Back in Love With Handbags

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I don’t usually get excited about bags to be honest.  Or at least I haven’t in a few years.  I think it’s because I got too caught up in being all practical – needing a bag to fit EVERYTHING I might possible need for myself and my kid.  But this Spring there are just way too many cute bags to be practical.

All of a sudden I find myself obsessed with bags.  Mini cross body, straw totes, geometric shapes, bright colours, pom poms, Love them all.  However, they aren’t going to fit everything I may, or may not, need in a day.  But I have decided that’s okay.  I can stash a diaper bag in the car just in case and carry a super cute bag for myself.

Here are a few of my favourite bags right now.  And as always they are pretty affordable, most of them are less than $50.

Mini Crossbody Bags

I love the colour and shapes of these bags and who doesn’t love a lightweight bag.  Sure they are small and you can’t fit alot in them but I mean we only ever use 5% of what is in our purse anyways…..

The green is my favourite.  Green is such a  great neutral because it goes with pretty much everything except a bright red – unless its Christmas of course.

Click the images to shop or click here for the green bag, the pale pink and the yellow.

 

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The Straw Bag

And then there is the straw bag.  Yes they are everywhere but thats because they are so perfect for the summer. I love these for casual weekend looks.

The bag with all the pom poms and the multi colour strap is the only one that’s  a little more pricey at $100 but its from Nordstrom so hopefully it will go on sale.  The other two are under $50.

Click the image to shop or click here for the white pop pom tote, here for the multi colour pom pom tote and here for the pom pom tote with the multi colour strap.

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Half Moon Bag

This take on the straw bag is a little more structured and so it works with a more dressed up look.  LOVE the handle on the black bag.  It is on back order at Zara right now but if you click through to the zara site you you can select an option to have them email you as soon as it is restocked.  But you have to order as soon as you get the email.  The back order items sell out so fast,m even after they are restocked.

Click the images to shop or click to shop the black tote and here for the red tote.

 

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Happy Shopping

 mandi

Bow Belt Shorts

Is it short weather yet???  I am dying to start wearing shorts.  And when I am not wearing denim cut offs, these cute bow belted/paper bag waisted shorts will be my go to.  And you wouldn’t think it but the fit on these shorts is so flattering.  Here are four of my favourite pairs 

Printed Linen

The print on these is amazing – its beachy, feminine and fun.  And you wouldn’t think it but this waist line is so flattering.

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Bermudas With A Bow

I love wearing shorts in the summer to the office to switch things up a little.  Pencil skirts and ankle pants can get a little boring.  And the length on these shorts make them perfect for the office.

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Stripes Stripes Stripes

I am obsessed with these shorts.  Most likely because I love all things striped and the fit is so flattering.  You can also replace the bow belt with a leather belt for a more structured look.

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Embroidery

These embroidered shorts are so light and feminine.  Perfect for the beach or with a pair of nude wedges for date night.  These would look cute with a white blouse as shown but for a more casual look you could pair them with a denim shirt.

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Happy Shopping

 mandi

 

 

Spring Dress Staples

 

What I love most about a Spring/Summer wardrobe is that I get to wear dresses. No pants, no tights – so comfortable.  I just love bare legs.  Mind you along with the comfort of bare legs comes shaving……. but it’s worth it.  Especially when your hair is blond because you can totally get away with skipping a few days (at least I think no one notices).

I am sharing a few of my favourite Spring/Summer dresses from Zara and The Bay.  I love shopping online at both these stores because shipping is free (if you spend over $50) and returns are simple.

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Not Your Average Button Up

Easy button ups are a key piece in every wardrobe.  They are great year round, especially for layering, but I really love them for Spring.  They are crisp, comfortable and they go with pretty much everything.  And nursing friendly of course.

This Spring I have been leaning towards the classic blue and white striped button up.  But today’s button ups are far from boring.  Whether its embellished, oversized, cropped or off the shoulder, I find myself reaching for my button ups ALL the time.

I have included below a few of my favourite button ups below as well as a few styling tips. I also love looking at Winners for button ups, they typically have a great selection of button ups.

 

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Spring Shoe Sale At The Bay

Today I am rounding up all my favouite Spring shoes at the Bay and they are ALL on sale.  All under $100. How can you say no to a pair of shoes that you really don’t need when they are less than $100.  Now which ones to order………..

BTW – can you tell I am obsessed with mules.

Links to shop below.

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1. Lucky Brand Frayed Edge Mules

2. Vince Camuto Leather Mules.

3. Sam Edelman Bow Slides: Only $52!

4. Karl Lagerfeld Pointed Bronze Flats. 

5. Vince Camuto Studded Suede Sneakers.  These come in black too.

6. Sam Edelman Two Tone Espadrilles.

7. Calvin Klein Beaded Slip Ons.

8. Lucky Brand Frayed Edge Striped Mules.

 

Happy Shopping

 mandi

Shoe Diaries: Floral Mules

The mule is definitely the shoe of the season and I couldn’t be happier.  Why?  Because I hate my toes – even when they are perfectly pedicured.  And of course the obvious, there is nothing better than slip on shoes.

I just found these floral embroidered mules at Aldo for only $80.   As per my criteria for building my new, more practical shoe wardrobe, they are super comfortable and can be dressed up or down.

Click the image below to shop.  Or click here. 

