Monday Mingle: Simple Style to Copy

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I LOVE reading and scrolling through fantasy fashion blogs…Atlantic Pacific, Glamourai, The Blonde Salad…it is much like art,the way they perfectly style,model and photograph their clothing.  Truly editorial genius.   In all honestly though, its not real life.  Well, to be fair, maybe it is someones real life….but definitely not mine.  A coat perfectly balancing on my shoulders….with two kids to chase after, NOT going to happen.

Over the years, I have had a few fantasy photoshoots (this and this by Adalie Scott Photography come to mind)…..but mostly, I try to document outfits you can really translate into your own life….for lack of a better phrase, outfits you can copy, so you don’t have to think about what to wear.  Leave that part to me…I enjoy it:)

So, for this weeks #MondayMingle  I am serving up an outfit ALL of you have..black and white with some beautiful accessories!  I wore this yesterday, shopping for clients.  Classic, Simple, Chic and Comfortable.  Don’t forget to pop by BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends to see their stylish posts.  Link is with Kristin this week.  Happy Monday!

 

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Top c/o August Silk, Jeans c/o Level 99 available HERE, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Clutch Deux Lux available through special order with ME $85, Sandals c/o Fibi and Clo available HERE, Sunglasses c/o Corinne McCormack

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Unlikely Pairing: Grey and Brown

This outfit may have been inspired by my new obsession, the Sam Edelman booties featured below.  I mean GAH!  I actually was shopping for a client when I stumbled upon them….weakness struck and I had to have them for myself!  They are just perfection in every way.  The heel is mommy friendly, the zippers are on trend and modern, and the color was lacking in my shoe wardrobe.

Lightweight layers are key for me right now.  It is still hot as h*ll outside, but my mind is on fall fashion.  Layers allow it to feel like fall, peeling away when its hot and adding on when you step into the air conditioning.  There was a time, I would have NEVER paired grey with chocolate brown.  Grey always went with black accents, not brown.  I am so glad to have left that notion behind.  I love this grey/brown color combo…..simple, casual, chic….the name of my game.

* I am wearing a new wash c/o Level 99.  Its the Liza Skinny.  Looks awesome cuffed, but also left long.  This will be my staple fall dark jean. If you are interested in purchasing or want to request a pair for your The Box Service, let me know.  $149

Happy WEEKEND!

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Top Knot Sisters, available through The Box Service, Blazer SAVA (old), Jeans c/o Level 99 available through The Box Service, Shoes Sam Edelman available HERE, Jewelry all Stella and Dot available HERE, HERE HERE and HERE, Bag Louis Vuitton, Sunglasses c/o Corinne McCormack similar HERE

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Monday Mingle: White Leopard

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Hope everyone is enjoying the final day of summer…the weather is horrible here…humid and rainy…..probably a day of movies on the couch for us…and sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered.  We had a jampacked weekend of beach, pool, Prestons 2nd birthday and than a night out on the town….I am exhausted.  With a crazy work week ahead and Connor starting school Wednesday, a day of nothing is quite welcomed.  On to the fashion….I LOVE leopard with white..it is so perfect for this transitional time of year.  How about you?  Would you pair leopard and white?

Monday Mingle time again:)  The stylish collaboration between myself, BonBon Rose Girls and Momtrends.  Link is over with Nicole today- be sure to pop by and join in the fun.  Make it a great week!

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Top c/o Susie Raine available HERE, Jeans Level 99, Clutch Deux Lux available through The Box Service, Necklaces Stella and Dot, Shoes Steve Madden

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Easy Summer: SusieRaine

I am, obviously a huge fan of simple easy to wear style…especially in the hot summer months like August. Comfort is king with this particular look featured below….yet I didn’t have to sacrifice style…and I definitely am budget friendly!  This shirt and short combo can be yours for just $30!  What I love most, is I can easily pair this top with white jeans, denim skinnies or even printed pants for fall.  The shorts would be adorable with a solid colored tank/tee and a blazer come the cooler weather.  If I am feeling a little edgy, the shorts might even be cute with tights and boots!  Ah, the possibilities.

A big sincere THANK YOU to the ladies of online shop SusieRaine, for gifting me this adorable look and allowing me to share this amazing DEAL with my readers.  I know sizing is limited, so hurry along now ladies:)  HAPPY SHOPPING!

*I am wearing a SMALL top and MEDIUM shorts.  The shirt runs full, and although I usually like a Medium shirt, Small fits perfectly.  On the bottom I am a 4/6- usually closer to 6 and the medium also fits me perfectly.

