Friday, September 17, 2021

Currently Loving .240

 fall fashion, madewell, nc blogger, north carolina blogger, mom style

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a good week! Since I'm not back at work yet, I have been making the most of the my time but enjoying some of my favorite hobbies. I always forget how much I love to bake until I make the time to actually do it. I baked three different things this week. One set of pumpkin muffins that were pretty good (I just need to tweak the amount of pumpkin I use in the recipe), another set of muffins that were a complete fail (so bad that I threw the entire muffin pan away because I couldn't get it clean), and chocolate chip scones that turned out perfectly (at least according to my kids)! This is the scones recipe I use and it's super easy!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! As always, these picks are items that I already love or my personal wish list picks. I have been slowly evaluating my wardrobe to see what I want to add to my fall rotation. The first items I've purchased are these gorgeous black slip dress and these olive green pants (that I've already worn twice in less than a week)!

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. C R O S S B O D Y  B A G | This bag is definitely on my personal wish list for fall! I always love my Madewell bags and I think this one would be a great addition to my collection. It's currently on sale!

2. J E A N S | I live in jeans during the fall and winter so I am pretty particular about them. Quality and fit are super important to me when I'm selecting a pair of jeans. My all-time favorite jeans are the perfect vintage style, also at Madewell! Size down one size (from your non-Madewell denim size) to get the best fit. They are also currently on sale!

3. S H I R T  J A C K E T | This shirt jacket (I refuse to call it a shacket lol) is currently in my shopping cart! I always love to add a new flannel to my wardrobe during the fall and this is a great alternative to a regular flannel kind of shirt. This one will be perfect for layering! Also, on sale!

4. S H I R T | Before I talk about the shirt, yes, it's also on sale. I rounded up lots of my favorites from the Madewell sale to share with y'all this week! I've owned this shirt for two years and it's still a favorite. I actually wore it this week and it's perfect year round! I love investing in classic pieces that will serve me well for many years. Fits true to size.

5. S N E A K E R S | I love a pair of white sneakers! They are definitely a wardrobe staple for me. I love them with shorts, dresses, skirts, and jeans. Basically with everything! This cute pair is a great budget friendly option if you are in the market.

6. D R E S S | I wore my nap dress this past Sunday and finally got a chance to actually nap in it... and it was an amazing nap! This dress is not only pretty but so comfortable. They run a little big so you can definitely size down one size if you like a closer fit. I'm loving the new burgundy floral printed one! I can't wait to add another nap dress to my closet.

7. T E E | I have worn this $8 tee two times... this week! It's been my go-to tee for the past few years because it fits so well and it's amazing quality for the price. When I don't know what to wear, I always gravitate towards this gray tee and denim! Fits true to size.

8. T O T E | Yes, I share about this tote all of the time! But, when something is your absolute favorite, you want to tell everyone about it! I've owned this medium transport tote for four years and it just keeps getting better with time. I love this size because it's great as a crossbody, shoulder bags, on your arm, and basically any way you desire to carry it. I love this leopard strap that you can also get to add a fun pop of print to your look! Both items are currently on sale.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, September 10, 2021

Currently Loving .239

 what to buy for fall, nc blogger, north carolina blogger, mom style, fall style

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! A short week that started at the beach is definitely the kind of week that I love. All over my social media feeds, everyone is so excited for fall and I personally don't want summer to end. It's my favorite season! The end of summer means the end of longer days and even more sadly, the end of this season's zinnia garden. My little garden and my free flower stand have brought me so much joy this season! I promise to share more about both here on the blog soon.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! Even though I'm not really ready for it to be fall, I am sharing lots of great pieces that are perfect for transitioning your closet into. Items that you can wear now and later are my favorite!

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. D R E S S | I have been hunting for a black slip dress that was flattering for awhile now. A couple of years ago, I bought four or five of them to try and didn't like any of them. I decided to invest and purchased this one. I can't wait to try it on! If it works out for me, it will be such a fun piece to style and layer with this fall! It also comes in three other great colors.

2. B R A C E L E T | This bracelet caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the website. I love stacking bracelets and this one is going to be a fun addition to my arm party!

3. S H I R T | A long sleeve white button is definitely a closet staple! I wear mine year round by rolling the sleeves up and pairing it with denim shorts in the spring/summer then by wearing it with my favorite jeans during the fall/winter. It's such a great piece to have in your wardrobe! I am loving this affordable option.

4. B A G | If you are looking for a cute, animal print bag for fall and winter, I love this one! It's super budget friendly and would add such a fun pop of pattern to any look.

5. H E A D B A N D | If you read Wednesday's post about how to style a headband then you know what a big fan I am of these headbands! They are so cute and so comfortable to wear. They cause zero discomfort and I can wear one all day long!

6. T E E | I am loving this cute graphic tee! I think I need to add it to my closet because I start and end pretty much every single day outside. Who else loves being outdoors?!

