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Summer Favorites…

How can it be Labor Day already? This summer went by much too quickly. Anyway, to mark the end of the season I thought I would post about a few things I was loving this summer in fashion, beauty, food and tunes. Enjoy!

IN FASHION…I’m a stylist for Stella & Dot so I’m always picking up new things from each season to show at trunk shows and to use myself so I can speak to the quality, styling options, etc. and I have to say that this has been one of my most-used items Stella & Dot items to date. This particular bag debuted last summer but I didn’t pick it up until this past spring and I’m really glad I finally got it. I’m a sucker for navy and white in the summer so this bag went with so many of my outfits and looked equally great dressed up or down depending on where I was headed. In terms of functionality, the bag is quite roomy with several interior pockets and a water bottle holder (I actually put my sunglasses in there) to keep things organized and it was great for tossing in all sorts of items for myself, my kids, and even my husband.

My navy and white Ikat print bag by Stella & Dot

My navy and white Ikat print bag by Stella & Dot

IN FASHION…this Breton-style shirt. I’ve always loved a classic shirt like this and have needed a replacement for my wardrobe because I got rid of an old one I had a few months ago. So when I saw this version on sale in the Boden catalog earlier this summer I quickly made an order. The material is a lighter-weight cotton – I almost wish it was a tad heavier – but for summer weather in Michigan it has been perfect. It’s a great staple piece to have because it just adds interest to any outfit. Wear it classic like Kate Middleton does or use it to create an outfit with a lot of interest by mixing patterns – pair it with a fun floral scarf or top it with a button-down polka dot shirt with just the neckline and bottom of the sleeves peeking out. There are tons of ideas out there on how to style it that work well for summer and it will be a great piece to have for fall as well.

Going patriotic in my Breton-style top at a 4th of July parade

Going patriotic in my Breton-style top at a 4th of July parade

 

IN BEAUTY…this matte lip balm from Revlon. I’ve often thought it would be fun to have some sort of orange-y lip product in my makeup bag for use on occasion to achieve a look sort of like these from J. Crew. So earlier this summer when I was watching a YouTube video from Miss Glamorazzi and she mentioned this lip balm from Revlon in a great orange/tangerine color I figured, why not pick one up. After an exhaustive search of the Internet to check more reviews (I found a really helpful one by Miss Budget Beauty) I finally settled on the same color, Audacious, that I saw on YouTube. So I loaded my little ones into the car one afternoon and ran out to pick up a tube. Once home, I ran straight to the bathroom, tried it on, and…voila! The wild tangerine look I was going for! The balm goes on super bright so I usually blot a couple of times to tone it down but I love how it goes absolutely amazing with sunkissed skin and adds that perfect little pop of color to an overall look. I think it will transition well to fall with certain outfits as well. (The color here isn’t showing up as bright as it does in person but I think you can get the gist.)

My new Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Audacious

My new Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Audacious

IN FOOD…my daily dose of ice cream. Okay, ice cream is a given in the summertime, right? I became a little addicted this summer though and it spread to my four-year-old as well. It’s to the point where he will absolutely not start his bedtime routine without first having had his own little dish. In in his words, “I want big lumps, Mom. Big lumps.” (Apparently “lumps” = scoops in kid-speak…) So, yeah, we’ve had a lot of ice cream this summer. My favorite summer ice cream was probably from Kilwin’s in Petoskey while on vacation. Yum.

Vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet from Kilwin's of Petoskey

Vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet from Kilwin’s of Petoskey

IN TUNESthe song “Chillin’ It” by Cole Swindell. I don’t normally advertise that country music is one of the genres on my radio dial but, well, there it is. Anyway, this is such a great song for listening to in the car when you’re out and about on a fantastic summer day. Makes me want to just keep on driving…(and hope my little guys fall fast asleep for good long naps). ps: Ignore the video, it’s typical country cheesy. Just close your eyes and take in the tunes. Anyone else have a great summer anthem they were loving this summer?

So that’s it for my round-up. I hope everyone out there had an amazing summer. Happy Labor Day, and here’s to a fantastic fall season!

