10 Fab Winter Coats

10 Fab Winter Coats

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to…

So the last time I had to buy a coat was when I was living in NYC. Obviously, the winters there require some serious coat game if you want to stay cozy while you’re running around. Since I’ve lived in California, I haven’t had to worry too much about a coat because the winters here are like oooh, brrrr, it’s 60 degrees. I mean, toss a sweater on and get over it. But either it’s getting colder or I’m getting soft, because I’m freezing! And I finally need to get my act together and spend some of my Christmas dough on a little something new to occupy my coat rack. Been pulling together some of my faves, and I thought I’d share!

10 Fab Winter Coats

Pastel Pink Collarless Coat
Faux Fur Leopard Coat
Blanket Wrap Coat
Red Boiled Wool Walker Coat
Pink Boucle Coat with Inset Bib
Persimmon Collarless Coat
Notch Collar Coat
Yellow Two-Way Coat
Check Plaid Toggle Coat
A-Line Babydoll Coat

I’m thinking maybe something with a little color, yeah? That yellow one actually unzips at the bottom and becomes a moto jacket, which is pretty sweet! But that pale pink on the top left may be my favorite of them all. Which would you pick? And what kind of coat do you rock in the winter? xoxo

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Style // Distressed Denim

Phewph, guys! We’ve been traveling all over the place for work lately and I’m so happy to be able to say we’re staying in one place until the end of…

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Phewph, guys! We’ve been traveling all over the place for work lately and I’m so happy to be able to say we’re staying in one place until the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong — I love traveling, but when the holidays are here I kind of just want to be close to home and feel comfy and cozy. I’ve been living in lots of plaid, and these distressed jeans that I can’t, for some reason, seem to leave behind when I’m traveling.

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

I told you about my love for Hudson jeans before, and I swear they somehow magically fit my body like no jeans I’ve ever tried (they don’t even stretch out after a few wears!). I’m especially loving this pair because they’re kind of the opposite of mom jeans. (“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” If you know that quote please tell me and we can be best friends forever.) Call me crazy, but I’ve kind of tried to almost up my style game a little bit since Henry was born. It just makes me feel better, ya know? When I’m at least somewhat put together I feel at my best, like I can tackle everything a day in the life of a mom throws at me. And truly, wardrobe workhorses like a good pair of jeans take the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning and make my day that much easier.

And since we’re talking about mom stuff, this photo kills me:

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Henry found something across the street that was absolutely fascinating and he had to tell me right this minute. I think it was a dog.

One little detail on these I love is the unfinished hem! It’s got a little British rock vibe that is just so cool-girl, and you can dress it up with heels or down with some flats for running around during the day. Perfect with a comfy plaid top, kinda untucked for that oh-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-tuck-in-my-shirt-the-whole-way look, which I’m a fan of. A simple watch, a colorful bag, and out the door.

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

Give it to me straight — do you do distressed denim? Or are you more of a clean cut gal (or guy!)? Not gonna lie, the torn out knees in these bad boys are making me feel kind of cool. Big high five to Hudson for helping moms everywhere stay on top of their denim game! xoxo

How to Style Distressed Denim for Fall

This post is sponsored by Hudson. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

Style // Denim Flares for Fall

I know we’re firmly planted in the age of the skinny jean, but ever since Kristine illustrated this Lovely Girl for us I’ve been dying to find a perfect pair…

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

I know we’re firmly planted in the age of the skinny jean, but ever since Kristine illustrated this Lovely Girl for us I’ve been dying to find a perfect pair of high waisted flares! She just looks too cool, right? I used to be a flares girl all the way, but never this flare-y — these babies are not messing around. And I kind of love the 70’s vibe that they’ve injected into my wardrobe! Perfect for fall, paired with some awesome clogs for running around crunching leaves.

My hunt for these led me to Zappos (of course), and I can’t tell you what a thing of beauty it is to not have to go shopping for jeans in real life. For some reason denim shopping is almost worse than bathing suit shopping in my mind — it’s endlessly frustrating, and almost impossible when you have a baby along for the ride. But you should know by now my love for Zappos and shopping from my computer (or, in this case, on my phone from the couch). A couple of clicks and this gorgeous pair of Hudson jeans arrived on my doorstep a few days later, with free shipping no less.

