Friday, May 26, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY FASHION FOR THE FAMILY

It's time to kick off summer! Hopefully you live somewhere where your heat isn't kicking on and you can break out the swimsuits and enjoy the weekend. I've rounded up some looks for the family. Lots of great sales going on this weekend, including the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. I've included my Nordstrom Sale picks for the family below too.  Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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My favorite multi colored Stella & Dot clutch will be back in stock in July and it's worth the wait! You can pre-order now and get this adorable good vibes pouch for $9.99 this weekend! Great teacher gift or to throw in your beach bag. 
     
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Nordstrom Sale Picks for kids

         

             


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CASUAL SUMMER DRESSES

When warmer weather finally decides to show it's face it tends to bring that dreaded look into our closet for something to wear. We've only had a couple warmer weather days so far but every year the same thing happens ....I hate everything in my closet! Does this happen to anyone else? Not yet ready for shorts, jeans are too hot and you want to be comfortable and still look put together. Every year I find myself wanting to add more casual dresses to my closet.  Throw on a cute necklace, some cute sandals and you're good to go. I'm loving the season trends of off the shoulder, one shoulder, linen, chambray and stripe dresses right now.  So I've scoured the internet searching for great dresses to add to your closet and here's what I came up with. Please share any great dresses you've spotted. I'm always on the hunt for more. 

Neutrals are always great summer choices because you can dress them up with fun colorful accessories or throw on a fedora and strappy flats for a more casual look. I got a similar black fitted cotton dress from Athleta last year and wore it so much more then I thought I would. This is a similar style from evereve. You can't go wrong with a black midi dress. I also love a pretty white dress. The detail on the top of this is so delicate and I love the relaxed style. 

The off the shoulder trend is HUGE right now. I feel like everywhere I look, this is all I find but I do love the look. Although this style probably isn't the most user friendly if you're chasing around little kids, it's great for a beach coverup or a casual night out. I recently got the Banana Republic chambray off the shoulder dress and it's really cute in person. It looks plain on it's own so I paired it with a cute braided belt and a pair of wedges and these tassel earrings. 



As I was looking for dresses I kept adding striped dresses to the list. I tend to gravitate towards stripes in the summer. Lots of cute options from the casual t-shirt dress to an off the shoulder blue and white dress that can be dressed up for a night out. I'm really loving this Boden one! A casual striped t-shirt dress pairs great with a jean jacket and booties on days that its cooler. 

Maxi's and bright prints are a must for summer time. Super comfortable and great as coverups too! This pleated aqua maxi from Vici Collection is my favorite color and looks great with a tan! They have so many great dress options including this blue one. There is a line at Target called Knox Rose and its the cutest boho collection. I haven't seen this dress in person but I love the color and style. A maxi is your go to, don't have to think about putting something together summer look. 

You can shop all these dresses below. There are lots of great sales going on too! 




   
       
             


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BALLARD DESIGNS SALE

Ballard Designs has a great sale going on right now through 5/11! 25% off of lighting, rugs, and wall decor. We often source from BD as they have great selection of lighting, rugs and art at good price points. I've also been happy with their quality as well. Below are some of my favorites from each sale category.

Lighting

I'm kind of obsessed with this new Aerlie pendant. A little bit of glam for a beachside retreat. Would look great in a bathroom! 


Also loving this Aberdeen chandelier. I could see this paired with dark walls in a dining room. 



These lauren lamps are great for a bedroom. I especially love the colors and they would look so cute in a little girls room too. 

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What a great price point for a flush mount light fixture. It looks way more expensive then it actually is. I may be adding this to my half bath. 

 http://www.thestylenestblog.com/2017/05/ballarddesignssale.htm


A simple yet modern reading lamp. You can adjust the shade as well. 

 http://www.thestylenestblog.com/2017/05/ballarddesignssale.htm

For an easy update, try switching out your lampshades on your current lamps. These painted ones will make a statement. 

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ART

I always gravitate to abstract art and these are my favorite colors. I love how they're shown stacked or pair above a bed or above a sofa. This color looks great with blue/navy accents too. 

