Suburban Square Dressing Room Diaries: Free People, Madewell + Urban Outfitters

Recently I was invited by my friends at Suburban Square, in Ardmore, PA to stop by their open air mall + do a little shopping myself.

Obviously, I was more than happy to oblige.

I brought along my little sidekick and I was like a kid in a candy store.

So a little back story, I went to Villanova University, which is right around the corner from Ardmore, PA – a few minutes away from Suburban Square. Back when I was in college, I would frequent this shopping center – it was a great place to go. But since we live in the city now, I don’t get out here as much. This was a little throwback for me because I got to come back and I was literally blown away – SO MUCH has changed and so much is still changing – Suburban Square is absolutely beautiful.

Lots of great new stores, restaurants, parking a Farmer’s Market and even a Trader Joes!

To all my Pennsylvania friends, if you haven’t been to Suburban Square in a while, go back! It’s completely changed and completely amazing!

So back to the shopping, you can see the full list of stores at Suburban Square here, there are tons! My mission was to pick three to check out- which was very hard to do! But without question, I new my first stop – Free People!

Free People is basically my spirit animal in a store.

And I’m slowly but surely replacing my entire wardrobe with their pieces. They are so easy, beautiful and comfortable to wear. And the store is equally as beautiful too.

Let the Dressing Room Diaries begin!

// my sandals

First up are a few real winners.

Let’s talk about this bodysuit. Free people makes amazing bodysuits, and I’ve found them to be a great price point {especially for FP!} It comes in 8 colors, but white is amazing to layer with, especially when going to summer to Fall. I love the V-Wire of this one too!

Paired with my new favorite skirt {another surprisingly affordable FP piece!} I am obsessed with the tortoise buttons down the side.

Must.Have.

Another beautiful bodysuit, how cute are the ties at the top and the deep back?!

Seriously, at $40, this is an amazing piece to add to your wardrobe!

Paired with my new favorite skirt in another color.

Love.

Obsessed with this Friday Fever flowy raglan top. It comes in 8 colors but I loved this orange, blue and cream – it has wide sleeve cuffs and I love the ease of it, so cute for Fall!

This Saturday tee is perfection. It’s got a great V in the front, raw hem and I love the darker stitching – comes in a bunch of colors and is an easy piece to addd to your wardrobe.

I also tried this classic black mini skirt {which I loved}

And guess how many of these skirts I left with?

Seriously, it’s a must have – and it comes in 6 colors! Like me, you need them ALL!

Finally – How gorgeous is this long sleeve embroidered beauty? I love the crop top flow, paired with high waisted denim – comes in a gorgeous poppy red too!

How cute are these tie scrunchies? I’m in love.

Next up on the tour – Madewell!

I love this store for classic, everyday pieces. It never disappoints!

Side Note: Did you know you can bring in your old jeans here and they will recycle them into housing insulation?! Totally cool!

First up – SHOES!

These English Saddle woven mules are everything.

How stinkin’ cute are these half-bow sandals? They are on SALE, come in 3 colors and I LOVE this sweet pale pink.

My favorite top in the store at the moment was hands down this off the shoulder little number. It comes in 4 colors and I LOVE the flutter sleeves. Another great piece for all seasons to layer!

// my jeans

Madewell has TONS of great dresses, but my favorite pick in the store would have to be this side tie wrap dress. I am in love with the celestial gold color. It’s the perfect piece to dress up with heels and jewels or dress down with flats or sneakers and a denim jacket. Super comfortable too!

Madewell, I love ya!

Next up, Urban Outfitters!

I am not one to usually shop here, but I know it carries lots of my favorite brands – and it’s a little on the edgier side, but I thought it would be fun to try something new!

Lots of options in a massive store with a variety of price points. Wins all around!

How sweet is this reversible tote bag? I love the tan + black – but it also comes with a black + white option! Great piece for transitioning in the seasons!

I was also super into the lifestyle section of the store – super cute gifts, house wares and unique pieces.

The lighting in this store was the most challenging for dressing room photos {at least pretty ones} But I did pick two favorite pieces that I love – like this oversized thermal – it comes in 8 colors and prints and it’s so comfortable. I’m pretty sure every blogger on earth has posting about this beauty.

Another great item that is amazing going into the Fall is this casual + cool oversized cardigan. It comes in 8 beautiful colors and I love the dolman sleeves and deep pockets!

And finally, these embroidered mules {which are under $20} – the detail on these is beautiful and they were so comfortable!

As you can see, I had an amazing time shopping and exploring the beautiful Suburban Square. If you are local, be sure to add it to your back to school shopping list – it will have everything you need and more!

Where is your favorite place to shop? Please share!

Friday Favorites – Shark Week, Floral Jumpsuits, Kids Castle and MORE!

Hello + Happy Friday!

I have been LOVING this week because it’s the best week of the year – Shark Week!

Who else watches? I find sharks super interesting and love watching the shows Discovery puts together, it’s great to learn about them – there’s so much we don’t know! Anyway, it’s been my nightly entertainment all week long and I’m going to be bummed when its over!

