Transitional Outfits for Spring

The weather in between seasons is always tricky. Is it gonna be cold? Windy? Or even maybe some rain? That’s why it’s a great idea to have some transitional outfits. That is, outfits that work for multiple types of weather. This way, you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way!

Jean jacket


I am of the opinion that every girl should own a jean jacket. They are the perfect transitional piece being not too heavy but still able to keep you warm. They also go with virtually everything you own so you don’t have to worry about having multiple jackets. Here I am wearing sandals but you could easily pair this with a pair of boots if you don’t quite have sandal weather yet.

Summer dress with a sweater


All those summer clothes that you put away for Winter? Well, you can totally wear them in Spring! This one is a strappy dress but you pair it with your favorite boots and a sweater and you’re ready to go. This way, if it warms up, you can take the sweater off and still have a cute look with the dress and boots. You could also throw on a pair of tights if it still isn’t quite that warm outside. See below!



Tights are another great way to transition outfits into Spring. You might want to be wearing those fun flowery dresses but it just isn’t that warm yet! Pair your favorite dress with a pair of tights and boots and you’re good to go. This dress is really lightweight which is perfect for a transitional wardrobe. Colored tights are always fun and definitely give outfits a little more oomph.


chambray for spring

I don’t think you can go wrong with a good chambray shirt. It goes with so many things. Here I am wearing denim on denim but you could pair it with colored jeans, under a sweater if it’s cold, with shorts when it warms up – you name it! Chambrays are perfect for your transitional wardrobe because they are lightweight and go with pretty much anything. I know I’ve gotten quite a lot of use out of mine.

So there you have it….Four different ideas for transitional spring outfits. Now search through your wardrobe and pull out some pieces that would be great for the unpredictable weather and mix and match until you have some of your own!

I’d love to know what you come up with…..

Nail Colors for Spring

I know it’s been rather cold in most of the country and it’s currently rainy and overcast where I am as well, but I think it’s safe to say that we are ready for Spring. Whether or not the weather has yet to get the memo, let’s do this thing! What better way to get ready than to dress for it and paint your nails some fun Spring-y colors…

Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nail colors for the warmer season. Of course you have the right to wear whatever colors you want no matter what time of year it is, but as the weather changes — or not! —  picking a fun bright color can definitely brighten your mood!

nail colors for spring

spring nail colors

A little bit of the rainbow here, isn’t it? I’m confident you’re a little happier already. Remember, these are all just fun suggestions for how to prep your nails for Spring. Pick and chose which colors you love and work best for your skin tone and just go for it. I’ll share the brand and the name of the color so you can grab yourself some of these fun colors.


Even though my mom would say differently, anyone can wear yellow. If you’re not sure if you can pull it off, start with a soft, muted yellow and take it from there. If you have a darker skin tone, then rock the brights, baby! The contrast looks fabulous!

Julep in Marcy // Revlon in Sunshine Sparkle // Sephora in Need Sunglasses // Julep in Sunny


Another great nail color for Spring is orange. It also looks great on darker skin tones, but there are many shades that can work for everyone. It is definitely worth trying to find a shade that works for you. An added bonus? It helps you look more tan!

Sinful Colors in Big Daddy // Julep in Princess Grace // Wet n Wild in Club Havana // Essie in Braziliant


Not just for the holidays, gold is the perfect accent color to create cute Spring nail art. Whether it’s just an accent finger or a full chevron manicure, gold is a definite must-have this season.

Butter in Fully Monty // Essie in Good as Gold // Julep in Sienna // Nicole by OPI in Gold Texture


Green is a great nail color for Spring as it represents new life after a long Winter. Mint green is especially pretty and looks great with all skin types. Coordinate it with gold and create an especially beautiful spring manicure.

Sally Hansen in Mint Sorbet // Essie in Turquoise & Caicos // Julep in Lissa // Chanel in Jade


Blue is such a lovely nail color and yet I think is often overlooked because it’s both unexpected and falls outside the ‘classic’ colors. But whether you go with a soft, pale blue or a vibrant, bright shade, it’s definitely a color you should try this Spring.

