The Accessories I’ve Been Wearing All Summer


One of the reasons I like wearing a basic t-shirt so often is because that allows me to sort of pick any lipstick or pair of earrings to complete the outfit!  This summer I’ve been wearing a lot of the same things and I thought I’d run through a few of my favorites on this post!

  1. Madewell Tassel earrings – I love that these are a statement earring without being heavy. If you’ve been reading the blog long enough you may remember I had to have my ear repaired after an earring ripped almost completely through the lobe. Since then I’ve tried to avoid heavy statement earrings as much as possible! Not only does the thread on these earrings remind me so much of my friendship bracelet making youth, but they are simple enough to go with a basic tee or easy enough to match with a dressier outfit. I have a few different styles and love them all. My sister also sells some similar versions in her shop!
  2. Maya Brenner necklace – I got my first Maya Brenner rose gold initial necklace after Luke was born. Before that I had a “J” bracelet for Justin which I still have of course. After Emily arrived I sent my necklace back to have an “E” added to my necklace with the boys’ initials so I could have all my children on one necklace! I love how delicate and light it is. I wear it nearly every day! I do not shower, sleep or work out with it, just FYI.
  3. Le Papier Studio Silhouette necklace – This is another cherished personalized necklace of the boys’ silhouettes. I love how simple and pretty it is, and that it’s my boys profiles right on the necklace! I need to take a photo of Emily to add her to the chain soon!

There are certainly other pieces of jewelry I’ve worn this summer too, but these three were the most worn of my collection.

The nail polish colors I’ve been wearing over and over are Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Style Stunner or Model Citizen or The It Factor. This line of nail polish is the only, THE ONLY I TELL YOU, nail polish that will last several days on my nails that is not a “cure with the light soak in acetone to remove” gel polish. It is simply 2 coats of color + 1 coat of top coat to get the best effect. It’s easy to polish, dries quickly, and I’d argue is the longest you’ll be able to get out of a nail color.

If you like polishing your own nails, check this video out to see how to get the MOST out of your manicure.

I’m curious, do you like changing out your jewelry every day, or do you typically wear the same few items over and over?

Beating My Pregnancy Melasma


After my first pregnancy I found myself with two lines of what I thought was freckles at the tops of my cheeks angling down towards my mouth. I thought it was just sun damage but I pretty quickly learned that I had actually developed some melasma that was amplified during pregnancy. Melasma doesn’t ONLY come with pregnancy, but the hormonal changes in my body made mine show up even more.

It would fade overtime and I had tried a few spot correctors to help lighten the area while I was trying to fight it.

This time around I tried Peony Instant Brightening Face Serum by Fresh and saw the most dramatic results that I had ever seen in my history of using dark spot correctors. It took about 6 weeks to really notice it and I’m so happy that the dark lines are gone!

I only had to use a little bit of product too, which was nice because it cost a pretty penny. I didn’t apply it all over my face either, I simply applied about a half of a pump to the tops of each cheek.

The newest area that I’m having some trouble with dark spots is on the right hand side of my chin. I’ll start using the Peony Instant Brightening Face Serum by Fresh there now to help fade those spots!

Have you had success with a dark spot corrector?

The case for the Roadtripper Jeans


I bought my first pair of Madewell Roadtripper Jeans 2017 and as soon as I put them on my body I knew they were going to be a favorite. And they swiftly became the jeans I was most likely to wear all fall and winter long. Sure, I’d wear them in warmer months from time to time, but they honestly were worn at least 3-4 times a week during colder months.

Do you know where the name came from? They actually wore them on a road trip to test them out and that description alone was a big selling point for me because who in their RIGHT MIND would choose to wear jeans on a road trip?!

They are the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn.

They are the only jeans I could get back into postpartum, though the very top was a bit tight around my midsection. Since I loved them so much, and had been considering a pair in the longer length for times I wanted a full length jean that didn’t hit at my ankle, I went ahead and added another pair to my wardrobe in a size up. I figured they could get me through until I had shed some baby weight, and if I needed to have them taken in near the waist by my seamstress, I could.

The rise is high but not TOO high, and they have a great amount of stretch without bagging out during the day. The wash can be dressed up or down, and they still look great even after having them for over a year.

I feel like they are a good price point, right at $75.00, that falls between cheaper denim (think Old Navy or LOFT) and high end denim (like AG or Paige). Plus you can bring in an old pair of jeans to madewell to recycle and they’ll give you $20 towards your purchase of full price denim*, knocking that price down to $55.00.

For a pair of jeans that I’m certain you will wear over and over again? That’s a pretty good deal.

Outfit details: jeans, earrings (similar), top, bag, booties

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