Happy Monday! Hmm, that’s kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? 🙂 I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a Daily Style Diary post. You may have noticed that I missed last week’s due to the Reebok giveaway post (which you can still enter, so go ahead and do it!). But it was worth the wait! I have to say that the past two weeks are probably some of the most fun I’ve had since starting to blog.
Why? Because the Spring Style Me Challenge kicked off two weeks ago and I get to play along almost every day with the challengers! I’ve gotta admit, it sure is nice having a pre-made outfit waiting for me each morning. It makes busy weeks go much more smoothly!
Here are my most recent Daily Style Diary outfits that were posted on Instagram.
On the first day of the style challenge, I wore my white jeans with a green gingham shirt, denim jacket and leopard flats.
[Denim Jacket/White Cropped Pants/Gingham Shirt/Leopard Flats]
Tuesday was denim on denim with a pop of color.
Boyfriend jeans, a bright tank top, floral scarf and wedges were Wednesday’s look of the day.
[Boyfriend Jeans/Cardigan/Tank Top/Scarf/Wedges]
White jeans, a denim shirt and floral scarf were the perfect layers for Thursday.
[Denim Shirt/White Jeans/Tank Top/Floral Scarf]
Friday was a yoga pants day. Our whole family headed out to east Texas for the weekend to clean up our new property. We went together with my sister and brother-in-law to get a little fixer upper near the lake. It’s so peaceful there and we’re looking forward to making lots of family memories…once we get all of the work done. 🙂
For Easter, I did a variation of one of the style challenge outfits by substituting a maxi dress for the skirt. I felt comfortable and put together for church and dinner with my parents, sisters and our families after.
Oh, and I must share this with you! These pretty floral scarves are at Michael’s for just $9.99 and are exactly the same as the Nordstrom floral scarves but for about half the price! Now we can satisfy two obsessions at once, crafting and fashion. Genius, Michael’s, pure genius!
If you want to join us for the Spring Style Me Challenge, it’s not too late. Just sign up HERE to get the shopping list and all of the days’ outfits immediately! Here are some examples of the outfits we are styling.
SUMMER CHALLENGE COMING SOON!
The summer challenge will be announced in the coming weeks. If you’d like to be one of the first to find out when registration opens, get on the list HERE!
P.S. I still LOVE reading all of your comments but have to cut back on commenting until the Spring Style Me Challenge ends. I hope you understand, my family misses me. 🙂
Let me just start off this Monday saying that I am completely astounded and blown away by the response to the Spring Style Me Challenge. Over 400 women are participating and the Facebook group community is incredible! Everyone is so supportive of each other, the shopping tips they’re sharing are amazing. If you missed it on Friday, I’ve decided to open up late registration through this Friday. That means there’s still time to sign up HERE and get the shopping list delivered immediately!
Sarah, one of our challengers, has her pieces all stacked up and ready for her outfits to get released next week.
One of the participants made this and posted it in our group. LOVE it!
DAILY STYLE DIARY
Even though last week was hands-down one of the busiest of my life with launching the challenge, I still managed to get dressed. Well, at least four out of five of the days. 🙂
Here are last week’s outfits that were posted on Instagram.
Threw on this comfy look for my dentist appointment. The hygienist loved my sneakers!
[Sweater: Mossimo/Jeans: Gap/Sneakers: Mossimo/T-shirt: Mossimo]
Sadly I can’t remember what I did on this day. MOM BRAIN! But it was nice wearing my white jeans for the first time this spring.
[Denim Jacket: Kohl’s/Jeans: Similar/Shoes: Merona/T-shirt: Similar]
House cleaning day. I didn’t make it out of my yoga pants this day. Just a reminder that it’s perfectly fine sometimes. 🙂
[Yoga Tank and Pants: Marika/Shoes: Nike]
Life imitated art this day. I wore the same outfit that I was wearing on the blog but I swapped out the wedges for flat sandals.
[Sweater: Mossimo/Wedges: Similar]
Did some shopping to finish up my own spring challenge shopping list. It was chilly out but this blazer was perfect.
[Blazer: c/o Wallis/Jeans: Forever 21/Flats: Similar/Shirt: Merona/Scarf: c/o Leslia NYC]
Snippets from our day to day.
- Ava has been begging us for a lop for months. We finally caved on Friday night and brought home little four-week old Lola. She is super sweet and a lot smarter than I thought she would be. 🙂 I actually kind of love her.
- After a chilly and rainy weekend, it’s going to be spring-like here this week, woo hoo! I’m so ready to start planting flowers.
