Welcome to the first of what I hope to be a series of post with a fellow blogger. This post is a shared effort by myself and my fabulous cousin, Candice of She's Leaning In. She will be doing the beauty part of this look including all the beautiful make up. If you are not familiar with her blog you need to check it out for two reasons 1) You need to read the second part of this post and 2) She's pretty freakin' amazing. She has been critically helpful in my blogging and in switching from Wordpress to Blogger. At the very least check her out so she's knows her hard work is not in vain ;). We have decided to start doing a series of posts like this together and ::wink wink:: another new fun venture starting on Friday. So get used to hearing a lot more about her.

First I will introduce to you my part. I am the fashion part of this blog. Although I love make up and trying new things, some I hope to share with you all in the future, I am not the beauty aficionado that Candice is. Therefore she will take over that part of this look to complete our, as Tyra Banks would say it, H to T look (that's Head to Toe for those of you not in the know). This post is particularly about prepping for Mother's Day. These annual holidays seem to always creep up faster than we think. I always try to counterbalance that by neurotically planning early :). Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th and will be here before we know it. We have to start planning, right? Right. Let's get crackin'. We imagined a look for a Mother's Day Brunch situation which includes something dressy enough for a holiday, but not too formal.

Mother's Day OOTD

May is always the best month to rock your favorite florals and pastels. Every Spring they try to do a new take on florals and we're supposed to be all "this is so new and original." The fact of the matter is, it's not that new but we can mix it up. I am not a huge floral pattern gal myself so I like to take the color trends from the floral patterns and incorporate them into my look. I picked this shirt dress from a local shop, Parc Boutique,  because of the fantastic color and shape. Parc is great for simple and flattering silhouettes. I can always count on them for clean lines and sticking an unique cuts. They typically do not have a lot of color, which I appreciate, but this one is spot on. What else is great about basic shift is you can dress it up or down. This model has a simple sandal and no jewelry which plays to a more casual setting, but you can always dress it up like I did with these accessories. I am loving brown for my shoe color of choice this Spring. Typically I am a fan of nude but I think the brown tones bring a little more edge and a little less prep. As evidenced by these great Bamboo Sandals from DSW. I debated between a chunky heel and stilletto and settled on the chunky heel. I think a thick heel is more conducive to dressing up a look without being overly formal for the occasion. I paired it with one of my favorite trends in necklaces the long charm pendant from Baublebar, and gold ring and cuff from Banana Republic. I kept the jewelry delicate because I imagined a statement necklace at brunch and thought "much? much too much." The delicate jewelry adds a touch to take it from every day to special occasion.

Wonder what make up would suit this look? Well you are in luck my friends. Head on over to She's Leaning In blog where my cousin Candice will give you a make up education. She really knows her stuff, you are definitely going to want to see what she came up with to match this look.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Would you wear this look? I would love to hear from you!