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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.90

Friday Link LoveExcuse me while I leisurely sip my iced coffee — I’m on summer vacation!

My kids wrapped up school this week and I gotta tell you, as a parent I literally crawled over the finish line. That last push at the very end was rough. I felt like their uniforms looked — tired and ratchet. But hey, that’s in the past. Now we look ahead to summer travel, assorted camps and morning wake ups when it actually looks like morning vs. dead of night. It’s a happy day in Cleveland.

Now, let’s get to this week’s edition of Friday Link Love — it’s a goodie.

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How To Wear A Crop Top When You’re NOT 22

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There are many things I don’t miss about being 22 — bad dates, being the most junior person in the office and zits, just to name a few.

One thing I do miss, is the ability to pull off any trend successfully without any hesitation or trepidation. When you’re young, fit and fearless you have the under-appreciated (and generally underutilized) ability to just go for it and swing for the fashion fences.

These days, whenever I see a strong fashion trend come into play there’s a bit more research and analysis involved as I consider whether it is (or isn’t) appropriate for this working mom of 2. Over time, I’ve realized that there are very few fashion trends I wouldn’t be willing to try — WITH some modifications, of course.

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The New Romantics

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If you’d ask me to come up with a phrase to best describe this spring/summer’s most prevalent trend, I’d probably say: The New Romantics.

Yes, that IS in fact a TAYLOR SWIFT SONG… BUT it’s just so appropriate, I can’t help myself. Sorry, Tay-Tay.

The New Romantics fashion is a blend of feminine, flowy, ruffled and occasionally floral style with edgy, modern cuts and unique silhouettes. It’s as if our girl Taylor and Lady Gaga merged their fashion aesthetics and had a love child.

If you’re curious as to whether this trend is for you, here are the 4 pieces you need to achieve this New Romantics look:

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The Best Place To Score Your Favorite Denim Shorts

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Here’s a little known fact about me: I worked my way through my junior & senior years of college in retail.

Yes, yours truly was folding, hanging, stacking and ringing at the AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS at the local Ithaca mall just outside the Cornell University campus. While my career in fashion retail did not last that long, my love for impeccably organized closets and the perfect denim shorts did.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.89

Friday Link Love

Welcome to the first Friday Link Love of June 2017!

It’s been a pretty gorgeous week in Cleveland — albeit busy. I’m finally wrapping up the last of my spring styling clients and finishing up my last major brand collaboration this weekend — more of that to come next week! I’m ready to kick back a little and enjoy the sunshine.

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Shop The WHO WHAT WEAR x TARGET Summer ’17 Collection!

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As a stylist and fashion-a-holic, it’s always an exciting time when a new collection drops into stores and online!

Have you had a chance to shop the WHO WHAT WEAR x TARGET collection yet? When it comes to the seasonal collections, I wouldn’t dilly dally. Summer is the season for fun, inexpensive fashion and this collection of casual dresses and separates is exactly the on-trend filler I want need to bring my basics into 2017.

Just take a peek at some of my favorite pieces below and you’ll agree!

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East Coast vs. West Coast Style

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For years, the East and West Coast of the United States have been at odds.

You’ll see East vs. West duking it out over national matters as serious as political ideology and human rights, to more trivial issues like the epic rap battles of the 90’s — I’m totally team East Coast, by the way. In Cleveland, don’t even ask an East or West-sider which part of town is best! Let’s just say, their answer will be slightly biased. In NYC a matter of blocks can completely change your outlook on life, death and the best bagel store in between.

No matter the physical distance, there always seems to be a difference of opinion between the two groups — fashion sense, included.  In the case of style, I’d be hard pressed to say one is better than the other. In this case, I think we can call it a truce and draw inspiration from both!

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Easy-Breezy.

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I guess you could call this summer, the season of all things EXTRA.

Extra pattern, extra volume, extra embroidery, extra ruffle — on everything. The maximalist styles of your wildest dreams are now reality. While I love all of this “flare” — both metaphorically, as well as LITERALLY, it’s nice to take a step back and fall back on some easy-breezy, minimalist summer fashion to keep from visual overload.

Hey, they call them classics for a reason.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.89

Friday Link LoveHow are you doin’ over there? Still with me this morning?

My Friday has not quite started off on the right foot, so I’m resetting and attempting a do-over. To make a long story short, I was trying to help the kids get ready for school and absolutely no one was listening to me. Pretty infuriating, I know. I was “this close” to throwing out the classic parenting line — “Do you know how much I do for you!?” and instead decided to walk away from the situation.

Eventually, everyone got their sh*t together, but it left me with a bad taste — if you know what I mean. Rather than stew in my frustration, I am making the decision to stop overanalyzing (What could I have done differently? Am I a bad parent? Why don’t my kids respect me?!) and let it go. In the grand scheme of parenting, I’m usually a moderately decent parent (like, 80% of the time) and they’re usually really good kids… and in this case, it’s OK to be good enough.

Good thing I have a 3-day weekend and this week’s Friday Link Love to quickly distract me from all of this mayhem!

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A Full-Proof Summer Outfit

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Now that all of our outdoor activities are finally in full swing, our calendar just got way more social.

It’s due time to ditch those comfy couch pants and head outside to mingle, mix and in my case, vent to fellow school-age moms. Anyone else failing the parenting game by totally mentally checking out at the end of the school year?!

Unintentional of course, yet still a fact.

Sorry, kids — you’re on your own. Mom’s got things to do and places to go.

Rather than waste a minute of our precious time figuring out what to wear, how about I give you an easy 5 piece solution to any spring/summer style dilemma that may arise?! Here’s a stylist-approved cheat sheet for a full-proof summer outfit, so that you could be spending more time have fun (and drinking THIS!) and less time staring sadly at your closet.

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