Jean Dress & Sparkly Pink Flats

Hi Lovelies,

These new pink flats are (no surprise) my new obsession. I’m having a full on internal struggle between wanting to wear them every single day, and not wanting to ruin them or wear them out because I love them so much. I’m pretty in love with my Manolo Blahnik Hangsi heels from this post and have been itching to get the pink flat version for some time now, but when I saw these ones for a fraction of the price, I jumped on it. My hesitation with the Manolos were that the silk wouldn’t hold up very well on the streets of Chicago, and since I live downtown and walk miles a day, I didn’t want too splurge on another pair of shoes I was going to destroy in a week. I feel much better about the pink ones pictured because despite not wanting to ruin them as they are beautiful, I won’t be devastated if the silk gets a mark, or the sole begins to wear out a bit.That being said, I still won’t be trucking them through the rain anytime soon.

As for this jean dress, it’s from Old Navy everyone! My Sister and I found them while shopping together, and if I’m being honest it’s borderline too short to be a dress. I’m 5″5′ and she’s 5″9′ and at her height I personally wouldn’t wear it without tights underneath, so that’s something to consider. I think it’s fine when your arms are down but if you have to do lots of movement or picking things up, rethink how you’re planning to style this before purchasing. Nonetheless, I love the bright blue color of the denim, it’s light weight and a flattering fit, plus you can never go wrong for Old Navy prices. I have a feeling it will be a regular weekend throw on for me when the weather warms up!

Also, how cute is the decor in our hotel we stayed at for our part of our Dallas trip. My parents had a conference here so we joined them for a new nights, and the lobby renovations were so cute! I felt like I was in a coastal town – to be fair it was lake front, though.

MT

What I’m Wearing

Dress: Old Navy Shoes: Badgley Mischka Earrings: Kendra Scott

 

She’s Gone Country

Hi Lovelies,

While I was down in Texas I got back to my country roots a bit. Many people probably don’t know that I grew up in a tiny town in Alberta, where cowboy boots, farming, and spending time camping, quading and having bonfires were a regular thing. Since I went off to university, moved to Toronto and now Chicago, my style has evolved a little bit. But I still enjoy doing all of the things I did growing up. Long story short, I traded in my gold moccasins for the cutest new pair of cowboy boots in Dallas, and it felt so good to have something that reminds me of home every time I wear them. In true Over The Topma fashion, they’re no ordinary boots, though! I also paired them with a hot pink silk dress, because . . . why not?! It’s not like I’m actually going to wear them to farm or mud, they’re far too pretty (and the embroidering would get dirty!). I know. Don’t judge.

MT

And, my favourite photo for last . . .

 

What I’m Wearing

 Dress: Banana Republic Gold Moccasins: Old Navy Cowboy Boots: Wild Bills

Travel With Me: Magnolia – Waco, Texas

Hi Lovelies,

I’ve come down to the Lone Star State for a little bit of R&R in Dallas with the Husband, and to join my parents for a few nights while they were at a conference. While my step-dad was at his conference, and my Hubs was golfing, my Mama and I decided to make a trip down to Waco to visit Magnolia. I don’t really follow Chip & Joanna Gaines or their tv show, but my Mom does and so we began the two-ish hour drive south. I had no idea what to expect because I hadn’t looked up Magnolia online prior to visiting and so I only knew what my Mom had shared (which wasn’t much) but let me tell you, it was AMAZING! We showed up during some Spring Festival so it was extra extra extra busy, but well worth the hour wait in line and hoards of people. First we went to the main store area, which had some home goods, larger furniture items, books and Magnolia souvenir items ( I got a speckled mug – of course). We also visited some of the tent vendors that were there for the Spring Festival, and walked around the premises. We tried to get into the Bakery but the line was far too long for it to be worth it for us. Bless my Mama, she even let me get blog photos even though we had to wait for the gaggles of people to clear out of our way. She’s the best. Ever. If you’re ever contemplating a visit to Magnolia – do it! I want my entire house and yard decorated the way Joanna decorated this place. It’s stunning and unique.

