Matchy Matchy

Matching sets for the spring and summer

Matching sets are making quite the impression.  From track suits to short sets they are all over the place.  I’m not going to lie, if there’s a way to cut corners on picking an outfit, I’m all for it.   Monochromatic color palettes have been gaining a lot of popularity in the past few years, specifically in the neutral tones.  However, with spring upon us we are now seeing pops of brighter colors as well. This is a great way to incorporate color into ones wardrobe. Oh and the florals! Let’s not forget about my previous post that touched on floral prints.  I prefer a softer print like the one I’m wearing to create that flirty, feminine look.  There is a vast range of sets from ultra casual terrycloth to extra luxe silks, but have no fear if being super matchy isn’t your thing.  The beauty of a matching set is that they are usually sold separately.  For example I bought this tie dye sweatshirt and not the matching sweats.  I felt like it was a bit too much for me.  Bottom line, matching sets provide you with an almost complete outfit.  All you have to worry about are your accessories.  Have you tried the trend yet?  Well what are you waiting for?  I’ve compiled some really cute sets here.  Thanks for reading. 

Fruits and Floral Prints

Styling floral and fruit print dresses.

You may be noticing a lot of prints this season. Specifically florals and fruit like pops of cherries, bright lemons and pretty pink florals.  It’s interesting how these styles and our own have evolved over time.  You might even say I would have steered away from these in the past. However, I now find that these prints tend to be the right touch of feminine and delicate and are also lovely to play around with.  Mixing feminine dresses with sneakers happens to be a favorite of mine.  Topping a floral blouse with a leather jacket adds the right bit of edgy to an outfit.  There are so many possibilities.  

Growing up with four older brothers my mother was determined to get a bow in my hair. So much so that when I was born she tapped one on due to the fact that all I had was peach fuzz, true story.   Even with growing up with all those boys and being a bit of a tomboy my mother never let me leave the house in a mismatched outfit or without my bow. I’d be playing with all the boys but dressed to impress. It’s funny how life works. I am still playing with the boys, my four boys, and doing it in style.  Back to the fruit and florals.  These prints are reminiscent of the 90’s.  I remember watching Clueless and dreaming that I had Cher’s closet app.  She had her clothes cataloged on a computer and then like at a dry cleaners she pressed a button and poof, here they were.  


I’ve learned a few things over the years.  One of them being to step out of your comfort zone.  For me that’s exploring prints that wouldn’t normally catch my eye.  For someone else it could be trying a new bright lip color.  Remember there are no rules for your own personal style.  Have fun with it and take a risk.
Thanks for reading and as always my outfit details and some more goodies are linked here

Sandals Galore

Spring and summer sandal picks

Spring and summer sandal styles

 Last year I skipped over purchasing sandals since well we weren’t going anywhere.  This year I’ve made up for it and then some 🙂  Most of my sandals have used up their miles and therefore were ready to be replaced.  When shopping for sandals I like to play around with different styles and colors.  Square toe seems to be making a big statement this year. I like the design because they are extremely comfortable and add a little sophistication to any outfit.  I love any kind of sandal with a little metallic color (these are my pick) or prints.  For example, I snagged these snake print colorful sandals the other day.  I mean you can’t beat the price point.  Plus metallic sandals can easily dress up any outfit. I mostly look for cute, flat everyday sandals but I did need to add a pair of sandals with a heel to my collection and these are fantastic.  Plus they are very comfortable, I wore them every evening out on our trip to Florida last month. In fact, I loved them so much I bought them in two colors.   Having a sandal to slip on and off my the pool was a must for me.  I picked these slides but these are similar and at a better price point.   Most of the sandals I own have lasted many years and I see all of these doing the same. 

I have rounded up all of them in one place here.  Thanks for reading! 

Pops of Color for The Spring

Spring lip colors

Lipstick to the face is like jewelry to the body.  It’s the easiest way to elevate any look.  When you read “pops of color” maybe you thought I was referring to the current floral print trend.  I’m talking lips people, lots of lip colors.  I’m rounding up my favorite lipsticks/balms to get you through the warmer months while by adding a little glam to your make up routine.  

If I’m feeling a bit blah I’ll put on a pretty lip color and I’m ready to conquer the day.   In all seriousness, there’s just something about a bold lip that makes me me powerful and confident.   Lip colors have come such a long way.  Now more than ever there are so many brands and color options that everyone should be able to find colors they love.  Also, I don’t have to be dressed up to sport a bold lip.  I’ll be in joggers and a tank yet I’ll add a pink lip.  Lip color has always been a way for me to express my style.  Think of lipstick as a mood ring.  Let it express how you’re feeling.   Scroll down for my favorite colors of the season.

