Like a Rolling Stone

Fun fact.. most of my blog pictures are taken in an alley behind my mom’s office because she takes most of my pictures when we have about 10-15 minutes to spare while she’s at work, hah. Other times, we hop out of the car in other random alleys on the way to dinner to take pictures. That happens to be the case here. Alleys apparently make for some pretty backdrops.

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FOREVER21 TANK (old, similar here) || BB DAKOTA SKIRT, C/O SOUTH MOON UNDER (similar) || CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELS || LINEA PELLE BAG C/O || FOREVER21 SHADES

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This is one of my favorite skirts and I only got to wear it twice before it disappeared for over a year! Luckily, Matt found it in a long lost dry cleaning bag and returned it to me, haha. I’ll never let it out of my sight again! This skirt is perfection. The pleats and the midi length are a far cry from what I can usually be found wearing, but I love that it pairs perfectly with just about anything. So versatile.

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I wore this ensemble into the city for a meeting last week, and this must be my lucky #ootd because it landed me a brand spankin new job! HOORAY! I’m so excited to be back in the city, aaaaand lucky for me, it’s only 3 days a week so I still get to spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Kennedy. Actually, my new job is with a company I’ve been working with for about 3 years now in another role, so yeah… hah. But doesn’t it show how friggen cool this company is that you can show up for an interview in a Rolling Stones tank top and they love it? ;]

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Printed Bells

So I’ve had these bells for over a year now and I’ve only worn them a handful of times. I bought them at the beginning of last summer, but they were one of those things that I couldn’t figure out what to pair with them, so I didn’t really wear them that often. However, this summer I just decided to say F it, and throw on little crop tops (shocking, I know) and call it a day.

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HOLLISTER PANTS & TOP (old, similar here, here) || CHARLOTTE RUSSE SANDALS || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || FOREVER21 CHOKER

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This crop top, on the other hand, I wear quite often! It’s one of my favorites to throw on with pretty much everything from bells, to skirts, to my trusty overalls! It’s comfortable and to be honest, anything I don’t have to wear a bra with gets extra gold stars in my book. Comfort is key in the summer.

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Side note: this is the first time I’ve actually shown my belly button on my blog, hah. It’s become one of those body parts that I spend an unusual amount of energy trying to cover up and hide all the time. It’s become way too exhausting trying to conceal it constantly, and ya know what, I’ve had two babies. This is what my body looks like. My belly button may not be my favorite part of myself anymore, but it’s mine so whatever, here it is world! Deal with it. ;] Anyway. These bells are amazingly comfortable, AND they’re still available, AND on major sale. YAY! Go, go, go!

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In the Trenches

I love the versatility of a sleeveless trench. They were all over the place last year and now I have a better understanding of why; you can pretty much wear them with anything! Last time I threw it on over a little black dress but this time around I’m going for much more casual vibes.

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SHEIN SLEEVELESS TRENCH ℅ (similar) || FOREVER21 TANK & JEANS || STEVE MADDEN SHOES || LINEA PELLE BAG || RAY BANS SHADES || JORD WATCH ℅ || ROMAN LUXE RINGS

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Can we take a minute to celebrate this weather we’ve been having? I know it’s temporary right now, but I’m ok with that. As long as the temperatures don’t plummet again I’m content. I’m SO beyond over layering up. I’ve had about enough of it.

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Also worth mentioning, I ripped these jeans even more than they’re already ripped, hah! It looks a little absurd now… I’m debating sewing one little section back together… is that weird? Or maybe I could just find a new favorite pair of jeans. I have some serious decisions to make, guys!

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Galentine’s Day Style

I think the idea of a Galentine’s Day celebration is the cutest idea ever! So fun and honestly, I always have the most fun with my girlfriends! Surprisingly, none of them are single this year, so I guess it’s not even an option, haha, but a great idea none the less! My best friend’s birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day sooo we could just combine the two? Anyway! Galentine’s Day is all about dressing up and feeling good about yourself, and if you want to wear all black, (as I usually do!) this is one holiday I don’t think anyone would mind.

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JUNO BOUTIQUE TOP ℅ || LOOKBOOK STORE LEGGINGS ℅ || VALENTINO HEELS || DOR L’DOR CLUTCH (similar) || ROMAN LUXE EARRINGS & RING

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As soon as I tried this top on I knew I had to have it. The shoulder cutouts are a big thing this year and I really dig that style. The tunic length with these textured leggings and pink rock stud heels screams ready for cocktails with the girls! How will you be celebrating this weekend? Don’t forget to stop by Juno, if you’re in the area, and browse their amazing selection of outfits. And when you’re done picking out something to wear this Sunday, head to their upstairs and pick out what you’ll be wearing underneath!

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Monochrome

I’m back to my typical color palate now… lots of black, white, and grey. Pops of color can be sooo overrated. (notice how my views on the matter change? I’m so fickle!)

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LOOKBOOK CO. COAT, SWEATER, SNAKESKIN LEGGINGS ℅ || FOREVER21 HEELS || LINEA PELLE X NICKY HILTON BACKPACK || URBAN OUTFITTERS SHADES || ROMAN LUXE RING

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This was supposed to be the year of outerwear. I was going to stock up on really cute coats and jackets and all things of that nature and keep things fresh and new on the blog this winter. HOWEVER, the weather has not been outerwear friendly thus far so this is really the first you’re seeing of a coat, save for my fabulous fur last week. I really, really dig this coat. The length is perfect, it keeps your butt warm when you sit on cold seats, and the leather sleeves are a bold addition to an otherwise traditional trench.

