To download a PDF version of this guide with links you can do that HERE
If you’re new to the sale, it’s Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary Sale. They offer new Fall styles at up to 40% off in limited quantities. Some of the items are an amazing deal, some aren’t. Shop carefully. The sale opens to Nordstrom card holders TODAY (July 12th) and will open to the public on July 19th.
There’s a lot of noise out there around the #NSALE so I wanted to be sure that my guide to you was carefully curated instead of oversaturated with a lot of items you don’t need. The goal is not to add to a closet full of nothing to wear but to intentionally shop for the holes in your Momiform™.
As a former Nordstrom Stylist and Professional Stylist for over 10 years, I think I’m pretty successful at picking out the good stuff. I made sure to stay middle ground of prices instead of adding a lot of designer. If designer pieces and jewelry are in your budget and you would like to see a few curated choices in the lookbook, please reach out and I would be happy to add that. If I had to choose ONE designer piece it would be a MICHELEWatch and (ok, that’s two) a pair ofVinceleather leggings because BUTTER.
I hope that you enjoy the guide, share it with a mama friend, and use it for some serious Fall motivation. I know it’s hard to do when temps can be crazy high and the last thing you want to think about is putting on a sweater!
HOW TO SHOP THE GUIDE
When you click the individual photos in my top 10 picks, you will be brought to that specific item on the Nordstrom site. If you are looking to shop all of my looks and how to style them, make sure to click the link SHOP button or any of the photos on page four. This will bring you to my curated lookbook where you can find items to complete your Fall momiform.
Under the section FINDS you will find the single items by category:
One of the most asked questions in my inbox is: “how do I layer delicate necklaces?”. I LOVE this question because it’s really so easy to answer! Summer is here and none of us want to add that “third piece’ layer to our outfits. So how do we look pulled together? Accessories!
If you’re new to accessorizing, totally clueless, or you’re starting over with rebuilding your accessory wardrobe– there are 4 basics that I recommend starting with:
Long Delicate Necklace
Short Delicate Necklace
HOW TO STYLE
Don’t worry about matching metals or wearing the wrong pieces. This is fashion, it’s supposed to be fun and the goal is never perfection. Grab any of the 4 pieces listed above and you have your start. Wear just these 4 pieces and you will pull an outfit together in a jiffy! Whether you are wearing jeans and a tee or a dress, these pieces add the finishing touch to make you look pulled together.
If you want to add more, don’t be afraid to! You can add a mid length necklace (or 2) and a whole stack of bracelets to create an arm party. Mix textures, shapes, metals, colors, and sizes to look like a pro. No matchy-matchy here.
They key to success with accessories is confidence. Don’t let them wear you, you wear them! If you aren’t comfortable with what you have on, people will notice. And mama, nobody has time for discomfort anyway. I love that the Stella and Dot options are lightweight so that I never feel uncomfortable- especially when it comes to statement earrings.
I had a blast with Bill and Jessica on Virginia This Morning chatting about Summer Styles and what to pack for your next vacation or boating adventure. I’m usually on the show to chat about style for women but my sweet hubs got to model an outfit for the boys and we had a blast.
HOW TO SHOP
Vacations are relaxing but packing can be anxiety inducing… nobody needs that. Start your packing prep by creating a shopping list. What does each day look like and what will you need to wear for each scheduled activity? Knowing this in advance helps to make your shopping intentional and prevent leaving anything behind. The key to dressing for Summer weather is fabrics that are light and comfortable and then layer with accessories instead of that “third piece” that pulls together and outfit the rest of the year!
WHAT TO PACK
Create versatility with a cohesive vacation wardrobe. Make sure that your outfits can be mixed and matched. Can you wear the wedges with your dress one day and then sandals the next? A light linen jacket is a good idea for layering if you are having dinner on the water or get chilly in the air conditioning.
DAY TO NIGHT
Try pack outfits that can easily be transitioned from day to night. A romper is a great example of this. Slip it on over your swimsuit during the day and then pair it with wedges, a bralette, and statement earrings for dinner.
FOR THE BOYS
I love the options from Southern Tide. Both the shorts and shirts are quick dry and can be worn day to night. For daytime simply pair the shorts with a tee and sandals. At night– add a belt, some Sperry’s and a collared shirt.
