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Friday Fashion and Favorites

Friday is upon us once again friends!  Sharing a few favorites from my week!  In my last favorites post I shared this corner of my master bedroom.

This week it was time to pick out drape panels!  These are the fabrics I narrowed it down to.  I love them all.  The room is grey/neutral with pops of coral and teal blue.
curtain-optionsI finally narrowed those fabrics down to just these three choices.  The floral print on the left I’m in LOVE with.  It’s the fabric of the pillow on my chair above and a few other pillows I already have in the room.  I could use it for drape panels also and move the pillows from the chairs to another spot OR keep the floral print pillows on the chairs and go with one of these other choices.  I usually like geometric prints better than florals for drapes, but I really love that fabric.  The middle teal fabric I also love, but maybe more for pillows??  They would be bold drapes!  I’m also crazy about the grey/cream fabric on the right and neutral is always a safe choice, but my walls are tan/grey so I’m wondering if they will get lost and blend too much.  Sorry.. I’m rambling.  These are the types of things I always debate when making decor decisions.  :)  Do you have a favorite that stands out?
K.. I have to tell you all about my latest favorite camera!  I have a large, nice SLR with multiple lenses that I use for all things blog.  I take lots of pictures every day and it’s great.  But I don’t like to take it places because it’s so nice that I stress about something happening to it AND it’s so big that it’s a pain to carry around.  So for family trips and events and everything day to day I’ve been using my cell phone.  Which is fine, but I wasn’t loving that the pictures I want to save and will cherish the most in 20, 40, 60 years (yes I’m going to live to be over 100) aren’t great quality.  So my husband did a little research and surprised me for my birthday with this Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with an 18-55mm STM lens.  I love it!  It’s an SLR so I can still adjust settings but it’s SO small!
Just 4 inches and perfect to put in my purse and take around with me or travel with.  The picture quality is amazing and it’s quickly becoming my go to every day camera.  New favorite for sure!
Just when I was about to ban myself from all things stripes I walked into Banana Republic and saw this dress.
And this skirt.  Ahhh!  Of course I couldn’t resist.
The dress had to come home with me.  I didn’t have a choice really.  I have to tell you all why this is my all time favorite dress.  Aside from the stripes (which I obviously love) the material is amazing. It’s really thick which is my favorite because sometimes dresses that are fitted like this are a little clingy.  Clingy thin dresses show things.  Do you know what I mean?  Maybe you have a perfect body so you don’t.. ha!  Let’s just say that three kids later I love a dress that has nice, thick material that glides over your body and makes you appear thinner vs. showing any and every imperfection.  Am I making any sense whatsoever?  I didn’t think so. :)  Bottom line: it has a flattering fit!  I also love the length of this dress and how it hits just below the knee, but I’m laughing because when I came home and looked it up on-line I saw that it only fits me that way.  On the model on BR’s website it’s above the knee.  Nice!  So if you’re like me and are 5’3 and a half (don’t forget the half) it will be longer on you too. ;)  *Other than that it fits true to size.. a tad big so if you are in-between sizes, go down… another reason to like this dress. ;)
I wore it with my Kendra Scott Pendant necklace.  Wouldn’t a coral necklace look good too?  Any color works so well with the stripes.  It will be fun to try different jewelry with this dress.
The dress is a little pricey (like I said, it’s NICE material), but Banana is having their Spring 40% off sale right now!  Woot woot!  I’m wearing older black heels with it, but I think a bright, colorful heel would look so cute!
I have these Vince Camuto heels in the neutral on the left and love them.  I thought about ordering them in pink also to go with this dress.  I’m not much of a pink lover, but wouldn’t I look so Kate Spade if I wore this dress with hot pink shoes? ;)
Lousy lighting for the next few pics I snapped in the dressing room!  I also fell hard for this green layered ruffle top. It comes in another fun color, but I can’t pass up a good army green.  This blouse is so feminine and pretty!
And how cute is it with this belt!?  Funny story.  I had this belt with me that I bought at Anthro but I took it to the mall planning to return it.  I loved it, but didn’t have anything to wear it with.  I decided to try it on with this blouse in the dressing room for fun and wa-la!  Found a reason to keep my belt!  Love that I went to the mall to return the belt and left the mall with the belt and new clothes from BR.. ha!  So typical. :)
It adds a little style and shape to this blouse, right!?  I love it without the belt too.  Whether or not I wear the belt will be decided based on what I’ve had to eat that week.. ;)
This is another fun Spring top I tried on.  I liked it, but I liked the striped dress better so I decided I didn’t need this one.
I really liked this soft mint ruffle tank too.  Might order that one this weekend because I’m wishing I would have bought it.  Banana has darling new things for Spring!  Such a fun time to spruce up your wardrobe.  *(Make sure if you order anything you use the code BRSPRING to get 40% off right now!)
We’ve had warmer temps here this week and flowers are blooming!  Spring Break is right around the corner.  I pulled out a few past favorite things that I use often during Spring and Summer.  Havainas are my go to flip flops!  The slim fits are my favorite.
Of course my all time favorite sunscreen is a staple for me.  (I first shared this in my 2015 favorite things post.)  Especially when we are spending more time outside.  I put it on before my make-up every day.  If you don’t wear a daily sunscreen, start!  Best thing you can do for your face.  This one is amazing.  It’s tinted so it gives your face some color too.  Perfect to put on to head to the pool or beach!
I also just started using my favorite tanner again last week!  My legs are beyond scary right now without it.
This picture was from a couple of summers ago.  You can tell I had been using the tanner on my legs!  Btw.. remember my all time favorite Michael Kors wedges I’m wearing?
And how I bought the newer version of them last year at the Anniversary Sale.  And my husband said “don’t you already have those shoes?”  And I said “what!? .. these are totally different!”  :)
Different right!?  The second band is straight instead of criss crossed..  see.  :)
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Look how cute this year’s version is!  And totally different than my other two pairs!  Nothing like a good every day wedge sandle.  I LOVE them and am trying to figure out how to buy them and get them past my husband… ;)
Last favorite for today.  That’s my daughter in that rolling ball.  My girls had too much fun in playing in these this week!  I think we need one of them in our back yard.  Talk about a stress reliever.  ;)
Enjoy your Easter weekend everyone!  Wishing you all a special day with the ones you love. :)


