Easy Festival Outfit | Printed Dress and a Hat

07 Jul 2014 Permalink

perfect outfit for a summer fest

@AprilGiannosa

@AprilGiannosa

ribfest

cute outfit for a summer fest

Over the long, fabulous weekend (wasn’t it great?!) we went to the Naperville Ribfest.  Yes, it was as good as it sounded!  BBQ for blocks, carnival rides for the kids, and live music…it’s what summer is all about!

Needless to say, when one goes to a “rib fest” white – or any other light color – is not going to be something that you wear.

Printed dresses are always my savior!  I’m sure I have a barbecue sauced hand print or two on this dress in these pictures…but you can’t even tell!  That’s the magic with a printed dress.

I also love wearing hats to festivals.  It keeps my hair out of the way and it also gives me a little protection from the summer sun.

Here’s a few more dresses and hats that would be perfect for nearly any summer festival.  I would totally mix and match the hats with all three dresses, but I know that baseball hats might scare some of you.  Personally, I love baseball hats with dress.  It’s a nice mix of masculine and feminine.

dresses and hats 2

Items left to right – Hats: 1 / 2 / 3 – Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3

All these dresses and hats need are a cute pair of sandals and a crossbody bag!  What do you end up wearing for a day of eating and playing?

Linked with Monday Mingle.

Kids’ Style | Fun in the Sun

25 Jun 2014 Permalink

Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! I know I’ve been sharing a lot of kid-related stuff on here these days, but I promise you more outfit pics soon!  One reason I’ve been including these two is because I love seeing how their own little styles are developing.  And because I’ve come across some really great brands with great products for kids.

I was introduced to Coolibar during the Travel in Style event.  This company makes unbelievable sun protective clothing!  Not only is their clothing super soft – the softest and most comfortable sun protective clothing I’ve ever felt – it also blocks 98% of harmful UV rays.

Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Julia and Ivan love these bucket hats.  (I let the kids pick their color!) I love them too!  They provide excellent coverage from the sun and wash really easily.  I’m also glad that these two picked out bright colors…it makes it easier for me to spot them in a group of kids. We’ve been using these hats non-stop at the pool and out of the water, too!

Coolibar provided us with these hats, but all opinions are my own. 

Gingham and Gingham

06 Aug 2012 Permalink

Yesterday was a busy party day!  We had a lunch date with my husband’s side at an Italian restaurant, and immediately after that we went to a family reunion at my parents’ house.  I wanted to wear something that was appropriate for both places…this gingham on gingham get-up seemed to do the trick.  I wore the shirt tucked in at the restaurant with the button-down as an added layer (it can get so chilly indoors!).  When it was time for the (outdoor) family reunion party, I removed the button-down and tied up my shirt.  I also switched from these heels to flats.

Hope your weekend was equally enjoyable!  I seriously can’t believe that it’s August!

top, button-down, shorts – thrifted // shoes – Target

Linked with SOS and Monday Mingle and Chic Blog Network!

Music in the Park

16 Jul 2012 Permalink

During the summer months, our town has these “music in the park” nights.  Every other week, I’ve been taking the kids to listen (and dance!) to the sounds of different styles of music.

This skirt was a great choice for the night.  It has a fun print and the length made it perfect for sitting in the grass at the concert.  Since it was another hot day, I kept the top super simple, but add a few bolder accessories.

Later today (at 1 p.m. ET) I’ll be co-hosting (along with other fabulous bloggers) a live, all-text Talk on The Motherhood, called How to Be Fashionable on a Budget.  We’ll be trading ideas and answering questions about creating a fashionable, classic wardrobe on a budget.  I’d love for you to stop on by!  Can’t make it?  Don’t worry!  Afterwards the chat will be put into a blog post so that you can check it out at a later time.

tank – Old Navy // skirt, bag - thrifted // sandals – H&M // bangles – jewelry store in Branson // earrings – from my mom

Linked with Harper’s Happenings and Monday Mingle!

Under the Weather

13 Jul 2012 Permalink

This week has been torturous…the kids and I have been battling a summer cold.  One of the worst things about being a mom is being sick and having to take care of sick kids.  As tempting as it was to just lounge around the house in pajamas all day long, I made us get dressed shortly after breakfast.

It’s a mentality thing more than anything.  Kind of like the saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

Now I did get out of my pajamas…but then I put on pajama pants and a loose top.  I still felt comfy, but I was also an accessory (or two) and a pair of heels away from at least looking 90%.

And to remind myself of why I even bother getting out of bed…

And a little heads-up for next week…on Monday (July 16, at 1 p.m. ET) I’ll be co-hosting (along with other fabulous bloggers) a live, all-text Talk on The Motherhood, called How to Be Fashionable on a Budget.  We’ll be trading ideas and answering questions about creating a fashionable, classic wardrobe on a budget.  We will chat for 30 minutes!  Melissa Angert of Girlymama, http://girlymama.com/ will be hosting.  I’d love for you to stop on by!  Can’t make it?  Don’t worry!  Afterwards the chat willl be put into a blog post so that you can check it out at a later time.  Sounds like it’s going to be a great chat!!!

Linked with Two Thirty-Five Designs and Fashion Friday!

Silver Wear

11 Jul 2012 Permalink

Most days I wear some sort of gold-toned accessories, but this time it was all about the silver.  And after wearing them, I remembered why I stick with gold…silver is such a pain to polish!  What are your tips for keeping them shiny?  I need to know!

dress, silver rings, cuff – thrifted

Linked with WIWW!

Mermaid Hair

09 Jul 2012 Permalink

Dubbed “Mermaid Hair” by my husband, this is by far one of the easiest things that I do with my hair during the summer.  After showering at night, I let my hair air dry, then I put it into a French braid.  Come morning, all I have to do is flat-iron the ends, undo the braid, and finger comb/brush it out.  And most days I top it off with a bunch of hair spray…if I don’t the humidity will make it look extra special.

From this step, I can either leave it down, twist it into a top knot, or pull it back into a low pony…but it’s the volume that I get from the French braid that really has me hooked on this simple technique.

How do you battle your hair during the summer?

Hot Hot Summer

08 Jul 2012 Permalink

I opened up my front door on Saturday to see how hot it actually was outside…it was as if I opened the oven door!  The heat just smacked me upside my head.  So I found clothing in my closet made from the thinnest material.  (If this top and skirt were solid colors, my under garments would be seen for sure!)

Luckily for the kids, I’ve been letting them run around in their underpants.  This one wanted to come outside for pictures…I think she regretted it.

top, skirt (refashioned), bag, bangle - thrifted // shoes – Payless

Side note on the shoes – I picked them up very recently from Payless.  They also had the same shoe in plain white canvas.  DIY anyone?  Fabric paint or markers, studs, dye…endless possibilities!

Linked with Harper’s and Monday Mingle!

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