I took myself “back to school” shopping and found a few things I’m pretty excited about…

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jcpenney fall style shift dress

My 4 year old and I went school shopping, (I can’t believe I have a kid in school!) and after an afternoon with his sister and g-ma and g-pa, we decided to take another trip back to JCPenney, just he and I for a little retail therapy. And with little sister gone, it made for some good bonding time. After spending the afternoon there looking for clothes for just my son, I was itching to go back to try a few things on that I saw for “mom school…” {cough}.

This amazing Liz Claiborne bag and this shift dress might have been my favorite of the haul. Such a fun match and I could wear them all the time and never tire of the fun and bright colors!

liz claiborne bag and shift dress from jcpenney I remember school shopping days with my mom growing up. It felt special to get a bag of new things and to go home and try them out a million ways. I felt like a rock star. So, I won’t lie. I had almost forgotten what that was like! I haven’t shopped for myself like this in a while, mostly because, well, two kids! I tried on that shift dress {first pictured} and thought of my mom who really wanted me to own a shift dress. I LOVED it thought it was my favorite find. Then the pleated chiffon skirt was so fun and when Boss saw it, he told me “you HAVE to get this mom, it’s so so beautiful!” And I’m not really one for arguing OR confrontation…

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And I scored a top or two in pretty fall colors that I love like the mustard one below with a pretty scalloped edge and this other mustard chiffon blouse I love here. One of my favorite things is grabbing a few bold colors for fall to mix with prints and other colors, especially when they are unexpected colors. Like a burgundy with that teal skirt above would be pretty, or an olive or burgundy print skirt with this mustard top. {The polka dots are from my line and only on instagram right now.}

JCPenney has a fall lookbook that is fun to look through because it features empowering women in fall fashion that fit their personalities. I think it’s fabulous! I am in love with the idea that JCPenney is really working toward empowering women toward their own style. Sometimes it’s hard for a mom to find the reason to have style at all. So often we think, “what’s the point, I’m not going anywhere or doing anything important.” But the truth is, I dress the way I WANT to feel, and then everything follows! Some days I simply dress up BECAUSE it has the potential to be a crappy day. And you know what? My plans change.

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So, I want to know, what do you wear when you want to have a killer, make-crap-happen kind of day?

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