Monday, April 21, 2014

happy easter!

Hi, guys! I hope you all had a fabulous Easter Sunday. After attending the early service at our local church, we headed over to my aunt and uncle's house for Easter brunch. And, boy, was it yummy! I spent the afternoon chatting with aunts and uncles, catching up with cousins, and cuddling with babies galore. It was lovely to get to see everyone, and you know I jump at any chance to dress up!  P.S.- There are a ton of photos in this post, so just keep scrolling!! :)

Because we've had a deluge of rain this weekend, I decided to wear this cheery, floral dress from Old Navy (such a bargain!). The bright colors make my heart sing! One thing that I really love about this dress is the cut, which fit me very well without being too tight. To accent the vibrant pattern, I paired this number with a navy, ruffled cardigan (because it was quite freezing outdoors) and gold jewelry.

I know most people recognize Easter as a holiday when you get free candy, but I think it's important for us all to take a minute to consider the real meaning behind it all. In the Christian tradition, Easter is recognized as the day that Jesus arose from his grave and ascended into heaven to be with God. By sacrificing himself for us, he washed us of all of our sins. Whether you believe in God or not, this day symbolizes a fresh, clean slate to forgive and forget your sins of yesterday and work towards being the best "you" you can be tomorrow.

Dress: Old Navy (on sale!)
Flats: Target
Cardigan: Abercrombie & Fitch (old!)
Watch: Michael Kors
Purse: Kate Spade (different color)

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read my latest blog post! What does your family do for Easter? Do you have any special traditions? Let me know in the comments section! If you haven't had a chance, click over to my last post, which was a collaboration with Shiny Mix jewelry boutique! Thank you for your time, and enjoy the rest of your day! :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

buzz buzz!

Hello, everybody! As I'm struggling to keep warm in this backlash of winter weather, I thought I'd share a spring-y outfit to help boost my spirits. This bright blue and white polka-dotted skirt was the answer to my prayers! It's light enough for warm spring days but also thick enough to keep your legs cozy indoors. Plus, it has pockets, so it basically made my life complete :). Paired with this short-sleeved Ralph Lauren oxford, the outfit is fresh and fun, while also taking a page from the classic style of the 1950's (my favorite era of style!!). 
This look would not be complete without some big ol' jewels (you guys know me...gotta have some bling! ;). This bumblebee-inspired statement necklace was actually sent to me by Shiny Mix, a new online jewelry boutique. I actually fell in love with their merchandise on Instagram (you need to check it out here!) and giddily anticipated their online launch at the beginning of April. Currently, they're offering free shipping to all U.S. customers! Everyone should go to their shop or any of their social media outlets, and give them some love for a job well done on their stylish website!

Skirt: J.Crew
Flats: Target (on sale!)
Blouse: Ralph Lauren (simliar
Necklace: Shiny Mix
Watch: Michael Kors

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Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to check out my newest blog post! I hope you all will go and follow @theshinymix on Instagram and click over to their amazing online shop! In the comments, tell me some of your favorite up-and-coming online boutiques that I need to check out! Thanks for your time, and have a fabulous day!