Monday, June 29, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Lace Graphic Tee





Do you have a favorite color that sort of takes over your closet? One you feel right at home in? Mine is grey. Black is a little intense on my fair skin, but softer, cooler greys set everything off just right. 

The little lace detail on this makes it feel like more than just a plain tee and jeans, and the brown leather accents pull in some contrast and texture. I think I have brown accenting just about every outfit this summer. Another go-to of mine. 

Hope you have a good week!


Lace Tee // Thrifted
Jeans // Consignment
Flats // Target
Belt & Purse // Thrifted


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Outfit of the Day: A Knotted Tee














Happy Monday,

Last fall, we adjusted to our oldest child going to kindergarten, and now we are adjusting to having him back home all day! In this season that is supposed to be more relaxed, I’ve suddenly felt so busy. My kids are everything they’re supposed to be - active, spirited, and tireless, and I’m doing my best to keep up! It’s been really fun doing all the typical summer things, and I'm soaking in these days when they are little. 

I may be blogging a little simpler this summer… I’ve already cut back in a few ways out of sheer lack of hours. Or, I may surprise us all and keep up the pace! Either way, just know I could never leave my much-loved outlet for too long :).

How’s your summer been so far? If you’ve been laying on a beach, tell me all about it…

P.S. I am new at this knotting t-shirts business. In hindsight, I would have tied it differently, more like an actual knot. I'll get it right next time... 


Purple Tee // Target
Necklace // JCPenney
Skirt // Thrifted
Shoes // Consignment

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Finding Unique Jewelry


When it comes to jewelry, I'm not really a diamonds and glitz girl. What I DO love is unique, interesting pieces that go along with my casual, natural style. Mixed metals, earthy elements like stones and nature motifs, and varying textures are this girl's "best friend."

I am always adding to my collection by searching in unusual places like flea markets, thrift stores, and my own crafting skills (at times). Some of my favorite jewelry has come from sources as unique as the pieces, with built-in stories behind them.

For instance, my husband surprised me with this orchid (my favorite flower) brooch while we were dating. It was a bit big to wear on it's own, so I foraged a necklace out of leftover beads and old, broken bracelets. It is definitely a statement piece that gets a lot of compliments.



These beads are from a time my mother, sister, and I were in a bracelet-making phase. We made all kinds of pieces right before I went to college, and I wore them my whole freshman year. Whenever I put these on, I'm reminded of that fun time. 




These special bracelets were given to me by family. The pink leaves are from my grandma, whose huge jewelry chest always held my attention for hours as a girl. My mom got me the charm bracelet the first time I became a mom and she became a "Gigi," and she has one to match.


Here is another family necklace, this time from a further generation. My great-grandmother had an extensive costume jewelry collection. This necklace is a little physical reminder of her and my heritage.


Aside from family gifts, my next favorite source for unique jewelry is the flea market. I could spend hours in those aisles packed with amazing eye candy. I bring home a piece or two each time I go, and wear them constantly.


I just discovered the online equivalent to a flea market, full of one-of-a-kind jewelry and plenty of stories. Invaluable.com is an auction house that feels less overwhelming than the "Ebays" out there. They have amazing home decor items, which I could spend a lot of time looking at. Their jewelry section is full of precious stones for the glitz-lovers, and earthy stones for casual girls like me. Here are some of my favorite pieces:








Check them out if you get a chance - - - it's fun to feel like you're at a flea market at home.

Do you have any favorite, treasured, and unique jewelry stories?


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Trend: The Long-Sleeved Maxi Dress


Olivia Palermo featured in InStyle

It may be too steamy where you are to think about long sleeves, but I have been seeing this trend pop up all over Pinterest, and couldn't resist sharing. These maxi styles are full of coverage, but with belted waists, dress shirt detailing, and updated patterns, they are anything but spinster-esque. Here are a few of my favorites:

Free People at Bloomingdales










Liz at Downtown Demure 




If you can't stand the heat, maybe pin these for fall...
I would sure love one in my wardrobe for all seasons!


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Outfit of the Day: A Bright Bohemian Blouse






I can't resist a bright, bohemian pattern- especially in the summer. This long blouse is so comfortable and breezy! I added some simple leggings and natural accessories like vintage beads, keeping all the focus on the shirt.

Hope you have a good week!


Blouse // Thrifted, similar here, here, here, and here
Leggings // Target
Flats // Target
Purse // Thrifted


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