Shop the Looks Featured on Virginia This Morning
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The 2019 Summer Style Guide is HERE! All of the tips and tricks you’ll need to get dressed and out the door, in a jiffy. I’m here to help you simplify your Summer Outfit Formulas, link you to my current FAVORITE shorts that are under $20, and let you in on all of my pro tips so that you can live mom life, in style.
No matter how you will be spending your casual Summer days + nights, I’ve got you covered. From playdates and Target runs to beach days and date nights. There’s something in here for everyone. My favorite beauty products, SPF, and Summer books are also included as little bonus.
Be sure to follow along onInstagram andFacebook where I will be showing up and hosting weekly STYLE SESSIONS. I’ll also be answering all of your Summer style questions, giving you outfit ideas, and examples of how to wear 1 item 3 ways (a new item each week).
I’m not usually one for trends, but there is one this Summer that I just can’t stop wearing. I can’t wait for you to find out what it is. Hint: it will simplify your morning and shed so much time off of your getting ready routine! I just know you’re gonna love it as much as I do.
Summer is also the time when I’m ok with grabbing the Target dress is more than ok, but… you still need to have 3 ways to wear it! I’m here to help you save time while still saving money and shopping with intention.
If you need a cute pair of wedges that are comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY, I’m sharing my go-to pair with you. You know I’m all about elevating that flip flop game.
Our recent staycation at The Jefferson Hotel was exactly what we needed- a reminder that reconnecting, relaxing, and laughter are necessary during the busy season of life. We had so much fun just being us- forgetting all of our titles, responsibilities, and daily routines, even just for the weekend. And I wanted to create a guide to help you do the same. Vacations are amazing but they can be expensive and usually there’s quite a wait in between them. Booking a mini staycation might be something you never thought about doing, known how to start planning, or most importantly…how to choose where to stay.
There are a lot of reasons why we chose to stay at The Jefferson (who wouldn’t) but my two were: location and service. Also, affordability- their Summer at The Jefferson package rate, can’t be beat! We wanted somewhere that felt luxurious yet within walking distance to all of our local favorite spots. Home base is important to us and so are the quality of robes and level of service. To be honest, I have a weakness for incredible customer service (it seems like a lost art these days) and the staff at The Jefferson is second to none. Rich history mingled with modern amenities made for a stay that was nothing short of magical.
I’ve broken down my favorites below but if you would like to down the guide on your phone or computer for future reference (and clickable links) you can do that HERE.
If you’re looking to get away from the daily grind, but need to stay close, I highly recommend the SUMMER AT THE JEFFERSON package while it lasts. Enjoy your luxurious home base for an incredible weekend exploring. Make sure to experience the incredible dining experience during your stay. The creative twist on their southern themed small plates was the perfect kick off to our progressive date night. I can’t wait to get back to those fried deviled eggs. Anyone want to join me for happy hour this week?
I love the food and drink scene in Richmond for a lot of reasons but one of them is the community and service that tends to accompany our local establishments. The service at each location was not only top notch but above and beyond that– it matched the establishment and up leveled the experience. From James’ wine recs and Chauncey’s menu knowledge at Lemaire, to Justin’s stories and bartender skills at Saison, and Andy’s incredibly hilarious conversations at Bar Solita… we could not have asked for a better night.
After resting up from date night you can hop on a Peloton in The Jefferson’s fitness center (you know it’s my fave) or take a dip in their gorgeous pool before heading out to explore. Make sure to stop by Mod & Soul to pick up your favorite outfit and grab a coffee at Lift to fuel you for a full day of adventure.
Self Care: deliberate, self initiated, intentional, necessary. Taking care of ones own mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Mama, self care is not selfish, it’s a tool we can use to be moms, wives, friends, humans…
Do you ever feel like the mom in the Calgon commercials from the 80’s (did I just totally age myself?)? Calgon… take me away! 🛀 If your mom didn’t have a box of Calgon in the bathroom or you’ve never seen this, have a good laugh 😂
Self care can be a bubble bath or a nap and those things are great- I’ll take one of each, please! But I also believe that true self care needs to be more intentional and impactful on a regular basis. Small rhythms and routines that turn into a part of our daily lives like putting on real pants and getting ready for the day (hair and makeup included), practicing gratitude, fitness, and healthy eating are all important but so are larger scale acts of self care. Massages, vacations, and being able to actually unplug take more planning and intention than daily rhythms and routines.
