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Denim Jumpsuit

Happy Monday, all! We had a great albeit busy weekend and I am looking forward to playing a little catch up today! There always seems to be so much to cram into a weekend, especially during this spring/end of school season. Sports events, recitals, picnics, get-togethers, and all the yard work. I never look forward to that part, but I love spending time outdoors, so I know the effort is worth it! We also continue birthday celebrations this week. Audrey turned 4 on the 9th and this week we celebrate my husband turning… older…and Madelyn turning 7!

This jumpsuit arrived last week after being backordered for over a month and I had nearly forgotten about it. You know I love my overalls, but this denim jumpsuit gives the same vibe on an elevated level. This particular jumpsuit is nearly sold out already (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a re-stock) but I have dug up a few similar options for you, all which I love just as much! I’m planning to give you a number of styling options because I already have so many ideas on how to wear it! In the meantime, enjoy your Monday and the week ahead!

Details: Top / Jumpsuit (see more options below) / Heels / Sunglasses / Earrings

Insta Looks

Hello Friday! I just sent my son and husband off on a day-long field trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo. I’m typically the chaperoning parent, so they were excited to have a ‘boys day’ together, along with a bus full of 4th graders :) I should probably have a beer cracked open for him when he returns this evening! My husband, not my son, lol.

As it typically goes, many of my everyday outfits make it to Instagram without allowing the time to put a full post together for each look. So once in a while I like to pull them all together here, sharing what I’m loving and wearing lately. Here’s what you can see me in most recently…

Jacket / T-shirt / Jeans (similar) / Shoes
Shirt / Pants

I typically purchase larger eyeshadow palettes and end up using two or three out of 10+ options, so I was happy to find this option knowing I’ll use all three colors!

Top / Jeans (similar)
Pillow / Sheets

I shared about this pillow (and these sheets) on Instagram a few weeks ago. I’m so particular when it comes to a good pillow and was thrilled when I finally found this one at some point last year. It had amazing reviews and has lived up to all of them. I can’t sleep without it! You can read more about it here.

Top / Jeans / Earrings / Sandals
Top / Shorts / Sandals

If anyone is on the hunt for denim shorts this summer, I have a saved story on my Instagram sharing all the pairs (and sizes) that I went through before landing on these (size up two sizes, trust me!). I also kept this pair which were priced really well and another great option (but size down one).

Spring Layering

We’ve had a chilly week thus far here in central PA. Layering has been a must, but I’m never opposed to tossing on a denim jacket. If you’ve been following along, you know that I have two favorites in that category. This splurge and this steal. The first is more fitted with the perfect touch of stretch. The second (which I’m wearing here) has a more relaxed and distressed fit. I love having both options and haven’t been on the hunt for a new one for years thanks to these two!

I’m also wearing my Everlane denim that I adore and the prettiest boho top that I picked up for the summer. I love how light-weight it is and the detail is beautiful. It will look cute over cut-off shorts or could be worn oversized as a swim coverup. Also, these slides are on sale and a great neutral that goes with practically everything. Jeans, shorts, maxi dresses…they’ll be getting their wear for sure!

Details: Top / Jacket / Denim / Slides / Sunglasses (similar here and here)

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Dressed Up

Happy Monday! This past weekend flew by as we celebrated Audrey’s 4th birthday and Mother’s Day. It rained and poured all day yesterday which is quite the bummer when you’re excited to wear your most favorite dress! I had shared this dress with you on Instagram when it had first arrived and couldn’t wait to have a chance to wear it. It was one of those love at first sight pieces that I knew would be one I held on to for years and years to come. Anthropologie has been offering some decent pop-up sales here and there (which is when I grabbed it), but I’ve found a bunch of other options at various price points for you to check out as well.

