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A Pretty Summer Dress

When it comes to easy summer looks, dresses have been my go-to. Midi and maxi lengths have been my favorite and they come in such an array of styles. I couldn’t pass up this darling floral dress when I saw it. The puffed sleeves and smocked detailing in addition to the floral print combine to create the sweetest, most feminine dress. I wore it this past weekend for a brunch at my house and on to a birthday celebration in the evening and wasn’t uncomfortable for a minute. If you love this style but would like a more budget friendly option, check out this one!

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A Pretty Ruffled Top

If you guys know me at all, you know my love for a good ruffle. When used well, they are such a beautiful accent that elevate an outfit. This top has a loose fit, but with a subtle front-tuck it’s both beautiful and flattering. Paired with jeans, this outfit is versatile enough to fit any number of outings you may be heading too. Speaking of jeans, this particular pair is a long time favorite of mine. A slightly relaxed, yet flattering fit in a great medium wash. I recommend sizing down for a more fitted look.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is underway! It is now open to cardholders and will open to everyone on July 28th. Despite being a bit over-hyped in my opinion, there are still some great deals to be found. There are a number of items that pop back every year and a bunch of go-to brands that mark certain pieces down and can be worth taking advantage of. Granted, a number of things can and do sell out, but that’s the nature of the sale and often times you’ll find them back in stock (and once again marked down) come fall when you need them. Below you’ll find some of my tried and true favorites, items on my wishlist as well as some of the things I’ll be grabbing for my children. (click on images for shopping details)

Above are some of my favorite items that I own and get a lot of wear out of. Spanx faux leather leggings have been a closet staple for years, as have my Hunter boots. My Ugg robe was gifted to me at Christmas this past year and it’s even better than you’d expect it to be. I was wrapped in it all winter long! These undies are my absolute favorite and have been forever. They are smooth and comfortable and flattering all at the same time. I typically grab a few pairs while they’re marked down every year. This past year pushed many of us to go wire-free when it comes to bras and this has been one of my favorites that I’ve found.

During this sale, I like searching for some splurge pieces that I may otherwise disregard were they not drastically marked down. Vince, being a brand that I know and love, had me loving this sweater coat as soon as I saw it. Unfortunately my size has sold out in a number of things I would have liked to try, but I’ll keep an eye to see if they pop back in stock over the coming weeks. This dress was an eye catcher as was this adorable cross body bag. I did order these boots to try on as I love the more sleek look of the combat boot, a barefoot dreams blanket because they’re amazing and this cute bracelet to add to my daily stack. I’d love to try these black jeans as well because they look to be so flattering, but again, I’ll have to see if my size pops back in stock. Fingers crossed!

When it comes to kids, this is what the bulk of my order included. Most things are still fully stocked and you can get a great start on your back to school shopping. They have a great selection of fall/winter coats, all sorts of shoes as well as great everyday outfits for boys and girls alike.

If you plan to shop the sale, let me know what you’re on the hunt for or what you may have already gotten!

Summer Shirt Dress

I love shirt dresses during the warmer months. They have such a classic and timeless appeal to them that always draws me in. The neon embroidery on this one is a perfect summer accent. I styled it here for church but later on left it un-buttoned and wore it as a coverup to the pool. Another way I often wear my shirt dresses is worn open overtop of denim and a tank or bodysuit. Lightweight layers that work well in the summer heat.

dress / shoes / sunglasses / bracelets (use code Lovely20 for 20% off)

LOFT: try-on

I popped in to Loft earlier this week to see what was new and found a handful of stand-out pieces. And by stand-out, I’m referring to quality, cuteness and comfort :) Most things are currently on sale which is when I like to shop and share with you, so here’s what I found this time around…


I knew I was going to love this cutie as soon as I saw it. The blue and white pinstripe paired with the neon pink pops (which stand out more in person) are so fun for summer time. This is a dress that you could throw on for just about anything. Wear it open over a swimsuit, with white sneakers for running errands or with sandals for church, picnics etc. A perfect, casual, go-to dress.

dress / jacket

This is a great over-sized jacket. It not only comes in this natural white, but also a light and dark denim, washed black and lilac as well. I’d say you’re safe to size down and size have that over-sized look.

