The Perfect Summer Outfit Under $75

Summer break is in full swing at my house. Bring on the craziness of having a very active 7 year old and a toddler. My husband is still working from home and he finally gets why I look the way I do at the end of the day 😉 With a lot of things closed, I have never been so grateful my parents have a pool. I usually have my daughter signed up for lots of activities spaced out throughout the Summer like art and dance classes. So this has been quite the change especially for my oldest. The last few months at home have been a little rough.

Dress Hat Purse Sunglasses Flip Flops

Since my parents live about a half hour away we treat their house as a little getaway a few times a week. If we don’t go there, I usually set up the inflatable slide for the day. So, we have basically been living in our swimsuits the last few weeks.

I’m not a fan of swimsuit shopping. This is the swimsuit brand I’ve literally worn since having kids and I have yet to find one I like more. However, I love a good cover up. Or, a dress that can be worn as swim cover. My mom loved this dress the first time I wore it. When I mentioned it was from Walmart she couldn’t believe it. Then, I told her it was $14 😉

I’m recently a big fan of the Time and Tru brand at Walmart. I always check this brand for new arrivals because the quality is so good and sizing is consistent. In fact, my bag and hat are from this line too. I got burnt already this season and that is not okay. I was so mad at myself for forgetting sunscreen that day. I had a precancerous mole removed a few years back so I really try to stay shaded with big floppy hats and lots of sunscreen. Also, I got this plastic bag with the cute yellow gingham insert so that I can bring my purse around the pool without worrying about water damage. I’m usually throwing my bag down and chasing my kids with the sunscreen stick. If only someone could get that on video.

I love the length of this striped dress as I prefer midi dresses with a bit of material over my knees. I’m 5’4″ for reference. Also, I’m wearing a size small. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown on this stripe dress to run errands, or over my swimsuit. I may have to get another color it’s such a good buy!

Am I the only one that buys multiple pieces in the same style but different colors when it’s a good fit? Please tell me I’m not.

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My Monthly The Ms. Collection Unboxing: Much needed Excitement

Disclosure:  I was gifted a month’s subscription service from The Mr. and Ms. Collection, but as always all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links where I make a small commission should you make a purchase.

I don’t know about you, but lately it’s been harder and harder to get motivated to get out of sweats. Between helping my daughter with her endless amounts of worksheets, zoom calls with my son’s therapists, and trying to keep up with the housework I barely have the time to get dressed. Then, I received my latest box from The Ms. Collection subscription clothing box. Honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me to open my latest goodies and give me a boost to update my daily wardrobe.

This month’s pieces included a fun long sleeve printed top, a trendy grey tie front top, a pretty purple cardigan, and a cozy blue sweater. The pieces are always well known brands. In fact, The Ms. Collection has hundreds of different brands in their monthly boxes.

Wearing the long sleeve printed top from this month’s box

I love trying out pieces I wouldn’t normally pick for myself. Also, The Ms. Collection clothing has the perfect versatility for the Chicago season weather as well as the current stay at home situation for my state. The pieces were cozy enough to be able to run around with my kids at home, as well as pieces that made me feel ‘put together’.

A fun tie front top I wouldn’t normally pick myself but love!

Adding new pieces to my wardrobe is the such a simple step to get me dressed for the day and feeling motivated. It’s the perfect way to expand your wardrobe without the commitment. I don’t have the guilt of trying a new piece for it to just sit in my closet worn only once. I can constantly rotate my closet guilt free. However, if you fall in love with an item you always have the option to purchase the piece at a discount clearly stated on your receipt.

A pretty cardigan from May’s box in the prettiest purple color with the printed long sleeve top
Wearing the cozy blue sweater for cooler Spring days

You can also use my code ‘tricestakestyle’ for 20% off the first month of service as a member. Here is the link. Also, they have a service for men called The Mr. Collection in case your significant other is in need of a wardrobe ‘refresh’ during this time at home. Below are the options available:

Standard Once a Month for three items in each pack, once a month- $59/mo
Premium Once a Month for four items in each pack, once a month – $69/mo 

Standard Unlimited for three items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $79/mo
Premium Unlimited for four items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $89/mo

Stay safe, healthy, and stylish,

How to Style a Hoodie 6 Ways

*I received this hoodie from PinkBlush but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Hoodie Jeans Shoes

In all honesty, comfort has been my number one requirement while we are quarantined at home. As a busy mom I need clothes for homeschooling, my son’s virtual therapy, and chasing my two littles outside . And of course all the cleaning while we are inside the house most of the day. The retailer PinkBlush has the cutest, functional clothes for the busy mom.

Being safe at home with my family is of course my number one priority, but a girl can dream of wearing dress up clothes again. I’m sad there will be no Easter mass with pretty dresses this year. I had high hopes of getting my son in a little bowtie 😉

Also, with all of the spring cleaning I’m weeding through my closet for pieces that can transition more than one way. I love a piece that can be worn for different occasions and weather. This adorable hoodie can be styled so many different ways!

A layered look with blazer, shirt, plaid pumps
Layered with a kimono and flip flops
Paired with a denim skirt and blue wedges
Paired with a maxi skirt
Styled over a dress

What piece in your closet do you love styling multiple ways?

