Classics On Stand-By

Poplin striped top Apparently Mondays are becoming the day for classics. Last week it was this combo and this week my trusty poplin striped shirt and Converse are teaming up. Ok, so maybe it’s not ultra-risky, or high-fashion, or totally groundbreaking, but that’s the great thing about classics…they don’t need to be. Even if they’ve been around for years (Hi Converse), or you’ve worn them 20 times (Phillip Lim bag, I’m looking at you), or they’re no longer available in stores (that would be you, Old Navy jeans), they are still great just as they are.  

Do you have a stand-by classic piece that you can always count on?

classic clothes Standby Classics yellow bag classic outfit Joe Fresh Sweatshirt // J.Crew Shirt (similar here) // Old Navy Jeans // Phillip Lim x Target Bag // Converse Shoes

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3×3 Style- Pastels

3 ways to wear pastels Just like florals, pastels are nothing groundbreaking for spring. In fact, I can remember pastels making frequent appearances throughout my life- while prancing around my ballet lessons in soft pink slippers and tutus, when I somehow determined baby blue was my best color and consequently wanted everything in my life to be a pale blue shade (even going so far as to convince my parents how much better my room would look with a coat of icy blue on the walls), going on pastel wildflower-filled springtime walks with my Mom, and of course, at my wedding, where I incorporated my favorite blush color into everything possible. So yes, pastels may appear again and again, just as spring appears again and again. But just as I never tire of the newness that the spring air brings, so too do I never tire of the freshness that pastels bring to a wardrobe after a winter full of black and grey.

Because one pastel color somehow wasn’t good enough for me, I decided to combine several at once for this month’s 3×3 style post (yup, I just had to be that obnoxious girl running around looking like an Easter egg!). Hop on over (Easter bunny pun not intended) to Grace and Luci’s blogs to check out their pretty pastel looks.

pastel fashion Rebecca Minkoff blazer pastel trends Pastels for spring spring fashion pastels Zara pink pants Rebecca Minkoff Blazer via Crossroads Trading (love it in these colors too) // Express Cami // Zara Pants (similar) // Guess Shoes (similar) // FRAAS Scarf c/o (various styles available here) // Chanel Bag via Portero

Classic Combo + Peter Som for Kohl’s

Peter Som for Kohl's “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I attended a live event and received a promotional item to thank me for participating. All opinions are my own” 

I don’t care who you are, what shape you are, or how much you spend on your clothes, there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that beats the classic white top and jeans outfit. And when that white top happens to be a deliciously soft jacket that envelopes you like a buttery cloud, my heart all but melts. I mean, jackets are my jam, people! And this one, well, this one was basically love at first site. So, of course it was no surprise that when I attended the Peter Som for Kohl’s event last week I beelined myself faster than you can say “Kohl’s” to the rack that held these beauties. I grabbed the last one in my size and haven’t let it go since (yes, I know that was 5 days ago). I’ve also figured out about 1789.546 outfits to go with it. Basically, it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

At the event, we participated in a couple of styling challenges (I’ve included a few of the pictures below), my favorite of which was mixing some of Peter’s pieces in with other Kohl’s pieces that would be similar to items in our own closets (i.e jeans, black tank top). I, of course, put my own closet to the ‘Peter remix’ as soon as I got home. This white top and jeans look was one of my favorites, but I also can’t wait to show you how I styled some of the other pieces I picked up (hello floral embroidery of my dreams and most-flattering dress ever). If I were you, I would run, not walk, to buy every single item in his collection (available online starting today, 4/7, and in stores 4/10 and everything is under $88. Let me say that again, in case you didn’t hear me “Under $88, ladies!!!).

