Monday, May 22, 2017

Sewing the trends

I am pleasantly surprised and very pleased that so many trendy patterns are now available. A few years ago, I could never find patterns for clothing that was currently on trend. I have found several this year that I would love to make! Here are some of my favorites.

Clothing is from Draper James (Reese Witherspoon's line) at Nordstrom.
Wrap skirt pattern - Simplicity 8133
Shorts/Pants pattern - Simplicity 8389

ASOS gingham dress, J.Crew yellow dress
New Look dress pattern 6512

Old Navy green dress, Nordstrom one shoulder dress,
New Look pattern 1107

Tiered maxi from ASOS
dress pattern - McCalls 6558

Friday, May 19, 2017

Get the look

A few weeks ago Dan and I went out on a dinner date and then met up with some friends. It was finally nice enough to wear summer(ish) clothing. I wore this one shoulder ruffle top and striped handkerchief. My top is from Francescas and my scarf is from Zara. Neither are online anymore, but I found several more options to get the same look.

Nordstrom $79.00 // Madewell $59.50 // ASOS $35.00 // Abercrombie dress $39.00
J.Crew $64.00 + 30% off // AE $29.50 // Old Navy $16.25

Handkerchiefs
Old Navy// J.Crew
J.Crew // J.Crew
Target // Old Navy

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday and Mother's day weekend! I'm headed to my parents house for the weekend since Dan is traveling for work. I'm hoping for a little relaxation and a break from the single parent life. Dan will be traveling quite a bit over the next month, so it's nice to have some help. I'm looking forward to nice weather as well! Over this rain.

Have a great weekend!

On trend and affordable round summer bag is from Target.  I really want this maxi from Target too but it's "unavailable" right now. I'm bookmarking it and hoping it becomes available.

ASOS seriously has the best dresses! Both this orange and striped one shoulder dress are from the online retailer.

I want these orange gathered carnation earrings from J.Crew, but also want them in white. I can't decide. I think I would probably wear the white more, but the orange are so cute and bright!

These slides are from Amazon and only $29.00

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

White Party

We have been invited to a "white party" reception this summer to celebrate a friend that was married in Hawaii. I love themes, so naturally I'm pretty excited! I've been searching for white dresses that lean more casual as I will want to wear it again. I don't have a lot of white in my closet already, but am considering wearing my own wedding rehearsal dress. Here are some of my favorite options. The first one is the current front runner. The 3rd one is a good possibility as well.

All dresses on the top row are from ASOS

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Gingham Goals

I'm loving all things gingham! I have found it everywhere and it's so fun for spring and summer. Above are some of my favorites. J.Crew really knows how to do gingham! Also, this AE romper is just like the dress I made myself last year in pink. And it's on sale for $24.99!

J.Crew bandana // J. Crew OTS top // Jeffrey Campbell slides // AE romper
J.Crew Factory multi- colored top //  Madewell shorts // J.Crew maxi dress // Target shorts
ASOS dress // ASOS ruffle dress // J.Crew bikini top // Target espadrilles

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Look for Less

I have been eyeing these pink Sam Edelman bow slides all season, but didn't want to pay $90.00 for them. I was pleasantly surprised to find the exact pair at Target. Yay! Sam and Libby is Sam Edelman's brand that is sold at Target. I have found the Target brand to be just as comfortable and the quality is as great as the more expensive Sam Edelman brand. I'm pretty excited about this find, but just can't decide now if I want the pink or blue and white striped pair.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Favorites

J.Crew had a dress and top in this rainbow stripe fabric last year and they were both ill fitting. BUT this year it has returned at the factory store in a skirt style that I already own and know will fit well! I can't wait to wear it! Indy readers: Did you know that a factory J.Crew store opened on the north side? It's in the same plaza at Nordstrom Rack on 82nd street. It's so much more convenient for me than traveling to the outlets in Edinburgh.

Lately, I've been obsessing over slides and mules. I love all the new styles. I really want this pink Sam Edelman bow pair.

I love that denim skirts are back in style and would love to have an embroidered one.

A few years ago I saw a blogger wear a trench coat style dress and I have been trying to find one. J.Crew just released this pink one in their new arrivals this week. I hope I can snag it on sale for work this summer. It comes in a khaki color as well, but the pink is very on trend.

