May25

Paint Splatter

J. Crew Shirt (more paint splatter) | Blank Denim Jeans (love) | Club Monaco Skirt (similar)
Simon Miller Bonsai Bag (mini) | Marc Jacobs Lust Sandals (save)
Urban Outfitters Hoop Earrings | Ray-Ban Sunglasses (save)

J. Crew featured a fun, paint-splatter collection a few weeks ago and I snapped up this shirt right away. The paint splatter adds a cool, artistic detail to an otherwise basic button-down shirt. I also love that it looks like I’ve been doing some heavy duty art projects with my kids. :) When I dress, I often think about how to easily transform the outfit into something I can wear casually with my family… or fabulously with my friends. On mommy duty, I wear the shirt with distressed jeans and sneakers. Off-duty, I slip on a feather skirt and glittering platform heels of course!

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May22

Clover and Pink Ruffles

J. Crew Ruffle Blouse (dress) | Levi’s Wedgie Jeans
Nannacay Maldives Bag | Loeffler Randall Vera Slides (+colors)
Ann Taylor Earrings | Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

I’m matching up ruffles on my blouse with ruffles on my slides. Both vibrant and oh so romantic! In addition to ruffles on pretty much everything I wear lately, I’m crushing on pom pom bags and floral earrings. I mean, it isn’t quite spring until we’re having a floral, ruffle pom party, right? For the sake of all the newly acquired ruffles (and poms and flowers) in my closet, I hope this is a trend that stays!

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May18

Yellow Flowers

The Kooples Blouse (size down) | H&M Skirt (in stores)
Gucci Dionysus Bag (new mini) | Vans Old Skool Sneakers
J. Crew Earrings | Saint Laurent Sunglasses (save)

When I splurge on clothing, it’s usually high quality staples with unique features like this ruffled blouse. I have a few white button-down shirts in my closet but none as pretty as this one! It looks romantic dressed up with a skirt and just as sweet dressed down with jeans (inspiration to come). Though it was pricey, I find myself reaching for it all the time and for so many different occasions. Yellow has been my favorite color to wear this spring and this jacquard skirt was a major steal. Dainty flowers on quality fabric for under $50? It doesn’t get better than that! These earrings are not so dainty and not such a steal but they are truly stunning statement-makers. I feel instantly fabulous when I put them on!

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May15

Ruffle Wrap

Zara Bodysuit | Topshop Ruffle Wrap Skirt
Simon Miller Bonsai Bag (mini) | Aquazzura Pumps (similarsave)
J. Crew Earrings | Sole Society Cuff Bracelet (similar) | Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Latest love – this ruffle wrap skirt! It looks and feels like a high end designer skirt. The material is substantial and the ruffle wrap is such a stylish detail! I had a hard time choosing between this skirt and this bohemian version from J. Crew. Both are beautifully made but in the end, I think I prefer the refined and streamlined look of the one I’m wearing. When I’m not wearing a sexy bodysuit and lace-up heels, I love wearing this skirt with a striped tee and sassy sneakers. I also picked up this blue beauty so you can bet the ruffle party rages on this spring! :)

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May10

Jacquard

Topshop Dress (also love) | Zara Sandals (similar) | Mansur Gavriel Moon Clutch (mini)
Forever21 Earring (similar) and Urban Outfitters Hoop Earring | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

My husband celebrated his 40th birthday in February and I had nothing to wear. Every single party dress hanging in my closet was too short, too tight, too bright or too sparkly (yes, even for me). Party dresses that I loved wearing in my twenties no longer look good on me in my late thirties. So, I was happy to try this jacquard dress. It’s perfect for an older gal! The fabric is fancy. Both the silhouette and length are figure flattering but not too tight or short. The plunging neckline is an illusion created by flesh colored mesh fabric and that’s my favorite part. Because a party dress still has to be a little sexy!

p.s. I mismatched my earrings on purpose. I couldn’t decide which pair to wear so I wore one of each.

p.p.s. Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there! I am sure it’s not said enough that each and every one of you is doing an incredible job raising kind and brave citizens of the world.

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