Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fall Shoe Shopping at DSW


This post is sponsored by DSW.

I love this time of year for so many different reasons. Summer is slowly coming to an end and fall is upon us once again. Aside from the stunning views of the changing leaves and cooler temperatures,  we start seeing the stunning views of all the sweaters, denim, and boots fall has to offer. 

This year's seasonal trends include: oversized jewelry and brooches, lady loafers, carwash pleats, chic black boots, flouncy hemlines, furry feet, fur cuffed sleeves, long gloves, shades of grey, high waist pants, menswear-inspired pieces, mini skirts, long sleeves (as in you can't see your hands), one shoulder numbers, lots of plaid, shiny scarves, over the knee bootsfun tights, the illusion of a turtleneck, and 19th century-inspired looks. I can't wait to try out so many of these looks in the coming months! Specifically, the shoe trends.



Now let's talk about my favorite fall trend tradition year after year: shopping for new shoes for my family and myself. When I shop, I'm looking for styles that are both perfect for back-to-school & also work or everyday wear.  

When it comes to stocking up on the best fall shoes, DSW has you covered. From flats to boots, casual to dressy, and from kids to adults, they really are your one stop shop for all things footwear!

I was asked to pick out shoes for my daughter and myself and we both picked out our favorites. I went the more sensible route while my daughter decided she wanted "cowgirl" boots. 

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These Lazona wedge booties by Nine West are perfect for everything from everyday wear to nights out on the town. I love the laces detail and the extra inches you get from the wedge, but you still get the comfort you are used to in a bootie. I really enjoy stocking up on neutral shoes like this so you can get more bang for you buck. This is a great shoe to wear while we are transitioning into fall and then well into the winter months. It's chic, comfortable, and beautiful. What else can you ask for in a shoe? 

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My daughter was over the moon to get these Western boots by Rampage Girl. They are perfect for fall and all her back-to-school outfits we have bought so far. Again, the neutral color allows for lots of use but the unique style lets her show off her fun fashion sense. I don't see these coming off her feet any time soon. She is already finding reasons to wear them daily! 

I don't know about you, but I feel like my money was well spent on shoes that you never want to take off. Thank you DSW for carrying so many styles to choose from we both couldn't be any happier with our fall shoes!  

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 Where do you shop for your fall trend shoes? What do you think of our selections?


At DSW, we believe in the power of shoes, and in the power of shoe lovers. With thousands of fresh styles for men, women, and children, we've got something for everyone, no matter who they are or how they dress. Shoes say a lot about you. Say something great.



*I accepted paid compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

One of a Kind Style

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When it comes to back-to-school fashion, my kids like to dress in their own unique style. Let's be honest, as a kid you don't get too many options in daily life. That's why making sure they pick out their own clothes is very important in our family. And they really enjoy doing it! ;)

I love shopping at boutiques and other online shops with great styles that you won't find at the major chains. When we learned about the site Olive Mae, my daughter and myself fell in love instantly. All items are handmade and one of a kind! That's something worth checking out, no? 

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Both the ruffle sleeve top and the pants are so perfect for mixing with what we have in her current fall wardrobe. They are great for layering and again, so unique! She kept calling herself a "retro babe" while we were taking photos. She also said these are perfect dancing clothes! I think that means they are just as comfortable to move in as they look. ;) 

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Top & Pants: Olive Mae Clothing // Jacket: Carters // Sunglasses & Bow: Gymboree // Shoes: Payless 

What do you look for when you are shopping for back-to-school outfits? Do you give your kids a say in what they wear? 

Make sure you head over to the Olive Mae Clothing website, there are quite a few dresses that I am currently drooling over! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Find Me on Instagram

Are you following me on Instagram yet? Lately, I tend to post there WAY more often then I do here on my blog (generally 2-4 times per day). I share everything from family photos, to fashion shots, and even some exercise posts as well! It really is a great way to keep up on what I'm up to in my day to day life. 

Here's a peek at what's going on in my feed: 
You can also find me on the Sisters Marie Instagram. Can't wait to connect! xoxo

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!