Today's Everyday Fashion: Recent Awards

 
Red floral maxi dress, ankle boots, fringe purse
Red floral maxi dress, ankle boots, fringe purse
 
Red floral maxi dress, ankle boots, fringe purse

You guys... this dress is so much fun! I never would've tried it on in the store, but now it's one of my favorite things in my closet. It came to me by way of a recent Stitch Fix partnership on Pinterest. The style lesson here: challenge yourself to try things on you wouldn't normally try! I have to remind myself of this often, because it really is true. Those "just outside the box" purchases usually wind up being my favorite. 

Dress: Stitch Fix c/o (same, same, same)
Boots: Stitch Fix c/o (same, same)
Hat: boutique c/o, $7 (similar)
Purse: JCPenney c/o, $29 (similarsimilar)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot OneTwoThree
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson c/o Ross, $10 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse and sunglasses are 1 year ago. Hat is recent. Dress and boots are new.

Also - I'm excited to share that JJ won an award for his photography! A few months ago he was asked to submit a photo for the Melrose Center Awards (Orlando's main library). He entered this image of a longhorn in Lake Nona and won his category (photography) as well as the grand prize!! I'm so proud!! He made me promise to share my own recent award if I posted about his, so I'm also happy to share that I won the "Best Everyday Style" category in the first annual ShopStyle Awards. Words can't describe how thankful we are to be a part of creative pursuits we enjoy, and to have your love and support! xoxo

Floral maxi dresses on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: 6 Books I've Read So Far

 
Camel blazer, gingham top, white jeans
Camel blazer, gingham top, white jeans
Camel blazer, gingham top, white jeans
 
 
Inspiration: Keaton Row

Inspiration: Keaton Row

 

Some outfits are like classic recipes. You may rework them a little over the years, but you keep coming back again and again. Today's look reminds me of this similar look from 2014 as well as this outfit in 2016. Sometimes a casual look with a preppy wool blazer and gingham print hits the spot!

Blazer: J.Crew Factory, $83 (similar, similar, similar)
Top: Gap, $30 (similar, similar)
Jeans: Express, $37 (similarsimilar)
Belt: Limited, $15 (similarsimilar)
Shoes:  J.Crew Factory, $48 (similar, similarsimilar)
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $220 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Blazer is 3 years ago. Top, belt, jeans and shoes are 2 years ago. Purse is 1.5 years ago. 

 
6 Books I've Read So Far
 

Also, last month I shared my "resolution" for 2017: to read lots of books! Here are six I've read so far, in the order I read them. All six were great and I would recommend all of them. I've got another ten or so on our bookshelf that I can't wait to dive into, and a long wish list on Amazon once I exhaust that pile. Have you read any of these books? What books would you recommend?

1. Moving Mountains by John Eldredge - If you've ever wondered why we pray, how to pray or why some prayers get answered and others don't, then this is the book for you. John Eldredge is one of my favorite authors, and this book is a great resource for some very tough questions! 

2. Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge - I decided to re-read this favorite after I finished writing my book. And while I didn't love it as much as I remembered, I would still recommend it. It contains some wonderful wisdom about women's issues and the captivating nature of a woman's heart. 

3. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - This book reads like an exciting detective's case that dives into how we shame people on social media, with tons of interviews with victims. It does not really explore how to solve the problems it presents, but the first-person accounts were gripping and valuable.

4. The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell - I read this "classic" on recommendation from my husband. It reads like a straightforward research journal (a bit dry), but the studies and info it contains about how concepts reach their tipping point (or "go viral") is so good, I'd definitely recommend it.

5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - Completely obsessed with this book! One of my favorite books is War of Art by Steven Pressfield, and this felt like Gilbert's take on the same subject. If you're in a creative job or have an art that you love (writing, painting, fashion, etc.), it's a must-read! 

6. 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman - A quick, easy read about how to identify your own love language, as well as love those around you better. I've been familiar with the concept for years, but it was great to dig in deeper, and to read this book together as a couple. There's always room for improvement!

Today's Everyday Fashion: Lace Up Romper

 
Stripe lace up romper
Stripe lace up romper
Stripe lace up romper
Stripe lace up romper, studded block heels
 

I wish you could feel how soft this romper is -  like one of those kids books that have textures on the pages. Because not only is this adult onesie adorable with the stripes, lace up top and oversized sleeves, it also feels amazing on. It's comfortable and wrinkle-free, and it makes me feel like a million bucks, which I think is probably the best thing a romper can do. I can't wait to bust it out this spring! 

Romper: Lucca Couture c/o Amazon, $72 (also in black here
Bralette: Kohl's, $15
Shoes: Steve Madden c/o Amazon, $65
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Stein Mart, $149
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot OneTwo
Sunglasses: Francesca's, $12 (similar, similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Bralette is 2 years ago. Shoes are 6 months ago. Purse is recent. Romper is new.

Rompers on a budget