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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

Turn Up the Heat for Date Nights

Ah, those beautiful and sometimes rare moments when you have a free night, a baby sitter and a date! A trifecta of joy. So you get yourself ready for an evening out, do your hair, makeup, maybe even shave...but, hold on, what do you wear?

This is me every time. And, while some people consider the venue when deciding on an outfit, that’s not usually my first thought. I typically choose what I feel my absolute best in, and it’s usually something that might be a bit much for daytime wear. Besides, what better time is there to be fabulous and a little extra? It’s your night, so turn it up with these wardrobe essentials for your next date night.

Little black dresses.

Perfect option for versatility. Casually style it with a jean jacket and sandals. Be a bit fancy and extra by wearing heels and statement jewelry, maybe even a fabulous clutch!

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This tutu skirt is by Aqua, Express top, Aldo clutch, Colin Stuart heels.

Rompers.

An easy option to dress up or down. Rompers are easier to wear if you want something short and leggy. Pair them with sandals or heels to change the look.

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Date night ready in this romper by Alythea, heels by Brian Atwood and clutch, all from ThredUP.

Faux leather.

Looking for something edgy and chic? Faux leather is both. Try a skirt, or faux leather leggings. Tart, Spanx and Hue all make great faux leather leggings.

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Go for faux leather. This skirt is by Tobi, heels are Dolce Vita and clutch by Stella & Dot

Dramatic skirts.

Drama is acceptable when it’s style! Try a sequin skirt, or one with a little volume to really light up the night. If your skirt has volume, make sure your top is fitted. I almost always tuck in or tie my tops up when wearing a puffier skirt.

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Add drama with a tutu skirt. Perfect for a flirty and fun date. Find this one on Amazon.

concealerTip: Are you like me and need a little help from makeup to look a little less “tired-mom” and a little more “hot mom?” Try this concealer to hide under eye circles. Most of us have those circles; it wouldn’t be life without them! Look for IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. It’s hands down the best concealer that I have tried. Find it at Ulta!

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Fall Outfit Inspiration with ThredUP

Who says you have to pay a fortune for fashion? Not this girl. In fact, I’d like to introduce you to the love of my life, ThredUP (sorry husband). ThredUP is an online thrift store where you can find clothing, shoes and accessory items for well below retail. It is super easy. Y’all, there’s even an app! Oh, don’t worry, I will give you some tips at the end of the article, but for now, let’s get our wardrobes ready for fall with ThredUP.

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Fall is my favorite season; my smile gets brighter as soon as the leaves start changing. Even though, here in Virginia, fall can mean 40 degrees in the morning then 298 degrees by the afternoon. Am I right?!?!? But at least we still get the beautiful fall foliage and pumpkin spice lattes...and of course cute fall outfits. Here are some of my favorite fall outfits, using head to toe amazing ThredUP finds. Oh, and those booties in the outfit above? They are my favorites by Sam Edelman ($35.99 on ThredUP, est retail $140). 

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Easily turn a romper into a fall outfit by adding a faux leather jacket and booties. Here’s a Romeo & Juliet Couture romper ($43.99 On ThredUP, est. retail $162), with two different jackets. The burgundy is Black Rivet ($16.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $48) and the olive one is Blanc Noir ($19.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $158). Grab a pair of open toe booties ( these are Wild Diva $15.99 on ThredUP) and a coordinating bag (both of these are from ThredUP). The brown one is Nine West ($31.99 on ThredUP and est. retail $89).

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Nothing says fall more than plaid...well, plaid and pumpkins. Throw a plaid shirt on with jeans, booties and an anorak jacket and you’ve just become the queen of easy fall fashion. But don’t stop there...Tie one on over a dress or tuck it into a skirt. This plaid shirt is by my favorite brand, Rails ($16.99 On ThredUP, est retail $89). It’s light weight which makes it easy to layer and tie. This anorak style jacket is by Topshop, another favorite brand ($24.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $90). American Eagle skinny jeggings - love them in a mid-high rise, ($16.99 On ThredUP, est. retail $50). Betsey Johnson bag ($33.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $118).

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Better yet, take that olive anorak style jacket and wear it with all the things. Seriously All.The.Things. This is the same Topshop jacket. The outfit on the left has a Pixley top ($11.99 on ThredUP, est retail $45), American Eagle skinny jeggings ($16.99 On ThredUP, est. retail $50), and the same Wild Diva booties, because I love them. On the right is an Aqua cold shoulder pull over sweater ($36.99 on ThredUp, est retail $190), JBrand skinny jeans ($35.99 on ThredUP, est retail $189), Betsey Johnson bag ($33.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $118) and Vince Camuto booties, a favorite brand, ($37.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $95).

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Booties, booties, booties... it’s not fall without booties. Not only do booties make up some of my favorite outfits, they are also pretty versatile. If they come up taller on your leg, try tucking skinny jeans into them (you will see me do this a lot, just make sure the jeans are tight at the ankle). If they are lower, then roll your jeans just slightly above the bootie. Wear closed toe booties with tights and a skirt for chillier days, then if it warms up, lose the tights...because guess what? Booties still look great either way! You go, booties! My favorite faux leather jacket is this black one by BlankNYC ($26.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $107). The burgundy dress is Charlotte Russe ($9.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $24.99). Booties are Steve Madden ($34.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $95).  Clutch is also from ThredUP.

