5.29.2015

June Cleaver

Every once in a while you find the perfect skirt and wear it over and over again and never get sick of it. That is this skirt. I have worn it a few times already and I love it just as much as the first time I wore it!

I first wore it for Mother's Day and it made me feel so...motherly? But in a good way. Sort of like June Cleaver. Minus the clean house, pearls and warm dinner on the table!

I think this skirt would look adorable with a graphic tee, cute sneakers and a denim jacket for a more casual look too! A more dressed down version is always a good thing!







Outfit Details:
Skirt: Loft /// Top: Old Navy (similar) /// Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Simply Stylist /// Shoes: Go Jane (similar) /// Clutch: c/o Ale by Alessandra /// Necklace: c/o Alex and Ani /// Bracelets: c/o Alex and Ani







5.28.2015

Back to College



Not for real...although who wouldn't want to go back and do college all over again. Sure it was stressful, but I would take that stress any day over today's life stresses. Definitely the best four years of my life!

Any chance we get, we try and revisit Elizabethtown College. We are only about 40 minutes away, but getting there proves to be difficult a lot of the time! But a few weekends ago we were lucky enough to be able to! My brother in law and his family were camping in the area, so we met up with them and my in laws for dinner at our favorite restaurant there. We knew we had to make a pit stop after dinner for a stroll through campus.

It was so strange. A good strange, but strange nonetheless. Finals must have just finished, so the campus was empty. Since we graduated over ten years ago, we have only ever visited for homecoming and soccer games, so there has always been a lot of hustle and bustle. This time though, with the campus empty and silent, it gave us a chance to really soak it in.

We had a great time letting our girls run around and explore, revisiting memories-there was a point where I didn't know whether to laugh or cry from all of the memories!

At one point though, I was walking across campus by myself to get the car and the tears just started. Initially I felt like such a loser, but then I texted all of my college besties and they assured me they would have done the same! I mean- when you call a place home for four years, and meet your friends for life, you can't help but get emotional, right?

We did stop by the lightpole where we met. We were excited to show the girls. They were underwhelmed to say the least! Haha!

The picture on the left is at our lightpole right before we graduated! 


Anyway, while we were there we were able to snap some pictures of my outfit for the night. This LOFT romper did not disappoint. It was super comfortable and roomy enough for the massive meal I ate that evening. After wearing it though for a little, I think I probably would have been safe sizing down one more size. It would look great without a denim jacket and maybe some wedges, but I opted for a more casual look with the flat sandals.








Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: Loft /// Jacket: Old Navy /// Sandals: Target /// Clutch: c/o Ale by Alessandra /// Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Simply Stylist /// Necklace: c/o Alex and Ani







5.26.2015

DIY Graphic Tee



One of my most favorite items to have in my wardrobe is a good graphic tee. I love to wear them with distressed denim and sneakers, or heels and a good blazer.

At the beginning of May I celebrated my one year anniversary of my store, Elizabeth & West Fashion House! Part of the celebration was a little DIY workshop ( I use the term "workshop" loosely) where we all made our own graphic tee.

I found this super easy DIY on Pinterest, and just went with that. It was super simple and super easy, which is perfect for someone like me, who isn't really that crafty. The DIY I followed cuts the collar of the shirt, but I opted to not do that.

You'll need:

*fabric paint (a little goes a long way)
*brushes (in varying sizes, your preference)
*masking tape/painters tape
*plain tee shirt
*cardboard (to put inside shirt while painting)


First, obviously you need to think of the design you want. Using the tape, create that design on your shirt.



After you've taped your design, begin to paint. I did about two-three coats.


Make sure you keep the cardboard inside the shirt-make sure it doesn't shift around too much. Mine moved a bit and I painted through the shirt at the bottom just a tad!



I was surprisingly pleased with how this turned out as I am not a super crafty person. I've already worn it a few times and it wears so well. Just make sure when you wash, you turn it inside out!

Enjoy!


5.22.2015

Stripes and Florals

Over the last few years I have grown quite fond of combining florals and stripes together, so as soon as I saw this tunic from Mindy Maes Market I fell in love!

Tunics can be a tricky thing to wear, simply because of their length. For me, I don't like super short things. I am not a fan of my legs so I don't like to show them too much. Sometimes tunics hit at that almost-too-short-but-not-quite length. This tunic though was perfect. It was fitted in all of the right places and had just enough stretch to make it comfortable!

If you are every unsure about the length of a tunic, try wearing flats with it- that is typically what I do. Dresses/tunics just seem longer on me when I am in flats. I feel like when I put on any sort of heels it shortens the dress, so start out with flats!










Outfit Details:
Denim Vest: Old Navy /// Tunic: Mindy Maes Market /// Sandals: Target /// Purse: c/o boohoo /// Hat: Target /// Sunglasses: Target 










5.21.2015

Just Can't Get Enough

Culottes. Can't.Get.Enough. It's amazing how one little culotte can change your whole point of view. Since wearing them, I love them, want to wear them all the time, and just love everything about them.

I have been on the lookout for cute culottes to add to my wardrobe and even add to my store-most people don't think they will look good in them, but I encourage you to give them a try!

I loved these culottes for two reason- their style, and the fact that they are chambray/denim-ish. You really can't go wrong with either.

They are the perfect combo of casual, but dressy, which made it a no brainer to wear them to my one year anniversary celebration for Elizabeth & West. The bra situation was a little tricky. I ended up not wearing one, which I try to not do- I mean I have had two children and gained and lost weight countless times so no bra is not the best option. But, the top was snug enough on me that I felt it kind of kept me in place.


(Also, the jumpsuit is actually denim- no clue why it looks like such a bright blue in some of the pictures as I didn't play with the lighting or color at all!)







Outfit Details:
Culottes: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: c/o Rack Room (similar) /// Clutch: c/o Ale by Alessandra /// Bracelets: c/o Alex and Ani /// Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Simply Stylist /// Watch: Target

5.20.2015

Bloopers for a Good Laugh

Every once in a while, you just need a good laugh. Like a good, tears in your eyes, belly laugh. This is one of those weeks where I need one of those laughs. So leafing through all of my blog pictures and seeing all of bloopers, I got that belly laugh. Sometimes it does you good to just laugh at yourself!

It got me thinking, I am sure other people may need a good chuckle this week, so why not share them with the world?

So with that said...enjoy, have a good laugh at my expense :)



I am either singing in a choir or telling Ryan where to focus the camera (aka bossing him around). My guess is the latter of the two.





My favorite bloopers though, are the ones that are photobombed by the girls...love them! 

Hope you had a good laugh! Happy Wednesday!


5.19.2015

Krazy for Kimonos

Right before my husband and I left for Napa my Stitch Fix for April arrived. The timing couldn't have been more perfect because I was able to toss in this super cute kimono for the trip!

I would wear kimonos every day if it were socially acceptable! They are just super comfy and when styled well, just as cute. This was the perfect thing to toss on for a casual dinner after a long day of wine tasting and touring all over Napa Valley.

A messy top knot and comfy sandals (really- it is crazy how comfy these sandals are!) were the perfect finishing touch for the outfit! While this kimono isn't available, I did give you a ton of options below in different colors, prints and styles that you could wear in a similar way!






Outfit Details:
Kimono: Stitch Fix /// Shirt: Target /// Jeans: Target /// Sandals: Target /// Backpack: Target /// Necklace: Stella and Dot /// Watch: Target /// Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Bourbon and Bowties



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