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break the rules: six white pieces to wear this fall

This is the outfit I wore yesterday:

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It’s still warm outside (in the low 70′s) and so I’m still dressing summery-ish with short sleeves and cropped jeans and flats. The white shirt I put on (a cute hand-me-down from my sister – originally from jcrew) got me thinking about how it was supposed to be the final day of wearing white until spring.  You know the old rule: no white after Labor Day. So I did a few seconds of research and discovered that it was a fashion tradition stemmed from class divisions in the early 1900′s (here’s a quick article from time magazine).

Turns out, rules are meant to be broken (especially silly ones like this) and while white linen and gauzy silk may not be the best choices for cooler weather, wearing white during the fall and winter is not only okay, it’s also very stylish.

I hung out on pinterest for a little bit (okay, way too long) and found a handful of Autumn outfits that all include white.

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Do you ever look at outfit ideas on pinterest? It’s super inspiring and these particular outfits make me excited for cooler weather. I want to wear each and every one.

You can see all of my favorite outfits on my clothes pinboard here

So in the spirit of breaking the ‘no white after labor day rule’, I’ve shopped around online and found six of my favorite white pieces to take us into fall.

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1. J.Crew Quilted Vest // great layering piece with a tshirt or button up under. I love the gold zipper and snaps on this one.

2. Noonday Monaco Necklace // cow bone + brass = yes, please. I bought this for myself at my first noonday party and it is beautiful in person.

3. J.Crew Endless Shirt // this longer version of a classic white shirt is another great layering piece. Wear over leggings or skinny jeans, add a sweater or scarf or maybe a belt? Is that still cute? I don’t know.

4. Boden Grace Sweater // love the neckline and 3/4 sleeves and the chunky knit. It’s more expensive than what I normally pay, but maybe since it is such a classic piece, it’s worth the investment.

5. J.Crew Factory Midrise Skinny Cords // a more fallish alternative to white jeans (although I think you can do white denim too).

6. H&M Cable-knit Sweater // cable-knit is always good, plus this is a slouchy longer-in-the-back cut that makes it interesting.

Good options, right? I’d love to hear your thoughts … are you a rule follower or breaker when it comes to wearing white after labor day?

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what she wears (dressing Audrey)

Since the day she was born, I have loved dressing my girl. I like classic styles, easy and comfortable with a little bit of color and pattern thrown in for fun. It’s how I dress myself and what I gravitate to when shopping for Audrey.

My baby is now four, and sometimes she has an opinion on what she’d like to wear, but mostly not. I know. It won’t last long. So for now, I’m running with it.

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Her closet currently consists of lots of basics – tees, skirts, jeans, shorts and dresses – in mix and match colors/patterns. Stripes are a recurring theme (go figure) and I really like blue on her.

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Here are a few things I consider while choosing clothes for my daughter:

1. She’s four. I like her to look like a little girl and tend towards classic styles. I’d love to dress her in sweet European designs with peter pan collars and cable knit sweaters (and sometimes I try), but her personality is bright and spunky and so dressing her in fun colors and prints makes sense.

2. We have a few splurge pieces in her wardrobe, but most are inexpensive, washable, and not too precious (see favorite sources below).

3. I’m learning to let her wear her special things on ordinary days. How many party dresses and fancy shoes has she worn once and then outgrown before having another special occasion to wear them to? Too many. So she might show up in her christmas dress to the park, but at least she’s wearing it.

4. As much as I appreciate a cutely dressed child, I don’t want it to be about the clothes. Clothes are fun and darling and make a girl feel pretty, but I really don’t want her to care too much about what she’s wearing. I haven’t totally figured out how to instill this – teaching her to care about how she presents herself, but not put too much emphasis on valuing appearances – a challenge for women of all ages.

5. Sometimes when she’s feeling particularly creative with her outfit (like the time she insisted on wearing a swimsuit over her jeans in the rain – see photo above), I can’t help but go with it. It’s sort of endearing to see a child in a too-small halloween costume in July or with mismatched socks and layered tutus.

I shop for most of Audrey’s clothes at these three stores: gap, target and old navy. I’ll fill in with pieces from j.crew factory, mini boden, and I like the tights from lands end. For special dresses and shoes, I adore Joyfolie. Almost all of my shopping (except for Target because I’m there every other day) happens online. The stores I frequent run online-only sales often, so wait a week or two, join their mailing list and you’ll save a bunch.

Here are some of my current favorites from my regular online stores:

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Gap is always a go-to for Audrey and the boys. They sometimes have different items in the store than online, but I do okay just sticking with ordering. Audrey wears a 5t, so I can still shop in both toddler and girl sections. Right now everything at Gap is on sale for 30% off with code THANKS. Shop Gap here.

favorites-from-old-navy

Old Navy is hit and miss for me – sometimes they get a little crazy with their graphics and logos, so I tend to stick with basics or subtle patterns. They run sales all the time and I like getting a good deal. Their current promotion is 20-30% off with code AMPM. Shop Old Navy here.

