Must Have Spring Jackets

April 15, 2014 by  
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You’ve spent all winter under your warm winter jacket, but now the spring has begun if you still wear the same jacket you’ll spend most of the time feeling too hot whenever you have it on, but too cold if you take it off.

It’s time to get it dry cleaned, pack it away and replace it with a spring jacket – one of the most useful items of clothing around for these months when it can be sunny and warm one moment, but change in an instant to a chill breeze that you can’t seem to get escape from.

A spring coat can also be a great way to state your own particular style. There are many different designs and materials available, meaning that you can dress any outfit up or down with a spring jacket.

Raincoat

spring rain coats

Available in a rainbow of colours, ranging from neutrals through to neons, the raincoat is a really versatile jacket for springtime. You can be as conservative or as loud as you like through the raincoat you choose to wear; and, of course, it’s an eminently practical way to stay dry when you’re out and about. Lightweight and easy to fold away, a raincoat can see you through most of the year, not just the spring.

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Utility Jacket

spring utility jackets

Utility coats, such as military-style jackets or motorbike jackets continue to be as popular as ever this spring. They come in a huge variety of styles and can be great for finishing off a wide range of outfits. You can pair them with jeans or a little dress, or even shorts – they go with almost anything. Check out the Superdry Aztec Jacket - an army jacket with additional features like Aztec stitching on the front and back, as well as inside the cuffs.

Most utility jackets come in neutral shades, or greens and greys; add something feminine to your outfit so that you still look girly. Don’t think utility means scruffy – you can find a whole range of styles, from tailored to distressed.

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Blazer

Spring Outfits

A blazer is an essential item in a girl’s wardrobe. It’s something that can be worn to work but then still look great for a night on the town. If you want to make a blazer feel less formal, you can always opt to layer it with a hoodie to give a casual overall look. Moto jackets are a twist on the classic blazer, and can work as well with a dress as with a pair of jeans.

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Classic trench

classic spring trench

You can’t go wrong with a trench coat. For a start, they come in a huge range of colours, but for all-round versatility it’s probably best to stick to a neutral tone. The length of a trench coat gives you a streamlined look regardless of what you choose to wear underneath it. It’s perfect for going to work, but can also look great with your weekend jeans and t-shirt.

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It won’t be long before the summer heat means we won’t even consider taking a jacket out with us, but until then, it’s best to be prepared with a stylish spring jacket or two in your wardrobe.

A Touch of Summer in The Spring

April 10, 2014 by  
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The weather is starting to  feel what most people would consider a normal summer day but for Floridians its still spring becuase it’s still not inhumanely hot.  Most days it’s in the low 80s and a cold front pops up maybe twice a month bringing the weather down to normal spring temps but it doesn’t really matter down here.  Once March rolls aorund the daisy dukes come out in full force and the wife beaters are sold by the dozen (I’m not kidding about the wife beaters – I tried to buy my teenager a pack for his MMA class and there was only 2 packs left in white at Target lol). Anyway it doesn’t leave much room for layering but it does give for some fun styling. You can pair a trench with denim shorts, pack a cardigan to the beach or wear your bikini under a linen blazer for a night on the beach.  Its a laid back style that you can’t really wear all year round anywhere else.

Florida spring style

 

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Spring Style

yellow bikini top | high waisted bikini bottom | cardigan | tote | high waisted denim shorts | dark denim shorts | striped crop top | sleeveless crop top | short trench | sandals 

Spring Hair Pinspiration: Messy Braids

April 9, 2014 by  
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So the little guy has figured out how to pull my hair.  Every time I’m feeding him he grabs a fist full and pulls!  I’ve tried a hair clip but they annoy me after 5 minutes and every time I put it in a bun I think of The King of Queens episode with Carrie wearing a bun (see the clip below).  So I’m left with a pony tail or a braid.  I prefer the latter because my hair is long enough for him to pull on the pony tail if he is in the right position.  I’m not the savviest when it comes to braiding my hair so I’ve been searching for the perfect messy braid

Hair Pinspirations: Messy Braids

 

 

Hair Pinspiration: Messy Braids

 

Messy Braids

 

Messy Sideways Braids

 

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Messy Braids

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Coachella Dreams

April 8, 2014 by  
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Unfortunately I’ve never had the pleasure of attending Coachella but it’s always been a dream and every year I drool over the festival’s free spirited styles & pictures all over the internet.  I figure if I can’t go to Coachella I can live vicariously through the pictures and maybe even incorporate a little into some outfits. A girl (or mom) can still dream…..

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coachella street style

 

2014 coachella street style

 

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coachella street style

 

coachella street style

 

Alexa Chung street style

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Joseph James Three Weeks

March 29, 2014 by  
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My little Joseph turns three weeks old today and I figured I’d share some of my favorite shots him.  I’ve been a little obsessed with him and I’m constantly snapping pics.  He so alert and its as if he knows that I’m taking pictures – love it!!

Joseph James Three Weeks

 Oversized sunglasses are a must when you’re running on three hours of sleep.  :)

Newborn early reading

Robert has been saving all of his baby books for Joseph and last week he read one of his faves 5 Little Monkey’s that we’ve named after all the brothers!