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

The next terror of trying on jeans? Actually getting them on. Jeans and I have such a dicey history that sometimes it feels impossible to find a pair that fits well. Like they come along once in a blue moon and only if you use your lucky dressing room and it’s a Tuesday and you did a rain dance before you tried them on. But I have to tell you, this pair from Hudson slid on like buttah, and buttoned and zipped and they’re stretchy and comfy and just. perfect. Every detail is gorgeous, and I hate to say it, but they almost feel like yoga pants. Except they’re jeans. I kind of feel like I’m cheating.

Long story short, I’ll be bringing the 70’s flare vibe this fall big time. What about you? Are you skinny jeans all the way, or would you ever get your flare on? xoxo

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

How to Wear Flared Denim Jeans

This post is sponsored by Zappos and Hudson. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Fall Style

Fall Style // Shoe Giveaway with Johnston & Murphy!

Every time a new season hits, I proclaim it to be my favorite. I admit it, I’m fickle in the weather department. But fall OH FALL is so wonderful, isn’t it?! Mostly…

Fall Style

Fall Style

Every time a new season hits, I proclaim it to be my favorite. I admit it, I’m fickle in the weather department. But fall OH FALL is so wonderful, isn’t it?! Mostly because you get to haul out your scarves and boots and start to build a little cocoon that will keep you cozy through the winter. I’ve never been much of a pumpkin spice latte girl, but a good fall shoe? Gets me every time.

I always have to hunt for the perfect boot — a little heel, super comfy, not too tight on the leg, and a warm brown color. Sometimes it’s impossible to find but this pair from Johnston & Murphy showed up on my doorstep (literally) and woah my search is over. If you’re looking for your go-to boot this year, this is it. I kid you not, when I took them out of the box I spent a minute or two petting the leather because it’s so soft.

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Fall Style

Fall Shoes

And how about a little pop of fall color? The blue on those driving moccasins is kind of to die for, right? They’re so comfy and perfect with a fall dress or a good pair of jeans, too. Between these two pairs I’ve got my fall shoe game on lock! Otherwise, you’ll see me in a whole mess of chambray during autumn. Toss on a scarf for good measure and a couple of simple accessories and you’ve got my fall uniform. It’s also got the mom seal of approval — comfy enough to get down on the floor and play and easy enough to run after Henry when he’s trying to open the refrigerator for the 7th time that day. (And if you’re a nursing mom, a chambray button up shirt is a super cool nursing-friendly option!)

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Need some fall shoes this year? Good news, gang — you can win one of these same pairs! It’s super simple. Just use the Rafflecopter below for three ways to enter! I’m so pumped to give one of you lucky lovelies a pair of shoes to stomp around in so we can be matchy-matchy. Happy entering, and happy fall! xoxo

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High School Beauty Regimen

My High School Beauty Routine, Revisited

There was this phenomenon when I was in high school where allllll the cool girls wore Carmex. Was this a thing where you lived?! I feel like the cool girls…

High School Beauty Regimen

High School Beauty Regimen

There was this phenomenon when I was in high school where allllll the cool girls wore Carmex. Was this a thing where you lived?! I feel like the cool girls all had a meeting in the locker room one day where they handed out those little yellow and red tubs of lip balm to each other and swore to only wear Carmex on their lips forever and always. I didn’t get it. Then one day I borrowed some from the resident cool girl in my math class (ughhhhh, math class) and I suddenly understood. That. Stuff. Was. Awesome. It was so smooth and shiny and tasted like minty vanilla and the next time my mom and I went to the drugstore I totally got some. I was in the Carmex club.

Fast forward to me now as a grownup (kind of…) and my beloved Carmex has made a comeback in my purse! Except now they’re stylish lip balms in slim little tubes, which I love because let’s be real, nobody has time to take a lid off a jar and get their fingers all messy when they’re putting on lip gloss. (That probably sounded sarcastic but I’m kind of serious. What do you do with the lip gloss that stays on your finger?! This is one of those weird things that I think about way too often.) Now you can just twist it up, swipe it on, and get transported back to your high school days in a haze of vanilla.

High School Beauty Regimen

And best of all, the tubes are cute! They’re inspired by Pantone colors, would ya believe it?! It’s like my childhood and my adult life are colliding. Each new season there are different designs, inspired by Pantone’s color forecast and runway trends. It’s like my favorite high school beauty product graduated and got a new wardrobe and now she’s all grown up. And I’m not gonna lie, I started keeping a tube at my desk during work a couple of weeks ago and I can’t stop swiping it on. I’ve yet to find a lip balm that makes your lips feel so smooth (and it’s got SPF 15 for a little sun protection!).

