Thursday, June 30, 2016

Instagram Lately

Instagram has long been one of my favorite ways to share my daily looks and what's going on behind the scenes with my readers.  There is a great community over there and not only my feed to follow, but tons of other really stylish and talented ladies that I love gaining inspiration from. 

If you aren't following me over there already - you should! It's fun!  I also love rounding up a few of my recent Instagram favorites here on the blog... it's fast becoming one of my most popular series here, so I know you gals love it too! 

Here are some of my favorite Instagram looks recently!

I recently found this lace top for a steal! It's so fun to wear for a night out or I wore it for a few business meetings. (get the look: lace top, jeans, earrings, lace up flats)

This embroidered top is a favorite from several seasons back... but it's still the perfect summer tank!
(get the look: similar embroidered top, striped espadrilles - on sale!, jeans, bag)

My recent vacation style was SUPER laid back, these ripped jeans and this comfy tunic were perfect for morning walks. (get the look: tunic, jeans, flip flops, sunglasses)

I never met a striped dress I didn't like.  This tank dress is a few seasons old, but just as classic as ever. (get the look: similar hat, similar dress, sunglasses, wedges)

I love a playing matchy-matchy with my daughter, although this one was completely by accident last week on vacation.  (get the look: my similar striped dress, my flip flops, her striped top, her shorts, her flip flops)

For those super hot days, nothing is better than an cross back top!  
(get the look: sandals, top, similar shorts, sunglasses)

These jeans were on constant repeat last week on vacation (whenever I wasn't in my swimsuit!) and rightfully so, they are so soft and perfect for cool summer evenings. (get the look: similar sweater, tankjeans, bag)

I've been wearing Everlane tees CONSTANTLY this summer... they are so soft, have a flattering cut and wash well.  What more can you ask for?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

my everyday style: crop top fun!

Am I the only one that instantly cringes when I think of wearing crop tops?  They look darling on some girls... but I never thought I was the crop-top type until I found the perfect trick for wearing them. If you have ever wondered how to style a crop top... here is my secret tip: pair them with a pair of higher waisted jeans!  Voila! Crop tops are instantly do-able.  (Maybe with the exception of the SUPER crop-tops that go above the belly button - but seriously, we aren't all 18, why do those even exist!?!?)

Surprisingly, this look can actually be VERY flattering, because it perfectly accentuates your waist.  Here I paired a striped crop top with white jeans, fun bow sandals and it's the perfect everyday summer look.






(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Striped Top, Cabi (shop similar here, here or here)
Jeans, Gap (old, but similar here or here)
Sandals, J.Crew (sold out, but similar here)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Watch, Daniel Wellington 
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (sold out, but similar here)
Bracelet, via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo

Monday, June 27, 2016

summer uniform - pt 4

Today I am back with another SUPER easy summer uniform...

What is a summer uniform you ask!?! You know those outfit combos that you pull out time and time again? The ones that always just "work"? Those are like little wardrobe "uniforms" - they are easy to pull together, follow a simple formula and are perfect to have in your back pocket for those mornings you are rushing around with no time to think about your outfit or if you are just feeling a little un-inspired. Instead of pulling out the outfit you wore yesterday (hey, we are all guilty of that from time to time) or just throwing on yoga pants - you can throw on one of these super easy "summer uniforms" instead. So easy, right!?!?

You can see all the previous "summer uniforms" I have put together here!  It's no surprise that striped dresses are a mainstay in my wardrobe.  They are constantly popping up here on the blog and on my Instagram too.  But for good reason, striped dresses are a total 'one-and-done' look - they are an instant outfit that is the perfect backdrop for whatever your vibe for the day is. You can go dressy with a wedge and a nice purse, you can go casual with a sandal, or like I put together here you can go for the sporty vibe with a striped dress and a pair of sneakers! This is a super easy, everyday look for summer.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

4 ways to find your swim style!

I don't know about you, but summer is in FULL swing here in my household.  We are beaching, pooling, playing, grilling and squeezing every possible second from each day.  What about you!?! I hope your summer is off to a great start too.  It's such a special time of year for making memories and having fun... don't wait to dive into all the craziness of summer! Sometimes I feel like my to-do list keeps trucking on and I forget to just let loose a little and have some fun.  Don't wait until August to start on your summer bucket list... start now!

