August 20, 2014 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

I Feel Pretty | at Brunch

Over the weekend, Craig and I planned a mini getaway for our 15th anniversary.  Although we usually go out of town each year, we decided to stay local this time and booked a night at a hotel close to home.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss our usual getaway, it’s always one of the highlights of our year.  But with a son heading off to college today, it seemed more prudent to stay close to home.

Did I mention he’s moving in TODAY?  Mama’s freaking out just a little.  🙁

Since we’re squeezing in as much family time as possible before he goes, we took the kids to brunch to celebrate our anniversary with us.  I felt comfortable and put together in this maxi skirt, tank top and denim jacket.






[Denim Jacket:  Similar/Tank Top:  Same/Maxi Skirt:  Same/Sandals:  Same/Head Wrap:  Similar/Earrings:  Same/Necklace:  c/o Onecklace/Watch:  c/o Fossil/Bracelets:  c/o Alex and Ani/Bag:  c/o Barrington Gifts]


My new St. Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts was perfect for our weekend getaway.  This tote bag is big but very lightweight so it’s great for everyday.  I love that it can hold just about anything I want to stash in it like a cardigan, water bottle or even my laptop.  The coolest thing is that you can customize all of their bags in the pattern and color of your choice.  They even offer personalization with your initials.   You can check out all of the colors and styles for yourself at

 It’s Your Turn:  What’s your favorite way to celebrate your anniversary?  Tell me in the comments!


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  • You ALWAYS look put together! 🙂 Were you not hot in that jacket in Texas!? Is it a cool summer there like it is here in PA? Anyway, I want a new maxi skirt. I had a loud chevron one and a black one and I feel like I need an easy light-colored one that is versatile. I’m going to check that one out.

    • It is HOT Jo-Lynne! We just got a mini-reprieve with some rain over the weekend. I’m always cold so I always have a cardigan or denim jacket with me. This is my first solid color maxi and I love it!

  • You look so adorable & very put together in this outfit!! You can’t go wrong with a great maxi skirt & denim jacket. All the best with your soon moving today-my girls are so still small so I couldn’t imagine the day when they are moving and going off to college! I’d be worried just the same but I’m sure it’ll all go well:)
    Marta, xo

    • Thank you so much, Marta. All went well! Thanks for your well wishes.

  • SO! CUTE! And you are going to LOVE your Barrington bag!!!!!

    • You called it, Sheaffer! I am loving this bag.

  • Brunch is one of those outings that I have a hard time with because you don’t want to be too dressed up or too casual. This look is perfect! Thanks for hosting the link up and good luck today!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • That is always my dilemma with dressing for brunch. It can be tricky. This outfit was perfect. Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

  • very cute brunch look and well put together.


    • Thanks, Rachelle! Sometimes the most simplest looks are the ones that look the prettiest.

  • You look so pretty! I love your headband and earrings. Such a cute outfit.

    • With simple outfits like this one, I like my accessories to do the talking!

  • ADA

    Happy 15th anniversary first of all. This is such a great brunch look. You look super pretty (like usual lol). Love your new tote. I’d love to have your maxi skirt and earrings, too.

    • Thank you! You can’t go wrong with a solid maxi like this one. You can wear it so many different ways and on so many different occasions.

  • Congratulations on 15 years!! That’s amazing. I hope today goes well, that y’all have a sweet time together, and the time flies between now and when you get to see him again! Thanks for hosting us, Allison 🙂

    • Aw, thanks for your sweet words, Caitlin!

  • What an adorable tote! I love your outfit too, especially that cute headband! Hope moving day goes well!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Laura! I’m surprised by how much I am loving this headband too.

  • I’m a big fan of romantic getaways that include spa treatments and good restaurants : )

    Hope you survive the move. I’m sure it will feel odd for the first while.

    Happy Anniversary!


    • I’m with you, Suzanne. A few nice spa treatments and a great meal to follow is a perfect way to celebrate!

  • Such a casual, yet put together look! Happy anniversary!!

    • I love how a few basic essentials paired well can look so polished, Sarah.

  • Such a great look! Happy Anniversary, my husband and I are celebrating 15 years too. Actually my favorite way to celebrate is a simple overnight in the city with my husband. Our children love spending time with cousins, grandparents ect…without Mom and Dad so it’s a Win Win! Good luck with the move, what an exciting time!!!


    • A night in the city sounds like a glorious getaway, Audrey.

  • Your head wrap is too adorable – perfect for brunch!

    • Thanks, Anna! I’m getting lots of compliments on it. Glad it’s a hit with everyone.

  • I am sure I will be bawling when my little boy grows up and goes to college. You look beautiful and love your hair in the head wrap.


    • Aw, thanks, Alice. It was a tough day but I am so proud of him and excited for this new journey.

  • Always so pretty Alison….this is such an awesome look for brunch! And separation anxiety this time of the year always sucks!!!


    • It was hard, but we will transition. I’m excited for this new chapter in his life.

  • Jena Lawson

    As a mom of a 26 and 24 year old, I know how you feel about taking them off to college! I think I cried the whole 3 hours back home after dropping off our first. It wasn’t much easier the second time either. Not to worry though…they do come home…usually with a big basket of laundry! 🙂 College years go way too fast…enjoy them!

