Soft & Comfy Shirt Dresses {Perfect for the Transition to Fall} + A Gap Discount Code!

Hi Friends!! I am finally writing since launching my new site, name, logos, Facebook page, and updated instagram handle. What do you guys think? I hope you feel as if “running with strollers” is a great metaphor for my life, and the topics I write about here on the blog. I spent a lot of time with the guys at WRK Personal Branding to get this first launch rolled out. I say first launch because this is *fingers crossed* just the start of what is to come. They were so professional, hilarious, and it was true collaboration throughout the entire process!
What’s new with you guys? My entire news feed is everyone’s kids going back to school…so freakin’ cute! Although it was like two seconds ago that summer was ending and WE were going back to school. I think this means fall is coming, so we better start the fall fashion convo NOW!
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I wasn’t initially going to do a full post on this dress but I got so many questions and compliments when I posted on IG here, I decided we must talk about shirt dresses – not to be confused with shirts that you wear as a dress! I bought this dress from OLD NAVY back in the spring after having Calvin because it’s loose, comfortable and able to be worn in spring, summer & fall. Also, I must add – this dress is currently on sale for $19.99! I have a medium but it runs very big so size down, if you’re questioning it.
Shirt dresses are perfect for transitioning into fall. This fabric is a bit heavier and the sleeves and length are perfect for when it’s not too hot but not too cold either. I am so so excited for fall fashion…summer fashion is just not my fave anymore. I feel like up until I was about 20, summer was my favorite season. Basically, summer is fun when you can spend it at the pool relaxing as opposed to sitting in an office staring at a computer screen. Now, it’s just too hot for me, too hot for Cal, and this girl doesn’t like to sweat when she’s not supposed to be sweating (aka outside of a workout!) #firstworldprobs
It’s funny, when I was pregnant I would wear tight, form fitting dresses all the time because it was really cool and acceptable to show off my belly then. A big belly = cute. Now, not so much. I actually have to admit that I’m not a huge dress fan or wearer in general because i just feel more comfortable with a waist band (helps suck it all in, haha.) Is that weird? I know most people are the opposite.
Sometimes when wearing loose or over sized dresses, it can tend to look like I’m either 1.) wearing a sack or 2.) am huge because I have a larger chest. One solution for this is tying something around your waist…can be a shirt, a belt, or even a fanny pack if you’re feeling adventurous. I chose a jean shirt here, which I could also actually wear as intended, if needed. A lot of shirt dresses come with a belt or cinched waist (see options below), so look for those if you feel you have the same issue!
You could also choose other statement pieces that draw away from the mid-section such as statement shoes (I chose wedges since it is still so warm out, but this dress will also look great with short booties for fall) a hat such as this floppy, or a a piece of jewelry. I wrote about floppy hats last year and can’t wait to bust them out – and probably write about them again this year! Such a fun and stylish accessory.
Although I got this dress from Old Navy, their sister company, GAP, has some great options right now for achieving this look – here is a style guide with some of my favorite easy shirt dresses that will easily transition you into fall:

All dresses + a 40% offer can be found here:

Get 40% off with code STYLE at Gap. Restrictions apply. Ends 8/18.

I brought Calvin along while taking these photos and he was seriously an angel watching in his stroller.
img_3077It’ll be September in just two short weeks – I hope you all are as excited about transitioning into fall as I am. What are your go-to’s? I will write about my favorite transition boots (let’s be honest – boots are the best fall wardrobe staple) before the end of the month.
Have a great rest of the week!

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Red, White & Baby [Patriotic Style Inspo for the Whole Fam]

Happy Friday!! This particular Friday is super exciting because we are officially on vacation now for a full week. Seriously, so pumped. I almost gave myself a panic attack today stressing so hard about work. The stress is real – SO this is coming at the perfect time!
We are going to Corolla, NC (the OBX.) Who has been? What should we make sure to do? Are there really wild horses on the beach? Let me know, friends!
I decided we were in serious need of some fam pics so we met up with my photographer and she got some amazing 4th of July themed pics taken for us. Craig is always taking pics of me and Calvin or vice versa, so it’s very rare we are all in the same shot. I will love these photos forever!

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After we shot these photos I realized almost everything we were wearing was from Old Navy (except my top) and suddenly, in my mind, we were this family:

Seriously, I think everyone has owned one of these Old Navy horrible patriotic shirts in the past. BTW – I hope no one in this family sees my blog – and if they do, well, we’ve allll been in a photo like this, LOL. Did you know that they still sell new versions of this shirt each year? No offense if you have one for 2k16, I just can’t believe this is still a thing. Guess they are taking ‘don’t fix what ain’t broken’ to a whole new level. There is simply no statement more true than this:

Nope. You aren’t. 
We decided to take a bit more of a “modern” approach on 4th of July fashion.

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Shop our look:
Calvin Jeans
Calvin Red White & Blue Hat – similar
Kayla Denim Shorts
Kayla Lace-Up Poncho
Craig Navy Shorts
Craig Red Zip-Up

*I’ve also picked an additional look for her, for him, and for baby as some patriotic inspiration here*

FOR HER

Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

‘Island Vibe’ Crochet Cotton Hobo Bag

High Rise Short

Cross-Strap Sandals

FOR HIM

Vintage Wash Rugby
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Everyday Shorts

Slip-On Sneakers

FOR BABY

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Americana Slip on Sneakers

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Americana Baseball Cap

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Americana Bodysuit

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Starry Ruffle-Trim Swim
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Eyelet Espadrille Sandals
Most of the items above are from GAP (one of my faves!) – you can use the banner below for free shipping on orders over $50. Also – they currently have a July 4th sale for 40% off your entire purchase through Monday with code JULY4. Happy shopping 🙂


I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend filled with fireworks, family and adult beverages!
❤ Kayla