Must Have: Forever 21 Black & White


Here are some of my favorite new arrivals at Forever 21: 


1 - Bias Colorblock Maxi Skirt - $19.80
2 - Boxy Graduated Stripe Top - $17.80
3 - Square Colorblocked Skirt - $19.80
4 - Contrast Tie Neck Top - $17.80
5 - Floral Panel Skirt - $14.80
6 - Ditsy Ganado Print Blouse - $19.90

Spied: Rose Print Midi Dress


I spied this lovely little dress and just had to share it.


Midi Dress With Rose Print - ASOS - $31.48

ASOS has quite a few modest dresses under $40 right now.
Here are a few good ones:

As always, I am super impressed with ASOS's selection.
Don't forget they offer free shipping on everything.

This Week


We took DC by foot and I was so glad I picked up this gauzy cotton dress at H&M.
It was the perfect thing for the weather.


Here are a few things to take you into the weekend:

I have this tee in 4 colors & wear them constantly.
I am so excited to see these two retailers partnering up in the fall.
I have a major crush on this beautiful shirt (if only I had a place to wear it!)
I think this hair tutorial is so cute and clever.
I love the shape and color of this necklace.

We have a laid back weekend ahead of us. Do you have any fun plans?

Snapshots: The Road Trip


You may have noticed a wee absence on the blog last week. This is because we went on a marathon road trip. If you follow me on twitter and/or instagram, you followed us on our 9 state adventure. Here are some of the highlights.


Some of the highlights were staying with both E & Mary (two of my very favorite bloggers & people around). I especially loved watching Tate play with the other babies, and of course snuggling with Lucy.

We also went to Civil war sights, and Washington DC. We stopped in so many cool places to eat & explore on the way.

Tate was a rock star - he did so well in the car! And I have to say this trip converted me to the benefits of the road trip. We tend to be fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants travelers, and driving allows for so much for flexibility.

Do you like taking road trips? Have you ever taken your kids with you?

Review: Jem Apparel Lace Collar Dress


Y'all know how much I love Jem Apparel. I was so stoked when Jenny, the owner, was kind enough to send me the lace collar sundress.


old navy cardi - $8 | similar here (on sale)
j.crew belt - $1.50 | similar here (on sale) | here | and here
vintage gold rose earrings - $10 | great option here | similar here | and here
payless coral pumps - $7 | similar here | and here




I love the jersey fabric, collar, and lace detail at the hem.

Make sure to check out all the dresses at Jem.

Look for Less: J.Crew Polka Dot Sweater


I saw this look for less and had to share:


Collection Cashmere Polka-Dot Sweater - J.Crew - $268.00
Boat-Neck Sweater - Old Navy - $18.70 $24.94

The old navy option comes in a lot of fun prints and colors, so make sure to check it out.

Also, Old Navy is offering 25% off all orders (through tomorrow night) using coupon code SURPRISE25.

Here are a few other things I wouldn't mind snagging for 25% off right now:

 Mixed-Pleated Wedge (on sale)
 Jersey Tie-Belt Maxi Dress (with sleeves)

Spied: Gauze Maxi Skirt


Somehow I didn't notice this skirt until I saw Mary sporting it last week. The print is vibrant and it is the perfect weight for summer.


Gauze Maxi Skirt - Old Navy - $12.97 (Orig. $29.94)
{looks especially good paired with a tee like this}

I am loving me some maxi skirts right now. 
They are the perfect thing for lazy summer days, you know what I mean?

Here are a few of my favorites (all under $20):

Long Dotted Skirt (own & love this one + it's on sale)
Flora Paisley Tiered Skirt

Have you embraced the maxi skirt trend?

Giveaway: Ivy Lane Accessories

***Giveaway Closed***


I am so excited to introduce you all to my newest sponsor. Ivy Lane Accessories has the cutest fabric covered earrings at the best prices! Just look at these fun pairs:


Today I get to do one of my favorite things, offer all of you a giveaway! Ivy Lane is offering two pairs of earrings to one lucky winner (open to US residents only).

How to win:

Visit Ivy Lane Accessories and leave a comment here telling me which two pairs you like best. 
(Include your first name and a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.)

The Giveaway ends on Friday, July 20, at 10 PM (Central Time).

Good luck.

Spied: Purple Medallion Cardigan

You may have noticed a lack of cardigans on the blog lately. Maybe you haven't noticed it, but I sure have felt it. You see, where I live is just too darn hot for layering most of the time and it has left me feeling a little bit heart broken. I still love you cardigan, I just can't wear you until October.

