STATEMENT EARRINGS

Mood BoardAs a mama, getting myself dressed is usually something that takes place in record time. When we have somewhere to go – whether a birthday party or running errands around town – I never have as much time as I once did before children. I’ve learned to simplify my wardrobe, yet up my accessories game. On most days you can find me wearing a blousy t-shirt (usually white) and jeans (skinnies or cutoffs depending on the season). While the combination is fairly simple, it’s in the accessories that I like to play up the look – earrings especially. Earrings are such a great way to elevate your mama style. They add impact in such an easy way. I’ve completed a round-up of some of my favorite statement earrings. You can see Mignonne Gavigan and J.Crew are obvious favorites!

Shopping Details: Mignonne Gavigan Polly Earrings // Mignonne Gavigan Double Pom Pom Drop Earrings // J.Crew Beaded Flutter Earrings // MISA Ombre Tassel Earring // J.Crew Arty Sculpture Earrings // Mignonne Gavigan Mini Madeline Earrings // Bauble Bar Gabriela Fringe Drops // J. Crew Leather-Backed Sequin Petal Earrings // Mignonne Gavigan Rayna Earrings // Mignonne Gavigan Burst Earrings // Mignonne Gavigan Mary Hoop Earring // Elizabeth and James Stevie Earrings

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Outfit DetailsMignonne Gavigan Polly Earrings // Le Papier Studio Tiny Silhouette Charm Necklace // J.Crew Ruffle T-shirt (in store) // Gap true skinny jeans // Rose Gold Superga Sneaker

MAMA+ME: RUFFLE SKIRTS

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Ruffles, usually a staple for little girls, have been popping up in mama’s fashions lately. It started with fluttery, cascading sleeves and has made its way to nearly all pieces in womenswear. One of my favorite trends right now is the ruffled midi skirt. It’s an easy piece to wear as a mama as it allows you to easily chase little ones while still elevating your style.

I love how the feminine, ruffled skirt pairs well with a variety of tops – from poplin button-downs and off-the-shoulder statement tops to simple graphic tees. The look also goes from day to night with a quick shoe change – sneakers to heels. Ruffles are so fun to wear right now! I love the playful, girly touch they add to classic pieces. This look is here to stay!

Shopping Details: Who What Wear for Target Women’s Ruffle Wrap Skirt // J.Crew Collection Ruffle Skirt in Striped Shirting Fabric // ASOS Wrap Midi Skirt in Cotton with Ruffle Hem (Khaki) // ASOS Tall Wrap Midi Skirt in Cotton with Ruffle Hem (Light Pink) // ASOS Wrap Midi Skirt in Cotton with Ruffle Hem (Pale Pink) // J.Crew Ruffle Wrap Skirt in Cotton Poplin

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IMG_2285IMG_2280Outfit Details: Dondolo Striped and Floral Bloomer Short Sets // Gold Salt Water Sweetheart Sandals // Gold Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lo Sneaker // ASOS Pink Ruffle Skirt // Gap White Poplin Shirt (similar) // Mignonne Gavigan Mary Hoop Earrings // Rose Gold Superga Sneaker // Le Papier Studio Tiny Silhouette Charm Necklace 

STYLING A STUDIO PHOTOSHOOT

STYLING A STUDIO PHOTOSHOOT

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DL-2224 (1)BackI recently posted about beach lifestyle photoshoots and what to wear; however, studio shoots are a bit different in my opinion. Below are a few things I like to remember when styling my family for studio photoshoots.

  1. Coordinating pieces but not matching. Stick with a common color. Or possibly let one piece be the inspiration for the shoot, and coordinate the other pieces to it. While I usually stray from all white or all black for a lifestyle shoot, I think this is a rule that can slide when in a studio setting. In our last two studio shoots, I’ve chosen an all-white palette and a black-and-white palette. In my opinion, black or white pieces, with beautiful textures and details, offer high contrast that really pops in black and white photography. You want your family to shine, and your clothing to compliment the overall look.
  2. Classic pieces. When choosing outfits, choose classic pieces that withstand the test of time. Pieces that you will look back on in twenty years and not regret.
  3. Dress comfortably … especially if young children are involved! This is important regardless the location of your shoot. Remember you will be sitting, standing, running, dancing, etc. You don’t want to be constantly adjusting your straps or tugging on your too-short dress.
  4. Have fun and be you! If you do, I promise you will end up with some beautiful photographs.

