03.23.2017

Changing Seasons, Changing Wardrobe || 3 Spring Looks For Any Occasion

The words spring break conjure up so many different memories…. In my much younger years it meant family vacations to Santa Barbara + San Diego… and as I progressed through my college years it meant rowdy trips south of the border…. and in more recent years, it’s always been a time where TJ and I planned our big trip of the year. These vacations were typically overseas, or to someplace tropical where we would unplug for a couple of weeks…..

Wellllll, that’s certainly not possible now with little miss (the escaping for a couple weeks and unplugging part…..), so as the temperatures have started to warm up, we’ve been coming up with fun ways to spend our time outside and explore in our own backyard. And with all the exploring and seasonal changes, comes a shift in wardrobe pieces. I’m slowly starting to pack away the heavier knits (leaving one or two out for those times when mother nature decides to change her course) and boots, for lighter weight knits (quite possibly my favorite pieces for the season) and breezy dresses. One of my favorite places to find excellent quality knits + dresses, at a great price and style, is LOFT. From soft pastel colors, floral prints, and breezy whites their pieces have slowly begun to replace my winter wardrobe. Today, I teamed up with LOFT to share with you three fun spring break looks!
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(First Outfit || Dress (wearing PXS) | Jacket (similar) | Sandals (run TTS))
(Second Outfit || Sweater (wearing S, comes in 3 color options) | Shorts | Sandals | Sunglasses | Necklace)
(Third Outfit || Cardigan (wearing XS, comes in 5 color options) | Tank (wearing XS) | Jeans (wearing P25 and the length is perfect!) | Sandals)
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This past weekend, we headed out for a family day at the zoo. The temperatures were in the mid-70s… for those of us in CA, that’s an awkward in between temp. You can either wear jeans + a tank, or, one of my favorite combos, shorts + a lightweight sweater. I opted for the latter, and tossed on these adorable scalloped linen shorts + this slightly bell sleeved sweater. It was casual + functional for chasing little miss through the exhibits, yet I still felt pulled together. The sandals were also incredibly comfortable for the day spent walking around.

The evening before, we headed out for a little al fresco happy hour. The evening was mild, and it was beckoning for a little rosé. Since it was warm when we headed out, I grabbed these new frayed hem jeans (these are perfect if you’re petite… I didn’t have to do anything to the hem) and a lightweight tunic tank…. something simple, yet classic. I wear jeans all the time, and think this color is perfect for spring + summer. Knowing that the winds would likely pick up in the evening, I decided to match my beverage of choice and grabbed this lightweight blush cardigan.

On Sunday of that weekend, we headed out for a little brunch at the beach. The skies were clear, and a little beachside dining was beckoning. I typically reserve dresses for special occasions, but couldn’t resist this gorgeous white lace one for a casual day at Lido Island. We opted to brunch at Juice Served Here (their toast selections are ah-mazing), and sat out on their adorable patio. After, we walked around the streets and let little miss run on the dock and look at the boats.

The beach temps are always slightly cooler, so I grabbed a denim jacket to toss over this dress. It made it a little more casual, which was exactly the look I was going for. I also have to take a moment and comment on these lace-up sandals. They are incredibly versatile, and the softest blush color. The laser cut details makes them an excellent option to dress up as well…. oh, and they’re incredibly comfortable too!

Thank you to Loft for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

03.21.2017

Spring Stripes + My Spring Bucket List

I missed the memo that it was the first day of spring yesterday…. it was cloudy and cool here… and I wore grey + black. Quite a dichotomy. So, I’m making up for it in today’s post… which is full of color and spring-y things, if you will….

But, in all honesty, I actually love spring. The temperatures tend to be warm and mild (unlike the heat of summer….) and at the risk of sounding cliché, everything really does feel new again (even those slides that I tucked away in the back of the closet….). I look forward to the Easter holiday, the colors of nature, and that it stays light longer. I always have a list of things to do each time this season rolls around, and this year, with little miss being a little older, I’ve added a few more fun activities. I’m sharing that list with you today… and I’d love to know your fun spring activities too!

