On Throwing My First Baby Shower














I threw a baby shower for my Sister-in-law, this weekend. It was the first shower I've ever thrown, and I was really pleased with how it turned out. For the record, I made and decorated the cake and cupcakes, by hand. I've never done anything like that in my life, and I'm not sure what made me try my hand at it this time, but I'm glad I did. Even though I spent days baking and piping icing, it was totally worth it! I was so proud to say I made everything, myself, and I think it made the shower seem more personal and meaningful, knowing everything was homemade. 

Here, I'm just sharing a few pictures I snapped a few weeks ago in the same dress I wore to the shower, and just a couple pictures from the shower. There were lots more people there, but I just wanted to share a few of me, my family, and the guest of honor, Rachael. This was a unique shower, in that Rachael wanted to invite women and their husbands and children. We had around 15 children running around, at one point, most of which were girls, so the unicorn cupcakes and cake, and pastel decorations were definitely a hit! Rachael is obviously having a little girl, and we're so excited to love on her little baby soon! 
I hope you're all having a wonderful Monday, so far! Thanks for reading!
Jessica

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Sundress





I'm absolutely loving this cute, casual sundress that can totally be dressed up or down, depending on your mood and the day's plans. I chose to add cutesy heels and a fun pink bag, dressing it up a little, here, but you could totally wear this with flat sandals and make it a little more casual and comfy. In fact, I wore this last Sunday with light blue low block heels, and that was a kind of in-between look. So, yes. Super versatile dress, and I just love that about it! 

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So, who's also already ready for Fall? We watched an Iliza Shlesinger comedy special on Netflix the other night, and, for one, she's hilarious and relatable as a female, and I recommend her Netflix specials, but also, she talked about how all girls love Fall, and I was like "yeah, cause it's the BEST season!! Woooo! PSL" I'm so stereotypical. haha! But, in all seriousness, I already have around 20 outfits planned for this fall. Don't even know where I'm wearing them all, but they're planned. Because that's what we do, right? We pin outfits and then plan something to do so we can wear that outfit. No? Just me? hahaha. I hope you're having a great day, and you guys have a lovely weekend! Thanks for reading!
Jessica

Pink Champagne







I have a similar top in red, and when I found this one in this pretty pink champagne color, I had to go for it! I love the enormous bow and the statement it makes, plus, paired with a high-waisted skirt like this one, it's barely a crop top, which I kind of like the effect of, for this particular piece. I last wore this tulle skirt here, (still one of my favorite outfits on the blog) paired with a sequin top in the Spring, and it has proven to be more versatile than you might initially think a tulle skirt could be. 

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Ross was in a wedding this weekend, and we had so much fun celebrating! I always love attending weddings, because they bring back memories of my own wedding day, and remind me of the feelings of being a newly wed, which was such a fun and exciting time. We had such a great weekend, and I'm excited to get into planning this week for Ross' sister's baby shower that we're hosting this weekend. We're super busy right now, but I kind of love it! I hope you have a wonderful Monday, and a great week!
Jessica

Yellow Gingham






I used to avoid yellow, because I'm fair-skinned and I thought it washed me out. But you know what... after having my kids, I kind of went through this mindset shift, and I decided that I'm not going to let things like that determine what I wear. I've had insecurities about different parts of my body at times in my life, but it did me no good except to limit me from what I felt the freedom to wear and do. And, quite frankly, that's stupid. I have my husband, in large-part, to thank for this realization. He's always preached to me that being comfortable and confident in your body is the most sexy thing. After years of unlearning my insecure ways, I have to agree. Life is too short to be overly concerned with the parameters of what you think you can and can't wear. Like it? Wear it. I hope I just simplified your next shopping trip!

