Black and White Summer Skirt!

I have seen this striped skirt styled by a few other bloggers, so I decided to try my hand at creating a fun date night outfit using this fabulous warm weather trend! I was hesitant to purchase this skirt at first, as it is certainly out of my comfort zone. But once I got it home, I was hooked! This is the summer of the skirts for me. I have been wearing them several times a week this season. They are every bit as comfy as shorts, but a little more dressy. I paired the skirt with a similar top in a thinner stripe. It was such a fun outfit for me! I could easily pair this skirt with a bright colored top, florals, or a chambray button down. So, it scores for versatility too!

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My dog feels the need to be in every single blog photo shoot. I don’t have it in me to lock him in the house. He can open unlocked doors anyway, so I just let it go. You will see a lot of Gus this summer. He is my constant companion!

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Enjoy this Lucy photo bomb too. When you have dogs and teens in the house, professional blog photos are pretty much a bust(:

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I put together another outfit just to show you how easily this striped skirt can be paired with a bright color! What a happy piece of clothing, right?! Enjoy!

Black and white skirt


Warehouse boyfriend top
$20 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Rare London zipper skirt
$49 - topshop.com

Wedge heel sandals
modcloth.com

Bracelet jewelry
pinterest.com

Bracelet jewelry
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Update Your Polish Collection!

It is time to update your nail polish collection! I have some fun color ideas to help you find a new shade to suit your style this month!

If you love nude shades, you will love light grays, sparkly robins egg blue, pale pinks, and creamy mint shades.

If you tend to wear bright colors, try cheery coral, vibrant hot pink, or bright blue!

For those of you who love deep hues, navy and plum are fabulous choices for the dog days of summer.

You can also try sparkly top coats, an accent nail, or create your own designs with nail art pens!

Here are a few of my favorite Julep shades for summer! Enjoy! Keep reading to discover how you can receive your first Julep Maven box FREE and start earning rewards points toward subsequent Julep purchases!

Update Your Polish


Julep nail color
sephora.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

Julep nail color
nordstrom.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

Nail care
julep.com

If you are unfamiliar with the Julep company, let me educate you about this fabulous monthly subscription. Signing up is super easy. Go to the Julep web site and complete your style profile. Each month, Julep Maven subscribers receive a collection of nail polishes, and other beauty accessories, which are hand selected by Julep stylists according to your style profile answers. Julep will send you an e mail previewing your upcoming Julep Maven box on the 20th of each month. If you love what they have selected for you, do nothing. If you want to try a new style, skip a shipment, or send the box to a friend, simply submit your request on the Julep website between the 20th and the 24th of the month. The subscription costs as low as $19.99 per month, so it easily fits into my new budget! Julep Mavens also receive a 20% discount on each order they place on the Julep website.

Did you know that Julep’s very popular monthly beauty box just got even better? Yes! Maven subscriptions can be customized to fit your style, your likes and your favorites even more now. Each month, Julep Mavens get:

A fully customized monthly delivery of over $40 in nail polish and beauty products for $24.99 a month, or just $19.99 a month if you sign up for the 3 month option
Flexibility to try one of five beauty styles each month or upgrade to get them all
20% off and free shipping on other products at Julep.com
Exclusive access to the Secret Store each month
First dibs on monthly Mystery Boxes and the opportunity to win one, too

Not sure you want to be a Maven yet or know what style you are? Take the Maven Style Quiz and then use the code FREEBOX to get your first box free. You will be charged $2.99 for shipping and you are signing up for the monthly subscription service, however you can cancel at any time by simply contacting Julep Customer Service.

Julep also makes a great gift. The Gift of Maven is perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Graduation, your best friend’s birthday or any occasion. The Gift of Maven is available in 2, 4 or 6 month increments and does not auto-renew.

There are two types of subscriptions for new Mavens. Each box is completely customizable for both subscription types.

1. My Maven – you receive $40 worth of polish and product for $24.99/month, or 19.99/month with a prepaid three month subscription.

2. Maven Luxe – you receive $60 worth of polish and product for $39.99/month or $34.99/month with a three month prepaid subscription.

The Julep box makes a great gift for any girl who loves beauty and nail goodies! You can shop for your favorite friend or family member in the comfort of your own home! You can sign up for the Julep Maven monthly subscription box, and have the monthly box shipped directly to someone you love! Gift giving has never been easier!

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Julep offers first time users a free box! Simply click on any of the Julep links in this post, or click on the Julep link in my sidebar and it will take you directly to the Julep Maven home page. You can also use my code number 15129345, when you check out. I recently became an ambassador for Julep and receive points toward future purchases when you sign up using my link. I simply love the company and desire to share it with my friends. Why keep a good thing to myself? Once your profile is set up, you will receive your own referral code which you may share with your friends and build up your own Maven points! You can also earn Julep Jules to use toward purchasing your Julep goodies by referring friends who also become Mavens. It is a win-win deal!

