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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Rain In Style...Vacation Style

Every year my family takes a vacation up in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. We love to go to Lancaster, PA, and the small towns up that way. We usually spend five days up there, enjoying confined living space, 24 hour togetherness and one bathroom....I'm kidding...sort of. This year we stayed at the Eden Resort, and it was an awesome place to stay as a family. Our favorite part was the outdoor splash area and kiddie pools. Our kids were able to do that and the large playground nearby, all while Matt and I chilled in the shade sipping our drinks (which they delivered poolside). Good times. Trust me, after so much togetherness, we needed adult time with adult beverages.

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Getting here was a struggle, mostly because we have a small car, and when one person (who shall remain nameless.... Oh, ok me) in the family has enough bags to go on a 5 month vacation, not just 5 days, packing the car is tricky. But, more on that in another post. For now... here's how this stylin' vacation played out.

We got to our hotel on Sunday and pretty much stayed there all day. Traveling is exhausting. Having the outdoor splash area and other outdoor activities like mini golf, pool table, ping pong, basketball, two pools, etc.. made it easy to just hang out and not be bored.

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Monday we went to Hershey. My kids love Chocolate World. They have a ride inside that shows you how they make chocolate... and beware, the entire place smells like fresh chocolate. See this mural...when I go to Chocloate World, I'm like the little girl.  No need for silverware, just give me all the chocolate and I will shovel it in my mouth with my hands...she's my hero.  

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Of course, there's Hershey Park up that way too but we haven't tried that yet. I feel like it's a park more geared towards older kids. We usually do the trolley tour of the town of Hershey, which is fun and you get free chocolate, but this year we went to Zoo America instead, which is attached to Hershey Park. It was so much fun. The highlights from the zoo were the bald eagles, and this massive snapping turtle (in the collage picture below).  I swear the thing was as big as our car. Imagine getting snapped by that thing. Yikes. Also nearby is Troegs brewery which is also really neat. We ate lunch there and had really good beer. I reccomend it highly. I chose to wear one of my Lularoe Cassie skirts, because they are comfortable and easy to pair with comfortable-ish shoes. Lol. Seriously, though, if you don't have any Lualroe Cassie skirts, you need some.  This one is the perfect, maybe odd, mate to my glitter skull shirt. It's the perfect metaphor for me...I am soft yet hard, I like pretty things and dark things.  And most importantly, glitter makes everything better, including skulls.  

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Tuesday we went to Dutch Wonderland. If you have young kids, you need to go to this amusement park. It's the highlight of our trip. My kids love it, and Matt and I love it too. The entire park is geared toward younger kids and families. They even have a large water play area. It's an all around great time. I wore this shorts outfit and brought a change of shoes... which I had to change into a few hours into the day. Hey, I never said practicallity was my strong suit. I ended up in flip flops, which was fine, I felt short though. LOL. They still let me on the rides, so I guess i'm not THAT short. 

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Wednesday was spent exploring and shopping at a few antique stores around town. With town names like Paradise, Intercourse and Bird-In-Hand, how can you not go see what's there? It's all so fascinating. We also went to Strasburg, which is a really cute, historic train town. Tons of trains to look at and explore - it's where Thomas the Train visits occasionally. If you go to Strasburg, you MUST stop at Allegro wine shop there and get a wine slushie. You can thank me later. For dinner, we went back to Lancaster and ate at the Lancaster Brewing Company. You MUST eat here. It's really good food and really good beers. Hands down, it was our favorite place to eat and drink. I wore the maxi skirt outfit for the day and then changed to the blue dress for dinner. All of these pieces came from ThredUP, but the blue dress is my favorite style from H&M. It's part of their basics line, which I can't find online, only in store.  Notice my colorful jewelry...if you missed my blog post about that, find it here.

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By the time Thursday came around, we were all getting a bit tired of the close living quarters. LOL. We spent the day up in Adamstown, which is also called the Antique Capital... aka heaven.  I love antique stores.  In fact, while looking around in one, I found a vintage treasure and it inspired me to write an entire blog post about it...so stay tuned for that. I don't want to ruin the surprise.  I also found the most beautful wall to take my outfit picture against.  My top is from ThredUP, and I love that it reminds me of good ol' CBGB (which if you think about it, CBGB is like the antique of the punk rock world). And, yes, it's another Lularoe Cassie skirt and again with my bright bold jewelry.  These skirts are great when you are in the car for long periods, or trying to hide the bloat from all the amazing beer and fried food you've been enjoying. They are stretchy with no zippers. I need not say any more.  

