boots / sweater / madwell dress /earrings / nail polish
i’m traveling this week (and next) and thought i’d share a few items that are making it into my suitcase. while, i’d love to wear the sweater with the dress it just doesn’t look right on my short frame. however, the sweater….it is from the kids section at target. and guess what? it is major cozy. i bought one for myself and one for la la. we are going to be matchy matchy and i love it. the boots are an all time, fave. i’m a huge frye fan. when it comes comfy boots that only get better with age, frye is the way to go. the dress is great for dressing up or down and the earrings by ija designs are a new fave (such gorgeous jewelry over there). i pretty much either wear diamond studs or hoops (what can i say, i’m a creature of habit) so i love the idea of a lotus shaped hoop for a little more interest.
i’m going with carry on, only, luggage this time (which, confession: i’ve never done – ahem) so i’m hoping to pack smart and stretch outfits. what is your travel staple when it comes to fashion?
p.s. you can follow my travels over on instagram and more on packing here.
la la land tank / pants
whilst toddler shoe shopping in nordstrom’s a few weeks back, i happend upon a tank that said “la la land.” i couldn’t pass it up. i decided on some black lounge pants too. and, i was careful to pick ones that i could roll right out of bed and walk into the grocery store wearing. i like to think of this as multi-tasking clothes and good time management.
i don’t often buy pj’s or lounge wear which is why i thought a few additions might be a good idea. i am one of those creatures that sleeps in old t-shirts. i try, as i will, to break this habit, but i always seem to revert. old habits are hard to break.
what about you? i’m curious. do you have pretty pjs? any quirks when it comes to what you wear to bed?
i don’t like . . .
do you ever think about things that you wear that aren’t, in fact, “things?”
i think of things that i wish i wasn’t wearing (or carrying). heavy accessories like stress and worry. if i would take those off (or maybe not bother to put them on in the first place) i’d likely find myself wearing a smile and a laugh more often. can you relate?
what about dignity. it’s not a word i think of very often, if i’m honest. but here is what it means :
the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
for many women the world around dignity is something they dream of clothing themselves in. they know nothing of hudson jeans and madewell dreams. they dream of dressing in respect, honor, worth and value. whenever i wrap myself up in one of my fashionABLE scarfs (above) i can’t help but think of the women in ethiopia that made them. women who have be rescued restored and valued. when i wear my scarf i wear their honor. the honor they are worthy of.
have you ever thought about what happens when you invest in a woman?
watch what happens . . .
it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan + supporter of fashionABLE. i love that their focus is on the importance and value that comes from giving vulnerable women opportunities for employment rather than charity. i’m celebrating with fashionABLE today. it’s their 3rd birthday. i love celebrating birthdays, but i love, even more, celebrating years of investing in women, adding value and giving them opportunities to clothe themselves in dignity.
to celebrate the entire online store will be discounted (scarves + leather)!
30% off, 3 days, 3rd Birthday.
so i hope you get to wrapping. wrapping yourself in one of these scarfs or maybe wrapping one up as a gift. and, wrap yourself in dignity. the dignity of the women of that made these scarfs, but also your own. you are so valuable!
p.s. you can read more about la la lovely + fashionABLE here.
jeans / lipgloss / hat / sunglasses / boots / sweater
fall is probably my favorite season when it comes to style. i’m a boots, jeans and sweater girl through and through. what about you?
i thought i’d share a few fall favorites from my closet this fall. i’m totally obsessed with this knit sweater. it’s like wrapping yourself in a blanket. a really pretty one, at that. when you’re certain you need an item in every color, than you can be sure that you love the piece. and, well, i want this in charcoal, now too.
i’m a little surprised at myself for purchasing coated biker (leather like) jeans … i’m living on the edge these day, friends! but, i’m so glad i took a chance. i’ve actually been wearing them all the time, mostly with a chambray shirt. i should tell you that for some reason they photographed purple”ish” but they are really vamp red (see here). oh, and if you are on the shorter side (like me) they are the perfect length. no rolling required (which is very rare for me).
as for the accessories . . .
sweater/ glasses / dress / boots
totally wish i was wearing this ensemble today. this dress would also work great.
what do you wish you were wearing?
have you heard of winter water factory? i hadn’t, until recently, and truth be told i’m always happy to find out about new kids clothing lines . . . especially when they have great clothes for boys! you too? thought so.
winter water factory is a brooklyn-based design and manufacturing company specializing in screen printed textiles and organic kids’ clothing.
and can we just talk about the design?
founder and designer stefanie lynen is a self-taught designer who draws inspiration from a variety of sources—from children’s books to vintage wallpaper to envelope liners. as soon as i spied this dress it reminded me of the drawings from my mom’s nursery rhymes piano book (someone with a little girl please buy this. just sayin’) that she always played out of when i was little. i loved dancing around to the music, but, i have to say, i loved looking at the drawings just as much. and these prints now have me humming ”do you know the muffin man,” and “polly put the kettle on.”
dress /jumpsuit / tennis dress
and truly these are liam and rocco’s new favorite shirts :
liam is wearing the triangles shirt+ rocco is wearing the tools shirt. and, i have to tell you that, i’ve also got my eye on the high seas shirt. i’m such a sucker for anything with waves, and ships and magic. you know?
p.s. and the quality is good….really good. i thought you’d want to know.
for great kids inspiration check out winter water factory’s pinterest + follow them on twitter.
this post is in partnership with winter water factory. all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting posts that help bring new content.
images | la la lovely
teddy loafer / booties / sneakers /pump
i love fall shoes. there is so much variety….but, if i had to pick, i’m all about the boots! short boots, tall boots, those boots, these boots.
these are a few shoes that i’m really loving at the moment. some out of my price range, but it’s always fun to look. and, honestly, to me, a good pair of boots is worth the investment, because they last for years and years. in fact, a lot of times they get better with age. these are the last really nice pair i bought + they are still my faves after 6 years.
what shoes are you loving this season? and, have you invested in a really great pair of boots?
also, i’m also totally loving these pink high tops + these floral doc martin’s. i guess my inner child is coming out….80′s + 90′s all the way! like totally!
says, the girl in the hat and the cute shirt.
my mind and heart have been inundated with africa these recent days. i knew it would be. how could it not? i was going there. and then suddenly i wasn’t. one of my best friends, who lives in africa, is home visiting, my daughters best friend is moving to africa in a matter of days, and i found an old journal entry from a trip to africa 16 years ago. my conversations have been wrapped around this continent and my heart decorated by a trip that i didn’t take.
but what i did take was a change. a lot of change. so much so, that i’m still taking it. taking, embracing, sorting, saving and spreading it.
one big change is the thought that i need africa more than africa needs me. i didn’t get it, at first, but now . . . it’s got me.
watch this – you’ll see.