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Hey Y’all!  Find me over at House of Jeffers today Monday!  Yes, I know it’s Wednesday!  Sweet Jen was having surgery and asked a few of her blogging buddies to guest post while she is recovering.  We met “in person” at the IFB Conference last year.  She is a lover of bangs and British fashion.  You’ll definitely have to say hello to one of my favorite Jersey Gals!!  And wish her a speedy recovery. xx

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// Photography by Jason Acton //

Yes, it’s true.  I LOVE finding new-to-me treasures and one of my favorite sites to stalk visit is VAUNTE.  {Must I remind you… Chanel jacket, Isabel Marant dress and boots, Lulu Frost Impromptu necklace… should I go on?}

Remember way back when in November… when I mentioned a project with them?!  Vaunte featured me today, and now you can shop MY CLOSET!  Call me crazy, but there are some new with tag items in the mix.  That’s what happens when you’re a bit of a shopaholic with a filled-to-the-brim closet, new baby, and not enough time and energy to figure out how to make it all fit!

Check it out!  You know you VAUNTE to!

P.S.  You can read about my closet cravings, guilty pleasures, and proudest moment among other things.

P.P.S.  Aren’t you amazed by Jason’s photography skills?!  I was a bit concerned about b*tch face when I wasn’t smiling, but he was right and I don’t look like a grouch!

P.P.S.S.  Thanks to my cousin Iris, who was visiting from New Jersey in November, for being my personal assistant during this photo shoot!  I miss you cuz! xx

Okay, I’ll stop with the postscripts!  Love y’all!  :)

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elizabeth dress SHERIDAN FRENCH // necklace thanks to BLOGSHOP {similar for $18} // bracelets VINTAGE, KELLY WEARSTLER, STELLA & DOT, BANANA REPUBLIC (necklace worn as bracelet) // earrings BY BOE // bag CELINE via Last Call // sandals JACK ROGERS c/o // sunglasses HOUSE OF HARLOW // lips CHANEL

Photography by Mr. S

This past weekend was GORGEOUS!!!  It definitely felt like Spring, and that calls for BRIGHT COLORS in my books!  It was especially nice because Mr. S was home – he’s been busy with work and getting home late as well as traveling lately.  We got to have FAMILY time, which is my fave!  We took advantage of the weather and went for long walks both days!  So nice to get some vitamin D!

We also made a quick trip to Dallas to the Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio to look at a chandelier possibility for our new entryway.  In case you aren’t familiar with that organization, they help those less fortunate by “inspiring by design”.  Twice a year, they have a Thrift Studio pop up shop with AMAZING vignettes donated by fabulous retailer, interior design groups, etc.  All proceeds go towards helping a family get a newly designed home.  Their goal is to bring good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard they can be proud of and thrive in.  It’s really quite spectacular.

Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  Later this week… some event recaps and our living room!

 

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tee TARGET {last seen here} // tank THE LIMITED // faille skirt MIU MIU // necklace ELIZABETH COLE via The Outnet // earrings ANTHROPOLOGIE // bracelets VINTAGE, STELLA & DOT, KELLY WEARSTLER // heels VALENTINO ROCK STUD // bag PRADA // lips and cheeks CHANEL

Photography by Mr. S

How have I not posted about this FABULOUS faille Miu Miu skirt!  I purchased it last year at this event.  It just so happened that my mom was in town to see the little one, our financial planner business dinner was canceled, and so Mr. S and I had an impromptu date night in the middle of the week!  HOORAY!

I decided to be “dressy casual” as Mr. S calls it.  And this super fun and flirty skirt was calling my name.  In case you aren’t familiar with faille, it is a woven fabric with a faint ribbed pattern – I almost equate it to grosgrain ribbon.  It has a stiffness and excellent drape that makes it perfect for a skirt or special occasion dress.  You may have seen those gorgeous TIBI midi skirts around the blogosphere.  Anyhow, I’ve worn this skirt time and time again, but it’s never made an appearance on the blog.  It can be dressed up or down, which is a plus plus for me.

Style Rx:  Wear a graphic tee and circle skirt with heels for a perfect “dressy casual” date night look.  Add bling… do you really need a reason for bling?!?!!!

Happy Monday Folks!  Hope your week is off to a great start!

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// at the courthouse with little mister fedora //

Guess which cute little guy is officially ours?!?!?!?!  After 6 months of post-placement visits, our adoption was finalized!!!  We couldn’t be happier!  Honestly, I felt like little man was part of our family and hearts as soon as he was born.  But you know… laws and that stuff!

One of our friends said we should have celebrated with a “Gotcha” party?  Apparently, I’m not cool enough to know about those!  Maybe, we’ll do a late one when we move into our new place.

And for those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, thank you for all the kind words about my sweet Sophie cat passing.  She’s been with me through so much – college, boyfriends, break ups, moving, pharmacy school, moving, marriage, moving, baby.  I don’t consider myself a cat person {don’t ask me how I ended up with two} but she was really special.

Hope y’all enjoy the weekend.  xx

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dress THRIFTED AKRIS PUNTO // bum bag VINTAGE CHANEL {similar in yellow} // bracelets VINTAGE, KELLY WEARSTLER, STELLA & DOT // name necklace thanks to ONECKLACE // heels CELINE via Last Call // sunglasses PRADA

This is how I wore my Chanel Bum Bag.  When you think about it, it’s not very wise to wear a WHITE dress with baby in tow.  But I was excited to wear this dress out because of the beautiful weather this past weekend.  It was a great find -$35 y’all- at my beloved, but now defunct, Double Exposure.  It’s been sitting in my closet since May until I recently brought years worth of clothing to the tailor.  Remember my New Year Wardrobe Challenge?

And you cannot go wrong with black and white.  The simple lines on the dress made it really easy to wear a “fancy fanny pack”!  I’ll have to try it a little more casual next time… maybe shorts/skinny jeans and a tee?!  We’ll see how the bum bag hangs lower.  What do you think would work with the bum bag?!

 

By the way… If you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area, I’d love to meet you on Thursday evening.  I’m hosting a Studio Scene at Last Call Neiman Marcus Inwood Village in Dallas.  Lots of amazing shopping, sweets, sips, and a giveaway too!  The fun is happening from 5-7pm.  You can reserve a spot by emailing RSVPNMLASTCALL@NeimanMarcus.com or call 214-350-2744.  Please join me!

 

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Technically, this isn’t the FIRST piece that I acquired this season, but it is the first that I wanted to show y’all.  Yes, it IS a fancy fanny pack… hence the reason I like to call it a “Bum Bag”.  Those British know how to make things sound so much more sophisticated!  :)

I’ve been wanting one for awhile, but Chanel does not make these for their current collection anymore.  This has been one of my saved searches on ebay for the past 2 years.  And this little beauty came up with the right price, size, and shape.

Okay, so here’s the question.  Do I think that I will wear this everyday?  No, but I think that this does fit my current lifestyle {with baby} and this is a piece that I WILL wear time and time again.  {So cost-per-wear wise, it works!}  It fits my cell phone, lipstick, credit cards/license, and keys.  Therefore, I can have the baby bag and be wearing something a little special for me.

Let me know what you think… was this a totally silly purchase or considered justifiable?  And stay tuned tomorrow… I’ll show you how I wore my Chanel Bum Bag!