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These would be adorable in a little boys nautical room. Or if you live near the beach in a mudroom. There are even more designs online if you'd want to create a bigger gallery. 

 http://www.thestylenestblog.com/2017/05/ballarddesignssale.htm


I'm drawn to this every time I browse their art. This would be beautiful in a white office or above a fireplace mantle and with blush accents. 

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A simple gallery collection is always a good idea. I especially love a clean gallery in a hallway. Place a console table below with a lamp and a decorative fern and you have yourself a welcoming space. 
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This piece is on trend with all the bohemian over dyed blue pillow prints. I recently just got these Magnolia Home pillows and this art would pair well with them. 

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A more wallet friendly version of a Chinoiserie reproduction. These feature a nailhead trim too. These would be beautiful paired above bedside tables. 


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Rugs

Both of these colorways look great in this diamond sisal rug 



I'm in LOVE with this rug! I recently used it for a clients living room and it's gorgeous. I actually want an antelope runner so I can't decide if I want to wait until I do that or update my living room rug with this option. 


I love the simple pattern of this jute rug. Would be a great runner in a kitchen or a rug for under the table. 



Gorgeous color selection of striped rugs. Would be cute in kids bedrooms. 



A personalized welcoming may of course! 



I have yet to see this rug in person but it always catches my eye. If you're going for the Turkish rug look. It don't want to spend the money on one, this could be a great alternative. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother's Day is right around the corner and however you decide to spend Mother's Day, I hope you get some R&R. I've rounded up some of my favorite picks for Mother's Day this year. I mean being whisked off to the spa with your girlfriends would be amazing but any of these gifts would do too.

1. I spotted similar blue marble candles at Blue Mercury the other month and fell in love. Such a pretty candle and the nest candles smell amazing.

2.A new pair of kicks and in blush too! Tretorns used to be my favorite. The Steve Madden black sandals can go but I'm glad these are back. 

3.I received this bracelet in gold as a gift from a good friend and laugh every time I look down at it. I love it and keeps me going! 

4. What a great tray to serve breakfast in bed to her

5. This recently popped up on Instagram and these flowers are stunning! They come in and adorable hatbox too. http://www.floristikastudio.com/

6. What mom doesn't love diamonds? And her own diamond initial is even better

7. Because we all need a little bit of both. Coffee & Online Shopping Tee 

8. I recently got this tote and it's the perfect size. Would also be great as an updated diaper bag for a mom with toddlers or a carry on bag if you're treating yourself to a little getaway. Also if you spend $50 you can get one of my favorite go to clutch for only $14.99!!  https://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/bags/totes/cay-tote

9. A classic cover up

10. Because moms sometimes need a good laugh
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11. Share a couple family recipes and add them to this adorable recipe card tin

12. These are the prettiest napkins. Add them to a basket with some of moms favorite tea and scones

13. Wear this eye mask to bed and hopefully you'll get to enjoy a couple extra snooze minutes 

14. Calgon take me away. If you're not going to the spa treat yourself to an at Home spa treatment with some of my favorite Ever products and get a free overnight facial oil with $150 purchase. This stuff is AHHH-MAZING!! And all safe too 
















Friday, April 21, 2017

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF ON THE BLOG?

Happy Friday everyone! This has been one of the longest weeks. Turns out attempting to work and entertain 2 active boys on April vaca isn't as easy as I'd imagine. Remind me next year to book a vacation.

This Year


Next Year



My husband is working from home today (sitting on calls all day in the kitchen) and it's raining so the boys are thrilled to have some xbox time (aka... please stay quiet while dads on a call) so I was able to sneak away in my office to get some work done since I can't really make any noise anywhere in my house. As I was enjoying that quiet time to get some work done and playing around with different design boards for some clients, I realized I don't share a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on with my projects and it got me thinking about what you want to see more of on the blog. I'll give you a little backstory of why I decided to start this blog and why it took me so long in the first place. I started this blog as a means to share what's going on with JCD and a couple other things I enjoy talking about such as fashion/entertaining/holidays. I've always had a love for fashion (which is why I'm a Stella & Dot Stylist 7 years later). I kind of like it too much and they make it so easy to have a flexible schedule that I don't see myself giving it up anytime soon. Plus, it's my way of still fulfilling my other passion and who can complain about an awesome accessories collection. In my other life I also think I'd like to be an event planner. If you haven't been able to tell from my awful all over the place writing I have ADHD and so I think this is why I can't choose one career. My brain isn't wired to just do one thing.  I have a love / hate relationship with ADHD. It makes me the creative person I am today but it also makes me my own worst enemy. I'll write another post on my struggles with ADHD but that's for another day. Because I can't process the thoughts in my head properly into text, I put off starting a blog for years even after multiple suggestions from friends and family to just go for it. I finally told myself even though I may be the worst writer, I enjoy sharing ideas/tips with everyone. I kept thinking no one will read it but after running into people in the store and hearing that they actually read my blog, enjoy it and recommend posts that I should write it makes me feel like I made the right decision. I'm thankful to those that read The Style Nest and follow along with me. If I can inspire someone to love their home more, style their closet so that they love it or throw an awesome party then I feel like it's all worth it.