My Monthly The Ms. Collection Unboxing: Versatility for Spring

Disclosure:  I was gifted a month’s subscription service from The Mr. and Ms. Collection, but as always all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links where I make a small commission should you make a purchase.

One of the things I love most about The Ms. Collection clothing subscription box is it’s versatility. This month included a pretty red dress, reversible blanket scarf, boyfriend cut jeans, and two colorful sweaters. At first I was a little sad wouldn’t be able to wear these options as much as I had hoped because of the mandated quarantine. However, because The Ms. Colleciton included both casual and dress up options the clothing rental still maximizes my wardrobe as always.

The colorful striped sweater, plaid blanket scarf, and light wash jeans included in the subscription box

These boyfriend jeans have been the perfect option for casual at home days with the addition of the adorable scarf that can be worn two different ways. I normally don’t wear boyfriend jeans, but it’s fun to try out other styles through The Ms. Collection. This is definitely the time to experiment with different looks.

Light wash boyfriend jeans I don’t usually wear but loved trying on!

The dress is a perfect option for Easter, however with being at home this year the additional pieces created four different looks for any occasion. Also, the wrap dress is the most flattering dress I have ever put on. As I’ve talked about here, the items in this service have a magic way of fitting each time.

Way to style the wrap dress #1
The wrap dress style #2:Wearing the cute tie front sweater included in
this month’s box over the dress
Styling the wrap dress #3 with the pretty blanket scarf
The wrap dress style #4 with a white blazer from my own closet

This fashion discovery service offers a variety of membership plans to suit any lifestyle and budget. What sets them apart from other styling services is that they are a clothing rental model so everything they send you will be items you can wear out, unlike other try-on-at-home services. All members receive a pack of clothing that they can rent, with the option to buy, and no member’s pack is the same since it’s styled for you!

Even in these hard times you can use this women’s clothing subscription box to spruce up your wardrobe with the pieces sent or to mix with your closet to maximize your closet. I love the idea of renting clothing rather than adding clutter as we Spring clean and are spending so much time at home.

You can also use my code ‘tricestakestyle’ for 20% off the first month of service as a member. Also, they have a service for men called The Mr. Collection in case your significant other is in need of a wardrobe ‘refresh’ for Spring. Below are the options available:

Standard Once a Month for three items in each pack, once a month- $59/mo
Premium Once a Month for four items in each pack, once a month – $69/mo 

Standard Unlimited for three items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $79/mo
Premium Unlimited for four items in each pack, for unlimited packs – $89/mo

Happy Spring!

Life Lately and an Amazon Valentine’s Day Outfit

Bag Heart T-shirt Boots Vest Sunglasses

Hi Friends,

Long time no blog! Honestly, mom life has been my #1 focus. I briefly mentioned that 2019 was not an easy year. My husband was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my son started therapy for low muscle tone, and my daughter was recently diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. (I plan to touch on my children’s journey with pediatric therapy services in a different post).

Sooo you can imagine why my life has been a little less than ‘instagram imperfect.’ Lately I feel like I don’t measure up to the other bloggers that can either showcase their ability to get it together, or have the courage to share their vulnerability. My anxiety has been ultra high. My tendency is to shy away from all areas of my life(especially social media), and pretty much hide in general.

Me hiding lol

Originally, I started this blog to discuss sensory processing disorder and my daughter’s journey with therapy. However, as therapy services helped her cope, I didn’t find the need to share as much because our struggles got easier. Then, I switched gears to a ‘lighter’ side of blogging to share clothing and accessories as I always love putting outfits together. It gave me a reason to get dressed and share outfits as a stay at home mom.

However, lately it feels like I’m not able to get outfits together quite as much as usual. This blog has always been an outlet for me to provide a ‘lighter’ take on life. My priorities have shifted back to getting the help my children need. I’m still getting dressed and sharing affordable finds, but I’m feeling a little untrue to me if I don’t share more that goes into my ‘mom’ life and struggles that I go through.

I’m not great at sharing in general as an introvert, but I think it’s important to know that we all have our struggles and demands. Right now in my life I feel like I definitely don’t have it all together in the least. In fact, lately my favorite thing to tell everyone is I’m just a hot mess. I also know things could be a lot worse. I’m extremely grateful we can get my children the services and help they need financially and that I can stay home to do this.

Going forward you will see posts about pediatric therapy services because I am a huge advocate for them and the belief that if you think something is not right with your child, you have to speak up. Also, there will (hopefully) be more organization and home posts. Like I said, I’m still getting dressed 🙂 and love to find a good outfit to share, but I want to get be more ‘real’ on here. I personally love when bloggers share ‘behind the scenes’ outtakes and their ‘reality’. I have an easier time expressing mine in words rather than pictures or instagram stories.

If you came for this cute Amazon heart t-shirt (I don’t blame you) the outfit is linked. Lately I have been using Amazon for everything from fashion to grocery shopping(hello Whole Foods), so most of my outfit is from there. I may have worn this t-shirt a bit too much in the last few days but it’s just that cozy.

Bag Heart T-shirt Boots Vest Sunglasses

Thank you for reading this far if you have and for following along my blogging journey. I hope to give you another side of things. Instagram is definitely a fun way to see beautiful pics and a creative outlet I love, but I would never want a reader to think that there is not more. As a mother with children that needed extra care and help I see that daily at our therapy services. We all have our battles and struggles and need to remember that.

Kindly,