While living in LA I heard about people floating to relax and I was instantly intrigued. I was also really terrible at unplugging so I never actually sought it out. Life got busy and I forgot about this trendy floating situation that was probably just a Hollywood thing like, Shape House (it’s a sweat boutique and it’s SO LA) and colonics after your juice cleanse and $40 boutique fitness workout.
And then I met Rochelle(and asked her 2973984 questions) at a local networking meeting. Wait… this is still a thing? And it’s in Virginia? I was a few months postpartum when Transition Float Studio opened so I hadn’t quite gotten my mama legs to where I could justify such a thing (I was wrong). But then I would hear about the spa almost weekly (ok so maybe I stalked them on social media, whatever) and FINALLY decided it was time to check it out. Mama needed to UNPLUG.
Rochelle recommended an Infrared Sauna Session and then a Float Session. I love a good sauna session. LOVE. But tbh I was just as nervous as I was excited about the whole float part. I’m super claustrophobic, but also willing to try all things cutting edge health and wellness.
I had a pretty good fitness routinedown but I hadn’t been eating as healthy as I should so I decided to be a little extra and add some other components to the experience. I love a good juice cleanse and along with hearing about floating in LA, the buzz about lymphatic drainage massage had me uber curious. So I decided to grab a 2 day cleanse from Ginger Juice and pop in to see Jordan at Indigobefore my detoxing sauna sesh and relaxing float at Transitions. It was important to me to support locally owned businesses and I loved that they are all in the same area. Dear, busy suburban mama who has anxiety over parallel parking downtown… I gotchu.
When I arrived to the studio, I instantly felt more calm. You can tell that Rochelle is a chill beach girl at heart and I love that. I sat down and filled out a super quick form before getting the run down on how my session would work and what to expect. I was SO EXCITED TO UNPLUG. I think I even told her that the thing I was most excited for was not looking at my phone for an hour and a half. I know that sounds silly to even read but I’m awful about truly unplugging and I knew that this experience would give me the disconnect I needed.
I’m a sucker for anything with the word, detox. Gimmie all the cleanses and charcoal and sauna’s, I’m IN. What I loved about my sauna experience was the privacy and how calming and relaxing it was. If you have the extra time when booking a float, I highly recommend starting with the sauna. It really helped to get me relax before the float.
The float pod was next door to the sauna room where they provided me with a robe so it was a simple few steps to take without having to worry about getting back into my clothes after getting all sweaty. Perfect little touch of detail!
The float room is pretty large and has it’s own shower. To keep the pod clean they ask you to rinse off in the shower before your float to be sure there is no product residue like makeup and lotion. Post shower I popped in the ear plugs they provided and was ready to float. Climbing into this odd looking contraption was not even a little bit scary like I had anticipated. The whole experience was just so calm.
It took me a few minutes to truly relax and find a position I was comfortable in. It felt weird at first to fully relax my body in just water but once I allowed my mind to let go, my body followed. There are light and music controls inside the pod if you choose to turn off the music and/or the light. I think I ended up doing half of the time with them on and half in silence and complete darkness.
It’s really a treat to be truly alone in complete silence. It’s unlike anything I ever ever experienced. I was a little worried that I would be trying to figure out how much time I had left or if I was “doing it right”, or if my mind really allow me to relax? None of those things were an issue. What if I fall asleep, will she check on me? Will I get water in my ears? All of my worries were seemed silly by the time I finished.
When I left I told Rochelle that there is no way to truly explain this to anyone, the best I’ve got is… you just HAVE to try it for yourself. I felt rejuvenated, refreshed, more creative, relaxed, inspired, and I slept like a husband (because we all know they sleep much better than babies!).
