Plaid Perfection

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This top caught my eye for several reasons, besides it being classic, and oh so cute. The peplum mixed with a preppy, navy plaid won me over, so I immediately added it to my closet. Bonus, it’s also a great wear now & wear later piece. A top that can work overtime is one worth every penny in my book. I love it now with cropped pants, shorts, white denim, or later with jeans of any color, and a chic navy blazer. I can’t wait to style it this Fall/Winter, so stay tuned. The outfit options are endless because it’s pretty much perfection.

And, let’s just talk about these heels for a minute? I know that I squealed with excitement (inside of course, because we have babies sleeping down the hall from my office!) when I first saw them, and the best part is that right now, they’re a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! They’re so fun & add just the right amount of happy to every outfit. I told you in my last post that I bought them in two colors, well, I may just have to add another. Too many, too much? I don’t think so.

SHOP THE POST:

Halogen Plaid Peplum Top / Loft cropped pants (sold out, similar) / Charles by Charles David Pumps / Kate Spade New York Handbag (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade New York Watch (sold out, similar) / J.Crew Resin bracelets (sold out, similar) / Stud earrings (similar)/

Happy Monday, Friends!
~KSSBelle

Classic Blue + Pink

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Anyone who really knows me, knows that I love to dress up. Any chance I get to dress up, I’m one happy girl. The majority of my closest is filled with dressier clothes that I’ve collected over the years, and even though I’m a busy Mom, I’m still drawn to the dressier side of my closet, every time. And, that’s why this silk top from J.Crew is the perfect top for me (and you!). It’s lightweight (great for beating the heat), it’s silk, and it dresses up anything you pair it with, just a little bit more. I think the tie neck bow was what really sealed the deal, and it’s one of my favorite parts about this top. It’s incredibly versatile too. You can wear it with cropped pants, jeans, skirts & even shorts.
Now, can we talk about these pink shoes? So much fun, and they’re under $30.00! They come in 3 colors. I would normally wear heels with this outfit, but this slide/mule trend is really stealing my heart these days. A cute flat that you can wear with pretty much anything in your closet. Oh, and I can still take care of our two kids (comfortably) in them as well. A no-brainer in my book.

SHOP THE POST:
J.Crew Stripe Silk Top / Loft Navy Pants (sold out, similar) / Cape Robbin Faux Fur Slides / Sunglasses (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade Handbag (sold out, similar) / Kate Spade Bracelet / Kate Spade Watch (sold out, similar) / J.Crew Bracelets (sold out, similar) / Loft Pearl Earrings (sold out, similar)

Have a happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

Gingham + Pom Poms


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 This top is such a great staple for Spring & Summer. It goes with everything from my favorite jeans like these, these and & even shorts. I also plan to dress it up with cropped dress pants (black/navy) for a date night out. The royal blue & white gingham is classic, crisp, and definitely reminds me of Summer. I bought these mules months ago, and sadly they’re sold out right now; however these, these and these are also cute options. I’m really loving the mule/slide trend because I’m tall (5’10), and flats are so easy & much more mom-friendly, yet still so chic.

SHOP THE POST:
Gingham Off the Shoulder Top / AG skinny jeans / J.Crew Pom Pom mules (sadly sold out, similar) / Kate Spade New York Handbag (old, similar) / Kate Spade Watch (old, similar)/ Handpicked drop earrings (similar) / Loft Sunglasses (old, similar)

Do you love gingham as much as I do?

~KSSBelle

Wide Leg Linen Pants + Bow Blouse

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When I first saw these linen pants at J.Crew, I had to add them to my closet. I absolutely love the wide leg style & fit. They’re timeless, and oh so flattering (on so many body types!), and I know I’ll wear this navy color for years. These pants even have a subtle herringbone texture to them. This blouse has also been one of my favorites this Summer. I adore a bow, especially an unexpected one, in the back. Fun, right? Unfortunately, my blouse is sold out; however, this one (is on sale right now!) and this one are both very similar, and I like these styles just as much. These blouses go with pretty much any pair of pants (or shorts) in your closet, and can be dressed up or down, depending on where you’re headed. This clutch is so cute (and it also can be worn with straps), and it comes in a solid black color as well. I apparently can’t turn down a pretty bow. Who can? No one I know, that’s for sure! I normally would shy away from a white handbag with two kids, but I just save it for a night out. This would also make a fun Fourth of July outfit, don’t you think?

