Pool Bag Essentials

Summer is here, and I’m not going to lie, I basically live my life for it.  Give me all the hot days in the sunshine over snow and freezing cold any day. That probably comes from the many, many hours I lived in a pool growing up.   

5FC2B8BC-5A56-4F5A-A1EB-835A049CBA3FWhen I was little I was all about swim team and the thrill of being a part of the competition and the long meet days of braiding friendship bracelets while waiting for my race.  I also loved the middle school days of fun dips, tanning oil and boy crushes shared between friends on the plasticy lounge chairs.  High school summers I would spend lifeguarding, where I learned to love sitting in the sun for hours on end and just being present.  Even to this day, the smell of chlorine is one of my favorites because it brings with it a flood of memories: fitness, personal growth, chill time, friend time, and freedom of the structure of life to just practice being present.  It’s my oasis. 

We all have pool memories, and with the heat of this season we head to the pool for a little relief and hopefully a good time.  This summer I hope to make some new “pool” memories with my kids, with friends and maybe even just a little time by myself. 

Here are my beach/pool bag essentials this summer:

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Sunglasses – I’m into the Cat Eye frames trend right now. These UV protecting darling lenses were a Target find.  I like the gray tortoise shell coloring.  They bring an easy style upgrade to my pool-hair-don’t-care look.

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Round towel – Everyone needs a pool/beach towel, why not have a little fun with it and make it a round one?  This tropical one is fun but still simple.  This one is microfiber and will absorb water more quickly.  I really like the tassel fringe edges.

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Headphones – I don’t always get to pool time by myself, but when I do I’m all about the podcasts or a good spotify playlist.  

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Book – My summer reading list is growing quickly, which may be a little too zealous.  This “Where’d You Go Bernadette” one has been on my list since this spring.  I hear it is being made into a movie starring Cate Blanchette.   

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Water Bottle – A year ago I got hooked on this water bottle that my sister recommended to me.  I have since bought another. Let’s be honest, I don’t drink near as much water as my mama told me, but this helps.  I love having a straw, for some reason I’m more likely to drink more water if it feels like a to-go cup.  The best part about this water bottle is when  you remove the straw it seals shut, so I can throw it in my purse without any leakage.  It is a must have for me.

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La Croix – These have become my go-to drink.  I am usually a fan of the coconut flavor, but this Kiwi Watermelon makes me feel like I’m summer vibe-ing.  And it goes great in my fancy water bottle.

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Sunscreen – I’m working on being a more responsible individual, and with that comes things like taking care of yourself and avoiding sun damage.  I like that it’s not super oily and I can apply it under my makeup.  Lavender makes me happy.

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Instax Poloroid Camera – My husband gave this to me as a Christmas gift and I have loved taking it for little keepsake photos to hang on the fridge or keep in my wallet.  It makes that little moment with friends or my kids that much more special and memorable.  We like to always take two pics: one to keep and one to give.

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Turban – I wasn’t kidding about my pool hair.  I resemble something somewhere between a wet rat and a drippy mop.  This turban not only covers the hot mess that I am, its super cute and I always get compliments on it. We make these here in our shop and have them in all the colors and many fun, bright prints.  My summer go to is this bright coral twist turban, especially for its full coverage.

I hope your summer pool time is calling.  Grab your favorite goodies and bring on the slower and memorable days of summer!

-Erin

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How to Wear Gingham

One of my favorite trends is gingham.  I’m not sure if it’s the Southern girl in me or not, but I just find it super classy, and I love all the ways people are mixing it up.  I’m seeing gingham skirts with graphic tees, gingham tanks and distressed jeans, and classy gingham high waisted shorts with a white tee.  Here’s a round up of my current favorite gingham pieces.

 

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I recently purchased this dress from Target and have been in love.  It’s structured in the right places and super breezy and comfortable.

The fun sandals don’t hurt either.  The dress can be found here.

-rach

 

spring style wishlist on a budget

Last week was spring break and I wish I could say I spent it sipping fancy drinks on the beach, I instead spent it on the floor of my bathroom potty training my 2 year old.  I just want to thank all of you who did travel, I did spend my time living vicariously through all of your lives while eating more than my fair share of Easter candy.

