Friday, July 25, 2014

Wear It Four Ways: Denim Boyfriend Shorts

You all know by now how much I love my new shorts. I have worn them just about every day since I got them. Literally. Every day. If anything I have discovered how versatile they really are. From date night, to a family night, they are perfect.

What's so great about them is that you can dress them up (and down, obvi) without sacrificing comfort! Total win win!

Here are a few styling options for them. You don't need to just reserve them for casual, dress down days!

Outfit 1:
Tee: Target /// Shorts: American Eagle /// Cardigan: Target /// Bag: Forever 21 /// Sunglasses: Target /// Shoes: Keds
Outfit 2: 
Kimono: H&M (similar)/// Sunglasses: Forever 21 /// Tank: Target /// Bracelet: BaubleBar (similar) /// Sandals: DSW
Outfit 3:
Top: H&M /// Sunglasses: Target /// Necklace:  Capwell /// Shoes: Forever 21 /// Wallet: Blair Ritchey
Outfit 4:
Bracelet: Stella and Dot /// Bag: Stella and Dot /// Shoes: New Balance /// Hat: Mrs. McKenzies Monograms /// Sweatshirt: H&M  

The first outfit is just a pretty casual look that can be worn for just about anything. Errand running, trips to the park with your kids, play dates! My love for kimonos was the reasoning behind the second look- a more casual-but sort of dressy-look. The third, obviously is a little more dressy- perfect for date night! The last, the most casual and to me, the most comfy! 

If I haven't won you over yet, I don't know what will! These shorts are the way to go- so comfy, so versatile and the price is pretty great too! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Where the Magic Happens: A Home Office Tour

Oh, the home offices of a blogger. Gorgeous, right?

I see, pretty much all the time, little glimpses into other bloggers' home offices. They are perfect. Everything matches, down to their pen or pencil. There isn't a speck of dust to be seen, the coffee is always just warm enough. Not too hot that you can't take a sip, but not too cold that it's not enjoyable anymore. (and it is always sipped out of a fabulously chic mug. Duh.)

Their sleek Lucite chair is draped in a monogrammed, chevron throw that is perfectly coordinated with the metallic accessories. You all know those offices right? A blogger's office. A home office, at that!

I am a nosy (or rather curious) person. When my husband and I are out and about at night, I find myself trying to catch a glimpse into people's windows as we drive by. Not in a creepy way, I am just curious I guess ( I will give you a minute to go draw your blinds now). I love to catch a little glimpse into others' lives. It's kind of cool just to see how others live, right?

The same curiosity translates into the blogging world. I love when other bloggers give 'home tours' or dedicate posts to a day in their life, or renovating their homes, or their home offices. They usually include a picture of the blogger sitting at their desk looking as put together as ever, like "wait, what are you doing here? Oh a picture? Why sure, I'd be happy to pose for one!" And of course the same goes for the pictures that fill my instagram feed- the staged, but not so staged photos of a blogger's desk. Everything looks so perfectly coordinated, does it not?

I know I speak for everyone (especially fellow bloggers) when I say we are totally jealous of these amazing offices. I would have one of these in a heart beat! I am pretty certain though that I possess no creative gene whatsoever as far as decorating goes. Nor does my bank account allow for it!

So without further ado, here is a little tour of my magnificent, super stylish home office....enjoy, be jealous, happy pinning (because I know this shit is going to be blowing up pinterest)

Part of my gorgeous desk...if anything, it is super comfy.

Sometimes, I do have help in my office. Good help is hard to come by. They like to give their input...

My office mate. He gives his input. Sometimes willingly, sometimes reluctantly. But, we don't have a choice but to share the office. 

How perfect is my desk? Everything coordinates so well, down to the used paper towel and thermometers (yep there are two, one for the mouth, one for the butt...the baby's butt that is).

Two things my desk cannot be without: back issues of People StyleWatch and InStyle, and the baby monitor. And sometimes a glass of Diet Pepsi. In whatever glass is clean. 

See that fab chair? I guess you could say that is my lucite chair. Always draped with whatever jacket I wore, an empty purse and whatever else is tossed on there from clearing the kitchen table for dinner that night. Oh and yeah that's a Dyson Pet Vacuum. Be jealous.

The obligatory pose in my office! 

There you have it. I am almost certain you pinned just about every picture as they are full of inspiration! Haha! 

Really though, this may be a totally sarcastic post, this is a true glimpse into my life! This is what my evenings look like. Except most of the time I am already in my pajamas when I am working on my post. You caught me on a good night when I was still dressed, so there's that. 