The pool and beach are a huge part of our families summer fun, since we live in Michigan we get to take advantage of some of the most beautiful beaches that America has to offer on the weekends and we are also total pool rats during the week here in town.  We can never get enough.  I count it a good day when I can go straight from my pjs to a swimsuit and not even think about an outfit for the day.  But the older I get the HARDER it is getting to find swim gear that I love and feel comfortable in.  Who's with me?  Swim suits seem to be made for 18 year olds or 60 year olds, and there's not much in between for us average gals that want a nice classic swimsuit - sexy or matronly left out.

Today I literally combed and combed the internet for four great swim looks that are hip and gorgeous, but also perfect for that "girl next door" vibe that I know I am personally looking for.   Plus, I found some great hats, sunglasses, cover-ups, and sandals to pull the looks together.  Summer is only just beginning so dive on in!


protect your eyes and face with great accessories:

splash and sun in these classic swimsuits: 

grab a cover-up for trips to the pool bar or for some relief from the sun: 

...and don't forget some fab footwear to flaunt your look: 

Shop the looks here: 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

my everyday style: busy mom style!

We all love summer.  Especially now that my kids are getting older the summer days are getting easier but also, a lot more jam packed.  Gone are the endlessly long days of having young kids home from school and bored all.day.long.  I've actually been very surprised at how independent my kids have been so far since school has gotten out.   That being said, they are also WAY busier.  Our days are often filled with sports and activities for them, so when we have some down time at home we all seem to enjoy it more.

Pile all the places they need to be with my own responsibilities like work and taking care of my household responsibilities and summer starts looking like one big to-do list instead of endless hours at the pool, park or lakeshore like when the kids were little.  I love to hang out in my swimsuit and pool cover up as much as is humanly possible all summer, but super busy days call for much more practical attire more often than not. 

On any given summer day I can usually be found bopping around town in jeans and a t-shirt.  And since the mornings around here are still cool - an extra layer if need be. And let's talk about the most comfortable shoes for running errands ever... these clogs have quickly become a favorite for errands, soccer mom duties and just general daily wear.  I'm always amazed at how comfortable they are - and I love the cute little tassel that makes them right on trend.








(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Sunglasses, LOFT
Leather Jacket, Zara (old, but similar or similar)
T-Shirt, J.Crew (old, but similar or similar)
Jeans, Rag & Bone - on sale! (or similar)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Clogs, Dansko - gifted from Dansko - on sale! (or more size options here)
Necklace, Gorjana via Rocksbox - get your first month of Rocksbox FREE with code: jillggxoxo


Monday, June 20, 2016

summer uniform - pt 3

We are officially THREE weeks into summer... where is the time going? Each Monday for the month of June I am pulling together an easy summer outfit or summer "uniform" to make getting dressed on summer mornings SUPER easy.

What is a summer uniform you ask!?! You know those outfit combos that you pull out time and time again? The ones that always just "work"? Those are like little wardrobe "uniforms" - they are easy to pull together, follow a simple formula and are perfect to have in your back pocket for those mornings you are rushing around with no time to think about your outfit or if you are just feeling a little un-inspired. Instead of pulling out the outfit you wore yesterday (hey, we are all guilty of that from time to time) or just throwing on yoga pants - you can throw on one of these super easy "summer uniforms" instead. So easy, right!?!?

Today's look is another personal favorite of mine... and it's one I really love to wear.  A chambray top and white jeans or white shorts is not only one of the easiest summer outfit combos, but also a darling little look!  I absolutely love to wear my white jeans all summer. This outfit is perfect for the weekends around town or even for a casual Friday at the office - depending on how casual you office is... or add a blazer to dress it up. I hope you love this outfit as much as I do... go ahead and copy it sometime this week and let me know how it goes!




Thursday, June 16, 2016

summer stripes

I can't resist stripes any time of year - but for the summer, it's pretty much a stripe-fest in my closet. I'm not ashamed to rock stripes as much as possible... they are just too summer-y to pass up this time of year.

This season there is a fresh crop of stripes at my favorite retailers that are just SO dang darling to sweeten the pot.  I'm just droooooooling for all these fun summer stripe pieces... which one is your favorite?



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

my everyday style: the everyday black dress!

This summer I am working on incorporating more dresses into my everyday wardrobe.  Dresses are a great alternative to shorts when the temps rise.  For everyday wear I need a dress that is casual and relaxed and SUPER easy to wear - which surprisingly is NOT that easy to find.  There are plenty of pretty and 'dressy' dresses, but finding a perfect casual dress that is comfortable and easy to wear is a bit trickier.  Or at least that's been my experience.

