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How to Style Veja Sneakers 3 Ways

How to style Veja sneakers

As you may already know, I am a big fan of Veja. It’s a sustainable French sneaker brand that caught my attention a couple seasons past when shopping for Lucy and Emma’s back-to-school shoes. Later, I took a deep dive and decided to test out a couple of styles for myself. I loved the Campo, which has a minimalist design and is made from textured leather. The chunkier sole looks amazing paired with jeans and even dresses alike. Not only do I love how versatile this sneaker is, but also how it gives even the most casual look an elevated French style, so I styled it three ways to show you.

How to Style Veja Sneakers 3 Ways

Sweater / Jeans / Blazer / Bag / Scarf / Beanie / Veja Sneakers

These sneakers even look chic styled with a blazer. I found this gorgeous plaid blazer that’s on major sale at the moment. I’d wear it with a soft camel-colored sweater, a good pair of black jeans, a leather and suede crossbody bag, and throw on a matching ribbed beanie and scarf to keep you extra cozy. For further accessorizing, don’t be afraid to don your prettiest pearl earrings and a matching watch to keep the look chic and preppy.

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3 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

3 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Valentine’s Day is in less than ten days, so I’m sharing three Valentine’s Day outfit ideas today in case you’re looking for some inspiration. There are Valentine’s Day outfits for every occasion, from a cute and casual date night look to a dressy evening dinner outfit. There’s even a cozy pajama look perfect for a girls’ night in.

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How To Look Preppy On A Budget

How to Look Preppy On a Budget

Preppy style can be described as collegiate-inspired, classic, and all-American. The term “preppy” was first used in the early 20th century to describe affluent students who were set to receive an Ivy League education.

It was a pretty exclusive aesthetic until 1980 when The Official Preppy Handbook was released. The handbook was intentionally ironic and humorous, but it still set off a craze that has inspired the preppy style for decades.

Specific brands, like Ralph Lauren, have helped to define this signature style. But in recent years more brands have hopped on board to offer their own take on preppy fashion. 

Here are some of my best tips on how to dress preppy on a budget, and the best brands to shop for quality pieces.

How To Look Preppy On A Budget

You don’t have to spend a fortune on clothing and accessories to look preppy. Consider these tips and tricks for dressing in the preppy style, and get ready to rock this look without going broke:

Purchase a few statement items. 

A statement item is typically a particularly eye-catching piece of your outfit. Statement items tend to be unique and attract the most attention. Because these pieces tend to stand out from the rest of the clothes in your wardrobe, you only really need one or two (maybe three) statement items to make a difference. You can then incorporate them into your capsule wardrobe for a more affordable yet fashionable preppy style.

Create a preppy capsule wardrobe. 

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing made up of items that can be worn interchangeably. The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to create as many different outfits as possible with less clothing. It keeps you from buying more clothes than you can manage, all the while saving you money.

The key to creating a capsule wardrobe is buying versatile clothes. You can incorporate a statement piece or two, but you will want to consider how each item you’re buying will go with the rest of the clothes in your closet. Opt for neutrals like black, white, camel, and beige for max mixing and matching. Then, add in your favorite colors with accessories. 

Buy high-quality essentials. 

Quality over quantity, right? Buying higher-quality essentials like coats, jeans, and sneakers ensures that they can hold up to regular wear. Not having to buy the same items over and over can save you a good chunk of change. If you’re going for the preppy look, purchase some prep inspired essentials so they’re always a part of your look. 

Grab at least one crisp button-down Oxford shirt. 

A crisp button-down Oxford shirt is an essential component of classic preppy style. Oxfords are long sleeve shirts that effortlessly work as both a casual top or a dress shirt – whatever you need it to be. Just having one of these in your wardrobe will amp up your preppy style, no matter how you rock it. 

The same can be said for picking up at least one polo, or other type of collared shirt. Stripes also scream preppy style, depending on the style and colors. 

Affordable Preppy Brands

Abercrombie

Abercrombie is one of my favorite preppy fashion brands. The brand has come a long way in recent years, so it’s not the same Abercrombie you shopped at in high school. These days, the brand is much more inclusive and offers a variety of preppy outfit must-haves. 