Tomorrow, I'll be back to wrap up the week with styling these shorts four ways, so stay tuned! 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Week of the Cut Offs

I shared with you guys yesterday how much I love my new shorts. They are a good length for a thirty something Mommy (with cellulite, right?!) When I packed for my weekend home, I literally planned every outfit around these shorts. It was just easier to pack that way, plus they are pretty versatile so I knew I could get a lot of wear out of them. I had planned on wearing them pretty casually all weekend! Pairing it with one of my kimono's was a no brainer. I have been so drawn to them lately! I rounded up some pretty cute ones for you since the one I am wearing is no longer available. You get the idea though! And yes, you guessed it, I will be styling these shorts four ways later this week, so check back!

Like I said, I wore these this weekend when visiting my family. With your blog, you typically get into a routine as far as schedules, when you take pictures, where you take pictures, who takes your pictures. There are typically two people that I am comfortable with behind the camera- my friend Tabitha, and my husband! So when we were ready to roll out Sunday night, I asked my parents: "who is going to be brave and take my blog pics tonight?" My mom quickly declined as she cuts peoples' heads off a lot (I have headless prom pictures to prove it). My dad graciously said he would do it!

I started to go over with him my expectations, how I can be demanding, what kinds of pictures I prefer. "Beck, Beck, Beck, I read your blog every day, I know what kind of pictures you like!" Touche', Dad!

He did such  a great job taking my pictures, needed very little direction and at one point even said "how about we get a picture of your shoes, people are always commenting on your shoes." Perfect!!!

It feels so great to have my family so involved in my blog! I am certainly lucky with all of the support!

Outfit Details: 
Kimono: Elizabeth & West /// Shirt: Target /// Shorts: American Eagle /// Purse: Tory Burch via Arthur and Daughters /// Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Target (similar) /// Watch: Target /// Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Date Night Cut Offs

My girls are lucky in that they have two sets of grandparents that love them so much. Always involved, always dropping everything to be with them!

This past weekend, my parents picked our girls up and took them home with them Thursday night. I joined them Saturday evening after work, so that gave my husband and I a couple of nights to just enjoy each other's company!

Friday night after work we headed out to a great, new, local restaurant in York, Tutoni's. For those of you in the area, you've got to check it out. Farm to table, fresh Italian. It's BYOB, which makes it even better! The food was delicious, the service great! After dinner we headed to the movies to see Sex Tape, which was absolutely hysterical!

I recently just started to wear shorts within the last couple of months. I used to hate wearing shorts because of my legs. I have cellulite. Dimples. Whatever you want to call them. I have always had cellulite. At my skinniest, at my heaviest. Call me lucky, I know. But I never liked to wear shorts because of it. But something changed in me, I don't know what it was, and it got to the point where I just said f*** it, I don't care!

Let me tell you- it has changed my whole point of view as to what I wear and how I style my outfits! With that said, I have been on the hunt for a new pair of cut off shorts. Those, my friends, are hard to find. Mainly because it seems most of them are meant for my daughters' babysitter, who is 17 and has pretty much the best body ever. Believe it or not though, I found a great pair at American Eagle. Of all places, American Eagle! They are distressed, but not too distressed for a thirty something Mommy!

I loved pairing them with my new favorite heels  (that I scored for super, super cheap at Bon Ton. Unfortunately, they are no where to be found online) and my trusty blazer to mix up my date night look.

Outfit Details:
Blazer: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (similar) /// Shirt: Target /// Shorts: American Eagle /// Shoes: Guess via Bon Ton (similar) /// Clutch: c/o Blair Ritchey (similar) /// Necklaces: Kendra Scott, Stella and Dot Engravables /// Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Target (similar) /// Sunglasses: Elizabeth & West (in store) /// Watch: Target /// Rings: Elizabeth & West (in store)


Friday, July 18, 2014

Wear it Four Ways: Red Striped Dress

Earlier this week I shared with you all my love for this dress and how comfortable and flattering it is. When choosing it to style a few other ways, I decided to stick with a really neutral palette. Nothing too over the top, but definitely styles that can be worn for errand running on the weekends, a casual girls night or even to work! 
Outfit 1:
Earrings: Stella and Dot /// Booties: GoJane /// Dress: Old Navy /// Jacket: Old Navy /// Bracelet: Capwell
Outfit 2: 
Sunglasses: Forever 21 /// Purse: Forever 21 //// Jacket: Target /// Shoes: Converse via Kohls
Outfit 3:
Bag: Target /// Blazer: Target /// Heels: Macy's /// Necklace: Target
Outfit 4:
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