Thursday, May 5, 2016

my everyday style: summer skin!

What's better than summer? The answer is quite frankly: nothing. Sand, sunshine, waves, vacations, cold lemonade, reading by the pool, fireworks... this list goes on and on.  Summer is hands down my favorite season.  I should put an extra emphasis on the SUNSHINE part. I am a total sun seeker.  I have been since I can remember.  Living in the northern part of the country makes me literally CRAVE the warmth and vitamin D that the sunshine offers.

When I was younger I would lay by the pool or frolic by the lake for hours on end without sun protection (gah! to think!) but now that I am older those days are over.  I need dependable and quality sun protection that still lets me lay by the pool or at the beach for hours on end - but SAFELY.  I'm not getting any younger and not only can the sun be dangerous, but I'd like my skin to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible.  You know?!

I'm super picky about sunscreen so when I discovered COOLA products a few years ago I was hooked.  I've tried just about EVERY possible sunscreen brand and this stuff delivers on protection AND feels great on my skin, which I have found is a hard balance to strike.  The Classic Face make-up setting face spray is my ultimate favorite (I mean who wants to smear sunscreen on their face if they already have makeup on!?) and the Pina Colada sport spray is perfect for the rest of your body and smells like vacation in a bottle.  I recently snagged the COOLA Signature Travel Set for my trip to Florida and I love that it was so easy to pack and is TSA approved for carry-on luggage. Although who am I kidding, I can never manage to pack only carry-on luggage.

Nordstrom is your go-to for summer beauty must-haves like bronzers, self-tanners and of course all your favorite suns care needs.  They carry COOLA and some other really amazing sun care lines for whatever your taste or budget is when it comes to sunscreen and summer beauty needs. I've heard great things about Supergoop! and I know other's who live and die by Kiehl's.  Whatever your suncare needs... Nordstrom has something just for you!

Outfit Details:

This post is kindly sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are 100% my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9 pieces/9 outfits for spring

The 9 pieces/9 outfits series continues to be one of the most popular here on the blog!  It's always a really great resource for so many gals (myself included!) on how to make our wardrobes and our investments in those wardrobes really work for us on a season basis.

The premise of this series is simple.  I pull together 9 seasonally appropriate pieces and then mix and match them into 9 outfits!  I strongly believe that each piece we invest in for our wardrobe should be easy to wear and should mix and match within our wardrobe to make pulling together outfits simple and fun.

This spring I chose the wardrobe pieces from my Spring & Summer Wardrobe Essentials post that I recently wrote. If you were thinking of investing in any of those pieces, now is the time because today I am giving tips on how to style them as well! It's a win-win!  I hope you enjoy this post, I know I am already planning on recreating some of these looks this spring and summer!

the 9 pieces: 


Monday, May 2, 2016

monday must haves

Happy Monday morning to you all!  Can you believe the calendar flipped to May?!?! Who else has a little whiplash from that? It's so funny how we wish for spring for what feels like forever and then BAM, we are half way through it all ready.  I can't complain, I am more than ready to enjoy some sunny and warm weather this month and of course to get summer underway!  My kids only have 6 more weeks of school left - which is completely boggling my mind right now.

I am kicking off a new Monday series for May this week - we had a lot of fun with the March/April Monday series "5 ways to wear..." and I think thought I would keep up the Monday series thing going.

I think we can all agree that Monday's are hard... especially once the weather warms and summer and spring weekends are so jam packed full of fun.  Why over complicate them?  Each Monday I will be breaking down my current must-haves or items that I am crushing on lately.  Super easy... and hopefully a little glimpse into how I am planning out my warm weather wardrobe (or dream of doing so at least!).

Here are five things that I am SUPER crushing on this week....

I'm a little intimidated by this trend but this dress seems so approachable.  Or I love this top version too!

These have been on my wishlist for over a year. I seriously need to just pull the trigger.

I need a new handbag like I need a hole in the head right now. But this!?! So gorgeous!

This is the spring vibe I am going for.  Can't you just feel the sunshine, sand, waves, cold beer vibe from this top?

Should I or shouldn't I? I just can't decide on the birkenstock front.  But they seem so comfy and cool lately.  So seriously, should I? Have you?

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Friday, April 29, 2016

mother's day gift guide!

