Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Little Orange Dress



















dress-Trina Turk via Rent the Runway, loafers-G.H. Bass, necklace-H&M(similar here), ring-Jewel Mint(more options form Bauble Bar here)

Rented this dress for some formal family pics and luckily had two BIG work meetings in the same week. Here is the work styling with sensible loafers, a statement ring, and long coin-inspired necklace. It's a subtle detail, but the "coins" nod to commerce aka business aka work... see what I did there?!

Regardless of the accessories, this dress is all-around awesome. The fuller sleeve, pockets, and slightly nipped waist are serving me bananas-level wow! Not to sound vain, but I look amazing, eh? Sorry to have to send this one back, but I made quite the impression at the office (numerous compliments) and hopefully the photos turn out well. Check out my review of this dress over at Rent the Runway!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My "Mom" Outfit

















tank-Gap(similar here), shorts-Old Navy, necklace-Anthropologie(more options here), loafers-DSW 

This has been my basic "Mom" outfit here this summer. With a striped, oversized tank, printed shorts, and loafers this outfit (and all its variations) has taken me form the grocery store, to church, to visiting family, to early dinner at kid-friendly restaurants, and so much more.  I usually don't wear necklaces when I'm in "mom" mode, since baby girl loves to pull at anything remotely shiny, but I sported this boho-chic piece to play off the subtle pink in the shorts, and mirror the pink loafers. Navy and pink is the perfect color-combo as summer moves into fall. You have the standard navy of school-uniforms of the past, and a bit of pink as a romantic nod to the fading flowers of summer. Oh, the poetry of it all, eh?! 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Baby Buys

Now that I'm pretty well set for my own Fall shopping as seen in this post. I've turned my attention to baby girl's fall apparel with some of these recent buys!





These "ruffle-butt" pants and the coordinated onsie are the baby version of a matching set! At least, that's how I'm treating them. I'm loving the darker tones and whimsical, bunny print for the chillier days ahead. 


I didn't actually pick up THIS pair of striped leggings, BUT they are similar to the several pairs I've purchased in anticipation of Little Miss crawling around. I mean, what's the point of crawling and learning to walk if you can't show off your gams in some stripes, amiright?!


Grey, ivory, and burdundy is a classic, yet unexpected color palette for fall and fairly gender-neutral(which I lean towards). And, having mix n' match onsies allows me to send one to daycare in case of an accident.  



This striped dress keeps the color story going from above. With dresses you can mix and match tights, and/or leggings. I can also see this working with baby jeans. The dress-over-pants trend isn't just for us adult outfitters. 

Duh, obvie! 




And for some fun I picked up a few pairs of  baby "leggings" aka leg-warmers for my baby and some friends' babies from the aptly named Baby Leggings






The patterns are great, no? Southwest-inspired, stripes, mustaches, fawns, birds--they are fairly unisex and apparently one-size fits all.  I know baby leg-warmers may seem a bit ridic, HOWEVER they do offer easy access for diaper changes while baby's legs stay warm. I'm thinking they'll also provide great coverage as my baby girl starts crawling on our hardwood floors.  PLUS, they have themed pairs, which are a cute nod to the season/holiday, see below:


I love the idea of holiday-theme leggings that the baby can wear more than once, as they fit newborns-up to 24 months. So her Halloween flair is set for this year and the next! 



And while all of these retailers are fairly run-of-the-mill, in a good way as I REFUSE to spend too much money on clothes she'll grow out of in less than 3 months, there ARE some companies that are indeed aspirational....




This onsie is adorable and there have several fun graphic pieces similar to this WITH matching sweatpants, but at $40(!!!) for a casual piece that she'll probably poop through, even on sale at $20 it's just not practical. 



Speaking of totally impractical but fantasy-level baby fashion....



Janie and Jack's current fall offerings are my little girl equestrian dreams!!! This entire outfit, (which of course isn't complete since you'd need a shirt) costs $183!!!!  Those wellies, poncho, and plaid pants are just the tip of the iceberg. Look at this dress!!!!


ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!!! I would have died for this dress as a little girl, and so would my parents at the price--$69. 

Here's the thing, I'm not a miser by any means, but I have to be strict when it comes to shopping for baby girl. There are so many adorable and cute options out there that speak to my personal style and childhood fantasies. So, I've made it a rule to NEVER pay full price on baby clothes, because there are usually sales, plus Once Upon A Child is great thrifting option, and grandparents usually come baring gifts when they visit. 

And with the bunny-print matching set, stripes galore, and girl-positive message tops I think Little Miss will be rocking some pretty stellar looks come fall! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Little Black Dress












dress-Le Tote, belt-Gap(more options here), flats-Dr. Scholls, necklaces-H&M(similar here), bracelet-Rebecca Minkoff via Le Tote

Regular readers will recognize this trick of belting a drawstring dress, since I seem to have done so with just about every similar  Le Tote piece. (here, here, and here) Am I getting stale in my styling? OR, do I know what works for me. I'm all about sticking to what works AND trying new things. But, when is it time to give an outfitting strategy a break...? Some very deep thoughts here for this very fun and cute LBD. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Florals in Transition












bomber-Piperlime(similar from Zara here), tunic-Violeta(similar here), pants/flats-Zara(similar here and here), necklace/ring-Gifted (similar from Catbird here and similarish from Anthropologie here)

Here in Pittsburgh the transition between summer and autumn has unofficially started with morning temps in the 50s. Hence, transitional outfitting season has begun! By mixing these two floral prints I'm combining both summer whites and fall's black-background blooms. This bomber jacket, also speaks to the start of school with it's varsity style, while the tunic is a button-down alternative appropriate for the office, and the trousers are summer-boho romance. Needless to say there is A LOT going on in this look, in a good way, no?! And like in yesterday's post I'm pairing up black and navy, which used to be a fashion DON'T but works here with the mix of blues and other vibrant colors. 

More Than a Vest

vest-Anthropologie(more options here ), shirt /necklace-ModCloth(more options here ), leggings- Zara , b...