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Coordinated Outfits for Family Photos

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season doesn’t involve the gifts, food, and all the craziness. What I look forward to, is keeping in touch with family and friends. And one way we do this is by sharing holiday cards! I love sending pics showing how much my kiddos have grown. And I really enjoy seeing all of the other family’s in our life- how much their kids have grown, the new additions since last year, and even the family animals that make it into the photos.

We have started a regular tradition of having a professional photographer (and now friend) take our photos each Fall. I love being able to look over the photos every year and look back on the different stages the kids were in. You don’t have spend a lot of money to capture wonderful images and have the keepsake of the different places you are in each year. A friend or family member might be willing to help or even set up a tripod to capture the moments!

To capture great photos (both classic and silly), no matter who the photographer is, I think it comes down to a great location, and a coordinated look. For a location, I have found that being outside in natural light, captures the best photographs. Over the years we have picked a range of places from parks in the country to historic sights in the city. My favorites have been the locations with rustic structures and interesting backgrounds like old buildings or water sources. This year, we chose the historic Valley Forge Park in Valley Forge, PA. What a place! Beautiful fields, rustic buildings, old stone walls, a wooden bridge over a stream- so many great photo ops.

Once I think of a location, I work on coordinating outfits. I usually don’t look for exactly the same item or print for us to wear. But rather colors or prints that compliment each other and pop in the photos. This year I was focused on a color scheme and was deciding between navy and green, red and black, and white and black. My go-to store/online retailer for family outfits has been the Gap Brands year after year. I find that they have so many trendy and classic styles and colors to choose from, that I have lots of options to work with between the brands to find the perfect look.

I always look for the kid’s outfits first. I find they are the hardest to land on for style and price. So by focusing on them first, I find it much easier to pair back the grown up outfits since ours are usually more classic items (hopefully that we already own or mostly own!) After looking at all of the options online, I selected the navy and green color theme. We are a very casual family so I like our outfits to reflect that. We are always in jeans for the most part. But I love having my daughter dress up in a pretty dress (while she will still wear one) to make the photos look a little more special than our day-to-day. I found this adorable navy dress with bright colored embroidery from Gap. It has a nice pop of color but still neutral being grounded in navy. When I saw the green and navy plaid shirt from Old Navy, I envisioned that they could work really well together.

Here are the outfit details for the kids (affiliate links):

My Son- Navy and Green Plaid Shirt / Slim Jeans (similar style) / Navy Hi-Top Sneakers (similar style)

My daughter- Navy Dress with Embroidery / Navy Cable Knit Tights / Silver Boots

Once I have the kids all taken care of, then it’s easier to decide on the outfits for the grownups. Since I grounded the looks in navy, I knew both my husband and I would wear navy tops or sweaters. Keeping the casual look, we both paired them with jeans. Then to keep overall look of being more casual with our outdoor setting, we picked tan/light brown shoes so they wouldn’t stand out too much.

Here are the outfit details for the grown ups (affiliate links):

Mom’s Outfit: Open Front Duster Cardigan (similar style) / Grey Peplum Tank (similar ss style) / Dark Indigo Jeggings / Tan Booties (similar style)

Dad’s Outfit: Marled Navy Crewneck Sweater / Straight Jeans (similar style) / Light Brown Loafers

I usually do a quick lay down as a double check that all the items will go together like this:

Once I feel good about the options then I just let the rest go and trust our photographer! When the kids were little, I stressed so much about getting the perfect shot, if they would smile, and if we would all look good in the same photo! But now over the years I’ve learned to just enjoy the moment! Like so many other moments and stages, you can’t control it all. And if you try to (at least for me), the fun is all gone. Documenting these family moments isn’t just about a good looking holiday card, but also about enjoying having fun and being silly all together. The amazing photos are just the extra bonus!

I hope you enjoy capturing the photos with your family- whatever that looks like to you. Just enjoy being together!

Here is the final product! And of course our other favorite family member had to join in the pic:)

xo,

Liz

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November Loft Finds!

If you have not been to Loft lately, you need to!! They have really stepped up their game this season! From the beautful sweaters to the amazing outerwear to the super soft loungewear, they have it all.

