Thursday, April 16, 2015


Top: Nordstrom (Posey Pink motif--back in stock in all sizes!!!)
Jeans: Paige Denim (Nordstrom Rack--similar style)
Clutch: ShopBop
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Necklace: Piper Street (old--similar style)
Bracelets-J Crew Factory and Nordstrom
Rings-BaubleBar and ETSY
Earrings-Francesca's (similar style)

Up until a few years ago I followed a lot of fashion rules. Rules about patterns, rules about colors, rules about what time of the year to wear certain many rules! Thankfully the rule book has since been thrown out and now anything goes! Pink and lime green is my new favorite color combo...seriously, I want to wear this exact outfit everyday! The pink blouse from Nordstrom is flows so well and looks great with pants or tucked into skirts.  The best part? It comes in SOOO many different colors and prints!  If you love the pink as much as I do you're in luck because Nordstrom recently restocked all sizes of this color so grab one while you can! And then there's the shoes...these lime pumps will be finding themselves in heavy rotation in my wardrobe this summer.  I plan to wear them with anything and everything!!  Pointy toe pumps are so flattering and elongate the legs nicely.  If you haven't tried them before you should definitely give them a try! 

What color combos are you loving lately? I dare you to try something new!!!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Right before spring break I took a little trip down to the mall to browse through and try on Anthropologie's latest offerings.  I found some gorgeous new items...even a few beauties I couldn't live without! Without further ado, I give you my latest round of fitting room reviews:

I typically don't gravitate towards tops that have flowy or larger than normal sleeves but I made an exception for this cute top! It caught my attention because of the adorable swiss dot pattern, scalloped hem and the gorgeous color and after I put it on I was a total fan! I took this top in size 2 and it fit great! I also tried it in a size 0 and it fit almost exactly the same but I opted for the 2 to get a little more length. This beauty came home with me and I can't wait to pair it with cropped pants, jeans and skirts!  Versatility reigns supreme once again! 

 I was shopping in Nordstrom right before heading to Anthro this particular day and I saw a lady wearing this exact top (in the bright chartreuse color) and even stopped her to tell her how cute I thought it was on her! I had no idea it was from Anthropologie!  I was so excited to see it hanging on a hanger at Anthro when I was walking through and quickly grabbed it to try on.  I tried the peach color (looks more like a pale pink in real life) in X-Small and the Chartreuse in size small. The X-Small was definitely the right fit...the small was overly baggy. It is meant to have an oversized fit so account for that if you order. They didn't have my size in the Chartreuse otherwise I may have taken it home with's my favorite color this season!! I'll probably end up getting this top at some point...I'd love to snag it when it goes on sale!  Watching and waiting!

I tried this top on in size X-Small and the fit was perfect. This top comes in 4 different colors and of course I loved the brightest color they had...this color is called tangerine but I thought it was more of a bright red/orange. While I liked this top I wasn't wow' was just ok. I wasn't head over heels.  If you love this top I would hold out for sale...I think it would be worth the sale price if you're willing to pack it away till next winter (since it has long sleeves). 

The minute I put this blouse on I knew it was coming home with me. It is perfection! I tried this on in a size X-Small and Small and the X-Small was what I went with. The Small was baggier through the boddess and not as flattering. I'll always wear a layering tee under this top as it's a bit sheer and I prefer not to worry about keeping covered up but I think it looks fine layered. It wasn't until I got home and looked online that I saw there were a few other color options for this store only had the ivory in stock. I am seriously loving the green motif which is a floral print. I've got my eye on that for when it hits sale!!  I think this top will be another super versatile item in my closet.  Look how cute it is layered with a faux-leather jacket:

I found this fantastic jacket hanging in the sale room and loved how it and the blouse looked may just be seeing this combo again in the future. (wink*wink).  

I loved the print of this top...all the colors grabbed my attention.  I tried it on in a size 0 and it fit perfect.  There are five different color/print options of this top and this is called the "orange" motif. I also really like the coral motif...any surprise there? =) Anyhow, I like the shape of the top a's not quite a tunic but borderline I'd say since it's a tad longer than your typical top. I left this one at the shop but I've got my eye on it for sale time!

I tried this top on in a size 0 and it fit perfect. That being said, I wasn't a fan of how it fit. I wish they made this one a little longer (it was short on my long torso) and I would have preferred a sleeve that wasn't so flowy. The print was adorbs and in fact it comes in six different motifs that are all pretty cute so there are great options but this one is a solid pass for me due to personal style preferences. 

Do you own any of these pieces? Any favorites among the group? I'd love to hear!


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Thursday, April 9, 2015


There are so many great trends out there for spring right now...if you're wondering which ones you should get on board with and which to ditch, take a look at my list and see what you're wardrobe is missing!

