#OOTD

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(The little feet in the picture are my youngest, Madison’s. It is not easy to get a picture without these kids sneaking in 🙂 )

Today’s look. These green Rag and Bone jeans have become one of my FAVORITES. (I picked them up at the Anniversary Sale at a much better price!) At first, I was thinking, “what does someone wear with green pants?” Once I got home, I was like, “what can’t you wear with green pants?” The possibilities are endless 🙂 . It’s all about trying new options and putting pieces together to see how they will look. You may surprise yourself! Next, this Halogen shirt (is $25 and comes in several different colors, I also got this piece at the Anniversary Sale for only $15) is an awesome basic. I am CRAZY for a white t-shirt, they are so easy to put on with jeans, a skirt/shorts or GREEN PANTS 😉 . The leopard BP flats are always a great choice. They are not the most supportive shoes and mine have gotten a little stinky (TMI?) but they are super fun and reasonably priced. Last, the necklace is a hand-me-down piece from my wonderful sister-in-law (thanks, Jamie!). It is from Anthropologie but not sure how long ago.

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

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A GIRL CAN DREAM

Lately, I have been drooling over some must-have items (in my opinion). Why is everyone wearing these TOPSHOP lace-up flats? Now, I want them!! By everyone, I mean people sponsored on Instagram… but still.. I can’t get them out of my head. They are called Kingdom Ghillie Pointed Shoes and they are adorable. They would be great with a dress, shorts/skirt or even jeans. They are different and I think that is what I am most attracted to, they also fill my wannabe ballerina I guess. I need to try these NOW! Why can’t it be my birthday again (without turning a year older of course 🙂 ). These flats come in a few different styles. Nordstrom does not sell this specific TOPSHOP flat so they would be an online order.. unless you are fortunate enough to live by a TOPSHOP!

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Next, I am still dreaming about getting a key. The Giving Keys have been in my dreams for a while now. I have not gone for one yet because I can’t decide which one I want! Now, of course, the one I think I like the most is over $100… why can’t I settle for lacing up a old house key I find? It’s just not the same 😉 . Each key has a word engraved in it. This one says “fearless.” I think I would feel like a bad ass wearing it, right? With the word “fearless” I think I would be tougher. Of course there is always the ring option which I have only found online and I feel like a ring really needs to be tried on for size (I don’t have the skinniest fingers). Can I have both?

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Free People recently came out with some ADORABLE items! This sweater is SO cute and comfy! It would be great with some skinny dark or colored jeans and a long necklace. I think little booties would be best but tall boots would be okay too, any color. This sweater is so neutral yet special. (yes I just called a piece of clothing special, OMG) SHOPPING SECRET: I like to put items I like (usually on Nordstrom.com) in my wish list then I wait until they go on sale to purchase 😉 . Not all the items go on sale but most of my wish list items usually do at some point. I check my wish list often to see if one of my favorites is on sale yet. Free People is kind of expensive and it does go on sale so keep you eye out!

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Thanks for reading and letting me vent about my wishes. Happy unbirthday to you!

Caitlyn

FINAL OPTION

This last option is a more formal one. Heels are an obvious choice for dressing up a simple black dress. I RARELY wear heels but I feel like it is a must to own a pair for that once in a while evening that heels are perfect for. I try my best to make an outfit work without heels but sometimes there is no avoiding it 😉 . These ones are Louise et Cie and are pretty comfortable for heels. They are about 3 1/2”, I found that 3” is what I am most comfortable at, 4” is crazy town! After wearing these for a night only one toe was numb for about a day, that’s good right?

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This Search for Sanity jacket is so fun and lightweight for summer. It can really dress up an outfit. The necklace is Panacea and is always a great addition to any outfit! I love how different it is. A real conversation starter 🙂 . 

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A big thanks to my sister, Brionne for all her photography skills!
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Action shot!

Here is a look of the simple black dress and the 3 options I chose 🙂 :

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I really enjoyed doing this project and I hope you had fun reading my posts!

