A Look in my Closet: OOTD

Happy New Year! I have been MIA for a while now.  It was not my intention to go this long without posting, but it just kind of happened. I sort of decided last minute that I wanted to take a break from the blog to be present in the little moments of the holidays.  I wanted my focus to be on my family and my self-renewal and rest as a way to end this crazy year.  I must say that it was a great decision, and I really enjoyed simply being present in the midst of it all. However, I did miss sharing my life with all of you. I am easing back into my regular posting schedule today with a simple post today to show you some of the new clothes that I have recently acquired either through my own holiday shopping or gifts that I received for Christmas.  I am loving all the cozy sweaters and a few new pairs of boots. Here is a peek inside my closet at what I’ve been wearing over the past couple of weeks.

Sweater/Jeans (similar)/Boots (similar)/Necklace/Earrings

Sweater/Jeans/Boots (similar)/Necklace

Sweater/Jeans/Boots (similar)/Earrings

Sweater/Jeans (similar)/Sneakers

Sweater/Jeans/Boots (similar)/Necklace

Shirt (similar)/Vest/Jeans (similar)/Boots/Earrings

Sweater/Jeans (similar)/Boots/Earrings

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Fun, Feminie, Flirty Eyelet

Let’s talk about a fashion trend that never seems to go out of style…eyelet.  I bet many of my fellow southern girls actually have something with eyelet somewhere on it in your closet even if it is just a tiny bit.  I did a quick scan of my closet this morning and spotted a pair of eyelet shorts, a tank with eyelet trimmed sleeves, and a cute eyelet dress. While you may think of it as old-fashioned, I would completely disagree as designers keep coming up with more modern ways of adding eyelet to their designs. It really is a classic and feminine trend that just keeps coming back year after year. This year is no different.  I am seeing it everywhere. You can find it on shorts, pants, dresses, tops, bathing suits, and even shoes.  You can easily dress it up or dress it down. It can be super versatile depending on the piece. Eyelet is characterized by small holes in the fabric that are used to create the fun designs.  This makes it perfect to wear in the warmer months for a cool, breezy look. I have found some cute and affordable ways to add a little eyelet to your wardrobe for some fun, feminine, and flirty looks. 

Target

Long Sleeve Eyelet T-Shirt (White)/Short Sleeve Eyelet Top (Lilac)/Flutter Off the Shoulder Blouse (White)/High-Rise Paperbag Eyelet Shorts (Coral)/Sleeveless Eyelet Blouse (Navy)

T.J. Maxx

Francesca Bettini Linen Blend Eyelet Top (Red)/Free People Juliet Puff Sleeve Top (White)/Valentina Naldi Eyelet Top (Coral)

Loft (50% off with Code SUNNY)/Loft Outlet

Eyelet Puff Sleeve Top (Razzle Dazzle)/Eyelet Pocket Shirt (White)/Beach Eyelet Tiered Dress (Orchid Frost)/Eyelet Lace-up Sneakers (Zesty Olive)/Eyelet Yoke Ruffle Top (Luxe Teal)

J. Crew Factory

Eyelet-Hem Tank Top (Bold Red)/Eyelet-Embroidered Tiered Dress (Black)/Eyelet Ruffle One-Shoulder Swimsuit (Frozen Lime)

Aerie

Ruffle Eyelet Skirt (Fresh Bright)/Ruffle Eyelet Top (Lilac Ice)/Eyelet Long Sleeve Top (Natural Nude)

Nordstrom Rack

Nanette Eyelet Peplum Top (Very Black)/Nanette Belted High-Waisted Eyelet Shorts (White)

Belk

Long Sleeve Peplum Eyelet Top (Yellow)

Kohl’s

Lauren Conrad Eyelet Babydoll Dress (Crystal Peach)/Lauren Conrad Fit and Flare Eyelet Dress (White)/Lauren Conrad Eyelet Trim Top (Pink + White Stripe)/Apt. 9 Eyelet Woven Top (Iris Garden)/Lauren Conrad Ruffle Eyelet Swimsuit (Lilac)

I am pretty sure that I NEED the two Lauren Conrad dresses from Kohl’s added to my wardrobe! They are soooo cute, and I love how feminine they are! I also really love the pink puff sleeve top and white pocket shirt from Loft and the navy tank from Target. Those would all be my favorites if I had to choose. Let’s be real, though. I really love them all. You all know that I don’t share anything that I don’t love and would wear myself.

