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Seven favorite outfits for the summer

Summer fashion means light-weight, fresh, easy and casual. I’m a Pacific Northwest girl and our summer temperatures typically max out around the high 80’s, so I switch between jeans (forever my favorite), shorts (not my fave, but I’m learning to embrace them), basic dresses (always an easy go-to) and a few simple tees + tanks to round things out.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together 7 favorite outfits for summer.

Big shocker: the pieces fit nicely into my go-to color palette of neutrals + blues.

My go-to outfits are always casual, comfortable and I try to keep things cute. I do my best to fill my closet with classic, basic pieces that are easy to wear and can be mixed and matched again and again. Most of the items in this collection of outfits are currently available online, so I’ve linked them all below to make shopping easier.

It always feels so silly taking pictures of myself for these posts, but I do it for you. I know how helpful it is to see how others put outfits together – especially casual, everyday outfits. My hope is that you can use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, and maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

Let’s get started!

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 1

Friends. Before we get any further, can I just acknowledge that my knees are weird? They are strangely turned in (I blame ballet!) and bumpy. And carrying my four children caused unsightly veins to pop out on my already pale legs. Perhaps this is why I am not a fan of shorts, but as I mentioned above, I’m learning to embrace them. We all have our insecurities, right? I’m putting my funky legs out there for all the internet to see. Enjoy.

Okay, let’s talk instead about the cute chambray cami and easy shorts (with an elastic waistband!). This combo is super comfortable and still looks pulled together. If you’re in need of a new strapless bra, give this one a try. It is smooth and works great under a top like this.

chambray tank | linen shorts | sandals (similar)

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 2

I’m a fan of anything gingham/buffalo check and these shorts caught my eye. They fit a little large, so I recommend ordering a size down. And this shirt is the best. It is a linen blend, so it’s lightweight and has a nice, flattering fit. It is currently on major clearance, so grab one before they are gone.

You’ll may notice I wear the same sandals again and again. These are a year old, which replaced a pair almost identical that I wore for a few years before. I just like a cognac leather shoe with almost any outfit. The sandals I linked to are the most current version.

gingham shorts | linen capsleeve tee | sandals (similar) | sunglasses

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 3

This outfit is my ‘going to the beach’ look. Cuffed denim shorts that are not super short because I just can’t, a super soft tank, the perfect flip flops and a cute hat. Throw it all on over a swim suit and you’re ready to go.

tank | denim shorts | flip flops | hat

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 4

This is for sure my most go-to look for this time of year. I know, all you ladies who live anywhere but up here are thinking I’m crazy for wearing jeans in the summer, but we have a lovely temperate climate where jeans are still comfortable on the average 70’s summer day. I kept seeing frayed hem jeans and so I bought this pair. They are not expensive and fit great.

jeans | shirt (I can not find it online. Bought it last week at Target) | sandals

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 5

All last summer while traveling around the country, I reached for breezy dresses. I like an a-line, with pockets, please. I just picked this one up at Target last week and it will be regularly worn this summer.

dress | sandals (similar) | sunglasses

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 6

I know, it’s a funny pose. But I wanted you to see how cute the back of this tank is! It’s a little shorter in the front and has those fun tiers in the back. Ryan told me once that he loves me in this blue color and so I keep adding more to my wardrobe.

tank | jeans | shoes (these would be a cute alternative)

SUMMER OUTFIT NO. 7

A good white tshirt goes with everything. This one has a fun twist detail in the front. It runs a little big (I’m wearing a small and it’s very roomy). The scallop shorts feel nautical and sweet.

twist front shirt | scallop shorts | sandals


So there you go. Seven favorite outfits to wear this summer. I hope these outfits help inspire you to try new combinations of things you already own and maybe add in a few new pieces that you love!

Do you have a favorite?

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Coffee Chat Episode 20

You know the drill … grab a cup of coffee, press play, and let’s chat!

MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO

  • THIS IS CORI – a super cute fashion blogger who wears great mom-appropriate outfits and was the inspiration for my haircut. Here she is with long hair, and here with medium. Mine does not do what hers does.
  • THIS IS KATE – my go-to for hair and makeup tutorials. She’s just so pretty and approachable and knowledgeable.
  • Looking for a good daily Bible reading/devotional/community for the summer? Try the ROMANS plan from SHE READS TRUTH. You don’t need the book, although it is lovely, and you can either follow along on the website for free or through the app. Here’s a link to the Kids Read Truth book Audrey is doing with me. There’s also He Reads Truth site and app.
  • We’ve used HELLO FRESH for our weekly meals for the past three years and it has been a lifesaver. We’re thiiiis close to outgrowing the proportions and I’ll let you know what we do when/if we stop doing Hello Fresh. If you try it, use this link to get $40 off your first box.
  • Now that I’m looking back at the question I answered about the shorts, I’m wondering if Monica was asking where to get shorts for HER 7 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER that don’t look like underwear instead of where to get ADULT shorts that don’t look like 7 year old underwear?! I’m not sure. But whatever. Here are the shorts I showed:
  • GINGHAM CUFFED SHORTS from Loft. They are currently on sale for $49.99 and an additional 40% off with code NEWNOW.
  • CUFFED DENIM SHORTS from The Gap. They are $49.95 and 40% off with code HAPPY.
  • SCALLOP SHORTS from J.Crew Factory. On sale for $24.95.
  • PULL ON SHORTS from J.Crew Factory. On sale for $16.95!
  • Current favorite podcasts: THAT SOUNDS FUN with Annie F. Downs, DAIS by Rachel Hollis and WOW IN THE WORLD for the kids.
  • SIMPLIFIED PENMANSHIP is 20% off until MONDAY NIGHT! This is the online class I teach about how to make your handwriting look pretty. It’s super fun, easy to work on and fun for kids to join in on as well. JOIN HERE.
  • Everything in the HOUSE + HOME shop is on sale, too! Take 15% off with code YESPLEASE. Sale ends Monday. Click here to see my favorites and why I love them so.

Happy Friday, Happy Father’s Day, HAPPY WEEKEND!

xo,

Emily

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New goodies in the shop that I’m pretty sure you’ll love

Last week I received a new shipment of products for my little house + home shop and am excited to show you. If you haven’t checked out the shop, let me just say that I basically fill it with things that I want/have in my house – which means you’ll find lots of basics, neutrals, classic pieces and low price points.

We have a handful of new items (keep reading to see them + get a discount code) but I’ll start with this fun set of goodies:

Ever since using a stock photo of a thin gold metal frame on all my art prints I get questions about where to find a simple metal gold frame. West Elm sells a great one, but it’s spendy. We searched and searched for a vendor and finally found these minimal, modern, inexpensive, gold-toned metal picture frames. Hooray!

The gray t-shirt has been a long time coming … will you walk around town or the beach or work out in a shirt that declares your love and devotion to Jones Design Company? I do hope so. (My favorite detail on the t-shirt are the custom tags we had put on the hem. So cute).

Okay, on to more great items I just have to highlight:

Brass 3×3 Frame | Stapler | Tape Dispenser | Botanical Journal | Velvet Ribbon | Pen

Black + White Striped Towel | Marble Bowl + Spoon

Brass Vase | Cloth Napkins

Gold Picture Frame

Wood Toothbrushes | Mr + Mrs Dish | Fouta Towel

Of all the items in the shop, these are my current favorites (although that is really hard to say since I do love it all). Let me highlight why I adore them so …

Vintage Blossom Notebooks (set of 2) $13.95
I keep one of these in my purse at all times for doodling, note taking, idea capturing and list making.

Plant Mister $9.95
Keep your indoor plants hydrated and happy with daily misting.

JDC Wood Pencils (set of 8) $6.95
A classic wood pencil with hand-stamped logo and white eraser. The perfect pencil, if you ask me.

Marble Bowl + Brass Spoon $14.95
This little bowl and spoon set make the perfect housewarming gift. Just add a jar of specialty salt and you’re set!

Cloth Napkins $14.95
How chic are these striped cloth napkins? They feel very french and make me want to host brunch.

Botanical Journal $14.95
You’ve probably seen this one pop up on my instagram feed a million times. It sits on my desk and is just so photogenic!