 Friday Favorites:
Trench dress - J.Crew
Embroidered Denim skirt - Topshop
Striped Bow Mules - Topshop
Blue Gingham skirt - J.Crew Factory
Gold Slides- Steve Madden
Rainbow stripe skirt - J.Crew Factory
Pink bow slides - Sam Edelman
Blue dress - H&M
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jorts

I have never really liked wearing shorts. I much prefer dresses and skirts as they are more flattering on my legs, but as a mom I pretty much have to wear shorts in order to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. I usually wear the same cutoffs or navy chinos in the summer. This year I'm looking for a cuffed pair of jean shorts. I really love these high waisted distressed ones from JCrew! They are 40% off today, so I ordered 2 sizes to see how they fit. Here are some other options I'm looking at.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bright Spring Colors

Spring is usually all about pastels, but I have always been a fan of bright colors! I have always gravitated towards anything with bold colors, (cobalt, sunshine yellow, fuchsia, emerald). I was all about color blocking when that was a trend a few years ago. I've moved on from that, but still love bright tops and dresses. Here are my current favorites.

Mara Hoffman yellow striped dress. Mara Hoffman bold striped dress. JCrew green gingham top. JCrew ruffled dress. Jeffrey Campbell blue mules. JCrew cluster earrings.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Wishlist

I'm dying to shop for spring and summer weather clothing! My birthday is this month, so every year, I mentally (and on my blog) put together a wish list full of spring clothes and accessories that I am hoping for. I have been eyeing "mom jeans" for awhile and really want a pair of tried and true Levi's. I can't decide on jeans or jean shorts. I'm kind of obsessed with this embroidered clutch purse. I think it looks vintage and like something my mom would have in her collection of purses. I have a thing for colorful stripes and think this crochet top is adorable! I've been eyeing new sunglasses (see what I did there ;)) and like a rounded tortoise shell frame. I like the rose color of these lenses. I've already posted this dress, but I keep coming back to it and thinking of all the great accessories that would go with it. I really need some new flats for work and I really like the Kelly and Katie brand from DSW. I love these blush colored ones and know they will be comfortable as I have a few other pairs of shoes from that brand. They are a good deal for only $39. I'm also looking for a bright colored new statement necklace and floral cell phone case.

 
 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Embroidered

Embroidery is a big trend right now. Here are some of my favorite pieces. I love all the tops, but also wouldn't mind rocking a jean skirt again!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Break

Hooray for March!!! I wish I was going on a Spring Break trip this year, but sadly I am not. That hasn't stopped me from wanting to update my closet to spring/summer clothes. If I were going somewhere, above are the items I'd have on my wish list. I am actually on the hunt for a new swimsuit and sunglasses this year and the ones above are my favorites. It feels a little early to purchase, but it doesn't hurt to look!

Swimsuits: Pink Scallop - Target, Stripes - ASOS, Black scoop - JCrew, Blue and white 2 piece- Target
Hat - Jcrew
Shorts: Printed - JCrew Factory, Denim - Madewell
Sandals: Tassel- DSW (Sam Edelman), Gold - Old Navy
Accessories: Necklace - JCrew Factory, SPF lip color - Fresh Sugar tinted, Earrings- Bauble Bar
Sunglasses: Pink - Diff Eyewear, Gold - Le Specs, Green Tortoise - Quay, Tortiose - Le Specs
Dress: ASOS



Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites - Steals and Deals

I have been trying to watch what I spend lately and have only made a few clothing purchases this year. I always find winter to be a boring time to shop anyway and am always looking forward to spring. Over the last few weeks I have hit the jackpot with a few deals that I couldn't resist! I have seen several fashion bloggers wearing this ruffle top. It's adorable and can be found on Shopbop for $100, Chic Wish for $50 and Amazon for $25! So I promptly bought the Amazon prime version and plan to wear it for my birthday in March! Another Amazon purchase I made were these perforated peep toe booties. I love the gray color and I bought mine for $20! Amazon confuses me with their pricing because they are now $44, but still a good deal. They are super comfortable and I have worn them a few times since our weather has been unseasonably warm lately.

