Black v-neck: Forever 21
Chambray shirt: H&M
As much as I love a good statement necklace, I’ve always been a fan of dainty jewelry. There’s something about small details, for me, that really tops off an outfit. Accessories have become a great way for me to complete an outfit and feel “put together”, but I’ve also learned to be careful not to “over-accessorize”. Robjant Couture is my go-to for dainty handmade jewelry that adds the perfect touch to an outfit without going over the top. This handmade feather necklace was the perfect addition to my denim vest. I wanted to keep this look casual without skipping on accessories. I loved that such a dainty piece could add so much to an outfit!
I was especially blown away by the details on the pieces from Robjant Couture. Dainty jewelry can often look bland or simple, but these items had enough detail to give a statement of their own! This feather necklace has curves, cutouts, and even shadows to give a more realistic appearance. The details are really noticeable when it catches the light.
Even the tiniest of handmade jewelry at Robjant Couture has amazing detail. These UH-DOR-ABLE pinecone earrings are the perfect example. They’re lightweight and comfortable for all day wear, but there isn’t a single detail sacrificed!
She has some adorable feminine pieces, like this handmade bracelet and matching handmade necklace.
When it comes to dainty, unique, handmade pieces, Robjant Couture has something for everyone to fall in love with. Not only will you fall in love, but you can also win your own set of daisy jewelry by entering our giveaway on Instagram!
Simply follow both of us on Instagram (@beautyandthebinky and @robjantcouture), re-post our giveaway picture, and use the hashtag “#flowerpowergiveaway” on the picture. You can get bonus entries by clicking “follow” on my blog and by clicking “favorite” on Robjant Couture’s Etsy shop! (You must comment on the original giveaway picture in order for your extra entries to count.) Good luck to everyone who enters!
I know that it may sound a little odd to have a post dedicated to what I wore to the grocery store, but hear me out. As a new mom, I’m constantly trying to maintain my appearance. Yes, even at the grocery store. The more leeway I give myself (like wearing sweats to the grocery store), the more I take advantage of my own leeway (like wearing sweats out to dinner). That is not even an exaggeration. I like to push the limits. In all things. It’s a bad trait, really. Knowing that I would end up in a downward spiral resulting in ponytails and sweatpants to all functions if I allow myself to think sweat pants are acceptable outside of the house. (For clarification, sweat pants are acceptable outside of the house. I just have a hard time limiting myself to certain places outside of the house.) To meet my own lack of self-discipline and limits, I decided during pregnancy that I would do my best to get dressed any time I was leaving the house. To run errands. To go shopping. To meet friends. To go swimming. Any time.
On this particular day, we were stopping by Starbuck’s and the grocery store. I wasn’t in much of the mood to “get dressed”, so I wanted something simple while still trying to be a bit stylish. It was warm out, but I hadn’t shaved my legs for a couple days. Shorts were out of the question. Jeans were out of the question. A maxi dress was the perfect solution. They’re always comfortable, keep you cool, and are easily styled. It just so happened that my strapless bra was dirty on that day and this maxi has spaghetti straps. Like I said, it wasn’t a high effort day. I threw on an extremely light, white button-down and knotted the bottom half up. Problem solved!
I felt a bit matchy-matchy or bland, but I didn’t want to wear any statement jewelry since we were just going to the grocery store. I decided just to wear a few dainty necklaces to top off the maxi and button-down. I swiped on a quick coat of mascara, just to help brighten my eyes.
Maxi Dress: Forever 21
Mascara: Mary Kay
A couple weekends ago, Davis and I decided to do a bit of Spring cleaning. Yes, we’re well aware that it is nearing the end of Summer. Better late than never, right? After spending two and a half days cooped up inside, cleaning and organizing, all three of us were going stir crazy. So, at 4 p.m. on a Sunday, I made the executive decision to go down to play at the pool. We were all excited to get out of the house and I was excited to finally put on this adorable bathing suit from Beverly Swimwear! I found Beverly Swimwear on Instagram (surprise, surprise) and Beverly sent over an extra bathing suit that she had on hand. She sews all of her suits and has made some amazing custom suits! I was a little envious of the bloggers who’ve gotten custom suits until I put on this little number.
