Simple Steps to a Nighttime Make Up Look

I don't know if this just comes with age, but mostly I am over make up. I really focus on skincare and achieving bright, clear skin that needs nothing over covering things up. Which by the way, is impossible, but we are all trying, right? 
Most days I stick with a face oil, a tinted spf, a quick eyelash curl, and maybe a little concealer if things need a little help. Plus, a little swipe of bronzer so I do not resemble Wednesday Adams in the dead of winter. 
  But if in the off chance I have a night out where I am in the mood for make up, this is the routine I usually go with. Not too many products, just things I know work really well and are not trying too hard. 
I posted a video of how I do it on Instagram stories and will keep them in my highlighted section of my bio too if you want to see how I do it. And I promise it is foolproof! 
1. I apply this face oil to moisturize and get things plumped up. / 2. Then I add a few drops of this foundation serum that is so light, yet skin blurring you will not believe it. / 3. I dab on concealer under my eyes, nose, and any blemishes. / 4. A dab of this blush gets blended with my finger for the perfect flush / 5. If my skin needs more help, I use a little of this foundation powder to cover / 6. I tame brows with this gel / 7. I brush on bronzer all the places the sun would hit me on vacay / 8. The best eyelash curler there ever was is a must / 9. I apply this easy as pie eyeliner to my water line / 10. I use this kohl liner in mink above my lashes, then a cream eye shadow stick on top, then blend with my finger for a smokey look / 11. I do not skimp on the mascara piling on as much as humanly possible / 12. Then I add in a lip, like this matte pencil that I smudge with my fingers. 

I added the brushes I use below if you need those! 

Ta-Da! Just add tequila and you have yourself a night, girl. 

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Cold Weather Coats for Every Budget

When you spend more than half the year just above or below freezing you live in a big coat. And as the winter drags on in all its gray glory, it is really nice to bundle up in something that is cheery and fun. So while a nice black parka is nice to have, it is the fur trimmed, bright, or printed coat that will make you you smile and keep you warm. There are so many great options this year and better yet so many at every price point. 

Under $100
1. I worship a winter white coat (lots of other colors)  / 2. Mustard is still such a hot color. This also comes in other colors  / 3. A long olive and mustard that is reversible / 4. A gorgeous fur trimmed coat / 5. This burgundy parka looks so lux / 6. Love a sporty puffer. / 7. This looks EXACTLY like a Moncler 10x the price! (other colors too)

Under $200
1. Leopard print is always a good idea  / 2. This pink coat is so warm and cheery! / 3. Oversized brightness (comes in lots of colors and size down!) / 4. I love this shade of blue  / 5. VELVET! enough said / 6. This is such a good leopard faux fur / 7. Prepped up Patagonia in a long version / 8. The parka to get you through the coldest days (comes in other awesome colors) / 9. I love the zip detail and fur on this puffer 

Investment Coats over $300
1. I own a version of this coat and it unbelievably soft / 2. This Moncler is also crazy warm and soft with a velvet collar / 3. This shearling trimmed Moto is SO cute / 4. A chic and cozy coat for nights out / 5. A bright puffer for the gray days / 6. A double breasted teddy. LOVE / 7. Faux fur and puffer magic / 8. Vegan leather puffer is genius 

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Current Favorites

It went straight from the most beautiful fall to full blown winter this week. It is actually comical how snowy it is. And the full denial I have is real since my kids are squeezing into last year's winter gear and I have plans to still wear open toe shoes in the near future. We shall see. 
I do love any excuse to wear pajamas all day and be super cozy, so I will embrace that and will the weather to get warmer. I have grand plans of teaching the kids to make lasagna today, so tucking into that will be a nice warm blanket with a side of red wine. I hope you had a fun Halloween week and survived the sugar high and the snow. 
This week's favorites definitely are showing the season change...

