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Top: Daisy Mesh Embroidered Top (XS / runs small) – (also here, similar, similar)
worn with Thirdlove 24/7 strapless bra (my review)
Bottom: Express Tie-Waist Pants (00 short) – on sale! (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto ‘Bienne’ (5.5 / TTS)
Sunglasses: Chelsea28 ‘Ellie’
Bag: Gucci Marmont Mini Bag (similar, similar under $50)
Earrings: Express Mixed Resin Circle Drops
Watch: Fitbit ‘Versa’ w/ metal band

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There’s a certain simplicity when it comes to wearing a monochromatic palette and I find I tend towards simple pairings when my schedule becomes busy.  Black and white is about as classic as can be and has a way of looking professional and put together without a lot of effort.  On the other hand, monochromatic colors can also have a tendency to look a little too controlled or even boring, so I wanted to share a few easy ways to mix up your black and white this season to create outfits that are chic, polished, and on trend!


LAYER ON TEXTURE

The easiest way to change up the standard black and white look is with texture!  I started with your standard black trouser but mixed it up with this soft, almost silky white blouse.  I love the addition of the mesh yoke paneling to give it something different and it even adds just a little edge to the otherwise feminine frill and embroidery details.  Mesh is a huge trend that’s definitely having a moment right now (thanks to the athleisure trend, in my opinion!) and I love that there are ways to wear it without looking risque or like you’re headed to the club.

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crushing on this top!

PLAY WITH PATTERN

Print mixing is a breeze when you’re sticking with monochrome colors and it’s a great way to add in patterns such as stripes, florals, gingham — the sky’s the limit!  I have a soft spot for florals so of course the daisies in this top were a must for me!

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MIX IN METALLICS

To coordinate with the classic black and white, I love mixing in metals such as gold.  Throw in some gold accessories (these clear resin hoops go with everything and are so classic!) or add a belt or bag with a gold statement hardware.  It’s an easy way to keep the elevated look of a monochromatic outfit while adding in a mix of media.

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just picked up this metal belt for myself!

ADD IN FUN DETAILS

Because black and white can look a little stuffy, make sure your look has some details that take it down a notch and make it fun!  I love the ruffle details of this top both at the collar neckline and at the sleeve hem that make it feminine and delicate.  Pair it with slacks and a bow waist sash and the finished look is still professional with a side of fun!  I personally love the popularity of the paperbag pant that’s happening right now and it’s especially a great option if you’re looking for something chic that you can wear to work!

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need these paperbag waist-tie jeans!

Top: Daisy Mesh Embroidered Top (XS / runs small) – (also here, similar, similar)
worn with Thirdlove 24/7 strapless bra (my review)
Bottom: Express Tie-Waist Pants (00 short) – on sale! (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Vince Camuto ‘Bienne’ (5.5 / TTS)
Sunglasses: Chelsea28 ‘Ellie’
Bag: Gucci Marmont Mini Bag (similar, similar under $50)
Earrings: Express Mixed Resin Circle Drops
Watch: Fitbit ‘Versa’ w/ metal band

wall mural found in Deep Ellum off Main Street just past Emporium Pies 

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And now for this week’s On Trend Tuesdays linkup!  Sandy and I are excited to feature Whitney from Whit Wanders this week.  I’m in love with her tulip field pics and her dress is absolutely beautiful!

Now it’s your turn to share a recent outfit with the rest of our community for a chance to be featured!  Just link up a recent outfit and remember to include either the button below or link to both me and Sandy in your post.  We’d love if you could comment on 5 other bloggers too as this is a community where we can all get to know and support each other!  Tag us on social media too to join the conversation with #OnTrendTuesdaysLinkUp!




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Bikini: Amazon Viottis One-Shoulder Ruffle (S) – comes in 6 colors! (love this one, similar one-piece)
Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Greece’ Slides (5.5 / run narrow) – also here, wedge option
Bag: Hat Attack ‘Provence’ (old, similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar ‘Mazarine’
Lips: Tarte Lip Paint in rose
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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First off, let’s just say that it took a bit of courage for me to post these bikini pictures.  I haven’t rocked a bikini in over 6 years and my body has gone through quite a few changes that I’m still adjusting to since then.  But, this year I shifted to focus more on taking care of myself now that we were past the baby stages of parenting and had the goal of rocking a bikini come summertime!  While I definitely still have some work to do and am not quite as lean as I would like, I’m still proud of the progress I’ve made and am working up the nerve to share these pictures with you all.  Read on for a few of my tips on ways to get in shape and how I’ve been slimming down and getting myself ready for swimsuit season (mentally and physically!).

