I’ve absolutely loved this time of year for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, we’d go to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house and eat too much, play card games at the kitchen table and dance to Jambalaya in the living room. I’d stay up late to wait for Santa and then wake up so early on Christmas morning to discover what toys he left.
Last night and today, my husband and I enjoyed so many of these same traditions but through the eyes of our children. Nothing is more special.
I feel so at peace after tucking the babies in after a fun but hectic day. With all of the bad in this World, there is still so much good. A magical day of joy, family and laughter was much needed… and a day we’ll never forget.
Sending my love and God’s blessings to each and everyone of you.
Tomorrow will be a day full of shopping, exchanges and returns.
If you happen to live in the Des Moines metro, consider shopping local. This beautiful Milly top was purchased at Sahar’s Salon and Day Spa. In addition to top notch hair stylists and the best spa experience you can find, the clothing options are to-die-for. I’ve scored some great pieces on sale at affordable prices and have found other stunning one-of-a-kind pieces for special occasions. Stop in this weekend and check it out… even if you just need a well-deserved massage.
At one time or another, you’ve probably heard you’re not to wear white after Labor Day. Well, ladies…. you can throw that little rule right out the window.
Just pair your true whites with softer shades like ivory, add in cozy textures like cable sweaters and sherpa vests and throw on suede booties. Here I went with a fun leopard print baseball cap but it would be so chic with a floppy wool hat.
I love investing in classic staples that can be worn multiple ways, layered as seasons change and can be dressed up or down. This white button down (that ties in the front) and pixie cutoffs are two of my favs but they felt too simple and a tad too summery without a few fall accessories. Remember: A couple of key statement pieces combined with the most basic items can seriously amp up any outfit and extend the length of time you can wear them.
To keep the look casual and add the masculine vibe I adore, I grabbed my black leather satchel and threw on calf hair loafers, a chunky watch and wool hat. A sunny day called for tortoise shades!
A good pair of cutoffs is essential. I like mine a little loose with a vintage, worn in feel.
This very affordable pair from Free People is a go to. Very short, yes….but they don’t have to be. Here I play off proportions and pair with a longer, breezy floral kimono, loose white tank and taupe calf hair booties. This look was so simple to throw together and great for outdoor shopping, lunch with friends or running quick errands.
Style tips: Not into short shorts? Try a longer, boyfriend style (I love this pair from Rag & Bone) and roll up a tad to a length you’re comfortable with. Just not into shorts? This kimono would look great with a neutral tank, crisp white jeans and wedges in a neutral or caramel color like this pair.
Every woman should own a floral maxi dress. I love this one. Simple in black and white but more formal than cotton, it transitions well from spring to fall. The V neck and multiple side slits offer sex appeal and glamour but in an understated way. From a trip to the farmer’s market or a girlfriend’s bridal shower to date night on a fabulous patio, this dress suits all occasions.
Style tip: As cooler days approach, just grab a leather jacket and nudist heels or opt for booties, a fuzzy sweater and wool hat.
I was channeling my inner Marilyn Monroe in the last photo… only I wasn’t as graceful. ; )
Nothing screams summer like a white linen dress. So, during a stop at Aimee — a great little boutique located in the heart of Des Moines’ East Village — I was thrilled to find the perfect one. Made by Derhy, the loose-fitting, midi-length dress is girlie and fun and is embroidered with beautiful flowers. While you could easily pair with nude strappy gladiator sandals, I went for something a little more unexpected. These calf hair sandals and thick black frames added a touch of masculinity for a casual, cool street style.
Style tips: Linen doesn’t transition all that well into fall. I’d hang it up soon. Also, because the material is so thin and lightweight, it can be hard to wear a thicker, underwire strapless with this outfit. Consider a simple lace cami from Cosabella (Free People and Victoria Secret Pink have more affordable options). Here, I wore cheaper petals which are a lifesaver!