Weekend Recap and IG Round-Up: The Best Dresses for The Season

Happy Tuesday, loves!

Well, it’s Monday my time – and I’m just sitting here on my deck living my very best life. The Florida sunshine is currently giving me all the happy feelings. It’s cool, breezy, and my back deck is shaded and perfect. I’ve moved out of mine and my husband’s office to sit out here today and work – and I’m thinking it’s been an amazing decision.

April was a crazy month (I say that every month), and May is ramping up to be just as crazy. I’m on the board of two PTAs, and next week is Teacher Appreciation Week (which means work, work, work), it’s the last month of school for the big girls, we have amazing trips the same weekend the next three months to pack for, field day at the twins’ school, PTA meetings, events, and things, last day of school stuff, cheer tryouts, dance recitals, gymnastics, tumbling, date nights, Mother’s Day to host – you name it, we’re doing it.

We planned on spending the weekend at Disney with the littles – because we don’t do Disney in the heat and crowds of the summer, so May is basically it before we skip out until September-ish with our passes – but they actually asked us if we could just not.

I know, right?

They’re tired. We’re tired. We had a fun Friday night with friends at a birthday pool party, and got home late, and the kids were overly tired. They didn’t have one normal night last week because of activities and such, and the late nights got to them (and us). So, we said of course to staying home. And we did. We spent all weekend having fun. The girls and I had a salon day Saturday morning while the boys took a golf cart ride and did boy stuff. And other than church on Sunday morning, all weekend was spent in our swimsuits. Our evenings were spent grilling and enjoying the cool breeze on our deck (this is the BEST time of year for that).

We even had movie night Saturday. The kids couldn’t agree on anything, so Craig and I made the executive decision to watch Beethoven, and they loved it – and now they all want a St. Bernard. Carter-man fell asleep on my lap during the first 5 minutes, and I cannot even begin to describe how sweet it was to spend an hour and-a-half cuddling with my littlest love, my sweet boy, before we carried the twins upstairs for bed when the movie was over. I needed all those sweet snuggles.

Life. Is. Good.

Now it’s back to the hectic weekly life we live, but we are all living it a little better this week because of that time. You guys – if you’re not taking time every so often to be low-key and hang with your kids, you’re so missing out. They’re a lot of fun. And it does wonders for your soul to just be still.

How was your weekend? We’re so excited about all that we have to look forward to in the next few months, but also enjoying the last month or so of pretty weather. Hot days with cool mornings and evenings. A month from now = death by humidity and heat.

I’ve rounded up a few of my most recent IG looks for you – some sold out or no longer available, but – always – something super similar and just as much fun to check out!

{ Dress (I bought it at Nordstrom last year, I think, but I can’t find it anymore so I’ve linked similar here, here, and here) Michael Kors wedges (old) similar here, here, and here, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, BaubleBar Earrings similar here and here }

I wore this fun dress to church Sunday. I love the color blue, and I had to wear it because both my boys were in blue. Sweet Carter asked me if I’d wear blue like him and Daddy, and there’s no saying no to that kind of sweet request!

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{ Dress (I just found this at Marshalls a few weeks ago, and I can’t find the exact one online but I’ve linked some similar maxi dresses in the tee-shirt style here, here, and here) Tory Burch sandals (old, but I love these, these, and these) Hat (sold out at Nordstrom but similar here, here, and here) Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM }

I love this dress. I think I might be all about the tee shirt dress this summer – and for like $20, who isn’t?!

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{ Lilly Pulizter Dress (I can’t find the same print online, but there are great ones here, here, and here) Tory Burch Millers, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, BaubleBar earrings similar here }

I think this Lilly Pulitzer dress is like 2 or 3 years old now? I can’t remember, but it goes down in history as my favorite LP of all time. Anyone who knows me knows this time of year at least 5 of 7 days of the week are spent in one form of Lilly Pulitzer or another, and I really just love all the prints. However, there is something about this simple stripe I just adore. I can’t find it online, but I still see it in stores regularly, so check it out!

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Instagram Roundup: What I’m Wearing Lately

What. A. Month.

Busy is a gross understatement in our home these days, but hopefully things are calming down a bit in the coming weeks. This time of year is always such a crazy time for us with kids and their activities, and three of our littles have birthdays two days apart in March. And that’s just the beginning…and a little bit of my excuse for being so MIA these days.

I haven’t done an IG roundup lately, so here we go!

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{ Manolos | 7FAM Jeans |Black Tee | Slate & Willow Jacket is sold out so similar here, here, and here | similar YSL glasses | BaubleBar Earrings sold out similar here}

I wore this casual date night look a few weekends ago to an Orlando Magic game. Our best friends had a presidential suite, 12 VIP tickets, and a party bus with a driver to take us to the game and enjoy the night in total VIP style – and it was the most fun night imaginable!

