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One Piece Swimsuits Are In – YES!

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No, I just didn’t go on vacation…this was taken towards the end of last summer. I grabbed this awesome Mara Hoffman one piece on super sale via Gilt. I have to admit with all of the criss crosses, I had to go back to the model picture to see how to wear it properly – ha!

I’ve done a few posts over the years (here and here) talking about how great one piece suits have become! I’m so glad there are so many options now for those of us who like the additional coverage. Even though, I’ve seen a few one pieces that have less fabric that a two piece 🙂 When I’m searching for a one piece, I like fun colors, patterns, intricate backs or front designs, full seat coverage, etc. If you try on swim suits at the store and you’re questioning how it looks on you, I’d suggest buying it and trying it on at home. The lighting in some dressing rooms is horrible and unflattering! I know I don’t wear a swimsuit in fluorescent lighting!

I pinned a few awesome one piece options that are available right now at Nordstrom. Why did I just choose Nordstrom? Because they have free shipping and free returns! I may have bought one of these for our upcoming cruise…can you guess which one?

Closet Organization – Time to Declutter

When we moved into our house back in 2010, this was my daughter’s closet…

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As you can see, the closet is a great size, BUT it just had the wire racks. I knew there was SO much potential in this closet. Drawers, double hanging space, shelves…and the list goes on and on. Our master closet was top priority, so the girl’s closet had to wait until this year.

She doesn’t have a lot of drawer space out in her room, so I know I wanted to incorporate drawers to be able to declutter her smaller drawers. I like how Closets & More incorporated a couple of different size drawers – at least one deep one that holds a lot of crafty materials. The top drawer is also a jewelry drawer for when she gets older…I know that will be a necessity 🙂

She also has a TON of American Girl stuff – doll bed, high chair, dressing cabinet, dolls, clothes – and there needed to be room for all of that as well. That’s one reason why you do see a lot of shelving here. As she outgrows the dolls, she can fold sweaters and put them up there or jeans or shoes or really whatever she wants.closet organization closet organization

 

I love the wire baskets, too, that Closets & More recommended. It’s perfect for her purses and bags. You might wonder what a lot of this stuff is – and it’s Christmas decorations! My momma wanted the kiddos to have trees in their rooms, so they have their own storage stuff.

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She now has a hidden hamper. Yay! I think this was more for my sanity.  I do also love how she has a little countertop where I moved her necklaces and bracelets.

I think closet organization systems are money definitely well spent. Being organized makes me so happy. I know that seems silly, but when these areas of my house are organized, I feel a sense of calm. Fortunately in the ATL there are many different companies to work with. We worked with a wonderful designer who listened to all of my ideas and developed great designs. If you do decide to put in some closet systems – and aren’t happy with the initial design mock-ups – don’t be afraid to go to another company. We did that when we did our master closet and kitchen pantry. Best decision ever!

What I Wore – World of Coke

Welcome to my first What I Wore post on a little bit of Em!

This week, we had a visitor in town, so we went to the World of Coke. As I was debating whether or not to wear wedges, I am SO happy that I decided to go with the flat sandals. You may be asking, “Why, Em, are you so happy?” Because we waited in line for 70 minutes. Oh yes. You read that right. 70 minutes. I have to admit the kiddos were super troopers in standing in line.

The weather was actually very moderate for summer in the ATL. Since I’ve been to the World of Coke before, I knew I might be a little chilly inside, so I opted for a button up. So here’s what I put together…

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Getting photobombed by my “brother,” Urban.

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If you have never been to World of Coke…and if you are a lover of all things Coca-Cola…you should definitely stop by. And usually the line isn’t that ridiculously long! Sydney got to hold the latest summer Olympic torch, we saw the vault where they keep the secret formula, and that’s the original Norman Rockwell painting that started the classic Coke Santa ads.

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And here is Syd and me in front of some beautifully decorated Coke bottles.

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Shirt – Old Navy; Shorts and Belt – J. Crew; Sandals – Kohl’s; Jewelry – Anthro; Bracelets – Michael Kors and Stella & Dot; Purse – Louis Vuitton

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

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