Friday, May 25, 2018

try on session! (summer tops & bottoms)

If you follow me on Instagram/Instagram Stories you know that my husband and I recently got away to Chicago for the weekend.  We shopped and ate and shopped and ate some more. It was heaven.  My husband doesn't love to shop, but he doesn't hate it either (and he's a great shopping wing man)... I wanted to scope out all the new summer arrivals and he pretty much needed an entirely new wardrobe after losing so much weight with FWTFL (you can learn more about that here). So we did A LOT of shopping.

I took lots of photos in the fitting rooms for you guys... and let's be honest, for me too. I'm so used to shopping online that I often have a difficult time deciding what I like right.that.minute in the fitting room.  So I like to take photos to remind me what items I liked or which ones I didn't as well.

I found some really amazing pieces for summer that I think you will like too! Today I'll cover the tops/bottoms and then I'll do a big dress round up soon too!

This peplum top is so simple and easy for wearing all summer and the fabric is SO soft. It runs large to size down, I'm wearing an XS and there are tons of colors options!

Isn't this eyelet top just GORGEOUS for summer? And I love that it's so lightweight, so it's perfect for hot afternoons or outdoor concerts.  I'm wearing an XS.

This layered tank is super fun and flirty for summer. It's available in quite a few fabric/color options and would be darling with white jeans and sandals for summer. I'm wearing a size XS.

This is another top that is so breezy and lightweight. I love the embroidery and tassel details. It's also amiable in navy and either would be great with jeans or denim shorts this summer. I"m wearing an XS.

This pink tank is one that I couldn't decide on in the fitting room, but now that I see a photo of it  - I really need to go back for it!  It's perfectly drapey and quite oversized.  So go down a size, I'm wearing an XS. It's also available in other colors as well!

If you need a new pair of white jeans for summer I can't recommend these enough! They are SUPER flattering and comfortable and are the perfect ankle length for us shorter gals. (I'm about 5'4 or 5'5 and wearing a size 26).

Doesn't this tie-shoulder top just scream summer? It's super cute and also runs a little big, so size down. I love it paired here with the white jeans and you could add a pair of sneakers for a sporty look or go with classic sandals as well.

This sweater/tee/sweatshirt top is so soft and the perfect light weight for summer. It's available in lots of colors and I'm wearing an XS. Also be sure to check out the ruching detail on the sleeves that makes it look slouchy but not sloppy.  

This dainty pink top is GORGEOUS and perfect for dressing up for the office this summer with dress pants or dressing down with white jeans. You could easily throw a white blazer or cream cardigan over top too for extra layers. I'm wear a small. It runs small so maybe size up.

This bell sleeve/puff sleeve top is seriously SO fun! It runs quite large so go down a size or even two in this one. But I just love the fabric and the sleeves are so fun for summer when you don't have to shove them into a winter coat. 

I just LOVE an easy summer sweater. This one has a great high low hem and would be great with denim shorts or with jeans and sandals for a dinner out or chilly summer evening. It's also available in  a few colors and I'm wearing an XS.

This t-shirt is awesome! Fair warning it's VERY oversized. So go down a size or two and prepare for a slouchier fit. But this would also make a great top to throw over workout gear after the gym or a swim cover up as well. I'm wearing an XS and it's available in a few colors.

This twist tie top is another great summer office piece. It would be great on it's own or with a blazer or cardigan. It looks like the white maybe sold out, but it's available in a few other colors and runs true to size.

The button top trend is HOT this summer and this cute little tank is perfect for warm summer days. I'm wearing a size 2 which is a little snug in the chest, a size 4 would fit me better for sure.

You probably NEED this ROSE OKAY sweatshirt for summer, right!?!? I mean, so cute! This sweatshirt is so soft as well. I am wearing the small/medium size.

I couldn't help but snag this "BRUNETTE" sweatshirt for lounging and errands. Not brunette? Don't worry you can also snag a BLONDE or REDHEAD too... I'm wearing a size small/medium.

This twist top was one of my FAVORITES that I tried on, so easy for summer and the twist detail is so flattering. And the price!?!? This baby is only $22! I'm wearing a size XS - size up if you want more of your torso covered. I like the little peek of flesh with these jeans but it's totally up to you. It's also available in a few other colors.

If you need a simple summer tee - I highly recommend this one. The pale purple is gorgeous but it also is available in other colors as well and it's under $20! It's affordable and super soft.  These high waisted denim shorts are my new favorite! They are super flattering and comfortable. I usually size up in denim shorts but this pair I went with my usual size - 26. 

This tank is another color-way of the black and white striped tank above. How cute is this red, white and blue for summer? Again, size up if you prefer it longer. I'm wearing an XS. I went UP a size in these denim shorts (which I usually prefer to do) to a 27 and LOVE them. I will probably trim some of the longer threads on the hem but these shorts are soft, affordable and the perfect length. Not too short, not too long.

