Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Embroidered Blouse

embroidered blouse

*This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that I love here on Threads for Thomas.

Embroidery has been a big trend this past spring and summer, and it will still have a strong presence this fall.  I love the feminine feel it adds to an outfit, while providing detailing that is both beautiful and fun.  This embroidered and mesh blouse is a recent add my closet, and I have already worn it a handful of times.  I dressed it up for a blogging event with black jeans and heels, and have worn it casually with denim shorts and slides.  However, my favorite look has been the one I'm sharing today.  I noticed that the floral detailing matched perfectly with my rose colored J brand jeans, so I paired them together and love the contrast of the colors.  My jeans are by J Brand and a couple of years old, but I did find a few similar options close in color, and linked them below.  I added my lace up block heels, Chloé Marcie bag, then finished my look with delicate jewelry.  I kept my jewelry simple since this top has a lot of detail, and wanted to keep the embroidery as the focal point.  My jewelry is from Charming Charlie, which has become my go-to for finding affordable accessories and jewelry.  I recently started shopping there, and love the selection of statement earrings and handbags.

I want to thank everyone for your feedback and kind comments on my last post.  Your support means so much, and makes every second that I spend working on this blog worth it.  I'm excited for what's to come, and ready for the changes that the new season brings along.

Charming Charlie accessories

Embroidered top

Blush and black outfit

Delicate jewelry

Floral embroidered top

Floral embroidered top

Top: c/o Shein| Jeans: JBrand (old, similar here)| Heels: Target| Bag: Chloé| Sunnies: BP. (similar here)| Earrings: c/o Charming Charlie| Necklace (worn as a bracelet): c/o Charming Charlie




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Friday, August 25, 2017

Stripe Shirt Dress, Life Update + WW Link Up

stripe shirt dress

*This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that I love here on Threads for Thomas.

Happy Friday, again!  Sorry that I have been MIA from the blog this past week, but I have a couple of reasons for my absence.  The first being that I was on vacation!  We enjoyed a little family time in Cape Cod, and couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather.  Because we are usually at the lake, it was the twins first time at the ocean (and on a big beach) and they LOVED it.  I think I turned them into beach bums, because now every morning they tell me that they want to go back to the beach!  We stayed in Orleans, MA, where my parents rent a beach house every year.  We spent the mornings exploring, the afternoons at the beach, and the evenings grilling or eating way too many french fries and lobster rolls (well, except for me, I'm not a huge lobster fan).  It was the perfect trip for enjoying the last of summer by soaking up some sun and unplugging.  However, I made sure to snap some photos of this shirt dress because I wanted to share it with you.  It was perfect for our Cape trip, as it easily took me from the beach to dinner.

I added this stripe shirt dress to my wardrobe right before our trip, and it couldn't have come at a better time.  Not only do I love the casual, yet preppy feel, but this dress is light weight, making it a perfect beach cover up.  I threw it on over my bathing suit during the day, then for dinner I added some gold jewelry and sandals to dress it up.

As for fit, this dress runs on the small side.  I am wearing a size medium (I'm 5'7" and wear a D bra for reference).  Although the shoulders and length of the dress were perfect, the bust was a tad too small, causing the top button to pull.  Since I wore it over my bathing suit, I was able to keep the top button undone, however, I can easily add a fitted tank or bandeau underneath to prevent the pulling.

How to style it for the fall

Since this dress is new to my wardrobe, I do plan on wearing it into the fall.  I think it would look great with a pair of boots (either booties or over-the-knee would work), and layered under a cardigan or leather jacket for extra warmth.

perfect beach look

affordable stripe dress

affordable stripe shirt dress

perfect day to night beach look

Someone didn't want to take a nap, and insisted on taking photos with me (although I couldn't get him to look at the camera)!

button front shirt dress

The second reason that I have been absent from the blog is because I've been reevaluating what I want for Threads for Thomas.  If I am being completely honest, I have gotten tied up in sharing all of the must-have trends, that I have lost my sense of personal style, and what works for my everyday life.  Don't get me wrong, everything that I share here on Threads for Thomas (sponsored or not) are items that I have personally picked out and stand behind.  However, I have way too many items hanging in my closet that I have only worn once, because they don't fit into my 'stay at home mom of two toddlers' lifestyle.  

I believe in investing in quality pieces that are going to last you seasons to come, then finding a few trendy, less expensive items for each season.  Although I do show this on the blog, I feel most things that I have been sharing lately are all trendy, and I now have 20 bell sleeve tops that are just sitting in my closet collecting dust.  I love them, but I really don't need more than two.

Along with getting back to my true sense of style, I want to share more of my everyday life on the blog.  I have recently gotten into skincare (which I should have started years ago), and want to let you know about all of my awesome finds.  In addition to beauty, did you know that working out and clean eating are a huge factor in my life?  Let me know if you would be interested in reading about my workout routine, or want me to share any recipes.  And finally, the biggest factor in my life are my kids.  I never talk about them, or about being a mom here on the blog, but it is such a huge part of my life, that I want to start sharing about it and motherhood experiences.

