The Perfect Tote – Barrington Gifts

Hello, Everyone! We’ve been having amazing weather here this week so far, and that makes me one happy girl! I can take the heat, just leave the humidity out of it.

So, I love a great leather handbag like any fashion, loving girl; however, I have two little boys, and I need a tote that works for me, literally. I have two baby bags, and loved them, but for me, it’s nice to just carry a normal tote. My three requirements are the following: 1. It has to be able to carry everything, 2. I have to be able to wipe it down, if something gets spilled on it, and 3. It has to be super cute. I save the pretty leather ones for date nights, girls nights, or for outfit posts right now. I discovered Barrington Gifts totes a few years ago, and fell in love with the St. Anne Tote, mostly because you can design & monogram them. Who doesn’t love that? I get so many compliments on these totes, and I wear them season after season! It’s a win, win! These would also make a great gift for a new Mom as well. It comes in a baby bag design, but looks like a pretty, little tote.

Below are the designs that I’m trying to decide between. Which one do you think I should get?

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 The St. Anne Tote (Design #1)
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I love the blue and white pattern with a pop of green in the monogram! This one is a front runner right now. Plus, this year you can change the leather trim color as well, and I really like the lighter leather trim for something different.

The St. Anne Tote (Design #2)
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This is just a happy, Summer design. Apparently, since having boys, I have snuck more gingham in throughout our house/life, according to my husband. I guess I’ve never really noticed that’s it’s everywhere, until he called it out. I do love gingham, it’s classic, and I really like the royal blue. I am a Mom of boys, and they do wear a lot of gingham. I’m thinking I should match them too, now. Ha!

The St. Anne Tote (Design #3)
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I really love this pattern, and already own this tote with a hot pink/green stripe. The mint green/white stripe with this pattern is really pretty too. This pattern can be worn year round, so that’s an added bonus in my book.

The St. Anne Tote – Axis

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I have this print, and LOVE it. You will not regret this pattern for Fall!

St. Anne Tote Leopard
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Oh my goodness, I’m in love. Leopard is a neutral. And, this one just may be added to my closet for Fall!

I could play around with the designs of these totes all day long, but I do have two little ones waking up as we speak. I’m off to go get my second cup of coffee, and think about which one to get! Help wanted…I’d love your opinion, too!

Enjoy your day!
~KSSBelle

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Friday Favorites

Oh, Friday, you make us so happy! I hope y’all had a great week! It’s been raining here all.week.long. I know that I’m not alone when I say that we need some sunnier days ahead! At least I don’t have to water the plants and grass right now, so that’s one plus!

Below are some “Friday Favorites” for you this week!

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I finally finished writing my oldest’s “thank you” notes from his birthday. I’m still a firm believer in writing a handwritten thank you note, that’s just how I was raised. I just love the feeling when I put them in the mailbox though, it’s such a relief for me! I know, I’m such a dork, but I’m not unhappy about it one bit! I do love finding cute stationary, it definitely makes writing them more fun.

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Y’all, please tell me I’m not the only one out there addicted to watching “Southern Charm!” It’s my guilty pleasure when my husband’s out of town, because he can’t stand watching it. It’s so nice to “zone out” with this show after a long day. I’m a G.R.I.T. (Girl Raised in the South), and I love Charleston, too. And, yes, I do say “y’all” all of the time. Guilty, and happy about it.

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French Press coffee is the best. We bought this French Press from Amazon about a year ago, and we usually make it on the weekends. If you’ve never tried it before, you should. The coffee is so strong, and so much better than K-Cups. We love the illy ground coffee. I just discovered they make it in expresso. We’re going to try that one next. It’s definitely a treat to have a few cups in the morning before the whole house wakes up.

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Fiesta Off The Shoulder Top
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So, my sweet husband let me sneak out after dinner & bath time to do a little shopping. I found this top last night at Loft (you may have seen it on my instagram!). It’s a great date night top, and would also be perfect to wear on July 4th, too.

