Hello there…

The good news is I’m finally getting a decent handle on this 3 kid situation. The bad news is that this blog has been neglected as a result. Please join me over on instagram (@dressupfiles) as that is where I’m most active these days. Here are some recent instagram posts. You can click on each image for outfit details and links!


White Dress + Gladiator Sandals

white dress gladiator sandals

This look embodies pretty much everything I want to be wearing this Summer…white dresses, gladiator sandals, something suede, something fringed and some boho silver jewelry. Chloe’s RTW Spring 2015 collection had me swooning with all the breezy white dresses paired with gladiator sandals and that was the inspiration for this look.

white dress gladiator sandals

I will say these gladiator sandals by Zara look great but do take forever to take on and off. For a super easy pair with a zipper back, I highly recommend these Schutz Billa Gladiator Sandals. They’re pretty much sold out everywhere but looks like they have some limited sizes left here and 20% off to boot!

white dress gladiator sandals

TULAROSA payton dress
ZARA gladiator sandals (similar here and here)
ZARA suede pom pom belt
WOVEN clutch from the Philippines (similar here and here)
MIANSAI screw cuff 

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Shopbop Big Spring Sale!!

SHOPBOP’s BIG Spring Sale is finally here!! I usually save a bunch of stuff in my wish list and pull the trigger on them during this sale. Wanted to share some of my picks and things I’m loving from the sale. The more you purchase, the bigger the discount and as always, FREE shipping and returns! Also, they ship worldwide.

Use coupon code BIGEVENT15

Save 15% with purchase over $250
Save 20% with purchase over $500
Save 25% with purchase over $1000

Date: Tuesday March 3, 2015 6:30AM EST to Sunday March 8, 2015 4:00AM EST 

Lace Up Gladiator Sandals

One of my favorite shoe trends for Spring/Summer 2015 is anything laced up. Today’s topic of discussion is a flat sandal with a simple ankle wrap, perfectly depicted by Isabel Marant. I searched high and low for more affordable versions and this is the best I could do this early in the season. I am pretty confident that Zara and other brands will come out with their affordable versions in the coming months but if you can’t wait, here are some great options. I think the K. Jacques ones look so chic, are of incredible quality and cost just over half the price of the Isabel Marant’s. Sold!

Project Playroom

It’s been a long and slow process but Project Playroom is finally complete. This remodel was a fun collaboration with paint company, Colorhouse. Their low odor paints contain no VOC’s, no reproductive toxins, no chemical solvents, and no toxic fumes (HAPs free). I know that’s a mouthful but to sum it up, if you care about your health and the health of those in your home (particularly any little ones), this is the paint to use.

I selected a soft pink (sprout .06) for most of the room and then used chalkboard paint (nourish .06) to accent one wall. Stay tuned…I have a special discount for colorhouse paints at the bottom of this post!
chalkboard wall chalk playroom

playroom kitchen art shopping cart

dress up playroom kids girls room

kids chair tabouret pink

overstock kids tabouret chairs  |  blabla kids apple pillow  |  ikea table and bookshelves

dress up center tassel garland

genwoo tassel garland  |  ikea clothing rack and hooks (spray painted gold) | home goods mirror (spray painted gold)

toy organization kids playroom

playroom library book organization

land of nod playhouse tent

land of nod kids yellow cottage play home  |  miffy lamp (the adorable bunny!)  |  target table and rug  |  kidkraft savannah dollhouse  |  step2 grand walk in kitchen
 chalkboard wall ikea hack

ikea shelves chalkboard wall

custom calligraphy alphabet blocks (these are absolutely stunning and for 2 weeks only, you can get 25% off using code dressupfiles1)  |  ikea shelves (spray painted brackets gold)  |  FREE printable art here and here  |  Anne of Green Gables book  |  stuffed bunny

diy magnetic board letters

If you follow me on instagram (@dressupfiles), you would have seen me post this DIY magnetic board I made. I got the idea off pinterest (where else?) and used this drip pan,this spray paint and these wooden magnetic letters.


treehopper toys alphabet wall art  |  antique chair sprayed painted in kyrlon peekaboo blue


cloud decals from etsy shop newyorkvinyl (use coupon code dressup for a discount!)
Once the decals were up, I drew faces on them using permanent marker. It does not leak through to the wall at all.


kids playroom basement

A big thank you to Colorhouse for these fun and safe paint colors! Colorhouse premium paints are 100% acrylic with low-odor and superior coverage. If you live in Chicago or New York, you’re in luck because Colorhouse paints are now available at select Home Depot stores in your city! Click here to find a store near you. And as promised, mail in rebate discounts for Chicagoans here and New Yorkers here.