What I Wore Wednesday

I’m back! Did you guys miss me? I had a couple-week hiatus as things got a bit hectic with work, but I’m back again for this week’s “What I wore Wednesday”. I didn’t provide links this time since I have 3 weeks worth of outfits posted, but if there is a specific item that you’d like the details on just let me know in the comments below and I’ll reply with the details.

I’ve linked up with The Pleated Poppy again for this week’s edition of What I Wore Wedesday (#wiww).

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xoxo

a little bit country…

I was a latecomer to the gingham trend, but when I saw this monogrammed gingham shirt from PrepPerfect on Etsy I just had to have it!

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The weather in Savannah in Spring is just divine!
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I paired this shirt with these white shorts from JCrew and some cobalt blue wedges that I got from Charlotte Russe a few years ago.
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Shirt: PrepPerfect
Shorts: JCrew Factory (no longer available); Similar
Pearl Necklace: Forever21
Pave link bracelet: Target
Tassel Bracelet: Style this Life
Blue wedges: Charlotte Russe (old); similar
Sunglasses: H&M

Hope the rest of your week is lovely!

xoxo

What I Wore Wednesday

Linked up with The Pleated Poppy again for this week’s edition of What I Wore Wedesday (#wiww).

This first look was inspired by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Yasi at Hello Gorgeous Blog, (She’s on left; I’m right). Nailed it!
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Shirt: Forever21 (old)
Pants: Express
Shoes: Tory Burch Reva
Necklace: Forever21

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Cardigan: Target
Dress: Target (old); Similar
Shoes: Payless (obsessed!)
Bow necklace: Mindy Mae’s Market
Blue Bracelet: JCrew Factory
Pink Bracelet: Mindy Mae’s Market
Initial Bracelet: Entourage Clothing

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Cardigan: H&M (old)
Dress: Zulily (old); Similar
Shoes: Target
Bow Necklace: Mindy Mae’s Market
Pearl necklace: Forever21
Crystal Bracelet: Mindy Mae’s Market
Scallop/bow Bangle set: Forever21

Here’s our Mother’s Day picnic at Forsyth Park:

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Dress: Walker Boutique (old)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (old)
Bow Necklace: Mindy Mae’s Market
Blue Necklace: JCrew Factory

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Shirt: NY&Co (old)
Skirt: Anne Klein (thrifted)
Shoes: Target
Bracelet: Sugar Love Boutique (old)

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Cardigan: H&M (old); Similar
Shirt: Thrifted
Pants: Macys
Shoes: Tory Burch Caroline Flats
Bow Bangle: Charming Charlie
Tassel Bracelet: Style this Life
Mint bracelet: JCrew Factory

Happy Hump Day lovelies!

Disney Cruise Re-Cap

Instead of picking just 5 moments from this week for “High five for Friday” I’m going to do a recap of our Disney Cruise that we went on Friday-Monday. Linked up with Lauren from The Lauren Elizabeth Blog.

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This was our 3rd Disney Cruise in the past 3 years; so obviously we’re obsessed with them. With small children vacations to places like Disney World and Disney Cruises are just easier, plus they’re more fun. Disney has gone all out to make sure the entire family has an enjoyable time, and the world class service and attention to detail that you expect from their parks can be found on the ships as well.

Our first 2 cruises were on the Disney Dream, which is one of their newer & larger ships. This time we sailed on the Disney Magic which was the first built of the four ships in the fleet.

I won’t get into much detail about the cruise itself, because that would be a really long post and this is just a re-cap; so I’ll stick to some of our favorite moments.

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The first thing the kids wanted to do after boarding was check out the kids’ club. Here they are playing in “Andy’s Room” from Toy Story.

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And Matthew posing in front of Iron Man in the Avengers room.

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This was at dinner on the first night. Mickey Mouse had just entered the dining room and I love this photo because of how excited baby girl is.

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Here are several shots of her with the princesses. Like most little girls, she adores princesses.

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The second night was “Pirate Night” where folks dress up like pirates for dinner and there is a “Pirate Party” up on deck afterwards (with fireworks!) Here’s the hubs and I in our costumes.

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As you can see, he got really into character as “Captain Jack Sparrow” (he kept saying that all night long– “you mean Captain Jack Sparrow”). It was both hilarious and mildly embarrassing.

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Little man in his pirate costume.

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By far my favorite part of a Disney Cruise is the day spent at Castaway Cay, which is Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas.

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It’s absolutely breathtaking and is a blast for the whole family.

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Me with my gorgeous sisters.

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On the final night at dinner our server made a “Minnie Bow” out of a napkin for Emily. She loved it!

