I've been meaning to stop blogging for at least a year now, but something has always come up which has kept me going. So before something comes up again, I'm going to announce that I don't plan on blogging anymore anytime soon.

I am at a point where I am content with the status of my wardrobe and style choices, so I don't need to keep pushing myself in this area by blogging about it almost everyday at the cost of missing out on precious time with my little ones.  
This style journey has been a lot of fun and I feel like I've learned a lot through it, but it's now time for me to focus my creative juices on subjects that will more directly influence my children for good.
This blog will remain open for Marissa, Li, Missi, or I to post on it whenever we feel like it, but will no longer be maintained as it was before. We will not be maintaining the Facebook page either, and eventually the email address will be closed as well.

Thank you all for being such faithful readers and especially for your kind and encouraging comments! I will definitely miss posting regularly and will miss your kind comments even more!


Outfit Post: To a Wedding

Took both the kids to a wedding this evening and they did fabulous!

Dress - courtesy of eShakti
Heels - Steve Madden (hand-me-down
Earrings - gifted
Baby's dress is from Gap


Outfit Post: Peachy Coral

Shorts - Dillards - $7
Top - Charlotte Russe - hand-me-down
Earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted


Outfit Post: Orange Shorts

Can't get enough of my tan colored espadrille wedges. So perfect for any summer outfit.

Looks like it will be another hot day getting up to the upper nineties. Yikes! We may have to go to the pool this afternoon to keep cool.

Top - Gap - $6
Shorts - J.Crew (via eBay) - $5
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Shell earrings (hiding behind my hair) - Target - $1


Family Picture

Finally had a chance to take some family pictures!

Outfit Post: Pleated Skirt

Me and my boy goofing off for pictures.

And yes, I know this skirt makes my hips look a million miles wide, but it's cool, breezy, cute, and practical.

Tank top - J.Crew - $4
Skirt - J.Crew - hand-me-down
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
4 year old boy - priceless


Answer to a reader question...

Hi! My name is Athena, and I'm 15. I'm going to meet my boyfriends parents, and I want to create a really nice look. I usually dress a mixture of both preppy and hipster, so I'm not sure how to create a sophisticated style. I want them to think that I know how to dress, but I don't want it to seem like I'm trying too hard. Can you please help me find a good outfit? Thank you so much!

Hi Athena,

I find the best way to keep yourself from looking like you are trying too hard is to just keep it simple. Simple pieces that you dress up a bit with your accessories and/or hair.

You want to find something you already feel really comfortable in. If you are comfortable in your body or outfit, that shines through in your personality and presence. So what do you like to wear? Are you a strictly jeans girl? Do you rock the sun dresses and fun, flirty skirts? Cause sure, every Mom would love to see a girl in a sweet sun dress with a cute jacket or cardigan, but if that's not your style, why present a wrong front?

A few things to avoid, anything too short, too tight or too low-cut on top. Also, you should avoid super high heels or boring old running shoes. Super high heels will make you look like you're trying too hard, while running shoes show you don't care what they think.

If you want a summer dress look, you could start with something really sweet like this from Forever 21:

Add a simple cardigan like this from Old Navy:

Finish it off with sandals that reflect your personality. Something to reflect your hipster style might be these from Aldo.

Complete your outfit with a bracelet and/or earrings. No necklace needed.
Here is another cute dress that you could just add a skinny belt and sandals to.

If you are more of a jeans girl, show you have style by wearing white jeans instead of the typical blue washes. Gap has a great pair:

Stay away from the rock 'n roll vibe some jeans have (in other words, no rips, tears, studes, or crazy bleaches). Parents will associate that with rebelliousness, and that certainly won't impress them! A regular blue wash jean in any cut that flatters your figure should work. Add a plain white t-shirt, this jacket, and you'll be good to go. Or, to keep it even simpler, forget the jacket, and just opt for a pair of cute wedges, and a long necklace with your jeans and t-shirt. 

Last look idea would be a skirt and top. The look from J.Crew below is very easy. It is simple and sweet, and would definitely impress anybody's parents.

For a cheaper version of the skirt, try this one:

Add your personality with some funky jewelry.