Caitlyn

OPTION TWO

My sister and I did a photo shoot. I chose a LBD (little black dress) and wanted to show different ways it could be worn. Before pulling these outfits together, I never thought about wearing something besides a fancy jacket and heels with a LBD. I am excited about these fun outfits, they will make you think differently the next time you put on your LBD. In my previous posts, you will find pictures of just the LBD and then a first casual option. This is the next option, a Treasure & Bond (one of my favorite brands) adorable denim jacket (yes, those are polka dots), fun Baublebar spunky necklace and Frye neutral booties (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, #nsale). A denim jacket is a must for your wardrobe. It can be worn with so many things! I pair it with a dress, skirt or a different shade of denim jeans (I do love denim, but I think mixing denim colors is better than the same color denim on top and bottom, Canadian tuxedo’s still aren’t cool; you know, D on D).

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Strike a pose!
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Posing, so embarrassing!
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I am CRAZY for Baublebar!
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Frye boots 🙂
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No shame. I am kind of obsessed with the 50 Shades of Grey books… I know, I am ridiculous!

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

SAY CHEESE!

Sunday morning, my sister and I woke up early to take pictures (of me 🙂 ) for the blog. We decided to go at 7am to avoid people, we are no professionals, photographer or model, so the fewer people around the better (so embarrassing!). When choosing the outfits for the shoot, I decided to wear a plain black dress then show different ways to style it. These pictures are of a Tildon dress and BP leopard flats (my fav!).  I can’t show all the goods in one blog post, so today I will post only the pics of my black dress. The next post will show a different way to style the simple dress.

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Working on my pose…
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Blooper!
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The simple dress

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

 

Mom Days

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I feel like I buy clothes often and I wear most of them to work but as soon as I get home I revert back to my jean shorts and t-shirt. WHY!!?? I hate going into my closet and feeling like I have nothing to wear or the things I do have I don’t want to mess up while hanging with the kids. Let’s be honest, If something is dry clean only that item is not going anywhere near our kids! I found somewhat of a solution. I can wear my usual v-neck with jean shorts but instead of throwing on my grey Toms, I wear a pair of flats and a necklace. I am not much of a heel or wedge wearer but more power to you if you are. You can still wear Toms or Converse, just be sure to add a third/finishing piece (vest, opened button down, necklace, jacket). Just taking an extra step on your easy outfit will make you feel better while out. Peep out your closet and try something different 🙂 . Remember, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Comfort is key when chasing kids 🙂 .

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Let me know if you have any questions or comments and thanks for reading!

– Caitlyn

CONFESSION TIME

I can’t believe I have not posted about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!! OMG there are a some MUST haves! First, I must confess why I have been so distracted lately. I was posting a few times a week until recently. 50 Shades of Grey. I know you must be rolling your eyes but at least I am honest… OMG I am not a reader normally but these books have taken over my life in the past few weeks. My husband thinks it’s an inner freak in me but really it is more about the story in these books. I literally read every chance I get, hence the lack of posts lately. I find myself wanting to use quotes from the book, I almost emailed my Director the other day saying “we aim to please.” OKAY, THERE I feel better 🙂 .  Now, back to the Nordstrom sale.
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Oh, these boots! Frye boots happen to be my favorite brand of boots. They are a little on the pricey side BUT they are well made and will last a lifetime (maybe?). I love the color of these, you can wear them with jeans (light or dark), a skirt or a dress. The options are endless! They can be worn with pretty much any color shirt or dress. At first I thought they were too western for me but I decided to get over it because they are adorable.

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These high-rise Rag & Bone jeans. Who buys green pants? This girl does. I love that they are a dark green so it’s not like wearing neon colored pants. They are different which makes any outfit original. They are a fun spin on typical colored denim jeans. Do not let these intimidate you, wear them with any top you would normally pair with jeans. I love that they are skinny and would be super cute with boots!  _10671530

I am not normally into the 2fer type shirts but this one tugged at my heart. Once tried on, I was in love. This Treasure & Bond sweater comes in more colors but I think this is the best choice. This could be worn with denim jeans or the green ones above would be super cute. Although, would the green and red be too festive around Christmas time? I think it would be okay.

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I apologize for this picture, it is kind of awkward!