STOP EATING AFTER DINNER

I usually eat dinner kinda early around 6:30-7pm with the kids and part of me always knew that my post-dinner sweet tooth was derailing my best efforts when it came to seeing results.  I previously had the habit of staying up late to work on the blog and would end up usually find myself snacking on something after a few hours.  Honestly it was a habit leftover from my college years and something that definitely needed to change.  Since then, I’ve been getting into a routine where I’ve been going to bed earlier (usually shortly after I put the kids to sleep with the goal of being asleep by 10pm, if not earlier).  I did have to reset my body to not crave desserts and actually found the Sweet Defeat lozenges to be a huge help.

Sweet Defeat – save 50% with code CUTELITTLE50

I love that Sweet Defeat lozenges are natural and just rely on 5 plant-based ingredients to legit stop sugar cravings (it’s even been clinically proven!).  The lozenge doesn’t have much more than a minty taste and it’s as easy as placing it on my tongue to let it slowly dissolve.  The main gymnema leaf extract ingredient binds to sweet taste receptors so it actually suppresses the sweet signals coming from taste buds and stops the sugar-craving cycle!  Each lozenge comes in its own pouch so I can easily carry a few in my purse and always have one on hand even if we go out to eat!

WORK IN HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)

I don’t have hours to spend at the gym and am all about maximizing my workout when I get it in!  High-intensity interval training essentially has you work out in short intervals of all-out effort and it’s amazing for getting your heart rate up so that you keep on burning the calories even long after your workout is finished.  OrangeTheory Fitness classes are my favorite when I have the hour to spare and even on those days when my schedule is crazy, I make a point to fit in this quick 10-minute HIIT workout at home!

CUT OUT REFINED CARBS

Refined carbs include all the processed foods such as breads, crackers, bagels, pasta, and even white rice.  The processing strips away the fiber and results in blood sugar spikes.  When I do choose to eat carbs, I opt for natural foods such as sweet potatoes or my newest favorite, the Japanese purple potato (they’re available at Whole Foods, super high in antioxidants, and like a better version of the sweet potato!).  Another option would be to load up on vegetables and a favorite in our household is actually steamed frozen mixed vegetables as the kids gobble it up and I love that it’s a healthy way to fill up on nutrients!

DRINK MORE WATER

I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago who recently lost over 15 pounds and asked him what his secret was for losing the weight, and he said “drink more water.”  It was a tip that I knew but honestly I had forgotten about how important water really is when it comes to flushing out your system and keeping everything going.  While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking water actually helps fight bloating as well and even stops your body from retaining water.  While it’s not a magic bullet, I’ve found that water does temporarily make me feel fuller and I’ve been working to finish a large 64 oz jug of water that I have at my desk everyday!

GET YOUR ZZZ’S

Just as important as working out and eating right is making sure that you’re getting the rest that your body needs.  I remember personally when I was at my peak of sleep deprivation when I was waking up every 2-3 hours with Dylan as a baby and I felt like I was in survival mode.  My pregnancy weight loss stalled as a result and even worse, I found myself turning to foods that had sugar to get a quick energy boost — so bad!  Now I aim for 7-8 hours of sleep and have noticed a huge difference in my energy levels as well as seeing some of the results of my other weight loss efforts!

Ways to Get in Shape Product Details:

Bikini: Amazon Viottis One-Shoulder Ruffle (S) – comes in 6 colors! (love this one, similar one-piece)
Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Greece’ Slides (5.5 / run narrow) – also here, wedge option
Bag: Hat Attack ‘Provence’ (old, similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar ‘Mazarine’
Lips: Tarte Lip Paint in rose
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

And if you do choose to rock that swimsuit you’ve been eyeing this summer, remember that confidence is key!  I love my body for all that it has done for me and even though I still do have more weight-loss goals I’m working towards, I do just want to say that it’s also so important to have acceptance and self-love — and that ultimately is what people will notice! Let me know what you think about these ways to get in shape and share what works for you!