1. Take Harper to visit the Easter Bunny (she slept through the whole thing last year…)
2. Color Easter Eggs (this could get a little on the messy side….) + then hide them
3. Pick out the perfect Easter dresses. I already snagged Harper’s, and I’m loving this one for me
4. Plan a warm weather getaway. On the short list are Palm Springs and Cabo
5. Make a rosé sangria
6. Have an Easter Brunch
7. Take Harper to visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields
8. Stock up on striped tops (my obsession)….. this blush and white button up made it home with me and I love this basic striped tank and multi-striped, spring perfect, tee. I wore this adorable bell sleeved top out for a happy hour with TJ and love the sleeves and the tie back. It’s feminine, while not being too over the top.
9. Have some picnics in the park with Harper
10. Spruce up our patio with a few new plants (likely succulents….)
11. Go on a family bike ride
12. I typically say find the perfect sandal, yet I found this pair and they’re so incredibly comfortable
13. Compile my spring reading list (and actually get through it….)
14. Get in more outdoor workouts. This last weekend TJ and I worked out outside (sprints + strength training) and it was so invigorating to be outside (and I’m still sore….)
15. Refresh my spring make-up routine
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(Outfit Details || Top (wearing XS, great price!) | Jeans | Slides (TTS, wearing the blush color) | Necklace | Bag | Sunglasses)

03.17.2017

Date Night || On A Budget + Under $100

Oh, hi Friday. When we went into the week, I thought, “This will be easy… a nice short week.” Um, no. With every single person in our family being hit with norovirus (literally…. it hit Harper for a few hours  on the day we got home, then my mom, my dad, then me, then TJ a mere 5 hours later… and my sister is the latest casualty…) Friday is more welcome than usual….

And when the weekends come, I’m always thinking about fun adventures. In light of our couples time last weekend, date nights have been on the brain…. ways to get creative with them… ways to make them budget friendly… and how to look cute, yet practical. You see, in our parent-less days, date nights were a breeze. We’d get all dolled up, head out late, stay out late, and pretty much do whatever. Now, things are more planned, more practical… and to be honest, that’s all ok with us (#GettingOld).

With that, what I wear has changed too. Now, it’s much more practical too. I prefer jeans and a fun top over fancier items… and my poor heel collection has taken a much too long hiatus. As we were planning to head out of town last weekend, I knew that we would be having a few nights out (although, we opted to stay in on our last night with pizza and champagne… again #GettingOld….) so I went on the hunt for some fun date night items that I could also mix into my everyday life. I ended up finding a ton of budget friendly pieces that I fell in love with…. like these slip on mauve colored mules. They’re the perfect height… and while I won’t be wearing them to any play dates… they’re perfect for a happy hour out… or even a casual lunch date. I’ve rounded up a few other budget friendly clothing options, and included a list of some fun date night options that are simple + budget friendly… but high on quality time and fun….

Clothing + Accessories: 

I stumbled across a few gorgeous tops, all under $65 that I think would be perfect for a date night… as well as work (well, at least I would have worn them to my 9-5) and everyday life. I’m particularly fond of this mauve ruffle sleeve top, as well as this blush peplum top. This blue + white striped bell sleeve top is adorable too… and I think it would pair perfectly with denim shorts in the warmer months, as well as white pants…. and I also like this grey and white striped poplin bell sleeved top. Oh, and this white one shouldered ruffle top too… it’s super casual, but would be adorable with my new favorite jeans and the mules featured today. This clutch is a great smaller option, as is this perforated white cross body bag…. and these gold mules will go with anything, as will these tan kitten heeled mules.