What I’m Loving this Week…

Hello out there! Time is flying around here as usual and I can’t believe it’s already August. Boo…. Sometimes I feel like here in Michigan we wait all year for summer and then it just goes by in a flash. We’ve been taking advantage of the season though and have been trying to fit in lots of summer fun.

Anyway, I wanted to come on quickly and share some things I’ve been loving lately in fashion, fitness and drinks. I hope everyone is having an amazing summer! Enjoy!

What I’m Loving…

White Scalloped Lace Shirt from Goodnight Macaroon

White Scalloped Lace Shirt from Goodnight Macaroon


IN FASHION…The Goodnight Macaroon site for women’s apparel. I just discovered this via the 6th Street Design School blog by Kirsten Krason and I. LOVE. IT. Seriously. The clothing on here is amazing. Inspired by celebrity street style (think Olivia Palermo, Mirando Kerr, etc.), everything is super stylish but, get this, still affordable. This site is definitely worth checking out, you will not be disappointed. I’ve done some digging for more info on this site and it looks like it’s gaining quite a following because I’ve found lots of recent posts from various fashion bloggers posting about their favorite finds. Also, if you’re looking for a deal (like I always am) it looks like they do Friday Flash Sales for 48 hours (you need to follow them on Facebook for details) and they also partner with various bloggers to do 20% coupon codes as well. In any case, here are a few of my favorite things from the site right now – but like I said, go check it out. See something you like? Comment below and let me know so we can compare notes. 😉 – Navy Blue Floral Print Kimono Trousers ($55), White Scalloped Lace Drawstring Batwing Sleeve Shirt ($69), Heather Grey Drawstring Sweat Dress ($69.99) (This is perfect for moms!! How cute would this be at preschool drop-off?!), Colorblock Raglan Quilted Neoprene Shoulder Grey Marble Knit Sweater ($59.90 on sale)

Stella & Dot's new engravable collection

Stella & Dot’s new engravable collection


IN FASHION…These picks from Stella & Dot’s latest collection. I’m loving this scarf – it’s one of those items that you can wear now in summer but also later in fall because of the colors it has going on. The hot pink and white is great for summer but it also has accents of olive-y green that would pair really well with an army green jacket or skinny cargos in the fall. This bracelet because, A) It’s super chic and simple, B) The orange leather strap is such a great pop of color and most importantly, C) Net proceeds from this bracelet go to support the Every Mother Counts organization which is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. A very worthwhile cause and something, as a mother myself, I can definitely get behind. These engravable necklaces – Stella & Dot recently introduced these new pieces and because I love a good monogram, I’m loving these. They’ve come up with some very cute fonts and the quality of the engraving is top-notch. I just ordered an engravable ID Tag with my sons’ initials on it so I’ll have to post a photo once it arrives.

IN FITNESS…This workout video from Tone it Up. I first heard about this series on my friend and former colleague’s balanced living blog, Balancing B, and it sounded interesting. I’m always trying to fit in quick workouts since long workout sessions at the gym just aren’t feasible for me right now and this one was pretty good. It’s a high intensity interval training and the workout itself is probably only about 15 minutes long so it works perfectly for my schedule. Then, if I can get a 20-30 minute walk in with the boys in a stroller some other time during the day I feel like I’m good. (It’s a far cry from the way I used to exercise but it’s what works right now and I’ll take it!)

La Croix Lime

La Croix Lime


IN FOOD & DRINK…This sparkling water. It’s 100% natural with nothing artificial added, no sodium, nothing. I know this isn’t new but I’ve just recently started drinking them and they totally curb my craving for a Coke. I know, pop is so unhealthy for you, I know I know… That’s why I try to find alternatives. But there is just something about an ice cold Coke that is such a guilty pleasure for me. I think a big part of the attraction for me is the carbonation actually so I’ve found that drinking sparkling water helps to satisfy my cravings. I’ve tried other sparkling waters but then I decided to try La Croix and I’m really liking the flavors (I think Lime might be my favorite so far) as well as the fact that it’s in a can. I have always loved the sound of a can popping open and I think for some reason that drinks taste better from a can than a bottle. I know. I think I need some analysis…

Okay, that’s it from my end for now. Happy August!!

