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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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!


I Was Winning Until the Shoes

I had a minor panic attack when I realized that at this time next year my baby would be in kindergarten and definitely choosing her own clothes. I look at what the girls are wearing at our elementary school and it’s not little dresses and bows. More jeans and Uggs! While I’m a huge fan of the Jeans & Uggs Program, I realized I only had this short little year of preschool to impose my choices on her. Most days I do let her choose her “outfits”. They always include multiple shades of pink from head-to-toe and, while they rarely “go together”, they are very cute little glimpses into her sparkly personality. 

Then there are the days I do, admittedly, make her wear what I want her to wear. It usually involves some bribery, but it’s worth it. On this day I won the battle from the ankles up. From there down, she won. I do NOT think pink animal print sneakers go with this cute Hanna Andersson dress, but I have to admit I make similar choices (see my snakeskin Tory Burch sandals in about every other post!). 

These Hanna Andersson poplin tunic dresses are great transitional dresses to start school. They come in a few colors and have fun leggings that go with them for a polished back-to-school look until they switch to jeans and never look back. 

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!