Spring & Summer Capsule Series | Vol. 1 (Tees)

If you caught my instastories earlier in the week, you know I've been working on cleaning out, editing and organizing my closet for spring. The first step was to go through everything and pick out items that I haven't worn in over a year that are still in good condition and try to sell them. I have a poshmark account (find me @lindsllstyling) and I've had some success selling my gently used, still in good condition clothes and accessories at some second hand stores here in town. Once that is done, I usually will donate all clothes that are left that I no longer wear or need. Once I paired down my clothing items to the stuff I actually wear, I started organizing everything by season. I put the spring, summer stuff on the side that is easily accessible and put all my fall/winter stuff on another side. I also went through all my accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry the same way. 

In doing this, I was able to take some inventory of what I had in my closet already for the spring and summer seasons and what I needed to add to my 'wish' list. I was going to list out everything in one post, but I realized it would be lengthy, so I decided to break out everything into categories. 

For this first edition of my Spring/Summer capsule series, I'm going to talk about tee shirts! These are staples in my closet and I feel like you can never have too many comfortable, soft, easy to throw on t-shirts!

A few of my favorite t-shirts that I purchased last year were this Lush v-neck (I have the grey color in size MED, but probably could have done a SM), these Caslon rounded v-neck tees (size small, these run big) and this BP Raw Edge V-neck tee (in SM, run TTS). You may have noticed that all of these are from Nordstrom. And that is intentional! When it comes to a t-shirt, you might think 'why would I spend more money on a t-shirt?!' and my answer to that is because you wear them all the time! I have a few t shirts that I have purchased from Target or Old Navy and to be honest, they start to look bad after just a few times in the wash! AND, as always Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns!


This Lush tee says 'dry clean only' which is silly. You do not need to dry clean this tee! I simply put it in the washing machine on delicate and flat or line dry. Easy peasy! And this one I probably wear most often!! It is so soft and has stayed soft and new looking for almost a year!

These Caslon tees are also a great staple and I will most likely buy a few more colors this year! I bought a few different striped versions last year and I'm loving the new patterns this season! The rounded v-neck is perfect too because it still has the flattering shape of a v-neck, but isn't too deep that you feel like you are 'exposed'! Nothing worse than hanging around with toddlers that like to pull at your shirt or when you bend over to pick them up and you feel like everything is hanging out lol! 


I love how soft and light weight these BP Raw Edge v-neck tees are and I'm loving all the new, bright colors for spring! I bought this one last year in a light pink color and wear it so much! I may have to snag this one in black and another bright color to wear with my white jeans


There you have it! My top pics for tees! I'm hoping to share a new volume of this series each week with a new staple item for spring/summer. 

Let me know in the comments what your staple items are for spring and summer!

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Outfits Lately + A Few Healthy Meals + Easter Books

Probably one of the more random posts I've done in a while, but I wanted to share all of this with you before the week got away from me! 

First things first... Let's talk recent outfits... I know some, if not most of you, don't use the Liketoknowit app and that's ok! You can always shop the outfits I post on my instagram from the tab  'shop my instagram' at the top of my blog. Or, you can wait until I round up all my outfits for the month and do one big post like this one! I linked to all the outfit items below each picture.

sweater | black jeans distressed myself (similar here) | similar flats | sunnies ($10!)

tee | shorts (currently buy one, get one 50% off jeans and shorts!) | similar tory burch sandals (budget friendly, cute sandal option here) | sunnies

long sleeve tee | high waisted distressed jeans (buy one, get one 50% off right now!) | peep toe booties

dress - On sale for $15!!!


sweatshirt (I sized up to a medium for an oversized fit) | high waisted crop leggings (budget friendly option here) | nikes (similar black ones here) | door mat


long sleeve tee (this color and grey are on sale for less than $12!) | shorts (buy one get one 50% off right now!) | converse slip ons


And now, a few meals I've made recently that were decent...


CRAB CAKES

So, I used the package of frozen crab meat from Trader Joe's to make these! I just thawed it out and used all the meat from the package (8 oz) and it made about 7 large cakes.

Ingredients:

+ Trader Joe's frozen crab meat (use the whole package)
+ 2 tbsps light mayo (can sub miracle whip, avocado mayo, etc)
+ 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
+ splash of worcestershire sauce (maybe a tsp? I didn't measure!)
+ 1 egg
optional: I added chopped onion and red pepper, gives it great flavor! I sauteed the onion and pepper first before mixing it with the above wet ingredients.

+ 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used garlic and herd panko bread crumbs)
+ 2 tsps Old Bay seasoning

Directions:

Heat some oil (I used olive oil, but you could do coconut) in a large skillet over medium heat.

Mix together all wet ingredients in a small bowl, then add dry ingredients and mix. Form balls of mixture using your hands. Place in heated skillet and use a spatula to flip and flatten.

Mine took about 3/4 minutes on each side to cook, but you will know when they are done when they are browned and crispy on each side. So yummy!!


