Spring Fashion Pieces I’m Loving

Thanks to Couponbox for collaborating on this post.

We might still have snow in the forecast but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming of spring! I’ve already started shopping for warmer weather looks for the boys and I so today I wanted to share some women’s fashion pieces I’m loving. Also, check out the bottom of this post for a way to save money on clothes while shopping for your spring wardrobe!

Women’s Printed Rouched Waist Tank Dress (available at Target)

Lucky Brand Plus Size Ripped Boyfriend Jeans (available at Macy’s)

California Flutter Cold Shoulder Top (available at Kohl’s)

Washed Cotton Moto Jacket (available at Nordstrom)

Carissa Closed Toe Espadrille Wedge Sandals (available at Target)

Heart Print Chiffon & Knit Raglan Tee (available at Torrid)

Relaxed Cutout-Back Blouse for Women (available at Old Navy)

I love finding cute things to wear but you know what I love even more than that? Saving money on the fashions I find! One great website that helps you save money while shopping online is Couponbox. Couponbox is a place to find online coupons for all kinds of stores like Target, Kohl’s, and Michaels. Unlike other “coupon” websites though, these coupons will always work because they are tested by the Couponbox team. They also negotiate with stores for exclusive coupon codes and special offers so you can find coupons there that no other site has.

What fashions are you loving this spring? Make sure to check out Couponbox to see how much you can save at your favorite retailer.

My Fall Style

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

I’ve been loving this cooler weather we’ve been having lately because it means that I can finally bring out my fall wardrobe! This is the first year since having children that I’ve decided that yoga pants are not going to be my every day outfit. I’m still going to dress comfy while I’m home but I’m making an effort to look more put together when I go out. I wanted to share some of the things I’m loving when it comes to fall fashion this year.

BOOTS

This year I finally bought some riding boots and I’ve been wearing them almost every day. I have such wide calves that I could never find a pair that fit me so when I found some at Payless that I could zip up I knew I had to get them. I also got some cute booties with fringe and a peep toe that are really trendy right now. I don’t know how much wear I will get out of them before the snow comes but I couldn’t pass them up.

PLAID

If there is a pattern that I equate with the fall and winter seasons, it’s plaid. I’ve worn different plaid styles in the past but this year I’m loving plaid scarfs and shirts.

CARDIGANS

Cardigans are one of my wardrobe staples. Light cardigans are perfect for fall but I’ve also invested in some heavier ones for the colder days. Recently I found a beautiful seafoam colored cable knit cardigan at Target and I’m obsessed with it. Paired with a rose gold necklace and a white shirt it’s gorgeous.

FOOTBALL GEAR

I can’t resist a new Chicago Bears shirt because they are great for game day. I’ve always worn oversized Bears shirts so I’m going for more fitted styles now. I also recently bought a cute fashion scarf that supports my favorite team without making me look frumpy.

LACE UP FLATS

As a busy mom, I’ve always preferred flat dress shoes over heels and I am in love with the new styles I’ve been seeing. I love the pointy toed lace up dress shoes because they go with everything from dressier outfits to denim.

DRESSES

For years I’ve worn maxi dresses but this year I had to add a couple shorter dresses to my closet. I found a really cute printed dress that will work over leggings or with my cute tan booties and I’m excited to get out of my plain dress rut.

SKINNY JEANS

For the first time ever, I am rocking skinny jeans. I always thought they wouldn’t look right on me because I am pear shaped but I am really liking how much more put together I feel in skinny jeans. Another bonus is that I can easily tuck in my jeans when I wear boots which was always difficult with wider leg pants.

An outfit wouldn’t be complete without a smile and one thing I count on to keep my lips nice and smooth is Chapstick. Chapstick is a must-have for any purse or school bag.

ChapStick is available in many varieties and now can also be purchased on Chapstick’s new online store! You’re never more than a click away from healthier looking lips.

What are your favorite fall styles this year?

The LuLaRoe Obsession {Giveaway!}

Disclosure: I received a couple LuLaRoe pieces in return for posting.

I live in comfy pants so when I heard about LuLaRoe I was intrigued. Leggings that are comfortable but also stylish and fun? That is this girl’s dream! They get bonus points for being versatile because you can pair them with everything from tshirts to dress tops and flip flops to heels.

Though most well-known for their leggings, that are said to feel like “butter”, I quickly came to realize that LuLaRoe not only sold leggings but tops, dresses, cardigans and skirts as well. The great thing is that their designs are flattering on a variety of different body types.

