Family Lifestyle

Keeping It Simple

1 June 2017

tank dress, sneakers, white handbag, old navy

Today officially marks the first full day of summer break for our family. As this time approaches every year, my mind is usually all over the place. Thoughts of relief, excitement, desires, ideas, pressure, fear, and anxiety all jumbled within that eventually leaves me feeling completely overwhelmed and stressed. Questions like “How will I keep the kids entertained?”, “Can I tend to each child’s needs and fulfill their individual summer desires by myself?”, “Will my own to-do’s get done?”, “How will I keep my SANITY with little to no me-time?”. I eventually become so overwhelmed and filled with anxiety that I become incapable of creating a plan even if I tried.

black dress, white slip ons, big bag, old navy, cato, gap

slip on tank dress, slip on sneakers, red hair, casual chic, minimal styling

I always tell myself “this” summer I’m going to do it the right way. You know….the kind of summer that Pinterest tells us we should be having. Days filled with activities, crafts, music lessons, sports, swim lessons, cooking lessons, lemonade stands, reading programs, summer camps….the list goes on! All of it sounds amazing and perfect! However; maybe it’s just me (it probably is), but I’m not sure cramming all that into a summer will leave us (at least my family) feeling like we had any type of “break”. Isn’t summer all about taking a break from the daily schedules/activities/planning that school brings anyway?

Well this summer I decided I’m keeping it simple.

black dress, old navy, gap sneakers, big white bag

casual chic, comfy outfit, stay at home mom outfit ideas, red hair

A life of constant activity has never worked well for our family anyway so why try. And to be honest in my experience with kids I have never even met Plan A. So while I do have an idea of things we would like to tackle this summer, I’m cutting myself some slack if our summer is not necessarily “Pinterest” ready.

To keeping it simple this summer. Wish me luck! 🙂

tank dress, minimalist outfit, white handbag

Speaking of keeping it simple, this outfit is pretty much my preferred daily uniform. Neutral, simple, comfy, and timeless. 🙂 Now the dress was purchased last year on clearance (for .90 cents I might add); however it’s classic style will be around forever. I’ve linked a few options for ya below.

black tank dress, stylish mom, dress with sneakers, minimal outfit

minimalist outfit inspiration, tank dress, black casual dress, slip on sneakers,

easy outfit, simple outfit ideas, comfortable dresses, Galveston Texas, The Strand

What does your summer look like this year? Are you trying anything new this time around? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

P.S. Since this is my first summer break while maintaining a blog, my usual blogging schedule may shift some. Please bare with me. 😉 Until next time!

Annette ♥

casual outfit ideas, old navy, tank dress, red hair inspiration


DRESS Old Navy || SNEAKERS Gap || BAG Cato


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  • Reply Kami Guertin 1 June 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Keeping it simple is always a great plan. That way when you do get to do something big, it’s fun and not stressful!! Love your dress!! By the way I’m totally with you on the trying to do everything with the kids. Hasn’t worked for me so far. 😊

    • Reply Annette 2 June 2017 at 9:43 AM

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one. lol It is just too much for us. I think simple is my fav. 😉 Thanks for reading Kami. Hope you guys have a great weekend. xo

  • Reply Casey 2 June 2017 at 7:15 AM

    I love that you plan on keeping it simple. That is how the best memories are made! You look awesome in your dress! What a great deal you got on it!

    • Reply Annette 2 June 2017 at 9:46 AM

      Thanks Casey. Your so right…the times we don’t try so hard are the times happiness just happens organically. Yes, the .90 cent deal was a nice find. Gotta love old navy clearances. 🙂 Hope you guys have a great weekend.

  • Reply Virjinia Harp 2 June 2017 at 2:03 PM

    I’m loving this outfit! And when I was a kiddo, I liked having some activity but a break too. Definitely just go with the flow and spend time with your family!

    • Reply Annette 4 June 2017 at 3:29 PM

      Thank you Virjinia. So far going with the flow is doing well. Just helps release the pressure a bit so I CAN plan something if we want. 🙂 HOpe your having a great weekend.

  • Reply Lauren 3 June 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Oh my goodness!! Girl you are a STUNNER and I LOVE that outfit.

    • Reply Annette 4 June 2017 at 3:30 PM

      Thank you Lauren so kind of you to say. I appreciate you reading. 🙂

  • Reply Erika ortega 4 June 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Keeping it simple this summer is what I’m planning to do too. With 3 kids it can get hectic sometimes

    • Reply Annette 4 June 2017 at 3:31 PM

      I know what ya mean. Well hope you and yours have a lovely low key summer. Thank you so much for reading. xo

  • Reply Ilka Elise 5 June 2017 at 5:53 AM

    Love simple outfits for work and everyday wear.. the dress is really pretty, I like the length xxx

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:45 PM

      Thank you Ilka. It really is an easy dress that is quite versatile. I appreciate you reading. 🙂

  • Reply Jackie 5 June 2017 at 7:47 AM

    What a great outfit. Also you look so good in it. I hope you find something fun to do this summer.