Scroll down for some fun budget friendly date ideas…..
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(Outfit Details || Top (under $50) | Mules ($31!) | Jeans (cut hem on my own, follow this DIY) | Clutch (under $60) | Cuff (under $40) | Sunglasses)

Date Ideas:

Our go-to, take-out from your favorite spot + a bottle of vino…
Do a date morning…. head out for a workout together + then grab breakfast (always a cheaper option than dinner….)…
Grab take-out + have a picnic… we did this for Valentine’s Day (Harper in tow)… grabbed some fish tacos + headed down to the beach to watch the sunset….
Happy Hour… great pricing…. small bites…. home in time for the couch, stretchy pants, and some 48 Hours Mystery….
Discover a new cool coffee shop together (they’re popping up everywhere)… we did this last weekend and it was so fun sitting there + sipping our drinks… alone… without rushing…

03.16.2017

Wellness || My Probiotic Evening Skin Care Routine

So, I have a few fears in life… some a little scarier than others…. and Tuesday, my dreaded fear of the stomach bug took over and sidelined me for a little over 24 hours. This post was originally scheduled to go live for Wellness Wednesday, yet, since I wasn’t feeling so well, it wasn’t completed. I figure better late than never… so today, I bring you my wellness post for the week and I’m chatting all about my evening skincare routine….

When I started middle school (aka puberty) my mom sat me down and we chatted about the importance of taking care of your skin… especially in the evening, before bedtime. She purchased the necessary products and gave me a step by step tutorial. It was a habit I fell into pretty quickly…. and one I’ve never veered from. Even during those late nights in college, I never went to bed with make-up on…. and made sure to go through my evening skincare routine (it might have just been a tad bit quicker…. and sloppier)….

Over the years I’ve made small variations to the products that I used…. when I find what works, and what I love, I stick with it. Which is why I don’t do a lot of skincare reviews on the blog…. yet, about a year ago I was introduced to TULA skincare and have been hooked ever since. It was right after I had Harper and my skin was going through a dry spell so I thought I would change things up a bit. I was intrigued that their technology used probiotics. I’d been a religious user of probiotics for the gut, but never for the face. So, I did a bit of research.

Here are the benefits of using probiotics as a topical agent on the skin:

1. Wrinkle Prevention (and possibly assist in slowing down the aging process)
2. Strengthen The Skin Barrier (protects the skin’s microbiome which protects against the aging process)
3. Moisturizes (well hydrated skin makes wrinkles less visible… yes please!)
4. Protects Against Sun Damage

After reading all that, I decided I wanted to know more about TULA’s technology and how it utilizes probiotics to help skin. They have a patented technology to help improve the health of the skin, and their products are free from harmful substances and contain the following:

Multistrain Probiotic Technology
Yogurt Cultures
Rice Nutripeptides
Vitamin A, C, + E
Chicory Root Extract
Antioxidants
Omega 3 + 6 Fatty Acids

I can honestly say that since using their products, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin’s moisture level and general glow. I received a few questions asking how I incorporate their products into my evening routine, so I thought I would share that with you since I firmly believe that healthy skin is so important….. And, because I feel so strongly, TULA is offering all my readers 20% off and free shipping on your order. Just use code Shannon20.

I usually start my evening skincare routine around 7:30pm, right after Harper has gone down. I slip into some comfortable pajamas, like this striped pullover + shorts set, and toss my hair into a ponytail so it doesn’t get in the way. I start with the Purifying Face Cleanser which is a gel cleansing emulsion that gently removes make-up and cleans pores…. I love the way it lathers up too.

Every other night, I use the exfoliating treatment mask…. I’m obsessed with it. I notice a huge difference in my skin’s brightness the next morning… It’s my favorite little indulgence on those evenings…. when I get to spend an extra 5 minutes on myself… without any interruptions!

After I wash + dry my face, I apply this toner to prepare my skin for the rest of the products. I then apply the illuminating face serum, one of my favorites from the line. It works to even skin tone, provides moisture from the inside out, and diminishes dark spots. I’ve 100% noticed a brighter complexion in my face since using.

I then apply the overnight skin rescue treatment. This stuff is no joke. If you want to moisturize your face, it’s the real deal. It leaves face incredibly moisturized… and adds a dewy like complexion.

Lastly, I use the revitalizing eye cream (I go between the eye cream and the multi-spectrum eye renewal, both great options) on my under-eye skin and on my eyelids. I love the moisture it provides and it leaves the area illuminated and soft.

That’s all! It sounds pretty intense, but it only takes me about 5 minutes to complete the entire routine… and when I wake up, my skin feels soft and supple…. and most importantly, it’s healthy.