OMG this Top Shop biker vest. The Top Shop sizes are weird, I see lots of stuff I want but nothing seems to fit me right, does this happen to other people too? Back to the vest.  I am not really a “rough” dresser but this vest is adorable. If I get this vest I imagine myself wearing it with the sweater above, dark denim skinny jeans and some white converse, doesn’t that sound adorable? Well, if not then maybe a white shirt underneath, skinny jeans and flats (cheetah of course 🙂 ). This is a little out there but I love it and it would be a fun piece to have. Yes, I did try it on and this Top Shop item actually fits me!

This years sale is a good one, definitely worth peeping out 🙂 .

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

4th of July

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Let me start by saying that my husband and I love a theme party.  Since 4th of July is a party day but not really the-dress-as-ridiculous-as-you-can type (at least not for me) I felt it would be appropriate to wear theme colors without the crazy outfit. This fun skirt is from GAP. It is machine washable and super comfy. I decided to tuck the t-shirt in because it gives the outfit a different look. I love to tuck button down shirts into a skirt too 🙂 .  Although, it depends on the shirt, you don’t want to tuck anything in that is too baggy. The statement necklace (Baublebar) was the perfect choice because the shirt (Caslon from Nord) is so basic. The gold cuff (Baublebar) was the perfect match with the necklace and the leopard shoes (BP) are just fun and always a good choice.  Time for the disappointment, the gold cuff (not real gold) rubbed off on my wrist and made a green ring!! OMFG so embarrassing. I mean who goes around with a green ring on their arm from jewelry. Not this, girl, the cuff is going back! I loved this cuff too :/ . It was over a 100 on Saturday so maybe that had something to do with the coat rubbing off? I mean still..

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

#ootd

It is smoking hot outside today! Here is my outfit from this morning, I changed into shorts minutes after this photo. It could be worn with jeans or a dress, even shorts. I am crazy for this Search for Sanity jacket. It is so lightweight and can really dress up an outfit. The jeans are high-waisted Paige, the necklace is Panacea, elephant necklace is J Crew and the shoes are BP. You can’t really tell by this picture (sorry for the quality) but the shirt has ruffles which is super flattering. The long necklaces makes the outfit “different” and interesting. I love to pair items that your wouldn’t normally put together, it’s like getting something new without buying anything!     

This kid photobombs all of my pics. I seriously need to take some posing classes. Don’t mind the fruit snack on the floor 🙂 .

 This is what happens when you ask your husband to take your picture. Thanks, Ryan.

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn

Not about Fashion

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Ocean Cove, California

Sorry, for the delayed post.. we have been camping. Oh man, where do I start? We took our girls (1 and 4) and our 2 awful chihuahuas (they actually turned out to be natural campers, so this trip, they weren’t so awful). Tying fashion into camping is tricky. I didn’t want to bring anything I wouldn’t be okay with getting stained or ripped. Unfortunately, when I purged my closet, I did not keep anything old or camp worthy. I brought some Zella leggings, Converse and some easy t-shirts. I had actually packed some adorable flannel shirts but I ended up staying in the t-shirts with a comfy fleece (The North Face is ALWAYS the perfect choice of fleece).

The evenings were FREEZING and WINDY! YIKES! The first night my oldest daughter got a horrible bloody nose after she jumped on one of our dogs and the dog bit her nose (this is the first time this has happened with our dogs). OMG this was crazy. Got her cleaned up and we finally went to bed. A few hours into the night and the same daughter woke up with a night terror. OMG she was screaming and not even awake. I am pretty sure the “tent” campers hated us. Don’t even get me started on my RV envy. Seriously, a RV showed up after us and was already BBQing while we were still trying to set up our tent. The second day we walked down to the beach. The kids learned about the cycle of life when we saw a dead seal (it was super sad :/ ). That night I woke up covered in pee from my daughter. GET ME OUT OF HERE is what I said when we woke up.

The trip was actually a pretty good experience but challenging with young kids. We will try camping again… in a while..


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I can’t even believe I am posting this picture. This outfit is terrible but I was all about comfort.


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Sorry, there is not much fashion advice in this post but I thought it would be fun to share about our trip.

Thanks for reading,

Caitlyn