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!



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? 



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!


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!! 



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!! 



Having it All-It Does Exist

I get so irritated when I read all of these conflicting articles saying how women can or can't have it all. I feel like there are so many people still in the mentality that women are meant to stay at home, wear lipstick, pearls and aprons and have a hot meal and a bourbon waiting for the husband when he gets home from work promptly at 5:30. This isn't Leave it to Beaver. Then you have people on the complete opposite end of the spectrum telling us, screaming at us YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! So then there's this pressure to live up to that "you can have it all" mentality that society has placed on women-having a successful career and a family.

First of all, I decide whether or not I have it all, not some complete stranger who's beliefs may be different than mine. On top of that,  I decide what my "having it all" is. Hello! This is America in the 21st century. Everyone's lawn doesn't look the same, everyone's family is different (I am pretty sure the only similarity between everyone is that we all 'put our pants on one leg at a time.' I'd like to meet the person who doesn't!). There is not one, cookie cutter "having it all," is there? I don't think so.

My 'having it all' is different than my best friends' whose is different than the woman sitting next to her in the doctor's office, whose is different than the woman standing behind her in the grocery line, and so on. Get it? According to this article, 40% of working women say they are hanging on by a thread. I think that is in part because society has placed this notion that 'having it all' is being successful at work and at home. So we spread ourselves thin trying to live up to that. Although part of that could be our fault, because only we know our limits and we need to know when to slow down and maybe toss out a 'no' here and there.  Seriously though, some days success for me is that both of my kids are alive at the end of the day, and my sanity is still intact.

You guys, we need to be each other's cheerleaders. WHO CARES what other people feel is a measure of success and having it all.  So what if you have PB and J for dinner that night instead of a made-from-scratch dinner out of all organic and local ingredients. Your kids are fed. Success!

My 'having it all' changes. There are days where I want to climb to the highest mountain and scream at the top of my lungs "HEY EVERYBODY I HAVE IT ALL!!!!!!" because I feel like I have my shit together. Then, there are days where the grass is greener, I am super stressed, super tired, my kids are out of control, I have eaten one too many chips and I don't feel as though I have it all, because all I keep thinking is "if I only had this or this or if only this or this opportunity would come my way then I would have it all." (those are usually the days where I need to check myself and get my shit together) There is no Book of Life with one, clear cut definition of having it all, people!! Let's be realistic.

When you get right down to it though, there are the few big things that lead me to believe I do 'have it all,' regardless of whether or not I have it together, regardless of what other people think success is and regardless of whether or not others think, by definition, I have it all. Because again-who are you to say whether or not I have it all?

Is my family healthy? Yes. Is my family happy? Yes.  Do we have a roof over our head and food to eat? Yes. These people are my world (including my husband's family too). As long as I have them, I have it all. 

I think this is where it gets dicey for some people. Most everyone would include family in their having it all (I would assume). By nature, I am a terrible Stay at Home Mom. Just terrible. It's not for me. It is for some, and that's just awesome for them. (that could be their having it all). I love that my work is my dream. Having my store and doing what I love is amazing. I can't tell you how good it feels to wake up in the morning knowing that I get to head to work and love it. On top of that, to have a husband and family and friends that support me and help me live my dream is the best feeling. 

Blogging is also pretty amazing and the opportunities that come from it (being a part of the Lucky Mag community along with other great bloggers and working with Neutrogena are just a few of the great opps. Also the friends I've made are pretty great). What started out as just a hobby has turned into a small business for me- something so much greater than I ever thought possible (although this is what I struggle with sometimes...comparing to other bloggers and 'the grass is always greener' mentality).  I have a family and get to doubly (I know its not a word) do what I love- my store and my blog. 

My home is also pretty awesome. Knowing I live in a home that my husband and his family help build makes me proud. It's messy and unorganized most of the time, but it's lived in. Chances are, you will always find dog hair on the floor (damn you, Rocco), a dirty dish or five in the sink, leftovers in the fridge that needed to be thrown out a week ago, and clothes in the washer that have been washed three times because we forget to put them in the dryer, but it is lived in. It is part of my all.

At the end of the day if I were to do inventory and I had all of those things, I would say that I have it all. Putting aside all of the petty 'I wish, I want, if only I had..." I have it all. My own version of having it all. I would bet money that your 'having it all' doesn't look like that does it? Nope. Probably not. For some, it could be the chance to be a Stay at Home Mom. Other's it could be strictly work related because they don't want children or a family! So why oh why must people etch in stone what 'having it all' is for everyone, especially women?

