Mature Style Evolution

Well hello again… we keep meeting here a lot. (Wink, wink) welcome back guys to another post. We are again going down the fashion lane, because apparently my blog has zip structure and I write about whatever pops into my head. And yet we have such fun doing it!

If you haven’t seen my other two fashion posts this spring(here and here) than I suggest you go check them out. They’ll help you get a better picture of what I mean by “maturing style”.

Basically I have gone the minimum, Parisian inspired vibe. This look is very typical of what I am wearing for everyday life. The Liz Baker Essential dress slacks offer some chic lines to the Keds loafers and Banana Republic striped tee. Finished off with the unruly mess that is my hair and this super old, oversized Old Navy black jean jacket and you have a very cute, comfy, practical look.

I have recently started revamping my wardrobe one piece at a time. Finding pieces/styles and cuts that I like regardless if they follow popular brands or trends. Essentially I am trying to break the impulse buys and stick with an end goal of what I want my closet to look like. This has meant selling or donating old pieces that no longer fit my style evolution. Or replacing items with an updated version thereof. Which is all super exciting, since it gives me a chance to plan and scheme, and set those ever lovely goals that I shoot for.

And that is all for right now! I have one more post coming out tomorrow and then an exciting one next Thursday hopefully.

Lots of love,

Tally

Favorite Crafts for Kiddos

Hello all! I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter. It has turned out to be a very wet week here in Wisconsin, but I personally love the spring showers. One, because they mean green and growing things and additionally they remained me of fairy tales, an English countryside and simpler ways. Which as I find I am more and more drawn too. Anyone else?

While I am super excited to get outside once the rain has passed; rainy days are practically made for arts and crafts. Below are four of my all time fav crafts that I have done with the kiddos.

Greek shields!

I guess I should have said these are the top four projects we’ve done in the last six months. And most of them tie into whatever we’re learning in school, but are still fun and simple crafts you could do with your littles.

First up are these awesome Greek shields(we were learning about Greece obviously) and they were very fun to make. The easiest way would be to take pizza cardboard circles, then google Greek shield patterns and paint. I outlined the designs for the kids and then let them paint in the blank spaces. It was loads of fun.

Four Seasons Pastel Picture

Next is this visual representation of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi(again school related) that turned out a lot better then I thought it was going to. Using oil pastels and then coconut oil on q-tips to blend the colors. We “arted” while we listened to Vivaldi’s composition. It was a really relaxing Saturday morning. Again I drew the tree and then let them have at it. Just directing them to think of the colors of spring. And what colors make other colors. We talked lots about color and picking them with purpose for this project(A color wheel is very helpful to have handy)

Claude Monet Picture Study

This project was from last year but was also school related and was just so much fun to do! Using painting tape you cover up the bridge and then just using acrylics and our fingers we blended like Monet. Once dried we coated it with Modge Podge to give it the nice sheen.

Barbie Mummies

Finally if you want endless rounds of laughter grab your favorite Barbie Doll, dress her in her best and roll her in t.p. Make sure you do the recommended three wraps(like the Egyptians did) and then wrap her in a blanket(or felt sheet) before taping on your carefully colored death mask. If you aren’t in stitches at this point burry your mummified Barbie in a cardboard box sarcophagus, which you can also decorate. One of the littles took this project even further and buried his mummy under his bed with treasures, statues and extra clothes for the afterlife. I unwittingly stumbled upon the burial ground when cleaning a few weeks ago. Let me just say it made my day!

So there you have it, some fun activities for you and your littles to do. Let me know if you do any of these projects I’d love to hear how they turned out for you.

Lots of love,

Tally

Stitch Fix: April 2020

Hello everybody! I wasn’t sure I was even going to write this post. I was that disappointed with this month’s box.

Out of the four or five boxes I have received from Stitch Fix this is the first dud. So I guess that’s not an awful track record. I’m going to give them another try next month, which will be late in June(I switched my frequency of fixes to every other month) And hopefully get back to styles that actually suit me.

