outfits lately

Red/blue striped tee (also in black/white stripes); Levi’s cutoff denim shorts (sold out, similar here & here); Michael Kors polarized sunglasses (old, similar).

Vitamin Sea tee; Old Navy white shorts (old, similar); Ray Ban Light Ray Wayfarer sunglasses (old, similar).

Raised By Waves tee (sold out, long sleeve tee); Olive pull-on shorts (old, this year’s version); Faux leather flip flops in platinum/black faux leather; Ray Ban Light Ray Wayfarer sunglasses (old, similar).

Zara leopard camp shirt (old, similar); Black pull-on shorts (old, this year’s version); GAP slides in black (old, similar here & here); Mirrored aviator sunglasses (also here).

Hope you enjoyed your summer as much as my daughter, our bulldog and I did. Happy Fall to you and yours! xx


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: veganized

You didn’t think that I’d miss out on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, did you? Admittedly, I didn’t buy much for myself during last year’s event due to being freshly postpartum. Also, I decided to go vegan about a year ago and I’ve been trying to veganize all of my purchases as much as possible. Buying vegan is much easier for warm weather dressing but it’s a bit of a challenge for when temperatures drop. It seems like the only fabric options are wool, leather, down, etc. But I have really good news, it’s possible and fun to dress animal-friendly. It’s generally less expensive too. Here are my vegan (and realistic mom to an active toddler wear) picks plucked from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

Hoodie sweatshirt in navy heather; Leopard swing jacket; Space Dye sports bra in teal; Black faux leather crossbody bag; Gingham slip-on sneakers; Bicolor cylinder faux leather bag.

This hoodie is fabulous with leggings for it’s flattering drape and longer length. The back hem is longer than the front hem and it’s split a bit on the sides which wonderfully hides the stomach area. Size up, it runs small. I ordered size Mediums and had to return the size Smalls.

You know I cannot resist leopard and the swing silhouette of this jacket is easy sophistication. It’s true to size, I’m keeping the size Small.

Nordstrom is running a two for $40 special on this sports bra. I ordered it black in addition to the teal space dye. I ordered my normal size in sports bras, which is a Medium (I always go one size up from my usual top size). It has removable cups and the strappy back is adorable.

The black crossbody bag really impressed me with its rich leather like texture. Love the size and the two secured compartments (zip and magnetic closure) and I can easily fit my iPhone in both areas. Total keeper.

The black and white gingham on these fabric slip-on sneakers is adorable. I live in my Vans and I’m thrilled to add this vegan friendly pair to my collection.

I haven’t yet received the cylinder bag so I owe you a review. It’s cute though and comes with a shoulder strap.

Faux leather flip flops in platinum/black.

I know, not the cutest pair of flip flops that you ever did see. But I was intrigued by the 1,000+ stellar reviews. I really needed a pair of comfortable flip flops, my feet were getting blisters from my Havaianas. And you know what? Right out of the box comfortable. There’s a ton of colors available but I went for the basic black and white combo.

Rainbow zip hoodie; Dark grey skinny jeans; Rainbow sweatpants; Grey ankle skinny jeans.

I haven’t yet received any of the four items above so I owe you a review. I read the reviews and ordered a Small for the rainbow sweatsuit, which by the way is smile inducing, and my current jean size of 26 for the two pairs of grey skinny jeans.

By the way, I ordered the Veronica Beard flared jeans, Rag & Bone lace-up pants and Rag & Bone black raw hem skinny jeans. But, I’m returning all of them. The Veronica Beard jeans were fantastic but too long for my legs. Since it has that gorgeous hem detail, you can’t really shorten the length. But the fit was great for me in the size 26. The Rag & Bone lace up pants were quite tragic for my stomach situation (mombod problems, yo). The Rag & Bone black skinny jeans were okay but nothing special. Also, the material was much too stretchy for my liking. I need black jeans, not jeggings.

So, that’s my round up. Did you partake in this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I’d love to hear about your shopping scores! xx

say yes to the dress

Drawcord dress in rust (also in green); Tom Ford sunglasses (old, similar); GAP white slide sandals (old, similar); Madewell pom pom necklace (old, similar).

I love the color combo of rust and white/ivory, it’s perfect for the summer season. I ordered a size Small and it’s true to size. It’s generous in the torso but the armholes are a very good fit. If I sized down to an XS, the armholes would be too tight. Love the deep pockets and the cool cotton blend material (it has a bit of stretch to it). This dress is versatile and works with sneakers or a strappy sandal. The dress also comes in petite sizes.