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

 

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

You can go to the Julep Frequently Asked Questions page here.


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Keep, Donate, Or Toss? The Great Closet Clean Out!

I ran across this handy guide in the O Magazine to help you decide what to keep, toss, or donate when you are cleaning your closet. I tweaked it a bit and I am sharing the results with you today to help you organize your own closets!

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Most of your wardrobe pieces should be staples. Think great denim, pencil skirts, white tees, and classic sweaters. Then add a few fun, trendy pieces each season to liven up your looks! Remember to replace your trendy pieces when the trend is no longer hot.

I love this blouse, but I have only worn it once. I will probably sell it so someone else can enjoy it.

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This olive green military jacket is a staple and I can style it for all four seasons. It is a keeper!

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Printing out this guide and going through your closet one piece at a time. It won’t take as long as you think and you will be thrilled with your new, organized space. Keep items that you love, fit well, and are classics, as well as your favorite items that hold a special meaning for you. We were in graduate school when I was pregnant, so money for maternity clothes was tight. I have one blue top that I wore almost every day when I was pregnant. It stills hangs in my closet 14 years later, but I think I am going to make a keepsake out of it. This guide will help you decide what to keep, toss, and donate.

Start by deciding if the piece fits well. Then move on to the next questions.

A. Too Big?
1. Will alternations cost almost as much as the item itself? If yes, donate.
2. Does it have stains that won’t wash out or holes that can’t be replaced? If yes, toss.
3. Do you love it? If no, donate.

B. Just Right?
1. Have you worn it in the past year? If no, donate, unless it is a formal dress or a family heirloom. Then, you can keep it or create a keepsake quilt or pillow out of the item.
2. Does it have permanent stains or holes? If yes, toss.
3. Do you feel great in it? If yes, keep it!
4. Is it trendy or something that you only wear once in a great while? If yes, donate it.
5. Can you use the piece for another purpose? If no, donate it.
6. Is it a staple piece in your wardrobe? If yes, keep it!

C. Too Small?
1. Does it have permanent stains or holes? If yes, donate it.

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Do you have any other helpful hints for cleaning your closets and keeping them organized? I would love to hear them! Happy organizing!


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Thread Up!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am in clean-out, organization, budget mode. If you know me personally, I am always in that mode;) I started cleaning out our closets in January and have had two garage sales, donated several bags of clothing to our local Goodwill shop, and even made a trip to Plato’s Closet, which is over an hour away. I am always searching for ways to keep our closets from overflowing. In addition to the closet clean out, I have instituted the “one in one out rule”. In order to purchase something new, we must get rid of one item in our closet first. It has worked fairly well with only a few cheats(:

I discovered Thread Up via my friend Laura, of the Why, I Do Declaire Blog.

IMG_1665 In a nutshell, ThreadUP is a company based in San Francisco that buys and sells gently loved clothing.

According to their web site, ThredUP is the easiest way to save money on great Women’s and Kids’ clothing brands and sell clothes for cash. They’re like a consignment store, but simpler. On ThredUP you can refresh your entire wardrobe online without ever leaving your house.
HOW IT WORKS:

Browse thousands of like-new clothing items, which we’ve hand-selected and certified for quality. You’ll find all your favorite brands discounted up to 90% off, year-round. Shop »

And, when you’re done with clothing, simply fill up a thredUP bag and put it on your doorstep. thredUP covers the shipping, and pays you for every item we can sell to other families. Hand down »

Their goal is to make your life just a little bit easier.

They eliminate the stress of deal hunting by offering consistent discounts every day.
They take the hassle out of bringing your kids into a store by allowing you to thredUP online.
They relieve that recycling guilt by helping you lighten your family’s carbon-footprint with every order.

I received a large prepaid envelope from ThredUP, filled it with clean, gently loved clothing, and mailed it to the company. ThreadUP pays the seller for the items they keep. You can select to have the other items returned to you, or you may donate them via ThreadUP. I chose to donate what did not sell. Once it is out of our house, it is not coming back! I earned almost $50 on my first bag! I was very pleased with the amount I earned. I just ordered a second bag and am cleaning our closets one more time before we go fall shopping!

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When you create an account with ThreadUP, you receive a referral code to share with your friends and family. They can use your code to receive $10 off of their first order with ThreadUP. Once they place an order, you receive $10 off of your next order too! Seriously, this can not get any better!! Clean out your closets, help your friends clean their closets, and everyone gets free cash to spend on clothing and accessories! Everyone wins!

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If you are interested in trying ThreadUp, you can click on the links in this post, or you can leave me your e mail address and I will send you a personal invitation! Start your fall cleaning today!!


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Boho Chic Summer!

While we were on vacation, Lucy and I decided to try the summer boho look for an evening out in Hilton Head. You can rock this look no matter what your age. It is all about feeling comfortable and beautiful in your own skin!

Lucy chose a floral romper and crochet sandals for her boho look. Although I have seen some women my age rock the romper this summer, I have not attempted it yet. But, it is a great look for Lucy!