xoxo, Erin
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45 thoughts on “Friday Fashion and Favorites

  1. Hi Erin,
    I really like floral print . Other two are nice but my vote goes to floral print for drapes.
    You know I looked at the picture of black and white striped banan republic dress , and I was like ‘its ok but not that nice’ and then I scrolled down and saw your picture wearing that same dress and I was like’wow ,it’s so beautiful ‘ . The dress looks really nice on you. In fact I like it better this way below knees. And your belt is beautiful.

    1. Oh what a kind thing to say Shmyla! That made my day. :) So sweet of you. I agree that it’s one of those dresses that looks better on. A lot of times it’s the other way around! Ha! ;) Thanks so much for your sweet words! Enjoy your weekend! xo

  2. Terrific post, Erin! Thanks for sharing all your favorites. Good luck with the fabric choices. I’m not the one to ask, so will let more experienced people to assist there. The striped dress looks fantastic on you. Congrats on the new camera and that hamster ball looks like so much fun! Have a Happy Easter.

  3. Great post, Erin! I just wanted to let you know that I bought the Elta MD sunscreen and used it for the first time this week on spring break. I love love love it!! The hint of color is perfect, the texture is great and it even has the smallest hint of shimmer! Thanks for the spot-on recommendation!! Happy Easter to you and your family!

    1. YEA! So happy to hear that Jennie! I’m obsessed with it! Such a great product. I’m thrilled you like it! Happy Easter to you and yours! xo

  4. Your fabric options are all very nice. I am starting to feel a little tired of all the geometric patterns I see everywhere, so I am leaning towards the floral fabric on the left or even the pretty floral fabric that is above the grey geometric one in the right.

  5. My eye went straight for that lovely floral fabric! It would be beautiful as drapery. The geometrics are also nice but there’s just something special about that floral.

    1. I agree about something special with that fabric Kim! I’m not usually a floral lover, but that one is so beautiful to me! Thanks for your opinion and enjoy your weekend! xo

  6. Floral pattern on the left for the win with the curtains! The room needs more color and it’s a timeless fabric. So pretty!

