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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

3 CLOSET STAPLES (YOU CAN WEAR YEAR-ROUND)

TOP: SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | JEANS: DITTOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: SHOP PRIMADONNA | WATCH: ARVO | EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR (THE PINK AND BLUE VERSIONS OF THIS EARRING ARE ON SALE FOR ONLY $15!)

When deciding what to wear when I don't have much time to get ready in the morning (which is most days...lets be honest), I usually grab pieces that are simple, classic, and ones that I have worn a hundred times. For today's look, I paired three pieces in my wardrobe that fit that category. They are also consistently in style. I paired them with this on trend fringe purse (that I am obsessed with). My three closet staples are:

1. A button up chambray top. So versatile. It goes with any color jeans, and almost any type of skirt. 
2. White pants. The after Labor Day rule doesn't apply anymore. With a clean white staple, you can pair it with endless colors of top to make it work in the Winter or Summer. 
3. A great pair of cognac ankle boots. I picked these boots specifically for a few reasons. They are close-toed (good for Winter) but with the perforated suede and open back, can easily read Spring/Summer. They are also a lower boot, so I can run everyday errands in them without my feet hurting.

Shop my full look here:















I also wanted to let you know that Baublebar is having an amazing Sample Sale happening today through Friday. They have a great selection that is 50%-75% off! I picked out few of my favorites below. And the most expensive piece is only $15! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

OFFICE INSPIRATION: WHITE + GOLD + ORCHID

When we first moved into our house I was so excited to decorate my office. I wanted to make the space light, airy, and feminine. I wanted to it to be a place that could really help spark my creativity. I spend lots of late nights in there working and I wanted it to be a place that I would enjoy spending hours in. I am so close to being done and I can't wait to share it with you! Today I wanted to share my inspiration board. Creating the board really helps bring my vision to life, and made it easy to see what works and what doesn't.

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I fell in love with this lotus light fixture and this rug, and pulled inspiration from both of these two pieces. I can't wait to share the completed look with you!

Shop all of my inspiration pieces below...


Friday, February 20, 2015

BOHO VIBES

TOP: NORDSTROM (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | JEANS: OLD NAVY | SHOES: STEVE MADDEN | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR | WATCH: ARVO | BAG: HOBO | BRACELETS: GORJANA, SIMILAR | NECKLACE: SIMILAR

This pregnancy I am all about long loose tops.  It's not that I'm trying to hide the bump, I just love the look of a little bit of bump peaking through a shirt. This tassel top has been on repeat in my closet for weeks. It was great for hiding my bump early on before we were telling people. (this baby decided to make an appearance way sooner than I was ready for!) And it will last me my whole pregnancy. This Spring/Summer I am especially into a comfy, casual feel. I'm thinking lots of braids and loose tops. Bring on the heat, beach, and ankle swelling! 




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

STYLING FOR SPRING

TOP: ASOS | PANTS: DITTOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: SHOEMINT (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE) | BAG: STELLA & DOT | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | WATCH: ARVO | BRACELET: GORJANA | EARRINGS: HOUSE OF HARLOW | NAILS: CHINA GLAZE 'EVENING SEDUCTION' | PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES

Spring is starting to peak it's way onto the scene and I am so excited. While it might still be cold and snowy in half the country, there are still easy transitions you can make with your wardrobe that can be perfectly appropriate for Spring. (even if the weather outside doesn't think so)

1. Add some white. White pants are a great Spring staple and can still be worn with a jacket if its still chilly out.
2. Lighten up your accessories. Trade out your black leather purses for something a little lighter colored and pull out a new style. Tote bags really read Spring/Summer, as do laser cutouts. (which I am obsessed with right now)
3. Color your shades. Colored Ray Bans are huge right now, and are a fun way to tie in bright Spring colors. (loving these pink ones too.  They might be next on my list!)


Monday, February 16, 2015

NORDSTROM CLEARANCE SALE FAVORITES


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I finally got a chance to browse through Nordstrom's clearance sale last night, and while there are lots of items that are already sold out or low in stock, I found a handful of really great pieces. I tried to pull pieces that are still well stocked, but I also had a pair of heels that were in my cart sell out before I could enter my card info...so you never know! With Spring coming up I am really loving pops of citron, tangerine, and of course florals. See a few more of my picks below...



