Instagram Roundup

Happy Thursday, loves!

I love that this new year is already off to such a great start. It’s been a few days, and it’s already been one of those weeks when you just sit back and embrace life to the fullest. I basically took the past month off work. Almost entirely other than the two weeks before the kids were out of school where I played catch up and work ahead. Other than that, I’m only doing some contract work for one client until the second full week of the year. The kids are home. I like to be with them. I like to spend time organizing, getting things prepared for a great new year, going to the dentist and the doctor and all those things.

Mostly, I’m just enjoying the laidback mornings. Sleeping a little later. Enjoying a little more. Being fully present. Those are things I value and love, and this year is off to a great start already. And on that note, I’m sharing with you a quick Instagram round-up since it has been a while since I’ve done that!

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I love, love, love this Likely dress so much it actually hurts. I picked this up a few months ago and knew it would be my Christmas Eve dress, and it received so many compliments! It’s elegant and classic – and it’s perfect. Paired with my favorite Manolos, and I was the happiest mom around.

(I cannot find this exact dress anymore at Saks; they have the shorter one available. I found some similar dresses here and here. My Manolo Blahniks are a few years old, but I love this red pair. Givenchy large sunglasses are sold out everywhere, but I did find these online.)

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This Topshop sweater is one I picked up a few weekends ago when my husband and I had a date weekend in Tampa for his company’s Christmas party. I can’t go to Tampa without making a stop at Nordstrom and bringing home all the things, and this sweatshirt is one thing I’m glad I took home…in every color. I sized up to a US 4 because I wanted it loose.

Topshop Sweatshirt, Tinsel jeans (my new favorites), Michael Kors booties (old but similar here, Givenchy Sunglasses linked above).

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This jumpsuit is every single thing. I mean, I cannot even begin to tell you how much my husband loves and adores this jumpsuit. I originally rented it for Thanksgiving from Rent the Runway, and I ended up ordering it to have after I sent it back because he loves it so much. I mean, so, so, so, so much. He cannot keep his hands off me when I put this on, and since he typically can’t keep them off me anyway, this was even better! And these fun little kitten heels are actually like 13-year-old Jimmy Choos that I picked up. Aren’t they fabulous?

 

 

 

Instagram Roundup: What I’ve Been Wearing Lately

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

The week has gotten off to a stellar start in the Raiford household. My husband and I ran a 5k with our oldest daughter Saturday. It was the first I’ve ever run. We’ve done plenty of 5k’s in the past, but they’ve been obstacle course-type mud runs and such. I’ve only ever walked them, but this was my first time running one. To be honest, it was my first time running more than a mile without stopping – and to be really, really honest, it was only my second time running a mile without stopping.

I run often, but I run like 200 yards and then walk 500 and then run 100 and walk the rest of the way. I hate to run, but I finished 3.1 miles in 35 minutes. I was so super impressed with myself that I’m now obsessed with running and working on challenging myself to go harder, faster, and get stronger. So now my Monday, Wednesday, Friday workout routine has changed a bit – but I’ll never give up my Tuesday/Thursday yoga classes!

I’m behind on my IG roundups, but the weather all over the place is literally all over the place, so I can’t find a real groove in my spring style. So, on that note, here’s what’s been going on in my life lately.

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{ Jeans, Shirt, Blazer, Shoes, Glasses, Earrings }

This is my new favorite tee shirt, and I cannot even tell you how much I love it! Our oldest daughter’s best friend celebrated her 9 3/4 birthday with a complete Harry Potter theme at the local train station – and her mom did the most spectacular job. So I thought I was only appropriate to sport an “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” tee. Right from Amazon. I love prime.

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{ Jeans, Boots, Shirt, Glasses }

I am so far behind that most of the outfits I haven’t shared details about yet are from the Book Fair week we had at the girls’ school last month. I know…It’s been three weeks! But these Tory Burch boots are my favorite riding boots, and this tunic is probably one of my favorites. It’s so soft and so warm!

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{ Leggings, Kicks, Sweater, Glasses }

By the last day of the book fair last month, I was so over wearing real pants. You don’t even understand. I work from home. I’ve worked from home for the past 10 years. I get dressed long enough to take the kids to school and pick them up – and I’m back in my robe the moment I walk through my front door. I mean, honestly. I was so over the wearing pants and being dressed and working what felt like a real ‘job’ needing to be somewhere at a certain time and staying there all day….dressed. So, it was faux leather leggings and oversize Topshop sweater!

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{Dress, Espadrilles, Espadrilles, Glasses}

I love these Christian Louboutin espadrilles more than any shoe I own. I bought these more than 10 years ago (maybe 12?) and love them endlessly. They are actually my very first pair of Louboutins – and the only pair I’ve ever managed to score on sale! They were on sale for $300 and I was positive I needed them in all their polka dot glory, and I was so right. I love them with this little Old Navy swing dress I just picked up a few weeks ago for like $9. I love a good high/low combination.

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{ Boots, Jeans, Sweater, Glasses, Earrings

These pink Hunter Wellingtons are ON SALE right now! I love this adorable blue sweater, but I don’t know where to find it for you. I saw it at TJ Maxx about two months ago and totally fell in love with it. Also, if you’ve never worn Hunter boots before, size way, way, way down. I wear a full size smaller in Wellies than any other shoe – and I think they’re a bit large, too.

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!