a lovely living


With Valentine’s Day just behind us and a Pinterest board filling in this hue, it was clear that I was to do a little ‘blush inspo’ post. Blush pink tops the charts in just about any season for me, although with spring on it’s way, it’s sure to be making a statement over the next few months. It’s so soft and feminine and it can work in the most casual or dressy of ways. These suede sneakers would be adorable with some distressed denim and a cute white tee, or with a fun mini skirt and denim jacket once the temps rise. This sweet dress is on sale and would be perfect for any upcoming showers you may have on your calendar. Oh, and these booties, I don’t even have words…I just wish they were in my closet currently, waiting for the snow to melt! I know backpacks have been big lately, but this one might have finally sold me. What do you think? Which of these might you not be able to live without??

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Laid Back Layers

Can I just throw it out there that titling blog posts might be the most difficult task of this whole blogging thing?! I can easily edit photos, draft a post and then stare blankly at the title for I don’t know how long. Sometimes (often) I go with the obvious, sometimes it’s witty….and then once in a while I’ll ask my husband. In this case, his response involved something along the lines of sexy and scarf, lol! Not exactly what I was going for but thanks babe ;)

This past weekend we enjoyed some beautiful weather which was warm enough to go coat free. I recently got this scarf (which I’m hoping comes back in stock!) which will make a perfect transition piece into spring. I’m basically over shopping for winter (unless there’s an amazing deal to score), and I’m turning my attention on what I’ll be wearing in the upcoming months. I’m all over stripes lately as well, so I’m planning on ordering this cute striped tee to layer with scarves and jackets. And since this scarf is unavailable at the moment, I started to search for a few others to share and had trouble narrowing them down! Hi, I’m Marisa and I’m a scarf-aholic ;)

Details: BP scarf (see options below) / Striped shirt (similar) / Denim (similar) / Boots (similar) / Target sweater / Bag

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Maybe like me, you’ve seen this style of sweater pop up on Instagram and other blogs etc. throughout the winter? I love the look and I especially love that ruffles are having a huge moment right now…because I love ruffles, always. This particular style, however, I’m classifying into the ‘trendy’ section and that’s why I tracked it down for $25! You know how I roll with trendy…cheap! And for $25, this sweater is so worth it. It also comes in black, white and red, all of which would work perfectly for Valentine’s Day, wink, wink. If this look is a little too over the top for you, I’m sharing some other ruffled favorites of mine below, so check them out!

Details: SheIn sweater c/o / JCrew denim (similar) / Pumps (similar) / Stella & Dot necklace / Noonday Earrings

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That Bullseye

I think we can all agree that Target is pretty much where it’s at. Like, literally, where everything is at! This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, but I felt the need to share some favorites that I’ve been taking note of recently because this is my space to share what I like…and I like Target ;) Between their Who What Wear line, Nate Berkus goodies, Cat and Jack line for the kiddos and my strong and steady Threshold brand, I find myself needing to circle the entire store these days! And if I don’t go in and spend all the money, then I tend to just walk out because I want it all and don’t know where to start (or stop, that’s probably more accurate!). So with that said, why don’t you get yourself into a store and look around a bit. Or if you don’t trust yourself fully, then check out some of my picks below to get a taste of the goodness!


1. Home Sweet Home door mat: Adorable and oh so welcoming!
2. Wire basket: a fun and chic way to keep your clutter (or their clutter) organized.
3. Lace top: Adorable and feminine top that would pair perfectly with denim or dressed up for say, Valentine’s Day?
4. Pom Pom bin: Super cute bin to add extra storage to your nursery or playroom.
5. Decorative mirror: Classy and chic and perfect for any room in your home.
6. Perforated mules: If you thought mules were big before, they are coming back in full force this spring!
7. Brass end table: Exactly what you’d expect from Nate Berkus…perfection in an end table ;)
8. Lace-Up sweater: I love a good lace-up sweater and even more so at this price!
9. Chevron rug: I love the colors and pattern in this rug and also love the fact that it also comes in a 2×3 option so it can be used all sorts of places in your home.

