FLORAL AND BOHO MAXI DRESS + MEMORIAL DAY SALE PICKS

Friday, May 27, 2016

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you have the best holiday weekend wherever you are. Now that we're getting some summer weather I'm going to be wearing lots of dresses...and hats. No hats in this post, though looking at my limp hair maybe a hat would have been a good call. I'm terrible with hair and getting worse instead of better. I have a hair cut in two weeks (new place) and will be barraging the poor hair stylist with questions on how I can style my hair better. She'll offer up all kinds of excellent advice and I'll nod back and then...my hair will still look the same because I'm that terrible with hair. Oh well!

I love all kind of dresses - solids and prints, long and short, classic, preppy or boho. I love it all. This dress is from a place I've been buying clothes at way too much lately. I really like the mix of reds, pinks, and blues, and the floral and paisley print next to each gives off a whimsical vibe that is so summery.

COBALT CRUSH: PLEATED MIDI AND REVERSE CARDIGAN

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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I always thought that as I got older my love for bright colors would fade and I would start wearing only neutral colors but I'm more in love with color than ever before. I do love my neutrals too though. Orange was always my favorite bright color but this year cobalt blue and red might be beating out orange...it's a toss up. The top you see here is actually my cobalt cardigan that you might have seen in this work look a few weeks ago. This way of styling it changes the look and lets my get more use out of this piece. Read on for details...

BLUSH LACE BLOUSE AND ANN TAYLOR CURVY JEANS REVIEW

Friday, May 20, 2016

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The weekend's finally here! It felt like a long week to me. How is everyone's Memorial Day weekend planning going? I'm still up in the air as far as plans but as long as it involves sun and fun I'm happy. Apologies that the leading picture in this post is an awkward pose with my handbag strap clearly tangled up between my blouse and vest but these are the realities of a windy spring day! 
There are two firsts for me in this post - my first time finding a lace popover that isn't too boxy and my first time wearing and reviewing Ann Taylor jeans in a "curvy" fit. I was very excited to try the jeans since my curves are simultaneously my greatest asset and the bane of my existence. If you're interested in Ann Taylor denim, read on for my review.

AN UNFUSSY WAY TO STYLE A MIDI SKIRT

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A simple way to style a midiskirtMy favorite time in Boston is summer and summer's almost here! The warm weather is fleeting, lasting only two or three months at best and it rains often. So when you get days that are both warm and sunny it's perfect and precious. We had one of these perfect days recently. Luckily it was a Sunday so I got to spend it with my husband and daughter. We spent the day walking around the city coffee in hand. The city is really so beautiful when you're not freezing and hurrying to get inside. We stopped in at various places for sweet treats, and ending with a mandatory visit to the playground for my daughter - my perfect Sunday. I love how my little munchkin always so excited to go to playgrounds even though she goes to one almost every day. She strains to get out of the car or stroller as we pull up and then is off at a run the second her feet touch the ground. 


It was the perfect day to wear my new fiery orange-red midi-skirt. I want to buy two of these in case I spill something on this one.

RUFFLED SWEATER AND JOGGER PANTS

Saturday, May 14, 2016

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My love affair with red and navy continues. Earlier this week I wore a navy double-dot shirt-dress and accessorized it with a red belt and red satchel.  And then the weekend rolled around and here I am in another navy/red ensemble. What can I say, these two colors just go so well together and when you have a small wardrobe like me, it helps to keep most of your pieces to 3 or 4 colors that work in harmony with each together. For me (this year) those colors have been blues and reds, with black, white and nude/pinks strewn in. If you want a small but efficient wardrobe this color-focused strategy absolutely works.

WORK STYLE: DOUBLE DOT DRESS AND TRENCH

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Work Style - Double Dot Dress

If you're familiar with my blog you know that I usually have to get dressed as if I'm in a race. It feels like what I imagine a Formula One driver feels like in the pit. So, an A-line dress that you just pull on (and can be worn from work to weekend) is heaven. This little polka dot dress is super cute, has split sides and is conveniently a little longer in the back than the front. It also has a hidden zipper front - that'll save you a minute in fumbling with buttons in the morning. Hey, every second counts!

A CHAMBRAY ROMPER

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Poolside Style
As I look at these pictures I have to say I miss the LA sun - Boston's been rainy and gloomy for days. Right before I went to LA I realized I didn't have much that was appropriate for sunny pool-side or beach weather. It was a great excuse to go shopping! Except that I didn't have any time - something that happens a lot now that I'm a mom. I had to make a mad dash to Target and buy everything there. It became a self-imposed #TargetStyle challenge.

The first item on my mental shopping list was a romper. This soft light blue romper is perfect for casual settings whether you're just walking to your local farmer's market or sitting poolside. It also doubles so well as a beach cover-up.

BLUE STRIPED SHIRT DRESS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Happy Wednesday - this post is a day later than usual but I was on VACATION! All caps for how much fun it was. It was so great to get away from daily life and spend dedicated time with my little family. We went to Los Angeles, which is a city that will always have a special place in my heart because my time living there was incomparable to anything else and because my daughter was born there.

Packing for the trip ended up being much more of a challenge than I had anticipated because when you're traveling with kids you basically have to take the entire house...

SPRING FLORAL DRESS AND KNOTTED CARDIGAN

Friday, April 29, 2016

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Hi everyone! This is going to be a very quick post because I'm on vacation - finally! It's been so long since we went anywhere that involved a flight because I dread having to pack for my three-year old and worry about sitting on a long plane ride with her. But it had to happen at some point so here we are, headed to Los Angeles. I'm so excited to go back and see if things look and feel different to me now that Boston's where I live. I'll be Instagramming our trip so if you're an LA native you can see it through the eyes of a visitor and if you're never been to LA you can see my favorite stops there: pool, beach, cupcakes, designer cappucinos and shopping...in no particular order!

This post shows an easy spring outfit. I'm a big fan of ensembles that require minimal effort but are still stylish and if you guys feel the same, here's an easy outfit formula:

RUFFLED COLD SHOULDER AND JEANS

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cold Shoulder Collared Shirt

I love the look of the off-the-shoulder trend but for busy weekdays I prefer a cold-shoulder top. A top that's 100% shoulder-baring is usually not my first pick, mostly because you need to wear a strapless bra or go without one entirely. The former isn't particularly comfortable and the latter is out of the question for me. So, a cold-shoulder top a good compromise!