Striped tank midi dress; GAP white slide sandals (old, similar).

I’m glad I ordered two sizes of this tank midi dress since it runs small or snug in the torso. The small was too tight over my stomach area, so no bueno. The medium is perfect for me. I’m wearing a normal bra and it doesn’t show at the shoulders nor at the armholes. I’m quite impressed by the thicker and stretchy cotton knit fabric and the construction of this inexpensive (less than $25!) dress. The red and blue stripe combo is rather snappy and brings out my inner prepster. Mama’s got her Fourth of July outfit–sweet. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Both dresses are keepers. Enjoy your Wednesday! xo

beach please

‘Part Mermaid’ cap; Palm print swimsuit; Striped tank midi dress; Clean Ultimate Beach Night.

Summer is decidedly here. I’m so ready to get my beach on. Here are a few fun staples to get you in the mood.

How cute is the ‘Part Mermaid’ cap? I’m planning to wear this on the beach and the boardwalk. I live in baseball caps this time of year since they’re great for sun protection and to keep my hair and the sweat out of my eyes.

I’m really loving the palm print trend lately, it’s an easy way to bring the tropics to you. The swimsuit is BOGO 50% off so I ordered two sizes to see which fits me better. I’m hoping it fits, it’s a junior sized swimsuit so I’d order up a size or two. Fingers crossed.

I love red and blue stripes together and this tank midi dress epitomizes comfy chic. The dress is also BOGO 50% off, so I ordered two sizes and plan to keep the size that fits. I’m liking midi length dresses now that I’m chasing around my little toddler. There’s no possibility of unintended flashing, lol.

And I’m excited for this Clean fragrance! It’s supposed to smell like a night on the beach–sign me up! I love the Clean fragrance brand because they don’t test on animals. Clean’s philosophy of fragrances is that they smell like a pleasurable moment in life. His cool is that? I have a 5-piece roller ball set from Clean that is fantastic, of which my faves are Air and Rain. I believe Ultimate Beach Night is a limited edition fragrance, so if you love it, I’d order more.

Enjoy the summer! xoxo

a bit rusty for summer

Drawcord dress in rust (also in green).

Hello! Can you believe that summer officially starts next week? I am excited for my favorite season of the year! In anticipation for the summer weather, I just purchased this dress online and I can’t wait to try it on. The rust color and drawcord details caught my eye instantly. The dress looks far more expensive that its $89 price tag. It reminds me of Helmut Lang and his sculptural design. I love the rust color for summer, it will make a tan look more sunkissed and will really complement gold or white accessories. Plus it’s a cool cotton blend, machine washable and has pockets. All the good elements in one dress–yes.

I’m ready for ya, Summer 2018!

vacay ootn’s

Madewell embroidered striped dress (sold out, similar here, here & here); Neoprene espadrilles in navy; Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Lilly Pulitzer dress (sold out, similar here & here); Neoprene espadrilles in navy; Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Boho long-sleeve maxi dress in ivory (similar); GAP slide sandals in cognac (old, similar); Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Lilly Pulitzer midi dress (sold out, similar); GAP slide sandals in white (old, similar); Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

My husband and I got away to Cabo last week and it was glorious to feel the warm sun on our skin. We stayed at the Resort at Pedregal and it was a return visit for us (we last visited when it was a Capella property). We really enjoyed ourselves and visited their spa multiple times (highly recommend!).

I loved everything I wore on my trip but my favorite was my new bamboo clutch bag. It’s a dupe of the popular Cult Gaia bag, but at a fraction of the price. I’m wearing a small size bag and it was the perfect size for me and my frame. For tiny or thin items, such as a hotel card key, I placed a small makeup bag inside the clutch. But everything else was secure in my bag. I received lots of compliments and it gave every outfit the perfect tropical vibe I wanted. I’m so happy I ordered this bag, you really need it too. Trust me on this.

Happy Wednesday to you, xx.

snow day shopping

NYC Streets Tee; Deck Stripe Turteneck in pink/burgundy and sand/ivory; Rosebud Salve.

Girls Elephant Sweatshirt in grey (sold out, similar); Crewneck Cardigan in navy and salt.

Ankle skinny jeans in Richland; White skinny jeans; Denim rolled shorts.

We are having yet another another snow day. Cabin fever ensued and some online shopping coupled with good discounts made the situation better.

