One thing that I constantly see when helping individuals style their closet is the black and white mindset.  On one side, there is the Summer wardrobe.  On the other side, there is the Winter wardrobe.  So often they are kept apart and one is put away while the other one shines.  I really dislike this.

There are so many pieces that we wear in the Summer that can easily transition to the Fall with just a few styling changes.  Giving a piece more versatility makes the purchase make that much more sense and will help you feel as if you are really getting wear out of your clothes.

One piece that is incredibly easy to transition is the tunic.  For Summer, they work great with denim cut offs or as cover ups.  Paired with sandals there really are a no brainer.  That being said, they can easily move into Fall without hesitation.  Here is my example.  This Free People tunic is worn as a dress/coverup in the photo but with the simple addition of leggings and heeled boots, this would make the perfect date night look for a cooler evening.  To give the look even more detail, add a fedora, red lips and a classic clutch.  Then, if you like layers and coats as much as I do, take it up a notch with the final touch; a faux fur coat.  This simple tunic went from Summer casual to Winter glam in a blink.

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The heat has hit…AGAIN. It seems summer has been spent with rolling heat waves and Mother Nature did not get the memo that we just don’t need another one. You just can’t seem to get away from the heat unless you run the air ALL DAY LONG.  It is crazy right now.  I have been fighting it by wearing these booties and a little denim but luckily this little Mommy Chic by Jessica tank dress is light as air and easy to wear when it is blazing outside.

As I mentioned yesterday, school started which is awesome because uniforms are back into effect.  I know I should get excited for Back to School Shopping but honestly, picking up these Converse for Baby Girl and these Nikes for the boys was enough chaos with them.  I am happy to stick them in neutrals, plaid and polos for the next few months.  Anyway, I would probably want to purchase things like this Kate Spade trench coat for Baby Girl which makes no practical or financial sense so uniforms are good for people like me.

I did pick up this tunic for myself though, which I will consider a little back to school shopping.

This heat wave is upping my excitement for Fall even more.  I really have a temperature issue.  If it is colder than 75, I am complaining that it is too cold.  Then it hits above 85 and it is suddenly too hot.  This is part of my crazy that the hubby needs to deal with.

So to pretend that it is not 100 degrees outside, here are some things around the web that I love for Fall  that are perfect closet staples.

Isabel Marant makes the best booties.  They are more expensive but I wear mine into the ground and they do not look like it at all.  I am currently eyeing these ones for this year.

I made a visit to Shop Buru yesterday and couldn’t help but order these Rachel Pally leggings.  Everyone needs a good pair of leggings in the Fall and I love the fabrics of Rachel Pally so I am excited to put them to use.  Hence the reason I ordered the above tunic.  I thought they would work great with these and a pair of booties like these.

Lately I have also really been into new shoes for Fall.  I love these, these and these but haven’t committed to any of them yet.  I just can’t decide.  Don’t worry though.  My birthday is just a few weeks away and I may or may not have sent out some links for a “wish list”.

Speaking of my birthday.  Did you catch the post on some of my favorite products to halt this face from changing any further?  Here is the link if you missed it.  One of my besties saw the post and actually said I need to try this cleansing balm too so I am picking it up this weekend.

Back to some more Fall favorites.  How good is a classic cable knit sweater?  I have had one from Club Monaco for years and it is still a favorite, worn way too much.  Here are some other great ones at all different price points.  They are a definite MUST for Fall.

 

 

 

 

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We made it!  The first day of school is complete and I officially have a 5th grader, 2nd grader and kindergartener.  For the first time ever, all three kids are at the same school and for the next four years I am will embracing one drop off and one pick up.  Big things happening over here!

Now that school is back and Fall is upon us, there is one word that becomes my mantra; efficiency.  The schedules pick up, sports begins, my meetings increase and to add to it, I am coordinating a wedding this October, which I am SO excited about.  This means that I really do not have time to think about much, especially what I am going to wear around town.  I need quick, simple, easy and chic.  Something I can put on without much thought and seamlessly move through my day.  This Ribboned Denim Dress from Anthropologie instantly caught my eye for this exact reason.

