Friday, June 27, 2014

Passion For Fashion #59 : Flower Power :


This is one of my favorite fit & flare dresses & I'm sure I featured it once or twice before.  Obviously it's in constant rotation year round and it's from, can you guess... Modcloth, my most favorite online shop of all, of course.
I love the big flower print OVER the big navy stripes... go big or go home, right?  Because the dress is "so much" in itself I kept accessories to a minimum and paired it with my favorite nude pumps.  Coincidentally, Ruby ntoice that my mani also matched the dress!

Oh, and I'm a total blondie again for the summer! Gotta keep it fresh!

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Every Friday Rachel & I will be co-hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup!

Anything fashion goes!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peplum, Pencil Skirt & Booties

Top: AE // Skirt: H&M (thrifted) // Shoes: Walmart // Sunnies: Forever 21 // Bag: A Dash of Fab

To be honest, I think this outfit looked great in real life.  The photos don't do it justice.
That, or maybe it wasn't that great.
But that's fashion, right!? You take a risk and sometimes it pays off & other times... not so much.
I actually felt quite put together & professional.  There's nothing better than a cute pencil skirt to give you that retro secretary vibe!
I scored this H&M skirt last year while I was out thrifting.  I think I got it for $6 at Value Village. I don't wear it often, but it's a great piece that I should pull out & wear to the office more.
And the top is from Amercian Eagle. There's definitely a love/hate thing going on with peplum. You either love it or you don't.  And I do.  I find it just gives every just a cute waist & hourglass figure.  A good peplum top accents your curves in all the right places!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Passion For Fashion #58 : Denim Vest :

Sunglasses: Urban Planet // Earrings:  Etsy (old!)  // Ring: Walmart // Vest: Walmart // Dress: Gap // Shoes: Walmart (old!)
 What a crazy busy week! It's Friday already!?
I remember the good old days when I had a blog post scheduled for every day... EVERY DAY!  You're lucky I even remembered to bribe my kids to take my picture this week! Ha!
Seriously, though... how do you do it?  How do you juggle everything that matters AND blogging?  Not that blogging doesn't matter, it's a big part of most of our lives... I just find it hard sometimes to prioritize it.

Which is why I love my little Passion For Fashion co-host gig.  It gives me an excuse to step away from the stress of the every day things for just a few moments. Even if I don't have the chance to comment on your posts, please know that I appreciate everyone taking the time to support me & Rachel and the linkup!

That being said, what do you think of my new denim vest?  I've been on the hunt for one for a while and found this one at Walmart! It's comfy, and has that distressed look I was looking for.  I can already imagine a dozen different ways to wear it!  I love the look of a cropped denim vest or jacket with a dress!

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Every Friday Rachel & I will be co-hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup!

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be!

Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favorite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!
You can find my board HERE

Best part, there are no rules!
We only ask that you link back to us via text link or button!


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Smile and Write

It's been a while since I've invited someone to take over the blog for a day...
but it's definitely been worth the wait!
Shannon blogs over at Smile and Write and you can't help but be drawn in by her honesty and zest for life.  Seriously.  She's a beautiful person inside & out, and you'll be a better person for getting to know if only through her blog, instagram feed or tweets.
I hope you will take a moment to read her story (in a nutshell, here today) and head on over to show her a little love!

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 Hey Lena B fans! I am honored to be here today guest posting on her blog. My name is Shannon and my blog is called Smile and Write. Most people want to know my angle on why I started this crazy weird thing called blogging and what my slice of internet heaven is all about. It was born out of a mid-life crisis coupled with being stuck in a deep pit of grief after my brother was killed in a car accident. There it is, the band-aid is off. You know the grief I carry around in my pocket daily and the reason sometimes it's hard to smile when everyone else is footloose and care free.

