Stripes and Florals

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Simple Addiction || Skirt: c/o Simple Addiction || Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace:  Kendra Scott || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft || Bag:  c/o Vera Bradley

You know how I said last week I didn’t have any cold shoulder items.  Well as of this week this item #3!  Do you ever find yourself not sure about a trend, and then decide you love it and buy everything that you can? Well, that is me and I find myself doing it all the time!  I’ve decided that summer cold shoulder tops are now my favorite thing!  I am still not sure about wearing them in the winter though.

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To say I am obsessed with florals and stripes is an understatement!  They are two of my favorite patterns and are the perfect patterns to pattern mix together.  I have a huge section of my closet dedicated to these two patterns.  This dreaming of floral top from Simple Addiction was a must have with new obsession with cold shoulder tops.  This top has so many perfect details.  From the criss cross top, the feminine cold shoulder, down to the flowiness at the bottom.

 

I have been looking for a striped cotton skirt for a while.  I found this one from Simple Addiction, and I love it!  For sizing purposes this is a medium.  I could have sized up to a large for a slouchier fit.  This one works perfectly though for a more polished look!  I decided to knot the top to give the silhouette of this top a more defined outline.  These two pieces I consider closet staples.  They can be worn with so many other looks, and into other seasons!

 

Since the humidity has been high in Indiana, I decided to keep my accessories simple.  I decided the colors in my bracelet stack from Centered Jewelry helped enhance the look versus make it even busier.  When pattern mixing, it is a delicate balance to make everything work.  I also added my Elisa Necklace that I won from Tiff and Nicole’s giveaway on Bright on a Budget and What Nicole Wore.  It is the perfect layering piece, but is also one of my favorites to wear on its own.

 

Simple Addiction is one of the first site’s I found after joining Instagram.  I loved their trendy, but reasonably priced items.  Everything I have ever ordered or received from them have been of the highest quality.  Currently Simple Addiction is having their Anniversary Sale.  There are so many fabulous items on sale and for great prices.  The sale is July 15-24.  You can also use code MANDY15 for an additional 15% off.  What are your favorite pieces?

Feminine Details

 

Outfit Details || Dress: Loft || Earrings: Sugar Fix || Sandals: Macy’s || Necklace: Kendra Scott ||

 

I have been secretly obsessing over this dress ever since I found it on Loft’s website.  I feel in love with the feminine details with the ruffled sleeves, and the faux wrap look.  I kept telling myself that I couldn’t justify this dress at $100.  The fact that it wasn’t school appropriate was the biggest road block in my mind.  Unfortunately, the cold shoulder aspect of this dress is not appropriate for school.

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Then came the 4th of July sale.  I stopped in to see if there wasn’t anything I could live without.  Again, I found myself eyeing this dress and decided to try it on.  Secretly, I was hoping that I would hate the fit and I could move on.  Unfortunately, I fell even more in love with this dress.  I loved the fit and it made me feel girly!  After I left Loft, I called hubby and told him I bought a total frivolous dress and he needed to take me on a date!

 

Last Friday evening, my mom offered to watch the boys so we decided a night out was a must!  We went to dinner at my favorite Japanese Steakhouse.  We ate way to much so we decided to go walk at Jefferson Pointe, our local outdoor mall.  There was an outdoor concert so we got to enjoy some 80’s rock.  Hubby was in heaven!  I got so many compliments on this pretty dress it made it worth while.

 

I felt that this dress spoke for itself so I kept the accessories simple.  I went with my favorite Kendra Scott necklace that adjusts to the perfect length.  I then added Sugar Fix earrings to pull the look together.  I loved how it turned out and I felt great about myself.  What have you resisted buying only to give in and fall in love?

 

 

Girl’s Night Out

A few nights ago, I met up with some of my favorite ladies from work at a new restaurant in town.  It seems like it has been ages since I have had a girl’s night out!  With summer break, we tend to lose touch with the craziness.  I know with the boys’ schedules there hasn’t been much downtime.  I had a great time catching up with everyone.  It was an evening spent laughing and chatting.

Outfit Details || Top: Old || Jeans: Urban Hippie || Kimono: c/o Outer Grace Boutique || Sandals: c/o PicknPay || Purse: c/o Vera Bradley || Sunglasses: Loft || Jewelry: Kendra Scott || Bracelet:  c/o Wink of Pink ||

 

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Outer Grace Boutique and contains affiliate links.   All thoughts and opinions are my own.

MY LOOK

When deciding what to wear I knew that I want to wear jeans.  I typically get really cold when I go to restaurants so I decided to dress in layers.  I knew that I wanted to wear this kimono from Outer Grace Boutique that I picked up last week.  I loved the floral details and the slight ruffled bottom!  I was drawn to this kimono, because of the ruffles and the colors.  This will be a great piece that I can transition into the early fall.

