Pretty Prints

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This outfit is definitely one of my favorites to throw on when I’m short on time for a date night or a Moms night out! You can never go wrong with a silk blouse, skinny jeans & a great pair of heels. I love the majority of polka dot prints, and this silk top was so cute! The bow ties on the shoulders are unexpected & feminine. In my opinion, you can never have too many bows in your closet. I’m thinking of adding this one next. You can easily wear this outfit in the Fall, by just adding a blazer or classic cardigan like this or this one!
These jeans are perfect for chasing your little ones during the day, but you can totally dress them up as well. On a side note, they do run on the small side, so I would go up one size. I love the “whiskered” wash for something new. My favorite finishing touch to this outfit? The shoes, of course! I fell in love with these pom pom heels during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and have them in 2 colors. I don’t wear heels during the day (#momlife), but I definitely wear them every chance I get for a night out!

SHOP THE POST:
Citizens of Humanity ‘Racer’ Whiskered Skinny Jeans / J.Crew Polka Dot Tank Top / Tuckernuck Leopard Print Handbag (sold out, similar) / Charles by Charles David Pumps / Kate Spade New York Watch (sold out, similar)

Hope you have a happy Tuesday! We’re soaking up every last bit of Summer over here before school starts next week.
~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

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

Current Wish List

Every day this week has felt like Friday to me. I’m not going to lie, I’ve gotten pretty disappointed a few times this week after realizing it’s not. Oh well. I think it’s because I’m really ready for the long Memorial Day weekend ahead. We actually have no plans, and are pretty excited about it. Do you have big plans for the long weekend?

Here’s what’s on my current “wish list.” You know, all of those things you can’t stop thinking about?

Happy Shopping!

J Brand Jeans
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I have one pair of J Brand jeans, and the fit is incredible. I love a great pair of white jeans, year round.

Gigi Tortoise Clutch
Tory Burch Clutch
This is so classic. It would be such a great date night clutch. Best part, it’s on sale!

Citrine Earrings
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These earrings are stunning, and would literally go with everything you own.

Verona Espadrille
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These would be a chic, everyday flat. I adore the leopard print. They’re also on sale!

Vince Camuto Blouse
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I’ve been wanting this top for awhile now. Someone please buy it. Unfortunately, I promised my husband I wouldn’t purchase anything until May is over because we bought a piece of furniture instead. Hmmmm…I do have a birthday coming up.

What’s on your current wish list?

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Happy (almost) Friday!
~KSSBelle

Mom Style + Summer Shopping

I’m back…I know, again! Life with two is such a good busy, but it can be busy for sure. I know, everyone is busy; however, I finally feel like we’re out of the “newborn fog.” So, blogging will be a priority for me again. We’ve been enjoying lots and lots of sunshine this Spring. If it’s sunny, we’re outside playing. Vitamin D does us all a lot of good. I know any Momma is nodding and saying “Amen!”

OK. So, I’ve gotta ask…what’s your “Mom Style?”

Even as a busy Mom of two littles, I still find myself wearing a lot of what I love. I love blouses, jeans, shorts, and a great pair of flats, pretty much year round. Dresses I do save for a date night, or church on Sundays. I get so many comments from other Moms at preschool drop off & pick up that I’m always so “put together.” I feel like that’s a compliment, but I also think to myself “Well, I have two choices when I get dressed, to wear what I want to wear, or to wear workout gear.” If I’m going to workout, then sure, I’ll wear that, but otherwise, I like feeling “put together.” My kids also need to see me for who I really am. Trust me, I have my lazy days, too. Everyone has their own version of that, but at least be the best version of yourself, and I promise, you’ll feel better. How you feel floods into every aspect of your life. It takes me the same amount of time to put on a pair of jeans & a blouse, as it does for me to put on workout shorts & a top.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I do use dry shampoo like it’s going out of style. No joke.
A swipe of mascara and concealer, and off we go to school/errands/play. It takes me about 15 minutes to get ready in the morning, if I’m using this dry shampoo.

Whatever your mom style is, I hope you rock it well. I know we’re all doing our best!

Below are some things I’ve got my eyes on for Summer. Happy Shopping!

 Chandler Bow Blouse
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Isn’t the back of this blouse the cutest? I can’t wait until it arrives.

 Eyelet Blouse
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This eyelet blouse is one of my favorite colors. I can already tell it’s going to be a very versatile top in my closet. It’s on sale too, even better, right?

Tie Neck Silk Top
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This blouse is perfection. Can you tell that I like blue? It goes with everything, and it’s so fun to accessorize with pops of fun colors.

Pineapple Earrings
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The perfect Summer finishing touch to any outfit. A must have, in my opinion.

Striped Pajamas with Lemons
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How fun are these pajamas? Love the simplicity, and the lemon addition!

What do you have your eyes on for Summer?

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~KSSBelle

Pregnancy: What I’m buying & why it’s not maternity

This might not sound totally normal to most, but I still haven’t brought down my maternity clothing from our attic from my first pregnancy, and I have 3 months left. I’m really happy about it, too. And, I hope I don’t have to, either. Sounds weird, I know, but at 6 months pregnant, I’ve gained 11 pounds, and I hope to only gain 10-12 lbs more. Now, I will admit, I did buy 3 pairs of maternity jeans (I’ll do a post on those as well) when I first found out I was pregnant. Most of my maternity pants were work attire related with my first pregnancy.  So, as of a few weeks ago, I’ve been strictly wearing those, but, I’m still in my normal size tops. Thank goodness. I know that won’t last forever, but I plan to make it last as long as possible.