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GINGHAM STYLE

GINGHAM STYLE

Have you noticed that gingham is everywhere lately? I’ve always been a fan of the print, both in it’s original, smaller scale and in its exaggerated, buffalo check. It resonates well with my personal style: both timeless and understated in design, yet current with updated silhouettes. I find it’s a pattern than nearly goes with anything and can be easily accessorized and layered.

I’ve been drawn to the print for swimwear specifically this season (as you may have noticed from photos of my recent trip to Rosemary Beach, Florida). I love the color choices out there, too! Below is a roundup of pieces that have caught my eye perfect for mama and me styling.

Shopping Details: Girls’ Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit in mixed neon gingham // Hula Star Girls’ Summer Skies Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit // Carter’s Gingham Swimsuit [under $20!] // Girls’ one-piece swimsuit in oversized rainbow gingham // Gingham off-the-shoulder swim top // Gingham bikini boy short // Vera Moda Gingham Bandeau Bikini with Scallop Trim // Gingham tunic

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Did you see my post a few days ago in that precious off-the-shoulder gingham swimsuit?

Outfit Details: j.crew gingham off-the-shoulder bikini // quay sunglasses // mara hoffman girls bikini // zeroUV sunglasses // tassel earring

Or the same post of the girls in their classic black and white gingham bikinis and my favorite gingham one-piece?

Outfit Details: mara hoffman tie front one piece // oversized round sunglasses // tassel earrings // la coqueta gingham bikini // j.crew factory girls’ round sunglasses // j.crew factory girls’ colorblock sunglasses

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MAMA AND ME

While vacationing on 30A’s Rosemary Beach, FL, I, too, coordinated with my girls on the beach! While they wore matching suits, I took colors and patterns from their suits as inspiration when finding the perfect “mama” suit to coordinate. Mara Hoffman’s prints are always the best in my opinion and finding gingham, one of this season’s hottest trends, to coordinate made perfect sense. I love the mix of modern and traditional details that make matching feel more 2017 and less Laura Ashley.

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Outfit Details: j.crew gingham off-the-shoulder bikini // quay sunglasses // mara hoffman girls bikini // zeroUV sunglasses // tassel earring

Outfit Details: mara hoffman tie front one piece // oversized round sunglasses // tassel earrings // la coqueta gingham bikini // j.crew factory girls’ round sunglasses // j.crew factory girls’ colorblock sunglasses

Outfit Details: past season Mara Hoffman coverup // past season Mara Hoffman girls one piece // ombre tassel earrings // rimless sunglasses // le papier studio silhouette charm necklace

STYLING A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT

STYLING A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT

Each year during family beach trips, we always make an effort to take our “family beach pictures.” It’s definitely not something my husband, Mark, looks forward to, and it’s something I most definitely overthink. I usually have a vision weeks (okay, maybe months) before our trip, having every last detail planned, but this year things were different. I figured, I’d just “wing” it. I packed everyone’s bags without coordinating “picture” outfits. I figured I wouldn’t stress about it, and if we got pictures, great. If not, that was great too.

While shopping at Outpost, one of my most favorite shopping spots ever on 30A (or maybe in the world), I found the most perfect coordinating outfits for a photoshoot … should one transpire!

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Outfit Details: Elina Lebessi blue and white kaftan // tassel earrings // Nellystella Zoe dress // lil’ lemons by For Love & Lemons Little Daisy Bow Dress

What to wear for family photos?

  1. Coordinating pieces but not matching. Stick with a common color. Or possibly let one piece be the inspiration for the shoot, and coordinate the other pieces to it. Most importantly, outfits should help express and showcase individual personalities.
  2. Stray away from all-white or all-black. We all have been there and done that. Try something more interesting. Add patterns, textures, or subtle color! And if you must do all-white or all-black (because, I know it’s hard not to), try incorporating various textures to give your photos more depth.
  3. Dress comfortably … especially if young children are involved! Remember you will be sitting, standing, running, dancing, etc. You don’t want to be constantly adjusting your straps or tugging on your too-short dress.
  4. Have fun and be you! Rules are made to be broken, so be you and have fun!

Below are a few photos from another beach trip. Notice how my kaftan was the inspirational piece. The girls’ swimsuits coordinated, and they were comfortable. This shoot took place around 7AM, and the girls had the best time with the beach to themselves!

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Outfit Details: past season Mara Hoffman kaftan // past season Seafolly girls’ flamingo bikini

Photography by Stefanie Cascio Photography.