Spring Fashion Trends {I’m all in!}

Happy Spring Friends!  Ready or not in your neck of the woods, Spring fashion is in full swing!  Over the weekend Lucy and I attended a fun Spring Fashion Event with Macys and my friends at Gossip & Glamour and Styled Seattle. 

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One of the “perks” of getting older and being an over 40+ blogger, is that people don’t expect you to follow all the trends.  Some trends….well they need to stay with the younger girls,  and then there are some that can be left to interpretation for anyone which is a lot of fun.  The Spring trends for this year are perfect for any age in my opinion and some of my favorites!  So let’s get started!

Leather Jacket / the color Blush

One of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe is my black faux leather jacket.  I have had mine for 2+ years and it’s a staple (see what I wore to the show..not kidding)  It was on the runway again over this gorgeous Blush (IT color for the season) dress.  So don’t stick that baby in the back of your closet…keep it front and center and pair it with everything!

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The Bomber Jacket / Pattern Mixing

The bomber jacket is another great ageless piece this year.  You can find them in solids, satins, florals and lace!  Pair it with jeans to skirts they look adorable.

Pattern mixing is one of my favorite trends, and I have been doing for years!  As Jennifer Lovin from Jenniferlovin.com shared, the key is to find a common color palette and it naturally binds the patterns together.  In the photo below the theme of black and white in the stripe skirt and the floral bomber makes this outfit work perfectly!

The Utility Jacket

Again, another trend that I’ve been wearing non-stop!  Olive green is a perfect neutral and works with everything.  The utility jacket is light and gives the perfect additional layer to a jeans and tee outfit.

Statement Sleeves

I love this one!  I have a few tops in my closet with amazing sleeves, and they are so fun!  They look great with a simple skirt, jeans or a great pair of trousers like the ones below.

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Florals Florals Florals

Enough said?  Dresses, blouses, bomber jackets, shoes…florals are everywhere!  I have yet to get anything in this print, but I know there will be something!

So, what do you think?  Are these some trends that you can see yourself working into your wardrobe and style??

xoxo~Dawn

*All photos by Jenna Lynn Photography*

 

 

 

A Celebration to Remember

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite details when creating a Celebration to remember.

 Whether you’re celebrating a milestone birthday, a retirement, or a life lived, creating a display of memorabilia from the person of honor is a loving tribute.  It creates a sense of who they are and all the things that brought them joy throughout their life.

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Photos and articles about accomplishments copied and framed gives your guests some insight into highlights and special events.  Adding in a little about their favorite hobbies shows a side of someone’s passions.

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By creating this either in a tablescape or doing smaller displays as centerpieces is a really fun way for everyone to connect and share fun stories and memories they may have, or get a glimpse into a side of the person they didn’t know.

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You can see another celebration I styled here for a Retirement/70th Birthday party where I created centerpieces from mementos from the gentleman’s travels and life as a college professor.

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I love creating events that are personal and meaningful.  I hope you’ll find something here to inspire your next Celebration.

“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”

xoxo~Dawn

Splurge vs Steal

I always love to share when I find a great deal.  I especially LOVE finding the “look for less” when it comes to trendy items…things I know that I will probably only wear one season/year.  I do believe, on classic pieces it is best to spend your max to have comfort and quality pieces that will last you for years.
I thought it would be fun, to take 4 shoe styles that I am loving right now, and give you a Splurge vs Steal option.  I really cannot believe how similar each of these are!
Splurge/Steal
Pom Pom Booties  (Splurge / Steal) – I am DYING to get my hands on this Steal pair of sneaks!  I am a self-proclaimed sneaker addict, and I think the pom pom’s are adorbs!
Block Heel Sandals ( Splurge / Steal ) – I love the heel height and color of these sandals.  These might be a case where the Splurge price is great already and these could be a classic in your wardrobe.  Maybe if your stepping out of your comfort zone in color, the Steal would be the way to go!
Perforated Bootie ( Splurge / Steal ) – Super cute and chic!  I personally love the cut of the Steal better than the Splurge!
Espadrille Sandals (Splurge / Steal ) – Now these….so popular last year, and are def on the A-list again!  I love them, but am scared I would feel 10 ft tall…however $60 Steal might make me suffer for fashion!  I have read over and over again, that the Splurge version is SO comfortable.
So, what about you??  Are you a Splurge or Steal gal, or does it just depend on the goods??
Hope you have a great day!
xoxo~Dawn
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Instagram Outfit Round-up

