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!

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
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!

dash of dots

dash of dots
Having fun with polka dots this season?  Me, too!
Here, a few fun accessories that sprinkle a dash of dots in your summer wardrobe.
Left to right:
Vinyl coated Zip Top Bag: 36.00 from Cath Kidston
Ballerinas: 30.00, from Zara
Hairbrush:  4.00, Forever21
Sunglasses:  Lane Bryant.  Similar here.
Tell us how you’re wearing polka dots this summer!
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized,

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!
Click Image for Shopping Info :)

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,

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!

Sweet Shell Earrings

shell earrings
I can’t help it;  I’m ready for summer!
Sweet, dainty stud earrings are having a moment right now.
Here, three beachy pairs that will let you hear the sounds of the sea while you’re waiting out those last few weeks of school…
Top to bottom:
These tiny gold shells remind me of a pair my grandparents gave me in elementary school.  They’ve been favorites of mine ever since.  $34.00 from C. Wonder
Cute enameled turtles have sparkly rhinestone accents.  $35.00 from Betsy Johnson
Softly whitewashed King’s Crown shells look so pretty with their circle of clear pave stones. $38.00 from C. Wonder
And, just for fun, these versatile wardrobe pieces give lots of spring-to-summer options.  (Plus they’ll look pretty darn cute with your new shell earrings! ;)
Fedora, Forever21
Soft Lace Tank and Denim Cutoffs, Madewell
Holecroft Chambray Boyfriend Shirt, Jack Wills
Jack Rogers Navajo Flat, through Zappos
My, you’re looking Cute, Smart and Organized today!

Natural Beauty

Just for fun, five wooden pieces any lumberjack’s wife would be proud to own…natural beauty
1.  Candy Cane Wooden Earrings, $12.90, Oliver Bonas
2.  Grain Necklace by Mixes, $70, Jules B.
3.  Feather and Flower Bracelet set from Mudd, $9.99,
4.  Cienna Wood Bangle, $22.58, Oliver Bonas
5.  Nature’s Heart Ring by Jules Smith, $49, SHOPBOP
…and a cute little dish, too, from Branca :)
Hope your Tuesday is Cute, Smart and Organized!

Fun Gifts for the Mom about Town

Mom about Town
Welcome to May! Have you found a present for Mom, yet?
Here is a collection of gift ideas to warm a Cute, Smart, Organized mom’s heart. Happen to know any of those?…
1. I love this print from Orlando artist Karen Fields – remember her from the post on dark walls in a kid’s room a few weeks ago? I couldn’t resist featuring her again when I saw this print; It makes me think of a fun shopping trip with friends. Fresh Avenue print, $18 for 8×10 from Karen Fields Gallery on Etsy.
2. I have one word for these summery, turquoise button earrings, personalized for you with a special monogram: Adorbs! Get them on Etsy from Toni at PishPoshPendants for $8.95.
3. I love my rain boots! How could you make them any better? Monogram them! These cute decals from Oh My Word Designs on Etsy are made of outdoor vinyl and are ready to apply to a pair of rain boots in Mom’s favorite color. With two styles and lots of great shades to choose from, they’re a fun way to add a preppy, personal touch to a very practical gift. $8.00. P.S., check out for the rain boots!
4. I’m pretty much positive I need this earbud case from All For Color. Do you see that little fabric bobbin for winding the cords around? Genius. $12.00 for the Coastal Link pattern, shown.
5. My mom actually just bought this perky wallet from Thirty-One and loves it, so I know your mom will love it, too. It’s cheerful turquoise color and casual frayed-trim detail make it perfect for the sunny summer days ahead. In fact, Thirty-One’s summer line is debuting today; click here to see it. Retro Metro Wallet in Turquoise Cross Pop, $25.00
I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration for spoiling your mom this Mother’s Day! Do you have any great gift ideas? Share with us! I bet they’re great.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Neon Sandals: Dip Your Toes into the Trend

neon sandals
It’s no secret: neon is big right now.  And the new neon sandals are a great way to dip your toes into the trend without feeling like an 80’s yearbook.
Three fab pairs to try, with a little polish to match:
Top: Neon French Tip flip flops by TKEES look adorable paired with laid-back Saturday shorts and tees.  Balance the multi-colored sandals with always-perfect OPI Samoan Sands on the toes.
Middle: I really like the way fluorescents are being paired with neutrals right now.  These Polidora sandals by Bandolino would be so pretty with a sundress or capris.  I’ve punched up the color a little with bright pink Beach Cruiser by Orly.
Bottom: Heels like this were made for the wedding season.  Pair these tangerine Marlenee sandals from Steve Madden with a classic linen shift for a summery twist on the basics.  Sticking to one accent color keeps the look clean; match your pedi to your shoes with a coat of  Bazooka by Essie.
Have you gotten a pair of neon sandals yet?  I’d love to see them!
I bet you look completely Cute, Smart and Organized ;)