03.14.2017

Everyday Elevated || The T-Shirt Dress

I read somewhere, a few years ago, that you should look at your most worn items in your closet and buy more of them… duh, right? Well, being in a 9-5 job that wasn’t very glamorous (incredibly helpful yes, glamorous, no.) I, for some reason, filled my closet with pretty dresses to wear “to that wedding I have this summer….” or “in case we decide to go to a fancy dinner….” and in the end, I wore them once and then they never saw the light of day again (well, that’s not entirely true…. they were borrowed a lot…). All that to say, the above statement was like a brick in the face. Hellllll-O…. probably don’t need those dresses……

So, I became much more pragmatic. Tops, tees, jeans, flats, cardigans, and jackets became the items that filled my closet… and just like that, I was actually able to wear most of my items on a daily basis…. mixing and matching… dressing up and down. Yet, as much as I love my favorite everyday basics (read: jeans), to be honest, sometimes I’m like “again?…..” Then I stumbled across this t-shirt dress and thought I’d see how it fit with my other favorite items…. I mean, it’s as basic as a dress can get, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try….

I was sold the moment I put it on (I’m actually wearing it backwards because I like the v-neck line….) and immediately paired it with with my favorite sneakers, denim jacket, and cap. Such an easy throw on and go option… and casual enough to run errands in and chase around little miss. It’s a dress that’s the epitome of everyday living elevated…. but can also be dressed up with a cute pair of espadrilles + a suede jacket for a fun night out…..

A few other cute t-shirt dress options include this grey option with the cutest back details, grey and white striped v-neck dress, and this slouchy blue + white striped option.
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{Outfit Details || Dress (wearing XS… could have taken a S) | Jacket | Sneakers (size down) | Cap | Cuff | Sunglasses | Bag (cheaper option)}



03.09.2017

The Suede Jacket || Blushing

Around this time last year, I went on the hunt for the perfect camel colored suede jacket. The one I had my eye on sold out while I had it sitting in my shopping cart (I contemplated too long…. I hate when that happens)… and then all I could find were suede jackets well over the $500 price point…. just a tad over what I was willing to pay (I say that sarcastically). Yet, when I get something in my head, I am relentless about it… that can be a strength, and a weakness at times… yet this time, it was a strength. I stumbled across the best real suede jacket…. for an even better price point ($60…. WTF….) from Forever 21 (you can see it styled here, here, + here). I was #obsessed…. I mean, the quality was (and still is) amazing + the price point was seriously unbelievable…. I wore it all the time…. still do….

Yet, this season I wanted to mix things up a bit, and went on the search for a colored suede jacket (I own one in cobalt blue… but wanted something a little softer for spring….). Of course, this one caught my eye…. but the price tag brought me back to reality. Quickly. I don’t think so. Ever….. Especially after last year’s steal…. so the search continued….

Until a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this blush beauty (yes, I realize all 3 of my posts this week have had blush in them… can you tell I like it…. remember what I said about when I get something in my head I’m relentless….???). While not the same price as last year’s steal, it was well under the original find, so I decided to give it a try. When it came in the mail I was smitten. A gorgeous light blush color, the softest suede, the smell of suede, and the most perfect fit/shape. I wore it out to brunch the other weekend, and can’t wait to wear it this coming weekend as well. I even plan on wearing it with my favorite tank and high waisted leggings for a casual day of errands… or a post work-out brunch. I’m all about versatility, and this jacket fits the bill…..

If you’re looking for a suede option, under $200, I also highly recommend this option (I tried it on in the store, while waiting for this one to arrive, and if I could, would snag it in the light blue….). The fit is amazing and it’s excellent quality too. I also love the scallop edges on this camel colored option, and this drape front faux suede option is a great price and color.

I still consider that suede jacket from last year to be one of my best finds ever…. I’d love to know what your best find was!
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{Outfit Details || Jacket (wearing size 4) | Tank | Jeans | Mules | Sunglasses}

03.07.2017

Spring Things Under $100 || Blush Shoes + Transitional Cardigans

A few things you may, or may not, know about me (or, you may not even care, and in that case, just scroll right on down….):

1. I love a good all white outfit. Yet, each and every time I put one on I think to myself “marshmallow?”…..
2. I have a strong distaste for black shoes. I try to love them, but I never seem to like how they look on me….
3. I hoard comfy cardigans as if my life depended on it.
4. I’m short. So, each and every pair of jeans I own, I always add my own personal distressing to them…..
5. I’m a creature of habit. When I find something that I love, I tend to repeat it….

