Mara Hoffman Colorblock Tie Midi Dress
We're back from our vacay and let me just say it was without a doubt one of the best vacations we've ever gone on. The rental house was beyond perfect, the community we were in was so beautiful and so accessible to get around, and everywhere around us was picture-perfect. The beach and pool were so fun for the girls, as well as riding bikes everywhere. We loved it so much we are trying to plan a trip back in October or November. The whole 30a area in Florida is a magical place and is just so, so beautiful. I cannot stress that enough! I'm actually working on a recap post from our trip, so keep a look out for that coming real soon.
In the meantime, I couldn't wait to share with you guys two things. The first being this gorgeous, fun, colorful dress that I immediately fell in love with it the moment I saw it online. It's everything a dress should be for Spring and Summer, don't you think? The second being the site where I was able to rent it for our vacation. I'm sure a lot of you know Rent The Runway already. But for those of you that don't, it's a great online source to rent dresses, other pieces of clothing (tops, skirts, etc.), and accessories (handbags, jewelry, & sunglasses). You rent it for either a 4-day or 6-day period, everything comes packaged nicely, and is made easy for you to return your items, you just need to take it to a UPS drop box or store. The other thing about RTR that I love are the reviews. It helps me out so much when I read the many reviews and see photos of how the item(s) look on other women. Makes deciding what I should rent that much easier cause let me tell you, trying to pick just 1 or 2 items out of the 200,000+ pieces they have is not an easy feat.
I had never rented anything from them before, mostly because I have no where to go so I didn't think to use them. But with this trip, I wanted to have a few dresses that were a little more special then the other pieces I was bringing. I also didn't want to break the bank, so I thought why not rent instead of buying. Not everyone wants to spend $300+ on a dress they might only wear a few times, right?
Well, Rent The Runway came to the rescue and sent me two dresses for our trip. I love both of them, but sadly one of the ones I rented just didn't fit right. Let's just say I would've been flashing everyone my tatas (or lack there of) in it. BUT, this fun Mara Hoffman Colorblock Tie Midi Dress was perfect and I honestly didn't want to send it back. It's SO perfect for Summer and was incredibly easy to wear. When I say easy to wear, I mean I wasn't futzing with any part of it, nor was I worried about panty-lines showing or about any muffin tops making themselves known. The fabric is thick enough that it hides a multitude of sins but isn't so thick that you're dying of heat in it. It's breezy, so feminine, and sexy with the tie top. And the midi length allows me to run after my kids without any worry of being inappropriate, so pretty much a great dress for either day or night. You could easily turn this look into a night look with some strappy heels and a clutch.
Check out the photos that we took in the neighborhood that we were staying in. Bet you'll want to head to Seacrest Beach after seeing this! I know it certainly makes me want to go back!
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Happy Friday friends! What a crazy week of preparing for our trip next week. I've got the beach on my mind and it looks like it translates into what I'm loving right now. I honestly cannot believe our big family trip is just next week! We had been planning this in our minds for a long time, (since January!), and it took us a while to actually book the whole thing. But that was just a month ago and now that it's here, I feel like I need more time to prepare and just enjoy the anticipation. So funny, right? I've been wanting to go on a warm getaway for so long and now that it's just a week away, I'm wanting more time before we depart. I'm nuts, I know. I'm sure I'll get over it when I'm soaking up the sun at the pool.
I've got a few more things to get before I feel like we're all ready for this trip. If you follow along on my IG Stories, you know that I was freaking out a bit about not having a bathing suit for Cora. Well, don't worry. My crazy unnecessary freak-out has been resolved since we picked one up at Target. And I got news that the one Cora really likes is coming in by Tuesday, so all is good in the bathing suit department now.
Let's get back to this beachy/boho/retro roundup. I realize there's a lot of different styles going on, but I'm loving it all right now. I'm really into things that have a retro vibe to it, like what I was talking about in my previous post and getting inspired by the movie To Catch A Thief. I'm also still into all things ruffly and thank goodness because it's everywhere! And how cute are those Pom Bon Earrings? I stumbled on them via Instagram and I am so glad I did, because I want all of the different color variations The Loveliest offers!
Okay, time to get some lunch! And lots more errands too! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!