P.S. I personally handled and tried on many of the items in Peter’s collection and they were all incredibly well-made, soft, and luxurious, but if that and the amazing price tag isn’t enough to convince you to shop, let me just say that Peter is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth, sweeter-than-sweet-tea people I have ever met. Also, he told me he thinks stripes are a neutral and as far as I’m concerned that’s all that matters…

Peter Som white jacket Peter Som for Kohl's jacket Peter Som white moto jacket brown mules white top and jeans Peter Som for Kohl's Peter Som for Kohl’s Jacket c/o // Old Navy Jeans (similar) // Levity Booties // H&M Bag

Peter Som Peter & I above, and mixing & matching Peter Som for Kohl’s pieces below…clearly, he and I are on the same page of the stripe obsession! Check out a few other pictures from the event on my Instagram!

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Connecti-Prep

preppy new England outfit Florals and stripes continue to be one of my favorite combinations. I know, I know…”Florals for spring? How groundbreaking!” However, when I was looking for something preppy on our recent weekend in Connecticut, this skirt and striped shirt combo were too good to pass up. And so was the chance to have a little play-on-words fun with the title!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

spring florals black and florals preppy outfit H&M Sunnies // J.Crew Shirt (this version still available online) // Armani Exchange Sweater via Crossroads Trading // F21 Skirt (maxi version here) // Converse Shoes // Timex Watch c/o // Maybelline ‘Coral Crush’ & Chantecaille ‘Glee’ Lips

Dress & Dine- Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch One of my favorite things about Easter has always been the big breakfasts we would have following church and our Easter baskets. Of course, the best part was the hot cross buns, of which I would have at least 4 (following a healthy appetizer of 20 chocolate eggs, nonetheless). I still enjoy making big breakfasts for holiday mornings, but cooking up brunch for friends has also become a favorite way to entertain. This month’s Dress & Dine would be perfect for either occasion, whether it’s for a spring or Easter brunch and whether you are hosting family, friends or both. 

spring brunch entertaining entertaining ideas easy easter brunch ideas Dress// As the hostess for a morning gathering you want to be comfortable, yet put-together, in something that is practical yet elevated. Loose fitting maxi skirts or pants made from flowey, breathable fabric (preferably with a stretchy waistband) are my go-to. I’m loving poplin striped shirts for spring, and tying this one at the waist is the perfect way to make the shirt look simultaneously dressy and casual. While hosting I like to keep my accessories at a minimum, instead choosing a bright pink shoe, a loosely braided hairstyle and a statement watch to make my outfit come alive.

To dress the table, I kept things simple as the food already added quite an array of color. I used a glass vase for the skewers, and a variety of serving dishes to add texture. I gave a few additional pops of color with some spring colored towels. To finish the table off, I scattered a few artichokes throughout. I love artichokes as decor because they add a subtle hint of color while also neutralize the table and unifying all the decor together. Their shape also provides another variety of texture.

Dine// A DIY breakfast bar may sound complicated to set up, but don’t be fooled by the name. This breakfast skewer bar couldn’t be easier and your guests will love the fun of “making” their own breakfast. I set up this skewer bar with both a sweet (mini donuts and fruit) and savory (prosciutto and asparagus, my twist on Easter ham and asparagus, along with mini egg cups) option. For drinks, I put a springtime spin on everybody’s favorite brunch drink. Instead of mimosas with orange juice, I served mine with a strawberry guava juice. The pretty pink color was the perfect finish to this spring/Easter brunch skewer bar.

Sweet Skewers
Donut Holes
Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, melon, pineapple, kiwi and star fruit are all great for spring colors)

Savory Skewers
Prosciutto
Asparagus (Oven-roasted and cut into bite-sized pieces)
Mini Egg Cups (egg, cheese, seasonings)

To make the mini egg cups, simply beat together eggs, grated cheese (I used parmesan), and some seasonings (I used salt, pepper, chives and parsley). Pour into well-greased mini muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, or until puffy and cooked through. Serve immediately.

easter brunch what to wear to brunch spring brunch ideas spring casual outfit breakfast table mini baked eggs brunch ideas fruit spring brunch brunch how to dress for brunch spring entertaining ideas Poplin striped top *A special thanks to my father-in-law for letting us shoot this at his house.