friday Beauty post, I'm just going to talk about a few of the things I'm really into these days. The first kind of has a little to do with beauty, but doesn't involve cosmetics. I'm really into Green Smoothies! I recently watched an episode of Haylie Duff's Real Girl Kitchen on the Cooking Channel and she made a green smoothie for her girlfriends as a detox from all the bad food she had recently consumed. Who doesn't need that from time to time, right? And it sounded really good! Romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley, cucumbers, green apples, bananas, and water. So I tried it and I liked it. It was a little on the salad side of taste, but I was willing to over look it for the nutrients it provided. Since then, I've modified the recipe and made it more my own flare. I'm using spinach, frozen pineapple, frozen mangos, cucumber, agave, almond milk, and ice. So good! And so good for you. I know it's working because my face (and my mom's) has been breaking out here and there. According to nutritional experts, that's all part of the detoxification. And, I've lost a few pounds here and there. All and all, a good thing in my life right now!



I'm not normally a wine drinker, I'm really more of a beer girl, but I'm really enjoying a glass with my mom on most afternoons. We drink out of tiny juice glasses around 3:00 in the afternoon and it's a simple little pleasure we've grown to enjoy. And I'm not all the picky about my wine. I do prefer a Pino Grigio, but price and reputation don't mean a thing. Lately, I've been picking my bottles soley off the label and they've been pretty good. I'm loving the Wine Sisterhood brand, especially Middle Sister! If you haven't checked them out, do. They're labels for each bottle is as cute as the next. The other one I recenlty tried is by Chloe Wine Company. The little black bow was the selling point for me. And all under $12!



Lastly, I am totally and completely into redesign and DIY projects! Just recently I purchased a vintage chair at an estate sale and I can't wait to start work on it. I've sanded it down and started taking off all the old fabric. Next steps are to paint it black and reupholster it! The fabric is gorgeous and will complement my living room. I'm also going to repaint the furniture in our bedroom this summer. It's a big task that I can't wait to tackle and share with you! 



What are the things you are into these days? I would love to hear about your passions. There are so many things I have on my list to share! And so many projects to start! Here's to finding the time and drinking cute labeled wine while doing so!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You're Not Seeing Double

 Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: Target (similar); 
Sneakers: Target (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt

No, you aren't seeing double! I'm wearing the same shirt and hat from yesterday's post! And no, I'm not wearing the same thing two days in a row, though I've been known to do that, yesterday's look was from last Tuesday. I wore this yesterday and I'm not afraid to show you how often I repeat pieces! I repeat them a lot, as seen by my Before and After pics, and that's just what a good working closet should do for you, work! 

McKinley and I went to the zoo yesterday and it was a little on the cool side. The windy was blustery at times and I'm so glad I brought along my trusty denim jacket! I've been wanting to pair this jumpsuit with a tee, just to see how it would look, and I have to say I love it! I'm not sure any other top would work so I may just leave it at this!




 The Jumpsuit: Before and After

    
 
Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: Target (similar); 
Sneakers: Target (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt

How often do you repeat pieces in your wardrobe and which ones are they? For me, it's usually stripes, obviously my denim, and always my little denim jacket! Trusty staples for sure!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Little Accent Piece

Jacket: Rachel Zoe (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jeans: Loft (similar); 
Shoes: Toms (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: MbyMJ; Necklace: Jane Basch (gift); 
Lip Color: Revlon Striking

I am so glad I discovered this eyelet moto jacket in my closet as I've worn it all spring! It's perfect on chilly mornings, or in restaurants who crank up the air this time of year, and it's just so darn cute! And a great little accent piece. I love it!

Last week McKinley and I headed to the farmstead for the first time since it opened and the morning started out cool. This jacket was the perfect choice. And even though it turned warm, the eyelet is so breathable that I didn't feel the need to take it off. I have a feeling you will see this piece a lot this season!



The Top: Before and After

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Jacket: Rachel Zoe (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Jeans: Loft (similar); 
Shoes: Toms (similar); Hat: Target; Shades: MbyMJ; Necklace: Jane Basch (gift); 
Lip Color: Revlon Striking
 
 It's Monday and a short week! I love holiday weekends! Here's hoping that we all have a fabulously fashionable week ahead!  

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Team Orange Mom

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Top: J.Crew (similar); Jeans: Banana Republic (similar); 
Sandals: Rachel Zoe; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/J.Crew;
Shades: Prada; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

Yesterday was a big day! We worked in the garden all morning, had haircuts in the afternoon, more gardening for McKinley with Granddaddy while I was pampered at the salon, and then McKinley's first day of Blast Ball that evening. Long day that was so much fun! 

