Denim and Lace For Summer!

If you stop by here often, you know that I am all about casual chic. I live in a very small town, and I tend to gravitate toward clothing that it wearable for every day. One of my favorite combinations is the mix of a feminine piece with denim. I purchased this lace peplum top at Forever 21 last year. I probably should not be shopping there, since I am way past the 21 era. But I find some great mix and match pieces there. I paired this top with casual, faded cropped denim and flats for an easy, breezy spring look.

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You could add wedges to this outfit for a girls night out or a date night look.

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Lace Peplum Top//Forever 21 (Similar HERE). Distressed Denim//Silver (Similar HERE). Tote//Nordstrom (Same HERE).

I guess if I had to describe my style, this look would be it – casual with a bit of feminine fun. Does that make sense? Please join Jennie and I for the Charming Friday link up today! We are having so much fun reading your posts and making new friends through this weekly link up! Thank you for your patience as we teach ourselves the ins and outs of creating and establishing a link up system! We are trying to respond to each link so we can get to know you better too! Thanks for sharing your charming posts with us!

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Black And White For Spring!

I have really been enjoying styling bright colors for spring, but the combination of black and white is chic for warm weather too! I purchased this skirt last summer from an on line boutique. I have styled it for fall, but it works for spring and summer too!

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There are so many ways to style this skirt. I love it with bright colors like pink and yellow. It also works with floral prints and smaller stripes. I paired it with a chambray button down for fall, and I have even styled it with a simple graphic tee!

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J Crew Factory Charley Merino Sweater//HERE. Black and White Striped Skirt//Similar HERE. Black Wedge Sandals//Similar HERE. Earrings Nickle and Suede//HERE.

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Thank you for encouraging me in this little space I call my own. I am thankful for your friendships! Be blessed!


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Spring Midi Dresses!

I am always a little hesitant when it comes to trying new style trends for the season. I was late jumping on the camo band wagon, but now I am a camo junkie! So when I saw some of my favorite bloggers style the midi dress this spring, I decided to go for it! This chic, just-above-the-knee cut, is perfect for women of all shapes and sizes! I am 5’4″, so the midi hits me a little below the knee. I still love it, and I have added a midi skirt to my wish list for fall now!

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I have ordered several items from Mindy Mae Market. They have an amazing collection of pastel plaid button downs! I came across their Gray Baseball Sleeve Midi Dress on IG, and scooped it up immediately! I think I have worn a dress almost every day this spring. They are the perfect piece to help you get dressed quickly and still look stylish! The price was great, and I don’t own any other dresses this length, so it was perfect to add to my wardrobe. I kept it casual by pairing my midi dress with gray sneakers.

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I am going to belt this dress, or tie a chambray button down around my waist, to add a bit of structure. I think it will look great with wedges or sandals too!

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Have you tried the midi trend? I have created a collection of my favorite midi dresses below. Hopefully you can find one, or four, that you can add to your closet this spring! Have a blessed Monday!

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The winner of the Wristology give away is Brooke! Congratulations! Your new watch is on its way! Susan

Spring Midi Dresses


Miss Selfridge dress
missselfridge.com

People Tree blue dress
$125 - johnlewis.com

M Co midi dress
$110 - mandco.com

ASOS white dress
$100 - asos.com

New Look skater dress
$51 - nelly.com

Wallis midi dress
wallisfashion.com

Wallis dress
wallisfashion.com

White dress
modcloth.com

Warehouse midi dress
$61 - warehouse.co.uk

ASOS white bodycon dress
$55 - asos.com

Midi dress
lucluc.com


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Spring Manicure Tips!

With the sun staying out a bit longer and the temperatures rising, it is the perfect time for bright and bold manicures! I am a huge fan of Jamberry nail wraps! they are non-toxic, simple to apply, and they don’t tear my nails off like the gel manicures. My wraps typically last around 7-8 days, but some of my friends can get ten days out of their wraps. I love this Jamberry exclusive Style Box print for spring!

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Jamberry also carries lacquers and they are amazing! Hot to Trot is the first Jamberry lacquer I have tried and I love it! It has great shine, a bold hue, and didn’t chip as easily as some of my other polishes.

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Nail art stencils are also fun for spring and summer. I picked up this cute set from Jamberry, and gifted them to one of Lucy’s friends. They are simple to use and add a fun dimension to your manicure.

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Although I love pastels during the warm months, I am ready for the bright and bold shades of summer! Julep has an amazing selection of fun shades! I picked up a couple of lacquers from their Paradise Collection for gifts and, kept a couple for Lucy and me.

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What are your favorite manicure tips for spring and summer? Have a great day today! Thanks for linking up with Jennie and me for Charming Friday today!



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Two Year Blogiversary and A Wristology Give Away!