1. I posted these leopard flats on Instagram and got lots of questions. They are SO comfy and my go to flat all year. You can really wear them with anything and the quality is so nice. 
2. Super on top of my holiday card game and ordered this simple one this year. Minted always has such cute options and all cards are 15% off this week. Use code JOY19
3. With snow comes muddy boots and wet snow gear being lugged in every day. It is nice to swap in a cute runner or small rug for the foyer that can take the mess. I am LOVING this Oushak-esque woven and for the price you can bring on all the dirt. 
4. J. Crew has taken it's beloved Chateau coat and made it a budget friendly parka that looks so cozy. It comes in this sweet pink and lots of other great colors to cheer up the season. On sale right now! 
5. I wore these cropped knit pants on the plane last week and I am OBSESSED with them. High waisted, super soft, and tailored enough that you could wear to a meeting and get away with it. 
6. If you watch my stories you know that I am a converted bath person now. I am also playing a lot of tennis, so I wanted to find something that really detoxed and soothed tired muscles. I poured this entire bag of magnesium salts in a warm bath and have to say if you are aching it is worth having a few of them around. 
7. With holiday dressing coming up (promise to have a dedicated post to this!) I am always looking for rich toned, feast friendly, dresses and I love this one so much. An investment piece you can wear well into Spring. 
8. I have been coveting the Bottega pouch forever and this one looks beautiful for 15% of the price. It comes in so many colors and the reviews are all great. 
9. I made this broccoli and cheese rice bake for the fam for while I was away and it was SO good. The perfect cozy meal and awesome for the freezer. 
10. The heat has been on a week and my skin is already dry as can be. I buy this lotion by the tub and it is the only one that lasts all day and night. 

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What's In My Carry On

It is rare that I get to travel solo, but when I do I enjoy the hell out of it. Hours of solo time to read, watch what I want, sip coffee, and maybe even snooze. The only draw back being the dehydration, the inevitable bloat, and the ragged skin after landing. BUT, all worth it and I try to plan on doing all the things to land as refreshed as possible. 

Here is my arsenal, which includes NO KIDS THINGS (!) that I am packing for this trip. 

I cannot wait to dive into a new book and a new show! My routine is to get a giant bottle of water and a latte, get on the plane, cozy up in a big scarf and put in my headphones. Then I slather on a mask, extra lip balm, and hand cream. I might pop an Aleve or two for my joints on a long flight too (yep, I am a grandma). When it is almost time to land, I spray my face with an elixir, brush on my favorite sunscreen, and pop on a tinted lip balm to perk up the ole face. I carry everything in a big tote and bring my hat because I hate when they get smooshed in my suitcase. I also bring a couple battery packs charged up in case there are no outlets on the flight. 

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Current Favorites

I am gearing up for a weekend away with friends (solo!) so this week will be all about doing the prep. It always makes me feel better to leave when things are organized for my crew, but getting it together can be stressful. So I have lots of lists going, some meals to prep, and more importantly outfits to plot for packing. I will be posting a bunch while I am gone, so make sure to follow on Insta!  In the meantime, here are a few favorites from last week...

1. Mary has a super cozy fleece that I have been jealous of or weeks and I finally found one just like it. ON SALE woohoo! 
2. I use this rich lotion year round, but as it gets colder I need it even more. I slather on my hands each night and massage into any extra dry patches I might have. It really is a cure all and non-toxic. 
3. The last thing I needed was more pajamas or sweat suits, but here we are getting more. And I LOVE this set from Splendid so much. It is crazy soft and cozy, but not too hot so you can wear to sleep too. I wore it to drop off and possibly the entire next day after sleeping in it. ha
4. I am almost done with this book that weaves a complicated story of a family of four very different sisters. Fun and sad and true, you will love it. 
5. Speaking of sad, I am SO sad I plowed through all the episodes of Workin' Moms on Netflix. I need something new! 
6. The perfect sweater dress is kind of the holy grail of Fall. Add tights and you also have the best winter outfit. This wine colored number might just be it. 
7. You know I am big Glossier fan (this and this I use every day) and I am loving the new formula of the Generation G lipsticks. Think of it as part stain, part 'I just blotted my lipstick" without the blotting. The Jam color seems like it would be so dark, but I think it is the perfect berry for Fall. 
8. Finally an Ugg alternative that is cute! Also come in black, brown, beige, and leopard!



Five Fall Looks: From the Bus Stop to Date Night

The charm of Fall is upon on us. From the lit up leaves to the warm spiced coffees and little people in puffy coats. We love it all and are hoping it lasts for as long as possible. The coziness of it all is great, but can sometimes mean that style gets lost. There are so many cute pieces that are actually functional for all the phases of your day and can be worn well into winter. Loving all five of these looks so much and that you can mix and match almost all of them. 

