Polka Dots and Crop Tops

 

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Shein || Skirt: c/o Shein || Sunglasses: Loft || Necklace: Kendra Scott || Earrings: c/o AJMDesignsbyandrea ||

 

One of my favorite patterns is polka dots and I cannot seem to get enough of them!  When I saw this adorable crop top from Shein I knew it was perfect for summer and to transition into fall.  It was also the perfect top to attempt to make crop tops appropriate for a 36-year-old mother! I decided to pair it with a high-waisted maxi skirt.  I have found when wearing this top that high-waisted items make it more comfortable for me to wear.  Do you wear crop tops?  If so how do you wear them?  I would love some more ideas on how to style this adorable top!

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Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Shein.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flirting With Fall

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Meli Mei || Necklace: Meli Mei || Booties: Toms via Nordstrom || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft ||

I absolutely love everything about fall!  I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons, sitting around a fire and roasting marshmallows, and watching football on tv.  Not to mention all the apples and pumpkin desserts!!!!  I may or may not have a countdown for the release of Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Most of all though I love fall fashion!  Once school begins, I start dreaming of boots, scarves, and cozy layers.  Unfortunately, in Indiana we have quite awhile before we are ready for all those layers I am dreaming of!

 

To satisfy my fall fashion cravings I have began to flirt around with fall styles!  With the temps still warm I am pulling in fall inspiration with rich tones.  I tend to gravitate towards mustard yellow, burgundy, navy, and olive green.  These colors are in abundance in my closet and what I gravitate towards when shopping.

A sweet friend of mine introduced me to the owner of a fabulous new boutique in town.  I was excited to be invited to the soft opening of Meli Mei, which is located in a trendy area in downtown Fort Wayne in the City Exchange.  Fall was in full effect at Meli Mei.  My fall fashion loving heart was happy!

This dress caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try it on!  The rich fall colors along with the fun floral pattern drew me.  The fun and flirty ruffle along the neckline was a unique touch that made this dress stand out to me.  I knew I wanted to pair it with my new Tom’s Peep Toe Booties I had picked up at the Nordstrom Sale.  I love the fun and flirty vibe from the entire look!   It was one of those looks that had me feeling confident from the moment I stepped out the door!

 

I added a natural stone necklace that I couldn’t resist from Meli Mei.  It was just enough to add a touch of detail to the entire look.  As I have been drawn to my Centered Jewelry bracelets lately those were a definite must to finish off this entire look.  If you are local you need to stop and check out Meli Mei this weekend for their grand opening.  If you are from out of town check out their Instagram page.  You will not be disappointed.  I cannot wait to make a trip back to visit again soon!

 

Femininity and Masculinity

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Shein || Pants: Loft || Sandals: Old || Hat: Target || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Sunglasses: Loft ||

 

For a long time I resisted adding camo to my closet.  I wasn’t sure if the pattern was something I would feel comfortable in.  I tend to like more feminine and girly pieces.  To take a leap I added a camo top to my closet last year and I was surprised at how much I liked it!  I found that I loved wearing it with layers for fall.  Since I liked my top so much I have been debating adding a pair of camo pants and jacket to my closet.

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

When Loft came out with these camo pants I knew I had to add them to my closet!  Loft is my go to for pants especially the Julie Fit.  They are made for a more curvy body style, and I find that they fit so well!  I do not have the normal gap at the waste band that I have in other pants.    Since I have gotten these I have been also debating the jacket.

 

I received these pants right about the same time that I received this top from Shein.  I decided that I wanted to mix some felinity with the masculinity feel of these pants.  This entire look makes me happy!  I felt super feminine and put together!  I love the cold shoulder top and the flowiness that is very feminine.  The contrast between the two help make this look fit my style.

 

 

To help pull this look together I added some simple accessories.  Since I wore this look to run errands with my kids I kept all the pieces delicate.  I wanted to make sure the outfit stood out not the accessories.  I look forward to styling these camo pants more into the fall!  How do you wear yours?

 

 

Hot Summer Nights

 

 

Outfit Details || Top:  Lane201 || Shorts:  Loft || Tote:  c/o Vera Bradley || Hat:  Target || Sunglasses:  Loft || Earrings: Kendra Scott || Shoes:  Macy’s ||

 

We just recently returned home from a trip to the Keys in Florida!  We had an amazing trip with lots of great memories.   I tried to do a capsule wardrobe, but I found even with the limited items I brought I didn’t wear half of what I packed!  We stayed mostly in our swimsuits and went to the beach, except for dinner in the evening.   Many of the restaurants we went to were outside so it was fun to dress for the hot summer nights!

 

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Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions though are my own.

 

When I found this top at Lane 201 I knew that it was the perfect top for the keys!  I love the way that a white top helps enhance a sun-kissed look!   The lace, ruffles, and off the shoulder top had the feminine detailing that I have been loving this summer.  To help make this look a little more casual I added my favorite pair of distressed denim shorts from  Loft.

 

One of the evenings that we went out to dinner we visited a restaurant that had a pool!  This was the perfect thing to keep my boys entertained while we waited on our table.  Knowing that I needed beach towels and sunscreen, my Vera Bradley tote was the perfect accessory.  I was able to carry everything I needed for the boys along with my wallet!.

 

 

I threw on my hat, sunglasses, and kept my accessories simple with my favorite pair of Kendra Scott earrings.  Since I packed light I only took two pairs of sandals with me.  One being these from Macy’s.  They are currently under $20, and have been a closet staple this summer!  It was the perfect outfit to sit out by the pool while waiting on our table.  The fruity drink also didn’t hurt!  What do you like to wear on hot summer nights?

 

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