My float session was what a Calgon bath could only dream of being to a mom. Think about it mama… PURE. SILENCE. Completely alone. You know you need this. I didn’t realize how much I needed it and now I can’t wait to go back. Floating will for sure be a part of my self care from now on, especially since it touches all aspects of wellness: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
I know that this post was intended for the mama’s buttttt… Father’s Day is coming up and this would be the perfect gift for dad. Who needs more stuff? Give an experience! And hey… you could just book two and tag along with him 🤷
A few Tips:
Go into it with an open mind
Wear comfortable clothes like maxi, joggers, or cotton shorts
Finding a swimsuit has never been easy but finding one that works since becoming a mama has been a journey. If you follow me on Instgram then you may have seen my stories over the weekend about the swimsuits I brought on our beach trip last week. If you haven’t seen the stories you can catch them here. A lot of you had questions and I wanted to put all of the info in one place and link the suits so that those of you who are interested would be able to easily try them out!
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The search for suits that made me feel confident and comfortable wasn’t fun or easy. I’m hoping to help you out with my picks but with that being said… every BODY is different. What works for me might not work for you. But I am confident that even if the exact suits I have don’t work for you, that you will find something that works within the brands I’ve curated.
I thought that swimsuit shopping was hard before having Max. HA! Cute. I’ve always had these curves and flaws to dress but now everything is a bit more squishy and there’s more to… hold up?
THE TRY ON
You have two options here:
Go to the store. But not just any store. Make sure to visit a specialty store, not a big box store. It’s one thing to carry swim and it’s another to KNOW swim. Go to the ladies who know the brands and the fits, the ins and outs. Let them pick out options for you.
Order them all and try them at home sans bad lighting and sales pressure. Keep what works and send back what doesn’t. This is my preferred method. Order an array of styles and sizes so that you don’t have the frustration of “nothing works”.
Keep in mind that swim suits are like denim. They stretch. Sometimes an entire size. Err on the side of caution and buy on the snug side vs loose.
Look for suits with real sizes. If they are two piece suits the top should be sized by cup and the bottoms by number. No s,m,l sizing for us anymore.
GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Do you see squish? Cellulite? Stretch marks? Cool! Your body has done a lot for you. Be nice to it and love it, dress it well, and rock that suit with confidence. Ok? Ok.
There are SO MANY options. How do you know what to get? Color or neutral? One piece or bikini? High rise or low cut? That’s a loaded question, but here are some tips on how to know what to get:
What do you need? Are you chasing a toddler or lounging? Is your chest large or can you get away with less support? Is your tummy flat or do you need compression and a high rise?
Do you feel comfortable? Sure, it might look cute when you’re standing still, but are you comfortable moving around in it?
My advice is to invest in neutrals that are classic and will last years. If you want a fun and trendy option, let that be your suit that is less of an investment since the chances are that you won’t be wearing it next summer.
the one piece
the fun affordable option
I grabbed the 3 styles above for the summer and you can shop those HERE. But I’m also including some other client favorites and fun accessories. Each item has a little pro tip or style note under it but if you have any questions please feel free to reach out via email: email@example.com I would love to chat!
CREATING YOUR “OUTFITS”
Just like your everyday wardrobe, your summer beach/pool outfits should be made of mostly basics with pops of personality. It’s better too grab a few quality pieces than own every “cute” suit from a bargain store. Find a few pieces that work well for you and then have fun swapping out the accessories.
A neutral tote is also a good idea. You don’t need a lot of beach bags. I like a cute straw one or a fun clear one. A pair of black and a pair of brown and then maybe a metal pair of sunnies will do. No need to splurge here, find ones that you won’t be mad about when you lose, scratch, or break them!
Grab easy cover ups, kimonos, and cute linen pants. I like slides from Target in pops of color or a chic gold. A baseball cap for more casual days spent in the water and something more sophisticated for adult, lounge, or even lunch time.
If you want to accessorize there are great waterproof options as well. But my favorite way to incorporate color is with something fun on my nails and toes!
Have fun this summer, soak up every moment with those little ones, and remember… every BODY is a beach body!
At home workouts have always been something that sounded great to me in theory but when it came to the actual execution? Epic fail. I’ve tried it all- and I mean I’ve had everything from MTV dance workout VHS Tapes (hi… I just aged myself) to Beach Body on demand and everything in between.