Hope you’re having a fun holiday weekend so far. Happy (early!) Fourth of July!

~KSSBelle

SHOP THE POST:

J.Crew Linen Pants / White Blouse (sold out, similar & similar) / Deux Lux Barrow ClutchChinese Laundry Sandals / Kate Spade Monterey Watch / Loft Sunglasses (sold old, but similar)/

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

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

Navy Blue + White

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I know that I’m not alone when I say I love blue & white paired together, especially navy blue. It’s such a crisp, yet classic summer outfit.  This blouse is so pretty, and even better in person. The peplum is a go-to favorite of mine, and the neckline is really flattering for any body type. I was a year round swimmer for many years growing up (fun fact, I know), so my shoulders are broader than most; therefore, I’m always on the lookout for tops that accentuate my “swimmer” shoulders. This one is another cute option as well.
And, these mules are so mom-friendly, yet still really, really fun! I’m pretty sure I bought these just because of the poms poms! They look great with white jeans and shorts, too. Sadly, mine are sold out, but these are just as chic. I actually had a hard time deciding between the two!

SHOP THE POST:
Loft Cropped Pants (sadly sold out, similar style) /  English Factory Emma Blouse / Kate Spade handbag (old, but similar style)/ J. Crew mules (sadly sold out! I hope they restock them soon. These are a really fun print, too!) / Kate Spade Watch / Kate Spade Heart of Gold bracelet / Loft Pearl Earrings / Loft Sunglasses (old, but similar style)

Have a happy day!
~KSSBelle

Neutral Territory

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Happy August, Everyone! I can’t believe this Summer is closing in on us. Although, I can’t say that I’m going to miss the heat wave we’ve been having, not one bit.

There’s nothing I love more than neutrals. In my opinion, you can never have too many in your closet. A lot of what I wore when I was working were neutrals. I still love them today. They’re polished, and go with everything, literally. What’s even better? Pairing neutrals together. To me, it’s incredibly chic, especially in the hot, Summer months. Linen pants are so much cooler in the Summer months, and these wide leg pants are always a flattering fit with a feminine top. This camisole’s cutout/embroidery detail is so pretty, and adds the perfect pop of contrast for this light and airy look. I also plan to make this camisole work overtime in the Fall/Winter months with cardigans and blazers, too. I typically accessorize with color; however, I thought this cashew tote was the right addition to my outfit. The best part about a neutral outfit, is that you can have a lot more fun with your jewelry. These black and white pom pom earrings didn’t have any competition when it comes to getting noticed, and that’s just want I wanted to happen.

Happy Monday, Friends!
~KSSBelle

SHOP THE POST
Banana Republic Cutout Embroidered Camisole {on sale!}~ Ann Taylor Loft Tall Linen Wide Leg Trousers in Marisa Fit {on sale!}~ Factory Metallic Wedges {on sale!}~ J.Crew Pom Pom Earrings {old, but similar here} ~ Kate Spade Claremont Drive Marcella Tote {Bought during one of her “surprise sales.” Is no longer available on her site, but you can find it on amazon here.} Kate Spade Bow Bracelet {old, but similar here} Ann Taylor Loft Tortoiseshell Oversized Sunglasses {on sale!}

J.Crew Factory – The June Edit

As I mentioned in this post, I want to bring you my “top picks” from what I consider my more budget-friendly shops, especially when they’re having great sales.

As I have said many times before, when I shop, I like to buy things that will last for more than one season (more like for many years my friends), and that I’ll truly love for a long time.