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Skinny jeans...my love for thee runs deep. Keep your eye out for JBrand, Hudson, Adriano Goldschmied and American Eagle, all my favorite denim brands. These two outfits both use American Eagle skinny jeans ($16.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $50) and Wild Diva booties.  The jacket on the left is Black Rivet ($16.99 On ThredUP, est. retail $48).  One of my favorite brands EVER, especially for jackets, is BlankNYC...the jacket on the right is by them ($26.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $107.)  Also my Pixley top ($11.99 on ThredUP, est retail $45) and Betsey Johnson bag ($33.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $118)

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Maxi dresses are also great for fall, when you add a jacket over top, or even tie a button down shirt over. Tart makes some really comfortable maxi dresses. The dress on the left is by Tart ($21.99 on ThredUP, est retail $185). Keep an eye out for that brand. This chambray shirt is Buffalo by David Bitton ($16.99 on ThredUP, est retail $71.) My bag is Betsey Johnson ($33.99 on ThredUP, est. retail $118) and booties are Wild Diva ($15.99 on ThredUP.)  The outfit on the right, is a Forever 21 maxi dress, H&M denim jacket, my favorite Talbots round straw bag, bought new with tags ($50 on ThredUP, retail $108).  I used the same Wild Diva booties ($15.99 on ThredUP).

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to try ThredUP and save some money? Awesome! Here are some tips. Get the app, it’s easy to use. Save your sizes and filter by them. Save your searches, so you can easily check for your favorite brands in your size. On a desktop computer, you can save searches and ThredUP will notify you when new arrivals are added. In the app, click in the search bar and it will bring up things that you have searched for before. I have Yumi Kim saved and my sizes saved so when I click on the brand in the search box, it brings up what’s available in my sizes. So very easy. Don't forget to check often, as there are always new arrivals. ThredUp is really good about listing the condition of the items in the description, so check that. Although, they are usually pretty good at only selling items that are in very good condition. Returns are super easy through their website. Check the box of what you are returning, print off your return label, pack it back into the same box it came in, and send it in the mail. I always choose the "return for store credit" option, because, let's face it...I will use it no problem. If you choose that option return shipping is free. Don't forget to check the handbags and shoes sections; those are my favorite! 

 

And, what’s even better than shopping tips?? A shopping discount!! Use this special discount code, parents25, and get 25% off for the first 300 new ThredUP customers. It expires August 26th. Go. Shop. Now!!! Thank you ThredUP! I hope all of you will take advantage of this discount. It's a great deal! Let me know if you do, and tell me what you find! Happy thrifting, ladies. (The discount code applies to items in your basket that are $50 or less.)

 

-xo 

 

***This post was sponsored by ThredUp, but all opinions and styling are my own. We love ThredUP Up and think you may, too. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Fredericksburg Parent.***

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What's New in My Closet...and Elsewhere

Hey everyone! How has your summer been? Over here in the Serbinski household, we have gained two new members of our family. Please meet Nefertiti and Cleopatra. 

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Yes, these Egyptian queens have found their way to us and we are so in love. If you are looking to adopt a kitty we had the best experience with Purrs & Whiskers. I encourage you to check them out..  Find them on Facebook, here.

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 I thought for this week, a "what's new" post would be in order; our new kittens inspired me. So, what's new in my closet, and what am I absolutely loving...besides kitty snuggles? Let's start with these wide legged pants. They are by Bershka and I found them on ThredUP. A funny thing happened regarding these pants. If you remember a few weeks ago I had written a post about crop tops, here, and I had said that I was wanting to try putting a crop top with wide legged pants...and then as if it were meant to be, I found a pair on ThredUP! They were meant to be mine.  

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 These pants are perfection. They balance the crop top and they have slits in both legs. When I walk, and the pants catch the breeze (you know because it's so breezy in July)...they sorta fan out behind me. My little girl says the effect makes me look "fancy". I'll take it.

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Also new in my closet is this outfit from my recent Stitch Fix box. Again, another pair of wide legged pants, but these have a different shape. The crop top came in the box too and they are the perfect pair. Now that I have tried styling my crops this way, I love it, but it wasn't love at first sight. It did take a little bit of time to get used to, since I am always in skinny jeans, so these felt odd. However, I am here to tell you that sometimes we should embrace the odd and wear the heck out of it. I mean why not? Oh and those heels?? They were part of a very large shoe order that I placed when ThredUP was having a 20% off sale. I mean can you blame me?

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Look at them! And there's even one pair missing from this shot. All of these are from ThredUP, and ALL were 20% off thier already low prices. Now, if you ask me if I have room in my closet for them...I will be honest and say no...but I care not. I will make it work!  Also new to my closet and a new style for me to try...this jumpsuit.

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It is Ralph Lauren and, yes, it's from ThredUP during the 20% off sale. Now, y'all know I love me a romper, but I had never tried a jumpsuit before! Jumpsuits are just like a romper but with pants. I can honestly tell you, I have no idea why I waited so long to try them. Loving it! 

