Friday faves

RealLifeAerial[hashtag: real life]

I’m heading for a quick trip to Kansas City in the morning to spend the day shopping with my sister before heading the the NCAA Midwest Regional Final game in the evening. On our list is a trip to IKEA to pick up a few items that we need. I recently came across this article about a woman who stayed a full day in the largest store in the US and passed the time by counting umlauts and fights. Oh and next time you run into my husband, ask him how he feels about his first trip to the Swedish furniture mecca.

I love a good gender reveal (Ev + Fitz), but this Rube Goldberg video that has been making the internet rounds is intense. Anyone else have this thought after watching: “Who is cleaning up this mess?”

In this episode of what I’ve been wearing on repeat lately, let me introduce you to my favorite t-shirt. I’ve been styling it with a tuck into high waisted jeans + sneakers for the weekend.

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My spring wishlist

I know we are getting close because the birds are singing when I wake up and our lilac bushes are starting to get tiny buds on them. And while around these parts we may still experience cooler temps, I know that warmer days are coming.

So in honor of the first official day of spring, I’ve rounded up my wishlist of wants and needs as we head into next season!


Madewell Skinny Overalls  //  Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses
Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Convertible Handbag Backpack
Merona Women’s Denim Romper //  Tie Front Tee
Gap Softspun knit wide-leg jumpsuit

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Friday faves

StPats[well-rested/pre-kids & celebrating St. Pat’s in CHI circa 2009]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! No chance of pinching me today because I’m rockin’ my green Nikes. I have always loved loud tennis shoes, so it should come as no surprise that I have my eye on this blush pair. [ALL THE HEART EYES]

Bracket already busted? Even if you aren’t interested in NCAA basketball, I find the statistics behind the madness just as fascinating. Check out FiveThirtyEight and their coverage, then sign up for their daily Significant Digits newsletter. I’ll be rocking this hat and cheering on my team today! #rockchalk

I popped into a local T.J. Maxx yesterday and I usually don’t have any patience for sifting through the women’s racks but decided to suck it up. I’m happy I did. I found two super cute tops from beachlunchlounge. An off-the-shoulder embroidered chambray (similar) + a laid back stripe button down.


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Don’t shy away from swimwear

My post-baby bod is definitely different this time around, and you know what, I’m okay with that.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned after having two kids, it’s that time goes by so fast. Too fast. This time around I’m trying to be more laid back, enjoying every little belly laugh and every last snuggle at the end of the day.

In slowing down and taking in those moments, I’m becoming more comfortable in my role as mom to these two sweet boys. And in turn, more at ease with my #mombod. It’s this body that carried and birthed two humans. This body that fed each of them for over 15 months collectively so far. You know, it may not be what it used to be, but I think that it’s actually better.

FourthofJuly2015_4[throwback: look at my little blonde baby!]

With all of that said, swimsuit season is on the horizon and I never want to be one of those moms sitting on the sidelines because I’m uncomfortable. I want my boys to know that I’m beautiful just the way I am, and that I will always choose playing with them in the pool over everything else.

Personally, I’m more comfortable in one piece suits and the selection out there now is so much better than what it used to be! Here are a few of the suits I have in my collection and some I’d love to add.


 Lands’ End Women’s Slender Sweetheart
Modcloth Getaway Forays
Clean Water Women’s Paisley X-Back
Lands’ End Women’s Slender Underwire Carmela
Modcloth Need I Say Shore
Vanilla Beach Women’s Floral Scalloped High Neck
Merona Women’s Draped
Ted Baker London Lace

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Little looks: spring break 2017

Even though it hasn’t been that rough of a winter, I so wish I was heading somewhere warm right about now. I keep thinking about our trip to Arizona a couple of years ago – well, mostly just the Dutch Bros coffee drinks.

Got spring fever? Heading somewhere warm with the fam. Here are some darling looks that are perfect for a little trip to the tropics – or just Florida.


1 // June & January Swing Dress in Marigold*
2 // Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack
3 // Old Navy Chambray Espadrilles
4 // Arizona Boys Stripe Swim Trunks
5 // Gap Gingham double-weave convertible shirt
6 // Gap Floral chambray flutter dress
7 // Mini Boden Print One-Piece Swimsuit
8 // Native Shoes Jefferson – Glow Slip-On Sneaker
9 // Cat & Jack Toddler Boys’ Pull-On Shorts
10 // June & January Basic Tee in Wasabi*
11 // New Era Kids’ New York Yankees B-Dub 9FIFTY Snapback Cap

*Click HERE and get 15% off when you spend $50+ on June & January!

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Friday faves

EvCollection[a few of Ev’s treasures: his first found shed + grandpa’s Ducks Unlimited mini decoys]

I’m always in need of a good ‘fancier’ tank to throw under the rainbow of cardis I have in my closet, and at $7 a pop (on sale!) I couldn’t pass trying these Old Navy peplum tanks out.

Ever since seeing my coworker in a camouflage anorak jacket the other day, I’ve decided I need one too! Trying to decide if I should splurge or save: Anthropologie vs.  J.C.Penney. Thoughts?

We are supposed to be getting snow this weekend (BOO!) so our plan is to hunker down and put the fireplace to good use. I’m this close to breaking down and buying this personalized plaid (obvi) log carrier from Mark & Graham, because why not?!

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Aunt Mo’s house

My sister recently moved into a darling brick house located in Beaverdale. It is right across the street from the Catholic grade school all of us girls attended growing up. #nostalgia
It is also walking distance from some great local joints: Reed’s Hallow, Christopher’s, Back Country Outfitters and Grounds for Celebration – to name a few.

I’ve been helping her find her ‘style’ and I think we’ve settled on mid-century modern meets rustic traditional. HA – if that is even a thing!

The house is in great shape but needed a few cosmetic upgrades. The walls were given a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin-Williams Reflection and Passive) and my dad restained the wood floors in the upstairs bedroom. There is also a little bathroom remodel that should be getting underway any day now.

[ England Furniture couch, chair with custom fabric & ottoman // coffee table // rug]MoHouse_GuestBdrm
[ bed frame (similar) // faux fur pelt // navy velvet pillow covers // grey duvet (similar)]MoHouse_StairwayMoHouse_MasterBdrm[ Coaster metal bed // dark faux fur pelt (similar) // shearling pillows (similar)]

Now that we have the big pieces figured out, I’m all about adding in eclectic extras. Here are a few finds that are on the ‘wishlist’.

Pottery Barn Geode Bookends // Threshold Crocodile Head Sculpture
Oval Rustic Wooden Tray
// East Urban Home Holli Zollinger Floor Pillow
“Le Grande Jete” Giclee
// H&M Patterned Mug
Torre & Tagus Oro Cube Terrariums // Jonathan Adler Charade Studded Taper Vase
Threshold Faux Fur Pillow // Urban Outfitters Honeycomb Wood Shelf

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