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But for as difficult the grief still can be, blogging and writing has been the anchor that pulled me out deep dark pit, and helped me find myself and love my life again. So what is Smile and Write about? Exactly that. You see, the beauty in all of this is that I discovered my passion for helping others who find themselves in the same position I did. Not necessarily just sibling grief but all the yucky stuff we find ourselves trying to handle in this life.
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I write about peace and how I found it, how disconnecting from the world has helped me love myself in ways I never knew possible. I share the lessons I have learned about self-love and how nothing good came to fruition in my life, until I learned to love and invest in myself. This is my calling. This is why I am here and as much as the grief of my brother's death still hits me at the rarest moments, I know he is right next to me, coaching me on, opening up my mind and my life to fill its highest potential. That my friends, is what Smile and Write is all about. Well that and my love affair with Bob Costas' Eye. Love yourself, be true to your passions and listen to your inner voice and you will achieve amazing things.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Passion For Fashion #57 : Flamingo Tank :

Full Disclosure: Some items in this post were gifted to me, but the styling & opinions of these items are 100% mine.


There are some fantastic print trends happening right now, and I'm really excited about... flamingos.
I mean, really, what's not to love!? They're pink and kinda funky looking with their long necks and skinny legs...

It just so happens my best friend has a flamingo tattoo on her leg so this tee totally reminded me of her & just had to have it!  Is there any other bird that screams SUMMER as much as a flamingo?
I can't wait to pair with a pair of high waist skinny jeans or maybe even my new tulle skirt... the possibilities!!

The customer service reps at Black Five have been a pleasure to work with!  Along with my new tank, I had also ordered a romper that REALLY didn't work out for me... I was bummed, but they've really taken the time to help me out with the return process.  They've got tons of cute stuff and totally affordable prices.  I LOVE a good deal.  The best part is you can get 20% off your first order and they offer FREE worldwide shipping!

I'm thoroughly impressed with their selection, prices & attitudes towards helping keep their customers happy!  Here a few more things from my Black Five wishlist:

1. // 2. // 3. // 4.

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Every Friday Rachel & I will be co-hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup!

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be!

Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favorite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!
You can find my board HERE

Best part, there are no rules!
We only ask that you link back to us via text link or button!


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WEAR: Black Maxi


The weather has been awesome here lately.  Hot!!  After such a cold (and long!) winter, I won't be complaining about the heat anytime soon!

Most days, after I pick the kids up from school, we head over to the local ice cream shop for a treat!  These photos were taken right in front of it... and that cool red truck in the background belongs to my husband...
He said he'd only take my outfit pics if I made sure to get the truck on the blog somehow! Ha! Men!
Since my new Dex Maxi Dress just had to be documented, I obliged. ;)

Isn't the beaded neckline the best? And I love that it has 2 slits up each side. So comfy!
I apologize for the sweater around the waist... does anyone do that anymore? It's freezing in the office so I had to wear it at work and when I left I just slung it around my waist and forgot to take it off.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Passion For Fashion #56 : Wolf Wear :

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Isn't this the coolest print? It's so subtle & so unique!  This Sugarhill Boutique wolf print dress (I got mine via ASOS ages ago) is an obvious favorite having been featured on the blog several times already.  It's that one piece that is in constant rotation and is my go to frock when I can't figure out what else to wear.  I can pair it with tights or leggings, boots & flats... pretty much anything & everything goes with it.  This week I paired it with neon strappy sandals & fun bangles!

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Fashion is for everyone
Whether you're single in the city or a stay at home mom from the country...
we all have a passion for fashion!
Every Friday Rachel & I will be co-hosting a fashion free-for-all linkup!

Anything fashion goes!
Link up your outfit posts, a fashion recap, a fashion wishlist, get your kids or hubby in on the fun... if you've got a passion for fashion, this is the place to be!

Celebrate your style with us every Friday!
We'll be pinning our favorite looks to our Passion for Fashion boards on Pinterest!
You can find my board HERE

Best part, there are no rules!
We only ask that you link back to us via text link or button!


Lena B, Actually
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Purple & Peach

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The only way I could get Ruby dressed this morning was to promise her she could pick out MY outfit for the day... and this is the look she came up with.  I was impressed that she thought to pair a peach colored statement necklace with a purple dress... I had NEVER thought of this combo myself, having paired this Old Navy dress in the past with nothing more than a dark, skinny belt and minimal accessories!  I also thought the flats she picked out went perfectly.  I definitely took a chance letting my 6 year old pick out my clothes, but it paid off!  And she agreed to wear what I picked out for her... win-win!!

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