Time for a playroom update! We are moving along with styling and organizing this space. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen we purchased some shelves and organizational bins for Lilly’s books and toys! We might add another set of these items to the other side of the window, but we are waiting a little while longer to see if that’s needed.
We gave Lilly a kid kitchen set for Christmas and she was also gifted a set of table and chairs. So far she is loving both items and we are having so much fun playing tea, making toast, and learning our food groups.
My next step in bringing this room altogether is to begin shopping for some artwork! As of now, I don’t have a “theme” for this room. I just really want this space to be a collection of items that we love and that are inspiring.
I’m taking my time looking for artwork that stops me in my tracks. One piece I did purchase months ago is a beautiful watercolor from Bittersweet Farms, a nonprofit I used to work for that serves adults with autism. Bittersweet Farms has an art therapy program and one of the artists painted this piece. I instantly fell in love with it and I finally had the time to hang it up.
It’s that time of year where magic seems to be in the air! Christmas is such a special time for gathering with family and friends and what better way to celebrate the season than with some festive and cozy decor!
When Wayfair reached out to partner with me for their Holiday Homemaking Series, I was more than happy to share how I transform our home for the holidays.
I’m not the traditional red and green Christmas decorator. I never have been and I don’t know if I ever will. I tend to vibe better with shades of blue (shocker), silver, gold, and as of late, forest green.
My inspiration for our Christmas decor definitely comes from our current decor. Because our color scheme is already 90% blue and white, my holiday decorating typically takes on a coastal vibe. I love to decorate using shades of blue, gold and silver.
Every year I add a little more decor items to my collection. This year I was yearning for simple, so I’ve added no fuss mini wreaths, faux snow coated trees, and fresh greenery. The touches I added this year actually ended up taking on a colonial vibe and I’m totally loving the colonial, coastal mix.
Christmas is all about adding subtle touches to your space to make it feel warm and inviting. Adding in a soft throw blanket or some fun pillows (loving this ski inspired one right now) can instantly soften a room and make it feel welcoming.
One of the things I love about Wayfair is the variety they offer! Sometimes it’s hard to find Christmas pieces that vibe with my style, but Wayfair has an entire section dedicated to Coastal Christmas. I’m loving this Aegean Key Jute Tree Skirt and these white poinsettia flowers for my tree. Adding white sparkly flowers and stringing nautical rope as garland on our tree definitely gives it that coastal vibe that I so love.
In addition to its variety, Wayfair also offers tips for decorating, such as what size Christmas tree skirt you need, how many ornaments to use on your tree, and how much garland you need for the size of your tree! They have some really helpful resources if you ever need some inspiration!
Below I’ve rounded up some of my Wayfair Christmas favorites for this year. Definitely be sure to check out my picks and let me know what you find for yourself!
Last week I did a poll on my Instagram stories asking how you guys wanted to see this sweater blazer styled for work. You guys voted for a dress style shoot, so here you go!
This look can easily work for a business professional job OR for the holidays. I chose a cute little navy dress (I prefer navy over black, but a little black dress will also work!). I tried on several dress styles to pair with this sweater blazer and a shift dress is definitely the most flattering.
When styling this sweater blazer with a dress, you want the length of the sweater to be just a touch shorter than the dress. Otherwise the blazer looks too boxy.
I don’t wear a ton of heels at this stage in my life (if you can chase a toddler in heels you are the epitome of grace). I chose ballet flats with this look, but booties with tights is a perfect alternative as we head into the long winter months.
Since this look is styled for the office, I kept the jewelry classic and low key. You can never go wrong with pearls if you want to accessorize your look for work.
Hopefully this three part series has provided some style tips, ideas, and inspiration for how to wear this sweater blazer multiple ways.
Last week I shared how to style this J.Crew sweater blazer for the holidays and today I’m sharing how to style it for the weekend, aka a more casual look.