In case you’re new to my blog, I gained WAY more weight than I’d like to admit with my first pregnancy. I know exactly why, too. I was working then (slammed every day, but on a side note: I LOVED my job), and the hubs and I ate takeout pretty much every single night with little to no exercise, because by the time I got home from work, the last thing I wanted to do was cook a gourmet meal. This pregnancy has been totally different & just as busy albiet in a different way. I’m still just as busy chasing a toddler/running a household, but I’ve completely changed my eating habits for the better.

After having our first baby,  my goal was to get down to my wedding weight again, and when I found out we were expecting our second baby, I actually had reached my goal! Yay!  So, ever since then I’ve been petrified of gaining anything more than the medical recommended weight gain during pregnancy which is between 20-25 pounds.

So, since I’m right on track to only gain the recommended amount, I’ve decided that I’m not going to buy maternity clothing, I’m going to buy clothing I’ll love, post baby. Not only does it keep me in check when I want to go grab a handful of candy corns, it also gives me something to look forward to after our little bundle of joy is here.

Below are a few things I’ve added to my closet for later, and a few things I’ve got my eye on that I’d love to buy as well.

Happy Shopping!

Edie Stripe Top
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This top is darling. I love the classic blue & white stripe with the twist of a ruffle. I know I’ll wear this top on repeat after the baby is here for many years!

Ruffle Sleeve Top
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I clearly have a weakness for ruffles (and peplum). This sweater is going to look so chic with white jeans post baby! I can’t wait to wear it this winter!

Bell Sleeve Blouse
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Hands down, this top is a real winner if you’re expecting. I’m actually wearing this exact top right now, and it’s still has plenty of growing room, too. I also bought it in the navy. The peplum & the bell sleeve mix feels fresh for Fall. I wore this with my j.crew white maternity jeans to our preschool parent’s night, and felt like I was wearing a normal outfit! Snag it on sale, and it’s an even better buy for now and later, trust me.

Now, here’s what I’ve got my eye on as well…

Sailor Pants
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You can’t go wrong with these pants. I think the gold buttons add a classic finish to an otherwise ordinary looking pant. I know I’d wear these for many years.

Danny Turtleneck Dress
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This dress is timeless. I adore the feminine ruffle finish, and you can never go wrong with a turtleneck when it’s freezing outside. I’m just dreaming of days when it’s freezing outside again, clearly.

Wildcat Clutch 
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Hello Gorgeous! I’d love to add this to my date night clutch collection!

What are you loving lately? Are you dreaming of cooler, crisp mornings like I am? I had my first nonfat pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks on September 1st. And anyone who really knows me, knows that I don’t stop talking about Fall and all its’ glory until it’s here…

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I also may or may not have already bought my winter coat for this year…oops! I blame it on the fact that if you don’t buy something when you see it, it’ll be gone before you know it. Trust me. And while I love blogging, and reading my favorite blogs, that’s the only downside to these blogs these days, things sell out so quickly. It’s great for the vendors though!

Have a happy Monday!
~KSSBelle

Hello Again!

Happy Weekend, Friends & “Hello!” again!

I know it seems as though I’ve taken a bit of a break from my blog, and you’d be correct, I have. Please know I’ve missed it terribly, but all for good reason, as we’re expecting our second twinkle toes in early January! We couldn’t be more excited and grateful for this little blessing! The first trimester was pretty tough, as in extreme exhaustion, so when my little one would nap, I would to…a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Good news for you guys, is that this time around I’m really not focusing on buying any maternity clothing, if I can’t help it. I have a lot leftover from my last pregnancy, as well as some hand me downs (thanks, Sis!). I’m still fitting in my non-maternity pants/shorts, tops and dresses at 4 months…thank goodness! We’ll see how long that lasts. ha!

So, I thought I would round up a few things that I’ve been loving lately for you!

Off the Shoulder Top – Tuckernuck
tnuck off the shoulder topI have this top in pink (you may have seen it on my Instagram), and LOVE IT. It’s so classic, and it’s a longer top. It might be too long to wear with shorts, but it’s perfect paired with white denim (what I wore on a date night recently!) and skinny pants of any kind! Such a fun & flirty top. It’s also got a lot of growing room for the belly!;)

Linen Drawstring Trousers
loft linen pantsThese pants are so comfortable and chic. I typically wouldn’t buy anything orange; however, they go great with a lot of my tops, and the relaxed look is really nice for Summer.

Factory Graphic floral one-piece swimsuit
J.crew Factory Floral Suit
This was my first swimsuit from j.crew factory, and it didn’t disappoint. In the years past, I’ve always bought my suits from J.Crew. I keep them forever because they’re that good. This suit is perfect for a growing belly. It’s my first one-piece in a LONG time, and I love it, especially while chasing a toddler!:) The bright colors/print just makes me happy as well!

Off-the-shoulder dress – J.Crew
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I’ve had my eye on this dress for awhile now, and may have to get it. I love the off-the-shoulder dress look, as well as the print, but I worry I won’t be able to wear it that much longer this Summer.

Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Gardenia Candle
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This candle has made my kitchen smell amazing. The scent reminds me of my childhood. My parents have a screened in porch, and I can remember endless conversations with my parents while smelling the gardenias in bloom right outside off of the porch. It really is the little things in life that matter the most.

What are you loving this Summer?

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Have a great weekend!
~KSSBelle