top / jeans / sandals

This top was one of the first things I saw when I went into the store. It’s pretty and feminine yet still has a casual vibe to it. It comes in a few other colors, but the cream was my favorite. It runs slightly large in my opinion, so I had them order me one size down as the sleeves were sliding off my shoulders. The jeans are a fantastic straight leg fit, love them. Sizes are running low online, but if you’re able, I’d check your local store.

top / shorts

I feel slight ‘pretty woman’ vibes with these pleated shorts, but in an updated, cool mom way. I love them paired with this striped dolman tee that says I’m ready to hop on my sailboat ;)

top / shorts / jacket

Another way to wear this oversized jacket.


I’m not sure if this dress is old or new because I can’t find it online, but it may be worth checking your local store for. Another super cute, wear anywhere dress! **dress is now linked.

sweatshirt / shorts

Anyone slowing down with the tie-dye yet?? Apparently I’m not, lol. This set is just too cute. The shorts for me were slightly too short, but that didn’t stop me from bringing home the sweatshirt. This quarter zip is my favorite style of sweatshirt these days.

pj top / pj bottoms

Quite possibly my favorite find is this pj set. It’s description says ‘luxe’ and that’s exactly how it feels. My favorite set that I’ve found in a while. There are multiple color options including regular pj shorts and a tank, so you could mix and match your pieces.

A Simple Summer Outfit

Simple summer outfits are all we are looking for these days, aren’t we? The combo of throwing on a bodysuit plus a skirt makes for an easy breezy look you can wear almost anywhere. My love for bodysuits continues to grow as is evident by the collection in my closet. I love the simplicity and sleekness that they add to any outfit. In my experience it takes a bit of trial and error to find the ones that work best on your body, but once you do, you’re set. This particular bodysuit is one that I’m a huge fan of. It’s just thick enough to be forgiving and comes in a bunch of great color options. The midi skirt was a Target find that you could just as easily pair with a cute t-shirt, a button down chambray or any other top that you could tuck into the smocked waistband. And then you can always toss on your favorite jean jacket for good measure!

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Stone Harbor 2021

This past week we spent with our toes in the sand in Stone Harbor, NJ with our dear friends. We typically visit every year and it truly feels like a second home the second we pull into town. We have a routine, know the local spots we like to hit and enjoy every bit of it. Since I know a bunch of friends and followers vacation there as well or have inquired about visiting, I decided to share some insight into our week.

Even though we stayed a few blocks from the beach, the walk was pretty much a breeze now that we’re past the baby/toddler phase. Well, maybe it was a workout for the dads, but I didn’t hear any complaining ;)

We’ve stayed at numerous places over the years, bayside, beachside, close to downtown and there honestly isn’t a bad area in my opinion. I think my personal preference is to stay within walking distance to downtown since it’s a place we frequent both morning and night. Coffee Talk is our morning ritual for the best flavored coffee (salted caramel iced coffee is my go-to!).

Even though we had a party of ten, and the town was quite busy, we didn’t have much trouble getting into restaurants, although having a reservation would be recommended when possible. Quahogs is a favorite and they offer both restaurant seating as well a a to-go Taco Shop. Some of our other restaurant favs include The Watering Hull, Stone Harbor Pizza, Mack’s pizza, Fred’s Tavern, Borgies on the Bay, The Fishin’ Pier for breakfast, Playa Bowls (for acai bowls) and Green Cuisine for healthy lunch options. There’s also Crespella Gourmet Creperie which offers amazing sweet and savory crepes and Springer’s Ice cream Shop which is all the rage.

The bulk of our days were spent on the beach, enjoying the sun and the sand and the boogie boarding.

This girl and I grew up less than 30 minutes from each other in Pennsylvania, but didn’t meet until we were both living in Hoboken 12 years ago. We didn’t yet have children, became instant friends and have been raising our families together ever since despite being separated in miles once again. We think alike, act alike and now not only do we get mistaken as sisters, but our kids were assumed to be cousins <3

It’s been forever since our kids have gotten to spend this much time together and I can’t tell you how much they enjoyed it. I know mine were quite emotional to say goodbye at the end of the week!

My beach babes, growing up much too quickly.