The prints are what I think makes this company so exciting. New prints come out on a regular basis that if you were collecting them (and I know some people that do) you’d be able to wear a different patterned item every day for months and not repeat a print. There are literally that many to choose from! Up until recently I had stuck with black leggings because as much as I loved patterned leggings on everyone else, I wasn’t a fan of them on myself. I had to take a hard look at why and realized it was all a body image thing. I started to be bolder- getting navy and then gray and just this past week buying my first pair of patterned leggings. Aren’t they the cutest!?

Oh, and they also have kid’s clothes as well. They make leggings, dresses, skirts and tops (for girls and boys!) If I had a little girl I’d be broke. Check out the cuteness below!

LuLaRoe works a little differently than most companies when it comes to purchasing items. There are no LuLaRoe brick and mortar or online stores you can just shop at and purchase what you want, when you want. This is because all the items are sold by independent consultants and there are only a limited number of each print made. Most consultants have Facebook groups you can join and then items are usually listed individually, or all at once, and the first person to say “sold” gets the item. LuLaRoe’s fun prints are limited to 800-2,500 pieces so once they are out of a print, they are out. Solid colored items will usually be available again in the future but most print items will not be available once sold out (from what I understand). Consultants also hold “pop up” in-home parties and online parties where the hosts get free items and/or discounts depending on how many purchases are made at their party.

Want to get started with your LuLaRoe obsession or just want to join another group to have access to more fun prints?! Join Nancy Elizabeth’s Facebook group! She’s a new consultant in the Chicago area and has already had a ton of fun items up for sale in her group. She also shares a lot of pictures for inspiration so you can see how she, and others, style their LuLaRoe.

She’s also giving one of you a $25 gift certificate to spend on LuLaRoe items in her group! You can get a pair of leggings or use it towards the purchase of another item. So excited to share the LuLaRoe love with you all!

GIVEAWAY!

Entering to win is easy. Just leave a comment below telling me why you want to win.

(To leave a comment enter your comment and info below and click the pink “post comment” text)

For two additional entries you can do the following:

1) Join her Facebook group and leave a comment with the name of your FB account you joined with

(If you are already a member you can still leave a comment for the extra entry. Just let us know the name on your account.)

2) Share on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and share the link to your share in a comment below.

This giveaway ends July 1, 2016 at 11:59pm CST and is open to US residents ages 18 and older. Good luck!

Real Inspiration

Thanks to T.J.Maxx for sponsoring this post and creating this inspirational video.

“Real inspiration comes from real women.” That’s the basis for the new campaign from T.J.Maxx this Spring and I love it. As a blogger I try to be as open as possible because that’s what I like to see when I visit other blogs or talk with my mom friends. I love seeing “real” women in advertising because these women I can relate to, like I can my friends and fellow bloggers who share about even the not-so-perfect stuff.

T.J.Maxx is sharing real women’s stories about who inspires them and how they make life work every day. Watch the video, brought to you by T.J.Maxx, below to hear a bit of their stories.

Who inspires you? Is it your mom, your sister, your friend? Let me know in the comments below!

Jacob’s Summer Style

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

Before I had boys I assumed that the only ones with cute clothes were girls. Once I became pregnant and started shopping though, I realized that boys had a great selection of clothes as well. Now that I am a mom of two boys I love shopping for them and their closet is is proof!

Recently, I had the chance to shop online at Kidzbloom, a NYC boutique. Kidzbloom challenged me to put together an outfit for one of my kid’s using three items in their store. I chose a t-shirt, brightly colored shorts, and a long-sleeve collared shirt (worn with the sleeves rolled up).

Buy the look

Check out the Kidzbloom website, where my son and 7 other blogger’s kids are featured. You have a chance to vote for your favorite outfit! The voting begins today, July 14th. The winning blogger will receive $150 store credit and every person that voted for the winner’s outfit will each receive a 30% discount to be used at KidzBloom.

Since I had my camera out I figured I’d snap some other pictures of Jacob in his new outfit :)

 

 

8 Tips For Packing A Caribbean Cruise Wardrobe

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kohl’s but all thoughts are my own.)

I just returned from my very first cruise. I struggled with packing for the week long trip but now that I have experienced it, I want to share some tips for packing in regards to your wardrobe. Many of these tips will also work for other travel plans, too!

1) Pack jewelry pieces that can work with a variety of outfits you are bringing. I brought a number of pieces, including this gold bracelet and long silver necklace from the daisy fuentes® collection at Kohl’s.

They fancy up simple black dresses.

2) Pack swimsuit coverups that can go from the pool to the beach to walking around the islands of a Caribbean cruise. I brought a cute little black one made of cotton that looked like a dress.

