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Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is just over a week away and we’re looking forward to a celebration! The kids’ Easter baskets are something they look forward to every year. We hide them and then send them on the great hunt, although our puppy will likely make things all the more exciting this year…especially if she finds them first!!

If you’re looking for a few ideas to tuck into your own baskets this year, I’ve gathered some ideas below. There are cute accessories for the girls, some sweet ideas for the little ones and a few things that they can all enjoy as we make our way outdoors!

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I picked this shirt up a few weeks ago and and absolutely love it. Not only is it versatile and a great basic to have on hand, but it is also the most comfortable shirt I’ve bought in a long time. The gauze material reminds me of the swaddling blankets that I used to wrap my babies in…that kind of comfortable. It comes in a couple beautiful shades of green, a pretty pink as well as classic black and white.

I wanted to give you a few styling ideas based on how I’ve been wearing it in an effort to show you just how versatile it is. The first is a casual weekend look, the second, dressy casual and the third is how I’d pull it together for a date or girls night. Three different looks, one great shirt. I’ll link exact and similar pieces below as applicable.

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shirt / bodysuit / jeans (similar) / shoes (similar) / earrings / bracelets (use code LOVELY20 for 20% off your order)

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Spring Dress Round-Up

Following on the tails of my last post where I styled five dresses for spring, I decided to round-up all of the others that had caught my eye as I was browsing. There were too many to choose from and knowing that many of you have upcoming festivities, I figured it would be helpful to share! You’ll find a bit of everything including florals, solids and prints in lengths ranging from above the knee down to long and flowy maxi dresses. Let me know, which is your favorite?!

Spring Dress Style

I don’t know about your household, but we were all feeling the effects of the time change around here this morning. As much as we may be missing that extra hour of sleep, it does mean that spring is closer than ever. With Easter on the horizon and a family wedding approaching, I’m looking forward to having some reasons to get dressed up again! Heels are going to be another story, but I’m willing to sacrifice and break my feet back in!

Assuming some of you may be also be on the hunt for some dressy spring attire, I took to searching and pulling together some looks for you to reference. I brought in florals, stripes, animal prints, various textures and a mix of all the beautiful spring colors. Hopefully you can use this as inspiration for pieces you may already own or introduce a few new accessories to freshen things up! You’ll find shoppable links below every look.





Next month my baby brother is getting married and we’ll officially be welcoming another sister into our family. We couldn’t be happier for the two of them and it’s quite a story of God at work bringing these two souls together.

Last weekend we threw a shower for our bride-to-be and it ended up being a beautiful celebration. The brides mother, close friends and my sister and I helped to make some of her visions come to life. We are all wearing lavender for the wedding, so that color theme was carried throughout the shower and was married with a subtle rustic vibe….. rustic romance if you will :) I was tasked with creating a flower bar which would allow all of the guests to create a bouquet to take on their way.

I loved this idea from the start, but as it came to life and we helped everyone put their bouquets together, it ended up being more beautiful than I had imagined. If we’re being honest, it can prove difficult finding a favor that appeals to an array of people, but a personalized bouquet is something that everyone can (and did) appreciate.

I worked with our local Trader Joe’s to arrange an order that was specific to our needs. They were so accommodating (as they always are) and allowed me to pull together exactly what I was looking for. An assortment of bright flowers (predominantly tulips, roses and sunflowers), a few fillers and we were set.

The bride’s mother even went so far as to create these sweet tags to tie onto each bouquet.

These two were the best little helpers! Madelyn has had her turn as flower girl in the past, so this time around Audrey gets to fill those shoes.

The stunning bride and her soon to be nieces.

The brides mother and friends get all the credit pulling together the rest of the shower which honestly felt magazine worthy! Here is a look at some of it…

I made this sign at our local Board & Brush and couldn’t wait to gift it to her.

Each guest was asked to bring a favorite recipe to share. Such a thoughtful idea.

The bride and groom.

I still remember the day he was born because I was able to be dismissed from school early ;)

The ladies from our side of the family. We’ve already welcomed her with open arms, but we can’t wait to make it offcial!

My sister and her husband stained this pallet board and hung pictures to use as the backdrop for the flower bar. It was the perfect rustic centerpiece which they’ll also be able to use at the wedding.

The most beautiful celebration for the most beautiful bride! Now we look forward to those I DO’s!