For my outfit, it’s a matching two piece Lilly Pulitzer set, paired with a pink cardigan from J.Crew. I love this matching set because I’ve found plenty of ways to wear each piece individually – for instance, the crop top with high waisted jeans, a black leather jacket and black booties, or the shorts with a white tank top and pink blazer. No matter what you pair it with it’s going to look great. As a bonus, it’s elastic and stretchy and is so, so comfy. If you follow my blog, or know me at all, you’ll comfortable is my number one BFF. Lilly recently came out with this set in a pink & green pattern too – check them out! As for my shoes, these are new wedges I got for the season, and although I’ve only worn for them a few hours, they seem to be very comfortable. They have lace up ankle straps which I think helps fit them to your feet more, always a bonus!

P.S. If read passed my outfit photos, I’ll have some of Magnolia and my cute Mama.

MT

My Outfit

Magnolia

What I’m Wearing

Shorts/Shirt: Lilly Pulitzer Cardigan: J.Crew Shoes: Nordstrom

 

Travel Essentials

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I’d switch things up a little here today and share with you my travel essentials. I basically include all of these in my carry-on, but that’s simply because I typically carry my most important items with me incase my luggage is lost. It’s worth noting I also like to bring an extra set of clothing with me, especially if I’m travelling on long flights or to different climates. That way, I’m not stuck in the tropics sans a bathing suit and shorts while my suitcase makes it way to Iceland – thankfully my luggage hasn’t went that far off track . . . yet! I also always have a pair of fuzzy socks because I typically wear flats onto the plane and my feet/ankles usually get cold. I love to feel snuggly and warm so I can curl up with an audiobook and try to sleep my way through the flight. On that note, I’m also the type of person who prefers to fly either through the night, or very early in the morning. I get motion sickness very easily and my medication makes me quite drowsy so flying during the day is never ideal for me; that being said, if I do fly during the day, I try to stay awake and get work done, or catch up on tv shows since I’m not a great napper and always land feeling sluggish and yucky. Anyways, to see what else makes the cutoff for my carry-on you can check the pics below!

MT

 