This sheath dress has an incredibly flattering cut, a stretch denim fabric which makes it extremely comfortable and can be worn with sandals, sneakers, heels and boots.  Basically, any situation I may be in, this dress works.  I took it out for a spin this morning for the First Day of school and paired it with these sandals.  It took 5 seconds to get dressed but I looked pulled together and ready to go.

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Anthropologie has a number of great denim dresses and tunics right now that will transition perfectly into Fall with the addition of tights, sweaters and boots!

As we begin school today, I am about to take my own advice and return to being the morning person that I am, rather than the lazier morning lady I have been this summer.  My second video with Aveeno Active Naturals just launched and it is the perfect time to remind myself what simple steps I can take to get back into the groove.  With so many moms getting back into the morning routine, I figured this could help us all! Here are my tips on becoming a morning person with Aveeno.

 

There is a big reality that started to set in a few years ago and is now hitting me smack in the face.  With my 37th birthday just a few weeks away, I am noticing that my skin is a bit drier, the fine lines are beginning to appear, exhaustion is present daily and it takes a little more than lotion and soap to keep this face looking youthful.  I firmly believe that when utilizing the proper products, you can help postpone the effects of aging.  I used to be really good about posting on what I use daily and then I began to completely flake on all of you.  After a weekend with my bestie, who is a product guru, I got excited about new products and sharing what I have found that works.  So this post kicks off my re-introduction to some of the products that I use and why.  I promise I will keep this going…

When it comes to what I used to do vs. what I currently do, things have gotten a little more complicated.  When I was younger, there were three simple things I would put on my face before walking out the door.  It was some eyeliner/mascara for the eyes, lip gloss for the lips and a quick powder or foundation (rarely) for the skin.  One, two, three and done.  It was really too simple.  Now that I have gotten a little more mature (we will go with that instead of older), it seems those three quick steps don’t cut it anymore.  It is just the truth.  To achieve the same look it just takes a few more things.  These are what I have added to the rotation… Screen shot 2015-08-24 at 3.31.23 PM Eye Masks and Concealer

So yes, I really do only wear eyeliner and mascara still, but I most certainly cannot stop there when it comes to my eyes.  I tend to have dark circles thanks to exhaustion and perhaps a little puffiness thanks to not enough water in a given day (I try, really I do).  In order to get the same youthful look, I have added these eye masks and this concealer.  These eye masks help to reduce puffiness and light dark circles, helping my eyes to look a little less tired.  They are perfect to use daily or simply before a night out on the town when you may be wearing a tad bit more makeup.  This concealer, on the other hand, goes on before I ever step out of the house.  Even if I have no other make up on.  It is the only concealer I have used that does a phenomenal job of keeping me looking refreshed all day long.

Lip Mask and Red Lipstick

This lip mask is new to the rotation.  I honestly have never really worried about my lips much but I am starting to notice that they are slowly becoming less full.  I still love my lips but agree that they can use a little attention every now and then to keep the moisture and fullness alive.  This mask takes 5 minutes and does transform your lips, removing the dry skin and increasing the fullness of your lips.  As for the red lipstick, I have just become obsessed.  I never wore lipstick (hence the mention of lipgloss) but the small addition of color to my lips transforms my look and really brightens my entire face.  I am a sucker for classic red and usually stick with this at all times.  I know a color this bright can scare people but the reality of it is, if I have this on with a pair of sunglasses at school drop off, I look way more put together than I really am.  Smoke and mirrors people.