Signs of Spring

It may still be quite chilly, but signs of spring are certainly in the air. The sun has been shining, birds have been chirping and Daylight Savings is nearly upon us! On the heels of my Spring Pastels post from last week, I figured I’d put some of those things into play. Out of all the pastels, it’s no secret that mint is my favorite. It’s a color that I’m constantly gravitating towards, so it’s no surprise that I picked up this sweater. I love the chunky knit, quarter zip and wide collar. I paired it with these Madewell jeans and broke out this MZ Wallace bag as soon as it arrived. I’ve been using their Sutton bag non-stop for over a year now and have had my eye on the tote version in rose for a while. I love how durable and practical they are for my everyday life and this style in particular will prove very helpful with my kids in tow throughout the summer. They are a bit of a splurge, but if it’s something that will get as much use as mine do, they’re totally worth it!

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You guys know me. I fall for pastels all year long, but they always feel the most refreshing when spring is on the horizon. From my wardrobe to my home, I just adore the soft, beautiful palette. For those of you that are speaking my language, I’ve gathered quite a collection of pastels below. Some of which I already own, the rest I’d love to! Enjoy and cheers to a great weekend ahead!

Last week I got to spend the day in Pittsburgh shopping with my mom. It’s rare to have one-on-one time with her these days, so it was quite the treat to have some time with her. I gained my love of shopping from her at a young age. She actually named me after a clothing label she used to love, Marisa Christina…so you could say it’s in my blood! We laugh that her life got much easier when she learned to give me a specific clothing budget when we’d shop. And so began my love for a good sale, ha!

We all know shopping isn’t as easy (or fun) these days, but it was nice to be able to see things in person and try items on in multiple sizes without the hassle of processing returns form my dining room table. First world problems, I know, but a hassle nonetheless. I grabbed some pictures as I shopped around and wanted to share some of my finds with you. Let me preface by saying that dressing room lighting has a long way to go, my goodness.

sweatshirt/ dark sweatpants / jacket / denim shirt / grey sweatpants

JCrew was one of my first stops and it rarely disappoints. Love their lounge basics for mixing and matching and I’m considering one of their solid ‘perfect’ jackets that I included in this post. I have it in a leopard print, but this moss is a great classic.

shirt / jeans (similar wash) / blouse

This shot doesn’t do either top justice. The gauze top feels like the blankets I used to swaddle my kids in. SO, SO soft. Great for spring and on in to summer with those light beachy vibes. The lavender blouse is so pretty in person. Great for work, Easter or any dressy/casual event. The jeans were a boyfriend fit, but I can’t seem to find the exact wash online. Similar are linked above

striped top / jeans / tie dye hoodie

I was excited to make my way into an Everlane store. Fortunately they are currently having a Spring Sale which includes almost everything! The store is filling up with warm weather pieces but my brain wasn’t ready to totally make the plunge! I did love the fit of this striped top and the fresh look of pairing things with white denim again. I knew this light-weight tie-dye hoodie was coming home with me as soon as I saw it. I’ve already been wearing it and can see it thrown on with my cut-off shorts this summer! This denim fit like a dream, but my mom told me I looked like a ship-wrecked pirate in them, and she wasn’t wrong, haha!

flutter sweatshirt / wide leg pants / quilted jacket

These pants have summer weather written all over them. Picture them with one of these Target tanks or pulled on over your swimsuit. I was happy to get to try on yet another jacket that I had shared in my spring round-up, and this one didn’t disappoint. I wouldn’t recommend pairing it with such similar denim, unless you’re going for that all out 80’s style of course!

top / jeans

There much out of the ordinary that caught my eye at Nordstrom, but there were a few good basics that I came across. This thermal top is a great winter to spring transitional piece. These are Levi’s wedgie jeans (one of my favorite styles) and I loved them in this black wash. When ordering I recommend trying a couple of sizes (your TTS and one up) as they can be tricky, even from one wash to another.

v-neck / black denim / pullover / denim

I love a good basic tee and this light-weight v-neck was a great one for the warmer months to come. I also loved this hooded pullover as it gave me more beachy vibes! Also shown above is another wash of the Levi wedgies.

pullover / leggings / tank

Here’s that same pullover from above shown in a beautiful blue. I’m wearing a size small in it here compared to the xs I had on in the white. Both sizes worked but I think I preferred the looser fit of the small. The leggings were ok but I wasn’t overly crazy about them. I tend to be more of a solid legging gal. The tank however, is great for lounge layering or workouts alike.

We may have saved the best for last as we swung by the Anthropologie Home outlet on our way out. This place was a dream and I seriously could have spent hours walking around mentally re-furnishing our home!

Their outlet is filled with floor models, customers returns, photo shoot samples and design prototypes. Many pieces have some imperfections and sales are final but the prices are greatly reduced to reflect this. I’d recommend following along on their Instagram account as they are very informative.

They do not ship from the outlet but if you live anywhere near Pittsburgh, it’s worth the drive in my opinion. I didn’t leave with anything in hand this time, but it did leave my mind swirling with inspiration!

Thanks so much for reading and if you have any questions you can leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!