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Top/Shorts c/o SusieRaine and available here and here. Necklace and bracelets Stella and Dot available here, here, here here and here. Bag Marc Jacobs old but similar here, Shoes NYLA sold out

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Shorts for ThirtySomethings

Shorts.  I will be honest.   We have a love/hate relationship.  I am not confident in shorts.  I have thicker thighs and feel like they aren’t super flattering on me and highlight the heaviest part of my legs.  So, when I find a pair that I feel are flattering AND comfortable, I am sure to dedicate a blogpost to it. Usually a fan of bermudas, these are shorter, but the fit is really easy.  I can teeter between a 4/6 at Old Navy…and these are a 6.  I like that I can wear them a little lower on the hip.  Loving the simple, easy style of this particular outfit.  White tank, white button down, great accessories adding in a POP of color….kind of my uniform lately.  Hope you find some outfit inspiration:)  Happy Shopping!

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Tank Old Navy here, White Shirt GAP here, Shorts Old Navy here, Shoes and Bag c/o Sole Society here and here, Necklace Stella and Dot here

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The Front Tuck

The front tuck.  It is not an official name…but it is the name I have given to my obsession with tucking in just the front part of my shirt.  It shows off your belt, adds some shape and provides a little interest to your outfit, no?  Since I love to tuck, I have decided I need to invest in a fun colorful belt.  Any suggestions?  I am thinking orange….you know I love orange.  You may see some “pinning” and linking to fun belt options in the next few days.

I hope all of you are having a great week.  I am a little frazzled……Preschool ceremonies, teacher gifts, two boxes to get together before the end of the week….and not nearly enough time to do it all!  Ah!!!   Back on Friday with a stylish post to inspire your weekend:)

 

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Jeans c/o Level 99 available HERE, Top Language, Necklace Stella and Dot available HERE, Sunglasses Rayban c/o Glasses.com, Shoes c/o Yellowbox available HERE

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 I really like the front-tuck!

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You Betcha: Coral Accents

Hi all! Hope everyone is gearing up for a fabulous weekend.  My husband and I are heading to another charity event tonight so follow along on Instagram if you wish…..I will share what I am wearing and hopefully a video…the 2nd runner up of The Voice from 2013, who hails from the Jersey Shore, will be receiving and award and fingers crossed…she sings!

Not too much to say…this is my typical run around town mommy-style.  I love these new Aerosoles….right on trend with a smoking slipper silhouette and perforation.  The comfort is unreal, due the Aerosoles stitch’ n’ turn design technology.   The photo session was shot in Asbury Park (one of my fav shore towns) by the lovely Amy of Adalie Scott Photography.   Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have an awesome weekend:)

Oh, don’t forget to enter the giveaway…ends Monday!  Click HERE and scroll to the bottom:)  Good Luck!

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Cardigan Old Navy available here, Jacket c/o Flat84 similar available here, Scarf Banana Republic (old), Bracelets Samantha Wills similar available here, Jeans c/o Level 99 similar available through The Box Service, Shoes c/o Aerosoles available here
Plus Size Options: Cardigan here, Jacket here, Jeans here

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Casual Mommy Style

Really quick post today…as I have client boxes to process, children to cart around and errand upon errand to run.  This is my “mommy uniform” right now.  Distressed jeans, cozy sweater, supergas and a baseball cap to cover up unwashed hair….keeping it real folks.   I wore this yesterday to a school meeting and running around town….hope you find some outfit inspiration and have an AWESOME weekend:)

 

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Jeans Level 99 available here, Denim Shirt JCrew, Sweater c/o Topshop similar here, Necklace Stella and Dot (old), Shoes Superga, Hat c/o Ella’s Grove,Bag Louis Vuitton

 

The Sahara: Ariat Feature

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat but as you all know, I think long and hard about my brand partnerships and only say yes if I truly love the product and think it is a great fit for all of YOU!Tracking Pixel

Last fall and winter I maybe tucked my jeans into my boots once or twice at most.  It just wasn’t a trend I was into for one reason or another.  Fast forward to this year and I can’t seem to wear my skinny jeans any other way!  I have fallen in love with this clean crisp style again. What has been making it easy for me are fabulous boots like the Sahara Ariat boot I am featuring below….I mean, could they be any more gorgeous?  I have zero doubt you will be seeing these constantly on the blog this winter….and then into the spring with flirty little dresses!  Gah!