It’s Your Turn: How are you dressing this week – still stuck in winter or finally feeling like spring?
Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday.
The Style Me Spring Challenge is off to an incredible start! I’m SO excited to be your personal shopper and virtual stylist for spring. There are still four days left to sign up, the shopping list will be released this Friday. After that, registration will be closed until next season’s challenge.
Sign up HERE for just $10!
If you signed up for the challenge but did not get redirected to the registration page via Paypal, please e-mail me at email@example.com and I will add you to the list. You will also receive information about joining our private Facebook group. I’m already answering questions about the challenge there, so be sure to join!
DAILY STYLE DIARY
Now on to last week’s Daily Style Diary outfits posted on Instagram. There is only one word to describe this past week…BLESSED! I had the opportunity to speak about spring fashion to 150 moms on Wednesday and Thursday at my home church, Chase Oaks. It was so much fun meeting them and sharing ways to stay out of the mom rut and get our pretty on. We also had an impromptu spring trends fashion show.
On Friday, Redbook featured my floral trends for spring on their web site and shared it on social media. This was my first feature with them as a Team Red contributor and I couldn’t have been more excited. Be sure to check it out HERE.
Here’s what I wore last week.
I spent the day catching up on errands and housework.
[Shirt: c/o Golden Tote/Jeans: Forever 21/Shoes: Dollhouse]
[Denim Jacket: Kohl’s/Jeans: Similar/Top: Express (Sold Out)]
For the first day of my speaking engagement, I combined a lot of my favorite things to create this outfit. I have a whole new level of respect for those who speak for a living because it’s not easy!
[Tunic: Merona (Sold Out Online)/Jeans: Paige/Shoes: Similar/Scarf: Sold Out (Similar)/Necklace: c/o Kendra Scott]
On the second day I went a little more casual with my denim jacket, striped coral top and mint jeans. The shoes were quite a hit on Instagram, unfortunately they are sold out but I also love this pair of floral wedges.
[Denim Jacket: Kohl’s/Jeans: Similar/Top: Boden/Shoes: Similar/Earrings: Kohl’s]
We spent the entire day cleaning out our attic and garage to get ready for our community yard sale over the weekend.
[Top: Loft/Jeans: Paige/Shoes: Mossimo]
I’m in love with these new cute kicks from Target. They’re ON SALE now for just $12. I’m ordering a pair in white today. They’re so comfortable and go with everything!
[Mossimo ‘Layla’ Sneakers]
Snippets from our day to day.
- I wish I was cool enough to pretend like it’s no big deal to be mentioned in the same tweet as Alison Sweeney and Tracy Reese. But I’m not! Actually I might have squealed in the middle of dinner at Chili’s when I saw this.
- Devon’s graduation announcements arrived this week. It’s getting really real now! He’s still not decided on his college but is getting closer. We’re hoping he gives us an answer by the end of the week. (Fingers crossed!)
- We opened the patio and porches back up for business this weekend. I found these super cute outdoor pillows at Ross for only $5.99-$9.99 each! I’ll post pics of the finished product when we get our flowers planted.
- Both of our girls had artwork on display at our school district’s Celebrate the Arts festival. We went to the art show with my parents last weekend.
It’s Your Turn: Is it getting any more spring-like in your neck of the woods? Tell me in the comments!
Getting my pretty on with The Pleated Poppy.
Hey guys! It’s spring break week here so I’m taking a little break to spend time with my family. We don’t have anything big planned, just some day trips close to home. But I want to be as present as possible which means I’m cutting back on blogging this week. I still have posts scheduled, I just won’t be doing the Daily Style Diary recap today (last week’s outfits will be in next Monday’s post). I also won’t be doing my regular Instagram outfits this week or responding to comments. Everything will be back to normal next Monday. If you missed any of my previous seven weeks of Daily Style Diary posts, you can get caught up HERE.
In the meantime, Susan at Ava Grace’s Closet is featuring me in her “This is 40” series today. I hope you’ll pop by and check it out.
Also, if you missed it on Facebook yesterday – GREAT NEWS, the black floral scarf is back in stock and it’s 50% OFF!
[Black Floral Scarf]
It’s a spring outfit essential!
And if you missed my Spring Trench Coat Guide last Friday, stop by and check it out. There are some great deals to be had right now!
Happy spring break!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was warm here up until yesterday, now it’s freezing cold again. I’m so ready for spring to come and STAY!
