Favorite Outfits of June

I am finally getting back into the swing of all things style related.

If you follow me on social media you know that I have been doing my best to get rid of a lot of items that I just don’t love, don’t feel comfortable in or isn’t just me.

It is really hard with the summer months here to not buy midi dresses and feel that summer vibe but if I am being honest I just don’t feel super comfortable in things that show off my arms.

My arms are one of those areas on my body that I have the hardest time loving.

I am working on it though.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite outfits from this past month.


Yellow Dress

Okay babes!

I am a sucker for anything with a pleat. I recently did a huge closet dump and found this beauty in the back of my closet collecting dust and decided it was time to bust her back out. I picked it up a while back at Old Navy but here our some similar styles and colors.

SIMILAR DRESS

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Oversized shirt and High Waisted Mom Jeans

The shorts are from Abercrombie and the shirt is from American Eagle, I was able to get both of them on sale. I did the oversized shirts because I love to wear them with leggings as well as shorts and jeans.

TEE / SHORTS / SHOES

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Oversized Femme Shirt + Levi’s Wedgie Retro High Waisted Jeans

Every single time I try to put jeans on I find myself running back into the house and wrestling them back off as soon as I get outside. This summer has been unbearably hot, and not jean wearing friendly.

I do however love these jeans and try to wear them closer to the cooler [if that is possible] times of the day, like going out to dinner with the boys.

I had originally saw this shirt at the AE store and then on one of my favorite bloggers Life by Lee I picked it up. It is perfect to live that pant-less life in or run errands with some shorts, leggings or even these jeans.

SIMILAR SHIRT / PANTS

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Vintage Pizza + Ranch Shirt with Faded Denim High Waisted Levi’s

You guys, when I finally posted this to my main feed [if you don’t watch my stories that is where I post everything first] I got all kinds of DMs about it. People love their pizza and their ranch.

I am a huge fan of it so when I saw it in the store I knew I had to have it. It has this vintage faded look to the letters and feel as well. I love to pair it with these black faded denim Levi’s as well.

I would pair it with a pair of dark denim shorts, or those biker shorts that are currently in style. I haven’t tried it yet but those who are wearing it look super cute. I am only 5’1 so I don’t think I have the height for them honestly. LOL.

VINTAGE SHIRT / PANTS : I couldn’t find something similar so I found something yellow and vintage.

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How to Keep it Classic on the Fourth of July

Whew! It is only Wednesday and this week has been pretty hectic.

I am cleaning, washing, and packing for my trip to Nashville on Friday, which I still can’t believe is happening.

I also can’t even believe that we are only a few days away from July, I seriously felt like we just got into June.

Once I get back home the 4th of July will be only a couple of days away and I desperately have been trying to not add more clothes back into my closet since I just did a major closet dump.

I believe we plan on staying home since Karma will be by herself dealing with fireworks if we are gone too long and this will be her first year dealing with them without our other dog Diesel [I still miss him].

We have also been tossing around the idea of getting a BBQ grill for our back patio so we can start spending more time outside in the back yard with J. I swear that kid would stay out there all day if I let him.

With everything going on the last thing I wanted to do was worry about what I was going to wear for the 4th of July.

So I went into my closet and found a couple of things that gave me the 4th of July vibe and these are the looks I came up with.


The Outdoorsy Type

This is one of my favorite looks and more than likely what I will throw on this year. If you have to chase a toddler you can definitely switch out the flats for a pair of converse or vans and this will still look amazing. I am in love with the A New Day Shirts from Target because the fit well and hardly wrinkle.

These mom shorts are by far the most comfortable shorts I currently own, no riding up my butt and the length is perfect for my legs.

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Let’s get Brunch

I would absolutely love to get brunch with my girls one of these days and if I do I will definitely be wearing this dress you can even switch out the chunky heel for the Target flats above if you aren’t about that extra added height.

I am 5’1, I need all the help I can get. Plus flats are just much more comfortable even when doing brunch. These Target shoes do run small so size up a half size, I wear a 6 1/2 and I need to go get a 7.

The dress I picked up at Boohoo last year I believe and still haven’t found anywhere I’d like to wear it because every where I go I have J with me.

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Take me to the movies

I don’t know about you guys but I freeze every single time I go to the movies and I love wearing a sweater.

I know everyone is spending some much needed time grilling in their back yards on this holiday so this is the perfect time to catch a movie you missed. I cannot wait for Lion King to come out!

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Since I transitioned my closet to more universal pieces that I could transition into all of the seasons it has been much easier to pull out something pretty classic and wear it for holidays while pairing it with a color that represents that holiday.

If you missed my post on how to build confidence in your wardrobe definitely read it. I feel like it helps a lot with how to keep what will work for you longer and get rid of what just serves a purpose for a short period of time.

How to Build Confidence in Your Wardrobe

Hello Babes!

I have been working hard behind the scenes with my current wardrobe and I thought I should share my tips on what I have done to feel confident in what I wear.

If you follow me on social media you are well aware that I have decide to build a type of capsule wardrobe and get rid of anything that didn’t fit my style, body, or daily wear. I am just past having a ton of stuff in my house and this is the best way for me to get anything that I don’t love out of it.