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 As you’ve probably noticed already, I love quotes. I love anything that’s inspiring or motivating in life. I believe in going for your goals, whatever they may be. I also believe in being positive, and always looking for the good in every situation, no matter how hard it may be at the time. I get it from my parents, but my Dad especially loves quotes, too. (If you’re reading this, thanks Dad!). Growing up he would always remind me of the good in life, with a quote to take away with me. Side note: I’m a worrier, and now, looking back on all of the silly stuff I worried about, I wasted a lot of time. I still do, but I’m working on it. I especially don’t want my kids to worry, or to see me worry.

Do you love quotes? If so, what are some of your favorites? I swear I could do an entire post on them!

I hope y’all have a great weekend!
~KSSBelle

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Summer Shoes

This Spring & Summer I seem to be finding more & more shoes that I can’t stop thinking about. Normally, I like adding more tops and handbags to my closet (still do!), but the shoes are really good this year. Below are just a few that have caught my attention!

Happy Shopping!

Jeffrey Campbell Slides
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These are so pretty, don’t you think? They also come in a blush color. They’d be great paired with dresses, cropped pants and more! Since I’m a “pearl girl” I can’t.stop.thinking.about.them.

Tory Burch Sandals
TB Miller Sandals
I love this “Makeup” color, so neutral for Summer.

Fringe Sandals
Fringe SandalsThese are so happy, and they’re flat. I love the price, too!

Dolce Vita Mules
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When I first saw these, the word “fun” came to my mind. I’d wear them with pretty much everything, especially white jeans & dresses right now.

Jack Rogers
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 As a busy Mom of two,  I find that I don’t have a lot of time to think about my shoes, and these are one of my “go-to” sandals for Summer.

Canvas Espadrille Wedges
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I like to wear these with white jeans, dresses and skirts. They’re a classic pair.

What shoes are you in love with right now?

Happy Thursday!
~KSSBelle

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The June Edit

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! I hope y’all are having a great week so far!

I love shopping online, and with all of our choices we have, (there.are.so.many.good.ones.) I decided to make a “June Edit” for you. Below’s what I love & will wear for the longer term. For anyone new to my blog, I tend to buy more classics that can be mixed with a few trendier accessories. I like to get the best of both worlds, and the most out of the money I’m spending! Who’s with me?

Happy Shopping!

Crisscross Drop Ruffle Top
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How pretty is this top? It would be great with jeans and shorts. I love the sleeve and drop waist detail.

Bell Sleeve Top
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Love, love, love this top. It also comes in 3 other colors. I prefer the ivory. Added bonus?This could easily be worn this Fall, too.

Toothpick Jeans
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I love a great white jean year round, but this ecru color would be a nice change of pace with all of my Summer tops! (p.s. – these are on sale!)

Daydream Cami
Daydream camiThis is such a sweet summer top. I’d wear it with white jeans and shorts!

Fiesta Cold Shoulder Top
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I fell in love with this top, and ordered it right away! It’s so happy to me, and I can’t wait for it to arrive.

Smocked Dress
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This would be such an easy dress to throw on and go run errands. The smocked detail is the perfect finishing touch to a somewhat ordinary dress otherwise.

Gigi Print Leather Clutch
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Lately, I’ve been drawn to clutches, and I love the print on this one. It’s classic, and it’s nice to carry a small purse, since most days I feel like I’m toting the world around with me!

Sailors Knot Bangle
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Less is more, and it will go with everything.

What are you loving so far this Summer?

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Have a great one!
~KSSBelle

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Pop of Pink

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This gingham top is so fun to dress up for Summer, especially with the pop of neon pink! And, the ruffle sleeves are pretty much my favorite finishing touch. I actually bought this top last Fall from J.Crew, and I couldn’t wait to wear it once we had our second little one. These would be just as pretty in my closet: thisthis, and this top would just be a dream! If it’s the color pink, it’s sure to catch my attention. I can’t turn down a feminine top. (I don’t know who can?) I paired this top with these pants because they’re classic, and literally go with almost every top in my closet. It also looks great with these white jeans, or scallop shorts, too.

