Holiday Sparkle

Outfit Details || Top: Similar || Skirt: Ann Taylor || Necklace: Similar || Shoes: Clarks via Amazon ||

There is something about a gold sequined skirt that screams holidays to me!  I have been on the search for the perfect one for the last few years, but haven’t been able to find one.  I order a sequined pencil skirt from Loft earlier this year, but unfortunately my body shape is not meant for pencil skirts.  I have a little too much in the hip section to be able to pull it off.  I ordered this olive-green one and loved the color!

 

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One evening I saw that Ann Taylor had half off and free shipping I decided to take a look around online.  Thankfully I did, because I found this gorgeous sequined skirt.  I don’t normally shop online at Ann Taylor since the prices are a bit above what I normally spend, but this was too good to pass up.

I also liked that this skirt was made in a regular and curvy fit.  I decided to go with the curvy fit, because of my hips in a size 4.  After trying the size 4 I think I could have sized down to a 2 in this fit.  This skirt has a zipper in the back, but has a bit of an elastic waist that has some give.  In the regular cut a 4, I am sure would have been perfect.

I had so many ideas on how I wanted to style this skirt, that I had troubles choosing which look I wanted to start wear first.    With the holidays though I decided to wear buffalo plaid first.  I loved how this look turned out!  The buffalo plaid helped make this look a little more casual.  As a teacher I can get away with looks like this at work.  The kids love when you wear fun pieces like this skirt.   One of my favorite part of my days is lunch duty and the kids tell me what they love about my outfit.  It is fun to talk fashion with all the mini fashionistas!

For Christmas Eve dinner I am going to try to style this skirt with this lace top from Target.  I think the high waist of this skirt will work with the crop top look.  I haven’t tried it together to see if it works, but if not I will have plenty of other options.  How would you style this skirt?

 

An Evening of Fashion

 

A  few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to model for Outer Grace Boutique.  Two EE’s Winery was having a Little Black Dress Event showcasing various local boutiques. If you are local, you need to check out this even next year!  It was so much fun seeing everyone show up in their fanciest black dresses.  So many women were dressed to the nines and looked absolutely amazing!

Outfit Details: Kimono: c/o Outer Grace Boutique || Kimono: c/o Outer Grace Boutique || Necklace: c/o Sugar Fix || Shoes: Clarks || Clutch: c/o Simply 9 Designs ||

 

I was able to choose my look for the evening, and I wanted to play with patterns.  As you all know that I love mixing patterns, and I wanted to showcase this during the evening.  I found this perfect striped top that when I pulled down the sleeves have thumb holes.  I knew this piece would be worn a ton layered with other pieces.  It was perfectly layered with this black floral kimono.  I loved the darker colors for winter and fall! I grabbed my leopard clutch from Simply 9 Designs to finish of this look.

 

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To be honest, I was super nervous to participate in this event.  I didn’t want to be the older mom that was trying to be trendy.  Once I got to the event though, and met the other girls I was instantly at ease.  The entire evening was so much fun!  I got to meet some new ladies and step outside of my comfort zone.  At the end of the night, I was proud of myself for trying something new!  I have to thank Sarah from Outer Grace for the opportunity.  Sarah is one of the sweetest people I have met and I am so happy that I get to help support her boutique.

 

 

 

 

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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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?

 

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?

 

 

Date Night with Koolaburra by UGG

Summer is in full swing here in our household!  I feel like we have been running nonstop since April.  Between baseball for both of our boys, and soccer for one of them we are running ragged!  Once a month hubby and I try to get a night out with just the two of us.  It doesn’t always happen especially in the height of sport’s season.  With the end of baseball we are planning a date night for just the two of us.  When we go out we love to have  a nice dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  I normally indulge on these nights since they are few and far between.

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|| Sandals: c/o Koolaburra by Ugg ||

Since I know our date night is on the horizon, I have begun to outfit plan.  For date nights, I like something special that I feel confident and sexy in, without being over the top!  Summer is a perfect time to show a little skin yet remain modest.  This high neck top is in one of my favorite color palettes.  I am not sure why, but I am always drawn to neutrals.

 

 

I am also drawn to golds and leopard print when I go neutral with my colors.  I love the way that they casually accent one another.  These Marlana sandals by Koolaburra from UGG were the perfect pairing!  I love the slight wedge that helps elongate my legs, but aren’t too high that I will be uncomfortable by the end of the night.

 

Before collaborating with Koolaburra, I never realized that UGG made anything other than boots.  I was not disappointed by the choices on their site!  Koolaburra has everything from boots, sandals, sneakers, even slippers!  These Marlana beauties are extremely comfortable!  They have a padded insoles that makes these sandals perfect for all day wear not just for a night out!  The zip up back make it very easy to slip them on and go!  What is your go to look for date nights?