Check out my favorite items from the current collection right here! I love all the textures you will find right now all over the store. For reference I am wearing a small on everything, which is my normal size in loft tops.

Diamond Texture Sweater
Skinny jeans
You can see the stitch better here as well as the pretty pointelle stitch on the raglan sleeve
Pointelle Sweater
Skinny jeans
Closer look at the stitch detail and all
the colors marled into the sweater
Plush Cardigan (wearing a small but would size up to a medium)
Skinny jeans
This leopard scarf is gorgeous! It is large enough to be worn as I am here or opened up and worn as a shawl or wrap.
Black lounge top
Lounge pants

This is the outfit I will be dreaming of changing into everyday! Especially after I get home from work! It is unbelievably soft, I wish you could feel this fabrication through your screen!

Here is a closer look at the waistband pockets.
Sherpa Crewneck Top

This time of year you can never have too many of these sherpa tops!

This Teddy Coat!!
Here is a closer look at the texture. Also come in 2 other colors!

This is just a handful of the amazing items to be found right now at Loft!! It all makes perfect gifts for the holidays too!!

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Fall Trend Alert: Super Feminine Tops! Courtesy of Anthropologie!

A pretty major trend that you are probably already seeing out there for fall is feminine tops or blouses. Think ruffles, rushing, lace, eyelet, floral and animal prints, pleating, and embroidery.

When I think of feminine details the first retailer that comes to my mind is Anthropologie. I just love going in there, it is a true experience for the senses. From the moment you walk in the door you are enveloped in the visual merchandising, which currently feels like you are walking through an autumn forest, then the scent of the amazing candles hit you, followed by the music which is always just perfect compliment to the season.

The first trend is the Plaid trend. You will find it in pants, blazers and tops. This plaid top is so pretty with buttons down the back and a simple fringe hem detail.

Plaid Top

Next we have the Ruffle trend. The white tunic is so perfect for the summer and will be perfect in the fall layered under a duster cardigan.

White Tunic

This animal print blouse is gorgeous with ruffle detail on wrist & hem, and rushing at the waist.

Leopard Blouse

Lace! Love lace! These tops are only a portion of what Anthro has to offer in lace!

Simple lace top with rushed sleeves
Beautiful eyelet top with ruffle shoulders
Sweet linen button front with lace neckline and ruffle sleeve (sold out)

Prints! Animal and florals! There are the most gorgeous prints.

Gorgeous floral print with sheer sleeves and ruffle detail on shoulder
Subtle snake print with pleated neckline

This next top is just a simple sweet top for any occasion.

Pink bib puff sleeve top

You will definitely get inspired by a trip to Anthropologie this season!!

Enjoy!

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This Weeks Loft Finds!

Hey there!! I found some the cutest tops at Loft this week I just had to show you all!! Loving all the super cute, feminine details.

The lace and ruffle on these two style are a must for now and will be perfect to layer under cardigans in the fall!

Ruffle Sleeve Top
White Cropped Pant
Ruffle Sleeve Top
Eyelet Hem Top
Jeans

This adorable sweater caught my eye right away!! I love the super cute embroidery! If you like it fitted go for your regular size, if you would prefer it to be more roomy, then size up 1 size.

Bicycle Sweater

I love the slightly oversized fit of this stripe number!! And love how it looks with this military jacket! This jacket is amazing! The fabrication is perfectly drapy. It looks great casual like here or dressed up with a blouse and cute heels!!

Stripe Top
Jeans
Military Jacket
Stripe Top
Jeans

I had to throw in this look too! Love the wide leg pant with this duster cardigan. Such a great transitional look!

Striped Duster Cardigan
Pocket Tee
Wide Leg Pant
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Back to School Shoes! Ugh!

Now you all are very aware by now my love for shoes, well, apparently that has rubbed off on my kids as well………much to my dismay……..

This year is all about the White Sneaker. This trend has been evolving over the last year and is looking like it is at its peak and is popular among the tweens/teens out there.

Takes me back to the 80’s and my white Reebok high tops with my thick socks layered over my jeans. Who can relate our there?

