Maxxinista Life

I have recently become a full blown Maxxinista and am loving every penny saving moment! By definition, a Maxxinista is “one who finds unique and original designer items at discount prices” at the discount department store TJ Maxx.  The fact that I found an actual definition of this online is amazing!

I always seem to have such good luck shopping at TJ Maxx & Marshalls, not to mention Homegoods too!  It’s always a quick & easy shopping experience which makes dragging my toddler along with me not a complete nightmare.  Anyways, I am excited to share some of my most recent finds & how I styled them

Lemon & pineapple prints are everywhere this season, so when I found this Off The Shoulder Top for only $12.99 at TJ Maxx, I just had to get it!  I kept things casual by pairing it my high-rise distressed skinnies, cuffed at the ankle, strappy wedges & statement chandelier earrings.

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Being that I’m only 5’0″ tall I rarely wear skirts, but with midi skirts being on-trend this year I just had to try one for myself.  I picked up this yellow perforated skirt & crochet cap sleeved knit from TJ Maxx for under $25.  Since the top was a little long I decided to knot the hem to one side & add a fun pop of contrasting color with this blue floral necklace.

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As you can see, I saved the best for last!  I found this floral tie waist jumpsuit at Marshalls for under $20 (I can’t remember the exact price).  But, what a steal!  I paired this jumpsuit with my Tory Burch wedges and Chloe+Isabel statement necklace for a good friend’s wedding rehearsal.

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Feel free to follow me on Instagram as the_wexford_housewife_ for daily style inspo and fitting room stories!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

#OOTD – Flirty & Feminine

It was one of those mornings where the stars aligned…my toddler was in a fantastic mood & we just so happened to be running errands near the mall.  What’s a girl to do but stop in & do some quick shopping!

I can’t remember the last time I shopped at Forever21.  It’s a store I frequented often in college, but being that I’m 31 I just never think of it as an option.  However, something about their window display caught my eye so we popped in.  To my surprise, I found some fantastic pieces that are not only super stylish but decent quality.

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I am completely obsessed with this lace crop top & floral midi skirt.  Two pieces I wouldn’t be quick to pair together, but something about it just works!

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And, pairing this lace top with sleek black leggings isn’t too bad either!  All I need to complete this look is high-heeled ankle booties & this grey faux leather moto jacket.

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Athleisure at its best

Whether I’m running a few quick errands, going to a play date at the park or meeting a friend for an impromptu lunch, this athleisure trend is keeping me comfortable & stylish…

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Nothing beats chic leggings with a slip-on sneaker & lightweight layering pieces.  Comfort & style is a win-win in my book!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Celebrating my birthday in style

I love celebrating birthdays!  Any excuse to get together with friends & family is always a plus in my book.  From wine tastings, to dance parties, dinner dates & live music, this year’s birthday was a huge success…and the most fashionable I might add.

As much I thought I would dread being in my 30’s, I’m loving it!  I have an amazing husband & son, the best friends a girl could ask for & a family that continues to show their love and support.  Check out some of my favorite looks from this year’s week long celebration!

Bringing out my romantic side with bold floral prints while wine tasting in Ohio.  This blouse & the distressed skinnies are from my latest Fix; two of my favorite pieces to date!

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What’s a birthday without dinner & drinks with loved ones!  I originally wore this dress while celebrating my wedding in Punta Cana; I was so excited to wear it again for my birthday this year.

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Keeping things simple & chic for our winery hop in the Laurel Highlands of PA.  What a great weekend experiencing new wines & listening to live music with my husband and our close friends!

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Fashion on wheels

Last night I hosted yet another fun Ladies Night Out!  Our night was full of drinking vino, eating yummy finger foods & shopping the latest trends thanks to the Mack & Mario fashion truck.  Mack & Mario is a store on wheels, think food truck but for all things fabulous.

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This concept of free-range fashion is a game changer!  The owner Lori made our event a huge hit with her outgoing personality, artisan jewelry and on-trend apparel.

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My girlfriends & I had a blast shopping inside the truck!  There was no pressure from pushy sales associates, just friendly advice from the owner on how to coordinate pieces.  The apparel was somewhat limited with only one or two sizes available in each style, making them unique & one of a kind.

Some of  my favorite pieces included a white tulle skirt a la Carrie Bradshaw, an off-the-shoulder tunic with lace/fringe detailing and lightweight brass bracelets with individual state charms.

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If you’re in the Pittsburgh area keep your eye out for the Mack & Mario truck or contact Lori by visiting her website http://www.mackandmario.com/

Stay tuned to see how I style the pieces I picked up last night!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Spring Favorites

Today I am sharing some of my favorite outfits I’ve put together this spring.  From mixing patterns, to Stitch Fix favorites, this season has been full of fun outfits I cannot wait to repeat throughout the summer!

Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns is easy when you don’t put too much thought into it.  The key is to mix prints of varying scales i.e. large florals & small polka dots, or in my case thin stripes & thick diamonds.  I like to stay within the same color family, but you can always combine two different prints that share a single color.

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Unexpected pieces

The high finally hit 90 degrees the other day so the thought of wearing anything less than a dress was intolerable.  I didn’t have a lightweight maxi dress on hand so I turned this maxi skirt into a dress and I’m obsessed with the result!

