Puff sleeves have been so on trend this season, and I am probably way too excited about it. I love looking and feeling like an adult princess while working from home! And it only garners a few odd looks out in public... totally worth it though! These puffy babydoll style dresses have also been so on trend this summer. I think this style was popularized by the brand Selkie, with their now famous puff dresses. Those are really dramatic in rainbow shades of tulle, which unfortunately just not something I'd reach for often. So, I appreciated the style from afar. But this little number reminded me so much of that shape, but in a more wearable style. And when I put it on, I knew it would be a fast favorite.
I love that this one is actually made of a really light, soft, cotton poplin fabric. The blue florals are so delicate and sweet, and the clip dots add an extra feminine little touch. The top of this dress keeps this relaxed style flattering, and it cuts off right under the boobs. Sometimes these babydoll styles make you look bigger than you really are, but this one just makes me feel fun and cute! And the square neckline & puffed sleeves? Yeah, done deal. I've had a few people tell me it is very 'Bridgerton', which I've never seen. But after a little googling, I was flattered!
I styled it here with some heeled mules to dress it up a little. I also love it with some Keds, and I've tossed a denim jacket over top for a light layer for here in MN. I topped off my look outfit with some butterfly earrings & layered necklaces from Audrey and Vivian. You already know I love a bee motif, and these butterflies remind me so much of TS's ME! music video which is a very good thing in my book. I love how these pieces are trendy, without being chunky or borderline tacky. I can see myself wearing these long after the trendiness fades!
Puffy dresses- love 'em or hate 'em?
One of the most exiting moments in life is getting to tell people that your dress has pockets, right? Well, I have discovered something that is just as exciting- finding out your dress is a skort.
I'm not going to lie, I did not pay attention when ordering this. So, the shorts in the skirt were the best kind of surprise. I may have gotten stuck in it a little when putting it on the first time, but now this is one of my favorite grab-and-fo looks this summer! Free range of motion, sitting, and twirling and not having to worry about flashing anyone? A dream.
I dressed it up here with my favorite heeled sandals of this umber, and this Lele Sadoughi headband dupe from Amazon. Most of them don't have that dramatic, puffed look to them, but this one does which I love. And don't worry it is super comfortable & doesn't squeeze your head! On the day-to-day I have been wearing it with Keds sneakers, and a white denim jacket.
This piece is making me want t seek out some more skorts to rock for the rest of summer. What do you think of shorts- excited for the comeback or should they stay in the early 2000's?
I am a frequent user of my mom's Amazon Prime account. My most recent purchase include things like popcorn seasonings, nail polish, storage bins, and this dress. Until now, I haven't really ventured into the realm of Amazon Fashion. I just hadn't ever seen anything I couldn't pick up somewhere else, or that I felt I really must have. That is, until I saw this dress.
I actually saw this dress probably a year and a half ago. I just could never bring myself to buy it! I thought there was no way it would be as absolutely adorable as the pictures. But a few weeks ago I was bored, threw caution to the wind, and bought it. When it showed up two days layer, I was blown away!
This is one of my top favorites in my closet. It is the most darling swiss-dotted cotton poplin material, with the sweetest florals, and it is fully lined. The smocked bodice fits perfectly, and it so comfortable yet flattering. And I am such a sucker for a puff sleeves, and these are the perfect size and draping to them. And the ruffled neckline detail is a nice finishing touch! If this dress had been double or even triple the price, I would have thought it was fair. But is is under $35!
So if you were looking for a new dress to add to your closet for this spring & summer, I suggest this one! Dress it up with heels, or down with some white sneakers and a denim jacket. It comes and more colors, and I am resisting the urge to buy all of them! Do you have any Amazon fashion favs I need to check out?
When I think of H&M, I think of trips to the mall in high school with my best friend and us fretting in the fitting rooms over the irregular shorts sizes. Ah, the good ole days (?). I hadn't shopped there in several years, but I took a look at their website last summer and after a few winning pieces, they were back on my radar! Recently they released this 'Meadow of Wildflowers' collection, and I was absolutely smitten.
Watercolor florals printed on darling cotton dresses and skirts makes for the dreamiest styles for spring and summer! All of these pieces are less than $50, and the quality and fit is incredible. Twirly, flirty, and absolutely dreamy! I picked up an XS in everything, and I would say it is all true to size.
I dressed them up here for pictures with espadrille wedges, but they are darling paired with white sneakers for a more everyday look. Tossing a denim jacket over top would be darling, too! Try them with some nude heels and a clutch if you want to rock them to a wedding, shower, or any other celebration you have coming up.
These sort of eclectic wildflower prints that look like they've been plucked from an English countryside are so on trendy, and I am loving it. I am much more attracted to this trend, as opposed to the 90's and early 2000's trends that have been going around. I just want to have picnics in rolling fields and tea at garden parties, and these dresses would be just perfect.
If you are a fan of super frilly, feminine style there is a good chance you've heard of the brand LoveShackFancy. If you haven't, they make the girliest pieces adorned with lace, frills, ruffles, tiered skirts, and the prettiest florals. But, the dresses start around $300 a piece up to several thousand, so it is all just fun to look at on an early 20's budget!