Custom or not, this bathing suit was so flattering. I’m only 5’2″ and I’ve never liked the way a one piece bathing suit makes my body look. Two pieces have suited me well so far, but I’ve really been itching to find a trendy one piece for playing at the pool. Since I’ve become a wife and a mom, I’ve become oddly aware of how much of my skin is showing. I don’t mean that I am embarrassed of the way my body looks, because I am much better shaped now than I ever have been (by the grace of God and the power of breastfeeding)! I just mean that I buy my skirts a little longer now, my skin-tight dresses don’t feel quite right, and I have retired all of my cut-offs. (Don’t get me wrong, I still bust out a “sexy” skirt every now and then for a night out on the town with my husband, like the one I wore a few weeks ago.) Beverly’s whole goal in creating her swimwear is to “give women more stylish options while allowing you to remain modest.” She has definitely accomplished that. I also love the ability of a one piece to double as a shirt while playing at the pool or at the beach! When I got ready to walk down to the pool, I just threw a skirt on over my swimsuit! This one has an open back, so it gives a much sexier impression than most one pieces would.
I look forward to purchasing a swimsuit from her that I can pretend is a perfectly normal tank top! For me, playing at the pool prep should be minimal. A quick coat of mascara, a rub down of sunscreen, a hat, and whatever I need to cover up en route to the pool. Convenience is always a plus in the mommy world (and the fashion world). It’s also notable that this particular swimsuit would be extremely convenient to breastfeed in! (Come on, you knew I had to throw that in there!) I’m eyeing this one piece from Beverly Swimwear, but I’m also interested in the possibility of a custom swimsuit. Either way, you’ll definitely see more from Beverly Swimwear on Beauty and the Binky!
I’d also like to mention that one of my friends, Jessica, is an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay and she sent me off with a ton of samples and products to try! I’ll be posting full reviews in the near future! I use some of the products consistently, so you will see mentions of them before the reviews! One of the products I used when I went to play at the pool was TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer Sunscreen, which deserves a shout out! It was thick and covering, but rubbed in well! (No white streaks!) It also settled into my skin, instead of sitting on top of it and making me feel slimy after playing in the pool. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth, even after spending a couple hours playing at the pool! Like covering my skin, protecting my skin has become something that I’m conscious of now. Having a sunscreen that acts much more like a moisturizer makes me that much more likely to use it every day.
Sunscreen: TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer Sunscreen at Mary Kay
One piece swimsuit: Beverly Swimwear
Today, I’m honored to feature the adorable and imaginative Pretend With Poppins shop! Last week, I gave away these handmade plush doughnuts, made my Pretend With Poppins! Of course, not before Owen got his hands on them! Owen really enjoys stacking things and putting things together, so he immediately grabbed the doughnuts and began stacking them! On the third doughnut, he started to realize that they had colorful sprinkles and got excited! He has always been a fan of polka dots and stripes (good thing, since they’ve quickly been increasing in my wardrobe!), so he enjoyed the sprinkled doughnuts the most. As an adult, I was blown away by the added detail on a handmade item! He has this silly habit of saying “who who” when he’s excited about something, which he kept doing with the sprinkled doughnuts. (I think this comes form his love of owls and the fact that they say “whoo”. Wherever it came from, it’s one of the things I’ll miss the most when he grows out of it.)
Owen also loved putting the doughnuts on our table. He saw the doughnut box on the table and I think he wanted to put them back in their box. I didn’t let him have the box, since I was sending it to someone else! We have somehow gotten lucky with a child who enjoys putting things back where they came from! I’m not sure how he picked that up, because we’re not even good at putting things back where they go! Regardless, he really enjoyed the handmade doughnuts from Pretend With Poppins!
There are many other imaginative items over at Pretend With Poppins, like a handmade picnic set with plush food and a play set with ears and mittens! It has been “closed” for a short time in order to catch up with orders and prepare for Fall, which means that there’s a ton of new items in the shop!
Check it out and get your babe’s imagination flowing! I know I’ll be making quite a few purchases in the near future, since Owen enjoyed his trial run with these handmade doughnuts!