Mother's Day weekend is just a week away, so you know what that means!  Time to GET shopping for those sweet momma's in your life.  And maybe set aside some time or resources to spoil yourself a little along the way if you are a hardworking mom too.  It's hard to believe I've been a mom for 11 years (whoa!).  It's a job I take super seriously and one that brings incredible joy - and let's face it, plenty of challenges - each day.  It's a thank-less job for the most part so I am fully on board with getting spoiled for a weekend by my kids and husband. 

Today I pulled together some luxurious and indulgent gifts for the moms in your life.  Any of these I would be thrilled to be presented with on Mother's Day and I'm sure the leading ladies in your life would feel the same way.  And of course, if your husband and kids need a little help in the "what to get mom?" department... just forward this little post to the guys in your life and you are SET.  I've got a little something for all the moms out there no matter what their interests... so you are sure to find something for the special lady in your life right here. 
Tory Burch fragrance setwatchrobenavy toteglitter sneakers (how fun are these!?!)I Love Mom necklacecutout crop yoga pantgold pineapple tumbler (because mom def deserves a cocktail in a pineapple!)earrings (so pretty!)cream bucket bagclub w wine subscription (one of my favorites!)'goodnight' pjspersonalized notebook

Scroll through the items below to see why I love each item so much!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12 spring/summer trends to try!

As much as I love wardrobe basics and pieces that mix and match - there is always some wiggle room when it comes to trying new trends.  Especially for spring and summer, when it's fun to try new things and have some extra fun with your wardrobe.

Here are twelve fun trendy styles to try for this spring and summer that I think you will like!  Many of these pieces are on my own personal wishlist this season and I bet you'll add a few to your wishlist as well!

Off the shoulder tops & dresses are super trendy for spring and summer! I'm loving this off the shoulder dress in pale blue. Wouldn't it be perfect for a summer wedding or pool party?

Flowy tops are a favorite of mine to wear with jeans or shorts in the spring and summer.  This striped flowy top would also be perfect for throwing over your bathing suit all summer too!

Rompers are big for spring and summer - with the ease of a dress and the practicality of shorts this black romper is perfect for dressing up or down this season.

Lace accents are all the rage this season and are a perfect way to conservatively show a little extra skin.  I love this white lace accent short sleeve top - plus it's on serious sale!

wrap back tee like this one is sweet and sexy for warm summer nights... pair it with jeans and sandals for a night out or throw it over your swimwear for a day at the lake.

A pastel handbag like this pale blue handbag is a fun addition to your spring and summer wardrobe.  Picking a neutral color like pale blue helps it integrate seamlessly into your closet.

Anything eyelet is perfect for summer... this sweet white eyelet top with fringe detailing is absolutely adorable for summer picnics or outdoor concerts.  I love the idea of pairing it with flare jeans and wedge sandals.

Add fringe or a tassel to just about anything these days and it's hot!  These fringe/tassel sandals are SO adorable and would be comfy and easy to wear all season.

I am super intrigued by this new denim trend: the crop flare jeans!  I've got a pair of these on my wishlist this spring for sure.

Lace up sandals are another huge trend... actually any lace up shoe is, these days.  This pair looks comfortable and practical.

This fun and flirty ponchos are a fun boho trend for spring and summer.  They are perfect for the beach or throwing over a tank this summer.  I really love this open front fringe poncho! So cute, right!?!

Like I said, anything with a tassel is the thing this summer... this cute tassel shoulder bag is so darling and is UNDER $35!!!

Shop the post here...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

my everyday style: 4 ways to style a navy blazer!

Navy blazers have been an absolute obsession of mine lately.  Whereas 2015 was the year of my leather jacket, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of my navy blazer.  I seem to pull this baby out whenever I am in need of looking and feeling pulled together with minimal effort.  Which is pretty much every day, I can't lie.  It seems to elevate any old top and jeans combo - which is my dream come true - and this time of year it's perfect for chilly spring mornings and evenings.  Here I styled it up four really easy ways to recreate if you are feeling the navy blazer vibe these days too...

Navy Blazer + Boyfriend Jeans
It's hard to choose a favorite.  But these boyfriend jeans (super casual) with this navy blazer (super structured) is totally my jam lately.  I could wear this on repeat easy.

Navy Blazer + Leather Leggings
Yes, yes, yes... the window for leather leggings is quickly closing until fall, but I love these so much I am squeezing in every last opportunity to wear these babies.  Plus, I love the unexpected combo of black and navy and this look here is perfect for a girls night out or date night.
get the look: navy blazer - on sale!, striped top, clutch, bracelet, similar leather leggings, flats - on sale!

