Monday Mingle: Ponchos for Fall

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I took my coveted leather leggings out for a spin this weekend.  The temps were nice and cool…totally leather weather.  I decided pairing them with my favorite new poncho compliments of Krimson Klover was the way to go!  Do you remember this lovely sweater from last year?  Well, there designs are just as beautiful for 2014!   The sweater featured below  is beautiful, soft and stylish- perfection really.  Ponchos are everywhere this season.  I have been a fan forever…and surprised myself by only owning one other.  I think I might have a snatch up a few from my “Shop” page, which is ready to launch any day now!

Monday Mingle is the stylish collab between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  I am hosting today…but be sure to pop by and visit my girlies:)  Off to pull a few “The Box Service” today…infact…Kristin of BonBon is one of my clients this week:) Yay!

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Sweater c/o Krimson Klover available HERE, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Leather leggings VINCE(last season) similar available HERE, Bag (old) Marc jacobs similar available HERE, Shoes Christian Louboutin similar available HERE

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Monday Mingle: Mixing Prints

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Mixing prints.  I will be honest, I don’t do it often…when I do….I keep things pretty simple.  I mostly pair stripes with camo like here OR leopard as a neutral like here.  I am incredibly inspired when I see bold pairings on other style blogs but when I try to mix it into my personal style…it never ends up “working”.  I prefer to keep it subtle…like below.  The top is solid black but the intricate fabric work gives it a patterned feel….that paired with my favorite (and most comfortable) Ella Moss pants seemed to work well.  What do you think?  Do you mix prints?

Its #MondayMingle time with my favs Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Nicole of MomTrends.  Pop by to see what they are up to…the linkup is being hosted by Kristin this week.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week!

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Pants Ella Moss available here, Grace Chuang available through The Box Service (sizes limited), Shoes Steve Madden available here,Earrings and bracelets Stella Dot available here and here

 

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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk: VOUCHER GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday to all!  Connor is really excited and so am I…..we are giving away A FULL DAY FREE for up to five people at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk!  The value is incredible as  you and four guests will receive wristbands to enjoy the beach, bath house, amusement rides, miniature golf, aquarium and fun house!  You might remember my original post HERE  announcing my summer ambassadorship and sharing our amazing photoshoot by Adalie Scott Photography.  Well, here is your chance to make memories at the Jersey Shore with your family/friends….for FREE!

GOOD LUCK!!!!

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GOOD LUCK! HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

 
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* Voucher is valid any one day for five people.  Not valid for parking.  Winner must present voucher to Pavillion Office after 9am or Amusement Park Office after 12 noon for Wristbands.  Identification must be shown.

Casual Summer Style: Baby Cargo Giveaway!

You may remember my Baby Cargo post from a few years back HERE .  I highlighted the launch of the Georgi Bag sharing how stylish and functional it is!  Lucky for us…they have designed another functional and stylish diaper bag….so I am back highlighting the fabulous Fiona Bag (which I tore out of the packaging and wore yesterday for our boardwalk trip)

This bag is SO perfect for those shorter trips, where you don’t need changes of clothing or multiple snacks.  I fit my wallet, keys, phone, diapers, and wipes and it was perfection.  There is a perfect spot for bottles as well, I just am not in that zone any longer…as we are trying (I stress the word trying) to take the bottle away from Preston, now at 21 months.  I love the crossbody detail and honestly, it does NOT look like a diaper bag.   WATCH THE VIDEO to see all this little bag can do and then enter the giveaway below!

I have a dear friends wedding tonight….styling the most beautiful Von Vonni dress…you can follow along with the fashion on Instagram if you like.  HAPPY FRIDAY and hope you have a lovely weekend:)

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Top Surf Gypsy available via Box Service, Skirt Gentle Fawn available here, Sandals GIGI available here, Necklace/Bracelet Stella and Dot available HERE and HERE, Bag c/o BabyCargo

 

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Monday Mingle: Bohemian Style

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Everything about this dress has me wanting to go barefoot and turn up the Bob Marley…instead…I celebrated a dear friends baby boy at her shower.  I decided to dress appropriately and wear shoes, ha!   I did skip the bra though….SEE, I told you I am a hippie at heart:)  I realize not everyone can do that…and truthfully this style would be really difficult for a busty body type.  If you love the vibe, but can’t wear this particular cut, pop by the eShakti site…they have a Boho Chic collection and each item is more adorable than the next…I want it ALL!  Secretly hoping this style post helps awaken your bohemian side…Happy Shopping!

