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. 

Sunny Days

Sunglasses for all

Ah sunglasses how I love thee so.  Some people can’t have enough phone cases, others lipglosses but for me it’s sunglasses.  I have always loved sunglasses, even as a little girl I remember flocking to the sunglass section while my mom shopped at Mandee (hey ya dating myself here).   Sunglasses are such a fun way to play around with your look. Not to mention they are used for so much more than blotting out the sun. Wake up late and have no time for make-up? Boom sunglasses. Want people to stay away from you in the store? Boom sunglasses? Hungover and have to look presentable? Boom sunglasses. There are so many affordable options that I have little to no buyers remorse when purchasing sunnies.  I can’t choose a favorite because I go through phases.  One minute I’m all about oversized, the next it’s cat-eye and wham heart-shaped.   After doing some research I learned that certain face shapes are flattered by certain sunglasses.  I’m not sure how much I buy into this but here’s what I have picked up along the way. 

Round:  Best glasses are rectangle, square and shield type glasses. 

Square:  Best glasses round, aviators, oval or circular curves. 

Oval:  You guys luck out.  Pretty much any shape is flattering. 

Heart: Best glasses are cat-eye, avatar, shield or rimless glasses. 

Listen, I tend to pick glasses that I’m drawn to and I am sure I look silly in some of my sunnies.  The real question is, do I care? Nope 😉  I have linked some of my favorite sunnies that all happen to be priced just right. Take a look and here’s to a lot of sunny days ahead!  


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

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.

My Am & Pm SkinCare Routine Broken Down

AM & PM Skincare Routine

Who knew skincare could be so complicated?  Gone are the days of simple face wash and cream.  We now have serums and beauty elixirs made from the blood of unicorns.  Ok fine maybe they aren’t that extra but some products available are a bit much.   My grandmother believes dove soap and cooking with olive oil is the best skincare routine. She may be onto something because she’s 90 years young and maybe has one wrinkle. Most mornings I’m in a rush and by the evenings my exhaustion kicks in right as I put my last son to bed.  Bottom line people, I needed a fast, easy and effective skincare routine.   I’m here to break down all the products I use.  As I type this I do realize I use a lot of products.  However, I promise the process takes about 5 minutes tops.  I am listing the products in the order I use them. Let’s dive in.

Morning:

Cleanser:  This cleanser is my ride or die.  It leaves my skin feeling so clean. It smells fresh and soapy.  It’s not referred to as the cult classic for nothing. 

Toner: Love this toner.  It removes any impurities from my pours. It sets my skin up for the next steps.

Serum:  If you add one thing to your skincare routine from this post make it this serum.  Vitamin C is so important for your skin and this bad boy brightens your skin, smooths lines and helps protect against all the unpleasant things we find in the environment.   

Moisturizer: I’ve been using this one for over a year and it has vitamin C and is extremely brightening.

Eye cream:  Hands down my favorite brightening eye cream.  I’ve used it for over a year and I have seen a dramatic difference in dark circles.

Sunscreen: Girls, never miss this step.  It is SO important.  Even on the days where I put on a tinted moistures that has SPF in it I will not skip this step!   I love the little shimmer this one gives and it smells like vacation.  I’ll put it on and pretend I’m on a beach.  Hey, a girl can dream.  

Lip Balm: We can’t forget to protect those lips.  I have like 10 of these lip balms scattered around my house, purses and car.  Absolute favorite. 

Night:

So I will be a little extra at night.   When I’m wearing make-up I double cleanse my face.

Cleansing balm: I like to remove my make-up using a cleansing balm opposed to wipes. Mainly because the wipes usually never worked and I would wake up with mascara under my eyes. I have tried a few others before I found this one.  They usually left my eyes burning and blurry.  This one is fantastic as I use an almond sized amount and it not only removes all my make up but doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. It’s a tad pricey but it will you a while. 

Cleanser: Same as the morning.  

Toner: Same as the morning.

Serum:  This serum has been referred to as “botox in a bottle” and it lives up to the name.  It’s my favorite and I will never stop incorporating this serum into my routine.  

Moisturizer: This super rich cream is perfect. Thanks to my 19 year old niece for introducing me to this clean and affordable brand.  I have a few things from this brand and I really like them all. 

Eye Cream: I need some extra moisture at night and this eye cream fits the bill.  

Neck and Décolleté Balm: Yeah I said it.  I’m no longer a spring chicken and I’m all about being proactive with skin care. This guy fits the bill.

Now that I laid out what I use daily I’m going to sprinkle on some of my extras.  

The Extras:

Eye Patches: Love these to lift and firm. Love these to brighten.

Clay Mask: This one shrinks my pours right up

Exfoliating/Brightening Mask:  For when I need to add some glow into my skin. I’ll use this one.  

