Daffodiles and tullips have come and gone, the sun is shining more, spring is officially here and….. it’s still cold. It can be hard to dress for spring when temperatures are below 60 degrees. You want to reach for that dark colored puffy coat, knitted scarf and boots but then again, it’s almost spring!
To dress for spring when it’s cold you can still wear your chunky sweaters but choose a bright or pastel color like this beautiful lilac sweater I’m wearing. Spring colors in thicker fabrics are the perfect thing to wear this time of year. I tend to shy away from denim in the spring and summer since its ususally warmer.
This leopard skirt can transition through all the seasons. In the fall I’d wear this skirt with a graphic tee and a leather jacket with booties. In the winter I’d wear this with a turtleneck and a blazer or a denim jacket and boots. This is my spring look with pumps and a bright colored sweater and for the summer, I’ll wear sandals and a knotted tee. I love a versatile item of clothing! The Breakdown:
How fun is this lilca sweater with this leopard skirt. These skirts are everywhere on the streets and can be worn with heels just as easily as it can be worn with sneakers. You actually could sub these heels in this outfit for white sneakers or for those chunky sneakers that are rising in popularity.
After two failed purchases I finally own the perfect silver booties. I have wanted silver booties since last spring but had a more difficult time finding the right pair than I expected. I’m a sucker for things metallic, my first pair of UGG boots were a gray metallic and I got made fun of all the time wearing them on campus but they were the best. I guess you could say these Alexander Wang silver booties are todays version, what an upgrade from 10 years ago!
As far as styling silver booties, don’t be afraid, think of them as a basic color. How stunning would the silver pop on an all black outfit or to add some glam to an edgy look. You can also pair your silver booties with dress to add a little sparkle to your holiday outfit. I like the contrast of the black heel on my shoes but there are some solid silver booties as well that range from designer prices to a fantastic looking pair under $35! Shop them below.
If an outfit consist of highwaisted jeans and a graphic tee then I am going to love it! It gives off such and easy and chill vibe while still looking pulled together. Now that the temperature has dropped I have had to update this look. Now I’m adding jackets, particularly this teddy coat that I adore. It gives off all the cozy feels, keeps me warm and isn’t too bulky. My silver booties are my favorite! This was my second time buying silver boots and I’m so happy I found a pair that are keepers!
When I bought this bodysuit was planned on wearing it with highwasted jeans and white pumps. When I got this skirt I had no idea what I’d wear with it but I thought maybe a button up or a chambray shirt knotted. I started putting outfits together and I had a bunch of random clothes around and I saw this bodysuit near the skirt and it just clicked. I love mixing different styles together, think sporty and feminine or girly and edgy. I don’t often dress in feminine skirts but when I do I feel more myself adding a different element of style.
Mixing sporty and feminie styles might be my favorite combo right now. The easiest way to mix these two style is to add one sporty element to an otherwise dressed up outfit like I did in this outfit by adding this Nike bodysuit to a skirt and heeled boots ($40 version and designer version). You can go the opposite route and add one dressed up item (maybe 2) to a sporty outfit like adding a blazer, heels or statement earrings to your favorite sports team shirt.
You can see my other skirt looks here, here, here and here.
Before I purchased this skirt I knew I wanted to wear these white boots with it. I wasn’t sure what top but was thinking of a cropped chambray shirt or maybe I could tie one in the front to make it more cropped. I don’t usually buy something if I can’t think of how I’m going to wear it but this skirt was such a great deal I bought it anyways and I’m happy I did. I love how this sporty bodysuit worked with this skirt.
I have been wanting to share a little more interior design with you guys and I am exctied to be starting with Noah’s nursery reveal! Most nursery reveals happen before the baby is born or right after. Noah is almost 4 months old and I’m just completeing his nursery. It actually isn’t 100% complete, I need to find some art work to go above his crib and above teh changing table. His crib was just delivered on Saturday which is what I had been waiting for. I wasn’t too worried about its late delivery because Noah is still sleeping in his co-sleeper in my room, actually he has moved to the closet which is close enough so I can get him when he needs to eat but far enough away that I don’t hear every little sound he makes.
I really wanted the nursery to have a neautral feel with little bits of boy. Something soft and relaxing that I enjoy being in as well. I didn’t make Noah’s room a full on nursery because I am hoping that in the next year or two Noah will share a room with Myles. Before Noah’s room was his room it was our guest room. I decided to keep the king size bed and nightstands and I added a changing table to the dresser. When designing all of my guest rooms I had children in mind. I wanted to be able to add a crib to any room and make it work as a nursery. I had this chair so guests can sit and put on their shoes but it is now it’s where I will be able to sit with Noah to feed him and read books. If I feel like he needs to be rocked before his nap I can hop over to Myles’s room.