Nars in Ikiru // Chanel in Coco Blue // Essie in Strut your Stuff // Essie in Midnight Cami


Ahhhh pink, can you ever go wrong with a lovely shade of pin, right? Even though it’s a very traditional nail color, specially for Spring, it still never goes out of style. Try a super soft pastel pink for fancy occasions like a wedding or a vibrant, bright pink for a fun girl’s night out. There is always a shade of pink for every occasion.

Essie in Pink Diamond // Illamasqua in Devotee // OPI in Pink Flamenco // Julep in Bette

Purple and Gray

Even though Spring brings with it fun, bright colors, it’s still okay to wear some muted colors from time to time. I know I love some grays and taupes for sure. Purple is also a fun and different color to wear and whenever I wear my Julep in Avni, I always get compliments!

Julep in Avni // Zoya in Dove // Julep in Quinn (which has a satin finish) // China Glaze in Pelican Grey

I hope you’re inspired to try out some of these nail colors for Spring! Hopefully they will brighten both your mood and your day!

Style: Day to Night ‘Date Night’ Outfit Ideas

I am going to assume that most of you ladies reading this are busy women. Working, raising children, cooking dinners, running errands — you know the drill. So when it comes to a fun night out, who has time to create a whole new outfit? I know I don’t. I just want to upgrade the outfit I have on. Unless, of course, there are remnants of the day left on my clothing to remind me of my day job! Thankfully, my kids are getting older and I don’t have as much of that anymore. So today I thought I would share with you three different ways to upgrade an outfit to be ready for an evening out.

Day to Night Outfit ideas

Day to night outfit ideas

Before we get started with some examples, let me share the best tips I’ve got to make an outfit fancier.

  • Heels – Hands down the best way to dress up an outfit — any outfit! — is to add a pair of sexy heels. If you’re not a heels kinda girl, wedges work too! Anything to give you height and lengthen your legs.
  • Cinch it up – When things are more streamlined you look more put together. Add a belt, a blazer, a tie anything to help create shape.
  • Jewelry – Another easy and sure-fire way to dress up an outfit is with jewelry. A statement necklace, rings, or some arm candy will spice it right up.
  • Makeup – I didn’t really touch on it here because we’re sharing outfit ideas, but think about adding some red lips or a cat eye. You’ll look fancier in no time.

Okay, let’s get started!

 Jeans & a Tee to Casual Night out

day to night outfit idea

We all love the easy jeans, tee and a pair of boots outfit. It’s comfortable, casual and still cute. But it’s not really date-night ready, if you know what I mean. So instead swap the riding boots for a pair of booties, cuff your jeans, half-tuck your shirt to show off a cute belt and add a blazer. Isn’t that simple? As you can see, the look is more pulled together and ready for a casual night out with friends.

Day to Night Leggings

day to night out ideas leggings

Everyone loves their leggings or yoga pants. It’s a known fact. But they’re not really all that fancy or date-night appropriate. An easy way to still have the comfort of the yoga pants but look more ‘dressed up’ is to swap out the leggings for a pair of jeggings! I know, it sounds so silly, but trust me on this one! The pair I’m wearing here are a lot thicker than leggings, have back pockets, and even can be cuffed so they look like real jeans! Add a cute pair of heels and a fancy necklace and you are good to go!

Dress it up

day to night outfit idea dress

Who would have thought that a dress could be casual? I didn’t either at first, but this long-sleeved sweater-dress from Zara is amazing. It’s like pajamas but cute. It can be worn for running errands during the day with a pair of sneakers and easily dressed up with a pair of booties, a cute belt and a fancy necklace and call your hubby! You are looking good lady!

I hope these gave you some ideas to upgrade your day-time outfit to date-ready in no time. I’d love to hear how you get ready for dates. Leave any date to night get ready tips in the comments.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Makeup

Have a special date with your significant other this Valentine’s Day? If you’ve already got your outfit picked out, then it’s time to think makeup! For special dates with my hubby, I love following this easy routine. It’s all about soft pinks, blushes, and earthy tones– perfect for a romantic evening!

quick valentine's day makeup routine


1. Start with your favorite foundation, BB Cream/CC Cream, tinted moisturizer, etc. For this look, I used Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, which I love for fuller coverage. It always applies flawlessly! But if you favor lighter coverage, Bare Minerals Matte Foundation is another favorite of mine!

