Team Mom – Great Game Day Sources

team momThere’s nothing like having a kid on the team to make a girl proudly wear some of the world’s ugliest color combinations. Team moms everywhere are proof positive that a few great accessories and a little bling can make anything look good! ;)

My oldest son started football this year, and we find out today if his team made the playoffs. Do you have a big game in the future? Here are a few fun sources for stylin’ game day gear…

Start with the basics in black, white and grey. They add a little edge to most team colors. And frankly, green and gold can use a little edge.

Quarter Zip Pullover- Shown here in heather grey, from It’s Personal, my favorite local monogram shop. Get it in any team color with a monogram for just $40.00.

Bright Jeans- I love the red skinnies the teachers and moms are wearing on gameday at my sons’ school. Grab a fun pair in your school colors at Old Navy for about 20.00 bucks.

Quilted Vest- Warm, cute and comfy. Pretty much perfect! This one’s from The
North Face, $100.00 at Nordstrom, but Land’s End has great options for about half that.

Then Layer on that Team Spirit!

Jewelry – YT Clothing hits it out of the park with trendy separates in school colors, but what I really love is their amazing selection of sweet jewelry in colors to match any team. Too fun! Go for the Megan, Hillary or Julie bracelets, $18-$34.00, or stack up super-cute Knotted Leather Rings, $15 each.

A Cozy Scarf – Meesh and Mia’s selection of licensed college and pro team apparell is pretty much unmatched. Where else can you get boutique-style pieces with your team emblem right on the sleeve? Here, I showcase the Crystal Logo Ruffled Scarf, $34.00.

Shoes – Have you seen the University Collection from Lilly Bee? Snatch a pair of these fun, striped flats in your school colors for $48.00, and add an adorable clip-on bow, $18.00, with or without the team logo.

What are you wearing for game day? Show us! We’ll be cheering for your kid, too!

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ginny
A little p.s. … I have no idea why everything’s bold & italicized today, but we’re just gonna roll with it! ;)

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Blushing Gardener

Blushing Gardener Mood BoardNow, before you go reading this post about landscaping, let me make it clear right from the start that this is what I want to plant- not what I am going to plant, around my front door this fall.

You already know about my gardening skills, but we also have dog issues to contend with at our house.  I’ve given up on putting any effort and money into the yard that will be pulled up and devoured the moment I try to make a milk run to the Dollar General.  When we move past chewy-puppy stage in our family, I’ll be a little more willing to get back into the curb-appeal swing of things.

That being said,  I still wish my yard looked like the after pics of a Yard Crashers episode.  And there’s nothing like October weather to put you in the mood for a pumpkin on the porch.  Which explains my recent trip to the Lowes gardening center with no intention of making a purchase, whatsoever.

There’s no question blush is having a moment now, and when I saw a table of palest pink begonias alongside ornamental kale, inspiration hit.   It reminded me of this photo shoot I saw a few days ago on 100 Layer Cake.  I loved interesting effect the pastels had on a typical mix of autumn color:  a little bit fresh and modern, a little bit reminiscent of the glowing areas of light against rich dark backgrounds in old Dutch Masters paintings.  Love!

Here’s a look at some of the flowers and color combos I played with at Lowes:

Unexpected Blush in the Garden

Isn’t it a Beautiful mix? Sources for photographs follow post.

Want to give this look a try on your own front porch this fall?  Below, a general recipe for a Blushing Fall Garden:

The Blushing Gardener

What are your fall decorations looking like this year?  Any of you trying a mix of pastels in your decor?  Share them with us!  I’m sure they’re wonderful.  Maybe even worthy of the after shots of Yard Crashers.

Me?  I’ll be seeing you on the next episode of Hoarders: Dog Owners Edition.

You are So Cute, Smart and Organized,

Ginny

Sources for photography :  Light-colored pumpkin with berries on black background by Michael Graydon, from the October 2009 issue of House & Home.   Red-orange mini pumpkins on straw by Danyelle on Dandee.

Neither Lowes nor HGTV know who I am or that Im writing this. :)

School Shopping…In Kate Spade Keds :)

School ShoppingRemember how exciting it was to go shopping for school clothes and cute new shoes? 
I live in a family of boys, and this time of year, we’re just shopping for a few updates to their school uniforms.
But all those packed department stores still make me think it would be fun to pick up a new outfit for just for me…
Add a few hints of Fall Color to your wardrobe with these pieces:
First, the shoes
When I was a kid, a good pair of tennies were back-to-school essentials.  I’ll never forget the dream pair I got for kindergarten.
Think of the possibilities with these limited edition Kate Spade Keds.  I love the charcoal stripes with soft mustard laces.  Fresh and Fun.
Next, Key Pieces
Mama always made sure my sister and I remembered our wardrobe staples before we added in the fluff.  Still good advice.  A Denim Shirt in Harvest Wash from Madewell , Vienna Jeans in Grey from Boutique1  and Clare Cardigan from J. Crew Factory will give you a hundred looks throughout the season.
Cute Accessories
Remember how you had to have the new earrings to make your back-to-school wardobe complete?   Do you still feel that way, too?  Affordable accessories let you add some color and trend to those staples mama made you buy.  To try: Scarf from ModCloth.
A Great Bag
You may not need a book bag, but every girl needs a new purse for the season.   Agreed?  Go for this pretty new Vary You Versatile Bag from Thirty-One and you’ll get two useful styles in one.  Click here, and I’ll even tell you how to get it on sale. ;)
So, what are the chances of me getting to take a little shopping trip just for myself this month?  Pretty slim.  But a girl can dream!
What are you dreaming of adding to your closet right now?
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny

Water Park Ready

This August heat has my family headed for the water park.  You, too?  Pack these essentials, based on what I forgot last time, and you’ll be water park ready, easy as 1, 2, 3!

Water Park Ready!

1.  Our water park doesn’t allow outside snacks and drinks, but they are more than happy to give free ice water refills.  Be ready to take advantage of some free hydration with your own water bottle.  Shown:  Bobble in Blue, about $16 at Oliver Bonas
2.  About halfway between the kiddie slides and the concession stand, my feet were reminding me of the perfectly good water shoes I left at home.  Keep your tootsies off the hot concrete with this adorable, streatchy, red pair from Ocean Minded by Crocs, $32 at Zappos.
3.  I don’t know about your two-year-old, but when mine feels the need for a snow cone, he’s not too excited about having to wait for me to hike back over to the beach bag to get the money, across the park to the snow cone stand, and back to to beach bag to put the change away.  Save yourself a few steps by tucking your money into a waterproof wallet strapped to your wrist.  Shown:  Alligator by DRY PAK, just $7.28 on Amazon.
4.  Why, oh why do I burn even when I try my hardest not too?  I hate sunburns!!  So since my sunscreen didn’t hold up on our last visit, I’m definately packing a swimming shirt.  Don’t you love this sea-worthy, navy and white option?  Your shoulders will love it, too.  $39 at Land’s End, (Nab it TODAY for 25% off!)
5. Chasing kids in the splash zone calls for a suit that covers and stays in place.  My go-to-choice, again, is Land’s End.  Go for the Supplex Swim Shorts, or, as shown here, the Swim Mini, in a variety of pretty brights and prints to match your suits.  $30- $40.00, depending on style.
6.  Finally, don’t forget a tube of lip gloss with sunscreen.  BalmShelter in Pinup Girl will keep a pretty touch of color on your face while preventing sun burned lips.  $19 at Beauty.com
What do you pack for a day at the water park?  Share your ideas with us!  We need all the help we can get! ;)
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

Made for Summer- Denim and White

made for summer
Cool, fresh and pretty, pretty, pretty.  How are you wearing white lace with denim this summer?
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny
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wrap bracelets

wrap bracelets
We’re having fun with wrap bracelets right now…
Wear a single show-stopper, or layer them with bangles and chains.  Cute, cute, cute.
Red:  Stella & Dot Hudson, $39
White:  Charlotte Russe Dome Stud, $6 or 2 for $10
Blue:  BraceletCool Vintage Leather Watch, $18.  Plus, you can get a 10% discount with the code RONGBRACELET, which I think is kinda cute and funny ;)
Show us how you’re wearing your wrap bracelets- we want to see!  I bet they’re adorable.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized,
Gin

A Bermuda Triangle

Three Great Looks for One Versatile Pair of Bermuda Shorts
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The shorts:  Slimming and on-trend, a good pair of Bermudas can be dressed up or down to see you through the summer with style.  $23 at Target.
Click on image to view all other sources.  While you’re here, why not hop on over to this post for more versatile wardrobe pieces.
What are you wearing with Bermudas shorts this summer?  Share your ideas with us!  I bet they’re adorable.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny

Happy Birthday, Mama!

It’s my mama’s birthday!  I always thought this was a pretty time of year to have a birthday.
Here are a few things that make me think of her…
Strawberries for the cake, because they’re so pretty and springy…
Gold charm bracelets:  I’d like to buy her this one, from James Avery, with lots of jingling bell charms.  But, given the $2000 price tag, I think I’ll wait.  I bet she’ll understand.
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House:  A favorite of mother’s and mine.  She did, after all, inspire my love for houses :)
A New Nail Polish, because it’s always fun to sit around and talk while we paint our nails.
Happy Birthday, Mama!
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin

Wear Now: Girly Flip Flops

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Bright, easy and fun…What could make flip flops better?  A bow on top, of course ;)
Three extra pretty pairs to get you dreaming about summer:
Left to right
Bow Flip Flop from Lipsey
Jelly Passion by Colors of California on Pret A Beaute
Polee by Ted Baker on Asos.com
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Ginny

Finally Friday…Summer Countdown

summer ready from Macy'sThis weekend, get your closet ready for Memorial Day at Macy’s and earn a discount when you donate to veterans!
Donate three to six dollars to the Got Your Six campaign, and receive 15 to 20% off your purchase.
Right, few summer-worthy suggestions.  As if you needed any inspiration to shop ;)
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You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!
Gin