It’s #MondayMingle time, the fun fashion link up hosted by myself, Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Nicole from Momtrends.  Join in the fun, link up and then visit with all our stylish friends.  I have made some of the best blogging relationships through Monday Mingle…and hope you do too!  Happy Monday:)

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Dress c/o eShakti same body style, different print available here, Necklace Stella and Dot available here, Shoes Manolo Blahnik (old)

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JENKINSONS BOARDWALK: Making Memories

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I am elated to share that I am serving as a #jenksambassador this summer…bringing you snippets of our experiences at the always fun Jenkinsons Boardwalk.  I will be sharing dates for free family movies, special promotions, and general reviews of our favorite things to do all summer long!  This ambassadorship was a natural fit for our family…as we live minutes from the boardwalk and hit the aquarium, arcade and rides constantly.  Hoping I can keep the boys attention long enough to play miniature golf this year…..wish me luck:)  Ha!

On a more serious note, I didn’t grow up full time at the beaches of New Jersey, but I have so many unforgettable childhood memories vacationing here every summer.  Some of the people I hold dear to those memories are no longer with us, and yet they remain….in flashes as I ride a rollercoaster with my four year old…or when I lick a supersized ice-cream cone with my one year old.  To be able to share that Jersey Shore magic with my sons fills my heart.  Truly.  I hope you will come with your families and see all that Jenkinsons has to offer.  Trust me, it is WAY more than coins, rides and cotton candy.

So follow along with the fun on my social media channels Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Also stay tuned as I will be giving away a FREE FAMILY DAY PASS to a lucky reader in July!

 

ON TO THE PHOTOS……

I like to keep it fresh here on TSF….so I partnered with an amazing local photography talent Adalie Scott Photography to capture my boys kicking it Jenkinsons style.  The shoot turned out so amazing, I plan to use the shots for our holiday card this year….”Greetings from the Jersey Shore” has a nice ring to it, no?  A true talent, she can take care of any of your photography needs..portraits, events, weddings and children.

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of beautiful photography.  Details to book your OWN Jenkinsons Boardwalk photo session are below or email specific questions to adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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BOOK YOUR OWN BOARDWALK PHOTO SESSION!

*one full hour session, an incredible location and an entire disc of edited photos that you can print on your own is an INCREDIBLE value.  Contact Amy at adaliescottphotography@gmail.com

 

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Monday Mingle: Floral for Fathers Day

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Hope all of you had an amazing weekend.  We had a beautiful couple days…the weather was just gorgeous here at the Jersey Shore.  I had a photo session with my boys at the Boardwalk Friday…a great poolday Saturday…and then a beautiful day at Eagle Oaks for Fathers Day.  Decided to sport this London Times floral dress.  I will admit, I don’t wear florals often….I am not super girlie in my personal style….but sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress.  I have blogged numerous times about this brand..like here and here…..great fit, affordable pricetag…whats not to love?  London Times always delivers.

Do you wear florals?  How would you style this dress?  I kept it simple with a cool peep toe and some fun jewelry.  Hope your week is off to a great start!  Don’t forget to check out my #MondayMingle friends Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Nicole from Momtrends…always super stylish:)  Kristin is hosting.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week:)

 

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Dress c/o London Times similar HERE and HERE, Jewelry Stella and Dot available here, here and here, Glasses c/o Glasses.com similar available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin (old)

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Memorial Weekend Style

Checking out later today to enjoy Memorial Day weekend with my family…..you can catch me a little on Facebook and Instagram for snippets of fashion and fun…but I am really trying to stay disconnected.  I hope you all have an awesome weekend filled with juicy burgers, delicious potato salad, great company and lots of laughs- that is what I am personally striving for!  For those get togethers you have planned…I hope you find some outfit inspiration below.  My personal advice is keep it simple, comfortable…but stylish with some fun accessories and killer shoes!  Happy Weekend:)

 

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Pants Old Navy available here for $19, Blouse c/o Daniel Rain (old), Scarf c/o SusieRaine available here, Belt Nicole Miller (old), Earrings Marcia Moran (old) but surprisingly still available here, Sandals c/o Sole Society (sold out)

 

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Repeat Offender: White Skinnies and YellowBox

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White Jeans Level 99 (sold out) similar here, Grey Tank C+C California (old)similar style on sale here, Black Blazer c/o Kohls (old)but surprisingly still available here, Necklace Sutton Stella and Dot available here, Sunglasses c/o Glasses.com available here, Shoes c/o YellowBox available here

Let me start off by saying, I bought two pairs of these distressed white jeans featured above.  I knew I would wear them a ton and I know how tricky (easily stained) white can be.  I reserve one pair for adult time and one pair for family activity.  So, before you judge for featuring them back to back (and wearing them nonstop) I wanted to share that minor detail:)

I know many clients and readers resist white denim…actually white anything.  Truth be told, it IS hard to keep whites white…and with small children, it is even harder.  I say use your smarts ladies….if you are heading to a backyard BBQ with freshly cut grass and ketchup as the main side, I would skip the white.  However, if you are heading out for a drink or to dinner with a friend, they are the perfect summertime look!

