Monday, August 3, 2015

Dressing to Music: Smoking Popes "Need you Around"



Last week my hubby played drums with Swizzle Tree as they opened for the Smoking Popes at the Elbow Room in Chicago. It only seemed fitting that I rock out to "Need you Around" in my room as I got ready for the show. I've never worn a bodysuit before, but this one is amazing and I don't know how my closet is not stocked with these! 

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When it came to the styling, I knew we would be in the downstairs of a very small, very hot club. I went with a sensible outfit for the night. It was about 110 degrees down there, so this outfit was perfect! Button up denim skirt, crop boots, minimal jewelry, and a few braids in my hair was all I needed. 

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Bodysuit // Skirt // Bag // Sunglasses: Ditto (use code SADB for 1st month FREE!) // Necklace: Lili Claspe // Watch // Earrings 

My hubby looking all handsome as per usual: 
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Shirt: Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN) // Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Here is a side-stage shot of him playing with Swizzle Tree: 
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And her are the one & only, Smoking Popes:
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This night was way too fun! We danced and sang and hung out with some old-school friends as well. 

Are you a fan of the Smoking Popes or the song "Need you Around"? What do you think of my outfit choice for the night?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Giveaway: High-Waist Halter Swimsuit


I have teamed up with seven other bloggers to encourage you to strut your stuff this summer. We are all about body acceptance and loving yourself, flaws and all! I mean, no one is perfect. All you can do is take care of yourself, exercise, eat right, and accept yourself for where you are at now. 

Personally, swimwear was something I always dreaded trying on/buying/wearing in public. I dieted all my life and summer was the time of year that everyone was going to see all my imperfections and "jiggly bits". Then something amazing happened to me. I decided I just don't care anymore! 
This was right after my first child was born and I was just so impressed that my body literally created another human. How can I be so hard on a body that just did that? From 2008-present I am happy to say I finally decided to accept my body, flaws and all! I haven't been on a "diet" since then, I've been happier and healthier, and I don't judge others in their swimwear. That's a big one, stop comparing yourself or knocking people down to make yourself feel better. There is no reason to compare and as soon as this stops you will be so much happier with yourself! 

Here we all are, strutting our swimwear looks: 



Now for the fun part! One luck winner will receive a high-waist halter swimsuit (shown in the center of the top photo). Enter below, good luck! 
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Festival Wear All Week Long

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When it comes to festival wear, I really have tons of it. I love attending live music festivals and honestly, I don't see why you can't dress like this daily. Since I live in the Chicago land area and lollapalooza is this weekend, I felt the need to break out some fun outfits this week. I may not be attending this year, but I will be watching the live stream when I'm home! 

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When I saw this jumpsuit I knew I wanted it right away. It's so unique and kind of gaudy (which I love) plus it reminded me of overalls and then I found the pockets. SOLD! To keep the jumpsuit perfect for very hot weather, I added a strappy bra, flat sandals, and easy jewelry. To finish the look off I wore my hair in a set of fat braids. When it came to choosing a bag, I went with a small sized phone fringe bag. This is perfect if you just want to carry a phone, ID, and cash. In the end this look was perfect for being outside all day. 

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Jumpsuit // Shoes // Bag: Etsy // Sunglasses: Ditto (use code SADB to get 1st month of designer sunnies FREE!) // Necklace: E Street Denim // Watch

Are any of you going to Lollapalooza this year? What do you think of wearing festival wear on a week you're just wishing you were at a festival? ;) 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Designer Sunglasses for less!

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You guys all know by now that I am obsessed with sunglasses. They are a great way to not only use functionally (glare in both the summer and winter months), but also as a fashion accessory. 
As a stay-at-home mother of two, buying pair after pair of designer frames just isn't in the budget. However having more then one great quality pair to style just feels like the right thing to do. ;)
Well, thanks to Ditto I can now wear lots of name brand designer frames at a fraction of the  cost! 

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Ditto is an online site that allows you to become a member for only $19 per month! You can choose from brands like Ray Ban, Karen Walker, Elizabeth & James, and many more. As far as I am concerned, $19/mo is a steel! Want to try Ditto for FREE? Use code SADB to get your 1st month FREE of charge. That's right you guys, free designer sunglasses for a full month!

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In honor of Lollapalooza being this weekend (I'm sadly not able to attend this year), I've decided the rest of the week I will post outfits that are totally festival ready. This dress is for sure one of my new favorites. Boho and breezy plus when paired with these Karen Walker sunglasses and a crop boot, this look is a great balance between age appropriate and vintage inspired. 