I debated between a cream tank or this bright yellow.  I decided (with some help from friends) on the yellow.  I love the color yellow, and whenever I wear it I feel happy!   I also thought the yellow helped bring out some of the colors in the flowers.

 

I have been wanting to add turquoise to every look this summer.  I decided to add it to this look through my Vera Bradley  cross body.  I love the additional pop of color that this bag brings to so many of my looks.  Since I already had pops of color through my jewelry, top, and bag I wanted to keep my shoes neutrals.  The cognac color with the gold details of these sandals were the perfect pair for this look.

I kept my accessories simple and went with some of my favorite pieces.  This bracelet from Wink of Pink is one that I wear on a weekly basis. It is perfect for creating fun arm parties.  I decided to add my Kendra Scott bracelets for a finishing touch.  What are your favorite looks for a girl’s night out?

 

Feminine Florals with Matilda Jane

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Outfit Details || Dress: Matilda Jane c/o Taylor || Purse: c/o Vera Bradley || Shoes: Macy’s || Belt: Old || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley || Earrings: Target ||

 

Matilda Jane is a name that is mainly associated with fun and whimsical clothing for young girls.  As a mom of boys I have not had much of a chance to explore the wonderful world of Matilda Jane.  I have loved their pieces for young girls and thanked god that he knew I would be poor if I had girls.

 

 

This past year I became aware that Matilda Jane is not just for kids.  They have a women’s line too!  I loved the fun prints, and the built-in pattern mixing that most pieces offer.  I wasn’t sure though that their style would fit mine.  I was super excited when Taylor a local Trunk Keeper contacted me and wanted to share some of the pieces that Matilda Jane offers.  I got to try on most of the spring pieces and I loved each and everyone!

 

 

Matilda Jane only puts out their lines twice year and it is slowly released over the following months to build on their collections.  At the end of the season (usually January and July) typically they host their End of Season Sale.  Matilda Jane is currently having their end of season sale with up to 40% off on a ton of women’s and girls’ pieces.

 

 

One of my favorite pieces was the Sunday Best Dress.  I loved the carefree and easy style that is perfect for twirling!  The print is what first caught my eye when looking through the pieces.  I loved the combination oranges, yellows, and pinks and how it created a feminine floral feel.  The prints are designed by an in house artist exclusively for Matilda Jane.

 

My youngest decided to jump in on the photo and I couldn’t help but add it!  He is always the first one to tell me how beautiful I look!

Another reason why I loved this dress was the style!  I loved the neck detail that is definitely in trend this summer season!  This dress can be worn with or without a belt depending on the silhouette that you want.  I loved it both ways!  I added turquoise accessories to continue the summer feel.  Since the dress and accessories were bold I went neutral with my shoe choice.  These have quickly become a favorite pair of mine!  They are comfortable and go with so many dresses and skirts.

 

 

I ended up ordering a few items Monday from Matilda Jane.  I couldn’t resist adding more to my closet.  Be on the look out this week for how I am styling all of my Matilda Jane pieces!  Let me know what you end up getting and which looks are your favorite!

 

 

Summer Trends: Tie Dye and Tassels

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Outfit Details || Dress: Target || Bag: c/o Vera Bradley || Earrings: c/o Sugar Fix || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley || Sandals: Macy’s ||

During the summer the boys and I are always on the go.  There is a lot of baseball, swimming, and playing with friends.  Last week, my oldest had batting lessons.  I always look forward to these because that means a trip to Loft!  Since I knew we were running multiple errands, and the gym would be hot,  I wanted an easy style.  One of my favorite looks during the summer is an easy flowy dress.

 

This shift dress is from Knox Rose a line at Target.  If you are looking for a more casual flowy style this is your brand!  I have been loving their pieces.  It is rare for me to make a Target run without coming home with an item from this brand.  What drew me to this dress was the fun tie dye look.  I don’t have anything like it.  The detailing on the top is gorgeous, and the pom pom trim adds a fun whimsical feel.

One of the major reasons I love summer dresses is that they are easy!  Throw on a pair of cute sandals, and add cute accessories.  This straw beach bag from Vera Bradley has become a favorite bag!  I love the bright colors and amount of space that is available inside!  My boys are constantly giving me things to carry!

 

When wearing dresses in the summer casually, I like to keep my jewelry minimal.  I like to stick to only one or two statement pieces.  These earrings from Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar for Target are a great pop of color.  I love the tassel detailing also.  These are heavier, but did not make my head feel weighed down.

 

What is your favorite look for summer?