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Red, White and Ruffles

I’m not one to force patriotic looks, but when I come across tops and tee’s that are all too perfect for those special occasions, everything naturally falls into place. I have this tee on order to wear for the 4th and although a bit more obvious when it comes to the patriotic factor, I deem it just as cute :) The best part about this ruffled number however, is that it will be adorable all summer long! Oh, and it’s only $13….maybe that’s the best part?! I get asked often about this brands sizing, so here I’m wearing an XS. I’d say it runs true to size, maybe just a tad large in case you were between sizes.

Details: SheIn top c/o / LOFT denim (similar) / Booties (similar) / Madewell tote / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet / Earrings (similar) / Rayban sunglasses

Cacti Friday

I know, another cactus t-shirt! I can’t seem to stop myself. But can you blame me? How cute is this guy?! I don’t post my everyday outfits as often as I should. Honestly, I feel you’d tire of seeing these same shorts and a different t-shirt everyday ;) But here’s a great example of what you’d see me wearing if you ran into me around town. After trying a few different pairs of denim this summer, I settled on this high-rise pair from JCrew. They have a great fit and are a perfect length for me. Not too short and not too long. Since I knew I’d be wearing them the majority of the summer I didn’t mind spending a few more dollars on them. So far they’ve been worth every penny!

You know I’m rarely doing a shoot alone, right? ;)

Our joyful little babe…

Details: SheIn t-shirt c/o / JCrew denim / Converse sneakers / Scarf (old, similar)

Beach/Pool Accessories

Today I’ve pulled together a bunch of pieces that will help you look chic when you’re visiting the beach (if you live there I’m way too jealous!) or spending the afternoon poolside. Even if you have little ones in tow, as I do, it’s still possible to look pulled together. Which, I should mention, is completely different from having your act together, as I rarely do! I’m always five minutes late and tend to forget one crucial item like a diaper….or a snack…..or someone’s water…or that one toy they can’t be without that very minute ;) But back to the point of this post, if you have a few of these pieces in your closet you’ll at the very least feel pulled together. And the rest will fall into place ;)

 

 

Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget your SPF! :)

Dotted One Shoulder

I hope you all had a great weekend! We hosted a Father’s Day cookout at our house and after cleaning up afterwards I’m now tackling this post and plan on jumping right into bed! Have I mentioned on here that my son joined the swim team at our pool this year? Well he did and it seems that between team, swim lessons for my middle babe and plain old swim time, the pool will be ruling our summer! As long as the sun continues to shine, I’m ok with that! It also helps that Audrey (my 2 year old) adores the water. So much so that she melts down when it’s time to leave. Like, all out tears, screaming, hands straight up (so she falls out of my arms) and bolts back to the pool numerous times! I’m hoping she gets the hang of the whole we leave only so we can come back again process shortly :)

I’ve had this one shoulder top for a little while now and look forward to wearing it each time I’ve gotten to. It’s now on sale (yay!), fully stocked and perfect to have on hand for the rest of the summer! Ruffles, peplum and bows always get me and I may need to add swiss dots to that list as well ;)

Details: LOFT top / Target pants (similar here and here) / Steve Madden heels

Cactus Tee

If it’s not obvious by now, I love graphic tee’s. Cute graphic tee’s in particular. You saw the pineapple options I sent your way earlier this week and today I’ve moved on to cactus, orrrrr cacti? What can I say, I’m such a sucker! But I honestly turn to t-shirts the majority of my summer, so they will all be in heavy rotation!

On another note, I pulled a muscle in my calf when I was running earlier this week and it’s driving me crazy. I’m not one to rush off to a doctor, but maybe in this case I need to? Or not? Maybe it’ll heal on it’s own? Anyone have any insight on this matter? Summer isn’t the best time for me to be able to slow down, so I’m going to need to figure this one out!

Have a great weekend guys and a Happy Father’s Day to all those Father figures in your life!

A certain little two year old was under the impression that it was time to play ;)

Details: JCrew t-shirt / Madewell denim / Madewell tote / Booties (similar)

Summer Necesseties

So, maybe you don’t necessarily need all of these items, but they’d sure make summer a little sweeter and a bit more enjoyable ;) I spent some time thinking through the items I don’t like to be without during these next few months and gathered them here to share with you today. Let me know what other essentials are on your list!

 

 
Since layering isn’t much of an option during summer, I love how bandanas can add that final touch that can pull the simplest of outfits together.

Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is always my go-to in the summer when even a CC cream can fee like too much.

Classic easy-on, easy-off sneaks are a must!

A pretty new beach towel is always welcomed and it seems with my crew I can always use one more towel :)

A cute hat not only acts as a great sun shield but can take your outfit (or swimsuit) to looking chic in no time!

I’m such a sucker for fun graphic tee’s like this one.

A bottle that will actually keep my water cold all day? Yes, please!

These high-waisted jean shorts are already my go-to each and everyday and a pair I’m thinking I may need a second pair of!

Summer calls for brighter nails and I’m loving some of the mint/teal shades.

A tote that can work for everyday errands, a weekend getaway or a day at the pool all in one? Awesome! It’s made with a wipeable fabric and expands whenever necessary.

I use this Sugar lip treatment throughout the year but like the waterproof factor and added SPF that comes with this one.