So to everyone who follows along with me whether it be a reader of the blog, following me on instagram (this is where I tend to share some behind the scenes stuff and real life mom moments), my pinterest page or facebook page, I wanted to see what you'd like to see more of. Would you like to continue to see fashion posts?  



More party planning ideas? Like how to throw together an impromptu girls night in one trip to the grocery store. 




Would you be interested in seeing YouTube videos on design ideas or beauty tutorials? I'm no beauty expert but I'm a makeup hoarder so I have a lot of favorite products I like to recommend. How to put together a capsule collection in your closet? 


More design styling ideas? 



Would you want to see more real life moments in my life? It might all look pretty on the outside but there's a lot going on in our household. Lots! 



Sometimes people can relate when they know you don't have your shit together all the time and believe me I don't. I have a child on the autism spectrum who also has ADHD and another who doesn't sleep or sit down. My kids are so lucky, they inherited all my amazing genes (insert sarcasm) well one thing they should be lucky they didn't inherit is my math skills (they got my husbands) thank freaking god! Speaking of my husband I'm lucky to have a hubs who's a total Type A and optimist to keep us balanced. Although he sometimes probably doesn't fully understand how our brains work because how could you if yours works the opposite way he knows how we function and we're thankful for that. Sorry, went off on a tangent here. Anyway, hopefully you get the idea of what I'm looking for and to make it easier I created a survey you can fill out to help me out with future blog posts. Also message me with any suggestions you have, I'd love to hear them. Hope everyone has a great weekend! We're kicking off baseball season tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SPRING FASHION

As I sat down to write another blog post I saw that my Easter Spring Fashion post never fully uploaded (insert grumpy face). I'm sure everyone has their best picked out for this Easter Sunday but if you're a procrastinator like me and still don't have it figured out I found some cute outfits for you and the little ones. 

In New England the weather is always hit or miss with Easter, we may have snow or it may be 7- degrees, luckily this year it looks like it's going to be 70 degrees or somewhat close.  Yay for warm weather! We deserve it. I've been eyeing this dress up from J.Crew and it comes in a couple different colors as well as a blue and pink seersucker. Not only is it cute for Easter it would be a great option for a summer wedding or baby shower too and you can accessorize with cute jewelry and fun shoes. Click on links below to shop







I love any excuse to get my boys dressed up because as most moms of boys we live in a gym gear only world. Give me all the gingham, bow ties and cute shoes possible! 


Braided belt // blue pants // gingham shirt (on sale for $18!) // dress shoes they'll actually wear // sunglasses (40% off with code YOURTREAT) // fedora (I mean how cute!)

I'd probably be in a lot of trouble if I had a girl, actually I know I would so I had to create a little girls look since I don't get to physically dress one. This dress is darling and the little quilted faux chanel bag...LOVE! 





Necklace (this one sold out since I sourced this but here's another cute one) // Shoes (B1G1 50%) // Dress // Sunglasses // Her own little faux Chanel bag 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LULU & GEORGIA'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE


Lulu & Georgia is having their Friends and Family Sale right now and you can score some great home accessories for 25% off with code BESTIES. They have such a great selection of items from beautiful rugs to kitchen gadgets. If you're in the market for a vintage looking rug now is the time to grab one. I've rounded up a couple of my favorite things that would be perfect for a little spring refresh in your home. 






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