SHOP THE POST:
J.Crew Gingham Top (old, similar and similar) / Banana Republic Linen pants / Chinese Laundry Sandals / Louis Vuitton (gifted, similar) / Kate Spade Bracelet / Kate Spade Watch (old, similar) / Handpicked earrings (old, similar)

Hope you have a great Monday!
~KSSBelle

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Friday Favorites!

T.G.I.F! How was your week?
This week flew by, and I’m not complaining one bit. We’ve had a bit of a cool front come through, which also has been nice for playing outside!

Below are some “Friday Favorites” for you!

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Plus – Plus 300 Piece Neon Assortment

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I discovered these from Natalie’s blog (love her blog!) and you can get them from Amazon (linked above). Our oldest LOVES “building” every day with these, and it’s really neat to watch what he creates with them. It’s such a great activity for kids, especially for rainy days.

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I’m working on some gift ideas for Father’s Day for my husband & Dad this weekend! We’ll have a brunch/dinner next weekend to celebrate. I also know my husband wants to play a round of golf, which he’ll probably do as well! This image above from Etsy would be cute to print & frame for my husband’s office!

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Ballard Designs Nala Stool

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I’m thinking about adding these stools (two) to our living room/foyer. I love the custom fabrics Ballard Designs offers, and these would give us a few extra seats when we’re entertaining. I could keep them in the foyer on either side of a buffet that was passed down to me.

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BP. Tie Sleeve Blouse
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How cute is this top?

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I’m quite excited, as I get to have lunch with my parents and my brother. My brother lives out of town, and he’s coming here for a business meeting today. I used to meet my Dad all of the time while I was still working for lunches. I don’t get to sneak out as often due to nap times, feeding times, etc., so when I do it’s a real treat. I’m also looking forward to the Fish & Chips that I plan on ordering with a glass of sweat tea! Calories don’t count on the weekends for me!

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Have a wonderful weekend!
~KSSBelle

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Mommy’s Morning Out + Banana Republic Top Picks

So, yesterday I had a babysitter (for the first time in 3 years, besides my parents), and while I was running errands, I also decided to stop in some of my favorite stores. It’s harder to try on clothes with two little ones in tow, so the majority of the time I shop online for convenience. I had so much fun trying on new things, and Banana Republic was running a huge sale, extra 50% select sale item prices! They have some really cute stuff!

On a side note, I found some really great buys for the kids, our puppy, and decor for the house at HomeGoods. Is it just me, or is that store dangerously good?! You just can’t beat their prices. I’ve even found some Kate Spade plates that I’m planning on hanging on our walls! Yes, honey, you read that correctly…more plates on the walls, and you’re the lucky guy that gets to hang them! Ha!

Here were a few things that I loved while out and about!
Happy Shopping!

Silk Stripe Dress
Silk dress
This is even more gorgeous in person. It is so flattering, and the best part is, it has pockets!

One Shoulder Bow Dress
OTS silk dress
This dress would be stunning for a Summer wedding/event. It’s so classic. I loved it, too!

Snake Print Ruffle Blouse
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I took this back on a whim to the dressing room, and loved it on. It’s going to look great with shorts and white jeans. It could also easily transition with blue jeans in the Fall!

One-Shoulder Poplin Top
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This top reminds me of the Loft top I bought a few months ago, but it’s just as pretty. It’s such a fun, dramatic top to dress up for a date night out!

Logan Fit Linen Pants
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These pants are classic, and also came home with me. It’s so hard to find a linen pant that’s lined. They come in several colors, too. These will be in my closet for years. And, I didn’t even have to order a Tall, because the length is perfect as well (even with heels). I’m 5’10 for reference.

Large Stripe Pouch
Stripe Clutch
This is so cute, and such a great Summer clutch for a date night or party!

I also stopped into Kirkland’s because I had $10.00 in rewards to redeem, and they were having a huge Summer blowout sale. I grabbed this wreath for under $20.00 for our front door!

