Took me longer to find this than it did to find my husband!

Took me longer to find this than it did to find my husband!

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Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I didn’t think it existed. Either it’s too bulky, or it’s too thin. Perhaps it’s lacking a hood, or it has a really overwhelming hood. Maybe it’s not waterproof, or it’s so waterproof that you look like you’re ready for a trek through the rainforest when you wear it. Then one day, after what seems like years of searching, you stumble across one that’s not too bulky, has a good hood, and is waterproof enough. Hallelujah! Success at last! Or, so you think until you realize that it’s just plain ugly.

I’m sure you’ve figured out that I’m talking about the elusive functional and fashionable raincoat. Seriously, I’ve been looking for a long time, and I finally found the champion of all raincoats at Nordstrom Rack. And, since it’s from Nordstrom Rack it’s totally reasonable. This one is a good weight, has a normal hood that tucks away when you don’t need it, and it’s waterproof. Finally, it’s really cute.

Michael Michael Kors Raincoat available at Nordstrom Rack. For some reason it’s not on the website, so you’ll have to go to the store, but they had tons of them in several colors. Pants (click here) available at JCrew (25% off with code Summerlove). Similar shirt (click here) available at Loft. I should probably mention that my husband is also functional, fashionable, and the champion of all husbands.

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The Mother’s Day Curse

The Mother’s Day Curse

Although I am not proud of either of these facts, I readily admit to being both a shopaholic and superstitious. Fortunately, being a shopaholic serves me quite well; I’m able to work as a personal shopper,  and I have a very complete wardrobe. Being superstitious, on the other hand, is not as productive. Because of my superstitions, I’ve refused to entertain on Mother’s Day for several years. My reluctance to entertain is a result of The Mother’s Day Curse. The Mother’s Day Curse began three years ago when my husband smashed his finger putting together a basketball hoop for our twin boys. It wasn’t just a little smash, it was the kind of smash that required immediate surgery. We were supposed to have 10 people over for dinner, but of course we had to cancel. Since then, my husband has not been allowed to touch any tools on Mother’s Day, and I have refused to have people over. See, in my crazy mind, if I take these precautions, nothing will go wrong.

Well, this year I decided to tempt fate. I invited some friends over for Mother’s Day. My husband was still banned from putting anything together, but I thought we’d be okay with dinner. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This past Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, our basement flooded! Of course, this was because of The Mother’s Day Curse.  I should have known better than to try and entertain on this holiday. Anyway, this is a long way of my explaining why I haven’t posted in a little while. Cleaning up a soggy basement definitely interferes with writing a blog.

The good news is, we were still able to have to have our friends over for dinner. And, my husband actually used some tools while cleaning up the basement without hurting himself. Maybe we have broken the curse! But, just to be on the safe side, I think we’ll go out for dinner next year.

Here are some photos of what I wore on Mother’s Day. I don’t have much to say about this outfit because it’s simple and pretty much speaks for itself. I will tell you that I love this blouse because it’s very denim-like. Hence, it goes with practically everything! Scroll down for shopping info.

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Embroidered floral top available at Loft (click here). White pants available at Jcrew (click here).

Monochrome, blah or beautiful?

Monochrome, blah or beautiful?

I’m going with beautiful. I’m really not sure why dressing all in one color looks stylish instead of boring, but it does. Trust me on this one, the elegance is in the simplicity. You can add a pop of color in your accessories, or not. And, in honor of simplicity, that’s all I’m going to say. Scroll down for shopping info.

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Ecru pants available at jCrew (click here). These pants will “grow” one size as you wear them, so definitely buy them tight. Popover blouse available at Banana Republic (click here).