3 looks to try before Summer

No white before Memorial Day? As the weather gets warmer, I find that I’m tossing that old myth out the window. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but yes, it’s acceptable to wear white before memorial (and after Labor Day)!

Before it gets toooo warm, I put together some of my favorite outfits to wear during this transitional time.

First, I need to comment how incredibly soft these white pants are! They’re exactly the fit I wanted. Not skin tight, straight leg, no distressing – it does have a raw hem which I actually love! These white denim just look so versatile – can be worn dressed up or down! Of course they’re already in the wash because there’s a spot of something on them, go figure.. haha…

White pants with cropped sweater

I’ve had this sweater since last year and ran out of time to wear it before summer! I finally cut the tags off this year, hah! So, of course, this exact sweater is no longer available. But the one I linked about is on sale 🙂

I love the mint green + crisp white combo. The flats keep this casual but I thought about dressing this outfit up with nude heels and some drop earrings! I wore this for a family dinner in our backyard so I kept the look comfortable and casual.

White Pants with Floral Bodysuit

This floral bodysuit is perfect for Spring! The pastel colors are so complimentary of each other. I’ve also worn it with jeans and a lacy bralette to keep it casual. The v neck bodysuit is shown online without anything underneath so I was surprised how open it is! I don’t know who would be that bold to wear it like that… maybe some fashion tape or something..but not for me!

Anyway, my shoes are from the J.Lo x DSW collaboration! She launched a line with DSW in March of 2020 – literally right before the pandemic began so I’m happy to see that she’s still adding new designs to her collection a year later. This is the first pair I’ve purchased from her line. I’ve thought that most of her shoes are too flashy, like only she could wear them. So I was surprised how normal these are! They’re a brown snakeskin with gold threads that really pop when you wear these. They are more beautiful in person than on the website. The block heel makes them comfortable, too. I got my normal size 8.

White Pants with Off-the-Shoulder Top

This one is probably my favorite look. To be honest, I bought these high waisted white pants to wear with this particular shirt. I didn’t love this top with high waisted jeans and my only white pants were mid rise. Turns out I love these white pants more than my old (Abercrombie) pair.

The floral detail on this top is so beautiful. This is one of my favorite brands and when I saw this shirt online, I thought it was so feminine, but I wasn’t sure what the exact print looked like, even though the description said floral. I was shocked when I opened it to find the most dainty feminine floral print. It’s pretty dressy – like I don’t see myself pairing this top with anything other than heels. But that’s okay with me! It’s versatile because I could see myself wearing this to brunch or to happy hour. It’s also 100% off the shoulder. Sometimes you can get away with wearing sleeves on or off the shoulder. Not with this top… There’s also boning in the bodice which keeps the shirt pretty stiff. I didn’t wear this top long enough, but I think that will help keep the top tucked into my jeans.

I was influenced myself to buy these wedges. I found them on sale at ShopBop and glad I didn’t pay full price because although they’re beautiful, not the most comfortable. Hoping that changes with time and breaking them in. I’ll have to wear them more to find out and I’ll update my comment when I know more.. lol

It’s going to be hitting 90 degrees here this weekend so we plan to bust out the minnidip and splash pad for Baby! Hope you’re experiencing some warm weather wherever you’re reading from! xoxo

AFC Championship

Hello hello! I’m writing this post during halftime 😬😬 My previous post was reminiscing our ski trip just a couple of weeks ago in CO. Now I’m cheering on my Broncos in Columbus, OH (from the comfort of my couch). The AFC Championship always comes down to the same two teams: Patriots and Broncos. Well, LET’S GO BRONCOS!!!!!
This game surely snuck up on me, as far as preparing snacks go. I ended up just throwing a pizza in the oven and calling it a day. I figured it was better to focus on a game day outfit rather than game day food (which really only matters when it’s a super bowl party!)
This full circle skirt from New York and Company was a favorite of mine this summer and fall. The sunset orange color is the perfect transition piece from the neon summer palette to the jewel tones in the fall. During this time of year,
It help me be United In Orange with the rest of the Broncos fans out there.
My graphic tee from Junk Food clothing is a high-lo fit that’s soft and comfortable. I can wear it with leggings, jeans, or dress it up with this skirt.
These suede BCBG’s have been my second skin for the last two years. They’re at the point where they have formed to fit my feet perfectly and I never want to take them off.
Here’s to hoping the Broncos make it to the Super Bowl!! Looking forward to having two weeks to plan outfits and food for the Big Game 🏈👠