Happy shopping!

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Book Club: Dear Edward

It’s that time again! It is time to give you my review of my book club pick for February.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this month’s book so much.  It is a very daunting task for me to choose a book each month from just reviews and the publisher’s description of the book.  It takes me a good bit of time to find one that I think will be enjoyable for me and you all.  For February I chose a New York Times Best Seller entitled Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to really like it or not when I chose it, but I am really glad that I did. I think it was well written and I felt a strong attachment to all of the characters.  The author did a great job of portraying all sides of the story and made you feel like you were there with them at times.    

This story revolved around a young 12-year-old boy, Edward, whose family was preparing to move across the country from New York to Los Angeles.  They had packed all of their belongings and sent them on a truck ahead of them to California.  On moving day, they set off to the airport very early for their long flight.  Little did they know the tragedy that lied ahead.  Several hours into the flight, something unthinkable happened.  The plane crashed in a field in Colorado killing the 191 passengers and flight crew on board.  Edward was the sole survivor.  He lost both his parents, his older brother, and a piece of himself in that field.  The story delves into Edward’s life following the crash while at the same time also chronicling the events that occurred during the hours the plane was in the air prior to its demise.  Napolitano gave a good look into the lives of many of the other passengers on the plane including their backgrounds and last hours alive.  The story also depicted the impact that this tragedy had on all the loved ones left behind, many of whom had written letters to Edward in the months and years following the crash. Those letters had a deep impact on Edward’s healing and his ability to move on.  I love this except from the book because it really shows the burden Edward felt as the only survivor.  

“The letters always referred to the weight he had to carry, and he’d thought of it that way himself: He had to carry the burden of so many lost lives.  He had to make it up to the people who died.  It was him pulling 191 dead people, like a fallen parachute, in his wake. But if the passengers are part of his makeup, and all time and people are interconnected, then the people on the plane exist, just like he exists.  The present is infinite, and Flight 2977 flies on, far above him, hidden by clouds.”

I very much enjoyed this story and think that Napolitano did an excellent job in her portrayal of each person involved.  This was a story of love, loss, tragedy, friendship, and healing all wrapped into one.  I tried to put myself in the shoes of not only Edward, but also of all of the other characters who lost their lives and those who were left behind experiencing tremendous grief. I found it very hard to imagine what it would have been like to be each one of them in the midst of this tragedy.  It was heart breaking to think of each of those passengers and what they were feeling in those last seconds before the plane was crumbled to pieces and what Edward had to suffer as a result.  While this is a fictional story, the idea of it came from actual, real-life plane crashes, one of which had only one child survive.  Again, I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.  

My pick for March is a book that was just released at the beginning of February entitled When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann.  This is a memoir written by a daughter about her father’s secret past during the Holocaust and sounds so interesting to me.  Here is what Publishers Weekly had to say about this book.

“Neumann, a former foreign correspondent for Venezuela’s Daily Journal, debuts with a deeply moving account of her father’s life during the Holocaust. Growing up as a girl of privilege in Caracas, Venezuela, Neumann formed a Nancy Drew type sleuthing club with friends. By accident, she came across a box containing papers and other documents for a man named Jan Sebesta, but with a photo of her father, Hans. Soon, though, the box disappeared. It would be decades before Neumann rediscovered the photo, and it proved to be the springboard for a spy-worthy story of her now-deceased father surviving the Holocaust by living in plain sight in Berlin under an assumed identity. By pouring over letters sent to her father from Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp near Prague, Neumann learns that of 34 members of the Neumann family living in Czechoslovakia during WWII, 25 were killed by the Nazis. Using the letters as well as those written by her father, she searches for and meets cousins she didn’t know existed, who help fill in details, such as that her “father was a valued member of the fire brigade” in 1944. This gripping, expertly researched narrative will inspire those looking to uncover their own family histories.”

Will you come along and read with me?

