I'm sure you all have seen the crop tops that are in every store and every magazine by now and, if you're like me, wondered, "That poor girl left her shirt at home! Why didn't anyone tell her?". I knew my days of crop top wearing were long gone but I was determined to find a way to make it work without looking like a Forever21 reject. So, I found a crop top that was a little longer and paired it with a high waisted Party Skirt. Plus, it's a look you can recreate all year round with the addition of a cute sweater or blazer!
What are some looks you think you just can't pull off? Let me know in the comments!
I'm sorry I have neglected the blog a little lately.. I was out of town for a couple days and ended up getting a nasty sinus infection. I just hope this is natures way of getting all the germs out so I don't have to worry about anything for the rest of the summer! Wishful thinking?
Anyway, I hope all you mommies had a great Mother's Day! Tyler and Ricki made the day so special for me starting with my favorite guilty food, a McGriddle with no cheese and an Iced Latte with whipped cream, waiting for me when I woke up. After church we went to one of my favorite breakfast spots, Zada Janes, they let me take a nap, and then we walked to the park with the dogs because it was so beautiful outside! The best gift of all though was just getting to spend time with them, so I guess everyday is Mother's Day for me! Minus the whole nap thing, which I strongly believe should be a requirement for all adults.
If you're interested in my outfit details, all the links are listed under the picture. Also, if you follow me on Instagram (@emilygmaynard) you can sign up for Like To Know It and then every time you like one of my pics, all the details and link will be sent directly to your inbox!
Are you as tired of hearing about the weather as I am? It's the go to awkward conversation starter that everyone is guilty of, but really, how crazy has it been this year? I don't know about where you live, but in Charlotte it will be warm one day and then freezing the next. Hopefully the warm weather is here to stay for a little while! However, I'm just so thankful we don't have to worry about the awful tornadoes and hurricanes so many other people have to deal with, especially this time of year.
So, if you're like me and beyond ready to wear all of the cute sundresses that have been hanging in the back of your closet for what seems like an eternity, it's time to pull them back out! If you live somewhere that it gets a little cold at night, or even during the day, try layering a cute crochet over it. I also love this look for the summer with a lightweight lace tank or tshirt for an easy way to dress up a simple dress.
If you follow me on Twitter (@EmilyMaynard) you might remember me asking what color you all liked in these Vanessa Mooney by DV heels. Well, I took your advice and got the nude! Let me tell you, the last thing I needed was another pair of nude shoes, but I LOVE them and had people asking me all day where I got them! I also love them with a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans.. I'll do a post on that later :)
Last thing.. you can now shop your favorite bloggers Instagram pictures! Just sign up at liketoknow.it and then every time you "like" a picture on Instagram, you get all the details and links sent straight to your inbox!
PS-- Sorry for the awful pictures! As much as I love Tyler, iPhone photography is not one of his gifts :)
I'm embarrassed to say that I'm on my 3rd iPhone 5, since I got it in December. I dropped the first one the day after I got it and, not wanting to go wait at the Apple store, I procrastinated on getting it fixed until I actually cut my finger on a piece of glass. You'd think after that I would've learned that I need to have some sort of case on it, right? Nope. Flash forward two phones later, not to mention investing a small fortune, and I've finally given in to the whole "case idea". I've always thought they made your phone so much bulkier and wouldn't fit in my bag. So, after searching high and low for the cutest cases out there, here are my favorites!
What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
I remember growing up and wondering what in the world my mom did all day while my brother and I were in school. In my mind it went something like this:
7:30am- Get kids off to school
7:35am- Back to bed
11:00am- Wake up and watch "Dr.Phil"
1:00pm- "Days of Our Lives"
2:30pm- Get out of pajamas
2:45pm- Kids come home
I'd like this post to be a public apology to my mom, Susie, because it's only after having my own child that I realize being "Mom" is the hardest job in the world. I just pray I can do it half as well as she did! She'd volunteer to help anyone that needed it, have dinner on the table every night at 6:00pm, and keep a spotless house.
All while wearing heels and a french twist. Pretty amazing, right?
Yesterday I had an event and didn't have time to change, so that meant running the dog to the vet (just a check up!), soccer practice, etc. in a skirt and heels. Is it weird that I felt better all day than when I wear my normal "mom uniform"? (In case you're wondering thats Lululemon Yoga Pants.. without the yoga.) I'm not saying I want to look like a Stepford Wife, or that it's only what you look like on the outside that matters, but maybe there's more truth to the saying, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world," than I thought! Am I crazy or do you all feel better when you get dressed up too? Let me know your secrets in the comments!
