Life, Lately

Hello, Readers!

So…I had a baby and that’s where I’ve been lately. But, this face.

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It’s been the most incredible six months of my life. The most incredible, the most heartwarming, the most challenging. Every cliche they say about parenthood is true. Every single one. And just when you think you have a handle on things, they change. And sometimes drastically – once breastfeeding clicked for Caroline and me, she refused to take the bottle and has never returned to it. Cue me taking an extended leave of absence from work and teaching our baby how to drink with a straw and from an open cup. Months four and five were a difficult time for our family and everything took a back burner to Caroline – work, blogging, socializing. I couldn’t be away from her for longer than three hours, as I was her sole food source until she started eating solids regularly and making progress with the cup. But here we are, and she is amazing. She now eats and drinks with skills usually reserved for older children and although these were born out of necessity, it’s pretty awesome to see. Our girl is pure joy. Unbelievably smart, funny, strong-willed, sweet, and silly. My heart explodes every day. I am grateful for every minute, every moment.

I’m getting ready for what will soon be our new normal. Caroline will be back at school full-time, and I’m returning to a promotion at work, a role that I couldn’t be more excited about. 2016 holds so much promise and potential, yet I also feel a strong sense of content; as long as my family is healthy and happy, everything else is just icing on the cake. I’m beginning this year with gratitude and humility, as these six months have taught me beautiful lessons of both.

So what does this mean for the style letters? Well, I’ve missed you, that’s for sure! I’ve missed this, writing and sharing style inspiration as I find it. I can’t promise weekly posts or a regular schedule, but I hope to visit this space at least once a month. I’m excited for an upcoming Bloggers Who Budget feature (work wear for less coming your way on MLK Day!), and I have a few post ideas up my sleeve. Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck by me these past few months, following along on social media and swinging by here on the rare occasions I did have something new up! Your support and enthusiasm for the style letters make this what it is, and I can’t wait for new adventures this year.

Bloggers Who Budget: Holiday Style For Less

Dear Readers,

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Red cups, fair isle, and sparkle everywhere…it’s that time of year again! This month, the Bloggers Who Budget are sharing holiday style for under $100 with Lyst. And this season, I’m all about the LRD (little red dress).

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There’s something so festive about red for the holidays, and I love this cherry popsicle hue. With a flounce hem and bell sleeves, this party dress has fun written all over it. A major statement necklace, glitter clutch, and my go-to peeptoe pumps will have me toasting the New Year in no time.

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Have you tried Lyst yet? If not, drop everything and sign up – it’s my new favorite way to shop. Think of Lyst as the most helpful shopping buddy ever. The more you use the platform, the more it learns about you and your shopping habits so that you see all your favorite things in one place! In addition to creating a tailored shopping experience, you can also “lyst” items to plan your wardrobe, create “wish lists,” and receive alerts when anything you “lyst” goes on sale or comes back in stock. Genius. (Make sure to check out my Lyst for more holiday style!)

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Budget Breakdown:

See more red dress favorites on my Lyst and enjoy the other Bloggers Who Budget holiday picks! We’ll be back in December with winter layers for less.

Bloggers Who Budget x Lulu’s

Dear Readers,
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(Lulu’s Vest (c/o; check out their full vest offering here), Gap Leggings, Prabal Gurung For Target Sandals (similar here and here), Indigo Clutch, Stella & Dot Bracelets, Kate Spade New York Earrings)

After a brief maternity leave, it’s so exciting to be back with my Bloggers Who Budget girls! This month, we’re collaborating with one of our faves, Lulu’s. A one-stop shop for the season’s biggest trends, Lulu’s offers one cute option after another at prices that won’t break the bank.

This fall, menswear is no longer for the boys. Having seen the longline vest styled by many fashion bloggers (and featured everywhere from Topshop to Banana Republic), I was looking for a budget-friendly version that still stood up to its tailored counterparts. (The Holy Grail, I know.) Enter this pretty option by Lush.

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The perfect blush nude, it drapes beautifully in all the right places and adds a little dramatic flair with volume at the sides and a cut-out back. It’s a statement piece all its own, so I kept it simple with black zip leggings, a classic white tee, and lace-up sandals. And because my current color obsession is blush and burgundy, this clutch was a no-brainer.

Budget Breakdown

Have you shopped at Lulu’s yet? Share your favorite pieces in the comments below and make sure to check out the other Bloggers Who Budget picks!

The New Neutrals

Dear Readers,

You know me – I’m not one to turn down a bright hue or a fun print. Lately, though, I can’t help gravitating towards fall’s new neutrals. (And let’s face it – with a three month old at home, simple can go a long way.) To keep things from getting boring, I’m mixing it up with metallics, textures, and on-trend details, like the fringe on this crossbody. The best part? Each piece can be paired with something bolder down the road.

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What are your go-to basics for fall?