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Bring It On

I have hated public speaking my whole life.  I can talk in front of a bunch of kids all day long, but if you put me in front of a group of adults, I freeze up.  My hyperhidrosis goes into overdrive and my hands are just dripping. It’s so gross.  I typically talk softly in front of people, and my voice often gets scratchy.  I forget what I want to say, and I stutter through my words.  It just isn’t pleasant.  Thankfully, I have not had to do a lot of public speaking in my life.  I think the last time I gave a speech was back in 2013 when I was teacher of the year, and I felt like it was a disaster every time. 

A few weeks ago, I woke up and felt this strong urge to pray for my business with Trades of Hope, and I prayed specifically for more opportunities to share the mission with my community.  God has this funny way of showing up when I least expect it and in ways I would never have dreamed.  Not 2 hours after I prayed over my business, I received an email from a lady at a local church.  Someone had picked up one of my business cards at a vendor event I did in the fall and had passed on my information to the church.  She was asking if I could come and speak to their senior adult group.  Clearly this was a gift from God, so I obviously said yes despite me immediately going into panic mode.  What was I thinking? I started regretting my decision right away thinking there was no way I could get up and speak in front of this group.  I am not a public speaker.  I had minor freak out, spoke to a couple of my mentors, and finally made the decided this was what God wanted me to do. I knew he would be there to guide me through.

I spent the next few weeks preparing my own power point presentation and planning out what I wanted to say.  I practiced it out loud several times in the week leading up to the event.  Then the day before it was scheduled, the lady emailed me and said to expect 50 people.  Of course, that caused me to have another minor freak out because that is a lot of people!  This past Tuesday, I woke up and got ready. The whole time I was in the shower, drying my hair, and getting my makeup on I was rehearsing.  I was so unbelievably nervous. My voice was already getting scratchy, and I kept messing up what I wanted to say.  I was worried that my power point wouldn’t work when I got there, and I was just a flat out mess.  Then one of my friends and mentor called and prayed with me.  She prayed for calm nerves and that God would give me the right words to say.  I suddenly felt a peace about it and knew that it was going to be ok.  

I got there and of course my power point wouldn’t work right at first.  Thankfully I had gotten there early and had time to figure it out and get it to work before everyone arrived.  Then I had lunch with the group before it was my time to speak.  I stood up in the front of the room with a microphone in one hand and the clicker for the power point in the other.  I stood there with confidence and delivered my speech like a champ. I will tell you that I have never been prouder of myself.  It was so incredible. I couldn’t have asked for it to go smoother.  I had them laughing and crying, and I could tell that they were very captivated by what I was saying.  I stood up there, without sweating, losing my voice, or stuttering; and I was able to share my testimony, tell the stories of our artisans, and stress to them the importance of our mission.  They were truly moved. I could see it in their eyes.  God did show up for me as I knew he would, and he was there with me through every word that came out of my mouth.  I was able to deliver my testimony with ease and confidence. I left there with a huge feeling of accomplishment and pride and a renewed desire to spread the word about Trades of Hope and the work we do.  My adrenaline was so high that I want nothing more than to be able to do it again.  That is something I thought I would never say!  I want to have more speaking opportunities.  I want the chance to give my testimony and share the stories of our artisans.  I want to tell God to bring it on because I am up for the challenge.  I am not afraid of it anymore!  I know now that I can do it and that I can actually be good at it.  

BRING IT ON!

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Book Club: The Family Upstairs

It’s book club day! It’s one of my favorite days of the month because reading is one of my favorite things in the world to do.  For January I chose a psychological thriller entitled The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel.  I have kind of a mixed review for this book.  I liked it in some ways and in other ways I didn’t like it. I hope that I am able to clearly explain why.  I would certainly love to hear your thoughts if you read along with me. 

This story opens with Libby Jones on her 25th birthday.  She had just received a notification in the mail that stated that as the heir to the trust of Henry and Martina Lamb she was now the owner of their large mansion in London’s Chelsea neighborhood on Cheyne Walk.  The only thing Libby knew about the house was that her parents died there along with one other man in an apparent suicide pact. In Libby’s desire to find out what really happened in the house on Cheyne Way, she came to discover a tale that was so bizarre that it was barely believable.  What unfolds is the story of 4 children (Henry, Lucy, Clemency, and Phin) who through various circumstances ended up living in the house on Cheyne Walk with their parents and other adults in what had become almost a cult-like environment. Libby was born in that environment and left alone there as a baby following the suicides.  Her search for the truth led her to those four children, now grown adults, and a family that she didn’t know existed. 

