From College Chill to A Grown UP Feel

Sarah is finishing up her last semester of college and wants to transition her wardrobe to a little more grown up and playful style . See how we take 9 items clothes and style them multiple ways.

Green Trench: Forever 21

Faux leather leggings: Target

Jeans: Old Navy

Brown Jacket: Forever 21

Black Jacket: Forever 21

Houndstooth Slacks: Old Navy

Green Dress: Old Navy

Black Shirt Dress: Old Navy

3rd Trimester Style Challenge; Staying Fine with Only 9.

Hey guys,

It’s literally been forever since I posted a blog. A year ago this past September to be exact. I think a combination of lack of creativity and time are the culprits, but I never stopped thinking about this blog. I’m almost finished reading a book called the The Artisan Soul, by Erwin McManus and it’s sufficiently set my creative soul on fire! So much so that I had to return to one of my loves, this blog, and talk about one of my favorite topics, fashion.

If you follow my instagram posts, you should be aware that I’m pregnant with baby boy number three (pray for your girl 😂)!

Honestly I love having boys. Heck, I don’t know any different. So as a veteran, I’m not freaking out… well that much!

One of the things I’ve done differently this time around, since it’s my last pregnancy, was enlist the help of a personal trainer. I really wanted to continue to grow in my fitness journey and didn’t want to slow down momentum just because I was pregnant. If Serena Williams can win a grand slam six months pregnant, I can definitely have the fittest pregnancy of my life.

Thank you Jesus that I’m connected with an amazing trainer who has helped me so much. I’m eating clean and training with her twice a week, and I’ve never felt better. At 30 weeks, I have lost a total of 19 inches all over my body while growing baby. I have not experienced pregnancy edema (yet), most of my clothes still fit, and I feel really good! It’s been a great decision.

Although I feel really good, I’m at the stage where I barely want to put on clothes 😂. However, as a working mom I don’t have that luxury. I’ve got a little less than 10 weeks left, so I’ve challenged myself to “stay fine down to the line.” 😂😂😂😂 That’s something my husband would say or this one, “stay fine even with 9… weeks to go”.  I’m also taking the minimalist approach to the challenge. Unless you have an endless supply of maternity clothes, most mommas-to-be are limited to the number of items they fit comfortably in the last trimester. So I’ve styled 25 outfits with 9 items of clothing + 1 scarf.

 

Plaid shirt: Target

leather leggings: Target

Rust sweater:  Shop Dress Up

Scarf: Vinnie Louise

Pink Blazer: NY&CO

Houndstooth Blazer: Forever 21

Black Dreas: Motherhood Maternity

Leather Jacket: Marshalls

Africa Sweater: Grass Fields

boots: Bronx  Diba

flats: Target

black booties: Target

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3 reasons why I love the CWE

I’ve had the great pleasure to participate in the Lucky to Live Here Campaign sponsored by Explore St. Louis, and I get to tell you a few reasons why I feel lucky to live in the Central West End❤️

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St. Louis has some really cool picturesque views, and I especially like the ones that are close to where I live. I love walking down Euclid and admiring the buildings and landscape. The neighborhood is so walkable and has been a go-to date night for the hubs and I or the entire family.

2. Free Attractions for the family

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Have you ever just wanted to hang out with friends that you haven’t seen in a while for a couple of hours but not spend any money? Well, we did just that when we visited the St. Louis zoo! It’s the best zoo ever, it’s free, and really close to home. Not just the zoo but Forest Park, the Science Center, and much more are all located in the Central West End. I love that we always have something fun to do close to home.

3. Great Place for Foodies

Raise your hand if you’re a foodie! Well, we definitely are and the Central West End offers an array of cuisines. From diner to fine dining and ethnic restaurants, the CWE has it all. One of my favorites is KingSide Diner. If you love breakfast you will love this place!

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only a few reasons why I feel lucky to live in the Central West. I discover new things to love all of the time. How about you? Do you like the Central West End? What’s your favorite part of St. Louis?<<<<<<<

Project Minimalism (Update)

Hey yall, I hope you all have been having a fab summer! I’ve been having an awesome time with my family, and as I’m gearing up to return to my work in education, I’ve been contemplating a minimalist wardrobe. I purged my closet twice this summer and still feel like I may need to pare down some more. I’ve always been good with the 1 in 1 out philosophy, which is giving away something old whenever a new item is purchased, but I feel like I need a challenge.