I tend to get a new pair of sunglasses each summer and this pair quickly became a new favorite.

Pineapple

Pineapples guys. I love to eat ’em and I love to wear ’em. I had to get my hands on this adorable tank from my friend’s shop Elizabeth & West asap because I knew it would sell out quickly…and it did…quickly…I’m sorry!! The good thing is, there’s no shortage in the pineapple department at the moment, so you’ll have to scroll down to see all my picks. This cute tee and this fun swimsuit being two of them!

My friend/blogger, Rebecca over at Mommy in Heels also runs a boutique, Elizabeth and West in York, PA. Lucky for us, she also has an online shop. And even luckier for you, she’s offering 20% off to A Lovely Living readers today and tomorrow (6/12 and 6/13) with code LOVELY20, yay!! She’s constantly receiving new inventory and a lot of it flies, so you’ll need to jump on things. And if you follow her on Instagram she’ll frequently show her new arrivals as they come in on her Insta stories. I’m loving the colors of this midi dress, this pretty tank, and this cute, striped tee!  Hope that brightens your Monday a little more…happy shopping!!

Details: Elizabeth & West tank (sold out, see options below) / Pants (similar) / Booties (similar) / Bag / LeSpecs sunglasses / Stella & Dot necklace and bracelet

Datenight at Dusk

When it comes to running the household, I’m the one that tackles all the nitty gritty details. Jack handles the big picture and I make sure meals are planned, activities are booked, appointments are made, schedules are followed, and toilet paper is in the bathroom ;) With all the details and busyness of life with three little ones, planning date nights has certainly fallen by the wayside the past few years. Not to say that we never go out, but it takes much less effort to pop some popcorn and turn on Netflix. But my husband has recently taken the initiative to make sure date nights happen a bit more frequently and has been reinforcing just how important they are. Sometimes I love when he’s right! We got out for a few hours last night, which included enough time to squeeze in a quick shoot…what a guy ;) I’m hoping we can continue to hold ourselves accountable as time goes on. Connecting with your spouse  is so good for the heart and soul, so should you feel the nudge to get a little alone time, don’t hesitate to call your sitter and make that reservation…it’s so worth it!

Details: LOFT top (recent in-store purchase, similar online here) / Madewell jeans / LOFT scarf / Booties (similar) / Stella & Dot bracelet

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Father’s Day 2017: Gift Guide

I’ve been procrastinating on this post, guys! In my book, men are the most difficult people to shop for. I think the two main reasons for this is that they tend to be fairly practical and/or when they need something they buy it! Can anyone else relate?

Well, with a little researching and a little discussion with my husband, we came up with a gift guide that I hope more than a few of you will find helpful! I didn’t look back on last year’s guide until I finished and luckily I only had one item overlap! Everything on that guide remains relevant however, so it may be worth checking out again as well: 2016 Gift Guide.


1. 23 And Me: Ancestry Report: My husband and father have both had this test done and we’re considering it for my FIL this year. They trace your DNA and give you a full report on your ancestry as well as a genetic health report (if selected). We found out, amongst other things, that Jack is 1% Sub-Saharan African, who knew!!

2. Google Home: Jack and Siri are pretty much BFF’s but he’s had this on his wishlist for a while now, and I have to say I’m rather tempted as well. A personal assistant for us both, hmmm!

3. Hyper Chiller: Just in time for summer, this device makes a perfect iced coffee in 60 seconds! I like benefiting from this gift, win/win!

4. Night Stand Valet: Beautiful and practical, I love this piece and I’m guessing a few fathers may too. I know this handmade piece would make good use on Jack’s nightstand or desk alike!

5. DAD t-shirt: No nonsense, straight to the point. You can’t go wrong with this guy!

6. Sneakers: A fresh pair of on-trend sneakers is something most guys can appreciate.

7. FiberFix: This was the first thing out of my husbands mouth when I asked him about the gift guide. At first I started laughing because I assumed it had something to do with giving his system a little kick ;) But it turns out it’s something of a duct tape on steroids. It claims to fix all breaks, tears and cracks and at under $10 my guess is that my husband isn’t the only one that would benefit from having this on hand ;)

8. Bose Headphones: Sport headphones can be difficult to find, but the reviews on these make me think they might be worth it!

9. Daddy/Baby Gift Set: For all of those first time Father’s, check out this adorable set! What dad wouldn’t be proud to sport this?

Pink, White and Blue

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend! We spent most of ours celebrating my oldest child turning….8!! I’m still stomaching that one ;) He chose to visit Lake Tobias, an outdoor wildlife park north of Harrisburg, PA that’s totally worth checking out if you’re anywhere in the area. Jack loved it, but watching my two year old say ‘hello’ to every goat in the petting zoo (there must have been 50!) may have been the best part of our day ;) Needless to say, we were completely wiped by the end of it!

As for this outfit, I was smitten over the ruffled top as soon as I saw it. I’m frequently drawn to blue, but then find myself agonizing over what to pair the various blues with. Blue jeans don’t always cut it and in this case, white denim would have been over-kill. I knew I had to turn to a color and finally settled on pink, although had I a pair in a burnt orange, I may have gone for that too!

Details: SheIn top c/o / Zara pants (similar) / Shoes (similar) / Stella & Dot necklace (similar)

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