My main issues with the book were at the beginning and at the end.  It was the middle of the book that I really liked and that kept me hooked.  Right off the bat, I had a hard time getting into the book.  This story is told from three different perspectives and it flashes back and forth between the present and the past, so it was confusing at first. It focused on 3 main characters and their stories.   Lucy and Libby’s stories were told in the third person and focused mainly on the events of the present, while Henry’s story was told in the first person and focused on the events of the past.  Lucy’s story was of her journey as an adult back to the house on Cheyne Walk that took so much from her as a child and led her down a troubled path.  Libby’s story was her journey to find the truth of what happened in that house all those years ago.  Henry’s story was a bizarre tale of the events that led up to that day when his parents died and “the baby” (Libby) was left all alone.  With Lucy and Libby’s names being so similar, I often found myself confused in the beginning by which one was which.  It forced me to go back and reread to figure it out several times. The similar names and the constant switch between past, present, and point of view made it hard to really get invested in the characters at first.  There were also a lot of other characters in the book some that had been living in the house back with tragedy struck and some that were connected to characters of the present. It was a lot to keep up with. Once I got into the story and could remember all of the characters, I was finally captivated.  I found myself constantly thinking and trying to figure out what was coming next and rarely was I right.  Up until the very end, I was hooked and totally taken by surprise with some of the twists and turns.  However, I feel like the ending left me wanting more. I feel like I say that about a lot of books, and maybe it is just me not ever wanting them to end. I don’t know. I just felt like this one sort of ended abruptly and that the ending wasn’t fully developed.  I just didn’t feel a sense of closure when I was done I mean I guess there was closure somewhat, but it was so abrupt to me that I felt like it needed more closure It is really hard to explain without giving away the ending, so I don’t know if that makes sense. Anyway, if I were to rate this book, I think I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  I liked it but I didn’t at the same time. 

My pick for February is a newly released novel and New York Times Bestseller.  This month I am reading Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.   It is the fictional story of a young boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash and chronicles his life following the terrible tragedy. Here is what Apple Books has to say about this novel.

“Tragedy casts a long shadow on a boy’s life in Anne Napolitano’s emotionally powerful novel. Twelve-year old Edward Adler is moving across country to California with his family when their plane crashes, leaving him the only survivor. As he struggles to start a new life with his aunt and uncle, Edward wrestles with grief, guilt, unwanted notoriety, and the public’s expectations of how the “Miracle Boy” should live. Napolitano’s characters feel realistic and her insightful writing brings warmth, compassion, and wit to even the darkest moments of Edward’s life. Although it begins with unfathomable tragedy, Dear Edward is a hopeful tale about resilience and friendship.”

Will you come along and read with me?

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Dance Like No ONe’s Watching

I have to tell you something that I saw yesterday that totally made me do a double take and gave me a good laugh. I was sitting in the carpool line to pick up my youngest.  Everyone gets there like 30-40 minutes before the kids get out of school to get in line. Yes, I know it is ridiculous.  The point is that we all sit there for a good amount of time. Anyway, I was sitting in my car reading a book when I saw another mom get out of her car. No big deal.  Then I noticed her walking in circles around her car.  I thought it was odd, but I figured she was trying to get some steps in and do a little exercise.  I guess it is a good way to pass the time.  Again, not a big deal. I carried on with reading my book.  When I looked up again a few minutes later, she was not only walking in circles around her car, but she was now flat out dancing around her car. I’m not talking about just bobbing her head and swaying a bit either. She was full on dancing. I started to think it was a little odd because she had to know that we could all see her. She didn’t seem to have a care in the world, though. At this point, I was having a hard time not watching her.  It was then that I noticed that she had headphones on.  They weren’t the typical headphones you see these days like Beats, and they certainly weren’t little earbuds or Air pods.  They were definitely not wireless either. They were the kind with the foam circle earpieces and the thin silver headband with a cord attaching it to something.  If you are anywhere near my age, you know the ones I am talking about. They were the ones we all had back in the day but that you rarely see these days.  I thought that alone was kind of funny, and then I realized that she had whatever the headphones were attached to tucked into her jeans.  I wasn’t sure what it was at first, but I figured it was her phone. Then she took it out from her jeans and was holding it in her hands. I thought that it was too big to be a phone, so I squinted to see what it was. You guys, it was a little CD player! I just started laughing to myself.  Not only was she dancing around her car in the middle of the carpool line, but she was also listening to a Walkman! She was taking it back old school!  I just thought it was so funny.  I haven’t seen one of those in years.  I’m betting that my kids wouldn’t even know what it was.  It took me back in time for sure.  I mean, really? Who uses those anymore? Who even listens to CD’s anymore? I wish I could have gotten a picture or video of the scene without her knowing because it was so funny to me.  