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Friday was the day we left to come home. We had planned on driving out to Longwood Gardens, but the traffic forced us to change our minds. In the future we will stay until Saturday, because the traffic coming home was terrible.  As soon as we neared Virginia, it was more like parking than driving. We decided to detour and found our way to Warrenton, VA.  I've never been there and I am so glad that we stopped!  It's a cute small town, not that far away from Fredericksburg, and we want to return to it on a less hectic day.  We ate lunch at The Black Bear Bistro. It was delicious, and then walked over to visit the Old Jail Museum, which was fascinating. The building was beautiful, for a jail, and the lady inside was really knowledgeable. My kids liked "the scary upstairs", which wasn't all that scary...they probably could have stayed there all day.  LOL.  Can you imagine... "I let my kids hang out at the jail all day, for fun! Not to worry, the guards took good care of them and gave them the nice cells." I'd win the parenting award, for sure.  

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We finally made it home, safe and sound...tired but happy.  We are already thinking ahead to next year's trip...at least my kids are already asking when will we go back. Are you planning a vacation this year? Where will it take you? Do you know of other small towns that are fun to explore? I haven't yet finished unpacking, so if you think about it, I'm all ready for our next adventure. When you have packed 5 months worth of outfits, you might as well just keep adventuring until you run out of clean clothes....am I right? And no, i'm not just being lazy and looking for excuses ;) 

Stay tuned for blog posts coming up about, swim suits, vintage style, crop tops...and so much more.  As always, don't forget to join me over at www.raininstyle.com  for more style love.

-xo  

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Beat the Heat with Colorful Jewelry

Here in Virginia, we are no strangers to humidity. It seems the summer humidity has settled in and it's here to stay. Now, I don't know about you, but humidity is the enemy to my hair. I often find myself frustrated that I can't control the frizziness, like kids on a sugar high...just uncontrollable and slightly crazy.

So how to do you beat the heat AND the humidity? I've just come to accept it and I try to distract from my crazy hair. That's where fun, bright accessories come into play; they provide the perfect distraction. Like, let me blind you with my super bright accessories so you no longer see my frizzy hair. And, no, i'm not wearing my hair in a ponytail because it's got a mind of its own. I'm doing it to show off my amazing earrings!

So, for part two of my fun in the sun series, I'd like to talk about jewelry and using it to add color and fun to your summer style. For me, summer jewelry should be bold and bright. It's the time to break out the fun accents. Remember in my last post, how I showed you my two favorite bags for summer, both having pom poms and rainbow colors? If not, read it here. That kind of fun shouldn't be reserved for bags! 

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For most of this post, I'm going to talk about earrings, simply because I'm finding that I often choose bigger, bolder earrings these days, instead of necklaces. I know that there's an old fashioned rule about not wearing big, bold earrings with a necklace. Am I a stickler for that rule? No. I'm not even sure it's still a thing. I just sort of go with what I like. With bold earrings like these...

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I find that they are enough and there's no need for more, with the exception of a bracelet. All of the earrings in the photo above came from Target. And the ones on the left side are Baublebar’s line for Target called Sugar Fix. Find it here. Can I tell you, Baublebar is my favorite source right now for fun jewelry. I love that Target has some of their stuff, but it sells out fast. You can find Baublebar online, here, and you might as well just hand them your entire wallet. Their jewelry just makes you happy! And it pairs well with summer outfits.

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The other Baublebar pair that I have are also a tuquoise color, but they have tassels! I love contrasting the colors in an outfit with those in accessories.  Like in this outfit, I could have gone with matching colors for my accessories ... but what fun is that? The turquoise/teal color makes the colors in the top pop and vice versa.  

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The other two pairs of earrings in that collage image are also from Target, but they aren't the Baublebar line. Both are lightweight and pretty versatile. I also wore the beaded bracelet (also from Target) with the green dress outfit. 

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I found myself needing accessories to match a recent addition to my clutch collection. This watermelon clutch, from Francesca's, was screaming for pink earrings. And I had none!! So, more research for me. I do have several pink pairs from the Sugar Fix line in my Target.com cart, like these, but I needed them pronto. I found some at Kohls. They have a line there called Color, and it's approriately named - it has almost all the colors! This bracelet, here, and the earrings (I couldn't find a link to buy them online).  

