More Beach, Please – Resort Style

I think the school system must have realized that we all need the beach a few times per school year. I love how we have all these breaks giving us many chances to breathe that sea air. I’m already picking fabrics and styles for Spring/Summer 2018 Cover-Ups and Vacation Shorts. Plan lots of beach days because you’re going to want to wear SMIJ S/S ’18. 

Patch up Your Fall

I was out doing my Fall Fashion Research this week and these were the fashion Find of the day, for sure.

The latest fashion trend is to put patches on your denim jackets, jeans, camo shirts, utility jackets and overalls. I’ve seen lots of patches around, but this is the first time I’ve seen pins that look like patches. Brilliant! With these pins from Saks, you can patch up anything, change them and switch clothes. At $10/each they can make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and Fall fun. 

Click on any picture to access the list. 

Fashion Blogger Find: Great Early Fall Dress(es)

I like to follow fashion bloggers. Some I follow are very similar to my style and some are quite different. By seeing the way they put outfits together I discover great brands that fit my style and get challenged to move outside my comfort zone now and then. One of the fashion influencers I follow is Loverly Gray. She is super cute, local and humble and helpful in her InstaStories and posts. She posted this dress a few weeks ago and I just loved it for several reasons. It comes in several colors, it’s a great price point, its embroidery detail is on-trend and it’s a nice transition weight and style. I wore it yesterday for church and brunch and it handled an early Fall Sunday that was in the hot mid-80s like a champ. Check out her fashion blog for all the details on this dress. 

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Dusters: Great Transition Pieces – Especially in THIS Color

When it comes to great seasonal transition fashion items, not much beats a long cardigan, duster or kimono.  I, especially love them in stand out colors like this gorgeous mustard shown here.  There are 5 reasons I love these for transitional months like September.
First of all, they are flattering on pretty much all body types.  They are slimming and elongate the entire look.
Secondly, they are a great layer that can easily be removed if afternoon temps creep up as they often do in the Fall.
Third, there are just days (everyday) where some of us like to have our booties covered.  I mean, picking up kids, groceries and all the maneuverings of motherhood requires lots of bending and twisting and I personally don’t like to worry about what is or is not showing.  So, there’s that.
Then, they go over everything!  They look cute over everything from cut-off jeans shorts for a weekday of errands to a shift dress for a Sunday brunch.
Lastly, there are lots of choices and they have been in style for a few years and don’t seem to be going out of style any time soon.  With this in mind, you can invest with confidence.  Since these have been around for awhile, one way to update your collection is to grab one in an on-trend fabric like velvet or velour.  Happy September, Pretties!

Trip Itinerary – Boston, 3 Days with Family

If you’ve been following for awhile, you know I took a big road trip to Boston this past summer.  I realize I never shared my itinerary.  I did a lot of research to try to cover as much as possible with a 3 year old in tow.  I think we did pretty good and we all had an absolute blast.  If you want to plan a trip, too, maybe my homework will give you a head start.

Also, check out my Instagram feed from July – I put lots of details about these pictures and what I loved about my trip to Boston, MA.


  
  
  
  
  

Boston Itinerary – 3 Days with Kids, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles

Day #1:

  • All head to Cape Cod for the day.
    • Eat lunch in Dennisport at the Kream ‘n Kone
    • Explore all the way to Provincetown, the furthest point of Cape Cod.

Day #2:

  • Morning: Freedom Trail (Freedom Trail Foundation offers 90 minute walking tours led by 18th century costumed guides.)
  • Lunch in Quincy Market. (Tour ends at FT)
  • Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore…

Day #3:

I Never Use Just One Mascara

I love mascara. It’s the one make-up item I can’t live without and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried almost every one out there. I don’t really have a favorite. Now, you’re wondering “Then why am I reading this?” Ha! I often have people ask me what mascara I use so I thought I’d share. I really never use just one. Right now I’m using the two pictured below. I think that, for me, the wand is more the key than the brand. I usually use a Bobbi Brown, but, in a pinch, I grabbed these drug store brands recently and the combo of the anti clump first, “lots of lashes” second has been a great combo. I also like to layer. I do a first coat from the bottom up and then, after that dries a little, coat the top of the lashes, too. This really gives them some length and helps the mascara last all day. What mascara tips or brands can you share? I love to try new things!


This Color!

I love this color for Fall and Kendra Scott nailed it with these Red Jasper pieces.  They go with a lot of my Fall favorites already in my closet, I’m finding, too.  They are a great brick, red jasper, deep red -whatever you want to call it.  These pieces really work great to turn a neutral outfit, like a denim dress, into a Fall outfit.  I threw them on with a t-shirt and jeans to add some Fall color to my look on days that are just too hot to wear other Fall faves.  Great new color that I’ve got on repeat!  If you are looking to invest in some new Kendra Scott this Fall, I can definitely recommend this choice.   Click the pictures below to shop.

 


Can’t Miss at Madewell

I can’t tell you how many times I walked past Madewell in Lenox Mall and never thought about going in. I shop surgically. 🙂 I usually have little time and I know my favorite places so I usually hit my top shops – Anthropologie, Nordstrom, etc and there’s not a lot of browsing around. When Madewell opened a location closer to me, I got interested and popped in. Now, it’s become a go-to shop for casual dresses. For example, this great short sleeve denim pullover. Loved wearing this over the weekend. It’s a great transition-to-Fall dress because you can add layers of boots as the weather changes. It’s a great color and the fit is perfection. It’s got pleats in just the right places to make it flattering AND comfortable – a balance that I love.

So… With all that being said, I don’t think this exact dress is still available. But, never fear because I’ve also learned this: There is ALWAYS more than one great denim dress at Madewell!

As a matter of fact, I’ve linked to 20 below.  Scroll down and shop the list I’ve put together.  Fun!

 

Bombs Away this Fall – Fall Trend Focus: Bombers

OK, they come quilted, shiny, embellished, reversible, velvet, leather, oversized, undersized… you name it.  Get this!  Members Only even has a new one out.

One thing is clear, bombers are in and you can choose fabric and fit and be right on trend.  These look great with the platform, statement sneakers you’ll be seeing everywhere this Fall, too.  I love this look for a casual Fall day or you can dress these up with boots and skirts.  The fit of the bomber jacket and the many fabric options allow for many different looks.  They even have a slimming effect when they hit right at the waist.  Grab one for the Fall, wear it with everything, be on trend.

Live on the Edge into Fall

One way that I transition a summer dress into Fall is by adding some edgy, heavier pieces. Here I took my favorite summer dress and added some gunmetal, all black accessories, oversize, black sunnies and, of course, some snakeskin.  And, to give it a bit more Fall vibe, my new Bond lipcolor.  I was cool as a cucumber all day, but looked a little less summery.  Have I mentioned how much I love this dress?!?!