Details: Dress / Shoes / Earrings

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Happy Friday! Yesterday we celebrated my baby turning 4 (to be clear, she will always be my baby) and she loved every minute of her day. From waking up to some new goodies (this ice cream shop was the biggest hit), to popsicles at preschool, birthday cake before dinner (because big brother had to run off to soccer) and her favorite meal, meatballs and noodles. All three of our kids birthday’s fall within four weeks of each other so we don’t have big parties individually each year. We do however, give them the option of taking a day trip somewhere as a family and the vote this time was to visit Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. We’ve been there a couple of times and everyone always enjoys the park, the animals and especially the safari ride where they get a chance to see and feed the wildlife up close.

Completely unrelated, today’s post is providing some inspiration in the straw bag department! They’ve been peaking my interest as I’ve spotted a few I like here and there, so I figured I’d do a little digging to uncover my favorites. These all fall under $100 with styles ranging from handbags to totes, cross body’s and clutches. I love the chic yet casual vibe they provide. Perfect for those warm summer months. They’d also make for a pretty nice last minute Mother’s Day gift as well ;)

Everyday Chambray

Between the rainy weather and life in general, capturing my outfits on camera has been proving difficult over the past few weeks. For the most part, I’ve been rotating through a lot of my everyday basics, some of which you saw on Monday’s post. A chambray top is a year round staple, but I get the most wear out of mine during the spring/summer months. I love the effortless look of wearing one alone, but it also makes for a laid back layering piece which could be worn under cardigans, sweatshirts or light sweaters. I have a number of cute options that I dug up for you to check out below!

PS This Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher may be my new summer drink, yum!!

Details: Top / Denim / Shoes (similar) / Sunglasses (similar)

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May Must-Haves

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent Saturday celebrating an early Mother’s Day with my mother and family enjoying brunch and a local rendition of Mama Mia (which was fantastic!). Yesterday I battled a nagging headache, but with a non-stop rainy day, I didn’t mind the chance to slow down and just rest. I’m feeling much better today, thank goodness, and ready to tackle another busy week!

I wanted to start off this week by sharing some staples that I feel are quite beneficial to have in your closet. I own everything below (well, this dress is in the mail because it’s finally on sale) and everything you see will be on heavy rotation through this month and beyond. You could almost use this as the basis for a capsule wardrobe if you so desired. I could easily (and will be) mixing and matching it all in the coming weeks.

I always love a simple, classic top, but this one ranks higher than I ever expected. It also looks great under this denim jacket which I’ve had since last year. It’s a bargain for the quality! This other jacket, which you’ve seen me wear, can be found here at over half off at the moment and all sizes are stocked. There are so many cute slides/mules available right now, but I narrowed down my favorites and have already been getting a ton of wear out of them all (see below). Finally, I caved and bought a ‘fanny pack‘ and it turns out it’s the cutest, most practical accessory ever! I’m always running into stores with my phone, keys and wallet in hand, so having this around my waist provides the perfect space to allow me to be hands free! Always helpful when kids are in the mix ;) Plus, it’s on sale!

Loft Sale + Try-On

I’m glad you gals enjoy try-on sessions, because on the heels of Wednesday’s Madewell try-on comes one for Loft! Everything I’m sharing is 40% off, so it’s the perfect (and only) time I like to shop! There are a bunch of cute options for showers, Mother’s Day, fun get-togethers etc. I also found great everyday pieces that can easily be tied into workwear as well. One piece they didn’t have in our store unfortunately was this pretty maxi skirt. I would have loved to see it in person!

I had Madelyn, my 6 (almost 7) year old with me and she was the best helper! If I have a tag-along it’s typically Audrey (3) who’s not quite as helpful, lol! I didn’t realize how beneficial, and fun, it would be to have Madelyn with me. She had everything ready for me, took care of re-buttoning and re-hanging and shared her thoughts on all of my outfits while dancing around and entertaining herself all the while. I think she has a new position :)

Here’s what we found this time around. Everything is linked within the post as well as a roundup of everything linked at the bottom.

