Is it Cinco de Mayo Yet?

I was trying on outfits for a night out and sending snapchats to my friends to get their opinion and they all said this one reminds them of being in Mexico, or celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I’d have to say I agree! Is it time for a margarita yet??

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HOLLISTER SHIRT (similar) || URBAN OUTFITTERS JEANS || TARGET HEELS || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT (similar) || DANIRISI BAG || FOREVER21 CHOKER
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I wish I could find a link to a similar bag somewhere on the internet because it is seriously one of my favorite things I own and I wish you could all own it too!! I’ve searched high and low for about 2 years now and I have yet to find something comparable. It’s not even like I’m having one of those moments where some girl compliments your bag and you pretend not to remember where it’s from but in all reality you just don’t want her to have it too… no, no. I want you to have it. Someday, guys, someday I will find it for you!

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I think this is the second time I’ve ever shown my belly button on here since I’ve had Kennedy! I’m all for embracing my body since having kids (as all of us moms are supposed to.. blahblahblah I know…) but my belly button has never truly recovered! I feel like I need surgery to get it back to where it used to be, haha. My boyfriend has been kicking my ass at the gym lately (don’t worry, I asked him to) and I am actually feeling really great… except for that stupid friggen belly button. Which I’m sure you’ve all gone back up and zoomed in on now and you’re like uhhhh I don’t see it? Or maybe you do…. but whatever, we’re all our own worst critics, right? Well, showing it is the first step to embracing it… so there ya go. #endrant. ANYWAY! I am all for off the shoulder tops and dresses for the spring and summer! I might even throw caution to the wind and buy myself an off the shoulder bathing suit this year. Who cares about the super weird tan lines! YOLO.

Photos by Lauren Ashley Photography

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Take the Plunge

Last year I declared I would dabble more in the world of plunging necklines and I have held true to my word. I mean… I have never relied on boob tape so much in my life, but it’s worth it! Actually my boyfriend’s mom put boob tape in the Easter basket she gave me…she must know about my style resolutions, haha! (yes, I got an Easter basket from my boyfriend’s mother, be jealous).

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TOBI JUMPSUIT  (currently sold out, see other faves here) || JIMMY CHOO HEELS (similar here, here, here) || DANIRISI BAG C/O || ROMAN LUXE JEWELRY C/O

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What I really love about this jumpsuit, aside from ya know… everything… is the color. I don’t own a whole lot of olive green items, but I’m starting to add some to my wardrobe and I love how this one can kind of be worn as a neutral, which makes it easy to pair with different accessories. I went with kind of a nude look overall here, with the heels, bag, and jewelry.

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I picked out this jumpsuit as an option to wear to my best friend’s wedding next month. I kind of wanted to try something other than the typical dress… HOWEVER… It requires a bit toooooooooo much boob tape and I just don’t trust it to stay in place if I’m dancing a lot all night, LOL. So this jumpsuit may be more of a date night kind of outfit, ya know?

Photos by Lauren Ashley Photography

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Vintage Vibes

It only felt appropriate to shoot these pictures wearing a Vintage Havana t-shirt in front of an antique shop with a classic car sitting out front. Sometimes you just wander upon photoshoot gold, ya know?

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VINTAGE HAVANA TANK (similar) || J BRAND JEANS ||SOUTH MOON UNDER JACKET C/O || RAY-BAN SHADES || PRIMARK BOOTIES (similar) || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG

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Is anyone absolutely friggen obsessed with this weather we are having?! Spring is here, which means summer is around the corner and I cannot wait to indulge in all the sun dresses and sandals and everything else that comes along with it! On this particular afternoon my girlfriend and I went to visit my boyfriend at work to hang out at the rooftop bar and have some afternoon brews… because day drinking a little bit outside is one of my favorite things about this season. I really, really, REALLY love this weather, ok?? 

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These Primark booties are so comfortable! I can’t believe they were only $20. I haven’t been back to the store since they opened but I think I really need to make my way back there to stock up on some spring & summer essentials. I’m genuinely shocked by how durable their clothes and accessories are for how amazing their prices are. It’s a win-win in my book.

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More Florals for Spring

Disclaimer: my blog is about to OD on florals. I don’t know what it is because I am not usually one for the flirty, feminine print… but I can’t get enough of them this year! Maybe it has to do with my mood? When you’re a happier person you want to wear happier things… right? ;]

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FOREVER21 TANK BODYSUIT || H&M SKIRT (sold out, similar here, here, here) || LINEA PELLE BAG (old, similar here) || RAY-BAN SHADES || PAYLESS HEELS (similar)

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Remember a couple posts back when I was telling you guys about these Forever21 tank top bodysuits and how I bought them in 4 different colors… one of which was pure white and one (this one) that’s off white? I thought I was crazy at the time because they were SO similar, but it really was smart purchase! The off white color matches this skirt perfectly! A pure white tank would have looked way too bright and white with this outfit. I am pleased! I wore this to work a few weeks ago when we were lucky enough to have a warm day and now that the weather has taken a turn for the better I can wear it all the time! 