2. Don’t forget to conceal any dark circle or blemishes! Need tips for conquering tired eyes? Be sure to check out my previous post detailing my favorite concealers!

3. Add a peach or rosy blush to the apples of your cheeks. I chose a soft dusty rose (Bare Minerals Blush in Morning) that’s a pretty, natural shade and universally flattering on all skin tones. (It may look goofy, but I always make the pucker face to get perfect placement on my cheekbones!)

valentines day makeup tutorial

4. Apply a soft pink eyeshadow to the entire lid. Then apply a light brown to the outer corners of your lid, blending over to about the mid-point of your eye. Also add a little of the brown into your crease. Blend all over to make sure there are no harsh lines and the pink gradually fades into the brown shadow. (I used Lorac’s Pro Palette shades Light Pink and Sable)

valentines day makeup tutorial

5. Line your eyes as close as possible to the lash line to add definition to your pretty blues, browns or greens! To get the cleanest, thinnest line possible, I always use a liquid liner. (My current fave is from The Balm.) However if you’re not a fan of working with liquids, then gels liners are an excellent option! They are a bit more precise and pigmented than pencils. Tarte makes my favorite gel!

6. Apply black mascara. If you want a slightly more dramatic lash, I like using Lancome’s CILS Booster XL prior to applying mascara. It primes and conditions the lashes, creating even longer looking lashes. For this look, I used Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara.

7. Add a lip! I went with a color just a shade or two darker than my natural lip and stayed with an earthy tone. valentines days makeup tutorial

Are you ready to see the final product?

romantic makeup tutorial for valentine's day

Five Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

I don’t know about you, but when it gets really cold outside, all I want to do is wrap myself up in a blanket. I’m not alone here, right?! Unfortunately with a job and a baby at home, staying snuggled on the couch 24/7 is not a possibility. But a great alternative for those times when you actually have to leave the comfort of your home? The blanket scarf! Yes, they are actually big enough to double as a blanket, and there are so many different ways you can style them!

1. Triangle Wrap

triangle wrap blanket scarf

Fold diagonally into a triangle. Center the triangle at your chest and wrap the two ends around your neck.

2. Rectangle Drape

how wear blanket scarf

Fold in half into a rectangle. Continue to fold until you have the thickness you desire. Drape around your shoulders!

3. Belted

belt a blanket scarf

You can belt the scarf in many different ways. Here I did the rectangle drape a bit thicker, but try it folded smaller as well!

4. Twisted and Looped

how wear blanket scarf

If you feel completely swallowed by your scarf, then this is the best way to eliminate some volume. After folding into a triangle, twist your scarf. Then half it and pull the ends throw the loop!

5. Shawl

shawl blanket scarf

Do a triangle fold, but put the triangle at your back. Loosely tie the ends for a shawl look!

Looking to snap up a blanket scarf of your own? You can get a look-alike version of mine from Amazon! There are also cute, inexpensive options from Target and ASOS. Happy blanket scarf wearing!

five ways to tie a blanket scarf

Affordable Work Out Gear: Where to Get It, What’s Hot


I really do not care if it is cliché, but every year in January I recommit to exercise. You know, like every single other adult in North America. The combination of holiday overindulging and the promise of a new year make for the perfect time to get our bodies on track with increased activity.

Well-made work out gear is a great boost and incentive to hit the gym more frequently. If your old gym gear is worn out and falling down mid-jumping jack, or consists solely of free promotional t-shirts, you truly do need to purchase new items. To begin, a supportive sports bra, a top and bottom are all you need to start. You can hand wash them after each use and they will be dry by the next day. Here are my affordable high performance picks – everything is priced $9-49!

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H&M Sportswear 

This one-year-old line of work out gear from budget-friendly H&M is stocked with budget-friendly basics. It has sports bras with three levels of support (high, medium and low), sports tops of all sleeve lengths, pants, jackets and accessories. Most items are fitted and body conscious.

PicMonkey Collage

My picks:

Running Tank Top $14.95 – Support up top, breathable mesh around underarms, reflective details for night runs.

Yoga Tights $29.95 – Ultra-wide waistband that won’t slip down during down dog, hidden key pocket.

