Mom and Daughter Bonding Time – Love It!

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Last week, the girl and I saw Ariana Grande and Rixton in concert. Going to concerts has turned into mommy and daughter adventures. And I love every moment…and I hope she does, too.

When we were getting ready for the show, I was just looking at my little girl and realizing that she is growing up too fast. You know when they are babies and you just want them to keep reaching those milestones? “I can’t wait for her to sit up. I can’t wait for her to walk. I can’t wait until she gets out of her car seat.” Those milestones come and go so quickly. I just can’t believe she’s going to be 11 in a few short months. As I was fixing my hair, she got in my closet (like she always does) to play in my high heels. When she put one pair on – she was almost as tall as me! AHHHHHH! I know the day will come when she will actually look me eye to eye. It will be here before I know it.

I’m trying to learn to enjoy it all. Since you can’t take time and slow it down, you have to live in the moment. Put the phones down. Enjoy the time you are spending with your children. Before the concert, we ate at P.F. Changs and just talked. About anything and everything. I think that was my favorite part of our evening. Just hearing about her school day and swimming and just life as a fifth grader. I want her to always know I will be there to listen.

We both enjoyed the concert. I have to say Rixton was a great opener. They knew how to engage the crowd – and they are great singers. Did I mention their British accents are awesome? I’m a sucker for accents. Ariana has some big pipes for such a petite girl. I could tell it was her first headlining tour; it seemed a little unpolished as she constantly exited the stage to change and there were big gaps of time. I wouldn’t rate it in my top shows I’ve ever seen, but the girl enjoyed it, and that’s what matters. I bought the tickets for her (and I’m so glad she didn’t want that $40 concert t-shirt either!).

I’m looking forward to many more mother daughter bonding adventures! How do you bond with your daughter?

Me: Dress – Anthropologie (super sale!!); Sandals – Kohl’s (old); Necklace – Tiffany; Watch – Rolex

Girl: Dress – Lilly Pultizer via ThredUp; Flip flops – Target (old) 

Blinged Top and Fancy Pants – and of course Leopard Shoes

I’ve discovered that I really do hate dress pants. But when you are in the working world, they are an evil necessity. So if I have to buy them, they are at least going to be fun! I bought these last spring at The Limited, and I love the pattern and color!

I thought the pants coordinated well with my new pale pink Ted Baker top. I love when Ted has his sales (look, I sound like I know him like he’s my buddy!)…and I got this a couple of months ago. You may say, “Why has you waited so long to wear it?!” Because I’m a lazy ironer. Since I ordered it online, it came with a million wrinkles. I knew this top couldn’t be ironed. So there it hung in my closet…me willing the wrinkles to just miraculously fall out. Guess what? Uh…they didn’t. In comes my new Conair steamer! It worked like a charm! So I wore this top the first chance I got.

I love mixing patterns and prints, so why not go ahead and throw leopard in there?! It’s my new neutral :)

ted baker top and the limited pants

ted baker top and the limited pants

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Shirt – Ted Baker; Pants – The Limited; Shoes – Isaac Mizrahi; Bracelets – Lagos and David Yurman; Watch – Rolex; Ring – Bergner’s

Shorts Weather

Saturday in the ATL was definitely shorts weather. Now, I admit, I have a love-hate relationship with shorts. I really only like them when I wear wedges. And as I have gotten older, I have to make sure the shorts I choose to wear are not tight against my legs…especially when I wear them with sandals. They just end up making my legs look stumpy. No thank you.

I shopped my closet and dug out these ridiculously comfy silky-type shorts from Banana last year. Floral prints are hot right now, so yay me for keeping them :)

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Shirt – Gap (old); Shorts – Banana Republic (old); Wedges – 7 for all Mankind (old); Sunnies – Kate Spade; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old); Watch – Rolex; Earrings – The Limited (old); Fitbit Flex :)

Follow Em on Instagram

So…I’ve had Instagram for a few years. I love messing with the filters and having fun with photos. I’ve always had it set on the private setting, but I thought some of you might like a closer peek inside of my life. Typically there’s lots of kiddo cuteness :) If you want to follow me, click the image below or search @alittlebitofem on Instagram.