Last year I was absolutely smitten with the collection they did last summer with Target, and ever since I've been on the hunt for similar styles within my budget. And this one from ChicWish is a spot on dupe for the LSF 'Stella' dress, but at 1/4 of the cost!
The Stella dress is sort of a LSF classic and retails for around $325. So, I was thrilled when I spotted this from ChicWish for less than $80! The top isn't lined, but I layered a lace bralette underneath to keep it PG. Fully lined, and not see-through. And it is just undeniably darling. It is so fun to simply walk around the apartment in, and I had fun frolicking under this blossom tree wearing it!
This will be making it way into my suitcase when we drive down to Texas for all things wedding this summer, and it will be making its way on our honeymoon.
Now if you could have a closet full of any designer, what would it be? I think mine would either be LoveShackFancy, or Kate Spade!
It's been in the 40's & 50's here in MN, so I think it is spring! Really, 32 was starting to feel balmy at this point. Every year I get so excited for spring. Sunny days, warm breezes, things start to bloom, and I get to bust out my dress collection. By this point in the year I am incredibly over pants, and I am ready for some floral frocks!
I partnered up with Red Dress Boutique to share some spring outfit ideas. They always have the prettiest dresses for the spring & summer time, and almost all under $100! And my fellow brides-to-be- the have the best selection of little white dresses. Without further ado, let's get into the outfits.
Which is your favorite? I don't know if I can pick one. I'm so happy as we get more & more sunny days in Minnesota, so I can wear all these pretty pieces for spring!
You know when you want to bake something cute and seasonal, without making a huge mess? I loved the idea of making a Valentine's Day inspired treat, but my energy for doing fun projects while working full time has decreased drastically. So when I was seeing lots of cake mix cookies on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try! I was happily surprised with thick, chewy, and all around delicious cookies. So, here's that I did-
What You'll Need:
-1 box cake mix ( I used strawberry)
-1/2 cup veggie oil
-1 cup white chocolate chips
What to Do:
- Preheat your oven to 350
-Dump the cake mix, egg, and oil into a bowl, and mix with a spatula until smooth. It will be a pretty thick mixture- which is just what we want!
-Mix in your chocolate chips, some fun sprinkles would make a great addition as well!
-Spoon into 1 TBS cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes
Let me know if you make them! They'd make a darling Valentine's Day gift wrapped up in a cute goodie bag!
While I know that Valentine's Day is sort of just a ridiculous Hallmark Holiday... I love it. I love having another opportunity to spoil my loved ones, and of course I love a holiday all about pink & sparkles. It is a great excuse for me to dress up like those Valentine's gift boxes from elementary school- do you remember those? Mine always had lots of pink and glitter. So, just like my Valentine's Day inspired outfits of today!
I've shared and worked with Red Dress many times before, and I am so excited to work with them to share some Valentine's Day inspired look, for whatever you might get up to!
What are your Valentine's Day plans this year? Ben & I will be cuddled up in our heated blankets with hot chocolate, trying to stay as cozy as possible!
Long time, no blog post. December is always my favorite month of the year filled with birthday fun, Christmas cheer, and then immediately followed by some post-holiday depression. Throw in a road trip from Minnesota to Texas, and back again while still working a full time job- not a lot of time for penning blog posts!
As a little catch up post, I decided to round up a couple of my favorite outfits I put together this month. In all honesty, I have spent most of my time in Christmas PJS. But when I have gotten dressed, it has been in some outfits I really love!
I have been searching for knitwear that lets me get into the spring mood, while being frozen tundra that is Minneapolis in January. I have to say, my favorite trend going into 2021 is floral embroidery. If I can go ahead and look like someone's grandmother's throw pillows from the early 90's every day of the week, that would be great. In fact, I would love that. I have found some really great options at J.Crew, H&M, Red Dress, ChicWish, and a site that is new to me called Simple Retro.
Along the same lines of that 'grandmillennial chic' look, I've been loving is cardigans. Not just because of the Taylor Swift song, but again something about it that is sort of retro that I can't resist. They'll be adorable with a mock neck top underneath, or tossed over dresses into spring & summer. I even found some cardigans with floral embroidery, which you know absolutely delighted me.
Less of a trend & more of a favorite- Kan Can denim. I got sent this super dark washed pair from Red Dress in the fall for a collab, and they have become my very favorite jeans I own. For a self-proclaimed denim hater, I have quite a few pairs of jeans- and these hands down fit me the best. And best of all they're so stretchy you could do the can can dance in them!
And finally, white booties. These have been trending since last spring I believe, and in my closet they are here to stay. I love how they pair so well with the lighter, feminine outfits in my closet. And they brighten up a cold weather outfit when I want to get into the spring mood. I got a nice pair from Steve Madden for Christmas, but I have still been loving my affordable pair that were under $50. If you're on the fence, or just wanting to try out the trend for yourself- go for the cheaper pair! Mine have been holding up great.
Now I am replacing my lack of Christmas cheer with some for Valentine's Day. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a Hallmark holiday! I'm going to try my hand at some strawberry white chocolate cookies, and if they turn out I'll be sure to share the recipe.