Another easy and healthy meal I made was roasted chopped sweet potatoes mixed with roasted yukon potatoes, roasted cruciferous crunch salad mix from Trader Joe's (got this idea from Beth! If you want some easy, yummy, healthy meal ideas you should watch her instagram stories!), and Trader Joe's Chili Lime chicken burgers (from the frozen section). I eat these burgers grilled with some grilled onion and yellow mustard. You could also add a bun or salsa or some other topping to jazz it up! 

I've also been trying to work on meal prepping more so I have my dinners ready for the crazy time of night when I'm trying to feed the kids! It's always hard to cook when they are home and hungry! So I like to have my meals ready for me to just pop in the microwave!

I use these or these meal prep containers from Amazon!



Finally, Easter is around the corner!! Some of you may have caught my little 'what's in the boys Easter baskets' video on my stories the other day. I decided to go ahead and give Camden and Bennett their little books early so we can read them for the next week before Easter! Here are a few of our other favorite Easter books we've been reading:


The Golden Egg Book: This one is vintage from my parents' house! I remember my mom used to put it out a few weeks before Easter on our coffee table and she would read it to me the night before Easter. The illustration in this book is so beautiful! I was so happy to see they still sell it on Amazon!


A few new ones we got this year for the boys: Count on the Easter Pups for Camden and This Lift-a-flap board book for Bennett. 

That was a lot and so random, but sometimes it's easier for me to share this stuff in more detail on the blog! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

My Everyday Makeup Tutorial (all Drugstore Products!)


Hi Friends! I finally got myself together and filmed my everyday makeup tutorial! Let me just warn you that this video is very amateur. This was my first attempt at recording a video type of tutorial, so please be kind! Also, I'm typically able to do this complete makeup routine in less than 10 minutes, but since I'm talking so much through out the video, it is twice as long! Just wanted to share with you all what I do and what products I use everyday. I may try to update my makeup routine every few months, so I might update this one in the future. All products are linked below the video. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!



Products used in order (affiliate links):

Under eye concealer/brightener (make sure it is the 'brightener')
Concealer (in the shade 'light')
Beauty sponge blender
Setting powder (in shade 'buff beige')
Setting brush
Eyeshadow palette
Eye shadow brush set
Top lid eyeliner (in 'black')
Bottom water line eyeliner (in 'defining black')
Mascara (in 'black')
Eyebrow fill duo (in 'blonde')
Bronzer
Powder brush
Contour palette (in 'light to medium')
Blush brush
Lip gloss (in 'radiant rose')


*Most of the products I listed are links to Ulta's website. Right now Ulta is offering a buy one, get one at 50% off deal! Any two items qualify!

Ulta is also currently running their 21 Days of Beauty event with new promotions on products everyday for the next 21 days! Click here for more information. 

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How to Transition Your Style for Spring (when it's still cold...)

*I'm co-hosting with NatalieAnnie and Owen for the Thoughts for Thursday link up today! If you are new around here, welcome! You can learn more about me and the blog here.

First of all, I want to thank all of you who messaged me on instagram after I shared on my stories that my mom was having surgery Monday! I'm happy to report, that she is doing well and is feeling a bit better everyday.

On a brighter note, I am so excited to share this post because my friend Abby (from Mom with Muscle) helped with the pictures and they turned out great! It's so fun to have blogger friends that live in the same town to help with this stuff so my husband doesn't get annoyed with taking my photos! 😆

Ever since March 1st hit the calendar, I have been on a spring kick! I am ready for warmer temps and to toss the coats and boots for at least a good 7/8 months! I think it's a pretty common feeling for everyone to be sick of winter by this time. Unfortunately, I live in Ohio where there is basically no spring and we are still having winter like temps in March... It even snowed some today! 😭 However, there is still a way to dress for spring while staying warm at the same time! I'm all about incorporating the spring colors as early as March. That means pastels, bright tones, white and light wash denim, light/neutral tone bags, fun/trendy sunglasses and peep toe booties


I was so excited when I saw this pretty pink sweater was on sale for under 10 bucks (the pink is now sold out, but comes in other colors), I had to snag it! I actually sized up to a medium for a more relaxed, cozy fit. 



This sweater pairs perfectly with this pair of white distressed denim and my new $35 (designer dupe) booties


Another way to spruce up your wardrobe for spring is to wear some fun, new colorful shades like these $8 rose gold aviators



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Pink sweaters:



White denim:



Peep toes booties:



Neutral hangbag:



Sunglasses:




How do you transition your wardrobe for spring?

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Friday Finds | Vol. 6

Happy Friday, friends! I'm going to go ahead and do an old school 'phone dump' for this edition of Friday Finds. Do you all remember when that was a thing? I feel like I have so many things to share, but forget what they are when Friday rolls around. But, then I look at my phone and am reminded by my pictures!


+ If you follow me on instagram or read my blog post yesterday, you know I just received these designer dupe sunglasses and are in love with them (yes, we get it Lindsay!)! The lace up sweatshirt I'm wearing is actually a fall 2017 purchase, but it is still in stock in a few pretty colors perfect for spring! The jeans are my new high waisted distressed pair from AE (there's a BOGO 50% off all jeans promotion happening now!). I'm convinced I will only buy high waisted pants for the rest of my life! And these loafers were probably the best $15 spent over the past year! Snag yourself a pair for spring!


