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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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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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Pre Fall Shoe Inspo

So, what do these beauties all have in common………They are all 20% off today with code JULY20!! This is very rare, as they NEVER go on sale!! Shop these below! All fit true to size and super comfortable! (commission links)

Orange Pumps (only full price colors) / Leopard Slingbacks (also come in 2 solid colors) / Booties (come 3 colors)

You can shop all the amazing items included in this sale right HERE!! Remember code JULY20, full price items only and min purchase of $80.

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Trend Alert: Leopard!

I love Leopard, you seem to love leopard, and the good news is that Leopard will continue to be super important this Fall. It also looks like ladies, such as myself, are experimenting with it more. It’s fun to break out of just using leopard in my accessories and wearing throughout my wardrobe. Looks like for fall it’s becoming more of a basic color or staple. Leopard is the new black!!

If you are like me and ready to wear leopard all over or if you already do I pulled together some great items out there right now to add to your wardrobe to wear now and later!

My Skirt (keeps selling out so HURRY before it’s gone again!)
Similar Skirt
Cute Cardigan
Amazing Tee
Blouse
Sheath Dress
Slip Dress (looks great with a long cardigan)
Adorable Pants (everyone who has them raves about them!!)

Now if you are a little more weary of wearing too much of this animal print then try these amazing accessories and shoes to add a splash of sophistication to your look for now and the fall!

These Shoes (use code JULY20 to get 20%off)
Another Super Cute Pump (I have in another color and LOVE)
Tote Bag
Belt
Umbrella (super chic!)
Waterproof Sneaker (BTW the other colors are super cute too!)
Oversized Scarf (use code JULY20 to get 20% off $80 purchase)
Pajamas
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Embroidered Top from Amazon

This is the first season I’ve shopped for apparel and fashion items on Amazon and I’m definitely on the Amazon bandwagon! This embroidered blouse is one of my favorite items I’ve picked up so far. The bright embroidery pattern is perfect for summer. The ruffle sleeves give a feminine look to the blouse. And the looser fit will be extra comfortable in the warmer weather. This top will be a show stopper for both casual looks or if you want to be a little more dressed up with jeans, heels, or wedges. I’m really loving both looks with my white denim, though it would also pair great with regular denim or colored shorts or pants. (commission links)

Sleeveless Embroidered Pom Pom Blouse– Available in 5 colors and less than $23! I followed the sizing recommendation to size up one size, and it was definitely the right choice. I bought a size medium when I normally wear a small.

Other items shown:

White Denim Shorts– runs tts

Rose Gold Footbed Sandals– less than $23

White Denim Skinny Jeans

Navy Canvas Espadrille Wedges

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Gap Girlfriend Jean

I am a Gap jean girl through and through. Without a doubt, they fit me the best. I’m on the shorter side (5’3″) and am curvy in the waist and hips. My go-to size is a size 4 or 27. Depending on the silhouette, I wear regular or ankle length. Besides the fit, what I love most about Gap jeans is that the washes and style details are always on trend.

They are also high quality jeans that don’t break the bank! Do I love the high end labels with the soft fabrics and perfect washes?! Absolutely! But as a mom of two little ones, I don’t have a lot of extra $ to spend on myself. I still want to look cute though and wear the latest styles. So Gap prices allow me to buy a new style or two each season, without all the mom guilt!

Also, I’m lucky to work in an environment that is casual. And on most days you will find me in jeans and a top. My go-to style is the Skinny, ankle length. I probably have 5 or 6 different pairs of that style in all different washes. But when I’m not in the mood to wear skinny denim, or if I’m going for another look, my other go-to is the Girlfriend jean.

The Girlfriend jean is a more relaxed fit. It comes in a mid-rise that sits more at your hips than at the high point of your waist. It has an easy fit through the hips, thighs, and legs. Definitely not as tight as the skinny! I find the fit to be a perfect combination of relaxed but not sloppy. I love to wear my Girlfriend jeans with tees, blouses, sweaters….really any type of top. Tops look great tucked in or out. The jeans also look great with so many shoe options: sandals, flip flops, sneakers, booties….so versatile!

Here is the latest pair I picked up (shown in photo). They are a medium wash with a little bit of destruction, but not too much, so I can still wear them to work πŸ™‚ Currently on sale AND another 50% off! That comes to less than $22! Crazy! Shop here (affiliate links)

If you are looking for different wash, shop all Girlfriend jeans here

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#OOTD: It’s That Tank Again!

I know, I know, I know, but I seriously love this tank and wear one of the 5 colors I have all the time!! It is truly a must have for this summer! And I know it will layer well under cardigans in the fall…..

Pocket Tank (30% off today)/ Denim Shorts ($25 today) & Similar Short ($14 after discount)/ Sandals