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favorite flats under $50

Spring is fast approaching … can you feel it in the air? I’m feeling pretty excited for the warmer weather, new growth and, of course, the lighter, brighter fashion.


(via boden)

One spring basic for any wardrobe is a pretty pair of flats. They are dainty and comfortable, can be worn with jeans, cropped pants and skirts and add a punch of color or pattern to a basic outfit.  The best part is, you can find cute styles without having to spend a bunch.

Here are a few of my favorites:


1. gap classic ballet flat in cognac / $39.99

2. merona cap toe flat in coral / $39.99

3. old navy bow tie ballet flat in silver / $19.94

4. fergalicious fabric ballet flat in turquoise / $29.95

5. sam & libby for target bow flat in natural / $29.95

6. dv8 by dolce vita tasmin flat in black & white stripe / $38.95

7. merona madeline flat in ivory / $19.99

8. sam edelman circus flat in sidewalk / $50

9. zara ballerina with bow in navy / $39.90

Come quickly, Spring. We’re excited for you.

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nail polish that promises to last all week {we’ll see …}

There is something so feminine and delicate, well-kept and polished about a woman with glossy painted fingernails.


I just wish it wouldn’t chip so quickly.

I love getting manicures and I even enjoy painting my own nails, but I just can’t seem to keep polish on. I realize I’m hard on my hands {although I have started wearing rubber gloves while washing dishes which makes me feel like an old lady but feels amazing on my over-dry winter skin} and I do a terrible job of keeping up on regular manicures {the last real one I had done was months ago}. I have tried gel polish which is supposed to look good for several weeks, but even that begins to lift and peel within a few days and it weakens my prone-to-chip nails.

While perusing instagram one day, the most adorable Darby posted about this new polish – which promises to last for a week, doesn’t require uv lights or professional application, and costs the same as nicer drug store polish.


There are many great colors to choose from and you just have to use the special top coat to seal and protect the polish. It actually hardens over time with exposure to sunlight and should resist chipping and peeling for one week.


I ordered two colors from a soft neutral that I like for everyday and this bright red just for fun. And, of course, the top coat.


For my first try a few weeks ago, the polish didn’t quite make it a full week, but it was definitely longer-lasting than my regular Esse brand nail polish. I’m hoping it will stay on longer this time. I really do love the look of polished nails and if this actually lasts on my nails, I’ll be very excited.

Have you tried this brand? Any luck? Or do you have helpful tips for us chippy-nail-polish-wearers? Please share …

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what we’ll wear for family photos

We’re having family photos taken this week for the first time in way too long. We’ll use one for our Christmas card, but we also just hope to capture us being us during this slightly chaotic, but also really fun time in our family’s life.

What it means for me is that I get to choose coordinating {but not too matchy} outfits for our whole crew and they’ll actually wear them. Love this.

So here’s what I’m thinking:


With three boys {plus dad}, navy is a pretty obvious choice, but it also works well because of its timelessness and the fact that it is sort of season-neutral. Plus, everyone in my family except for me have really striking blue eyes and they look good in blue. We’ll add in a few hints of orange just for fun.

Most of these items are the actual clothes the kids will wear. Some we already had, some were purchased especially for photos.

Here’s a close-up of each outfit:


Our oldest is almost 10, not a fan of anything but athletic shorts and hooded sweatshirts, so he’ll probably not love me for making him wear a button-up or jeans, but he’ll look cute and preppy like his mama likes. {sources: jcrew factory, abercrombie, gap, crocs shoes}.


No. 2 is eight and has a thing for dressing up. He doesn’t do it often, but he likes to look nice and so I thought a tie would be fun to show a little bit of his personality. Still sporty, but a little bit fancier. {sources: jcrew factory, gap, old navy}


No. 3 is six and would wear shorts, no shirt and flip flops every day of his life if he could {and if it was not 40 outside}. I would have loved to put him in a cute chunky knit fisherman sweater, but my baby would have been terribly uncomfortable and I think we would miss his super sweet/spunky personality in the photos if he was pulling at his sweater the whole time. {sources: gap, old navy, target}


Audrey is happy in anything that spins or is sparkly. It may be too cold outside to go without tights, so her outfit may change a little – maybe her navy rain boots instead of the sweet striped shoes. {sources: joyfolie, target, old navy, jcrew}

So, obviously, I’m a little crazy to create a design board for what my kids will wear for photos. But I was sick in bed and it was fun. And now I don’t have to think about it on the day of photos.

But here’s one thing we need to decide: since this is the first year we’ve had a dog … are we a family that includes Atlas in our photos? {we’re thinking probably yes – at least for some}. And then, when we send our christmas cards, do we include our pup’s name on it? Is that what you do? Or is that super dorky? Advice, please …

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