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top (old, similar options here & here) | white denim | wedges | similar bag | sunnies | necklace | earrings | fitbit bracelet (see yesterday’s post on how to win one for yourself!!)| renegade cluster bracelet

I am loving pops of orange for the summer! It’s just so bright and citrusy. I was really drawn to this combo of baby blue and orange for some reason. I love this bag I borrowed from my mom. This outfit is super simple and easily attained with items you probably already own. But if you don’t already have a go to pair of white jeans I HIGHLY recommend these. They are a great pricepoint, stretchy to be comfortable but not lose their shape, and also opaque! I have worn mine so many times already and know they will get tons more use.

Did you enter the Bezels & Bytes giveaway from yesterday? It runs until midnight on 6/1, so get your entries in! Even if you don’t have a fitbit this is either a) an awesome reason to get one or b) an awesome gift to a fashion and fitbit loving friend!! See yesterday’s post for details!

Um it’s Friday! TGIF friends! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. Sunday I’ll be doing a girls day in the city with my SILS & MIL. We’re going to a play and staying downtown which should be lots of fun! My SIL Megan is due with her second bambino at the end of June. I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl and spoil him/her!

Thanks for reading!!

Bezels & Bytes- A review and giveaway!!!

Hello my friends! Sorry for the pause in blog posts. I spent the last week in Florida with my mom & Isla. My parents just bought a home there and we were furnishing and decorating like crazy while we were there! The internet wasn’t set up until a day before we left so I had no means to blog so I became somewhat of a “instagram blogger” for the time being. But don’t fear, we are now home and new content is on it’s way.

I mentioned previously that I got a fitbit for Mother’s Day and had been loving it! The only thing I didn’t love was how it looked when I wore it and wasn’t working out. The black rubbery band just kind of clashed with everything & put a damper on my favorite accessories, the arm party. I really liked the look of the Tory Burch for fitbit wrap bracelet but did not love the price. I also read a lot of reviews that said it wasn’t good quality & Nordstrom was out of stock in all colors, so I wrote it off as not meant to be.

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I initially found Bezels & Bytes by googling the crap out of every combination of fitbit bracelet and fitbit bracelet cover you can imagine. Many of them looked just like the regular fitbit bracelet but patterned or different colors, and I was looking for a piece of jewelry.

When I stumbled upon Bezels & Bytes I was so excited! I browsed the site and seriously had a hard time choosing what to order. I wanted one in every color! I eventually decided on the tan color with the gold basketweave. Right when I received it (which was soon, the shipping was quick & FREE!) I knew I was going to love it and after wearing it every single day for more than 2 weeks I can say I absolutely love it. The color is more of a cognac which is perfect and goes with every single outfit I have. It feels heavy but not too heavy, well made, and the perfect functional yet pretty piece of jewelry! I love that it is made out of genuine leather & 12K gold plating! Super nice. I have no worries that the fitbit tracker itself will fall out, the back closes securely. I was a little worried it would be too big as I have semi small wrists but it fits perfectly with both snaps shut. It’s adjustable to be made smaller or bigger so it will fit all different wrist sizes. Next I’m thinking of ordering the light pink and the black studded wrap. Both are SO cute. I’m loving the summer colors they just released! The orange is adorable too. I love that they are a start up too, what a fun idea for a company. I am happy to support them!! You might have noticed it has been in all my recent outfit posts because I really do wear it everyday!

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B&B giveaway

Now onto the amazing part! Bezels & Bytes is giving one lucky MOASM reader a Fitbit bracelet* of their choice up to a $78 value!! All the bracelets shown here you can pick from! The giveaway will run from 12 AM EST on 5/28/15 – 12 AM EST on 6/1/15. All giveway rules, guidelines, and ways to enter are listed on the rafflecopter site. All views and opinions listed here are my own. PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL entries are verified and if your entry wins but you did not fulfill the criteria for that entry I will have to pick another winner, so make sure to follow the steps closely!

Click HERE to enter the giveaway!!!
Goodluck everyone!!