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Neutral Silk Top With Lace Detail

Have I told you how much I hate ironing? Well. I do. Like I do everything imaginable not to iron. So when I purchase a top, the iron/not-to-iron factor always weighs in on my decision. But when I stumbled upon this blouse, I fell in love with the lace detail, and my ironing factor went straight out the window. (And did I mention I got this on super sale?!)

DVF Lace Yoke Top Pebble Black

I love the cream color, and the silk is ridiculously soft. The stretchy cotton sleeves were an added bonus … I hate when silk sleeves get those horrible elbow wrinkles. I’m not a huge lace person, but this detail was so feminine and the little keyhole back was a sweet touch.

DVF Lace Yoke Top Pebble Black

Pair it with some great jeans – and voila! Easy outfit for work :) You’ve got to love that!

Shirt; Jeans; Booties; Bracelet – Henri Bendel (old); Earrings – Stella & Dot (retired)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

St. Patty’s Day Green with Nordstrom

Well, I’m not Irish, but I do love green! But for those of you who are Irish…Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! Hope your Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ today :) Here are a few great green items at Nordstroms!

 

St. Patrick's Day Green

 

Antropologie Novela Maxi Dress and Tiffany Locket

Now, I own a lot of summer maxi dresses, BUT I have not found any long sleeve maxis that I loved. Until I saw this beauty at Anthropologie. The Novela maxi dress by Maeve. I saw it in the store last month and resisted trying it on. I didn’t want to spend $150. While I was in the Chicago store off of Michigan Ave. (who has THE best sales area of any Anthros), I saw it. For almost 1/2 off. You bet I snatched that up and headed to the dressing room.

Anthropologie Novela Maxi Dress

It is so comfortable! So comfy it’s like wearing a nightgown. And I love the ruching underneath the bust. It makes me feel like I have such a tiny waist. And what woman doesn’t want to look like she has a small waist?!

Novela ruching detail

Oh…and pockets! I’m so glad designers started putting pockets in dresses. They are always one of my favorite details!

Anthropologie Novela Maxi Dress

 

Anthropologie Novela Maxi Dress

Last year, I got this beautiful Tiffany & Co. locket for my birthday. One reason I love it…it has my gorgeous babies inside. It’s a way I always have them with me. They have my heart.

Tiffany Round Locket

 

Dress – Anthropologie Novela by Maeve; Booties – Pour La Victoire (old); Necklace – Tiffany & Co.; Ring – Tiffany & Co.; Bracelet – Lagos (old); Watch – Rolex

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Love Those Blackhawks On and Off the Ice

I grew up watching the Blackhawks and going to games at the old Chicago Stadium. Why? Because my daddy loves the Blackhawks. :) Keeping up with the Blackhawks keeps me connected to my dad. We have a ton of stuff to talk about, but in some way I know since he never had a son, it’s my attempt to be able to talk sports with him.

kane and toews fans

When I was up in Chicago in December, my dad even surprised me with buying me a Kane jersey. Seriously, it was the sweetest gesture (especially since my daughter and son are the ones who receive the gestures…they have him wrapped around their fingers!).

I follow the Blackhawks on and off the ice. I know so many sports teams are involved in their communities, and it warms all fans’ hearts. These guys can bring so much joy to so many people by doing the littlest things. The team puts out videos on Blackhawks TV, and some of these videos can bring you to tears. Let’s take a look at a few of my recent favorites…and see if your eyes are dry afterwards.

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Now, I know this post is about the Blackhawks, but this video from a Bruins game tugged at my heart strings, too!!

