Mellow Yellow Casual Maxi

Truth: I absolutely loooove this casual maxi dress.  It’s lightweight and perfect for everyday wear.  The silhouette is super simple and the length easily allows for flats, which means it’s a frequent “go to” on my off days.  Plus the price can’t be beat – it was a lucky Target find courtesy of Who What Wear.  Honestly, I have to run past the WWW section at Target whenever I go shop for diapers and baby food.  Otherwise I’d be buying stuff every time because the clothes are so cute and affordable.  This dress is an older purchase, but I linked up some current Who What Wear finds below!

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Eliza J | Little Striped Dress

Blue and white stripes are an iconic springtime print.  Last spring I went crazy looking for a little striped dress.  I tried on tons and couldn’t find a single one I liked.  Then this spring rolled around and I found several…so I splurged and bought a few different styles.  This one from Eliza J is a favorite because it was a perfect fit off the rack.  Eliza J specializes in pretty little dresses and offers a wide selection in petite sizes. You can’t shop directly from their site, but many of their designs are stocked at Nordstrom in regular, petite, and plus.  This particular dress is a great choice because it’s versatile.  I wore it as a day dress with strappy flat sandals, then stepped it up for the evening with nude heels and statement earrings.

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Festival Style: Split Leg Pants

For those of you who don’t know, this past weekend marked the first weekend of Coachella – a fact you pretty much can’t avoid living in southern California.  Though I would’ve killed to go even five years ago, I can safely say my music festival days are over.  Mommy and festival groupie don’t exactly go hand in hand. (Legit I’m not in my 20’s anymore!)  But that doesn’t mean I don’t dig festival style.  My college days were super boho and I definitely still hang on to some of that vibe.  So I love peeping all the looks out of Coachella Valley and even shopping some of the styles for those upcoming hot summer days.  For this look I styled split leg pants with a crochet top for a coffee date with friends – and I scored several compliments on my outfit along the way.

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Spring Denim: Cute & Cropped

I’m 100% into jeans for casual days.  I don’t always feature denim on the blog because I like to mix it up and showcase unique looks, but I definitely wear a lot of jeans when I’m running errands around town. One trend I really love in denim is the cropped flare.  They’ve been on the scene since last spring but it’s taken me a while to find a pair that work for my height…since I’m so short the crops are nearly full length on me. Funny but not funny.  I eventually bought a pair and cropped them myself for that raw hem look – but hey it worked!

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Athleisure Rock & Roll

Athleisure is a trend that’s been going strong the last few spring seasons, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon.  I feel like it started with leggings worn as casual wear for everyday use and now the trend has morphed into something much more encompassing.  Sweat pants, and especially joggers, are commonplace whether you’re working out or running to the store.  They’re even made to look “dressed-up” in a variety of prints and fabrics. Athleisure is a popular trend because, by and large, it’s a comfortable one.  Stretchy yoga pants are a better bet for brunch than your skin tight jeans.  Not to mention there’s a true convenience in heading from the gym to an appointment without a second thought.  Personally, I’m not crazy about the full-on athletic look unless I’m actually working out.  I am however on-board with adopting an athletic piece here and there to incorporate into a fabulous outfit.  Hence, this jumpsuit that I knew I had to have…

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Happy Halloween | Costume Idea + Throwback

Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up in a warm climate (South Florida) and now living in another warm climate, we don’t really “feel” the fall until late October.  In fact, like clockwork, the weather has just begun to turn cool.  So Halloween for me has always marked a change in seasons…a time when the hot summer sun finally lets up to cooler days.  Of course I love the spooky element, and the dress up element, and the fact that everyone seems to take it so seriously.  Halloween is one of those holidays where grownups get to act like kids.  (For my hubby it’s an excuse to munch on candy all week until the trick-or-treaters come and clean us out.)  I usually like to have something planned for the occasion, but unfortunately, this year my little (big) doggy isn’t well.  She just had major knee surgery and needs constant attention, so we can’t actually leave her for the night.  Instead we’ll probably sit outside on the front porch handing out candy, with our little baby resting on her bed nearby. Nonetheless, I got to thinking what I would wear in case I do feel like dressing up.  Since I didn’t plan a costume in advance, I wanted to pull something from my existing wardrobe, and I immediately thought of the pretty pink tutu dress I scooped up at BCBG some years back.  It’s sweet and simple and very much like a tutu except it’s an actual dress, and it offers a lot of versatility.  Which is great, because I don’t want to go the ballerina route.  Instead I thought of those cute little cupcake dolls I used to have as a kid – the ones with the big full skirts and the floppy cupcake hats.  They were even scented to smell like different sweets!  Anyway, I think it would be fun to transform my tutu into a cupcake inspired costume, using many of the items I already have laying around…what do you think?!
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Style board inspo for my costume 🙂  I already have the tutu, floppy hat, mint heels, etc.  And don’t you just loooooove the cupcake bag and earrings from Kate Spade?!

Here’s the dress itself, last time I wore it, for an evening event…styled very differently, but again I love the versatility.  Sorry for the blurry (super old iPhone) photos, lol.

cupcake dolls

Here are some pics of the actual cupcake dolls, sold in the early 90’s, then discontinued.  I legit loved these things.  You could flip their skirts inside-out and they would turn into sweet smelling cupcakes.  (You can still buy them here btw.)  I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this, not that anyone else would necessarily get my cupcake reference.

I think I have a tendency towards super girly costumes, which is interesting because my personal style is definitely more edgy.  This totally reminds me of the year I dressed up as Marie Antoinette, inspired by Holly Madison of then Girls Next Door fame…DSCN0566

 I even bought my costume at Trashy Lingerie, where Holly originally had hers made.  Hubby and I partied on the Queen Mary in Long Beach that year…it was a fun weekend.

ANYWAY, hope you all have a wonderful Halloween weekend!!!  Feel free to share your own costume plans in the comments.