The Power of the Cardigan

The power of the cardigan is amazing.  They are perfect for all seasons and can make an outfit totally different.  It always amazes me how often I find myself grabbing for a cardigan.  When I look at the different areas of my closet, the biggest section of my closet is hands down cardigans.  They are a closet staple that I feel gets the most use for me.  In my mind you can never have to many!  This section is also the hardest for me to get rid of anything.  You never know when you need a certain color, length, or weight!

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Gray Monroe and contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and content are my own.

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Gray Monroe || Cardigan: Similar|| Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace: Purple Peridot || Earrings: Sugar Fix via Target || Sunglasses: Oakley ||

When shopping I love to find clothes that can pull double duty for me.  What I mean by that is clothes that can be worn to work and at home!  This dress from Gray Monroe fits this profile perfectly for me!  I love the fun and carefree print along with the flowy fit.  The best part about this dress is the fact that it has pockets!!!

 

While this dress is perfect for a summer day it is not perfect for school.  The spaghetti straps are just a bit to small to be work appropriate.  Here lies the power of a cardigan.  I love how just adding one pieces make it perfect for the work environment!  I could have added a plain black cardigan or a fun color, but I wanted to play around with some pattern mixing.  The monochromatic colors are perfect for tying the look together.  Since the cardigan is mainly black with this white stripes it helps to enhance this dress versus compete with it.

 

 

Unfortunately, this dress is sold out already.  When searching the website though I found so many dresses that can pull double duty just by throwing on a cardigan!  Here are some of my favorite styles!  You can shop all the cute styles here.  Which one is your favorite?

 

Huntley Dress

 

Mikah Maxi Dress

 

Pepper Dress

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Simple Addiction and contains affiliate links.  Use code MANDY15 for 15% off.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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?

Instagram Review + Loft Sales

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It has been awhile since I have done an Instagram in review!  This week has been a mixture of styles, but one thing has remained consistent.  Everything I am wearing is comfortable and perfect for running after two ornery boys!  We have spent a lot of time at the baseball fields and swimming!  A lot of the pieces I am wearing are from Loft, and are currently on sale!  All tees, tanks, dresses, and cropped pants are currently 50% off. Scroll to the bottom to see some of the items I am currently loving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorts: Simple Addiction (use code mandy15 for 15% off)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loft Loves

All Buttoned Up

We are a week into summer break, and I am loving every moment!  I have been catching up on housework and decluttering! It hasn’t been all work though.  On Monday, we went to the zoo with our cousins.  It was our first trip of the year!  We are very blessed to have an amazing children’s zoo.  It is always fun to go and see what changes have been made since the previous year.

Outfit Details || Top: Shein || Shorts: Loft || Shoes: Converse || Bag: c/o Vera Bradley || Necklace: Kate Spade || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley || Earrings: c/o Sugar Fix ||

One of my favorite summer time looks is a crisp button up with a pair of distressed denim shorts.  I was excited that the weather was going to be a bit cooler so I could wear this perfect button up from Shein.  When I ordered this top I sized up to a large so I could wear it with leggings or skinny jeans.  The top hits me mid-thigh when it is untucked.  You can see how I styled it with colored jeans here.

For me clothes have to be comfortable.  I know, I know I sound like a broken record.  I learned long ago, if what I am wearing is uncomfortable I am less productive.  This probably sounds odd I know, but uncomfortable shoe makes me want to sit.  While tight clothes make me self-conscious.  These Chucks were an easy choice for a trip to the zoo.  My boys practically run through the zoo, and this momma has to keep up!

 

When out with the boys, I like to make sure I have both hands free.  Hubby and I always said two was perfect for man-on-man defense.  Also, when I am out alone with them I have one hand for each.  As they have gotten older this has gotten to be less of an issue.  I still love bags that I don’t have to fuss with.  This Big Sky Backpack from Vera Bradley has become my go to mommy bag!  It holds plenty of snacks, and of course all of my necessities!

 

In the summer, I like to keep my accessories simple.  I like delicate pieces that can be worn alone or layered.  I have become obsessed with Sugar Fix earrings!  They make a statement, but are still simple enough to wear everyday!  My Vera Bradley sunglasses are a constant accessory.  I don’t leave the house without them!  How do you like to accessorize in the summer?

 

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Vera Bradley and Shein.  Some links contain affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Ketchup and Mustard

Hello!  I can’t believe how long it has been since I have written a post!  In April, we went on spring bring to Florida.  Once we returned baseball started for both of my boys, and soccer for my oldest.  I have learned my lesson of doing two sports at a time!  Most weeks we have baseball every night, and our weekends have busy.  With the end of our school year this past Wednesday, I feel like I am finally able to breathe!  I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and I can finally get caught up!  Have you ever get like this?

 

With the holiday weekend, we decided to clean up our landscaping.  We spent Saturday laying mulch, planting flowers, and filling my raised garden with dirt.  The idea of having my own vegetable garden is exciting!  Hopefully, I don’t kill anything!

 

Outfit Details || Top: Old Navy || Shorts: JCrew Factory || Sandals: Old Navy || Sunglasses: c/o Vera Bradley || Necklace: c/o Sarahndipity Jewelry || Hat: Target ||

 

I’ve always shied away from yellow and red figuring it looked like ketchup and mustard.  With the anything goes with fashion lately I decided to give it a try this weekend for a family cookout.  I decided to try it with a just a subtle touch of yellow so it wasn’t such an overt statement.

 

This darling top from Old Navy is actually from the girls section.  So many of the girls I follow on Instagram have shared they get some of their clothes from the girls section.  When I saw this top I decided to give it a try.  I was surprised to find that the extra large fit great!  I had to unbutton the top button because of pulling, but other than that it fit great!  I also got it in pink!  Where do you find unexpected items?

 

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