Weekend Errands & Lunch

Drop Off & Starbucks Run
Jacket (comes in other colors. This one too!) / Soft Sweat Set / Shearling Boot (OBSESSED)

 Best Friends Birthday Party
Sequin Top (also in burgundy. SO GOOD) / Faux Leather Pants (comes in all sizes) / Leopard heels

Date Night 

Killing it at Work 

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Current Favorites

This week I made a conscious effort to slow down. Most of that is possible because I was super organized with the busy things so the free time was well plotted. I started using this planner pad and it really helped me with my week. That mixed with an uncluttered weekend makes for a smooth transition into Monday and I am into it. I could do without the seasonal allergies, but nothing a little bourbon and honey can't solve. Here are some of my favorites this week...

1. Made a trip to Zara and picked up this Poplin dress and I LOVE. 
2. Plowed right through The Politician on Netflix this week and it is everything. The characters! The Sets! The Plots! So good. Also listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. You'll thank me later. 
3. Sooo I know this Vitner's Daughter Serum is crazy expensive, but I can say that after three weeks I notice an actual difference in my skin. It also smells incredible and slathering it on in the morning is the perfect moisturizer before sunscreen. For a more budget friendly version, the reviews for this one are awesome. 
4. I love simple recipes that take a basic ingredient to a level you never knew it could get to. Cabbbage being something we do not usually crave, you would think making an entire soup out of it would be insane. But I made this Cozy Cabbage Soup with Farro by Smitten Kitchen and I tucked into like a blanket on a cold day. 
5. I bought this pajama set from Nordstrom and it is SO similar to the Eberjay set that is more than double the price! So soft and washes well. 
6. I installed this outdoor rug last week and it is gorgeous. It is a sisal, but with a texture that gives an oushak vibe. Would be just as good inside as it is inside. Especially layered with a smaller vintage rug! The price is amazing too. 
7. My favorite summer dress now comes in a fall print and I cannot tell you how flattering it is. Nips exactly in the right place and the puff sleeves are obviously the best part. 
8. My neck party is getting more attention with this little gold heart pendant added in. It is such a fun longer piece to layer with my shorter delicate necklaces. (psst.. it is super budg friendly too)
9. I have a son who refuses to learn to tie his shoes but is also wearing a giant shoe size that no longer comes in a velcro option. (insert eye roll) So amazon to the rescue and these bungee shoe ties. Easy to lace in any shoe and tighten up. One day we will tackle it, but for now I do not care enough to push it. 

Have A Great Week! 
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Fall Shopbop Sale! Up to 25% Off EVERYTHING

Because I know you have been thinking about all the things you want for Fall, but have yet to pull the trigger, let's get pumped for the Fall Shopbop sale where you get up to 25% off the entire site. Whohoo! 
They call this the stock up sale, because it really is a good one to get all those essentials for Fall you actually need. I always order undies, pajamas, and t-shirts, then add in the pieces that are missing for the season. This year I need a cozy coat for cold soccer games, another sweat set because of course, and a fun cocktail dress for an event. 

Here are some of my favorite picks too! 
Use Code STOCKUP19 at checkout

1. I just got this dress and worship it! So flattering and great to throw on and feel put together. 
2. The cult classic Loeffler Randall mules are a staple you can wear until it snows. Also in rainbow and leopard
3. How chic is this DVF wrap sweater dress?? 
4. A silky top you can wear with jeans to dinner. 
5. The colors and details of this Sea dress are so perfect. 
6. Loving this silky mixed print dress with sneaks for day or pumps for night. 
7. A super soft PJ set to put on immediately upon getting home. 
8. The perfect length faux fur coat to wear absolutely everywhere. This one too
10. Been eyeing this knit dress forever and think it is perfect for Fall
11. Good to get some new workout gear to keep motivated. Love this Terez top with these leggings
12. A cozy (not tight!) sweater dress to pair with boots and feel instantly chic
13. A long heart necklace perfect for layering
14. Vejas are never on sale! So this is your chance

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Halloween Decor

As much as I love decor, I am not a huge holiday decorations person. Clutter and stuff makes me itch, which makes my holiday decor game pretty weak. 
I am recognizing that my kids caring about holidays and the magic of it all is pretty fleeting. And at the ages they are at now a more fun house for the holidays would make for good memories. 
So I am going to up my game this year and I am starting with Halloween. 
But let's be clear, I am not blowing up the house and stuffing every mantel. 
Just a few fun things with big impact so that my kids smile bigger and the season is just a bit more fun. 