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Do you not LOVE this backpack? I needed something like this so bad. I was growing tired of my usual totes or cross-bodies, and I’m not a huge fan of bucket bags, so a backpack it was! Matt got this for me for my birthday. I would say the boy did good, but I e-mailed him links to a few different Linea Pelle bags I was obsessing over at the time, haha! Takes all the stress out of picking out a gift for me. No matter which one he got me, I would have been in love! IMG_0825IMG_0822IMG_0824IMG_0819IMG_0823IMG_0820

It’s hard to tell from the photos but these are not just normal faux leather leggings, they are snakeskin. I picked these out because I think I have to officially retire my favorite BEBE leather leggings due to the fact that I have to constantly pull them up every 5 minutes. These fit perfectly and they add so much edge to your look. I am a big fan of leather leggings! They’re comfortable but pull a look together instantly, so you no longer have to fear the “oh man, I’m going out wearing leggings” stigma. Which, I don’t even know why people get all hot and bothered if a girl chooses to wear leggings. They’re comfortable, and if you’re comfy and feel good in what you’re wearing then everyone else can piss off. 🙂 On another note, hope you all had a GREAT Christmas holiday! Anyone doing anything super exciting for New Year’s Eve this year?

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The Fine Print

This is the first of my posts sans baby bump. Kind of bitter sweet, isn’t it? I’m on my way to getting my post baby body back! I have about 8 pounds to go until I hit the weight I was before I got pregnant. Doesn’t sound like a lot, I know, but it’s not coming off easy! I have plateaued already, womp womp!

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DRESS: TARGET (similar here) || VEST: TARGET || SHADES: RAY BANS || BRACELETS: ALEX & ANI, DAVID YURMAN || NECKLACES: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, H&M (similar here) ||  BAG: H&M (similar here, and here)

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Having two kids now I rarely ever have time to do my own hair, and do it well. It’s late night showers, letting it air dry, waking up with an afro kind of routine now. Wearing my hair naturally isn’t always the worst thing, but on humid days it’s an absolute nightmare. Throwing it up in a modified sock bun works wonders for me on days like that!
IMG_5592I am super into this maxi dress. It’s light weight and the print is fun, kind of aztec-y, ya know? That’s a thing, right? There’s also a saucy little slip up the one leg, which I love.

IMG_5589 IMG_5590I can’t say it enough how much I really love this weather! It’s been beyond perfect. A maxi dress is sufficient for days like we’ve been having! Oh and have you caught on to my obsession with reflective shades yet? I can’t stop buying Ray Ban aviators, this is my 4th pair, and now I’m obsessed with the mirrored lenses. My husband thinks I have a problem…… he may be right.

ALSO! Side note: my blog was voted the Most Badass Beauty & Style Blog of 2014! Thank you SO much to all of my readers. I just celebrated my 3 year blogversary and I couldn’t be more proud of how far I’ve come and how far my little blog has come, and I couldn’t feel this way without you guys. You’re all the very best! Love you. :]

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Wanderlust.

Do you ever go on vacation, even if it’s a small one somewhere not too far away, and think “this is the best place I’ve ever been. I want to move here.” Every. Single. Time. There’s something about being somewhere where no one knows you, where you know nothing, that is so attractive. Everywhere I’ve ever been I felt I could see myself there. Maybe not for the long haul, but for a little white at least. I hate vacations, it’s so sad coming home.

IMG_1244 IMG_1242I would move here. In a heartbeat. Good thing we just bought our dream house, right? haha, womp womp! Some day when we win the mega millions we’re going to have vacation homes all over the world! Promise. By the way! I feel it’s worth mentioning that the coffee at the Starbucks in Newport, RI is the best coffee I have ever had, anywhere, at any time. And my husband agreed. They brew it with love I tell you! If you’re ever there, stop by, you won’t be disappointed! And this is also the only time you’ll see me with a hot coffee for a long time! I drink iced coffee until I pretty much need gloves to hold the cup.

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DRESS: URBAN OUTFITTERS (on sale now) || JACKET: H&M || SHOES: TARGET || BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF || SHADES: RAY BANS || LIPS: NARS ‘HEAT WAVE’

I really liked this dress because it is really something I’ve never worn before. It’s not my typical go-to. I generally prefer dresses with more shape, this was the exact opposite. I wanted to find something that was comfortable for walking around and sight-seeing. This was perfect. HOWEVER… I was totally unprepared for how windy it was going to be. I had quite a few Marilyn Monroe moments… ha.

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WATCH: MICHAEL KORS || BRACELETS: SKULL > ARUBA FLEE MARKET, ALEX & ANI

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A rare occurrence of THE Matt Ross in front of the camera! haha isn’t he cute? :]

DSC_5054 DSC_5057The view from our hotel was unreal. I have never seen anything like it before! Rhode Island is a lovely little state. Our hotel was smack dab in the middle of its own island, seriously. It took up the whole thing, hah. Anyway, definitely a place I’ll be revisiting. Well until next time, kisses!

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