Such a fun, tiered swing dress. I love the polka dots and the fact that it comes in mini sizes for a mommy and me look! It does run rather short, so I sized up to a S which was a little big overall, but still worked.

I loved the look and fit of this romper. It looks like a dress but has a built in skirt underneath. The color isn’t the best for me, but it was very pretty!

This is one of those Lou & Grey dresses that feels as though you’re wearing pj’s outside the house. I’m wearing the S here, but would have gone with a XS had it been in stock. I can’t track this one down online yet, but once I can I’ll update!

Another adorable romper! I loved the color and print on this one and the fit was great. It ran a little short on me (I’m 5’7″), but it would be great for date night or my petite ladies!

Here’s a close-up of the beautiful print.

I had seen this dress before and was excited to try it on. I do love the print, but on me it didn’t really do much.

I brought this sleeveless top home with me because I know it’s one I would reach for frequently. I tried it on here with this cute denim skirt. This shift style could easily pass for many work environments with it’s sleek fit and dark denim.

This is a great spring/summer jacket. It’s made of a softer material, so it’s not stiff like some jackets are. I love the stand up collar, cinched waist and the fact that it wears more like an oversized shirt.

I liked the idea of these chambray pants, but once on, they didn’t excite me very much. Just kind of ehh.

Give me a good basic tee and I’m allover it. Actually, I already wore this one yesterday :) The puff sleeves and embroidery were all it took.

Here’s a closer look with an inevitable front-tuck ;)

This top may come off as simple…

Until you catch a glimpse of the detail on the back! So pretty!

This might be the one I regret not buying. I love the colors, print and subtle peplum. It would look great under a white or pink blazer or even denim jacket.

A touch of embroidery is all it takes to turn a basic shirt into one with so much character. I knotted the ends here for a casual look, but it could be buttoned and tucked in as well.

One final lightweight, neutral sweater that’s perfect for chilly summer nights with denim shorts or over trousers in an air conditioned office.

My little helper <3 I’ll savor the days that she enjoys shopping with me!

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Madewell Try-On

Madewell is one of those stores that always seems to be ‘on’. I say ‘on’ in the sense that I would take half their store, at any given moment, in a heartbeat. Their casual yet pulled together vibe is right up my alley and many of their spring pieces have me even more excited to get dressed every morning. Ok, some days sweats win over, but I really do enjoying pulling outfits together most every other day :)

I have a handful of pieces that I was able to try-on in store a few weeks ago as well as some of my latest purchases that I love. Right now you can get an additional 20% off their sale and many of these pieces are included.

Tank dress / Bandana

I love this sleeveless dress. Not only the pretty blue hue, but I love its fit and the fact that the shape doesn’t get lost once it’s on.


And how perfectly does this pretty bandana go with the dress??

Shirt / Denim

I tried on these jeans honestly just to have bottoms to pair with the tops, but oh my gosh did I fall for these. They are the Cali-Demi-Boot fit and they were adorable, in addition to having an amazing fit. The length is perfect for warmer temps and showing off your cute sandals. They are at the top of my wish-list now, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sale before my size sells out!


This is their Courier shirt with a rainbow stripe which is so cute and versatile for spring/summer.


This was a very cute t-shirt dress. On me (5’7″) the XS was a little short. Had I sized up, I know I would have lost some shape, but for you gals that aren’t quite as tall, this would be perfect. Bonus, it’s on sale now!


This sweet, tiered top also happens to be on sale. I’m always between XS/S and although I’m in an XS here, I think I would have gone with a S in this one.

T-shirt / Denim

We all love a good striped tee. This one is cropped (ie perfect for high-rise pants) and is on sale now. This one is also super cute, fully stocked and priced really well.

Shirt / Denim (similar)

My favorite white shirt. I love how such a simple combo (white shirt + denim) can create such a classy look. Plus, the buttons up the back aren’t a bad detail at all.


Basically the spring top of your dreams :) Pair it with trousers or denim or skirts…your possibilities are endless.