March Favorites

Despite the weather being mostly chilly and dreary this month, we managed to make it a good one. I got to go on a field trip with Jona's preschool to the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, I got a much-needed haircut, and I took a day off to spend with just Violet, among other things. Here are a few favorites for March.

Spring Shopping Reviews: Gap, Old Navy, and ThredUp

In the past several years, the content here has shifted from a focus on style with a few other topics thrown in here and there, to a little bit of everything with occasional style posts. While I would say that I shop quite a bit less than your average style blogger, I still do love clothes and sharing my personal style, even if it's not as often.

One type of post that I love to read that's common on style blogs is clothing reviews or try-on sessions. I don't know why, but I love these kinds of posts, even if I'm not in the market for anything the blogger is actually trying on. Therefore, when I happen to have a little haul of things I've been shopping for, I love to share my reviews with you in the same way.

Here are a few items I recently ordered online for spring from Gap, Old Navy, and (less helpful but still fun to share) ThredUp.

{Gap Finds}

Blush and Navy for Easter: Mommy and Me Style

We took Jona and Violet to an Easter egg hunt at our church over the weekend, and it was a lot of fun. Jona is excited about the Easter bunny and is all business when it comes to looking for eggs. Violet is at an age where she loves picking things up and putting them into containers (and then dumping everything out and starting again), so she loved "finding" eggs.

I'm glad we usually do our own Easter egg hunts indoors, because it seems like we never get good weather on Easter. Last year it snowed, and this year it's supposed to be chilly and rainy.

At our house, we the Easter bunny (of course) just hides eggs around one area of our house. I never thought about counting the eggs to make sure we got them all, and I remember growing up and finding random well-hidden eggs a day or two later. Last year, Aaron asked me how many Jona was supposed to find, and I had no idea. It's just funny how everyone does things a little differently. What's it like at your house (or when you were a child)? 

I love picking out Easter clothes for the kids; it's fun to coordinate them (and let's face it, me too). I may have to add tights or boots to Violet's and my dresses, but I still think we'll look springy. I had another outfit in mind for me, but the skirt I ordered didn't end up working. I'm slightly obsessed with all things blush pink right now, so I used blush and navy as our main colors.

Day in the Life: A Day at the Office

Last month I shared a "day in the life" post which showed a photo an hour from a Friday that I worked from home, which I do twice a week. Since I'm focusing on work this month for my goals, I thought it would be fitting to share what a day at the office looks like for me.

I work as an executive assistant to a CEO and CFO of a wellness company. I schedule meetings, arrange travel, plan events such as board meetings, and manage various other projects that support the executive team. My bosses give me a lot of flexibility and I am thankful to be able to work from home two days a week and sometimes more when needed. However, I do hope to eventually finish my Masters in Library Science and get a job at a library. For this stage of my life with young kids though, this job has been a good fit.

Although my day to day varies quite a bit, here's a fairly average Wednesday from last week.

Moto Jacket with a Print Dress: Closet MVP Remix

I do plenty of outfit repeating, but I try to space out those repeats so I don't feel like I'm wearing the same thing all the time. However, I have seasons where I reach for particular items again and again, and while I may not be repeating entire outfits, I can't seem to get enough of a certain top, jacket, or dress.

Lately that has been the case for this faux suede moto jacket and also this striped Gap dress from ThredUp. It was about time that I put the two together.  I bought the jacket at H&M while I was pregnant with Violet, but I still love it and feel just a little bit cooler every time I wear it. On days that I don't have to wear my heavy coat, lately it's been a go-to jacket.

Recently I've also been wearing the heck out of this striped dress. I love that it has the fit and flare shape but isn't overly fitted. I like a dress that allows for a good-sized lunch! I paired my two go-to items together for church this weekend, and added tights and ankle boots since it was pretty chilly outside.

Since Violet has a little black knit moto jacket, I couldn't stop myself from putting her in a coordinating look. Instead of stripes, she's styling her windowpane plaid dress that she wore with lots of red for Christmas. And how cute are these little silver shoes? I found them on Amazon for her Valentine's Day present. (Do you like how that was really a present for me?)

What are your wardrobe go-tos lately?

