Friday, September 25, 2020

Five Friday Favorites - Looks for Fall

Temperatures here are a bit all over the place but I think in a few weeks if will definitely feel like fall. Sharing five of my favorite fall looks that work for a variety of occasions. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dressing Room Diaries - September Amazon Try On

A fun mix of summer and fall transition finds on Amazon this month. Check out the try ons! 

I'm obsessed with this dress...yes I should have steamed it before trying it on but I was lazy. I love the tiered detail and the ruffle sleeves. Such a fabulous dress. Wear on it's own or pair with a jacket. Comes in a bunch of colors. I'm wearing a small and it fits great.

I love a good maxi dress and this one is SO cute. Such a pretty blue print and cute details with the strapless ruffle top. Now I'm 5'1" so it's a bit long on me if I wear flats but perfect if I'm in heels. Other prints available. Fit is true to size.

Now give me a little break on the photo, I took it post workout because I had to capture the amazing-ness of these shorts. I'm a big fan of Lululemon Speed Up Shorts but wanted to find some at a better price point. Well I found them thanks of course as always to Amazon and the CRZ YOGA brand. Overall the fit and weight of the shorts is the same. I found them to be very comfortable to run/do a workout in. Fit is true to size (I'm wearing a small)They also come in a 2.5" version that I want to try next.

I should have steamed this one as well but I couldn't wait to try it on. It is AMAZING...the perfect fall romper. Love the ruffles on the shorts and arms. Hubs was obsessed too...she said it made my legs look long and lean. Comes in a few colors. Fit is true to size, I'm in a small. Definitely recommend this one!
Looking for cozy PJs then take a look at this set. Nice and comfortable and I'm just obsessed with this pink print. If it isn't your thing there are TONS of prints to pink from including a bunch of tie dye which is so in right now. I'm in a small which is oversized but I like that with my PJs. If you want more of a true fit, consider sizing down.

I loved this dress when I put it on. The color and fit is on point. I'm 5'1" so to find a maxi dress that doesn't require alterations is huge! Unfortunately as I was about to walk out the door my husband said it's completely see through. Oops! When the light hit it at just the right angle you could see everything. So back in the packaging and returned it went. :(

sweatshirt / shorts (similar)

Loving this sweatshirt from Amazon Essentials line. I love for a bunch of reasons - 1) it's under $20 2) the stripes match up perfectly with shorts I already have and 3) it's super comfortable. I'm wearing a small and it fits great. If the stripe isn't for you, check out all the other colors that are available.

I really, really wanted to like this dress. I've seen so many of my other blogger friends rocking it and I thought it could be the perfect fall transition...working from home dress. Well it just didn't work on me. I think I'm too petite for it. Overall I felt like I was wearing a Little House on the Prairie potato sack. I think this would work on the right body type so definitely try it for yourself...and if it works, send me a picture so I can share!

As we transition to fall it's super chilly in the morning and then warm in the afternoon. This Daily Ritual tank which is under $10 is the perfect piece for fall. Layer it with a sweater or jacket in the morning and then shed your layers in the afternoon. Fit is true to size (I'm in an XS). Other colors available.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Target Tuesday - Fall Transition Pieces

Whenever I go back to work (hoping its by October...once I have things figured out I'll share more), I've decided even if it's work from home I'm still somewhat dressing up to feel normal so of course that means I need some new fall the next few I found at Target. 

I love how flattering this dress is on me. Normally I don't like cinch waists because that's my self-conscious area but this one works so well. Perfect transition dress for fall with the cap sleeve and gorgeous floral print. You can pair with flats or heels or sandals. Dress it up a bit more with a blazer or dress it down with a denim jacket. Very versatile. Fit is true to size. Comes in other prints and two solid options. 

This Wild Fable dress has all of my favorites - ruffles, delicate details and is oh so girly. It is super flattering with the gathered waist. Fit is true to size (I'm in an XS). Wear it now and transition with a sweater or denim jacket and booties for cooler temps. Highly recommend.

We get a tease of fall at the beginning of September and then sure enough it gets super hot again. And that's when this dress comes in play. It's a pretty fall floral pattern and will keep you cool during those hot days but you can still wear it as the cool temps come back, just pair it with a jean jacket. Fit is true to size. 

This is another super cute fall transition dress from Wild Fable (again).  Love the color palette of the floral print. Overall the dress is super cute but it definitely runs on the smaller side both in the bust and the length (I'm 5'1"for reference) so I definitely recommend sizing up. Comes in one other print option and two solid colors as well. 

Here's another fabulous fall transition dress...again from Wild Fable. I feel like a broken record but they are killing it right now. This one comes in two super cute prints - blue and pink version along with solid black and white options. Fit is true to size and this one isn't nearly as short as the last one. 

And when the weather starts to get even cooler you can pair a jean jacket or sweater with it. This one from Target is perfect. The cream color goes with SO much and will be the perfect fall cozy sweater. Fit is a bit oversized, I'm in an XS. There are several colors to pick from. 

I love a good slouchy sweater and this one from the A New Day brand is on point. Super cozy and comfortable but still stylish (even with the oversized fit). Comes in several colors and stripe options. It's a really soft knit. Highly recommend.

Ruffles and eyelet two of my favorite things and they are both in this fabulous transition top from the A New brand. I picked this one up in the store (yes I should have steamed it first) and decided to go out of my comfort zone with this mustard yellow color...even though I really wanted the black. I tried but I'm not loving this color on me (it's not available online) so I think I need to return for the black. Fit is true to size and there are several colors available. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Five Friday Favorites - Thriving During Virtual Learning

We just finished the first week of virtual learning and I thought I would share the things that are helping us survive thrive in this new world. 

#1 - Headphones 
The one lesson learned I had during the first round of virtual learning was that my kids needed to be wearing headphones so they weren't easily distracted...especially Little Mini who just started kindergarten. I got these gaming ones after a recommendation from a friend and they have been working perfectly for both kids. And I like that there's a microphone built in so I know the teacher will hear them. Highly recommend. 

Another lesson I learned from last time was making sure we kept everything "contained" because their school stuff over took my kitchen. I wanted them each to have a dedicated space but then on the weekends we could put it away. Using a rolling cart has been great. It holds all their books and activities and then we roll it into the closet Friday night and bring it out again Monday morning. 

In the picture in #2, you can see the desk organizer that I put on the table. They have everything they need at their finger tips and don't have to interrupt their Zoom or independent work to get something. I have pencils, glue, scissors, extra erasers, post-it notes, ruler and note cards. It's definitely help avoid distractions.

Now that the girls are older we all can be involved in getting things done. In my opinion one of the best ways to be successful each day is to prepare the night before so I've created a nightly to-do list to help get us. Maybe it's my OCD but I love coming down to a clean first floor so a lot of the to-do items are around that. The list includes things like - lay out clothes, pack lunches, pack bags for after-school program, make sure we know what we are having for dinner the next day, wipe counters, vacuum kitchen floors, etc. Each chore has a couple of names associated with it and they are responsible for getting it done and initialing when it's complete. We are two days in and so far so go. I just used a Word doc template but you can get a fun printable from Etsy.

#5 - Something for the Moms
Virtual learning wouldn't be successful if it wasn't for the moms (and dads) out there helping guide their kids along. It's so stressful and such a harder job than any other position I've held. So at the end of the day, I take out these glasses and pour myself a glass of wine while I prep myself for the next day. These glasses stay in the freezer when I'm not using them and they help my wine stay cold because I don't have the luxury these days of just sitting and drinking a glass. These are also unbreakable so I use them outside too. They are the perfect glass, at least right now while it's warm outside and I'm drinking white wine.


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