Signing Off For A Bit

Today is my last post for the next couple months as I begin my maternity leave – round two! 🙂

As I look back at photos of our daughter as a newborn part of me feels a little overwhelmed at the prospect of caring for a newborn again and now WITH a toddler as well, but mostly I am excited and deeply thankful. Do I really get to do this again?! It feels too good to be true.

When I come back I’ll share the full details of our nursery for baby #2, but for now enjoy the sneak preview below or feel free to reference back to our first Lilly Pulitzer-inspired girls nursery. Here’s to a happy, and healthy, spring.

Currently Loving: Loungewear

If you were to ask me the last time I wore jeans, I could not give you an answer. Honestly. It’s been that long, and with this quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic stretching well over a month, there’s really not much of a point in wearing them when you’re staying home all the time, if you ask me! It’s a good thing one of the top trends for spring this year (as noted in my trend guide) is sweat suits aka loungewear. So you can me trendy, comfy, and practical for all those days at home! Here are a few sets that I’m loving:

 

 

 

 

Spring 2020 Mini Trend Guide

Once again, I’m calling it “better late than never” as I hit “publish” on my spring 2020 mini trend guide today, and it’s already been spring for a week. However, if you live in the midwest like I do, you probably have had very little spring-like weather yet (except for today, it’s gorgeous outside!), so chances are, you haven’t even worn your new spring clothes even if you already went shopping for them! Another minor detail is that we’re all on quarantine and everything is cancelled thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, so there’s truly no point in dressing up right now. But it’s going to change someday, right?! And when that day comes, you can be prepared thanks to an online shopping spree. 😉

 

Here are the top eight trends I’m seeing for spring (and summer) this year. If I could summarize spring 2020 trends, I’d call them “Feminine Comfort.” Because that’s what these styles are all about – looking like a lady and feeling comfortable while doing it! And FYI, as always, each photo is a link if you want to shop that exact style. So take your mind off the pandemic and enjoy some contactless online shopping!

 

-Tiered Dresses/Skirts – flowing and flattering

 

 

 

-Midi Skirts – back again this year, and just as chic as ever

 

-Florals, Florals, Florals – doesn’t get more feminine than this 

 

-Paperbag Shorts – so flattering, but let’s be real, we won’t be wearing these till summer 

 

-Sweat Sets – literally all we’re wearing right now anyways!

 

 

-Lounge Pants – comfort but not overly casual 

 

-Hoop Earrings – my favorite way to wear is with a ponytail or bun to show them off

 

 

-Slides – as easy to wear as flip flops but nicer! 

Spring Style Watch: Cardigans

Well, I blinked and three weeks have passed since I published a new post. Whoops. Spring officially starts next week and I haven’t shared any spring content yet! Today I’m going to change that, starting with the biggest spring trend I’ve seen thus far that’s also perfect for all of the transitional weather between winter and spring: cardigans.

 

Mr. Rogers would be so proud of this trend, am I right? Maybe you’re a fan, or maybe you think there’s nothing cute or special about wearing a fully-buttoned cardigan (because that is how the look is supposed to be worn). Well, it all depends on how you style it! Here are a few of my favorites. Notice that none of them are crewneck – while they may be similar to Mr. Rogers’ sweaters, they are not your grandma’s sweaters.

Bought this exact one because of the gorgeous color the other week and it rang up for less than $4! Don’t ask me how.

 

Thicker and cozy but still appropriate for spring.

 

The price is crazy on this but the color is gorgeous!

 

Another lovely color!

 

Subtle and feminine.

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: You will definitely not see me, at least not for the first part of this spring, wearing this trend! Not a good look when you’re pregnant. 😉

 

 

White Sneakers: Why I (Think I) Have Changed My Mind

Did you know that I used to not be able to stand white sneakers? They screamed ultra conservative 90s/early 2000s to me, and I kept my distance from them. Once, my mom made the poor decision of sending my dad out to buy new tennis shows for himself without her, and he bought all white sneakers. Not a single speck of color on them. It was horrifying.

Well, my opinion on my dad’s poor choice of sneakers hasn’t changed, but my opinion on women wearing them with select outfits has changed. As in, I even bought a pair for myself recently! (Nikes, of course). I will never love them when paired with dresses, as is still looking to be popular this spring, but I do love the fresh look they bring to more casual outfits, without being overly athletic. They’re just more feminine than colored sneakers and can lighten up a even an all-black tracksuit. Here are a few looks with them that I like that I’ve recently found:

 

The Outcome Of My January 2020 Creativity Challenge

Hello! First, I want to say thank you for all of the support and compliments in regards to the kitchen renovation I shared last week! We’re so happy with how it turned out and so grateful to have a beautiful and functional kitchen that we use all the time. Like I said, it was a ton of work, but still completely worth it!

Today I wanted to share the results of my Creativity Challenge that I did last month. First, I did do it – and finished it! There were a couple days throughout the month where I had to play catch up a little bit, but overall, I was able to stay on track and do at least a little something for it each day. If you remember, my challenge this year was to design one new print every other day (as opposed to every day last year), and on the “off” days, to find new inspiration. I ended this challenge with 15 new prints total.

 

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results of this challenge. I’m so glad that I didn’t push myself to design a new print every day, because I truly believe that I would have ended up with a lot of garbage prints, like last year, unfortunately! Because I had more time to focus on each print, I ended up with more high quality prints. Out of the 15 total, I’d say that I love about 5, like about 10, and probably won’t do anything with the remaining 5. Not a waste overall, that’s for sure!

 

 

You will soon be able to see my prints added to my Spoonflower shop, but here’s a little preview of a few of my favorites!

 

Now to keep up the creativity for the rest of 2020 🙂