Today marks two years since I started this little blog journey of mine. It started as a way to help me get out of my running pants and scrubs. But it has become so much more to me. I have not become a famous blogger. I am not a gorgeous model or a fashion diva. I am a Christian mom, a wife, a nurse, and a business owner who is simply trying to be the best I can be. I will never be perfect, but I can do my best to achieve what God has planned for me. I have met the most amazing women on this journey. I never dreamed I would make so many blog friends, or that my life would be so blessed by so many amazing women across the county and across the oceans. Thank you for your kindness, your prayers, your style tips, and, most important, your friendship. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite blog pictures from the last two years. I have had quite the hair evolution, and Lucy has grown 5 inches over the past two years! What a gift it has been to document my life in this little space, and to share this time with you all! As a way to thank you for your friendship, I am giving away a Gold Rachel Wristology Watch to one lucky reader! Details are at the end of the post! Enjoy!

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Stitch Fix

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To celebrate Charming Lucy’s two year anniversary, one lucky reader will win a gold Rachel Wristology watch this week! To enter you must follow two simple steps.

1. Follow Charming Lucy on Blog Lovin and IG (charminglucy01).
2. Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to read about on Charming Lucy in the future. Also, please leave your e mail address in the comment section so I can contact the winner.

That’s it! Easy peasy! I will check all entries, so please play nicely. You can also receive 25% off your first Wristology order today! Simply click HERE and place your order! Thank you and blessings!


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Stripes And Camo With Doused In Pink!

I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend, and that you were able to spend some time with loved ones for Mother’s Day. Today I am teaming up with my blog friend Jill, of Doused in Pink, to bring you some tips on styling camo! Be sure to hop over and check out Jill’s post too!

While camo is a casual print, Jill’s take is fabulous for a night out on the town. I love the feminine touch with the floral top and sandals!

Spring Camo 2015

I styled the more casual look – as usual(: I finally scored the camo pants from Loft! I linked them below! This is the best fitting, most comfy pair of pants I have purchased this year! I stayed away from camo prints at first, because I live in a small town. Only hunters wear camo here. Now I see camo prints as a neutral – like leopard. I paired my pants with a simple striped tee and a fun statement necklace. I think the key to mixing prints with camo is to keep it simple.

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Enjoy a wonderful, and blessed, week! And thank you for supporting my little hobby!

Curvy Skinny Ankle Zip Camp Jeans //Loft (Same HERE). Striped Tee//Loft (Same HERE). Sneakers//Loft (Same HERE). Tote//Nordstrom (Same HERE).

What is your favorite way to style camo prints? I hope you all enjoy a week filled with blessings and style!


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Mothers Day Gift Picks!

Welcome to the second installment of Charming Friday! Be sure to link up your charming post and visit some new friends today! This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is a day to honor the moms who have made a positive impact in our lives. We host a picnic at our home on this weekend every year and invite both of our families. It is a fun day filled with family, food, and games. I typically need to give my husband hints as to what I want for Mother’s Day. Actually I usually buy it myself and give it to him to wrap for me. But it works(:

In case you need some help selecting presents for the moms in your life, or if your husband needs some hints, I have created a fabulous set of gift ideas! Links are provided at the end of the post.

1. Jamberry Nails wraps and polishes – these are my go tos for manicures. They are non-toxic, come in a ton of colors and patterns, and cost about $5 per manicure.

2. Sandals or slippers – Target has fabulous summer sandals, and every mom needs a pair of Ugg slippers in her life!

3. Tassel scarves – my new favorite spring/summer accessory.

4. Jewelry – sparkly jewels are always great gifts. The Kendra Scott Rayne necklace, Kate Spade stud earrings, and tassel bracelets are my gift picks.

5. Scentsy warmers – I love fresh spring scents in the house.

6. Makeup – Beauty gifts are fun, and Bare Escentuals always carries a great collection of make up sets for each season.

7. Bags and Totes – Target has a candy colored selection of bags for spring, and every mom will love a new beach tote. Mar Y Sol carries my new favorite selection.

Have you tried Rocks Box yet? You can use the code susanbff169 and receive your first box free! It would be a great gift for your favorite mom! I received this fabulous cobalt blue statement necklace in my most recent box!

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What is on your wish list and your gifting list for Mother’s Day? I hope you have the happiest and most blessed weekend with the ones you love!

Mothers Day Gift Picks!


Be sure to link up your favorite charming post today!

Charming Friday Collage

The winner of the $25 Mint Julep gift card is Ashleigh S.! Congratulations! I will e mail you your shopping code! Thanks to everyone who participated!


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Rocks Box #3!

I received my third Rocks Box set, and I am so happy to report that I love my pieces this month! I really didn’t understand the Rocks Box subscription process when I placed my first order, so I was not super satisfied with the first box. The second box was a bit better, and the third was a hit! Here is the key – follow Rocks Box on IG and added your IG handle to your Rocks Box profile. When you see a piece that you would like to try in your next box, comment with the hash tag “wish list”. The stylists check the hash tags and will try to send you pieces you love!

Your Rocks Box goodies will arrive packaged neatly and wrapped in bubble wrap. You will get a personalized card in your box that lists the name, description, and cost of each piece. First time subscribers can try Rocks Box for free with the code susanbff169!

