Friday Favorites - September

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I’ve fallen off the blogging bandwagon in a big way (I “blame” Top Knot Squad), but I’m still here! I’m calling this a Friday Favorites post even though it’s Wednesday - kinda like Ben Folds 5 only having 3 people in it.

September came and went and we are now in my favorite month of the year! October brings my wedding anniversary (13 freaking years!), Halloween, and the tiniest bit of cooler weather to Austin. Okay fine, it’s still going to be 90 degrees today, but I think it’ll cool off at some point.

In September, I upgraded my leather legging situation (worth it!!), changed up my fall shoe game, added a cult favorite to my skincare routine, and decided that statement ear cuffs are going to be my new thing. As always, you can click on the image below to shop. Don’t forget to earn cash back on your online purchases using Ebates!


JORD Watch Review and Giveaway

I'm a huge fan of accessories. I use them to take pretty simple outfits (like my standard mom uniform of skinny jeans and a t-shirt) to a different level. As a mother and student, I need accessories that are functional and look good, too. When I saw pics of JORD wood watches, I knew I wanted one. These unique watches are beautiful, but help me keep on schedule. Trying to time school pick up with obtaining clinical hours can be really tough some days. At least I look good doing it right?

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but as always, the opinions and photos are my own.

I chose the Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwood Watch because it was a beautiful deep brown color, which is perfect for fall. It's neutral enough to go with anything I wear, but really stands out on its own. It arrived in this beautiful handcrafted box on its own little display pillow.

I typically wear the watch with in a business casual setting, but it works beautifully with just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I most often wear it to complete clinical hours. It helps me keep track of how long appointments were, how long a mom and baby fed, and whether I need to have the babysitter pick my son up from school. You know, just living that lactation intern life! The dark color of the Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwood Watch works so well with my wardrobe. Since the watches are sized, I ordered my watch a little loose, so I could wear it farther back on my wrist when holding a baby. Don't worry, they have a foolproof sizing guide to help you.


Now comes the fun part!

JORD Wood Watches is holding a contest where the lucky winner wins a $75 e-gift code to their online shop. You can pick any item you like! All other entrants will receive a $20 code just for entering!

Visit this link to enter

Contest ends on 10/30/2016, no purchase necessary to enter.

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How to Transition Your Summer Dress to Fall

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It's hard to believe that summer is almost over! We will soon be dealing with cooler temps (yay!!), Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything. Stripes are very popular during the summer - classic, fresh, and always on trend. The great thing about stripes is that they can be worn all year round. Here are some suggestions on how to transition a striped dress to fall. 

Add a layer

Adding a layer is my favorite way to bring a piece from a warmer season into a cooler one. A jacket, cardigan, or sweater can help deal with cool mornings. They're easy enough to remove if the day heats up. Not cool enough for those yet? Slip on a denim jacket, sweater vest, or chambray shirt for a lighter fall feel. You may opt to add a layer on the bottom as well. Tights, leggings, and even tall boots can make a dress feel less summery. 

Update Your Accessories

Whether you get an of-the-moment bag or try a funky new style of shoes, changing one basic element of your outfit can make a huge difference. Not into a whole new style? Try a new color. Swap out corals and turquoise for burgundy and hunter green. While leopard can be worn all year round, I notice an increase in leopard print pieces during fall and winter. It's a neutral, so it can be worn with just about anything. At least that's what I tell myself! Scarves are a great way to add some color or texture. Since some breastfeeding mothers prefer to cover while nursing, a lightweight scarf can double up as a nursing cover.

Need an Example?

While I used the Milk Nursingwear nursing dress from this post, these suggestions can be used for any striped dress out there! The look on the left is more casual and perfect for weekend errands. I love the functionality of a military jacket and the metallic Converse. Lots of pockets to store toys and sneakers to chase a runaway toddler. The sporty tote bag is large enough for diapers without looking like a traditional diaper bag. Matte oxblood lips are very on trend and add a moody twist. This is my favorite look of the two and definitely something I would wear!

The look on the right is more feminine and a dressier. The jewel-toned cardigan and pastel shoes liven up the olive striped dress. I adore those mint brogues - a very fun take on a traditionally masculine shoe. Mauve lips and a classic tote finish off the look. Links to shop are at the end of this post.

Summer to Fall: Striped Dress

The dress above is from Milk Nursingwear. While the olive color is pictured above, it's available in a number of additional colors including blue, pink, and black. It's also available in a maxi dress and tank dress.


Shoppable links below

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Simply Chic: Simply Rustic Co. Diffuser Necklace

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I think it's safe to say that I'm all about accessories. Most of my clothing is casual and dark or neutral, and I rely heavily on jewelry to really make a look my own. When I had the opportunity to work with Brit of Simply Rustic Co., I jumped on it. I had been following her on Instagram for a while and really love her minimalist, chic, and feminine pieces. 

Simply Rustic Co. recently launched a collection of diffuser jewelry that is really unique. Using natural raw lava beads in addition to materials like glass beads, druzy beads, and sterling silver and bronze chains, Brit created a line that looks so different from any essential oil jewelry I've seen before. The diffusers are sleek and unexpected, and not at all clunky.

My favorite, the Etta Diffuser Necklace, mixes lava beads and glass beads. It's simple enough to pair with jeans and a t-shirt, but sophisticated enough to pair with a dress for an easy and put together look. I like to put a few drops of my favorite essential oil blend on it before heading out the door. It's usually lavender if I'm going out with the kids to help me stay calm. 

Brit invited me to style a piece of Simply Rustic Co.'s jewelry. Since I'm rarely in front of the camera, I was a little nervous with nailing the looks, but my photographer/Instagram husband had me laughing the entire time. I paired the beautiful piece of jewelry with a bright maxi skirt and fitted tank top. It can be fancy enough for date night or casual to meet friends for brunch. 



Be sure to visit Simply Rustic Co.'s website, Facebook, and Instagram for more handmade, boho inspired jewelry.


Disclosure: the Etta Diffuser Necklace was provided to me at a discount in exchange for a blog post styling the jewelry. All opinions are my own.