Thermal Peplum

That feeling you get when you turn on your camera and the battery light is flashing…ugh! To give you an idea, we shoot somewhere in the range of 50-75 images per shoot and this one we managed to squeeze in a whopping 16 before the battery died on us! Some professionals we are! Well, like my kids and I recite daily, ‘you get what you get and you don’t get upset’ ;) Fortunately I was able to pull just enough images to squeeze a post out of, and I’m glad because it sure has taken me long enough to get this top on here! I’ve worn it a number of times over the past few months and I just love it. It’s thermal, so super loungy and comfortable and the peplum totally makes it. I wear it out often, but at home I throw it on with some grey joggers and call it a day.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Details: Free People top / LOFT sweater (similar) / Pilcro bottoms (similar) / Booties (similar) / Kate Spade bag (similar)

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Sleeveless Sweater

If it’s going to be winter, I’m one who appreciates having some snow on the ground. I love watching it fall, laying on the trees and covering the ground. It’s so beautiful! You also know I love layering and bundling up and I’ve been breaking out this sleeveless turtleneck sweater again and again. I love them for the fact that they can be worn so many different ways, they bring warmth to an outfit and maybe best of all they don’t add any extra bulk to your sleeves when you’re wearing a jacket. Then you can go ahead and pull out my secret weapon….a plaid scarf! ;)

Details: Turtleneck sweater (similar, see options below) / LOFT shirt (similar) / AG denim (similar) / Boots (similar) / Scarf (similar)

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Be My Valentine (+ giveaway!)

Happy February, gang! As soon as February hits, Valentine’s Day immediately pops into my mind (as do the Valentine’s I need to come up with for my children and the token of love I need to hunt down for my husband)! In order to help you on at least one of those fronts, I have a handful of gifts that most husbands/boyfriends would love to receive. And for one lucky reader, I’m going to help you tackle that gift without having to spend a cent! Read on…

  1. Harry’s Shave Set: Have you guys heard of Harry’s? I had recently started seeing their commercials on TV and then they reached out to see if Jack would be interested in trying out some of their products. Can you guess his answer? All his time behind the camera can earn him a few perks too ;) Jack is a big fan of Warby Parker who happens to have a co-founder in common with Harry’s. We love WP for their sleek styles of glasses and especially their inexpensive prices. Well, Harry’s has set out to do the same. To deliver a great shave without overpaying. Jack has loved using their products over the past few weeks and he appreciates how hassle-free the whole process is (I think he’s hooked!). Harry’s is graciously giving away a Winston Set to one of you! See below to enter! And in case you don’t win, this would still make a great gift. Plus, you can get them hooked and wind up saving some cash!
  2. Personalized Cufflinks: Personalized gifts always show you care and put thought in ahead of time (unlike me running out the day prior frantically trying to track something down!). I love the masculine touch the walnut wood brings to this pair.
  3. Foil Pressed Map: I love the contemporary look of these maps. How sweet would it be to order one from the state or city where you and your loved live? Or where you first met? Or where you were married? Or honeymooned? You get the point ;)
  4. HUBS t-shirt: Graphic tee’s are still making their mark and when my ‘hubs’ saw this one on my screen he quickly told me how much he liked it. It must be the font…he’s my font guy ;)
  5. ‘I Pick You’ Pick: For all of your guitar loving guys, how cute is this pick?
  6. Echo-Dot: Don’t worry. The Dot may enable his relationship with Alexa, but he’ll never love her more ;) If you’re not familiar, the Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.
  7. Monogrammed Wallet: Classic, can’t go wrong with it gift!
  8. Fleece Hoodie: I don’t know about where you are, but here in Pennsylvania, it’s cold! I know Jack would love this hoodie for it’s warmth and comfort and I like it for it’s style!

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Plaid Over Stripes

Print/pattern mixing is one of my favorite ways to pull an outfit together. It doesn’t need to feel too difficult or overwhelming. Just follow a few broad rules such as a) mix different prints (it can be tricky to mix when they’re too similar), b) use like colors from both prints, c) use one larger print and one smaller, and d) ground the prints with a solid. This jacket is a wonderful piece to use in such a way! It’s priced at only $30 and it has pockets (which are always a plus!). A stripe/plaid combo is hard to go wrong with…in case you wanted to give it a try and needed a little encouragement, you’ve got it!

