Sunday Afternoon Casual

 I was so sad to wake up after a day of kite flying, BBQing and sunburns to a dreary, rainy day.  I am so ready for spring and it seems to take intermissions a lot around here (is it called an intermission when there is more than one?  Maybe it is a time out, like a basketball game).  Not that I am opposed to a good spring rain, love the smell, but this day was dreary.  Lame.

 We did however get out my boys shorts which they were so excited about.  Excited enough to put some on right on the spot.  My oldest had a serious mixed prints outfit, only not in a good way :)   It was a striped shirt and camo shorts look with his black church socks.  It was good.  He got a few comments on it from the neighbors. 

 In other news, my iphone is out of commission.  I am so sad about it!  It got wet and now will only receive calls and text.  What am I going to do without a phone!????!!  It is tragic.

 I borrowed these shoes from my amazing friend/picture taker Brittany.  I think I have fallen in love with Toms.  Yes I am a bit late to get on the band wagon, but they were like a bit of heaven on my feet.  I am getting some!

 Cardigan: Forever 21 | Shirt: Jcrew | Jeans: AE | Shoes: Toms (borrowed) | Jewelry: Jcrew | Headband: H&M

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Navy and Pink

If the truth be told I am a bit of a classic gal, in everything.  I love black, I love classic lines and fabrics.  I add a bit of trendy to most of my outfits, but as a whole they are usually still pretty classic.  Since I started this blog however, I have been looking for different ways to wear my go-to classics.  I usually wear this outfit with just the skirt and the navy top.  I thought it would be fun to change it up, so I looked through the old closet and found this pink button down and put it under it.  I think you would be amazed at how versatile your wardrobe is if you just think outside the box and mix things up a little bit. 

It was fun to have a little pop of spring with my navy.  This pink shirt I am wearing is my favorite shirt ever!  I bought it from Jcrew years ago, and I wear it whenever I can. Sometimes  you don’t have to buy something new to have something new on.  Change things up, wear things together you haven’t before.  It makes a huge difference and your wardrobe is suddenly doubled.

Sweater: Ann Taylor | Shirt: Jcrew | Skirt: Ann Taylor | Boots: Aldo (They are on serious clearance!!)| Jewelry: Macy’s, Jcrew

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Maxi Dress and Denim

 My husband and I like to always plan a little Friday night activity each week for our boys.  Last night we went on a little bike ride.  It was the first time I got to ride my new bike!  Even though I woke up seriously sore this morning, I had so much fun and I think biking is something I could really get into.  It was so fun!

As we rode my Josh explained all of the hand signals for turning left, right and slowing down.  It was so cute to see the boys (the three on bikes, McKay our two year old was in the bike trailer) practice as we rode. 

 We rode to a park and let the boys play a little bit, but they were more excited to ride their bikes, so we quickly got back on the bikes and rode on into the fragrant evening.  Spring is so full of wonderful smells.  Last night was mixed with burning weeds and new growth.  I liked it.

 I am starting to think of what I want to put on our family summer bucket list.  I think I will add some springy things too, like puddle jumping, finding buds on trees, flying kites, taking picture in a blossom covered orchard and checking out the baby animals at a local farm. 

 The world is so amazing, and sometimes in my hurry to get to the warmth of summer, I skip over the miracle of spring. 

Jacket: Gap | Dress: Hive and Honey via Piperlime | Espadrilles: Tribeca via Dillards | Necklace: Macys | Bracelets: Macys, Ann Taylor, Jcrew

Hopefully this year I will be more patient and let time pass as slowly as it wants to.

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Crushing…

Here are a few things I have been crushing on lately.

Forever 21 $22.80
Such a fun way to wear the new colored bottom looks.  Cute color and great price!

I saw this amazing shirt of one of my favorite Fashion blog sites, Wendy’s Lookbook. I love what she did with it, and I love the shirt!

 Forever 21 $14.80
I will always love a stripe, especially one that is this great of price, and this fun of cut.
Amazon $79.99

I really like the look of boat shoes.  Especially when Kate Middleton wore them. I think boat shoes are a fun alternative to flip flops, but still casual and fun for summer.  These happen to have sequins on them, which I love.
H&M $14.95
This lace skirt would be fun for Easter!  H&M also carries this in a beige color, which is my favorite, but I couldn’t get the pictures to work.
I am coming around to the whole blazer thing, but not without some reservations thanks to growing up in the 80s and associating any sort of blazer with enormous shoulder pads.  I like this blazer though, it is fun and made of a heavy knit, so not as formal.  I have a serious crush on this blazer!

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And the Crops Come Out…

Spring is totally on my mind!  I have loved all of the little shoots of new growth all over the neighborhood and the tiny buds on the trees.  I got out the cropped pants today and wore them with my espadrilles.  

