Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Ways to Wear Your Plaid Button Down Shirt

Rise and shine friends!  I'm up early (before everyone for a change!) to get some things accomplished while the house is quiet.  This is actually nice and so peaceful to drink my coffee in silence before the day gets buzzing. I mentioned Monday that I've gotten serious about getting back in shape and I'm on Day 5 of a 40-Day Challenge/Mini Cut (more on Snapchat @honeywerehome) and so far so good!  I read all of your comments about how you are interested in my meal plan and workouts, etc. so I'm glad that we can be on this fitness journey together.  

I'll be sharing more details here on Monday, but in the meantime, I have a giant Wardrobe Wednesday post for ya featuring 5 ways to style that Fall staple in your wardrobe - your plaid button down shirt. This post part of a collaboration with Nordstrom, my favorite place to shop online.  Okay, who am I kidding, my favorite place to shop in general!  They just make online shopping such a breeze and do you know of a store with better customer service?  Always so friendly and helpful.  

I showed you this shirt in my last Weekend Casual post and love the frayed-hem and higher cut sides for a more flattering look, but also the color and soft cotton.  It runs true to size, I'm in XS. I found a similar plaid top here if you like this look, but want to spend less.  

This first look is a dressed-up way to wear your plaid shirt, with a feminine midi skirt, heels and a statement necklace.  Tucking the top in lets the skirt be the star and creates the illusion of a smaller waist.  You'll get tons of compliments on this look at your office or on a fun night out.  My skirt is old from Nordstrom, Halogen 0P, so I linked some similar below. 

These heels are a classic black pump, and actually pretty comfortable as far as high heels go.  They also come in nude and are 30% off now.

fringe hem plaid top (XS) | similar skirt & here | heels 30% off | sunglasses | similar purse | earrings | necklace | watch | similar ring

Of course you have your favorite pair of skinny jeans in your closet and a plaid button down is a no brainer for a casual look.  I love the long pendant necklace with it though to add a bit of pizazz.  These wedge booties are ultra comfy and when the cooler temps hit, this faux leather jacket will be a great, edgy layering piece.

fringe hem plaid top (XS)  jeans (25) | similar wedge booties & here | necklace FREE Kendra Scott Jana bracelet with purchase | earrings | quilted satchel | faux leather jacket (Small, runs small, order up) | watch | blue Aviator sunglasses ($24 version) | crossover ring ($12 version)

I finally found a perfectly big, but not too big, bag that zips so I can shelter the world from all the stuff I'm carrying around lately in my bag.  I like that I can wear this one on my shoulder or at the arm with the shorter handles.  It carries like a tote, but is more polished.  Isn't the zipper detail cute?! It's under $50 too!

Since it's still Spring and light and bright outside, our white jeans are getting lots of wear and look nice and crisp with the blue and white plaid in this top.  I swapped out the black pendant necklace for my trusty $18 white pendant necklace and on your feet, wedges go great with this look.  I'm crazy for these low, studded wedges and they come in black, navy and rust also that I'm lusting after.  I usually go for high wedges or heels, but these are super cute and comfy. 

white jeans (25) (40% off) | studded wedges | Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel (similar blue tote $49)  | necklace ($18, 4 colors)  | similar watchearrings | blue Aviator sunglasses ($24 version)

Y'all saw this weekend casual look on Friday, but I wanted to include it here so all the looks were in one place.  Jeans shorts, a slouchy top, booties and top knot for the win when you want to look effortlessly stylish.  

fringe hem plaid top (XS) similar jean shorts (& here) | booties (similar) | bag | necklace | hoop earrings | watch | sunglasses (58 mm duplicates $24

You don't have to keep your button-down buttoned up, you can add interest with a tank or graphic tee underneath. This look is more fun with a vibrant heel and statement necklace, it's meant for an adult night out.  It would have been perfect for the Guns-N-Roses concert I went to recently (minus the heels!) it was a long walk from the parking lot to the venue! #ouch

fringe hem plaid top (XS) | tank ($7.70! and 5 colors) | ripped jeans (25 & hemmed length) |  similar blue heels & here | similar clutch | similar statement necklace watch | sunglasses (58 mm duplicates $24

I realized after I shared all these looks how long this post is, so in the future, let me know if you prefer I break it into two or more posts!  Wishing y'all a great day! 


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School Routine with 1st Grader & Baby

Is today your kids' first day back to school?  If so, I'm sending you hugs and congratulations for making it through the summer with everyone in tact!  I might have squealed the tires out the driveway on our first day back, but maybe you have more restraint. ;)  Our son went back early, so we're already on Week 3 and Labor Day weekend is on the horizon.

Since I'm all about routines to keep our mornings running on the smoother side, I'm sharing how our weekday mornings look around here now with a first grader and six month old!  Gah! Can you believe Jordan is six months old already?! I swear sometimes I feel like I was just pregnant!

6:30 a.m.  Jordan is my alarm clock and I hear her stirring by 6:30 a.m. every morning.  I put my contacts in and hair up and go into her room where she's already on her hands and knees peering through the slats in her crib waiting for me.  I die over the giant baby grin I get when she sees me.  The sweetest thing ever! We do a diaper change and then head downstairs.   

bow | rug 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekend Casual

You guys seriously rock.  I was feeling so down about my hair when I first got it done and I was sure you'd be all, "poor girl" but you were anything but and totally lifted my spirits.  I was honestly surprised to hear so many of you say you actually prefer my hair darker!  Lots of you said it was classier and made me look younger. #Illtakeit! 

Of course, I know hair is a true first world problem and there are much bigger concerns in the world. But I do appreciate you taking the time to comment and give me your thumbs up, compliments and suggestions for my hair future.  I have decided to just let it be for now.  I'm curious to see how it will look as it grows out and my true natural color comes through because I can always tell how shiny, new and healthy that hair feels before I color it.  You guys actually gave me the confidence to hold my brunette-ish head high.  Thank you!! 

One thing I actually do like about my hair, is that when I pull it up, there's no big root line showing now.  It's been crazy humid here, so my hair lasts all of 10 minutes when I curl it and even then, I still put it up often because Jordan is at that hair-pulling stage.  Would y'all believe she's 6 months old already?!  It has flown by and I'm planning a baby update post soon!  I have to admit, it's kind of surreal to be in the baby stage again, after going so long between kids.  But more on that another time . . . 

For today, I'm sharing two easy to wear looks that are perfect for your weekend or casual days. First up, I'm ready for that "transitioning to fall" feel with a plaid button-down top, but this one is extra special because it has the cutest frayed edge hem.  And it's higher on the sides, so it doesn't cut you in half visually.  If you're short like me (and even if you're not) the higher sides are super flattering to your leg line. 

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