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BASEBALL SLEEVE TEE TUTORIAL

 TOP: REFASHIONED BY ME (VIDEO TUTORIAL BELOW), SIMILAR TEES HERE AND HERE | JEANS: SIMILAR | SHOES: CONVERSE | BAG: LILY JADE | PLAID TOP: OLD NAVY (SIMILAR) | HAT: J.CREW (OLD, SIMILAR HERE) | PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES

Today I’m sharing a really simple tutorial on how to turn a basic tee into a baseball tee. With baseball season here, its a fun way to get into the swing of things (no pun intended *wa waaa*).

I tried something a little different with this tutorial. This one is all on video!  I’m so excited to share it with you. We filmed this way back when I was barely pregnant, so my baby bump has disappeared for today.  I hope you enjoy it!

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CHARTREUSE OVERSIZED DOLMAN TOP: TUTORIAL

TOP: MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR HERE (AND ON SALE!) | PANTS: A PEA IN A POD (NON-MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SANDALS: STEVE MADDEN | FRINGE CLUTCH: NORDSTROM | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | WATCH: DANIEL WELLINGTON 

I’m declaring citron/chartreuse to be one of my favorite colors for spring. It is bright and fresh, and looks good with so many skin tones. I keep seeing the color pop up everywhere and I am instantly drawn to it. Here are a few of my favorite chartreuse pieces I’ve seen around. I can’t get enough of it!
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With this pregnancy I have been so in love with loose fitting, dolman sleeved tops. They are easy to wear and I love the look of them over a baby bump. Some of the tops I have tried on were too short, so I created my own pattern so that I could make the top as long as I want. I need to add the extra length for this growing bump! Check out my full tutorial for this top after the jump below. It is really simple, I promise! No sleeves to put in, just a front, back, and neckline to cut. I recommend making a pattern for it first because you will want to make a handful of these!

 

Shop my look here:

 

Follow the link below for the full tutorial…



Materials: 

  • 1 1/2 yards of thin woven fabric with a good drape, like chiffon, silk, or a rayon blend.
  • Matching thread
  • T-shirt that is fairly fitted
  • Pattern paper (optional)
Step 1:
Using your fitted tee as a pattern, fold the tee in half length-wise and lay it on top of your folded fabric matching up the folds. Trace around your neckline, adding 1/2″ for seam allowance. Then from the top edge of your neck, just measure straight out, about 13″ (this was my measurement, you can shorten or lengthen however you’d like).  From there draw a line straight down, making it about 2″ longer than the length of your original tee sleeve (my sleeve measured 9″ long). From there make a slight curve toward the armpit, then draw straight down. Draw this line about 4″ away from your original tee. The idea is to make the tee loose and flowy. So don’t stress about getting the measurements, just use your tee as a good way to eyeball your outline. Make your pattern as long as you’d like. Mine measured 27 1/2″ from the top of the sleeve to the bottom of the hem.
Repeat this step with the backside of your tee, making sure not to make your neckline quite as scooped.
With your pattern as a guide, also cut out two neckline pieces about 2″ wide (one for the front, one for the back)
 
Step 2:
Now you should have a front piece, a back piece, and front and back neckline pieces.
Step 3:
With right sides together, lay your front and back pieces on top of each other, pin, and stitch along the top of the sleeves and down the sides. (I serged my edges, so feel free to do this!)
Step 4:
Finish the edges of your sleeves with a serge or zig zag stitch, and fold them under 1/2″, pin, and stitch around the arm holes.
 
Step 5:
With right sides of your neckline pieces together, stitch up the two short sides so that you have a loop for the neckline. Finish off the outside ring of the neckline with a serger or zig zag stitch.
 
Step 6:
Pin your neckline all around the neck of your shirt on the right side. Stitch all the way around the circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Finish off your raw edges with a serger or zig zag stitch, fold your neckline under and press. Now topstitch around your neckline 1/4″ all around to secure your neckline in place.
Step 7:
Finish off the bottom edges of your shirt, and fold under 1/2″, press, and stitch all around for your hem.
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GARDEN PARTY

DRESS: NORDSTROM | JACKET: NORDSTROM | SANDALS: LULU*S | CLUTCH: HOBO | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS | SUNGLASSES: KATE SPADE

How gorgeous is this floral dress! It isn’t maternity, but I love the look of it over a baby bump. The floral print and the mini pleating are such beautiful details. I paired it with this denim jacket to dress it down just hair. 