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1. A cute striped rug or runner is so perfect to break out for Halloween! Thinking a runner in the kitchen or entry would be fun. 
2. I can always get behind a wreath and this bat one is sweet. 
3. Obsessed with these bat plates! There are also matching bowls
4. A swarm of bats on the wall is always fun
5. Lizzo fans will love this door mat
6. Amber glass pumpkins perfect for candles or little lights
7. Drippy, flickering candles that work on a remote. 
8. Cute felt ball garland for the mantel. 
9. Love these gold skeleton candles
10. How fun are these skeleton hands making signs for the garden? 
12. I have these big spiders and the kids went crazy for them last year

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Weekly Favorites

This week did to turn out as expected, so instead of the schedule I had in mind I was forced to hang out more and take it easy. Which I realized was just what I needed. 
I did a lot more cooking (check out my insta for a new recipe!), had time to actually put on real clothes in the morning, and check off all the to dos I had been putting off (still looking at you closet clean out). 
I am excited to get back to my routine, but also going to remember that I need more days to hang and focus on work/home. 
Here are some of the things that made me happy and I want to share. 

1. With cool nights and mornings upon us, I am in need of a big cozy jacket to throw on over leggings, This one is perfectly oversized and comes in a few great fall colors. 
2. I posted about my new cookware on Instagram and can I tell you my love affair with it continues. I cooked WAY more this week just to try things out. It is beautiful, lightweight, cleans up like a dream, and has great evenness. I love the blue I got, but it also comes in pink/brass! And black for a classic look. 
3. I am trying to slowly clean up my skin care product by product. I will not go all the way with it, but I am trying products out in an attempt to be more non toxic. I am a devoted Olay Body Wash user, but decided to give this Plant Apothecary Calm Down Wash a try given the raves reviews. And I am OBSESSED with it. The suds are so soft and the smell is intoxicating (ps: I am not a big fragrance person). It also comes in Get Happy, Wake Up, and Get it On (wink wink). Or get a set, which I am considering. 
4. My tried and true faux leather leggings come in the best Oxblood color for Fall. 
5. It has recently occurred to me that not everyone knows about Yellowstone. If you have not dove into this Ranch/Cowboy drama starring Kevin Costner (but really starring the beautiful state of Montana) start binging NOW. The boys will love it too, so it makes for a good hang. You can watch demand on the Paramount channel. 
6. I made a small change to help me with my mornings by not sleeping with my phone next to me and getting this alarm clock. And I have to say it is making falling asleep and getting butt out of bed in the morning a lot easier. I like that this one is easy to use and dims to off so it does not light up your room at night. 
7. I recently invested in a new laptop and considering the dings in my old one, I am trying to be more careful with it. How awesome is this leopard laptop case? How cool to slide your computer out of it at meetings?
8. These might be the best white sneakers I have seen this fall and the price point is great. 
9. If you follow Busy Phillips on Insta, then you have seen her sporting these Irene Neuwirth necklaces pretty much every day. Can I tell you that a wonderful and creative woman is making the exact same ones for like 95 percent less than Busy's?! I love the two I got and how they layer with my every day necklaces. I got this one and this one. Check out Ava Fox Jewelry to shop or find her on Insta

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Fall Staples for Under $100

While I will mourn the ease of a breezy summer dress, Fall really is the best for fashion. Cozy sweaters, jeans, and the need to not get regular pedicures is fantastic. 
And while I will always love a good white tee half tucked into jeans and sneakers, it is fun to have a few stand out items that set outfits apart. 
There are a lot of fuzzy fabrics, leopard, and pink in fall fashion and I love it. 
Mix in some well tailored classics and you will love getting dressed as the leaves begin to fall. 
All of these picks are under $100 and needless to say I want them all! 