So thank you for baring with me while I take this to reevaluate.  It means the world to me that you take time out of your busy day to visit my little space on the Internet.  Whether you're visiting for the first time, or are a loyal reader, I just want to thank you for all of your support, and I can't wait to share all the exciting things to come!


blue and white stripe dress

Dress: c/o Zaful| Hat: T.J. Maxx (similar here)| Sandals: Sam Edelman| Sunnies: BP. (similar here)| Earrings: Nickel & Suede| Bracelet: Kendra Scott| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe| Lipcolor: LipSense in Fire N' Ice





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The feature blogger is Meagan of Meagan's Moda.  I'm obsessed with this double denim look, and her maternity style.  Make sure to stop by Meagan's blog and say hello!



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Friday, August 18, 2017

Purple Peplum + WW Link Up

peplum top

*This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that I love here on Threads for Thomas.

Happy FriYay!  I'm so excited for this weekend because we are headed to Cape Cod for a little family get away.  We normally make it to the Cape every summer, however, last year we had to cancel our plans do to a little insect infestation.  (If you have been following me, you may remember that the twins, somehow, managed to get head lice).  Since we weren't able to get to the Cape last year, it makes our trip this year more exciting!

Now about my look! I have been obsessed with peplum tops, but hadn't yet added one to my wardrobe because I could never find one that fits well.  Being tall, and well endowed, they always fall too short, giving an awkward, crop top feel.  However, when I saw this one from Zaful, I decided to give it a try, and I'm so happy that I did!  I love the boxy fit, the length is perfect, and I'm obsessed with the color.  It is also available green, white and burgundy (which would be perfect for the fall).  Although I have been wearing this peplum tee non-stop with denim shorts and sandals, I decided to show you an easy way to dress it up, making it perfect for grabbing drinks withe the girls (or a family dinner when you want to feel more put together).  I paired it with a skinny jean to balance out the boxiness of the tee, then finished my look with a statement necklace and heels, which gave the tee a dressier feel.  It's an easy, comfy, yet stylish look.

how to dress up a peplum top

budget friendly peplum top

purple peplum top

peplum tee

budget friendly peplum tee

Zaful peplum top

Peplum Tee: c/o Zaful| Jeans: AG| Bag: c/o Lauren Ralph Lauren| Heels: Sam Edelman| Sunnies: Choé| Necklace: Happiness Boutique| Bracelets: Vita Fede (herehere, and here)




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The feature blogger is Anna of Looking Fabulous @ Fifty.  You all know I'm a sucker for the cold shoulder, so I'm loving her floral top, and how she's rocking the trend.  Make sure to visit by her blog and say hello!



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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Perfect Cold Shoulder Blouse + WW Link Up

Cold Shoulder blouse

By now, I'm sure you're all well aware that I have an obsession with cold shoulder tops.  I can't stop adding them to my wardrobe, and I'm so happy that they haven't (yet) gone out of style.  I just hope you don't get tired of seeing me wear them!  I recently added this Alice & Trixie cold shoulder blouse to my closet, and it is hands down my favorite for the shoulder baring style.  Not only did I fall in love with the cut, but the ruffle detailing adds a fun, yet feminine feel.  Plus, is this color not the prettiest shade of green?  It's a perfect color to take you into the fall, but if green is not your style, it is available in black too.  I paired it with my favorite high rise black jeans, and finished my look with my Chloé Marcie bag and lace up sandals for a perfect date night look.

Although this top makes a great addition to your fall wardrobe, you can wear it now by pairing it with white jeans and a nude sandal.  Tell me, are you tired of the cold shoulder trend yet? 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I'm headed up to the lake to soak up some sun and beach time.  I just hope the weather cooperates.  Summer is going by way too fast, and I need to enjoy the rest of it while I can!

ruffled blouse

Cold shoulder top

cold shoulder outfit

cold shoulder top for women

cold shoulder

ruffles

ruffle cold shoulder top

Top: c/o Alice & Trixie| Jeans: JBrand| Bag: Chloé| Heels: Target| Earrings: Nickel & Suede| Necklace: Sarah Chloe| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Napa




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We're so excited to have April of The Blue Hydrangeas co-hosting this week!  I just love her classic and feminine style.  She is a mom to four kids, and has a great eye for photography.  


The feature blogger is Marta of Sweaters, Stripes and Sweets.  I'm loving how she styled these two dresses for a day to night wedding guest look.  Make sure to stop by her blog for more day to night outfit inspiration, and to say hello!





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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

From Beach to Dinner


*This post contains sponsored content and affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that I love here on Threads for Thomas.

Later this month I'll be headed to Cape Cod for a little vacation with the family, and you can bet that this printed shift dress will be coming with me.  The boho feel makes it perfect for a beach town, plus it can be styled several ways, making it a great piece to pack.  Not only can I see myself wearing it as the cutest beach cover up during the day, but all I have to do is add a pair of wedges and some fun jewelry, and I have an easy look for dinner.  I added a thin belt to give the dress a little more shape, and finished my look with my Veggani tote.  This bag has been perfect for the beach this summer, plus it's reversible, so it's like having two bags in one!







Dress: c/o Shein| Bag: c/o: Veggani| Wedges: Steve Madden| Sunnies: BP. (similar here)|  Earrings: Nickel & Suede| Necklaces: Sarah Chloe (here and here)| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Fly Girl




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