Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


How to Tastefully Rock a Crop Top!

Hey friends! I'm talking all about crop tops today because it's a trend that so many I know have shied away from because they don't want to show their midriff or dress too young for their age.
But it's a trend that's totally doable in an age appropriate tasteful way & I'm here to show you how!

top- Madewell | jeans- Free People | shoes- DSW | necklace- Made by Mary | earrings- Madewell | sunglasses- Madewell

First of all, if you want to rock a crop top in a traditional midriff baring way-- you do you girlfriend! I say go for it. But if your style is more conservative or you just want a different way to wear one, here's how to do it!

It's really one simple tip that will achieve a tasteful crop top look: get yourself something high waisted!

I opted for a pair of high waisted denim with a cute bell sleeve crop. I love this combo SO MUCH! High waisted denim is life. You could also wear this top with any cute a-line skirt that has a waistline that hits above your belly button. I love being able to front tuck my tops so a high waist is necessary to achieve the look & level of modesty I want in an outfit!


Date Night: Utah Valley Parade of Homes!

Hey friends! It's been a hot minute since I've done a "what we're up to post" on here, so I wanted to share what the husband and I did for date night this week!

We hit up the Utah Valley Parade of Homes to see some of the most STUNNING home decor and construction! We loved being able to look at homes that were waaaay beyond what we could afford (it's just fun seeing how huge and stylish a home can look), AND we loved seeing what was more affordable that we could incorporate into our own home!

 The views of some of the homes we looked at were the best part. Could you imagine looking out over the whole valley as you eat dinner each night?

Every home was styled, down to the smallest detail and I loved seeing how the spaces were utilized! All the blank corners in my house currently have plans to become reading nooks like this one.

The kids rooms in the homes we walked through were some of my FAVORITES! I loved how fun the decor was, it seemed like the best pops of color and bold styles were in the kid areas.

What I loved most were how the little details in each home shined. A stunning chandelier, piece of art, textured blanket, etc really made the design! That's something that's easy and affordable and perfect for me to incorporate into my own home!

Most of the homes focused on the indoor amenities... including stunning offices, fancy toilets, rock climbing walls, game rooms, sound systems, etc. but my husband and I were really drawn to the outdoor areas. Especially anything sports oriented! Like this outdoor basketball court with a view to die for.

Overall it was such a fun experience and I loved photographing my faves!

If you haven't yet, make sure to check out these stunning Utah Valley homes! Tickets for the Utah Valley Parade of homes can be found HERE and they're only $15! A ticket gives you access to over 33 homes in the area and it's one million percent worth it. Kids are welcome so we're planning to head out again with the boys to show them all the fun! We initially thought they wouldn't like something like this, but during date night we saw so many kids LOVING the game rooms, kids rooms, bunk bed rooms, and all that sort of kid-oriented stuff. Now we're convinced they'll love it!


What are "Transition Pieces" and Why Do I Need Them?

Someone asked me the other day what in the world was so cool about "transition pieces" and why bloggers were always talking about them. Why do you need something that transitions from one season to another, can't you just have summer clothes for summer & winter clothes for winter?
I do think the phrase is overused, and not every single piece of your wardrobe needs to be a "transition piece." But they're actually a really great tool for anyone who's trying to save a buck.

top- Madewell (similar HERE on sale!) | jeans- Old Navy (on sale!) | shoes- Free People (sold out, similar HERE) | cardigan- Express (sold out, similar HERE on sale!) | necklaces- c/o Made by Mary

Basically, anytime you have something that can we worn during multiple seasons or "transition," you get more wear out of it! AKA more bang for your buck. This outfit is one of my favorite transition outfits because all you have to do is swap out a few pieces to go from winter to summer!
With the cardigan & jeans, this look is perfect for lower temps. But ditch the cardi & throw on some denim shorts instead and you're ready for summer! These flats are the BEST because I literally wear them year round. They function as a bootie/flat hybrid and are technically a winter shoe, but I wear them all the time in spring & summer with dresses too!
So next time you're out shopping, think about the items you're trying on & wether they'll work year round for you. Those transition pieces can be your best friend!