Spring Must Haves

Lace Detailing

Lace is a trend that was huge last spring and I'm so excited to see it's back! I love the feminine touch it adds to any outfit. The Nellore Blouse from Anthropologie is absolutely stunning and super'll look just as amazing tucked into a skirt as it will when you wear it untucked with jeans.    Must-have!!!

Gold Tone Statement Necklace

I love a great statement necklace and this one definitely makes an impression. I've only had this Long Gold Goddess Necklace from Piper Street  for a few weeks but have already worn it a goes with EVERYTHING! Dresses, sweaters,'s a great, inexpensive way to add a little extra something to your outfit.

Distressed Jeans

While I love a great pair of clean crisp denim, I've become a huge fan of distressed jeans! While the boyfriend fit is pretty popular at the moment, I have just never liked the way it looks on me. I've been on the hunt for a slimmer version that don't drown my smaller frame and am so excited to have finally found some! The J Crew Factory Skinny Jean in Distressed Wash are my new go-to's for what I call "skinny boyfriends". These are exactly what I've been looking for! I found these jeans to run true to size (I took a 25) and am already contemplating getting a second pair...they're that fab!!

Bold Bags

When I think of spring I think of lots of color, so naturally that means I need a bright, bold bag to carry everything in, right?! The "Emerson Place Small Phoebe" bag from Kate Spade is just perfection! Fuchsia is one of my most favorite colors of all time so of course I'm quite tempted by this beauty.

Striped Midi Dress

Midi dresses are one of my favorite types of dresses to wear. I found this striped number by Eleven Paris at ShopBop and think it's going to be a year-round staple in my closet! Right now ShopBop is holding it's Family and Friends sale so you can get 25% off your purchase with code 'SPRING25" ( ends tonight)...added bonus!  I took this dress in a size X-Small and it fit great...even a little on the loose side I'd say, but not too big. In the spring it's fantastic worn with sandals and bright accessories and in the winter it will look great layered and with tights...super versatile!      

Neutral Sandals  

If there's one thing I can't ever seem to get enough of it's neutral colored particular neutral colored sandals!  I can't help myself...they go with everything! When I came across the Dolce Vita "Nakita" heeled leather sandals I fell in love...HARD! These are my must-have summer sandal!!  Right now they're on sale at Nordstrom (price matching ShopBop's sale) so it's a great time to add them to your cart. I plan to wear these with midi shorts, dresses, skirts, rolled denim...anything and everything I can! Just FYI--I took these in a size 8 which is a half-size smaller than I normally take so I felt they ran slightly big.  I guarantee if you get these you'll be thanking me. =)

Bright Swimsuits              

Swimsuit season is upon us and it's time to bring out the brights!!  I found this gorgeous geranium colored Kate Spade bow front one piece suit and LOVE it! It's so flattering and unique!  I'm also loving Target's affordable selection of swimsuits this year and found THIS bright coral option that would look great on almost everyone! Coral really is a universally flattering color! Another place I love to look for swimsuits is Albion Fit. They are more expensive but the quality is really great.

Fringe Details   

Fringe is one of the biggest trends of the season and although I admit it took me a little longer than some to jump on board the bandwagon, now I'm all in! I found this Fringe Crossbody Bag at Nordstrom for under $30 and have used it a ton! You never know how long a trend will be around so finding inexpensive options to insert into your wardrobe is a great way to try a trend out without breaking the bank.

Pastel Spring Sweaters

I have been so into spring sweaters this year! I'm loving everything in soft pastel colors and am head over heels for the "Chelsea" sweater at Piper Street (also comes in white HERE). This sweater is perfection paired with distressed jeans and cognac!!


One color I just can't seem to get enough of this spring is citron (or lime green as some call it). I keep finding items to add to my wardrobe in this color but perhaps my favorite find so far has been these pumps from Kristin Cavallari Copertina D 'Orsay pumps by Chinese Laundry. The bold pop of color on my feet in an outfit really amps up any look. I also love the idea of citron skirts, jewelry and perhaps a cute top.  Let's be honest...I'll take it anyway it comes!!!

So there's my roundup of what you need in your closet this spring and into early summer.  The great thing about most of these is you can find options at any price range! You can update your wardrobe each season for as little or as much as you want!

What are your must-haves this spring? I'd love to hear!!


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Monday, April 6, 2015


Dress- Shopbop
 Shoes- Nordstrom  
Necklace-Forever 21 
Bracelets- Nordstrom, Sole Society (via Nordstrom) and Baublebar 
Rings-Nordstrom and ETSY  
Earrings - Francescas (similar
Clutch- ASOS 
Sunglasses - Prada (on sale now!!!)

