Friday, August 29, 2014

*CHIC*

I cannot get enough of graphic tee's and tee's that have catchy, witty sayings on them. I realize the shirt I am wearing wouldn't really fall in the in the "witty" category, but its still cute. And comfy.

I opted for a dressed down version of this shirt, but I can totally picture it being worn with a high waisted pencil skirt, a leather skirt or even a full midi skirt.

For me though, comfort was key-which I find is the case most of the time lately. Dressing up for work every day makes me just want to be in nothing but comfortable clothes over the weekend, or on my days off! Can't blame a girl, right?






Outfit Details:
Vest: Old Navy (similar) /// Top: Kohls /// Shorts: American Eagle /// Shoes: Windsor Store /// Bag: Target /// Watch: Target /// Bracelet: Cookie Lee /// Necklace: Target 

Have a great weekend!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Embellished Utility

I have a thing for utility jackets. They are so versatile and are great to wear in the spring and in the fall. And if you are me, in the winter too- even though most utility jackets I own are lightweight! I have my share of plain utility. Plain, camo, short sleeved, long sleeved, no sleeves! You get the picture.

The only thing my utility jacket collection was missing was embellishments! When I got these jackets in at Elizabeth & West, there was no question that I was keeping one for myself. How could I not?







Outfit Details: 
Jacket: Elizabeth & West Fashion House /// Shirt: Target /// Skirt: Old Navy /// Shoes: Sole Society /// Clutch: c/o Blair Ritchey (similar) /// Watch: Target /// Bracelets: Elizabeth & West Fashion House (in store only) /// Belt: Arthur & Daughters

Can't wait until it gets a little cooler- I will definitely be pairing it with jeans and leggings for sure! How do you like to wear utility jackets? 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School Fears

Today is my daughter's first day of school! I cannot believe she is in first grade. I mean really- where did the time go? Seems like yesterday I was dropping her off for her first day of preschool and she was just tall enough to peek into the fish tank in the lobby, and here she is, a big first grader.

Ella on her first day of Pre-K3. This was also when she still let me dress her!


I feel like the older she gets, and the more into school she gets, the less and less I can protect her. Tell me other Mommy's out there have the same feeling? I feel more scared for her the older she gets I guess. I was nervous for her in preschool, but it was preschool. I felt like I could still really protect her. When she started kindergarten last year I had a hard time with it because I felt like I couldn't protect her as much. Protect her from what? I don't even know the answer to that really- bully's? Things she shouldn't do? Bad things that could happen? Falling down on the playground? Not being able to open her Gogurt at lunch? I don't even know. When she rode off in the bus for the first time last year I felt like I was dropping her off in the middle of Times Square and saying see ya! Have a great day! Enjoy the real world!

Elementary school is the real deal, you know? It's serious stuff. We can't decide to go away for a long weekend and have her miss a day or two here and there for the heck of it, or keep her home a day just so we could spend the day together like we did from time to time in preschool. What happens or what she does in elementary affects her junior high, which affects high school, which affects college, which affects the rest of her life. I know- totally crazy thoughts for a parent of a first grader. You can tell me to pull myself together at any time now.

I don't have anxiety issues by any means (although as I am typing this I am totally questioning myself), but these are the things I can't help but think about. As amazing and awesome as her school/school district is I can't help but be worried for her. In the world we live in, how can I not be? BUT- in the same thoughts as my worry is excitement and joy and pride. She has the rest of her life ahead of her and I couldn't be more excited for her and all of the opportunity she has waiting for her!

This was Ella's first day of Pre-K4. How could I not be excited for all this beauty has ahead of her?


It's a learning process though, right? Ella is our oldest, so you know, this is all new to us. Being a parent of a school age child is a whole different ball game-one that you have to learn the rules as you go! It's like having a newborn all over again, but in a different way. "Oh this happened? What do we do? How do we deal with this? Let's try this! Well crap that didn't work, lets try this! Oh this didn't work either? Well then lets try this!"