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Stitch Fix Favorites

I’ve received so many great pieces from Stitch Fix lately; styling myself has its perks!  For an indoor work event this week, I decided to keep things simple & chic with a little bohemian flair.  This was easy to do thanks to my new Renee C Tank & Kut from the Kloth Faux Leather Jacket.  #StitchFixLife

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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New Spring Staple – Denim Jacket

I have been on the hunt for the perfect denim jacket for quite some time.  The jackets I find are either too long, too tight in the shoulders or just not what I’m looking for.  The other day after dinner my husband & I decided to run into Old Navy to pick up some sweatpants for our little nugget.  He’s going through yet another growth spurt and is constantly making messes; Old Navy is the perfect place to pick up pants he’ll likely only wear a few times.

While perusing the aisles, what did I find?  Non-other than the perfect denim jacket!  Who would’ve thought?!  This jacket was the right shade, the right fit and on sale for under $30.  Win-win-win!

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Yesterday I incorporated the jacket into my wardrobe by pairing it with a basic black legging and a graphic tee, which I also picked up at Old Navy for $10.  I love mixing casual pieces with chic essentials such as my Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats and Chloe + Isabel Statement Necklace.

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The weather in Pittsburgh has been anything but dress-appropriate lately.  I cannot wait for the sun to make an appearance so I can layer this jacket over a maxi dress or jumpsuit!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

Spring (closet) Cleaning

The windows are open, the daffodils are in bloom and the sun is shining…it must be spring!  That also means it’s time for some spring (closet) cleaning.  Thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse the nugget was entertained long enough for me to transition my closet from winter to spring.  While doing so I came across some pieces I forgot I had; it was like going on a shopping spree in my own closet!  I can’t wait to start wearing chambray shirts, white jeans & peep toe shoes every day.

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Last year we started a tradition of hosting Easter dinner at our house.  With that being said, I wanted a casual-chic ensemble that would make entertaining & cooking a breeze.  Instead of running out to buy a new outfit for this weekend, I decided to pull together some styles that I already owned.

A classic shirt dress is a great way to stay casual & cool while entertaining.  I picked this one up during my many years of working for Lacoste.  It’s a staple piece that I will continue to pull out each spring.  Since Lacoste embodies a classic, timeless style I thought it was best to accessorize with my Tory Burch studs & wedge heels.

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Since we don’t go to mass on Easter Sunday & we’re just having family over, I wanted a casual go-to outfit in case I opted out of the dress.  What better way to stay casual than with a pair of light wash boyfriend jeans.  To play on this relaxed look, I paired the jeans with my StitchFix Market & Spruce Hi-Lo Tee and a boho-inspired sheer cardigan.  I added a blue beaded necklace & my Tory Burch wedges to help elongate my legs.

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How will you be celebrating Easter?  I’d love to hear what look you’re going for this weekend!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

 

 

 

Favorite Thing Friday – Blanket Scarf

What better way to stay warm & stylish this season than with a blanket scarf.  A blanket scarf is exactly what it sounds like…a scarf that’s big enough to serve as a blanket.  This winter-time favorite has many personalities; it truly is the perfect addition to any outfit!

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Whether you’re wearing it as intended or taking advantage of its oversized body, this scarf creates a cozy, effortless, ready for winter look.  Below I’ve shared four of my favorite ways to wear this one-size fits all essential.

Scarf: Looped once around the neck, leaving the ends to hang loosely

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Shawl: One end tossed over the shoulder, leaving the other end to hang loosely

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Blanket: Draped over the shoulders

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Cape: Draped over the shoulders & belted at the waist

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

 

A New Year, A New You (style tips to look & feel great)

After a 2 month hiatus I’m finally back to blogging!  Between the holidays & getting comfortable with working part time, I just didn’t have the time nor the energy to write.  But, I’m back & it feels wonderful!

It’s that time of year again…people are making resolutions, the gym is over-crowded & at home yoga videos are flying off the shelves.  I enjoy a good workout as much as the next person, but looking good & feeling good doesn’t always have to involve sweating your face off.  In honor of the New Year & trying to look our best I wanted to share some styling practices I use while styling myself & clients.

Highlight & emphasize your best features.  Whether it’s your bust, waist or legs, figure out what you love most about your body & flaunt it!

Style Suggestions Bust: V-neck blouses & dresses with a plunging neckline or scoop neck are the perfect way to emphasize your bust.  Waist: Tops with shape or cinching as well as belted high-waist pants will highlight your waist & show off your silhouette.  Legs: Boot cut jeans with a small flare will balance the curve of your hip which in turn elongates the leg & creates a slimming effect.  Shorter dresses and skirts are always a go-to when showing off your legs as well.

Avoid baggy clothing.  I know this can be hard.  Hell, most days you’ll find me in a comfy oversized tee, but wearing loose fitting clothing tends to have an adverse effect & actually makes you look bigger than you are.

Style Suggestions Peplum blouses, straight-fit tops, fitted blazers, belted dresses.  When in doubt, wear shapewear!

Don’t be afraid of skinny jeans.  Contrary to what many woman believe, anyone can rock a pair of skinnys!  The trick is to finding a brand that perfectly fits your shape.

Style Suggestions If you’re new to skinny jeans, start with a dark wash navy.  Treat the denim as leggings & tuck them into tall boots, or cuff them at the hem & wear with ankle booties, they’re also great to wear with high heels or even pointed toe flats

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx