Mini Dresses for Fall

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Come On Already, Fall!

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The Case for Premium Denim

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I’ve always been mildly addicted to getting the best deal (can it still be considered a mild addiction if I’ve been known to check a website obsessively for weeks on end until my favorite dress goes on sale??) but I’ve also realized that there are few items that are worth investing in.  Jeans are at the top of this list for a few very important reasons: fit, fabric and longevity.

FIT: If you’re the sort of person who can grab a pair of jeans off a rack and have them fit perfectly without trying them on, then…well, I think we probably can’t be friends anymore.  JK! But seriously, I don’t think you exist.  There are about a million different styles in almost as many brands so finding the perfect fit can almost drive a person crazy.  Premium denim is a lot more likely to fit correctly right off the rack since the nicer brands use real-life fit models (instead of just measurements or mannequins) and they cut in smaller batches, etc.

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Hassle-Free Jewelry

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As much as I love trying to dress stylishly, even when just hanging out at home with the kids, I don’t usually put much effort into my jewelry.  While I have a few decent pieces that I get a lot of use out of, they’re mostly statement pieces that are impractical to wear to Walmart with 7 kids.
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I’ve been looking for more simple, everyday pieces that dress up my outfit without going overboard, but I also don’t want to spend a ton of money (especially considering how hard my children try to strangle me with my necklaces).  The pieces pictured here are from Rocksbox and I’m really impressed with them!

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Upgrade Your Casual

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Does anyone else have a hard time looking put together on those lounge-around-the-house days? Or heck, even running-mundane-errand days?  When wrangling kids, I need comfort and easy-to-wear outfits, but I also want an upgrade from yoga pants and a dirty T-shirt.  Bonus if it keeps me cool when it’s 8 billion degrees outside.

So, here are a few tips for turning a simple, comfortable outfit into something stylish – even when it’s hotter than Hades!

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Summer Maxi Dress & Giveaway!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Erin J. is our winner!  Thanks for entering, guys!! 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me mention that our Phoenix temps have hit their highs already this year…we’ve even seen 120 degrees!  A couple readers have asked how we dress for temps this ludicrous and so today I’ve got a fun and breezy summer look to share!

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When I first moved to Arizona, I shied away from pants and maxi dresses in the summer, thinking that more fabric = hotter.  Until I learned the magic of loose, flowy pants and long dresses!  When the fabric is lightweight and loose, these silhouettes are great to wear, even on the hottest of days.  They offer protection from seemingly sub-zero indoor AC temperatures, but keep you cool outdoors as well.  And the best part??  You can hike them up as high as you want in the car.

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I am absolutely in LOVE with this flowy faux-wrap dress from Pink Blush, a trendy Women’s Online Boutique.  They specialize in flattering clothing for women that easily transition to maternity and nursing wear – how genius is that??  The wrap-front on this dress would be perfect for breastfeeding and is stretchy enough to wear through an entire pregnancy as well.  You know, just in case. 🙂

Plus, it’s the only wrap dress I’ve ever worn that gives enough coverage up top without an undershirt!  Cause there ain’t no way I’m wearing layers when it’s 120 out.

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I also can’t get enough of these bold, tropical floral prints that are popping up everywhere.  The perfect summer floral!  Be sure to check out this dress HERE and all the other amazing dresses and cute styles they have over at Pink Blush!

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*Post created in partnership with PinkBlush, all opinions are my own.

Easy Date Night Look

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Does anyone else do regular date nights and look forward to them all week??  Homeschooling means that the the kids and I are all together, ALL THE TIME…which is both awesome and overwhelming sometimes.  A couple hours away with Luke doing something fun and adult-y is the BEST.

And getting dressed for date night is one of my favorite parts!  For me, a tried and true look is nicer jeans, heels or wedges and a fancy top.  It’s just dressy enough to go to a nice restaurant but casual enough to see a movie or go bowling, etc.

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Black jeans are always a good choice and I’m loving this ruffled top I found on sale!  It’s a silky polyester and I’m a huge fan of any feminine take on an animal print.  Other great options for this combo would be a peplum top, lace blouse or silky button down.  Pretty much any top & shoes I’d wear to church, paired with denim instead of a skirt.  Easy!

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Last of all, I almost always bring a purse too small to fit diapers – ha!  After all, I certainly can’t use a cute clutch with 7 children in tow…this white one is the perfect summer choice!

Do you have any other favorite date night outfit ideas??

Top (mine no longer available), other super cute dressy tops HERE and HERE

Black denim (or this premium denim with a great fit!)