Details: SheIn jacket / Striped top (similar) / LOFT denim (similar) / Boots (similar) / Madewell tote / Stella & Dot monogram necklace / Rayban sunglasses

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Pink + Burgundy

I’ve been chatting with a bunch of ladies recently about closet cleaning, purging, organizing etc., and I’m thinking I’m going to have to work something together for the blog at some point. Anyone else have a need for that? This post makes brings that to mind because, although my closet isn’t perfect, I do my best to keep things in place. And by keeping things in place I’m able to come up with an outfit such as this one. Let me explain. I had found this tunic sweater recently at H&M and as I was running through what bottoms to pair it with in my head, I was coming up with the typical black or dark denim or maybe white….but then I took the top into my closet with me, held it up to my rows of pants and as soon as I saw the rose pink paired with the burgundy bottoms I knew that’s what I wanted! Not exactly ground-breaking, I know, but along with an organized closet comes a certain ease in allowing you to work outfits together. And that’s the end of my story ;) Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Details: H&M tunic / LOFT leggings / Boots (similar) / Stella & Dot necklace (similar) / Ann Taylor coat (similar)

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Everyday Fav’s

I thought it would be fun to share some of my everyday favorites with you guys today. Some of these you’ve seen and I have discussed before (hence the favorites) and others have won me over more recently. Check them out and then scroll down to see just why they’re all a part of my everyday!

Sugar Lip Treatment: I use this everyday and every night. I love the consistency and it keeps my lips hydrated all winter long. I love applying it before lipstick as well because it helps to smooth out my lips and allows the lipstick to go on much better.

Third Love 24/7 t-shirt bra: I first shared Third Love a couple of months ago (here) as I had been hearing so many good things about their bras. I’ve since been wearing the t-shirt bra and really need to order another because it’s the only one I reach for in the morning! I used their app to find my size (boy was I way off!) and have found that this is the first bra that I don’t even think about during the day…or to say that another way, I’m not ready to rip it off the minute I finish my dinner ;) If you’re considering trying it out, Third Love has passed along a discount code to receive 15% off your order, yay! Just enter BRABLEMSJAN15 at checkout!

IT Cosmetics CC cream: I’ve shared my love for Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer that I wear regularly in the summer, but I love the coverage this cc cream offers throughout the rest of the year. It’s not a full coverage foundation, but it’s not often that I want or need that, so this is what I turn to most everyday.

Rodan and Fields Lash Boost: My husband gave this to me for my birthday last month and around week three of using it I could already see a major difference! I don’t have a desire to mess with fake lashes but knew mine could use a little boost…boy does this product deliver! You apply the serum nightly and my lashes are already noticeably longer and they’re now starting to thicken up. I love it! Rodan and Fields is certainly sweeping the country, but if you don’t know a consultant, I’d be happy to hook you up with my girl ;)

Stella & Dot monogram necklace: If you’ve followed along for a while, you know this is my go-to necklace. It works with just about any outfit hence my wearing it with just about every outfit ;) My bf gifted it to me a while ago and it’s been a favorite ever since.

Madewell tote: Again, if you follow this blog regularly, you know this bag is my sidekick practically everyday! I’ve weaved diaper  bags in and out over the years, but this remains my staple bag. Not to mention the fact that it’s help up beautifully year after year and I’m sure I could treat it a bit gentler than I do!

Amika undone texture spray: Once I dry and style my hair, this product gives it life! It keeps it from falling flat and body-less and gives it the perfect amount of lift and texture that I need. I go crazy any time I run out!

Hanky Panky underwear: Shortly after college, a co-worker of mine introduced me to Hanky Panky and as soon as I wore them I felt like I had graduated to my big girl undies, lol. I’ve thrown in some others over the years, but nothing can compare. They also work great during pregnancy because they fit low enough to not interfere with that growing belly.

Urban Decay makeup setting spray: For everyone that has known about this and never shared how wonderful it was with me, shame on you! It’s not everyday that I necessarily need my make-up to last all day, but after knowing that it can I became hooked! This spray keeps my make-up looking fresh up until the point I’m ready to take it off…really!

Now don’t keep it a secret, what are some of your everyday must have’s?!

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