Dresses for summer

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I recently discovered a love for all things dresses. I’ve said before, I don’t wear a lot of dresses when I am teaching. It’s too uncomfortable with the amount of time I spend sitting on the floor. Then one day this summer, I threw on a light, airy dress after a day at the pool, and there was no better feeling. I was hooked. I found that they are also perfect for keeping cool with the fam at a carnival or street fest, date night, baseball game, and the list goes on.

So today I’m sharing my favorite dresses to get you through these Hot summer days! Happy shopping!

XO,

Sara

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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Dress

1. Cut Out Bootie

2. Bralette

3. Brown Bootie

4. Adidas Sneaker

5. Nike Sneaker

6. Waffle Stitch Cardigan

7. Sports Bra

8. Exposed Seam Sweater

9. Moto Leggings

10. Striped Tee

11. Striped Sweater

12. Swing Jacket

While I don’t think this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale adds up to other years, I did find a lot of great staples for fall. My goal with this sale is always to find timeless pieces that I will wear over and over. I always stock up on shoes, workout essentials, and a few sweaters and tees. I WAS really excited about all of the boots that are included in the sale. I had a really hard time narrowing down the ones to purchase. I would have bought about six pairs if I could have! I’m also still on the hunt for a new pair of jeans – I’m leaning towards these. And I haven’t even begun looking at kids stuff yet. Above and below you can shop what I have bought for myself so far from the sale.

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XO,
Sara

Shopping Poshmark

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Poshmark Outfits

Top (Purchased on Poshmark) // Skirt (Purchased on Poshmark) // Shoes // Bralette

Top (on Sale) // Bralette (purchased on Poshmark) // Shorts // Shoes // Sunglasses

I recently began cleaning out my closet, and started putting things up on my Poshmark store. While I was doing this, I started browsing around and found some really great deals on things I was already looking for. And the best part? The items were NEW. And not just, new-without-tags-who-really-knows-how-many-times-its-been-worn, like really new WITH tags still on for half the price what I would have paid in store. But finding these deals is not always easy.

Below are my three tips on shopping Poshmark.

  1. Know what you are looking for. There are MILLIONS of things on Poshmark. So if you type in “dress”, five bajillion dresses will pop up and a lot of the pictures are not the best quality. It’s hard to find what you are looking for. BUT, if you type in

    Madewell silk meadow wrap skirt in field bouquet“, the EXACT skirt will pop up. So if you are eyeing something in a store but don’t want to pay full price for it, search for it on Poshmark. New things are added all the time.

  2. Even if you are not ready to pull the trigger and make a purchase on Poshmark, make sure you “LIKE” all of the items you are looking at. They will get saved so you can find them again easily, and you will be alerted if there is ever a price drop or a special offer.
  3. Don’t be afraid to make an “offer”. I’ve gotten a lot of items this way. If I find something I like but feel it’s priced to high, I can “offer” a lower price. The seller can than accept, counter, or decline.

Poshmark is a great way to get things you are looking for at a huge discount! If you are feeling ambitious, you could even start your own store and get rid of all those things you don’t wear anymore. They even have a section for children’s items.

Will you Poshmark?

XO,

Sara

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The Perfect Petite Summer Maxi

Dress // Shoes // Sunglasses

I am normally not a huge wearer of dresses. They just don’t fit in well with mom-life, and kindergarten teacher life. Dresses aren’t really practical when you are sitting on the floor for 90% of your day. I also tend to shy away from maxi dresses because they swallow my petite frame (I’m barely pushing 5’1″ if you are wondering). I just can’t pull them off.

Enter THIS DRESS. And maybe you are thinking, “Well Sara, you can’t pull this one off either.” But let me tell you, it is one of the most comfortable things I have ever worn, and the perfect dress for summer. This maxi dress hits me at the perfect ankle length so that my shoes don’t get all tangled up in it. It’s also long enough that I can sit on the floor in it without worrying that something inappropriate might be hanging out. It also comes in a pretty blue color (pictured below), and I debated which color for awhile. I ultimately went with the red because I wanted something a little “spicy” for summer. 😉

I already see myself wearing this dress every weekend. It’s so versatile. I wore it to a birthday party in the city this past weekend, and I plan on wearing it to my mom’s retirement party in a few weeks. It would also be perfect for BBQ’s, baby showers, summer festivals, street fests, concerts in the park, the list goes on…

Snag this dress soon because it will sell out!