I mentioned last week that I needed a few new sweatshirts to replace my college ones. I bought this coral one from H&M a few weeks ago and I'm embarrassed to say how often I've already worn it! It comes in 7 colors and is only $12. It's perfect for winter or spring.

I also bought this IND hat for $17 on sale at South Boutique. It's sold out there, but you can find it at Fira Boutique or the Aviate website for $35. The Aviate site has several other cities and color options. They even have children's sizes.

Lastly, I got these silver mules for Christmas from Express. I haven't been able to wear them until recently and I LOVE them! They are so comfortable and look adorable for work.

Update! I just found the striped ruffle top in pink and red stripe too! $21 from A'GACI



Monday, February 20, 2017

Mexican Chicken Quinoa

I love this recipe so much! Mexican is my favorite food. We eat Mexican more than any other type of food, so this has been on heavy rotation. This recipe is a great mix of flavors and it's healthy!  But what I like most about this recipe is that it makes a 9x13" pan and will last us 3-4 days!

This recipe and photo are from Well Plated. I changed the ingredients to make it spicier. I will note my changes below.
 

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1lb of chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 can of corn (and/or black beans)
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (could use mix of mozz and cheddar, Mexican, or some type of spicy pepper cheese)
  • Fresh Cilantro (optional for serving)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13" pan and set aside.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cups of water in pot with 1 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil, once boiling lower heat to simmer and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork and set aside.
  3. In a large pan heat olive oil over medium high. Saute peppers and onions for about 5 minutes. Add chicken and seasonings. Cook through.
  4. Add garlic and Rotel.
  5. Remove from heat. Add corn, black beans, yogurt, quinoa and 1/2 of shredded cheese.
  6. Stir until combined. Transfer to baking dish and cover with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn heat to broil and broil until cheese is lightly browned. Keep a watchful eye, all ovens are different and this may take between 1-4 minutes.
  8. Top with cilantro.

Enjoy!
 
Notes: I use Rotel instead of roasted tomatoes. I sub a can of corn for black beans and sometimes use both. I usually use whatever cheese I have on hand, but spicy pepper cheese is really good!

 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Summer Sewing

Last summer I made two of the cutest dresses and for whatever reason, I never posted them. I love both of these dresses so much and can't wait for another opportunity to wear them. I made them both for a trip we took to Montauk for a good friend's wedding. My pictures aren't the best, but I still wanted to post.
 
Pink Gingham. You may remember I was obsessing over this style dress last year in this post. I ended up trying on the dress in Nordstrom and tracing the top onto a piece of paper in the dressing room. I knew I would never find a sewing pattern and needed a place to start. My mom helped me draft a pattern and I used a pattern I already had for the skirt.



This is the only picture I have from wearing it and it was too dark to edit the image properly.
 
Blue Stripe dress - I've had this fabric for a long time. It's really beautiful fabric! I even have a couple yards of black and white that I'm waiting on the right project to use. I decided to use the blue for this dress because I thought the pattern would be easy to match up the stripes. Matching patterns is harder than you may think. I used McCalls M7162 for the top, but had to add additional darts to make it fit correctly. Thank goodness for my mom, or I never would have been able to make it fit.






 
 I wore this to the wedding rehearsal.

 
So happy my mom came to the rescue and helped me finish both of these dresses, literally the day before we left. I couldn't have done it without her! Hopefully someday I'll have learned enough lessons to successfully sew and alter without having to ask her a million questions. Thanks mom!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I can make that!

I found myself stating "I can make that." as I looked through J.Crew's new arrivals for Spring and Summer. I love seersucker! I've made several dresses out of the material. This one shoulder with ruffle is right up my alley. I also really like the criss-cross back of this maxi. Both are adorable dresses that could be sewn very similarly to the J.Crew styles.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Red track pants - Outfit inspo

Dan and I went to lunch the other day for Valentine's Day and I saw a women wearing the cutest outfit. She had on red cropped track pants. They were the kind of polyester pants your middle school gym teacher wore, but the way she had them styled was so chic. She had on a button down white shirt and black leather jacket with black pointed toe mules. I loved her entire look and thought how comfortable those pants must be. I can't find them anywhere online, but I'm going to keep my eyes peeled.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Comfort Clothes

I love that athleisure is a trend and hope it stays around for awhile. I like that it's acceptable to wear sweats and leggings if you don't even plan to exercise! On days that I work from home or weekends I generally wear some sort of sweatshirt, jeans/sweatpants combo. Admittedly, I still wear my college sorority and school sweatshirts and could really update those with cuter options. I also like to have a few pairs of sneakers that are meant to be cute and not necessarily for working out. Here are some of my recent favorites.

