Winter Wear

Winter Wear

Winter in Chicago is no joke. It seems to last longer each year (of maybe I, Kelly, just like winter less and less each year – haha). I am definitely a person who gets cold easily, very easily, so warm winter wear is a must!

Kelly’s Look:
Hat – my love for leopard print + Pink Lily is strong, so this beanie is right up my alley!
Jacket – this North Face does the job of keeping me warm on chilly days.
Boots – we both adore these cozy winter boots and love that our toes stay warm!
Sunglasses – these lightweight sunglasses re idea for any type of sunny day!
Gloves – I love how these come with the fleece lining on this pair of gloves.
Jeans – these Articles of Society jeans are some of my favorites to wear on a regular basis.

Michelle’s Look:
Hat – we love this ribbed pom-pom beanie, it comes in four other colors too!
Jacket – is old but linking a similar here! This jacket, this jacket, and this one are also great options for maternity and post baby!
Boots – these are the same boots that Kelly has, but in the quarry color.
Sunglasses – are old but linking similar here!
Gloves – good gloves are a necessity in the cold Chicago winters!
Jeans – a good pair of maternity jeans is a must!

What are some must have items that you all have?

Valentine’s Outfits

Valentine’s Outfits

All things pink and hearts make us so happy, so Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for us to buy some adorable pieces! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites here.

Pink Leopard Skirt – pink + leopard is definitely a combo that you can find us wearing!
Pom Pom Cardigan – this chunky knit, pom pom cardigan is not only adorable but comfortable too
White Pom Pom Sweater – I love how this sweater fits for (but doesn’t scream) Valentine’s Day
Bow Tie Blouse – this shade of pink and the bow on this blouse! It is definitely in my cart
Black Sweater – the oversized sweater of our dreams!
Red Pleated Skirt – dress up any outfit with this skirt! You could easily wear this for Valentine’s Day and over the holidays!
Blush Pink Cardigan – we are all the heart eyes for this patterned heart cardigan
Fuzzy Pink Heart Sweater – how darling are the pearl details lining the hearts on this sweater?!
Black Heart Sweater – the perfect Valentine’s sweater for those who don’t love pink
Headband – dress up any simple outfit with this pearl velvet headband
Pink Leggings – the perfect leggings for your Valentine’s Day date night in!

Pink Lily Sweaters

Pink Lily Sweaters

I know I am not the only one who has been wearing sweaters on repeat and sometimes you just need a new one (or 2) to add to the rotation! I have always been a fan of Pink Lily and Katy, of Living My Best Style, that when they teamed up I knew it would be a good thing, Since then I have eyed this leopard sweater and finally decided to get it. Let me tell you, I am just as obsessed with it in person as I was on their website. I love the fact that you can wear this sweater with jeans or leggings and you can easily dress it up or down, talk about versatile!

similar sweater * jeans * booties

The second sweater I bought (is sold out but here is a very similar one) I am also equally in love with. I bought this one with Thanksgiving in mind (which is what I wore on Thanksgiving) but I have worn it countless amounts of time since then. I adore the bell sleeves and the waffle knit material!

hat * sweater * leggings * boots

Pink Lily had great, and affordable, options with a ton of different styles, colors, and materials. Love their selection!

Family Photos: Kelly and Fam

Family Photos: Kelly and Fam

Since Hunter was born (almost 5 years ago!) my family has been getting family photos done regularly. With each of the boys we bought a package with our favorite photographer, Shelly Shimon (if you are local to Chicago, we cannot recommend her enough), where we had shoot throughout the first year – newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. So in the past 5 years we have had 15 family photo shoots… God Bless Rob for putting up with me and allowing this to happen! These photos that Shelly has taken over the years are some of my favorite pictures of my little lovebugs and I will cherish them forever!

my four favorites

So, to say that I love family photo sessions is an understatement! Is it a bit stressful? yes. Is it a challenge? yes. Does everyone always cooperate the day of? no. But we prioritize these sessions because our kids are only going to be 4, 3, and 1 once – so we need to capture it.

If you haven’t noticed this about me, I love to match my boys – whenever possible. I will match them as long as they let me, and they love it at this point so we’re going with it. Now that there are three boys at different ages, it has been a bit more challenging for me to find 3 of the same outfits (that I like) for the boys. I don’t have all matching clothes for them, so when I do buy coordinating outfits I try to be strategic about it. Once I have the boys outfits picked out I move to mine! From there, Rob is easily able to coordinate with what we are working with.

sweet hunter, my precious first born
goofy grayson
love the smile with his thumb in his mouth

For these photos I was thinking Christmas cards, so I wanted to be festive (hence the red sweaters) but didn’t want to overdo it. When I ordered my dress, I was pretty nervous I wasn’t going to like it in person but I adore this dress now! I got it from Vici Collection and it is now on sale for just under $35 – only small sizes are left, which is what I am wearing. My boots are old Steve Madden but here are the more recent style… they are on sale right now! My earrings are also from Vici and are super lightweight and beautiful. Rob’s sweater is so soft and only $35 from Amazon and his shoes are old but similar options are linked here, here, and here.

robs sweater and similar shoes * boys sweater and shoes * my dress, similar shoes, and earrings

Thank you Shelly, once again, for these amazing family photographs! We cherish each session we have with you – you are the best!

Scarf Season

Scarf Season

We love nothing more than dressing up (and warming up) an outfit by throwing on some type of a scarf. Now that we have had our first snow flurries of the year, we are officially in scarf season. There are so many different types of scarves/shawls, and then even more patterns and styles, that it is so easy to transform a look by putting one on with an otherwise basic outfit to make you feel a bit more put together.

I have had this marley lilly blanket scarf for a few years now and I still love it just as much as the day I bought it. It is so cozy and really keeps me warm! I also love that Marley Lilly also has the personalization option on this scarf (and pretty much everything on their site). I am all about personalizing/monogramming but I opted out on this particular scarf.
I purchased the white oversized scarf at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago but this similar Kate Spade one takes it up a notch with the adorable bow detail.
The Burberry poncho dupe is old but I found a similar one on Amazon

*Oversized scarf – such a pretty neutral color!
*Free People scarf – looks like the coziest scarf around
*Leopard & monogramed – say no more, this one is going in my cart
*Ivory & Black – this blanket scarf would be the perfect addition to any wardrobe
*Petal & Pup – leopard and oversized… yes please!
*Chunky scarf – you can never go wrong with fringe end, extra chunky, and cream!
*Cashmere infinity scarf – is about as luxe and cozy as one can get!

Family Photos: Michelle & Fam

Family Photos: Michelle & Fam

We got SO lucky this past weekend with 70 degree temperatures and sunny skies for our fall family pictures! Leading up to this day can be torturous…finding matching outfits, making sure everyone is ready, planning out the day, etc. but in the end it’s SO worth it. Each year I look back at our photos with the best memories ever.

I’m not one to do super matchy-matchy outfits but I love having fun with everyones different styles. It’s so fun the blend different hues and cuts and while it can sometimes feel like an Olympic Sport (okay, dramatic) I love the end product!

I’ve added links to the outfits we wore this year and last as well as some pictures from our session last year. Also, stay tuned for Kelly’s family photos later this season as she is doing a holiday shoot with her photographer! Do you take fall family photos? Or do you wait for the holidays? Would love hear how you style your shoots! Comment below!

A walk down memory lane…last years photos!

Rhode Ella Dupe

Rhode Ella Dupe

This fun and flirty dress from Vici is a semi recent purchase that we have been loving (but haven’t had many opportunities to wear). The long sleeves with elastic cuffs are great take this dress easily from summer to fall and it is equal parts sweet and sassy! This dress is a great dupe for the beautiful Rhode Ella dress, but at just a fraction of the price! We have been swooning over the Rhode Ella dress for sometime but haven’t jumped in and made that purchase yet. When we saw this dress from Vici, we couldn’t pass it up! Adorable, comfortable, and under $100… you can’t beat that!

dress * booties * similar sunglasses * similar bag

Bodycon Dress

Bodycon Dress

This dress is such a go to dress of mine, no matter what season! It is comfortable enough to wear for a day of traveling but you can so easily change the look of it to dress it up if you want. I will honestly wear this dress year round: with sandals in the summer, put a kimono over for early fall, layer on a sweater for winter, and swap the sweater for a jean jacket in the spring. Which look is your favorite?

I purchased this dress so long ago that I don’t remember where it is from but I found a couple of nearly identical dresses at all different price points. This one here is from amazon and there are a number of different color options. Lulu’s makes one that looks extremely similar. This one from Nordstrom Rack has smaller cap sleeve. This Revolve dress has a bit of a different look with the racerback, but I love it just as much.

Scalloped Lace Trim Blouse

Scalloped Lace Trim Blouse

I recently purchased this blouse from Nordstrom and I cannot get enough! I just want to wear it all the time, only problem is – I don’t have anywhere to go! Next date night, this will be the outfit I am going to be reaching for. Contrary to most bodysuits (imo), this blouse bodysuit falls so nicely over jeans at all different waist heights, I feel like most bodysuits I’ve worn have looked best with high-waisted jeans. That makes this top even that much more versatile, it’s a win! I also love how easily it will transition to fall. Right now I can wear it as is, but come mid September I won’t have to put it away until next year because it would look adorable with a jean jacket. I am also in the market for a new leather jacket and I think this moto jacket would give this top a more elevated feel. Which would you wear with this top: a jean or a moto jacket? Let us know in the comments!

Button Front Collared Dress

Button Front Collared Dress

With some businesses starting to have employees head back to the workplace around here, we figured we would share an easy look to take you from the office (or school for us) to happy hour and anywhere in between. This dress is a great choice when wanting to look professional but still feel comfortable. We have grabbed this dress when we are going anywhere from work to a casual baby shower to a dinner out! Added bonus of the button front- it is nursing friendly for those who need!

Dress it down with flats for work if you are on your feet all day.
Dress it up for a date night with wedges or a heel.

Shop more button front collared dresses below!