I also want to make mention of the fabulous wedges sent to me from YellowBox Shoes.  The brand is a new discovery for me….and you know when I love it, I share it!  These striped wedges are adorable and affordable.  A winning combination.  For some reason I like spending less on my summer shoe wardrobe and can definitely see myself investing in a few cute pairs from their site.  Infact, I just picked these up yesterday while out an about shopping for clients. Turns out, one of the boutiques I work with carries YellowBox shoes…even further confirmation they are a great brand!  Happy Shopping:)

Follow YellowBox on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for fresh new styles and special promotions!

 

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Simple Style: Ankle Length Denim

I am up to my eyeballs….boxes to get out, Stella&Dot orders to process…so please forgive that I have VERY little to share today.  When it comes to style….I say it often that simple is best and this outfit is the epitome of simple.  Injecting a little personal style with some beautiful tassel jewelry (link to buy below) and a fun wide brimmed hat.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration!

* Ankle length denim is all the rage for Spring…so if this cute pair doesn’t strike your fancy- check your local shops for a pair that does:)

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Jeans c/o Sold Design Lab (available through The Box Service), Blouse Vince similar available here, Blazer SAVA (no longer in business, boo), Hat Calypso St Barth on super sale (old) but great summertime option available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin update for Spring available here, Necklace and Bracelet Stella and Dot available here

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That moment you see your babies while shooting outfit shots.. JOY!!!  Have an AWESOME WEDNESDAY!!!!

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Easy Style: Black, White and a Pop of Color!

I adore the simple pairing of black and white….classic, chic and never out of style.  I especially love it paired with a pop of color.  For me, that pop of color is often orange.  If I were to have a signature color, orange is what it would be.  I have some amazing investment pieces in the color, one being the Marc Jacobs bag featured below.  I am also fairly certain no other accessory has gotten as much wear as this Zolie Designs statement necklace.

Style tip:  Spice up your classic black and white pieces with your favorite bright colored accessories.  It is a subtle way to welcome Spring without looking like you are trying too hard.

Hope you find some outfit inspiration!  We finally have some warmer temperatures here in Jersey…and even though they come with rain, I am NOT complaining.  Happy weekend to all:)

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Blouse c/o Karen Kane similar available here, Leather Jeans Vince, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs, Bag Marc Jacobs (old style), Shoes Jimmy Choo similar available here
Plus Size Options: Blouse available here, leggings available here

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Easy Glamour

We just experienced a freaking blizzard here at the shore (ok, I am exaggerating slightly)…but we got over ten inches and it is close to zero outside…so I am calling it a blizzard.  Thankfully I took these photos on Monday…I had an afternoon appointment with a boutique and then went to meet a friend for dinner.   My style has been all over the map lately preppy, simple, bohemian…one common denominator is easy.  You won’t see complicated layers, ridiculous amounts of accessories or hard to wear pieces…life is so complicated most days…getting dressed shouldn’t be.

Definitely a go-to look for me….White tee, blazer and skinnies…of course when the skinnies are leather and the blazer is sequined, you are definitely achieving a dressier vibe…but easy to create none the less.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration.  As always, links to purchase similar items below the first photo.  Happy Wednesday:)

* PS…I finally had to replace my Nicole Miller leather skinnies with the Vince moto ones below…LOVE the fit!  A little higher on the waist, no plumbers cr*ck, and they zipper and button like a jean. They were 1/2 off..still really pricey but I know they will get a TON of wear.  Link to them below the first photo.

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Leather Motos Vince available here, White Tee Language (old), Sequin Blazer MM Couture similar available here, Shoes Christian Louboutin available here, Necklace c/o Touchstone Crystal (old)

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New Years Eve Style: Repeat Offender

Years ago….before Facebook, Instagram and this blog I would have never thought twice about re-wearing something I loved two weeks later…especially since it was a totally different crowd. I hemmed and hawed for days over what to wear for New Years Eve….