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:48 PM

      Thank you Jackie, I appreciate that. So far it’s been low key, but I’m sure some special fun activities will be splashed in here and there. 😉

  • Reply Kim 5 June 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I’m with you! Keeping it simple makes for the best summer. And I love the outfit too!

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:50 PM

      Thank you Kim! 🙂 Low key has definitely helped with my stress levels lol! I appreciate you reading. xo

  • Reply Emily Morrow 5 June 2017 at 10:56 AM

    I love this outfit! It’s effortlessly feminine while also being totally realistic. Thanks for the links, I may have to treat myself!

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:52 PM

      Thank you Emily. Casual chic tends to be my go-to. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great rest of your week.

  • Reply Anna 5 June 2017 at 11:06 AM

    I LOVE this simple black dress. I feel like everyone needs one of these. So cute!

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:53 PM

      Thank you. I couuldn’t agree with you more Anna…it really should be a wardrobe staple. Thank you for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey 5 June 2017 at 1:31 PM

    I love this simple dress with the slip on sneaks! xo

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 1:54 PM

      Thank you Kelsey, I appreciate that. Hope you have a great rest of your day. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Wagner 5 June 2017 at 2:52 PM

    So on board with a simple summer! I can totally relate! Haha. My husband and I just said we need to take it slow this summer! I am also worried about how I will manage to keep up with blogging with all the kids running around! Here’s to you mama! PS You looks stunning in this laid back look! It suits you! XO

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:04 PM

      Thank you Jessica, so kind of you to say. I hear ya, I was really stressing there for a bit about summer and blogging. I just decided to just do my best to tackle things as I can, but steer my focus primarily on the simpler things in life with my kids during their much needed break. Perhaps a flood of inspiration will come of it for future blog posts OR you never know, my summer blogging may turn in to a serious therapy session from going bonkers. lol! Thank you for reading. Hope you and yours have a lovely low key summer. xo

  • Reply Summer @ Coffee With Summer 5 June 2017 at 4:05 PM

    I love this look for the summer. How cute and casual is this black dress and white shoes? I need to try this outfit for myself. 🙂

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:05 PM

      Thank you Summer! 🙂 I appreciate you reading. I’m excited for you on your new series. 🙂 Have a great rest of your day.

  • Reply Brittany Daoud 5 June 2017 at 4:31 PM

    I really love this look! It’s chic enough for a brunch date but super casual and laid back! I love the versatility and you rock it! xo, B |

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:07 PM

      Thank you Brittany, I appreciate that. It really is a versatile look. I really appreciate you stopping by. Have a great night. xo

  • Reply Davi 5 June 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Love your look! Do you have a secret to keeping those shoes clean? 🙂 We will be spending a lot of time at home this summer because baby #2 will be here in a few weeks. It will be nice to slow down for a while!

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:11 PM

      Thank you Davi. Congratulations on your expected little one. How exciting! Yes, the summer will be a perfect time for you and your family to get settled with a new little one. Warm wishes. Oh and my hubby is my professional shoe shiner/cleaner lol! I believe he uses tooth taste. Thank you for stopping by. xo

  • Reply suzanne 6 June 2017 at 6:29 AM

    I love how you styled this! Perfect. xo

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:11 PM

      Thank you Suzanne, I appreciate that. 🙂

  • Reply the sophia diaries 6 June 2017 at 10:21 AM

    You’re right, this is a very simple outfit, but I love how sometimes keeping things simple is better than making it complicated <3

    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:12 PM

      Isn’t that truth! Less is definitely more sometimes. I appreciate you reading. 🙂

  • Reply Lauren 6 June 2017 at 10:58 AM

    So cute! Love a good black and white look!


    • Reply Annette 6 June 2017 at 2:13 PM

      Thank you Lauren, I appreciate that. 🙂

  • Reply Bailey 6 June 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Adorable! I love your necklace.

    • Reply Annette 7 June 2017 at 2:51 PM

      Thank you Bailey. It was a gift from my daughter for mother’s day. 🙂

  • Reply Sophie R. 9 June 2017 at 6:39 AM

    Keeping it simple, that’s the way to go, plan only some routine kind of things that rest will just work out. Love that dress by the way. It’s a classic style and doesn’t go out of fashion. I have planned out some days like where to go on the weekends. But that’s it :).

    • Reply Annette 9 June 2017 at 8:57 AM

      Thanks Sophie. 🙂 Yes, that is a great idea. So far we have been low key with good ol’ fashion play. I appreciate you reading. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Gloria Tiberi 4 August 2017 at 11:42 PM

    Loved the look! White tennis are on sale I’m going to try to get some. I loved loved loved this look.

    • Reply Annette 7 August 2017 at 8:50 PM

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, a pair of white sneakers are a must. I wear mine all the time!! Thanks for reading. xo

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