I got these shoes a few weeks ago and LOVE them! They're super comfortable and now I'm wondering what I wore before I bought them. Also, anyone who knows me knows that turquoise is a neutral in my life and how cute is my bag? Gigi New York does free personalizing, which is perfect for me since my initials will be changing pretty soon! (*All outfit details/links listed under the top picture)
One of the highlights of my week is Sunday, when Ricki and I teach the four year old Life Group (basically Sunday School) at our church because I could be having the worst day but they instantly cheer me up. Hearing each of them say their weekly prayer requests, ask the most unanswerable questions about God ("Why doesn't he have a last name?" is a favorite), and especially seeing Ricki's faith grow as she pours into them each week makes my heart beyond happy.
Now I know it seems a bit.. ok, a lot shallow to think about, but I have a hard time figuring out what to wear every Sunday! I have to be comfortable enough to be able to chase a room full of four year olds around, but also dressy enough to not look underdressed afterwards during the service. One positive to being as short as I am is that I learned how to not only walk, but also be comfortable in heels at a very early age. However, this past Sunday was an exception for even the most experienced girly girl. They put all of the kids classes in one room for the Easter services and there I was, trying to balance one kid on my hip but also play kitchen without stepping on any fingers. So, if you saw a girl walking to her car barefoot after church, it was me. I guess it's God's way of preparing me for the future :)
We went to Tyler's parents house afterwards for lunch and there was no way I was wearing heels, so here's what I wore... And as you can see from our picture, we all decided to do a quick wardrobe change! What are your favorite ways to dress up but still be comfortable? (*Outfit details and links listed under the top picture!)
I'm wearing the "Mindy" necklace from my collection and for some reason I haven't featured it much on the blog. Tassels are huge for spring and I get compliments on this one everywhere I go!
I just got back from a quick day trip to DC last night and was absolutely EXHAUSTED this morning. All I wanted to do was stay in my pajamas and write this blog from the comfort of my bed. Ever have one of those days? Well, being the over-committer that I am, I scheduled a meeting for this morning and unfortunately they wouldn't find my pajama pants as cute as I do. So today I'm sharing my secret for the most comfortable jeans you can buy without the shame of buying "PajamaJeans" from an infomercial.
Don't even try to say you haven't thought about it!
The Hue Denim Leggings are my go to on days just like today; when you want to look like you put effort into getting ready while still feeling like you're in your comfy clothes. I got them a few weeks ago and wish I had bought them in every color! And unlike normal leggings, since these have seams and pockets I think it's totally acceptable to wear them with shorter tops. I just cuffed mine at the bottom and they look exactly like my beloved Rag & Bone jeans that cut off my circulation!
I'm also wearing the Sally earrings in howlite and the Carly necklace from my jewelry line because every girl knows jewelry is the easiest way to dress up any outfit! Go stock up on earrings at EmilyMaynard.com today because when you buy one pair you get a second 50% off! Just use the code BOGO50 at checkout and hurry because it only lasts until Sunday, April 20th at 11:59pm.
There's only one thing that gets me more excited about summer than checking out all the cute clothes on ShopBop.. Getting them at 25% off. So, just in time for summer weddings, HONEYMOONS, vacations, or just feeling cute while running to the grocery store, don't miss the ShopBop Friends and Family Sale! Just use the code INTHE FAMILY14 at checkout!
Last week Ricki and I went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC with a few of her closest friends... and the entire 2nd grade. Just because I'm nervous one of her teachers will read this, I'm not going to tell you how worried I was that this trip would turn into a nightmare. But it was a lot.
But really, wouldn't you??
Well, to my surprise, we ended up having a great time and I'm so happy I went because we made some really wonderful memories! Chances are she won't remember the lions or the elephants, but maybe she'll look back and laugh at her mommy being too scared to feed the giraffes. To me, thats worth every bit of 2nd grade class trip craziness!
To say I'm looking forward to (consistently) warm weather would be an understatement, but one thing I will miss about winter is all my boots that effortlessly dress up any outfit. I feel like in the summer I get in the routine of wearing the same sandals with pretty much everything. I don't have a pair of neutral heels that I can wear with a lot but are also comfortable. So, I went on a search for the perfect, boot-like sandal that will dress up my summer wardrobe and this is what I found!
And yes.. in my book, leopard is a neutral. At least it should be :)
What are your go-to summer outfits? Please tell me I'm not the only one that wants to wear flats with everything! This year I'm determined to wear heels at least once a week in order to justify the ridiculous amount I have in my closet! (All the links to the shoes are listed under the pic above!)