Sweatshirt Dress is a MUST for Fall

Hey babes! Sorry for the MIA the rest of last week. We had some yard work done and they happen to cut our internet cable too. Technicians came over the weekend to repair our wires. We are a streaming household (we cut cable over 4 years ago!) so a few days without internet is both challenging and refreshing!

One of the fall trends for 2017 that I am loving is the sweatshirt dress! Comfy, cute and easy to dress up or down. They are a must have for early fall weather! Although not this past weekend or upcoming week here. It has been pushing mid-80’s. Summer is back for one last party!

I purchased my sweatshirt dress back in the winter from the girls at Heart Mercantile in the Oregon District. Technically, I think it was supposed to be a tunic but I’m so short that it fits as a dress. I love that it’s soft and has pockets. It’s super cute with booties, over the knee boots or with tennis as I’m wearing here.

My bag is also from Heart. I seriously cannot go into that store without picking up a little something! I have linked up a few other sweatshirt dresses that are just way too cute. Lots of styles from simple like mine, hooded, one shoulder, ruffled or even super edgy like in faux leather!

Speaking of tennis- the Adidas pair wearing in these photos are pretty much the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. Seriously, run out and buy yourself a pair. Your feet will thank me!

My bag is also from Heart. I seriously cannot go into that store without picking up a little something! I have linked up a few other sweatshirt dresses that are just way too cute. Lots of styles from simple like mine, hooded, one shoulder, ruffled or even super edgy like in faux leather!

 

Dress from Heart (similar) | Kicks | Bag from Heart (similar) | Watch | Water Bottle 

Are you a fan of this fall trend? Leave a comment with how you are styling a sweatshirt dress or better yet leave a little link love to your look!

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Sunflowers and Gingham

Pairing a perfect early fall activity with an end of summer classic style! Keep reading to find out more!

There is this amazing sunflower field in Yellow Springs, Ohio. My husband and I have lived in Dayton for almost 8 years and admittedly this was our first time visiting.

The field is gorgeous! However I had no idea what to expect visiting a sunflower field. There are tons of bees! Thankfully the little terrors are drunk on pollen and could care less about us moving through the field. I did not expect the flowers to be so tall or itchy either. My sweet four year old plowed through rows taller than him. Such a trooper!

The problem with tall flowers is it makes it impossible for this novice blogger to take a full outfit shot in the field. I really am not sure what I was thinking? Totally should have Pinterest that idea first. I took a picture of my shoes thinking maybe it would help visualize the look. Probably does not but maybe? Just go with it! The flowers are too pretty not to share so I’m posting anyway.

I wore a gingham button up I purchased years ago from Kohl’s with my favorite jeans ev-er. I am so beyond excited to fit back into my favorite AG jeans since baby girl was born! {happy dance} I pulled on my new obessisson: these olive peep toe booties. Also probably not the best choice to wear heels to march through a sunflower field. All things I am taking note for next year!

Top (similar) | Jeans | Booties (these are cute too!) | Bracelets | Watch | Earrings | Nail Wraps | Polish (on toes)

My bag is from Heart Mercantile. It’s a fun earthy tone in a faux suede & I am totally loving it for fall!  

5 Shoes for Early Fall

Here in Southwest Ohio, we have a few more weeks of skin showing shoes. There is no more perfect time than early fall to bust out the (faux) suede shoes, peep toes and open backs!  Keep reading to see my current shoe choices!

I’m still wearing these perforated mules purchased from Target this past Spring. They are currently trending and at under $35- a shoe you want in your collection! They look so great with jeans and just about anything from a favorite sweater to a casual t-shirt.

Next up is a pair if sling back booties I purchased on clearance last October. I wore these all last fall when I was pregnant.  I love to pair them with anything I’m wearing with my jeans or when I’m wearing a jersey midi dress. Best part is they are comfortable! These and these are similar options, and this pair under $45!

Busy gals need a solid pair of flats for every season and I’m totally loving these nude peep toe faux suede ones I picked up at Old Navy. I could not believe that they were marked on clearance at my local store for $2.97 when they are not anywhere near that price online! I always size up a half size on my flats and this one the only pair left in my size in the store. There was no way they were not coming home with me. I love that I can wear these with dress pants and jeans making them very versatile for work and play!