3) Bring dressy clothes. Many ships have “gala” nights. Some women were wearing fancy evening dresses but many on my ship were wearing dresses a little less fancier and fit in just fine. I don’t own any fancy dresses so I went shopping at Kohl’s and chose a black and white striped dress from the daisy fuentes® collection. I paired it with some black sandals that had gold embellishments for one of the gala evenings.

4) Look for wrinkle resistant fabrics since most cruises won’t have irons. I also packed a bottle of wrinkle releaser for those fabrics that got a little wrinkled during transit.

5) If you want to work out while you are on board, make sure to pack some clothes and gym shoes you can exercise in.

6) Bring layers. Even Caribbean nights can get a bit chilly when the wind is blowing. I brought a black cardigan that I could wear over my dresses in the restaurant and that worked with a tank top and jeans as well.

7) Shoes take up a lot of space in the suitcase. I try to keep my outfits in the same color groups so that I can limit how many shoes I bring. Almost all of the clothes I brought went with black shoes so I was able to mainly wear the same two pairs of sandals: a dressy pair and flip-flops. I brought a few extra pairs of sandals as well to be able to change things up a bit.

8) Don’t forget the waterproof sunscreen if you are going to the Caribbean and make sure to apply it frequently. That sun is HOT so you can’t go by what the bottle says regarding how often to reapply it. (Trust me…we learned this the hard way…) Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are great as well.

What packing tips do you have?

5 Fabulous Dresses For Holiday Parties

(Disclosure: This sponsored post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and DressFirst.com. I was compensated for my work on this campaign. All opinions are 100% mine.)

It’s hard to deny the fact that the holiday season is upon us. Less than 2 months remain until Christmas and I’m already in the holiday spirit. I was even listening to Christmas music the other day!

Other than purchasing gifts, the most time consuming “task” on my holiday to-do list is finding clothes for my family to wear. I spend hours online and at the stores to find the cutest outfits for my boys but, to be honest, when it comes to finding outfits for myself I don’t put much effort into it. I head to the closest store {kids in tow} and browse for something dressier than my yoga pants and sweatshirts. Once I find a few things I head to the dressing room and throw them on while bribing my kids to be quiet and keep the door closed while I’m indecent. Once I find something that doesn’t make me feel fat I put my comfy clothes back on and head to the checkout hoping that I have something at home that will help complete the outfit.

Does anyone else shop like this? I hate it because it’s stressful and I never end up with anything I really like. Enter online shopping. This is a mom’s dream. I love that I can sit on my couch {in my comfy clothes} and look at cute clothes in silence. I can think about what accessories I have that will match with them instead of just grabbing the first thing I find.

One website that is fun to browse is Dress First. It’s full of dresses that would be perfect for holiday parties, pictures, and Church during the Christmas season. Here are 5 of my favorite cocktail dresses for Christmas parties and events:

Love the little cap sleeves on this one!

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This is such a gorgeous color and the sparkle on the shoulders is a nice detail.

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I don’t know if I’d ever be bold enough to wear this one but I love how sparkly the top is!

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I love full skirts and this flowery one is extra cute.

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Had to add one that’s a little plain. This is the type of dress I usually wear :)

Check out the site and let me know which dress is your favorite! They also have a nice selection of prom dresses and bridesmaid dresses.

 

 

 

The Children’s Place Labor Day Deals

(Disclosure: As one of The Children’s Place Moms I work with TCP throughout the year. They didn’t ask me to share this but I thought this sale was too good not to share!)

Head over to The Children’s Place website to get a 15% off savings pass! My favorite items from TCP are their denim and their hoodies. Check out my Fall back to school post to see what we found when we went shopping there last month during their sneak peak event.

Hot Shoes From Rock & Republic

I shared recently about how I’d taken my sister out shopping courtesy of Kohl’s for some new back to school looks. She got 3 pairs of Rock & Republic jeans which were really cute on her. They don’t come in my size but I did discover that Rock & Republic has some great shoes that I could definitely “rock”. Check out two of my favorite pairs below:

The second pair might not be so practical but they’d be hot shoes for a night out. The first pair I think I’d get more use out of since they are a boot which I find easier to chase after my kids in :)

Which one is your favorite? Find more Rock & Republic shoe styles at Kohls.com.

(Disclosure: I am working with Kohl’s to share about their back to school and Fall styles. I received Rock & Republic Denim and gift cards to take my sister shopping.)

Cool In Converse

Jake was showing off another one of his back to school looks today! He wore his colorful printed logo Converse shirt {shout out to Converse for sending us this cool shirt}, plain ol’ jean shorts, and his slip-on “Chucks”.

