Five Outfits for Football Season!

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I love football.

Let me try that again.

I LOVE FOOTBALL.

That’s better.

I’m a lifelong Nebraska Huskers and Green Bay Packers fan. I watch preseason games. I follow my teams in the off-season. I play fantasy football and last year I won my co-ed league. Football season is my favorite season.

With all of that said, it should come as no surprise that I also love football fashion! College football is right around the corner – my Huskers play their first game in less than one week- so it’s time to plan out those outfits for football season!

Here’s the thing about football season here in Nebraska: when the season starts at the end of August, the games can be HOT. That sun reflecting off the skyboxes creates a microwave-like feeling within the stadium. But come November, the last games of the season could be in an ice storm. You’ll find every kind of weather in those in-between months, so whether you’re going to a game or watching it with friends, we need to be prepared with a variety of outfits!

Five Football Outfits

Here are some of my favorite ways to show your team spirit throughout the football season!

Football Outfit #1

Football Outfit #1

This is what I grab for those late summer/early fall games – a team tee (with a little bling!), dark denim shorts (that won’t show any game food stains), a hat (to keep the sun off my face), and comfortable shoes (a must when walking from your car to the game and hiking up to your seat multiple times). My hair has to be up or pulled back when it’s hot or I will sweat to death, so a side braid under the hat is a fun option! And don’t forget the sunscreen!

Football Outfit #2

Football Outfit #2

It makes me pretty happy when I can start wearing jeans on a regular basis and these KanCan jeans are the first jeans I will grab for game day this year! I absolutely love them paired with my new t-shirt from BeeRich Designs. Ashley, the designer behind BeeRich Designs, comes up with the absolute cutest designs and she is based right here in Nebraska!

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I love how soft this tee is! The glitter Nebraska state design is feminine while highlighting my love for this state and football! BeeRich Designs can make a tee to highlight your favorite state, team, and sport! Just take a look around her Etsy shop and you fall in love, too. Use the code HOMEBOYS15 to get 15% off your BeeRich Designs order anytime, but hurry if you want your shirt for football season!

Football Outfit #3

Football Outfit #3

Football and hoodies are the perfect match. But hoodies don’t have to look frumpy! For this look, I paired a great red Evy’s Tree hoodie with a basic black top and dark jeans, but added some extra flair with team color jewelry and comfy animal print shoes. Comfy, but cute – that’s the way to go on game day!

Football Outfit #4

Football Outfit #4

Maybe a hoodie isn’t your style! A basic black cardigan is a great finishing piece for the fall. It allows you to wear your favorite team tee without getting cold and it pulls together an outfit in a heartbeat! For the comfortable shoes in this outfit, TOMS are the way to go. But my favorite piece of this whole outfit is the cute Nebraska necklace from Earthen Joy! I found this lovely shop at our farmers’ market and knew a white state necklace would be the perfect way to top off a game day outfit! She has a cute red option as well, but I can wear the white with just about anything!

Football Outfit #5

Football Outfit #5

So, what happens when you have to be somewhere else on game day, like a conference or event? That happened to me a couple years back and I just had to wear my scarlet and cream even though I couldn’t watch ! There are so many fun ways to go dressy and support your team! I chose a simple, soft gray dress and black riding boots to go with the real star of this football show: the Game Day scarf from fashionABLE! The Game Day scarf comes in all your favorite team colors and shows off your team spirit for a casual or dressy look. The scarf is fabulous, but the real win in all of this is how you invest in the life of the woman who made this scarf when you  purchase!

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I feel like I could style five more outfits for you right now because I just adore getting dressed up to cheer on my teams, but I hope these five outfits give you some fun inspiration for the upcoming season! Or maybe I need to do a Packers version next?!

I’d love for you to share – what’s your favorite game day look? How do you like to show off your team spirit?

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What I Wore

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Wednesday means sharing what I wore for the week, so let’s just dive right in!

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I haven’t had the best of luck with ankle boots in the past, but this pair – the Nikita boots – from Noelle Mae Boutique has converted me into an ankle boot lover. I wore them all day, all over the place last week and they were so comfortable! The fringe is a fun detail, but not too over-the-top for me, and the color is perfection. Y’all need these in your fall wardrobe. And get 10% off your first order of $25 or more from NMB by shopping through this link!