Well, after many weeks of trying to make this very hard decision this is where my kids landed. Not all white but a nod to the trend none the less. Glad that pain staking decision is over!!

Adidas with rose gold stripes (comes in a few color combos; also BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
Pink Vans
Adidas NMD R1 (free shipping with code
Black Nike Flex Runner (BOGO 50% off plus 15% off with code SAVEASAP)
White Vans
Zebra Vans

I am not sure why I encouraged this but I did allow them a few choices and it was my son who took advantage!……… I figured they both need a non athletic sneaker, if that existed. Well, it certainly does as my kids were all too excited to let me know!

Now this trend is one I can also relate to! This one takes me back to the 90’s! If your child is like my son and has a hard time choosing, have no fear he can design his own!! This was pretty awesome AND right up my ally. Go here and you can choose the style, fabric, pattern, colors, everything and really make them your own! This is such a great idea for the super creative, the aspiring designer, or those that just can’t find the perfect pair!!

Bella, on the other hand, knew exactly what she wanted and went right for it! That’s my girl!

Now that we have survived the backpack decision, supply shopping, underwear stock up, the first week of school looks, and finally the shoes shopping, we can relax and enjoy the last 3 weeks of summer!

It all goes by way too fast! Enjoy!

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Top Old Navy Looks for the Week!

Most stores right now are either in total Back To School mode or are in the middle of transition. This time of year is a mixture of sales or early fall items that you are just not ready for yet. I get it! But there are always those pieces that catch my eye and peak your interest to purchase anyway.

Here are my top Old Navy finds this week even though the store is in total transition!

First of all the stand out of the week or possibly the month for me is the Rock Star Jean!! Now, I have been loving this jean for at least the last 6 years. However, in the recent past 2 years I have to admit that the quality slipped , as well as, the consistency in the sizing. I am so happy to report that has all changed and I couldn’t be more happy!! It is BACK!! The fabrication is high quality (doesn’t feel like they will rip when you sit down), and the sizing is consistent between different pairs!! I am also loving that they are offering the Rock Star in a boot leg too!! I can finally pick up a few new pairs!

Baseball Tee
Rock Star Jeans (I”m wearing)
Checkout all the Rock Star Jeans

Old Navy does baseball tees like no other and this seasons come in beautiful color combos! I loved layering it under this military jacket too! Note the jacket ran a bit big so I would size down 1 size. All this together makes for a perfect brisk day look!

Baseball Tee
Military Jacket
Jeans

Believe me when I say I was not even thinking about looking at sweaters but this one caught my eye for how light weight it is. Perfect for early fall or even now for those chilly offices. The tunic length is perfect for leggings too! As the fall progresses this Sherpa vest is amazing!!! LOVE!!! Love the look with it layered over the tunic sweater!

Tunic Sweater
Jeans
Tunic Sweater
Sherpa Vest
Jeans

Lastly this sweatshirt is all the 😍!! I love alone like here or I am envisioning it layered over a super comfy flannel! Can’t wait!!

Sweatshirt
Jeans

What’s you favorite look?

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Bella’s Back to School Haul: #TargetFindFriday! (Wednesday Edition)

For those of you who were involved in the backpack vote…….the DONUTS won! I have to say the backpacks by Trans by Jansport are a great choice for several reasons: quality, price, durability (they last multiple years of wear and tear) and style!

Bella’s Backpack
All Target Backpacks

Now that we have the backpack, we needed to fill it with all those fun supplies!! If you were not already aware Target’s website has a service that has all the supply lists from the schools in your area. Go here and you Just need to enter your zip code and then choose your school! You can then choose to pick them up in store or have them delivered to you! I wish I knew about this last year!

When it comes to the whole fashion aspect of the new school year my daughter is all about those new fall trends! And they are everywhere: denim skirts, leopard, graphic tees, and jumpsuits! I think she and Target nailed it! Everything fits true to size and all bottoms have adjustable waists!

Jumpsuit (sold out on website)/ sneakers
Tee / shorts / jean jacket / sneakers
Tee / shorts / jean jacket / sneakers
Top / skirt / vans

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Wishing you and your littles an amazing school year!!!