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They’re Real Mascara Makes a Difference

With blonde eyelashes, if I don’t wear mascara, it basically looks like I don’t even have any! Being so light, they don’t seem like they are long either. Oh but they are! They just need a little help.

I’ve been using They’re Real mascara from benefit for almost three years. I. Love. It. And you can see why…

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On the weekends I tend to wear minimal makeup…or none at all, which of course is my favorite. Sometimes my face just needs a break. Oh wait, and I get lazy. :) Even just adding mascara, I feel somewhat made up. It just pops my eyes.

This mascara really lengthens my lashes. As you can see, it’s more of a lengthener than a thickener, which I am completely fine with that. I’m sure if I put tons of layers on they would thicken up, but I want them to seem more natural.

I can’t recommend this mascara enough. It really is one of my favorite beauty products! What do you use? What’s your favorite?

Have You Been to JC Penney Lately?

The other night I had to watch Nashville on ABC Demand, which subjects you to commercials. Ugh. The commercial I kept seeing was for JC Penney’s spring looks. And I have to admit it made me want to visit my local store and check some things out. There are tons of gorgeous prints that caught my eye, and after I looked online, the prices are ridiculously affordable. Here’s some things I would love to go try on!

 

scuba print top and pencil skirt

Worthington Scuba Top and Pencil Skirt

Worthington Essential short sleve shirt and skirt

Worthington Essential Shirt and Sateen Pencil Skirt

colorblock tee

Worthington Colorblock Tee

graphic set

Worthington Colorblock Blouse and Long Print Pencil Skirt

belted peplum top and crop pants

Worthington Belted Peplum Top and Wide Leg Cropped Pant

striped shift dress

Worthington Striped Shift Dress

sleeveless fit and flare

Worthington V Neck Print Fit and Flare Dress

bodycon dress

Bisou Bisou Floral Print Bodycon Dress

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Worthington Short-Sleeve Rounded Twist Neck Top and Double Pleated Skirt

The added bonus? Everything is on sale! Have you shopped at JC Penney lately?

stila’s Smudge Crayon Review

I love stila’s eye shadows. I’ve been wearing them for over 10 years. I find their colors are so pigmented, thus having to use less of the product and the eyeshadow lasting for such a long time.

On Haute Look, they had stila. So of course I checked it out to see what was on sale. I saw these Smudge Crayons, and for $8 I couldn’t resist trying them. I have a deep navy and my favorite Kitten color. Even though I saw these crayons don’t have great reviews on stila’s website, I freakin’ love my Smudge Crayons!

I’ve been using them for a couple of months now. And on Friday I thought I would do a little test. Here’s what I did:

  • 6:30 a.m. – Used my Kitten Smudge Crayon with stila’s powder Golightly shadow in the crease (liner was stila’s waterproof liquid liner in dark brown).
  • Worked all day!
  • 6:00 p.m. – Sweated my booty off at the gym lifting and walking on the treadmill with all of my makeup on.
  • 10:30 p.m. – took another picture of my eye makeup at the end of the day. And it looked fabulous!

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The crayon goes on very silky and smooth. Seriously, I use it like a crayon coloring on a piece of paper. To me, it acts like a a perfect primer to set my crease shadow. I use the powder Kitten color, too, and I do feel the crayon pops more.

You may be thinking, “Em, you said you had a deep navy, too. How does that work for you?” Now, for the navy color, I’ve only used it as a liner. And it too lasts all day. I line my eyes and then use a Q-tip to smudge it more. It is so pigmented that I have not tried it all over my lid. That may be a bit much for work, huh?! :)

I highly recommend the Smudge Crayons if you are looking for a great new type of shadow!

Add Sparkle to Your Sweater

It’s been so dreary and gray in the ATL lately. So, I busted out some pastels to lighten my mood! My uniform lately has been layering a button up with a sweater.

I thought why not add a little sparkle to my uni?! This Stella & Dot Somervell necklace is exactly what this outfit needed. But that wasn’t enough. I need more sparkle (said in my best Christopher Walken voice)!

