My Cinderella Moment wearing Bel & Beau

Who doesn’t love a floor length taffeta maxi skirt?! Well certainly this girl does. Bel & Beau inspires women to dress up, but their skirts are meant for both dressing up and dressing down. I think it’s important as women and mothers to have those moments of feeling pretty – Cinderella moments, I like to call them. I attended my in-laws 50th anniversary party so comfort was also extremely important since all four of our children would be attending (ages 3 to 11). I felt really comfortable in this to be able to look put together but still be a mom of small children.

The maxi I chose came in the most beautiful fuchsia. Bel & Beau skirts are made to order, so there’s no “out of stock” or “backordered” which we all hate. And for me being a petite, I was thrilled that was an option (tall is also available). But bear in mind it generally takes two weeks for it to ship since it is made to order, so give yourself plenty of time to order in case you need it for something particular. They also have the most beautiful tulle skirts, and that’s definitely next on my list!

Black tee: JCrew – Skirt: Bel & Beau – Shoes: Target with custom jeweling (see previous post) – Clutch: Target – Cuff: Forever21 – Nail polish: Orly Grape Crush – Earrings: JCrew

 

 

Sunday Brunch Outfit

I’m slightly addicted to my Gigi New York Uber Clutch. I absolutely adore it! And any chance I can to build an outfit around it, I jump at. I decided to do a play on red, white and blue for a Sunday Brunch honoring a dear friend’s upcoming wedding. This lace peplum is absolutely lovely. I feel so girly in it. It is from Lily & Violet which is a small online boutique with some really feminine and flirty pieces. I think red/white/blue is a great summer trend that extends beyond just 4th of July. It really is a beautiful color combination. Necklace and cardigan are by JCrew.

Lace peplum, gigi new york clutch and a JCrew statement necklace to finish it off.Lace peplum, gigi new york clutch and a JCrew statement necklace to finish it off.

Red and Blue accessories added a nice POP of color. Red heels by Steve Madden.

Red and Blue accessories added a nice POP of color. Red heels by Steve Madden.

Essie's 5th Ave

Essie’s 5th Ave

Have you tried pairing red/white/blue other then for 4th of July?

Shopping Addiction to Jane (Formerly Very Jane)

I stumbled upon Jane.com about a year ago and ever since then it’s been an addiction. I was sucked in by cute boutique style items with low prices. I obsessively checked every day for the latest deals and even got up early to secure an item before it sold out. I told you I was addicted! When I started making a daily order for 3 weeks straight I finally had to admit my addiction and take a step away. I started deleting the emails and not checking the daily teasers of what was being featured the next day. I “get on the wagon” for about a month and then when I do “fall off the wagon” I do so in great flare. I order everything from maxi dresses to jewelry to tops for me, for the kids, to even cute straws. I love a deal and I even more so love a deal that can be gotten online from the comfort of my own home without a trip to the mall with four kids generally making me miserable trying to shop.

I’ve had a few hit and miss items. Sometimes I’ve ordered one thing and something else has come in. There have been times the quality has been so poor that I haven’t ordered anything for a couple months before I get sucked in again (which generally helps me to “get back on the wagon”). Generally speaking, I find that when I have had issues they have been resolved. Sometimes I just like worry free shopping so I take my money and go to JCrew where I know I’m going to be happy even if I’m paying soooo much more. I think the real CON of Jane is it can take forever to get something shipped. I generally wait two to four weeks to receive what I’ve bought and paid for. I do feel like it’s getting better there though. I feel like they’re trying to address that and I have noticed that some things are shipping quicker. But you still need to expect longer shipping times of 2-3 weeks. And checking the “expected to ship” on an item before purchase helps to know if it will arrive in time if you’re buying as a gift or need it for an event.

I can say that after a year of probably being one of their best customers and having several issues, I will still always go back to Jane. They have some amazingly cute things at really great prices! Here are a few of my most recent purchases that I love!