1. In case you haven't been able to tell, I am living for a matched sweat set right not. This white fleece one is SO good. (top)
2. A classic pump with a comfy stacked heel you can wear with everything. 
3. Wide leg pants are everywhere, but I love the color of these and the crop. (comes in other colors)
4. Is there anything easier than a jumpsuit
5. This faux leather/shearling Moto jacket is awesome. Would elevate any outfit instantly. 
6. Leopard flats make any outfit extra fun. 
7. Classic Sperry duck boots in white are so cute. 
8. Tie dye is the print right now and this sweatshirt could be worn with jeans or leggings. 
9. A blazer you can grab to chic up any look. (comes in other colors)
10. A chunky cardigan to wear with high waist jeans. 
11. A pleated midi skirt is such a go to when the dress code calls for something other than jeans. (comes in many colors)
12. A puff sleeve moody floral for work or a night out. 
13. My go to faux leather leggings 
15. Lady loafers to feel like a grown up

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Weekly Favorites

This week finally felt like things were settling in. The morning routines, the bustling afternoons, the early bedtimes. And while the open spaces between drop off and pick up has been glorious, is it sad to say I miss those littles more than I thought?! 
Even more this year than any other. It must be the bigness of them that feels to have sprung on me so quickly it makes my heart ache. 
Do not get me wrong, the freedom of the school day is being well used and very much enjoyed. I hope your Fall is off to a good start and you are enjoying every minute of it. Even the ones feel a little lonely without your sidekicks. 
Here are some favorite things this week. 

1. Zara is SO good right now. Picked up this sweet sweater this week. 
2. I am in full binge mode with Victoria. She wears nothing but puff sleeves, so I guess she is also my style inspiration and I did not even know it! 
3. Finally ordered this serum with a serious cult following. All natural and supposed to be life changing. I plan on slathering on each morning. Will keep you posted...
4. I am SO picky when it comes to booties, they are just not flattering on me. BUT, I am dying to try a white pair and these might be the exact profile to make it worth it. Under $100! 
5. I am making this Lemon Feta dip with tomato vinaigrette this weekend and cannot wait to dive in. 
6. This lime popcorn is crazy addictive and a new grocery store staple. 
7. My Reformation jeans are my most worn and most asked about. Full blown stiff denim mom jeans and I am here for it! ha
8. I get pretty GOOP-y in my car by listening to the podcast and now they have upped the ante by including a Goop beauty podcast each week. I LOVED the one interviewing NYC's top Dermo. 
9. Fun fact, I do not own a belt. So strange and it is time for one. I have always loved this Isabel Marant one
10. Hanna Andersson is having a huge back to school sale. 40-50% off. I snatched a bunch of things for the kids and new pjs of course. 
11. This charming dining chair combines two of my favorite elements, caning and natural wood tone. They are a great price too! 
12. While you can't win every tennis match, you can always feel like a winner when wearing leopard tennis shoes. At least that is what I am telling myself. 



Home Organization for Sanity

I had grand plans this summer to clean out closets and reorganize the kitchen/mudroom/pantry. Lofty and unrealistic, but now that school is starting I feel like it is actually doable. I am tidy by nature, but tend to let the spaces one cannot see get a bit out of hand. 
My sanity during the school year hinges on a semi-tidy house, getting my kids out the door without too much yelling, and a schedule we can all wrap our heads around. So I wanted to pull things that can help me with all these things and might make organizing a bit easier too. 

1. I have long coveted this chic wall calendar, but do not have a space for it. 
2. I think it is time for me to convert to these all glass jars for stock items and place this AMAZING tags on each. Will look like Ina's before I know it. 
3. You guys, why are water bottles so annnoying and always falling down off my shelves?! This cabinet holder for them is genius. 
4. I have a junk drawer and it stinks. Mostly because of the batteries hanging around in it. This would make me so weirdly happy to have. 
5. Baskets really are life savers when it comes to the pantry. I can group items together and attach a cute little tag because I am super organized and cute now. 
6. I love writing things down like the old days. This is a weekly planner pad that you can put the weeks schedule on, and to dos, AND meal plan. Cute enough to display on the fridge for sure. 
7. Putting out an outfit for each morning tidy in this day of the week closet hanger makes mornings to much better! Also comes in pink
8. A charging station that can charge everything from a phone to a fit bit would be fantastic. 
9. Storage bins that can fold up are so great for different sports seasons, winter cold weather boots/clothes, and laundry rooms. Use when you need them, fold up and put away when you do not. 
10. Between the kids sports stuff, my tennis stuff, extra water/snacks, and 1000 other things, my trunk is a disaster. I feel like a couple of these trunk organizers will clean up my act. 
11. I always felt these were the best bins. For toys or shoes or snacks. Really anything! 
12. Large thermal grocery bags changed my life in an embarrassing amount. No more having to rush home from the market and less bags to bring in. 

