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As I type, I'm realizing this is the first time I've sat at my computer and had a moment to actually blog. And in reality, I've got WAY too much stuff I need to be doing, but hey...someone's gotta keep this thing up...even if it means checking in only once or twice this crazy summer.
I've been MIA for a while mainly because I haven't been around. When I say this summer is crazy, that's actually an understatement...and if anyone likes to exaggerate, it would be this girl. Today we leave for Tyler Bree's dance national competition in Dallas, from which I'm coming back early to shoot a wedding and then leaving for Mexico for a week. See, told ya. Summer is nuts, but in the best way possible...we're making memories! My mantra has been: Focus on today, don't worry about the madness tomorrow.
I only got a few 4th of July pics on my phone, but here they are nonetheless. We had a lovely day with family, friends, and fireworks!
// This was her 2nd...or 3rd. //
// Making 4th of July cards //
// His first sparkler! //
// Hometown fireworks with friends //
// Jansen jumping pic...their favorite //
Oh how sweet that little face is! Seriously, this kid melts my heart on the daily. It's hard to believe I gave birth to him (the roughest delivery of all the kids) just four short years ago, but here we are celebrating with him Star Wars style.
Of course, he wanted to do a Star Wars themed party...but he really has no friends and we don't do big parties until they're a little older, so we decided on a simple family get-together at my in-laws...which was perfect.
^^^ Baseball with his only boy cousin...until late summer. ^^^
^^^ Chasing cousins ^^^
^^^ Opening gifts...Daddy reading him a card. Clearly, he's hanging on every word. ^^^
^^^ Big blowout! Luke Skywalker cupcake topper not pictured. :) ^^^
^^^ Star Wars nerds. Blakely and I were the outcasts. ^^^
While maxi-dresses have been on the scene for a while now, they're still so very popular and certainly aren't going anywhere. A maxi dress (or two or three) completes a summer wardrobe because of the ease with which one can wear it...and they're usually very breezy and cool to offset the warm (or "scorching" depending on your local) temps of summer. A really hot trend right now is monogramming...Although, should I call it a trend? It's actually more of a traditional, classy style...yet, we're seeing them on everything from caps, to bags, to dresses, etc. I just adore how Tiaras took a simple maxi and turned it into a personalized dress for me! (Did you know they did monogramming!?!)
While I'm wearing it in these photos as a cover-up (we just got back from a wonderful weekend down at the beach), there are lot of variations to style this mom on-the-go must-have! Read on for styling details...
>>> I love the way a maxi dress looks with a looooooong necklace. Big jewelry is the way to go with this closet staple.
>>> If going with a two-tone dress like the one I'm wearing, go with a darker color on bottom for a slimming effect.
>>> When trying on a maxi dress, make sure the length fits your frame properly. If you end up tripping over a long dress, I can pretty much guarantee it won't get much wear not matter how much you love it.
How to Wear:
>>> Throw a jean jacket, thin cardigan, or kimono over a maxi dress for more coverage, while also adding interest to your outfit.
>>> As with several of the other pieces featured in this Summer Style Series, maxi dresses can be dressed up (not super fancy, but "nice casual" depending on the fabric) or worn super chill around the house or as a cover-up (as shown).
>>> My favorite way to wear a maxi dress is with simple, flat sandals and light layer over...instant outfit!
>>> Another not-as-common way to wear maxis are layering underneath. Paring an under-layer, such as a simple tee or 3/4 top, helps take a summery dress into fall.
In other summer news, if you've yet to find the perfect swimsuit (I mean really...don't we all put off this task?), Swim Outlet has TONS of options. This past weekend at the beach I really loved wearing this Kenneth Cole tankini top I got from there!