Springtime Floral & Fringe

I’m so excited to finally get another fashion post up on the blog this year & I want to talk about what’s in my closet for Spring! My style is not typically super feminine or ‘flowery’, but this year in particular, I can’t stop gravitating towards everything FLORAL! It just feels so fresh and there is no question when wearing, that it is in season. I mean, Spring = Flowers.  
This look, featuring FRINGE will be the first of 3 looks with a floral theme on the blog this season. Spring is also festival season, which always seems to bring a plethora of fringe to wardrobe staples. Floral mixed with fringe is even better in my book. I’m not even embarrassed to say that I found this beautiful plum kimono in a junior’s section – we gotta do what we gotta do. I had in my mind exactly what I was trying to find, and I hit the jackpot at Macy’s, right as I was leaving the store. And really, is it that much different than shopping at Forever? There are no rules saying Moms can’t shop wherever want, too! There are, however, rules on how stealthy and efficient one must be while leaving the house with a 6 week old at home. 😅
I paired with a basic blank tank underneath and black jeggings (best invention since leggings themself.) You know, I haven’t committed to real pants post-baby, just yet. I added some more fringe with this black boot & jewelry is all black & gold – which is my usual go-to. All pieces linked below photos.
I’ve included some shots of my look, along with my top picks for a similar feel.
Blog 1.JPGBlog 4Blog 8 The flowy feel of this top is key for both comfort and fit during the 4th trimester period I mentioned last post. It’s basically the spring version of my poncho obsession this past fall.
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Floral Kimono – Macy’s
Booties – Forever 21
C.W.C. Initial Necklace – Stella & Dot
Layered Necklace – Forever 21 (similar)
Watch – Michael Kors
Lipstick – Maybelline Plum Perfect

Shop the look:

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Metallic Embroidered Mesh Kimono
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Tasseled Floral Longline Kimono
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Floral-Print Kimono
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Fringed Floral-Embroidered Kimono
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Fringed Floral-Embroidered Kimono
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Suede Boots with Fringe
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Suede Ankle Boots with Fringe
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Santana Jasper Fringe Booties

Accessorize it;

Stickin’ with the floral & fringe theme – what are your go-to’s? Any pieces I’m missing? I’ll leave you with a pic of me & my crew!

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Happy Saturday! Enjoy your weekend with friends & family. 

❤ Kayla

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Our First Fam Walk + Springtime Activity Guide 

Two weekends ago, we got out for our first family walk since having Calvin (he was 10 days, now he’s 3 weeks)- it was 65 and sunny so we had to take advantage!  We didn’t make it very far due to this recovering mama, and all our pics are super posey in only our apartment complex, but we don’t care, haha. We were just happy to get out of the house and get some fresh air – I’m so excited for more family outings as I begin to feel like myself and the baby gets older.

  ^green smoothie in tow – making some strides towards that #healthylife
  ^cuties!
^ he slept the entire time!
^the black suit strikes again & I seriously need a tan
^super Dad looking super serious

With less than 2 weeks left until the first official day of Spring and temps in the 60’s & 70’s this week, I’ve started thinking about and looking forward to all of the things I want to do this Spring. Last Spring we had just moved here, and shortly after I was entering the first trimester of pregnancy. AKA we had no idea what there was to do around us, and I wasn’t feeling so great most of the time.

Here are a few ideas I’ve put together for this year – I’d also like to hear your ideas or plans for when the weather warms up!

 Dine/Drink on a Patio 

Is there anything better than the combination of food, drinks, and fresh air? I love finding restaurants with nice patios and outdoor accommodations.  Since I’ll be going back to work where I sit in an office all day, this is at the top of my list. I really dislike wasting great weather by being inside, especially on the weekends!

Wine Tastings
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Our area has some really beautiful wineries (Central NJ – who knew?) and last year we got to go to a few. I’m really looking forward to going again and finding a few new tastings to try. It’s generally pretty inexpensive for the tastings, you get a free wine glass, and then you can decide from there if you’d like to buy a bottle (or three.) It’s a great way to try new wine as opposed to buying barefoot every time you go to the grocery. Oh, and you can usually buy specific cheese plates that pair best with each wine. There are not a lot of things I love more than cheese. These are my favorite in our area:

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Terhune Orchards

Laurita Winery

 Picnic/Photos in the Park

Now that we have a baby, I imagine we will be finding local parks to take walks and get out of the house. I don’t particularly like doing loops around the apartment complex, although sometimes that has to suffice! You could pack a picnic, and take some photos of the scenery, your family, or with friends with use of the natural light. We first did this when coming up with “it’s a boy!” announcement photos. I know, we’re big losers sometimes! 🙂

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Make a few new healthy go-to recipes

I’m a huge advocate for grocery shopping, always having food in the house, and cooking at home. I’ve mentioned in a previous post how much healthier this is both for you and your wallet! I do often find myself making the same things over and over, which long-term can lead to boredom and an increased chance of unhealthy snacking. It’s important to find new, healthy eats on a regular basis and it has become very easy thanks to Pinterest. You do have to set aside time to find them, but then you can just add them to your page and pull up the pin at the store for the ingredient/shopping list. You can follow my food board here. Below are a few recipes I have saved to try soon:

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad 
 

Veggie Pasta Primavera

Easy Burrito BowlsEasy Burrito Bowls - Skip Chipotle and try these burrito bowls right at home. It's easier, healthier and 10000x tastier!:

Find a Local Coffee Shop

As much as I love my Starbucks, it’s nice to find new local or small business coffee shops. They always have the nicest employees, best menus, and make your drinks look IG worthy. I don’t believe there’s any better way to catch up with a friend on a Saturday or Sunday morning, then over a cup of coffee.

Attend a Baseball Gamephillies

Nothing reminds me of Spring more than a MLB baseball game, a draft Budweiser and a good ole hot dog. My sisters and I grew up going to Reds games with our Dad. Now that we live in NJ, we have a few options for teams in NY and PA, but we are planning on taking Calvin to a Phillies game this Spring. They play the reds in May so we might have to be that family rooting for the visiting team!

Try a New Workout 

As you may have noticed, a large portion of this activity guide is consisting of eating and drinking, so we better offset with something that burns calories! Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to mix it up and get out of your winter treadmill running rut. Name a specialized workout, and I have tried it in an effort to not get burnt out or plateau in my fitness goals. Orange Theory, Barry’s, Pure Barre, CrossFit, Boxing, Cycle Bar, Hot Yoga, Body Pump, Les Mills, and the list goes on. I’m one of those weirdos that actually likes working out, especially if it is a new challenge. Pick something you’ve been wanting to try, and go for it. Most of these “boutique” gyms will let you do your first class free, and then have better rates for your first month. If you get hooked, you’ll have to decide whether the membership fees are worth it to you. I have found in the past that I’ve never regretted investing in workout classes I truly love and bring results. I am also a BIG fan of at-home body weight workouts. I will do a full post on this in the future (if not multiple), but my favorite FREE at-home works are Body Rock TV.  They are hard as shit but so quick and effective!

I’ve really relied heavily on Yelp since relocating, but your opinion on your experience will be most valid. Find the activity or place you want to visit, do some quick research, and then try it out!

Happy [almost] Friday – enjoy your weekends & get out and take advantage of those warmer temps! What is your favorite springtime activity?!

I’ll be writing a post-pregnancy update here soon!

Thanks for reading 💕

Kayla