Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Trends with LIT Boutique Part 1 + Link Up

Embroidered Sweater
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As much as I love sitting on my sofa in pajamas while shopping online, there is no better feeling than leaving a great boutique with a bag full of clothes in hand.  In addition to the instant gratification that you get from actually shopping in a store, I love supporting local shops, plus the help you get from the staff not only makes you feel special, but they are able to suggest items you may have overlooked otherwise.  There are several boutiques in the Boston area that have captured my heart with their selection of clothing and exceptional service.  LIT Boutique is one of them.  Not only does the sales staff make you feel like friend, but I never step out of the store empty handed.  With lines like Blank NYC, Articles of Society, DL1961, Keepsake, and ASTR (just to name a few), the store is filled with beautiful, on trend, clothing, that won't make you break the bank.  A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to check out LIT's fall collection, and shoot a few looks showcasing this season's top trends.  The look I'm sharing today combines three fall must haves in one outfit, which are monochrome, embroidery and suede.

One of my favorite trends of the season is wearing a monochromatic look.  There is something about it that gives off a sophisticated feel, and my favorite way to pull it off is with the color grey.  The second I laid eyes on this embroidered sweater, I knew that I would be taking it home with me.  Not only do I love the floral embroidery, but the zipper detail on the back adds an unexpected touch, giving a playful feel.  The LIT stylist helping me suggested that I pair it with this Blank NYC suede skirt, and I couldn't love the combination more.  I added my grey booties, and finished the look with silver Gorjana bracelets giving a perfect fall outfit.  Too bad it was 90 degrees the day we shot this look! 

I'll be sharing more fall trends with LIT Boutique next week, so make sure to stop back!  If you live in New England, LIT has three locations in Boston, and one in Portsmouth NH, so make sure to stop in.  If you're not in the area, don't worry!  You can shop online here!

On a personal note, I just wanted to give you an update from last week.  They caught the guy who was placing the bomb threats in our school system.  Such a relief!  Thank you for all of your kinds words and encouragement on last Friday's post.  Now, if we can only stop terrorism and natural disasters from happening....  Wishing everyone a happy and safe weekend.

DIFF Eyewear

All grey look

zip back sweater

floral embroidered sweater

LIT Boutique Look

Gorjana Bracelets

Fall Sunglasses

Sweater: Blank NYC via LIT| Skirt: Blank NYC via LIT| Sunnies: DIFF Eyewear via LIT| Bracelets: Gorjana via LIT Boutique| Booties: Steve Madden

Photography: Sebastien St. Hubert

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The feature blogger is Ruth from My Little Nest.  I'm loving her black and grey look, but the story behind it is even better!  Make sure to visit her blog to read why, and say hello!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall Trend: Statement Earrings + Tie Sleeve Sweater

Statement earrings and tie sleeves

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If there is one trend that everyone should add to their wardrobe this season, it is the statement earring.  I have become obsessed with the bold jewelry pieces, and can't stop adding them to my wardrobe (as seen here and here).  Not only do statement earrings look good on everyone, but they are an easy and affordable way to update your look.  They can instantly make your jeans and tee shirt look more polished, or can make a little black dress more interesting.  Which also makes them the perfect item to add to your wardrobe for the upcoming holidays season.

The newest addition to my statement earring collection are these blush colored drop earring by Sugarfix.  Sugarfix is BaubleBar's line for Target, where you can find super cute jewelry at affordable prices (most items are under $15).  These earrings are under $13, and available in four colors.  When it comes to finding a perfect statement earring, BaubleBar is usually my go-to.  I recently added this fringe pair to my wardrobe, and these disc drop earrings are next on my list.  

I'm exciting to be collaborating with six of my blogger babes, where we are all sharing our favorite statement earrings.  I have linked their blogs at the bottom of this post, so make sure to to give them a visit, and see how they styled the trend.

Pink Statement earrings

Tie Sleeve Sweater

When wearing statement earrings, I like to keep the rest of my look simple, making them the focal point, and I usually forgo any necklaces.  I paired mine here with my favorite blush pullover, which happens to have another trend that I'm loving this fall: the tie sleeve.   The tie at the sleeves not only adds a fun detail to a basic top or sweater, but I love how it makes the sleeves to appear slightly bell shaped.   My sweater is from Abercrombie & Fitch, and is only available in a extra-large, but I found some great similar options and linked them below.  I'm thinking that I need this grey one!

Blush Tie Sleeve Top

Affordable Statement Earrings

Blush Statement Earrings

Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch (loving this one here)| Jeans: Rag & Bone| Boots: Goodnight Macaroon| Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar| Sunnies: BP. (identical pair here)| Bag: Chanel

Make sure to check out how these gorgeous blogger babes styled their statement earrings:

Shop Statement Earrings

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Cross Front Tee

embroidered skirt for fall

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TGIF.  This week has been unsettling, to say the least.  In addition to being in disbelief, and having a heavy heart, for what happened in Las Vegas, my town has dealing with bomb threats to all of our public schools.  Everyday for the past week, and a handful of times in the past month, our schools have received bomb threats.  Although each threat has been false, and they suspect the same person, it's still scary.  Fortunately, the twins aren't in the public school system, however, Mason does receive speech services though the town, and is in one of the elementary schools every Monday morning.  I can only image how the parents feel who's kids are there five days a week.  What bothers me the most, is that officials haven't been able to catch this person.  If someone is sick enough to call bomb threats to a place where young children occupy daily, what else are they capable of? 

