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The “Blouse Over Dress” Challenge

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It’s hard to believe that Fall is here already. Especially round these parts where cool weather feels like it’ll never come. To kick start this wonderful season of holidays, cinnamon smelling things, pumpkin everything, sweaters, boots and more, I thought we’d have a little challenge.

Wearing a blouse or shirt over a dress is a great way to not only add layers, but it’s also a perfect way to mix textures and/or patterns. Plus, it might help you get out a fashion rut or find a new use for some articles of clothing you’ve had hanging in your closet for a long time.

I want you to put together an outfit with a blouse, shirt or vest over a dress over the next two weeks and email me a picture of your lovely self at thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com. If you’re okay with me sharing your creation, I’ll be posting readers awesome outfits on Friday, October 3rd, 2014. If you’d like, you could also take a pic and post it on instagram and hashtag it #blouseoverdresschallenge.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!! :)

Radio Edit

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(Necklace: veryjane.com  Dress: Thrifted  Shoes: Instagram shop)

In my very naive bubble, I had no idea that there were radio edit versions of songs and just figured a lot of songs included “ish” in their lyrics. Duh. I am NOT a fan of extensive and unnecessary cussing, especially the “F” word. And it got me thinking, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could “radio edit” everything? Like there was a setting for everyone’s life and you could just turn it on and then you wouldn’t have to listen to foul mouths around you. Or you could set it for your kids, so that you could protect their precious ears? That would be fantastic.

Yikes

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(Shirt: Old Navy  Belt, Skirt & Boots: Thrifted)

I have a new 8th grade student that I met last week and she is a sweet girl. She did however have the brightest blue eyeshadow on and poorly placed lipstick. I want so badly to help her out and then I thought about how awkward I was in middle/high school and how that time in life is such a learning period. The awkwardness and makeup experimentation is such a key part of growing up and I’m so glad that I was so awkward because I’m sure it kept me out of a lot of trouble.

Small Town Girl

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 (Necklace: Instagram Shop  Dress: Plato’s Closet  Shirt: Thrifted (Target)  Boots: JustFab)

I have lived in the same town my whole life (in fact, my parents still live in the same house I grew up in). I moved away for a brief period to go to college and travel the world some, but in the back of my mind, I always knew I would move back here, raise a family and grow old in this city. It’s a relatively small town and everywhere I go, I run into someone I know. And I love it.

But this town is rapidly growing and my heart dies a little every time a stop light goes in because that is just a visual confirmation that we aren’t as small as we used to be and that makes me so sad. Why do things have to change?!

Deep Condition Your Hair With Coconut Oil

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My hair sometimes gets dry and brittle and needs a little extra attention. When this happens, I deep condition it with coconut oil. It’s cheap and easy to do. All you need is some coconut oil and a shower cap. You could also use a towel and blow dryer. (continue reading over at Life As Mom…)

Third One Same As The First

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 (Dress: ???  Necklace: Instagram Shop  Shoes: JustFab.com)

Very few things bother me, but something that’s been irking me lately is when people comment that Owen is my “third kid”. You know, like when you set the kid down on the ground and people say “third kid” like you would NEVER do that with the first kid. But the thing is I was exactly the same with my first, second and third. The only thing I would say that has been different is that first month figuring out sleeping/breastfeeding/etc. Being a new parent and dealing with that level of exhaustion/confusion for the first time was horrible. Otherwise, I’ve never been a germaphobe and am okay with my kids eating a little dirt (sometimes literally). I’ve also been the same level of relaxed with my oldest as I have been with my youngest, although the baby does have more people to hold him now and has incredibly attentive older brothers, so I actually try to put him down more so that he doesn’t grow up thinking the world revolves around him.

Time Change Is A Comin’

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(Necklace: Instagram Shop  Dress: GwynnieBee  Belt: HandMeDown  Shoes: gift-Steve Madden)

 I have always been a Fall person. I love sweaters, hearty soups and all the holidays from my birthday to Christmas. But I CANNOT stand when the time changes. Why does it have to get dark so early?! I am not ready for my long, glorious summer days to go away. There are few things better than sitting outside on the porch at 7:30pm and enjoying the cool breeze as you watch the sun go down. If it wasn’t for the excitement of Halloween coming up, I would be in serious mourning. Does anyone else have their costume thought out already?

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