So what was your go-to beauty product in high school?! Come on, I know you had one. Clear mascara? Fruity body spray? Mood changing nail polish? Please, please tell me yours so we can all laugh at how weird high school is. And then do yourself a favor and grab a pretty tube of this stuff so we can all be in the club. Buy Carmex Moisture Plus for a sweet $2.49 at Walgreens, Walmart, or Dollar General, and head over here for more lip and skin care tips! xoxo

High School Beauty Regimen

High School Beauty Regimen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carmex for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Summer Style Staples

Summer Staples

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and…

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and true this season. You know how sometimes you just get into a groove with a few certain products and use them to death? These guys have been total workhorses this summer, and I’ve gotta give them all a big hearty recommendation. Give ’em a try! xoxo

Summer Style Staples

This watch was my Mother’s Day gift and I have a hard time taking it off.
A perfect sheer pink lip balm for summer.
This wrap-front romper is my go-to getup, especially since it’s nursing-friendly.
I’ve been rocking a backpack all summer, can you believe it? Target doesn’t carry mine any more but I’d grab this similar one in a heartbeat (or one with palm fronds on it…)!
The sandals are on super sale right now!

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Summer Travel // Packing for an Overnight

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips…

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips we have planned for the summer. We’ve got everything from overnighters to our big anniversary trip (and lots in between!), so I’m already thinking about packing. First up, a couple of overnight trips! Overnights can be tricky, right? Seems like it should be easier than packing for a long vacay, but you really have to pare down and just take the essentials. Here are mine.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

On a quick overnighter, my go-to is a romper, especially in the summer. It takes up no room in your bag, it’s super comfy, and you can fudge it for a day or night ensemble. (And for me, they’re easy nursing access. Bonus!) Dress it up with a couple of accessories like a snazzy watch or some hoopie hoop earrings and BAM you’re done.

On your feet? Sandals, duh! And may I recommend my new favorite pair? These bad boys from Payless are on repeat in my wardrobe right now. They’ll be coming with me on all of our travels for sure. Perfect for a car or plane ride because they’re so comfy, great for walking around all day, and sleek enough to take them out on the town at night. (Not to mention they’re on sale. Sale!) I may or may not be wearing them as I type this. Okay, I definitely am.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

A few other necessities: some cooler than cool sunnies (I’m digging a bit of an oversized situation these days), and a small clutch for going out. Put it all in a simple tote and you’re good to go! And for all of you cactus lovers, there’s a DIY tutorial coming up soon to make that little cactus tote. I’ve got ya covered.

What are your summer travel essentials? And where will you be heading this summer?! Share your travel plans so we can all daydream that we’re already on vacay. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Goodies for the Little Dude

Sometimes when I’m out looking for baby clothes or toys for Hank I get so bummed out because there seems to be an insane amount of cute girl stuff and…

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Sometimes when I’m out looking for baby clothes or toys for Hank I get so bummed out because there seems to be an insane amount of cute girl stuff and a major lack of cute things for little dudes. But the truth is, you just gotta know where to look. The other day while he was napping I went down the rabbit hole of cuteness at a couple of my favorite online shops and bookmarked a whole bunch of stuff that’s perfect for tiny guys. Granted, he can’t talk yet but if he could I’m pretty sure he’d tell me he approves of my list.

Little Dude Style

Taxi Pillow. Star Pants. Plus RomperBlankie.  Boat. Shark. Pirate. Mermaid. Plus Shorts. Terry PantsCamera.

How comfy do those little pants from Nununu look? And he’s been rolling around in the little shorts for days. They’re perfect for playtime — so cute and they keep him free to move around. (He’s starting to try to scoot a little bit! Yikes!)

And the toys, the toys! The wooden camera?! Come on. And that little pirate ship set has a pirate, mermaid, and shark that are all rattles. Brilliant.

I’m always on the hunt for great pieces for little boys, so do leave a comment if you know a great shop I should check out! xoxo

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Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Refresh // Accessories

Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all…

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all winter, and it’s feeling a little dark and heavy these days. Not to mention my banged up sunglasses that float to the bottom of my purse underneath all kinds of baby paraphenalia — those could use a little help too. Once again, my pals at Zappos know how to help a sister out.

Side note: shopping online is my very favorite these days. I mean, I can order a new purse online while Henry is sleeping and it literally shows up on my doorstep two days later. And free shipping no less! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We live in the future. What kind of magical place is this where we can hop online and just go to one website and have about a million different choices?

