Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ripped Jeans | Dressed Down

Hi friends!  Are you making it through this week?  I piled too much onto my plate and now I'm struggling to keep up, but hopefully will get a chance to recharge and regroup over the weekend.  It can't get here fast enough!

Today, I'm back with this new "Dressed Up & Dressed Down" series I kicked off with a super cute pair of light-wash distressed denim.   These jeans have been on repeat since I got them, they're so comfortable, and like the title of this series suggests, easy to dress up or down.  You saw the Dressed Up outfit yesterday, and today I'm showing you the Dressed Down look.

Ripped Jeans 24 | Top XXS | Sneakers TTS Bag | Necklace

By simply switching out the pink heels for sneakers, the off-shoulder blouse for a cold-shoulder lightweight sweatshirt, and the pink tassel earrings for studs, you have yourself a perfectly comfortable and casual outfit for running around in while still looking cute!

I sized down one in these jeans from a 25 to 24 and they fit great.  I also got the length altered, but I love a casual rolled hem to show a bit of ankle with this look. Just twist the jeans a little as you roll them so that your roll isn't perfectly straight and smooth.  That lends to the casual chic vibe.

As much as I love my heels, they obviously aren't practical for running errands if you can avoid it, espeically if you've got kids or baby in tow.  I've been reaching for my sneakers more and more for sheer comfort and because they are so stylish these days. 

You can find cute athletic shoes in every color, but this grey pair drew me in for its neutral versatility. They are really comfortable and will go with everything!  I wasn't sure about them when I first put them on because they have a ribbed sole inside, but after I got them all the way on, I found them to be pillowy soft and I love running around in them!  The fit is TTS.

With this grey outfit, I switched out the pink dupe aviators (detailed review here) for my real-deal blue ones.  They compliment the blue bag and add a nice shade of blue to the outfit. 

You can still have fun accessorizing your dressed-down looks and this delicate long necklace is a perfect accent to the cold shoulder top.  The top fits TTS and I'm wearing XXS for a slimmer fit, but size up for a looser fit.  I love it because it's nice and lightweight, so I'll get a lot of mileage out of it with our crazy Houston weather.  It also comes in a pretty blue color.

I hope you've enjoyed this new Dressed Up & Dressed Down series as much as I have!  

Do you have a preferred look? 

 I'd love to hear what item you have in your closet that you want to see dressed up and down.  Shoot me an email ( or leave me a comment and I'll check it out! 

See you tomorrow with some awesome Weekend Steals & Deals!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ripped Jeans | Dressed Up

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Another year older, a little wiser and a lot more tired! Ha!  That's why they say have your kids young!  My kiddos keep me on my toes that's for sure and man, they have so much energy!  If we could bottle that, we'd be golden!  

I have something super cheerful for you today, a bright and sunny outfit to help usher in Spring and welcome a pop of pink into your life!  💗 Particularly appropriate on this Wednesday! In addition to the In the Dressing Room, Outfits Lately, and Wear to Work style series, I'm starting a Dressed Up/Dressed Down series where I show you how to make one piece in your wardrobe work for both night and day or casual outings vs. get togethers where you want to be more dressed up.  

Most of my wardrobe needs to do double duty since I'm often running around with baby, but have other things on the agenda like lunch/dinner dates, PTO, meetings, and networking.  When I'm out with Jordan, you'll most likely find me in flats or sneakers, but I love a chance to get dressed up and wear heels too.   

The item I'm featuring today is a new acid washed pair of distressed jeans that can easily go the dressed up or dressed down route.  I'm usually a size 25 in this brand, so I'm not sure if I've lost weight or if this pair runs small, but I sized down to 24 in these and got the length hemmed.

The light wash on these jeans is great for Spring and the rips and distressing is just right if you like that look. 

Happy news that this playful geometric crossbody bag is on sale 33% off

How fun is this off-the-shoulder white blouse?!  I adore the 3/4 sleeve lenght and the tie at the sleeves.  I'm wearing XSP, and it's very comfortable without any slipping on the shoulder part- it's got elastic to help keep it in place.

Don't limit your strapless top options because you don't have a comfortable, supportive strapless bra. This one is my favorite that stays in place and provides lift and fits TTS.  I never have to worry about feeling self conscious in that bra. 

What really helps elevate this look to Dressed Up status is the heels and tassel earrings.  Y'all know I'm crazy for this pair of heels as a perfect pointy toe pump that is well made and comfortable as far as heels go.  They come is a ton of fun colors, and are on sale up to 25% off.

The pink tassel earrings go perfectly for a bright pop of color near your face.  I'm usually just wearing stud earrings, so these are definitely fun for a change.  I like to add a bright lip that compliments the earrings too. 

I wrote a detailed review of these dupe Rayban aviators in this post.  This is the pink/gold pair and they change colors based on how the light hits them.  I thought they were a tad big on me and first, but they've really grown on me and I love the less expensive price tag!

I'll be back tomorrow with super casual version of these jeans "Dressed Down".  It's more like what you'd see me in if you bumped into me and Jordan running errands around town! 