Friday, February 13, 2015

VALENTINE FLUTTER DRESS TUTORIAL + AN ANNOUNCEMENT!

This Valentine's Day, I have a little more to be in love with. I'm so excited to announce to you all that I am currently expecting our third child! We are all over the moon about welcoming a new addition to our family. I'm not sure who is more excited to have a new baby, Garrett and I or the boys!



 DRESS: MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW), SIMILAR DRESS HERE, HERE, AND HERE | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SHOES: NORDSTROM | BRACELET: KENDRA SCOTT 

photography by Mary Costa Photography

I knew I wanted to make a Valentines dress, and I picked up a few yards of this amazing laser cut fabric down in LA months ago. I wanted to be able to wear this dress all through my pregnancy, so I made it a shift dress, that will accommodate my (quickly) growing tummy. So today you get a tutorial for a shift dress that works great whether you are pregnant or not! (you better believe I'm wearing this after the pregnancy too)

I am currently 14 weeks along and am finally starting to get my energy back. Running around with the two boys and taking care of the house and everything with my blog and business has been a lot to try and stay on top of those first few months with little energy and when I was feeling nauseous. I've actually gone to bed multiple times by 10pm...and that never happens! But I prepared myself mentally to take a step back from things. To be ok with a messy house and paper plate dinners and piles of laundry. Sometimes you just need to go into survival mode! But I'm happy to be feeling more like myself now.

I did quite a bit of digging and rounded up a few dresses that were very similar to this dress. Because I designed it with this particular laser cut fabric in mind, I went off a design in my head rather than an inspiration piece to pull from.  You can find a round up of all the dresses with similar cuts, sleeves, color, or laser cut details (as well as my accessories) below:



Follow the link below for the full tutorial for this dress!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

VALENTINE'S DAY HAIR: THREE WAYS

Valentines is a fun night to dress a little more feminine than you normally do. Add some pink to your outfit, wear a sparkly statement necklace, or try out a bold bright lip. Your hair is also a great way to dress up your look. Try out a style that you don't normally wear.  Here are three really simple styles that can help add something extra to your Valentine's look.

 DRESS FOUND HERE | LIPSTICK: MAC 'SO CHAUD'

Braided and Back:
This might look like a complicated up-do, but it is just a series of three simple braids. Part your hair a bit off-centered and loosely french braid (dutch style) one side of the part, starting at the front of your forehead back, and secure with pins or an elastic when you get to the backside of your ear. Repeat this with the other side. Now pancake the side braids, making them a bit messy, while pulling out a few loose strands around your face. Then with the remaining hair, create a long dutch braid down your back and secure with an elastic. Take that braid and wrap it into a bun. (I like to create a knot, pulling the ends through) Pull a few of the loops from your bun to make it full and loose as well and secure with bobby pins. Spray in place.

TOP FOUND HERE (ON SALE!) | JEWELRY FOUND HERE AND HERE | LIPSTICK: BARE MINERALS IN 'FLY HIGH'

Twisted Side Braid:
This easy braid was inspired by Abby's Alternative Braid over on Twist Me Pretty. She was genius when she came up with this technique. She has a very detailed video tutorial on her post, but basically sweep your hair to one side and separate it into two sections.  Twist each section away from each other and cross one over the other. Then stick your finger in the middle of your hair right below where the two sections crossed, creating two new sections. Twist those two sections away from each other and cross again. Repeat these steps till you get to the bottom of your hair. Then lightly loosen sections of the braid (or "pancake them") making your braid look full and a little messy. Pull out a few loose strands around the side of your face, twist it back and pin in place.

SIMILAR TOP HERE

Long and Curled:
This look is really basic, but a pretty ribbon adds a soft romanic touch to a simple 'do. Curl your hair in long loose curls, leaving the ends uncurled (this helps create soft waves instead of tighter curls). Pull back the top crown section of your hair, not too tight, and secure with a clear elastic. Take a piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow over the elastic, making sure the elastic is hidden. 



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