Meanwhile, there’s nothing better for showing off a tan than a white swimsuit!  I’m sharing my favorite bikinis and one-pieces below:

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Crystalline’ Drop – use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
JacketJ.Crew Ruffle Chino (00 / TTS) – also here
TopLOFT Coral Springs Flutter Top (XS / size up if in-between)
BottomAG ‘Legging Ankle’ (24 / TTS)
ShoesTopshop ‘Glorious’ (similar)
BagPrada ‘Cuir’ (small)
WatchFitbit ‘Versa’
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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Ways to Be More Productive Outfit Details: 

EarringsBaublebar ‘Crystalline’ Drop – use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
JacketJ.Crew Ruffle Chino (00 / TTS) – also here
TopLOFT Coral Springs Flutter Top (XS / size up if in-between)
BottomAG ‘Legging Ankle’ (24 / TTS)
ShoesTopshop ‘Glorious’ (similar)
BagPrada ‘Cuir’ (small)
WatchFitbit ‘Versa’
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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There’s a certain satisfaction when I get to check tasks off my to-do list.  Lately, as my responsibilities at work have increased, I’ve had to learn ways to be more productive.  I’m a big proponent for having work / life balance so my goal everyday is to make sure that I can maximize the time I spend working so that I can have the most time left afterwards to spend with my family.  I’ve adopted a few new ways to be more productive in the past few weeks that have really been helping me get more out of my time so I knew I had to share them here with you all!

Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier

I’m naturally a night owl but I’ve been forcing myself to go to sleep by 10pm.  I then wake up around 5am (most of the time without an alarm clock!) and I’ve found that I love having that quiet morning time to get a head start on the day.  For me, I’ve found that I’m so much more focused and efficient when it comes to working in the mornings.  I tackle the most challenging tasks on my list and I’ve found that having a fresh mind makes such a huge difference in how I approach problems.  Also having that time for myself before the craziness of mom life begins is critical for me as it gives me the space to take care of myself before my attention shifts towards my family.

Visualize

It’s about mind over matter.  Sometimes when I feel like a task can be too difficult or even if I may have too much on my plate, I spend a few moments with my eyes closed and visualize myself working through the issues.  Seeing it happen in my mind is often the most important piece is overcoming the mental hurdle that can keep me from succeeding!

Set milestones

It’s all about breaking something challenging into workable pieces.  When I have smaller goals, it’s easier to wrap my head around what needs to get done and I can get the satisfaction of completing the steps along the way!  For each milestone, I then set time limits that push myself to get it completed.

30/30

When it comes to time management, the 30/30 app has been a game changer (not sponsored, in case you’re wondering)!  The app makes completing tasks within a certain time frame more like a game, and being the naturally competitive person that I am, it motivates me to buckle down and work more efficiently!  I’ve mentioned the Pomodoro technique before (in this post) and the 30/30 app helps me take the Pomodoro to the next level by adding in that competition factor!

Turn off distractions

And finally, it seems like there are distractions everywhere especially when it comes to technology.  For me, when I need to get into the zone, I set my phone to Airplane Mode, put on my headphones (I listen to EDM when I need to get a good pace going and find that the beat sets a good rhythm for me), and tune out everything else.

I hope these ways to be more productive and I’d love to know what tips you have!  

++ all photos were taken by yours truly with this camera, lens, tripod, and remote. ++
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Bikini: Amazon Viottis One-Shoulder Ruffle (S) – comes in 6 colors! (love this one, similar one-piece)
Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Greece’ Slides (5.5 / run narrow) – also here, wedge option
Bag: Hat Attack ‘Provence’ (old, similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar ‘Mazarine’
Lips: Tarte Lip Paint in rose
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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First off, let’s just say that it took a bit of courage for me to post these bikini pictures.  I haven’t rocked a bikini in over 6 years and my body has gone through quite a few changes that I’m still adjusting to since then.  But, this year I shifted to focus more on taking care of myself now that we were past the baby stages of parenting and had the goal of rocking a bikini come summertime!  While I definitely still have some work to do and am not quite as lean as I would like, I’m still proud of the progress I’ve made and am working up the nerve to share these pictures with you all.  Read on for a few of my tips on how I’ve been slimming down and getting myself ready for swimsuit season (mentally and physically!).

STOP EATING AFTER DINNER

I usually eat dinner kinda early around 6:30-7pm with the kids and part of me always knew that my post-dinner sweet tooth was derailing my best efforts when it came to seeing results.  I previously had the habit of staying up late to work on the blog and would end usually find myself snacking on something after a few hours.  Honestly it was a habit leftover from my college years and something that definitely needed to change.  Since then, I’ve been getting into a routine where I’ve been going to bed earlier (usually shortly after I put the kids to sleep with the goal of being asleep by 10pm, if not earlier).  I did have to reset my body to not crave desserts and actually found the Sweet Defeat lozenges to be a huge help.