So I added some beautiful mint drop earrings my momma got me and a Kendra Scott bracelet. I love mint. I’m so happy this color became popular a few years ago and has stayed.

J. Crew Tippi SweaterAnd yes, I added another Tippi sweater to my collection. When they are on sale plus an additional 40% off, it’s hard to resist!

J. Crew Tippi Sweater Stella & Dot Somervell Necklace Kendra Scott Raegan

Sweater – J. Crew Tippi; Shirt – Old Navy (old); Jeans – AG Angel Bootcut; Booties – Ash (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot Somervell; Bracelets – Kendra Scott Raegan and Henri Bendel; Earrings – gift, but similar here; Watch – Rolex; Ring – Lagos

S-S-S-Snake – Print Dress That Is

Ok, immediately Paula Abdul came into my head when I was thinking about a title for this post. Y’all know what I’m talking about…Cold Hearted Snake! I hearted her so much back in the day. But, this post isn’t to reminisce on my fav tunes from my younger days.

It is however a post about how much I love this snake print J. McLaughlin dress! I loved their end of the season sale a few weeks back. I got this amazing number at a whopping $69, marked down from $235+. Now that my friends is a freakin’ fantastic deal in my book.

J. McLaughlin python print dress

Now, I know it’s not about finding great deals and adding stuff to my closet for no reason. Before I decided to make the purchase, I did stand in the dressing room and thought of the different ways I could wear it. One key thing –  it is work appropriate. It’s not too tight. It’s not too short. The print isn’t too loud and crazy for the office. Win-win. This fabric is also one of my favorite parts. It doesn’t wrinkle! I loathe ironing, so the less I have to do of it the better. And did I mention it has little pockets?! Love that cute detail.

J. McLaughlin python print dress

I was lucky and Georgia had a beautiful almost 60 degree day last week. So no tights needed! I also could wear my peep toe booties. I hope my Northeastern readers don’t hate me too much since I know you are buried in snow up to the wazoo!

J. McLaughlin python print dress

Dress – J. McLaughlin; Booties – Coach; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired La Coco); Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – David Yurman (similar)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Wrap Me Up in DVF

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and got to spend it with your special someone.

Y’all know I love to get dressed up – and what better excuse than Valentine’s dinner. We celebrated in Highlands, NC, and let me tell you how chilly it was! So freakin’ cold! Literally the wind was howling. I really wanted to wear this red and pink dress, but I would have froze. So, luckily I bought this awesome DVF wrap dress on super sale at a great boutique, Rosenthal’s, on Saturday.

DVF Optic Plaid Black wrap dress

This dress immediately caught my eye. Just look at the print. It’s like a little optic illusion. And all of the colors at the bottom – just gorgeous. DVF wrap dresses are iconic. It’s fits wonderfully, but I definitely will have to wear a cami underneath to make it work appropriate. Love when I find dresses like this at 75% off…don’t hate on my knack on finding good deals :)

DVF Optic Plaid Black wrap dress

Dress – DVF; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Tights – The Limited (old); Watch – Rolex; Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired La Coco); Lipstick – Lipstick Queen Sinner in Rouge

Trees Please – Ted Baker Pretty Trees Dress

I have an obsession with Ted. Ted Baker that is. Not the stuffed bear with the wicked Boston accent :) I find his dresses to be so feminine and playful. And this dress is no exception.

Ted Baker Eponi Pretty Trees Dress

I had my eye on it for a long time at Von Maur. And I watched. And I watched some more … until it was on its second mark down. SCORE! Gotta love the sales at Von Maur! I love the Peter Pan collar in the front and the back, and not to mention this great print. My kids were spinning me around trying to find all of the birds on it. It’s such a wonderful mix of color. Ted does it again.

