Hello, are You there?

Heey, winter- you have overstayed your welcome. For real, I would be okay if you never made another apperance for the rest of this calender year. I never thought I’d miss my allergy inducing good friend Spring as much as I do right about now. Hello, are you there spring?  The trees are blooming but we are only receving a tease of beautiful sunny days. We want to throw our booties to the back of the closet and show some skin.

This weekend was a pleasant weekend and we were able to spend most of it outside! Friday we went on a bike ride that ended up with margaritas and fish tacos at our friend’s house who had been in Europe for a few weeks. We spent the impromtu night gabbing about their travels while the kids got caught up on all the playing they missed. Saturday we spent the entire day outside besides my quick trip to Ulta. It was the last day to use the 20% off coupon and I needed to stock up! Grabbed my favorite dry shampoo, hairspray, and picked up some new products for the hubs.

(Eye Roller | Moisturizer)

We kicked Sunday off with hosting brunch for our friends- We stuffed our faces with breakfast bowls, fresh fruit & bagel bites before heading down to Cincinnati for a wine festival. We went to 20 Brix 4th Annual Wine Festival. Over 25 wines to try, small bites, live entertainment and kid friendly. Sunday Funday can not get much better than that. We spent the whole afternoon outside enjoying the fresh air, various wines and music.

(Sunglasses | Sweater | Earrings)

It was warm enough to wear this super fun open back sweater I ordered from Express in January. Basically this exact same outfit (because I forgot to take an outfit photo) but distressed jeans instead of black denim.  I think open back sweaters are sexy without being in yo-face sexy. I really love those knot back sweaters all the Influencers are wearing, but girls- I’m frugal with my money and a trend like that isn’t worth $80 for me. I think I snagged this sweater for around $12, it may not have a big ol’ knot but it’s sexy and fun! It’s light weight too which makes it great for a 64 and partly sunny spring day!

Sweater: Express
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind at Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Target
Necklace: The Giving Keys
Earrings: Stella and Dot
Watch: Apple (band: Amazon)


Schedule a Mommy and Me Mani for Mother’s Day this year! 

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress

This dress is so cute you’d never guess I found it on the clearance rack– a perfect find for the last few weeks of winter. Styling a fit and flare sweater dress that is totally appropriate for the office, a lunch date, or happy hour with the co-workers. Keep reading to see how I gave this under $10 dress major style. Since my last style post was layers + dress + OTK boots I wasn’t sure if I should share back to back.  And even though there has been some snow flurries today, I am hopeful the days to packing […]

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Fashion Find: Recent Buys Vol. 1

Introducing a new series to Style In Shape where I will share my recent purchased items before they are styled. I know my fellow fashionistas will love all the good sales in Fashion Finds: Recent Buys! I am a bargain shopper to the bone. I rarely ever pay full price for anything- mostly because I know that most items eventually go on sale. And unless I am shopping for an event, I usually hoard new items- ration out wearing something from the new pile. It’s like my Hail Mary for the days that I’m all  “I have nothing in my […]

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No Squat Standing Leg Workout

No Squat Standing Leg Exercise || Style In Shape

We all have days that we are short on time but still need to get something in that resembles a workout. Quick, equipment free and effective. Try this equipment free no squat standing leg workout before you skip your next leg day. Last week when it was super beautiful and warm here- playing outside definetly trumped the entire to do list for the day- including my morning workout. Little man wanted to ride his bike so I kept pace with baby in the jogging stroller. After the 2.5 miles I needed to add a little something more. With the kids […]

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Layering for Late Winter

This time of year in the Midwest we get all the seasons sometimes in one week. A tease of a beautiful warm 70 degree day followed by snow showers a few days later. Layering for late winter can be a challenge but also fun. It is a time to mix some pieces to create a style to reflect the mixed up weather. One of my favorite SoCal bloggers layered a t-shirt dress last month with a cardi for some insta-style. I wanted to create a similar look using pieces I own at that are Midwest temperature appropriate. I paried a […]

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Pretty Frills Brings all the Feels

Textured and soft, a little lace, and a chiffon bow; a top with pretty frills brings all the feels as winter drags on. Gals, I have been in a little bit of a rut lately and I sortof want to blame it on winter? As much as I love a good pair of boots and a great sweater- about this time every year I’m over winter weather. I have been sticking to workout leggings and a sweatshirt as my #ootd because, well, it’s cold. When I do put the effort of wearing something other than exercise clothes I have picked […]

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Healthier Homemade Chocolate Candies

If it was acceptable and good for you, I am 99% sure I would only eat dark chocolate. I used to think that I had a sweet tooth, but nah- that girl is straight ’bout the chocolate. I try my best to keep better options for my cravings with like a protein bar or smoothie. Sometimes though, a gal just needs the good stuff like a peanut butter cup or a crunchy chocolate bite. With Valentine’s this week I thought I would share two healthier homemade chocolate candies that we make regularly at my house! Plus where you can grab supplies […]

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4 Gifts for your Galentine Under $15

It is February friends! Heart health awareness and Valentine’s Day this is the month of hearts and love! One holiday making a big hit this year is Galentine’s Day. It is so fun to celebrate your best lady friends; after all- we are some bad ass babes worth celebrating! With these 4 gifts for your Galentine under $15 there is room to shower all your favorite gals a little bit this month! On my #TargetRun yesterday with the kids I found a couple of really cute accessories that would make great gifts for your best gals! The best part is, […]

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Heart Rate Blocks

Heart Rate Blocks | Style in Shape

Cardio at the gym can be so boring but it does not have to be! My heart rate blocks workout will have you hopping between machines while blasting your metabolism. Four rounds that are just 7 minutes each to get your cardio day done! Recently I have really been interested in figuring out exactly how hard I am actually pushing myself in my workouts. I am very curious about macronutrients. A big part I understand is learning what macros your body needs on a day depends on how much you exert yourself. Sure I can feel I worked out hard […]

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5 Items for an Organized Command Center

Command Center | Style In Shape

Now that I am staying home I am not sitting at a desk all day anymore where I am in front of calendars and reminders of important to-dos. It quickly became essential that I keep an organized home office if I am going to keep managing my little household. So I recently revamped my house admin status! Today I am sharing my top five items to for an organized command center to help keep you on track with your new year’s resolutions! File Dis We all have files that we need to save for one reason or another. For the […]

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