As I thought about it later in the day, two things stuck out to me. The first was her reckless abandon.  She didn’t have a care in the world.  It didn’t matter who could see her or what a fool she was making of herself. She didn’t care.  She was doing something that brought her joy. She was dancing her little behind off and having a good old time.  I could never do that.  Ever! I care way too much about what others think about me, and I certainly wouldn’t be caught dead with someone watching me dance.  Yes, I was laughing at the situation, but I really admire this stranger for just putting herself out there and not caring what others thought about her.  I wish that was a trait I possessed.  I wish that I didn’t let other people’s opinions of me prevent me from doing things that bring me joy.  The second thing that stood out to me was the fact that she didn’t have the latest high-tech gadgets.  She didn’t need them.  She has likely had that Walkman for many years. She hasn’t spent a ton of money to get the latest and greatest thing.  She had exactly what she needed to bring joy into her life, and it didn’t cost her a fortune. Most of us are guilty of thinking that we need the latest and greatest thing out there to make us happy when in reality we don’t.  Those things don’t bring happiness.  They are just things.  What made this lady so happy wasn’t the gadget that she was holding.  It was the feeling she got from the music flowing into her ears and movements it brought out of her.   It was the reckless abandon she felt dancing to her own beat.  We could all learn a lot from this lady, her old school gadgets, and her smooth dance moves.  Possessions and other people’s opinions shouldn’t matter.  We should all get out there and dance in the parking lot like no one’s watching! I bet it would make you smile!

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Organization Hack: Over the Door Shoe Organizer

Today I want to talk to you about a simple over the door shoe organizer with clear plastic pockets that you can get at places like Walmart, Target, or Amazon. Sometimes you can even find them at your local dollar store. This simple thing can be used in so many ways other than just for shoes.  I recommend that you use the ones with clear pockets so that you can see what is in each pocket easily.  These also come in a variety of sizes.  Some are short, some are long, and they have varying numbers of pockets.  You can pick the one that best suits your needs.  While these are meant to hang on a door, you can also hang them on the wall using command hooks. There really are a number of uses for this simple organizing tool. I have compiled several uses for these from other bloggers to give you an idea of how this simple, inexpensive thing can get you organized easily. 

The possibilities are endless, but one of my favorite ways to use these is to organize toys.  You can use them in your child’s bedroom or in a playroom.  For years, my daughter had one on the back of her closet door that we used to store Barbie Dolls and all the accessories that come with them.  All those little shoes, clothes, and other tiny pieces were organized and stored in there.  They were easy to see, easy to access, and easy for her to clean up. You could also use them for things like Matchbox cars, Shopkins, LOL dolls, action figures, and more.  My girls collect the small Beanie Boos, and this would be a great way to store them or other stuffed animals as well. You could even use them for Legos and sort them in the pockets by color or shape. 

Another way I have used them before is for long vacations.  We once did a 10 day trip to Disney, and I packed one of these organizers in my suitcase. We used it to hold everyone’s toiletries and things so that they weren’t taking up space on the one bathroom sink that we had.  Yes, I know I am weird, but it worked.  It kept the bathroom neat and tidy for the whole trip.  I have also seen people take them on cruises.

These are also great for use in the kitchen. You can hang them on your pantry door or somewhere else in the kitchen.  You can even hang small ones on the back of cabinet doors. You can use it for snacks, spices, kitchen utensils, food packetswater bottles, and more. 

