loving lately, April

News flash! It’s almost MAY… like what!?!? This month has been so fast and furious, I hardly know where it’s gone. Today I’m rounding up some of my favorite purchases from April in a new-ish series that’s called Loving Lately. You can see past round ups here. This month was all about shopping for spring and summer staples – even though the weather is just NOT cooperating. To say my closet is ready for warmer weather is quite the understatement… let’s take a look at my favorites this month. 

white gauzey short sleeve top, this top is so soft and lightweight it’s the perfect piece for warm sunny days, I’m going to be wearing this A LOT once the weather warms. True to size.

olive flutter sleeve gauze top, I’m obsessed with this fabric and the flutter sleeves are just gorgeous. Plus, this is super budget friendly! True to size.

pale green tank, easy tanks like this are a staple I my spring and summer wardrobe. This one works great under jackets or on it’s own and this pale green color is SO pretty. True to size.

distressed hem jeans, obsessed. That’s all. I just adore these jeans. They are super flattering and the distressed hem is a fun touch. They don’t have stretch but form to your body as you wear them. I went up a size.

beaded necklace, beaded necklaces are my summer obsession. They are fun on their own or layered with other necklaces and they add a fun pop of color to any look. 

brown sandals, simple and classic. I love this pair! True to size.

black flutter sleeve dress, the perfect everyday dress at a crazy low price. I will wear this tons this summer. This runs big, I went down a size.

white/gold golden goose sneakers, I splurged on a new pair of Golden’s and I’m in love. I went for a super simple white pair with light gold accents. It’s my first plain white pair and they are perfect for warmer months with shorts, jeans or casual dresses. (I can’t find my exact pair online, this pair is very similar)

enbliss bra, this came under amazing recommendations from many of you as a super comfortable bra with light padding that ALSO has a deep v-neck for spring. I LOVE this bra!

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jillgg’s good life (for less)

 Today I’m rounding up some gorgeous Mother’s Day gift ideas for the special ladies in your life… Mother’s Day is so close (how did that happen?) and it’s time to get gifting! Luxurious gifts like fuzzy slippers or a beautiful lavender candle (I adore this scent) are always welcome by mom. Personalized gifts like this monogrammed cosmetic pouch or raffia travel jewelry case are always a memorable piece that they will use for years. Splurgy items for the home like these wine glasses or the Dyson hair dryer are incredible gifts that are also practical and will be used all the time. A handbag always makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift in my opinion, this belt bag is super versatile and this tote bag is perfect for the mom on the go. And don’t forget that items like a spa day, a day-off, a meal delivery service, handmade cards or artwork or help around the house is always a FAB and much appreciated Mother’s Day gift as well! I have more personalized gift ideas in THIS post too!

#ootd 88!

Mood: My ideal spring daily uniform. 

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jillgg’s good life (for less)

This post is sponsored by Minted and ShopStyle, all opinions are my own. 

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner… and it’s a time that always means so much as a mom. I love celebrating with my family on this special day. Now that my kids are older, the day is always much more relaxing (thankfully) but I just know that the number of Mother’s Days we have left to all celebrate together in our home are diminishing. Before I know it they will be off to college and busy with their own lives so I’m savoring these last few years where we are all under the same roof to celebrate. 

Today I’m partnering with Minted to showcase some of their gorgeous custom Mother’s Day gifts. If you have a mom in your life, I guarantee they will love any of these very special gifts. Especially those moms that have everything. Minted is known for their beautiful photo products from a community of independent artists from around the globe and our family has ordered our yearly Christmas cards from Minted for years and years. But they have other great personalized gifts for any special woman in your life that I can’t wait to share. 

A personalized photo gift is always so incredibly special. This heart photo collage literally took my breath away. I uploaded everyday candid snapshots of our family from the past year or so and couldn’t believe how beautifully it all came together. When your kids are little it’s easy to commemorate the milestones like walking, new teeth, the first day of Kindergarten and the like with special photos. As my kids have become teens, I’ve realized that the big milestones like homecoming and winning games and first days of school are still fun and exciting but… it’s the everyday moments I know I will miss the most as they leave the nest. Silly snapshots of them with the dog, stealing a candid photo of them from the sports sidelines, quick selfies on vacation in our favorite places or grabbing a quick photo of them together (which is rare) when they groan “mommmmmm” but I still take the photo anyway. With teens the big moments are BIG and soon there will be graduations and college dorm move-in days and all sorts of big moments. But it’s the small moments that mean the most right now and this photo collage from Minted will be the perfect reminder for years to come of these incredible high school days with us all together at home. You could also pull together a themed collage of the grandkids or a recent family vacation or even scan and upload old photographs to gift to your mom. I guarantee she will love it!

For the mom that has absolutely everything I highly recommend these personalized note cards! They are so easy to put together with Minted and they arrive in a beautiful gift box.  You could pair them with some special pens and a lovely handwritten note to your mom or special woman in your life. Handwritten notes these days are incredibly rare and it’s always so nice to simply see the handwriting of someone you love. 

