//Transition Topper

Full disclosure: It was nearly 100 degrees when I took this photo but the promise of fall's arrival in the next couple of months helped me exude somewhat of a cool demeanor, well, at least in these blog pics. 

Gap Little Rock just received its latest collection and asked me to pull a piece to style. I know it's hard to shop for fall clothes when it's blistering hot out but I do like to invest in a couple of key transitional pieces when brand new merch hits stores. Perhaps it will nudge Mother Nature to bring us an early fall arrival.

This camel topper grabbed my attention first because I thought it was a trench, and y'all know I love a good jacket. But upon further inspection I said, "Oh! It's a dress." Well, turns out it's kinda both.  Called a lightweight long topper, this layering piece has a safari vibe and I'm into it. I belted it and paired with a white tank and high waisted flared jeans to keep the whole look polished while giving a wink to the 70s. Can you dig it? 

{Topper, tank and jeans: Gap Little Rock; Sunnies: Via Beige, Earrings: Via Dillard's, Boots: Zara; Bag: Kate Spade}

**This post was sponsored by Gap Little Rock. All opinions are my own. You've been disclosed. 

//Elevated Staples

All of my favorite things came together in this outfit — staples and statements. All you need to elevate staples like a classic white button-up, or a great pair of jeans, are the perfect accessories and finishing touches. 

I love to dress up denim with heels. On this particular day I was feeling extra saucy with my blue suede shoes and citron earrings. Sometimes you put things together and it just works. 

There are also a million ways to style a great white button-up, which is why it's always on my list of must-have pieces. I'd say out of all the things in my closet beside the LBD (because do you know me?), the white button-up gets the most play. It adds polish to any outfit and at this point in my life, I need all the help I can get. Amirite toddler moms?

How do you love to style your staples? Leave a comment! 

{Shoes: Zara (old), Button-up and denim: Gap Little Rock (not sponsored), Earrings: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom  (similar here), Sunnies: Vintage}


//Summer Style for Every Size

Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. I went on KATV's Saturday Daybreak to bring some summer style realness to the Rock. I know everyone is already talking fall fashion but here in Little Rock, we won't experience cool breezes until well into October. (I'm currently wiping my brow) When the producer reached out and asked for an idea, my bestie, Amy Goins, made the suggestion to feature style for women with real bodies. Translation: Normal people.

Bonus! All of the stores that participated in my segment — Gap Little Rock, Feinstein's and Beige — are having KILLER summer sales right now. Stock up, friends.

Full disclosure: This was the second day without power at our house due to a crazy storm that rolled through last Thursday night. I was going on about three hours of sleep. I said 'elongate' a lot and there may have been lipstick on my teeth. It's fine.

//Girlfriend Jean

 Boy, bye! The girlfriend jean is the newer, chicer version of the relaxed fit pant we've stealing from our other halves. The girlfriend design has a slimmer leg, which makes it more flattering, especially if you have a twerk-worthy rump. Wearing these mid-rise Gap girlfriend jeans, versus the baggier boyfriend version I currently have in my closet, made me feel more put together. These were clearly designed with ladies in mind. Gap Little Rock asked me to style these denim darlings along with its staple white tee, three different ways for this post. 

From left to right: Sporty Spice, Casual Spice, Posh Spice. 
Have a fabulous week! 

**This post was sponsored in part by Gap Little Rock. All opinions and post ideas are my own. 

//May Favorites

Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. If you follow me on Snapchat (sandramcgrew), you saw my experience with the Queen as she performed in Dallas earlier this month. She is in a category all by herself and 'sorry, I ain't sorry' because it was a life-changing performance and I will now be saving all my pennies to be on the floor for her next tour. 

May, you slay.  
Had to.
This new pallet from Kevin Aucoin in Siena (warm coral) is a highlighter, blush and bronzer in one. I picked it from Belle and Blush at Promenade at Chenal and love it. I know it kind of looks scary but the colors and application are gorgeous on my fair skin.
The most delicious local strawberries from the Hillcrest Farmer's Market. 
Charlotte Tilbury's magic cream is just that — magical. It's a bit of splurge but a little goes a long way and its anti-aging and hydrating formula leave my skin radiant sans the grease. I'm a convert.
I also had the chance to hear Liz Gilbert give a speech, the day after Beyonce's show, in what I am now referencing as a female empowerment tour of Dallas. She took us to church, y'all! Words from that night resonated right down through my bones.

 I'm currently reading her book, Big Magic (also amazing), but this is next on my list. It's a compilation of essays from people who were inspired by beloved bestseller published 10 years ago. All the inspiration feels. Thank you, Liz Gilbert.


//Denim Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits continue to be everywhere this season and I'm into it. While this one-stop style isn't ideal to wear while downing copious amounts of liquids, it is a perfect staple for spring and summer.  In collaboration with Gap Little Rock, I was asked to style this denim jumpsuit two ways for the season. From daytime to date night, this is how I am wearing this piece right now. 

Note: This is also the softest material and extremely comfortable to wear and sit down in. Ladies, you know what I'm sayin'. No one wants that seam up their business. Amirte?

{Jumpsuit: Gap, Shoes: J.Crew, Earrings: Box Turtle, Clutch: Beehive at Pleasant Ridge}
Love these feminine details.
{Jumpsuit: Gap, Bag: JustFab, Hat: J.Crew, Shoes: Sam Edelman via Piperlime (RIP), Earrings: Dillard's}
Happy Friday, friends! 

//Weekend Ready

This past weekend, M and I took a mini vacation and spent our first night away from the sweet pea. We stayed at Mountain Harbor, near Lake Ouachita, and rode horses, had snore-inducing massages and binge watched (or re-watched) "30 Rock" episodes while still managing to get 12 hours of much needed, uninterrupted sleep. Heaven, I tell you. 

But before we hit the literal forest, we stopped at Deluca's Pizzeria in Hot Springs for lunch. (More on that later) Keeping it casual and comfortable, I opted for chambray, denim and military-inspired pieces for a weekend ready look. 
{Flats: Sam Edelman (similar here), Jacket: Ember (similar here), Shirt: Zara, Bag&Pants: Banana Republic, Earrings: Box Turtle in Hillcrest}
Happy Wednesday!