Check out these other uses too. The possibilities really are endless.

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Coat Closet-Source
Cleaning Supplies-Source

As you can see there are tons of uses for these shoe organizers. You can even hit up Pinterest for even more ideas, including a spice garden.

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It’s Moving Time

Well you guys, moving week has arrived.  We are heading into this week full force and ready to move.  We kicked things into high gear on Friday and tried our best to get all of the renovations finished.  We didn’t quite make it, but we are so close. Hopefully, we will finish up all of the painting today and will be ready to move in fully throughout the rest of the week.  Because I have to take time to focus on the move so that we can get it all done, this will be my only blog post this week.  I will be back to my regular blogging schedule next Monday.  My parents are here to help so it will be all hands on deck, and we have to take advantage of the help while we have it. I have to say that we are all starting the week already exhausted, but I hope we can muster up enough energy to tackle this big task ahead of us.  I will admit that I think my husband and I are both a little overwhelmed at the moment and frustrations and tensions are at an all time high.  We probably aren’t the two most pleasant people to be around right now. There is just so much to do.  

After painting non-stop for the past 3 days, my fingers are achy and swollen, and my arms and shoulders are sore.  It is just more proof that I am out of shape and getting older.  Motrin has been my nightly friend along with my heating pad. I know it is only going to get worse as the week goes on and I am carrying heavy things around.  We are really second guessing buying a house with so many steps!  LOL! They certainly make moving much more difficult! In addition to all of my aches and pains, I have to scrub the paint off of my hands and arms every morning when I take a shower. I am totally surprised that I haven’t gotten it in my hair, yet. Oh, and I think I have broken almost every single one of my nails down as low as they can go.  So much for the cute purple polish I put on last week!  That sure didn’t last long. On top of that, I have been wearing the same pair of pants for several days because they are already covered in paint, and I don’t want to ruin any others. Although my clothes may be dirty, I promise you that I have showered every single day! If you see me post on Facebook or Instagram with updates and I am wearing the same thing every day, that is why! I am a hot mess these days! That is for sure! 

On a happy note, we have already met several of our new neighbors and everyone seems to be great so far.  The kids were even out playing with a ton of other kids throughout the day yesterday.  There is a little girl who is a year younger than my youngest that lives across the street and a girl the same age as my oldest that lives next door.  I think we are really going to like living there.  We have barely spoken to any of the neighbors here at the rental in the past 9 months, so this is a nice change.   I love when the kids can get out of the house and off of electronics for a change and interact with other kids their ages.  Hopefully, they will make some new, lifelong friends. 

Well, I have to run and get to work.  I sure will miss writing this week, but I really do have to take the time to get stuff done.  I will be so glad when it is all over and we can breath for a bit.  Only then will the aches and pains subside (I hope) and will be truly be able to rest.  I cannot wait for that day to come.  Soon! It will be soon! I see a very small sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully that light will be big and bright by the time I see you back here next week.  Wish me luck and send lots of prayers for my sanity! 

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Fashion Finds: Old Navy Dresses

Spring officially arrived on March 20 as the first day of spring.  We got a taste of warmer weather on Saturday, but it was very short lived. We were back to colder temperatures yesterday. Anyway, the point is that if spring hasn’t already arrived for you, it is coming! The warmer weather brings with it a need to change up your wardrobe.  It is about time to put away the sweaters, sweatshirts, and pants and get ready for cute dresses and shorts. I have mentioned before that I love wearing dresses in the spring and summer either dressed up or dressed down with a pair of slip on sneakers. Old Navy currently has a sale going on where they have 40% off of all dresses.  That is a great deal on already great priced pieces, so I had to go and check it out for you and found some super cute dresses. There were tons of different styles, colors, and cute patterns. All of the dresses that I will show you that I tried on were pretty true to size.  I am wearing a medium in all of the dresses.  Please excuse my static charged hair! Those dressed were full of static! Check them out and go get your shop on!