Navy Blazer + Camel Accessories
A camel handbag, belt or handbag is the perfect compliment to a navy blazer and this look is so classic and easy that it's perfect for a casual day at the office or a day of running errands alike.
get the look: navy blazer - on sale!jeanssweater, earrings, similar bag, flats - 25% off!!

Navy Blazer + Button Front Top
This timeless combo is perfect for a casual day at the office or a day of mom duties or appointments.  It's so easy to throw on and go!
shop the look: navy blazer - on sale!, jeanssimilar white handbagleopard flats - on sale! (or similar), similar button front top

Shop some great navy blazers here...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

on my radar: April 2016!

Today I've got a round up of a few favorites that are on my radar this month...

cross body bag - I love wearing light and easy cross-body bags when the weather warms - isn't this one so boho-chic for spring and summer? I love it.
off the shoulder top - I'm feeling a little sheepish about this trend - but I would love to try it this spring.  How cute is this striped off the shoulder top!?!
pink/gold sunnies - I recently snagged these gorgeous sunnies. I've been wanting the (expensive) Ray Ban pair for a while and these are the perfect budget find instead!
Beautycounter's new 3 Minute Face - I'm OBSESSED with this new make-up set from BC - it's all my favorite products in one set for a great discount.  You simply choose your skin tone and it pulls the set together for you.  (FYI, I'm a "very light" shade for reference.)
distressed jeans - I am probably the only person that craves new jeans this time of year, but some of mine are feeling VERY tired after winter... and these have built in A/C, right!?!? ;) I WANT them.
coola makeup set sunscreen - I've tried ABOUT every face sunscreen and this is my favorite (and I am super picky!!).  This face sunscreen is perfect for OVER your makeup at the pool, outdoor sports or the beach... because who wants to rub sunscreen all over their perfectly applied make-up? No one. That's who.  Seriously- try this stuff, you will love it! Or I also love this set - it is great for travel.
lace up sandals - another trend I am on the fence about - I love the way they look, but will I wear them enough!?!? This pair is SO cute though!
kendra scott earrings/necklace set - How adorably is this little set? And it's perfect for Mother's Day!
wedges - major wishlist item right here (a list that happens to be growing WAY too fast this spring!).  These wedges would be so perfect with dress, shorts and jeans this summer.
everlane cotton u-neck - I've been absolutely living in these Everlane U-Neck t's.  I just ordered a few more!  Every single thing I have ordered from Everlane has been obsession worthy. They are such high quality and comfortable pieces.

Shop my favorites here...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

my everyday style: mother and daughter style with Treasure & Bond!

It's hard to believe that Mother's Day is JUST around the corner... or even that May is just around the corner.  But good news friends, it is!  Mother's Day has got to be one of my favorite holidays as a mom.  The kids get so excited and secretive planning little gifts and nice gestures. And let's be honest, fellow moms, it's nice to get a little spoiled for one day seeing as we work so hard behind the scenes day in and day out for our families.

Treasure & Bond and I teamed up to showcase some fun mother daughter style this spring just in time for Mother's Day. Treasure & Bond is a private label for Nordstrom that gives back 2.5% of it's sales to non-profits that empower youth in the community.  In the past they have supported amazing organizations like Girls, Inc and Girls on the Run and all sales from now to January 2017 will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Canada.  I love brands that really put their money where their mouth is for the community and Treasure & Bond is definitely one of those!

The win-win of all of this is the clothing line is fantastic.  The women's line has great basics like jeans, chambray tops, bags (love this one!), scarves and shoes. And the girls line is super adorable with jeans, tanks, sandals and shorts that my daughter just loved.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

On my daughter:
Jeans, Treasure & Bond - c/o 
Top, Treasure & Bond - c/o
Shoes, J.Crew Factory

On me:
Jeans, Treasure & Bond - c/o
Jacket, Treasure & Bond - c/o (sold out, but similar)
Top, J.Crew Factory
Sunglasses, Tory Burch
Shoes, Tory Burch

Thank you to Treasure & Bond for providing the noted pieces of clothing for this post.
All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 18, 2016

a month's worth of spring outfits!

Today I am closing up the recent "5 ways to wear..." series with a compilation of the entire series into one super smart and handy post.

If you take 5 awesome wardrobe staples and make 5 outfits out of each of them... what does that equal? Exactly 25 outfits!  So if an average month has 30 days and you take into account a few Sundays in pjs (the best!), a few days where (oops!) you didn't change out of your workout clothes and maybe a day or two where you repeat an outfit (it's TOTALLY allowed!).  Voila! According to my calculations these easy outfits will last you one full month. Getting dressed just got super easy!