Spring Accessories Refresh

Okay I got sidetracked. Hashtag mom brain. Anyway! This bag! I’m kind of a fan of just using a regular old purse as a diaper bag until we outgrow it but so far it’s working perfectly. This beauty fits all of my stuff, all of Henry’s stuff, and even a camera (for when we are out and about and spot an insane place to shoot like in front of these gigantic aloe plants). There are a ton of pockets, so the new sunnies won’t get smashed at the bottom of the bag any more, either.

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

This scarf? My spring and summer mantra. I think we all like to think that we’re a little wild at heart, no? And this guy is the perfect weight for wrapping yourself up in on a spring day. My poor winter scarves are just going to have to wait it out at the back of my closet for next year.

How about you guys?! Doing any spring refreshing of your accessories? Hop over to Zappos for a one-stop-shop to snag any little thing you might need. I may or may not be saving my pennies to get another thing or two from my wishlist… xoxo

Spring Accessories Refresh

Spring Accessories Refresh

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Spring (Closet) Cleaning

Spring is just the perfect time to hit the refresh button, isn’t it? All winter long I’ve been living in grays and blacks and my closet looks like this monochromatic…

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Spring is just the perfect time to hit the refresh button, isn’t it? All winter long I’ve been living in grays and blacks and my closet looks like this monochromatic wasteland. With the brighter days we’ve been having (today feels like summer!) my wardrobe has just been begging for a little update, so I’m starting to pick out a few pieces that will help get it from winter to spring. The Zappos gang totally gets me, so we teamed up to find a few things that would do the trick.

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Can you even deal with that shirt?! Seriously, the second I saw it I knew it would be a perfect piece to transition out of my black and gray rut. The bright white with that little stiletto heel print is perfect to pair with some other pieces that have bright pops of color. Which brings me to…

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The best yellow shoes in all the land! Yellow is and will always be my favorite color, and these bad boys are the perfect shade. And I’m kind of all about a d’orsay flat these days! Just right for spring — your toes are covered in case it’s cold but they kind of feel like a really chic sandal. Initially I ordered these guys in a size 10 (yes, I know I have giant feet) but they were huge when they came! Luckily, Zappos returns are crazy easy and free, which is the best thing in the world. (Speaking of which, their 2-day shipping is free, too. I live for free shipping.) I had new shoes in the right size in about 3 days. And it was a good thing, too, because I could not wait to wear these things.

My final staple for spring? These pull-on skinny pants. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t be bothered with pants that have a zipper or button these days. I’m kind of living in these. And they come in a rainbow of other colors that are perf for spring. I was digging on this sea glass shade. They go with evvvrything.

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So what about you? Does your closet need a good spring cleaning? Or am I the only one who slips into the winter monochrome trap? Ever since my little Zappos box showed up in the mail my closet is feeling lighter, brighter, and much more springy. I’d love to know what pieces you’d add to your closet to refresh for the new season! xoxo

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Easter Best

Easter Best

I feel like, ever since I was a little girl, picking out my Easter outfit was a majorly important choice. It had to be just right — springy and fresh…

Easter Best

Easter Best

I feel like, ever since I was a little girl, picking out my Easter outfit was a majorly important choice. It had to be just right — springy and fresh but warm enough if there was a chill in the air, and you definitely had to have some new Easter shoes. Easter shoes are key, you guys.

This year I’ve been hunting through my closet for some Easter duds that are just right — I’m so tired of the black and grey I’ve been wearing all winter. I pulled out some of my fun pre-baby clothes (hallelujah they fit!) and went on a hunt for my new Easter shoes. Right now Payless Shoe Source has, no joke, so many cute options I hemmed and hawed in there forever. After much deliberation I chose these crocheted oxfords, which I have been holding myself back from wearing until it’s actually Easter! Clearly I’ve only been mildly successful at abstaining. They’re just so comfy and they go with everything (not to mention you can snag them for a total steal, which makes it even better).

Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter Best

I was kind of dying to wear them with a dress, but I’m finding it so tricky to wear dresses while I’m still nursing Henry! Any moms out there have a brilliant trick for that? It’s a good thing these kicks look adorable with just about everything — I’m definitely going to be rocking them out with these polka dotted pants, because if you can’t wear polka dots on Easter then when can you?! But I digress. On the real, head to Payless to deck out your Easter feet. (And pssst, if you’re looking for dude shoes for your fella, they’ve got some pretty sweet choices too.)

So what about you? What’s your Easter best? xoxo

P.S. Want more inspiration for your tootsies? Check out Payless on Instagram, FB, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter Best

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless ShoeSource via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.