I thought I would do an Instagram Outfit round-up here on the blog and share a few of my fave looks from the past few weeks and why I love them!  To shop each of these looks…click on the “Shop Sale” box right under my “Hello” photo and it will take you to all the links!  Easy Peasy!

So, first off, athleisure…yes, I hated that term when it first came out, but let’s be honest, I am all about this look!  Its comfy, perfect for hanging at home or running errands and looking like you put a little effort into your leggings and sneaks!  And, really…how cute are these bright babies??

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I am a huge Anglophile, so when I saw this tee I knew I had to have it!  It is super soft and a great fit!  You can find it at Shop Everyly Co .

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This outfit is a mix of my two most beloved patterns…plaid and leo!  You can never go wrong adding leopard to any outfit…consider it a neutral!  This coat is the BEST hand-me-down I have ever received, it has easily become my winter staple!

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Told you, winter staple that coat!  My beloved booties recently got a hole in them, so I need to replace these stat as I wear them at least 3x a week they are that versatile!  This cute sweater was a Jcrew find and I love the purple/navy combo!

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This here is really just a mix of all things I love…a cute sweater, a plaid scarf and my fave leopard sneaks that are years old from Target.  I have linked some similar pairs for ya though!  This bag, found it at Target and loved the shape…it has a very Kate Spadesque feel don’t ya think?

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My beloved moto jacket.  I bought this baby a couple of years ago for under 40 bucks, and have never looked back!  I probable wear this a couple of times a week as well!  I am a huge sneaker fan and these nikes cover all the bases…spots, neutral and comfort.

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Alright friends…think I better make this fam of mine some dinner!  Thanks fo sticking through this post! Mwwwaahhh!!

xoxo~Dawn

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Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar

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One of my kids favorite holiday traditions, is my Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar.

I set up stocked with to-go cups, hot cocoa, peppermint spoons, mini marshmallows, stir sticks and straws,cute napkins and anything else I can find.  This sits right next to our Keurig machine so there is easy access to coffee and hot water.  I found all of my goodies on the Oriental Trading Website!

Give it a try, I guarantee your family and your friends will love it!!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.  All ideas are my own.

 

 

Fall Porch Inspiration

Happy October and my favorite time of year!

I am all about all things pumpkin, plaid, sweaters, boots, leaves, cozy fires, warm drinks…you get the idea!

I’m getting ready to get my porch dressed up for the season, but love to look back on past years. I love decorating tabl

escapes with a Halloween vibe of skeletons, spiders, etc, but when it comes to my porch, I love a classic Fall feel.   A few things that are always constant:

~Pumpkins..lots of them!

~Mums…any color

~Kale…the bigger the better!

~Door wreaths (these are long gone, so I am on the hunt for new ones!)

~LOTS of leaves!

~and maybe a cutie or two in costume!

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How about you?  Do you decorate your porch every year? Are you a Team Halloween or Team Fall??

xoxo~Dawn

 

Tassel Talk

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Cheers to the weekend!  This week brought very warm temps to Seattle, middle school orientation for my girl (what???) and the pulling of two of her baby teeth to start the ortho process…I have growing pains!!

With next weekend being Labor Day already…I wanted to share this very summery dress before all we want to talk about are boots, blanket scarves and pumpkin anything!!

 I bought this dress early in Summer and completely forgot about in my closet..shhhh..dont tell my husband!  But really, what’s not to love about tassels??  To me they just say, “fun!”  The cute detail on the back of this dress is like a party in the back, right??  So cute! AND…right now it’s under $15!!  I linked it for you at the bottom of this post!

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Shoes/Bag/sunglasses

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I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

xoxo~Dawn
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