One of the things I love about this sweater is it’s versatility. I do wear this to work A LOT. It’s the perfect neutral and helps to instantly make my look more professional. BUT, it also works perfectly if you are going for a casual look.
My weekend look usually includes a t-shirt and jeans with a sweatshirt. By swapping out my sweatshirt with this blazer sweater, my look is still casual, but a teensy bit more out together. And comfy as heck!
Adding a pair of booties also gives this look an extra splash of style. But you can easily swap out the booties for tennis shoes, boat shoes, Wellies, or snow boots.
I’ve linked the details of my outfit below! You’ll definitely want to check out where my tee and knit hat are from (hint hint: two of favorite women owned small businesses)!
I have shared this gorgeous open front sweater blazer on my Instagram before and you guys LOVE it. My mom gifted me this for my birthday this year and I wear it ALL THE TIME.
This J.Crew Factory sweater blazer is polished, elegant, and oh so stylish. I love the structured shape and the collar detail. The color is gorgeous! And guess what, blush is my FAVORITE neutral. This sweater blazer is a perfect transitional piece for fall and spring, but it will also carry well into winter as a layering piece for those cold, bitter days.
Since you guys love this blazer as much as I do, I thought it would be fun to show you how to style it three different ways.
The first way is for the holidays! With Thanksgiving and Christmas just on the horizon, you are probably brainstorming outfits. I’m not typically a red holiday person (I prefer navy and gold), but I love how this red plaid pattern pairs with the subtle blush pink. So pretty and festive!
Pairing the sweater with a pop of plaid instantly amps up the holiday festiveness. Wear some skinny black pants or black mini skirt and you will be comfy and stylish. I chose pointy black suede flats for my shoes, but booties or knee high boots would be equally cute.
I almost always wear a chunky necklace and fun earrings when dressing up. I love how the gold pops against the red plaid and I love how the blush and gold earrings tie everything back together.
Hopefully this look has sparked some inspiration for your holiday outfit! The sweater blazer is on sale this week so I’ve linked this style as well as my other outfit details below.
One of my absolute favorite things about Ohio is it’s proximity to Lake Erie. People never think of Ohio as a coastal state. But in fact, the entire northern border of the state rests on the lake. There are 100 miles of Lake Erie shore between Toledo and Cleveland. I never appreciated my proximity to this body of water until the last few years. I’m so fortunate that we live 25 minutes from the bay and about an hour from Marblehead Point.
This past weekend we took L toMaumee Bay State Park, which sits right on the bay of the lake (hence the name). Maumee Bay State Park includes two sandy public beaches, a two mile boardwalk, nature center, and a golf course, along with many other activities.
We took L back in April, but she was too young to enjoy the water. I was thrilled to see how much she loved it this time around (just like her mama!). We wouldn’t let her get in because Lake Erie isn’t the cleanest of lakes (every summer we get an awful algae bloom – I will share a post on that another day).
It was so refreshing and rejuvenating to walk along the lake and listen to the quiet waves crashing on the beach. I have no idea where my love for the water comes from, but I sure do love it.
This trip was even more special being able to share it with L. She was completely entranced by the water and I wanted so badly to let her play in it. I think one of the greatest joys of being a parent is watching your children experience something new with such immense joy. I savor these special moments.
I love talking about coastal Ohio and am happy to share more of you guys are interested! You can also check out Ohio Explored or Ohio Find It Here. Both are great resources for all things Ohio!
You guys know how much I love supporting local businesses, so I was thrilled when Angela from Pineapples and Parties reached out to do a giveaway!
Pineapples and Parties is a local event planning and decorating business that specializes in attention to detail. From weddings to showers to parties and fundraisers, Angela does it all!
She also provides budget analysis, day-of coordination, event design, gift baskets, favors, florals, full event planning, guest list creation, holiday decorating, partial event planning, timelines, to-do lists, and vendor selections.