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So! As a few of you may know… or have noticed…. I take most of my pictures in this location. My mom is my photographer (lolz) and honestly, we usually snap pictures REAL quick while she’s at work and has 15 free minutes to take them… so we run downstairs to the alleys by her office and shoot away. WELL, for so many reasons this has become my favorite place to take blog pics over the years, and I’m sad to say I won’t be able to shoot here much longer. As of a few months ago they have started tearing down all of the buildings in the area in order to start re-developing the city. Which, I guess, in the long run is great for the area, but now I’m losing all of my favorite landmarks to blog with. Peep that open window behind me in the last photo… my mom was curious to see what the inside of this abandoned building was like so she literally climbed inside, hah. I don’t think she saw anything very noteworthy.. probably just a lot of empty bottles and such. Ah, but that’s why I love my mom… she’s such an adventurer. ;]

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Florals for Spring?

Groundbreaking! Ok, in all honestly I only saw The Devil Wears Prada for the first time this year… so this quote was totally over my head until about 2 months ago, ha. The Devil had a point though… florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but they sure are beautiful..

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 H&M DRESS, JACKET, & BOOTIES || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG || RAY-BAN SHADES || WINKY LUX LIPSTICK C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER

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I had originally bought this dress to wear to a baby shower last month, however, the day of the shower it was a bone-chilling 20 degrees and windy AF, and I was like there is no way I am wearing this dress in this weather. It was worth the wait, though. I finally got to wear it this past weekend when my boyfriend and I attended an alumni brunch for my sorority up at my old college… shout out to my Deephers. :] It was the most beautiful day, we finally had some warm sunshine after 2 days straight of nothing but rain, and this dress was perfect for the occasion.

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Heat Wave from NARS used to be my go-to red lip. It has a slight orange tint to it, so I loved that it wasn’t a true red. However! A few months ago I received this lipstick from the girls at South Moon Under and I really have to say I’m obsessed with it. I can’t stop wearing it. It’s so vibrant, the perfect shade of red, and long lasting! Also I think it’s the exact same shade as this dress… so that’s a plus!

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Expect Nothing

I love wearing clothing with a personalized message.. maybe it’s the 90’s girl in me that just had to own a nameplate ring or necklace, ya know? This flannel came right off the rack from Forever21 a few weeks ago, so I’m quite certain about 18 thousand tweens are also wearing it right now which takes away from the “personal” message aspect.. but it sends a message just the same.

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FOREVER 21 BODYSUIT & FLANNEL  (also love this one!)|| PAC SUN JEANS  || H&M JACKET|| MARMI SHOES BOOTS C/O || RETRO SUPER FUTURE SHADES || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER || THE GIVING KEY NECKLACE

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When I bought this flannel I thought I would wear it a couple times here and there and I kid you not, I have not stopped wearing it since I bought it. I’m actually wearing it right now as I post this… for reals. Over the weekend I paired it with a different pair of black distressed jeans, a black plunging neckline bodysuit, and high top sneakers to attend a concert. This particular flannel is super warm, so I used it as kind of a jacket, and then wrapped it around my waist once I got to the venue as it was absurdly hot in there. Thank god the 90’s trends are a thing again.

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ALSO! We need to talk about this tank top bodysuit because I bought it in 4 different colors. It’s so comfortable and it seriously works with everything. I’ve worn them with skirts, jeans, sweats… literally everything. And believe it or not they were on sale for like $8 each. So yeah… it wasn’t hard to convince myself to buy several. Expect to see them on the blog A LOT the next few months!

Feeling Grey

Yesterday was the first day of spring and there is still slushy, dirty, gross piles of snow all over NYC. Yum! It doesn’t feel very springy yet…so I’m trying to be patient, but we have had a couple days here and there the past month where you could get away with bare legs and I took full advantage!

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AMI CLUBWEAR DRESS C/O  (shop similar gray dresses here) || COSMO HEELS (similar) || LINEA PELLE BAG C/O || URBAN OUTFITTERS SHADES || ROMAN & SUNSTONE CHOKER

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I love this dress because it’s insanely comfortable. I’m all about those t-shirt and sweater style dresses. This one in particular fits like a glove but it doesn’t suffocate me, ya know? What could be better than that? It was supposed to be warm the day I took these pictures… but when you get down by the beach it was FREEZING. Hence the weird faces in half these photos.. I was shivering, haha.

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I am HOPING (fingers crossed!) that is is almost time to ditch the pants and jeans and whatever else all together and wear nothing but skirts and dresses on the blog soon. That really puts me in my happy place. Happy spring, guys!