Aside from Shark Week, another obsession at the moment is jumpsuits, rompers and basically any one piece outfit {with pants!} because I think they are just so cool to wear. Add in some floral and I’m in love.

I was sent this jumpsuit – which has pockets, a cute little tie and it fits like a glove. Oh, and did I mention it’s only $21 – such a good deal for a really nice piece to add to your wardrobe.

outfit details: jumpsuit {only $21} / shoes / Kelin Hoops 

We were supposed to be at the beach this week but because the forecast didn’t look so good, we decided to hang at home and do some exploring in Pennsylvania. I had heard about Kids Castle for a while and we decided to take the kids on the hour long drive from Philadelphia to check it out.

Totally worth it.

If you are in the Philadelphia area with kids, PLEASE add this to your list! It was so cool and the kids had an absolute blast in this massive playground.

Check out Brooks below for scale – the boys LOVED the huge slides!

Another favorite at the moment is this whitening combination – my favorite AP24 whitening toothpaste {which I sell, message me if you want some!} paired with my new Mouth Watchers Toothbrush – This toothbrush is amazing because of the  antimicrobial dual layer flossing bristles, which is able to reach into areas untouched by prior toothbrushes, leaving teeth and gums feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning. It eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours, which I think is super cool.

My teeth and mouth feel amazing after using this brush, can’t recommend it enough!

And as a little summer fun, I had to share my new Mermaid Life® products that I was sent to enjoy. Mermaid Life is a chic and unique lifestyle brand celebrating life on the water in every aspect. Their focus is on fun themes, bright colors, unique materials and most importantly value – it’s such cute + fun summer gear!

I love this Scales Tail Hat, can size Sparkle Koolie and Jackson even got a matching Scales Collar – how cute is that?

Perfect bright + fabulous gear for a beach getaway or some summer fun! I’ll be taking all this on my upcoming beach trip for sure!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Please share your favorites for the week with me too, I’d love to hear what you are loving!

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Summer DIY Backyard Patio Refresh Under $50 – Copper String Lights + Spray Paint a Faded Umbrella

It all started with a little inspiration.

These lights.

I saw them, fell in love, and had to have them.

If you are looking to spend a little time to spruce up any part of your home, now is the time to do it – SO MUCH is on crazy sale, it’s the best time to do it! I saw these copper lights on a Monday, went back and forth over if I could make them work in our backyard patio area in the city, went back on a Thursday and they were slashed in price! Orig. $29, on sale for $14 {which I thought was a great deal} and when I went back for them – $7!!!! WHAT!?! I bought 3 sets and was on a mission.

Backyard city lights are the best, and these were an amazing deal.

But then I had this problem – seriously faded umbrella.

Nothing else was wrong with it, except the discoloring, which was serious as you can see. I wish I took a before picture with it up with the lights, but you can imagine, it did NOT look good. The new lights were so fresh and so clean and the umbrella was not fitting in with my new backyard vibe.

Here’s the before after I took it off the umbrella body and washed it – both of which were super easy I might add.

Not cute.

I did a little research and was able to find a super affordable outdoor fabric spray paint at my local hardware store – each can was about $4 {like these} – I got 3 of them and each can was basically a full coat on the umbrella. You let each layer dry for about 25 minutes and then on to the next.

The spray paint was pretty easy to locate – you just have to make sure it’s indoor/outdoor spray paint that works on fabric – should clearly say it on the back. I did a full layer to make it even and then focused a bit on the whited out sections of the umbrella.

After two coats:

Third coat – red & rich!

For $12 spent on spray paint, instead of the cost of a whole new umbrella, I think it looks pretty amazing. Along with the new refresh, I moved some things around in our patio area, basically putting all the kid stuff behind a corner, so it’s more of an ‘adult’s space’ and it feels so much more inviting to spend time out there!

You can get an idea of what it looked like previously here & here.

And guess what? Since that refresh, almost two weeks ago – we’ve spent SO MUCH more time out back – it’s a great space to have in the city, sort of an extension of our living room. We’ve had dinner back there most nights and it’s been lovely.

I still want to do a little more, maybe find some new pillows and what not, but it was a great start and a fun project I was able to do on my own in a few hours. The hubs came home from work one day and was completely surprised!

And now I think I’ve got the DIY Home Improvement bug – what should I work on next?

I’d love to hear from you – are you a DIYer? What’s the best thing you’ve updated?!

Please share!

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My Britney Spears Inspired Stitch Fix

It’s been a little while since I’ve had a Stitch Fix – I’ve been waiting for the perfect reason to request one! I’ve got a super fun weekend happening this weekend – going to Atlantic City with my girlfriends for the Britney Spears concert.

Woohoo.

Don’t judge if you aren’t a Britney fan. I’ve loved her since the beginning and I always have SUCH an amazing time going to see her live – it’s always an amazing show.

For a fun flashback, check out all my Britney Spears posts of the past – including when I was 7 months pregnant and saw her front row in Las Vegas #goals. If that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is!

So we got tickets, we have dinner reservations, possibly hitting up the spa, laying by the pool – its going to be a super fun getaway. In honor of that I requested a Stitch Fix with the hopes of adding something fun to my wardrobe for my weekend away.

