Ready for Spring with Red Dress Boutique

This is my second try on haul with red dress in the last two months. They’re always been my go to for special occasion dresses. Recently, I’ve purchased loungewear sets and pajamas (that’s *another* try on haul on the way…)

While I’m not ready to go out in public or large gatherings, there are a couple of upcoming events and holidays where I felt like I needed a wardrobe refresh.

I could be returning to the office as early as June! It’s crazy to think that this is the first time I’m seeing my coworkers since I became a mom! I want to continue dressing like my personality. I love how feminine this top is – the eyelet, lace, and pastel colors are beautiful! Definitely one of the first tops I’ll wear when we return to work. I paired the top with these Abercrombie high waisted jeans and white mules.

This floral dress is gorgeous! It comes in white and this mauve pink. It was a very tough decision to make! I actually preferred the white, but white dresses remind me of occasion dresses – bridal events, baby showers, holidays, etc. I tried to picture where I could wear this dress and my future sister in law’s bridal shower came to mind. I wish I could have photographed the back – it’s low cut and ties. I am able to wear a strapless bra. Wearing a small.

This tiered white blouse is one of my favorites in the haul. It’s comfortable and I love how it flows. I will warn you that it’s not lined so a cami underneath is preferred. This feminine and flowy blouse is giving me free people vibes without the free people price tag – win! I did pair with my free people jeans I purchased during the Nordstrom sale last August. I’m also linking the same pair in black because I see they’re 40% off (I’m wearing a 27). Also, hi to Livvy in the background 🙂

This sweater dress is most surprising! The fabric and texture hug in all of the right places. I love the cut of the skirt, how well it flows, and the shape it gives! For Spring, pairing with white booties is a great choice. For Fall or Winter, I’d throw on a suede jacket and tan boots.

When I ordered this dress, I couldn’t tell if it was pink leopard or pink floral. It’s pink floral – like watercolor – either print, I knew I’d love this dress. Again, it’s so feminine! The square neckline, the sleeves, the length. I think this is the perfect Easter dress. I’m wearing a small.

Although this dress was in the same order, I hadn’t planned on sharing it with this haul; However, I saw it’s only available in Small and wanted to share it so you had a chance to purchase. I plan to wear this for my daughter’s FIRST BIRTHDAY party in TWO WEEKS :(. I’ll style it better in that post – because you know there’s going to be a whole blog post dedicated to my sweet girl and her birthday, lol. I’m 5’3″ for reference and was worried this dress would be too long. With heels, it’s a great length. I love how the buttons stop halfway down to create some leg! I’m wearing a small and do think this dress swallows me a bit. It is too low for me up top and I actually have it pulled back and fastened at the nape of my neck. I’ll have to get alterations or pin it up for the party. It would work a lot better if I had something to fill out the dress on top, lol. Otherwise, I absolutely love this dress, the colors, the print, the boho vibe. The sleeves are long sleeve but sheer so no fabric is rubbing against you and it’s very comfortable.

Stay tuned and follow along for the party! Here’s to a few more weeks until Spring!

Baby’s First Valentine’s Day 💗

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day. I love to love but I think that should be celebrated every day, not a planned event. Now I believe it’s so true what they say, “kids make the ‘holidays’ better!”

I’ve only gone out to dinner once on Valentine’s Day and we both regret it. We made reservations for 7pm at the Bonefish Grille. We arrived a few mins early and there was a line out the door. I was catching conversations that people had been waiting an hour. Long story short, we didn’t get seated for an hour and a half, they brought everyone FREE bang bang shrimp, and my husband surprised me with a cute homemade voucher to cash in for a free vacation. So, okay, maybe that wasn’t the worst v-day, but we both agreed, our usual at home date night is the more enjoyable routine.

With the pandemic, our plans for an at home date night didn’t waver. If anything, it motivated us to dress up! We ordered the steak and lobster special from Cooper’s Hawk and picked up a sparkly bottle of Pinot noir rosé wine from our local wine and beer retailer, Grain and Grape.

I decorated our fireplace and mantle with some decor I picked up from Target this year. Olivia had a great time tearing down the foam hearts every chance she got 🙂

My favorite part of the day was a photo shoot with Olivia. She looked adorable in her heart onesie and large pink bow from Stevie J’s. My pink bodysuit is on sale for under $25. It’s a tight fit and a deep neckline but it’s perfect with jeans or a skirt for date night. My Agolde jeans have been my most comfortable pair of denim and my booties tied in the color of Olivia’s dress from H&M.

When I told my husband I needed to order Olivia a gift he said, “we need to get her a gift?” Ugh yes! She’s our valentine! It was just a couple of cute items: a book, a smock bib, and a rubber duckie dressed like Ariel (she loves to play with rubber ducks in the bathtub and if you ask her where her duckie is, she drops what she’s doing and will pick up her duckie).

How do you and your significant other celebrate? Any special traditions? Let me hear ‘em!

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 🏈👠

NY Resolutions!