XO,

Sara

Ten Things About Me

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I love reading fun and quirky facts about people, so I thought today I would share ten (strange) things about me.
  1. I love sleep more than anything in the world but I am also a night owl. I get a burst of energy every night around 9:00. Even if I try to go to sleep early, I just lie there awake for hours. That being said, I could sleep until noon if someone let me.
  2. I love exercising almost as much as I love sleep. I will choose it over any other activity every. single. time.
  3. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Like, I will not enter a room if there is a chance there might be a spider in it. Every night before bed, I check every corner of my bedroom to make sure there aren’t any. I also have an exterminator come every three months to remove any “spider presence”.
  4. I am also terrified of deep water. The thought of water deep enough where you can’t see the bottom makes me sick to my stomach.
  5. I cannot stand the sound of people chomping on their food. Gum chewers are the worst. I literally have to remove myself from a room if someone eats like a cow.
  6. I hate being home alone. And by alone, I mean when my husband is gone overnight. I am such a scaredy cat. He travels for work, and I have called him in tears a few times in the middle of the night sure that someone was trying to break into our house.
  7. I never make my own coffee. I know that makes me sound like a brat but Starbucks just makes it so much better! But in reality, I just always forget to in the throes of getting two children out the door in the morning.
  8. I am a huge germaphobe and hate airplanes because if it. All the recirculated air. Barf. So nasty. It has also led to my fear of flying.
  9. If I didn’t have a full time job, I would never wear regular clothes. As soon as I’m home, the pajamas come on. My husband claims he has never seen me in anything other than sweats. 😉
  10. I love reading books backwards. I read the ending to find out what happens, and then I go back and read the whole thing from the beginning. I just can’t stand the suspense.
So how weird do you think I am?
Are you ready to unfollow me yet? 😉

The perfect jeans for spring

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Sweater // Jeans (on sale) // Booties // Bag // Bralette

If you are looking for the perfect jeans for spring, these are it! They fit TTS, and have that loose, mom-jean look while still being tailored to the body. They are also a perfect ankle length for anyone over 5’1″. I had to get my hem taken in slightly to give them the look that I wanted. I love that you can wear these jeans with boots or flats, and still have some ankle exposed. I am always drawn towards distressed denim in the spring and summer since I tend to be more casual as the weather warms up. And the best news, these jeans just went on sale! I am shocked they haven’t sold out although they do look much cuter on than in the stock photos, so don’t let that deter you.

What are your go-to jeans?

Stocking Up For Spring

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Spring is in sight. Can I get a whoop whoop?! Living in Chicago, I know that most likely we will have two more months of winter weather, and then warm temps will start one day out of nowhere. We have three seasons here in the midwest – winter, sort of winter, and summer but not necessarily in that order.

I like to stock up on spring and summer clothes for the kids this time of year so that we are prepared when the warm temperatures hit. I don’t want them to be high and dry without a few pairs of shorts or short sleeve tees that fit. One day it may be 40 degrees, and the next day 75. It’s best to be prepared for anything.

For Ryan, I tend to buy most of his clothes from Old Navy. The fit of Old Navy’s clothes are perfect for his tall, skinny body. They fit him better than Gap does which tends to run wider. Ryan also tends to destroy his clothing much faster than Chloe, and Old Navy’s prices are great so I don’t feel guilty if I have to throw something of his away and replace it.

Ryan’s Spring Stock Ups

I get most of Chloe’s clothes from Nordstrom and Gap. Gap fits Chloe’s body well, and I’ll stock up on tops there. I also love Nordstrom for Chloe because they have some of my favorite children’s brands like Tucker and Tate and Tea Collection. I hoard Tea Collection leggings for Chloe because they are THE BEST. They are the only leggings she owns that never get holes. They tend to be pricer but you can usually find some pairs on sale. When I do, I buy ALL the colors.

We actually went shopping at Nordstrom last weekend, and Chloe picked out all of her clothes and tried them on in the dressing room just like a big girl. I am creating a monster. My poor husband 😉

Chloe’s Spring Stock Ups

I always pick up a few new pairs of shoes for the kids for school. I recently bought these and these. I also grabbed a pair of Native shoes for each kiddo which go from pool to school and everything in between.

What are you stocking up on this spring for your kids?

Photos by Melissa Zimmer Photography.

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Everyday Jewelry

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Necklace c/o // Watch // Sweater // Jeans // Boots

If you are a mom like me, you probably don’t wear a ton of expensive jewelry. You’ve got small children pulling at you all day long, and toddlers going through your jewelry box to play dress up. Most of my “expensive” jewelry, I’ve tucked away for safe keeping. I can get away wearing this necklace and this necklace daily mainly because they are almost choker length but somedays I miss wearing something with a little more pizazz.