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I am at Target a ridiculous amount of times per week, so I’m always grabbing a shirt here and a sweater there when they are on sale.  Again, I go for basics and items that can be mixed and matched. Shop Target here.

favorites-from-boden

Mini Boden has the cutest, best-made clothes. They are more expensive than I typically go for, but everything I’ve ordered, I’ve loved. Check their site for deals (and the cutest graphics ever). Shop MiniBoden here.

favorites-jcrew

We have a jcrew factory store at our local outlet mall. Cute stuff, less expensive, not as good of quality as crewcuts but classic styles and fun accessories. They run promotions all the time, too, so check in often. Shop JCrew Factory here.

For special dresses and shoes, I just adore the cuteness at Joyfolie.

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Everything is on sale TODAY for 40% off (!) with code BIG40. I’m thinking about that sweet triangle dress for Audrey’s christmas dress this year. Shop Joyfolie here.

So there you go … my favorite sources for dressing little ones. And now I want to order it all for my Audrey girl.

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a go-to cardigan

My favorite way to dress is usually in layers. It helps that I live where it’s not crazy hot in the summer, but this light-weight cardigan works no matter the temperature.

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It’s just the right amount of slouchy and refined and I kinda want to wear it everyday. Throw it on with jeans or shorts and a tank and it’s my perfect summer choice.

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The cardigan comes in gray (that’s what I have), black, olive and oatmeal. It is available here.

Do you have a go-to piece of clothing? Please share …

 

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5 minute makeup

I’m channeling my inner 15 year old and talking about make up today. My sisters and friends and I used to do makeovers all the time – playing with thick eyeliner or new lipstick and always adding a mole ala Cindy Crawford.

As much as I loved those makeovers, I never totally got into wearing lots of makeup and still prefer a natural look to a totally made-up face. It’s quite convenient, because I don’t really have the time or energy to give myself a fancy look each day – 5 minutes is about all I have. Thankfully, there are a few beauty secrets that make a quick morning makeup routine possible.

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I made a quick video showing you what I do to achieve a 5 minute face:

I hope this inspires you to try a few new products/techniques or just encourages you to add a touch of makeup to your already gorgeous face.

Here are the products I use daily:

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cleaning wipes / moisturizer / tinted moisturizer / concealer / loose powder / blush / brush set

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tightline shadow / smudge brush / mascara / eye shadow / brush / eyebrow powder / angled brush / lipgloss

To learn more about lash extensions, here is a post all about them.

For more makeup tutorials (like how to fill in brows, and how to highlight and contour), visit my favorite beauty blog: Maskara. You’re days of playing makeover are about to return.

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what I wore this week

There’s a thing in blogland called What I Wore – where you photograph your outfits and share them online. It’s weird. And feels super awkward. I’m not a fashion blogger, don’t wear designer clothes or even know how to pronounce half the brands anyway, but sometimes I like to jump on the WIW bandwagon. Here’s why:

1. It keeps me motivated to put on a real outfit. If I know I’m taking a picture of myself, I’m more likely to put on something I feel good in.

2. I run out of outfit ideas and love seeing outfit/accessory inspiration from other real women.

So I share what I wore not because I think I’m an awesome dresser or have a unique or fabulous sense of style, but rather to encourage regular ladies to put on something you feel pretty in and get creative with what you already have. And also? I don’t wear designer clothes. I am a work-from-home mom who needs cute and easy and wearable and practical and washable and affordable. These are the types of clothes you’ll see me in.

Alright, here we go. What I wore this week.

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dot-top

She wanted in on the photo, but clearly was more mesmerized by her tongue than the camera. And how about that bedhead?!

dotted tank: J.Crew Factory (similar) / jeans: Hudson bootcut / wedges: Target / bracelets: Noonday

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baseball

baseball sweater: J.Crew Factory / jeans: seven for all mankind (so old they don’t make them anymore)

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white-jeans

denim shirt: J.Crew / cropped jeans: Express / stripe ballet flats: Target

Note to self: try to smile next time. You look mad. And have the kids come clean up their mess.

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yoga

Just keeping things honest here. I wore this for half the day while I mopped my floors for the first time in about a month, cleaned the bathrooms, dusted and did domestic things like that.

I changed into this before we ran out to do errands:

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t-shirt: Old Navy / cropped jeans: Express / belt: Target / flip flops: reef

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green-shirt

shirt: TJ Maxx (similar) / pants: Banana Republic / wedges: Nordstrom

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gingham

This was yesterday. I felt terrible. But I hoped getting dressed would pull me through. It kinda worked, until about 3:00 and it was sweats and the couch for me.

gingham shirt: Old Navy (similar) / jeans: Hudson Bootcut / wedges: DSW / belt: Target

So there you go. May you feel inspired today to put on an outfit you feel cute in.

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