  7. I love the one on the right Erin, the grey/white! ;-) Love all those tops too…I need to go shopping soon, we are still wearing boots and winter coats here, uhg! I was wondering if you put the self tanner on your arms too, I always feel like when I put it on just my legs I look weird because then my arms are just blinding people. lol Then I tried it on my arms and it looks all splotchy with lines, so then I just decide to pull out my winter clothes again! haha Have a Great Easter!

    1. I’m laughing Stacie! Totally sounds like something I would do. ;) I never put it on my arms.. just legs. I know I look a little off but my arms have a lot of freckles so they don’t look quite as scary as my white legs do this time of year. :) One more vote for grey/white! I love that fabric. Thanks cutie! Enjoy your weekend! xo

  8. Such a cute striped dress! And I, too, am 5′ 3 AND A HALF inches tall. It’s very important to include the half when you’re this size. ;)

  9. Curtains for the bedroom, my first choice would be the grey pattern on the right, but if your heart is saying the floral go with it. The good thing is both are great choices !

  10. lol Erin you always make sense to me : ) I think the floral fabric for the drapes would be nice, as long as Kenny doesn’t mind… I know he doesn’t mind about the rest of the house but guys are strange but that’s my pick. Happy Easter!!!

  11. My favorite fabric for your curtains is the floral pattern. I picked it before I even scrolled down and saw your three favorites. Of course, I usually love anything to do with flowers. The bedroom in my new home will be some sort of teal and today you made me think “oh, coral would be a nice accent color, too.” Thanks for the Friday favorites. I need to get going to look at countertops again. I am always second guessing my choices and decisions.

    1. Thank you Vickie! I love that fabric so much. And yes! LOVE coral as an accent color! I’ve used it as an accent in so many rooms in my house now. It’s especially fun for Spring. :) Enjoy your weekend! xo

  12. I love that dress! I’m a sucker for a stripe too, and I totally know what you mean about the flattering thicker fabric.

    As for drapes, my first thought was the teal, but you’re right that they could be too bold. In that case I would go with the floral…if they seem too “matchy-matchy” with the pillows, you can always move the pillows around your house. ;) I am with you that I think the gray (while a beautiful print) would get too lost on the walls.

    Have a great Easter!

  13. The fabric choices you have for the curtains are all amazing! I have a busy fabric for my living room curtains and love them! Really good point about having your phone camera taking family pictures. I have run into the same problem. I have my “work” camera for blogging but lugging it around does not happen. We actually got my daughter a nice DSLR camera for Christmas that she touched for one week and never again. I “borrow” it when we go places and want to take family pictures. If she ever starts using it again I will ge my own smaller camera like you. I can’t add to my mom guilt of having better pictures of my home with better lighting than the ones of my kids :/

    1. Thank you so much Emily! I agree! Total mom guilt over the fact that my house pics are all great quality/lighting, etc. and the pics of my kids are grainy iPhone pics! Trying to work on that. :) I hope you enjoyed your Easter! xo

  14. I love the floral print, too! :) And the pillows maybe in another corner?
    And I’m looking for a camera right now! Maybe I’ll try out the one you mentioned. As you said, phone-pics are really no good for a scrapbook that should last half a century.
    Happy Easter to you and your family :)

  15. Middle real for your drapes, for sure! 😃 It is a bold color but I think it will pop really well with the grey of your room. Just my two cents. 😊

  16. The grey/cream fabric is my vote. You’ll be surprised how it will stand out even though your walls are tan/grey because of the geometric design. I felt the same way when I was choosing the fabric for our bedroom drape panels. In the end I went with my gut and after sewing and adding the grommet it turned out great.

    I also love the dress on you. Such a great sale and maybe I’ll wait until the price goes down a little more :-). The cap sleeves makes me worried that it might not look good on me though.

    1. Thanks Debbie! I love that grey/cream too. I always sweat about drapes! They are the hardest thing for me to commit too because I know I’ll have them for so long. I love that little cap sleeve on the dress, but I know what you mean. It’s so hard to know how things will look/fit without trying them on. I order on-line and end up returning half of what I order these days! Hope you are having a good day! xo

  17. I’m not typically a lover of florals, except in small doses, but this floral would hook me in a heart-beat! The colors are soft and muted, and what a field day you could have mixing and matching pillows!

