Stripes and Denim Cutoffs

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Well if it isn’t Monday again… this weekend was a whirlwind! This past Saturday was well-spent with friends and family for both my husband’s and our little one year old niece’s birthdays. Squeezing two different birthday parties made for a very long (and tiring) day, but it was so worth it! Yesterday, I don’t think I moved from the couch and I am okay with that. I definitely needed a day to rest and catch up on Reign. Is anyone else obsessed with that show!? Just me? OK cool.

I really need to stop buying black and white stripes, but we all know that’s impossible! Big and bold stripes are my favorite for pattern mixing, but for this outfit I kept it really simple. This super soft tee with these boyfriend fit cutoffs is a perfect easy outfit to throw on for the weekend. So funny story about these particular cutoffs…I can never seem to find loose fitting shorts that are long enough for my liking so I actually ended up DIYing these. I wanted the “ONETeaspoon look” ( you know what I’m talking about….the denim diaper 😉 )without the lack of material and without the steep price. I ended up purchasing these shorts from Charlotte Russe 2 whole sizes bigger than I normally buy and cuffing the outside seams. This makes the shorts so flattering!

I sure hope this week goes by quickly…Zack starts his MBA program orientation this week so I will have to get used to being at home by myself again! Have a good week, xo!

 

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Pink Off the Shoulder Ruffle Top

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RUFFLE TOP: Forever21 (similar here and here) | DENIM: Lou & Grey (my fave!) | SHOES: Charlotte Russe (limited size – similar here) | WATCH: Fossil (so old, but I love this one!)

 

It’s finally time for the weekend! Anyone else feel like this week absolutely crawled? It was one of those weeks where I felt pulled in so many different directions that I didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted to…but this outfit makes me ready for the weekend!

This outfit is casual enough for a casual weekend, but just dressy enough for a fun date night. I am so glad that the off the shoulder (OTS) trend is here to stay. It has become the unofficial uniform of the summer, but it’s a trend that can translate through all seasons – even in winter with cozy OTS sweaters! The off the shoulder trend is so flattering and perfect for when you want to embrace the summer heat, show a little skin, but still remain classy. I stumbled across this pink ruffle top at my local Forever21 and it was love at first sight. The color, the sleeves, the ruffle! All the heart eyes! I found a very similar one here and I love this one!

THESE JEANS. They are one of my absolute favorite pairs! They are from Lou & Grey and I have never owned a pair of jeans like this. I am so picky about white jeans because they have to fit just right. These feel like leggings! They are so soft and stretchy but hold their shape, even after wearing them all day!

This weekend is Zack’s birthday AND our sweet little niece’s first birthday so we are spending our Saturday with friends and family! What are your plans for the weekend?

 

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Work Wear Must Haves

Work Wear Must HavesTop: Nordstrom Rack (same brand – love this one and this one) | Leather leggings: Charlotte Russe | Shoes: Kohls (similar) | Clutch: TJ Maxx (old) | Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson (similar $12!!)

 

As most of you know I work a full time job while managing my blog. My job used to require me to come into a corporate office so I definitely needed to up my professional wear game! Even though I now work from home, “office chic” will forever be one of my favorite styles. During my time in the corporate world, I have realized that timeless pieces are the best for your work wardrobe. But timeless does not need to mean boring! You can still show your personal style at the office; it just needs to remain classic and tasteful.

I like to make sure the professional items in my closet can easily be mixed and matched with the more casual items. Some of my very favorite items in my closet are my blazers! Oddly enough, most of my blazers are thrifted finds from Goodwill or local vintage stores. Blazers can be kept professional, but also used to dress up destroyed denim or even shorts!

Another item that I will always keep in my professional arsenal is a pair of black skinny fit dress pants. I own these and they are SO flattering! My go-to office outfit: skinny dress pants, simple top, and a blazer to top it off! You also need a versatile tote that is big enough to carry your laptop, planner, 38 lipsticks, and other meeting essentials. I have a Danielle Nicole bag very similar to this one and I get so many compliments on it.