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PRESSING PAUSE

TOP: OLD NAVY (SIMILAR) | CARDIGAN: NORDSTROM (ON SALE!) SIMILAR | PANTS: SIMILAR | HEELS: SOLE SOCIETY | GLASSES: RAY BAN | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | WATCH: ARVO | BAG: SIMILAR

Happy Monday!  This week is Bradley’s Spring Break, so we have a few fun things planned. I am still recovering from two 14 hour work days this weekend (see a few sneak peaks here and here), so it will be nice to get to sleep in a bit more in the mornings instead of get out the door by 7:30. Bradley’s school starts at 7:30! Who does that?! Looking forward to a week spent playing at the pool and spending the day with my boys.

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CALIFORNIA CASUAL

TOP: NORDSTROM | PANTS: ZARA (SIMILAR) | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: SIMILAR | CUFF: PRIMA DONNA | NECKLACE: SIMILAR | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR 
I have been a little bit in love with blue and white lately. Its not hard to tell based on my past few posts! But this navy and white embroidered top automatically caught my eye for more reasons than the color combination (it comes in four different colorways). The effortless, relaxed, California casual vibe it’s putting off is totally up my alley right now. That and the pockets. With my growing bump, I love throwing on something that looks easy to wear with a great design. 
But the getting dressed part of the day isn’t always super effortless. I usually have an idea of the look I’m going for when I style an outfit, but sometimes I am just plain out of ideas.  The kids need to be fed, errands run, etc. So when I have very limited time to plan out a look, I’ve started using this great new WEAR app on my phone. It’s like pinterest x instagram, but only outfit inspiration. Tons of style influencers upload their looks to the app, so I can quickly plow through a handful of looks and be inspired for how to style my outfit that day. Another thing I love is that you can search by store or item of clothing, to tailor it to exactly what you are looking for. For a busy mom, having it right on my phone easily accessible is key.  (and the app is free!) You can check out my profile here

Shop today’s look here:

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LITTLE BLUE DRESS

JACKET: NORDSTROM | DRESS: NORDSTROM | HEELS: LULU*S | CLUTCH: HOBO | NECKLACE: PRIMA DONNA | SUNGLASSES: KAREN WALKER
I’m currently 17 weeks along in my pregnancy and my bump is definitely out there! It is starting to be so much fun to dress around. I fell in love with the fit of this dress the second I put it on. It is a thicker knit, so it stretched perfectly over my bump. But it is not maternity, so I can wear if after the baby too. And it comes in 11 colors! (I love it in bright pink too) 
I really love this stage of pregnancy. My energy is back, I feel much more like myself, and the bump is actually a bump (not a weird bulge). I have started to feel the baby kicking recently and I forget how much I love that feeling! The boys are dying to feel it kick, but that wont be for a while longer. It is so fun to see how much my boys love this little baby already. 

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3 CLOSET STAPLES (YOU CAN WEAR YEAR-ROUND)

TOP: SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | JEANS: DITTOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: SOLE SOCIETY | BAG: SHOP PRIMADONNA | WATCH: ARVO | EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR (THE PINK AND BLUE VERSIONS OF THIS EARRING ARE ON SALE FOR ONLY $15!)
When deciding what to wear when I don’t have much time to get ready in the morning (which is most days…lets be honest), I usually grab pieces that are simple, classic, and ones that I have worn a hundred times. For today’s look, I paired three pieces in my wardrobe that fit that category. They are also consistently in style. I paired them with this on trend fringe purse (that I am obsessed with). My three closet staples are:
1. A button up chambray top. So versatile. It goes with any color jeans, and almost any type of skirt. 
2. White pants. The after Labor Day rule doesn’t apply anymore. With a clean white staple, you can pair it with endless colors of top to make it work in the Winter or Summer. 
3. A great pair of cognac ankle boots. I picked these boots specifically for a few reasons. They are close-toed (good for Winter) but with the perforated suede and open back, can easily read Spring/Summer. They are also a lower boot, so I can run everyday errands in them without my feet hurting.
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I also wanted to let you know that Baublebar is having an amazing Sample Sale happening today through Friday. They have a great selection that is 50%-75% off! I picked out few of my favorites below. And the most expensive piece is only $15! 

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STYLING FOR SPRING

TOP: ASOS | PANTS: DITTOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: SHOEMINT (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE) | BAG: STELLA & DOT | NECKLACE: BAUBLEBAR | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | WATCH: ARVO | BRACELET: GORJANA | EARRINGS: HOUSE OF HARLOW | NAILS: CHINA GLAZE ‘EVENING SEDUCTION’ | PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES

Spring is starting to peak it’s way onto the scene and I am so excited. While it might still be cold and snowy in half the country, there are still easy transitions you can make with your wardrobe that can be perfectly appropriate for Spring. (even if the weather outside doesn’t think so)
1. Add some white. White pants are a great Spring staple and can still be worn with a jacket if its still chilly out.
2. Lighten up your accessories. Trade out your black leather purses for something a little lighter colored and pull out a new style. Tote bags really read Spring/Summer, as do laser cutouts. (which I am obsessed with right now)
3. Color your shades. Colored Ray Bans are huge right now, and are a fun way to tie in bright Spring colors. (loving these pink ones too.  They might be next on my list!)

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AN UNEXPECTED VALENTINE’S

COAT: ASOS | TOP: SIMILAR | BOW TIE: ASOS | PANTS: TRACTR (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | SUNGLASSES: CHOIES (SIMILAR) | SHOES: SEYCHELLES (SOLD OUT, BUT  LOVING THESE) | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR | LIPS: BARE MINERALS ‘LIVE LARGE’ 
A Valentine’s Day look doesn’t always mean you have to wear a red dress. You can look just as dressy and festive in pants, if you stick to a classic color combo, like black and white. The leather pants and bow tie dress the look up a lot. Add a wine colored jacket will keep you cool on your night out and is a great way to add in a little shade of red. 

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PERSIMMON

JACKET: ASOS (SIMILAR) | TOP: SIMILAR | JEANS: J.CREW | BEANIE: ASOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: LULU*S (NO LONGER AVAILABLE, SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES: KATE SPADE | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS | RINGS: GORJANA

I don’t think “orange” would be the correct color to name this blazer. Its much prettier than an orange. We have a giant persimmon tree in our backyard and the color of the fruit is exactly the same color as this blouse. I have a love/hate relationship with that tree. The fruit is beautiful, but when they ripen they fall all over the ground and make a mess. No love/hate with this blazer though. Just lots of love. 
Welcome to February friends! I can’t believe it’s already a new month. I’m taking every opportunity I can to add as much pink to my house as possible (since it doesn’t see much) so this weekend I freshened things up with some pretty blooms and pulled out some Valentines decor. I also bought 6 bags of candy hearts. Partially to fill my apothecary jars with, partially to eat.

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DRAPED IN PLAID + CAPE TUTORIAL

CAPE: MADE BY ME (TUTORIALS BELOW, INSPIRED BY THIS AND THIS) | TOP: LULU*S (SIMILAR) | PANTS: OLD NAVY | BOOTS: SOLE SOCIETY | HAT: ZAPPOS (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR) | NECKLACE: STELLA & DOT | SUNGLASSES: SIMILAR
I’ve kept my eye out for a good cape for the past few months. I love the look of them. They are cozy and warm, but not fussy. The idea of getting to wear a blanket could not be more appealing. I found this amazing wool plaid down in the Fabric District a few months ago and my hunt for the perfect cape was over.  I’d just make it!  
Click through the link at the very bottom to continue onto the tutorial. It is really basic and straightforward.  I do add in a few cutting angles and details to my design so that it drapes beautifully when its on. I created the tutorial with my Sprout by HP and I love how the overhead camera allows my tutorial to come alive.  It makes the tutorial so much more custom to this garment.
TOP: NORDSTROM | EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR | CUFF: SIMILAR | PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES

Click through to the tutorial below to see how the Sprout helped me really customize the design on my tutorial.

Materials:
  • a large cut of wool fabric that measures 60″ x 60″
  • matching thread

Could this tutorial be more simple? No it could not.
Step 1: 
Cut your fabric to a 60″ x 60″ square

Step 2: 
Measure in 30″ from all sides and mark the center of the fabric with a pin

Step 3:
Cut a straight line from the center of one edge to the marked pin.

Step 4:
Mark 12″ over on either side of the cut, and cut from that mark to your center mark, creating two triangles.  (as shown in the picture)

Step 5:
To hem the raw edges, fold over 1/2 and 1/2 again, pin in place, and stitch with 1/2″ seam allowance.  I only did this to the front and back of my cape, since the sides were selvedge edges that were a big frayed, but the fabric came already sealed to prevent more fraying.  I liked the look of these unfinished edges. 
And thats it!  Super simple. 
This post was created in partnership with HP.
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COLOR PALLET CRUSH

LOOK 1:
TOP: SIMILAR | BOTTOMS: DITTOS (SIMILAR) | SHOES: TIEKS | SCARF: SIMILAR | BAG: MELIE BIANCO (SIMILAR) | SUNGLASSES: KATE SPADE
LOOK 2:
DRESS: MADE BY ME, TUTORIAL HERE, SIMILAR HERE, HERE AND HERE | COAT: SIMILAR | SCARF: SIMILAR | SHOES: TIEKS | SUNGLASSES: KATE SPADE

Navy, mustard, and red have always been some of my favorite colors to pair together.  With so many different ways to combine the three colors, I took the same scarf and same flats and used them to style two different looks.