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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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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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Rompin' Around Town in Rompers

Ok, so I want to discuss rompers today. Now, I know what you're probably thinking... that I'm going to talk about those cute one piece things that we put on babies. But nope, that's not it. Let's talk about adult rompers, shall we? And when I say adult..I mean women. Because I've seen the men's version and it's not cute. Google men's rompers, but don't say I didn't warn you. I have a few very funny friends (you know who you are) that have very strong feelings about men's rompers and I agree.  Men's rompers aren't for the faint of heart, so let's talk only about the women's version.  Women's rompers look like this..

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Now, set aside any preconceived notions that you might have about rompers. I'm here to tell you that I'm pro romper. A proud supporter. Love them. As warm weather approaches, I think I will be wearing mine a lot more. My outfit of the day group recently had a style challenge involving “summer staples” and my contribution was, yep you guessed it, a romper!

 

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There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a romper. Bathroom breaks. Yes, you need to consider the logistics of getting the romper off and on when using the bathroom. Since they are one piece, with shorts as the bottom (unlike a dress) you can't simply pull a romper up to use the bathroom. When trying them on, I always ask myself “can I get this off and on in a hurry?” Usually what I look for is a romper with a snap in the front at the chest. Anything that requires me to snap something in the back or button behind my neck, is immediately rejected. If it's difficult to get my arms out of its complicated straps, rejected. Adjustable straps are a plus! This one has a snap closure, and adjustable straps; it's very easy to get off and on.

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Rompers require you to sometimes be an escape artist in regards to using the bathroom and even have patience. If you think about it, it's funny because you know when our kids were little and they had those cute rompers, they at least had snaps at the bottom so you can easily do diaper changes. At some point, though, those easy access snaps go away, and now I won't buy rompers for my daughter, because in my head I'm like “she's not going to be able to use the bathroom in this”. She's four, and I think the notion that she has to pull off the whole kit and kaboodle would be lost on her. Why can't they bring back the snaps at the bottom?!?!? LOL. Adults like easy bathroom trips too. I mean, I wear my rompers a lot, so I am kind of used to it; when they are this cute to wear, it's worth a bit of a bathroom struggle.  

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Anyway, I digress. Rompers also require you to throw caution to the wind and briefly be in your birthday suit when using the bathroom. It makes using a public restroom with young kids very interesting. So, be prepared for no coverage.  Also, we need to discuss fit. Since a romper is a one piece outfit,  top and shorts attached, you must pay attention to how the bottom half fits. Ladies you know what I mean... no wedgies, front or back. Rompers tend to ride up a bit when you walk (at least on me they do) so walk a bit in them, make sure your booty is covered and make sure it isn't riding up in the front.

Styling rompers is fun and super easy, since you are only dealing with one item of clothing. Try a solid one with a kimono, or cardigan. I wear mine with a denim jacket a lot.  Sometimes I struggle with shoe options with rompers. Some people say that you shouldn't wear heels with them, or don't ever wear booties with them, but I disagree.  I don't think you should feel the need to limit yourself to only flats when wearing rompers. Go with what you like and what looks good with the romper you are wearing.  Is it a more casual looking romper? Then go with a sandal, wedge or a flat. Dressier? Go with a heel.  I don't like flats shoes on me - we all know this.  So I almost always choose a wedge, heel or yes, even a bootie. 

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What i'm most excited to try, is wearing them in the fall by adding tights.  I have this black one that I debated a long time about.  It might be a tad short.  But I loved the cut of it, so I kept it.  I'm so glad that I did, becuse when I paired it with tights and booties, I fell in love.  I might not even wait for fall to wear this.  It would be cute for a date with my husband. 

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I also just got this one from one of my favorite store in the mall, Francescas... black again, but this one has a bit more length and I feel a bit more comfortable wearing it without the tights. 

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So what do you think? Ready to give rompers a go?  My next item that I am hunting for is an awesome jumpsuit (the long pants version of a romper).  I have yet to find one that fits me, but once I do I will report back.  

 

As always, romp your way over to www.raininstyle.com to read more about my love affair with rompers.  

 

-xo

 

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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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