McKinley's Blast Ball team is Team Orange so I had to wear some sort of orange to his first practice. I'm a total "stage mom" on things like that! I threw on my favorite summer leather jacket, my beloved boyfriend jeans, and my new favorite sandals and I was out the door for the day. A long day.....


What do you think of the new do? I am so happy with out it all turned out!



The Top: Before and After

    
 

These new sandals are amazing! I got them during the friends and family sale from Shopbop and I've been living in them over the past week! I would have taken photos sooner, but every afternoon has been nothing but rain around here! Sandals in the morning. Hunters in the afternoon. Time to move onto better weather!

Jacket: Banana Republic (similar); Top: J.Crew (similar); Jeans: Banana Republic (similar); 
Sandals: Rachel Zoe; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/J.Crew;
Shades: Prada; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

We're getting close to the weekend? Any big plans? We're hoping to just relax, which is something we never seem to do! Here's hoping!!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Wants: White Jeans

I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of white jeans for about two years now. You would think white jeans would be a no brainer to find, but I am here to tell you, that's not the case. I don't want skinny, cropped, or capri. I want boyfriend with a little distress and a slight loose fit. So hard to find! And harder to find within in my price range. I've been stopping in every store, browsing the racks, and then walking back out. I can't find them!

Then, miraculously, I found these five options! None of them fit every single criteria on my list, but they check off at least two. Better than none, right? What do you think of these?


I think I am going to go with pair number one from Gap. And bonus, they're on sale! Can't beat that, right? Which ones would you purchase?

Hope you're week is fabulous so far!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Lunch Date

Blazer: Zara (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Pants: JCPenney (similar); 
Sandals: Coclico; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/BaubleBar (similar);
Handbag: MbyMJ; Lip Color: MAC Girl About Town 

On Friday, my mom, McKinley and I headed to the mall. Specifically, Nordstrom's Cafe for lunch to kick off Mother's Day weekend. It was so sweet. The night before, McKinley called my mom to invite her to lunch. He told her where we were going, asked if she could drive, and that if she could pick us up a 5:31. Five, three, one was the exact time he told her. So cute!!

I really wanted to be comfortable, chic, and colorful since all it's done is rain. For days it has rained! I thought this look brought out a cheerful color palette and so did the handful of other women who complimented the look. At least a handful of girls stopped to tell me how much they loved my pants! I think paired with the hot pink blazer, it gave them a more spring-like feel. I have a few other ideas on how to style these pants and can't wait to share them!




 The Pants: Before and After

 


Blazer: Zara (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Pants: JCPenney (similar); 
Sandals: Coclico; Necklaces: The Zoe Collective/Stella & Dot/BaubleBar (similar);
Handbag: MbyMJ; Lip Color: MAC Girl About Town

It's a day late, but I hope you mamas out there had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! I sure did! It was filled with love, laughter, and some super sweet gifts. 

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Beauty: Tortoise Shell and New Cuts

It is finally time to color my hair! And, if you've been looking closely at my photos lately, you can see why! The gray stripe is back, or Pepe Le Pew as my dad calls it, and I'm so ready for it to go back into hiding. And, just like always, I'm itching to do something new. I've experimented with highlights, a version of ombre that was entirely too light for me (live and learn, right), and then back to a darker shade of brown. With spring here, and summer on the horizon, I'm looking to mix things up. 

I've doing a little research on Pinterest and I'm a new fan of the Tortoise Shell hair! It's a mix of dark and caramel browns, and little highlights that comes in various lights and darks. I'm also thinking of taking a little more off the ends. Like my little cousin Madison once told my aunt after she cut her hair, at the ripe old age of nine, "It's only hair. I grows back." Very wise, Madison. Very wise! But because of the natural curl, I have to be very careful in how short I cut my locks. And, I have to factor in the humidity that's heading our way. So many things to consider before taking too much off. 

Here are some of the colors and cuts I'm considering. I have to say that my favorite color combo is the one on the top left. As for the cut style, it appears that they are all pretty much the same style. I guess when I find something I like, I stick with it! Check out what I'm thinking!


The actual hair appointment isn't until next Wednesday so you have plenty of time to weigh in! What do you think of the color? Do the cuts appeal to you? Have any other suggestions? 

Happy Friday, Beauties!

All images found on Pinterest!