I am a sahm of a busy body two year old and I need everything in my wardrobe to fit that life. I finally came to terms with it and that was really the first step to building my confidence in my wardrobe.

I am sharing all the ways I changed my mindset and wardrobe essentials.

Stop wearing clothing you are NOT comfortable in

If you are constantly pulling, or tugging on clothing because it doesn’t fit properly, doesn’t compliment your skin tone or you just don’t feel yourself in. Get rid of it. It isn’t for you.

If you don’t fit in it now, don’t buy it.

Stop making yourself feel bad about your body because you currently don’t fit into something in your closet or something you are trying to purchase.

It really doesn’t boost your self-esteem and makes you feel bad for being human why do you want that negativity in your life or your closet. Clothes are supposed to make you feel good about yourself, or at least compliment what you already have going on.

If you do have a goal body and want to buy one item that helps you feel great about achieving that goal, I totally support that. But ONE item, not an entire wardrobe.

Quality over Quantity

I really want to get better quality items into my wardrobe but I also love staying on trend so it can be hard at times to do this without going the budget friendly route.

I recently found myself at F21 buying lower quality items because I am doing last minute shopping for a quick trip to Nashville. I am still debating on return some of the items to the store.

What I try my hardest to do is buy clothing out of season in hopes that it will still be in season when it rolls back around. I do this a lot.

You are still able to get quality items and still within a budget friendly mind. I love blogger Nadine Rebecca because she does this often and also shows you how to style items you have already with a series called #liftedherlook, you can read through her blog to see how she explains it or check out her IG.

Buy colors that you can transition into all seasons

This is the hardest thing for me!

I try to remember what colors I have in my closet already. I don’t need 5 mustard colored items, or 7 lime green or hot pink colors that I can ONLY wear in the summer or fall months.

I love adding color into my wardrobe but remember those things can also be added with an accessory as well. I love hints of color verses an entire outfit of bright colors.

If that is your jam then more power to you, no hate here just not for me.

But if you are looking for a versatile closet, it is best to just have one or two items that you can weave into your spring/summer/fall/winter wardrobe and store away when you don’t need them.

Be intentional with your purchases

For the longest time I would go to the store and just pick up random items so nothing in my wardrobe complimented anything else.

I would then find myself back at the store trying to find things that paired well with an item or returning it because I had no business having in the first place.

Here’s what I did to fix it.

I went through my Pinterest Style Board, and looked through the things I liked or wanted to wear and if my wardrobe or the item I was trying to purchase didn’t align with that. I got rid of it or never purchased it.

Another tip is to create an album on your phone of items in your wardrobe whether it is your favorite shirt, the jeans you just purchased or even a Pinterest outfit you are trying to achieve.

Some store’s wi-fi mess with your service and it is so frustrating to have a little one in the store while trying to put an outfit together or login to a wifi connection when all you have to do is look through your photos.

If you haven’t worn it in 6 months [unless it is seasonal] get rid of it.

Girls! I can’t even tell you how much crap I got rid of that I had never worn. The most depressing thing I have done lately because it is so much money wasted.

I had items in my closet that I had originally bought to photograph for a blog post, or thought it would be great for an IG flat lay, or etc. .

If I don’t actually wear it, then I don’t need to post it to my blog or act like it is something I would wear for likes. NO thank you.

I feel like more people can relate to you when you show your true self because there are more people out there like us than we think.

Being who you are can help someone be more comfortable with who they are.

Try things on

Don’t roll your eyes at me!

We all were created differently and uniquely, so when something fits one of our favorite bloggers, or our girlfriends that doesn’t always mean it will fit us the same way.

The sisterhood of the traveling pants doesn’t work in the real world.

As much as I absolutely despise trying things on it is the fastest way to avoid taking home something you just end up having to return to the store.

I have a little guy who is always with me and I do understand how hard it is, so if you do take something home try it on as soon as possible and if you don’t love it or can’t pair it with something you have. RETURN IT!

Don’t forget the shoes!

How many times have you come home with an amazing outfit just to realize you don’t have the shoes to wear with it.

Instead of buying clothing for shoes you don’t have try to remember or take a picture of what you DO have and compliment that.

If you need new shoes because like me you are horrible on shoes, then remember what you are comfortable in and compliment your life.

I don’t wear heels often so I waited for a BOGO sale at Target and bought a couple of pairs of chunky heels in three different colors. Wedges and chunky heels are the extent of my heels now a days and I am totally fine with that.

I also love to wear converse, vans, or sperry type loafers for every day. They are easy to slip on and I can pair them with a bunch of items. I will also buy a couple of flats or strappy sandals for skirts and dress for Sundays with the boys.

Pops of Color with Accessories

Okay I will admit I don’t do accessories well.

I am even worst since I had J because I didn’t want things to scratch him or hurt him when I loaded him in his car seat, or had to grab him quickly in the store which is often.

But since I am trying to do my best to have a versatile wardrobe, I am going to start getting some accessories that may add a pop of color to outfits rather than the actual outfit itself.

You can do this with jewelry, bags/wallets, or hair accessories.