A personalized apron is always a good idea for the mom that loves being in the kitchen. I got this one embossed with ‘mom’ but you could do their monogram, their full name or even have fun with their nickname too! 

You can shop the entire selection of custom and luxe gifts on the Mother’s Day gift shop here – they have a gorgeous selection of personalized gifts for every special woman in your life this Mother’s Day season. And you can use my code for an exclusive offer on your purchase! Use code JILLMOM20 for 20% off your order (active for 24 hours only!) or code JILLMOM15 (through 5/6) to place your personalized Mother’s Day gift with Minted for the special women in your life.

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new arrivals I’m loving!

I’m just over here patiently waiting for spring weather to arrive. I am ready and my closet is ready. More than ready. This spring I’m craving slightly more structured tops like this stripe blouse or embroidered tunic. This flutter sleeve dress is absolute perfection and love that it’s a grab and go piece that will instantly feel pulled together. I love the idea of pairing a blouse with distressed jeans and beautiful sandals for a little bit of structure paired with a little bit of casual vibes.  

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wear to where: spring sports sidelines!

Spring sports are in FULL SWING in my house. Oh my word does my calendar look scary these days… kidding, kind of. I’m happy to get back out the fields/courts to cheer on my kids and always try to look pulled together but casual. Right now I’m still wearing winter coats to events but by next week we should finally be in full swing warmer weather and I can’t wait to wear some cute looks on the sidelines. 

Today I pulled together 3 simple but pulled together looks for the sidelines this spring…

(above) I love how easy a tank dress is for warm weather. You can add a jacket if needed and sneakers make it easy for schlepping coolers and stadium chairs all around.

(above) Jeans and sweatshirts are my go-to for spring sports. This bag is so cute and it’s actually a cooler bag! Great for cold drinks or orange wedges… 😉

(above) This mama sweatshirt is adorable and I love it paired with a big tote and easy denim shorts.

styled x3: striped maxi dress!

Boy, do I love a striped dress for spring and summer! They are so easy to wear and super mom friendly too. Today I’m styling this striped maxi into 3 really easy looks for spring and summer. I think the pieces we buy for our closets should be super versatile and easy to mix and match with items we already own and love. This dress is the perfect example… it’s so easy to wear with sandals or sneakers, weekend wear or everyday wear. Let’s take a look at the outfits!

(above) I love this dress with some sneakers and a tote for a mom on the go look. Perfect for errands or the sidelines or just weekends! 

(above) For a trip to the park, a family ice cream run or an everyday look, I love having a sweatshirt on hand to tie around the waist or the shoulders or pop on for cooler mornings. 

(above) Perfect for a spring date or meeting friends for lunch I love this dress with sandals and a hat for a day outside. 

under $100 finds for spring with Banana Republic Factory!

This post is sponsored by Banana Republic Factory and ShopStyle. All opinions are my own. 

Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Right now Banana Republic Factory has 50-75% off + an additional 15% off your order – so it’s a great time to stock up on gorgeous spring must-haves!

It’s time to pack up all the heavy winter clothes and start refreshing our closets for spring! The weather is finally starting to turn warmer here in the mid-west and I am so ready for lighter pieces like blouses and linen and easy dresses for everyday wear. I am so excited to share this gorgeous round up of timeless and affordable pieces for spring today with Banana Republic Factory

Banana Republic Factory is going back to their brand heritage with timeless safari inspired pieces like linen blend pull on shorts, breezy embroidered sleeve top and easy day dresses like this tie waist knit midi dress for spring. I even included some classics for men like their must-have pique polo shirt and easy deck short for everyday wear that I know my husband would wear on repeat for warmer weather.

I love that these pieces can do double duty for a casual day at the office or weekend wear for running errands or sitting on the sports sidelines. These pieces are so versatile! 

white long button down sleeveless top, cream lofty crew sweater, black tie waist knit midi dress, white embroidered sleeve top, olive green t-shirt dress, green linen blend pull on shorts, straw tote bag, red cotton swim cover up, men’s slim fit linen blend shirt, men’s slim fit pique polo shirt, men’s navy deck short

wear to where: everyday spring looks from the Shopbop sale!

The Shopbop BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale is here! This sale only comes around two times a year and it’s such a big deal because these are brands that rarely go on sale and it’s a great time to make some investment purchases. Shopbop is definitely more designer-y than most department stores but I think there are still some great affordable or mid-range price point pieces that are available and included in the sale! Some styles sell out quickly so snag them now if you want them.

I have used this sale in the past to invest in some amazing pieces that I’ve now owned for many years. It’s always a sale I enjoy shopping. Today I pulled together three spring everyday looks that are head to to on sale… I hope you love this inspiration! Happy shopping!

#ootd 87!

 Mood: Ready for all the pastels this spring.

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