Madewell

Madewell is another one of my favorite brands. Some of my favorite pieces from Madewell include high waist jeans, trench coatx, and preppy shoes. They offer higher-end, classic clothing at a more affordable price. Plus, with a few sales each year, you can shop for even more affordable pieces that will inspire dozens of preppy outfit ideas.

J.Crew Factory

J.Crew Factory is a more affordable version of the standard J.Crew store. When you shop for preppy clothes at the J.Crew Factory Store, you can purchase many of your brand favorites at a more accessible price point. Plus they’re constantly having sales which can save you even more money throughout the year. 

Target

You might be a little surprised to see Target on this list, but it really is a great place to look for preppy clothes when you’re on a budget. You can find inexpensive staples like cardigans and ballet flats that go great with other preppy items in your closet. 

Loft

What I love about Loft is that it makes it easy to find staples and statement pieces in the same place. Their pants are super comfortable, their flowy dresses are stunning, and their sweaters are trendy and coze; all are ideal for the ultimate preppy wardrobe. 

Allbirds

Allbirds is a great place to shop for affordable footwear. Their slip-on sneakers are among my most beloved shoes. They also have collections designed specifically for running and for wearing on rainy days.

Allbirds manages to keep their shoes affordable while running a more sustainable, eco-friendly business. What’s not to love?

Rothy’s

Oh how I adore my Rothy’s slip on sneakers. Rothy’s has a wide selection of shoes for women, men, and children at great prices. Their shoes are made from high quality materials to ensure they hold up to regular wear. That’s important considering their shoes are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them every chance you get. 

GAP

GAP has a wide selection of affordable items that are great for layering. You can stock your wardrobe with button down shirts, sweaters, and cardigans without breaking the bank.  

Everlane

Everlane is one of my favorite brands for modern clothing and fashion essentials. Adorable sweaters and super comfortable boyfriend jeans are among my favorite Everlane finds

Preppy Brands Stores To Watch For Sales

Tuckernuck

I couldn’t write about preppy fashion and not include Tuckernuck. Tuckernuck is a retail brand that embodies classic style. You’ll find a variety of luxurious clothes, from gorgeous dresses to cozy sweaters. 

Tuckernuck is usually on the pricier side, but you can browse the sale section of their website and take advantage of the occasional sale to get some stunning pieces at reduced prices. 

Barbour

If you’ve read any of my style posts, there’s a good chance you came across one of my absolute favorite jackets. My green Barbour jacket is super warm and cozy. It’s the perfect example of the quality and style you can expect from Barbour.

Barbour is a British clothing brand that offers some of the chicest preppy clothing for men, women, and children. Look for sales to get your hands on some quality pieces from Barbour at a lower price. You may also get lucky and find some more affordable Barbour favorites at stores like Nordstorm. 

Lilly Pulitzer

If you like to incorporate a lot of bright colors into your wardrobe, Lilly Pulitzer is the brand for you. The brand is known for their bright floral prints but they also have gorgeous preppy staples like classic white dresses. You can usually find some more affordable Lilly Pulitzer items at department stores. You can also shop the sale section of their website and keep an eye out for sales that pop up on occasion. 

Ralph Lauren

You can’t talk about preppy fashion without mentioning Ralph Lauren. This brand practically invented the quintessential preppy outfit. 

Ralph Lauren is known for their high quality products, including their iconic polos. Unfortunately, some of their most stylish pieces can be more on the expensive side. To save money on clothes  by Ralph Lauren, shop their sale section and keep an eye out for the occasional sale popping up throughout the year. 

Vineyard Vines 

At full price, Vineyard Vines can be pretty pricey. But if you shop the Sale section on their website and shop during their major sales you can save a ton of money on items for your preppy wardrobe. 

Vineyard Vines usually has three sales events throughout the year, including one around the fourth of July

Nordstrom

Every summer Nordstrom has their Anniversary Sale. You can save hundreds of dollars on preppy essentials every year during their biggest sale of the year. There are literally thousands of reduced items to choose from, so it’s no wonder that I get so excited about the annual Anniversary Sale. 