Summer Prints

Holy Moly!!  Is it August already?  I am still living in the past – back to June – where I took a week long vacation with my boyfriend and his family.  We vacationed at Martha’s Vineyard and it was just the escape I needed!  My days went something like this: Wake up with coffee on the back porch while looking at the beach, go to the beach, come home for dinner, shower, head back to the beach (with wine) to catch the sunset, back home to sleep, repeat.  Martha’s Vineyard is huge about outdoor showering – like, every house has a private outdoor shower.  It was secluded and still had a perfect view of the beach.

Another reason I like the beach so much is it requires no make-up!  Big hat, sunglasses, sunscreen ,and a bathing suit.  You’re all set!  Packing is rather easy – I think I packed one dress for a ‘nice dinner’, two outfits (hint: this is one …) to hit the towns in, three pairs of shoes….aaaand 5 bathing suits and 5 swimsuit cover ups.  Just because I’m on the beach without makeup doesn’t mean I actually want to look like a bum…

This dress from New York and Company was flowy enough that I could wear it the day after eating a big lobster dinner and consuming glasses and glasses of wine.  The Panama hat is a must when you’re out in the sun all day. I couldn’t resist the gladiator sandals either. They were a fun twist for this summer dress and, thankfully, I did not have a tan line at the end of the day. {That would have been awkward}

We went into Oak Bluffs this day which is the more ‘touristy’ spot among the three towns. Any souvenir you want you will find in Oak Bluffs. I purchased a shirt I had my eye on last year. To my surprise, it was half off this summer! My buyer’s remorse paid off for once!!!

Dress – NY & CO
Hat – Marshall’s
Necklace – Francesca’s
Jacket – American Eagle {old}
Shoes – DSW {These are on super sale}

 

Collaboration

 
 
I’m so, sooo happy to talk about my collaboration with one of my best friends!  This isn’t the first time that I’ve blogged about Amber – she was also the main event of my very first post from March last year!  She had just accepted the proposal of marriage to her ol’ ball and chain, Danny 😉 Their wedding was March of this year and I wish we could relive that night over and over again!  Amber and I basically did relive her wedding night over because we went through their 4,000 camera roll of pics from their photographer, Martin Digital. Amaaaazing photos, by the way!
 
Anyway!  Amber just started a blog of her own and I couldn’t be more proud of her!  She is an art teacher in Cincinnati and is so creative! Whenever I have the urge to be crafty, she’s my go to person for advice!  One of her blog posts is about Bucket Lists, which really inspired me to make a bucket list of my own.  I have so many things that I want to do or accomplish in my lifetime – everything is just milling around in my head.  Might as well get it down on paper so I have a constant reminder of my goals.  We had a lot of fun making our lists – and we looked cute doing it 🙂
 
Having a bucket list reminds me that there are no limits.  A bucket list isn’t someone else telling me what I should do or how to live my life – my list contains my own thoughts (…and maybe a couple from Amber’s list that I copied….).  There are already a number of things that I’ve accomplished I never thought possible – recording a song, moving to another state by myself, and conquering my fear of heights with the slip n fly (http://www.ohiodreams.com/photos/slip-n-fly).  Now that I’ve created a list, I’m looking forward to checking each item off and who knows what else I will add to the list?!
 
My outfit:
Shirt – Marshall’s
Necklace – Shop Hope’s
Leggings – H&M
Shoes – DSW
 
Amber’s outfit:
Shirt – H&M
Necklace – Francesca’s
Leggings – Marshall’s
 
Notebooks – Kate Spade
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


To Mom, WIth Love

….And then my mom decided to change so she didn’t clash with the prints!