I’m most excited about these peep toe booties I ordered from Kohls. I love the side slit and block heel but I mostly love the colors (tan, olive, black). It was a hard decision to make but I went with the olive shade. I thought they would be a fun way to mix up neutrals this season!

Since there isn’t snow on the ground (yet)- I’m going to push wearing strappy sandals for as long as I can. I took these low block heel sandals with me to Miami Beach last month. I was nervous about ruining them while walking SoBe in the rain and was really glad to see how well they held up. I even wore them for the 4 mile bike ride we took along the Miami Beach Boardwalk. If you need a basic heel, make it these!

You will see these shoes featured in the outfit posts for September to give you some other ideas on how to style. Pretty soon the weather will drop for good and I’ll be all about the boots and booties so I’m hanging on to pedicure season while it’s still here!

Front row: Flats | Mules           Back row: Sandals | Peep Booties | Sling Booties (similar)


 

Transition into Fall with a Denim Vest

Happy Labor Day friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend! We were fortunate to catch a breakfast with some friends that were in town visiting. Then the little man had a birthday party. We also visited a gorgeous sunflower field, enjoyed burgers at a favorite joint and had some fun at Alter Fest (a local festival). Not to mention lots of hang out time at home. It was a pretty perfect weekend!

Fall tempted us with her refreshing cool weather earlier this weekend but the last two days it’s been HOT. I did grab a #PSL, so there’s that! Hello favorite drink.

A few years ago I was convinced denim vests would become a trend. Apparently they didn’t catch on because they have not appeared on any “must-own” list. I still love my little jean vest almost as much as I love my jean jacket- even if I feel a little awkward when styling. I’m most comfortable when I pair it over a sleeveless dress. I think it could be cute over the right sleeved dress too!

If you are in a warmer state adding a denim vest over a summer dress is a great way to transition into fall. Style with a favorite open toe shoe and a long necklace to complete your look! Perfect for fall days that are pushing towards 90!

My maxi dress is from this past spring and is sold out so I’ve linked similar versions. My jean vest is from Gap a few years ago- so I’ve also linked similar items if you want to duplicate my look!

Dress (similar) | Vest (similar) | Sunnies (similar) | Watch | Bracelets | Shoes | Necklace | Earrings (similar

Create this manicure at home with Jamberry Nails!

What I wore: St Pat’s Day!

I am super excited that the gorgeous green blouse my husband bought me for Christmas now fits! Over the holidays I instantly fell in love with the rich green hue and pleated back of this blouse. It kinda killed me to watch it sit in my closet but there was no way it was going to look good over the bump!

I styled it with cigarette jeans, suede wedged booties and simple jewelry for our St. Patrick’s celebration this year. We met some friends for the kids to play, watch Irish dancing and of course a little green beer. What did you do?

Top: Loft, gift.
Jeans: AG, $90 (similar)
Booties: Target, $35 *
Necklace: Stella and Dot, $49
Bracelet: Stella and Dot, $59
Nail wrap: Jamberry, $15

*PS- if you purchase the dv Stephanie Wedges this week at Target you can save $15 when you spend $75! (March 26-April 1, 2017)

Cold Shoulder for Winter Date Night

I truly have a love for the burgundy/merlot/wine family. And today I’m sharing another one of the pieces I picked up in that color.

So let me start by saying I am not the biggest fan of cold shoulder tops. Idk why, they just aren’t really me?… However, the moment I put my hands on this cold shoulder knit top, I didn’t care if that style is me or not- I wanted to wear this fabric ASAP. Maybe it’s the winter, or maybe it’s the Mama Bear in me- but if it’s soft and comfy, I have to have it this season.

I paired the cold shoulder top with the amazing postpartum support leggings by Blanqi. These breathable leggings give great support on my thighs, waist and bum that isn’t retractive or uncomfortable. Bonus, they have a little sheen which makes them super fun to wear on date night!

Sweater: boutique item found at Heart Mercantile, $30
Leggings: Blanqi, gift
Boots: Charlotte Russe (similar), $20

Before you go, let’s just ogle a little bit more at the over the knee boots. Yes, it’s in that wine family color again. I just love these puppies, and I can’t believe how well they have held up the last two seasons!