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I really wish this necklace was still available because it is one of my favorites! The colors are so fun. And milkmaid braids have become my favorite for hot days. While I love the braids, I’m hoping the really hot days are gone for a LONG TIME.

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When school started, I lost my nine-year-old photographer during the day. What am I going to do?! This was my attempt with a remote and my iPhone, but I will not be sticking with this plan! Let’s discuss more items I love from Noelle Mae Boutique: I basically live the Boyfriend Distressed II Kan Cans. The accent ruffle tank is sold out, but I think every woman needs a neutral, feminine top like this to layer with for the fall! I will be wearing it with all my Evy’s Tree hoodies this year! Jaime at NMB has lots of fun tops that can be used for this in the shop!

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I’m calling this my “all the basics” outfit for the week! You really can’t go wrong with a chambray shirt, khaki bottoms, and great loafers or boat shoes. And a top knot, of course. The shirt is from Target last year, the shorts are so old I can’t remember where they are from, and my boat shoes are classic Sperrys. When your whole outfit is basic, you can add a great bag like this Brynnda from Better Life Bags for a little pizazz! I feel like this is the kind of outfit that will always be in style.IMG_9811

One last thing: Somebody asked the other day about favorite basic t-shirts, so I thought I would share my answer here, too! I LOVE the Everlane u-neck cotton tees! They feel heavenly AND they are ethically made! I’m usually between an XS and S for tops. In the u-neck tee, I wear an XS. I also like their v-neck, in which I wear a small! I put a side-by-side comparison above for your reference! If you’re looking for any kind of basic – tee, tank, shirt, dress, bag, shoe – Everlane is the place to look!

Do you have favorite go-to places for certain wardrobe pieces? Please share your faves in the comments!

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What I Wore

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I know, I know. Style posts two days in a row. If you don’t really care about fashion, I’m sorry. But if you do enjoy talking fashion, like me, then YAY! More style talk!

I’ve been wearing lots of shorts + tanks thanks to the hot, humid weather, but this week I mixed it up a bit with a maxi skirt, a hoodie, and my favorite cowboy boots!

Here is what I wore this week…

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Basics can be beautiful, right? I love having staples that can be thrown together easily, like this black Target tee (very favorite tee in my closet), gathered maxi skirt from Beautiful & Beloved, and Saltwater SandalsThe skirt is 40% off right now and available in this smoke color, as well as berry!

What I Wore 8-12 Sienna Ashley

This outfit just screams fall. I was in my happy place because it was cloudy and a little cooler. Not THAT cool, but I was comfy in this inside! I paired the new Sienna Ashley from Evy’s Tree (get 10% off at that link!) with a great Elegantees tee, my new favorite Kan Can jeans from Noelle Mae Boutique, a fabulous Noonday necklace, and my thrift store Skechers find!

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See? Happy place.

What I Wore 8-12 Accent Ruffle Tank

Big J was invited to a horse-riding birthday party this past weekend, so I had to break out my favorite Lane cowboy boots! With all the stuff you find in the stables and riding arena, I was glad to have jeans and boots on, even if it was quite hot. This accent ruffle tank is another great piece from Noelle Mae Boutique! I know it will be a valuable layering piece for me this fall! (I AM wearing a cami under it – it’s just nude colored!) Remember, you can get 10% off your first Noelle Mae Boutique order when you shop here!

That’s it for What I Wore this week! Make sure you check out all the fun What I Wore posts all linked up over at The Pleated Poppy!

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Stitch Fix #4

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I took the plunge and scheduled my fourth fix from Stitch Fix this month! My sister recently ordered her first and ended up keeping everything, so I was extra motivated to try again. Plus, having referral credit definitely helps!

My last fix had some patterns and colors I wasn’t crazy about, so I put in some very specific requests this time. My stylist, Nicole, took these notes seriously, actually looked at my Pinterest boards, and sent a fix that was really great!

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#1 – Fabia Crochet Detail Knit Tank – $38

In my notes, I asked for a neutral lace-type tank to layer under hoodies and jackets for the fall. This top was just what I was looking for – very soft, neutral, fun detail down the front. The only problem: just the weekend before I found a tank I liked even better at a thrift store! VERDICT: Sent back.