Square-Neck Button-Front Midi Dress

Waist-Defined Flutter-Sleeve Dress

Ruffled Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress

Sleeveless Jersey Swing Dress

Ruffled High-Neck Swing DressS

Waist-Defined V-Neck Dress

Ruffle-Sleeve Tee Dress

Waist-Defined Ruffle-Sleeve Maxi

I am not in love with this pattern on the white background.  They do have it in a black with white polka dot, but I wanted to show you a pattern besides my usual stripes and polka dots. 

Flutter-Sleeve Jersey Swing Dress

Waist-Defined Pattered Wrap-Front Dress

They had so many more, but these were my favorite styles.  Knowing what you know about my style and personality, can you guess which one was my favorite and must have? I really loved them all for different reasons, but there is one that I just fell in love with the minute I put it on.  Let me know your guesses.  

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Fashion Finds: Purses

I thought I would switch things up a little today.  Instead of showing you clothes, I thought I would share another love of mine…purses. Honestly, I don’t know many women that don’t love their purses.  I have a very large collection myself ranging from inexpensive purses from Target to more expensive name brands like Coach (which happens to be my favorite brand). You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a cute purse that you love, but I think it is totally okay to splurge every now and then on something that costs a little more. I will tell you that I have never paid full price for any of my name brand purses.  I either get them on super clearance at an outlet, or from places like TJ Maxx. I have put together a list of some different styles, patterns, and colors that I am loving right now.  No, I do not own all of these, but they are all super cute.  They are also in a variety of price ranges. 

I used to be obsessed with using big totes as my purse to fit all the things, but lately I am more into crossbody’s and wristlets. I am tired of being weighed down by all the stuff in my purse.  Smaller ones force me to not fill them up with junk! Mini fashion backpacks are very on trend right now too.  I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet, but I have been eyeing a couple of them for a while. I especially like the ones that are convertible and can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag. Anyway, I have found several different styles for you depending on your individual style and needs.  

Clutches/Wristlets

  1. Gifting Clutch-A New Day True White (Target)
  2. Mosaic Clutch (Trades of Hope)
  3. Zip-Top Charging Wristlet Clutch (Old Navy)
  4. Vince Camuto Boadi Clutch (Nordstrom Rack)
  5. Kate Spade New York Women’s Cameron Street Eliza Wristlet (Amazon)

Crossbody

  1. Faux-Leather Crossbody Circle Bag (Old Navy)
  2. Coach Crossgrain Messenger Crossbody (Amazon)
  3. Marc Jacobs Empire City Leather Crossbody (Nordstrom Rack)
  4. Everyday Essentials Saddle Crossbody (Target)
  5. Zuri Crossbody (Trades of Hope)

Fashion Backpacks

  1. Coach Andi Backpack (Amazon)
  2. Urban Originals Jet Set Backpack (Nordstrom Rack)
  3. Canvas Backpack (Target)
  4. Wayfarer Backpack (Trades of Hope)
  5. Vera Bradley Hadley Backpack

Totes

  1. Faux-Suede Half-Moon Tote (Old Navy)
  2. Steve Madden Trevor Faux Leather Work Tote (Nordstrom Rack)
  3. Tambourine Tote Handbag (Target)
  4. Marc Jacobs Luggage Tag Tote (Nordstrom Rack)
  5. Bohemian Bag (Trades of Hope)

Shoulder Bag

  1. Calvin Klein Pebble Shoulder Bag (Nordstrom Rack)
  2. Lancaster Paris Matte Smooth Leather Bucket Bag (Nordstrom Rack)
  3. Satchel with Front Zipper Pocket (Target)
  4. Fossil Rachel Satchel (Amazon)
  5. Bethany Bag (Trades of Hope)

See something you love? Let me know below. I am having a hard time picking a favorite, from each category, but here is what I am thinking at the moment.

Favorite Clutch-Mosaic Clutch (Trades of Hope)

Favorite Crossbody-Marc Jacobs Empire City Leather Crossbody (Nordstrom Rack)

Favorite Backpack-Coach Andi Backpack (Amazon)

Favorite Tote-Tambourine Tote Handbag (Target)

Favorite Shoulder Bag-Fossil Rachel Satchel (Amazon)

Really, though, I love them all! Do I NEED any of them? NO!!! Will I buy any of them? Not now, but maybe in the future. We’ll see!

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