Wedges

Clutch (mine not available online, Similar and HERE)

White Jeans + Loving your body

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I’m loving all the white trends popping up everywhere this summer! Dresses, flowy tops, skirts, denim, shoes…it’s all so light and airy-looking!  

Now, let’s just pretend for a second that there’s no logistical problem for mothers of small children to wear white (ha!) and instead, talk about the other issue many women have with wearing white: the fear of looking bigger.

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Facts are facts: darker colors are more slimming than whites or pastels.  But take it from a girl who has been self-conscious of her thighs for about 2 decades and hear me out…

 Nobody cares but you!!  

We all deal with our own personal body image demons and that’s a topic for a whole other post (or series!), but when it comes to fashion, I choose to embrace clothes that reflect my style, make me feel amazing and fit in with my lifestyle.  Unlike the insecure teenager I once was, I no longer have the time or inclination to sit around worrying about whether or not my butt looks big in the pants I’m in.

Don’t get me wrong – there are certain styles that don’t flatter me and I stay away from those simply because they don’t make me feel as comfortable as my favorites.  But when it comes to everything else, I’m jumping in with both feet.  

So, ladies…go get yourself something white and beautiful (arm yourself with an awesome stain remover) and flaunt your stuff!

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I’m loving these 3 looks with my favorite white jeans (I added the distressing) and have worn them with just about every top in my closet!  

So let’s hear it…what article of clothing could you see yourself rocking in white??

The Crazy Caftan

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I’m loving all the latest dress trends this season: lace (everywhere!), lots of white, tropical prints and gauzy fabrics, and best of all: loose silhouettes and floral prints!

This caftan is a fabulous example…it’s wide and flowy and super forgiving.  I’m a huge fan of shirtdress-style caftans (like this one) but many are simply a large rectangle with sleeves.  They all have the signature boxy shape, hit about mid-calf and many have slits up the sides.  In fact, I’ve been seeing lots of caftans with high slits being worn over shorts or even pants.  LOVE that!

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I call this number my Crazy Cat-Lady Caftan.  It’s an insane print and a muu-muu style…but it has such fabulous potential!  I wore it two ways here, to show how you can make it work in all its loose-y, comfy glory (think ’70’s hippy-chic), but also showed how a belt and some flashy heels can take it up a notch.

I’m generally more girly than hippy so I love the belted version but the freedom to eat whatever I want is sure making the non-belted look seem mighty appealing.  I really do wear this to run (fancy) errands around town, as well as to church.

(BTW- I highly recommend traipsing through the desert in shiny silver heels.  Totally normal.  Do you not do this regularly?  Also, there were lots of holes in the ground that I was certain were from rattlesnakes but Luke says they’re just made by ground squirrels.  Likely story.)

 

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SO, tell me – would you try the caftan trend??  If so, how would you style it?

Oversized Tops: Spring Must-Have

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I know using the term “must-have” in a fashion post can be annoying…after all, who the heck am I that I’m walking around telling people what they “MUST have”?  I mean, when most of us have closets full of perfectly good stuff, isn’t the idea that we “need” any particular article of clothing kind of silly?

Totally.  But I also get that lots of mamas want (maybe even NEED!) to feel better about themselves and dressing better is a really simple way to do that!  If you’re looking for a wardrobe update this Spring and Summer (but still don’t want to put any more effort into getting ready than is absolutely necessary) this post is for you!

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Are you ready for the #1 thing to buy (make, thrift or steal – ha!) this season?

The over-sized T-shirt.

That’s right…a tee-shirt!  Hurray for simple fashion!

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And if you’ve got any areas up top that you’re looking to draw attention away from, what better way than a super slouchy top??  In fact, the bigger the better with this trend!  Just remember a few things:

*Keep the bottoms fairly streamlined to avoid bulk.  I like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt…but flared jeans and shorts work well too.  If you don’t go too big in the shirt, you can even try wide-leg/palazzo pants too (as seen in this Capsule Wardrobe post!)

*Remember to half-tuck!  Unless you’re wearing your big shirt with leggings, you’ll want to tuck the front or a corner in to avoid looking like you’re wearing your pajama top (but no judging here)

*Watch out for baggy necklines – it can be tricky to find one that won’t flash everything when you bend over.  Unless you’re into that, of course.  And in that case, I bet you’ve got a much better looking chest than I do.

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I found this top at H&M (it’s not online) but I also love lots from Old Navy this season!  This one is my latest favorite – I have several colors and you may have seen it in this Instagram picture.

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These pants (love all the mid-rise Rockstars) are also my latest faves and I can’t believe how easy it is to walk in these amazing platforms!  Long live the ’70’s!  And comfy fashion!