I would make a plan and have just as much intention as the next girl, but they never excited me enough to actually work out. If I don’t enjoy it, I won’t stick to the plan. I’m a class kind of girl, I love a good group workout. Especially if it’s in some boujee studio like Soulcycle. $40 for a class? Sign me up! *face palm emoji* And then let’s go next door to spend $35 on some green juice. Sold! Oh to be young and single again.
LIFE CHANGED AND MY WORKOUT NEEDED TO AS WELL
Over the last few years I’ve come to love a good full body weight class. I lost 25 pounds in 2016 with body pump and clean eating. And then I got pregnant. I worked out with a trainer my entire pregnancy and kept up with all of my spin and weight classes. I gelt great, even while slowly gaining a glorious 30 pounds.
After baby I was eager to get back to it. I lost the baby weight fairly quickly but nothing looked the same. I was A LOT more squishy and I couldn’t wait to get back in the gym to tone it up. But a new baby and a gym membership don’t exactly go hand in hand. Over the course of Max’s first year I think I went to the gym 12 times?
The getting out the door, planning the class around nap time, packing back up and driving both ways. It’s too much for this season of life. So I bought an at home barre workout and couldn’t wait to look like one of those long and lean ballerinas. But 3 months later, SURPRISE… I maybe did 3 workouts and still looked exactly the same.
ONE RIDE IN THE SADDLE AND I WAS OBSESSED
In January of this year, hubs and I spent a long weekend dreaming and planning and just enjoying each others company, kid free at the Omni Homestead. Call me crazy but I love to workout when I’m away so we checked out the gym and there it was, in all of it’s black and red glory. A Peloton bike. I had been interested for a few years. I took my first ride and I was hooked.
I quickly became obsessed with the idea of owning my own. I surveyed everyone on Insta that had one and asked if they actually used it or if eventually turned into a clothing rack? I asked clients if they regretted the purchase like an impulse buy at Target or if the bike was more like that beloved LBD hanging in the closet. I was kind of looking for someone to tell me they never used it or that it was a waste of money so that I could move on and purchase another at home series for a wasted $39.99 per month.
I never received that expected answer. Everyone I asked was in a different season of life. Single, married, mom, grandma, and they all loved their bike. Hubs couldn’t ignore my obsession so he agreed that if I gave up the gym membership and stopped buying online workouts- one of those beautiful black bikes could actually be mine.
WHY I LOVE IT AND HOW I USE IT
If this season of life won’t allow for boujee studio rides it can at least lend itself to a boujee feeling at home ride.Right?
The crazy thing is that I’ve saved money and workout more frequently. Who am I? I’m on week 16 of working out with an average of 23 workouts per month. I’ve lost 10 pounds and I actually really enjoy the rides.
Just like anything in life, you have to do the work to get the results. Owning the bike didn’t mean I would use it. Dang it! So I made a plan and created a routine that works for me. I ride before Max wakes up (most days, I’m not perfect) and it’s my favorite way to start the day. I can either make excuses or make time. Honestly, the instructors make the classes so fun that I (kinda) look forward to it.
MY FAVORITE CLASSES AND INSTRUCTORS
If I’m feeling like I need a pep talk, I take one of Alli’s classes and she reminds me that I’m a boss. If I’m feeling fun and want to dance I take a class with Cody so he can remind me that it’s not that serious and to use the 30 seconds of recovery to get my life together. If I’m ready to WORK- Alex reminds me that this ain’t daycare and if I feel good, I look good, and do better. And he has the BEST 90’s hip hop playlists so… I also love to sneak in a country ride with Hannah Marie on Saturday mornings.
When I hop on the bike it’s me-time. I put in my air pods, keep the lights off and zone into the class. It feels like I’m in the studio and I’m not gonna lie- being clipped into the bike definitely helps. With most cardio at home workouts I find 394729386498 reasons to grab something from another room and just take a little break. There’s no break on the bike.
CUTE WORKOUT CLOTHES MOTIVATE ME
I’m all about the high waisted leggings since becoming a mama and nothing beats these Zella Live In Leggings. I’ve linked them and some other workout gear that I love/wear/use.