Since J.Crew Factory is offering an Extra 30% off Everything online only  (Use Code: SPLASHYSALE), plus free shipping today only, I thought I would give you my “June Edit” for J.Crew Factory.

Happy Shopping!

Factory Laser Cut Swing Tee

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The laser cut sleeves is what really drew me to this top. It’s unexpected, but welcomed to what would be just an ordinary top. This top would look great with any pair of jeans and shorts right now.

Factory Long Sleeve Eyelet Shirt

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I really love the eyelet detail on this shirt. I also love the long sleeves. I am not opposed to wearing a long sleeve top in the Summer months since it does have such a lightweight look about it. It would look perfect with a great pair of white jeans (I am a big fan of an all white outfit in the Summer) or shorts.

Factory Flared Skirt

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These flared skirts caught my eye at J.Crew during the Fall when I was expecting. I fell in love with the look, but needed to wait until post baby to wear it. Now that I can wear this skirt, my color choice is ivory. It will look great in the Summer with a classic button up and sandals, and even better in the Fall/Winter with black tights, boots and a sweater. V.E.R.S.A.T.I.LE.

 Factory Boyfriend Boatneck Sweater

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There’s nothing better than throwing on a Summer weight sweater to keep you cozy on those cooler evenings. It’s the perfect baby blue hue, too.

Factory Maxi Dress with Pom Pom Trim

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This maxi is gorgeous. I was sold with the pom poms, but the embroidery detail is pretty too.

Factory Printed Pleated Short

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This print is both bright and abstract, which just screams Summer to me. Put on a crisp, white button up and cute sandals and “hello Summer chic!”

Factory Rattan Clutch

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Kate Spade had a similar design, but this one is a fraction of the price, which makes it even better. I would love to have this clutch for a date night or girls night out.

Old Navy – Favorites Lately

Old Navy has really outdone themselves this season. Lately, I have been shopping there for my entire family. If you sign up to receive their emails, you save an additional 20% off your first purchase, too.

On a side note: In the Wall Street Journal yesterday they were talking about how J.Crew has really started losing their loyal customer base. I will have to say I am one of them. I love J.Crew (especially the Tall pants and their coats), but I am loving J.Crew Factory more and more lately.  J.Crew Factory and Old Navy are my two “go-to” stores now. Old Navy has really taken a turn towards the preppy styles, and that makes me one, happy girl. Plus, you cannot beat their prices when they’re having these great sales!

Below are my favorites from Old Navy right now.

Boxy Scalloped Edge Top

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This top is adorable. Combining a scalloped edge and eyelet is perfection in my book. You can wear this with shorts and jeans! It’s a really pretty top. I love the length on the sleeves, too. It also comes in white.

 Embroidered Gauze Camis

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I wear camis all of the time in the Summer. Throw on a cardigan or wear alone. I love the embroidery detail. The cobalt blue is gorgeous.

 Striped Boatneck Tops

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This top is an everyday staple. Perfect with a pair of solid or patterned shorts or white jeans. It comes in some really great colors, too. A great shirt for Moms, yet still stylish!

 Scalloped Edge Sleeveless Top

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LOVE this top. Again, the scalloped edge and eyelet. It was love at first sight. It also comes in several colors. Wear it with shorts, jeans or a great pair of skinny pants.

Printed Pixie Chino Shorts

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Stripes. You can never have too many. Perfect everyday shorts for the Summer. Pair them with a classic button up or a causal tee and sandals and you’re set. 

Jersey Tank Maxi Dress

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If you want to be comfortable, but still in style a maxi dress is the way to go. The neckline is different, and this dress comes in tall!

Pleated Crepe Skirt

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This skirt is cute. I love the simple stripes at the bottom. A very nautical color combination.

 Suede Wedge Sandals

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 Pink wedges! I am in love. You can wear these pretty shoes with anything this Summer. Pair these with shorts, pants, skirts…whatever your heart desires!

What are you loving at Old Navy lately? What did you think about the WSJ article about J.Crew? I still love J.Crew, too. I haven’t given up on them.