If you aren’t familiar with the Ariat Brand...you should be:)  They are an American brand that is completely committed to making the finest Western and English footwear (aka cowboy boot and riding boot) and I can attest they are doing just that!  I have owned many a boot…and these are right up there with the finest….high quality, unique design details and comfort are all spot on.  So get those holiday gift lists out girls and add a pair of Ariat boots…you won’t be disappointed:)

In the meantime…killer giveaway going on, over on their Facebook Page!  There are numerous chances to win…anything from their site, a pair of Ariat boots or a pair of jeans! What are you waiting for…ENTER HERE! Good luck!

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Denim Blouse JCrew (old), Vest Neiman Marcus Last Call (old), Scarf Banana Republic (old), White Skinnies Yoga Jeans (old), Necklace Stella and Dot (old),Boots c/o Ariat available here

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I think what I love most about this look is its wearability- I thought you might think so too…So I created a quick board so you can “Get the Look”!

Styling Ariat Sahara Boots

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.

To learn more about Ariat and enter their fabulous giveaway on Facebook, please visit: here

Brand Highlight: Naturalizer

When Naturalizer first reached out to partner up….I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes.  When I started in retail years ago and was going to be on my feet for hours upon hours an associate recommended trying their shoes.  She shared their unmatched comfort for standing all day.   I vividly remember going to the store and not being able to envision myself in one single pair.  That was over 13 years ago…knowing things can change….I quickly popped by their site…and was seriously shocked at the transformation the brand has undergone.  It was so hard to choose a pair…I loved these, these, and these but push came to shove, I ended up with these featured below!  I LOVE the army green color and they are the perfect mom on the go wedge.  Oh and if you are looking for the perfect workday pump…look no further because here it is! Pop by the site and check out all they have to offer.  Most styles are on sale right now too!  Win win:)  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week!

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Jeans Level 99, Boyfriend Shirt GAP, Jacket Lovemarks, Necklace c/o Zolie Designs available through special order, Shoes c/o Naturalizer and available here, Watch c/o Invicta

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This old red house…..My Nana and Pop (my mothers parents) owned it at one time!  Isn’t it cool?  It was the perfect backdrop for todays photo session…..it takes up the entire corner of the street.  My mom always says she wishes they had kept it….it was is a cool house.  I must say, this is an example of one of the greatest things about moving to the Jersey Shore….my mother grew up in Point Pleasant and it has been amazing reconnecting with the town that she lived in.  Growing up we always visited, but living here has been a totally different experience…one I am still getting used to…but the connection to the town is undeniably neat.  I used to say I loved the anonymity of a big city but there might just be something to this small town living:)

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Luxe Auctions Giveaway: Camo Scarf!

I have been loving and wearing camo long before it was everywhere...infact this sweater is so old, it might even be considered vintage!  I think my familiarity with the print made it so easy for me to embrace when it exploded on the scene and I have since acquired a camo jacket, two pair s of skinnies, a shirt and most recently this beautiful scarf below.  Camo is no doubt a must have for anyone on trend.  It can be hard to wear…so adding a splash with a scarf or accessory is a great way to embrace the trend without stepping outside of your comfort zone or budget!

Luxe Auctions is run by a fellow Jersey gal…so when she reached out to partner up, I was more than happy to oblige!  Cherry on top?  The items are cool, unique and affordable…yes yes yes! How does it work you ask? It is a really innovative idea…and you all know how much I love those! Basically their Facebook Page works as an “auction” on Wednesday and Sunday evenings offering beautiful apparel and accessories at amazing prices.  Learn more here! The blog is also pretty badass and features roundups of fashionable ladies from around the blogging world (little old me included)!  Luxe has SO kindly offered to gift a camo scarf to one of YOU!  Enter to win below and have a great weekend:))

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Faux Leather Leggings (old) similar available through The Box Service, White Tee GAP (old), Scarf c/o Luxe Auctions, Supergas available here, Gold Hoops available through The Box Service, Necklace Nashelle, Watch c/o Invicta

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WIN THIS SCARF!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WIN THIS SCARF!!!!!!!

To Win:  GIVEAWAY CLOSED

1. Follow along with the Luxe Auctions Facebook Page to stay in the fashion know!

2.  Leave a comment on this post stating you have done so and include your email!

* contest open for one week, open to US Residents only, winner chosen via random.org on Friday 11/22/13.

SIMPLE AS THAT!  GOOD LUCK!

Fall Uniform: Boyfriend Chinos

I purchased these black chinos from Old Navy last week and have been living in loving them.  They are SO easy to style with lightweight sweaters or layers.  The perfect casual cool vibe I am most comfortable in…especially on days I am home with the boys..running around town.  Dare I say they might be my new fall uniform?  I think you will be seeing them quite often…packed into the last few weeks that one can stand exposed ankles 🙂  How about you?  What is your fall uniform?  Hope you find some outfit inspiration….