This SUPER soft waist tie tee is a great summer basic. It would look great with white jeans and a fun necklace and sandals for an easy summer look. It's also available in lots of sizes and I'm wearing an XS.

I am completely obsessed with this tie-shoulder top in white! It's a little more fitted than the one I showed above and comes in 4 gorgeous solid colors.  It would be adorable with shorts or jeans or even a denim skirt or fun ruffly skirt for summer. Size down, I'm wearing an xs here. 

Let me know if you have any questions about fit or what pieces you like most in the comments - I would love to hear! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

my FAVORITE Memorial Day Sale!

The Memorial Day Sales are POPPING this year friends! It's time to stock up on all your summer wardrobe needs NOW with these amazing deals.  Pieces won't last long, I'm already betting quite a few of these pieces will sell out quickly at these prices.

If you need a dress for a summer wedding may I suggest this striped shirtdress, this pink strapless tie front dress or this floral wrap dress. All three are absolutely gorgeous!  For weekend wear you will want to add this fun 'babes who brunch' sweatshirt to your rotation or I love this striped tie front sweatshirt.   Consider your summer shoe shopping DONE with these gold knot slide sandals (obsessed!) or these casual chambray vans or these striped platform cross strap sandals are perfect for everyday wear.  If you need to stock up on rain gear, this trench coat is gorgeous and a great price or these short PINK Hunter boots would be darling with dresses and shorts for rainy days.   It's the perfect time to grab great basics like these denim shorts or this pink ruffle sleeve top. And don't forget to take advantage of the sales to add an investment piece or two to your closet like this gorgeous leather tote or navy shoulder bag

There are SO many amazing pieces here... so enjoy and happy shopping!

striped shirtdress (40% off), trench coat (40% off), leather tote (40% off), 'babes who brunch' sweatshirt (40% off), short Hunter boots (33% off), navy shoulder bag (33% off), gold knot slide sandals (25% off), striped tie front sweatshirt (40% off), floral wrap dress (40% off), lace hem sweatshirt (40% off), pink strapless tie front dress (50% off), chambray vans (40% off), gold hoop earrings (40% off), pink tie-sleeve cardigan (40% off), denim shorts (33% off), cropped high waist jeans (33% off), pink striped pjs (40% off), grey off the shoulder top (33% off), platform cross strap sandals (tons of colors and 40% off), pink ruffle sleeve top (40% off)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

my everyday style: Memorial Day Style with the Macy's Memorial Day Event!

This post is sponsored by Macy's and ShopStyle.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own.

Can you believe that Memorial Day weekend is here!?!?  This has to be one of the best weekends of the year being that it's the unofficial/official launch of SUMMER!  Finally! I am so ready to kick back and relax and finally get into summer mode. Macy's Memorial Day Event kicks off today and runs through May 28 with great deals and steals site wide. You can use code: MEMDAY for 20% off sale all weekend so it's a great time to stock up on that summer wardrobe because summer is finally here to stay friends!

I'll be kicking the weekend off with a few kids' sporting events for the first half of the weekend and the second half of the weekend will hopefully involve lots of family time at the pool. We may pop out to the lakeshore for a day and I can not wait to dig into a burger from the grill with friends. Which is my favorite way to celebrate the start of summer! What is your favorite way to kick off the summer season?

Don't forget some AMAZING sale shopping all weekend. You know the sales are going to be amazing this weekend and Macy's is no exception.  Be sure to check out their dress selection for easy and beautiful summer dresses for everyday wear or any special events you may have on your calendar over the next few months.  I absolutely fell in love with this breezy blue dress... it's perfect for casual events this weekend or this summer. I needed/wanted a new bag for summer and this classic bucket bag is the quintessential piece for the season. And lastly make sure to snag a new pair of sandals or two as well during the sale... this pair has already been getting lots of wear since they are so comfortable. They are perfect with jeans, shorts and dresses so I will pretty much be wearing them all season!

Outfit Details:
Dress - courtesy of Macy's
Bag - courtesy of Macy's
Sandals - courtesy of Macy's

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

what to wear for Memorial Day weekend!

I know I am not the only one that is SO ready for a nice long weekend this weekend... there is nothing better than kicking off the summer with a fun long weekend! Whether you are headed to the beach, a barbecue or the pool to celebrate this weekend, be sure to do it in style!

Today I pulled together some really fun Memorial Day weekend outfit inspiration for whatever your weekend brings.  This casual top and white jeans combo is perfect for casual weekend plans like bbq's, family gatherings or brunch with friends. I love these easy lace up espadrilles and this tote is perfect for heading to the park with the kiddos and sneaking in a good book for yourself.  If you are hanging near water this weekend make sure to snag a fun pool float before you go! I love this red swimsuit and this cover up gets tons of good reviews and look so comfortable for hanging poolside.  Don't forget a roomy tote for snacks, water, books and this amazing new SAFE sunscreen that you will love.

