Last Bit of Summer

28 Aug 2016 Permalink

off the shoulder dress

straw tote with tassels

cute summer outfit

Last weekend a girlfriend and I went shopping on Michigan Avenue. There were tons of cute ankle booties and leather moto jackets…all of which would usually get me excited for cooler temps! But I’m just NOT feeling it this year.

I might just wear sandals and open-toe shoes until the first snowfall.

This straw tote will keep me thinking about the hot summer sun though. I spotted similar ones all over the place during the summer. They were gorgeous…minus the price tag. I wasn’t about to drop $80 on a straw tote! So, I got a little resourceful.

I found this bag at Savers. Spent a whopping $4 on it. Then, I scoped out Etsy for colorful tassels. The multi-colored pom pom one here just sent me back 20 bucks. $24 versus $80 for a simple summer pick-me-up? I think yes!

One Big Happy Back To School

11 Aug 2016 Permalink

Back-to-school fashion

Back-to-school boys' fashion

Back-to-school girls' fashion

Back-to-school fashion

floral pants

boys sneakers

girls sneakers

Back-to-school fashion

I’m in serious shock. Not only has this summer FLOWN by with record speed, but my little guy is also starting Kindergarten this fall. KINDERGARTEN!

Someone pinch me.

I’m not gonna lie though. With the kids being the ages that they are, my life has been a smidge easier. Long gone are the diapers, the nighttime feedings, the constant dependence… Heck, these two even surprise me with breakfast sometimes.

One thing that Julia and Ivan still don’t mind me doing – and I’m hoping that I can do this for many, many years – is clothing shopping for them. I make sure that they have plenty of good clothes to choose from. The mornings flow so smoothly when the kids have options that they like hanging in their closets.

Gymboree is definitely one of my top places to shop for the kids’ wardrobes. Their clothing is beyond adorable, and it’s able to withstand the wear and tear of these two. That’s not easy to come by.

Recently I’m crushing on Gymboree even more! It isn’t always easy to drag the kids to the mall. I mean, they’re way more independent than they were during their toddler days, but I still hate shopping with them. It’s awful. Gymboree gets that. They’ve curated bundles, outfits hand-picked by style experts, so that online shopping for kiddos can be done seamlessly. Ready to wear outfits with a click of a button. It couldn’t get any easier!

The back-to-school bundles are beyond adorable! Obviously…it is Gymboree after all! Plus, the pieces in each bundle can easily mix and match with what the kids already have in their closets.

I can see Ivan dressing up or down his Every Wear Pant. (Bonus that the pants are lined with jersey for the cooler months.) Julia will get tons of use out of her Floral Gem Hoodie. She even mentioned wearing these floral leggings with her favorite winter boots. It makes me so proud that she’s able to put her own outfits together…Ivan just picks a random top and bottom when he dresses himself. Ha! Boys…

Gymboree gifted us everything you see here (minus Julia’s sunglasses), as part of their One Big Happy Back To School campaign. All opinions are my own.

Size note: Julia is 7 1/2 years old and is wearing a size 8 here. Ivan is just turning 5 and wearing a size 5. I know the clothes look a little big on him, but I’m sure he’ll fill them up soon enough.

Day to Night

17 Jun 2016 Permalink

casual outfit


distressed jeans from @bananarepublic

LOVE these heels!

Sometimes it’s pretty tricky to be stylish AND functional with outfits…especially being a mom! I mean, I enjoy looking nice, but I also need to be able to do stuff. Mom stuff. Like play at the park, chase kids, or whatever…

I also like my outfits to transition easily from day to night. As much as I enjoy my two rascals, when I have an opportunity to escape to be with just adults…I’m there! This casual top and these distressed jeans keep me looking like a “cool mom” during the day, but come happy hour, I slip off my flats and strap on an ultra-fun pair of heels.

But let’s go back and talk about these clothes! I try to only get articles of clothing that I can wear in a bunch of different settings. I need flexibility with my stuff!

This top obviously looks great with a pair of jeans, but I can totally make it appropriate for work by pairing it with a pencil skirt or a pair of black pants. I could even just add a blazer to what I’m wearing here for a business casual vibe…with a more office-friendly shoe, of course.

And who doesn’t love a great pair of jeans? I LOVE the higher waist on this pair. It keeps everything in place when I’m chasing the kids around, and it looks more sophisticated than jeans with a lower rise.

These orange heels help add a pop of color to the blues and grays in this outfit. They are not at all functional in Mommy Land, but they’re the type of shoe that I need to remind me that it’s okay to go out and have a little fun. Or a lot of fun. Or more than a lot of fun.

Banana Republic provided free product (top, jeans, and heels) in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Outfit of the Day: Sticking With the Classics

26 May 2016 Permalink

white blouse, distressed jeans, nude flats

white blouse, distressed jeans, nude flats

distressed jeans, nude flats

Ugh!! It’s been way too long since I’ve written anything outfit related! And as much as I have been wanting to post something, life has just been happening.

You know. Life.

Thankfully, summer break is HERE! One of the perks of being a teacher is that I get to experience being both a working mom and a SAHM.

This summer the kids and I have a pretty full schedule. Being 7 and 4-years-old, they are both at those ages where we can just get dressed and leave the house without tons of baggage or a stroller. I’m LOVING it. And, I’m planning on taking full advantage.

There’s soooo much to do both in and out of the city. Festivals, concerts, museums…I’m sure I’ll be posting a ridiculous amount of pictures on Instagram!!

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, keeping my outfit simple has been the way to go. Sticking with classic pieces, like a white blouse and comfy nude flats, allows me to focus my time on other things…rather than deciding what to wear. In fact, I’ve purged my closet so much that I only keep my absolute favorites in it. Getting rid of the “well, I kinda sorta like it” tops and bottoms has really allowed me to streamline getting ready.

Less time in my closet means more time with the kids and more time enjoying the summer!

blouse – Gap // nude flats c/o – Rockport // bag – Coach