I remember Ella came home from school once and said "Mommy, so and so said my middle name is disgusting (it's Margaret-not disgusting at all). I was so angry/upset that she was picked on, and really had never had to deal with anything like that before. Without even thinking I said "well SHE'S disgusting. I mean....that wasn't nice of her. Did you tell her it hurt your feelings?" I know-real mature. It was one of those "oh shit!" moments when you swear in front of your child and hope they didn't hear it! Luckily, she didn't hear it, we chatted about it and moved on. It was one the first times though that made me realize my husband and I were entering a whole new realm of parenting with all sorts of new things to deal with and figure out. As much as you are going to want to personally deal with every child that is mean to your own, you won't be able to. You will just have to hope that what you teach and model for your child at home will be carried out by them when they aren't with you.

Such deep thoughts for a parent of a child as young as Ella, but really I can't be alone in this!  These are my worries, my fears. It makes my heart hurt to know Ella is going to be let down by a friend, made fun of by a classmate, left out of a game on the playground, or not invited to the birthday party of the year. I definitely didn't have these fears and worries when she was in preschool, but it comes with the territory I guess! And those things build character-the being left out, picked on, etc. As unfortunate as they are, they help you grow and mature as a person. It'll be a learning process all around, that's for sure!

So here's to another school year, another year of posing at the bus stop......



Let's hope its even better than last year. And here's to all the teachers who pretty much spend more time with our kids than we do during the school year. You aren't paid nearly enough, and aren't told nearly enough how awesome you are. So, thank you!!

Thanks for letting me share my fears and worries with you all. I totally planned on sharing my new favorite backpack trend, but once I started typing about Ella going back to school I couldn't stop! Guess it was really on my mind more than I realized!

I've got a great style post coming tomorrow-see you then!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Casual Comfort...Again

I swear I need to change the title of this blog, because more often than not, I am not wearing heels in any of my posts. I do wear them....really, I do....

Anyway, I wore these leggings three separate times last weekend when I was home visiting my family. I seriously can't get enough of them! You can see one way I wore them here...a little dressier! I wanted to dress them down a bit and be a little comfier. Once again, they didn't disappoint!






Outfit Details:
Shirt: Target /// Denim Vest: Old Navy /// Leggings: Old Navy (similar) /// Shoes: Converse via Kohls /// Backpack: Target /// Sunglasses: RayBan /// Watch: Target /// Bracelets: Stella and Dot 

Of course, I had a little help from one of my sidekicks while taking my pictures! I swear I need to do a 'behind the scenes' post one day so you can see what I see while getting my pictures taken-chaos, screaming/crying children, nose picking (my children, not my husband), running around, jumping and then finally meltdowns! Those are the reasons I can't wear heels as often as I used to! Hahaha!! 


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Traffic Stopper

Meaning, my neon vest is so bright I could stop traffic. Or I could be a construction worker. That's what my husband said at least! (the pictures don't even do it justice....it's bright).

Like a lot of things at my store, this neon vest totally caught my eye. I was unsure at first of how I wanted to wear it, but as soon as I got these 'liquid leggings' from Old Navy I knew my outfit was made!

As much as I love to layer, I do give in to the heat sometimes and just can't do it with a blazer or a denim jacket. This sleeveless blazer was a perfect alternative!!







Outfit Details:
Neon Vest: Elizabeth & West (sold out, love this and this) /// Shirt: Kohls /// Leggings: Old Navy (similar) /// Shoes: Guess (similar) /// Bag: Target /// Bracelets: Elizabeth & West 

There just happened to be a construction zone right near where we were taking my blog pics....so my husband made me do it! You know, since according to him I looked like a construction worker in my bright vest :) 

This won't be the last you see of these leggings, either. While I was home visiting family I not only wore these once, but three times. Three. Yep I would say I love them! You will definitely see these in a blog post next week...perhaps these could be next week's "Wear it Four Ways!"

Have a great weekend!! 

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