The Essentials

  1. Laline Monoi Hand Cream – I always, always, always carry hand cream with me. Dealing with papers, dry office areas and washing my hands leaves my skin continually dry. BUT, this Laline hand cream is a recent discovery of mine! My Sis and I came across it in NYC and I get so so so many compliments on the scent.
  2. Murad Wipes – Facial wipes are always good to have so that you can either wipe your makeup off if you’re on an overnight flight, or give your face a quick refresh after a long flight, especially if you’re planning on putting some makeup on before you land. These specific ones are my favourite wipes ever because they are not greasy, have great ingredients and legitimately feel like you just washed your face, with almost a minty fresh feeling to them.
  3. Macbook – This one is a given and maybe doesn’t even need to be included, but I pretty much carry my laptop in my bag at all times. I use it mostly to do work in the airport or on the plane, but in general I just can’t leave it behind no matter where I’m headed.
  4. Travel Folder – I’ve had several travel folders throughout the years, and made great use of all of them. This one is my newest version and I like that it has some folders on the outside for the most frequent documents you’ll need, and several on the inside for everything else. If you haven’t used a travel folder before, they have little labelled pouches for every different document you’ll have so it’s super easy to stay organized.
  5. Airline approved liquids bag – I know a ton of people who like to just use ziplock bags for their liquids when travelling – I personally prefer these ones from Sephora because they are silicone, therefore more sturdy. I generally keep all of my little extras including medication, lip products, mini perfumes and any other liquids I’ll have in there even when I’m not flying so that I never have to think twice when I stroll through security.
  6. CoverFX Foundation – I like to have a little bit of makeup with me for situations where it’s been a long travel day, I have to get off the plane and head straight somewhere, or my suitcase is MIA. I try to choose ones that won’t spill, hold up well for long periods of time, and can all be applied simply and quickly. This cover FX foundation is a cream which makes it ideal to use a concealer if you want to just pop a bit on after a long day, but can also easily be used for a full face if that’s the look you’re wanting. Plus, it’s long wearing and super natural looking.
  7. Buxom Lipgloss – I’m pretty positive I’ve mentioned this lipgloss before on the blog, but if I haven’t it’s an easy to apply and long wearing formula. I love this shade specifically because it’s very glittery and shiny so it applies well on bare lips. Fair warning though, to make it so long wearing, it is fairly sticky. If that’s not your thing, stay clear. It’s worth noting though that I have went through probably 6 tubes of it, and my Sister is obsessed too, so I’d say try it out!
  8. Purell Wipes – These wipes are a staple for me on flights. Actually, scratch that. They are a staple for my life. I use them for everything. I wipe down seats, armrests, tray tables, my laptop, my hands, the bottoms of my purses that get set down, and on and on. I go through so many of these on just a regular day, letting alone spending 5 hours cooped up on a plane with strangers breathing on you and 50 other people sitting in your seat that week.
  9. LV Neverful GM – This bag (in the damier azul or damier ebene) are what I almost always use as my carry on. Typically, it’s the bag I carry to work as well, so it’s easy for me to repack a few things and have it transition for travel. It’s obviously humongo so it fits pretty much everything I need in it, and it still fits under the seat in front of me. I hate having things in the overhead bin more than anything – I need to be able to reach all of my goodies easily, so this is a perfect option.
  10. Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette – I use this eyeshadow palette as my travel one on the regular. It doesn’t have enough shades for me to do any complex eyeshadow looks but has enough to make a simple swipe of color and some definition in the crease. Plus it’s super tiny and lightweight and legit smells like chocolate. Hallelujah!
  11. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – This shimmer brick is also a travel staple for me, simply because it has a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one. If you apply it to your cheeks in a single swipe it applies the colours in the order they appear in the palette and saves you a lot of products (and effort) which is perfect for a quick travel refresh.
  12. L’oreal Eyebrow Pencil – There’s not too much to say about this, other than that it’s a dupe for the Anastasia one that everybody loves so much! The only two differences are the spooly (admittedly Anastasia’s is better given that this one is more like an actual comb), and the price. It’s a winner in my books and necessary to give your eyes that wide awake look when you’re actually tired, puffy and dried out; not just me, I hope?!
  13. Living Proof Hair Spray – This one’s a tricky one for me, because if you’ve read my hair post from a few weeks back (it’s here if you haven’t), you’ll know I’m fairly particular about what products I use. So I’d love to say that I can bring one hairspray and use it for the entire trip, but the truth is, I use this mini one in my carry on only to freshen up my already styled hair. I find it doesn’t have enough hold to use in the mornings when I do a full style, but it’s not too sticky and just light weight enough to apply throughout the day.
  14. HBC Blanket – I switch between bringing this light weight blanket, and the occasional blanket scarf. Either work to help snuggle up and get some shut eye. I just love the feeling of this blanket and can also wear it as a big scarf if my carry on gets to full or the airport is frigid!
  15. Beauty Blender–  I bring a beauty blender with me because it’s easy to use to apply your foundation and bronzer. Plus you can bounce it on a skin to give it a touch up anytime, or use it to apply your moisturizers well. It has so many uses that it’s hard not to bring it everywhere.
  16. Sunglasses – The Dior ones from this post are what’s pictured, but I bring any pair that I’m into that day with me. I’m not usually the type of person who puts them on the sleep, but I do wear them on occasion when the sun is shining in and I’m not in control of the blind, or on the train when there is no blind or when the person in the seat beside you decides to turn their light on for hours even though they aren’t reading, but rather are sleeping also.
  17. Headphones – I bring my usual apple headphones with me that plug into the lightening jack, but I also am waiting for my pair of the AirPods to come in. When I got the new 7plus I thought it wouldn’t be an issue to use the regular Apple headphones with it, because after many trials, I’ve found I like the earbud shape on those best . . .but honestly, it is a problem. I can never charge my phone while I want to listen to things and in the airport or on the train where all I do is stare the little screen, it’s kind of a big deal. I recently went for an AirPod trial at Apple and really love them (albeit they do look a bit silly), plus they are supposed to provide better sound for phone calls (and block wind – necessary in the Windy City), and I love that they don’t start playing music until they are in your ears and pause if you take one out. I’ll update ya’ll once I’ve had them for awhile! The reason I say I’d still bring my regular pair though is because AirPods only last 5 hours and they have to charge in their case (15 mins for 3 hours of power), and I think I might want some headphones for that downtime. We’ll see how it plays out in reality.
  18. Batiste Dry Shampoo – Probably no explanation needed. A long time in the tiny little airplane seat leads to flat, oily hair.
  19. Past Tense Roller Oil – This little roller ball has a magical mixture of essential oils that smells minty and makes your muscles feel amazing. I find it really relaxing and it helps with any aches and tension you can get from sitting around so much while travelling.
  20. Teasing Comb – For the same reasons in number 18, plane hair is just never attractive. I like to fluff it back up and help make me look more put together and “with it”.
  21. YSL Lipstick – This is the same formula I raved about in this post but in the nude colour. I love how moisturizing it is, and it easily applies without a mirror so you can swipe it on at any time.
  22. LaraBar – I love all of these bars, but the Peanut Butter Cookie is my all time favourite (PB&J and Coconut are a close fave, though!). The PB Cookie one literally takes like the actual cookie, and has a crumbly dry texture like they tend to, as well. I love to pair it with a hot tea and really make a relaxing moment for myself.
  23. Pretzels & Hummus (available almost anywhere!) – I’ll always pick these up at an airport because they’re easily found, a (relatively) healthy snack and delicious. I’ve found that I can’t snack on my favourite candies anymore like I used to because it makes me feel restless and that’s the last thing I want when I’m stuck in a seat for hours on end.
  24. Waterproof Mascara – I wear this L’oreal Mascara every day. Since my eyes are so small, I wear waterproof formulas on the regular, to prevent them from running or smudging. However, I do believe it’s important for travel regardless because mascara tends to smudge when we close our eyes, or flake off after a long day. No one wants raccoon eyes! Ps. I know I’ve mentioned before in this post that the Armani mascara was my all time favourite, but you guys, this drugstore mascara may have taken it’s place. It’s seriously amazing and a fraction of the cost.
  25. MAC Eyelash Curler – This one goes to number 24, I always like to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else they point straight down into my eyeballs and that’s neither flattering nor comfortable. My Sister introduced me to this curler a few years ago and nothing beats it; my lashes hold curl all day and look fluttery and natural.

