The Black and White Striped Skirt Styled 4 Ways!

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This black and white striped skirt is my best fashion weapon, kitties! While I’ve only worn it on the blog twice, it’s definitely one of my go-tos, especially on days when nothing is working. This skirt always works because it has endless possibilities! I thought it would be fun to do a little tribute to it and show 4 different ways you can style this darling. The skirt shown is from Modcloth.

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1. Color Pop

This is the easiest one because it adds a beautiful contrast against the stark black and white. I love the button down with skirt, and adding little oxfords is so preppy and adorable!
Wyatt Cobalt Colorblock :: Bluefly
Cause for Collaboration Heel :: Modcloth
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2. Pattern Mixing
This option is the one I probably do the most. Plaids, cats, polka dots: have fun! This pretty fuchsia top is hitting all the right notes for me, and I love the edgy feel of it paired with the boots.
Hewitt Printed Blouse :: Francesca’s
Jeffrey Campbell St. Elmo Boots :: Urban Outfitters
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3. Casual Chic
A cute white graphic tee with red heels is a lovely match! Add a statement necklace and you’re all set.
Joie Rancher J Tee :: Shopbop (they have a million cute white graphic tees, seriously!)
Melissa Classic Heel Pumps :: Shopbop

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4. Stripe on Stripe

To make this work, I’d go either smaller stripes like this one, or introduce some color. Add a fun floral heel for a break from the Stripey-Stripe Club!
Striped Crop Top :: Forever 21
Waltz Floral Print Pumps :: Ruche

Here I am mixing mine up for a holiday party with sequins and another one with a ruffled plaid:

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See the full posts here and here!

Hope I’ve offered some inspiration today! Xoxo

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Sunday Funday!

The hubs and I don’t always get weekends off together, but we recently had a Sunday to ourselves and took full advantage of the situation. This means that we slept in late, stuffed ourselves with brunch and went to a movie matinee. Sooooo pretty much my perfect day!

There is almost nothing I love more than a good brunch on the weekends. I mean, at no other time is it appropriate to accompany Mac and Cheese with Biscuits and Gravy (my fav combo), plus a refreshing mimosa AND hot cup of tea, and don’t forget pastries! Brunch is where I hope to go when I die… So I’m sure you can imagine my delight when John agreed to hit up our favorite brunch spot on a rare Sunday off. I threw on this little number and coerced him to take my pictures, post brunch, in the sculpture garden downtown.

I’m obsessed with this top I recently got from American Apparel. The colors are super eye-catching and I love a good geometric print. The fabric is really stretchy and it’s a warm little crop top for winter! I’ve been pairing it with everything that I can, from high-waisted skirts to this mint, peter-pan collared dress. I’ve been so into crop tops recently and they transition nicely from summer to fall to winter when topped off over a dress.

We took these pictures right before it got to be unbearably cold and I was able to be jacket-less for what will probably be the last time in months. So many tears…

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We kept the rest of the day very chill and saw the movie Nightcrawler (anyone seen it?) It was fantastic, especially if you love to see Mr. Gyllenhaal do his thing, and who doesn’t love that?

Outfit details: Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban | Top :: American Apparel | dress :: H&M (in black) | shoes :: ASOS (similar) | necklace :: Domestica

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Summer Cold Conundrum

If I look particularly happy in these photos it’s because… I am! Mar and I went out on a hot and sunny August day just as I was recovering from a nasty summer cold. Colds should most definitely be reserved for when the temperature dips wayyy down and chicken soup and blanks make sense. A summer cold when it’s 90 degrees outside is just too confusing to handle! Since I’d spent a few days before moping around the house with a fever and trail of Kleenex I was pretty excited to spend some time making myself pretty. I dyed and curled my hair, trimmed my bangs, painted my toenails, slipped on this new-to-me skirt and felt fabulous!

Since summer is nearing its end (sigh sigh sigh) I try daily to make the most out of my summer wardrobe. That means brightly colored skirts, crop tops and tank tops and sandals, oh my! I want to show off my tattoos while I can before they’re soon to be covered with long sleeves and sweaters, and, spoiler alert: I got another tattoo today and I think you guys are gonna like it! Check back in a couple of weeks to see the big reveal.

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I got this skirt from a friend’s garage sale and let me tell you, this garage sale was a dream come true! Seriously, piles and piles of rad vintage clothes for extremely low prices. It’s not even fair to call it a garage sale, although it did take place out of a garage… But it’s most like a super fun vintage pop-up shop run by my friends a few blocks from my house. Winning!

While I’m still loving summer I am getting the fall fashion bug. The release of fall magazines is one of my FAVORITE parts of the year. The fashion! The TV shows! The music! Bust and Nylon are my top picks, year after year they never disappoint. I’m gonna try and live in the moment but come on, I know y’all are excited for fall fashion too!

Outfit details: crop top, sunnies :: F21 | skirt :: garage sale gem! | necklace :: thrifted | sandals :: Urban Outfitters (similar) | ring :: Market Day Iowa

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Cows, corn dogs and crazy rides: The Iowa State Fair!

The Iowa State Fair is one of those annual events that fellow Iowans either love or hate: there doesn’t seem to be much in-between. I for one love it! This year we kept it pretty simple; we saw the cows, ate a corn dog, and rode the Berry-Go-Round (which.. yikes! Charlie may have loved it but I thought I was going to get sick!). Then as we were leaving we stopped for some ice cream! We did meet up with Jessi and friends and took a state fair time-out to take some pics of our outfits.

I decided to keep it pretty easy and breezy for the fair this year. Jessi gave me this dress for my birthday and I have been wearing it pretty much every week. It’s so comfy and pretty! I decided to pair it with some ruffly socks and my boots for a bit of a country-fied look.