Ted Baker Eponi Pretty Trees Dress

Ted Baker Eponi Pretty Trees Dress

My mom picked up these gorgeous little mint earrings for me for Christmas. I love that my hair is slightly long enough to pull back so I can start to show off my earrings! I also picked up this new Raegan cuff from Kendra Scott. Mint is one of my favorite colors, so I know this bracelet will be on heavy rotation, especially since it’s small and a good size for layering.

Kendra Scott Raegan Cuff and Henri Bendel Gold Bracelet

Dress – Ted Baker Eponi Pretty Trees; Tights – The Limited (old); Booties – Vince Camuto (old); Earrings – ?? Christmas present; Mint Cuff – Kendra Scott Raegan; Gold Cuff – Henri Bendel; Watch – Rolex

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Little Black Dress Inspiration with Dailylook

The Little Black Dress. LBD. Do you have one? Or two or three or ten? Black is that universally flattering color for everyone. And who wouldn’t want to wear a color that flatters your figure? It’s a no brainer.

If you have followed me at all, you know I absolutely love color. So, I will admit, I do not bust out my LBDs very much. BUT…I have three great ones in my closet. One that is work appropriate with cap sleeves, a fun peplum with criss crossed back, and a body con with a little mesh at the top. If you do not own any black dresses and are a working girl like me, I suggest going with something that you could wear for work functions with maybe a sleeve and a length that works for your office culture.

On the other hand, if you want something a little more fun, I suggest going to the Dailylook to see their great LBD options. They have it all (yes, a few office appropriate, too)! I was recently inspired to put together a look.

The Little Black Dress

I have curves (cue All About That Bass…all the right curves in all the right places!), and sometimes, yes, I want to show them off. That’s why in this set I chose a great pencil dress with a slightly lower neckline. I tend to love to pair black with leopard. Leopard is a staple in my wardrobe – and if you are afraid of it, get over your fear! It’s the best! What else do I love? A great red lip. Lipstick Queen has the best lipsticks; it has quickly become my favorite brand of lipstick that actually lasts.

Dailylook not only has great options for LBDs, but basically everything. There is inspiration everywhere on their site. Don’t forget to pin your favorite looks and use them later when you are in fashion slump…and are doing the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” when you are staring at a closet full of clothes. (Guilty as charged!)

Another great feature – Shop By Body Type. When you are shopping online, don’t you always wonder how that would look on you? With this feature, hopefully it will help you understand the cuts of some of the clothes and whether or not they would work for you.

So happy LBD shopping to you!!

Dailylook inspired this post and all opinions are my own.

Lotta Purple and Fun Jewels

I thought I would shop my closet and bust out some pieces I hadn’t worn for a while. Purple is one of my favorites colors – maybe not as much as blue – but I love a good purple and gray combination.

kendra scott rayne necklace

 

purple AG skinny jeans

 

My parents (love them!) got me this Lagos ring for Christmas. It was one of those things that I saw last May on vacation and said “Oh, that would be an awesome Christmas present.” My momma listened. What I love about it, too, is that it fits perfectly. I have ridiculously small fingers, as in my ring finger is a 4.25. It fits like a glove and never slips to the side, especially since I’m typing or using a mouse all day.

So I jumped on the Kendra Scott wagon – and I’m loving my new Rayne necklace. It was hard to figure out what color combination I wanted! But, I did not have a long black and silver necklace, so that’s what I walked out of the store with. Love it!

kendra scott rayne necklace and lagos ring

Sweater – Banana Republic (old); Shirt – Banana Republic (old); Jeans – AG Stilt (old); Booties – Frye Regina; Necklace – Kendra Scott Rayne; Ring – Lagos (similar but different stones)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

Anthro Maxi Dresses Anyone?

I have Spring Break on the brain I guess, based on my post yesterday. One of the main items of clothing I love to take – maxi dresses. Why? They are so versatile! Dress them up. Dress them down. Wear them during the day and at night for dinner. It’s a win win, especially if you have limited room in your suitcase.

