First Signs of Spring

19 Mar 2014 Permalink

layered sweaters and distressed denim

One of the first things that I usually transition over from winter to spring are my shoes.  It’s like my feet are soooo sick of being trapped inside socks and boots.

Totally random fact…I can’t stand socks.  They drive me crazy.  Once I stop wearing them in the spring, they stay off my feet until the snow hits the ground again.

Sweaters and no socks…it’s beginning to look at lot like spring.

layered sweaters and distressed denim

layered sweaters and distressed denim

layered sweaters and distressed denim

cardigan, jeans, clutch – thrifted // sweater – Bevello // necklace – c/o Jurate

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What to Wear When Walking the Dog…If You’re 5

17 Mar 2014 Permalink

FabKids has the cutest outfits for kids!

FabKids has the cutest outfits for kids!

I don’t really mention it on here, but this one has allergies.  So her little furry friend is as close to a real dog as it’s going to get.

The weather was nice enough the other day and she wanted to take her “dog” for a walk.  As a mom I’ve learned to pick and choose my battles.  Rather than saying no to all the silly requests that a kid can have, I ask myself why not?

Plus, the fresh air gave us a chance to test out this adorable outfit from FabKids.  Julia’s favorite part…

FabKids has the cutest outfits for kids!

…it’s sleeveless!

top and bottoms – c/o FabKids // jean jacket – Disney (thrifted) // shoes – Crocs

Big Blue Sweater

14 Mar 2014 Permalink

big, blue sweater with skinny jeans

I blame the nasty winter weather for making me want to wear over-sized sweaters all. of. the. TIME.

But on a crazy-hair-don’t-care windy day like this one was, I was totally fine being extra cozy in this blue (men’s) sweater.

big, blue sweater with skinny jeans

big, blue sweater with skinny jeans

big, blue sweater with skinny jeans

sweater, jeans – thrifted // shoes – Nine West // bag – Phillip Lim for Target // sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Warehouse

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Outfit for Work | T-shirt and a Pencil Skirt

12 Mar 2014 Permalink

Great outfit for spring...t-shirt, pencil skirt, and a jean jacket!  Colorful pumps are the perfect finishing touch!

Great outfit for spring...t-shirt, pencil skirt, and a jean jacket!  Colorful pumps are the perfect finishing touch!

Great outfit for spring...t-shirt, pencil skirt, and a jean jacket!  Colorful pumps are the perfect finishing touch!

One nice thing about being a teacher in my district is that I don’t really have to follow a dress code.  Of course I need/want to look professional, but let’s be honest, I’m with kids all day.

I love throwing t-shirts into the work week every now and then.  This combo of t-shirt, pencil skirt, and jean jacket is a perfect mix that I rely on a lot whenever the temps allow.

t-shirt, skirt, jean jacket – thrifted // bag – Phillip Lim for Target // shoes – Nine West

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How to Find Quality Clothes at the Thrift Store

10 Mar 2014 Permalink

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

When I talk to non-thrifters about the amazing things that I have found while thrifting, they’re usually pretty impressed.  I’m impressed too when I think about it.  Diane von Furstenberg, Valentino, Calvin Klein – not to mention a bunch of high-quality vintage pieces – have all made their ways to my closest from thrifting.

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

Thrifting itself can be a bit overwhelming, but here’s a few tips to help you find those amazing pieces…like this black jacket I’m wearing:

1.  Feel the fabric.  It’s very easy to tell the quality of the material by feeling it.

2.  Check the lining.  Top brands don’t cut corners.  They fully line their skirts, dresses, and jackets – when appropriate of course.

3.  Look at the details.  Buttons, zippers, and other closures can add to the cost of making a garment…this is where many retailers cut corners.  High-quality clothing means high-quality details.

jacket (Mark Shale), sweater – thrifted // jeans – H&M men’s // heels – Nine West

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Easter Jammies

07 Mar 2014 Permalink

easter pajamas from chasing fireflies

easter pajamas from chasing fireflies

easter pajamas from chasing fireflies

easter pajamas from chasing fireflies

easter pajamas from chasing fireflies

When I don’t have to drag the kids out of the house in the morning, they love spending the day playing in their pajamas.  I don’t blame them.  If I didn’t have to leave the house, I’d be lounging in my pjs too.  Especially in ones that scream spring like these.

personalized plaid bunny pajamas – c/o Chasing Fireflies

How NOT to Get Eaten by Your Clothes

05 Mar 2014 Permalink

BIG, chunky sweater with fitted jeans and red heels...cozy and chic winter outfit!

BIG, chunky sweater with fitted jeans and red heels...cozy and chic winter outfit!

Making this short and sweet as I recover from last night’s Fat Tuesday fun…

Big sweaters can look really chic.  Just be careful to not get swallowed up by them!  For an eye-catching look, keep the rest of your outfit fitted…nothing else should be baggy.  And, stay far away from chunky shoes.  Opt for a leg-slimming pair of pointy-toed pumps instead.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by too much sugar and not enough sleep.  Now go and seize the day.

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Hair Care Tips Everyone Should Know

03 Mar 2014 Permalink

hair care tips that everyone should know

Last week I was able to squeeze in a haircut between taking one kid to the dentist and the other to speech therapy.  (I had the length trimmed and added a few more layers.)

While I was getting my haircut, I just had to pick my stylist’s brain and find out her secret hair care tips.  She’s the expert after all!  So here are a few things I just had to share:

Always use some type of oil or cream when flat ironing to protect your hair.  Some straighteners can reach up to 400 degrees!

Keep winter flyaways  at bay with either a dryer sheet (that’s already been run through the dryer), or a little bit of olive oil.  Rub either onto the ends of your hair and say good-bye to any static.

There’s no need to wash your hair every day.  You can skip a washing or two and use dry shampoo or baby powder to fight off oiliness.

If you’re starting to get gray or white hairs, try highlighting your hair rather than dyeing it.  This would work get for blonds, light browns, and red heads.

Do you have any hair care tips that you having been loving recently?

How to Find the Right Colors to Flatter Your Skin Tone

26 Feb 2014 Permalink

This time of the year makes me so happy.  With spring so close, and Daylight Saving Time approaching…what’s not to like?!

A happy me means that I want to wear more color.  Not just the neutrals that I tend to stick with during the winter months, but true, bright, bold color.

great tips on how to find the right colors to flatter your skin tone!

great tips on how to find the right colors to flatter your skin tone!

great tips on how to find the right colors to flatter your skin tone!

I have to admit though, wearing color can be a little scary.  Nothing says “look at me” like a cobalt sweater.  But, if you’re willing to take a little risk, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

First, figure out your skin’s undertone.  Are you cool-toned or warmed-toned?  There are a few ways to find out, but the simplest way is by following the sliver or gold test.  Think about which metal, silver or gold, looks best on your skin.  Does silver make your skin more vibrant?  Then you are most likely cool toned.  If gold makes you look more radiant and awake, then you’re warm toned.

Of course, there are exceptions.  And some colors look great on everyone.  But use this as a guideline to find the most flattering colors for you.

great tips on how to find the right colors to flatter your skin tone!

Warm-toned ladies should wear warm-reds, oranges, yellows, browns, and ivorys, and while cool-toned ladies should lean towards greens, blues, pinks, purples, magentas, and true “blue-based” reds.

My undertones are on the warm side, but some colors that typically look good on cool-toned ladies work for me too.  The most important thing to remember is that you want whatever color you wear to make your skin come alive.  If any color makes you look washed out or tired, pass it right along.

Image from StyleCaster.

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