Bold: This is the lipstick I’m wearing on my photo 💋 I just purchased it from the Sephora sale and I love how it’s not red but a bright and bold intense pink red.  I don’t put a lot on because a little goes a loooong way.  What I do is dab a little on then smooth my lips with my finger to create a more warmed up look. The color is THREE WISE GIRLS

Peach: This is my favorite peachy tone.  I love wearing this guy lounging by the pool.  It’s antioxidant and moisture rich formula is such a great combination during the warmer months. It also has a hint of peppermint oil that adds the perfect amount of tinkle! The color is APRICOT

Pink: Looking for the perfect coral pink? Here you go! This satin lip matte cream lipstick is also a favorite.  I’ve been using these lip creams for 3 + years. They stay put and have such a creamy soft finish. This shade is perfect for the spring and summer.  I will say if you lips are super dry you may want to add a little chapstick beforehand.  You will notice the creases. The color is SAN PAULO

Mauve: love me some mauve lips. This lip balm plumps without the tinkle and adds the perfect amount of color that’s buildable.  I also love the chubby stick. This is one of my favorite on the go lip balms. The color is DOLLY FEVER

Red: I couldn’t leave out my favorite red. This red is my OG. No matter how many reds I’ve tried this one will always be “the one”. It is a true red, no hints of orange or pinks. Plus the formula is fantastic, minimal if any reapplying. The color is BESO

Thanks so much for reading. As always you can find all of these products in one please right here.

Spring Dresses

Spring dresses 2021

What’s better then throwing on a sundress on a warm spring day? My style has definitely evolved over the years.  For starters I’m no longer working in a corporate setting that requires a dress code.  These days I chase around 4 little guys which limits my every day clothing choices.  With that being said I still enjoy a lovely sundress. They are just so effortlessly easy to style. I just have to be a little more conscious about the ones I choose and how I style them. When picking clothing, especially dresses I am looking for a few key components.   

Versatility:  If I can’t think of three ways to wear a piece I’m not buying it. An everyday dress must be adaptable and prepared for any situation.

Fit & Length:  Length is an important factor when picking a dress.   Maxi dresses are beautiful but also dangerous for those on the shorter side.  I’m still in the “wait, don’t touch that” phase with my kids which means I need to be able to move fast without tripping on material.  Same goes for shorter dresses.  One wrong move and everyone gets a show. 

Material:  I tend to gravitate towards lighter weight looser fitting dresses for everyday. It absolutely has to be machine washable.  I have zero time to bring anything to the dry cleaners. Not to mention I usually forget to pick my things up. Come to think of it, I’m fairly certain I have a duvet sitting at the dry cleaners right now. Ugh, see my point.

I like to pick up a few new dresses for the season. Most are usually very cost efficient as with the weather comes lots of outdoor activities which can get pretty messy! However, If the occasion calls for it I will splurge on a piece. I have linked the dress I’m wearing (which I also got in yellow) and a few others that will be perfect for the warmer weather here. Thanks for reading.

A modern Take on a Classic

How to style a white button down.

The white button down shirt is one of the most underrated pieces of fashion. I’ll admit, growing up it wasn’t the shirt I reached for the most when looking in my closet. Over the years I’ve learned that the make or break components to a great button down shirt are fabric and fit. Lets face it, if you’re wearing a piece of uncomfortable clothing are you going to reach for that bad boy in the future? Believe me, I am all about pairing affordable and splurge worthy finds. However, when it comes to a white button down i’m investing in a few good quality ones. I’m not saying you have to spend a small fortune but quality over quantity most certainly applies in this case.

There’s something about a collared shirt that adds a sense of sophistication and polish to any look. I automatically feel like I’m elevating my style when I throw one on. Can we talk about how versatile they are? One of my favorite ways to style is half tucked in with joggers and sneakers. They are the absolute best layering pieces. I love to pop one under a sweater. Leave the sleeves unbuttoned for a more casual look. Wearing one unbuttoned over a silk slip dress is another great option. In the summer a light weight boyfriend button down can be worn as a cover-up. I love to belt an oversized button down and wear it with over the knee boots. You can’t go wrong with a pair of tailored denim, it’s always a classic look. You never know the places a white button down can take you. I’ve linked the one I’m wearing as well as a few others here.

Cutout Tops

Skin is in and cutout tops provide the perfect peek at showing some.    From chunky sweaters to smooth silhouettes you are going to notice slashes here and there.  This playful style is such a great way to elevate any look.  Going into the spring I’m wearing thinner shirts opposed to sweaters but I will never rule out a great cutout sweater on a cooler spring night.   If you are unsure about trying the trend there are many options for the modest.  A sliver in the sleeves adds something a little extra to a  plain shirt.  My personal favorite, a little peek of the collarbone.   I mean who doesn’t love a good clavicle?  Pair these shirts with jeans or joggers.  In the summertime they would look super chic with a pair of cutoffs and heels. Top the tanks with a light blazer and be on your way. There’s just something about showing a little pop of skin that makes any look unique.  I have linked my sweater as well of some other options here.  

Trending: Baseball Hats

How to style baseball hats.

