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.

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?

 

 

Let me Introduce you to Ruby

Outfit Details || Dress: Karina Dresses || Cardigan: similar || Sunglass: Sunglass Hut Outlet || Shoes: Macy’s ||

 

This past week I returned to work after a long glorious summer home with my boys.  I needed easy and comfort for this week since the transition is usually a little rough.  It was even harder this year since I sent my youngest off to kindergarten.  I didn’t think I would cry, but I can’t lie I shed quite a few tears.  I decided to make this week easy to get ready by wearing dresses all week.

 

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

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Let me introduce you to Ruby.  She is in my mind the perfect dress from Karina Dresses.  There are so many reasons why that she is my favorite.  Ruby is always ready to be worn and never has wrinkles.  She makes you feel like you are put together, yet is incredibly comfortable.   Ruby is unassuming, and figure flattering for most body types!  The faux wrap style gives you the look of a classic wrap dress without all of the hassle.  The sash at the waist helps enhance your curves in all the right ways.  Ruby is also perfect for a day at the office or an evening out.

 

The simple geometric print is full of rich fall colors.  The light purple and cream help make this dress perfect to transition from summer to fall.  It looks perfect with a pair of summer flats and a lightweight cardigan.  I can’t wait to try wear it in the fall with tights and boots.  What is your go to style on crazy weeks?

 

 

 

Blogging Secrets and Why I Feel Like an Imposter

 

Blogging has become a fun and creative outlet for me over the past year.  I have found though at times I feel like an imposter, a fake!  Why do I feel like an imposter you ask?  As I follow other lovely bloggers, I read about things that they do and I find that I do not do any of them!  For instance, I do not have a blogging calendar.  This is the number one thing that I read that almost every blogger has.  I tend to come up with my posts on the fly.  If I wear an outfit that I absolutely love, or it uses aspects that I want to highlight, it then becomes a blog post.

Another reason I feel like a fake is that my photos are not high quality.  Most of my pictures are taken with my iPhone7 by one of my boys who are 6 and 10 years old!  I keep telling them I am getting them ready for a high paying career of photography.   The background is usually my front yard or somewhere I happen to visit the day that I am wearing said favorite outfit.  I do not have planned photo shoots to capture my looks.

My other issue is how awkward I feel in my photos.  I never know how to stand or how to position my arms.  I have tried to study others that I admire, and I just feel plain silly!  While in public, I wait until there is a lull in the crowd and snap furiously until someone walks by.  The same holds true when I am at home.  As soon as I hear a car drive by I freeze.  When people bring up the blog I tend to get embarrassed.  I never know how to respond.  I always wonder are they asking me about it because they are truly interested or making fun.

All of this being said, I am ok with feeling like an imposter.  This is my real life.  I am a mom, wife, and teacher.  My life is busy! There are days I don’t put make-up on and don’t do my hair, especially during the summer!  If you see pictures with a hat and sunglasses more than likely I am hiding that fact!  I am a bargain shopper.  I try not to buy anything that is not on sale or that I am not in love with.  Everything that I wear is comfortable, and I wear in real life!  I hope that all of these things make my style more relatable and easier for others to find inspiration.

I started blogging because I love clothing and creating outfits that help me feel good about myself.  When I get dressed in the morning it is for me I choose what makes me feel great when I look in the mirror.  Like most people, I love getting compliments on my outfits.  The biggest compliment though is when I see someone recreate a look, and has that feeling of self-confidence that a great outfit can bring.

I have never regretted starting Musings of a Shopaholic Mama.  I have loved every moment of this journey.  I may not always have the time to devout to blogging, but it is nice to know that I can just be me.  So when I start to feel like an imposter I need to remember that I am real.  Life comes first.  With this all being said,  I hope you have found some real life inspiration for your wardrobe from some of my musings.

 

XOXO,

Mandy

Work and Back to School Essentials

I know that many people who follow along are not teachers, but my mind right now is in back to school mode.  School begins on Monday, and I can’t believe that we are starting already.  Do you remember being in school and loving getting new notebooks and pens?  I still get excited over shopping for new supplies.  When school supplies arrive in stores, I still search for the perfect notebook and planner. Of course as a self-proclaimed shopaholic I love shopping for back to school clothes.  Here are some closet staples that I think every professional female needs in their closet!  It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher or work in an office.  If you have to dress up these items are a must.  Most of my picks come from my 3 favorite stores Loft, Old Navy, and Nordstrom.

When picking out what categories I felt were closet staples, I thought about pieces that have been in my closet through multiple seasons.  I also tried to choose pieces that could be easily mixed and matched with each other to help expand your closet.  What are your closet staples you can’t live with out?

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

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