Le Pen (set of three) $5.50
The best pens you’ll ever try, in three of my favorite colors.

Mr + Mrs Dish $5.95
Scoop up a bunch of these before they’re gone … they are the perfect wedding or anniversary gift!

Tall White Vase $6.95
My current go-to vase. It is sleek, simple, a touch organic and a great size for a small bouquet.

Gold Frames $5.95-$9.95
Minimal, modern, the perfect gold-tone and super affordable. Yes, please.

Brass Planter $11.95
I call this a planter and show pictures of it with flowers (and it does make a lovely flower vessel), but I also love it as a catchall on the entry table, kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table.

Black + White Striped Dishtowel (set of two) $14.95
Do you have a set of these yet? If not, you must. They’re soft, absorbent and classic in every way.


Do you have a gift to buy or something that caught your eye for your home? I am so thankful for your support and as an extra way to say thanks, how about a discount?

TAKE 15% OFF everything in the shop

with discount code YESPLEASE.

The code is only good until Friday night, and inventory is limited, so get shopping!

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Such a breathtaking before and after (a farmhouse kitchen)

You guys are going to love today’s post.

We went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for lunch this weekend. For the past year, Eric and Jess have been completely renovating a little 1960’s lake house that was in desperate need of some updating. Besides living in the house as they fix it up, they also have the sweetest almost two year old (I can not get enough of her) and Jess is due any day with a baby boy. The house is still a work in progress, but they’ve made big steps forward in the past few weeks.

When we came by for lunch, we were so impressed by how great the kitchen turned out!

Just to give you a feel for how far they’ve come, here’s a pretty amazing before shot:

Impressive, right?!

We ate a delicious lunch, the kids played on the lake and then Jess casually mentioned that they wanted me to style the shelves. I jumped at the chance because 1. anything I can do to help a pregnant mama feel like her home is in order, I’m in and 2. I love styling shelves (Ryan has a great eye for it, too).

The open shelves were recent additions and dishes and glassware were just thrown up there to get them off the counter. The haphazard organization and clutter both on the shelves and countertop was bugging both Eric and Jess, so it was time to add some order.

The risk with having open shelves in the kitchen is that they can look messy pretty easily.

The great news is that with a bit of intention, you can reorganize the shelves, group like items together, keeping the color palette simple and enjoy the casual look of open shelves without the clutter.

We started by taking everything off the shelves, reassessing and creating zones; everyday dishes grouped on one side of the stove, drinking glasses on the other, pantry-ish items next to the fridge.

The items that are most used are on the lowest shelves and least used are at the very top. To keep things minimal and cohesive, we kept to just plain white dishes and clear glass. The colorful coffee mugs and Ellie’s sippy cups live in lower cabinets out of view, but are still easily accessible.

Once the shelves were styled, we cleaned up the countertops, too. Some countertop essentials stayed – a jar with cooking utensils, olive oil, salt and pepper, bowl of fruit, coffee maker, coffee pods, blender and mixer. Everything else found new homes in the drawers and cabinets. Clearing off the counters made the small kitchen look so spacious!

After we were done, I couldn’t help myself and snapped a bunch of photos. It is such a charming kitchen.

Okay, now for the fun part … before and afters.

The sink and window placement stayed, but is looking so much brighter with the removal of the upper cabinets (and wall oven):

The stove/oven and hood received a big update:

Here’s a full shot to give a better feel for the size. It’s a small footprint, but Eric and Jess have done an amazing job of optimizing the layout to make the most of the space.

What a fabulous transformation.

SOURCES

Cabinets – IKEA
Pulls – IKEA
Counters – quartz
Floor – Shaw Floorte (luxury vinyl flooring)
Shelves – TRM Lumber Cedar
Brackets – Rockler Woodworking steel bracket
Wall Color – White Moderne, by Behr
Light – Gooseneck Barn Light

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Updates to the Studio just in time for summer

The last time I showed you the studio, the desks had just been finished and it was styled with hints of pink for spring.

Since then, I have added a few new pieces of furniture and switched out the pink for summery blues so it felt like a good time to do an updated studio tour.