Sports Tank Top $9.95 – Fast-drying, racer back, array of colors and patterns for less than ten bucks.



This new company is co-founded by Kate Hudson and is based on a monthly membership structure, much like StyleMint, JewelMint or ShoeMint, if you are familiar. Basically you join as a VIP and receive your first complete workout outfit of two-three top + bottom pieces for $25. Then every month after you receive outfits curated for your style and fitness preferences that will cost you $49-$59.

However, you can skip any month, as long as you log in the first week of each month and remember to skip. VIP members also receive reduced prices on a la carte items, so if you fall in love with a certain running pant you can order more at a discount. There is no membership fee, just the responsibility to remember to skip or choose each month.

The clothing items are extremely flattering and on-trend. The items I have purchased seem to be holding up well after several months and multiple gentle washings and line dries.

PicMonkey Collage

My picks:

Lima Capri $44.95 (member price) – The most slimming and booty-lifting general workout capri I have found. Gentle compression means everything stays put while you run or lift.

Norwalk Tank $34.95 (member price) – A built in bra, banded top and flowing back make for a super yoga friendly top.

Nadi Legging $49.95 (member price) – Maximum compression and a cool street camo print will make your legs look slender and feel energetic.


Under Armour

This classic high performance brand is not just for mega jocks, and it is not always expensive. Shop the women’s sales, outlet site and sign up for e-mail deals to find tons of well-made, long-lasting pieces for your gym wear collection.

PicMonkey Collage

My picks:

ColdGear Infrared Crew $36.99 – Super soft, this long-sleeved crew has a thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain your own body heat while pulling moisture away.

Twisted Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt $18.99 – Made of UA’s signature, sweat-wicking high tech fabric, this tee will serve you in any exercise activity and last for years. 

Studio Luxe Fitted Flare Capri $39.99 – For the gym class hero, this capri will keep you cool and is a shape that is flattering without being overly tight. Perfect for Body Pump, Step and other cardio/weight training group exercise.

What is YOUR go-to place to find new gym gear?  

Cozy Holiday Looks: Dress Up, Don’t Freeze!


Is it not such a cruel, cruel irony that the time of year that we are most likely to have a reason to get dressed up is also the coldest? Holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, end-of-the-year celebrations abound as the wind chill factor drops.

But just because the invitation says “cocktail attire” does not mean you are required to don a LBD (little black dress) and freeze AFN (all freaking night.) Here are three outfit ideas that will keep you warm and looking hot for that special event.

Jumpsuit with gold accents

Jumpsuit with Gold Accents

Gals, do not knock the jumpsuit until you have tried it. It is the most flattering piece of clothing on the planet! This three-quarter sleeve, flared leg number from Zara will make you look long and lean. The plunge front is just low enough to be chic, but not so low you will be squirming. Personalize your jump with classic gold-tone accessories like statement earrings, a clutch and pumps and you will be the hottest woman in the room, even on the coldest night.

Jumpsuit – Zara $99
Earrings – BaubleBar $34
Clutch – C. Wonder $68
Pumps – Penny Loves Kenny at Zappos $69

tunic sweater leather leggings

Tunic Sweater + “Leather” Leggings

We know, we know: a sweater, leggings and boots is your go-to look for every day. But choosing luxe details such as faux leather pants (that are crazy slimming, by the way!) and a long chunky woven but close-to-the-bod sweater takes it up a notch. Add some sultry heeled booties and some modern jeweled ear cuffs and you will look smokin’, even when it is freezin’. (Check out these additional on-trend sweaters, too.)

Sweater – Nasty Gal $128
Pant –  American Apparel $148
Ear Cuff  – Forever 21 $4
Ankle Boot – H&M $40


Long-Sleeved Dress with Cozy Touches

When nothing but a dress will do, skip the strappy short ones and go for a long-sleeved, mid-length frock. Pair it with chic pieces that will also keep you cozy. Over-the-knee boots, a faux fur vest and coordinating gloves will warm you up elegantly.

Dress – Soma $69
Vest – Guess $98
Necklace – Express $15 
Boot – Chinese Laundry at DSW $60
Glove – Ann Taylor $40

Which look is your favorite? Where would you wear it? Share in the comments!