#BMGMStyle: Cool, Calm, and Casual with Chadwick’s!

I received complimentary product to review from Chadwick’s. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains referral and/or affiliate links.

It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

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Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #2?

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We’re partnering with Chadwick’s today to show you some cool, calm, and casual looks for spring! My absolute favorite everyday look when the weather warms up is a maxi dress. A maxi dress is an instant outfit – no mixing and matching necessary! Just add some simple or bold accessories and you are ready to go.

I also love maxi dresses because of the practicality and comfort level. Dresses are my favorite and I love all lengths, but the maxi dress has a special place in my heart for the following reasons:

  1. I can move around easily with my boys and not worry about anything (ahem) accidentally showing.
  2. A maxi dress won’t fly up and expose others in this Nebraska wind.
  3. I can look dressed up, but feel like I’m in my pajamas.

This maxi dress from Chadwick’s is all of the reasons I love the maxi dress…

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I firmly believe every woman needs a simple black maxi dress in her wardrobe. The knit tank maxi dress from Chadwick’s is the definition of cool, calm, and casual, with bra-friendly straps, fun front pockets, and small side slits. I could throw it on in the morning for just about any occasion and feel totally at ease all day long.

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I also love a pop of color with my basic black. I went for red with this ensemble, with a great hat from Cents of Style and my fabulous new Avarcas. If you see me out and about with the fam this spring and summer, there’s a high probability I will be wearing a very similar outfit!

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With the Nebraska wind and active boys, shorter skirts and dresses can be a little risky for a casual, active day. But this French terry skort – a skirt with shorts hidden underneath – is a great solution for those warmer, casual days. I can look sporty yet feminine when I pair this comfy skort with my Royals tank and classic Converse!

Find out how Shannon styled her Chadwick’s items, including the same maxi dress, over on The Simple Moms today!

Chadwick’s has great pieces for you to stay cool, calm, and casual this spring, so we’re giving away a $50 Chadwick’s gift card! Enter below and remember to tag your casual spring looks with #BMGMStyle on Instagram!

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What is your favorite cool, calm, and casual look for spring?

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The Perfect Spring Travel Dress

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

Long road trips and weekend getaways, with family or friends, to a different city or state or country – I just love traveling. Seeing new places and meeting new people is a fun adventure, and we might do it a lot more often if not for the responsibilities and logistics of school, work, and activities.

Even with our schedules getting busier as the kids get older, we’ve managed to schedule quite a few fun trips for this spring and summer! It has become my mission to pack wisely for these trips, so finding versatile wardrobe pieces that pack well is a top priority. I just found a dress that meets all of the above criteria (and has a whole lot of awesome extra features) making it the perfect spring travel dress.

Have you ever shopped with Orvis? I will admit I had not heard of Orvis before a few months ago, but their new spring line for women has won me over with pieces that are both feminine and functional for an active lifestyle!

The Florence Travel Dress is a part of the lovely Orvis spring line.

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This classic popover-style dress is absolutely divine for travel for so many reasons. Let’s start with these functional details: wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking. The fabric is SPF 50 and and the sleeves can be long or rolled up. There’s a zipped pocket on one hip to keep important things close and safe. So. Much. Function.

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Function is one side and fashion is the other. I love the versatility of this dress. You can never go wrong with black, especially for someone like me who is likely to spill while traveling, but also for anyone going for a classic look. The Florence Travel Dress worked perfectly for church with some bold red jewelry and tan wedges, but for travel, I’ve paired it with these great, comfortable Merrell Around-Town sandals. I can just imagine wearing this exact ensemble on those trips when you’ll be walking for miles a day to sightsee and find new adventures!

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The length of the Florence Travel Dress is modest and flattering and it has just the right cut where I’m not worried about the whole skirt flying up when the Nebraska wind rears its ugly head…which is happening every single day right now!

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Can you tell I really love this dress? I may even wear it when I hop on a plane to head to Nashville this weekend (with a great pair of cowboy boots) because it will take me from plane to day to night effortlessly! And I will pack it for many trips to come for these same reasons – and to keep my packing simple and streamlined!

Now is the perfect time to shop the fabulous Orvis spring collection for women! Use the code ICSPRING to get $25 off your order of $50 or more through September 30, 2016!

One more thing…

You could win one of ten $100 Orvis gift cards! Just enter the giveaway below through May 2, 2016!

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What items are you loving from the Orvis spring line? How would you style this dress?

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#BMGMStyle Challenge: Spring Flats!