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{ Tory Burch flats | 7FAM Jeans | Black Top sold out similar here | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM |YSL glasses similar here }

Travel uniform. This is basically what I wear anytime we get on a plane. My favorite jeans – I told y’all I bought like four identical pair of these amazing jeans – comfortable flats, and black all day. This was the perfect travel ensemble to depart sunny Florida and land in frigid NYC a few weeks ago when we took our big girls for a weekend in the city doing all our favorite things.

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{ Similar dresses here, here, and here | Raybans }

This dress. This dress cost me all of $30 years ago when Lilly Pulitzer and Target introduced their collaboration. Everything was sold out while we were running errands that day except this little number. It’s one of my favorite dresses, and it’s not available. I had so many questions about this dress – and I did my best to find you some that are kind of similar!

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{ Faux Leather Leggings | Manolos | Tunic | Blazer |YSL similar here }

My other uniform. I hate pants, but I can get into the faux leather leggings all day everyday situation. Add this Lush tunic from Nordstrom I own in every single color ever, these suede Manolos, and oversize black glasses and I’m done.

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{Caslon pink tunic sold out similar here and here | 7FAM Jeans | Tory Burch Espadrilles sold out similar here and here | RayBans }

Sometimes I just want to have a little fun with what I wear, and color is all that and more for me. I’m a little bit obsessed with mixing bright pink with this pop of blue in my glasses lately, and it’s been something so many people have asked about!

Instagram Roundup: What I’m Wearing Lately

I have to share a secret you might have noticed; I have such a uniform depending on the season. Also, seasons are impossible in Florida. We had a kind-of winter for a few weeks. Just enough to realize we have nothing appropriate or anything below 60-degrees, and now we’re back to 50s in the mornings and 80s during the day.

It’s so difficult to get dressed in the morning in that situation. Layers are a serious thing right now, which is why you’re seeing me in my ‘this time of year’ uniform. Jeans – or faux leather leggings – and tees with a sweater or blazer over it.

And we can all agree I cannot get enough of these suede BB pumps. I feel no shame.

I’m trying to be a little better about IG roundups on the blog so you can have faster access to all the details you want without yelling at me about it via DM or email (I’m sorry!), and I’m going to try and post one every two weeks or so.

You’re welcome!

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{ Jeans, Pumps, Tee, Bag }

{Sweater is Old Navy and a few years old, so similar here, here, and here | Sunglasses are Yves Saint Laurent I purchased years ago in Hawaii and are currently sold out so similar here and here}

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{ Jeans, pumps, tunic }

{see first photo for sunglasses | I just ordered this scarf from Amazon for $15 but I can’t get the link to work. There’s a similar one here, but you can search grey and blue blanket scarf on Amazon and have it in two days for so much less }

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{ Faux-leather leggings, pumps }

{ Tunic is TopShop from Nordstrom but it’s sold out, so similar here and here | see first photo for sunglasses | Blazer is Forever 21 from like 12 years ago – I know – so similar here and here }

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{ Jeans, ballet flats }

{see first photo for sunglasses | Hogwarts tee is from Target, but it’s sold out. Similar here and here }

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{ Jeans, pumps, bag, bralette }

{ These RayBan oversize Aviators are sold out from what I can find, but there are similar here | Lush tee is sold out at Nordstrom, but similar here and here | see previous photo for blazer}

Also – to clarify a question I’ve gotten a lot recently, my Neverfull is the GM and it’s too big. I love it because I have four kids and 700-pounds of stuff to carry around between the six of us. If I bothered with the diaper bag, I wouldn’t carry it. However, I’m entirely too lazy and rushed to change out my bag regularly to be quite honest. I’d recommend the MM if you want a Neverfull.

 

Instagram Roundup: Winter (in Florida) Wear

Happy Wednesday!

This week has been one of those weeks I adore! Things are getting done, my productivity level is insane, and we have a super fun weekend ahead…all things I love! I haven’t done an IG roundup in a while, and I’m not entirely great at linking my OOTD pieces, so I’m bringing up a few for you here and now. A lot of what I’ve been wearing the past week or so – which is winter wear because we had a week of winter in the Sunshine State – is on major sale, which is a huge plus!

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{Jeans: 7FAM | Black Tee | Blazer | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Sunglasses: RayBan | Wedges: Michael Kors |Earrings: SugarFix by BaubleBar | Watch: Apple | Charm Bracelet & Charms: Tiffany & Co. | David Yurman Bracelet }

I wore this earlier this week when the temps warmed up just a bit. It was such a nice day in the 60s, but still not cool enough not to throw on a blazer (though I did cheat the system with some open-toe spring shoes). I am a huge fan of these jeans with their raw hem, and I’m also a huge fan of black in the cold weather. A blazer just dresses up basic jeans and tee outfits.

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{Jeans: 7FAM |Sweater | Hat | Sunglasses: Yves Saint Laurent | Lipstick: MAC D for Danger  | Watch | Suede Heels: Manolo Blahnik }

You know it’s cold when a Floridian puts on a sweater with a cowl neck. And I told you I love these jeans so much.