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I styled the boho look with a floral and lace blouse and denim shorts with a rolled duff. My Mod Cloth cross body handbag, leather cuff, and cognac sandals completed the outfit.

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I loved styling this trend and plan to use this look more often for casual nights this summer. I hope the boho trend continues into the fall! How do you wear your boho look? I hope you have a blessed week!

Thank you for your constant encouragement and support! I also love to hear your feedback so I can continue to create styles that you want to see!

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Denim and Lace!

Happy Friday friends! One trend that I am loving this summer is denim paired with lace. Last fall, I created a post on how to mix and match feminine and edgy pieces. I am not sure how edgy denim is, but I think this pairing is in the same category. Lace is something that you can incorporate in with your daily denim looks to help create a bit more of a “dressy” look. I wore these black lace shorts from Pink Slate Boutique on vacation in July. We were going to dinner and shopping, so I needed a bit more than beach casual. These shorts are super comfortable and I loved pairing them with my sleeveless denim top from Old Navy. Lucy has a pair of these shorts in ivory and has worn them many times this summer. I hope they stay in style for next year too! You can find so many other cute clothing and accessory items at Pink Slate Boutique too! Be sure to stop by and say hi to the PSB ladies! They are as sweet as pie!

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The PSB ladies are offering a 20% off coupon to all Charming Lucy readers this week! Simply use the code CHARMINGLUCY when you check out, and the discount will automatically be applied!

You can find Pink Slate Boutique on social media sites here:
Website: www.pinkslateboutique.com

Instagram: pinkslateboutique

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PinkSlateBoutique

Twitter: PinkSlateBoutiq

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pinkslate/

I created another option for pairing denim and lace. I switched it up so you could see how it looks with the lace accents on the top. Have you paired denim and lace? What is your favorite way to wear this fun trend? Happy summer weekend to you all!

Denim and Lace


H M top
$22 - hm.com

Gap shoes
gap.com

Nail care
julep.com

Julep nail polish
nordstrom.com


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All Dolled Up With Pink Slate Boutique!

It is no secret that I love Pink Slate Boutique. I have teamed up with this Ohio based clothing and accessory shop several times in the past, and I have numerous pieces from their shop in my closet and jewelry cabinet. I was blessed to win a shop credit to PSB in July and I used it to purchase the All Dolled Up Dress. I have had this dress on my wish list since June, and I was so excited to finally get it! I love that you can dress it up or down and it coordinates with any color of jewelry and shoes. Dresses are my go-to piece for summer this year.

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I wore the All Dolled Up Dress on a day trip to Savannah in July. I added a bright statement necklace and black sandals. It was 105 degrees in the city that day, and I was very comfortable in this dress. I plan to keep it in rotation for the next several months by adding a light cardigan or a denim jacket and booties when the weather turns cooler.

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The clutch I am carrying was hand crafted by my friend Sara at Sew Sarah Designs.

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What is your go to piece this summer? Happy Hump Day!


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Crochet Dress For Summer!

There are so many crochet clothing items out for summer this year! I am loving this trend and want to share with you how I styled my crochet dress from Maurices. I kept it simple with sandals and casual accessories for a boho feel. This is such a comfy dress and you can easily dress this up by adding wedges, or pair it with Toms for a simple, breezy summer look. I can also add a denim jacket for the transition to fall that will be coming way too quickly.

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I created another way to style a crochet dress. How do you wear your crochet pieces for summer? I would love some fresh, new ideas! I hope that the crochet trend lasts through the autumn season! I love it! Be blessed!

Crochet Dress

 


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Favorite Summer Sandals!

I am so thankful for sandal season! If I never had to wear boots again, it would be fine by me! I love the long, hot days of July and August! Today I am sharing some of my favorite summer sandals. I think that every girl should own four pairs of sandals. 1. A simple pair of brown or black flat sandals 2. a pair of wedges 3. a pair of fun, colorful bright flip flops for the beach and pool and 4. one pair of printed sandals. Metallic sandals are also quite versatile and trendy this season. I purchased a pair at Maurices in June, and have enjoyed adding them as a pop of color to a neutral outfit. Target, Loft, and Toms carry some of my favorite sandals this season. Do you have a favorite pair of sandals this year? Please share!! Happy sandal season to you all!!

FAvorite Summer Sandals



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Summer Vacation!

We were blessed to spend some time in South Carolina this month for an adventure. We don’t call it vacation. The trips we take are more like adventures. South Carolina has a very special place in our hearts. We lived there for five years when we first got married, and Lucy was born there as well. We dream of returning there to live someday, but for now, we will feel blessed to call it our second home. We spent time in Charleston (we are encouraging Lucy to consider the College of Charleston) and Hilton Head, with a day trip to Savannah, GA. We did everything from biking, shark fishing, kayaking, ghost hunting, to dolphin touring. Enjoy this glimpse into our summer adventure!

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