I’ve become a big fan of baseball…hats.  I haven’t been to a game in ages and I don’t particularly support any specific team but quite frankly I’d give just about anything to go anywhere these days and that includes a sporting event.  Back to the hats.  Baseball hats have been gaining more and more popularity these past years.  They are a great option when transitioning from season to season.  Specifically now, so swap out that beanie for a baseball hat.  They add a sporty touch to any outfit.  Not to mention they are great when your dry shampoo can’t take you that extra day.  I love pairing them with a blazer.  Mixing refined and sporty pieces is a favorite look I like to play around with.  In the summer I like pairing them with fitted jersey dresses.  Transitioning into spring I will wear a baseball cap with a hoodie sweatshirt.  Baseball caps are also a lot easier to transport which means I’ll be wearing them by the pool this summer.  I also like to keep one in my car just incase the occasion calls for it.  I’m currently really crushing on this rust color.  I just ordered this lighter one for the spring.  I’m more into neutral tones but I do like a pop of pastels for the spring and a hat is a great way to achieve it.  I have rounded up some hats here that are perfect to transition from winter to spring.  I love all these colors…I see a purchase in my future. Thanks for reading!

Spruce up the place

Ways to spruce up your home decor

I don’t know about you guys but when I get the urge to decorate and change things around there’s no stopping me.  I recently rearranged our living room and it feels like a whole new space.  I felt like it was just blah and not really doing much for me anymore.  I would walk past, and nothing…  I was about to order new couches and get new wallpaper, I had the items in my cart.  I mean, I was a woman on a mission after all.  Then, instead of hitting the ‘complete order’ button I thought to myself how can I redecorate without buying a ton of new things?   The truth of the matter is, we didn’t need a new sofa or coffee table.  I ended up rearranging the furniture and purchasing just one new comfy chair and a piece of artwork.  These small tweaks gave the room a new look and feel.  So I tell you friends, before you hit the add to cart button on a big investment read this post because I’m sharing how to change the rooms around in your house without breaking the bank.  Essentially, one to two new things can add a new feel to a room.  Another trick I like to do is relocating pieces into different rooms.  For example, I like to change the decor on the bookshelves in my family room. Most things have been rotated from my dining room and foyer. Believe in the power of feng shui. 

Here’s a few ideas:

Dining Room: Add a wine rack or relocate a piece of furniture.  When we were redecorating our dining room last year I knew I wanted a bar cart or serving table for the corner.  I was shopping around and couldn’t find anything I loved.  Then it dawned on me to use my vanity!  I love it but I haven’t used it in years and it holds sentimental value so selling it was not an option.  All I needed were some trays, books and picture frames to finish the look. 
Next, a wine rack which serves two purposes.  I got this one, it holds the wine and is also a decorative wall piece. 


Living Room: Statement chair:  Sometimes you just need a piece of statement furniture to do the trick and this sherpa chair did just that.  It tied the whole room together.  It’s cozy, priced right and fits in perfectly.  I also bought a few these decorative pillows.

Family Room: Photos or wall art.  I love to display family photos.  These frames allow me to create a gallery wall in clean and uniform fashion.  I always change up my throw pillows in the family room. They see a lot of action with all these kids. I’ve had these three styles for a while and they have survived many pillow fights.

Kitchen: Add some cozy vibes by decorating the island with trays, candles, a faux plants or pedestal trays.  I personally have these pedestal stands. I love adding some fresh greenery such as baby’s breath, eucalyptus and lavender from the local farmers market. A faux plant will look just as good. I have this little cutie. Stack a few cutting boards behind the stove top. I like to get ones that look like petrified wood but any cutting boards can do the trick.


Foyer: I like to keep the foyer simple.  We have this table and I love it.  I decorate it with small objects like this and this (I have both and always switch there locations around) ,a candle, fresh flowers and lean some art work up against the wall behind it. Mine is no longer available but I like this one a lot.  

Other ways to spruce up a room are area rugs and storage baskets. they work in almost any room. I hope this post has given you some decorating ideas.  Thanks for reading you can find some more great products here.

the forecast says snow but I’m dreaming of sunshine…

  I know I know A swimsuit post in February?  Listen, we are about to get what feels like our 10th snow storm of the season tomorrow and well…I’m over it.  I shouldn’t be since I live in the north east but I am.  I enjoy snow up until the end of December when the holiday season is over.  After that I feel like spring should magically appear.  Ah, wishful thinking. We just booked our first family vacation since 2019.  We skipped last year because we had little Asher and I was worried with the pandemic.  Needless to say, I am excited!  Which means I’m planing all my day time outfits aka bathing suits and cover-ups!  

Ok let’s talk swimsuits.  Not a favorite topic of some but you need at least one.   Since I had children I‘ve gravitated towards high waisted bikini bottoms and one piece suits.   Mainly because I can run around, chase them and not have to worry about something coming out of place.   I also love these styles because they give the wearer a nice shape.  Let’s be honest these are just more practical for the town pool or my backyard.  I mean if I were going to Bora Bora I would certainly wear a tiny bikini and not give a damn because I was in paradise.  

The sad truth is these suits will be sold out or back ordered very soon.  They are all priced perfectly.  The last thing I want to do is spend $200 on a bathing suit only to have my kid spill part of his fire cracker ice pop on it.   No thank you.  I personally own four of these suits and love them.  The quality is great and you can’t beat the prices or fast shipping.  So grab a suit before they’re gone and don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen. 

Thanks for reading and take a look at all of my picks here.