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{ Jeans: 7FAM | Sweater | Scarf (gift, but similar here)| Watch | Sunglasses: RayBan | OTK Boots, sold out similar here | Earrings: SugarFix by BaubleBar }

I didn’t even know I owned a turtleneck sweater, my face says it’s cold, and my husband picked up this scarf for me last year and I never thought I’d be able to wear it!

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{Jeans: 7FAM | Ballet Flats: Tory Burch | Plaid Shirt (sold out, similar here) | Sunglasses: YSL | Minnie Ears: Disney World | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood }

This is the time of year I am happiest we are annual passholders, and it’s also the time we use them the most. The weather is gorgeous, we don’t die of heat, and everyone is in such a good mood. The parks are less crowded. It’s good stuff. And this was a sweet, sweet family day.

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{Faux Leather Leggings | Sweater: Michael Kors (old, similar here) | Suede Heels: Manolo Blahnik | Necklace: Old, similar here and here | Sunglasses: YSL (sold out, similar here)| Kate Spade Bow Clutch | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood }

Date. Night. My husband is the best date night-planner. We do a lot of date nights I plan, but his are the best because he asks me out after he secures a sitter to come over and take care of the kids, he makes the reservations, and he never chooses a restaurant that doesn’t have one of my favorite bottles of wine on the menu (hint: it needs to be a sangiovese). And he always makes it so much fun.

IG Roundup: What I’ve Been Wearing Lately

Hello! It has been several weeks since I last posted OTB, and I apologize for taking such a long break…but it was much needed! I touched on it a bit on a recent #ootd post on IG, but we’ve been out of town four of the past five weekends. To sum it all up, we had two weekends in a row in Tampa, my birthday weekend was spent in New York City, and we’ve been home from a whirlwind four-day visit to Southern California for a little more than a week now.

To say we are tired is an understatement! California is a three-hour time difference for us, it was daylight savings time weekend, and we had a red-eye flight home Monday. 41 hours awake by the time we went to bed the day we got home, and then four nights out of the house following that was just too much for our poor aging souls to handle. Add four kids (and my business and Craig’s job) to the mix and we were the actual walking dead all last week.

We knew it would happen – you only live once, right? We preplanned a weekend at home this past weekend. We turned down several invitations to go out, but we made the right decision. The kids were tired, they missed us last weekend, and we all needed a break. We literally didn’t leave our house all weekend – and it was AMAZING.

We always try to keep our Sundays free of making plans so we have at least one day to rest, to prep for the week, and to do what we want to do versus what we’re obligated to do, but I’m thinking a full weekend of nothing every few weeks could become a part of our lives. I’m refreshed.

Anyway, I thought I might share a few things I’ve been wearing lately as a way of easing myself back into the blog. My business is busy this time of year. My clients want more work, different work, and they want everything yesterday during the holidays, so I’m writing more than ever (which is a lot on a slow day) and every free moment has been devoted to my web content creation. *whew*

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{Adelyn Rae Navy Kimono Jumpsuit (I wore size small, but it ran a bit large) | Manolo Blahnik heels (old) similar here | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Ray-Ban Aviators | SugarFix by BaubleBar Earrings from Target}

I fell a little bit in love with this look when we were in the OC. I wore it to #StyleConOC, and the compliments I received were amazing! I also wore it to lunch on the Harbour at the A&O Kitchen at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. Total win.

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{Sweater old similar here | Jeans 7 for All Mankind | Manolos old similar here | Ray-Ban Aviators | Scarf (gift from my amazing mother-in-law) similar here }

Anytime it gets a little cold here, I’m all about finding something winter-y to wear, and this sweater is everything. It’s my favorite kind of basic with a little excitement in the unexpected hemline. Fun fact: I wore this sweater all day without a clue it had a giant hole in the seam along my right side.

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{sweater is sold out similar here and here | Jeans Rag & Bone | OTK boots | YSL sunglasses old similar here }

I bought this sweater for NYC, and I’m in love! And so is everyone else, apparently, but it’s sold out at Nordstrom. Paired with OTK boots and skinny jeans, it’s simple, casual, and easy.

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{Shirt sold out similiar here | Rag & Bone jeans sold out similar here | Tory Burch Boots | YSL Sunglasses old similar here }

Would you even believe me if I told you that I wore this outfit to go coralling pigs? True story. It was for farm day at my twin’s school…and those pink balloon pigs stood no chance against me and my farm-wear. This top is amazing with it’s tunic-length in the back, but it’s sold out. I’m sorry!

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{ Top | Jeans | Shoes old similar here | Sunglasses }

Are you sensing a little bit of a trend here? I like casual looks that are easy and simple, and I like to throw on my favorite heels when it’s time for fall and they feel oh-so-appropriate (even though my husband feels it’s ridiculous I ignore all my other shoes for one pair because they “look like the holidays” but hey…he picked my crazy self to marry, so who’s crazy now?). Honestly, I have four kids and a business to run…and getting dressed needs to be effortless. There’s not on ounce of shame in my game.

Here’s to finally feeling refreshed after having too much fun…this week, anyway. Because the rest of the year is jam-packed with fun adventures!