If all of this isn't really "you," stick with something that fits you well, is modest enough, and is appropriate for where you will be (indoors, bring a sweater for the A/C; outdoors, dress cool). Adding a braid to your hairdo, or teasing your hair at the crown and pulling it into a cute ponytail are cute options for your hairstyle too.

Just remember, the first meeting should not hide who you are and what your personality is. You want to make sure your outfit reflects enough of your personality, without showing any disrespect to your boyfriend's parents' taste.

I hope some of these looks inspire you and you come up with something fabulous! Feel free to send pictures or let us know what you chose.


Outfit Post: Summer Hats

Hat - Old Navy - $.99
Shorts - J.Crew (via eBay) - $5
Shirt - J.Crew (thrifted) - $1
Espadrilles - Target - $3


Outfit Post: Matchy Matchy

I picked this J.Crew top up at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and found that it matched my J.Crew skirt that I purchased about 5 years ago. How lucky is that?

Top - J.Crew - thrifted for $1
Skirt - J.Crew - $19
Esapdrilles - Nine West - gifted
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21


Outfit Post: Specs

I'm not really posting today because of my outfit - I'm posting today because I finally get to wear real prescription glasses!
 After some straining problems, I went to see an optomestrist for the first time. It turns out, my vision is just fine, except for when I'm at the computer or reading something close. Even then, my only problem is a weakness in the muscles that align my eyes together so they can focus. The doctor told me I didn't even need to wear glasses if I didn't want to, but said that the prescription might help ease the strain if I wanted to wear them while I'm at the computer or reading.
 I think they are so cool. :-) Do I look sophisticated and smart now? lol!
 Maybe not.
Top - hand-me-down
Shorts - thrifted - $1
Espadrilles - DSW - $8
Hoop earrings - Premier Jewelry - $21
Glasses - Nine West


Outfit Post: Recreating

I saw these outfits in Francesca's Collections yesterday, and took a picture so I could recreate with clothes I already have.

Here's MY closet-version of a mannequin in Francesca's Collections.

Shabby Apple Summer Dresses

Shabby Apple has some really cute new summer dresses that you have to check out! All their dresses are modest, already embellished, easy to wear, and ridiculously cute!

Their women's clothing is very good quality and the styles they offer are very figure flattering. They also have an excellent maternity clothing line.  

Check out my product review here.


Outfit Post: Date Night

Sunday night was our first date night since our daughter was born. We had been at the pool all day long and it was a last minute decision, so I couldn't go all out like I would have liked - but it felt great to not have to worry about carrying a diaper bag around. :-)

Top - Simply Vera Vera Wang - gifted
Earrings - gifted
Jeggings - Target - $5
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted


Outfit Post: Patriotic

Happy Fourth of July!

Dress - thrifted - $5
Blue bead necklace - thrifted - $2
Striped heels - Steve Madden - hand-me-down
White tank - hand-me-down
Sweet baby girl in a sailor dress - priceless


Chicago....and a new dress :)

So, here is the other dress that my grandfather bought for me. These pics don't show it off that well, but hopefully you get the idea. :) Oh and the white vest thing I'm wearing over it is from JC Penny and it was $2.97. :) The sunglasses were from Charlotte Russe for $5.50, and the sandals are from Francesca's collections for $9.99

Spoiled by Papa

So, last week I went to downtown Rockford and walked around window shopping with my grandparents. We went into this adorable little boutique called Jade, and I loved just about everything in the store. To my chagrin, however, everything was way above my price range, so I settled on buying a needed T-shirt. When my grandfather saw that that was all I was going to buy, he immediately instructed me to go pick something else out. Instead of buying me one thing he ended up buying me two dresses and the T-shirt that I had originally picked out. Yesterday I wore on of the dresses to visit my sis in Chicago, and today I wore this dress for church. I LOVE it! It makes me feel very summery and pretty. Thanks Papa!!! :)


Outfit Post: Sorbet colors

Top - Gap - $6
Scarf - thrifted - $.25
Bag - Target - $6
Espadrilles - Nine West - gifted
Bermudas - Old Navy jeans, cut off into shorts - $7
Shades - Wal-Mart - $7