That’s all my tips and tricks for travel essentials. Kudos to you if you made it to the end of this! I always question making longer posts, but I know personally if it’s a topic I’m interested in I’ll want to read an entire post, and if I’m not that interested I’ll just skim the photos. So I figure this was the best of both worlds. See ya Friday, babes!

Casual Day with the Fam

Hi Lovelies,

The Fam and I spent a casual day in New York taking in some of the sights. I was so happy I bought these colourful but comfy pants while we were there. They are perfect for lounging around and chasing the kiddos while still being super stylish. As a bonus, they basically feel like pyjama pants, which I can’t say I don’t love. There’s nothing else too special about this look – just the amazing pants. Apparently I’m not the only one who thought they were amazing because when my Sister and I got dressed that morning and we looked at each other, we were wearing matching pants. I’ll link to another similar pair that I loved too, but resisted buying!

P.s. Catch the photo of my niece, Evie, and I at the end. It’s one of those rare “be still, my heart” moments for me, and I’m so happy we caught it on camera.

MT

And my sweet little Evie . . .

What I’m Wearing

Top: Sister’s (Thanks, Sis!) Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Love these too

Shoes: This Post

 

Raving About Black (say what?!)

Hi Lovelies,

I’m definitely going to remember this day in the history of my life – the day I was so excited to share a black item of clothing with you! If you know me well, or have been reading my blog posts for some time, you’ll know that black is absolutely not a staple in my wardrobe because I tend to find darker colors make me feel sluggish. I consider white, pink & gold to be my neutrals because they make me feel so light and fresh – so the amount of love I have for this jacket is actually quite shocking to me. It’s the perfect jacket for this time of year because its warm and fuzzy for the days when we’re wishing Spring was here (but realizing it isn’t) while not being too heavy for the Winter weather we are leaving behind. I’m obsessed with the oversized biker fit it has, too. I like that it adds a bit of edge to my everyday outfits! Also, these jeans are new, high waisted, and super comfortable. I like the fringed hem on them, and they are they cut to a different length around the ankle which is perfect if you have little stump legs like I do.