Every year I enjoy running around town, admiring the homes and getting inspired by their beauty. There are homes of all shapes and sizes, each with their own personalities. Plus, the landscaping is to die for <3

I always get asked where we stay and for the most part we tend to bounce around quite a bit. We’ve always worked with Diller & Fisher Realtors, renting through them, and would recommend searching through their site. We don’t always luck out with a pool, but it’s a huge perk when we do!

The dads and the older kids took a boat out to fish one morning, so the moms and these cuties headed out to brunch.

This year we stayed on the bay which was quite convenient for our fishermen.

The neighboring town of Cape May has a local zoo that we have been to a number of times and the kids love. It’s great to visit on cloudy days or when you need a beach break.

We also took a drive down to Cape May’s Washington Street Mall which was full of cute shops and eateries.

We grabbed lunch at Big Wave Burrito where we surprisingly found some of the best smoothies and acai bowls!

This guy started out the week a little under weather due to what was eventually diagnosed as a staph infection. Thankfully he was able to quickly get on the right meds so that he could finish out the week strong! So very thankful for this time with him, our kids and our best of friends in one of our very favorite places <3

Early Summer Vibes

Laid back, put together style feels like my go-to lately. Regardless of the season, my day-to-day typically allows for casual dress, yet at the same time, I like to feel as though I put a touch of effort into my outfits. Playing around with color combos and various materials are two ways to to do that. I love this mix of dusty green and mauve, topped with denim which grounds the look. I had been eyeing this particular jacket for a while because I constantly read rave reviews about it. Once I received it I immediately understood the hype. It’s feels as though you’ve worn it for years, with a perfectly broken in fit. It has the appeal of an over-sized jacket yet at the same time gives you some shape without looking like a sack of potatoes! The gauzy material of this top feels like you’re wrapped in a cloud while the light, linen shorts complement with another casual element. I’ve grabbed a few different styled neutral sandals this summer and these slides are some of my favorites. Cute, comfortable and they pair with just about everything!

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When it comes to pretty and unique items for myself or a gift, Rifle Paper Co. is one place I’ve always turned to. Their bold and beautiful designs are striking to me and can turn any ordinary item, like an umbrella or a lunch box for example, into something eye catching. They started out with stationary and have grown into so much more. I had been on the hunt for a living room rug for our home and finally discovered exactly what I was looking for at Rifle Paper. Although I love their bold prints, a more subdued rug is what I was looking for and this one was absolutely perfect. And when I was on the hunt for a cute new keychain, this is where I found one!

I love all of their collaborations as well. The rug that I mentioned was in collaboration with Loloi Rugs, they partnered with York Wallcoverings to create the prettiest wallpapers, and their collection with Corkcicle includes the prettiest insulated drinkware I’ve ever seen. They also create gorgeous sneakers with Keds and their most recent collection with Summersalt swimwear had me ordering immediately!

From accent pillows to party supplies, their merchandise is sure to be appreciated and noticed by your guests, gift recipients or yourself! Why settle for plain and ordinary when you can add a little pretty to just about anything <3 If you’ve ordered from them as well, what’s been your favorite purchase? Let me know in the comments!

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Flutter Sleeves

School’s out for summer rin our household! Granted, we still have to wrap up dance with a recital and soccer with one more game, but no more homework or having to pull kids out of bed for now :) Swim team starts this week and it’s been such a great experience with my older two over the years. Audrey is still a new swimmer, but we’re going to give it a shot with her and see how it goes! I love that we can have one activity that they all enjoy and having strong swimmers gives me as a parent, such peace of mind.

I wore this top a couple of times this past week and absolutely adore it. Of course I love florals and a cute ruffle detail, but the colors on this one are what drew me in. You could pair this top with a pencil skirt for work, skinny jeans for a night out or with wide leg pants as I did here for church. If you don’t own a pair of these Everlane wide leg pants, I encourage you to try them. They are incredibly flattering on all shapes/sizes and the quality is amazing, especially for the price. I’m so glad I ordered them in this bone color because I’m wearing them even more than I expected. I often wear these pants with flats, but threw on my wedges with this outfit as well as my go-to bracelets. If you haven’t checked out the variety of bracelets that Magpie and Bobbin offers, browse them here and use code Lovely20 to get 20% off your order!

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