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I recommend Disney Cruises to people all the time, especially if you have children. It’s true that they cost a bit more than other cruise lines, but it is so worth it. Everyone I talk to who has been on a cruise with Disney says the same thing. It’s truly amazing. (Not a sponsored post–I just love Disney Cruise Lines!)

have you considered cruising with Disney? If you have any questions about it feel free to comment below and I’ll try to answer them. I’m certainly no expert, but after cruising with them 3 times I feel like I am pretty familiar with it.

Happy Friday everyone!

xoxo

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday again and I’m back with another round of “What I Wore Wednesday” (wiww). This week’s post has fewer outfits because we were on a cruise Friday-Monday and I didn’t take any pictures of my outfits (naughty blogger!) Linked up with The Pleated Poppy.

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Top: Old Navy
Cardigan: Gap (Old); Similar
Pants: Macys
Necklace: JCrew Factory
Tassel Bracelet: Style This Life
Crystal bracelet: Mindy Mae’s Market
Shoes: Tory Burch Caroline Flats

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Top: Target (old); Similar
Pants: Macys (old); Similar
Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Flats
Necklace: Jane (old); Similar

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Top: Macys (old); Similar
Cardigan: H&M; Similar
Pants: Vince Camuto (old); Similar
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Our World Boutique

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Let’s get a close up of this beauty; I love this necklace! Have you checked out Our World Boutique yet? If not then you need to. I was shocked when I saw the prices on their site. They have cute, trendy boutique clothing, jewelry and accessories, and their prices are amazing. Check them out ASAP because they’re currently offering an extra 20% off their clearance items!

What I Wore Wednesday

Back again with the weekly outfit roundup. This week I’ve linked up with The Pleated Poppy for her weekly outfit post link-up. Make sure to check out her blog for more. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Dress: NY & Company (old)
Shoes: Piperlime (old), similar

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Top: NY & Company (old), Similar
Cardigan: Express (old), Similar
Pants: Macys
Shoes: Old Navy (no longer available)
Necklace: SimpleAddiction (not currently available)
Crystal Bracelet: Mindy Mae’s Market
Initial Bangle: Entourage
Tassel Bracelet: StyleThisLife

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Top: NY & Company (old), Similar
Cardigan: Target (old), Similar
Pants: Target
Shoes: Target (on clearance!)
Necklace: Target (in store)
Crystal link bracelet: J Crew Factory
Black link bracelet: Forever 21

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Dress: Target (old), Similar
Cardigan: NY & Company (old), Similar
Shoes: Madden Girl (old), Similar
Crystal Necklace: J Crew factory
Crystal Bracelet: Mindy Mae’s Market
Initial Bracelet: Entourage

Enjoy the rest of your week; it’s hump-day already!
xoxo

Tullesday

Some of my Instagram pals came up with the idea of wearing our tulle skirts from StyleThisLife on this Tuesday– hence “Tullesday”. I have to admit, tulle skirts are WAY outside my comfort zone, and are not something that I would typically wear to my corporate job. But how cute is this?!
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To tone down the overly feminine nature of the pink tulle skirt, I paired it with a sleeveless chambray top tied at the waist to make it even more casual.
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The weather is becoming so beautiful. This was a perfect day for an outdoor shoot.
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And of course, when wearing a tulle skirt you must partake in a little spinning action.
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as well as a sweet curtsy…
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Tulle skirt: StyleThisLife (not currently available–I’ll update if they come back in stock); Similar version in mint
Sleeveless blue shirt: NY & Company (old); Similar and Similar
Tan sandal wedges: Payless (so comfy; I love them!)
Pearl necklace: Forever 21
Sunglasses: H&M

How about you; would you consider wearing a tulle skirt?

High Five for Friday

High Five for Friday is a weekly link-up hosted by Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth blog. Here are some of my top 5 moments from the past week:

The first two both go to Easter. You really can’t beat holidays with young children. There is just so much joy and wonder in them and it’s contagious.

  1. Checking out what the Easter Bunny left.

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  2. Celebrating their Egg hunt success.

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  3. I received this beauty from Mindy Mae’s Market the other day and love it!

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  4. I got some pretty exciting news at work this week that could mean some really big things for my career. Nothing is final yet, but it’s looking very promising. Fingers crossed!

  5. Almost time for our vacation!
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Head over to The Lauren Elizabeth Blog to participate in the link up or to check out what some other awesome bloggers have been up to this week.

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What I Wore Wednesday

Is it hump day again already? Awesome! Here’s this week’s outfit roundup. Follow me here on Instagram to keep up on a daily basis.