What's your 'having it all?' I'd love to hear, because I know, in our own eyes we do have it all if we really think about it.



Going Boho

Oh I am so in love with this dress! It is the perfect combination of comfy, but stylish, and is great to have this time of year- transitioning from summer to fall.

I wore this to breakfast the other morning. My awesome parents celebrated 40 years of marriage on August 10th, so while my brother and I were both home we treated my parents and gave them their present!

I am so looking forward to when it gets a little cooler so I can toss on a pair of thick tights and boots with this dress. For now though, my worn in pair of Old Navy Booties and floppy hat works just fine!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Elizabeth & West Fashion House /// Hat: Old Navy (similar) /// Booties: Old Navy (similar) /// Purse: Purchased in Mexico (similar) /// Necklace: Kendra Scott /// Watch: Target /// Bracelets: Stella and Dot, Cookie Lee, Elizabeth & West (in store only) /// Midi Rings: Target

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Fall Wish List

Fall and spring are my favorite times of year. The weather typically isn't too hot that you are sweating your rear off, but not too cold that you chattering your pearly whites. It's also the time of year that I like to add to my wardrobe and create a wish list of sorts!

1. Forever 21 over sized tote. Sometimes simple is better. I consider these a Marry Poppins type bag...bottomless, but still classic. The price tag is pretty awesome too. 

2. J Crew Factory Quilted Vest. I have had my eye on this ever since I saw it! Oh and this one too. I am just waiting for it to go on sale even more! 

3. These Sole Society boots are so adorable!!! I have read they are more of a grey than they look in the picture, but I still love them just as much! 

4. This Choies jacket is so simple, but can make a statement. It's something so inexpensive but will be able to complete your whole look. 

5. Definitely already purchased this hat in black. But the burgundy is so gorgeous! How cute would it look with the vest and booties

6. I can never get enough leopard. I really need a pair of leopard flats, but these heels are just too cute to pass up! 

7. Can you tell I have a thing for hats? This is so adorable- Totally beats borrowing my husband's dirty baseball hats!

8. Kendra Scott's new collection is amazing!! I have been wanting to add to my collection (by collection I mean this necklace). This ring would definitely get some wear!

Hope you all had a great weekend!!


Summer to Fall Transition

With fall right around the corner I figured I would add a little spin on this weeks "Wear it Four Ways" and talk about summer to fall transition. Despite what some may think, there are pieces in your closet that can easily be worn in both the summer and the fall! It's just a matter of switching up your accessories and layering a bit more!

I took a dress (one that own and see how I styled it here) and styled it for warmer and cooler months just to share with you it's versatility.

Dress: Target /// Fedora: Target /// Sunglasses: Forever 21 /// Denim Vest: Old Navy /// Sandals: Old Navy /// Floppy Hat: Old Navy /// Cardigan: Target /// Tights: Kohls /// Booties: ShopBop

Really, its as simple as adding some thick tights and booties to your dresses. I have a lot of sleeveless dresses that I love to wear when it's chilly out. Toss on a pair of opaque tights, boots and a cardi-maybe even a scarf- and you are good to go! 

There are some things (actually, four) that I would consider "transition staples" or key pieces (that are actually quite simple) that help get me through those warmer-to-cooler months! These would also be pieces that I wouldn't mind spending a little more money on (if my wallet allows it at the time) because I know that I will be wearing them through several seasons, and are items that aren't a particular trendy piece. 

Utility Jacket: Old Navy /// Booties: ShopBop /// Jeans: Gap /// Scarf: Old Navy 

Utility Jacket: That is something I can't live without! I have worn mine over, and over and over again! It is perfect for the cool summer nights, and of course when the temps start to drop during the day. I love tossing it on over a graphic tee and call it an outfit. (The utility vest is just as awesome for when its super hot) When its a little colder I just layer! A blouse, a cardigan and the jacket, topped with a scarf!

Booties: I love wearing booties with cut off shorts (one of my new fave things to do) or a cute dress. For the fall, just like I did above, I love wearing them with jeggings or thicker tights. Such a versatile thing to have in your closet and a good investment.

Jeggings: This is pretty self explanatory. I love to cuff them in the summer time with some sandals, and in the fall/winter, I love to wear them with boots or flats! 

Scarf: If it's lightweight, it can be worn in the summer. I wouldn't wear my blanket scarf in the summer, but this one is certainly lightweight enough to wear on warmer days, and is a great addition to your outfit if you want to bundle on those crisp fall days! 

What are your favorite transition pieces for the fall? Any you can't live without or swear by? I'd love to hear your input!