Spring Styling- Easter Dresses

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Hello All! This week I have been deep in the process of developing new projects, getting taxes done for hubby’s practice, and planning a fun Easter celebration! Phew! Even though the snowbanks are still visible in the backyard, I am excitedly and anxiously counting down to warmer weather!

On the top of my list is to plan an awesome Easter weekend because it will be my nephew’s FIRST Easter and he will be joining us in his first ever egg hunt!  Traditionally, my mom hosts an amazing Easter brunch complete with Easter baskets and of course, the egg hunt for the grandkids. We end up attending several Easter celebrations and as such, I try to find cute colorful dresses for the girls that will hold up to all the Easter fun!

Here is what I have scoped out so far:

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Love this pleated look from Lands End

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Adorable shift from Kate Spade

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You cannot go wrong with this embroidered shift from J. Crew Factory

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Love Navy & White– now on the hunt for some bright pink or yellow shoes!

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LOVE this ribbon tie sailboat sundress now for $25!

Last year they wore the Lilly Pulitzer for Target dresses that I stood in line to get…so worth it! I am very lucky that at least for right now, they let me pick out some of their clothes…. so I will take that opportunity and run with it while the gettin’ is good!

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Have a great weekend!

xo,

Kelly

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Spring Inspired Finds Under $30

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Hi All! Happy Spring! The sun is shining and I am hoping for warmer temps in the coming days to melt away the snowbanks!  We were out and about with family errands and birthday parties this weekend so I popped into a few stores to pick up some Spring inspired goodies! Hope these brighten your day!

Spring Finds

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Adorable Schwinn Bike Helmet from Target $24.99; Trina Turk wallet from TJ Maxx $29.99; MeriMeri Easter napkins from TJ Maxx $4.99; Pecksniff’s Hand Soap in Apricot and Jojoba (which smells so delicious and fresh)$4.99; Shirt for my daughter from Old Navy in a gorgeous blue $16.94; Sun Kissed candle from Target that smells like a wonderful blend of coconut and suntan lotion (just like being at the beach!!); Gel Pens from dollar bins at Target- perfect for sketching out new ideas; Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe lip gloss in Alluring Azalea from Target (It is not currently online, but I did see it in stores).

Happy Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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Pineapple of My Eye

Morning All! Over the weekend I did a quick dash to Target and Home Goods with my kids…hence the quick part. As soon as I walked in all lists and ideas went right out of my head as I tried to focus amongst the “Mom look at….”, “Mom I really need this…”, “Mom she is touching me…Hey I saw it first!” Sigh. I will go back again on a quieter day but until then, what I was able to scope out got me thinking about the pineapple trend (or re-trend) that I have been seeing everywhere.

I grew up here so pineapples have always been a thang. My mom would decorate with them during the holidays, and because my Dad was a dentist we would get fruit in our Easter baskets that always included a pineapple (I know I was sooooo deprived!).  The pineapple has long been used to denote hospitality and I love seeing it pop up again in the Spring lines. Here are some favs, including some pics I took while running into Home Goods:

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Mayfield Modern Home via Etsy
Mod Party via Etsy
Mod Party via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
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Fun candle @homegoods
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Love this wrapping paper!
Love this wrapping paper!

Stay warm friends!

Best,

Kelly

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Weekend Shopping Round-up #springfeverretailtherapy

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Happy Weekend All! Snow, wind and chilly temperatures moved in overnight, so when Spring fashions showed up in my email I went click crazy- there are some awesome deals to be had!

Banana Republic Friends and Family 50% off 5 items (code BRFAMILY), my 5 favs below:

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J.Crew Factory is now 40%-50% off, my shopping cart is below:

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Talbots is offering $20 off all regular priced pants, and this is what I picked up during an earlier bout of Spring fever (when they were having a bigger sale):

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Happy weekend shopping! Hope some retail therapy helps- NINE more days until Spring!!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

 

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Happy New Year, May All Your Wishes Come True!

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It’s resolution time! As I leave flee from 2016, my plans are to embrace 2017 as a year of all years. Where nothing is off limits, unattainable or out of reach with enough hard work, commitment, and most of all courage.

Personally, I feel that I did not hit the ball out of the park when it came to 2016. I was pulled in many directions and overall was re-active all year, never truly able to shift to a proactive stance. So this year I am going to tackle things with a vengeance with the following goals in mind:

First, I am going to indulge a bit. I am going to actually make myself breakfast and yes, sit down to eat it, rather than nibbling on whatever the kids didn’t eat while making their lunches for school. I am going to go to the gym or try a new yoga class and then take a nice long shower afterward. And after that shower I am actually going to blow-out my hair instead of piling it wet on top of my head, and then perhaps apply some of the make-up I buy but never take the time to use. It’s the little things…

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Second, I am going to have more fun by doing the things I used to love to do before there was no time to do them. I will ski, remembering how freeing it is to fly down the hill. And I will go skating again, hoping of course that muscle memory is a real thing because while I used to take figure skating lessons, it has been over twenty years since I have laced up. And tennis… I smile when I play, especially against my husband when we are trying to get shots in against one another. Again, too many years have gone by. You know its bad when your kids are amazed and remark, “Mom can do that?” Why yes! Watch me!12213d996c71b782fa8e4e1b4b75e4ad

Third, I will reduce the amount of things in my home. And while I respect Marie Kondo, I was too scared to read her book as I secretly knew it would lead me down an organizing rabbit hole a la Monica Geller. Rather, I will go at my own pace room by room, bin by bin, and have a hell of a garage sale in the Summer. You see my husband and I moved a lot for our respective schooling in the early years of our marriage and you tend to accumulate things. And then when you hastily move to the next city you pack things up in “To be sorted bins” that then sit in the basement of the home you have lived in for seven years. Or maybe that is just me…but I am not lugging those damn bins with me into 2018.

Fourth, I will set out on a new journey for myself. More on this later, but I am embracing the chance to spend more time on this blog and with it meet new people, challenge myself, and learn A LOT!

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I have not figured out how to add extra hours into the forthcoming days of the new year, so while this year has been full of best intentions falling short of results, the underlying premise to accomplishing all of the above is making the time to do them.  To realize their importance and move forward always striving to sneak in an extra hour or two to pull them off.  There you have it…2017 is going to be a year of all years, full of much fun and success.  All the best friends!

XO,

Kelly

 

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Back to School 2016

This is the first year I will have both kiddos in school full-time! I am saddened that this milestone is upon us, but I also have big plans on the horizon, so I am trying to keep looking forward and am thankful both kids are excited for the upcoming school year!

Here in the Northeast we start back later than many of you, so we just did our back-to-school shopping today. My mom started an amazing tradition with my kids and their cousins that we all go shopping together and of course, have lunch. The kids look forward to it every year!

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too cool for back to school

And while we by no means accomplish all of our shopping with four kids under age seven, me, my SIL and mom have a great time together too. Here are some items I am picking up for their back-to school wardrobe:

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Top row: J.Crew Factory; Middle row: Cat & Jack for Target; Bottom row: Old Navy

 

All the Best!

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