#2 – Glynn Faux Leather Detail Moto Legging – $58

Nicole picked out these awesome leggings that I would love to wear with flats or boots this fall…but I already have black faux leather leggings, so I couldn’t really justify another pair, especially at that price. But I will say, if you are looking for well made, thicker (but not fleece-lined) leggings, you must request these – very fun! VERDICT: Sent back.

#3 – Haven Dress – $64

Such a darling, versatile dress! I asked my stylist for more classic patterns in this fix, so polka dots are perfect! The dress fit well, but I have a couple of black + white dresses that I like the cut of better, so I didn’t need this one. VERDICT: Sent back.

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Another classic pattern win from Nicole! Perfect fit, amazingly soft, great colors (navy + white). I don’t love that it is hand wash only, but that wasn’t enough to make me shy away! VERDICT: Kept!

#5 – Layda Crochet Top – $58

I’m not sure I would have ever picked this top out at a store, but I’m so glad Nicole sent it to me! This isn’t the greatest pic of the top and it’s hard to see the lovely detail, but I have already tried this one with skirts and colored jeans and a leather jacket over it. I know I will be wearing it so many ways all year round! It even has a built in black cami. Again, it is hand wash only (ugh), but I like that it is something new, but also very versatile. VERDICT: Kept!

I think fall is the perfect time to schedule a fix, whether it is your first or your fifteenth! Stitch Fix can help you step out of your comfort zone AND build up your staples in the same box. And after you sign up, don’t forget to share your referral link with your friends so you can start earning credit for your next fix!

I really wish I would have LOVED the whole box, because then you get everything for 25% off, but not this time. I’ll keep trying Stitch Fix every few months until that magic box happens! 

Any questions about Stitch Fix? Have you given it a try yet?

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What I Wore

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People have asked me before how I would describe my style. That’s hard to do because I don’t really have one style. I think this is partially why I couldn’t stick to capsule wardrobe. I like to mix it up, dress to match my mood, not be held to a certain way of dressing on a regular basis.

I do know one thing: I like to be comfortable. High heels and I have never really gotten along. If the clothing is too tight to move, I’m not wearing it. Hot weather means you’ll find me in tanks, shorts, and sun dresses. Cool weather means I’ll be layering, probably with a cute hoodie on top.

Thankfully this week, we had some hot AND some cool weather, so I wore both tanks and jeans. And it was all super comfy. Here’s what I wore this week…

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We headed to zoo for Member Appreciation Day last Wednesday and it was hot and humid. The last time we had gone to the zoo, I wore my hair down and regretted it the whole time. Hot, sticky mess. I wasn’t making that mistake twice, so I searched easy braid tutorials on Pinterest and came up with these milkmaid braids. The braids stayed in place, kept me cool, and I LOVED the way they looked! A Pinterest hair win for once!

The tank was a fun purchase with Zulily credit – it’s my favorite color and I have a slight obsession with pineapples, so it was perfect! I added this Work of Worth necklace for some extra color and wore my favorite Paisley + Sparrow earrings that I wear multiple times a week.

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We spent the weekend at my parents’ house and, while I have plenty of pictures from the weekend, I failed to capture any of my outfits. Whoops. BUT while we were away I had the super fun privilege of meeting Jaime, owner of Noelle Mae Boutique, and sorting through her fabulous racks of clothing! I came away with several cute things to show you, but let’s start here with the Wifey tee and Kan Can jeans. The tee is amazingly soft, the kind I want to pull on every day. It made The Hubby smile big when he came home from taking his boards to see me wearing this shirt! The Wifey tee runs a little small, so keep that in mind when ordering! I usually wear a XS or S shirt and this is a M.

Now, can we talk about the jeans? I’ve been on the hunt for my first pair of distressed jeans and the selection has been greatly disappointing. I don’t need anybody but my husband seeing my underwear. I haven’t really loved any boyfriend jeans I’ve tried on either. Jaime talked me into trying a pair of Kan Can jeans in the Boyfriend Distressed II style. THEY ARE FABULOUS. They are cute, comfy, just the wash I was looking for, and the BEST PART – there are patches behind the distressing so no unwanted underwear or skin showing through! Bonus: The Hubby thinks they are “pretty hot.” His words. A note on sizing: these jeans run big, so you’ll want to size down. I’m usually a 4 or so in jeans and these are the 1/24″ size!