    We celebrated our 30th anniversary on the way home from our vacation in FL this July at a B&B in Ludington, MI. Then we took the ferry across Lake Michigan with our vehicle and traveled on home to central WI. Very fun way to celebrate!

    • Thanks Jena! It’s tough but at least he’s back home for a few days before officially staying there. What a nice way to spend your 30th anniversary!

  • Alison you look lovely as always. I hope that all goes well with your son’s move. It seems like yesterday that I was reading the post about him starting his senior year in school and football. I know you will miss him. I do love that tote! I think I will put that on my anniversary wish list. I can always use a fabulous bag! Susan

    • Sigh…I know Susan. It has gone too quickly! I’m still in disbelief that it’s actually happening. You’ll love the tote. It’s very versatile and goes with everything.

  • You looks smashing. Hope you had a fun date. And good luck to the college-son!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

    • Thank you, Crystelle. It was a very fun celebration!

  • Happy Anniversary! This outfit totally emanates comfort and style, so well put together. Love those earrings! ~Cynthia

    • That’s what I love about this outfit, Cynthia. It is so comfortable yet it looks so polished.

  • You look so beautiful! Congratulations on your anniversary. Hope everything goes well with your son’s move to college – such a bittersweet time I know!

    • Thanks, Lana. The move went very well, and everyone is adjusting. Hoping it’s a smooth transition for my son, too!

  • Heart congratulations on the anniversary!! You looks so lovely in this casual chic brunch outfit..I love brunches!! Your headband is so cute..I wish I could pull off headbands that well… 🙂

    • You should try a headband! Find a cute one that you love…it might make all the difference.

  • You look so cute and comfy! Love all the accessories too!


    • Thanks, Whitney! I am big on accessories…love how they easily dress up any outfit.

  • You look gorgeous! I love that bag!

    • Thanks, Niki! This bag really is spectacular.

  • Lovely brunch look!

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

    • Thank you, Charnele. This way easy and stylish. I find myself gravitating more towards looks like this.

  • I love keeping it simple and just going out to dinner or ordering in and staying at home with Netflix. But I’m a homebody. This year since it’s our 10 year anniversary I think we might recreate our first date.
    Fashion and Happy Things

    • Aw, that’s a very sweet idea Mana! We’re homebodies too, but still it’s nice to escape even for a couple of days. 🙂

  • Love your bag and the soft pink and grey together! Man that usual trip you take looks like a DREAM! But any kind of getaway will be fun if you’re together 😉


    • This is a great bag, Jessi. I agree! It’s being together to celebrate that counts.

  • Such beautiful photos! Love the tropical print of your headband! Great look!


    • Thanks, Robyn. I loved this headband when I first saw it and thought it would be a great way to change up any oufit.

  • Happy Anniversary! We are on 15 years too! Doesn’t seem that long…yet it does.

    • Congratulations to you too, Sherry!

  • Congratulations Alison! I think it doesn’t matter where you celebrate as long as you are celebrating together.

    I love this outfit on you…so chic and your hair is always so gorgeous!!!


    • Thanks, Janise. I feel like I battle with my hair all summer long, so I totally appreciate the compliment!

  • Happy anniversary! I love your whole ensemble, but the earrings and tote are my favorite part.

    I haven’t been married long enough to celebrate a wedding anniversary! Last year, my husband proposed the weekend of our dating anniversary, so that was a pretty fun way to celebrate. I was sick on our first dating anniversary, so we spent the night in bed, watching Star Trek, while I ate chicken noodle soup and he ate McDonald’s. But watching Star Trek is one of our favorite activities to do together. 🙂

    • Despite your being sick, that’s a sweet story, Brita. I love that you share a passion for Star Trek too!

  • I love this look!! I hope your sons move went well. xo ~ Megan

    • This is quickly becoming my go-to look! Yes, it went well ~ thanks!

  • beautiful as always

    • Thank you, Shaunacey!

  • Congrats on your anniversary Alison <3 Even if its close to home, it's wonderful you had a mini getaway. What an exciting time it must be for you with your son going off to college! I can't even imagine it for my bunch yet- I may be more excited than them when the time comes :))
    You look so lovely with your outfit. I love the maxi with denim jacket casual look, adore your hair with the band, and I think I spot Kendra Scott earrings on you. Just got the same in slate color in my Popsugar box 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend lovely lady, XOXO, Elif

    • Oh wow, lucky girl that you got those in your Popsugar box! I really want the slate color too, they will go with everything. It’s bittersweet to have a kid heading off to college, that’s for sure.

  • You look great – perfect, casual, put together look! Happy anniversary and thanks for hosting!

    • Aww, thanks Carylee! Brunch is one of my favorite things in the world. Thanks for linking up!

  • You look absolutely beautiful! Happy anniversary!

    • Thanks Kristin! We had a really nice day.

  • This is such a cute look! I love how you styled it :).


  • Karen Bryan

    Hi- I love this Barrington Bag combo. Is this taupe or gray? I was wondering if you could tell me the pattern. You look great! Thanks!