A Great Spring Sweater and Favorites from around the Web

Hello out there! I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted but the baby is sleeping and the 4-year-old is playing outside since the sun is finally shining so I thought I would do a quick post on a great spring sweater that I ordered from J. Crew Factory earlier this week and a few recent favorites from around the web. Enjoy and happy Sunday!

This is the J. Crew Factory Summerweight Boyfriend Sweater and it is FANTASTIC. I got it in navy but they also have it in mint, summer pink, and heather silver. I had also ordered the pink but I think I'll return it because it's just too bubble gum/Easter egg pink for me. I may get one in the heather silver instead. I seriously wish they had more colors because I would order several more. I just love the drape of the sweater and the weight is perfect for spring and cool summer nights. The sweater is made to be quite oversized so I wasn't sure what size to actually order (it goes down to a size XXS) but the XS seemed to be the right size for me and that is the size I would probably usually order in normal tops. To be on the safe side though, depending on how you want it to fit, you could probably go down a size. I just checked and the sweater is on sale for $35.50 right now. An awesome price for a sweater I know I'll wear a lot.

This is the J. Crew Factory Summerweight Boyfriend Sweater and it is FANTASTIC. I got it in navy but they also have it in mint, summer pink, and heather silver. I had also ordered the pink but I think I’ll return it because it’s just too bubble gum/Easter egg pink for me. I may get one in the heather silver instead. I seriously wish they had more colors because I would order several more. I just love the drape of the sweater and the weight is perfect for spring and cool summer nights. The sweater is made to be quite oversized so I wasn’t sure what size to actually order (it goes down to a size XXS) but the XS seemed to be the right size for me and that is the size I would probably usually order in normal tops. To be on the safe side though, depending on how you want it to fit, you could probably go down a size. I just checked and the sweater is on sale for $35.50 right now. An awesome price for a sweater I know I’ll wear a lot.

Another shot of the sweater. I think this will pair so well with white pants and sandals for spring and summer. Add some simple jewelry and a cute bag and you're done. Love. (Pants/Old - Banana Republic Factory; Bag and Jewelry/Available Now - Stella & Dot)

Another shot of the sweater. I think this will pair so well with white pants and sandals for spring and summer. Add some simple jewelry and a cute bag and you’re done. Love. (Pants/Old – Banana Republic Factory; Bag and Jewelry/Available Now – Stella & Dot)

This super cute closet makeover was done by the blogger at View Along the Way. I love the whole thing - the wallpaper, the jewelry nook, the mini chandalier... You have to go over to her blog and check the whole thing out. Very cute!

This super cute closet makeover was done by the blogger at View Along the Way. I love the whole thing – the wallpaper, the jewelry nook, the mini chandelier… You have to go over to her blog and check the whole thing out. Very cute!

Love this outfit from Poor Little It Girl. A classic color combination and a great jean jacket. 'Nuff said.

Love this outfit from Poor Little It Girl. A classic color combination and a great jean jacket. ‘Nuff said.

This stenciled wall from Life on Virginia Street is awesome!! I've been thinking about a modern wallpaper in my dining room but we're still in the midst of peeling the original wallpaper that the previous homeowners had so maybe this stencil idea could be the way to go. I probably wouldn't have the patience to actually do it myself, but maybe...

This stenciled wall from Life on Virginia Street is awesome!! I’ve been thinking about a modern wallpaper in my dining room but we’re still in the midst of peeling the original wallpaper that the previous homeowners had so maybe this stencil idea could be the way to go. I probably wouldn’t have the patience to actually do it myself, but maybe…

This creamy tomato tortellini soup is super tasty and so easy to make. I found the recipe through someone from my mom's club but it originally came from Recipe Swagger. If you have kids, try it. You can even throw in some veggies like peas or chopped spinach to up the nutritional value. Click on this photo to get the recipe. Yum!

This creamy tomato tortellini soup is super tasty and so easy to make. I found the recipe through someone from my mom’s club but it originally came from Recipe Swagger. If you have kids, try it. You can even throw in some veggies like peas or chopped spinach to up the nutritional value. Click on this photo to get the recipe. Yum!