Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Black Maxi with Cut Outs

You guys: this DRESS!!!!  I found it randomly on Loft's website--  it is the comfiest maxi I have ever owned. It is perfect to throw on and go with sandals-- I have worn it out to lunch one afternoon and then to have people over for a bonfire on another night. You can easily dress it up (or down). I am in a size small for reference. Size down on this one. The best part is it's not soooooooo long. I am 5'6, and I wasn't walking all over it like I usually am with my maxi dresses! The cut outs are fun, but not TOO revealing.  Additionally, you can wear a normal strapless bra with it, which is key! It also comes in a gorgeous floral print! 


I want the floral one, too, now!!

Some of my Pure Barre girls!! ^^^

Lip color: my trusty Stila stay all day! In Bella! 





Earrings: J. Crew Factory. $13-- in navy and magenta!





Isn't the back so fun?


Jack Rogers monogrammed sandals: here







Michael Kors watch: here






I absolutely love this look for summer. It's dressed up but SIMPLE and easy to replicate.
xxoo
Mary


Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best Skirt You'll Ever Own, and It's $32!!!

Hello!!! I am baaaaaaaaaaack! With a little more sleep than last month. I am trying to keep up with the blog, but typically my #ootds are Lululemon capris and a workout tank or graphic tee. HA!!  Usually both are covered with spit up. Or, in today's case, spit up, a smidge of poop and a smattering of pee. Sebastian had a field day today with his mama! haha! This outfit is soooo simple to recreate, and the skirt is my favorite ever. I-- literally-- have 6 of them. It's the best skirt I've ever owned. I have a size 4 (for my really skinny days haha), then a few size 6s for my normal times, and then this one below is a size 8 for reference. It is TTS, comfy, a perfect length for work, and it has POCKETS!!  








Polka dotted top (old J. Crew Factory), similar here:



















More ruffle neck tops:









More sidewalk skirts:








^^ Seb had a different outfit on for the party, but he promptly projectile vomited in it. HA! This was #ootd number two. "Baby Leprechaun"! Perfect for a Notre Dame/Saint Mary's crew party. 




Some snaps from Milly and Finn's joint 2nd birthday party, Jackie and Ben's housewarming party and Jackie's graduation from her Notre Dame Executive MBA program!!! 


Loved the sissies in Lilly!
Jackie's dress: here 
Julie's dress: here


Natural laughing hahahaha!

My sissies!!! 


We started as "fake laughing", but then were all dying laughing for real. LOL




Family pic!! 

Anna's shirt: similar here. Obsessed with the bow back on that! 
Her earrings were sooooo cute: here.  







News SMC graduate, baby Jenny! 
Her Lilly dress: here



You guys, my earrings are $8.99. You need them in your life. They're lightweight and come in blue and gold (in store). 



Sister selfie! 


How is baby Jenny all grown up and graduated from SMC?! Ah!!!! 


I hope you all have a great week ahead! I am excited to celebrate Mike on his first Father's Day this weekend! 
xxoo
Mary

Monday, May 14, 2018

Instagram Round Up! My #ootds Lately

Hello!   I wanted to do an Instagram round up post of my recent outfits. Everything I have been wearing lately has been really simple/pretty comfy/a bit oversized (haha!) and super easy to recreate, as I transition back into non-maternity clothes and try to get this new job of MOM under control. Here are some of my #ootd looks lately.

We just celebrated my cousin Josh's 40th birthday ('Merica and camo themed-- haha! Love it!), and I wore this extremely comfy tomato-red loft sweater. I thought I wouldn't wear this sweater until next fall, but it was sooooo chilly here on Saturday! 
My mom and my sister-- my two most important mamas in my life! So happy my mom could be here for Mother's Day. We haven't been together on Mother's Day since high school because I was always away at school or living in Illinois. 


Seb slept through the entire party LOL 



Photobombing cuzzies! 

My goddaughter, Bryn, in Lilly from me! haha! 


Silly faces! 



Sweater: here-- on sale for 40% off-- currently $16!! Runs a little big... size down! 

Gold monogram necklace: here.







Auntie Anna with Seb! 


Obviously, Sebastian had to match the camo theme! 


The little cuzzies looooooooved Seb. They sang to him and gave him kisses while he snoozed in his car seat. It was so so so sweet.





Friday night, Mike's band played at Even Flow in Geneva, and we had our first babysitter! 

Olivia, Kyle and Jackie came over before!! 

The drummer extraordinaire! He is sooooo talented! 



Peplum/bell-sleeve top: similar here on sale! 


Pearl lantern earrings: on sale here! 




See above for my Moon and Lola monogrammed necklace link! 





Oh, yea-- I also got a major haircut! See below for the before and after:



Annalisa at Beautiful You Salon in St. Charles is fabulous. She's been cutting my hair for 6 years! I hadn't had a haircut since my birthday (January 6 haha), and I hadn't had my hair colored since 2012. LOL! Overdue. 



My mom came back into town last week to help us (she is a saint!), and she told us to go out to dinner. She insisted. We went to Bien Trucha (AMAZE), and we were gone for a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it was great to have a date night with Mike. 

Of course we came home and needed our Sebastian snuggles. 



Patterns on patterns on patterns! lololol. 



Elsa top: here





Earrings: here


Lip color: here in Bella. (I also love the Amalfi for a pink and the Fiery for the perfect red. This lip color truly lasts ALL DAY! No need for reapplication, even after eating and drinking).




Jack Rogers sandals: here





Raw hem denim: here






This last look is from Mother's Day! 















Updated eyelet dress for spring: here.


My earrings: here




Mom's Lilly shirt: here




Sebastian's moccasins: here


My booties: here-- SOOOO comfy! 





I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day with your families. Being a mother is the greatest gift from God. It is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done, but it is definitely the highlight of my life. 

xxoo
Mary