Sheet Masks: Sheet masks have become a favorite of mine. Zero clean up.  This one I love because of how hydrated it makes my skin feel. This one is I use when I want some brightening.

Exfoliator: So I like to feel an exfoliate to know it’s working.  This one is more has more grit to it.   I use it about 3 times a week.

Overnight peel:  I’ll use this 1-2 times a week.  

Retinol Serum- I will use this 3 times a week at night.  

Headband:  I just ordered these cute spa headbands to keep my hair out of my face.  I couldn’t resist the price and the cuteness. 

There you have it.  All my skincare broken down in writing for your reading pleasure. I’ll leave you all with two tips that I live by when it comes to skincare.  ONE: drink water, drink as much water as you think you need then add like four glasses.  Beautiful skin comes from within. Two: I can’t stress this enough NEVER EVER sleep with make up on.   Thanks so much for reading. I’ve linked all my products here in one place. 

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.

VALENTINES DAY IN DATE IDEAS…

To be honest…my husband and I rarely go out on Valentines’ Day.  We prefer to stay home, but we do like to make it special.  With everything that has transpired this past year I am just extremely thankful to have a partner that I didn’t want to off during lockdown.  All jokes aside, this pandemic has taught me to appreciate what I have.  That being said, Mike and I like to have romantic little date nights (in) every once in a while to A: keep the spark alive and B: show our appreciation for each other.  

If you are staying in I have come up with a few ideas to help you celebrate.  Before I get to the good stuff I have to say, have fun with it.  Don’t sweat the the little things.  The evening doesn’t have to be perfect and if you don’t have a “Valentine” this year…who cares?  All this can easily be done with friends 🙂 I mean one can also enjoy champagne and chocolate by oneself while watching an awesome movie with take out.  So whether it’s alone, with friends or your partner.  Enjoy the day and make sure you love yourself first. Plus if you have children, you can’t forget about those little Valentine’s. The dragons are happy with Reese’s PB hearts.

A few little tips:

Set the mood:  If you decide to eat at the table make it romantic.  I like to set the table with our wedding china and crystal when Mike and I have a date nights in.  I will always add candles and fresh flowers.  But this year I’m thinking of setting up a picnic style dinner in the living room.  I like to use my favorite barefoot dreams blanket because it’s super cozy.  Serve the food on trays to prevent any spills plus they make dinner less formal, these trays are perfect and add such a rustic touch.  If you have a fireplace don’t forget to light that baby up!

The Food- Order out!  We usually order from our favorite steak house and mix up some cocktails.  I would call a week or so before to see if you have to place your order ahead of time since this it’s a busy day for restaurants.  Plus this is another great opportunity to support local businesses. We will most like mix up some dirty martini’s. I love these stemless glasses and this shaker with drink measurements on it! They are such a game changers.

Dessert-  Well dessert is a must.  Make it fun, we will definitely be using this chocolate fountain.  

Entertainment- Clue remains to be one of my favorite board games so when I found this one I was super excited to try! card games or some Scrabble for all you intellectuals out there.  I like this set because you can fold it up for easy storage and travel. I’m also not opposed to a good action flick or just throw on some Bridgerton.  That should put anyone in the mood…

What to Wear– I can see myself wearing one of these outfits.  A pretty “house dress” as I like to call them.  A lace bodysuit and skinny jeans or going total going total comfort (which I feel is going to happen) in joggers and this cute sweatshirt.  Whatever I decide I know that I will 100% be wearing a red lip and I just love this one. The color is sunset orange. I think that’s the beauty of staying home…you can wear whatever you want. 

Valentines day per-say isn’t really my thing but spending a special evening with the person I love the most is.  So mix up some cocktails and celebrate love, any kind of love xo. 

I’ve linked all my favorites here xo

Let’s talk Skinny Jeans

Let’s talk skinny jeans

Ok, let’s talk the skinny…skinny jeans that is.  Having short legs makes me a big fan of them. Plus hemming jeans is just well annoying.  Who has time for that?  However, I vowed this year I would learn how.  I feel like it’s a good skill to possess.  You know like knowing how to change a tire…which I also have no idea how to do.  I should start compiling a list… 

Most of my favorite skinny jeans come in petite length and in the word’s of Goldie…they are just right!  Don’t worry all my long legged friends most also come in “long”.  The real game changer though is when skinny jeans became high waisted.  I feel like that’s when everyones dreams came true.  Ah it’s the little things.  High waisted skinny jeans give the appearance of even longer leaner legs.  Especially paired with a cropped shirt and a shoe with a little height.  

When looking for jeans I want a pair that’s going to last me for years. Let’s be honest, shopping for jeans isn’t a favorite. I’m sharing some of the jeans I really like and have lasted long with many wears. So pull up a seat and prepare to slide into your new favorite skinny jeans.

I’ve linked a few of my favorites here.