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I’m always on the hunt for new style inspiration – the latest trends, new ways to wear things already in my closet, fresh ideas for each season. I find a lot of this inspiration on Instagram, so when my friend Shannon (The Simple Moms) and I were thinking about a way to connect with other moms about fashion, we knew an Instagram style challenge would be the way to go! So today we’re introducing…

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It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #1?

Spring flats!

Here’s the thing about spring in Nebraska – it’s still not very warm. And it’s windy. I haven’t been able to pull out any sandals yet, so I’m super thankful for fun spring flats to keep my toes warm! Spring flats make us think of sun and flowers and new life all around us – bright colors, floral prints, sparkly neutrals are all hot for spring feet!

My favorite comfy flats from Ja-Vie Flats are now available in all sorts of fun spring designs, like this one:

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I’ve worn these beauties so many times already this spring, despite the cooler temps. The tropical pattern at least let’s me pretend warm weather has arrived! The great thing about Ja-Vie Flats is they look great with jeans and a hoodie or with a nicer dress. And because of the jelly + knit design, rainy days are no problem!

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I adore this pattern, especially all the green. Love. Did I mention these flats are washable?! Yep.

Here are two of my favorite outfits with the Ja-Vie Tropical Flats:

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tunic – Evy’s Tree // earrings – Nickel and Suede // jeans – boutique // tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats

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hoodie – Evy’s Tree // tee – Target // jeans – boutique //tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats // earrings – Nickel and Suede // necklace – handed down from my grandma

Staying warm while still celebrating spring – that’s my style right now! Spring flats are just too much fun, right?! Check out the fabulous spring flats Shannon is styling from Ja-Vie today, too!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Show us on how you wear your spring flats! Post your favorite outfit with spring flats and tag it with #BMGMStyle to join the challenge! You’ll be entered to win your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats and more!

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Styling a Sweater Vest for Spring!

I received this vest to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included affiliate and referral links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

When I mention the words “sweater vest,” you probably don’t think of spring or a date night, but I’m here to change that for you today! Chadwick’s of Boston sent me one of their boyfriend sweater vests in red – perfect for this Husker alum – to review and I decided to pair it with a dress for an edgy spring date night look!

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You can’t go wrong with lots of black for a night out, but I like to add a pop of color to all that black!

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A boyfriend sweater vest provides that pop of color without a heavy extra layer on these warmer days. Paired with the black Dressember dress from Elegantees (the dress is currently sold out, but get 10% off your order of anything else with the code “homewiththeboys” at checkout) and my black riding boots, the vest gets a little fun and funky!

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And I just adore a fun hat and great jewelry to complete a look! Because I get so much color from the boyfriend vest, I stuck with my black Cents of Style hat (on clearance for $19.95 right now) and tied it all together with a great Noonday necklace!

A sweater vest doesn’t have to be stuffy and it’s not only meant for winter! It’s fun to play with a piece like this to come up with fresh ways to wear it!

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I have teamed up with some very stylish bloggers to share different ways to wear a sweater vest this spring. Each of us are doing something different – how cool! Click on over and see…then come back and tell me how YOU want to wear a sweater vest, like the one from Chadwick’s of Boston, this season!

Shannon with the SIMPLE moms // Ellen with That Chic Mom // Andrea with Momma in Flip Flops // Erin with Home with the Boys // Erin with A Parenting Production // Maria with Very Busy Mama

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What I Wore: PinkBlush

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I love finding new trendy boutiques online, don’t you?! As a mom, shopping usually involves kids in tow and that is just not as fun, so online shopping has become a favorite for me!

I was recently introduced to a fun women’s online boutique for ladies of all shapes and sizes, including you pregnant gals! PinkBlush is a family-owned boutique with a little bit of everything and it is all gorgeous! When they contacted me about featuring an item, I had the hardest time choosing just one item because I love so many, especially the cute dresses for women!

Ultimately I landed on this fabulous piece:

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This bell sleeve floral tunic is unbelievably comfortable and so feminine! I’m wearing a size small and it has plenty of room. I also love the length which covers my behind! Yay for long tunics!

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I’ve worn this dressed up to speak for a conference and dressed down on a normal weekday. It’s really comfortable enough to sleep in, but I won’t take it that far! PinkBlush has so many versatile pieces like this that will make you feel like a million bucks, but cost much, much less!

PinkBlush is all over social media with great styling ideas and features from real women just like me! I love to follow them on Instagram at @shoppinkblush and check out the hashtags #pinkblush and #shoppinkblush for inspiration.

Now for the fun: who wants to go shopping at the PinkBlush Boutique?! I’m giving away one $50 gift card to PinkBlush and you could win! Just enter below and tell your friends!