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So, my fashionable friends, don't let the heat get you down. Put on your happiest jewelry and show it who's boss. Or, be like my shirt here, and live on a prayer that the humidity lifts soon... whichever. (Shout out to all of my fellow Bon Jovi fans). By the way, my yellow neckalce in this outfit is also from Kohls - find it here.  

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Stay tuned next week, when I talk about our family vacation and all the stylish things associated with it.  

-xo 

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Summer Style, Bring Out the Color.

It's finally here. Summer. Remember in the dead of winter when we all wished summer would hurry up? Well... it's now 90 + degrees and humid...wish granted. No worries though, because with summer comes fun and colorful style choices, and bathing suits, but I'll save that topic for a braver blog post. Today let's talk about fun summer accessories. I was going to talk about all accessories in one post, but I think I will make this a two part series. Because, honestly, there's just so much I love about summer accessories. So, for today's post, let's take a look at summer bags and clutches.  

Summer is hot, but it's also the best time to bring out fun, maybe even a little quirky pieces. I'm talking color and joy and rainbows! Ok maybe not rainbows exactly, but rainbow colors. Summer is a great time to break out the color. I've been searching for cute, versatile summer pieces ever since that first snowflake fell. You know, to lift the dreary wearies (that's a kid's book reference - bonus points if you know which one). I have started collecting colorful, fun clutches, and my favorite ones have... wait for it.... Pom poms!!!! I know, right? Me, the girl that tends to live on the dark side, loving rainbow colored pom poms... but look, how can you not?

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 This clutch came from Francesca's, here, and you need one! I don't want to alarm you, but their website says it's almost sold out.  I found mine in the store, so go get one, ASAP.  It's the perfect bit of happy to add to almost any outfit. It's navy, so it's a neutral. I've paired it with blue, black, white... with all the things really. It's versatile and fun.

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Now, if you add embroidery to a clutch that also has pom poms and beads... it's a glorious trifecta of happiness. This clutch came from T.J. Maxx, and it's by Steve Madden. I haven't been able to track another one down, but if you ever see it, buy it!

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I use this clutch all the time; it's just so happy! And look at all the colors.  I know you're probably as shocked as I am that I love this so much.  It pairs nicely with a lot of different outfits...

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Who doesn't love happy? My favorite place to find the happiness is probably Francesca's. I made the mistake of looking at their website again last night, and you guys...this clutch, it has to be mine! The tassles! The colors! The happy! Find it here.  I also love the fringed bags, like these. So cute. I just got this one today. It's on clearance!  So bright and happy. Find it here. I particularly love this watermelon one, because it's also very versatile. Here it is with a white and a black dress

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I also really love bright solid colored bags for the summer, like this cobalt blue one, which came from Zulilly.  And the yellow one which is also from Francesca's.

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This yellow bag, it's my secret love.  LOL. It was the perfect complement to this bright and colorful summer outfit.  This skirt is a Cassie skirt by LulaRoe and the shirt came from Zulilly. If you are a Bon Jovi fan like me, you need this shirt.  Watch for it to come back on Zulilly. I see it periodically. 

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This solid color teal bag is also one of my favs.  It came from T.J. Maxx, and again, I love to add it to an outfit to create a cute summer look. These earrings? I'm saving them for part two of the summer series.

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Now, that's not to say that these bright solid colored bags are only for summer; they are good year round. I feel like bags that are made of a woven material, like straw, are definitely more summer feeling, but colorful ones can be used year round. It would be fun in the grey dark winter to punch it up with color.  

 

Next week I will be continuing this topic but I will be talking about fun, colorful summer jewelry.  Because what's a fun summer outfit, without fun summer jewelry??

 

As always, head on over to www.raininstyle.com for more summer fun.

 

-xo 

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Fourth of July, The Rain in Style Way.