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Monday, February 20, 2017

This & That | Living Room Refresh

Hi friends! 🙋 How was your weekend?  We're actually on Day 4 of a long weekend here, so James is home from school and we are supposed to be getting torrential rain, so it'll just be a quiet day inside for us.  That's fine with me since over the weekend we had a birthday bash for Jordan, celebrating that special ONE YEAR milestone!  Isn't that such a big one?!  It's like, "Hallelujah, we survived!!  Our baby is happy and healthy and we didn't kill her or each other! Praise the Lord!"  

Lots of you popped over to my IG to wish Jordan a happy birthday and we couldn't appreciate you more!  You've been with us since she was born, so it feels wonderful to share this day with y'all!

Chalk Art via my friend Kristara | Similar Chalkboard 

Friday, February 17, 2017

In the Dressing Room

This has been one helluva week I tell ya!  It's always stressful the countdown to a party you've been planning for weeks, but to top it all off, I've had the worst allergies/cold! I went to bed early every night hoping the sleep would do me good, but I keep waking up feeling so bad! I started using the neti pot a few days ago and I think it's helping! 

So, onto happier things, like today's In the Dressing Room post with lots of fun things for Spring, including some super cute dresses and jumpsuits (40% off), my new favorite Spring booties (size down), and several adorable tops! Not to mention a great pair of sweet shorts pajamas! Oh, and I tried on two new pair of jean shorts - detailed review at the bottom of the post!

If you're trying to compare sizes, I'm ultra petite at 5'1, about 106 pounds with athletic build (i.e. bigger shoulders and thighs) and busty up top;) Quite a challenging fit sometimes, but I know there are lots of you fellow shorties out there too and I always appreciate you letting me know how my fit info helps you! I always put size info in purple italics for reference. 

I loved this top so much you'll see it next week all styled up in a new "Dressed Up/Dressed Down" series I'm starting.  The tie sleeves are too cute and you can wear this comfortable strapless bra with it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Starting Solids (Quick & Easy Homemade Baby Food Recipes)

Every time I start to share a baby update with you, I'm amazed at how quickly it goes!  Yes, time went by quickly with our son too, but it feels like everything with Jordan is happening even faster! She became mobile very quickly and started walking at 9 months! 

Now that her 1st birthday is coming up this weekend, I plan to do a one-year baby recap soon, but today, I'm excited to finally share a post many of you have been asking me about for a long time- how we started Jordan on solid foods and how to make them at home.  I've been meaning to put this post together for a long time, so thankfully I took pictures of purees and how to make them at the time, because we're already beyond that now and onto finger foods! I told you it's going quick!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

How to Wear Your Striped Sheath Dress 5 Ways

Did y'all have a good Valentine's Day yesterday? I have to brag on my hubby for surprising Jordan with something special for her very first Valentine's Day.  He bought her a "J" initial necklace from James Avery and I had nothing to do with it! #babysfirstjewelry ;) And he got her a sweet card too!  I remember my Dad always getting my mom and me a heart-shaped box of candy each year and it's still a special memory for us both.  

For today, I found the most adorable navy and white striped sheath dress that's a real workhorse in your wardrobe because you can dress is up or down and wear it for so many occasions.  Below I'll show you how to wear it for work, date night, lunch/dinner or weekend.  

FIT:  This dress fits TTS, I'm 5'1, 106 pounds and am wearing XS.  It hits me just below the knee, so if you're taller, it would be shorter of course. 


You may remember in my How to Style Leopard Heels for Date Night & Work post, I showed you a sneak peek of this dress, with a leopard heel to spice it up.  You absolutely can mix stripes with other patterns like leopard or floral (these heels would be darling for Spring).  If you keep your bag and jewelry solid, it helps keep your outfit from looking too confusing. 

Striped Dress XS | Old Grey Clutch (similar) | Necklace | old Cuff Bracelet Ring | Leopard Heels

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ombre Valentine's Day Heart Cake & Easy Cake Pops

Happy almost Valentine's Day! We got a head start on a couple of super easy to make desserts that will definitely delight your little Valentines like they did mine.  I love Valentine's Day for its simplicity and because it doesn't take a ton of effort to make someone feel a little more special on this day.  I put together a small basket of goodies for my kids and got my husband something I'm sure he'll appreciate.  I can't wait to give it to them!

And even though today's Valentine's desserts aren't "from scratch", the thing I try to keep in mind when I attempt these endeavors is that they don't have to be "perfect" or "Pinterest Worthy" to be enjoyed. This can be especially hard for a blogger (or mom) to remember as we're often our harshest critics and want everything to be really pretty with gorgeous photos.  But, if I waited for one of my baked goods (or anything else for that matter) to be 'perfect' before showing it to you, I'd never have anything to show!  And sometimes, (for me at least) iPhone photos will have to do!  That's all I managed to snap of the cake pops!  

So, when you're making something like this, just think of the person the gift is intended for and put your heart into it and they will love it!  You would've thought Martha Stewart herself made these the way my 6-year old reacted!  

This Ombre Valentine's Day cake is so easy to make because I just used a boxed cake mix and premade icing with food coloring and a heart shaped cookie cutter.  That's it!  The sweet expression on James' face when he saw this early Valentine's Day surprise was priceless! That kind of enjoyment makes cutting a cake into a heart shape worth the extra few minutes it took to do that!   

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