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RUBY RED

SIMILAR CHUNKY SWEATER | WHITE BUTTON-UP | SIMILAR LEATHER LEGGINGS | RED HEELS (BUDGET FRIENDLY VERSION HERE) | BLACK LEATHER BAG | BAG POUF (ON SALE FOR $10!) | SUNGLASSES

*photography by Kendra Maarse Photography

Sometimes a little pop of red is all you need to elevate a look. I’ve been loving my leather leggings recently. They are so fun to dress up or down. And they would for sure work for a Valentine’s date night!

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SCALLOPS AND PLEATS

 

You just have to believe me when I tell you that this skirt is even better in real life. It looks pink and shimmers gold, and the pleats give it the most beautiful texture. Since it’s the first day of February and we are getting close to Valentine’s Day, I’ve been adding lots of pink hues to my wardrobe. And how darling is this scalloped top? The shorter boxy top balances well with the long straight midi-length skirt. I love that they each have something unique about them, but the scallops and pleats aren’t fighting each other for attention. This would be such a perfect Valentine’s date night look!

 

 

 

 

photography by Kendra Maarse Photography

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WEEKEND WEAR

JEAN JACKET (THIS ONE IS SOLD OUT, BUT I LINKED TO AN IDENTICAL ONE) | NEW BALANCE SHOES | DISTRESSED BLACK PANTS | MY FAVORITE WHITE TOP ($12!) | STRIPED TOP (JUST RESTOCKED AND ON SALE FOR $10!)| BASEBALL HAT | WATCH | SUNGLASSES | GOLD INITIAL NECKLACE

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend! I’ve had such a fun busy week (did you see where I went on a girls night out? Amazing!) I love casual outfits like this one, especially on Saturdays. I love styling these black and white New Balances. They are clean and simple, and work well with so many different outfits. And tying a long sleeved striped top (this one is on sale for $10) is an easy way to add a classic pop of stripes without it being a bulky jacket tied around your wait.

We are celebrating Cash’s 4th birthday this weekend. In a way it feels like he has been 4 forever, but at the same time 4 seems so big to me. As of now he wants a jet pack, snake bag, and a laser for his birthday. I have no idea where any of those things came from….here’s hoping Target just got a bunch of jet packs in stock. (…?)

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TWO CLOSET STAPLES WORTH THE SPLURGE

Over the years, I’ve learned a few closet tricks that can really help you amp up your wardrobe. When I was in high school I would buy as many items as I could with the money I saved to spend on clothes. As time went on however, the cheaply made shoes broke or were uncomfortable, and the purses wore down quickly. When it comes to shoes and bags, quality over quantity is the key to a successful wardrobe. I loved shopping through carefully curated Style Room on Zappos.com. They have so many beautiful designer purses and shoes. 
Black is such a classic color, so I opted to splurge on this black leather bag from Zappos. It’s not near the splurge of a Celine bag, but it has the similar shape that I love for a fraction of the price. Its minimalist and is fantastic quality. I have a hard time splurgin on a smaller clutch, since I only use those on rare occasions. This bag is a great size that I can actually fit stuff in! With Zappos’s free 2-day shipping I didnt’t have to wait long to see it in person. If it had ended up being to small, a free return or exchange would be quick and painless.
These black pumps are just dreamy. Again, I opted for classic black. The gold accent along the bottom of the toe and on the sole of the shoe are my favorite details. Its the perfect height (around 4″, so elongating on the leg but not too tall to walk in, and they are comfortable!
These two closet staples will last me years and will get so much wear out of them! With a nice bag and a quality pair of shoes, you can afford to throw on an inexpensive top and still have a killer look!
*Photography by Kendra Maarse Photography. In collaboration with Zappos.
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2 HOLIDAY LOOKS, 1 COLOR PALETTE

One of my favorite things about the holidays are the parties! I love getting dressed up. The fancier the better! Black, white, and red is such a classic color palette and works so perfectly for holiday parties. I picked out two different looks from Nordstrom that would be perfect to wear to a party.
I love the girly silhouette of this fit and flare dress, but it was the black and white classic stripe of the dress that had me instantly hooked. A peacoat works well with the dress because it buttons up high and opens up at the bottom as the dress flares out. Adding a red pop in the shoe completes the look and adds to the holiday feel.

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LOOK 2: PLAID TOP | FULL SKIRT (COMES IN 2 COLORS!) | BLACK HEELS 

This skirt is made out of one of my favorite materials- scuba knit. Have you ever felt this stuff? Its super soft and flattering, and holds it shape so well. Perfect for the center pleats and flair of this skirt. It is so versatile too. I can think of so many looks that would work well with this skirt. I originally ordered it in a 2, but it runs a bit big, so I made a quick easy (and free!) exchange with Nordstrom. The top is a thick luxurious fabric, which dresses up the red plaid print nicely. Plaid is a bit unexpected for a formal look, which is why I love it so much!

Photos by Kendra Maarse Photography. In collaboration with Nordstrom.
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A CLASSIC SHADE

I’m a sucker for a good pair of sunglasses. In the past I’ve bought various styles, some cheap and some pricey. If there is one classic style of sunglasses I can count on to go with just about any look, its Ray Ban Aviators. I bought a few imitation pairs a few years back, but none of them ever fit just right. Finally I invested in a classic pair from Nordstrom and I have gotten so much wear out of them! This all black pair is one of my favorites. Want to know a little secret? They are actually my husband’s! I got them for him for his birthday last month…and I have been known to borrow them whenever he leaves them in my car. That’s another great thing about Ray Bans. They are unisex, so it adds even more to their list of versatility.
It can be a little confusing trying to decide which size aviator works best for your face. The 58mm size is the one that I recommend. It fits my face and my husbands (without being too wide for me or too narrow for him). The 52mm are a bit small on my face, and the 62mm work ok for Garrett, but are too big for me. It took a few sizing orders and returns to find the size that I liked best, so I made sure I ordered them from Nordstrom, so the shipping and exchanging was free and painless.
Here are a few other aviator styles that I am loving right now:
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in collaboration with Nordstrom