Can you guys believe it?!? The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I feel like yesterday it was Christmas, but then again, I was in a store recently that DID have a lot Christmas stuff out…so there's that. Christmas in July? Say it ain't so. It's hard to think about plans for the fourth when there are already Christmas trees up. Unless, of course, you dig those Santa ornaments that are dressed up for the Fourth of July... I mean nothing says summer fun and fireworks quite like a fourth of July Santa ornament. Just sayin', in case you need a good hostess gift.  And if I end up with a bunch of Fourth of July Santa ornaments at my door, I know who to thank... LOL.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand. The Fourth of July! Fireworks!!!! BBQ’s!!!! Drinks!!! All good times, and I enjoy all of the things associated with July fourth, except it's my least favorite holiday. I know, how very unpatriotic of me, but I'm just not a fan of huge crowds, traffic and hot weather. I'm the one that would be perfectly happy watching fireworks on the TV. Sorry not sorry. 

 

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Here's something that I do like about the Fourth of July - it's the only day when you can wear red white and blue and not worry about looking too much like the American flag. Or is that just me? But, let's take a minute and evaluate style choices for a patriotic day. Now, I know we've all seen the graphic tees with American flags, or other patriotic things… and the bathing suits with the Stars and Stripes… those are all well and good.  But how about we try it the Rain in Style way? A little more subtle (is that the right word? because I'm not subtle very often)…still fun… just a little less obvious. You know, the fun is in keeping them guessing. And, you probably already have a lot of pieces in your closet that can double for a fun outfit for those July 4th parties (and did you send me an invite???!??).

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Take the outfit above. Why not take a simple white dress, and add red and blue accents? We still have the red, white and blue concept, but have simplified it a little bit. I love my red heels, so I went with them and added a red necklace and blue clutch. And, yes, I realize that it might be hard to wear heels to a picnic, so you can switch them for wedges or flats! I did a quick search on DSW.com and I found two cute options for a red wedge shoe, here and here. Now I want them too! However, you could also swap the clutch out and do a light weight jacket.  Or, do a blue statement necklace and red shoes (even vice versa!)  The white dress is is H&M, and both it and the navy jacket came from ThredUP.  Red heels are by Jessica Simpson from DSW and my necklace came from Kohl's. You can find it here. Starting with a solid color basic piece is a great foundation to add to and there's so many fun options.

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Speaking of fun options…

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See what I did there? Stars & Stripes. This family outfit idea came together at the very last second before we left for this shoot. I'd probably get a better striped shirt for my son, and have my daughter in a better star outfit… but I used what I had on hand. My husband asked what he'd be…and I still don't know. LOL. Maybe he can be the exclamation point? A firecracker? I'm all out of ideas.  

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The ampersand shirt came from Zulily, my red skirt is a Lularoe Cassie, and the denim vest came from ThredUP.  My shoes are from Target.  I love the simplicity and ease of this outfit and it's versatile.  All of these pieces can be worn again on any given day… unlike maybe a more literal flag shirt or whatever. You can easily change out the booties that I am wearing with flat sandals, wedges or even chucks!

 

Another great idea is pattern mixing. It's fun and the fourth of July is fun...so why not?!? The flag itself is even festive with its pattern mixing...am I right? Why not try mixing stripes and forals, in patriotic colors. For this outfit, I even threw in lace...you know to keep everyone on their toes. And, of course you can swap out my heels for wedges or flats.    

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Now, ya'll know about my love affair with rompers, right? If not read all about it here.  Since I love rompers so very much, I thought that I would include an outfit using one of my navy ones (yeah I said one of, because there's multiple navy rompers in my closet, LOL). This romper came from TJMaxx, and the cardigan vest thing is from ThredUP. You could swap it out for a jean jacket, but seeing as here in Virginia, it's almost always 200 degrees outside on the fourth, I will stick with the light weight vest.  

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A note about my shoes, I LOVE these shoes.  But the heels are very high, so they wouldn't be practical for outside events.  Anyone having an inside party on the fourth? If so, invite me so I can wear these shoes. LOL.

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So, go on and get your patriotic gear on, hit as many BBQ parties as you can, bring a lawnchair and watch the fireworks... just enjoy the holiday. It's the start of a very stylish summer, and let's be like fireworks, light up the night and make people go oooh and ahhhh.  And now you're singing that Katy Perry song...you know the one...

"You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"

 

 LOL.

 

Head on over to www.raininstyle.com  for more Fourth fun.  

-xo

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It's Raining Men...Men's Fashion, That Is.

Father's Day is right around the corner, and I thought we could talk about men's fashion. Yes, even men can have style and if your guy is anything like my husband, they sometimes need a little push (ahem shove) in the right direction.

