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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.


Rain in Style

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 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.  


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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.