J.Crew is doing free shipping with no minimum purchase and 40% off four or more styles with code NEWNEW. So, I picked up a few goodies for my daughter and me. My two favorite purchases are the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust sweatshirt (J.Crew will donate a portion of the sales to this wonderful animal sanctuary) that I purchased for my baby and the vegan and cruelty-free rosebud salve for my family (you can stock up with up to 9 tubes!). The rosebud salve is a cult favorite and can also be used to highlight cheeks and eyelids. It can also tame eyebrows. What can’t this do?

The skinny jeans are much needed for my postpartum in-between size situation right now. Nordstrom Rack has been my go-to lately for denim. I don’t want to pay full price yet I’m still able to get my favorite brands like Current/Elliott, Levi’s and Madewell. You just have to remember to keep checking online for new stock.

Stay warm and safe if you’re getting hit with snow. Hopefully you’re enjoying true spring weather!

in like a lion

Tassel sweater (also here); Current/Elliott Stiletto high waist skinny jeans in Yucca wash (sold out, similar here & here); 8″ L.L. Bean boots in Navy/Kelly Green.

J. Crew faux fur scarf in pink (sold out, similar here & here); Tassel sweater (also here); Current/Elliott Stiletto high waist skinny jeans in Yucca wash (sold out, similar here & here); 8″ L.L. Bean boots in Navy/Kelly Green.

We are getting ready for some crazy bad weather here with a nasty nor’easter on its way. Ugh, but at least it’s March. They say if March comes in like a lion, it will leave like a lamb. I certainly hope so.

My trusty Bean boots (proudly made in Maine; here’s my detailed review) will help keep my feet dry and cozy in style. I still love the unexpected colors of my boots. The sweater with all of its detail (tassels, pom poms and pointelle, oh my; here’s my detailed review) and the bubble gum pink hue of my faux fur scarf make me smile.

The skinny jeans are a relatively recent purchase from Nordstrom Rack, but they’re sold out already. I am between sizes since my pregnancy earlier this year. I’m not yet back to my pre-pregnancy size and weight, so these jeans are my go-to until then. I ordered two sizes, 26 and 27, and I kept the 26. So glad I did because they stretched out a smidge and the fit is spot on yet still comfortable. Plus the high waist is flattering for my stomach area, nice.

Bring it on, March. Stay safe, warm and dry! xx


Navy & black striped top; Lululemon reversible leggings (old, similar); Adidas Superstar sneakers.

Old Navy denim jacket (old, similar); Navy & black striped top; Lululemon reversible leggings (old, similar); Adidas Superstar sneakers.

We had a bit of a warm spell earlier this week and we took advantage of it by going to the library for story time and going a long walk. The thick reversible leggings were great for getting on the library floor with my daughter as well as for the brisk walk outside. The Lululemon leggings were on point.

The navy and black striped top crosses over in the back and it makes for an interesting detail. I really love the navy and black stripes together.

And of course, no momiform would be complete without the sneakers. But this mommy and me do it old school with our kicks. Clamshells for life!

Enjoy your weekend! xx

lovely in lace

Pink lace sheath dress; Rose lace fit & flare dress.

Pink lace sheath dress; Rose lace fit & flare dress.

I can’t believe my baby’s first birthday is around the corner. The last twelve months were a deliriously happy blur. Gosh, I love her so. We are looking forward to celebrating her birthday with a fun party that will incorporate Korean first birthday traditions. I hired a professional photographer to capture it all and so we could enjoy every moment. I knew I had to get a pretty dress and it came down to the two dresses above.

I ordered a size 6 in both dresses because they were out of stock in my current dress size 4. But they both fit (yay?), although I am returning the lighter pink dress on the left. It’s a sheath dress so it’s unforgiving in the stomach area. I really don’t feel like wearing spanx or sucking in my stomach and I’d really like to eat and drink at the party, so…. Also, it skews a bit matronly on me, I’m not sure why.

I love everything about the darker rose colored dress except maybe the price. It’s youthful (but not too youthful) and fun. This dress says let’s party tastefully, lol. It’s what I was going for, so it’s perfect. Fortunately, it’s my sister’s birthday this month so she let me use her 15% birthday gift code at Anthropologie–yay for big savings!

Please forgive the sloppy selfie pictures. The blanket on my (dog’s) chair, the dust on the mirror and the two different shoes on my feet make for a hot mess, but I needed to see how the dresses looked in a photograph for me to decide which dress to choose.

I’m ready for the party now that I have the dress, but I’m still not ready for my sweetheart to turn one. Stay little, my baby girl, stay little. πŸ’—πŸ’—

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