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5 pieces 1 outfit : wine and cognac

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme are the colors wine and cognac! I’m a little obsessed with them this fall.

top . jeans . bag . shoes . earrings

5 Halloween recipes to try

I love festive foods. Especially foods I make a lot, but with a little change can get everyone excited about the holidays. Now that I have a little boy who eats real food and another on on the way who will by this time next year (whhhaaaaaaa!?!?!?) So here’s 5 festive foods I want to try this year . . .

puking pumpkin dessert I’ve seen tons of puking pumpkin desserts over the years. But none have made as much sense to me. I love this marshmallow fluff dip so that’s probably why.

caramel apple slices Every year about this time I get a craving for caramel apples. But they seem so hard to make. These make it seem doable.

chicken boo-dle soup How fun!? This is already on the list to make this weekend actually!

sugar skull fruit pizza This is the prettiest food I’ve ever seen. Now to find a party to take this to.

pretzel and cheese broomsticks  Jack gets a snack of cheese sticks almost everyday, and I think it might be time to try some pretzels 🙂

5 pieces 1 outfit: athleisure

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is athleisure as we prepare for fall!

pants . top . cardigan . shoes . cap

the one with Jack’s 11 months update

He’s 11 months old! One more month and I’ll have a toddler.

Height:  32 inches

Head: 19 inches

Weight: 21 lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleeping and Feeding: All of a sudden, he started to self wean from breastfeeding. We had already knocked out the 3 pm feeding in July. He pretty obviously wasn’t interested in the 11 o’clock anymore. So that only left before breakfast, before bed, and overnight. Because of some personal things happening I decided to go ahead and see how he did if we knocked out one more. The easiest to do was before breakfast. He’s eating solids so well, I knew if we just went straight to real food soon after waking up he’d be fine. I was right!

That led to him becoming an eating machine. He eats real food so, so well. I’m going to do a post soon on a whole day of his food so you can see. Just a snapshot, he eats two scrambled eggs, a piece of toasts, 1/2 cup of fruit, and some yogurt between 6am to 10am. The best part is that eating so much more during the day means he knocked out the overnight feeding all on his own. Knock on all the wood so this keeps up! I said I would make it a year so I’m going to keep nursing him before bed until he’s a year old, and then we’ll wean him from that. It’s going to be rough – for me and him.

Fun Stuff:  He talks all the time. He says bye, bye and waves appropriately – he says dada all the time, and mama when he wants something ha – and he says hey when you say hey! He’s starting to make animal sounds with his toys. He points and can tell me what he needs. Being in Indiana he has tons of built in friends that he gets to see a lot. In Florida he had lots of friends, but none were his age except Miss Lucy. It’s fun to see him play with kids his age, and his cousins. He’s losing weight, but the doctor isn’t worried because he has lots more room to move around. Crawling so so fast and he’s pulling himself up to his knees and standing all the time. So lots more movement and lots more space!

He’s still handling the move really well. It’s like he doesn’t even notice what happened. He did get a little fussier and clingier and there were a couple rough nights sleep. But we can track those to other things as well as or instead of the move. We move into our new house and final stop soon. But he’ll be with grandma while the move happens, and my first priority is unpacking his stuff so he might not notice that one either! Let’s hope.

One more glaucoma appointment to be in the clear!

the one with a black maxi

This Summer it’s all about the 5 pieces 1 outfit in real life. 5 pieces 1 outfit is the first series here on the blog every other Friday. It stemmed from my love of classic yet modern, easy to wear, chic and simple fashion. This Summer will be one of the busiest ever for me, and I live in Florida so it’s gonna be hot. I don’t want to have a lot on, and getting ready can’t take a lot of time. It’s the perfect time to do a ton of 5 pieces 1 outfit real life posts! I have a formula when I do these in real life – top, bottom, shoes, earrings, finisher. My finisher depends on what I’m doing and it also means I might actually photograph 6 or more pieces, but I’ll explain each outfit so you’ll understand why.

This week is all about the perfect black maxi. This dress is another one of those times when I struggle with 5 actual pieces. The dress is just so amazing that it really speaks for itself. I love that you can dress it up or down easily with just a change of accessories. In the chillier months I love to add a jean jacket to this, but I’m so excited to be able to wear it and show off the fun back. It’s rare that those of us with big busts get to show off this much back. This look was for dinner out with friends. The dress with some simple shoes, killer earrings, my favorite clutch and we’re good to go!

earrings . dress . shoes . clutch . sunglasses

Instagram roundup

I’ve been working on sharing more of my daily outfits on instagram. So today is a great day to share a few of those. These are ones that I don’t have plans share on the blog! Here’s my 5 favorites . . .

tank . shorts . sunglasses . sperry’s

similar skirt . clutch . sunglasses . lipstick . fishnets . pumps

similar dress . purse . tee . flip flops

espadrilles . similar earrings . dress

top . sunglasses . tote