Stop comparing your body to everyone else

As women we really need to start loving ourselves more.

I say this as a women who /struggles/ with this at my current weight, I feel like I felt so much better in my body last year because I was active in working out.

This year has been a bit tougher because J just hasn’t wanted to be at the gym day care and he loves his mama too much [at least that is what I am telling myself].

I struggle with self-confidence but I am working on it and I don’t need to make myself feel bad about my body by putting clothing on that I don’t fit in or feel myself in.

Buying a size too small just because in my mind I’ll fit in it sooner than later, or the “bloat” will go away isn’t setting myself up to build my confidence.

We have to be proactive, the mind is a tricky space but setting yourself up for failure isn’t productive or kind.

Favorite Style Bloggers I love to reference

Building a wardrobe can be hard and I wish I had all of the style tips and tricks for you guys but over the years these ladies have helped me so much.

I am 5’1 and it is really hard to find style or ways to wear clothing that helps me figure out what works and what doesn’t.

These girls help me figure out what I like and what won’t work for me.

Lee Ann Benjamin - Budget friendly style

Andee Layne - still remembering I am a hip mom with style

Naomi Boyer - how to wear items that I love without looking frumpy.

Miss Louie - Petite Styles that work for my body, putting outfits together well.

Currently Crushing: Bloggers Edition

Aye! Happy Friday.

I swear this week has been one of the most draining yet rewarding weeks I have had in the longest time. I have been working on how I can work batch work into my life as a blogger and stay-at-home-mama.

If you missed that post you can find it here.

But today I wanted to do something fun, and talk with you girls about some of my favorite bloggers.

I didn’t do an entire slew of blogger because I feel like with too much information you don’t really read all of it and trust me these girls you want to follow.

The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee

California Based Blogger Andee Layne of The Honey Bee is one of my absolute favorite bloggers.

I love her style + her gumption, girl has her shit together.

And if you don’t watch her stories, Steven her husband is hilarious and reminds me so much of E.

I feel like interaction with your audience is crucial, and Andee tries to respond to most of the DMs I send her which is really cool and makes me feel noticed as a reader.

Her style is very similar to mine, I love how she pairs simple band tees with her favorite pair of jeans.

She also shares a lot of fitness, home decor, travel and life with kiddo updates on her blog which I love as a new mama.

I am still waiting for a blog post on a day in the life of Andee because I seriously have no clue how she does it all.

If I could be my dream mom it would totally be Andee.

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Life by Lee

Okay I just started following Lee Ann but I have no clue why?

She is a Texas specifically Austin blogger so I feel like she would totally get me, she also has two kiddos and a lot of her purchases and outfit shares are much more in my budget range.

She was recently in Houston at the Create & Cultivate workshop they had and I totally missed it!

Her humor is on point, I found one of her Try-On videos on YouTube and laughed the entire time, then was like “Oh! I have to go friend her.”

I feel like if you want an true honest review on an item, not like the ones under the item your trying to buy like “fits great”, check her out.

A couple of my recent purchases for my newly curated wardrobe were recommendations from Lee Anne, yeah we are on a first name basis.

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A Fabulous Fete

Lauren, a Cali-based Calligraphy Artist [& everything else]

If you doodled like I did in school and you are infatuated with calligraphy like I am. Follow Lauren! Her work is amazing and I love all the other parts of her blog as well.

I am one of those girls who loves a good written like physically written word, and I swear anything she writes is beautiful.

I found A Fabulous Fete, oddly on Pinterest while I was browsing blog designs! I know right?

She is kind of a do-it-all type of account to me.

She has home-decor/reno, flower styling, calligraphy, travel, cheeseboards, diy’s, printables, tips/tricks, etc.

Her vibe is what I could only hope I can achieve one day. I love all her tips on creating a welcoming space for guest or even just yourself.

A lot of the times we prepare our homes for other people and completely forget that we need a space to feel “at-home” and welcomed.

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We will be building our dream house in the future and I will definitely putting some of her design ideas on my dream board.

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Christmas Outfit Ideas for the Busy Mom

Happy Almost Christmas Babes!

Christmas is literally next week! I can’t believe it! And soon enough the year will be over and it will be on to the next, 2019 here we come.

If I stuck to my plan for once that means I am actually done with all of my Christmas shopping possibly minus a couple of gift cards.

If not, I am running around like a crazy person hoping that I am able to get a few last minute things while the stores are full of people and I am going crazy. Lord, help me.

I have devised this plan I will have to tell you guys about next year in case the next couple of weeks don't go as plan. I have a way to start getting some of my blogging stuff done and it is all thanks to a little smart planning and thinking.

We shall see.

I just wanted to share with you a couple of easy go-to mom OOTD’s for Christmas Day, look I am all about looking fab and chic but if I am being realistic I just want to be comfortable and look cute.

I think I want to start a tradition with E for us to do once nice dinner before the holidays, it gets pretty crazy and I feel like I always need some down time and also an excuse to wear a cute outfit that doesn’t involve converse or vans.

But if you have to chase little one’s and still want to remotely look styled and cute, here are a couple of outfits I styled.

Enjoy!

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