Whatever the weekend brings I hope you have a special one with friends and family!

Picnic ready... 
white jeans - I just snagged these for myself!
lace up espadrilles - love these!

Pool ready... 
red swim top & bottom - LOVE this combo!
sunscreen - non-toxic/safe and NON aerosol! Make it a safe holiday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

my everyday style: "ciao" spring, hello summer!

I'm over here like "ciao" spring... it's been real.  (More like a real pain in the butt, we've had such crazy/terrible spring weather). It's officially summer in my book as of this weekend, so then that technically means we can celebrate it all week. Right!?!? I mean, stores are already promoting Father's Day which is like a month from now, so I can certainly start celebrating Memorial Day weekend now. Seems fair.

I've never been more ready for summer and really, I think I've been in the summer mindset since we got back from spring break.  In other words, I was born ready. One of the trends for spring and summer that I have been loving is the embroidered details on tops.  Little sayings or symbols are such a fun and lighthearted way to add a little something to your outfit.  This "ciao" tee is incredibly soft and oh so adorable... but if this one isn't your fave I linked to lots of other options below. They are the perfect way to change up your usual "jeans and a tee" outfit for the warmer weather seasons.  I've probably raved about these jeans on the blog before but if you are looking for a super flattering and comfortable pair of stretch jeans I can't say enough good things about these. Especially for us short gals, because they are the perfect ankle length.  And these flats are a new favorite for spring... I'm shocked at how crazy comfortable they are and they are available in great versatile colors or this fun pop of pink color!

Outfit Details:
"ciao" tee - on crazy sale!

Shop more fun embroidered tees here...

Friday, May 18, 2018

budget friendly summer try on session!

I'm always on the hunt for simple and casual wardrobe pieces for my closet. And with the weather warming my closet is in dire need of a fresh batch of tees, tanks and shorts for the coming months.  I found some great pieces at really great prices (everything is under $20!) and I thought I would share them here with you from a recent try-on session I did on Instagram.  Make sure you are following me there to get first dibs with these try on sessions!  And let me know if you have any questions or favorites in the comments! I'd love to hear from you now that my comments FINALLY seem to be working again. Yay!

above: This linen blend tank is perfect for everyday summer wear and the back is so cute! If you need a pair of classic white shorts for summer... I highly recommend these. They run true to size, I'm wearing a 2 in the shorts and a small in the top.

above: This is the same dress style as the one I wore HERE but in a more relaxed color.  The fabric is so soft and it's perfect to throw on for a day in the park or running errands. I'm wearing a small and it's available in SO many colors!

above: I love a classic chambray top! This tank is an easy everyday piece for spring and summer. It has a cute tie neck feature that I am just now realizing doesn't show in this photo. But it's very flattering.  Then these linen blend embroidered shorts are great too! Perfect for a swim cover up or for sitting on sports sidelines on hot days! I'm wearing a small in both pieces.

above: How adorable is this tie sleeve top? SO cute! I'm wearing a small.

above: I love a good stripe, that you know already! This linen blend striped top is a great summer piece. The linen was a little scratchy but I am hoping it loosens up with a wash (but never put linen in the dryer!).  I'm wearing a small.

above: Speaking of linen these linen-blend shorts are so comfortable and perfect for everyday summer wear. They come in lots of colors and are true to size. I'm wearing a small.

above: One last striped top before I go... this simple pocket tee has great drape and it's super soft. Again, I'm wearing a small and it's available in lots of colors! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

my everyday style: off the shoulder love!

At some point I promised myself I was going to swear off the off-the-shoulder trend... it just wasn't practical or comfortable for a mom on the go. And now I'm eating my words. But for good reason. This off-the-shoulder top is awesome! I will admit it's probably not best for everyday wear but it's PERFECT for a girls night out or a date night and I'm not lying, it's seriously so soft and comfortable to wear. I went up a size to a medium to make sure the arms weren't to tight. But seriously I love this top!

My husband and I have been trying to get out together more often. Sometimes we realize we've gone weeks without just sitting down and talking over dinner or a glass of wine. It's cliche but it's the best way to connect - to just get out of the house and away from the kids and the craziness of the house and really chat and reconnect.  Having a few date-night-ready tops on hand sure helps! ;) I have been wearing the heck out of these jeans I snagged earlier this year. They are just SO comfortable and so flattering.  And if you will remember I really went back and forth about splurging on these sandals and I am so glad I did! They are super comfortable and such a gorgeous color - I've found they truly go with everything in my closet...jeans, shorts, dresses... they all work great for spring and summer.

Outfit Details:
Top (on sale!)


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