If you’re looking to order the tee or jeans, you’ll want to click here to get 10% off your first order of $25 or more from Noelle Mae Boutique! This is just the beginning of all the fun pieces I’ll be showing you from her mom-owned shop!

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Last but not least, we had a wonderfully rainy and cooler day yesterday. I was actually wearing a hoodie and jeans much of the day. It was heaven. The sun peeked through the clouds late in the afternoon, so I ditched the hoodie, but it was just perfect to stick with jeans! The jeans, hat, and tee are all from Target – go figure. The tee is my favorite Target tee – I have it in four colors because I like the material and it can be dressed up or down easily.

I completed the outfit with gold accessories: the Aztec Chevron Necklace from Beautiful & Beloved (use code “empower” to get 15% off), the Tory bracelet for my Fitbit from Funktional Wearables, and these marvelous Sperrys with some fun gold accents. I’d love some more days like today to wear outfits like this!

What are your thoughts on your own personal style? Do you have “a style?” If so, what would you call it? Or are you more like me – go with the flow when it comes to fashion?

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What I Wore

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It’s about time for another What I Wore, don’t you think? Heat and humidity have been in full force here in Nebraska. The Hubby and I keep saying to each other, “Is it fall yet?” Sure, we enjoy swimming in this weather…but that’s about it. Thanks to air conditioning, I’ve been able to wear some hoodies, but only sporadically. Who else is ready for cooler weather?

While we all wait for the change of seasons, here’s what I’ve been wearing this past week…

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I’ve been looking for an all-white hat for many months now, so when I spotted this beauty – the last one in my size – at Scheels, it had to be mine. It’s already had plenty of wear this week because it goes with everything!

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Late Wednesday afternoon, I received a text from a friend who had free tickets to the FIVB World Grand Prix for women’s volleyball. I’m a huge volleyball fan and three former Huskers were playing for the team, so I scrambled to ok it with The Hubby and find a friend to go with me. We made it just in time for the match and watched Team USA destroy their competition. And we both showed up with the same hoodie from Evy’s Tree. We’re cool like that.

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I know I said the only thing we like to do in this heat is swim, but we do get outside for other things like attending the best zoo in the whole world. Our zoo is C-R-A-Z-Y in the summer, so we went as soon as they opened to beat the crowds and the heat. In the shade, we found the cutest little elephant statue. Elephants are my favorite and the real thing will be returning to our zoo next year – I CAN’T WAIT. This pineapple tank from WalMart makes me happy about summer and I promise I am wearing shorts. You just can’t see them behind my amazing Brynnda from Better Life Bags, the perfect purse that holds a lot but isn’t huge. And Saltwater Sandals are the best summer sandal. This tan color is perfection because they match everything, but they come in every color of the rainbow.

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I now own my first kimono (from Cents of Style) and it is just as lovely as I thought it would be. This was my church outfit and I didn’t want to change out of it because COMFY. Props to The Hubby for going with my “let’s take a picture in front of Target” idea. He’s a keeper. Also, if I’m not carrying the Brynnda bag, I definitely have my Mamuye tote from fashionABLE in hand! The most lovely, versatile leather bag ever.

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This outfit is my “PLEASE HURRY UP FALL” outfit. Really I’m wearing a tank and shorts just like every other day, but threw on this new Ashley hoodie from Evy’s Tree because I was feeling rebellious. Take that, summer.

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It rained yesterday morning and we were inside most of the day, so I felt completely justified in putting on jeans and a gorgeous lightweight hoodie. I didn’t really know how much I liked hot pink until this hoodie came along. My Maurice’s jeans are still the best ever and I’m living in these Bzees shoes because they are amazingly comfortable.

I’m planning out some fashion posts for the fall and wondered what you’d like to see! Let me know in the comments if you have questions or need ideas + inspiration!

How are you feeling about summer – love it or leave it?

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Fourth of July Outfits!

Who’s ready for the Fourth of July weekend?!

I’m totally ready – time with family, a day at the lake, celebrating our country, the food – it’s all good. I also love the fun Fourth of July outfit options. Red, white, and blue can be mixed together in so many different ways. Whether your holiday celebrations are at the lake, a backyard party, or anywhere else, I have some ideas for how to style your patriotic colors!