I don’t dare get out my bins of spring/summer clothes.  I am afraid I will jinx everything and we will be back to snowy winter tomorrow, but for some reason these crops were left at the bottom of my drawer through the winter and they were just perfect for the cool perfect weather of today. 

Now the time has come to start with the tanning lotion.  Does anyone have a favorite, because I am in desperate need!

 Sweater: Forever 21 | Shirt: Layers | Crops: American Eagle | Espadrilles: Tribeca via Dillards | Pearls: gift |  Earrings: Jcrew

Usually I do my posts at night after I put my boys to bed, but I am heading to see “The Hunger Games” in about 50 minutes.  I am so excited I don’t even know what to do with myself!!!  I am praying the movie is as wonderful as the book was!

Pictures by Awesome Friend Brittany

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Dotty

I am huge polka dot fan.  Have been for a long time and as a result I have a closet full of them.  Does anyone else have something like that…a fashion fetish if you will?  I’d love to hear about them!  Well, dots happen to be one of mine (stripes being another).  Well, I thought it would be grand if these dots could all hang out together. 

They were thrilled…

My little side kick who insisted on being in the pictures.  It was hilarious, he would go and stand right in front of Brittany as she was trying to take a picture.  My poor boys have been a bit “over-documented” in their life times so I think when one of them sees a camera about the place the stop and smile.  Yes, they are well trained…most days.

The weather was so gorgeous today!  My cute Josh (the hubs) took me to buy a bike.  He has wanted our family to take bike rides together for a long time, the only problem was that I didn’t have one.  I had my heart set on a pink beach cruiser with a wicker basket that I could put tulips in, because I am sure I was going to be picking tulips often when I went on bike rides, you know the wild ones, that grow on the side of the road here in Utah (okay there aren’t any, but wouldn’t that be great!?)…Well, the truth is that I am going to be trying to keep up with 4 boys and a fast bike ride loving husband and the guy at the bike shop let me know that on my beach cruiser I would be left in the dust, especially if I was pulling my 2 year old in the bike trailer…so I got a pink and black number that is still cute, just not beach cruiser cute.  It would look just dorky with a wicker basket on the front so that was thrown out too.  But I am still glad to get a bike!

I felt so funny trying it out in the parking lot.  The last time I rode a bike was when I was in college because I had a job and no car.  It was awesome, except for the fact that I had to wear “professional” dress at work and I lived at the top of a huge hill.  So in honor of safety I put on my bike helmet, then I tucked my cream flowy slacks into my sock so they wouldn’t get all black from the chain and rode to the bottom of the hill.  At the bottom of the hill while I was waiting for the light to change so I could cross the street(with my helmet on and my pants tucked into my sock mind you), my ex-boyfriend and his new girl friend were turning left and went right past me…yep they saw me…and I wanted to sink into the sidewalk, but instead I laughed, and laughed and laughed all the way to work.  The story was classic, but I still have a slight aversion to bike helmets and cream flowy pants.  I am going to have to get over the bike helmet one though :)   And I will never tuck my flowy pants into my socks again…I promise.

Sweater: Banana Republic | Shirt: H&M | Skirt: Jcrew | Belt: Forever 21 | Tights: ASOS | Heels: Aldo | Necklace: Banana Republic | Pearl necklace: gift | Bracelet: Jcrew
So really, I am interested.  What is your fashion fetish/obsession? 
Pictures by Awesome Friend Brittany

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What I Wore-Sage and Country Blue

 I have to be honest here, this post should be called “What I WISH I had Worn.”  I DID wear most of this outfit, but I had my leopard flats and not these boots.  I love them, but I think they would have been a little much to wear to my Kindergartener’s class to read with the kids. 

 The hard thing with fashion and being a stay at home mom is that most of my day consists of helping kids, cleaning the house, doing arts and crafts, helping with homework, going grocery shopping and the list goes on of things that I do that any sort of dressy fashion is sooooo impractical.  I love fashion though, so I do make a bit of an effort :)  

 These boots are more of my church/dates boots, but I really truly love them (and they are camel, one of my favorite colors…see previous post :)   I wish with all of my heart that I were like Victoria Beckham walking around with my boys, going to soccer games looking like a rock star at all times and wearing 5 inch stilettos.  I ADORE her style, poise and class, but alas, I need a bit of comfort in my day and stilettos for long periods of time (even my comfy ones) don’t work for me.  Maybe one day :)  

Would it be okay however that even though I told you about the shoe swap (I never could keep a secret), you just imagined this is what I wore all day???  Thanks. :)

Ultra high stilettos however are definitely my favorite shoe of choice.  I LOVE wearing them and probably would every day if ya know, they weren’t a bit much for running errands, cleaning toilets and volunteering at the school.  But I do wear them a lot.