If you missed it last Friday, you must must must check out my Ultimate White Jeans Guide. I put a lot of sweat and tears into it – it’s not easy cramming this booty into that many pairs of jeans! Stop by and check it out HERE.
Here are last week’s Daily Style Diary outfits that were posted on Instagram.
I got ready for my (canceled) doctor appointment in this easy outfit.
[Tunic: Merona/Scarf: c/o Bindya/Jeans: Paige/Boots: Frye/Watch: Michael Kors]
A lot of you asked about the scarf I’m wearing. It’s beautiful but really pricey. Here’s a cute chevron mix scarf that would look great with the green tunic at a much better price.
[Chevron Mix Scarf]
After a nice warm weekend, it got cold again. Glad I didn’t pack away my sweaters yet!
[Sweater: Mossimo/Jeans: Wit & Wisdom/Boots: Franco Sarto/Scarf: Banana Republic]
This cobalt blue sweater was one of my favorites from Target this winter. They no longer have it in cobalt but do have it in three neutral colors perfect for spring. It’s lightweight enough to wear for awhile.
[Mossimo Lightweight Sweater]
Stripes and leopard, one of my favorite combos.
[Cardigan: Mossimo/Jeans: J Brand/Boots: Similar/Striped Tee: Old/Scarf: Similar]
I got my floral scarves from Nordstrom this day and couldn’t wait to wear one to my rescheduled dr. appointment.
[Cardigan: Mossimo/Jeans: Wit & Wisdom/Scarf: Lulu/T-shirt: Forever 21]
The green cardigan is back in stock at Target! It’s the perfect companion for the floral scarf.
[Mossimo Striped Cardigan]
Craig finally came home on Friday. Yay! It felt like spring so I dressed accordingly.
[Sweater: Mossimo/Scarf: BP by Nordstrom/T-shirt: BP/Jeans: Similar]
I got my peach colored jeans at Target last spring. They don’t have them this year but Gap has a similar pair in this pretty apricot.
[1969 Legging Jeans]
You NEED these scarves for spring! I couldn’t be happier with them, they’re so much prettier in person than the pictures online. The size is perfect and the colors are vibrant. You can be sure I’ll be wearing them over and over this spring.
[Black Floral Scarf]
[Green Floral Scarf]
Snippets from our day to day.
- To be honest, I’d love to own a small farm and raise golden retrievers. Problem is I would keep all of the puppies! I’m kind of obsessed with them. Until then, I’ll just have to play with the puppies at the pet store.
- Sometimes it’s ok to eat dessert first. The girls and I went to dinner Thursday night at Central Market and did just that with this yummy turtle cheesecake.
- Craig finally came home on Friday! He surprised the girls and me by taking us for mani/pedi’s. We were SO happy to see him!
- Saturday was preview day at one of colleges Devon is considering. Two visits down. Hopefully he’ll be making his decision soon. Fingers crossed!
Last week, a few of you asked about the book that I was reading, Dr. Ned Hallowell’s “Crazy Busy – Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap!” I decided to pick it up after seeing him talk about it in this interview. While it was a bit of a slow read, I did get some really good info from it, especially in Chapter 28 – Ten Key Principles to Managing Modern Life. This chapter and chapter 32 made the whole book worthwhile.
My biggest takeaways were:
- Figure out what matters most to you, then do what matters most to you. Don’t get sidetracked.
- Cultivate your lilies (projects, people and activities that make you feel fulfilled ) and get rid of your leeches (projects, people and activities that deplete you).
- Don’t live a life of trying to please everyone else first and you last.
- Don’t allow yourself to take on more projects than you can handle, learn to say “no, not now”.
- Don’t waste time “screen sucking” (wasting time engaging with any screen – iPhone, laptop, TV, etc.)
I’m working to structure my time and my days to focus on what matters most, spending less time “screen sucking” and more time being present for my family. I’m cutting out some stuff that’s not my key focus in blogging too. One of those changes is I’ve decided to step down as a co-host of the Beauty Buzz link up. Don’t worry, I’ll still be doing beauty posts from time to time, they just won’t be a regular Tuesday feature.
Overall, I’d recommend this book, even if it is a slow read. Part of me thinks the author purposely makes the reader slow down to address and highlight the problem of our fast-paced lives. There are some gems in there, if you have the patience to find them. 🙂
I was not compensated in any way for this book review. I bought the book myself and all opinions are my own.
It’s Your Turn: Do you have any tips or strategies that work well for being more intentional with your time? If so, share them in the comments!
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