7. H A T | It may seem kind of early to be thinking about beanies but I missed out this color beanie last year. I bought the black one last October (pictured below) and loved it so much! I decided I wanted a second one and it was already sold out. I love that these beanies are made out of cotton so they are so soft to wear and they hold up really well!

8. P A N T S | I have had a pair of olive green pants on my wish list for awhile so I decided to try this pair. They should be here any day now and I can't wait to style them for fall!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

How to Style a Headband

 style on a budget, how to style a headband, mom style, nc blogger, how to wear a headband, north carolina blogger

Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week so far! The past few weeks have been so busy with getting the girls back in school, already having one back at home doing virtual learning, and long weekend trip to the beach. Well, I'm back today and I'm finally publishing this post that I have had in my drafts since mid June! Today's post is all about how to style a headband and it's going to be mostly pictures because it's actually super simple. 

How do you style a headband? You find one you like and you put it on. I hear so many ladies say that they can't pull off of a headband and I disagree. You just have to find the right one that you like and most importantly one that is comfortable on your head. I'll be the first one to say that some headbands are super painful to wear, especially all day long. But after a years of trial and error, I have a collection (you'll get to see it below) of comfortable (and cute) headbands that I love sharing my oldest daughter. She literally wears a headband every single day to keep her hair out of face. I love them for that reason (perfect for working out and running errands, too) and I love that they add a little interest to a simple outfit. Practical and stylish is two words that I like to use to describe my daily outfits!

Like I mentioned above, I have tried a lot of headbands and these headbands from J. Crew are my all time favorite. They are also super affordable when you catch them on sale (which I feel like J. Crew is frequently running some kind of sale). They are so comfortable and I can wear one all day long without even noticing that I have it on. They are the best!

















Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Currently Loving .238

 nc blogger, north carolina blogger, style on a budget, what to buy for fall, fall outfits

Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! Last weekend, we put the finishing touches on our free flower stand. I have been growing my zinnias all summer and I love making bouquets from my garden. About a month ago, I started giving out free flowers arranged a jar to local friends. My dream of having a little flower stand has come true! I'll be sharing more about it here soon!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I might be one of the other people who isn't ready for cooler weather. I thrive in the warm weather and the sunshine! However, I am looking towards fall fashion and the pieces that I want to add into my closet.

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. D E N I M  J A C K E T | I've shared this denim jacket many times and it's because I love it so much! I bought mine almost a year and a half ago. I wish I would have tracked how many times I've worn it because it's a lot! The fabric is so soft and it just keeps getting better with time. It's definitely an investment piece but if you are a denim jacket fan like me, it's a great piece for your closet!

2. B A G | I've owned this leather bag for four years and it also has just gotten better with time. I carry it year round and it's the perfect size. When I get asked which Madewell bag I would recommend, I always suggest this one. It can be carried on your shoulder or your arm or you can wear it as a crossbody like I am in the photo below. I also love changing out the strap!

3. Q U I L T E D  J A C K E T | I loved a super similar jacket from Free People last season but I never purchased it. This $40 option is equally as cute and it has a hood! I love having a hood on my jackets for when it gets chilly or it rains.

4. T O P | Isn't this top darling?! I always love a cute peplum top and I love the print/colors on this one. It would be great paired with high waisted denim to transition into fall.

5. S K I R T | I saw some of my Instagram friends share this recently and I absolutely love the sweater skirt! There's also a matching sweater so you can wear it as a monochromatic set!

6. T A N K | Every morning when I get up, I immediately put on workout clothes and if this tank is clean, it's my go-to. The fabric is incredibly soft and it doesn't cling to your body. I have it in two colors and I think I need an extra black one as a back up. Fits true to size.

7. S N E A K E R S | These sneakers are so fun! Y'all know I absolutely love the leopard print detail on the back. If you are in the market for a fun sneaker, these are it!

8. C L I P | It's been so hot in NC and while I love the warm weather, I have to have my hair pulled back most of the time. I have been twisting my hair up and securing it with a claw clip. This gold hair clip is so pretty! I need to add it to my hair accessory collection.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Currently Loving .237

 style on a budget, nc blogger, mom style, madewell, lululemon, north carolina blogger
Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! This week my girls headed back to school as fourth and sixth graders. I can't believe that I have a sixth grader! I can vividly remember being a sixth grader myself and it's so crazy that I'm a mother to a middle schooler. Our first week has gone great and been full of newness. The girls are riding the bus for the first time ever and so far it's been a smooth process. Our drop off/pick off location is conveniently less than five minutes from our house (Julianna's school is almost 20 minutes away) so it's been great not living in my car as much!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I've been living in mostly workout clothes every morning but I have been trying to get dressed in "real clothes" by the afternoon when I go to pickup the girls. My favorite Goodwill is at our drop off/pickup spot so I get dressed up for a thrift run! I am still loving dresses; they have been my go-to for getting dressed!


Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. B I K E  S H O R T S | I have tried so many bike shorts because they are favorite for working out, especially cycling and these are hands down the best pair that I have ever worn. I have them in the six inch and eight inch length but I personally prefer the eight inch. They are so comfy and so soft! I wear my true lululemon size in these which is a size up from my regular workout gear size.

2. S N E A K E R S | It's been a couple of years since I actually purchased running sneakers. Since I haven't been to the actual gym in a year and half, I haven't really been concerned about the condition of my sneakers. But, I've been getting my into my walks and garage workouts this week. I discovered that my sneakers are really in need of an upgrade because they are so worn down on the bottom. I currently have this pair in my cart. I love a classic black and white sneaker!

3. S H I R T | This shirt has been on my wish list for years (probably since I discovered Madewell) because it's such a classic piece. I finally invested in it back in the spring and it's one of my favorite tops in my closet! I love the oversized yet structured style of this piece. It runs slightly big but I stayed with my true size because it is a little fitted in the shoulders. I love it with denim!


4. N A P  D R E S S | I have been wanting a nap dress since I first saw one of my favorite bloggers styling one! It looked so comfortable yet put together... exactly my style! I finally ordered one last week and it arrived yesterday. I can't wait to wear this beauty!


5. R I N G | I love a simple statement ring for my ring hand and I've been wearing this one daily since May. It's so comfortable to wear! I'm a big fan of all of my Madewell jewelry. It holds up so well!

6. H E A D B A N D | Another roundup, another headband. I just can't get enough! But, they are so practical while being cute. I wear them for my workouts and my oldest daughter wears one of them everyday as well to keep our hair out of our faces. These polka dots are so fun!

7. B A G  S T R A P | My friend bought me this leopard bag strap a few years ago for my birthday and I still absolutely love it! It's still in great condition and adds such a fun pop of leopard to any look. I use it on my medium transport tote (my most favorite Madewell bag)!


8. S L I P  D R E S S | I rediscovered an old silk slip dress in my closet yesterday and it rekindled my love for slip dresses. I went on the hunt for a classic black one and found this $20! Slip dresses are perfect to wear now in the heat of the summer but they also transition nicely into fall by adding a denim jacket and a pair of ankle boots.

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Currently Loving .236

 

Happy Friday, y'all! Currently Loving is finally back! I have spent the past month working at summer camp so I put the blog on the back burner to focus on work (and rest). It was a fun-filled, exhausting three weeks! This was my oldest daughter's last experience being a student in the program! She has been attending as a student since the summer before she went to kindergarten (six years ago). Julianna is headed to sixth grade on Monday and Olivia will be a fourth grader. Time really needs to slow down! We are savoring this last weekend of summer!

Today, I'm back with my roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! I have literally been living in athletic wear and comfy pieces for the past month or so. Between vacation, mom life, and summer camp, I've just wanted to be as comfortable as possible! I'm sure y'all can relate to that feeling! 

nc blogger, mom style, style on a budget, summer style, madewell, lululemon

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. S K O R T | I recently purchased my first skort since elementary school and it's my new favorite! It has built in bike shorts that have little grippers on the inside to make them comfortably stay in place. I wore mine to work at summer camp but it's also great for working out or running errands! I'm a big fan!

2. S A N D A L S | You'll see this fun sandals pictured below in a weekend outfit that I recently wore. The color combo is so cute! I loved my white Tevas so much that I needed a colorful pair too.

3. C A R D I G A N | I can't believe I am posting a cardigan in August but we have actually had some cooler mornings here in NC lately. Like in the 60s! I typically sit outside every morning to have breakfast, coffee, and do my daily Bible reading. I was reaching for a cardigan a couple times this week! This budget friendly one is a great transitional piece that you can wear with shorts now or jeans later. I also like to wear these kind of cardigans buttoned up and front tucked. So versatile!

4. J E A N S | If I'm talking about cardigans then that also means that jeans season is right around the corner as well. I have literally not put on a pair of jeans since early May. I just don't wear them at all in the warmer months. I have been living in shorts, dresses, and skirts! But, the perfect vintage style is my go-to when it comes time to add the jeans back into my daily wardrobe. They are such a flattering fit! Size down one size from your typical denim size for the best fit.

5. N E C K L A C E S | Layering dainty gold necklaces is my favorite! If you want a layered necklace collection and fast, I love these sets! They make getting the layered look so easy.

6. T A N K | I am wearing this tank right now for the second time since it arrived less than a week ago! It has a built in bra (which I love) and I love the ribbed fabric. It comes in tons of colors but I went with the classic black. It also pairs well with denim so you can wear it for workouts and beyond! I went with my true lululemon size.

7. H E A D B A N D | I typically say that I really don't need a new headband but I honestly kind of do this time. My favorite leopard one got broken so I need to replace it! I am loving this option!

8. B A G | This bag is definitely my most carried bag this spring and summer. It's so perfect for hands free adventuring and errand running! I own it in two colors and it holds a surprising amount. A must have for sure!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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