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What I Wore

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How about a little What I Wore post to break the silence here? Since it has been so long, I’ll pick a few favorites from the past month or so to highlight!

Common themes: lots of snow (and not the best lighting), vests, boots, and Evy’s Tree!

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maroon top – Cents of Style, vest – boutique, jeggings – American Eagle, boots – Frye, necklace – Noonday, earrings – Nickel + Suede

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Brooke tunic – Evy’s Tree, vest – Swellas, jeans – KanCans (boutique), flats – Tieks, necklace – Beautiful + Beloved

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Janelle hoodie tunic – Evy’s Tree, scarf – Cents of Style, leggings – Costco, boots – Roma Boots

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Nicole hoodie – Evy’s Tree, trapeze dress – eBay, jeggings – American Eagle, lace extender – Amazon, boots – Bed Stu, necklace – Beautiful + Beloved

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Britt cape – Evy’s Tree, striped shirt – H&M, jeans – Target, boots – LAMO, earrings – Paisley & Sparrow

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Sophie hoodie – Evy’s Tree, hi-lo chiffon extender – Grace & Lace, jeans – Cello, boots – Lane Boots, tote – fashionABLE

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Addyson hoodie + belt – Evy’s Tree, lace extender – Amazon, leggings – Costco, boots – Roma Boots

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Makenzie hoodie – Evy’s Tree, tank – Target, jeggings – American Eagle, boots – Frye, necklace – Greenola, earrings – Paisley + SparrowKuhfs Collage

sweatshirt tunic – Target (clearance!), leggings – NikiBiki (boutique), boots – Target, earrings – Nickel + Suede, Hampton plaid cuffs – Kuhfs

Have you heard of Kuhfs? They are a fun, unique accessory that can dress up your boots, pants, jeans, or leggings! I adore plaid, so this Hampton style is just perfect! I attached them to these boots quite easily and then can remove them to add to the bottom of my jeans when I want! Kuhfs has lots of adorable styles for every taste – check them out!

FYI: I’m much more consistent about posting over on Instagram – have we connected over there yet? I’d love to have you!

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Valentine’s Day Style with SoloHope!

It’s time for another installation of my collaboration with Shannon from The Simple Moms! She is a fellow fashion lover, but she is a mom to four girls and, as you know, I’m a mom to three boys! We thought it would be fun to show you how we view style from two different perspectives – a girl mom and a boy mom. Be sure to check out her fabulous post today as well!

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I love a good reason to get dressed up. And I really, really love red. Valentine’s Day is the best of both worlds. This year, I’m adding one more love to my Valentine’s Day style: fair trade jewelry!

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The Red Cheer set from SoloHope is THE perfect set to add a pop of red to your Valentine’s Day outfit. I love the jewelry and I love the story behind Solo Hope!

SoloHope’s founder, Emilee, fell in love with the people of Honduras on a missions trip at age 16 and, on her subsequent trips back to the country, learned of the need for many women to provide for their families as well as the lack of jobs for these women. Emilee dreamed up a jewelry design, partnered with these women as artisan designers, and started selling the jewelry here in the United States. And SoloHope just keeps growing! I love it all.

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The Red Cheer set – a necklace, bangle bracelet, and earrings – is part of the Luxe 2.0 collection just launched this winter. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted in Honduras with pine straw and thread. It is the perfect blend of fun + glam. Can you tell how much I love it?!

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I went for a dressier look with this fabulous asymmetrical dress, red skinnies, and short black boots. You can’t go wrong with black and red on Valentine’s Day!

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I also wore this set out on a more casual date night with The Hubby last weekend with a white button-down and distressed jeans. I changed up the length of the necklace by doubling it over and tying the ends with ribbon around my neck. If you want just a little pop of festive red, this is the way to go!

My friend and fellow fashion-loving mom, Shannon, is styling the In The Rough necklace from SoloHope over on her blog today – you have to check it out!

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We’re sending a little Heart Day love from SoloHope to you! Use the code VDAYFORMOM to get free shipping on your order until Valentine’s Day! If you want your pieces by Valentine’s Day, make sure you order now!

Do you have Valentine’s Day plans? Dressed up or more casual? How would you wear the Red Cheer set?

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What I Wore

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It’s been a busy few weeks! The blog has been quiet, but our lives have been all hustle and bustle! I’m popping in today to share a few outfits from the past few weeks, but I promise I’ll be sharing other things soon! So much goodness!