My favorite part of the room is probably the changing table. I loved this dresser and its soft wood tones and adding a changing pad with a cute printed cover made it the perfect changing station. I added this adorable giraffe basket and filled it with diapers, wipes, Resinol, blankets, q-tips and a rattle, all the necessities while changing a diaper. The elephant on the chaning table and the griaffe on the shelf are from this wallpaper company I am obsessed with. Myles actually loves to play with them!
I am a strong beliver in having a bed or a place comfortable to lay in the nursery if room allows. There are a few nights when our babies need us so it’s convenient to hop right in the bed and bring them in with you.
Other than finding artwork for the walls, the final thing I need to do is find a sheet for the Newton crib mattress. This mattress is almost too cute to cover, I love the light gray color (it also comes in white, blue and pink) and the adorable cloud print. This mattress is breathable and washable! You can see in the photos the zipper that goes around the mattress, the outer lining zips right off and can go in the washing machine. Newton also offers free shipping and returns as well as a 100 day trial!
As much as I love walking into a fully decorated room I enjoy waiting to find the perfect pieces. I will patiently wait till I find the right wall decor for this room! I hope you enjoyed seeing Noah’s nursery.
How To Dress Up A Casual Jumpsuit Featuring Star Jewelers
As you all know, I recently entered the next decade of my life, my 30’s. I feel more grown up than ever before and it feels like the right time to reevaluate my wardrobe including all of my clothes, shoes and accessories. I am a jewelry lover of all sorts. Some days I like to layer multiple dainty necklaces, wear large statement earrings or throw on mulitple chunky rings. While I was looking at my jewelry collection I noticed a lot of it was costume jewelry from my college days. To be honest, most of it had started to change color and tarnish. I have decided to do a major jewelry edit and start focusing on buying a few investment pieces (simple diamond studs, classic gold hoops) and building a jewelry wardrobe that’s appropriate for me.
I am a jumpsuit girl. I love how easy they are to wear (no need to think of what matches a top or bottom) and I can easiyly run around with my boys in them. When I bought this jumpsuit I knew I wanted to dress it up. I actually have it in red from a few years ago and always wear it with flats. Although the jumpsuit is made of jersey knit and very casual I was determined to dress it up! I came across this jewelry store in the Short North called Star Jewelers On High. At first I was a bit intimidated because as beautiful as the jewelry was, it seemed to all be fine jewelry that was way out of my budget. I was very wrong. I met the owners of the store and they showed me around. I got to see their many one of a kind pieces and a variety of affordable jewelry that would be a great addition to my collection.
While I was walking around Star Jewelers I had this green jumpsuit in mind and was wondering which pieces would dress my look up. I saw this beautiful blue sapphire ring that complimented my wedding ring so I started there. I am never one to be too matchy matchy but I just fell in love with these blue sapphire stones. The earrings are made up of almost 18 carats of blue sapphires and oxidized sterling silver for the dark and edgy finish. The necklace is also made up of blue sapphires and oxidized sterling silver. The chain and pendant are sold separately which I love, customers can customize to their style. Since the pendant on the necklace is far from the earrings it was ok to wear them together. I would not have worn a shorter necklace that matched these large statement earrings.
Wearing nice jewelry with a little sparkle or a large statement piece is the perfect way to dress up a casual jumpsuit or outfit of anykind. Don’t forget to add a bold lip and the perfect pair of heels!
With all this talk about blue sapphires Star Jewelers will actually be hosting a Sapphire Showcase event on Thursday, September 13th from 11am to 6pm. There are so many shades of sapphires including green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, of course blue and many more. There will be a colored gemstone dealer who’s an expert in the field and will be able to answer any of your questions. For those wanting to learn more or to even make a custom ring this is the perfect event for you! Or to just see pretty jewels 🙂
I knew I wanted to dress this casual jumpsuit up. I have been dressing a little too casual these days and I felt the need to put on some heels and feel a little extra. My jewelry from Star Jewelers really helped transform this outfit. I love how the navy jewels and army green compliment each other and the black heels made me feel confident!
jumpsuit | Bobi ’Supreme Jersey Jumpsuit’ in Cargo (in gray)
heels | Giuseppe Zanotti (similar)
ring | Carat Blue Sapphire and White Gold Ring from Star Jewelers
necklace chain | Oxidezed Sterling Silver Chain Link with Champagne Diamond Lobster Claw Clasp from Star Jewelers
earrings | Blue Sapphire Disco Ball Drops from Star Jewelers
When I first saw this white striped ruffle dress I thought it was a jumpsuit. The way the bottom ruffles and slits form make it look just like a jumpsuit. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on and it was a dress. The bow detailing on the sleeves is so darling and really made this dress standout. I got this dress days before I would be attending a rehearsal dinner and it got me thinking, is this dress too white to wear and what is too white to wear to a wedding?
Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and weddings are the three events that women have to be really thoughtful with what they wear. It’s always up to the bride to decide if you can wear white, cream, ivory, off-white, etc. to their big events. If you don’t know the bride don’t even think about wearing any shade of white. If you are friends with the bride or she is family ask if her she cares what you wear.
For my wedding, I wanted my mom and mother-in-law to wear cream with gold or silver undertones because they looked tied in with the bridal party and made pictures look great. If a wedding guest wore white I would have been like “what the heck?” but I would not have let it bother me because it really doesn’t matter. For my rehearsal I didn’t wear white myself and it didn’t bother me one bit if anyone else wore white.
One time I wore a cream lace dress to my friends bridal shower. I asked if she cared and she said she didn’t. She was the type of friend I knew wouldn’t mind but I wanted to ask anyways. I also attended a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle in a stunning red Vera Wang gown and the wedding guests were required to wear white or black!
You’re better safe than sorry and I’d stay aways from white, cream, ivory or off-white when attending anything wedding related unless you are given the OK from the bride! Beware, she may be offeneded by just you asking if you can wear white.
This dress is so much prettier on than hanging on the hanger. Once I had it on I felt like I had to have it. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go in it, but somewhere. I didn’t end up wearing this to the rehearsal dinner but I had my birthday and our anniversary in the same week and knew I’d wear it to something! I stuck with nude shoes to help elongate my legs and a simple earring. There is a lot going on with the strips and ruffles so the dress doesn’t need much. I thought I wanted to wear a necklace but none looked right, I think it was because the bow detailing on the sleeves. Sometimes you need to try a few things on until you get the right feeling.
Would you wear white to any wedding related events??
For some reason I have had a difficult time finding weather appropriate clothing this summer. The biggest challenge for me is finding lightweight clothing that I can also nurse in. All of my short summer dresses have made their way to the back of my closet because in order to nurse in them I have to hike the whole dress up which cannot be done in public and not easily done in the car (a place I find myself nursing too often). A lot of my jumpsuits don’t work either becuase I can’t pull the straps down and most of my button up rompers and dresses are denim which is too heavy for this hot summer we are having. Insert this striped button front culotte jumpsuit. This jumpsuit has come to the rescue so many times this summer. When I want to wear something on trend but have my baby with me this jumpsuit is a no brainer. The Breakdown:
I’ve been on the hunt for new wedges this summer and have yet to find a pair until now. I was searing for something similar to what I’m wearing in these photos but since these shoes are 3 years old they are no longer available. I did find these leather wedges by the same designer but only 3 sizes left! Luckily they have a pair in my size, woo hoo! Anyways, I just love this outfit. I wear this often with flats but it felt nice to dress up a little. This oversized denim jacket is perfect for summer, it had been too hot to even wear it but it’s perfect for those me when I’m with those that blast their AC.
I wasn’t much of a fan of the gingham print trend. It reminded me a little too much of tablecloth or a picnic spread. Now that this trend comes in so many styles I have actually found a few shirts that I really love, including this top I’m wearing. Aren’t the little poms on the sleeves darling? Another great thing about gingam is that the fabric is really light weight, which is exactly what we need in the middle of summer.
Shop by top gingham tops below:
I’m still struggling to style my new body. My go to outifts are shirts that stretch or are loose. Having to nurse every 2-3 hours doesn’t give me much freedom with how I dress, I need access to my breast pretty much at all times. My favorite thing about this outfit is that I am not sacrificing style for motherhood. Once again I’m wearing my favorite mules, I try to pick other shoes but I always end up choosing these white ones which I’ve probably worn too many times (here and here). These mules are also 40% off right now and are the best, I wore them throughout my pregnancy during long work days and never had any issues! I’m still a little iffy about this gingam top. How do you guys feel about gingam?
I cannot believe I am officially 30 years old! I am actually feeling very excited as I write this. 30 always seemed very mature and grownup and I feel mature and like a grownup in a good way. When I was younger and in my high school days I thought I would be married with 3 children by the time I was 30, mainly because my mom was married with 3 children by the time she was 30 and I wanted to be just like her. Then I went to college and that seemed impossible because I already felt I was aging but look at me now, I have 2 beautiful children, the sweetest dog, married to the kindest and most handsome man in the world and happy as ever!
I loved my 20’s. I graduated from college, became an aunt, moved to Memphis, got married, became a mother, started the Living LeReve brand, built a house and lots more. I know my 30’s will only be better because the stress of figuring out all of those things like being a mom, building a house and starting a business are over. I know there will be very stressful times ahead because that’s just how life is but I’m enjoying everything I started in my 20’s.
I wish I could say what I hoped for in this next decade of life but I have no idea. I hope I’m as happy and fulfilled as I am now!