Sweet Defeat – save 50% with code CUTELITTLE50

I love that Sweet Defeat lozenges are natural and just rely on 5 plant-based ingredients to legit stop sugar cravings (it’s even been clinically proven!).  The lozenge doesn’t have much more than a minty taste and it’s as easy as placing it on my tongue to let it slowly dissolve.  The main gymnema leaf extract ingredient binds to sweet taste receptors so it actually suppresses the sweet signals coming from taste buds and stops the sugar-craving cycle!  Each lozenge comes in its own pouch so I can easily carry a few in my purse and always have one on hand even if we go out to eat!

WORK IN HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)

I don’t have hours to spend at the gym and am all about maximizing my workout when I get it in!  High-intensity interval training essentially has you work out in short intervals of all-out effort and it’s amazing for getting your heart rate up so that you keep on burning the calories even long after your workout is finished.  OrangeTheory Fitness classes are my favorite when I have the hour to spare and even on those days when my schedule is crazy, I make a point to fit in this quick 10-minute HIIT workout at home!

CUT OUT REFINED CARBS

Refined carbs include all the processed foods such as breads, crackers, bagels, pasta, and even white rice.  The processing strips away the fiber and results in blood sugar spikes.  When I do choose to eat carbs, I opt for natural foods such as sweet potatoes or my newest favorite, the Japanese purple potato (they’re available at Whole Foods, super high in antioxidants, and like a better version of the sweet potato!).  Another option would be to load up on vegetables and a favorite in our household is actually steamed frozen mixed vegetables as the kids gobble it up and I love that it’s a healthy way to fill up on nutrients!

DRINK MORE WATER

I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago who recently lost over 15 pounds and asked him what his secret was for losing the weight, and he said “drink more water.”  It was a tip that I knew but honestly I had forgotten about how important water really is when it comes to flushing out your system and keeping everything going.  While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking water actually helps fight bloating as well and even stops your body from retaining water.  While it’s not a magic bullet, I’ve found that water does temporarily make me feel fuller and I’ve been working to finish a large 64 oz jug of water that I have at my desk everyday!

GET YOUR ZZZ’S

Just as important as working out and eating right is making sure that you’re getting the rest that your body needs.  I remember personally when I was at my peak of sleep deprivation when I was waking up every 2-3 hours with Dylan as a baby and I felt like I was in survival mode.  My pregnancy weight loss stalled as a result and even worse, I found myself turning to foods that had sugar to get a quick energy boost — so bad!  Now I aim for 7-8 hours of sleep and have noticed a huge difference in my energy levels as well as seeing some of the results of my other weight loss efforts!

Bikini: Amazon Viottis One-Shoulder Ruffle (S) – comes in 6 colors! (love this one, similar one-piece)
Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Greece’ Slides (5.5 / run narrow) – also here, wedge option
Bag: Hat Attack ‘Provence’ (old, similar, similar)
Earrings: Baublebar ‘Mazarine’
Lips: Tarte Lip Paint in rose
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

And if you do choose to rock that swimsuit you’ve been eyeing this summer, remember that confidence is key!  I love my body for all that it has done for me and even though I still do have more weight-loss goals I’m working towards, I do just want to say that it’s also so important to have acceptance and self-love — and that is what ultimately is what people will notice!

Meanwhile, there’s nothing better for showing off a tan than a white swimsuit!  I’m sharing my favorite bikinis and one-pieces below:

SHOP WHITE BIKINIS

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Crystalline’ Drop – use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
JacketJ.Crew Ruffle Chino (00 / TTS) – also here
TopLOFT Coral Springs Flutter Top (XS / size up if in-between)
BottomAG ‘Legging Ankle’ (24 / TTS)
ShoesTopshop ‘Glorious’ (similar)
BagPrada ‘Cuir’ (small)
WatchFitbit ‘Versa’
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Crystalline’ Drop – use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
JacketJ.Crew Ruffle Chino (00 / TTS) – also here
TopLOFT Coral Springs Flutter Top (XS / size up if in-between)
BottomAG ‘Legging Ankle’ (24 / TTS)
ShoesTopshop ‘Glorious’ (similar)
BagPrada ‘Cuir’ (small)
WatchFitbit ‘Versa’
Sunglasses: Karen Walker ‘Super Duper’

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There’s a certain satisfaction when I get to check tasks off my todo list.  Lately as my responsibilities at work have increased, I’ve had to learn ways to be more productive.  I’m a big proponent for having work / life balance so my goal everyday is to make sure that I can maximize the time I spend working so that I can have the most time left afterwards to spend with my family.  I’ve adopted a few new techniques in the past few weeks that have really been helping me get more out of my time so I knew I had to share them here with you all!

Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier

I’m naturally a night owl but I’ve been forcing myself to go to sleep by 10pm.  I then wake up around 5am (most of the time without an alarm clock!) and I’ve found that I love having that quiet morning time to get a head start on the day.  For me, I’ve found that I’m so much more focused and efficient when it comes to working in the mornings.  I tackle the most challenging tasks on my list and I’ve found that having a fresh mind makes such a huge difference in how I approach problems.  Also having that time for myself before the craziness of mom life begins is critical for me as it gives me the space to take care of myself before my attention shifts towards my family.

Visualize

It’s about mind over matter.  Sometimes when I feel like a task can be too difficult or even if I may have too much on my plate, I spend a few moments with my eyes closed and visualize myself working through the issues.  Seeing it happen in my mind is often the most important piece is overcoming the mental hurdle that can keep me from succeeding!

Set milestones

It’s all about breaking something challenging into workable pieces.  When I have smaller goals, it’s easier to wrap my head around what needs to get done and I can get the satisfaction of completing the steps along the way!  For each milestone, I then set time limits that push myself to get it completed.

30/30

When it comes to time management, the 30/30 app has been a game changer!  The app makes completing tasks within a certain time frame more like a game, and being the naturally competitive person that I am, it motivates me to buckle down and work more efficiently!

Turn off distractions

And finally, it seems like there are distractions everywhere especially when it comes technology.  For me, when I need to get into the zone, I set my phone to Airplane Mode, put on my headphones (I listen to EDM when I need to get a good pace going and find that the beat sets a good rhythm for me), and tune out everything else.

I hope these tips help you maximize your productivity and I’d love to know what tips you have!  

++ all photos were taken by yours truly with this camera, lens, tripod, and remote. ++
edited using Barcelona Lightroom Preset (tutorial)

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Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and I’m so excited to kick off the week with a post on accessorizing.  And accessorizing with statement earrings, in this case!  For the past couple of years, I finish off almost every outfit with a pair of statement earrings and in my opinion, there’s no easier way to look put together!

Baublebar is actually running an amazing sale sitewide — 20% off 1 with SUMMER20, 25% off 2 with SUMMER25, and 30% off 3+ with SUMMER30.  I’d say a good 90% off my jewelry is from Baublebar so I had to share a few of my favorite picks as well as dish my tried-and-true secrets on how I pair statement earrings!

Lobe Wonder patches – amazing for supporting statement earrings!
Baublebar ‘Gabriela’use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!

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One quick tip before we jump in, I did want to share a note about these Lobe Wonder patches as they are amazing for minimizing the weight that big earrings can sometimes have on your ear.  They’re just little oval stickers that go on the back of your ear and make a huge difference so that earrings won’t tug or stretch your ear!  A package comes with 60 stickers and even though they’re marked as single-use, I actually reuse mine 2-3 times before they stop sticking!

HOW TO WEAR STATEMENT EARRINGS TIP 1:  Start with something similar to your hair color

Earrings: Baublebar Clarabel Dropsuse SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Dress: Nordstrom – not online yet (top in same print, similar)
Shoes: SARTO Wedge Espadrilles
Lips: Urban Decay ‘Rapture’ Lip Gloss

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Earrings: Baublebar ‘Tango’ Ball Dropssimilar, similar
use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Top: J.Crew Sequin Top (old, similar)
Bottom: old (similarsimilar)
Shoes: similar red strappy sandals – love the scallops!

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If you’re just getting used to wearing larger statement earrings, I would definitely recommend choosing a style in a color that is a close match to your hair color.  It makes the transition more gradual and allows you to slowly adjust to seeing that accessory pop on the sides of your face.  Statement earrings seriously come in almost every color these days (and brunettes have the option of going with tortoise-shell styles — in love with this one!).

HOW TO WEAR STATEMENT EARRINGS TIP 2:  Pair color with a solid (preferably white)

Earrings: Baublebar ‘Mazarine’ Drops – use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Dress: Express Ruffle Sleeve Dress (0P) – (also in petites, similar)

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Earrings: Baublebar ‘Miyana’ Hoopsuse SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Top: LOFT Eyelet Sweater Tank (XS)
Bottom: BlankNYC Distressed Jeans (24)
Stand: World Market Marble Gold Table