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A navy striped dress is a great staple to have in your summer closet and you’ve already got the blue and white covered for your Fourth of July outfit! Add some red beads and white slip-ons like these from Bzees to keep this classy outfit both dressy and comfy. I’m always a big fan of completing a summer outfit with a fedora.

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This is my lake Fourth of July outfit – a great patriotic tank, neutral shorts, comfy shoes and simple accessories. Lake days are all about being able to move and be comfortable not matter how hot it may be. We’ve been going to the same lake every Fourth of July since I can remember and this type of outfit has never failed me – why change now?! Did you notice the shape of the flag? So fun.

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If I was spending the Fourth of July at a backyard party or restaurant with friends, this would be my outfit of choice. I love the long, bold graphic tank paired with classy white capris and the best wedges ever. I really should wear white pants more, but hello, mother of three boys! Actually, I’m the one who usually spills on them…

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One of my favorite parts of the Fourth of July is sitting around the campfire, making s’mores, singing, laughing and talking with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. By that time of day, we’ve changed into jeans and hoodies, partially because it has cooled off, but mostly to ward off those Minnesota mosquitoes! This year, I’m adding these amazing Mitscoots “The Mark” socks for a little extra USA flair! It’s too late to get your own pair in time for this holiday, but you’ll want to order them now anyways because they are on sale for just $10 AND you can get an extra 20% off your order with the code HWTB20 at checkout!

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How do you wear your red, white, and blue? Which of these Fourth of July outfits fits your style and plans for the holiday?

 

 

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Summer is for S’mores!

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Can I be honest with you? I’ve kind of always dreaded the arrival of summer. There have been parts of summer I’ve enjoyed – swimming, family vacations, no school – but I just wasn’t crazy about the heat and humidity and being out in it at all.

All of that has been changing this year. Maybe it’s me, but I think it has to do more with my kids. They’re growing up and we’re able to take off on adventures as a family more easily. We’ve been playing outside, exploring our city, staying up later, and I’m starting to think summer can be quite glorious.

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I think the most wonderful of all are the summer nights.
We’ve enjoyed have family play dates with friends in the evening so we can share the joy that is…

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S’MORES.

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We are blessed to have a beautiful fire pit and seating area in our backyard, the perfect location for the perfect yummy summer activity for a play date or sleepover!

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The combination of a warm fire, gooey treats, and kids is magical.

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It’s fun to have variety available when we make s’mores with guests! We mix it up with different chocolates – dark chocolate is my favorite, Big J loves peanut butter cups, and I’ll let you take a guess at the top choice of Little J…

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With all of the fun chocolate options, every kid can have a custom treat they will enjoy! We somehow ended up with one kiddo who just wants the roasted marshmallow by itself and one who wants all the parts of a s’more, but wants to eat them separately. I just don’t understand.

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S’mores and summer fun go hand-in-hand at our house and we love them both even more when we get to share them with friends!

We are also totally loving the new summer play clothes the boys picked out at our local OshKosh B’Gosh store this past week!

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I’ve always thought of overalls and denim when OshKosh B’Gosh was mentioned, but they are quickly becoming my go-to store for bright, fun summer looks for my boys. The boys were actually EXCITED to be shopping in the OshKosh B’Gosh store and that is a BIG DEAL!

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With sizes 0-12, we were able to shop for all three boys in one store and we had piles of tops and shorts they all loved. The deals at OshKosh B’Gosh were so great that we were able to get everything they wanted – ten tops and four pairs of shorts – for under $100!

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I can’t get the boys to wear anything excet their new OshKosh B’Gosh clothes and that’s fine with me! I love their bright colors, hand-drawn original designs, and great quality.

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I think these outfits match their personalities quite well, don’t you?! And Little J’s dino shirt (top right) glows in the dark, which is so perfect for an evening play date!

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I should probably mention that if you’re going to do s’mores for a play date, please allow some “burning off all that sugar” time. They’ll need it. Trust me.

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See what I mean?!

I love my boys. I love spending summer with them. And I know you will love the new summer styles from OshKosh B’Gosh as much as we do, especially with this great discount through July 13th!