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Dress: Zara // Bag: Nordstrom // Sunglasses: Karen Walker via Ditto (use code SADB to get 1st month FREE!) // Boots: JustFab // Watch: Movado 

Are you a member on Ditto yet? What are you waiting for? Sign up now using code SADB and be excited, even the packaging is beautiful! 

Stop back tomorrow and Friday to see more Lollapalooza inspired outfits! 


Monday, July 27, 2015

I've Never Met a Tropical Print I didn't Love...

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How adorable is this romper? I am obsessed with the leaf print and was literally jumping when I found it in my latest swap bag from Kaitlyn. I've never seen her in it, so I didn't know she even owned this beauty. I have seen it on a few other bloggers, so I was pumped to style it on this beautiful summer day. The best part? It's currently on sale in 3 colors for less then $15. Score! 

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It was 85 and sunny this day, so a tropical print romper was the best option. During the day I wore it with flat sandals and my hair in a pony tail. Later that night we decided to go out for dinner so I took the styling up a notch. 
By adding nude strappy heels, lots of silver jewelry, a pop of color in my bag, and a top knot, this look was ready for a night out. I added a bright lip and my favorite denim jacket to take this look from day-time casual to night-out chic. 

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Jacket: Pepe Jeans // Romper: Old Navy (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Shoes: JustFab // Bag: Nordstrom // Sunglasses: ZeroUV // Necklace, Earrings, & Ring: Rocksbox (use code sadbblogxoxo to get your 1st month FREE!) // Triple Ring: T+J Designs // Watch: Movado 

In the end, I love how this romper worked for all day styling. Those are always my favorite wardrobe pieces. Ones that can go from mommy day-time to a night out just by changing the styling and/or layers. 

What do you think of this romper? Do you like how I styled it? 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Something to Celebrate

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My husband recently switched careers. It was a long process to get into his new company, but after lots of hard work he was offered the job. This means lots of changes for our family, but in the end the payoff is well worth all the adjustments! We obviously needed to go out and celebrate and did so in a way we never have before. Go big or go home, right? 
We have both lived in Illinois all our lives, but neither of us had ever been on The Odyssey II. Sounds like a great night out to me, let's do this!  

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I can only explain this night like attending a wedding reception while you are on a gorgeous boat. Just add exceptional views, minus the speeches and time delays, but with all the fun, dancing, and amazing food. We had a blast! The food could not have been any better. Spending time of the rooftop deck was a blast, and dancing the night away while watching the sun set was one perfect way to celebrate! What a treat for us this night was!

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Top: Lulus // Skirt: Piperlime Collection // Shoes: JustFab // Bag: Nordstrom // Necklace: Rocksbox (use code sadbblogxoxo for 1st month FREE!) // Watch: Movado // Sunglasses: ZeroUV 

My handsome hubby rocked an everyday work look but mixed it up a bit. By adding more relaxed shoes, a knit cardigan, & a wooden watch, this look went from day at the office to night out on the lake. 

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Did I mention the views? I mean...

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I couldn't be more proud of you Ryan! Here's to many more milestones  and celebrations together! 

Have you ever been on the Odyssey II? What do you do to celebrate big accomplishments? 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Retro Glam Meets Festival Wear

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Have you ever taken two completely different styles and tried combining them? I think some of the best outfits happen that way. I love mixing and matching pieces that at first glance, you wouldn't think to pair them together. Take this jumpsuit for instance, it would be perfect with gladiator flats and a hat; festival wear at it's finest. By tweaking the styling a bit, I went for a different take on this look. 

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By adding a deep side part + waves in my hair and adding these (uh-mazing) cat-eye sunglasses, this look just got real retro glam. Classic red lip & strappy heels complete this jumpsuits makeover merging two styles effortlessly. Don't forget to add layers of delicate jewelry and a pop of color in your bag and/or nails. I opted for both! 

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Jumpsuit: Zara // Shoes: JustFab // Bag: Shoedazzle // Cuff, Bracelet, & Ring: Rocksbox (use code sadbblogxoxo to get 1st month FREE!) // Watch: Fossil // Sunglases: ZeroUV // Bracelets & Necklace: Street Fair in Chicago // Bar Earrings: Nordstrom 

What do you think of this outfit? Would you ever this to style this jumpsuit the way I did? Let's chat below in the comments section!