So…. I guess this outfit is no surprise. It’s pretty much one through five in a nutshell…. and embodies all my favorite spring trends in one place (well, almost one place, you can see my other spring trend post here….)…. items and pieces that I can dress up and down and wear during warmer temps and cooler temps. For today’s post, I’m sharing some of my favorites from Nordstrom, all under $100 (because, you don’t have to break the bank to look amazing….).

1. Blush Shoes: This has to be one of my absolute favorite trends for this spring season. Adding a pair to any outfit instantly creates a feminine touch. I’m still loving mules, so when I was in Nordstrom the other day, I snagged these little beauties. Nordstrom has so many great blush options, at great quality, and an even better price point. We have a few sunny weekend trips planned, so I picked up these blush slide sandals (they come in multiple color options too) and can’t wait to wear them with today’s outfit, or my favorite denim shorts or slip dress. I also own this comfortable pair of blush espadrille platform kicks (which I bought right after the holidays)…. they go with everything and are super comfortable for all day wear. A few other options that I’ve owned for a while and will continue to wear into the spring season include these quilted slip-ons and velvet platform sneakers (last seen here).

2. White Peplum Tank: An absolutely perfect layering piece… functional, feminine, and versatile. My two favorites are this asymmetrical tank I’m wearing in today’s post, and this open back option (that I wear with this bralette, and included an image of at the end of the post). I’ve worn these tops out to brunch as you see here, with leggings and a denim jacket for a day of errands, and with jeans and a suede jacket for happy hour.

3. Cardigans: When it’s cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon…. or simply, just a mild day that needs a layer, my go-to this spring will be my favorite cardigans. I added this grey one to my collection, and love the side lace-up detailing, as well as the pockets in the front. It’s such an easy throw-on-and-go piece. A few other cute ones include this open front blush cardiganadorable ruffle sleeve cardigan, and this open knit cardigan.

4. Pretty Jewels: I love finishing any outfit with a few simple accessories. Right now, I’m loving this crystal chain bracelet and this crystal cuff. This dainty rose gold bracelet and these jacket earrings are also perfect accessories to add to any outfit.


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(Outfit Details || Top (so many color options, under $40) | Cardigan | Jeans | Mules (come in black too)| Watch | Bracelet | Bag (similar, less expensive option) | Sunglasses)


OPEN BACK TANK

In sponsorship with Nordstrom. As always, all options expressed are my own. 

03.04.2017

Instagram Outfit Round-Up || February

I remember when this year started, and March seemed so far away…. and now, here it is. I’ve always had an affinity for March…. it’s our wedding month, and it’s something I always look forward to after the holidays are over. With spring right around the corner, I’m excited for days spent outside, lightweight layers, slide sandals, and wide brimmed hats! Yet, until then, I’ll be living in most of these pieces you see today! Hope you’re all having a great weekend xx

{Top (comes in 4 colors) | Jeans}

{Sweater (under $50!!)}

{Jacket | Cap | Leggings | Tank}

{Top | Jeans | Harper’s onesie | Jeans | Sandals}

{My shoes | Harper’s Shoes}

{Joggers | Tank}

{Leggings | Sweatshirt}

{Tank ($17!) | Cardigan | Jeans (currently 15% off)}

{Top}

{Sweatshirt | Joggers | Sneakers}

{Stripe Top | Sneakers}

{Top (similar, under $100)}

{Sweatshirt | Harper’s top sold out}

{Sweater (sized up two, wearing M)

{Sweater (seriously, one of my favorites… I also layer a tank underneath on warmer days…. and use this as a top layer)}