    I have yet to see you in anything that doesn’t look just adorable on you, Erin, and the striped dress is no exception. Liked the tops, too.

    Enjoy your Easter weekend!

    1. You are too kind Carol! Thank you! I was thinking about you so much this weekend. Still so excited about your great news! :) xo

  18. So much eye candy in this post!!! Really fun! Of course, I have an opinion on most of it, lol. As for the bedroom, I really love the fabric on the pillow in the chair and the throw. That looks great. For the drapes, you could go either way, but I would probably pick the turquoise geometric print for the drapes and then do your floral fabric for the pillows but I’d probably add a coral solid pillow to the mix (as well as using the floral pillows). I like the gray geometric print however it feels almost too much like your lower bathroom which I love. I do kind of think things would get lost with that gray print and the gray walls. As for using the floral print for the drapes, I think the floral print is actually too small. You have a really big room and if I were going to use floral on a drape, I would use a larger print floral not a tiny floral. I’m not talking jumbo but a much larger floral print for the drapes, otherwise those tiny flowers on the drapes is really going to get lost.Just my two cents of course.

    Love that green top! That is your color! It was pretty by itself and I could see it with the pendant necklace however it looks amazing with that belt. I’d really like to see it with those gold sandal/shoes that you showed a long time ago. I can’t quite remember exactly what they look like but that would look great with that belt. I think you wore them for a blogger meet-up. I didn’t care for the print top at all but that mint ruffle top looked pretty. The wedge sandals, are really, really cute!! You have to get those! This is where you bring up the snake! The fact that you could even have a snake in that garage was downright amazing. I would have been so hysterical over that that I would probably have never recovered. You bring up that snake and you go get your shoes, lol. That was something that you could live with that snake. I will never get that image out of my mind, lol! I have a heart attack if I see one ant so you know what you’re dealing with here:) I won’t even buy snakeskin accessories no matter how cute because it just gives me the creeps. I don’t want snakeskin shoes, snakeskin wallet or anything. Yuck. Now I should tell you that my favorite purse, was a cowhide purse that was all black cowhide from Nordstrom. All time favorite purse. Really cool.

    The striped dress looks really nice. The black shoes do nothing for it and the first thing that popped in my mind was a coral high heel closed toe pump. Pink would look nice but I guess I just thought of the coral first; the black is way too plain and boring. Told you that there was a lot of opinion in this comment:) No holds barred, apparently! I think the length looks nice. It’s always nice to have a little bit of modesty versus having something too short. I am almost 5′ 8″ and have the really long legs and sometimes skirts or dresses can be too short.

    Looks like you had a fun week!

    1. Oh my word Sue! You are so opinionated and I love it! :) Fun to hear your take on things. Smart idea bringing up the snake to get my shoes! But I have to be careful.. I kind of want him to forget about that or he’ll try to do it again next summer. ;) xo

  19. Oh the floral one jumped right out at me.. I love love it. I agree the middle Ines for pillows and the neutrals are timeless and classic. . Love them all.
    That dress is fabulous!.. I’m just barely 5ft 4 and I’m the tallest by far our of my sisters lol
    One is 5ft on tippy toes and the other 4ft 11 lol
    That navy dress is so great

  20. Love the floral! Can you share fabric name and designer? Your home is beautiful and inspired me to start a house makeover. Have a blessed Easter!

  21. I love the floral print fabric. It has a neutral background, but all the colors you want to use in the room. I’d use it as your inspiration and pull colors from it for the other elements in the room.

  22. Love the floral pillow.

    I totally did something I NEVER do and I bought that dress, just because of your description. Well, it arrived today and I looked at it and though, “meh, with that high neck it’s not going to look on my chesty-ish self), but I tried it on and I LOVE IT. It just fits great (a bit big, maaayyyybe I should have sized down but it is oh so comfy and flattering), and the black stripe pattern makes my waist look tiny! I would not normally take “advice” from a small, shorter person :), being 5’10” myself, but I did this time and I am so glad :). The dress will be good for work and for going out and about. awesome. Thanks!!!!

    1. Wilma! Your comment completely made my day. Oh my word.. SO happy you like the dress and it worked for you! YEA! It’s super flattering right!? I’m so in love with it. Thrilled it worked for you too! Send me a picture next time you wear it! ;) xo

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