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But first – all about Stitch Fix:

If you are new to the Stitch Fix scene, let me break it down for you – Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that learns what you like and makes it their mission to send you clothes you’ll love. They carry women’s sizes 0-24W and XS-3X, maternity and petite, and men’s sizes XS-XXL. There is something for everyone!

With Stitch Fix there is no subscription required, you can get a Fix anytime you want. Either on-demand or on a regular cadence – every few weeks, once a month or every season. You pay $20 to have your Fix curated by a personal stylist, which applies towards anything you keep. If you keep all five pieces, you get a 25% discount on your entire purchase! Shipping and returns are always free and returns are super easy- Keep what you love, send back the rest with your pre-paid shipping bag at any USPS mailbox.

Like I said, I’ve been a fan for years, I even got to visit their headquarters during our trip to San Francisco last year! And be sure to take a look back at all of my Stitch Fixes since the beginning!

If you are interested and want to #treatyoself be sure to use this link to have your FEE WAIVED and try out Stitch Fix {it’s awesome} with no risk! 

Ok – now for the reveal of my latest fix! And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up AND check out my Stitch Fix page to get caught up on all my previous Fixes! Message me with any questions you might have!

Here’s what I got in my latest Britney Spears – inspired Fix ->

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FORTUNE + IVY Sabria Knit Dress $38

//  sandals / Kelin earrings  / lipstick in cool fuchsia 

This dress is so stinkin’ cute – ESPECIALLY for the price! I love the vintage floral, the shape and the length. I am not loving the crew neckline and the sleeveless arms, but its a super cute dress for the summer – great to throw on for a girls getaway trip!

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RD STYLE Mali Wide Leg Pant $44
These pants! They are so dang comfortable – light, breezy – would be an awesome travel pant or just a great summer pant to wear when you want a longer layer. I love the print, color and detail on this. Just trying to figure out if they are a little too big for me, I was wearing them pretty high on my waist and they were very big – and trying to see if I have a top that makes sense with them. They sent this grey tie top {more on that below} and I’m not sure it makes sense with these pants with the extra bulk.
Aside from all that I still really like these pants, I think they would be great to pair with booties and a denim jacket in the spring or fall – what do you think? Keep or Pass?

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MARKET & SPRUCE Vreelan Side Knot Knit Top $44
Next up – this top! I sort of love it with denim, so much cuter, right? Would be easy to layer with sweaters or other layers as the weather cools and the grey makes it easy to pair with anything or any print! Sort of love this as a great neutral basic to wear with anything!
What do you think?

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KAILEIGH Lexy Knit Jumpsuit $58

Ok, this jumpsuit is totally A.C. + Britney. I LOVE the color – it’s a beautiful eggplant in real life. The fit is also great with pockets and its a light fabric. Would be fun to layer and its different than anything I have in my closet!

What do you think? Keep or Pass? Is it Britney worthy?

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MIA Dossie Linen Wedge $69

And finally – these wedges! Another totally A.C. pick. They are super comfortable, a great neutral but a little high for my taste. I also have similar shoes which I like better, so I’m not sure these make the cut! What do you think?

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So I know this wasn’t a real blinged out Britney crazy fix, but it was perfect for me and my weekend away to see her! I am digging the pieces that I got to try and am excited to see how each of them work a little more with items already in my closet!

Now I have to decide what to keep!

Now I need your help! I’m going to have a hard time deciding that to keep from this Fix! As always, I love your thoughts and opinions – would love to know your favorite piece {or two} from this Fix!

Take the poll and let me know!

What Should I Keep from my Britney Inspired Fix

 
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As a little fun, I put together a poll to get to know my readers a bit better – Are you a Britney Spears fan too? Take the poll and let me know – Ha!

Are You a Britney Spears Fan

 
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And don’t forget to use this link to have your fee waived and try out Stitch Fix {it’s awesome} with no risk! If you liked some of the pieces in this fix – you can totally request them!

 

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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

Stitch Fix Details:

  • Get hand selected pieces fit for your style, shape, and budget straight from a professionally trained stylist along with expert advice on how to wear the pieces in your day-to-day.
  • Add notes for your stylist about the details and life events that matter to you so that she can get to know and better serve you over time.
  • Add a request in your note and share your Pinterest board of your favorite looks so that your stylist can find you exactly what you’re looking for.
  • When checking out of every Fix, leave detailed feedback on each item helps so that your stylist can choose even better pieces for your next Fix.
  • Once you receive your Fix, you have three days to try on your pieces – keep only what you love, send back the rest in the prepaid shipping bag. You’ll only be charged for the items you keep & love once you checkout from your Fix.
  • Stitch Fix knows that fit matters so they work with brands to ensure each piece has exceptional fit, construction, and fabrics across every category from blouses to dresses, denim to outerwear, shoes, handbags, accessories, and more.
  • No matter your style, size or budget, because Stitch Fix has 1000+ brands, including the ones you know and love, new emerging brands and their own exclusive labels, they’ll meet all of your needs.

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