At the end of March, I will be heading to NYC with Sara, from A Dose of Pretty, for a girls weekend. Sara and I met several years ago through blogging and have become very good friends. We have talked for a while now about going away for a weekend and are actually making it happen at the end of March. I am so excited as it’s been years since I’ve been to NYC and since I’ve had a girls trip. We have our flights and hotel booked and are pinning away where we want to eat, visit, and shop. We will be staying at the Marlton Hotel in the West Village and luckily most of the places we want to go will be within walking distance. I am already trying to decide what to pack as it will be early Spring and I am anxious for a new season and wardrobe. I’ll be sharing more details as we get closer to the trip. Here we come NYC! If you have any recommendations please send them my way as I’d love to hear them.

January through March are always the hardest months I think to want to love your closet. The weather can be cold, rainy and very grey depending on where you live. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm then this probably isn’t such a problem but living in the Midwest, I dread this time of year. I am over my Winter clothes but it’s still too cold to buy anything new for Spring. I rely a lot on my basic transition pieces over and over during this time. Those pieces which are classic, never go out of style, but can carry you from season to season without feeling like you need to invest in a new wardrobe for three months. Some of my favorites are always a basic trench and a great way to invest in a new trench that is more Spring is buy a fun color, like this blush one, you’ll still wear this over and over. Another great jacket is always a utility jacket, I can’t tell you how much I wear this on the weekend. I throw it over a stripped or graphic tee, great pair of denim, and go. You could also pull off the denim on denim look by wearing this jacket to break up the monochromatic look. For shoes, booties are still a great option and I love the look of these lowcut ones from Madewell or these pumps from Everlane. Sweaters still play a big part but you can always choose some options with softer colors like this cashmere one or this open front sweater from J. Crew which I wear all the time as well.  I also like to pull out my go to bag during this time which is the transport tote, this is one of those bags if you don’t have, you should invest in one. I’d love to know what your favorite transition pieces are now.

 

 

 

These days my wardrobe mostly consists of pieces which are easy, comfortable, versatile, and can be worn for work or weekend. Being a mom and running around during the weekend I appreciate pieces that I can thrown on which still look classy and put together such as a good wrap.  I first discovered Mer Sea, a local Kansas City company, several years ago. Mer Sea is all about designing and producing beautiful sea-inspired products that can make you feel like you’re on a calming ocean vacation. They carry anything from travel wraps, to bath products, to amazing smelling candles. I have several of their candles throughout rooms in my house and they do not disappoint. This candle is sitting on our console table when you walk in the door and even when not lit, I can smell the jasmine from the candle. Their wraps are probably what they are best known for and there are days when I could use one in every color. I love being able to throw on a wrap with a tee and go. A few of my favorites are this zipper cardi ( I can’t wait to wear this in Spring with a denim skirt, stripped tee, and mules), this Cotton Cashmere, and this flax linen wrap. Recently, they introduced a Luxe line with some very chic pieces such as this tablet case which I’ve also used as a case to carry notebooks and a few pens for a meeting, this agate candle, and the fanny back is definitely back in a very Parisian way with this belt bag. I should also mention that ‘Mer’ means ‘sea’ in French, so obviously I was drawn to the line right away.

Mer Sea Zipper Cardi Travel Sweater c/o – Mer Sea Tablet Case Envelope c/o – J.Crew Audrey Flats – Madewell Denim (similar)- J.Crew Tee ( similar)

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Photos By: Shanley Cox 

Location: Messenger Coffee 

 

 

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you. I know we are already halfway through January but I just realized I haven’t posted yet this year. Between work and weekend activities I’ve been so busy that I actually can’t believe we are halfway through the month already. We are in full Winter mood here and it’s been so cold lately that I find myself wanting to go to bed at 8:30 because it’s dark out, cold, and there’s nothing else to do. January actually is my least favorite month of the year, it’s post holiday blues, it’s full on Winter, dark and dreary outside pretty much everyday, and I actually become a little depressed I find. In order to get out of my Winter funk I have been trying to come up with ways to find inspiration and creativity. The bright side to all of this I guess is that Spring is only 65 days away.

A beautiful flower bouquet goes a long way. I buy myself fresh flowers every week from Trader Joe’s because they bring a smile to my face. For less than $10 I can get an amazing array of gorgeous blooms to spread throughout a few rooms in the house. I also love lighting my favorite candles especially in the kitchen and my newest favorite is by Mer Sea. There’s nothing better than an amazing smelling candle and fresh flowers to brighten up a space and make it cozy and inspiring.

Last weekend I started working on my vision board finally for the year. All the images and things that inspire me most, of course which is anything Parisian. A few people asked on my IG stories when I posted this picture where I got the board from. I actually made this board a few years ago and it’s super easy to do. I bought a regular pin board from Target and some material from Michaels. Then I just glued the material to fit around the board and put gold push pins all around the edges. I love a beautiful vision board hanging up in my office so I can see all the pretty things that inspire me throughout each Season.

Mornings at the museum are the most inspiring and there’s no better way to start the weekend. London is taking an art class on the weekends and I am really looking forward to starting my day like this for a few months. The museum has a new coffee shop that just opened and I will definitely be taking advantage of a latte and some quiet time. I am also excited to wander the halls of the museum and hang out with all my favorite paintings. Last weekend I was all alone in a room with Monet and Van Gogh and it was truly amazing.

Lastly, my kitchen shelves do bring me a little inspiration. The hubby and I joked when he was putting up these shelves that they would be more for decoration than actually serve a purpose. He might be halfway right although I do have some useful things up there.

I would love to know how you beat the Winter blues and what inspires you in the Winter time?

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I wanted to give you a little glimpse of our home for the holidays. I have loved every second of this holiday season and it makes me sad to think it’s almost over. There’s times I almost wish we could leave the decorations up for longer than a month but since we can’t I am going to soak up every second that’s left. I can’t believe there’s only 3 sleeps left until Santa comes. Hope you are all having the most wonderful holiday season yet!

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