Vitamin C Mask and Primer

Oh the days of using just a little powder or foundation and then running out the door.  I wish I could still do that.  Youthful skin that was always hydrated and never needed coverage.  I am jealous of my youthful self.  Today, I need to work a little harder at it.  I do think it is incredibly important to do masks throughout the week to keep your skin vibrant and youthful but one of my favorites is a Vitamin C mask.  It adds hydration and brightens the skin all at the same time and I swear I look younger when it is washed off.  A hydrated face wears makeup so much better than a dehydrated one and using this mask will help your foundation look better.  That takes me to the primer.  We all need primer.  It preps the skin, allows your foundation to be applied smoothly AND helps to keep your foundation on all day.  This one is my absolute favorite and I don’t plan on making a change any time soon.  You can absolutely see the difference when applying foundation without it.  No bueno.

There is a small start into the products that I use and I will keep them coming.  It is always fun to share and I would love to hear what you love too!  Feel free to share!

 

 

It is Monday and I came back from one of the best weekends away with the hubby.  We spent four days in Carmel catching up with old friends and attending a stunning wedding.  I couldn’t have asked for more fun and have fallen in love with the quaint town of Carmel.  Reality sets in this week though as school starts Wednesday and we are quickly back to early mornings and busy schedules.

In shopping news, it seems that when it comes to the combination of stripes and a dress, I have no self control.  I purchased this one for Easter, then this one for the start of summer (now on sale for $20) and now this one for our trip to Carmel.

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< Dress / Flats (similar) / Denim Jacket / Quilted Bag >

In my defense, it is black stripes instead of navy like the other two.  Also, it is a completely different style.  I love the blousy top with the more fitted midi length.  It almost looks like two separates.  See, I can justify just about anything.  The big kicker though is that it is only $26.  That sealed the deal.

I wore it on our flight up to Carmel and it was extremely comfortable and easy to travel in.  I always get a little concerned on quality when something is so reasonably priced but the fabric was soft and it really did make for the perfect casual look.  It could easily be dressed up for a night out on the town too, making it pretty versatile.

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And because it seems my obsession with striped dresses doesn’t seem to stop, here are more that I am loving…

 

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Here we go again. Another weekend is on the horizon and I am getting my last post of the week out because the hubby and I are headed out of town for a Carmel wedding! It is nice to know we will be getting a little quiet time together before the chaos of school and busy schedules set in next week. Considering we have had at least once practice every day this week already, it is certainly starting to pick up and I can only imagine the chaos I am in for.  I will say that based on my current wardrobe selections (see above), I am getting a tad bit excited for Fall.  Cable knits and plaid are beginning to call my name.  But back to this weekend.

Packing for Carmel has been a blast. Unlike El Capitan that involves an extremely casual, laid back style (like dresses and cut offs), Carmel allows me to bring a little more class and sophistication to my suitcase. I picked up this Anthrologie denim dress for day time cruising and this Heidi Merrick dress for a romantic dinner out with my man. Then of course there is this little number I am wearing to the wedding. It has been forever since I have lived in dresses over a weekend and I am looking forward to it.

A formal dress wouldn’t be the same without these Stuart Weitzman heels.  Such classics and I highly recommend them as I wear mine all the time.

One final addition to the suitcase would be a nice cashmere piece for the nights that tend to get a little more chilly.  Paired with a pair of Flared Denim and classic black pumps and it would make for a cozy dinner out don’t you think?

Now back to this Anthropologie denim dress.  It is not very often that I see something in a catalog and HAVE to order it but I couldn’t help myself with this one.  I have such a thing for denim used in a more sophisticated way.  This Victoria Beckham one is also adorable and on sale for only $148.  If you are a fan of the shirt dress, this denim one by Current/Elliot is on sale for $169.  I also like this one, this one, and this one.  You can never have too many denim dresses right?

Because my hair seemed to take such a beating during the summer, I started using this 3 in 1 leave in conditioner and absolutely love it.  You put it on before going to the beach and immediately following and it keeps your locks moisturized the entire time you are there.

The other day I posted a photo on Instagram of my Nike Internationalist sneakers and they were a hit.  They are one of my favorite pairs of sneakers and I love the color combinations available for Fall.