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Back to School For Mom

I know right now you are doing all the things. 
Getting new backpacks and lunch boxes. Soccer cleats and ballet shoes. 
Filling out all the forms, getting to all the appointments, and organizing the calendar. 
It is A LOT. 
It is incredible just how many to dos there are to just get to that first day of school. 
So once all the boxes are checked and the littles are ready to get after that next year of school, it is time for mama to enjoy her good work and splurge a bit. 
I pulled together some cute and comfy pieces that would be staples for your days pre and post drop off. No reason for your kids to be the only ones crushing those first days of school. 

1. The perfect sunnies to throw on in the AM / 2. Cute puff sleeve stripe sweatshirt / 3. The coolest floral jumpsuit! / 4. Dark straight leg jeans to make you feel instantly pulled together / 5. Cool girl sneakers / 6. A comfy leopard sweatsuit you can wear all day (pants & top)  / 7. A beautiful large tote that is also a crossbody / 8. Gorgeous leather slides to slide on and go / 9. A perfect soft sweater dress / 10. Gwyneth swears by this exfoliating instant facial to mask the exhaustion / 11. An easy dress to throw on / 12. A chic white sweater with ruffle sleeves / 13. Cozy Uggs to get it all done in the morning / 14. A classic sweatshirt in the color of the moment


Summer Lovin'

How is Summer going? 
I am trying to relish in the madness of it and really enjoy the moments as they are happening. Like sun soaked pool days, friendly tennis matches, and backyard bbq with lots of kids running about. And while there is always the ever looming "What is next/What should I be preparing for?" swimming in my head, this summer has been all about ignoring it. Just flying through it all and being (dare shall I say the buzz word???) present. 
A few fun new outfits can always make these warm days event better, so you know I have been scoping out a few new things. Here are some of the best...

1. I think I could live in this cute jumpsuit 
3. The perfect puff sleeve sweatshirt for cool nights
4. Just wore this breezy dress and love it
5. These pink jeans are high waisted, cropped, and the perfect hue
6. Just invested in these platform Golden Goose's and I am not regretting it one bit
7. This camo windbreaker is a great activewear topper
8. Such a sucker for a block print in an easy dress
9. Just bought this Nars oil infused lippy, and it is so moisturizing 



The Mom Crop

With the current rebirth of 90s trends came the inevitable crop top. I remember flipping through my Delia's catalog and circling the cropped tube tops and praying my mom would let me order them (she didn't). And while I never in my wildest dreams would think that I would be entering "crop top" in any retailer search, I have been. Even at "inching towards forty" the crop top is on my radar. Not the belly button showing/strapless tube top/tighter than necessary ones of my teens, but the slightly cropped/not showing any belly/goes great with Mom jeans kind. 

The cropped top and the high waisted jean are your new favorite combo, swear. With the jeans pulling you in and elongating your legs and the top in an easy fit that shows that off, you are golden. 
Here are some great combos and almost all of these can be mixed and matched. 
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1 & 2 This TOP! Love it and I own these jeans and they are the best white I have ever gotten. 
3 & 4 A tie makes a simple white shirt special and I also own these pink jeans and worship them. 
5 & 6 High waist and light wash, we really are back in the 90s in the best way. Love them with a patriotic tee. 
7 & 8 J. Crew does a high crop really well and this seersucker top is perfect with it. (also in white)
9 & 10 I also own this shirt and it is the sweetest. How cute with these yellow jeans with white piping? 
11. & 12 This silky tee is a great crop gateway. And I LOVE these jeans. The cut is amazing. 

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