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I RUN (to Jesus) raglan | Camo skinnies – American Eagle (clearance) | Wild Copper Tieks

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Floral tee + KanCan jeans – Noelle Mae Boutique | Ballet flats – The Root Collective

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Chambray shirt – Target | Dark jeggings – WalMart | Double fringe bootie – Minnetonka Moccasins

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“Spirit Lead Me” Camo Hoodie – The Berry Patch Boutique (code HWTBFREESHIP for free shipping!) | puffy vest – Old Navy | hi-rise jeggings – American Eagle | boat shoes – Sperry Top-Siders

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Royals tank | gray hoodie – Evy’s Tree | jeggings – American Eagle | boots – Frye | mini-crossbody bag – Better Life Bags

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short-sleeve shirt dress – Everlane | necklace – Noonday | Nikita booties – Noelle Mae Boutique

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Wifey tee, Cello skinny jeans, mustard moccasins – Noelle Mae Boutique | necklace – Work of Worth

What have you been up to this fall? What’s keeping you and your fam busy?

I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!

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YAY for Wednesday!

Yep, we love Wednesdays around here! The boys are all excited for their first night of AWANA and I get to do a fun fashion recap for the week. Winning!

Here’s a look at what I wore this week AND you’ll want to stick around to the end for a fun discount on my favorite clothes!IMG_9854

In my search for a for a cute, casual black skirt, I stumbled upon this beauty from Liz Alig! Liz Alig is all about being fashion forward in an ethical way. They work with fair-trade producers and eco-friendly fabrics. Super cute dresses, shirts, skirts – they have it all! This is the Chinna skirt, a fair-trade skirt from India made from 100% organic cotton. It’s super comfy and has POCKETS! I wasn’t sure I could pull off the high-waisted skirt look, but it’s really fun! I love this unique skirt and the great company behind it. I paired the skirt with a fun pineapple tank from WalMart, the Aztec Chevron necklace from Beautiful + Beloved, and my Saltwater Sandals.

I’m going to transition now to my love for a particular mom-owned boutique. I’ve been wearing something from Noelle Mae Boutique every single day of this current week and I’m not one bit sorry. Let me highlight a few favorites and if you see something you like here, I have a discount for you to use while you shop!

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You already know about this Wifey tee, but I couldn’t help to share it again because it is so cute and super soft. This tee runs a little small – I wear a medium instead of my usual x-small or small. To make this tee even better, Noelle Mae Boutique (NMB) offers it for just $16.99!

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I dressed in NMB from top to bottom for our lazy Sunday! The hat is from Target, but everything else can be found at NMB! I adore gray tees, so this floral sleeve tee speaks my love language with a fun little extra flair on the sleeves. And it’s SUPER SOFT. I think Jamie finds the softest tees anywhere. The jeans are Cello skinny boyfriend jeans, also from NMB. I like the open distressing on these because it is at the knees and not showing through anywhere inappropriate! I don’t see the skinny version on NMB right now, but these are very similar, just not as skinny! Even my sandals are from NMB, the Emilio II Sandals which are on sale for just $15 right now!

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I had some deep thoughts while wearing this BeYoutiful tee. You can read those thoughts on Instagram, but I have exciting news about the tee – it is a custom order tee and Jamie has opened up orders right now just because my IG friends asked for it! The tee comes in a few colors and is a ladies cut. I’m wearing a medium in this picture which is a little roomy and longer on me. I could probably do a small, too, and be ok! Don’t miss this opening to order you own! The necklace is my favorite from Work of Worth and I can’t even remember where I got the skirt!

Vintage Tee

Let’s finish off the week with one more great tee from NMB! The Vintage tee is classy and comfy, making it easy to dress down with denim shorts or dress up with black skinnies. There are only a few left on the site, so grab yours before they are gone because you will want to wear it ALL the time. I had to wear it with my brand new Waterfall necklace, a piece from the new Local + Global line from fashionABLE and Miriam Collection. This necklace could be worn with anything – it is so versatile. The bag is also fashionABLE and the sandals are from Target!

Ok, now that you want to order all the things from Noelle Mae Boutique, how about a discount?! This code is just for you because I love you and know you will love NMB as much as I do! Did I mention she doesn’t charge shipping? So awesome. From now through midnight Wednesday, September 9th, use the code HOMEBLOG at checkout to get 15% off your order! I’m totally drooling over the stuff she has added for fall, so this is a great time to shop!

**Noelle Mae Boutique also has a great Facebook group where Jamie shares pre-order opportunities and members post how they are wearing NMB items! If you’d like to be added, leave your email address in the comments or send me an email at homewiththeboys at gmail dot com!**

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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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…

What I Wore 8-12 Gathered Maxi Skirt

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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