+ Sorry for the awful mirror selfie and the filter from IG stories, but I forgot to save a normal photo of this! I was able to sneak away during nap time last weekend for a little try on session at Nordstrom Rack. They have a TON of great jeans on sale right now! I really loved these STS Blue raw hem distressed jeans (which are on sale for less than $40!), but decided I didn't need another pair... But, now I'm second guessing myself and may have to order them! The tee I'm wearing is Madewell on sale for $16! They don't have the black and white stripe one online, but I'm loving all the solid colors too. This tee runs TTS and is so soft!

+ This week I ordered and received this $10 sweater in the mail today! I got the pink color which I thought would be perfect for spring with white jeans. I sized up to a medium for a loose, comfy fit. It is really soft and not too heavy. I also got this sweater and these $8 mirrored sunglasses. Yes, I think I'm set with sunglasses for the spring/summer! Hoping to take some outfit pics over the weekend with these! Stay tuned!

+ Also, Old Navy was having a great sale earlier in the week so I snagged this dress for spring (a possible Easter dress?) and these cute little bunny button ups for the boys for Easter! 


+ I finally changed out our front door mat (from our xmas one lol!) and the wreath for spring! I had a few questions about the wreath on my instastories and unfortunately, it is no longer available (from Target a few years ago). But, I linked to a few similar options and some other pretty spring wreaths below!



+ And your random recipe for this week... Sheet pan root veggies and apple chicken sausage! Literally all you do is chop everything (I used sweet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, zucchini and shredded carrots), throw it on a sheet pan with some olive oil, salt and pepper. I baked at 400 for 35 mins, but our oven tends to lean on the 'cool' side, so you might want to check after 30 mins or so. I'm all about the easy and healthy meals for din din!


And because I feel like I haven't shared very many pictures of the boys recently, here's your fix of cute toddler boys!


That's all for this Friday Finds! Happy weekend!

Recent Amazon Finds + What's in My Cart

You all voted for this post (via my instastories poll) so here it is!! I've been meaning to share this type of post for a while now and I feel like now is the perfect time because there are so many cute, affordable fashion finds on Amazon for spring! And if you have a prime membership, then these items could show up on your doorstep in just a few days!


Oh, Amazon... how you have come to my rescue in so many ways over the past few years! I've noticed that a lot of my most popular items that I post about on the blog and instagram are from Amazon! It seems as though you all are just as in love with free, 2-day shipping as I am! So, I thought it would be fun to share some recent finds and what's in my Amazon shopping cart...

+ I just received these sunglasses and I am loving them! I actually got both the tortoise shell ones and a black pair in this set for only $16! I love that they are almost an identical dupe for these very popular designer sunglasses.

+ I'm also loving these designer inspired sunnies as well, which are currently sitting in my cart waiting for me to pull the trigger!

What else is in my Amazon cart you say? Well, I'm so glad you asked! Here's what I have in my cart...

+ These $15 high waisted, tummy control cropped leggings. They are a best seller and have great reviews! I mean... do I really need another pair of workout leggings? Prob not, but it would help give me some more motivation to workout and go to the gym! And you can not beat a $15 price tag!

+ After the SNOW that we got today, my mind is on our girls' getaway to the Dominican Republic in June! So, I have a few things on my wish list and in my cart for the trip. First up is this adorable bamboo handbag that would be perfect for a beach vacation! It was the 'it' bag of last summer and it is back again as one of the most popular bags for spring. Only this one is much more affordable than the designer one!

+ I also have my eye on this cute $11 pom pom cover up! I just love the bright colors too! I also have my eye on this one.

+ This striped beach bag with pom pom detail is also on my wish list for the trip!

I also have a few things in my cart for the boys...

+ Bennett is getting a little too restless in his highchair these days and always wants to sit in his big brother's booster seat at our table, so I think it's time we get him his own! My sister in law got this one for her one year old son last summer for our obx trip and she still uses it with him a lot! It's great bc it can fold up and you can take it places or you can use it as a booster seat on a regular chair. It also comes with a detachable tray.

+ Along with the new booster seat, I think I want to start using these silicone place mats with the built in plates for Bennett. He is in the 'let's throw my plate on the floor because it's funny' phase which is just so fun (insert sarcasm)! I love this one with the dino shaped plate.

+ I am also on the hunt for some Easter shoes for the boys. I just ordered their outfits from Old Navy and I'm realizing I don't have 'nice' shoes for them to wear with their outfits. I found this pair which are a good casual/dressy option to go with their outfits. And they are only $11! I hate spending money on shoes or clothes for them when I know they won't wear them much and will grow out of them in a month!

+ On the topic of toddler shoes, I am definitely ok with spending the money for 2 pairs of these shoes for the boys for the spring/summer. I had a pair for Camden the last 2 summers and they are the best! I know Old Navy and Target have some similar styles for less, but these are just better quality and they are not as 'stiff' feeling, so I think they are more comfortable.

There you have it folks! What I am loving from Amazon currently. I'm thinking about making these Amazon picks a monthly post, so if you like this type of post let me know in the comments below!