03.03.2017

Weekend Wear + Navigating Outings With Little Miss

So, before I became a mom, there were things I promised myself I would never do… and then I did some of them. Nothing major, you know…. things like “Oh, I’ll never change my child’s diaper in the car….” Yeah, that happens frequently. Or, that my house wouldn’t be a miniature Toys R Us…. yeah, I pretty much can’t keep track of Harper’s toys (and 90% of the times she chooses to play with items that aren’t even considered toys….). All that being said, I can only imagine all my “I will never’s…..” that are going to come crashing down around me as little miss moves further into toddlerhood. Given that, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to how I’ve been navigating being out and about with little miss in this new toddler stage……

1. Comfort: Always. My numero uno requirement for a day is that I can run and move in anything I wear. Which is why, for the most part, everything I share is just that (with a few exceptions for that special occasion). On days when we have nothing planned, I opt for tennis shoes, my favorite leggings, and a sweatshirt/hoodie of sorts (so easy to toss on and off….). A cap pulls it all together (well, actually, it pretty much just covers up hair that hasn’t been washed in 5 days…) and makes me feel cooler than I am….

2. Gear: While what I wear is important, what I bring is equally as paramount. Recently, we’ve been using this umbrella-like stroller. It’s not as small as a true umbrella stroller, which is nice…. and it’s definitely sturdier. Yet, it’s incredibly lightweight, collapses in one easy step, and has a good amount of storage for its size. We’ve taken it to the zoo, on our short weekend trips (perfect size for a hotel room), and to the park. It’s such an easy stroller to manage, and perfect for everyday. I’ve also been alternating between my favorite diaper bag (same brand option here) and this blush colored tote. The tote is incredibly spacious, and can hold a variety of items. I usually place my cell phone in the outside pocket, and my keys, wallet, and sunglasses in the interior pocket. It can fit diapers, wipes, a changing pad, lotions, snacks, sippy cups, a few toys, and a change of clothing (for both of us) easily (I also use it as a gym bag….).

3. Snacks: In all honesty, we don’t snack that much. I tend to use snacks as a great “distraction” option when we are out and about (of course, if she is hungry she can eat whenever!!). Yet, there are a few “treats” that I reserve for when we are out and about (i.e. at a restaurant, in the store, at the mall….). The ever popular puffs, in this little container, keep her occupied for quite sometime. I was asked which snacks I found to be successful in keeping little miss occupied. So far, I’ve found the aforementioned puffs, organic ritz-like-crackers (these things are her weakness…. I reserve them for those desperate situations…. because when they’re gone…. well, you can only imagine….), string cheese, and these little granola bars (I love these as an option!). She’s also a huge fan of Lara Bars, RX Bars, and Perfect Bars (like, she’s obsessed)!

4. Modify Expectations: I think without this ability, any outing will seem like a failure. Let’s be real. A long leisurely lunch just isn’t going to happen with a little one (and if you have them, please tell me your secret….). So, going into it with that expectation gives me a little bit of perspective. That being said, I try to bring novel toys when we go out to a restaurant. Something she doesn’t play with often, or hasn’t seen in a while, so that her attention will be slightly captivated by that toy. Sometimes we get the crayons and color with her (not that she does much coloring, but she does like to watch)…. and other times, one of us runs around with her a little bit outside before it’s time to eat (that way we all eat at the same time, and she releases some energy). Is that situation ideal? Not really, buuuuut, again, modify expectations. We also find that bringing a book to the restaurant, and actually reading it to her, can help……

The other day we were at the mall and this little boy was playing with his iPad in the stroller ahead of me in line. He was perfectly content, and the mom was the complete antithesis of frazzled. The much older lady in front of me turned around and stated, “What’s with parents and electronics these days?” I probably looked like a deer in headlights and didn’t really say much. I learned a while ago not to judge moms. We all have moments, we all have our way of doing things, and we all care about our children. That being said, I am not opposed to an iPad, or electronics, when out at a restaurant, traveling on an airplane (what would you prefer as a passenger??? A toddler running up and down the isles or one peacefully watching a cartoon?…..), or grocery shopping. I haven’t done it yet (I’m waiting for that day though….) and am a firm believer in moderation (hence, the premise of the blog). My child using a form of electronics once in a while is not going to do permanent damage to her social skills. There’s a time and place for everything, and every mom has to decide what that is for them……

Oh, we also try to choose places that are relatively kiddo friendly…. with the exception of our blunder here…..

