the marvelous maxi.

breezy summer maxi

denim and a maxi dress

easy summer maxi

jean jacket and maxi dress

maxi dress

summer dress jean jacket

summer maxi and a jean jacket

Dress: Target. Tee: Loft. (similar.) Sandals: Target. (similar.)  Belt: Old. (similar here.) Bag: Target. Jacket: Old Navy. (similar.)

I totally copied my friend Emily, when she showed up at my house the other day wearing this dress, I knew it had to be mine. I know, shameless copycat.  (I promise not to wear it on the same day Em!)  We’ve been sweating our faces off for the last several weeks up here in the PNW.  It has been SOOOOO HOT!  I don’t know what it is, maybe all the water in the air, but 95 degrees up here feels way hotter than 95 degrees felt in Arizona.  Also, no one has AC in the Pacific Northwest, because basically it’s supposed to rain a lot here and never get all that hot… (Did you hear that, mother nature??  Send rain!)  Anyway, when it’s sweat-your-face-off-hot, I like to pull out my summer secret weapon.  The easy-breezy, maxi dress.  To be honest it took me awhile to jump on the maxi dress trend, but when I did (about 3 summers ago) I fell hard.  I mean, a piece that simultaneously feels chic but also like wearing pajamas is pretty fabulous to me.  I usually have to hem my maxi’s because, well I’m short, but the length was just fine on this one.  And I like the way a maxi dress creates a nice long line; I feel like it makes me look taller.  ;-)

ps. Loft is just about the only place I’ve found maxi’s in petite (not that I’ve looked incredibly hard) so I thought I’d pass that bit of info on to you fellow shorties.  And right now a bunch of their maxis are on major sale. ;-)

summer maxi dress

more marvelous maxi dresses below:

A few sales of note today:

JCrew Factory: 40-60% off everything and an extra 50% off clearance items.

Loft: extra 60% off sale styles, plus styles for the 4th starting at $7.

Anthro: Extra 20% off all sale items with the code: SALEAWAY

Kate Spade: Extra 25% sale items with the code: SETSALE

35% off your purchase  plus free 2-day shipping on orders over $50at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. 

Madewell: Free overnight shipping on orders over $200.

JCrew: 30% off select styles, and an extra 30% off sale styles, use code SUMMERSTYLE.

patriotic weekend.

4th of july weekend

anchors and stripes

patriotic weekend

peace out

red stripes nautical skirt

red white blue

Top: Anthropologie. Skirt: My design. (pretty anchor dress here.)  Sandals: Target.

The 4th of July is my all-time favorite holiday, and this time of year, I can’t help but start dressing patriotic, even before the holiday begins.  Juuuust in case you have the same inclination, there’s a little patriotic holiday inspiration for the whole family below…

red stripes navy anchors



For Dad: Shorts, Shirt, Shoes. For Mom: Dress, Bag, Hat, Sandals.  For Brother: Shorts, Shirt, Shoes, Watch. For Sister: Shorts, Top, Shoes.  For Baby: Romper, Shoes.

More patriotic favorites:

of palms and playing hooky.

mustard and plum summer outfit

plum and mustard palm print

plum palm skirt

purple and mustard

purple and yellow summer look

Skirt: Loft. (on sale!)  Top: Sheinside(c/o) Shoes: Similar. Bag: old. (similar here.) Belt: Target.

Can I just say, TGIF.

Last night, I played hookie.  Craig and I were discussing business stuff after we sent the kids up to bed, and suddenly we were quoting “The Kid.”  Well, if you give a mouse a cookie… of course that meant I needed to watch “The Kid,” so instead of getting any work done, I played hookie and watched a movie.  It was fun.

I forgot how much I love that movie.  I mean, I always remember that that movie is amazing, but I never remember just how perfect every single minute of it is, and how Bruce Willis is so charmingly sarcastic, and how that kid is so ridiculously cute, and I remembered how all I ever wanted when I was 18 and that movie first came out, was to someday have a kid as cute as that.  And then I realized that my dream came true, because Ethan is Rusty.  Lisp and all.   Love. Love. Love.  Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, please do yourself a favor.  It’s adorable.

So I’ve been working on a fun, fun project for the last few weeks, something a little different for me, and something wildly fun but challenging.  And I literally can’t wait to show you what it is.

(I know I’m being very cryptic, but I promise to tell you all about it soon…)

Also, I wasn’t sure I wanted to jump into the whole palm trend, (too many unfortunate Hawaiian shirts in my past) but this skirt convinced me.  Good job Loft.  Also, I forgot how much I adore plum and mustard together.  The colors, not the foods.  (ps. it’s on sale.)


Happy Friday all!

summer palm print look

shop the look:

summer brights.

scuba skirt and chambray shirt

bright summer look
kate spade bag and milly skirt

Skirt: Milly for Kohls. Shirt: JCrew Factory. Flipflops: Target. Bag: Kate Spade. (on major, major sale).  Necklace: JCPenney. (old.  similar here.)

There’s nothing I love more than a bright colorful print in the summer time.  Unless that something is also a super, duper comfy skirt and it’s under $30.  That, I love most.

chambray and scuba summer look

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