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. 

Shopping Local Never Looked So Good

So, this is cool. In their words, “Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience.” “Unique” and so very cool. This very loft-like space houses all kinds of creative, unique things from fashion to art to children’s items. I love seeing people’s creativity – think the cream of the Etsy crop in a brick & mortar shopping experience. I could’ve stayed for hours, but shopping with a hungry 4 year old doesn’t allow for such craziness.  I’ll be back soon with Dancing Goats coffee in hand and kid-free, though. Who knows… maybe SMIJ by Jill Cover-Ups will earn a vendor space there someday.  Dreams… 

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Thinking about next summer already… Start planning those fabulous getaways because we’ve got you covered. 

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!

OTS for an OTP Date Night

{I can’t get enough of this cute bag so I’m sharing it again!}

Off-The-Shoulder for an Outside-the-Perimeter Date Night

Sometimes it takes me a minute or two to get up the nerve to try a new trend and “off-the-shoulder” was one of those trends.  I got this cute top from ChicWish awhile back and finally decided to wear it out for Date Night.  Everywhere we went, I got compliments from perfect strangers.  It was so fun!  My ChicWish version is actually a knock-off of a Tibi that has been so popular since OTS came into style this Spring.  The Tibi one is gorgeous and it still may make its way to my closet someday.  I’m dying over the gingham version.  For you I’ve linked to many cute OTS options that are similar, if not almost identical, to the one I’m wearing.  I’m loving this trend and now have a dress or two in this OTS trend, too.  Shop the list below.  Time to show off those shoulders!


 

“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!

J.Crew is Killing It in the Summer Dress Department

Every time I pass a J. Crew store window, which is more often than I realized, I see my new favorite dress.  They are killing it in the summer dress department.  Every one of these I’m highlighting would be perfect for Sunday brunch, a summer wedding or a summer date night.  And, a few of them are even on sale… Click on each dress below to shop it.

Driveway Bootcamp #2 • Taking it Up a Notch

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Continuing with Driveway Bootcamp today!  Talking next workout and running skorts.  First, fashion, of course. We’ve been talking about keeping it simple and getting it done.  Nothing helps me with that more than running skorts.  I can quickly grab a workout outfit that works for tennis, yoga, running or driveway bootcamp.  I’m ready for whatever workout I can squeeze in for the day and have a practical – and cute – outfit to get it done in.  Here are some favorites:

 

Now that I’m a few workouts back into my Driveway Workout habit, I took it up a notch or two.  Here is a higher impact, longer workout that I did after a few days or low and slow.

Warm-Up:
10 Sun Salutations

Work-Out:

Repeat 4 times: (1) 20 walking lunges (Yes, I love these and their results!) (2) Balance Arm Circles (picture below)  – Stand up holding one leg extended out in front while holding your arms out to the sides and making 30 small arm circles forward.  Next leg, do the arm circles backwards.

Then, 4 times:  (1) 10 Burpees with Jump and Push-Up and (2) 20 Standing Elbows to Knees – Stand up Straight, feet shoulder width apart, fingers interlocked (or close to it) behind head.  Lift knee up and touch it with opposite elbow trying to stay up as straight as possible.  Should feel this in abs.

Lastly, 4 sets of 10 (twice for each leg), do Lunge Kick-Backs illustrated below. Start in a lunge, stand up out of lunge and touch right foot to left hand (balance) and then push right leg back into lunge.  Repeat 10 times per leg, 4 sets total.

Abs:  Rocking Planks

I like to end with abs and I learned a doozie in yoga the other day.  Start in a plank position and rock forward and backward on your toes.  Keep your plank perfect and simply shift forward and backward for 10.  Do 4 sets of 10. You’ll feel this zip up your core big time – especially at the end of a workout.

Thanks for keeping me motivated to create fun Driveway Bootcamp workouts to share.  Again, I stop often in between these exercises to help my little people.  I try to just do the best I can, keep my heart rate up, and get it done while enjoying the time with the kids.  I know it’s better than nothing.  Hope to see the results this has given me in the past soon!

 


50 Elements of SMIJ Style • #23 • Flamingos Go with Summer

My favorite form of pink in the summer is… FLAMINGO!  I love this little crossbody flamingo bag from Francesca’s. It came in other fun summer things like anchors and watermelon slices, too.  We even have a SMIJ by Jill Flamingo Cover-Up.  I love it over a black bathing suit on a hot July day at the beach. Flamingos and summer just go together and they are a SMIJ style must for every summer.  I pulled a list of lots of fun flamingo options below.  Click away!

SMIJ by Jill flamingos



Zoo ATLANTA flamingos


Eric Carle flamingos