{moto jacket with striped dress}

Faux suede moto jacket: H&M (similar) | striped dress: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | earrings: Nickel and Suede | black ankle boots: Arizona via JCPenney (similar)

$10 at Target: Office Space Spruce-Up

If you work outside your home, do you decorate your work space? I've had the same job for almost four years now, and very little has changed in my office during that time. I'm not great when it comes to decorating at home, so at work, decorating falls to the very bottom of the priority list.

However, I was looking at the bookcase in my office, and thinking about how I could at least add a little personality there. In particular, one of the shelves has a framed quote that's been there since before I was there, and a floral print box that holds keys. Every time I look at that shelf, I cringe, because neither of those items is to my taste. Why have I left them there for so long?

Since I'm focusing on work this month, I decided to pick up a few things to spruce up my bookshelf a bit so that it's no longer (such) an eyesore.

Carrying the World in My Heart at Year of Gratitude

Hi everyone, happy Friday! I wanted to let you know that I'm over at The Year of Gratitude Blog today talking about "carrying the world in my heart" and the law of attraction. To read my post, just go here.

photo from Unsplash

In My Library Tote: February Preschool Book Reviews and Recommendations

I love Jona's excitement when I come home with a big stack of library books. (He's totally my kid, right?) However, that beloved stack has been getting some fierce competition these days. Thanks to his birthday, Christmas, and a preschool field trip, he's starting to build a collection of superhero books.

I'm not sure what started this superhero obsession, but he would read nothing but these if I let him. However, I do enforce a strict one superhero story per bedtime policy, to keep myself sane. I'm sure there are quality comics out there, but these stories targeted at little kids are cringe-worthy. Terrible puns. Over the top morals. The cheesiest plot-lines.

Anyway, I say this as full disclosure. Jona may have enjoyed the below books, but for him there's no comparison to his beloved superhero stories. Here are the (non-superhero) picture books that we read in February.

{february recommended picture books}

Work Style: 2 Looks for a Casual Office

What do you wear to work? I work in an office three days a week (the other two days I work from home). Despite my workplace looking like a pretty traditional corporate office, our dress code is very relaxed. Depending on my schedule, I wear anything from jeans and slip-on sneakers to a dress and boots.

I like having the flexibility to wear what I want, although I do sometimes wish I had more occasions to dress up a little more. However, if given the choice between my current dress code and a place where I had to wear a pencil skirt every day, I'd choose the former. Here are a couple of looks that I would wear (or likely have worn) to work.

In My Library Tote: February Book Reviews and Recommendations

In January, I started out the year reading my favorite book of the month, which cast a bit of a shadow over everything else I read. (I wouldn't want to be the author to follow Jesmyn Ward, would you?) In February however, it was the last book of the month that did me in, which gave more of the sensation of building to a truly fantastic ending. So far I'm enjoying looking at my reading this way, summed up month by month. Here's what I read in February.

{what I read in february}

Currently: March

It may not officially be spring for another few weeks, and it's a crapshoot as to when the spring weather will be here to stay, but I can't help but have the upcoming season on my mind. Spring is my favorite season, so anytime winter wants to check out, I'm ready to say my goodbyes. As always, I'm joining Anne, and her co-host this month Sarah (another blogger I adore!), for the currently link-up to share what I'm up to this new month.

Beauty Q & A and Everyday Products

Beauty isn't a topic I discuss much around here. While I wear makeup and enjoy trying new products, I don't like to spend a lot of time or money on skincare, makeup, or hair products. Basically, I'm both cheap and lazy when it comes to these things. However, if you're cheap and lazy with your beauty too, read on to find out some of my go-to products.

I'm also joining in with The Blended Blog's TBB Asks questions this month, which are all about beauty.

March Goals and February Wins

This year, inspired by Gretchen Rubin's book, I've been doing a Happiness Project, focusing on one important aspect of my life every month. In January my goals centered around health, last month was marriage. The idea is that the months should build on one another and the habits formed in one month should continue into the next and so on. So far I really enjoy this structure for goal-setting, and I think having something more specific to focus on each month goes along with my word for this year, intention.

Here are my wins for last month and my goals for March.

Photo by J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash