Monday, February 23, 2015

All Things Stripe-y: Side Zip Sweater


J Crew Side Zip Sweater, H&M Boots, Treasure and Bond Skinny Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair


As many of you know if you read this little bloggity blog of mine often, my little family is going through a bit of a change. Mav's retiring from the Army and we have spent the last several months trying to wait as patiently as possible for our house to sell, job plans to fall in place and a myriad of other stresses. Its that time. Decision time. Moving time. Ugh. I've successfully avoided this issue for as long as I possibly can. Now its time to put my feet on the ground and get running.
 
 
With all this in mind, the waiting presented two dilemma's. First, we didn't know where Mav was going to get a job. Just because your a several times over, combat proven, former Army helicopter instructor pilot with several thousand flight hours under your belt, doesn't mean you just walk into a civi job. No matter the qualifications, ratings, flight hours or certifications you have. Second, where are me and the kids going to set up home while he's working. We had plan a, plan b and plan c worked. Plan c was he gets a job where he is gone most of the time. The point of retiring from military life was that he wasn't going to be gone anymore, right? God willing, something will open up for him in the next few months that doesn't require the long distance relationship. And, if not, this is nothing new to us. We are used to it. Heck, the first 9 months of our relationship were long distance.
 
 
So, with all that, please forgive me if my activity on here for the next several weeks is hit or miss. Now you know why. Drop me a comment on here or check me out on Instagram! During all the mêlée that will ensue in the next month, I will attempt to post pics on IG with my currently wearing outfits of the day or other crazy happenings @sunshinesequinsblog. I may even do a photo shoot in a fantastic new place that might have snow!!! I know you're excited. I'm excited, too!
 
Don't forget to go over to shopstyle.com to get shoppable emails of all the lovely outfits on here. But you have to sign up first and then like my Instagram photos with the shopstyle.it tag! It's super-fun and super-easy! I love it!
 
Anyway, back to fashion. Remember, my great distraction? I'm going to talk a little about my obsession with nautical stripes and why I love all things stripe-y. For the last few seasons, I've been slowly adding striped clothing to my closet. Stripes are chic, sophisticated and casual at the same time. These are my three rules all wrapped up in one pretty package. Since January, I've been on a red stripe buying frenzy!!! Well, not really. I only bought two things buuuut these two things are making my Spring transition so lovely I can't stand it!
 
I saw this J Crew sweater while perusing their website a few weeks back and I couldn't resist it!!! The red stripes, the side zip details.....say it ain't so!  I was sold. It was love at first sight. I had to have it. You know me, I don't like spending a whooole lot of money on any one piece of clothing unless I think it has staying power. This one definitely does. I will wear it well into Spring and then bring it out for a Fall pick me up on those dreary days! What really sold me on this sweater was two things: its a heavier, yet lightweight sweater and the zippers!! Oh, how I love the details. A little extra drama never hurts, especially when I'm talking about fashion!
 
 
Now I'm going to talk your ear off about my new favorite brand of skinny jeans: Treasure and Bond brand. I love this brand not only because the skinnies hug and lift this bootie-licious babe in all the right places but it's also a "gives back" brand. I love brands that give back and especially ones that give to organizations that help empower girls and women. And with saying all that, they are even under $60! 

 
J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog
What I'm Wearing:

J Crew Side Zip Striped Sweater

Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag (I so know it doesn't go with this outfit but I love this PINK here)

Treasure and Bond Skinny Jeans

H&M Ankle Boots

Essie Russian Roulette

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Call the Shots

J Crew Sunglasses

H&M Knuckle Rings

J Crew Plaid Scarf {sold out} similar here and on sale!

J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog
 
 

 
 

J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog
 
 

J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog



J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog

J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid blanket Scarf, Zara Blanket Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog

J Crew Striped Sweater, J Crew plaid Scarf, Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Handbag, Madewell Skinny Jeans, Sunshine and Sequins Blog



Obviously I was avoiding face shots for this post. I don't know why. Maybe its because I'd been crying because it was Valentines Day and my daughter ran all the way across the soccer field at the park to give me a flower she picked just for me. She gave me a hug and said in the sweetest voice you ever heard "I wuv you Mommy."
 
Sniff, sniff.
 
 
 
Happy Monday Ya'll!
 
 
~B
 
 
 
 
 
I love this little munchkin.

 
Just so you know, this moment is so rare to ever get caught on camera because I'm usually the one with behind the camera! I have great shots of my husband and various other people with my children. Its a bit sad because I think that no one will ever replace a mother in a child's life.

As adults they will look at photos of themselves when they were a child and remember the feelings and the moments that created their life. All those lost moments in the psyche that make a person who they are. Those things you may not remember but are always on the surface of every decision and emotion you have. This is why photos are so important to me. I may not be an artsy craftsy mom who has a scrapbook with each moment detailed but if nothing else, my daughter will always have this picture to know, without a doubt, the love her mother has for her. I pray she never forgets.


Can I get an amen from all the moms who get this?
 
 
 
 




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