First up in the box…

Was this Nine Britton Smocked Bottum Blouse in Beige and Judy Blue Button Front Fray Hem Skinny Jeans in Black. The jeans(while they fit perfectly) were not me at all. Too rock-n-roll. As for the top it was sheer and would require me to wear something underneath it, which I felt defeated it’s purpose. Both items were a return for me.

Next was…

Was this top; Nine Britton Waffle Henley Knit in Burgundy. I felt it was out of season. A maybe for me in the fall, but definitely not in spring. I returned this as well.

Then there was this Temma Denim Jacket in Mustard. Cute, but again just not me…

Finally…

Was this top by Pink Clover in Navy. This top while more along my style was just not cute enough to tempt me. So I returned this one as well.

All in all I returned every item in the box and I don’t regret my decision to do so. What did you guys think? Was I right in being disappointed?

The total value of the box was $255 with items being priced: $40-, $55-, $38-, $88-, $34- respectively.

Lots of love,

Tally

What I Would Have Worn to New Orleans

With everything that is going on in the world it’s no great shock that my sister’s birthday, girls only trip to New Orleans has been canceled. Which is of course major bum city, but also wise. Since we don’t want to get sick and certainly don’t want anyone else to get sick because of us. Anyway I thought you guys still might like to see what I would have worn if we had gone. I must say it was fun for me today to mess around taking pictures and gave me the excuse to put on makeup and actually get dressed as opposed to sweats&pj’s. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that)

Outfit #1

Outfit #2

Outfit #3

Outfit #4

There you have it! I think you can tell I had fun “modeling” for this post. (Lol) So which look was your favorite? I’d love to know! Leave it down in the comments below.

Lots of love,

Tally

Major Closet Clean Out

Ah spring! I feel you coming and recognize your windy presence with a full heart. What is it about this time of year that makes you want to run and smile and throw all your possessions away? Maybe it’s the idea of new beginnings and throwing off the chains of the old. Maybe it’s because you have spent months trapped in your house looking at your things and now can’t stand the sight of them. Who knows! But normally around this time and sometime in the fall I do a major clean out of my closet. I have done this since junior high. How do I collect so much stuff?

This doesn’t mean that I get rid of a bunch crap both times, but at least it gets reorganized and I feel less suffocated by it. This time however I did end up doing a major clean out. I had collected pieces of clothing and random stuff that I neither liked, or didn’t fit at all(and hadn’t for many years and were never going to fit) I was tired of having it cluttering my space. I was tired of holding on to things I was supposed to like, but really didn’t. I was tired of holding on to things that were cute, but not my personal style. Nor likely to be worn by me, but might be enjoyed by someone else.

In the end I got rid of whole big, black trash bag of stuff! Donating it at Good Will and saying good by to the extra baggage. How about you? Do you do a Spring Cleaning? When is the last time you felt suffocated by the stuff we are told we need?

Lots of love,

Tally

Linen&Sand

Here it is the last melon! We did it guys. We got through all seven layered outfits. It feels so good to have it all done.
This is the kind of outfit you wear when spring is fading happily into summer… I hope. I’m so ready for it to be hot.
Gitano (super old) “White” Linen Blouse (similar) Kensie Embroidered Pants (Sold out), Tomms Wyatt “Blush” SunglassesOld Navy Faux-Suede Sling Backs “Teal”LC Compass Pendant
As you probably noticed I reused  the pants from a previous 7LOS post. (Also the shoes are a beloved re-wear) What can I say? I love, LOVE these pants. 
Just you guys, I mean I think you can already tell, but all the outfits featured in my posts I wear/have worn in real life. I don’t run home and change into something actually wearable. (All my outfits are wearable and are comfort inspired)
Except with this outfit, because yes this i the gorgeous white, linen shirt I dumped coffee down the front of… Wow Tally, just wow. I am happy to report I did get the ginormous stain out of the front and it is no worse for wear.
Interesting thing about this shirt is that it is a garage sale find. (Or rummage sale. Why are they called rummage sales in Wisconsin? Is it just me or does that somehow sound worse than garage sales as they’re referred to in Illinois?) A woman must have been selling all her mom’s old clothes for a buck each and literally no one was interested. But as I was flipping through them I kept thinking how if I cut out the shoulder pads how cute they’d be. I could kick myself for not buying more, but in the end I just walk away with this one… and two skirts.
So for those of us who love vintage touches in our wardrobe shop gate sales and thrift stores. Nothing beats finding that vintage designer piece hiding in the moth balls.
Yay we done! Which was your favorite look in this series? Let me know in the comments below or via any of my social accounts.
Can’t remember them all, here they are:
6. Free as a Bird
7. Linen&Sand 
Lots of loves,
Tally
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Free as a Bird