H&M is one of my absolutely favorite places to shop for chic, affordable work wear.  Most of the pieces I rounded up below are from H&M and are items that can be worn in so many different ways. There are even more professional pieces linked in the widget below!

 

Work Wear Must Haves

1 black skinny dress pants | 2 tan blazer | 3 gold bangle | 4 marble-faced watch | 5 blush wrap blouse | 6 black suede pumps | 7 blue ruffle blouse | 8 blush flounced pencil skirt | 9 gather detail dress | 10 grey boyfriend blazer | 11 black tote | 12 ladyboss bar necklace

 

MORE WORK WEAR

How to wear leopard print

Leopard Print Leopard Print Leopard Print Leopard PrintTUNIC: local vintage shop (love this top and this one) | DENIM: Paige (found at local TJ Maxx – loving these) | NECKLACE: Charlotte Russe | BAG: TJ Maxx find (similar) | SHOES: Steve Madden

 

No matter how long you’ve known me, one of the first things you will learn about me is that I like leopard print… OK fine, I am obsessed with it. But even I know when there is just too much of a good thing. I am all for having many leopard print pieces in my closet, but I never recommend wearing them all at the same time.

My advice for wearing leopard print is to focus on one piece to highlight and let it accent the rest of your outfit. One of my favorite outfits is an all black, sleek look with a little bit of leopard print either in my shoes or my handbag to give the outfit a little bit of sass. I even own a pair of leopard print dress pants, but I always make sure to keep the rest of the outfit simple (see here).

I have rounded up some of my current favorite leopard print finds and most of them are well under $50!
leopard baseball cap – I always reach for this
leopard bomber – the back is so cute
leopard iPhone case – I have one similar and I get so many compliments on it
leopard calf hair clutch – literally goes with everything

You can see these favorites and even more linked below! Happy shopping 🙂

leopard print favorites

1 WATCH | 2 HAT | 3 BLOCK HEEL SANDAL | 4 iPHONE CASE (have it, love it) | 5 BOMBER JACKET (almost bought this several times)| 6 LOAFERS | 7 CANVAS TOTE | 8 CALF HAIR CLUTCH (staple piece)

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fave Beauty Buys

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Buys

1 YSL Mon Paris Parfum Set (Literally one of my favorite scents) | 2 MAC Baby Be Cool Look in a Box | 3 Voluspa Candle Set | 4 Stila Stay All Day Liner & Lipstick Duo (swear by the liner!) | 5 Drybar Faves Set (these are all full sized!) | 6 Philosophy Orange Pineapple Smoothie duo | 7 OUAI Hair Care Kit (really want to try these) | 8 Smashbox Primer Duo (can’t live without these!) | 9 Oribe Gold Lust Set (texturizing spray is amazing) | 10 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | 11 Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Magic Skin Set

 

The day is finally here! Everyone can now shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I rounded up some of my initial favorite picks when the sale launched last week in this post. Most of these items sold out several times but are back in stock today. I’ve gotta be honest… I just haven’t been too impressed with most of the items I have ordered and received so far. BUT I will say that some great beauty deals are a part of the sale this year. I own and love some of these items and could not recommend them enough!

First off, if you get any beauty product from the sale, I highly recommend the Smashbox Duo. You save $20 with this Nordstrom exclusive! If I hadn’t just stocked up I would have taken advantage for sure. I recently discovered this par fum and I am OBSESSED! I have gotten so many compliments on this one so I may have found my scent 🙂

Speaking of great scents, every Christmas Zack’s Nannie gives us 3 HUGE bottles of this shampoo/body wash combo and we both love them! I really want to smell the Orange Pineapple one, but some of our past favorites are Senorita Margarita, Fresh Cream, and Pink Frosted Animal Cracker (OK that one was my fave…not Zack’s LOL).

There are a few items that I’ve had on my wish list for quite a while. Tempted to grab the ORIBE Gold Lust set and the OAUI hair kit because I have heard amazing things! If you’ve had your eye on some things, this is the time to pull the trigger.

This weekend we are hopefully going to relax and see some of our best friends that we haven’t seen since we moved! What are your plans besides shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

 

FAVE BEAUTY BUYS

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