In case you had a hankering for a pretty cardi, I found this lovely number and it's on sale:

Merona Ultimate Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater - Target - $15 (Orig. $23)
{available in several pretty colors and prints}

And because I can't say no to a good printed cardi, here are a few of my faves (under $20):

Request: Antho Tingo T Strap Sandals


I got a request for these Piraya Multicolor T Strap Sandal (which are on sale right now) for less. As soon as I looked at them I realized they were actually a cheaper version of these Anthropologie Tingo T-Strap Sandals, but I went on the hunt for an even cheaper version.



Here's the best option I found:


Terry Flat Sandal - Dr. Jays - $19.99 (Orig. $42.00)

They are obviously lacking the trio of colors, but I think they have a similar vibe.

I have become a bit obsessed with sandals lately.
Here are all my favorite flat sandals this week (all under $25):

Sale: J.Crew 30% Off Clearance


J.Crew is offering 30% off of their sale section right now. Here are my favorite finds.

1 - Boardwalk tote - $27.99 (Orig. $59.50)
2 - Bow underwire tank - $34.99 (Orig. $88.00) {free shipping!}
3 - Stripe back-zip tee - $20.99 (Orig. $39.50)
4 - Featherweight cotton cardigan in colorblock - $34.99 (Orig. $68.00)
5 - No. 2 pencil skirt in double-serge cotton - $34.99 (Orig. $110.00)
6 - Patent leather belt - $17.49 (Orig. $36.50)

Make sure to use coupon code | MUSTHAVE at checkout.

What do you think? Anything you are interested in buying? I am drawn to the coral pencil skirt.

This Week

We had a fabulous time celebrating the 4th of July.
Our day was jam packed and I loved every sunburned, sparkly minute of it.


Here are a few things to take you into the weekend:  

I have been sporting this suit at the beach and get tons of compliments.
I would love to wear this pretty necklace.
I desperately want to try out this DIY bandeau swimsuit tutorial.
I just discovered Mango Outlet which is chock full of goodies (including these lovely stems).
I adore this sweet floral tee.

We are gearing up for a road trip to North Carolina and DC next week and are so excited. 
What are you weekend plans?

Sale: Anthropologie 25% Off


Normally, I would take today off of blogging, but an extra 25% off clearance at Anthro is a deal I just can't ignore. Here are my favorite finds:


1 - Lawn Party Skirt - $29.96 (Orig. $68.00)
2 - Ochre Vines Peplum Blouse - $29.96 (Orig. $68.00)
3 - Noisette T-Straps - $29.96 (Orig. $80.00)
4 - Tone-Wrapped Peep-Toes $37.46 (Orig. $98.00) {In two very pretty color schemes}
5 - Essential Stripes Dress - $59.96 (Orig. $158.00)
6 - Talipot Skirt - $29.96 (Orig. $88.00)
7 - Kahakai Skirt - $29.96 (Orig. $68.00)
8 - Shimmered Seagrove T-Straps - $14.96 (Orig. $68.00)
9 - Dove's Wing Shell - $22.46 (Orig. $88.00) {Love this!}

I am kind of obsessed with the #4 & #9 myself. What's your favorite?

PS - Happy Fourth of July! 

Thrift: Pleated Skirt


I bought this skirt when I was pregnant with Tate. It was an incredibly awkward mid calf length and I thought it would be perfect over my baby bump. I then attempted to trim the hem to work with my tummy - I failed miserably. It was all sorts of uneven and no longer reached my knees. I threw it in my sewing pile and didn't revisit it until recently. I finally managed to even out the bottom and am am loving how it turned out!




J.Crew Outlet Tee - $7.50 | similar here | and here 
Thrifted Skirt - $6.00 | similar (on sale)
Necklace - DIY | similar here
Ricky Wedges (on sale! + free shipping) c/o Blowfish Shoes
hair tutorial

Have you thrifted anything good lately?

Spied: Pleated Buttoned Midi Skirt


I spotted this lovely knee length number at Forever 21 and wanted to share.


Pleated Buttoned Midi Skirt - Forever 21 - $22.80

I think the color is great for summer and would work it's way into a fall wardrobe wonderfully.

As I have mentioned F21 has done a surprisingly good job of keeping modest skirts in stock.
Here is the latest batch (all under $20):


Many of the skirts I have featured in the past are still in stock. 
Click here to see other posts in this series.

Tutorial: Twisted Fringe


The last time I did a hair tutorial, I was asked for a little help in with braiding bangs. Because I am nothing if consistent, I actually don't braid my bangs, I twist them.


Click through the short video tutorial:

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