We had relatively low key plans…my parents took the kiddies for the night…so we knew we wanted to do something, but we didn’t want to travel or spend a fortune.  We stuck close to home and had a beautiful dinner (just the two of us) at Prime 13 and then met my sisters and friends at 709 for cocktails…cocktails…and a few more cocktails.  I knew the pantsuit would be the perfect mix of cool, comfortable and chic but I was fresh off wearing it in NYC.  I tortured myself for a few days and then decided, who cares, and focused on styling it differently with some fun black and gold accessories.

I have been DYING to try the bohemian headband look for some time now…but it never happened…so when I stumbled across this black and gold floral one I decided to give it a try.  I received countless compliments and felt like it really went with the vibe of the pantsuit…Studio 54 anyone?  Hopefully this post inspires you to re-wear a few of your favorite pieces this month!  Just focus on different shoes, bag and accessories and no one will know:)

I truly hope each and every one of you had a beautiful New Year spent with loved ones…I, for one, am beyond excited to see what 2014 has in store!  Watching my babies continue to grow into little men…continuing to better our eating habits and food choices..super focused on growing my business…and doing it all IN STYLE!  2014 is going to be an AMAZING year:)

Linking up with two pretty mommies, Mama Fashion Files and Baby Shopaholic!

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Left: Greylin Pantsuit, Lariat Necklace available Lola’s Boutique, Nude Pumps Christian Louboutin
Right: Greylin Pantsuit, Fur Sweater Nicole Miller, Floral Headband available via Lola’s Boutique, Shoes Sam Edelman

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First Birthday Style

If you follow on my Instagram you saw little snippets of Prestons First Birthday on Saturday🙂  With primary colors as the theme, we spent most of the morning hanging banners, blowing up balloons, building block towers and preparing for thirty guests.  The piece de resistance, and I am not talking about food….was THE BOUNCE HOUSE!  With over ten kids coming ranging in ages….it was the only thing I could think of to keep them all happy.  It worked…and the adults enjoyed it too! I wouldn’t say the photos are my best work, but I really tried to disconnect from photography and social media and worry more about making memories than documenting them.  I think I succeeded and will always remember Preston’s First Birthday!

Staying true to who we are around here….enough about the party….on to the fashion.  This gorgeous shirtdress was a gift from Nieves Lavi, a New York label known for amazing prints, and it was so darn perfect for the day.  It was lightweight, comfortable and the bright red color fit in perfectly with the decor.  You can find a bunch of Nieves Lavi dresses on sale here.  I really love this one …tall tan boots and a jean jacket …anyone?  I paired mine with my favorite leopard  Sole Society as well as a fun cork belt.  I kept jewelry to a minimum as I knew I would be holding the baby and running around….just my initials necklace and daily rings, watch and earrings.

Dress c/o Nieves Lavi, Cork Belt c/o Hearts available on sale here, Leopard Flats c/o Sole Society  available here, initials necklace gift from friends available here.
On Preston:  White Collared Shirt Old Navy, Striped Linen Pants, Baby Gap On Connor:  White Tee c/o The Childrens Place, Turquoise Denim Shorts, H&M Tie Urban Sunday

 

Preston Thomas
One Year Old 8/29
Brown Hair (which appears to be pin straight)
Hazel Eyes (change from Blue to Green)
25 lbs
4 teeth- All on the bottom!
Words:  Mama, Dada, Baba, Gaga (as in Lady?)
Crawling since 9 months
Stands and Cruises but yet to take those first steps
Quick with a smile (and a dimple on the left side)
Attached to his mommy
THE BOY WHO COMPLETED OUR FAMILY!
We love you. Happy Birthday!

Home

Thirteen days without power and it has officially been RESTORED!  Thank you to all of the line workers, specifically the crew from Virginia (how fitting my home state came to our aid)  who brought our street back to life yesterday.   Now that we are home, life can get somewhat back to normal….and since I am settled, I can now focus on donating items and offering to help extended family.  My immediate family was spared any damage from Sandy but my aunt and my husbands family are left without homes and businesses….for them, the work of rebuilding is going to be a long hard journey that has just begun.  Still heavily relying on comfort, I thought this bow sweater was a really sweet addition to my wardrobe and would easily dress up and down depending upon what I paired it with. Obviously more to the casual side here, as I went to watch the Alabama game (disappointing) at a local watering hole on Saturday afternoon.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and thank you for stopping by:)

Sweater French Connection (sold out),  Jeans c/o Dickie’s and available here, Tote Bag Andi’s Boutique, Flats Bloch available here,

Additional Totes available for purchase $85 inquire via email carly@thirtysomethingfashion.com

Linked up with MomTrends for Monday Mingle! Pop by and link up:)