 The artsy edit…

Shirt: Layers (yep old as they aren’t even in business anymore…but it is a great shirt) | Jacket: Nordstrom | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Amazon | Earrings: Nordstrom (BP) | Bracelet: Jcrew

Photos by awesome friend Brittany

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Mixed Prints-Stripes and Checks

I am a huge fan of gingham shirts.  I would have one in every color if I could.  I think they are so cute!

I also love mixing prints, and this is one of my favorite combos.  I alsolove the color of camel, I think I would dress from head to toe in it every day (camel gingham…) if I could (would that look weird?)  I love how camel looks with pretty much every color.  It’s just awesome and versatile and I have a serious color crush on it.

Spring outfits are a funny thing.  It is still cold, a lot of days are still murky, but I am drawn to the shoes/clothes in my closet that remind me of warmer days.  Today was sunny and beautiful, but cold as could be. 

My boys had school off today and didn’t care at all that it was cold, they played outside all day with the neighbor kids.  At one point nearly every neighborhood kids was at my door asking me to buy their hand drawn pictures.  I could either pay them with money or candy.  Luckily I had a lot of candy (no money :)   They each left with some gumballs and I got some seriously amazing 4-9 yr old art.

I love doing a high bun/top knot in my hair.  First it means it is MUCH easier to do my hair, and it is a PLUS for it to be dirty, as it helps me put the bun together.  The other thing I like, is that my hubby loves it. It reminds me on a small scale of a 60s beehive.  Since I am convinced that the 60s and I would have been good friends, I love this look.

Top: Abercrombie and Fitch | Sweater: H&M | Jeans: AE | Espadrilles: Dillards | Bracelet: Jcrew

I got out my trusty favorite Espadrilles with lots of fun summer memories going through my mind as I laced them up.  It’s coming soon, warm weather.  March is in like a lion out like a lamb right?  In Utah it usually comes in like a lion and out like a tiger, the lamb part doesn’t come around until summer, but it’s coming.

Photos by my awesome friend Brittany

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Sunday-Classic But Not Boring

 I really like classic clothing. I try however to make it not be boring.  That can once again be accomplished with accessories.  This is one of the outfits I have in my rotation of clothing for Sundays.  It is pretty classic and has the possibility of being boring.  I decided that instead of picking colors that blended in with the skirt and top, I would pick something that was a little different.  I normally wear brown boots with this outfit, I decided to change it up and wear my new polka dot hose that I LOVE! 

 My hot little husband/photographer cut off my feet in most of the pictures:)  Normally I wear a white collared shirt under this cardigan, this time I chose a sequined tank. 

 My necklace is from this cute etsy shop and I LOVE it.  I first saw one like it on Glee and me loving all things Emma Pillsbury had to have it!  It always makes for a fun focal point in an outfit. 

 My bag is my handy dandy church bag that I got from Kate Spade years ago.  I love it, even though it is getting pretty worn.  It fits my books and things perfectly. 

 I also love super tall heels.  These are from my favorite place to buy heels, Aldo.  Their shoes are always comfortable on my feet. That is a must with heels for me.  Most of my heels are from there. 

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft | Sequin Tank: Jcrew | Skirt: Bass | Tights: ASOS | Heels: Aldo | Bag: Kate Spade |  Necklace: Etsy

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Sprucing Up an Outfit

St. Patrick’s Day was a wild day, so I just quickly snapped some pics with my iphone.

Okay, I am a mom of 4 boys. One of these adorable boys is 2 and is constantly wiping sticky on me. So as fun as it is to dress up, simple outfits are my go to (especially those that are machine washable). Putting together an outfit doesn’t have to be rocket science, and as I just said looking “put together” doesn’t have to be elaborate. Start with a base.  This happened to be on St. Patrick’s Day and this is my “go to” St. Patrick’s Day” shirt (wow there is a lot of “go to-ing” in this post) that I always wear since I really don’t have a ton of green.   I wanted it to look a little more put together though.  Above is the simple base I started with. 

Shirt: Layers (extremely old) | Cardigan: Jcrew | Jeans: Nordstrom | Boots: Banana Republic | 
Belt: Forever 21

Next I start looking through my layering pieces. This includes sweaters, cardigans, vests, jackets and other shirts(short sleeve and button down). Find something that works with it. Find colors that work together but aren’t always expected. I really love green and navy together so I chose a navy cardigan. Then I added some other accessories. You could add bracelets, fun belts, layer necklaces etc. find a few things and add them.  Then pick the shoes.  Everything contributes to the whole look.  This was a colder day, so I picked my boots.    Looking back, some layered necklaces would have been cute with this too, but we were running a bit late, ad I was lucky to get this much :) Voile! Outfit completed. You don’t need to go crazy, just choose a few things. You can get lots of fun finishing pieces at H&M, Forever 21, thrift stores, actually anywhere and everywhere.  I really love taking a boring outfit and adding a few pieces making it a fun outfit.  Don’t be afraid to spruce things up a little bit :)

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