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
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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.

Chic Street Sneaks

new balance 410

new balance 410

new balance 410Been searching high and low for the perfect sneakers and I’ve finally found them. I was looking for a sleek, chic, clean looking pair that looked more at home on the street than at the gym. These New Balance 410’s in black and white fit the bill. An added bonus is that they are unbelievably comfortable. Wear with skinny jeans and your longline cardigans or with a calf length straight skirt and sweater. Also perfect for running around with the kids in a pair of ripped jeans and a striped sweatshirt.

new balance 410NEW BALANCE 410 Sneakers
ARITZIA coat (similar) and top (similar)
FOREVER21 high waist jeans
CELINE cabas tote
SHLIMP & ULRICH necklace

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Smock Dresses and Fringed Bags

smock dress maternity

Smock Dress from Korea (similar here, here and here)  |  Zara Fringed Bag (similar here and here)
Zara Sandals (similar here and here)  |  Ray-Ban Aviators  |  Gorjana Chloe Necklace

fringe maternity style

fringe summer smock dress

fringe turquoise jewelry

fringe smock dress maternity

I love a good smock dress for summer.  When it’s sweltering outside, I don’t want thick denim shorts (no matter how short) or anything remotely fitted.  A smock dress in a super lightweight, breezy cut is the way to go.  Add a fringed bag for more movement and interest and a simple, strappy pair of sandals and you’re summer ready!  Bonus points for something turquoise!  And if you’re sporting a baby bump this summer like me, a smock dress is a great maternity option as well!

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Maternity Wedding Guest Style

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ASOS Pastel Floral Deep Plunge Dress  |  Mackage Leather Jacket  (similar)  |  L.A.M.B. Oxley Pumps (similar)
Chanel Caviar WOC Shoulder Bag  |  Gorjana Lena Ring  |  Gorjana Chloe Necklace
Custom Silver Bracelet (similar here)  |  Cartier Love Ring 

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Dressing up the bump can be challenging especially when most of the maternity dresses out there seem to err on the side of matronly.  Like my previous pregnancies, I rely heavily on non-maternity fashions from affordable shops like Forever 21, ASOS, and TOPSHOP.  They help get me through the nine months in high style but with a low budget.

I got this ASOS floral dress in a larger size than I normally would to accommodate my expanding mid-section (and okay let’s be real, expanding everything else too…)  I love the romantic print on this dress and how the feminine florals contrasts with the deep plunge and curve accentuating fit.  If this dress were in vixen red, I wouldn’t go near it because it would feel too “in your face sexy” to me.  This print balances out the spiciness with more acceptable prettiness.  Perfect combination.  Did that make any sense to anyone??