Now let's talk logistics here... There are a few ways you could organize this.  The first being assigning one of the wardrobe basics to one day of the week.  So for instance having Friday's be the day to wear white jeans... then each Friday like clock work you bring out the white jeans and choose a ensemble to go with them.  Monday's could be for the black ponte leggings, Tuesday's the grey t-shirt, etc.  Or you could just pick and choose depending on what your day requires or your mood.  It's completely up to you!  So easy, right!?!?

I will definitely be using this as a guide myself over the coming days and weeks as I plan outfits and get dressed each morning.  I hope you find inspiration here as well!  And if you are craving some new  "5 ways to wear..." posts, don't worry the series is over forever - watch for it's return again soon!

Shop all the looks here:

classic look: trench coatgrey t-shirtwedge espadrillesleopard clutch

classic look: white blazerflatspink tote

sporty look: sweatshirtsneakers
preppy look: tunic topdriving mocs
classic look: blazerstriped topleopard pumps
casual look: flowy topdriving mocs

Thursday, April 14, 2016

spring/summer wardrobe essentials 2016

Spring is finally, finally here and my wardrobe is SOOOOOO ready for a little refresh.  How about yours?  

Each season I round up the wardrobe essentials that your closet (and mine!) absolutely need this season.  I combined spring and summer together because for me the two really blur together into one season as far as my clothes go.  Once the shorts, dresses and sandals come out in spring, they don't get put away until fall.  

This warm weather season I am sticking to the basics like denim shorts, striped dresses, white jeans and striped tops.  But I am also loving fun boho pieces that are super trendy right now and easy to wear as well, like flare jeans, peplum, and off the shoulder tops.  Today I rounded up my favorite styles for spring and I think I found the perfect balance between fun and trendy pieces and classic staples to keep you looking and feeling your best until fall.  

I love the idea of mixing and matching the classic pieces with the trendy pieces for this spring and summer.  For instance, how cute would the off-the-shoulder top look with white jeans? Or a classic striped top with flare jeans?  The best thing about spring and summer clothes is that shorts, dresses and tanks tend to be less of an investment than sweaters and boots for fall and winter, so you can really have some fun with trying new trends or investing in the classic pieces that will last. 

shop the pieces: 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

my everyday style: work it girl, part two!

Last week we chatted about simplifying your work wardrobe here on the blog - if you missed that post, be sure to check it out!.  When it comes to getting dressed for the office, for work trips, for business meetings or speaking engagements - the stakes are high.  We want to look our absolute best - but we don't always have a ton of time or money to be putting together outfits.  We want simple and beautiful and professional.  The best way to accomplish all this in one easy step is to go for a dress.  The dress I featured last week was trendy and modern and today I am showing off a more classic and conservative look.

Nordstrom has you covered for all your workwear needs.  You can visit their workwear boutique and search by style and by price and I love the under $100 section where you can search for tons of budget friendly AND office friendly options.

I absolutely love this navy wrap dress.  It's a very flattering and conservative silhouette that is perfect for the office or work events.  I love the long sleeve and knee length cut and the best thing about a navy dress is that it's totally season-less.  This dress is perfect for spring, but would work all summer and into fall as well.  Here I paired it with grey accessories, but navy is such a neutral palette that it would work with brown, leopard or black accessories as well.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

get the look: 
Dress, Nordstrom (or similar, similar, similar)
Bag, Chloe
Shoes, Vince Camuto
Earrings & Bracelet, Kendra Scott

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

5 ways to wear... a little black dress!

Each Monday I feature one classic wardrobe staple styled five ways.  It's a solid dose of wardrobe inspiration for the upcoming week and a fun way to see how a few wardrobe staples can go a long way in creating outfits.

This week I chose a simple little black dress.  This dress is perfect for everyday wear and can be styled a ton of different ways.  I love the longer cut so that it's just as appropriate for hanging out with kids (if you are a mom or teacher) or wearing to the office as a girls night out or a Saturday of errands.  This style is so incredibly versatile AND the price is right on this beauty at just under $50!

get the casual look: scarfsunglasseslace up espadrilles

get the dressy look: grey cardigantassel muleslong y-necklace

get the beachy look: black toteblack espadrillesswimsuit

get the classic look: white blazerflatspink tote

or shop the pieces below...


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