There is something about stripes that just draws me in. I've owned so many clothing items with stripes in the past and have a ton of them currently hanging in my closet so you'd think I was all stocked up...however there always seems to be room for just one more striped top, skirt, or in this case, dress. I fell in love with this cute shift dress from ASOS and have a feeling it will be a new wardrobe staple (for reference I took this in a size X-Small). I love the ease and simplicity that shift dresses offer and the fact that this one was knee-length was perfect. And holy cow, there are so many ways to style it! The first way that came to mind was with a great statement sandal and patterned clutch...the perfect look for a warm weather date night! 

And can we just pause for a second and talk about how these sandals are pretty much the most perfect brown/cognac colored open toe sandals I've ever seen?!! What makes them even better is how comfortable they joke! I would recommend sizing down in these lovelies...I normally wear size 8.5 in most shoes and in these I took a size 8.  

And then there's the clutch.  When I was headed to New York Fashion Week a few months back my friend asked if I had a patterned clutch she could borrow and guess what?!  I didn't have a single one! How on earth could this be? ME! The girl who is all about pattern and color! I placed it on my mental shopping list and when I found this absolutely darling clutch at ASOS for under $40 I couldn't pass it up!  So now if you need to borrow a patterned clutch dear friends, you know who to ask.  I happen to love this clutch...such great colors for spring and summer! And honesty, I would totally rock it in fall too. No shame. The cool weather months can always use a burst of pattern and color.

So there you go...the perfect shift dress. And a few fun accessories to go with it. Now I just need a date night with the hubby! I'm all set! =)


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Must Have: Wedge Sandals

As a mom I'm always on the go and need to have a sandal option that's easy to run around in and chase kids after. My kids are getting older so they run a lot faster now...heels aren't always the easiest to run  So the next best thing to wear on my feet when I want to have a little extra height are wedge sandals! Wedges are so easy to walk in and look great with rolled jeans, skirts and maxi dresses! They are what I call the spring/summer universal sandal. Finding the perfect pair can be tricky so I've scoured the internet and picked out some of my favorite wedge sandals for the season at all different price points just for you!  Even though some are quite expensive I like to keep my eye on them throughout the season just in case they go on sale.

Summer Wedges
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Are you a fan of wedge sandals? Which brands do you tend to buy most often? I'd love to hear!


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Monday, March 30, 2015


Dress - ASOS I bought the tall version which is now sold out
Jacket - Nordstrom
Clutch - ShopBop
Shoes - Nordstrom
Necklace-Baublebar (similar)
Earrings-Banana Republic (similar)
Watch - Marc Jacobs (similar)

Blush has been a very popular color in my closet lately.  I find myself wearing some light shade of pink multiple times a week....and I may have to stop myself from wearing it daily! I came across this gorgeous blush moto jacket while browsing online and it literally was love at first sight! There was no was a done deal.  The structured shoulders were a fun detail I was excited about after seeing the trend on the runway everywhere at Fashion Week last month. It's going to be a huge up and coming trend for the rest of the year, I have a feeling. And can we talk about fringe for a second? About how I can't stop with it either? Loving it on shoes, bags, clothing items...I'll admit it took me awhile to jump on the fringe bandwagon but now that I have, I'm all in.  

Today is our first official day of spring break...I slept in till 8am, the sun is shining, about to hit the gym for a is good!  Can spring break last forever? =)

Hope your Monday is a great one!!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Top-Anthropologie (old)
Mixed Media Jacket-Nordstrom
Booties-Chinese Laundry (similar)
Necklace-Piper Street
Earrings-Francesca's (similar)
Bracelets-Baublebar and Piper Street 
Watch-Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar)

Photos by Marci Mortensen Photography

Spring is in the air...which in the mid-west means the temperature goes back and forth between the 40's and the 70's on a pretty consistent basis until about May. Until then I dress in lightweight layers to keep warm and cool all at once.  It's a science!  I have found the best way to layer in the spring is to focus on light to medium weight cardigans and jackets.  When choosing these top layer pieces I love finding items that are both versatile and eye catching.  After all...they are what people will see first! I also always try to wear a base layer that will look cute on it's own if I remove the top layer so I have options throughout the day if the weather starts flip-flopping. =)

This spring I've found a few great top layer of my favorites has been this ivory colored mixed media jacket. While the color is super neutral and can pair with a million and one things, I love that it still stands out with it's faux leather detailing. The faux-leather sleeves and back look so rich and really take this jacket to another level.  The shape is great too...the waterfall draping in the front and cropped back is so flattering on so many body types! This will definitely be a go-to all season long!

Here are a few more of my favorite top layer options for spring:

Top Layers

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Are you still grabbing for jackets where you are or is the weather already super hot?  Whatever the weather, enjoy your day!


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