Our new family dog, Ben!

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom!! She is such a beautiful person inside and out so it was time to get her out from behind the camera!  She’s taught me to be the person that I am today.  She’s my rock, my role model, my best friend.  We talk for hours on the phone every week – sharing recipes, decorating tips, accomplishments, embarrassing moments, updates, gossip, etc.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  From her big smile to her big heart, if I become half of the woman that she is, it would be my biggest accomplishment in life.

My mom and I like the same type of fashion, but we feel comfortable in different types of clothes.  To show off our own style, we started with the same pair of shoes and worked our way up. These Franco Sarto dress sandals are a great neutral color and extremely comfortable!  I would highly suggest any type of shoe that’s Franco Sarto – great price point and quality that doesn’t break the bank.

In the warmer months, I tend to wear a lot of skirts and dresses while my mom said she’s more likely to be found in capris and a flowy shirt.  My favorite accessory is anything that shines.  My mom’s favorite accessory is hoop earrings – gold, silver, bronze, she has a pair in every color.  I guess she’s still an 80’s girl at heart 🙂

Here’s a couple other questions I asked my mom throughout our discussion over some mimosas:

What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
Kids.  Watching you and your brother grow up and becoming so smart.  You’re both good kids.  So, enjoying my kids is the best thing about being a mom.

What would be your advice to new moms?
Enjoy your kids at every age because they grow up too quick.  Even when they’re going through their terrible two’s, enjoy your kids.

Can you think of any favorite memories about being a mom?
To you?  Or you and your brother?

Mmmm….me 🙂
Reading all of your Disney and Minnie Mouse books.  We read all of the time so we had them memorized.  On the way to preschool, I would have to tell you the story of the Little Mermaid.  Every time I would skip a part to make the story end faster, I always got caught.  You would tell me, “mom, that’s not right!  You forgot….” And I would have to go back and add in the part that I skipped over.

Dress – NY&CO
Necklace – Shop Hope’s
Shoes – DSW

A Bathrobe as Public Attire?

 
Every time I wear this cardigan in public, I always feel like I’m in my robe. It’s comfy, it’s warm, and it’s fashionable – just like my bathrobe 😉
 
I love the aztec print of this cardigan. The colors are beautiful and the best part is, it was a sample sale item so I didn’t pay close to what the tag said. Winning! I stayed with the neutral pallette but did add a necklace to bring out more colors.  I can’t wait to style this sweater again.  I love the blue threads hidden amongst the aztec print.
 
I’m guilty of wearing leggings every chance I get.  It was a no brainer to pair them with this long sweater. For extra warmth, I also paired my olive leggings with legwarmers and boots.
 
How about the beautiful artwork in the background?  It’s a mural in my hometown behind the hotel I used to work at.  I have no information on who painted it or who the people in the mural represent, but it’s beautiful. Thank you, mystery artist, for painting a perfect background for my photo shoot! 
P.s. I can’t help but break into song whenever I see it… “there goes the baker with his tray, like always…” If you grew up a disney princess fan, then you know where I’m going with that 😉
 
 
Aztec sweater – Hollister
Shirt – Marshalls
Leggings – Forever 21
Boots – DSW
Leg warmers – DSW
Necklace – DSW
Watch – Michael Kors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Have a B R I G H T and M E R R Y Christmas!

 
 
 
 
Tis’ the Season for sequins!  I can’t get enough.  Between Christmas and New Year’s I want nothing more than to shine bright like a diamond! How perfect is this emerald green sequins dress?  I need something with long sleeves to live in Ohio; However, it’s not a white Christmas this year, just a rainy one. 
 
The red peacoat paired with the green dress is the perfect palette for Christmas.  I wanted to keep the hat and shoes neutral in color but still stand out!  I don’t think you can go wrong with bows and more sequins. With the plunging neckline of the dress, I felt like I was missing something not having a necklace.  When in doubt, you guessed it, add something shiny. The gallery pave link necklace from Ann Taylor was the perfect addition.
 