One of my favorite things for Fall is a Fur Coat (Faux of course).  It really makes no sense because it never gets cold enough here for me to actually wear them but that doesn’t seem to deter me from buying them.  I love this one from Asos and the price makes it worth it in my book.  If you insist on being more practical, I do love this long trench coat, which is also a great price coming in under $150.

Over the Knee Boots are also a must and these ones are now on my wish list.  I think I was destined to live in cold weather if only for the clothes.

Did you happen to see my post from yesterday on Mother Trucker Co?  If not, you must check it out.  Click here to see.

I can’t get enough of nude and navy for Fall…

Happy Weekend!

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If you followed my El Capitan adventures on Instagram this past weekend (@jugglinginheels), you would notice that there was a pretty rad hat line that continued to pop up throughout my photos. See, when you head to a weekend of glamping and beach play, it only makes sense to bring along your trusty trucker hat…and there is no trucker hat I like more than Mother Trucker & Co.

“We are Mothers and we sell Truckers”. It is as easy as that. The original “Mother Truckers” Shannon and Michaela, are local CA mothers living the real world of parenting, and just like we are all trying to do, giving it their all. Their trucker hat line launched and instantly began speaking to moms everywhere, showcasing our love for life, our children and the easy lifestyle that is California. I first came across their line when I saw a photo of their “Caffeinated” hat online. Genius, considering there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not caffeinated. I had to get my hands on it and it instantly moved to the top of my hat rotation.

Then El Capitan came around and both Mother Trucker & Co. and I agreed. These 5 mothers heading out of town for some glamping needed some truckers. They had recently launched their “Mom” Collection which fit this crew perfectly. From Baseball to Soccer, Tennis to Twins, there was a hat for everyone. They hit the beach with us and they were not only perfect for our lazy days in the sand but people continued to comment on how perfect they were, asking where we got them. Apparently there are more moms out there who need a few truckers!

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I continue to be amazed by Moms who have an idea and run with it, creating something that connects moms and the crazy world we can sometimes live in. There are so many impressive business women and I feel fortunate that this blog has allowed me to work with so many of them. Shannon and Michaela are no different and they have taken the trucker hat for moms to an entirely new level. If this is where they start, I can only image how far they will go. I highly suggest visiting the Mother Trucker & Co. website here and previewing their entire collection. As I said, there is a hat there for everyone. And if there isn’t, they do custom orders!

Thank you Mother Trucker & Co. for coming along on our glamping adventures with us!

Beyond my Trucker hat, here are a few other items I always have with me on a beach day!

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Recently I have been picking up dresses that serve two functions. First, it can make a great beach or pool coverup. The second, it can be worn with heels, sandals or booties for a lunch or night out on the town. Versatility is extremely important when I am bouncing from one thing to another and being able to simply change the shoes makes getting ready for the next thing so much easier. Billabong has a huge selection of dresses that fit both of these purposes and are always incredible prices. I recently picked up this Strayed Hearts one and have worn it numerous times, both as a coverup and as a dress. The print is beautiful and also comes in a top and pants.  I also love off the shoulder one this one that is currently on sale for only $18!  When it comes to a maxi length, I love this one with the detail all along the neckline.

Here are some other Billabong dresses that I am loving, all under $100…

Monday, Monday.  Oh how I wish I could go back to yesterday.  Or perhaps more so Saturday.  We had the BEST time glamping at El Capitan and there is always a sad feeling when a little getaway comes to the end.  Don’t get me wrong.  It feels good to be back in our own bed but spending a few days out of reality is extremely refreshing, especially when it entails boogie boarding all day long for the first time since High School.  I have some really fun photos I will share this week but for now, I am just trying to get everyone settled.

When it came to packing for El Capitan, I wanted simple, easy and casual.  That is all you really need.  I recently picked up this floral tunic and this white tunic from Swell and hadn’t had the opportunity to wear them yet so El Cap seemed like the perfect time to put them to use.  There really is nothing better than wearing a tunic, cut offs and sandals while sitting on the beach or around a campfire.

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Swell has so many great tunics at great prices.  Here are some others that I am currently loving…