Author: Molly Miller (Left)
Location: Houston, TX
A little bit: Owner of white lab puppy blue moonbeam, Molly's primary job is running the blog and keeping up with her collection of white shirts. She tends to be the more tomboy + edgy sister and she's crazy about pizza and ripped jeans.
Toast: Butter + Strawberry jelly, or avocado + red pepper
Author: Sally Miller Walker (Right)
Location: Dallas, TX
A little bit: Sally's passion and career is as an early childhood education teacher. she has a weakness for gluten-free sweets and shopping on line and plays more with pinks, pattern, and color than Molly. Currently listening to: vampire weekend.
Toast: Butter + Cinnamon + Sugar, or peanut butter
It's taken me way too long to post this Crochet Bell Sleeve Top...but the good news is that it's now on sale! The smaller sizes are sold out but honestly, I would recommend sizing up since it's more of a cropped style and it's a teeny bit tricky to take on and off because of the lack of a zipper or buttons. It comes with a little tank to wear under but that too is very cropped - so much so that I pair it with this one so that it will stay tucked in. Though the bell sleeves are on the trendy side, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to add a "going out" top with such great detail and at such a great price to my closet...I've already worn it multiple times with high waisted skinny jeans and the flares you see here!
Did I mention that the top also comes in a pale pink and white?
I know that I touch my hair a lot in my photos (bad habits die hard) but I'm touching it wayyy too much in these pics because it was super windy outside while Sally and I were shooting and my locks were going nuts. Aside from that random note, I'm excited to be sharing this look. Specifically due to the fact that I'm in love with this henley bodysuit I finally scooped up from Madewell after waiting and waiting for them to dish out a discount (why so stingy Madewell? Be like your big sister J.Crew and throw us some steals more often? Side note: J.Crew is offering 30% off in store and online - code HAPPYSPRING. Boom.). Alas, the Well isn't currently running a promo but this bodysuit is worth ever penny of its $55 price tag.
Here’s what I like love about this bodysuit: you can wear a bra with it (some bodysuits have scooped fronts and backs that make this impossible), it snaps at the bottom for easy, er, functionality (no having to get naked when you go to the bathroom, win!), and there are three rows of snaps for extra adjustability (long torso girls and short torso ladies rejoice), and the ribbed material is hold-you-in-stretchy but also super soft. There’s only drawback…it’s a full-seat bottom and you can sorta kinda almost see the outline on the tush in some jeans.
Full disclosure, Molly and I took these shots a couple weeks ago. And now that I'm 34 (!!!) weeks my belly is a bit bigger growing by the day...and it feels a little bit like I'm dressing with a basket ball. Flowy tops like the slouchy pocket one I'm wearing here (under $70!) often feel the most comfortable when I'm trying to look a little more dressy. And now that Dallas is starting to get really warm - yesterday it was in the 90s and today it's going to be the same - my white maternity jeans are getting worn even more!
Lately, I've been giving some thought as to what my "essentials" are. Could be a prelude to spring cleaning (P.S. happy first day of spring, everyone!), a true attempt to minimize the excess I seem to accumulate, or a way to establish routines. But as someone who loves trying new things, I also find comfort in knowing what my daily go-to's and must-do's are. Quality basics that I can trust that simplify my thought process but never fait to make me feel put together and or stylish are just as important as knowing how I start and end each day. Because my days are never the same, having practiced routines and some fallback favorite products and helps me feel like I have some sort of order despite being all over the place 99% of the time...
.Morning: without fail, my mornings are always the same. Alarm goes off at 7am, I take my pups outside for potty round #1, then they immediately come inside to get fed, followed by going back outside for potty round #2. Sometimes I crackup over how in touch Blue and Rosie are with this morning ritual. They basically have internal alarms and even if my phone doesn’t start chiming right at 7:00, they’re already up in bed – nudging me awake. Once they’ve finished their business, I’m making coffee, turning on the Today Show, and getting my laptop out to finish a blog post, check emails, etc. From there, the rest of the day is always different…I workout at different times, some days I’m at home all day working and other times I’m gone doing errands the whole day, etc.