_it's been a long week._

 

I did however get the closets thinned out (very much ignoring the soon to come snow), I zealously pulled out all of the sweaters and bulky coats taking up precious closet space.  I also created a spring wardrobe wish list.

I don’t want to, nor am I in the position to, break the bank, but who doesn’t need a little color added to their closet.  Here are some of the drool-worthy pieces I have my eye on to brighten up my closet and hopefully mom life. (I’m kidding, I wouldn’t trade it for anything…except maybe a beach vacation.)

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Tops & Dresses
Madewell knot front t shirt // Madewell tee’s are my current fav and I love the tie knot trend going on here.
Express ruffle crop top // This one I actually already splurged on and wore to date night last weekend. (see below). Everyone needs a little gingham in their life.
Leith ruched tank dress // This was actually a Racheal recommendation and now I am obsessed.  I have heard it fits a little tight so I will probably buy this one size bigger to be a little gracious to the mom-bod that I am working with. Ruched tops are going to be big, trust me.
Jeans
ASOS High Waist Skinny Jeans // Light blue wash, high rise, and a tight cut through the leg for a sleek shape. Umm, yes please.
White Distressed Skinny Leggings // I love this destroyed style, it’s pretty much what my kids would have done to my jeans any way.  White jeans just beg for warm weather.
Accessories
Rose Gold Bar Necklace // I currently wear the heck out of this rose gold bar necklace.  It looks good layered with a rose gold choker and minimal studs.
Peach Tassel Hoop Earrings // these are a fun little pop of color.  I feel like they ask for compliments.
Outerwear
Denim jacket // I love to layer jackets with both tops and dresses.  They’re flattering and hit in all of the right spots.  This is a good denim and the denim-on-denim look is growing on me.
Abercrombie Fitch mac coat // This is the “extra” piece, and not under $100, but this one is too darling with is blush pink goodness. A good, practical splurge.
Shoes
Express cheetah print loafer // Add a little flare to your tee & jeans.  Besides the fact that these are slip ons, I’m digging the cheetah so much.
Saks Fifth Avenue suede d orsay flat // I have been looking for a good cognac flat.  I’m all about the open sides and the small platform to these.  Such a good everyday shoe.
Open Toe Platform Wedge Heels // these are a fun date night wedge.
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 For now I styled my gingham top this weekend with a jean jacket, distressed jeans, block heels and the peach tassel hoops.  All ready for date night, making a long week so worth it.  If you’re really into gingham, check out this post on all things gingham.

easy date night outfit

Happy Spring!
-Erin

let’s be honest.

getting dressed is hard. there are so many rules and so many things to cover.  it’s like doing a hard puzzle with ticking time bombs (kids) in the background.  if you are anything like me, your typical momiform is jeans, a tee, and in the cooler weather – a cardigan.  if i’m feelin fancy, i wear booties. otherwise flats.

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we want to be cute. and also comfy and practical and pulled together. hence the puzzle.  

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i pretty much wear the same thing everyday.  which is why i’m super thankful for accessories that i don’t have to think about.  necklaces i can throw on with what i already have in my closet and what i already feel comfortable in.  

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here’s the deal. we are busy moms on the go… all the time.   we feel guilty for spending any time on ourselves… that’s probably a whole ‘nother blog post – but, i digress.  sometimes all it takes is a little accessory to pull that momiform together and make you feel like you can conquer the day.

because let's be honest. we are nicer when we like our outfits.
because let’s be honest. we are nicer when we like our outfits.

Fall Comfy Cozy Outfit Idea

The cooler weather is kickin’ in here in the midwest.  a.k.a, i start off freezing and by the middle of the day I end up sweaty.  Hence, why I love layers.

Here is a quick comfy outfit idea: Grab your favorite, best fitting jeans (everyone needs these), a fall colored pocket-tee, tie up the bottom corner.  Throw on a neutral (gray or beige) comfy knit sweater.  The kind you stick your hands into and sip your coffee.  Lastly, add a beaded tassel.  Secret: You’ll fool everyone that you’re more dressy than you are with these beaded tassels.  Instant upgrade.  Voila! You’re set to run errands, chase the little or devour all things pumpkin.

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Add Fall Colors with your Accessories

I like to think that I am adventurous in my wardrobe, but to be honest, most of my closet consists of a thousand variations of black & gray.  Luckily I love to accessorize (also love making them), so I have found ways to add a few spurts of color to my otherwise simple pallet.  

We have a few fall colors in our shop that are perfect for any of you out there that might be like me.  My current favorite is this mustard boho tassel.  It’s minimal but still spunky.  I love it with my new fuchsia slips-ons (thank you Old Navy) and just some simple gold circle studs.  

We think these are an easy and quick way to upgrade your look.  

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Adding a Little Fall to Your Little One’s Basic Pieces

As the weather is beginning to swing towards fall, we love playing with the basic wardrobe pieces to warm them up a little bit.  Adding a few earthy tones, like this leather mustard bow clip or blush pink felt bow clip, can transform a simple black or white little number.  

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f you want a slightly more girly look, try one of our new hydrangea felt flower clips.  This light pink one is precious and will be sure to get lots of compliments.  

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Our new dark rose tie turban has been quite the hit.  Its the sweetest blush-meets-mauve color and adds that little spunky look to a little cotton dress.  (It also is pretty darling with a cardigan, jeans and tee.) . You can even match your little one with a tie turban in your size.  

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back to school shopping

“who doesn’t love back to school shopping?” – high school me. 

“moms, that’s who.” – current me.

 

i used to absolutely love back to school shopping. the smells, the hustle and bustle,  all the cute organization supplies.  and the fun new clothes, backpacks, lunchboxes!

now i see dolla dolla bills, ya’ll. flying out the window.  we went back to school shopping for nora’s clothes a couple of weeks ago.  i try to keep it simple. we go to one store (usually Old Navy) and i spend some time in there making everything coordinate.  that way we get lots of outfits out of each piece.  kind of like a capsule wardrobe, but we aren’t that serious about it.    

we tried on everything because girl has grown.  which, in the dressing room, i realized she’s grown one way. up.  she was super excited to try stuff on like a big girl. for about 3 minutes.  a few outfits in she was all “this tag hurts” “these pants will NEVER go on” “this is so not me” “i’m getting sweaty”.  i realized she actually said most of the things i think every time i try stuff on.  when we left the dressing room she said “whew. i’m so thankful to be back to Nora again.”

we have tons of new accessories that pair perfectly with all the back to school clothes.  we wanted to make it easy for shoppers to find some hair accessories that go with every budget and with all the trending colors right now. 

mustard leather bow, fuchsia hydrangea headband, and navy sailor bow  
mustard leather bow, fuchsia hydrangea headband, and navy sailor bow  
blush felt bow, mustard and turquoise felt flower, and summer felt flower crown  
blush felt bow, mustard and turquoise felt flower, and summer felt flower crown  

Be Lazy, It’s Summer, Wear Gold

If you’re like me, you dread the long days of summer coming to a close.  I’m are over here milking it for all it’s worth.  Book reading, pool swimming, late bedtimes, and the conveniently ignoring of the things that need doing (you should see my laundry piles & bare fridge, yikes!) But, I think I was made for the “slow” life.  Just saying.  

My outfits are no different.  I throw on a tee & shorts most days and try to avoid the fuss that outfit choosing tends to demand on me.  

My current go to accessory, therefore, fits this easy & effortless mode.  I am in LOVE with the 14 karat gold necklace line.  With all of the variety we have in store, I can switch it up everyday (which is more to say than my tee’s.) Check out a few of my favorites of these delicate and dainty necklaces: 

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This is our gold feather charm necklace (worn at the 18″ length) and our simple delicate gold chain (worn at the 16″ length.)

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Layered in 3’s here, we have our beaded gold choker, the wire wrapped pearl (worn at 16″) and (worn at 18″.)

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Finally, our 14k gold choker (personal favorite) & our pink quartz stone (worn at 18″).

Summer on ladies! 

-Erin

It’s Here & On Sale!! 14 Karat Gold Choker

It’s simple and clean and we’re in love.  Snag yours for 25% off through Sunday July 16!

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 14 karat gold necklaces are a great way to add a little upscale style to a simple white tank top and jeans.  Since these necklaces have been a favorite from customers, we thought that a choker style in this pretty look would be just perfect.

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Minimal and delicate and easy to wear, we like to wear it just by itself or layer it with other charmed gold necklaces.

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