How are you spending Christmas?  Hopefully with those that you love the most!  I am back to work the day after Christmas (TGIF) so I’ll try not to get into any spiked egg nog 😉
 
Merry Christmas to all!
 
 
 
Dress – Urban Outfitters (old)
Necklace – Ann Taylor
Hat – DSW
Shoes – DSW

Bye, Buddy! Hope You Find Your Dad

 
 
This year I started my Christmas shopping in November!  Between my company’s sample sale, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, in store deals, and the new Green Monday, I had my shopping finished by early December!  I love wrapping gifts – I don’t care how much I spend in paper, ribbons, bows, and gift tags – I need the presentation to be as nice as the gifts! 
 
I love everything about Christmas – the cookies, egg nog, decorating, lights, sequins, and MOVIES!  I don’t have cable, but I do have Netflix and Hulu.  Every night, you can pretty much count on me tucking myself into bed with a holiday movie.  Abercrombie kids released a few shirts from Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, and Elf – the classics!  I was able to squeeze myself into a child’s XL and I do not regret my purchase.  This is my absolute favorite line in the movie!!!
 
In order to dress up my casual tee, I did the only thing I know how – add sequins!! These sequins joggers are a comfy fit! I like the elastic waistband – perfect for holiday gatherings.  The blazer adds sophistication and the statement necklace adds some more glam.  On my feel I am wearing black booties with a small touch of leopard print – because leopards a neutral – and it ties in the black blazer.
 
What are your favorite holiday movies to watch??
 
 
Tee – Abercrombie kids – 50% off entire site + $5 shipping
Pants – NY and Company
Necklace – DSW
Booties – DSW


A Pop of Red….it’s the holiday season!

 

I love this scarf!!!  It’s sold out almost everywhere so most sellers raised the prices to something astronomical.  I came close to opening my wallet and punching in my credit card number….or even worse, signing into pay pal – one click and that scarf would be mine, all mine!  After clearing my head, I signed into eBay and purchased it for the very affordable price of $12.99 – then waited almost two months for it to ship from China, ha!
 
I’m still learning how to wear it around without it feeling like a neck brace.  Does anyone else feel a little restricted with their head movements?  It’s especially difficult to drive in – When I need to merge right, I try to turn my head, but my whole body moves instead, which also pulls my car to the right – watch out on those Columbus highways, people! Sooo, that’s dangerous…
 
Moving on….. Being the holiday season, I wanted to keep it neutral but play on the red in the scarf.  I wore this cream sweater and paired it with olive jeans which also match the scarf.  Add my favorite brown booties with the glitz and the glam on the heel and a red winter headband and red lips to complete the look!
 
 
 

Scarf – eBay
Sweater – H&M
Pants – Marshall’s
Booties – DSW
Headband – Forever 21

Faux Fur + Floppy Fedora = Bohemian-Chic

This fall has been all about faux fur and it’s a great transition into winter, as well!  I’ve always like fur, but it hasn’t always been in style.  About three years ago, I purchased a black fur vest from New York and Company, wore it for a season and then BAM – fur is out.  This is why I’m a clothes hoarder – trends come and go too quickly.  I still have my black vest and now, I’ve added this brown vest from Forever 21 to my wardrobe, too!

I scored this floppy felt hat at the DSW sample sale – $1 – HOLLA!  It was probably my favorite find from this year.  It’s the cherry on top to the outfit, if you will.

The horizontal strips on my top paired nicely with the horizontal stripes on my vest.  I completed my look with a statement necklace, jeggings and over the knee boots for extra warmth (You can still see snow in the background. I mean, it’s Ohio, so it was warm this day, but not THAT warm..).

What are some of your favorite bohemian looks?

Hat – DSW
Faux fur vest – Forever 21
Striped shirt – Zara
Necklace – Francesca’s
Jogging – NY and Company
Boots – DSW
Watch – Michael Kors