 
I’ve enjoyed reflecting on 2015 {with the help of social media – time hop, instagram, etc} and looking forward to what 2016 will bring! Every year, I try to set a new year resolution – something that can reinvent me!  I already work out in the mornings and read at night so things like ‘going to the gym’ or ‘reading more’ isn’t really an accurate way to better myself. 
 
A New Year’s Resolution can be fun and motivating at the same time.  I’ve been feeling inspired to get back into blogging after my long hiatus in 2015.  I miss the blogging world, so I’m challenging myself to get back into it in 2016!  According to Instagram, my best 9 (aka the pics with the most likes) captured 5 pics used for blogging, 2 pics from my boyfriend and I’s ‘band, 1 {vacation} selfie, and the trip of a lifetime to the American Music Awards in LA!  These are three hobbies that I want to strengthen in 2016: blogging, playing music, and traveling.
 
I need to hold myself accountable for these goals but will also look to the support and feedback from all of you!
 
What are your new year’s resolutions?  I want to know!
 
 

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

Sunday Best

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I was home and celebrating Easter with my family. As a kid, I loved having an Easter egg hunt! Now, I love wearing my Sunday best. The brighter the colors the better! I chose this neon coral midi dress from the Eva Mendes collection at New York and Company. The midi length is something I’m still getting used to. I’m 5’3″ so when the length of the skirt/dress hits my calf, I look a lot shorter than I am! Throwing on a pair of heels adds height to my look. To make this outfit more modern, I threw on a gold turban headband. These headbands are my new favorite thing! I love how they jazz up any outfit. 

Stay tuned for more looks that incorporate turbans and bright colors! Here’s to hoping that spring is here to stay!

Lady in Red

Valentine’s Day is almost here…  You either love it or you hate it!  I, myself, love this “holiday” I love wearing pink and red, wearing hearts, and eating chocolates!  I also have big plans to raid every nearby grocery store on Sunday when the candy is 50%… I need enough reese’s to last until the Halloween candy sale…

Anyway, I digress….Red is a daring color.  I decided to be bold and wear all red – lips, nails, dress, shoes.. I mean, go big or go home, right?!  I wore a ‘tiffany blue’ heart necklace for a pop of color against all of the red. 

We had beautiful weather last weekend!  It was warm enough for me to take pics outside in the sun.  Valentine’s Day is going to be a high of 7, so my boyfriend and I are staying in and making sushi.. Hiding from the crowd and the cold!

Next weekend I’m headed to Nashville for a bachelorette party!  Stay tuned for some honky tonk fun….

Dress – Charming Charlie
Shoes – Shop Hope’s
Necklace – Tiffany & Co
Planner – Kate Spade New York

City Mouse Goes Country

If you know me, I think you’d find it hard to believe that I grew up on a farm.  It’s true.  My dad raised chickens, pheasants, guineas, and goats (I had a goat named Tabitha).  I wasn’t active in 4-H like most of my classmates,  and the most I did on the farm was help collect chicken eggs – and sold them to my teachers.  Once I left for college, I stayed in the city… for good!  They say Home is where the Heart is, and I think that will always be true.  Home is my place of escape.  Home is where I feel loved, relaxed, peace, and content.  Basically put, It’s where my heart is.  My parents moved from our farmhouse while I was in college, but we’re still surrounded by cornfields, farm land, and cow crossing signs.  No matter which house they live in, “Home is where the heart is”.

Chambray top – Abercrombie and Fitch
Midi skirt – EBAY
Necklace – Bauble Bar
Snakeskin Shoes – Target
Watch – Michael Koru

My Best Bargain Yet!

Would you believe me if I told you my dress cost less than these shoes??!  Well, that’s a fact, believe it or not!

Thanks to Francesca’s and their amazing FLASH SALE, I scored this dress for only $29.99! I couldn’t wait to receive it in the mail, and it came just in time to wear to a friend’s wedding.  It was an outdoor wedding, but the dress was a little heavier so I wasn’t cold like I anticipated – oh, listen to me, “Cold” in August?? I know it’s 93 degrees this weekend, but a few weekends ago, it was down in the 50’s…. are other states feeling these temps??

Moving on…..

I loved the fit and flare of this dress! Not to mention, it was easy to dance in – I was the one who requested B.Spears ten times, you’re welcome, wedding guests!  Because of the floral texture and the beaded waistband, jewelry wasn’t really an option with this.  Sometimes, less is more and that was the case for this dress.  If I wore silver jewelry, I would have paired it he dress with some silver bracelets for some extra Bling!  But these BCBG suede dorry heels took care of that extra Bling for me!  Talk about “W-O-W” Best part is they were soft suede so I was actually comfortable all night for my first time wearing them.

DId I mention the best part?! Francesca’s is having 30% off right now on dresses.  Score this Jun and Ivy Embellished Floral dress for 30% off (Regular $118).  I have to say that buying this dress during their flash sale was one of my best bargains yet….. Ain’t that the truth!!!

Dress – Francesca’s