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Marietta’ Fringe Drop – comes in 3 colors!
use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Blazer
Express Drape Boyfriend Blazer (XS) – (similarsimilar)
TopLOFT Flowerbed Flare Sleeve Blouse (XSP) – (similar
BottomBanana Republic Stain Resistant Ankle Jean (24 / size down) – (similartrouser option)
BeltGucci Double G (75)
ShoesTopshop ‘Glorious’ (size down – exact color soldout but love the beige!) – (similar)
WatchGarmin ‘Vivomove’ HR
LipsTarte Liquid Lipstick in rose

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Once you do get comfortable with larger statement earrings, it’s time to add in some color!  Even if you’re not someone who wears a lot of color, earrings are a great way to throw in that colorful pop!  I often prefer to let the earrings do all the talking when it comes to color and opt for solid tops to balance it out.  White is always one of my favorites for a crisp clean palette and it just seems so summery too when paired with a colorful statement earring!

HOW TO WEAR STATEMENT EARRINGS TIP 3:  Add some whimsy with tassels

EarringsLisi Lerch Turquoise Tassels (similarsimilar, similar)
TopBanana Republic (old, similar)
BottomJ.Crew Tie-Waist Pencil Skirt (similar)
Shoes: similar yellow sandals
BagCult Gaia ‘Ark’ Bag (small)
WatchCitizen Crystal Silhouette c/o
SunglassesKaren Walker ‘Super Duper’

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Gabriela’use SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Blazer
Faux Fur Trim Blazer (XS) (highly recommend detangler brush to smooth out fur!)
Top: Banana Republic (old, similar)
BottomAG Step-Hem Jeans – run TTS / wearing 25 (similar, similar)
ShoesHalogen ‘Corbin’ (almost exact dupesimilar)
BagMinkoff Chevron Quilted ‘Love’ Crossbody
SunglassesGucci Oversized Square Sunglasses 54mm

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Earrings: Express Ball Top Tassel (also love these!)
Dress: Express Ruffle Fit Flare Dress
Shoes
: Topshop ‘Glorious Setback’ Pumps (5 / size down) – (similar)
Bag
: Katie Kime Lucite Clutch (love this one too)
Watch
: Anne Klein Rose Gold 
Bracelet
: Sole Society Pave Cuff (old, similar)
Perfume: Tory Burch Rollerball 
Wallet: Kate Spade ‘Cameron Street’ (love this floral one! similar – on sale!)
Lips: Tarte Lip Paint in ‘Rose’

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EarringsBaublebar ‘Melina’ Pom Pom Hoopuse SUMMER20 / SUMMER25 / SUMMER30 to save!
Blazer
Express Drape Boyfriend Blazer – (similarsimilar)
TopJ.Crew ‘Paris’ Tee (XS) – on sale!
BottomExpress Embroidered Jeans (00P / runs big) – (regular sizelove these)
Shoes: JustFab White Pumps (old, similar)
BagAmazon Black Velvet Crossbody (similarsimilar)
SunglassesGucci Oversized Square 54mm (dupe)

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Tassels are always a good idea and honestly I’ve found that they go with just about every outfit!  They have a way of elevating an outfit while still keeping it casual and fun.  From long tassel earrings to shorter styles paired with pom poms or hoops, they’re all a win in my book!

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Dress: Socialite Ruffle Faux Wrap Dress (XS) – similar, similar, similar
Shoes: Sam Edelman ‘Yaro’ in oatmeal (perfect nude!)
Earrings: Katie Kime ‘Gold Coast’similar, similar
Bag: Gucci Soho Disco
Sunglasses: Chelsea28 ‘Ellie’ 55mm
Hair: IrresistibleMe Hair Extensions – chocolate brown in 20″ in 200g

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I’ve seen variations of the ruffle wrap dress all over this season and seriously, it is THE TRENDY DRESS you need!  This time, the wrap detail is on the lower half, yet it still flatters your shape with it’s tied waist and the fit-and-flare silhouette is perfect for creating that hourglass figure.  I love the addition of the ruffles and it’s perfect for adding a bit of fun and whimsy to an elegant silhouette.  It’s a style that you can wear at every age and for every occasion — dress it down with sandals / sneakers (as seen here) or up with a chic pair of heels like I did here!

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Now for this week’s On Trend Tuesdays linkup!  Sandy and I are excited to feature Rachel from A Blonde’s Moment this week.  Her blue shift dress is absolutely gorgeous!

Now it’s your turn to share a recent outfit with the rest of our community for a chance to be featured!  Just link up a recent outfit and remember to include either the button below or link to both me and Sandy in your post.  We’d love if you could comment on 5 other bloggers too as this is a community where we can all get to know and support each other!  Tag us on social media too to join the conversation with #OnTrendTuesdaysLinkUp!




