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!

 

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!

Trucker Hats & Ray-Bans

I seem to be developing a habit…  I’m loving trucker hats with aviators this summer.  Great way to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes and there are so many great options right now.  My hats are Judith March (with the exception of my Cowgirl Kitchen one) and there are so many other fun ones out there, too.  I’ve linked to a bunch below.  Cover your summer!

Candy Stripes

I just could not live without this print once I knew it existed.  It reminded me of a beach umbrella and took me to a very happy place.  Not to mention it goes nicely with my Shirtdress & Espadrilles program I got going this summer.  Shop it HERE and other great items in this print below – even for little girls.  Simply irresistible!



For Red, White & Blue, Look No Further Than MuMu

For Red, White & Blue, look no further than MUMU.  I built a list of 67 items that I would love to wear – every last one of them passes the “SMIJ-3-second-test” (Scroll all the way down to see all 67).  I plan to spend the weekend at the beach and these MUMU pieces go very nicely in that environment.  From the coffee shop in the morning, to the beach all day to walking up to get ice cream each evening – and especially to see fireworks.  I know which one I’m wearing for the fireworks already!  Click on any of the pictures to shop each piece.  Have fun and get your RED, WHITE and BLUE on!  U.S.A.!


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!