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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

On The Go

Athleisure is one of those fashion trends that has lasted much longer than everyone fact, I think it's safe to say that it's here to stay.  And, in my mind, it makes perfect sense - because we all want to be comfortable! As much as I love wearing polished styles, when I'm on "mom duty" (running errands, doing school pick-up and heading to football & swim), this is the type of outfit that I typically reach for.  On those days, I take 10 minutes to apply minimal makeup (usually just CC cream, a little blush & lip gloss) and then I throw my hair up in a ponytail & I'm out the door.

I bought these shoes & this vest at completely different times and only later realized that they perfectly matched.  I've been wearing them both to the gym - the vest is so nice for throwing on over my workout clothes for a light layer of warmth or with casual pieces when we're heading out on a family hike.  The hood is removable & it comes in 14 different colors - get an extra 20% off with code SAVINGS20.  And if you're in the market for new athletic shoes, these are amazing - NIKE's are notorious for running narrow & this style is no exception, so I recommend going 1/2 size up (I've also included the link to a more affordable look-alike below).

What I'm wearing:
TekGear Hooded Vest (similar coat here), Forever 21 Shirt (similar here or here), 
c/o Old Navy Jeans (similar here or here), NIKE Sneakers (similar for less here), 
c/o Old Navy Backpack (similar), Forever 21 Watch (similar)



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Birthday Wishes

As much as I hate to admit it, I'll be turning another year older in a few short weeks.  To be honest, I'm not thrilled about inching closer to the big 4-0, but I do feel like I've grown & learned more in this past year than maybe ever before.  Much of that has to do with the amount of trials & challenges we've gone through as a family....and, as strange as it sounds, I honestly wouldn't change a thing because it's made me stronger & more determined to fight for what is most important.  I've also had my healthiest year yet, with little to no Lupus symptoms...which is truly something to celebrate!  I have so much to be thankful for and, while I don't feel there's a lot I truly "need", here are a few of the items on my birthday wish list:


Monday, October 24, 2016

Modern Military

 I've always been drawn to classic tailored styles, particularly anything with military-inspired details.  I'd been on the hunt for a coat like this for ages, but all of the versions I was finding were way out of my price range.  If you don't mind spending more, this melton wool coat is so gorgeous in person & one that I almost considered purchasing.  Another affordable approach is to update a coat you already own by switching out the buttons for metal ones - there are dozens affordably priced on Amazon (examples here & here).  My search finally ended when I came across this coat for less than $55 - it's just the right weight for our current weather & the fit is absolutely perfect.  I styled it with easy layers & a menswear-style shoe for a polished but comfortable weekend look.  

What I'm wearing:
Forever 21 Peacoat (wearing a Small; also in red), Three Dots Sweater (similar here or here), 
Treasure & Bond Shirt (similar here or here), Banana Republic Jeans (similar here or here), 
Leila Stone Oxfords (similar here or here), Nails: Essie Mink Muffs



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekly Top Finds

Every year around this time, the temperatures start dropping & all I want to do is just throw on something warm & cozy.  Last year, we had already had our first snowfall by now!  To me, there is nothing better than bundling up in soft chunky knits, so that's what I chose to highlight this week.  I've rounded up some of my favorite cozy neutral pieces below that will help you transition into the cooler weather & everything is affordably priced.  There are also some great sales happening this weekend - LOFT is offering 40% off all full-priced styles & an extra 60% off sale styles with code GAMEON; Ann Taylor is offering 50% off almost everything with code OCTOBER50 & J. Crew is offering 25% off $125 or 30% off $200 + free shipping on all orders with code SHOPMORE.

1) BDG Waffle-Knit Turtleneck (comes in 8 colors) // 2) RDI Wrap Cardigan (more colors here & here)
3) H&M Cable Knit Sweater (also in pastel blue) // 4) ModCloth Cowlneck Asymmetric Sweater
5) Urban Outfitters Blanket Scarf (comes in 5 colors) // 6) H&M Turtleneck Sweater (also in beige & navy)


Friday, October 21, 2016

Silver Silhouette

I had my daughter at a fairly young age, just a few years after we were married.  My doctor encouraged us to try for a baby after I had a cervical cancer scare, even though we had planned on waiting a couple more years.  It was early on in our marriage & we didn't have a clue what we were doing...but if I was given the chance to go back, I wouldn't change a single thing.  She instantly injected an infectious joy into our lives that we didn't know we were missing. I'm so thankful for the close bond that we share and for the way we've been able to maintain regular & open communication as she goes through adolescence - I still can't believe she'll be 13 this December!

As she gets older, she has started to develop her own sense of style & is constantly wanting to borrow items from my closet. So, I love the idea of having a few special pieces I can pass on to her that are keepsake items she can wear both now & later. Even though fine jewelry is typically seen as an investment, these silver earrings & matching bracelet are both accessibly priced and they add such a fun, whimsical touch to this feminine look.  The dainty design makes them a perfect choice for every day wear and they are pieces that my daughter & I can treasure together for years to come. My other affordable favorites from Tous include this pearl bracelet, these drop earrings & this open ring - all of which would make beautiful gifts for the upcoming holidays.

What I'm wearing:
Romeo & Juliet Couture Top (also similar here or here), Mango Jeans (similar here or here), c/o Nine West Pumps
Similar Bag, c/o Tous Silueta Earrings, c/o Tous Silueta Bracelet (matching necklace here), 
Nails: Essie Playing Koi, Lips: Trish McEvoy (Plum Brown)

Thank you to Tous for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.