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First, let me say that I was blessed with the most amazing dad. Whether he knew it or not, he was often the voice of reason for me growing up. My parents had a rough time with me in my teen years. I wasn't an easy child. This one time, when I had gotten in trouble at school, they called my dad in and I remember him talking with the principal and school officer. As a lawyer, he was using his ”lawyer speak” and discussing the proper course of action. Instead of being suspended, I was given community service. I was always made to be accountable for my decisions; neither he nor my mom tried to talk anyone out of handing me due justice. There were other times when I had to go before a judge or other authority figure and my dad always counseled me to dress up and show up. To be the best version of myself in order to help myself. Advice I still remember to this day.

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They say that women look for a man to marry that's like their dad. I know that I did. My husband is a lot like my dad. He has a weird sense of humor, he's intelligent, he’s hard working, loyal, he protects me and supports me, he understands me and doesn't try to change me, and he is an amazing father. My kids and I are blessed to have him.

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I'd like to make this Father's Day post about giving style-stagnant men that same spark of light that I got about a year ago. The spark that helped me get my style groove back. Take my husband, for example. My husband, God bless him, tends to find one look that he likes and just wears the same look all the time. For him, it's jeans or khakis with a buttoned up plaid shirt and a t-shirt underneath. I think he's always been that way, except in college he wore graphic tees and cargo shorts.

Over the last few months, I've been buying him different things to wear. And I think I've peaked his interest. It started when I convinced him to try Stitch Fix for Men. Yes, they do have a men's service. My husband has gotten two boxes and he has kept everything in both of them. I really believe that the mix of items in his boxes has helped him to break out of his dad style rut. I got him hooked on Mavi Jeans, which came in his Stitch Fix box. He is obsessed with them now. This blazer, that I convinced him to buy, came from H&M (here) and has been a favorite, too. He can wear it casually with jeans and a t-shirt. I love this layered look on men. It's easy to do, but still looks polished.

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Speaking of layering, it is one of my favorite looks for men, but obviously it's really only doable in the cooler months. I love blazers and I love a good structured jacket.  This one is more of a zippered sweatshirt, but it still works for layering. As a side note, I also convinved my husband to grow out his facial hair, and I love how much older and sophisticated he looks now. See the difference?  

 

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I also really love graphic tees on men. My husband had gotten rid of all of his old ones, so we have been replacing them. This snake one came from Express, the green one is from a Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, PA. These two are his favorites right now, but I have picked out like five more for Father's Day, all of which came from Lucky Brand, here. An important requirement for my husband's clothing is that it has to be slim fit. So consider fit when looking at t-shirts, blazers, button up shirts and even jeans. A slim straight leg jean is what looks best on him. He has a slim, muscular build, so baggy clothing is a no.  

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I also love shirts that have buttons at the collar (Henleys, I think they are called). I found some short sleeves ones for him at Target recently (here) that I love. He has a white one and an olive green.  They are great by themselves or layered under a blazer or other structured jacket.  

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I have also been trying to get him to branch out from his normal cargo shorts.  I have nothing against cargo shorts. They are rather useful to store stuff in, you know, like my wallet, keys, hair brush, makeup bag, phone...but I want to see him wearing different things too.  He picked these shorts out himself from JCrew, here, and I approve. Men's shorts have lengths, just like women's inseam numbers, which I didn't know until recently.  I prefer a longer short on him, so anythnig from 9 -10.5 inches. 

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Shoes are also important for me...I mean men.  LOL.  I love these grey shoes that my husband has; they look great dressed up or with jeans. I actually think that his shirt and jeans here are both from Stitch Fix.  Just like us ladies, men need different types of shoes.  Granted, they don't have all of the amazing options like we do, but shoes make the outfit whether you are a man or a woman.  Check DSW for some good options. I think most of my husband's shoes have come from there. DSW is great if you can't get your husband into a shoe store. You can order online and return to the store! 

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So, let's hear it for the hardworking men and fathers in our lives.  They deserve more than a new set of grilling tools. Unless, of course, grilling is to them what shoes are to me, and if that's the case then rock on. For my husband though, I know he enjoys having clothes that look good and fit him well. I love to see him excited about getting ready to go out with me.  He is almost as bad as me...although I still take longer to get ready.  

 

Happy Father's Day to all of you amazing dads, you deserve it.

 

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