Friendships & Fashion

“The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other and think the other deserves the world.”

I read this quote recently and it really resonated with me.  It’s so important to surround ourselves with people that bring out the best in us, who encourage us to achieve our goals and follow our dreams, who listen to us , laugh with us and love us for who we are.  Last year I had to take a step back & reevaluate some of the relationships in my life.  It wasn’t easy but important decisions never are.

I am so grateful for the friendships I have formed throughout the years.  From my ride-or-die childhood friends who call me out on my shit, to the moms I’ve met through Moms Club who understand my daily struggles with a toddler, to the women I’ve met through Stitch Fix that have become not only style inspirations but dear friends.

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This is also one of the reasons I am so excited to get involved with my local blogging community.  From the Style Collective events I’ve attend and the communication I’ve seen online, the Pittsburgh blogging community is strong and continually growing.  I cannot wait to start attending more events and having the chance to get to know these beautiful women.

If you are interested in getting involved with your local blogging community feel free to reach out!  I’m more than willing to share the steps I took ♥

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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#OOTD – Girls Night Out

Well, it’s official, my first Girls Night of 2018 is in the books!  With the holidays being such a blur, my girlfriends and I decided to do our annual gift exchange after the New Year.  We put together a big spread of finger foods, drank red wine & caught up over exchanging gifts.
For our get together I decided to wear this new cold shoulder blouse I recently picked up at Marshalls, my distressed Old Navy Skinnies, cuffed above the ankle, and these Express booties from last winter.  I’ve included links to the styles I wore so you can shop these looks, or at least something similar!

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My girlfriend Jackie lives right on Lake Erie so as you can imagine her views are breathtaking.  I just had to share this picture I captured Saturday night of the water covered in ice just before sunset.  I could sit by her window all day, such beautiful views!

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Do you guys have any fun holiday traditions you share with your friends?  I’d love to hear what you do to celebrate!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Holiday Looks 2017

This holiday season has been a whirlwind adventure that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  All of the hours spent shopping, wrapping & meal prepping and it’s over just like that.  For me, the best part of the holidays is getting to spend time with family and friends.  I love reuniting with cousins I don’t get to see that often, getting to share stories over glasses of wine, and laughing until our stomachs hurt.

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Little man is 3 1/2 so Christmas was extra special this year.  The weeks leading up to it we baked cookies and made candy, drove through Christmas light shows, met Santa a few times, rode a horse drawn carriage while singing Christmas carols and enjoyed the mischievous happenings of our Elf on the Shelf Playdoh.  Thanks to Pinterest I had so many great ideas for Elf on the Shelf this year!

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Seeing little man’s face on Christmas morning was the best of all.  Though he said he NEEDED every toy on every Disney commercial he saw, he only asked Santa for 2 things; a Transformer that was made out of 4 robots and an Optimus Prime Transformer that turned into a rescue trailer.  His eyes lit up with excitement when he saw those exact Transformers waiting under the tree for him…my heart was so full!

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I hope everyone’s holiday season was full of love, laugher & lots and lots of wine!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Last minute gift guide

If you’re like me, you still have some last minute gifts to grab.  Whether you’re buying for a friend, your mother in law or a co-worker, every woman deserves to be spoiled this holiday season.  Below I’ve put together a foolproof guide of the best gifts to pick up in the eleventh hour.

For the chic – Women’s Faux Pony Hair Tassel Pouch by A New Day at Target for $14.99

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For the classic – Braided Headband on sale for $4.99 & Suede Gloves for $29.99 both from H&M

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For the planner – 2018 Blossom Agenda from Francesca’s for $17.99

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For the party girl – Fa la la la la Vodka Barware Set from Francesca’s for $30.00

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For the pampered – Luxe by Mr. Bubble Bath and Body Gift Set from Target for $12.00

Screenshot_20171216-141127Happy Shopping!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Tuesday Shoesday

I am head over heels in love with all things sparkly this time of year making these flats from Express the perfect addition to any look.  Whether I’m rocking simple leggings & a boyfriend tee, or a structured dress, these flats are sure to spice up any outfit!

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Below I’ve also featured two of my go-to essentials – a belted trench coat & a wristlet clutch.  These wardrobe must-haves transition nicely from season to season & never go out of style.  I picked up this trench from H&M a few seasons ago, but I’ve included links to similar to styles that are not only super chic but affordable as well.

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Target – Women’s Hooded Trench

H&M – Women’s Short Coat

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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