1.26.2015

Pre-Spring Accessories to Add to Your Closet Now

If you are like me, you are very excited to add a few new spring pieces to your wardrobe to freshen everything up. While the weather isn't quite ready to grant us our sunny spring wishes, that doesn't have to stop us from picking up an accessory or two! I fell in love with the painterly silk scarf from H&M, and let it guide the rest of the palette.




I see the colors of my spring capsule shaping up! 

1.23.2015

Favorites File : Kendra Scott "Avant Garden" Collection


It's time to blast the winter blues away with some serious spring inspiration. Enter: Kendra Scott's new spring collection "Avant Garden". An absolutely gorgeous collection of jewels inspired by the pretty pastels of a spring bouquet featuring Rose Quartz, Kyocera Opal, and Blue Lace Agate. The marketing for this camapign is what really gets me. Combine florals, succulents and crystals and you've got me hook, line and sinker.




You must check out the lookbook, which is full of gorgeous images and ways to style the jewelry. There is also a dreamy video that has some serious secret garden vibes. I'm mentally on a little vacation there right now. 

Shop my favorites from the collection below (I must have one of the rings!): 


1.22.2015

My 2015 "Revolutions"

I always love to hear what others' goals and ideas for the new year are, so I wanted to share mine with you as well. It took me a little longer to get going this year, but I am starting to (trying my darndest to) feel better and get on with the show. 

My daughter Kara (who is six) said the cutest thing on New Years, and I totally have adopted it: "Mom, what are your New Year's revolutions going to be?" I dig it. Let's overthrow last year and bring in a new and improved us!




Home: Simplify

I've realized over the years that clutter in the home makes me very nervous and anxious. I have pretty much halted any home accessories purchases and am now focusing on decluttering and then improving upon the foundation. For example, my goals for my home this year are: painting all interior walls, replacing carpeting in bedrooms with the same flooring we put in the living spaces last year (here's a pic), new light fixtures for entry and hallway. And that is just the shortlist. If we get all that done, I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.

Life: Organize

Organizing of course is always high on the goal list. My main problem is keeping track of and finding good systems for the girls' schoolwork and activities. Having two kids who are now in full days of classes (first and third) brings home tons and I mean TONS of papers and to-dos. I have a really hard time throwing away any of their work, so if you have any ideas or tips, lay them on me! 

I've also gone big guns with my planner purchase this year and bought a Kikki K Personal Planner. I've fallen way down the rabbit hole of planner organizing and decorating instagrams, blogs, youtubes, etsy shops, you name it. It is my new obsession. I am currently trying to get my system all set, and my goal is that my planner becomes my go-to central hub for everything that is going on in my life.

Health: Smoothie(ize)

I had to fit my title in with the rest of them, didn't I? Health has been a major focus so far this year. My daughter Kara had some bad reactions to too much dairy over the Christmas break (visiting relatives who did not have lactose free options, and making the mistake of letting her have milk and ice cream), so I have been researching dairy-free recipes, which has then led me to lots of research on how what we eat effects our health in myriad ways. Of course I have always known that eating healthy is best, but I have not been strict enough with getting my family on the right track. I'm starting to incorporate a lot more fresh fruits and veggies, and am cutting out as much processed food as I can. I've read a few books in the last year that were eye opening: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan. I am currently reading Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out by Jolene Hart after seeing it recommended on a few blogs.

The easiest way for me to get my kids to have fresh veggies is by slipping them into smoothies. I bought a Ninja blender last year, and it works great at blending up whatever you throw in it. Yes, if it turns green my girls look at it sideways, but they are becoming more and more open to my concoctions. I have a smoothie pinterest board if you are interested in a few recipes, but generally I just throw in whatever I'm feeling like at the moment. I have to tell you an amazing discovery though. I suffer from migraines, and I had a really bad one yesterday. I had the ingredients to whip up this "Migriane Reliever" smoothie and it totally worked! I had taken my meds already and they weren't helping at all, so I gave the smoothie a shot and ten minutes later my headache was gone. Coincidence or not, I'll be drinking one of these next time a migraine starts.

Style: Capsulize

This really goes hand in hand with simplifying around the house. Like I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've found that I can do much more with less. Am I still a shopoholic at heart? Yes. Do I control it more now? Yes. I guess that makes me a recovering shopoholic? I don't know. Should we start a support group? Anyway, I'm loving a simple base wardrobe of neutrals, mostly black, that are easily mixed and matched. That closet up there in the photo is a total dream. 

Tell me, what are your '"revolutions" for the year. Do we have any similar goals? Thanks for reading!

1.21.2015

Current Style Inspirations

This winter I've found myself faithfully bound to a few key looks. So much so that I did a major closet purge of winter items I had been holding on to but never wearing. Remember my K.I.S.S mantra? It's in full effect and I'm loving it. 