Classic Summer Studio Tour In case you missed any of the previous posts about this space, here is the before and after and this was the initial design plan. When we bought the house last fall, this room was just an unfinished storage area above the garage. We decided it would be the perfect spot for a home office and creative studio.

It is such a treat to have this big, bright room as an extension of the house. I am up here everyday either working or doing a barre workout (more on that soon), and now that there is a big work table in here, it will be used even more.

Summer Studio Tour The big work table is actually our dining table (seen here in our old dining room). We bought it over 10 years ago at the Restoration Hardware outlet store and I still love its classic style. Instead of using the table in the formal dining room in the house, we decided we really didn’t need it there and we have plans to remove the wall separating the dining and kitchen, so the table won’t be needed once that happens. It was not an easy task to move this massive, heavy table up the skinny staircase, but we did it and it’s such a nice addition to the studio.

Summer Studio desk space The table sat up in the studio for a couple of months without any seating while I figured out what I wanted. Individual chairs would have been the obvious choice. It just seemed like having 10 extra chairs would feel really busy in room that already has a lot going on in it.

Instead, I scoured the internet for inexpensive, simple benches that could hold two people comfortably and fit the width of the table.

summer studio tour work table and benches After lots of searching, I ended up ordering four upholstered benches from Target during a sale (you can also find them here for a great deal). I wasn’t totally sold on the nailhead trim (maybe too busy with everything else?) but I planned on making simple slipcovers to make for easy washing anyway, so I went ahead and bought them. They arrived over Memorial Day weekend, I talked my 9 year old into helping me put them together and now that they’re in, I’m so happy with how they look, feel and function.

work table and benches Perhaps my favorite thing about the benches is that they can be pushed in under the table to keep the floor open and visually disappear.

built in desks The rug is another recent addition. Originally, I had my eye on this plaid flatweave rug from Rejuvenation. I just didn’t have room in our budget to spend $799 on a rug (FYI, the rug is now on major clearance and had I known, maybe I would have waited a little longer before choosing a different rug!).

studio work space and desks desk | desktop | pulls | chair | benches | blanket | rug

Instead, I found this cotton rug from Home Depot and waited for it to go on sale. The size of this one is a little bigger than the average 8×10 and fits under the table perfectly. It is a flatweave with stamped design. I didn’t use a rug pad under because the table holds it down just fine, but it is recommended, so keep that in mind if you order for your home.

summer studio tour computer desk shelves  | blue vaseribbon | linen files | stapler + tape | chair | throw | lamp

To add in a summery feel, the spring pink accessories were put away and switched out for pretty blues.

built out studio space for summer This is one reason I like decorating with neutrals so much; it makes decorating for the seasons so easy.

Starting with a simple palette of white, natural wood, brass and those handsome leather chairs means I can switch out a throw blanket, add a vase or candle, a few notecards and artwork and change the feel of space.

summer styled shelves shelves | linen file box | basket | Q&A book | She Reads Truth

summer styled work desk I’m so fickle about color and can’t commit to living with any one color for longer than a few months, so keeping things mainly neutral with just a few touches of color keeps me feeling creative.

desk and shelf summer styled details computer on desk summer flowers art and peonies Not much has changed on the other side of the room. The reading area is a favorite spot with that sweet light, cozy chair and bright natural light. There are window boxes right outside each dormer window that add extra cottage charm.

studio reading area lightchair | table | rug | pillow | floor lamp

I still have a few more projects to complete over on this side – a diy white board and extra storage. We’re hoping to finish up those in the next week or so and you know I’ll share details along the way :)

studio plant string of pearls My #plantlady obsession is going strong in the studio. Our house does not get great natural light, but the studio does, so the plants seem to thrive up here.

Perhaps my favorite summery touch is this little wooden bowl I bought in Rwanda holding a bit of stolen sand from my favorite beach in Seaside, Florida.

sand in bowl After taking all of the photos, I had a few minutes to spare before the kids came home from school and filmed a quick studio video tour. Now, fair warning, I talk with my hands and was only holding the camera with one hand while the other was flying about. Therefore, the video is a bit shaky. But it shows how the room works together AND you get to see all the unfinished, messy parts that don’t make it into photos :)

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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