I know, I know it’s the first week in June and I’m just now finishing up our series Seven Layered Outfits of Spring, but hay it’s still technically spring. I feel really proud for even finishing this series to be quiet honest with you. I didn’t think we could before the big trip. But we did all 7 people! So be sure to tune in tomorrow guys for a double feature, one of which will be the last official look.

This particular outfit was an accidental masterpiece the first I wore it, but it definitely incorporates my fav elements of any look: stripes and polka dots!
The cheese cloth like sweater is of course very light weight, perfect for spring layering, and it’s extra length for tucking or in this case knotting the front. Unfortunately it’s no longer available online but this and this have a similar vibe. I cannot tell you how many compliments I got for it. It is such an eye catching top.
Bonus thought: the simple makeup is very French inspired and I think I finally learned how do a straight-ish cat eyeliner! (I gave up attempting it years ago) Here’s the link to the video as she explains it a lot better than I could. I might do a separate post to French inspired makeup, what do you guys think? Interested? Let me know in the comments down below, which I hope are working. If not let me know via any of my social media accounts below. 
Lots of loves,
Tally
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May Flowers

When I first came up with the idea to do the series Seven Layered Outfits of Spring this was one of the first outfits I put together.
Forever 21 “Grey” Knit Sweater (this is similar) Kensie Floral Jeans (this is similar) Eddie Bauer “White” Top, Tommy Hilfiger “Blue” tee (this is similar), Kate Spade “Purple” Scalloped Tote (this is similar) Royal&Reese “One Fine Day” Loafers (they’re out of stock)
The multiple layers of this look give you so many different ways to style it throughout the day, if the weather improves or gets worse. I personally liked having all three layers on at once. I just thought it looked super classy.
See above info.
These pants are one of my favs! I have another outfit planned with them down the road (e.g. when is gets warmer) that is sooo cute. 
Lots of loves,
Tally
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Mary Poppins’ Umbrella

Okay this outfit was born more out of necessity than anything else. I feel like I could easily rename this series Seven Layered Outfits of Spring  to The 7 Different Weather Conditions of the Midwest. We’ve covered the chilly, snowy weather; the sunny, windy day and now we’ll cover rain, rain, rain. (For those of you who don’t know it’s been raining here for almost three weeks straight… I guess it could be worse… I could be snow)

GAP “Orange” Jacket(This jacket is several years old. I couldn’t find it but this is similar)
Anyway today’s look is rainy day perfect! From the Hunter Boots to the GAP rain jacket to my Disney’s Mary Poppins Umbrella print top, it screams crappy weather. (Ha!)

(See above info)
Incidentally this is one of the look is I’m taking with me to Ireland and London. If you swap out the boots for some Keds and detich the jacket you still have a very chic outfit.
(See above info)
Just a shout out; these boots are amazing. I ended up exploring this gorgeous river walk and trekked through some thick mud. They totally held up to whatever I put them through and I loved the shorter stalk. They didn’t feel as cumbersome or heavy on my feet. Perfect for exploring!
Lots of loves,
Tally
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