5. Timing: When we head out, I’m always sure to schedule the outing immediately after a nap. That typically gives us ample time to do what we need to do, without the potential meltdown from fatigue.

As we go into the weekend, you can 100% guarantee we’ll be employing these techniques!! I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be sharing an instagram roundup of all my outfits tomorrow morning (a rare Saturday post!).
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{Outfit Details || Zip Up (comes in so many different colors ) | TankLeggings | Sneakers | Cap | Bag (c/o)(comes in 5 colors, such a great size!) | Stroller (c/o) | Harper’s Hoodie (similar)}

03.02.2017

Spring Essentials || Casual Chic In THE Best Jeans + Sleeveless Sweatshirt

As I was tossing clothing into my overnight bag this past weekend, several sweatshirts made the cut… and as I began thinking about it, my life has cycled in and out of sweatshirts over the years….

In elementary school, it was the heinous matching sweatpants (with the full blown elastic on the bottom) + sweatshirts. The brighter the color the better (I’d beg to differ now….)….. In high school, it was all about the college sweatshirts. It didn’t matter if I was going there… the more the better…. you know, those hoodies with the big ol’ raised college lettering?? Yeah, I probably had one from every school I visited…. Then, in college, it was all about the actual school pride sweatshirt… and then the Greek letter sweatshirt (could never have too many of those…..)…. In graduate school, I was pretty much too studious for sweatshirts (that’s what I thought at least) and relegated myself to Juicy Couture velour track suits. A much better option (riiiiight….).

And now? Well, as we head into Spring, and I begin to curate my wardrobe for the warmer temperatures, I can’t get enough of them… along with several other necessities for casual living….

So, when I was in Nordstrom the other day, I could’t help but grab a few options in preparation for the season change. They had so many amazing items, all at great price points… and perfect for everyday living. If you’re looking for some spring necessities, I have you covered today….

1. Sweatshirt: A much more refined version than the ones listed above. It’s practical, comfortable as heck, and when paired with the right accessories, has you ready for a casual day out. I own several at this point, with two of my favorites being the sleeveless options…. both in white and grey. You can easily layer them underneath a coat, or wear them solo when the temperatures are warm enough. They lend themselves to a laid back feel. I also own this slightly slouchy, off the shoulder option in two colors, as well as this split neck hoodie…..

2. Grey Jeans: When you pair any of the above mentioned sweatshirts with a pair of grey jeans, it’s a winner. I’m loving this shade as an alternative to my favorite black pair and white option. They go with anything, and this pair has the perfect amount of distressing (all I had to do was rip the jeans open a little more). A few other grey jean options that I am loving include this high waisted pair and this option with the side zippers.

3. Denim Jacket: I’ve always been a fan of this wardrobe staple. Yet, this season I went on the hunt for the perfect slightly oversized, slightly distressed jacket and landed on this one. It’s such an amazing price point and I’ve already worn it multiple times (haven’t even had it for a week). It pairs well with the above mentioned pieces, but will also look great over a dress, or with black shorts and a white tee when the temps warm up (and my legs become tan…).

4. Espadrille Sneakers: Nothing screams spring more than a pair of espadrilles… and while the wedge versions aren’t a very practical everyday option, this sneaker sure is. I bought them last season, and was so excited to pull them out again this year. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day, and the espadrille sole is a perfect alternative to regular old kicks….. I also own this cognac color option.

5. Accessories: Of course, hats of any kind are my go to, and this one is no exception (it helps to cover up dirty hair….)… and tossing on a few gold accessories really pulls any outfit together. This circle pendant and fan pendant necklaces are excellent options.
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{Outfit Details (ALL clothing pieces under $90!)|| White Sweatshirt (comes in 3 color options, wearing XS) | Grey Sweatshirt (comes in 5 color options, wearing XS) | Jeans (size up 1, I’m wearing 25) | Distressed Denim Jacket | Light Blue Denim Jacket | Sneakers (super comfortable) | Hat | Bag (less expensive option) | Sunglasses | Necklace (similar) | Thumb Ring}

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.