Even though having kids makes it difficult to wear jewelry, I do still like to pull out a fun piece of jewelry every now and again. I recently discovered Tiny Lumber, and I am so excited that I did. It looks expensive bit it ISN’T! Tiny Lumber makes jewelry entirely out of WOOD. Everything is handmade in the US, and you can even have custom pieces made. Everything is so reasonably priced, and looks much more expensive than it is. The designs are also durable so I am not worried about wearing them around the kids. They have statement pieces like this one, and then other designs like this and this that you could wear everyday.

Tiny Lumber would make a great gift for a girlfriend, teacher, sister, mom, grandma – the list goes on. I hope you will check out their website, and unique pieces!

In Collaboration with Tiny Lumber

Photos by Melissa Zimmer Photography

Lizzie in Lace

Wear now and into spring all under $100

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Black Dress // Gray Cashmere Sweatshirt // Twist Front Pullover // Adidas Running Shoes //

Zella Legging // Adidas Sweatshirt // Earring Set // Pink Velvet Pants // Striped Top // Mules //

Gray Dress // Favorite Tee // Floral Top // Soft Navy Cardigan // Crossbody Bag

I’ve complied this list of recent adds to my closet. I’m beginning to purchase things that I can wear now but also into spring – I am so over winter. Anyone else? Between the cold and the snow and the constant illnesses I am dreaming of warmer weather.

The best part about everything on this list? It is all under $100. Oops I lied. This sweater was but is not anymore. It is so gorgeous though. It is worth the investment. I did snag this dress on major sale for under $30. I already wore it out for my birthday dinner. I sized way down to a 00. I am normally a 2/4 in dresses. This bag comes in a few colors, and I’m excited to wear it with white jeans this spring. I have these mules in black, but plan on purchasing in either the pink or gray for spring. They are super comfortable. I can wear them all day at work. I just got these velvet pants for under $20, and they are sooo soft. I sized down in these to a 24. They need to be hemmed but will be really cute with this top and this cardigan once they are ankle length.

This top is going to be a spring staple, and I have been living in these leggings and this sweatshirt. This top is so soft, and the twist front looks so cute with jeans. And lets not forget about this tee. I own it in 4 colors, and plan to wear it under cardigans now, and with shorts everyday this summer.

What have you added to your closet lately?

Easy health and fitness changes to make now…and keep all year

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We all have high hopes for a new year, and if you’re like me, mounds of things that you want to change. I have found though, that positive changes only happen, and continue to happen, if they are small and gradually happen over time.

Below I have outlined FIVE easy health and fitness changes that you can start today, and maintain all year:

  1. Set a date and time to exercise at least 3 days/week. Don’t just say, “I’ll workout on Monday.” Figure out your exact when and where. On Tuesday, I will run for 30 minutes outside. I will do this ____ while my kids are ____. Pack/lay out your gym clothes the night before. Have your pre workout snack ready to go. Pack a water bottle. Do not set unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you NEVER wake up before 6am, do not schedule a 5am workout. Be realistic with yourself. My best time is right after work before I pick the kids up from daycare. I change at work, and eat a small snack in the car on the way there. NO excuses.
  2. Make one small health change, and stick with it. Bring your lunch each day instead of buying, add in daily vitamins, eat an apple instead of chips, switch to Stevia instead of Splenda, start buying natural deodorant. Pick something and do it! Feeling brave? Make a small change each week.
  3. Follow the 80/20 rule. You will not be able to maintain a diet if you deprive yourself of everything that you love. Everything in moderation. I try to eat relatively healthy on weekdays, and then let myself indulge on the weekends. I love a good burger, fries, ice cream, and wine. During the week, I eat two eggs every morning, a banana for a snack, turkey with hummus and carrots for lunch, and nuts or an apple for a snack EVERY day. Dinner is some sort of meat and veggie. Boring, I know but it is what works for me. The best way to maintain this is to plan out your meals, have the food in the house, and pack your lunch with healthy food.
  4. Invest in a good pair of workout shoes. Trust me on this one. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here.
  5. Cauliflower. I’m a lover of all things starchy and covered in butter. So to keep myself from eating all the pasta and potatoes, I buy a lot of cauliflower. Roast it, boil it, turn it into rice – it’s delicious any way. Add a little butter and salt and pepper, and you’ll almost forget you are not eating a baked potato. Almost 😉

What changes have you made in the new year? I’d love to hear!

 

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