That's why when I found this t-shirt dress I was really excited.  It's stretchy but still structured enough to be flattering and I love that is has a little sleeve and a modest length. In the summer my wardrobe still needs to be super mom/kid friendly... I'm running from errands, to kids stuff, to the pool and all over the place in the summer. So it's no wonder this dress has been on major repeat so far this summer.







(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Dress, Old Navy - under $20!
Espadrilles, Soludos
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (similar or similar)
Bag, Kate Spade (similar, similar or similar)
Scarf, J.Crew (similar)
Nails, CND - my favorite summer red!
Bracelet, Loren Hope via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo


Monday, June 13, 2016

summer uniform - pt 2

Last week I kicked off a new June series here on the blog... the "summer uniform"!!  Each Monday this month I will be pulling together a summer uniform for you.

What is a summer uniform you ask? You know those outfit combos that you pull out time and time again? The ones that always just "work"? Those are like little wardrobe "uniforms" - they are easy to pull together, follow a simple formula and are perfect to have in your back pocket for those mornings you are rushing around with no time to think about your outfit or if you are just feeling a little un-inspired. Instead of pulling out the outfit you wore yesterday (hey, we are all guilty of that from time to time) or just throwing on yoga pants - you can throw on one of these super easy "summer uniforms" instead. So easy, right!?!?

Today's uniform is one that I rely on regularly in the summer.  Simply pair your favorite denim shorts with a striped top and sandals and voila! You are dressed.  Then add a fun pop of color with a bag or lip gloss to have a little fun with the look and make it your own.


Along with featuring a fresh summer uniform here each Monday, I will also be featuring some of my favorite summer uniforms on Instagram all month long and YOU can join in the fun!  Simply tag your summer uniform inspiration and outfits on Instagram using hashtag #goodlifesummeruniform OR if you need outfit inspiration on the go... use the hashtag to search up easy outfits on Instagram in a snap!  I can't wait to see everyone's inspiration... so post away on Instagram. I will be checking them all out!



Thursday, June 9, 2016

on my radar: June 2016

I love taking the time to round up the crazy random things that have been on my radar each month.  This month is no exception... a few SUPER random things (snail masks!?!? Oh yes!), a handbag crush, and likely the cutest summer t-shirt ever are just a few of the things on my radar this month... read on for more!

peach sunnies - are these the most darling sunnies or what!?!? I'm thinking they would look great with my tan this summer... wink, wink!

delicate "x" bracelet - I've been on a crazy kick for delicate jewelry lately and when I saw this "x" bracelet I pretty much fell in love.  Isn't it gorgeous?

coral eyelet dress - you know me, I'm not much for bright colors, but I've come across this coral dress a few times and I am totally in love with it.  I'm a total sucker for dresses with long sleeves.

pink scalloped swim top & bottom - this. is. SO. adorable. I'm super crushing on this bathing suit - it's giving me major cool-girl-Barbie vibes.

navy/black coach bag - This bag is my current bag crush.  Or I really love this white one! Because every gal has to have a few bag crushes right!??!

sunshine t-shirt - I love a simple t-shirt for hot and busy summer days.  Is this top adorable or what!?!

snail masks - yes, it sounds crazy!  But these babies are AMAZING!  My skin looks so glowy and dewey afterwards.  I highly, highly recommend these!

peplum top - a lot of you gals love my grey peplum short sleeve top and now it's available in a tank version.  So cute!

classic sneakers - quite possibly the most PERFECT summer sneaks.  Come to momma guys!

gold sandals - these simple and delicate sandals are on their way to me right now.  I love this classic style and I'm sure I will be wearing them a ton this summer.  You can shop all my personal favorites at M.Gemi here (they specialize in shoes handmade in Italy, swoon!) - and, even better, use this link to get $40 off your order!



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

my everyday style: white shorts!

I don't know what the draw is, but I seem to have quite the affinity for white shorts.  They seem to go with anything, which really makes it easy to get dressed.  Sure, they are bound to run into some drippy ice cream or a sticky bench from time to time.  But for the most part I'm surprised how clean they stay during the busy summer months. 

I love pairing white shorts with other neutrals like grey and this creamy beige sweater for a super summery outfit vibe.  Last week we talked about the off-the-shoulder top trend... and this week I indulge in a trend I have a lot more luck with - the open back top.  I have a few tops that are slit back and then this sweater that has an open back feature.  This is a trend that I find really easy to wear and also, very practical for spring and summer because it keeps you cool on warm days.  Isn't the back of this sweater so fun?  








(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Sweater, MinkPink
Shorts, Target (similar, similar or similar)
Bag, Chloe
Sunglasses, Tory Burch
Sandals, Madewell (similar)






 

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