Cheers to 30!
I liked this dress on the hanger but when I tried it on I fell in love with it. The dress is completely sheer except for little shorts that are built in to the dress. The pink flowers are summery and femine and match my rose gold balloons! I chose nude shoes so they would kind of disappear, I tried on black heels but it was too harsh and got in the way of this flowy maxi dress. This necklace is super cool and not something I would typically pair with this dress but I love how it turned out and I plan on wearing this necklace with a basic t-shirt as well.
It’s hard to believe my tiny baby is 1 month old today. I’ve got a lot of questions on what life with two kids is like, two under two in particular. I asked all these questions myself before Noah’s arrival and now I’m able to experience it and answer for others. What I worried about most was loving both equally. I knew in my heart I would love them equally but I wanted them to feel loved equally. I didn’t want Myles to feel left out or jealous when Noah came home and I didn’t want Noah to be (not feel becuase he’s so little he doesn’t know) abandoned. How were naps, baths, playtime and bedtime supposed to happen? Other worries I had that I knew I could handle as long as I wasn’t in a rush were car rides and errands, one thing I haven’t mastered solo with my boys is going to the park. More on that later.
In order to make Myles feel comfortable I made sure not to be holding Noah when Myles came to visit at the hospital. Myles hadn’t seen me in a while and I wanted him to be able to run up and sit with me without me having to tell him to be careful, gentle and all that. He actually wasn’t even interested in me and only wanted to hold the baby! I also don’t get bad at him when he is accidentally too rough with Noah because he is still learning and is only trying his best. Currently Myles is going through a tickling phase and it’s a hard tickle that doens’t make Noah laugh but he doesn’t cry either and Myles just loves it!
Some things I have totally forgot in the newborn department since I’m so used to a toddler. First of all they grow fast. Noah (born 7lb 4oz) was only in newborn size diapers for a week. He could have kept wearing them but he was filling them up so fast we switched to size 1. The 1’s seemed really big but nothing ever leaked and we folded down the front a little to help fit better. Note* only buy one box of size newborn diapers.
You go through wipes much quicker! These tiny humans go to the bathroom A LOT. Wipe, after wipe, after wipe. I stocked up on a big box of wipes since both kiddos can use them.
Packing up the diaper bag with double the diapers. I was so used to packing my diaper bag with a couple diapers for Myles, snacks, toys, hand sanitizer and some random things here and there I totally forgot what to pack for a newborn. Lots of diapers (I often go through 2 for one change), extra clothes for baby and mommy, Vaseline, nipple cream, pacifiers plus all the things Myles still needs! I’m sure I’m missing some other thing. Oh yea, burp cloths and a blanket too!
To see how I’ve styled my diaper bag you can read these posts here and here.
My sweet Rio! Always trying to give him as much love as I can!
A few days after I got home from the hospital I wanted to go to the mall and do a little shopping. I took Noah with me so I wouldn’t feel rushed. Breastfeeding ties me down quite a bit and I only get 2 hours windows. Newborns are so portable, he chilled in his car seat and only made a peep when he was hungry. Myles on the other hand runs amok. I love that about him but there is no way I’m going to take him shopping and expect to try anything on or stand in line to make a purchase. When I only had Myles it was great to go out alone without him. Now it’s nice to go out with just Noah and that is todays version of “me time”.
With my adventures and car rides with the boys I’ve realized toddlers are easier in one aspect… you can make them stop crying easier. When Myles starts to fuss in the car (which isn’t often) I can get him is water, a snack or a toy. When Noah starts crying and he doesn’t want the pacifier it is a loss cause.
We have been very lucky to have our family helping out as well as a sitter so there haven’t been that many full days where I/we are completely alone. The going to the park with just the boys is my next adventure but I haven’t thought of how to do it. I went with my mom and had Noah in his car seat on a bench but at some point he needed to eat so my mom was with Myles. I thought I could use a baby carrier but not sure I’d be able to climb the playground to get Myles when he goes to high and doesn’t want to take the slide down. Any advice?
Today I am one month postpartum but these pictures were taken at two weeks postpartum. I thought dressing a 9 month bump was difficult, what is difficult is dressing a body that isn’t pregnant but also not yours. My thicker and squishier mid section has a long ways to go and my newly enlarged breast make me feel much bigger than I am and is something my eyes aren’t used to seeing. With all of that to take into consideration I also need to be able to nurse in whatever I am wearing. I love t-shirts because they stretch and can be easily pulled up for little Noah to go right under and nurse his little heart out. What I loved about these pants is the print, I feel like they help disguise my post baby bump. They are also high waisted and have a zipper as well as elastic which is perfect for me right now.
I’d love to hear how you guys transitioned from one kid to two or any stories!