SO FREAKING excited to share my FIRST style post on the new site….coming at you Friday!!!!!!

Boden USA: Fall Family Style

Connor carved his first pumpkin this year…to say he was excited is an understatement!  Preston could have cared less…he is too busy walking…everywhere…Frankenstein style:)  I had honestly forgotten how endearing it is…watching them cautiously step…so proud…and looking at the world with this whole new perspective….I kind of want to freeze this moment in time. Sigh.

This is the most real photo session I’ve recorded….I think maybe because the kids were so comfortable in their Boden attire.  I simply threw down a big blanket, told the kids to play and jumped in at the end.  Done!  Not perfect…but we definitely captured some fall memories…Encourage you to do the same. Don’t plan, just hop on your lawn and take some photos!

Thank you to Boden USA for sponsoring this little shoot and providing us with essential fall goodies.  I have been a fan of the brand for Connor for quite some time but this is my first experience with their baby line and womens line.  Just as pleased…and plan to continue to shop both!  If this is your first experience with Boden…it is your LUCKY day….over 1/2 the site is 40% OFF…start shopping HERE!  If nothing on sale strikes your fancy…use code K155 for 15% off and FREE SHIPPING!  Hope you take some time to carve a pumpkin with your loved ones and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

On Connor: Top Boden USA similar available here, Track Pants c/o Boden USA available on sale here, Hat handmade via Sarah Kiddles Shoes Morgan and Milo On Preston:   Top c/o Boden USA available on sale here Reversible Bottoms c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Shoes/Slippers Nowali available here  On Mommy: Denim Shirt JCrew Factory similar here, Striped Top c/o Boden USA and available on sale here, Colored Denim c/o Level 99 (older style)


Pointing at everything with wonder…I really adore this age:)

Poor kid is always getting a nice strong squeeze hug:)

My model man…always striking a killer pose…I need to take notes!

Talking pumpkin carving plans…

I shared on Instagram about a week ago..Prestons first REAL steps completely on his own…and now he walks constantly…our little Frankenstein!

I asked him to say “I love you mommy” thinking maybe it would make him smile…he tried made a heart with his hands…which made ME smile:)  He is just the sweetest boy!

Hope you are smiling and have a great week!!!

Styling White Denim for Fall

I created this board last Saturday night…partly because I promised a client I would share ways to wear white past labor day…and partly because I wanted to inspire myself to find creative ways to continue in my favorite white skinny jeans.

How to Style White Jeans for FALL

Turns out, I was most definitely inspired!  I rocked my white skinnies yesterday for a few errands and running around with the kids.  By pairing them with my favorite fall trends like cowboy boots, layers, and  everything anything army green, I was both comfortable and chic!  Have I convinced you to wear white after labor day?  I hope you find some outfit inspiration and make it a great week:)

Tank Gap, Denim Shirt JCrew Factory similar available here, White Skinnies Yoga Jeans (old), Jacket Lovemarks (available through The Box Service), Necklace (available through The Box Service), Belt Nicole Miller (old), Boots Frye available here

Quick Change

I meant to post this yesterday but oh my gosh..I was SO under the weather.  The boys both had croup this past weekend so hello breathing treatments and sleepless nights.  Mid week we were on the road to recovery and guess what?  Mommy got sick:(  That doesn’t happen often but when it does #brutal.  I am feeling a little better today…and hope to be back in action for the weekend.  We shall see.

A few days back, I had been running around town…meetings with boutiques, and a denim buy for fall (omg my box clients need to start getting excited..I was drooling..literally) and was dressed pretty casually and comfortably.  Around 4pm, I got a call to meet a girlfriend for a quick bite and drink…so I ditched the kiddies at my parents and went for dinner and a drink.  I didn’t want to go through the process of picking out something totally new to wear…so when I popped back home I made three simple changes (ditched the hat, added jewelry, added heels) and was out the door.

In other news…have you all tried cuffing your skinny jeans?  I honestly hadn’t and am OBSESSED with this look.  It made my rockstars (that I have had for years) feel new, fresh and modern.  Try it…I think you will like it:)  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and have a great weekend!!!

Casual: Rockstar Skinny Jeans Old Navy available here, Oversized T via Katherine’s Boutique (old), Fedora Sole Society (sold out), Watch Invicta, Sandals Lucky Brand (old).

Dinnerdate:  Rockstar Skinny Jeans available here, Oversized T via Katherine’s Boutique (old), Earrings Stella and Dot available here, Bangles c/o Lydell available here, Pumps Christian Louboutin available here