Green & White Hydrangea Wreath
HYDRANGEA WREATH

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Happy Thursday!
~KSSBelle

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Easy Smoothie Recipe

I try to make this smoothie for my husband and I almost every weekday morning in the Summer. It’s so fresh, healthy, and an added bonus, it fills you up until lunch. I do add a tiny bit of peanut butter or almond butter for protein. It’s also easy to sneak this into our toddler’s juice cup to get lots of great fruits & veggies in him at the beginning of the day. I will admit, some days we just can’t sneak that spinach past him. As our pediatrician says, “just keep trying,” so we do!

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SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 banana
5 strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup pre-washed spinach
1/2 cup Horizon 2% milk
2 tbsp organic vanilla yogurt
2 tsp almond butter or peanut butter
(depending on your mood, ha!)

Blend it up, and you’re done! Now, I also have my 2-3 cups of coffee alongside this healthy start, but this Momma needs her coffee.

Enjoy!
~KSSBelle

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Bell Sleeve Blouse + J. Crew Collection Leopard Pants

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I bought this blouse last year; however, it’s so good that ShopBop still has it this year! I also own it in white. It’s incredibly flattering, and the bell sleeves are the real reason to buy it. The best part is that you can dress it up or down. The sleeves are what caught my eye. And, now this pretty dress is calling my name for Summer, for the same reason. Now, let’s talk about these J.Crew Collection leopard pants, shall we? They were so fun to add to my closet! I have a few J.Crew Collection pieces, and the quality & style is timeless. I know I’ll be wearing these cropped pants for years, (leopard is a neutral) and that’s the best part about making a fashion investment. In my opinion, these investments really pay off, because you wear those pieces well past one season. You can shop the J.Crew collection pieces when they’re on sale (that’s when I snagged these pants I’m wearing!), and you can really scoop up some classics during those sales, so keep your eyes out, it’ll be worth it, trust me. Right now, I’ve got my eyes on these, these and this.

SHOP THE POST:
Endless Rose Belle Blouse / J.Crew Collection Leopard pants (old, similar) / J.Crew Resin bracelets / Chinese Laundry sandals /Deux Lux Clutch (old, similar)

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I’m definitely printing this quote, and framing it for my office.

Happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

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Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday!! We have a fun, little birthday party to head to tomorrow afternoon, and we’re planning on doing a few fun things around the house this weekend. What are your plans for the weekend?

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My Mom is a “Master Gardner,” no really, she took a test to become one, and her knowledge is amazing! She can even recite the latin names of every plant. I want her to write a blog! She loves gardening, and helps us with all of our plant choices.  And, I think I’m starting to become a gardener like her, but I’ve got a long way to go. She gave us these “Wedding Gown Hydrangeas” a few years ago, and I have kept them alive, and finally planted them a month ago. They make me so happy. I love going in the backyard and looking at them daily, and the best part is, she told me yesterday that they’ll bloom until September!

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It’s time to dust off the old tennis shoes, and get back to walking. I’ve changed what I eat drastically; however, I still want to tone up. I’ve been eyeing these new tennis shoes at J.Crew as a potential motivator!;)
New Balance for J.Crew
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These shorts are perfect for the Summer time. I used to never wear shorts, but with two kiddos in the heat, jeans get pretty hot while playing. I really like the fact that they’re 4-inches in length, as I’m 5’10, and almost 35 years old, so no short shorts allowed here. Who’s with me?
J.Crew Factory Shorts (on sale!)
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I fell in love with these topiaries at Kirkland’s this past weekend! If you add a coupon (and you earn rewards every time you shop there) it’s not that bad of a price. I have one on my kitchen counter, and one in our dining room. It adds just enough “green” to our rooms, and it makes me happy when I’m doing the dreaded dishes! Ha!  Kirkland’s is one of my favorite go-to places for decorating. I also love shopping consignments, and of course HomeGoods!
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This is our favorite Summer wine! It’s the best Chardonnay in our opinion, and it’s an incredibly reasonable price. It’s a very light and buttery Chardonnay. You should definitely try it! Cheers!
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 Have a happy weekend!
~KSSBelle

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