light & lace

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“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” -Saint Francis de Sales

Dress: Nordstrom Rack ($19 marked down from $125)

Shoes: Chanel via The Real Real ($150, retails for approx $1,000)

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still summer

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It’s still summer around here, so I’m taking note from Mother Nature and wearing a party dress 🙂 Even though my fall booties and scarves are calling my name, I’m happily drinking pumpkin spice lattes while waiting around for some chilly mornings. Have a good week, readers!

 

Dress: thrift (approx $3)

Necklace: thrift (approx $3)

Sunglasses: Brian Atwood via Nordstrom Rack ($17 marked down from $250)

Sandals: Nine West ($45 marked down from approx $90)

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And for this month’s #monthlymani: it’s a  Turn of the Season theme! I used new the Essie Treat Love Color as a base color; and I’m thrilled to say it’s a perfectly opaque neutral color! I added a glitter effect also by Essie at the tips to add a “turning of the season” flare. Neutral to GLITTER is how I feel about fall :).  Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her fall themed #monthlymani!

 

bell (sleeves) and bows

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Well, we all know the bell sleeve and knot trend is everywhere these days, and I’m completely swooning over these embellished styles- especially given that these tops are 100% cotton and comfortable versions of these trends. Hand me a pumpkin spice latte, and fall is off to a perfect start 🙂 ! I’m going to be cozying up with books, coffee, pumpkin everything, tea, and of course, embellished everything!

Bell sleeve top: Zan Style $75 (though currently on sale for 70% off)

Knotted gray top: Zan Style $11

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW ($3 marked down from approx $80)

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There’s a huge sale on the site now, so if you’re interested in these tops or other fab finds, check out Zan.Style  ! I really enjoyed the cotton blends, as they are super soft and don’t wrinkle easily (one less task when you don’t have to iron!!). Have a lovely week, readers!!

everything embroidered

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It’s hard to nail down my favorite fashion trends lately because there’s so many fun and creative options! In this look, I’m embracing the embroidery trend. I love the texture and custom feel embroidery adds to items like shoes, coats, and dresses. As a side note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I style my top knots and hair braids (as seen in these photos). I have my top knot tutorial here, but stay tuned for a hair braid tutorial next. Honestly, it’s as easy as my top knot. I’m all about low maintenance (though my husband might disagree 🙂 HA!). Have a good rest of your week, readers!

Top: J Crew ($40 marked down from $60)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Coat: Rosegal ($30)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (approx $50 marked down from $90) available here

Head scarf: Coach (approx $20 marked down from approx $65)

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It’s that time again! #monthlymani time! We went with a pirate theme this month to change it up a bit :)! I mixed Sparkle Aplenty from Revlon with Indi-glow from Sally Hansen to have a festive pirate theme. Be sure to head over to Kristi to check out her pirate themed #monthlymani! Aarrgh! (I couldn’t resist)

patience in patterns

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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. –A.A. Milne

Top: New York and Company ($15 marked down from approx $70)

Skirt: Joa via Bloomingdale’s ($20 marked down from $80)

Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)

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This is the perfect time to snag summer deals! The best bikinis and tankinis are here! The best plus size tankinis are also on sale! Looking for end of summer tops? Check out these Hawaiian shirts!

 

top knot tutorial!

Hi, readers! I’ve gotten a number of questions about how I do my top knot hairdo (aka 99% dry shampoo when I’m too tired to actually style my hair). So, without further ado, I really did my best to capture the photos of the step by step tutorial!

Start with a high ponytail but on the last loop through your ponytail holder, you make a loop with your hair. Then, take the loop and pin it forward towards the crown of your head on both sides. Seriously, that’s it. See the final product below!

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You can see a couple of photos below of how it looks (depending on the day 🙂 ).

 

stop and smell the roses

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Sometimes I forget the wonderful splendors around me because I’m busy rushing from one place to another, taking care of errands, going to work, going to the grocery store, blah blah blah. But, I’ve been working on being more mindful of taking a breath. This week, my husband and I took another trip to the local gardens and, sigh, it’s just such a beautiful place. It really makes me happy to stop and smell the roses. What about you, readers? What things of beauty are you seeing in the world around you? Leave a comment below!

Top: Rosegal ($12)

Jeans: Articles of Society via Nordstrom Rack ($36 marked down from approx $68)

Shoes: Crocs ($40 marked down from $60) (seriously, I wasn’t joking. I’m not paid by Crocs, I swear, but I wear them whenever I’m going to be on my feet for long periods of time/walking miles on end).

Fashion Huntress coupon alert! You can find other oversized blouses here. Interested in the top in this post? Summer sales ongoing, all from 33% off. Use code RGEN for another 10% off! Time for a new outfit! Surprise code: RGEN