These are the latest ones at Anthropologie that I am swooning over right now. Why is it every dress I want is so freakin’ expensive?! Ugh. Me and my stupid expensive taste. I will be watching these bad boys like a hawk for them to go on sale. Or I’ll use a Super Bowl analogy of watching those dresses like Butler watched that ball go right into his hands! (Go Pats!) So here are some of my favorite maxis:

This Season’s New One Piece Swimsuits

I cannot believe it’s February! Where on earth did January go?! But that means one more month down until Spring Break. Which also means one more month down until you may have to get into a swimsuit. Some may be saying, “Bring. It. On.” Others may be saying, “Oh heck no. I’m not ready!” No matter what you say, you may be looking for some great new options for your upcoming trip (or even for summer).

Last year, I did a blog post about one piece swimsuits – and how they can be cute! Not everyone’s body is made for a bikini. In high school, I was that girl who wore the string bikini. And after mommyhood, stretch marks appeared. While they have faded, I’m still super self conscious and prefer to wear a one piece. The good thing? There are so many great one piece options!

My favorite one piece last year was Robin Piccone’s “Penelope” Crochet Overlay. It gives that illusion of a two-piece, but the coverage that I want. Currently I only see black online, but hopefully they will have more colors as Spring Break nears! Here is the swimsuit on a real body vs. a skinny mini model :)

Robin Piccone Penelope Crochet Swimsuit

Robin Piccone Penelope Crochet Swimsuit

Here are some great one piece options from Nordstrom.com. Love shopping Nordstrom.com – free shipping and returns. So you can order a few suits, even in multiple sizes, and just return them for free. Now that’s a great way to shop. Click on each image to see details.Robin Piccone Penelope

BLEU Rod Beattie 'Peep Show' One-Piece Halter Swimsuit (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Topshop Scalloped One Piece Swimsuit

Nanette Lepore 'Paloma Goddess'

Trina Turk 'Kon Tiki' One-Piece Swimsuit (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Trina Turk 'Venice Beach' One-Piece Swimsuit

Red Carter Griffin

Where do you love to buy swimsuits? Where do you have the best luck?

Nope. Definitely Not Afraid of Color.

I love my work’s annual party. We all get dressed up and have a fantastic time eating, drinking, and playing with fake money at a Casino Night. For the second year (last year here), I went with my man Ted Baker for another fantastic dress. Last year, I went pale pink. This year I thought I would kick it up a notch with Ted Baker’s Jineen.

Ted Baker Jineen

Oh I’m sorry. Did I blind you? It looks brighter on camera than in person. But y’all know I love me some color. And this my friends is the epitome of color. It was cold here in the ATL last weekend, so I had to put on black tights underneath because my legs were freezing (and let’s not lie…I didn’t want to shave my legs!).

Ted Baker JineenWhen I knew I wanted to wear this dress, I went to my number one source for makeup and hair advice – my wonderful and talented cousin, Heather. She recommended a smokey brown eye and pale pink lip. So, that’s what I did! And I think her advice was spot on. I’m so lucky to be able to get her advice whenever I need it. Every woman needs a Heather.

smokey brown eye and pale pink lip

I happened to have this necklace from J. Crew from last year. I think it really pulled together the black tights. Love the various colors of not only the pink, but blue, green, yellow, and black.

Ted Baker Jineen

I own a lot of purses, but I don’t own a lot of “going out” bags. Luckily I had this great black clutch from Stella & Dot from a few years back. It was the perfect size to hold all of my stuff.

Let’s not leave out some of the wonderful women I work with – I’m so lucky! A couple of comments I heard about this photo: “Em, we look like we are at your bachelorette party” and “Are we your backup dancers or something?” Ha! Nothing like standing out :)

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Dress – Ted Baker Jineen; Tights – DKNY; Shoes – Christian Louboutin; Watch – Rolex; Bracelet – Henri Bendel; Necklace – J. Crew (old); Clutch – Stella & Dot (retired)

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

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