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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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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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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The Warmest Crop Sweater

Crop Sweater with Maxi | Style In Shape

Crop tops are normally for warmer weather and surely not for January here in the midwest. Unless of course its a crop top sweater, then it is game on. I happen to own the warmest crop top sweater and it is a favorite I wear year after year. This chunky knit has a gorgeous texture on the neck and chest and the cream color is the perfect brightness for winter. I paired my crop sweater with a maxi skirt for my daughter’s recent 1st birthday party. I thought it was a great way to look a little nice for a […]

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#ONREPEAT: Three Pieces for Winter

3 Pieces for Winter | Style in Shape

At the end of October I picked up a couple of items for the upcoming colder weather that I fell in love with- I have worn them so much that they are all #ONREPEAT. Three pieces for winter that I can not stop wearing! Jennifer Lopez Ribbed Dolman Sweater, org $54 The ruby color of this sweater is what attracted me to it. Admittedly I did not think I would like the cut of this sweater on me but order anyway because of the color. I was so happy when I put it on and saw how it fit. It’s […]

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Mixing Textures for Winter

Faux leather leggings are a must have in your closet. If you have not tried a pair, I promise they will quickly become one of your most favorite pairs of leggings. Super comfy and stylish! They work with lots of options and are fun for mixing textures for winter! The pair of faux leather leggings I wore for about four seasons needed to be replaced this year. I picked up this pair but sadly they sold out over the weekend since they were marked for under $15! These and these are good alternatives! I paired my leggings with a knit […]

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Sequined Skirt Dressy or Casual

Sequined Skirt Two Ways | Style In Shape

Sometimes you buy a sequined skirt with no clue where to wear it but immediately vision a few ways on how to style it! I am sharing today two ways to style a sequined skirt dressy or casual! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Did you participate in my parade workout? I had a bit of trouble keeping up with it while cooking. My hubs came down with the flu so we ended up staying home for Thanksgiving. I some how managed to whip up all our favorites dishes last minute (and I am NOT the chef of the […]

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