.Skin Care: I don’t always wear makeup during the day – usually only if I plan on meeting someone or Sally and I are taking photos – but I always, always take the time to wash my face in the morning and slather on some products. Right now I’m doing an oil cleaning method that my friends at House of Preservation swear by…I really didn’t think I would like it but it’s truly helped re-balance my problem skin and the process of massaging the oil in followed by pressing a warm cloth on my skin is a ritual I look forward to each morning and night.
.Tote Bag: usually I spend most of my day at home, working on stuff with the dogs by my side, but I do leave several times throughout the day either for my workout, errands, meetings, or to see friends/family. No matter which tote I’m using I have a system for what’s in it and keep it all in the same spot so I can grab and throw into a nice roomy bag. 1) wallet with my ID (duh), 2) Truffle Clarity Clutch Mini with lip balm (currently addicted to this), hand lotion, mints, and a hair tie, 3) sunnies, 4) concealer (for when I have a dreaded spot on my face I feel self conscious about), and 5) my iPhone.
.Jewelry: I do not feel like myself unless I have studs in each of my four ear piercings, tiny bracelets on each wrist, and at least one dainty gold necklace on. I sleep, shower and workout in my jewelry and love to invest in quality pieces so they can hold up to the daily wear. Rings are also pieces I pile on though I don’t love having them on while working out or showering/washing my face.
.Wardrobe: spring can be a tricky transitional time for getting dressed (amIright?) and for the past month or so I’ve been heavily relying on high waisted jeans and easy slip-on shoes for nearly all my getting dressed situations. The Lucky Brand jeans I’m obsessed with (the Bridgette style in the 99% cotton blend) really do take me from day to night, go with any top, and look right with flats or heels. And because spring in Dallas means 90 degrees one day (like today) and 50s the next, slip ons like the cute Söfft Somers sneakers you see here are great for pairing with both dresses and dresses. If you haven’t tried styles by Söfft yet, I highly suggest it. Not only do they have really cute, versatile styles – but they really are some of the most comfortable shoes I own and I continue to go back to the brand each season because the footbeds are incredible (they have extra padding at direct impact points of the foot) and they are a no-brainer whether I know I’ll be wearing them for 30 minutes or 5 hours. Try them…you will love.
.Shopping: I’ve truly been trying to limit what I buy and be super thoughtful with my choices. But spring gives me a huge itch to get new things (I blame the awesome weather and irresistibly cute styles that always drop this time of year) and their huge range of brand and styles makes it a fave spot to peruse for new essentials I just can’t live without. I used to be a big in-store shopper and I still like getting to try before I buy, but when there are retailers like Zappos that make ordering and returning so easy, I’ve been doing more and more online shopping. Knowing that I can get orders ridiculously fast (sometimes less than 24 hours) and have 365 days to return a purchase (it can take time for that buyers remorse to set in) makes Zappos a go-to. And, I love their customer service. I’ve called to ask questions about various styles and/or items and the customer service team is amazingly helpful.
.Unwinding: if I don’t have night time plans with Sally or friends, my end-of-day is almost always the same…dinner followed by a little TV (I’m a slave to Bravo and E!), skin/bathroom routine, then reading in bed with the dogs snuggling me.
How about that storm Stella? It's cold today in Dallas but I'm not about to complain when the east coast is being pounded with snow and seriously frigid temps. Stay warm, my friends! I kind of wish I had more of a bundled-up look to share on such a blustery day, but this wrap-tie top is a semi-new favorite that I've loved wearing and am excited to share.
I find tops that cross in the front to be super flattering. Fun fact: this style, where two halves of the front cross diagonally across the chest, is actually called a “surplice top.” Whether it’s a drape-y fit that ties at the side (like I have on here) or more of a fitted ballerina silhouette, the v-neck and wrap usually gives good definition to your waist and pretty, feminine neckline.
I’m into it…especially because I love outfits that have a “dressy casual” look and pairing tops with a little structure and finish with distressed jeans is a go-to.
More wrap-tie tops to love: this is such a pretty pale rose-colored silk, I have this one (seen here) and it’s so soft and like a great elevated t-shirt, this floral pattern is so moody yet pretty, love this fitted metallic sweater with tone-on-tone pink hues, the deep red of this one would look great with lighter wash jeans going into spring, and if you’re looking to up the feminine factor, the relaxed ruffle on this soft style is perfect.