Perusing the Converse website I discovered you can create your own shoes. How fun! And….

Image from converse.com

How awesome are those!? Which Chuck Taylor All Stars shoes would your child love to wear?

(Disclosure: We received a tshirt and shorts from Converse but all thoughts are my own. We had the shoes already.)

Nike’s Back To School Clothing For Boys

Nike is a well-known athletic brand that’s been around for as long as I can remember with their cool shoes. They also make quality clothing for adults and children. We were sent a couple outfits to review.

The first outfit was perfect for my new little basketball player. He loved that the words on the shirt were printed to match a basketball. I loved the beautiful blue color of the shirt and the fact that I know these pieces are going to hold up well to pass them down to Lucas. Normally he wears preppier clothing to school but he wore this comfortable Nike look to school today {after practicing his dribbling skills while waiting for the bus} because they were having gym class today and he wanted to wear gym shoes and sports clothing.

Look #2 was a skater look which I was surprised to see. Jacob thought the guy on the front of the shirt was silly looking and laughed when I pulled it out of the box. I loved the thickness in the shorts. Sometimes material on boys clothing is so thin but this was definitely not. The cargo pockets on the shorts were a nice feature, too. Jacob loves to carry around all his little treasures so I can see him filling the pockets with all that is special to him.

Which look is your favorite?

(Disclosure: I received Nike clothing for review but all thoughts are my own.) 

Fashionable Teen Looks From Rock & Republic And Kohl’s

The other day someone asked me what grade my little sister was going into and I couldn’t believe it when I figured out that she was going to be a Senior in high school! For some reason I had in my head that she was only going to be a Junior. Where does the time go?! Thanks to my partnership with Kohl’s I was able to take her shopping with gift cards from Kohl’s to get some great back-to-school looks.

We started with denim because that is a staple of any wardrobe. Morgan chose three of her favorite denim styles from Rock & Republic: Kashmiere Skinny Jeans, Kashmiere Coated Denim Leggings, and Kasandra Bootcut Jeans. Once we had the jeans it was time to get the shirts. Morgan also picked out a purse and pair of flats.

Here are the looks she chose:

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I think the denim she chose really adds variety to her wardrobe. Even paired with plain shirts they make a statement. The light colored pants are a beautiful blue color. Check out more of Rock & Republic’s denim styles by clicking the image below. Which is your favorite? Find them exclusively at Kohl’s!

(Disclosure: As stated above, I received the denim and gift cards from Kohl’s. All thoughts are my own.)

 

Neutral Fashions For Fall

Can you believe it’s already August? Where has the summer gone? I’ll be working with Kohl’s to share some back-to-school fashions for kids and teens soon {with a giveaway!!} but I wanted to remind all of you moms out there that you deserve a new outfit for Fall, too :) The neutral colored looks below can all be found at Kohl’s.

 

OUTFIT #1

Jennifer Lopez Wedge Sweater $54.00

Jennifer Lopez Ankle Trouser Pants $54.00

Jennifer Lopez Open Toe Blingy Heels $74.99

OUTFIT #2

Rock & Republic Sleeveless Studded Collar Shirt $44.00

Rock & Republic Coated Kashmere Leggings $88.00

Rock & Republic Mitchel Booties $84.99

 OUTFIT #3

Jennifer Lopez Embellished Top $54.00

Jennifer Lopez Embellished Skinny Jeans $60.00

OUTFIT #4

Rock & Republic Lazer Cutout Tee $44.00

Rock & Republic Kashmere Leggings $88.00

OUTFIT #5

Jennifer Lopez Studded Blouse $48.00

Jennifer Lopez Skinny Jeans $54.00

Jennifer Lopez Joanna Large Crossbody Bag $99.00

(Disclosure: As stated above, I am working with Kohl’s this back-to-school season. All thoughts are my own.)

Colorful Fashions For Women At Kohl’s

(Disclosure: Kohl’s gave me gift cards to shop for my conference wardrobe but all thoughts are my own.)

I tend to wear a lot of neutral colors. Black, grey, white, and brown items fill my closet because I have always been drawn to how easy they are to match with other items. Lately I’ve tried to look for clothes that had some color to them. I shopped at Kohl’s for the conference I just went to and got so many compliments on my clothes that I think I will continue to add colorful pieces to my closet. I wanted to share a couple of the items I wore last week {sorry about the low quality cell phone pics!).

First thing I wore was black and white….

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The next shirt had some beautiful blue color in it. This was me experimenting with color {check out my lips, too! Hello red!}

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Doesn’t this shirt and necklace combo just scream summer? I loved the bright colors and flowers with the pops of yellow. I paired it with a white cardigan and some cute white sandals.

Do you tend to wear neutral tones or do you go for the bright colors in your clothes? If you usually don’t wear much color I’d encourage you to try adding a few colorful pieces here and there.

BlogHer Wardrobe Shopping {And Some Tips On What To Wear}

(Disclosure: I received gift cards from Kohl’s but all thoughts are my own. Honestly, I would have done most of my BlogHer shopping there anyways, even without the gift cards, since I love their selection.)

I’m headed to the BlogHer conference at the end of this month. It’s one of my favorite blogging events and one I know can bring anxiety about what to wear for those going for the first time. Having been to the conference back in 2010 {and many other blogging conferences since then} I have some tips on what to bring wardrobe-wise:

1) Wear comfy shoes. Those heals may look adorable but trust me, they won’t look so cute on someone who is limping around in pain.

2) Pack more than you plan to wear. At the last conference a friend spilled wine on my dress. Thankfully it was white wine so I was able to stick it out with the wet spot but you never know what could happen. You need to have a few extra outfits for accidents or change of plans.

3) Pack something warm. I live in the Chicago area and earlier this week we had one day that was a high of like 63 degrees. Even on hot days the city seems a bit cooler than other areas and conference rooms tend to be a little cold so pack a cardigan or light jacket just in case.

4) Pack a little purse and a larger tote like bag. Going around the conference and expo you will want a large bag to put business cards, pamphlets, and swag in. For the parties you will want something small to keep your cell phone, wallet, and lip gloss in.

5) It’s okay to wear items you already have. I’ve done some shopping for the conference but I plan to wear some clothes that I already have. Keep in mind that most of what you already have in your closet are clothes that none of us have seen so your “old” clothes will be new to us :)

With that said, if you are shopping for some new items I wanted to share some tips on what to look for at the store:

Cute accessories! I love this bracelet pack because these will go with a variety of different looks. I can wear them all together or separately.

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It’s all in the details! Look for cute prints and details on shirts. This is a flowy shirt that goes over a tank top and it has these buttons on the sleeve that make it a short sleeve top.

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Instead of regular old rubber flip flops (which I seem to live in during the summer), give your feet some bling.

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When looking for dresses, find one that works for your body type. I found this dress that has stripes in the skinniest part of my middle which slims me because the eye is drawn to that portion of my body.

What about you? Any tips for us all? Or if you are a “newbie”, any questions I can answer? Leave a comment or tweet me! @aliciamarie112

If You Thought Pinterest Was Addicting…. {Check Out Polyvore}

If you thought Pinterest was addicting and enjoy fashion I invite you to check out Polyvore. I discovered this site today and spent a ridiculous amount of time on it. Polyvore lets you put outfits together and then share them with others. I think it’s great that you can see the designer and prices and also click to purchase right there instead of having to go search the items out. Most of the items featured on the website are way beyond my budget but it’s fun to look and you can always find ideas and then put together cheaper versions of the look.

Here are a few of my favorite outfits:

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Enjoy your new addiction :)

How To Wear A Scarf {25 Ways!}

This Fall I bought some scarfs and wasn’t really sure how to wear them so I found two easy looks and stuck to them. When a friend posted on Facebook saying she used Pinterest to look for ways to wear a scarf I thought it was a genius idea! Here is an amazing video I found that shows many different ways to wear a scarf-25 to be exact! It’s perfect for moms because it can be watched on mute and is less than 5 minutes long!

Fashion Bloggers and…. ME!

Earlier this week my friend, Paula, and I attended an event with the Chicago Blogger Network. While I had fun, I felt out of place because almost everyone there was young, fashionable, and well, basically me before I had two kids. (Though I don’t think I was ever as fashion forward as these fashion bloggers were!)

You can check out all the really cute outfits here. Pictures were taken by @Tyliner of Darkroom Demons.

Here was my look:

Jokingly I asked Sinisa before I left if he thought I would win an award for being the most stylish. He said “NO!” He explained that he didn’t like my scarf or my jeans and probably could have went on but I stopped him. I said “thanks honey. You were just supposed to say yes.” Haha.

So Sinisa didn’t think I was the most fashionable but I thought I looked cute. What do you think? If you think I look at least somewhat decent I would love if you could visit my post on the Chicago Blogger Network page and leave a comment under my picture. I made it easy for you all and linked right to my page. The person with the most comments gets an IPod Touch! :)

To find out more about the party you can view the tweets from the evening with the hashtag #CBNTRIBUTEPARTY.

(Disclosure: I attended this event free of charge as a member of the Chicago Blogger Network.)