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One of my favorite things about the fair is that I’ve been going pretty much every year for the last 7 or so years, and I know for a fact that I’ve never seen everything. Take this pretty garden Jessi and I discovered right by the agriculture building; I’d never noticed this little beautiful pocket right off one of the main roads before!

Outfit details: hair bow :: JCPenney | dress :: birthday gift from Jessi, from Hill Vintage | belt and socks :: Target | boots :: Steve Madden, from Von Maur

Have a fabulous Saturday! And if you live in the Des Moines area, may I suggest a visit to the fair tomorrow? It’s half price!

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Road Trip + Family Fun

Last weekend John and I took some time off from our regular lives for a good ole family vacation! We drove up to a lake house in Wisconsin to hang with my brother and his better half as well as my mom, aunt and grandma. I grew up on road trips so the five hour trip it took to get to  our destination was no big deal. As a kid my family often drove to Colorado and we made several trips to Florida and even drove to New York once. Throughout the years John and I have taken many mini road trips to Omaha, Minneapolis and Chicago so by now we pretty much have road tripping down to a science. We stockpiled music and podcasts (check out our Podcast post to see what we’re in to!), got our requisite bagel and tea breakfast on our way out of town and stopped once or twice for road snacks and to stretch John’s long legs.

Side note: my fav road snack hands down is a Whatchamacallit candy bar. I can’t believe they still make those! So delish.

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We took these photos at a rest stop that was downright beautiful! It was tucked into the woods a bit and perfect for a photo op. When traveling in the car I like to dress for comfort, of course, but don’t ever want to get caught looking too schlubby. This outfit here has been my summer go-to of late. The top is actually a stretchy dress that I could not personally pass as a dress (too tight! too short!) but it works just fine tucked into a skirt or high-waisted jeans. I’ve really been in to scoop-back tanks or anything that reveals my tattoo. I almost forget about Gus in the middle of winter! I’ve gotta show him off when I can. I bought this denim skirt very recently from a store in the mall that I would not normally shop at (check out my outfit details at the end to reveal the mystery store!). I’m typically very into thrifting or spending as little as possible on anything, with the exception of dresses from Modcloth, my total weakness! I usually stay away from slightly higher end stores because of the price tag, but this denim is quality and it’s nice to own something that I know won’t fall apart any time soon. Oh the luxury! Don’t get me wrong though, I will thrift-shop until the end of time, I’m in no way fully converted. But this skirt is so comfortable and fits into my wardrobe really nicely. And it withstood the road trip test!

I spent the next few days in my swimsuit by day and leggings and boots by night around the camp fire. It was nice to get away and I 100% do not want to go back to work, right?!

outfit details: Top, seashell ring :: forever 21 | shoes :: urban outfitters | skirt :: Ann Taylor Loft (similar) | necklace :: Domestica | belt :: thrifted | sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

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On being a mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas out there! A couple nights ago my husband asked, “Did you always know you were going to be a great mom?” To which I of course laughed and said, “Huh? I feel like you don’t know until you become one, and then every week you question it.” He then said, “Well you are, but I just figured you always knew you’d be since you have such a great mom to emulate.” And it’s true! I do have a great mom! She has taught me to be patient, loving, and to trust my instincts, all three traits that have been indispensable when raising a little one.  It can still be hard as shit on some days, but the majority of the time it isn’t. Okay: now I’ll stop and focus on a great thing about Mother’s Day: the presents!

I got home on Friday and my boys had surprised me with my gifts early: a beautiful orchid my son picked out, and even more beautiful earrings and bracelet my husband picked out! This weekend has been lovely already and it’s just the morning of actual Mother’s Day. I’m feeling very spoiled! Right now Joe is cooking me a big breakfast and Charlie slept in until 8:30. Win Win!

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I just bought this skirt during Pink Revolver’s trunk show last weekend. I love it! It’s the perfect fit and length, and I love the pattern! My top is actually a dress (which I’ve worn before here) but  I love how it brings out the lighter colors in the skirt.

Outfit details: Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings and bracelet :: gifts from Joe | shirt (dress) :: thrifted | skirt: Pink Revolver, available to Vitae Design Collective | belt and sandals :: Target

Have a happy rest of your weekend! I’m off to eat blueberry pancakes….

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Rule number one: Stand still

I wore this dress awhile ago for these pics (before snow! what was that like?) and I never posted them, mainly because I wouldn’t stand STILL in any of these shots so all of my head-to-toe pics are blurry. It’s really the only rule in blogging, right? Stand still? Woops! BUT, the good news is I adore this dress, and this entire outfit, so I’m posting them anyway.

This dress is one of those dresses that you really don’t need to wear anything else with it, since it’s a total stand alone. A couple of darling friends of mine run a vintage pop-up shop and I found this gem amidst the other goodies. And how about these adorable kitty cat collar clips?! I spotted them at a cute place on our trip last summer to Chicago. I deemed it kismet since I had seen them on Pinterest just the week before. Unfortunately when I got home I realized I didn’t have any white collars, and the kitties weren’t showing up on my dark-collared tops. But with the purchase of this very dress my woes lifted!

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Something’s funny over there….

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Hope your week is going well! I’ve been having a fun week, and am looking forward to the weekend. Some friends and I are headed to HUE , a party at the Art Center dedicated to the color emerald. Naturally I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect emerald ensemble, both in my closet and out. No winners yet, but it’s only Wednesday! And b-b-b-bonus: I can wear this green outfit to St. Patty’s Day weekend when we head to St. Louis next week!

Outfit details: dress :: Big Button Vintage | cat collar clips :: Ladybird Likes | purse :: thrifted | tights, socks :: Target | oxford heels :: Buffalo Exchange

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