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Dress: Socialite Ruffle Faux Wrap Dress (XS) – similar, similar, similar
Shoes: Sam Edelman ‘Yaro’ in oatmeal (perfect nude!)
Earrings: Katie Kime ‘Gold Coast’similar, similar
Bag: Gucci Soho Disco
Sunglasses: Chelsea28 ‘Ellie’ 55mm
Hair: IrresistibleMe Hair Extensions – chocolate brown in 20″ in 200g

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I’ve seen variations of the ruffle wrap dress all over this season and seriously, it is THE DRESS you need!  This time, the wrap detail is on the lower half, yet it still flatters your shape with it’s tied waist and the fit-and-flare silhouette is perfect for creating that hourglass figure.  I love the addition of the ruffles and it’s perfect for adding a bit of fun and whimsy to an elegant silhouette.  It’s a style that you can wear at every age and for every occasion — dress it down with sandals / sneakers (as seen here) or up with a chic pair of heels like I did here!

SHOP RUFFLE WRAP DRESSES

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Now for this week’s On Trend Tuesdays linkup!  Sandy and I are excited to feature Rachel from A Blonde’s Moment this week.  Her blue shift dress is absolutely gorgeous!

Now it’s your turn to share a recent outfit with the rest of our community for a chance to be featured!  Just link up a recent outfit and remember to include either the button below or link to both me and Sandy in your post.  We’d love if you could comment on 5 other bloggers too as this is a community where we can all get to know and support each other!  Tag us on social media too to join the conversation with #OnTrendTuesdaysLinkUp!




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Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

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I originally wanted to share a post today talking all about Nordstrom’s Triple Points sale, but after editing these pictures from a photoshoot I did on these “Happy” steps (all the letters come together to say happy!), I decided to incorporate a more important topic that I’ve been thinking about lately.  I attended a parent talk a few weeks ago at my son’s school and they talked about students’ happiness.  The Head of the School gave an opening speech and brought up some points that really made me think.  Yale University offered a new course this year on How To Be Happy and it has become their most popular class.  EVER.  It’s something that made me think about happiness, how it’s evolved in my own life, and how something so fundamental may not actually be that easy to attain.

I haven’t talked about this much but I started having anxiety issues about 3 years ago.  It was confusing for me given that I’m a naturally happy person, never had issues in the past related to anxiety or mental health, and wasn’t even sure what it was I was dealing with at the time.  And while I am still learning to deal with my anxiety (and hope to share more in a coming post), I wanted to share a few ways to be more optimistic that I think can help anyone become happier version of themselves!

Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

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5 Ways to be More Optimistic Gratitude

I mentioned this in my previous Lessons I Learned From One Of My Worst Days post but practicing gratitude every day is so important.  I find that sometimes I tend to focus too much on disappointments or shortcomings that I don’t realize all that I have.  I have the 5 Minute Journal downloaded on my phone and I spend a few minutes every night filling it out.  I love that it shifts my mindset to find the good that happened that day and I’ve realized that having gratitude and being thankful really make a big difference in my happiness.  I’ve mentioned also that I have a nightly ritual with my kids where I ask them what their favorite part of the day was and it’s also an easy way for them to get into the habit of finding the good.

Workout and Get The Endorphins Flowing

This is one I didn’t realize was so important until I had a couple weeks where I just didn’t get a chance to workout.  I had prioritized work and just didn’t get my butt moving at all or work up a sweat.  I’ve since realized the importance of working out, getting a sweat in, and getting the endorphins going in my body.  Endorphins are your body’s natural way of fighting pain / stress and are released when you exercise.  I’ve since realized just how much I need these endorphins in my body and so I make exercise a huge priority in my life!  You can see more about workouts I’m loving in this latest post.

Smile

It actually takes less effort to smile than it does to frown, and even though it’s the last thing you’ll want to do when you’re unhappy, just thinking a happy thought will get a smile creeping on your face.  I have photos saved on my phone from moments that made me happy and sometimes seeing those is all I need to get in a better mood!  Smiling is also contagious so being a happier person yourself will attract those that are happy to be around you.

Have Reminders of Successful Moments

We all have times when we deal with disappointments either at work or in our personal lives, but there are also successes that we need to remind ourselves of!  I find that it’s helpful to write down big accomplishments or even just thoughtful messages people left for me to later look back on whenever I need to get myself out of a funk.  It’s always good to reflect on the past to see your accomplishments and it’s also a good way to see just how far you’ve come!