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Find your local OshKosh B’Gosh store here, grab your kids, and enjoy finding them some fun new summer clothes together with 25% off your purchase of $30 or more! You can also use this deal online with the code SUMMER25 at checkout.

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Your turn: talk to me about your favorite s’mores combination! We are always looking for new ideas!


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What I Wore

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Wednesdays are for What I Wore! As a mom of boys, it’s fun for me to share my girlie side here each week talking fashion!

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Last week was the funeral for a fallen police officer in our community. It is such an incredibly sad situation, but I was so moved by how our community came together to honor her. This is one of the memorial shirts to benefit her family. I wore it down to police headquarters with the boys to see the memorial placed there by people from all over the state.

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Anybody else dealing with rollercoaster weather in your area? We’ve had warm days and cool days, but much more of the latter, so coffee + my Evy’s Tree hoodies have been a lifesaver. The coral Diana is the perfect summer wrap – lightweight, dreamy soft, versatile. I adore it.

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Apparently I decided to match our lunch location with my Evy’s Tree Brilla! The hoodie was accompanied by my fave gray tee and the best jeans ever from Maurice’s. I want to wear these jeans every single day.

Remember how I said I adore the Evy’s Tree Diana? Here it is again! I think I wore it every day this past weekend. It was the perfect jacket for our anniversary date night, paired with a fun burgundy top + white capris from Target, gold jewelry from Charming Charlie’s, my fashionABLE Mayume tote, and these amazing Clarks wedges!

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If you need me this summer, I’ll be at the tennis courts at least four hours a week for the kids’ lessons! There are no trees around the courts, so it’s either windy + chilly (like it was yesterday) or super duper hot! Yesterday was definitely hoodie weather, so obviously I grabbed my Evy’s Tree Ashley hoodie with my fave Old Navy tank + GAP shorts. I love tennis so much and being in the sun is a major bonus! Summer, we’re so glad you’re here!

What have you been wearing this week?

 

 

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The Capsule Wardrobe Break-Up: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Last fall, I dove head first into planning and using a capsule wardrobe. It had been something I wanted to try for a LONG time and I was so excited to finally execute my plan! I purged, I planned, I purchased intentionally, and I spent three months wearing only the 40 items in my closet. I even wrote a post called “Why I Need a Capsule Wardrobe.”

After three months, I decided the capsule wardrobe and I were just not meant for each other. So we broke up.

The Capsule Wardrobe Break-Up

To be perfectly clear: I still love the capsule wardrobe concept and I think every woman should try it at least once. But between my ENFP personality (ooh, shiny things!) and my love for trying new things in fashion, I couldn’t stick to just my 40-item capsule after those three months.

So what didn’t work?

The capsule wardrobe made me feel like I was on a diet. The Hubby and I don’t do diets well. We like to eat healthy 90% of the time, but we don’t like being told what we can and can’t eat by some plan. This is how I ended up feeling during my capsule trial period – restricted and wanting things I “couldn’t” have.

Even though I chose to not to stick with this way of dressing, the capsule wardrobe process WAS a good experience for me. I took the time to intentionally look at the clothes in my closet, eliminated the pieces I wasn’t wearing, and thought of new ways to wear the pieces I already love. I also found myself buying less on impulse which is always a good thing!

Instead of sticking to a strict capsule wardrobe, I’m just going through my wardrobe with a cutthroat mindset each season. And as far as buying, I’m shopping for better-made versions of the essentials and going with fair-trade and ethical fashion companies whenever possible.

This post is about me breaking up with my capsule wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. You may love it. It was freeing at first to have a smaller set of pieces to choose from when getting dressed each morning. And some people thrive in this way…just not me! I’m leaving up my capsule wardrobe posts because I still believe in the resources and process. Who knows – I may give it another go for a different season at some point!

I still believe I needed a capsule wardrobe for that season as I originally posted. It helped me get creative and clarify my style. I found a few “uniforms” I love to stick to – more on that soon! It was a great exercise in discipline and intentionality, both of which I could use a lot more of in my life!

My Dear Capsule Wardrobe,

It was good while it lasted. You helped me grow, but I had to move on. I just couldn’t be me when we were together. I know someone else will love you much better than I ever could. It’s not you. It’s all me. Thanks for the memories.

All my best,

Erin

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? How did it work for you?

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