 

What's new for you? Has anything new found its way into your closet or your life? Do you have little lovey dovies?? 

 

Oh and, local friends, please go get a copy of the July issue of Fredericksburg Parent Magazine and find my article! Non local friends, find the digital version, here. You will also want to stay tuned for more exciting news... (leaves crowd with a cliffhanger...cue evil laugh).  LOL. No, I am NOT pregnant.  

 

-xo 

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6 Ways to Sizzle This Summer

I spend most of the colder months layered in all the clothing I own while huddled under blankets wishing for warm weather. Well, warm weather is here, and it’s glorious. The sun is out, pools are open, the humidity is back. It’s time to talk about summer style. Here are six summer all-stars to help you turn up the heat in your wardrobe.

Rompers. First rule of rompers: they must be easy to get off for bathroom emergencies. Look for ones that aren’t fussy or hard to get on. Be careful of ones made of rayon. In my experience, these shrink to an inappropriate shortness. Check T.J.Maxx, H&M and Francesca’s for inexpensive ones. My absolute favorites are by Yumi Kim. They are pricey but worth it.

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My favorite Yumi Kim romper. Cole Haan clutch and Sam Edelman heels all from ThredUP.

 

Shorts. I prefer skirts to shorts, though I have a few pairs that I love. American Eagle makes well-fitting shorts. Express and Loft sell good shorts too. I love Celebrity Pink jean shorts. Find them at T.J.Maxx or on Amazon. Try a short that has a 3- to 4-inch inseam for a good fit without being too short or too long.

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Express shorts, H&M jean jacket, Naked Zebra top, clutch and Brash heels all from Thred UP.

 

Dresses and skirts. A no brainer. But, I have a secret for what to wear under your dresses and skirts to avoid the dreaded thigh rub. Jockey makes something called “Skimmies.” Look for them on Amazon or at Kohl's. Not only do they work as light weight shape wear, but they also prevent thigh rub! Brilliant.

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Jockey Skimmies. A must-have for under skirts and dresses.

 

Sandals. For summer, bright colors are in. Look for sandals that offer a pop of color—maybe yellow, pink or cobalt blue! Be sure to have at least one pair of nude sandals in your closet. I love my Sam Edelman lace up sandals. They go with everything.

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Aldo sandals from DSW

 

Kimono. These lightweight layers are perfect for summer. Pair them with a tank or tee, shorts and sandals. Easy, breezy summer style. The one I am wearing is from Target but check Amazon, too!

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American Eagle shorts paired with a kimono from Target and my Wayft top from Nordstrom makes an easy summer outfit.

 

Bright accessories. I love to add a pop of color with brightly-colored clutches or earrings, especially in the summer. Check out Nickel and Suede for my favorite earrings, or Bauble Bar (Target carries one of their lines) for more fun options.

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Earrings from Bauble Bar at Target

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Warm Weather Ready With Crop Tops

Last year I gave myself a few goals that I wanted to reach by this summer. One of those goals was to wear more crop tops, and to feel more confident in them. In order to do that, I had to pay attention to my fitness routines, and work hard on losing the excess mama weight. I think it's a good idea to set goals for yourself and to step out of your comfort zone, be it in fashion, fitness, work...etc. Did I achieve my goal? Well, sort of.

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You see, I have worked really hard to lose the rest of the extraness below my belly button. Honestly though, even my belly button needs more help to resemble the belly button of ole. But, I have come so much farther than last summer, and I am proud of my progress. I decided that in order to force myself to be focused and stay the course I would wear crop tops more often and worry less about the extra that might over floweth. 

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And, I have been, once sometimes even twice a week, wearing crop tops. So I thought I would show you the ways in which I style them. Maybe you'll step out here on the edge with me and be brave! First, I almost always pair them with skirts, pencil skirts being my favorite. I like the contrast between the longer length of the skirt and the shorter length of the top. I also like that I can pull the skirt up a bit higher, to cover my belly button area, which still needs to brought back into line. LOL. This top below, was actually a romper that was too small, so I altered it to be a crop top. 

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They also work great under a denim jacket. Look for crop tops that have straps so you can still wear a normal bra. I prefer normal bras over strapless, any day. Don't just settle for black either! Look for pops of color, fun patterns or lace textures.

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Crop tops are also great with maxi skirts. The same reasoning applies...it's the contrast of length. I love a maxi skirt that is able to be pulled up a bit, again to cover my belly button area. This one below is by Athleta - you can find similar, here. The second maxi skirt is by Banana Republic - it's a few years old. 

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They can also work with skirts that have volume, becuase again, it's the contrast between the two.  

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They can also be warn with high waisted pants, high waisted jeans or high waisted shorts, however, I am not quite at that level of confidence...yet. Maybe that's my goal for next summer :) Check Pinterest for some outfits that are styled this way. It looks edgy and chic! I especially love them with wide legged pants. I might just have to find me a pair sooner rather than later!

 

Whichever way you chose to style your crop top, I am sure you wil look amazing in it. Have fun with it and be confident!

 

-xo

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