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INVESTED

SIMILAR STRIPED TOP | DENIM VEST | DISTRESSED BLACK JEANS | OPEN TOE BOOTIES | CLAUDINE & ASH BAG | NECKLACE | WATCH | RING | KAREN WALKER SUNGLASSES VIA DITTO

all photography by Kendra Maarse 

Denim vests are a fall trend that are great for this not-so-chilly California fall. They let you layer without being bulky or too hot if it isn’t super cold out. I love them with black jeans, but you can still wear them with your regular jeans- just make sure the denim is a lot darker than your vest. I’m partial to a lighter washed vest like this one.

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FALL COMFORT

For some of you, it’s been fall for a while. You’ve busted out your scarves and jackets and have been welcoming that crisp air. Over here in Southern California, it’s been sweltering! I am dying to bust out some fall clothes. But the weather is finally starting to cool down just a hair, so I’m taking every chance I can get to dress for the fall. Booties are one of my favorite fall staples. Easy to dress up, easy to dress down. But not always easy to wear. Some of them cut into my ankles leaving blisters, and some of them I wear only based on looks because they are just plain uncomfortable. 
I was blown away at some of the new fall booties from Clarks this season. I wanted a deep rich oxblood bootie to go with this olive skirt, and found the perfect pair by Clarks. The best part? They are so comfy! They are lightweight and easy to wear. Two things I usually have to sacrifice when I want to wear booties. And thanks to the free shipping and quick delivery from Zappos, getting them to my doorstep was pretty dang easy too. It’s so hard to get to the stores during the day with all three kids, so I live for free shipping and free returns!


In collaboration with Zappos and Clarks
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BAUBLEBAR WEEKEND SALE PICKS

top here, earrings here
Baublebar is one of my very favorite places for great jewelry. Their pieces are well-made and always unique and on-trend. They are having an amazing sale through Labor Day this weekend and it was too good not to pass along.
I’ve listed my top pics from the sale below, and they are ALL under $20!
one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten

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KEEPING IT CASUAL

TOP: NORDSTROM (LESS THAN $10!) | HAT: J.CREW (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | PANTS: A PEA IN THE POD (NON MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SHOES: NEW BALANCE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | SIMILAR BAG | WATCH | NORDSTROM HERE AND HERE


photography by Kendra Maarse

While I love getting dressed up, most days you’ll find me in simple jeans and a tee when running around with my boys. A cute pair sneakers and hat help bump up the look and complete the outfit. 
Also, make sure you check out the blog this Friday. I have a huge announcement about a project I have been working on with Merrick from Merrick’s Art for the past year. We are finally announcing what #itstimetogetmodern is all about! You wont want to miss it!

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SPOTTED | MY FAVORITE HAIR EXTENSIONS

TOP: NORSDTROM (ON SALE) | PANTS: A PEA IN THE POD (NON MATERNITY STYLE HERE) | SHOES: NORDSTROM | BAG: NORDSTROM | NECKLACE HERE AND HERE, BRACELET, WATCH, RING | LUXY HAIR IN ‘BEACH BLONDE’ ($5 OFF WITH CODE: LUXYLEANNE)

photography by Kendra Maarse

I purchased this top on sale at Nordstrom a few weeks ago. There are only a few kinds of non-fitted tops that work with where I am at in my pregnancy right now, because so many of them can make me look crazy big. This top is larger, but not so loose on the bottom, so it doesn’t give the effect of looking twice as big. And it’s non maternity, so it will work for after the baby! They do run really large, the one I’m wearing is an XS! And I’ve posted these cute flats on sale too on my instagram. They are easy and great for summer and will transition well into Fall (and still available in every size!).
I have been loving my Luxy Hair extensions lately. The idea of wearing extension might sound like its something that is high maintenance and time consuming. And before I got mine, I thought they would be! But these extension clip in easily and I just curl then right along with my normal hair. They are also so great to add before braiding my hair because they blend in nicely and make my braid so much thicker and longer. It really doesn’t add any extra time to getting ready, and I love how much fuller my hair looks. I will make a disclaimer though- I usually wear them on Sundays to church, on dates with Garrett, or for photoshoots. So not everyday, but I definitely get my moneys worth out of them!  
I wear the 160 gram set in beach blonde and they are a really great match for my hair. They come in a box with multiple sizes of clip ins, so if I just need a little more fullness on the sides of my hair, I clip in the thinner extensions on either side of my head. They are also some of the best priced extensions I have seen for real human hair. You can also get an additional $5 off if you use code LUXYLEANNE at checkout! Let me know if you have any questions on these in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them! 
Happy Friday everyone!

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BREEZY

TOP: NORDSTROM (MORE COLOR OPTIONS HERE AND HERE) | JACKET: NORDSTROM | PANTS: A PEA IN THE POD – 50% OFF RIGHT NOW (NON MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SHOES: SAM EDELMAN (ON SALE!) | BAG: SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | WATCH, BRACELET, NECKLACE | SUNGLASSES: URBAN OUTFITTERS



photography by Kendra Maarse
I love wearing this printed “dress” as a top. The cut of it is so full and fun. And these nude flats have been a lifesaver for church and places where I would normally wear my nude pumps. I still wear head every once in a while, but I’ve definitely had to tone it down! Waddling in pumps is much more difficult than just normal walking. Also, if you are pregnant and on the hunt for good maternity white pants, I have loved these distressed white jeans, and right now they are 50% off! (still tons of sizes available) Happy Wednesday everyone!