If you’re interested in trying the Peloton for yourself, I have a code you can use for $100 in free merchandise. I used this for shoes! The code is: N6YMY4 WHEN SHOPPING ON: ONE PELOTON
My favorite outfit formula right now: Tee Shirt Dress, Denim Jacket, Sneakers, simple accessories (and a spray tan)
Getting Dressed Can Be Fast and Simple
It’s no secret that I’m more about quality over quantity. Stocking your closet full of quality basics so that you never end up with a closet full of nothing to wear– is how I roll! It’s not often that you will hear me tell you to head over to Target, because let’s be honest… we usually grab a one-off top that we don’t need and we maybe wear once vs adding items that help build a cohesive wardrobe. BUT, for the Spring/Summer season, I like to bend the rules a bit.
I wanted to give you a few options for affordable dresses, tell you how to style them, and hopefully… help you fight the frump! Dresses are my favorite for the warmer weather because of comfort and ease. They’re a one and done outfit that you don’t even have to think about. A dress like this camo one makes for a super simple yet stylish outfit option.
Spring is also a time for lots of events that usually leaves mama’s hustling last minute for dress options- from Graduation to Baby Showers, there’s a lot going on this time of year. I’ve curated a few dresses that would work for anything from weddings to date nights but they won’t break the bank, are easy to style, and can be worn more than once!
MY SECRET WEAPON WHEN WEARING DRESSES
My only complaint about wearing a dress sans tights in the warm weather? Chub rub. Yeah… the secret’s out– my thighs touch. If yours do too, or maybe you just want freedom to bend over without showing all the goods? I highly recommend a pair of spandex or slip shorts for your Spring/Summer wardrobe. I’ve linked a few super affordable pairs here for you.
You can shop all of my dress recommendations HERE. I’ve included notes on how to style each one and even added a few bonus items to your next Target run. Wearing one and done pieces like dresses or jumpsuits make creating that Spring Momiform simple and fast!
Mom life can be a busy life, we wear so many many hats for everyone else that sometimes, we forget to set aside time to think about the outfits we put on. I’ve pulled together some easy tips for the stay at home mom,work from home mom, and 9-5(ish) mom. I hope this helps you create a wardrobe you love, mama!
The key to building a Momiform™ is to start with the basics and curate a closet that is cohesive. Moms have a lot of roles, they need wardrobes that work for them, not the other way around. Being able to transition from one area of life to the next is important so that is what we are focusing on today.
A transitional and cohesive momiform™ will look different depending on your lifestyle but anyone can do this- the stay at home mom, the corporate working mom, and the work from home mom.
The Stay At Home Mom
I know that wearing leggings on the daily is SUPER TEMPTING, I mean you’re “just at home” right? Wrong. You are the CEO of your home, your job is important and the way you dress for that role has an impact on your productivity, the way you feel about yourself and your relationships. Here’s an easy swap that’s just as comfortable but really looks put together. This look would help you to feel confident when the UPS person is delivering, when someone stops by unexpected or when you have to run out to the store but then can easily transition to a dinner out, evening activities for the kids, or whatever your calendar fills up with.
Spanx Denim (these feel like leggings but look like jeans. You won’t be showing everything while playing on the floor or the playground with your little ones)
The Work Outside of the Home Mom
Business casual work attire can be fun and personal, it doesn’t have to be the old school office attire. Ankle length trousers, fun shoes, and prints can add a lot of personality to your 9-5. But we know that a mother’s work is never done and doesn’t actually end at 5pm. There are soccer games, girls nights, daycare pickup, dinner dates, networking events… and the list goes on. Just a few tweaks to your look and you have a really easy transitional outfit.
Add On / Change:
The Work From Home Mom
It’s easy to think that a perk to this position is working from bed in your pj’s. Sounds great, but that idea doesn’t translate well. It’s proven that when we actually get ready for the day, we are more productive, we feel more confident and we put out our best work. There’s also the importance of social media in most work from home jobs, this requires us to show up on video at random moments and when we look like a hot mess it’s hard to expect anyone to believe that we’re an expert in our field. Here’s an easy fix so that you are dressed for the job and a few transition pieces in case you need to pop out for a meeting at the coffee shop or lunch with a friend.
Jeans with a lot of stretch
Minimal Layered Necklaces
I hope that you can use these tips and outfit formulas to help you build your a momiform™ that you LOVE. Shop the three looks from FOR POSH SAKE here. Use code: JAMMIE10 for 10% off and FREE shipping.