Let me know your favorite preppy brands below!

I’m always on the lookout for new brands, so drop your faves! And if you recently scored a killer deal from one of your favorite preppy brands, drop that below too. For more all things fashion and lifestyle, head on over to the blog.

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How To Take Care Of Fleece Jacket

How to take care of fleece jacket

I’m no stranger to cold weather. When you live in Chicago, you become used to some pretty unforgiving winter weather, that typically includes freezing cold temperatures. Believe me, I know cold!

Fortunately, I’m pretty good about dressing for the weather. My winter wardrobe includes an array of warm and cozy winter staples, and a fleece jacket is DEFINITELY one of them… or two or three.. You get the picture :) 

It’s no wonder that fleece jackets are considered a cold weather staple, given how incredibly warm and comfy they are. Fleece jackets are also usually water-resistant, durable, and easy to care for. 

However, there are still certain steps you’ll want to take to make sure your fleece jacket stays in good shape. Otherwise all those tiny fibers will start fuzzing and pilling. To help you keep your fleece jackets in pristine shape for a LONG time, I’m sharing some super helpful, yet practical tips.

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7 Date Night Outfit Ideas in Winter

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Despite having been married for a while now, Mitch and I still make a point to date each other. I think regular date nights are important, even when the temperatures have dropped below freezing and snow is piled ridiculously high around us. Why? Because dates are a great way to nurture your relationship, get to know your partner even better, and spend quality time together. Quality time alone together. 

Admittedly, I also love date nights because they give me the opportunity to dress up. I don’t have to worry about whether the outfit I’m wearing is OK for running all around town with my kids. I can simply look and feel beautiful. 

To give you some inspiration, I’m sharing a roundup of date night outfit ideas that will keep you warm and comfortable,as well as super stylish during winter. (P.S if you’re in need of some Chicago winter date ideas, I’ve got you covered there too!)

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January Bestsellers

January Bestsellers

Dark Wash Demi-Boot Crop Jeans / Black Turtleneck Dress / White Herringbone Stitch Cardigan / RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner / Floral Drop Earrings / Beige Suede Blouse / Black Patagonia Hooded Down Puffer Jacket / Leather Woven Shoulder Bag / Black Leather Chelsea Boots / Brown Knee High Riding Boots / Beige Patagonia Sherpa Jacket / Black Kenzo Dress / Sneaker Boots / Floral Puff Sleeve Cotton Maxi Dress / Woven Straw Market Tote

This January bestsellers post is full of pieces I’ve either loved for a long time, like the popular Kenzo Dress, or recent finds, like the Revitabrow Eyebrow Conditioner, that I cannot recommend enough!

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How to Make 20 Kids’ Goody Bags for under $30

Bulk Squishy Animals / Bulk Monkey Strings / Bulk Pop Tubes / Bulk Rainbow Stickers / Bulk Macaroon Erasers / Bulk Rainbow Gel Pens / Bulk Pop It Keychains / Bulk Stars and Moons Gift Bags / Cricut Joy and Kraft Paper, but you can find kraft gift tags on Shein.com for essentially nothing!

At my girls’ elementary school, it’s kind of customary that students give out goody bags on their birthdays at the end of the day. (And sometimes holidays!) It’s certainly not a requirement, but the kids really look forward to giving them to their classmates on their special day. And I have to admit that I look forward to putting them together with Emma and Lucy. We have so much fun doing it together! There’s some magic in it.

The goody bags I’m talking about aren’t anything fancy—think a handful of knickknacks and maybe a little attached note—but oh man. It all adds up rather quickly, especially if you’re planning on throwing a traditional birthday party with goody bags in addition. For example, last year, the grand total was $100 for one batch, even though the tiny bags were filled with junk from Amazon. (We also tried Party City in-person, but that was even more expensive!)

2 kids x 2 batches of $100 goody bag batches (school/party) = $400 per year, just for birthdays!

This year, I decided that enough was enough. 😆 It was time to hack the system, and find a way to make fun, affordable goody bags. And while it definitely took some time, I’m proud to say that I’ve done it. (Muahaha.) I figured out how to make 20 awesome goody bags for under $30!