Monday, April 21, 2014

First Easter

 

White dress, coral cardigan

Dress- Old Navy, Cardigan- Thrifted, Tights- Target, Shoes- JC Penney, Necklace- Gift

This past weekend Old Navy was running a 30% off the entire store sale so Mike and I packed up Lincoln and made a trip to the mall. I spotted this eyelet dress and tried it on on a whim and it left the store with me. It’s so adorable and I will wear it this spring and all summer long with every color cardigan I own. It also fit like a dream and it’s not see through because it has a lining. So in love with it I could wear it every week. I can’t wait to be able to wear it without tights too. Clearly it was the obvious choice for Easter. I even got Mike to take an outside picture for me :)

We celebrated Lincoln’s first Easter on Sunday. The day started out with Lincoln sleeping until 7:45 so it was a treat for Mike and I not to be awakened at 5:00 by our early riser. For Easter dinner we went to Mike’s mom’s house and Lincoln got passed around by everyone and he didn’t mind one bit. I was impressed at how well he did. It was a big day for him because he ended up passed out in his Uncle’s arms, who clearly knows how to but a baby to sleep! It was a great day with the family and we got tons of pictures to remember the day.

 

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Lincoln and Mommy

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Lincoln and Daddy in their coordinating shirts :)

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Our little family

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Striped Dress Three Ways

 

All opinions are 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post but I did receive the dress for free. Thank you to eShakti.com.

 

I was recently contacted by eShakti to try out one of their dresses. This was basically a dream come true because this site has the most beautiful dresses and you can customize the neckline, sleeves and length. I had the hardest time narrowing it down to one dress but I fell in love with the big bold stripes of this dress. I left the length at above knee and I love how it isn’t too short. I customized the neckline to raise it up to a scoop neck and added cap sleeves to make it a little more modest and I think it turned out really cute. I do think the sleeves are a little tight but oh well, I still am in love with this dress. I don’t own anything like this and it’s a great addition to my closet.

I want it to be versatile so I decided to style it in three different ways.

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With heels and chunky pearls

Necklace- thrifted and redone by me, Shoes- Fergalicious

This dress would be perfect to wear to a wedding. We actually have a wedding to go to in August and I might end up wearing this dress minus the tights. I’m still not ready to lose the tights in mid April.

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With a blazer

Blazer- JC Penney, Shoes- thrifted, Necklace- gift

I think the blazer adds a bit of office sophistication to this dress. It definitely needed to be buttoned though to keep the slim waistline intact.

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With a cardigan

Cardigan- Old Navy, Necklace- Sassy Steals, Shoes- Fergalicious

My first cardigan color choice would have been black but I wanted to try something different so I choose navy instead. Navy and black is really popular right now. Plus navy always looks good with green so I think the colors look great together. I’m not sure what other color combos would work besides something safe like gray or white. I am a cardigan lover through and through so I am loving this look.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIWW- Printed Dress

 

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Dress- Thrifted, Cardigan- Target, Boots- Dr. Scholl’s (exact)

I just had a walk down memory lane putting this post together. I went to check if I had ever shared this cardigan and dress combo before and I found some outfit combinations I previously wore and forgot but I will definitely be creating.

I was actually surprised I hadn’t worn this combo before because I love this springy blue with this printed dress. It’s a perfect dress for layering and I will be continuing to wear it as the weather warms up and I’m able to lose the tights and boots. I love warmer weather but I also love my boots. They are actually the only thing I like and will miss about the colder temperatures.

I have been eyeing up spring dresses online so I pulled mine out of storage to satisfy my need to wear pretty dresses. I feel like lately all I want to do is buy new clothes so it’s nice to have something new to wear that costs no money. I love reading fashion blogs and sharing my outfits but also leads me to want to buy clothes that I don’t really need. I’m considering setting myself a fashion budget so I have the freedom to buy without overspending. That way I will be able spend without feeling guilty and have some accountability for what I buy. I need to start thrifting again too. Nothing beats the price of the thrift store and I have gotten some of my favorite clothes from there (like this dress!) Now let me go delete the six dresses I just added to my cart at JC Penney…

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Crocus

 

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We had the most beautiful weekend! It was sunny and in the upper 70s. Quite a taste of spring. Believe or not we are actually due to have 1-3 inches of snow now on Tuesday :( That’s Northeast Ohio weather for you. All over the place.

Unfortunately for me I was sick with the stomach flu on Saturday so I missed out on a lot of the sun. Good thing I have Mike to take care of me when I’m sick. I don’t’ know what I’d do without him! Lincoln’s sitter was sick this week and I must have gotten it from her. My mom got it too but luckily Lincoln and Mike have stayed healthy. Fingers crossed we are out of the woods too. I don’t want my boy or my hubby to get that nasty bug!

I was on the mend by Sunday so Mike and I did some light yard work. We both are itching to do a mini redo to our front garden bed so I foresee lots of digging in the next couple of weekends. Mike wants to open up the yard by the driveway since some of the plants are in the way of the car door and I want to do a little plant rearranging.

We also talked about our veggie and herb garden and the plan right now is for tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions, broccoli, zucchini, basil, parsley and thyme. We already have some pots of chives, sage, lemon thyme and oregano.  I want to buy the tomato, pepper, broccoli and onion but I will be planting everything else from seed. I’ve still got time and the motivation to do my own planting this year. I’m am looking forward to eating some tasty veggies from our garden this year!

 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIWW- Jeans Day

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Shirt- Kohls, Jeans- Loft via Clothes Mentor, Scarf- Target, Boots- JC Penney

It’s my favorite time of year at work right now. For a donation to charity we are allowed to wear jeans to work on Friday. I’m haven’t been very pleased with the fit of most of my jeans so I took a trip to Clothes Mentor to find a couple of new pairs. If you’ve never been to Clothes Mentor it’s like the big sister of Plato’s Closet. It’s a higher end thrift shop that only stocks name brand clothes. The prices are much higher than the normal thrift store but it’s a lot easier to find something you are looking for and it’s a whole lot cleaner. I left with this pair of jeans and another pair from Gap so I was pretty pleased with my trip.

This will probably be one the last times I find myself wanting to wear this warmer scarf. It’s actually a regular scarf I knotted in the back to turn faux infinity. I was comfortable most of the day but it really warmed up by the time I left work and off it came.

This past Sunday it also finally warmed up enough for us to spend some time outside. Mike washed our cars and I cleaned up the front garden beds. This past fall I was super pregnant so I didn’t do my typical fall cleanup and there was lots of dead stems to cut and leaves to rake up.

Some of my crocus already started blooming and they normally are a late variety. In past years they have almost all bloomed at once but this year I had a couple of bunches bloom which means there are lots more coming to brighten my day. Nothing says Spring to me like seeing the crocus blooming.

Lincoln got to spend lots of time outside too. He really hasn’t been out that much since our winter was so nasty and the weather is just now starting to break. He had a nap in his Rock n Play on the porch and then we chatted with our neighbors that were also out enjoying the weather. He was definitely a big hit with everyone, especially since we have been practically hibernating so no one has seen what a big boy he has turned into.

Later in the afternoon we all went and had ice cream at the local ice cream place. Of course Lincoln only came along for the ride since he isn’t quite ready for his own cone. I had a delightful chocolate peanut butter brownie waffle cone that really made it feel like Spring.

It’s actually supposed to stay on the warmer side all week with a couple of days of rain mixed in but I will take it. I am so looking forward to being able to spend time outside working on my garden, grilling, taking walks at the park and relaxing with my two favorite boys.

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