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Dress: Target (Old) Similar
Cardigan: Target (Old) Similar
Shoes: Target
Bow/Scallop bangle set: Forever21

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Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Forever21 (Old) Similar-on sale
Shoes: Kohls
Jewel Bracelet: JCrew Factory
Bow/Scallop Bangle set: Forever21
Necklace: Charming Charlie (Old)

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Top: Kohls
Cardigan: Gap (Old) Similar
Skirt: NY & Co. (Old)
Shoes: Target
Link Bracelet: JCrew Factory
Necklace: JCrew Factory

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Top: Gap (old)
Skinnies: Forever21 (old)
Initial Necklace: Entourage Clothing
Initial Bangle Bracelet: Entourage Clothing
Tassel Bracelet: Style This Life (Etsy)

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Maxi Dress: Red Dress Boutique (Old)
Cardigan: H&M
Crystal Necklace: JCrew Factory
Initial Necklace: Entourage Clothing
Tassel Bracelet: Style This Life (Etsy)
Initial Bracelet: Entourage Clothing
Earrings: JCrew Factory

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Top: Macys (old)
Cardigan: H&M (old) Similar
Pants: Target
Shoes: Tory Burch Caroline Flats
Necklace: JCrew Factory
Spike Bracelet: Forever21
Pave link bracelet: Target

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Top: Sugar Love Boutique-In love!
Skirt: JCrew Factory
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Forever21
Tassel Bracelet: Style This Life (Etsy)
Initial Bangle: Entourage Clothing

I hope you have a great rest of the week; halfway there!

~Amanda

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Controlling your shopping budget

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All jokes aside, the struggle is real! I think many of us can identify with this. My Instragram feed is full of bloggers doing “no shopping this month” challenges (and inevitably failing due to that “great deal that they just couldn’t pass up”). I’m certainly no exception. I think that just about every month since 2014 started I have said the “I will not shop this month” oath, yet time & time again I find myself online window shopping, which leads to making a purchase because it was “such a great deal”, and then my resolve is broken and it becomes yet another free-for-all.

So what is a girl to do? Though I’m obviously no expert on self-control when it comes to shopping, I do have several ideas that I plan to try to implement myself (as I partake on another “no-shopping” pact in May).

1) Unsubscribe from promotional emails from retailers. This is one that I have actually done and found very helpful. Not only are those emails annoying and clog up your inbox, but they are also unnecessary temptation. At the bottom of each email you will see a link to unsubscribe; do it! When you are actually in the market for an item from a particular retailer you can simply go to a site such as Retailmenot.com to look for a sale coupon, so you don’t need to keep the emails for that.

2) Set a shopping budget. I haven’t had the courage to do this one yet, but I need to! J from J’s Everyday Fashion has done a great job explaining her process for setting a shopping budget here.

3) Be comfortable returning items. I’ve gotten better about this, but still need to be better. How many of us have items hanging in our closets that still have the tags on them (raise hand). Be familiar with return policies. If you realize once you get an item home that you probably won’t really wear it as much as you thought you would, or maybe you don’t love something that you bought online once you see it in person–return it! At the very least you can usually get store credit that you could put towards something else. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of $$ wasted because I simply didn’t feel like returning something. I cleaned out my closet this past weekend and was shocked at the amount of items in my “Give Away/Donate” pile still had tags on them–not cool.

4) Shop sales Now this doesn’t mean shop every time there’s a sale. What I mean is that you wait for a sale before you buy the item. Trust me; there are very few things that will sell out before they go on sale. I fact, I actually hardly ever buy an item at full price; I’m pretty good at hunting out a bargain. My biggest pitfall is impulse buying and not being able to pass up great deal. That’s why I think a combination of these tips is what I need to do. I need to implement a control mechanism with my shopping habits, which is why the monthly budget may be a good tactic for me.

5) Accountability This goes back to my initial comment about Instragrmmers swearing off of shopping for the month, etc. I think this can be a very effective strategy if you commit to it. In fact I’ve agreed with several other bloggers on Instagram to a “Closet Remix/No Shopping” month for May. The idea behind a closet remix is to “shop” your own wardrobe and attempt to use your existing items in new ways. I’ve also found the monthly style challenges to help with this. For April there’s several going on, but I’ve been following along with #stylemeapril and #styleconfessions (see this post for more details on that). These challenges have certainly helped me mix up my wardrobe quite a bit & wear items that I wouldn’t typically reach for.

So how about you? Do you have trouble with a shopping addiction too? Any useful tips on keeping spending under control?

~Amanda