Binge watching Tiny House Nation could have sparked this minimalist vibe that I’m feeling, but I’ve also been greatly inspired by my friend Dacy Gillespie,  owner of Mindful Closet. She wrote a post about Project 33, a challenge to create a capsule wardrobe out of 33 items of clothing. It’s a great read, and you should definitely check it out. It really inspired me to give minimalism a try. However, I’m starting with baby steps. I’m starting with nine pieces of clothing, two pairs of shoes, and two necklaces. Now, these aren’t my work clothes, but they are my ME clothes. I wanted to start with clothing that represented me the most and then tackle my “work” clothes. I’m trying to get away from feeling like I need more pieces and work with what I have. My biggest challenge is feeling like I’m going to get bored, but I am willing to give it a shot.

***UPDATE*****

I spent the month of August on this project, and it was a great experience for me! It really challenged me to repurpose and get creative with my clothing. I felt good in everything I wore and it was easier to get dressed! I only have nine outfits pictured below, but I could have kept combining. I honestly got bored, but hey it was only 9 items of clothing. Project 33 allow 33 items of clothing and that is a game changer when you talk about minimalism.  I am going to continue to be conscientious about the clothes that I bring in the house, but i’m also going treat myself from time to time.

(Similar) Denim Jackets   

Black Jumpsuit

Black heels

Denim Trench

Brown Booties

Pink Sweater

Black Top

Shorts

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Outfit 3

Outfit 4

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Outfit 5

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Outfit 7

Outfit 8

Babe in Blue ❤️

How was your weekend guys? Our weekend was super restful. The last couple of days Kenny and I have been getting so much sleep, and we don’t even know what to do with ourselves. We’ve been sleep deprived for almost three years, and this is a welcomed change. However, all of this sleep is so weird. I feel like we’re getting too much sleep lol.

We also got to spend some time with friends and family this weekend, and our hearts are so full! It had been a few months since we’ve been able to hang with people, so it was so great to spend time with people we love.

Speaking of love, I love this dress so much! I had planned to wear this dress to a wedding coming up this weekend, but I can’t because it’s an all-black attire wedding. Never the less, this dress is lovely for any of your events coming up, and it’s very comfortable.

Anyways, I had planned to wear this dress to a wedding coming up this weekend. This dress is great for any of your events coming up and it’s very movable.

Zara Boutique Full Skirted Prom Midi DressZara Boutique Full Skirted Prom Midi DressBoohoo Midi DressZara Boutique Full Skirted Prom Midi Dress

 

Here’s the link, and this dress is still available in Red, Black, and White. It does run small, so go up a size.

Here are some similar styles that you might like.

Crochet-Midi-Dress

Off-Shoulder Lace-Skater Dress

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Eckert’s Summer Concert Series

Are you looking for something new to do this summer? Well I’ve got you covered. This weekend my family and I had a date night at Eckert’s Country Farm for their annual Summer Concert Series. This was the first time we’d ever gone, and I can assure you it won’t be the last time. Each weekend during the months of June, July, and August they have a different band with a different style of music. The night we went there was a jazz band, and it was enjoyable for the entire family. Exposing our kids to different types of music at an early age is part of our parenting strategy. We both love music and want them to be able to appreciate its beauty as well. We had such an awesome time, and here’s 5 reasons why you should go too:

1. You’ve probably never gone. This can be a great time to experience something new with friends and family. It’s pretty laid back. All you need is a lawn chair, or you can reserve a table. They are limited however, and they cost, but you get prime seating and chips +salsa — yum!  Also, you will hear great music from talented musicians.

 

 

 

2. It’s free! That’s right.  It’s free for the whole family. Now that’s what I call an economical date night.

3. The food is really good! You can not bring outside food, but don’t worry, because the food there is really good, reasonably priced, and there are healthy options as well. I had this chicken salad, and it was delicious and filling! 

4. There’s an area for kids! When your kids get tired of sitting still, there’s a fun area next to the stage set up just for them. They can run around until they tire themselves out! Mine sure did!

 

5. Don’t forget about the custard!​ So we were actually really full and couldn’t fit the custard in. But from the looks of the people that were eating the custard, it seemed like it was really good! Next time we go, we’ll have to try the custard!

 

The Summer Concert Series is a fun time for everyone. Check the calendar here to enjoy free music and great ambience.

 

 

 

 

This post was sponsored by Eckert’s Country Farm.