Help Someone Else

When all else fails, help out another person and you’d be amazed at how good it makes you feel!  It can be as easy as picking up the tab for someone at Starbucks, letting someone have your seat on the bus / subway, or just giving someone a compliment.  Making someone else happy is a surprisingly a great way to make yourself feel better and it just helps spread the happiness all around!

Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

Happiness is a choice.  Sometimes even the happiest of people need a reminder that they have a choice to choose their outlook on life.  Cultivating optimism goes hand in hand with happiness and it can really change the way you interact with people and deal with struggles.  I’d love to know your thoughts and tips on how to be optimistic!

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Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

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I originally wanted to share a post today talking all about Nordstrom’s Triple Points sale, but after editing these pictures from a photoshoot I did on these “Happy” steps (all the letters come together to say happy!), I decided to incorporate a more important topic that I’ve been thinking about lately.  I attended a parent talk a few weeks ago at my son’s school and they talked about students’ happiness.  The Head of the School gave an opening speech and brought up some points that really made me think.  Yale University offered a new course this year on How To Be Happy and it has become their most popular class.  EVER.  It’s something that made me think about happiness, how it’s evolved in my own life, and how something so fundamental may not actually be that easy to attain.

I haven’t talked about this much but I started having anxiety issues about 3 years ago.  It was confusing for me given that I’m a naturally happy person, never had issues in the past related to anxiety or mental health, and wasn’t even sure what it was I was dealing with at the time.  And while I am still learning to deal with my anxiety (and hope to share more in a coming post), I wanted to share a few things have I think can help anyone become a more optimistic, happier version of themselves!

Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

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Gratitude

I mentioned this in my previous Lessons I Learned From One Of My Worst Days post but practicing gratitude every day is so important.  I find that sometimes I tend to focus too much on disappointments or shortcomings that I don’t realize all that I have.  I have the 5 Minute Journal downloaded on my phone and I spend a few minutes every night filling it out.  I love that it shifts my mindset to find the good that happened that day and I’ve realized that having gratitude and being thankful really make a big difference in my happiness.  I’ve mentioned also that I have a nightly ritual with my kids where I ask them what their favorite part of the day was and it’s also an easy way for them to get into the habit of finding the good.

Workout and Get The Endorphins Flowing

This is one I didn’t realize was so important until I had a couple weeks where I just didn’t get a chance to workout.  I had prioritized work and just didn’t get my butt moving at all or work up a sweat.  I’ve since realized the importance of working out, getting a sweat in, and getting the endorphins going in my body.  Endorphins are your body’s natural way of fighting pain / stress and are released when you exercise.  I’ve since realized just how much I need these endorphins in my body and so I make exercise a huge priority in my life!  You can see more about workouts I’m loving in this latest post.

Smile

It actually takes less effort to smile than it does to frown, and even though it’s the last thing you’ll want to do when you’re unhappy, just thinking a happy thought will get a smile creeping on your face.  I have photos saved on my phone from moments that made me happy and sometimes seeing those is all I need to get in a better mood!  Smiling is also contagious so being a happier person yourself will attract those that are happy to be around you.

Have Reminders of Successful Moments

We all have times when we deal with disappointments either at work or in our personal lives, but there are also successes that we need to remind ourselves of!  I find that it’s helpful to write down big accomplishments or even just thoughtful messages people left for me to later look back on whenever I need to get myself out of a funk.  It’s always good to reflect on the past to see your accomplishments and it’s also a good way to see just how far you’ve come!

Help Someone Else

When all else fails, help out another person and you’d be amazed at how good it makes you feel!  It can be as easy as picking up the tab for someone at Starbucks, letting someone have your seat on the bus / subway, or just giving someone a compliment.  Making someone else happy is a surprisingly a great way to make yourself feel better and it just helps spread the happiness all around!

Jacket: Nordstrom Ruffle Bomber (XS) – 40% off!
Top: Express Downtown Cami (XSP) – also in regular
Bottom: 7 For All Mankind Jeans (24 / size down) – 25% off!
Shoes: Ann Taylor ‘Odette’ (5 / size down) – on sale!  similar, similar
Necklace: Sugarfix for Baublebar Mixed Media Tassel Necklace
Sunglasses: Chelsea 28 ‘Ellie’
Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR
Bag: Chloe ‘Nile’ dupe

Happiness is a choice.  Sometimes even the happiest of people need a reminder that they have a choice to choose their outlook on life.  Cultivating optimism goes hand in hand with happiness and it can really change the way you interact with people and deal with struggles.  I’d love to know your thoughts and tips on how to be optimistic!

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