BEING BOLD WITH SOME DOTS

One of my most favorite patterns happens to be dots. Believe me , I have my fair share of dotted pattern tee’s, sweaters, and a few blouses, but none of them were terribly bold. Most of my collection of fun dotted items are small, simple little dots. That is, until I spotted this item.

Now how fun are these bold dots?
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To tone it down, I chose to pair this blouse with my white blazer (Ok, lately everything gets paired with this white blazer) and camel colored capris.
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But when I want to embrace the boldness of the pattern, I simple shed the blazer, tuck in the blouse . . .
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pair it with more dots . . .
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And it makes for one happy ensemble.
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Thank you my friends for dropping by, have a most wonderful day!

outfit details: blouse and skirt-Ann Taylor (on sale now) blazer and capris-jcrew, shoes-Ann Taylor necklace-hand me down from my grandmother.

Linking up with some fun get togethers:
Alice for her TBT
Alice for her TWP
Jess for her turningheadstuesday

DENIM-ON-DENIM

Are you a denim wearing kind of gal?

One that tends to grab a pair more often than not?

Well, I’m pretty sure I fit into this category. Throwing on a pair of jeans makes dressing for the day easy, comfortable and fun, not to mention the practical part of this type of dressing (I can get SO much accomplished in a pair of jeans). But, we don’t need to compromise style when you you reach for those jeans.

Lately I’ve been upping my denim wear and layering denim-on-denim.

For example, wearing a denim color tee with some skinny jeans and casually tying a stripe chambray button down araound my waist.
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It’s easy to dress this look up by wearing some nude heels instead of flats.
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Then you can try layering on a denim jacket. I chose to wear a lighter shade of denim to give some contrast.
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Still a whole another look when you button the jacket up (at times I even throw on a belt around the jacket with this look).
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Although my favorite has to be when I pair my denim color keds with my jeans . . .
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And layer the button down over the tee.
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Now this is the outfit that will make for a fun day.
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What about you, do you layer denim on denim?

outfit details: jeans-gap, tee-gap, jacket-jcrew, button-down-jcrew

Linking up with: Alice for TBT
sydney’s fashion hunter, Jess turning head tuesdays.

BUNNIES, MACAROONS, & A POP OF PINK

Happy Easter my friends!
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Wishing I could share some of my yummy treats with you . . .

As I mentioned Friday, this Easter I’m all about simple and traditional.
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(does it get any more traditional than carrot cake for dessert)
I pulled out my pastel (bunny) skirt and adding a fun pop of pink with some tights.
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Sometimes an element of surprise can change the look of any outfit.
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Hoping you all have a wonderful and joyful day.
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Linking up with all the fun bloggers for Patti’s visible Monday.

PREPPING FOR EASTER BRUNCH: KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND TRADITIONAL

This Easter I’m keeping it simple . . .

And traditional.
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Once again creating a simple flower arrangement using just carrots and daisies.
(this year I used an oversized mason jar, cut the carrots to size and fill in the jar, then cut and stick in those cute little daisies and you have yourself a fun arrangement).

This one has found its home on top of a cake stand right on my kitchen island.
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I was fortunate to have Tori, Molly and Logan come for a visit last month and then to my surprise as soon as they left, Riley, our son decided to come home during his spring break. March was a wonderful happy family time for this momma. Then, as Easter week approached I found my home to be empty once again.

But . . . I do have extended family and lots of friends so an Easter Brunch can still be had. (actually I would probably pull a few things out even if I were all by myself).

Although I am keeping it simple . . .

Only pulling out the basic pieces this year . . .
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Some of my favorite treasures . . .
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(this makes for a simple, yet touching vignette)

And for the table decor . . .

I’m sticking with my Easter Traditional pieces . . .

Orange stripe placemats and Easter bunny/lettuce dinner plates.
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I added some whimsy to the decor by doubling the napkins and tying them together with hydrangeas.

For the tablescape (centerpiece), I brought out my matching vase (with the dishes) and decided the fresh flower arrangement needed to be something with a natural, wild flower feel. This arrangement was just what I was after except I added a few orange tulips to bring out and compliment the orange in the napkins and placemats.
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I then added the candle holders, a few succulents . . .
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A little Easter tea pot . . .
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And I was good to go.
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Table is set and now all I need to do is decide on the menu, yes, I might be a bit busy tomorrow.
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Having close family, extended family, or friends you call family over for Easter brunch is a wonderful way to remember this special day.

I leave you with another simple yet touching vignette . . .
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the one that reminds me what this day is all about . . .

That He Lives . . .

That He is always here . . .

That His love never fails, that we are constantly wrapped in His unconditional love . . .

And because of Him, I can go and love all around me.

This video (because of Him) is quite touching and so beautiful.

May you all have a wonderful Easter.

Linking up with Jann for SYC

LAYERING

lay*er*ing : the wearing of lightweight or unconstructed garments one upon the other, as to create a fashionable ensemble or to provide warmth without undue bulkiness.

When you live in an area as I do (Salt Lake City, Utah), layering is pretty much an essential part of dressing, especially in the spring time where the mornings can still be a bit chilly and by mid afternoon its nice and warm and then when the sun sets, the temperatures will again drop a several degrees. I also find layering to be essential during the summer months whenever you head into a shopping center or restaurant and the air conditioning feels like a freezer.

I also find layering can add some uniqueness and personality to any given outfit.

Take for example this simple maxi dress . . .
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It’s a nice item on it’s own . . .

But layer it with a long lacey vest and necklace and it instantly gives off a feminine yet still boho vibe.
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And then when it becomes chilly, just layer it with a oversize merino pull-on sweater and lace scarf. . .
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or when your just feeling a more casual (hippie mood) change into some birkenstocks . . .
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and throw on a soft button down blouse (you could even tie it at the waist for another look).
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I find layering is quite a lot of fun and speaking of layering, the How I Wear My series which Adrienne and Jill have is live today so go check out how others are layering for the season.

Outfit details:
Maxi-lovestitch via bohme
Lace vest-a’reve via dear lizzie boutique
Merino sweater:jcrew
Button down: Gap

Joining Alice for TBT

SPRING FLORALS

Florals, they are popping up everywhere!

Seriously every store I venture into, every little email that seems to arrive, they all have these big, bold, and beautiful floral prints.

Did I mention they are big and bold and super extra beautiful?

Have I succumbed?

Have I invested in a new beautiful bold printed item yet?

Sadly no . . .
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As of today I’m only sporting my floral head wrap
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and a pair of shoes.
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And even just a head wrap and a pair of floral shoes can spark a happy note.
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Have I been lured in . . . ?

Well of course, just look at these beauties . . .
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Will I bend under pressure and invest in a big, bold, floral beauty?

Only time will tell.

How about you, have you invested in one yet?

Linking up with Jess for turning heads Tuesday
and Cherie for shoe and tell

And I can’t forget to join Judith for her monthly Hat Attack (hoping my headwrap will be efficient enough).

STYLING A VINTAGE TEE WITH ATTITUDE

Apparently it’s one of the “no no’s” of the over 5o category . . .

Not to wear graphic tee’s . . .
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Well, as Patti from (notdeadyet) says, “too bad, so sad”.

Because sometimes it’s just a whole lot of fun to wear tees . . .
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especially one with some attitude . . .
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Although, I will say, there is something just not right about mickey with an attitude.
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So, how about you, my fellow friends, do you enjoy breaking those ridiculous rules once in a while?
Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday in hopes of seeing more breaking rule friends.
Also linking for shoe and tell.