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As per usual all items are linked so you can shop and with the exception of H&M shipping/returns are free with a minimum spend. And all items are under $50, with the exception of the shoes.

Look #1: Summer Night Out

I would totally wear this out on date night.  The shirt is cropped and a little more revealing so I would wear it with a high waisted pant to cover up a little on the bottom.   I love pairing feminine colours and prints with khaki.

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1. Khaki Paper Bag Ankle Pants.  H&M

2. Pink  Ruffled Top.  Zara

3. Floral Earrings. Zara.

4. Straw Round Handle Bag.  Zara

5. Floral Mules. Aldo

 

Look #2: Stripes on Stripes

At first I thought this look might be a littly matchy matchy with the shoes, but it  totally works.  I chose a long sleeve tee and would do a partial tuck in the front to show off the super cure waist band on these shorts.    There is something about shorts and sweaters/long sleeves that I love.  And I kept the bag super neutral because there is alot going on already.

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1.Striped Jersey Top with Embroidery.  H&M

2. Paper Bag Waist Bermuda Shorts.  Zara.

3.Tortoise Shell Sunglasses. Aldo

4.Raffia Basket Bag. Zara.

5. Floral Mules. Aldo

 

Look #3: Feminine Detailing

One of the criteria for my new, more practical shoe wardrobe, is that a new pair must look great with denim because I wear alot of denim.  And mules definately work with a pair of jeans.  I like to show a little ankle with mules so I wear a cropped pair or cuff my denim.   it helps show off your shoe but I find it also helps make your legs look longer.

I went for a pretty white embroidered top in this look.  Its hard to see the details in the pic below but this shirt is so feminine with the embroidery and ruffle detailing.  And I love this bag but beware, its small.  But perfect for a day out.  The smaller the bag means the less shit you can stuff in it which ultimately means the lighter it will be.  And who doesn’t like a nice light bag.

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1.High Waisted Distressed Denim.  American Eagle Outfitters.

2. Sleeveless Embroidered Blouse. Zara.

3. Floral Embellished Sunglasses. Aldo

4. Pink Mini Tote. Zara

5. Floral Mules. Aldo

 

 

Happy Shopping

 mandi

Shoe Diaries: Red Flats

I have never been a big fan of flats but as my feet age and my kids become faster I have started to seek out some comfortable, yet stylish, flats.  And when I saw these red flats at Winners I knew they would be a perfect addition to my new, more practical shoe wardrobe.  Sure they were only $49, but thats not what sold me.  They are super comfortable, I love the pointed toe and they are that perfect shade of candy apple red.

I got these at Winners and you all know what that means – sorry.  But I found a similar pair at TopShop (only $58).

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As I add to my shoe collection, my goal is to pick shoes that will work with the majority of my daily wardrobe. And the red flats do not disappoint, they are super versatile, not to mention a classic.  I have included a few styling options below to show how versatile they really are.

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Spring Trend: Black and White

I know Spring is often all about colour and florals, but there is something about a classic black and white look that is so Spring to me.

 

I love a head to toe black and white look, especially when you pair it with a pop of colour – maybe a coral lip or yellow shoe.  But black and white pieces are so versatile that they look great with colour as well.  I tend to stick to pale colours and neutrals when looking for something to pair with a statement black and white piece with.

A few of my favourite black and white pieces are below.  All under $100.  And all from Zara.

Houndstooth Jacket

This I love.  Its a classic print and this fit will never go out of style..  And it’s only $100. This would look great with a head to toe black and white look – perhaps with a pearl embellished tee and a pair of skinny cropped ankle pants for the office.  But it would also look cute dressed down with a little colour – maybe a pair of distressed denim and a pale pink tee.

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Embroidered blouse

I would wear this with a more casual look, maybe a pair of distressed black denim shorts and black buckled ankle boots (something like this).

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Back and White Ruffled Blouse

The piping on this blouse is so classic. It’s pretty structured on top but the ruffle on the bottom is a fun and flirty detail, making it one of those pieces that you can wear into the office or with denim on the weened.

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Side Stripe Pencil Skirt

I haven’t ordered this skirt yet but it is taking all of my willpower not to order it.  By the time I am done this blog post I am sure it will be in my cart.

Not only do I love black and white, but I love a midi pencil skirt – so classic.  This would look cool with the houndstooth jacket above or to make it a little more casual wear it with a knotted denim shirt.

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Side Stripe Pants

These pants would also look great with the houndstooth jacket or a white or grey tee and a longline black vest.  OR to dress them down, a graphic tee would look cool with a distressed denim jacket.  Also they would look so cute with a pair of white ankle boots.

Click the image to shop or click here. 

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Happy Shopping

 mandi

 

 

 

Shoe Diaries: Pearly Flat Mules

I love shoes.  Like really love them.  Before babies I wore heels all the time.  I would suffer for a great pair of heels.  My poor feet.  Now that I am carrying a baby on my hip and chasing a two year old round, I have come to terms with the fact that I need something more sensible.  So its been fun, albeit challenging,  to find a new shoe wardrobe that marries comfort (or at least more comfortable than a 4 inch pair of heels) and fashion.

And I know I am not alone in this challenge so every week I am going to share a pair of shoes that are both fashionable and functional and a few ways to style them.  This first week I am going to share a pair that I ordered from Zara last week.  And they were only $40.

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