Madewell overalls // BP Nordstrom striped top /South Boutique IND hat (I just ordered this for $17.00!) // H&M Ruffled sweatshirt //Ily Couture Mom sweatshirt // Gap knotted sweatshirt // Nordstrom Pink hat // Abercrombie jeans // H&M blush joggers // Nike Joggers // Nordstrom sneakers (comes in 12 colors!) //Adidas sneakers // Zappos Nike shoes //Nike vintage racers

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Shoesday - Spring flats

I always want new flats for spring. When it's still too chilly for sandals but I'm over boots I love to wear flats to work and on the weekends. I'm really into mules right now. I got a cute silver pair for Christmas and can't wait to wear them this spring! Some of my favorite flats below for this spring.
Gap Mules // H&M Gold Sneakers // Target gingham sneakers
Kristin Cavallari gold Mules // Target pink sneakers // Steve Madden Blue tassel mules
H&M loafers // Gap lace up flats // DSW Gold oxfords

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bell Sleeve Dress

I love this style dress and am thinking about making one very similar. I have several patterns I could use and just add gathered bell sleeves. Here are two pattern options. Simplicity 8293 and Simplicity 8213.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Logo Love

Calvin Klein was my jam in middle school. I had the exact shirt above. I doubt it cost $45 back in the late 90's or else my mom would never have bought it for me. But all the styles are back! Break out your big logos again!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gucci - Look for Less

 
Inspo: Jen Aniston and Miamiamine

 You may have seen celebrities and fashion bloggers alike wearing Gucci loafers. I love the look of this loafer and plan to wear it when the snow melts. This Steve Madden version can be found at Nordstrom Rack for under $70. Gucci belts are becoming a bit #basic (IMO). I can't scroll through my IG feed without seeing several fashion bloggers wearing it. It's over $300 and because it's Gucci it would be an investment piece you would keep forever, but if you want another option Frame has a cool double ring belt on Shopbop for a similar look.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Holiday Highs and Lows

We had a nice long holiday break. We started the break celebrating Roman's actual birthday on the 22nd with donuts! We headed to Jasper to see my side of the family. It's been awhile since my brother, sister and I have all been together with our families so it was a special year. Dan, Roman and I headed back to Indy on Christmas Eve and Santa came Christmas morning. Roman was pretty excited about all his new gifts! Over the next week we celebrated with Dan's family, hit the children's museum, played with new toys, and ended the year in the hospital. Roman had an inguinal hernia, so we spent New Year's Eve at Riley Children's hospital ER. We ended up getting admitted and spent the night. On New Years day Roman had surgery to repair the hernia. Nothing says "Happy New Year" like watching your child in pain and checking vitals when the clock struck midnight. It was a bummer of 2 days. Roman is feeling much better now and is back to his crazy antics. We knew he would be ok when he requested "nacks" (snacks) right away.
I think we are all happy to be back into routine and on the mend! It will definitely be a year to remember the holidays with the highs and lows, joys and pains.


My mom surprised Meagan and I with a visit to the jewelry store to pick out Christmas gifts. It was such a fun idea and time spent together. I picked out a beautiful vintage estate bracelet.

It wouldn't be Christmas without matching PJ's and laughs all around!

Seriously, such blurry pics.

 The only group shot we got, minus a few.

Blurry photo, but the best we got of the 3 of us.


 Tried a new restaurant, Brew, in Jasper.

 My favorite picture from Christmas Eve.


Children's Museum of Indianapolis

 Annual high school friends get-together! It was so fun catching up!

Riding the wagon up to the hospital room.



Feeling much better at home with a big bowl of popcorn.