Sorry, I don't mean to be such a downer on this Friday morning, but it's been an emotional time, which is why I haven't posted all week.  On a more upbeat note, did you notice a little difference when you visited the blog today?  I updated my template!  I'm still working on a couple of updates, one which includes my logo, but so far, I think it's a great change, plus it's been keeping my mind on better things.  Let me know what you think.

Now to my look!  I've worn this tee three times this week.  No Joke.  I love the burgundy color for the fall, and the criss cross front makes it a fun update to a basic tee.  The best part is that it's only $10 and comes in five colors.  Not only is it great with a pair of jeans and booties on it's own, but it pairs perfectly layered under a cardigan or leather jacket for those cooler days.  Speaking of cardigan, this Leith sweater is back in stock!  This has been my favorite purchase of the season, and I think everyone needs to own this cardigan!  Remember during the Nordstrom sale how I wanted it in the blush, but couldn't get my hands on it?  Well, the blush is available too, although it is on back order.  My only dilemma is that I've recently added three blush sweaters to my closet, so do I really need another??  Although the colors of my embroidered skirt and tee scream fall, the sweater adds the perfect amount of warmth to take this look into the cooler season.  And when winter rolls in, you can bet that I'll still be wearing this outfit.  I'll just add tights and a pair of over-the-knee boots for extra warmth.

Cross front tee

Burgundy tee

How to dress up a tee

embroidered skirt and cross front tee

affordable embroidered skirt

leith open cardigan

open cardigan

Tee: c/o SheIn| Skirt c/o SheIn| Cardigan: Leith| Booties: old, loving this pair here| Sunnies: BP. (identical pair here)| Bag: ChloĆ©| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Napa

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The feature blogger is Jacqui of Mummabstylish.  I'm loving how she chose a bright pink dress to wear to a wedding!  Make sure to stop by her blog to see more of her dress, and say hello.


Friday, September 29, 2017

How To DIY Step Hem Jeans + Link Up

Step Hem Jeans

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Happy Friday friends!  Remember last week when I styled these step hem jeans on the blog?  Well, I'm back wearing them again, and this time I'm giving you the (super easy) tutorial of how to make them!

But first, lets talk about this look because it's one of my favorites!  If I had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of my life, this would be it.  As much as I love adding trendy, must have, pieces to my wardrobe (hello, off-the-shoulder anything), there is nothing that I truly l love more than a classics button down shirt with a great pair of jeans.  I always like to add a little edge to my look, so if my jeans are distressed, or have an undone hem, it's even better!  Being a stay at home mom, I don't wear button downs often, because I know they're going to get dirty.  The last thing that I need is to spend thousands of dollars in dry cleaning bills.  However, when I discovered Ministry of Supply, it opened a whole new door!  The brand makes clothing that is this made for the everyday, busy woman.  All their items are machine washable (yes!) and wrinkle resistant.  I love that I can wear a high quality blouse, and not worry about hummus being thrown all over it #momlife.  I finished my look with neutral pumps, aviators, and an old Dior bag that I also DIYed into a cross body.

PS. Have you taken advantage of the Shopbop sale yet?  Today is the last day, so if there is anything you've been eyeing, make sure to get it!  You can view my top sale picks here.

mom approved blouse

Wrinkle resistant blouse

The perfect blouse

how to make step hem jeans

mom approved blouse

DIY step hem jeans

How to DIY Step Hem Jeans
How to DIY Step Hem Jeans

1. Collect the materials that your need:

-A pair of skinny or straight leg jeans. (I love this look with a straight leg, but it's all personal preference)
-Ruler/Measuring Tape
-Tailors Chalk (I used my kid's side walk chalk, and it worked just fine!)

2. Determine where you want the hem of your jeans to hit.  For this look, I suggest the ankle. Remember that front will be shorter, so mark (with the chalk) where you want the back hem to fall, then cut the jeans to that length.

Note: I had cut this pair of jeans to make them ankle length in the past, so this step was already done on my pair.

3. Now its time to make the step hem!  Although you can make a step hem as dramatic as you would like, I suggest a hem that is 1 1/2 inches shorter in the front than the back.  Take your measuring tape/ruler and  mark your jeans with the chalk where you want the front to fall (I did 1 1/2 inches).  I drew a line across the entire front of the jean, so I would have a guide to follow while cutting.

4. Now it's time to cut!  You're going to do it in a U shaped form.  Start by cutting up along the left seam, then cut across the front of the jean along your chalk mark.  Your going to finish by cutting down the right seam.  Repeat on the other leg.

5. Voila!  You now have step hem jeans!  The best part about this DIY is that it doesn't have to be perfect.  I like when my hem is slightly uneven and undone, and the more you wash them, the more your hem will unravel and fringe.


Shirt: c/o Ministry of Supply| Jeans: JBrand (similar pairs here and here)| Heels: old (similar pair here)| Bag: Dior| Sunnies: Quay| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Cuff: Color by Amber| Earrings: Nickel & Suede| Lips: LipSense in Caramel Apple

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The feature blogger is Alison of Get Your Pretty On.  I'm loving this fall look, and how fun is her camo scarf!  Make sure to stop by her blog to say hello, and see her simple tips for changing up your look when sticking to a capsule collection.