Pineapples and Parties celebrated their ONE year anniversary this summer! In celebration, I’m partnering with Angela to give TWO of our followers a Pineapples and Parties t-shirt, tote bag, and a $50 gift card to Pineapples and Parties for a future event!
Head to my Instagram for the giveaway details and to enter! (For those that live out of town, you can still enter to win and Angela will work remotely to help you plan an event!)
Every preppy dresser needs a chambray shirt in their collection. Chambray pairs so well with white denim, regular denim, skinny black pants, and skirts. It’s casual enough for everyday wear but it’s easily dressed up for a business meeting.
I have several chambray shirts in several different styles. I have a handful of button downs in long sleeve and sleeveless. But one style I do not have is one with ruffles!
I love a good ruffle. A ruffle instantly adds a touch of feminism and elegance to an outfit. When I saw this ruffle chambray button down from Loft I knew I wanted to add it to my chambray collection.
I love the flirty-ness of it and I love how crisp and classic it pairs with my white denim shorts. I tucked in the front with my high rise waisted shorts, but you could easily tie it at the waist. I’m excited to wear this with skinny black plants, ballet flats, and a sparkly necklace.
The infamous debate: can you or can you not wear white after Labor Day?
The answer is: you totally can! This long practiced fashion rule is no longer relevant to today’s society. In all honesty, you should wear what you like whenever you want!
But if you are like most people and still struggle to wear those white denim pieces or dresses after Labor Day, I’m providing some tips on how you can seamlessly transition your white pieces into fall.
1. Add a Cardigan. The easiest way to transition your white dress or white denim post Labor Day is to add a cardigan. This instantly adds a cozy autumn feel. Style it over your shoulders for instant prep or wear it unbuttoned when it’s chilly.
2. Swap out Sandals for Flats. Trade in your summer sandals for ballet flats, Keds, boat shoes, or loafers. It’s amazing how quickly shoes transition a look into a different season.
3. Add a Long Sleeve Blouse. Wearing a 3/4 length or long sleeve shirt with your white denim allows you to easily transition into fall. If you really want to go all out, opt for a top in jewel tone colors or keep it classic with an Oxford button down.
4. Throw on a Navy Blazer. Blazers are so in right now and they are the perfect item to transition your summer styles into fall. Wear one with a dress or white jeans and you can seamlessly transition your look. Plus, white and navy are the perfect pairing.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you that it is okay and actually quite easy to wear white after Labor Day. Use these four tips and you can easily combine your favorite summer and fall pieces!
I’ve linked my outfit details below. Happy shopping!
By now you guys should know how much I love all things nautical, particularly coastal Ohio. Through my love for our Great Lakes, I have fallen in love with some awesome, awesome brands.
One of my first “Instagram” (and now real life) friends is a local artist who paints the most gorgeous scenes of coastal Ohio and farmland Ohio. Michelle Brunner of Michelle Brunner Art is a local artist who shares my love for all things blue and white and coastal. Her artwork is colorful, impressionistic, and thought provoking. I am in awe of her talent, ability to find the beauty in our state, and her kind, warm soul. I am so honored to have a few of her original paintings hanging in our home.
Another favorite brand that I’ve come to absolutely adore is Erie and Anchor. A lifestyle brand designed for anyone who loves to live and play on Lake Erie, Erie and Anchor offers cozy sweatshirts, lightweight tees, canvas totes, baby gear, baseball hats, and wine tumblers. Launching just over a year ago, Erie and Anchor is committed to supporting the Great Lakes. For every purchase made, 5% of earnings are donated back to Lake Erie to help support water quality and research. The family based company is passionate about ensuring the lake will still be a place of enjoyment and relaxation for decades to come. I’m so proud to support their top notch product and beautiful mission.
I’m so thrilled to be partnering with these two Ohio based influencers for a fun Labor Day giveaway!! Head to my Instagram for all the details!
Giveaway ends at 9/2 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced via Instagram on 9/3.