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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Carried Away, but Smell Great

I can admit it… I am totally obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soaps and Room Fresheners.  I love my house, but since it holds two kids, a very large, old, shedding Lab and I’m always cooking with garlic I’m afraid that I could be “noseblind”.  Not to mention, my old outdoor cat who seems to have stopped supplementing his diet with regular hunts, has recently been enjoying a diet of canned cat food which really STINKS even though I put the cans in plastic bags in the outside trash.  He’s happy in his old age, but WOW… the smell…  I’ve even asked some visitors lately if my house smells bad and begged them to be honest. I think they were, but I’m not taking any chances.  And, what a good excuse to try all the Mrs. Meyer’s Scents – and they make cute addtions to my home decor, too.  I’m currently loving Honeysuckle for downstairs.

{Click on the pictures below for details on scents and where to buy or order on-line using links.}

Dinner Party Wardrobe Changes

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Ok, maybe changing for every course could be a bit obnoxious, but… I’ve got the answer.  Aprons are the answer!  I love my Anthropologie apron.  It’s actually very useful to keep my clothes from getting stained during meal prep AND it’s so cute, it’s like an outfit by itself.  So, grab an apron and you can actually wear a second outfit for dinner parties.  Hee Hee!  OK, still obnoxious, but at least, justifiable.  Click on any picture below to shop the apron.

Shop the Summer Looks

Summer looks are all updated! Click HERE to shop all these fun summer looks while it’s still HOT, HOT, HOT. Car reading 97 degrees right now! 

Favorite Summer Mani/Pedi Colors

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I have two go-to summer colors for manis and pedis. I had forgotten about them until I was getting ready for the beach. Here they are: Manicures – Topless & Barefoot and Pedicures – Private Weekend.  Both look great with all your Summer OOTDs and with a tan. Happy Summer!

“Mommy, Are You a Pirate?” – One Scarf, Four Ways

I have always loved head scarfs.

In pre-kids days, I’d often drive my VW convertible with a bandana around my hair to keep it out of my face.  These days I go for hats because I’m avoiding sun on my face, but I still love head scarves at the beach and for hiking.  The day I was shooting this post, Reese, asked me if I was a pirate.  Ha!  Not the look I was going for, but I didn’t let that stop me.

Currently, I’m driving a mom-mobile, but someday I’ll be back in that convertible – or Jeep – headscarf back on.  And, no hurry on that, BTW.  I’ll take little voices, even the fighting, for as long as I can hear that.  For now, these bandanas are great for the beach and bad hair days.  I love that bandanas are having a moment and I’m sharing four way to wear them now (see picture above).  I got mine at Nordstom, but you can find them almost anywhere – even in your kids’ dress up bin, I’m sure.  Share with me how you’ll style yours so I can add to the list of options.  Ay Matey!

Shimmering Layers

Sticking with the sunkissed and shimmering theme this week…

Loving this new Anthropologie shimmering kimono for summer.  If I had a tan, it would be a great way to highlight the sunkissed look.  Until then, I’ll just enjoy the shimmer in this cute kimono.  It has silver and gold thread in it which makes it look perfect with mixed metal accessories.  Shop my exact kimono by clicking the picture.

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My choices for kimonos and mixed metals below, too.

50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #24 • If it Shimmers, Flows or Bronzes, it’s in the Bag

I love summer!  Sunkissed is how I prefer life so #24 on our list of 50 Elements of SMIJ Style should maybe be #1.  If it shimmers, flows or bronzes, it’s hard to pass up during the summer months.  I have the Tom Ford shimmering oil which has just been re-stocked at Nordstrom (grab one if you want it because it sells out fast!).  It’s beautiful and smells heavenly.  I love a good bronzer for summer make-up which for me pretty much is limited to waterproof mascara and a couple of swipes of bronzer.  I’m crazy about keeping my face out of the sun so bronzer is a must and I love lots of the Bobbi Brown options (linked below).  Summer beauty must haves include mascara, bronzer and shimmering oil.  Done, done and done!  Shop the list by clicking on any of the pictures below.

50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #22 • Old Lady Chic

I saw that BaubleBar was promoting brooches and I was immediately reminded of my grandmother.  She always had a brooch or pin on and my grandfather loved to buy them for her.  I can’t even begin to know how many sparkly Christmas pins she must have collected over the years!  Her pins were always so happy and fun and I loved them.  I know, based on many of my style and home decor choices, that I have a little old lady inside of me that peaks out occasionally and this brooch trend is one of those moments.  Loving my cute pins and happy they are having a moment.  I’ve linked to my exact brooches below along with lots of other fun choices, mostly affordable.  Of course, had to throw in a Cartier just for fun, too.  Also, my G necklace here and what’s in my Sephora bag here.