Archives for March 2014

Pool Sliders

Click on any shoe above to view more info and pricing details.

Clockwise from the bottom left:
Marsell Middle Toe Ring Sandal, Isabel Marant Holden Sandals, Sam Edelman Adora Sandals, TOPSHOP sandals, Vince Sandrine Sandals,  Thais Strap Sandals,  Jeffrey Campbell Adler Sandals, ASOS sandals,  Birkenstocks

Aside from the mule, my next must have shoe for 2014 is the pool slider (also lovingly known as the ugly sandals.)  I’ll admit when these started to surface on the runways and on fashion insiders everywhere, I cringed a little.  While I love having fun with fashion and playing around with trends, I usually tend to stick to the “prettier” versions of those trends. Cool and edgy but still pretty has been the style I’m drawn to the most.  So, initially I hesitated on this ugly sandal trend but the more I saw it, the more I liked it and really, I’m a stay at home mom of 2 young kids.  Who am I to fight off the 1 trend that happens to be uber comfy and playground friendly?

And that is how I ended up with a pair of white Arizona Birkenstocks and I am so glad I did.  I love them paired with fun, casual outfits like a t-shirt and flippy skirt.  But, I think pool sliders really shine and feel current when paired with dressier office appropriate looks.  A slouchy navy pant suit with pool sliders?  Chic.  A pencil skirt and mesh sweater paired with Vince metallic sandals.  Love.

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A Crisp Blue Shirt

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Hubby’s Blue Dress Shirt  |  Cheap Monday Ripped Jeans  |  Theory Obi Belt (similar)
L’Agence Mules (similar)  |  Bottega Veneta Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunnies  |  Timex Easy Reader Watch
Camila Hammered Ring Set  |  Silver Bracelets (similar here and here)

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Photography by: Kina Wicks

A crisp white or blue button down is such a classic staple and yet, feels so fresh and new this season.  I’ve been borrowing shirts from hubby’s closet because I love the oversized fit and the slightly starched stiffness on the fabric.  I cinched the shirt with a Theory obi belt I’ve had for years and then I added some shredded jeans to the mix.  I recently cut the hem of these jeans to ankle length and I like the rawness of the cut edge.

Have you ever borrowed a piece of clothing from the boys?

5 Years A Blogger

Five years ago today, I published the very first entry to this blog.

THE BACK STORY:
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I had just had my first daughter a month prior in February of ’09. My mother was still in town helping me care for my newborn. I was extremely sleep deprived and constantly anxious from being a first time mom. One of those quiet evenings at home with my mom, it hit me like a ton of bricks. While my 28 year old peers were out building their careers and living single life to the fullest, here I was…in a career I knew wasn’t right for me, and now with a baby in my arms. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and it’s been the greatest joy and privilege of my life. And yet, at that moment, all I could think was my pipe dreams of ever doing something in fashion was just that, a pipe dream. I started lamenting to my mom about all the coulda shoulda woulda’s of my life choices and wallowing in those baby blues. It was then that she suggested I just start doing something that I’m passionate about. Whether it’s writing about it in a journal or collecting inspiration…just to physically do something that I’m interested in even from home, even as a hobby. And that very night, I started brainstorming blog names.

THE JOURNEY:IMG_2678

The last five years have been such an incredible ride for me. What started as a place for me to just write my thoughts about anything and everything has organically developed into a more fashion focused blog. Through the years, I’ve been able to connect and collaborate with the most interesting bloggers, business owners, and fashion insiders. I got to attend a handful of shows at NYFW, which was a thrill for this stay at home mama! More recently, this little blog of mine has started generating a small income through ads, commissions and product endorsements.  And probably most fulfilling of all, I’ve developed real relationships with many of my readers through email and instagram.  This is all more than I ever dared to imagine when I first sat down to start this blog.

THE FUTURE:plaid-jacket-ripped-jeans

The industry is growing so quickly and newer, younger versions of myself are starting blogs by the minute. It’s so easy to grow discouraged and want to give up and I’ll admit I’ve been there many times.  Instead, I’ve been putting my efforts into staying current, evolving and writing unique content.  I’ve started working with an incredible photographer (amazing Kina Wicks) and I’m attending a blogger conference in April.  I can’t wait to provide you with even more engaging, informative and aesthetically pleasing posts going forward.

TO MY READERS: transition summer dress to winter

Often, I wonder if anyone is out there.  Especially now with instagram, it’s become more of a challenge to get readers to actually click over to the blogs.  So I’m especially thankful for my loyal readers who have been with me through this journey.  Of course, I’ve shared lots of outfits and shopping codes but looking back at my posts, there was so much more.  Major milestone moments like birth stories of my children, turning the big 3-0 and even embarrassing stories from my childhood.  Without your readership, this blog would simply cease to exist so thank you thank you thank you! I wanted to end this post by sharing a few snippets of recent emails I received from you guys and express again how encouraging they are to me.

I’ve been wanting to drop you a line to let you know that I absolutely love your blog. It’s very entertaining. I love the photos & the style. Your blog inspires me to be a little more fashion conscious.
L

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years and love your style and all that you share! 
K

I’m a long time reader of your blog, I’ve been following you since Pearls And Green Tea. I obviously love your style, you’re an inspiration to moms like myself who try and look “fashionable” whilst juggling motherhood.
D

I just found your blog by searching a goyard bag. Love your outfits and lovely family. Thanks for sharing your good taste of fashion!
Y

I have been and will remain a big fan of your blog! Thank you for putting out such wonderful content! Thanks!
J
Feel free to comment and claim these emails if they are yours!
And to celebrate this 5 year mark, I have a fun giveaway coming up very soon!

Perfect Spring Look

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Splendid White Tee  |  Fallon Bib Necklace  |  H&M Skirt (similar here and here)
TopShop Biker Jacket  |  Proenza Schouler Lunch Bag  |  Vince Addie Mules

We had a single, sumptuous, 50 degree day this week and it had us begging for more.  That glimmer of hope that Spring will definitively be here in the near future inspired me to put together this look.

Here is my idea of the perfect Spring 2014 Look.  I paired a really feminine lace skirt with a slouchy white tee.  I added an oxymoronic motorcycle jacket in the prettiest pink and my Spring staple shoe, a pale toned mule.  I love pairing two different pastel tones together in the same look so in went the soft yellow clutch with snakeskin to add texture.  Topped the whole thing off with a silver chain necklace, which should also be a staple accessory for 2014.

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