 

 

Black Tie Optional

I can’t tell you guys how long I have wanted to a tuxedo dress. I first saw blogger Brooklyn Blonde wearing one and I nearly melted. She looked amazing. I quickly reminded myself that not everyone looks as good in certain things as others, and I certainly wouldn’t look as great in anything she wears, the tuxedo dress is a tough trend to pull off as it is… however! I spotted this one from Closet London and threw caution to the wind. Now it’s a part of Closet Rachel (see what I did there? hah!) and I love it! What do you guys think?

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CLOSET LONDON DRESS C/O || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || CHANEL BAG & SHADES (similar)  || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER (similar) || ASOS BELT

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I love this dress because you can never have too many LBD’s and but after a while they all kinda look the same. Obvi, as I’ve already said, I’m pretty much in love with the tuxedo-style detailing. It’s Market Week at work (again) and I think I might have to throw this on for the occasion.

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I threw the belt on to cinch the waist a little bit and add a bit of color but to be honest it doesn’t necessarily need it. The dress fits like a glove. It may run a tiny bit on the smaller side but not by much… I think going the next size up would be too much room. Just an FYI. :] Hope y’all had a great weekend! Stay warm!

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Laced Up

I love wearing bodysuits… and that was not something I ever thought I would say about a year ago. As I’ve mentioned on here before, I was unsure I had the right body-type to wear one, in my opinion. I always thought you had to be rail thin with huge boobs, but here I am. I ordered one online from American Apparel last year without trying it on. I was like screw it, if I try it on in a store I’ll just talk myself out of it. So I bought it, tried it on at home with something high waisted, and fell in love. These days I try on every bodysuit I come across, and this one may be my new favorite.

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SOUTH MOON UNDER BODYSUIT  (on sale now!) & SKIRT C/O (similar) || H&M LEATHER JACKET || PAYLESS HEELS (similar) || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER (similar)

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At first glace this top looks like it may be some slinky lingerie, but I promise you, it’s not! hah. What I don’t actually love about this bodysuit is the bottom half… the lace bodice stops about half way and then it turns to a solid piece of fabric. It starts up way too high so it can only be worn with something high waisted… which I guess isn’t terrible, but it is definitely limiting. However, the strappy top and lacy detail make this a perfect bodysuit to layer under something a little more loose fitting for that sought after peek-a-boo look.

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I’m still obsessed with this skirt. It will forever be a go-to when the weather starts to warm up. I’ve worn it with everything from chunky sweaters, to crop tops, to band t-shirts, to button-ups. One of the best items I have in my closet for sure. It’s about 2 years old now, so I can’t find the exact style online anymore but I’ve linked to something similar above!

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Weekend Hangs with my Little Ones

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own*

This past weekend we had a break in the cold weather for a couple days and I wasn’t the only one beside herself with excitement; my girls wanted to spend as much time outside as possible as well! We hung out at the park, cleaned out my car, had pretend picnics on a blanket in the front yard.. all in all it was a pretty great weekend.

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On me: H&M LEATHER JACKET || PAC SUN T-SHIRT & JEANS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS || SAKS OFF 5TH CHOKER || THE GIVING KEY BLACK MATTE NECKLACE || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || RETRO SUPER FUTURE SHADES

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On Charlotte: H&M LEATHER JACKET || OLD NAVY LEGGINGS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS (Halloween costume cat ears)
On Kennedy: OLD NAVY SHIRT & LEGGINGS || ADIDAS SNEAKERS

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Ok so full disclosure… while I do love spending time outside when the weather warms up, the thing I really get the urge to do is shop! As soon as it gets even a little bit warm I am overcome with the urge to go spend money… it’s terrible, honestly, but I can’t help it. I just feel like I have to buy a whole new wardrobe in like one day for myself and the girls! With that said… thank goodness for Groupon! I used to only use this site for deals on outings and getaways… I had no idea you could actually find free coupons on there. Yup, you read that right, FREE coupons for shopping! When you have three people to shop for instead of just yourself you could really use all the help you can get. I spend hours browsing this site and hoarding all of the coupons I can find… don’t judge me. You can find steals for stores and websites alike so even if you get the itch go shop on a cold day you don’t have to leave the comfort and warmth of your own home. Win win!

You can find steals for stores like Forever21, Kohls, Macys, Walgreens… all stores that I love to shop at not only for myself but for Char and Kennedy as well, and that’s just to name a few. If you haven’t perused Groupon for coupons yet, do yourself a favor and do so now! You can thank me later. ;]

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Admittedly one of my guiltiest pleasures that comes from being a mother of two little girls is matching with them, hah. Charlotte calls us both “fashionistas.” One time she said to me, “Mommy, Kennedy doesn’t care as much about fashion and style as we do. She’s not a fashionista.” I don’t know where she comes up with these lines but she kills me. I can get my girls to wear almost anything if they know I’m wearing a version of it myself. If I asked them to throw on a pair of black sneakers in general they would both throw a fit, but if I’m wearing them they jump at the chance to match their mama… and I love that!

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