Newborn Three Weeks

Little Joseph is constantly being rocked by someone. :)  Here he is with my mom.

Newborn Three Weeks

I swear I think he knows when I’m about to take a picture because he stops and stares right at me – love it!  Maybe he’ll take after the actors who I named him after Joseph Gordon Levitt and James Franco lol ;p

Newborn Wubbanub

 LOVE the adorable monkey wubbanub that I accidentally found at Books A Million.

Ralph Lauren Baby at TJ Maxx

While shopping for myself I found some Ralph Lauren rompers for only $10!  Might go back and buy them all the colors!

Meet Joseph James

March 22, 2014 by  
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 I’ve been wanting to post on baby Josephs arrival on March 7th since last week but I had to be readmitted 24 hours after the discharge due to Preeclampsia complications.  I was at labor and delivery for an additional 2 days for a total of 5 days.  It was a nightmare. I’ll be posting more about it as soon as I feel better.  I just wanted to take a sec and introduce my brand new little guy Joseph James born on March 7.

Meet Joseph James

Sponsored Post: Liquid-Plumr’s New Hair Clog Eliminator Ad

March 6, 2014 by  
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You’d think with all the products out there to help you get thicker and healthier hair, there woud be an equal selection of products to buy to unclog your drain – but the selection is weak and believe me I’ve looked. In comes everyone’s favorite product Liquid Plumr to clear out those hairs that seem to never stop clogging your drain. I love how the Liquid Plumr promo starts off like the typical hair product ad and then shifts gears to the good looking Beau and the hair clog eliminator. It’s funny because whenever I see those hair product ads the last thing I think of is unclogging my drain, but they do go hand in hand.

I have a lot of long, thick hair and while I love it and would never cut it there’s always the not so fun side of it inevitably ending up in my drains and clogging the pipes. I don’t know about you but there’s a lot of other things I rather be doing with my time than trying to unclog my drains. I’ve personally tried it and it works like a charm – within minutes it unclogged the drain and gave me some much needed extra time to style my hair instead of playing plumber and trying to unclog it myself from my drains. So the next time you go to the store to buy shampoo, conditioner and hairspray, make sure you also pick up a bottle of Liquid-Plumr’s Hair Clog Eliminator.

*This drain cleaner is safe for all septic systems and pipes, including PVC, plastic, copper, and old pipes.

 

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Liquid-Plumr, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Liquid-Plumr

H&M Autumn/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Show

March 2, 2014 by  
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The H&M Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection made its debut in Paris and it’s  amazing! Solange Knowles said, “the collection is very sexy but wearable which is what H&M is known for.” Check it out below!

Must Have Midi Dress

March 1, 2014 by  
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The pieces that I love the most are always the one’s that catch me by surprise.   While browsing through Shopstyle I fell in love with this midi dress from ASOS! It’s perfect with flattering three quarter sleeves, chic length and soft jersey matierial – and most of all I love the price – $20.70!

Midi Dress

The heathered touch gives you the ability to dress it up or down by simply adding heels or booties as shown,  and by adding or removing bold jewelry pieces you can give  it some glam.  Definitley ordering…stay tuned! ASOS Midi Dress – $20.70 at ASOS.com

Update: Etsy Spotlight + Giveaway: Win A Custom Gucci Inspired Leather Horse Bit Bracelet

February 24, 2014 by  
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The winner of the horse bit bracelet is – Neiddy with the comment The Silver and Red Womens Leather Cuff Bracelet, Snakeskin on Cow Leather is my favorite one.  Congratulations!

If you know me then you know I’m a accessory addict (especially bracelets) who love’s a a great look for less! Among the tons and tons of jewelry that I own, the one’s that get the most wear are usually the one’s that have a bold edgy feel. During my pregnancy I haven’t really been adding to my accessories  so I was super excited when Meg from Margaret Vera offered  to giveaway a gorgeous eco-friendly horse bit leather bracelet that screams Gucci only for way way less – I love love love it!

Gucci Inspired Horse Bit Bracelet

 

Leather Horse Bit Bracelet

Margaret Vera is made up of two creative souls Meg and her brother.  They design and create accessories for the bohemian soul (like me) and all of their designs have the perfect mix of tough yet chic, rustic, and delicate – it’s a beautiful madness of rugged and soft.  Their best selling horse bit bracelet is made from recycled leather and comes in gold or silver with either a brown or belt leather band it looks like it cost 3 times more than the $36 price tag. Perfect classic piece to wear with a chunky watch or dainty bangles.  I also loved how beautifully it fit.   As recommended I measure my wrist and the bracelet fits perfectly!  It will instantly become a favorite!!

Meg has even offered to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a custom bracelet for themselves!  Simply visit Margaret Vera pick a favorite, return back to fashiongrail and tell us which is your favorite and what you’d wear it with (make sure you provide url in the comment).  For extra entries tweet about the giveaway or like fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure that you mention that you did in a seperate comment below).  One winner will be chosen on March 3 2014.

In addition to giving a bracelet away Meg is offering Fashiongrail readers 25% off any items in their shop using code FASHIONGRAIL.  Check Margaret Vera and all of their amazing free spirited pieces here – Margaret Vera

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