Thursday, September 3, 2015

On the Heavy Side

 Top: Anthropologie; Tank: Banana Republic; Jeans: Loft; Sandals: Rachel Zoe;
Necklace: Kendra Scott; Earrings: Gorjana; Shades: MbyMJ; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

Do you ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where you just feel fat? You've gained a few extra pounds and you just feel awful. And feel like you look even worse. Well I'm dealing with that right now and I hate it! I'm not dieting, I can't stand that word, but I am trying to cut back on desserts and carbs when not needed. And I'm working in green and fruit smoothies for meals. Not sure that will actually work, but it might make me feel a little better down the road.

This is the kind of look I put together when I'm not feeling like my svelte self. Not that I'm ever really svelte! The jeans, my normal size, still fit but I added an over-sized top to hide the flaws! I actually love the look. I am into over-sized pieces, this dress inspired it all, and this feels like an easy transition look. Add a few accessories and a pop of color on the lips to pull it all together.

 

 
Styling Tip: When wearing over-size pieces, make sure you keep everything else streamlined. My jeans aren't terribly baggy, a no no with a blousey top. And try to wear some form of a heel. Had I been going out, I would have put on the highest heel possible! Heels definitely elongate everything!


 
Top: Anthropologie; Tank: Banana Republic; Jeans: Loft; Sandals: Rachel Zoe;
Necklace: Kendra Scott; Earrings: Gorjana; Shades: MbyMJ; Lip Color: NARS Heat Wave

What do you do to combat those days of feeling a little on the heavy side? Do you go full on elastic waist or try to hide the flaws with strategic pieces? If you're not careful, you could go into dangerous territory of making yourself look bigger than you want! 

The weekend is almost here! And it's a three day weekend to boot. Any big plans on the horizon? Speaking of boot, I think after Labor Day it's time to break them out! My favorite time of year!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday Wants - Camo

When camo first came on the fashion scene, I was leery. It just didn't seem to be a trend I could relate to. I related camo to hunting. But, after I saw some of the really cute pieces season after season, I started hunting for my own signature piece! My mom and I made these cute shorts last summer and I'm thinking of taking the extra fabric and making a skirt for fall. However, I've found five items for fall that I'm loving!

Since I have a pair of shorts, and a possible skirt later this month, I think I might go for an accessory! I love the shoes and handbags. I pop of camo can go a long way. Check out my picks below!

1/2/3/4/5

Want to know something super cool about handbag #2? It's reversible! Talk about versatile! Getting tired of the trendy camo print? No worries! Just flip it inside out and it's black! That's a great bang for your buck!
Are you into the camo trend or calling off the hunt? I can't get enough of it and can't decide what to add next!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Peackock Inspired


 Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Shorts: J.Crew Factory (similar); 
Sneakers: Converse; Hat: Target; Necklace: Stella & Dot/Tori Spelling via HSN;
 Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt
 
I mentioned in yesterday's post that McKinley and I spent the afternoon at the farmstead. We visited all the animals around the farm, but the most impressive of the day was the peacock! He was literally strutting his stuff that afternoon with this feathers on full display! He was gorgeous and the colors within his train, bright greens and royals blues, were something of an inspiration. Hence my Sunday look for our family trip to the zoo.

These bright green shorts are pretty close to the greens in that beautiful peacock. And, I just love the color. I had all but forgotten about this striped tee and so glad it has reentered my wardrobe! A perfect combo against a bright color. The denim jacket didn't last very long, it got hot quick, but I don't usually leave home without it. Throw on a hat, sneakers, and a statement necklace, and you're out the door.



 

The Top: Before and After

   

Isn't this necklace a stunner? I don't wear it often, it's fairly heavy, but this look needed a little pop of something and this guy totally fit the bill...no pun intended!


 Jacket: My Mom's (similar); Top: Ann Taylor (similar); Shorts: J.Crew Factory (similar); 
Sneakers: Converse; Hat: Target; Necklace: Stella & Dot/Tori Spelling via HSN;
 Shades: Karen Walker via Gilt

Do you ever draw inspiration from nature when putting a look together? Even the backdrop was a perfect setting! Those wild flowers are glorious!

Hope you're having a stylin' day!