Here are the basic formulas I've been following:

The simplicity and sleekness of a black base is really appealing to me. I've been pairing my favorite pair of Madewell leggings with either a simple cotton turtleneck, or my favorite cowlneck tunic, then alternating different combos of outerwear, shoes and accessories. A black base really lets your accessories shine, which works well for me because they are my favorite thing to invest in! More often than not I have been pulling on my moto boots to go along with this look.


Another outfit combination that I currently love is the effortless look of leggings and an oversize tee, layered with an open cardigan and topped (or bottomed) off with sneaks! And if you are wondering, yes, I have pretty much abandoned my jeans at this point. I have been all about the comfort and leggings are just doing it for me right now. I have a few sneakers that I currently love: my Vans and  my NewBalance.

Last but not least: giant scarves plus classic neutrals. And coffee, lots of coffee. I consider it a lifestyle staple ;) My favorite scarf in heavy rotation at the moment is a black and white geometric print scarf I bought at H&M. They have a similar looking one for sale currently, and I found the exact one for sale on Poshmark here.

What are some of your current go-to looks?

Shop the post:

Black Base:
Two by Vince Camuto Seamed Back Leggings • Vince Camuto • $49.00
Hue Ponte Knit Leggings • Hue • $44.00
Signature leggings • J.Crew • $34.50
Karen Kane Leggings • Karen Kane • $34.80
H&M - Oversized Cowl-neck Sweater - Dark blue - Ladies • H&M • $15.00
Mossimo Women's Drapey Scoop Tee • Mossimo • $4.80
Women's Long Sleeve Layering Tee - Merona • Merona • $14.99
Jack by BB Dakota Picture Window Top • BB Dakota • $49.99
Sofie Women's 100% Cashmere Classic Turtleneck Pullover Sweater • Sofie • $45.00
Chaus Textured Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater • Chaus • $25.90



Open Cardigans:
Open Front Cardigan Black/White  • Cliche • $24.98
Textured Open Cardigan • LOFT • $64.99
Petite Jacquard Open Cardigan • LOFT • $74.99
Envelope Open Cardigan • 525 America • $69.97
 Lou & Grey Zigzag Open Cardigan • LOFT • $74.99
Lou & Grey Snowbound Open Cardigan • LOFT • $74.99
a.n.a Long-Sleeve Striped Open Cardigan  • jcpenney • $14.99
Jones New York Sport® Open Cardigan • Jones New York Sport • $25.49
Olive & Oak Women's Chunky Dolman Open Cardigan Sweater • $67.32
Melange Open Cardigan • LOFT • $74.99
Sequined Southwest-Print Open Cardigan • INC  • $32.99

Sneakers:

Metallic Slip-On Sneakers • Steve Madden • $41.99
DV by Dolce Vita Women's Gibsin Fashion Sneaker • Dolce Vita • $32.25–57.38
Converse 'Jack Purcell LP' Sneaker (Women) • Converse • $44.96
Sam Edelman Becker Slip On Sneakers • Sam Edelman • $48.00
Unisex Vans® classic slip-on sneakers in perforated leather • Vans • $60.00
Unisex Vans® classic slip-on sneakers in metallic silver leather • Vans • $60.00
New Balance '420' Sneaker (Women) • New Balance • $74.95
New Balance '574 - Precious Metals' Sneaker (Women) • New Balance • $74.95

Oversize Scarves:
FOREVER 21+ Striped & Frayed Scarf • Forever 21 • $10.90
Esprit Checked Oversized Blanket Scarf - Black and white • Esprit • $47.38
Oversized Tassle Triangle Scarf • UO • $34.00
Aurora Oversized Scarf • Chico's • $49.00
ASOS Oversized Scarf In Green Plaid Check - Green • Asos • $30.32
Freya Aztec Knit Blanket Wrap • Boohoo • $26.00
Free People Mercer Woven Oversized Scarf • Free People • $38.00
ASOS Oversized Scarf With Stripes - Gray • Asos • $37.90
ASOS Oversized Scarf With Stripes - Stone • Asos • $37.90




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1.19.2015

Kate Spade Saturday Zig Zag Weekender Look For Less

Ok, I promise this will be the last of the Kate Spade Saturday saga! I just had to let you know I spotted an amazing dupe for the Weekender I had posted about at good ol' Target (see my insta here). If you are in the market, and really loved the KSS version, the Target version will only set you back $40! Score! Now you can go buy a whole outfit with the money you saved. (Coming from the mind of a true shopoholic).



The Weekender Bag In Signature Zig Zag • Kate Spade Saturday • $180.00
Women's Zig Zag Striped Weekender Handbag with Removeable Strap - Black/White • $39.99

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