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Hi friends! How is it already Wednesday? I feel like it was just Easter Sunday! Speaking of which, we had such a wonderful Easter with family. Hope you all did too! It was actually the first year that we didn't spend it with my parents. They were in Hawaii (don't feel too bad for them missing out on our fun) visiting my grandmother. We first started the morning off with a little Easter egg hunt for the girls in the house. Even though they've already done a few egg hunts (one in the neighborhood and one at school), we just wanted to have one at home just for fun. The girls loved it and enjoyed candy before 8am. Yup, #badparenting on Easter Sunday but we figured it's Easter so why not.
We then got ready for church and let me tell you, it was crazy town in our house that morning. Trying to get both girls ready when they've got sugar pumping in their veins, getting ourselves ready, and mind you I'm still sick (my cold was peaking too), was all a bit much but we managed to make it to the 9:15am service! It was a total Easter miracle in our household. We were joined by my mother-in-law, who had never been to our church before and so that was a treat for us having her there on Easter Sunday!
Then for dinner, my brothers and future sister-in-law came over for Easter dinner and it was the best time ever. Our girls loved spending time with their uncles & aunt and we let them stay up way past their bedtime because they were just having so much fun. I can honestly say that this was one of the best Easter's I've ever had, I'm still on an Easter high.
And with that, I have to share what I wore to church on Sunday. I went a little retro with my look and I have to say, it was such a fun look to wear. It was lady-like, comfortable, and chic. I feel like it's not a look I normally wear, but it's definitely becoming a favorite look of mine. I felt very Grace Kelly in the South of France or something and that is a good feeling. I must have sub-consciously chosen this look since I had watched To Catch A Thief that Friday and gotten inspired by it all. If you haven't seen the movie already, it is a fabulous movie! The style, the story, all of it is so good. I highly recommend watching it!
Speaking of style and a different locale, I need to start figuring out what I'm packing for our trip to Florida. Wish me luck in getting organized so that I don't overpack! You can see some of the items I'm definitely bringing over on my Insta-Stories.
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A few weekends ago, we took the girls to Eastport to have a quick photoshoot and stumbled upon the Annapolis Maritime Museum. We had no idea of it's existence (so sad since Steve was born in Annapolis and we've been living here for 9+ yrs!) and was so glad to have happened upon it. It's a small museum, but such a cool one. It's right on the water, and there's a huge covered deck space for events too. If you live around here, I highly recommend checking it out. It's really cute right outside too, there's a little grass area with a bench and a small sandy area where the water is. It was so picturesque that we decided to do the shoot right there. The girls loved it too because they were able to walk around and explore while we shot this look.
And speaking of this look, I'm kind of in love with it for Spring. The top was an impulse buy when I popped into J.Crew a few weeks ago. And I'm so glad I got it! The ruffles are such a sweet detail and the shirt itself is soft, comfy, and easy to wear with everything. It's on sale right now at an additional 30% off (use code MUSTHAVES) and comes in two other color ways. I thought the ruffle details on the sleeves would complement the ruffly skirt that I picked up from Zara. Don't you think? I linked to a few more similar styles below. Ruffly skirts are totally in right now and honestly, I'm so glad because they're really fun to wear!
To bring down the girly ruffly factor a bit, I paired it with my Kayu Piñata Tote. Which, by the way, is on sale plus you can get an additional 20-25% off with code EVENT17. It's a great beach tote and goes with everything. And because I'll find any excuse to wear my pom pom sandals (similar pair), had to add them to this look.
Happy Friday friends! And don't forget, the Shopbop Sale ends tonight so make sure to take advantage of it!
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Happy Hump Day! I've got two pieces of exciting news to share with you. The first is that we are finally going on a family vacation at the end of the month and I could not be more excited about it! We haven't gone on a vacation since last April (has it really been that long??), and we are in dire need of a warm getaway. Steve's been working so hard at work and it's just gotten busier for him. He needs a break, I need a break, and well, the girls don't need a break but could always use some fun in the sun. We are headed to Rosemary Beach, Florida after hearing from our friends how amazing it is. And after seeing photos of it online, were totally sold that it had to be our next vacation destination.
The second bit of exciting news is that Shopbop is having a huge sale and it goes until April 14, 2017. It could not come at a more perfect time since I need a wardrobe refresh for the warmer months and for our trip. I just purchased #1, 3, 5, & 6 and am hoping to take it all to Florida. Things are selling out fast, I actually missed out on a couple of items :( so make sure you check out the sale sooner rather than later to snag what you love. Happy shopping friends!
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