Monday, August 31, 2015

In-Betweener = Layers

 Sweater: Loft (similar); Top: LC Lauren Conrad (under $20); Jeans: Loft; Sneakers: Converse;
Handbag: MbyMJ (similar); Shades: MbyMJ

It rained off and on last Friday morning so my afternoon activity with McKinley was up in the air. Turns out, the rain moved out and we hit the farmstead....again. It's literally his favorite place in KC. And we seemed to have the whole place to ourselves. However, our afternoon of play was after school, so someone was a little tired, and by someone I mean McKinley. It resulted in a somewhat short trip with a timeout thrown in. Being four is hard!!

Friday was one of those in betweener kind of days. It was kind of cool when the sun went behind the clouds and a breeze kicked up. And then the sun would come out and glare intensely at you. So, I went with layers! Jeans were fine for the entire day, but the sweater was a constant on/off situation. Thank goodness for the cute top that was a staple all day long! 


 

The Top: Before and After

   


  Sweater: Loft (similar); Top: LC Lauren Conrad (under $20); Jeans: Loft; Sneakers: Converse;
Handbag: MbyMJ (similar); Shades: MbyMJ

We had a busy but fun weekend and now it's back Monday. Hope your weekend was great and that your week has started out on a fashionable note!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cocktail Confessions - Isle of Rum

 When I think of Malibu Rum, I imagine myself on an exotic island, or at least a Caribbean beach, sipping a fruity cocktail and listening to the sounds of the waves and steel drums. Since coming home from the beach last month, I've longed for those days of just laying in the sun and playing on the surf with my son. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, or into my own glass, and bring that essence of the beach in the form of a cocktail. And man did it work! Read on for the recipe!

What You'll Need:
Malibu Run, Pineapple Orange Juice, Club Soda

 

Add two shots of Malibu to your glass that's been filled with ice.


Fill glass with the fruit juice. So far I can tell you it smells amazing!


Add a splash of Club Soda for a little fizz. Stir!


This is such a great little sip! Even my mom said it was something you had to be careful with, it's that tasty. Go ahead, give it a pour!

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Wants: Fall Crop Tops

Last week I talked about the trendy crop top and how it's sticking around for the fall. I've actually loved my summer tops and the styling challenge that has come along with them. Mine aren't the super tight crop tops the teens and 20s are rocking, but I still feel that I get the same amount of crop even if they happen to be a little more boxy. And, because of that, I feel like I'm staying age appropriate with the trend. A super important styling tip in my book!

So with that said, I've been doing a little research/browsing for the perfect crop tops to take me into fall and possibly winter. And, I've found some super cute styles! And can I just say how much I'm loving that the 70s are back. I mean, they never really left my closet, but I love that fashion is embracing one of the best fashion eras! 

And with that, on to my fall crop top picks!

1/2/3/4/5

My personal fave? The eyelet on the top left from Zara. But, I love number 2, 3, and 4! Nothing wrong with number 5, but since I have a striped top in navy, do I really need one in black? Why am I even questioning it! Of course I do!

What do you think of my five fall picks? Would you wear any of these in the coming months? Let me know!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Days

 Top: Loft (old/sweet version); Shorts: Ann Taylor (old/similar here); Sandals: Seychelles (old/similar here); 
Belt: Target; Bracelet: Ann Taylor; Shades:MbyMJ

McKinley started Pre-K a week ago and I can't believe he's a "Pre-K Kid"! We did all the obligatory things you do on a child's first day of school. Cute outfit, check! First day photos, checked! Lunch after school, check! My little four year old is getting so big and I just want to freeze time!


Because it was his first day, I couldn't take him to school in my typical boyfriend jeans look. First days are special. I originally thought this dress would be great, but in hindsight, this mama can't really wear white when headed to lunch! I immediately envisioned strawberry stains and chocolate chip cookie finger prints in random places on the dress. Instead, I went the cute shorts and feminine top route. Still in the "white" family, but one has to live on the edge for fashion, no?


 

The Shorts: Before and After

    


Top: Loft (old/sweet version); Shorts: Ann Taylor (old/similar here); Sandals: Seychelles (old/similar here); 
 Belt: Target; Bracelet: Ann Taylor; Shades:MbyMJ

I have always loved the first day of school! I didn't love school, I loved the social aspect of school. And I loved the challenge of getting dressed every day. Some things never change!

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies!!