MT

 

What I’m Wearing

Top: American Apparel Jacket: Zara

Jeans: Topshop Shoes: This post

Necklace: Gift, Similar Earrings: Kendra Scott

All Colour, All of The Time

Hi Lovelies,

The weather in New York was so Springy – I flippin’ loved it! And of course the second it feels like it could possibly be warm that day, I start pulling out every piece of coloured clothing I own and figure out how to pair them all together. I found this pullover while we were shopping, and knew it was a perfect match for all of my bright coloured leggings I continually wear. This day, we had a wonderful brunch at the cutest little restaurant, went up the Empire State Building, visited Carrie Bradshaw’s house (YAY!), did some shopping & drank some prosecco in the sunshine. It was glorious. Anyways – the only thing I really have to say about this outfit is: buy it! The pants come in a few colours (more on them in a future post) but the pullover is the real star of the show. There’s so many fun patterns to choose from, it’s comfy and really makes you feel more cheery throughout the day. If you like things a little less colourful than I do, you can pair them with jeans or black leggings, too.

MT

and a few from the top of the Empire State Building . . .

What I’m Wearing

Top: Lilly Pulitzer Leggings: Outdoor Voices

Shoes: Target (old), Very Similar

I Heart NY!

Hi Lovelies,

If you follow me on Instagram (@overthetopma) you’ll know I spent my long weekend in the Big Apple. Our family booked a trip there for my Big Sis’ 3oth birthday back in December (if you haven’t read my post, Thirty Things I love About My Sister (on her 30th birthday) you can here) so this past weekend was for that. This was my first trip to NYC – I know, right? I’m shocked by that, too! I had always avoided visiting because I knew I would fall in love and want to move there. And boy oh boy, was I right. If New York was a more practical place to live transportation wise so I could still have my family & husband visit regularly, I would be packing up my apartment right now instead of typing out this post. But, of course, it’s not. We did all of the typical touristy things like shopping, Times Square, Madison Avenue, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, One World Trade Centre, Empire State Building & more. But the best part was getting to see the people I love love love all together!

In honour of my first trip to NYC, and my absolute love for it, I thought my first outfit post would be a classic tourist t-shirt paired with a gold skirt. I flippin’ love mixing a flashy skirt with things like simple tees. I know I’ve said it before, but this transforms a “nighttime” look into an every day outfit for me – especially paired with flats, or even better, some black or red Converse! This gold skirt is the same as my beloved silver one from this post (which is now back in stock, FYI) – so obviously it became a quick fave, too.  Let me know if you like to mix and match fancy and casual pieces like I do; I feel like I don’t see it too often, but it’s a staple way of styling clothes for me.

MT

What I’m Wearing:

Shirt: NYC streets Skirt: Anthropologie (link to silver, too) 

Shoes: This post Lip Colour: This post (in colour Rouge in Danger)

Travel with Me: Sea & Sparkles in the Bahamas

Hi Lovelies,

This is my last Bahamas post! YES! I’m sure some of you enjoy looking at the warm weather photos (and I love reminiscing) but I’m excited to get back to my usual content and outfits. I saved this look for last because it’s just a super fun photoshoot. I bought this dress at an amazing price just before our vacation and decided it would be perfect to get some beach shots in since I wasn’t too worried about the sand or saltwater ruining it. FYI, it has held up really well and wasn’t ruined in the least. I love that the rose gold sequins are matte, so it’s flashy but not too flashy, and for $78 you really can’t go wrong!

Also a special shout out to my Hubs who took hundreds of photos, only for me to tell him the camera was on the wrong setting, they were blurry and he had to retake them all. I’m forever grateful, Matthew!

MT

What I’m Wearing

Dress: Nordstrom Bracelets: This post

Travel with Me: Last Bahamas Swim Look

Hi lovelies,

This has to be my favourite beach look of the entire week! The swim bottoms I’ve shown you before, but I actually really liked the look of a high waisted bottom under shorts, as this outfit had. Also, my swim top is from J.Crew and has held up really well – I am always concerned about fading with such saturated colours. The shorts are also the same style I’ve worn previously on this trip just in a different colour, and I couldn’t recommend them enough!

MT

What I’m Wearing

Top: J.Crew (sold out), Similar Bottoms: This post Shorts: This post

Sandals: Target (old) Wrap: Chapters/Indigo (old), Love these!

Sunnies: Dior S/S 2016 Clutch: Tory Burch (sold out), Similar