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This month I received the Perry Street Layla Necklace. I had this on my wish list, so I was excited to style it. I love the color of the stones and the thick chain. It is perfect for spring and dresses up a casual tee nicely. But I have a similar necklace, so this one went back.
Verdict – RETURN.

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Check the teen creeper in the background.

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Next up was my favorite piece, the Perry Street Ariana Necklace. Hello gorgeous! This one is out of my price range at $76, but I had a really hard time sending it back. It was one of those pieces that people noticed when I wore it. I really loved it paired with coral, and it looked great with gray, white, black, and almost every other color and print. But I could not justify the cost. Verdict – RETURN (Cue the tears.)

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Finally, I received the Gorjana Pristine Circle Stud Earrings. I love these for every day wear. They are simple, but chic and the perfect size. The price is right at $36, but one of the posts was bent, so back they went. I do really like the Gorjana line. The pieces are very feminine. Verdict – RETURN.

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Here are my favorite pieces from Rocks Box numbers one and two.

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You can sign up to try Rocks Box for free this month. Simply use the code susanbff169 when you order your box, and your first box will ship for free! I am so glad that I decided to give this subscription a second chance! I created a wish list on their web site so the stylists will be more in tune with my tastes. Be sure to fill out a wish list before you place your order! You can also follow rocks Box on IG and hashtag #wishlist on featured items that you would like to try in your box. As a Shine Insider, you will also receive $10 of Shine Spend each month to use on any pieces you purchase. Hopefully your first box will be a success. The idea of borrowing fun accessories and returning them for new pieces is genius! Here is how you can become a Rocks Box Shine Insider!

1. Become a Shine Insider. Fill out a questionnaire indicating your style preferences .

2. Get 3 Pieces to Wear on Loan. Each piece is hand-selected for you based on your style and specific requests. Wear your pieces as much as you want! Return the pieces you don’t love, wear the ones you do, and then return those for new ones! You can order your first Rocks Box for FREE using the code susanbff169.

3. Return Anytime to Get 3 New Pieces. Return your Rocksbox pieces anytime and as often as you like. Every set has 3 pieces of designer jewelry, worth an average of $200 per set.


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Gray Tee Shirt Dress!

Happy Monday! We finally had our first dose of spring here in Ohio over the weekend! We worked in our yard all weekend! Winter was not kind to our landscaping. But we were so happy to spend some time in the sun! Be sure to stop by my friend Ada’s blog, Elegance and Mommyhood, this week! We are helping Ada celebrate her birthday this week by sharing our favorite birthday dresses! And remember to enter my give away for a $25 Mint Julep gift card! I will announce the winner on Friday!

This gray jersey shift dress is one of my new favorite staples for spring and summer. I took it to Charleston last month and it has been on constant rotation since! I simply added a statement necklace and I was ready to go. This is getting dressed in the most simple form! It was a little breezy that night, so I wore a striped jacket for dinner. I will be adding wedges to this look for those days when we are not walking long distances on cobble stone streets. But this dress works well with sandals, wedges, and sneakers!

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Have you picked up any dresses from the spring Old Navy collection? Add a few to your wish list! They are perfect for almost any event!

Dress – Old Navy//Here. Necklace – Accessory Jane//HERE. Jacket – Stitch Fix//SIMILAR HERE.


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Mint Julep Boutique And A $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

I am a long time fan of The Mint Julep Boutique. This boutique carries everything from tops and bottoms to dresses, scarves, and outwear. They even have a maternity line, as well as a selection for plus sized women. They add new items to their site daily, and frequently post Love It Or Leave It items, allowing you to vote on which items they should restock! The Mint Julep Boutique truly is your one stop shop for clothing and accessories!

The Mint Julep ladies and I collaborated on a Valentine’s Day post in February, and so many of you fell in love with their fabulous shop too! You can read the Valentine’s Day post HERE. When they asked me to collaborate again, I was humbled, and then I jumped on the opportunity! I simply love sharing my favorite shops with you all!

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The Mint Julep ladies sent me the Ocean Breeze Dress to style for spring/summer, and I immediately fell in love with the fun, colorful stripes and the easy, breezy fit. I love that it is bra friendly too.

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The hot pink belt came with the dress, so I simply had to add black wedges and simple accessories to complete my look. I topped the Ocean Breeze Dress off with a white denim jacket, as it still gets chilly here in the evenings sometimes.

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You can follow the Mint Julep Boutique on social media via the following links:

Instagram: @shopthemint

Twitter: @themintjulepbtq

Pinterest: The Mint Julep Boutique

Facebook: The Mint Julep Boutique

Wanelo: The Mint Julep Boutique

The lovely ladies at Mint Julep Boutique are giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky Charming Lucy reader this week! Simply complete the Rafflecopter below to enter. Also, please leave your e mail address in the comment section so we can notify you if you win. All entries will be verified, so please play nicely! The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday May 8, 2015. Good luck and be charmed!

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I am thrilled to introduce the brand new Charming Friday link up today! I am partnering with my friend Jennie of A Pocketful of Polkadots to bring you a new way to link up your favorite posts from the current week!

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