*The actual fitbit flex tracker that fits inside of the bracelet being given away is sold separately and is not part of the giveaway.

pretty little sundress

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sundress | wedges | bag (different style same color here) | necklace | earrings | watch | renegade cluster | amelie bracelet

How cute is this little seersucker sundress? I bought it in store but the grey stripe is not available online, but solid white is. Which I think is just as cute! I love the little details in it, and the length! Not many dresses are longer than mid thigh these days so this one feels appropriate for all different occasions. It’s light and flattering!

So I honestly didn’t expect these wedges to be that comfortable because they run so small (I ordered a full size up) but they are so comfortable! I love love love them. They go with so much!! I have a thing for grey!

Did you guys watch the bachelorette last night? So awkward at times!! There are some good looking guys though and I really hope the bachelorette ends up being Kaitlyn. She just seems so much more genuine and she is really funny! As far as the guys I really like Shawn and Joshua so far!

We’ll see how it plays out!

wrap dress

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wrap dress | tank | wedges | clutch (not available online, similar here)| necklace | watch | renegade cluster | chevron bangle | ring

This is a look I wore to The Morton Arboretum annual dinner on Saturday night. I LOVE this dress. The top is too revealing for me so I layered a tank underneath. The colors and flow of the dress are so fun though! And for less than $28, it was a steal!

On Saturday afternoon I threw a little surprise sprinkle for my sister in law, Megan. She is due with her second baby at the end of June. We don’t know if we will be getting a niece or nephew so we are very excited for the newest addition’s arrival!! Isla hopes for a girl and I’m sure the new baby’s brother, Teddy, is hoping for a boy. It was a fun afternoon of girl talk, mimosas, and brunch!

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Megan and her sweet friends

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Alissa & Megan, sister in laws!

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The Burke girls, Susan (MIL), Grandma Rosie (Isla’s great grandma), Mama to be, and Christina (SIL)

What a fun weekend! Why do they always have to go by so fast?! Hope yours was great!

the best vest evaaa….

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vest (seriously obsessed) | denim | chambray top (sold out, similar here & here) | wedges (back in stock, LOVE) | bag | sunnies (sold out, similar here) | watch | earrings | renegade cluster | amelie bracelet| druzy bracelet (sold out, similar here)

I don’t know what it is about this vest but I am in love. It must be the fit, because it’s nothing you haven’t seen before! I think the price is decent compared to a lot of other ones I was looking at. I love how it cinches in at the waist to give you a bit of a shape. It does run big though, I’m wearing a size small. It is always out of stock so if you ever come across it in your size, snap it up before it’s gone! It’s been pretty chilly this week so it’s acted as my jacket. I have worn it the past 3 days in a row, no joke. I keep finding things to wear it with, I think next I’ll pair it with a striped dress! These wedges are from my spring wedges post way back in March. I had ordered them then but they finally just came in off backorder & they are just as fabulous as I thought they would be! I love the high ankle and perforations. Sometimes my style can be very military-esque? A lot of neutral colors, more bold and non feminine patterns, monochrome. It’s such a different take to my normal girly girl attire but I have come to LOVE switching it up.

TGIF! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Special Mother’s Day gifts

   This was the first Mother’s Day without my grandma. When my grandpa passed away in March 2013, all I could focus on was how badly it hurt me, how sad I was, how much I missed him, how badly I wanted my kids to know him. Those are all normal feelings, but what I wasn’t focusing on were others. Specifically my mom who had just lost her dad. In January this year when my grandma passed, of course I was extremely sad and upset like with my grandpa, but somewhere between 2013-2015 my mindset changed. I don’t know if it’s because I matured a bit more, had a baby of my own, or just became more aware of how the death of a loved one affects my other loved ones. But I became more aware of how my mom was hurting. I’ll never forget the realization, of the impact and change in her life, come upon me.

It was the week after my grandma’s funeral and Isla and I stopped by my parents house to just say hi, a normal occurrence. As we were leaving I asked my mom how she was doing, she said ok. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had been so focused on me and my feelings I didn’t stop to think for more than a minute that she just lost her mom. I said to her are you sure, because I know I lost my grandma but you lost your mom and I don’t know what I would do without you. We both cried and hugged and I think she truly appreciated my love and understanding in that moment. This may sound strange but in that moment is when I feel like I had fully matured as an adult and officially gained a tiny grain of wisdom. I’m sure Nana & Pa were both looking down on us and smiling, knowing that they have brought us together. I couldn’t be more grateful for the love my mom (and mother in law!) has for me and wanted to show that appreciation in a special Mother’s Day gift.