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What are your preconceived notions about things you can and can't wear? I want to encourage you to wear things you love but maybe think you can't pull off. Whether it be that you think you're too old, or not skinny enough, or too fair, or the wrong body shape, or too thin, too short, or too tall. We all have our own perceived flaws about ourselves that no one else actually notices. So, in case you don't have someone in your life to tell you that confidence is attractive, I'm here to do that for you! Have the confidence to wear something if you love it. Have the guts to wear that color you've deemed off-limits for yourself, or the skirt you love but think is a bit too short for your age. You only get to do this life once, and I say have a good time with your clothes and your life.
I hope you're having a wonderful week, and had a great July 4th! Thanks for reading!
Jessica

Lace Midi Dress






I don't know what it is, really, about pink lace dresses, but I cannot stop buying them. They're probably my favorite thing to wear, and I always feel so pretty and feminine in them. My "look" is clearly made up of ruffles, bows, lace, and pastels... But, I have to say, lace was chronologically first of the list. Lace is a love I've had for so long, and I just can't quit. I'm certain I never will. And this dress is so gorgeous, you guys! So dreamy and so affordable, at the same time. And you know that's my favorite combination! 

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Guys! We're all done with our home improvement projects! I love the final result. I only wish we had taken before pictures, because the difference is huge, and I would have loved to compare those pictures. But, either way, I'm so happy with the amount of work we were able to do in such a short time, and so proud that we did most of it ourselves. The kids don't even know the effort that we put into their home, but I'm still glad they get to enjoy the nicer looking space to live in. I've been amazed at how much time we've had to make our home look nice, now that Luke is a little older. He's sleeping through the night consistently, and just a lot less needy during the day. It makes a huge difference, when they kind of grow from baby to toddler. I'm excited to see what we get motivated to do next! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have the best day!
Jessica



Red, White And Blue






With July 4th being under a week away (what! How are we already here?), I thought I'd share a little Red, white, and blue outfit inspiration today. I'm absolutely obsessed with this striped top and red bag, which are both totally affordable! This top is so well-made for the price, and looks way better in person than it does on the model online. I kind of hate to link to it, but I can assure you, it's really cute! 

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Do you guys have any fun plans for the 4th of July? We usually grill out with friends and watch some fireworks from our back deck. Until recently, Lorelai has been too young to join in on the firework fun, but I have a feeling that this year she'll either absolutely love them or be completely terrified. haha. I'm excited for all of the upcoming holidays with the kids. They're at such cute ages, where they're starting to realize what's going on, and react in completely adorable ways, not to mention interacting with each other more and more. I know we technically just started Summer, but I'm kind of already looking forward to Fall (and luckily, I'm a fashion blogger, so that's totally acceptable!). But, in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy all the fun Summer activities while I await Halloween and pumpkin patches, apple-picking, and cute sweaters. All in due time. 
I hope you have a great Thursday. Thanks for reading! 
Jessica

Tie-Front Dress







I didn't expect to like this dress as much as I do. In fact, I was pretty sure I'd be unable to wear it, and prepared to send it back, once it arrived. But, I was pleasantly surprised... In addition to being super cute, it's actually quite wearable, at least for me, and I feel comfortable and cool in it. So, if you are more busty than I am, I can see this dress being a bit of an issue, but if you're like me and have not much to speak of up top, I'd definitely say go for it! It also gets bonus points for matching my circle bag perfectly. And! Guys! Look at these adorable and comfy wedges I got recently from Old Navy! I can't even stand it with the cute pink bow on top! They're called blush pink, but they're actually a bit more neutral, so they go with a lot, which is great! 

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So over the weekend, we made a "solid push" (as Ross calls it) on our house updates. We've made so many improvements over the past few weeks, and I'm really proud of our drive and continued motivation, after working all day, each day, and taking care of two toddlers. The exhaustion we feel is real over here, but so is the sense of accomplishment and pride in our home. So, if you notice paint on my fingers or dust in my hair, just ignore that and focus on the pretty outfit! haha! I hope you had a fun weekend, and happy Monday! Thanks so much for reading! 
Jessica

P.S. I'll be changing my posting schedule back to Mondays and Thursdays, which is what I originally did when I started this blog. So, if you notice a change in my posting times, that's what's going on.

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