Thursday, May 29, 2014

Photography: Maternity shoot ideas

There is no secret that I love photography. It's one of the reasons I love blogging so much. Capturing moments has always given me joy and happiness. Although, it's not everyday that I get to take pictures of other people. Part of the reason is because I do want to keep my personal life and my family somewhat private. Last weekend, my brother (who is expecting his first child) asked me to snap a few maternity photos for him and his wife (which I always refer to as my sister). Of course, I am more than thrilled to do so! These photo were taken in downtown Columbus. It was the perfect day to be outside. The weather wasn't too hot or too cold and the wind was mild. We snapped away for an hour. I couldn't have been more thrilled with how the shoot turned out. Thanks to my brother and sister-in-law for letting me be a part of this special moment. Now..the countdown begins! - Can't hardly wait to meet my nephew!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Watercolor dress


Sharing an outfit I wore to work a few weeks ago. This dress is an oldie but a goodie. I styled this dress 3 other different ways here. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. Happy Memorial Day and thank you to those who have served and continue to serve our country.


What I am wearing:
Dress: Muse *old* (similar, similar)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Saks Fifth Avenue: Memorial Day Weekend sales

Saks is offering up to 55% off this Memory Day weekend (shop the entire sale here). Offer valid in-store and online through 5/31. Below are some of my picks. I look forward to a relaxing weekend with my family. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

30% off



50% off

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring Outfit: Mint & Mustard



Mint is my favorite color to wear for spring. It's so fresh, chic and relaxing. If you love mint as much as I do, this dress is perfect for you. The size small fits me perfectly everywhere and the length is right below my knees. I love the delicate lace in the back as well. I plan to dress it down with a pair of flat sandals and my beloved denim jacket this summer. On an unrelated note, Nordstrom starts the half-yearly sale for women and kids today. Here are a few of my picks (all under $100): Kate Spade wristlet, French Connection tote, Tory Burch stud earrings, Free People denim jacket, Dolce Vita wedge sandals, The North Face hoodie, Eliza J petite fit & flare dress. Happy shopping! Don't forget to go to Ebates to earn 6% cash back.

What I am wearing:
Dress: White plum dress c/o - size S
Cardigan: AT *old* (almost identical - comes in 12 colors)
Belt: H&M *old* (similar under $10)
Shoes: Express *old* (similar, similar)
Wristlet: Kate Spade (similar)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The simplest outfit


Every once in a while, I feel my outfits are blog-worthy but most of the time, I don't. I post them anyway because they reflect my personal style and in reality, they are actual outfits I wear. This outfit is definitely one of them. As much as I love lace, pops of color and stripes, a pair of classic denim + a basic tee never fail to make me feel great. This is probably the most basic, simplest, no-fuss combo that I think everyone should have in their wardrobe. Chicwish giveaway winners announced here! Linking up with Manic Monday today.

 

What I am wearing: 
Denim: 7FAM flared jeans - size 25
Jacket: Burberry (similar, similar)
Bag: Burberry (newer version)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Emerald Green & Lace



Took my wool skirt out for the last time before putting it away for the season. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week and don’t forget to enter my Chicwish giveaway. The winners will be announced this Sunday. Linking up with "what I wore to work" today!

 

What I am wearing:
Top: Express *old* (short sleeve version, tank version)
Bag: J.Crew *sold out* (similar, similar) - review coming soon!
Shoes: Banana Republic *old* (similar, similar)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ampersand graphic tee



I am a fan of graphic tees as long as they aren't over the top. This ampersand tee from Cake for Breakfast (how cute is the name?) is exactly what I am looking for. It’s trendy yet understated and cute. All tees are designed in Vancouver and crafted in LA. If you’re looking for a cute summer tee, I highly recommend you check out this adorable shop. I believe all their t-shirts are supposed to be more fitted but I asked for a size M for a loose fit. Don't forget to enter my Chicwish Giveaway for a chance to win these cute summer pieces!

 

What I am wearing:
Tee: Ampersand tee c/o - size M
Shorts: AE midi shorts - size 00
Bag: Kate Spade *borrowed from my sis* (same color from KS
Belt: American Eagle (similar, similar)
Earrings: Chanel (similar, similar)
Sandals: LOFT *old* (similar, similar)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

CLOSED: Chicwish Giveaway!

The winners are: Floral dress (Emily) | Shift dress (Miki) | Skirt (Jessica)
Please contact me to claim your prizes
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Floral dress (S) | Shift dress (S) | Pleated Skirt (XS)

It's been a while since I hosted a giveaway. I thought I would start the week off with a fun giveaway c/o one of my favorite stores - Chicwish. For this giveaway, you will get to choose an item of your choice. Please note this shift dress is completely see through. You would have to wear a slip underneath. As for the pleated skirt, the waist = 12" and the length = 15". I will announce the winners next Sunday 05.18 (this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only). Good luck!

To enter:

1. Follow Chicwish on Facebook.
2. Register an account with Chicwish and leave a comment below to let me know which item you would like to win.


{A few Chicwish items I previously featured on the blog}

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring outfit ideas: Look 3 - Cobalt Blue & White


Happy Wednesday! This is the third and also the last look I put together for PDT shop. Cobalt blue isn't a typically spring color but it can look crisp and fresh when pairing with the right pieces. This gorgeous blouse is also available in white and black. If you're interested in this blouse or any items from PDT shop, use code SFDLOVE20 for 20% off everything site wide. I hope you enjoy the 3 spring looks I put together. Which one is your favorite? Linking up with What I Wore To Work today today.

 

What I am wearing:
Blouse: Chiffon blouse (extra 20% off w/ code SFDLOVE20)
Skirt: Banana Republic *old* (similar, similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic *old* (under $75, under $50)
Scarf: H&M *old* (similar, similar)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring outfit ideas: Look 2 - Neon Floral



I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is another Spring look I put together for PDT shop. This outfit is more on the casual side. It’s comfortable and perfect for running around on the weekends. Flat sandals and a cross-body bag are definitely my weekend must haves. This skirt is very pretty and vibrant in person. I love how cheerful and springy the print is. It is also a jumper. You can hide the straps in like I did here or you can use them to create a more youthful look. The skirt is fully line and has an invisible zipper. If you're interested in this skirt or any items from PDT shop, use code SFDLOVE20 for 20% off everything site wide. Stay tuned for one more look later this week. Happy Monday, everyone! Linking up with Manic Monday today

 

What I am wearing:
Skirt: Floral skater skirt - size XS (20% off w/ code SFDLOVE20)
Sandals: Target *old* (similar, similar)
Bag: Zara *old* (similar, similar)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring outfit ideas: Look 1 - Mint & White


In the next few days, I am teaming up with Please Don't Tell Shop to show you several spring looks. For the first look, I am paring this cute little mint dress with a white blazer. The combo feels so fresh and is perfect for Spring. This outfit is great for an outdoor lunch. I am wearing a size S here and the fit is true to size. It comes with a removable waist tie but I decided to wear a different belt. If you're interested in this dress or any items from PDT shop, use code SFDLOVE20 for 20% off everything site wide. I hope you enjoy the look and stay tuned for more spring outfits early next week.



What I am wearing:
Dress: Paisley pleated dress - size S (20% off w/ code SFDLOVE20)
Blazer: Banana Republic white sateen blazer
Belt: H&M *old* (similar, similar)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade Gayla
Sandals: Express *old* (current version)
Bracelet: David Yurman classic cable