My Grandma had very distinct handwriting, funny story, she was actually a leftie but the nuns who taught her in school her forced her to write with her right hand so she actually became ambidextrous. Anyway her handwriting was always beautiful slanty cursive. She wrote slowly and carefully, crafting each letter to flow into the next. It was cool to watch. I got this idea from an idea Ashley L. posted on IG of her Mother’s Day gift to her mom. So I decided to practically copy it, if you’re reading this Ashley, thank you! 🙂

First I found a card from Nana, this one happened to be to Isla for her baptism last July. I love her little note (and the period at the end), she absolutely adored Isla and called her her doll baby.

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Next I took a photo of the word “Love” from the card as close up and clear as I could. Then I purchased a few things. A pretty pillow I thought my mom would like, iron on fabric transfer paper, some fabric, and thread that would go with the colors in the pillow.

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Here is the pillow I picked out.

Next I printed the word love to scale on the transfer paper (per the directions on the package, you must use the website they provide so it can be mirror flipped so when you iron it on it reads correctly left to right). Then I ironed it onto the fabric piece, cut it out, and sewed it onto the pillow where I wanted it.

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When I gave it to my mom she didn’t even know I made it! At first she thought it came that way, then I said who’s handwriting does that look like? And she said Nana’s, and I said it is. She was taken aback and I think she really loved it. Which makes me happy.

Susan (my mother in law) lost her mom, Grandma Jan, in 2009, and I had only met her once. But I know from all the stories she was an extremely special woman. I really feel like she lives on in her daughters and granddaughters which is something so cool to see. I know my MIL was very close with her mom and it was really difficult when she lost her. I wanted to do something similar for her to honor her own mom. We use some of Grandma Jan’s recipes quite often, one in particular her chocolate sauce recipe. It is SO good. So I asked Christina (my SIL), to find the recipe in Grandma Jan’s handwriting so I could make something special. Well she couldn’t find it in the box of recipes and when she asked Susan where it was Susan just wrote it down for her from memory. No! We need it in Grandma Jan’s handwriting! lol, fail! So we never got the chocolate sauce recipe but Christina found 2 other recipes that were special to her in Grandma Jan’s handwriting, which I used. I got this idea just from browsing the internet while searching iron on fabric transfers.

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I love how she spelled cookie, so cute. (It’s coming full circle Julia is Cooky!) LOL

First I bought minimally decorated kitchen towels and iron on fabric transfer paper. Then I did the same as with the pillow, uploaded the photos into the website’s program, mirror flipped the image and printed it. Then I simply ironed them directly onto the towels. Here is the final result.

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I think they turned out pretty cute. I was debating printing them in black and white but like the authenticity of the red pen with the aged spots on the notecard.

Susan really loved them. I could tell they were very special and held a lot of meaning to her. I’m glad I could bring a smile to her face. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day. It’s one of those times in life where you really need to focus on what matters and remember how much your mama has done for you and just how much she loves you!! I now TRULY understand the love a mother has for her child, now that I have my little Isla bear. I couldn’t be more grateful for both my moms God has blessed me with! Thanks so much for reading.

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white distressed denim | white tee (my favs, 2 for $28) | kimono (obsessed & under $18!!) | grey wedges (also obsessed, so comfy) | bag | earrings (can be worn multiple ways, I’m wearing them as studs) | necklace | watch | amelie bracelet | link bracelet

A kimono is an easy breezy way to dress up any outfit. I love them over a tee and jeans, or shorts, or a dress! This one is so me, with the pale pink, floral pattern, and tiny pom pom trim. It’s under $18, which is a steal! Could be a cute swim suit coverup as well! These grey wedges are so good. It’s almost impossible to find a grey wedge. A lot of the reviews for these said they run really tiny which I do agree they run small. I’m normally a 8.5 in wedges and ordered a 9.5 and they fit perfect. So definitely size up! I thought they would be uncomfortable but are actually one of my comfiest pairs! Gotta love the little platform. They will be on serious repeat this summer as grey goes with so much!

Happy Hump Day! 🙂